Start Your Year With a Well-Deserved Self-Care Reboot

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Be honest: Have you been taking care of yourself through the holidays? Between clients clamoring for appointments and your jam-packed personal calendar, decompression is critical. According to Karen Fernandez, a clinical esthetician, and Aesthetics Department Manager at SkinSpirit, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming: It can start with just a few simple additions to your daily routine.

Hydration

woman in bathrobe holding coffee mugNo one who works in skincare needs to be told that hydration is important, but you might need help finding ways to hit your daily H2O intake goals. Karen noted that it’s important to drink water throughout the day instead of chugging a large glass before you go to bed.

“Your body can only absorb a small amount of water at a time, so sipping frequently is best,” she recommended. “Fill your water bottle up before your shift. Make a goal to finish it, and then refill as you leave. Hydration helps your skin look great and helps us feel more energized and clear-headed.”

Skip Straight to Skincare

woman applying face cream in the mirrorAs an aesthetics pro, you know how important it is to take care of your skin. You also know how easy it is to fall into bed without going through your normal routine. To avoid the temptation to cheat on your nighttime routine, Karen suggested running through your regimen as soon as you get home.

“If you tend to get too tired to cleanse at night—we hear that a lot! — employ this trick: When you come home at night, change into comfy clothes. Cleanse your face and neck, and apply regenerative night products,” she said. “Remember, when we are sleeping is when skin finally gets all the attention and can replenish and regenerate. Never miss an opportunity to make that rest time as powerful and meaningful as possible.”

Glowing skin helps you feel more confident, and it’s a pretty great way to quietly demonstrate your expertise—especially with new clients.

Crank Up the REM

We can’t talk about evening routines without mentioning sleep.

Most of us are guilty of compromising our sleep schedules to make room for workouts, family, and a social life, but it’s super important to give your body and brain a chance to recharge. Those hours in bed make you smarter, friendlier, and healthier.

“Sleep is the other vital component—besides water—to feeling fresh and ready for the day. Without sufficient sleep we can feel foggy and sluggish. Not to mention, sleep helps us fight off the many germs and bugs we are exposed to daily! Our immune systems depend on sleep, so make that a priority.”

If you frequently stay up past your ideal bedtime, consider setting alarms on your phone to begin your nightly winddown, and to actually crawl in bed.

Treat Yourself

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Karen Fernandez, Clinical Esthetician

Can’t get in for a treatment? Employ your home facial skills and create a spa night for yourself. A candle-lit bath and a mask can do wonders!

“Light, refreshing peels can help pop the skin back into shape,” Karen said. “This is a good reminder of how impactful even a light treatment can be for self-esteem and confidence.”

On the flip side, don’t go crazy with intense treatments while you’re relaxing. “As we tell our clients, it isn’t a good idea to try to ‘fix’ skin right before an event or when in a time of stress.”

Don’t Skip Self-Care


However you choose to approach self-care, make it a regular part of your week. Not only will it ward off burnout and physical fatigue, it can keep you feeling excited about what you do. Consider it a professional investment and add it to your calendar for the new year.

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