Things I Love
I am super picky about what I use and reccomend—I want high quality, whole ingredients, and I want my products to be clean, easy, and affordable. I’ve spent the last two years as a researcher and health writer, so I know my stuff!
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Bye Acne, Hi Glowing Skin!
Acne used to be the bane of my existence, but NOW I GET COMPLIMENTS ALL THE TIME ON MY GLOWY SKIN!
After trying almost every natural and unnatural product known to mankind (everything from Rodan + Fields to tea tree oil), I stumbled across research on cortisol, the stress hormones. Our bodies hormones are COMPLICATED, but what I realized is that my sugar intake and lack of consistent, quality sleep were causing my cortisol levels to stay at an unnatural high—and causing me to break out. I saw huge breakthroughs in my acne once I addressed those two things, but it wasn’t until I started using these products consistently that I started getting that glowing skin I keep raving about.
My Glow Routine:
Olive oil + lavender oil. I use my fingertips to massage olive oil + a drop or two of lavender oil onto my skin every night. Olive oil is anti-inflammatory, plus it’s extrememly gentle, moisturizing, and packed with skin benefits; lavender has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties which helps counteract all that extra cortisol. I apply extra massage pressure to any cystic pimples that are starting to form under the skin—this massage is often enough to soften and break up the cyst. Then, I use a warm, wet washcloth to gently remove the oil. My makeup comes right off with it; it’s a relaxing spa treatment every night! You probably have olive oil in your kitchen right now; you can use these adorable blue glass bottles with droppers to make it easy—and treat your face with these spa washcloths.
Niacinamide. Michelle has a really terrific article about niacinamide (niacin) here; in a nutshell, it helps with everything from acne to pore size to sun damage and won’t bother sensitive skin. I’ve used it now for the last six months, and I can barely see most of the pores on my nose, which is a HUGE improvement. I use the Good Molecules brand BECAUSE IT’S SIX DOLLARS. This brand also has no added synthetic fragrance (bad news) and seems relatively clean. Also it works, did I mention that?
Medicine Mama’s Apothecary Healing Skin Cream. The ingredients in this are SO minimal yet magic: organic olive fruit oil, organic beeswax, organic honey, propolis extract, bee pollen, and royal jelly. Any of these ingredients on their own have well-documented benefits to skin; I originally used this to clear up some eczema patches (worked beautifully) and now my husband uses it for his flaky/dry post-Accutane skin and I use it every night because it makes my face G-L-O-W in the morning!
Mighty Patch pimple patches. Developed by a female founder! Your pimple has to have a head for these to work, but these little hydrocolloid patches suck up all the nasty out of your pimple so it can heal practically overnight. Peeling them off is SO gross and SO satisfying.
Surviving the Rest of Summer!
I’m pregnant and it’s hotter than hades outside. These are a few of the things we’re using to S-U-R-V-I-V-E.
Too Many Monkeys. It’s hard to find kid games that don’t make me pull my teeth out and that keep my kids entertained; this is one! It’s—dare I say it?—FUN!
eeBoo Go Fish. Go Fish isn’t the funnest game ever, but you might as well play with a REALLY cute deck, amIright? Plus they double as a matching game that’s not uber complicated (looking at you princess matching game). Grab these genius holders for the littles.
Kwik Stix. AGH I LOVE THESE SO MUCH. They’re not messy like oil pastels, but they are just as inviting—I was coloring alongside my kids. The color they put down is SO EXCITING! Pair with some high quality paper or a butcher paper roll to up the ante.
Pipe cleaners. So far this afternoon my kids have made a full range of jewelry and a tiny backpack for a stuffed animal. I only got the Target pipe cleaner pack with like 24 pipe cleaners, and my kids are already arguing. Don’t be like me; get the 324 pipe cleaners.
Indestructible sand/water table. We’ve had this Step2 table for over five years and it is still in great shape, despite my kids’ well known penchant for DESTROYING EVERYTHING. We’re keeping it to use for baby #4. You can put sand or water in it (or both!). Or just put a storage tub on the back porch and fill it with water, ice, cups, spoons, sponges, squeeze bottles, spray bottles….
Sleep, pregnancy, baby, and postpartum favorites coming soon!