How I Rescued my Skin Complexion at age 40

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Let’s start with the mistakes I’ve made.

1- I didn’t take skincare seriously
2- I didn’t drink enough water
3- As a child I didn’t use enough SPF protection

Something was not right about my skincare routine, and then Rosacea happened.

Was it stressed? Was it products with not the right ingredients? I was using products that I thought were good (and they were expensive too), but they were not the right products for me.

After a couple of months of trial and errors I found the products that helped me.

First, exfoliation is SUPER DUPER important, in my case a gentle exfoliation twice a week works. Second, the right cleanser, I cannot use soap based cleansers, they dry my skin. Third, Moisturizing… My skin was in such a sensitive stage that I had red bumps not pimples… red bumps. It was horrible and my face felt warm and hot all the time. Dr. Weil for Origins night cream and serum took care of that in a few days my skin felt better, two weeks later it was better than what it was even before the rosacea crash. Fourth, I have been using Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer as my foundation and it has worked great, I like the natural complexion and it does not feel heavy at all and it has SPF protection.

Food… I have always been able to eat everything I like and I really haven’t stopped, but I did start making better choices. There are some foods that trigger rosacea and that will have an impact in your skin. I avoid acidic foods or eat them less frequently. I read a while ago something about restoring the alkaline balance in your body, making these food choices have made a big difference.

Water, water, water or tea – 6-8 glasses everyday! it is the easiest change to make and it has improve my skin a lot!

Cheers to the Weekend

This weekend was great. It was gorgeous outside… which was perfect for my first 5K this year, although it made me realize that I needed new shoes.

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ASICS is my favorite brand as far for running shoes, I am not a runner and consider myself a beginner year round, so this ones are perfect for me.

I embraced my inner tourist and decided to take a walk through downtown Providence and stopped by the The Arcade Providence, such a beautiful building. I grabbed coffee to go and walk around a bit more that area. Found a restaurant I will like to try sometime soon. Rogue Island, which is inside the Arcade. Also, I noticed that there is a Curl and Blowout Bar that is opened on Sundays (Yay!) that’s going to be a life saver pretty soon!

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Next, a quick visit to the Providence Athenaeum, and I have to admit that I have never been in there before, which is giving me a few ideas for a future post “What would a tourist do?” Let’s start with the obvious and forget everything I think I know about my town. Not going to the regular places I usually go to and check out new ones, that’s the way you find those hidden gems.

I’ll be exploring Rhode Island a lot this year!

2015 on a Budget

End of Winter. End of the blues.

Budget 2015I started a project last year and I put it into place in 2015.

A budget. I wrote down every expense I had! Soccer registrations, travel expenses, network events, even simple purchases. The objective of this project is to have a SAVINGS plan that I haven’t been able to have in sometime now…you know quite well what happens when you have no savings, right? the car breaks down, or you have the honor to be in a wedding party, or a really awesome pair of strappy shoes are on sale! but you end up charging it to your credit card because there were no savings.

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There are a lot of sacrifices that I am taking this year in order to accomplish this. I cut all expenses, including my annual weekend trip to Block Island with friends, many annual events that usually attend to and dining out as well. Gone. Scratch it all.

I first created a basic excel file with columns for income/payments/expenses/savings for the whole year and included a column for the “real savings projections” so far it is working, ending month 3 and the projected savings are right on target. I am beyond excited. The first breakdown of savings ends in July, the best month of the year and my birthday month, yes that’s why is the best month.

The actual goal of this project, besides having a “base” for savings for real problems/emergencies and not charging my credit card is travel, there are places I want to go, wait! there are places I NEED TO GO and it is not happening and it won’t happen until I make the decision of “MAKING IT HAPPEN” and I made that decision. It was an easy decision after seeing all in paper, writing down everything last year was the best way for me to visualize the goal, saying no and making certain sacrifices is the way to reach it. Sacrifices have always paid up for me. It is how I am where I am today.

It feels good to say and write it too, it feel reassuring and it gives me the confidence I need to keep going, we all need a little more of that around.

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