Who doesn’t long for a radiant, beautiful youthful looking complexion? Skin is the most visible part of our body and the first thing that people notice. It’s important to look after the skin your in, but it’s also equally, if not more important to look after everything that’s hidden away on the inside. If you really want to stay healthy, age well and receive those all important compliments, beauty really does come from within.
So, as it’s the first thing that people notice lets start on the outside. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that will keep your skin looking young forever, but there are a few things that you can do to prevent damage and reduce those fine lines. If you’re anything like me you will love that big orange ball in the sky and take every opportunity to rush outside when it decides to put in an appearance. Sunshine is a much loved and needed tonic, provides essential vitamin D, it lifts our mood, relieves aches and pains, and helps us to get that all important good nights beauty sleep. The downside, as with all things we love is that it does sadly damage our skin.
Sadly, it only takes a mere 15 minutes before the sun starts to damage your skin, so try to remember before you reach for your flip flops, slow down just a little and take some time to apply some sunscreen. Ensure you choose a good cream that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation and apply it often every day, even if it’s cloudy. Tempting as it is to sit on a fine golden sandy beach all day soaking up rays, you will greatly reduce the risk of damage to your skin and premature ageing if you can cover up, wear a hat, avoid the peak sun and get some shade throughout the day.
As mentioned already, it’s vitally important to look after your organs beneath if you want to continue to look great and remain healthy as you become older. Looking after your lungs, liver, kidneys and heart will go a long way to keeping your body healthy as you continue to age. Believe it or not, your liver is the largest organ inside your body and is just as vital as your heart, pretty important to keep it healthy right? So if you love your ice cold beer or like me that chilled bottle of wine, make sure that you are keeping a check on the amounts you are consuming.
By both limiting your alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight you will prevent your liver from becoming fatty which will help to keep your body, toxin free. Keep you lungs in good order by avoiding or giving up smoking, exercise frequently and improve the quality of the air you breathe indoors by removing dust and harmful gases and you will stay in tip top condition well into your senior years.
If exercise really isn’t your thing or its new to you, start off by making small changes. Walk to your local shop instead of automatically reaching for your car keys, take the stairs now and then instead of using the elevator, just a 20 minute walk each day is all it takes to stay in shape, as they say, every little helps.
Your kidneys work hard 24 hours a day keeping you healthy, they play an important role filtering, cleaning and regulating your blood pressure, making sure the amount of water in your body is well balanced and take care of your production of vitamin D. Try to take your blood pressure regularly. A lack of activity, excessive alcohol intake, smoking, too much salt, stress, a bad diet and a lack of water are all contributors to high blood pressure. Drinking lots of water throughout the day is a great habit to have as it’s free from salt, sugar and a natural way to hydrate your body.
Last but by no means least your heart. You can reduce your risk of health disease by keeping moving as much as you can, take small steps today if you’re not already doing so and try to become and stay active! Choose to eat a healthy balanced diet, keep an eye on your alcohol intake, wave goodbye to all forms of smoking and try to manage your stress as best you can. It’s that old saying isn’t it, look after your body and your body will look after you. Making just a few changes to your lifestyle and giving your amazing body the respect it duly deserves is one of the best decisions you will ever make if your goal is look good, feel great and be of sound and healthy body and mind.
In summary, protect your skin from harmful UV rays produced by the sun, keep a watchful eye on your alcohol consumption, make sure you are eating a healthy well balanced diet containing lots of vitamins, nutrients, fiber/fibre and minerals, get plenty of exercise and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water regularly throughout the day. Say no to smoking (of any variety) and try not to get too stressed. If you can stick to these simple rules then your body will thank you and you won’t just look stunning, you will feel fantastic too.