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I Tried It: Dry Brushing (My Teeth!)

A few weeks ago, I spotted this nugget on the Prevention Facebook page:

Fact: Dry-brushing your teeth for 30 seconds before regular brushing can cut tartar by 60% and cut gum-bleeding risk in half.

I decided to try it out, and so far, I’m a convert.

Now, I brush my teeth with a (very soft) dry brush for about 30 seconds, then follow with wet brush/toothpaste. I’ve been using a Sonicare toothbrush for years (on my dentist’s recommendation). I could definitely tell a difference in the health of my gums when I started using the Sonicare (I tend to brush too hard when I use a regular toothbrush!)—and with this new routine, I’m noticing other changes. My teeth feel smoother and my gums are less irritated. It’s a small change, sure, but it’s an easy one to make—I’ll be interested to see if my dentist notices any difference at my next appointment!

Do you dry brush your teeth? Would you try it? —Aleigh

(Image via JP)

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I Tried It: Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin

Dry Brushing to Detox Your SkinIf you’re looking to add a new detox technique to your daily beauty routine, one of the best options is dry brushing, which helps detox from the outside, in. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and also your body’s ultimate defense between you and the environment. It’s also often referred to as the body’s “third kidney” because of the important role it plays in helping your body eliminate toxins. And just look at this list of benefits:

  • Helps shed dead skin cells to improve skin texture
  • Increases circulation and stimulates your lymph system
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Stimulates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  • Tones muscles and tightens skin

Plus, as if all of those benefits aren’t enough, it honestly just feels good. The first thing I noticed when I started dry brushing is that I feel much more invigorated post-shower. Read on to find out how to get started!

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I tried it: The Simple Gibson Tuck

Confession: I am notoriously bad at styling my hair. But when I discovered this tutorial for a simple Gibson tuck, I thought maybe it would be easy enough for me to try.

My hair styling woes are extra frustrating lately because texture of my hair has completely changed over the past few years—through childhood, college and into my professional life it was stick straight; so straight you couldn’t even perm it into curls. (Sadly, yes, my mom tried to perm it—at my request—in the fourth grade. In hindsight I’m glad it didn’t take, but at the time I was devastated.) Now, my hair has a strange waviness to it (perhaps because of the grey?), and sometimes it’s even curly. I don’t mind a little body, but I never really had to do anything to my always-straight hair except brush it, so this new wave in my hair is all kinds of confusing. (Side note: Has this happened to anyone else? I am completely baffled but hope I’m not the only freak with schizophrenic hair.)

So, back to the Gibson tuck. It really is SUPER easy, and the only tools you need are your hands, a few bobby pins, a comb, and a hair elastic. That’s it. I think it would work well for straight, wavy, curly or even frizzy hair, and as long as your hair is long enough to pull into a ponytail, you should be set.

I think it’s equally good for a workday or an evening out, when I might add one of my little feather clips or a bejeweled bobby pin for a little something extra. —Aleigh

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I tried it: Éminence Organics Facial

A few weeks ago, I visited Spa at Ballantyne as part of a media event. They’ve just finished a complete renovation, and the new spa is lovely. There’s cushy furniture, a new menu of services and a delicious (and healthy) spa menu, which is a great way to turn a spa appointment into a spa day. (Oh, and if you book a treatment, get there early and bring your bathing suit–spa customers can take advantage of their indoor/outdoor pools and whirlpool.)

As part of the event, I got to try the Organic Journey Signature Facial (the first one on this list), which features products from Éminence Organics, an organic skincare company based in Hungary. They grow their own ingredients in Hungary on a farm that’s powered by solar and wind energy, and use geothermal heating in their lab. Planting and harvesting is done by hand.

Here’s a selection of the products my esthetician used for my combination (tending to oily) skin:

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I tried it: DIY cheek stain

DIY cheek stain
A while ago, I discovered this recipe for a DIY cheek stain from ReadyMade, and I thought, “I should make that!” Then I read the ingredient list. You guys, I hate beets. I really, really hate them. I hate them so much that the thought of purchasing a beet, then having to peel it and chop it and smell it…grossed me out.

However, I also happen to be a former Benefit junkie. I have very fond memories of their famous Benetint, and that little beet-y cheek stain looked a lot like it. (Oh the shopping spree I’d go on if Benefit made natural or organic versions of their products…)

Finally, I could no longer stand the thought of being reunited with a natural version of Benetint, so I went to Healthy Home Market, bought two (!) beets and some vegetable glycerine–and wow, do I love this stuff.

Read on for the recipe and more photos!

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