12 natural ways to get that elusive inside-out glow this year.
We’ve put together a list of glow-inducing go-to habits to help you start your year off right. If you’re feeling sluggish or simply lose a little mojo at any point throughout the year, stick these tips and tricks on your fridge to help you to get up and glow back out there!
Bring the outside in
Our mental health and wellbeing has become an even bigger topic this year, and having foliage among the Feng-Shui can really lift our moods. The Royal Horticultural Society even says that having a hefty number of house plants can lead to reduced stress levels and decreased susceptibility to fatigue and headaches – the dreamy aesthetics are just an added bonus!
Go with your gut
Eating fermented foods and investing thought into looking after your gut can do wonders for your skin, hair and physical and mental wellbeing. It’s no coincidence that gut-friendly foods tend to be mood-boosting, too. Why not try adding a little sauerkraut to your salad, or focusing on finding foods rich in dietary fibre?
What are you thankful for?
Our brains are programmed to worry about potential threats, rather than reflecting on the strengths and securities in our lives. Keeping a gratitude journal allows you to readdress that balance and is a nice keepsake to look back on in years to come.
The simplest way to put your glow on show? Drink enough water! We should be drinking at least 6-8 glasses a day, even in winter.
Say yes to less stress
This can be frustrating advice for those of us who are subject to silly schedules or are reeling over our responsibilities, but being time poor and being stressed don’t always go hand in hand. Asking for help, taking a moment for yourself (even simply cranking the radio up while you shower) and saying no for the sake of your sanity sometimes are all great steps towards destressing long term.
Hone in on your skin
You may think you’ve got your skincare routine working like a dream, but are you getting the results you’re really looking for? To enhance your glow you need to be in the know about what’s compatible with your complexion. Why not take a look at our Skincare Routine Finder to learn more? Want to try out a selection of skincare hero products to test out the best for yourself? Take a look at our Let's Get Glowing Mini Complexion Kit offer.
Move and groove
Whatever the weather, with enough layers and enough determination you can make it outside for a walk. Try making yourself a playlist of your favourite twenty songs to listen to on the way round, so all the endorphins from the exercise and a good bop will be bouncing around your body.
It’s cool to be kind
In the words of Heather Small "what have you done today, to make you feel proud?" Giving someone a compliment or letting a loved one know that you’re thinking of them will provide all the fuzzy feels for them and for you!
Make your bed
Ex U.S. Navy Admiral William McCraven once said “if you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day.” It’s probably no surprise to you that a messy house is a messy mind, but even in the most decluttered of rooms, an unmade bed can create a sense of disarray. Start each day by puffing up those pillows and you’ll set the tone for the rest of your morning.
This one is for the OG face mask, which hasn’t quite got as much air time recently as its covid counterpart. Taking the time to nourish your skin with the relevant mask (have we told you about mask mapping yet?) is a double-pronged approach to glow-getting. Not only does taking a second to focus on yourself put that sparkle back in your eyes, but your skin will be shining bright around them, too.
Celebrate the seasons
It’s not just your skin that needs loving a little differently depending on the weather – your mind and body also bend and meander with each new month. Don’t be hard on yourself if the cold is causing you to crawl up for seconds or reach for the snack cupboard this season. Try and stock your house with healthy energy sources – in walk nuts and fruit – to fill up on when you get peckish. Like most mammals, we need more energy to stay healthy in the winter and vice versa, so be kind to your body while it does its thing.
You snooze you win
We’ll never tire of telling you that you need those seven hours of sleep. Anyone who’s had young children (or even a petulant puppy) knows that sleep can evade those who need it most. Click here to see some expert tips for switching off when you hit the hay.
Bonus Tips For Getting Glowing Skin
Compliment your inner glow by giving your skin some extra TLC. These extra steps can help you get the glowing skin you're after, all over:
- Cleanse regularly
- Face peel
- Add Vitamin C to your skincare
- Use tanning products
- Eat antioxidant rich foods
- Try a hydrating mask