My Top 3 Favorite Beauty Products

There are pretty much a 1,000,000,001 beauty products out there.  Which ones seem to work best? Every chick seems to have her favorites and a few beauty tricks up her sleeve.  My 3 personal favorites are Petroleum Jelly, Olive Oil and Baking Soda

Petroleum Jelly: Some people have problems when it come to Petroleum Jelly… “its just like wearing anti-freeze” or “its not safe…” Well, I love this stuff.  There has not been any studies, that at least I’m aware of, that have shown that Petroleum Jelly is harmful.  My grandma and great grandma both used Petroleum Jelly.  It was affordable, fixed cracked feet…etc.  My great grandmother used Ponds cold creme to remove her make-up instead of washing her face.  She had beautiful skin for a 96 year old. 

   What I love it for?

  • Petroleum Jelly is great for chapped lips. It’s amazing! I use it as my lip-gloss/moisturizer. 
  • Occasionally for my eye make-up remover.  Some women swear that putting Petroleum Jelly on their eyelashes  every night has thickened and lengthened the hairs. However, this has not been proven. I think it’s worth a try! 
  • Great for excessively dry hands and feet.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is 100% all natural.  Its derived from olives (go figure).  Olive Oil is chalk full of antioxidants and fatty acids.  Olive Oil has great potential for stimulating healthy skin, nail and hair growth.  Olive Oil can reep benefits taken internally and externally

    What I use it for: 

  • My favorite moisturizer EVER! It keeps my skin glowing and the high amounts of vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of scars. 
  • I use this baby as my daily eye make-up remover.  It works better than Petroleum Jelly. A small bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil costs about the same price as make-up remover at the super market.

Baking Soda: 

    What I use it for: 

  • I love to use baking soda to gently whiten my teeth.  I don’t trust whitening strips.  I’m scared the harsh bleaches would strip my teeth of my lovely enamel. It might take a little longer for the results but the benefits I get is worth the nasty taste and the wait.  
  • A Facial Exfoliate.  I wet the tiny granules and massage it on my face in a circular motion. Baking soda helps prevent certain causes of acne. 

Hope you love them as much as I do 😉

Alyssa

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A Handy & Easy Skin Treatment

Your hands are probably one of the most seen parts of your body. They are also one of the most used parts of your body. They get abused daily. Here are some tips to help prevent against abused hands.

  • Warm one cup of milk in the microwave for thirty seconds (or until warm. Be carfeul it could be too hot). The milk helps to strenghten nails, gently exfoliates the dead skin and make you hands soft and smoothe.
  • Try rubbing off dead skin cells with a mixture of sea salt and lemon juice with an old toothbrush.  This will help to soften your hands and help reduce discoleration. If done, do it twice a week.
  • Washing the dishes can abuse your hands.  Try putting a little bit of olive oil or almond oil in your dish soap. 
  • Wash hands with warm water and swiftly rub you hands with a wash cloth.  Rub a mixture made of equal parts honey and olive oil. Then place hands in sepperatee plastic bags and then into cotten gloves. The heat will help the mixture soak into your skin.

These treatments can also be used on your feet 😉

Alyssa

Start Getting Rid of Those Blemishes!

Diet:

The foods you eat affect your skin, well-being and well, pretty much everything in your body. The foods you eat don’t give you breakouts but eating healthy can help prevent them.  Eat a diet that has variety.  You need to balance protein, fats, sugars and carbs. Stay away from foods that come in boxes (aka — pringles, oreos, cheez-its etc). 

Cleansing your face:

  1. Wash your face with a sent-free cleanser. Chances are, the ones with the least amount of ingredients are the best.
  2. Wipe your face with an alcohol-free toner to remove excess dirt.
  3. Exfoliate your skin.  DON’T OVER SCRUB! Most people tend to exfoliate too hard and end up irritating their skin. 
  4. Moisturize your skin. Find a moisturizer best for your skin type
Alyssa

The Coffee, Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub

Scrubs are a great way to cleanse and exfoliate your skin making it look positively radiant.  They take away dead skin cells and add moisture to the skin.

 

Olive Oil is great for the skin.  It feeds moisture and vitamins through the pours of the skin.

Coffee is a great exfoliate (something that scrubs off dead skin) and the cafiene gives your skin wake up call.

Sugar is another great exfoliate.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 large Tablespoon of Post-brewed coffee grounds
  • 1 large Tablespoon of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
Directions:
Put all 3 ingredients into a bowl and stir.  Wipe onto face and leave it on for 5 minutes. After you wait 5 minutes rinse of with water and pat skin dry with clean towel. 
Alyssa