Health & Fitness

Health April 2020

Enjoy living the healthy life with solutions and advice from the experts at HEALTH magazine! Each issue is packed with smart and fun new ways to stay in terrific shape, look amazing and discover tasty (and healthy!) things to eat. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor: one step at a time

ONE STEP AT A TIME When you want to tackle something big—whether a new exercise regime, eating more healthfully, or developing a meditation practice—it can be good to start small. Getting out for walks, adding more veggies to your diet, being mindful for just five minutes…taking manageable steps will motivate you to keep going toward your ultimate goal. And if you want to change the world? We took the same approach in our story “Green Your Routine” (page 73). It is packed with easy, little ways you can make eco-friendly choices throughout your day. They all add up! The tips are simple and very doable—in fact, while she was editing the story, my colleague Cheryl decided to start composting. She was surprised by how many food scraps she was diverting from the…

9 min.
the share

ALOE, THERE! Aloe vera’s powers go beyond sunburn soothing. The fleshy green leaves contain a gel that offers antioxidants, amino acids, and antibacterial properties, making it a natural (get it?) choice for many uses. Try it as a cooling balm after shaving. Or apply it to the face as a moisturizer and—thanks to the enzymes it contains—an exfoliator in one. With its hydrating and antimicrobial qualities, aloe is also found in lots of products. Turn the page for some of our top picks. EDITORS’ PICKS FOOD SMARTS EGGS, EXPLAINED When did it get so confusing to buy eggs? The cartons are covered with terms like “cage-free,” “organic,” “natural”…plus a wide range of prices to make the decision even trickier. So what does this all mean? These labels convey how the laying hens were raised, cared…

6 min.
bye-bye, breakouts!

“Acne is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting over 95 percent of Americans at some point in their lives,” says Shari Marchbein, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. In fact, 50 percent of 20-year-olds, 30 percent of 30-year-olds, and 25 percent of 40-year-old women still experience acne, according to Dr. Marchbein. Those stats may sound defeating, but there’s a silver lining: Because the condition has become more prevalent, there are more research studies on the various types of acne and more treatment options than ever before. THE TYPE: Cystic Acne HOW IT HAPPENS: These are deep, below-the-surface bumps that have no head and, in women, are usually located along the jawline and the chin. The condition is common in those with oily skin—a combo of oil (sebum), dirt,…

3 min.
my five-minute face

As a new mom (with a full-time job, a cookie-business side hustle, and a long commute), I’m always stressed about getting through my to-do list while still sneaking in a few things that spark joy. And one of those things is makeup! I wholeheartedly believe in its power to lift you up and make you feel great. So even though I might not have time to do all the makeup steps I used to, I created some shortcuts that still get me from blah to bam—in just five minutes. No matter how busy you are, never underestimate the positive impact of spending a little time on yourself. You deserve it! BEAUTY DIRECTOR MINUTE 1: Ace Your Base On the back of my hand, I combine a blob of moisturizer with Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen…

7 min.
clean-beauty crusaders

Nancy Twine FOUNDER OF BRIOGEO Childhood memories led Twine, a former financier–turned–beauty mogul, to launch her natural and inclusive hair-care brand. What prompted you to leave finance and start Briogeo? My mom was a chemist, and while I was growing up, we spent a lot of time making our own scalp scrubs, body treatments, hair oils, and all sorts of things. As an adult, I saw the shift that was happening in beauty, with consumers starting to demand clean options. It made me think back to the incredible products we made at home, and I realized there was a business opportunity to do something bigger with that family tradition. How did it feel being a young woman taking on venerable hair-care titans? It was really exciting and a little nerve-racking at the same time.…

4 min.
it’s a stretch

Stretching used to mean a speedy pre-jog toe touch. Now it’s its very own special thing—with classes and equipment. “There’s a shift where people are realizing that strength and flexibility are two sides of the same coin,” says Carrie Collins of Stretch Chi, a resistance stretching studio in Chicago. Stretching may sound tame, but the benefits are significant. “It keeps joints lubricated; relieves muscle tension and cramping; and improves posture, mobility, and the ability to relax,” says Sabrina Fairchild, a kinesiology lecturer at Chico State University in California. As you age, regular stretching helps keep your joints moving through their full range of motion. Collins points out that the old “hold the stretch” isn’t necessarily the best route to results. “It’s really important to stretch and strengthen at the same time, so…