What are my 2 priorities in Summer to feel good and beautiful…
1- A very natural and healthy glow
2- A silhouette and a weight which I feel good with
So what do I start with…
1/ Skin exfoliation
To obtain a natural and healthy glow, I exfoliate my skin more often in Summer. As I spend more time outdoors, if I don’t exfoliate, pollution and fine particles will block my skin pores… and here come black dots on my nose and face…
One of my favorite scrub
Very effective on my combination skin. I love its menthol smell and the feeling of freshness that it gives on my face.
2/ Sun protection
Exit tanning lamps and direct sunlight exposure for hours as we used to do in the 80’… we know now that causing skin cancer, precocious aging, age spots… sun is not our everyday friend during Summer!
That’s why that in addition of my Mene&Moy antiaging sunscreen,
and I always protect my face with a straw hat on the beach.
Hat from www.la-boutique-gaston.fr
This cute one is available on Amazon:
And when I stay in town, I use my Avène High Protection SPF50, a 100% mineral tinted sunscreen. I was recommended this product by an anti-aging specialist and I really love it. I use it as a foundation and it protects my skin from the daily effects of UVA/UVB rays. In addition, it’s paraben and fragrance-free formula contains skin-nourishing vitamin E for potent antioxidant protection and Avene thermal spring water to soothe and soften the skin. Haute Protection won’t irritate post-procedure or ultra-sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic so you can maintain a healthy, glowing complexion. You can have it in Beige or Honey.
When temperatures rise our skin lose moisture. Don’t forget your mineral water spray during the day…
We also need to drink more. No beers or sodas of course.. (even diet sodas)
Water, sparkling water, black, green or white teas… my favorites teas for Summer are coming from Kusmi.
They have all kinds of delicate and refreshing blend of grapefruit and maté or ginger-lemon
A blend of green tea, maté, rooibos, guarana, and dandelion, flavoured with a hint of grapefruit.
Iced ginger-lemon green tea
4/ No diet, NO diet, NO DIET!
I don’t believe in diets. Whatever their promises, their menus, their special food associations, etc.
« So many biological changes take into account when you make a diet that it becomes impossible to prevent weight regain.« , she observed. Therefore, « the will has no correlation with your weight. When you study for an exam, if you make a ten-minute break on Facebook, that does not invalidate what you have learned before. But if you have a moment of weakness in food, it destroys all any previous success.« …
According to her, three biological changes occur during a diet: neurological, hormonal and metabolic. Neurological? « When you’re dieting, you become more aware of food around you. Your brain overreact to food, including the one that looks delicious. It seems, even more appetizing, giving him a reward value stronger. And becomes more and more compelling. » Hormonal? « When you lose fat, hormone levels are changing. The hormones that tell your brain satiety decrease. While those who report hunger are increasing. » Metabolic? « During a diet, your metabolism slows down. Your body uses calories in the most efficient way possible. What may seem a good thing … if you die of hunger. Your body gets used to survive on less than calories. So it may be ‘leftovers’, which are stored as fat. «
What we learn from this study is that each personwould have its ownnatural weight.However, we don’t always listen to our body andgo further to our healthy perimeter.
I do believe that having good habits is the clue. Eating fruits instead of cakes, vegetables instead of french fries, pasta with a spoon of olive oil instead of cream or butter, avoid snacking…But it takes times. Months. Sometimes years. Because it asks for changing food habits and tastes… Personally I don’t like sweets, pastries, and cakes as I used to… I still eat a few sometimes but I don’t feel the same pleasure as before… Years after years I lost the habit to eat some and I don’t need to eat some anymore… But I will greatly appreciate a juicy piece of fruit ;-)!
5/ Exercise, Exercise, EXERCISE!
Here in France, our government recently realised that people didn’t exercise enough anymore. So they start a campaign « Manger, Bouger » to encourage people to walk more, run more, bicycle more…
On these street signs you know how long it takes walking to theses places
I remember that my GrandMother (I already wrote about her…) was always telling me that when she was a kid living in the Burgundy countryside, she walked each day 5 kilometers to go to school…
picture by Steve McCurry
And of course, she was not the only one at that time!! She kept this good habit later and loved walking all Sundays long with my grand father…
And you know what? She recently celebrated her 100th birthday!!
Of course, we’re not going to eradicate cars, trains and buses ;-) Still we need to exercise at least 30 minutes each day.
If you don’t like running: walk! It’s a very easy and healthy exercise (for body and soul).
And as I don’t like facing walks in bad weather (too cold or too hot), I recently made my best investment to stay in a good shape: a treadmill!
First, I was sceptic about my steadiness. But, finally, I have no regret! Sometimes I’m too lazy to run: I just walk at a sustain rhythm for 40 minutes watching TV or listening to a good playlist… I sweat above the same that if I ran for 20mn and I feel so good when I’m done!