How to Take Care of a Zit

ZITS!!!  We all get them, we all hate them!  What do you do when one of those ugly beasts come for a visit?  #1 thing – NO Picking!!!  This can damage the skin and leave scars.  There are a couple steps you can do to help get rid of these nasty things quicker.

Wrap up an ice cube in a paper towel and put it directly on the zit for 5ish minutes.  The cold will send all the nasty stuff you don’t want away from the area.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube on Zit

Wet a wash cloth with warm/hot water to create a warm compress and apply directly on the zit for 5ish minutes.  This will bring blood to the area, and blood is healing.

Making Warm Compress

Warm Compress on Zit

I use BioElements Break Out Control.  Put a little on a q-tip and dap it on the zit.

bioelements breakout control

bioelements breakout control

applying bioelements breakout control

If you follow these steps right away as soon as the zit starts coming up, the zit should only last a couple of days and won’t leave any scarring.  Click here to purchase BioElements Breakout Control.

Stay tuned for later this week I will post on how to cover up a zit.

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Exercise Your Way to Overall Better Health

In the last four weeks I have only been home 3 days.  My husband, I and our kids drove to Florida to spend time with my family and vacation.  We drove home, 2 days later I was on a plane to New York.  I just got home Tuesday night.  Between all the traveling (and getting sick), I haven’t worked out at all.  I mean, who wants to work out while on vacation in Florida?  And in New York, there was no time.  I am used to working out a 3-4 times a week.  With taking a 4 week break from exercise I have noticed major changes in my body, and I’m not just talking about loss of muscle or weight gain.

Here are all the changes I have noticed in my body.  And as always, I’m going to be open and honest no matter what!

  • Headaches all day every day.
  • Exhausted, no matter how much sleep I get.
  • My skin and overall complexion is blotchy, with more break outs and clogged pores.
  • Stronger BO in less time after a shower.
  • More sugar and junk food cravings.
  • Unable to concentrate as much.
  • Irregular and uncomfortable BM’s.
  • Strong cramps during my period (they are usually mild).
  • Uncomfortable pains in stomach for no reason.

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Eczema

Eczema is a skin disorder that you are born with, it is hereditary. So you can thank your mom or dad for that one! Eczema can rear it’s head in many forms – dandruff, extreme red face after a shower and it doesn’t return to normal complexion for a long time, dry itchy skin that can get really painful, blisters with or without scabbing, itchy rashes, scaling skin.  As a baby, if you had cradle cap that is also a form of eczema. Unfortunately you will never be able to get rid of it. But you can do things to help it, or possible make it disappear all together.

What to avoid? Eliminating these things will help with the redness, dryness, inflammation and overall appearance of your skin.

  • Diet helps to control eczema. Foods you want to try to avoid: Sugar, Alcohol, Caffeine, Chocolate, Dairy and any foods that you are allergic to.  I know this diet is difficult! These are my favorite foods and I want to eat them all the time! Try having a smaller portion of each of these you are eating, or don’t eat them as often. Having your favorite dessert once a week or a glass of wine won’t send your skin into a dark hole of eczema and never return.
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, depression and nervousness.
  • Don’t scratch or itch.
  • Avoid wearing irritating clothing.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.  This includes too hot of showers, or extreme climates (I realize where you live is some times unavoidable).

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My Make-Up Bag Must Haves

It doesn’t matter whether I’m at home or traveling, these items are always with me.  These are my staple products that I use all the time and could not live without.  These are great basic products that enhance beauty without looking like you tried too hard.  And the colors look good on anyone.  As you can see these products are very used and loved!

To purchase any of these products click the links at the bottom.

Make up bag Must Haves

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Kissable Lips

It’s important to keep our lips soft, smooth and kissable!  With these 2 steps that take a total of 1 minute, your lips can be soft all the time!

Step 1: I use Lush Mint Julips.  It comes in this cute little jar so you can take it anywhere with you.  Put a little on your finger and rub it all over your lips.  And bonus, it’s totally edible!  And it smells like mint, so it freshens your breath!

lush mint julips

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Raw Shea Butter

Shea Butter is my skin’s best friend!  It is loaded with Vitamin A & E, both are extremely moisturizing and healing to the skin.   Shea butter is a seed oil that comes from the African Shea Tree called karite tree, which mean Tree of Life.  And no wonder!

