What we see on the outside tends to reflect what we see on the inside. When we’re unwell, depressed, or sleep-deprived, we frequently wear it on our faces. On the other hand, you may have observed that giving yourself some skincare, nourishment, or exercise boosts your confidence and improves your attitude. It’s so easy to get into a rut and neglect self-care, but trust us when we say it’s worth pausing to pamper yourself with a face mask, your favorite t-shirt, or a double coat of mascara — whatever that means to you!
10 Ways to Enhance Your Natural Beauty (and Fight Aging Skin!)
Think again if you believe natural beauty is reserved for individuals under the age of 25! Here are our top ten beauty ideas for improving your natural appearance.
1. Get That Beauty Sleep You Need
You may not consider sleep to be a component of your beauty routine, but it is. Not getting enough sleep is a definite way to develop bags under your eyes and even breakouts, but it’s also bad for your entire body. The National Sleep Foundation advises 7-9 hours of sleep every night for persons aged 26 to 64. Getting less than that for extended periods of time can have an impact on our mental health, immune system, and even our skin. Needless to say, none of these promote “natural beauty.” Prioritizing sleep is number one. But, for additional points, sleep on your back to avoid wrinkles, or use a silk pillowcase to lessen friction against your hair and face.
2. Hydrate, Hydrate, and Hydrate Some More
When we say hydrate, we mean both inside and externally. You may be sick of hearing it, but the truth is that you need to drink more water. According to research, consuming more water has a favorable effect on the physiology of our skin. But it isn’t the entire picture! You should also hydrate your skin from the outside in with products that maintain its natural moisture levels, such as SiO’s Energy Serum. Hyaluronic acid in this diamagnetic cooling serum promotes moisture retention and beautifully plumps skin. With only one application, you’ll notice an immediate shine, and the effects will last.
3. Smooth It Out
Exfoliate on a regular basis to achieve a soft, bright, and radiant complexion. Dead, dry skin cells make the skin look dull and tired, and as we get older, our skin cells don’t change over as quickly as they used to. Exfoliating increases cell turnover, reducing fine wrinkles and revealing a fresh new layer of skin. So, once or twice a week, use a light scrub; alternatively, invest in a face acid serum for a milder chemical exfoliation. Lactic acid, salicylic acid, and malic acid, when taken on a daily basis, encourage that as-new newborn skin without the need of any makeup.
4. A Patch A Day Keeps the Dermatologist At Bay
Okay, fine, you should still see your dermatologist for severe skin issues (or Botox, if that’s your preference), but if you haven’t tried the newest in “notox” treatments, you’ll be amazed by the power of a little silicone sheet. While Botox affects the muscle’s capacity to contract and develop wrinkles, silicone patches embrace the skin, compressing existing lines and preventing future creases. The patches are medical-grade and doctor-approved, so you may visit the dermatologist from the comfort of your own home. Indeed, according to NYC dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman, “after using the SiO SkinPad for just one day, participants said that their skin looked smoother, softer, more youthful, and hydrated.” Wear the patches overnight (or for a few hours whenever you feel motivated) to get supple skin. Try the SiO Wrinkle Rescue Pack for the complete effect, which covers wrinkle-prone areas from the brow to the bust.
5. Walk lightly
Just because something works for your friend, sister, or that one Instagram blogger you follow doesn’t imply it will work for you. But there is one thing that everyone should remember: take it easy. What does this imply? It entails using a gentle cleaner rather than harsh soaps or scrapes. It entails cleansing your face and taking a shower with warm, not boiling, water. It entails patting your skin dry rather than rubbing it. It means, for the love of all things skincare, moisturize at least twice a day! Be kind with your skin, and it will be gentle with you.
7. Consume for Your Skin
It turns out that the old adage “you are what you eat” is true. Maintaining a balanced, nutrient-rich diet is critical to combating indications of aging in all organs of the body, including the skin. Fill your plate with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially those high in antioxidants, like berries and leafy greens), omega-3 fatty acid-rich meals (like salmon, almonds, and avocado), and probiotic-rich options (like yogurt and sauerkraut). These skin foods combat free radicals, nourish the skin, and produce that unmistakable youthful shine.
8. Say No to the Sun
Wearing your SPF moisturizer every day (…you should!) is a must. But, to be honest, even that fades after a while. So, it’s always better to be cautious than sorry: Simply restrict your exposure to sunlight whenever possible, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when cancer-causing, skin-aging UV radiation are at their strongest. See, the sun is the leading external cause of skin damage and aging, and you’re probably getting more than you think. Even a short walk to and from the automobile can cause collagen and elastin breakdown, resulting in skin thinning, wrinkles, and even sunspots.
9. Reduce Stress
Wouldn’t it be nice if things were that simple? Maintaining your mental well-being is easier said than done, but the payoff is enormous. When we are stressed, our bodies produce an excess of cortisol, often known as the stress hormone. Cortisol levels that are too high can harm our nails, hair, and skin. It also wreaks havoc on the body, making it difficult to fight disease, receive much-needed rest, and guard against external harm such as that caused by UV rays or pollution. Stressing less not only makes you feel better (which is number one! ), but several studies (including this one and this one) have proven that humans view persons with lower cortisol levels more attractive. So, meditate, practice yoga, take breaks, and seek therapy if necessary. Don’t forget that your mind and body work together to keep us both looking and feeling good!
10. Shake It, Move It
Exercise has two beautifying effects. For one thing, it relieves stress and anxiety by causing the release of “happy hormones” such as endorphins and serotonin – and when you exude happiness, you’re bound to look and feel your best. Another benefit is that it improves circulation, which results in more vibrant skin tone and even anti-aging effects. Just remember to shower and cleanse your face right after you exercise, as heated, sweaty skin can be a breeding ground for acne-causing germs.
Gone are the days when we could eat junk food all day, spend hours in the sun, and stay up till the wee hours of the morning and still seem fresh-faced and angelic. But just because we all have to grow up at some point doesn’t mean we have to work so hard to keep our natural attractiveness or showcase our best characteristics. In reality, eating correctly, exercising, sticking to your skincare routine, and sleeping well constitute nearly the entire recipe. What you’ll gain from those steps goes much beyond “skin deep,” affecting your psychology, immunological system, circulatory system, and pretty much everything in between. Remember that how you feel is closely related to how you appear – and vice versa. Make the most of what Mother Nature has given you!