How To Exfoliate Your Skin

Shedding Light on Shedding Cells

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Our body is constantly producing new skin cells while simultaneously getting rid of the old stuff. But how often does this happen? And do we need to help the body do what it’s already designed to do?

To put it plainly- we need our body to produce new cells to have youthful, glowing, healthy skin. When our body holds onto the old cells, it literally builds up and you end up with an old, dull, dry, flaky surface that enhances wrinkles. And nobody wants that.

However, you must be wary of how often you exfoliate your skin; too often can leave the skin red, irritated, and more prone to problems such as rashes, breakouts, sun damage, etc.how you should exfoliate your face and body for glowing, youthful skin. www.awellspringoflife.com

Exfoliating the Face: 

Ideally, you should exfoliate every 3-4 days, so about 1-2 times per week. It mainly depends on your skin; how sensitive is it, your age, and what your skin likes to be honest.

I have become so in-tune with my skin that I can tell the day when I need to exfoliate- my skin looks dull, I begin to see some congestion in my pores, and as soon as I exfoliate- BOOM.glowing glory. 

Make sure, however, that you are using good exfoliating products. Don’t use any sort of physical exfoliation on your face– it’s too harsh and can cause microscopic tears which can lead to a whole host of problems. Stick to enzymes which break down and dissolve all of the old skin cells, and bring circulation to the face- encouraging healing. Check out my DIY Enzyme Mask here. This is the only exfoliation I use on my face!

Exfoliating the Body: 

Now the body has much thicker skin than the face, so you can exfoliate much more often- every day really. Because it is thicker it can handle physical exfoliation such as dry brushing and sugar and salt scrubs. The great thing about sugar scrubs is that they simultaneously moisturize while getting rid of the dead stuff. So not only will your skin be soft, it will also be highly nourished and moisturized. Dry Brushing is also a great way to gently exfoliate the body! Dry  brush before the shower then moisturize with a nice body oil afterwards for ultimate glowing skin. Click Here to read more about Dry Brushing and why it’s so amazing !

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Exfoliation is key for youthful, healthy skin.

Shed the Cells, Dude. 

xxJoannaxx

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Why I’m No longer Afraid Of Food

My Unpopular View Of Diets

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(If you’d like to watch the video I made about this topic, check it out here!)

I’ll be honest, this has been quite a revelation for me and I know it will be for you too. Food has been an obsession since the first fast weight-loss diet. The idea that we could lose weight at rapid speed simply by radically changing the food (or “food”) we ingest and how often we eat. But with that comes unhealthy obsession, eating foods that don’t actually sustain us, relying solely on food instead of treating the lifestyle changes, yo-yoing between one weight and the next, etc. Diets only last for so long, they’re not sustainable, and it is such an unhealthy way to try an obtain an “ideal body.”

However, with that comes the complete opposite end of the spectrum- Obsession with HEALTHY FOOD. This is much healthier and far more beneficial for your body, but as with all things, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I’m not referring to healthy, vibrant, whole foods because you can literally eat as much of those as your body needs and you will become the most lively, lovely, vibrant person. I am referring to the obsession with healthy food. You can go too overboard. There is even something people can be diagnosed with called Orthorexia, which is “a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods in the belief that they are harmful.” source

This causes STRESS. The nasty six letter word that is the underlying cause for so many diseases and conditions.

You can literally look up any problem you have, might have in the future, your friend has, your dog has, and you will always find that there is some food group that you should remove from your diet to help heal your body and/or as prevention.  This isn’t a bad thing- it is quite miraculous! The fact that our body is literally made up of the food we eat is nothing short of incredible. We have the ability to change our weight, our skin, our ailments, even our genes just by choosing what foods we put into our mouths. Can I get an Amen because I think this definitely deserves an AMEN!

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But as I have learned through my time at the Institute Of Integrative Nutrition and from personal experience, you must must must have balance.. with everythingI do have a type A personality so I do have the tendency to go to the extreme with things. I am a research lover and really enjoy learning as much as I can and becoming the best I can be.

But I now know for sure that I went overboard.