Check out 13 benefits of shea butter:

  1. Dry Skin – including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, skin cracks, ashy skin
  2. Reduces appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars
  3. Prevention of stretch marks during pregnancy
  4. Anti-Inflammatory
  5. Over night body moisturizer
  6. Windburn Treatment
  7. Relief for sunburn, minor burns, bug bites, rash
  8. Itchy Skin
  9. Reduces Redness
  10. Great for Sensitive Skin
  11. Skin rash
  12. Frost bites
  13. Massage for aching muscles

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Tips & Tricks #6

  1. Kate Spade Canvas HatWarm weather is approaching, keep your skin protected!  Avoiding being in direct sunlight between 10am-2pm if possible.  Always wear sunscreen 30 spf or higher, wear a hat and sunglasses to shade your face.  I love that floppy hats are back in.  How cute is this one for the beach or pool!!
  2. Finding the time to apply a facial mask can be difficult (we are all busy!).  Apply it in the shower after cleansing, shave your legs, then rinse off the mask.
  3. Apply moisturizer and body lotion to the skin immediately after getting out of the shower while the skin is still damp, this will lock the moisture in.
  4. Orange is such a hot trend right now, but a very hard color for most people to wear.  Look for a coral-orange or pink-orange, these colors are more flattering.
  5. Spring break is here!  If you quickly want to shed some pounds, eat a diet high in protein and veggies, berries, apples and tons of water.

February Favorites

In February I spent a lot of time shopping and trying new products. Here is all of my brand new favorites that I am loving and can’t live without!

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Intensive Anti-Aging Eye Cream. My eye area has never been softer! I feel my fine lines softening and they are not as noticeable.

Peter Thomas Roth Mega Rich Eye Cream

Fresh Soy Face Serum.  Fresh just keeps doing it right!  I apply this to a clean face before my moisturizer.  It locks in moisture and creates a barrier between my skin and the elements.  It firms and hydrates the skin, noticeable improvements over time of using it.  And, it makes my skin feel like silk!  Perfect for applying my foundation!

Fresh Soy Face Serum

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Sigma March Specials & Must Haves

If you haven’t tried Sigma brushes yet, it’s time for you to jump on board!  They have the best quality brushes for the best price!  About a year ago I bought my first Sigma brush, the F80.  Since then I have purchased every brush they make and replaced all of my other brushes.  March is a great time to take the leap into the Sigma pool.
You will thank me!

Here is a coupon to save 10% on your order!

Sigma March Coupon 10% OFF

 

AND, with a $30 purchase you get this E25 travel size brush for FREE!  I love this brush!  I use it every day!

Sigma E25 Brush FREE

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Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Taking care of dry skin is my specialty! I have dry, sensitive skin and eczema. Living in the Chicago area does not help my skin at all. Especially when we are having a winter like we have been having. Anyone know how I’m feeling?? Let’s dig in on how to help that dry skin look glowing and dewy!  If you want me to do another post on eczema, just let me know :)

The first thing about dry skin, #1 importance- Do not use any products that will dry you out more.  All products that I use are gentle and adding moisture to my skin, never taking moisture away.

On that same note- Hydrate!  Water!  Drinking enough water every day really does make a huge difference!  Things like caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating.  For every cup of caffeine or alcohol, drink 2-3 glasses of water to make up for it.  This is on top of the regular amount of water you are drinking.  What is the “regular amount”?  I’m so glad you asked!  For the average person, 8 glasses.  But you have dry skin and you need more hydration.  So I would aim for 10-12 glasses.  I know you will feel like you are drinking water all day long.  And that’s because you should be drinking water all day long.  I put my water in a “sippy cup” and drink from a straw.  It seems to go down a lot easier.  Add a splash of lemon or lime, tasty!  If you are busy and can’t sit around sipping water all day, I want to extend a challenge to you.  Every hour on the hour grab a glass of water and chug it.  At the end of the day you should have drank about 15 glasses of water.  Yeah!
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