Winter Skincare

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Last year brought about a lot of changes in my life and a current obsession I have (besides re-watching all the seasons of Friends) is simplifying my skincare routine.
I was first acquainted with really taking care of my skin around nineteen years old. I bought my first Clinique 3-Step Skincare kit for my overactive, acne-prone skin and fell in love with the therapeutic process of taking care of my skin. Count down six years later and I’m still obsessed with process as ever!
As the seasons change dynamically (as much as it does here in Southern California) so must my skincare. My usual skincare archetype is oily-combination, but with these drier colder months my skin has needed a lot more moisture as most of us do.
I went to the Aesop store in Abbot Kinney and met with a sensational sales clerk/skincare guru named Luchia and she took care of me and my skincare needs so thoughtfully.
I came out of the store with: Amazing Face Cleanser, Bitter Orange Astringent, and the Oil Free Hydrating Serum. Let me tell you, I am completely smitten with this skincare range. Although its pricey, it’s well worth it. The herbal, non-perfumey smell and the additional no-added dyes does work wonders on my sensitive skin. As the months got colder, I layered the Josie Maran Argan Oil to really give my skin the extra moisture it needed.
For extra deep cleansing I add in rotation my Clarisonic Skincare brush that’s been with me for a couple years and is essential in the makeup removal process. In addition, I’ve recently discovered cleansing balms for the first step of makeup removal. It’s a step to get acclimated to, but the process is very soothing to me (call me crazy, but it feels like I’m having a facial every day!).
On days where I feel like I need to get the extra gunk out, I highly recommend The Face Shop White Clay Dry Mask. It’s the kind that dries and you peel off like a Biore pore strip. It’ extremely satisfying, let me tell ya…
The newest addition to the lineup is the Aesop Primrose Kaolin Clay Mask and it gives off a  warming sensation as it dries (which lets me know its working its magic) and washes off with warm water and a washcloth.
I wish I took before pictures, but here’s the current status of my skin in visual format.

 

 

*Sidenote: These photos aren’t photoshopped, I took them in good light during the morning, and all I have on is moisturizer. Just added my blog watermark at the left corner 🙂

Anyways, what things to you put on your face to make you feel 100%? Leave them in the comments or tweet them to me!

Indelible Gratitude,
-Kat

New Skin with Natural Aloha!

I apologize to my readership in advance for not posting as often as I would like, but fear not I will have new content ready in the fall. I just need to organize my train of thought and really develop this new blog of mine.
In other news, a week ago I received my package from Dina at Natural Aloha (I paid, don’t worry this isn’t sponsored, not that I’m at that level to gain sponsorship yet, haha) and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. So let’s get on with the good stuff!

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1. “The Fix“: For use on acne, blemishes, minor cuts, scrapes, and bites. $18.00
I bought this to use as a toner as an alternative to my 100% Pure Mint White Tea Tonique and the moment I used it on my running scars, blackheads, blemishes, and newly forming acne the redness had subsided and by the next day it reduced to about half of it’s size. It smells very much like a blend of lavender and rosemary which I happen to enjoy. Although it says on the website that this is an astringent, this formula is not harsh at all for my oily-sensitive skin. I highly recommend this product and it’s versatility in usage!

2. “Homegrown ‘Olena Body Scrub“: Made with natural Hawaiian sea salt, dried ‘olena, lemon oil, and tea tree oil. $18.00
If you don’t like smelling like lemons in your shower, I don’t recommend using this product. But really, who DOESN’T love the fresh tangy scent of lemons at any time of day. I utilize this body scrub three times a week on the days I run to really give my legs a pampering. For those who don’t know, ‘Olena is Hawaiian Turmeric and has been found to be great for it’s medicinal properties. After using this scrub, my legs feel soft and moisturized and renewed. I also can’t complain about this product as well 🙂

3. “Pit Balm“: Use fingers to apply. Store in a cool place. Do not expose to heat or sun. Do not use on broken skin. Discontinue if rash occurs. $10.00
Okay, so this product was what initially provoked my into buying from Natural Aloha. I’ve seen so many great reviews via Instagram about this product that I had to try it for myself..and I am thoroughly hooked! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t scrupulous about putting on deodorant before because I just felt that what ever deodorant I use it never worked efficiently. After buying this Pit Balm and putting it to the test with a 3 mile run and a lifting session afterwards, I was impressed! Now, after I shower, I apply this stuff to my armpits and I’m just beyond satisfied.

If you would like to order some of your own Natural Aloha, go to: http://www.natural-aloha.com/shop/

For Always,
-Kat

Take Your Massage To New Heights

MH_sportsbalmType: Massage healing lotion
Category: Skincare
I bought this sports balm lotion after experiencing some pain and tension in my back, shoulder, and neck from not properly warming up before dance rehearsals two quarters ago and it greatly surpasses Tigerbalm, Salonpas, and Bengay for a couple of reasons.

  1. It smells divine
  2. It’s all natural
  3. Leaves a moisturizing, not greasy feeling
  4. Massage therapists will show you different techniques to maximize the benefits of this product

Overall, initial application of this product goes on lovely and the tingling feeling lingers for quite awhile (something that I enjoy about this product).
This lotion is found at all Massage Heights spa centers and also comes in different varieties, but the sales associates told me that this balm is the most favorited by both women and men across the board!
If you’d like to find a Massage Heights near you, go here:
Massage Heights and “Elevate the everyday