Skincare Charlie

Sep 15

8 Traits of Happy People: What Kind of Happiness Are You Nurturing?

Happy people:

  1. nurture and enjoy relationships with family and friends
  2. are comfortable expressing gratitude and acknowledging the positive
  3. easily offer help and assistance to others; practice compassion
  4. practice optimism; see positive potential in uncertainty instead of just fearing it
  5. savor pleasures and engage in the present
  6. are physically active
  7. are committed to personal goals and values
  8. resiliently ride the waves of the inevitable stressors, crises, and tragedies.

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Sep 11

Skin habits to unlearn: Picking at your skin. Whether it is out of nerves or simply trying to make a blemish go away faster, in the end picking at a blemish will make it worse. A blemish only lasts five to seven days, but the red, dark scar from messing with it can make it linger for months. Leave the blemish alone and conceal the bump with makeup until it heals naturally.

Skin habits to unlearn: Picking at your skin. Whether it is out of nerves or simply trying to make a blemish go away faster, in the end picking at a blemish will make it worse. A blemish only lasts five to seven days, but the red, dark scar from messing with it can make it linger for months. Leave the blemish alone and conceal the bump with makeup until it heals naturally.

Sep 08

“All really interesting girls invent themselves.” — Anna Godbersen (via bornreadygeneration)

(Source: bornready.co, via bornreadygeneration)

Sep 04

Skin habits to unlearn: Using the same products year-round. Without a doubt, skin has different needs in different seasons. In the spring, think spring cleaning with deep pore cleansing and exfoliating products to revive the skin from the winter dryness. In the summer, the focus should be on protecting skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be lighter-weight in the spring and summer since there is more humidity in the air, and a summer skin care routine should have less exfoliation since more time is spent outdoors. During the fall, increase exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun damage. With the dry air in winter, the focus should be on increasing moisturisation and using hydrating products.

Skin habits to unlearn: Using the same products year-round. Without a doubt, skin has different needs in different seasons. In the spring, think spring cleaning with deep pore cleansing and exfoliating products to revive the skin from the winter dryness. In the summer, the focus should be on protecting skin from the sun with sunscreen and antioxidants, which have powerful protective qualities. Products should be lighter-weight in the spring and summer since there is more humidity in the air, and a summer skin care routine should have less exfoliation since more time is spent outdoors. During the fall, increase exfoliation to repair the skin from the summer sun damage. With the dry air in winter, the focus should be on increasing moisturisation and using hydrating products.

Aug 28

Skin habits to unlearn: Not washing your face in the morning. When sleeping, skin is in repair mode and it secretes sebum, which can prevent your morning products from working optimally. Additionally, you’ll be layering your morning products on top of your night-time products like masks or retinols, so they won’t penetrate the skin as easily. Cleansing in the shower will give the skin a clean slate to allow your daytime serum and sunscreen to better protect and absorb into the skin. Be sure to always wash with a mild, sulfate-free cleansing gel in the morning.

Skin habits to unlearn: Not washing your face in the morning. When sleeping, skin is in repair mode and it secretes sebum, which can prevent your morning products from working optimally. Additionally, you’ll be layering your morning products on top of your night-time products like masks or retinols, so they won’t penetrate the skin as easily. Cleansing in the shower will give the skin a clean slate to allow your daytime serum and sunscreen to better protect and absorb into the skin. Be sure to always wash with a mild, sulfate-free cleansing gel in the morning.

Aug 25

Tips for Starting Your Weekly Meal Plan
Print out a weekly calendar or create a word document for your meal planning template.
Write down WHEN you plan on eating your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Plug in your breakfast ideas.
Have one day that involves meal preparation.
Cross-utilize ingredients whenever possible.
If going out to eat, write in your intended meal and stick to it.

Tips for Starting Your Weekly Meal Plan

Aug 22

Nathan Fielder

"I’m endlessly fascinated by how if you just talk to someone long enough, how almost anyone — probably everyone — has something that’s shockingly interesting, it’s just about trying to see if they’ll talk about it or seeing whether or not it’ll come out. I mean, everyone is really fascinating — every person on the earth, probably. There might be a few not so fascinating people."

Nathan Fielder

"I’m endlessly fascinated by how if you just talk to someone long enough, how almost anyone — probably everyone — has something that’s shockingly interesting, it’s just about trying to see if they’ll talk about it or seeing whether or not it’ll come out. I mean, everyone is really fascinating — every person on the earth, probably. There might be a few not so fascinating people."

(Source: splitsider, via consciousburning)

Aug 21

Adorable Two Legged Chihuahua Gets Wheelchair

This makes me smile!

