Winter messing with your glow? I hear you!
“To Glow” is a major aspiration of mine, and I wasn’t feeling it over January (I even have a section for it on my [corny] vision board). The sparkle in my eyes was less radiant, skin dry, and energy low. I missed my glow and wanted to get it back. I needed a boost and fast!
How about you?
Below are 8 of my glow-worthy tips and tricks to guide you from low to high radiance:
- Boring I know, but hydration is top of the list. It can be hard to keep up the intake of water in colder weather when you’re typically not as thirsty. But, heated homes and office buildings result in extra dry atmospheres. It’ll suck the moisture right out of you! Brittle nails, dry eyes and nasal passages, and cracking skin. Oh my! When hydrating:
- drink water and herbal teas throughout the day. Hydrating foods count too!
- kick off each day by drinking 10 oz. of water with fresh lemon, followed up by some herbal tea. – you’ll have up to 20 oz. under your belt before you even leave the house!
- shoot for half your body weight in ounces – if that seems unachievable, start by adding 8 ounces a day.
- As decadent as they are, long hot showers can wreak havoc on your skin. Keep them short and sweet, and slather on moisturizer while still damp (it helps with absorption).
- Avoid harsh chemicals in dishwashing, hand and body soaps as well as shampoos and conditioners. The more natural and simpler the better.
- Use sunscreen! Sun damage doesn’t just occur on the beach, but in the cold weather months too. It feels great to have the sun on your face when it cold (and gets you vitamin D as well). Just expose yourself for only short periods of time and protect your skin with a hat and sunscreen to avoid sunburn and dangerous rays.
- if feeling blue, check your Vitamin D levels. In the winter months it can be especially hard to get vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones (among other health advantages).
- Detox – and not I do NOT mean go a juice cleanse (I digress, but I do not recommend starvation or juice diets)! Your body is built with mechanisms to naturally detoxify, assuming you maintain a relatively healthy routine. Help your body detox naturally by providing liver support, flushing toxins out by drinking waters and herbal teas, and/or working up a sweat. Exercise is a key ingredient to a natural glow!
- get your blood pumping with just 10 minutes a day. Try a popular 7-minute workout. It will energize and revive you!
- Lemon, onion, dark leafy greens and garlic are among the many foods that aid our body and promote that “glow”. I found this flavorful tip in a Reader’s Digest article: “Cook with garlic every day. A 1996 Danish study found that skin cells grown in a culture dish and treated with garlic had seven times the life span of cells grown in a standard culture. They also tended to look healthier and more youthful than untreated cells. Plus, garlic extract dramatically inhibited the growth of cancerous skin cells.”
- And while we’re on food, eat clean, even if it is just for one day a week. At least one day a week I eat only whole foods to give my body a break. If that’s too hard, try just removing bread, cheese, sugar and/or alcohol for 24 hours every week. Once you get used to it, it’s easy.
- In addition, foods with omega-3s can reduce inflammation and they taste delish!
- Of course, let’s not forget the role of our inside on our outer glow. Whether practicing a short breathing exercise or 20 minute meditation, all will result in a refreshed, oxygenated circulatory system, clearer head, and luminosity.
What are your glow-worthy tips, and what is one simple action you can start taking today to get your glow on?
As for me, you don’t yet need sunglasses to be in my presence, but I’m working on it!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™