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The Essential Guide To Maintaining Your Beauty

One day soon, if you haven’t already, you will look into the mirror and come face to face with a harsh reality. Just like the queen in Snow White, you will discover you are not the fairest of them all any more. Before you scream and smash that infernal mirror into a million broken pieces, take a step back and get some perspective. We all age, it is a natural part of living, and our looks are never going to stay the same. Sadly, the mirror doesn’t lie. However, you don’t have to let nature take its course too quickly. It is, in fact, possible to look younger, at least on the surface, and be healthier too, with a few simple yet important steps.

Work on your skin

It is the skin that noticeably wears down as we get older. Waking up, we notice bags under our eyes. Wrinkles seem to appear overnight and our complexion is blotchier than it used to be. Thankfully, there are ways to offset this from happening too soon.

Don’t spend too long in the sun.

I know the summer months are great for getting a few rays to our skin and the healing properties of that great fiery ball in the sky can make us feel rejuvenated and lift our spirits. However, the sun’s UV rays are damaging to the skin. Most of us know that the biggest threat is skin cancer, but be aware that the sun also affects the look and feel of our skin, making it blotchier and prone to age spots. One way to alleviate this is to plaster sunscreen over every exposed area. Not only will this protect you, but it will also moisturise your skin too, giving it a healthy glow.

Drink plenty of water.

The recommended quota of water is eight glasses a day. Perfect for keeping your skin hydrated and letting your skin retain its moisture.

Use moisturiser

Wash your face thoroughly first, removing all the dust and dirt that has gathered throughout the day. Be sure to remove your makeup too. Then gently apply the moisturiser over your skin, trapping moisture and giving you a fresh, youthful glow.

Use a skin cleansing brush

Using the brush is a quick and easy way to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. The rotating head gets to the parts other cleaning methods cannot reach, scrubbing out the impurities in the pores on your skin.

Consider Botox

Many women have cosmetic surgery to make them look younger, and a visit to a Botox clinic is one of the more affordable ways of doing it. The treatment is suitable for anybody wanting to reduce the wrinkles and other linings on their face. It is always worth doing a little research when considering this option, to make sure it is right for you as there can be side effects for some people.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

No matter how hard you work to keep your skin looking soft and energised, you will still be prone to the physical effects of ageing, such as tiredness and aching bones. Extra effort is needed on your part to prevent this from happening. It’s time to get into your jogging shoes!


While many people consider exercise to be walking to the bathroom and back, or picking up the remote control, sadly this isn’t the case.

It is important to exercise on a regular basis, though not overdoing it if you have been unfit for a while. A good run or swim each day is perfect for keeping your joints active, your bones strong and building up your muscle strength. Exercise also lowers the risk of heart disease, reduces blood sugar levels and helps you lose weight.

Exercising does not have to be a chore. Find an activity you will enjoy, such as dancing or cycling, and stick to a daily routine. As many people get unmotivated after awhile, involve your partner or a friend, and exercise together for moral support.

Eat healthily

It is reasonable to enjoy a few treats here and there, but if you find yourself in the cake section of the supermarket more than the fruit aisle, it is time to take stock and consider your eating habits.

To keep a healthy figure, you need to cut down on items with vast quantities of sugar, including processed food and sweet items. Instead, start eating more fruit and vegetables, as they contain powerful antioxidants which help to protect the skin from the damage inflicted by free radicals. It has been scientifically proven that eating fruit and vegetables are a guaranteed way to alleviate the risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. They are rich in minerals and vitamins which help the body while keeping you energised. That cream cake may look more appealing than a carrot, but it is going to leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but not looking or feeling good is terrible for your self confidence.

Stop smoking

It is a recognised fact that smoking is not good for us, not only for our health but also for our skin complexion. The carbon monoxide you intake from cigarette smoke is going to damage your lungs, increase your blood pressure and harden your arteries. Remember that witch from Snow White mentioned earlier? She wasn’t all that attractive in the first place, and neither will you be if you persist in smoking. With yellowing teeth, saggy and thinning skin, and added wrinkles, you won’t need makeup when applying for that pantomime. Quit smoking now, start looking better and you will improve your self-confidence.

Okay, it’s not that easy if you have been smoking for a long time, but see your doctor for advice in giving up. Pharmacists sell lozenges and skin patches that reduce your craving to nicotine.  Many people now use electronic cigarettes, where you vape instead of smoke. It’s much safer and kinder to your health and skin. Alternatively, find something to distract you. When you feel like a smoke, do something else, such as chewing a stick of gum to replace the cigarette in your mouth.

Get plenty of rest

Many of us lead busy and stressful days, such as going to work while juggling the demands of family. At night, we often stay up late to catch that programme on the tv or lie in bed tweeting, snapchatting and catching up with our Facebook feed. This is all to our detriment, as we won’t get sufficient sleep, meaning we are almost guaranteed to wake up with bags under our eyes and lines on our face. Staring at the bright screen of a phone or computer is not conducive to a healthy sleep, so turn them off an hour before going to bed. If you need to be doing something before you sleep, read a book instead. If you choose something boring like a car manual, you are guaranteed to go to sleep even faster!

It is recommended we sleep around 7 or 8 hours every night. It is at this time that the body repairs itself overnight and calming us of any stresses built up over the day. Many people think a glass of wine will help them sleep easier. Sadly, it doesn’t as alcohol means you won’t sleep as deeply. Neither will caffeine, so have a glass of water or juice instead. Be wise, go to bed at a reasonable time. They don’t call it a beauty sleep for nothing!

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