Great Skincare Tips for Fall

Great Skincare Tips for Fall

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Fall officially arrived on September 22 and will end on December 21.  When she arrived, she didn’t make a lot of noise this year.  As a matter of fact, Fall came quietly.  The falling of the leaves and the greenery of the trees were unusually subdued.  If you weren’t paying attention to these climate changes, then you might have believed that Summer didn’t want to leave us.

Fall is the season that you cannot miss, not even if you tried.  Fall is the season that doesn’t stir us in the same way as Spring, Summer and Winter.    That’s because we know that after Fall comes Winter.  If you live in certain regions, you know that nobody is looking forward to Winter.  However, Fall is that one season where we know we get a short reprieve from the heat or the cold. Go figure!

During the Fall, our skin needs our attention more than ever.  Winter will bring us many external factors that will affect our skin.  If we ignore our skin during this critical time, then we fail to protect ourselves from what is to come.  It is during Fall, that we must create a good skincare routine to guard against the elements.

Winter is right around the corner lurking.  She is a ruthless bitch unlike Fall.  If we don’t want Winter to come and ruin us with her savagery, then we must take the necessary precautions.   It is during Fall that we offset all of the damage Winter will wreak during those harsh Winter months.

You can do this easily by doing these three things to protect your skin:

  1. Start moisturizing your face daily.  To protect against dehydration that likely occurs during the Winter, you need to make sure that you’re moisturizing your face.  If your skin is oily, use a water-based moisturizer.  If you’re skin is dry use a oil-based moisturizer.
  2. Follow up with a gentle cleanser.  In the next couple of months, the cold will dry your skin as much as any products you use.  So, don’t make it worse by using harsh chemicals.  Make sure your toner is gentle on your skin.
  3. Finally, minimize your pores with a light mask.  The Summer months caused your pores to grow increasingly large likely due to heat, humidity, and dirt buildup.

This list is short and sweet.  However, it is extremely effective.  If you want to prepare your skin for Winter, then you need to Fall into the right skincare routine now! Your skin will thank you!

 

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Why Women Who Go From Blah to Beat are the Real Heroines

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I have this thing with women who love to brag that they don’t wear makeup like it’s some badge of honor or something. I always tell those women, “okay, I get it!” What I don’t tell the ladies is the real tragedy of being the chic who doesn’t wear makeup EVER is that you’re limiting yourself from so many other growth possibilities. You see, when you reveal the fact that you never wear makeup, you’re essentially telling me that you don’t adapt well to change, you’re possibly not open to growth, nor do you like to learn new things.

After all, are you going to go to that important dinner without wearing any makeup?  You think Angelina Jolie wants to hit the red carpet with no makeup? Is Michelle Obama ever seen at the White House without makeup? Of course, these women would not ever attend any important function in the public eye without that quintessential “beat”.

I see applying makeup as an activity the same as learning how to ride a bike or drive a car. In the beginning it seems hard, but once you get going and doing it regularly you see driving as an activity that makes your life easier. Further, you look good doing it. One might think that comparing applying makeup to driving cars is ludicrous, but it isn’t. They are both two activities that you learn how to do so that it helps you. At first, you might not be that good at it, but over time with practice you can improve your skills. In the end, you benefit from learning.

I started experimenting with makeup when I was five years old. I’m not kidding! My fascination with makeup started early. I think I had mastered how to apply makeup to my face by the time I was in the 6th grade. In those developing years, I learned a lot. The most important thing I learned from applying my makeup is how I could go from blah to beat! One of my colleagues told me years ago that on any given day when I didn’t wear makeup I was just Ponchitta Thompson. However, once I walked in with my makeup and hair on fleek, I was transformed into someone else. That colleague was right! Just like me, you too, can take baby steps to learn to create your own beat face.

That face beat made all the difference for me. My attitude changed, my self-esteem was at an all-time high, and my confidence levels were incredible. When my makeup is done right, I feel like I can take on the world. I’ve had many women tell me they feel empowered in the same way when they get their faces beat.

I think it’s a beautiful thing when you’re naturally confident. The woman who needs no extra confidence boost in the morning when she awakens or the woman that doesn’t need a spike in their confidence by adding lashes or red lips is someone special. To that woman, I applaud you because you’re a rarity.

However, for the rest of us that need that extra pep in our step or the extra jumpstart to boost our morale, I say don’t you dare feel bad because you love the beat. That beat does for us what spinach did for Popeye. It turns us into the strong, courageous women that we need to be to conquer all we must do in this world. I lift my wine glass up to all the women that don’t mind admitting that they love going from blah to beat. Once you start, it will change your life. You’re the real heroines.

