Whether the start of a new year is looming, or we feel like we need a bit of a shake up part way through, we all attempt to say health and beauty goals at some point or another. They can cover anything from getting fit and losing weight to caring more for your hair and remembering to take your makeup off every single night (that one’s a biggie). The hard part always seems to be making them stick.
So, if you’re determined to shake up your health and beauty life over the next twelve months, why not make a few simple commitments to yourself? They don’t have to be big changes; you can make small tweaks to your current lifestyle and daily routine to see what difference they make.
You don’t have to be a big health buff to care about yourself. You don’t even have to be extreme with the efforts you make. All that matters is that you’re trying to do your best. Whether you want to lose a bit of weight for health reasons, or you want to tone up to feel a bit better about your figure, you can get it done without a complete lifestyle transformation (unless that’s what you want).
- First up, think about your diet. Not in the sense of restricting yourself, but considering exactly what you eat. What do you put into your body? Is it nourishing and great for your body? Or, is it junk that can’t be used up all that easily and ends up being stored as fat? When you think about your food in this way, you start to realise exactly what you’re doing to your body and you can start to make realistic changes to what you eat, because you care.
- And then we have exercise. You might not love the gym, or weights, or running – but you don’t have to. You can find exercise that works for you. Join a fun class, start a sports team, take a yoga lesson. Whatever fits in with your personal preferences and lifestyle, go for it. As long as you commit to moving more, you’ll start to notice a difference in how you feel.
- While we’re on the topic of health, you might want to think about cutting back on anything that doesn’t contribute to a good level of health. Perhaps quitting smoking (find tips here – http://productreviewcafe.com/help-quit-smoking-health/) or drinking less alcohol will be good for you? But only you can decide when you’re ready.
Just like your overall levels of health and fitness, you might want to think about how you can start looking after your body better. Now, this might sound like the same thing as focusing on your health, but it’s not necessarily. When you care about your health, you tend to concentrate on what you eat and how you move. But when you care for your body, you have to start thinking outside of the box.
- One of the best ways to look after your body is to stay out of the sun. Even if you have the most olive of skin tones, extended periods of sun exposure isn’t all that ideal for you. A small dose of vitamin D each day can never go amiss, but when you start to lay out for hours on end, or even work outside, without any protection, you can be causing a lot more damage than you realize. So start wearing sunblock whenever you head outside. You’ll also prevent the visible signs of aging too.
- Staying hydrated is just as important as staying healthy. Our bodies need the right levels of water to function properly, to digest our food, to flush out toxins and to even help you lose weight. When you don’t drink enough water, you can feel lethargic, exhausted and pretty weak. Your skin also suffers too. So, think about upping your water intake – and adding in a good moisturizer to give your skin a helping hand.
- To look after your body right, you also have to take care of your mind. Being mindful and meditating can improve your mood, de-stress you and help you to feel more energized. When you help your mind, you help your body too. So look into the mindful techniques that could be right for you.
When it comes to beauty, you might be thinking about your skin care routine and makeup, and you’d largely be right. But beauty is more than that. Beauty takes into consideration all of the factors that make up your aesthetics. So when you start to think about your beauty goals, go beyond perfect winged liner and radiant skin.
- How do your hands look 99% of the time? You might book in for the odd manicure from time to time, or do one yourself, but what about every day? Are your hands well looked after? If you don’t feel all that neat, it might be time to commit to taking care of your hands and nails (you can even find a quick tutorial here – http://productreviewcafe.com/how-to-do-your-own-french-manicure-in-5-minutes-natural-nails/).
- Radiant skin is a good long-term beauty goal, but to get there, you might want to start a little smaller. Achieving clean and clear skin isn’t that easy. It requires a good cleaning routine and making sure you remove every trace of makeup each and every night. But, it is possible to achieve. Once you’ve focused on cleansing, you’ll start to notice a lot more radiance in your skin too. So it’s a win-win goal to set.
- Achieving the perfect eyeliner or lash length is a goal to have at some point in your life, but you might want to prioritize that over something else: streamlining. If you’re a bit of a makeup hoarder, it’s time to kick the habit. Makeup has a set shelf life, so it’s important to clean out your collection from time to time. Unless you use everything all of the time, throw out the things that are cluttering up your storage and start to think about quality over quantity as your new makeup rule.
How important is your hair to you? Chances are, pretty important. But, do you look after it like you do your health or your skin? Chances are, maybe not. So, 2017 is the year that you’re going to do something about it, right? Kickstart your hair care over the next twelve months by focusing on these areas.
- First of all, you want to be able to achieve healthy and happy hair. In order to do that, you have to make a commitment to looking after it right. Shampooing is important of course, but not too often. You want to keep the natural oils in your hair for as long as possible without it looking greasy. If you have a problem with excess oil, you can also look into detoxing shampoos that work to counteract it.
- Next, up you want to think about the overall condition of your hair. Is it dry and damaged or limp and lifeless? Either way, you’re going to want to focus on conditioning and treating for 2017. Invest in a good conditioner, hair mask and hair oil. Commit to using a hair mask at least once a week and wear hair oils whenever the ends feel dry or flyaway. It will make all the difference to the overall smoothness of your ‘do.
- It always helps to stay away from heat too. You might love the tousled curls look and you may only be able to achieve that by using a curling iron daily, but you’re also cremating your hair (daily!) in the process. So, for the next twelve months, vow to cut back a bit. Try to skip a day or let your hair dry naturally before you curl it, to at least give it a break from one type of heat. The overall condition of your hair will thank you for it.
And although you think you may have it covered, it’s also important to think about any hygiene improvements you can make for 2017. You’ve probably got your showing schedule down, but it takes a lot more than a daily cleanse to keep your personal hygiene in check.
- How often do you see your dentist? Even if you have the biggest fear of the dentist, it’s time to pull yourself together and stay on top of your dental health. Find a 24-hour local dentist that will have an appointment to suit your schedule (you can do it online here – http://dentists.local24hour.com) and get over your fear before the next twelve months are up. You’ll be grateful if you can prevent any dental disasters!
- It’s also time to start taking care of your feet. If you wear heels a lot of the time, you might have no idea of the damage you’re doing. Try to give yourself a break from time to time and make sure you’re applying creams to keep your feet cleaner and calmer. You might even find that your nails are in need of some hygienic TLC – a quick chiropodist appointment should do the trick.