coffee charcoal face scrub

coffee charcoal face scrub

Has anyone else been having a rough time with the effects of the weather on their skin lately?? The constant rollercoaster of temperatures has been doing a huge disservice for me and leaving me with crazy combination skin, so I decided to try to whip something together to make me feel better.

I don’t know if any of you remember those Frank. scrubs that were going around a couple years back, but I partially put this together with those in mind (basically, the part where you use coffee grounds as a skincare ingredient). While I intended to use this on my face, there’s just so much goodness in each part of this recipe that there’s really no reason to not just smother yourself with it so you can get the full body experience, ya know? I think tripling the recipe would be sufficient for covering your whole body.

(I actually love how good everything makes my skin feel so much, that I used two of the ingredients from this scrub in my most popular mask, here.)

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Okay, I know I promised on instagram that I’d be sharing a recap of my Thursday trip to NYC with you, but this post coming first just made way more sense. I’m about to experience schedule overload while covering shifts at both of my jobs and won’t have a day off for at least two weeks. I decided to look into the best ways to ensure that I don’t lose my damn mind, and figured it’s probably something others could benefit positively from as well! Here are my tips for surviving when your schedule gets out of control so you make it to that vacation on the other side (or a whole day in bed, let’s be real).

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1. Prioritize

Use a planner, a notebook, or even the notes app in your phone, but make a list for yourself of all the tasks you’re looking to accomplish. When your head is absolutely spinning from running around nonstop, it helps to have a list to refer to! It also helps if you use a system of ordering what needs to be done first or immediately, and what can be pushed off till later. I like to add stars, but numbering works too! View Post

flywheel experience

flywheel experience

Recently I realized I’d somehow given up on my health.

At some point within the last two months between the stress of moving (and trying to settle after doing so!), two jobs, and just life in general, I’d basically stopped caring about myself. I ate like garbage, slept nonsensical hours that were either too little or too much (I actually missed work shifts!! that’s never happened!), and started filling in the black hole stress created by drinking constantly. It wasn’t until I noticed symptoms from my autoimmune disease had crept up in full force in the last few weeks that I decided to take back my health. View Post

I’ve said it multiple times recently, but I feel like I’m in this weird transitionary phase of my life. At first I thought it was Mercury still in retrograde (does it ever stop tho) but I think it’s actually just that I’m trying to really “grow up” in a sense (what does it mean to be an adult?). That means reevaluating and making the appropriate changes necessary to make sure I’m living my “best” life, and I suppose change in general can bring about weird feelings. I’ve decided to share the tips that I’ve found to be most important while I try to make this metamorphosis into the best me:
tips for success

tips for success

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6 natural sources

I am a caffeine fiend. I mean full on energy drink guzzling, skull-splitting, withdrawal headache suffering, caffeine fiend. And I need to stop. The deeper I try to dive into living a healthier lifestyle the more I’ve been trying to rid myself of things (as you would) that just really don’t benefit me positively, mentally or physically, and caffeine is definitely on the list to go. It’s one of the most socially acceptable “drugs” and while fine in moderation, there’s no reason I need to rely on it as heavily or as often as I do! I’ve made it my mission lately to try to find alternative sources of energy for when I need that extra push during the day (hello 2 pm), especially while I try to wean myself off energy drinks.

While caffeine affects the person consuming it on a surface, mental level, these provide energy on a cellular level, which means they’ll last longer and won’t give you that jittery high and quick low coffee or energy drinks have! Here are my favorites:

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aromatherapy

 

I feel like a lot of people have been turning to more holistic methods for health lately, and I’m no different. As I’ve been trying to heal my leaky gut (keep an eye here, I’ll definitely be sharing how!), I’ve been finding myself seeking out and trying all different sorts of alternative medicines. One thing I’ve for sure fallen in love with during my experimenting is essential oils.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are a volatile, concentrated liquid containing the oil of the plant they’re derived from. They have been around for ages (I’m talking almost a thousand years), and are used in many things to add taste or smell, ranging from perfumes to food, and even cleaning supplies. Their most popular use lately seems to be in aromatherapy, where the oils are used to alter one’s mental and physical mood and well-being positively. They can help with headaches, body aches, energy levels, and even anxiety, just by being smelled or absorbed through the skin.

Because they’re volatile (meaning they evaporate pretty quickly), they have to be combined with a carrier oil, which helps dilute and make the oils’ concentration levels easier to control. A little goes a long way with these!! Diluting essential oils also helps for those who have sensitive skin, because applying them directly may be a little harsh. Fractionated coconut oil (it’s liquid all the time, unlike regular coconut oil) is probably my first choice of carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil (just be careful if you have a nut allergy).

 

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turmeric yogurt face mask

The last time I shared a face mask post it ended up being a hit (and one of my most popular posts), so I figured why not do another? I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with different homemade masks, and this time was no different. This mask is super cleansing and gets deep down in your skin with moisturize so you glow (I swear, my skin looked so good). All the ingredients are natural too, so you know there’s no crazy chemicals messing with ya. Here’s some of the benefits these ingredients offer:

  • Greek yogurt has lactic acid, which dissolves dead skin cells and helps boost collagen in deep layers of your skin, helping you look young and fresh.
  • Turmeric is good for treating acne because of it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helps regulate the amount of oil your face produces, AND helps stimulate cell growth.
  • Honey pulls moisture from the air and helps it get deep into the layers of your skin, while its enzymes help clarify your pores.

Basically, this mask is gonna help clear up your skin then keep you looking fresh and young. Honestly, if you don’t love it I think you made it wrong.

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take a break

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly busy, either working or just on the move, but when you look back to see what you’ve accomplished you’re just… not… sure? You have no idea what exactly you’ve really been doing, but you feel stressed enough that you’re sure it was something? That’s how I’ve felt the last week or so. That’s also when it’s time to take a break. After all, there is no use in being busy if there’s no productivity!

There is no shame in taking a mental health day and recharging your batteries!  So if you can, get someone to cover your shift, get a friend to babysit your kid (even for a few hours!), and postpone your tasks for the day. Then, give yourself some much deserved time OFF!! I swear, everything will be there when you go back later.

Everyone recuperates differently, but the basis should be the same: just unplug and unwind enough to give yourself a little mental breather so you can DE-STRESS.  Your body will tell you what it’s craving. Sometimes when I’m burnt out all I want to do is binge watch my favorite show (my current guilty pleasure is Jane the Virgin). This time, all I wanted to do with my mental health day was apparently sleep. Usually I feel guilty sleeping in too late and like I’ve wasted the day, but there’s no harm in letting that go every once in a while to fully recharge.

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Not sure how you wanna spend your “me” time? Here’s a few of my fave things to do:

  • Pamper myself! I mentioned in my last post that I love putting on a face mask and doing my nails when I’m feeling down. (Why not try out my bentonite clay mask?)
  • Read. I’m the queen of starting a book and never finishing, but I’ve really been feeling Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance this last week.
  • Watch TV/movies. Have you seen the new season of Daredevil? HAVE YOU? Go watch it now. If superhero shows aren’t your thing, I’m also into Jane the Virgin and Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (even though… I’m not getting a divorce).
  • Hang in the park. Rittenhouse here in Philadelphia is probably one of my favorite places to go when it’s nice out. There’s something so chill about grabbing a book and laying out with it or just people watching.
  • Napping. Seriously, sometimes you just need a good nap, you know?

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It’s important to remember that you’re number one, and to put yourself and your health first, so make sure you make the time every once in a while for some well-deserved recharge time!

 

What’re your favorite ways to recharge when you need to?

 

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