“I use a mirror to see myself, but the mirror reflects only the image I can see with all its imperfections. I’m sure that somewhere God is laughing at me. She laughs because she sees more than I do. She can see through me. As I turn away from the mirror, for the first time I see my self, my essence, and my beauty reflected in God’s eyes.” – 365 Prescriptions for the Soul ¹
I don’t know any woman who doesn’t have some part of her body she would like to improve, me included, but I no longer feel I have to ‘punish’ my body into a certain form. Instead, I try to attain a long loving relationship with it.
LOVING THE SKIN YOU’RE IN
I am not going to tell you about a 24 hour crash diet or miracle fitness work out. What I will tell you about are my favorite products and treatments that will leave you feeling pampered. Plus, they will immediately improve the look and feel of your skin and get it ‘beach ready’.
Dry Brushing For Healthy Skin
Dry brushing is easy to do; it takes less than 5 minutes and it’s great for sloughing off dry flaky skin. You will see improvement in the look and texture of your skin right away.
How It’s Done
- Use a brush with natural bristles like 100% wild boar or similar. The bristles should be stiff but not too hard. Look for one that has a handle long enough to reach your back.
- You should only brush towards the heart, making long sweeps, scrubbing in a circular motion.
- Start at your feet, moving up both sides of the legs. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise.
- Next, you’ll work from the arms toward your chest, moving your way down your back.
- Brush several times in each area, but not too hard; this should be an enjoyable experience. Skin should be invigorated but not irritated or red.
Dry brushing works most beneficially when it’s performed daily. It increases the circulation, opens the pores and stimulates the lymphatic system which will help the body release toxins. You will notice your skin is smoother with a rosy glow!
The Skin is the Largest Organ of the Body.
After brushing, your lotions will absorb more quickly into your skin, so treat your skin to natural, chemical free skin care products. One of my favorites is organic virgin coconut oil, one of natures most amazing gifts. It contains beneficial vitamins and minerals like Iron for oxygen transportation and vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin that protects cells from damaging free radicals.
Once your skin drinks in your oil or lotion, it’s ready for self tanner. My favorite self tanner has become St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. It will give your skin a rich, light coffee brown color without the orange undertones you get from a lot of self tanners. The long lasting color will deepen over a few hours time. I recommend the applicator mitt, sold separately, to ensure an even streak-free application.
Best Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen
I have spent a lot of time trying to find a good moisturizing natural sunscreen for the face. A lot of natural sunscreens leave a chalky film on the skin, but not this one. DeVita natural skin care products are very hydrating, partly because they contain hyaluronic acid. I use their Solar Protective Moisturizer daily under make up and Solar Body Moisturizer sunscreen for body. I also recommend DeVita’s Rose facial toner. It smells heavenly. I like their C serum too.
I have an easy sun tan lotion applicator by Aquasentials with a long curved handle for getting sunscreen on to those hard-to-reach spots. Bass products also has a nice folding applicator for travel or the beach.
If you are going to be swimming, you will need to use a sunscreen that is more water resistant than DeVita’s. CeraVe sunscreen is my choice for a natural sunscreen when I am enjoying water sports. Most of the time I walk or practice yoga on the beach, so I use DeVita’s products more often.∗
Your body is your vehicle. Love it. Take care of it.
Enjoy your beach day. I hope it’s delightful! ~ Linda
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation. – Psalm 35:9
∗ I have not been paid or compensated in any way to endorse the products mentioned in this blog.
1. 365 PRESCRIPTIONS FOR THE SOUL by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel
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