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How Taking a Break from Coffee (and all Caffeine) Can Help You

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I can earnestly say I never thought I would take a break from drinking coffee. I would deem myself an absolute coffee connoisseur. I come from a family who drinks it daily, and in many ways it is a favorite past time of mine. I love grinding the beans, how it smells, the sound of it brewing…..all of it.

That said, I am never above tweaking my diet (or at least trying it for a while) if I believe it could improve my health in a significant way. I have had issues with what I call “sleep eating” for several years. As silly as it sounds, I am notorious for waking up in the middle of the night to grab a snack or make a meal in the kitchen. I often do not even remember doing this, until I wake up with peanut butter on the edge of my lip (no joke). I had contemplated several things: Do I not eat enough during the day? Do I have a “disorder”? What can I do to stop this from happening?

I started feeling disappointed in myself because I felt I was taking a few step backwards with these “sleep eating” episodes, after eating so remarkably well during the day. I got to a certain point where I just accepted that maybe it’s just a funny thing about me…until it occurred to me that eliminating coffee was something I hadn’t tried yet.

Cutting out coffee was something that I was not excited about. The tough thing to realize was that I just might need to try this in order to tackle this issue. In my mind, I figured that since caffeine can affect sleep, it could be playing a part in this problem.

So, I bit the bullet and started weaning myself off of coffee. Over a week’s time, I gradually decreased the amount I was drinking, starting at one full cup and drinking a bit less each day until I only had one gulp. As you can imagine, I had a noticeable headache for the next 2 days. I noticed I was a little cranky and lacking my normal motivation. Thankfully, after the full week of weaning, I felt like myself again. I felt like I didn’t need the coffee to get going.

Since ending the weaning process (it’s been almost a week), I haven’t had one incident in which I found myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night. This has been incredibly encouraging to me!

Quitting coffee for the time being has also been dual purposed. In doing this, I hoped to also get an idea if detoxing the caffeine out of my system would help my facial skin to be clearer. I have always struggled with acne and have also drank coffee since I was a teenager. I thought that the acne could perhaps be triggered or worsened by the excessive caffeine.

In summation, here’s what I have experienced thus far with the measures I’ve taken:

1. Quitting coffee to prevent “sleep eating” and encourage my body to sleep soundly throughout the night:

-I found that this, so far, has helped solve my problem completely! Perhaps, sleeping optimally throughout the night has helped my body to truly rest and not go after food.

2. Quitting coffee to help clear up acne and blemishes:

-I have certainly seen a difference in how certain problem areas on my face are less inflamed. They haven’t gone away over night, but my skin appears to be less red and stressed looking. Along with a few herbs that I have learned about recently that target hormonal acne (I will do a post on this soon!), I am finding that eliminating the coffee intake has helped my skin in a slightly noticable way.

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L’uvalla Organic Skin Care Review

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L’uvalla Organic Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I especially love the note that came with this box of goodies…

“Dearest Jesica,” (with my name spelt correctly)

“When you feel whole and complete you will attract all good things.” 🙂

About L’uvalla:

“Our Convictions

L’uvalla (loo-VA-la) means love the spirit within all things.

Love your skin. L’uvalla Certified Organic skin care products use the powerful, healing properties of nature to bring out your skin’s natural beauty.  Our ‘BIO’ certification gives you confidence that no dangerous toxins are being absorbed through your skin because we only use all natural and certified organic ingredients in our skin care.

Love the Earth. Every element of the natural products L’uvalla creates is sustainably produced from seed to shelf for optimal environmental preservation.

Love People. Fair trade practices used in harvesting our all natural ingredients, such as Argan Oil, not only help to preserve the argan forest, but also to improve the social and economic status of women in the Essaouira region of Morocco.

Love the Animals. You can be certain that no animals were harmed during the manufacturing of L’uvalla. Our beauty products are animal cruelty-free and vegan-approved by COSMEBIO, PETA and Leaping Bunny.

Love Yourself. The pure essential oils in L’uvalla provide powerful aromatherapy that will connect you to the beauty within yourself and quickly turn your daily skin care regimen into an addictive, unforgettable experience that you look forward to every day.

L’uvalla is a way of life: mindful, healthy, balanced, and beautiful. L’uvalla is the luxury skincare experience that goes beyond beauty—it’s a way of life that respects your health – mind, body, spirit – and the well-being of the world around you.

‘LUV’ All is the very core of our name, our company, our mission and our beauty products.

