Precursor to this post: I know it seems I rave about almost every product that pops up on this blog. But here’s the deal, I do love everything I share with you. If I try something I don’t like so much, it’s not gonna end up here.
With that, I bring you something super spesh today…it’s gonna make your dried out, lack luster, transitional season skin look like a million bucks!
My own skin has been going through a rocky phase lately. It never loves the change of season to cooler (ie, drier) weather. That and a busy week and feeling kinda under the weather, my skin was not only sapped but decidedly un-glowy. Let’s just say I could’ve gone trick or treating as a character from the Walking Dead with no extra help from makeup. Not good.
My pal Janet from Pure Living Boutique had sent me a couple of interesting looking face masks to try by Wild Honey Apothecary, and since nothing gives instant results like a mask, I decided to put one to the test. I slapped Indigo Magic onto my skin post bedtime wash and, WOW!, results like crazy. Holy resuscitation. This stuff made my skin look like I’d taken a brisk jog in crisp weather after a good 9 hour sleep (and that definitely didn’t happen). All glowy and, might I say, dewy. Not from the healthy living and good vibes I haven’t been feeling. This was the mask talking. The results even carried over to this morning. Possibly, the best thing I did for myself this week.
These masks are super fruity and smell delicious. That’s because they are made with seasonal fresh fruit and honey. You know how honey is so good for the skin? Softening, calming, antibacterial. The fruit acid and pinch of buttermilk lend the exfoliating benis, which removes that layer of dead skin cells you don’t want sitting on top of your face. Here’s the super cool part…this mask also contains indigo kyanite crystals to attune “with a peaceful + higher vibration”. Love that. And how nice to know there’s a skin fixer in my cold weather beauty arsenal.
Are you confused by the enormous amount of information on balanced diet and healthy eating? I know I am. Health and wellness is a huge area of interest for me, so of course I love reading all about foods and ways to stay balanced. And there is definitely a wealth of info out there on the subject.
But how do we decipher what is best? Namely, what is best for ourselves.
You hear that avoiding animal protein keeps you healthy, living long, and free from issues like heart disease and cancer. And the evidence does seem to back this up.
You also hear that carbs are bad and more protein is the answer. While this argument usually leans toward refined carbs being the evil culprit, some believe avoiding most carbs (including whole grains and fruit) is the best way to go. Carbs are said to lead to inflammation and protein keeps blood sugar balanced. This makes sense too.
Oh my gosh, overwhelmed yet?
Enter Dr. Christiane Northrup. My god, I love this woman. Not only is she a huge advocate for women’s health, but also believes in the being as a whole. Dr. Northrup prescribes a bit of everything, in moderation. She states that we need healthy grains and even animal protein in our diet, but we need to balance each serving of those with 4-5 servings of vegetables. Namely healthy greens, like kale, collard greens, broccoli, arugula, and watercress.
Ok, that does seem like a lot of veg and on this program you would be eating primarily veg-based. But that is the whole thought behind the moderation thing. You eat mostly healthy but still get a little of what you want. I, personally, like meat but don’t miss it when I don’t have it. But, at least for me, nut butters only go so far. Sometimes you have to mix it up. If you are strictly veg or vegan, great! You don’t even have to worry about the meat thing. Another note: If you do consume meat and dairy, be sure you are buying products made without hormones. Those suckers cause all sorts of problems. That article coming soon.
Obvs, good health and feeling great are the driving force behind eating well. But there is another super important component that goes along with this whole thing. You pass that good stuff on. As in, when we women feel great, our husbands are more satisfied, our children are happier, and the world around us is a better place. There is so much of this juicy info (and more) in this interview. Do yourself a favor and go read it now.
Change of season can mean it’s time for…
Don’tcha feel the need for change when transitioning from summer to fall? It may be as simple as a new pair of shoes or switching your nail polish. I’ve also been feeling some bangs and have some cute ones pinned if you feel like taking a look. We shall see about that.
I’m also fixing up a few things around my house, which I always love to do. If you are ever in need of some hot home inspo take a look at one of my fave interiors gals, Amber Lewis. This girl has mad style and a get ‘er done ‘tude.
Am working on another surprise unveiling. I know, hate it when a blogger leads me on like that. Here's a sneak peek. Promise I’ll let you in on it super soon.
How are you keeping it fresh for fall? Share your ideas so we can copy!
Are you lubing your skin to grease slick status and still seeing dry skin or redness? Could be your cleanser.
You may switch out your moisturizer or add an extra moisture-boosting product for the dry season, but cleanser is oft overlooked. I mean, it just cleanses, right? Wrong. A foaming cleanser can strip away the skin’s natural oils leaving you with a parched canvas and maybe irritation. No amount of lotion, cream or oil is going to combat over cleansed skin.
Don’t treat the symptoms, fix the problem. Here’s how…
An oil used as cleanser is a very good thing for dry or irritated skin. How could oil possibly cleanse the skin? Oil binds to dirt and debris, removing it from skin. It’s also excellent at removing makeup. Simply warm a small amount of oil in your hands and gently massage into skin. Rinse with a warm water.
My skin is never as happy (perky, plumped, and glowing) as when I use an oil cleanser. You can opt for an oil combo made for cleansing or use something straight from your kitchen. My favorite, hands down, is olive oil. If I have to use a foaming cleanser, say after a workout, I’ll often apply a layer of olive oil to my face once I hop out of the shower and give it a quick rinse. Skin is back to happy and redness disappears.
If you’d rather buy than use good ol’ olive oil, here are some oil cleansers to try:
Hey! This week has been short and sweet, following our mini fall break. But…I did make time to do some sampling.
I can always tell when cooler weather starts to affect my skin. Slight redness and drier skin appear, along with uneven texture.
Enter May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt. I’d heard good things about this product. Spirit Demerson, of Spirit Beauty Lounge, loves the stuff. So it has to be good, right? Well, it is. Cleanses and exfoliates, super gently, and makes your skin feel like it’s been rolled back a few years. Evens out bumps and imperfections, and gives the complexion a nice glow. I’m seriously using this twice weekly for, possibly, ever.
The Clean Dirt is a powder scrub. Just add water and apply to skin, cleansing gently. Made with Moroccan rhassoul clay to absorb impurities and anti-inflammatory turmeric.
I also tried the much heralded Blue Cocoon. Doesn’t the name just sound so mysterious? Like, I gotta get me some o’ that! That’s what I’d been thinking since I first heard about he product and finally did something about it. Blue Cocoon is a balm meant to fix anything cool/cold weather could do to your skin. The aforementioned redness and dry spots were the test subjects for this product. I dabbed on a bit of the balm (a-little-goes-a-long-way type product) and went to bed. It noticeably reduced the redness. The balm has a slight cooling feeling, which you’d think would be counterproductive for somewhat irritated skin, but is so healing and gentle and protective. Cocoon-like, you might say.
The Blue Cocoon is made with natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories. The balmy texture makes it perfect for dry skin, but it is said to work on cystic acne too.
I know these two products are on the pricier side. If you’d like to try before you buy, and I would recommend it, don’t forget about the Spirit Beauty Lounge awesome sample program. Choose 6 product samples from the SBL store for $25. I use this option regularly to try new stuff. Love it!