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WHAT ARE FACE OILS? and why should you care?

IMG_6056Have y’all heard of the latest skincare trend – face oils? I just learned about them and am freaking obsessed. I (typically) have absolutely terrible skin & am a bit of a brat when it comes to ingredients in beauty products. Hey, as much fun as a breakout is at 26, it pays to know what you are putting on your face. Since living in the desert, I have become obsessed with all things moisturizing, so when I discovered Trilogy, my life was made. Full of amazing ingredients & moisturizing, hellllo go-to beauty product.

Okay, so here is the skinny on face oils & Trilogy’s latest Age-Proof line. Face oils are a great way to get moisture back into your skin without the greasy residue of cream moisturizers. Plus, many (like Trilogy) are plant-based, so it’s less harsh than many moisturizers.

In the morning, add a few drops of face oil (I am obsessed with their Booster Oil) onto clean skin, wait a few minutes to let dry, and then apply moisturizer or sunblock. Their products (like the new Age-Proof line) is full of natural antioxidants, so they cut down on inflammation (goodbye puffy eyes) and help smooth out uneven spots (and are a great wrinkle preventative).

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COFFEE AND COCONUT SCRUB FOR FACE & BODY

IMG_0786Well howdy my little winter babes! Hopefully your skin is fairing better than mine this winter, but in case you’ve got alligator skin as badly as I do, this post is for you! Sylvia is sharing her secret to silky smooth skin all season long with her incredibly easy to make coffee and coconut scrub for your face and body. It’s easy, smells divine, and perfect for your morning showers. It’s a dream! See the full scoop below.  – xo, LK
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Hey friends! Sylvia here & today I am showing you how to make the most amazing scrub. This coconut and coffee scrub is absolutely perfect for your face and body when they need a little TLC this winter. Specifically, the scrub helps with the following:

– Exfoliates Skin (brown sugar)

– Diminishes appearance of cellulite and also acts as a mild exfoliant (fresh coffee grounds)

– Moisturizes, hydrates & smooths your skin (Organic raw unrefined coconut oil)

– Cleanses the skin – gets rid of dead skin and blackheads and dark circles! (Almond Oil) *optional* It’s also packed with Vitamin E (great for skin) and very high in antioxidants

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INGREDIENTS:

–  1 cup coffee grounds
–  1/2 cup brown sugar
–  1 cup coconut oil (microwave for 8-10 seconds)
–  2 drops of Almond Oil (optional)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Mix ingredients well so all the ingredients are well blended
2. Take a scoop with your hands and rub into your skin in a circular motion
3. I like to leave it on for a few minutes, but when you are ready, rinse off with warm water & pat dry
4. Voila! Alligator skin no more!
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 I highly recommend using this scrub during your morning shower. This scrub can get messy, so make sure you use a towel you don’t mind getting dirty and expect a little clean up.
Get ready for super smooth skin & a happy little caffeine boost to kick start you day! Make sure you let us know how you like it. We would love to see your take on this coffee and coconut scrub, so tag us on Instagram!

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HONEY CINNAMON MUD MASK

9845 copy 2For all my organic beauty buffs, this post is absolutely for you! Sylvia (one of our fabulous photographers) is sharing her secret for finicky skin – a honey cinnamon mud mask. As a self-proclaimed adult acne sufferer, she swears by this masks ability to clear up junk, moisturizes, and reduce pesky scars. Plus, who doesn’t love a good pamper sesh? See the full recipe below & let us know what you think! – xoxo, LK


Hello, friends! Sylvia here & I’m a fan of using all natural ingredients (knowing what’s in the product) versus buying face masks and buying products from stores since I have very sensitive skin. Growing up, my mother would always come up with homemade remedies to fix anything! It would be anything from herbal teas to boost your immune system, to making homemade soaps & moisturizer.9619
This mask is great for 3 things:
– Moisturizing (honey)
– Exfoliating (brown sugar)
– Getting rid of acne & acne scars (cinnamon!)
I’ve suffered with adult acne and to make it even worse – acne scars! I swear that ever since I started using these masks, my scars and complexion became clearer. honey mask

Before you raid your cabinets or go out and get the ingredients, I want to explain why these ingredients are the best & why they work so well!

