A Guide For Feeling Healthy & Beautiful From Head To Toe

A Guide For Feeling Healthy & Beautiful From Head To Toe

In this fast-paced world, we can sometimes be guilty of not taking care of ourselves. We very often put our jobs, family, friends and other responsibilities before our health. If you are feeling tired, restless and you are lacking vigor all the time, it's high time to change something. Our beauty comes from the inside. If you are taking care of yourself and your body, it will show on the outside. You will feel healthy, happy, and generally better about yourself and everything around you. It's not as difficult as it sounds. There are many small steps you can take to start your journey of better health and happiness. Choose what works best for you and make a change. Read on for our guide for feeling healthy and beautiful from head to toe.

 

Head

Life can get chaotic and it can be very stressful for us. This means our mind is in constant overdrive to handle all of our responsibilities. This can create unnecessary stress and tension in your head. What we eat in a day can tremendously help us in overcoming many illnesses and problems we collide with. Including a lot of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can help you gain mental sharpness and aid in reducing stress. These fatty acids are found in salmon and nuts.

 

Hair

Our hair is our crown and you should proudly display it. For any part of your body, there is a specific vitamin or mineral that can help ti most. For your hair that is zinc. It's essential in helping your hair grow. It also makes your hair follicles work properly, which means no dandruff and a beautiful sheen from your hair. To get zinc in your body, you should eat lean beef, chicken, peanut butter and chickpeas, which also include protein. Another vitamin that is amazing for hair growth is vitamin B.

 

Ears

We need our ears and we need to keep them healthy. In our busy urban lives, this can be quite a challenge, as we are constantly surrounded by noise. If we are constantly exposed to sounds that are above 85 decibels, this can over time lead to hearing loss. Set aside some amount of your time during the day to sit calmly in complete silence to ease and relax your ears and brain. This will greatly help in reducing stress and the strain on your ears. Many people suffer from tinnitus, which is constant buzzing and ringing in your ears. Doing this may help ease it a bit.

 

Eyes

A big problem in this time and age is that we spend most of it looking at a screen of some sort. Many jobs require looking at your computer screen for many hours on end. This can lead to eye strain and worsening of your eyesight. Make sure your laptop or computer screen is far away and at an angle, so you are not directly looking at it. There are apps and programs on our gadgets that reduce the blue light that the screens emit. The blue light can offset our sleep schedules, making us less sleepy when we should be naturally preparing for sleep. These apps and settings reduce the blue light or emit yellow light that reduces eye strain and makes looking at screens a lot easier. After every hour, spend a couple of minutes moving your eyes around or looking outside to relax your eye muscles. For good eyesight, including enough of beta-carotene like spinach and kale can help in vision retention.

 

Teeth

Having healthy teeth means having better overall health of your body. The worst enemy to teeth health is acidic food and drinks like soda, coffee, and wine and smoking. They can destroy your enamel and it can erode and make your teeth discolored. Your teeth also become more sensitive and prone to decay. Try to eat acidic food when you have a big enough variety in your meal to neutralize it. For drinks like soda, it's best to always use a straw. It minimizes the direct contact with the bad liquids from contacting your teeth. Drink plenty of water to dissolve sugar and acidic food you take. Brush your teeth two-three times a day for optimal gum and teeth health. Oral care solutions from Caredent like floss, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are essential to keeping your mouth healthy. Try to use natural toothpaste as they are healthier for your teeth and whole body. Don't forget to go to the dentist regularly.

 

Skin

Skin is our body's biggest organ, and it needs much care and attention. Use natural body showers and soap to avoid dry and itchy skin. Our skin needs hydration, so apply lotion or body oil after showering to lock in the moisture. A lotion with hyaluronic acid is perfect for this. Drinking plenty of water during the day is key. Our body is made of mostly water, so we must keep hydrated. Keep a bottle of water on hand so you don't forget to drink enough. If you are going outside, remember to use sunscreen, as the sun rays are there even if it's cloudy outside. This will prevent premature aging and possible skin cancer like melanoma. Vitamin C is key for replenishing collagen that is broken down by sun exposure.

 

Back

Most of us are spending many hours a day sitting in a desk chair, for work or school. If you spend most of your time sitting down, you risk having severe back problems. Sitting slowers down our body and makes us retain more fat. Aim to stand up and move a little every hour of sitting and working at a desk. This can greatly improve your back health and shape. Sit upright in your chair with feet planted on the floor. Make sure your chair is high enough so your arms are lowered or leveled with your shoulder. This will help in preventing slumped shoulders or tense positions. Include enough exercise in your day to day life, even if it's just walking. Your spine is supported by your back muscles, so if you have strong muscles you will less likely have back problems. Sit-up is a simple exercise you can do to strengthen your core muscles, which also support your spine.

