Taking my own Advice

kelli torvik
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In the past few months I realized that my
skin started to appear dull and I started having break outs. As an Esthetician
this is the last thing I would ever want. I decided to start taking my own
advice and take care of myself.  I’ve
compiled a few of our most important top tips for you, so take your pick (or
try them all).

1.   
Get your veggies! If you can,
invest in a good quality juicer and drink your fill of green veggie juice every
day. Swap your afternoon coffee or morning latte for a green juice and watch it
transform your skin completely. Green juices help to stimulate lymphatic
drainage and oxygenate your skin. Add some avocado if you really want to power
up your juice – it gives your skin nutrition from inside and has great
hydrating properties.

2.   
Always, always take off your
make up before you go to bed.  Sleeping
in your make up is not only bad for your pillow cases, it’s terrible for your
skin as the chemicals in modern make up stay in your pores overnight if you
don’t remove them properly. Blocked pores lead to breakouts and for the sake of
a few minutes before bed, it’s just not worth it.

3.   
Don’t worry about putting a
face on for the gym – always work out makeup free. Mixing sweat with your
cosmetics creates a lovely sheen of bacteria and chemicals that won’t do the
condition of your skin any good, so avoid any makeup at all, yes, even tinted
moisturizer! 

4.   
Take a probiotic. Your skin
always looks best when your digestive system is working as it should do, so
along with a good quality probiotic try to include papaya and pineapple for
their digestive enzymes and avoid inflammatory foods like dairy and gluten.

5.   
Sleep. Go for 8, 9 or even 10
hours whenever you can, because sleep is when your body repairs itself, and it
can’t do it in too little snooze time. Missing out on quality sleep will show
itself up in your skin, especially around your eyes.

6.   
Use a toner – yes, really. Just
make sure it’s a gentle one. People who don’t tone after they’ve cleansed are
prone to larger pores and more congested skin.

7.   
Make a serum part of your
beauty routine. A serum containing antioxidants is the best option for most
people. It’s the finishing touch that can really make all the difference to the
condition of your skin.

8.   
Exfoliate regularly. Look for a
product that contains glycolic or lactic, and use it 2-4 times per week,
depending on how sensitive your skin is. 
Removing dull, dead skin regularly will give it the extra brightness that
just cleansing won’t.

9.   
Use sun protection every single
day. No excuses. Make sure that your moisturizer contains an SPF, and you’ll
prevent skin cancer, sun damage and the signs of aging we all try to cover up.

10.  Schedule a facial! Estheticians
can customize a facial and work with your skin type to give you the best
results. I was shocked at how much healthier my skin appeared after one facial
treatment. My skin was smooth, bright, and my break outs have gone away.

These tips only take a little time and can
greatly impact you. Remember to take time for yourself.

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