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What Better Not to DIY In Your Home

By Guest Blogger, Patrick A.

What Better Not to DIY In Your Home

Somehow we started believing that DIY stands for Do Everything Yourself. This usually happens when the weather outside is colder and we are more focused on the interior. After all, summer is for having fun and taking a vacation from any kind of work.

But before you start DIY issues in your home, make sure you really know what you’re doing. It’s better to have bruised ego, then destroy your home or get injured, after all. However, to make it all easier for you, here is the list of things better left to the professionals.

Don’t Mess with Electricity

Electricity is no joke and it can cause serious injuries and even death if you don’t know what you are doing. Furthermore, you can endanger the lives of your loved ones and other people who are near you when you meddle with electricity. Just because you flipped a fuse switch doesn’t mean you can fix the whole electrical grid in your home. 

DIY Roof Repairs Can Cause More Damage

There are various roof problems, but most commonly you will have to deal with leaks. They are caused by broken tiles, bad insulation, rodents, and cracks, to name a few. And while some repairs may sound easy, they can be dangerous like slipping and falling off the roof.

Besides this being a risky job, you can do the repairs wrong and create more problems in the end. Cleaning gutters regularly and checking the roof for damages can prevent further damage. But waterproofing is a complex job that requires expertise and equipment, so hire professionals for that. 

Stay Away from Asbestos

Asbestos is renovation doomsday. Once it is airborne you can inhale it in your lungs and get sick from it. Professionals who deal with asbestos wear protective masks and suits and also use special measures to get rid of it.

Since this is a serious issue which can significantly impair the health of everyone in the house, you should definitely leave it to the experts. If you discover it in your home, call help immediately and leave the room.

Leave Home Appliances to Professionals

Every home appliance repair is different and there are so many things that may be wrong with a device. First of all, parts may need replacing, wiring might not be right and electronics needs assessment via special equipment. And that is not a job for someone with limited resources and knowledge.

In the end, you may cause more damage to your appliance or electrical grid during a short circuit. And in worst case scenario, you could injure yourself. So, do something fun instead and leave appliance repair to professionals.

Plumbing Is Not Fun, but Serious Business

There is not “only a small leak”, but every drop should be taken seriously immediately. While leaking faucet or shower may not be cause for immediate attention, other things are. That includes leaking pipes which if not taken care of properly can cause structural damage to the house.

If you want to try your plumbing skills, stick simple things like fixing a drain. Imagine not doing something right and overflowing a toilet or causing a flood with an unstoppable burst in a pipe. It all sounds like more work after the repair than before, so if unsure, better call a plumber to deal with the issues.

Lastly

No matter how tempted you are to show off your repair skills, some things are better left to professionals. It’s hard to resist numerous video tutorials available online, but in the end, DIY is not always a great solution. After all, it’s better to pay an expert then remedy the damage created by your amateur repairs.

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Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

 

Online Dating and Sexual Health: What You Need to Know

By Guest Blogger, Caitlin E.

Online Dating and Sexual Health: What You Need to Know

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Millions of people use online dating websites and apps to meet new people and engage in different levels of intimacy – from just chatting to casual sex to romantic relationships. With the rising popularity of various platforms such as Match.com, EHarmony, Tinder, and numerous others, the stigma that once existed around online dating has been greatly diminished. Even statistics show that the majority of Americans claim online dating is a good way to meet people.

But it’s still a relatively new landscape, where it’s crucial that we’re all well-informed and understanding of how we can navigate it responsibly. Here’s what you need to keep in mind regarding sexual health when meeting new people on dating platforms.

 

Sexual health is about psychological well-being too

 

The concept of sexual health is often mistaken for only the physical aspect of health in regards to sexuality, such as the absence of an STI.

But the World Health Organization reminds us that sexual health goes much further than that, implying psychological wellbeing, freedom of choice, and the ability to have a satisfying and responsible sex life.

In the online dating culture, you have all the freedom you need to engage with whomever you want and however you want. And when you have this kind of freedom, it’s especially important to listen to your gut instinct and to be cautious when meeting new people online.

It’s easy to get caught up in all of it, which makes it even more important that you fully acknowledge what you want and what you don’t want – regardless of how the person you’ve met will react. Listen to your innate needs, take care of yourself, and don’t let yourself feel pressured at any point.

Online dating is there to make things easier and more enjoyable for you, not to become a burden on your well-being.

 

Always use protection. Always.

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A lot of people are hooking up through dating platforms, as the medium makes meeting new people much faster and more convenient. The math is quite simple – the more casual sex there is, the more STIs are likely to be circulating.

