You say you want a (beauty) revolution? Then Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out might be your next must-read.
The book, the first collaboration between alternative health pioneer and mindfulness rockstar Deepak Chopra, MD, and Kimberly Snyder—the nutritionist and beauty expert whose Glowing Green Smoothie keeps half of Hollywood feeling (and looking) amazing—is all about radiant health.
And the duo’s approach to beauty is more than skin deep.
“We’re redefining beauty to be an empowering, attainable concept for all people, versus the limited, shallow concept that is often circulated,” Snyder says.
Plus, the pair wants to break you of your most de-beautifying habits (like comparing yourself to others), “which ultimately allows us all to claim our own natural beauty’s highest potential,” Snyder says.
Radical Beauty is structured into six “pillars” (diet, skin care, sleep, movement, connecting with nature, and spiritual beauty). And it offers cutting-edge intel, like sleep methods designed to enhance your body’s creation of growth hormones (which keep skin firm and resilient), glow-boosting daily routines like Ayurvedic abhyanga oil massage, and more.
What are the other secrets to looking—and feeling—rad? Read on for a Q&A with the two wellness gurus.
What inspired the two of you to come together for your new book?
Deepak Chopra: Kimberly Snyder is a very successful and accomplished author and expert on beauty. She has also studied my work on well-being and how inner well-being is reflected in outer beauty, so we thought it would be a good collaboration.
Kimberly Snyder: I love Deepak’s work and I noticed in studying his vast material that much of his wellness work could also be applied specifically to a “true beauty” context. We also wanted our partnership to empower women to have a positive perception of their own beauty.
Why the focus around beauty—and why “radical”?
DC: I have been inspired all my life by the great wisdom traditions of the East, which say “when we see beauty we experience it as truth.” Radical Beauty takes the approach that your connection with your spiritual self is reflected as the glow and sparkle in your eyes and also the expression of joy in your face.
KS: Radical beauty has nothing to do with trendy makeup, fleeting fads, or insecure comparisons with other women. Instead, radical beauty extends beyond the physical, encompassing all parts of your inner and outer being, including your overall health, confidence, vitality, and connection to your true self. You achieve radical beauty when you reach [your] highest and most authentic potential…which is a birthright for each and every one of us.
“Less is more” seems to be a big part of this approach. What does that mean for you in your life?
DC: Every day I make a commitment for a joyful energetic body, a loving compassionate heart, a reflective alert mind, and a lightness of being.
KS: I create more simplicity by saying no to extra commitments, things I don’t feel passionate about. Instead of fancy, involved recipes I mostly stick to organic whole foods and prepare them in very simple ways, especially one-pot soups or stews and throw-in-everything salads. My skin-care routine is also very simple, and movement for me is either yoga or walking—no fancy or expensive fitness classes necessarily needed. (Unless you enjoy them, of course!)
Well+Good readers in New York City are invited to join Snyder and Chopra at the Radical Beauty launch party, Monday, September 19, at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012. Tickets are $49–$299. Buy tickets or get more information at nyuskirball.org
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