Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A rare post–beauty tips!

It’s real rare I’ll ever talk about beauty tips, health tips, exercise tips, fashion tips… etc etc etc.  I mean there’s a real good reason why – most weekends, scratch that, every weekend you’ll find me in yoga pants and painted on tank tops.  My hair is usually in a messy ponytail trying to hide the left over paint in it…from the previous weekend.  The latest color my nails are painted….are whatever color I last spray painted something.  And my work outs? Dragging pallets around.

However, my work space for my full time job is shared with a great friend of mine – who is a real health nut.  She is crazy over all those off the wall health tips Pinterest is full of.  She does them all… and she looks great.  So, slowly it’s rubbing off on me. 

I originally started hearing about all the amazing uses for coconut oil last year at the Haven Conference from my roommate, Anne Marie, of White House Black Shutters.  She’s a SERIOUS guru about coconut oil and all the possible uses for it.  Well, initially I was more freaked out that you could use one thing and put it on your face, in your hair, on your baby, cook with it, bake with it, etc etc etc.  Things like that just weird me out rather than most, who think it’s so amazing!  Well a year later, I’m finally caving. 
If you follow me on Facebook I asked how most people use it and started thinking maybe I could use it… just for ONE use to start.  The girl I share my work space with uses it mostly for her face, so I thought I’d start there.  I finally picked up a jar of Coconut oil and have been using it as a face wash every night and morning.  And in addition at night after I wash my face at night with it, I put a little on as moisturizer again.

I’ve been doing it for about a week… and I’m totally loving it! Instant results – softer smoother skin, seriously.  I’m going to do a comparison 30 days from now and really see if I visually see any results.  But even if I really don’t… I don’t think I’ll be going back to regular face wash! 

The second little health tip I’ve picked up I’m excited to do a 30 day comparison.  I’m not one of the fad type people when it comes to health.  I never diet.  I don’t believe in cleanses.  I don’t think anything “extreme” is good for you.  (For example – the ONE time I did a “diet” I did the first phase of Atkins diet when I was in college, ended up getting gallstones and having my gallbladder removed.   I lost more than I was hoping for.)  

Have you heard about drinking honey and cinnamon and losing inches?  Too good to be true? Maybe…. but my friend says she does it, and whether she actually loses weight or not, she said it fights water weight and you do feel healthier from it.

According to the article on what you do is:

1. use honey and cinnamon in a 1:2 ratio (one part cinnamon, two parts honey)
2. put the cinnamon in a cup or bowl.
3. boil one cup of water.
4. pour water over the cinnamon and let it steep for 30 minutes.
5. once the liquid has cooled, add honey. Always add honey to the cooled liquid – hot liquid will destroy the enzymes in the raw honey.
6. drink half of the resulting “tea” before going to bed. Cover and refrigerate the rest.
7. drink the other half first thing in the morning.
8. do not add anything to the recipe. only drink on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning and right before bed.” ( original post

But I also read this post by and she actually did some research regarding findings of weight loss & honey/cinnamon.  Wasn’t anything earth shattering. 

Well I made it this morning intrigued because figured it would just taste like a “spicy” tea… I didn’t know the serving sizes at that point.  I just dumped some cinnamon in a glass, added hot water, mixed in honey….. got ready to drink and GAGGGGGG. Ugh, it was horrible.  It’s like a thick paste. 
I’m going to try again, and maybe again, in the correct amounts and see if it’s doable for me.  I’ll keep you all posted what I think of it and if I think it’s worth it in a month from now.
What latest trends have you jumped on?  What do you think of all the beauty tips floating around now because of Pinterest?Photobucket

1 comment :

  1. I was wondering which "method" you use for washing your face with the coconut oil?

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