What does wellness look like to you? Imagine it… Is it maintaining that ever-elusive work-life balance, healthy social life, relationship and exercise routine? Wellness looks different to each and every woman, but what is wellness exactly? According to the OED, wellness is defined as ‘[t]he state or condition of being well or in good health, in contrast to being ill; the absence of sickness’.
Here at ThinkLiveNatural, we’re all about wellness, and as such, we want to equip you with the best tools to live well and be the best version of yourself. If you’re interested in living well, keep reading our complete guide to wellness…
Starting with skin, the foundation of outer beauty, so to speak. The skin we’re born with is the only skin we have and as we go through life, it’s important that we prepare ourselves for optimal skin health. This means using targeted ingredients that promote skin health, radiance and elasticity. These are the ingredients to look out for…
Retinol, otherwise known as a derivative of vitamin A, is the only ingredient that is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As well as this, retinol promotes the skin’s collagen production. Over time, it can significantly reverse the effects of sun damage and improve the skin’s texture.
Vitamin C & E – There’s much to say about these ingredients that are not only good for the skin but also the body. Both have antioxidant properties, meaning that they protect the skin against free radicals, sun damage as well as pollutants in the air. Vitamin C brightens the skin whilst vitamin E moisturises the skin and prevents further moisture loss.
Niacinamide – Also known as the vitamin B3, niacinamide is an essential ingredient for skin health. It reduces redness, boosts collagen production and reduces excess sebum production.
Ceramides – Ceramides are lipid molecules found in the top layers of the skin. They are essential to skin health as they hold skin cells together and help form a barrier (moisture barrier) that protects the skin against pollutants. To help maintain a healthy moisture level, use ceramide-rich products.
Collagen – Collagen is necessary for skin elasticity. It’s widely known for its ability to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
Health and Fitness
Now considering beauty on the inside. In the same way as our skin, we only have one body and a healthy body is important to living well. A varied diet and exercise routine are equally as important as one another. For more inspiration on, read our articles on YouTube workout videos, how to get fit without the gym and on-the-go breakfast ideas.
Wellness and work may seem like they don’t go together but we spend the majority of our day at work so it’s important that living well does not step when we clock in. To maintain that consider implementing these tips into your work routine:
- Leaving work at work by not checking/responding to emails when not at work
- Increasing comfort at your desk/office by decorating your workspace, using a standing desk or an ergonomic chair (if possible)
- Taking regular breaks away from your screen
- Actually taking lunch breaks and going outside for fresh air
For wellness in the home, look to create a home that you’re most comfortable in. This may be choosing colours that are proven to have a positive effect on you, selecting scents such as lavender that are calming to your senses and adding a few plants here and there.
Mindfulness and You
Ask yourself, what do you want for the future? Is wellness a part of it? One of the most important components to wellness is mindfulness. Practice mindfulness by reflecting on your day, setting goals (both short and long-term) for the future and most of all, being present and living with intention.
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