A Labor of ‘LUV’ – The journey of L’uvalla

We are three individuals just like you – people that want to live a healthier lifestyle without compromising quality or effectiveness.   We were outraged at the lack of regulation that allowed over 10,500 different chemicals to be used in personal care products even though only 11% had been tested for safety.  We were confused with all of the labels claiming ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ yet still containing toxic ingredients that could put our health at risk.  Our journey was born out of a desire to provide an authentic 100% natural and organic skincare that was sustainably produced with the health of you and our planet in mind.  We believe that skincare should be a total wellness product that is made with the values you cherish and delivers the results you demand for your skin.”

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Foaming Facial Cleanser

L’uvalla’s Description:

(Normal/Combo/Oily Skin) – This gentle foaming cleanser thoroughly removes daily toxins, impurities, and makeup without irritating your eyes or drying out your skin. Potent ingredients, such as Bilberry and Lotus Flower, contain flavonoids that have antioxidant properties more powerful than vitamin C in fighting free radicals, the number one cause of aging skin. This deep-cleansing formula combines the most effective NATURAL & ORGANIC ingredients from around the world to work synergistically with your skin in delivering these results:

  • Balance Sebum Production
  • Improve Skin Tone
  • Neutralize Free Radicals
  • Minimize Breakouts
  • Gentle Eye Make-up Remover
  • Provide Matte Finish

Ingredients:

Natural Spring Water, Cocamidopropyl Bétaïne, Organic Bilberry Extract, Lotus Flower Extract, Madder Root Extract, Organic Rose Geranium Flower Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I must say, I typically prefer facial soaps to be in bar form because it’s less messy and easier to apply. I did enjoy using this cleanser, though. When lathered up, it does a good job of cleaning even the dirtiest of skin.

I like how L’uvalla states that this product provides “matte finish,” as I think that is a good description of how it leaves your skin. All of the sweat and shininess is gone and skin looks completely clean. Because of how good this cleanser cleans, I do make sure to follow up with moisturizer or serum so that my skin stays moist.

I’d recommend this cleanser for someone looking for a thorough clean by way of very good ingredients.

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Eucalyptus Toner

L’uvalla’s Description:

(Normal/Combo/Oily Skin) – This refreshing toner contains NO ALCOHOL and effectively clears away congestion in your skin and aids in fighting acne. Formulated with the most effective NATURAL & ORGANIC plant extracts from around the world, including Eucalyptus and Sage, this toner works synergistically with your skin to invigorate and protect your skin while delivering these results:

  • Unclog & Tighten Pores
  • Improve Skin Tone
  • Minimize Breakouts
  • Restore Skin to 4.5 PH Balance
  • Remove Hard Water Residue
  • Infuse Skin with Powerful Antioxidants
  • Protect from Environmental Pollutants

Ingredients:

Organic Eucalyptus Leaf Extract, Natural Spring Water, Lotus Flower Extract, Maris Sal Extract, Organic Niaouli Leaf Oil, Organic Sage Oil, Organic Yarrow Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I find toners to be most useful to me mid-day in between washes when my skin has perspired a bit and needs a refresher. The eucalyptus provides such a pleasant, calming fragrance and the other ingredients add to that earthy, herbal scent.

This is a great product to have in your gym bag for post workout in the middle of the day. You might not want to go through the whole routine of washing your face, so a toner might be just what your skin needs. This way, the oil and sweat that has built up on your skin will be kept at bay. Using a toner is also more time efficient than washing and moisturizing your face.

I’d recommend this to anyone who has oily/combination skin or is looking for a mid-day skin fix. This product contains mostly organic ingredients and when you use it on your skin, it feels pure and effective.

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Balancing Day/Night Cream

L’uvalla’s Description:

(Normal/Combo/Oily Skin) – This light moisturizer leaves a matte finish and utilizes the highly effective antiseptic/astringent properties of Thyme, Clove Flower and Cinnamon Bark to clear congestion and balance oil production. The powerful anti-aging properties of Argan Oil, which has twice the vitamin E of olive oil, help to maintain cell integrity while keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. This cream combines NATURAL and ORGANIC ingredients from around the world to work synergistically with your skin to provide hydration and to deliver these results:

  • Boost Collagen Production
  • Improve Skin Tone
  • Neutralize Free Radicals
  • Balance Sebum Production
  • Increase Cell Regeneration
  • Clear Congestion
  • Provide Matte Finish

Ingredients:

