Fall Means New Skincare Routine

Fall is around the corner, which means that soon we will see the trees changing their foliage resulting in warm tones that take over the city. Sudden, fall means new skincare routine. Why? Because the weather changes and the temperature drops. Now, our skin is more likely to get dry and peel.

This is why I wanted to share with you my new skincare routine. A few weeks ago, a skincare line called Lumion caught my attention. I researched the ingredients, checked the reviews and testimonials of people who have used it and finally decided to try it.

I have a combination of oily and dry type of skin, so for me it’s hard to find a product that hydrates my skin without leaving a greasy feeling on my face. But Lumion is capable of cleaning and hydrating my face at the same time. And the reason why is because of its components.

Lumion’s products only use three ingredients: electrolyzed oxygenated water, sodium chloride, and hypochlorous acid. You may be wondering how am I talking about hydration if Lumion’s main component is water? Well, there is a secret that the electrolyzed oxygenated water entails. It delivers oxygen to the skin  increasing hydration! And the remaining two ingredients are antibacterial, which means that they protect the skin against environmental contaminants.

My Fall Skincare Routine

First, we need to clean our face. I use a detoxifying cleanser from Boscia. This is a warm gel cleanser that dissolves impurities and refines the skin texture. The cleanser is like a mask: creamy and thick. It does not irritate nor dry the skin. I really recommend it.

Then, the next step is applying the Lumion Serum. I splash two pumps on my hand and apply it to my face and neck. This serum increases balance and moisture my skin. The final touch is the Lumion mist. I just close my eyes and splash the mist all over my face. I use this product several times during the day: after exercising, to seal my makeup and in the morning.

This to-go mist is also perfect for airplanes. We all know that when we are in an airplane it is not recommended to wear makeup because of the environmental conditions. But this Lumion product helps the skin to remain clean and sooth thanks to the hypochlorous acid. Definitely is a must in our purse!

The reason why I love these products is because they are really natural and don’t irritate my skin. When I apply a cream or serum on my skin, I am really careful with the ingredients. If you don’t know the ingredients or if you cannot even pronounce the word, it is worthwhile to do a little research.

These products are budget friendly and can be found online. I bought my cleanser in Sephora and the Lumion’s products in the brand’s website.

Let me know if you have any questions regarding the routine or the products. I would be more than happy to help you! This space is both yours and mine!

PD: In case you are craving for more beauty and skincare tips take a look at this top post.

Lavender Oil: A Miracle for Skin Problems

Much love.

 

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4 Do-it-yourself Makeovers

Do you remember when I told you that Mondays are for fresh starts? Well, what about if we begin with ourselves? Nowadays, we women tend to feel that we don’t look pretty enough, or that we have gained weight, or we simply are bored of our physical appearance. But let me tell you something. Even when you feel that way, you are still beautiful. You may only need a little improvement or something that highlights your natural beauty.

That’s why today I bring you 4 ways to do a complete makeover! These budget-friendly tips can be easily applied in the comfort of your home, and as a result, you will feel confident and beautiful again!

Let’s begin!

1. Get some GLOW!

Shiny hair is one of the best attributes a woman can have. If you are looking to make a subtle but nice change to your hair, the John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze is the answer (you can purchase it at Walmart for $7.49)! Use it after applying your shampoo. It works quickly and lasts approximately a week. I recommend to use it with moderation because contains silicon.

2. Add a little makeup! 

I have always been the type of girl who thinks that less is more when it comes to makeup usage. In my opinion, makeup should be used to enhance your natural beauty, not to make you look like somebody else. You can apply illuminator on your cheek bones, nose, and upper lip to highlight your facial features. Also, I’m a true believer that mascara and eyelash curlers are the best tools to make your eyes pop up! Finally, add a different color of lips to your palette. This will make you look different and give your outfit a nice touch.

3. Back to basics!

One of the latest trends in nail beauty is the usage of acrylics with a triangular shape. Also, the glitter and nail art are widely used these days. I must say that I’m not a fan of this trend, I rather get a manicure on my own nails. I believe that classic colors like nude, red wine tones and French style look more elegant and sophisticated. So maybe once in a while, we can alternate between both to get a fresh a look.

