Grueling workouts and quick summer fixes make way for nourishing New Year practices that put spotlight back on feeling your best.
If you’ve ever had a breakout around a work deadline, you’ll be well versed on the effects of stress on your complexion. The body’s biological response to stress sets off an inflammatory reaction and spikes cortisol levels, which may trigger a host of concerns like acnea, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Diarise monthly treatments with your facialist to address stress-induced skin concerns, and engage in known stress-busters like meditation and socalising.
On The Flex
We’ve been conditioned to believe that bookending our workouts with stretching is best practice to avoid injury. This is definitely still the case, but expert are beginning to tout the benefits of stretching between exercise that make up an overall workout to reap the greatest rewards. ‘Stretching intervals’ are micro-stretches that can be done between reps to prep the zone – glutes, arms, legs, back – that’s about to be worked. The upside is less likelihood of injury, since you’re laying a solid groundwork to push your body during the subsequent sets.
A 2017 study by Finnish and British researchers found that laughing in social situations released vital endorphins in the brain, build social bond and had an overall calming effect. It’s also the premise behind a new wave of fitness situations across the country linking the feel-good nature of a chuckle with the ancient practice of yoga.
Quality sleep is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. The advantages are well documented: reduces stress, sharper memory, improved weight management, concentration and mental wellbeing are just a handful of the benefits. It’s surprising then that a 2019 study found one-third of Australians still aren’t getting enough shut-eye and women have more trouble falling asleep than men. Aside from the obvious (avoiding caffeine and screens, adopting consistent sleep patterns and relaxation techniques), consider speaking to your doctor or enrolling in a dedicated sleep course to boost your snooze cycle.
Mind And Body
The mindful beauty movement is sweeping the industry for good reason. Firstly, it’s as focused on what’s happening beneath the skin surface as it is on top. Ranging from facial acupuncture and aromatherapy to gua sha (a scraping tool heralded in Eastern medicine), these mindful practices are proof that wellness and beauty are not mutually exclusive. Not ready for a facial with a side of sound-bathing? Look for stress-relieving ingredients in your products, like lavender and lemon, which are known for their calming properties.
Putting down your phone for an extended period of time is easier said than done. However, there are tweaks to the way we use our device that can have a meaningful impact. That starts with turning off notifications. Likewise, set clear tech boundaries. Give yourself night permission to mind – numbingly scroll for a predetmined amount of time, before putting the phone away until morning.
The ingestible collagen boom began several years ago, ans still shows no signs of abating. In fact, it’s been given yet another bump by avid TikTokkers touting its beauty benefits as ever more options pour into the marketplace. Among the promises: It will bless you with dewy, plump skin, strong nails, supple joints, even healthier … Continue reading Does Ingestible Collagen Work?
This year’s World Refugee Day offers a chance to reflect on the uncertainty faced by those forced to flee their homes, actor Cate Blanchett, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, says as the world grapples with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Oscar winner and UNHCR goodwill said the annual June 20 … Continue reading Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Refelction On Plight Of Refugees
It’s cherry season again! They’re fresh, plentiful, beautiful, and delicious, but, you may be wondering – are cherries actually that good for you? The answer is yes, 100 times yes! Cherries are not only one of the healthiest fruits, they also rank as one of the most health protective foods overall. One cup, or about … Continue reading 7 Health Benefits Of Cherries
Coffee lovers will tell you that every time of day is the best time to drink coffee; however experts say that there is an ideal time to sip a cup of joe in order to really reap the benefits of that caffeine boost. ‘If you are someone who has average tolerance to caffeine, then after having coffee, whether it’s … Continue reading When Is The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee In Order To Boost Productivity?
When it comes to ageing, many of us would rather stay looking our youthful best longer, and will haiply splurge on all manner of expensive, high – end beauty products and treatments in order to do so. Despite the fact that fine lines and wrinkles are nothing to be ashamed of, that doesn’t mean we should … Continue reading Forever Young: The Ultimate Guide To Reducing Wrinkles And Fine Lines