However.....the thing that annoys me about some of my friends that use these products is they think that's the only thing they have to do to stop the ageing process. They'll still eat crap, drink lots of alcohol and either smoke and/or have a very inactive lifestyle. Not only do all of these things cause damage we can't see (on the inside) but over time, it will cause very noticeable damage to your appearance.
We are kidding ourselves if we think the one thing we need to do to keep looking young is to slap on an anti ageing cream everynight.
As with acne, yes, certain products can help, but it's all about keeping ourselves healthy and and young on the inside and this will translate in to our appearance. The healthier I eat, the better my skin. I rarely get breakouts these days and if I do, its a few days after my cheat meal.
*My skin is quite sensitive to breaking out when I eat bad foods (not everyone who eats unhealthy is going to have bad skin, this is just how my skin works).
I've put together a 10 simple tips you can follow to start the anti ageing process from the inside (including a few beauty tips too because they definitely do help, they just won't work if that's the only step you take)
1. Eat healthy - Whilst I am an advocate of IIFYM (flexible dieting and not depriving yourself of the foods you like to eat) I still believe the most beneficial foods to your health are fresh, nutritious foods. Of course I treat myself every now and then and if I want to eat something that isn't exactly 'healthy' I will fit it in to my macros however, majority of the time, I do eat pretty clean purely for the fact I feel better, have more energy and I don't have to deal with breakouts!
*If you don't know what IIFYM is and you would like more information, please let me know and I can do another post on that
2. Drink a lot of water - I cannot stress enough how important is to drink enough water. I drink on average 3-4 litres per day (I do exercise a lot) however, it's advised you drink at least 2 litres everyday. As well as help your body function properly, this will also help to keep your skin hydrated, preventing dry skin which can cause wrinkles.
3. Blueberries - eat them! A few weeks after incorporating blueberries in to my diet my skin had never looked better. The antioxidants in them help to neutralise free radicals which can cause damage to your skin cells. At the moment I am consuming 1kg every 1-2 weeks. I add them to my breakfast, smoothies and my Greek yoghurt when I have it. They're also a decent fibre source and have vitamins A & C!
4. Green tea - Drink it! There are NUMEROUS benefits of drinking green tea. So many that you would be silly not to drink it. I normally have one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A few of the benefits: Antioxidants, helps with brain function, increases energy levels, lowers your risk of some diseases, helps burn fat, reduces bad cholesterol in the blood.
5. Exercise - Keep your heart and body healthy and strong by exercising regularly. In the past when I was overweight, I had many health issues that I shouldn't have had at my age. Exercise helps keep me healthy and strong. I've rarely been sick since I started exercising regularly. I've gone from visiting the doctor almost monthly to once in the last 6 months (and that was just for a check up!)
7. Relax - Don't sweat the small stuff. Don't stress yourself over boys, jobs, money. Stress does nothing except put a whole lot of negativity in to your mind and body and we don't need that. Instead of stressing, stop and think about the steps you can take to change the situation. Is a boy/ man making you unhappy? Either tell him so he can do something about it or completely forget him and accept he wasn't the one for you and continue to be your awesome self until someone amazing comes along. Don't like your job? Take steps to move in to another position or start looking for another job. Even knowing there is a chance for you to be somewhere you like working will get you into a more positive frame of mind.
*If you're ever struggling to get in to a positive frame of mind, please don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my very best to help
8. Moisturise - if there's one product you need to invest it, it's your moistiriser. I try to find the best ones I can and I am willing to spend a little extra if I know it's going to help hydrate my skin (not just your face, your body too). Ensure you're moisturising twice a day! This will help keep your skin hydrated and reduce the risk of wrinkles.
9. Exfoliate regularly - At least once a week. This will ensure any dead skin cells are removed from your skin and will leave you looking and feeling fresh. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking and feeling rough, and dry. Make this part of your skin care routine if it isn't already.
10. Sleep - While we sleep, our bodies take time to restore energy and rebuild tissue and cells. Getting enough sleep is vital to our health and will definitely help keep you looking young!
11. Sunscreen - Perhaps the most important. I've done a post on the importance of protecting your skin from sun damage (read here) so I won't go in to it too much but sun damage can severely affect your appearance overtime. Don't let the sun steal your beauty!
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*pictures have been taken from Tumblr.. except you know, the one of me ;)