Everyone has a different location in their body that harbors their daily stresses. Mine is definitely my shoulders. When I lived in China for work, I was surprised that there were body & foot massage places on every block (much like Starbucks in New York City). Each time I got a body massage, my shoulders were always tense and I would howl in pain when they would try to knead out the knots.
The tightness in my shoulders haven’t changed, and most recently, I experienced the pain again during my Elemis full body massage on a Disney Cruise trip. Lucy, my masseuse for the blissful hour of kneading out my knots, recommended a two-part regimen. The first part was the body brushing that I’ve posted here in the past.
The second part was the use of a few drops of the Cellutox Active Body Oil. THIS PRODUCT IS AMAZING! Lucy said a few drops does wonders to both the shoulder aches and my cellulite. “Yea right” was my response and I didn’t buy it immediately because being the chemist that I am, I wanted to read up on it before making the purchase.
I was especially surprised to see that the majority of the product was made up of oils and extracts. Minus some fragrance components, the product had no (what we call) “foo-foo dust,” or ingredients that do nothing. The seabuckthorn / lemon / sea fennel / juniper combination drives the anti-oxidant, detoxification, and anti-inflammatory properties, and you feel the product working after your first application. I put this on at night before I go to bed – I warm a few drops by rubbing the oil between my palms before applying it on my shoulders and on areas where I see some cottage cheese rippling. The next morning, there’s a warmth that I feel in my shoulders that relieves some of the tightness. I have yet to see huuuuuge changes to my dimply thighs, but this will definitely take longer than a few applications for sure. A girl can hope, right? I also love the citrusy scent, and it helps me relax before I hit the sack.
I never was an aromatherapy person, but I’m starting to gravitate towards calming scents in my products – especially the ones I use at night. This product is definitely going to be a staple in my body care arsenal.
As we celebrate the birthday of the US of A, we all head out this long weekend under the skies to BBQ, enjoy the beach, and spend time with friends and family. I vary my sunscreen usage depending on the occasion, and I have posted about my daily facial sunscreen. When I go outside and I know I’ll be taking a dip in the ocean or sweating on the golf course, this DuraFlex SPF 30 Continuous Spray Sunscreen is my absolute go-to. You will never see me without a can of this, if I’m going to be active in the slightest.
What I love about this is the flexibility of the film on my skin. Many continuous spray sunscreens (the ones that are able to spray with the cans upside-down) have tacky films that form on the skin after the product dries. This product doesn’t have that “saran wrap” feel, and is comfortable on skin. It has broad spectrum protection, as any sunscreen you use should have, and is water resistant at the maximum level of 80 minutes. ALWAYS reapply every 2 hours or after going for a swim. Some of the sunscreens photo degrade, meaning that they won’t be as affective after being exposed to the sun for too long.
Spray yourself generously before you go out in the sun and your skin will thank you!
Have you ever had that one deep tissue massage that you wish never ended? One that was right by the ocean during vacation? Mine was at Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island. My BFF treated me to the best massage I’ve ever had. The staff for the cruise were trained by Elemis Spa, and it was what the doctor ordered for my tight shoulders and calves. They gave us a full questionnaire and chatted with us prior to the treatment so they knew what to look out for and to discuss any concerns.
After the treatment, Lucy, my masseuse, recommended that I body brush and use an antioxidant oil that would help with my trifecta of problems that I wanted to fix – dry skin, dull skin, and cellulite. I had heard of body brushing before, but was always skeptical. However, Lucy really convinced me that she knew what she was talking about (especially after giving me the best massage of my life!) and I went ahead and ordered the products (I’ll review the Cellutox Active Body Oil in a future post).
The body brush has really stiff cactus bristles and it’s definitely a little intimidating at first. I had to be really gentle the first couple times – it takes a little getting used to. I typically use it in the morning prior to showering, and it totally wakes you up! Body brushing gets your circulation going while exfoliating your skin. With the current concerns with polyethylene beads from exfoliating body washes and hand soaps washing into the oceans, this is a great alternative to buffing your skin. The boost of circulation at the surface of your skin helps to remove toxins in the dermis and epidermis quicker than when the skin is sedentary. Body brushing has also helped my lotion absorb quicker into the skin and my skin is brighter and more taut than before! I love it as part of my skin care regimen.