30 Days of Beauty, Day One: Beauty Starts From Within
Everyone wants to feel beautiful, and everyone has heard the saying that beauty is only skin deep. This saying is true in both its proverbial sense as well as its physical sense. Being beautiful starts from the inside. To truly be beautiful, you must be healthy. That includes maintaining a healthy diet and fitness plan. It is amazing how a few simple diet and fitness techniques can contribute to your overall beauty and well-being.
Take for example these thoughts from Emma J (pictured above with no retouching), the model, actress, and blogger behind The Journey of an NY Actress:
"I can say hands down the greatest choice I made was to become a vegan and understanding the concept, "beauty starts from the inside out". Cutting out dairy, especially, cleared up my skin and it instantly became more smooth. When I eat I actually plan according to what my skin/body needs. So I look for skincare based on this concept. I believe in getting enough sleep and at least 1.5 liters of filtered water daily, I absolutely never ever drink tap water.
I avoid sugar, wheat and gluten and I know this makes a difference to my skin. What I put on my skin is simply a compliment to what I put in my body. It sounds like a lot but once you see the results the discipline is easy."
Staying hydrated is one of the most basic keys to beauty. Drinking plenty of water keeps skin looking young, glowing, and healthy. You should aim drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, but that is not etched in stone, jut don’t get thirsty. Water helps flush toxins from the body and reduces bloating, thereby giving one a slimmer appearance. Plus, water fills up the tummy, so it gives you a fuller feeling and helps reduce hunger and overeating. It also helps the skin and body rejuvenate itself. People who find the taste of water bland and, therefore, difficult to drink can try flavored waters.
Along these lines, Heather Walczuk from Beauty Unbiased suggests water as an essential to getting beauty from the inside out:
"Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You don't need eight cups because so many other things we consume have water in them, but make sure you're not getting thirsty, a sign you're already dehydrated. Also, remember your diet will show in your face. Consume less sodium, eat more veggies. A balanced diet will usually lead to more balanced skin."
Fruits and Vegetables
Everyone has to eat, but the key to maintaining a healthy figure is to watch what you eat and how much. Implementing as many fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible will help one maintain a healthy weight. Fruits and vegetables give the body a natural source of energy, and they help boost the metabolism, especially when eaten raw rather than steamed or cooked.
Everyone should exercise at least three times a week. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight and contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Exercise helps the body burn unnecessary calories that, if unused, will merely turn to fat later on. Plus, exercise helps create a more positive, motivated outlook on life, and it helps to relieve stress. Exercise is a necessary component to staying beautiful, and it can be done in many forms including yoga, playing sports, jogging, or just walking.
Also consider this related tip from Cindy Ingalls of Prime Beauty, who says:
“Stand up straight. Think about all the sexy women you know, they stand up straight and confidently. Not only will this make you look ten pounds thinner in seconds, it will make you look five years younger as well.”
If you smoke, quit. It is terrible both for your health and your overall appearance.
As Jenna Watson from Beauty, Fashion, Fabulous! pus it:
"Don't Smoke. There are about 234,355,569 reasons why you shouldn’t smoke. Preserving your pretty skin is just one of them. There is no doubt that if you smoke, your skill will suffer. That goes for you “social smokers” too! Don’t you remember grade school? Just because your friends are doing it, doesn’t mean you should. I don’t think I need to elaborate here."
Another key to maintaining beauty is knowing how to balance life’s pleasures. Everybody likes to eat greasy food or calorie-packed desserts sometimes, but sometimes is the key. Fatty foods like hamburgers, French fries, potato chips, cookies, and cakes are okay to treat oneself to every once in a while, but they should not be consumed on a day-to-day basis.
Similarly, too much of a good thing can be bad as well. Exercise is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but one should not overdo it either. Don’t exercise to excess, or the point where you feel constantly fatigued or obsessed with losing weight. Once you reaches your ideal weight range, simply strive to stay there.
When you feels good about yourself, it shows. Being beautiful includes having an overall healthy, balanced lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy diet and fitness regime will motivate you to pick out clothes that flatter one’s body. It will also motivate you to style your hair, put on makeup, and dress up. So start from the inside before moving to the outside by developing healthy daily habits and sticking to them. The sooner you commit to a healthier lifestyle, the sooner you will maintain your inner and outer beauty.
Day Two Tomorrow: If You Do Nothing Else Wear Sunscreen!