Despite what the fashion industry would have you believe, beauty isn’t as simple as ABC. For some of the more aesthetically challenged, it’s got more in common with writing a postmodern novel on the human condition than parsing a simple sentence.
Indeed, even supermodels don’t come by their beauty naturally. Instead, they have the workout regime of a paramilitary in Full Metal Jacket, the diet of a health-conscious rabbit and the strict restraint of a Franciscan monk.
While you might not be aiming for those giddy heights, the road to beauty still requires a little hard work. And why shouldn’t it take some effort? What you’ll get at the end is worth far more than the hill you’ll have to climb.
So what can you do to reach your beauty hotspot?
Switch Up Your Makeup
We’re creatures of routine, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the type of cosmetics we put on our skin. You’ll hunt out the same mascara, foundation and eyeliner like you were meeting an old friend – even if it makes you look dreadful.
Moreover, standard high street makeups are probably doing your skin more harm than good. All those chemicals and additives will ultimately cause irritation and sap your pores of their natural nutrients.
Instead of that nasty stuff, why not kit yourself out with mineral makeup that won’t harm your skin. With a dose of mineral makeup, you’ll also enjoy a lighter hue, instead of the cakey effect of heavier substances.
Ultimately, looking natural is what counts – and mineral makeup can offer that in spades.
Work it Out-The Lazy Way
For the serially sedentary, exercising is about as appealing as shoving your face in boiling hot chip fat. All you want to do is pig out on Game of Thrones, but instead you’re subjecting yourself to squat thrusts.
But exercise doesn’t have to be a rigorous nightmare. Push yourself gently into shape. Limit your initial workouts to a mere 15 minutes, just enough time to build up a decent sweat.
Pretty soon you’ll want to add an extra five minutes to your daily regime, and then five minutes more. After a while your workout will be fully fledged. Who knows – you might even begin to enjoy yourself.
A Healthy Intervention
Are you guzzling Diet Coke and chowing down on Domino’s Pizza every couple of days? Then the root of your dodgy complexion is clear. It’s time to shape up – literally.
Start cooking superfoods high in vitamins and minerals, and be sure to make them tasty. No one wants to be noshing on food that’s as dull as dish water.
This post was written by John Paul in line with my disclosure policy.