Here at Made for Life, our ethos is about holistic health, we believe that healthy skin is beautiful skin. These tips are about embracing that philosophy and taking good care of yourself and your body, because being healthy and happy naturally makes you look as good as you feel.

 

1 You are what you eat...

Good nutrition makes a huge difference to the way we look and feel. Eating an organic, balanced diet, which includes a variety of healthy foods is great for your body. When your digestive system is running well and you have a balanced level of energy from foods which release glucose slowly (low-GI foods), you will naturally have more energy, clearer skin, and protection from a host of serious illnesses.

You’ll look good because: improved circulation and nutrition means your hair, nails and skin will be brighter and clearer and if you eat healthily as a daily habit, your body will be a healthy size and shape.

You’ll feel good because: You’ll have more energy and your moods will be balanced. Good nutrition stops mood swings and balances out the neurochemicals which put you on an upward spiral of happiness.

Top tip: Make healthy foods appealing, take a little bit of time to discover and find healthy foods that you really love and to make them look and taste really enticing. It could be toasting a few pine nuts to go with your salad, or spending a pound or two extra on locally grown organic strawberries which are unbelievably juicy. Finding healthy meals such as stir fry which are quick and easy to cook makes life easier and gives you more time too.

 

2 Hydrate yourself

We humans are 60 to 70% water (the exact percentage varies throughout our lifetime). Very few of us drink enough water, and yet it offers so many benefits. Drinking water will hydrate and detox your skin, reduce fatigue and headaches, improve your energy levels and mood and keep your internal organs functioning healthily. It improves your digestion, and cleanses your body.

You’ll look good because: Your skin will be clearer and will age more slowly and your appetite will be regulated. We simply eat more healthily and adjust our calorie intake to what we need when we drink more.

You’ll feel good because: Your energy levels will be improved, you’ll be less prone to tiredness, headaches or a sluggish digestive system.

Top tip: Make water breaks part of a regular routine. If you like to have a cup of tea, for example, get yourself a drink of water at the same time, and always have a drink of water at mealtimes.

 

3 Use oils and balms in your skincare routine

It’s a common misconception that skincare oils are not good for oily complexions. In fact, rubbing just a little oil to your skin helps you to balance production of your own natural sebum, the natural skin oil which helps to keep your skin balanced and protected against the elements. In fact skincare oils can help both dry and oily skin to be balanced, making it ideal for all skin types. An added benefit is that while water-based products tend to need preservatives, oil based products can last for a very long time without any additional chemicals, which is why all of our 100% products are balms and oils.

You’ll look good because: Your skin will be hydrated and balanced, keeping it healthy and nourished.

You’ll feel good because: You need to massage just a tiny bit of oil into your skin in tiny circles to ensure good coverage, and the act of gently massaging your skin releases feel good chemicals into your body, which makes you feel calmer and nurtured.

VIDEO: Click here for a guide to using organic skincare oils



4 Take 'me time' every day

Many of us know we should have 'me time', but often that 'me time' ends up being an extended beauty care routine which we squeeze in every so often, and during which we focus on some of the more unpleasant body maintenance tasks we have to do -- waxing really doesn’t count as quality 'me time!'

The trick with 'me time' is to build in little chunks, 20 or 30 minutes even that you can look forward to every day that involves doing something that is about taking care of yourself, doing something you love. It could be that you give yourself 20 minutes before bedtime to give yourself a face massage or 20 minutes each morning to massage a little oil into your hair before washing it off in the shower.

You’ll look good because: You’re taking time to nurture yourself and regular time out helps to reduce stress hormones which can play havoc with your skin, causing stress eczema and break outs and also which accelerate the ageing process. If your idea of 'me time' is to take time to rub oils into your skin or massage hair oil, your skin will have improved circulation and bloodflow, making your complexion clear and glowing and your hair will be stronger and glossier.

You’ll feel good because: Reducing stress helps you to control negative thoughts and allows your body to produce positive neurochemicals which improve your mood. The simple fact that you have something to look forward to every day will raise your happiness levels.

Click here for our feel good mindful, pampering ritual



5 Forget Facebook and introduce Face to Face time with friends

It doesn’t sound like a typical beauty tip, but spending time with loved ones does make us look and feel better - it’s a fact.

You’ll look better because: Studies also show strong friendships improve our health, and as we always say, healthy skin is beautiful skin.  There is also the simple fact that we tend to make an effort with our appearance when we’re being sociable face to face.

