Welcome to my 14 Day Ageless Lifestyle Makeover Challenge series!
The purpose of the challenge was to inspire you to make easy changes that would create more health, vibrancy, confidence, and timelessness in your life. It covered food, skin care, fashion style, fitness, and so much more! Each day touched on a topic that helped you be your best at any age.
Here are the 14 days worth of lessons:
The winner of the drawing has been chosen and notified. Thank you to everyone who participated. If you’re just discovering this challenge now—do it on you own and reap the benefits of a more ageless lifestyle!
Ageless glowing skin will look different on everyone, but it will have one thing in common – it will look healthy.
I’ve written similar posts in the past where I share what I do to have glowing skin, etc. and it was received well. This time I want to empower you to find your own skin care regiment. A skin care system that works for your skin type and lifestyle. (If you really want to know what I do click here for a quick break down.)
To become empowered, you first have to become informed.
In this case, before you can improve your skin health — and I mean create real change within the body so you practically glow outside without the aid of fake sparkly cream — you need to know what’s happening with your skin right now.
I want you to become the scientist and your body be your research project.
Your goal is to find out what is going on with your skin so that you can create a skin-care system that supports its health and beauty.
Your DAY 2 challenge:
Gather information about the state of your skin and the things — environment, food, stress level — to name a few that are affecting its look and health and then go about ‘testing’ remedies until you find the one that works for YOU.
This exercise will take longer than a day , so you have the next 21 days to figure it out. Come back to this post when you’ve made some ‘findings’ and let us know how you’re doing ma!
1. Take stock of how your skin looks today.
Describe what your skin looks like and how it feels. Like all good scientists, write your observations so you have something to compare to later.
- Face: feels rough around the jaw and ear area, is oily on the nose and chin, break outs around the chin area, dry and wrinkly in eye area, wrinkly and dry in forehead area
- Neck & Chest: feels smooth mostly, sun spots on chest, slightly oily
- Arms: bumps on the back of the arms, reddish coloring, feels dry
- Legs: feels dry and scaly, looks dull
You can be as detailed as you want. Pay close attention to the things you want to make better. Take pictures of your current skin state so that you have a starting point and images to refer back to when you’re doing your ‘testing’. As any good scientist will tell you — we want observable and measurable change so that we can make real conclusions.
2. Write down your current skin care regiment.
What do you do for your skin from morning to night. Note the products you use and how your skin feels right after using it, and then how it feels a few hours later.
- After I wash my face with A, it feels very dry, but then I put moisturizer B and it feels OK. In the afternoon, my skin feels very dry again in some areas like my eyes, but oily in others like my nose. My body lotion C feels good, but I notice I always have to reapply and still have dry patches.
3. Observe your environment.
Your surroundings — the air quality, weather, pollution, dust, and even lighting — can affect the quality of your skin making it dull, dry, and acne prone.
- When it’s below 50 degrees outside my skin gets very rough and dry.
- I notice more sunspots accrue on my hands, chest, and face in the summer months.
- When I’m around dust and it accidentally goes on my skin I notice I get bumps.
- I notice I get bumps on my face when I’m around 2nd hand smoke.
- After a full day of work under fluorescent lighting and my computer I notice my skin extra dry, especially on my hands.
4. Log your food and liquid intake.
What you ingest plays a LARGE role on your skin, hair, nails, and even in the whites of your eyes appearance. The following exercise is part of the intuitive eating method I teach my life-coaching clients so that they can create a healthy body from the inside out. This method will help you figure out what is going on with your skin so you can make better choices for its health.
For the moment, don’t make any changes to your diet. Just write what you normally eat and drink.
Example things to look for:
- Do you notice any skin allergies after you eat a particular type of food?
- Do you notice any itching, bumps, acne, or dry patches on your skin after eating a certain food?
- Does your skin look drier or more supple after you drink certain liquids such as coffee, energy drinks, sports drinks, alcohol, and water?
- Ask your intuition — do you think certain foods affect your skin? What are they?
For example too much sugar in your diet makes your body and skin age faster through a process called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGES). =(
5. Track your activity level.
The amount of movement you do, muscle you have, and even how your sweat mingles with the natural oils on your skin affect its health and look. Movement such as walking or any exercise increases blood flow bringing nutrients, oxygen, and aids in the removal of waste in your organs and whole body. The skin is your largest organ, ergo more “moving” equals better skin health.
