2014 Beauty, In One Word


As a new year rushes in, we take a fleeting moment to reflect on the past 12 months and set goals for the year ahead. We call them resolutions, and rarely (if ever!) do they stick. Studies show that most of us ditch our resolutions around mid-January— so what can we do that will truly make a more lasting change in our beauty and health this year?

One of the most inspiring messages I’ll take away from 2013 is the power of intention. Rather than creating a specific goal— like exercising for an hour every day— that you might miss once and give up out of frustration, make this year’s intention a feeling.

In 2013, my beauty intention was to feel RELAXED. As I wrote last year, not only is our daily stress a burden on our mental and emotional clarity, it’s a powerfully aging force on our outward beauty, laying the groundwork for wrinkles, weight gain around the middle, digestive issues and more serious health problems down the road. In 2013 I worked on mindful breathing, setting work-life boundaries, and developing a less stressed attitude when dealing with the little things in my life. Don’t sweat the small stuff was a yearlong theme! Not only did I feel less controlled by stress this year, I felt more successful in my resolution, since I only had one word, relaxed, to focus on.

What’s in store for 2014? The coming year feels bolder, bigger, and full of momentum. I want it to be a year of doing, of creation and of movement— and the feeling I choose is vital, “having remarkable energy, liveliness or force of personality.” This year I will tap into that energy to do more, and delay less. 

What word sums up your beauty and health goals for 2014? How do you want to feel in the year ahead?

A few words that might inspire a lifestyle that supports your beauty, youthfulness, energy and health are…

  • Nourished. (Literally well fed, with beauty foods, and full of inspiration)
  • Creative. (Ready for experimentation, fresh ideas, new looks and healthy habits)
  • Open. (Willing and excited to share your talents and seek help from others)
  • Peaceful. (Accepting and trusting of your body and your health)

If you need help finding the word that fits you this year, or you need support in getting to your beauty and health goals, you might find a Beauty Is Wellness health and beauty coaching program to be a powerful tool this year.

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What makes the apple a perfect fall fruit for our looks?

Its unique combination of cooling, cleansing and nourishing properties gives our bodies a balancing fall treat each time we eat one. Fall is the season to explore apple varieties beyond Red Delicious, Gala and Granny Smith; get creative, and choose organic varieties to support your beauty and body.


Fall apples at my Philadelphia farmer's market.

Behold, 9 reasons to put down the peaches and get to a farmer’s market to partake in the most beautifying fruit of the season:

1. Apples are deeply cooling to the body and help dissipate some of the lingering heat of the summer. This translates to less redness for your skin.


2. Picked straight from a tree, apples are brimming with beauty nutrients like vitamin C and potassium, and even fresher than those you’d find in a local market.


3. Look for organic apples and enjoy their skins, which contain the powerful phytochemical quercetin. Quercetin supports beauty by defending against UVB damage, boosting immunity and reducing allergies!


4. The filling pectin fiber in apples encourages healthy elimination and internal detox, lessening the waste-removal duties of your skin.


5. Great news for your skin and waistline: apples are low calories, and have a relatively low glycemic index, so they won’t bring on wrinkles or blemishes.


6. They’re a perfectly portable beauty snack that will keep you full between meals. Add a few raw nuts or almond butter and create an even more sustaining pair.


7. Apples add wonderful sweetness to green smoothies, and pair well with antioxidant-rich fall spices like cinnamon and ginger.


8. The malic acid found in apples is cleansing to the liver, an organ that supports clear, radiant skin.


9. You don’t just always need to eat them raw; Ayurveda teaches that cooked apples are the most healing, since they’re warm and extremely easy to digest.

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