A Year Of Color : De-Stressing With Lavender

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We all experience stress. Whether you have Chronic Stress, stress out over that big meeting coming up, or stressing over the next blog post you are going to do- it happens. I have always felt stressed but I never really studying stress itself until I was in Esthetics school. We were learning all about stress and the effects it can have on the body (and on your skin) and I realized one of the reasons I got into Skin Care was so I could help people relax and help ease some of the stress they are experiencing.

Stress can cause headaches, upset stomach, changes in sex drive, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, irritability, overeating, and drug use. The list goes on and on. Seriously. Stress affects our bodies more ways than we even realize. If you deal with stress often (like me), you start learning what your body does when you are stressed. For me, my body has lots of fun ways of letting me know I need to chill: The cartilage in my rib cage gets inflamed causing horrible pains. I also get bad sore throats and ulcers on tongue. Yeah, it’s sexy I know. Then, I get more stressed out because my body is in so much pain. It’s a vicious cycle.

Today, I want to share some of the ways you can help de-stress yourself. Lavender is one of the most calming aromas on the planet (check out my aromatherapy post to learn more about how smell works) so I thought I would share some of the best ways to use Lavender to help relax!

Diffusing is a great way to help get a certain aroma all around your house. If you are busy and can’t take the time to just relax, diffusing is a great option for you. Drop a few drops of Lavender into a Diffuser and then you can keep on doing whatever it is you need to be doing. Since the diffuser does the work for you- and they are small enough you can have one at home or work- you can enjoy the aroma where ever you are!

If you have some more time to take to yourself, you could always take a nice bubble bath or do a little self massage. You can find products with Lavender in them pretty much everywhere (watch out for anything synthetic!). My favorite lavender products are from Aveda’s Stress-Fix line. This line includes, lotions, oils, bath salts, and a body cleanser.

These are just some of my favorite ways to de-stress with one of my favorite, most calming oils. Of course, everyone has their own ways to relax. Maybe you like to go see a movie or go fishing or take a hike. Whatever way you love to relax- do it! Please do not forget to love and take care of yourself.

Your Guide For A Basic Skin Care Routine

For those of you who do not know, I am a Master Esthetician. I graduated Esthetics school back in December of 2016 with 1200 hours and I have absolutely loved it! Not only do I enjoy what I do now, but I loved being in school and getting to learn so much about skin care. With that being said, I also love educating others and helping them to feel more confident in their skin so I thought I would put together a basic step-by-step to help you with your skin care goals!

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Cleanser- There are 2 basic types of cleansers: Cream and Gel/Foaming. Cream cleansers are best for dry or aging skin. Gel and Foaming cleansers are going to work well for oily and acne prone skin. It is important to wash your face at night and in the morning, especially if you wear makeup, work out frequently, or have a job where your skin gets dirty. Pretty much- just wash your face.

Toner- Toners help to refresh and cool the skin. Again, there are 2 main types: Hydrating and Astringent. You want to go with a hydrating toner if you have dryer skin or combination skin. An astringent toner will help out more if you have oily skin as it will help take excess oil from the skin.

Moisturizer- The dryer your skin, the thicker and creamier you want your moisturizer to be. Consistencies range from thin lotions for oily skin to rich butters for very dry/ aging skin. You want to use some type of moisturizer even if your skin is oily. Hydration may help to balance out your skin and help even out oil production.

Exfoliation- It is important to exfoliate 1-2 times per week (depending on the type of exfoliation you are doing. If you get chemical peels done- this will be less frequent). You can use a chemical or mechanical exfoliation. Chemical simply means that the ingredients in the product slough off dead skin cells without any abrasive items like beads or salts. Mechanical is when a product uses beads, sugar, salts, or anything else abrasive to exfoliate. Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells to keep the skin brighter, firmer, and helps manage break outs by keeping the skin clean.

From here you can start adding in any serums, eye creams, or specialty products you want! These few steps are just the foundation to help you get started with taking care of your skin. Let me know if you have any questions!

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I love keeping a journal. I think there are so many benefits to writing things down. Writing in a journal is not only something to pass on to the next generation; writing can help keep your stress levels down and help you keep a more positive and creative outlook on life.

With the many benefits that come from journaling, more and more people are turning to writing down their thoughts. However, it can be hard sticking to it. I have been journaling my entire life but sometimes I would go months or even years without physically writing something down. It’s just something that can be hard to do when life gets so crazy!

I realized that the way to stick with journaling is to find the method that works best for you. There are so many ways you can write down what happens with your day- just find what speaks to you the most. Throughout your life, you may even change how you journal. So try different things and just have fun with writing! Here are some ideas to get you started:

1.) Jar Journaling – I actually tried this for a year while I was away at school and it was just perfect for me at that time in my life. All you do is get a big empty jar (or whatever container you want) and just put stuff in it. Sometimes, I would write down a journal entry on a piece of paper, fold it up, and put it in the jar. Other times, I would put in a wristband from an event or a movie ticket stub. This is a simple way to remember the things you do!

2.) Daily Journaling – You can purchase different kinds of daily journals. Some may ask you to write one line about something that happened that day. Others may ask a question for that day that you can answer. Barnes and Noble has as awesome selection of daily journals that give you some type of guideline to help you along in starting to write.

3.) Traditional – If you prefer keeping things simple and original then go out and but a journal or notebook and just write in that. Find one that appeals to you the most- it can help you to write more if you like what you are writing in. It also helps to set attainable goals for yourself. Try just journaling once a week or once a month to help you get into the habit.

4.) Electronic Documentation – Maybe you are not much of a write. Maybe you prefer typing and being on the computer. Awesome! Writing your thoughts down electronically is so easy nowadays. Whether you decide to have a personal blog or just use a word document, storing your thoughts online is a great alternative to traditional journaling.