Let’s Get Handsy

Love, a question for you here…when is the last time you pampered and said thank you to your hands? I know, its ok…we can change that today! With a few steps, your hands can be shown some love, care, and appreciation for all that they do and touch!

Did you know that the skin on your hands is thicker than on any other part of your body? It’s thicker because your hands are used in so many ways daily that require that added layer of protection by way of the skin. Those daily tasks can stress and strain your hands, which is why it is so important to show them some love and appreciation in all that they do.

Exfoliate

One of the simplest and rewarding ways to show your hands some love is…EXFOLIATION! Exfoliation helps stimulate the blood flow, removes dead skin buildup, and gives you the opportunity to get some self love time in with yourself. I recommend that this simple process be done at least once a week making sure you follow up with a hydrating body or hand cream making sure to massage it into all areas of the hands making sure not to forget the nail area, so don’t forget those cuticles.

Hydrate

Moisturizing your hands is a crucial act needed for optimal hand health. That why it is important to add back in the hydration that it looses through those many daily tasks that we do every second of the day. Our hands can dry out quickly because of the amount of motion and action that they are engaged in. This action requires an added level of care and attention. For myself, after I wash my hands I make sure that I am using a hydrating hand cream and massage it into my hands, which also helps with circulation a bit. I also use a body butter on my hands at night before I go to bed for an added boost of repair and hydration while I sleep.

What Ya Need

There is no need spend a lot of money on a scrub if you have the following ingredients in your kitchen. Sugar in the raw, the only reason that I keep it in stock is for body care treatments, and coconut oil, is always on hand because it does so much in and out of the kitchen. Added bonus ingredients is cinnamon, lemon juice, or essential oils of choice.

1/4 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

Hydrating Hand Lotion or Body Butter

Select One Option Below:

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 Lemon Zested and Juiced

10-20 drops Essential

What Ya Do

  • Mix all ingredients together in a glass container, and store in a glass jar with a lid.
  • Allow to set up in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Once setup using a table spoon, spoon out a spoon full into the palm of your hand.
  • Using your hands massage the scrub gently over all areas of your hands. I suggest doing this over a sink so it catches any fall out.
  • Do this motion for about a minute, being sure that you are gentle in pressure.
  • Rinse off using cool water.
  • Apply hand lotion or body butter to your hands massaging the lotion into your hands.

While doing the massaging motions I like to say thank you to my hands for all that they do, and how much I appreciate them for that. Mindful appreciation is important to do, honoring the amazing parts of our body that carry us around each and every day.

Exercise

Another important hand care is to stretch them out, to release some of the tension and heal some of the abuse caused through out daily lives. As an esthetician, I use my hands as part of my practice so I have a routine that I go through to release and relax my hands from the daily use that I can put them through. It is imperative that I do my hand exercises as they are my main tools. A useful guide that I found is something that any everyone should be doing daily, if not several times a day. This article is geared towards those with arthritis, but I say anyone with hands can benefit from these exercises. Check out the eight hand exercises here–>Take Me To Article.

Hands are one of the top neglected parts of the body, that fall into skin care category. I care deeply about hand health and know the importance of care and treatment, through my own daily practice needs. We use them every second of the day on some capacity. It is up to us to be sure that we are taking care of them and showing them much needed love!

Much Love, Nic

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Heart Touchy

Hi loves! I was asked about the types of people that warm my heart. Thinking about that question really made me feel the need to highlight these amazing human beings and make me want to champion for their existence in this world.  They have an amazing heart space that deserves to be honored for giving the world more love, kindness and compassion.  A WIN in my book!

#1 Altruistic Champions

I am always amazed at those people who live their lives, I mean their whole existence, focused on helping others.  The ability to make yourself the focus of how you can help someone else.  It is not about them and never will be except the thought of how can I help others that are in need of something for a better quality life.  They understand the impact championing for other people can have and the domino affect that has on the world around us all.  When you exist better, you do better and you are able to give in return to help someone else.       

