10 Min Youthful Makeover

While it may take some an hour in the morning to complete their beauty routine, not everybody has the time for this. The next time you are in a rush, try OROGOLD’s ten-minute youthful makeover for a fresh, younger looking appearance.

Woman using a concealer

Step 1: Complexion
For the first step, OROGOLD recommends using Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizing Balm, as this is a great product for aging skin as it does not sink into any fine lines or wrinkles. Using either young fingers or a brush, apply the balm to your face, evening out your skin tone. Next, use a very small amount of concealer on any dark shadows under your eyes. OROGOLD stresses not to overdo this step, as you don’t want your skin to look too white in any areas. You will usually need much less than you think!

Woman applying blush.

Step 2: Blush
The next step is to give your complexion a light flush, and the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush is the ideal product to use. Melt it into the balm over your cheekbones, blending it into the skin to give you a healthy glow.

Woman applying an eyeshadow.

Step 3: Eyes
To begin working on your eyes, a product such as the Clinique Lid Smoothie is great for adding a sheer wash of color while smoothing out your lids. As you age, it is important to focus on makeup that will define your eyes, as just a little will go a long way. Next, use a darker eyeshadow, such as a cappuccino color, on the outer edges of your lids, making sure to blend so that there are no harsh lines and the look stays soft and light. Next, using an eyeliner pencil, darken the line above your top lashes, smudging it with a Q-tip to ensure that it does not look too harsh. Use the pencil to create a light line on your lower lash lid, making sure to smudge it in. Once done, move onto your lashes, giving them a quick curl before swiping them with your favorite mascara.

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Step 4: Eyebrows
As you age, your eyebrows will begin to thin out, so it is important to use an eyebrow pencil or shadow to fill in your brows, giving them some much-needed definition.

Woman applying lip balm.

Step 5: Lips
Using a lip pencil, work your way around your lips in a feathery movement, blending it in slightly to avoid any dark lines. Use a sheer tinted lip balm over this, giving your lips a slight stain as well as some extra definition.

Woman applying a bronzer.

Step 6: Bronzer
A sheer bronzer is the final step in the makeup routine. Be sure to blend it in well so that it gives your face some warmth without looking too obvious.

As you are applying your makeup, OROGOLD advises that you regularly step back and take a good look in the mirror, working out if certain areas need more coverage, or if maybe you have gone overboard with one of the steps. It is always better to use less and then add more rather than having to take your makeup off and start the process all over again.

Makeup Mistakes That Age You

When applying makeup, the majority of people aim to look as young and fresh as possible. However, many do not realize that, often, the way in which you apply your makeup can actually make you look older rather than younger. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the common makeup mistakes that age, as well as what you can do to turn this around.

Woman wearing a dark lipstick color.

Lipstick That is Too Dark
As you age, your lips will begin to start losing definition, which means that in order for your lips to appear more youthful, a lipstick that adds fullness and volume is necessary. However, most dark lipsticks do the opposite, and will make your lips look even less plump, and much smaller. OROGOLD suggests opting for a mauve or pink tone, and applying a plumping gloss over this.

Woman applying foundation.

Wrong Shade of Foundation
Many women don’t realize that, much of the time, the foundation that they are wearing doesn’t truly match both their face as well as their neck, making it look as though they are wearing a mask. Foundation that is too light will make you skin appear lifeless, adding years to your age, while foundation that is too dark will shadow your features, creating a heaviness that is also extremely aging. When testing out new foundations, OROGOLD recommends not blending it into your skin too much, and simply tapping it on instead. If your neck and body is more tan, then add some bronzer to your face. The main aim is to connect the skin on your face and your neck by blending any products evenly across.

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Not Defining Your Brows
As you age, your eyebrows will get thinner, and won’t grow back in the way that they used to. OROGOLD would suggest always filling them in, either with a pencil or with an eyebrow powder, as this will help to lift your face and give your features more of a definition. When choosing a pencil or powder for your brows, opt for a shade that matches your hair color.

Woman applying blush.

