How to Make Mornings Better For YouSetting a morning ritual can be life-changing!
Let's face it: mornings can be hard, especially in the age of social distancing. Wanna learn how to make mornings easier? Give yourself a special morning ritual! Morning rituals are good ways to start your day in a positive, productive fashion. Whether you like to move, think, write, or sit, there is a morning ritual for everyone.MeditateMeditation is a great way to focus your mind and prepare yourself for the day. In mindfulness meditation, you learn how to pay attention to your breath as it goes in and out, and notice when your mind wanders from this task. This practice of returning to the breath builds the muscles of attention and mindfulness. Morning meditation looks like this: 1. Get comfortable and prepare to sit still for a few minutes. 2. Focus on your breath. Where do you feel your breath most? Try to keep your attention on your inhale and exhale. 3. Follow your breath for two minutes. Take a deep inhale, expanding your belly, and then exhale slowly, elongating the out-breath as your belly contracts. Pay attention to where your mind wanders and reign it in. Keep your focus on your breath and your body to start your day centeredHave a cup of teaBrewing a good cup of tea can help anyone to have a relaxing morning. Most teas are full of antioxidants and good-for-you vitamins and minerals. Tea has also been linked to weight loss, strong bones, and a boosted immune system. Some teas are caffeinated, so it can be a good alternative to coffee for the energy boot you might be looking for. If you're not sure where to start when it comes to teas, try one of these on for size: 1. Green tea: Green tea has a very mild taste, so it is a good place to start if you've never ventured into the world of tea before. Green tea can be made hot or iced and sweetened with honey if you prefer. Green tea is full of antioxidants and can give you a nice, mild spike of energy to start your morning strong. 2. Black tea: Black tea is rich in caffeine, so it helps fight lethargy and increases mental alertness in the morning. A cup of this brew in the morning will help you focus on your work with ease. It has a deeper flavor than green teas, so those who aren't fans of the taste may not enjoy black tea as much. 3. Yerba mate: Yerba mate contains a whole host of therapeutic benefits thanks to an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants in the leaves from which the tea is brewed. Yerba mate contains more antioxidants than green tea. In addition to 24 vitamins and minerals and 15 amino acids, yerba mate also contains about 85 milligrams of caffeine per cup. 4. Ginger tea: Not only is it warm and comforting, but ginger tea is said to help soothe an upset stomach. A cup of this spicy tea in the morning would be particularly helpful in relieving nausea, motion sickness, or pregnancy-induced morning sickness. Ginger tea also has a bit of caffeine and can give you a bit of a boost in the morning. StretchStretching your body out first thing in the morning, while having great health benefits, is also just a good way to get yourself awake and moving. Whether you're into simple static stretches or something more technical like yoga, stretching is a wonderful way to get your body ready to start your day. Simple yoga poses look like this: Child's pose 1. Start in a kneeling position with toes tucked under. 2. Lower your butt towards your feet as you stretch your upper body forward and down with arms extended. Your stomach should be comfortably resting on thighs, with your forehead touching the mat. 3. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and release. Cat/Cow pose 1. Begin with hands and knees on the floor, spine neutral and abs engaged. 2. Take a big inhale, then, as you exhale, round your spine up towards the ceiling and tuck your chin towards your chest, releasing your neck. 3. On the next inhale, arch your back and relax your abs. Lift your head and tailbone upwards, being careful not to place any pressure on your neck by moving too quickly or deeply. 4. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and release. Cobra pose: 1. Lie prone on the floor and stretch your legs back with the tops of your feet on the floor. Spread your hands on the floor under your shoulders and hug your elbows back into your body. 2. On an inhalation, begin to straighten your arms to lift your chest off the floor, keeping your pelvis and legs on the floor. 3. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and release.JournalWriting down your thoughts to start the day can help clear your mind so you can focus on the tasks you need to complete. Whether you like to write poetry, affirmations, or simply a stream of consciousness, writing is a perfect way to start your morning and get your brain ready for the day ahead. If writing is your thing, here are some prompts you can ponder: 1. What are your hopes for the week ahead? 2. If you could only speak to one person over snail mail for the rest of your life, who would it be and why? 3. What has been the best day of your life?
