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  1. Beauty comes from within

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    The current pandemic situation has completely transformed our interactions with health. Lifestyle choices that would have normally been overlooked have become the centre of our attention. We’ve realised that our lifestyle affects our wellbeing, beauty and inner glow. We are in charge of our wellbeing, and we can naturally and proactively enhance our beauty through our lifestyle choices. 

    Deciding to improve your lifestyle is the best decision you can take for your health and your beauty. Understandably, we all have vices and bad habits. But identifying the most harmful ones can be a helpful start.

    There’s only one problem when it comes to bad habits. We develop habits because they are convenient and fit in our lifestyle. So it can be tricky to stay motivated when you decide to change your routine. Even bad habits can be beneficial for the mind because they act as a coping mechanism and provide a familiar routine. Therefore, you want to introduce some tricks to stay focused! 

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    Involve a like-minded friend

    Do you share your bad habit with a friend? Why not work together to stay focused? Involving a friend in your journey ensures that you become both accountable. Therefore, you’re less likely to give in to temptation. More importantly, you can motivate each other. Imagine that you want to give up smoking. Having someone to talk to when  you feel cravings can help you build up resilience until you don’t crave nicotine anymore. It doesn’t matter where you both live as long as you can keep in touch with each other.

    When you hit important landmarks such as stopping smoking for 3 months, it is important and motivating to celebrate that significant achievement.  You can do this  by sharing a gift with one another.  If you live nearby you could celebrate with a pampering spa day together or if they live further afield you could send a bunch of flowers, a pamper box or a spa voucher.  Even if your best friend has moved abroad, say to Rome, you can still  send a flower delivery to Italy

    Yoga for beauty

    Stress encourages bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol or comfort eating. So if you are going to change your habits, you want to tackle your stress levels too. Introducing mindfulness and yoga into your day to day activities can help boost your mood significantly. You are less likely to give in! Additionally, good things always come in pairs. Yoga doesn’t only help with stress relief, but it can also help with beauty too. Indeed, these yoga poses for beauty stimulate blood circulation and beautify the skin. 

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    Feed your beauty

    The right diet enhances your health and your mood. You can also select nutrition that nourishes the skin and enhances your outer beauty from within. Beauty food often has a double advantage. It can help repair tissues and boost collagen production, which enhances your appearance. But the right nutrients also encourage the brain to break free from food addiction, such as sugar, which can impact your skin health and beauty. 

    The journey to beauty starts with self-care and self-love. However, the steps to improve your lifestyle for health tend to include changing your habits. It’s hard to change a routine, even if it’s a harmful one! Therefore, you need to help yourself to stay focused and motivated. You have to invite beauty into your life by allowing yourself to change one step at a time. 

    Until next time

    Zoe

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  2. How To Naturalise Your Beauty Routine For Spring

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    Spring is an important seasonal shift when it comes to beauty. It is when we look at swapping out our heavy skincare routine that we have been hiding under all winter for something lighter and fresher. 

    It is also a really good opportunity to look at your skincare and beauty routine and see where you can make some big changes in terms of swapping commercially produced products for more natural and even some homemade products.

    Let’s take a look at how you can naturalise your beauty routine for the spring. Your skin, your purse, and the environment will thank you for it!

     

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    Coconut oil

    In recent years coconut has experienced somewhat of a renaissance, with people using it for all sorts of things, cooking being just one of them. 

    Coconut oil can work wonders for both your hair and skin. Suffering from dry, damaged hair, maybe from using hair dyes, pollution, and heated tools? Pop some coconut oil on it. Coat  the ends in it and leave it for an hour two, or even overnight if you can before washing out as normal. A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that coconut oil was the only oil that reduced protein loss when used as a pre-wash or post-wash product. This held true for both damaged and undamaged hair. Due to its low molecular weight, it is able to penetrate the hair shaft and prevent hair damage. 

    It is also a great moisturiser for dry skin and conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Pure cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO coconut oil is an excellent massage oil that can be used for all types of skin, including dry skin.

    DIY Face Masks

    Get rid of all those pots and tubs of face masks that have no doubt gone out of date since you last used them, and head down to your fridge and kitchen pantry instead. You do not need to spend a fortune on commercially produced face masks that come packaged in plastic containers - it is really easy to make your own with simple store cupboard and fridge ingredients. Even better, you can tailor them exactly to your skin type and skin problems. There are plenty of beauty mask recipes online, so find one that suits your skin and have a go at making your own. 

    One thing that is important to remember when making your own face masks, or indeed any other homemade beauty product is that it does not always turn out pretty. Sure, you see all these lovely looking ones on social media, but the reality is that they quite often look a little grey in color, a little sludgy and your bathroom sink ends up covered. However, when you see the difference that it can make to your skin - and your bank account - you suddenly won’t be quite as bothered!

    Cleansers

    Cleansing is a vital part of a skincare routine. Whether you wear a full face of makeup every day or prefer to go au naturel, cleansing is one of the things you should not even consider skipping. It removes not just makeup, but the grime that attaches itself to your skin all through the day. It is also really easy to naturalize as well. 

    You can make a really simple and effective cleanser using honey, aloe, and oil. You don’t need to use this in the morning; just in the evening. Massage the mixture of ingredients onto a damp face and then use a soft, wet face cloth to remove the product. The product will loosen all the grime and dirt and makeup, and the use of the cloth will remove it all. 

    Toner

    A toner helps to calm, hydrate, balance the pH of the skin and regulates oil production. , There are a couple of different ways to apply a toner. You can either spritz it onto the skin and use your fingers to gently ‘press’ it into the skin or apply using a cotton pad. 

    Apple cider vinegar makes for an excellent natural toner for oily or congested skin. The downside is that it does not smell particularly lovely and it does stick around for a while, particularly if you sweat. However, it is a great product for balancing the skin and feels refreshing too. Make sure that you do dilute the apple cider vinegar with water before applying it to the skin. 

    Cool it down

    We know how lovely it is to jump into a scalding hot shower or deep hot bubble bath after a long day at work. It’s comforting, it is relaxing and it feels SO good. However, as good as it feels, it really is not great for our skin, our energy bills, or the planet! 

    Hot water strips your skin of natural oils, which are needed to lock in moisture and lead to dry itchy skin, as well as drying out your hair and making it brittle.

    In an ideal world, your shower should be five minutes long to get the best out of it for your skin. The first three minutes of your shower should be warm - not hot - and the last two should be as cold as you can tolerate. This has the following benefits:

    • It improves your circulation: Warmer water causes the blood vessels just under the skin to dilate, and the cold water restricts them. Switching between warm and cold improves circulation and helps to bring oxygen to the skin, leading to a healthy glow and complexion.

    • The warm water opens up your pores, allowing dirt and grime to escape, and then the cold blast afterward closes them back up, stopping any further dirt to clog them up and lead to spots and pimples.

    • It makes your hair look shiny and healthy. The cold water will close up the hair follicles and lie them flat, making them look glossy and full of life. It also helps to strengthen your hair.

    It doesn’t take a lot of effort or money to naturalise your beauty routine. In fact, it can even save time and money. Why don’t you try naturalising just one step of your beauty routine this spring and see the difference it can make?

    Until next time

    Zoe

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