Resolve to treat your body right in 2012
So you’re writing down your resolutions and there’s the usual “lose weight,” “quit smoking,” “find more time to read,” etc. But make sure that this year you don’t forget to also resolve to take better care of your body. Follow these HellaWella tips for meeting all your primping and grooming needs this year. Your body will thank you. And then you can thank us. ::wink::
How often you should cut your hair really depends on the type of hair you have and the type of look you’re going for. However, in general, to keep your hair at its healthiest — both biologically and aesthetically — most experts agree that you should get a trim every 2 months or so. And though it may seem contradictory, if you’re growing your hair out or want to maintain your long locks, it’s best to get regular haircuts more frequently to assure your hair stays healthy as it grows.
And guys, this concerns you too. It’s very important to take care of your nails on a regular basis. Not only are chipping, yellowing and/or peeling nails unseemly, they also might be an indicator of more serious underlying medical problems (we’ve got more on that here). But from the aesthetic perspective of it, your hands often are one of the first things people notice about you, so be sure to keep them looking their best. And your feet bear the brunt of your entire being all day, every day … except maybe when you’re sleeping. Take care of your tootsies so they can keep carrying you around. It’s best to try to schedule a mani/pedi at least once a month — whether at a salon or at home.
Massages are good for relieving stress, soothing aches and pains, and often are prescribed by doctors for more serious ailments. If you’re able to splurge on yourself, a massage once a month can mean some serious health benefits, but be sure to keep it regular, otherwise your muscles will resort back to their formerly stressed and strained ways.
And please, please, PLEASE don’t neglect your skin. As it’s the largest organ on your body, and the one most exposed to the elements, it’s so important to keep your skin healthy. Make one of your resolutions to visit a dermatologist at least once a year, and pay attention to your own body. Any new moles or recently appeared bizarre freckles are a sign to phone your derm doc. (More tips on preventing skin cancer here.) According to Discovery Fit & Health, dermatologists also treat athlete’s foot, cold sores, rashes and hives, psoriasis, hair loss, scars and warts.
Resolve to take care of your body this year, and tell us how you plan to do it!