 

Heart

Our heart is the center of our body, and we should keep it as healthy as possible. Living busy and fast lifestyles can have a big impact on our heart, and not in a good way. Eating junk food, not sleeping enough and avoiding exercise can add up to many heart problems that can be detrimental. Avoid smoking, exercise and eat healthy food to keep your heart in great shape. Grapes contain powerful antioxidant resveratrol which reduces the risk of heart disease. A glass of good wine is very good for your heart. If you quit smoking, it reduces the risk of getting heart disease by 50%. Omega-3 fatty acids can greatly improve your heart health, so try to include fish as often as you can in your diet.

 

Lungs

To improve your lung health you should have regular exercise, especially cardio. Running, jumping, dancing can increase the capacity of your lungs and make them healthier. By exercising you get your heart rate up and you need more oxygen. With regular exercise, your lungs won't feel out of breath as often. It's a given, but it's important to mention that avoiding cigarettes can greatly impact your overall health. A Mediterranean diet is perfect for your heart and lungs. It includes a diet rich in vitamins C and E, betacarotene, omega-3s, and flavonoids. They all contribute to a body without lung problems like asthma and chronic bronchitis. This diet also reduces cancer risks.

 

Kidneys

Many people have kidney problems like kidney stones or sand. They can be very dangerous and painful. They are created by bad water and processed food, specifically salt in them. Avoid eating processed food as much as you can for overall body health. The salt can affect your heart also, creating problems with high blood pressure. Drink lots of water, especially in the summer months. You sweat a lot during summer, and your body needs enough hydration. This is the time most kidney stone cases occur, so be careful.

 

Stomach

Fatty food, and not the good kind, is one of the biggest food problems we face nowadays. Processed and fast food is becoming detrimental to our health, and it's best to avoid it at all costs. Eating fatty food also produces uncomfortable heartburn and acid reflux. If you tweak your diet even a little bit, you will see great results. Exercise plays a key role in reducing your body weight and fat and improving your health. Go to the gym two times a week at least, or enroll in dance classes. Moving your body will use up energy and stored fat. If you combine exercise with healthy food options, you will feel healthier and look better in no time.

 

Legs

As little as 15 minutes of walking or running every day can help in your general health and in protecting your knee cartilage from degeneration. Knees are supporting our whole body every time we walk, so we should take care of them as best as possible. More people are suffering from osteoarthritis every year, and doing exercise and moving can help in reducing the possibility of this disease. Having strong leg muscles can support your legs and body, and make it easier to walk for longer periods. If your feet hurt, it's probably due to uncomfortable shoes you are wearing. Find anatomic shoes or shoe soles that will make it easier to walk and reduce feet pain. Massage your feet every day to relax them.

 

Breakfast

If you start your day right, your whole day will surely be good. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same hours every day, to give your metabolism a proper sleep schedule. When you wake up, start your day with a nutrient-rich meal like eggs, cereals, and fruit. This meal has a high dose of protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins that will keep you energized until lunch. A good breakfast will normalize sugar levels in your body, making your body balanced throughout the day. It will also keep your weight under control while helping you lower your cholesterol. A good, healthy breakfast regulates the insulin and glycogen levels, which gives you proper energy and makes you feel good. You will not feel cranky or have any snack cravings during the day. Start your day with a good glass of water to wake your metabolism up and keep everything running smoothly.

 

Be in the sun

A natural way to feel better and energized that we often neglect is spending time outside and in the sunshine. Spending time outside and in the sun boosts dopamine and produces vitamin D. Vitamin D is very difficult to produce and it's one of the key elements in reducing depression. Just by sitting in the sun a bit may improve your happiness and wellbeing. Having a good attitude towards life can help combat many illnesses and challenges we face. Being outside in the fresh air keeps our stress levels lower. Have a morning walk or a run and see how your energy boost and how much happier you can feel. On the other side, having enough sleep can also help in reducing stress and anxiety. Try to keep a regular sleeping schedule for optimal health.

 

Keeping every part of our body in check and good shape may seem like a lot of work, but it's very worth it. Nothing is more important than having good health and being happy. Change your diet, have enough sleep and exercise regularly to create the best and healthiest version of yourself. Being happy, smiling more and being grateful can have a big impact on your life. Spend time with your loved ones and cherish your body and wellbeing.

By Helen Bradford

 


How to care for sensitive skin

How to care for sensitive skin

Dermatologists are saying that 70% of their patients believe they have sensitive skin. This is a common problem and unfortunately, it is not something that you can get rid of with a simple pill. Caring for sensitive skin can be difficult and tricky, especially if you don’t what products to use and what are the best practices. Here is where we come in. We have scoured the web and talked to professionals in search of the best ways to care for sensitive skin and we are going to present it all to you. Without any further, let’s get into it.

