Friday, July 30, 2010

Secret Exfoliant

*Answer to Wednesday's Bible Quiz at the end of this post *
Today as I was exfoliating in the shower, I decided I should share one of the best secrets told to me a few years ago by an esthetician.  The secret is . . .

  . . . Microdermabrasion Crystals.  When you have Microdermabrasion done by an esthetician they use a machine that uses super fine crystals to remove layers of dead skin on your face.  The esthetician told me one of the best things to do for our skin is to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!  One of the best ways to do that is with microdermabrasion crystals.  The technical name for them is "Aluminum Oxide Crystals" and they come in various grits - 100, 120, 180 (180 is the finest).  I found mine online (chose the #120 grit) and they have become a part of my daily routine.  What I love is that it's just the crystals.  There's no soap or lotion mixed with them so you can use them mixed with your favorite face soap, on your body with your bodywash or just plain mixed with a little water.  When you first use it, be gentle!  It is not like salt or sugar that will eventually dissolve the more you rub it.  Think of it like very fine beach sand that literally has to be rinsed away.  At first I was only using it on my face but then found out how smooth it made my feet and that it was a great exfoliating treatment on my body before I put on my sunless tanner. 

The crystals come in a very large bottle . . . the smallest I found was 5 pounds!  It lasts forever - I've had mine for 1 1/2 years and not only do I use it everyday but I've shared samples of it with many friends and family members and I still have half of it left.  You could easily order a bottle and split it among 1 or 2 friends.  I just did a google search and found 12.5 pounds for $34.50 plus shipping. . . I've paid that much for a bottle of face lotion and it certainly was not 12.5 pounds!  So if you are looking for some help exfoliating, you might want to check out microdermabrasion crystals. 

*Answer to Wednesday's Bible Quiz:
Revelation 5:8 & 8:3 refer to incense as being "the prayers of all of the saints".  So how did I jump from the Old Testament tabernacle/temple to the throne room in Heaven spoken about in Revelation?  Well, the writer of Hebrews tells us in 8:5 & 9:23-24 that the Lord instructed Moses to build the tabernacle to serve as a "copy and shadow of the heavenly things."  What's even more amazing is that in the tabernacle the incense was placed on the altar outside of the Most Holy Place which was separated by a heavy veil/curtain.  Only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place where God would meet him once a year.  However, when Christ died on the cross the veil in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Mark 15:38), signifying that access to God the Father had been opened to us through Christ.  Now put that information together with what we learned about the incense . . . because of what Christ did on the cross, we can pray directly to God.  Our prayers are no longer kept behind the veil but are now incense in the presence of Almighty God.  Amazing, huh?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday Bible Quiz

A very important article in the tabernacle and later in the temple was the incense altar.  What does the incense represent?
*Answer at the end of Friday's blog*

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's never too late to do spring cleaning!

*Answer to Wednesday's Bible Quiz at the end of this post*
Monday, I did a little "Spring Cleaning" . . . yes, I know, it's mid-July and that all should have been done months ago.  But it seems that this year I've been exceptionally busy and can't seem to put a "Spring Cleaning Day" on the calendar.  Anyone else have that problem?  Well, you may be wondering how I found time to work it in this week . . . it started with a burned out light bulb in my bathroom.  On Monday, several days after the bulb had burned out, I finally got up on the counter to remove the old bulb.  When I reached in to remove the bulb, I found a thick layer of dust on the bulb. . . not only that but I looked in dismay at the layer of film inside each of the glass shades of the fixture and knew I had to take action. . .
With Clorox wipes in hand, along with an old rag and a homemade cleaning solution (I'll share that recipe in a later post), I set to work cleaning the bulbs and the rest of the fixture.  Once my alabaster shades on my light were returned to their original clean, white color, I glanced around and decided I might as well do a little more cleaning while I was at it.  After 30 minutes of work, I not only had a sparkling light but also had managed to scrub layers of hairspray & dust from the door, vanity cabinet, trim/baseboards, top of the medicine cabinet & around the trim of the door.  I ran out of time and had to stop there but felt so good about accomplishing that little bit of "Spring Cleaning" that I decided this year I would just tackle those deep cleaning projects one at a time and break them up into small time increments.  Any of you still have "Spring Cleaning" to be done?  Take 20-30 minutes this week and tackle one of those projects . . . I know you'll be glad you did! 
*Bible Quiz Answer:
The sign of the Abrahamic Covenant was circumcision.  God told Abraham that he and all of his descendants needed to be circumcised as a sign that they had accepted the covenant with Him - that He would be their God and they would be His people.  This became a physical sign that separated the Israelites from every other people group.  Read more about this covenant in Genesis 17:1-14

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Peach Fuzz & Mustache Be Gone!

**Answer to the June 16th Bible Quiz at the end of this post **
For years, I've had that nice layer of blond "peach fuzz" along my jawline and a little on the sides of my mouth.  Occasionally I had an esthetician wax it off but my skin was so sensitive that I would break out in red bumps and pimples galore!  So I decided I would just have to live with it.  One day, I was browsing the latest Avon catalog and came across "Skin So Soft - Fresh & Smooth Hair Removal Cream for the Face - Sensitive Skin Formula".  I decided for $3.99, it was worth a try.

First, I tested it on the backs of my fingers as I have some peach fuzz that grows there too. . . lucky me :-)  Following the directions, I applied the cream and waited for 3 minutes then wiped it off with a wet washcloth and viola!  No more hair!  There was no lingering redness and after 24 hours I hadn't broken out in a rash so I decided to try it on my face.  I followed the same application and removal process and just stared at my nice smooth face and became an instant fan of Skin So Soft's Facial Hair Removal Cream.  I've used it again and experienced the same smooth results without any irritation.  If you are tired of smoothing down the peach fuzz or are worried that your mustache is getting a little thick, call up your Avon representative and give this cream a try! 

Tips:  Start the timer when you begin applying it on the skin....if you wait until you've applied it all over your face to start timing, you run the risk of leaving it on one side of your face too long!   Also, there are 2 different formulas - make sure you get the one for "Sensitive Skin"!

**Answer to Bible Quiz:  I believe that Joseph portrays what many scholars refer to as a "type of Christ".  This does NOT mean that Jesus Christ appeared in the form of Joseph but rather that God used various aspects of Joseph's life to point toward the coming of the Messiah who would save the world from eternal damnation and death.