skin elixir blog
NOURISH THE SKIN YOU'RE IN
1. What do you do as part of a regular routine to look after yourself?
Eye cream is something that I discovered in my late twenties and now religiously factor into my regular routine - I only wish I'd have started using it earlier! I've recently started doing Pilates with the wonderful Live Love Pilates, which I'm absolutely loving; it's a great way to stay in shape. I am also a huge fan of my local park-run and when I'm not working on a Saturday morning, it's great to get out running with lots of other, very encouraging, people.
2. What are the key things you have found that nurture self-nourishment?
Sleep! I find it so important to get enough sleep, and it makes such a huge difference to my mood, my skin, everything. We have a 'no screens after 9pm' rule in our house that we try to stick to as far as possible. It gives you time to switch off from emails, work and social media, and to properly relax before bed.
At Year of the Yes we are all about pushing boundaries and saying yes to things and a lot of this is about positivity. Positive thinking does a huge amount for self-nourishment - so follow the Year of the Yes philosophy and if there's something you want go do: go and do it!
3. What could you do more of to nourish the skin you're in?
Hydration! I am really guilty of not drinking enough water. I start the day with good intentions but often bring my flask home from work untouched. In the lead up to my wedding I made a real effort to drink lots of water and my skin was so much better as a result.
4. What top tips have you got to give others around your working life to stay on top?
It's important to strike the right work life balance. I'm fortunate that both the Year of the Yes and my day job are things that I feel passionately about but combined they can be time consuming and I work lots of evenings and weekends. It's good to be busy but it's important to make sure that the things you are doing are fulfilling you and making you happy.
In fact, we've been known to write posts on the importance of saying no!
5. What are the things you couldn't live without that are key to your happiness and nourishment?
Absolutely 100% my wonderful friends and family, who help me to live a happy and fulfilled life and to say yes to my dreams every day.
Christina Hancock is co-founder of Year of the Yes a lifestyle blog that encourages everyone to say yes more, seize opportunity and to live life to the full.
Alongside this, she works with student musicians and has an active interest in performers' health and well-being. Photo credit: Joe Kingston Photography.