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How To Properly Do A Chemical Peel At Home

Chemical peels, once something everyone feared has become quite manageable and easy to do, in fact, you can do them in your own home now. They now come in a variety of forms, from gentle exfoliation to acne treatment and improving the overall quality of the skin, even dark spots.

Thanks to the countless options of peels on the market with various ingredients like glycolic acid, lactic acid, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), and citric acid plus many more. It’s hard to know exactly what you need, when you need it and how to use it, don’t worry though, I’ll give you a rough guide to lead you through.

Read The Ingredients to make sure you know what you’re getting into, different acids treat the skin differently. Reading the ingredients could mean the difference of glowing skin and red skin. Such as Citric acid and AHAs they speed the process of cell turnover to help remove dark spot(hint) but they also help with acne. They’re very gentle on the skin,

The percentage isn’t a big deal you don’t really need anything over 10% for most over the counter options. Glycolic acid, for instance, should be used for aged and sun damaged skin(hint). Aging skin can be treated with up to 20% but if you’re doing peels regularly, you’ll see results no matter what percentage you use.

If you’re using a new peel or even an old one make sure you do a patch test first. Skin changes and you’d rather have one red spot than an entire red face.

Samantha didn’t listen, will you?

There’s No prep with going into a peel usually just make sure the skin is clean. Also don’t use anything that exfoliates prior to clean the skin, like a Clarisonic because it could cause over exfoliation and leave the skin raw. However, if you wanted to use a facial steamer prior that’s fine because it’ll help the ingredients penetrate deeper.

Avoid anything that could possibly be irritating 24 to 48 hours prior. That means no scrubs, waxes, lasers, bleaching prior, When it comes to sun exposure wear sunscreen and keep it at a minimal, you have fresh baby skin now we don’t need it getting damaged. It’s also wise to avoid makeup after so you don’t clog any pores.

If you use retinoids,  avoid any retinoid-based products 4 days prior to avoid skin sensitivity.

 

Of course, since you just did a major exfoliation don’t use any physical exfoliators, like your Clarisonic or any facial washing bush immediately after the peel.

Make sure when following up with your skin care that you use gentle skincare products that add moisture and rejuvenate the skin. Something soothing and aloe based should do the trick.

 

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How To Style Sting Lights Like An Ault

As you’re well aware by now I’ve moved into a new apartment finally! By the time I left my old place, I only had one working lamp and wasn’t interested in shopping for a new one. I already had 3 rows of LED lights at my disposal and didn’t want to toss them.

I put them up quickly in my room to have some light. As I watched their beautiful glow from my bed I wondered am I too old for this? I know I’m by no means old but I’m too old for the lights? Maybe I should get some adult lighting. But I really didn’t want to get a lamp, I don’t have much floor space and I really wanted a softer feel in my room.

So I googled to see if there’s some way to use my string lights in a more mature way. I found some serious LED lights for my string light lovers on Pintrest and Instagram.

It looks like the key is what you surround the lights with.

Go for more natural colors and try to avoid making the lights the focal point of the room.

Pretty simple right? I’ll show you guys in a later post what I did but here’s where I got my inspo.

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What is Hygge and Why You Need It

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So if you’ve never heard of Hygge yet let me give you a rough explanation.

Hygge is the art of building a sanctuary and inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive.

Hygge is a great meditative practice because it provides a warm welcoming place where you can find peace and harmony.

Now how do you create such a place? You already have the pieces you need at home you just have to set it up.

Create atmosphere. Dim the lights, light some candles or incense to welcome in the peace.

Turn of distractions (presence)like your phone or your computer. Basically, anything that can take you out of that moment, turn it off.

Treat yourself (pleasure) have some chocolate, some tea, chips. Whatever is your little bit of happy now is your time to enjoy.

Spread the Love (Equality) share the welcoming space with a friend or family member.

Give Thanks (Gratitude ) take it all in and enjoy the present moment. Be thankful for this time.

Remember the peace( Harmony) take a break from being overly hospitable just be liked and enjoy.

(Comfort) get cozy in your PJs, put on your face mask and relax.

Are you seeing a theme here?

No drama (truce) now is not the time to hash anything out or settle disputes. Keep the conversations light.

(Togetherness) Have healing conversations that reinforce closeness and strengthen your relationship

Make sure you feel protected (shelter), strong, and safe in the space you chose so you can truly be at ease.

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The Skincare Commandments

When I was younger I had really bad acne and scarring. It was so embarrassing! I was the only one in my family that had it and couldn’t figure out how to cure it until I really paid attention to what I was doing to my body and skin. Once I figured out I created my skin care commandments. Following them has never steered me wrong.

Don’t drink carbonated drinks like soda it can cause breakouts. In my case, it always makes me break out in tons of pimples

Drink 90% water it flushes your system out and hydrates your skin well.

Plenty of fruits and vegetables it helps your skin glow.

Feed your skin with good hydrating masks. It keeps your skin strong and hydrated so it rebounds the free radicals in the air.

Relax your face. If you feel a wrinkle in your brow. Take a deep breath and it’ll calm you down.

Drink less and meditate more. Alcohol can dull the skin (not to mention its bad for the waistline) and can age you a bit. If you need to relax after a long day try to meditate more as an end to the day. It’s good for the mind and body.

Wash your face! At least wash your make up off, but you need to wash off your entire day. All the sweat, pollution, and grease of the day needs to come off. Your body heals its self at night make sure what it absorbs is healthy and good skin food!

