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Sunday, January 17, 2010
- Cleanse your face twice daily. Never scrub too hard as that can disturb the pores and cause an over production of oil. Try to cleanse with a gentle face wash that does NOT contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. As a rule of thumb, if your face wash contains ingredients you cannot pronounce, do not use it.
- HONEY! Thats right, I said "honey". Raw organic honey is one of the best skin healers you could ever put on your face. Honey is a natural antimicrobial - meaning it naturally kills and inhibits the growth of bacteria. It also soften the skins and helps retain the moisture that is often sucked right out of our skin. Simply apply honey (must be RAW ORGANIC!) to your entire face after washing and let it sit for about 10 min before rinsing off. While it is safe enough to do twice daily, I usually apply it to my entire face in the morning and then spot treat with the honey in the evening. But beware- if you have acne the honey will draw out the impurities and make the blemishes come to a head extremely fast. But dont freak out... in 2-4 days the acne will be significantly reduced and you will begin to notice far less acne and more smooth clear skin. YAY!
- Dont touch your face- period! Touching your face spreads bacteria. Its tempting, but resist the temptation.
- Regularly clean everything that touches you face. This includes- pillow cases, towels, make-up brushes (must be cleaned with a mild soap and warm water after EVERY use!), and anything else that comes in contact with your face.
I hope these tips were helpful. I strongly believe in a holistic approach to health and I have a strong desire to encourage anyone out there who struggles with their body, skin, or self image. I understand how hard it is because I've been there! Satan knows the best way to take me down is to attack my self image- and I must admit he does an excellent job. I continually try to remind myself that I am made in God's image and my body- the only one I'll ever get - is a temple unto the Lord. I will never attain perfection, but I can let go of that need simply by knowing that God loves me and cherishes me just as I am.
Click HERE to hear a song I held dear to me during my recovery and one I still listen to on my hard days.
(The song will play automatically when you go to the site, and the lyrics are written out for you to follow along and enjoy)
Friday, January 15, 2010
- Keep my apartment clean! I've noticed my desire to clean has slowly progressed down hill and the mess has begun to get on my nerves. I'm done with messy living and unvaccumed carpets... I desperately miss the smell of Lysol and Pledge!
- Drink more water. I know it sounds silly, but my lack of hydration is just another element of abuse I've inflicted on my body. I desire to treat my body (the only one I'll ever get) like the temple God created it to be.
- Since I'm on the subject of better bodily health, I've decided to better my nutrition by adding a multivitamin and a daily dose of strong probiotics to my morning regiment. With that I've also decided to limit my intake of meat and make a more conscious effort at buying and eating organically whenever possible (ie: more visits to the farmers market! YAY!!)
- Keep up on laundry weekly. Sadly enough I've become one of those irresponsible young adults who waits to do laundry until the only items of clothes left clean are a few mix macthed pair of socks, my bathing suit (of which I'm not a fan of), old gym shorts I've had since the age of 12ish, and my ugly jeans that literally button up near my belly button- and not in a cute "high waisted / high fashion" kinda way.
- Take more walks and practice more yoga on a consistent basis. It comes as no surprise that with my history of exercise abuse (during my anorexic days) and my now extreme aversion to all things related to gyms, a more balanced approach to physical heath is a better way for me to stay fit and active. Plus nature walks make me happy and yoga has a way of calming my spirit like nothing else can.
- Spend time in God's word DAILY!! This is a big one for me. Ok *deep breath*- I'm going to be totally vulnerable with you for a moment, and admit that while I love the Lord with everything I am, I have a tendency to fall short on spending quality time with Him outside church doors. My prayer life is and (for the most part) always has been healthy and active, but I've come to realize talking with God is simply not enough. I need His word, and I need it every day.
- Continue to read. I've realized God has gifted me with a deep passion and appreciation for the written word. All things poetry and literature related feed a part of my soul that nothing else can. I hunger to read, to learn, and to grow on a daily basis. William Hazlitt said it best when he said, "books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own."
- And last but not least, learn to live with less.