Updated: Jun 29
Typically I focus my blogs on makeup and products specifically targeted for skincare, today I am going to tell you about my "unusual" beauty staples which includes 3 products. The best part is that most of you already have these products, but if you don't, ANYONE can afford these. I really hope that this blog teaches you something new! Feel free to leave me a comment - let me know :D OR tell me about your unusual beauty staples.
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Before we begin, let me just get this out of the way, practicing self care each and every day is truly the gift that keeps on giving! When you take care of your mind and body - it shows. Our skin is a tell-tale sign of what's going on in the inside. My tips, products, and tools will achieve an immediate result, but nothing will make a lasting impression on your mind, body, and skin like your commitment to healthy eating, stress reduction, sufficient sleep, and exercise. Ok-ok mini lecture over!
Saline Salt: If you have allergies, you probably have this at home already for sinus irrigation. In addition to the obvious use, I use saline salt for my skin and hair. Like any "treatment" this is not used everyday! I use it to treat skin or hair once a week (max twice during warmer months). A salt scrub can restore your skin's natural defense against bacteria and pollution by exfoliating the dead skin cells in the skin/scalp. For skin, you would first wash your face to prep it for exfoliation. Next, mix a saline packet with your cleanser to exfoliate, using light circular motions. The saline will dissolve while in use, so you won't have to worry about over-exfoliating. You can do this for your bikini area or back of the legs/butt as well. For hair, you can use the salt to exfoliate your scalp or mix the saline salt with water to create a beach-wavy hair spray.
Don't use the salt on your lips Or eye area!! I find it can burn and dry the sensitive skin in those areas.
Alcohol: Again, you've got this in your home. I put alcohol in a spray bottle and use to clean your hands, makeup brushes, fix/disinfect powder compacts, and skin. I know most people think, alcohol on your skin YIKES!!! But nope!!! As with anything, too much of one thing is bad. I wouldn't use alcohol on your skin more than twice a week in one area. I will wet a cotton swab, spray it once or twice with alcohol then I use this to clean my skin after I've worn my mask or headlamp (which I wear often when I work). It prevents future breakouts and I see existing breakouts gone by the next day. It's great for your back as well to remove hair products and other dirt/oil that we neglect. Grab your makeup brushes and a towel, spray the brush and wipe-wipe-wipe! You will be amazed and grossed out by the amount of grime that builds up! Follow the link above to read about fixing and disinfecting makeup pallets.
Don't use the alcohol if your skin is extremely dry and irritated!! ie People with eczema, dermatitis, rosacea; please steer clear and follow your dermatologist and scripts!
Vaseline: Now I know, everyone's momma's momma's momma's has taught them about vaseline! Literally the uses are endless, however I will focus on the skin/beauty side. Remove your heavy, waterproof eye makeup or long wear lipstick. Another trick I do for my feet, especially during summer, I use a generous amount on each foot, then put socks on while I sleep. By the next morning, my feet are super soft. Use on your elbows, knees, and lips for those areas that tend to get more dry.
Don't stick your fingers in the jar! Use a q-tip or tiny spatula to not contaminate your jar. Same applies to all beauty jars!
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