Happy Day 4 of #SinkIntoSavasana! // Let me start by saying I have been so overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who has joined the challenge so far–it’s the best feeling to see so many people showing themselves some love! I am today’s host and the theme is self love & LOVING THE SKIN YOU’RE IN ✨
Are you good to yourself? Are you kind to your body, mind and soul? What are your insecurities and how can you learn to love them? ???? Self love is a prerequisite for thriving in love and light in this world and to give and receive real love I believe you need to first love yourself. I have struggled with self love in several ways, it has manifested itself in the form of an ED, self harm and substance abuse but I am grateful to be able to say I am in a better place today on this self love journey (this is why I’m sober and straightedge now, for those who always ask!)
I like to focus on my insecurities and to tackle them head on. One thing I challenged myself to do last year was to stop wearing so much makeup. I felt like wearing makeup all the time made it difficult to feel confident and love my skin. I was worried that people would think I was ugly or would judge me but I realized that true beauty is something that comes from within… from the mind and soul and heart and little to do with physical appearance. Now I often go makeup free because it feels good to let my skin breathe and it challenges me to work on my confidence in a meaningful way and love the skin I’m in.
So I challenge you today to pick something you usually criticize about yourself or something that makes you insecure and embrace it! Maybe you go makeup free today like me (and if you do check back for a diy facemask recipe later today!). I’d love to hear from you ????
This week I am teaming up with some brilliant ladies from the wellness community on Instagram to bring you #SinkIntoSavasana — a week of self care tips and practices you can incorporate into your life to show yourself a little love. This series is in collaboration with some incredible ladies (links at the end of the post), so be sure and check out their posts on self care too.
Today I’m sharing with you 4 self care skin tips, which have helped me in my self love journey to less makeup and loving my skin!
Since August, I have been living in New York again and am now back into my full time role at work which means that in addition to blogging, I’m working full time as well. It only took a few days for me to fall into the trap of putting yourself second or third when responsibilities and tasks start to pile on and there aren’t enough hours in the day. I make a conscious effort to stay mindful of this and prioritize my health but when I can’t do that, having a reset day, or even just half an hour or a small practice of self care puts me back in the mindset of self-love.
The practice I want to share with you is eating right, and treating (your skin) right. I have always had minor breakouts since high school which I now realize was likely because I was eating dairy and other things that my body cannot break down. Since going vegan and making diet and lifestyle changes, I’ve seen a general improvement in my skin. Now, I am definitely not blessed with perfect skin, but changing up my skincare, diet and treating myself to face masks regularly has helped me clear my skin so much and has given me more of a glow!
What is important to keep in mind is that skin is our largest organ, and we should really be putting things on it that we are comfortable ingesting too because we do absorb product through our skin. I recommend natural skincare and nontoxic skincare (I’ll recommend a few of my favourites below) and homemade, edible face masks. I’m going to share with you a softening face mask that also brings glow to the face and doubles as a smoothie too.
TIP 1: MAKE YOUR OWN FACE MASK
Make this face mask recipe and use half of it for your face, and toss the rest into a blender with some other ingredients for a smoothie that works on your skin from the inside out.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cacao powder
Mash all your ingredients together or combine in a food processor or blender until you get a spreadable paste. If your mixture is too thick, feel free to add a small amount of rosewater or regular water. Smear the mixture onto your face, avoiding the eyes and let sit until almost dry. You should end up with about half of your mixture left over which you can reserve to make a smoothie with. Cleanse with warm water and a cloth and finish with toner and moisturizer.
These ingredients are amazing for the skin.
AVOCADO – improves skin’s density, thickness, firmness and aging and moisturizes your skin too. When you eat avocado, you are consuming protective antioxidants, like beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, to prevent wrinkles and slow down the visible signs of aging. (source)
TURMERIC – packed with antioxidants, reduces inflammation, can improve acne, eczema and dry skin. Evens skin tone and gives you a nice glow!
CINNAMON – has antimicrobial properties, can reduce acne scars. I recommend freshly grating your own cinnamon if you can, but if not feel free to use store bought ground cinnamon!
CACAO – protects skin, heals wounds and scars, improves skin hydration and bloodflow which gives you a healthy glow. Most importantly, tastes delicious.
TIP 2: EAT YOUR WAY TO GLOWING SKIN
Adding these ingredients to a smoothie allows you to give your skin some extra love from the inside out. I recommend taking the remaining mixture, tossing it into a blender and adding:
– 1-2 frozen bananas
– 1/2 cup or more of nondairy mylk
– extra cacao or cinnamon as you wish
I topped my smoothie bowl with some Loving Earth chocolate and a side of Addictive Wellness chocolate (packed with superherbs and adaptogens) as a snack. As a thank you for joining in on this self-care challenge, you can win a full set of Loving Earth chocolate and a full set of Addictive Wellness chocolate (where are my chocolate lovers at????) at the end of the week. Check out my Instagram for the details if you want to get your chocolate on!
Now, after you treat your face and tummy to some skin saving ingredients, be sure to follow up with your skincare routine.
TIP 3: USE NON-TOXIC, GENTLE, ALL NATURAL SKINCARE
Use an all natural toner and moisturizer or serum to rehydrate your skin. I recommend the Saje Wellness Goddess Spray to follow up with. This brand is completely plant based, non toxic and smells amazing. Whenever I use this toner I feel like I am laying in a garden of flowers because it smells so good, and it really gives you that feeling of relaxation. For moisturizer, I like to use Osea Malibu products. I use their facial mists and cleansers regularly and their products are the first all natural products I have ever tried on my skin. I was hesitant to stray from my harsh exfoliators and treatments that gave me that “burn” feeling (I thought that meant it was working!). Ditch the chemicals, harsh acids and focus on treating your skin with the best of the best!
TIP 4: GO MAKEUP FREE! LET YOUR SKIN BREATHE
My last tip is to let your skin breathe as much as possible. The less makeup you wear, the better it is for your skin and the more opportunity your skin has to repair itself. This is also an amazing practice to reinforce self love. It can be scary or embarrassing to go makeup free, especially if you have any scarring or pigmentation like I do, but it teaches you a lesson in self love and is a good reminder that we need to be comfortable in our own skin (pun intended). It is so liberating to love who you are without makeup on, and to find the confidence to go about your days without it. Besides, I always believe that real beauty comes from the heart and has little to do with appearance at all…
I hope you enjoyed these tips and the recipe and if you’re hungry for some more self care tips, be sure to check out my friends Rachel Rhee (@justdimpleit/blog), Joanne Encarnacion (@gofitjo/blog), Lauren Bongiorno (@lauren_bongiorno/blog), Jules Hunt (@omandthecity/blog) and Christina (@addicted_to_lovely/blog) for more. If you try out this mask recipe or any of our tips, be sure to use the hashtag #SinkIntoSavasana and tag us on Instagram so we can see and share your posts!
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BY Remy • September 18, 2017
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