The pursuit of beauty has been an ever present factor of human life throughout history. Today, we are surrounded by glamour magazines, celebrity news, and a whole plethora of cosmetics aimed at keeping you looking young and beautiful. What the cosmetic industry doesn’t tell you is that beauty can be naturally enhanced through easy to accomplish healthy living techniques. Sure, cosmetics do work, but they can only do so much – the place to really start enhancing beauty is from within.
This is probably one of the most important steps you can take. This is not an issue of weight (although that can be a factor for some), but one of nutritional content – the old saying is correct, you are what you eat. Many of today’s processed foods are full of sugar, fats and hard to digest materials, whilst actually being very nutrient devoid. Your hair, skin, eyes and general radiance all rely on proper nutrition, and without it, your natural beauty will begin to suffer. Eat plenty of colourful fruits and vegetables, and try to stay away from heavily processed junk foods.
Stress is one of the leading causes of premature aging. It wears down the body, making it inefficient at maintaining itself, and visibly ageing skin. The best way to combat it is to take a few minutes to yourself and perform a deep and controlled breathing exercise. To do this, find a nice quite place and breathe deeply in a normal and controlled manner. Focus your attention on the breathing and notice how it moves your body as you inhale and exhale. If you find more mind wondering, refocus on the breathing. After a few minutes you should be much calmer. Research has shown it to be a very effective technique for stress control, so give it a go!
Not only is this a great way to relieve stress, but it is also a great way to naturally boost skin and hair by external means. A great example is a honey mask, which acts as a natural humectant. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with two teaspoons of milk, microwave for a few seconds to warm in, and then apply to your face. After 10 minutes rinse it off – it will have done your skin a huge favour.
It’s another symptom of today’s modern age – most of us are simply not getting enough sleep. Sleep is nature’s beauty medicine, and without enough of it, hormone levels are thrown out of whack. When this occurs, it leads to a haggard appearance, visible signs of aging, and a disrupted fat to muscle ratio – making weight control very hard. It is recommended that you get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night.
Regular exercise not only helps control weight, it also improves circulation, which is essential for transporting nutrients and oxygen efficiently around the body – both of which are vital in maintaining naturally great looking skin, hair, eyes and nails.
If you have an issue you are worried about, such as acne, don’t ignore it. Go to your doctor, they will be happy to offer advice, and can go through lifestyle decisions that could help alleviate your symptoms.
These are just a few ways to naturally boost your beauty. Remember natural beauty comes from within. You don’t have to give up cosmetics, this is not the aim of the exercise here; but by boosting your natural beauty you give yourself a much better base to work from, and can be much more selective in the cosmetics you need – plus, knowing that you can rely more on your natural beauty does wonders for the self-esteem.