Self Care: dry brushing

Some of my favorite self care steps literally take 2 minutes. It’s all these little things you can do throughout the day (or once a week/month) that add up to SUCH big changes! Dry brushing is one of those things that’ll help both short term and long term. 

So, why dry brushing?

You brush your hair, you brush your teeth, and you should also be brushing your skin! It has major benefits including smoother skin and lymphatic drainage. Every time you dry brush, you’re getting rid of SO many dead skin cells that are just sitting there. Exfoliating dead skin is going to help the appearance and bring to the surface that new skin sitting underneath it. Just like exfoliating your face (which you should also be doing!), but we’ll talk about that another time. Also, your lymphatic system is directly related to your body’s immune system. Your lymph system is made up of lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels that all help to transport lymph through your system. These lymph vessels sit just below the skin and regular dry brushing can help keep the flow of this system going through the body. It’s a completely natural way to help detox your body! I don’t know about you, but anytime I come across something that helps your body and your systems detox, I am ALL ABOUT IT. 

How do  you do it?

 Dry brushing should always be done TOWARD your heart. I do it before every shower right in the shower so any dead skin I’m brushing off just falls there. I start at my feet and do long upward strokes up my body. My routine is...feet to knees, knees to thighs, butt & hips, hands to elbows, elbows to shoulders. Sometimes I also do my stomach in a counter clockwise direction (this is the direction your digestive system works). And if Mike is around I’ll have him do my back, which is the only exception to the direction. Your back should be done from the neck down to your lower back. SO easy. Like I said, this usually takes less than 2 minutes, and look at all of the benefits! 

This is the brush I use. It’s small and comes with a little bag, so it’s easy to stash away or throw in a bag if you’re traveling. 

After dry brushing and showering, I always finish my body off with oils! I’ve always been an oily person over a lotion person. Even when I was younger I’d use Baby Oil over lotion as my daily moisturizer, (but obvs NEVER out in the sun!) 

+ favs for after shower are Young Living’s Cel-lite Magic Massage Oil, Sensation Massage Oil, or I’ll just use a pump of fractionated coconut oil and add a drop or two of an essential oil!

 

 

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Self Care: count your steps!

I’ve always been pretty big on self care, but after having so much trouble getting pregnant with Capri, I really stepped up my game. I started researching WAY more about cleaner products, and ways to keep toxins out of our home as much as possible. Exposure to toxins can really mess with your hormones, and we really had no answers as to why I couldn’t hold onto a pregnancy, so I figured that was a great place to start. I always have lots of people interested in what I do and products I’ve turned to, so I wanted to start talking more about self care. 

First up, and one of the first things I really started doing for self care after Capri was born is count your steps! When she was about 4 weeks old, I started doing this again (I’ve don’t this for years and through my pregnancy as well). There are SO many types of pedometers out there now, so grab one and start counting! I use an Apple Watch, but have previously used a Fitbit. My mom has the Garmin and loves that because it doesn’t have to be charged!

I set a goal of 10,000 steps a day for myself, and also try to have 2-3 days a week where my goal is 15,000. I know every mom probably thinks between chasing kids around and doing daily chores, that you’re getting enough steps in, but I’m telling you, you’re probably not! I HAVE to be proactive and moving a LOT during the day to get those 10,000 in. This helps me SO much with staying motivated and moving all day. I have some days where it’s shitty weather and I’m just not running around between inside, outside, playgrounds, beach, etc., and I take a look at my steps and I’m at 1,200 at 2pm. Uhhh what!  Especially on those days I MAKE sure to take 30-40 minutes and hit the treadmill. Another rule I use is that I have to hit my steps before dinner time. I’ve had a few times I was so motivated to hit my goal that I’d be walking circles around my kitchen island at 10 pm. How dumb is that? Walking around your kitchen island isn’t BEING ACTIVE. So, I try to keep my steps more as something to keep me motivated and moving throughout the day. Not just a goal I want to attain by walking through my house at the end of the night.  But, if you like to get a workout in at night, that works too! I just rarely work out after I’ve eaten dinner.

Just a great way to stay motivated and take care of yourself, especially after having a babe! Don’t over think it or stress if you don’t hit a number! So easy!

+some fav oils I like to incorporate into my workouts....Lemon oil in my water, and peppermint oil on the back of my neck! 

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