#2 Open-minded Audacity

To be bold enough to be open to the thoughts outside of your own reality and life experiences.  This quality is something that the world could benefit from with more people like this.  It is an ideal that is based on existing and operating in a place of love, of being able to consider other opinions, thoughts, and lifestyles that are so different from what you may know or can even comprehend.  To be humble enough to not allow your mind to keep you from considering other peoples existence here as not worthy or purposeful because it it is outside of who you are.  

#3 Unapologetic Uniqueness

I love to see my fellow unicorns out there that are okay with dancing to the beat of their own drum with not one care if others can hear the music that they are dancing to in order to understand why you are moving at that rhythm, beat and timing.  You give no cares about others and their understanding of how and why you are the way you are.  You love the way that they were designed to be and by doing so you unknowingly encourage others to embrace themselves as well.  

#4 Not Taking Self Seriously

When you are able to exist from a place of not taking yourself seriously, you have my heart!  Not one single person is so important that they are more valuable than the other.  When you are in a heart space of not taking things seriously you are more open to not taking every life moment as an end all and be all.  You realize that perfection does not exist and do not seek to obtain the unobtainable.  You are better equipped to handle those bumps along the road with grace and humor not allowing it to take you out of the game because you realize that it could be worse and focus on what you can do about it without allowing it to consume you.  Not one person is perfection and for those that know it and able to laugh at their short falls without taking it seriously, I see you and love it.  

#5 Passionately Life Living

We all have seen people who have an unwavering zeal for experiencing the many things that they can within their life, or maybe this is who you are.  You aren’t afraid to try new things, or if you are embracing that, fear is the task at hand along the path towards achievement.  You truly live every moment as if it is the last moment on this earth.  Celebrating the small things in life right along with the big things, because every accomplishment is an achievement that deserves to be celebrated.  You are living your life on purpose and that becomes part of your book of life that you are writing each day on earth.

If you are one or a few of the above, you have won my heart.  My love and support is yours to have, as you are a person that encourages me to come from a place of being open, leading more with love.  You all are important to the world and the balance that is needed to provide solitude and peace to those in need.  You seek to challenge the conventional thoughts that we sometimes have that prevents us from seeing that there are realities outside of our little worlds.  Encouraging that there is nothing to be afraid of from others as long as they are coming from that loving heart space, they seek not to harm but to encourage more love.  There can never be too much love in the world, it is the only thing that can help soothe the pains and start the healing process from experiencing the moments of living life.  

Much Love, Nic

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After Workout Skincare Must Haves

Feeding You Friday Fit With Nic focused today on my workout skincare must haves!  When people find out that I am an esthetician the questions come rolling in and I don’t mind at all.  I can tell that these are questions that they have been just longing to ask and not a single soul to ask it to.  One question that I got asked the other day from a fitness professional was what are some of my workout skincare bag must haves.  Ask, and ye shall receive, here are my top three products that are in my gym bag these days!

Oยฒ Calming Gel by Le Mieux Product Link

โ€‹โ€‹Why I literally carry this around with me is that it is all natural containing 18 botanical extracts that immediately relieve skin irritation, burning, stinging, and redness, leaving skin calm, soothed, and moisturized.  If your skin is experiencing any of these sensations after a workout, this will help!  I slather a thing layer on after washing my face and will leave it there far after it has calmed my skin down.  I also use this is my treatments for micro-current and if clients are experiencing any irritation during or post treatment.  This is perfect for bug bites, as I can attest given how I am mosquito magnet for some odd reason.

Pure Goat Milk Face Wipes by Beekman 1802  Product Link

โ€‹โ€‹This are a must for me.  They give me a quick solution to removing sweat, while cooling the skin down at the same time.  This is perfect if you are not somewhere you can wash your face.  Formulated with goat milk, CoQ10, cucumber extract, contains no alcohol and fragrance free.  The perfect formulation for senstivie skin types, which most people skin is compromised past work out in some way, so be gentle you must and these help with the gentle formulation.  They cleanse, calm and hydrate the skin all at the same time.

