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

Why You Need to Start Double Cleansing Your Face

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again! 

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Yeah I know, washing your face late at night can be a real pain. And doing a double cleanse can seem even more brutal…..

But hey, before you roll your eyes in disbelief and close the screen, listen to why you actually should have been doing this all along.

You may have noticed that after cleansing, you wipe a cotton round across your face and still see all sorts of residue. .. right?

Well that doesn’t make any sense now does it? After cleansing one’s face should be clean, right?

Well. stop. hold up. 

That’s where double cleansing comes into play! This was originally founded as a korean skin care step; starting with an oil cleanser and then following up with a foaming cleanser. But of course we know better than using those ultra-drying foaming face washes that literally strip everything off your face. So instead of foaming, we can just double up on the oiling (or cream cleanser or even HONEY)!

Double Cleansing Broken Down:

1st Cleanse– Targets and removes the sunscreen and makeup

2nd Cleanse– Cleanses all the grime, dirt and pollution that accumulates on the skin throughout the day

This is my current face washing routine:

  1. Take a dime size amount of Hemp Seed oil and massage it into my skin in little circular movements for a few minutes. You will begin to notice that little balls of dead skin, dirt, and clogged pores coming loose.
  2. Get a clean washcloth super hot, squeeze out the water, steam face until the wash cloth is no longer hot.
  3. Apply Raw Honey to still damp face! You can also combine the honey with essential oils, clay, cinnamon, activated charcoal– literally almost anything.
  4. Leave on for 5-35 minutes, depending on how much time you have. My favorite is to apply the mask before my bath and let my open pores absorb all of the goodness. I can’t tell you how good my skin looks after this- super bright, dewy, tight pores– it’s magic.

Pretty simple, and yet totally revolutionary. I have noticed a difference since starting this, and there’s no way I’m gonna stop now. My skin is softer and cleaner, and it shows.

As always, follow up with a toner and maybe some serums or just a moisturizer. Enjoy that pretty skin, babes.

xxjoannaxx

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

How To Achieve an At Home Spa

Relax- You Deserve It

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I get it, we’re all in the same boat as you. You are tired. Exhausted, rather. There are just constantly so many things piling up, so many responsibilities, so many plans, and just not enough time for you. You may feel guilty for taking time for yourself, or you may not prioritize it. Whatever the reason is— it frankly isn’t good enough.

You are so important. Your mind, body, emotions, all that stuff makes you into the wonderful, lovable person that you are. And when you get stretched too thin, when you’re constantly on the go, that takes a huge toll on your well being. Do you know what a major cause of disease is? Stress. That one letter word that packs one hell of a punch.

 

It is actually a health issue when you don’t take time for yourself. You may not feel the effects now, but eventually your body will just give up. It will break down in order for you to force yourself to take a breather.

But who has time for being sick? Plus it’s not exactly enjoyable.

So how do we avoid this?

You simply just take time for yourself everyday. It doesn’t have to be hours, just something small will do. Whether that’s meditation, watching your favorite show, taking a bath, whatever suits your personal needs. A popular stress relief is the spa. You relax, you get rubbed with all sorts of things, you feel good, you smell good, you’re glowing. Theres really nothing better.

Spas are expensive though. SO you should make your own! It’s quite simple really, you just need a couple things and you’ll immediately feel that tension rolling off your back.

 

  1. Essential Oil Diffuser. This baby is so nice to have around. The whole room will swim in whatever intoxicating scent you choose. Lavender essential oil is a popular one, but there are also many others.
  2. Candles. Oooooo baby. Light the candles, turn the lights off, and enjoy that vibe. Bright lights are super invigorating and stressful, so taking time to be away from them is really beneficial. (When buying candles, make sure to buy the non-toxic kind- such as beeswax.)
  3. Music. If you choose. Some people love a little background music, some people prefer silence. If you are the music type, put on something soft and calming like classical piano or a yoga station. Music will help distract you from all the thoughts and events from the day.

 

Now these are the basics, you can add in a face mask, bath, face massage, really anything that makes you feel good.

So remember to – take time for yourself! You only have one body and mind, so please take care of them.

xxJoannaxx