Everyone’s more or less got a pretty good idea of what it takes to manage and optimize their looks in the short term. More or less, it comes down to wearing the right outfit, and using the right makeup. Maybe also figuring out the right hairstyle.
When it comes to really looking your best, though — on an ongoing, deep, and long-term level — the approach needs to be adjusted pretty radically.
Sure, brow makeup products are still important, but a long-term approach to looking your best has to be more lifestyle-focused in general. And if it’s going to work, and work consistently, it’s also got to be pretty harmonious and involve a fair degree of balance in your life, in general.
Tantalized yet? Here are a few harmonious tips for looking your best in the long-run.
Figure out the point of balance in your relationship to exercise — it should feel good, not brutal
Everyone knows that exercise is healthy — but that doesn’t mean that getting as much exercise in as is humanly possible, and then stacking some more on top of it, makes you consistently healthier, and healthier.
In fact, it’s well known among medical professionals and researchers that doing too much exercise can lead to all sorts of health-wrecking consequences, which can, in turn, impact your looks in a bad way.
Spend too much time running on a regular basis, without adequate rest, and you can develop Overtraining Syndrome and shin splints, and damage your knees permanently.
Do too much high-intensity CrossFit, and you could come down with rhabdomyolysis, and end up hospitalized with permanent organ damage.
Then again, do too little — or no — exercise, and you’ll face an array of different health consequences.
There’s a sweet spot that you need to identify for yourself, where enough exercise will improve your circulation, give your skin a rosy glow, and help to maintain a good weight, and where too much or too little will be detrimental.
Give up on dieting, but focus on eating mostly natural, whole foods
People diet to lose weight, but also to be healthy. But the thing is, dieting is very often associated with negative, rather than positive, health outcomes.
For one thing, dieting usually results in chronically consuming too few calories, which — as shown in famous studies like the Minnesota Starvation Experiment — causes real damage to the body.
For another thing, chronic calorie restriction also slows metabolism. This was found to be the case, for example, by a study done on former contestants of the weight loss show “The Biggest Loser.” According to the study, these contestants had slower metabolisms even 6 years after appearing on the show.
As a consequence, they’d failed to maintain their lean and trim post-show weight.
Get your rest and relaxation
Sleep deprivation leaves its obvious physical traces. Sunken, bloodshot eyes, circled by dark rings. A sickly complexion. More pimples and blemishes.
Failing to get enough sleep can do a real number on your looks, and according to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, it can also wreck your health — making you pre-diabetic, damaging your brain, and increasing your risk of cancer and heart disease, among other things.
“Beauty sleep” is real, so do what you can to ensure you get yours.