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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|Archive, Home Decor|

Using Aromas to Make Your Home More Comfortable

All kinds of elements go into making your home comfortable. The way you decorate your home, the colours, textures and furnishings all have an impact on how pleasant a room is to be in. They are all important because they have an impact on the ambiance of a room and, therefore, on how you feel when you are in that room.

However, something has an even bigger impact on the way a home feels. The way your home smells. Humans are super sensitive to smell. Far more sensitive than many people realise. In fact, our sense of smell is the most heightened of all of our senses.

Studies have shown that a single smell can bring memories and the associated feelings flooding back. How food smells plays a big role in whether we want to eat it or put it in the bin. For humans aromas are an important part of our world and have a big impact on how we feel and they can be used to help to make your home more comfortable and functional. Studies show that aromas can trigger 75% of human emotions.

It might explain my new obsession with Cosy Candles, have you heard of them!? 😍👇👇👇👇Using Aromas to Make Your Home More Comfortable | UK Lifestyle Blog

As a result, there are many opportunities to use aromas to make a home a more relaxing place to be. Modern aroma chemicals make it possible for any smell to be re-created, so there are many different fragrances out there for you to experiment with. To get you started and coming up with ideas, here are just a few examples of how you can use aromas to enhance your home environment.

Relax in the bedroom

If you are having trouble sleeping, consider introducing the aromas of chamomile, lavender, jasmine, bergamot or rose and sandalwood into your bedroom. They have all been scientifically proven to help people to relax. It is best to try one aroma at a time. Everyone is a little different, but the most effective is lavender, therefore, it makes sense to start with that one first.

Be more productive in your home office

Certain aromas have been proven to stimulate the mind and to improve concentration. Using these in your home office or the area where your kids do their homework will help you and them to focus and to remember more.

Peppermint and rosemary both improve concentration. Basil also improves concentration and is a memory booster. It is particularly good if you are feeling fatigued. It can lift the spirits and make it easier to concentrate.

Refresh and clean the air in your living room

Not all aromas have to come from scented candles or air fresheners. You can tap into the power of the natural aromas given off by plants.Adding some large plants to your living room is a good way to lift your mood, make the room look better and to clean the air.

Good options are bamboo, Gerber daisies, Chrysanthemums, scented Geraniums, Jasmine and Eucalyptus. All of these plants grow well indoors, cleanse the air and smell great.

Energising fragrances for the gym

Citrus scents have been proven to have an energising affect on most people. You can buy lemon, orange and grapefruit scents, or opt to have a couple of citrus trees in your gym or exercise room. Several of the dwarf varieties will grow well if placed near a sunny window. The gym is also a good place to use eucalyptus and peppermint fragrances.

2018-07-17T12:18:58+00:00 July 16, 2018|Archive, Home Decor|
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