3-Minute Read: Meet the Stress-Reduction Diet
Welcome to 3-Minute Read, your midweek rundown of everything we're talking about at Byrdie HQ. Every Wednesday, we'll get you up to date on the beauty news you need to know—in just three minutes.
1. Snacking might be your best strategy for stress reduction.
If you do it wisely, that is. According to holistic practitioner Becky Campbell, DNM, DC, Psc.D, that means getting your fill of good-for-you things like avocado, quality proteins, and even sea salt will help balance hormone levels, which tends to be a big culprit behind day-to-day anxiety. (Cortisol, our "stress" hormone, is great for survival—but it's not exactly productive when your day is packed with meetings and you're trying to meet deadlines.)
Part of eating to reduce stress is making sure you're properly satiated, which is why healthy fats and complete proteins are particularly good options—not only are they shown to provide a substantial mood boost, but they also keep blood sugar levels at bay. Head over to Mind\BodyGreen for more pointers on eating for stress reduction.
2. Speaking of mood shifts…
The universe is delivering a whammy of astrological energy on August 21 by way of a total solar eclipse —it'll be visible throughout most of the continental United States, which hasn't happened in nearly a century. For some of us, it'll just be something cool to observe (don't look directly at it though!). But if you subscribe to the zodiac school of thought, there are a few things to keep in mind—namely, that things you've been unsure about tend to suddenly become very clear. Head over to Well+Good to get more details on what to expect.
3. We're not horoscope gurus or anything, but we can predict you'll save some serious cash on makeup this week.
4. And now that you're stocked up on makeup, maybe try this concealer hack.
For that cat-eye, Adele relies on the expertise of Michael Ashton—and unsurprisingly, the makeup artist has some pretty stellar tips for giving a look some staying power. Consider this genius concealer hack, for example: Ashton recommends using eye shadow primer over dark circles before applying color-corrector to ensure that it really stays put without creasing. (File that under: "How did we not think of that?!")
5. Your fortune: a really, really dewy complexion.
Book our ticket to Toronto, stat: A Chinese restaurant in the Canadian city has gone viral after a Redditor reported that in lieu of fortune cookies at the end of her meal, the waiter passed out sheet masks instead. Apparently it's just the way the restaurant does things—and honestly, we'll take better skin over generic words of wisdom any day of the week.
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