I just love poetry. Especially the deep and ancient stuff. There is this verse from the Quatrains of Omar Khayyam which has always stuck to my mind :
“The Pretty Girl with the rose one compares her;
My Pretty Girl, to the tulip I compare her;
A tulip rather than a rose, why do I compare her?
It is that my pretty girl to the other pretty girl never I compare her.”
There is so much wisdom is those dead poet’s words. Beauty is not a competition. So do not go about comparing yourself to other women. True beauty is a radiance that shines from different perspectives. Self-esteem is one of those pillars. Cherish it.
If you feel beautiful, you will look beautiful.
There is also the notion that beauty comes in the first place from internal nourishment. We’ve all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”. This idea is not just something born in the hippie era. It’s actually a notion which has been around for centuries, and might even have religious backgrounds. The basic idea is that food has an impact on your mental and physical wellbeing.
It is indeed a no-brainer that processed foods will not nourish you fully. And that eating wholefood will give you a happy feeling. After all, once you ingest your food, this food is used to build up the cells which make up your body and structure. The food you eat is integrated fully into your DNA. Be thoughtful of what you put into your mouth.
My chocolate addiction is out of scope for this discussion, but these are reknowned beauty foods :
- grapefruit & citrus
- royal jelly, from the bees
It’s amazing how some foods can help promote good circulation, which is key for helping oxygen and beauty nutrients for great hair and glowing skin.
You become what you eat.
How much do you take care of yourself ? Nourishing your body from the outside in. Get in touch with yourself by the love of self-massage. Using oils on your skin will help you re-write your cells and detoxify your lymphs. Massage nourishes your entire body and decreases the effects of aging. The movement on your skin increases circulation and stimulates the internal organs of the body. Finally, it softens your skin and reduces wrinkles (because less stress). And you sleep better.
In oils I strongly recommend Jojoba oil. Other oils which are good too, but depends on your skin type : coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil. For glowing facial skin, I recommend you first tone your face with rosewater.
Simple daily routines have powerfully rejuvenating effects on your skin and overall health.
Are you getting enough zzzzz’s ? Sleeping less than 6 hours a day will have an effect on your appearance. Apart from how much you sleep, the quality of your sleep and how you sleep will impact your beauty too.
To ensure qualitative sleep, make sure your bedroom is dark, silent and stress free. This means no music, no books, no electronics. Keep your bedroom clutter free, tidy and well-aired. This will ensure you to have the most reposing night rest.
Other great habits to improve your beauty while you sleep :
- keep your hair out of your face to reduce an oily complexion.
- sleep on your back to avoid scrunching your face into wrinkles – if all else fails, do face yoga (yes it does exist).
- buy yourself a satin bet set instead of using cotton – if you do sleep on your side or your stomach, and you do scrunch your face in the pillow, at least it’s a smooth pillow which will wrinkle you less.
- humidify your room and have a glass of water by your bedside. water is your friend when it comes to hydrating your skin.
- change your bed clothes (sheets, blankets and pillow cases) at least once a week. pillow cases accumulate a build up of oils from your hair and dead skin. you don’t want to be rubbing your face into that.
One way to help you reach Peak Beauty Sleep is to start making routines for yourself: try to wake up and eat your meals at the same time each day and exercise on a regular schedule. Regular rhythms throughout the day will help you be able to sleep more easily as well as achieve deeper REM sleep at night.
Get more beauty from your sleep.
To bring out your natural beauty you need to live more closer and more in tune with nature. As women, we are at the top of our game when we align ourselves with the moon.
The world around you is full of rhythmic cycles :
- the 24-hour cycle of the sun as it revolves around the earth
- each season merging into the next
- the rhythmic cycle of aging
How do you align yourself with nature’s rhythms ?
- the cycle of the sun by sleeping at an appropriate hour
- the shifting seasons by favoring a seasonal diet
- the phases of our lives
In traditional cultures, women would menstruate together during the dark night of the new moon. During the night of the dark moon, when there is no moon in the sky, women’s energy is at it’s lowest point, which is why we are encouraged to look within and practice introspection, to spend time in quietude, rest, and inward reflection. When the moon is full, women are at their highest point energetically. We are encouraged to be more externally expansive, to get involved socially, and to finish long-term projects. This cyclical sway of energy exists inside each woman to cause her to wax and wane between experiences of self-inquiry and interactions with the external world.
For humanity at large, not to forget our men, the benefits of simple practices like “earthing,” which have been shown to help balance your body with negative ions and neutralize aging free radicals.
Connect with the natural world around you. You’ve got that sparkle !
Discover how you can be your best self through improved nutrition, lifestyle and mindset. You can benefit from a holistic approach to exercise and movement. Adding yoga to your morning exercise will help you achieve a beautiful posture. Add to that some squats and HIIT training, and you have yourself a schedule for a healthy life. Wind down in the evening with some evening yin yoga poses, to let go of all stress and stimulation from your busy day.
When it comes to movement, balance is the key. You can actually overdo certain types of workouts. So when you’re tracking progress, focus on getting the most tangible, visible results for a toned, fit body — not on total hours spent at the gym.
Remember to stay hydrated. Move that body!
As it turns out, stress, or rather the inability to handle it, can have a physical impact on your well-being – an impact that can affect your appearance and your state of mind. It makes sense to learn how to cope with stress skilfully and learn to develop a peaceful mind. If you have a positive mindset, you will be able to avoid some of the beauty-robbing problems caused by improperly handled stress. Meditation is one of the most effective methods for reducing stress and bringing peace of mind.
The benefits of meditation include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Reduces stress, lessen anxiety
- Healthier lifestyle, eat better
- Natural beauty amplifier, reduce wrinkles, positive impact on hair and skin, as well as on your mental health
- Increased self-awareness, clearer mind, in tune with your emotions and feelings, better self-image
- Boost happiness, the glass half full and half empty
Having a peaceful mind is the main cause for inner and outer beauty. Meditate your way to beauty!
Taking care of yourself both inside and out will help you feel more confident and best of all, will give you the ability to tap into and be in touch with the true beauty that is already within you.
— The universe (here and now)