November 16, 2011

Guest Post Wednesday: Sunshine Blossoms

It's another lovely Wednesday and another lovely guest! Today we have my friend Kourtney from Sunshine Blossoms who you may remember gave away a beautiful necklace to one of my lovely readers a while back! Well she is here today sharing a 3-step skin care regimen with you all! 
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Hello to all you lovely Cinsarah readers!  My name is Kourtney and I write over at Sunshine Blossoms Blog.  I write about day to day life, DIY projects and everything in between.  I am a wife to a great man and momma to a sweet little boy!  I also run an Etsy Shop that is full of fun, unique, personalized jewelry!  All of which would make awesome Christmas gifts.  Just sayin'. ;)
I am so excited {and, okay, maybe a bit nervous} to be doing my very first guest post for Cindy!  Is she not the greatest?!  Seriously, though.  She is such a sweet girl.

Today I am going to share with you a natural 3-step skincare regimen.  Chances are you will already have at least one {if not all} of these items already in your home!  If not, you can find them at your local grocery or health food store.

Here's all you'll need:
Raw, organic, unpasteurized honey is best.  All of the above + local is even better.  I am still searching.  Organic apple cidar vinegar is best {found mine at Target}.  Same with the Coconut Oil.  Good quality organic is always best!  Need to up the quality of that one on my shelf as well.  I'm still learning. :)

I have yet to make small jars of these three things, but plan to do that this week so I don't have these huge jars in my bathroom. :)  I'd advise doing that.  And glass jars that seal well would be best.  And the apple cidar vinegar should be in something dark, preferably.  So it may just be easier to keep that in it's original bottle.

SO, anyway.  All of these items have a long list of amazing benefits!!  {Both internal and eternal.}

Honey:  Check out just a few of the many benefits of honey here!
Apple Cidar Vinegar:  Go here to read some of the benefits.
Coconut Oil:  Read some of it's benefits here.

Awesome, right?!

For the last few months, my skin has been atrocious!!!!  I'm an not exaggerated ONE. SINGLE. BIT.  I've never had great skin, but even during my teen years, my skin was not even half as bad as it has been lately!  {Sorry in advance if any of this makes you lose your lunch!  Consider yourself warned! ;)}

Here is where I get really brave.  Or maybe just stupid.  I don't know.  But either way, I'm really putting myself out there by showing you the following photo, so please don't judge me by this no makeup/nasty break out/scrunched and wrinkled face!  Ahh!
And sadly, my skin doesn't even look as bad in this photo as it does in real life.  ICK.
Here we go.  First, make sure you have no makeup on your face {I use either a hot washcloth or organic makeup remover wipes to keep the whole routine natural}.  Leave your face slightly damp {too much water will just dilute the honey--no good} so the honey spreads a little more easily.  I find that dotting it all over and then spreading it out works best for me.  Leave it on for anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour.
Lay a wet, hot washcloth over your face for a few seconds, and then gently wipe the honey off.
Next, grab the apple cidar vinegar and mix 1 part to 2 parts water.  {If you have super sensitive skin, you may want to add more water just to be safe, until you find a ratio that works best for you.}  This is your toner, so grab a cotton ball and apply it to your skin.  Don't get too close to your eyes -- the fumes will sting a bit.  {I know what you're thinking -- stinky!  But it doesn't take long to fade away.  Especially mixed with the honey and coconut oil.}

Lastly, open up that Coconut Oil and scoop out a {very} small amount to smooth all over your face {and neck if you'd like--I did}.  This is your moisturizer.

See the amount I used?  That was way too much.  Maybe use a fourth of that.  Maybe.
Now, I would advise not going to bed until the moisturizer has absorbed into your skin so you don't get your bedding all oily.  If it's not absorbing, you probably used too much.

My skin felt softer the morning after my first use and I even felt like my acne was beginning to dry up.  But my skin wasn't dry!  I'm sold!  You may need to adjust this according to your skin type {and I can't guarantee that it will work for everyone -- but I hope it does!}.

Use this regimen at least once a day, preferably at night.  But if you want to {and have the time to} add it to your morning routine as well, that would be even more beneficial!  I do it twice a day.  I will probably eventually back down to once a day, and then maybe just a few times a week.  But right now my skin needs all the help it can get!

I'll post on my blog in a week or so to update you on my results from using this skin care regimen.  Be sure to come follow me so you don't miss it! :)

Thank you so much, Cindy, for letting me chat with your awesome readers today!  Stop by Sunshine Blossoms sometime and say hi!

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Thanks so much Kourtney and girl you are not only brave but beautiful with or without make up! I am going to try this for sure and follow up on your blog! :)



  1. So so cool! Definitely will check it out! It help save money too cause like she said, we should probably already have those ingredients! And I do! Yay thanks!!!

  2. oh by the way love your new colors! Can you tell that i love those colors too over at my blog! lol

  3. This is so cool! I can't wait to know if it really works! She is such a cute gal! What a fun post!

  4. I have heard of this method before but never using the purest forms of each ingredient. I need to retry this using these ingredients and hopefully I will have better results. Thanks so much for sharing;)

  5. Cindy, you are seriously too kind. ;)
    And thanks, everyone!
    Like I mentioned, all skin types are different, but I hope everyone has some success with this!


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