Hot Vegan Probiotic and Spice Rehab Mask by Pacifica Product Link

โ€‹โ€‹This face mask gives my skin a pick me up when I just feel like it has been abused from my intense workouts that I do from time to time.  The formulation is what it is all about for me too.  It is fortified with probiotics which are the good bacteria that feed the body in amazing ways, white willow bark which is calming, and coconut water, hydrating and cooling.  It just gives your skin a boost that it needs to kick it into gear to do what it already knows how to do, it just aids it in the process a bit.

As you will notice about these items is that they are all calming, soothing, and boosting to the skin.  They help to bring the skin back down from it’s heated sometimes irritated state.  Remember that it is important to move your body but also important to be aware of how it affects all areas of your body and your face is one of those area for awareness.  Show it some love and care, after all it was right there with you while your were getting your workout on.

Much Love, Nic ๐Ÿ’—

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Hidden Veggie Anti-Inflammatory Soup

Hi loves! How are you doing…hope you are happy and well!? I wanted to talk about the root cause of many illnesses due in large part to the bodies inflammatory response to the foods and not so real foods that many of us eat. This inflammation response is important to note because of the affects that this response has in relation to causing disease in the body. Some of the most common diseases that are associated with this inflammatory response are heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.

With the powerful healing powers of food I thought I would share a really delicious soup that is good for your taste buds and also our bodies. The ingredients used where selected with the anti-inflammation benefits to the body. Making it perfect for being waist line friendly as well as doing a body good in supporting with healing soothing food.

What Ya Need

  • 2 Red Bell Peppers chopped
  • 1/2 Medium Red Onion chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 cups Broccoli florets and steams chopped
  • 1 1/2-2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 TBS Fresh Marjoram chopped
  • 1 TBS Avocado oil

What Ya Do

  • Heat the avocado oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add red peppers to pan and let cook and blister, so no turning for at least 5 minutes.
  • Turn peppers after 5 minutes and allow to cook an additional 5 minutes on other side.
  • Add onions, garlic, marjoram, and broccoli to pan, stirring to combine.
  • Cook until everything has soften, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before proceeding to next step.
  • Add everything from the pan to the blender.
  • Add vegetable broth and blend until combined, adding more until the preferred consistency is reached.
  • Return to pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • You can heat through or you can actually refrigerate and eat cold.

Why These Ingredients

Red Bell Peppers: contains quercetin which is an antioxidant that reduces the oxidative damage caused by free radicals in the body, that lead to an inflammatory response. I also want to note that peppers are nightshade vegetables that in some people can actually irritate and cause inflammation. A prime example of the need to listen to your body, and how one persons medicine can be another persons poison. I know for myself I find that they are soothing and feel good for me when and after I eat them.

Red Onion: contains quercetin a flavonoid that has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties, that can prevent the release of histamine. Histamine release is the bodies natural response towards inflammation. This food as medicine food item helps fight against response.

Vegetable Broth: made with root vegetables that are grounding and provide the body with the needed nutritional support for optimal immune, organ, and bodily function. Be sure to choose the low or no sodium version as too much salt can actually trigger an inflammatory response. That is the opposite of what we want to happen, when focusing on eating food as medicine foods.

Broccoli: contains an antioxidant sulforaphane that has amazing anti-inflammatory effects. As you may know, antioxidants help with free radicals that cause cellular damage that leads to an inflammatory response within the body. Antioxidants neutralize these damaging effects, making broccoli the perfect food as medicine food item.

Garlic: contains diallyl disulfide, which is an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of triggering inflammatory cytokines. Cytokines are responsible for regulating the inflammatory response and work with the immune system regulating the response to disease. Garlic helps stop this triggering response of cytokines.

