The 6-Step Skin-Care Routine for Those Who Can’t Resist Brownies

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First, I’d like to start with a disclaimer: This is what I have found through trial and error that works for my skin. Everyone’s skin is different, and what may work for me, may not necessarily work for you. I am in no way a trained dermatologist.

Another thing to keep in mind is that while a lot of issues (like acne, for example) can be caused by hormones and general hygiene, I firmly believe that the lead cause is diet. Eating a clean diet and getting plenty of water is—100%—the ultimate skin-care solution. However, I’m not going to be young forever and that brownie isn’t going to eat itself, so I’ll be talking about how to take care of your skin if your diet isn’t perfect.

Your Skin Type

To start, it’s helpful to establish your skin type and what you specifically want to target (acne, wrinkles, dark circles, etc.), so you can find products that can help in those specific areas.

Here are the three basic skin types and a short definition of each one to help you get a sense of what you have:

  • Oily Skin: Shiny skin that usually has enlarged pores and may be prone to blackheads and breakouts due to overproduction of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands.
  • Dry Skin: Feels tight after cleansing, and usually has smaller pores. Dry skin will also have a tendency toward fine wrinkles, flaking, and red patches.
  • Combination Skin: You may have a slightly oily T-zone with drier cheeks and patches of dry spots. This is the most common skin type, with around 70% of women saying that that they have combination skin.

I personally have combination skin, and I mostly deal with acne.

6 Steps to Beautiful Skin

1. Wash Your Face

When I first started to get acne, I realized that maaaaaaybe I should wash my face. I started to use the random face wash that my dad had in the bathroom every once in a while, but washing my face every night seemed like too much work. Eventually I started to take it seriously, though, and I tried out a few face washes before I found one that really agrees with my skin. Oh boy, are there a lot of face washes and cleansers out there! You can find face washes that hydrate, exfoliate, and who knows what else. The possibilities are endless!

You can use a flannel or one of those fancy spinning brushes, but I’ve found those little silicone things to work wonderfully for only a few dollars apiece.

I’ll probably write this a few times, but finding a natural face wash with good ingredients is very important. Remember that your face is very sensitive, so I wouldn’t recommend using that cheap face wash with harsh ingredients that you found at the dollar store. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you should probably put it back on the shelf and keep looking.

A side note: There is quite the controversy as to whether or not people with acne-prone skin should exfoliate their face or not. Some people say that it helps to unclog your pores, and some people say using abrasive materials on your face could cause more acne. You can decide for yourself whether or not you want to, but I don’t because it’s just another step in a long-enough routine.

2. Toning

Next, I like to use toner. Toning is something that I didn’t really know existed until I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole a few years ago and found a video of one of my favorite makeup artists raving about how important toning is. As soon as possible, I went out to a nearby natural grocery store and found a toner that has witch hazel and cucumber in it.

Now, you’re probably wondering what toner is. Simply put, it’s a cleanser that you wipe on your face to further unclog pores, restore your skin’s natural pH balance, hydrate, and help with excess oil production. Plus, witch hazel has all kinds of other benefits like reducing eye puffiness, fighting acne, and slowing down the look of aging. If you’re going to use toner, however, I would recommend getting an alcohol-free toner, because using alcohol on your face can be very harmful and drying.

3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Okay, back to 13-year-old Kimber who can barely commit to washing her face. I was starting to notice that my skin felt tight and dry after I washed it, so I turned to the Internet for help and it told me I needed to invest in moisturizer.

At the time, for some reason that I cannot explain, moisturizer was the bane of my existence. I would rather have become a shriveled-up piece of leather than use moisturizer, so I started to try out different oil serums. Unfortunately, I was using the wrong ones and I ended up giving myself more acne than before.

Oh dear… I eventually gave in and started playing around with different brands of moisturizers until I found one that I really like. I’m not sure what changed, but now I absolutely love moisturizer. You could drown me in moisturizer and I’d die happy!

So, after the toner dries, I moisturize.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to moisturizers, but I recommend finding one with vitamin E or vitamin C in it. Along with lots of other benefits, vitamin E can reduce the appearance of acne scars, and vitamin C promotes the production of collagen, which combats wrinkles and fine lines.

Although moisturizers can be quite pricey, it is especially important to find a good, natural one.

