Body brushing explained by experts

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Body brushing explained by experts

In a recent Instagram video sharing her take on detoxes (you name it, she’s tried it), Paltrow demonstrates her body brushing technique, a simple – and effective – skincare practice that’s been around for centuries

“It dates back to Ayurvedic and Ancient Egyptian cultures, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine,” skincare expert Abigail James tells Bazaar. In a nutshell, “dry body brushing involves buffing dry skin with a brush, which leaves it softer and smoother” she explains. “Sloughing off dead cells also allows any body products you apply afterwards to penetrate deeper and work more effectively.”

While it does exfoliate the skin, it does not eliminate the need to use a weekly body scrub – Noella Gabriel, global president and co-founder of Elemis adds – “but rather it enhances the results of all the body products you use, by removing the dead skin cells that can block pores”. Improved cell turnover also means fewer clogged hair follicles and ergo less chance of ingrown hairs. Good to know if that’s something you suffer from.

Karmameju's Ionic Body Brush

Karmameju's Ionic Body Brush

Beyond the surface-level benefits, James notes that dry body brushing helps keep our body functioning well from the inside-out. “Helping to boost circulation and increase blood flow, it also stimulates lymphatic drainage and detoxification.”

Gabriel concurs, explaining that the removal of impurities from under the skin’s surface means dry body brushing is “extremely useful for encouraging cellulite deposits to disperse and for decongesting all the systems of the body”.

With many benefits to reap – at an accessible price point – dry body brushing is a no brainer. To get the most from it, follow James’ technique tips in the morning before showering, two-to-three times a week. “But be careful to avoid any areas with broken skin, inflammation, eczema or dermatitis,” she cautions.

Dry body brushing tips

1. Choose a brush with soft but firm bristles and a long handle so that you can reach your back.

2. On dry skin, start at your feet and use long, circular sweeping motions with medium pressure. Work upwards, moving in the direction of your heart. From feet to knee, then knee to groin. You can be firmer on your thighs and bottom.

3. When you reach your chest, use downward strokes from beneath your jaw toward your heart to encourage lymphatic drainage. Be gentler on your decolletage.

4. Sweep up from hands to elbows, then elbows to armpits.

5. Shower and follow with a hydrating body moisturiser.

Reference: BazBridget March :Baazar

Jada Pinkett Smith talks struggle with alopecia: 'I can only laugh'

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Jada Pinkett Smith talks struggle with alopecia: 'I can only laugh'

Jada Pinkett Smith took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a new video about her struggles with alopecia.

The 50-year-old multihyphenate discussed her hair loss, pointing to a particular linear patch on her scalp.

'Now at this point I can only laugh,' Jada said as she opened the video.

The 50-year-old multihyphenate discussed her hair loss, pointing to a particular linear patch on her scalp.

'Now at this point I can only laugh,' Jada said as she opened the video.


The Red Table Talk host looked beautiful with a no makeup on her face, but a light filter that highlighted her natural glow.

The mom-of-two wore a grey crewneck sweatshirt and a pair of stud earrings. 

Smith showed off a Christmas-themed red manicure with white design embellishments as she drew attention to the strip of her scalp that was void of hair.

Despite her already super low buzz cut, a line of hairless flesh was visible in the 40-second snippet. 


Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes your hair to come out, often in clumps the size and shape of a quarter. The amount of hair loss is different in everyone. Some people lose it only in a few spots. Others lose a lot. Sometimes, hair grows back but falls out again later. In others, hair grows back for good.

There are different types of this condition. Alopecia areata is most common in its main form, but there are other, more rare types:

Alopecia areata totalis means you’ve lost all the hair on your head.

Alopecia areata universalis is the loss of hair over your entire body.

Diffuse alopecia areata is a sudden thinning of your hair rather than lost patches.

Ophiasis alopecia areata causes hair loss in a band shape around the sides and back of your head.'

And just all of a sudden one day,' she explained as she angled her head toward the camera.

She then added, 'Look at this line right here. Look at that.' 

Jada had a positive outlook as she noted the bald line would 'be a little more difficult' for her to hide, but that she would make it work.

'Mama's gonna put some rhinestones in there and I'm just gon' make me a little crown,' she said. 

The Matrix Resurrections star gently stroked her dome throughout the video as she looked into the camera and spoke to her fans.

The Hollywood vet announced she had alopecia back in 2018.

And she has spoken extensively on her affinity for rocking a shaved head.

Earlier this year on an episode of of her Facebook Watch show she talked about shaving her hair off.

She said, 'For me, it was a mixture of a spiritual calling and also going, "at some point, your hairline is going to be back we might as well just do it now."'

Her daughter Willow Smith, 21, has also been known to sport the bald look. 

And her mother and co-host Adrienne Banfield-Norris, 68, rocks her tresses in a short crop as well.

Reference: Ashleigh Gray For Dailymail.Com 

Mica Powders - How To Use

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Mica Powders - How To Use - What Is Mica Powder and 15 Ways to Use It

Mica powders are so fun to use when making homemade soaps and a plethora of other DIY natural home goods and gifts. The powders come in a vast array of colors, offering nearly endless options when creating one-of-a-kind products.

Mica is derived from a natural stone mineral that boasts shiny flakes. Once the mica stone is ground into a powder, mica powder is created. The powder is basically a soft type of fine glitter that has a coloring or dying effect when it comes into contact with a myriad of different surfaces and materials.

The off white, gray, yellow, or slightly brown mica powders stem from muscovite – a metamorphic rock that contains potassium aluminum silicate. Mica powders routinely used to dye soap are often colored with ultramarines, titanium dioxide, and other oxides to create bright pigments.

Both natural white mica powder and colored mica powder cast a pearly, shimmery, sparkly, and metallic effect when used to decorate or dye a project.

Mica powders can be used in nearly any project that will accept dye or paint, things such as:

To use mica powders as a natural paint, simply dampen a paint brush, and then dip it into the desired mica powder color. Always wash the brush before switching colors unless you want to blend the shades together.

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Dame Joan Collins refused to have a face lift because it was too expensive

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Dame Joan Collins refused to have a face lift because it was too expensive

The 88-year-old actress insisted she doesn’t believe in “tweakments” and just relies on a good skincare routine to keep herself looking younger than her years, but the one time she made enquiries about cosmetic surgery, she was put off by the price.

“I’ve never had them done and I’m not going to because I’ve seen some disasters.

“I once went to speak to somebody during my ‘Dynasty’ days and when they told me how much it would cost, I told them, ‘No thank you, I’ll continue with my face cream.’ “

The ‘Dynasty’ legend insisted her beauty routine is “pretty simple” but moisturising is the key.

Joan Collins holding a sign: Dame Joan Collins refused to have a face lift

Provided by BANG Showbiz Dame Joan Collins refused to have a face lift

She told Woman's Weekly magazine: “My beauty routine is pretty simple – I’ve always taken care of my skin. I never go to bed without removing my make-up and applying night cream.

“Plus I never stop moisturising during the day if I’m not wearing make-up and I use ice on my eyes before I go out to an event.”

Meanwhile, Joan admitted her husband, Percy Gibson, does most of the cooking in their house these days because he’s a “take-charge kind of man”.

She said: “Percy likes to cook, as he’s a very take-charge kind of man.

“He didn’t cook so much when we first met but I started to show him a few of my signature dishes like my special spaghetti Bolognese. He’d offer to cut the meat and veg – because he’s bossy, so I said, ‘You know what, I’m off to watch the telly.’ I raised three children so of course I can cook.”

Reference: Bang Showbiz 



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