You may be surprised to hear this but the truth is that I no longer wash my face.. and haven't for many years to support my skin's transformation.You might be thinking...what?! How can this be true? Isn't this video above all about how to facial care products!?
The truth is that I want the facial products to work optimally for your skin and from experience I know what worked BEST for my face. I used to suffer from inflamed red skin, cystic acne, eczema patches all over the corners of my nose, allergic skin reactions (hives and itching were a regular occurrence), and reddish bumps on the back of my arms. It made me feel less confident and frustrated. It seemed like no matter how much money I threw away on the most expensive, high end products, I still couldn't correct my skin. In fact, the more I spent, the worse it seemed to get! I complicated things and naively thought that a bigger price tag a fancy name brand meant better results.
I started to educate myself and learned that those "high end" brands were made with poor ingredients, chalked full of garbage (toxins and other fillers too difficult to pronounce). I realized I was paying top dollar for the label, marketing and extensive overhead costs that big companies have to shell out. The smallest part of what I was actually paying for was the ingredients used... How backwards does that seem??
So, first I started buying natural products with healthy ingredients and noticed a skin improvement. Not too long after that, I started to formulate and test my very own recipes made with the most premium ingredients Mama Nature has to offer. I got really good at perfecting the recipes and before long my skin was 100% different than it used to be. I didn't take pictures of my face when it was at it's worst and so the picture above doesn't showcase the true skin change.
Flash forward to today and I have not purchased a product for my body or my face in years and I now no longer have ANY of my previous skin issues, unless I occasionally indulge in dairy (which triggers acne).
The Facial Ritual Kit, is the end result of what worked for me. Using this kit is the trick to effectively break the viscous cycle of stripping your facial skin of all the healthy oils with harsh face washes, followed by your skin then having to respond by producing an excess amount of oil to make up for it.
I use to think that simply washing my face with water in the morning would mean I would have even worse skin conditions than I was already suffering from. Interestingly enough, when I started to rinse my face with warm water in the morning, followed by simply applying the Facial Toning Elixir and Organic Facial Serum, my skin dramatically improved! ..and I mean big time! It is like it literally became younger looking and feeling.
Allowing my skin to rebalance itself required letting the natural producing skin sebum to do it's thing. Applying a harsh morning face wash can strip your skin of the healthy amount of sebum and then kickstart that viscous cycle leading to acne and/or dry skin.
I still do use (about 2 times a week) a very gentle and hydrating skin cleanser as a base to mix the masks and polishes when I apply them. This is called the Hydrate & Cleanse (mask & polish base). Other than that, it is plain old warm water with a wash cloth for me followed by the Facial Toning Elixir and Organic Facial Serum in the morning and before bedtime. If you are worried about how to remove your makeup (and any excess dirt and grime) effectively at night time, I suggest removing as much as your can with a warm wash cloth and then applying a few dabs of coconut oil to the mascara residue around your eyes. Then spray the Toning Elixir onto a cotton pad and gently rubbed across the entire face, neck and eye area. This very effectively tightens pores, removes dirt, excess oil, all makeup and leaves the skin with a luminous glow. Follow this step up with a couple drops of the Organic Facial Serum and Bam! ...Radiant & Glowing Skin!
Check out the Facial Ritual Skin Kit here!
In order to get what we want, we first have to uncover what the hidden incentive is of NOT GETTING what it is we want. Hope you enjoy!
Reiki is an alternative healing technique that promotes and awakens health & well-being to the individual receiving this healing energy. Reiki (also known as Universal life force energy) dates back to ancient times when it was used to stimulate the body's own innate healing powers by bringing balance and harmony to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Reiki is the energy that gives life to all living things. In some cultures it is known as Ki or Chi; while in others it is referred to as Prana or even the Holy Spirit.
The Reiki practitioner doesn't send or direct this energy from themselves, but rather they act like a conduit which allows this healing life force energy to flow through them and their hands. Reiki then goes where it needs to go. It is not the practitioner that heals the client but actually the client receiving the Reiki, who is able to tap into their own innate healing abilities. This allows for one to come into harmony with their truest potential in all facets of life.
What are some of the benefits of Reiki?
The person receiving the Reiki remains fully clothed during the session while lying comfortably on the bed, covered with a blanket. Bolsters and pillows are available as well. Sessions usually last 1 hour and can be done with a hands on or hands off approach, depending on the comfort level of the recipient. During the treatment, the clinician moves their hands into specific positions on (or off) the body, during which time the recipient may feel warmth, tingling, or an energetic pressure change. Often times the recipient with drift off into a deep meditative state or lucid dream state. Some people on the other hand may fall asleep. You will still receive the benefits of Reiki if you are asleep. Reiki has no contradictory side effects and requires no concentration or effort by the client.
