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What Really Damages Your Skin?

What Really Damages Your Skin?

It’s surprising just how delicate skin can be. The skin on your body is responsible for protecting everything on the inside. It holds in moisture and helps to prevent germs, dirt, and bacteria from reaching essential organs. It will give you away, too. Your skin will reveal when you’re unwell, or not looking after yourself, by changing texture and color. It will even give away your age!

Of course, there are parts of your body where the skin is so thin it must be protected carefully. Your lips are just one area where special attention needs to be given. The reason for the skin being so thin is so that you have even greater sensitivity. And it also offers that great rouge color too!

So how can you protect the skin when it is fragile and delicate? And what are the consequences of damaging it? Here are just a few signs of damage to your skin, and how you can help your body heal again:

Cuts

Cuts can happen at any time anywhere. Your pet might catch you with a claw. Or maybe you caught yourself on a zipper. We cut ourselves chopping vegetables, and the pain of a papercut makes you appreciate the digital world so much more! Of course, there are deliberate cuts and incisions that we might have. Operations and surgery often require a cut or two, followed by stitches. You might have had a caesarean, or even keyhole surgery.

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Sometimes, you don’t mind bearing your battle scars. But there are times when you wish you could just hide it. Scarred skin is different from the skin around the cut because it was produced differently. There are products like Dermefface FX7 that might help reduce the appearance of that scar tissue. This type of approach can help you feel less conscious about it. When a scar brings back bad memories, reducing its appearance can sometimes be beneficial in other ways.

Scrapes

What child hasn’t scraped their knee? Most kids have bumps and scrapes. It’s a sign of a healthy, active childhood. Sometimes it will bring on a teary, especially if it feels sore. A scrape literally scrapes off the top few layers of skin. These are often the toughest layers of skin, even for children. It means the newer, more sensitive and fragile layers of skin can be left exposed. A little bleeding is common, and sometimes it can produce a yellowy liquid that looks quite awful.

Taking care of a scrape is simple to do, but you might want to leave it open to the air to ‘dry out.’ Antiseptic cream or spray can initially sting so much it’s worse than the original injury! However, it’s worth using, especially if the scrape came from the ground or other dirty surface. It’s up to you if you dress this. Consider the open area’s vulnerability to additional abrasion or germs. Scrapes rarely scar, but the healed skin can sometimes feel or appear less smooth.

Stretch Marks

So many women wear their pregnancy stretch marks with pride. They are a great testament to an incredible experience. Of course, they can also be marks that bother others. It’s not just pregnancy that causes stretch marks. Weight gain, or simply growing rapidly can stretch the skin and leave marks.

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Your circulation in that area can give them a more prominent appearance. Sometimes they are white and barely noticeable if your skin tone matches closely. Other times, they are red or silvery, especially in colder weather. This makes them much more noticeable and can make you feel quite self-conscious at times. Keep the circulation in the area healthy with gentle massage and exercise. You can also try body butters to offer the skin extra moisture. This is thought to help the skin retain more elasticity to cope with the stretch.

Acne

Every teen’s worst nightmare! However, acne can turn up at any time in life. While it is often caused by hormone changes, the health of the skin can degrade to prolong the infections and other problems we term as acne. As a teen, there are many medicated creams that can help reduce the inflammation and bring the pus under control. As an adult, these are often too strong and could cause further damage.

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The scarring from acne isn’t just caused by trying to drain the affected areas with your fingertips (squeezing). Long-term infections like this fill cavities in your skin that are then left empty, leaving pockmarks. Some laser treatments have been developed to reduce the visibility of these problems. Dermabrasion can help smooth the skin too.

Boils

Boils anywhere on your body are incredibly painful. It is often best left to a doctor to lance and drain them, to reduce the spread of the germs and prevent infection. Sometimes antibiotics are required. Some boils on the face, neck, ear or head can be quite dangerous, so see your doctor.

The trouble with boils is they stretch the skin a lot. Once they are drained, you might be left with excess skin and a scar from the cut. As boils often appear in places others can’t see it might not bother you. But if it is a problem, it’s important to care for this skin. Keep it clean and uncovered if possible. Change any dressings as directed. When it has healed, keep it moisturized without letting it get oily.

