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 “Anytime you’re ingesting something, you’re giving your body the building blocks it needs to manufacture tissues and hormones. If you drink tea every day, you can make all sorts of significant changes to your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being and energy.”  ~ Marcia Dixon

Skin and Tea ~asian-tea-set

One of my favorite skin care rituals to support healthy, luminous skin is to drink tea.

Green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea are technically the only “true teas” (as each one is made from the camellia sinensis plant).

Here are some of the beautiful things “true teas” do for your skin, and for your whole body, when you drink them:

  • Because true teas are astonishingly rich in antioxidants (even richer than many fruits and vegetables) they provide us with a natural, anti-aging tonic for sun damage, stress, and all forms of free-radical damage.
  • True teas support a healthy metabolism, can support healthy weight loss, and can help release water retention.
  • Even though true teas contain some degree of caffeine, they still contribute toward hydrating your body.
  • True teas even improve the health of your mouth by stopping the growth of cavity producing bacteria.

To maximize receiving the benefits of true teas, drink one to four cups in the morning or early afternoon each day.

Herbal and other teas, while they are not considered “true teas” also lavish your skin (and your whole body) in beautiful benefits. The French call these herbal infusions “tisanes”, which simply means dried flowers, fruits, herbs, or other plant material steeped in boiling water (with no actual tea leaves included). The benefits and variety of herbal infusions are nearly endless.

I’ll list some favorites here:glass-cup-with-tea-

Dandelion~ liver-cleansing, helps to reduce fluid retention, and supports healthy digestion

Rosehip~ rich source of vitamin C, flavoinoids, and lycopene (essential antioxidants)

Rooibos~ helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, rich in vitamins and minerals, and an anti-oxidant powerhouse

Peppermint~ relieves bloating, clears congestion, and helps to induce a sense of calm

Ginger~ supports healthy digestion and boosts your immune system

Chamomile~ reduces anxiety, supports restful sleep and boosts your immune system

Hibiscus~ helps to lower blood pressure and supports weight management

Parsley ~ liver and kidney detoxifier and strong source of vitamins A and C

To reap the full benefits of tisanes, drink one to four (or more if you’d like) cups per day. Since they are caffeine free they can be enjoyed at almost any time, day or night, but since they so often encourage relaxation I love to drink them in the late afternoon and evening.

To receive the medicinal properties, as well as to create a delicious tea, you must prepare your tea well. (Improperly brewed tea tastes awful and likely has no medicinal benefits.) The brewing tips  below are from Adgio Teas and the Rare Tea Company:

How to Brew a Great Cup of Tea~

1)      Use water that tastes good. If your water tastes funny, so will your tea. (Tea know-it-alls report that extremely hard water will make an astringent, harsh cup of tea, and water that is too soft will make a weak, muddy cup of tea. Good water will have around 150 parts per million (PPM) of balanced mineral content. Putting tap water through a simple carbon filter water pitcher is one easy way to get good water for tea.)

2)      Use fresh water for each pot or cup of tea- don’t reheat the same water. (Boiling water releases oxygen. Tea know-it-alls call reheated, previously boiled water “dead water” and believe that it won’t make the best tea.)

3)      About one teaspoon of loose tea leaves per 8 ounces of water is a good ratio for a cup of tea.

4)      Use  just under boiling water when making black tea, dark oolong tea and most herbal teas (these teas need the heat to help release their medicinal properties).

5)      When steeping green tea, green oolong tea and white tea, use slightly cooler water. About 180 degrees, or allow boiling water to sit for five minutes before steeping. (These teas are more delicate, and water that is too hot will damage them and make them bitter.)

6)      Steep your tea for as long as is recommended on your tea package! Over-steeped tea tastes foul and bitter and will have deaden medicinal benefits, while under-steeped tea tastes weak and bland and will not allow the medicinal benefits to be amply released. (In general, green teas and light oolong teas steep for 1 to 3 minutes, black teas steep for 2 to 5 minutes, white teas and dark oolong teas steep for 30 seconds to 5 minutes, and herbal teas for 5 to 15 minutes.)

7)      Fully cover your tea cup or tea pot while steeping. (This ensures the medicinal benefits of the tea remain intact, as well as enhances flavor.)

8)      Tea-know-it-alls inform us that commercial tea bag are not recommended. Not only are they known for poor-quality tea, they don’t provide enough space for steeping tea leaves to expand. (Tea leaves unfurl as they steep, and can expand up to five times their size. Tea balls or infuser baskets that are spacious work great.)

9)      Environmental-know-it-alls inform us that well-known commercial tea brands (like Lipton) have been found to be laced with toxic pesticides when independently tested. The best way to ensure that your tea is toxic pesticide free is to buy organic.

More Benefits of Drinking Tea:


“I put hibiscus flower in every cup of tea I have. It’s sweet, sexy, and cleansing.”~ Mario Batali

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ~ Henry James

“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.” ~ Alice Walker

“One day I decided to try to have a complete day without tea. I was quite shaken. I was quite disturbed.” ~ Morrisey

“Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.” ~ T’ien Yiheng


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Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment, nor can it substitute for in-person skin care consultation and  treatment with a qualified skin care therapist. Please note that certain herbs or teas may not be suitable for some individuals.

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Daily Treatments for Your Eyes That You Can Do at Home~126

The following videos show you how you can reduce lines, dark circles and puffiness around your eyes as well as how to encourage brighter, more widely opened eyes. Most of these pressure points, massages, and exercises can be done while you are applying a good eye cream in the morning (like this one or one of these) or else while you are removing your eye make-up in the evening (I like to recommended using this).

Eye Lid Lift Exercises by Dr. Serene Lim (to lift the upper eye lid)

Eye Acupressure Points by Dr. Serene Lim (to release tension and stimulate healthy circulation)

Anti-aging Massage for Eyes (to decrease puffiness and dark circles and to  help work in your eye cream effectively)

Lymph Drainage and Eye Massage (to relieve sinus pressure, to support healthy lymph flow, and to help work your eye cream in effectively)

Brow Massage (to decrease vertical lines between the brows)

Eye Massage with Dr. Grace Tan (to create bright, healthy eyes)

One final tip: If you use a micro-needle roller regularly at home, be sure to include rolling over your eyebrows as well as under your eyes and your temple area. This will help to keep the entire eye area smooth and taunt. (More info about micro-needle rolling here.)