Marjarom: contains high levels of Vitamin-C which is a powerful natural anti-oxidant that helps remove harmful free radicals from the body that can cause inflammation.

Avocado Oil: helps aid in the absorption of nutrients with the other ingredients being low in fat. This is important to be sure that the powerful nutrients profile and makeup of the foods being consumed are able to be adsorbed into the body in order to receive the full benefits of those anti-inflammatory ingredients.

As with all the recipes that I create, I choose ingredients that are plant based and humanely grown and curated items. This is important for me and I always encourage people to make adjustments based on their specific dietary needs and goals. You become what you feed yourself so it is even that much more important to be aware of when you are in need of the true healing properties of food. Remember that when inflammation is continual with no perceived benefit to the body it causes damage and causes dis ease in the body leading to illness and disease.

Much Love, Nic

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For Great Skin You Gotta Have A Routine

If you want to have great skin you have to have a routine. Skin care just like life care is cumulative. The more you do on a consistent basis will show! Yes, I know the question HOW popped into your head! For the sake of the cumulative affect on your skin I have an answer for you. Start at the most basic of levels when it comes to creating a skin care routine that works for you now. Here are a few general recommendations to get you started on the right path broken down for morning needs and then evening needs.

Note: This is just a basic routine to help you get use to the foundational basics needed to build upon and with those in mind who don’t or do have a routine for their skin.

Morning Routine Needs

Here is the thing about coming up with YOUR morning routine. It is something that you have to do for how your skin looks each morning you wake up. There will be some days you may feel the need to wash your face and others you just simply rinse with water or use a konjac sponge like I love using in the morning.

  1. Cleanse– Only if needed, simply rinsing your face off with warm or cool water may be all your skin needs first thing in the morning. If for some reason you need to actually wash your face I always recommend using a gentle cleanser nothing too harsh.
  2. Hydrate – Based on your skin type needs now is the time to add some hydration to your skin. If you have dry skin a cream may be your best option where as those with oilier skin types a light moisturizing lotion type will suffice if anything at all. Sometimes the next step provides you with the needed hydration for oily and normal skin types so see how it feels on your skin and adjust accordingly.
  3. Sun Protect – Every person that has skin needs that added level of sun protection exposure through applying a SPF. It doesn’t matter if you can’t see the sun, it is a rainy or cloudy day. The sun rays are still making there way through the rains and clouds. If it is daytime apply sun protection of some sort.

Evening Routine Needs

The evening time is focused about removing the day from your face from makeup, oil, dead skin, dirt and debris. It is also the perfect time to allow your face time to recuperate from the day that it was exposed to. There is the addition of

  1. Cleanse – This is a step that can change so many peoples skin in such amazing ways. Use a cleanser that is formulated for your face and your skin type. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use body wash or bar soap! It is not formulated for the more delicate layers of skin on your face.
  2. Second cleanse – If you wear long lasting makeup I always recommend doing a second cleanse to be sure that you breakdown the ingredients that give makeup its staying power. Remember that you are removing products and day time exposure build up that may be sitting in and on top of our pores. Your skin needs time to just be and just breathe so DON’T skip this step.
  3. Hydration – I’m going to be honest…sometimes the effort of being sure that your skin in clear and free of mostly the things we willingly put on our skin. You got to add back in that hydration that may have been stripped through removing mostly those Oils and Creams.

So there you have he basics to get you started down that path of great healthy skin. Healthy skin starts with the basics and this guide on what to do when should help in achieving just that.

Much Love, Nic

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Strong Timing

Hello, my loves! As I have been working on fine tuning what my life plan looks like for the next ten years the one thing that has come up is the importance of time management.  We only have so many hours in the day and how you choose to use that time to the fullest.  When you map out your goals and dreams and the requirements you gain more clarity about what is needed to accomplish each day to move you towards marking those things as achieved.  With that comes the need, the requirement for time management.

