Yesterday I had an autoimmune flair-up that led to an ER visit. Today, I thought I would share the oils I’m using as I spend the day resting and recovering.
Last night Cody and I were having dinner with my mom when I started having chest pain. This is a fairly normal occurrence, so I didn’t think much of it. Unfortunately, it started to increase at a rapid rate, more so than normal. At a certain point I knew we would end up in the ER, so we left dinner and drove over.
I thought it would be fun to document my journey through oils using a weekly oil diary. Some weeks I may skip, if I’m traveling (or just too busy), but for the most part, I would like to make this a weekly habit. Not only will it give me a way to share with you, but also a way for me to look back on my growth.
Most people don’t know or have forgotten (thank goodness!) that I started my blog years ago as a beauty blog. Crazy since I’m not the type of person to care about beauty products or makeup. But at the time, it worked and I spent tons of money trying random products because I thought it was what people wanted to see. I later realized that people do want to see that, but from someone that actually uses them and has something to say about them! Long story short, I stopped blogging about beauty and switched to a more natural beauty routine that I followed every other day, if I was lucky (lazy skincare person right here).
I’ve been using Burt’s Bees products for quite a while now – they’re inexpensive, they work well with my skin, I can find them easily at Target, and honestly I just love them. But for the longest time I had wanted to try Youth To The People. I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to spend the money and then find out I didn’t really like them.
Back in December I won a little Instagram giveaway Josh of The Kentucky Gent was holding, and received the entire YTTP skincare line! Talk about a happy dance!
Youth To The People is an age prevention skincare line made and packaged here in California – does it even get any better than that?! Yes, yes it does. They create their products in small batches using superfoods. They use 100% vegan ingredients and 100% recyclable packaging, no fragrance, no parabens, no animal testing, and no added color. Basically, they managed to give me all the heart eyes before even getting my hands on their products.
I was hesitant to use them at first because I’m ridiculous and was worried that if I liked them, I would have to spend the money to reorder, and would no longer be able to wait until the very last minute to run to Target and grab my trusty Burt’s Bees. Okay, I got over that and started using them at the start of the year (thank goodness!).
HOLY MOLY PEOPLE.
I absolutely love the way my skin feels after using the YTTP products! I still use my Burt’s Bees cleansing oil to take off my makeup, but nothing feels as great as waking up and washing my face with this kale cleanser! I am in love and will be ordering this stuff the second it gets low!
The serum and cream will end up lasting much longer than the cleanser – a little goes a really long way! So bonus! You don’t even have to buy all three at once! And honestly, I’ve been using the cleanser diligently for the last month and a half and it’s still almost full. The cost of these products compared to how long they’ll last, the quality ingredients they use, the way they make my skin feel, and all the other A+ things I love about them, is basically the biggest steal.
Basically, if you’re like me and prefer to be cheap and lazy so you’ve put off trying YTTP products, don’t! They’re just as great as you’ve imagined them being! haha. I cannot recommend them enough!
I wanted to share a post with you that is a little more open than previous posts. It’s taken me close to two years to write about this topic and I think it’s finally time.
As a preface to this new series, I would like to say that I am not writing these posts for pity, sympathy, or attention. Not to sound harsh or ungrateful, but I really don’t need or want it. I wanted to start this series to help people much like myself, that one day found their entire world turned upside down without any clue of what it all meant. And let’s be real, those forums and outdated databases are horrible to read through!
What is a chronic illness? I’ll save you the time of looking it up because Google basically has a ton of definitions all saying that it is an illness or condition that is long-lasting. It can often be controlled, but cannot be cured. Chronic illnesses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are worse than others, some people are affected worse than others, but they usually all suck no matter the severity. I have an auto immune disease, which basically means my immune system attacks my healthy, good guy cells. Not cool immune system!
You’ll notice I joke about it a lot and try to make light of the serious situations because there’s not much else to do at this point, and I definitely don’t plan on feeling sorry for myself. I know just how lucky I am and that people out there have it so much worse than I do. I admire and applaud every single person fighting any form of illness because man, it’s not easy sometimes!
I don’t define myself as someone who is chronically ill (and I don’t like/use the term “spoonie”), instead, I am just a regular person like everyone else that happens to also have a chronic illness. I’m one of those lucky people (that was sarcasm) that is undiagnosed. So basically, they still have no idea what is wrong with me. I know there are a lot of you out there just like me, and boy, it’s a lonely road to travel if you don’t have people you can talk to about it.
I’ll leave it at that for now. I’ll be sharing a condensed version of my story next week to get you up to speed, then we will start with the good stuff: tips, tricks, and more on life with chronic illness. I think this will be a fun series, and I hope it helps some of you!
I would love to meet anyone going through something similar. Introduce yourself below and feel free to share your story! If you’re like I was for a long time, and aren’t ready for the whole world to know, my inbox is always open!
If it’s not your cup of tea (or coffee), I totally get it. I’ll still have just as many regular posts on here as I always have so keep your eye out for those!
Photo by Andrea David