Wellness: Achieving that Elusive “Glow”

I’ve been interested in wellness and self-care since I was a preteen.  When I was 13 or so, I was obsessed with skincare. I started using toner, eye cream, and sunscreen religiously. But it wasn’t until I graduated high school that I realized what I put into my body was just as important (if not more) than what I put on it. In the past ten years, I’ve gone through a number of self-care “phases” and I’ve finally found a routine that works for me. Below I’ve listed a few ways that I keep my skin clear, under-eye bags hidden, and energy levels high. [Disclaimer: These are methods that work for me. I’m a true believer that everyone should listen to their body and do what works best for their body/skin/mind.]

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  1. I chug 32 oz/1000 ml of water first thing every morning. Whether I’ve been drinking the night before or not, I’ve found this has helped to wake me up in the morning. The second thing I consume every morning is an almond milk cappuccino, so I also feel it’s necessary to hydrate before I put caffeine into my body.
  2. I don’t exfoliate my face. This one still shocks people. I have very dry and sensitive skin, so the less I do the better it is. I splash some cold water on my face when I wake up, apply toner, lotion, BB cream, and curl my eyelashes (see previous post for which products I use). I do use a light cleanser, but in the winter months I tend to use only water.
  3. I try my best to avoid sugar.  We’ve all been hearing the studies coming out claiming that sugar is more addictive than heroine and about the worst thing that you can put into your body. I eat pretty much everything, besides raw onions (because I’m allergic), but sugar is the one thing I try and stay away from. I went completely sugar-free for a month once. And when I had my first taste of the sweet stuff after that sugar sobriety period, I immediately got a headache and my hands started shaking. That’s all the proof I need that it’s not good for your body.
  4. Sweat 4-6 times a week. I was talking to a friend recently about how exercise not only makes you feel more confident, but actually gives you a glow for hours to follow. Also, endorphins make you happy. And happy people emanate and attract good vibes.
  5. I sleep 7-10 hours a night. I’m crazy about sleep. But getting 6 hours vs. 8 hours of sleep is night and day for me in terms of how I feel and function  (pun intended). I think more clearly and feel more positive when I’m well rested.
  6. Salmon, avocado, and kale.  The ultimate power foods in my opinion. Obviously, your diet should be more varied than this. But I’ve found that my skin is the brightest when I’m eating a lot of Omegas and leafy greens. Also, eggs (WITH yolks) are a staple for me. I had a period of time when I was vegetarian. And I didn’t do it correctly either by finding complete amino acid equivalents via grains and legumes. As a result, my skin became dull and sad-looking.
  7. Positivity. Mindfulness- this is a newer development in my routine. Since graduating college and entering the “real” world, I’ve already come up against a number of life “obstacles.” How I’ve learned to deal with these difficult times is by taking a step back and gaining some perspective. As humans, we have this ability to magnify the bad and pay little attention to the good. Reversing this habit takes a good deal of self-awareness. It’s important to take a a few minutes everyday to just appreciate the little things that make you happy in life.
  8. “Selfish” activities. Whether it’s binging Stranger Things on Netflix or treating yourself to a spa day, self-indulgence every now and then is good for the soul. For me, it’s dancing once a week (or more) with my friends.
  9. Read.  Blogs, news, books, etc. Having and exploring your interests outside of work is important for the development of the mind. Also, with knowledge comes perspective (see #7 on Positivity).
  10. Stretch! Nothing has overhauled my health, physically and emotionally, more than yoga. You don’t have to drink the koolaid, buy lulu, or go on a retreat either. I go to a class once a week or do a YouTube video at home. Mentally, I am a stronger person because of it. And if you’re are the type of person that likes to set physical goals, yoga is a safe practice. You can push yourself without injury.

 

One thought on “Wellness: Achieving that Elusive “Glow”

  1. Hi Lydia – I think your blog is great – just a few comments…reread and check for word usage and typos….the photo of you looks ’self-conscious & posed’ – I would go info something much more relaxed….ox mom

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