Chelsea Crockett

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How Often Should I Trim My Hair?

How do you know when it is time to trim your ‘do? Is it when your ends are so split and gross that they look frizzy all the time? Or…

How do you know when it is time to trim your ‘do? Is it when your ends are so split and gross that they look frizzy all the time? Or is it when you start getting knots that just won’t come out, no matter how much conditioner you use? I am one of those people who waits as long as possible in between cuts because I want my hair to grow long. What I have learned is that doing that does more harm than good! Here are different hair categories and when you really need to cut it.FullSizeRender (19)

  1. If you have tight curls: For you naturally curly-haired beauties, you need to trim every 12 weeks. If you are trying to grow it out, ask your stylist to trim about a quarter of an inch or less at each cut.
  2. If your hair is untouched: And by untouched I mean un-colored or highlighted. If you have not used many chemicals on your hair and don’t use hot tools much, you can go 12 weeks in between trims.
  3. For long, wavy or straight hair: If you keep it healthy by deep conditioning and using minimal hot tools, then you can wait 8-12 weeks in between trims. If you have long layers, though, you should trim every 6-8 weeks to keep your layers in good shape.
  4. If you have a bob or lob: If you have a bob or lob (aka a long bob) you should get a trim every 6 weeks. Clean sharp lines grow out well, so you should be good. Now, if you have short or shoulder-length hair with lots of layers, then you also want to go every 6 weeks or your layers may start to look wonky.
  5. If you have short hair: If you have a pixie cut or an undercut or any other super short hairstyle, you should get it touched up every 4 weeks to keep it sharp!

Of course these are just suggestions, you can get your hair trimmed whenever you please, these are just here to help give you a guide to what salon professionals recommend!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Acne Myths Uncovered

Odds are, almost every one of us has dealt with acne at some point. Breakouts can leave you feeling like having clear skin will just never happen and that it’s…

Odds are, almost every one of us has dealt with acne at some point. Breakouts can leave you feeling like having clear skin will just never happen and that it’s impossible to get rid of those pesky pimples. There are so many myths about acne out there, and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. Knowing what is really true about acne and what is false can help you take the right steps to clear up your skin, and it can also help prevent future breakouts. Here are some common myths.

  1. Constantly washing your face prevents acne: Wrong! Over-washing your face and scrubbing it can also make you break out. It causes your skin to produce more oils because it is trying to over compensate for the oil you washed off.
  2. Acne is just for teenagers: False! When we are out of our teen years, our acne doesn’t magically disappear. The facts are that 95% of teens get acne, and 40% of adults have it as well.FullSizeRender (21)
  3. The sun cures acne: I had a friend tell me that the reason she went to the tanning booth was because it helped clear her acne. That is a myth! Sun exposure may mask the appearance of acne by tanning your skin, but it definitely doesn’t cure it! Plus, too much sun exposure can cause skin cancer.
  4. Your diet has nothing to do with acne: Many medical studies have proven that diet and acne are linked. Foods that can cause acne flare-ups are refined sugars, carbs, and dairy.

If you are having frequent breakouts, check with your dermatologist to see what your best course of treatment is! Everyone’s skin is different, so everyone’s treatment is different!

XOXO, Chels

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Curling Iron Tips and Tricks

Curling irons can take a lot of practice and training to be able to control. In order to get the most of your out of your curling iron and get…

Curling irons can take a lot of practice and training to be able to control. In order to get the most of your out of your curling iron and get the best curls possible there are a few tricks you need to have up your sleeve at all times.