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Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment, or  as a replacement for an in-person consultation with a qualified skin care therapist.

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If you are not keen on invasive, expensive treatments (like a neck lift, medical skin resurfacing, or fillers and Botox injections) is there anything that can be done for a wrinkling, creasing neck and décolleté?58

Yes. A lot.  You may be surprised at how much improvement you can accomplish on your own.

You Can….

1)        Sleep on your back. This is best way to avoid the creases that develop between your breasts when you always sleep on your side. (If you must sleep on your side, a pillow for your bust is essential.)

2)        Sleep with a firm, very flat pillow or else no pillow at all. This is the best way to avoid the creases that develop horizontally across your neck.  (Big, fat pillows can put your head and neck at angles that cause your skin to crease.)

3)        Do facial exercises. Focus diligently on the exercises for the neck. When done correctly and consistently, you will see improvements.

4)        Include your neck and décolleté in your daily and nightly skin care regime for your face. (This assumes you have a good home care regime for your face!) Everything from your…

…can be used with good results on your neck and décolleté. You don’t have to purchase and use separate products for your neck and décolleté to keep them in good shape, although you can. Make sure you have effective exfoliation, and ample hydration and moisture, and most of all use solid sun protection for all outdoor exposure.

5)        Get support from your regular facial treatments. Let your esthetician know you’d like to focus on your neck and décolleté as well when you get your facials. Treatments such as microdermabrasion, micro-needle therapy, peels, deep hydration and rejuvenation masques,  etc., can be a great help by boosting the results of all the work you are already doing on your own. At Rich Earth, the Dreaming Moon Facial and the Eternal Sky Facial both include treatments for the neck and décolleté.

6)        More tips from Wise Geek and Dr. Oz.


“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~Pablo Picasso


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Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

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Facial Exercises- Why Do Them?

  1. They are an irreplaceable adjunct to your topical skin care regime. Your skin care products work from the outside in, and your facial exercises work from the inside out. Together, both give you a complete regime for a beautiful complexion.
  2. They stimulate circulation which can improve the color (pallor) of your complexion as well as decrease puffiness and dark circles.
  3. They can increase your skin’s firmness and smoothness by building and lifting the muscles beneath your  facial skin.
  4. They help to release chronically held facial tension.
  5. They help put the control of how you look in your own capable hands.
  6. Just like all forms of viable exercise, when you do them correctly and consistently, you see improvements.

I believe the easiest way to learn how to do facial exercises is to watch them being done by video or else with a well detailed and illustrated book. I’ll list several reputable options below. (Please note, I have no association with any of these programs and gain nothing by listing them here. My goal is to connect you with a good facial exercise program that works beautifully for you.)

Choose Your Facial Exercise Program:

There is a plethora of information on the benefits of facial exercises- much more than there is space to include here. However, here is what Dr. Serene Lim and  Tonya Zavasta and Carolyn Cleaves  and Fumiko Takatsu and Carol Maggio and Dr.Oz have to say about them.

One of the greatest benefits of facial exercises, I believe,  is that they teach you how to work your facial muscles to maximum capacity, and then to release them fully to complete relaxation. This strengthens (and firms, lifts and builds) your facial muscles, which in turn lifts and firms the skin attached to the muscles.  It also helps you to release any chronically held tension in your face.

Practicing facial exercises is the opposite of unconsciously and chronically furrowing your brow, wrinkling your forehead, squinting your eyes, clenching your jaw or pursing your lips…where you use only a small part of your muscle’s strength capacity and almost never fully release it. This chronic, unconsciously held tension actually weakens your facial muscles, which hastens sagging and wrinkles.

Complimentary Exercises to Go with Your Regular Facial Exercise Regime:

I’m listing several facial exercises below just in case you’d like to get started right now. These exercises can work effectively as a helpful addition to whichever facial exercise regime you choose to do regularly. Remember, though, its usually easier to learn by watching a video or looking at illustrations (like the options listed above), so don’t feel frustrated if these written instructions seem confusing, especially at first. As with most things, they gets easier the more you do them.

Tips For Doing These Facial Exercises:

  1. Begin by doing each exercise to a slow count to six. Then repeat each exercise ten times.
  2. Breathe in deeply and exhale fully while doing the exercises.
  3. Work to exertion, not to fatigue. Increase or decrease your repetitions to fit your own strength and stamina. Challenge yourself, but remember to leave enough “oomph” to do it all over again tomorrow. If you are doing the exercises correctly and  are working vigorously enough, your facial muscles will  probably feel a little  sore for the first few days.
  4. Keep your face as relaxed as you can while exercising. For example, when you are exercising your mouth, relax your brows and forehead. When you are exercising your forehead, relax your mouth. Take care that you do not unconsciously clench your jaw. After you complete each exercise, fully relax your entire face. Breathe in deeply. Exhale fully.
  5. Do the exercises one to two times per day.

1 ) To Smooth and Lift the Brow Area
Place each pointer finger flat across your forehead, just above each eyebrow. Strongly raise your eyebrows while you firmly press down with your fingers. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

2 ) To Smooth the Area Between the Brows
a)     Place the middle fingertip of each hand in the center of each eyebrow. Pull the eyebrows  strongly apart with your fingertips, and at the same time frown  (move your eyebrows down and together) strongly. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.
b)     Place the middle fingertip of each hand in the center of each eyebrow. Push your eyebrows together with your fingertips and at the same time raise your eyebrows strongly. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

3 ) To Smooth Out Crow’s Feet
Place the ring and middle finger of each hand at the outer corners of your eyes. Pull the corners of your eyes toward the hairline, and at the same time squeeze your eyes strongly shut. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

4 ) To Lift the Under Eye Area and Reduce Under Eye Bags and Puffiness
Place the three center fingers of each hand directly underneath each eye. Pull down with your fingers, and at the same time tightly close your eyes. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

5) For Wide-Open Bright Eyes
a) Relax your face.  Look straight in front of you.  Open your eyelids as WIDE as you possibly can, hold for a slow count to six, then release.  Repeat 10 times.  Keep your forehead, and the rest of your face, fully relaxed.

b) Relax your face.  Look down by only moving your eyes down.  Keep your head level.  Open your eyelids as WIDE as you possibly can, while keeping your eyes gazing down.  Hold for a slow count to six, then release.  Repeat 10 times. Keep your forehead, and the rest of your face, fully relaxed.

