I often get asked just what I do every day, and I am happy to share with you my daily "tried-and-true" tips to promote beauty at any age, as I have been using them for years, if not decades!
1. Practice Self Awareness/Self Connection
(I am not talking about self improvement here--there is a big difference.)
My process is a daily one. I carve out time everyday just to be by myself in early in the morning when the house is dark and quiet. With my coffee and blanket in hand, the first 90 minutes of the day is spent reading books, listening to videos that uplift and inspire, and practicing meditation. This is my “ inside work.”
This is where I start everyday.
2. Have your hormones and thyroid checked.
As you get older, your hormone production comes to a screeching halt. I often recommend that any woman over the age of 50 should have her hormones checked regularly.
If your hormone levels are off, my friend, YOU will be off. Specifically, have your thyroid checked. This can impact your weight, depression, hair loss and dry skin. If you aren’t getting your levels checked, you may just think this is normal.
3. Add fresh food into your day
What you eat shows up in your skin! The more fresh, wholesome food you eat, the better you will look and feel. If you are willing to do just one thing--I would recommend adding in more greens like spinach, kale, arugula, chlorella or spirulina to your diet and remove processed food.
If I am traveling or I can't get fresh greens, I will use Organic powdered greens. Many days, energy levels dip between two and three o'clock in the afternoon. So what has worked for me is to take some spirulina or chlorella tablets, or make a small smoothie with some protein powder and live greens. Or it can be as simple as eating greens in a salad. The more greens you have in your diet, you will see a spike in energy, as well as clear skin.
4. Move your Body Each Day
This one is a non-negotiable for me. I have been exercising in some form or another for 40 years because the benefits always outweigh the hassle. Most of all, exercise boosts happiness levels. There is also quite a bit of research that memory and brain function improve with aerobic exercise. Moving your body is the natural human state, so there are many natural benefits, like improved digestion, reduction of heart disease. The list goes on and on. When you feel better, you do better, and exercise helps you to feel better.
5. Incorporate One Clean Skin Care Product or Make Up
The average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every day. In fact, some of these chemicals are considered to be endocrine disruptors, and they can cause serious illness and disease.
Real Raw Beauty products are clean, as the ingredients are Organic and unrefined and the products do not contain chemicals or toxins.
But even if you choose something else--you are worth it. You don’t have to do a major overhaul, but I would encourage you to try a clean product so that you can see that you can get similar, or better, results than the ones filled with toxic chemicals.
6. Treat yourself, girl!
Manicures? Yes. Pedicures? Uh huh! Facials? Give me all of them!
Treating yourself to these relaxing rituals can be a time truly for you. Whether you do it regularly, or as a once-in-a-while treat, a little break to treat yourself can be extremely relaxing. I have been a fan of pedicures and manicures for years, and just recently have fallen head-over-heels in love with facials. Find the things that feel like a treat to you!
7. Upgrade your sleep habits.
If you are not getting enough sleep, your skin has increased inflammation which shows up as breakouts and puffiness. That will lead to a break down in collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give your skin that glow and firmness.
When you sleep the body's hydration rebalances. If you aren’t getting enough sleep the result is poor water balance, puffy eyes and dark circles. Lack of sleep will speed up the aging process. Your skin needs deep sleep to repair the damaged cells, free radicals. Without deep sleep this will not occur.
I have noticed that as I have gotten older it has been harder to fall asleep and then go back to sleep if I wake up in the middle of the night. I have found a couple of supplements that have been a great help for both of those issues. Amino acids, L-Tryptophan, and L-Theanine from Pure Encapsulations. Taking them 30 minutes before going to sleep has helped with being able to fall asleep faster. If I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go right back to sleep, I will take another L-Tryptophan, and fall right back asleep.
Okay, so you know all my secrets!! Let me know if you have any follow-up questions and need further details.