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Getreadyforsummer

Leaving the house without a coat.. slowly peeling back the layers.. spending more time in the garden.. yes!!

I had no idea when I put on my trainers yesterday (according to several reports) 56% of the nations women would be choosing the same day to start their ‘bikini body’ diets, the park may have been full of joggers and runners all getting their ‘work out’ on, with the average woman aiming to lose up to 11lbs over the next 13 weeks, but I’m not that interested in a bikini bod or bikini diets, I still want better summer skin!

 After what has seemed like the longest winter ever (7 months to be precise) spring has finally made an appearance  meaning we can say goodbye to dull grey skin and get a healthy does of Vitamin D each day. I’m really feeling the effects of a harsh winter, and yes make up can help fake the glow, but warmer weather can boost the motivation to get there naturally!

Smoothies and juices:

You don’t often feel like having smoothies or juices in winter, it’s all hot chocolate, soups and ‘stodge’, but there is something about a bit of sun combined with mouth-watering fruits that go hand in hand!

Ever since the gorgeous Rosie Huntingdon Whitely posted a picture of herself casually (and serenely) sipping a natural juice on Instagram, the world has gone juice crazy. Rosie has started the trend which is seeing lots of celebs post their deliciously healthy juices online, often with the recipes alongside and it’s no surprise as fruit juice is PACKED with skin boosting anti-oxidants. I am a huge smoothie fan, opting for them over juices as the fruit is blended whole, therefore getting the benefits of the fibrous content too, unless however the juice is made up of mainly vegetables  and wheatgrass from my favourite juice bar Crussh for a powerful, but  often not as tasty hit.

Sainsbury’s smoothie mixes and frozen fruits are a GREAT way to save money and time when making smoothies. I often buy a couple of ‘basics’ frozen fruits to mix in with the original smoothie range meaning a couple of bags of skin- saving blueberries lasts me up to a month! As well as non dairy alpro yoghurt, fresh banana; beetroot, berries, kiwi, also  make a regular appearance in my recipes as they all help to produce collagen that strengthens the capillaries that feed the skin.

Drinking Water:

Again, always more difficult in winter, and hot water doesn’t always have the appeal over other hot beverages, but the slightly warmer weather should make it easier to consume more.

You don’t spend a lot of time with Beauty Editors without learning a thing or two about hydration. Contrary to popular belief, the AMOUNT of water isn’t key. Downing 2 litres in one sitting isn’t the way to get great skin.The WAY it is consumed is key. Sipping water LITTLE and OFTEN throughout the day to stave of dehydration is the best way to banish wrinkles, fight blemishes AND plump up the skin. I have seen a huge difference to my skin  in the last 3 months JUST from changing the way I drink water. It still has a long way to go, but my skin is definitely the best it’s been  in years!

Skin Super foods: 

Everyone has a favourite face cream or treatment, but great skin really does start on the inside. Eat the correct balance of foods and you’ll feed your skin the vital nutrients to help it stay soft, supple and blemish-free.

These now are a regular and important part of my diet: Brazil nuts (Yuck! I eat them holding my nose – high in selenium to reduce puffiness and inflammation) cashew nuts, fresh tuna, seeds (over yoghurt), walnuts, almonds, avocado and hazelnuts (fruit and nut dairy milk doesn’t count!) Salmon, chia, and flaxseed.

Exercise: 

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals. Contrary to some claims that exercise doesn’t help the skin, the job of eliminating toxins belongs mostly to the liver, so  by increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system. You can think of exercise  as cleansing your skin from the inside.

My one month gym membership has come to an end (thank you fitness4less you were wonderful) and just as well as I  prefer being outside, plus last week I dug out my skipping rope. Why? 10 mins of skipping can have the health benefits of a 45 min run. ( My friend Moira and I did 2 hours in one workout!)

 ‘ Well done ladies’ an enthusiastic cyclist hollered as we skipped past, ‘I know it’s really hard work so well done’.

The cyclist was right:

  • The effort it takes to jump rope for 10 minutes is the equivalent of running a mile in eight minutes!
  • Skipping is a full body workout which uses your abdominals to stabilise the body, legs for jumping, shoulders and arms for turning the rope.
  • It’s a weightbearing exercise so can help in improving bone density, thus helping stave off osteoporosis
  • It’s fun solo or in groups. 
  • It’s cheap.. once you’ve got a rope..

 

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Tip: Use wrist weights and weighted ropes (sand/beads or whatever you can find!!) to increase the workout on your arms! ( It REALLY helps with bingo wings)

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Bikini Body articles:  AOL, Daily Mail

 

 


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