“One of the secrets to a happy life is giving yourself continuous small treats.”
The other day my girlfriends took me out for a treat,a day at some swanky spa at an address in Upperhill. To be honest I have never gone to a spa ,never thought it was necessary but hey there is always a first time for everything and I and my body loved every minute of it.
Getting myself a heady and aromatic coffee scrub , followed by a dead sea wrap that took me back ,way back to what babies must feel like when they are tucked into their mothers wombs had my skin pores absorbing the moisturizing cream and oil that was used thereafter.A massage followed and my skin and body loved every minute of it as my tense muscles responded to the massage therapist gentle coaxing by relaxing under her touch.
As we sat at the terrace of the restaurant enjoying a view of the garden I thought of the millions of women who all want glowing skin .How could I be able to talk to them about incorporating nutrition as part of maintaining the glow that followed spa treatments.How would I make it easier for them as well as for myself to maintain the smooth glowing skin that followed a spa treatment as part of living a healthier lifestyle?
What you eat ,you wear in public and your skin being the largest organ is the first point of call when you want to gauge how healthy your lifestyle is.Making some small changes in your diet can improve the look and feel of your skin and it starts with what you put on your plate.
1.Eating 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily
Ensure your fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors,make you plate a rainbow of colors .Fruits and vegetables are essential as part of a daily skin care regimen because they help protect your skin from damage that is caused by free radicals .The vitamins present in abundance in fruits and vegetables help boost your immune system making it easy for your skin to heal from blemishes and support growth of collagen which provides your skin with the elasticity needed to prevent formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
2.Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are great sources of vitamins and especially Vitamin E that is good for your skin and helps support healthy skin growth as well as gives protection from the damage caused as we age.An intake of nuts and seed,you just a need a handful daily will help provide much needed nourishment to your skin.
3.Stop with the crash diets
Crash diets play havoc on your skin,constantly losing then regaining your weight will show on your skin with the presence of wrinkled and sagging skin.That is why it is really important to maintain a healthy weight by making healthy eating a lifestyle decision that is not reliant on a diet that you cannot sustain in the long term.
4.Cut out the junk food
We know that junk is bad for your body ,and it is bad on your skin as well.A diet high in carbohydrates and sugar may result in breakouts on your skin .Make sure your plate is filled with the right kinds of foods at every meal.
Your skin needs water to stay supple ,drinking your 6-8 glasses of water will help flush out the toxins from your body and aids in nourishing your skin cells and improving circulation .This will help prevent premature aging and wrinkles.
In addition avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and taking moderate amounts of tea and coffee which all dehydrate your body will help your skin maintain its glow.
If you really do have to take alcohol and love your morning cup of coffee, then make sure you take a glass of water with each serving of alcohol or cup of coffee that you take.
Surprised exercise is on the list?It had to be.
Exercise is great for your whole body and our skin which covers that body will benefit greatly when you take up a regular exercise schedule.When your exercise you improve the circulation of blood in your body and your blood carries oxygen,nutrients to the cells in your body.By exercising you are increasing blood flow through out your body and helping your liver flush out the toxins from your system which can mean nothing but good news to your body and your skin as well.
We live in the tropics and for those that enjoy a day out in the sun wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun is necessary.Yes ,even for us who live in the tropics and think our darker skins can withstand the heat, we do need sun screen.
Making a few changes in your life can greatly improve the condition of your skin which when done together with your spa treatments can work towards giving you a better and healthier looking skin for longer.
In case of any skin conditions that require treatment be sure to see a qualified dermatologist or medical provider for treatment.
Does this help?Please let us know in the comments section,see you there.