1. Make-Up Basics
- Your everyday office make-up is about looking groomed and professional.
- Carry a creamy concealer for a quick nose or under-eye touch-up while on the go.
- Try a stick foundation or compact for areas where the skin is red or uneven.
- Apply blush to brighten the face and a little highlighter to give it a glow.
- Then layer the lips with lip-gloss for a pop of colour and shine.
2. Use the correct topical products on the skin and body
- Factors such as your work environment, seasonal changes and temperatures, stress, and travel affect how the skin looks and feels. It's therefore important to choose the right products based on your skin's need at the time.
- When your skin feels dry and dehydrated, use products that focus on hydration.
- Incorporate exfoliators and anti-oxidants in your products when your skin looks and feels dull and tired.
- If you’re struggling with cellulite, make sure you use a body product that increases micro-circulation to the affected area.
- If you are unsure of how to alter your skin and body care routine relevant to the seasons, consult a professional skin care therapist, or try our free online skin analysis.
3. Keep the skin and body well maintained
- Ensure you have monthly maintenance treatments on your skin and body with an experienced therapist to maintain your youthful appearance for as long as possible.
- If you struggle with skin laxity and cellulite, consider a monthly radiofrequency treatment.
- Keep the skin glowing and youthful by having a monthly peel and hydrating facial.
- If your challenge is constant stress and tight muscles, why not have a monthly massage or Endermologie treatment to help combat it?
- Take the time to look after your skin and body. Remember you have to wear your skin every day for the rest of your life, so it is worth looking after!
4. Diet and exercise
- Being healthy is about incorporating a well-balanced lifestyle which should include diet and exercise. Exercise regularly and you will feel how your body becomes accustomed to the endorphins, whether it’s cycling, yoga or just a quick walk around the block in the middle of a busy day.
- Eat lots of vegetables, clean proteins, healthy carbs, drink a lot of filtered water, at regular intervals, with the occasional glass of red wine and dark chocolate.
- Do everything you can to avoid being overweight and the increasing threat of type 2 diabetes.
- Try to set up flexible little routines; these give you comfort in getting through your day but allow for flexibility and change when necessary. Create a short list of what you need to do for the day so that you do not need to try and remember later in the day when you are tired.
- Prioritise activity and avoid sitting at your desk all day ‘banging away' at the keys. A five-minute stretch is far more productive, it keeps you mentally alert and functioning properly.
- Make your lunch and set the breakfast table the night before. Plan your outfit for the next day and have it ready to slip on and go.
- Enjoy the little things like a skinny cappuccino, or a lunch date with your girlfriends. Recite what you are thankful for and do not focus on the stress…you are what your mind hears.
- Take five minutes to sit with your feet apart and firmly planted on the ground, close your eyes, zone out and take a few deep breaths. Repeat three times a day. Since deep breaths put oxygen back into the bloodstream, it results in assisting your body to cope with the onslaught of stress. As a result, it will improve your mental focus and breathing.
- Make it a habit to go for a walk after work. Nature is a natural stress reliever and anti-depressant. We are more relaxed as a result of the production of Vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun.
6. Sleep Easy
- Maintain a healthy and consistent bedtime routine. Eat dinner at least three hours before bedtime and make sure your room is dark, cool and quiet.
- Create a sleep-promoting environment by turning off computers, televisions and all other electrical devices.
- You've adjusted the light in the room to the way you like it, whether it's pitch black or soft light - do the same inside yourself. Take a moment to imagine dialling down light behind your eyelids to the same restful setting. Do the same with sound. You know all those voices that accompany you during the day, like the ones that remind you of tasks, imagine dialling down the volume on all those internal voices and keeping the volume off for the same amount of time you intend to sleep.
- Consider that on many occasions in life, you've been carried easily from wakefulness into sleep, as easily as a leaf floating on a stream. Like a river with a set course, a part of you already knows the way to restful sleep. Let go, feel yourself being carried on that safe and gentle current into deep, deep rest and finally sleep.