How-To Get a Makeup Free Glow
Putting your face on?” My husband would say, rolling his eyes.
This saying always drove me crazy. He didn’t understand. I had to do a full face of makeup to feel fully confident in my appearance. I loved the way contouring helped shape my cheekbones and lift my features. The highlights brightened my skin and made it glow.
After I had my son, a full face of makeup became less practical. I always felt a bit undone in my appearance. So, I used my skincare (skincare that will fade hyperpigmentation naturally, and the best skincare when pregnant, and best best skincare when breastfeeding) to repair scars, blemishes, and even out my skin tone. I gained a new sense of confidence in my natural appearance. Even though I loved how my skin transformed, something was still missing. I wanted that shimmering glow that I once had when I applied highlighter.
That’s why I created the Luminous Face Oil. It gives my skin a warm sun-kissed glow and makes the texture appear more elastic. It contains acne-safe oils that absorb nicely into the skin and calm inflammation. It is filled with antioxidants derived from fruit extracts, and will lock in moisture throughout the day.
I learned a technique called Gua Sha to apply it and my skin felt more firm and lifted. You use a Gua Stone to relieve tension, sculpt skin, and increase circulation. It also promotes lymphatic drainage. I not only use it for its health and beauty benefits, but I also use it as a form of self-care and stress relief. It is so relaxing to use at the end of the day to unwind and feel tension melt away.
That's why I decided to add Gua Stone's to our website, so that you can enjoy the benefits and relaxation that they bring as well!
If you are reading this in time, you can get a Gua Sha Stone for FREE, with the purchase of the Luminous Berry Oil, until Sunday December 11th, 2022. If you are reading this after, you can check out the bundle HERE, to enjoy luminous and lifted skin.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!