I began searching for some quick ways to make myself more presentable a couple weeks ago since my time to get ready is quite limited in the mornings. Putting make-up on and fixing my hair in the bathroom together with my toddler is special. My goal is to be done before he has taken everything in the bathroom and placed it into the toilet. This gives me about five minutes. Understandably the hair department has suffered, wearing my hair up is a must and you most likely will see me with a hat on.
Until recently when I heard of the Bun maker. I love it and how it helps me look like I actually did something cute with my hair. There are two types that I like and both work nicely. The Conair bun maker and a long black clip type:
You can buy the Conair Bun Maker at Ulta Stores and the other one on Amazon, just search in Google. I checked out some of the how-to-videos on You tube for instructions that were really helpful. You can even find videos on how to create great buns without buying anything. These two items are really affordable, starting at a buck and going up to 5 dollars.
Have fun making your cute buns!
It’s bloody hot. I’ll admit I am a total sissy when it comes to the heat. My strategy is to lock myself in the house and become a shut in (thank you AC). For those of you crazy people who actually want to get out and do stuff here are some helpful skin care related tips and products I would use if I left my house.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up of course! I always wear a hat at the pool or even going outside when the heat is up. And I don’t have to do my hair, win-win. I just bought a Roxy hat, check out there super cute selection: Roxy Hats
Wear a sun protection that has some color so you can forgo the foundation. Many people who are prone to breakouts have more problems in the heat when wearing a rich makeup base so keep it light. I like Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint this has an SPF of 30 and no artificial fragrances or colors. Plus key antioxidants such as green tea and grape seed extracts help protect your skin against sun rays even further.
If you happen to get a sun burn its important to treat your skin often with something healing. I like using Aloe, you can buy a pure aloe at most drug stores. I like to keep it in the fridge to treat a burn (ahhhhhh). Or an even better idea is to buy an aloe plant and break open a leaf to extract the aloe. Apply directly to skin. These plants are so easy to grow and look pretty cool too.
I have to admit I am a little coconut obsessed. I drink coconut water and milk, cook with coconut oil and love coconut desserts. After learning about some of the many benefits it has to offer it makes coconut taste even better! Many people have begun to use Coconut Oil topically for all of the medicinal and healing properties it offers, there are literally hundreds of benefits with this truly amazing oil. Both topically and internally.
So when I saw the Everyday Coconut Super Hydrating Body Wash I was gitty to say the least. I have tried and reviewed other products from the Everyday Shea Line which are of excellent quality. The company does not use Parabens, harsh Sulfates, artificial fragrance and never tests on Animals. Alaffia gives back to the community in which they derive their pure ingredients from, making it a company I love to personally support. Check out the link to learn more about this program: Empowerment
The Super Hydrating Body Wash is best for Normal to Drier skin types because of the nourishing properties and feel. The coffee berry extract helps protect the skin with its high antioxidant value and the coconut is rich essential amino acids and minerals. Even if you don’t love the smell of coconut you can use this body wash because there is no fake scents, it is completely natural.
If you want to learn more about Coconut Oil and different cool uses for it, check out Make Coconut Not Fat they are even more obsessed than me.
I gotta run, time to make my Coconut Flour Pizza Crust.
Another edition to my Super Skin Food series is Avocado. This super fruit is completely amazing for the skin and the entire body. Rich in Essential Fatty Acids, avocado helps nourish dry skin and vitamins such as E and C rehydrate and soothe.
A few other beneficial reasons to eat Avocado:
- Helps speed up metabolism because of the GOOD fat (health-promoting monounsaturated fats)
- Amazing for lowering cholesterol
- Rich in Potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B6 among other vitamins
This super food was actually the first food I wanted my son to eat and he loved it. Some of the many ways in which I eat avocado are in a smoothie, blended in a soup or spread on a tortilla with a sprinkle of sea salt. Some people use raw avocado as a facial mask but quite honestly I have never been a fan of goops of food on my face. Maybe that’s just me. I just try and eat at least 1/2 of one every day.
If you are interested in trying avocado topically try an avocado oil at night (can be found at a health food store). It’s a natural way to reap the benefits of this wondrous Super Skin Food!
This may seem like a rather funny topic to share for a skin care blog but I am loving the Omica Shower Filter! I first learned about this product while learning about the dangers of the bathing in tap water without a filter while hearing a lecture from Robert G. Wright, Founder and Director of the American Anti-Cancer Institute. I had no idea of the dangers of chlorine entering the lungs before listening to him speak. A long hot shower just happens to be one of my favorite things so I knew that I needed a filter pronto!
