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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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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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Guest blog- My personal experience of a lash lift

Eyelash lift treatment

E J Humphries, guest blogger.

Most of us know what this is… eyelash curler

A device known as the ‘eyelash curler’ which clamps tightly to your eyelashes and lifts them for a short while. It’s not that comfortable to use and don’t forget to wipe the mascara off… they can get sticky!

Now, how about a beauty treatment that lifts your eyelashes for up to 6 weeks

without having to use a curler or daily mascara?

Elizabeth Smith Beauty salon in Norwich offers the ‘Eyelash Lift’ treatment. So what does it do and how does it feel?

I tried it out this week and I love the end result.  Please note, I don’t have any eye make-up on in these pictures. Have a look…

before and after lash lift

BEFORE AND AFTER

 

What happens during the treatment?

I laid down on the very comfortable beauty bed and Elizabeth began the treatment. The eyelashes are set with a perming solution which uses the same chemicals as an eyelash perm. It starts with placing silicon shields above and under the eyes. The aim is not to perm your lashes, just simply lift them.

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This is me with the silicon shields on. It feels a little strange to start with, as if your eyes have been glued shut. However, with my eyes closed and fully relaxed, I felt very calm and happy, also knowing that I’m in very good hands with Elizabeth Smith.

 

So how does it feel afterwards?

Well, I have a 1-year-old son, so for the first time in over a year, I don’t look so dog-tired.

In fact, my eyes feel bright and literally

‘lifted’.

 

The treatment may look subtle to some, but to me, I can really notice the difference and I love it.  

This would have taken me a long time to achieve with that eyelash curler!

 

Where can I get an eyelash lift?

Contact Elizabeth Smith Beauty for an appointment at https://www.elizabethsmithbeauty.co.uk/contact-me/

For more information, have a look at Elizabeth's blog post on lash lift treatment.

Blog is written by- E J Humphries, guest blogger.

 


3 cute accessory trends to try this spring

3 cute accessory trends to try this spring

Do you fancy refreshing your look this Spring but you’re not sure you have the time? Fortunately, injecting a bit of life back into your outfits after those chilly winter months doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your wardrobe entirely. With just a few simple pieces you can easily make your look sparkle again as we head into those warm summer months. 

Personalised jewellery

While plenty of statement jewellery pieces will come in and out of style, nothing will stand the test of time quite like a personalised bracelet. A small and sophisticated addition to any wardrobe, these bracelets — made up of your favourite links and charms — will not only give your outfit an elegant edge but become a treasured possession you’ll never want to take off. What’s more, Nomination’s selection of personalised bracelets offers a huge range of stunning link designs in both stainless steel and gold, so you can create something that suits your taste perfectly. 

Headwear is back

Seen on catwalks from Prada to Celine, head wear has made a comeback in a big way. Whether it’s big and bold headbands or sophisticated slides, make sure you add a piece to your wardrobe this spring. If you’re not sure where to begin with this trend, we’d recommend a simple satin headband in your favourite shade or a strategically placed beaded hair slide or two.

Enormous eyewear

While tiny frames took over catwalks this time last year, the opposite has to be said for the latest eyewear styles to hit the runway. From Gucci and Mui Mui to Tom Ford, it was all about mega-sized lenses and futuristic finishes. It’s not a look for the faint hearted but if you’re set on giving it a go, why not stick to a classic black pair for an easy transition into your existing wardrobe. 

 

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Beautiful, Young Skin: How to get most out of dermarolling?

Beautiful, Young Skin: How to get most out of dermarolling?

Dermarolling, a form of mircorneedling, is a simple procedure to get beautiful, young skin. The process needs a dermaplaning kit to treat different areas of your face for scarring, acne, and other issues. Make sure to choose the right needle to treat various skin conditions. Beginners should stay away from long needles with 1.5 mm or even longer. The longer needles can cause more pain.

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Prepare Yourself for Dermarolling

Cleanliness is key for this procedure. Keep your skin clean of dirt and oil with a foaming cleanser. A toner may help you to maintain a pH balance. Treat your skin with antiseptic cleanser before pricking. Generally, your skin needs a formulation of vitamins A & C almost one month before microneedling. It will pump up the production of collagen in your skin.

After preparing your skin, topical anesthesia is required to start dermaroling. On the day of the procedure, you can expect these things:

  • Plastic surgeon, aesthetician or dermatologist will apply an antiseptic and use a saline solution to clean your skin.
  • He/she will stretch your skin with hands. A dermaroller is rolled on your skin almost 5 times in every direction (diagonal, horizontal and vertical).
  • All punctures will have pinpoint bleeding that is easy to control.
  • After completing this procedure, an ice pack or saline formula is needed to apply to the treated skin.
  • Finally, the doctor applies a serum to enhance collagen to the treated skin.

The procedure will need repetition regularly for a few months. After this procedure, you have to pay attention to a post-care routine.

Aftercare Tips

After a dermarolling treatment, you have to follow these instructions. These can save you from significant problems.