What causes the skin to be sensitive?

The first thing that you need to understand is that sensitive skin is a common condition and anyone can have it. There are different types of sensitive skin and the main culprit that causes this is dryness. Skin becomes dry when it starts losing too much water and oil. This is going to make the skin itchy, crack, appear red and even ashy in some cases. Follow the tips below and your skill will fee brand-new in only a couple of days.

#1 Heavy-Duty Moisturizing

The skin becomes more sensitive over time if it is not moisturized well. This can lead to many problems and you should make it your top priority to use a moisturizer daily. Even though this may sound like a basic tip that is not going to have a big impact on your skincare, you will be surprised by how fast your skin will start healing after amping up the moisturizing. In fact, dermatologists from all over the world are advising people to hydrate their skin as much as possible.

#2 Use Micellar Water to Clean Your Skin

We previously talked about using moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and now, we want to show you how to clean your skin. Foaming cleansers are some of the worsts things that you can use on sensitive skin and the reason behind this is that foaming cleansers will cause the skin to appear red. No one wants that! Here is where micellar water comes in and saves the day. This special water is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that will work similarly to a magnet and lift all the makeup, oil or even dirt from your skin. To make things even better, micellar water will also hydrate the skin.

#3 Stick with Basic Products

Even though you might think that using lots of expensive products will heal your skin faster than normal, this is not the case. Dermatologists are advising people to stick with basic skincare products that don’t feature a mix of many ingredients. “Generally speaking, when dealing with sensitive skin I follow the principle that less is more,” said Christopher O’Connell, MD. The fewer ingredients your products have in them, the fewer the chances for your skin to have an allergic reaction.

#4 Patch Test New Products

There is nothing else that will make your skin feel itchy and appear red other than an allergic reaction to a new product that you just bought. You need to be careful about what ingredients you put on your skin and the best way to check for allergies is to patch test each new product. Patch testing will make sure that the new product you are interested in purchasing will not do any harm to your skin. Another good idea here is to use patch tests on the inside of your arm right before falling asleep. If the arm looks normal when you wake up, then you can use the product on your face.

#5 Facial Cleanser

The biggest problem when it comes to sensitive skin is getting a rash or itchy feeling on your face. This is mainly caused by bad products that contain ingredients that provoke allergies or harm. You can prevent this from happening by using facial cleansers that do not contain SFL (sodium lauryl sulfate). SFL is known for irritating sensitive skin but despite that, this type of facial cleanser is still being sold. Nonetheless, you should avoid them at all costs.

By Madison at Mon curls


The Sights of Manila, Philippines

The Sights of Manila, Philippines

 

From the beautiful beaches in Thailand to the untouched gorgeous greenery in Vietnam, Southeast Asia is a melting pot of countries that are all abundant in attractions, culture, and history. One of its most captivating countries is the Philippines.

 

Comprised of 7,641 islands, you must visit at least one of them in your lifetime. And if you're not sure where to start, then let the capital city of Manila capture your heart first. Read on to find out our top three sights of the marvellous city of Manila, Philippines.

 

Go back in time at Intramuros — The Walled City

Credit: Rappler

 

Behind every name, there's a story. And we learned that the Philippines has a deeply profound one when we visited Intramuros in Manila. Since we were intrigued by this historical fortress in the heart of a modern city, we booked a guided bamboo-bike tour around Intramuros. Here, our tour guide shared with us that the country was named after King Philip II of Spain, and this area was home to the most prominent Spaniards when they occupied the country for 333 years.

 

The Spanish influence, which started as far back as the 16th century, is certainly still strong in the country, as we were amazed by the European architecture evident in sites such as the San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the historically rich citadel Fort Santiago; and the beautifully preserved Casa Manila Museum. Also known as the Walled City, the Spaniards did a good job at protecting it, as Culture Trip reveals that it was built to be Spain's political and military base in all of Asia.

 

See the sights in the 'Las Vegas' of Manila — Pasay City

Credit: Okada Manila

 

From the undeniable sophistication at Solaire and the sleek Japanese touches at Okada, to the vast premises at Resorts World Manila and the golden exteriors at City of Dreams, Pasay City is Manila's Las Vegas because of these international casinos. This area is also known as the host to a number of events that attract people from all over the world, such as the PPPoker Festival was held there last year. The PPPoker app is available in over 100 countries and offers players from those countries a chance to participate in the tournament, where last year teams from Malaysia, Australia, Norway, and Brazil battled their way to a $133,650 (£102,858) cash prize. Not to mention, the famous World Poker Tour (WPT) Philippines Tournament will be held at Okada this coming February for nearly 2 weeks.

