Thursday, October 28, 2010

Some Health, Some Vanity

I enjoyed nice manicured hands for about two hours and ruined them painting the backdrop for the angel and shepherds scene of our Christmas pageant.
I don't go to the salon for a mani-pedi. I don't go to the salon for anything actually. I used to go to the salon for a trim, but since I now just tie my hair in a ponytail, twist the mess to the right and snip, and then twist it to the left and snip (does it sound like dance steps), I don't get to go anymore. If you'd been wondering who had made a hack job on my hair, well now you know. I would still go to a spa for a proper facial, but maybe I can learn to do that properly too? I guess the DIY bug bit me deep and hard.
Anyway, a mani-pedi is not something I can do at all, so we have this legendary (in these parts) lady who comes over to give us manicures. Aling Neneng contracted polio as a child and cannot walk without assistance. Notwithstanding that, she's very self-sufficient and makes a good living for herself. She's like a family heirloom. She did my grandmother's nails, her daughters, her granddaughters, and Aling Neneng is praying her eyesight would still be good when Marguerite is old enough to get mani-pedis.
So, I got my fingernails done in the morning (I don't get them painted since the nail polish would probably be ruined by the next day and since I don't know how to repair that, I would have to go around for weeks with chipped nail polish) and then the Sunday School teachers came over in the afternoon so we could work on the props and backdrops for the pageant. So far, one backdrop, three sheep, three shepherd's staff, one star down... We listened to Reuben Morgan while working. :)

Yes, that hand is mine, not a child's. I've always had short fat fingers, lol.

In other matters, I recently read about the benefits of dry brushing in this article. I think I was googling how to get rid of cellulite naturally (I have dimples on my thighs, not on my cheeks) and an article suggested that. From there, I started reading about dry brushing itself. Apparently, the following are its benefits (you can read the explanation for each in the actual article):
1.    Removes cellulite
2.    Cleanses the lymphatic system
3.    Removes dead skin layers
4.    Strengthens the immune system
5.    Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
6.    Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
7.    Tones the muscles
8.    Stimulates circulation
9.    Improves the function of the nervous system
10.  Helps digestion
    11.  AND it’s easy, inexpensive and invigorating!
So I thought, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. I got myself a dry brush the next time I went to the store and have used it exactly twice so far.  I'm still trying to include it in my daily routine. Do you know anything about dry brushing? Did it work for you?


Sharkbytes said...

I sure have no clue about any of these things. But I decided before I was out of my teens that what I wanted was hands that looked like they had worked hard. I've never looked back. But I know that very few women feel this way.

Hey, I read somewhere that almost every woman over 25 has cellulite. So what?

spinninglovelydays said...

I may not be as vain as the usual girly-girl (and I may also be too cheap), but I make many concessions to vanity. :)
Cellulite is pretty natural, I guess. I just have so much more than my fair share.

Anonymous said...

Dry brushing is also good for kids with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction....and helps kids with ADHD and ADD. Check or ask your OT or DAN doctor or Alternative specialist on health... Although Sensory Diet is what is most recommended, change in food, exercise, some supplements try everything first before taking medication for your child and for your sanity.... I do not say or recommend this alone... it helps just my two cents. Jeanne

swirlyagelessmind said...

i didn't bother reading the caption under the picture of your hand...i really thought they were Midge's. lol!
you know, i read an article way back when i didn't worry about having my own rice terraces at the back of my thighs, that you can use a rolling pin to eliminate cellulite, you can roll, and roll and roll until the dough's(hehe!) all even and smooth.

spinninglovelydays said...

@Jeanne: I guess you could add that to the list of benefits. Thanks. :)

@Chip: I'm sure Midge would love to do that for me, lol

kryzteta said...

A doctor recommended dry brushing for lola when she was sick. Strokes daw dapat towards the heart...but wait is your purpose for dry brushing supposedly for cellulites?
Where did you get your brush? We used to have one like that, one helper thought it was for cleaning the toilet!! Now I can't find one in stores.

spinninglovelydays said...

I got mine at Shopwise Libis.