Evade Sun Exposure

Stay away from the sun after this procedure. Before stepping out, cover your face appropriately. Avoid the use of sunscreen on your face. After this procedure, the pores of your skin remain open, so stay away from beauty creams and sunscreens. Harmful chemicals in these products can damage your skin. Consult your microneedling professional before using any product.

Keep Your Skin Clean

Cleaning is necessary for your skin, so use mild cleansers for cleaning. Avoid harsh cleansers for one week. Skin care products may have active ingredients, such as alpha hydroxyl acids, retinols, and other chemicals. These chemicals are harmful after your treatment.

Your skin needs time to recover after this procedure. Let it breathe and recover naturally by avoiding any makeup on your face.  Drink sufficient water to stay hydrated and allow your skin to heal faster.

Stimulate Collagen in Skin

After microneedling, your doctor will suggest you use some collagen stimulating peptides. Feel free to use them religiously to support your skin in the production of collagen. Water is necessary for quick recovery.

Dermaroller can refresh the appearance of your skin by increasing the appearance of pigmentation because of extra sun exposure. Make sure to moisturize your skin to achieve the best results with this treatment. With regular use of moisturizer, you can improve overall condition of your skin.

 

Guest blog by @globexmarketing.net


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Getting the best from your weight sets

Getting the best from your weight sets

When you want to workout, you have to invest a lot of money, time and energy so you can get great results. You have to make sure your investment is of great quality in terms of your diet, exercise regimens, and equipment. A combination of quality exercise, diet and equipment will give you quality muscle gains. Fitnessator’s top pick of weight set is the Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set. It is incredibly affordable at somewhere around $60 more or less and has very good quality for the price. It comes with a set of different weights which you can combine on a bar to give you your desired weight. So, we are going to refer to this weight set for this article.

weight lifting barHow to determine your 1-RM with the Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets:

The 1-RM means the 1 rep max which is the amount of weight which a person cannot do more than one rep conveniently. There are two methods of doing this. An estimated method for beginners who do not know how to use free weights safely and are not in the best form. Then we have the 1-RM assessment which is more accurate but will push you to a limit. We recommend this for people with more than a year’s experience in the gym.

Estimated method: this is for beginners. To do this you need a barbell and a complete set of Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets. Rest for 4 minutes between each session. Do a warmup round lifting only the weight bars. Then perform 8 reps of light weight, 6 reps of moderately heavy weight, then 5 reps of heavy weight. Gradually crank up the weight in each session resting 4 minutes between sessions till you get to the point you are able to just perform 5 reps comfortably. Once you get to this point multiply the weight by a factor of 1.15 to get your 1-RM. For example, if you can only do 5 reps of 100 lbs of weight then your 1-RM would be 100 X 1.15 which would give your 115 lbs.

1-RM assessment: this is for people with some experience in the gym and can safely push themselves to the limit. For this you will first estimate a 1-RM for yourself you can check out the estimated method above. After a warm-up session, carry about 10 reps of 50% of your estimated 1-RM. Rest for one minute. Crank up the weight to 75% of your 1-RM. Do only 5 sets this time. Rest for a minute. Crank up your weight to 90% of your 1-RM and do only three reps. Rest for 4 minutes. From this, you can get some estimates on your 1-RM. This is where you do some trial and error. Try your estimate first. If it is too comfortable to increase the weight a little and try after another four minutes. If you cannot perform a complete rep, reduce the weight a bit. By doing these little adjustments and resting appropriately, you will eventually get to your 1-RM.

The Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets is also a great tool for exercises. You should realize that your 1-RM may be different for each exercise so you should find out your 1-RM for the basic exercises. As you train you to get stronger so we recommend you review your 1-RM every 6 months at least. If your 1-RM is 200 lbs, 80% of your 1-RM would be 160 lbs (0.8 X 200lbs). Anywhere from 65% to 85% is great for muscle gains. Be safe use weights above 75% with 6 to 12 reps. Use anywhere between 80% to 90% of your 1-RM if you are a powerlifter with about 2 to 3 reps.

 

Great exercises you can do with Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets:

Exercises have to be of good quality and well-rounded. Well-rounded exercises exercise all parts of your body. We are going to talk about some exercises you can do with Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set which can give you great muscle gains in all parts of your body. Also, remember your 1 rep max (1-RM). It is a very important concept in bodybuilding.

Deadlifts: this exercise will work your back out. As long as you do it correctly, you do not have to worry about back damage; unless you have a disease of the bones like osteoporosis which makes your bones weaker.  To do this exercise, you can load your bar with the Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set on each side. The weights have to be heavy enough for you to lift to your waist level; not more. Bend at your knees and grab the barbell with your hands. Try to keep your back straight at all times to relieve your lower back from any pressure: this is what causes back injuries. Stand up pulling the barbell with your arms until you are erect. Slowly lower the barbell back to the ground to make a rep. We recommend 4 sets of 6 reps of 85% 1-RM with a minute rest interval between each set.