Applying Blush in the Wrong Place
Many people apply blush to the apples of their cheeks, which only further emphasizes sagging skin. Instead, you should be applying your blush to the highest point of your cheekbones, lifting it upwards with a brush that is large enough to cover your whole cheekbone in one swipe. Choose a blush shade that matches the natural shade that your skin turns when it actually blushes, pinching your cheeks to get a good idea of what this shade actually is. Avoid dramatic colors, such as cinnamon or wine, and opt for a neutral rose shade, as this flatters nearly all skin tones and will help to brighten up your complexion.

Nobody wants their makeup to make them look older than they actually are, let alone give them a duller, more washed out complexion and mask the beauty of their natural features. By ensuring that you are using the right products in the right places, your makeup will be able to give you a fresh and youthful glow.

French Girl Beauty Secrets

If you have ever wondered how French women are always able to look so effortlessly chic, even when wearing no makeup, you don’t need to look any further. Take a look at some of OROGOLD’s favorite French girl beauty secrets, which you can use when you want to incorporate some flawless Parisian beauty into your style.

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Enhancing Circulation
The French truly appreciate the power of good circulation, understanding that it is vital in order for the skin to glow from within. In addition to performing a daily facial massage, French women also use a mixture of water temperatures in the shower, with hot water to open up the pores and then cold water to close them. This sudden change in temperature gives a little shock to the nervous system, and gets the blood circulating faster through the body.

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Red Lips
Red lips are a statement French girl look, especially when paired with messy but chic hair, a pair of jeans, and a plain white t-shirt. When it comes to makeup, French women prefer to keep things simple, and don’t tend to use much eyeliner. Instead, they make sure that their skin is absolutely flawless, and set this off with a crimson or scarlet shade on their lips. French girls consider red lipstick to be a strong enough statement that no other makeup needs to be worn with it – something that OROGOLD completely agrees with!

Woman with makeup.

Highlight Instead of Contour
French women rarely contour their faces, not wanting to bring shadows to their complexion, or change the shape of their face. Instead, they usually opt for highlighters, focussing on catching the light that falls on their cheeks, as well as on the cupid’s bow of their lips.

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Traditional Hair and Face Masks
Even with all of the new hair and face masks constantly appearing in stores, French girls usually prefer to stick to traditional favorites, making their own masks with recipes that have been passed down from their grandmothers. For a traditional French hair mask, mix together some rum, olive oil and an egg yolk, before leaving it on your hair for an hour and then shampooing it out. For the face, a mixture of honey and lemon juice evenly applied for ten minutes will be enough to soften your skin and brighten your complexion.

Woman applying sunscreen.

Avoid Sun Exposure
When it comes to keeping your skin out of the sun to prevent premature aging, the French are willing to go to extremes, slathering on SPF 50 even on cloudy days. In addition to this, they will usually carry a hat or an umbrella with them, for when the sun becomes exceptionally unbearable. This gives them younger looking skin, even as they age.

While French girls may have a whole treasure trove of beauty secrets that they utilize on a daily basis, there are many that we can adapt to our own beauty routines. From wearing minimal makeup to bring attention to scarlet lips, to enhancing your circulation so that your skin has an everlasting glow, these are some of OROGOLD’s favorite French girl beauty secrets.

European Hair Trends

European women are known for their sophisticated style, and this is the same when it comes to their hair. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the latest European hair trends.

Woman with a loose, messy updo.

Loose, Messy Updo
A loose, messy updo is one of the most popular of European hair trends, and looks sexy and stylish for both day and night. It is an easy one to do, although OROGOLD recommends that you wait for a couple of days after washing your hair before attempting it. Begin by backcombing your hair with a teaser comb in large sections, before creating volume at the top and smoothing your hair into a ponytail. Then, take and curl different sized sections before twisting them and pinning them up, working your way from the bottom to the top of your hair. Once done, use your hands to twist the curls into any pattern that you like, before giving your hair a spritz with a finishing spray.

Woman with a bob cut.

