Bring out your glow and feel amazing with a dose of self-love and some good skincare tips. Treat yourself with totally natural products or make your own from skin enriching ingredients like argan oil, avocado, oats, yoghurt, honey, lemon and more. There's so much to be said for the ritual of nurturing, and our advice is to fall in love with pampering yourself.
If you think of beauty as resonating from the inside to the outside, your first and most effective beauty prop has to be self-love and -appreciation. Walking around loving who you are will create boundless attraction. If we're talking beauty rituals, here is one that'll add to your wellbeing in a positive and expansive way. Start by scanning your body from the top to the bottom, and then from the bottom to the top. See if there are any parts of yourself you have disowned or alienated. Close your eyes and feel it on a subtle level. You will notice that you don't have as much energy flowing to that part. These are the parts that need more love and energy. Give them acceptance and love, and apologise for banishing them. Feel energy and gratitude extending into every part of your body and you will have a harmonious flow. After doing this for a couple of days you will see that part of your body differently - as part of your individuality - and it will be an ally instead of a disappointment.
With the goal being beautiful glowing skin, it helps to start by exploring exactly what the skin is and does. It is our largest organ (not all our organs are inside our body), with an average-sized person having about two square metres of skin. Without skin we'd literally evaporate. As a waterproof barrier, it guards against temperature changes, sunlight and harmful chemicals. It is antibacterial and produces vitamin D to convert calcium into healthy bones. Aside from that, it is hugely sensory and keeps the brain in tune with what's happening on the outside. We look at the very basics of maintaining good skin. Many of these tips are common sense, and it's just a matter of making them into habits.
*HYDRATION - The most effective and far-reaching beauty tip is to make sure you are properly hydrated. We don't realise that many of the things we eat and drink are concentrated and make us dehydrated. Coffee, for example, is a diuretic. If drinking alcohol, compensate by downing lots of water. Skin condition is markedly different when the body is hydrated. Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for the condition of your skin. T*CIRCULATION - An increase in blood flow and circulation helps promote cell growth and organ function, which benefits your skin. Healthy skin is better able to fight off bacteria and infection with good circulation. Getting your heart to pump at full force means your heart rate lowers, the heart muscles relax, and your blood pressure flows evenly and smoothly. This means that exercise is a key proponent in cultivating good skin. Another practice is body brushing. Using a firm bristle brush and evenly and firmly brushing your whole body with strokes going towards your heart will invigorate your skin. This is a great daily or weekly practice.
*CLEANSING - Using natural and organic products will ensure your skin doesn't have to deal with harmful chemicals. There are many incredible beauty ranges with highly effective botanical ingredients. Pick one that's organic. You may also want to try using an oil-based cleanser. As the skin has its own natural oils, it is more difficult to displace pollutants and dirt with water-based cleansers than with oil-based ones. Cleansing should be gentle and work with the skin's self-healing capacity.
*EXFOLIATION - Although we often use the word 'scrub' to describe an exfoliation process, the action should be less vigorous. Spend more time with a less intense exfoliator (think of the texture of raw oats) rather than being too rough on the skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and often creates a glowing effect when new skin shines through.
*MOISTURISE - Pick a moisturiser with skin-repairing ingredients. According to a leading dermatologist, these four ingredients are ones to look out for:
1. Peptides - These are amino acids that help boost collagen production and give strength to skin structure.
2. Hyaluronic Acid - Hyaluronic acid - This occurs naturally in the skin and chemically binds to water to retain moisture.
3. Argan oil - High concentrations of vitamin A and E make this oil a superstar. It is also easily absorbed into the skin.
4. Vitamin A, C & E - These powerful antioxidants guard against free radical damage to the skin. Using three of them in concert is highly advisable.
CHECK YOUR DIET
Food is integral to skin condition. Studies show that sugar and refined carbs spike the insulin that triggers the hormone response that can cause blemishes. Keep your diet a low-glycemic one, with a high proportion of veggies and wholegrains. If you must have sugar, make it naturally sweet with coconut sugar or dates.