  1. Know the difference in barrels: AKA know what size barrel works best for you. If your hair curls better with a smaller barreled iron, stick with it. If your hair works better with the bigger barrel because you prefer looser, wavier curls, then work it. Practice makes perfect!images (2)
  2. Short hair hacks: If you have short hair, use a small-barreled iron pointed downward. Also, make your curls tighter on the underside of your hair because this will help your ‘do to have more volume.
  3. Quick curls: Pull your hair into a high pony and curl your it while it is up for quick easy waves. Once you are done curling and have let your hair cool, take the ponytail down and lightly spray with hair spray.
  4. Clamp it up: Face the clamp of your curling iron forward to spin the hair through it more easily, and clamp around the middle of your hair. Clamping hair from the bottom of the strand makes it harder and more awkward to curl around the iron.
  5. Root to tip: The closer to the root you start the curl, the longer the curl will last.
  6. Wand tricks: When you are using a wand with different sized ends, turn it upside down. This allows you to start curling your roots on the larger end of the wand. Also, hold the wand behind your head to avoid burning your face or ears!

Next time you are curling your locks, keep these tips in mind!

XOXO, Chels

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Beauty Products That Help Beat the Heat

In Illinois, summers are so hot they will melt your face off. Or, should I say, melt your foundation off. High temps are beauty products’ worst nightmare. Luckily there are…

In Illinois, summers are so hot they will melt your face off. Or, should I say, melt your foundation off. High temps are beauty products’ worst nightmare. Luckily there are products out there that actually help you stay cool! Don’t go splashing water on your face to cool yourself down, ruining your makeup in the process. Here are just a few life-saving products that will help refresh you so you don’t feel suffocated by your makeup in the heat!

  1. Cucumber mist: Ever heard the phrase “cool as a cucumber”? Try a cooling cucumber mist when you are feeling toasty to help you feel fresh.s1782085-main-zoom
  2. Cooling rollerball: There is a product called “Milk Makeup Cooling Water” from Sephora that will help soothe hot skin. Roll it on the warmer parts of your body like your underarms or neck before stepping outside to help you feel cool.
  3. Use cooling sunscreen: Neutrogena has a product called “Fresh Cooling Mist Sunscreen” that protects you from the sun while also cooling your skin. Sunscreen that keeps you cool AND protected is a double win!
  4. Cool lips: Using minty lip products will keep your lips feeling cool and hydrated! I don’t know about you, but when my lips feel cool and refreshed, the rest of my body does too.

Stay cool, cuties!

XOXO, Chels

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Makeup Organization Tips

Organizing your makeup stash can be fun, but also a bit overwhelming. Over the years, most of us accumulate a lot of beauty products. I get sent a lot of…

Organizing your makeup stash can be fun, but also a bit overwhelming. Over the years, most of us accumulate a lot of beauty products. I get sent a lot of products to try, and keeping them all organized is quite the task. If you love makeup and beauty and have a pretty substantial collection, I have a few makeup organization tips to keep you from becoming overwhelmed. Here are my best organizational tips:

  1. Keep makeup brushes in drawers because they collect dust which can subsequently cause breakouts.download (1)
  2. Purchase a clear vanity organizer so that you can both store your makeup and keep it close so it is there when you need it. Also, makeup is pretty so this is a great way to both display and store it.
  3. Store eye and lip liners in a cup on your vanity so you won’t lose them somewhere in a drawer. Also, store them upside down so you can see the color stripe on the packaging so you can quickly determine what color they are.
  4. Go through your products regularly. If you aren’t using something, get rid of it! Also, check for expiration dates and throw away old stuff.
  5. Re-purpose household items to use on your vanity. Use old candle jars to hold things like lip glosses and eyeliners. It will save you money!
  6. If you need organization inspiration, look it up on YouTube! You will come away with so many ideas.
  7. If you have 2 of one product, put the duplicate in a travel bag so next time you go to travel you will already be one step ahead. This will also keep the duplicate product from cluttering up your drawer!

I love the feeling of being organized and having everything in a designated place, don’t you?

XOXO, Chels

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5 Things to Know Before You Cut Your Hair

If you have been with me for a while, then you know I used to have loooooong hair. My sister Kylie has beautiful long locks right now and I catch…

If you have been with me for a while, then you know I used to have loooooong hair. My sister Kylie has beautiful long locks right now and I catch myself wishing I had mine back! Although I sometimes reminisce about the times when I had long locks, I really dig my shorter ‘do.  Sometimes having long hair was such a hassle, and was very hard to maintain. Cutting your hair short means a fresh start and a totally new look, and one look that is really in right now is the long bob haircut, but before you go cutting off your tresses and taking the short hair plunge there are a few things you need to consider!

