Brush It Off

genpanoIsland ([ahyluh nd]) noun: a tract of land completely surrounded by water.

Guam, my current home, is an island located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Being considered the 31st largest island of the United States, you can probably guess that it’s pretty small here. However, being only 30 miles long and only 4 to 12 miles wide, there is still so much terrain to explore. Guam is the closest land mass to the Mariana Trench which is home to “Challenger Deep”, the deepest surveyed point in all of the oceans at 35,797 feet deep.

Guam is a breathtaking oasis and one of the pacific oceans best kept secrets. The coastlines are covered in sandy beaches and the entire island is surrounded by coral table reef with deepwater channels.. perfect for divers (and if you’re like me, amateur snorkelers). All in one day, you can hike through the mountains and hills of the south, swim alongside the vast limestone cliffs of the north and explore two oceans, and a countless amount of rivers and reefs. Guam is also only about 13 degrees north of the equator, making even our rainy days here warm ones.

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Since we are so close to the sun, it is very important to take care of your skin. Before considering the many moisturizers to do so (more DIY’s on this coming soon), I am always sure to dry brush my skin. Dry brushing is a very effective and quick way to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. Stop and think.. when was the last time you fully exfoliated your entire body? Not only does dry brushing help to improve the skins overall texture and appearance, but there are some internal benefits as well.

One of the major benefits of dry brushing is that it stimulates the lymphatic system and aids in detoxifying your body. When the lymphatic system is not working properly, toxins in the body are not being released and the buildup of such waste can make you sick. Some of those toxins are also responsible for the breaking down of connective tissue in the body, which manifests on the skin as skin dimpling, AKA cellulite. I highly recommend everyone go get themselves a dry brush and try this at home…you won’t be sorry!

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To get started, follow these steps:

  • Get yourself a natural bristle dry brush, preferably one with a long (& detachable) wooden handle which helps to get those hard to reach places.
  • Since using the brush will be removing dead skin cells, it is best to stand in your bath tub or shower to catch the falling skin.
  • Starting at your feet, begin to brush your skin using long, circular motions moving towards your heart. Lymphatic fluids flow throughout the body heading towards the heart, so it is important you brush in the same direction.
  • Be thorough with your movements, overlapping and covering all areas, doing several passes. Be sure to brush lighter on sensitive areas on the skin. You will be able to handle heavier brushing in those areas the more consistent you are with your at home treatments.
  • When you finish brushing your front side, continue to the back- but instead of starting at the feet, start at your neck and do long strokes working your way down to your lower back.
  • Once you are finished brushing, you are ready to rinse! Your skin may be sensitive after your first few treatments, so use water that is at a moderate temperature.
  • After rinsing, pat yourself dry and apply your favorite body lotion/oil. I recommend coconut oil, as it is all natural and deeply hydrating.genbrush4

Continue to do your dry brush treatments daily, even twice daily if you’d like! You will find that the entire process is pretty simple, but very invigorating and quite the de-stresser.Wash your brush weekly with soap and warm water, and let dry in a sunny area to be sure that no mildew or bacteria have a chance to accumulate on your brush.

I hope you find this process to be not only invigorating and effective, but stress relieving as well. Dry brushing is a great way to start and end your day! It is very important to keep balance to the skin, so after you dry brush be sure to hydrate.

Stay tuned for my favorite natural body cream recipe that you can make at home yourself! Now, go brush it off!genbrush2genbrush5

– Naturally inspired. Locally aware. Universally beautiful. With love, Kerri.

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