Monday, April 11, 2016

natural beauty products

{me and my mom circa: 1983ish}

when i was a kid, i danced and performed and basked in the lime light. i loved everything...right down to all the make-up we had to wear. however, that love affair didn't last. {the dancing and performing did but, not the make-up}. i have lived through my teen and adult years with mascara and maybe, a little eye liner and shadow. i prefer au naturale.

but, as i age, the au naturale look does not hide the lines, wrinkles and lack of luster that has crept up around my eyes, forehead  etc.  i need more coverage or something. and, since i have spent {hundreds} on make-up {after getting make overs} and barely use it once i get it all home...
i have decided to fight the aging process with natural products.

i have been using these products for over a year now and love them.

burt's bees' products are fabulous plus, the story behind the company is very cool.
the products are all natural.
i had been using neutrogena face and body wash for years but, decided to make the switch because of burt's bees commitment to environmentaly friendly and sustainable, natural products. {mr. c is still a die hard neutrogena fan}.

coconut oil. i love this stuff! i have been using this as a moisturizer for two years after some ladies in my group fitness classes told me how amazing it is. {you can use it in your hair, on rashes, cooking, and as a moisturizer}. i use it nightly. it only takes a small amount {dime size} to cover your face/neck area. it turns to liquid as soon as you rub it in your hands and will soak into your face immediately without clogging your pores.  {it will not leave you or your pillow case greasy}.

apple cider vinegar. oh! the many benefits of this natural product! drinking it {just a teaspoon or two mixed with water} can aid in digestion, help with aching joints, and heart health. but, my favorite is to use it as a toner. i dab a little on a cotton ball and rub it all over my face morning and night. mr. c and the kids think i'm crazy because the smell is a bit potent...but, i'm keeping the wrinkles at bay!

drinking lots of water and exercise is a must for naturally, healthy skin.
and, i enjoy this smoothie from simple green smoothies:

kiwi berry glow
1 1/2 cups spinach
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
2 cups unsweetened coconut water
2 cups blackberries
2 kiwis halved {did you know the skin is edible and adds extra fiber}?

blend spinach, mint and coconut water until smooth.
add berries and kiwi.

makes two servings. {randi and i love the simple green smoothie girls and their book}.

here's to glowing, healthy skin!

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