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Archive for August, 2015

Unveil Radiant Skin

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

img-1As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of dry-brushing. So let me tell you a little about how this simple habit can help purify your skin, and burnish your summer glow. As you might guess, taking a few minutes each day to dry-brush your skin with a natural-bristled brush exfoliates dead surface cells, giving skin a smooth, fresh look. Exfoliating liberates sweat and oil glands, allowing the body to breathe, while improved circulation promotes the efficient absorption of oxygen and essential nutrients that support cell regeneration.

But dry-brushing also re-activates the lymphatic system, the body’s own detoxification mechanism. When our skin can’t easily rid itself of toxins, that can stress the rest of the body. By stimulating the lymphatic system—so vital to overall health—dry brushing encourages lymphatic fluid to flush away accumulated pollutants and impurities, ridding the body of bacteria, metabolic waste, toxins and all the things that can keep us feeling sluggish and tired, which also can give the complexion a dull or puffy look. (That explains, of course, why the Lymphatic Drainage Massage is so popular at our Spa.) The skin benefits from wonderful anti-aging effects, the immune system gets a boost, and the body’s tissues are rejuvenated.

I recommend two brisk minutes of dry-brushing every morning before showering. Start at the bottom of the feet and work with swift strokes upwards along the legs, always towards the heart, which encourages lymph flow in the right direction. In the same way, brush the arms back towards the heart. Dry-brushing can help reduce the appearance of cellulite and fat deposits, though it’s important to treat these areas with a light touch, as the underlying tissues there are already damaged. Brush the back. The abdomen can be brushed in a clockwise direction. Then, more delicately, brush the chest and neck. Afterwards, a quick, tingly shower washes away toxins, followed with an application of Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil on still-damp skin ensures a total replenishment.

The feeling of the dry-brush may take a little getting used to, but once you experience the results, I think you’ll see just how valuable cultivating this simple habit can be.

Soul Dance

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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There are a million ways to get your blood moving, but for me none of them compares with dance, which both re-energizes and softens the spirit. The power of movement in dance is like no other, and this summer I’ve felt that so strongly. I make time to dance at least twice a week, and find it a beautiful expression of spirituality and of freedom. It is a miraculous path to focus and to connection.

Of course, on the physical level, dance burnishes our inner glow so brightly—and that shines through in the complexion. Not only does dance affect endorphin levels, dissolving chemical stressors and uplifting our senses with an overall feeling of joy, it’s also a great way to move stagnant energy of every kind. The body tingles all over.

Summertime is a great time to say yes to dancing with friends, partners, our children, whether in a dance class or in the kitchen. But you don’t need to get caught up with all the reasons that might keep you from dancing. You don’t need a partner, a choreographer, an audience—or even a mirror—to experience the healing, soulful benefits.

All you need to do is to quiet your mind and let your body move. So simple! You only need your daring willingness to let your true self shine through.

Post-Sun Healing

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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It happens to all of us—we enjoy a beautiful, long day at the beach or in the garden so much more than our skin does. But not to worry! Here are my favorite post-sun tips, which should quickly restore and revive depleted skin.

Though sunblock protects skin, it can also strip our natural protective barrier and draw away moisture, so you should remove it at the earliest possible moment. In the summer heat, Purifying Cleansing Gel, full of healing spearmint, has such a wonderfully cooling effect. I use a few pumps in a cool-to-luke-warm shower as an invigorating face and body wash.

In order to help the complexion rebound, I love the nourishing oils blended into Capillary Strengthening Blend—from Chamomile, Neroli and Rose to Carrot Seed—all soothing and anti-inflammatory healing antidotes that support new growth and replenish vital nutrients.

After a day of sun, it also feels great to treat your over-heated body with therapeutically fragrant Bulgarian Lavender Body Oil. Lavender, besides leading the mind into a restful, balanced state, can reduce sunburn pain. And a good night’s sleep is absolutely essential to healing, as skin repairs itself most efficiently during our resting hours. 

The oils included in all these formulas penetrate skin deeply and quickly, to speed recovery, while their true aromas keep that joyful summer mood buoyant. 

I hope you’re enjoying all that summer has to offer!



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