048 – Q&A: Bens attitude towards learning skincare and tracking HRV

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Today Ashleigh VanHouten is hosting another Q&A session during which she asks Ben all the questions listeners have been sending their way. Ben starts by giving us an overview of his next few weeks of traveling, hosting muscle camps and attending the Health Optimisation Summit, and they get into the need for mentorship – physical, psychological, spiritual – and the many different people who have inspired and motivated him on his bodybuilding and health and fitness journey.

While it is incredibly meaningful to have people to look up to, it is equally important to always keep an attitude of openness and a willingness to learn more, regardless of where you are in the journey. It’s all about lifelong learning and becoming a better version of yourself. On a more practical level, Ben shares his approach to skincare and the two of them give us some interesting points to think about when it comes to what we’ve been told about sun exposure. If you ever wondered about the dodgy chemicals in your facial products, get this: Ashleigh has discovered a face mask you can literally eat! Listeners will also hear more about lion’s mane, monitoring your HRV and what you can do to calm yourself down. We once again guarantee loads of valuable advice, so be sure to catch this episode!


  • The Health Optimisation Summit, upcoming guests and Ben’s muscle camps. [2:55]
  • The important role of mentorship and some of the people who have most inspired Ben. [8:30]
  • Making a commitment to always keep learning and developing into your best self. [13:19]
  • A natural approach to skincare and thoughts on sunscreen and sun exposure. [17:20]
  • Skincare you can use internally and externally and a face mask you can eat! [23:51]
  • What makes lion’s main such a power adaptogen? Some guidance on usage. [27:37]
  • Tracking your HRV and regulation techniques to calm yourself down. [31:25]
  • Being in tune with your stress levels and checking your breathing and muscle tension. [33:53] 
  • And much more!

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Ben Pakulski

Ben Pakulski

Since first lifting weights as a teenager, Ben has been on a mission to do whatever it takes… …to become the most muscular man on the planet! On the eve of The Arnold Classic, he confronts the dark realities of bodybuilding… And his own future! Follow him on his journey…

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