As the British sun (hopefully) graces us with its warmth, now’s the ideal time to embrace rejuvenating habits that unveil your most confident self.
In the spirit of the sunny season, we’re sharing our top wellness advice to prep you for summer. Get ready to radiate your best self, from the top of your head to your toes.
Here are our top 3 strategies to achieve a fantastic look and feel this summer:
Nurture Your Skin
To attain that sun-kissed allure, your skin could use a little pampering. Seek that sun-kissed glow by treating your skin with care. No need for a lavish routine, just a few core practices. Don’t worry; you don’t have to break the bank or spend hours. Just a handful of essential practices will do the trick.
Kickstart your routine and ensure your skin’s shielded with sunscreen. Dermatologists recommend an SPF of 30 or higher for you and your family. An SPF of 50 or above might be more suitable for young ones, as their skin tends to be more sensitive to sunburn. This is crucial in maintaining healthy skin and slowing down premature ageing.
A great skin secret is that minimalist makeup is just so chic. An elegant beauty philosophy is about embracing simplicity and valuing the basics. Overcomplicating things isn’t needed; there’s an unmatched elegance in natural beauty. Feeling your best doesn’t require an elaborate look; there is a subtle art of appearing effortlessly chic through a minimalist beauty mantra. A great go-to for affordable vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics has to be Essence. Each of their products is guaranteed to be 100% free from ingredients of animal origin.
The cornerstone of your skincare routine is restful sleep. Baths are incredibly rejuvenating, set the mood with a candle, prepare a bath infused with your favourite salts, and immerse yourself in a book for around 20 minutes. After this, head straight to bed and invariably enjoy deep, rejuvenating sleep.
Don’t forget: certain anti-inflammatory foods can also do wonders for your skin, like avocados, citrus fruits and nuts.
Staying hydrated is always important, but it’s particularly vital in the summertime to stay refreshed and energised and to promote good digestion.
Keep a water bottle with you at all times, and make it inviting. Add ice to make it super-chilled, infuse it with fresh herbs or veggies for flavour, or opt for a thermos that tracks your daily intake to keep you motivated.
Munching on water-rich fruits and veggies like strawberries, peaches, watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, celery, and lettuce can also contribute to your hydration goals.
If you often feel bloated, overly full, or sluggish in your swimsuit, your dietary choices might be the culprit. Embracing various gut-friendly foods like fruits, vegetables, and probiotics such as yoghurt, kimchi, and kefir supports healthy digestion and can leave you feeling lighter and more self-assured.
A balanced diet is crucial in maintaining a well-balanced gut microbiome, the community of bacteria residing in your digestive system. A well-maintained microbiome can alleviate occasional gas, bloating, and stomach discomfort that might put a damper on your beach vibes.
It’s important to note that everyone’s microbiome reacts uniquely to certain foods, so an individualised approach is key. The condition of your gut affects both your physical and mental well-being. Gut health isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept, and what’s typically considered “healthy” might not agree with everyone.
If you’re wondering where to begin, there are a few key habits that can foster optimal gut health:
- A diet rich in fibre, plant-based foods, and lean proteins while avoiding excessive sugary, high-fat, and overly processed foods.
- Eating slowly to aid digestion and reduce discomfort.
- Managing stress through daily self-care practices like meditation, reading, or leisurely walks.
- Prioritising sleep by aiming for 7-8 hours each night.
However, if you encounter occasional bloating or constipation, delving deeper into the factors triggering these digestive issues might be necessary.
Because your uniqueness deserves to shine this summer. Ultimately, it’s all about trusting your gut instincts.