Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and much of it comes from within. Society imposes a lot of beauty standards, especially on women. As we grow older, we’re told we need to put extra effort into how we look, we’re told that aging is the biggest threat to our beauty and that we must do everything to stop it.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Although we do have to take care of our skin, aging can be a fulfilling experience. Incorporating a well-rounded holistic beauty routine is very desirable since skin tends to get drier as we age, but panicking over something natural can only make you stressed, and stress has a negative influence on how you look and feel.
Holistic beauty tips to be beautiful inside and out:
1. Embrace your age
Yes, you’re getting older. Your kids (if you have them) are adults, you’ve probably reached a level of financial security, and you have more time for yourself. Use it to your advantage. Do all the things that you haven’t had time for when you were younger. Learn a new language. Take up a pottery course. Travel to all the places that have been on your bucket list. This is your time, and the better you use it, the better you’ll feel from the inside. Only if you feel content from the inside, will it show on the outside.
2. Protect your health
Health tends to deteriorate with age, but with regular check-ups and a mindful, healthy lifestyle you can prevent many ailments. Experiment with different diets until you find the one that’s good for you. Exercise, but be careful not to strain yourself. Light jogging, yoga, Pilates, or tai chi are excellent ways to stay fit even if you haven’t been physically active before. Aside from physical health, pay attention to your mental well-being. Meditate or listen to soothing music. Abstain from negative practices like overeating, smoking, or excessive drinking. Try walking more instead of driving everywhere. Cook healthier food and stay away from fast-food restaurants.
3. Don’t follow every trend
Knowing what’s up when it comes to holistic beauty trends isn’t a bad thing. Keeping up with the latest skincare formulas is fine unless it becomes your obsession. Trying out different products and beauty techniques can be good since that’s how you can learn what’s good for your skin. However, don’t get hung up on celebrity endorsements, especially if they endorse products that you can’t afford. Remember that you can always treat yourself, but you don’t need to follow every trend. Trends come and go, so stick with what works for you.
4. Deal with imperfections
Now that you have enough time (and other resources), feel free to treat something that’s been bugging you for a long time. If you’ve always had oily skin, finding the best acne treatment will definitely make you feel more empowered. Self-love should always be the priority, but there’s no reason not to treat yourself to something extra as well. Whatever you do, make sure it’s done by someone qualified for the job. If you’re not sure, always look for recommendations from people you trust, and remember that cheap doesn’t equal good.
5. Turn to nature
When we say nature, many envision camping and hiking. You should really go and spend more time outdoors since the fresh air is good for your health. When it comes to choosing holistic beauty products, it’s always better to choose organic natural brands that favor oils and plant-based ingredients over harsh chemicals. There are many brands you can choose from, just be sure to check the ingredients before you make a purchase. Natural is always better, and if you decide to use more organic products, your skin will be thankful.
6. Be positive
Positive thinking might seem like overused advice, but once you get used to it, it’ll change your life for the better. It takes effort, especially if you’ve never done it before, but it pays off. Learning to control your negative emotions and being optimistic is the key to feeling attractive and happy. Stay away from drama, especially from people who don’t wish you well. Petty gossiping is high school stuff. You are much better than that and you deserve more quality relationships in your life. Entertain yourself with inspiring, cerebral content. Watch interesting movies and TED talks. Read books on self-improvement or interesting (auto)biographies instead of trashy novels (unless you’re on the beach).
7. Practice self-love
If you’ve spent your whole life neglecting yourself and catering to other people’s needs, now it’s time to learn how to relax and indulge yourself. Self-love isn’t only exfoliating your face and adding a moisturizer. Self-love comes in many shapes and forms. Loving yourself means cutting all the toxic people from your life. When you’re older you don’t have time for people who are resentful. Self-love also means turning your back on your past mistakes and not feeling guilty. Ask for forgiveness and learn to forgive. Wear sunscreen, but don’t forget to smile. Be thankful for everything.
These are some aspects of holistic beauty that can make you feel beautiful from the inside and out. Always remember that these two go together and that feeling good is a sure recipe for true beauty.