With so many drastic changes in 2020, it is now more important than ever that we take the time to look after ourselves. In a recent survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, 82% of UK adults reported feeling some level of stress due to the pandemic. And 39% of them said maintaining a healthy lifestyle which included good sleeping and dietary habits helped them to cope. Recently scientists have learnt more about the intrinsic link between physical and mental health. As well as the discovery that this cycle works both ways.
In this guide, we look at 8 simple ways to improve your beauty routines. These will help you to look and feel fantastic on a daily basis.
8 TIPS FOR A BEAUTY ROUTINE WHICH WILL MAKE YOU FEEL FANTASTIC
* Drink more water
Your skin contains 64% water, making it a very important element to consider in your beauty routine. Not only does water help with general functionality of the body and its organs. Furthermore, water helps to flush out toxins and is integral in ensuring your skin’s barrier function is working properly. In a 2007 study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, drinking at least 2 litres of water day had a significant impact on the physiology of the skin. Ensuring your water levels are optimal may help to improve the skin’s plumpness and overall health and appearance. Try to start off your morning with a glass of water. It ensures you top up regularly during the day to create an excellent foundation for beautiful skin.
* Use a high-quality cleanser
During the day your skin is left exposed to external elements which can clog the pores or penetrate the skin. At night however, the skin has a lot less to contend with. As you sleep your skin works to reduce daily damage from UV rays and pollutants. As well as the loses moisture in the process. Sebum production is at its height at around midday so oil should be less apparent in the morning. Therefore, all your skin needs is to be cleansed, moisturised and protected, ready for the day ahead. Use a high-quality cleanser to gently strip the skin of any dirt build-up from the night. Yet it leaves a more thorough routine for the evening.
* Shower in the morning
According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, hot showers and baths can lead to red, dry and peeling skin. This is because hot water acts as a magnet, drawing the moisture from your skin and creating an imbalance. To ensure your beauty routine makes you feel fantastic, you should try to take a quick, warm shower in the morning. This reduces the time your skin is spent exposed to water. This should be enough to cleanse the skin of any dirt build-up from the night without causing unintentional damage.
Even if you limit your shower time, your skin will need to be moisturised frequently to retain full functionality. Malée’s Conditioning Body Cream can be used as part of your morning and evening routine. With extra applications helping further every time you bathe. Including vitamin-rich essential oils derived from plants. Our moisturiser works to nourish and hydrate the skin. Creating an effective but non-greasy seal which prevents further moisture loss. Not only can topical hydration help to make the skin appear plumper and more youthful. Yet, this also helps to remove any dry or flaky patches. Moreover, it maintains regular cell regeneration, ensuring skin is soft and smooth.
* Exfoliate once a week
Infrequent exfoliating can cause a build-up of dry skin cells. Which can make the skin appear dull and aged. Whilst other skincare products become less effective in their ability to penetrate the skin. On the other hand, over exfoliating can also be damaging to skin, sometimes making it red and more sensitive. To feel fantastic and see optimal results, we recommend using a natural exfoliator once a week. Our Conditioning Body Scrub is brilliant at gently buffing away dead skin cells, revealing the fresh, new skin beneath. Containing natural salts and sugars alongside plant-based ingredients which are high in vitamins. The scrub simultaneously nourishes and invigorates the skin, ensuring improved health. In the average person, external skin cells are shed every 30 days, but gentle exfoliation can help to speed up regeneration, whilst also helping to create a smooth, glowing appearance.
* Spend time on your evening routine
By the evening, your skin has been through a lot. Having been exposed to the weather, harmful rays, and environmental pollutants, it is important to spend more time on your evening skincare routine. Always remove any makeup before carefully cleansing, toning, and moisturising the skin, applying any night creams, or added products for thorough care of the skin. Not only is this beneficial for your physical health, science suggests that this can benefit your mental health too. In a 2019 study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, participants who took the time to relax in the evening were shown to be more productive the following morning, having given their bodies and minds a chance to destress and rebalance. Spending time solely on your skin in the evening can improve your complexion whilst helping you to feel fantastic.
* Relax your muscles
With such a strong link between evening relaxing, overall mental wellbeing, and physical health, try to incorporate a more relaxing way on cleansing into your beauty routine. In a 2017 study published in the BMC Complimentary Medicine and Therapies journal, clinically depressed participants reported a mood boost after having a 30-minute bath. Whilst we know this can draw moisture from the skin, having a bath once or twice a week is beneficial to your wellbeing and moisturising straight after will help your skin to stay hydrated. You can also add a few drops of Malée’s Nourishing Oil to your bathwater, helping to enhance your experience whilst penetrating the skin with essential vitamins. This can also help to prevent moisture loss, ensuring skin is kept protected and smooth while you relax.
* Get enough sleep
Sleep isn’t just important for improving your mental wellbeing, its physical benefits are also very apparent. As you sleep, your body takes the time to heal and restore cells, reducing inflammation and increasing collagen production. In a 2017 research article published by the Royal Society Open Science journal, participants who had been deprived of sleep for 2 days were deemed less attractive than normal. Having a relaxing evening can help you to get a good night’s sleep with low light levels and restricted screen time allowing your circadian rhythm to remain stable. Allowing your body to recover from daily stresses will improve the overall look of your skin, whilst helping you to feel fantastic.
Making small changes to your beauty routine can help to improve both your physical and mental health. This isn’t just about the products you use or the order you use them in, but the bigger picture should be considered to ensure that your skin is at its healthiest, having an impact on your overall wellbeing. Ensuring you limit bathing time, hydrate and use a simple skincare routine in the morning can be complimented by a relaxing evening routine and good sleep pattern to ensure you look and feel fantastic.
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