A while ago I was recommended by my friend to start getting facials because she had seen amazing results getting them done regularly. I have always taken great care of my skin (I'm a freak about washing my face twice a day, toner, lotions, etc.) so I didn't think I needed one until I met Anna Leigh. Basically Anna is a bad ass esthetician that knows her shit. So much so that she left the salon she was working for and opened up her own. Also side note at the same time she became a health and wellness coach on the side!
Can we all please just chant GOALS in unison.
This gal is a hustler, so I figured I had to share Anna's tips/ tricks with you all. Whether you're struggling with random break outs, wondering how to have more work/life balance, or need an eyebrow reshape stat. these tips will resonate.
(My number one skin health/ health tip in general...one word, ROUTINE! If you want to see any positive changes you need to stick with it for more than a week, month, a few months to see the results).
Anyway lets get to Anna's tips/ tricks.
I hope you all have a fabulous Monday!
BL: UM Hi Skincare goddess, introduce yourself!
Anna-Leigh: Haha Hi! I'm Anna Leigh skincare and nutrition lover! As well as owner of Banana Peels my skincare studio in Dover, NH.
BL: Tell us about how you got into opening up your own skincare studio?
AL: I honestly never thought I wanted to work for myself, but after I started health/wellness coaching which prompted me to complete some professional development I realized that is exactly what I wanted to do! It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears making the decision but it was the best decision I have ever made.
BL: What's your best kept skincare secret? Anything us gals should know?
AL: Mhmm, I don't know if it's a secret but I swear by healthy eating habits. If you eat a piece of chocolate no you are not going to get a pimple the next day, but if you don't drink a lot of water and eat poorly it will show through your skin. You also need a good at home skincare routine. Of course facials are extremely important, but at home care for your skin is by far the most important because that is something you're doing daily. Consistency is key.
BL: What is your skincare regimen, or what do you recommend?
AL: I use Skin Script! (I also make a couple of my own serums and eye creams! I love making my own face products, it's a fun hobby). But i'm in love with Skin Scripts Glycolic Cleanser. It's great for mild breakouts and anti aging. I also use their Ageless Serum. I only use serums (instead of moisturizers) especially in the summer because they're great for combination skin.
BL: Let's talk products. I know you have turned me on to the Skin Script Toner, tell us about it.
AL: haha every one loves that toner! I sell out of it more than any other product. They are fragrance free, paraban free and they do not test on animals. They are everything I believe a professional skincare line should be. They have something for everyone. Variety is so important because every one has such different skin. What works for one person might not work for the next.
BL: I've heard lately that eating right can change you complexion, do you agree? give us the low down.
AL: Oh absolutely! I used to be a vegetarian, then I went back to meat and now I'm planted based. Between changing my eating and products my skin has changed immensely! I have a lot of clients too that have cut out dairy or soy in their diets and they have stopped breaking out. I keep a food journal and I highly suggest it to my clients too. Sometimes you think you remember everything you've eaten or that you're drinking enough water, but once you write it down on paper you're like "oh shit I eat like crap and don't drink any water!" I used to think I drank a lot of water until I started keeping track. It's an eye opener!
BL: I know you love health/ wellness coaching on the side, what is your favorite healthy recipe?
AL: Oh man that's a tough one. I know it might sound boring or plain jane, but brown rice, spinach and black beans are my go to. Easy, filling & a nutritious inexpensive meal if you're on a budget. I'm all about simple healthy meals. I load it up with cumin and a bunch of other spices.
BL: How do you balance being a business owner and still having time to live a healthy lifestyle? I bet it's tricky!
AL: It definitely is but i'm so in love with both skincare and nutrition I honestly don't feel like it's work. Every Sunday I do meal prep though and that helps me stay on track for eating well through out the week. Also a big one is the fact that I love both my jobs. I love helping woman who want to improve their skin/ health. Loving what you do everyday is so important.
BL: Your #1 Beauty Tip?
AL: Wash your face before you go to bed...ALWAYS!
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