Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Simplest At Home Remedy; Oatmeal for Acne!

As someone who has skin that breaks out really easily, I love it when I find a natural remedy for my sensitive skin that doesn't break it out.

What is it?
Recently I've discovered oatmeal.
It’s something I can’t stand to eat, but trust me if you wash your face with this you’ll be amazed by the results. Earlier this week I had a really bad break out across my forehead. I washed my face morning and night with the oatmeal and it was gone within 2 days.
It left my face super soft, and reduced the redness and soreness of my spots after just 1 wash.

How do I do it?
The way I do it is simply take about a tablespoon of oatmeal in your hand. Run a little water over it and squeeze gently until it is mushy and the water coming from it looks milky.
Rub it all over your face (avoiding the eye area) and gently wash it off with water. Pat your face dry with a towel.
Check out this video from Bubz’ Beauty on Youtube if you’re unsure.

You can follow up with your usual toner & moisturizer if needed. I use salt water toner and Simple Light Moisturizing Lotion

NB: You can mix more at one time, and including baking soda or sea salt in the paste (for a face mask)  if your acne is really bad, but I do not do this so I cannot provide an exact recipe for it or vouch for the results.

How does it work?
  • It helps absorb some facial oils – making it less greasy,
  • gently exfoliates the skin – leaving your face softer and more radiant with less redness
  • It has the ability to relieve itching, moderately dry/ irritated skin .
Why should I use natural remedies?
It’s so much better to use natural remedies;
  • They’re usually SO much cheaper
  • There are no harsh chemicals which might irritate your skin
  • You probably already have the ingredients at home

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014; Living With Simplicity,Intention, Joy

I took a lot of time reflecting over 2013 especially in the last few weeks and the first week of this year.
I feel like last year I had a lot of intentions, but that I lacked the drive to follow through on commitments I had made to myself. It was an 'easier' year than the previous few, and I was sad to see it go, but also kind of happy for the new year.
A lot of big things happened in my life, like sitting my first exams and going to college.I even turned 18, which I feel calls for some changes.

This year I decided to have not one, but 3 words to live by, like you can see above. 

This year I want to work on making all my actions intentional. I feel like a lot of the time I do things just for the sake of them and I want to really take a look at my motives and make sure that every action I make in the following year is beneficial to me and helps me to grow as a person, because let's face it - I need to grow.I also really want to take out things that I let negatively impact me, making my life so much simpler.

I want to really focus on the things that make me happy this year. 
My Friends, Family, Relationships, Blog, Faith and my Health

The main things that I've 'Resolved' To do this year is to work harder, simpler and be happier.

I want to lose some weight but I realized that I can't do that unless I change my overall lifestyle. I've been working out for a while, but recently I was selected to participate in a 12 month program for free which will totally help me to remain accountable and help to make sure I keep focused on my health, not only to get a 'dream body' but to get fitter over all

Also I'm intending to give up one of my vices a month. For example I really love soda and putting salt on my food as well as chocolate, so for the month of January I'm giving up carbonated beverages, February is salting my food and so on. I'll also be posting about it on pinterest some graphics, so keep on the look out. It seems like a really manageable way to cut down!

I both attended bible study classes last year and did my own online/separate studies. This year I want to really commit to this more and try to apply it more to my life, rather than just trying to remember phrases, as I've found it really does make me feel so much better.

As an only child I've always been quite selfish. To be honest I'm still not too keen on sharing, which is why this year I want to make a conscious effort to overall be nicer, kinder and to not get as mad over small things. I can be really unreasonable and anti-social at times, so over the year I want to socialize more, go on more dates with R, and create more family time. I forget it sometimes, being a hermit and all, but sometimes we all need that 'face-to-face' time.

I want to resume blogging 3-5 times weekly on this blog for the whole year. Last year I tried posting every day and I kept it up from May - August or so, but it can be draining. I want to not be as hard on myself, but still put in the time to make valuable online friendships and put quality content out there on a regular basis.

other smaller things:

watch 52 movies
read a book a month
take more photos
go on a picnic
go to the beach once a month