Feeling your best on the inside and out: 10 tips for retirees!
Feeling good on the outside is great, but feeling good on the inside is so much more important. Alongside eating well and exercising when you can, there are a few tips and tricks you can incorporate into your wellness routine that will help you feel your best from the inside, out.
Try infrared saunas.
Infrared saunas differ from your typical sauna, as they utilise infrared heat waves to generate heat in the body. These waves penetrate deeper into the tissues without excessively raising the temperature, making them ideal for people who can’t handle the heat in an old school sauna. They have been found to have a wide array of health benefits and have therefore recently become increasingly popular. The benefits include improved heart health, soothing sore muscles and joints, pain relief, relaxation, fighting off illness, helping with sleep quality, increased metabolism, promoting circulation, and boosting mood!
Take a greens powder.
Incorporating a greens powder into your daily routine is an easy, convenient way to deliver lots of nutrients into your body in one fell swoop. As much as we try to eat enough fruit and vegetables, it’s not easily achieved. Greens powders are composed of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, digestive enzymes, probiotics, fibre, and extracts, blended together into a powder consistency. Taking it consistently can result in less inflammation, more energy, lower blood pressure!
Opt for healthy alternatives.
It’s important to treat yourself every now and then, but if you’re someone who struggles to avoid eating meals that aren’t great for you, making healthier versions of them is a great option. This way you can continue to eat the things you love, without the guilt!
If you love pizza, consider making a home-made version with a healthy wrap as the base, topped with a lower fat cheese and lots of veggies. If you love burgers, create a bunless version with a lean beef patty or chicken breast, alongside sweet potato fries. If you love spaghetti bolognaise, make it using lean beef mince, garlic, and diced onion, celery, carrot, and tomato to get as many nutrients in as possible. You can pair it with a pasta substitute like zucchini noodles or a lentil pasta. Whatever your favourite meals are, you can google healthier alternatives and modify them to help you eat cleaner and ultimately feel better on the inside!
Although stretching is such a simple thing that we can do for free in the comfort of our own home, many of us forget to. Incorporating stretching into your daily routine can increase your range of motion, prevent aches and pains, and help with relaxation and stress relief. Make sure you hold stretches for at least 30 seconds and do them before and after exercise. The most important muscles to stretch regularly are the ones used for balance and mobility, including:
- Neck muscles
- Shoulder muscles
- Biceps and triceps
- Lower back muscles
- Hip flexors
- Quadriceps and hamstring muscles
Take cold showers.
Taking cold showers daily brings a variety of health benefits including improved circulation, boosted immunity, increased metabolism, reduced inflammation and muscle soreness.
Feeling good on the outside: 5 tips for using makeup as a tool to enhance your mature skin!
Naturally, as our skin changes over time, the way we apply our makeup should too. The sort of products and makeup look that suit someone with a younger complexion isn’t going to be what enhances mature skin, so it’s great to adapt your makeup routine as you get older. Instead of using makeup to cover the visible signs of aging, embrace the skin you’re in and utilise makeup as a tool to enhance your best features so you can feel your best self!
Begin with a hydrated base.
Hydrating your base is so important in not only creating a smooth canvas for your foundation, but also giving your skin a glowing from the inside out look. You can achieve this by applying a hydrating primer, moisturiser, or beauty oil as the first step in your makeup routine.
Keep it light.
Sometimes we can be tempted to use a full coverage foundation as an attempt to combat discolouration or various imperfections, but the reality is this can result in a heavy look that makes your skin look aged. The best way to create a flawless, glowing base on mature skin is by applying a lighter coverage foundation, and then spot concealing any imperfections with a brush and concealer pot. This provides you with more precision and will help to create a more natural, effortless makeup look!
Swap powder products for cream products.
Cream products are forgiving and easy to work with, making them perfect for beginners because they allow you to slowly work your way up to your desired coverage. They’re also great for mature skin as they create a dewy, glowing look, as opposed to a powdery, matte look which can tend to highlight texture on your face. After applying your foundation and concealer, try using a cream bronzer around the perimeter of your face for dimension, and a cream blush on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy, flushed look. If you want your makeup to last all day, you can set your entire face with a translucent or light coverage powder. You can also use a smaller brush to powder the parts of your face that are likely to become oily first.
Tread lightly with highlighter.
Highlighter can look beautifully when it’s used correctly, but if you’re not careful, it can tend to amplify any imperfections or lines on mature skin. The goal is to bring a subtle gloss to the skin, so avoid using a product that’s overly shimmery. Consider using a brightening concealer under your eyes, paired with a subtle liquid or cream highlighter on the cheekbones, cupids bow, bridge and tip of your nose, and blend it out with a sponge or brush for a seamless look.
Frame your face.
By focusing on the eyebrows, lashes, and lips, you can use makeup as a tool to frame your face, resulting in a more youthful, defined look. Do this by filling in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil, eyebrow gel or brow pomade and brush. For thick lashes, curl them first before applying a mascara. When it comes to eyeshadow, stick with soft, earthy tones like light bronzes and peachy pinks, and add a pop of shimmer on the lid for some dimension.
Finally, add a pop of colour to your lips, as this will pair beautifully with a light, glowing base. Colours that work well with mature skin include peach, muted rose, rosy brown, and mauve. You can create a seamless look and tie everything together by matching your blush and lip colour! Also be sure to stick with a hydrating formula like a lip oil, creamy lipstick, or lip gloss, as opposed to a matte lipstick as this will seep into any lines on your lips.