5 of the Best Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing

5 of the Best Ways to Keep Your Skin Glowing

The appearance of your skin is a huge factor when it comes to your overall appearance. Now, some people are blessed with genetically perfect skin, which stays clear all year round. However, others, like myself, need to do a little bit of maintenance to ensure the skin remains vibrant and healthy.

But, you don’t need to spend a substantial amount of money on expensive skincare products. I’ve been utilizing a few different methods for an extensive period of time, and they’re not only financially-friendly, but they’re also extremely effective. Here are 5 of the best…

  1. Thermal Water

I use this all the time, and that’s because it comes with a multitude of different benefits. Thermal water is essentially a variant of mineral water, and it is extracted from deep within the earth. Due to this, it is full of great minerals and CO2, and low in pollution and bacteria. These will soften the skin, reduce any inflammation and prevent any dryness.

Best Skin

Vitacid Plus

This one does need to be prescribed by a dermatologist, but that’s because it is a type of medicine that performs so well when it comes to the skin. It contributes heavily to the production of collagen, which subsequently lightens the skin, smooths any redness and gives it a radiating shine.

Sun Screen

When the temperatures rise, and the sun comes out, it is crucial that you apply plenty of sunscreen to places that are going to be exposed to the rays. Not only will this reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, the moisturizer within the screen will keep your skin glowing. Plus, it will prevent sunburn, so your skin won’t dry up, become sore and crack.

4. Water

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Skin Glowing

It is no secret that healthy, soft and beautiful skin is a result of it being well hydrated. That’s why drinking a lot of water every day is so advantageous; it will keep the skin hydrated and fight off any toxins. If you balance out the pH levels with a pinch of sodium, then this will further assist with maintaining superb skin. I aim for 1 liters of water every single day!

  1. Skinade 

This is a collagen drink that I absolutely love. It has been developed by scientists, and every ingredient is designed to help give your skin a gorgeous glow. Along with being full of active items that speed up the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen within your body, it also tastes delicious.

Extra Tip: For those of you that wear makeup, try removing it using natural coconut oil, rather than the typical chemical-based products. This will allow your skin to remain healthy, and will also help you with hands as you apply it to your face.

I hope you’ve found this article useful, and it would be great to know if you have any preferred methods to keep your skin glowing? If you do, please leave a comment below!

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Love Sam x

My first Vlog- A Day in the Life of a Wheelchair Model

My first Vlog- A Day in the Life of a Wheelchair Model

logo samanta bullock wheelchair model This video shows a typical day in London for me. I start with a healthy breakfast prepared at home & then we take the picture of the day for my Instagram close to our London flat. You will see me take a push to our local shops, visit our gym to go swimming and finish off the day in a wonderful Persian restaurant with my husband not too far from where we live.

Living with Chronic Pain – The Experience of a Wheelchair User

Living with Chronic Pain – The Experience of a Wheelchair User

My name is Samanta Bullock and I’ve been a wheelchair user for the past 25 years after an accident when I was 14 years old. Chronic pain has also accompanied me on this journey.  It is a very strong pain, a very sharp pain and kind of hot all at the same time. Every one that has this type of pain has different feelings. It is due to the nervous system being damaged and to date there is no cure.  I experience the pain 24 hours a day 7 days a week –  all the time basically. To be in a wheelchair is not that hard compared to living with constant pain.

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“Walking” in Richmond Park in London

I’ve been to a pain management clinic where they help me to live with the pain and give me some advise on how to manage and ‘soften’ it.
One of the things I have learned is that the pain is not my enemy, it is my friend and it is part of me.  I have made peace with my pain, understood it is there and I have tried to live a happy and fulfilling life.

The other thing I have learned is to change my focus. On the days where the pain is getting stronger and intense I just go to the gym or do another form of physical activity.  Exercise is such a good thing, releasing endorfiness and it instantly making you feel better.   Alternatively I  watch a funny movie.  Once your mind concentrates on something else the pain does not have any space to be present . I also go out with friends, talk with my family. Simple things take the attention away from the pain. It all helps.

I have learned to understand that sometimes there is nothing I can do.  If I am extremely tired I now accept that getting some rest is part of the game. I no longer criticise myself for that.  I accept I am tired and with some rest I will be feeling much better.  Taking pain killers helped. Sometimes I didn’t need much, just enough to keeping going. For sure, in the past,  I was on so much medication and it wasn’t helping my overall wellbeing.  I was always very tired  and my memory affected. Also the body is smart and the more medication you take more the body gets used to it. So every time you increase the dosage of a drug the body will adjust and soon you will need a higher dosage. After 24 years I was tired of using drugs all the time and dealing with the side effects including nausea, fatigue, dizziness, sores,etc.

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Healthy Eating

So I started to meditate, and it has helped so much. To be in the moment, to filter my thoughts and to soften my emotions.  Meditation makes me much more aware of my body and my emotions.  But the best thing I did for my pain was to change my diet. Pain comes to show us that something is not quite right, such as when I need to go to the toilet  or when I have an infection, or when I am sitting too long in the same position. Any ‘wrong’ thing that my body recognises as a threat can trigger pain. So I learned to monitor my body very closely.  I realised that too much sugar or when I couldn’t go to the toilet  because my stomach was dry, were the first causes of my pain. Too many classes of  wine, chocolate or cakes at night would cause me to feel pain all night. So I went vegetarian and it has made all the difference.  I think that because I am no longer eating meat I can empty my bowels more often and I wasn’t constipated any more. My level of energy increased and I could start to reduce some medicine that I had been taking for years.  This effect became a snow ball.  The better I felt better the more I reduced my medication, the more energy I had, and the less I wanted to eat meat and processed food. It is not that I don’t eat any processed, but now I am much more aware of everything that I eat and how my body responds to it.

I have reduced my medication by 85% and I hope in the future to be ‘drug free’.  For sure I still have my bad days, mainly when I am sick with infection  but since changing my lifestyle I have far fewer infections.

Shall we have a “cup” together?

When my pain comes I ask if she wants to have a cup to tea with me!  Its part of me, but she is is much more gentle nowadays and I hope that is the way it will be. I am keeping my part of the agreement with her I don’t give her many reasons to be there and she respects that and doesn’t disturb me too often. We are living in peace right now.

Please let me know in the comments if you have any pain and how you  deal with it.