Each day I am mindful when I am engaging in various tasks and conversations if this is the best use of my time and if not, disengage mode is initiated.   I have been practicing this fully for the last 60 days and when I say the level of accomplishing tasks has been on fire, wow, who knew!  As we all know that when we prove that something works that gives us what we want we keep up with it, well at least it does for me.

When you are aware of each thing that you do throughout the day from working on a project, working out, to having conversations with people, you become more aware of the time these things require and if they are worthy of your time and end goal for the day.  You start to do a quick mind analysis of what you currently are engaging with each moment of the day as needed.  You learn to walk away from conversations that are not productive, you make lists of things that need to be done with by when dates and times, and you plan time each day for the things that must get done no matter what.

I promise you that when you are mindful of your actions and engagement with your time you hold yourself accountable for what you have on your lists of things that you want to accomplish.  With that comes an active time set aside and honored for chasing those big, at times scary, but so worth it DREAMS!  Which is the purpose that so many of us seek out, a more purposefully lived and happier life existence.  

This is my strong stance on the importance of being mindful throughout your day and how you are using your time wisely.  So take the time to think about what you want to accomplish, what that looks like time commitment wise every day.  When you make a plan, you set yourself up for success.  I mean who doesn’t want to have that feeling of doing something that you wanted and seeing it come to pass, yeah enjoy those fruits, you earned it.  I can honestly say that it works, look I wrote a new blog post because I put in effort to set aside the time needed to do so…#Goals

Much Love, Nic

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How To Simply Move It More At Work

Hello loves! How are you doing with moving your body each and every day? Yeah, I know it can be the hardest thing to do sometimes but let me tell you that every little bit helps. You just have to have a plan of action and that starts with some suggestions for consideration and to try out. Here are a few ways that I myself know works to get in some movement time while stuck at work.

Climb Those Stairs – Take the stairs instead of the elevator all the way up. If you work on floor 12 work you way up, say to taking at least 2 flights of stairs up. If you are the 3rd floor try to take the stairs all the way up, its only three flights right. The goal is to use your time efficiently and taking the stairs is just that. You have to walk to your desk to start your work day so why not take the path less traveled, or maybe not, you may make a new friend while taking the stairs. Just take it one step at a time, and take your time doing it and overtime you will notice your endurance increase.

Track Your Steps – A pedometer is a great tool that can help you get to moving more because knowing is the start of all great habits. You can get a simple tracker, or you could even use your phone if your phone has that functionality to tack your steps. There are also a ton of really stylish fitness watches that can keep track of every step you take, as well is keeping you stylish and on time for meetings.

Walk It Out – Schedule a daily walk outside, so bring your walking shoes to keep under your desk. If you have a co-worker that you like ask them to join the walking party for an added level of accountability that will help with sticking with it. Try to keep the walking positive with some space for letting it out but be sure to keep it positive and a happy walk. Whether solo or with friend by your side the fresh air and change of scenery will help you be more productive and the perfect mid-day pick me up.

Clean it up – Clean up your desk while standing. Take the time to put things back where they go. File papers away or recycle paper as needed. Wipe down and dust your desk, moving aside everything, getting every neglected area. and dust area by putting things where they go.

So there you have some ways to make sure that you are moving it at work since that is the place that most of us spend most of our days. By adding in a little bit throughout the day it will increase you energy, endurance, which leads to being happier and more productive at work. A win win for everyone involved, so get moving.

Much Love, Nic

Spring Allergy Comforting 5 Ingredient Soup

Hello my loves! Are you being affected by the changes in season with Spring blooming causing you to have allergy related symptoms or issues? I know I live in an area where the allergy season is long and hits hard with all the blooming varieties that are all around.

As a Health Coach I know first hand how food has the power to heal! Today I am going to share with you a 5 ingredient quick fix meal that you will find to not only be healing but soothing, which is what I always seek out during this time of year. I myself have been turning to this easy soup for some much needed post nasal drip relief, which is causing my throat to be more irritated than usual.

