Beauty+Skin Healthy: Update Skincare Routine

Posted on: October 11, 2016

It’s been some time since my last post on my skincare routine. Here is my updated routine with some of my beauty + skincare tips and tricks that are beneficial for your skin and overall health. Sit back, relax and grab a come of coffee or water. This will be a long post, but an honest account on all my beauty, healthy and skincare tips and tricks. Enjoy!

 I try to make it a daily routine to pamper my skin.  Over the years, I’ve used products that contained anti-aging components. But in the last few years, I’ve began to incorporate more anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I want to keep my skin, youthful, glowing and radiant. I want to prevent early signs of aging and age gracefully through the years. Research has shown that it’s best to start preventative measures sooner rather than later. When you stick to a daily routines, a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting a good nights rest and listening to your skin the results will amaze you.

Lately, I’ve learned a great deal about many anti-aging products and have been experimenting with products that best suit my skin. For this post, I’m sharing my updated skincare routine, along with my healthy + beauty secrets for anti-aging and much more.

First things first, in order for us to look healthy on the outside we need to be healthy on the inside as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle is vital and important in getting great skin. Fruits, Veggies and healthy proteins contain many health benefits along with acting skin solutions. Skincare products are great for our skin, but we can also find active ingredients within our foods that are beneficial to our health and skin. Below are a few staples in my diet that are also great for your skin too. Health is wealth in my opinion. We only have one body, so we need to make sure to treat it right in all aspects.

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Staples for me are:

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Green Juices:

  • Gives you Energy
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Great mix of both fruits and vegetables
  • Aids immunity
  • Aids in digestions
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Keeps you fuller longer
  • Aids in giving you radiant, glowing skin

Fave Fruits: Apples, Pitaya, Strawberries, Mango, Lemons, Watermelon, Bananas, blueberries, Avocados, Tomatos, Pears and Tropical Fruits

  • Diets rich in fruit can help reduce your risks of: stroke, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain optimum health due to the phytochemical many fruits contain
  • 2-1/2 cups are recommended daily
  • Most fruits contain Vitamin C helps defend your skin from damaging free radicals
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant
  • Eating tropical fruits and many others can help restore and replenish your skin stores and helps to give you glowing, radiant skin
  • Helps synthesize the Collagen Cells in your skin
  • Beauty Booster
  • Helps fight and Prevent Acne
  • Anti-aging components
  • Tightens Pores

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Veggies: Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beets, and Zucchini

  • Helps to give you glowing skin
  • Improves and fights wrinkles
  • You’ll have healthy Skin when you eat your veggies
  • Beauty Booster
  • Controls skin tone and oil control
  • Strengthens your skin tissue
  • Spinach contains anti-inflammatory agents that flush out toxins
  • Clears your skin of bacteria
  • Fights Acne (Both Fruits and Veggies)
  • Helps heals acne scars

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Healthy Protein: Lean Meats– Chicken, Beef and Turkey

Fish+Seafood: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp, Tuna, Flounder

  • Important nutrients like protein and vitamin D.
  • Best source for omega-3 fatty acids which is important for your body and brain health.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Aid in increasing grey matter in the brain that protects in brain deterioration.
  • Studies show it helps and treats depression.
  • Linked to help reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes.
  • Helps protect your vision in old age.
  • Signs show that if you eat a healthy amount of fish it helps the quality of your sleep.
  • Delicious and easy to prepare.
  • Aids in giving you firmer skin

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Healthy Snacks:

  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Edamame
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Protein Bars
  • Kale Chips
  • Smoothie drinks

First things first, always stay hydrated. Hydration is key. A great way to keep hydrated is drinking water, at least 11 cups daily. There was a time where I too, struggled with this but it’s become like second nature to me. It’s best to maintain the habit of drinking water. I like to make it a habit to start first thing in the morning, during the day at various intervals and before I go to bed. It’s so important to stay hydrated, great for your overall health and skin too. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s great to load up on good healthy snacks throughout the day. Almonds are a great go to snack for me. They contain the healthy fatty acids you need and want for healthy skin and body. They also help to slow down the aging process.

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Now, aside from a healthy diet is my skincare routine. I like to stick to a routine, and staying consistent. Consistency is key in maintaining healthy looking skin. Although, I’ve changed my products here and there I still stick to my routine for both day and night. For me, I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. Here’s what I do:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Toner
  3. Facial Oil (both day and night) 
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream 
  6. Moisturizer + SPF (Daytime) 

Morning Skincare Routine: 

Cleanse: Sephora Collections : Total Purify & Cleanse Gel or Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel

Facial Oil: On days when my skin just needs extra hydration and moisture (Fall/Winter Months can be used both day and night) Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil 

Toner: Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner Spray , Caudalie’s Grape Water and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I also use Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir to set my makeup)

Serum:     Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Eye Cream:  Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream

Moisturizer: No 7 Early Defence Day Cream with SPF 30 Every now and then, I’ll use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Oil Free in the shade 3C1 Fawn

SPF: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel With Sunscreen for extra protection

Night-Time Routine: 

For the night-time I use products that are richer and can absorb into my skin while I sleep. The majority of my products for the night-time have a lot of Anti-aging agents to help keep my skin youthful, hydrated, firm, and rejuvenated. So, while i’m sleeping they can work their magic. So that when I wake in the morning my skin feels nourished, youthful and well rested.

