Your skin is with you for life. If there’s one thing you should do, it is to treat your skin with care and respect. We know there are certain ways to care for the skin, but most of the time, we just bypass them regardless. Here are three things you should never do if you want your skin to love you back.
Exfoliating 1-2 times per week is great – it refreshes your skin and removes any dead skin cells that may be causing breakouts or dullness in the skin. Over-exfoliating can cause scratching on the skin’s surface which leaves it prone to environmental toxins and breakouts.
Not protecting your skin
Sunscreen is a vital skincare product. You probably know that you’re supposed to wear sunscreen daily, but have you ever considered why? The sun is responsible for how your skin ages, and wearing sunblock daily not only prevents aging, but it also protects against dark spots.
Using the same products for a long time
You may have found the best moisturizer or cleanser ever, but your skin will eventually change and adapt to any active ingredients in the product. Over time, this causes the product to become less effective. It’s important to know your skin type and how it reacts to different products. If your beloved cleanser or moisturizer is no longer working, it’s time to reevaluate the products you use.
If you wear makeup, you’ve probably heard hundreds of times the importance of removing your makeup before bed. Have you every considered ‘why’ it’s so important to remove your makeup, or how to remove it the most effectively? Here are three things you need to know before you consider hitting the pillow with a full face of makeup again!
It negatively affects every skin type
No matter what your skin type is, sleeping in your makeup will negatively affect it. Poorly removed makeup can clog pores and exacerbate any current skin conditions (for example, hormonal acne or rosacea). If your skin is oily or acne-prone, you may notice increased breakouts or redness in your skin the following morning.
Your lips will thank you
I’m a regular culprit, but sleeping with remnants of lipstick on your lips does some damage. Many lipstick formulas contain drying waxes, which can lead to clogged pores in the skin around your lips (hello, breakouts!). Wearing lipstick to bed can zap your lips of their natural moisture, so it’s best to remove it before bed.
Makeup remover wipes are a lifesaver, but they shouldn’t substitute your regular cleansing routine
Makeup remover wipes are convenient and portable. While they remove most of your makeup with one swipe, they shouldn’t be substituted for a deep cleanse. If you find that your makeup remover wipes aren’t doing the job, you can always supplement them with a cleansing oil to remove any excess makeup.
Achieving soft, smooth skin in the winter is easier than you may think. Temperature fluctuations and warm, indoor air are often the culprits of dry, dehydrated skin. Here are my top tips to eliminate dry skin!
Choose your cleansers carefully
The ingredients in your daily cleansers can contribute to dry skin. Avoid soap-based cleansers and soaps in favour of creamy cleansers. Anything that has alcohol listed as an ingredient is drying.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
This tip comes from advice that my grandmother always drilled into my brain – moisturizing is the key to youthful skin. Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after showering to lock-in moisture. Moisturizer often works well when your skin is still slightly damp.
Eat well for healthy skin
Never underestimate the power of hydrating foods. Staying hydrated during the day will benefit your skin. Eat foods with high water contents for hydrated, radiant skin.
If you are a student or a professional, you are bound to experience burnout. It is important to devote time to yourself to lessen the effects of burnout on your mental and physical health. Self-care comes in a variety of forms, but here are a few simple ways that you can implement it into your daily routine!
Wait, what is burnout?
Simply, burnout is physical or mental collapse that results from being overworked. When you experience full burnout, you are unable to function effectively on a personal or professional level.
3 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Avoid Burnout
1. Try to get more sleep
Lack of sleep is a major predictor of burnout. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule or a relaxing routine to help you unwind at the end of the day. Once you begin to sleep better, this becomes a key sign that you’re recovering from burnout.
2. Make time for activities that you enjoy
The key here is to practice activities that are also self-care for you. Find activities that nourish and relax you. Activities that I engage in to relax include exercising, blogging, and journaling.
3. When feeling overwhelmed, do something simple but productive
When you feel overwhelmed or overworked, do a simple activity to clear your mind. It can be something as simple as checking e-mails, cleaning, or checking messages. These small tasks can help you determine which smaller tasks are ‘doable’ at that moment and clears you mind to let you return to larger tasks.
Your Fitbit has a variety of features to help you track sleep and activity. The sleep tracker function continuously evolves, and you are now able to track hours slept or set bedtime reminders. Here are three ways that you can get a better night’s sleep with Fitbit.
1. Set a sleep goal
Developing a consistent sleep schedule will improve your sleep and overall health. Your Fitbit allows you to set a sleep goal, and the target times that you want to sleep and wake.
2. Get sleep insights
This is one of my favourite Fitbit features! Sleep Insights are personalized guidance and recommendations based on how your habits impact your sleep. For example, my Fitbit often reminds me to reduce caffeine intake before bedtime to improve the quality of my sleep.
3. Use your device’s alarm
Most devices have an option to set a silent alarm. At the specified time, your Fitbit will gently vibrate and light up, providing you with a gentle, quiet alarm.
I always wear my FitBit to track my daily steps, nutrition, and sleep. It can be tricky to understand all of FitBit’s features, but I’ve learned a few simple tips I’m sharing with you to help you maximize the use of your fitness tracker.
1. Try out the FitBit Coach feature
Your FitBit is more than just a step tracker. The FitBit dashboard includes a feature called ‘FitBit Coach‘ that features over 100 guided workouts and complete fitness programs. This program is customizable to suit your fitness goals, weight-loss plan, or current exercise routine.
2. Scan your barcodes
Tracking your daily nutrition is easy with FitBit’s Food Tracking feature. It is often tedious to enter the macros and micros for every food you eat throughout the day, so my favourite way to track my nutrition is by scanning the barcode of my food packages before eating. This feature includes a camera function that allows you to scan/photograph the barcode.
3. Increase your battery life
To increase the time between charges, it’s a good idea to turn off the ‘All Day Sync’ feature on the FitBit app. Another option to preserve battery life is to disable the amount of reminders and alarms you have set on your device.
Do you have any tips to get the most out of your FitBit device?
This is a different post from what I normally write, but I’m always inspired by ‘What I Eat in a Day’ videos and blog posts. I’ve recently started to incorporate more water, healthier meals, and less refined foods into my diet. Here is what a typical day looks like on my plate:
I start each day with two essentials: a cup of coffee and a glass of water. I like to drink a tall glass of water after waking up to hydrate. I then brew a coffee with my Keurig. Currently, my flavour of choice is Starbucks Caramel-Flavoured Coffee. My breakfast usually consists of a homemade breakfast sandwich – made with an English muffin, egg whites, turkey bacon and mozzarella cheese.
My lunch varies from day-to-day. Sometimes I’ll favour a salad, or other days I’ll make my favourite pasta dish. One meal that I’ve eaten often in the past two weeks is naan bread packed with veggies. After toasting a naan bread, I add a heap of lettuce, red pepper, cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette. The veggies keep me full and satisfied for the afternoon so I don’t snack throughout the day.
I have an eternal love for pasta. Fettuccine alfredo is one of my favourite comfort foods, and I recently began making it with fresh pasta. (Fresh pasta tastes much better!) On the day I photographed these meals, I knew pasta would be my final dish of the day. I crafted this one with alfredo, fresh pasta, and a lot of mozzarella cheese (you’ll see a trend in each of these meals…)
What does your daily plate look like? If there are specific recipes or foods you eat on a typical day, let me know in the comments below!