Burns

Minor burns in the kitchen often don’t bother us once we’ve taken the heat out of it under a cold tap. More serious burns should be treated by a medical professional. The heat that is trapped under the skin causes blisters. If these burst, germs, and bacteria can get inside and cause nasty infections. This is why you should never pop blisters!

Eventually, the fluid inside a blister will drain away on its own. It may be painful while it is there, and may leave some faint mark when it has gone. However, the burnt area itself is likely to scar. Dry burns can look like any other scar – white and stood proud from the skin. Scalds or chemical burns can vary in color and texture. It’s important these are treated by your doctor, and then follow their recommendation for a cream application.

Cysts

Small white lumps in the skin might be cysts or milia. They are often hard and round, and firmly attached deep in the skin. Removing them can cause bleeding, infection and permanent damage to that area of skin. It’s possible they are caused by old, dead skin cells grouping together if they are not sloughing away naturally. In some areas, particularly around the eye, they can be a sign of high cholesterol. Check with your doctor or dermatologist.

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What People Forget When They Are Trying To Lose Weight

What People Forget When They Are Trying To Lose Weight

There might come a time in your life when you decide you want to lose some weight. It might be that you have put on some weight, or you might be suffering from health issues due to the extra pounds. So you want to lose some weight to get back in good health. But a lot of people make errors when it comes to shifting weight. In fact, here are some things people forget when they are trying to lose weight.

Not to put too much pressure on yourself

It’s so easy to pile on the pressure when it comes to losing weight. After all, you might have a specific goal in mind of how much weight you want to shift, and when you want to lose the amount by. After all, it might be a particular vacation or event you are losing weight for. Therefore, you can try extra hard to ensure you shift the weight. But if you are putting too much pressure on yourself, you are going to struggle to shift the pounds. After all, stress can make your body produce more cortisol. And this can make you very hungry, so you will keep eating lots due to this stress. Therefore, you need to reduce the pressure on yourself to ensure you do start losing weight. It will put your body back in order to enable you to start losing the pounds.

Everybody is different

A lot of girls follow others when it comes to losing weight. For instance, they see their friends quickly shifting the pounds so want to follow their lead. Or they see their favorite celebs losing weight quickly, and they can often try their diet. But it’s so important to remember that every girl is different. Therefore, just because your friend might be suddenly shifting the pounds quickly, you might not be the same. After all, it all can depend on your age, height and fitness level when you are trying to lose weight. And that celeb you aspire to be like might have an entirely different body shape to you. So she might find it a lot easier to lose weight. Therefore, remember that you need to lose weight in your own way. You might want to find a program which is right for your body. You can look online to find ones which can be customized like the Venus Factor weight loss program. They will work out meal plans which are right for your body, and then this is what you can eat on The Venus Factor. And you can then ensure you are losing weight healthily for your body!

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Losing weight is not a quick process

It’s easy to think that you can lose weight quickly. After all, we see plenty of diets which promise that you can shift the weight in a short amount of time. And we see celebs quickly reducing their size. But losing weight is not a quick process. If you want sustainable weight loss, it can take months to shift the pounds. Therefore, you need to remember there is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss. And just take your time to ensure you make a long-term change in your body!

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And remember that exercise and diet are both just as equally important when it comes to weight loss!

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Create The Ultimate Shoe Collection

Create The Ultimate Shoe Collection

You can never have too many shoes. Everyone knows somebody who lives by this mantra. Shoes are the ultimate accessory to express yourself whether you’re in a casual ballet pumps sort of mood or you’re ready to take on the world with a pair of statement heels. Only two things are holding you back from adding to your ever growing collection of footwear: budget and space. However, all is not lost. Check out the five must have shoe styles that can bring any outfit to life while not breaking the bank.

  1. Sandals

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Summer is well and truly here so what better style to focus on first than the everyday sandal. Comfortable and cooling, sandals can go with anything from a chiffon dress to a pair of casual shorts. If you’re venturing to the beach for your vacation this year, be sure to choose a bold color for your sandal and consider going for a solid ankle support, especially if you’re wearing them day in, day out.

