I Hope you all had a wonderful stress free Easter weekend? Unfortunately for most of us stress is something we have accepted as part of living in the 21st century! Over time the affects of stress take a harsh toll on our bodies. According to a study conducted at the University of California, the aging process is accelerated when our cells are exposed to stress. When you put yourself under stress, your brain releases neuro peptides ( free radicals that damage your cell membranes). This in turn dehydrates your skin and puts your immune system under enormous strain, leading to amongst other things, wrinkles, eczema and acne…….the list goes on. The first step is to recognize you are suffering from stress and take positive steps to alleviate it’s symptoms. The first and most obvious one being regular exercise. Doing a form of exercise that increases your oxygen intake, walking, running, swimming or yoga are all great ways to de stress the body, and of course don’t forget one of the best ways to de-stress, get together with your friends and have a great laugh!
As an avid fan of sunny days, I know only to well how tempting it is to step out into the wonderful sunshine, without the use of sunscreen! It’s usually an innocent enough oversight. You think, I’m not sitting in the garden/on the beach or planning to spend any length of time in the sun, then you bump into your friend. You go for a coffee, you sit outside, you chat for an hour (or more!), sound familiar? Before you know it you’ve a painful red conk staring back at you in the mirror, not to mention shoulders and whatever other body part was exposed! This early summer sun can be deceiving, especially if there’s a cool breeze blowing around, keeping you cool. Add that to the fact your skin hasn’t been exposed to sunshine for months and you’ll end up with dreaded sunburn! So even if your not planning on sunbathing, apply sunscreen after your morning shower, and keep a tube of sunscreen in your bag. Take some advice from Baz Luhrmann!
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I am starting this blog discussing the most fundamental of functions but one which is often practiced incorrectly. Breathing. Do you know how important breathing deeply is? When you inhale fully into your lungs, you bring in wonderful fresh oxygen, which oxygenates your blood, replenishing your cells, and delivering essential nutrients, vital for beautiful skin. I’m sure everyone has been for a brisk walk, or done some form of exercise that needs them to breathe deeply. Have you noticed how your skin glows for some time afterwards. Do your body and your skin a huge favour and start to breathe deeply for at least 10 minutes every day!