I never thought I would be 33 years old and still have pimples. I have struggled with acne since I was 12 years old and I have scars to prove it. Now that I am older, my acne isn’t as severe, but it is still bad when I have breakouts. I just don’t get one pimple and they are so painful! How is a mama supposed to live while I am still breaking out in pimples!?
Over the years I have I have tried numerous ways to help keep my acne under control such as natural ways, prescriptions, birth control, you name it. Now that I am older, I am taking a more serious approach in my skincare journey and fighting this acne war once and for all.
I have done research and looked into high quality skin care products developed by dermatologists. Here are some key things I have learned and to to look for in preventing acne:
-Use products that include Anti-Blemish Complex: Tea Oil, Willow Bark Extract, Aloe Vera which unclog pores and reduces redness.
-Use products that include Salicylic Acid which contains Beta hydroxyl acid that helps skin cells shed more easily.
I have used Derma E products in the past, and I feel confident using it for my acne. I have already seen a difference after using it for a couple of weeks and I am happy with the results so far. Check out my before and after!
If you are an adult and suffer from acne, I suggest you try this 3 Step Acne Process. The calming tea tree oil scent is so soothing it helps me wind down for the night. Trust me, this mama needs all the help she can get!
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I am so lucky to live in a world where there are summers. Does it get too hot for me sometimes? Yes, but that’s why they invented air conditioners!
I tell myself every year I am going to have a low-key summer, minimal as possible but that never happens. Every weekend we have something planned and although we get to spend quality time with friends and family, it is hard for me to relax and enjoy the moment. Working all week is more exhausting in the summer because my weekends are so jammed pack. I am only seven months into my new job so taking time off is pretty limited this year. My mom guilt is at an all-time high because I can’t spend every day with Franco in the summer. I have been seeing that quote float around that we only have 18 summers with our children so make the best of it and I know its silly, but it bothers me.
So instead of moping around telling myself things should be better, I am teaching myself to be better. I am practicing being more mindful and to enjoy the moment I am in. I want to share with you what has been working for me and although it is still in a work in progress, it is a great starting point. I am inviting you to take this journey with me, so we can grow and learn together!
First off, make sure you are making yourself a priority, and pretending to on social media doesn’t count. Yes, I know you are probably busy too, but I ask that you at least try. I work a full-time job and a part time job while taking care of my son, but I am trying my hardest to make it work. Making yourself a priority is not selfish, if you are unable to care for yourself, how can you care for your children?
I encourage you to take just 10 minutes a day to do absolutely nothing. Close your eyes and focus on how the clothes feel on your body, the sounds you hear around you and the warmness of your breath when you inhale along with the coolness that comes out. I am lucky that my job offers free daily meditation classes. It only lasts 10 minutes and helps me get through the work day. Meditation apps on your phone are a great tool for this also!
Live for today. Try not to dwell on the past or the future, focus on right now. It is easy for your thoughts to drift but if you come back and refocus it is okay. Think about what you are grateful for, it can be for the littlest things but as long as it makes you happy that is all that matters.
Do something nice for someone. The other day I was at a store parking lot and it was raining hard. I saw a mother putting her baby in the stroller but struggling since she still had to get her other child out of the car. I simply put my umbrella over the baby in the stroller and told her to go ahead and get her son, so everyone stays somewhat dry. I walked with her inside the store and she was so grateful for my help. I felt even better because I helped someone who really needed it and it was effortless for me.
I hope these tips are helpful and useful. With mindful practice we will be able to enjoy our life more and not by what we see on our phones. We are so pressured to to prove to strangers that our lives are perfect even when you know deep down no one is. I hope you have a great rest of the summer and remember to enjoy it!
It is an unpleasant feeling, and it holds us back from doing things that we love. That doesn’t mean we are doomed. There are many ways to help reduce anxiety— it all depends on what fits our lifestyle.
And although anxiety may seem inevitable, we can certainly maintain it.
Here is a quick five minute ritual to help collect your thoughts and get your breathing under control. This has helped me in times of chaos with limited resources.
1. Find a quiet place with low light. Turn your phone on silent and put it away out of your sight.
2. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing— breathe in for 4 seconds hold it for 7 seconds and exhale for 7 seconds.
3. Put your hand on your abdomen, feel your belly filling up with air and emptying when you exhale.
4. Tell yourself that this moment will not last and everything will go back to normal shortly.
5. Say out loud: “This wave will pass, I will breathe again”. Repeat for five minutes.
I hope this exercise helps you during a panic/anxiety attack or even before an exam or presentation. It is even helpful if you include it in your daily routine to manage your breathing.
Keep calm and breathe on!
My name is Nicole and I am a full time working mom to my toddler Franco. I love creating and sharing ideas. You can find me rummaging at estate sales, binge-watching The Golden Girls while chugging Diet Coke, listening to old school hip hop, supporting small businesses and being an advocate for maternal mental health.