Plant-based retinol for ageless skin
Retinol has long been a favorite ingredient in topical skin treatments for those looking to address aging skin. But if you prefer to avoid animal-derived ingredients, retinol may be a no-go. Fortunately, serums and lotions are hitting the market that feature bakuchiol instead, a plant-based retinol alternative that offers many of the same benefits, including a reduction of lines and wrinkles, a boost in elasticity and firmness, and overall anti-aging effects.
Short runs for brain power
If you’re feeling down or unfocused, try lacing up your running shoes. Recent studies have shown that a quick jog around the block can work wonders at boosting both mood and cognitive function. It doesn’t even have to be a long run; just 10 minutes will do the trick, thanks to increased blood flow to the part of the brain that helps control mood.
BFR training for muscle gains
Blood Flow Restriction (or BFR) training, one of the newest trends to hit the fitness scene, may offer the ability to strengthen muscles with lighter loads. It involves the use of an inflatable band or cuff around the top of your legs and/or arms that restricts blood flow as you exercise. The point is to gain strength while reducing joint and muscle pain that can be caused by lifting heavy loads. Try it out with a certified trainer or with an at-home BFR kit.
CBD soda water to help you chill
A host of new drinkable products that contain CBD have been popping up lately with the goal of offering quick, on-the-go, ready-to-drink benefits of CBD to the masses, including relaxation and reduced anxiety. Plus, it comes in a variety of brands and flavors!
Track mood for better mental health
Whether your therapist or doctor recommended it, or you just want to have a better idea of what affects your mental health throughout the week, tracking your mood can help you identify unhealthy patterns and create strategies for replacing them. You can use a journal to do so, but there are also many apps available to help users experience increases in well-being and decreases in depression.
Color therapy for bath time
Want to kick your sense of relaxation up a notch the next time you settle in for a soak? Add a touch of color to your bath for a boost of therapeutic goodness. Bath oils with all-natural scents and colors can offer not only skin-softening benefits and aromatherapy but may provide some benefits of color therapy too, such as promoting a sense of calm. So, pick your favorite color, add it to the bath, and enjoy.