Skin Care 101: The Basics

I have a confession to make: I neglected taking care of my skin for almost five years straight. In my teens I was obsessed with having clear skin, and I used Neutrogena facial wash religiously as part of my pre-school morning routine. However, by my college years I was sleeping in my makeup, neglecting to wash my face, and using any product I could grab to moisturize my skin. As a result I suffered from random breakouts, discolorations, and dry patches all over my face. After developing a love/hate relationship with my skin, I realized I couldn’t just keep using makeup to conceal the damage, and I started researching and teaching myself proper skin techniques. Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some of my favorite skincare essentials in hope that someone out there avoids the damage I put myself through.

 

Cleansers: My cleansers usually change with the season or if my skin is in need of a specific ingredient/formula. My current go-to cleanser is SeneGence’s 3 in 1 Normal to Oily cleanser, it cleans your skin, exfoliates, and tones all in one. I love that the product is detergent free and helps balance the skin’s Ph level.

Honorable Mentions

Lush: Dark Angels – great for oily skin

Philosophy: Purity Made Simple – great for all skin types

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Facial Scrubs/Exfoliators: Until recently, I never knew how important a good facial exfoliator is to have in your skin arsenal. In my mind exfoliating was something strictly used by professionals in day spas only. In reality everyone should exfoliate at least once or twice a week to help get rid of old/dead skin cells and leave you feeling soft and smooth. I can’t just pick one facial scrub so I will list my 2 favorites.

Fresh Sugar Facial Polish: smells wonderful and includes wild strawberries that help brighten your skin

SeneGence Facial Resurfacer: you only need to use very little of the product and it contains SenePlex complex for anti-aging/cellular renewal(more information about this coming soon).

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Moisturizers: My skin is picky when it comes to moisturizers so I keep it very simple. Shea Moisture Head-to-Toe Coconut oil is my current favorite. Coconut oil is full of antioxidants that keep your skin looking youthful.

Honorable Mentions:

Pixi by Petra Glow Mist: great to wear under makeup or to refresh your skin for a glowy look.

Alba Hawaiian Oil-Free Moisturizer: perfect for summer weather because it’s very light-weight.

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My final skin is secret is occasional visits to an esthetician. Even though I have a reliable skin routine, it’s always good to go to an expert who is knowledgeable in proper skin care services and techniques. Licensed esthetician and Youtuber Christina Hayes was nice enough to collaborate with me by filming a Q & A about her journey to become an esthetician and the benefits of visiting one.

 

 

 

 

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#SelfCareChat: Tips

Life for me has been a little all over the place lately. From getting ready for the holidays, middle of the year testing for school, and daily life. I’ve been feeling out of focus and needed to be reminded of why I began myself care journey. In the video below I share a few of my go-to self-care tips.

 

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SelfLove: Walking in Your Purpose

Fear of failure has always been a roadblock in my life. I have always linked failure to disappointment and I never want to disappoint my loved ones around me. However, lately I’ve had time to reflect on the last 3 months specifically and I realized this fear of failure was creating roadblocks in my life. So instead of focusing on whether or not my actions or decisions will disappoint others, my focus became walking in my own purpose.

Everyone has a calling in life; whether it’s to entertain, create, inspire or educate, we are all destined to strive for greatness at whatever we are passionate about. My come-to-Jesus moment happened while I was scrolling through Instagram one day. I came across numerous influential women doing amazing things with their businesses, brand, blogs, vlogs, and websites. I wanted that. I follow many of these women for inspiration/motivation but yet here I was too scared to step outside of my bubble.

As I continued scrolling multiple emotions came over me: doubt, envy, fear. Eventually all of those negative feelings gave way to realization and determination. Nothing was different between them and me except that they weren’t afraid to walk in their purpose. My fear of failure is what stopped me from attempting anything that was out of the ordinary, but once I understood my roadblock I created a plan to help me get pass it.

1.Be Fearless: it is okay to fail as long as you get back up and grind harder than before to reach your goals

2. Make your goals realistic: Try not to be one of those people who sets themselves up for failure by setting far-fetched goals accompanied by unreasonable timelines. I believe in setting small, realistic short-term goals that eventually lead into completing larger long-term goals. Short goals help keep you on track and motivated.

3. You are your Tribe: From a young age I learned to be aware of the company I kept because I could easily be judged by who I had around me. I had to be very mindful of my tribe. Surrounding yourself with people who are positive, inspiring and genuine will help keep you motivated while allowing you the chance to be supportive of someone else trying to reach their goals.

These are my go to tips that have been helping me stay focused and to continue reaching for my goals. What keeps you motivated and walking in your purpose? Leave your responses in the comment below!

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SelfLove: Nourishing Your Mind

Lately I have been unplugging from social media and focusing more on my mental and physical well-being. One way I have done this is by diving back into my book collection. Whether it be for pleasure or gathering information, reading has been a lifelong passion of mine. Since I’ve been spending less time browsing timelines and liking pictures, reading and journaling have taken their rightful place as the center of my attention. So today I wanted to share some of my favorite books in hopes that the words will leap off of the page and into your hearts as they have for me.

Ntozake ShangeFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf 

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Alex Elle-Words from a Wander

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Alysia Nicole Harris- How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars to Stars

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GG Renee Hill- Wallflower

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How have you been nourishing your mind lately? Comment below and let me know your favorite books.

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SelfLove: Nightly Self Care Routine

“Self care is a divine responsibility.” –Danielle LaPorte

Self care has become a frequently used word in my daily life.  Initially I thought of self care as just taking care of your physical being(pedicures, washing your makeup off, etc). But as I continued to travel deeper into my self-love journey I have learned self care encompasses care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.

One of the best times to focus on self care is at night while preparing for bed. Creating a routine that helps wind down from the stressors and chaos of the day could include things like reading a book, journaling, or having a cup a tea. The key is to simply make time for yourself. I am a huge advocate of self care for moms because it is very easy to be so consumed with the hustle and bustle of family life that we neglect ourselves. True self care to me goes beyond beauty; it is taking care of your mind, body, and soul. In order to be the best version of yourself, you have to first take care of YOU.

Here are some essential items in my nightly self care routine.

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  1. Good Night Darling Co: Lounge black lavender soy candle
  2. Lush: Bath Bomb ( my favorite is the Yoga bomb)
  3.  Lush: Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar
  4. Good Night Darling Co: Fade to Black herbal tea blend
  5. Writing the Layers: Self-discovery workbook by: GG Renee Hill

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SelfLove: Top 5

As many of you know life can be overwhelming. A student may struggle finding time to study while maintaining a social life on a near non-existent budget, while a single parent could be juggling a career, bills, and family duties with minimal help. With these and other similar cases it’s good to take a step back and regain focus. As I may have mentioned before, my personal focal point for the year is self-care and healing. So today I wanted to share my top 5 essential items and ideas to give your mind and body a little TLC.

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  1. Journaling- To me, writing on paper is beautiful thing. Lately I have been taking time out of my day to write down thoughts or words of inspiration for a positive mental break.
  2. Love in My Language by: Alex Elle
  3. Green Tea Body Butter by Butter Me Up- I love body butters especially in the colder months. I adore the blend of Shea butter and the hint of the green tea which makes this my go to scent at the moment
  4. Loose Leaf Tea- I am a tea junkie and nothing makes my day like a good cup of tea. My current favorite is an Indian Spice loose leaf blend from my local Healthy Market.
  5. Incense – Nothing puts me in a relaxed mood like burning incense.

 

 

What are you favorite items for self-care and healing? Feel free to share on either my IG or Twitter accounts!

 

XoXo,

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