Turbo Roo is an adorable 6 month old chihuahua from Indianapolis, Indiana who just wants to play and run around like any other puppy. But Roo was born without his two front legs, and even a trained breeder found his needs to much too handle, so at just a month old he was adopted by a tech at a veterinarian’s office in the city. Eager to give the little dog wheels, the tech Ashley Looper, set up a fundraising campaign hoping for even the smallest donations. And the response she got was nothing short of remarkable.

Word reached Mark Deadrick, president of 3d printing company 3dyn, who designed this specialized 3d printed wheelchair just for Roo. The small cart is outfitted with a custom harness and can switch between two to four skateboard wheels which allow him to explore to his little heart’s content. But the story gets even better! Now that he’s able to move around freely, Ashley is training TurboRoo to be a service/educator dog so that he can inspire children with similar disabilities. He’ll surely be putting a much needed smile on many children’s faces from here on out. And if you’d like to see just how far he’s come, watch the video of TurboRoo before he got his wheelchair.

 Source: Ashley Looper via Design Boom

3d printed wheelchair

two legged chihuahua

dog wheelchair

Skin habits to unlearn: Rubbing skin too aggressively with a washcloth. Use a washcloth or facial sponge during evening cleansing to fully remove make-up and residue from the day.  However, rubbing the skin too aggressively with a washcloth may encourage irritation, stimulate melanin cells in those prone to brown spots, and create extra wear and tear on skin’s elasticity. Use a baby washcloth with softer fibers or a facial sponge.

Skin habits to unlearn: Rubbing skin too aggressively with a washcloth. Use a washcloth or facial sponge during evening cleansing to fully remove make-up and residue from the day.  However, rubbing the skin too aggressively with a washcloth may encourage irritation, stimulate melanin cells in those prone to brown spots, and create extra wear and tear on skin’s elasticity. Use a baby washcloth with softer fibers or a facial sponge.

Aug 18

The Mind-Body-Soul Benefits of 10 Minutes of Daily Meditation
Lower blood pressure
Enhanced memory
Enhanced immunity system
Stress resilience
Decreases in muscle tension
Strengthened impulse control
Anti-inflammatory effects
Image: SPA FINDER

The Mind-Body-Soul Benefits of 10 Minutes of Daily Meditation

Image: SPA FINDER

Aug 14

5 Simple Ways to Build Self-Confidence

I found the following article on Steve Olson’s blog (Steve-Olson.com) and felt it was too good not to share here. It was written by Matt Maresca and shares some great tips regarding self-confidence and believing in yourself. Enjoy!

Having self confidence is one of the biggest keys to your success. If you do not believe in yourself, it is difficult to accomplish any worthwhile mission.

Further, if you do not exude a sense of confidence, other people will not have confidence in you. Below you will find five tips for building self confidence. Don’t just think about these tips, give them a try. Allow them to work for you!

Self-Confidence

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Skin habits to unlearn: Misting, not wiping, your skin when using toner. While misting or spraying toner on the skin may be convenient, it is really important to use a wiping motion while applying toner. The reason is toners are designed to remove cleanser residue and most importantly, salts, chlorines, and chemicals from tap water that may dehydrate the skin. When you mist the toner you are simply diluting these chemicals, not removing them. Always use an alcohol-free toner, wipe it over the skin with a cotton cloth or pad.

Skin habits to unlearn: Misting, not wiping, your skin when using toner. While misting or spraying toner on the skin may be convenient, it is really important to use a wiping motion while applying toner. The reason is toners are designed to remove cleanser residue and most importantly, salts, chlorines, and chemicals from tap water that may dehydrate the skin. When you mist the toner you are simply diluting these chemicals, not removing them. Always use an alcohol-free toner, wipe it over the skin with a cotton cloth or pad.

Aug 13

aprilmonterrosa: When was the last time you had your eyebrows waxed?

aprilmonterrosa: When was the last time you had your eyebrows waxed?

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” — French writer and poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

Aug 11

7 Signs You Have Too Many Toxins In Your Life

You think you’re healthy, but you don’t feel vibrant. You struggle to find the energy to get through the day. You’re irritable. Your stomach isn’t acting right. Your skin is breaking out or not looking its best. And all those headaches! These types of ailments affect many of us in our daily lives. They’re not serious enough to warrant a trip to the doctor — or maybe you tried only to be told there was nothing wrong — but they still tend to drag you down, wearing away your resistance and leaving you feeling like you’re just getting old. I have good news for you — it probably has nothing to do with aging. Instead, you may simply be surrounded by too many toxins. Not sure? Here are seven signs to look for — and how you can clean up your system and feel better in 30 days! Note: Always check with your doctor to eliminate any possible medical conditions as causes of these symptoms.