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10 Healthy Habits Every Beauty Girl Should Have

Start off another year at your utmost best!
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Beauty isn't just skin deep, which is why it's important to take care of yourselves, both physically and mentally, Candy Girls. A healthy mind and body after all, is the perfect canvas for all your beauty escapades. With the end of the year coming around, here are some healthy habits and tips to help you start off another year at your utmost best!

Drink enough water.

You've heard it all before, but this trusty tip really does wonders! Keeping yourself hydrated is good for your whole body, but it’s also particularly good for your skin, hair, and nails. Dehydration causes brittleness and breakage to the nails and hair, while it also causes skin issues and speeds up aging. Yikes! If that’s not enough to convince you, water also helps cleanse your system. If drinking water isn’t your cup of tea, try adding slices of fruit to freshen things up!

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Get physical!

Apart from a healthy body, getting physical has other perks, too. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good and energized. It’s also a great stress and anxiety reliever! If you absolutely loathe going to the gym, there are other fun ways to get yourself up and about—be it rock climbing, going to trampoline parks, or even having an intense round of retro Dance Dance Revolution.

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Get some quiet time.

When things get a little bit too much for you, take a break from it all and spend some time with yourself. Meditation is a great way to counter stress and relax and it doesn't require anything except a quiet, distraction-free place, and as little as five minutes, too.

Cut back on sugar.

Sugar can be your best friend and your worst foe at the same time. It's in everything nowadays, and excessive consumption can wreak havoc on your health. In Marie Clare's article "This Is What Happened to My Skin When I Quit Sugar for a Week" it showed how quitting sugar for a few days can leave you feeling less sluggish, and your skin looking renewed. If this is what a week of cutting down on sugar could do, imagine the benefits in the long haul! Stick to natural sugars such as those in fruits instead of processed ones, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier and happier you.

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Have a balanced diet.

Remember those food pyramid lessons you had during grade school? Balance is key in every healthy diet. Carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals all have their rightful place in our system. Whether you're a vegetarian, a pescetarian, or subscribe to any other diet, make sure to still get your vital dose of nutrients.

Unplug before going to bed!

It's so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our social media lives, but there are benefits when you unplug from time to time. Just ask Kendall Jenner, who told Ellen in The Ellen Degeneres Show why she finally quit Instagram. "I just wanted a little bit of a break. I would wake up in the morning and look at it first thing, I would go to bed and it would be the last thing I looked at. I felt a little too dependent on it so I wanted to take a minute."

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Always slather on your SPF (even when the sun’s not out!).

In a tropical country, this is definitely a must. Harmful UV rays can take a toll on your skin, causing skin disorders, speeding up aging, and even increasing the risks of skin cancer. Using sunscreen or sun block under makeup helps protect your skin from these damaging effects. Don't forget to reapply often, especially when you're outdoors!

Get quality beauty sleep.

Next to drinking enough water, getting enough sleep is probably the next no-brainer. Getting seven to none hours of quality sleep a night can do wonders to our appearance and behavior. Just don't forget to hydrate throughout the day and moisturize before bed because you tend to lose more hydration when you sleep.

Smile!

It's no secret that smiling could influence how you feel. Of course, this does not mean that you should suppress your emotions already, but when you're feeling under the weather you can be sure that smiling is a simple and easy way to improve your mood. So, go ahead and flash those pearly whites, Candy Girls!

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Start every day right with breakfast.

A lot of us are guilty of skipping this important meal, but eating a healthy breakfast helps control weight and stops us from snacking excessively throughout the day, too. Apart from that, having breakfast helps you perform better in class or in your internship, and gives you more strength and endurance to seize the day.

Do you have other beauty tips that you totally swear by? Let's talk beauty!

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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