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Baby Steps to Better Skin- Update

So far, hmmm….

Face Cleanser: I’m using the AMBI Complexion Cleansing Bar for now. When this bar runs out, I’ll see how much better my face is. If I still have pimples, I’m going for a liquid cleanser with salicylic acid.

Face Moisturizer: I’m not on this yet, because I’m still treating my dark spots with AMBI Fade Cream. As soon as they’re all gone, I’ll decide what to use.

Body Lotion: My skin reacted negatively to E-45 so I stopped it. Right now I’m using Vaseline Cocoa Butter. It doesn’t really give my skin enough moisture, but I’ll stick with it until I finish this bottle. Then I’m getting AMBI moisturizing lotion with Olive Oil and Shea Butter.

Exfoliating: The gloves are working just fine!

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Baby Step 9: The Fruit Fast

You’ve probably heard of the juice cleanse, made popular by Gwyneth Paltrow and other Hollywood celebs. However, experts say a juice cleanse is not healthy. It is better to eat fruit than just drink juice. They gave sound medical explanation for this (Google it) so I’m going to cleanse my system by taking nothing but fruit for a week. Pineapple, pawpaw, banana, watermelon, apple… all day for 7 days, accompanied by lots of water.

I’ll probably lose some weight, so I’m waiting until after I’ve consumed all my wedding anniversary cake and other goodies J

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Baby Step 8: Red Meat Is Not My Friend

I’ve always known this, and I’ve been a huge fan of chicken, turkey and fish. Unfortunately, my hubby cannot stand poultry in soup, so since I got married I’ve been cooking my soups with beef. Any wonder my skin has deteriorated? All those free radicals!

I’ve decided to make the ultimate sacrifice. When I do eat “swallow”, I’ll have no meat. I’ll ignore the beef and stick to the fish in the soup. I’ll have to cook with more of it, though. The health benefits of reducing red meat in your diet extend beyond healthy skin. Try it!

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Baby Step 7: Ditching Ponds Powder

I gave up compact powder and foundation because it stains my baby when I’m snuggling and kissing him- which I steal out of my home office to do very often during the day. I’ve been using the pink Ponds Powder, and I think that’s what is making me dark.

So I’m doing the unthinkable; going without any powder whatsoever, all day.

However I will still have to get powder for events, and church on Sunday. I’m thinking of my first love, Black Opal. It rose in my esteem in 2005 when I saw it sitting on the very smooth, fair skin of my pastor’s beautiful wife. Since then I’ve tried Tara, and I’ve also used Sleek.  I still think Black Opal is awesome. This time though, I’ll be going for loose powder instead of compact.

What’s your favourite powder?

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Baby Step 5: Exfoliate

The skin needs a little helping along when it comes to getting rid of dead cells and letting that glow shine through. My facial skin is oily, so I’ll need to do this about twice a week. Again, I have no idea which product to buy yet, so I’m going to make a simple exfoliating scrub at home, using just granulated sugar and coconut oil.

First I’ll place a hot wet towel over my face to open my pores. Then I’ll apply the scrub over my entire face, scrub carefully, and rinse thoroughly. Hello new skin!

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Baby Step 4: Moisturize

This one is a bit more challenging, because I have no idea what moisturizer I should use. I’ve never liked the idea of using body lotion on my face. However, I need to start moisturizing my face asap. So, I’m going to use coconut oil. In the past it would not have made sense to use any oil on my face, but my research has shown that coconut oil has many benefits (some of which I’ve seen on my baby’s skin whenever I’ve applied it to rashes or allergic reactions), so I’m hoping it will work for my acne as well.

@AcneSkinSite says, “Coconut oil is known to work the best for acne. Whether they are zits, pimples, blackheads or whiteheads, it’s a remedy for all.” Some experts also say using oils on your face will help your skin regulate its own oil production.

My sister-in-law is a beautician and she makes pure coconut oil at home. I’ll buy some for my face for a few days and see how it goes.

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Baby Step 2: Cleanse Thoroughly

The second thing I’m making a habit is the step I mentioned in my previous post- thorough cleansing. I haven’t bought any cleanser yet; I’m still using my beloved, mild Dove Bar. However when I do get a “real” cleanser though, it will be the liquid, rub-in-and-rinse-off type.

The point for now is to wash my face using circular motions for 2 full minutes. How will I time it? I’ll find a song that lasts about that long, and play it every morning in the bathroom. 😀