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Lymphatic Drainage: YES PLZ.

Updated: May 8, 2017

lymphatic drainage essentials | by the skinny confidential For those of you that don’t know, I’m obsessed with the lymphatic system. It all started when my friend returned from Shanghai a few years ago. She told me people would walk around the parks massaging their lymph nodes. Not a normal sight in the US so I was intrigued. I started dry brushing & became addicted to the feeling. Then when Michael & I traveled to Asia I got a lymphatic drainage massage.  LIFE-CHANGING. After that experience I became full-blown obsessed. WHY? Because the benefits of stimulating your lymph system and the feeling after are insane. Check it out.

stimulating your lymph system:

+ reduces swelling and detoxifies the body

+ increases immunity & production of antibodies

+ promotes healing & reduces headaches

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Lymphatic drainage isn’t just for your body. It’s also AMAZING for your face. You’ve heard me talk about the jade roller before and now I’m sharing my routine to really elevate your skincare game.



+ Starting with a clean face apply your favorite serum & moisturizer.

Choose a serum that suits your skin concerns. I love this vitamin c serum because in addition to Vitamin C it contains Vitamin E, Hyaluronic & Ferulic Acid, Organic Rosehip & Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Carrot Seed Oil and Pomegranate Extract.


+ Using gentle pressure, roll in upward + outward motions all over your face.

Why a jade roller? Jade rollers help improve circulation, reduce wrinkles, replenish your facial muscles & revitalize the elasticity of skin. Jade has been used for thousands of years to maintain body fluid.


+ Massage over entire face, neck, and décolleté area.

If you’re ready to really step up your skin care game grab the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift. It’s like a regular Clarisonic on crack. EVERYONE needs one.  It drains your eyes & is great for your neck. This tool provides an anti-aging facial massage that is proven to reduce 15 signs of aging over the course of 12 weeks. I just started using it & I’m seriously in love.

The difference in my skin after beginning this routine is insane. What are some of your anti-aging secrets? SPILL!

lauryn, x


loving lately | by the skinny confidential

Just A Few Things I’m Loving Lately

Updated: May 25, 2016

loving lately | by the skinny confidential

Like any girl, my favorite pastime is browsing the Internet for ANYTHING, really.

While browsing yesterday, I came across a few items I’m just ABSOLUTELY loving & had to share.

ONE: The scarf trend. Tie this navy, square, paisley scarf around your neck instead of a necklace. You can wear it rolled up skinny OR half folded for more of a western twist. Either way, it’s totally chic.

TWO: Headbands for working out. It will keep your fly aways at bay, is SUPER cute, PLUS can be used to wipe away sweat. Functional & fashionable!

THREE: High waist, sheer, cover up pants. These striped sheer pants are by YFB. Not only am I loving stripes, but I love the sheer pants, bikini top combo for pool parties. It’s unique & looks totally put together.

FOUR: Mini Clarisonic for some deep exfoliation. I’m sure you’ve seen a Clarisonic before, they’re super great for exfoliation because they’re both gentle AND effective. How cute is this little pink one??

FIVE: Peter Pan collar tops: I’ve realized most of my business casual tops are long sleeve! This white top with the cute high collar & tie is adorable. Peter Pan style collars add a professional twist to a sleeveless top. It’s time to add a few professional items to my wardrobe that won’t have me dying of heat this summer!

SIX: Unique workout tops: I am LOVING the cut-outs in this long sleeve white workout top by Varley. It’s perfect for hiking and will keep the important areas out of the sun, but still super cool.

What’s on your loving lately list?


The Skinny Confidential talks to Staci Christie about skincare.

Skin Care Tips: Let’s Talk About Peels!

Updated: July 8, 2014

The Skinny Confidential talks to Staci Christie about skincare.
Staci Christie & I have known each other for years and every.single.time. we see each other, I comment on her glowing skin.

She literally has the best complexion I’ve ever seen.

And naturally, her biggest skin care tip is to stay outta the sun!! She wears visors, hats, sunscreen, etc. all the time.

Smart lady!

Basically Staci’s the reason I’m always wearing a baseball cap. I don’t care if I look like a total dork running errands, at least my skin’s protected! Recently I went to see her for a ViPeel to take away any sun damage, pigment, freckles & it was a game changer. My face felt like a baby’s butt for months…cool right?

