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4 Ways to Perk Up Tired-Looking Skin

Are you tired of looking tired? If so, I’d like to share a 4 ways to perk up tired-looking skin and your skin care routine. For many people, a tired-looking face just adds to their overall sense of dissatisfaction. If you are chronically tired and it shows on your face, quick cover-up tips will only go so far in giving you an energized look – you probably need to address the underlying cause of your tiredness, such as getting more rest, reducing stress, getting regular exercise, or eating a more healthful diet. 

Those are good strategiess for long-term skin health, but even if you are doing all the right things health-wise, everyone has a tired day now and then. That’s when it’s time to give your face a lift. Here are a few ways you can do this yourself.

1. Massage

Massaging your face can help increase circulation and give you a more rested look. It helps move out build up in the lymph nodes which can give under eyes that puffy look. Facial massage can be done just about anywhere, but this technique is more specific. 

* Sitting comfortably, cup your palms over your closed eyes. Relax and breathe deeply. Do this for about a minute. If you like, rub your palms together first to make them warm. 

* Then cover your face with your hands – fingertips on your forehead and the base of your palms on your chin.

* Move your hands slowly back and down so that your fingertips end up on your temples. Repeat this about 5 times, keeping your arms and shoulders relaxed.

* With your fingertips, gently massage the outer edges of your eyes using small circles. Repeat about 10 circles.

* Continuing to use a gentle, circular motion, massage the edges of your mouth, your chin, and below your chin. Relax your jaw, opening and closing it slowly if necessary, while you do this. Do this for about a minute. 

* Using a “walking” motion, run your fingertips over and around your ears, including gentle strokes on your ear lobes. Do this for a minute or so. 

* Gently stroke your fingers along the underside of your eyebrows and from the area between your brows up to your hairline. Repeat this about 10 times.

2. Exfoliate

Make sure your skin is exfoliated at least once a month. You can use anything from a gentle facial scrub to a facial exfoiliating pad used with your favorite cleanser.  Removing dead skin cells gets rid of the dull build up, leaving you with a glow and helping to make you look more awake. 

3. Make-Up Tips

To help perk up a tired face, try getting some color where it would be if you felt more energetic. Rosy cheeks look energized, as does a touch of color on your chin and forehead. Using pearlescent or “shimmer” blush helps make skin luminous. The same goes for foundation and powder – a shimmering effect tends to look lively and energized.

For eye shadow, try adding a frosted color on top of your matte colors especially in the inner corner, to add reflective light to tired eyes. Minimize shadows and circles under the eyes, by using a thicker concealer, such as the kind that comes in stick form. Don’t go too bright on the concealor, you want it to blend, not stand out.

4. Masks

If you have time, using a mask to wake up your face is said to be effective. I recommend applying a hydrating mask weekly to prevent a tired face, but if you need to perk it up for just one day or a special event, look for masks that contains deep moisturizing ingredients and astringents to help tighten skin.

Of course there are many more than 4 ways to perk up tired looking skin. Click on any of the links below to explore other skincare information and options.

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Angela Burns, licensed esthetician

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6 Acts of Self-Care That Don’t Cost A Thing

6 Acts of Self-Care That Don’t Cost A Thing

Every now and again, it’s important we spend time to take care of ourselves in order to lower stress levels and maintain healthy lives. Many times we get so caught up in meeting everyone else’s needs that we neglect the most important person in our lives—ourselves! This leads to burnout, upset and general crankiness. It effect our work life, family life, our life!

Recognize your feelings and take a break when you need it, You’ll benefit it ways you never dreamed. You’ll be kinder, more patient and your world will thrive. 

Here’s some ideas for self care even if you’re short on time and money. No excuses, you can do it. 

So here are 6 Acts of Self-Care That Don’t Cost A Thing. Activities anyone can try. You’ve got nothing to lose!

Go for a Walk

Thirty minutes of walking does wonders to improve a person’s well-being. You can take a quick lap or two around the neighborhood during lunch, or you can explore your favorite park on a rainy day. Either way, exercise is a tried and true self-care technique and comes with the added bonus of health benefits.

It doesn’t matter if you walk fast or stroll. What matters is getting outside, moving your body and taking some deep breaths of fresh air. You and your body need the benefits of moving outdoors and being in nature.

Being in nature makes us feel grounded. Grounded is being able to be in the present, and be present for ourselves and the people we love. Look at the birds and trees and the beauty in all that surrounds you wherever you may be. Take a minute to appreciate the colors and smells of nature. You’ll feel refreshed and like new.

Read a Book

Reading books is another great way to decompress and relieve stress. Local libraries have plenty of reading areas to enjoy your favorite topics. And, unlike television or radio, reading requires your full attention, meaning you can minimize distractions more easily and become fully focused on the topic at hand.

It can be a long book, a short book, a comic book or a picture book. Let the story take you away for a while.You deserve a break.

You can read this funny story about my mom for starters. Take a break and if you are reading on a laptop, it plays music, which will also make you feel good!