Styling tools switch: The tools you use to style your long hair may not be ideal with your short hair. Big barreled curling irons usually get the boot and smaller thinner irons and straighteners will take their place. The smaller tools allow you to have better control of your shorter ‘do.FullSizeRender (4)

Style time: Shorter hair takes less time to style, which is a total bonus! You won’t have to wake up as early in the morning to style it and it takes less time to dry than longer hair does.

Hair heaviness: Shorter hair has less weight to it than longer hair. This means that if you have natural curls or waves, they will be tighter with short hair. I think that this is a plus because when you get out of the shower all you have to do is work a little product into your hair and you can let your hair go natural!

Saves money: Shorter hair= less shampoo and hair products!

It is drastic: Lots of girls have an emotional attachment to their hair (myself included) so the thought of chopping off your hair can be frightening. But, just remember, it WILL grow back! Buuuuuut..it will not grow back overnight. It takes minutes to cut your hair, but months to grow it all back. It is quite a commitment!

So, before you decide to board the “short hair train” give it a bit of thought!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Sunscreen Myths Uncovered

You may think that sun protection is as simple as putting on sunscreen and BAM, you are protected. There are a lot of sunscreen myths out there, and I am…

You may think that sun protection is as simple as putting on sunscreen and BAM, you are protected. There are a lot of sunscreen myths out there, and I am about to clear them up for you so that you can be sure you are doing what you need to keep your skin safe this summer.Products_Banana_Boat_Sport_Performance_Sunscreen

Myth #1: You only need sunscreen when it is sunny out. Even when it is a cloudy day, that doesn’t mean you are being shielded from the sun’s rays! UV light comes through the clouds and rain, so don’t skimp on lathering on the SPF!

Myth #2: SPF 100 sunscreen blocks everything. Just because it says SPF 100 doesn’t mean it blocks 100% of the sun’s rays! SPF is the number that reflects the amount of time you can stay in the sun, so it is recommended that you reapply every 2 hours.

Myth #3: If you have a tan, don’t worry about burns. Not true! Tans are a sign that your skin has been damaged by the sun, so it is vital that you reapply sunscreen often.

Now that you know some truths about sunscreen, you can protect your skin the right way this summer.

XOXO, Chels

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Your Dry Shampoo Guide

I cannot tell you how many times dry shampoo has saved me. There is nothing better than a douse of dry shampoo when your hair is feeling yucky and you…

I cannot tell you how many times dry shampoo has saved me. There is nothing better than a douse of dry shampoo when your hair is feeling yucky and you are in a pinch for time. There are 3 different types of dry shampoo that you can use to rescue your roots, and today we are going to talk about them all and how they differ so you can chose the one that works best for you!

  1. The usual, powdery spray: This is the type I typically use. It has a powdery feel and absorbs the oils in my hair. It is crazy easy to use and comes either odorless or with refreshing scents (which is my personal fav). The only downside to this kind is the white powdery residue that happens when you spray this stuff. If you have dark hair, the spray can stick out! There are many brands that work with dark haired beauties to eliminate this problem.Dove-dry
  2. Loose powder: This stuff is surprisingly easy to work with! All you do is shake a little bit onto your roots and work it into your hair until it is completely absorbed. Some people like this kind better than the spray because you have more control over how much product goes where.
  3. Paste: Dry shampoo in paste form not only works its oil absorbing magic, it also serves as a styling product! Double the awesome.

What’s your favorite kind of dry shampoo and what works best with your hair? I am glad there are so many different kinds, everyone’s hair is different so it is nice to have a choice!

XOXO, Chels

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4 Ways to Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Just like you need to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, you need to protect your precious locks! You wear sunscreen to ward off harmful UV rays and…

Just like you need to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, you need to protect your precious locks! You wear sunscreen to ward off harmful UV rays and wear hats to cover your face because you know how important it is, and the same goes for protecting your hair. Here are the best ways to prevent permanent sun damage to your hair.

