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That’s me two years ago on a not-terrible skin day. When I was younger I remember thinking that all older women had beautiful skin. When I got older, my skin wasn’t beautiful. In fact, it was worse than it was when I was a teenager. I didn’t understand. I hated my hair and I really hated my skin. My skin was so unpredictable. The truth is, I also had terrible skin care habits. When I took that picture my hair was just below my shoulders. For years I wanted to grow it but every time I got too frustrated with it, I chopped it off. Then I stressed and complained that it was always short. I had a similarly counter-productive approach to skin care. Eventually, I stopped cutting my hair during every stressful life event and now it’s longer than it’s been in many years. I did it and that was so hard for me. When I was given the chance by #CollectiveBias to take the #30Days2BetterSkin challenge using Exaltria, I jumped at the opportunity. Much like the day I made the absolute decision to simply not cut my hair, with this challenge, my initial thought was, I think I can! I never thought I could have nice skin before. I had to take one tiny pill each day. Even knowing that I’d have to make a few more changes to my daily routine, I was up for the challenge. I was so excited too, because I knew it could be the self-confidence boost I’ve been needing lately. I started the challenge like this:
I came up with an I C A N plan!
Increase water intake to 8 glasses per day.
Clean my face at least twice daily & moisturize.
Active Mornings to get my heart rate up at least 20 minutes per day!
Nighttime is for sleeping!
Sleeping earlier was very hard for me but in the middle of this challenge I had a blessing!
I got very sick and ended up in the hospital. It was the wake up call I’ve been needing for a little while. That made it much easier for me to remember the importance of sleep so my body and my skin can recover from the the demands of my busy life. It’s a really busy life! The doctors gave me permission to continue my challenge and I didn’t care as much if the kitchen was spotless before I went to sleep. In fact, I had so much more energy in the mornings that I was able to clean a my kitchen twice as fast. I took a lot of medication during this challenge and was worried I wouldn’t see a difference.
I was mostly shocked that despite being ill for the majority of this challenge, I could actually see a difference. It was enough of a difference that I went a little “selfie” crazy! I bet you can’t tell which pictures have the “beauty” filter and which ones don’t…
This challenge helped me prove to myself that I C A N!
I don’t want to stop here! I have problem skin but in the last 30 days there has been enough improvement that I want to keep these new healthy skin care habits and be sure to have Exaltria on hand for maintenance! If you want to take the #30Days2BetterSkin challenge, you can get your Exaltria HERE. You can also find it on Amazon! When my skin looked better I felt better. I spent less time in pajamas. I took the extra time to do my hair. I smiled more. I felt better. I had more confidence. I was happier.
I made at least a dozen videos to tell you all how I felt about this challenge, but I ended up thinking they were all bloopers! Here’s one…
I still posted this to Instagram, because I had to tell you!
By: Alicia Gonzalez