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Why and How To Dry Brush

 

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like. You rub a dry wash brush along your skin to help exfoliate your body for a soft supple skin with an amazing glow. Peaked your interest? Read on for the benefits and how to..

 

…:: Awesome Benefits::…

  • Dull and dead skin is buffed away in seconds
  • Because of the exfoliation and the rubbing motion, it increases blood flow which equates to glowing skin.
  • It helps unclog pores and that helps with breakouts.
  • It also helps your skin care products travel deeper because when the blood flow travels back down it’ll take the products will go with it.
  • It also helps detox the body because the increased blood circulation helps the lymphatic system move and that helps with drainage.

…:: What Kind Of Brush?::…

  • Natural Bristles
  • Bristle should be stiff but not hard.
  • Fits comfortably and can reach everywhere

…:: How To::…

Brush upwards towards the heart in long upwards sweeps.

Start at the feet and work up the legs, front and back then up to the hips one at a time.

Then move up towards the torso, your sides, and back. When you do your stomach direct counter-clockwise.

Then work on your hands up the arms, both sides, towards the chest as well as your neck brushing down to your heart.

Avoid harsh movements or back and forth motions

Be gentle

Avoid brushing in sensitive areas like the face or any bruised areas or places with cuts etc…

It’s best to do it before you shower then rinse off the dead skin you want to make sure you don’t use a dry brush on wet skin.

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Top 10 Ways To Practice Self Care

It’s about 4 months into the new year, how have your year of self-care? We all get caught up in life and something or kinda fall off and forget. No worries I’m here to get you back on track here are some ways to get back on track.

Break Away From The Distractions – To fully focus on your self you need to lose your distractions like your phone, TV, and Laptop.

 

Take A Nap– Who else misses taking mid-day naps? Take a 15-minute nap it can do wonders for your mind.

Seize The Moment – Enjoy life to the fullest. With the weather warming up why not explore your city more? GO out and live.

Clean your room – Nothing feels better than coming home from a long day to a clean place. So edit your space. Toss anything that doesn’t bring you joy or doesn’t serve you like those jeans you had since high school.

Create Ambience– Set the scene for yourself. Go get flowers if they make you happy, run a bubble bath

Make Dinner – Cooking is calming and meditative and you get a tasty treat.

Meditate – It’s calming, relaxing, and it helps you become one with yourself. Meditation is simple to start, take five minutes to read this article (here) and start your healing.

Go for a walk – immerse yourself in nature it stimulates your senses and restorative to your mind and mood.

Have a moment to Yourself – Set a ritual to look forward to waking up to – – like a meditating in bed or making your favorite breakfast.

Have a nightly ritual – Having a relaxing bubble bath or a nice sip of wine to look forward to at the end of the day can make any day a bit more bearable, learn how to start on (here).

Simple things like this are a great way to take care of yourself. What are some ways you self-care?

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How To Live Your Best Life

 

Sometimes there are certain events or say that resonate with us and make us want to live up to our full potential. I have to admit I don’t always live my life to the fullest. Sometimes, I’m tired, or  I just can’t afford to do everything I want to right now. Needing a rest day or planning to save up for a trip or a new car doesn’t mean that I’m not living my best life. Sometimes I’m just living life and doing the best I can until I can do everything on my bucket list.

So here are some ways you live your best life while also living in reality

Connecting with old friends (or making new ones)

Meeting people and having a good laugh with people who bring positivity in your life is something that so few people get to do. We should cherish these moments with our loved ones even if you’re just binge drinking on wine and Netflix. It doesn’t matter.

Trying the New Thai Restaurant you keep passing.

If you like to travel but you’re also a millennial and you can’t take time off work you can explore your town or even drive to the nearest town just to see what’s going on. It doesn’t have to be a huge life-changing event for it to improve your outlook on life.

Going to a Cooking Class

I’ve always wanted to take a cooking or pottery class. Just to do something new and not so exciting but still, I’m doing what I want.

To sum it up, living your best life doesn’t have to be traveling everywhere at a drop of the hat, or doing something crazy like free-falling. As long as your accomplishing your goals, trying new things, and most importantly enjoying your life you are living your best life. So go ahead and live on girl.

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How To Start Meditation

When I tell people I meditate I always hear the same thing. “I need to meditate but I don’t know how!” Or the ever popular “I think too much to meditate.”

Meditation is not something that comes naturally. Like everything it takes practice and consistency to get better at it.

Here’s how…

First thing first is to get comfortable in a quiet area where you won’t be disturbed (that includes turning off your phone).

You can turn on calming music or sit in silence, I recommend music your first few times to keep you focused and to keep time.

Once you’re comfortable start deep breathing, in through the nose out through the mouth. Do this 5 times. On the 5th exhale close your eyes.

Begin counting your breaths til you reach 10. 1 inhale, 2 exhale, 3 inhale 4 exhale and so on. Repeat 5 times.

 

Without counting simply focus on your breaths. Feel your body relax, its all about focusing inward on your self and calming your mind.

And it’s OK if your mind wanders when you notice your mind trailing off just bring it back, focus on your breaths. Relax your muscles starting with the hands, down to the arms, the fingers, all the way down to the toes.

Once you’ve reached your toes start counting your breath again. 1 in 2 out and so on. Til you reach 10.

Take 2 deep breaths counting till 5 for inhale 5 for exhaling l. On your last exhale open your eyes and relax for a minute or two before resuming your day.

Do this for 10 days and you’ll see a difference in your mood, your spirit will lighten and you’ll be able to think and process information clearly.