Why You Need to Start Dry Skin Brushing Today

Why You Need to Start Dry Skin Brushing Today

Q: “SHOULD I DRY SKIN BRUSH?” 

DR ALLEGRA SAYS….

A: Short answer= YES

Dry skin brushing is my favorite way to help detoxify your skin, boost your immune system, and help your skin glow.

Don’t you love it when all those benefits go together?

BENEFITS OF DRY SKIN BRUSHING

  • Reduce cellulite
  • Support detoxification
  • Speed healing
  • Exfoliates
  • Increase circulation
  • Balance bacteria on your skin
  • Increase oxygenation to your skin

HOW TO CHOOSE A BRUSH…

First, you need a natural fiber brush like this one. This one is available through my apothecary. When choosing a dry skin brush you want it to just have a little bit of give in the bristles. You can see it’s just moving a bit while I press on it (in the video), but it’s still pretty firm.

WHAT DOES DRY SKIN BRUSHING DO?

Dry skin brushing acts as a street sweeper. The brush is a natural way to help sweep the streets of your lymph vessels. Your lymphatic system is your garbage collector system helping your body collect and get rid of waste and toxins. When lymphatic fluid starts moving it also helps to draw blood flow to your skin. This increased blood flow helps the lymph fluid to pick up cellular waste AND brings more nutrients to your skin to help with tissue repair. Such repairs are essential to help reduce congestion that can lead to cellulite and pain.

HOW DO I USE A SKIN BRUSH?

This natural fiber brush and make little short strokes starting from your fingertips and move slowly up each arm. Keep moving in short little strokes up each arm and then from your toes up each leg. up your trunk. We’re focusing on funneling towards your heart.

We want all your lymphatic fluid to go towards where it can then be dumped into your heart. From your heart, the fluid is then pumped down to your kidneys which do their job by filter out the waste and toxins and reabsorbing nutrients back for recirculation.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

It takes just a couple of minutes to do this quick sequence. This special sequence helps to get your skin glowing!

WHEN SHOULD I BRUSH?

The best time to get your lymphatic system moving is before a shower or before you go to bed.

BUT for some people it can feel very invigorating, if this is true for you, do this special sequence in the morning.

WHY IS DR. ALLEGRA’S APOTHECARY SKIN BRUSH IDEAL?

My brush is a bit more gentle compared to other body brushes on the market. Other brushes can be very firm and too aggressive for sensitive skin.

CAN I BRUSH EVERY PART OF MY BODY?

Make sure you avoid any rashes, open wounds, areas of skin that are easily damaged, areas of known skin malignancies or lymphatic malignancies, your face and eyes, and open and weeping rashes.

Start here with Dr. Allegra’s Self-Care Starter Pack!
This pack includes the tools you need to amplify your health!
1.  Dry Skin Brush
2.  Organic Cotton Cloth for a castor oil pack
3. Organic Castor Oil to apply to your pack.
4. Dr. Allegra’s bestselling book, Nourishing Space Within: Essentials of Self-Care, to teach you how to use these tools easily and effectively!

We all can use healthier options.

When will you start?

In Health,

We all need a little help….with our digestion

A majority of people who come into my office have some sort of digestive issue. This is why digestive enzymes can be so helpful to so many different people.

70 to 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. This is why it is so important to start with building a healthy diet first. When you have a healthy digestive system, then your immune system is stronger. When your immune system is stronger, you have the ability to be more flexible with all types of pathogenic exposure.

A digestive enzyme can help you build your digestive function, by helping you break down your food more fully. When you were able to break down your food more fully, you have access to more nutrients. When you have access to more nutrients, you have more building blocks to use to help your body heal. When you have more nutritional building blocks available, your immune system has more resources to run itself properly. When you have more access to the nutritional building blocks, your metabolism has more resources to run itself at a proper rate.

Naturopathic Physicians have long known that strong digestive function is the key to building a strong foundation of health.

Total Support Digestive Enzymes will help you break down fats, proteins, carbohydrates, dairy, and gluten better.

Of course, if you are allergic to nuts, dairy, or wheat, you still need to avoid these foods completely. If you avoid some of these foods due to allergy, autoimmune disease, or intolerance, these enzymes will help you break down any inadvertent exposure that you might have. This will reduce the inflammatory reaction that can occur from consuming foods that you are sensitive.

Why You Should Care About Inflammation


Why do you need to be concerned about inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s reaction to initiate healing. The problem with inflammation occurs when this reaction is constant. This is a large problem in our modern societies. Inflammation happens to bring about healing but when it continues beyond is normal parameters it limits heal.

What is inflammation?

The best way I can describe it is to give examples. I am sure you have had a cold before. That cold may have been accompanied by a sore throat. Your throat may have felt swollen and red and hot. This is the reaction of inflammation. The purpose is to sequester any pathogens in the area and not let it spread to the rest of your body. This is very helpful, but for true and lasting healing to begin we must balance inflammation and reduce it in the long run.

