What is beauty? A 3-year-old explains in the video above.
Beauty is love.
And the key to truly being and feeling beautiful is to love and be loved.
That's according to one of the nation's top experts on both the topics of beauty and relationships, my 3-year-old daughter, Bettie Anne.
Her simple insight reminds me of a book I just finished, "Hayley Hobson's Hip Guide to Creating Your Sexy and Abundant Life."
Hobson is a Boulder powerhouse: an author, speaker, holistic health coach, yogi and raw vegan food educator.
Her book follows her struggles with pushing herself so hard to "have it all" that she suffered adrenal shutdown and grew seriously ill. She offers tips on how to bring your life back in balance -- centered on living authentically and with unconditional self-love.
In fact, that's Hobson's definition of beauty: self-love. (Maybe Bettie has been reading her book when Bettie hides in the kitchen cupboard for hours?)
"We have a different definition of what we've been taught beauty is -- high cheekbones or green eyes," she says. "I think beauty is our personal spirit."
Want to be more beautiful? Take the time to nurture yourself, she says. That expression of self-love might be meditating, exercising, reading a good book, taking a long bath or doing yoga. For Hobson, it's filling her body with nourishing food.
"When I know I am nurturing myself and feeding myself from the inside-out," Hobson says, "that makes me feel good. I feel confident about my body, because it's working optimally."
Looking for some other ways to treat yourself and feel more beautiful? Here are some tips from Hobson's "Healthy Skin Guide."
Hydrate. Drink plenty of water to rid your skin of toxins and help your cells function effectively. In fact, she says staying properly hydrated can slow the aging process and keep your skin looking firm.
Use essential oils. Lavender, geranium and frankincense are all hydrating and contain anti-aging properties, says Hobson, who sells essential oils online at mydoterra.com/hayleyhobson. Lemon, zendocrine and ginger are detoxifying. Try adding one drop of lemon essential oil and one drop of lime essential oil to 16 ounces of water.
Embrace the fatty acids. Good fat, found in food like avocados, salmon and coconut oil, keeps your skin healthy.
Go to bed. Your cells renew when you are sleeping. Getting enough quality sleep will not only make you feel better, but the melatonin released can fight age spots, acne, fine lines and even skin cancer, Hobson says.
Now if only my hyper 3-year-old could embody this last nugget of wisdom.
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