  1. Killer Heels

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No collection would be complete without those high heels. This is the pair of shoes that you want to spend a bit more of your hard-earned cash on. Opt for a classic print that oozes class and sophistication. When it comes to heel style, the world is your oyster with colorful stiletto heels allowing your creativity to run wild. Whether your heels are paired with a little black dress for a hot date or skinny jeans just to meet friends for lunch, you can’t fail to feel confident and sexy.

  1. Comfy Sneakers

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We all like to kick back once in a while, and a pair of trusty sneakers will allow you to carry off a simple, relaxed look effortlessly. Go for a slim-fitting pair, as sneakers can have a tendency of making your feet look unusually bulky. Store your footwear in a handy little sneaker storage box. This intelligent storage solution doesn’t have to stay in a fixed position, can be hidden away and saves you space allowing you more room for more shoes.

  1. Ankle Boots

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Have ankle boots ever gone out of fashion? Every year, new styles appear on the catwalk, but they are still accessible to the consumer via the high street. Classic suede cowboy-esque boots in a shade of tan will be one of your go to pairs of shoes. The ankle boot is the essential, versatile shoe that can be paired with anything to give your outfit that edgy look.

  1. Brogues

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The brogue has had a feminine makeover in recent years with mirror shine finishes and cute detailing added to a traditionally masculine shoe. A classic look for those of us who are a little more into geek chic, these can equally be worn to work or down to the park with your friends. These lace ups are a great addition to any wardrobe.

With this ultimate shoe collection, gone are the days of peering into your closet and despairing at not having the right pair of shoes. It’s time to go shopping!

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How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Set Up Your Home Yoga and Meditation Space

 

For many people, yoga is the one thing that keeps them healthy – body, mind and soul. While it is all about finding the time to slow down, be still, and listen to your inner self, a lot of us just don’t have as much time as we would like to head down to the yoga studio. Have you ever thought how much simpler life would be if you could just create your own personal yoga studio? Here is a simple guide on how to create a designated yoga corner at home.

Do I need a yoga space at home?

Having a yoga space at home is not just a matter of convenience. Sure, sometimes when you are tired after work, or it’s raining outside, you just don’t feel like leaving home and heading down to the studio. But it’s not just about what is easy. Don’t be discouraged thinking your home is just too small. Your studio doesn’t even have to take up an entire room. Just choose one corner of a room where you feel pleasant. It could be in your bedroom, living room, or, if you enjoy fresh air, even your garden. Your yoga corner will affect the energy of the space making you feel calmer whenever you see it. It will also remind you to take the time to practice and meditate more often.

Prepare your space

Whether you have chosen an entire room, a rarely used corner or the outdoors, your first step should be not to add objects, but to declutter. Yoga is all about clarity and the free flow of energy. Too many objects, especially inconsequential ones, will staunch this energy flow. For optimal energy, you can consult the rules of Feng Shui. Take a look at your space: anything that distracts you and disturbs your sense of clarity and calm needs to go. For starters, clear out all the mess and all unnecessary objects, and get quality gym flooring.

Decorate and supply

Apart from your yoga mat, there’s very little supplies that you actually need. Depending on the type of yoga you practice, you might also need beads, a pillow or a singing bowl. If you like meditating to certain sounds, relaxing music, or practice guided meditation, try to set up your sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible. You could paint the walls a soothing color, or choose a corner by the window if you feel that looking out the window helps you stay connected to nature and your environment.

Finishing touches

Choose the details you want to add carefully and sparingly. Don’t give in to temptation to clutter the space again. Choose a few details that you love seeing and that will instantly help your mind go into a meditative state. A lot of people choose a potted plant and perhaps a drawing or a painting that speaks to them. A small statue of Buddha is also found at plenty of home studios. If you have children and would like to teach them how to practice mindfulness too, you could make calming glitter jars together and keep them in your home yoga studio as well.

