Posted: Sep 24 2015
First and foremost it's about the lifestyle. Scandinavian women tend to have an all round approach to health and beauty. It's no secret that good skin comes from within, so the first thing to tackle is your diet. The Scandinavian diet is high fat, how carbohydrate and rich with berries and fish. Oily fish such as salmon is rich in Omega 3 which is essential for healthy joints as well as great for your skin and hair. It's recommended that we eat fish twice a week to feel the benefits, but if you're looking for a stress free solution supplements could be the way to go. Bare Biology produce a fantastic pure Omega 3 oil that will boost your fish oil intake in the simplest possible way. Just one single spoon contains more EPA & DHA than 28 standard capsules and is the only brand that delivers the recommended dose of 3,000mg EPA + DHA to reduce blood pressure in a single serving. Purity and strength are the two key things to look for in an Omega 3 and Lion Heart is the only British brand certified by the International Fish Oil Standards programme, which is a fully independent guarantee of purity and quality. It's in the natural triglyceride form, shown to be 70% more absorbable and the freshness is also guaranteed which means the oil tastes great and never repeats on you.
Scandinavian women also tend to embrace the outdoors, even when the weather is chilly. Getting out in winter can still help boost levels of vitamin D and improve mood and general wellbeing. A word of caution though, if you're going to expose your skin to the elements you should ensure it's well protected. Sun damage can still happen in winter, so picking a product with a good SPF is a start. Wind and rain can strip your skin of essential oils and leave it looking dull and grey, so a rich hydrating serum is also going to help. Icelandic brand BIOEFFECT is designed to help skin withstand harsh conditions. Their EGF day serum is an advanced anti-ageing serum, which delivers multiple anti-ageing benefits during daytime use. It restores the skin’s moisture balance and provides a smooth finish, perfect for prepping your skin before applying make-up.
It's not all about the great outdoors though, it's important to take time for yourself and enjoy the benefits of relaxing spa treatments. Known for their spas and saunas, Scandinavians are masters of work / life balance. Taking some time for yourself and relaxing in a hot sauna has a range of benefits. Saunas help flush toxins from your body, through opening your pores, as well as increasing blood flow and even encouraging social interaction which is vital for mental health.
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