Meditate

Sometimes it’s helpful to be in a quiet location and empty your thoughts. You only have to sit quietly.  This is what I do: Set a timer for 10-15 minutes, sit comfortably and make sure you won’t be disturbed. 

Take one or two deep breaths, settle in and listen to your breath as it becomes steady and rhythmic. You can listen to a fan or some other background noise if it’s easier. As thoughts flow, let them pass and come back to the breath or that background sound.  By spending time in stillness, you may find it easier to get answers to your most pressing questions at hand. You’ll see, the answers and inspiration will just some seemingly out of no where. It’s truly magical.

Write it Down

Have you ever considered keeping a journal? Writing down your thoughts and feelings on a regular basis is another great self-care technique that allows you to vent in a creative manner. You can even come back to old writings and learn about yourself at a particular moment in time.

It could be a list of things to do so you can get it out of your mind and onto paper. Once it’s out there on the paper, you’ll be more relaxed.

In addition to writing, drawing also does wonders for self-care. Take some paper and sketch what’s on your mind–you might be surprised at what comes out. It’s fun to just doodle. The point is to take a mind and body break to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. 

Take a Salt Water Bath

Another self-care technique you can try is a nice warm bath with epsom salts and a couple drops of your favorite essential oil. Maybe lavender or geranium, bath of which are greats for the skin!  There’s something therapeutic about taking a luxurious bath: feeling the warm water against your skin, hearing the water hit the tub, the soothing scent of lavender…and knowing you’ll be refreshed and relaxed at the end of it! Light a candle, play your favorite music, you’ll be glad you did.

After the warm salt bath can be a great time to soothe and hydrate your skin. You can give your skin a luxurious treatment at home. Take advantage of warm soft skin that’s receptive to hydration.

Listen to Music

Got a favorite song you like to listen to? Then put on some headphones and have at it! Listening to music is another free self-care activity that can get you through the day. Music has a way of evoking emotions we try to keep hidden in ourselves. But by letting them come to the forefront, we can actually detox and feel better afterwards.

People need outlets for channeling whatever they’re feeling at a particular time in order to remain balanced. But sometimes we aren’t always able to make use of these outlets due to money, time constraints, or obligations to others.

In Conclusion

I’m sure there are many more than 6 Acts of Self-Care that don’t cost a thing. But the best way to take care of others is to take care of yourself first. You should be in tip top shape to be a care taker! Isn’t that why airlines tell you to put the oxygen on yourself first before helping anyone else?  So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, give these six self-care activities a try or, better yet, take a few minutes every day to do one of these small acts of self-kindness. Small actions often make the biggest impacts.

Father’s Day Offer

Rejuvenating Skincare with Angela
Opening Progress

I’ve been opened since June 1 and all is well!  State Board of Cosmetology greeted me opening day with a surprise inspection and I passed with flying colors. Everything has been running smoothly.
I wear a mask during every appointment and use disinfectants on every shared surface between each appointment as always and recently added a linen service!    ( I’m jumping for joy 🙂 All sheets, blankets and towels are cleaned and disinfected. They come to me sealed and ready to go.

All you need to do when coming in for an appointment is enter at or very close to your appointment time.You can wear a mask in if you’d like but it’s not required for obvious reasons.

Please feel free to use the hand sanitizer station on the counter as you enter.

Remember, if you aren’t feeling well or know that you’ve been exposed to COVID, please reschedule. It’s not a problem! 

Virtual Consultations and Online Ordering

I offer the following remote skin care options
Virtual Consultation – It’s easy as filling out a form on my webpage and sending it in. I’ll get back to you with product recommendations! It’s under the Forms Menu at rejuvenatewithangela.com
Zoom Consultation – I’m happy to do a Zoom Consult. This works out especially well for new clients. We can come up with a home care plan and I’ll guide you through some home peel options. Call 513-304-0257 to schedule or use the Booking Button Below
Online Ordering – All of the products I sell are available through my webpage at rejuvenatewithangela.com. If you know what you want, feel free to order.i usually am able to ship with 24-48 hours BOOK HERE


Happy Father’s Day


Every June I remember past Father’s Days with my Dad. He worked every Sunday in June so we brought Father’s Day to him which usually included pasta and fireworks.
My Dad called me Ange, taught me how to run a business with integrity, shared with me his wisdom and his love of our Italian heritage. He loved all things Italian, from music to art and especially his love of Italian food.

He was the guy who left for work every day at 6:30 am. You could set your watch by it. He loved my Mom, his family and making fireworks. People came from all over just to meet him but he was always humble. At work he was known as Papa Joe.  He was talented, creative & told me great stories. He had a presence and was loved by many, especially me. 


I wish you all a safe and healthy Father’s Day with/remembering the special men in your life.


Use Code DAD5 and receive $5.00 off a purchase through the end of June! 
Joe Rozzi making fireworks in the 1940s for Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks in Loveland, Ohio

Take Your Face To The Gym with Microcurrent!

What is Microcurrent?