The Bob Cut
This is a famous, classic style that is always making some sort of comeback in different forms. With a bob cut, you can never really go wrong, and just because you have short hair, this doesn’t mean that you still can’t experiment with new styles. A tousled, textured bob always looks great, as does a bob that is sleek, straight and Cleopatra-inspired. Bangs also work well with a bob, whether they are straight and blunt, long and layered or swept to the side. To take this even further, OROGOLD suggests looking at pixie styles, as this a cute style that will usually make any face look more youthful.

Woman getting a half twist hairstyle in the salon.

The Half Twist
This hair trend looks extremely modern, but also a little eccentric, and is perfect for those of you who want to try something new. To create this look, take two large sections from either side of your hair and criss-cross them over the back, so that one is overlapping the other. Pin this into place with bobby pins, before pulling out a large section of hair to overlap the layers you have already created. Finish the look off with a strong finishing spray.

Woman with a braided bun hairstyle.

A Braided Bun
A braided bun works best with long hair, although those with medium length hair may also have success with this. To create this bohemian-inspired look, begin by braiding your hair into any sort of braid that you like. Wrap this braid around, pulling it into a bun and securing with a hair tie. Using your hands, gently move around pieces of the braid, pinning them up with hair pins, creating a slightly messier look. To make this style a bit softer, OROGOLD recommends loosening some of the strands near the front so that they are able to frame your face. This style always looks great with hair accessories, especially flowers, as they only enhance the bohemian feel.

A hot spot for fashion and style, there is no better place to look than Europe when you want to discover some new hair trends. Take the time to try each one out and adapt them to suit your own style, incorporating hair accessories for an even more dynamic look.

Must-Try Foods of Europe

In addition to its rich and complex history and world-famous sights, Europe also has some of the best cuisine in the world. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the must-try foods of Europe.

Italian Pizza

Pizza, Italy
Imagine the best pizza that you have ever tasted, and then think about a pizza that tastes ten times better. Although Italian cuisine is much more than just pizza and pasta, you can’t quite beat a freshly cooked slice when in Italy. For a truly authentic taste, OROGOLD suggests that you head to Naples, the birthplace of pizza, and home to some of the best in the world.

Moules Frites.

Moules Frites, Belgium
Although it has a French name, moules frites, or mussels and fries in English, originated in Belgium, and is considered to be the national dish of the country. Mussels have always been widely and cheaply available in Belgium, but the popularity of this dish really took off after the first World War. The mussels are available in a variety of styles, depending on where you go, such as mussels steamed in white wine, to mussels steamed in garlic to mussels steamed in Belgian beer. As much as chefs may experiment with the flavors of this classic dish, the cooking technique remains the same, and it is truly a delectable dish to enjoy with an ice cold local beer.

Sauerbraten dish with potatoes.

Sauerbraten, Germany
Considered to be one of the national dishes of Germany, sauerbraten is a German pot roast that can be made with different meats. The meat is usually marinated for up to ten days, giving it a deep and intense flavor while being extremely tender and juicy. Sauerbraten can be found at many restaurants in Germany, and is usually served with traditional German side dishes, such as potato dumplings and red cabbage.

Traditional Hungarian goulash dish.

Goulash, Hungary
Goulash is one of the most famous Hungarian dishes, and is traditionally made with beef. Considered to be somewhere in between a soup and a stew, and is usually served with small egg noodles called csipetke. There are different varieties available, so OROGOLD is sure that you will be able to find one that you will love, whether it be a pork and vermicelli goulash or a mutton and red wine goulash.

Traditional home-made Pierogi dish.

Pierogi, Poland
Almost every culture around the world has some sort of traditional dumping dish, and in Poland, this would be pierogi. Made from thinly rolled dough, pierogis can have a variety of different fillings, only limited by the imagination of the person creating them. Summer in Poland sees sweet pierogis become more popular, filled with fruits or a sweetened Polish curd cream. Traditional pierogi varies depending on the area of Poland that you are in, with each variety representing the local produce of its region.

Europe is home to many classic dishes, and ones that are constantly being reinvented to keep them relevant in today’s culinary world. However, there is nothing quite like enjoying a fresh slice of pizza in Naples, or a hot bowl of goulash in Hungary, so take the time to explore the regional cuisine of whichever European country you are in.

