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    Oil Facial Cleansing Method

    In today’s post, I want to write about a face cleansing method that helped my skin drastically. The reason why I chose to write about this topic is because it is one of the factors that initiated my wellness journey. So here goes…

    My skin was really never a problem until junior/senior year of high school. It was a crucial time applying to colleges. I became stressed and burnt out as I feared not being accepted to a decent college. My fretfulness increased as I feared what my family would think of me if I wasn’t accepted to a “smart school.” I harassed myself constantly for not meeting expectations and questioned why I wasn’t “just smarter.” Long story short- the more I stressed in addition to unhealthy eating habits, the more apparent it emerged on my skin. Blackheads. Pimples. Hyperpigmentation.

    Modern society’s definition of beauty means clear, porcelain, free of blackheads, pimples and other imperfections seem to be an intangible aspiration. I felt I was constantly reminded of my skin imperfections- which is why I experimented on every product you can think of to achieve “beauty.” The search and experimentation of effective products became a constant cycle of obsession. I was brainwashed into thinking that oil was the culprit of my skin problems so I focused on products that gets rid of oil. But it never works! All the scrubbing, disinfecting, and drying- why doesn’t it work?

    Reasons why I had so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are several, but two reasons, in particular, are most crucial. The way these products work is that they strip oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of tight and dry skin followed by excessive oil production. Each time we strip oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. On top of the drying effects, these products are highly-scented. Fragrance is one of the top skin irritants and strangely enough, even the so-called “unscented” products usually contain fragrance.

    If you want to treat your acne, it is imperative to understand our skin. Everyone’s’ skin are sensitive. Our skin naturally lubricates itself with oil because it is essential to the skin. Oil is there for the benefit of your skin, allowing your largest organ to function properly. It is naturally occurring. Not only does your natural oil help lubricate, it also heals, protects, and moisturizes your skin so that it may function properly.

    So the breakthrough method that I wanted to share is OIL FACIAL CLEANSING! The idea of cleansing my face with oil was introduced to me by my lovely roommate during senior year of college. One random night, I told her that I always have a hard time removing my eye makeup and she taught me how to use coconut oil as a makeup remover. I tried it and was so fascinated! Eventually, I branched out to applying it on my face as well. How? The idea is simple. Oil attracts/dissolve oil. This cleansing method is based on the chemistry rule of “like dissolves like” which means that one substance can dissolve or break down substances similar to it. We have to understand that the results of pimples, whiteheads, blackheads are buildup of several different factors including hormones, bacteria, dead skin cells, and pollution. When these factors are accumulated with natural skin oil, it clogs your pores, and form blemishes. Therefore, using the oil facial cleansing method will allow you to attract/dissolve the impurities from your skin while providing moisture without any irritation.

    In order to start the oil regimen, you will need a primary oil and a secondary oil. For me personally, I use coconut oil as primary and jojoba oil as secondary. I know many people use the combination of castor oil and olive oil but it’s your choice.  Coconut oil has beneficial antimicrobial properties of preventing wrinkles, sagging skin, skin dryness, and flaking. It is very effective in healing damaged tissues and infections. Make sure that you buy organic, cold-pressed, gmo-free coconut oil. Jojoba oil acts as a secondary oil because the consistency is much lighter and another reason why I love jojoba oil because it contains iodine, which fights harmful bacteria growth that causes breakout. I do the facial oil cleanse once per day before I shower at night. If you are just starting, I wouldn’t recommend doing the oil method in the morning because your skin will need time to adjust.

    Instructions:

    1. Drench your towel in hot/warm water and place it close to your face for about a minute. This will allow the steam to open your pores.
    2. Dry your hands and make sure they are clean!
    3. Mix a dime sized of coconut oil and jojoba oil on your fingertips and massage gently on your face in circular motions.
    4. After 2-3 minutes, wash your face with warm water. If needed, drench your towel in hot/warm water to remove excess oil.
    5. Splash your face with cold water. This will close your pores.
    6. Pat your face dry. You can proceed to moisturize your skin if you’d like but for beginners, I wouldn’t put anything on your face. Allow your skin to adjust! The leftover oil will moisturize your skin.

    There you go! I love the process because it has a therapeutic effective and feels really relaxing after a rough day. I hope you guys will try it! :)

    Please message me with any questions!

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    Cyc Fitness

    What is Cycling? Cycling aka hardcore spinning is a type of exercise on stationary bikes with music.  Thanks to WELL Summit, I was able to experience my first cycling class ever at Cyc Fitness. My first time was a little rough- getting on and off the bike with the cycling shoes was a struggle but the staffs there were really nice so they helped me out. A couple of days later, Cyc offered me 3 free rides because “it takes at least 3 classes to get hooked on Cyc.” I was so excited and pumped! Cyc is not your average cycling class as it “offers a series of exhilarating, beat-based rides that activate the whole body, the whole time. The renowned workout incorporates calorie burning endurance intervals and weighted sectors inspired by more than 20 different sports movements from boxing, rowing, volleyball and more.” Riders can burn up to 800 calories per 45 minute music driven class! It literally feels like a rave party- on a bike LOL.

