How To Reduce Waste in Your Beauty Routine

Waste Not but Want A Lot

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I’m sure you’ve become increasingly aware that humans produce a lot of trash. With plastic alone, we produce 300 million tons per year! Just plastic waste! It’s a sad, sad story, but we do have the ability to change the ending. Instead of adding to the thousands of landfills, or filling the ocean with toxic chemicals and plastic… there are simple, yet extremely effective ways to simplify your routine and making it more eco friendly. Reducing waste doesn’t mean only using soap and water, you can still have your beautifully indulgent beauty routine, it just helps to be aware of what your actions cost, and ways to change that.

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All of That Cotton

You need to remove that makeup, right? You need to wipe off excess soap and toner.. right? But you don’t want to ruin your towels… right? All of those cotton rounds and pads.. used once and then thrown away! What a waste. Now, I’m not saying to forgo your routine, but simply start using reusable, washable cotton rounds instead! Not only will you reduce your trash, but you’ll also never have to remember stock up while at the store or have to come into contact with those gross chemicals found in regular cotton balls like dioxins! I really love this brand!! They’re actually made of bamboo fiber, which is even better than cotton.

Time for the Blue Bin

All of that packaging down the tube.. to the trash compactor.. to the landfill. Such a shame. Did you realize you could be recycling that plastic? Look to the package/bottle for a little cycle symbol with a number inside of it. That’s your signal to put it with the recycling instead of the trash! You can also make the conscious decision to purchase glass products, that way you can reuse them afterwards, or of course recycle.

Maybe You Don’t Need That

We can get caught up in the mindset of retail obsession- “I need, I really really need that. and I need it now!” We often scoop something up that sounds amazing, looks super cool, smells divine, heard a friend rave about it, saw it while window shopping online, etc. Whatever the excuse is- you bought something you didn’t need, and now you’ve somehow ended up with a massive amount of skincare or makeup that you barely even use- it’s just taking up space. I encourage you to go through your beauty cabinet and makeup bag and get rid of those things that aren’t bringing you any good, simply taking up space. Not only will this help your amount of waste, but it will also help de-clutter your mind. Simultaneously keep in mind when you feel you need to refill an item, check your inventory and decide if you can use something else that you already own.

Shave It Off

Ladies, I am right there with ya with the pain of having to constantly shave. It’s a consistent problem that never quite gets resolved unless you’re able to afford laser hair removal. We shave so much, but if we use those disposable plastic razors we are adding thousands of razors to the landfill every year. The solution? Spend a little extra on a reusable stainless steel razor. You will spend less on the replacement blades, and it works just as well! This product is a great option for men and women!

Pearly Whites

We’re supposed to replace our toothbrush every three months, but do you realize how much plastic that amounts to? It’s kind of disgusting. Instead of buying your regular drugstore tooth brush, this time try a bamboo toothbrush. They’re all natural so they’re free of gross chemicals found in plastic, plus they’re biodegradable! A super simple way to reduce your beauty routine waste. I love this one.

So you see, it’s not so difficult to be a little eco friendly! Reducing waste is good for you and the environment! Hope you find these tips useful.

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xxJoannaxx

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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

How To Protect Your Hands From Sun Damage

Your Hands will be forever in your favor

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We all know that the sun is great, but all of that sun exposure comes at a cost. You may love lookin’ bronzed and beautiful, but without proper protection you will end up with wrinkles, sun spots, sagging skin, and maybe even skin cancer!

You’ve heard me say it a million times, and I’m sure you’ve read it a million times more – ALWAYS put sunscreen on your face. Check this blog post for why.

BUT… While you’re taking care of your face, neck, and décolletage… you’re forgetting about one important thing- your hands.

the backs of your hands.

Plastic Surgery gives women the ability to take tens of years off their face, but you can always really tell how old a woman is by her hands.

The skin on our hands is actually pretty thin, similar to that on our face. And when you think about it, your hands are always in the front line of battle. Whenever you’re outside, driving, walking.. those hands have seen the light of day- every day of your life.

So of course we say, oh! Just put sunscreen on them– religiously because you’re going to wash your hands and inevitably wash off the sunscreen. I’ve tried this.. and I’ll tell you right now I do not have the willpower to constantly think about/obsess over my hands. It’s just not gonna happen. I’ll either forget about it entirely, or only do it once.

But may I please have the honor of introducing you to my most ingenious discovery yet–

SPF HAND GLOVES.

These things are the BOMB. Not only do they provide adequate sun protection, but they are fingerless, have grip on the bottom, and they can never get “washed off”! Plus I kinda feel like a badass while wearing them- driving gloves? very cool.

These ones are probably designed for those who participate in outdoor activities; biking, kayaking, etc. But your girl is using them for driving. Being in Florida where it’s sunny all the time, my hands are always getting some sun on them.

But you know I’ll also use them for anytime I’m outside for an extended period of time!

I’m really excited about these, and for 25 bucks I think they are a really great investment for you to age well.

Remember, the goal is not to avoid aging. Because that’s impossible. It’s simply to have the knowledge of how to age wisely.

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xxjoannaxx

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Ingredient Spotlight Series: Hemp Oil

Hippie’s Skin Care

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Now, now, don’t get all crazy on me. I’m not here taking a stand on the cannabis movement, I’m just trying to tell you about this really awesome, light, highly absorbable, non-comedogenic oil. For my fellow ladies out there who break out easily or have oily skin- this is the oil for you. I have used Hemp Oil for years so I’m pretty much an expert.

“Hemp oil or hempseed oil is obtained by pressing hemp seeds. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to clear light green in color, with a nutty flavor.”  Wikipedia

Unlike cannabis oil, Hemp Oil only contains trace amounts of THC so it won’t alter your state of mind or anything. just your skin.

Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

  • Hemp Oil has the ability to penetrate the inner layers of the skin, promoting healthy cell growth.
  • The fats/lipids contained in hemp oil are actually extremely similar to the ones found in our own skin, making it a super effective moisturizer. Because it absorbs so easily, it beefs up the protecting agent our skin needs.
  • Increases elasticity, giving that beautiful glow to dull, dry, tired skin.
  • Will reduce redness from irritation caused from acne and psoriasis.
  • Helps eliminate oily skin by effectively bringing the skin back to balance.
  • It contains a wide variety of supplements; vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorous.
  • Super high in antioxidants, which slows down aging and cell damage.

How to Use Hemp Seed Oil for Skin

Oil Cleanser:  I have found that Hemp oil is a great oil cleanser on it’s own. I pour a little bit into my hand and rub it in tiny circles with my fingers all over my face. I then put a hot washcloth over my face, steam for a bit, then repeat the whole process. Then follow up with your typical routine.

Skin Moisturizer: Yes it is a miraculous oil for moisturizing, but I have found through experience that this pretty green machine will STAIN. clothes, pillowcases, sheets, covers, etc. I don’t recommend using this alone.

TIPS: Hemp Oil is a sensitive one, so it needs to be kept in the fridge. For best quality, buy organic, unrefined, cold pressed. Like this one.

I encourage you to hop on that Hemp train!

xxJoannaxx

DIY Hydrating & Exfoliating Lip Scrub

Lippity Bippity BOP: Pretty Lips For You

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If you read my previous blog post here, you will know that exfoliation is one of the key steps to keeping your lips “kissable.” Constantly unveiling new, young cells keeps the lips from looking old and dull. You can of course buy a lip scrub like this one, but it can be much cheaper (and more fun) to make your own!

So whether you’re ballin’ on a budget, or an artsy fartsy type– here’s a simple yet effective recipe for your lips:

DIY Luscious Lip Scrub 

Ingredients: 

1 TBS Oil (coconut, almond, olive, any oil works!)

2 TBS Sugar (white, brown, coconut, etc)

Small Glass Container With Lid

Optional: Two Drops Of Your Preferred Essential Oil ( I like Peppermint, it’s so invigorating!)

Directions: 

Mix oil and sugar, then the essential oils, and blend! If you want to make a larger batch, keep the same ratio 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar. These also make great gifts!

TIP: if you want, you can make a much larger batch and actually use it on your body as a body scrub! Just NOT your face, the manual exfoliation is way too harsh for your gentle skin.

And that’s it! Super super simple, and cost effective.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your lips nice and pretty?

 

xxjoannaxx

 

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#1 Rule For Healthy Aging

Sun- Friend or Foe? or Frenemy?

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Just because it’s winter and grey and cloudy and cold.. DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD STOP WEARING SUNSCREEN. you need it all year long. And lemme tell you why:

The sun is great, it’s one of my best friends. I love the sun. I love the heat, I love the bright sunshine, I love being able to wear shorts and tank-tops and pretty dresses, I love being able to be outside. I love the sun.

BUT.

Your skin and the sun, however, aren’t as close. They kind of have this love/hate relationship. But it’s kind of one way deal because the sun, as far as I know, doesn’t really care about anyone.

But I digress.

Your skin needs the sun because it provides the best form of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is extremely important for your overall health; increased brain function, better sleep, regulating hormones, reducing depression, enhancing immune system, etc. It also can help PREVENT certain forms of skin cancer with certain, safe exposure to UVB rays. Sun exposure can also help with certain skin diseases such as acne and psoriasis, by enhancing skin barrier functions.

So I’m not saying to stay inside away from all forms of sunlight, your body obviously needs the sun to stay alive. They key here is to be smart about your sun exposure.

The #1 way to stay safe is sunscreen.

Too much sun can cause a whole host of problems:

  • Age spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Loss of collagen
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Cancer

Sunscreen is especially important. But make sure you’re buying sunscreen with the physical barrier, and not chemical. Zinc oxide and the like provide a physical barrier on your skin, so the rays actually bounce off. Whereas a chemical sunscreen actually sinks into your pores… gross.

And as always, always buy non-toxic products. If you buy a sunscreen full of chemicals, you may actually cause skin cancer. (Which is so ridiculous.)

Here are my recommended favorites:

Face- Josh Rosebrook Tinted Spf 

Body- Badger SPF 30 unscented, tinted

Let us now take on this winter with perfect, sunscreened skin.

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xxjoannaxx

 

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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Lemon Juice On Your Face

When Life Gives You Lemons..

Squeeze It Onto Your Skin? 

Using lemons in beauty care has been been practiced for a very long time. Women use it to lighten their skin and hair, treat breakouts, cleanse skin, etc. This may have worked to some extent, but with new studies, we now know NOT put lemon juice onto our skin. And for good reasons:

 

Why You Should Keep Lemon Off Of Your Face:

  • Highly Acidic. Lemon juice has a PH of 2, and when applied, it immediately disrupts the skin’s acid mantle causing a ton of irritation on a cellular level.
  • Phototoxic. The oils in citrus can cause burns and rashes because they make your skin more sensitive to sun rays.
  • Unknown Strength of Treatment. The citric acid varies from fruit to fruit, so you can’t quite know how strong of a treatment you’re applying to your face.

There are, unfortunately, a lot of articles still going around today promoting the use of lemons on the skin. But hopefully this blog post will open your eyes and keep you from potentially really harming your skin. Keep the lemons in your water, you’ll achieve a much better result from internal use than external.

 

Lemonade for Everyone!

 

xxJoannaxx

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