Wellness Wednesday – 10/21/20
WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Your Skin Does So Much for You, Return the Favor and Start with a Facial
by Massage Envy
Good skin care is important. Skin care helps to keep your skin in good condition, and it’s vital to keep your skin glowing and in good condition because you’re shedding skin cells throughout the day. An effective routine can help prevent acne, treat wrinkles and help keep your skin looking its best so you feel your best!
Frequent facials can help alleviate some of your skin’s most pesky traits. How? Facials remove the top layer of old or dead skin. This helps encourage cell turnover, pushing young, fresh skin to the surface of your face. The process of cell turnover takes about a month, so it is best to receive skincare from a licensed esthetician every four weeks to maintain optimal results.
Facials should never be a one-size fits all solution. Armed with an array of professional-grade products, your esthetician will help you choose the right combination of products and services that are just right for you. Plus, you can customize your facial with enhancements like anti-aging eye and exfoliating hand treatments to address specific needs. At Massage Envy, one-size fits you. By creating a personalized, long-term plan that includes regular facials and home care, we’ll keep your face smiling for years to come.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Watching Nature Shows Can Cure Boredom, Sadness
For many, the isolation of quarantine spouts feelings of boredom, loneliness and depression. A new study finds there may be a way to cure this boredom and get back in touch with nature, without leaving your couch. According to StudyFinds.org, researchers at the University of Exeter found that watching nature programming reduces feelings of boredom and sadness.
The study examined 96 participants who researchers actively tried to bore before their experiments. To accomplish this, the volunteers watched a video where a person described their work at an office supply company.
After being sufficiently fatigued by this dull tale, researchers showed the group scenes of an underwater coral reef. Participants watched these scenes either on television, in a virtual reality headset using 360-degree video, or a VR headset using computer-generated graphics.
The results reveal all three formats minimized the feeling of sadness in each volunteer.
“Our results show that simply watching nature on TV can help to lift people’s mood and combat boredom. With people around the world facing limited access to outdoor environments because of COVID-19 quarantines, this study suggests that nature programs might offer an accessible way for populations to benefit from a ‘dose’ of digital nature,” says lead researcher Nicky Yeos.
Fermentation: Not Just a Fad
When you hear about “fermentation,” what foods come to mind? Kimchi? Roquefort cheese? What about chocolate, vanilla, coffee and beer? Fermentation often gets a bad rap, but many foods that are intrinsic to our western traditions — and to traditions globally — are part of fermentation.
Sandor Katz, an American food writer and DIY food activist, notes these points in a recent Guardian piece, and he says that fermentation is more than just a fad. In fact, Noma in Copenhagen, the world’s most influential restaurant, has had a specialist fermentation lab since 2014; and before coronavirus hit, every dish on its menu featured a fermented element. If you look in your home pantry, you’ll probably find many foods that have undergone fermentation as well.
According to Katz, fermentation was a forgotten art of sorts, and the idea of inviting bacteria into your food and drink was extreme more many in western cultures. Katz has long argued that many are too fixated on cleanliness, a stance that has more charged connotations in the age of COVID-19 when we are advised to constantly wash and sanitize. He, however, doesn’t see an inconsistency. Katz, who is 58, wears a mask, practices social distancing and washes his hands with soap regularly. But he feels that too often and too quickly, in the popular imagination, bacteria and viruses are equated with “disease and danger and death.”
“There are bacteria that can make us sick,” he says. “Obviously, there are viruses that can make us sick and can kill us, but I think it’s really important that we not decide that other forms of life are our enemies.”