Think about it: This product is meant to be absorbed into your skin.

4. Spot Treatments

While washing, toning, and hydrating my face was helping with my acne, I needed more help. Again, I was watching a YouTuber talk about her skin-care routine, and she mentioned an overnight spot treatment. This was perfect, because unlike most spot treatments that I had heard about at the time, this spot treatment was clear and didn’t need to be washed off. All I had to do was pop it on my worst spots and head off to bed without worrying about it. A key ingredient that makes this product so effective is salicylic acid, which will reduce the size and redness of any pimple overnight.

5. Rose Water

When I remember to, I’ll mist my face with some rose water, because it has all sorts of wonderful acne-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties.

However, while spot treatments and rose water do work wonders for my acne, I have noticed that when I avoid dairy and eat minimal sugar, my skin is much clearer.

6. One Last Step

Finally, because I’m a blonde, my eyebrows are quite sparse and lightly colored, so for the final step of my routine, I’ll rub some cold-pressed castor oil into my eyebrows. Castor oil contains essential fatty acids, proteins, and vitamin E, and when it’s rubbed onto your brows, it stimulates blood circulation, resulting in thicker, fuller brows. It will take a few months to see results, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

How Can You Skip This Entire Routine and Still Have Beautiful Skin?

Some people may need to put more work into managing their skin, and some people can get away with a lot less. My mom literally never does anything to her face and she has amazing skin, while I’m over here researching skin care and composing complex routines to keep my skin somewhat desirable.

What’s the difference? My mom has a very clean diet (no processed foods, minimal wheat or dairy, and barely any sugar). What about me? Well, I’m not turning down Grammy’s homemade cake!

There are so many factors that decide what your skin type is and what you’re going to struggle with, but at the end of the day, it’s important not to fixate too much on any imperfections and to be happy with the skin you have.


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Tutorial: How I Make Coconut Oil Kitchen Soap From Scratch

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Tutorial: How I Make Coconut Oil Kitchen Soap From Scratch I thought coconut oil was just a great option for sautéing food. Thanks to this article I have now found out that you can use this stuff to make a completely natural kitchen soap. The move towards producing your own cleaning products is just exploding …

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Soap Making and Soap Recipe

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Soap Making and Soap Recipe This time of year it may be pretty common for you to have a fireplace full of ashes. By this time of the year you have also probably exhausted the many areas that you can sprinkle ash upon. The compost piles have had their fill and the garden cannot take …

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How To Make Soap With Fat and Ashes

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How To Make Soap With Fat and Ashes Sanitation is one of the most overlooked aspects of survival and people are more concerned about stockpiling large quantities of food and water. While gathering the essentials to survive an emergency situation is highly recommended we shouldn’t ignore the other necessary items that make survival tolerable. Maintaining …

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The Practical And Clever 2-Ingredient Soap The Pioneers Used

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The Practical And Clever 2-Ingredient Soap The Pioneers Used

Have you ever wondered what the best way is to make soap if you are living off the land?

The hard-working pioneers had to be resourceful and learn how to make their own soap from wood ashes and waste fats. They realized it’s easy to craft soap using the overflowing amount of hardwood ashes that built up in their daily fires, along with the ample amount of animal fat from the butchering of livestock they used for food.

For a lot of the pioneers, soap making became a semi-annual or yearly affair on the homestead. As the butchering of livestock occurred in the fall, soap was crafted at that time on many farms and homesteads to utilize the abundant supply of lard and tallow. For the homes that did not butcher their livestock for food, soap was generally crafted in the springtime, from saving the ashes from the wintertime fires and the cooking grease which they salvaged throughout the year.

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The Practical And Clever 2-Ingredient Soap The Pioneers Used

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For all the campers out there, many likely have already discovered that by just throwing some white ashes into the hot frying pan, the lye from the ashes will combine with the fat or oil in the pan to form a crude soap.

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This is an excellent way to wash out that dirty frying pan. However, this is not a great way to make enough soap to say, go take a bath.