This is nothing new, as STIs are more widespread than you might expect. There’s just too much stigma around them so you can be sure that nobody is going to explicitly tell you they have an infection when they meet you.

Not only that, but your partner may have no idea he or she has an STI.

The only way to stay safe from STIs and maintain your sexual health responsibly is by using condoms – every time, no matter what.

This is especially important to take note of among the older demographic, where there’s still a common misconception that there’s no need for condoms if you can no longer have children. Regardless of fertility or other forms of contraception you might be using, condoms serve to protect you from STIs, and both sides of the relationship should have them around.

 

Maintain your good judgement

 

A lot of people rely on drugs or alcohol to ease into the situation and “loosen up” when meeting someone new. Again, you have the freedom to do whatever you wish – just make sure that you own it, that you have the confidence and your best interests in mind.

Overdoing it with either of those two will definitely cloud your judgement – and that’s where it will be difficult for you to keep your best interests in mind. Whether it’s engaging with someone you don’t actually feel that comfortable with or forgetting to use a condom during sex, clouded judgement increases the chances of turning an otherwise pleasant experience into a sour one.

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The rising popularity of online dating is no coincidence. People feel comfortable with these platforms, and they present a convenient and exciting way to meet potential partners and like-minded people. But as more and more people use online dating apps, there’s a whole new dialogue opening up around sexual health and safety. Whether you’re entirely new to online dating or have an established profile, keep these points in mind to make sure that you navigate the landscape to your best interest.

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Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Throwing Shade: Easy Ways to Shade Your Patio or Deck

 

If you’re one of those people who love to spend time outside, getting some fresh air and enjoying the sound of nature, then you must create a practical deck or patio to quench your thirst for the outdoors. However, no matter how much you love nature and all things natural, the sun can be quite nasty in the summer and even chase you inside where it’s cool and air-conditioned. But if you install the right type of shading for your outdoor space, there’s nothing to be afraid of, not even the sun!

Colorful umbrellas

Sometimes, the oldest and least expensive way is the best way to do things and the same goes for shade! Patio or deck umbrellas are definitely the most popular and a completely foolproof way to add some sun protection to your outdoor area. These decorative umbrellas come in all sizes, shapes, colors and materials, so no matter the style you’re trying to achieve, you’ll make it! Plus, once the outdoor season is over, you can just close your umbrella, store it in the garage and wait for the next spring! Just make sure to secure your umbrella tightly, especially if you live in a windy area—you don’t want to be seen chasing one of these down the street!

Draw the curtains

If you want to add some shade AND some movement and softness to your deck or patio, you might want to add curtains to your outdoor structures. Outdoor curtains also offer some light sun protection and are quite inexpensive and easy to install. You can even DIY these curtains with some canvas and grommets! Just imagine airy curtains flowing in the gentle summer breeze while you sip a cocktail on your deck—it’s a really magical sight!

Set sail!

Another practical and affordable way to provide your outdoor space with some shelter is to invest in shade sails. These sails act as a light canopy that can cover your seating or dining area, deck hot tub or even your outdoor kitchen! They are quite easy and fast to install and they take up very little space which makes them perfect for tiny decks or patios. Shade sails also come in various sizes, colors and shapes and can look very futuristic in any space.

Build a lush pergola

If you really want to go big with shade and privacy, you should opt for a beautiful pergola. This freestanding feature will not only provide your patio or deck with all the shade that you need but also help define the space and add a dose of flair to it! You can go very old-fashioned with a wooden pergola with all sorts of ornaments or opt for something very modern and high-tech. Today, there are light aluminum pergolas with practical retractable roof systems that allow you to let the sunshine in or provide shade with the touch of a button! No matter where you are, you can control your roof with your smartphone. The weather will never surprise you again!

Let nature take care of you

If you’re not in a hurry to give your space a lot of shade, just plant some greenery, have patience and watch as nature takes care of your shade needs! Plant a fast-growing tree next to your patio or deck and in a few years, you’ll not only have a bit of shade, but also a priceless addition to your outdoor space. If you’re patient enough, your tree will live to see your grandkids playing underneath it and serve as a home to many little birds, insects and critters! Just make sure to plant your trees strategically, because they can also reduce your home’s cooling bill in the summer and heating bill in the winter!

These practical shades will not only make your patio or deck more comfortable but also add interest to your outdoor space! So, don’t be afraid to throw some shade! 

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Beauty Tips To Produce Preparing For The Stress Free Day

By Guest Blogger, Carol J.

