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olive oil isn’t only for cooking …


never in my life did i ever think that i would be using oils to cleanse and moisturize my skin. if i could only tell my teen self what i know now …

clients often give me the sideways glance when i say that they can try using simply everyday oils to care for the skin. it’s almost like i’ve pooh-poohed on their noticeable shiny t-zone … “oil on oily skin, lady?!?! i don’t think so …”

but there are plenty of benefits in using oils in raw form on the skin … its just a matter of finding the right one.

olive oil,  for example, can help maintains the skin’s elasticity and protect the skin from damage thanks to it’s anti-oxidant quality; jojoba creates a protective layer and has been said to break up sebum in clogged pores; and almond oil can soothe, condition and soften the skin.

this is just the tip of the iceberg for oils and their cosmetic benefits. there are many more out there that are great for the skin, it’s just a matter of thinking outside of the “lunch” box …

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pore over this …


little quick tidbit for you to chew on:

pores cannot open and close despite what you may read or what tips and tricks are shared with you about achieving clear poreless skin. hot water does not open the pores or make them expand; and cold water cannot close them up and make them shrink.

that said, a little bit of steam from your morning shower can help to soften and loosen built-up grime and oil that clog up your pores. this makes the shower the perfect time to use a bit of an exfoliating scrub or nubby washcloth to try and nudge some of that said built-up grime and oil out of the pores which, in turn, makes them appear smaller and less noticeable because they are cleaner …


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pore little you … and every other beautiful face in the world.


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wash, rinse, repeat


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instead of that, try this: live clean non-petroleum jelly

Liveclean we all know that Vaseline Petroleum Jelly does its job … it heals chapped lips, softens ashy skin, and moisturizes all the little dry patches here and there. but in recent years, people are concerned about using some of the key ingredients – namely the petroleum (duh) -  in such an iconic staple and the good news is that you do have options.

what I am currently using is Live Clean's Non-Petroleum Jelly! it's completely petroleum free but provides all the same hydrating, healing, and moisturizing effects using plant based ingredients.  in addition, it has all the "frees" you are looking for: fragrance, preservative, paraben and pthalate free.  free free free free.

check out this quick reference page at Live Clean that lists all the good stuff they do use and all the bad stuff they do not use.

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