Book Report: Skin Cleanse

As a kid, I remember growing up watching my mom beautify herself each morning. A cream, eyeliner and lipstick were the staples in her daily routine. It seemed pretty simple, and yet she was able to look glam even with pajamas on.

As I became an awkward teen, the discovery of blackheads and monthly zits consumed my very fragile (aka hormonal) teen mind. Not to mention pummeled my confidence. My BFFs and I would spend hours down the aisles of CVS searching for the next fix. Clearasil, Oxy and Neutrogena became our drugs of choice and household staples along with N ‘Sync and Brittany. Don’t even get me started on hair product-- and this was only the beginning.

My twenties, while filled with more confidence, were also fueled by more layers of makeup. And also more dandruff and “t-zone dilemmas.” I blamed it on my olive Latin skin. Certainly it wasn’t all the cocktail hours, late nights and meals at my desk. Obvi.

Except after reading Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore, I realize it totally was. And this past holiday season, when I was dragging ass and poking at my dry skin and examining the fine lines making their debuts, I now realize once again it was my poor eating and drinking choices that were to blame.

Grigore, the founder of one of our fave healthy skincare lines S.W. Basics, totally awakens us in the kindest way possible in her book Skin Cleanse. She dedicates a large part of her book to diet--while we should know by now that diet affects the way we feel, Grigore solidifies that it also affects the way we look. That’s right, not even $300 department store creams can save your skin from all those fries and pies you consumed last weekend. In fact, they could be harming you with their long lists of unreadable--and um, toxic--ingredients on the label. Of course, Grigore's going to make you detox your beauty bag too. And go makeup-free for a few days. (We promise this will all be worth it!)

The book also asks us to reflect on our roots. It turns out that the generations before us actually did have an influence on our skin, and more specifically the type of diet that’s best for our skin. Having stomach troubles or skin flare ups? Grigore says to take a look at what your grandmother ate, it might just work in your favor.

Grigore's skincare program involves looking at all of your habits from the inside out by keeping a detailed journal of everything you do. Chances are if your skin is rebelling, different parts of your body probably are too. And if you’re pregnant, the last thing you want is a body that’s rebelling while it’s growing! The good news is that by making some healthy changes in your life--healthy eating, sleep, hydration and a stress-free lifestyle are among Grigore’s biggest tips--your skin will not only appear better but you’ll also feel better.

We love all of Grigore’s delicious and skin nourishing recipes throughout the book. Pumpkin Pie Glow Mask anyone? We knew that would get your attention. But really one our favorite parts about this book is the fact that women (especially teen girls and of course pregnant mamas struggling with hormonal skin) have this book to change the way we all handle our skin. It’s time to show the largest organ of our body the respect it deserves and Skin Cleanse is here to guide us. Get your copy here!

Want to get started cleansing ASAP? Get Grigore's recipe for a DIY stretch mark cream here!

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Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.

This article was sponsored by Earth Mama Organics. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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