What’s Old Is New

Better Nutrition - - EDITOR’SNOTE -

They say it’s not good to live in the past, that you can only live your life for­ward. I ab­so­lutely agree, and this bit of wis­dom has helped me many times to let go of re­sent­ments, fears, and re­grets. But, as much as I strive to live in the mo­ment, I also love vin­tage things— old houses, retro mu­sic, an­tique fur­ni­ture— and my lat­est ob­ses­sion is comb­ing through the archives of Bet­ter Nu­tri­tion.

As you’ll see on p. 64, we’re cel­e­brat­ing our 80th An­niver­sary this year by look­ing back at health and nu­tri­tion trends span­ning the decades. The spot­light this month is the 1950s. More than 65 years ago, Bet­ter Nu­tri­tion was on the cut­ting- edge of nat­u­ral health. Each is­sue was jam- packed with in­ter­est­ing, sci­ence- backed in­for­ma­tion on vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, com­mon health con­cerns, and recipes. I’m learn­ing a lot!

Look­ing beau­ti­ful was one of the more pop­u­lar ar­ti­cle top­ics, and ads also refl ected that trend. Women with Hol­ly­wood looks graced the cov­ers, and ads con­cen­trated on beauty- re­lated benefi ts— from brittle nails and dark un­der- eye cir­cles to pre­ma­ture ag­ing and dull skin.

As this is our Best of Nat­u­ral Beauty Awards is­sue, I was es­pe­cially drawn to an ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Cul­ti­vate Your Nat­u­ral Beauty” by Shirley Kay. Her ad­vice for “clean skin, ra­di­ant charm, crim­son lips, and a lovely com­plex­ion,” is age­less: “Sim­plic­ity is beauty,” she says. “Try to look more like your­self. Then and only then, you will bring out your own beauty, your own per­son­al­ity.” What bet­ter ad­vice for en­hanc­ing your beauty in­side and out?

We’re tak­ing Kay’s ad­vice a step fur­ther— cul­ti­vate your in­ner beauty and get a lit­tle help from nat­u­ral beauty prod­ucts and sup­ple­ments. The 60 award- win­ning prod­ucts on p. 35 are too good to pass up. These clean creams, scrubs, serums, sup­ple­ment for­mu­las, sham­poos, and more com­bine in­no­va­tive, tar­geted in­gre­di­ents with time- tested wis­dom— the per­fect blend of old and new.

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