Dry Brushing

As a little girl, my mother used to do this process on me called dry brushing.

I was born with eczema on over 90% of my body and suffered with dry, scaly skin. I also had hyper-pigmentation on my neck which is a condition where patches of skin are darker than the surrounding skin. The darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. I had this across my neck, and in the 70’s there weren’t lasers to help. Once my eczema would dry and scale over, my mother used a dry brush to scrub the dry skin from the eczema off my body and to scrub the pigmentation off my neck. It was an incredibly painful process that left my neck red and raw for a few days, but it worked. I certainly would NOT recommend dry brushing skin with eczema and using the process to remove hyper-pigmentation.

I had forgotten all about dry brushing until I watched Tati discuss it in one of her recent skin care YouTube videos. The first thing Tati talks about in this video is her dry brushing process. lilykoi hawaii also has an exceptional video on dry brushing. I actually prefer Lily’s video. I made the decision to start dry brushing so I headed out to the store to pick one up.  I bought the ecoTools dry body brush.

 

Natural bristles are recommended, but this one is made with cruelty-free synthetic bristles. I would rather have natural bristles; I ordered this trio from Amazon:

dry brush

The ecoTools brush works pretty well, but I don’t feel like it does much on my feet.  After each brushing, my skin from my calves up to my neck tingled. I felt as though my skin was awakened. My colored tattoo looks brighter and the overall appearance of my skin is brighter and healthier.

Once I received my dry brushing trio, I decided to try dry brushing my face. I wasn’t quite sold on dragging a dry brush across my face, but I did it first thing in the morning after dry brushing my body and it felt amazing! After my shower, my face appeared brighter and I noticed fewer blackheads (gross, I know) on my nose. I just take the brush and brush my face in circular motions, including my chin and even my ears.  I’ve been dry brushing my face daily now for two weeks and my skin is brighter, the blackheads on my nose have greatly diminished, the cystic acne I had on my chin for months is almost gone and the overall appearance of my skin is incredible!  I swear if you told me there’d be a day that I’d be dragging a dry brush across my face, I’d think you were freekin’ nuts. I thought my battery-operated facial brush was giving my face a good clean, but it really isn’t. I’ll dry brush and continue to use my battery-operated facial brush for cleansing, but I owe the refreshed, bright, blackhead-free face to my dry brushing.  I do use the gloves to wash my body, and they’re amazing. I am more than pleased with this product.

Here are great tips on dry brushing from Organic Spa Magazine (click here for more):

  1. Beginning with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet up the legs, working toward your heart. Repeat five times.
  2. Brush from the ankles to the knees on all sides of the legs. Repeat five times.
  3. Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms. Brush from the wrist to the elbow on each surface of the arm (front, back, inside, outside) and repeat for the area between the elbow and shoulder. Repeat five times.
  4. Next, using a long-handle brush—or ask your partner to help—brush your back. Beginning with your lower back, stroke from the bottom of the spine up to the bottom of the shoulders blades, or as high as you can reach. Do this for the center, left and right sides of the lower back. Repeat five times.
  5. Last, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as facial skin is
    too sensitive.
  6. Brush for about three to five minutes until your skin is slightly tingly.
  7. Shower after you’ve dry brushed your entire body to wash off dead skin. Alternate between the hottest water temperature and the coldest. This stimulates circulation, bringing more blood to the top layers of the skin.

Dry brushing is said to not only exfoliate, but also improves blood circulation, breaks down cellulite, and helps skin to absorb nutrients by unclogging pores. I highly recommend dry brushing for all the incredible benefits aside from smooth and soft skin. I have had such amazing results in just a few weeks of dry brushing.

Do you dry brush? How has dry brushing helped your skin?

❤ Cherilyn Thank You For Reading

Day 25 – 25 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Seasons Greetings!

We’ve made it! Here we are on Day 25, the last day of 25 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs! I hope everyone has enjoyed all my posted songs!

Ok, drum roll, please…

Carol of the Bells performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is TO DIE FOR. I absolutely love this song and if I had to choose only one holiday song to listen to for the rest of my life, this would be the song. I blast this in my Jeep, I listen to it over and over again while on my laptop working, I just love it. It was my favorite song to sing in choir.

Turn up the volume! The beat drops at 2:47!

Thank you so much for all your comments and your participation, and I hope you enjoyed this hashtag!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

❤ Cherilyn

 

Day 21 – 25 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs

Billie Holiday is without a doubt my favorite singer of her time. She is another timeless classic who left us far too soon.  If you enjoy the music of Billie Holiday, I encourage you to watch Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. It is a phenomenal story of Billie Holiday, and it will move you.

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Billie Holiday

❤ Cherilyn

Day 11 – 25 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs

Well, we’ve made it to day 11!  I hope everyone is enjoying my favorite Christmas songs.

What’s Christmas without a hippopotamus?

“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is a Christmas novelty song written by John Rox (1902–1957) and performed by Gayla Peevey (10 years old at the time) in 1953. The song peaked at number 24 on Billboard magazine’s pop chart in December 1953.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey

❤ Cherilyn

Day 6 – 25 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs

Third Day is one of my favorite Christian rock bands. Their music is awesome with a bonus being the positive messages in their lyrics.
My sister introduced me to Third Day in 2004 by taking me to see them in concert. Since then, we’ve made it a tradition to see them when they come to our area. It’s been a good few years since they’ve been here, but I am thankful for the memories of years past.

O Come All Ye Faithful – Third Day

❤ Cherilyn

25 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs

I love Christmas music. I can listen to it all year long and I LOVE that my place of employment plays Christmas music all day every day until January 1st.

To celebrate, starting December 1st, every night at 7pm EST I will post my favorite Christmas song with the hashtag #25daysofmyfavoritechristmassongs  🙂

Feel free to play along, even if you don’t have 25 favorite Christmas songs! This is not just exclusive to Christmas! Whichever holiday you celebrate I’m sure has some amazing music, so start posting and tag me so I don’t miss your posts.  I’d love to see all the different songs.

❤ Cherilyn

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Shills Black Purifying Peel-Off Mask – A Review

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I decided I’d try this popular (and painful to remove!) pore deep cleansing mask for myself. I picked it up on Groupon for about $7USD.

I also decided to film it.

This is my FIRST video of ME.  It’s a little sloppy, a bit low in volume, and with horrible bathroom lighting, but I did it.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with this mask.  I didn’t see anything on the peeled off pieces.  The pain was minimal; it hurt more on the cheek area and around my nose.  It wasn’t too terrible.  If you’re waiting for your popcorn to pop, or your nails to dry, or you have to poop, give my video a watch.  It’s only 4 minutes.  🙂

I am going to work on doing more videos; if you’re so inclined, please subscribe to my YouTube channel.  🙂

If you watched the entire 4 minutes, Thank You.  ❤