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Kirby Tello's Go To Wellness Tips

06/25/2020 05:00AM ● By Kirby Tello
By: Kirby Tello  Photos by: Lillian Reitz

I am a writer, marketing professional, and part owner of a nonprofit organization. My most recent job title, however, is “mother” – the role of which I am most terrified and which I am most honored to accept. I have two speeds: go go go and no no no. Meaning, I am a huge homebody, and when I am home, the world is essentially shut off. Over the years, my beauty routine has gotten smaller and smaller for lack of time and lack of interest in fussing around with a ton of products. However, after I turned 30 (I am now 33 years old), I began to realize some changes in my skin that meant I could no longer keep scaling product usage down. My skin went from normal to oily in my 20s to very dry and sensitive, thus creating more oil, in my 30s. 

I have never been one to wear a lot of makeup, mostly because I am never sure if I am doing it right. And quite honestly, I see how much joy it brings so many people to do their face for the day, and I have never been able to grasp that joy with makeup. However, I do find skincare absolutely delightful, and have made a point to create a daytime and nighttime regimen that not only gives my skin the nutrients it needs, but also makes my mind feel clear and my soul feel happy and settled. 

Beauty and self-care are so important to me. I do not always feel that I have the time to indulge in either, especially now being a mom to a little girl. But since I do have a little girl, I think it is important to be an example for her for what self-care looks like and how essential it is for women to prioritize their needs. It will forever be a work in progress, but with my daughter’s lens uniquely focused on me, I do my best to exude beauty, self-care, and body positivity.