We all know that to look good, you have to take care of yourself from the inside out. We expect with plenty of sleep, gallons of water and a good lashing of green in our diets that we will suddenly wake up one day and look like Gisele.
But how bloody boring does that sound? Beauty, true beauty, is something that is difficult to put into words. So, instead of suggesting that you exist on a diet of kale shots, here are six nuggets of beauty wisdom that are truly timeless.
1. Don’t Be Bitter
Bitterness lives deep inside a person and slowly hardens all of your nice features. My mother used to always say that bitter, mean people have thin lips from always having their mouths pursed in disdain. So don’t bother holding onto bitterness, as it doesn’t affect the person that you’re bitter against and it just makes you look ugly.
2. Be French
The French have the right idea when it comes to a lot of things. The Breton stripe, cheese at every meal and an effortless allure about them, that stems from an inner confidence. Plus, of course, glowing skin. The New York Times wrote about how French women age gracefully, without surgery, by simply using good skin creams. They apparently spend “$2.2 billion a year on facial skin care — as much as Spanish, German and British women put together.” Take a leaf out of their book by always wearing sunscreen and never having Botox.
3. Honey, Honey
Everyone should have a jar of manuka honey in their cupboards. It does EVERYTHING. It retains moisture so it makes a fab hair mask. Raw honey is naturally antibacterial so it works wonders as a face mask – actually, you can even bathe in it as those antibacterial properties can help prevent and treat acne as well as leaving your skin super soft and supple.
4. Silk Scarves
Our hair takes such a bashing what with straighteners, curlers, dry shampoos and dyes that it can leave you feeling like you have a bail of straw on your head. Your locks truly are your crown and glory so the glossier and healthier-looking, the more confident you will feel. Style maven that is Jackie Kennedy always had one simple tip. Wear a silk scarf over your hair in bed. Comb a little lavender oil through your ends to keep hair hydrated, and voila! Straw-like hair will become a thing of the past.
5. Olive Oil
Another multi-use natural product is extra virgin olive oil. Used for centuries, it is an ingredient in anti-ageing skin care products as well as being rich in antioxidants, helping reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Plus it is ideal for sensitive skin. You can thank us later.
6. Simply Does It
Ever heard of the saying, “the simpler you live, the simpler your life will be?” It’s kind of spot on. In every aspect of every day life, don’t over complicate things for yourself. Be it your home/love/work life. Ensure that you’re doing the basics: getting to bed by 10pm a few nights a week, balancing that takeaway and wine with some fruit and veg, and managing your stress levels. True beauty is worshipping your body on a daily basis. It is a temple, after all.
And if all else fails, just remember;