What You Need to Know About Cleanse Teas and Your Skin

A few weeks ago, I realized in the chaos of my life, my vacation date was under a month away.

I’ve been planning it for about a year, so you would think by now I’d be prepared.

Not so much.

Like every woman on earth does at some point, I vowed to shed 10 pounds before getting on that flight, and now, here we are, and I don’t think I’ve even lost one.

So much for that 2 piece bathing suit.

But, one night, after flipping through my Facebook Feed, there it was. Another ad for a Detox Cleansing Tea. I’ve read about them before, but it never occurred to me to give it a go.

This particular tea promised to rid bloating and muffin top in 2 weeks! I was desperate, so I went all in, even paying extra to get it here asap.

Don’t worry. I’m not going to give you a play-by-play! Let’s just say it did what it promised, and I noticed a significant change after just a couple of days.

But, I also noticed something else. My skin was so dry! It’s usually pretty dry in the winter, but this time my skin looked flaky, began to itch, and my face looked tired, and (gulp), older.

I was dehydrating!

Turns out I didn’t read all of the directions. I was so focused on results, I forgot to take care of myself. 

I missed the part where it said that I needed to be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day during the cleanse to stay hydrated.

And this whole experience got me thinking.

There are those desperate for clear, healthy skin. They forget that their problem skin, like my extra 10 pounds didn’t happen overnight, but, just like me, they want results, and they want it fast.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve our skin, weight, or our lives. We just have to remember there are steps we need to take before we get to the top of the staircase.

And when we’re impatient and skip those steps, we must understand there are consequences that come along with that choice.

What choices have you made that affected your skin in a negative way? Share your story with me below.



How to Take it All Off

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I‘m not sure if you know this about me; I really love watching YouTube how-to makeup videos. Contouring, smokey shadow, you name it, I’ve seen it. 
But as many as I’ve watched, (it must be in the thousands by now) I’ve never seen one on how to take off your makeup. Come to think of it, I’ve never written about it either. That is, until now.
It goes without saying we should remove our makeup every night.  
Problem is, most women still go to bed with a dirty face, and don’t even know it.
And, I don’t want this to happen to you!
Today we’re going to talk about how to take it off the right way in 4 quick, easy steps.
Step 1- Melt 
What I mean by melting is breaking down the stubborn eye makeup first. You can do this by using an eye makeup remover. Personally, I’m loving my own blend of Apricot Kernel, Sweet Almond and Avocado oil (watch for the Essential Makeup Remover debut soon), especially if I’m wearing waterproof mascara. 
Apply the oil with a washcloth, being careful not to get too close to the eye itself. (If you wear contact lenses, you’ll want to remove them first.
Step 2- Steam 
Take a clean, warm washcloth and lay it over your face or 10-20 seconds. This helps to further break down the makeup. Remove the towel and carefully remove the eye makeup along with any extra oil.
Step 3- Cleanse
Use your favorite cleanser to cleanse the rest of the face and rinse well.
Step 4- Tone (IMPORTANT!)
You thought you were done, right? Not so fast! Your skin is not completely clean without finishing with a toner. Toner removes any oil or debris the cleanser may have left behind. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean the cleanser removed it all.
This step is a snap! Use a cotton pad to apply an alcohol-free toner or astringent. Wipe the entire face, and repeat until the pad looks completely clear. You’ll be surprised at what you may have missed before.
We’ve only get one face, and one chance to take great care of it. And trust me. your skin will thank you! 
Do you have a tried and true skincare routine? Spill all the details below.