Having your own tiny studio, or even just a corner of your home where you can practice or meditate could help you use your time to the fullest, even when you are too busy or tired to leave home. Actually, setting up this space doesn’t take too much money or effort at all, and it will bring you many relaxing hours enjoying the calming, beneficial effects of yoga at your own home.

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Food Is Done: Now Onto Your Garden Party Outfit

Food Is Done: Now Onto Your Garden Party Outfit

It’s the perfect time of the year to get the BBQ on the go. In fact, so many people are having garden parties where friends and family come round their home to enjoy the delicious food on offer. Therefore, you should arrange a garden party with your friends and family. Firstly, you will need to sort out the food and drink. After all, you will need to ensure your guests have plenty to consume. Then you need to decide on what you are wearing for the party. After all, you want to cause a splash when you are hosting a party. Therefore, here is how to create the perfect garden party outfit.

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You need to go for a cute pair of flats

Heels are definitely a no-go when it comes to garden parties. After all, if you are going to be in and out all the time carrying food and drink, you don’t want to end up falling on your face down to the heels. Therefore, you should invest in a cute pair of flats for the garden party instead. You can get some gorgeous pairs which will lead people to compliment you on your shoes. Pumps are always a good choice, especially when you are going to be outside in the garden. After all, you don’t want your shoes to be ruined by the grass! And go for a bright color to add a summery feel to your whole outfit. A yellow or even a pale pink or blue will help you to have a perfect look.

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You need a pair of cropped trousers with a lightweight shirt

It’s so important to stay comfortable when you are at the garden party. After all, you want to stay cool while tending to the hot BBQ. Therefore, you need clothes which will ensure you don’t overheat while you look fabulous. A cute pair of cropped pants would be ideal for the party. They are dressy, but also give off a summery vibe. If you go for a yellow or blue pair, you will look ready to have a good time at the garden party. You can team the cropped trousers with a vest top and a lightweight shirt which will keep you cool during the party. Again, you should opt for bright colors to ensure you look ready for the party. Don’t forget to look at brands like Alfred Dunner outfits as they have great sets which will be perfect for a garden party. And you will soon receive compliments off your guests.

You need a great floppy hat

It’s also an excellent idea to get a great hat which will definitely leave your guests impressed. Not only can a summery hat help you to complete that garden party outfit, but it will keep your head protected in the sunshine. After all, you might be out in the garden for hours with your friends and family. A great oversized hat in a floppy design would be a perfect choice. Go for a light color to ensure it matches with the rest of your outfit. Or if you would prefer something more simple, go for a trilby which will also look superb for the party!

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And remember to protect your skin before you head outside. Sunscreen is a must at this time of the year!

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Top 6 Tips To Manage Diabetes Effectively

By Guest Blogger Dona W,

Top 6 Tips To Manage Diabetes Effectively

 

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Diabetes cases across the world are on the rise and many people are facing major health complications because of failure to effectively manage the disease. Diabetes is a life-long disease that requires a lot of effort and time to manage. As the disease continues wiping a large part of the world population, majority of the affected individuals have refused to let it get on the way of their lives. Most people have learnt how to manage diabetes effectively and they are now living a comfortable life with a few complications. You can also be one of them by learning a few tips to manage diabetes. Remember that the main aim of managing diabetes is to keep the blood glucose levels as normal as possible. Below are some of the best tips that you can use so as to manage diabetes:

 

1.Eat Well

 

When it comes to managing diabetes, diet plays an extremely important role. However, you should know the best foods to take, how the combinations of those foods affect blood sugar levels, and how, much you’re supposed to eat. Carbohydrates usually have the largest impact on blood sugar levels. As such, you should learn the appropriate amount of carbohydrates that you should consume by using scales or measuring cups. Balance your meals by making sure that every plate has a good mix of fats, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and proteins. It’s also important to pay attention to the type of carbohydrates and the amount that you’re supposed to consume. Avoid all beverages and foods that are known to spike the blood sugar levels. However, in case you’re experiencing low blood sugar levels, then you might use sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sports drink or juice to raise the glucose levels.