6) For a Shapelier Nose
Place one finger under the tip of your nose.  Push your nose up with that finger, making a “piggy nose.”  Pull down with your upper lip to pull your nose tip back to its regular place, while still pressing up with your finger.  Hold for a slow count of six. Repeat 10 times.

7 ) To Lift and Sculpt the Cheeks
Place the three center fingers of each hand on the “apple” of each cheek. Press down firmly with your fingers, and at the same time raise your cheeks as hard as you can by smiling. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

8) For Toned Cheeks
Place your thumb on the inside of your cheek.  Place your pointer finger of the same hand on the outside of your cheek.  Your cheek is now held between your thumb and your forefinger.  Place your thumb and forefinger as close as you can to the hinge of your jaw.  Pull forward with your thumb and finger while you pull back with your cheek (it’s the same movement with your cheek as smiling hard.)  Hold for a slow count to six.  Repeat ten times.  Then repeat the whole exercise on the other side. ( Is this one hard to figure out?  Here is a video to a very similar exercise that works the same muscles: Video Example by Debra Crowley)

9 ) To Smooth and Firm the Mouth Area
Place the middle finger of each hand on either side of your lower lip. Strongly pull down with your fingers, exposing your lower teeth. At the same time, form a very firm pout with your lips, strongly pulling up against your fingers with your lower lip. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

10) To Encourage Shapely Lips
Press your lips together in a strong, straight, firm line,  forming an “mmmm” shape with your lips. (Do not tense your lips in such a way that creates wrinkles.) Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

11 ) To Firm the Chin Area
Place the three center fingers of one hand directly on the chin. Pull down strongly with your fingers, and at the same time curl your bottom lip up over your bottom teeth and pull up strongly with your chin and lower lip. Hold for a slow count to six. Repeat ten times.

12 ) To Smooth, Firm and Elongate the Neck
Lie face up on a bed. Hang your head over the edge. Press your tongue firmly to the roof of your mouth. Slowly raise your head to be in alignment with your body. Lower your head back down. Repeat. (For this exercise, do three sets of five instead of ten sets to the count of six.)


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Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy…” ~Andre Gide

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Puffy face and eyes, dark circles, dry, flaky, irritated, red, blotchy skin?  These are some of the not so nice symptoms that seasonal allergies can bring to your complexion. (Ack.)

Depending on where you live and what you are sensitive to, allergies can potentially strike in the spring, summer, fall and winter. (Ack ack!)

You are not lost and alone in a sea of yucky symptoms, dear heart. Here is what you can do…

Skin Care:

Anti-inflammatory, hydrating skin care products are the key. Flavonoid-rich skin care products (flavonoids are antioxidants found abundantly in fruits and vegetables) are extremely helpful because they can help regulate histamine reactions-which will calm your visible allergy symptoms. You probably need some exfoliation as well but are too sensitive/irritated for most exfoliating products- so a gentle, hydrating exfoliating product is a must.

ilike organic skin care cleansing milks and moisturizers amply provide the needed hydration as well as an abundance of calming flavonoids.  The ilike Sulfuric Exfoliator and the Ultra Sensitive Exfoliating Mask and Scrub provide soothing, calming exfoliation and can even help to reduce redness. To quench extra dry skin, add several drops of a Suhka Goddess Elixir to your moisturizer before applying. Each Sukha oil blend is strongly anti-inflammatory, deeply moisturizing and rapidly healing.

Its worth noting that all of the Benedetta skin care products are inherently healing and calming. Benedetta’s “The” Eye Crème is even suitable for most all sensitive skin. Gently and consistently massaging it into the eye area each morning will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles (as well as wrinkles).

Each Night:

Shower before you get into bed. By the end of the day, you are probably covered in outdoor pollutants, pollens and other air born allergens. Don’t bring them to bed with you. Clean skin, clean hair, clean clothes, clean sheets and a clean pillowcase will ensure you are not inhaling intensive amounts of allergens all night long, too.

Fans in your open windows can increase the outdoor allergens you breathe by pulling them in from the outside, so only use fans in your window when you must.

Cool Mist Humidifiers help to reduce the allergens you breathe in while at home. (Water droplets bind to the allergens in the air, and they get heavy and fall to the floor before you can inhale them.) Consider one for your home- especially for your bedroom.

Air Purifiers (like a HEPA Air Filter) are known for removing spores and pollen from the air. Consider one for your home- especially for your bedroom.

Each Morning:

Do facial exercises and/or pressure points and/or facial massage  and/or lymph drainage and/or a combination. This will stimulate circulation, help to move fluids and stagnancy, and ultimately help to relieve puffiness and dark circles.

In addition, if you have a puffy face, press a cool compress (this can be as simple as a cool, moist, soft towel) to your entire face. Repeat several times. If you have puffy eyes, gently press chilled, moist tea bags to your eyes and leave them there for several minutes.  Lovely Portland acupuncturist Elie Cole says that chrysanthemum tea bags works especially well.  Chilled cucumber slices also work.

Drink water (room temperature, warm or hot) first thing in the morning. This is also helpful in moving stagnancy, which helps to diminish puffiness. Dr. Edythe Vickers advises to drink satiating water when you are struggling with allergies, as ample hydration is a good natural antihistamine.

All the Time:

Boost your immune system.

Eat plentiful amounts of veggies and fruits- including raw (this will ensure you are eating lots of flavonoids, which will  inhibit histamine reactions, which can help relieve your symptoms).