There was a time, quite recently actually, where I felt like I literally couldn’t eat anything. If you read health articles or books, or listen to podcasts, or watch documentaries, you can always find someone bashing each and every food group. And not only sugar and gluten because those have been “evil” for awhile (and for good reason.) But there are some that say you shouldn’t eat meat. Or beans. or fruit. or fats. or anything with seeds. or grains. The list goes on and on and contains all types of food no matter how raw or pure it may be.

While I was searching for my one ticket to save me from my breakouts and heal my gut, I was listening to anyone and everyone. I was trying all of the recommendations, cutting out all of the food groups, taking all the vitamins, I was like a derailed train that just kept going and gaining more speed. But you know what? Nothing seemed to be that one perfect answer that solved all of my problems. Yes, there are definitely things I do that keep my skin more under control and my stomach more manageable, but there wasn’t anything that seemed like my holy grail.

And I had become afraid of food. 

I never felt like I could go out with friends, eat the same dinner as my husband, go to family functions because I knew either A. There would be nothing for me to eat and I would be really hungry. or B. If I did indulge and break my insanely strict diet I would break out horribly and my stomach would swell up to a 6 month old pregnant woman. And you know what this caused? STRESS. Big fat stress all day every day. Even when I wasn’t dealing with the crossroads of deciding if I should or shouldn’t go to an event, it would be there all day. I would have mini battles in my head of “Oh I really want this. But can I? I have already had so many fruits today. But will this red apple be too much sugar for my system? Will I have a reaction? Is it worth it? Am I seeing anyone soon? Will I look okay when I take my makeup off? Oh but I really want that juicy apple. But nah, I guess I shouldn’t. Let me just have a little more water.”

For real you guys. This was my life. And looking back at it now I realize how crazy it was, how much low level stress I was dealing with every day.

But then we decided to go to France for vacation. And I told myself that I will give myself complete leeway to eat whatever I wanted. Breakouts be damned, I wanted to treat myself! It’s not everyday you go to a beautiful country, and why go and not have the complete culinary experience?!? It’s near blasphemy.

So we went and for the first day I was subconsciously keeping track of how much bread I ate, how many veggies I had, and I had to break that habit. So I don’t know how many vegetables I ate during our trip, but I definitely know it wasn’t the allotted 3 cups a day. And those baguettes and pastries? Yeah. Your girl ate them. A lot of them. I also had delicious cheeses and alcohol.

Are you ready?

I FELT INCREDIBLE. not only that, but I also looked absolutely great.

My body was bangin’, my skin was glowy, but most importantly I felt so joyful and more at peace than I have in a very, very long time.

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I could not believe the results. All this time I thought that “unhealthy” food was the root of all evil, when that wasn’t it at all. The stress over being healthy and not allowing myself to ever let go, and then the guilt when I did indulge was doing damage to my mental state which was totally affecting my body and it’s symptoms.

And then it hit me- No food is inherently evil. It’s the manipulation and modification of foods that can make it unhealthy. Eating foods that are made in a lab or that are heavily with pesticides and chemicals, food that has been so processed and pumped with artificial sugars, THAT is what is unhealthy.

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But bread that was handmade by the baker early that morning, cheese that came straight from the farmer’s farm, meat that came from the hands of the butcher, these are not the things that put our body out of balance. They are the things that sustain us. Not only from a physical point of view, but also our mental and emotional state. If you constantly eat foods that you find gross or unappetizing, your body isn’t going to receive it as well as a beautiful balanced meal that satisfies every taste bud in your mouth.

However, we must remember that everyone’s body is different. You must always listen to your body to see how it reacts to foods, what works for your friend may not work for you. And you shouldn’t always eat super heavy, extravagant meals, your body will feel sluggish and probably run down over time. But hey, your girlfriends wanna go out to eat and chow down on some delicious food thats full of dairy and gluten and sugar and split a bottle of wine? GIRL, DO IT.

The medicine you will receive in the form of laughter and community is far more beneficial than staying home alone and eating the same food you’ve been eating all week. 

