So, I thought I’d share this quick blog post about a few things I’ve found that work for me, and that I love and use. Hope you find this helpful, because you know…all us hot chicks need to stick together!
Rosehip Seed Oil…..oh how I love it, let me count the ways!! It doesn’t break me out (jojoba, coconut, argon all broke me out), it moisturizes without making me greasy, it works to remove waterproof mascara like a dream, I use it on my lips too and it keeps them soft and chap free. It’s cheap! I get mine at a health food store for about $7 but you can find it on Amazon too. It’s great stuff, Google all the wonderfulness to see things I haven’t listed here!
Clarisonic…..yes, it’s a bit pricey (I put off getting it for 2 years!), but ask for it for Christmas, or Mother’s Day or just buy it your dang self, cause you’re worth it!! This has been the biggest game changer for me, in terms of breakouts. I think it’s because it gets my skin REALLY clean, and I use a LOT of products on my skin, so it’s necessary to get them ALL off at the end of the day so my skincare can work better. I know there are some knock off/other version brands out there, so any of them is better than a washcloth or your hands. Try it and you’ll love it.
Aveeno Foaming Facewash….I have used it for YEARS. It works great with my Clarisonic, and it does help keep my skin clear of break outs. They have a cream version, but I’m not as big of a fan of it, it leaves a coating on my skin that I don’t care for, but it would work well for super dry skin.
Vaseline with Cocoa Butter….I have literally used this for 10+ years to remove waterproof mascara (I use it now, to get off anything the rosehip seed oil leaves behind). I think this is why at 43 I have very few lines around my eyes. I also dampen my skin then add a layer of vaseline when my skin is super dry, it DOES NOT clog my pores, and my Dermatologist told me she does this too! I also massage it into my eyelashes to keep them long, soft and healthy. PS…if you don’t want to use Vaseline for whatever reason, feel free just to use the Rosehip seed oil.
Body Scrub….you could buy a tub, but I make my own and this is how…I buy a big ol’ container of Safflower oil at the grocery store, I don’t use Olive Oil, because it’s more expensive, and it has an olivey (is that a word?) smell to it. The safflower oil is odorless, but contains all the same essential fats as EVOO to moisturize your skin….next, I throw in some plain ol’ white sugar. See, nothing fancy so far. Then I add a tablespoon or two of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder. Mix it together, adding oil until you get the consistency you want, I like mine a bit thick so it’s good and exfoliating. Now, get in the shower and SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB. Not only does it smell like delicious chocolate, but the cocoa powder gives a bit of color to the scrub, so you can see if you miss any spots. Once scrubbed, rinse off ( I use a bit of Ivory Body Wash on my hand just to get the brown cocoa color off) and voila, you will feel so soft and buttery that you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!
Aussie 5 Min Hair Miracle….This stuff is the best. I leave it on for 5 min when I have the time, or throw it on and rinse it out when I don’t…either way, I’m left with soft, silky that you’ll toss your hair around like you’re in a TV commercial.
Banish the Brass….if you are blonde, or silver/grey haired and you want something to seriously banish the brassy yellow tones. L’oreal Professionals Silver Shine shampoo, you can find it on Amazon. It is the darkest purples of any shampoo I have ever purchased and you only need the smallest amount, leave it on about 5 min once a week and there ya go, gorgeous NON brassy hair! Also, if you find that you are getting a build up of the purple from this or any other purpled toned shampoo, Suaves Daily Clarifying shampoo will remove it, and it doesn’t strip my hair as badly as some other brands, plus it is SUPER CHEAP, so it’s worth trying because even if you don’t use purple shampoo, we all get product build up every now and then.
Teeth! I know this one will either be your idea of awesome, or you’ll hate it. However, in the morning I brush my teeth normally with toothpaste. At night, I use a mixture of coconut oil/baking soda and a drop or 2 of peppermint oil. Mix well, store in a container and brush your teeth with this mixture. Just be sure to SPIT IN THE TRASH NOT IN YOUR SINK, because the coconut oil will clog your drain. Trust me on this. Now, what will happen is that your gums will get healthier, your teeth whiter. I love it, and I will do it forever. Your mileage my vary. PS you can also try oil pulling, but it gags me to do it, so I don’t.
Okay, that’s a few of my favorite things. If you want to know more, let me know and if you don’t….well, then I guess we’re done here.