Recharge your life

Here are some tips for small but effective changes you can make to ring in the new year, brimming with confidence to recharge your life.

With the arrival of 2019, now is the time to start afresh and set goals for the year ahead.

You may have big plans for the next 12 months, but all change starts with yourself. A good place to start is to take more “me-time” and begin 2019 with some self-love.

Exercise

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Now is a great time to get into an exercise routine, whether that’s spin classes, yoga or a brisk walk along the beach, the key is consistency. With the benefits being more than just toning up after the Christmas indulgence, regular exercise will boost your mood and overall mental health, which is essential for self-love.

Take care of your teeth

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Start the year off with a trip to your dentist and hygienist for a full examination of your pearly whites. Although most people dread these trips, when it comes to your teeth, you only get one set, so don’t stick your head in the sand. Get into a habit of daily flossing and using mouthwash so that future trips to the dentist will not be daunting and that gleaming smile will always be on point.

Wear SPF everyday

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On the topic of skin care, an essential step is using SPF. Not to be reserved just for days at the beach, especially when living on a Caribbean island, SPF protects your skin from sun damage and prevents pigmentation and aging.

Take care when choosing your SPF as there are different qualities available on the market; a product that is broad-spectrum, meaning UVA and UVB protection is best.

Develop a skincare routine

When striving for the perfect blank canvas looking after your skin is also key. With the traditional Korean eight-step skin care routine recently becoming trendy, the major focus has shifted in the beauty world from the perfect make-up to the perfect skin.

Visit a dermatologist to help you define your skin type and start from there. The basic routine should incorporate cleansing, toning, serum and moisturizer. If you suffer from dry skin, choose products with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin or, if you want to brighten up your skin, try vitamin C to boost your complexion.

Eat better

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With more and more research into the effects of your diet not only on your physical health but on your mental health as well, it is leading people to be more conscious of what they put into their bodies.

While it is not healthy to be overly obsessed with your diet, it is a good idea to monitor which foods make you feel good and which make you feel bad or sluggish, and try to incorporate more good options than bad into your diet.

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