That idea of looking after yourself is such a subjective term, and when we are on the hunt for the best methods, it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. But when it comes to beauty regimes we’re all after the fountain of youth, so we need to find the best practices and methods. In this respect, the idea of the “perfect” beauty regime is different for each and every one of us, but there are a few essentials we all need to take on board.
It's Not Just The Face!
If we get into the habit of cleansing our face every night before we go to sleep, we can neglect the other areas. As we get older, if every other part of our body ages apart from half face, it's going to look a little on the odd side! While we can keep on top of wrinkles and crow's feet, we still got to make sure the rest of the body is in line. This doesn't just mean having a beauty regime from the top to the bottom but also looking at the problem areas. For example, your neck can sag as you get older, presenting unsightly jowls, but this is when neck firming creams can save your skin! And what other part of your body is always on display? Your hands. If you don't look after your hands as much as you do your face, they will age quickly. A simple trick to keeping your hands baby soft: before bedtime, apply Vaseline to them and put cotton gloves on. You will wake up in the morning with delicate hands!
The Health Essentials
A perfect beauty regime isn't about moisturizing as much as humanly possible, it's about making sure that you're keeping up the essential so your skin looks healthy and youthful. This means keeping on top of your health. This boils down to two different areas, the liquid you consume, and the food you eat. Unsurprisingly, you need to keep yourself hydrated. If you go for a coffee as soon as you wake up, you are going to dehydrate your body (and your face)! While it's recommended these days to get a shot of chlorophyll, water or smoothies are just as beneficial. Chlorophyll can help to hydrate as well as oxygenate your skin by stimulating the lymphatic system which clears out toxins. And be careful when making smoothies, because these can have an abundance of sugar. Instead, it's better to go for the green: broccoli, spinach, and spirulina are amazing for your skin. And water speaks for itself, but if you don't drink as much water, or don't find it as appealing, put a slice of lemon in there
Avoid The Heat Where You Can
While we know excessive exposure to sunlight can cause more wrinkles than we’d care to admit, when we are in the winter, where every heater and fireplace is operating at full blast, we got to minimize our exposure to heat.
Too much heat can cause inflammation and break down collagen, which is vital for your skin to have that plumpness. And if you are a sun worshipper, whatever time of year, you need to get into the habit of wearing sunscreen every single day. Exposing ourselves to UV lights isn't just when it's the middle of summer. We have to protect our skin as a priority, and this means putting some sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more on every day. And remember, the cold can be your friend! Even Kate Moss swears by putting her face in a bowl of ice water, and there is something to be said about exposing yourself to the cold. If you don't like the idea of a cold shower, building up your tolerance to the cold by splashing your face with cold water can still make your skin look fresh. The cold can stimulate the lymphatic system, which will drain out toxins.
This is beneficial, especially if you have an unhealthy diet, or consume toxins in abundance, such as by smoking or eating lots of sugar. The additional benefit of exposing yourself to cold water is that it's great for your hair also!
Keeping It Simple And Gentle
Some people use more products in the belief that it improves their chances of regaining healthy skin. But if you use more than one product at the same time, this can be very detrimental to the skin. You're exposing your skin to too many chemicals; some may work against each other and could result in more breakouts, not to mention clogging up your pores. When developing a beauty regime that suits your lifestyle and does the job, simplicity will always be the best thing. If you get bogged down in getting every single product that you think will work wonders for you next time around this will work against you. Instead, focus on getting the correct cleanser for your skin type, and getting into the habit of moisturizing with lotions that don't have heavy fragrances. Simple and gentle are the two key words when it comes to a beauty regime with the right products.
The perfect beauty regime is different for each and every one of us, but to make it work effectively, it's about finding a handful of the right practices and continuing with them. This means keeping it simple, but also achievable. When we get obsessed with beautifying ourselves, we end up doing the one thing that's going to age us the most, getting stressed. And while nowadays being stressed is the new normal, having a combination of the right products, with a healthy diet, and as little stress as possible is the perfect beauty regime. There's a lot of hype about the latest products that can make you look 10 years younger, but when you look at those people who are forever young, they don't tell you about the millions of products that they use, but it tends to boil down to the simplest of things, moisturizing, cleansing, as well as getting rid of the bad things, inside your body and out! Focus on these four areas, and this will provide you with a starting point to a perfect beauty regime that works for you.