Four Ways to Build Healthy Self-Esteem

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How do you visualize yourself? What thoughts do you have of yourself? Do you allow the opinion of others to make you doubt yourself? These are questions we should ask ourselves when we suffer with “low self-esteem” issues that affect many of us in our lives. Yes, it happens to many us. Yes, it has happened to me.
Webster-Merriam’s definition of self-esteem is “a feeling of having respect for yourself and your abilities.” Social Media images, celebrities, family, friends, co-workers, and people in authority play a part in making us feel like we should act and look a certain way. Whether you are comparing yourself to someone else or you are looking into someone else’s wishing to have their life, this behavior is not conducive to healthy self-esteem!
Respecting ourselves will allow us to have a better perspective and realize that none of us is the same. Everyone struggles with something. It is so important to love yourself first. Loving yourself should be easy, but there are times when it must be learned. As a teenager, there was a period when I was ashamed of my body because I was diagnosed with scoliosis. Even though I was considered “shapely” in those days, being told that I would never walk again made me have a lowly opinion of myself. Therefore, I developed low self-esteem. As a result, I believed I was no longer pretty, no one would want to be my friend, and my body was grossly disfigured. Then, a family member prayed for me, told me to look in the mirror daily and repeat:
“I’m fearfully and wonderfully made by God.”
Psalm 139:14
However, it was a process and took time for me to believe it and feel it in my heart. As I grew stronger and felt better about myself daily, I had to realize that no one knew I had scoliosis unless I told them because it was not visible to others. Thus, God saw fit to reveal things that man said would happen to me due to the diagnosis that did not happen.
Today I want to remind you that you are unique and different. It is ok to be YOU.

Still, with all of your flaws, you are even more beautiful. Do not allow the lies of the enemy to affect your view of yourself. It’s all about what you feel on the inside that will make your outside shine. Four things you should do daily to improve your self-esteem:
1) Pray.
2) Love God and Yourself.
3) Repeat a scripture and/or affirmations while looking in the mirror.
4) Treat others how you want to be treated.

Remember:
Life is full of difficulties that can shape our lives for good or bad. It’s all about how we go through those difficulties to help strengthen our character and ourselves. It is ok to feel discouraged, but do not stay that way. Adjust your crown daily and build healthy self-esteem because you are “fearfully and wonderfully made by God.”

Be Encouraged!
Tammie Johnson Porter

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Tammie Porter is a motivational speaker who founded “Be Encouraged” ministry and travels all over speaking to women about building healthy self-esteem. Her professional background is in mental and emotional health.  She lives in East Texas with her two handsome sons.

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Top Three Things Killing Your Confidence

Top Three Things Killing Your Confidence

There is an epidemic in the female species going around called “lack of confidence.”  It has spread like wildfire.  I did not realize it was a problem until I recognized how many women were suffering from the same condition.  However, I have a solution that will help turn this situation around.  There are three things that you need to check because these three will zap all of your confidence.  Your level of confidence will determine your level of elevation.  It is important to our own personal growth that we cure ourselves of this epidemic quickly.  Here are the top three things that we can change:

1) Attitude

Your attitude is the single most important thing that can make or break your confidence.  The things we tell ourselves can convince us good or bad, in one way or the other.  Therefore, when you start to think that you are less than, you will believe that you are.  That is an instant confidence killer.  We have to start thinking the best about ourselves so that we can believe it!  A simple attitude adjustment will do the trick.  In my book, Confidence is More Than a Word, It’s an Attitude, I explain how confidence equals attitude.  When you walk in feeling fierce, you will walk out getting whatever it is you want in life!

2) Appearance

Your appearance isn’t just killing your confidence, it’s killing your swag, too!  It is true that when you look good, you feel good.  So, why not put more effort into looking your best?  Are you still shopping in the Sear catalog circa 1978? When was the last time you tried a new hair style?  Do you think you don’t need makeup…EVER?  Trust me, ladies, we ALL can use a little makeup more times than not!  A dose of modern attire to spruce ourselves up wouldn’t hurt either!  I guarantee you that when you change any of these aspects of your appearance that have been less than par, you will become more confident and YOU WILL attract more of what you want! So, step it up…

3) Fear

Finally, your fears will prevent you from a lot of happiness and success.  It will ultimately interfere with your level of confidence.  The number one thing that prevents anyone from accomplishing anything worthwhile in life is fear.  Those fears range from fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear of embarrassment, or any number of negative emotions related to apprehension.  Fear is just a deterrent that breeds insecurity.  The more fearful you become, the less confident you will remain.  Truth is, many of the greatest risk takers in life were probably afraid of something.  However, the fear of never realizing a dream is far worse than attempting and failing.  Fear is paralyzing.  Adversely, the opposite of fear is courage.  Confident people are courageous enough to fail, get up, dust themselves off, and then go win.

Winning is a state of mind, an attitude.  If you want to overcome the “lack of confidence” bug, then you must first conquer your fears.  It wouldn’t hurt to get a makeover in the process. Now watch your confidence level rise!