DIY Cleansing Wipes & Why you need Them!

Your skin absorbs up to 60 % of your personal care products

Your skin is the largest organ of your body consisting of an absorption and penetration system. Depending on the toxin, absorption happens in the bloodstream and penetration happens within the deep layers of the skin. If you are still using products that contain sulfates, parabens, and all the other yucky stuff, your body is absorbing that. Just to put it into perspective, we use lotion, soap, and deodorant on a daily basis.

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That's 365 days that our skin is trying to fight off toxins in ALL of those non- green products!

This is why you should cleanse your skin everyday! Sleeping in makeup preages your skin, traps dirt underneath the surface, and doesn't allow your skin cells to renew. So each night, I begin my skin care routine with either a DIY makeup remover/clarifying wipe or a simple store bought option. 

This is how I make my own DIY Cleansing wipes.

What you will need:

  • 4 oz container & top
  • 5 Cotton Pads
  • 2 TBS Organic Coconut Oil
  • 2 TBS Organic Castor Oil

Directions: Insert the cotton pads into the container, pour the melted coconut oil, and castor oil over the pads. Once the pads are saturated, you can use them to cleanse your skin! Simple right!! Click here to see the video and store recommendations or watch below! 

- Take Care 

 

  

 

What's That Smell?

Let's Talk Aromatherapy!  

Diffuser

Diffuser

My Mom was having trouble sleeping at night. I told her to go grab a diffuser and some lavender essential oil. Before she goes to bed, add water to the diffuser and add 5 drops or less of the lavender oil. Allow the smell to fill the room and close your eyes. She called me the next morning and said, "that actually worked." Notice the shade behind the word actually! I've received many side eyes to my natural remedies that "actually" work. But let's stay focused! The smell of lavender has a calming effect on the body and will help induce sleep. Understanding what your body needs can help you choose the right scents for you. Keep reading, I'll help you out below!

Sense Of Smell 

The sense of smell is the most primitive of all our senses and it is linked to some of the oldest and deepest parts of the brain. As we breathe in the aromas of the essential oils, it can trigger emotional and even physical responses and allow vivid memory recall of people or places." Essential oils are derived from plants and are one of natures way of helping us out! 

Orange Energy Shower Steamer

Orange Energy Shower Steamer

I recently started using shower steamers in the mornings. If you don't know what they are or haven't used one before, they are similar to bath bombs. Place the steamers near the waterfall of the shower so its not directly under the water but still feels the splash. Once the splashes begin to touch the steamer, it releases the aromatic scent. I've been using the scent of oranges. Citrus smells interact with your body by providing energy. I found this to be super easy when I need extra energy to start my day or a relaxing moment at night when I don't have time for a bath. Below are some essential oils and how they can be used. 

Basic Essential Oil Scents and when to use:

  • Lavender & Eucalyptus - Calming
    •    Use when you need help relaxing, anxious, or stressed
  • Citrus (Lemon, oranges, grapefruit) - Energy
    •    Use when you need to feel energized
  • Peppermint & Rosemary - Clarity, Energy
    •    Use to help regain focus, relieves headaches, natural energizer
  • Tea Tree & Oregano - Fights off viruses 
    •    Use when you need extra help fighting off the common cold. 

There are over 90 essential oils available. They each have individual aromatherapy benefits, as well as, skin care benefits. Look for products that choose essential oils over fragrance oils to maximize the optimal benefits for your body. Now can you smell it? 

    Take Care

Uriah

Who Takes Care Of You?

On June 9th, 2015, my brother was diagnosed with Brain Cancer.

