Fall Body Refresh

One of my favorite places is the Korean Bath House! Since it is a bit pricey and I don’t always have the time for a day spa experience. I decided to share my alternative for all you spa lovers  or those too nervous to strip down butt ass naked and get scrubbed down by a stranger. If you decide to go to the Korean bath house with another person, make sure you are really close. You will being seeing ALL  of each other and others…if you catch my drift.

The Korean Bath House at Home.

STEP 1: Step into hot shower. Start with washing your face while your body relaxes and skin softens.

STEP 2: Step away from the water. Time to exfoliate… this is not little bitch exfoliation…this is deep down, sometimes ouch exfoliating.

The gloves are the best,laziest and easiest way to scrub down. They are also just like the Korean Bath house gloves. This step should take at least 15 minutes. Its’ gross but you will see balls of dead skin rolling off and in a sick way it’s satisfying. After a summer of soaking up the sun it is time for our skin to shed and soak up some moisture. Once you are scrubbed raw, its time to really relax.

STEP 3: Start bath and create mix in the fabulous Honey Milk Bath. Soak in the bath for 20-40 minutes. Rise,dry and moisturize with your favorite lotion or oil. I am a personal fan of old school baby oil.

STEP 4: Drink a lot of water!

 Hope you all enjoy your mini spa day!

xo- A

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My fashion basics!

These are my favorite every day mix and match basics. I literally have several v-necks and go to cardigans. and 2 chambrays. 🙂 With accessories you can dress up or down any of these  outfits. These would be key outfit pieces for any travel adventure, comfortable,cute and classy!  I am a huge statement necklace kind of girl and love throwing on a huge necklace with a simple black v-neck and cute skinny jeans.  The more you can mix the more new outfits you can put together. I have discovered all new outfits in my closet just by mixing two pieces I didn’t originally think about. Get bold, get different and be your self!

What is the Cupping Craze?

PHOTO: Celebrity CuppingPHOTO: Celebrity Cupping

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For the past year or so, I have been seeing celebrities with big red rings on their back, from Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet to Lena Dunham posting her cupped back on instagram. Celebrities are flocking to this Ancient Chinese tradition and showing off their marks…so what is causing these marks?
Cupping!!! 

 So what is cupping? Well since I am not a doctor,  I went to my friend WebMD, to get you well-rounded understanding.

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, such as : Glass, Bamboo, Earthenware.

Cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups can mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

  Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Acne
Facial paralysis
Cervical spondylosis
Blood Circulation
and more!

Types of Cupping Therapy

There are various types of cupping therapy, like dry cupping which is suction only or Wet cupping which is a combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.

During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.

A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage like effect.

During wet cupping, a mild suction is created using a cup that is left in place for about three minutes. The practitioner then removes the cup and uses a small scalpel to make superficial skin incisions. Then he or she performs a second suction to draw out a small quantity of blood.

After the procedure, the site may be covered with an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. The skin’s appearance generally returns to normal within 10 days.

Cupping therapy supporters believe that wet cupping removes harmful substances and toxins from the body to promote healing.

Is this something you are rushing to go get?

Some Nay-sayers: 

According to WebMD ” In general, Western medical societies are skeptical of the health claims made by cupping therapy supporters. “Available scientific evidence does not support cupping as a cure for cancer or any other disease,” states the American Cancer Society. “Reports of successful treatment with cupping are mainly anecdotal rather than from research studies.”

But a 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that cupping therapy may have more than a placebo effect. Australian and Chinese researchers reviewed 135 studies on cupping therapy published between 1992 and 2010. They concluded that cupping therapy may be effective when combined with other treatments like acupuncture or medications in treating various diseases and conditions.”

Check out more from WebMD

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DIY Face & Body Scrub!

Scrubs are one the best at home treatments for your skin. They are affordable and very beneficial. If your skin is healthy and firm, you can use a shower scrub up to three times a week. But if you have sensitive or thin skin, limit a good buffing to once a week.

Babe Glow!

A major perk to body scrubs, particularly the salt scrub, it leaves your skin glowing and soft. Sea salt is the best option for a salt glow. A coffee scrub has antioxidants that neutralize the effects of free radicals, which can damage the inner layer of skin which can lead to dreaded age spots and wrinkles. When a coffee body scrub is applied, the skin absorbs the antioxidant and can help prevent premature aging and brings a little life back into your skin. Just like it wakes you up in the morning, it can also wake up your skin!