  1. Use sunblock: For your hair! Yes, it is a “thing.” You can make your own DIY hair sunscreen by combining one tablespoon of sunblock with a cup of water in a spray bottle and spritzing it all over your locks. The sun can burn your hair just like it burns your skin, so be mindful of that!2431-1_og_article_portrait
  2. Accessorize: My favorite, and the most easy way to protect your hair. Wear a headwrap, scarf, or a sunhat over your hair when you are exposed to the sun’s rays. Not only will it protect against damage, you will also look super cute!
  3. Deep condition: Before a day at the beach or out in the sun, work a deep conditioner into wet hair and don’t rinse it. This will keep your hair from frying and drying out as well as protect it against damaging rays.
  4. Wear heat protectant: You can use the same heat protectant you use before curling or flat ironing your hair before you head out into the sun!

It is important to protect your skin AND hair from the sun this summer. It will save you a ton of damage and will keep your body happy and healthy.

XOXO, Chels

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Makeup Tips for When You Are Crunched for Time

I hate feeling rushed. Whether I sleep in late and have to rush to get out the door or have a busy day and have to rush around in order…

I hate feeling rushed. Whether I sleep in late and have to rush to get out the door or have a busy day and have to rush around in order to get everything done that I need to, I just really dislike being rushed. That goes for the “getting ready” process as well. When I don’t have time to get ready in the morning it makes me feel unprepared for my day and I feel “off” the rest of the day. This also goes for when I don’t have time to get ready for an event or outing because I got tied up doing something else. Here are 5 tips on how to get ready quickly when you are crunched for time.

  1. Use lipstick on everything: Meaning you can use it on places other than your lips such as your cheeks and eyelids. If you are running late or are in a bind, use a dab of lipstick on your cheeks and eyelids to add a pop of color.
  2. Forget foundation: When you are running late you have zero time to spend applying foundation. So, just dab concealer on your problem areas and then powder your T-zone.c8d0bdce6c9dbbf9c0e970f4515f47a7c6cf3ce22f933cb6a32eb4b7c4aeb79f
  3. Smudge your eyeliner: Take a Q-tip to smudge your eyeliner to accent your eyes in a pinch. Apply a dash of eyeliner and then smudge it.
  4. Use your fingers: You can use your fingers to apply almost any beauty product to your face. This saves time because instead of reaching for brushes (or forgetting to bring them with you if you are doing your makeup on the road), you can just swipe with your fingers.
  5. Go with a bold lip: When all else fails and you are completely out of time, a bold lip is just what you need. A red bold lip can make you look way more put together than you think! Plus it makes you FEEL more put together. 😉

So, next time you are running late but need to look like you’ve got it together, just use these simple makeup hacks to save the day!

XOXO, Chels

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No-Damage Straightener Tips

If you’re like me, then part of your morning routine for 50% of the week involves a flat iron, whether it is curling, straightening, or taming frizz. Unfortunately for us,…

If you’re like me, then part of your morning routine for 50% of the week involves a flat iron, whether it is curling, straightening, or taming frizz. Unfortunately for us, flat irons can cause some major damage to your fragile locks! If you want to have healthy hair but also want to style it using heat, you can have the best of both worlds if you follow the following tips!

  1. Prep with a smoothing shampoo: Use a heat repair shampoo and conditioner combo to prep and protect your hair! It will help replenish moisture back to it and get it ready for your next heat-styling sesh.k2-_27f2a273-f3b2-40c3-8171-8cb069f0ab81.v1.jpg-493a3404189bedd09678a1acfe8f1b1931fc92e3-optim-450x450
  2. Protect your strands: Before you heat up your hair, spray a good heat protectant on it. Pick one that protects from damage as well as smooths and adds shine! It will prevent it from becoming dry and stiff after you straighten it.
  3. Use ceramic plated irons: Ceramic plates protect your hair with negatively charged ions and helps keep your hair smooth.
  4. Use a deep conditioner: Once a month, treat your hair to some moisture! Your hair needs restoration if you frequently use heat on it, so letting a deep conditioner soak about 10 minutes on your strands once a month, then rinse and let your hair air dry!

