And then....guess what?! I didn't take any more pictures other than this kombucha I had after lunch (which by the way, was a delicious bowl of vegetarian pho). I'm so lame. wah. wah.
But to make up for that...I decided to do a July Favorites post. The month is almost coming to an end so I thought, why not? I would do a Friday Favorites post later this week but I don't know if I would have new favorites every week. So here they are!
1) Jojoba Oil
I heard wonderful things about jojoba oil so I decided to give TJ's brand a try. I did order a different bottle of jojoba oil because I heard more wonderful things about this particular brand. It's a little pricier than TJ's bottle but I decided to invest in something a bit better. What I like to do with jojoba oil is that I take a few drops and massage it into my whole face (it's also great for melting away your makeup). After about 10 seconds, I take lukewarm water and splash it all over my face. Your face will feel like there is a thin film of oil on your skin, but once you pat it dry (not scrub) with a towel, it will feel smooth and not greasy at ALL.
Jojoba oil shares the same characteristics as the oil that is produced by the sebum on our face - which allows it to penetrate into the pores without any clogging or irritation. Our pores recognize jojoba oil as its own and stops excessive production of oil. It might sound frightening to put oil on your face to improve your skin, but after using it for about 2 months, I refuse to leave it out of my skincare regimen.
2) Raw Maca Powder
Maca (Peruvian ginseng) is known to help with PMS, menopause, and energy boosts. I personally bought this to put into my smoothies as an energy booster. And I like the flavor too - it has this malty taste to it - not too strong or bitter! I also read that some people experienced skin improvements such as reduced blemishes and acne. I'm currently taking 1 teaspoon a day in my smoothies and if I need any more, I will be bumping it up to 1 1/2 teaspoons.
Maca is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E - as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and amino acids. It is not recommended that you take more 2 tablespoons a day due to its abilities to cause hormonal imbalances rather than doing what is meant to do when taken with caution (such as regulating hormones). I do feel more energized and happier (?) throughout the day, however I think it's a little too early to list out the pros and cons of this supplement (I will do an overall review at a much later date!).
3) Apple Cider Vinegar
I will do an update on any noticeable changes from using all of these products.
Have you tried any of these three products? If yes, what do you like about it?