At Home in Your Skin: Beautifying From the Inside Out

It’s been said so many times that it has become a cliché of our times: We live in a time of instant gratification.

It’s difficult to see what we really need vs. what we really want all while being financially smart in the process when such a wide variety of products touting their virtues and the fact that you and your skin will become the very best versions of yourselves possible are constantly being promoted in all forms of media. (And don’t get me started on how convenient it is to shop whenever the mood strikes for whatever the current fancy is thanks to Amazon Prime!) But —are you ready for another cliché?— “beauty” doesn’t come premade in a bottle and it’s key that we take time to nourish what we exude from the inside out.

With this in mind, here are some beauty habits to consider…

Embrace Nature to Unleash Your Natural Beauty

We all love and deserve some self-pampering, but when one is constantly chasing perfection through products/external sources, it is important to take a step back and remember that it really doesn’t take much to manifest a glow.

Embracing natural beauty isn’t just about using products that have nourishing ingredients in them, but also about making choices that help us feel and look good. In fact, some of the simplest things that one can do to improve one’s beauty are free:

  1. Get fresh air –take walks
  2. Drink water
  3. Stimulate your intellect –read!

Focus on the Details

We tend to improve the things that can be seen by others, which is only natural –first impressions count!

But the little details are important, too and can in turn improve our confidence and how we look as a whole. Make sure to take time to give these areas some love!

For example, have a bra fitting done as wearing an old or incorrect size will affect your posture and poise. Check in with your dentist and show your smile some love; likewise, have your eyes checked if you notice your eyesight isn’t the same or you are squinting, and have some fun splurging on a new pair of glasses if needed.

The Beauty of Exercise

We may not always feel like it, but some good, old-fashioned stress-busting physical activity can’t be beat in helping us look and feel better. No makeup can give you that energised feeling or that post-workout glow!

If you find yourself always short on time, a short high-intensity workout that gets the heart pumping and the body sweating is the answer to fitting fitness into your schedule. If you prefer a more low-key approach, try pilates, ballet-based fitness programs, stretching, or yoga.

(If you feel that your stress isn’t something that is manageable with meditation or working out, do seek medical advice, and consider stress-management techniques.)

Dining Better

You are what you eat is going to be the third cliché you see here for a reason. When you eat healthful foods, the results can be seen in your hair, face, and skin. And if you still fear the fat, it’s time to embrace the good kinds, especially those in almonds and walnuts. Good fats are crucial in helping skin to maintain its elasticity. If you fix every single area of your life but this piece of the puzzle is still missing, make some changes and chances are you’ll see some pretty impressive results.

Learn to Sleep

Aurora (or do we have Maleficient to thank?) had it right –almost. A beauty sleep makes a s̶l̶e̶e̶p̶i̶n̶g̶ waking beauty. Do yourself a big favour and start prioritising sleep. Getting between 7 to 9 hours per night isn’t just going to make you feel rested, but it’s going to balance your hormones over time and boost your immune system which will make you feel better in every aspect of your life so you won’t feel so inclined towards stress. And yes, you will see the results in your face. It’s not just about getting rid of the bags under your eyes, but if you sleep better, you will fix an uneven skin tone and potentially minimise hair loss. Put a bedtime routine in place and you’ll feel the benefits in every aspect of your life.

Beauty is only skin deep they say, but this is just not true. It’s important to start from the inside out, mentally and physically. Maybe this isn’t a quick-fix, but it’s the real fix.

You don’t have to make radical changes, but even if you make little adjustments to your habits here and there, they’ll all add up to go a long way in helping you achieve that dewy radiance we’re all after.

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