life · nutrition

Skincare Routine

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Let’s talk skin!
Your face is the first thing everyone sees so who wants to walk around with a broken out face or dark circles under their eyes?! Not me that’s for sure. I feel so confident when I have glowing clear skin.
BUT….that wasn’t always the case and I owe that to the amazing Katt at Grafin Skin and Beauty. I met Katt almost a year ago after coming across her spa on Yelp and on a whim I made an appointment. This was the best thing to ever happen to me! Going into my first appointment my face was broken out so bad that I was embarrassed to take off my hat to show her. She made me feel so safe and took so much time with me. We went through EVERYTHING from my eating habits to every ingredient in my makeup. She has been on this journey with me and I rarely ever get a pimple anymore. So I guess we can say she’s just magic hahaha. My acne was being caused by something as simple as the products I was using. I had tried everything in the books from medication to the crazy tricks like rubbing alcohol…YIKES! By changing my products, watching the amount of dairy, chocolate, and fried foods I ate my face has taken a complete 180.

My facial routine is quite simple (which I love for just that reason)

  • In the morning I wash my face with the Vivier-Hexam wash and then I use the Vivant-Allantoin lotion. (I have the Vivant with SPF as well!-prevent those wrinkles) 
  • Before bed I remove all of my makeup, wash again with the Vivier-Hexam wash, and then moisturize with Vivier-Lexxel. 
  • About once a month I get a facial with Katt where she does her magic.
AND THATS IT!!!!
I now have no excuse because ONE I know it works and TWO it takes maybe 1-2 minutes out of my day. I still stuffer from what I now know is Excoria, which is where I pick the smallest of bumps on my skin. But since there aren’t any to pick I have basically been cured.  She has done wonders to my face this past year. Best money ever spent!! Head over check out her blog, buy some products, or even make an appointment.

Buy any of these products:

https://petalandherb.com

Make an appointment below:

vagaro.com

Read Katt’s Blog to learn more:

http://blog.grafinskinandbeauty.com/

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fitness · nutrition

Know Your Vitamins

 

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I wanted to share what vitamins I’m currently taking. So here it goes!
Fish oil 🐟

Omega-3 fatty acids are amazing and do so many things! A few examples are make your hair shinier/stronger, lower your blood pressure and help lower cholesterol levels!!

Women’s Multi-Vitamin

This can be any brand you want, right now i’m using Lifetime Fitness! This particular one has biotin, folate, calcium, and magnesium. These are specific for women and I take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. Each capsule is taken at a certain time during the day depending on its function. Vitamins and minerals work together so always make sure one isn’t depleting the function of another. The bottle calls for a few more than this, but my doctor lowered my dose. Don’t forget to take your vitamins with food to insure proper dilution and absorption.
Now let’s break it down:

Biotin-This vitamin is well known for being responsible for giving you stronger hair, skin, and nails. It is less known for its function as a co-enzyme for the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, and glucose.

Folate– Helps produce and maintain new cells, specifically help treat and prevent anemia in women. This is an essential vitamin for the production of DNA and other genetic material.

Calcium-Strengthens brittle bones and helps prevent osteoporosis. Not only is calcium great for your bones but it helps with blood coagulation and nerve impulses.

Magnesium-Helps aid metabolism and activation of more than 300 enzyme reactions. It is also important for energy production and muscle contraction. This is one of the minerals that you want to take in the morning or you will be up all night!!

Vitamins are expensive so if you can get your vitamins and minerals from your diet do it!! Always make sure to check with your doctor before adding a vitamin or mineral to your diet.

fitness · nutrition

What the heck are BCAA’s?

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What are BCAAs and should I be taking them?

•First off BCAAs stands for branched-chain amino acid. The main job of this supplement is to reduce the rate of protein breakdown AKA build muscle!

-Now why would we want to do that?

When protein breakdown is greater than protein synthesis you lose muscle mass and we DO NOT want to lose our gainz.

•Next! They decrease the production rate of serotonin which makes you able to resist fatigue longer meaning a better workout!

•Added bonus of collagen and glutamine aid in healthy hair, skin, and nails. (Sorry guys this one is meant for the ladies)


•LASTLY-Hydration complex does just that helps rehydrate the body and repair damaged muscle proteins. Read my blog about water to see how important drinking water is for your body!!

Take one scoop before, during, or after your workout and see for yourself!

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Water: Your New Best Friend

Growing up everyone has always told me to drink water. I was never a pop drinker because of my soccer years, so water was usually my only option. As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned actually how important water is for my body. After a few painful experiences with kidney stones water really is my Best Friend.

So why is water so important to the body?

  • Weight Loss-Probably the main reason anyone would increase their water intake. Water has no fat, no sugar, no, carbs, no calories…should I keep going? Water is also an appetite suppressant, so before you grab for that snack drink a glass of water. You might just be thirsty.
    • TIP: Drink 1 glass of water before each meal to minimize appetite.
  • Energy-Dehydration zaps your energy! It can make you feel sluggish, weak, or dizzy. When you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated. Chapped lips-you got it dehydration!
    • TIP: Drink 2 glasses of water when you wake up to jump start your internal organs.
  • Headache Prevention/Cure: I am so prone to headaches and its not even funny! Mainly because of not drinking enough water, I’m guilty too!! Drink your water and you never know those headaches might disappear too.
    • TIP: Drink 1 glass of water before taking a shower to. lower blood pressure.
  • Beautiful Skin– Ok who doesn’t want beautiful skin and guys it’s not just a girl thing! Water helps clear up skin and give you that natural glow.
    • TIP: Try increasing your water intake over a week and watch the magic happen.
  • Digestive Health– Everyone poops and if you aren’t pooping try increasing your water intake. haha Water can help cure stomach acid problems and constipation.
    • TIP: Buy a fun water bottle it will encourage you to drink more water. Plus its green!! Adding fruit especially lemons can make water more fun if you love your juice like me!
  • Kidney Health: Water flushes toxins and waste from the body. The more water you drink the better your kidneys will function.
    • TIP: Find an app that will remind you to drink water or track your intake for you. I use Drink Water Reminder: Daily Hydration Tracker. Its apple watch friendly! Try it out.
  • Better Workout: Being dehydrated can seriously tamper your workouts. It can slow you down and just make your workout 10x harder!
    • Tip: Drink water 2 hours prior to your workout, during and after for the best results.

So now that we know so much about water we can start increasing our intake together. Try some of my tips and tricks and even comment below if you have your own!