In addition to eating healing plant foods, there are several natural remedies in supplement form that are very helpful additions: quercetin (from apples and onions), bromelain (from pineapple) ephedra (an herb),as well as the old, familiar favorites echinacea, nettle and garlic. Here are some supplement formulations as well as teas you can check out with many of the above mentioned healers:


Use a Neti Pot. (Always with purified or distilled water and pure sea salt or other appropriate saline solution.) Once in the evening and once in the morning is recommended. This clears out allergens in your nasal passages, not to mention clears congestion, soothes irritated nasal passages and helps your nose to drain well. With regular use, you may find that not only do you breathe easier, but you no longer wake up with puffy eyes.

Eat local honey. While it is not yet completely understood why this works, it’s a pleasant, slow, easy remedy that many have had success with. Eat a small amount (a teaspoon or two) of local honey (from local bees) every day for a year or more. It can be eaten straight, or added to your tea, or smoothie, or warm cereal, or yogurt, or to whatever you like.  Be patient and be consistent. Slowly, your allergy symptoms should diminish.

Get some house plants. House plants are the absolute best way to improve the over-all air quality of your home. If you are sensitive too, or irritated by, other pollutants in addition to your seasonal allergies (such as the chemicals in carpets or in paint or by the car exhaust that drifts in your window) healthy house plants are just the ticket for you- and for everyone, really.  Here is a list of fifteen that improve indoor air quality better than anything else we know of. (At least one plant for every 100 square feet is recommended.)

Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.


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“I am a believer in change peu a` peu (little by little) since drastic changes, including lots of changes made all at once, are often the sort of modifications that don’t stick.” ~Mireille Guiliano

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Why Dry Brush Your Face~

Dry brushing feels good, is good for you, helps you look better, and costs just a little. What’s not to love?

How To Dry Brush Your Face~

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The Benefits of Dry Brushing Your Face~

Increased exfoliation: Helps to create smoother, more refined skin;

Increased circulation: Brings more oxygen and nutrition directly to your facial skin, which helps to improve the color and over-all health of your complexion;

Increased lymphatic flow: Helps to move toxins out of the body, which can possibly decrease the likelihood of unpleasant events such as breakouts and puffiness;

Increased facial firmness: Using resistance helps to strengthen and build facial muscles, and your facial skin is directly attached to those muscles. Your skin will lift and firm right along with your muscles. Resistance also helps to protect your skin against any unintentional pulling while you dry brush;

Increased relaxation: Dry brushing is perfect to do before bed – or anytime. The firm, soothing strokes of dry brushing can release tension, and bring relief to muscles that are tight, stiff or tense.  It will also improve the appearance of your face ten-fold if you can learn to release that unconsciously held and chronic face/neck tension. Plus, dry brushing down the back of your neck feels delicious.

Tips For Doing It Right~

  • Resistance for Firmness:

The woman in the video shows us a good example of using the resistance of her facial muscles against the movement of the brush to increase the firmness of her face. In addition to her example of using muscle resistance, you can also increase resistance by making a firm oval shape with your mouth, and pulling your lips firmly over your teeth while you dry brush. (You can even do this whenever you wash your face.)

  • Brush Care:

Clean your dry brush (or mitt) with soap and water regularly. Make sure its fully dry before the next use.

  • Choice of Brush:

Use a brush (or mitt) that is gentle enough for the face and is well made, so no scratching can occur while you adjust the pressure of the brush to give yourself the maximum benefits. (Firm strokes work well. There is no need to press hard.)

When Should You Dry Brush Your Face?
In a perfect world, you would dry brush over basically clean skin, then cleanse it again when you are done to rinse away the dead skin cells, etc, that will be released during dry brushing. This may work by cleansing off your make-up in the evening, dry brushing your face, then doing your second cleanse after you complete your dry brushing. Or, if you’ve cleansed well the night before, you can dry brush first thing in the morning, then follow dry brushing with your normal morning cleanse.

How Often Can You Dry Brush Your Face?
Every day to 3 times per week is a good amount to aim for in order to reap the benefits.


  • Never dry brush over an active breakout;
  • Never dry brush over any inflammatory conditions (eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, etc,.);
  • Never dry brush over any active, communicable skin conditions (cold sores, fever blisters, etc,.).

Enjoy the gorgeous simplicity of this.

Marna Herrington
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“The world is calling you to come play, to come risk, to let your heart burn with a passion that will make sense of your life. The world will speak to you as intimately as your mother did when you were a child, if you can allow the body to teach you its different way of listening.” ~ Philip Shepherd

Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment, and cannot take the place of an in-person consultation with a qualified esthetician. 

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The Basic Skin Care Regime~

A simple, effective, consistent, home skin care regime will ward off all kinds of unfortunate complexion issues.

This basic regime can be your default setting.  It covers all of your bases, making sure you are meeting your skin’s basic needs for a healthy glow.

1) Cleanse every night before bed.
(Sick of clogged pores, large pores, blackheads and little breakouts? Tired of dull skin? Wish your complexion had more of a glow?  Cleansing every night before bed is the place to start.)

  • Use a cleanser that cleans deeply and thoroughly.
  •  Use a cleanser that leaves your skin hydrated, soft, supple and refreshed.
  • Never use a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling tight or dry.
  •  If you are wearing make-up, either use a good make-up remover first, or else cleanse your skin twice (once to remove the make-up and a second time to truly clean your skin).
    Spend one to three minutes  (or longer if you’d like) gently massaging your cleanser over your face, neck and décolleté.
  • Rinse your cleanser away completely. Use a wet wash cloth and also splash with water. Leave your skin fully clean.
  • Cleansers that won’t let you down are right here and here.

2) Exfoliate one to four times per week.(Wish you had smoother skin? Longing for a more porcelain texture? Good, regular exfoliation is your place to start.)

  • Always exfoliate right after cleansing.
    You can use a scrub or a peel or an exfoliating masque, or any combination thereof.
    A good exfoliating product will leave your skin smoother, softer and even healthier looking.
    Regular exfoliation is one of the fastest ways to bring an immediate improvement to how your skin looks. Find a good exfoliating product that works well for your skin, and that you adore, and use it regularly.
    Exfoliating products that won’t let you down are right here and here.

