If you're passionate about healthy living, you may have heard the hype around the word "hacking" these days. Our collective desire to stay young and vibrant for as long as possible is the driving force behind new health discoveries. We can "hack" into the complexities of our neurological systems for sharper thinking and emotional well-being, our metabolism for weight maintenance and physical endurance, and yes, our skin for clear and radiant skin at any age. This buzzword word simply means alternating something in our environment to assist healthy cell function.
I think we've all experienced nights where we toss and turn, terrified to look at the clock, dreading the sound of our alarm clock. Nothing is more frustrating than wanting to sleep but your brain just WON'T to shut off. Getting consistent quality sleep is ESSENTIAL for vibrant skin, optimal health, energy, metabolism and weight maintenance, daily productivity, mental clarity and balanced emotions. When we rest, our bodies use this precious time away from the constant demands of our wake cycle to repair and replenish damaged cells. When you provide your body with proper rest you will find yourself waking up easier, feeling more refreshed instead of groggy and lethargic. The following tips will help you regulate your sleep cycle and conquer insomnia naturally and healthfully.
1) Purge. Get rid of old cosmetics, brushes, sponges and products that are expired or just collecting dust. Old products are a breeding ground for bacteria as well as lose their effectiveness.
2) Sunscreen. Although we should be wearing our sunscreen year-round, its best to ramp up sunscreen application as sunnier days arrive. Try using a one step product such as Vital Assist Make UP Primer Sunscreen or Osmosis Harmonized H20 UV Neutralizer. It's recommended to reapply several times throughout the day to ensure maximum protection. Adding antioxidants to your skincare routine will help boost your sunscreens ability to protect you from UV damage.
Get wet! Take a shower, bath, or take a swim if you can. Even spritzing your face with water cleanses and shifts negative energy. I take a “Crystal-Charged” bath with dead sea salts, and essential oils (Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz and Amethyst are calming). Put a few drops of Rose, Lavender, Geranium, Neroli or Jasmine to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system.