While society has a narrow view of what's beautiful, we believe in real beauty, beauty we can all attain, beauty that shines from within and comes from deep physical, emotional and spiritual health. Today we'll talk about some lifestyle choices which enhance your beauty and make you more alluring to others.
Yes, the models all talk about it, but it's for a good reason. How many of us are getting the suggested amount of water per day? The general guideline is two liters or a half gallon per day, that's eight 8 oz glasses.
Remember that caffeine is dehydrating, so coffee or soda could actually be counteracting the water you drink! Also, pay attention to the climate you live in; drier, warmer climates will require you to drink more. And what is your activity level? If you're exercising regularly, up that water intake, baby!
Get your Zzzs
Up late getting things done or zoning out on your phone? Adults need between 7 - 9 hours of sleep a night, which helps our bodies restore and repair countless systems, including the skin. Our concealers are good at covering dark circles, but why not reduce the darkness naturally, so the makeup has less work to do?
We all have busy lives and it's easy to put sleep on the back burner, but over time it will be not only your appearance that suffers.
Exercise is good for every system in our body, including our skin. It also reduces stress, which makes us appear more relaxed and happy - more beautiful!
Now, a lot of people think exercise means sweating it out at the gym. It can, but it can also be something as simple as walking. Get a pedometer app on your phone and track your steps, aim for anywhere between 5k - 10k a day and you're doing great!
Avoiding processed foods and refined sugars will help reduce inflammation in the body and help your skin stay more clear.
Avoid trans fats, but don't skimp on healthy fats like avocados, coconut, extra virgin olive oil or nuts and seeds! These are key to our overall and skin health.
This is obvious, but don't smoke cigarettes and limit (or avoid) alcohol intake. Not only is alcohol dehydrating, it can cause inflammation, both of which have an impact on your skin and beauty. Smoking does damage in so many ways internally, it also causes dry skin, wrinkles, yellow teeth and skin pigmentation. Not sexy.
Protect Your Skin
Another one that should be obvious by now is the importance of wearing sunscreen every day, even in the winter. Sun exposure can cause dark spots, wrinkles and dry skin. Try our Tinted Sunscreen for a gorgeous way to protect yourself, and throw on a glamorous sun hat to make yourself feel like the main character in your own movie.
Talk it Out
Don't forget about the impact our mental health has on our physical health and therefore our beauty. Making sure you have people to talk to, or a therapist if needed, can greatly reduce our stress. There's no shame in going through a difficult time, reaching out for help and support takes bravery and strength.
While time alone can be healing, we all need friends and family to spend time with and just have some fun! Don't forget to laugh, play and enjoy what life has to offer. If you don't have a lot of friends, look for groups in your community. Take a class in something you're interested in, join a hiking club. Check out Meetup.com to find fun activities near you. Smiling, laughing, talking with others reduces our stress and has an impact on our overall wellness.
So there you have it, a bunch of tips to help you glow from the inside out. Oh and in case you haven't guessed yet, these practices will not only affect your beauty, but other aspects of your wellness too! Self-care is self-love, take that time and energy to invest in yourself, it will radiate to the loved ones around you.