 

In order to get the best juices to manage diabetes, it’s highly recommended that you get the best masticating juicer. Masticating is basically a slow almost cold-press and comprehensive way for extracting juice and nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Masticating juicer usually use a gear that rotates slowly so as to effectively crush the cell walls of veggies and fruits to release extra juice as well as nutrients. Breaking through those cell walls is important as it greatly increases the amount of antioxidants and other important nutrients in produce.

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Blenders are also effective at producing nutritious juices. Having the best ninja blender like SharkNinja BL456 Nutri-Pro will ensure that you get the best out of your fruits. This blender has pro extractor blades that can blend and crunch any kind of fruit, seed, vegetable, leaf or nut. The functionality and shape of the blades help when extracting the vitamins and nutrients in the food that you’re processing. This will ensure that your smoothies will be packed with vitamins and nutrients. In addition, they will be broken down, easily digestible and also quickly absorbed by the body.

 

2. Get Physical

 

Exercise is a very important part of managing diabetes. Exercising has lot of benefits: It improves one’s blood sugar levels, cholesterol as well as blood pressure. It also lowers your risk for stroke and heart disease. Remaining fit will also help you to maintain a healthy weight. In addition, the exercises will give you more energy while still keeping your joints flexible. According to health experts, exercise is always going to help any diabetes treatment plan. Your goal ought to be a minimum of half an hour of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercises at least 5 days a week. Pick an activity that you like, be it walking, swimming, dancing, golfing or tennis, so that you will want to stick with it.

 

3. Stick to Your Diabetes Treatment Schedule

 

Just like with the other health complications, the usage of medication can have a significant effect on its effectiveness. To remain on top of your diabetes management, set an alarm for each time that you need to take pills or insulin. Your mobile phone alarm is great for this because you’ll have it wherever you are. Another effective trick is to link taking insulin or pills to other daily habits like brushing your teeth early in the morning or before you go to bed at night.

 

4. Monitor Your Blood Sugar Levels

 

When managing diabetes, you should keep your blood sugar level within a healthy range. Your physician will determine this range based on your age group, your overall health, your specific diabetes treatment and how long you’ve had diabetes. To be sure that you are staying within that recommended range and that your diabetes management plan is working well, you must monitor the blood sugar levels by testing the blood. The testing schedule can be weekly, 2/3 times a week, daily, or several times in a day. Sticking to your personal schedule is very important. You should therefore make it a routine that you’re sure to remember.

 

5. Be Safe With Insulin Needles

 

If you take insulin using traditional syringes and needles, it is important to handle them carefully. Ask your physician if it is safe for you to reuse the syringes so as to save money and reduce waste. If you are prone to infections, it might not be a good idea. However, if you are given the okay to reuse the syringes, ensure that you keep the needle clean. You should always cap it when not in use. You should also clean the needle using alcohol before each and every injection. Cleaning will also help the needle to slide into your skin with a lot of ease. Discard any bent or dull syringes.

 

6. Get high-quality sleep to ease stress

 

Stress and anxiety are huge triggers for most diseases. For diabetics in particular, anxiety and stress is positively correlated with the blood sugar levels. This simply means that when stress shoots up, so does the blood glucose levels. And since getting restless sleep or insufficient sleep increases your body’s stress levels during the day, getting sufficient and good sleep is going to be a big priority for easy disease management.

 

Happily, most individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes find this to be one of the most favorite diabetes prescriptions. After all, who doesn’t like the excuse to tell his/her boss, loved ones or friends that their physician insists they must go home and get adequate sleep?

 

Conclusion

 

Diabetes is a common disease, and while it can be managed effectively, it often requires significant lifestyle changes and it can present a few challenges. Managing diabetes requires everyday care. However, it does not have to be complicated. Learning about the basics, getting support and advice from health professionals such as your physician, certified registered dietitian and diabetes educator, can help you to live well with diabetes.

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Author Bio

Dona is a part-time blogger and a full-time housewife with big love for cooking. She is the founder and editor of donaskitchen.com an avenue for sharing her passion about juicing, plant-based diet and living a healthier lifestyle.

