And there we go, the second part of my Beauty Vows – the Don’ts
- Stress. Stress is so detrimental for our health and on top contributes very much to pre-mature aging of the skin. Hence, we should really try and not get stressed anymore by situations that cannot be changed anyway, especially by not important ones that will not have any impact on where we are in one day, one week or one year from now. And of course, let’s work on our anger management. Don’t be mad at anyone when you have missed the train. Just accept and relax. You have gained extra time to meditate ;)
- Eat too much sugar. Yes, not healthy at all – especially for your skin as it makes it dull and wrinkled! This is due to a natural process called glycation in which the sugar in our bloodstream attaches to proteins and thereby forms harmful new molecules called AGEs (advanced glycation end products). The more sugar we eat, the more of those molecules we develop. The AGEs then damage adjacent proteins. Especially vulnerable ones are collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that keep our skin firm and elastic…. So, less chocolate for me… (very hard being a huge chocoholic…) and watching out for hidden sugars in other food!
- Sunbath without sun protection. Absolute no-go. Not only can this lead to skin cancer, it also is one of the main factors for premature skin aging. Hence, I will continue to strictly stick to my routine: Usual daily moisturiser with SPF of 15 and sun screen with SPF 30-50 when on summer or skiing holiday.
- Drink too much alcohol. Quite clear that one. Not only does it harm your liver, it also contributes to skin aging. And of course, once we have passed our early 20s, a couple of cocktails may actually result in a nasty headache the next day. Not good… Reduction of alcohol consumptions – yes :)
- Leave your make-on on when going to sleep. This of course doesn’t cause as much harm as the above ones but in order for your moisturiser to be absorbed by your skin, a clean skin is certainly beneficial. Also make-up and all other dirt that stick to the skin after a long day can lead to blemishes if not removed.
Hey beauties, after so many people have been posting their 2015 resolutions, I thought I’d add my beauty vows to the list. They are divided into 2 categories, the Do’s and Don’ts.
- Drink more water. Our body is composed of circa 60% of water so I can’t stress how important it is to stay hydrated. Also dehydration makes our skin look dry and wrinkled which we can improve by sufficient water intake. My goal is it to drink at least 2 litres a day.
- Get sufficient sleep. Sleep is so important to our physical and emotional health. During sleep our body is being healed and prepared for the next day. Sleep deprivation will make us moody, weaken our immune system and worse, may lead to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure. Sleep is also great in helping to fight premature aging of the skin by decreasing blood sugar levels and inflammation as well as by reducing stress. I know that some people struggle with sleep, and as a result, they may suffer from all of these physical and mental ailments. But don’t worry. I’ve heard that the likes of CBD oil can help you to get the sleep that you’re entitled to, as well as improving your health and wellbeing. Regardless of how you do it, make sure that you get a decent amount of rest. I am aiming for 8.5 hours of sleep per night.
- Exercise regularly. My current sport activities are almost not existent… Hence, this one is a must on my list! I have bought a few Pilates DVDs to get busy in front of the television and will also try to find a good martial arts gym again for me :)
- Eat more healthy food. So I have already made lots of progress on this front but I am still eager to improve…Hence veggie juices, fish and lots of antioxidants are very much stressed on my “food-list”! One of my friends also told me that I could consider finding some supplements to try and support my new healthy lifestyle. She said that there a few supplements that aid some vital body functions and improve general wellness. Apparently, lypo spheric vitamin c is useful for improving the immune system and repairing tissues throughout the body. That sort of thing would probably be good to have, especially if I’m going to be stepping up my exercise routines. I’ll probably have a look into some supplements, they would probably be good for my new lifestyle!
- Meditate. 10 minutes every single day. Full stop. If I cannot seem to make time for those very important tiny little 10 minutes I should really think of making it 20 minutes.. I have bought some great scented candles to make my flat my SPA sanctuary.
In the next post I will elaborate on my Dont’s for 2015 :)