Why should you care about inflammation?

Cancers of all kinds start as inflammation. This is why it is so important to address inflammation at its early stages rather than let it progress into something malignant.

This is why is it so important to utilize anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients. Our modern world has so many stressors that push inflammation and we must balance that with extra nutritional and herbal support.

This is why this anti-inflammatory, Advanced anti-inflammatory complex, is the most frequently prescribed supplement in my dispensary.

This can be a tremendous support if there is any chronic inflammation such as joint pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cellulitis, frequent infections, digestive disturbances, chronic pain in all forms, and even anxiety and depression.

Start reducing your inflammation today!

What is a serum and should I use one?

Q: “What is a serum? Should I use one?”

This is a question I get a lot. The short answer is yes, you should be using a serum.
First, let’s answer the part. Serums are a comprehensive approach to anti-aging, increasing collagen production, reducing inflammation, and boosting hydration. It is like a multi-tasking multi-vitamin for your skin.
Adding a facial serum may feel intimidating at first when you see the larger price tag. But after considering all the benefits, from banishing blemishes, smoothing wrinkles, increasing hydration, you may just change your mind.

 

Serums have a high concentration of active ingredients and a little goes a long way. The best serums are packed with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, college builders, and hydration boosters.

 

Regular use of a serum regularly can give your skin a firmer, smoother texture, reduce pore size, and increase moisture levels.

 

Serums are not built to moisturize alone but work best when sealed in with a moisturizer or cream.

 

Best results come from using a serum twice daily after cleansing. Warm a pea-sized amount of serum between your fingers and gently press into your skin from forehead to your chest.

 

Not all serums are created equal. Make sure your serum does more than one thing. Common promoted actions are brightening, clarifying, collagen boosting, or anti-aging.

 

I feel the best serums are excellent multi-taskers and do all those actions.

Look for ingredients like these:
Aloe vera helps your skin heal faster and soothes irritations.[i]

Bamboo
helps to firm and strengthen your skin. It is packed with antioxidants that reduce fine lines and wrinkles.[ii]

Peptides are pieces of protein that when blended with other antioxidants and nutrient-dense herbs deliver targeted benefits such as boosting collagen production and elasticity to your skin.

Best results come from using a serum twice daily after cleansing. Warm a pea-sized amount of serum between your fingers and gently press into your skin from forehead to your chest.

I formulated the Rejuvenating Serum No. 3 to be a multi-tasking giant. It helps your skin hold hydrations better, reduces pore size, increases elasticity, reduces redness, balances skin tone, boosts collagen, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes rapid regeneration of your skin- all in one little bottle. 

Is Soap Making You Look Older

Is Soap Making You Look Older

With season changes happening just around the corner, I start thinking about transitions and changes. I’m all for having long-term goals, and these moments of seasonal changes always get me musing over how well (or not) I’ve handled this last season and what I can do to improve in the new season.

It’s a chance to start refreshed and work on eliminating old habits that don’t work for me anymore.

Recently, I attended an expo that focused on skin care. As I age, I’ve been thinking about how my skin care ritual has evolved and where it needs more changes.

Have you ever washed your face and within moments of drying off you can feel your skin tightening?

This is your skin drying out.

This is what happens when you wash with soap or anything that strips your natural oils from your skin. This over drying makes you more prone to rashes, infection, acne, and wrinkles!

Living in a desert and having sensitive skin, it’s been important to make sure I stay hydrated, internally and externally. A decade ago, I stopped using moisture-stripping soap on my face and started exploring using oil to cleanse and hydrate my skin. This change has made a ton of difference in the quality of my skin.

Over the years I tried many different cleansers and read hundreds of labels only to be disappointed by the lackluster results, endocrine disruptors, and toxic ingredients.

I got so frustrated I ended up formulating my own cleansing oil, and I’ve honed the recipe over the years to make it nourishing, healing, and hydrating. I shared a previous recipe in my book Nourishing Space Within: Essentials of Self-Care.

Cleaning your face with oil has many benefits.

  1. The right oils will nourish and hydrate your skin
  2. The more hydrated your skin, the more you’ll see a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  3. Oils clean your skin removing dirt, excess oil (yes, great for oily skin), and make-up (even waterproof)
  4. Oils won’t over strip your skin’s natural oils- dried out skin causes rebound oiliness, redness, or rashes
  5. Many oil blends are safe for even the most sensitive skin, including rosacea

This year I started my sharing my updated cleansing oil with friends and family and the feedback I received was so amazing I decided to make it available for everyone!

If you want glowing, hydrated, nourished, supple, younger-looking skin, try cleansing your skin with my Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil.

Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil

Super easy to use.
Clean.
No endocrine-disruptors to throw your hormones out of balance.
Non-toxic ingredients.
No soaps to strip your skin.
Just high-quality organic oils.

What more do you need?

Click here to learn more about the Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil and where you can find it!