The amount of muscle you have in your body will affect how your skin looks — if it’s taut or saggy. Sweating helps with skin moisture, increases acid mantle (coating on your skin that prevents bacteria and fungi from growing), and removal of toxins helping your skin to be clear and healthy.
Write down when you exercise or move for long periods. (This is a good idea for your health in general!)
Example things to look for:
- How does your skin look before and after exercise?
- Do you notice if you have breakouts if you don’t shower right away after exercise?
- Do you feel like you don’t move enough and it contributes to poor blood circulation and dull skin?
- Do you feel like you move too much and your skin looks older than it should? (Too much exercise can make skin look old and dry from dehydration and increased free radical creation causing premature aging)
- Do you feel like if you had more muscle in your body your skin would look better?
Write down these observations — take pictures too — so that when we carry out the “testing” phase you will see the difference.
6. Write down your mental state and stress levels.
What goes on inside your head affects your whole body. From your brain activating its fight or flight response to constantly thinking negative thoughts — all these actions affect your hormone levels, metabolism, and other bodily functions which not only can upset your health, but also influence your skins look and feel.
Example things to observe:
- Do you notice your skin dryer when you are stressed?
- Do you notice your skin break out more when you’re under pressure?
- What do you mentally focus on about your skin? Do you always see its imperfections?
- How do you feel about your skin in general?
7. Log your sleep cycle.
The amount of sleep you get is directly related to how good your skin looks. A good night sleep not only prevents under-eye bags, it also helps the body repair muscle, cells, and normalize body functions so that you can be healthy, strong, and awake to enjoy your ageless lifestyle.
Things to note:
- How much sleep do you get?
- Is your sleep restful?
- Do you notice changes in your skin when you don’t get enough sleep versus when you get more?
- Do you feel like you get enough sleep?
The answers to all these questions will lead you to create a skin-care regiment that gives you the ageless glowing skin that is all your own.
When you know the problem and contributing factors, then you can make changes in your life to fix them. After you’ve done the research part, then it will be time to do the “testing” phase—finding out what works and what doesn’t!
The “Testing” Phase
- Slowly start replacing your beauty products. I recommend opting for more natural, organic, and toxic chemical free solutions. Observe and note how your skin reacts to each product for a few days and eliminate what doesn’t work.
- You figured out how your environment affects your skin so start implementing solutions such as using lotion or oils that create more moisture for your skin during the winter months, wearing more protection on hot days, or making an effort to stay away from pollutants. When it comes to our environment, many times we don’t have a choice, but we can do things to help ourselves get through them.
- From your research you became aware how certain foods and liquids affected your skin. Begin to cut or limit certain food & drink and see how your skin adapts. Start adding certain foods and liquids that promote skin health and hydration and then see how your skin changes. Keep doing what works.
- Logging your activity gave you insight on how much you move and how your body responds. Add to your movement regiment — more walking, some moderate weight lifting, and stretching — and see how your skin reacts.
- From your notes, you probably have a better understanding of how your mental state and stress levels impact your skin health. Look for ways to decrease stress and boost your self-esteem. Self-talk — what you believe and say to yourself — plays a big role in your skin and general appearance. (Your body listens to your mind sister!)
- Improve your sleeping habits. The amount of sleep-hours needed will be different for everyone, but the key to knowing your perfect number is that upon waking you FEEL and LOOK rested. If you wake and feel sluggish, look dry and haggard, then you need more sleep. Lack of sleep over works your organs and body systems which ages your whole body prematurely. Find ways to get more rest and relaxation so that your body — and skin — will feel rejuvenated.
This phase is filled with trial and error, but like all good scientists — you are eager to get to the truth — so keep at it!
In DAY 2 I shared with you what it takes to get ageless glowing skin. Moreover, I taught you how to create a holistic skin care regiment. I know it’s a lot.
But here is a dose of reality, no matter what skin care lotion you use, it will not fix the outside look of your skin if what’s going on inside — your metabolism, mental state, and hormone levels, just to name a few — are messed up.
It’s like using a band-aid to fix a broken arm. You have to deal with the core issues and fix them to get the best outcome you desire.
Anyhow, there are a few more things to consider when caring for your skin health, but this should give you a good place to start. Good luck with your beautiful research project – YOU!
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