You may be be marching into a new decade but that doesn’t mean time needs to march across your face.
How you use those lotions and potions is just as important as which ones you use. Here are some simple tips to maximize a nightly skin care routine and why it even matters. Best thing is, most of this work is done for you, as you sleep.
1. If you’re not getting enough rest, you need to check yourself before you prematurely age yourself. If I don't get enought sleep, it shows around my eyes and in my overall “glow”. I’ve been setting an alarm on my phone to remind myself to get to bed at a reasonable time, but before I crawl into bed, I make a pit stop at my bathroom sink.
2. Wash your face before bed. I just read not washing your face before bed can age your skin up to 7x faster. What, the what? Here’s why, all day long, our skin is fighting “free radical” damage. During the day, your skin is constantly fighting against the effects of the sun and pollution so give your skin a chance to repair itself overnight, cleanse before bed!
3. Apply that serum before your moisturizer. Serums are more concentrated with nutrients that can do some repair work. They penetrate best if they can seep directly into your skin. Lock that goodness in with a moisturizer, which helps seal in hydration.
A few minutes each night will reap years down the road. Your skin is worth a little time and energy. Take care of yourself and you will feel good and look good, it’s that simple!
Need help making these simple changes to your routine? I got you, here is my favorite non-toxic night serum and for more skincare tips and tutorials, be sure to check-in to my Facebook community group, the Liz Lounge.
Yeah, morning routines are a thing and there is no denying they’re important.
I remember when I was a kid I was an early riser and I was usually the first one to appear in the kitchen. My mom was already up, sitting at the kitchen table, reading the paper or making a list while she sipped her Salada and my Dad was almost done getting ready for work.
When I was older, I asked her why she got up so early and she said, “it was the only time I had to myself.” Well, don’t I get that now that I am a mom! She was a school teacher and mother to six so, truly, there were no breaks…
It’s definitely taken me some trial and error to nail this down and now that our three boys are school aged, a morning routine is more realistic. When the following things happen before the boys are circling for breakfast, my day, and theirs, is just all around better. When I don’t hit this list, I’m, how shall I say this, yelly. Enough said.
1. Start the night before.
My best mornings actually start the night before. I actually set an alarm on my phone so I stop working (or more than likely, dozing on the couch) and get things together. Taking some time the night before can change your morning. I lay out their clothes and mine, I line up the lunch boxes and put the snacks in, then I take care of my skin, brush my teeth, and maybe read or take a look at my calendar before I go to bed.
2. Get up before they do.
It’s kind of like the airplane thing, put your oxygen mask on first before you help those around you. By waking up early, there I said it, you’re not trying to meet everyone’s needs before your own through sleepy eyes. (Though if you need an ah-mazing eye cream, I know a girl.) Typically 45 mins to 1 hour before the brute squad rises is ideal for me. Gives me plenty of time to do 3, 4, and 5 on this list and put myself together so I don’t embarrass myself at school drop off.
No, I don’t work out this early but I do stretch. I do some simple range of motion exercises my chiropractor gave me and I BREATHE. If you're not up to a full work-out, at least try stretching, it feels good and it's a simple way to take care of yourself.
I don't look at my phone yet! I sit in silence and get my mind together, this includes prayer. You can pray, meditate, journal, or make a to-do list, whatever helps you set the tone for your day.
I try drinking some water first. When you sleep, your body uses up some water so give it a boost before you drink coffee or tea. Do you struggle with just water? Get a fun tumbler and straw, and try infusing it with fruit.
Maybe you need to do these in a different order or maybe your five are completely different but figure out what works for you and be consistent! On the days I’m intentional and get to do this list FIRST, those are the days I’m a better wife, mom, and businesswoman. You can’t control everything that happens in your day but at least prepare yourself to navigate through it…
I have a confession.
Before we cut the (cable) cord I used to watch QVC. I liked to veg out on the beauty nights. I was always curious to see what was trending. One treatment that was talked about on the regular was argan oil.
It comes from kernels of argan fruit, and is referred to as “liquid gold” by beauty experts. It's high in unsaturated fatty acids like omegas 3, 6 and omega 9, and has natural vitamin E, which means it truly nourishes your hair and skin. It can help to renew and repair hair damaged by over styling, environment and oxidization. Your skin will drink it in too, you'll feel smooth and hydrated, not greasy.
Check out the versatility of this powerful oil:
1. Use it as a leave in conditioner and tame flyaways
2. Massage it into your cuticles at night to promote healthy cuticles and nails
3. Use it as a facial or body moisturizer (Sometimes I mix it with our hyaluronic acid and it feels ah-mazing!)
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So, what is this stuff and how do you use it? Well, it's a little slice of heaven here on earth and that's why you need it in your life.
Benefits: helps to relieve aches, pains, sore muscles, headaches, cramps, burns, plantar fasciitis, you name it, if you're in discomfort, try this. This powerful blend of essential oils offers a beautiful aroma and feels likes a warm hug.