I searched for a filter that was highly rated and I found the Omica brand. These are the benefits as listed on the site:
• Helps Remove: Fluoride, Chloramine, Chlorine, Lead (100%)
• Twice the filtration Medium of most other shower filters
• More head room than most other shower filters
• Invigorating and refreshing experience
• No replacement cartridges needed, allowing more space for more filtration medium
• Lasts up to 8 months, then replace entire filter
So great, now I feel like I am more protected from these harmful toxins, insert sigh of relief here. What I did not expect to experience was how much softer and less dry my skin became, fast. Like after the first shower. My skin is starting to feel more like my 20 month sons skin and less like the lizard I found in the backyard yesterday. My husband has a patch of psoriasis on his face and it is almost completely healed.
This is a great investment for healthy living and in our case, softer skin! To learn more about the filter visit Omica Organics and if you or a loved one has cancer please look into the American Anti-Cancer Institute for some amazing resources and free advice. Great site for preventative tips as well.
Here’s to your health!
God Bless America! Have a wonderful and healthy 4th!
Here are some posts to check out if you are hitting the beach or the pool:
Barex Hair Oil
I recently tried JOURNÉE by Neocutis, a super potent day cream with an SPF of 30 +. This product is loaded with powerful age fighting ingredients such as Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, Hyaluronic Acid and PSP (a blend of Human growth factors and other age fighting proteins).
Because of the ingredient combination this product is much more than just a sun protector. It applies smoothly onto the skin with a beautiful finish due to the reflective properties used to protect skin from the sun. There appears to be a slight tint but I learned the combination of ingredients causes the color and can still be used on any skin tone.
This is a higher price point than most of the products I review but you can justify the price tag if you consider this product is a serum, moisturizer and SPF in one! You can read more about Neocutis and the rest of the line here.
For the first year of my sons life I had him in cloth diapers. Cloth diapers have come a long way since the days I was in them as a child. They are cute, easy to use and do not require a diaper service (although I wouldn’t have minded that!). After the first year it became more and more difficult for me to use and I decided to switch to disposables entirely for the ease and convenience. I noticed my son’s bum getting red and irritated after making the switch and although he has always had sensitive skin, it was really starting to bother me.
I was introduced to the Honest Company founded by Jessica Alba and became instantly excited! Here was a more natural diaper that was good for the environment and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I started with a free trial and received my diapers right away. The customer service was outstanding and I was just crossing my fingers that they actually worked.
Description of the diapers from the Honest Company:
- Naturally biodegradable & pure plant-based PLA in the inner & outer sheet (NO petrochemicals/oil)
- Bio-based wheat / corn super-absorbent materials blended with reduced SAP gel
- Choose from a growing selection of modern & fashionable design options for your girl or boy
- Secure moisture barrier cuffs to prevent leakage or blowouts
- Comfortable stretchy, re-fastenable grip tabs
- Contoured fit & non-irritating feel for the most sensitive skin
- Premium fit & performance, completely safe, and super-cute designs – definitely not your standard white diaper
I can honestly say I loved them after the first one we used. My sons red, rashy bum has cleared up as well. And not that this had ANY pull in my decision to buy the diapers (well, maybe just a little) the designs are simply adorable, my favorite being the skull and crossbones pattern.
I love that I get these diapers delivered to my door and they even come with free wipes. They are more pricy than the alternative standard diaper but I am loving the results and it is worth it to us. If your kiddo is experiencing any negative skin reactions you might want to give this a try! I can’t wait to test more of the essentials line which includes items such as bath gel and sun protection to cleaning products. Finally a diaper that I feel GOOD about!
You can read more about the company and the terrific products they are making on the Honest Company Website.
After using and loving the Everyday Shea Body Lotion, I decided to try another product from the line, this time for my little. The Shea Butter Shampoo & Body Wash has super pure ingredients which are calming and soothing. Young children have especially delicate skin and it is important to try and avoid harsh cleansing agents, fragrances and too many preservatives.
Everyday Shea does not use parabens, synthetic fragrance and is cruelty-free. Click here to read about the ways in which this company is supporting the community in Africa. Next on my list from the product brand is the Conditioner/DeTangler since my little guy has got mama’s crazy curly hair! Not to worry, it’s MUCH cuter on him! I’ll report back on this one too.
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