How To Look Great Naturally
Every time we watch television or flip through magazines, we’re bombarded with advertisements for products meant to enhance beauty and sex appeal. From $10 mascaras to $100 anti-aging serums, the message is clear: beauty is obtained from a retail counter. Our looks (and ¬moods) can certainly be enhanced with the right products. But, how we take care of our bodies aside from cosmetics makes a big difference in how attractive we are to others and how we view ourselves. Here are a few tips for looking and feeling your best before reaching for hair gel or lip gloss.
It seems “beauty rest” isn’t just a nice phrase. Recent university studies have shown that cells in the body rejuvenate faster during deep sleep than during waking hours. Many tissues in the body also break down proteins at a slower rate during sleep. Proteins are needed for cell growth and to repair damage from ultraviolet rays and other stressors. This translates to softer skin and fewer wrinkles. To see the full benefit of a good night’s rest, get at least six hours of shut eye.
We’ve all heard how excess stress can cause problems ranging from headaches to a compromised immune system. But there are also visible signs of stress. “Unmanaged chronic stress shortens the lifespan of every cell in our bodies and is correlated with premature aging,” says Joshua David O’Brien, O.M., owner of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. “It also compromises the body’s natural ability to heal itself and repair cell damage.”
Those suffering from eczema and psoriasis will notice that unchecked stress irritates their conditions.
Meditation, yoga and walks in nature are a few ways to help the body release stress.
Eat Whole Foods
What we consume in our bodies is often visible on our bodies. Weight gain is the most obvious connection, but a diet lacking in nutritional choices – green, leafy vegetables, protein-rich nuts and seeds and organic, lean meats can also affect our skin and hair.
“When we eat well, all of our organs function better,” says life and health coach Beth (Bella) Garrison, B.S. C.H.H.C. “Our skin reflects our organ health. For example, congestion in the liver is represented by lines between the eyebrows and darkness under the eyes.” The essential nutrients found in unprocessed foods make a big difference in how we feel and look. So skip the fast food, and grab a salad.
Who doesn’t want shiny, beautiful hair and gorgeous skin? Instead of spending a chunk of your paycheck at a trendy hair salon or spa, consider signing up for a vigorous exercise class. “Exercise improves overall health,” says Bonnie Tozer, CPT and assistant head fitness coach at Max Fitness, LLC in Harrisburg. “As your fitness level improves and blood flow increases, everything looks better – your hair grows, your fingernails get strong and your skin looks plump and youthful.”
The Fit Box Class at Max Fitness is a fun combination of martial arts and body-strength training. At just $5 per class, it’s the most cost effective, overall beauty treatment you’ll find.