 

Whether it was participating in the thrilling casino games or witnessing experienced and world-class players show off their skills, Pasay City definitely gave us a delightful dose of adventure when we came to see its bright lights. Before we forget, be sure to book a karaoke room in one of the casinos, since this favourite Filipino pastime will surely be enjoyed by everyone — whether or not you sound like the Olivier-award winning Filipina singer, Lea Salonga!

 

Explore the world's oldest Chinatown — Binondo

Credit: Coconuts

 

Although the Spanish colonised the Philippines in 1521, Esquire notes that the Chinese came to these islands first as traders many years prior. Yet, the relations between the Spaniards and the Chinese weren't friendly, with the former separating the latter to their own area called Binondo, which is the world's oldest Chinatown.

 

Our tour guide in Intramuros shared this tidbit, which made us pay a visit to this Chinese community. Coming from Intramuros, we pictured Binondo to be just as preserved, but what we found that it was a lively marketplace. Moreover, what we thought would be a historical tour turned out to be a foodie adventure, as we feasted on an exquisite plate of Peking duck at President Grand Palace, and delicious dim sum at Ying Ying Tea House. Plus, did we mention that you can purchase inexpensive yet charming trinkets at almost every corner? Amidst the hustle and bustle of the district, we also got to stop by 400-year-old Binondo Church.

 

Written by Molly Owens


New Year’s Eve Pre & Post Skincare Routine

New Year’s Eve can get a little wild. It’s that one night in a year where we all like to let go for a couple of hours. It’s also the night of great expectations and the night when we like to dress to impress. We simply like to look our best on the last day of the year. This should include our skin, too. 

Taking care of your skin all year round is very important because skin remembers. Don’t forget that! But this one occasion, meaning New Year’s Eve, requires a bit special pre and post skincare routine. 

So, if you want to look your best this New Year’s Eve, take a look at these couple of pre and post skincare tips. 

New Year’s Eve Pre Skincare routine

  1. Cleanser

Start off your pre-New Year’s Eve skincare routine by cleansing your skin. Cleansers are meant to remove all the dirt and oil and the leftovers of makeup from our skin. 

Make sure you find a nice creamy cleanser that will be gentle on your skin and remove all the grime. This step is a must in a regular skincare routine and it will also be useful if we want to thoroughly prepare your skin for the most awaited night of the year.

  1. Exfoliate

Only after we have cleansed our skin and made sure it’s nice and clean, we can go to step two which is exfoliation. 

Exfoliation is supposed to further clean and refresh our skin. When exfoliating, we are removing the old and dead skin from the surface. The best way to exfoliate the skin is by using natural ingredients such as coffee, sugar, baking soda and so on. 

Exfoliation while good, can also be rough on our skin, that’s why it should be performed carefully and gently and no more than 3 times a week. 

Moreover, how often you exfoliate depends entirely on your skin type. If you aren’t sure you can always consult your dermatologist. 

  1. Masks

‘Tis the season to indulge and treat yourself. This is the perfect time to detox your skin with nice natural face masks. 

Detox masks can tighten and additionally clean your skin from toxins. They are also an ideal way to refresh and rejuvenate it as well.

Our recommendation is to use homemade recipes and make natural masks at home. You can find many different recipes that contain natural ingredients and that can help your skin glow once again.  

  1. Hydrating and moisturizing

After you have thoroughly cleaned your skin you will need to replenish it with water. This is why we use moisturizers. Hydration of our skin is highly important and it’s also important we use only the best skincare products for this purpose.   

Winter is the time when our skin gets especially dry and flaky and to combat these problems, we use moisturizers. They help keep our skin hydrated and thus healthy and youthful-looking. Additionally, moisturizing our skin regularly reduces the appearance of wrinkles. 

If you want to have a special glow this New Year’s Eve, make sure to moisturize regularly. 

Post-New Year’s Eve skincare routine

  1. Remove all the makeup 

New Year’s Eve celebration is probably the only time in the year when everyone wears makeup. Many layers of shimmering makeup. But once the night is over, your skin will highly appreciate taking off all those makeup layers. This is where makeup removers come into play. 

Avoid using alcohol-based makeup removers as they can irritate your skin and dry it out even more. You can find some oil-based makeup removers that will hydrate and nourish your skin. You can also use eco-friendly towels that are reusable and biodegradable. Not only will you be able to remove all the makeup from your skin, but you will also be looking out for the environment. 

  1. Once again use a cleanser

After you have removed all the makeup, you can use the cleanser once again. Removing makeup is fine, but makeup removers often can’t remove all the dirt and grime on your skin. That’s why we should use cleansers just to be sure that we have removed all possible pollutants from our faces.

