Not to rain on my bloggin' ladies' (and yes gentlemen) parades, they are fancy endeavors all the same and provide ways to take your look to the next level, but I am a firm believer in beauty being beyond skin deep - both literally and figuratively...health and wellness shape how you look on the outside and you can't paint (or makeup) without a clean canvas.
So saddling up my high horse, I present to you some every day habits to truly consider inviting into your routine (and if you are already a believer, I pat you on the back):
- A multivitamin - any drugstore brand will do, don't relish on an extra capsule unless you know you are deficient in it. This will help balance your system, make you feel less sluggish, and even aide in weight management.
- Water, water everywhere - you've heard it before, and I'll say it again: drink plenty of water. Nothing can make your skin look more worn-down than being dehydrated. Water flushes out toxins from the body and plumps up the skin giving you that glowing complexion. (I carry a bottle with me everywhere I go, so when I get the thirst it's there to quench)
- Stay fit - this doesn't mean you have to hit the gym (although some of those machines are so fun, and the eye candy ain't bad either), get outside for a stroll, ride a bike...anything that gets your heart rate up and endorphins flowing: it beats the bloat and you'll feel aaaaahh-mazing.
- DON'T smoke - this ages your skin worse than any other bad habit, it has the ability to make you look 20 years older. There are plenty of methods available out there to help you quit, so why are you still smoking? Try yoga to chill out, sounds nutty but it totally works.
- Eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and some snacks - yes that's right I said EAT. Starving your body of anything will not help you maintain a goal, it will more than likely cause adverse affects: Breakfast gets your metabolism rollin', lunch should make you feel refreshed not sleepy, and dinner should be a light meal (not too close to bed time as your digestive system doesn't work quite as well when you sleep)
- Have your coffee and drink it too - caffeine (in moderation) has been proven to have great health benefits and keeps your mind working throughout the day, get it from sources such as coffees and teas instead of sodas: all the perk without the punch of refined sugars. (Make sure to have your water on hand as it is a natural diuretic)
- S.L.E.E.P - Sleeping Less Earns Enlarged Pores...okay it was the best I could come up with, but the common thread is beauty sleep is fact, not myth, so catch up on those zzz's.
- Last but certainly not least, find time to de-stress! Stress can lead to breakouts, erratic sleep patterns, and snapping at anyone within your peripheral vision.