Along with having to bear with the hormone and blemish surge that is puberty, I’ve done my fair share of things to provoke my skin into anger. Examples: accidentally using cleanser as lotion and lotion as cleanser (…), slathering my whole face with benzoyl peroxide (I was desperate…and so flaky, you could have made me into a cereal–sorry, maybe that was too gross), etc.
|1. About the drawing, this is how I imagine things look once you magnify the skin 1000000000000x times.
2. One thing I enjoy about taking these pictures is seeing how many things I can hold in my hand at once.
Tea tree essential oil
- How to use: Starting with a clean face post-toning, pour some onto a cotton pad or Q-tip, then lightly dab over problem areas. DON’T GO OVERBOARD or else you will irritate your skin.
- Why use it: It’s the safer alternative to benzoyl peroxide–works slightly slower but without the flaky (and potentially toxic) side effects. It’s antiseptic, antifungal, and antimicrobial–aka it will destroy bacteria-filled pimples
- How to use: Same as tea tree.
- Why use it: Same reasons as tea tree plus lavender is therapeutic, did you know? Calms you down. And can help make you sleepy. It’s also antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory–so it’s like tea tree plus redness reducing
|I know it is so obvious that apple cider vinegar is inside, but bear with me. I promise it is.|
After I’ve removed my makeup with jojoba and cleansed with honey (usually shower goes here but we can skip that), I pour a bit of apple cider vinegar onto my clean face towel and wipe it across my face. Not only is it a double checker to make sure I’ve removed all the muck from my face, but it also hangs out to trade some punches with my blemishes. You can easily get a massive bottle of this at a health food store (make sure to get it with the mother…that’s where the good stuff is at) pretty inexpensively.
Why ACV is awesome
- Jojoba oil is very similar to the oil our skin produces and like dissolves like–aka putting jojoba oil on your face attracts your face’s dirty oils and then you wipe it away. Yay. (also rhyme)
- Raw honey is antibacterial, antifungal, moisturizing, smells awesome, tastes good if you get it in your mouth (can’t say that about most cleansers on the market), and all-around just fantastic.
- Double cleansing (aka this oil followed by honey business) first takes care of oil-based dirt (like makeup) and then water-based dirt (like sweat). It’s got all the dirt covered.
Revolutions in history are always interesting creatures. We have the American (Boston tea party–oh for the love of tea!), the French (birth of the guillotine), the Bolshevik (hello Soviet Russia), and on. Each uprising of the people has brought about sparks of progress and/or regress, and our days today are as so thanks to those angry people seeking change.
|Is the London flag + “Revolution” + the fact that I live in America too ironic? I love it.|
This lip gloss by Revolution Organics thankfully comes un-violently to you presented by George the London bear*. The color “Integrity” goes on as “my lips but awesome” for me plus some shimmer but with none of the goop stigma customarily attached to lip gloss. It lasts for a couple hours unbothered but I can’t say anything beyond that because I eat and drink pretty regularly through the day so I probably manually refresh my lips anyways every 3-4 hours. Full of nourishing organic oils (olive, jojoba, sunflower, safflower), shea butter (hydrating!), aloe vera (soothing + softening), and more, this lip gloss is nourishing enough on its own or layered on top of lip balm (Hurraw!). Definitely a step for progress I’d say. ($26)
Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant: No-mess spray deodorant that smells of roses (as you could gather from the title). This easily keeps me fresh all day through being nervous at my piano lesson and running after buses. I do have to dress strategically to avoid wet stains, however, as to be expected as this isn’t meant to soak up moisture. Weleda also says you can use it as a body spray, but go easy, it has a pretty concentrated scent. Also make sure you have good aim. Sometimes I aim for my pits and I get my neck, or my collarbone, or my chin. ($16)
I am your poor college student, and as much as I’d love to drop my nonexistent money for a beautiful perfume like Honoré Des Prés or Tsi-La, I need to save it for food for when my meal plan runs out (highly likely). Hence, here are some natural perfumes that don’t contain phthalates (commonly found in “parfum,” these mimic estrogen and confuse your body), are more budget-friendly, and still smell awesome.
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Love & Toast Mandarin Tea Perfume: I first tried it on in a small store called Wyler’s a couple summers ago in Brunswick, Maine (you must go there – it is a store of the most utmost cuteness) and every time I visited the store again (many times), I would dab a bit of the sample on my wrist because I loved it that much. It’s a zingy citrus tea and it is awesome. Whenever I am feeling like I need a pick-me-up in the mornings, I use this. ($9)
Essence of Vali EOV Botanical Perfume Oil: This is my sexy perfume. At first I thought it would be too spicy for me, but it has grown on me to the point where every morning I choose this (whether or not the day’s occasions call for extra sexiness). It’s spicy and as in the words of its creator, “warm floral, slightly citrus, earthy, and sensual and uplifting at the same time.” ($15)
Love & Toast Paper Flower Perfume: Feminine, floral, flirty, you get the alliteration. When I’m wearing flowery clothing, I wear this to match. Don’t laugh at me. ($9)
Note: People often find that natural perfumes don’t last as long as synthetic ones (see this article by Tsi-La), but I think that people can take the extra 5 seconds to reapply if they need to. It is a small price to pay. I usually find two dabs of either Love & Toast actually lasts me the day, but the EOV blends into me as the day goes, which I don’t mind.