Anyway I’m sure you’ll love her tips & peel recs, read on lovas:

|| Introduce yourself ||

Staci Christie: My experience of fifteen years in the plastic surgery field provided me the knowledge and desire to pursue my dream to develop my own anti-aging skin care business. I worked as the first assistant in the operating room for one of the finest plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area. I then became a licensed Medical Aesthetician in 2001, and established Staci Christie Skin Care that same year.I’m committed to offering you the most current, specialized, & professional skin care services in the industry. The wide range of skin care products and services that I offer are of uncompromising quality, using the highest pharmaceutical grade ingredients available to the trade. All the equipment is state-of-the-art, and I continue to educate myself in progressive techniques to maintain the highest standard of skin care services.

|| What’s your speciaity? ||

SC: I specialize in anti-aging skin rejuvenation & customized solutions for men and women. In addition, I enjoy treating teens with their ever-changing skin, and educating them in a proper skin care regime.

|| Best foods for glowing skin? ||

SC: Wild salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple & moisturized. Salmon also has selenium ( << P.S. remember I did a lil post on selenium? LOVE! ), a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. The best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least sixty percent cacao. Kiwis are loaded with Vitamin C & antioxidants, which keep skin firm and help prevent wrinkles.

|| Quick skin tips? ||

SC: Although drinking water isn’t a replacement for your moisturizer, staying hydrated is necessary for maintaining healthy skin functions, such as regenerating cells and improving circulation. The result? A more radiant complexion.

|| I’m so obsessed with my pink Clarisonic! How often can you use the tool? ||

SC: Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brushes are gentle enough for once-daily use in the evening. Use your Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brush as the cleansing step in your daily skin care routine, whenever you normally cleanse your face. Make sure to change the brush head every three months!

|| Ok, let’s talk peels! Thoughts? Because I’m a total fan. ||

SC: The ViPeel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain and little downtime. The ViPeel will improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin; reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin.

The Skinny Confidential talks to Staci Christie about skincare.

|| Worst thing for your skin? ||

SC: Smoke cigarettes & too much sun exposure ( << more info here ).

|| Recommendations for women in their twenties & thirties? I love any preventative tips ; )! ||

If you haven’t already started taking care of your skin, there’s no better time than now. Prevention is the key for your twenties. If you smoke, stop now. Sun protection is imperative as well. Most skin damage is done before the age of twenty, but sun exposure thereafter only adds insult to injury. The skin begins to lose moisture as we progress through our thirties, and some moisturizing ingredients work better than others. Look for products rich in hyaluronic acid, which holds more than a hundred times its own weight in water. To polish your look, make sure your brows are groomed and filled in ( << more on brows here ).

|| Ok, so WTH is SPF so important? ||

SC: Repeated sun exposure accelerates the skin aging process and increases the risk of developing skin cancer, which affects over a million people in the United States every year. A 2013 study found that regular sunscreen use protects against photo-aging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Those who use sunscreen daily are 24% less likely to show increased signs of

|| Your skin is incredible! What’s your AM/PM routine? ||

SC: I cleanse with Epicuren Herbal Cleanser in AM & PM. Then I use my favorite product: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is a unique, multi-faceted product designed to treat and maintain a healthy, youthful complexion. It contains an array of natural human growth factors and other compounds that help diminish the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and uneven texture in the AM & PM.

For lotions I use, Epicuren’s Brazilian Propolis Lotion & Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream in the AM. And at nighttime Epicuren Alphalipoic & SkinMedica Dermal Repair.

I love SkinMedica TNA Eye Repair too! For sunscreen, MD Solar Sciences tinted SPF 30 facial sunscreen is amazing.For my treatments I will do a combination of peels, laser treatments & microdermabrasion when needed.

|| What can a client expect from you? ||

All facial treatments are customized to each individual, and begin with a complete skin analysis to design a skin care program for a glowing result. Combining facial treatments allows clients to take advantage of the benefits of each modality & to address the multiple effects of facial aging.

+ To book with Staci, e-mail her at Staci@StaciChristie.com. 

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Fitness Instructor, Brooke Tigh Shares All Her Amazing Tips

Updated: August 19, 2016

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Brooke Tigh had me at bunghole.

No really. I went to take her Studio Barre class & she had me laughing while I was in a happy baby ( AKA ‘spread eagle’ ) pose. She was just checking to make sure ‘our bungholes were facing the mirror.’ HA!