Blissful music, tranquil nature sounds, aromatherapy and crystals may also be included as part of this restorative service to further enhance the healing experience.
Many people incorporate Reiki into their monthly self-love and care regime just as they would with massage therapy or acupuncture. This avoids health crises from arising, while creating consistent results and a higher vibrational living.
What to expect after a Reiki session
The therapeutic effects of Reiki will continue to take place for several days (and even longer) after the treatment has taken place. This is your body continuing to restore itself back into harmony and balance.
Bodycherish offers Reiki, Crystal Healing and Chakra Balancing ~ all to inspire higher vibrational living. All life & business coaching clients receive Reiki (in person or via distance) each month as part of their program.
How easy is it to allow your ego to take over and supply you with "evidence" that your heart-based and passion driven idea is just silly? How easy is it to let ego come in and completely dismantle your inspired idea and keep you playing safe and small, within the confines of your comfort zone?
I think we can all agree that it is very easy...and that is where the work lies. It's in catching those limiting thoughts and consciously choosing to stop them and paralyze them in their tracks. This is key because our fundamental beliefs about what is possible in our lives (career, money, health and relationships) is based upon the repetitive thoughts we think.
So ask yourself, are you spending more time arguing for your limitations by providing your brain "evidence" why you cannot do something. Or are you choosing to support your dreams and ambitions by intentionally choosing to think thoughts that provide you with evidence things are and will work out in your favour?
On a personal note, I provided my resignation letter to my corporate employer, who paid me $7,100/mo (not including the golden pension and bonuses) at the beginning of March 2017 with FULL KNOWLEDGE I had not one but TWO mortgages to start paying all by myself by April 1st (my tenants from my rental property told me they were moving out March 31st). Not only that, I had a credit card payment coming up for a coaching program that I had enrolled in the month prior that cost me a $10 thousand dollars Canadian!
You may ask yourself, why would I quit the financial security at such a financially taxing time? What sane person would do such a thing? I was launching my private coaching practice in April but I had no so-called evidence it was going to match my corporate employer's salary. And I most definitely had no hard evidence I was going to DOUBLE my corporate salary within 9 months of unhooking myself from that soul-sucking job...but I did just that #boom!
What I had was more powerful. I had belief that no matter what, I was going to be successful AF. How did I develop such a resilient belief system? I only provided myself with evidence that I was going to be successfull. I did not allow limiting thoughts to derail my soul purpose and drive. I prioritized keeping my vibration high knowing I attract what I AM. I consciously spent time ruminating in how and why things were going to work out for me. I believed, and still do, that the Universe and a higher power wants to support me fulfill my deepest desires and wildest dreams in this life.
And because I believed it BEFORE I could see it, I attracted what I envisioned to me.
I share to showcase that this is possible for you too. I could have spent countless more months and years at my corporate job supplying myself with reasons why I had to financially. . and trust me, there would have always been another excuse to put my dream on the back burner of life.
Life is so short and we can live it in a mediocre, auto-pilot kind of way. Or we can live it like we mean it & open ourselves up to the countless possible (amazing) outcomes that are equally available to every. single. one of us.
You may have heard about the chakras but aren't totally clear on what exactly they are and how they work. You can think of the chakras like energy centres of the of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. It is these bodies that are thought of as part of the subtle body. A chakra is an energy point (or node) in the subtle body versus the physical body. You can picture a chakra as a funnel shaped energy centre (or vortex) that corresponds with many meridian points and nerve bundles in the human body.
There are different ways a person can open, clear and balance their chakras. In fact, each chakra resonates with different foods, colours, sounds/music, mantras, activities, yoga poses, affirmations, and essential oils and crystals from the plant and elemental kingdoms.
There are many chakras in the subtle human body but there are seven primary chakras that are often considered to be the most important ones.
1st (Root) Chakra: This is located at the base of the spine and the corresponding colour is red. When balanced, it will bring about good health, feeling grounded, safe and secure; prosperous and when unbalanced or closed it will bring about feelings of insecurity, fear, financial difficulties, depression, boredom and lethargy. Physically, an unbalanced root chakra will bring about dry, pale, blotchy skin.
2nd (Sacral) Chakra: This is located just below the navel and the corresponding colour is orange. When balanced, it will bring about feelings of pleasure, increased creativity & enthusiasm and healthy sex drive, and when unbalanced or closed it will bring about feelings of guilt, shame, depression, mood swings and addictive tendencies . Physically, an unbalanced sacral chakra will bring about lower back pain, puffiness and bloating.
