When it comes to my beauty routine, I am definitely a less-is-more type. Actually, not so much less-is-more, as: simple-is-more. Beauty is a constant process and therefore should be naturally and seamlessly incorporated into your daily life. Inner and outer beauty are both a lifestyle, if you want to keep both.
Below, I am sharing my favorite beauty routines for inside to outside beauty that I have personally found to improve my complexion, health, and level of energy. My skin feels and looks better, and I have better mental clarity when I apply these little tricks to my daily routine. And you know what else? Less makeup looks better on a bright and healthy face.
I love experimenting with a new brand of makeup or a new makeup technique, but I get more satisfaction out of daily routines that contribute to my overall health, as well as keep my skin soft and glowing.
My health/beauty routine tends to slightly alternate every few months, depending on what new concoction I have become obsessed with. There are a few components of my daily regimen that will be staples for the long run, though. If revamping your daily routine sounds overwhelming to you, add one good thing to your day-to-day at a time. Don’t set yourself up for failure by overwhelming yourself with too much to handle all at once. Research a health benefit, incorporate it into your life, and get the hang of it before you add in something else new.
Warm Lemon Water
I start my day off with warm lemon water for the many benefits it has. I’ll let you in on a little secret: the first time I tried warm lemon water, I couldn’t stand the taste so I switched to cold water with lemon. It doesn’t have the same benefits though, so I forced myself to drink the warm stuff again. After a few days of drinking it, it grew on me. And now I actually enjoy it. So stick with it if you aren’t crazy about it at first.
Lemon water stifles cravings throughout the day as it is high in pectin fiber, and can help with weight loss as it is a digestive aid and a liver cleanser. It also boosts your immune system, and is antibacterial. Lemon water is equipped with Vitamin C which helps clear your skin and fight wrinkles, and is very detoxifying, making this the perfect tonic for your beauty routine.
You want to drink lemon water first thing in the morning. And ideally, you should wait thirty minutes after you drink it before you eat or drink anything else. The lemon water needs total solitude to do its thing. Your water should be purified and warm, but not boiling. Squeeze half a lemon into the warm water, and enjoy the wonderful benefits.
I’ve talked about coconut oil on Lydia before, but it is always worth repeating. Ingesting coconut oil daily has amazing health benefits (including but not limited to: lowering bad cholesterol, weight loss, and so much more.) but right now we are focusing on what it does to your skin. You can apply it topically yes, but don’t forget to consume it daily to help keep skin clear and moisturized! Coconut oil helps build and repair skin cells, and thus helps slow the aging process of your skin. Most anti-aging products make sure to tell you how their product is loaded with the healing power of Vitamin E, which coconut oil is naturally loaded with!
If you have never taken coconut oil before, you should start small, as the detoxifying elements can throw your body for a loop if you take too much at once. Start with half a teaspoon a few times a day, and work your way up to as much as 5 tablespoons per day (you really cannot take too much, though). Use it as a lotion all over your body to keep your skin moisturized as well. Lotions include lots of water that eventually dries up and leaves your skin wanting more lotion. Coconut oil soaks into your skin and keeps it moisturized much longer.
Remember that when purchasing coconut oil, it needs to be organic, virgin, and unrefined.
A little tip: most people do not love the texture of coconut oil by itself. I suggest adding it to your tea or coffee, or mixing it into oatmeal or a smoothie.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Like lemon water, this is another taste that is acquired. Drink a tablespoon or two in a glass of water 2-3 times a day and see miracles happen. At least, that’s what you might expect if you google “benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar”. Seriously, this stuff is the cure for just about any bodily complaint you may have.
I find that sipping on it throughout the day keeps cravings at bay and keeps me energized. I started using it topically as a skin toner (one part ACV, one part water) and noticed a difference in the size of my pores within a few days (for the better, I might add). As you probably guessed, drinking this mixture also helps keep your skin clear! Be sure to buy the kind that includes the “mother” (the cob-webby looking stuff you see floating around when you hold it up to the light)—it’s so good for you!
Does your daily routine include any of these already? Will you try any of them? Tell us what you think!
Jenny Williams is an Oklahoma-native who moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to fulfill her dream of living in her favorite city and working on Capitol Hill. It took her two-and-a-half-years, however, to realize her true passion was not in writing someone else’s policies behind a desk all day, but rather, in the thing she has always loved: observing the beauty of the world, and writing about it. Leaving politics without glancing back, she entered the less glamorous private sector which allows her more time for writing, and her other favorite things: making breakfast, tearing up while reading Anne of Green Gables for the fiftieth time, and exploring the District with her husband. She can be found elsewhere on the internet at Jeneric Generation.