I'm a dorky, self proclaimed nerd who collects comic books, draws, cooks, blogs, bakes and helps bring out the beauty in others for a living.
What inspired you to become a beauty therapist?
Honestly, the idea of making others feel good about themselves made me want to pursue this career. I have had so many times in my life that I wish I had someone to make me feel beautiful and the fact that I could get to be that person for someone inspired me.
What is the best thing about it?
Getting to meet so many different kinds of people and hear stories from all over the world from all different backgrounds. Being a part of an industry that is so global and such a big community is something that makes the job worthwhile.
What are the health benefits of massage?
Not only does it have huge benefits on your mental well-being but physically there are so many benefits. It helps to increase circulation, stimulate cell turnover by aiding the skin's natural exfoliation process, warms muscles to relieve pain, works out tension and knots that are causing discomfort, brings oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and helps to detox the body by increasing lymphatic circulation.
What is your daily beauty routine?
It's a long list! I'm very rigid with my routine as I have to practice what I preach. I make sure that I cleanse, tone and moisturise morning and night. I have a lightweight oil free moisturiser in the morning because I have oily skin and I have a heavier moisturiser with more active ingredients for nighttime. I use an eye cream morning and night (currently loving Clinique's Pep Start in the morning!). I exfoliate every second day using a scrub and do a face mask twice a week.
For my body I make sure I exfoliate three times a week and moisturise every day.
I also do a hair mask twice a week using coconut oil and always always always use heat protector when I'm styling with heat.
What are the top three things we should be doing to look after ourselves?
1. Drink water. All the time. Not only is it good for your insides but it is really important to maintain the hydration of your skin and hair. The less water there is in your body, it gets used up before there is a chance to send some to your skin, leaving it dehydrated with a rough texture.
2. Know your skin type and use the right products for your skin types both on your face and body. As a beauty therapist knowing the difference between skin types is key. Knowing that dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water means you know which products to use and which to avoid. Using the wrong products can cause problems from breakouts, wrinkles, over stripping of the skin, sensitivity and so many more. There are tons of people and places out there that can help determine your skin type so make sure you check one out if you haven't already!
3. Indulge every once in a while. When it comes to looking after yourself, taking time out of your schedule to have a massage or a facial or even just a manicure can make you feel amazing. It's important to take care of yourself physically and mentally. The physical benefits of these treatments are awesome but for most people the sense of calm and relaxation that comes over them is more important. It doesn't have to cost a million dollars to make you feel like a million dollars.
Do you believe in beauty from the inside out?
Absolutely. Diet, Exercise and Attitude can all help to create a beautiful you. The benefits that come from all three of the above do so much good for your body from clear skin to healthy hair or a big smile on your face. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is not determined by numbers on a scale or the size of your jeans. If you feel beautiful on the inside it shows on the outside.
What are you looking forward to most about The Mummy Menu?
Getting to meet some new people and sharing my passion for making them feel great about themselves. Spreading the word about how important it is to take care of yourself first!