congrats to our winner Annette!
Sometimes, it still feels weird–that I’m this adult woman- responsible for shaping the fragile psyches of these two precious little people. What have I learned in the past 15 years about being a Mom (calling myself a Mother just doesn’t sit right with me- too stern and serious!)? That like all other aspects of our lives we need to be our own cheerleaders! Rather than wait for the adulation and recognition about how wonderful we are–we need to pat ourselves on the back and shower ourselves with gifts.
Keep reading for a few tips to help you feel comfortable in your skin and recharge your self- both body and mind- because SMART BEAUTY starts from the inside out! And the best part- we are giving one DERMAFLASH away to one lucky reader!
Tips to get the skin you want: DERMAFLASH is an exfoliating device specifically created for the delicate skin on a woman’s face. This little magic wand removes dead skin cells and built up debris from the skin’s surface, while also getting rid of peach fuzz. DERMAFLASH instantly reveals smooth, radiant, camera-ready skin.
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Inventor & founder Dara Levy owned a high-end med spa and sold over 6,000 dermaplaning treatments in five years. Dara loved how radiant her clients looked after a treatment and noticed an amazing difference in their conﬁdence level. She had an epiphany that an at-home dermaplaning solution did not exist. She immediately got to work and spent the next three years researching and developing DERMAFLASH and the proprietary Edge system. DERMAFLASH now brings you HOLY S#!T SKIN IN JUST THREE STEPS.
DERMAFLASH enables all women to deal with their skincare issues on their own schedule in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. “Our skin cells turn over every 28 days. If we do not exfoliate, those cells build up and lead to a drab and dull complexion. This buildup impedes our skincare from doing its work and pesky peach fuzz gets in the way of flawless makeup application. When we remove the buildup on our faces, we instantly reveal the soft, smooth, luminous skin underneath,” shares Dara Levy (founder, inventor). As Dara always says, “The skin you want is lying just beneath the skin you see! DERMAFLASH takes you From Fuzzy To Fabulous In A Flash!” Feeling is believing.
Tips to Get Physically Fit! Are you ready to jump right into regular workouts? Ready to bare your bathing suit-body? What do new seasonal beginnings actually look like? Nutritionist and Health Expert, Trishna Joshi shares these tips to do it all with the least amount of pressure.
EAT THIS, NOT THAT: The winter months have had us reaching for warm (not waistline-friendly) comfort foods. Time to swap out those heavy foods for lighter variations that still satisfy your cravings. Trishna recommends trying sautéed garlic spinach instead of creamed spinach and quinoa bowls topped with fresh, light flavors including roasted vegetables, vinaigrettes, lemon, and herbs. Opt for spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini to replace pasta. The emphasis should be on lighter dressings and seasonings, fresher ingredients.
ON THE ROAD-READY SNACKS: The important factor here is to think about what foods that travel well and to pick snacks that will be play if they get bumped and do not have to be refrigerated. Nuts, seeds and kale chips are always a good choice: low in calories and in fat. Roasted chickpeas are high in potion and in starch that keeps you fuller longer. If you’re taking a cooler, opt for yogurt. Pair hummus and peanut butter with celery or cucumbers because they’re non-starchy vegetables. Remember that protein helps to satiate your appetite while sweets tend to make you hungrier.
BLOAT-LESS BITES: Hiding under layers has come to an end – we’ll be sporting spring dress and bathing suits shortly and now is no time for bloating. Trisha advises to stock up on fiber and potassium from bananas to help reduce water retention. Also reach for melons, leafy greens, artichokes, avocados, yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes, berries, asparagus, almonds, and eggs.
EXERCISE EATS: What you eat before and after a workout is critical for energy, rebuilding and maintaining a healthy weight.
PRE-WORKOUT: Contrary to what you might believe, Trishna recommends to snack on carbs! Cereal, oatmeal, yogurt with granola, and peanut butter toast are all great options.
POST-WORKOUT: You need to opt for something with protein to help replenish muscles: cottage cheese with fruit, an omelet, bean salad, pita with hummus, or chicken salad.
Don’t discount how essential it is to Recharge Your Mind. Wellness Coach and Fitness Instructor, Sonia Satra, shares tips to re-energize your mental and physical routines to get you springing into action:
THE POWER OF PERSPECTIVE: Just the mere mention of ‘bathing suit’ sends shockwaves through our system. Rather than approaching the layer-shedding season with the knee-jerk reaction of dread or anxiety, how about changing your perspective? What would be possible then?
BONUS TIP: Step into a variety of different perspectives on getting in swimsuit-ready shape – ask yourself, “What if I succeeded?” “What if I did nothing?” Say to yourself, “I feel sexy,” “It’s fun.” Listen to your body’s reaction to these new perspectives and choose one to focus on. Now fully embody this fresh perspective. Remember how it felt, what sound it had. Notice how your posture, breathing, even outlook changes.
DEFENSE KNOCKDOWN: How many times have you said, “I’ll start tomorrow?” or “I don’t have enough time in the day?” Transition and change almost instinctively activate the fear of the unknown and this is when our defenses go up. Many of us will choose to stay where we are just because it’s familiar. What small steps can you take daily that will help build your confidence and familiarity with this new unknown?GO
FOR THE GOAL: The ‘Mindset Reset’ challenge encourages you to break down larger goals into one specific and measurable goal because our brains are more effective when they focus on one thing at a time. Whether it’s giving up sweets or working out five days a week, choose a different piece of your goal that’s obtainable and awards you with “quick wins”.
BONUS TIP: In the world of instant gratification, the biggest hurdle is accepting that transformation won’t happen overnight. Shortcuts or an excessive approach for a week won’t help you reach your goal. We ultimately want lasting change instead of making diet and exercise a grueling seasonal thing – commit to one small goal every day that will get you closer to your bigger goal.
WORKOUT WARRIOR: A total mind and body transformation will come from making healthy habits – after awhile, these become practices you crave rather than dread. For maximum results, aim for 30-50 minutes per workout. Try doing 2 days of an intense workout (boxing or plyometrics), 2 days of moderately intense (running or biking) and 1-2 days of a lighter workout (Pilates or yoga). It’s also important to have a day or two to give your mind and body a chance to rest and recover.
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