The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
And that’s what we hope to achieve with our WELLNESS WEDNESDAY TIPS.
Today we focus on HYDRATION.
We’ve all heard it before, 8 glasses of water a day can do wonders…Water accounts for 60% of your body and is essential for the proper functioning of every cell and organ. But what do we really get from hydration other than many trips to the bathroom? Water has many benefits:
CLEANSE | Water is essential for your kidneys! Which means by drinking more water you will be able to filter out waste in your blood and get rid of it in your urine. Also, drinking water can help prevent urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Water also helps maintain regularity so you don’t get bouts of constipation.
CLEAR SKIN | When you are hydrated you get that je ne sais quoi…you get that GLOW. It’s no coincidence Jennifer Aniston is the face of smartwater LOL. In all seriousness, when you are properly hydrated you get rid of toxins, which means all the impurities in your face that may be causing acne are being flushed out. Also, when you drink enough water your skin is supple, taut, its a win-win for everyone!
LOSE WEIGHT | One very important thing, you can control your appetite by having adequate water intake. Drinking water before a meal can actually decrease the amount of food you have and prevent overeating.
These are just some of the benefits of H2O. So go ahead and get yourself a cute bottle, add fruits if you like having flavored water, and carry a bottle everywhere you go; it’s one of the simplest ways of actually making sure you stay hydrated during the day.
Every once in a while it is NECESSARY to find a way to unwind. Maybe you’ve had a rough week at work, relationship troubles, or any situation that has stressed you out; more than enough reasons to spend a night in shut-down mode.
I am a fan of going to the spa, getting a facial, massage and just being pampered but, I am sure we can all agree that sometimes it can get quite expensive, and some other things top the list of what to spend our money on. Being the DIY-er that I am, I have spent a long time trying to perfect the most soothing spa experience I can get at home while trying to stay on budget. I have provided you a list of products that work wonders on the skin. It may seem expensive the first time you get these items but in the long run it saves many spa visits and dollars, because most of these items can be used more than once.
First step, put some relaxing music. You can find playlists on Spotify or Amazon Prime with rainfall and soothing, acoustic music. Make sure no one will be bothering you for the next hour : ) If you happen to have an oil diffuser at home, I suggest using lavender essential oils to make the environment even more relaxing. You can also light a few lavender-scented candles if you don’t have an oil diffuser, plus it helps get some mood-lighting.
You should begin your spa day by using the Sephora Collection Almond Foot Mask. The packaging says you should use it for 20 minutes but I’ve noticed that the longer you use it the better the results so I recommend keeping the Foot Mask booties on for the duration of the spa experience.
Now, you will begin the facial by cleansing your face of impurities. I recommend using the Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser. It has a citrus type of scent and leaves your skin feeling very clean and soft, and it isn’t drying! Next you can use a warm towel, or if you have a facial sauna at home, to open up your pores and get them ready for the next step. After that, you will apply the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. This is a peel-off mask that brings out impurities and cleans out clogged pores. Plus it gives great satisfaction to peel-off this baby haha. You will leave the mask on for about 25 – 30 minutes, making sure that it is dry prior to removing. Following the mask removal, I recommend using the Kate Somerville 2 minute Hollywood Facial. This peel is infused with papaya and pineapple enzymes, as well as Lactic Acid and in 2 minutes it exfoliates and leaves you with a glowing and healthier looking complexion. I do warn you that it might sting a bit but it will be over before you know it. If it seems like too much for your skin, or if your skin is sensitive, just leave it on for 1 minute. The next step involves some vitamin C brought to you by Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum. This little baby is the most expensive of the bunch but it works wonders. This potent serum is packed with antioxidants that help to visibly reduce dark spots and wrinkles for brighter skin. And at last you can’t forget to moisturize! Your face has been through a lot today so it is necessary to keep it moisturized, as well as to use a moisturizer every day. I recommend to finish off this facial with the Sephora Collection Rose Sleeping Mask. It is very moisturizing without leaving a greasy appearance and you can put it in the fridge prior to using so you get an extra cooling sensation at the end of your facial. Once you face is ready, put on the Sephora Collection Avocado Hand Mask to nourish and repair your hands.
Do you have any preferred products for a facial at home? Share in the comments below.
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