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Alexa Gignac's Go-To Wellness Tips

By: Alexa Gignac  Photos by: Lillian Reitz

Making time for self-care during life’s many daily demands is the key to a successful beauty regime. When you are always on the go and your mind is occupied with countless things to be done, it is not always easy to make yourself a priority. Figuring out a self-care regimen that works perfectly for you is crucial.  

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with anything and everything to do with style, fashion, and beauty. It is my true passion! Helping women select styles that leave them feeling more beautiful and more confident inspires me. I am a firm believer in the maxim, “If you look good, you feel good!” (And, of course, beauty is not only external, it is also found in a kind heart and spirit, but for today, we are going to focus on the tangible.)

Over the past couple of years, I have become enthusiastic about working out. Physical exercise is so important to feeling good in mind, body, and spirit. My daily go-to is Orangetheory Fitness, their engaging and intense cardio program really changed my outlook on fitness. And it is important to build flexibility into your exercise program. During the past couple of months of “distancing”, I have taken advantage of our beautiful bayfront and run a few miles every morning on Shoreline. An hour workout provides great mental clarity and confidence. Plus, that designer dress looks 1K times better on a healthy, confident woman.

And a few of my essential products include:

Vintage Chanel Earrings

Find and use accessories or pieces that you love – it fosters great energy! These earrings are my most prized possession. They are my favorite pair because they give me an automatic boost of confidence as soon as I put them on. If I know I have a big day ahead, these are the earrings I automatically gravitate toward to conquer my day. Julian Gold

Natura Bisse Diamond Mist

This facial spray is boosted with Artemia Salina which stimulates cellular metabolism and diamond mist induces pure energy. This hydrating lavender-scented mist protects, moisturizes, refreshes, and brightens your face to glow-on-the-go and provides an extraordinary sense of well-being. It hydrates and calms my skin which is the perfect combination for me! Julian Gold

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair

My skin tends to be on the dry side. This Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder has hyaluronic acid in it. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well-lubricated and your skin looking bright and lively. Julian Gold

Gucci Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a MUST for me! Whether I am in athleisure wear or in a suit, an outfit is not complete without the right sunglasses. The shape I wear depends on the vibe I am feeling that day. When I am feeling fierce, I love a good shield shape. And, if I am feeling a little extra drama, I will throw on a pair of cat eye shaped shades. Julian Gold

Apple Watch

Tracking my goals and numbers is a fun part of my fitness journey. I love to see how my pace changes during my runs, or the number of calories I have burned after a long sweat. The stats not only motivate me to keep pushing, but also remind me of how far I have come. Apple   

Gua Sha

I love to put a face oil on before I go to bed. Rolling my Gua Sha stone over my skin with a facial oil is the most therapeutic way for me to ready my skin and mind for bed. Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This is an ancient Chinese healing technique and I totally swear by it.  Amazon