Besides the best thing since hot yoga, Microcurrent is scientifically proven to provide the solution for aging skin and sagging muscles. Microcurrent is a low level electrical current that when delivered with the right signal or frequency will tighten skin, increase hydration and tone and lift facial muscles. Done with consistency, the results will be cumulative and long lasting. In the past it’s been used medically for conditions such as Bells Palsy. So then you may ask how?

How does microcurrent work?

Well, it works much like exercise works for the body. The very same principles of using exercise to re- shape, tone and tighten your body are applied to the skin and facial muscles. This is also why consistency is the key!! A facial workout is just as important as a body workout. In order to understand how Microcurrent works this way we first need to understand the aging process. 

How We Age

As we age our metabolism slows down and we begin to lose our ability to maintain water or hydration at the cellular level. It’s kind of like watching a juicy plump grape reduce into a sweet wrinkled raisin. Yikes!! Maintaining proper hydration throughout the day is important. More specifically, it’s about getting the water inside your cells. If we can stay perfectly hydrated, our biological aging process will slow down and may even reverse itself. Water is the ultimate mechanism by which toxins and naturally produced oxidants are removed from within our intracellular environment.  When we drink the proper amount of water, ( half our weight in ounces per day is the recommended daily intake, more if we are sweating a lot throughout the day) microcurrent can help our skin stay hydrated.

Drink Up (Water that is) and Microcurrent

Good to excellent hydration is critical for proper ATP production. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a nucleotide used in cells as a co-enzyme. It is often called the “molecular unit of currency”, ATP transports chemical energy within the cells for metabolism. It’s like fuel for your cells. In a dehydrated skin, toxins accumulate, and ATP production goes down :(. This creates Aging! Aging and inflammation is the loss of production of this fuel. Microcurrent will boost this and you’ll see the visible difference! So how do we get there?

The mitochondria are responsible for optimal ATP production. The mitochondria take the sugars and fats convert them into ATP. They do this through a process called cellular respiration. During this process, the mitochondria converts 1 ADP into 1 ATP. That very last step in the process requires four Hydrogen atoms, two Oxygen atoms and 2 electrons. This equates to two water molecules and two electrons. Microcurrent increases the electrical charge within the cells creating an electric potential difference between the intracellular and extracellular environments forcing water inside the cells. 

Simply put, Microcurrent in proper conditions will increase the skins hydration levels. When our skin is in an ideal hydrated state, tissue impedance is low and current conducts throughout the cells and tissues without resistancento give your skin the ultimate workout. In a dehydrated state, tissue impedance is high, and current does not conduct very well as the resistance within the cells and tissues reduce the deliverable current values significantly. Maybe your asking yourself, “How can I get these results”?

You Can Microcurrent At Home!

Stay Hydrated and have professional microcurrent treatments and if you can’t get to an esthetician providing this, there are great at home choices that can help you achieve the look youthful look you desire.

Go to www.rejuvenatewithangela.com and fill out the virtual consultation form. While you’re there, take a look at the at home NuFace Pro model. I am able to bring this professional strength product to my clients to use at home. It’s not available in stores as it’s only sold by licensed professionals like myself. It’s 65 microamps stronger to get through skin impedances better and backed by a 2 year warranty. When you purchase from me, you’ll get one on one training via Zoom so you don’t have to figure it out yourself! It’s great on its own or in between professional treatments to keep the look. Try the same product my clients have been using and getting great results for years. You can’t lose, you can only look great!

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C The Difference

Is there anything Vitamin C isn’t good for? Maybe not a papercut, but other than that, it’s pretty stellar stuff in all of its forms. Naturally, as an esthetician, one of my favorite Vitamin C forms is a skin strengthening serum. Here’s why:

VITAMIN C PLAYS DEFENSE

 

1. Protects Against Free Radicals

Extrinsic (environmental) pollutants cause our skin cells damage. Fortunately, the benefits of vitamin C in skin care help protect against free radical damage which slows visible signs of aging. Free radicals are chemically unstable, unpaired electrons that hunt down other electrons in an effort to stabilize themselves. All bodily cells are vulnerable, but skin cells take the brunt, which eventually shows up in the mirror. 

VITAMIN C CREATES GLOW

2. Brightens Your Complexion

Vitamin C inhibits an enzyme called tyrosinase. Tyrosinase  is responsible for converting tyrosine into melanin, thus preventing hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C, which requires routine use to maintain results, visibly brightens by evening skin tone and strengthening skin. Strong skin is better able to retain moisture and regulate melanogenesis, which in turn becomes balanced. Balanced melanogenesis means clear, even toned skin as mottled discoloration fades. Pretty cool series of events, right?

THERE’S A C FOR EVERYONE

 

3. Types of Vitamin C you want in your topical skincare. 

A potent antioxidant, and key player in collagen formation, Vitamin C comes in multiple forms whose benefits work for every skin. 

L-Ascorbic acid is the purest form of vitamin C and provides superior antioxidant defense compared to any of its acid derivatives.

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), has been used for many years to control melanin synthesis. 