3rd (Solar Plexus) Chakra: This is located at the stomach region and the corresponding colour is yellow. When balanced, it will bring about healthy emotions and a zest for life, abundance, stability, courage and personal power and when unbalanced or closed it will bring about feelings of decreased self worth, shorter temper, increased aggression and stubbornness. Physically, an unbalanced solar plexus chakra will bring about puffiness, bloating, mid-back pain and unhealthy cravings.
4th (Heart) Chakra: This is located at the heart/chest region and the corresponding colour is green. When balanced, it will bring about feelings of compassion, connection, empathy, happiness, peace & love and when unbalanced or closed it will bring about feelings of rejection, jealousy, codependency and a tendency to be withdrawn & critical/judgemental. Physically, an unbalanced heart chakra will bring about a pasty complexion and poor circulation.
5th (Throat) Chakra: This is located at the throat and the corresponding colour is blue. When balanced, it will bring about open expression and truthful communication and when unbalanced or closed it will bring about feelings of shyness or difficulties with appropriate communication & listening skills. Physically, an unbalanced throat chakra will bring about stress, fatigue and thyroid challenges.
6th (Third Eye) Chakra: This is located at the point of your forehead above and between your eyebrows and the corresponding colour is indigo. When balanced, it will enhance intuition, imagination, insight and intellect and when unbalanced or closed it will bring about impaired concentration, memory, thinking abilities and disrupted sleep. Physically, an unbalanced third eye chakra will bring about headaches, hormonal changes and depression.
7th (Crown) Chakra: This is located above the head and the corresponding colour is violet (or white). When balanced, it will bring about a deepened spirtual connection and increased wisdom and open-mindedness and when unbalanced or closed it will bring about feelings of separateness, fear of death and cynisim.
Overall, chakra balancing and healing allows for many benefits, including the following:
-deep relaxation & improved sleep
-calming your mind and thoughts & reduced anxiety
-subtle emotional shifts
-deepened spiritual insights
-elevation of mood & release of negative emotion
For ladies enrolled in Elevate Your Life, (a transformational life & business journey that ensures you literally become an energetic match to your deepest desires), you also receive a monthly treatment of Reiki, Archangel healing (includes cord cutting), a customized crystal healing grid & angel card reading & overall chakra balancing. Click here to learn more about this Signature Program.
Part of my story with how BODYCHERISH came to be is that adversity (and what may have seemed like a major barrier to creating my skincare line) was actually a blessing in disguise. That so-called "barrier" is that the summer or 2013, I fell down my staircase, lost my consciousness, fractured my skull, sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost (still to this day) 100% my sense of smell. This happened on my 29th birthday because I was drunk (as per usual back then). This was the same summer of chaos in which I got a divorce, lost my house, had friendships fall away but most importantly...lost my sense of identify of who I was in this world...Talk about some BIG life changes!
...but what happened next is quite interesting. As I started to get my life in order and practice radical self-love & care, my sensitivities to the energies around me also started to heighten. Specifically, my draw to the elemental kingdom (aka healing crystals & gems) increased at an exponential rate, along with my spiritual awakening for that matter! It was as if my body had to make up for the loss of one primary sense (smell) by enhancing & strengthening another sense (my energetic sense) in how I now choose to show up & navigate my life this world.
At the same time of these changes my inner guidance system strengthened and I developed the ability to "just know" the right ratios and which ingredients to use (without ever even smelling them). I learned to open myself up to receive necessary guidance and trust that the right answers would always come in - which by the way always lead me to the next best step decision in my life and in my company. It's funny how the Universe works isn't it? I mean, who decides to create a skincare line (which of course has to smell divine) AFTER losing 100% their sense of smell?! I do and it's been wildly successful thanks to something greater and bigger than just myself. Some may (and do) joke that it's someone who hit their head too hard falling down the stairs. I say, Fuuuuck That. From first hand experience, I know it to be true that it is the contrasting life experiences that actually serve us by being the necessary catalyst to propel us into a new, brilliant and bright future.
I share this story as proof that when you listen to your inner guidance system (what your soul is calling you to do) the Universe will conspire in your favour and open up doors that didn't exist before. Trust me, you will be brought the success you deserve when you follow your heart and your divinely, inspired life path...NO MATTER WHAT may appear like a major barrier along the way! Hope this inspires you & now is your chance to learn more about the transformational life and business coaching programs I offer here.