Inspired by the Global Wellness Day 7 step manifesto, we decided to take a closer look at how wellness shows in your skin because when you’re living well, it shows in a glowing complexion.
We all know we should drink more water, but dehydration is one of the first things that shows in the face. When the skin is plumped out with hydration, lines and wrinkles are less noticeable. Applying hydrating formulas that contain the likes of Hyaluronic Acid to the face can help, but you also need to keep your body hydrated from the inside out by drinking lots of water. This will result in seeing a different in your complexion.
TIP: Keep topped up throughout the day and sip on water even when you’re not thirsty (thirst is actually the first sign of dehydration). Try a selection of herbal teas to up your water intake if you find water boring, or add slices of lemon, lime or cucumber to your water to give it a more refreshing and healthy taste.
When you sleep your skin detoxify’s, repairs and regenerates so sleep is really important. A lot of fitness experts say the ideal number of hours of sleep you should have every night is 8 hours, but everyone is different. We recommend ensuring you go to bed half an hour before you intend to switch off and sleep to let your body fully and naturally relax. After a good night’s sleep you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and you’ll find you have a well ret face looking back at you from the mirror.
TIP: Figure out how many hours’ sleep you personally require to feel at your best and then try to stick to the same time for going to bed and waking up every day so as not to confuse your inner body clock.
A healthy, balanced diet is easy to uphold. Ensure you’re enjoying a wide range of fruit and vegetables along with organic meat and your skin will thank you. Why not invite some of your friends over for a yummy homemade meal every few months so you can stay accountable to one another and have fun at the same time. There are lots of healthy recipes to choose from online, especially on Pinterest.
TIP: Eating seasonally means the fruit and vegetables you choose probably haven’t clocked up air miles and will taste more flavourful. Nothing beats the first taste of a new season’s crop whether it’s rhubarb, asparagus or Jersey potatoes.
Why not try a digital detox this year, even if it’s just for one weekend. Being stuck to our smartphones 24/7 means we lack human interaction and take it for granted, so put that phone away for a weekend and spend time with your friends and family, really enjoying every moment and being grateful for spending time with them.
TIP: Make a list of 10 people who make you happy and with whom you feel you don’t catch up regularly enough. Call them on the phone or even better, send them a handwritten letter or card – they’ll love receiving mail from a friend.
Making time for relaxation is vital – if we don’t make time, it won’t happen. If you enjoy yoga classes or meditation that’s great, but try to take time to do nothing in particular and enjoy having no end goal. Or simply do something you do every day but without rushing and instead practice mindfulness. Relax every facial muscle and loosen the jaw – no more frown lines or creases.
TIP: Co-Founder and Creator of ELEMIS Therapies, Noella Gabriel, believes that baths are thoroughly underrated and we should all enjoy the therapeutic sensation of submerging our bodies in warm water more often. Pour in some Skin Nourishing Milk Bath, lie back and relax.
Exercise can be as simple as walking for half an hour at lunchtime, or getting off the bus a couple of stops before your destination to complete your journey on foot. Take a different route than usual, breathe deep, and enjoy new sights.
TIP: After exercise, use your ELEMIS body brush before showering to stimulate the lymph system and support detoxification. Cellutox Active Body Oil smells wonderfully uplifting and is perfect as part of an anti-cellulite and body cleansing programme – massage into skin after showering, particularly around the thighs.
We could have easily grouped breathing with relaxation, but we think it’s more important than that. We use the phrase “as natural as breathing” but how many times throughout the day do you find yourself holding your breath or not expanding your lungs fully to take in oxygen? Your skin cells need oxygen to function optimally so take a deep breath and oxygenate those cells.
TIP: Breathing is key to all the body’s processes and systems working efficiently. Apply your favourite LIFE ELIXIRS aromatic to your palms and cup over your nose. Inhale deeply for the count of 7, exhale for 11 seconds. Repeat 5 times and notice the difference in how you feel.
If the above seems a little overwhelming and you’re not sure how you could introduce all of the above into your daily/weekly routine, why not choose one which really appeals to you and implement that one first, then introduce the others at a later date. After all, we really want you to life a happy, balanced life.