Newer stabilized derivatives of vitamin C, including magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside, and tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate are used to control melanogenesis (our skin’s melanin production factory). All of these derivatives have been shown to inhibit tyrosinase synthesis and activity. 

IS ANYTHING BETTER THAN VITAMIN C?

Over time, preventative Vitamin C, originally introduced in skincare as a power preventative, visibly improves skin clarity, skin texture, and the appearance of fine lines. It is a mainstay of an age fighting home skin care regimen. 

I’M A DIY GIRL, CAN I CRUSH VITAMIN C TABLETS AND RUB THE PASTE ON MY FACE?

No. No, you can’t. Manufactured products are scientifically engineered with formula stability, skin structure, skin pH and safety in mind. It is highly likely that not only will you burn your skin, you’ll reap zero benefit and face months of barrier repair. 

I’M A MULTI-TASKER, CAN I APPLY MY AHA AND RETINOID PRODUCTS WITH MY VITAMIN C?

With an alpha-hydroxy acid, cautiously, yes, but the product manufacturer guidelines prevail. Some manufacturers have special balanced formulas that mesh retinol with C but that is a proprietary balance of chemistry that should not be assumed for 2 separate products. When in doubt, ask or stick to Vitamin C in the morning and your retinoid at night. During the day, commit to a broadband sunblock to prevent photodamage. 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I APPLY MY VITAMIN C SERUM?

Decide whether you want to apply your Vitamin C am or pm and stick with it. During the day, commit to a broadband sunblock to prevent photodamage. 

HOW QUICKLY SHOULD I REALIZE VISIBLE RESULTS

Everyone’s routine and skin condition is different, but you may see visible improvement in skin texture, color and tone within a few days. Lines and wrinkles will take several months to improve significantly if your home routine is cohesive. During the day, commit to a broadband sunblock to prevent photodamage. 

Now that you know your Vitamin C, check out our top selling Vitamin C rich products for optimal skin health:

20% Vitamin C with B3,B5 & Ferulic  | 79.50

Pro Heal Serum Advance  | 88.00

VITAMIN C PRO TIP: SPF and antioxidants are bffs. UV light attacks collagen and elastin, but an extra dose of antioxidants can help head oxidative by-products off at the pass. 

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Building a Relationship with Yourself AKA Me, Myself and Irene?

Building a Relationship with Yourself AKA Me, Myself and Irene?

When you think about how you feel about yourself, and how well you know yourself, how do you score on a scale of 1 – 10? If you feel that you know yourself very well, but you are on the lower side of how much you like yourself, then it might be time to start thinking about how you can build a better relationship with yourself. Lets Explore this.

Stop Focusing on the Dealings of Others/ Social Media Pitfalls

There are tons of distractions that can be found out in the world, but some of the worst distraction to get involved with are those that comes from spending too much time focusing on and critiquing the lives of others. It can be extremely easy to fall into the habit of concerning yourself others. Especially in this era of social media where everyone is posting what they had for dinner, where they went on vacation, what honor life has bestowed upon them lately! It’s easy to fall into a rut of watching others live their best life instead of focusing on doing this yourself.

Or even worse, it might be a manifestation of insecurities that you feel towards yourself due to constant comparing. My friend told me ages ago (pre social media era0 THE FAMED LITTLE WORD PHRASE, “COMPARE & DESPAIR” . She also said dilution is no solution but that’s for another time…No words ring truer for the now social media age. Remember way back when you dreaded going to uncle Bob’s for dinner because he would pull out the latest vacation slide show? Hours of him showing you what a great time he had. What a snoozer! Now we log on and can’t help but see the same slide show x 100!.

Take a step back. Turn off the posts you’d rather not participate in. Only you are aware of how you feel so take notice of your feeling and when you find yourself in a cranky snit, stop and ask yourself why?

.If you feel others have the perfect life that eludes you, you aren’t alone. It’s the downside of social media. If you feel as though you are constantly scrutinized by others, it’s important to remember that they might not even be aware that you feel any discomfort at all. It’s not their job to post content that helps you to feel better about yourself. That’s a job for each individual/ Most of the time, people are primarily focused on how they are seen by others. They are solely focused on themselves so don’t worry, the truth is they probably aren’t giving you a second thought!

Learn to Forgive People

It’s really hard to make a better relationship with yourself when you carry a lot of baggage from past dealings with people. The moment we have is now. It’s our most powerful moment. Things sometimes happen that can make your feel a little bit sour about having relationships with others but it’s important to remember that you don’t need to hold into these things. Let them just be things that happened and move on. It’s been said that forgiving people is more about being healthier for yourself than the person you are forgiving. This is because holding onto to anger and pain will only cause you to feel negatively about a lot of other things in your life. If you’ve been knocked around emotionally a few times, a face it, who hasn’t, hanging onto the bitter or hard feelings closes your heart up to the positive awesome relationships that come your way. Not only then do you hang onto toxic anger, you isolate yourself and keep your distance from possibly goodness that wants in.