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Email: dona.donaskitchen@gmail.com

Twitter: @donajwilliams

 

Fight Aging Without Harming Yourself

Fight Aging Without Harming Yourself

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In the fight against aging, we sometimes do more harm than good! Strange chemicals, strenuous exercises, and crash diets can often have the opposite effect to the one we want. There’s a difference between fighting the effects of aging and simply fighting a bloody war against your own body and well-being!

Stop stressing out!

Stress is a killer. It ruins your skin and your heart, making it difficult to stay healthy. Long-term exposure to stress has been linked to long-term depression, which really isn’t going to help your body or your mind as you age. And all that frowning is going to exacerbate your wrinkles!

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Destressing is an essential part of the anti-aging process, and it can be achieved either through exercise or even the occasional indulgence. Don’t dismiss the likes of meditation or yoga – may work wonders for you. Even sitting around for couple of hours and watching a film or playing some games can help. Just don’t do it for too long, because a sedentary lifestyle isn’t great for you! Speaking of which…

Get out of that chair and start exercising

A biology lesson for you: our bodies are meant to move. In order to keep our cells strong – skin cells, lung cells brain cells, – we need to signals to our body that we need those cells to be kept in plentiful supply The best way to signal this to our bodies? Regular exercise.

So many of us spending too much time sitting down. This is a sedentary lifestyle, and it slowly kills people. It causes your muscles to lessen in strength because they’re not being used. It can cause spinal damage, resulting in late-life hunching. The slow movement you associate with old people? More often than not, that lack of mobility is a symptom of a life devoid of proper exercise.

Look into treatment for hair loss and skin degradation

Age weaken the cells that keep both your skin taut and your hair intact. Taking action to prevent this degradation is important, but you shouldn’t be ashamed to look into treatments to fix existing damage.

While some people go through some pretty insane treatments to fight skin degradation and hair loss, this doesn’t mean you should dismiss all professional treatments. Botox is often portrayed as taking things too far, but the right Botox injection technique can provide natural-looking results. Those who are dealing with severe hair loss can look into surgical hair restoration, as long as they research it thoroughly and make themselves aware of the risks of working with the wrong surgeon.

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Keep your mind stimulated

The brain is a muscle, and it can waste away just like any other muscle. You’re always using your brain – but a lot of people don’t really challenge their brain. Without the occasional challenge, your mind will lose its edge. Neurological exercises such as puzzles are good, and learning a new skill is definitely recommended.

Another thing: reading does amazing things for your brain. A simple, blood-pumping thriller will stimulate your brain – but why not take on some more challenging fiction? The works of David Foster Wallace, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo find the right mix of action and humor while also providing your brain a good workout.

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Tips to Look Better in Your Bikini (That Don’t Involve Exercise)

Tips to Look Better in Your Bikini (That Don’t Involve Exercise)

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It’s summer –  the season of sun, sea, and swimwear. If the mere mention of swimwear is enough to fill you with a cold dread, chances are, like a lot of women, you aren’t particularly confident about the way you look in a bikini. Chances are you also aren’t particularly keen on exercising your way to a better bikini body, and anyway it’s a bit too late for that now! That’s okay because there are lots of things you can do to look better in a bikini that don’t involve exercise…

 

Ditch the Junk Food

 

You’d be surprised how much better your bikini body can look after just a few days of cutting out junk and other foods that cause you to retain water and bloat. So, if you’re heading off to the beach in a couple of days, eat clean, and that bot of a belly you’re worried about will be gone in no time.

 

Buy a Bikini That’s Your ACTUAL Size

 

I can’t state enough just how important it is that you stop trying to squeeze yourself into that size 6 bikini and buy the 8. By doing so, you will actually look slimmer, rather than larger and no one will know what it says on the label anyway!

 

Laser the Hair Away

 

If the reason you’re worried about wearing a bikini is that you have lots of excess hair and removing it causes your skin to redden or a rash to form, look into getting Hollywood Skin Brazilian hair removal instead. It’ll sort out your hair problem and leave your skin looking perfectly smooth for the rest of the summer!