You feel better because: study after study shows that friendships boost our happiness and mental wellbeing. We laugh more with friends which helps us to physically relax. Friends reduce our stress levels, boost our optimism, and when they’re happy, it’s contagious!

 

6 Exercise little and often

For most of us with busy lives, the easiest way to get enough physical activity is to exercise little and often. It may not seem much to get off the bus a stop earlier, or to walk around the block at lunchtime, but some studies reveal that the daily bus user walks on average an astonishing 11 marathons a year.

You’ll look better because: when you sweat, during moderate to vigorous exercise, you cleanse your pores while the added circulation boosts oxygen flow to your skin giving you a clear, glowing complexion. You’ll improve muscle tone and burn calories. Exercise even promotes hair growth.

You’ll feel better because: Studies show that regular exercise boosts self-esteem, lifts our mood and energy, as well as reducing stress and your risk of depression. It does this by sending out positive neurochemicals such as dopamine which make us happier and more upbeat.

 

7 Be a hugger

It’s official: hugging not only strengthens bonds with loved ones, it’s great for our health and emotional wellbeing too. But did you know it can help as part of our alternative beauty regime...

You’ll look good because: Did you know acne is not caused by bacteria but by our immune system triggering a reaction. Experts say the key to banishing breakouts and acne is to boost the immune system, and hugs decrease the stress hormone which inhibits the immune system and increase the hormones and peptides that regulate the functioning of immune cells. In short, regular hugs help you have clearer skin!

You’ll feel good because: Hugging can increase the production of serotonin from your brain, which improves your mood and can boost your self-esteem. A person experiences depression and loneliness when their serotonin levels are low. Hugging causes the brain to release serotonin and endorphin to blood vessels to create pleasure and negate sadness



8 Use hair oil

Regular head massage is a custom in India with good reason. There are plenty of studies which reveal that massaging oils into the scalp and hair regularly can not only make our hair stronger and glossier, but has a whole host of health benefits.

You’ll look good because: Scalp massage promotes hair growth while hair oil strengthens hair, reducing split ends and tackling frizz. But it also helps to reduce insomnia and anxiety so you’ll banish those dark circles caused by lack of sleep and frown lines caused by regular stress.

You’ll feel good because: Massaging hair oil such as our Head and Hair Oil regularly into your scalp helps to prevent migraines, headaches and back pain. It also detoxifies the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage, boosts energy levels and memory and reduces anxiety and depression.



9 Have a good bedtime routine

Beauty sleep is no myth. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep is the closest thing to the elixir of youth you can get, and of course, getting sound, regular sleep does make us feel much happier and energetic too. Having a good bedtime routine is the simplest and most effective way to help you enjoy restful sleep each night. Turn off phones and gadgets an hour before sleep, switch from alcohol to a calming drink such as chamomile tea to hydrate yourself. Calm yourself with a soothing skincare routine which involves massaging your skin, which will release feelgood hormones into your skin that will help you feel calmer and ready for sleep. Make sure your room is peaceful, dark and add calming fragrance such as lavender. Our Calm and Gentle Room Spray can help you to sleep well.

You’ll look good because: Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging and fine lines. You also get improved oxygen supply to the skin as your body heals and repairs itself overnight, so your complexion will be brighter. Good sleep also reduces puffiness around the eyes.

You’ll feel good because: Regular restful sleep makes you feel less angry and fewer negative emotions. It also makes you friendlier, more empathetic and happier when good things happen to you.

 

VIDEO: Click here for our nighttime skincare ritual with face massage.



10 Do good things for other people.

Kindfulness, as our MD Amanda Winwood likes to put it, is possibly the best thing for body and soul. “Always try to be kinder than you feel,” says Amanda. “It really is the best thing to make life feel meaningful and helping others makes everyone happier. It’s at the very heart of what we do here at Made for Life, in particular the Made for Life Foundation which supports those going through cancer.”

You’ll look better because: We know that stress is a huge enemy to our health, but also contributes to many skin troubles including eczema and acne. Stress is also linked to weight gain and hair loss in extreme circumstances. And guess what, perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age more slowly than the average population!

You’ll feel better because: Even witnessing acts of kindness produces the happy hormone oxytocin which increases our self-esteem and optimism and a raft of studies show that being kind is one of the simplest ways to feel happier.