Summer Hair Inspiration

No matter how you may be spending the summer, it is the perfect time of the year to try something new with your hair. For those of you who are stuck for ideas, OROGOLD has picked out some of the hottest styles for this season to give you some exciting summer hair inspiration.

Woman with highlights on her hair.

Highlights
Nothing says summer like highlights in your hair. Although it can be damaging to your hair to let the sun naturally lighten it, highlights take no time at all when done by a professional. For those looking to save some money, OROGOLD recommends purchasing a highlighting kit that you can use at home. This may take some practice before you truly master the technique, but once you do, it will be worth the effort.

Woman with sweeping side parted hair.

Sweeping Side Part
The deep, sweeping side part works for all hair types, whether you’ve got a short bob or long curls. This look has been seen all over the catwalks lately and works well for the summer, especially for slightly messy, beachy hair. After washing your hair, blow dry it in a deep side part and finish it off with a spritz of finishing spray.

Woman using a tropical flower as a hair accessory

Don’t Be Afraid to Accessorize
Hair accessories are huge this season, and with so many different types available, you are sure to be able to find some that suit your personal style. Whether you go for something simple, such as embellished hair clips, or something more seasonal making use of tropical flowers and summer prints, hair accessories can be incorporated into almost every hairstyle, giving even the simplest look a new dimension.

Woman with slicked back hair.

Slicked Back
Many people suffer from frizzy hair in the summer due to the extra humidity, and a sleek, slicked back look is the perfect way to avoid this. Whether you slick it up into a tight bun or down into a low but elegant ponytail, applying a gel at the end to achieve the wet look will ensure that you don’t have to worry about the humidity, or any strays that may ruin the look.

Woman with disco-inspired curls.

Disco-Inspired Curls
For those of you with thick, curly hair who can’t seem to keep the frizz away in the summer humidity, even with the slicked back look mentioned above, it may be time to simply embrace your curls and emphasize them even further. Many stars, such as Solange Knowles, are going for big, disco-inspired hair, and it is a look that is easy to achieve. Simply step outside on a steamy day and allow the humidity to do its work, before brushing out your curls until they have doubled in volume. If you want to take this even further, OROGOLD suggests using a volumizing shampoo beforehand.

The change in climate during the summer months make them the ideal time to try something new with your hair. While a tightly slicked back look will keep everything in place, embracing the frizz will also enable you to have a great time without having to worry about your hair. Take the time to experiment with different styles, and, most importantly, have fun with it!

Most Inspirational Women

There are always days when each and every one of us could do with some inspiration, to encourage us to be the best that we possibly can. Throughout time, there have been certain women who have hugely influenced society in a positive way, due to the work that they have done or the ways in which they dedicate their lives to helping others. OROGOLD brings you some of the most inspirational women that are continuing to make the world a better place.

Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey
The first self-made billionaire in the world, Oprah Winfrey came from a difficult background, where her family had no flushing toilets and could rarely afford to buy her shoes. Now, she is one of the most influential women in America, if not the world, and spends her hard-earned fortune on trying to improve the lives of others. From creating millions of new readers with her book club, to founding a school in South Africa, to setting up Oprah’s Angel Network, which hands out educational grants, Oprah is dedicated to helping others. If that wasn’t enough, she personally donated $10 million to help to rebuild homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

JK Rowling

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JK Rowling
While you have all likely heard of Harry Potter, and know that JK Rowling is the best-selling author behind the series, you may not know about the struggles that she went through early on in her life. A single mother who needed her welfare money each week in order to survive, JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in a small coffee shop in her spare time. Since then, in addition to encouraging millions of people, both children and adults, around the world to fall in love with reading, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies, inspired movies that have grossed over $5 billion, and have even resulted in theme parks being created to honor this much-loved character.

