My 5 Skincare Tips for The Perfect Complexion

Maintaining a healthy complexion is so crucial for the modeling industry. I’ve definitely had my battles with agency and client rejection because I had cystic/hormonal acne when I first got into the industry. For some people, perfect skin seems to come naturally (good genes) while it can take a lot of work for others. I was definitely on the other side.

Whether you want to be a model or not, skincare is essential for several reasons. And it’s not all about the way you look. Our skin plays a major role in how our bodies function day to day. After all, skin is the largest organ of the body. On a scientific level, it prevents viruses and bacteria from entering your body and protects you from harmful solar radiation. It helps regulate your body’s temperature and reacts to critical changes in your environment through pain and pressure.

So how do we get our skin to live its best life and glow up? The basics are using the right moisturizer and exfoliating products depending on your skin type. You can amp it up with certain cosmetic treatments like chemical peels and microneedling, but the most important thing is to adopt good habits. Try incorporating these five practices into your daily life, and I promise your skin will improve dramatically.

1. Drink more water

Doctors, dermatologists, estheticians, and the like are always recommending people drink more water, and it’s not for nothing. Being adequately hydrated can help almost all aspects of the body, and the skin is no exception. Drinking eight glasses a water a day will help to rid your skin of toxins and give you a radiant glow. Add a little lemon and apple cider vinegar for a deeper clean.

2. Eat the right food

You are what you eat. Your diet has a massive influence on your skin’s health, so pay attention to what you put into it. Meals full of fried foods will only make your skin greasy and lead to acne breakouts and other imperfections. I’m not saying restrict yourself from fatty foods because fat is essential for our bodies. But instead, opt for healthy fats like omega-3. When deciding on your next meal, pick ingredients high in omega-3. Clean eating means clear skin. And having a balance will keep your hormones and body in check, limiting breakouts.

3. Exercise

Being physically active slows the aging process, and it also has a positive effect on your skin’s appearance. The general recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day. This could be anything from a power walk or bike ride to something more extreme, like kickboxing or reformer pilates. Just make sure to wash the sweat off your face afterward!

4. Get more sleep

We could all use more sleep in this busy world, and lack of sleep can definitely hurt your skin quality. Not getting enough rest at night can speed up the aging process and lead to wrinkles as well as worsening any existing skin problems. Be sure to get your eight hours each night. 

5. Reduce stress

Stress is one of the worst things for our body. It can worsen almost any health condition and has been linked to all kinds of skin issues, including rashes, acne, and sweating. If you are suffering from stress, take steps to relieve anxiety. There are so many ways to reduce stress including talking about your problems, meditating, or taking a break from stress-inducing technology.

I challenge you to do these 5 practices religiously for a month, take a before/after pictures, and let me know if you see a difference.

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What You Should Know About Designer Brands Before Buying Them

Let’s talk about ethics. The fashion world has been under a lot of scrutiny when it comes to ethical business practices. We may not fully understand the underlying issues that this industry has, but we can’t deny that some brands don’t really seem to care about the people they work with. IG profiles like @diet_prada will even put these brands and designers on blast, highlighting unethical practices. But there are brands who have been fighting against this in recent years, working towards producing clothing that is both affordable and ethical, while also highlighting the issues in the bigger picture. So how can we as consumers do our part to support brands that are doing the right thing?

Mission Statements & Advertising

Companies that make ethical decisions will usually try to get the word out about their choices as much as they can. This diminishes the effort in some people’s minds, but it doesn’t really matter if they make money out of being ethical; the end result is still a positive one. You can use a company’s mission statements and other advertising to get an idea of whether or not they are ethical. There are a lot of clothing brands out there that will plant trees or take part in other charitable acts whenever they sell an item, and finding them is pretty easy.

User-Generated Content

While we would all like to believe we can trust the brands we buy from, it’s not always easy to make sure that we can 100% believe what they tell us. This makes user reviews incredibly important for any online shopper. Check out this Hearts on Fire review here that shows you a breakdown of the diamond brand. The review shows that they care about their customers and truly want to give them a positive experience. This site may not go into full detail about the source of products, but it still gives you an idea of how well they treat their customers. So important for investment pieces.

The News & Media

Are you ever shocked when you find that the brands you love have been acting unfairly? What do you do when you see stories in the media about your favorite brand/fashion house making bad decisions? If you love wearing pieces from a particular brand / fashion house, you should also keep up with the news surrounding the designer brands. If you’re buying and wearing their pieces, you are standing for what they believe in. Not a lot of people realize that Hugo Boss had strong connections to Germany’s Nazi Party in World War Two, but there are countless news stories that cover this topic in depth. Just saying.

With all of this in mind, you should take time to learn about designer brands before you spend money with them. Right now our world is going through a major change. 2020 is the year to listen, realize the truth, and take action to make it better. It’s like we’re going through a deep clean and weeding out the bad at a rapid pace. Unethical companies would have been pulled out anyways, but now brands are being held accountable more than ever. So do your part.

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I Just tried the OSEA Clarifying Set for Blemish / Acne Prone Skin

I bought the OSEA Clarifying Set because I couldn’t see my facialist during the Covid-19 shelter in place. It has been a life saver for keeping my pores clear and preventing breakouts. My honest thoughts on each product and how to use them. This custom set is essential for blemish prone skin.

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Now What? Tips to Manage Your Money During the Pandemic

Thought this would be really helpful and wanted to do this video as part of my At Home Covid Series. Stay safe, informed, and well! Timestamps on questions asked below.

Sat down with Aquiles Larrea, founder and CEO of Larrea Wealth. He is an expert on wealth management and gave valuable insight on the road ahead. With our economy hit by the pandemic, Larrea advises us on what to do with our money right now.

1:28 – How do you stay focused right now?
2:10 – Advice for business owners and independent contractors moving forward?
4:02 – How do you pivot or find ways to re-strategize?
6:01 – What 3 countries should we be watching?
8:52 – What sectors should we focus on and avoid?
11:11 – Can you explain current stock market rises and falls?
13:48 – Thoughts on bitcoin?
16:34 – How do you find accurate info on bitcoin?
17:33 – What companies are you recommending to your clients right now?
21:16 – Where can we get in contact with you?
21:49 – Predictions for the rest of 2020?

This was filmed on 6/16/20, interested to look back on this video in a couple months and see where we’re at. Like & subscribe to my channel ❤️ it’s brand new & needs love!!!

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Life Rhythms – Finding Your Path ft. Julia Lee

Life Rhythms Ryan Skyy Julia Lee

Your heart has the biggest influence on what you do. Follow it. ❤️

Have you ever felt caught between a rock and a hard place? A time when you weren’t quite sure what to do, but knew the decision you made would be life changing? So many times people told me to trust my gut when I was going through it, but I didn’t quite understand what that truly meant. Learning how to have this feeling was something I recently talked to @ryanskyy & @scottlouiswaldman about on Life Rhythms.

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Listen to our convo where I opened up about the modeling industry and my journey of extreme highs and lows. All worth the rush. And if you know how to trust your gut, then you’re doing something right.

In every episode, Ryan Skyy talks about personal growth. Ryan has been a good friend of mine and we always end up getting very deep into convo about life, so I was super excited when he asked me to be part of his show. He is so good at breaking situations down and looking at the bigger picture, probably why he is such a talented DJ and composer!

Ryan also picks a song that sings to the theme of his show and special guest. My life rhythm is Do My Thing by @estelledarlings ft. @janellemonae “If you are expecting me to give you an apology, for being nothing that you used to, well go on right ahead and wait” 🎶

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