  1. Serum

Next up is using face serums. They are ideal products as they moisturize your skin by penetrating deeper and replenishing your skin with active ingredients. They are in no way substitution for moisturizers as they are lightweight and don’t actually hydrate your skin enough. Serums are great for reducing wrinkles and making your skin smoother and firmer.  

  1. Night cream 

To finish off your skincare routine before going to bed after a long night of partying use night crème. 

During the night our skin loses moisture and that’s why it needs a little bit of help from us. Night cremes are super convenient because they contain ingredients that can hydrate our skin slowly overnight. Many of them also contain hyaluronic acid that helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Stepping into the new year with the right skincare routine is super easy. Just follow these steps every day and your skin will be nice and looked after all year round not just New Year’s Eve. 

By Helen Bradford


Dry Your Hair With The Best Hair Dryers

Dry Your Hair With The Best Hair Dryers

If you still don’t know what a hairdryer is, and I doubt that you don’t, a hairdryer is commonly known as a hair blower. It is an electric device where the air is blown through a heating coil producing hot air sufficient to dry and style your hair.

Before we will discuss the top 5 best hair dryers let us go into the brief history of the hairdryer.

History Of The Hair Dryer

The first blow dryer was invented by Kieran McGonagle and was used in his salon in France in 1902. The first handheld blow dryers appeared in 1924. It was too heavy usually weighing around 2 pounds. It was also very dangerous because it resulted in death due to overheating or electrocution. The first blow dryer was patented in the US in 1911. It was patented under the name of Gabriel Kazanjian. 

The old handheld blow dryer only had the capacity of 100 watts heating element producing not enough heat hence drying takes longer. A survey made in 2007 showed that modern heating elements use ceramics and can produce 2000 watts. Drying your hair will be faster compared to the good all days. Here’s a timeline of the hair dryer as well: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-11/history-of-the-hair-dryer/9318240.

Criteria In Choosing A Good Hairdryer

  1. Power - For thin hair, 1800 watts hairdryer is needed, but for thick hair, it needs more – up to 3600 watts, though this cost somewhat more expensive. Traditionally in the old day's hairdryers can only generate a 100-watt power, but today it can generate higher watts. In the past, until today Nichrome was used as a heating element. It was used because of it a poor conductor of electricity and not prone to rust.

 

  1. Ceramic and Tourmaline is your best bet - A ceramic dryer emits a non-damaging infrared heat that dries your crowning glory faster. It will help distribute heat evenly. Tourmaline emits infrared heat and negative ions. It will make the heat gentler during the styling of the hair (read more). 

 

  1. Look for a hairdryer with a cool shot button - This button will help you create all sorts of styles you want. A round brush will make your locks look healthier and bouncier. Press the button once when the hair dries up to create the hairstyle you desire.

 

  1. Having a nozzle would be best - This helps regulate the flow of air so that it is focused directly to the part you’re trying to fix. Point it downward to reduce hair “fly-away.”

 

  1. The heat and power should be adjustable - Use higher settings to dry your hair faster. When the hair is almost dry, you can adjust the heat to the low end to style your hair.

 

  1. Look for a dryer that has a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) - In the past, many people died of electrocution while using a hairdryer. Thanks to new technology the GFCI was invented. It differs from a fuse in that the system is integrated into the outlet itself. A GFCI monitors the amount of current flowing from hot to neutral. If there is an imbalance, it will trip off the circuit.

Top 5 Best Hair Dryers

 

  • Conair Mid Size Styler White Hair Dryer

 

This dryer has an ergonomic design quality and two different heat settings. For its quality, it’s still in an affordable price range. It is an 1870 watts hairdryer lightweight and compact.

 

  • KIPO Z1 Professional Hair Dryer

 

This is a premium product and a little bit on the higher end price. It prevents dampness and promotes healthy hair. It is extremely quiet and there are 2 color schemes to choose from. It receives positive customer reviews because of its quiet operation and customizable settings. You can check out more of this information in Official Top 5 Review.

 

  • Remington D3190 Hair Dryer

 

It is designed for extensive damage control and emphasizes hair protection with the use of the latest technology. It has several custom settings that you can customize. It has a very effective design and be used for extensive damage control.

 

  • Revlon Compact and Light Hair Dryer

 

The product has earned the title of No. 1 Best Seller and as the brand indicates it is light and compact. There are three different color schemes to choose from – black, pink and yellow. It is perfect for traveling. It’s one of the market’s best-selling dryers because of its unique color schemes and because it is compact and lightweight.

 

  • Conair Compact Hair Dryer

 

It is a 1,600 watts Hair Dryer that comes with a folding handle for women on the go. Its portable and lightweight design is the factor that increases its value. Like the 4th brand, it has a compact design ideal for traveling which makes it very efficient and effective.

