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Skincare 101: Order of Operations

February 03, 2015

Throughout the years, it’s likely that you’ve picked up some beauty wisdom here and there, be it from your grandmother or your favorite magazine. These valuable resources have probably taught you that there’s a general order of operations to follow in your cleaning and makeup routine. The better you adhere to it, the more likely you are to see healthy skin.

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My Latest Addiction - The Infrared Sauna

June 25, 2014

Lately after my workouts, I've been stopping by a little spot near my house that has an Infrared Sauna. I'm quickly becoming addicted.  My muscles aren't as sore, my eyes and skin look healthier, I'm more relaxed and overall, I just feel better. Sitting in an infrared sauna is like getting healthy sun exposure without the destructive UV Rays, which, by the way, make up 20% of real sun exposure. Here, you are only getting the good stuff...the other 80%. The infrared radiation warms you without warming the air around you, so you'll tolerate it much better than a traditional sauna. Here are a few benefits, followed by the ever-interesting (to me at least) light therapy and a brief description of what each color does:

1. Sweat Out The Toxins

Were you aware that toxic chemicals are responsible for up to 80% of cancer deaths?  Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. Infrared saunas allow you to eliminate about seven times more toxins (like chemicals and heavy metals) than traditional saunas. The sweating is deeper and more profuse. It also helps the fat cells release organic chemicals and biological goes deep, up to three inches deep. Most toxins can be released through the skin, relieving the burden on the kidneys and liver. 

2. Relaxation

Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. It also goes a long way towards relieving tension and relaxing your muscles. All that’s really needed is 15-20 minutes a few times per week. The increased circulation and better blood flow you'll experience will help lower blood pressure too. If you’re troubled by muscle or joint pain, or more chronic conditions like arthritis, infrared heat from the sauna can provide drug-free pain relief, reducing stiffness and inflammation. Yes, it's all that.

3. Pain Relief

Along with the relaxing heat, the far infrared light penetrates deep in to the tissues and organs, reducing swelling and inflammation, which help the body heal in a safe, relaxing and non-invasive way. Furthermore, the infrared heat reduces the stress response which results in less painful clinching around pain. If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, infrared saunas can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles. 

4. Weight Loss

The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate — the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. When your body has to work harder to lower your core temperature or keep up with an increased heart rate, your body will burn more calories, resulting in a boosted metabolism and weight loss. Infrared saunas, because of their ability to penetrate the skin more deeply, increase metabolic rate and can help the body burn off anywhere from 200 – 600 calories in a half hour session. Hydration is essential, so never skimp on liquids just for the sake of seeing lower numbers on the scale. Drink up before, during and after – no exceptions! The three inches of heat penetration softens cellulite and increases the flushing of fat from the body. I know....sign you up?

5. Improved Circulation and Organ De-Congestion

Heating the body powerfully shunts blood towards the skin to dissipate heat. This decongests the internal organs and greatly stimulates circulation. Sinuses, joints and many other tissues benefit greatly. The sauna also stimulates the generation of new red blood cells from the bone marrow (an important energy booster), Especially for those whose immune systems are weak or who are anemic. Thus, saunas improve circulation and relieve internal congestion. As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.

6. Skin Rejuvenation

Infrared sauna technology can help purify your skin by eliminating toxins from your pores, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin. These saunas will also improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimulating better circulation, blood flow and increased collagen production – all of which improve the look and health of your skin. The increased circulation, elimination of toxins and flushing out of cellular debris give you a more radiant appearance. The last thing you'll want to do after your sauna is apply skin care products that contain the toxins you just sweated out, so thank goodness for non-toxic Drunk Elephant!  Also, were you aware that our C-Firma Day Serum contains an anti-aging chronopeptide that biotransforms into Vitamin D and mimics the Vitamin D we get through sun exposure? The infrared sauna and Drunk Elephant make quite the duo when it comes to fighting the signs of aging!  Shop the entire D.E. collection here.

Infrared LED Lights:

Red: Skin rejuvenation

Orange: Skin revitalization

Yellow: Reduces redness, swelling and inflammation associated with rosacea and sunburn.

Green: Calms and lightens hyper-pigmentation.

Turquoise:  Increases intuition and sensitivity.

Blue:  Prevents and treats mild to moderate acne.

Purple:  Simulates spleen and white blood cells; boosts the immune system.

My Tips:

Shower after you sauna. You don't want the toxins reentering your blood stream.

I've already said it, but I'll say it again: Drink a ton of water. 

Use it as a complement to your exercise, not a substitute for your exercise.

Watch out for hits you much harder after you've been in the sauna.

Remember the old saying? Women GLOW, they don't SWEAT.  Well...not true.  In this case, you'll do both.

Happy sweating!




Everyone And Their Mother Should Try Drunk Elephant!

April 30, 2014

Mother's Day is on its way and Drunk Elephant is the perfect gift for any Mom...and I know because I'm a Mom!

  • The Virgin Marula is ideal for the Mom who wants to calm, heal and hydrate throughout the day.  She can use it on her cuticles, in her hair...from her head to her toes.  It's luxurious and she will feel totally pampered. 
  • The Juju and Pekee Bars are wonderful for the Mom who loves the old-fashioned way of cleansing and likes to keep things simple.  They both do their jobs really well...Juju exfoliates and Pekee cleanses dirt and makeup away at the end of the day.  Your Mom's face will feel fresh in the hot months to come.
  • The C-Firma Day Serum is for the Mom who loved to worship the sun in her younger days, or for a younger Mom who spends a lot of time outside.  It corrects and prevents sun damage.  Her skin will feel and look firmer and best of all, will appear brighter!  What Mom would turn that down?
  • The Umbra Sheer Physical Defense.  An anti-aging, antioxidant-packed, moisturizing, illuminating, protective, non-toxic, chemical-screen-free sunscreen.  Need we say more?  This one is for every Mom.
  • The T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum will give your Mom a smoother and more radiant complexion...practically overnight!  It gently dissolves the glue that hold the dead skin cells to the surface of the skin that nobody really wants hanging around.  It's very effective, but won't irritate.  Mom will be positively glowing and thanking you for it!
  • And, finally, for the picky know, the one who knows best.  The one who is super conscious about what she is putting on her skin.  The one who cares about ingredients.  The one who wants to avoid toxins.  The Drunk Elephant Gift Card allows her to browse through all of the products and choose for herself.  She won't have any problem finding something she loves...I promise!

I hope this helps make shopping for the Mom in your life a little easier this year. 

xo tiffany

p.s.  Beginning tomorrow morning, really early....use promo code "ilovemymom" at checkout for 15% off all products!  (Offer valid May 1st and 2nd only.)



What I'm loving now: DIY Drunk Elephant Home Facial...just in time for New Year's Eve!

December 28, 2013

Happy almost 2014!  I've been messing around in the kitchen again and wanted to share a wonderful, quick facial that you can whip up before your next party.  I'm personally not big on professional facials.  They are expensive and they cause me to break out every single time.  I don't love that a bunch of irritating ingredients are being used either.  I know the whole point of a facial is to feel pampered and relaxed, so automatically you know that essential oils and perfumes are playing a big role in that experience.  So, I do it myself in the comfort of my own home.  I think you'll agree it's a convenient way to give yourself a boost and a great glow.  Here you go:

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The inside scoop on how I like to use the products + why Marula Oil reigns supreme...

November 14, 2013

As if we weren't already excited enough about our gorgeous Virgin Marula Oil!  I've been experimenting with the Drunk Elephant products and I'm finding surprising ways to get the most out of them, while customizing the routine to fit my own personal needs.  Read on for some tips:

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