Natural Spring Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Organic Hazel Seed Oil, Organic Argan Kernel Oil, Lotus Flower Extract, Organic Thyme Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Lemon Peel Oil, Organic Rosemary Leaf Oil, Organic Marjoram Leaf Oil, Organic Clove Flower Oil, Organic Cypress Oil, Organic Nutmeg Kernel Oil, Organic Cinnamon Bark Oil, Olibanum Oil, Organic Palmarosa Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

What a great moisturizer this is–It’s light and even has essential oils that are natural astringents, which allows this cream to keep the oil on your face at bay. It doesn’t take much of this product to thoroughly hydrate your face and neck (if desired), which is great because it helps the bottle of product last a long time.

The day/night cream is just ideal–can’t say enough good things about it. It leaves skin feeling just as you’d like it to feel–clean yet hydrated. The ingredient list is merely entirely organic and the ingredients are specifically nourishing and helpful for maintaining healthy skin. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a light moisturizer than is chock full of organic goodness.

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Age-Defying Day/Night Cream

L’uvalla’s Description:

(Normal/Dry/Mature Skin) – This luxurious, high-performing moisturizer uses Hazel Seed and Palm Kernel to protect your skin from losing vital moisture. Infused with the most effective NATURAL and ORGANIC ingredients from around the world, such as the rare Argan Oil (which contains twice the vitamin E of olive oil) and the prized Rosewood Oil, this powerful moisturizer works synergistically with your skin’s natural biochemistry to help skin rebound from damaging environmental toxins and to deliver these results:

  • Boost Collagen Production
  • Improve Skin Tone
  • Neutralize Free Radicals
  • Provide Extreme Hydration
  • Increase Cell Regeneration
  • Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Ingredients:

Natural Spring Water, Organic Hazel Seed Oil, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Organic Argan Kernel Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Lotus Flower Extract, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Rosewood Oil, Organic Rose Geranium Flower Oil, Organic Lavendin Oil, Organic Palmarosa Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Cypress Oil, Organic Thyme Oil, Myoinosite, Chlorophyllin-Magnesium Complex, Citric Acid, Organic Bitter Orange Leaf Extract & Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Another great L’uvalla product–my thoughts are very similar on this product as they were for the balancing cream. It does great things in protecting skin and keeping it young looking.

This age-defying version is an even better option for those looking for fight wrinkles and damaged skin. The ingredients are dreamy, one organic ingredient after the next.

Though I enjoyed using this product, I’d recommend it more for those looking specifically for an anti-aging cream or wrinkle reducing products. Otherwise, I’d recommend L’uvalla’s balancing cream–they are both great creams that target different skin types.

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Hydrating Milk Cleanser

L’uvalla’s Description:

“(Normal/Dry/Mature Skin) – This versatile vegan cleanser removes dirt, oil and makeup without stripping vital moisture from your skin. Formulated with the most effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents from around the world, such as Wild Chamomile, Passionflower and Lotus Extract, it works synergistically with your skin to lock in moisture. Meadowsweet, a natural source of Beta Hydroxy Acid, leaves your skin refreshed and clean without the residue often left by other milk cleansers. Rich in fatty acids, this luxurious cleanser delivers the following results:

  • Improve Skin Tone
  • Remove Make-up
  • Revitalize & Hydrate Skin
  • Calm & Soothe Irritations
  • Increase Cell Regeneration
  • Infuse Skin with Powerful Antioxidants

Ingredients:

Natural Spring Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Bétaïne, Organic Hazel Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lotus Flower Extract, Organic Orange Peel Oil, Organic Lavendin Oil, Organic Palmarosa Oil, Organic Matricaria Flower Extract, Organic Meadowsweet Extract, Organic Passionflower Extract, Organic Asian Ginseng Root Extract.”

My Description & Thoughts:

As far as the cleaning job this milk cleanser does, it is not my favorite because my skin needs a more thorough clean. However, it does exactly what it says it does. It is gentle and it does not rid skin of moisture.

If you have oily skin and you still like to incorporate gentle cleansers in your routine, I’d recommend this product for a mid-day routine in which your skin doesn’t desperately need a cleansing, but it could use a light wash. I could also see this cleanser being great for make up removal at night (as L’uvalla suggests to boot).

Just like all other L’uvalla products, this one boasts mostly organic ingredients, which always speaks to the effectiveness of the products, as I believe organic, plant based ingredients are not only the safest, but they “work” best!

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.

