Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You Are Beautiful.

Yes, you! Too often I think we all forget how beautiful, treasured, loved, and special we are. I just wanted to remind you, you are beautiful. You are treasured. You are loved, so, so much! You are so incredibly special!

I absolutely just love this quote. Some scientists say that is you saw a clone of yourself, you wouldn't even recognize yourself because our idea of how we look is very different from how we actually look. So often we view ourselves as plain, or ugly, or ordinary. I want to tell you that you are anything but plain, ugly, or ordinary!

I feel like a lot of the time you'll see someone who looks different to you, or has something you want, and so you label them beautiful. Then you label yourself not beautiful because you don't have what they do. They are beautiful for what they have and look like, and you are beautiful for what you have and look like.

You are not a mistake. God created you and has a plan for your life. A beautiful and unique plan! He loves you with a love that will always be there. He cherishes you, and is so excited to be there for you! He loves you so much, and nothing you can do will change His love for you. He will never be angry with you. He loves you, and thinks you're absolutely stunning! 

And please, don't forget. You are beautiful.

I love you all!

xx Chloe

Friday, June 20, 2014

Caveman Regimen - From Acne to Clear Skin ~ Day 1

Hello, you beautiful person!

Today marks the start of my caveman regimen experience to clear skin. Ever heard of it? Most probably haven't, so I'll give you a quick run down.
Basically, the caveman regimen isn't a regimen at all. It's where you do nothing to your skin. I mean no cleansing, toning, moisturizing, spot treating, picking, no face makeup. You leave your skin alone to heal and get back to it's natural state. Kind of scary, right? Letting go of your control, and letting your skin heal itself naturally isn't the easiest thing. Physically it's super easy! It takes wayyyy less time to get ready in the morning, and to get ready for bed at night. Emotionally and mentally though, it can be challenging. But that too, is part of the healing process.

Today marks the official start of the caveman regimen for me. For about 1 1/2 months I haven't washed my face in the morning, only the night. Then a few days ago I stopped washing my face at night too, but I did rinse it and apply a little bit of jojoba oil afterwards. Now though, I'm going extreme and will try to not let any products touch my face, including  not letting water touch my face. When I wash my hair, I'll probably get some water on my face but that's kind of unavoidable. Some people that do the caveman regimen will rinse their face with water, but at least in the beginning for me, I'm not going to.

I'm just going to take you guys on this journey with me, and see how it goes! I have a beauty channel on YouTube, but thankfully I've never been a big one on foundation and face makeup. I will still wear eye makeup, but I can just remove that without doing anything to the rest of my face. So hopefully by the end of 30 days, that's generally how long it takes for your skin to start looking and feeling good, I'll have clearer skin!

Right now, my skin is looking a little oily, but nothing bad. The texture also isn't very smooth, but that's how everyone feels in the beginning of this regimen. My skin is trying to learn how to take care of itself without the help of products. I had such lovely skin up until I was 11, or 12. From that age on I started to use face washes, granted they were natural ones, but that was the start of my skin issues. Ever since then I've struggled with acne. No more, though! I'm ready for it to be gone. I've always used natural products on my face, but I have such sensitive skin that I think this might just be the right thing for me. :)

Now in addition to the caveman regimen, I try to eat clean and healthy (I try to eat no gluten and dairy in the week). I also exercise 4-6 times a week. I think one of the huge contributors to clear skin is a healthy lifestyle. Now I do let myself indulge on the weekends, because if I don't treat myself I would not be able to maintain eating healthy.

I have a lot of acne scars from a semi recent really bad skin freak out and break out. After lots of patience though, I've managed to get my skin to this point.

This is the current state of what my skin looks like, day 1:

I'm not sure how often I will update you guys, because I'm going to try to not be obsessive about how my skin looks these first 30 days. After the 30 days, I've read that you can gently exfoliate all the dead skin off, and it will reveal beautiful and smooth skin. I'm not sure yet how I will exfoliate it off, just with my fingers, or with a natural Konjac exfoliating sponge. I read about someone who used that sponge and it worked well for her. So we'll see! I hope you all bear with me, and I hope I can stick it out!

xx Chloe