Venus Williams

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Venus Williams
When it comes to females in the world of sport, Venus Williams has inspired many, including her own sister, who used to aspire to be just like Venus. With 43 WTA titles, 7 grand slams and 5 Wimbledon titles, Venus Williams has taken the tennis world by storm. If that wasn’t enough, Williams also has her own interior design company, as well as her own fashion line.

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton
A highly respected American politician, Hillary Clinton was the US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, but began fighting for gender equality long before that as a university student, firmly believing that the rights of women and girls was still unfinished business that needed to be brought to attention. Passionately dedicated to women’s rights issues all over the globe, Hillary Clinton has a truly inspirational way of carrying herself in the messy world of politics. In addition to this, the way in which she remained dignified during the troubled times of her husband’s affairs has inspired many women all over the world who have unfortunately found themselves in a similar position.

From JK Rowling’s creation of one of the most-loved fiction characters that the world has ever seen, to Hillary Clinton’s constant fight for women’s rights, the world is full of amazing women that we can all take inspiration from. Whether you are able to help others, or simply work hard to be the best person that you can be, OROGOLD hopes that you are as inspired as we have been by these truly incredible women.

Inspiring Beauty Quotes to Live By

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The topic of beauty is one that has been debated for centuries, mostly due to how subjective it is. No matter what your opinion on beauty may be, there are always those days when we could each do with a little beauty confidence booster, which is why OROGOLD has put together some truly inspiring beauty quotes to live by.

“There is no exquisite beauty…without some strangeness in the proportion.” Edgar Allan Poe
An American author and poet from the romantic movement, Edgar Allan Poe was one of the first well-known American writers to try to make a living solely from writing. This led him to have quite a financially unstable life, but, dedicated to his craft, Edgar Allan Poe went on to become one of the most respected writers of his time. His wise words on the topic of beauty are similar to a more recent quote by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld; “I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness”, and both emphasize that, rather than stemming from perfection, exquisite beauty is found within ‘strangeness’ – those imperfect little quirks that many try to hide rather than embrace.

“Beauty [is] a kind of radiance. People who possess a true inner beauty, their eyes are a little brighter, their skin a little more dewy. They vibrate at a different frequency.” Cameron Diaz
Like many world-famous actresses, Cameron Diaz is constantly trying to bring attention to the fact that true beauty comes from within. Audrey Hepburn once said “true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.” OROGOLD challenges you to think of some women that you find beautiful, and, other than their physical attributes, try to work out what it is that makes them beautiful. More often than not, you will find that it is in the aura that they emanate, and in their infectious positive energy. As Taylor Swift said, “happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear”.

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Franz Kafka
This quote from Franz Kafka, one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, brings a really important point to attention – the fact that our perception of beauty changes as we age. While young, society has not yet been able to influence the way in which the world is seen, but, as we age, we start to only see beauty in line with societal norms and expectations, which only brings about detrimental effects. As Marilyn Monroe put it, to all the girls who think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly. OROGOLD urges you to constantly re-evaluate and challenge your own personal concept of beauty, ensuring that you are always able to form your own opinions rather than being heavily influenced by what society tells you is beautiful.

Beauty comes in so many different forms, and is one of the most subjective terms in the world. OROGOLD hopes that these inspirational beauty quotes help you to see that beauty really does come from within, so keep this in mind the next time you find yourself struggling with the concept of beauty.

Easy Tricks to Waterproof Your Makeup This Summer

As gorgeous as your makeup may look at the beginning of the day, chances are, if you have spent time by the pool or at the beach, it won’t stay this way for long. OROGOLD has put together some easy tricks to help you to waterproof your makeup this summer, so that you can be sure that you will be coming out of the water as picture-perfect as you looked when you went in.

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Use a Primer
Before applying your foundation, OROGOLD recommends using a primer. This will prevent your skin from looking shiny due to the heat, and will also ensure that your makeup stays on for much longer. If you are planning on wearing color around your eyes, make sure you use an eyelid primer as well.

Woman choosing the right shade for her foundation.

