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The 2 Things I Started Doing at Night for Clearer Skin

When I was in my early 20’s I was the girl everyone used to ask, “what type of cover up do you use?” My answer was, “I’m not wearing any.” I miss those days :)

Ever since I moved from New York to the south my skin has hated me. On a very regular basis I would be breaking out and have dry patches on my nose. I was never able to leave the house without heavy coverage and when I got home, I could feel the breakouts coming. It’s been awful to deal with and I have tried so many different kinds of face washes, masks and toners. It would work for a little while and then go right back to dryness and breakouts.

So, as 2019 set in, I decided to really focus on my skincare routine by doing 2 things every single night and guess what?!? My skin has improved by leaps and bounds! The secret…. well, I guess there really isn’t one, I’ve just been neglecting the obvious. Here it is:

WASHING MY FACE

Every night! No matter how tired you are or how busy you get, don’t ever go to bed without washing your face. Get all the dirt, oil and makeup off so that your skin has a full night to breathe.

MOISTURIZING 

I had no idea how much this would change my skin and I follow the same rule. Never go to bed without moisturizing. I like moisturizer that is light and once it’s soaked in, doesn’t feel like it leaves a heavy residue. The dryness on my nose has pretty much disappeared and I have seen an improvement in the evenness of my skin tone.

Pretty simple right?!? I’ve used a couple product lines over the last year that I really like: Formula 10.0.06 and Honest Beauty. They don’t leave a residue and my skin feels clean when I’m done.

If you are like me and you’ve been neglecting your pour skin, go ahead and give this a try and be patient. It took at least a month of consistency before I started noticing any changes, but the results were definitely worth it.

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3 Ways to Combat Dry Skin

Apparently winter decided it wasn’t ready to leave yet as it’s April 16 and snowing in Nashville today. With the cold weather that has been creeping back in comes dry skin. So today I thought I’d talk a little bit about 3 of my favorite ways to lock in moisture until the real southern spring weather arrives.


 

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

The wind has been no joke here in Nashville. Adding that into the cold weather and my lips are not happy. Every now and then they need a little pampering so I exfoliate and revive them with a homemade sugar scrub.

It’s fast and easy and can either be done during your morning routine or prior to bedtime. I don’t usually make a lot at a time. Just enough for a one time use, but you certainly can make more to store in a container.

Here’s what you’ll need: 
1 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 TBSP Brown Sugar
1-2 Drops of Vanilla

In a small container mix all 3 ingredients together until all liquid is absorbed. Then with your finger or q-tip, scoop out a dime sized amount and brush in a circular motion across your lips for about 30 seconds. Leave on for another minute or so and then rinse off.

Do this about once a week to keep your chapped lips under control!


Coconut Oil Body Butter

My friend Devin introduced me to homemade body butter last winter. She said it was pretty easy to make and she was right. It’s just 3 ingredients!

1 Cup Shea Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
30 Drops Essential Oils - I’ve used both lemon and cucumber melon

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To mix all ingredients I used my KitchenAid Mixer. Add shea butter first and mix on medium speed until fluffy. Then, add coconut oil and mix until well blended. Some blogs melt their coconut oil first. I just make sure it’s room temperature.

Once mixture is fluffy and well blended, continue to mix on low speed while adding drops of your essential oil until lightly fragrant.

That’s it! So easy! 

I store my body butter in a tightly seeled mason jar and use daily.


Honey Face Mask

The easiest moisturizing face mask you ever did see!

All you need is:
1 TBSP honey
2-3 drops of fresh lemon juice

Mix 1 TBSP of honey in a small dish with lemon juice. I usually do about 2-3 drops of lemon. Add drops of lemon in slowly because once you add too much, it’s hard to get it back to a consistency that won’t run off your face. Once mixture is well combined, smooth over face and leave on about 10-15 minutes. Rinse with luke warm water.

For sensative skin, leave out the lemon. It can sting a little.

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