Hint: Start with forgiving the easy ones first and work up to the big ones! I make a list of names and repeat after each one, “I forgive you, I forgive me and I send you Love and Light”

Once you have forgiven someone completely, the part of your mind that has been holding onto those toxic thoughts and feeling will be free to focus on better things.You free up space in there for positive things to come your way.

Learn from the experience because you don’t want to repeat it or call in the same kind of person. You can use that brain power to think of ways to put good things into the world around you. There are a lot of ways to spread positivity, and the best ways involve doing something from the heart.

Take Time to Help Someone in Need

There are few joys that can compare to the feeling you get when you help someone who really needs help. When you’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on yourself in unhealthy ways, a really good way to break out of that is also to help someone else. This puts them in the forefront of your mind for a time, and this can help you to appreciate the situation that you have as well. It also brings a feeling of gratefulness and appreciation. These feelings are the fastest way out of a hurtful funk.

There are a lot of programs that involve helping the homeless and elderly or lately with the weather related tragedies people are in constant need of volunteers that can help dilute the strain placed on other people who are already busy in the community. You might be surprised by the outpouring of gratitude that comes from people who haven’t been used to getting the help that you’re helping to provide. This can create connections and inspire the future success of people who might not have had the opportunity otherwise.

Write a Journal or a Letter to Yourself

Part of getting to the deeper parts of yourself is taking time out of your day to put your thoughts on paper so that you can read them back to yourself. Sometimes it takes this kind of exercise in order to be able to get a sense of what is truly on your mind. You might have doubts about recent decisions, or you might need to see your thoughts out in front of you to make those final choices. Whatever the case may be, this will help you to begin to prioritize your feelings and thoughts about things. Once you’ve drawn some conclusions it’ll be easier to make real changes based on the information you have about yourself.
Grab your laptop or a pen and paper and just write any word or feeling that comes to mind. Nothing coming? Doodle your feeling out. You’d be surprised and what pours out of you once you let go.

Meditate

Do yourself a favor and practice meditating every day. It does not have to be a big deal. Ten Minutes a day, every day will change your life. Everyone has 10 minutes. Wake up 10 minutes earlier. Put your phone down and shave 10 minutes off of your social media time. This is what I do..
Sit somewhere you will not be disturbed
Turn the timer in your cell to 10 minutes
Turn the volume/buzzer and notifications off
Take a deep breath and close your eyes
Sit in quiet and listen to some background noise like a fan or the sound of your breath.
When your mind races, and it will, bring it back to the sound you’re focusing on.

Don’t be upset with yourself for any reason, it defeats the purpose! There is no right or wrong. Let go and relax into it. Some days will be easier than others. If you get your mind clear for 10 seconds out of 10 minutes, it’s a win! Keep practicing every day and you will see the world through a different lens. Your mind will be open to things you’ve never imagined.
Soon enough Me, Myself and Irene will be one big happy family!

6 Acts of Self-Care That Don’t Cost A Thing

6 Acts of Self-Care That Don’t Cost A Thing

Every now and again, it’s important we spend time to take care of ourselves in order to lower stress levels and maintain healthy lives. Many times we get so caught up in meeting everyone else’s needs that we neglect the most important person in our lives—ourselves! This leads to burnout, upset and general crankiness. It effect our work life, family life, our life!
Recognize your feelings and take a break when you need it, You’ll benefit it ways you never dreamed. You’ll be kinder, more patient and your world will thrive.

Here’s some ideas for self care even if you’re short on time and money. No excuses, you can do it.

So here are six easy self-care activities you can try:

Go for a Walk

Thirty minutes of walking does wonders to improve a person’s well-being. You can take a quick lap or two around the neighborhood during lunch, or you can explore your favorite park on a rainy day. Either way, exercise is a tried and true self-care technique and comes with the added bonus of health benefits.

It doesn’t matter if you walk fast or stroll. What matters is getting outside, moving your body and taking some deep breaths of fresh air. You and your body need the benefits of moving outdoors and being in nature.

Being in nature makes us feel grounded. Grounded is being able to be in the present, and be present for ourselves and the people we love. Look at the birds and trees and the beauty in all that surrounds you wherever you may be. Take a minute to appreciate the colors and smells of nature. You’ll feel refreshed and like new.

Read a Book

Reading books is another great way to decompress and relieve stress. Local libraries have plenty of reading areas to enjoy your favorite topics. And, unlike television or radio, reading requires your full attention, meaning you can minimize distractions more easily and become fully focused on the topic at hand.

It can be a long book, a short book, a comic book or a picture book. Let the story take you away for a while.You deserve a break.

Meditate

Sometimes it’s helpful to be in a quiet location and empty your thoughts. You only have to sit quietly. This is what I do: Set a timer for 10-15 minutes, sit comfortably and make sure you won’t be disturbed.

Take one or two deep breaths, settle in and listen to your breath as it becomes steady and rhythmic. You can listen to a fan or some other background noise if it’s easier. As thoughts flow, let them pass and come back to the breath or that background sound. By spending time in stillness, you may find it easier to get answers to your most pressing questions at hand. You’ll see, the answers and inspiration will just some seemingly out of no where. It’s truly magical.