Beauty Tips To Produce Preparing For The Stress Free Day

Essays have been written about it for centuries. Everybody claims that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this is a completely true. What you could find wonderful, other people might discover repulsive. It is a case of people’s perceptions, not dependent on the object’s true elegance. The following tips will enable you to ‘adjust’ your perceptions a bit, to get much more attractiveness everywhere.

 

-If you are in a romantic relationship and you both would like to preserve a little bit of money, you should look at which of your respective products it is possible to present to your partner for use. Although many items boast of being especially for gentlemen or girls, most of the time, this is merely a marketing strategy.

 

-Don’t smoke if you would like to accomplish true beauty.

Cigarette smoking results in facial lines and old skin. It may also result in yellowish pearly whites and sallow pores and skin. Giving up smoking, or otherwise not starting in the first place will help you keep your youthful and vibrant look. Consider this before lighting up.

 

-Implement skin cream under your eyeballs every evening.

The facial skin around your eyes is delicate, instead of as heavy as being the epidermis somewhere else on your experience. This will make the skin all around your eyes prone to be lined and dry. Keeping the facial skin moistened is an easy means to fix that splendor issue.

 

-When you get up every morning, you should treat yourself.

The best way to commence your entire day off on the right foot is always to spend some time to remember to brush your hair, wash your skin, and clean your pearly whites. Usually, do not disregard your personal requires if you wish to keep wonderful.

 

-Keep some cloth softener or dryer sheets available for elegance emergency situations. Material sheets enable you to tame a static skirt that desires to stick to your hose. It may perform the exact same for wild locks. One more thing it will work for is working via your hair to quell obnoxious scents like cigarette smoke .

 

-To obtain a lot more miles from your preferred eye gel, ensure that it stays in the family fridge! The ingredients in eyes gel work hard to revive and protect the delicate epidermis about your vision and maintaining it cool improves the refreshment component 10 retract! The frost will likely work immediately to lessen that awful swelling!

 

-Use a primer for the makeup.

You could buy a primer specifically for the make-up app. There are many people that even state they use diaper allergy product or Monistat product as being a primer for his or her make-up! Some individuals claim these methods are better than any primer you can get inside the retail store.

 

In order to camouflage a pimple, rosacea, a rash or other reddish epidermis imperfection dab over a natural concealer. Even though it appears peculiar in the bundle, the environmentally friendly neutralizes the red-colored tones of annoyed skin so you can utilize your regular basis and concealer with no inflammation demonstrating.

 

As mentioned previously, splendor is within the eyesight of the beholder, and what one may get attractive, one more could quite as locate fairly easily unattractive. It is actually easy to “alter” your perception slightly, and by using the tips out of this article, you should be certainly available on your own around seeing much more attractiveness from the regular.

 

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The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

By Guest Blogger, Kevin J.

The Art of Turning Your Backyard into an Outdoor Living Space

How many times do you look out at the sunny day and wish you had an outdoor space that was more usable? Whether you have a large backyard or one that is simple, small and enclosed, we’re willing to bet that it is under-used, so what can be done to make it more usable?

We have taken a look at three excellent ideas that will encourage you to make more use of the outdoors, and what could be better than enjoying the sun in your own personal outdoor living space? So, here are our ideas – start with these, and you’ll soon have a great outdoor living space that you can enjoy to the fullest.

Lay a Deck

All the rage at the moment – and with good reason – decking should be the first thing you consider if you want to transform your outdoor space into a viable living area. You might think it expensive, but in fact it is one of the most cost-effective methods of bringing alive an outdoor area. Whether you have a simple courtyard-type space or a larger garden area, a decking space either attached to the house or in a separate part of the yard has many advantages: it is easy to keep clean, rainwater drains from it, and will be a great place with heaters installed for use in even the winter evenings.

You can install decking yourself – there are many videos online that tell you how – but we strongly recommend that you check out local providers as a professional job will give you better results, and you may be surprised how affordable it will be.

Add a Gazebo

The sun is beautiful, warm – and dangerous! Even with ultra-levels of sun screen on your skin, it’s still possible to get too much sun, and if you’re one of those people who suffer from the heat, some shade is always welcome. So, in addition to your beautiful new deck, why not add a gazebo?

These affordable and very practical items take the form of an open-sided tent – although there are many you can buy with optional side screens for protection against the wind – and are easy to set up and take down. So, you can choose whether you want to have a permanent gazebo or one that can be used only when necessary, and there are some surprisingly attractive models on the market, too. It’s worth having a look around at the different sizes, and perhaps picking one that covers a portion of your deck and leaves the rest open to the sun.