Helichrysum is known for its strong anti-inflammatory and skin-rejuvenating properties, has remarkable effects on sensitive and inflamed skin, and is antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It is one of the most ancient and valuable healing substances, known to aid in tissue regeneration and wound healing.
Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East. (As my friend likes to say, if it's good enough for the baby Jesus, it's good enough for me.) It is often used as a valuable ingredient in skincare products, beginning with ancient Egyptians, who used it in rejuvenating face masks. It is also known to aid in infection fighting.
Lavender has a host of benefits and great value in helping the skin heal itself, stimulating cell growth, reducing inflammation, preventing scarring and balancing the production of oil while at the same time cutting down on localized pain - all perfect when fighting acne and problem skin.
If you're a DIY-er or enjoy diffusing essential oils in your home, take a look at our collection, which includes frankincense and lavender.
How to use comfort oil: try it alone and massage it in where you need it, add it to your bath, or add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or body lotion.
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Did you know you can enjoy a free product each month? This foot therapy cream is just the thing to get pedi-ready for spring. I don't know about you, but here in New England I am happy to think warmer thoughts right about now. Here is my in-home pedi to get sandal ready!
1. Soak your feet and relax with my foot therapy soak. The soak includes dead sea salt, which is a gentle, natural exfoliate that removes dead skin. Its minerals rich formula will soften skin and restore hydration. It will absorb dirt, grime and toxins to cleanse your skin's pores. While you're relaxing, you may want to try my weekly go-to, a charcoal detox face mask.
2. File your toenails and exfoliate your feet with a pumice stone or one of our sugar scrubs. You can try lemon, pink grapefruit, or for a limited time, lavender.
3. Pat your feet dry and moisturize. Try massaging our foot therapy cream into your heels. Push back your cuticles then apply your favorite nail polish. The beneficial organic blend of essential oils in the cream include tea tree and cedarwood. Tea tree oil has healing qualities, known for thousands of years. It has so many anti-viral and anti-fungal benefits. Fun fact: the Australian army puts it in soldiers' first aid kits. Tea tree oil can also treat minor wounds, encourage healing, and prevent infection.
Cedarwood oil reduces inflammation, skin peeling and acts as an antiseptic on wounds. I love the woodsy scent. I made a rollerball of jojoba and cedarwood for my husband to replace his toxic cologne. You could add sweet orange to that to kick it up a notch.
Looking for some less toxic nail polish options? Check-in to the Liz Lounge for some of my favorites.
I was never one to think of even using it but since making it a part of my in-home manicure routine, adding it to my bodycare routine in the summer to enhance that sun-kissed glow, and even using it as a bug repellant and deodorant when I forgot to pack them, I'm a believer!
This body oil contains a nourishing blend of organic sunflower, olive fruit oil, jojoba, coconut, and key lime oils; and geranium rose and sage essential oils. It is the ultimate in luxurious hydration and makes a great massage oil. Apply after your bath or shower to combat winter skin. Or use it as non toxic subsitute for perfume. If you're like me and prone to "fragrance" headaches or rashes, this fresh, subtle scent won't aggravate your skin or disrupt your horomones.
Geranium rose oil has a long list of benefits, including helping to prevent bacterial infections; reducing dark spots, scarring, inflammation; treating acne, dermatitis and other skin conditions; and helping to fight premature aging of the skin.
Key lime oil rejuvenates the skin, keeps it shining, protects it from infections, and reduces body odor.
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I remember on a weekend getaway to New York state with my then fiancee, now husband, we stopped at lavender farm. We could smell it before we could see it. If you've checked into the Liz Lounge, you know I love a good cuppa tea so I picked up a jar of lavender infused honey while I was there. I don't mean sprigs of lavender in the jar, I mean these bees worked hard to take care of their lavender farm and the honey they produced was out of this world!
I also picked up a bunch of dried lavender. I would later add a sprig to each one of our hand-made wedding invitations. I always have fond memories when I see the little purple buds. I never thought I would later share this beautiful flower in my daily work...
Lavender is a popular scent. It's versatile and blends well with other oils, such as frankincense and lemon. It can aid in relaxation and even help to keep a clean home. Here are some uses for lavender essential oil.
• Relaxation: add 1 – 2 drops to Jojoba oil and apply to temples and bottoms of feet before bed. For extra relaxation, add a few drops to Epsom salts and then add to a bath.
• Skin soothing: add 1-2 drops to Jojoba oil and apply to burns and scrapes.
• Calm surroundings: in your home, bring water to a boil, then remove from heat. Next add 1-2 drops to the water and diffuse for 15 minutes.
• Supple skin: add 1-2 drops of Jojoba oil and massage into your skin before bedtime.
• Odor eliminator: add 1-2 drops to a cotton ball and place in trash can.
As I write this, it's freezing outside and I can actually feel the warmth of this photo! It's only February but I'm ready for the scents and pops of color of spring. If you could use a dose of lavender too, maybe one of these beauties will lift your spirits.
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