Protecting your hair is so so important if you use hot tools often. The more you protect, the longer it will grow and the better it will look!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Smell Great All the Time

When I smell good I feel good. I don’t know what it is, but when I feel like I smell fresh, I feel so much more confident. Wouldn’t you agree?…

When I smell good I feel good. I don’t know what it is, but when I feel like I smell fresh, I feel so much more confident. Wouldn’t you agree? There are actually super simple ways to smell great all the time to help put a little pep in your step. We all have that friend who always smells so so good. No matter what time of day or what she’s been doing, whether after the gym or a long day at school, she always smells great. Want to be that girl? Read on.

  1. Watch what you eat: This may sound silly, but it is a big deal. If you eat a diet full of onions, garlic, and spices it can actually come out through your pores and make you smell not-so-great! Avoid these foods 48 hours before a date to stay smelling fresh.
  2. Know the right spots: Apply perfume to all of your “hotspots” like your wrists, behind your ears, your collarbone, inside your elbows, behind your knees, your ankles, and the small of your back. These places or the warmest on your body and activate the scent! But, be sure not to rub your wrists together, because this rubs the scent off much sooner!nd.1361
  3. Team up: Choose scents that have matching body lotions and body washes. This layers the scent and keeps it lasting wayyyy longer.
  4. Keep it close: Keep a small, travel-size bottle of your perfume with you in your purse to reapply when necessary. Also, use scent pouches in your clothes drawers to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Fresh clothes help you smell fresh.

See? Smelling great all the day long isn’t a big task! It is so easy, and makes you feel fresh and confident!

XOXO, Chels

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Bra Shopping 101

Ladies. Let’s be real. Bra shopping can be a struggle. Either they are too big, too tight, too padded, not padded enough, you know what I mean. Wearing an uncomfortable…

Ladies. Let’s be real. Bra shopping can be a struggle. Either they are too big, too tight, too padded, not padded enough, you know what I mean. Wearing an uncomfortable bra is like being strapped into a torture device all day. Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic, but that pinching and squishing and all around awkwardness can drive a girl crazy. So, what is the secret to actually finding a bra that fits and fits comfortably? Read on, fellow bra searchers.

  1. Pick support over comfort: What I mean is, when shopping for bras, pick the one that supports you and keeps you snug, not the one that feels the coziest. You should pick a bra based on how snugly it fits around your back and how fitted the band is, because that is where the support comes from. When a bra actually supports you well, it will be comfortable, so it is a win win.
  2. Switch out your bras every 9 months: At least! It may sound like overkill, but if you keep them longer, they lose their elasticity, which basically means they lose their effectiveness.life-is-short-buy-the-bra
  3. Find the best cup shape for your body type: Just like there are styles of clothes that accentuate certain body types, the same goes for bras! Demi bras work well for girls with smaller busts, and full coverage bras work best for fuller busted figures. But, ultimately, the choice is yours, everybody is different!
  4. Know what the hook is for: You know those 3 hooks in the back? You should always try on the bra with the loosest hook fastened. The hooks are for when the bra gets stretched out with use. As the bra ages and stretches, you move the hooks tighter. So, like I said earlier, try the bra on with the loosest hook fastened to test how it fits.

Your bra can make or break your day, I’m sure you would agree! It can boost your confidence and keep you feeling like the kick butt woman you are. Remember the tips above when bra shopping to guide you to the best fitting bra you’ve ever had!

XOXO, Chels

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Make Your Makeup Look Like a Pro Did It

Makeup can be a blast to apply, but it can also be a daunting task. You know that one friend who always has her makeup on fleek? The one we…

Makeup can be a blast to apply, but it can also be a daunting task. You know that one friend who always has her makeup on fleek? The one we all wish we could be? Well, here is how you can make your makeup look like it was put on by a pro. Take that!

