Francesca Giacomini - Welcome Back to the City! | My Baba

Do days of sand, sea and poolside lounging feel oh too too too far away already? Does city life feel like it’s taken its toll already? And as for your fading tan, is the sight of it getting you down already?

Well, fear not! I’m here with a few tips to help keep your summer glow and spirit alive, and transition you back into city life….

ROUTINE RE-SET

Get back into your city routine pronto!

Without adding extra pressure to yourself, try and settle back into your ‘healthy city’ habits. Set that alarm clock to 7am and catch the fresh morning air; go for a  brisk walk!

Drink warm water add a squeeze of lemon and say ‘good morning’ to your digestive system.

Unfold your sleeping body with some beautiful stretches to boost it for the day ahead.

Once you feel mind and body have woken up, give your soul an instant feel good factor by turning up the volume to your favourite summer tunes: let your hair down!

Then reward yourself for embracing the new city day with a scrumptious, healthy breakfast.

DETOX

If you have been partying in Ibiza, the chances are that you need a few days of a balanced food and beverage detox. I suggest to incorporate raw juices into your diet and stick to a clean and lean way of eating. By this I mean lean protein, vegetables, berries, nuts, avocados, and olive oil. Just for a week or so. Clearing your body will clear your mind!

GET BACK INTO THE GYM!

The best way to maintain that feel good factor and that toned and tanned body that I want you to enjoy, is to keep on moving it. Get your beautiful booty through those gym doors! I understand that your wallet may be feeling a bit lighter after your holiday, and not so membership-fee friendly, but there are cheaper alternatives.

Go to the park or build your own gym at home by investing in small equipment pieces like dumbbells and an elastic band. Those two items alone will give you incredible results! Alternatively, there are joyful health spots like Lomax on the Fulham road, which offer gym pods for only £10 an hour that you can rent out and even share with a friend. Can’t beat a better deal than that all you gym bunnies!

CONSCIOUS SKIN CARE

Doctor Maryam Zamani from Cadogan Clinic has kindly shared some amazing tips with us:

‘The summer months may have left us with dry, sun damaged skin and the fall is the perfect time to help rejuvenate our skin.  I believe in the following essential rules to a good skin care regimen:

1. It is important to treat our skin gently.  Cleanse your face gently with warm water.  Limit hot water as it strips natural oils from your skin.  Do not over-cleanse and pat the skin dry.  I recommend using the Clarisonic Brush to help remove oil and dirt in a gentle manner.

2. Exfoliate on a regular basis, such as 2-3 times per week.  Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin and helps improve hydration from moisturisers and sunscreen.  You can buy various exfoliates or you can make your own.  Some easy homemade exfoliators include brown sugar with milk or handful of oatmeal and milk.

3. Use an antioxidant with vitamin c on your face daily to penetrate deeper, to help combat free radicals caused by UV radiation and to help improve skin tonicity.

4. Moisturise and protect your skin from sun damage with daily sunscreen protection with a minimum SPF of 30.  Even in the grey fall months of London, UV rays still penetrate through the clouds causing damage to the skin.

Lastly, once you have been out of the sun for a month, any remaining sun damage and pigmentation may be treated by a medical professional with prescription creams, peels, and lasers.

Remember, KEEP IT SIMPLE, KEEP IT GENTLE, and KEEP IT UP!’

Thank you Maryam! I’m definitely going to visit you!

For more info about Amazing Doctor Zamani contact:

Cadogan Clinic, 120 Sloane Street | London SW1X 9BW
T: 0870 864 8500 |

ROOT RECOVERY

The cocktail of salt and sun never does wonders for your locks. So, to recover your scorched strands from root to tip, my favourite remedy is to apply Argan Oil to dry hair for 30 minutes before shampooing, or leave on overnight for a deeper treatment. Your hair will drink the oil and reappear brand new with restored lustre.

SEX AND THE CITY REUNION!

Go on, embrace your return to the city and catch up with your city friends!                                                  Share your summer adventures whilst dining out on the finest ingredients. The city can be so beautiful in September, especially in the bright evenings, so make the most of its flattering lighting and show off your tanned body in your favourite summer dinner dress.

Lastly, don’t let yourself get down, next summer will come around in no time and winter months have their charm (think knee-high boots ladies!).  So in the meantime, enjoy the city you live in and all it has to offer, enjoy finding your grounding routines again, and have a laugh along the way!! We all know it’s the key to longevity 🙂

… And remember, you are never alone. I’m always listening, because you are my priority!

In love and light

Francesca x

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