Apr. 15, 2020
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Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩🤩 Something thing I am very particular about is my moisturizer. My skin barrier tends need the extra TLC and the best thing to give it is moisture. So when I look for a moisturizer I need something that gives me instant hydration and doesn’t clog my pores. So when I received the : BASE BUTTER - Radiate Face Jelly Aloe Vera Gel Face Moisturizer I was so excited! The Brand : ✨Black Owned ✨Women Owned ✨Cruelty Free ✨Non-Comedogenic ✨Vegan ✨Paraben Free 🔑 Ingredients : ✨Aloe Vera Juice ✨Shea Butter ✨Evening Primrose Oil Okay, as you can see your girl woke up DULL! The only thing I did for this video was wash my face and use this to show y’all the transformation! I was using this EVERY night but last night I used my acne treatment routine and your girl FELT THAT (salicylic acid can be so drying to my combo skin). What’s my favorite part? This baby doesn’t have a smell or heavy greasy feel, so it perfect year round! At $21 this is a DEAL ! (The line I used on my cheek covered the entire bottom portion of my face!) Have you tried this brand?
DISAPPOINTED BY THESE 100% NATURAL PRODUCTS 😩
I was so excited to try these out because I love moisturizers & I am always in search of a good one! These looked & sounded very promising! They’re from a woman owned company, completely natural, vegan, & cruelty free! However, I was quite disappointed. EARTH HARBOR - MERMAID MILK Nutrient Glow Moisturizer This moisturizer claims to give you a glow right away & it contains spirulina + matcha. I was excited about the matcha because it has so many amazing benefits for skin. It has a very whipped consistency which I like. However it always contains essential oils that were strong, although not toooo strong for my liking. But I’m really just not a fan of essential oils in my face creams. The moisturizer did make my skin appear a little brighter but the cream just sat on my face. All day long I could touch my face & still feel the cream sitting there! I hate that feeling! It also almost gave me a greasy appearance after a while? Not a fan. EARTH HARBOR - SIREN SILK Multi-Tasking Hydration Creme This one was absolutely awful. If I could give it 0 stars I would. It says to use it at night time & the apply it at least 5 minutes before bed so it can absorb on your face & not your pillow. It contains Sea Retinol + other Superherbs which normally make me love a product! But that just wasn’t enough here. First, when I put it on my face my eyes started to actually burn & I felt suffocated from the scent. It was THAT strong. Guys, I’m not being dramatic at all. The smell like attacked me it was crazy! I have never had something like that happen with a face cream! I couldn’t believe how strong the fragrance was. & to top it off, it wasn’t even a pretty smell. My husband described it as smelling like floor cleaner. But I powered through. The longer I had it on, the more “used” to the smell I got. So, I wore it overnight. But then I woke up even more upset with it! I had pilling all over my face. It almost looked like my face was peeling but it wasn’t, it was jus the cream. One thing I cannot stand about a moisturizer is pulling. That’s enough for me to throw it out! It also didn’t really even moisturize my face that well! All in all, I hated this experience. But if you want, you should try them out for yourself, don’t let my experience deter you from trying something new! I however, will be sticking with my Youth To The People Dream Mask & Superfood Whipped Moisturizer! Love those two!! YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream 💗💗💗 @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
A Journey of Self 🌹
I figured Black History Month was as good as any opportunity to talk about my self finding. Growing up in a small yet old family, I always had questions about my roots and family history. I also struggled with self conscious doubts about my appearance. Why is my nose this big? Why is my hair this curly? Why am I taller than average? These weighed heavy on my mind growing up because honestly, sticking out sucked. So, I finally dove deep into my family’s origin and decided to do an Ancestry DNA analysis. I immersed myself with every corner of the site. I only got the chance to finish my maternal grandmas side of the family tree, but even that has plenty of gaps. Yet, when I received my DNA results I was stoked. Then I realized, I don’t know much about any of these places. So I dug even deeper. I have a little journal of things I’ve learned and want to know, but this was quite the experience. It was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I highly recommend for every race and background to do this DNA Test. The best part of this was scrolling through photos of the people of the respected countries I was DNA matched to. I swear I saw a girl who looked like me, but everyone else thinks I’m tripping lol. In the end, I’m satisfied with my results and findings. Relatively speaking, this way of self discovery has been the most effective.
My Farewell To Cherie
Follow me on Ig for more skincare since Cherie is leaving 😭 @naturedskinv This has been an amazing journey and I’ve made soo many amazing friends. Thank you for all the love, conversations, and just overall happiness I’ve experienced on this app. I’m definitely sad, a little upset, and a dash of confused, but thank you @cheriefor giving me such an amazing confidence boost and guidance. The way the app shaped my thoughts on skincare has been insane. I’m still willing to forget this and call it a joke if y’all are! 😭 Anyways thank you again and hopefully we can stay in touch 🙏🏾
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
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