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I remember the doctor coming into the room to give us the confirmation and to tell my brother he needs to "get his affairs in order." It didn't really hit me at the time of what a diagnosis like this meant but I knew it was bad. At one point during recovery, we had probably 10 people in the room and a waiting room full as well. My sister thanked the nurse for breaking the rules for us since there was a 2 visitor max rule. The nurse responded, "Don't worry about it, when you hear Glioblastoma, we will let you do whatever you want." Again, I heard those words come from her mouth and it still didn't hit me. Two days later, its time for me to return back to work. By now, I've had plenty of time to read and research that my brother was in the fight of his life. I had a two-hour drive back to my home and that is when it hit me. I broke down crying and could barely see through the tears to drive. That was the first of many hard days ahead. 

For a long time, his diagnosis consumed every waking moment for me. I was constantly reading and researching the do's and don't s of brain cancer. Literally falling asleep at 11, waking up between 3 and 4, and staying up reading until 7. Not mention I still had to be at work by 9.  It was a terrible cycle, but I did lose 10 lbs. To be clear, I'm not really complaining about that. My stress level was at a 10 for sure.  At some point, I forgot to take care of me. 

I know this story may be familiar to some of you. We all have life moments where we let go of ourselves and put others needs before our own. This is why we have to be reminded how important self-care is. My friends and I often joke about using our mental health days. We shouldn't feel bad to tell someone no or just say, "I need a day." When was the last time you did something for you? Last week I went to get a foot massage and it was amazing! I immediately made it up in my mind that I needed more of those moments this year. So with all that you do, take care of yourself so you can be a better version of you. If you can't do that for yourself, have someone in your corner that will. Make sure you check on your "strong" friend as well and remind them of self-care first. 

My brothers and niece: James, Jada, Ariyah

My brothers and niece: James, Jada, Ariyah

My brother continues to fight this ugly monster and my heart goes out to other families affected by all cancers. He passed away May 24th, 2019.

Take Care

Uriah

 

New Year, New Skin Care Goals!

It's definitely not too late to DETOX those old, bad habits away. 

I'm going to a Vision Board Party and I want to include my 2018 Skin Care Goals. This is my first year to include skin care. Taking care of myself has always been important to me, but I can't remember a time that I was serious enough to write down goals. I'm not exactly sure why.  I literally own tons of empty notebooks to write down ideas, things to remember, prioritize my workload, etc. It's really unacceptable but I'm now all about Self-care!

French Green Clay

French Green Clay

Over the last few years, I've fallen in love with detox clays. Rose, French Green, Bentonite, and Activated Charcoal to be specific. When I started using the detox clays, in which I also call Beauty Mask, they significantly decreased the number of breakouts on my face, chest, back, and Gina. TMI, but I get waxed and must treat the V to control ingrown hairs. That's another blog for another day! The more consistent I was, the less chance a blemish would appear! If you haven't used one before, here are a few reasons you may want to consider it! 

Detox clays help pull impurities underneath the skin to the surface. It literally acts like a magnet to pull the dirt up.

It's important to choose the right detox clay for your skin type. I only use it once a week. Specifically for me, I've renamed Sunday to Detox Sundays. Naturally, on Sundays, I automatically think, "I need to detox last week worries away and start fresh." I like to buy the clays in its dry form because there is nothing mixed in to take away its purity. The clay does eventually have to be combined with a liquid to make a paste for application. I've used water, aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and oils like Sweet Almond. My favorite is probably Aloe Vera gel. It seems to provide a consistent feel with all the clays.

Triple Threat Detox Clay  

Triple Threat Detox Clay  

Every skin type is different, and I recommend trying a few different things until you find something that works! 

  • Rose Clay is a soft pink clay and recommended for sensitive skin;
  • Bentonite Clay is grey in color and one of the most popular clays available. It is recommended for oily skin;
  • French Green Clay is green and more absorbent than the previous two clays. It is recommended for exfoliation and pore tightening; 
  • Activated Charcoal is black and has recently increased in popularity over the last few years. It is suitable for all skin types but it is very absorbent to those who already have dry skin. 

Detoxing your way to better skin this year is very possible. We have to be specific about how we are going to achieve our skincare goals. Let's simply start by getting started and writing down what we will accomplish this year. 

- Take Care

Uriah