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Being back home, I now approach my diet with a much softer and relaxed hand. If I want that cheese on pasta? I’ll add it. If I’m way too exhausted to make dinner, I have no problem going out and picking up something to eat, even if it’s not the healthiest thing. Balance is key. You can be healthy eating tons of whole foods while also eating some gluten here and there, or dairy, or whatever. Try to get good quality foods because that is what counts. You should really try and avoid that processed junk that filled with preservatives and colored dyes, but again, if you’re at some barbecue that only happens a couple times a year and you see your favorite chips, girl- eat those chips.

Stop restricting yourself to the point of stress. Let loose and be wise.

I hope you now feel a little less suffocated and constricted. Your body is a wonderful, magical thing and it can handle a little indulgence every now and again.

Be kind to your body and your mind.

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I hope this helps you further along your journey of Becoming A WellSpring Of Life.

All my love.

Joanna

DIY Clay Detox Mask

Scare Your Husband One More Time

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAlright my beauties, I’ve got another clutch mask for you that is a total skin care NEED. Our skin gets filled with nasties; dirt, oil, sebum, makeup, toxins, etc. If you don’t cleanse properly and detox frequently, your pores become clogged. This can cause breakouts, wrinkles, dull skin, uneven skin tone, inflammation– the works. We can both agree these things are best avoided at all cost. And when the actual cost of the mask is low?             OH HECK YEAH.

 

Detox the Heck Outta Your Face Mask

Ingredients

1 TBS Bentonite Clay   (this is a really awesome deal, and it will literally last you forever)

2 TSP Alcohol Free Witch Hazel

1 Drop Essential Oil (Melalueca, Lavender, Sandalwood, Juniper Berry are all good choices)

Directions

Mix, add more clay or water depending on your preferred consistency. Do not use any metal while making this mask, it will ruin the clay’s ability to draw out impurities.

Apply to freshly cleansed and toned skin

Set timer for 10 minutes

Wash off, Tone, Moisturize! Done!

Apply once a week for ultimate effectiveness.

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right before I rinse it all off!

I can always tell such a difference when I use this mask, and I can always tell when my skin needs it. For the price and level of easiness, this is definitely a mask you should add into your routine!

xxJoannaxx

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DIY Enzyme Exfoliation Mask

Say BuhBye To Dull, Uneven Skin!

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Exfoliation is necessary for regeneration (aka beautiful glowy skin.) We exfoliate our body to slough off old, dead skin cells and let the new young cells shine through. This helps prevent wrinkles, heal breakouts, and reduce unnecessary oil production. However, the skin on our body is much thicker than that on our face so there should be different methods of exfoliation. Bodies can handle rough sugar/salt being vigorously rubbed, but on the face it will only cause microscopic tears which can worsen skin conditions. Thankfully, there’s chemical exfoliation! Don’t freak out, I’m definitely not going to promote those crazy harsh conventional products that pretty much rip off the first layer of skin. no way. There’s a much simpler way — Enzymes. They gently remove dead skin, dirt, and all other unwanted blockages from the skin. There are some natural enzyme exfoliating products out there; but if you don’t really want to drop more dough on a new product- there’s a great DIY! I use it all the time.

 

DIY Facial Enzyme Exfoliator

Ingredients:

Papaya Enzyme Powder

Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother or Alcohol Free Witch Hazel

Water

Optional: Lavender essential oil/Sandalwood Essential Oil (If you’re interested in signing up to get an awesome wholesale discount on essential oils, let me know!)

Directions:

Spoon Out About 2 tsp Of Enzyme Powder

Mix With 1-2 tsp of Liquid, Depending on Your Preferred Consistency.

Add in Essential Oils

Apply To a Freshly Cleansed and Toned Face

Let Sit For 15 Minutes

Rinse Off, Tone, Apply Moistuizer

Repeat 1-2 Times Per Week

So easy and SO effective. I can see such a major difference when I use this mask. It really helps clear up breakouts/congestion, and heal old hyper-pigmentation. I like to do it at night and I wake up with super glowy skin. 

