Where Have I Been?

Hi all. I know. I have totally disappeared for the past two months, even when I specifically told you all that “during the summer I will be more consistent with my posts.” Heh…whoops. And honestly, I haven’t been traveling faraway lands this summer, thus I don’t have an excuse for my absence so I am truly sorry, loyal followers, for abandoning you. With that, there are some changes I want to make to my blog. I want to start fresh.

I will start taking my own photos of the foods I cook, the treats I bake, the different skin care products I recommend, ect. I believe that because I grabbed all my pictures from Google images, the reading experience was not as personal. I also want to post a baking segment monthly; I am a very healthy person but you just need to indulge sometimes, right? Lastly, I will create different face food and fitness accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) so there are other ways you can follow me than just this blog. More changes to come ūüôā

Thank you all for being such fabulous supporters!

Questions? Comments? You can email me at: facefoodandfitness@gmail.com

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My Monthly Favorites

I have decided to do a segment on my blog called “My Monthly Favorites.” I will post these at the end of each month, talking about the various obsessions I had during that time. All these obsessions also have to do with the overall theme of my blog: healthy lifestyle, so i will be talking about anything ranging from food and recipes to face washes to my exercise classes. Below I have listed a couple of health-related habits I had during the month of May. Enjoy!

1. Frozen Fruit

You may be thinking “Oh, frozen fruit as in making smoothies with frozen fruit!” Wrong. Although I did make many smoothies after school, I mostly ate frozen fruit straight from the bag. Call me crazy but i thought it was delicious! It was very similar to eating ice cream, yet in a much healthier way. I really enjoyed the frozen raspberries and bananas; they were sweet and just melted in your mouth. It was also a great way to incorporate your necessary servings of fruit in to your diet.¬†

2. Spearmint Tea Exfoliating Cleanser

I found this product in the cosmetics area of Whole Foods and I have absolutely fallen in love with this product. It is by Skin Organics and it helps fight breakouts, purifying, and exfoliate the skin. You may think that this product is a harsh, bead-filled cleanser since it is an “exfoliator” but it isn’t! It does not contain any gritty bits; it is gentle enough to use every night but strong enough to clear your skin! Check out their website; I highly recommend their products:¬†http://skinorganics.com/

3. Yoga

I like going to the gym yet sometimes the monotonous running on a treadmill can bore me. This led me to find another source of exercise: yoga. Yoga is so good for the body and also for the mind. You become mentally stable in a yoga class, relaxed and ready to take on whatever lies a head of you. I really enjoy those classes and plan to continue with them throughout the month of June. 

Face

We all have our bad habits. Cracking knuckles, biting nails; I have experienced it all. But when it comes to my face, bad habits can reek havoc on my skin. If you are subject to poking, popping, pinching, touching, irritating, or picking at your face, you may find these tips very helpful. And do not worry, I am also trying to break a couple of these.

1. DON’T POP THAT PIMPLE

Everyone has popped a pimple intheir life. You think it immediately disappears, but in reality, you are only creating a bigger infection. Forcing the puss out of that red bump only pushes more back in, causing a bigger lump on your chin. And when it does heal, a dark red scar can appear from multiple irritations. PLUS popping a pimple doesn’t usually feel good. It hurts! Now doesn’t that make you think twice about picking at your skin?

2. Hands Off

I am guilty of unconsciously touching my face. You may have an itch, or have to wipe a hair out of your face; whatever it is, you are harboring all the oils and bacteria from your fingers to your face. And this can cause major breakouts for acne prone skin.

3. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!

I cannot stress this tip enough. Fruits and vegetables are wonderful, natural sources of antioxidants, that help your face look fresh and healthy.

4. Change those Sheets

Changing your sheets, especially your pillowcase is crucial to keeping your face free of oil build up. After having the same pillow case for more than a month, it becomes a cozy spot for bacteria to settle.

5. Wash after Workouts

Sweat is great for flushing out the toxins and impurities in your skin. But if you keep it there for too long, you are prone to creating an oily, bacteria-filled film on your body; acne likes to show up in these conditions.

These only a couple of my many “skin rules” but I believe that they are the most important on my list. If you would like to see more posts like these, comment!

Inspiration

My inspiration for this blog started with a little bit of acne. It was during that lovely pubescent time of 6th and 7th grade when those red unwanted bumps started appearing on my face. Of course, everyone goes through that phase, one pimple here, another one there, but I was the unfortunate one who was diagnosed with straight up acne. ¬†I went to all extremes in the drugstore buying technology like Nuetrogena Wave to washes like the Clean and Clear Blackhead Scrub; nothing worked. I needed to dig a little deeper to help my face to clear up. It wasn’t until the end of 8th grade when I made the discovery of products that changed my face forever: organic skin care. From then on my breakouts became less frequent and I was motivated to research specific ingredients found in facial products. Juice Beauty, MyChelle, SkinCare Organics, Yes! To Tomatoes; these brands (and more) helped me create a more healthy, paraben-free skin care routine and made me aware of the benefits of organic face washes. So when you are going to the drugstore for face wash, think twice about what you are buying. Read the labels, check for parabens, and if it isn’t the product you thought it was, the organic aisle is always open.