This past summer I wrote a post about my skincare routine. Since then I have made many changes in regards to the products I use and types of chemicals I put onto my skin. I have been using an 85% holistic approach to life especially involving my skin care. Which I got into because of one of my favorite bloggers Fran of HeyFranHey.com (check her out) The only thing that has stayed the same from that post is my water intake. Drinking plenty of water is KEY for a flawless complexion.
I cleanse my face with this I typically cut the bar into small pieces lather it up and I let it sit on my skin for a few moments. I go straight to this step if I do not have any makeup on.
Once you get past the smell ACV is so beneficial for your skin and overall health (which we will get to in a few more posts) I mix the ACV with equal parts water in an empty travel bottle and use this as my toner. It not only helps prevent and treat acne, but it also helps lighten acne scars and evens out your complexion.
After the ACV toner has dried I put a dime sized amount of jojoba oil on my palm mixed with about 3 drops of tea tree oil to moisturize. Tea tree oil is also good to help prevent and treat acne. It needs to be mixed with jojoba as a carrier oil because it can be harsh when applied directly to your skin. Jojoba oil is also good to remove your makeup. I use a dime sized amount rub it all over my face and use a clean damp washcloth to get rid of any excess makeup and then I begin the cleaning process with the black soap.
Acne spot treatment mixed with a carrier oil to treat pimples naturally.
If you want to incorporate oils into your skincare routine. Do your research and see what is more compatible for your skin type. https://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/facts-figures/comedogenic-rating.html this list ranks oils on a scale 0-5 that tells you what won’t clog your pores and what will. Everything is also trial and error, so good luck and I want to hear if any of you try this routine or something similar and how it works out for you!
-Until Next Time
This week I didn’t drink as much water as I usually do and suddenly 2 pimples appeared on my forehead. From the moment, they appeared I KNEW it was because of my decreased water intake. Your skin is a direct indication of what is going on inside of your body. Up until we are about 18 or 19 we blame acne on puberty, but at 22-years-old I know that is not the case and that’s why I began to research face mapping. There are acne medicines and switches in your skincare regimen that can help but sometimes your skin is telling you something about your health and problems in your diet. Using a face map you can pinpoint what part of your body may be imbalanced or what adjustments you may need to make in order to improve your skin’s condition. There are a lot of environmental factors that can affect your skin as well. So I am going to give a little breakdown of what pimples in certain areas of the face mean and what in your diet can be causing breakouts focusing mainly on what in your diet could be plaguing your skin. (Some face maps are more extensive than others and link your organs to different parts of the face but for this one we are going to focus on our diets.)
Forehead: Poor digestion & lack of water. Staying away from sugar and processed foods is the first step to begin clearing your forehead and drink PLENTY of water.
Nose: Carbonated drinks, meat, spicy foods and sodium.
Cheeks: Not changing pillowcases regularly and dirty phone screens. Pimples on the lower cheek can be indicative of poor dental health.
Chin: DAIRY is the biggest culprit for acne in this region. If you are always breaking out on your chin it is most likely your dairy consumption and greasy foods so cutting down on that will decrease the likelihood of you seeing new pimples develop on your chin. For ladies, our chins and jaw line can also be a problem area when it is that time of the month so be mindful of when you are seeing pimples in this area.
You truly are what you eat, so making some subtle changes can help your skin. Remember that no change will happen overnight and your skin typically regenerates itself every few months so most changes to overall complexion or skin elasticity will happen gradually.
Until Next Time,
Also, note that some people have cystic acne or other conditions that can cause their skin to break out so this may not help you if that is your situation.
This post is not like my others but, I felt compelled to share my new found love for journaling with you guys!
A couple of months ago I was in an odd place, with a lot of misplaced emotion and I was trying to figure out a way to make things easier. I began working out and while that helped there was something missing, so I decided to get a journal. Often times when we think journal we think that it is for people who only want to write about the bad but it is completely untrue. I was not unhappy I just didn’t know what I was feeling, so Journaling helped me figure that out. We take care of our skin and bodies but tend to neglect our mental health. It is so important to keep your emotions and check and allowing yourself to feel.
- Get a journal you like looking at or something with a motivational quote on it.
- CONSISTENCY! Write every couple of days, until it becomes second nature.
- Make sure to write about the good and the bad. Journaling is not something you do to wallow in your sadness but to keep your emotions in check.