  1. Know the tools of the trade: Knowing what brushes are used when and for what purpose is a very useful skill. Also, knowing what products work best for your skin takes your makeup skills to the next level. Knowing what formulas and shades work for what part of your face is key. Good makeup and good brushes make a world of a difference!635890893849991243-169451396_tumblr_inline_nppl00BIsL1twqeu5_1280
  2. Contouring and highlighting are your friend: No matter how difficult they may seem. Knowing how to do it is essential for any makeup guru, even if you only do it on special occasions or when you feel like it. It can seem like it would be tough to learn, but practice = perfect!
  3. Blend up: When applying blush or bronzer, blend the powders up and out towards your hair line. It helps lift and lighten your face!
  4. Prep your lips: Use an old toothbrush to get the dead skin off of your lips and then use a good lip balm to moisturize them before using lipstick. This helps it stay on longer and also keeps your lips from flaking.
  5. Know your concealer: Use one that completely matches your skin tone, not one that is lighter or darker, to avoid the “raccoon” effect.
  6. Finish with powder…always: This is one of the most important steps in makeup application! Use a setting or finishing powder after you are done with your makeup to “set” the look. It helps your makeup to last longer and look softer.

Makeup should be fun and should make you feel fabulous! Practice using the right brushes and the right formulas for your skin and you will look like Kim K errryday. (Just kidding, don’t strive to be Kim K)

XOXO, Chels

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4 Items Every Girl Needs in Her Bathroom

What are some staple items in your bathroom that you use on a daily basis? No, I don’t mean the toilet, I mean skin/hair/general beauty items! There are a few…

What are some staple items in your bathroom that you use on a daily basis? No, I don’t mean the toilet, I mean skin/hair/general beauty items! There are a few things I think every girl should have in her bathroom, just to make sure she has everything she may need to maintain her beauty, right at her disposal! Feeling unprepared is the worrrrst. Here are 4 such items!

  1. Dry shampoo: Washing our hair every day is so overrated! Every other day is much healthier, and if you can hold out longer, that’s even better! This is why dry shampoo is a vital product to have in your bathroom. Spray some on your roots before you go to bed to allow it to absorb the oils as you sleep, and top it off with a little spritz in the morning when you wake up.
  2. Coconut oil: This stuff is amazing. Keep it in a jar by your sink and use it to moisturize, remove your makeup, and even as shaving cream!18kxz3udb60v8jpg
  3. SPF moisturizer: The best way to prevent wrinkles is to protect your skin from the sun! Use a SPF moisturizer every day to ward off those harmful rays.
  4. A truckload of bobby pins: It never fails. I will start off the month with a full pack of bobby pins, and when the end of the month rolls around, I cannot find a single one of them. The best solution is to either keep a ton of them in your bathroom, or rig up a magnet to stick them to once you take them out, like the picture on the right!

Having these items in my bathroom makes me feel prepared for anything my beauty routine may throw at me!

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Sleep and Skin Care

If there is one thing I wish I could get more of, it is sleep. When I am at school, all I can think about is going home and napping,…

If there is one thing I wish I could get more of, it is sleep. When I am at school, all I can think about is going home and napping, ha! Staying up late sounds good at the time, but the next day is sooooo not as fun. Makeup can hide the bags under your eyes, but it cant disguise your exhaustion! Here are 3 reasons why you should be getting more sleep, for your skin’s sake.

  1. Sped up aging process: When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin suffers. It speeds up the aging process of your skin and makes it dry out faster.images
  2. Increased Cortisol levels: cortisol is a stress hormone, and when you don’t catch enough zzzz’s, it gets all out of whack. Cortisol can also cause acne and trigger some skin conditions like eczema, or it can make your pimples worse!
  3. It changes your growth hormones: sleep deprivation also causes decreases in growth hormones that help thicken and moisturize your skin. This leads to dehydrated skin and, like we said above, faster signs of aging! Want glowing skin? Then you need those growth hormones!

Moral of the story? Sleep keeps your skin looking better and younger. Getting your beauty rest is so worth it!

XOXO, Chels

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