I first dipped my toe into vintage beauty books with “The Handbook of Beauty” by Constance Hart. I purchased it thinking I would have a good giggle at the outdated advice, but it turns out I ended up loving it. It is surprisingly not outdated. Even the diet advice is pretty stock standard in regards to what you find today (eat more if you are under weight, eat less if you are over weight, eat the same if you want to stay the same). This is always on my bedside table and I find myself picking it up daily. Especially at the moment.
“Just what makes a beautiful skin? First, it must be clear – free of blemishes if any kind. Second, it must be smooth to the touch. Third, it must be spotlessly clean. Fourth, it must look alive – blooming, not sluggish.”
Unfortunately at the moment my skin is not looking alive and bloooming. I am breaking out, I look sickly and grey. My face looks all splotchy. My facial routine has remained the same, keeping it nice and clean and soft…but that’s it.
Ms Hart’s advice:
“Basically, all types of skin require the same care if they are to look their best. This care consists of three things: the right foods, enough sleep and regular exercise.”
Miss Fairchild’s Skin Report Card would read something like this:
- Right Foods – F
- Sleep – F
- Regular Exercise – F
I am failing on all three parts. For me it all starts with sleep. I have had chronic insomnia since I was nine (yes you read that right) and at the moment it is at it’s worst. I haven’t slept longer than an hour a day for the past week. After the first day I start getting the dark circles and start looking sickly. Which leads me to regular exercise. I was running 3x a week and strength training 2x a week….then I stopped sleeping well. Which left me too tired to exercise. Which led me to stop eating well and start binging on sugar and carbs to make it through the day. It is no wonder my skin isn’t behaving.
Working my way backwards I have banished the sugar from the house and am snacking instead on green smoothies. I actually love these. I use whatever we have in our fridge. If you are unfamiliar with green smoothies you might want to try one that Dita Von Teese drinks regularly to keep her skin luscious. The recipe can be found HERE.
Tomorrow I have a doctors appointment to see if we can try to reset my sleeping. Then if the weather can co-operate and not be boiling I can start running again.
Now tell me ladies…what are your tips for beautiful skin? I need all the help I can get on this one.