My favorite trendy skin care routine

Dream of glowing skin? Here's why dry brushing matters

Did you know that dry brushing the skin has been practiced for centuries in various cultures, from Ancient Egypt to Ayurveda in India and Traditional Chinese Medicine? And that Finnish physician Paavo Airola popularized modern dry brushing about 30 years ago, emphasizing its ability to detoxify and cure certain ailments in his patients?

👇 In today’s email:

  • This week’s inspiration: The one skin care routine I never skip

  • Latest post: My experience with botox

  • What I’m reading: What doctors wish patients knew about sunscreen

  • Free resource: Daily self-care checklist

Dry-brushing, why I never skip this skin care routine

Hey there, Let's chat about one of my favorite skincare secrets - dry brushing.

Have you tried this amazing technique for silky smooth, glowing skin? It's like giving yourself a luxurious spa treatment right at home.

Dry brushing is a technique that gently exfoliates your skin and supports your body's natural detoxification pathways, improves skin health, and feels amazing. All you need to dry brush at home is a brush with natural fiber bristles.

And the best part? It's super simple to do! Here's a quick guide on how to dry brush your entire body for amazing results:

  1. Choose a natural bristle brush that feels good on your skin. Opt for a long handle to easily reach your back and feet.

  2. Start at your feet and work your way up using gentle, upward strokes towards your heart. This helps stimulate lymphatic drainage and boost circulation.

  3. Use circular motions on tougher areas like your thighs and buttocks. For sensitive spots like your chest and tummy, lighten the pressure.

  4. Brush your arms from your hands up to your shoulders, again moving towards your heart. Don't forget to give some love to often-neglected areas like your underarms!

  5. Finish up with your neck and décolletage, using downward strokes from your jawline to your chest. Be extra gentle here - the skin is delicate.

After dry brushing, hop in the shower to rinse away any dead skin cells. Then slather on your favorite body oil or lotion to lock in moisture and leave your skin feeling ah-mazing.

I like to dry brush a few times a week before my morning shower. It's such an invigorating way to start the day and really wakes up my senses. Plus, the baby-soft skin is totally addictive!

For more juicy details on dry brushing, including how to choose the perfect brush, check out my blog post: Dry Brushing Techniques for Amazing Skin

Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Your skin will thank you!

My experience with botox

Many of my patients have asked about my experience with Botox.

Some years ago, I tried Botox but decided after a few treatments that It wasn’t for me, mostly because I felt like it made me look like someone else. It seemed like a good solution for relaxing my frown lines, but it turned out that paralyzing the muscle function made it hard for me to express myself and quite frankly, I felt like my face wasn’t alive. I’m a big smiler.

In Chinese medicine, life force is called chi. Many derms report that long-term Botox use can cause muscle atrophy, where it shrinks and loses volume. Now, a muscle that has atrophied has lost its chi.

Another reason I personally avoid Botox is that I don’t want to mess around with my immune system. Many derms have noted that you can develop antibodies to Botox. Now my immune system is almost 50 so it's handling enough already. I don't need to overload it with something else unnecessarily, and my immunity is not a system I want to exhaust.

I now rely 100% on lymphatic drainage, acupuncture, gua sha, cupping, and Chinese herbs. I have found that all the tools of Chinese medicine are superb at relaxing excess muscle tone and softening tight fascia, and that's why we're able to relax wrinkles, rejuvenate the skin, and relieve pain.

If you use and love Botox because it resolves pain or erases your wrinkles, I respect your choice. I would add to that mix natural tools like Acupuncture and lymphatic drainage as fantastic options for your care with zero adverse side effects.

You also don’t have to choose one or the other. You can use both to get the best of both worlds.

What doctors wish patients knew about wearing sunscreen ☀️

Hey sunshine! Let's talk sunscreen real quick, because I know it can be confusing.

Here's the lowdown on what dermatologists really want you to know:

First off, always choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This protects you from both aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays. And don't be stingy with it - use about a shot glass worth to cover your whole body!

Apply that liquid gold 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply every 2 hours, or after swimming or sweating a ton.

And yes, you need it every single day, UV rays don't take a day off! the only exception is when the UV index is below 3.

Don't forget often-missed spots like your ears, neck, lips, and the tops of your feet. A wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunnies provide extra protection. And please, pretty please, keep babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight.

One more thing - if you spot any weird new marks on your skin, get them checked out pronto by a doc. Better safe than sorry!

So there you have it - the dermatologist-approved scoop on rocking your sunscreen like a pro.

Your skin will totally thank you. Now go enjoy that sunshine, you beautiful, protected creature!

Free Resource: Daily Self-Care Checklist

My latest free resource was inspired by conversations with some of you.

I often reference self-care practices to provide some simple activities you can incorporate into your daily routine that can literally transform your life, your nervous system, and your mental health.

Start small. If you miss a day, no sweat; just start again the next day..

I’m cheering for you. Have a wonderful week!

Dr. Cat 🥰

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