HONEY: I prefer using “all natural, organic, raw, unfiltered” honey vs honey that has been processed but it’s totally fine if you use either/or. I just feel that you get more benefits using raw honey. Make sure that it’s at room temperature (easier to smooth onto face). Sometimes I like to warm it up a bit and stick in the microwave for 6 seconds. It’s a natural humectant which acts as a moisturizer & has antibacterial properties that help spot treat existing pimples.

BROWN SUGAR: I like brown sugar versus cane sugar because it’s more gentle on your skin, but both will work just fine! It works great for exfoliating the skin!
CINNAMON: AMAZING smell, but because it’s such a strong spice, it might make your face tingle/burn for the first few seconds. Totally normal! 🙂 Cinnamon stimulates & revitalizes the skin by drawing blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the surface of skin, leaving your skin glowing and healthy! (THIS WORKS!) It also prevents acne.
TEA TREE OIL: This oil is amazing for curing acne and acne scars. It smells and it’s a strong smell, but it works. I usually put in 2 drops, but had to ease into it since the mask is already so strong and tingly.

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INGREDIENTS:

– Honey (2-3 tbsp)
– Brown Sugar (2 tsp)
– Cinnamon ( 1-2 tsp)
– OPTIONAL – 1-2 drops of Tea Tree Oil

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Friendly reminder, it’s best to test it on your wrist to make sure your skin responds well.
2. Rub it in, in a circular motion, for about 1 minute & let sit for 20-30
3. This is a great excuse to read, relax, or have a cup of coffee
4. Once your timer is up, wash off with warm water in circular motions. Tap face dry with clean towel & check out your glowing new skin!

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OATMEAL & HONEY FACE MASK

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Oatmeal and honey face masks seem to be the most traditional of skincare DIY’s. This is likely due to the ingredients being easily accessed in your kitchen pantry, and the sheer simplicity of mixing up a 3 ingredient concoction. I first had an oatmeal and honey face mask when I was about 10 years old. It was at a slumber party – where almost all beauty discoveries begin. While I didn’t need it for my skin then, I’m glad I learned how to make them for the future of my face.

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Oatmeal is so great for your skin. Not only is it a great exfoliant, but helps with acne and assists your skin in retaining moisture.

Honey is perhaps one of my very favorite natural beauty products. For anyone with irritated skin, this will work as an anti-inflammatory. It also aids in preventing skin aging, and is rich in anti-oxidants. Seriously, it’s up there with the coconut oil craze.

Lastly, milk! Now, I’m pretty convinced that raw milk is the way to go in skincare, but if it’s not available in your area I’m sure organic is just as good! Milk has been used as a facial cleanser for centuries. It has the ability to draw out unwanted oils, and still soothe the skin. Not to mention, it serves as the perfect binding agent for the mask.

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INGREDIENTS:

2-3 tbs of oats

1 large spoonful of honey

1-2 tsp of raw milk

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Grind the oats up in a blender until they become a coarse powder, then transfer to a separate bowl.

2. Mix the honey into the oats, and slowly add milk as needed. You’ll want the mixture to still be sticky enough to stay on the skin, but thin enough to easily spread across.

3. Test on the back of your hand until you find the right consistency.

4. This will make about two masks, so invite a girlfriend over to participate in the fun, or force your significant other to try it out.

 

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HOW TO USE:

1. Remove all makeup from your face and steam with a warm towel for about a minute. This will allow your pores to open up to soak up all the goodness from the mask.

2. Lightly pat dry, then spread the mask on with your fingers into as even of a layer as you can.

3. Allow this to sit for 5-10 minutes, gently exfoliating your face over the skink to catch the oatmeal as it rubs off.

4. Rinse with warm water and moisturize as normal.

IMG_5366.JPGI recommend using this mask about once or twice a week to start seeing results in skin irritation, moisture, and overall healthy skin!


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