One of the main reasons I started the blog was because I am constantly getting questions from friends about my skincare routine and the beauty products that I love. Once I decided to edit my makeup bag with natural products, I wanted an outlet to help others discover quality products that have high performance- and leave out harsh ingredients. Makeup and beauty products are a fun outlet to express creativity + personal style. I personally do not believe that products are necessary to be beautiful, nor does any of it add to a woman’s worth. I do, however, believe that we should take care of our skin + our bodies. Just as we should be conscious of what foods we are putting IN our bodies, we need to have an awareness and intentionality with what we put ON our bodies. My approach with beauty is to focus on skin health + longevity. When the focus is shifted from covering-up, altering, and being anti-everything – that’s when we can learn to love ourselves better. Instead, I like to take this approach to skincare + beauty: accentuate, enhance + nourish.
Coconut oil. It lives up to the hype. I have not tried all of the hundreds of ways that the internet seems to think you can use it, but I do swear by slathering it on my face + lips + neck every morning and night. Typically, my combo skin (dry sometimes, oily sometimes) is prone to breakouts and needs a lot of attention. I will talk about additional skincare that I love on this blog in the future, but coconut oil is my numero uno-hands down favorite product. Most days, it is my moisturizer and skin serum all in one. I prefer it to a pore-clogging lotion or greasy oil. You only need a tiny amount and it gives you the glowy complexion you need as a base for your foundation and/or just SPF!
Coconut oil has antibacterial agents that have really helped to clear my skin and doesn’t clog my pores. It also contains fatty acids, proteins, Vitamin E and is believed to offer some sun protection (in addition to your SPF, of course!). To all of this, I just say YES. Coconut oil from the grocery store works, but I prefer this RMS Beauty Coconut Cream. It is 100% pure + raw. The packaging is also perfect for traveling (as opposed to a huge jar from the grocery)!
My other skin (and overall health) care that I do every day is to start my morning with lemon water. I keep sliced lemons in mason jars with tight lids in my fridge, so that it is super easy to just dump a few in a glass and fill with water. It is so refreshing after a night’s sleep, that I drink it pretty quickly. Not only does it jumpstart your body and your brain with hydration, the lemon and it’s Vitamin C offer multiple benefits to your body and skin. I drink mine with room temperature water (never cold), though a lot of people drink theirs warm. We keep our water filter pitcher on the counter- cold water is not optimal for your body and sitting the pitcher out also serves as a great reminder to hydrate! I will also occasionally add other fruits and vegetables (cucumber is my favorite) to add some variety and to carry with me throughout my day.
I have heard for so long that drinking lemon water first thing was really good for you, but I never bought into it until I tried it myself! Earlier this year, we took a snowboarding trip to Lake Tahoe with a few friends and one of the girls would make a lemon water for me every morning. For no particular reason, I decided to adopt the practice when we got home and I very quickly saw a difference! I am definitely much better about hydrating, because I am typically starting my day with two glasses of water and as a result- less coffee! The greatest difference I have seen with this new practice is the appearance of my skin. My skin appears much more radiant and all of my creases that have started showing up from my facial expressions (ie. forehead lines) have very noticeably diminished! I swear. I can literally see a difference in the tone of my skin. What a simple way to improve the health of your skin and entire body!
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