My Skincare Regime

Hello lovelies,

Now it’s not  like I profess to be a skin care professional.. or even have super amazing skin this is just what I have been doing, and what has allowed me to get to a relatively ‘pimple free’ complexion. If you’re wondering I have oily/combination skin, and usually suffer from black heads and hormonal acne; this is my routine to combat unsightly zits.


Daily

On mornings when I’m in the shower I simply rinse off my face with the warm water a few times.

When I get out  of the shower (because I really  can’t wash my face in the shower .. idk why) I wash my face with

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser. I use this because I find it helps me to get rid of oiliness on my face for most of the day. Where I live, it’s a big deal if something cuts down on my face being greasy – it’s usually 30 degrees and super humid!

When I come home from school I again, just rinse off my face.

Before bed I use a cotton ball and essential-oil-skin-care-cartoon

apply some salt water to my face in circular motions.

After applying the sea salt, I wait until it dries (less than a minute) and I apply a moisturizer ; Simple Light Hydrating Moisturizer.


Weekly:

Throughout the week, I like to use a facial scrub or mask to help exfoliate my skin and draw out any imperfections.

I use my turmeric face mask 2x weekly , usually on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

If I feel like I need to exfoliate I use Queen Helene’s Oatmeal ‘n Honey Natural Face Scrub.

Hope this helped you guys!

Over the years of trying different stuff with my skin care routine I’ve definitely realized the simpler the better. Often you’ll find a lot of products break you out, that’s why I have a staple face wash, moisturizer and exfoliating scrub. I also advocate the use of natural products as I’ve found they’re less liable to break you out as there are no harsh chemicals.

I also have a post on the benefits of using salt water for the skin, if you guys are wondering why I do this every night.

Let me know YOUR skin care routine, and if you try this let me know how it works for you.

Jenny xox

How to Get to Die For Skin ; Guest Blog by Kitty

Hi! My name is Kitty, or atleast that is what I go by, I run a Hair Care Blog but today I will be guest blogging about how I have gotten “to die for skin” as many of my friends call it.

We all want to be that girl with glowing skin, with no break outs and no makeup needed to look flawless. What if I told you that last summer, I was that girl?

That’s right! The only makeup I wore was eye shadow & mascara (no foundation, no cover up, no powder, nothing!) and I’m here to tell you how you can have flawless, pimple free skin.

 

Your Diet Is a Big Deal

I know most of you probably do not want to hear this, but our diet is a big deal when it comes to our skin, last year I went raw for the summer (meaning I did not eat anything that had been cooked) Since I was living at home with my parents my eating schedule was based around them. I would eat raw when my dad(who works away from home) wasn’t there, when he was I would still eat healthy, but I was a little more lenient.

  • Increase the amount of fruits and raw veggies you eat; I started each day with a strawberry- coconut smoothie : the coconut helps to flush out any toxins in your body and upped my intake of fresh fruits and veggies, as well as lots of “raw” cakes, made from nuts, honey and fruit most of the time.
  • Drink more water; Other than eating raw veggies and more fruit I was(and still am) drinking 8-9 glasses of water a day, half with fresh lemon juice(something that will help flush out toxins and help you lose weight!)
  • Take Dietary Supplements; taking “stinging nettle” pills(something I swear by to help get a flawless complexion)
  • Avoid Sugary/ Greasy Foods.  I also credit keeping away from sugary, greasy foods for three weeks at a time, taking a week off to eat bread and maybe a pizza, then going back to my “raw” eating.

Eating healthy isn’t the only thing we can do for our skin, If you shave, make sure you do it correctly and be gentle to the skin. I’ll walk you through my personal routine, which helps me to have super soft skin; everywhere on my body – not just my face.

  1. Hop in to warm-hot water and relax for a minute or two, this will give your pores time to open up; allowing for a closer shave.
  2. Grab some soap and a scrub brush(or anything you can exfoliate with) and get exfoliating! But be gentle, you don’t to kill your skin, just take off any dirt or dead skin so your razor won’t get clogged.
  3. Try to keep your razors new! they will work better. But now its time to shave! Try to shave as little as you can so you don’t irritate the skin. If you shave once a week, I suggest that you buy a new razor each week, or change your razor blades regularly.
  4. Once you have finished shaving grab your condition(yes the stuff you use for your hair) and massage it into your legs for a silky smooth finish!
  5. And just one last thing! Before getting out of the shower run your legs(or anywhere else you are shaving) under cold water to help close your pores back up and prevent the hair from growing back as quickly as normal.

Optionally: once you are out of the shower, a great at home “after shave” is lemon juice – be warned it will sting like a bitch the first couple times!  This is honestly the tip I recommend most as it makes my legs feel amazingly smooth after my skin absorbs it.

Bonus tip: Try waiting longer in between shaving, it will start to take longer for the hair to grow back, I promise this does work if you give it time! I only have to shave once every two weeks now! and I stay silky smooth(meaning no stubble) for 2-3 days!

Moisturizing

Showered and shave? Check.

Now a couple tips on moisturizing!I will be honest with you, I don’t even buy moisturizer any more, the 3 products I use for moisturizing are: Olive oil, Coconut oil and Shea butter, all of which are amazing.They are all great in their own way, but the oils can be, well a little oily so make sure you give yourself time to “dry” before putting on clothes, if you’re in a bit of a rush cocoa or shea butter will dry much quicker and get you out the door faster.

One of my favorite things to do if I want to make sure my skin stays silky smooth(mostly on my hands) is I will apply olive oil before going to bed and sleep in gloves or other tight clothing, I wake up the next morning and feel like I have  the softest skin ever!

