Having pride in how we look is a great thing. However, we can be super excessive in our quest for the elusive ‘perfection’.
In the words of Queen Bey:
Perfection is a disease of a nation, it is your soul that needs the surgery.
If you strip right back to basics, you will find that you will start to gain a more relaxed outlook on life, appreciate the smaller things and reduce the signs of aging considerably!
There are 4 habits that we all do on a daily basis that we may think are healthy and normal, when in fact, they are not and they are speeding up our aging process and are detrimental to our health.
You are not sleeping enough.
You have heard it a million times before, not getting enough sleep is the worst thing in the world for your health blah blah blah! But it can even contribute to diseases later on. You may think you are fine on the four/five hours of sleep you got last night, but sleeping too little can do serious damage to your skin and health, which can make you look so much older than you really are. For those with acne, getting enough rest is particularly important to preserve a youthful look, as the skin heals when you are sleeping. Start getting at least seven to eight hours per night to ensure youthful skin.
Tip - Adding our Beauty Blend to your daily diet will help your skin, it is loaded with B Vitamins and ingredients that will keep your skin glowing and help fight acne!
A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down - NOT THE WHOLE BAG!
Sugary drinks and store-bought cookies are not just bad for your waistline, they will wreak havoc on your looks. Consuming too much processed and sugary foods can and will make your skin look dull. If you want something sweet, do yourself a favor and reach for the apple instead of the cookie jar. Limit your treats and you will also appreciate them more.
Stop being a negative nancy and stressing all the time!
Are you constantly thinking about the groceries you need to buy, the clothes you need to wash, and the deadlines at work you need to hit? Yes? Then it is time to take a deep breath and relax girl! Not only can chronic stress ruin your sleep patterns and increase your risk for heart disease but it can also make you look 10 years older than you actually are. Stress chemicals are released into your body when you are always anxious, which slowly results in a more aged appearance.
Tip - Introduce 10 minute of meditation into your daily routine before you go to bed. This reflection time will help you calm yourself, resulting in a better sleep and being able to tackle the following day more calmly.
Check your OCD! You may be washing your face and hands too often.
We all want to have ‘perfect’ skin and clean hands, but all of that washing can do serious damage to your skin and quickly age you. When it comes to your face, use a gentle cleanser without added fragrance or harsh chemicals, and this goes for ALL skin types. While those prone to acne are likely to reach for the stronger products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to keep their skin issues at bay, these ingredients strip the skin of all essential oils and cause severe dryness and irritation that can lead to redness, wrinkles and a dull, aged look. Do not forget to moisturize, either.
While you may be more concerned with your face than your hands, your hands show signs of aging, too. If you find your hands are dry and cracked from all of the washing, try massaging them with cream and then slipping on some gloves. The natural heat of your hands and the barrier from the gloves will allow the cream to penetrate deep into the skin, giving you ultra soft and beautiful skin.