Simple Beauty Secrets
Every Woman Should Know
by Sophia Alves
Every woman wants to look and feel her best every day. But it’s difficult to do when you’re managing work, home, and a family. Trying to find time to focus on your health and well-being can be difficult. Don’t fret. Here are 7 natural beauty secrets to help you get ahead of the game.
External beauty begins within by eating healthy, whole foods. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats helps to manage weight, promote health, and keep you looking great as you age. Steer clear of heavily processed foods, artificial sweeteners and ingredients. Eat frequently but in moderation.
#secret1 – Citrus fruit is rich in vitamin C, which promotes collagen production and keeps skin looking younger for longer. Lean proteins are essential for longer stronger hair and nails.
Exercise helps manage your weight and boosts the health of the heart, lungs, and brain. Find time for 20 minutes of cardio a day (or two 10-minute bursts) to stay healthy and beautiful on the inside and out. Strength training a few times a week prevents osteoporosis and helps tone muscles.
#secret2 – Cardio is also a great way to calm down after a stressful situation, and the improved circulation helps with your complexion.
Inadequate hydration can be subtle and difficult to notice, but water is virtually an elixir for all health and beauty challenges. Water helps calm the appetite, process nutrition, fortify the body, promote healthy glowing skin, and remove toxins. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, every day; the rule of thumb is to drink the number of ounces equal to half your body weight every day.
#secret3 – Fill a water bottle and keep it with you, reminding yourself to finish it before certain milestones in the day (one before you leave in the morning, another before lunch, another before dinner, etc). Many women keep track of their hydration by transferring hairbands from their wrist to the water bottle or vice versa.
Boosting your mood and emotions helps you not only look more beautiful but feel it as well. The scent of flowers or lavender, the feel of the sun on your skin, the taste of chocolate, dancing to your favourite song, a few minutes of quiet meditation, or a bubble bath are all ways to calm yourself and improve your mood.
#secret4 – Write down all your favourite mood-boosting activities and pick one at random when needed. Keep them in a pretty box or jar and treat yourself.
No matter what a person looks like, confidence makes them more attractive and appealing. Boost your confidence by wearing clothes that look and feel good, focusing your mind on your strengths and accomplishments, and avoid comparing yourself to others. Projecting confidence makes everyone look better.
#secret5 – Good posture not only makes you look more confident on the outside, but it’s been proven to make you feel more confident on the inside. Keep your shoulders back and head up and practice good posture when walking, standing, or sitting. Eye contact is not only confident, but it’s sexy. Try to achieve and maintain eye contact when talking with someone.
Beauty doesn’t get far without brains. By keeping your mind sharp and active, you will not only boost your everyday performance, but you can prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Stretching your brain doesn’t have to mean going back to school. Learning languages online, regularly completing crossword puzzle games or Sudoku, reading, and even art classes are great for your brain health.
#secret6 – Physical activity also boosts brain health. Consider taking up a hobby that combines both physical activity and brain power, like dancing, tai chi, or yoga. Any physical activity that also requires you to learn and remember will bring benefits for years to come.
Nothing is more engaging than a person with passion. Whether it’s for your work, your family, your pet, old cars, cupcakes, or Doctor Who. Find, explore, and commit yourself to the things you are passionate about. Find other people who feel the same way, so that you can share your insights and grow together.
#secret7 – Passionate people are sexy!
Every woman is on a personal journey to uncover her own authentic self and express it to the world. It is not just the authenticity and expression that is beautiful, but it is also the journey. On this journey, there are no shortcuts and there are no mistakes; every woman unfolds as naturally and beautifully as a flower, which couldn’t possibly bloom any other way.