How to Craft a Larger Amount of Soft, Crude Soap

Step One: Saving up Supplies

  1. Boil the white ashes from hardwood fires in a little bit of water for about ½ an hour. Rainwater is said to be the best because it is considered to be soft water.
  2. Let the ashes settle to the bottom of the pan.
  3. The liquid lye will float to the top. Skim this off of the water. Save it in a container.
  4. You will need to do this daily until you have a nice amount saved up.
  5. At the same time, you want to be keeping any leftover cooking lard from your everyday This includes solid animal fats from your food and animal lard from cooking.
  6. When you have saved up enough of both, you are ready to begin the soap making process.

The Practical And Clever 2-Ingredient Soap The Pioneers Used Step Two: the Soap-Making Process

  1. You will need to find a pan or pot that is not aluminum. This is important because this process will eat through aluminum. You want this first pan or pot to be large enough to boil your lye in, and then add the hot grease to, as discussed in a later step.
  2. Begin by boiling the still weak lye that you have been saving. (It is said that you should boil it down until you can float an egg on it. Now, I know that not everyone always has an egg on hand, so improvise here!)
  3. Now put the fat, lard and oils that you have saved up into a separate pot. Depending on how much you have actually saved up, you might want to use a large pot or kettle for this. Make sure not to go over the halfway point of the pot you are using because you don’t want the fats to bubble over.
  4. Heat the fats until all of the water has been rendered out. This is especially important if you have solid fats.
  5. You should still have the lye going at a slow boil in the other large pot. Now, you want to slowly stir in the new, hot, clean cooking grease into the lye. Slowly! Keep stirring until the mixture becomes a consistency of
  6. Save any extra, clean grease to use next time.

Step Three: the Pouring  

  1. You will need to have ready a wooden box of sorts if you want to pour this into an actual bar. If not, any container will do.
  2. Cover whatever container you have in grease. so that the mixture won’t stick to the container.
  3. Pour the mixture into the container.
  4. Let it cool and set.
  5. This mix will turn solid but remain soft. Use a knife to release it from the container, if needed, or chop it up into usable pieces depending on your needs.
  6. Now you have crude, backwoods soft soap!

How to Craft a Harder Form of Crude Soap

Some people might want to harden up their crafted soap a bit more. Here’s how:

  1. You make it exactly the same way, but you will need to add salt to the mushy mixture before pouring.
  2. Add about a cup of salt for each gallon of mix. Proportion this amount as needed ─ if you make a ½ gallon, use ½ a cup of salt, and so forth.
  3. Pour into a greased container, let it cool and then set before cutting it out with a knife.
  4. You can cut it up into blocks or pieces, depending on your needs.

For homesteaders and outdoorsmen alike, making soap from what you are already using in nature is convenient — and costs you nothing.

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Making Soap!

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Man Arrested, Jailed For 29 Days Because Of Homemade Soap

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Alexander J. Bernstein spent 29 days in jail and lost everything because Pennsylvania state police could not tell the difference between homemade soap and cocaine.

His friend, Anadel Cruz, had placed two large bars of homemade soap in the trunk of a rental car, and Bernstein was driving through the state when police pulled him over on Interstate 78 near Allentown for driving five miles over the speed limit – 60 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Troopers searched the vehicle, found the soap and decided it looked like cocaine, according to The Allentown Morning.

The two were driving from New York to Florida to visit Cruz’s sister, and he told the police that the soap – wrapped in clear plastic – was not drugs. Bernstein and Cruz were taken to a state police barracks, where, incredibly, a drug test falsely identified the soap as cocaine. Bernstein was charged with drug trafficking and held in the Leigh County Prison on $500,000 bail for 29 days. During that time, he lost his job, apartment and possessions, the newspaper reported.

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If that was not bad enough, Bernstein also missed spending Thanksgiving with his 17-month-old son. A lawsuit claims the man was left homeless and destitute.

The real reason the vehicle was pulled over was that it was a luxury car, a Mercedes Benz, with out-of-state license plates driven by a Hispanic woman (Cruz), attorney Josua Karoly told The Allentown Morning Call. Karoly represented Bernstein in a suit against the state.

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“If it was me driving that car, this wouldn’t have happened,” Karoly said.

State Settles 

The charges were dismissed after a lab test verified that the substance was indeed soap. Disturbingly, Bernstein still had to pay $32,000 in bail and court costs even though he was innocent, a lawsuit charges.

