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4 Self Care Essential Tips and Secrets for Ageing Gracefully

We all want to retain our youth and to look our best selves for as long as possible, but the real secret is that in order to make any significant changes to how we look, we must first address our health. Snore, I know! But as each year passes by I find myself reverting to “my body is a temple” ethos, over and over again.

Not every ageing dilemma will be solved with new habits, but what updating your lifestyle will do is elevate your baseline health and appearance, so you know what you need professional help with. Follow these tips, and you can improve your health, your looks, and your outlook.

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How to Use Your Diet to Transform Your Life

Every significant change to our health must first come from within. Our bodies rely on what we eat to function, and not getting the proper ratios of macro and micronutrients will cause problems in our health. Understand first what each micronutrient does, and then try to introduce more of it into your diet. An improved diet is one that supports your bodies functions, meaning your overall health will improve. More noticeable effects include weight management, more natural energy, and improved immune system, and even an improved appearance.

Slowing Down to De-Stress

Stress is a killer. It raises blood pressure, can cause ulcers, and generally wears down on the body. Chronic stress can even cause your immune system to deteriorate, so changing your lifestyle around to address chronic stress is a must for your health and your appearance. Slow down, disconnect, and try to make time only for the things that matter to you.

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Connect with Nature for Regular Exercise

Go for walks, bike rides, hikes, or even just tend to your garden. When it comes to exercising, try to take it outdoors so that you can connect with nature. There are three ways that connecting with nature will help you. One, it will help you disconnect from your busy life and relax. Two, being amongst nature will give you more oxygen, which in turn stimulates your brain. Three, exercise can help you manage your weight, stay healthy, and give you more natural energy to work with.

Addressing Common Signs of Ageing Head-On

Healthy eating and healthy living will go a long way to improving how you feel and how you look. It will also help you narrow down what problems you have that are genetic, like hair loss. Once you know stress isn’t causing your strands to fall out, it’s time to consider a hair transplant option, as this could be the only real way to regain your hair. Budget for the hair transplant cost, and get a consultation on what can be done for your particular brand of hair loss. Only using target methods can you reverse hair loss, which is often a reason for self-consciousness for people.

Self-care is more than treating yourself. It is doing things that are great for your body and making them into a habit, and it means knowing when to seek professional help for problems you can’t fix at home. Start early, and you’ll see the results for years to come.

2018-07-31T10:55:19+00:00 July 30, 2018|Health|

5 Tips To Healthy Looking Skin (When You Think You’ve Tried Everything!)

One morning I’ll looking in the mirror and think “Hey, my skin isn’t that bad actually!”, then a couple of days later I’ll look like a crater face. I don’t know if it’s just the mirrors in my house or if it really changes that dramatically – what can be making such a difference to my skin on a daily basis!?

It turns out, if you want glowing looking skin then it’s a full-time job of *SPOILER ALERT* eating well, sleeping enough and being careful with what you put on your face. That’s okay though, it’s a full-time job I’m willing to commit to for gorgeous looking skin (and hopefully less wrinkles in the future!). 

5 Tips To Healthy Looking Skin (When You Think You've Tried Everything!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

Want to know how to keep your skin looking healthy, too – then here are a few ideas to help you:

Get your beauty sleep

We don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing and having enough sleep is crucial to achieving healthy looking skin. Your body repairs itself and recovers whilst you sleep, which makes getting enough sleep essential to good-looking skin and you should be aiming for around 8 hours sleep a night.

A good night’s sleep will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, reduce puffiness around your eyes and give you a glowing complexion, due to the increased blood flow to your skin whilst you are sleeping. Being sleep deprived can lead to higher levels of stress hormones, which in turn causes less healthy looking skin, including an increase in inflammation of the skin. Moreover, if you have any existing skin conditions, a lack of sleep is likely to make them worse.

5 Tips To Healthy Looking Skin (When You Think You've Tried Everything!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

If you do have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, there is a lot of advice available to help you, including some helpful tips on the NHS website. In a nutshell, do keep regular sleeping times if you possibly can, do wind down before you go to bed by reading a good book, listening to relaxing music or having a warm bath for instance.

Ban gadgets and anything with a screen from your bedroom, and do your best to keep your bedroom, dark, tidy and quiet, to give you the maximum chance of feeling calm and relaxed. All of these steps will help you to have a good night’s sleep and boost the appearance of your skin.

Remember to stay hydrated

To keep your skin looking good, it’s important to keep hydrated, and it’s best to do this from the inside out, so ensure you are drinking enough water. If you have a penchant for caffeine-filled drink, you’ll need to drink extra water, but as an alternative to caffeine-rich drinks try drinking warm water with a slice of lemon.

Keeping yourself well hydrated will enhance your skin’s moisture and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can also aid the hydration of your skin during the day using a spritzer or boost moisture levels a couple of times a week by using a face mask. 

I’m loving this wild raspberry and white tea body mousse from Nivea. It’s so creamy! 😍

5 Tips To Healthy Looking Skin (When You Think You've Tried Everything!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

Feed your body healthy food

Your diet is a key factor in keeping your skin looking healthy; it’s true that you are what you eat. It’s important that you eat a diet that includes a high proportion of fresh fruit and veg, and eat as broad a range of them as possible. The rainbow analogy is really helpful here – so mix them up and eat as many different fruit and vegetables as you can. That being said, there are few examples that are particularly helpful when it comes to healthy-looking skin, first up the humble carrot.

