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…charcoal that is. I’ve been naughty- to my skin. Let me explain.

Just when my skin was happy, soft, and clear… I messed up. I read a blog post from a British blogger about a Korean BB cream with tea tree oil in it. I was intrigued, as tea tree oil is supposed to be very good for the skin. I found it on Amazon for under $10 and decided to give it a go, even though I was perfectly happy with my Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer  for every day.

Ladies, if I teach you nothing else in the whole of this entire blog- let me tell you that once you find something that works for your skin, don’t mess with it! Especially if the ingredients are in another language because who the heck knows what I was doing to myself.

I went from having skin complimented by makeup friends to the return of the cystic acne all over my chin and neck. It’s horrible. I call it uggo-face and I feel like I’m back in middle school. And my stubborn ass just FINALLY threw the stuff away because I didn’t want to waste it. Yes. I KEPT using it like an idiot until I finally started getting itchy hives on top of the breakout. No. More.

I told you yesterday about my online Etsy community. I have found some of the nicest little extras for Christmas from that group, but I also went to these makers with my skin problem. Not only did I receive a bunch of product suggestions, but an aesthetician also answered my plea for help. She said to monitor my stress levels, monitor my cycle (hormones have a lot to do with chin acne), pay attention to my diet, and watch my routine for talking on the phone more, etc. She also suggested a mask and an exfoliator one to two times a week.

Based on her suggestions for a routine and the recommendation of products from other Etsy sellers, I think I’ve come up with a new skincare routine. I’m wanting to go more natural with my skincare, because forget ingredients being in another language, even if they’re in English I don’t always know what they are and that’s probably not good.

Check out the products on my wish list to help get me glowing again:

Anti-Acne and Facial Cleansing Mask

Tea tree oil, Vitamin E, Honey, Cinnamon, Witch hazel

Activated Charcoal Scrub

organic Shea butter, sunflower oil, mango butter, colloidal oatmeal, activated charcoal

peppermint charcoal goats milk soap

EDTA, Triethanolamine, sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide, goats milk powder, Lauric acid, sodium hydroxide, aqua, coconut oil, palm oil, glycerin, peppermint essential, activated charcoal

Frankincense Face Cream

frankincense essential oil, meadowfoam oil, vitamin E, jojoba oil, citric acid and sunflower oil, goats milk

I can’t wait to try out my more natural skincare routine, and I’ll keep you updated on what works (hopefully all of it). Plus I love that I’m supporting small businesses and let’s be honest… the packaging is way cuter than anything you’d find at a drugstore!

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Winter is well and truly upon us and it can be the harshest time of year for our skin. Cold weather, dry heat and rain or snow is a recipe for disaster when it comes to keeping your skin in good condition. That’s why it’s so important to take extra care during the Winter months. So, what can you do to make sure your skin stays clear, full of moisture and glowing?

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Whipped Body Butter

Switch to Warm

When you come in from the freezing cold at the end of the day, it’s so tempting to run a hot bath or shower to warm yourself up. Of course, there will be times when that’s needed and deserved, but if you really want to take care of your skin, warm temperatures may be better. Going from cold to hot could do your skin more damage than you realize. Try washing your face in lukewarm water with a face cloth at the end of the day.

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Body Butter Sample

Focus on Moisturizing

Moisturizing is never more important that it is during the Winter. You’ll probably find that your skin loses moisture even after washing, so it’s a good idea to moisturize immediately after. You can find some of the best Winter moisturizers at Moisturizers.com. Don’t be afraid to use your moisturizer liberally through the Winter. Your skin will need it!

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Olive Oil Soap

Choose Your Products Wisely

Many women use a number of different products on their faces every day. From cleansers and toners to makeup and face wipes. During the Winter months, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients present in your products. For example, some products containing petroleum can work to dry out your skin further. The best products you can use on your face during this time contain natural oils that aid your skin in restoration. Lavender and Chamomile are especially soothing on dry skin.

Protect Your Skin

Your skin needs a little extra help to fight against the elements during Winter. You can keep your skin protected by dressing suitably for the cold weather. Gloves will protect the sensitive skin on your hands and scarves will protect your neck from the wind. If you’re lucky enough to experience some sunshine during your Winter, it’s also important to remember to wear sunscreen. Even if there’s snow on the ground, the sun can still burn.

Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget about hydration in the Winter because we often switch from drinking water and other cold drinks to drinking teas, coffees and hot chocolates. However, these warmer drinks don’t often provide enough hydration for our bodies. If you notice your skin becoming dry, try switching a few of your teas for bottled water instead. Drinking water during Winter will also help you to steer clear of the flu if your colleagues are coughing and sneezing around you.

