Get Your Glow on in 2018
When I was growing up, I remember my mother often placing a plate of cut up apricots on my table as I studied, telling me that they would make my skin glow. We’re constantly bombarded with articles in magazines which reference “that glow” through exfoliating and a good application of fake tan. So what actually creates that highly coveted luminous complexion we seek and how do we incorporate it into our current lifestyle?
The answer lies in approaching our health holistically, both through an external and internal application. It’s a combination of not only addressing the obvious in priming the skin, but runs much deeper into the types of foods we eat, how much sleep we’re getting, how much alcohol or stimulants we’ve been taking as well as the amount of exercise and movement we do through the day. These factors will all play an integral role in how radiant we look, feel and perform long term.
So how do we incorporate these factors into our already busy lifestyles? Here are my top 3 tips to getting your glow on, inside and out.
1. Nourishing ourselves with the right foods.
We’ve heard the saying that food is medicine. What we put into our bodies will show up in our skin, our moods and energy levels. If we want skin that glows naturally, opting for fruits such as apricots, blueberries and strawberries along with pumpkin, carrots, wild caught salmon, almonds. Replace any fizzles with plenty of matcha or green tea to boost antioxidant levels and plenty of water to plump and hydrate the skin. The source of our food is also important, in the integrity of nutrients and sustainability of where it is sourced from. Wild caught salmon for example will have a much more optimal omega ratio to that of the farmed variety, whist being sustainably sourced. By shopping at local markets and independent stockists, we support local and get a better quality ingredient that is better for the environment, our health and our pocket.
2. Aim for 30 minute of movement a day.
Forget skin loufers, expensive anti-cellulite creams or “fat blasting” space suits. When we exercise we increase our circulation. This allows more oxygen and nutrients from our food to be absorbed into our cells and waste to be more efficiently removed. This can be as simple as a 30 minute walk around the neighbourhood after dinner, cleaning the house with music (and some dancing!!) on or some gardening. Consistent movement throughout the day is what the longest living people on earth all have in common and here’s why: movement has the life enhancing effect of not only giving our biggest organ, our skin, a workout but is great for our heart and internal organs, our mindset and stress levels as well as improving posture, life-span and a positive disposition!
3. Practice mindfulness.
When we have a mindfulness practice, such as yoga, stretching and mobilisation, meditation, journaling or guided counselling sessions, we are strengthening the neural connections in our brain, so that we can more readily deal with the stresses of modern life. It also slows down the ageing process and has the added benefits of lowering blood pressure and tension in our bodies, giving us a positive effect on insomnia, muscular and joint pain and a greater sense of inner peace and wellbeing.
As a Health and Wellness Expert, Anna aims to empower busy women gain a stronger connection with themselves, clarity in their mindset and confidence in their wellness journey.
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