What Essential Oils Taught Me About Mineral Makeup

Today I’m going to share what essential oils taught me about mineral makeup.

So, I have a confession to make. I used to think Essential Oils were a bunch of “hocus-pocus”. That’s probably because my first impression came from my Great Aunt who was a bit eccentric.

Aunt Pearl was a “Happy Hippie”. I couldn’t have been more than 6 the first time she came to visit. I remember being fascinated by all the odd looking trinkets, rocks and natural products in her suitcase; not to mention the strange aromas coming out of the guest bedroom.

She explained how she used Essential Oils everyday to help her relax and ease her pain. I didn’t understand, and how could I? I thought everyone took aspirin for everything.

Fast forward to today, and now I get it.

I’m not any different than anyone else my age; 50 brings a lot of aches and pains. I’ve lived with arthritis on both sides of my neck since my early 20’s and managing the pain became part of my daily routine.

I would take pain meds regularly to take the edge off, but it was still there. Occasionally, there were times when I would “brace” myself, tightening up my muscles to compensate for the discomfort I was feeling, and that of course made everything worse.

Long story short, I had the opportunity to try essential oils to see if it might make a difference. After years when nothing else worked, I realized I had nothing to lose because I was desperate for a solution.

I’m so glad I took that step of faith, because using the oils has greatly improved the pain I was having, and going through that experience helped me understand that mineral makeup isn’t much different than essential oils.

Now I know mineral makeup isn’t for everyone, because not everyone is at their rock bottom when it comes to their skin. Not everyone is ready for mineral makeup.

Much like essential oils, using mineral makeup is a commitment to doing the very best for your skin, even if it goes against the grain of what everyone else is doing. Those that pass or give up using mineral makeup don’t know they need it yet, and that’s ok, because it will be here when they do! 

So, if you currently wear mineral makeup, what brought you to that decision? I’d love for you to share your skin story below! 

 

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.