Some Simple & Basic Healthy Lifestyle Tips & Tricks
I am prone to breakouts, I have extremely dry AND oily skin (they don't mix well together) along with thin, naturally thing and greasy hair. With these issues, I often times spend my mornings and nights looking into remedies to help make my face, hair and body feel better. Some remedies work extremely well and some remedies don't work at all. I'm here to share with you the remedies that I have found most successful and fairly simple.
I took on the challenge of a "lifestyle" detox and meshed it with a "skin" detox and the results have been non-stop improvement. I have not given up the delicious foods I love for a "diet" and I have not screwed my everyday routine up in anyway. I managed to alter a few things and I found myself getting amazing results. My body is in better shape but my self esteem, skin, hair & mind are all in better shape as well. Take a look at the list below to see what I am up to while I continue the easiest detox of my life!
I lovelovelove matcha! Matcha helped me cut down on my terrible caffeine craving. Matcha not only boosted my energy to a much higher level than coffee has ever done, but it refreshed me, it tasted way better than coffee and I was consuming it without any unnecessary dairy. I mix it with ice and water, and often times would sip on it for hours and sometimes re-fill several times during the day. Matcha helps lower cholesterol, increasing your metabolism and detoxing your body. It has an earthy (kind of like grass, lol!) but delicious taste. It is truly an awesome substitution for caffeine!
Coconut oil is a fairly new game for me. However, after my first experience with it, I never looked back. I use it every single day. I actually began using it when my hair dresser told me to use it as a face mask/night time remedy for moisturizing. I also take coconut vitamins (100% organic)! My skin has gotten so much better using coconut oil. Coconut oil is supposed to help dry skin and healthy for your pores. My skin is better, and the vitamin I take is slowly starting to help my body.
Eat your greens
This is harder than it looks but I do my best to follow through. I really love green foods like spinach, broccoli, asparagus, kale, green beans, etc. I will happily eat these greens with every meal. But on the days you don't cook, its harder to find an alternative. It helps with calcium, magnesium and potassium. They say greens are great for your immune system so I always try to eat these 6 days a week MINIMUM. Greens also benefit your skin and help you feel energized, so eat up!
Some are skeptical when it comes to oils. I'm a 100% believer! I suffer from severe migraines and started using essential oils instead of my prescription medication and it seemed to be much more effective (and natural)! I've since started using essential oils for relaxation, skin care, placing it in my bath, and some oils like Peppermint feel refreshing when you're working hard or trying to relax before bed. I suggest researching them and buying some for yourself! Investing in a kit will not be a waste of money.
Try some organic tea tree oil products
To help my dry skin (especially during the winter months), I tested so many different methods of face masks to help keep my face hydrated without making it oily. A face mask that I really loved right off the bat was a tea tree oil mask! The tea tree oil face mask (sheet) felt both cool and calming while I kept it on my face and it gave me 30 minutes to take a bath and relax. It is only $7.50 so it is well worth the price. I bought a bulk amount so I never had to worry about running out abruptly. I also began using an organic tea tree oil bar of soap in the shower which helps moisturize your body when you wash. Water makes my skin super dry so having a method in the shower is so helpful.
Try healthier, smaller snacks instead of large meals
This was a major adjustment for me because I really love food. I didn't want to "quit" eating my favorite unhealthy meals and start dieting, I simply wanted to control my junk food intake. I had to ditch the habit of "bored eating" entirely. It was actually way easier than I thought. I started by changing my breakfast and lunch routine. I stopped skipping breakfast and started eating parfaits, oatmeal, fruit and if I was super desperate for something I would even substitute some fresh veggies. I would eat fresh fruit & vegetables during lunch too. I started to avoid big subs, anything hearty, the larger meals that involve french fries or potato chips. I labeled one day a week as my "cheating" day and would eat some of my favorite goodies! (I usually try to do it on a Saturday/Sunday knowing I can go for a hike and get some exercise in.) It is pretty simple and I feel so much better everyday.
Avoid over-eating sweets
We're all guilty of this at some point! We all need a cheat day too (like I stated above) so I'm not judging! I always try to avoid the unnecessary donuts offered at work, the desserts you find yourself craving late at night, ordering the dessert when I'm out to eat, etc. I had to limit myself and once I slowed the sugary treats down, my cravings for them slowed down too!
Drink extra water
Water is something everyone needs, period. Water is one of the best forms of medicine. I suggest drinking water because this is also a major "flusher" for your system. Being hydrated is easier said than done but you should try to drink lots of it everyday (no matter how many times it makes you go pee!!). Drinking more water was one of my new years resolutions and I think it is a habit we all need to pick up.
Scrub your face with warm water only
So many people find this gross which shocks me because I do it regularly. Sometimes the soaps you are using irritate your skin and sometimes cause breakouts. The face wash you are using may not always be full of the high quality products they advertise, some have gross chemicals which are damaging your skin. When my face is experiencing a really extreme break out, scrubbing it with warm water and a washcloth work best and it gives you skin a chance to relax and really feel clean.