 

Fake Your Bake

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If you’re pasty and the pale and interesting look isn’t for you, don’t avoid slipping into your swimwear – fake your bake. Fake tanning products are getting better all the time, making it much easier for you to boost your tan at home. If you aren’t confident in your abilities, visit your local Sun Tan City. A professional job will cost a little more, but it will make you look slimmer and give you your confidence back, making it totally worth it.

 

Stand Up Straight

 

You’re probably rolling your eyes at the screen right now, but the simple act of standing up straight with your head held high and your spine erect can make a huge difference to how good you look in a bikini. When we slump, we automatically look pudgier than we are, so by maintaining a straight spine, or even better lying down, we automatically look thinner and more toned. Really, try it. It works!

 

Buy a Swimsuit

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If you’re really worried about baring all in a bikini at the coast and it’s playing on your mind, just don’t wear one. There are plenty of pretty swimsuits and tankinis which will look just as cute and give you. A bit more security when you’re out on the beach. Having fun and enjoying the sun is what’s important, not being able to slip into a bikini!

 

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How Yoga Brings Women Together Instead of Competing Against Each Other

By Guest Blogger Meera W.

How Yoga Brings Women Together Instead of Competing Against Each Other

As women, we can often tend to compete with each other. We measure ourselves to other women based on looks, relationship status, success, and how well our kids behave. This need to compete comes from a place within that can be managed. If you’ve ever been in a room full of women in an intense yoga class, you’ll find that at the end of the class, there’s a sense of togetherness.

The quiet whispers are words of encouragement and gratitude towards each other. Yoga has the ability to heal many of our wounds that cause judgment. As we touch upon the deepest energy within, we become more open, loving, and compassionate towards others. The unnecessary need to compare or compete simply falls away. Here are some of the things I’ve noticed in myself when I do yoga regularly.

Walls Fall Down When You Open Your Heart

There are many poses in yoga that aid you in opening your heart. The reason we compete is through feelings of “not good enough”. When you can open your heart to the world, those feelings fall away. You don’t have to defend yourself anymore because you know you’re good enough. Opening your heart also allows you to see other women as they really are. They have the same fears, anxieties, complexities as you. When you break those walls down by offering yourself love, you can also give it to others.

The Relaxation of Yoga Helps You See Other Women Differently

Many of our bad behaviors, which includes competing, are due to the ego mind. When you’re stressed out, instead of handling the situation in your mind, you may tend to lash outward. This can manifest as competing. Anxiety often derives from a feeling of separation. When you attend yoga classes, you will feel part of something. This takes away from the isolated feelings you may have been feeling.

Certain yoga poses, especially those that deeply open the hips, can release a lot of stress you’re feeling. Peeling away at the layers of emotions can help you become centered. That centered seat doesn’t allow the mind to play games like competing with other women. It is also known as the seat of consciousness. Nothing can touch you when you become the watcher of your mind, consciousness, or ego. There is no judging or comparing when you reach this level of consciousness. Many of the yoga poses, along with the breathing, were designed thousands of years ago to promote that mental peace.

You Gain More True Confidence

For those that practice yoga often, a confidence begins to grow within. You might think that yoga is nothing more than an act of stretching, making shapes with the body, and breathing. While that is what can be seen on the outside, something is growing within you. It’s something deeper than the body you’re inhabiting.

When you’re dedicated enough, you can find your truth. Part of your truth will be the knowledge that you are good enough. You will come to realize that your problems as a woman are common and shared upon all the other women in the world. Confidence isn’t about proving that you’re better than someone. Confidence is about being okay with who you are. Going deeper into yourself will bring you the truth about life so the outer competitive nature dissipates. You won’t feel the need to prove anything to yourself or to others.

Yoga Allows You to Feel More Compassion

When you have opened yourself up enough through various poses in yoga, you will find that you take your compassion outwards. When you see a woman struggling with something, you will help instead of judge. When you clear your mind of all competitive thoughts, what’s left is compassion for others.

