New beginnings

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It’s finally December and as always, it feels both wonderful and a bit stressful. I love waking up, switching on all the Christmas lights and opening my Christmas calendar (I get both chocolate and makeup). Then again, I know in just a blink of an eye it’s Christmas Eve already and I’m sad for the holidays (and this year) to end.

For the longest of time, I’ve wanted to come here and write. Something. And now, maybe also to share big news. But juggling it all has proved to be more difficult than I thought. I’m sad that I haven’t been as active on this blog as I would have liked. Then again, the baby year (well, 10 months, 2 still left) has been intense. My time and energy has gone to the family life, keeping our home clean and myself fit. I’ve also tried to make time for friends and for myself. I’ve prioritized doing nice things with Eva, exercising and resting. And trying to enjoy this special time, without worrying about work. Because once again, no ne else expects me to do it all, except myself.

And this has felt like the right decision. Pregnancy was so weird body-wise, that I really appreciate having the ability to move again and to feel like myself. And the baby time goes by so fast. Seriously. I shouldn’t be in a hurry.

I’ve tried to compensate the lack of posts by updating my Instagram, but it’s not quite the same. There have been ideas, feelings and thoughts I’ve wanted to share, but rarely had the time or energy. Luckily you can always write about stuff afterwards.

As prepared as I was, you can’t really prepare for motherhood. How wonderful, challenging and most of all – natural – it feels to be a mom. Getting to watch Eva smile, grow, sleep and become her own person is magical. She shines and it makes me shine. Sometimes I feel like my heart is gonna burst and I feel so lucky. Like if nothing else existed, but her, it would be enough. Like I don’t even want to blink watching her, in case I would miss a moment.

Yet another moment I would just like to be alone. Just Charlotta. I have grown and struggled a lot during this year. How many crisis I’ve had and some are probably still ongoing. How many times I’ve dreamed of having my own apartment, just containing one bed, where I would sleep from 9 till 9. But then came sleep training and now I’m sleeping fine. And I’m not moving.

But we are. And that’s the big news! I have pretty much lived my whole life in Helsinki, but now we are moving to Vantaa. We are moving into a new house, next to a forest. I’m gonna need a car a lot more than here, but hey, what better way to make me an awesome driver. I did say, in this interview I still can’t believe happened, that our plan was to move a bit farther away from the city. Eva gets her own room. We get more space. We get a sauna. And the house is beautiful.

We even get a fireplace, which I can’t wait to stare at, while holding a cup of coffee in my hand.

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Changes are difficult to me. A fact, that Risto likes to remind me. Apparently I cried quite a bit before moving to this apartment. And it’s my dream apartment, one where I’ve really really loved living. So I’m reminding myself that moving is stressful, but it’s gonna be fine. There’s a picture on our wall that says “home is whenever I’m with you”. And that’s true. It’s gonna be different, but I will get used to it. And I’m excited too.

So this month will be a busy one, trying to go through our stuff, pack and plan. While obviously being with Eva, see some friends every once in a while and hopefully have time to just lay under a blanket and watch Christmas movies. That last one is super important.

Come to think of it, it actually sounds nice. I’m someone who likes being active and doing stuff. Even more so, now that I’m a mom. The productivity at home is really something. Maybe at some point I can try opening this laptop more often too.

For the next year, I’m planning to return to work part-time. I miss doing this.

New beginning are always good. I’m feeling hopeful.

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How does your December look like?

 

 

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For those of you that are not familiar with red light therapy, here’s the idea in a nutshell:

Red light therapy is known to stimulate collagen production and collagen is key in keeping your skin young and healthy. Think of it like this: collagen supports and holds your skin’s surface together. Besides this, red light has other benefits as well. Personally I have found it really helpful in treating hormonal acne spots. I feel like it also evens out my complexion, making my skin glow from within.

Yeah I know – sounds almost too good to be true. But I promise you, red light skincare is here to stay. So let me tell you all about the best red light mask there is!

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For the past two months I’ve been using Currentbody’s *Skin Led Light Therapy mask and my skin is looking great. I feel like I’m on on top of my skincare game. Also – taking care of my skin has never felt this nice. And it’s cold, dark, dry November in Helsinki, so that’s saying something.

As I mentioned, collagen is key in keeping your skin healthy. As you get older, your skin starts to produce less collagen, resulting in wrinkles.

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Currentbody Skin Led Light Therapy Mask review & my results

Currentbody’s light therapy device combines Red (633nm) and Near Infrared Light (830nm) wavelengths, that repair your skin by regenerating the production of new cells (and production of new collagen). Red light therapy also boosts circulation, improves blood flow and brings more oxygen to the skin.

All of this results in healthy, glowy skin. And I really see the difference! I would compare it to a great professional facial, after which you always feel so refreshed, clean and radiant. I’m sure a big part of it is the way it boosts circulation. Because one of the great (but maybe underrated?) benefits of facials is the massage. It just depuffs your face – like a good workout does your body.

Read also: Red light therapy for hormonal acne & other skin issues

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My skin after using the red light mask regularly for two months.

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How to use the *Skin Led Light Therapy Mask

5 times per week – 10 minute at a time – on clean skin

Using the mask is so easy, making it a part of your skincare routine is effortless. Truly. It has an automatic 10 minute program, so you only have to push one button. I use it for the recommended time – so 5 times per week. The mask is flexible, so the fit is great.

You apply the mask on clean skin – using a serum underneath is fine – and you just wipe it clean after every use to keep it clean. I use it on the evenings, while watching some tv-show (so the 10 minutes feels like 2). The light is bright, but my eyes get used to it quickly. If your eyes are sensitive, you can use the goggles that come with it. However, it is safe to use without goggles – it’s tested to fit eye safety standards.

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I also have Currentbody’s *Skin LED Eye Perfector mask, which targets crow’s feet and wrinkles around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is thinner, so the first signs of ageing typically show there.

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Besides Currentbody’s led masks, I’ve been loving their serums. My top three serums are the

Hyaluronic Acid Serum – which helps with any dryness and also seems to soothe my skin.

Glow Serum – which I love under makeup to maximize my glow. It contains caffeine, do I need to say more?

and the Green Tea Serum, which I still need on my T-zone to balance out some impurities.

 

All of these belong in the *Skincare set, which really offers value for the money. Four serums for the price of a one really good one, basically. All skin types benefit from the use of a serum. Using a light watery product under the lotion works wonders. If you have any dryness whatsoever, serums may be better than a thick cream. It’s all about layering – adding lighter products first and then sealing in the hydration with a lotion.

Read also: How to build a skincare routine for all skin types

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One more thing I have to note about these led masks is the fact that it’s the first skincare thing that my man is also interested in. Risto was actually the one to first tell me about the benefits of red light therapy anyway. But now we’re both into it. As a beauty professional it’s a big thing getting to share something like this at home. We actually have a routine of both using the mask in the evenings.

So I guess I’ll add it to my list of things for a happy long relationship (as almost 10 year together, I’d like to think I have an idea).

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