Write it Down

Have you ever considered keeping a journal? Writing down your thoughts and feelings on a regular basis is another great self-care technique that allows you to vent in a creative manner. You can even come back to old writings and learn about yourself at a particular moment in time.

It could be a list of things to do so you can get it out of your mind and onto paper. Once it’s out there on the paper, you’ll be more relaxed.

In addition to writing, drawing also does wonders for self-care. Take some paper and sketch what’s on your mind–you might be surprised at what comes out. It’s fun to just doodle. The point is to take a mind and body break to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

Take a Salt Water Bath

Another self-care technique you can try is a nice warm bath with epsom salts and a couple drops of your favorite essential oil. Maybe lavender or geranium, bath of which are greats for the skin! There’s something therapeutic about taking a luxurious bath: feeling the warm water against your skin, hearing the water hit the tub, the fsoothing scent of lavender…and knowing you’ll be refreshed and relaxed at the end of it! Light a candle, play your favorite music, you’ll be glad you did.

Listen to Music

Got a favorite song you like to listen to? Then put on some headphones and have at it! Listening to music is another free self-care activity that can get you through the day. Music has a way of evoking emotions we try to keep hidden in ourselves. But by letting them come to the forefront, we can actually detox and feel better afterwards.

People need outlets for channeling whatever they’re feeling at a particular time in order to remain balanced. But sometimes we aren’t always able to make use of these outlets due to money, time constraints, or obligations to others.

The best way to take care of others is to take care of yourself. Isn’t that why airlines tell you to put the oxygen on yourself first before helping anyone else? So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, give these six self-care activities a try or, better yet, take a few minutes every day to do one of these small acts of self-kindness. Small actions often make the biggest impacts.

Winterizing Your Beauty From The Inside Out

Winterizing Your Beauty Routine From The Inside Out

Taking care of your skin is something you should always pay close attention to, but in the winter, it might differ from your skincare routine the rest of the year. The winter weather and climate changes how your skin reacts, often leading to redness, drying, and irritation. Depending on your skin type, this might be anything from rosy red cheeks to extreme dryness and flaking around your nose and chin. Colds and flu don’t help if you’re constantly blowing your nose and rubbing this area raw with tissues.
Some slight adjustments can make all the difference.
Keep reading if you want to know how to winter-proof your beauty routine.

Hydrate Your Skin from the Inside Out

If you don’t know already, water is one of the best things you can do for your skin, on the inside and the outside. Before you start adding in more hydration and moisture directly to your skin, you should think about what you can do to get it naturally from the inside. This is when it comes down to drinking more water.
With water, you are able to hydrate your skin cells properly, which not only keeps your skin from getting too dry, but it helps to reduce lines and wrinkles as well. You can also flush out toxins from your body, which also affects your skin, so you have extra bonuses to drinking more water.
Here are some ways to hydrate your skin from the inside out:

Drink More Water

Naturally, the first thing you should do is drink as much water as you can. You can start with a basic minimum of eight glasses of water a day, but keep in mind how much you drink depends on your diet and lifestyle choices. If you eat a lot of foods with high water content, you might not need to drink as much water. Here are some factors to consider when deciding on how much water you want to drink:
Your personal thirst level
Exercising and being physically active
Your weight and doctor recommendations
At the end of the day, you just want to be hydrated and not thirsty. If you find that you are thirsty, go for a glass of water instead of juice or soft drinks, and you should be able to get enough water each day.

Try Alternative Ways to Consume Water

Drinking enough water isn’t always easy to do, especially when you don’t like plain water. But that’s okay! There are plenty of alternatives available that will allow you to get enough water, which ultimately helps your skin and youthfulness. Here are some alternative ways to get more water into your body:

Eat foods with a high water content

This is one of the easiest ways to stay hydrated from the inside out, without having to constantly think about drinking water. If you choose foods with a high water content, you will help stay hydrated. This includes foods like lettuce, celery, cucumber, and herbal teas.

Try adding flavoring to your water – There are quite a few ways to flavor your water in order to make it more interesting. You can add slices of lemon or lemon to flavor it quickly, or use liquid water flavors that don’t add in sugar or calories. It will taste like juice without all the additives.
Make infused water – You can also get flavor in other ways. If you start preparing pitchers of infused water with fruits, veggies, and herbs, you have additional vitamins and minerals along with water that tastes better. Keep the pitcher in the fridge to have cold water at all times. Cucumber water is one of my favorites.

Hydrate the Skin Directly

Hydration starts with what you eat and drink, especially with drinking more water, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also hydrate your skin. In addition to using a moisturizer to relieve dry skin, it’s helpful to exfoliate the dry flakey skin. Try a loofa or my 15% lended Body Peel first, then apply some Body Boost.

Keep Your Diet in Check

The next thing you need to focus on when you are really trying to winter-proof your beauty routine also has to do with what you put into your body. Not just with the water you drink to stay hydrated, but choosing healthy food to provide additional hydration, and foods that will really nourish you from the inside out, which can make a big difference in how healthy your skin appears. Here are some easy tips to follow when you want your diet to help improve the quality and health of your skin during the winter.

