In today's modern age, we are surrounded by the unrealistic expectations of beauty and of course, the never ending quest to stay youthful and young. This, coming from a 25 year old may seem ironic however at my age, the very beginnings of fine lines and wrinkles start to show. In my generation we certainly do feel the pressure to have that perfect instagram-worthy skin, but again, this is an ideal set by woman who are full of botox and fillers (thanks, Kim K). It's personally not my thing, so here are my tips on what I practice to stay healthy and glowing the au-natural way.
Less Junk, More Vitamins
Did you know you can literally eat your way to fabulous skin? Eating the correct balance of foods will feed your skin vital nutrients it needs to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free. Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help
to protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Avocados for example contain healthy fats and vitamins C and E to keep skin plump, bright, and hydrated. Salmon, herring, and trout provide our skin with oils that lubricate cells and reduce inflammation. So many foods, so many benefits. And most importantly, cut down on the binge sessions as we all know high sugar diets can lead to acne prone skin. I need to tell myself that every night, while I watch back to back Real Housewives episodes.
At the time of Sex & The City, Carrie Bradshaw and the ladies made a point of sun tanning NOT being in fashion. Nowadays, everyone is so desperate for a golden tan they are willing to bake themselves like a jacket potato in a tanning bed! I can't even tell you how detrimental this is to your skin.Search 'leather handbag' in Google images and you're looking at your future. So if you are spending a day outside in the sun, not only does wearing sunscreen prevent cancer, but it also prevents wrinkles and signs of skin aging. Protecting yourself from sun damage will make you feel better now and later on. Wear minimum SPF 15 every day (higher if you're spending time in strong sun) to help prevent skin cancer, wrinkles and sunburn.
Massage In Your Moisturizer
Daily moisturization is key to maintaining hydrated, healthy skin. Also, rather than dabbing on your face cream, use gentle pressure and massage it into your skin in a circular motion which will kick your circulation into high gear. Get into a routine of doing this every night before bed and you will wake up feeling fresh as a daisy. My partner NEVER moisturizes and I've been drilling him about this for a good two years. I finally forced him to moisturize his face before bed a couple of weeks ago and now hes addicted. He said it has literally changed his life!