At Work With Nfocus: Karee Hays

What do you do for self-care? While it is rare, I do enjoy time outside to breathe and ground myself. Add a good book, and I am one happy, grounded woman.

What are two beauty products you can’t live without? I honestly can’t think straight without my lip gloss. I have one in every pocket, bag and drawer. If I may, I am obsessed with my own KH Hydrate GF moisturizer, as it never disappoints. I like to keep things hydrated and kissable.

What is one beauty treatment everyone should try? There is a lot to be said for a chemical peel. They are customizable and, oftentimes,  [they] correct, enhance and improve the skin on a cellular level. Don’t be afraid of peeling; that just means healthy, new skin is on the way.

What’s your best advice for staying motivated? I am a daily checklist girl, and I love to work a list. Goals give me direction to focus on, and knowing they have a measurable endpoint is very satisfying. You’re much more likely to stay motivated if you’re working toward something you genuinely want to do or achieve, rather than what people want for you.

What is one new habit everyone should try to form this year? It takes 30 days to form a habit. I am all about gut health, and if everyone could do one thing, it would be taking a good probiotic every night.

What are your New Year’s resolutions? I’m typically not a girl that starts off with any real resolutions, but this year, I am going to really make an effort to get more rest and be more consistent with exercise and strength training. It’s time.

What is your favorite comfort food? Homemade Bolognese paired with my favorite wine, Bouchaine Chardonnay.

What is your go-to healthy snack or meal? If I am being extra-healthy, I enjoy The Well Being smoothie from The Urban Juicer with a shot of wheatgrass.

What is your fitness routine? I walk my sweet boxer, Jessy, most days and try to stretch before bed. More strength training is in the forecast for 2021. This getting older business is not for the weak; it’s for the birds!

What do you do to unwind? Hmm … well, this is something I am trying to work on this year. A glass of wine and a relaxing bath are always a win for me.

What is the most bizarre beauty/health tip you swear by?  Baking soda! Adding ½ teaspoon of baking soda to eight ounces of water every morning is the fountain of youth in my book. I mix it in with my lemon water. Sodium bicarbonate is your friend and has many incredible health benefits that would surprise you. It’s a superior internal cleansing agent, as well as an alkalizer. I also add a little to my face and body cleansers a couple times a week to exfoliate dead skin cells — worth researching, for sure.

What is one thing everyone should do for their skin? Protect it with a good sunscreen! I love Revision Intellishade SPF 45. It goes on like butter and has a beautiful tint. It’s a one-and-done product; makeup with SPF and moisturizer, and you’re out the door. I also like EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Well, I am dyslexic, double-jointed and my party trick is the splits! Are you surprised?

Photograph by Kristin Barlowe