Global Wellness Day is on June 10th this year and is an annual celebration dedicated to living well. It’s a day to ask, “How can I live a healthier and better life?” and take the steps to make that a reality every day.
Inspired by the Global Wellness Day 7 step manifesto, we decided to take a closer look at how wellness shows in your skin because when you’re living well, it shows in a glowing complexion.
We all know we should drink more water, but dehydration is one of the first things that shows in the face. When the skin is plumped out with hydration, lines and wrinkles are less noticeable. Applying hydrating formulas that contain the likes of Hyaluronic Acid to the face can help but keep your body hydrated from the inside and you really will see the difference in your complexion’s clarity.
TIP: Keep topped up throughout the day and sip on water even when you’re not thirsty (thirst is actually the first sign of dehydration). Try a selection of herbal teas to up your water intake if you find water boring.
Sleep is your skin’s best friend, as this is when your skin cells detoxify, repair and regenerate. Despite constantly being reminded that 8 hours is the ideal, quality is actually more important than quantity, as the deep sleep cycles are when the body works on restorative processes. So stop stressing about sleep, get a good night’s sleep by your own standards and you’ll see a well rested face in the mirror come morning.
TIP: Figure out how many hours’ sleep you personally require to feel at your best and then try to stick to the same time for going to bed and waking up every day so as not to confuse your inner body clock.
Clean eating has taken over our lives in the past few years but making decisions about what to eat shouldn’t be complicated. Enjoy a rainbow of vegetables every day and organic meat when you can afford it and your complexion will thank you. Invite friends to a simple but delicious home-cooked meal every few months with everyone chipping in a different dish to share cooking inspiration.
TIP: Eating seasonally means that the fruit and vegetables you choose probably haven’t clocked up air miles and will taste more flavourful. Nothing beats the first taste of a new season’s crop whether it’s rhubarb, asparagus or Jersey potatoes.
With key focuses for Globall Wellness Day 2017 being “how to raise happy kids”, “depression and unhappiness”, and “technology detox”, we’re going to say that being connected 24/7 and comparing yourself to others through social media is not going to make you (or your kids) happy. Put the smartphone away, reduce your blue light exposure, and avoid wrinkles from tech neck caused by all that head tilting.
TIP: Make a list of 10 people who make you happy and with whom you feel you don’t catch up regularly enough. Call them on the phone or even better, send them a handwritten letter or card – they’ll love receiving mail from a friend.
Making time for relaxation is vital – if we don’t make time, it won’t happen. If you enjoy yoga classes or meditation that’s great but try to take time to do nothing in particular and enjoy having no end goal. Or simply do something you do every day but without rushing. Relax every facial muscle and loosen the jaw - no more frown lines or creases.
TIP: Co-Founder and Creator of ELEMIS Therapies, Noella Gabriel, believes that baths are thoroughly underrated and we should all enjoy the therapeutic sensation of submerging our bodies in warm water more often. Pour in some Skin Nourishing Milk Bath, lie back and relax.
Exercise can be as simple as walking for half an hour at lunchtime, or getting off the bus a couple of stops before your destination to complete your journey on foot. Take a different route than usual, breathe deep, and enjoy new sights. If you like challenging yourself, the trend for wild swimming is a great way to reconnect with nature. You’ll be fresh-faced and rosy-cheeked in no time.
TIP: After exercise, use your ELEMIS body brush before showering to stimulate the lymph system and support detoxification. Cellutox Active Body Oil smells wonderfully uplifting and is perfect as part of an anti-cellulite and body cleansing programme – massage into skin after showering, particularly around the thighs.
We could have easily grouped breathing with relaxation but we think it’s more important than that. We use the phrase “as natural as breathing” but how many times throughout the day do you find yourself holding your breath or not expanding your lungs fully to take in oxygen? Your skin cells need oxygen to function optimally so take a deep breath and oxygenate those cells.
TIP: Breathing is key to all the body’s processes and systems working efficiently. Apply your favourite LIFE ELIXIRS aromatic to your palms and cup over your nose. Inhale deeply for the count of 7, exhale for 11 seconds. Repeat 5 times and notice the difference in how you feel.
Inspired? To help you track how you feel, what you’ve achieved, and how your skin looks every day, we’ve created this Wellness Planner. Writing things down, ticking them off and reviewing your day is a sure-fire way to motivate yourself and feel more positive about your results. Simply sign up below to receive the chart.
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