Build a Fire Pit

Great for those evenings in the fall when the nights become a little cooler, a fire pit is an excellent addition to your back yard. It’s one for the adults, of course, but keep the kids at a safe distance and they can enjoy it too. It’s easy to do: clear a nice flat area – preferably close to your decking so you get the full effect – and build a circular wall with bricks. It’s best to cement them in place if you want it to be a decent one.

Leave a few holes in the wall for the air to get through and build it to a sensible height so that you can drop wood in – and you have a great fire pit for added warmth on cooler nights, meaning your outdoor space is more usable than ever!

These are just a few of the ideas we came up with for making your outdoor space more usable, and we reckon there are many more, so make up a list and you’ll soon enjoy the backyard more than you ever thought you could.

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Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.

Natural Skin Care Essentials

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

Natural Skin Care Essentials

 

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Ever since ancient times, women have taken care of their bodies and had their own skin care routines. Certainly, beauty products have evolved and, in spite of that, women still stick to the organic and natural skin care products. So, we’ve singled out a couple of natural go-to essentials you might want to try.

Channel your inner Cleopatra

For the ultimate glowing skin, dare to use some old tricks that one of the best-known women in history adored. It’s no secret that Cleopatra loved to take baths in donkey milk in order to preserve her youth and beauty. It is believed that milk rejuvenates the skin and gives it a healthy radiance. The Egyptian goddess also liked to rinse her face with apple cider vinegar, and she used the luxurious combination of milk and honey as a facial mask. Milk and honey are beneficial in many ways, since they contain antibacterial properties that hydrate and clean impurities. Honey serves to moisturize the skin, while milk exfoliates it. You can easily make a DIY mask by mixing these two ingredients, and applying it on dry areas. Rinse after ten minutes, and repeat this royal treatment a few times a week. Also, honey seems to be an excellent choice for healing your flaky lips. Before you go to bed, coat your lips with a light layer of honey and you’ll wake up with softer and more kissable lips.

Rose water- yes, please!

 

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As romantic as it sounds, it’s made from water and rose petals. This magical beauty potion has gained popularity among many women today, and it can be used regularly as a face cleanser. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, rose water reduces the skin irritations and shrinks the clogged pores. Also, there’s a rose water toner you could use after removing your makeup, which will leave your skin perfectly smooth and refreshed.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, can I eat ’em all?

 

What’s more beautiful than the beauty itself? An edible beauty in the form of different food for glowing skin. That’s right, you’ve heard well. The newest trend of healthy treats with beauty benefits has emerged, and we are happy to share the good news. Finally, we can eat raw chocolate without feeling guilty, and plus it’s vegan and it keeps our skin healthy. You could also include certain puddings and mousses in your diet, as they leave your skin hydrated and soft. I think I’ve found my latest obsession, how about you?

Cocoa & Shea Butter body lotion

Regardless the season, you must always nourish your skin to keep it safe from losing elasticity and firmness. There are plenty of softening lotions that deserve a spotlight, but this one’s a real gem. It moisturizes the damaged skin, and it should be included as a part of your daily routine. It’s also good for the body parts we like to neglect like elbows, knees and heels. It smoothens and nourishes even the driest parts and it smells amazing, too.

Fruit infused water

 

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I guess we don’t have to tell you how hydration is important for your entire body. If you’re not hydrated enough, your whole body suffers. It happens very often that people forget to drink water over the day, or even worse, they drink it only when they’re thirsty. To make drinking water fun and tasty, you can jam pack your favorite juicy fruit combinations in a glass bottle, and enjoy your flavored water.

Bentonite clay does wonders

Regardless of your skin type, you could use a bentonite clay mask as a part of your daily beauty regime. Make a mask by mixing one teaspoon of water and one teaspoon of clay to get a thick paste. Optionally, add a drop of an apple cider vinegar and mix it altogether. Apply the mask on your face and neck, avoiding the under eye area. Wait for 30 minutes, rinse it with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Repeat this process 3 times a week and you’ll notice how your skin gets smoother and fresh.

Remaining young and fresh is what every woman today dreams of, and with these natural products be sure you could prolong your beauty and health in the easiest way possible.

