When you focus on your health, beauty comes naturally. Read that again.
When we eat low inflammation foods and hydrate daily, our skin glows. When our cortisol levels are under control, we look younger. When we work out with vigor, sweat detoxes and increases blood flow to the skin. Regular exercise also balances our body’s sex hormones, which improves the appearance of hair, skin, and muscle tone. Even being around good friends and letting out a good laugh or two results in clearer eyes, healthier hair, and a boosted immune system.
There are many ways you can focus on your health to boost your natural beauty, both natural and with in-home technologies:
Sweat It Out
Sweating is a vital process allowing the body to flush out toxins. When toxins are not released through sweat, our pores get clogged and we can experience acne or blemishes. But when we sweat, our pores dilate, purging the skin of bacteria, dirt, oils, and impurities.
What’s the optimal pH for healthy, glowing skin? The same pH as sweat. Sweat is hydrating, too. And it’s not just the high water count that creates a dewy countenance. Minerals and salt found in sweat naturally exfoliate the skin, and the urea and uric acid found in sweat are deeply hydrating ingredients used in top skincare products.
Sweat-inducing activities (be that hitting the gym or harnessing infrared technology, which we will get into below) work other beauty wonders, too. Increased circulation stimulates hair follicles and helps hair to grow healthy, long, and strong. And balanced cortisol levels helps to regulate sebum production, which is responsible for skin sagging, acne and wrinkles, making a good sweat an incredible alternative to all those anti-aging products collecting on the top shelf in your bathroom. Just don’t forget to stay hydrated, replenishing your body with the water and electrolytes it is losing through sweat.
Working out without working out? A dream too good to be true? Nope, it’s called an infrared sauna! A single infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories, while triggering the same DOSE of neurochemicals (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, and Endorphins) being released in your brain and activating a full-body sweat. Hello, beauty benefits.
Infrared therapy is one of the hottest beauty secrets around. It raises your thermal temperature, dilates the blood vessels, and increases circulation throughout the body – activating a powerful detoxification process. Infrared therapy is known to boost collagen, balance cortisol levels, and reduce signs of aging.
HigherDOSE’s Infrared Sauna Blanket makes it easy to experience the benefits of infrared heat, from the comfort of your own living room. This innovative beauty-wellness tool elevates the body’s thermal energy, delivers effortless anti-aging benefits, and promotes dewy, glowing skin. Simply lie down, zip up, turn on the heat, and let the Sauna Blanket do the heavy lifting (or slip into the Blanket after a workout to activate an even deeper sweat).
Soak Up The Sun
The sun is our ultimate source of healing energy. It powers the entire planet, rising and falling each day, taking us from total darkness to life-giving light. But despite being an obvious source of vitality for all, humans aren’t getting enough of it. With each passing decade, we are spending more and more time indoors. And when we do go outside, misguided myths compel us to lather up with sunscreen or go out fully clothed.
The truth? Our bodies crave DIRECT sunlight. Too much of the wrong exposure can lead to serious skin health issues, but not all sunshine is bad. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Blocking the sun out entirely means that we are missing out on some serious health benefits. Direct sunlight regulates our hormones, boosts our mood, clears our skin, reduces stress, and promotes restorative sleep.
Up to an hour of direct sun exposure each day provides a powerful health boost. Morning sun gazing and watching the sun set each evening are also excellent ways to reset your circadian rhythm and support healthy hormonal cycles. In other words, soaking up the sun (in a safe, intentional way) is a pretty powerful beauty regimen.
Red Light Therapy
When you are not soaking up the sunshine outside, Infrared Therapy and Red Light Therapy provide a healthy dose of two of the most regenerative light spectrums found in natural sunlight. Red Light Therapy helps to promote blood circulation by raising oxygen and nutrients to your skin’s surface. This increased blood flow stokes collagen and elastin production, making it one of the most powerful anti-aging beauty tools available.
