Day 22: Pre-Pre Skincare

Hello!

So, today I wanted to step away from makeup and makeup related posts to talked about pre-skincare. The skincare from within!

This article came from an experience I had once back home. It began in ULTA. I was searching for a concealer. I asked one of the sales associates if she could point me in the right direction. With a smile, she walked me over to the TARTE aisle. What came next caught me off guard.

“You should not look for concealers,” she stated. “It is probably better if you took better care of your skin.” At first, I will admit, I took offense to that. The thought I had was, “How dare she tell me what to do with my skin. It is my face!” Of course, I thought this and didn’t say anything other than ask her how much the concealer was. But looking back at that moment now, she had a point. I needed to take better care of my skin. No concealer was going to heal my skin–just hide the problems.

Luckily, 2 years later my skin has gotten better because I am healing from within. Many people, like myself at that moment, want to fix the problem using external solutions. If you have wrinkles–they have a cream out there for you. If you have dark circles–they have a gel out there too. Whatever your problem (or problems), there is something you can buy and apply to fix. While this is great to go the extra mile, relying on these products, while not taking care of yourself, can be a time and money waster. What is more helpful is sleeping right, eating appropriate food, getting your heart racing, and staying hyrated to give you the healthy skin you always wanted.

*Disclaimer: I am not a certified medical personnel. These are my opinions about how to achieve better skin**

  1. Sleep is so essential. I understand there are not enough hours in the day, but lack of sleep can cause issues in both your mental and physical state. Below is a chart from the National Sleep Foundation that lays out how much sleep should one get based on their age.
  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

I am the at the end of the young adult years–so I should get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Which I follow! I love sleep too much to give it up. So every night I am heading off to bed at 11 AM and waking up at 6:30 AM to walk my dog.

2. Just like sleep, eating is an essential part to healthy skin (and mind!). Eating fast food or junk food can lead to a laundry list of health issues if it becomes a habit (a cookie once in a while doesn’t hurt though). Eating whole foods and grains each meal will not only make your skin look nice, but keep your mind sharp and your weight more managable. While this can be overwhelming and difficult to go into great detail, a great place to start is to check out the Choose MyPlate website to find information about calories, what foods are best for you, and what to look for when it comes to reading labels.

3. Getting your heart racing! My favorite thing to do! I have been running constantly for about a year now and I can say that has honestly helped me the most. But I know everyone has their favorite workout routine. Based from the Choose MyPlate program, how much physical activity is based on your age. Make sure though you consult your doctor before changing or introducing physical activity to your life.

  • Adults (18-64): at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Being active 5 or more hours each week can provide even more health benefits. Spreading aerobic activity out over at least 3 days a week is best. Also, each activity should be done for at least 10 minutes at a time. Adults should also do strengthening activities, like push-ups, sit-ups and lifting weights, at least 2 days a week.

4. Lastly, drink your water! You are made of out it. And no! Pop (soda) or juice doesn’t count. Plain ol’ water is the best. If you don’t like the bland taste of water; tea (NO SUGAR OR MILK) or a lemon can help!

 

 

 

Day 6: Lip Care 101

Winter is right around the corner for some of us. This means cold and dry air! Sadly, as most of us prepare our facial skin for the winter months, some of us don’t take the same precautions to our lips. Dry and chapped lips doesn’t look the best when you are trying to rock the latest matte color this season.

So here are some easy tips to help those cracked lips!

TIP #1: Do not lick your lips. THIS IS VERY TEMPTING, I know. But your saliva, when drying, will only take more moisture away.

TIP #2: Scrub it away! Instead of picking and licking at the dead skin, use a lip scrub in the shower to refresh the lips. You can either create your own scrub or purchase a small jar like LUSH’s Popcorn Lip Scrub ($9.95).

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TIP #3: Please, please, PLEASE stay away from petroleum or petroleum-based lip balms. Growing up, I always had one of those small jars of Vaseline in my reach. Heck, Carmex too. It was cheap! But petroleum is a byproduct of the oil industry. Not only is petroleum not good for the environment; but when it comes to your lips “it’s water-repellant and not water-soluble, meaning it merely seals the barrier so that moisture does not leave the skin. So while you might feel the instant gratification of a softened surface, you’re actually drying out your pores by keeping out air and moisture.” So what can you use instead? Products containing beeswax (non-vegan), coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter are better at sealing moisture in AND moisturizing.

Below are some examples of great lip balm out there!

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  1. Badger Unscented Classic Lip Balm $2.99 Certified Organic and Cruelty-Free. Not Vegan.
  2. Aubrey Organic Lip Balm in Raspberry $2.95 Certified Organic and Cruelty-Free. THIS IS NOT VEGAN.
  3. Honeybee Gardens Orange Mimosa Lip Balm $2.99 Cruelty-Free. NOT VEGAN or Certified Organic.
  4. Hurraw Lemon Lip Balm $3.79 Cerfitied Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free.
  5. Crazy Rumors Mint Bubble Lip Balm $3.49 Certified Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free.
  6. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Lip Balm $2.99 Certified Organic and Cruelty-Free. Not Vegan.
  7. Surya Brasil Acai Berry Lip Balm $3.49 Vegan and Cruelty-Free. Not Cerfitied Organic.