Dr. Murad’s revolutionary philosophy of Inclusive Health incorporates more than just topical care into your skin care regimen. Skin (and your body and mind) can only truly be healthy when you combine topical skin care, Emotional Self Care™ and internal care into one program. Yes, diet does matter and so does your stress level! No matter what your skin care concern or skin type is, incorporating Inclusive Health into your daily routine can improve your overall well-being and make you better every day. With the holiday season about to start, many of us will be making trips to the Cineplex to see the latest holiday blockbuster movies. Believe it or not, a simple trip to the movies can be a mine field of unhealthy risks. Here are some tips for keeping yourself (and your skin) getting rave reviews at the box office.
Diet Does Matter – And There’s Not Much That’s Good for You at a Concession Stand
We understand the temptation of salty, buttery popcorn and a huge soft drink. In many of our minds, those treats are associated with a night at the movies. But we all know enough to know that the salt, sugar, chemicals and processed ingredients in those items aren’t good for our body or our skin. You can start by just opting for a bottled water instead of a soft drink. However, it’s always ideal to eat your water as described in Dr. Murad’s best-selling book, The Water Secret. Not only can a container of fruit in your purse keep you away from soft drinks, popcorn, hot dogs and candy – but it can also keep you hydrated and provide you with nutrition and antioxidants for healthy skin. Before you leave for the movie theater, think about what you’ll eat and drink while you’re there and then take steps to make that a healthier activity!
Emotional Self Care
The Movies are Supposed to Be Fun and Relaxing, Not Stressful
When you go to see a holiday blockbuster movie, the idea is to get some stress relief and unwind or “check out” for a while. However, crowded parking lots, traffic, noisy movie theaters and the general rush of people can all add to our everyday Cultural Stress™. Take the time to keep your stress level down. Leave plenty of time to get to the theater so that even if there’s traffic or crowded parking you’re not stressed about making it to the movie on time. Purchase your tickets in advance so that you can avoid long lines or worrying if your movie will sell out. If you have the luxury of flexibility with time, try to see movies during afternoon or less busy hours.
Most importantly, schedule time after the movie to sit and have a conversation with whomever you saw the movie with about what you just saw. That can be dinner, drinks, coffee or even just sitting on your couch at home. In this day and age, actual human interaction is at a premium! Conversing with others about what you just saw can be both relaxing and a much-needed way to break up the cycle of text messages and social networking.
And remember, there’s nothing wrong with going to a movie yourself! If what you need in order to de-stress is some time alone to just watch a film without anybody interrupting you, then you should take that time for yourself!
What’s the takeaway here? Don’t turn going into the movies into a reason for stress. Make it an enjoyable activity, which is what it’s supposed to be to begin with!
Stay Hydrated in Enclosed Movie Theaters
Air conditioning in hot climates, heating in cold climates, enclosed spaces…sitting in a movie theater for two to three hours can take a toll on your skin just through environmental air quality. Make sure that your skin stays topically hydrated while you’re at the movies! If you’re planning a longer night out, you may want to consider throwing some travel-sized skin care products into your purse or bag. However, even if you’re just headed out for an evening, be sure to apply a nice lightweight topical skin moisturizer to your skin before you leave. If you’re seeing an afternoon movie, be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF protection as well! Healthy skin is hydrated both on the outside and the inside!
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Go out and enjoy some blockbuster movies! They’re a great diversion and distraction. Just be sure to incorporate Inclusive Health concepts into your trip to the theater!