Cream Instead of Powders
When you wear powder-based makeup, this always has the risk of your makeup smudging or running, so stick to cream-based formulas when it comes to your foundation, blush and eyeshadows. However, OROGOLD reminds you that not all cream-based makeup products are created equally, so look for formulas that contain a combination of cream and gel and are not too slippery. Those of you who find that your waterproof eyeliner never seems to stay put may want to try using a black colored cream eyeshadow as an eyeliner, as this may give you longer lasting results.

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Lipstick Instead of Lip Gloss
Since lip gloss is wetter and stickier than lipstick, it can tend to run, which makes lipstick a better choice for the days that you require waterproof makeup. OROGOLD recommends using your finger to tap your lipstick onto your lips, infusing the color into your skin rather than just laying it on top, as this means that there is less chance of it washing off or fading.

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Wax-Based Brow Pencil
Nobody wants smudged eyebrows, but that can easily happen when you use a colored brow pencil or powdered color. Instead, OROGOLD recommends using a wax-based brow pencil. If you don’t fill in your brows but just want to keep them in shape, a clear wax-based brow pencil will do the job perfectly.

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Don’t Touch
When it comes down to it, what really smudges your makeup isn’t just water alone, but the combination of water plus pressure. It can be extremely tempting to give your face a quick wipe to clear it of any excess moisture or sweat, but this will only cause your makeup to run even more. Instead, carefully blot off any excess water, using oil absorbing sheets if your face tends to get oily, and this should keep your makeup looking pristine.

There are plenty of different waterproof makeup options available, although some of them will work much better than others. OROGOLD suggests doing a bit of research before investing in a new waterproof product, checking online reviews as well as trying the product out on yourself before purchasing. The right products, along with OROGOLD’s makeup tricks, will keep your makeup waterproof throughout the summer.

Beach Foods That Won’t Leave You Feeling Bloated

Whether you prefer to pack your own lunch or eat at a beachside cafe, there are certain foods that you should be avoiding, to prevent you from feeling cramped and bloated. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the different foods that will leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy – perfect for a day at the beach!

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Wraps
Not only do conventional sandwiches tend to get soggy, but they also easily fall apart at the beach, which is why tortilla wraps are one great alternative. They are also extremely easy to make at home, and should include plenty of dark leafy greens, as these are a fantastic way to add some volume without the heavy calories. Another alternative would be to make lettuce wraps, which, although more inconvenient, are much easier to eat with one hand than a salad. Once you have created your lettuce wraps, OROGOLD recommends wrapping them in foil, which you can then easily peel back and eat at the beach.

Healthy dip with an assortment of vegetables.

Healthy Dips
Fruit and vegetable slices with a healthy dip is a great snack to pack along to bring to the beach with you, and is extremely cooler-friendly. Apples with peanut butter is a perfect balance of fruit and protein, while hummus with fresh vegetables will fill you up without weighing you down. If you are bringing along a dip that contains dairy, OROGOLD reminds you to also pack a thermometer, so that you can ensure that the dairy doesn’t fall below a certain temperature.

Fruit salad on a plate.

High-Potassium Fruits
If you aren’t bringing any food to the beach with you, fruit is an easy one to find at most beach vendors. Fruits that are rich in potassium, such as bananas, melons and papayas, will help to offset any excess sodium in your body, which is one of the main causes of bloating. Fruits will also help to keep you hydrated during the day, and will give your body a boost of antioxidants, which will help you to look and feel even healthier.

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a much healthier alternative to the frozen yogurt you buy in stores, as that is usually packed with sugar. In addition to being full of protein, Greek yogurt also helps with digestion, which will ensure that you don’t feel cramped or bloated. Greek yogurt is easy to find at beachside convenience stores, but, for an extra treat, OROGOLD recommends freezing some at home the night before, and taking along some chopped frozen fruit to mix with it at the beach.

As satisfying as it may feel to indulge in a massive spread at the beachside pizzeria, or chow down on some burgers from the beach bar, the satisfying feeling won’t last for long, and you will soon end up feeling heavy and bloated, and unable to fully enjoy the rest of your day. OROGOLD recommends always bringing along some healthy beach snacks, just in case you can’t find any good alternatives while you are there.