Mun Nighttime Dream Youth Serum Review

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Mun Nighttime Dream Youth Serum

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Mun:

“Philosophy

Created with both you and the planet in mind, our organic skincare products connect the cycles of beauty, health, and sustainability. Pure, natural, and completely free of synthetic chemicals, our ingredients are derived from native plants that are carefully selected by women-owned, responsibly managed local co-operatives.

The organic ingredients in our products are essential both to your beauty and your health—not only do they provide a higher volume of rich nutrients for your skin and your body, but organic farming also protects the soil and the ecosystem of microorganisms within it.

Finally, our business model ensures we adhere to the highest standards of fair trade and sustainable development.

This is the cycle of nourishing and sustaining our bodies and our planet that we so strongly believe in.”

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Mun’s Description:

“Night after night, pure and organic No.1 Aknari Nighttime Dream Youth Serum renews the beauty of your skin. At the heart of this luxurious anti-aging formula, three treasures work bedtime wonders: Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Argan Oil combine to transform the appearance of your skin, while soothing Rose Oil lightly scents your sweetest dreams. Every night, the look of wrinkles and fine lines gradually diminishes with the firming and refining of your skin. Every day, your complexion is more even-toned in appearance, glowing with the radiance and vitality of youth.

A nightly anti-aging ritual with No.1 Aknari…

* Instills radiance for a captivating complexion.
* Nourishes, softens and smoothes the skin.
* Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
* Prevents premature wrinkle formation.
* Brightens dark circles and evens out skin tone.
* Protects the skin from free radicals.

Ingredients:

Prickly Pear Seed Oil (ECOCERT Organic), in its pure organic form, has traditionally been used to protect and heal the skin from the harsh and burning desert wind in Southern Morocco. One of the most precious plant oils in the world, it is extracted through a time-involved, hands-on process; 1,500 lbs* of Prickly Pear fruit is needed to produce 1 liter of the rare oil. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is exceptionally rich in Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that helps protect the skin from free radicals. Its inherent anti-aging benefits help reduce the appearance of fine lines and prevent premature wrinkle formation. Additional optimal properties moisturize, nourish, revitalize, soften and smooth the skin, and effectively brighten dark under-eye circles.

* In the spirit of optimum efficiency, all byproducts are used to feed livestock.

Argan Oil (ECOCERT Organic), oftentimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’ in the region of Morocco to which it is exclusive and unique, is extracted from the nuts of the Argan tree. Used by Berber women in Morocco for centuries, its moisturizing and revitalizing properties restore the skin’s barrier while neutralizing free radicals, making it ideal for daily skincare. Suitable for all skin types, it possesses anti-inflammatory properties that diminish the redness caused by enlarged capillaries in the skin, making it the perfect treatment for acne and sunbathed skin.

Rose Oil is created from one of the world’s most beloved flowers, variously known as the Queen of Flowers and a symbol of love, purity and fragrant perfection. Abundant in antioxidants, our Rose Oil, native to Morocco, features rejuvenating properties that soothe and silken while scenting the skin with its delicate bouquet.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I absolutely love this serum. What a dream it is! Prickly pear seed oil is an entirely new concept to me. Its description sounds like it is an ultra nourishing plant for the skin. The quality of the ingredients are wondrous–straight forward, organic and high-quality.

I’ve known about argan oil and rose oil and the applause they get for how they benefit skin, so I was excited to see those ingredients in this product.

Simple and organic is what I look for when looking for a facial serum. I have been using this serum right after cleansing my face (at night). This serum works best if you use it in combination with the water droplets left on skin after cleansing it. This enables the serum to spread more evenly and easily (it truly makes all the difference in the world doing it this way–it will also allow you to use less product to get full face coverage).

You truly only need a small droplet of this oil to cover your entire face. The way this product leaves your skin is the best possible way you could imagine–soft, smooth, hydrated, healthy, refreshed, protected, renewed.

This is one of those few products that I feel grateful for discovering through blogging. Otherwise, I don’t know that I would have ever stumbled upon it. I would recommend this serum to any and everyone. Thought men are perhaps more reluctant to use a facial serum, I believe it could improve the health of their skin, just as it does for women.

I see this product as being a replacement for those pricey skin products that women buy at the mall department stores. Those products are full of junk, just read the ingredient lists! This Mun Nighttime dream youth serum is what you have really been looking for all along. It’s amazing in that it benefits all ages of skin; young, old and every age in between.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.