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My tree is finally up (and decorated), there’s a wreath on my front door, and I’m planning my menu for Christmas dinner—which is definitely going to include these gorgeous, buttery roasted chestnuts—but I have to admit that I’m seriously behind in my gift shopping.

If you are, too, our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide might help.

In the meantime, I’ve rounded up some nuggets of natural beauty goodness from around the web to share with you. Here’s what I’ve been reading + enjoying this week.

Happy almost weekend, everyone! —Aleigh

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Beauty Rx: Meditation for healthy skin?

Lately I’ve been thinking about trying meditation.

It’s been on my radar for a while, but honestly, I have a hard enough time calming my mind to focus on my yoga practice—I can’t imagine being able to truly meditate. That’s one reason I choose to practice vinyasa flow in a heated room: it’s so challenging that I’m forced to focus; I can’t think about anything else. When I do more gentle yoga, I inevitably find myself composing to-do lists in my head while I’m on the mat. Not a recipe for a happy yoga practice.

But the Lululemon blog has recently shared a few guided meditations from Baron Baptiste, and the latest one, for email overload, really got my attention. (Did you know there’s a term for that holding-your-breath-while-opening-an-email phenomenon? It’s called email apnea.)

There are several potential health (and beauty!) benefits of meditation*:

  • stress and anxiety reduction
  • increased energy
  • improved memory
  • increased happiness levels
  • slowed aging
  • healthier, clearer skin

That last beauty benefit has me convinced; I’m going to try this meditation thing. I’ll let you know how it goes, but in the meantime, I need your advice! Do you meditate? What tips or techniques do you have to share? If you do…have you noticed any changes in your skin? —Aleigh

(Image via Loving Earth

*Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness, disease, or condition.

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