Fitness and nutrition are primarily discussed on this blog, but a healthy lifestyle is all encompassing. I wanted to share a few tips from an active, budget-conscious individual’s perspective.
I was not blessed with flawless skin and have to work hard at keeping it clear. That means I NEVER go to bed without washing my face, and I still battle breakouts.
Without spending large sums of money on products, there are a few inexpensive items I’ve come to rely on.
I love this simple, DIY treatment found via Pinterest. Some products on the market have large beads that can irritate delicate, facial skin. However, the baking soda gently exfoliates without that abrasive feeling many products induce.
Occasionally, I mix this with my facial cleanser for more suds.
Mix 2 TBS honey with 1 tsp nutmeg & 1 tsp cinnamon into a thick paste. Apply the paste for 30 minutes.
I add 1-2 drops to my moisturizer and facial cleanser. Tea tree oil is a natural, antiseptic. You can feel it working through subtle tingling of the skin. *Important: Do not apply the oil directly to your face; you should always dilute it.
And, guys can add it to their aftershave to help prevent ingrown hairs! I doubt any guys are reading this particular post, so ladies, pass it on.
I’m a natural blond; however, my hair gets downright dull in the winter months. So, I use lemon juice to highlight, and if I’m desperate, Sun-In. I know, gasp! But, a little bit of Sun-in and a burst of heat from the hair dryer, gives me that “sun-kissed” look.
I’m not too picky with my shampoo, but I have to have a legit conditioner to comb through my fine hair (read: tangles & perpetual ponytail). Pantene and Garnier have been staples for me, and I load up the ends of my hair.
Another cheap conditioner? Olive oil.
Massage 2 TBS into your hair & scalp (more if you have thicker, longer hair). Wrap in a warm, damp towel, and let set for 30-40 minutes. Shampoo afterwards (may take more than once).
Ultimately, I strongly believe what we put into our bodies is reflected on the outside. So nourish it well. Hydrate. Eat clean.
You likely can tell when I have been on a sugar binge, because I will be hiding behind foundation and concealer due to breakouts. When will I learn that ninja is not always in style?
My skin improved when I followed the anti-inflammatory diet, so there’s something to be said about that. I also take vitamins to make sure I hitting all my essentials. My favorite option is the Women’s Ultra Mega Active Vitapak. Grab and go.
Lastly, sleep. We need it. Coach & I invested in a high-end mattress when we got married (yes, we are that rough…ha!) because we value our sleep. But, then I go an skimp on pillows. What a waste of precious Zzz’s. Now, I have a new pillow that is making up for lost time. Amazing.
What is one beauty product you can’t live without?
Where do you splurge? Cut-back?