The list of things I love includes (in no particular order) cheeseburgers, wine and re-watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix for the third time. However, the little voice in my head tells me that if I indulge in these things as much as I’d like to it may not be the greatest.
While too many cheeseburgers will do a number on your arteries, some of your unhealthy habits are doing serious damage to your beauty routine too! In this day and age there is beauty product for everything, but there is no fix like healthy habits.
Seriously, if you’ve ever watched those documentaries with vegan, marathon running, juice enthusiasts, you can literally see them glowing through the screen. So here are my tips on getting healthy on the inside to look ah-mazing on the outside.
Sleep is one of the best things you can do to look refreshed and feel refreshed. As you sleep, your body produces human growth hormones that you need to produce collagen. You need collagen for smooth, tight looking skin.
Sleeping also allows your facial muscles that cause lines to relax, so a little extra shut eye could seriously reduce wrinkles. When you sleep, your blood flow also increases giving you that glowing complexion and fresh look.
We all know exercise is going to make our bodies look slimmer and more toned, but there are also other beauty benefits. Exercise gets your blood flowing allowing you to improve circulation and flush out toxins from your skin. Regular exercise also increases blood flow to your scalp giving you that luscious shiny hair you’ve been dying for!
3. Healthy Eating
Similar to exercise, healthy eating will not only make your body look better but has some serious beauty benefits. Eating plenty of protein will give your skin the amino acids it needs to look and be healthy. And too much sugar? Awful for your teeth and your acne! Stick with sweet foods with a low glycemic index like fruits! The best foods for you skin? Avocado – for supplying your skin with healthy fats and nutrients. Tomatoes are another great food for sun damage, they contain the antioxidant lycopene that reduces the free radicals produced from sun exposure.
While tomatoes are great, not wearing sunscreen is a beauty no no. Of course your health is the most important thing and proper sun protection will also protect you from skin cancer, but if you need a little extra motivation, sun damage is also terrible for beauty. Sun exposure will cause premature aging, lines, and that leathery look with continued exposure.
I know tans look amazing, I too want to look like a bikini model basking in the LA sun, but it won’t be so cute in 20 years. Be proactive and wear sunscreen! If you always forget, try and get a moisturizer or foundation with SPF protection, 30+ is ideal! And for that California glow all year long, invest in a great self tanner. Most of the good ones look completely natural (no orange palms) and are quite literally “life savers”.
I wouldn’t expect you to become a gluten-free dairy-free sugar-free wheat-free yoga instructor, but consciously working on some healthy habits like these are a simple way to keep yourself looking and feeling beautiful all the time. So please, continue to gush over McDreamy with a glass of pinot, but get some sleep, try a green smoothie and toss in a light jog! Your beautiful self will thank you!