I was hooked to her sense of humor + her amazing class. Every Friday at noon you can find me tucking away with Brooke. She’s a real gem. Read on, lovaz. You’ll fall in love with her too!

+ Tell us about yourself.

Brooke Tigh: I’m graceful, strong, and coordinated-yet still somehow very accident prone.

I’m energetic, confident and silly-but when it’s time to wind down, I’ve been known to turn into a “womouch” ( part woman, part couch ). Even though I love to joke around, I CAN be serious and focused. It’s all about balance.

Teaching fitness and living a healthy, active lifestyle is my passion! A perfect day consists of: Studio Barre, yoga, lunch with friends ( & adult beverages ), massage, nap, dog park w/ my pup, more adult beverages, delicious dinner, dance party ( duh ), a nice sleep in my glorious cal king ‘cloud bed!’

+ Why is Studio Barre amazing?

BT: Studio Barre is so fantabulous ( yes that’s a word- cause I said so! ) because not only is it a kick ass workout that will literally change the shape of your body for the better…but it’s a place to come and be surrounded by glorious people & great energy. There’s something magical that happens when you walk into the doors of Studio Barre; you smile, you laugh, you bond with all the other ( mostly women ) ‘tucker’s.’ Everybody is so supportive of one another, there’s no cattiness or bitchy-ness like other boutique style studios sometimes have.

+ Favie Studio Barre move?

BT: Why, the ‘tuck’ of course! What is a ‘tuck’, you ask? It’s simple. Just squeeze your bootie & pull your belly button in to your spine. It’s like a little air hump. It tightens everything from your ass all the way up & goes through your entire core. It lengthens your low back, while strengthening your belly muscles. As we say, “keep calm and tuck on!”

I’m also a big fan of our ‘cardio snack’, which happens about halfway into class, gets your heart pumping, & helps you find your last push of energy to take it to the end of class.

+ Quick skinny tips?

BT: To slim down, cut out booze, refined sugar, & carbs. I know, it sounds freaking terrible. But you will see a change in like a week, I swear! Try & do this for two full weeks to see the most difference. Or if you can’t tone it, tan it! Get a spray tan & you may possibly look five pounds lighter!

Put on those stilettos, girl. The higher the better for long, lean, luxurious legs!!! Also, invest in Spanx. You will be amazed!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

+ Weekly workout schedule?

BT: Right now, I’m on the books to teach three yoga classes & nine Studio Barre classes a week…& I usually sub a few classes on top of that.

Since my voice is pretty much the only thing that gets a workout while teaching, I like to kick my own ass in these ways:

– At least three Studio Barre classes…

– At least three yoga classes…

BT: I’m the worst at cardio! It has to be disguised for me in classes like Zumba, Cardio Dance, & Step. I usually go to Frog’s Gym in Encinitas. Also, I have a Labradoodle named Piper who has tons of energy, so lots of walks with her count as part of my routine!

+ Favorite go-to healthy food?

BT: I try to always have a Larabar with me…cashew cookie and peanut butter cookie are my faves. An organic banana with some crunchy, unsalted almond butter & organic, raw trail mix= life saver!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

+ Cocktail of choice?

BT: Kettle One vodka & water ( not soda water ) with three lemon slices. Delicious & refreshing!

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

BT: I’ve always been active through dance, sports, & working out. I’m motivated by the simple fact that I know for sure that I’m going to feel better afterwards. If that’s not enough, living in San Diego & embracing the beach lifestyle requires a shorts, tank top, & a bikini ready body during all seasons!

+ World’s best beauty product?

BT: My Clarisonic Sonic skin cleansing brush & facial dermaplane treatments. This magical combo makes your skin super über soft, so that all your products go on fabulously!

+ Natural beauty remedy that you do?

– Lots of naps, sex, and wine!

– If you’re rested, you’re not cranky- & that’s beautiful!

– If you have a lot of sex-you have that glow ( it’s scientifically proven, people! )…& that’s beautiful!

– If you drink enough wine, not only are you getting those powerful antioxidants, you’re not stressed out…& that’s beautiful!

+ Quick, easy recipe?

