“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” ~Maya Angelou
Beauty Lies Within The Soul
Holistic beauty tips to help you glow from the inside, out
When it comes to beauty, we can wax on all day about the best anti-aging creams and Tom Ford’s killer lipsticks, but let’s be really honest here (and, yes, this is coming from someone who has spent her entire career in the beauty industry!), it’s neither wrinkle-free nor the latest lipstick that really make someone beautiful. We all intuitively know this – when we see someone who exudes beauty – and it’s that X-factor we all want to tap into. So, how do we get in on that beauty secret? Read on!
8 Inner Beauty Secrets
Complement Yourself. The first step to a beauty routine is self-confidence, yet all too often we’re our own worse critics, especially when it comes to our bodies. But your weight isn’t your worth and your beauty isn’t measured by your dress size. So, step away from the scale (it measures nothing more than your gravitational pull towards the earth – not your sexiness, beauty, health, or anything else!), ignore your jeans size (no one sees it!), and stop being so hard on yourself. Instead, start the day by acknowledging what you love about yourself. What are you grateful for? What do you OWN? (And really, throw away that scale!)
Sweat. Take a dance class, go to the gym, or sweat it out in an infrared sauna! Not because sweat burns calories (calories-shmalories!), but because sweating is one of your body’s best detoxification mechanisms and when you’re adequately detoxed, your skin will glow, your hair will grow thick and shiny, and more!
Hydrate. Your skin is one of the first places to show the signs of dehydration, which will not only exacerbates dry skin, but also makes oily skin oilier (when your skin is low on water content it tries to hydrate the only way it knows how: by pumping out the oil) and even makes wrinkles worse. Aim to drink half of your body weight in filtered water every day for radiance from the inside out.
Eat For Beauty. In my first book, The Recipe For Radiance, I share the secrets to using food for beauty. But for the cliff’s notes version, think of it this way: food is not just energy, it’s also the building blocks for your skin, hair, nails, organs, and more! Throw crap in the mix, and you’ll have a house made of crap 😉
Take A Probiotic. Your gut’s health is directly linked to your skin’s radiance. Adding a clean probiotic to your daily routine is a great way to take your skincare routine to the next level, especially if you’re prone to breakouts. One key tip I learned from my girl Meredith Gellar: mix up your probiotics every month or so since no single one contains all the strains of bacteria you need.
Own It. A lot of the times when people say “beauty comes from within” they mean it in a placating way, but go with me for a moment. Think of the most beautiful women you know – not a celebrity whose picture you’ve seen countless times and who you’ve repeatedly been told is beautiful, but a woman in your life. What makes her radiate? Sure, she may have glowing skin and luscious locks, but more often than not, it’s something else: it’s a confident energy that exudes from within. Own your beauty. Stand tall. Walk into a room confident. Trust me: it’s the best beauty tip around (well, that and a smile!).
Be Choosy. With your energy, your time, the people you hang with, and the conversations you have. An elevated life will elevate your beauty!
Read Labels. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and it absorbs what you put on it. Read those ingredient labels like you do your food labels – the fewer, more recognizable ingredients the better (hi, coconut oil!) – and your skin will thank you.
Alexis Wolfer is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean.com, an online women’s magazine founded in 2009 to bring women their beauty, fitness and wellness fix in a way designed to make them feel better about themselves. Less than 2 years later, Forbes Magazine named TheBeautyBean.com one of the Top 10 Women’s Lifestyle Websites.
Alexis has simultaneously become a well-known beauty and lifestyle expert, as seen on the Today Show, E!, The Doctors, NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX as well as in print outlets from WWD to AOL, CNN.com to Oprah.com, Teen Vogue to Star Magazine and even the United Kingdom’s leading newspaper, The Independent. Access Hollywood even named Alexis the ‘Female Beauty MacGyver’ and People StyleWatch has dubbed her ‘The DIY Beauty Queen.’
Additionally, Alexis advises and invests in early stage startups, helping them in the areas of female user/customer acquisition, product development and strategy, and public relations and marketing.
Alexis graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, earned her Master’s Degree from Columbia University, and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
She is the author of The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best-Kept Secrets In Your Kitchen (Running Press, April 2014) and Radiant Bride: The Beauty, Diet, Fitness, And Fashion Plan For Your Big Day (Running Press, January 2016).
She currently lives in Los Angeles, but will always be a NYer at heart.