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    The first class I took was with Lydia Ermilio who was super fantastic and gave everyone a killer workout! The second class, was with Keoni Hudoba! Keoni Hudoba is the creator of Cyc Method and a renowned trainer and fitness expert. His background story is truly inspiring and I encourage you to go read all about it here written and interviewed by Jordan Bach, life coach! Throughout the 45 minute spin class in the dark, he keeps his “cyclers” high in energy with entertaining liveliness! In his interview with Delta Faucet, he mentioned that he wanted to create a safe sanctuary for people despite their size, color, shape and I think that’s very crucial because through my own personal experience, there were times when I felt intimidated working out or attending a fitness class.

    As the class comes to an end, Keoni turns all the lights off and instructs people to ride as fast as we can. Throughout the last minutes before the remix of Adelle’s song Hello ends, he shouts, “Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.” BAM! Those were really motivating. When the music stopped, my whole body was sweaty but damn, it felt so good.

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    Cyc method is definitely an experience that everyone should try at least once. Cyc Fitness is located within David Barton Gym in Boston Park Plaza.

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    You can find all the information on their website, Cyc Fitness!

    Xoxo Go sweat!

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    Friendsgiving, Priceless

    I experienced my very first Friendsgiving this weekend and it was lovely! Friendsgiving is just like Thanksgiving but only celebrated with friends, not family. When I was in college, I used to be the type of person who avoided the idea of friendships because it was burdensome. At the time, I would tell myself, “My life is hectic enough. I don’t need more problems in my life. I don’t know how to be a good friend.” Yeah- I know, I was a mess. Fast forward to today, I still don’t know how to be a good friend (haha), but I am really grateful to those who still welcomes me to gatherings! I spent my Friendsgiving with some of the most awesome people this year and I couldn’t ask for a better experience. Although I no longer work with them, and the fact that I still came across their mind, I am thankful! :)

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    Now let’s talk about why Friendsgiving is so awesome.

    1. Your dish may be a struggle to make BUT the company is great.
    2. There are no real table, but you’re happy to sit in the chairs and sofas. It’s the quality of the people in the chairs that matters, not the other way around.
    3. There are no real food utensils, just fancy looking plastic ones. LOL
    4. There are no small talk, just real talk.
    5. There are no awkward silences, just many laughs.
    6. SELFIES with SELFIE STICK.
    7. Making more plans after we stuff ourselves with turkey LOL.

    At the Fanueil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular!!!

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    Okay, we need to give the Turkey some love.

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    Celebrate Friendsgiving! xoxo ♥

     

     

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    Ganko Ittetsu Ramen, Brookline

     

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    I ♥ ramen. There is something about eating a bowl of ramen on a cold chilly night…makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Two days ago, I came across Emily’s blog (Emily at Stay Healthy, Stay Happy) and found out about Ganko Ittetsu Ramen! I was so excited to try it and finally went today. It’s like a hidden gem located inside the Arcade Building in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. The place is small but the setting is clean and the atmosphere is really cozy and romantic. LOL You probably think I’m weird for thinking that it’s romantic LOL IT IS THOUGH! LOL It feels nice. The staffs were really friendly as well! Once you walk in, everyone greets you with “Irasshaimase” (Welcome!). I know many ramen places do the same but they were really loud and energetic, haha. I loveee it! Many ramen places that I have been to have their own unique styles and flavor- Ganko Ittetsu Ramen serves Sapporo style ramen that is made in a wok. Their method in creating their broth is a little different by caramelizing their tare (sauce) with vegetables and then adding it to the base broth. Also, cooking in the wok maintains a higher temperature hence produces a deeper, more aromatic flavor. Yum…

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    The menu is pretty simple and have 3 selections of ramen. Miso Ramen ($13), Shoyu Ramen ($11), and Tan Tan Ramen ($13). I ordered the Tan Tan Ramen and Steve ordered the Miso Ramen. The broth was thick, which I loved and the texture of the noodles was perfect! My broth had a peanut butter aftertaste to it which was interesting. Although my Tan Tan Ramen was yummy, I enjoyed the Miso Ramen the most. It had more toppings! haha

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    If you love ramen like I do, go try it out! It’s something new! Whether you end up liking it or not, at least now you can say you’ve had Sapporo style ramen haha.

    Detailed Ramen Description!

    ありがとうございます! xoxo