What You Should Know About Maintaining A Balanced Life
Looking for balance in your skin and your life?
We are hard-wired to seek and keep balance amid our busy, active lives. In addition to keeping that seemingly elusive work/life balance, you also find yourself having to manage time between family and friends, while also caring for your own health and well-being.
It’s often easy to get pulled to the margins, and to over-extend in one direction. As Jennifer Garner insightfully quipped:
“It's about getting the kids up and fed, getting one to school, getting the other down for a nap, going to the grocery store, picking one up from school, getting the other one down for another nap, cooking dinner... I live my life at these two extremes. I'm either a full-time stay-at-home mom or a full-time actress.”
Sound familiar? (Well, perhaps not the full-time actress part :)
Interestingly enough, sometimes living life at the ‘extremes’ may not be such a bad thing, as Gary Keller, contends in his #1 Wall Street Journal best-seller, The One Thing:
“A balanced life is a myth – I want you to challenge it. We hear about balance so much, we automatically assume it’s exactly what we should be seeking. Purpose, meaning, significance –these are what make a successful life. Seek them and you will most certainly live your life out of balance. Extraordinary results require focused attention and time. Time on one thing means time away from another. This makes balance impossible. The reason we shouldn’t pursue balance is that magic never happens in the middle. Magic happens at the extremes.”
Keller instead calls for ‘counter-balancing’, wherein you never go so far that you can’t find your way back. Counterbalancing is essential to your well-being, he explains. Here are some practical tips to help you counterbalance both life’s priorities and your skin (incidentally: your skin health can mirror your stress levels):
1. Know your priorities (or your ‘One Thing’ during that given timeframe). As Keller explains, “To achieve an extraordinary result, you must choose what matters most, and give it all the time it demands. [At work for example] this means getting out of balance in relation to all other work issues, with only infrequent counterbalancing to address them.
[In your personal world],awareness of your spirit and body, awareness of your family and friends – none of these can be sacrificed if you intend to “have a life” – so you can never forsake them for work or one for the other. You can move back and forth quickly between these, but you can’t neglect any of them for long. Let the right things take precedence when they should, and get to the rest when you can.”
Sounds like some sound advice, that can help you feel clear-headed, motivated, yet calm.
2. Skin Balance as Protection:
Since one of skin’s key functions is protection, in addition to protecting you from harmful UVB rays, it balances its pH levels (natural skin PH tends to be slightly acidic 4.9-5.5 on a 0 to 14 scale (0 being acidic, 14 being alkaline), to maintain a protective acid covering). Use natural skin care products, with a balanced pH (as opposed to alkaline products), to ensure that your skin’s natural acid mantle is not harmed.
3. Skin-friendly skin care products can be your best friends. Vegan-friendly products, and those free of parabens, SLS and other harmful chemicals, are ideal. Caressing your skin with hydrating creams, will go a long way.
4. Keep the Minerals Coming. Minerals are inorganic substances which activate specific roles in the body and skin, mainly in cell metabolism. Composing 4-5% of the human body, they are essential and vital to the skin’s functioning.
Application of natural minerals on skin helps to restore your body’s mineral level (which declines with age, and other factors believed to decline minerals levels include: sun exposure, stress, malnutrition, and environmental pollution – related to the modern lifestyle).
Since minerals are not synthesized in your body, you should look to sources such as water, nutrient-rich foods such as nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish (and yes, skin care products which absorb through the skin) to replenish losses.
5. Sea-the-Difference. Active Dead Sea Minerals have been shown to have positive impact on skin cells, including: Magnesium for firm and luminous skin, due to boosted cell metabolism; Calcium for the strengthening of cell membranes, Sodium to prevent cell shrinkage, thus providing an anti-wrinkle effect, and Potassium for boosted cell energy.
6. Oil-to-Water Ratio of Skin. Your skin’s balance between oil and H20, can have a significant impact on your skin’s appearance and natural radiance. Fundamentally, maintaining a healthy balance between these, allows your skin to function at optimal levels. For example, if you have dry, dehydrated skin, facial serums for proper face care may be in order, as well as a rich, nourishing moisture cream. Normal skin, on the other hand, requires gentle maintenance to guard against imbalance – that’s where natural products can be especially important!