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Why You Need To Be Giving Yourself A Lymphatic Facial Massage

Sofya Rosher from The Beauty Box explains: 

Do you ever feel like you wish you could take your face to the gym? Some cardio to de-puff those under-eyes? Some weight lifting to sculpt that jawline?

How about some HIIT to help chisel those cheekbones? While you don’t quite need dumbbells to put your visage through its paces, you can indeed tighten and tone your facial structure with the right tools.

First off – why should you try a lymphatic facial massage in the first place?

Anyone who has ever embarked on a diet or considered body brushing has probably heard that the lymphatic system is the part of your immune system responsible for eliminating toxins and waste from your body. Therefore lymph is the infection-flighting fluid that ends up in all parts on your body – even your face .

The purpose of lymph drainage massage is to move fluid out of your tissues and into lymph nodes where bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms are destroyed.

This process also helps reduce swelling, puffiness, and improves cellular communication while diminishing those pesky toxins.

The basic premise of the massage is to use a light pressure as you massage areas of your face in circular movements.

Start on your neck before you progress to your chin and jawline, and ultimately work your way up to the forehead and even your scalp.

Are You Scrubbing Right? 

The Dos and Do Nots of Exfoliation By Sofya Rosher 

Scrub, Brush, Sponge, Acid, Repeat. You might be aiming for glowing, but if you over do exfoliation what you’ll get is aggravated . Here’s how to strike the balance between a clean sweep and foolhardy exfoliation.

Types of Exfoliation 

Mechanical – Mechanical exfoliation uses friction to remove dead skin, by way of brushes such as the Clarisonic which can be used daily when used correctly.

Harder bristled brushes should be kept at twice per week as a maximum. Konjac sponges can be used daily, as can muslin face cloths.

Chemical – Chemical exfoliation involves products with active ingredients like acids, that work to break down and dissolve the dead skin cells.

The concentrations of acids within the product should dictate how frequently they can and should be used – i.e. a higher concentration should be used less frequently than a product with a low concentration.

The ‘Dos’ 

– Start off by exfoliating once or twice a week, preferably at night.

– Be gentle and understand your skin type: for dry skin, be gentle, and in the case of oily skin do not be too aggressive, but do exfoliate more frequently.

– Keep it simple: simple routines work best.

– Always wear sunscreen in general, but especially after exfoliating.

– Discontinue use of any products that increase skin irritation.

The ‘Don’ts’

– Don’t over do it, and most certainly do not exfoliate every day.

– Do not apply too much pressure if you’re exfoliating using a mechanical method.

– Do not exfoliate irritated or broken skin- this will only do more harm than good! Also bear in mind that waxing is a form of exfoliation.

– Do not exfoliate skin that has been treated recently with lasers and do not go sunbathing post-exfoliation.

Umm, Why Are Meghan Markle’s Shoes Always Two Sizes Too Big?

Call it the “Markle sparkle,” the “Meghan Markle effect” or the “duchess denouement” (OK, we made that last one up…): Whatever Markle dons, from Givenchy to floral Oscar de la Renta, we are so here for it.

But we were just as confused as royal experts when we heard the Duchess of Sussex tends to wear shoes way too big for her feet. Nope, this isn’t some “glass slipper doesn’t fit so she’s not Cinderella”situation. This is a “Markle purposefully wears way too big shoes” situation. But, why?

The answer is actually pretty genius. “Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at an event or on the red carpet and it’s for one reason we can all relate to—to avoid blisters,”

When the shoes are a bit too big, it means even if Markle’s feet swell up from standing for long periods of time (at royal events and ceremonies, for instance), her skin won’t rub against the shoe, which would cause blisters.

Well, there you have it, folks. If the shoe (doesn’t) fit…she’s probably a royal.

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