30 Days of Inspiration

17 April – Day Seventeen 30 Days of Inspiration

Beauty is Definitely an Inside Job

As I get older, I realize that beauty is definitely an inside job. No matter how many wonderful eye creams, foundations, moisturizers, or lipsticks I’ve purchased and used, nothing takes the place of the basis of great health. I absolutely love makeup. I love the way it makes me feel. I love the way it makes me look.  I get a certain level of confidence and spring in my step when I’m wearing it, but I know the root of it all being brought together is health.   

Unfortunately, we forget about a part that’s even more important than the products-it’s what we’re putting inside our bodies.

Like I said, as I get older, I’ve realized a thing or two.  Things have definitely changed. 

I can’t stuff my face anymore like I did when I was in my 20s with excess sugars and simple carbohydrates like soda, cookies, and cake (ooh la la 🍰) and not worry about bloat or elevated blood sugars.  Not to mention the weight fluctuations because I tended to overindulge with the sweets (hey, just being honest here).  I even discovered a few years ago that dairy was the main reason for the chronic cystic acne I used to suffer from.  Now, in order to maintain my health, which is reflected in my skin I’ve got to be sure to drink enough water daily, I take a slew of multivitamins and generally try to watch what I eat. It has become about moderation for me. It is not a perfect science but it helps!

via Brooke Lark

My skin responds to what I feed my body.  However, I know that no matter what I eat some things are just destined to occur.  Some oily spots are now a little drier, some spots that were never dry are super dry now and need constant attention (my hands and feet).  

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I realized THAT’S LIFE 🥰.  That’s just part of the BLESSING AND TRADEOFF for continuing to live and I’m not going to complain about it. 

I’m just going to try not to negatively add to the aging process and just embrace and enhance whatever life phase I’m in.   

I’m going to allow beauty to primarily be an inside job for me.

We all know that quality skincare and consistency attribute to having the best skin you can have. When we are living in the best skin we can have, it truly allows the makeup to accentuate our beauty💋.

Here’s to taking care of our bodies by being mindful of what we eat and drink. Here’s to fabulous skin care of all kinds. And my favorite, here’s to luxurious makeup today, tomorrow and forever.💄💋💅🏾

Until tomorrow…

30 Days of Inspiration

11 April – Day Eleven 30 Days of Inspiration

6 Ways to Include Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine

Not all beauty treatments are luxury boutique purchases.  Sometimes you can find efficient, practical treatments that work right in your kitchen pantry.

Makeup Remover

If you wear long wearing foundation, it is highly likely you double cleanse at night. If you are not familiar with double cleansing, it is simply using an oil, balm or cream base to remove the makeup (including eyes) and sunscreen before you begin washing your face.  In the past I have used Clinique Take it Off Balm, Banila Co-Clean it Zero, Cleansing Balm Estee Lauder and DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.  All three are outstanding products, but I have found that Olive oil (you can mix a little avocado oil in too) works even better! 🙆🏽‍♀️🙆🏼‍♀️🙆‍♀️

The idea is like attracts like, so the oil, balm, or cream breaks the makeup down.  I rub and massage the olive oil on my dry face and then remove with either a wet warm microfiber face cloth or a very soft washcloth. Sometimes I repeat this step.  It also breaks down eye makeup wonderfully and I know my lashes are getting a quick condition too!  After I have removed the makeup and oil I then go on to wash my face.

Body Oil

After exfoliation, a shower or bath, try slathering on olive oil head to toe.  It will make your skin so soft and help seal in moisture.  It can be a delightful experience right before bed.  I apply a light coat of my favorite scented lotion (Philosophy Amazing Grace) on top and zzzzz. 😴🛌

Hair

Olive oil is great as a light scalp oil, pre shampoo conditioner, or hair oil.  Use a VERY light amount on hair or scalp so you do not weigh down your hair.  I like to warm the oil and apply to my scalp then massage it in.  Ooh la la 💆🏾‍♀️💆🏼‍♀️💆‍♀️

Cuticle Care

Dry, ragged, and unsightly cuticles.  Try applying a few drops of olive oil on your cuticles before you go to sleep.  If possible, wear cotton white gloves to get the maximum effect! 💅🏾💅🏼💅

Heels

If your heels look or feel like they need some TLC, olive oil maybe able to help.  Olive oil can soften the skin on your feet and your heels.  If your heels are cracked and very ashy the olive oil will work best when used in conjunction with daily exfoliation with a pumice stone in the shower or bath.  Scrub lightly a little each night and over time you will see the wonderful results. 🦶🏾🦶🏼🦶Wearing white cotton socks to bed after the treatment help too.

Remember the most important thing to any beauty routine or regimen is consistency.  Stay beautiful and loving.

Until tomorrow…