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Do Nothing: The Ultimate Skin Detox

Brooke Slade

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When it comes to detoxing, there are so many products and processes that we’ve come to rely on in order to “detox” our bodies. But, would you be surprised if I told you that your body already knows how to clean itself? Surprise! The human body, and each of its many parts, has a way of self-cleansing.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the products and processes we rely on do help, but maybe not in the ways that we think. Your hot lemon water, herbal treatments and other methods are actually encouraging and aiding your body’s natural detoxifying process. Detoxifying foods, supplements and herbs are there to make sure that we are detoxing, optimally. Because, to be frank, we live in a polluted, toxin-filled world so, our bodies may need a little more help than those of our ancestors. Got it?

Now, onto the “do nothing detox”. I stumbled into this process after, yet another, stubborn skin freak-out— ON MY BIRTHDAY. Major first world problem, yes?

I woke up to two painful pimples in the center of my forehead. The feeling of “UGH.” washed over my body. I know, so dramatic. But it was then that I thought, “I’m tired, I need a break. My skin needs a break.”

So, I decided I would do nothing with my skin for a few days. No skincare routine, no makeup—nothing. I would, however, give my skin what it needs: rest and nourishment. For 4 days, I hydrated, ate well, allowed my skin to rest and nourished my skin (on the outside) once per day, using only rose hip oil and water (rinsing).

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I noticed my skin change in just a couple of days. My pimples began to heal, I watched inflamed, irritated skin begin to calm. My skin was self-healing and detoxing. Another day or so later, my skin was brighter, moisturized and it just felt good.

This experience led me to switch up my skincare routine: moving forward, I would detox my skin (or allow my skin to rest), once per month, for about 3-4 days. This was only last month, so I have yet to make it to my second round of skin rest and detox, but, based on the results of the first time, I am excited to try it again.

Do you detox your skin? Any thoughts or questions about skincare? Share your experience in the comments below!



How K-Beauty Skincare Changed My Skin in 30 Days

Brooke Slade

As a model, my skin's health and appearance literally affects my bottom line.

Because of this, and the fact that I have had clear skin for the majority of my life, you can imagine my reaction when my skin (recently), for the second time in my life, broke out from on-set makeup. 

Although my skin is usually clear, it is super-sensitive and does not like heavy makeup or bacteria (obviously!), so, if either of these things are present, it will break pretty easily. Well, it was just my luck that I was recently on a set where I had to wear heavy makeup and the hired MUA's kit was (I hate to say this) not the cleanest. It was also just my luck that I forgot to pack my own makeup kit (I almost never forget!). Needless to say, my face broke out, and it broke out bad. My skin was sensitive to touch (all over), my t-zone was pimple & rash ridden and it literally hurt to run my fingers over some of the spots when washing or treating (sigh).

I tried various methods of treating this skin flare-up, including, but not limited to:

  • Acne Treatment Gels
  • Skin Calming Masks
  • Skin Calming Oils
  • Laser Facials
  • Classic Spa Facials

...many of these things worked, but only temporarily. After about a month of dealing with painful, rash-y skin and having to cover it up with makeup...I'd reached my last resort. I went to a dermatologist because I thought "This is it. This is my new skin for the rest of my life and I have to figure out how to deal with it" (I know, so dramatic). After talking with the dermatologist I learned that I'd been mistreating my sensitive skin by using products and treatments that strip the skin and interrupt its natural moisture barrier (who knew?!). So, it was time for me to be nice to my skin and build it back up by nourishing it rather stripping the "good stuff"; it was time to balance my skin.

Now, don't ask me how I found the K-Beauty routine. I think I was somewhere in a Pinterest or Google hole when I came across the Korean Beauty Skincare Routine. Intimidated by the amount of products (and time) this process would take, I was hesitant to start. But, again this was my last resort. So, I said "F-it" and decided to give it a try. I promised myself that in order to save money (in the event that this was a flop) I would start using what I already had and add only items that could be purchased at a drug store. 

So, here we are, 30 days later and do I have some before and afters for you!

 

Check out my latest video (below) for more of my skincare journey and my daily K-beauty skincare routine! After watching, be sure to follow the link below for your own printable version of my k-beauty inspired routine; full of tips & tricks to care for your skin!

 

K-Beauty Skincare Routine

+ before and after photos (yikes!)

 

 

 

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DIY "Pumpkin Spice" Mask

Brooke Slade

I was inspired by the scents and "feels" of the season to try out a new DIY beauty mask.

This mask uses 4 of the staple ingredients in "pumpkin spice" (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves). According to many DIY beauty Youtubers and various health food articles, the ingredients in this mask are said to have some serious anti-bacterial, skin stimulating and skin brightening properties.

In this video, I explain all of the skin-benefitting properties of the mask's ingredients, show you how to make it at home, and share my results. Join me as I mix this mask up and try it for the first time!