Ok, you've heard our topical tips for glowing up but here's the real deal. The most effective way to see results requires serious work. Some steps are easier than others but when combined they create a plan to improve your health and enhance the true beauty that is already in you. Investing in upgrades to your lifestyle isn't just about buying things, it's about putting in the time and energy to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin to show up as your best self.
(First and foremost, there's NOTHING more beautiful and sexy than confidence!)
1.) Morning Ritual-Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning will flush out all the toxins from your system. It happens to be a strong detox agent, this makes your skin and gut glowingly happy and may get your other morning ritual going too..
Ayurvedic medicine says that the sour lemon taste helps stimulate your "angi" which jump starts the digestive system, allowing you to process foods more easily and help prevent the build up of toxins. Citrus fruits like lemons are high in vitamin C, a primary antioxidant that helps protect cells from damaging free radicals like air & water pollution, alcohol, tobacco smoke, pesticides, certain drugs and radiation.
Vitamin C found in lemons is also known to protect the skin from the inside out from sun damage. It's also known to purify your blood, thus keeping your body free from many health disorders. When my dad got a kidney stone that required surgery, his prescription from the doctor was to increase his intake of lemon water! So do it, get your friends and family to do it and get your kids into it too.
2.) Don't eat late- Your body does not want to be doing extra work while it sleeps, so make sure you leave enough time to digest your food before hitting the hay. What woke me up to the was years ago when I started waking up with lines under my eyes, after a while the lines were creating actual circles under my eyes that I'd never had before.. I was upset to think that it was just a part of aging but then a makeup artist was working on me and told me what it was! She said you're eating late aren't you? And I was.. I was running on empty all day and then feasting at night up until bedtime. She explained that the lines were signs of my liver working overtime while it was supposed to be resting like the rest of my body. I got on a more regular schedule, eating an early dinner and trying not to eat past 8 or 8:30 and they went away! If I eat late or consume a high salt dinner I see little signs of them to remind me what's up. Not only does my skin look better but my mental performance & mood drastically improved as well.
3.) Get real- Eat whole, organic foods and limit (if not, totally avoid) highly processed foods, animals and sugar. Start taking a closer look at what you're consuming and investigate better options because a reasonable diet & balanced nutrition are vital measures to delaying your body's process of aging and prolonging your life. The skin's ability to stay hydrated is directly related to what you eat. Whole, nutrient dense foods, unprocessed and in their natural state are literally ALIVE! Put life into yourself and it will improve & increase your life! These foods that contain water themself all work to maintain your skin's elasticity as opposed to fast foods, fried foods, preserved foods (with a longer shelf life than "real" foods) which creates inflammation which leads to premature aging and disease.
It's scientifically proven that whole foods that come from the earth are made up of natural compounds that dramatically improve your overall wellness as well as greatly reduce the risk of serious health problems. It's also scientifically proven that highly processed foods, animal proteins and sugar dramatically increase these risks, so think of every decision you make about what to eat either fueling or fighting against your health!
Sugar literally creates a breeding ground for disease and weakens your immune system and it's not just candy. The most disguised sugars are found in sauces like ketchup, BBQ & spaghetti sauce, fruit juice, sports drinks, chocolate milk, granola, protein bars, pre-made smoothies & soups, breakfast cereals, iced tea, canned fruit and baked beans and most diet foods labeled "low fat" like yogurt. Check your labels, do some research and aim to consume no more than 24-36 grams of sugar per day depending on your weight & activity level.
3.) You are what you DRINK- 60% of our body is water! Keep yourself properly hydrated by consuming half of your body weight in ounces daily. People who drink large amounts of water are less likely to suffer from scars, wrinkles and soft lines and they won't show as many signs of aging as those who drink little amounts of water. On the contrary, beverages high in sweeteners like juices from concentrate, soda (or as they say in my hometown "pop") and the most harmful of beverages- alcohol- decreases the elasticity of your skin which is what leads to premature aging. As well, they can lead to serious life shortening illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bone loss & an excess of visceral fat/ weight gain when consumed regularly. "Stay hydrated you beautiful and amazing but dehydrated bitch!" Don't you love how some memes hit just right? This is one of them.
4.) Daily Gratitude- Thousands of psychological studies prove that people who have a daily practice of actively acknowledging things they have to be grateful for are happier, have a more positive mindset, feel more positive emotions, attract good experiences, improve their health, deal better with adversity, build stronger relationships, are more successful and decrease anxiety and depression. It's the notion that filling your mind with things that you have to be grateful for puts off a frequency that tells the universe to give you more things to be grateful for, it mirrors what you're giving off! Same goes for negativity, complaining and a pessimistic mindset...the universe will supply you with more things to complain about. Go ahead, call me a Hollywood hippie weirdo... but try it. 21 days in a row, Drink that lemon water and then spend 5 minutes thinking about all the things you're truly grateful for, it can be as simple as the sun shining today or that you get to eat sushi with your friends tonight. Or as specific as how grateful you are for your home and your family's health. I personally do it while I walk my dog everyday, combining my gratitude practice with prayer and then a type of manifestation where I say things that I'm grateful for that have yet to truly happen, sort of like willing it into existence because I believe I am worthy of having it! (More on that later because that deserves it own post :)
5.) Supplements- Hyaluronic Acid is well known for serums and lotions recommended by Dermatologists to help maintain a youthful complexion but you can also take it in supplement form. I take it along with Collagen+ Vitamin C and Turmeric + black pepper as my supplemental skin care regimen. (I recently found out that you're not supposed to take Turmeric for longer than 6 months at a time though so heads up on that...)
6.) Protect your peace- We talk a lot about what's physically entering your body but what about mentally? Maybe it's time for a digital detox too. It's no secret that social media can have harmful effects but for a lot of us it's not something we're willing to give up totally whether it be for pure entertainment or a necessity for our work so it's a space worth keeping clean and limiting your use of. If you're scrolling and often see the same account giving you a bad vibe or feelings of inadequacy, chances are that's not a healthy motivation for you. Unfollow or mute it and see how you feel. Same goes with junk mail, take the time to unsubscribe to the things that try and convince you that you need new clothes everyday or simply things that take up brain space you could be putting somewhere else. Comparing yourself to people's highlight reels brings you nowhere but down so try and create a sense of accomplishment with the real things happening in your life.
7.) Walk the walk- You don't have to be extreme with your physical fitness just consistent. Moving your body every day is essential to overall wellness and vitality; it keeps you strong and able to keep up with the tasks of life and independency. I used to think that harder is better, more sweat is better, more is more...and while everyone needs to find their own level of comfortable progress, I personally have never felt better than I do with long walks and 4-5 hours of gentle yoga/ week.
Exercise improves your muscle strength and boosts your endurance. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lung health improve, your whole life improves.
8.) Reduce stress- getting enough sleep, relaxation practices like yoga, mediation and breathing exercises, balanced nutrition, removal of stress triggers like drugs, alcohol & toxic relationships, strengthening your social network, learning to ask for help, working on your time management skills and treating yourself to things like a massage or a nap are all things that contribute to a more enjoyable day and a smile on your face as opposed to a perplexed, frustrated, rushed expression. Be gentle to yourself and say no to things that aren't aligned with a trajectory of growth and happiness.
Start saying yes to the things you want, you'll earn more respect from your peers, your family and most importantly yourself when you do...and that's beautiful.