Turn Down the Heat

We survive in Winter by turning up the heat in our homes and our cars. However, this kind of dry heat is no good for your skin and you may find yourself breaking out in spots or having difficulty applying makeup smoothly. You can avoid this kind of damage to your skin by turning the heat down or using a humidifier in your home. The humidifier will work to restore the moisture in your home and effectively, your skin too.

Overnight Conditioning

There are certain parts of your body that may become drier quicker than others. These are usually the hands, feet, elbows and knees where the skin is thinner. Luckily, there are plenty of moisturizing treatments to choose from that can work overnight to lock in moisture in your skin. For example, you can buy gloves filled with deep moisturizing creams that you can wear throughout the night and take off in the morning. The same goes for socks and face masks.

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Cotton Candy Sugar Scrub

Exfoliate

Many people make the mistake of believing that exfoliating will dry out already dry skin. That isn’t the case. Without exfoliating, your dead skin cells are left to build up and create a barrier against moisture. If moisture is blocked from getting into your skin, your skin suffers. It’s important to exfoliate at least once a day during Winter so your skin is free to accept the moisture from creams and other products.

Go Makeup Free

When you get a day off, and all you want to do is stay indoors in your pajamas, forget the makeup too. Makeup can include toxins and irritants that make Winter skin much harder to manage. Giving your face a day off from the products you usually use will give it the freedom to heal and breathe. Just one day could be enough to give your skin the detox it needs.

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Facial Mask

DIY Masks

Sometimes, your facial skin needs a little extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on expensive treatments. In fact, a lot of the best ingredients for soft and smooth skin will already be in your kitchen cupboards. For example, honey is good for calming irritated skin and coconut oil is good for restoring moisture. Find some DIY recipes that suit your skin type and spend an evening pampering your skin.

Eat a Balanced Diet

You are what you eat, as they say. It’s easy to indulge in our favorite foods this time of year, but they aren’t always the best choice for your skin. Don’t forget to get a good variety of fruit and veg in your diet because they contain vital vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to stay as healthy as possible. If you find it difficult to add fruits and veg to your diet around this time of year, try taking a multivitamin supplement instead. That way, your skin is covered even if your diet isn’t.

Pampering skin during the Winter can seem like a full-time job, but if you want to glow your way through all those Christmas parties, it’s something you have to stay on top of. Remember, a beautiful smile is the best accessory you can wear.

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Is anyone else feeling horribly off right now? Maybe it’s because the upcoming inauguration is such a point of contention for this country, because Kendall just left for a week for drill, or the winter ickies but I just don’t feel well, you know? Just kind of panicky and unsettled.

I feel very strongly that a healthy mind and healthy body go hand in hand. Corepower Yoga certainly helps me with both, and I know I need to make a more concentrated effort to get my butt to more practices. I read recently an article that addresses a point of yoga that I think a lot of us forget about:

Thing is, yoga isn’t even about exercise. It has almost nothing to do with downward dogs, or headstands, absurd Instagram contortions or $100 yoga mats. Those can be tremendously fun and can even serve as a “gateway drug” to the deeper practices, but they’re still but minor tools, at best. And really, how can you misappropriate something you’re not clear on in the first place?

Ultimately and across most traditions, yoga is about one simple thing: freedom. It’s about total liberation from the ego, from the incessant, gnarled churnings of the mind, its stories and doubts and fears, so the practitioner can finally repose into the true nature of Reality, without illusion.

Which is to say, yoga is the means by which the Self, the world and all its inhabitants are revealed as they truly are: inextricably interconnected, each a unique expression of the same pulsing, vibrating, unified field of divine consciousness. Simple, really.

A few years ago, I was at one of my favorite gift shops and a woman there was selling aromatherapy oils and wanted me to pick out a scent that resonated with me. The scents were supposedly linked to a chakra and guardian angel. Whether or not any of this was BS, the scent that I chose was connected to the root chakra and Angel Uriel. I’ve done some research on both, and honestly, the symptoms of your root chakra being imbalanced are exactly what I’m experiencing: anxiety, fears, and nightmares- and I don’t really have a solid reason why! You can read a bit more about the root chakra here, but there are so many resources available on and offline.

I need little reminders to help me stay balanced, whether it be physical or a scent or even symbolic. Check out my choices for root chakra maintenance and let me know how you stay balanced!

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1.Root Chakra Yogi Soap||2.Red Jasper Tumbled Stone||3.Women’s Daisy London ‘Base Chakra’ Cord Bracelet

4.The Habit: Art! Chakra Bands||5.Root Chakra Tea by Buddha Teas||6.Root Chakra Essential Oil Blend

7.‘chakra 1′ Balancing Body Mist||8.Carved Marble Incense & Votive Holder

9.Wire Wrapped Red Jasper Point Pendant||10.Root Chakra Patch||11.Cool life fragrance Le quatrieme parfum

12.ROOT CHAKRA Meditation candle||13.Grounding Amulet & Gemstone kit||14.Chakra Key Chain

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