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31 days to a prettier 2017 : clean yourself up …

If you are like any other women in the world, it’s probably super rare that you get to have a really good shower and wash, yes? It’s not that you aren’t hygienic or don’t shower … you just don’t have the time to do things as properly as you would like to.

Well … it’s Saturday … and you’re going to give yourself just that.

Day 21 : January 21

Give your hair a good wash. Give your body a good scrub.

Most days of the week, if you’re lucky before work, you jump in the shower, throw around some body wash, massage through some a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner and jump right back out before you can say “I need coffee”. You’re clean … but you don’t feel like you did anything. For me – the power of a shower is EVERYTHING. You step out of the real world for a moment. You think about nonsense. You think about deep stuff. Heck – some of my best decisions happen in the shower. SHOWERS are essential to a balanced life.

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Today, take the time to shower and really clean up. Start by lathering up your hair for a good shampoo.While your hair sits with shampoo for a few moments, use a body scrub to exfoliate your body. Rinse away both your body scrub and rinse out your shampoo. Move on to a deep conditioning treatment. You can either use an actual deep conditioning product or hair mask if you wish, but in a pinch, leaving on your regular conditioner longer but also in a liberal amount can also do the trick. Apply your conditioner or mask from root to tip, focusing more on the ends of the hair twist up high on your head and secure with a jaw clip.

While you’re letting your products sit, move on to another task you normally rush through – hair removal! Whether you shave or epilate, now is the perfect time to do a thorough job leaving your skin super smooth. Once you’re done shaving, finish up with your soap or body wash. From there, go ahead and rinse out your hair mask or conditioner, using a wide-tooth comb to detangle and tame your hair.

Turn off the water. Grab a towel. Dry off.

Done. And well done. Hope you made some good decisions!

TIP : I’m guilty of having the hottest showers ever. But I know deep down, it’s not good for me, my scalp or my skin. If you must have a hot shower, do it in intervals. Perhaps just in the beginning for a minute or two, and then right before you step out. Switch between warm water and cooler temperatures in between.

HOMEWORK : No homework – it’s Saturday!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : brush up for the next week!

It’s Day 7!!  Go on with your bad self.  You completed a whole week of the guide. We’re going to level up a bit next week with our tips and tricks for beauty … so consider this week a fun+pretty warm-up. You did fantastic!

Day 7 : January 7

Wash your brushes.

If you’re a makeup freak and every single brush under the moon and use all 1,999,998 brushes daily – this task is going to suck, but in the end your makeup and skin will continue to look flawless and your product will last longer. Swear to Sephora.

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Now, you should be washing your brushes regularly – at least weekly – and sterilizing and lightly cleaning in between each use. If you’re a habitual cleaner and a little bit OCD about your products and tools – then this comes as a no brainer to you. Get washing holmes! If you’re a newly minted newbie to makeup … or never really thought to wash your brushes (side eye!) … continue reading.

First, you’ll want to gather up every brush and reusable sponge today, plus your favourite brush cleanser or bottle of baby shampoo.

Next, prep your area. You’ll need access to the sink, but then also a cleared and clean area to lay down your brushes and leave to dry. Be sure to wipe down the area thoroughly and lay down a fresh clean towel or drying mat for your brushes to rest on.

The trick to washing your brushes is to use warm water and a little bit of soap or cleanser. I like to dollop the cleanser on the back of my hand, wet the brush, and then swirl lightly in the cleanser to give it a bit of lather. Do not smooth your brush into your cleanser. Holding the brush downward to rinse, I remove all traces of soap. The reason you hold the brush downward is so that water and cleanser does not travel into the ferrule of the brush head (the barrel that covers the connection of the brush fibres to the barrel) where it can loosen or breakdown any glue holding the fibres together.

Once you have cleansed and rinsed, reshape the head of the brush and lay the brush flat to dry. If possible, leave the head of the brush over an edge to prevent the hairs from lying in its own dampness while it drys.

And from here, you go on to then next brush and so on, so forth.

Again, you should be doing this regularly for your brushes and tools. It will help to prevent transfer of bacteria and keep your skin free of any irritations. if your currently experiencing a breakout or skin issue then try to be more diligent, washing every few days and keeping your beauty area as clean as possible.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat!

TIP : In between cleaning, keep your brushes stored properly away to prevent the growth or spread of bacteria and dirt.  Keeping them in a cool dry place, and contained is your best bet. You can also spray with alcohol in between each use, or try my favourite spray : 1 part tea tree oil ( a natural disinfectant ) to 2 parts water.

HOMEWORK : Make it a habit. Pull out your planner, and mark the next “bubble bath” day for your brushes!

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if you must : palmers skin therapy cleansing oil FACE …

Since the birth of my youngest child – my daughter – over two years ago, I have taken on a whole new approach in how I treat and care for my skin. Nothing like heading towards the big 4-0, and at the time having 2 children with 1 on the way, makes you scrutinize your skin and your face more …

I took an interest in changing the way I cleanse/treat my skin and fell in love with face oils. At first, I used a variety of face oils to moisturize and treat my skin, using dabs to prepare my skin for the day, and heaps to heal my skin at night. I saw an immediate improvement in the tone and texture of my skin. In addition, I became less oily and my complexion just balanced itself out.

And then, I took the next step : using oils to cleanse my skin.

There are many out there to try – and I have tried plenty – but right now, I’m enjoying Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE. It’s a lightweight but effective oil that removes makeup and dirt without stripping the skin.

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Yes, that’s me – taken today – no makeup, no filter and pretty much in my pajamas and blogging.

I keep the bottle right by my tub, and in the morning I pump a drop into my hands and gently cleanse and rinse in the shower. Before bed, I pump a bit onto a cotton pad to gently remove the day’s makeup from the eyes. After that,  I pump another few drops into my hands and start to massage over my entire face before rinsing clean.

With it’s convenient pump top, it is cleansing made easy – no caps to remove when your hands are slick but also it’s foolproof to add more drops without over-pouring if a deeper cleansing and more product is needed. It removes the heaviest and most waterproof of eye makeup in an easy swipe and I never feel like there is any trace dirt or residue left behind. It’s rinses off easily and quickly too.

Formulated with grapeseed, jojoba, and rosehip, my skin never feels tight or stripped after use – nor does it feel oily and slick. Many people, especially those who have an oilier complexion, tend to shy away from using face oils of any sort because they believe that using oils would actually make them oilier. But believe me – that is simply not the case.

I’ve been using Palmer’s for about 55 days now. In addition to using the cleanser, I also moisturize with a variety of face oils, including Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil. My skin is brighter, softer and smoother.  I can go makeup free confidently on most days and other than the bags under my eyes (ha ha), my skin looks healthy enough that it doesn’t need concealer or foundation. Fine lines are NIL, and the skin is plump. I believe my skin is more youthful and more even, and that it’s maintaining it’s elasticity well.

I highly recommend trying Palmers Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil FACE for yourself. If you have drier, mature or aging skin and want to see results … changing it up to an oil based routine could be beneficial to you. Oilier skin types can also benefit and you might find that using oils helps to regulate your skin. Perhaps start light with this cleansing oil first, and down the road, start moisturizing with face oils as well.

Palmers can be found in all our favourite shops for beauty : Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and it can also be found at The SuperStore!

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