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6 things I do to keep myself feeling beautiful

As a mom, lack of sleep and putting others’ needs before our own can really take a toll on our skin and bodies. It is so important to take care of yourself so you can best take care of those little ones running around the living room. Below are six tried-and-true ways to ensure you are being the best you that you can be.

1. Eat your fruits and vegetables

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Common sense, right? You would think, but so many of us don’t get our daily dose of necessary fruits and veggies, leaving our skin looking dry, sallow, dull and lacking of, well, life. One thing I love to make every morning to be sure I get all the fruits and veggies needed to start my day on the right foot is a green smoothie. I even save a little each morning and feed it to our 1-year-old for breakfast.

Smoothie ingredients:

  • 3 large handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1 apple
  • 1 large handful of carrot sticks
  • 5–6 strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 whopping scoop of almond butter (though I should probably put a little less of this)

2. Sleep

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Yes, we moms love and need our sleep. I love the little e-card that says, “Dear Naps, I am sorry I was so mean to you as a child.” That is exactly how I feel! So, how do we get more sleep? We make it a point in our house, as soon as the kids are in bed and even if we aren’t tired (which isn’t really ever), to crawl into bed and read, watch TV or even just lie there in silence. Nine times out of 10, we are asleep within 20 minutes. This makes mornings on the go much, much easier. I also try to take a 20-minute rest when the boys take a nap — typically just closing my eyes, deep breathing and planning out the rest of my day. It allows me to get myself back on track, and it’s a huge stress reliever.

3. Exfoliate

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Again, this seems like common sense, but we skip it so often. Exfoliation washes away all the dead skin cells and toxins from the air that make your skin lackluster. As we get older, our skin’s natural ability to shed dead skin slows, making fine lines, wrinkles and dry skin stand out even more. When your pores get clogged with dead skin cells, oils can get trapped beneath the surface, causing breakouts. If you have layers of dead skin on top of your new fresh skin, your moisturizing products may not be able to penetrate. Exfoliate regularly so the products you’re adding on top of your skin can actually be absorbed!

4. Moisturize

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Your skin needs and deserves to be moisturized, not only when you’re applying lotion or body oil but when you’re washing away dry skin. The Dove Dry Oil line, a unique combination of Moroccan argan oil, is amazing at replenishing moisture and nutrients that may be stripped when taking a hot shower. Dove uses mild cleansers and Nutrium Moisture technology to leave your skin feeling softer and smoother. And this is the best smelling body wash I’ve ever had!

5. Take your vitamins

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Your mom always told you as a child to take your vitamins. Now I am telling you again, and I’m here to share my three favorite vitamins for flawless skin. Vitamin B can help slow aging and keep you looking youthful. It’s also great for giving you energy to keep up with those little munchkins you chase around all day. Vitamin C gives you a brighter, more even complexion. I take it orally as well as apply it to my face! Last but certainly not least, Vitamin D helps prevent breakouts and also promotes healthy bones and teeth, which are two key factors in keeping us young, beautiful and able for our children.

6. Drink water — and lots of it!

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Without water, I find my skin starts looking duller, feeling dryer and appearing less “plump.” My pores and wrinkles stand out even more. Skin needs to be moisturized on both the outside and the inside. Moisturizers may not be able to reach the very bottom layers of skin, but the water you take in is probably not going to reach the top layer. Make sure you’re drinking your 8–10 glasses a day to cover both.

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