Thursday, March 30, 2017

A few tidbits

Warning this post is all over the place but I wanted to share a few thoughts!

I went through a phase before I started school where everything I used on my face HAD to be natural and organic. I could feel myself getting crunchier by the minute, not that that was a bad thing but it led to a lot of learning and exploration for me! 
I had to find a balance because I could feel myself starting to question everything I knew about skincare. I questioned everything my dermatologist told me. Of course different things work for different people and I am a strong believer that no one person has the same type of skin. Of course you can have oily skin and so can I but what works for you may not work for me. I've learned so much through my own research as well as education from school.
Here are a few things about natural and synthetic "chemicals"  (and other tidbits) I've  learned through my experience and education...


1. SO IMPORTANT...What works for some doesn't work for others. I have seen people talk about how bad chemical peels are for you if used over time, but yet I have seen results of people using them with no long term damage and beautiful skin! Chemical peels can be a great option for a while to help the skin's texture, pigmentation issues, and acne issues. Obviously if they're not working for you, don't continue to do them and do NOT DIY chemical peels!

2. Not all synthetic or "chemical" ingredients are harmful! There are SO many synthetic ingredients out there that are effective at clearing and healing your skin as well as being nontoxic! Also, not all natural ingredients are good for you! There can be many toxic ingredients that are in fact natural. I had to learn for my own about each single ingredient used in products, what it did, what it was used for, and what the risks were. 
For example retin-a and retinols if used properly can yield amazing results. Key here is if used properly, and many people do not.

3. My whole take on skincare has become all about a balance between getting the most effective results while still being nontoxic. I still don't like the idea of putting toxic HARSH chemicals on my face because it does more harm than good. I exhausted every harsh option with no results.
 But that doesn't mean because it's not all natural it's toxic. 
I use organic skincare (mostly eminence and what I make) because it's what works for me. But I also love getting microdermabrasion, and chemical peels now and then. 

Like I said, I use organic skincare because it's what I've found works for me and I have seen results with what I've been using. I LOVE effective natural skincare but I also love effective not all natural skincare (as long as it's nontoxic) just make sure to educate yourself on the ingredients that are in the products you're using. 
Many drugstore skincare brands don't have many active ingredients in them at all.
Another side note: if something is effective and can be toxic to your body YOU have to weigh the risks and benefits for yourself. For example accutane. It can be super toxic to your body but it's up to you if the benefit outweighs the risk. I personally would choose a different option but both my brother and sister used accutane. They had some aches and pains but they both have beautiful skin. 

4. Don't trust someone just because they write a blog post on something, trust thorough research and evidence. I have to see physical evidence before I believe everything I read.. I was falling into the trap of believing everything people were saying on social media and posts that were not reliable sources. 

5. I'm learning more and more every day! I love learning about new things, new products, new ingredients, and ways to make others look and feel their best. Continuing education will be my best friend.

6. If you're having problems with your skin, find a professional. I went straight to a dermatologist when I started this journey and I wish I would have seen an esthetician first, had someone get to know and care about my skin the way I do and work with me! 
Beware though, a lot of "professionals" don't know what they're doing! Make sure to find someone passionate about skin and helping you as much as you are! They're out there! 

7. Love the skin you're in. No matter what. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Shopping in Tulsa

We had a fantastic long weekend visiting my sister in Tulsa. We went to SO many good coffee shops (my FAVORITE) and ate a lot of delicious food! We went to a little cajun restaurant that was truly cajun as the owner is from Lafayette and oh my gosh GOOD.

Here's what I wore for our day shopping around and getting coffee!




 Casual and very comfortable (of course). I love love wearing leggings and dressing them up or down. 
I didn't have a ton of color, I wear a lot of black, white, and gray. I added a pop of turquoise (my favorite color) with my Kendra Scott necklace and I love it in this color!
Another thing I want to mention is these shoes. They have memory foam in them it's like walking on clouds and they go with EVERYTHING.


How cute is this Kate Spade purse?!


Shop the look:

Jacket (Mine is slightly darker)
Couldn't find the exact purse but I love this!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Updated Routine Part 2: Supplements

This is all about the supplements  I've been taking daily in the morning and WHY!



Every day I have been taking a multi-vitamin, glucosamine, 15 mg zinc, and 1,000 mg vitamin C. I started taking the vitamin C and zinc supplements for cold sores (prescribed by my PA), but the more I read up on them and the longer I took them I noticed a MAJOR change in my skin. After about a month or so of being consistent with this routine my skin was SO much clearer. I was getting compliments from my grandmother, people at school, my instructor, and my parents. I believe a lot of it had to do with my supplements and consistency with a skincare routine.

Zinc has so many great benefits for the skin including increased healing for acne and wounds, collagen synthesis,  stimulation of white blood cell count, and reduction of the evidence of scarring.

"Zinc helps maintain the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes 
since one of zinc’s most vital functions is to stimulate white blood cell function. White blood cells are integral in the healing process and can defend the body against a number of infections.
It regulates and controls the amount of testosterone in the body, which plays a dominant role in causing acne. In addition to that, zinc is also involved in collagen synthesis. This further aids in normalizing the amount of skin oils and improves the maintenance of healthy skin. The open sores that come with acne are practically magnets for bacterial and viral infections, and zinc can stimulate the white blood cell count and reduce the chances of any type of infection. Finally, acne can leave permanent scars on people who suffer from the condition, and zinc can help to reduce the evidence of those scars." (organicfacts.net)

Although I hadn't had a cold sore in quite some time I got one last weekend. The PA said I could take up to 2,000 mg of vitamin C a day (time released) so I've recently upped my intake to 1,000 mg a day along with adding 500 mg. L-Lysine to my regime to keep the cold sores at bay. 
We all know that vitamin C has great benefits for a plethora of issues. It helps fight off symptoms of a cold, helps repair and regenerate tissues, fights against free radicals, and is overall a great immune booster.
L Lysine is an amino acid that is necessary for health. My main reason for taking it is to help depress cold sores. L lysine also helps the body absorb calcium, and "it plays an important role in the formation of collagen, a substance important for bones and connective tissues including skin, tendons, and cartilage." (umm.edu)

The glucosamine supplement I take for joint support. I have had problems with my left knee and my right wrist and I wasn't able to lift for a while because of it. I started taking glucosamine daily and those issues have significantly decreased. Every now and then if I overwork them I will get some pain, but nothing like it used to be. 

I got the multi vitamin I take from GNC. This particular one has an energy and metabolism boost blend in it as well as an antioxidant blend. The energy and metabolism blend includes caffeine anhydrous, green tea leaf extract, capsicum seed extract, black pepper fruit extract, and more.  
The antioxidant blend includes alpha lipoic acid, lycopene, turmeric root extract, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin. Of course this also contains all the normal vitamins that multis normally include.

I got most of these supplements from vitacost for a great price! I LOVE vitacost. They have high quality brands and the best prices. It's easy to get online and order what you're looking for and it ships quick. They have food, beauty products, supplements, vitamins, pet care and so much more. I feel better ordering from them because it's more on the natural side. 
The glucosamine I got from Costco and my multi vitamin from GNC.