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Expert Interview with Jillee Nystul on DIY Beauty Secrets

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There is a tendency in the health and beauty sectors to focus on the negatives - how you DON'T want to look, the terrible things that happen in the world, and so on.

That's not to suggest we shouldn't pay attention to the hardships of the world, or try and care. It can sometimes just get kind of overwhelming.

Sometimes hearing one good thing a day can make all the difference and can help you keep going.

That's what Jillee Nystul thought when she started One Good Thing by Jillee. Jillee found her passion after a stay at an alcohol rehabilitation facility. She then shared her findings with her readers.

The blogger behind the book One Good Thing by Jillee shares her never-before-told life story alongside the tips and wisdom that have earned her millions of devoted followers.

Can you introduce us to One Good Thing by Jillee?

I created One Good Thing by Jillee about three years ago, after completing a stay at an inpatient treatment center for alcohol addiction. My counselors had urged me to find my passion, and it turns out it was blogging! I have always enjoyed writing, so writing a blog came pretty naturally, and I loved (and still love!) the practice of finding and sharing one "good thing" each day with my readers.

Who is your main audience, and how does One Good Thing meet their specific needs?

We have a great community of readers who have a wide variety of interests! People come to OGT because they're looking for ways to save money, or they want to start using more natural products in their homes, or they have a specific cleaning conundrum. And I love that! I am interested in a lot of different things (as you can see if you look through my blog archives!), so it's nice to be able to post about a lot of different topics.

You have a degree in broadcast journalism, and have worked in television for a number of years. What attracted you to blogging? What are some advantages of the format?

Blogging actually felt like a natural extension of my most recent job in television, where I worked as a producer for a daytime lifestyle show. Every day was a new adventure - new segments, new interviews, and so on. And blogging works the same way for me - every day I post about something new. Even though I loved that job, there are definitely a few advantages to blogging over working in television! For instance, my commute is a LOT shorter now (since I work from home!), and I can work in my pajamas if I want! :-)

You've also lived all over the country, from New York to North Dakota. In your experience, have you noticed natural health and beauty products catching on? What are some areas where they're particularly popular?

Natural health and beauty products are definitely catching on just about everywhere from what I have seen! Even in my relatively small mountain town, we have a great salon and spa that exclusively carries all-natural and organic beauty products.

You have been living in Utah for the last 17 years, which can get frighteningly hot and dusty in the summer months. Do you have any advice for natural skincare, either products you're passionate about, or homemade DIY remedies?

The summers can be pretty brutal here in Utah! When you're out in the sun, it's obviously important to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, but it's also important to make sure your skin is getting enough moisture. I posted a DIY After-Sun Lotion on the blog last July, and it has since become a summertime must-have at my house! This lotion is great because it has everything your skin needs after a few hours out in the sun - soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera and lavender essential oil, and plenty of natural oils to help restore moisture.

You've written about how finding and pursuing your passion has been essential for getting your life together after battling with addiction. What is it about natural health and beauty that makes you passionate? How does it help give your life meaning?

Ever since I discovered the power of essential oils, I have been slightly obsessed with making my own health and beauty products and using them. With just a handful of basic ingredients on hand (e.g., beeswax, coconut oil, essential oil, witch hazel, aloe vera, almond oil, etc.), you can make almost ANYTHING for a lot less money. Not to mention that you know, and can pronounce, everything in it! I love using my own homemade products and sharing all the benefits of doing so with others.

What are a few of your favorite homemade remedies? How much money does someone stand to save by looking for DIY solutions before automatically buying a product they don't need?

You can save a staggering amount of money by going the DIY route with your health and beauty products! By collecting a few basic ingredients like good quality coconut oil, witch hazel, and a variety of essential oils, you'll be able to make tons of different products as you need them, without that annoying trip to the store to get that one thing you ran out of. Just as an example of how much you can save, I calculated the cost of making one of my favorite homemade beauty products, my DIY Makeup Remover Wipes. One batch of the DIY Makeup Remover Wipes will cost around $1.50 to make, and you'll get 66 wipes. For a popular store-bought brand of makeup remover wipes, you'll pay right around $5.00 for 25 wipes. That's a savings of 18 cents per wipe!!

You also wrote a blog post recently about the benefits Of dry brushing your skin. What are some of these benefits?

Dry brushing regularly is one of the best things you can do for your skin! It exfoliates, unclogs pores, helps prevent ingrown hairs, and is one of the best treatments for keratosis pilaris (those annoying red bumps on your arms!). Dry brushing also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite!

Are there any particular companies or natural beauty products that you're particularly passionate about, and would recommend?

Anyone who has visited my blog probably already knows that I am very passionate about essential oils! They're the most powerful tools in our natural health and beauty arsenal, in my opinion! My go-to source for essential oils is Spark Naturals, because I know I'm getting high-quality oils at a fair price.

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