Whether your city is filled with skyscrapers or a bustling Main Street, it’s important to find spaces that aren’t just concrete and bricks. A green oasis in a city, big or small, is crucial to help you recharge and de-stress.
Houston — the city I call home — has lots of beautiful green spaces, and there are more being built all the time, but one of my favorites is the new SkySpace installation at Rice University.
Artist James Turrell created the installation as a way to draw people’s attention to light, nature, and perception, and the result is just stunning. Every sunset and sunrise, a light sequence highlights the colors of the changing sky, and for a city-dweller, it’s an incredible reminder of the beauty and the awesomeness of the natural world that surrounds us.
And it’s an important reminder too, both for our bodies and our minds: Interestingly, research has shown that people who live in greener urban areas have better mental health. You wouldn’t usually think that your state of mind shows on your skin but it really does. Psychiatrist Dr. Josie Howard has studied the link between skin and wellness, and she says that your mental health can have a big impact on your looks.
So grab some fresh fruit, your favorite kind-to-skin beauty products (my favorite on-the-go staple is Simple Skincare’s Radiance Wipes) and head over to your city’s best green space for some relaxation and rejuvenation.