**HeadsUp**: You may feel a heated sensation when using the mask, but it shouldn’t be super intense! Your face will look a little red afterwards, but that’s a good sign. It will fade within 1/2 an hour.

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Just check out that skin! Tiny pores and no wrinkles/fine lines in sight!

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DIY Face Masks

So Good You Could Eat It

(oh wait, you totally could)  

We all love natural products; we feel good about what we’re putting onto our skin because we know there’s nothing toxic in it.

But what if I told you.. that there are all natural ingredients in your very own kitchen… for YOUR FACE?

yes. 

As much as I love luxurious masks, sometimes the bank doesn’t approve of the spending. But that is no reason for your precious self care to suffer! Simply walk into your kitchen and open your eyes to see the endless mask potential.

DIY MASKS

Honey & Cinnamon Mask

This mask is great to increase blood flow, kill bacteria, heal blemishes and scars, exfoliate, and moisturize. These are both super ingredients for the face, especially when used together.  *Heads-up*- depending on the sensitivity of your skin, the cinnamon may be too much. Always do a test patch to see how your skin reacts, and adjust accordingly. A simple honey mask will do plenty of good too.

Directions

Take about a TBS of raw honey, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, mix together, and apply to clean face. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, rinse off and follow up with normal skin care routine. Your skin may look a bit pink, but that’s natural and it will fade in about a half an hour or less.

Egg White & Yogurt Mask

This is an anti-aging, exfoliating, and skin tightening mask. The yogurt hydrates while the natural enzymes help the skin shed off dead skin cells. The egg white is an astringent that helps shrink pores and tighten skin.

Directions

Mix 1 egg white and 2 TBS of organic yogurt and apply to clean skin for 10 minutes, rinse off and follow up with toner and moisturizer.

Egg Yolk & Avocado Mask

This is a super nourishing mask, great for people with dry skin. The egg yolk helps lock in moisture, hydrate, and nourish those dull and dry skin cells. Avocado (already a superfood) is also super for your skin! It’s really soothing to help with any inflammation, and moisturizes to keep skin smooth and supple.

Directions

Mix 1 egg yolk and 1/4 ripe avocado until combined, apply to clean skin for 15 minutes, rinse off and enjoy that beautiful skin!

Pretty great, huh? And the best part is it will cost you practically nothing to make these masks! Enjoy !

xxJoannaxx

Common Causes of Acne

Power to the Pimple

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Now this is one heck of a topic. The majority of people, men and women alike, have struggled with acne. If you’re one of those people who have miraculously avoided the common curse, well forgive me as I silently praise but also become increasingly jealous of you.

Our skin is an organ, just like your liver, spleen, and lungs. It is the mighty organ because it is exposed, first hand, to all of the external attacks- i.e. toxic fumes, sun rays, bacteria, etc. It can handle a lot, but it’s not a saint. Any sort of issue on your skin is a sign that your body is out of balance. There is something going on that isn’t right, and your body is telling you that through- you heard it- the dreaded, cursed, loathed, pimple.

External Causes

Dirty Phone

Dirty Pillowcase

Your incessant touching and picking of your skin

Incorrect Cleansing

Stress

Clogging Makeup

 

Internal Causes

Hormone Imbalance

Poor Diet

Food Sensitivity

Digestive Issues

Genes

Toxic Buildup

 

Yeah.. so pretty much anything can cause a skin flare-up. It can be a quick fix for some, or a long, long journey for others. My number one tip is to don’t stress out over it, that will only cause more skin problems.

 

Your skin does not define you. 

You can and will conquer it. 

Be patient. 

Love your skin. 

xxJoannaxx

The 411 on Oil Cleansing

Slickity Rickity

 

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Warning: Your mind might be blown after reading this blog post.

Oil ..on .. your face. Oil on your face? OIL ON YOUR FACE.

Oil cleansing is when you deliberately rub oil all over your face for an extended period of time, with hope that it will take off all of the makeup and dirt. Leaving behind a fresh faced babe.

Could it be true? Could it be possible? Could it be ethical? Could it be morally responsible?