What You Need

  • 3/4 cup Mushrooms Sliced Thin
  • 1 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth/Stock
  • 1/4 cup Red Onion Sliced Thin
  • 1 Carrot Sliced Thin
  • 2 tsp Ghee

What You Do

  • Heat 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth to a rolling boil.
  • Place your thinly sliced vegetables and ghee into the bowl that you will be eating from.
  • Slowly pour the vegetable broth over the mushrooms, green onions, and carrots.
  • Allow to sit to soften the vegetables a bit. Usually when it is warm enough to eat without burning your mouth is when the vegetables are at the perfect softness texture.
  • Added bonus is add any herbs that you like and salt and pepper to taste.

Why These Ingredients

So why are these 4 ingredients healing and soothing you ask? Each ingredient is packed full of nutrients that provide that needed support to a healthy functioning body. That fact alone demonstrates their health in healing through eating capabilities. Let’s dive a little deeper in terms of how they’re boosting during this time of year dealing with the symptoms related to high pollen counts, that comes with the blooming into the season.

Studies have found mushrooms are packed with immune-boosting benefits with the ability to boost gut bacteria for good with all their gut friendliness that they contain. With the gut being the hub for your immune system, boosting the productivity with gut friendly mushrooms provides those much healing properties that they contain.

Red onions contain quercetin a flavonoid that has antioxidant and anti-inflammation properties, that can prevent the release of histamine. Allergies naturally cause irritation that is directly connected to an inflammatory response making onion the perfect fighter against those symptoms that are extremely irritating.

Carrots are known for containing vitamin A from beta carotene. Beta-carotene is a powerful plant compound from the carotenoid family of antioxidants. These carotenoids have anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits giving carrots their healing properties.

Vegetable broth is made with root vegetables that are grounding and provide the body with the needed nutritional support for optimal immune, organ, and bodily function. You want to use Organic varieties, low or no sodium version so you can control the amount of salt you are consuming. Too much salt can affect the overall hydration of the body and when you are trying to maintain or increase the health of the body you want to be aware of how what you eat can negatively impact your bodies immune supporting function.

Ghee is considered to be one of the most powerful healing foods in the wellness community and for good reason. Ghee is a healthy fat needed for digestive support in that it aids in the healing process and helps boost various vitamin and minerals found in the other ingredients in order to get the best most healing benefits from them. Added bonus is that is gives the soup a richer flavor profile, so added yum flavor points there!

As with all the recipes that I create, I choose ingredients that are plant based and humanely grown and curated items. This is important for me and I always encourage people to make adjustments based on their specific dietary needs and goals. You become what you feed yourself so it is even that much more important to be aware of when you are in need of the true healing properties of food. I hope this recipe helps in your healing and soothing process that sometimes the change in seasons can cause stress to your body.

Much Love, Nic


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A Spring Skin Woes Guide

Hi loves, and welcome to Spring! For others they have sniffling noses and sneezing spells, but for me it’s all about my skin woes. Spring is official and in full affect and my skin is not a happy camper, at all!  I have such sensitive skin that this time of year with all these trees, flowers, plants and wind blowing around all that’s blooming, that my skin turns into an unhappy hyper-sensitive mess.

As an esthecician I know how to treat my current skin condition, and trust me I am super vigilant to avoid a huge hyper-pigmentation mess that it can become.  It’s hard to avoid having a reaction of some sort unless I stay in doors for the next three months, and yeah that’s not happening. I like to enjoy the comfortable warmth of the weather changes before the hotter than hot summer months approach and then that’s when I stay in doors as much as humanly possible.  In knowing that most don’t and shouldn’t suffer alone, I thought I would share a few suggestions that may help those that may be experiencing the same skin reaction as I’m currently experiencing.

What you first have to understand is that your skin is in a reactive state, environmentally reactive to be specific.  So the products that you reach for, its even more important to know what you are putting on your skin and the potential reaction that it can cause.  For me I tend to reach for products that are organic, vegan, and fragrance free, perfect for skin that is in a more reactive state.  