“[Bernstein] did not so much as receive an apology from the defendants,” his attorney, Joshua Karoly, wrote in the suit.

“And even then, the FBI, the internet and other media sources will still contain a permanent record of his arrest and the criminal charges upon which he was maliciously prosecuted,” Bernstein’s lawsuit charges.

In the end, it cost Pennsylvania’s taxpayers $195,000 to settle his federal lawsuit against the state, The Morning Call reported.

Bernstein may not be alone; thousands of innocent people might be in jail or prison because of faulty drug tests, Pro Publica charged. The tests are often used as evidence against suspects, even though they can be wrong. Around 33 percent of field tests examined by authorities in Las Vegas were wrong, Pro Publica reported. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab discovered that 21 percent of the substances police identified as methamphetamines using the tests were not meth.

Pro Publica said more than 100,000 people each year plead guilty to drug possession based on field tests.

“Police officers aren’t chemists,” former Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland told ProPublica. “We shouldn’t be doing field tests on the hood of patrol cars.”

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5 Reasons Your Antibacterial Soap Is Doing More Harm Than Good

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5 Reasons Your Antibacterial Soap Is Doing More Harm Than Good

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Washing your hands is a good thing, this is true. However, we have become a culture that is so germaphobic that we may just be causing more harm than good. Everywhere you turn, you see antibacterial soaps, creams and wipes.

While keeping both your home and your body clean is one of the best ways to keep bacteria at bay, our society seems to think that washing regularly with soap just won’t do the job. To fix this, manufacturers have added antibacterial ingredients to just about everything, including lip gloss, soap, cream, sponges, household cleaners and even mattresses.

Amazingly, antibacterial chemicals are found in 75 percent of all liquid soaps and 30 percent of bar soaps.

Here are five reasons why you may want to re-evaluate the effectiveness of antibacterial products:

1. Overuse of antibacterial soaps may breed resistant bacteria.

We are presently in a crisis with overuse of antibiotics in this country, prescribing them when it is not necessary, and using too many of them and for all of the wrong reasons. This has led to superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics — which, in turn, makes a number of highly dangerous bacterial infections harder and harder to treat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions doctors against overusing antibiotics. Concern about the overuse of antibiotics also has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to limit the amount of antibiotics that can be used in raising livestock.

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Similarly, antibacterial soaps can actually make some bacteria stronger. In fact, there is some evidence that triclosan (in antibacterial soap) helps spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to epidemiologist Allison Aiello from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, “Triclosan has a specific inhibitory target in bacteria similar to some antibiotics.” In a nutshell, when bacteria is exposed to triclosan, genetic mutations can arise.

2. Soap is just as good, without the side effects.

The Food and Drug Administration notes that there is no evidence that people who use products with triclosan are less likely to develop bacterial infections than those who use regular soap and water.

3. Antibacterial soaps don’t kill viruses.

Dangerous viruses such as Ebola, the flu and enterovirus D68 areviral not bacterial. Therefore, just as you would not use an antibiotic drug to treat a viral infection such as a cold or the flu, you should not depend onantibacterial soap to kill a virus.

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4. Antibacterial soap may harm the environment.

Triclosan has been detected in various waterways, from freshwater to salt. Not only can the chemical disrupt delicate ecosystems, but when subject to sunlight in water it is converted to a highly toxic compound called dioxin.

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In addition, triclosan can also mix with chlorine in tap water to form chloroform, which is a potential carcinogen. Triclosan is also highly toxic to some forms of algae and has been found in high concentrations in earthworms.

5. Antibacterial soap may cause other health problems.

Research on animals suggests that triclosan may interfere with the body’s regulation of thyroid hormone, perhaps impacting fertility and causing obesity, early puberty and other problems. Some research also suggests that long-term exposure to triclosan may cause cancer. In one recent study, triclosan was detected in the urine of 75 percent of people tested. The chemical has also been found in human breast milk.

So, When Should It Be Used?

Antibacterial products do have their place. Millions of people suffer from a compromised immune system, including pregnant women and those who have immunodeficiency diseases. For these people, use of antibacterial products in the home may be appropriate and necessary.

However, for the majority of us, good old-fashioned hand washing with warm water and soap can do the trick — and is a better option. And, whenever purchasing antibacterial soaps, always read the label and ensure it doesn’t contain triclosan.