Red Light Therapy got its powerful reputation for its anti-aging benefits, but its regenerative benefits don’t stop there. By stoking your cell’s power center (the mitochondria), Red Light Therapy increases ATP (cellular energy), dosing your cells with everything they need to function at the highest levels while regenerating a youthful state.
The potential benefits of red light therapy include glowing skin, increased collagen production, repaired skin damage, decreased inflammation, cell and tissue repair, fat loss, healed wounds, sunburn prevention and treatment, and boosted mood – to name a few.
Get That Beauty Rest
You know the saying: get your beauty sleep. But what is the true connection between sleeping soundly and looking beautiful? Blood flow increases when you are asleep, which means that when you get enough shut-eye, you wake up to healthy, revived skin. In reverse, sleep deprivation dulls the skin and leads to dark circles and bags under your eyes (signals that blood isn’t flowing well and you need to clean up your sleep act). That blood flow during your snooze increases your hair health, too. The more zzz’s you get, the more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are delivered to your hair follicles, strengthening and hydrating your strands.
The biggest beauty benefit of sleep, however, is fewer wrinkles. Sleep is your skin’s time to produce new collagen, which prevents sagging and is responsible for skin cell repair. Increased collagen means plumper skin and less fine lines.
Want to deepen your meditation and sleep sounder each night? PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy is the ultimate meditation tool and a sleep-deepening technology, able to stimulate nature’s grounding abilities by sending pulsed waves of low-level magnetic frequencies directly into the body. These therapeutic waves are uniquely able to pass through the skin to deeply penetrate muscle, bones, tendons, and organs to expedite recovery from the inside out.
Different PEMF frequencies deliver different health benefits, which in turn boost different beauty benefits:
ALPHA BRAIN WAVES (10 hz PEMF) are known to deepen your meditation and promote wakeful relaxation, as well as to reduce the physical effects of stress and increase tissue regeneration. All of which (readers know by now) are beauty buzzwords.
DELTA BRAIN WAVES (3hz PEMF) promote deep relaxation and can help you to fall asleep (and stay asleep). This deep sleep state is when your body has a change to catch up, facilitating healing and the regeneration of tissues. This is beauty sleep 2.0.
Take Stillness Seriously
Meditation is ubiquitously linked with improved mental health these days, but did you know that meditation can also improve your complexion, reduce wrinkles, and slow down the aging process from the inside out? Meditation, even for just a few minutes a day, helps you access a state of calm and relax the body. This means your body is better equipped to repair tissues and cells, giving your skin a youthful look.
If you are mindful breathing while you meditate, you are further super-charging the beauty benefits. This process adds oxygen to the skin, boosting cellular health and rejuvenating your cells. A good meditation practice also increases clarity and confidence, making it easier to pause and make healthy lifestyle choices that serve you (and your looks). When you take stillness seriously, you are cultivating a routine that will boost your natural beauty.
The Rise of Medical Wellness
Infrared Therapy, PEMF Therapy, and Red Light Therapy are powerful tools that can up-level the way you look and feel. Innovations in these technologies have made it possible to bring their wellness-amplifying, beauty-booting powers directly into your living room, allowing users to supercharge health routines and invest in long-term wellness solutions.
We are becoming empowered to dig deeper, to understand how our bodies work, to look for tailored solutions, and to invest in wellbeing beyond the skin’s surface. The more we know about the true ingredients of beauty (including, but not limited to, sunshine, sweat, stillness, and sleep) the more powerfully we can activate vitality and radiance.
But like all the most effective wellness modalities, each one of these technologies is rooted in naturally available resources. While you build your own at home tech-powered wellness spa, don’t forget to also step outside, move your body, swim in the ocean, break a sweat in the way you enjoy the most, eat clean, and laugh with friends. These activities are much cheaper than that skin cream you just splurged on, and they just might be more powerful.
Beauty is, truly, a barometer for the lifestyle choices we make and the ways we take care of our bodies and mind. The ultimate natural beauty routine begins with investing in your health.