7 Tips for Radiant Skin

Girls, it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to have a good skin care routine! I like to keep my skin care simple, easy, and natural. I’ve included my favorite skin care products (which is a short list) and basic lifestyle steps to taking good care of your skin. Here are my Top 7:

1. Mask it!

The Queen Helene Mint Face Mask is my all-time favorite. I have tried other masks but none of them come close to this one! I keep it on hand and do a face mask periodically (every few weeks or so). It is inexpensive, has very few ingredients, and it feels absolutely AMAZING to the skin! One tube of this stuff lasts me a long time (and that includes sharing with friends + sisters:). Click the link above to get your own….you’ll be glad you did! (The pic above is from a sista face mask party. We were visiting a friend and trying out a different mask that time, but I like my Queen Helene Mint one better cause it doesn’t clump and the mint is so refreshing. I really need to carry it with me everywhere!:)

2. Slather it!

Try a honey slather. I know, it sounds weird and sticky. And it kinda is, but it’s also super refreshing! I love to do this one especially after Christmas Play time when my face is kinda all stressed out from the overdose of makeup and fake blood and dirt and scrubbing all of it on and off so many times! I just take some honey, slather it one, let it set for 10 minutes or so, and then use a washcloth (wet with warm water) to gently wipe it off.

3. Steam it!

A friend taught me this trick recently when my face was really breaking out, and it does seem to help. Next time you’re in the shower, just stand close to the (very hot) water and let it steam your face. You could probably do this by a sink, too.

4. Sweat it!

Did you know that sweating is so healthy for your skin? I usually come in all red and sweaty after my runs, and it’s a good feeling to know that I’ve just done my skin a favor!

5. Nourish it!

What you eat directly affects your skin. Not only is it super important to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but things like constipation, allergies, and a toxic liver can also contribute to skin issues. It you are having major trouble with eczema, acne, etc, you might try looking into these things!

6. Moisturize it!

It’s pretty important to moisturize your face, even if you feel like your face tends towards to be oily. My face is on the oilier side, but I still find that regular moisturizing helps. I usually moisturize in the evening. I currently use the Burts Bees Aloe and Buttermilk Lotion  alternating with a homemade whipped coconut oil with essential oils (lavender oil is one of the best for skin, plus I love the way it smells! Specifically, it can combat blemishes, heal scarring, reduce acne, and aid sleep.)

7. Sun it!

Sun is super healthy for your skin! Take every chance you have to be out in the sun, preferably with no makeup on. The sun acts as a soothing tonic, and I know my skin feel tighter, dryer (in a good way!), and smoother after being out in the sun.

And that’s it! Do you have any skin care tips not on this list? 

-Allison

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My Current Favorite Top: the Most Amazing Graphic Tee Ever!

Ladies, I want to tell you about this AMAZING shirt!  It reads, “I run on coffee & grace.”

I have been on the lookout for cute + classy graphic tees, but honestly, they are hard to find. But one that has a graphic that I absolutely LOVE (cause it’s pretty much the story of my life:), plus is incredibly comfortable and really good quality?  Now that’s a total winner in my book.

A sweet friend sent me this awesome tee and I have been wearing it pretty much all the time.:) You can get this amazing shirt for a really great price on Amazon right now. Here is the direct link to get your own:

Coffee + Grace Shirt

Regarding sizing: I have a size medium, and although I normally wear a size small, I love the relaxed fit of the medium.  If you want a more relaxed fit, I recommend sizing up.

Regarding purchasing: I recommend getting one.  You won’t be sorry! I have worn mine every single week since I got it, and it is still in fantastic condition!

-Allison

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3 Days’ Hairstyles in Less than 10 Minutes

Day #1: Side Braid

Directions: Start with freshly washed hair.  Scrunch in some gel or conditioner and make a quick roll away from your part on both sides.  Finish in a side braid and secure near the end with a small elastic.

Time: Approximately 3 minutes.

Day #2: Braided Side Bun

Directions: Grab some bobby pins.  Roll your braid into a bun.  Secure with bobby pins.  You’re good to go for the day!  In the evening, take down the bun and leave in a braid for the night.

Times: 2ish Minutes

Day #3: Loose Curls

Directions: Remove hair tie from braid.  Unravel braid carefully, not combing through hair.  You should have loose waves.  Pull a bit of hair on each side away from your face with a bobby pin or two.  Voila!

Time: This one takes me less than 2 minutes- YAY!

Wondering what the big deal is with doing three days’ hairstyle in less than 10 minutes?  Well, girls I am a BIG fan of simplifying daily things that need to be done!  Hair is one of these things for me.  I don’t want to spend hours in front of the mirror.

Leo Babauta said:

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”

Ok, so we know it’s essential to do our hair.  I’m guessing the majority of us ladies don’t wake up in the morning with hair that looks neat and feminine. (If you do, please tell me your secret!)  So, we’ve just identified an essential in life- doing our hair.  However, I think that tons of hair products, and hours every week in front of the mirror weekly arranging our hair………now that seems like “the rest” of this whole equation that can be eliminated!

If you spend 15 minutes a day (as does the average woman) fixing your hair (this does not include washing or blow drying), you will spend 91.25 hours on your hair in a year, or ALMOST 4 DAYS.  Yikes!  In contrast, if you can whittle that time down to 5 minutes per day, you will be spending 30.41 hrs per year, or a little more than 1 day. Now that’s what I’m talkin about!

I suggest the following formula:

  • Find a handful of hairstyles that take only a few minutes.  Try different ones until you find what you like, as you may find some particular styles to work best for your type of hair.
  • Practice doing these hairstyles, even finding what ones work best in sequence in between washing.
  • Rotate these hairstyles on a regular basis, and mix in some more complicated ones when you actually have/want to take the time.

May your hairstyling today be simple + efficient…….you can do it!

-Allison

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