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Why Exercise is Crucial for Good Skin

Hey guys!

Now that summer is pretty much upon us, I have been dedicating a lot of time to working out. Although it’s great to workout all year long, It’s always so much easier when it’s hot out. It just feels great to break a sweat, kill my workout, and reward myself with a nice cool shower. And then you feel oh so refreshed. ❤

So while exercise has benefited me majorly in terms of physique, it has also been absolutely amazing for my skin. After a couple weeks of steadily working out, I noticed that my skin had a “glow.” Especially when I work out in the morning, which I typically do.

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Working out gets your heart pumping, increasing blood flow, which carries oxygen to your cells. This helps to nourish your skin and promote healthy circulation. Exercise also helps to detoxify your body, flushing away waste and free radicals; you’re basically doing an internal cleanse. So before you jump the gun and do the ever so popular juice cleanse, just try to squeeze in more exercise! You will feel amazing.

In addition, exercising releases endorphins which makes you happy. Happier people stress less. And since stress is one of the main causes of skin issues like acne and eczema, working out can play a great role in helping to alleviate these skin issues. I have noticed that my skin has been much clearer, and softer, and really, what more can you ask for? Good health reflects not only on the inside but on the outside. If you want good skin you need to be aware of what you’re putting inside your body, ensuring that you make healthy choices, get your greens, and move around to get your blood flowing. It makes a huge difference. Skincare alone is not enough.

Even so, you need to ensure that you take care of your skin while exercising to ensure that you don’t make things worse. Don’t wear makeup when you workout (or at least the stuff you put on your face. This means foundation, blush, bronzer and powder. A little mascara won’t hurt) and be sure to shower immediately after you workout to get all that sweat and grime off your skin. If you don’t, you run the risk of clogging your skin.

So the moral of the story is take care of your body and your skin will thank you! 🙂

Love,

Tabitha

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Creams vs. Oils

Hello Lovelies!

As you guys probably know, I have raved about oils in some of my past posts. I do have a few oils that I find exceptional when it comes to moisturizing my skin, especially in the wintertime, however, now that it’s summer, I have found that my skin has been rejecting oils as of late. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I started to have this issue in May where my skin was just not absorbing my much-loved oils. I would apply them to my face in a gentle patting motion after warming the oil between my hands, and it would literally just sit there. So my skin would look oily, but because it wasn’t absorbing, it would still be flaky. Let me tell you, it is not a pretty look. Thinking back, I think that this could be due to the heat. The oil would just feel as though it was cooking on my skin, so needless to say, i went out and bought a cream moisturizer to hopefully help revive my moisture-deprived skin.

And it worked!

Guys, that moment of applying my new cream was magical. It felt so cool and soft, and my skin instantly drank it up. The one I used was an organic vitamin E cream by Dr.Organic. It’s great stuff. Then I tried a sample of the new Vitamin C glow boosting moisture from The Body Shop and that too was amazing. So then to make sure my theory was completely correct, I tried out a few no name brands moisturizers (which are actually really great – you get the same ingredients and similar formulations to high end brands for less) and they too worked much better in comparison to my oils. The website I linked has some great economical moisturizers that work really well.

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All in all, I would say that I definitely prefer moisturizers during hotter temperatures. I don’t think I’m even going to consider adding an oil into my regime until Winter. Even when I was using oils however, I always applied a moisturizer on top, so I would definitely say that my preference lies with creams over oils, especially at this current moment. THat being said, I have a few friends who love using oils all year round. One of my girlfriends is a fan of the infamous Argan Oil, and she loves it even in the summer. It truly just depends on your skin, and whether it tends to go through that hormonal period when the season transition. Some people have the same skin type all year round (lucky them), but many of us have skin conditions that change as the weather changes, and that means switching up our beauty routine to make sure that we are giving our skin whatever it may crave.

I would love to hear what you guys prefer! Are you on team cream or team oil? Or perhaps both, like me, depending on the time of year?

Love,

Tabitha

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Chemical vs. Mechanical Exfoliation

Hey there lovelies,

This is a topic I’ve been itching to write about for a while! However, since I had only ever used mechanical scrubs, I knew that I needed to get my hands on a chemical exfoliant so that I can give you guys a fair opinion and true comparison. So…. I did! I purchased a really nice one by Ren; it’s their Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I’ve linked the product if any of you guys are interested. Now that I have been using it for about a month, I was able to properly compare to to the scrubs I have used in the past. So what’s the verdict?

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Honestly guys, I am completely team chemical. I wish I had found out about these types of products sooner! My skincare game has been brought to an whole new level with this Ren mask. I did wonder if it was just this one specific product that was so amazing, so I even did DIY exfoliating masks. I mashed up a couple strawberries, and let that sit on my skin for abound 7 minutes, and the results were awesome.

Here is the reason as to why I so greatly prefer chemical exfoliants over manual scrubs:

It’s so much more gentle – manual scrubs typically contain granular substances that you need to work into your skin to physically slough off the dead skin cells. After doing my research and reading many ingredient lists, I have found that most scrubs contain things like apricot or walnut shells, jojoba beads, rice bran, or adzuki bean paste. While these ingredients are very effective at helping to exfoliate your skin and produces great results for many people, these types of scrubs could potentially be very irritating to those of us with sensitive skin (me). Every time I used a mechanical exfoliant, my skin would always look a little red, and would not be back to normal until the next morning.

Contrarily, chemical exfoliants use AHA’s and/or natural fruit acids to exfoliate. You apply it to your skin and let it sit for ten minutes or so while the mask basically eats away at the dead skin cells. It’s doing all the work for you! Think Pacman. Haha. Because you’re not physically scrubbing your face, you are less likely to have redness or irritations. Plus I like that I don’t need to touch my face and work at scrubbing every little crevice in my face. It’s perfect for girls that have a more lazy approach to skincare. You can apply your mask, do something productive (or unproductive – whatever you want) for ten minutes and then wash it off. The result? Super soft, smooth skin minus the redness and irritations. I am converted for life. It’s so nice to not feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper against my skin.

That being said, many people who are not as sensitive as me may absolutely love manual scrubs. They too can be fantastic so long as your skin can handle it. I will advise however, that you stay away from the ever so popular apricot scrub or any other scrubs that contain the shell particles of any nut or seed. Those can cause micro tears in the skin due to their sharp edges, which will end up doing more harm then good. Look for scrubs that contain something gentler, like jojoba beads. They’re perfectly spherical so theres no risk of it tearing your skin. Bean paste and rice flour is wonderful as well. Ask anyone in Japan. They all have beautiful skin.

So now that I have laid it all out there, I would love to hear what you guys think! Which do you prefer?

Love,

Tabitha

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