Monday, September 22, 2008

The Victorious Young Women's Conference 2008

Smell Goods '98's contribution to The Victorious Young Women's Conference.

Organization: Expect Victory
Founder: Janay Carpenter
Event: The Victorious Young Women's Conference
When: Oct., 3 & 4,2008
Where: Washington, DC

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Food For Thought

Words that inspire me. Words that encourage me. Words that I aspire to live by daily.

"The ultimate goal of karate lies not in victory, but in the perfection of the character of its participants." Master Gichin Funakoshi

"Be forgiving to a fault." Les Brown

"If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together." African Proverb

"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." George Lorimer

"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you love to do, in order to have what you want."

"Excellence is commitment to completion!" Bob Proctor

"No one will remember what you said. No one will remember what you did. They will remember how you made them feel." Nelson Mandela

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6:9

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Girl's Mind Review

Back in July I met Chrishawn Simpson on one of my networking groups. Chrishawn, a Girl Life Specialist, promotes positive self-esteem in girls and young women. Chrishawn also reviews body care products, and so I just had to send her the Stay Sweet Sugar Whips that I have created for girls and young women.

I appreciate Chrishawn's glowing words about my product. Read the review at A Girl's Mind!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Oil Cleansing Method

The Oil Cleansing Method is a very effective non-traditional way of cleaning your face. If you have blackheads, whiteheads, acne, dry skin, oily skin, and/or balance skin and your skin care regimen is not working for you, try The Oil Cleansing Method. The reason this method works is because oil dissolves oil. Contrary to popular belief, oil is not the cause of your skin blemishes. Your lack of water intake, hormone changes, bacteria, and dead skin cells are causes for skin problems.

Below is a wonderful article explaining The Oil Cleansing Method. Although not mentioned, I like to add a small amount of Tea Tree oil to my blend for its anti-bacterial properties. Do not use Castor Oil alone, you must dilute it with another oil. I find that Extra Virgin Olive Oil is good for this process also. Do not use too much Castor Oil, as it will dry out the skin. Follow the recommended blending recipe below.

Try this method and come back to share your results.

The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.

The starting point for creating your own, personalized skin cleansing oil blend is knowing your general skin type. Those with dry skin will want less Castor Oil. Those with oily skin will want to blend in more. Finding your perfect combination of oils will probably take a little bit of trial and error, so start with very small batches. Once you know what your ratio of oils looks like, you'll be able to blend much more at a time for convenience.

Some suggestions in creating your blend of deep cleansing oil:

Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed Oil.
Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed Oil.

You can vary these percentages to match your own skins needs. If your skin feels too dry, you'll need to use less Castor Oil and replace it with more Sunflower Seed Oil. Keep in mind that Castor Oil is the drawing, cleansing, and purging oil for your pores. The Sunflower Seed Oil is to dilute the Castor Oil in viscosity (thickness) and additionally provide moisture, nutrients, and other benefits. My own, personal blend, for my sometimes oily, sometimes dry, frequently flakey, and easily irritated skin is about 25% Castor Oil to 75% Sunflower Seed Oil. I mix and store my mixture in a clean four-ounce flip-top bottle for convenience. When you go to replenish your oil blend, I suggest cleaning your bottle thoroughly with dish soap or the dishwasher. Better yet, if you can replace the bottle, this is ideal. We want to be extremely cautious in introducing bacteria to the bottle.

First and foremost, this is typically done in the evening, prior to bed. There should be no need for deep cleansing in the morning if you're waking up with skin cleansed the night before. In the morning, a quick wipe with a warm washcloth should suffice. We don't want to overcleanse our skin as this will serve only to irritate and cause more oil production. The objective of using this method is to deep clean while balancing our skins oil production at the same time.

-You'll need a soft washcloth, your oil blend, and hot, running water.

-Pour a generous puddle of oil into the palm of your hand. Roughly, the size of a quarter, but more is acceptable. Rub your hands together to warm the oil and smooth over your face.

-Begin massaging the oil into your face. This will remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face prior to the massage. I've found that this removes even my stubborn waterproof mascara and concealer.

-Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your pores. Take your time and focus on your problem areas. You want the oil to work into your pores so that blackheads and the like can be dissolved and steamed away.

-As you're massaging, let your mind drift off to something calming and breathe deeply. Take this time to relax and release some of the stress that your body is harboring. Sit down, breathe deeply, and take your time. Give the oil enough time to work on dissolving the impurities in your pores and give yourself enough time to unwind. Picture what your face would look like if it were completely clear and free from blemishes. Focus on that image and know that it is attainable. Trust that it is attainable. Accept that it is attainable. You can have clear skin, free of blemishes and you will have clear skin, free of blemishes. Focus on perfect skin and breathe deeply.

-Once you're satisfied that your pores are saturated and you're feeling calm, pick up your washcloth and soak it in clean, steamy water. We want the water to be warm enough to open your pores and remove the oil. Cool water will not open your pores, nor will it remove the oil efficiently. We're not scalding our skin, we're steaming to coax our pores to release the oil carrying the impurities. We're essentially steaming our skin as an esthetician would, but without the luxury of a steam machine.

-Hold the washcloth to cover your face. Allow it to stay until it cools. You will feel your pores releasing the impurities. Wipe the oil gently away and rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water. Hold the washcloth to your face again, allowing it to cool. Wipe gently, rinse well, and repeat two or three more times. Avoid any temptation to scrub, as you'll find it's completely unnecessary and your skin will be soft, smooth, and free of flakes without the additional manual exfoliation and irritation that will result. Impurities, dead skin cells, and bacteria will be gently swept away.

-Have no fear of the oil, as the steamy washcloth will remove it. The Castor Oil, though it is an oil, will help with the removal of the other oils, as well. It is our main cleansing oil and is easily removed with warm water.

-If your skin feels tight, take a tiny drop of your oil blend, rub it between your clean, damp palms and pat it onto your damp skin. Gently massage any oil residue into your skin so there is no film of oil left sitting on the surface. Your skin should now glow!

This deep cleansing method should be done regularly, but not too frequently. You'll know if you're deep cleansing too frequently by the dryness that your skin will exhibit. Don't be surprised if you find you've unblocked an oil flow for the first few days. Once you remove the plugs from your pores, they will begin functioning properly again. Perfect skin won't happen overnight and while it should take a few massages to achieve your goal, you should notice a huge difference in your skin after the first deep cleansing massage. Give your skin a few days to adjust and adapt to being clean and clear of blockages; understand that the new oil coming from your skin is actually a good sign and will balance out very shortly. You'll find redness and irritation subsiding. You'll find your skin losing that "congested," and thick feeling.

Author: Stephanie, The Oil Cleansing Method