Almond Oil x Dry Brushing x A Sexy Cold Shower

The Skinny Confidential talks almond oil and dry brushing.

The Skinny Confidential talks almond oil and dry brushing.
I got a blog comment the other day from one of you guys that was literally life-changing.

I asked you guys your most powerful habit. And there was an insane comment from a reader named Carla; she stated the following:

“Most powerful habit: dry brush in the morning, massage almond oil on the skin and then step under the cold shower. It’s from the Kundalinia yoga tradition and one of most healthy habits you can actually develop for your body and skin.”

(( Side: Carla!!! Thank you! You’re amazing! )).

The Skinny Confidential talks almond oil and dry brushing.
First things first though, I’m SOOOOOOooooo ( soooo, soooo, SOOOO ) obsessed with dry brushing. I know I’ve done a post on the subject in the past but I can’t stop, won’t stop.

Michael thinks I’m a weirdo because I’ve resorted to dry brush Pixy.

True Life: I’m an F-ing Weirdo.

So, back to the bod: all you do is dry brush before a shower ( more here ), massage your skin with almond oil ( before not after you shower ) & go into a cold shower for a quick min. I like to use calming soap while I’m showering too so it’s like a mini spa treatment!

Taking care of yourself is muy importante and this beauty tip will help you feel your best. Plus your body will begin to crave dry brushing especially because the feeling after dry brushing is SERIOUSLY indescribable. It’s kinda orgasimic ( too far?? Whatevs ). But I promise, it’s the most invigorating feeling ever, ESP with almond oil & a cold shower.

Just make sure the almond oil is pure/raw/organic. K?

The Skinny Confidential talks almond oil and dry brushing.

The Skinny Confidential talks almond oil and dry brushing.

Some almond oil benefits,  for ya according to New Health Guide:

1. Moisturizing

Almonds have a way of trapping moisture in the skin keeping it moisturized at all times. Better still, its high lubricating quality makes many users stick to using it as their daily skin care product.image001

2. Anti-inflammation

This oil has also been proven to have a calming effect on people with skin allergies and inflammation. It has both the ability to soothe as well as treat skin allergies. Minor wounds, chapped skin, and other skin infections can also be treated using almond oil.

3. Emollient Properties

Emollient properties refer to the ability of the almond oil to get absorbed into your skin. It is also used in many spas for its less fragrant and less greasy qualities. It is also useful in massages as it restores the normal PH of the skin and allows the skin to glow thus preserving moisture.

4. Removing Dark Circles

Its lightening ability is another reason that has made this oil popular among many people with dark marks on their skin. All you need to do is mix some almond oil with some honey and apply on the affected area.

5. Reducing Wrinkles

Almond oil contains vitamins that help it delay the appearance of wrinkles. It is best to apply almond at night after taking a shower. You could choose to do this twice a week or alternate days depending on how soon you wish to see the end results.

6. Sun Protection

Harmful ultraviolet rays cause wrinkling, sunburns, aging, and skin cancer. Though sun -blocks and sunscreens are effective. Almond oil can help reverse the damages brought about by sun exposure.

Ok, so now it’s your turn: share your most powerful habit below and I’ll pick my favorite tip & feature it with picutres on The Skinny Confidential this month.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to dry brush with a lil almond oil.

Pixy’s super jealous.

Mwah, x. L

The Skinny Confidential talks almond oil and dry brushing.

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Mini DeLites…SUMMER <3

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{ At home ( wearing: tee || flannel || glasses || black jeans )

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{ A closer look at our latest home addition }

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{ Farmer’s Market finds: prepping for an upcoming post }

I love summer as much as Kanye West loves Kanye West.

The season is kinda like, basically my version of heaven.

Really though, who doesn’t love fresh lavender at the local Farmer’s Market, a valid excuse to garnish Kombucha with hot pink flamingo stirrers, neon bikinis, & Rose Tuesday’s?

Uhhhh…anyone?

Summer in San Diego represents happiness!! I’m all about it; my smile is a little bigger, my step is a little more bouncy, & my creative-side is a helluva a lot more stimulated. So into it.

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{ Everything ‘weekend’ }

This weekend we kept it low key with a minimal, chill to-do list:

♢ Dinner with friends on Friday at Cucina Urbana ✓

Comic-Con street spying ( << but honestly, those costume! Rad. ) ✓

♢ Workout ✓

♢ Binge watch Game of Thrones 

♢ Try at least four really different smoothie recipes ✓

♢ Dog search ( << wink, wink…Pixy might need a BFF ) ✓

And now it’s Monday & I’m severely depressed because we finished the last episode of Game of Thrones.

EEEKKKK. Ick. Boo.

Sadly, I keep finding myself in situations where I binge-watch a TV show & then it ends &…well ( crying ), the struggle is real.

(( Did I mention I become SUPER invested in certain characters in books/shows? Like, I’ll be yelling at the book/TV like we’re in some kind of deep relationship…honestly, I may or may not actually, really, seriously think Tyrion Lannister from GOT is my boyfriend )).

Anyways.

Following the weekend’s activities, I have a bunch of smoothie posts for you guys. Because, I mean, after Sunday I’m basically the Pablo Picasso of smoothies ( the endless possibilities gave me creative anxiety in the best way ).

So get excited!!

How was your weekend? What’d you do?? Anything fun/exciting/life-changing? Share!

x lauryn

{ Photo of me: Sam Montefleur }

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{ OBSESSED ( like, die-obsessed ) with this eyelash curler }

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{ Enjoying summer nights w/ The Nanz }

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Fitness Time: Keeping It Sexy With Ankle Weights

The Skinny Confidential talks ankle weights.
Ankle weights are so in.

A couple years ago, I bought some cheap-o ankle weights at Marshall’s & my friends and I would wear them to hike Torrey Pines ( << a super popular hiking spot in SD ). And then POOF!! One day I completely forgot about them.

Until three weeks ago, when they came back into my life ( thx God! ).

Fitness guru, Kayla Itness & The Hills vixen, Kristin Cavallari Instagrammed them & the thought of ankle weights hit me like a bat out of hell.

Oh-M-gee. Lightbulb!

I immediately went on Amazon to buy a pair. I had strict requirements though: they needed to be black ( too much color is annoying, plus black is chic ), adjustable ( they can go from 2-10 pounds— I like 8 or 10, personally ), and diverse ( I wanted to be able to use them as wrist weights too ).

When my weights came in the mail a week ago, I rocked them like nobody’s business.

I wear my sexy weights while I’m cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, walking Pixy, working, &/or to the gym ( new mom, Kristin Cav does leg presses with them so of course I had to try ankle leg press-ups ).

Here’s the thing: TSC is all about quick, easy, effective tips that make life easier. So hellllooo, ankle weights.

This source says that ankle weights have several advantages: “extra exercise is provided to the hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes, which have to exert more energy. This can also lead to an increased heart rate over what you normally experience when walking, making for a cardiovascular benefit.”

Note: make sure you’re careful while walking with them; think: tight abs & good posture! You don’t want to strain the muscles.

So.

Basically the point of today’s post is simple: invest in any pair of ankle weights. You can find them at any local Target or Marshall’s & they’re super inexpensive ( think: $16 bucks ). It’s a healthy, easy investment towards health.

Kind of a no brainer, don’t ya think?

Also, if you see a blonde walking around the grocery store in San Diego with black ankle weights, come say hi! ; )

xx le

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