ACNE- How I Got to the Bottom of My Breakouts And Cleared Up My Skin

 

Skin- When you its clear and glowing you feel confident. When its covered in pimples you don’t. Its hard to even listen to anyone else talk because you’re so in your head worried if they are staring at your pimples that you can’t hear a word they are saying. At least thats what happens to me.

Often when you switch your diet to a whole foods plant based one your skin clears up. And mine did initially but this last year my skin took a turn for the worst. And it sucked.

I was dealing with all kinds of breakouts. Serious painful breakouts that came to a head this January and I was just over it. 

Read on to see the transformation of my skin with un-edited before and after photos and the changes I made in diet, lifestyle and products that have left me with the clearest skin I’ve had in years.

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Balancing Peanut Butter Fudge Bars w/ Adoptagens

I’m gunna be real with you. These bars taste like snickers. At least what I remember snickers tasting like. Its been over half a dacade so I might not be the best judge. You might be wondering how they balance you out or reduce stress like their name suggests. The secret stress reducing sauce is made up of adaptogens.

Adaptogens are everywhere these days. These super herbs and fungi have made there way into just about everything. If you’re anything like me then you spend a good portion of your day knee deep in an instagram scroll hole. There I’ve seen adaptogens put in soup, smoothies, coffee, tea, energy bites and now they are going in dessert.

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How to Make Whipped Body Butter at Home

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have you ever wanted to make something but were intimidated by it, thinking it would be too challenging? it might surprise some of you but i had always felt this way about roasting beets. up until about 2 months ago i had never roasted one or cooked one on my own before, opting for the pre-roasted ones at trader joes or whole foods. i imagined they would be so hard to peel and chop that i would almost certianly be exhuasted by the experience or slice my finger off. true story. this year has been all about facing fears for me, i.e. quitting my job, becoming an entreprenuer, and yes…, you guessed it, finally roasting a damn beet! much to my surprise its really not that hard at all, very similar to a sweet potatoe. i have to laugh at myself for this one, its pretty ridiculous. needless to say, i’ve roasted several dozen beets this summer since they are readily available at the farmers market from McClendon’s Select here in phoenix. another example of my fear totally getting the best of me would be making homemade beauty products, including toothpaste, lotion, and perfume. I always assumed it would be really hard, time consuming, the result less than stellar. it always occured to me like something i would not be successful at so i never tried. the number of times i have read that not trying is the ame as failing is leaving me with the feeling of redundancy by mentioning it again here but geezuz, its sooo true. not only was this whipped body butter easy to make, its pretty freaking awesome and it gave me the opportunity to use my kitchenaid mixer for the very first time (thanks mom for the gift)! a new thing that has become an issue of sorts is how dry my skin, particularly my hands, since moving to phoenix and being in a kitchen all day. its borderline unbareable at times. itchy, flaky, burning, reall rough, ugh. this is of course in part due to the hundreds of dishes i wash daily at the cafe but the super dry heat out here makes my skin feel like the parched earth of southern california. on the flip side, my cousin and best lady friend have buns in the oven so combine those elements and it was the push that i needed to face my fear and make body butter. i wanted a gift the soon-to-be mommys could rub on their bellys to decrease stretch marks and i could spread on my entire epidumis that was chemical free and smelled really lovely. volia. moral of the entire story here is to face your fears, give that thing a try you have been holding back from. who knows. you just might surprise yourself!

This is deeply hydrating, moisturzing and safe to use on your skin. No chemicals, parabens, or ingredients you cannot pronounce.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup  organic coconut oil (i bought the big tub from costco, kirkland brand)
  • 1 cup shea butter (I purchsed this combo pack)
  • 1 cup cacao butter (I purchased this combo pack)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (I used bobs redmill)
  • 10-12 drops lavendar essential oil (i love this one)
  • 10-12 drops peppermint essential oil (I used this one)

equipment: kitchenaid or hand mixer, large bowl, oven safe pan, containers with airtight lids

 

Directions:

  1. pre-heat the oven to its lowest setting, mine was under 300. combine your oils in an oven safe baking pan and put in the oven to melt. keep an eye on your oils as you do not want to cook them, just melt them so you can mix them together
  2. once melted, remove and add in your essential oils and arrowroot powder. the arrowroot helps the lotion feel less oily on your skin and is optional. the essential oils are optional as well as this smells really good on its own, but i am a sucker for lavendar and peppermint together.
  3. whisk everything together well and place in the freezer for 30 or so minutes. Since its extra hot in phoenix my oils needed about 45 minutes so keep an eye on them. You want the oils to start to solidify, be a similar texture to a thick gel, not rock hard. You should be able to mix or break into the surface with minimal effort.
  4. transfer to your cake mixer and whip into butter, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. it took me about 25 miutes to get it to the texture i was looking for.
  5. transfer to airtight containers and use as needed

 

5 Foods for Naturally Healthy and Beautiful Skin – Beauty Tips

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Skin care creams seem to be getting more and more expensive these days and filled with less and less natural products. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time handing over $100 for 4oz of cream no matter what the promises are. I haven’t always taken a natural approach to beauty but I have found that switching up my diet and making sure I am eating certain things has given me the result I was looking for without breaking the bank. Lets be real, I am a girl on a budget and spend my money wisely. I am also a girl who believes that beauty is an inside to outside transformation. 

Skin is often totted as being a great indicator of someones health and diet. If the skin is smooth, moisturized and glowing chances are you are eating a diet rich in whole foods. If your skin is dull, covered in acne or discolored chances are you are eating a diet high in processed sugar and fat. Below is a list of my 5 favorite foods to eat for naturally healthy and beautiful skin. 

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