We Montrealers pride ourselves on being the most beautiful. After all, we are a multicultural city with an extraordinary mix of people. We have a reserved spot on every top-ten list that ranks cities by their women. If all of Montreal’s faces were translated to sound, it would be the greatest album ever made with a hit track for every genre (yes, I acknowledge my bias).
In an article published last month in The New York Times, Parul Sehgal (a McGill Alumnus) described flawless as something achievable. Unlike “beautiful,” being flawless is about putting yourself together and “pulling off beautiful.” In this sense, flawless is a verb that describes the pursuit of beauty.
My recent experience in London brought new meaning to the colloquial expression, “face on fleek.” While grabbing breakfast, or taking a leisurely walk, it was perfectly normal to see women of all ages blazing by with smoky eyes and perfectly contoured cheekbones. These women with faces of painted effort looked like they “woke up flawless.”
While I am all for the pursuit of beauty with the help of the right bra and brush strokes, I know the power of healthy skin. Achieving and maintaining a healthy complexion is a lifestyle; it takes work, but you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.
Here are a few things you need to start doing immediately to get your skin on fleek.
Lemon Water, Antioxidants, and Vitamins
We keep hearing that inflammation is the body’s enemy. In this case, all you need to know is it can wreck your face. Instead of starting your day with coffee, have a glass of water. Adding a squeeze of lemon or a few drips of hyaluronic acid ( which keeps your skin and joints hydrated) is optional.
Replace a coffee or two
I am a coffee fiend like the rest of you, but instead of having another cup of coffee, consider a cup of green or nettle tea. Both teas are rich in antioxidants and known for their ability to reduce inflammation in the body. In fact, nettle tea can be used as a toner to calm irritated skin.
Think of leafy greens and blueberries. Even if it means making a blueberry spinach smoothie in the morning, do it. Swap regular potatoes for the vitamin A of a sweet potato, and abracadabra you’ve made a smart skin choice.
Also, I recommend buying a good Omega 3-6-9 supplement and a B-Complex. Be conscious of the added sugar you consume, because it can damage your collagen. However, I’ve read that B1 and B6 mitigate the effects of sugar on skin.
Ultimately, flawless makeup is fun, but achieving beautiful skin means taking care of yourself—you will have a better canvas to work with.