It’s no secret I have very fair skin with blonde hair (thankfully). When people see me they always say things like “Wow, you look so pretty today… ” or “I love your eyes…” And while compliments are nice, sometimes we need something extra special to make our best selves shine even brighter. That’s why when I had the opportunity to interview actress/model Rosie Huntington-Whitely for my column Tell Me Something Good, I was thrilled! Not only does Ms. Huntington-Whiteley tell great stories, but she also has an impeccable sense of style and beauty. She’s gorgeous, inside and out. When talking about what makes her feel beautiful, she told me one thing above all else – having confidence. Confidence doesn’t mean being arrogant. Just be sure you know who you really are before you try anything different because if you don’t truly believe in yourself then nothing will change. So here are 8 tips from Rosie Huntington-Whitney to help you achieve your own self-confidence.
“The most important part of feeling good is looking after your skin,” says Rosie. “Moisture is vital.” If you’re not moisturizing daily, now would be the perfect time to start! Use products specifically made for dry skin as well as those designed to hydrate and protect. Apply cream foundation over your entire face every morning and evening using gentle circular motions until completely absorbed. Then follow up by applying a light layer of loose powder over your finished product. This helps ensure your pores won’t appear larger. Also use oil blotting sheets throughout the day to soak up excess oils. For nighttime, apply a lightweight anti aging night cream containing retinol. Retinol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve texture, increase collagen production, and stimulate cellular renewal.
2) Eat Healthy
Rosie recommends eating foods rich in antioxidants such as blueberries, green tea, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, vegetables, fish, lean protein sources, nuts, seeds, legumes. These contain powerful phytochemicals called polyphenols which support healthy immune function, fight inflammation, promote cardiovascular health, maintain normal blood sugar levels, control weight, strengthen bones and teeth, prevent cancer, etc., and contribute to overall longevity. In addition, eat plenty of water everyday. Eight glasses each day keeps the body properly hydrated, promotes proper digestion, flushes toxins, improves circulation, regulates fluid balance, reduces bloating and swelling, and prevents constipation. Drinking too much alcohol is detrimental to your health. Consuming excessive amounts dehydrates your body, lowers immunity, increases risk of infection, contributes to obesity, causes digestive problems, affects sleep patterns, and impairs judgment.
3) Drink Water
Drinking adequate amount of water per day is essential for optimal functioning of the kidneys, liver, colon, pancreas, heart, muscles, joints, lungs and brain. Adequate intake of fluids through drinking water provides sufficient dilutional volume to flush away metabolic wastes produced during physical activity and exercise. Lack of adequate consumption of liquids leads to dehydration, resulting in headaches, fatigue, irritability, muscle cramps, dizziness, thirst, weakness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, nausea, chills, diarrhea, weakness, low energy level, poor concentration, impaired vision, increased susceptibility to infections, etc.
Exercise boosts metabolism, releases endorphins, stimulates the release of growth hormones, burns fat, raises HDL cholesterol, strengthens bone density, relieves stress, creates a positive outlook, and increases mental clarity. While exercising regularly is beneficial to everyone, there are certain types of exercises better suited for specific age groups and individuals. Exercising outdoors is preferable since air contains oxygen, allowing cells to obtain maximum benefit from nutrients. However, many people find indoor activities helpful especially those suffering from arthritis, asthma, allergies, back pain, diabetes, depression, hypertension, joint disorders, pregnancy, respiratory diseases, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, ulcerative colitis, various forms of cancer, varicose veins, etc. To keep fit, engage in moderate aerobic exercise 30 minutes 3 times weekly. Try walking briskly for 20 minutes 2 days weekly. Or walk 10 minutes twice weekly. Swimming, cycling, hiking, jogging, aerobics classes, dancing, boxing, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching, jump rope, play tennis, racquetball, squash, badminton, swimming, rollerblading, lawn mowing, gardening, shoveling snow, yard work, kickboxing, climbing stairs instead of taking them, biking whenever possible, etc. Isometric exercises are excellent alternatives for toned arms, abs, legs, and buttocks. They involve static positions against resistance similar to holding weights. Some examples include push ups, pull ups, planks, press ups, squats, dips, lunges, triceps extensions, biceps curls, calf presses, heel lifts, reverse crunch, side bends, toe touches, etc. Weight training helps build strong muscles and burn calories. It is recommended to consult a physician prior to beginning any type of workout program. Remember, do what feels right for YOU!
Sun exposure should begin early in life. There are several benefits associated with sun exposure including strengthening the immune system, reducing risks of developing degenerative eye conditions, protecting the retina, preventing premature wrinkling of skin, increasing collagen production, slowing down signs of ageing, promoting healing, stimulating nerve cell development, improving mood, enhancing memory, boosting libido, maintaining youthful appearance, fighting cancers, alleviating symptoms of menopausal women, etc. But sunscreen is particularly useful for blocking UVB rays responsible for damaging DNA. You can purchase high quality broad spectrum sunscreen lotion SPF 15+ ($30-$50), or organic mineral based sunscreen ($20); both options are ideal for long term usage. A word of caution though: Too much sun exposure may cause severe damage to fragile tissues leading to melanoma, basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, other serious illnesses, death, etc. Protect your family members and loved ones from these harmful effects. Always wear protective clothing, sunglasses, hats, gloves, etc. Have fun under sunlight!
6) Sleep Well
Sleep plays a significant role in keeping your skin fresh and young looking. During deep slumber, your skin renews itself, tissue repair occurs, and nutrient transportation takes place. Therefore, getting enough shut eye is critical to healthy complexion. Ideally, 7 hours of uninterrupted restful sleep per night is required for optimum health. Even minor disturbances in your sleeping pattern could negatively affect your general wellbeing. Asleep? Don’t touch your computer screen. Your eyes aren’t focused on your monitor anyway. Keep electronics far away from where you sleep. Get rid of clutter and papers. Turn off lights and television sets. Create soothing ambient sounds. Do relaxing activities before bedtime, e.g., write in a journal, read books, watch TV shows, listen to music, take hot baths, meditate, pray, go outside, etc. Stay away from caffeine and nicotine. Limit alcoholic beverages. Take warm showers rather than cold ones. Sip herbal teas or consume non caffeinated drinks. Snack wisely. Follow a balanced diet. Stop smoking. Reduce salt intake. Manage your stress factors. Practice relaxation techniques. Wear comfortable cotton clothes.
7) Avoid Alcohol & Tobacco Products
Alcoholism contributes greatly to premature wrinkling of skin, chronic bronchial ailments, oral cancer, gastric ulcers, liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis, gout, breast enlargement, erectile dysfunction, kidney failure, infertility, insomnia, etc. Smoking adversely affects the structure of the mouth, nose and throat making breathing difficult. Cigarette smoke damages the lining of the lungs causing emphysema and lung cancer. It also triggers chemical reactions within the body involving oxidation, glycation, nitrosation, methylation, demethylation, polymerization, condensation, hydrolysis, esterification, saponification, acetylation, deacetylation, phosphorylation, sulfhydryl formation, etc. All of which lead to accelerated loss of moisture content, elasticity of connective tissues, weakening and breakdown of capillaries, oxidative stress, arteriosclerosis, decreased ability to heal wounds, thinning of nails, brittle hair, weakened senses, irregular menstruations, dry cough, sore throats, hiccups, vomiting, black stools, yellow urine, enlarged prostate gland, etc. Quit smoking immediately!