There is a lot of conflicting information out there regarding how we should treat our skin. Most of it is inconsistent and a lot of it is confusing. So what’s a girl to do…? We sat down with Monika Schnarre and she dished on her top 5 beauty tips…and lucky you, we’re not shy about sharing!
Find Your Exercise Passion
It’s no secret that working out is good for you… but did you know that it also cleanses and tightens your skin? Working out can be enjoyable and something you will do everyday IF it’s something you love. For me it’s taking long hikes, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, doing yoga or even running up and down my neighbour’s stairs (they have 135 stairs!). If you’re a slave to the treadmill, not only will your results eventually stall but you’ll also be less likely to do this every day if it’s not something you love.
Tip:After getting your ‘sweat on’ be sure to cleanse your skin. Make sure to get rid of the dirt and toxins that have found their way to the surface.
Eating clean is easier said than done! Sure, I enjoy the odd french fry or bowl of jelly beans but the trick is to make these mistakes few and far between. Cutting out saturated fats (i.e., deep fried foods) will dramatically affect the look and feel of your skin. Recently, my friend Sydney introduced me to a delicious recipe: Glory Bowl with Goddess dressing. I am absolutely in love with it and I can add and change ingredients to my liking — like throwing in slow cooked black beans to add texture and protein.
Tip: Try to have protein with each meal. The amino acids in proteins help build the collagen in your skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.Getting enough protein and the right combination of amino acids in your diet can be difficult. The iampure Inner Beauty Complex takes the guess work out of consuming the correct amount of amino acids daily in order to nourish your skin from the inside out!
The most beautiful people I know have found that zest for life or ‘joie de vivre’. There is definitely a mind/body connection when it comes to your health but I believe there is also a mind/beauty connection when it comes to your skin. Obviously, stress can wreak havoc on our skin and, conversely, happiness can have very positive effects. Ever wonder why Audrey Hepburn looked so beautiful well into her 60s? Perhaps it was her generosity of spirit. If you’re unhappy in your job, relationship or where you live — make the changes necessary to find inner peace.
Tip: Try giving back. Find a charity or organization that will fuel your soul – or even helping one person can bring meaning back into your life. Remember that every day is a gift. Being an ambassador for Habitat For Humanity’s Women Build has brought me immeasurable happiness.
It’s easy to judge actors and actresses for having ‘a little work done’ but being in the public eye can be a very unsettling experience and conjure up the feelings of insecurity that we all have — multiplied by a thousand. It’s true, many actresses have had work done. In my opinion, many of the invasive procedures will actually age you. I promised myself long ago… no cutting! There are plenty of non-invasive things you can do. I’ve tried IPL (Intense Pulse Light Therapy) and Microdermabrasion with good results. If you have a facelift in your thirties, people will assume you’re much older. Of course, staying out of the sun is imperative and following a simple skincare regime is also key.
We have married the best quality anti-aging ingredients (peptides, ceramides, hyaluronic acid) with natural ingredients like rice bran oil, coconut oil, argan oil & natural desert cactus).
Be Kind to Yourself
You may never be a size 6 or have the perfect bikini body but there is only one you and you are PERFECT. Accept the face and body you have. Treat them well. Work with what you have. Take a deep breath and love the skin you’re in.
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