Look No Further Than Your Kitchen For The Quickest, Easiest & Cheapest Exfoliation

If there is one thing (other than SPF protection) that you can do for your skin, to make to keep it looking younger, longer- I truly believe that it has to be- exfoliation.  I am sure most of you know what exfoliation is all about (and I fully intend on writing a whole post dedicated to the benefits of exfoliating your skin), but for now, I will simply say that it is one of the easiest things you can do today to give your skin an instant and noticeable glow and refined texture.

Physical exfoliation is literally the process of taking an abrasive ingredient and rubbing it onto your skin  in order to buff away the surface layer of skin to reveal younger, fresher skin (think about how your feet feel after a day of walking on sand at the beach).  When you exfoliate, you will instantly notice how much softer and smoother your skin is- that’s why people often turn to it in the summer to give them awesome beach-worthy skin, but often neglect the whole process altogether in the winter,  as we tend to curl up and hibernate in sweaters and pants.  Well, I am here to put an end to all this neglect!  Let this post inspire you to let this be your first  fall/winter season  dedicated to pampering your skin at least once a week, because there is nothing better than feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.

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POMtastic: They Don’t Call Pomegranates a SuperFood For Nothin’

pomegranates“You need not spend hundreds of dollars at the cosmetic counter; you can avoid wrinkles simply by placing healthy choices on your plate” – Allison Tannis, M.S., R.H.N

I decided to start off this post with that awesome quote by Allison Tannis, author of Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles (a great read for anyone interested in how food makes you beautiful) because I think it is such an important concept that most of us tend to overlook.  I am always shocked by the amount of money some people will willingly spend on an anti-wrinkle cream in hopes that it will bring them the fountain of youth (…but to no avail), and yet they chow down daily on garbage that comes from a processed source.  Where is the logic? Here is the simple fact.  You are what you eat, and what you eat has a major role in how youthful you look.

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The Perfect Facial Moisturizer: Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Moisturizer

acai_white_tea_oil-free_moisturizer-_pair If you are a person with extremely oily skin… you know,  the type that has skin which your friends can see their reflection in by 9 am, or if you have more balanced skin and simply want a great, everyday moisturizer that will provide you with light hydration, well today is your lucky day!  Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer, $24  62 ml, is quite simply one of the best all-round facial moisturizers I have ever used. Period.

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DIY- An All-Purpose Body Balm That Smells Like Heaven

IMG_1266My dear friend Lindsay must know me too well.  As we were driving up to her cottage for a little R&R, she told me that she had come across an awesome homemade recipe for a Whipped Body Butter, and had brought up the ingredients for us to make it that night.  As we took a look at the recipe, we decided that we should tweak it a bit as we were concerned that the solid ingredients wouldn’t quite whip up into the frothy concoction we wanted. So we took inspiration from the recipe (linked above) and below is the version that we created, which left us quite happy  :).  See, that’s the best thing about making your own products, you can replace, add, or take away ingredients;  and often times coming up with great or even better results than the original recipe.  Trial and error is all a part of the fun!

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DIY- Make Your Very Own Hand & Cuticle Buffer

IMG_7616Being the DIY type that I am, my creative juices started flowing yesterday after I wrote a post on Cake‘s awesome Hand & Cuticle Buffer, so I decided to attempt to create my very own version.  Obviously Cake’s formula smells divine and works like a charm, but heck, I am always looking for an opportunity  to have fun and play chemist in my own kitchen.

The version I created is by no means the same as the original (doesn’t look as pretty, doesn’t emulsify like the original), but it does give you a similar (exfoliated and seriously moisturized) effect to your hands and feet, and gets them ready for polish in no time.    Best of all, it only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have lying around your house, a few minutes to create, and you can make as much as you want of it for future uses (just be sure to leave it in your fridge to prevent spoilage).

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