My Valentines’s Gift to Him

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Disclosure: I decided to try essential oils a couple of months ago through Simply Aroma. Simply Aroma has changed their name and branding to Purely, and they have a wide variety of products. Since I am a Purely Advisor, I am marketing my own products. If you wish to make a sale, I will receive a commission from each sale. 


On my twenty-third birthday my mom’s exact words were, “Happy Birthday Ishika, you need to take care of your skin! Soon you’ll be twenty-five and the wrinkles will start showing up!Thanks, mum. Not the best wish, but my mum doesn’t look like she has a  twenty-six-year-old daughter right now, I think I’ll take her advice. I laughed it off at the time, but it really is important to take care of my skin and for that matter, my husband’s skin as well.

Shehab is pretty good about his skin care but winter time isn’t anyone’s best friend. When my facial scrub from Essentially Spoiled did wonders for my skin (since the products are made with essential oils), I wanted Shehab to try products outside of the usual drug store brands. (He loves his Gillette shaving cream!).

That’s when I learned that Purely has a series of men’s care products and with Valentine’s day coming up I took advantage of the opportunity. (Instead of his usual video game). This year it’s selfishly about me! Now I’m a firm believer in trying the products myself or, in this case, having Shehab try them before promoting an item.  I’m still learning my way around essential oils, but I can’t tell you how much I love using products that contain essential oils. After a couple of day of pleading with Shehab, he agreed to change his loyal brands. So here’s my Valentine’s Gift to Him…

 Classic Shaving Soap IMG_1506

Ice Aftershave and the Blackwoods Beard Oil 


Walk the Lime Men’s Bath Bar


I can’t wait to get Shehab’s testimonial on the products. He’s quite critical of everything! I know he’s going to love the natural products by Purely! And there’s a bonus for me, not commission wise. I love the idea of getting my husband to take better care of his skin. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these Purely products or would like to see all the other products, Purely offers, click here. Moment of truth, I’m still going to get him another video game, once he decides on the one he wants. I know I can’t always make it about me! 




Five ways to keep your skin healthy this winter

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Although I’ve experimented with many various tactics, I want to make sure that everyone understands that I have dry skin and borderline eczema. The skin regimens that work for dry skin may not help suite everyone. Always consult a Doctor if you’re unsure since I am not a skin specialist. However, I wanted to share the techniques that have benefited me.

That magical time of year is here; everyone’s getting ready for the holidays, the trees are being covered by crystal ice, driving conditions are horrible, but everyone always seems to be cheery. So who cares about the driving right?

Well, this post isn’t about the weather conditions, it’s more about how to save your skin this winter. I suffer from borderline Eczema, and my skin is always at the worst in the winter. I’m talking completely dry, cracked, and often bleeding. It’s not fun. However, over the years I’ve managed to change my routine, here’s what’s worked for me.

  1. Hydration: I used to drink three Mountain Dews a day until I began my weight loss goal. My trainer expressed the benefits of keeping myself hydrated, but I also noticed the drastic changes it made to my skin. My skin started to feel softer and brighter.
  2. Cleaning: Wash your face every morning after waking up and before going to bed. I would also recommend washing your face the minute you get home from an outing. When you’re out in the winter, remember that the air is full of a ton of particles, especially the chemicals used to de-ice the roads. My doctor recommended Cetaphil; it’s soft and doesn’t dry out your skin. However, I am currently using Neutrogena Morning  Burst and Mario Badescu’s Keratoplast Cream Soap at night. I do appreciate how the Keratoplast Cream Soap works on my skin, but the morning burst does dry out my skin. I am just used to it’s waking up effects, or maybe it’s psychological.
  3. Moisturize: I can’t even express the importance of keeping your skin moisturized in the winter. I find myself constantly moisturizing my hands all winter, they always get the worst of the winter. I started keeping a bottle of Utterly smooth in my purse, and it does help. When it comes to moisturizing my skin, I’ve used so many various products I’ve lost count. My doctor recommended Eucerin, and it has done wonders of my Excema. My recommendation is talking to a physician about your skincare concerns and research on what’s best for your skin type. I’ve often fallen victim to spending too much on recommended products from salons. I was advised to use Mario Badescu’s Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin “E.” When I began to use it in May, it did wonders for my Excema but it hasn’t been much of a success this winter.
  4. Sunscreen: Even though the air is arid we still get the effect of UV Rays from the sunlight. I use sunscreen year round to protect my skin from UV Rays.  I have had the best luck with Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen. It’s very gentle and doesn’t feel too oily or thick.      
  5.  Multivitamin: Two years ago I began to suffer from fatigue and exhaustion, my Doctor conducted a blood test and found that my Vitamin D was extremely low. His recommendation was taking a Vitamin D Supplement. I later learned that many individuals suffer from Vitamin D deficiencies. To prevent your chances of a vitamin deficiency,  keep your skin healthy by taking a multi-vitamin. Additional vitamins such as D, Biotin, Vitamin C and-and E are vital for your skin and immunity. Always consult a Doctor though about other vitamins that you should be taking.

Starting today, I’m going to start experimenting with natural products. Like I said, I’ve used many salon products, but I want to start working with natural remedies for my skin.