Happy Monday beauties!
My apologies for missing my usual weekly post last week but I am in a bit of a creative rut. I started this blog because I love to share with people- I always have. I feel thankful to have a platform to share with others. I still very much enjoy blogging but when life gets busy, I prioritize spending quality time with the people I love. The term quality is key here. It is one thing to coexist in the same space with someone else but quality to me means truly connecting and feeling present. When Mark gets home from work, we like to cook something for dinner and watch a few episodes of a show that makes us laugh- we’re currently watching How I Met Your Mother the second time through. I try my absolute best to put my phone and computer down and be present engaging in this special time together to decompress.
The point of me telling you this is that I am trying something new- feeling less guilt for what I’m not able to accomplish, and doing things when they feel right. Last week, I never found the time to write a blog post and it felt like a chore. I don’t want a passion of mine to feel like an obligation so I will continue to add to this blog when it feels right for me- I hope that’s okay with you guys 🙂 Mental health is something we all have to work at- sometimes it requires more effort and nurturing than we allow ourselves to devote to it. We should all forgive ourselves for not getting to everything we set out to, and we all deserve to carve time out in our day reserved for whatever the hell we want- whether that be reading a book, sitting on the couch watching tv, or sipping on a coffee for a few extra minutes.
Since we are on the topic of self care, I think it’s an appropriate week to share my current skin care routine with you guys. As I shared a few weeks ago in a post, I have started to invest more time and research in skin care since. I am learning that what I put in my body is just as important as what I put on my body. With an understanding that a high percentage of the products I put on my skin are absorbed into my bloodstream, I have started to look at body and skin care products with a whole new lens. My updated skin care regimen reflects this knowledge as I now have the resources and knowledge to make healthier choices for my body while still feeling beautiful and doing what I can to prevent the inevitable wrinkle and blemish.
CLEAN & PREP
I use these Burt’s Bees Grapefruit wipes to remove my makeup and gently cleanse my skin. While I do know that there are cleaner products on the market, I am quite frankly- a little lazy. I want to wipe off my makeup and the day’s sweat and germs the easy way, without having to tie my hair back, rinse with water AND dry off my face with a towel. Not to mention, if I’m already in bed and too tired to walk to the bathroom, I can ask Mark to bring me a wipe. Nothing else provides that level of ease 😉 This way there are NO excuses.
I absolutely love the Thayer’s Witch Hazel as a toner and apply it using a cotton round. It feels refreshing and cleanses my skin one step further than with a wipe. Witch Hazel is anti-inflmmatory and anti-bacterial, it decreases oil production and the appearance of redness, and it promotes healing. It is a wonderful and natural way to treat and prevent acne.
I make my own serum and use this retinol moisturizer, which I recently shared in my July favorites post. See below for instructions to make the serum.
Serum: I make my own serum using essential oils and rosehip oil that I absolutely love and have found to be incredibly effective- it is an integral part of my skincare routine that I can see myself sticking with for years to come. I only use Young Living Essential Oils as I have full trust in their purity standards and they are the only company who has their own farms- they have complete control of the cultivation process from planting the initial seeds to the distillation and packaging. This is the “Seed to Seal” promise that only Young Living offers. If you have any questions about essential oils, how they work, what to use specific oils for, and how to incorporate them into your own healthy lifestyle, feel free to contact me! There is absolutely no pressure to purchase- my goal is to provide education and facts. The three essential oils I use for this serum are included in the starter kit!
– Frankincense essential oil (lifts and tones skin, fades scars and stretch marks, promotes cell regeneration)
– Lavender essential oil (controls bacteria-causing acne, reduces inflammation and redness, soothes skin)
– Copaiba essential oil (anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, tightens pores, evens skin tone)
– Rosehip or jojoba oil (this is the rosehip I use)
– Glass dropper bottles (I love these)
Fill 2/3 glass dropper bottle with rosehip or jojoba oil. Add 15 drops of each essential oil and combine by shaking gently. Store in a cool, dry place.
I use a drop of Young Living Tea Tree Essential Oil on blemishes which dries them right up. For a refreshing, acne-fighting spray, I combined witch hazel and 15 drops of tea tree essential oil in a glass spray bottle like this. I put spray this on my face when I run out of cotton rounds or don’t have them easily accessible and I mist it on my chest after a workout if I don’t have time to shower!
I hope you all enjoyed this week’s skincare post and give yourself permission to take some extra time out for yourself this week. Cheers! xx