New Years Routine for a Better You

The new years is a time where many embrace a positive attitude to change and bettering themselves in various aspects of life. One of the tenants of the new years’ resolution is the pursuit of a year with better health, and fitness. Adding in better skin to these resolutions is intuitive as exercise and diet have been shown to improve the appearance of your skin. Adding in a killer skin care routine will boost your skin to the next level!

Those with weight loss goals, or even those seeking better skin can benefit tremendously from eating right. Nutrition is one of the trickiest aspects to correct as there is an alarming amount of fad diets, and pseudoscientific information’s. Let me get this out there first, crash diets can work. They even often lead to dramatic weight loss. The issue with them stem from 3 main problems.

  1. After a successful diet people often balloon back to their weight, this is most easily observed on “juicing” diets. On this diet you consume no food, and drink purely juice and water. The are other variables depending on the type of juicing diet, but the basic result is most often the same, dramatic weight loss followed by weight gain. In the fitness industry the saying goes make it a lifestyle, not a diet.
  2. Dramatic diets may work in the short term, but you won’t be able to sustain it in the long run. You will end up hungry, and moody, which will most likely cause you to go on crazy binge.
  3. Just because you are losing weight that doesn’t make it healthy. You can actually lose weight by eating nothing but Mcdonalds, as long as you are eating few enough calories.

Being healthy means living in balance. That means the occasional treat, just make sure its not in excess. Eating right is very specific to individuals, there are some easy principles to follow however. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, get 0.8 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight. Eat moderate amounts of complex carbohydrates, and don’t be afraid to consume fat either(fat does not make you fat, excess calories do). Avoid processed foods, cooked oils, simple carbs, and the most important of all sugar. If you’re going to cut back on any one thing make it sugar. It’s really not that complicated, the most important part is staying consistent.

The more sleep deprivation is studied the more we realize how important sleep is to maintaining health. In the short term sleep affects mood, judgment, memory, ability to learn, and reaction speed. In the long term it can a number of health problems including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Lack of sleep also affects skin, from eye bags, to acne, hallowed skin and, dry skin. Long term it can even cause premature ageing.

If exercise was a pill it would be the best selling pill in the world. Exercise can improve mood, cognitive function, bone density, cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility. It can clear your skin, boost your sex drive, sleep, and alertness. It helps prevent health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, and even some cancers.  Exercise, and especially high intensity interval training can help prevent ageing. Imagine a pill sold with those benefit, it would fly off the shelves.

If you want perfect skin, and to prevent premature ageing than a skincare routine to go alongside your lifestyle changes will be just the trick. When it comes to visible there are 2 primary culprits, these come in the form of sun damage, and air pollution. Sun damage has been at the forefront of ageing research with pollutions effects only recently coming to light. Due to these factors it’s important to protect your skin by applying sunscreen. Being out all day in cities or especially if you’re driving a scooter around town means continual exposure to pollution. The first thing you should do when you get home is wash your face to get rid of any pollution stuck to your face. Washing will also get rid of your natural oils which help protect your skin, so it’s important to moisturize and replenish its oils. High quality ingredients is especially important for your face, which is why we recommend our Face Serum made with a Argan oil, Jojoba oil, and a blend of essential oils. The rest of your body should also undergo the same routine, although you’ll want to moisturize with either lotion or body butter depending on time of day and the dryness of your skin. We’d recommend lotion for daytime, and the heavier body butter for before bed.

Taking care to improve on all these aspects is a recipe for increased wellbeing, looking, and feeling good will help make 2018 a great year. Taking care of yourself is the best kind of self love. Here’s to a great year ahead!

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