Who Wants Healthier, Clearer Skin?

So ever since I could remember my skin has been oily and then with an onset of hormones came acne! As a child my mom would march right up to the Fashion Fair counter with me in tow and get us the best toners and powderpuffs to combat my skin problems. Later down the line we were at doctors offices where I had to endure shots in my cheeks and chemical peels. I was once even prescribed the popular end all to acne Accutane. A birth control with severe side effects such as suicidal thoughts. My mom wasn't having it! So I just forged on with my frequent and expensive trips to the Mac counters and bought any acne drug that didn't promise to kill me. 

Here we are at the Jordan year (23) of my life and I finally can look in the mirror with confidence about my skin! A few products that changed my life! 

1. Shea Moisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner  

MATTE! That's all I have to say about this product. I have never used a toner that changed the texture of my skin and the appearance. The Glycerin in this toner helps to keep my oil levels at bay with a matte finish. The black soap extract clears up any blemishes I have and is backed up by tea tree oil that also kills bacteria that causes blemishes. I use twice a day in my morning and night routine. I also use it to set my makeup for the day and love that it comes in a spray bottle for easy use! 

2. Bio-Oil

An oldie but a goodie! Typically used for scars and stretch marks this oil is packed with vitamins A & E to help heal scars. After 3 weeks of incorporating this oil into my night time routine I noticed a significant differences in all my old acne scars. They were gone! And I was left with smoother, hydrated skin. 

3. Tea Tree Oil 

Wherever and how ever I can get it! Any products that has tea tree oil as an ingredient is usually stocked in my cabinets. This essential oil kills bacteria on contact so it's the perfect all natural spot treatment for zits! Below are links to all my favorite tea tree packed products. 

 

What have you been you been using to combat your skin care problems?

I'm Getting Ready to Have a Baby

I'm Getting Ready to Have a Baby

 

I know what you're thinking, "what, who knocked her up?" The baby is not here yet but because I suffer from anemia my gynecologist wants to start taking steps now to protect the health of my future baby, If I choose to have a baby in the future.

At 31 years old of course when the doctor asked me did I plan on having any children I was of on the defense.  I thought you too Doc, I get enough of this from my family.  

I was pleasantly surprised at the direction of the conversation, here I thought he was going to tell me I need to have a baby before it gets too late and me having to remind him I’m only 31!!!! However, he wanted to talk about preconception, getting me healthy before pregnancy, which means taking control now and choosing healthy habits.

Too many babies in the United States are born preterm, of low birth weight, or with birth defects. Taking some necessary steps (see below) my future baby will be less likely to be born early (preterm) or have a low birth weight. And will be less likely to be born be with birth defects or other disabling conditions.


Based on my individual health, my doctor has come up with a course of treatment for me:

Daily Prenatal Vitamins or 400 Micrograms of Folic Acid Every Day

Reach and Maintain a Healthy Weight -Losing 15 to 25 pounds

Eating Well (plenty of vegetables & fruits)

Juicing - drink my greens as opposed to eating them

Exercising Daily – 20 to 30 minutes of cardio daily

Get Regular Check-ups

 

I left this doctor appointment feeling empowered.  So empowered that I’m now sharing this information with my community. This is a conversation that all women should have with their doctor about preconception health care. In an effort to be help, I even found this guide/checklist on the Center for Disease (CDC) website that you can use to develop your own preconception plan with your doctor

http://www.cdc.gov/preconception/showyourlove/documents/Healthier_Me_NonPlan.pdf

 

I’ve already started on my journey to good health (baby or no baby) and plan on documenting the process here on the blog with this hash tag #LosingBitByBit. Will you join me?