Don’t forget to moisturize both from the inside and the out –  make sure to drink your water!

DIY

Lastly, I want to leave you with a few simple DIY skin treatments that I have used and swear they have worked wonders on me!

For Dry/Rough Feet

When I need to deal with rough/dry feet I warm up some olive oil and mix in a little coconut and peppermint(to get the blood flowing to my feet) and give myself a massage with the oil, apply a pair of socks and forget about it until I take the socks off, and my dry/rough feet are gone!

Exfoliating Facial Wash

Mix:

  • a little lemon juice
  • and brown sugar.

Use right away.

Exfoliating Body Wash

Mix

  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice,
  • 1 teaspoon body wash,
  • and a pinch of oats together in a bowl,

Use right away.

I hope you enjoyed the post and I want to thank Jenny so much for giving me this opportunity!

Kitty.

The Beauty Tag

I watched the Beauty Tag, from beautycrush on youtube. I decided to make a blog post in response, rather than a video.


Skincare:

  1. How many times do you wash your face daily? Usually twice. In the morning I usually use just water or salt water, and at night I use an acne wash if my skin is bad.
  2. What skin type do you have? Oily/Combination
  3. What is your current facial wash: Using a salt water rinse, or Clean&Clear 3-in-1 foaming acne wash.
  4. Do you exfoliate? Yes, I try to at least once a week
  5. What brand do you use? Queen Helene’s  Gentle Honey and Oatmeal Scrub
  6. Do you have freckles? Yes, but not on my face.
  7. Do you use eye cream?No, just a light facial moisturizer.
  8. Did/Do you have acne prone skin? Not really, my acne is usually stress, or hormonal.

Makeup:

  1. What foundation do you use? MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NC 40)
  2. Do you use concealer? Sometimes, but right now I need a new one, so no.
  3. Do you know your undertone color? I’d probably say yellow
  4. Did you know you’re supposed to change your mascara every three months? Yeah, but I don’t. Eek.
  5. What brand of mascara do you use? Rimmel
  6. Sephora or MAC? MAC.
  7. Do you have a MAC pro card? Nope.
  8. What makeup tools do you use? I use brushes and sponges, although brushes more often.
  9. Do you use make up base/primer for the eyes? I’m looking for a good eye primer right now.
  10. For the face? No.
  11. What is your favorite eye shadow? I don’t really have a favorite singular eye shadow, but I do love any greens, teals golds and browns.
  12. Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? Both, depending on the look.
  13. How often do you poke yourself in the eyes with eyeliner pencils? Not much. I used to all the time though, ’cause I used to apply my makeup in the car.
  14. What do you think about pigment eye shadows?I like them, but not for everyday use as they can be a bit bold.
  15. Do you use mineral makeup? I used to, I found it gave the coverage I wanted, but broke me out.
  16. What is your favorite lipstick?
  17. How about lip gloss? I don’t really like lip gloss, but prefer lip balm
  18. What is your favorite blush? MAC’s Peach Twist. Perfect and not too overbearing
  19. Do you buy your makeup on E-bay? No
  20. Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes
  21. Do you go to cosmetic company outlets? No
  22. Have you ever considered taking makeup classes? Yeah, I actually want to next year.
  23. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Not really anymore.
  24. Name a makeup crime you hate? When people fill in their brows too thickly.
  25. Do you like colorful or neutral makeup shades (Lipstick/Eye shadow) I like neutral eye shadows unless it’s green for everyday , but I do love smokey eye’s and red lips
  26. Which celebrities always have great makeup? Rihanna, Eva Longoria, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson
  27. If you could leave home using just one makeup item what would you use? Lip balm ( Blistex Raspberry and Lemonade Flavor)
  28. Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? I do most of the time.
  29. Do you think you look good without makeup on? Yeah I guess.
  30. In your opinion, which is the best makeup line? MAC.
  31. What do you think of makeup? I like it, but think it should be used to enhance or to express your creativity rather than to make you look fake.

Hope you guys enjoyed! Do this tag too!

Jenny xox

How to Clear Your Acne Fast!

After many recent trips to the beach I realized my skin, which has been plagued with breakouts from my pre-teen years had cleared up DRASTICALLY.

So I had to wonder, does salt water clear the skin? Where I’m from, the locals think that salt-water is a cure-all for any ailment; but it never occurred to me that it was beneficial to my skin.

How does it clear the skin?

Research has shown that salt-water, or saline solution as it is scientifically termed has been proven to alleviate acne by changing the pH of your skin to be more alkaline. I also find that it soothes my face when my skin is irritated too. Salt has antibacterial properties making it a good cleanser for acne prone skin by decreasing zit causing bacteria.

Won’t it dry out my skin?

However you may experience some dryness, but nothing that can’t be solved with a good moisturizer. You can also play around with the amount of salt you use depending on your skin type. Epsom salts is also a less harsh alternative to sea salt for those with eczema/skin conditions.


Sea Salt Face Rinse:

Wash Your face with warm water to open the pores

Mix 2 tablespoons of Sea Salt per 8oz water

Apply to the face at least twice daily, more depending on your acne etc, using a cotton pad.

Let the salt water remain on your skin for a few minutes (you can choose to rinse it off or leave it, then moisturize)

 Other Uses of Sea Salt:

– Cleaning piercings (heals faster than with store bought piercing cleaners) & Cleaning wounds and burns (heals faster)

– To brighten yellowing linen/cotton

– Gargle it to cure sore throats

– To treat insect bites

-De-odourizing shoes

Hope this helps!

Jenny xox