January/February 2022

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: hitting reset

What if we rethink resolutions this year? Instead of those vague and overwhelming goals that are often abandoned by February (“eat healthy,” “get in shape”), think in terms of little life enhancers, feeding your passions, or ways to take care of yourself that you might just enjoy. This might look more like cooking a plant-based dinner twice a week, or beginning a walking plan. My colleagues share their intentions for 2022 here. As for me, I want to get out of my everyday routine and spend more time in nature—it has significant benefits for our physical and mental health, and it just feels good. That’s a goal I look forward to keeping. amy.b.conway “Take back my mornings! During the pandemic, there wasn’t a huge reason to get up early, especially with working…

10 min
the share

CHUGGING ALONG You might not think of drinking water as fun, but these motivational bottles—with encouraging sayings to mark your progress—make it exactly that. They’re designed to help you hit your hydration goals, a smart practice considering water helps prevent constipation, aids in digestion, protects organs and tissues, and more. Don’t worry if you miss an interval: The point of the bottle is to remind you to drink up, not to make you feel defeated. ON OUR SHELVES The Black Lit List With Black History Month on the horizon, Cree Myles, founding editor of All Ways Black (@allwaysblack), an initiative by Penguin Random House to highlight the Black experience, shares her top reading suggestions. For the Body… Black Food, edited by Bryant Terry Blending the two prongs of Terry’s career—food-justice activism and culinary expertise—this book is…

3 min
turn back time

The Mistake Patchy Brows The Fix Full, Fluffy Arches “Brows make such a difference—when they’re full, you can actually wear less makeup—and neglecting them ages the face,” says Charlie Riddle, professional makeup artist and global beauty director at Stila Cosmetics. EASY SOLUTION: Use a brow pencil to draw hairlike strokes along your natural brow line to add color and volume. Try Makeup by Mario Master Blade Brow Pencil ($22;; use the point to create tiny flicks and the slanted edge for broader shading. The Mistake Harsh Liner The Fix Soft, Smudged Eyes If smoky eyeliner has been a staple of yours since high school, it’s time to switch it up. “A strong stroke of black liner calls too much attention to the crepiness around the eyes,” says celebrity makeup artist Jenny Patinkin. EASY SOLUTION: Try a softer shade,…

2 min
mama must-haves

I’m writing this just weeks before my second baby is set to make her debut. While my first pregnancy was spent experimenting with products geared toward this chapter, this time around I knew exactly what to reach for in order to feel beautiful in my growing bod. These gems provide me with self-care and help balance out some of the not-so-fun parts of being pregnant. (Not expecting? I’m confident you’ll enjoy my recs, regardless!) Remember to give yourself grace during this time, and permission to splurge on a few pampering goodies—you deserve it! BEAUTY DIRECTOR 1 Skin Care I pushed pause on the more intense elements of my skin-care routine, like injectables, retinol, salicylic acid, hydroquinone, and chemical sunscreen (but talk to your doctor and derm about what’s best for you). Instead, I…

2 min
the power of peptides

What Are They? Peptides are short chains of amino acids that occur naturally in the skin and are the building blocks of proteins. In cosmetic products (or skin-care products), peptides can mimic the protein sequences in collagen and elastin and stimulate production, says Geeta Yadav, MD, a dermatologist and founder of Skin Science Dermatology in Toronto. These are the proteins that keep skin looking youthful. “Many peptides are small enough to penetrate the skin,” says Blair Murphy-Rose, MD, a dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York and clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. As a result, they’re able to have a more profound impact than skin-care formulas containing larger molecules that simply sit on the skin’s surface. What Do They Do? “In skin care, peptides are…

5 min
sole mates

Adidas Women’s SolarBoost 3 Running Shoe This is the ultimate sneaker for distance runs. It features the brand’s most responsive arch cushioning yet, which absorbs shock to release a burst of energy that gives you a literal boost, mile after mile. The cushioning also plays a critical role in keeping your gait smooth and feet comfortable. ($160; Whether your runs always end with aching feet or you simply want to ensure you’re properly supported throughout a workout, it’s time to start considering a sneaker with solid arch support. It’s a critical feature for preventing common runner issues, like over- and underpronation (or excessively rolling the feet inward or outward, respectively). “Arch support equals shock absorption,” says Hillary Brenner, DPM, a podiatrist in New York City and Holmdel, New Jersey. “And everyone…