3) Apply a Hydrating Mist/Toner. (Wish your skin felt more hydrated? Looked “dewier”? Absorbed moisturizers better? Start with a good hydrating mist.) 

  • Because hydrating mists come in liquid form, they are easily absorbed into your skin.
  • When you apply a good hydrating mist first, it saturates and softens your skin, helping your serum and moisturizer to absorb better.
  • Good hydrating mists can also have specific benefits for your skin beyond just hydration, such as infusing your skin with vitamins and antioxidants.
  • Please don’t confuse a hydrating mist with an astringent. Astringents tend to be more drying and have a tightening effect on the skin, and are generally geared for oily, breakout-prone skin. Usually, astringents work best as spot treatments, if used at all.
  • Immediately apply your hydrating mist after cleansing or after cleansing and exfoliating, then immediately follow with your serum and moisturizer.
  • Hydrating mists that won’t let you down are right here and here and here.

4) Apply a good serum and/or facial oil. (Wish your complexion looked more radiant? Less red? More balanced? Less wrinkled?  More bright? Less blotchy? Completely luminous?  Start by choosing a good serum and/or facial oil.)

  • Good serums and facial oils  are action-packed skin care product created to “do” something. If you’d like to see improvements in your skin, this is not a step to miss.
  • Smooth or massage in your serum or facial oil while your your skin is still moist from your hydrating mist.
  • Good serums and facial oils that won’t let you down are right here and here and here and here.

5) Apply a good moisturizer. (Wish your skin was less dry?  Less oily? Softer? Healthier? The right moisturizer is the place to start.)

  • The right moisturizer for your skin will help with your skin’s over-all oil balance (such as  bring needed moisture to dry skin or help to balance oily skin.)
  • A good moisturizer will also keep your skin soft, nourished, and healthy. Some moisturizers are overflowing with benefits beyond that, like providing rich anti-oxidant nourishment.
  • Apply your moisturizer to your face, neck and décolleté while your skin is still moist from your serum/facial oil application.
  • Moisturizers that won’t let you down are right here and here and here.

6) Apply a good sun protection product. (Want to avoid dark spots and premature lines/wrinkles/sagging? Apply good sun protection and you are off to a good start.)

  • Apply a good sun protection product as your final layer for all outdoor exposure in the daytime.
  • A sun protection product that won’t let you down is right here.

Just following the simple steps above each day and night will seriously help to keep your complexion in healthy shape. Ta Da!

(You can always add a good masque or two,  a great eye cream  or an alternate eye cream, and a plumping lip balm if you are excited to keep improving your complexion’s appearance.)

Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
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The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. This blog cannot substitute meeting in person  with a qualified esthetician for specific skin care  recommendations and accurate skin analysis.

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Did you accidently get too much sun?  Here’s what to do when you are in the throes of a painful, itchy sunburn…

1)  As soon as you get home, take a brief, warm (not hot) shower.  About 5 minutes or less should feel good.   Don’t use any products, especially not soap, and no scrubbing.  This is a simple, soothing, warm-water-gently-gliding-down-your-skin-shower.  The shower removes all sunscreen residue, etc., so your proceeding sunburn treatments can work better.

2)  Take a luke-warm to cool (not cold) bath.  About 10 to 30 minutes should  feel good.  Progressing from a warm shower to a cooler bath helps your body temperature to regulate.  (You don’t want to shock your body with a sudden jolt of extremely hot or extremely cold water.)  Add about ½ cup to 2 cups of any of the following to your bath if you’d like:

  • Oatmeal: will work to reduce the inflammation caused by your sunburn. You can use any type of organic rolled oats or even colloidal oatmeal. Avoid instant oatmeal or flavored oatmeal.
  • Baking soda: will add moisture to your parched skin and will cool your burn.
  • Corn starch: may soothe the intensity of the symptoms.
  • Epsom salt: acts as a soothing, mild disinfectant. You can dissolve the Epsom salt in a bowl of warm water and then add that to your bath, if your bath water is too cool to do the dissolving.
  • Vinegar (such as distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, wood-aged): is believed to help balance the skin’s pH factor, its acid/alkaline balance, which ultimately supports healing.
  • Chamomile tea, lavender tea, mint tea or any herbal tea: The natural tannins in herbal tea are believed to be supportive in your skin’s healing process.

When you are done with your bath, rinse off with cool water. Gently pat dry with a very soft towel. No rubbing.

3)  Mist your clean, sunburned skin generously with either of the two options below ~

  • Chilled vinegar (such as distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, wood aged): Vinegar is believed to have a balancing effect on your skin’s pH, which ultimately supports healing.  You can mist the vinegar on straight, or dilute the vinegar with pure water (about half and half of each).  The vinegar scent will completely dissipate in about an hour.
  • Chilled witch hazel: Witch hazel is believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect that eases your symptoms.  You can mist the witch hazel on straight, or dilute the witch hazel with pure water (about half and half of each).

(If a chilled mist feels too shocking, room temperature or slightly cool works well, too.)

4)  Apply any of the following products liberally on all sunburned skin, directly following the misting step above:

  • Chilled aloe vera gel: the high water content helps to re-hydrate your parched skin while it promotes oxygen exchange and increased nutrient intake, which speeds your healing process.
  • Chilled plain, whole yogurt: the natural probiotics are believed to be beneficial to your skin, while the natural fat in whole yogurt is thought to have beneficial moisturizing qualities.
  • Chilled calamine lotion: Calamine lotion is primarily zinc, which is naturally healing, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

(Place products in the fridge to chill before application if you’d like.  The coolness will probably feel wonderful on your sunburn, as well as increase the anti-inflammatory benefits.  However, if room temperature or just slightly cooled feels better to you, do that instead.  Anything that is icy cold will probably feel too shocking.)

5)  Over your product application, apply one of the of the following compresses* to all of your sunburned areas:

  • A cool compress made with mint tea (or any herbal tea); the natural tannins in herbal tea are believed to be very healing.
  • A cool compress made with whole milk; the higher fat content of whole milk is believed to have a soothing and moisturizing effect on your skin.
  • A cool compress made with pure water: Just the simple coolness of a moist compress will probably give you some relief.

