Beauty · Caribbean · cartagena · colombia · expat life · South America

Beauty Routines to Beat the Carribbean Heat

I never thought I would say this, because it goes against years of what the beauty world told me to be true, but the answer to fighting frizz, keeping my sensitive skin in check and fighting off new germs comes in the form of…. Oils.

Essential Oils –  I am not a rep selling oils, just a newly informed consumer who has seen the positive effects on my family.  We use a lot of Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Melaleuca, and DoTerra’s OnGuard, which is an immune booster.  I bought a few diffuser’s to put around the house and (knocking on wood) we have a pretty healthy bunch.  This is wonderful because the first few months, we shared every weird germ that Cartagena had to offer.  We even pop a few drops in our water bottles for flavor and immune boosts.

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Face Oil – I knew the extra harsh sun and humidity would do its number to my skin. Shaking up my routine, it took me a while to figure out how to keep it happy again in a new climate.  I ordered a trial packet of True Botanicals.  I have learned that instead of constantly trying to rid my face of oil, thus forcing it into overdrive, I give it what it needs to be hydrated and protect itself from incoming bacteria that would otherwise throw it in to a tailspin.  It smells amazing, it feels great and best of all, my skin is feeling fresh and loved.  I plan on continuing using their items.

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Hair Oil – Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil –   I have never never lived somewhere with this much humidity.  It took a lot of trial size sprays and creams to find something that would fight the frizz but didn’t weigh my hair down or make it look like straw.   I have seen what months of sun exposure will do, and all I can say it moisturize, moisturize, and then some more.  I have recently tried Kendi Dry Oil and have seen it work wonders for my frizzy situation.  I spray it on damp and it leaves my hair soft and shiny.

On top of these things, I don’t forget about the basics.  Drinking lots of water, exercising, and sunscreen…. lots of sunscreen.   I use this one, Elta Clear, and it gets the job done without causing a lot of fuss.

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