Shed it!

It might seem like an obvious benefit to mention, but body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin cells.Exfoliation can help keep pores from becoming clogged (damn pores always trying to get gross) and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling. Scrubbing makes room for fresh shiny new cells to be produced and ultimately and leaving your skin looking and feeling like a total babe.

Just let it flow:

When you get a body scrub or give one to yourself, you are encouraging the natural flow of circulation and bodily fluids within. Some people use coffee body scrubs to combat the unwanted of varicose veins (spider veins). The caffeine found in coffee scrubs typically increases blood flow.

Be Gone Cellulite and Aging:

Some claim that coffee body scrubs can actually improve the appearance of aging and dimpled skin from cellulite. Lets be clear here, this is no miracle.  But every bit helps, so try the coffee scrub. It may reduce the appearance of cellulite and even the motion  of applying the coffee scrub can help by squeezing and massaging the body, this helps release and breakdown the toxins and fats held in the skin. Caffeine is also a vasodilator, (going back to biology days) which means it constricts blood vessels in the skin. This makes the blood vessels tighter and firmer quickly, which is shown in your skin texture

Bronzed Babe:  Try a non oily  or light oil base body scrub before applying any tanning lotion to guarantee an even application. By removing the dead skin cells, you’ll avoid splotches and dark spots, especially around your knees and elbows. Body scrubs are also great for removing self-tanner from your body

Relax and Enjoy!

Indulge in body scrubs, they are relaxing and purely beneficial. Having a body scrub done by a professional allows you to receive the benefit without the mess or stress. Getting a body scrub done at a spa regularly can be expensive, but there are many options to making your own scrubs at home.

Some of my favorite Scrub ingredients: Coconut oil, Olive Oil, Sugar, Sea Salt, Coffee Grounds, Honey, Lemon, Baking Soda

Be careful not to over scrub. Though your body skin is heartier than the skin on your face, it is susceptible to irritation. Always moisturize after you’ve dried off for smooth, nourished skin.

Body Recipe:

1 Cup of already used coffee grounds or fresh dry grounds. So I don’t waste coffee, I just take the grounds from the morning I used.

1/2 or to your liking of Olive Oil or Coconut oil.

Mix all together until you get your ideal texture and hop in the shower and start scrubbing.

Don’t be afraid to add essential oils or some sugar. Be your own body scrub mixologist!

Face Scrub:

  • 2 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water.
  • For moisture instead of water use coconut oil or honey.
  •  A few squeezes of lemon to your face scrub will help pull out the gunk in your pores and lighten (over time) any acne marks.
  • You could sprinkle some sugar on half a lemon and rub it all over your face for a quick and easy scrub

xo A

DIY Sunburn Home Remedy Recipes !

Since it is officially spring and people are off on their spring break adventures and summer will be here soon, I thought I would share my favorite sunburn  DIY home remedies !

My sunburn healing essential is Black Tea! My mom has been using this trick since she was a teen. Tannic acid in the tea is a key component in beating a sunburn. Black tea is also full of antioxidants and herbs that can prevent your burn from blistering.  To soothe your burn follow the recipe:

  •  Place 3-5 black tea bags in a pitcher of warm water and let them steep  After the tea has cooled, simply dip a soft washcloth or cotton ball into the tea and start softly rubbing it over your burns. and then the healing begin! Be bronzed babe without the burn and  don’t forget to moisturize,moisturize,moisturize!

A messier DIY Home Remedy for your burns: Eggs whites

  • Egg white have collagen helps heal the skin and is a wonderful natural burn remedy.If you have some spare farm-fresh egg, you can separate the yolk from the white. whip the whites to a foam and then  rub the egg white over the affected skin, and allow it to dry completely. Do not rinse. If possible, allow the egg white to remain on the skin overnight. Enjoy the immediate relief and cooling sensation and reapply after bathing or as necessary if pain returns.Enjoy the sun but always use sunscreen to help prevent sun damage and wrinkles. 🙂
  • xo A