Why you ask? These type of products don’t usually contain ingredients that may contain chemicals or heavily processed using chemicals or  harsh fragrance added to them which makes them less likely to cause irritation to the skin.  Products that have too many chemicals my irritate sensitized skin, even if you have been using a product line before with no reaction, your skin condition has changed and how you treat it has to change right along with it.  Bottom line is that it’s better to avoid product lines that have the potential to cause irritation to already environmentally sensitized skin. Here are a few items that I reach for that calm the skin and try to minimize the reactive affects of my skin being exposed to the air and all the pollen particles flying in the air.

Cleanser

You want to be sure that you are cleansing and removing from your skin those irritants that may be present that attach to your skin just by going about our day. This is one of the most important steps in the process, especially at night at the end of your day. So choose wisely, and look for a cleanser that does not contain any perfumes, or colorants, and contains soothing ingredients like calendula or aloe, which both calm and soothe the skin upon application. You also want to use a cream cleanser as they are less harsher in the basic formulation compared to other types of cleansers.

The cleanser that I use and one of the most important part of the skin care plan that aids in alleviating the affects from the environment and the reaction that it may be causing to the skin.  The “Seriously Soothing Cleanser Cream” by Acure is the perfect cleanser for skin that is feeling sensitized.  It is a cream cleanser that feels amazing on the skin that has a soothing and cooling affect, without causing further irritation, all while removing the dirt and debris that may be on your skin.

Cleansing Wipes are another item that I carry with me for those times that I just have to cleanse my face because it may be feeling a bit reactive. Carrying these around can be a life saver during this time of year and also serve as a cold compress that will cool the skin down just simply by laying it onto the skin. Again you want to look for wipes that are fragrance free and formulated specifically for comforting or soothing the skin.

The wipes that I love are ones that I have made using my own personal formulation, but since they are not readily I wanted to provide your with ones that I would use if I didn’t have my own creating. They are the Soothing Makeup Free Removal Wipes by Klorane. They are formulated without fragrance, have a pH similar to tears, are biodegradable, and contain cornflower as a main ingredient that is soothing to the skin.

Toner

A must, and carrying one with you will be your go to when you are out an about and have those moments when your face is itching or feeling irritated.  A toner on hand allows for a quick relief to grab quickly by allowing for direct application to the skin to help calm and soothe the skin. It’s like liquid comfort in a bottle!

My product go to is the Soothing Chamomile Tonique by Eminence Organic Skincare. I absolutely love this product, I even use it after my workouts to help calm and soothe that after workout skin reaction. What makes this toner my love, are the well balanced ingredients that this product contains, all organic at that.  Chamomile and aloe are calming and soothing alleviating that itchy and tight sensation. With licorice and lavender both calming skin irritation. Comfrey Root has anti-inflammatory properties that reduces inflammation that is sometimes present due to the skin being irritated, a natural protective barrier function and sometimes unfortunate after effect.  

SPF

Sun Screen has to be on the list for the simple reason that it must always be a part of your skin care regimen.  Ever since I became an esthetician, I’m the sunscreen pusher of sorts.  I mean I can go on for a few minutes about the benefits of sunscreen and how not using it on a daily basis is causing you to age prematurely, yeah cause having wrinkles and creepy skin is all the rage.  Ok, I’ll table for a later post to come real soon, it deserves it’s own post! 

My everyday sunscreen is Sun Shield SPF by MyChelle Dermaceutical.  It is a chemical free sunscreen option that my skin can tolerate, I am reactive to most other sunscreens and it has taken me some time to find a product that I can say I have absolutely no reaction to and this is it.  This sunscreen is a full spectrum sunscreen that is also soothing with aloe ingredients, that is soothing to the skin.  Most importantly is that it protects your skin from the sun, even more important with your skin being in a reactive and potentially delicate state.  

