1 – Exercise regularly
We all know that the real issue with exercise is getting started, but once you’ve pushed through that wall and gone to the gym those first few times, it will become less a chore and more a pleasure.
There’s no real arguing with the logic, seeing as exercise releases endorphins that make us happy and contribute towards a more youthful, glowing appearance.
If you’re really reluctant, arrange to go to a fun exercise class such as zumba, pole dancing, or hula hooping to start off with and invite a friend along. That way, you can develop positive associations with exercise and ease yourself in gently.
When you find something you love, there’ll be no stopping you!
2 – Don’t smoke or drink (too much)
If you want to keep your health and appearance in the best possible shape, you’re going to have to work hard to cut down on both of these destructive habits.
Hypnosis is one of the best ways proven to help smokers quit, or try putting money aside to see how much you’re spending on your cigarettes – it may well shock you into rethinking next time you reach for a cigarette.
When it comes to drinking, it’s all about knowing your limits. There’s no harm in having a glass of wine to relax every so often but be aware and restrict your alcohol intake to the recommended guidelines, or lower if possible.
You’ll be smug the next morning when everyone else is nursing their hangovers and wasting the day!
3 – Wear sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin looking young. Even if you’ve got dark skin you should always use a high factor and be sure to use the correct amount to cover your skin entirely, paying close attention to tricky bits such as ankles, elbows and shoulders.
Ask a friend/partner to do your back to make sure you don’t miss any bits and always reapply after a swim or a few hours in the sun. What many people don’t realise is that we shouldn’t only use sunscreen when we’re on holidays – it’s advisable to use it at home too.
The sun is very powerful and even when the skies are grey, rays can reach your skin. Many facial moisturisers include SPF (read the label to be certain) meaning you can protect your skin against sun damage 365 days of the year. Yes, it even applies in England.
4 – Eat a diet rich in healthy food and nutrients
A nutritionist friend of mine gave me some great advice for a shortcut to good health – always include fruit or veg in every meal.That means slicing a banana over your cereal, making a mixed fruit salad to accompany your lunchtime sandwich and adding an assortment of vegetables to your evening meal.
Ideally, veg could make up part of the main ingredients such as a healthy chicken stir-fry or grilled salmon (fish is fab) accompanied by a large serving of mixed vegetables.
It’s unrealistic to cut out junk food altogether but make sure you think of it as a treat rather than a necessity. There are some other simple ways that you can make your diet more healthy – stick to whole grains, use semi-skimmed or soya/almond milk instead of full fat dairy, and avoid any products with added sugar.
A nutritionist can help you devise a diet specially to help your skin if you’re having issues.
5 – Drink plenty of water
Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water, which goes some way to explaining just how crucial this liquid is to our bodies.
It can be difficult to remember to drink enough water, especially throughout a busy working day, so just keep a glass by your desk at all times and whenever you take a breather, take a drink.
It’s advisable that we drink eight glasses of water a day so try to stick to this and always drink a lot of fluid before, during and after exercise to keep yourself well hydrated. Your skin will thank you.
6 – Get a good night’s sleep
The secret to a good night’s sleep is all in the melatonin – a naturally occurring hormone that helps to regulate your sleeping/waking cycle.
The hormone’s production is controlled by light exposure, meaning that there are a number of great ways you can ease your body into a good night’s sleep, such as reading a book by a soft light instead of watching television before you nod off.
You could also take a warm bath before bed to relax your body and do some yoga stretches to unwind. Eat dinner early so that your body is not actively digesting when you get into bed, as this can disturb your sleep cycle.
Above all, make sure your room is cool and your bed as comfortable as can be, with supportive pillows and a good mattress. Sleeping on your back may prevent sleep lines and wrinkles. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason!
7 – Learn to manage stress
Experiencing stress takes a double whammy on our health with both physical and mental side effects that often leave sufferers exhausted.
Stress also speeds up signs of the ageing process, with the development of frown lines and grey hairs. In order to best manage anxiety and stress, try deep breathing and engage in mindfulness/meditation.
There are heaps of resources that can help you. Yoga is a great way to give the mind and body a break, with many types naturally incorporating meditation into the practice along with progressive muscle relaxation.
Say no to things that will add stress to your life. You’re worth looking after.
8 – Cover your grey hairs
Going grey can often be one of the first signs of ageing, with more and more women reporting the discovery of grey hair as early as their mid 20s.
While going au naturel is of course an option, the majority of women prefer to dye their hair back to its natural colour in order to cover up the greys.
As you grow older, it’s recommended not to dye your hair too dark as this makes it more obvious when it’s been dyed. Have a chat with your hairdresser to experiment with different styles and colours that will best complement your skin tone and boost your natural beauty.
No one can feel bad when they’ve had a fabulous blow-dry.
9 – Smooth out lines with aesthetic treatments
When it comes down to it, ageing is a natural process and most of us will get a few fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet as we grow older, however healthy a lifestyle we lead.
These can be smoothed out with some simple, highly effective cosmetic treatments and fillers that will also work to restore facial structure and volume particularly around the cheeks and lips.
Cosmetic treatments can also remove smoker lines around the top lip as well as restore the philtrum and vermillion border. Treatments are fast acting and long lasting, with a near-guarantee of younger, fresher and smoother looking skin.
If you’re interested in seeing what I can do to help, book in for a free. consultation.
10 – Shape your eyebrows!
Our eyebrows are one of the most defining features of our face. Their shape and arch help to emphasise our expressions and our best features, as well as encourage symmetry.