I was a pretty big Pepsi & Sprite drinker up until January 1st! (This was the one thing I did try to completely give up during this detox!) I gave up soda because of the sugar and grossness that soda really has in it. I'm also on a "save the Earth" kick, so I hate the cans and plastic holders around the six packs. I am protesting, in other words. After giving it up, I didn't crave it, miss it or really care. I was entirely content with switching it out with some Matcha on ice! This lowered my sugar intake by a huge amount and it is so much healthier for your body and skin.
Avoid Dairy Products
I am a really big cheese lover. I could eat cheese everyday for the rest of my life and never complain. Dairy unfortunately causes horrible skin problems and breakouts! I have not cut dairy out because it is one of my absolute favorite foods and I think it would be impossible, but I do try to avoid it when it isn't necessary to consume. I try to limit my intake of dairy until dinner and only a few times a week. I started cutting down my dairy intake and my face slowly became brighter and less broken out. I stumbled upon this by accident, but can really assure you it helps.
Don't starve yourself
I know, that sounds silly. Losing weight in college is a major thing girls are trying to accomplish because we are prone to gaining weight. (Not all the weight gain is bad) I'm guilty of wanting to lose weight, so don't worry. Girls that use "dieting" in the form of starving themselves so they can eat one huge meal aren't doing it right. If anything, that makes me feel even larger because when I get really hungry, I bloat and I'm sure that happens to so many of you, too! The point of a detox is to eat and enjoy eating. Don't stop eating food to lose weight. That isn't the main goal of a detox. In college, the only thing you should stop over-using would be the alcohol. The sugar level in beer is gross and that is where a lot of weight gaining comes from.
Relax in a warm bath
Some might disagree with this one but I swear by this too! After a long stressful day (or maybe a really lazy and boring day), crawling into a warm bathtub a few times a week with some essential oils (no bubble bath!) feels so relaxing and soothing. I love to finish my days that way. I love using essential oils instead of the bubbles in a bath because again, they are organic and healthy and bubble bath isn't the greatest for our bodies to soak in. If you haven't heard of the bubble bath downfalls, I suggest researching them if you take bubble baths regularly like me. Essential oils & warm water tubs are my absolute favorite! I swear, I am a 60 year old woman living in a 20 year old's body, ha!
Avoid working too much & on too many projects
As a blogger, student and my 8-5 job, I've got a lot of different things going on all the time as do many of you! When I go home at night I typically like to spend some time working on my blog and homework. Most of the larger projects for my blog I try to work on & finish during the weekend(s). I also try to go ahead on homework so I can avoid the stress of being behind and having huge tasks. I always try to finish ALL work, homework, social media posts and blogging tasks before 8:30pm on weeknights (giving me a few hours to do nothing).
Avoid wearing makeup on the days you have off
I love makeup, don't get me wrong. If I have learned anything it would be how awful makeup really is for your skin. I think makeup is a huge problem for me in terms of my acne breakouts. If you can avoid it on some days, I suggest you do so. Makeup has been my best friend in terms of helping me feel better with my looks and my absolute worst friend in terms of breaking out and making my face feel greasy and dirty. Makeup does make your face feel greasy and dirty so washing it off is a major must.
Don't over-sleep and over-rest
I recently figured out that the reason I have so many issues when it comes to exhaustion is simply because I take too many naps and I go to bed way too early. The last 5 weeks I have tried to avoid naps and going to sleep really early unless I feel like I need to do so. By avoiding the sleeping route, I try to shoot for 7 hours of rest. This may sound crazy to those of you who don't have this issue, but resting can be a blessing and a nightmare for some.
Eliminate any facial products that contain chemicals bad for your body
The first task I took on during this detox was cleaning out my makeup/products shelf. I hoarded lotions, makeup, deodorants, moisturizers, etc. I ended up throwing away around 42 different items. I began reading about chemicals that are inside the products we wear everyday and they are often times linked to cancers, lead poisoning, infections etc. Anything that didn't pass the test, I chucked. I now have one less empty cabinet to worry about and healthier products in their place. Be sure to read EVERYTHING and research the ingredients you are using on your body. You won't always find products that are relatively 100% perfect, but you can eliminate a lot of nasty things from touching your face and skin.
As a kid, my aunt told me to take some multi-vitamins (thanks, EE) and I never did! As I grew older and researching I realized vitamins are extremely helpful. I take gummies because I hate pills, BUT these multi-vitamins are supposed to be a major stepping stone for your immune system and building your immune system up. I highly suggest taking some vitamins! I take 2, 100% organic multi-vitamins every single morning to accompany my coconut oil vitamin!
I'd love to hear your detox results!
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