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Our Favorite Skincare Secret!

Our Favorite Skincare Secret!

Oil Cleansing

Oil cleansing is one of my favorite little-known secrets of non-toxic skincare. It’s a bit counter-intuitive for some as you actually use oil to remove dirt and, yes, oil from your skin, but trust me - it works wonders! Here's How: 

Step 1:


Apply a penny-sized amount of Butter or another oil to your fingertips and massage your face in a circular motion for 1 minute.  

Step 2:  

Take a warm damp washcloth and hold it over your face for 30 seconds. This step is important because it helps your pores to open and brings impurities to the surface. Wipe your face with the cloth until your skin is clean and smooth. 

What to Expect: 

Oil cleansing often involves a detox and acclimation period. It's normal for skin to have a reaction period of between 2-10 days when switching skincare methods. Once your skin has adjusted you will likely experience countless benefits such as:

• Reduced acne
• Softer skin. 
• Reduction in puffiness, blotchiness, and sunspots.
• Regulated oils (yes, less oily!)
* Healthier, more vibrant, glowing skin. 

P.S. - If you want personalized skincare recommendations, email: hello@ellovi.com. 

The Self Report: Fill Your Cup

The Self Report: Fill Your Cup

Featuring  from Off White Mag

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Have you heard of the analogy — you can’t fill someone else’s cup before you fill yours? I use this for everything, but today let’s touch upon taking care of your wellbeing.

Taking care of your wellbeing is not selfish; it’s necessary to flow with the nature of this world. You cannot fill someone’s cup until you fill yours first. Self-care is about preserving you as a human being, as well as your soul. Replenish those stores of your mental, emotional, and physical energy. It may be pausing life, or it may be an energy life gives out.

How do you fill your cup?

1. Spend some time on you. Get a mani/pedi or a spa treatment. Maybe merely a bath! It means that you need to stop and recharge yourself. Call up a friend and catch up. Fill your cup with joy — an energy life is giving you.


2. Take time to eat your meal or indulge in a desert. Nourish your body this way — another energy of joy.


3. Plan a vacation. You’ll get excited.


4. Attend a workshop – there are plenty of online ones today. Even Steve Moore created an online class to build bouquets at home. They sent the flowers, and you could follow a video to put it together!


5. Learn a new skill or pick up a musical instrument you haven’t touched in years. Bring back memories. Brush up on those skills you still have in the back of your mind.


6. Write a note for someone to make their day. It’s fulfilling for your soul and will completely brighten up theirs.

Some have an empty cup, but they keep pouring from it. But what are you pouring? Nothing. You’re pouring nothing. That is how you burn out. You will not feel fulfilled in the deeds you do or the people you converse with. Others may fill your cup as you can do for others! But this is when you take something from them. When you give from an empty cup, you will burn out fast and will be looking for a refill from others. When you’re capable of filling your cup just by spending some time away from others in need, you are an independent woman who is looking to build up others. Be the one who has grown strong enough to help others out. You can do it! Not everyone can, but you have this power and privilege of knowledge given to you to use.

When you take time to replenish yourself, it allows you to serve others. Stop short-circuiting yourself to grow others. They made me the keeper of the vineyards, but mine own vineyard have I neglected. In which area of life are you neglecting yourself? Focus on yourself so much that you become to the most important person to yourself. Until you become the most important to yourself, you will be useless to everyone else. You cannot pour from an empty cup. 
 

How To Not Pour Out So Much:

1. Find simple routes to what you do. Sometimes this is possible by still making the very same impact. Don’t mistake this for getting the easy way out and cutting what you finish. 

2. Cut away negatives — whether it’s people or habits. Negative people suck the energy out of you. 

3. Learn to ask for help — this is a strength. People are gifted with talents and strengths just as you are. Humans can’t be good at everything, but one is better at something than the other. Help each other out. And people are ready to assist you just as you are prepared to give to them.

See Your Skin With Love

See Your Skin With Love
Your skin is like a great warrior. It’s out there in battle, fighting for you 24/7. It’s constantly engaged in a war against things like toxins, imbalance, and disease. It fights against the elements to keep you safe. It works around the clock to provide you with helpful vitamins and minerals that prevent aging and decay. It might be your hardest-working ally, yet so many of us fail to realize just how amazing it is.

When we recognize the immense work our skin does for us, we can begin to develop a more symbiotic relationship. Think of it like this - If your skin is out there in battle fighting for you, you want to provide it with proper nourishment and care. That way, it can do a better job. It’s a win-win. 

So, how to care for your skin?

If there’s one piece of advice I could tell people who are looking to improve their skin, it would be this:

See your skin with love

When you see your skin with love, you are naturally inspired to care for it. Suddenly the self-care routines, healthy eating, and daily rituals become second nature. It’s almost like your skin starts telling you exactly what it needs. You become more intuitive, you start to notice patterns and trends, and you feel a lot better. 

Here are a few tips to help you develop a loving relationship with your skin.

1. Acknowledge Your Skin
 
So many of us are constantly bashing our skin for all of it’s various “flaws". Not only does this contribute to the production of harmful chemicals, but it also blinds us from recognizing what it’s really doing - constantly working to maintain a state of balance and radiance. When we acknowledge the hard work our skin does, we recognize that bashing our skin only makes matters worse. What we want to do is feed our skin love and support so its job becomes easier.

2. Prioritize Skincare
 
The better the care you give to your skin, the better care it gives to you. This should be really simple, yet so many of us find that we’re constantly neglecting our skincare. Taking even just a few minutes out of our day to focus on skincare helps to develop a positive connection. 

I recommend a daily 15-minute ritual that involves cleansing, massaging & moisturizing.

3. Be Allys With Your Skin

Imagine that there is a great warrior out there fighting for you on the battlefield. If you give them food, water, and proper care they can do a better job. This is how we should look at skincare. We’re not up against our skin. Our skin is on our side. If we see our skin as an ally, we naturally attempt to support it.