Beauty products may come and go, but there are 5 key not-so-secret tips to beauty that many of us neglect or simply overlook. Start with these tried and true beauty rules, and the rest is easy. No, they're not lipsticks, powders, or creams, but they do offer amazing results.
Water - Let's face it. Water is truly the ultimate fountain of youth. It's the sweetest elixir your skin will ever know. Shinier-looking hair, younger-looking skin, get it with a glass of this good old-fashioned stuff. Howard Murad, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger agrees. "Water naturally plumps skin, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts a lackluster complexion. If your skin is not getting enough water, many physicians warn that lack of proper hydration can cause skin to become dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin is also more prone to wrinkling. "You can look significantly younger just by keeping your skin hydrated," said Murad. Drink up!
Sleep - There is such a thing as beauty sleep. Shuteye is the key to beautiful skin. A good solid night's sleep lets your skin reboot and restore itself. Lack of proper sleep can cause an increase in stress hormones which can trigger acne, result in dullness, puffiness, and subsequent wrinkles. Many medical professionals now also recommend sleeping on your back, versus your stomach. Why? Sleeping on your stomach can press your face into the pillow, creating a meshwork of fine lines and creases when you wake up. Who knew your beauty regimen was truly an around the clock process.
Exercise - Weight loss and muscle toning are definite benefits of hitting the gym, but your skin benefits too. Exercise helps to increase blood flow throughout the body. Your blood carries oxygen and other rich nutrients to cells, helping to nourish and keep them vital. Good blood flow also helps carry away waste and eliminate free radicals. Exercise is also a great stress eliminator. Remember stress can equal acne and/or wrinkles and we definitely don't want that. Time to dust off that gym membership.
Diet - You are what you eat. Maintaining a balanced diet rich in anti-oxidants, omega-3's, and vitamins is a great way to ensure skin is just as healthy as the rest of your body. Vitamin C is known to help with collagen production. Omega-3's help skin to retain water for hydration and protect against harmful UV ray damage. And anti-oxidants help fight free radicals that can harm skin. Eating the right foods will help skin stay clear and blemish free, the perfect canvas for every beauty regime.
Self-esteem - One of the biggest non-beauty essentials you must have to look and feel great is confidence! No product, tool, or technique can deliver the effects of this essential beauty component. Truly in the eye of the beholder, this vital tip is saved as the best for last. Embrace your individual beauty and love what makes you uniquely different. Celebrate you first and then let all the great beauty products join the party. A good sense of self-esteem is definitely the one beauty product you will never run out of. Keep your supply unlimited!
What non-beauty tips are essential to your beauty regime? Share your thoughts and advice in the comments section below.