Choose Hydrating Foods

To start with, let’s expand on the foods that have a high water content, and therefore provide more hydration. This doesn’t just include celery and cucumber, though they are definitely on the list. Try to add more of the following hydrating foods to your regular diet:

Citrus fruit
Carrots
Lettuce
Celery
Cucumber
Bell Peppers
Kiwi
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Zucchini

Think of foods with a lot of water, moisture, and juice, and that will help you determine which ones can be the most hydrating for your body, and therefore better for your skin.

Focus on Nutrients from Your Diet

You also should think about healthy foods that provide more nutrients to your body and your skin. A good way to do this is by focusing on a colorful, well-balanced diet. Don’t restrict yourself of entire food groups unless you have a food allergy, such as a sensitivity to gluten or dairy. Otherwise, really get your nutrients from a wide range of foods.

This might include a plate filled with lean protein, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Go for more color, as that helps you to use more veggies and herbs in your cooking, which is always a good thing. Experiment during the winter and try new things.

Another way to get more nutrients from your food is to choose from the list of superfoods. Superfoods are foods that are more nutrient-dense, therefore you are getting a lot more vitamins and minerals just in your diet alone. A healthy diet really does reflect well on your skin.

Here are some good plant based recipes

Add Foods That Are Good for Your Skin

There are some foods that are not just high in nutrients and good fats and good for a well-balanced diet, but they are good for your skin specifically. Some of these foods are also hydrating, so there is an extra bonus. If you want to follow a diet that helps you improve your skin naturally, here are some to choose from:

Fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel
Sunflower seeds – raw or cooked
Avocados
Walnuts
Bell peppers
Sweet potatoes

Don’t Forget the Exercise

While this is not necessarily related to your diet, it is good to include in this section since it relates to how you should develop a healthier lifestyle. This will really help your skin a lot as exercise can boost circulation and will also give you more opportunities to hydrate even more. Getting your body moving helps your skin and overall beauty more than you might think.

Exfoliate, Moisturize & Protect

Once you have covered healing your skin from the inside out, it is time to add hydration and moisture protection on the outside of your skin.

Exfoliate the dead, dry skin that may be blocking your expensive moisturizer. You can use a loofa, dry brush or  light home body peel. You could even use a gentle scrub containing antioxidants like blueberries and coffee.

Once you exfoliate, moisturize to add in hydration and prevent more water loss. Try one with shea butter. It feels luxurious.

Makeup Tips for Cold, Winter Air

The last thing we want to talk to you about is wearing makeup in the winter. There is nothing wrong with continuing to use cosmetics during this time of year, but you might want to make a few adjustments. This is just to help with how your skin might be changing in the winter. This might not apply to you if you live in a mild climate and your skin has not gone through any drastic changes so far.

Use a Moisturizer with SPF

To start with, moisturizer should be a part of your daily makeup routine. While you should wear a moisturizer underneath your makeup year-round, it is even more important in the winter. After washing your face and letting it dry, apply a moisturizer that has SPF in it.
If You’re Dry, Skip the Powdered Products

Since the winter climate can cause a lot of extra dryness to your skin, you don’t want to make it worse by using powder. Try to skip over the main powdered cosmetics you would typically use.Instead, try a liquid foundation or a tinted spf to use daily to get your glow on.

Most of the powdered cosmetics come in a liquid form, including your highlighter. Your cheeks probably experience quite a bit of dryness, so you don’t want to make it worse with a powdered highlighter. Instead, get a natural glow with a liquid highlighter instead. You can also find cream blushes or even use a little lipstick as your blush as long as it is blended very well.

Make Use of Beauty Blenders and Sponges

Lastly, the application of your makeup will also change a little in the winter. Once again, you are working with dry skin, so keep that in mind. You don’t want to use your hands or a brush to rub foundation over your skin, as that can move around any flakes you have from the dryness. This creates clumps and makes your skin look even drier.
Instead, try using a damp sponge or Beauty Blender.. The moisture helps your foundation to go on smoothly in a patting motion instead of rubbing it around. This helps get the coverage you want without creating a problem with your dry skin. You could also try mixing a little moisturizer into your foundation.

If you keep these points in your mind, you will have beautiful, glowing skin all winter long.

Self-Care Tips for the Winter

Self-Care Tips for the Winter

It is essential that you take good care of yourself throughout the year, but there are some unique advantages during the winter. This is when you might not spend as much time on your own beauty practices because you are bundling up, wearing hats or beanies, and spending more time indoors. However, it is more important than ever to pamper yourself and really pay attention to self-care.

Try Skin Brushing

The first thing you can do if you want to take good care of yourself in the winter is skin brushing. While you definitely benefit from this year-round, winter is a great time to spend a little extra time on your skin. Plus, you get some special benefits by doing this in the winter. Dry skin brushing allows you to boost the circulation of your skin and detox it at the same time. Both of these things are going to help with the overall health and condition of your skin in the winter when you might struggle with loss of moisture and hydration. Give it a try and see if you notice any changes.

