Beauty

Should You Double Cleanse?

Have you heard of double cleansing? It’s pretty big in the beauty world right now. Whether you’ve heard of it or not, lets break down the “who, what, when, where, why, and hows.”

What is Double Cleansing Method?

Double cleansing in its simplest explanation is washing your face twice. More specifically, you should you two different cleansers. This method is to ensure that your skin is truly clean. The first cleanser will clean your skin, remove any makeup and excess oils. The second cleanser will be geared towards your skin type and will address any concerns.

Who Should Double Cleanse?

If you have acne prone or oily skin, double cleansing is for you! Also, if you wear a lot of makeup or specifically foundation, double cleansing is for you! Live in a large city with high population and pollution? Yep, double cleansing is also for you.

If you tend to have very dry skin or wear minimal makeup, you can probably skip the extra step.

When Should I Double Cleanse

Double cleansing should happen in the evening. The purpose of double cleansing your face is to wash off the buildup and/or makeup from the day. Also, you don’t need to double cleanse everyday. If you have dry skin, or you haven’t worn any makeup that day, you could skip it.

How To Do The Double Cleansing Method?

When double cleansing, you should use two different cleansers. Your first face wash should be an oil-based wash. Then you should wash your face with a water-based cleanser.

You should first use an oil-based cleanser to remove any makeup, sunscreen, or pollution that may be on your face throughout the day. Air pollution can actually accumulate on your skin causing irritation, rashes, and breakouts.

Using an oil-based cleanser is an important first step because it wont be too harsh on your skin. Over washing your skin can lead to drying out and/or irritating your skin. You want to make sure that you maintain balance when it comes to your skin, that’s why using an oil cleanser is beneficial.

The oil-based cleanser that I use and love is the Midnight Oil Cleanser. It contains Marula Oil which is so beneficial to your skin! I actually did a whole blog post about why you should have Marula Oil in your skincare routine. You can read that blog post here.

After your first oil-based cleanse, then you use a water based cleanser. Applying your water based cleanser to your clean skin will allow it to penetrate more deeply into your skin. Use a great lathering wash that will get into your pores.

Since your face is already clean when applying your water-based cleanser, the great ingredients in that cleanser are able to do more work! For example, the cleanser I use and love is Dream Clean. Dream Clean has Aloe Vera in it which creates a shield to keep moisture in and pollutants out.

I also love it because Dream Clean is all natural. I’m picky about what products I put on my skin because we absorb everything. With that in mind, I want to use products that I know are non-toxic and use as few chemicals as possible. Dream Clean is a lathering cleanser which is unique for lathering cleansers. Usually soaps lather because of a chemical reaction but Dream Clean lathers because it uses a fruit extract, Soapberry. It also combats acne-causing bacteria and inhibits melanin production that reduces the appearance of age spots and sun damage.

If you have dry skin but wear makeup, and are wondering if the double cleanse method is for you, I suggest using a lotion based cleanser like Quench Cleanse

Quench Cleanse is a great option for dry skin because its a very gentle cleanser. It has a high percentage of Aloe Vera, Rose Water Water which also soothes and hydrates the skin. As well as Foraha Fruit Seed oil. This vegetable oil is proven to aid in the elimination of waste material and toxins from capillaries, helping support cell immunity and strengthen skin cell tissue.

Having dry skin doesn’t mean that you can’t use the double cleanse method, you just need to make sure you aren’t using any products that are too harsh.

I personally have dry skin and I LOVE the double cleansing method. You can see my whole skincare routine here.

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New Skincare Collection for the Body

I am obsessed with body scrubs these day! Exfoliating all over before applying self tanner is crucial. Plus, it leaves you feeling amazing!! The great news is that LimeLife has a brand new collection for us with BIG savings. The Renew Body Collection has everything you need to treat and care for your skin from head to toe. In this collection you get your choice of exfoliating scrub and it includes two hydrating lotions. Here are your options:

Exfoliating Scrubs

Scrubtini:

Super-moisturizing sugar body scrub made with Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea and Olive Butters, and Lemon Verbena Oil, which is super refreshing. Sugar granules gently exfoliate to instantly reveal glowing, healthy, and hydrated skin. This scrub smell ah-mazing. You’re almost tempted to eat it, but don’t! It doesn’t taste as good as it smells 😉

Bamboo Renew

My personal favorite body scrub! It’s great for exfoliating super dry and rough skin. This body scrub has polishing Walnut Shell Powder, Bamboo, and a refreshing essential oil blend of Lemongrass, Mimosa Flower, and Litsea. This scrub gently foams, exfoliates, and leaves your skin smelling lemony fresh and silky smooth. The Walnut Shell Powder exfoliates and removed dead or dry skin cells. The Bamboo Powder is from the hills of India and makes the skin more vibrant. While the Algae and Rice Extracts provide firming agents and the Milk Thistle is known for exceptional moisturizing. I mean, what a perfect combo of ingredients! I truly love this product!

