It might be an effect of the seasons changing, but as we transition into Spring, it's quite common to notice how you look and feel. Low energy levels, dry skin, weak nails and dull hair can all add up to being totally lacklustre. The good news is, in just a week, you can overhaul yourself, come out of winter's hibernation, and shine. Here’s how…
From The Inside Out
It's very true that you are what you eat, so kick off your five day overhaul by aiming for your gut! Dehydrated skin is tired and lifeless, so aim for better hydration with at least two litres of water a day. Make it an easy habit by always having water or herbal tea to sip on throughout the day or get an infuser bottle and pop some gut-loving lemon and cucumber slices inside. Drinking enough water coupled with using facial products containing hyaluronic acid will have an immediate effect of plumping out the skin and softening fine lines. You should also aim to ‘eat a rainbow’ - choose different colours of fruit and vegetables to pack in the widest range of nutrients. Your skin will quickly start to glow. Eating a range of superfoods or adding a supplement to a smoothie is also a great way to improve the look of your skin quickly. Try banning alcohol for the week as well as it causes water retention that can make the eyes and jawline swell up and go puffy. This will also increase the impact and effectiveness of any facial rejuvenation treatments you have booked.
“Growing into your future with health and grace and beauty doesn’t have to take all your time. It rather requires a dedication to caring for yourself as if you were rare and precious, which you are, and regarding all life around you as equally so, which it is.”
A Stunning Smile
Whitening your teeth can have an instant anti-aging effect and light up your whole appearance. It can also give you the confidence to smile more, which tends to make you more attractive, so it's an all around win! Professional whitening can lift your teeth several shades in a session and a general cleaning visit to the dentist is always a good idea, or if you don't want to splash out, home teeth whitening kits or whitening strips are very effective and easy to use. Combine them with a charcoal toothpaste which lifts stains and you’ll have a beautiful sparkling smile to give you a lift.
Get Fitted For Lingerie
Although our bodies change, often dramatically over time, most of us don't think to get properly fitted regularly for our underwear. Having well fitted, supportive lingerie transforms the silhouette and can make a huge difference to your shape. Book in an appointment at a specialist lingerie boutique to get measured up and treat yourself to some new sets to take years off you. If you have bits you're self conscious about, like a wobbly tummy, try investing in some power mesh underwear like Spanx that will smooth out any lumps and bumps. (They even have a whole line of clothing options now too!)
Learn Some New Makeup Tricks
The right makeup can take years off you, so pop into a counter like Bobbi Brown to book a makeover. It's usually redeemable against the cost of products you buy. The wrong, heavy formulations and dark eyeliners can add years to your face, so discover something new to suit you now. Consider also getting your eyebrows professionally shaped and tinted - brows frame the face and can act like a mini face lift when shaped correctly. Get smart with makeup and follow good beauty hygiene tips as you do a drawer detox. Look for cleaner beauty products and have fun experimenting - not necessarily following trends, but with looks you love and help you feel your best.
And always with a smile, because you are beautiful, life is beautiful and it's here to be enjoyed!
Let us know what keeps you youthful in the comments below.
* The typical results are different for everyone. Results vary depending on individual effort, skin type, body composition, age, eating patterns, exercise, and the like.