 

By

Rona Carcido


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Basic Essentials for Your Beauty Regime

Basic Essentials for Your Beauty Regime

beauty productsAll of us want a flawless, blemish-free, and glowing version of our current skin. But, how many of us are ready to put in the required effort?

 

Sadly, by just washing your face and slathering some moisturizer and calling it a day is not sufficient. Now, unless you are a mystical creature who has been blessed by the skin Gods themselves. 

 

A beauty regime or skincare routine, whatever you may call it, would involve you to put in careful thought and diligent application every single day. The reason why we say careful thought is because you need to invest in products that suit your skin and work efficiently to improve the texture. Whereas a diligent application is needed because well, nothing good comes easy.

 

If you’re looking to create a successful beauty regime, read on. We have made a list of a few basic essentials that you need to add to your beauty regime ASAP.

Cleanser

Quite obviously we had to start the list with the cleanser because dirty skin is the main reason that results in breakouts and clogged pores. After a long day, you can remove the grime and makeup before going to bed with the help of a cleanser. By cleaning out the impurities, you'll be able to remove any barrier that may prevent your skin from absorbing the goodness of the other products that you usually apply after cleaning, like a moisturizer or serum.

 

While cleansing wipes are good, you should limit using them during lethargic emergencies or when you are traveling. 

 

For everyday use, it is better that you invest in either a foaming or micellar cleanser. In addition to this, you have to be really careful when choosing a cleanser. Keeping in mind your skin type, choose a product that has a formula that would help to repair and rejuvenate your skin. Individuals with dry or sensitive skin can go for the cream-based cleansers whereas those with oily or normal skin can opt for foaming cleansers.

Toner

An underestimated skincare product, toners can be just as much an integral part of any effective beauty regime. Not only do they help to remove any leftover makeup residue, but it can also maintain the optimal pH level of your skin due to its alkaline base.

 

There is a common myth that a toner will irritate your skin. Well, if you buy the correct toner for your face, you’ll be surprised by the improvement in your complexion. It can help to tighten your pores, toning down any inflammation, and leaving your skin squeaky clean. Common ingredients in a toner include hyaluronic acid, tea tree oil, green tree extracts, soy proteins, lavender, etc. As you can tell, these ingredients can be quite beneficial for the skin.

Moisturizer

If there is one positive change that has happened in terms of skincare with the advent of the Internet, it has to be the increased awareness about the benefits of moisturization. Incorporating a moisturizer in your daily regime can help reduce flakiness and dehydration. It mostly depends on finding the correct formula for your skin.

 

You have to find a product that can target the issues that you’re facing. For example, if you have dry skin, you need a nourishing and hydrating moisturizer. But, in the case of combination or acne-prone skin, opting for hyaluronic acid would be much better. Your skin will look dewy due to the increase in its capacity to retain moisture.

 

Face Masks

Often people associate face masks as a luxury that should be used only before special locations. But, this most certainly isn’t the case anymore.

 

We've watched an innumerable amount of Instagram videos where beauty enthusiasts have experimented with various face masks that have, in turn, made it a staple addition to beauty regimes. This is actually great as face masks have a lot of skin benefits.

 

Face masks can help prepare your skin, unclog your pores, make your skin shine, as well as reduce inflammation and redness. It is better to use these once or twice a week.

 

The best part is the sheer variety available in the market at the moment. Face sheets, bubble masks, charcoal peel-off masks, mud masks, or just the traditional face masks—choose any that would suit your needs and preferences. In fact, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types as well.

Sunscreen

We already know how harmful too much exposure to the sun can be. To stop your skin from aging faster, developing dark spots and those hideous tan lines, a sunscreen is a definite must-have.

 

Try to step out of the house 20 to 30 minutes after applying sunscreen. If you tend to sweat a lot, don’t forget to reapply it every few hours. Not only will it help to protect you from the UV rays of the sun, but it will also reduce the development of wrinkles and pigmentation. A high SPF protection can also keep skin cancer at bay.

Exfoliants

Over time, a layer of dead skin cells, as well as excess oil, can accumulate on the topmost layer of our skin. This will lead to the clogging of your pores causing breakouts, and a lackluster appearance. Using an exfoliant can help to remove this layer to reveal brighter and younger-looking skin.

 

While using exfoliants is great for your skin, if you overdo it, you might end up with irritated skin. Just like a face mask, limit scrubbing your face to twice or thrice a week.

 

So, these were a few basic essentials that you need to incorporate in your beauty regime. Within days of using these products, you will realize that your skin has taken a 180-degree turn. Not only will your skin become dewier, but the overall texture and complexion will also improve considerably. You have to make sure that you are using products that suit your skin type. This is an absolute must, and you have to ascertain this every time you purchase any skincare product.