(*Note: one simple way to make a compress is to take any clean, soft, cotton cloth, saturate it with whole milk, herbal tea or pure water, chill it completely -or just lightly- in the fridge, then apply it to your sunburned skin.)

Chilled, moist herbal tea bags can also be applied directly to sunburned skin.

6)  Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 as often as needed to keep skin continually moist, hydrated and pain and itch free.

7)  Drink plenty of water. Both internal and external hydration is crucial.  Sunburn symptoms will intensify and prolong if you are dehydrated.

8)  Make sure you are receiving plenty of essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A and beta carotene through food and/or supplements.  (This nourishment is vital support for skin healing.) St. John’s Wort, Echinacea and zinc are also helpful healing supplements.

9)  As soon as the heat, pain and itch are relieved, immediately begin layering on any one or more of the following healing skin care products listed below.  This step is crucial and needs to be started as soon as possible ~ it can help your skin to heal much more quickly as well as mitigate the intensity of the free radical damage caused by the burn:

  • Aloe Vera Calming Gel: This is the perfect thing to apply under any of the other products listed below, as well as on its own. Its hydrating strength is quite powerful, and the green tea and cucumber extracts added calm your skin and fight free radical damage.
  • Stonecrop Whipped Moisturizer: The stonecrop plant is a robust, succulent plant so it strongly draws moisture into your skin.  Stonecrop is also soothing, calming and healing for hyperpigmentation damage.  It is a powerful skin regenerator and is a potent ally against free radical damage.
  • Ultra Sensitive Whipped Moisturizer:  (listed at the bottom of the linked page) Protects against the abuse of the elements. Reduces inflammation, redness and irritation. Encourages calm, healthy, hydrated skin. Naturally anti-aging and anti-inflammatory. Rich in profoundly healing yarrow, plantago and grapeseed.
  • Propolis Lotion: This silky lotion, made from bee propolis from the rainforests of Brazil, is overflowing with bioflavonoids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and trace elements.   It helps to boost the immunity of your skin and protect your skin from complications during healing.  It will accelerate your healing process and help your skin repair itself.

(Keep your sunburned skin continually saturated with one or more of the above products, both day and night, until all signs of the burn are completely gone.)

11) Keep your sunburned skin completely covered and out of sun exposure until you are fully healed.  If this is not practical (like if your face is sunburned) keep your skin thoroughly covered with zinc sun protection the entire time you are outdoors.  Zinc will not only protect you from further sun damage, it will help your skin to heal as well.  Here is one option…

What Else Can Bring Relief To the Discomfort a Sunburn?

  • Add about 20 or so drops of Calendula, Chamomile or Lavender essential oil to a cool bath.  Soak for 10 to 30 minutes.
  • Grate and chill a fresh cucumber.  Apply directly to your sunburned skin.
  • Grate and chill a fresh potato.  Apply directly to your sunburned skin.

(I’ve listed many options, as one treatment may bring more relief than another for your particular skin.  And also, if you are in the midst of a painful sunburn, running to the store may not be an option, so hopefully there are enough choices here that you’ll have a few of these items already on hand.)

What Not To Put On Your Sunburn:

  • Avoid SD Alcohol and Benzocaine on a sunburn.  SD Alcohol will probably just intensify your skin’s dryness, and Benzocaine (although it is present in some sun burn treatment products) may irritate your skin.  Benzocaine should never be applied to children under the age of two without professional medical supervision.
  • Do not put Baby Oil, Vaseline (or any petroleum product), cooking oil or butter on your sunburn.  These products tend to hold the heat of your sunburn in, as well as your sweat, and decrease your skin’s natural ability to excrete toxins and intake oxygen.  This actually slows your skin’s healing process and possibly intensifies the symptoms that you feel.

Seek Medical Care for Your Sunburn If:
• Your sunburn is severe, covers a large portion of your body, and blisters;
• Your sunburn is accompanied by a high fever, extreme pain, nausea or a rash;
• Your sunburn doesn’t respond to at-home care within a few days.

Remember that Sunburns are Serious:
The National Institute of Health provides the below information. This is good to know:

  • A sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body’s protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin.  (There is no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Unprotected sun exposure causes premature aging of the skin.)
  • While the symptoms of a sunburn are usually temporary (such as red skin that is painful to the touch), the skin damage is often permanent and can have serious, long-term health effects, including skin cancer.  By the time the skin starts to become painful and red, the damage has been done.  The pain is worst between 6 and 48 hours after sun exposure.
  • Sun exposure can cause first and second degree burns.
  • In severe sunburns, blistering of the skin may occur.  Deaths have resulted from acute sun exposure.
  • Skin cancer usually appears in adulthood, but is caused by sun exposure and sunburns that began as early as childhood.  You can help prevent skin cancer by protecting your skin and your children’s skin from the harmful rays of the sun.
  • Infants and children are especially sensitive to the burning effects of the sun.
  • The sun’s rays are strongest during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The sun’s rays are also stronger at higher altitudes and lower latitudes (closer to the tropics).  Reflection off water, as well as sand or snow, can intensify the sun’s burning rays.
  • Sun lamps and tanning beds can cause severe sunburn.
  • Some medications (such as the antibiotic doxycycline) can make you more susceptible to sunburn.

Prevention is the Key:
Once you’ve suffered through the misery of a sunburn, you know you never want to go through that again. (I’m also pretty sure you don’t want to give yourself early wrinkles, sagging and mottled, liver-spotted skin either, so…)

Here are a few key tips to remember:

  • Apply your sun protection product liberally at least once every hour and a half and more often if your skin burns extremely easily.
  • No sun protection product can block out all harmful UV rays completely.  You must periodically seek shade and the indoors, as well as re-apply your sun protection product.
  • Remember that you can still get a sunburn even when the sky seems cloudy.

peace and cheers~

Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Spa
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“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Spa understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

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“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”
~Dr. Georgiana Donadio

First thing first:

  1. Supplements can benefit you greatly, but only when they fortify a good diet. They can never take the place of a good diet.
  2. It’s usually best to work with a great healthcare practitioner (a highly qualified naturopathic doctor, nutritionist, holistic medical doctor, etc.,) in order to make sure you are taking the best supplements, in the right quantities, for the correct duration of time, all specifically for you, in order to create the best results.
  3. The following list is by no means a complete list of every nutrient that impacts your skin, but it is a very robust start for powering up you own skin health and integrity.

