A note from Ashten:
Today I'm thrilled to introduce you to one of my very best (real life!) friends in the entire world: Katie of Bright, Balanced and Beautiful. I've known Katie since high school; we met working at Starbucks and we got in trouble many times for pulling pranks on our co-workers. Not only is Katie one of the sweetest, kindest and most wonderful people I know: she and her brother (Nicole's husband!) introduced me to Kyle, so I am forever indebted to her for bringing the bearded ginger into my life.
Katie just started her own business and I'm thrilled to be able to support her here on my blog! I asked her to talk about her favorite skincare products because she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to finding great, affordable products that can change your skin! Enjoy her post and I'll see you on Monday!
Hi everyone! My name is Katie Badilla and I live in the beautiful little beach town of Ventura, California. I'm a stay at home mom to two beautiful kids: my son Nash who is seven and my daughter Everly who is three.
I just launched my own business, Bright, Balanced and Beautiful, where I'm bridging the gap between an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle, while inspiring others to achieve their fullest potential. I'm so excited to be joining you on Just Go Left today, sharing something I'm extremely passionate about: a healthy skincare routine!
I want to start off by saying I'm not a skin care expert. These are things I have learned over the years and are my personal opinion.
Being a mom means my days are very busy: taking my son to school and sports practices, homework and keeping up with my three-year-old. So, my skin care routine is a little ritual that I look forward to every morning and every night: not only is it my "me time" (moms, you know what I mean!), but I always feel the most beautiful when I have radiant, glowing skin. I've tried so many skincare products over the years and found an amazing combination of great, affordable products that have done wonders for my skin! I'm really excited to be able to share them with you!
Here are a few of the products I use to get radiant, glowing skin:
ONE: JUICE PLUS SHAKES AND CAPSULES
One of the best things you can do for your skin is have a healthy diet. What you put in your diet reflects on your skin. I eat a pretty healthy diet, but I do want to have pizza and a cupcake now and then. One thing that I take to help with that is Juice Plus. Juice Plus is whole fruits and vegetables in capsule form. No supplements or vitamins: just nutrition from over 30 fruits and vegetables. It's really hard to get in the 9 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day that we need to be at peak health and Juice Plus helps to make that possible. I absolutely LOVE my Juice Plus. I take 1 "garden" pill, 1 "orchard" pill and 1 "vineyard" pill in the morning with my breakfast and then again at lunch or dinner. I've been taking them for about eight months and have seen such an improvement, not only in my skin and other aspects of my life.
Besides being amazing for your skin, Juice Plus calms inflammation in the body, you're getting tons of Phytonutrients which helps with your immune system and energy level and also reduces toxins in the body. I can't remember the last time I was really sick (that says a lot with all the germs my seven year old son brings home from school). I could go on and on about this product because food really heals your body when you give it the right things.
TWO: BOTANICS HOT CLOTH CLEANSING BALM
This cleansing balm changed my life. It goes from a thick, luscious balm to oil as soon as it hits your skin and oh my goodness it feels so good! It gets all the germs from the night before off and washes away all those pesky toxins. I love a cleansing balm over a gel or foaming cleanser is because a balm moisturizes the skin while it cleanses. Gel or foaming cleanser's they dry the skin out and it totally alkalies the surface of the skin. If you have or oily or acne prone skin using a gel or foaming cleanser alkalies the skin, which makes it a breeding ground for bacteria, which makes your acne worse. I love the Botanic's brand from Target but Lush also makes a really nice cleansing balm and so does Emma Hardy.
THREE: PIXI GLOW TONIC
This Pixi Glow Tonic just came to the U.S. and I'm OBSESSED. Run, don't walk to Target and buy this. Not only does it exfoliate your skin, but it hydrates and reduces the signs of sun damage and fine lines! (A huge selling point for us SoCal residents) It's also alcohol and oil free. My skin looks brighter and just all-around healthy since using this, it's such a great product.
FOUR: AVEENO POSITIVELY AGELESS MOISTURIZER
I have been using Aveeno youth perfecting moisturizer for quite a few months now and really like it. I love Aveeno products because they're not loaded with things your skin doesn't need, it has SPF 30 (another big one for us SoCal residents!) and most of the ingredients are pretty natural. If you have more oily skin you may not like this moisturizer, because it is so hydrating. Personally, I love this product because I have dry skin and need all the moisture I can get!
I put together a little video to show you what my morning routine looks like and how I use the products I just listed above. Enjoy!
Katie is a wife and a stay-at-home mom of two living by the beach in Ventura, California. Always working to bridge the gap between an enjoyable and healthy lifestyle, Katie created Bright, Balanced and Beautiful; a business that aims to bridge that gap while inspiring others to achieve their fullest potential. She helps people live a healthier lifestyle with a variety of affordable products, including Juice Plus. Katie loves trying new recipes, playing with home decor, Starbucks coffee and spending time with her close-knit family. She's proud to say she visits Target on a daily basis.
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