A Year of Growth Part 1

It is hard to believe how much I have changed in over a year. I used to be painfully shy. (I couldn’t even say hello!) Plus, (and most people don’t know this), I struggled for over a decade with mental illnesses, addictions, and an eating disorder.

Looks were everything and pretending I was okay was top priority. I put too much importance on using makeup to hide instead of using makeup for fun. A year ago I stopped using makeup. I stopped doing Aloette.

I started a retail job and really pushed myself to conquer my shyness that crippled me in life. I have worked with so many kinds of people now. I have been made fun of and made some people mad.

Through those painful moments I experienced great joy when I would make a customer smile or laugh. When I would go the extra mile in getting a cart, carrying a heavy item, listening to a story, or giving a simple discount.

I always found it funny when customers would share a story about their day and then say,

“Oh my I am so sorry, I didn’t mean to go on like that.”

Or when a customer gets embarrassed that they are asking for things to be rung up a certain way,

“Sorry I know I am being one of those customers.”

I always say that it is okay. It is not just my job to be a good listener. I believe it is part of being a good human being. Feeling heard is so important. Be that person who listens. You never know what the customer has been through in their life or even that day.

My personal phrase is: a smile can save a life. Don’t be afraid to be human. People will appreciate your effort to sympathize. To go out of your way.

Back from the Silence

Hi everyone,

I wanted to start off by saying thank you for still following this blog and I hope you all still enjoy the content. I am sorry for not giving ample warning (or any warning for that matter) that I was going to be taking a hiatus from Aloette and my accounts.

The truth is that I realized something. I wasn’t quite ready to take Aloette to the next level. I had so much to learn about myself and what is important in life.

I have learned to be more sociable for sure but what I truly have learned this past year is who has been there for me. The Aloette sisters are some of the most kind and open ladies I know. If you would be interested in a community you can truly grow with I encourage you to visit the Aloette site to join.

My family, meeting new friends, and making people is happy is what I like best. Aloette is not really going to be a job for me, but a hobby. When I think about it as a job, I stink. When I think about it as a hobby I thrive.

I am currently in the middle of budgeting to launch my Aloette business once again. I am planning on starting this summer.

I am still on Instagram as aloettecraze and I do have my twitter as well with aloettecraze as my twitter handle. Instagram is updated more often than my twitter and has some pictures of different products I am testing and a little extra too.

I hope you are all anticipating my relaunch as much as I am. I have a good feeling about it and I will be sharing more soon. I also have an update: the website link aloette.com/rosemendoza is not valid as of now since I went on my hiatus. I am planning on having a website again soon but just a reminder if you click on any of links to that site it will not show anything. Happy Monday everyone!

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3 Homemade Face Scrubs| Natural Beauty

Face scrubs you can make from ingredients around your home. 🙂

Honey & Brown Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup manuka honey (or plain honey if you have no idea what manuka honey is)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (basic refined white sugar works in a pinch)
  • 1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
  • 1 drop of your favorite essential oil (lavender, jasmine, rose, geranium, bergamot are all nice)

Mix everything together and apply the mixture to skin and massage in a circular motion to ensure you’re removing any dead skin cells from your face. Rinse with warm water and press skin with a warm washcloth. Follow with your favourite moisturiser.

Pineapple Exfoliating Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of cubed fresh pineapple, the hard stems cut off and discarded
  • 1/4 cup of cubed fresh papaya.
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sweet almond oil
  • 1 tbsp manuka honey (or regular honey if you don’t have manuka).

Mash the fruit together until it becomes a pulp. Add…

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Brand Name or Mix It Up?

So this is something I have been thinking about for a bit. Is it really all that important to stick with the same brand name products for your entire skin care regimen? Some people say that you should not mix it up at all because it is more effective using the same product system. Others say that it is a trick by companies for you to buy more of their products.

I am one of those people who like to have the same brand name. When I use Aloette products, I know I am getting premium aloe vera that I can’t get anywhere else and that my skin is hydrated without a super heavy lotion. However, that is only my preference.

Although it is true what I said about the aloe vera, there is no study showing that you have to use the same brand name to get the best results. What you will find is that when you use the same brand is that the results you want (clearing up acne, calming redness, rebalancing pH levels) will be more in line to the timeline they lay out for you.

Mixing up products may delay or hasten the process. But if your goal is just to get positive results for your skin then I believe all skin care products will do that for you. Another question to ask yourself is: do I want it organic or not? There are plenty of articles about blacklist ingredients in cosmetics. Read more about blacklist cosmetic ingredients here.

Experts do caution about using different brand products that contain active ingredients such as retinol, glycolic acid, salicyclic acid, or peptides (Besthealthmag.ca)

How do you feel about using different brand names in your skin care regimen? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

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Thank you for reading my posts!