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Resources— Body+Soul, Huda Beauty


Evening at the Adnams store with Imagine Spa - 24th Sep 2019

Come and enjoy an evening at the Adnams store on Westlegate road with Imagine Spa from Blofield Heath.

Tuesday 24th September 2019  6.30-8.30pm – at the Adnams shop in Westlegate.

You will be greeted in the store with a G&T and shown around the gin lab. There will also be an opportunity to talk to the experienced members of the team about all things Adnams!

The Imagine Spa Therapists will be demonstrating their new Temple Spa range of luxury skincare and beauty products for the body and face. You will be able to sample the products on the evening and get advice from the Therapists.

G&T’s will be handed out and Jodie a Gin Host will talk about the difference and the perfect serve.

You will have an opportunity to enter a draw where there is a chance to win a MYOG voucher for 1, Temple Spa Gift Set, Imagine Spa Voucher and other wonderful goodies!

 

Adnams Norwich Westlegate
A brewery's retail chain selling beer, wine, spirits, kitchenware and gifts; some have tasting bars.
Address: 11-13 Westlegate, Norwich NR1 3LT

Get your tickets before they sell out!

Only £10 per person! Call 01603 666759 to book your place.

Guest blog by Kelly-Anne at Imagine Spa in Blofield.


Guest blog -Practising Self-Care to Support Weight Management

 

Practising Self-Care to Support Weight Management

 

Studies reveal that about one-third of the global population is overweight or obese. Sadly, as the fast food industry continues to grow, the number of people with weight and health issues continues to increase along with it.

 

Being overweight or obese has never been just a "beauty" issue. Although most people display the tendency to focus on "physical presentation" setbacks such as not being able to look good in certain clothes, the true problem with obesity or being overweight is its impact on health.

 

Medical research reveals that excess weight is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Along with these, respiratory ailments, arthritis, and other conditions related to mobility are directly linked to obesity as well.

 

Therefore, if you aim to keep your weight under control or to lose weight and regain health, it is imperative not just to treat the weight issue, but also to address your lifestyle, emotional and mental health. Thus, practising self-care is considered an effective strategy for weight loss and management.

 

How Does Self-Care Aid in Weight Management

The word self-care automatically has a positive connotation. Therefore, people yield more to the idea of implementing it for the improvement of their quality of life. Also, self-care is all about deliberate practices — meaning people invest their money and take the time to do what is beneficial for them.

 

Self-care is not associated with deprivation, which most weight management strategies are known for.

 

When you say self-care, it involves a variety of methods. For weight management, there are so many that you can consider regularly using that would not feel like too much work.

 

Self-Care Methods for Weight Control

If you wish for a less stressful route for gaining control over your weight, these are some of the self-care methods that you can be consistent with.

1. Eat full meals

This is one of the best self-care strategies to implement. When you have a strong propensity for snacking, deciding to eat full meals instead may decrease your desire to munch in between meals.

 

Opt for multicourse meals, especially if you have the time to prepare them personally. Treat yourself to a small serving of appetizers, a salad, soup, main, and dessert, which will actually feel like a feast. This is one of the reasons why Japanese people are rarely overweight. It's because they have a full meal that has variation and is served in correct proportions.

 

2. Avail yourself of weight loss treatments

If you have the budget for weight loss treatments, go ahead and get them. These treatments can make the process of getting to your ideal weight so much faster and in a less stressful way.

 

Commit to the program entirely and make the maintenance of the good results a breeze. Everybody could use some extra help, especially if willpower is an issue. With the help of safe and effective devices and professionals, it becomes easier to stick to a weight management initiative.

 

3. Create a rewards system for good choices and achieving goals

To strengthen your commitment to a healthy weight, list down the different rewards you can give yourself for making good choices, and achieving your weight goals. Positive reinforcement is helpful and has long been known to turn smart practices into habits.

 

Some of the self-care rewards to provide yourself with are beautification services. 

 

For instance, if you have managed to lose a couple of kilograms in a week, why not complement your physical improvement with dermatology services to not only have a more radiant complexion but also a youthful appearance? Or shop for new clothes that will fit you nicely.

 

4. Unwind weekly

Give yourself a relaxing treat after a stressful work week and make this a weekly thing. Keeping stress hormones low can decrease the likelihood of emotional eating and even shopping

 

Get a massage, a pedicure, go to a fancy brunch with your family or friends, or take a road trip. Weekly relaxation will boost your happiness levels (which may drive you to be more physically active) and give you something to look forward to, particularly when things are not going swimmingly in other aspects of your life.

 

5. Journal

Journaling will not only help you to express your feelings, but it can also provide you with a better understanding of your behavioural patterns and emotions that affect your eating habits or preferences. Reviewing past entries will also help with self-reflection and help you decide on doing what is good for your physical and mental wellbeing.

