Are you a repeat offender when it comes to claiming you’re going to get your health and happiness in order? Do you want a quicker, more efficient way to boost your wellness levels and achieve a healthy glow inside and out?
You’re in good company.
In an ideal world, we’d be health and fitness gurus, business super stars and super mums and still have time to partake in loads of self-care and pampering on a daily basis (though it’s fair to say, it’s the imperfections that make us prefect!). Reality is that with a full days and busy schedules, it can be easier to relax on the couch, or catch up on sleep, in our down time than adhere to time-consuming health and beauty routines. It’s true – sometimes, life gets busy.
If you’re trying to keep all the juggling balls in the air without taking good care of yourself as well, this can take a serious toll on your health and wellbeing. When we let prioritising ourselves slip, it not only affects how we look on the outside, but it can affect our state of mind and overall level of wellbeing. Thankfully, we have 5 simple health boosts to help you glow on the outside, reclaim your sanity and get you back your zest for life – all in no time .
Follow these 5 simple health boosts for an unstoppable, illusive glow that goes well beyond your complexion.
1. Indulge in a berry nice skin treat
If you’re experiencing lacklustre, ageing skin a powerful and cheap anti-ageing potion is lurking right in your fridge – the humble raspberry! Raspberries have one of the highest levels of ellagic acid, an antioxidant that can prevent wrinkles when applied to the skin. Mix with honey, a natural humectant that holds water against the skin for maximum moisture, and apply to your skin as the perfect recipe for gorgeous, glowing dermal layers.
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2. Snooze early (where possible)
We’ve all heard it all before, but it’s called beauty sleep for a reason. Even if you feel time poor, sneak in a nap where possible. Sleep deprivation lowers circulation, which is why you can look washed out if you only get a few hours of sleep.
It’s the best time to rejuvenate your skin as your body’s cellular renewal team has the night shift, so this is when you want to equip your skin with as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients it needs to do a good job. Plus, studies show that those who sleep more live longer, so really, it’s a no-brainer.
3. Give your skin a sip of red
Who can say no to a glass of red? Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant and polyphenol found in red grape skins, has been found to prevent the lines, wrinkles, and sagging caused by environmental aggressors like pollution and second-hand smoke.
It can be even more powerful than Vitamin C. Whether you use a (natural) Resvertatrol-infused serum each night, or sip on a glass of vino a few times a week, just know that it’s working wonders on plumping up lines and smoothing skin texture – so sip away!
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4. Indulge in mini-meditations
Our bodies respond to the state of our mind, and when life gets hectic, our skin is the first to show the signs of wear and tear. Stress releases cortisol, which can throw off hormones in your body and age you faster than quicksand. For busy people, mini-meditations will come as a godsend for helping you slow down, recharge and recentre.
Mini-meditations can be done on a train, walking down the street, at an airport, standing at a bus stop, in an elevator, or even at your desk. Silently count your out-breath up to ten times, or walk with awareness of each step for up to ten steps. It’s that simple.
Focusing on the breath and pausing your day to turn inwards will not only help you appear more youthful and well-rested, but it will enhance your gratitude levels and help you notice the small, everyday miracles, like the fact that you can breathe in and out! Isn’t that what life’s all about, after all?
5. Boost your confidence – naturally
The foods in your kitchen are just as important for keeping skin soft, smooth, and glowing as the creams in your bathroom. What better way to spruce up your insides and add a spring in your step with the confidence to match than with an injection of natural beauty ingredients?
As well as eating them, applying nourishing edible ingredients that are resplendent with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients onto your skin (and into your belly!) is the fastest way to turn back the hands of time and give you a glowing complexion.
Add a layer of delicious Lip Nourish lipstick – made with real food ingredients and essential oils to feed, hydrate and protect your lips.
Take it one step further and achieve an illuminated, fresh-faced look with these 10 DIY Beauty Recipes that you can download HERE.