Monday, September 21, 2015

What is self-care? It is a self-initiated lifestyle habit that is used to maintain optimal health. It is pretty much one of the most important habits to cultivate. Without health it is pretty hard to live a happy and successful life.
 Why is it so hard to develop this habit of taking care of ourselves? First there is so much to do and not enough time in the day. (I don’t know why anyone hasn’t thought to add more hours in the day!) I guess we will all just have to settle with having the same ours in the day as Beyonce!
We all have social obligations and bills and work schedules. We are wired for the most part to put others before our own needs. Which is valuable and thoughtful, however not sustainable. We do this to a fault and don’t realize it until we pay the price with our health. As women especially we are socially programmed to be everything to everyone.
 It is possible to be there for everyone and ourselves, but it involves developing a self-care routine. I would consider each woman the heart of their family. If one of us isn’t there to do their part the whole system caves. Interestingly, in our bodies there are lots of important functions going on and they rely on certain systems. All of these organs and nerve cells and hormones are all individually working towards a greater goal. The main thing that is really important is for our hearts to continually keep beating to provide circulation for our blood so that all of these functions can get what they need. If your heart were to stop beating there is no way the other functions can keep working. Your body knows this and your body WILL prioritize your heart function over other organs in the body (no exceptions). This is a beautiful lesson for how we should live our lives. Here are a few tips to begin your self-care practice.
#1 Sleep- Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
If for whatever reason it has to be less, shorter durations  of really, really good sleep are better than sleeping 14 hours of less than ideal sleep.
 Black out your room, make sure that the temperature is on the cooler side and make sure you are eating enough throughout the day so that your blood sugar is balanced while you are sleeping.

#2 It is ok to say NO.
No is a full sentence. If you have booked yourself to capacity with obligations it is ok to say no. Tell them I said you couldn’t do it! Practice saying it. If no is too uncomfortable let the person know you will think about it or tell them probably not.

#3 Schedule it.
 Find something an activity that is just for you. Even if it is only a 15 minute activity like taking a bath or calling a friend. Put it in your scheduler and don’t cancel. Think of this as a very important meeting.

You don’t have to stop being the super hero you are, but it is time to make some habits so that you can look and feel amazing while doing it! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Rescue 911 for Your Sunburned Skin!

So you stocked up on sunscreen and giant sunglasses and a super cute beach hat and camped out in the sun all day. Maybe you were deep in a novel or playing a game of water polo and didn’t realize that you forgot to re-apply your SPF!. . .oh, no! Now you are pink and sore and feeling awful. The good news is that your immune system is working! The bad news is that a bad night of painful sleep and a few days of peeling skin are in your future! Well, not to worry because I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get you relief quick!

First and foremost just rinse in the shower (or skip it for now). Don’t use soaps or cleansers and please put the buff puff down! Your body knows what to do next to heal and you don’t want to wash off any protective oils or use any cleansers that might further irritate your skin at this moment. (You can start using cleanser tomorrow!)

Next make sure that you eat foods that are high in antioxidants and reduce your sugar intake. (Sugar can actually make your vitamin C receptors not work optimally) Since you have experienced sun damage you will have free radicals doing damage so taking in antioxidants will help to minimize the damage.

Apply aloe (read the labels kids. . .not all the aloe in the sunscreen section is actually aloe and may contain other irritating ingredients!) your safest bet is to just get an aloe leaf from the grocery store and cut the gel out to apply. Or you can use an epidermal repair serum like Rescue byOsmosis Pur Medical Skincare. Rescue contains oriental medicinal herbs and it calms the skin while helping to rebuild. In addition it will help to repair dark spots.

Lavender water is great to mist on the skin as well. As long as the essential oil is from an unadulterated source mix some Lavender essential oil with distilled water into a spray bottle and mist on your skin periodically

Shea butter moisturizer is fantastic for keeping skin hydrated. I like Everyday Shea by Alaffia Sustainable Skincare I would go with the butter as opposed to the lotion for this application. The lotion is a lot lighter and may not hydrate as much as you need. Also, I would go with the unscented version to prevent irritation.

Just like with your sunscreen you will want to re-apply, re-apply re-apply! Don’t pick or scratch at your skin or you will make matters way worse. . . If you were unlucky enough to blister don’t pop it!!!! Clean unbroken skin is our best defense against bacteria and that blister is essentially your body’s way of making a band-aid. 

Most of all remember to apply sunscreen over your freshly injured skin. These tips are super simple and will get you relief quickly. If I can answer any questions for you on skincare or sun safety. Please feel free to email me.