 

It's worth mentioning, too, that journaling can be an artistic outlet, which can spark joy in your life. A lot of people actually find that when they are joyful, they are likewise more open to working out and eating sensibly.

 

Do Right By You

Dealing with weight issues is not easy, but taking an optimistic path can help greatly. 

 

By doing right by you and using the concept and practices of self-care as a strategy for weight control, you can achieve your health objectives faster, and be able to sustain results for the long term.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Vandana Luthra founded VLCC in New Delhi, India as a beauty and slimming services centre in 1989. Today, it is widely recognized for its comprehensive portfolio of beauty and wellness products and services and also enjoys a high level of consumer trust. The VLCC Group's operations currently span 330 locations in over 150 cities and 14 countries across Asia and Africa.


Guest blog: Lap Band Removal Procedure - All You Need to Know

Lap Band Removal Procedure - All You Need to Know

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Lap band is one of the most common bariatric surgeries today. It is performed on obese patients who are unable to lose weight in any other way. In short, the band inserted will lead to reducing the size of your stomach, meaning you will have to reduce the amount of the food you eat. Consequently, it will lead to weight loss.

Unfortunately, many patients eventually have the band removed due to complications or inability to lose weight effectively. There is more to be told about this procedure and the following information will help you understand it better.

Reasons why the lap band procedure failed

There are around 10 different reasons why you need to have your lap band removed. You may not be losing the appropriate amount of weight or the lower part of the stomach has slipped through the band. The band may also get infected and the antibiotics don't work. It is also possible for the patient to show symptoms of band intolerance, such as pain, nausea or vomiting. Some patients experience GERD, which is a chronic condition leading to heartburn and damage to the esophagus. Port can also get infected, and if the antibiotics don't help, the removal will be necessary. Lastly, band erosion is also one of the possibilities, making the lap band ineffective, thus it needs to be removed.

The procedure

The lap band removal procedure includes removing the band, the tube and the port from your stomach. The first thing a surgeon needs to do is to cut the capsule that your body has formed around the device. The next step is to remove sutures and potential scar tissues. All the three parts are then removed through the incision. If you went through a laparoscopic procedure when you had your lap-band inserted, then the removal will probably be performed using the same incisions created during the first procedure. In that case, the lap-band removal will only last 10 minutes. In case you initially had open surgery, you'll probably have another open surgery to remove the lap-band.

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Possible complications

There is a somewhat higher risk of complications after a revisional surgery than the initial one. For example, it's possible to experience some inflammatory reactions around your stomach to the lap-band, which will make the removal procedure and the recovery more difficult. As with any surgery, bleeding may also occur, which means you'll need a blood transfusion.  There’s also a chance of a hole in the stomach to occur. If this happens, then it will be necessary to place a drain tube. It needs to be placed next to the hole for as long as the surgeon thinks it is necessary. When the surgeon believes the are is sutured, that’s when the drain tube will be removed. There is also a chance of anesthesia complications, as well as nausea and vomiting after the surgery. If you have constant pain that is getting worse, nausea or vomiting that don't subdue after a few days, a high fever or redness around the incisions, then you should consult a doctor immediately.

Your recovery

The cuts made during the removal will be sore for a few days after the surgery. In the meantime, the stitches will dissolve on their own. You may start feeling hungry more often, which could also lead to gaining some weight. You shouldn't feel too stressed or worried about that. It's better to share your worries with your doctor so that you can come up with appropriate steps together that will help you obtain healthy weight in the end and maintain it.

Depending on the person, most people are able to return to their usual routine within 1 and 4 weeks. Consult with your doctor about when you are safe to do activities like driving or going back to work. Bear in mind that every person recovers at their own speed.

Final words

Like any other surgical procedure, a lap-band removal carries certain risks. However, if you listen to your doctor instructions, there is no need to worry about complications and the procedure itself. After all, it is there to help you get better.

Guest blog -

Mia Johnson

Freelance writer & Fitness Expert

From Sydney, Australia


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Over at Imagine Spa in Blofield- Sparkling Cream Tea Spa Day

Sparkling Cream Tea Spa Day - Just £25 per person!

Available Monday-Thursday for dates up to July 31st 2019

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Catch up with friends, hide from the kids or take some much-needed time out with our fantastic Sparkling Cream Tea Spa Day...

Package includes:

  • Up to 4 hours use of the Spa facilities
  • A Robe, Towel and Slippers for your comfort
  • A Glass of Bubbly on arrival
  • A Delicious Cream Tea

Just £25 per person Monday - Thursday for dates up to and including 31st July 2019.

Kind Regards,

Kelly-Anne

Willow Farm Field Lane, Blofield Heath, Blofield, Norfolk NR13 4RP

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