Having a blog makes me do some bold things that I would have never done before. Like post no filter, no makeup pictures and how I found the confidence to do crazy things like this. Also…talk about love affair with Frank (sorry, E!).
I used to have awful skin in my teens and twenties. I say this now and rarely do people believe me. I had blotchy, red, and spot ridden face that I then used to pick at (the worst thing you can do). And then it became a cycle that I couldn’t ever get out of until I started making small changes to fix it.
Here’s what I did over the years:
I stopped touching my face. When I got anxious, I would go straight to a mirror. And nothing made me more anxious than a pimple. But I would completely pick areas that people wouldn’t see…and then because of that people would see it. Commence cycle. Once I woke up to that cycle, I became determined to break it. So I did. I limited my time in the bathroom to 5 minutes and recognized when I wanted to touch my face, it was because I was feeling a certain way.
I ditched the dairy. About 5 years ago, I started to make a connection between dairy and breakouts. I’ve blogged about the effects of dairy in general on your body, but cutting cheese almost completely out of my diet not only helps my belly feel great, but my skin as well. I’ve switched to plant based milk, found cheese alternatives, and only occasionally dabble in a bit of goat cheese, but always have my DiGize and digestive enzymes to help out.
I ate more green. Most days, sometimes more regularly than currently (hey 2018 goal!), I have some sort of blended green drink for breakfast. Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie is no joke. My skin actually glows when I regularly incorporate this in my diet. Sure, I might be ridiculed by some green haters, but once I inevitably make the person smell it, usually it’s followed by “that actually smells pretty good!” Don’t judge a book by its cover or a smoothie by its color….even the muddy colored ones where blueberries, strawberries, and spinach are mixed. When you eat natural beauty, you start to look like a natural beauty.
I overhauled my cosmetics. I used to buy a lot of stuff from pharmacy stores, really just tried to buy cost effective stuff. However, when you’re talking about your face, your money maker, your smile generator, and your confidence, that’s not a time to cut costs. This past year I have switched over to completely natural products from face wash, moisturizer, toothpaste, makeup. The list goes on. I even make my own face masks and hand soap. And that’s where I can start talking about my other boyfriend named Frank.
I met Frank. Short for Frankincense. At one point, Frankincense was valued more than gold. If you haven’t done it, please, please Google the health benefits of Frankincense. It will literally blow your mind and wonder why you haven’t been acquainted with him sooner. I apply a drop or two of Frankincense with my nightly moisturizer and it helps keep my skin vibrant and baby plump. Just one thing – please don’t use cheap Frank…most oils on the market are not distilled for the right amount of time meaning the chemical constituents (what makes them effective) are totally off and not to mention they can have fillers even while saying 100% pure. The FDA doesn’t monitor quality of oils on the market, so it’s totally up to the company to be as transparent (or in the case of most…not) about where they source, quality assurance tests they perform, and how they distill the oil. I wouldn’t ever use anything else than Young Living, especially not on my face. The pure stuff is what you want.
OH! Do me a favor and check in with the Think Dirty App…It rates the quality of product based on the ingredients. This helped me tremendously to overhaul my beauty cabinet so you can start shopping clean. #knowBetterDoBetter