Answer to all- one big fat yes.

The lowdown- Most people, if not everyone, is skeptical at the thought of this. But it actually makes a lot of sense – like attracts like, so oil dissolves oil.

The oil you rub on your skin dissolves the oil on your skin that has become hardened with impurities and stuck in your pores. Gross, but true.

This method is really good for the skin; it’s not drying and doesn’t strip the skin of it’s natural oil, which then keeps the oil production balanced because the skin doesn’t have to overcompensate.

Some may have a ‘purging’ period, but that’s only because all of the impurities are being brought to the surface. The purging period can last up to a couple weeks, but if it continues past that you should stop using that oil.

Some people have more sensitive skin than others, so an oil that one person uses to cleanse may cause the other person to breakout. This is where you just need to be patient and get to know your skin. If you do think you have sensitive skin, use an oil that has a low comedogenic rating.

 

How to Oil Cleanse- 

Pour about a quarter size amount onto clean hands and massage onto dry skin. Use smooth, circular strokes, and massage for about 1-2 minutes.

Place a washcloth under really hot water, wring it out, and then place onto face. This will create steam and remove the oil and it’s impurities. Keep washcloth on the skin until it cools, repeat if necessary.

And there ya have it- Is your mind totally blown?

An easy, simple, natural way to cleanse the skin. Take care of your face, you only have one!

 

xxJoannaxx

What Exactly Is a Toner, Anyway?

And Why Is It So Important?

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Toner is a term becoming more widely used in the skin care world. But there are many people that don’t understand what a toner actually is. Let alone why it is an important step for anyone’s skin care routine.

skin toner or simply toner refers to a lotion or wash designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores, usually used on the face.”  wikipedia

Benefits of using a Toner

Shrinks Pores– Because toners wipe up every last bit of makeup, dirt, water, oil on your face, your pores naturally shrink because they are completely clean

Moisturizes Skin– Toners are humectants – fancy word for they bind to water molecules, which moisturizes your face

Enhances Effect of Serums/Moisturizer– If you haven’t properly cleansed, whatever you layer on your skin won’t penetrate it as effectively. As stated before, a toner gets up every last bit of dirt, so you can be sure that you’re face is clean and ready to absorb those nutrient rich serums.

Balances PH of skin– Our skin has a natural PH balance between 5 and 6, but cleansers and water disrupt that PH balance. A toner brings that skin back to it’s natural PH state.

How To Use

  1. After cleansing, simply spray onto a cotton round and wipe your face. Then follow up with a serum or moisturizer!
  2. You can also spray it on whenever you feel your face needs a little ‘pick-me-up.’ It instantly adds a nice glow.

Reminder–  As always, you should make sure you are buying a good quality toner. Most conventional toners are full of alcohol and chemicals that dry out your skin, which is the opposite of what a toner should do. Find a toner that has a base of rose water or alcohol-free witch hazel as these are natural astringents and moisturizers.

So now you know and are hopefully convinced why a toner is essential to any beauty routine!

xxJoannaxx

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You Need to Throw Out That Cotton Pillowcase- ASAP

Why You Need A Silk/Satin Pillowcase

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I know, I know, this sounds unnecessarily luxurious and expensive. But it really isn’t- and the benefits far outweigh the small cost.

 

We all know how great sleep is for skin, right? I mean, not just for skin, really the whole body, but you can really tell by the skin how well you’re sleeping. The recommended amount of sleep is 7-9 hours. So how is it that even when we do sleep that much, we still wake up lookin’ rough as all get out?

Of course there can be many causes, but a main culprit is your cotton pillowcase!

Cotton is so rough that it dries out our hair and skin! It causes friction which can also lead to spreading bacteria over your pillowcase. Never woulda thought it, huh?

Well, it’s true. The key is to buy a satin or silk pillowcase.

Both satin and silk are extremely gentle on the skin and hair. It reduces those fine lines and wrinkles caused when sleeping, and it prevents any frizz or breakage on our precious hair.

They’re pretty inexpensive too-

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Sweet Dreams my Lovelies!

 

xxJoannaxx