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Hydrate and Heal Your Skin This Winter

When the extra dry air begins to wreak havoc on your skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels results in dry air, which then steals moisture away from your skin. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers and. Thankfully, a few key changes to your daily skin care routine can provide you with considerable relief. A natural moisturizer, proper outwear, and a nutrient packed diet are just some of the ways you can protect your skin from this harsh winter weather! So, don’t let the elements get the better of your face. We’ve got some simple tips for a beautiful complexion all season long!

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

In order to help prevent dryness of your skin, the first thing you should do is make sure that you’re drinking enough water. We need at least two liters of water a day to perform at our best, and although you do absorb a small percentage of the recommended daily intake through the moisture in the food you eat, that simply is not enough. If you’re really looking to optimize the health of your skin, drinking water is the first step. When you don’t drink enough you become dehydrated.

  1. Nutrient Packed Diet

Healthy skin that requires zero foundation or acne products must depend on something other than good genes and effective products. Naturally gorgeous and clear skin starts from the inside – your diet! The foods we eat get digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that your body can use to build healthy skin. If you eat highly processed foods, your skin will not be as strong or supple as it should be. For example, if you don’t eat enough protein, you are depriving your skin of the amino acids that it needs to make collagen and elastic tissue, which makes your skin stronger and softer. The bottom line is that whatever is going on inside your gut will eventually show on your skin! So, make sure to include skin-strengthening foods like sardines, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts, plus vitamin C rich foods like strawberries, citrus fruits, kale, and broccoli!

  1. Dress for the Elements

When the weather starts getting to the extremes, choosing proper outwear is very important. Since our hands are often one of the first places we notice dry skin, be proactive and protect them with a warm pair of gloves. Scarves, hats, and facemasks may also be very helpful against harsh winds that damage the more sensitive skin on our faces and necks. Lip balm should also be used to protect the lips from the harsh weather!

  1. Natural Moisturizer

Homemade hydrating masks can provide much needed moisture during these winter months. Using natural moisturizing ingredients like honey, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas, and aloe are all great places to start. Mix what you like together to create a cream or paste and apply to your skin. Make sure to leave it on your skin for ten to thirty minutes for longer lasting hydration!

Keep Your Skin Soft and Glowing This Winter

Dry skin can cause you significant discomfort. When our skin becomes dry, the normal protective mechanisms become compromised. Adjusting your diet and your daily routine might be difficult at first, but the longer you work at it, the easier it will be become. Although it may take some time to see the affects, you’ll notice a boost in energy and a healthy glow to your skin. And of course, your skin will thank you later!

Hydrate and Heal Your Skin This Winter 2019-02-04T08:36:16+00:00

Your Journey To Becoming A Better You

When you carry around a bit more weight that what is recommended, you are not only putting unnecessary stress on your body, but you are also putting your health at risk. Sometimes, it takes a life-altering experience for an overweight person to take action about their health. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Losing weight should be a conscious and consistent effort for it to be effective. Remember, shedding a few extra pounds does not only unburden you, but it also gives you more energy and confidence in pursuing everything that your heart desires. So, instead of complaining about how tired you are, or wishing you could find beautiful clothes that fit you, why not take action now? Don’t put it off for another week, or after the holiday season. When it comes to your health and feeling good, it’s never to late to start.

Why Should I Take Action Now?

  1. Increase Body Positivity

Sweating it out, whether in the gym, at home, or at the park, leads to an increase in the happy hormones in your body. This includes serotonin, which is an important mood-enhancing neurotransmitter that is naturally produced when you exercise. Another positive neurochemical that is released when you are getting active is dopamine, which is the hormone that makes you feel good whenever you achieve something.

  1. Boost Your Mood

When you don’t feel good about yourself, there’s a big chance that you’ll feel less than good about everything in general. Your outlook on life turns negative. However, losing a few extra pounds can be the solution. The effects that physical activity have on your mood should not be questioned.

  1. Increase Energy

Doing yoga, going for a running, or lifting weights at the gym support the production of endorphins in your body. These neurochemical changes trigger positive feelings, often referred to as the “runner’s high”. You push yourself to work harder as you have an increase in energy. This also means that your workout sessions will feel more comfortable and more fun. And as you progress, you will start to feel better about yourself, which will motivate you even more.

  1. Become Healthier

There are many health conditions that can be developed if you are not active and taking care of your body. Your blood pressure can increase, cholesterol levels grow, develop high blood sugar, and even excess fat lingering in certain areas. Sweating it out and engaging in physical activities can help to support your health, and reduce any risks you might be facing.

  1. More Fertile

If you are trying to get pregnant, you could face a potential problem. Women who are overweight have a lower overall infertility rate and a higher rate of miscarriage. Similarly, men who weigh more than their BMI (Body Mass Index) have a lower concentration of sperm which lowers their chances of impregnating their partners.

  1. Feel Younger

Because you start to feel more energetic, you will begin to feel much younger and full of life. As a result, not only will you feel younger, but you will also look more youthful too!

Simple Changes That Will Help You On Your Journey

If you’ve got an extra ten pounds on your frame thanks to college, an active social life, or your nine to five, you might think that losing that weight will be simple. However, this is not the case. People who want to lose weight have likely developed poor eating habits, and it clear what they need to do in order to make a change. On the other hand, if you’re already pretty healthy in general, the shifts you’d have to make in order to reach your target weight are not as apparent. Use these tips and tricks to get started:

  1. Use Your Hands to Measure Portion Size

If your portion size is slightly out of line, then the calories you are consuming will follow. It’s so easy to go overboard don serving sizes but measuring everything you eat can also make you go crazy. A good way to determine the right amount if to rely on your hands as your guide. Aim for two handfuls of veggies, one fistful of whole-grain carbohydrates, a palm full of lean protein, and a slight drizzle of plant-based fat with every meal.

  1. Space Out Your Meals

You might be thinking that going through the day eating a little bit here and there, and then devouring all of your calories in the evening can help to lose those extra pounds. Did you know that the timing of food intake can impact the success of your weight loss journey? Eating early in the day stars firing up your metabolism, so that it can function steadily throughout your day. Eating late at night will give your metabolism a few hours to kick in before you go to sleep.

  1. Write Everything Down

It may feel as if you’ve been making all the right choices but sneaking tings could be adding to your daily caloric intake. To find out what they are, try tracking your food intake, and then analyze the results to see where the extra calories are hiding. This can help you see where you can make further changes.

  1. Get enough rest

Something as simple as lack of sleep might be the source of your weight gain. When you’re lacking sleep, you become less alert at making healthy decision. Lack of sleeps lead to cravings of a carb-heavy breakfast, and in the evening, you’ll feel too tired to cook. However, if you’re getting an adequate amount of rest, you’ll be better equipped to make healthy, lower-calorie, food choices throughout the day and have unbounding energy for your workouts too!

Start Your Journey Now

Making a lifestyle change takes dedication and determination. There’s not shortcut to this journey, even though you’ve been told over and over how easy it is – just take this pill, follow that diet, or buy this piece of equipment, and all of your problems will be solved. This is your journey, and you can start not. It’s ok to not be perfect every day. On the good days, you’ll eat all your fruits and veggies, say no to that pizza, and do your workout even though you are tired. On the bad days, you’ll wake up late, forget to bring your lunch, have an extra piece of pie at your holiday party, or skip your workout. Both the good and the bad days will happen. This trick is to never give up, even when you feel like you are not seeing any results. You are simply a person trying his or her best to make good decisions and live a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Your Journey To Becoming A Better You 2018-12-22T17:05:19+00:00