Get Your Body Moving

Exercise is a very important part of overall health, especially in the winter. You don’t want to stay holed up in your home under a pile of blankets watching marathons on Netflix. While this is fine occasionally or when the weather is rainy or snowy outside, don’t make a habit of it every day. You still need to get your body moving, so whether you do indoor workouts while you are watching your favorite TV show or you go for a walk on a warmer day in the winter, the exercise is great for your body.

Aim for Better Sleep

Sleeping is not just important to reduce fatigue during the day, but it can make a difference in how you look and feel. With better sleep, you don’t look as tired, those bags under your eyes are a little lighter, and you feel more energetic. Try to get better sleep during the winter.

Follow a Healthy Diet

Yes, your diet can definitely be considered self-care! You want to take good care of yourself from the inside out in the winter. Don’t just focus on your skin, hair, and other parts of your outer appearance, but your inner health as well. By drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet, you are doing wonderful things for your skin and health in general, and knowing you are taking good care of yourself. Also consider foods that are high in water content like leafy greens, cucumber, and celery. These will help tremendously with hydrating your hair and skin naturally.

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Want Healthier Skin This Year?

Want Healthier Skin This Year?

I’m sure you know that a good home care routine and regular professional exfoliation helps your skin look and stay healthier and glowing. Maybe you even heard it from me! I’m sure you’ve heard that drinking water and keeping the body hydrated is important for younger looking, healthy skin. These things are true, but many people forget that what you eat can also have a significant impact on your skin.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it’s amazing. It has 5 main functions:

Protects against outside elements and microorganisms
Sensory Functions allow us to feel heat, cold, pain, touch etc
Temperature Regulation
Excretions through the sweat glands
Secretion of oils through the oil glands
Absorption of water and oxygen

Isn’t this an impressive list? So with all of these functions, taking care of your skin isn’t about vanity and it’s all about taking care of yourself so you are in your best shape to, in turn, take care of the people around you.

The skin on your face is usually the first thing people see when they meet you. I’m all about first impressions but my driving force to maintaining healthy and young looking skin is taking care of me. When I take care of my skin, I ‘m taking care of myself. It’s a trickle down effect. When I’m taking good care of myself, I have the reserves to take care of my family, friends and clients. So it makes sense to keep this important organ in top shape. Here are some tips for how eating right can help you and your skin stay healthy.

Key Vitamins and Minerals for Skin Health

Vitamin A is considered to be a very important vitamin for skin health. Carrots and other colorful vegetables have a lot of this vitamin. However, experts recommend low-fat dairy products for vitamin A, because it is said to be more readily absorbed in the form found in dairy foods. Low-fat yogurt is particularly recommended. In fact, plain yogurt is often an ingredient in topical skin preparations.

Vitamins C and E are also said to be important for skin health. They are considered “antioxidants,” which are discussed below. Vitamin C is found in citrus foods, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cantaloupe. Vitamin E occurs in avocados and most nuts and seeds.

Antioxidants

Health professionals across the board are recognizing the importance of antioxidant foods in the diet, and how these antioxidants affect skin health is coming to light. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is a thing called Face Mapping. Recently, Face mapping is seeing the face as it relates to a person’s overall health. For instance, skin is said to be an indicator of a person’s liver and other digestive organs. It truly is. Puffy underlies can be a sign of retaining water in some people and this area corresponds to the kidney in TCM. Also, we know the liver acts as a filter and as the liver stores toxins that enter the body to keep them from circulating and causing harm. Antioxidants help boost liver health and, in turn, skin health.

Another way that antioxidants in the diet may help skin is by protecting the skin cells themselves. Damage from free radicals – pesky molecules that form as a result of toxin exposure, as a by-product of certain body processes, or from sun exposure – may be prevented by antioxidants in the diet. So eating foods rich in antioxidants may help prevent this free radical damage from occurring. Antioxidant-rich foods include berries, pinto beans, artichokes, and tea.

Fats and Oils

Remember when your dermatologist told you not to eat “greasy” foods, as that could worsen acne? There is a place for fat intake in a healthy skin diet – as long as it’s beneficial fat. The fatty acids found in salmon, nuts, seeds, and some oils (such as extra virgin olive and avocado) help build strong cell membranes. They also help the body digest and absorb fat-soluble vitamins, such as the above mentioned vitamin A and also vitamin D, another vitamin associated with healthy skin. So add a little garlic and olive oil to your green beans or bell peppers. You’ll benefit with easier absorption of the vitamins packed in veggies and also feel great about the added flavor.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water and eating water filled vegetables all aid in keeping the skin healthy, hydrated and supple. Drinking half your weight in ounces of water is the generally accepted daily quantity one should drink.

Making an effort to reduce processed salty and sugary foods and to increase vitamin, antioxidant and water rich foods found in whole foods like colorful vegetables and fruits will certainly show in the glow of your complexion and the extra energy in your step.