With the little time that I had off over Christmas I decided to take a trip down memory lane and browse through some of my older posts. It’s something I do once a year just before writing my goals for the new year, so that I can decide on which types of posts/series I will continue and those I’ll be parting ways with.
I stumbled upon a post I had written about Annette Larkins, the 72 year old who had me google-ing her profile for almost two days to find out the secret behind her 50 something year old-looking face!
Her secret? Juicing & Veganism
Now, I completely jumped on the smoothie/juicing bandwagon but my Nigerian roots were not very supportive of veganism so I let that one slide! A year later and with a wedding just months away, I’m taking my health and skin care routine to another level, and what better than to do so by getting some tips from the masters of ageless beauty themselves! Of course I plan on sticking to these tips post the big day, I’d have to be crazy not to!
So here it goes, the first episode of the new Beauty Corner Series + some beauty practices I’m stealing for 2015:
ANNETTE LARKINS – Having read almost every post there is out there on Annette Larkins, I’m 100% convinced that revisiting my smoothie/juice a day challenge of 2013 and making this a lifetime challenge will reap benefits beyond my imagination. 2013 was one of my healthiest years yet. How do I know this? Well, mid 2014 I fell off the 365 Smoothie/Juice Challenge and a month or two later Mr LYT flagged my daily complaint of feeling tired. I decided to see my work nurse, who advised that my body was experiencing minor shock and adjusting to the new and lower levels of nutrients and sugar in my diet. As for the practicalities of the challenge especially for those who work long hours like myself. Weekend prep is a life saver.
Simply chose your fruit and veg, chuck them into a sandwich bag, and into the freezer they go ready to be used during the week. If you’re still not convinced and the thought of veggies in a drink gives you the shivers, check out my smoothie pinterest board, it inspired me to give it a try and I ended up pleasantly surprised.
In case you’re interested here are the ingredients for my everyday go to Green Smoothie, energy levels are back up & I’m addicted:
– Spinach/Kale > Vitamin A, Vitamin C
– Orange > Vitamin C
– Chia Seeds > Omega 3, Protein
– Spirulina > Protein, Amino Acids
– Flaxseeds > Omega 3, Fiber, Antioxidant
– Kiwi > Vitamin C,
– MSM Powder > Form of Sulphur
– Ginger > Aids circulation
NIA LONG – Again on the topic of Christmas, I indulged in a number of Christmas movies including one of my very faves ‘The Best Man Holiday’. I’ll admit I can overdo it when it comes to movies, I’ve seen this one five times! This time however I couldn’t help but focus on just how amazing Regina Hall, Sanaa Lathan and Nia Long looked. Whilst I know that makeup helped in making them look oh so fabulous, if you’ve stalked them as much as I have you’ll know that even without makeup these ladies are simply gorgeous.
As someone hoping to one day have some children of my own, I took particular interest in Nia’s skincare regimen. I just had to find out how a working mother of two managed to look so young. It wasn’t long before I stumbled upon an interview she did for BET, where she shared that she goes to bed greasy! Here is what she said:
‘The key to having great skin is to keep it super-duper moisturized. I go to bed greasy. I use a product from a line at Whole Foods, but it’s not expensive. It’s called Aura Glow from Heritage products. They have almond scented oil. I use it everyday, and my son uses it as well. It’s a staple in our house. I put it on in the shower whilst my skin is still wet.”
I’ve been giving this a try everyday since January 1st [after applying my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair], and I wake up with flawless skin, I exaggerate not! Aura Glow is a blend of Peanut oil, Olive oil, Lanolin oil and Almond oil. I made my own version using just Almond oil, Coconut oil, Rosehip oil and a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil. I don’t think I’ll ever turn back!
IMAN – Last but not least, a technique that I couldn’t get my head around for some time. Up until November 2014 I had only ever used SPF when going on holiday. The reason being, having grown up and lived in London all of my life where the sun plays hide and seek, I saw no need for sunscreen except when travelling abroad. After a debate or two with a European colleague at work who forces her Gambian husband to wear sunscreen, I began to do my own research. Reviews were mixed and I decided not to bother with it. That was until she dropped an issue of Pride Magazine on my table with a feature on Iman who mentioned that sunscreen is a must and that she commits to using this daily!
I am now a serious SPF convert and indulge daily in the OLEHENRIKSEN Protect The Truth SPF 50+ mixed with my current face cream. [Let’s hope I don’t need celebrity convincing for all things related to my life right!]
Do you swear by any Beauty Secrets for Flawless Skin? Do Share!