That being said, check out what these amazing little beauties can do for you and your complexion…

For Smoother and Firmer Skin ~
One of the best ways to improve both the firmness and the texture of your skin is by enhancing collagen production. There are great ways to do this at Rich Earth from the outside in, but you can do this from the inside out, too, and doing both together is a huge win/win for your complexion.

Amino Acids: Lysine, proline and glysine are amino acids that form the building blocks that create protein, and protein is what the collagen in your skin is made of. (Vitamin C is an essential co-factor in this formation process, and must be present in adequate amounts in order for the amino acids to do their job.)  Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means you must obtain it through food and/or supplements, while theoretically your body can produce proline and glysine on its own.  However, if you have digestive issues or other health concerns, your body may need extra support in obtaining these amino acids, too.  (As a side note, lysine specifically is an extremely helpful alibi in helping cold sores to heal more quickly and, in some cases, helping to heal breakout-prone skin.)

Vitamin C: Without sufficient vitamin C, collagen breaks down.  Collagen synthesis is a complex and specific process and Vitamin C plays a key role. Vitamin C can also be helpful in preventing discoloration of the skin and has an over-all brightening effect on your complexion. It almost goes without saying that vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant (meaning that it can help nullify the free radical damage that can occur in daily life, such as from sun exposure)  as well.

Minerals: Iron is a co-factor along with Vitamin C in the creation of collagen, while copper and zinc are important for the formation of collagen fibers. Silica boosts the elasticity of your skin while magnesium facilitates healthy cellular function over-all. Deficiencies of these minerals can lead to skin structure breakdown.

Glucosamine: This building block for your connective tissue stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid within your body.  Glucosamine is believed to not only speed wound healing, but to be able to increase the hydration of your skin and decrease wrinkles at the same time. Parsley and spinach are two foods that help your body to produce its own glucosamine. Glucosamine supplements are also available in vegetarian form. (Most standard forms of glucosamine supplements come from shellfish- something to be aware of if you have shellfish allergies.)

Hyaluronic AcidThis naturally occurring polysaccharide in your body helps to maintain the structural integrity of collagen and elastin, aids in tissue repair, and helps to provide your skin’s plumpness and firmness. The humectant quality of hyaluronic acid allows it to continually hydrate by drawing water into your skin and by helping your skin to maintain that water. (Hyaluronic acid can hold up to an astonishing one thousand times its weight in water.) We can begin to lose our naturally present hyaluronic acid as early as our late teens and early twenties, and this gradual loss tends to show up visibly by the time we are in our late thirties and early forties. A double blind study at Toho University in Japan found that taking hyaluronic acid in supplement form increases the moisture retention and smoothness of the skin. (Hyaluronic acid supplements are available in vegan form.)

For Deep, Radiant Skin Heath ~
Great, topical skin care products can go a long way in bringing out the glow in your complexion, but if you want to kick your skin’s health and appearance up a notch, there is just no ignoring the impact of nourishing your skin well from the inside out.

Co-enzyme Q10: Similar to a vitamin, Co-enzyme Q10 has several crucial roles in cellular health.  First, it is one of the essential components in the biochemical process that produces biological energy (ATP) inside the cells.  ATP is crucial for thriving, healthy cellular function. Second, CoQ10 is an exceptional antioxidant, helping to protect your skin from the damaging and aging effects of free-radicals.  Third, CoQ10 supports vital enzyme activity (such as what is needed for efficient digestion) which ultimately supports healthy skin.  Our natural levels of CoQ10 start to diminish around the age of thirty, making supplementation sometimes necessary.

Essential Fatty Acids: Omega 3, 6 and 9 are key fats that lubricate and keep skin supple, which greatly improves dry skin as well as all skin texture.  They also aid in the production of hormones that improve skin health and help to combat the inflammatory damage caused by free radicals–one of the culprits of wrinkles and blotchiness.   Omega 7, found in sea buckthorn, is a strong, moisturizing emollient that can support the regeneration of tissues.

This mineral antioxidant helps safeguard the skin from sun damage (selenium has even been shown to reduce sun damage) and delays aging by protecting skin quality and elasticity.  Food sources include Brazil nuts and wheat germ as well as (when needed) supplements.

Royal Jelly: A substance made by worker honey bees to nourish the queen bee of the hive.  This potent nectar gives the queen greater longevity and fertility.  When taken internally as a supplement by humans, royal jelly can help calm inflammation, speed wound healing, provide dense nutrition, improve immune function and help to regulate hormonal balance ~ all of which have a positive impact on your skin. (Generally not for those with allergies or sensitivities to bee products, black poplar or poplar buds, or if you are pregnant or nursing, unless instructed by your physician.)

Propolis: Bees collect this substance from tree barks and leaf buds, using it to keep their hive hygienic as well as to reinforce the hive.  It contains powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties when taken as a supplement, as well as provides a high anti-oxidant content.  There are strong indications that propolis is helpful in healing eczema and break-outs, as well as being beneficial to over-all skin health. (Generally not for those with allergies or sensitivities to bee products, black poplar or poplar buds, or if you are pregnant or nursing, unless instructed by your physician.)

Vitamin E: This antioxidant is one of the most powerful, bioactive antioxidant among all vitamins.  It is fat-soluble, so it gives you much longer-lasting protection against free-radical damage.  Supplying your skin with enough vitamin E can even reduce the appearance of age spots.

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 helps your skin by reducing the amount of homocysteines in your blood. Homocysteines affect both your circulation system and endocrine system. Elevated levels of this compound cause cholesterol to form plaque, which impairs your blood flow.  High homocysteines levels also trigger a stress response, which can cause acne breakouts and other inflammatory reactions like hives.  Vitamin B6 encourages better oxygenation of your skin cells and reduces your cells’ exposure to stress damage.