4. Change your skincare routine!

Most times we stick to one line of products to clean our skin, and that’s totally fine. The problem is when we use the same routine for a skin that has developed other necessities. By this, I mean that weather changes, hormones, our period, are factors that can alter the appearance of our skin. So once in a while, it’s recommendable to get a skincare analysis and see in which conditions our skin is. There are websites such as SkinCarebyAlana and Kielh’s that do skin analysis for free! And if you are feeling creative and looking for natural and organic skincare products, take a look at How to Make Your Own Skincare Routine at Home. I made a step-by-step guide explaining you everything!

Feel free to add comments or ideas of different makeover tips! I would love to hear what you think.

Beauty wasn’t born in an operating room; you were born beautiful. Your beauty is a reflection of yourself. NEVER FORGET THAT.

If you want to reinvent yourself one day, just do a natural makeover!

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Lavender Oil: A Miracle for Skin Problems

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Have you heard about the properties of the lavender oil? No? At first, neither did me, but today I’m grateful to have found it.

I have really sensitive skin. Most chemicals irritate my skin leaving me red rashes for weeks. Waxing is terrible, and don’t even mention razors! Those are a nightmare for me! Since I have been dealing with these issues my entire life, I decided to do some research on how I can redress these effects. That’s how I came across this miracle!

Lavender oil is obtained by distilling lavender and is one of the essentials oils with more properties and benefits for the skin. In fact, people who are into the aromatherapy world know that this oil is a must have item. So let’s find out WHY lavender oil is so powerful.

Properties

  • Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
  • Regenerative: it keeps the skin clean and looking great because it regenerates any zone that has suffered burns, dermatitis, acne, etc.
  • Enhancer: when this oil is diluted in other oil, such as coconut oil, enhances all the properties of the base oil. In other words, coconut oil is known for hydrating the skin and by adding a few drops of lavender oil, the effect would be duplicated.

After learning these facts, I decided to incorporate this oil into my beauty routine. Not only because I wanted to enhance the appearance of my skin, but also because I wanted it to look healthier. But before proceeding to include it, I learned about WHAT was the best way in which I could use lavender oil in order to get most of its benefits without causing any harm or side effects on my skin. Remember that it is not recommendable to apply any essential oil directly on the skin because we may get sensitization in that area.

The concentration of the dilution depends on the usage of the essential oil, i.e., what do we want to use the essential oil for. For instance, in this case, I used lavender oil for daily skin care, which means that my dilution was of 2-3%. According to AromaWeb, the easiest way to make a 2% dilution is to measure the essential oil by drops while adding them to a base oil. The base oil that I chose was coconut oil because is a natural moisturizer and works great on the skin. The number of drops may vary depending on the ml that we use. Since I poured 30 ml (1 oz.) of coconut oil into a bowl, I added 12-15 drops of lavender oil to create my 2% dilution.

Here I will leave you a conversion chart that was really helpful for me when I started to use an essential oil. The chart was made by Robert Tisserand, Valerie Worwood and Kurt Schnaubelt who are well-known authors in the aromatherapy world. In fact, Tisserand wrote a book named “Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals,” which contains 400 essential oils profiles and their usages. Of course, these are average measures that serve as guidelines to create dilutions. Dilutions usually vary depending on the age, health condition, and skin sensitivity. Since I have sensitive skin, I would recommend the same measure that I have used because I haven’t developed any reaction or sensitization.

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The usage of essential oils has to be taken seriously and must be done properly in order to get positive results. I have been applying both coconut oil and lavender oil on my legs for a month now, and the results had been awesome. My skin is not only smoother and softer, but also the irritation has decreased notably. I encourage you to try essential oils as long as you are responsible regarding this matter.

I will always share with you what has worked for me explaining it as much as I can with detailed information. I’m sure there are more people with similar skin problems, and that’s why I decided to write a post about this subject. It really helped me, and I thought that maybe it would also help you.

Much love!

 

References:

  • http://heritageessentialoils.com/pdfFiles/Essential-Oil-Safety.pdf
  • http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/dilutingessentialoils.asp
  • https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-lavender-essential-oil.html
  • http://heritageessentialoils.com/pdfFiles/Essential-Oil-Safety.pdf
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