- Keep your pen to paper and do not worry about naming your entries or even grammar. This is not a thesis paper it is simply putting your thoughts down on paper.
Take care of your mind as you would your body. Until next time!
Eating Healthy and working out is a decision people make for many reasons. It could range from trying to lose weight maintaining weight or just trying to live an overall healthier lifestyle. About a year ago I was not happy with my weight and I decided to alter my diet and workout routine to slim down a little and to stay at a healthy weight that I was comfortable with. I decided to share how I went about that with you guys. I still would like to slim down and tone up, but I am VERY comfortable with my weight and body now. Being busy and always on the go it is difficult to always make the best choices when it comes to food, but this is how I started to change my diet for the better!
1. Some of the crap just has to go! You have to think about your diet and remove things that you can live without and what your body will do better without. Some people make drastic changes like no dairy and well that could never be me because life without pizza may not be life at all. A major adjustment I decided to make was limiting red meat and completely removing pork from my diet. I stick to leaner meats and fish as a staple in my diet. Be realistic in your diet limitations, if you know that you eat way too much bread and you love it, do not try to remove it but switch to a healthier option like whole wheat.
2. TRY NEW THINGS. When trying to eat healthy it is very easy to fall off the train because the meals can get boring or repetitive if you are not willing to try new things. You would be surprised at how many healthy alternatives taste good if prepared the right way.
3. As much as I sometimes hate getting out of bed to do it, working out is VITAL. You don’t have to be doing Crossfit, but getting out there and jogging or even brisk walking help. I prefer to workout outside for a couple of reasons. One being the scenery doesn’t allow me to get bored like I would on the treadmill at the gym and two you can tone your entire body FOR FREE.
4. Drink or eat your calories never both! I am a foodie so I much rather enjoy a meal then drink a soda or a milkshake that has a majority of my suggested daily calorie intake.
5. If you are not big on eating veggies, BLEND THEM. You could not pay me to eat carrots so I make sure to put them in my daily smoothie. I like to start my day off with a smoothie with kale spinach and an assortment of other veggies and fruit. I always try to keep it mainly veggies because I will not eat them as willingly as I should.
Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle is a gradual process and gets easier with time and consistency.
BE GOOD TO YOUR BODY. You have to live in it!
It has been a very long time since I have posted on Shycode! I appreciate everyone who supported me early on and hope that you guys will continue to support me on this relaunch, but that is not what this post is about! Lately, I have been getting compliments on my skin and my complexion, so I decided to share my shycode approved products and routine, I use to keep my skin glowing and acne free. I generally switch up products every 6 months or so and these are the ones I am currently using and have been using for a while. Now everyone has different skin types and it is really all trial and error when finding a combination of products that work for you. I have oily skin and have to be very careful about what I use on my skin gets very oily and that is never a good look.
This is the first thing I do when I get ready to wash my face (morning and night). I use the wipes to get rid of any excess oil or dirt. Whether I have makeup on or not (which 9/10 I don’t have any on). I never skip this step!
The exfoliating beads in this face wash are gentle enough that you do not do any damage to your pores, but still leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed.
Ok, so let’s be realistic not many of us can afford to splurge on a completely new wardrobe, but there are some minor adjustments to be done to ensure that your wardrobe is up to par for the new year. Instead of adding to your wardrobe, removing things may be the first step in completely revamping your look! Here are some trends we must say goodbye to for 2015 and possibly for GOOD!
(click on any of the photos to view the gallery and to see my reasons why)
over done cut-out dresses are extremely tired! Although, Jennifer Lopez does no wrong it is rare that a cutout below the waist is ever flattering. It is awkward and does not look like there is much room for movement.
DOUBLE-SLITS need to GO! They have bee exhausted in 2014 and need to be laid to rest for the New Year. Opt out for a high-slit skirt or dress instead
There are many ladies who wear it well, but the looks has had its run.
High-waisted denim cut-offs or “janties,” have been a festival and summertime staple for years. Not only are these pants mighty uncomfortable with the constant pulling down, but they are not as flattering on every shape. Opting out for a short short with some more coverage are more comfortable and more flattering.
Full on nomcore. Nomcore was big in 2014 and I trust it will be present in 2015 but the look full on does not work for just anyone. Mixing nomcore with some more feminine form fitting clothing is the way to go ladies.
Happy Holidays and Good luck!