This new year has got me thinking. I’m in my mid-thirties and I’ve never felt fitter, stronger, healthier and more energetic in my whole life!
I’m very blessed and grateful to have good health so I hope to keep myself at the top of my game as long as I can, being the best me possible.
So one of my goals is to look after my skin.
Here’s how I am doing that!
1) Sun Protection.
Wear a hat. Cover up!
I’m now a crazy hat person. I own a lot of hats for all kinds of different occasions. From caps for outdoor sports, to a cowboy straw hat for the beach, to a black and white fedora just for making a fashion statement.
Keep out of the sun!
I try to avoid direct sun exposure during the hottest parts of the day (between 10am and 2pm).
I wear suncream every day. I spread it all over my face, ears, neck, chest, shoulders and arms. I usually buy the stuff rated SPF30+ but have started buying the SPF50+ creams too. I am always on the look out for the ones that are “dry touch”… which feel much nicer on the skin.
2) Eat Healthy
Eat healthy foods.
I usually eat very well, so this is easy for me. I love eating all the super-foods and foods rich in omega fatty acids – such as broccoli, spinach, salmon, berries, eggs, lentils, nuts and seeds.
I stay away from foods that are high in saturated fats, high salt, contains additives and preservatives, deep-fried foods and processed foods.
My weakness is sugar! I’m trying to limit the amount I eat. On average, I eat a small square of chocolate per day and I won’t say no to a small slice of cake.
I don’t like drinking juice or soft drinks. And I don’t drink alcohol. I just drink water, two cups of tea each day and the occasional coffee.
Oh, and of course, I don’t smoke.
3) Moisturise, moisturise!
I can really feel the change in my skin from when I was 20 something.
I can see fine lines appearing, my cheeks are less firm and perky, and I have definitely noticed a loss of radiance in my skin. I have been using some great moisturising products, applying them day and night.
Ageing IS inevitable, but I am sure not giving up without a fight!
4) Get more sleep.
I’m a bit of a night owl, and if I was left alone to my own devices, I would revert to my university days and bad habits of sleeping at 1am every night.
But my husband helps me with this. We try to sleep at 10-11pm each night. It makes such a difference to get two hours of extra sleep before midnight!
While I don’t do any formal meditation, I always try to make 10 minutes during the day where I sit quietly, slow down my thoughts and concentrate on my breathing.
5) Get Exercise
I believe part of being and looking youthful is to have energy and a happy spark.
For me, daily exercise and being active definitely brings about both these things.
At the moment I run 2–3 times a week, I go to the gym, I go for daily walks, I cycle, I do floor exercises and weights in front of the tv in the evenings and I play netball once a week.
It helps that my husband and kids are very active too. I love it that we spend lots of family time together in the park – but only in the early morning, and very late afternoon, when the sun in not so strong.
Spending time in the park with your family may not actually make my skin better… but it sure makes me happy!