“Beanwah” ( beans+quinoa )

1 cup tri color quinoa

2 cups low sodium vegetable stock

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon red or yellow curry sauce ( or any yummy flavorful sauce you have )

1 big handful of raw kale ( they sell it in bags all cut and trimmed, way easier than buying the whole stalk & doing it yourself )

Organic black beans ( canned & whole is fine-I get mine at Trader Joe’s )

+ Directions: Put all ingredients except for beans in a rice cooker. Be sure to rinse your quinoa, it has a bitter outer shell that’s no bueno. Once cooked, fluff rice cooker stuff w/ a fork. Heat beans ( nuke ’em in the micro! ). Mix together, salt and pepper to taste, and WALA! BEANWAH!

* Sauteed tempeh or tofu is a good add-on, or some freshly steamed veggies too!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.


Top 10 Skin Secrets from Beauty Expert Heather Clarey

Updated: April 29, 2016

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks skin care and skinny tips with Heather Shelton Clarey.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks skin care and skinny tips with Heather Shelton Clarey.

My friend, Heather Clarey is the ultimate beauty expert [ & an amazing yoga instructor too! ]. She began working in the health and beauty industry over eighteen years ago & is a popular licensed esthetician in San Diego. She particularly specializes in advanced skin care solutions such as Jessner Peels. Every time I see her, her skin is absolutely glowing. Here she shares her top ten beauty/skin secrets with us:

+ 10 Things to Improve your Skin:

1.] Everyone should use a Vitamin C serum.

Specifically L-ascorbic acid, as opposed to a serum labeled just Vitamin C. This helps maintain normal cellular turnover & builds collagen. L-ascorbic acid is essential for cross-linking collagen molecules, lightens & brightens skin, reduces inflammation, decreases transepidermal water loss, & boosts your own skins ability to protect itself from the sun. Wear Vit C under a SPF moisturizer.

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[ I love Vitamin C spray { this one is amazing too! } ]

2. ] Wear SPF daily:

 Wear a moisturizer with a SPF 30 or higher every single day. This is the most important thing you do to protect your skin from premature aging! The sun causes 80% of aging. Hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, damages the collagen, & elastin fibroblast are also caused by sun…The list goes on. Also, 90% of women forget to protect their neck & chest! This is the worst when you’re driving in the car or you endure incidental sun exposure [ waking to and from your car ]. So I suggest just putting a little more than a pea size amount all over your neck & chest after your L-ascorbic acid for maximum results. For a natural sunburn soother, use oatmeal with water!

3.] Exfoliate:

Something that has stuck with me the most over the years was a woman who came to my work as a trainer at Sephora. I managed the South Coast store & did all their corporate training. She said “the best thing you will ever do for your skin is exfoliate.” She was fifty, but looked thirty…and mind you, this was before Botox! My best analogy is that exfoliating your skin is like flossing your teeth. As we age our skin’s ability to turn over cells slows down. This is called your desquamation process. So we need to exfoliate manually via “scrub” as well as “chemical” exfoliation. Some examples of this are glycolic, salicylic, & lactic acids.

4.] Keep hydrated:

Our bodies are 70% H20. If you drink water all day it will show in your skin!

5.] Lots of rest:

Wonder why photo shoots for celebrities and models are done in the AM? Night time is our time for restoring & healing of all cells in our bodies. Your skin will literally look renewed, refreshed, & rested.

6.] Get a facial:

At home care is if utmost importance. If you want to make things even better for your skin, resort to the professionals. A basic facial will give your skin the boots it needs to jump start fresher skin.

7.] Keep your skin hydrated:

So yes, water is important. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies. We loose hydration by the elements. Sun, wind, pollution. Hyaluronic acid that is found naturally in the dermis of your skin holds a thousand times its own weight in moisture. It’s a moisture binder.

8.] Acne prone skin:

Most people don’t know this: it’s hereditary. Keeping your skin hydrated is key in caring for acne. If you over dry your skin it thinks it needs to produce more oil.

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[ Murad Acne Spot Treatment ]

9.] Acidophilus is a bacteria neutralizer:

Add this to your routine & you will normalize bacteria levels, as well as minimize frequent break outs.

10.] Spot treat with a salicylic treatment:

Bacteria can not live in the presence of oxygen. Salicylic acid is the best spot treat!

+ P.S. Heather’s quick skinny tip: eat a grapefruit when you wake up to boost the metabolism. Another tip: get monthly B-12 shots to increase your metabolism, burn fat, & increase energy.

++ To book with Heather at Brazilia Skin Care, click here.

+++ For more healthy skin tips, click here.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness and health blogger talks skin care and skinny tips with Heather Shelton Clarey.