The top layer of your skin may be compromised, exposed, or just in need of additional care and consideration, remember your skin is working on repairing itself, which is why it is reactive.  It feels like it is under attack and it’s fighting hard to win the fight.  So let’s show it some love by giving it some protection, like you would by putting a band aid on a wound to allow it to heal.  That’s what your sunscreen is for your skin, a band aid of protecting and love from the sun.

Go Bare Face

If you are a makeup wearer you may want to consider using a mineral based product line or do as I do, embrace your beautiful skin that is just going through something and just keep it bare with just your moisturizer and sunscreen, and arsenal of helpers at hand.  I know that it is tempting to want to cover up what may be going on, but it may actually cause more harm than good.  Remember what I sad earlier, to use products that do not have a lot of chemicals, dyes and fragrances as they can be irritating, same rule applies with your makeup that you use.  If you have to use makeup then opt for a mineral based makeup line that may be better tolerated by the skin. 

There you have a list of products to gather up for your Spring Skin Care Woes Loving Kit. I understand how frustrating it can be but promise that if you stay vigilante your skin will say thank you in the end. Take some care this season to help your skin get over any woes that it may be experiencing.

Much Love, Nic

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Don’t Look Down…Only Ahead & Up

Hi my loves! What if you just didn’t look down? Never took the time to think about looking down, only looked up and ahead of you? What would happen to you if you did just that? Never thought about how high up you are and the possible danger that lies below? Thought about what it would be like to touch the sky, fly high soaring above in the sky just living your life afraid of nothing but not living? Did I grab your attention…good because we should talk about living the life that you dare dream to live!

I want to talk to day about the importance of looking up and ahead and how when we are focused on what is below us or behind us can keep ourselves stuck, not moving, living or enjoying our lives! So why am I talking about, well writing about, not looking down? Because we limit ourselves living like that in a few ways that may help encourage you to seek looking up and moving ahead so talk about it we must!

You Get To Enjoy The View

When we take the time to enjoy the view that is above there is this instant shift that happens where you experience the world in a unique way. Your perspective shifts and your eyes and mind experience things in a completely different way. Things take on new shapes and colors and shadows shift.

This looking up action also shifts the stress that we sometimes carry in our shoulders, lower back or even in our hearts. This opens that heart-space up a bit wider allowing you to experience things less in your mind but guided through your heart. Allow your heart to guide you and just breathe in a new way while looking up. It’s a great practice to move your body in a different way and this is a great way to get it moving towards looking up!

I challenge you to take the time over the next few weeks and schedule some time to look up. To stop in the most random of places and look up with your whole head, not just your eyes, to enjoy the view that is above you. Really take the time to take in what you are seeing and how you are feeling. This is a great mindfulness practice that allows you to disconnect and just exist in the moment with no thought other than taking in the world around you that is up above.

You Get Inspired Not Terrified

Have you every noticed that if you focus on looking up and not looking down that it helps you to not freak about that fact that you are off the ground. Sometimes when I am high up it helps me to look ahead or just stop and look up at the sky and notice the clouds, the colors that are in the sky or even the weather and how I am experiencing it on my skin. It starts to calm my mind to not think about how high up I am because I am not thinking about that. My mind is focused on what is above me or up ahead.

When you are able to move out of the fear it is lesson to yourself and your mind and body that you can be ok, that you can move past that initial thinking of what lies below. This new thought creates a new reality that you conquered something that was uncomfortable and in that reality it inspires you to be ok with trying it again or something new altogether.

It’s all about focusing on making those tiny little steps and creating those small little shifts that are focused on just that small shift that soon you are able to look at all those small little shifts that you have taken and how they add up to a big change in how you were before.

What is that one place that scares you a bit that you can got to and just look up and ahead to help you embrace that you are capable of existing? Realizing that you will be ok in that space, and that you are more powerful and stronger than you may have ever realized taking on the next challenging experience head on. See how you got this…sometimes we just need those reminders.

Much Love, Nic

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