Skincare guru Liz Earle's tips on aging gracefully...
As the woman behind one of Britain's biggest beauty brands, Liz Earle knows a bit about looking good. Here she gives 7DAYS her seven top tips for looking good as the years go by...
Rehydrate: Drink plenty of water to keep you and your skin hydrated during the summer.
Your skin needs rehydration - particularly following sun exposure. Remember, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Cover up: Wear a hat with a wide brim to protect your facial skin in the summer and opt for sunglasses that are 100 per cent UV protective - the larger the better.
Exercise: I exercise for 20 minutes first thing in the morning, literally as soon as I get out of bed and before my brain has a chance to say ‘no!’. I either get on the treadmill, lift some weights or do gentle stretches and it boosts my metabolism and energy.
Pick-me-up juice: What I call ‘The Green Whizzer’ is a delicious energising tonic to boost the summer feel-good factor and help combat the build-up of acidity in our diets due to sugar, rich or processed foods, caffeine and alcohol. Whizz together, in a blender, a handful of baby spinach leaves with half a cucumber (leave the skin on as it contains chlorophyll), two stalks of celery, one large carrot and an apple. Don’t knock it back in one go, instead savour every sip, almost chewing the juice, to aid digestion.
Simple success: If you want to lose weight, get fitter or have any other summer target, keep your goals simple. It’s better to add small things into your routine - say walking up the stairs or substituting a fatty snack for fruit for a month - rather than making a long, unrealistic list.
Fly well: Flying is dehydrating and I always carry a travel size of the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic with me. It’s lightly floral scented, alcohol-free and great for on-the-go skin refreshment. I also take a small travel pillow wrapped in a cotton pillowcase to encourage me to catch 40 winks.
Natural remedies: If you’re prone to travel sickness, ginger can be a perfect travelling companion. Try taking ginger capsules an hour or two before you set off to ease nausea. If you suffer from prickly heat rash, try taking a daily 200mg supplement of grapeseed extract to provide relief.
Relax: It’s important physically and mentally to have time where you unwind and de-stress, particularly with our busy lifestyles. Even a brisk 10-minute walk outside can be enough to refresh and lift your spirits. Try to set aside at least one evening a week where you enjoy socialising or a hobby.