Holiday guide to staying healthy

Most of us are on the constant quest to stay healthy throughout the year - which is fantastic as it makes you feel all round WELL. Christmas time can be a little challenging even for the most healthy of bodies. Not only can it make us feel like we are packing on the kilos, it can also make dark circles appear under the eyes and the skin start to look lackluster and breakout due to toxic build up. Here are a few tips to pack in your suit case along with your bikini this holiday season.

  1. Find out where the local super market is and do a little food shop of fruit and veg. Buy some apples for when you need a snack and some veggies like celery, carrots and cucumber to have with your dips and cheeses instead of the chips. Buy ingredients that are fun and healthy to cook with whilst you actually have the time to try something new.
  2. Keep hydrated from day to day with the juice of an entire lemon in a glass of water. Continue to top up the same glass with the same lemon for the entire day. Repeat every day with a new lemon. This will help to cleanse and purify the skin.
  3. Use this time to get maximum shut eye. They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing. Sleep is when our bodies have the time to regenerate and repair.
  4. Find out what the local activities are that will allow you to keep fit. It might be bush walking, paddle boarding, horse riding or just a jog along the beach. Use it as a time to try something new and if you're having fun, you won't even know you're exercising! 
  5. Spend as much time in the ocean as possible. The sea water helps to resurface and has minerals and vitamins that are good for the skin.
  6. Pack board games. They will help keep you from being bored and hungry after dinner. Not to mention bring out your inner youth.
  7. This can be tricky if you're flying but pack some things to do a facial on yourself and whoever you're with. It's hard to find the time in day to day life to spend on yourself so a holiday is the perfect time to do some extra pampering.
  8. HAVE FUN! When you're having a wholesome fun time, you're body is de-stressing and repairing. So enjoy the unwind before the madness starts again.

What causes ageing and how do we avoid it...

The first and most important thing about ageing is: It doesn't have to be bad. You can grow old (bugger gracefully) beautifully. I think the more we embrace the absolute inevitable, A) it helps to combat one of the main causes of ageing - STRESS - but B) also helps us to work on the condition in which we do grow old. Ageing might be inevitable but the rate in which we age, is not.

Sun damage: UV Rays are known to be responsible for 80% of our ageing. Studies show, the repeated exposure of UV rays, causes the break down of collagen and inhibits the production of new collagen. It over stimulates pigment producing melanocytes that cause sun spots and uneven skin tone.

Smoking: As if you needed another reason to quit BUT! Smoking does indeed age the skin more rapidly. Smoking narrows the blood vessels to the outermost layers of the skin. It also inhibits nutrients such as Vitamin A and oxygen flow getting to the dermis which is where the wrinkles appear in the skin. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes that also breakdown the collagen and elastine in the skin.

Stress: Telomeres are like a little tip on the end of our cellular DNA (like the plastic tip on a shoelace) stopping it from fraying and ultimately breaking down (causing the skin to appear aged). The more stressed out you are, the more likely you are to damage and ultimately breakdown the Telomeres holding each DNA strand together. The good news about this process is, once the stress is removed they seem to come back  BUT! Sometimes you actually can't remove the stress so learning to deal with the stress is sometimes more effective. Physical activity also help to disburse stress causing hormones and eliminate them.

Unhealth: Your body is a temple....... is quite a boring statement. Although, there are much more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in healthy, fresh food than there is in over processed packaged food full of preservatives and chemicals which actually hinder and break down all the good healthy cells your body naturally produce. It's a no-brainer that you are going to appear younger if you keep yourself hydrated, which will plump the skin and fill the skin with nutrient rich food promoting healthy cell renewal.

Genetics: To me, the least important of all the factors. Reason being, I see clients all the time with the beginnings of genetic downfalls from family lines all the time. With the use of good skin care and a healthy diet, an obstacle easily overcome. On the other hand, if your mum looked like she's 40 when she is into her 70's, chances are you have hit the genetic jackpot - LUCKY YOU!

Afew tips on how to grow old beautifully...

Learn to deal with stress in a healthy manor

Exercise regularly and stay active 

Enjoy a healthy diet

Use sun protection

Use good quality chemical free skin care that has been specifically prescribed for you - including regular exfoliation

Regular salon professional intensive treatments

Drink lots of water