May The Inward and Outward Woman Be As One

May The Inward and Outward Woman Be As One

        General Rule:  Lightweight Products should go under heavy ones. 

Serum:    Serums will stick to dirt and dead skin. For maximum absorption, cleanse the face thoroughly and while skin is still damp, massage two peas size drops of your favorite serum over your face for 60 seconds.

Retinol cream:  In order to reduce irritation, wait 20 minutes after washing the face  before applying retinoids to the skin. Applying a retinoid cream on damp skin, will cause is to absorb faster, increasing the chances of redness and irritated skin.   Retinol, especially prescription retinol, will lose its effectiveness in sunlight. They should only be applied at night.  Less is more. Apply two pea size dabs over your face,  and one pea size amount on the neck and chest.

Moisturizer:  If you have noticeably dry skin, use a moisturizer twice a day; If you have oily skin, use it once a day, preferably at night. Pay close attention to the cheeks and area around the mouth as they  tend to be the driest.  To trap moisture on the surface, its best to apply moisturizer on damp skin.  Pat and massage for 60 seconds.  DON’T RUB!

Sunscreen:   To ensure full protection when applying sunscreen,   start with about a quarter size amount and apply on the outside of the face first near the hair and jawline and move inwards.

Eye Cream:   Apply a pea size amount of eye cream under the eyes and on the UPPER lid close to the brow bone, creams tends to travel at least an inch downward after applied,  so, if you apply directly to the lower lid or near the lash line, the cream will get into the eyes and could make them irritated or puffy.  Eye creams should always be applied with the ring finger as its the weakest finger.

Want to spice up your life, avoid getting sick, and lose a couple of pounds while doing it?  Raid your rack (the one in your kitchen)  and become a spice fairy; sprinkle the following  spices on everything from tea, coffee, fruits, meats, and pastas..... 

CUMIN:  Cumins anti-inflammatory properties improves memory and lowers stress.  

CINNAMON:  Not only does this tasty spice regulate blood sugar, but it also provides manganese, a mineral that helps maintain bone density.   

FENUGREEK:  Fenugreek is packed with fiber and does a great job at curbing your appetite. 

CLOVES:  A compound in ground cloves called eugenol  may soothe respiratory infections and an upset stomach.    

CRUSHED RED PEPPER:   The capsaicin in crushed red peppers boost metabolism and when just 2 tbs of the spice is added to food; you’ll eat fewer calories and fat throughout the WHOLE day.  

GINGER:  Ginger is great for post workouts. It contains gingerol, a natural anti-inflammatory that studies find reduce next day muscle pains AND ginger does a good job at easing period cramps and building up the immune system.  

TURMERIC:    Turmeric is truly a spice of life.  Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent churchmen has several health benefits including reducing depression.    

I recently saw a really cute idea on Pinterest.  A  DIY coupon book and I thought to myself, "OMG, what a great gift idea!" ( I really was that excited)  I started imagining all the creative ways to decorate it and the coupons I could put into it and what is even more  awesome is a coupon book is a wonderful gift for any occasion, any holiday,  any birthday, as a thank you, essentially,  any celebration. 

 They're simple to create  in Microsoft word, MAC pages, or simply search the web for directions,  ideas, and tutorials. There's tons of them. All you really need is  a theme for the occasion. For example,  for a "Valentines Day" coupon book, add a coupon for  "one free massage" annnddddd.... where it goes from there well, thats up to you.  😚 If it's a friend's birthday, throw in coupons for a  "free dinner and drinks on me," and a  "one free errand" You could walk their dog, or wash their car.   The possibilities are infinite and a lot of fun to come up with.  

 The coupons don't have to all be personalized.  To add a little novelty, have a mixture of personalized and store coupons. Almost every store you can think of  has insane deals that most of  us overlook- from free sample coupons, free coffee, free food, half off a product. etc... You can print them from most of their websites. 

There are so many creative options out there. For a beauty obsessed friend of mine, I did the ultimate. I gave her a book of sephora, Ulta, and Target codes and in store coupons and I also added a   GlossyBox Beauty Box Subscription We went from friends to BEST friends.  HAHA.