Folate: Folate has the same stress reducing function as vitamin B6 and can also promote better oxygenation for your cells.  Folate heightens your red blood cell production.   A higher concentration of red blood cells means more oxygen can be delivered to your skin and other tissues.  An abundance of oxygen encourages faster skin regeneration, improves nutrition intake and tends to improve over-all skin color.

Pantothenic Acid: This vitamin (also called B5) can be quite useful in helping to heal breakouts, dermatitis and skin allergies.  It helps your body break down fat and regulates the oil production of your sebaceous glands.  Pantothenic acid can also reduce your pore size and improve your skin tone.


Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
Skin Care Therapist

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“You can’t enjoy life if you’re not nourishing your body.” ~ Tracey Gold

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates

“Love is something that grows, that comes from nourishment; it builds.” ~ Gisele Bundchen

“For this generation, ours,… the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.” ~ Jimmy Carter

Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is always advisable to check with your health care practitioner before beginning a new health care regime, such as diet change or supplements.

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One of the most economical, safe, and pleasurable treatments for improving skin tone and reducing cellulite is massage.  (I know it sounds too good to be true, but I am not making this up!)

Perhaps the reason why this method has not gained more notice is because it is too time-consuming and expensive to visit a massage therapist daily to receive a good anti-cellulite massage.  But nevertheless, it is still true that specific, vigorous massage stimulates circulation, improves lymph flow, and helps to move stagnant fat deposits.   Each of these actions diminishes cellulite and gives you smoother, lovelier skin across your whole body.

Want to know the most fabulous secret about anti-cellulite massage?  You can actually do it on yourself at home. (I am not making this up either!)  This is a huge time-saver and money-saver, and it means you really can do the massage daily, which increases the effectiveness by a ton.

Where to Start:

•  Begin by dry brushing.  Use firm, brisk strokes moving towards the heart.  Aim for between 30 to 70 strokes per body part. (Click here for all the details on how to dry brush.)
•  Shower or bathe.
•  Right after your shower or bath, towel off and begin your anti-cellulite massage.

Anti-Cellulite Massage:

1) Lift one arm straight up toward the sky. Bend that arm in half so your elbow is now pointing towards the sky.  Rest your hand of that same arm on the back of your shoulder.  Use the knuckles of your other hand to firmly and briskly stroke from your pointed-up elbow towards your armpit.   Do at least 40 to 80 strokes. Repeat with the other arm.

2) Press firm, strong, clock-wise strokes around your belly button with your knuckles.  Do 40 to 80 circles.

3) Starting with your calves, press your knuckles firmly against your skin and stroke towards your heart. Do at least 40 to 80 firm, brisk strokes.   Continue on with your thighs, buttocks, hips, belly, waist and arms.  Do at least 40 to 80 firm, brisk, knuckle-strokes per body part.  Use both hands whenever possible.

4) Starting with your calves, make small circles on your skin with your knuckles. Press firmly. Repeat multiple times. continue pressing firm circles with your knuckles up your thighs, buttocks, hips, belly, waist and arms. Use both hands whenever possible.

5) Starting with your calves, squeeze, pull and press your skin as if you were kneading bread dough, then gently and rapidly “pinch” your skin, pulling your skin lightly away from your body.  Continue on with your thighs, buttocks, hips, belly, waist and arms.  Do at least 40 to 80 kneads and pinches per body part.  Use both hands whenever possible.

6) Starting with your legs, finish the massage with broad, long, relaxing, luxurious strokes towards your heart.  Use the palms and fingers of your flat hands.  Stroke your whole legs, whole torso, and whole arms. At least 20 to 40 strokes per body part.  Use both hands whenever possible.

Massage Tips:

1) Use a great body moisturizer or body oil to do this massage with.  Apply just enough for your hands to glide easily across your skin, but not so much that your skin is slippery and your knuckles can’t get any traction.  High-quality body creams and oils not only improve the texture of your skin, some of them can even help to diminish cellulite, too (like this one or this one).

2) Don’t forget to include every part of you in your anti-cellulite massage… like your inner thighs, the backs of your thighs, the tops of your thighs, your outer thighs, the backs of your calves, etc…Don’t miss anything.

3) Do the massage daily. Or as often as you can.  Your persistence and focused energy will pay off.

4) Do what you can. This massage gets easier and faster the more you do it.  Start with fewer repetitions or fewer days per week if you need to, until you build your stamina and the whole routine becomes do-able.

5) Give yourself a jump-start. Need some inspiration and immediate gratification?  Receive the Lush Botanical Body Wrap at Rich Earth. This stimulates healthy circulation, healthy lymph flow and the release of excess weight retention in a deeply relaxing, rejuvenating way.  You will be primed, ready and inspired to continue on successfully with your anti-cellulite massage at home.

6) More massage options  and a video of a cellulite reducing massage here.

Massage Caution:

1) You may notice some bruising at first- this is actually quite normal.  We tend to bruise more easily in places where circulation is weak… which is exactly where cellulite and poor skin texture show up. Improving our circulation not only improves how our skin looks, it improves our health as well.

2) If stimulating circulation or performing a vigorous massage on yourself could be less than optimal for your particular state of health, check with your healthcare practitioner before beginning.

Other Tips for Success:

•  Drink two to four (or more) cups of high-quality green tea and/or white tea per day.
•  Drink enough high-quality water each day so that your urine is generally clear to  very pale in color.
•  Eat plentiful amounts of greens, vegetables and fruits, along with high-quality protein each day.  High-quality fats (in amounts best for you) are important, too.
•  Go easy on flour products, processed foods, high sodium foods and sugary foods, most especially in the hours before bed.
•  Find releasing motion you love (dance, yoga, hiking, walking, biking, swimming, something else fabulous) and give yourself the gift of doing it often.  Each day if you can.

More tips from Sarah Chapman and Dr. Oz .

21peace and cheers,

Marna Herrington
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio
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“Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you will ever own.” ~ Mary Schmich

Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is always advisable to check with your health care practitioner before beginning a new health care regime, such as exercise or vigorous massage.

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