Carrots are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps to repair skin tissue and protects you against harm from the sun’s rays.  Next up, Spinach, packed full of vitamins and minerals, this is a veg that has anti-aging and skin repair properties. What’s more, it’s full of water so will help with hydration too. Also, look to eat lots of strawberries and other summer berries, as these are packed full of vitamin C and anti-oxidants, helping to boost the look and health of your skin. 

5 Tips To Healthy Looking Skin (When You Think You've Tried Everything!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

Eating fish is also beneficial to your health, including your skin, so aim to have two servings of oily fish such as mackerel. Seafood tends to contain essential fatty acids and selenium, which will all help to boost the appearance and elasticity of your skin.       

Protect yourself from the sun

Exposure to the sun ages your skin and could cause you health problems, so cover up in hot weather. Wear light, breathable fabrics to keep your skin cool and comfortable, and protect your face by wearing a sun hat and sunglasses. Also, ensure you apply a high SPF sunscreen on any exposed skin. Remember, you need to reapply your skin protection at regular intervals throughout the day, aim to reapply it every two hours. If you can stay out of the midday sun, then do.    

5 Tips To Healthy Looking Skin (When You Think You've Tried Everything!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

Treat your skin with care

It’s important to have a good cleansing and skincare routine if you want to keep your skin looking healthy. Some cleansers can be harsh and leave your skin looking and feeling dryer, so look out for one that is moisturising.

Regularly exfoliating your skin is important too, as it will help you to get rid of the sweat, grease and debris on your skin and allow the moisture in. Once you’ve cleansed your skin, apply a moisturiser quick sharp, to stop your skin drying out. In addition, use a mineral foundation as a part of your daily skincare routine to give your skin a flawless look and improve your complexion over time.

5 Tips To Healthy Looking Skin (When You Think You've Tried Everything!) | UK Lifestyle Blog

So there you have out five essential steps to achieving healthy looking skin, from what you put into your body to what you put on it as part of your skincare routine and getting a good night’s sleep. 

2018-07-17T17:24:32+00:00 July 17, 2018|Beauty|

Bedroom design hacks: We’ve redecorated the bedroom!

Have you ever had the pleasure of staying in one of those huge grand hotels? Where the rooms are massive, luxurious, and decked out to be super classy? If you have, you will know exactly the sort of bedroom I mean. Staying in these fancy hotels and stylish Airbnb apartments have given me heaps of inspirations, so I’ve spent the last couple of weeks redecorating (the big reveal is coming soon!).

As much as we love traveling, having a home I love coming home to is so important to me. When I moved into my new build a couple of years ago, of course I decorated it exactly how I wanted it! However, I didn’t quite get the chance to step back and focus on the details, because so much was happening at once. Now I’ve had time to think carefully about each room and it’s been so exciting making our house a home.

Here’s my top bedroom decorating hacks that I’ve stolen from our recent travels..

Bedroom design hacks: We've redecorated the bedroom! | UK Lifestyle Blog
Mid-century chair c/o DFS and upholstered by me! Read more here..

The walls

Now, the walls are an important feature in any room, but in the bedroom, they can totally make or break your look. While you might find heavy damask wallpapers in luxe hotels, to keep your room at home modern and airy, try a plain white wall instead. Using this colour will stop the room become too old fashioned or oppressive. Remember too that you can add texture and opulence with personalised decorations, picture, and hangings instead of wallpaper.

The furniture

Now, furniture in a grand but modern looking bedroom can often be a sticking point, as some people get confused as to what sort of style they should be using. But the easy answer is that you are not limited to any one particular type, as long as you dress the rest of the room well.

Bedroom design hacks: We've redecorated the bedroom! | UK Lifestyle Blog

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For example, you might choose to use classic mahogany pieces like these ones available at antiquesworld.co.uk. But then combine them with light walls and modern, bold patterns on the fabrics you use in the room to keep it looking up to date. Or you can use sleek Scandinavian style furniture, but increase the opulence in the room, with very plush high-end fabric and rugs. The choice is entirely yours.

The mirror

Something that is vital in a grand bedroom has a property place in which to get ready for the day. That is actually a dressing table with a mirror. Choose something on a large scale, and try to incorporate some backlights top make it as useful as it is attractive. Chose a similar style for coherence or clash styles for an interesting, eclectic look.

Bedroom design hacks: We've redecorated the bedroom! | UK Lifestyle Blog

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The bed

So for grandeur, you need to get the biggest best that you can a) fit in the room, and b) afford. For most folks that will be a super king bed. Which are usually so big that you have to roll over several times to snuggle with your other half during the night. You will also want a plush, but modern style headboard for this look. Tufted headboards are very in right now. As are sleek modernist styles so you have a few that you can choose from.

You will need to dress is properly. That means not a just pillow and a duvet cover but going for the full works including shams, beds runners and throw pillows. You can find out more about this at popsugar.co.uk. Not only will these accessories ensure that your bedroom look luxurious, but they will help you to be as comfortable as possible. Just remember to go for something with a geometric design or stripe to keep it as modern as possible.

Bedroom design hacks: We've redecorated the bedroom! | UK Lifestyle Blog

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Finishing touches

If you’ve been my house it’s pretty clear to see that I hate clutter. But there are a few little bits and pieces I like having around the house because it makes it feel like home. My latest is obsession is buying crystals.

I also have candles everywhere, and I always like to have some flowers blooming because they make my home feel so fresh and smell so good. I’m totally in love with Bloom Magic right now because their roses that arrive in a hat book make my bedroom look Pinterest-ready in 3 seconds flat. My room is now full of positive vibes 🔮✨

Bedroom design hacks: We've redecorated the bedroom! | UK Lifestyle Blog

2018-07-17T12:18:45+00:00 July 17, 2018|Home Decor, Post|
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