Happy Tuesday Beautiful!

This week marks halfway through my “New Year, New You” cleanse!  By now, I hope that you are starting to see the big impact that making little changes to your life can have.  Also, I want to remind you that this cleanse is meant to have a cumulative, healing affect.  Each week has it’s own separate theme to focus on but the idea is that you’ll adopt at least a few of my suggestions that resonate with you as regular parts of your routine going forward.  Remember, that self-acceptance and keeping things simple are such important pieces of the puzzle.  This week though, we’ll focus on creativity.  Often, we don’t make enough time to focus on being creative in our daily lives.  There are only so many hours in the day and usually it’s easy to let your inspiration hide in the back of your mind.  It’s so important to keep a creative outlook on everything you encounter because it fosters your inventiveness and ingenuity.  The world is not black and white, and therefore, creativity doesn’t just let you have more fun, but also it makes you more resourceful, and therefore a better problem solver.  This week, I want to encourage you to have some fun and let yourself be inspired by the world around you.

Skin

Just like a little caterpillar sheds its cocoon to blossom into a beautiful butterfly, we also need to shed our dead skin to reveal the bright glowy, skin beneath it.  That’s why this week we are getting a little creative in the kitchen by using two super simple ingredients to do enzyme peels.  Essentially, the two ways that people can exfoliate their skin is either physically or chemically.  You physically exfoliate your skin when you use a face scrub or anything that has some abrasiveness to physically remove some skin cells.  Chemical exfoliation involves using some kind of agent that will remove the skin cells without having to scrub.  But don’t let the name fool you – there are plenty of all natural agents that use powerful enzymes to gently exfoliate.  You’ll be left with baby soft skin and a brighter, more even complexion.

When bitter melon, a fruit used in China for thousand of years, is applied to the skin, it makes one of my favorite enzyme peels.  When using this topically, the juice of the melon helps to cleanse pores, and the enzyme heals breakouts.  Cut the melon in a small piece, rub the inside on your skin (note: you might feel a slight tingling – that means the enzymes are doing their thing), let it dry and repeat 2-3 more times. Rinse and wash your face.  Feel free to repeat this enzyme peel once a week to remove dead skin cells and reveal your gorgeous complexion.

Food

I hate wasting food and any time I whip a new skincare recipe in my kitchen using fresh fruits and vegetable, I make sure to use the leftovers responsibly and, more importantly, deliciously.  Since you’ll likely have leftover bitter melon, I recommend making a yummy beverage.  Not only is this a great way of preventing food waste, but also, this fruit happens to have a variety of cleansing benefits when consumed.  Please note that if you are pregnant, be sure to consult your doctor before eating bitter melon.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, bitter melon is categorized as a cooling food, which makes it great for someone who possesses a lot of heat internally.  This melon benefits those with acne prone skin or redness, such as rosacea and eczema.  This will help to balance the pH internally.  I often recommend juicing bitter melon regularly to my clients who are struggling with consistent acne that won’t go away.  Remember that balancing your body internally has a great impact on the state of your skin externally.  Try out my recipe below for a delicious and nutritious smoothie that will have you feeling beautifully balanced from the inside out.
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Mind

This week, I’d like to challenge you to keep a journal to keep track of inspiring ideas that come to you throughout your day.  I’m known to purchase beautiful journals whenever I come across them so I always look forward to starting a new one once I fill a previous one up.  Putting pen to paper is a great way to organize your thoughts and ideas.  However, I don’t want you to feel constrained at all throughout this exercise.  If you feel like doodling or drawing instead of writing words, go right ahead.  Would you prefer to use it to jot down your to-do list?  Do it!  Remember, this is your own special space in which you can express your creativity in any way you would like.  If writing in a journal just isn’t for you, don’t worry!  There are tons of other ways that you can harvest your creativity and get inspired.  For a more tech friendly approach, try using Pinterest to create inspiration boards of whatever it is that you are interested in.  The most important thing is that you’re allowing yourself some time to marvel at the world and become inspired by the things around you.

Do you set aside time for yourself to be creative?  Have you ever tried bitter melon?  Would you try following my suggestions to feel your best in 2017?  Let me know if try following my plan and how it makes you feel more creative and inventive when it comes to your mind, body, and, of course, skin!

I would like to thank you so much for reading and so generously sharing!  It’s always wonderful sharing these great tips with you all!

With all my love,

Cecilia

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