Bench press: this exercise strengthens the chest, arms, and shoulders. To do this exercise, you have to first load your bar with your Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set at 80% of your 1-RM. Put it on your power rack which should be in a position that is easy for you to reach when you lie on your bench. You can check out great benches and power racks on the Fitnessator’s blog. Reach out and get the barbell from the power rack. Lower the barbell to your chest. Push the barbell upwards away from your chest by extending your arms while exhaling. Inhale while returning the barbell to your chest to make a rep. we recommend you do 4 sets of 6 reps with a minute rest interval between sets.

Reverse EZ bar curls: this exercise strengthens your arms. Load a bar with the appropriate weight of Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets. We recommend 80% of your 1-RM. To do this exercise, stand firmly next to the bar. Place your arms on the ez curl bar palms facing down and hands shoulder-width apart. Curl the ez bar up from the ground to your chest. Remember to always keep your back straight as much as possible. We recommend 4 sets of 6 reps with a minute rest interval between each rep.

You can get information on other great exercise regimens on the fitnessator’s blog.

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Why people have acne and what you can do about it

Why people have acne and what you can do about it

acne face ladyAcne is a very common problem with teenagers and young adults. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne affects somewhere around 50 million people in America every year. Most of these people are teenagers and young adults. Most people tend to care a lot about their looks and while acne is harmless, it is a big issue. This is especially true for the ladies because blackheads which are a type of acne can have a very ugly appearance. What’s worse is that acne seems to target the most obvious areas of your body – like your face for instance. We are going to talk much about what acne is and what you can do about acne. There is a complete guide to blackhead removal by Livin3 which details how you can get rid of those blackheads. However, in case you are wondering what blackheads are, we are going to explain that now.

What are blackheads?

There are different ways acne can manifest itself. Some are big inflamed lesions on the skin which appear as small bumps (we normally call these things papules). Some papules bring out pus which in this case would be called pustules. Others are smaller discolored patches on the skin which are commonly called whiteheads or blackheads. We are going to focus more on blackheads in this article. Blackheads, as the name suggests, are dark discolorations on the skin. They are those tiny, unsightly dark spots that can cover the face. The complete guide to blackhead removal by Livin3 talks more about blackheads and how you can remove them. Before we give you some tips on acne removal, let’s talk about what causes blackheads.

Causes of blackheads

Blackheads are caused by trapped oily substances on the skin called sebum. Most of us know that, but most of us mostly misunderstand what actually traps the sebum. There are a lot of tiny pores on our skin from which sweat, sebum and a lot of substances are released. Sebum is released to the skin to moisturize the skin and protect the skin. In teenagers, a lot of sex hormones called androgens are produced. Androgens make the skin produce more sebum than usual. The top of the skin is made of dead skin cells which the skin sheds from time to time. The problem of acne starts when the pores of the skin become blocked by dead skin cells. This traps the sebum inside the pore. If it is completely blocked, you can call this a whitehead (or a closed comedone). However, if there is another opening in the whitehead, the oxygen in the air reacts with the skin pigment melanin to form a black mass on the skin, otherwise called blackhead. Blackheads are caused by many factors from excess production of androgens in adolescents, to genetic makeup, stress, excessive sweating, disease conditions like Cushing’s disease, use of some hair products (pomade acne), and use of medications like steroids, (in contraceptives and skin creams), lithium and so on.

Tips on removing blackheads:

Now that you know what causes blackheads, we will tell you of how you can stop blackheads with your knowledge of what causes it. You can get more information from the complete guide to blackhead removal by Livin3. However, we will give you some tips here. So, without much ado, here are some tips:

  1. Unlearn every myth: unfortunately, we have come to accept some myths about blackheads which are not true and not helpful. Two of these myths are:
    • Blackheads are caused by blockage of skin pores due to an accumulation of dirt: this is not true. Yes, the skin pores are blocked, just not by dirt but by dead skin cells.
    • Blackheads can be treated by good hygiene: while good hygiene is best for you skin and can be helpful in reducing infections, blackheads are not caused by accumulated dirt so are not necessarily caused by bad hygiene. This myth makes many people feel guilty about their acne and can reduce self-esteem. In fact, excessive scrubbing and exfoliation of blackheads can make it worse because more air enters to oxidize the melanin of dead skin cells. Good hygiene can prevent blackheads by removing excess oil on the skin

 

  1. Avoid oily skin products: oily skin products can contribute to the problem of excess oil. Water-based creams and moisturizers are much better for people having blackheads.

 

  1. Do not pick the blackhead with your fingers as germs on your fingers can infect the blackhead and worsen the acne.

 

  1. Vitamin A creams are also very helpful in the removal of blackheads. Some creams with salicylic acid or a home-based remedy using aspirin paste (aspirin breaks down to give salicylic acid) are also useful. There are medical products like isotretinoin, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide which are also useful. However, they have their own side effects. Isotretinoin, for example, can deform your unborn baby so it is advisable not to have babies for at least 6 months after you use isotretinoin products.

 

  1. Follow the complete guide to blackhead removal by Livin3: The complete guide to blackhead removal by Livin3 has many recommendations for the removal of blackheads. There are many blackhead removal masks and products discussed by livin3. The complete guide to blackhead removal by Livin3 also discusses more on home remedies and many dos and don’ts of blackhead removal. You can check it out for more details.

 

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