With many days of winter still ahead, it’s easy to fall into a rut, even in sunny CA! The shorter days and longer nights can rob us of energy and motivation, while the dry air can wreak havoc on the calmest of complexions.
To help you look and feel your best all winter long (or any time of year), here are a few of my favorite self-care tips, which also happen to be surprisingly simple!
Ditch dull skin
Generally speaking, it’s much easier to prevent skin problems than to reverse them. If possible, adopt a diligent moisturizing routine before you notice any signs of dryness or irritation. Every night before bed, I apply one of my favorite medical-grade moisturizers without fail. Nighttime application is key because your skin renews itself while you sleep, soaking up every drop of your results-driven product and putting it to optimal use. Since I’ve started my nighttime moisturizing ritual, I’ve noticed dramatic improvements in the resilience and vibrancy of my skin. I can help you pick the ideal product for your particular skin concerns and goals during your personal consultation. I carry award-winning skin care lines by Alastin®, Environ®, Coola® Suncare, Latisse®, and more.
Boost your mood
If the shorter days are getting you down, it’s time to buy a houseplant. It sounds funny, but the simple act of putting a plant on your desk is linked to lower levels of stress and fatigue while increasing productivity and improving air quality. Another clinically-proven mood booster is a light box. Designed to mimic natural outdoor light, a light box can help to improve your mood with just a few minutes of exposure per day.
Rethink your workout
You don’t have to spend an hour at the gym or run 10 miles a day to reap the rewards of exercise. Little amounts of activity count, too! The key to remember is quality, not quantity. Researchers have compared exercise regimens and discovered that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the golden ticket for productive and efficient workouts. Just 10 minutes of HIIT (such as sprinting or cycling super hard, followed by a minute or two of rest) seems to afford the same level of benefits as 50 minutes of lower-intensity jogging. So when you are pressed for time, think of HIIT! If it’s been a while since your last workout, be sure to check in with your doctor first before starting HIIT.
I feel privileged to be your partner in wellness and beauty, which is why I offer the leading treatments to help bring out your best. To discover your ideal aesthetic and wellness regimen, call 415.887.8718 or request your personal consultation online.