Within your yoga community, you will meet women that have gained the emotional benefits of yoga. If you’re new to the practice, you will likely notice women acting differently and offering you, a stranger, compassion. This can be deeply touching the first time it happens and also help you realize you can be the change you want to see in the world.

A Yoga Class Makes You Realize You’re All in this Together

Regardless of what level you are when it comes to yoga, you will sense a feeling of oneness in a class. The more challenging the yoga is, the more you come together as women. As the energy improves through poses, breathing, and potentially chanting together, every goes through a similar emotional journey. Whether you enter beginners or advanced poses, every woman will tap into the same parts of their energy.

Throughout the class, you will often be centered and having moments that are your own. You will feel the energy of the room though. This is partly what makes yoga classes so magical. You are on your own physical journey but spiritually you surround others as they surround you. Think of how much easier it is to make eye contact and smile at other women after your class is over.

Yoga will deepen your understanding of the world which will stop you from bad behaviors that could hurt others. When you open yourself up to women, you will find that we are all in this together. Once you do that, it can never be unknown to you again. Competition is essentially closing yourself off to the world. Wouldn’t it be better to stay open?

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Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)

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How to Lose Your Weight in Fun and Exciting Ways

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

How to Lose Your Weight in Fun and Exciting Ways

 Weight has become a sensitive issue. On one hand, the first world countries have a growing number of obesity problems, and on the other hand, it has become a political issue. In spite of all this, people are always looking for a way to live a healthier lifestyle and these days, there are a lot of fun and exciting ways to lose your weight.

Become a smoothie master

One of the first things you hear when it comes losing weight is to cut down on starch, milk and milk derivatives. This means most of your meals will consist of fruits and vegetables, and this is where the fun way to lose weight emerges.

Since 70% of our body is water, we need a higher liquid intake to speed up our metabolism and lose those extra pounds. Therefore, you could combine the best of both worlds and turn your fruits and vegetable meals into juices. There are a lot of recipes online that even combine fruits and vegetables into a single smoothie.

However, you can go one step further and start developing your own recipes and combinations. This can be an exciting culinary adventure that can lead you in many unexpected directions. You just need a blender and a juicer and you are good to go.

Start trekking and discover the undiscovered

At first glance, the activity like trekking might sound too boring and hard for a casual person. However, with the right group of friends, this can be turned into a fun and exciting activity. For starters, find a group of people with which you click when it comes to adventuring.

Then go out whenever you can and start conquering those hills and valleys outside of town. You can even agree to go to a different location every time and enjoy hours of talking and trekking as you explore new territories and discover beautiful vistas you’d never think you’d find so close to home.

Play soccer and bond with friends

Soccer is not as violent a sport as American football and it can be played leisurely. It contains the element of socialization that will build up your bond with the members of your team and the respect of your opponents as you try to think of new strategies.

The 90 minutes (the length of one soccer game) will pass in a blink of an eye and you will start losing that extra weight before you know it. This is a fantastically fun sport that can work for a variety of people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No wonder, therefore, it’s called the favorite pastime of the world.

If there are no quality soccer terrains nearby, you can pop into a well-equipped soccer shop and buy a pair of goals as well as some additional accessories and make your own terrain for you and your friends. Since these accessories enable you to play wherever you want and modify the size of the terrain, you can even do it in your own backyard if other options are not available.

Do some doga

Yes, you’ve read it right. It’s called doga and it’s a combination of two words – dog and yoga. If you want to go completely wacky and fun with in order to lose your weight, why not add your pet to the mix? Believe it or not, doga is actually becoming a trend, as it’s a fantastically hilarious way to stretch and push your body and simultaneously bond with your pet. As it’s evident by numerous YouTube videos, it’s a potential source of countless funny situations which will help you forget you are even practicing. It’s far from the traditional way to lose weight, but try it out, and you’ll discover it’s as effective as it is fun.

We all want to push our bodies into shape. No matter the size of our bodies, we all feel much better once a physical activity that requires discipline is thrown into the lifestyle mix. In order to get the best of all worlds – in other words, have fun and lose weight – just try any of the aforementioned methods, and you’ll see yourself laughing through those extra pounds before you know it.

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