Health and Beauty

When it comes to beauty, there’s a ton of overlap with our health. And, I’m not even going to touch weight, because I don’t subscribe to that impossible beauty standard imposed on women, and women alone. No, I simply mean that, like our mental health and our physical health are intertwined, so, too, is our beauty linked to our overall health. Therefore, this is one of many signs pointing to trying to lead healthier lives, and if that’s what it takes to get you motivated, first of all, I get it, I really do, secondly, good for you. We all deserve to lead healthier and happier lives, but it can be so hard to find that motivation. Once you’ve found your muse, so to speak, hold on for dear life and your use that inspiration. Here are some health and fitness tips to help you find your inner goddess truly worthy of your Birchbox subscription.

First and foremost, there’s the matter of a good night’s sleep. There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep, after all. We as a society are chronically under sleeping on a regular basis. You really do need a full 8 hours of sleep to get the full benefits of sleep. Those dark bags under your eyes aren’t normal, at least if you’re still young. The capitalist dogma dictates that we put work above all else, and it’s cutting into our beauty sleep. However, we have to make the time for it to achieve our truest and best selves.  There’s no question about it. Lack of sleep can also cause excessive oil buildup on your face and in your hair, and while you can simply wash up first thing in the morning, some damage is unavoidable. It’s best to just get your 40 winks to begin with.

Another way in which our health affects our beauty is via our diet. Again, not in terms of weight. No, the problem here is, once again, excessive oil. Processed foods are a convenient alrtnative to cooking that saves us time and, sometimes, also saves us money. However, this is because of additives like salt and sugar that also take away from their nutritional value and pump us full of things we don’t need. The end result is an excess of oils in your skin that can cause pimples and blackheads and was never a great look to begin with. Replace these food items with home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients to see clearer skin in no time. Another issue you may encounter is thinning hair as the result of a lack of protein. This is easily cured with a diet that includes meat, but with vegetarians, you’ll have to look to beans and mushrooms as your main protein sources.

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