Health December 2021

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: time flies

Where did 2021 go? After the endless crawl of 2020—March alone lasted months!—this year just flew. In fact, it’s such a blur that I had to look at my camera roll just to remember some highlights. Not surprisingly, it looks like I spent a lot of time at home with my dog and cats. But I also took some weekend road trips and went on long runs and bike rides. My daughter graduated from high school, and I took both kids to college this fall. It has continued to be a strange time, full of new challenges and also some new pleasures—but no “new normal” quite yet. One thing has become very clear, however: Our relationships are what get us through. That’s why we created our story “Feel the Love” (page…

9 min
the share

THAT’S A WRAP! Here’s another way to feel good about giving: Use sustainable gift wrap. Traditional wrapping paper often can’t be recycled because of dyes, laminates, or embellishments. Make your own with a vibrant scarf you don’t mind upcycling, or repurpose old gift bags and newspapers you have around (top with natural decorations like dried leaves or pine sprigs to make them festive). You can also shop one of these small, woman-owned businesses: Wrappily, which prints colorful patterns and graphics onto recycled newsprint; and Wrappr, which sells fabric wraps in three sizes with beautiful floral designs and geometric shapes. And speaking of presents, don’t forget to check out Health’s gift guide, starting on page 71. FOOD SMARTS Small Changes, Big Results You know that eating more plants and less processed food improves your health…

3 min
lip service

THE LOOK Matte Red Velvet Lips To create the illusion of fullness, rim lips just outside of your natural lip line, then fill them in with a creamy, matte red liner, says celebrity makeup artist Ash K Holm. TRY: Buxom Cosmetics Power Line Plumping Lip Liner in Real Red ($18;, which self-sharpens and delivers eight hours of waterproof wear. PAIR WITH: Winged liner and mascara SOFT AND SMOOTH Since the skin on your lips is some of the thinnest on your body, it’s notoriously delicate. Cold weather, dry air, lip-licking, and even some meds can trigger flakes. Lip color can accentuate chapped bits, so prepping your lips is key. Slough off any dead skin with one of these gentle methods. Apply a small amount of balm, then gently brush lips with a clean, disposable…

4 min
your skin on…winter

WINTER WOE NO. 1 Skin Is Parched and Irritated Humidity drops significantly this time of year—thanks to frigid temps outside and dry heat inside—leaving your skin thirsty. Hope Mitchell, MD, a dermatologist and founder of Mitchell Dermatology in Perrysburg, Ohio, explains that dry skin can present in different ways, including the accentuation of wrinkles, redness, flaking, and even burning. Try This: “Not everyone has the same needs,” says Elizabeth Harvey, lead aesthetician at skin-care brand Naturopathica. However, Harvey says, winter skin requires hydrating products to make up for moisture loss. Dr. Mitchell recommends avoiding foam cleansers and formulas containing sodium lauryl sulfate, which can leave skin feeling stripped and tight. Also, swap your light summer lotion for a rich moisturizing cream with ceramides, glycerin or petrolatum, says Shari Marchbein, MD, a dermatologist in…

7 min
close to home

THE SUSTENANCE SAVANT Alita Kelly She opened a locally sourced grocery store with a mission: to address food apartheid in Grand Rapids, Michigan. What inspired you to start the South East Market? I live one house away from the home that my grandmother and great-grandmother died in from dietary-related illness. When we were seeing all of the negative statistics around the connection between COVID and dietary-related illnesses, I realized my community was at a higher risk of fatality because we didn’t have access to healthy food. So I started a GoFundMe in August 2020, and we were open to the public on January 18, MLK Day, of this year. Where does your food come from? We source first from our priority vendors, which are Black-, Brown-, Indigenous-, female-led, and local businesses and farms. While…

7 min
into the land of nod

MONTHS INTO THE pandemic, my dreams started changing. Instead of flunking my unstudied-for algebra exam, I faced a fresh horror: I was being jostled by a large crowd, panicked I had forgotten my mask. Another night, I dreamed I was building a house alongside Dr. Fauci. My friends were sharing similarly themed nocturnal escapades. And sure enough, #quarantinedreams became a hashtag. “People reported unusually active dream lives, and those dreams were especially vivid and bizarre,” says Deirdre Barrett, PhD, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and author of Pandemic Dreams. The uncertainty of the COVID crisis not only charged our days with anxiety, it infected our slumber, too: Night-mares about hazmat suits and crawling bugs indicated our brains were working around the clock to process a rapidly changing…