The Two Body Lotions:

Creme of the Crop

Creme of the Crop of a extra-rich, decadent, protective creme. It contains the highest quality African Shae Butter and Safflower Seed Oil, that penetrates deeply to heal dry, cracked, and calluses skin. The shea butter is extracted from the shea nut in a way that doesn’t decrease the benefits of this oil. The shea butter is purchased from an African production corporation that harvests responsibly to keep the indigenous shea tree thriving. This creme also contains Lavender Water which is a soothing and hydrating ingredient that absorbs into the skin. This creme can be used all over the body or as a daily hand creme.

Forty Cure Creme

I’ve talked about this product before here and here. It is by far one of my favorite products and crucial in my household because one of my daughters has eczema and she uses it everyday to help her dry, itchy skin. Forty Cure Creme is a super rich hand and body cream. It contains a blend of Citrus and Lavender Essential Oils and an ingredient called, Tamanu Seed Oil. This oil is obtained from “The Forty Cure” tree in Tahiti. This oil is used to treat wounds, rashes, burn, eczema, rosacea, dry skin, and many other skin ailments. It is the main ingredient in this therapeutic body cream.

The Bundle:

You can purchase any of these products individually but now you can bundle an exfoliant and the two lotions to save some money. Woot Woot! And not just a little money, TWENTY DOLLARS! Y’all, $20 savings is pretty dang good. To order, follow THIS LINK, and pick your favs!

P.S. August is my birthday month and to celebrate, I’m doing a super fun giveaway in my Facebook beauty group. Click here to join my group so you can have a chance to win! And while, you’re at it, follow my Facebook page for more beauty tips. If you’re more of an Instagramer, no worries I’m there too!

Make today great!

Mellie 💋

Beauty

How to Have a Spa Day at Home

With many people having shelter at home orders and other practicing social distancing, I think it’s safe to say this is an anxious time for us, worldwide. There’s lots to worry about and not a lot of opportunities to decompress. Since spas are considered nonessential and they are all shut down, I thought I would share how to have a spa day at home!

First, if you’re a mom, get hubby to watch your kids or wait until bed time. We love our children, but kids aren’t super relaxing 🤪

Once they are occupied, it’s time to set the mood!

Candles!

Candles with lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint are great at helping you relax! I’ve put together some great options for you! A couple of the candles are from Target. Why I went there specifically is because if you use your Red debit card you get free 2 day shipping! I do think shipping times are wonky right now because of the pandemic but definitely something to remember for the future. Amazon is not your only option for fast, free shipping!

Chesapeake Bay serenity and calm / Aromatherapy Relax / Chesapeake Bay relax and restore /
Calm from Sonoma / Sonoma Eucalyptus & Mint Leaf

Take a Bath:

Now that we’ve set the mood, it’s time to run a bath. There are so many bath bombs on the market but PomBoms are my favorite! They are packed with Pomifera Oil, with is rich in antioxidants and Omega-6. These ingredients help make smooth, soft, and healthy looking skin and will leave you extra glowy. There are 4 scents to choose from, in this situation, lavender is make favorite to help relax!

Face Masks:

I love doing face masks! I do think it’s important to note that all face masks are not created equal. Everyone has a different skin type so it doesn’t make sense for everyone to use the same mask. It would not be good if someone with sensitive skin that breaks out often was to use the wrong masks.

I personally have regular to dry skin and I love the mask, Skin Polish! It’s a gentle exfoliant and a mask. It smells heavenly, just like lemons, but don’t eat it! It doesn’t taste as good as it smells 🙈 Its all natural. The exfoliant is Jojoba Beads and then oils from Olives, Lemon, and Cypress restore and protect your skin. Can you tell I’m geeking out over this one? The way I use it is a couple times a week I wash my face, then while my face is still damp I massage the mask on for about 30 seconds to exfoliate my skin. I then let it sit for 15-20 minutes, or whenever my show is over 😉

If you have sensitive and acne prone skin, I recommend Masque of Zen. It’s actually an acne fighting mask that is made it’s Montana Clay, Tea Tree Oil, Cinnamon Bark, and other goodies that act together to help the major causes of skin imbalance. When you first start this mask, to help with acne (it’s great for teen acne and adult acne) use it 3-4 times a week for 2 weeks to help clear out your skin. Then go down to once or twice a week.

Hair Masks:

Since we are not able to see our hair stylists right now, idk about you but I’m starting to get some major split ends! I searched on Amazon for hair masks and this Argan Oil Mask had 4.5 stars with over 8,000 reviews, and was affordable. I decided to try it. Disclaimer, I’ve only used it once but my hair felt smoother and less dry after my first use!

I hope that this post gave you some ideas for how to get a little self care in at home.

This too shall pass. Love you guys,

Mell 💋