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Cleanse: (For the Fall/Winter Months when my skin needs extra hydration and moisture) No7 Beautiful Skin Age Defense Cleanser  or No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser (Main Cleanser)

Elixir: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Elixir ( Can be used for the daytime as well)

Facial Oil: Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, for an added boost I use: Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Serum: No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advance Serum

Eye Cream: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Yeux Firming Anti-Wrinkle/Aging Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Rich Firming Anti-Aging/Wrinkle Cream

For Extra TLC Skincare Needs: 

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For extra hydration and moisture,  I’ll often use various hydrating mask and sheet mask. My favorite hydrating sheet mask are:  Nature’s Republic Aqua Collagen Solution Ceramide Hydro Gel Mask, Nature’s Republic Real Green Tea Aqua Gel Mask , SKII Facial Treatment Mask , and Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration.

If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and I wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles— I’ll use some under eye gel mask. They’re great for depuffing, replenishing and reducing the appearance of any dark circles for your tired eyes.  My favorite go to under eye masks are: Tarte’s Pack your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches and Que Bella Professional Moisturizing Gel Eye Mask.

In the event my skin is going thru either hormonal spells or the occasional flair up. A great mask that I’ve tried and recommend is Ballerina Botanicals Detox Mask to find out more about the product click here. Another favorite of mine is Glam Glow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. If my skin needs a little lift and brightening I use Glam Glow’s FlashMud Brightening treatment.

Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. My favorite exfoliator at the moment is: First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish. I also love : Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliant.

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If you missed my skincare routine and the products I used click here to read all about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it will be beneficial for you. It’s best to always listen to your skin, and give it the TLC it deserves.  Please do share your beauty tips and tricks. I love learning, experimenting and hearing from you. Feel free to comment below and share your photos using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.

What are some of your beauty tips?

What product(s) would you use?

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.

 


Ballerina Botanicals X Social Fashionista Beauty

Posted on: August 9, 2016

Today I’m talkin’ about skin and telling you all about Ballerina Botanicals.

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Every now and then life can be exhausting… Not only does it take a toll on your body, but your skin as well. While trying to juggle work, travels, and time with my husband, friends and family, I always try and make time for myself and my skin.

If you don’t know by now, one thing to know about me is that: I like to take good care of my skin + body. While I strive to live a healthy life, I like to do the same for my skin. When you eat right, exercise, it’ll also show in your skin as well. Leaving you with radiant, glowing healthy skin. With a little help from the right skincare products. If you haven’t checked out my skincare routine head on over to that post and check out my 11 steps to keeping my skin clean, fresh, hydrated and rejuvenated. My updated skincare routine is coming to the blog soon.

Today, I want to tell you all about this organic and holistic skincare company: Ballerina Botanicals. Ballerina Botanicals is an organic skincare company that strives to keeping skincare simple and natural. Their holistic approach to life is simple, same goes for their products. They stir clear of any harmful toxins and other chemicals that half the time we can’t pronounce. All their products contain 100% pure therapeutic essential oils and are all organic based. They use only the best of the best for their product and they strive to keeping their brand and products cruelty-free and toxic-free. I love how they believe that less is truly more and that what they strive on for their brand and products. I admire their efforts in keeping their products simple, using only organic based ingredients and creating a products that one could really benefit from.

When, Michaelene the owner of Ballerina Botanicals reached out to me and wanted to work together and collaborate. I was thrilled, but also hesitant as well. I wanted to be straight forward and honest with her. My skin is quite sensitive and at times acne-prone. But after reading more about the brand and what they’re all about, I decided to go ahead and try it out. She sent me their best -seller: The Develope Detox mask.

After a few uses of the mask when needed, and as directed I noticed a change in my skin. It definitely cleared up my skin from any blemishes, stress related marks as well as hydrated my skin. My skin’s never looked better. I’ve received many compliments about my skin and I tell them about the mask and Ballerina Botanicals. This is one brand and product that i’ll continue to use and recommend. I love it so much, i’ve incorporated the mask it into my skincare regiment, which i’ll talk about in my updated skincare post, coming soon!

Below i’ve listed more information from their website on the product and what it’s suppose to do for your skin, how to use it and the ingredients used in the product.

[http://www.ballerinabotanicals.com/listing/287210183/organic-charcoal-mask-with-bentonite]

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What it’s suppose to do for your skin: 

Our Activated Charcoal Facial Mask is formulated with detoxifying, cleansing, and healing benefits. Unlike most masks, ours will not dry out or crack while using it. We use coconut oil and Aloe Vera in this mask to hydrate the skin and leave you feeling revitalized! It will strip your skin of any harmful toxins. Tea Tree oil in this mask makes it great for anyone with oily skin or breakouts. All Natural. GMO Free.

Directions: 

Use 1x per week for best results. After cleansing, massage onto skin a thick layer and leave it on for 20 minutes. Use our hydrating face cream right after rinsing. Test on arm before using on face

Activated charcoal draws out toxins and pulls every impurity out of the pores making it great for treating acne and blemishes

INGREDIENT HIGHLIGHTS: 

*Bentonite clay absorbs and rids all the toxins that have been drawn out by the charcoal. It is a healing clay that reduces inflammation. It also has an abundance of vitamins and minerals to nourish the skin.

*Activated charcoal draws out toxins and pulls every impurity out of the pores making it great for treating acne and blemishes

INGREDIENT LIST:

bentonite clay, activated charcoal, organic aloe Vera, Manuka honey, extra virgin coconut oil, elderberry extract, lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, lemon essential oil

For Free shipping on US orders over $75 use PROMO coupon code FREESHIP75. Handmade in the USA. (4 oz glass jar) 

Thank so much to Ballerina Botanicals for collaborating and partnering up with me for this post. All thoughts for this post is my own aside from product information from the companies website.

For more information on Ballerina Botanicals go to: http://www.ballerinabotanicals.com

What are some products that you use? Comment below, I love hearing from you!

As always thanks so much for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!