Skincare Charlie

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!

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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.

Aug 07

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

(Source: maddieonthings, via adventureisouttherego)

Skin habits to unlearn: Tugging at the delicate skin surrounding the eye area. The area surrounding eye has the thinnest skin on the face, and it’s the first to show the signs of ageing. Pulling on the skin while putting in contacts, applying eyeliner, or rubbing aggressively to remove stubborn eye make-up can unnecessarily create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibers within the skin. This can cause visible lines and wrinkles prematurely, so be sure to handle this delicate area with care. Also, always apply eye cream with the ring finger and use a gentle patting motion to avoid rubbing and tugging.

Skin habits to unlearn: Tugging at the delicate skin surrounding the eye area. The area surrounding eye has the thinnest skin on the face, and it’s the first to show the signs of ageing. Pulling on the skin while putting in contacts, applying eyeliner, or rubbing aggressively to remove stubborn eye make-up can unnecessarily create wear and tear on the collagen and elasticity fibers within the skin. This can cause visible lines and wrinkles prematurely, so be sure to handle this delicate area with care.

Also, always apply eye cream with the ring finger and use a gentle patting motion to avoid rubbing and tugging.

Aug 04

Growing your own food at home makes sense.   The benefits include the following:
Your organic, home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs are fresher, more nutritious and more delicious than conventionally farmed fruit, vegetables and herbs.  
Most fruit and vegetables lose nutritional value when they are stored for lengthy periods, or when they are being transported from interstate or overseas.  Chemical preservatives are also applied, which do nothing for your health.
The fruit and vegetables in supermarkets have been bred for appearance, a long shelf life and resistance to bruising during transport.  The fruit and vegetables best to grow in your own back yard, on the other hand, have been bred for being nutritious and delicious.
Ensures food security for you, your family and your neighbors.
Pride of produce – showing off doesn’t get better than this. 
Food gardening is a gentle, relaxing and stress-lowering form of exercise.
Home food production connects you with the seasons and the cycles of nature.
You have reduced your carbon footprint by reducing the food miles of what you eat.
Freshly eaten home-grown food produces no green house emissions. Your home-grown food travels a few feet instead of hundreds or thousands of miles.
Organically home-grown food is clean - free from genetic modification, chemical pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
You are improving the health of America’s soils and waterways by not creating demand for agricultural chemicals and practices that negatively effect soils, waterways and our fragile environment.
You are saving water.  Common agricultural practices have been shown to use water extremely inefficiently.  Home grown food uses significantly less water relative to the amount of food harvested.

Growing your own food at home makes sense.   The benefits include the following:

(Source: worldwidegoals)

Do vitamins really work?

Jolene Hart has some opinions on the topic. A former journalist and beauty editor, she entered the discussion when she tried to find cures for her health problems, including eczema and cystic acne. “When I couldn’t find any products or supplements that could help save my skin, I started focusing on natural options and integrated nutrition to help.” From her research, she wrote the book Eat Pretty, which came out this year. Hart’s thesis: getting good-for-you foods into your diet (versus taking supplements) is often the best route to getting all the nutrients you need to live a healthy life and look your best.  

In terms of beauty, Hart considers vitamins a great second line of defense. “There’s so much we don’t know about components of food and how it works systematically, that I don’t believe supplements can ever really take its place,” she explains. She does add, though, that it’s good to check with your doctor about certain nutrients and substances in pill form that might benefit you personally.

In Hart’s view, food is the foundation of how we look and feel every day, and eating seasonally is the way to get key foods into your diet when they’re at their most nutrient-dense and tastiest. “It’s about creating a lifestyle of beauty year-round,” she says, “and understanding that repairing your relationship with food is just as essential as getting a facial or other beauty service.” Her suggestion: go to your local farmer’s market and then play around in the kitchen. “Cooking was a way to heal myself, and I couldn’t do that when I ate processed food. It’s not something I used to think about, but once you start it up, you’ll never want to go back.” Here’s her guide for eating right for your hair, skin, and nails, complete with shopping lists.

Skin savers

Zinc

benefits: Heals skin, especially if you have acne, and balances oil production and immunity as you age. “Your body doesn’t normally store zinc, so you need to make sure you’re getting some,” says Hart.

get it from: Pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas

Vitamin A

benefits: “As we age, cell growth slows down and we notice textural differences,” explains Hart. Because vitamin A increases cell turnover and helps skin grow, it helps reduce environmental damage and prevents fine lines and other signs of aging.

get it from: Fruits and veggies high in beta carotene—think orange, red, and yellow options such as cantaloupe, grapefruit, apricots, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and also leafy greens like romaine and kale

Vitamin C

benefits: Hart calls C “the collagen drug that keeps skin strong and elastic.” It also helps defend against free radical damage.

get it from: Bell peppers, strawberries, pineapple, cabbage, kale

Probiotics

benefits: These organisms are a daily essential for helping your body break down food. “If you don’t break down food correctly, you’re not assimilating it into your body properly and therefore not getting the nutrients you need,” explains Hart. You’ll see a change in your skin in particular. “The better your digestive system functions, the less your skin has to pick up the slack of eliminating toxins and it will look more radiant,” she says.

get them from: yogurt and other fermented foods; if you have trouble tolerating natural sources of probiotics, this is a case in which Hart recommends talking to your doc about supplements.

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