Step 1 of 3: Greek Yo-Clay Face Mask
Three years ago after I signed my first modeling contract I started to investigate methods of achieving healthy skin. I always had some acne throughout high school, but two weeks after signing the contract I broke out with the worst case I had ever experienced.
Needless to say my agent wasn’t very happy and she told me that I would need to start taking care of my skin or they would no longer be able to represent me.
I still remember the sinking feeling as I became extremely self-conscious and embarrassed of my skin.
Until that point I assumed skincare was only something women did, and as I desperately started investigating ways to control my complexion I realized that this stereotype wasn’t far off. It seemed the subject of skincare was almost taboo amongst the male community and no one “masculine” cared about the issue.
After a year of trial and error, I developed a system that has shown exponential results. I will be sharing the program I created that helped me achieve clear, healthy skin. All of the following advice works for both male and female - but I want to dedicate this post to all the guys out there, because I know how hard it can be to start the conversation.
One of the most important tools for success I can share is a Greek Yogurt and Clay mask I developed. Based on ancient Greek practice, the mask not only fights acne, but also fights environmental pollutants in the skin. Even since my skin has cleared I use the mask to rejuvenate my skin and keep a healthy glow.
By mixing Greek Yogurt with European clay powder a two-part process occurs. The live culture in the Greek Yogurt kills any bacteria in the skin, while the clay powder simultaneously draws out the toxins.
This process can be performed at anytime but I prefer to do it at night to remove debris collected throughout the day.
What you will need:
If any of the mask is left over it can be saved by sealing in Tupperware and placing in fridge for the next application.
I recommend starting with 2-3 times a week and if acne is severe one should work into using every night. The mask provides a soothing effect and immediately one will notice softer skin. Use for one month consistently to see results.
This is a small tool, but by far one of the most beneficial practices and it is my hope that this advice helps someone who is in the position I once was in. Happy masking!
I spent the last four days with my grandparents exploring the lights, city, and culture of Los Angeles. I was humbled by the grace in which they accepted new ideas and ways of thought that were presented in an environment so different from their garden home in the foothills of Northern California.
Today we are bombarded by technology and the expectation to have the next new thing, and it’s easy to forget the immense amount of wisdom the senior generation has to share. My grandparents are the first to admit that modern technology isn’t their strongest suit; for example, the “lady in the phone,” aka Siri, is still a mystery to them. As a society, we often see the generational and social difference as a handicap; furthermore, it's all too common to associate ones ability to use technology with his or her knowledge level and ultimately, ability to function well in society.
If our older generation is perceived as “unequipped,” society is suffering a tremendous loss.
Sure, I know how to use a smart phone and how to post a photo on Instagram, but can I build a house from the foundation up? Can I rebuild the engine of a car? Sew my own clothes? Grow my own food? To place credibility on the ability to operate technology, rather than a genuine knowledge of how to be self-sufficient, seems off to me.
Ever since a young age my grandparents have taught me the value of hard work and “fixing it yourself.” My grandpa taught me how to work on my own car and how to put up a fence. My grandma taught me how to sew and take care of a vegetable garden.
Together they have taught me the importance of being “human” - To live, love, and feel each moment from within - To lead each action with practical grace and to engage my mind, body, and spirit in everything I do.
I am genuinely thankful for the wisdom they have shared and I know there is always more to learn.
...thank you Papa & Grandma for sharing your wisdom and unconditional love...xoxo