As women, we're rarely truly content with ourselves.
If I was to ask you to write down 5 faults you saw in your looks/skin, I bet you could list them in a matter of seconds, right?
But what if I was to ask you to list 5 things you love about your looks/skin? I'm betting that'll take a lot longer and you might even struggle to find 5!
And that's a shame. My dream is to inspire women to fall back in love with themselves through creating a routine of self-care which will ultimately lead to self-love.
But women just seem to be so busy putting everything and everyone before themselves that they don't have any time left for self-care... quite the opposite of what it should be.
But what if I was to say that some of the benefits of a self-care routine can actually benefit the health of your skin and, for example, can actually slow down the appearance of wrinkles?
I bet I'm touching on something there that'll catch your attention.
I bet that would be one way to encourage you to stop what you're doing and seriously consider incorporating self-care into your daily life.
If that's the approach I need to take in order for you to consider a self-care routine for yourself, then that's the approach I'm going with today.
Self-care is all about how we look after our body, mind and spirit. So it's pretty darn important, if you think about it.
But it also doesn't have to be mind-blowing. You don't have to 'think outside the box' to create the perfect self-care regime. You'll actually find that if you think simply and even include some things you already do, it'll be much easier to incorporate self-care into your life.
So getting back to wrinkles (which I'm betting was one of the things that popped into your head when I asked you to write down 5 faults about your looks/skin). What can we do as part of a self-care routine that will also slow down the appearance of wrinkles?
There are a number of things, actually. But the one I want to touch on may be one you might not think about: exercise.
Now exercise doesn't have to be getting up at dawn to rush to the gym before heading to work. Exercise can be a short brisk walk at lunchtime, clearing your head, feeling the breeze on your face, feeling alive and rejuvenated (perfect for self-care). It can even be a conscious decision to climb the stairs at work rather than take the elevator. Or feel free to take a leaf out of my book - dance while you're cooking the dinner!
No matter what exercise you choose, it will have a positive effect on your wrinkles because exercise is known to reduce inflammation and stress levels, both of which increase the signs of aging.
Indeed research published in the Preventative Medicine journal in April 2017 by Prof Larry Tucker reviewed findings on data taken from over 5,000 people between 1999 and 2002. Prof Tucker, the exercise science professor at Brigham Young University, concluded that there were significant differences between people who did regular exercise and those who did not: adults with a high level of exercise had a ‘biological aging advantage’ of a staggering 9 years compared to adults who followed a more sedentary lifestyle.
Now if that's not enough motivation to get you moving, I don't know what is.
I have 7 more win-win suggestions that you can easily incorporate into your life to increase your self-care and to help ease up on your wrinkles. To read about them, you have to unlock my Beauty Box here. Once inside, check my article "Top 8 Tips to Slow down the Appearance of Wrinkles"