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Preparing a Soap Mold

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In this post I want to show you how to go about preparing a soap mold so that you can make soap. It doesn’t seem that difficult, but if you do not have some means of extracting your soap from the mold you will find out what “Stuck” really means. You can use silicon soap […]

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DIY Herbal Cleaning Supplies!

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DIY Herbal Cleaning Supplies
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Herbal CleaningLearn to make your own non-toxic herbal household cleaners in this episode of Herbal Prepper Live. The ability to stay clean increases your chance of staying healthy. Many of these contain toxic ingredients, some suspected of being carcinogens. Plus, many people take for granted that there will always be a store to pick up some extra soap or counter top disinfectant spray.

Herbal CleaningDid you know that most soap sold in stores isn’t really soap? Or that artificial fragrances are some of the most carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances? Why use artificial cinnamon scent when you could just use real cinnamon? Have a clean, fresh homestead using pleasantly aromatic herbs and other materials you can either grow or store long term.

Herbal CleaningBeyond stocking up on soaps, shampoos, soft scrubs, and air fresheners, these things are expensive and often are loaded with questionable, potentially carcinogenic ingredients. By making your own herbal cleaning products, you can make your own for less money and without possibly increasing your risk of cancer later on. Plus, you can save the money from buying the commercially made stuff, and put those savings towards your other preps or debt reduction.

Herbal Cleaning Homemade-Dish-SoapThis episode will discuss the basics of how to make soap, shampoo, natural hand sanitizer, a degreasing spray for the stove top, soft scrubs for the tub and sinks, a disinfectant spray, homemade laundry soap, and dish soap. This will allow you to keep your body, clothing, bed linens, and surfaces clean. This alone will reduce the amount of germs in your home, and help prevent illness.

Thankfully, cleaning products made from non-toxic, natural, herbal cleaning ingredients do not contribute to the ever growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria. Even the hand sanitizer will not contribute to antibiotic resistance, unlike the common hand sanitizers we find in hospitals and on pharmacy shelves.

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10 Comfort items you’ll wish you had!

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10 Comfort items you’ll wish you had!

10 Comfort items you'll wish you had!The following 10 items are not just a wise idea to think about for that emergency kit but also for that weekend camping trip or that visit to the relatives for a weekend. Can you count the number of times when upon reaching you destination you realized what it was you had forgotten? Maybe you will see that item in this list or other items in this list you may want to add to yours.

While not exactly edible, having these ten comfort items will make everyday life more comfortable, whatever your emergency, wherever you are.

  1. Deodorant/anti-perspirant. Picture this. You’ve been in your bunker for three weeks. Sponge baths are a rare treat. Then you remember your stash of Secret anti-perspirant. Ahhhh….. instant morale booster, especially if shared.
  2. Feminine products. Aunt Flo doesn’t stop her visits for something as trivial as a nuclear war. A six month’s stash, especially o.b. brand, won’t take up much room, and will greatly improve your quality of life.
  3. Small items for entertainment. Choose multi-use toys and games. Playing cards or Play-Dough, for example. Include a lengthy, multi-chapter book for yourself but family-friendly enough to serve as a read-aloud.
  4. Bar soap. In a pinch it can be used for shampoo and even laundry.
  5. Zip-Locs of all sizes. These can’t be beat for everything from a tooth for the Tooth Fairy to containing nuclear waste, aka dirty diapers.
  6. Rope for a clothesline and clothes pins. Air-dried laundry smells and feels so clean and crisp. It may become your preferred method of drying, even after the electricity comes on, and of course there’s the added benefit of being oh-so-Green!
  7. A pack of never-before-opened underwear for each family member. Enough said.
  8. Battery-powered CD player & CDs. There’s just something about beautiful music for defusing tension and calming nerves.
  9. Tylenol PM. Seriously. Do you really want to be 100% conscious wrapped up in your silver emergency blanket, huddled in the back seat of your mini-van?
  10. Toilet paper. But you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you??

Preparing for natural disasters, nuclear war, or a complete societal breakdown, doesn’t mean we have to lose our sense of humor. In fact, your sense of humor should be #1 on this list! Don’t ever hunker down in your bunker without your comfort items!

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