I thoroughly enjoy writing for you guys. Over time I have gotten better at this blogging thing and it has made it easier to share more about Aloette and more simply learn more about skincare in general.

At the bottom of my blog I have added a Twitter follow button. I constantly share different articles about skincare. I would love to connect with you on there and hear your feedback about my blog, answer questions about Aloette, answer questions about skincare, or even just talking in general.

Click on @aloettecraze to check out my profile and direct message me. 🙂

Essential Cleansing Oil – More Than You Think

Perhaps you are like me where you want to take care of your skin, but the thought of going through 3 steps or more sounds like too much.

That is totally okay because Aloette has what you need. Essential Cleansing Oil not only can gently remove your makeup but it can also work as a cleanser and a moisturizer. The product includes aloe vera along with sesame, avocado, olive, and safflower oils to hydrate your skin and fight the signs of aging.

The sesame oil acts as a natural sunscreen because of the vitamin E. The oil helps to calm inflamed sessential cleansing oilkin, repair damaged skin cells, and improves blood circulation (Sesame Oil for Skin)

According to Foodmatters.com, avocado oil helps to rejuvenate your skin and aids in anti-aging.

Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin E; one of the most important vitamins for your skin, and is brilliant for use daily. It is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals which damage the skin. Compared to other fruits, avocado has the highest amount of vitamin E.

Olive oil and safflower give the same benefits as the other two, but safflower adds to promoting elasticity in your skin which in turn reduces the wrinkles.

You can use this product morning and night to clean your skin. Rinse it off to reveal refreshed skin that is ready to face the day.

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Cracked to Smooth

During the winter is when I look at my lips and think…ugh, gross. That familiar light and dry look. Ew you get the picture.

Why do lips get this way even in the warm seasons? According to HowStuffWorks.com, the skin on your lips soothe and smoothis thin and does not secrete any sebum like the rest of your skin does. Resulting in the peeling of your skin.

Licking your lips provides temporary relief but when it evaporates it leaves your lips even drier than before.

You could just grab some chapstick but sometimes that takes a long time to get your lips back to their smooth and healthy look. I suggest using some Soothe and Smooth.

Soothe and Smooth is not just a lip balm but an exfoliate that gently removes the flaky and dry skin to reveal velvety lips. Don’t sit there suffering when ease is just clicks away.

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American Psychological Association Reports Your Mood Can Affect Your Skin

Stress affects more than your thoughts.

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Have you noticed your skin looking less than its best? You might want to get your mind and emotions in check to regain that familiar glow.

What’s on your mind could end up on your face according to a report from the American Psychological Association. It’s no secret that stress can cause you to break out, but the APA has found that negative emotions can also exacerbate a host of skin conditions.

Rick Fried, MD, added that stress, anxiety, depression and other problems affected some conditions more than others. However, that is still pulling from an extensive list. He stated, “The common dermatological issues that have been documented to be made worse by stress include acne, rosacea, psoriasis, itching, eczema, pain and hives, just to name a few,”

The findings have led for a push to advance psychodermatology in the United States. It’s already caught on in Europe, but…

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Taking Care of Your Feet

Feet are often the most overlooked part of skincare. Some thoughts for me have been, No one will see them. I will have to buy expensive foot creams to make my feet look beautiful! 

For years I would put on lotion. Heavy creams even and it would look okay for maybe an hour and then my skin on my feet would make me want to put some socks on or hope that no one would look down if I wore sandals.

Last year I found a solution to my problem. I asked my colleague, Melissa, what she suggested. Aloette offers great products for your foot care needs!

1. Restorative Enzyme Peel is a wonderful exfoliate that takes 60-90 seconds to scrub away the dry or flaky skin that is on your feet. This exfoliate is gentle enough to be used every other day if your skin has hard calluses.

2. Using the Peppermint Foot Balm after you use the Enzyme Peel will not only moisturize your skin on your feet, but the peppermint in the lotion will increase the circulation in your feet which is great for restoring the skin to health.

It may take a month or so of repeating this procedure depending on how rough your skin is on your feet. You will see improved skin every time you use these products.

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Peppermint Foot Balm

You may already know the benefits of peppermint for calming your stomach, relieving your stuffy nose, and other important advantages. But did you know that it can also improve circulation?peppermint foot balm

When peppermint “touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings, there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation” (Organic Facts).

Aloette offers our Peppermint Foot Balm that not only has the peppermint, but our exclusive, premium aloe vera to hydrate your skin. When you use the foot balm after a bath or a shower it helps to restore your skin back to its healthier state.

There will be challenges to keeping your skin from producing calluses or becoming flaky. But this is a simple addition to your skin care routine that will make a world of difference. Just try it. Your feet will thank you. 🙂

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