What is Holy Week to you? To most Filipinos, this is the time to renew and relive your faith with God, to simmer and soak up in the beach and to trade those office shoes with flipflops. Holy Week is simultaneous with the summer season and the long days seem fitting for backpackers to go on long road trips and vacations. Whether you fall into the stay-at-home category or the wet and wild, health and skin is a big MUST. And now is the perfect time to care and concentrate on you, yourself and your skin more than ever!
Here are 5 healthy tips to survive Holy Week:
Tip #1 To those of you aged 15-59, those of you that are excluded from the privilege of normal eating, this is definitely for you! Fasting is part of religious tradition and as time progresses, people have considered fasting more of a sacrifice than an obligation and for this I’m proud of ya’ll. Red meat is a no-no… and that’s good! 🙂 Fasting doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of great tasting food.
Stock up your fridge with fresh lettuce, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, mangoes, corn, a little cheese and your favorite dressing (Mine’s garlic ranch). Add your favorite fruits to make it more you plus add a little bit of olive oil too for extra sultriness. Eating salads is a super convenient way to work in a couple of servings of vegetables and/or fruit. With green salads, you’ll likely have higher blood levels of a host of powerful antioxidants (vitamin C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and alpha- and beta-carotene,) especially if your salad includes some raw vegetables. Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
If you’re aiming for a protein diet with fish, make sure you cast your nets carefully. Choose fresh! 😀 Avoid opaque and grey colored fish. Stale fish could cause food poisoning.
Tip #2 If you live in a year-round humid climate, ehem, Philippines, there are advantages and disadvantages for your skin. Never whimper because humidity is healthy for the skin! Hydration and moisture are most essential because the air that surrounds you is rich in moisture, your skin absorbs water and moisture from the air throughout the day. Humidity is great for dry skin and for ensuring youthful-looking skin. But if your skin type is combination, normal or oily, then humidity can increase your skin concerns. Oily skin is already flushed with often excess moisture, and combination or normal skin can be overly oily throughout the T-zone (the area of your face that forms a “T” and is made up of your forehead, nose, upper lip and chin). If you live in a humid climate and battle oil and dryness on your skin, consider packing these essentials in your summer bag:
- Alcohol-free, non-abrasive cleanser (I suggest Olay Total Effects Cleanser — My BFF!)
- Moisturizer with SPF of not less than 30
- Your ever-trusty sunblock
- Oil blotting sheets
- Eye Cream
- Lip Treatment
Tip #3 No touching! While humidity can cause sweating and moisture buildup that can feel uncomfortable, avoid touching your skin with your fingers and wiping your face with your hands. This simply spreads any present dirt and oil, and can add bacteria to your skin that will only make your acne worse. Instead, when humidity strikes, try blotting your skin with a clean tissue or better yet, take a midday shower.
Tip #4 If you’re travelling long hours, prevent your road trip from becoming like hell. It is always best to respond to the call of nature before you embark on your journey. If you’re travelling via bus or jeepney, you won’t be assured of frequent stopovers. For this week, you might increase your chances of bladder infection if you don’t take your “me” time seriously. And who would want humiliation + a stink bomb on a bus?
In addition, be prepared! Always have a first aid kit onhand. Anything can happen so it won’t hurt to be a girl scout. For your gastronomical needs, pack healthy snacks. That way you’d save money and save yourself from the possible effects of food sold in bus stops and terminals. For me, I love munching on mandarin oranges.
Tip #5 Eat your water! Water is the key to surviving summer. Keeping a water bottle with you at all times is the easiest way to stay hydrated without thinking about it.
Stay away from your everyday soda drink though how tempting an ice-cold bottle of Coke might sound. Give your body a break from all the chemicals you’re normally digesting from day to day. Water detoxifies thus helps in cleansing toxins from the body. Chowing down on water-filled foods like watermelon is an easy and refreshing way to keep hydrated. Good news 🙂 Watermelons are in season too, which means they’re cheaper! 🙂
Have a healthy summer!
Stay hydrated, moisturized and beautiful! ❤