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Stressful Life Events and How to Deal with Them

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Stressful Life Events and How to Deal with Them

 

We all wish our lives were smooth sailing, with little to no turbulence and with all of our loved ones by our side. Very few people actually like big changes, especially if the changes stem from something negative. But, life isn’t perfect, and there will be times in your life when you will be stressed beyond your limits and you will feel like things are falling apart. Here’s how to recognize some of the most stressful events in life and how to deal with them in a healthy way:

Divorce

When you marry someone, you promise you’ll be with them forever. However, people change, and sometimes – they grow apart. Not everyone who falls out of love gets divorced, but it is perfectly okay if you do. Divorce happens, especially if the people married very young, if their marriage was arranged or if it was made because of other circumstances than love. Still, the divorce itself isn’t the most stressful part: everything that goes along with it is. Getting a divorce usually means one person moving away, splitting all of your belongings and sharing custody of your children. If a marriage ends badly, it can lead to nasty lawsuits and years of bad blood until everything settles down, with the majority of the conflict, unfortunately, being absorbed by the children. If you want your divorce to be as stress-free as possible, make sure that you both act civil. It happens, people fall out of love, and whatever the reason for the divorce is, you can settle it in a calm manner. Your nerves aren’t worth that couch you want. However, if one side feels they are being damaged, they should express clearly why they feel that way and contact a lawyer.

Moving house

Sometimes, life forces you to uproot your whole life and family and move them to a new place entirely. If you’re moving out of necessity, because you’ve gotten a job offer in Australia that you just have to take, there isn’t much you can do but make the move as painless as possible. This will, once again, be the hardest on the kids. If they are in school and they have friends and activities that they love, you will have to make sure you make the transition easy for them. Hire a local furniture removalist in Melbourne, get the house prepared before you even get there and make sure the kids’ rooms are all done up. Contact the schools and local sports and art centers to make sure they have a place to do their favorite activities in, and if you know any people there with kids of similar ages, make sure you start having dinners together as soon as possible. Most importantly, make sure you explain to your kids why you’re moving. If they understand that this is something that has to be done, and if you get them excited about the new opportunities in their new home, it will make it much easier for everyone.

Death of a loved one

There is really nothing as tragic as losing someone you love, especially if they were someone who were close to you and with whom you spent a lot of time. It can be a big shock but it is an inevitable change which you won’t be able to avoid. When a loved one passes away, it’s important to give yourself the time and space to grieve. It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to be upset and it’s okay to need time alone. You might feel better surrounded by family and friends, but there will be time when you will need to close the door and have a cry by yourself. It’s important that you eventually accept their passing and remember your loved ones by honoring some traditions they loved.

 

Life can get stressful, and that’s why it’s important to have a support network around you, one that will make sure you have someone to lean on when things get hard. Remember, the most important thing we have in the world are the people around us, so always keep them close.

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New Caledonia for Families: Travel Tips & Advice

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

New Caledonia for Families: Travel Tips & Advice

If you’ve been dreaming to take your family for an unforgettable vacation, there might a perfect destination for you. Only two and a half hours flight from Auckland or Sydney takes you to the beautiful archipelago of New Caledonia.

 

This magnificent place offers something for every family member. Visit remote islands, enjoy sunny beaches, try scuba diving in the crystal-clear water, enjoy local cuisine and admire the local history and architecture. A beautiful mix of Melanesian and French culture and history is the essence of this little tropical heaven.

A touch of France

New Caledonia is a French overseas territory, so visiting this archipelago means you are visiting a French version of a tropical heaven; so, remind yourself and teach your kids some useful phrases in French. Your kids will love trying them out during your visit. Encourage them to engage in a conversation with the cashier in the supermarket, or to have a chit-chat with the waiter while ordering food in the restaurant.

 

In addition to the language, you can enjoy French food. Enjoy a family picnic close to the sea after you visit a supermarket. There you can find baguettes, French cheese, butter and wine for a reasonable price. If you’re more of a fan of restaurants, you can enjoy in some of many New Caledonia’s French restaurants.  Try some of the French-influenced specialties of the archipelago like bougna, stewed shrimp, seafood vol au vent, or bulimes (Isle of Pines’ snails).

Explore the capital

Nouméa is the capital city and the first place you will visit when you land in New Caledonia. It is situated on the largest island of the archipelago, Grande Terre. This will be the starting point for your following journeys around the island, so first make sure to pick a relaxing and comfortable Noumea accommodation.

 

After you find the perfect spot where you can rest and leave your stuff, enjoy your walk to the city center through the palm shady streets that are full of Citroens, Renaults and Peugeots. Remember that you came to a tropical area, so make sure you put on a hat, sunglasses, and a sunscreen.

 

You will find some interesting sites when you reach the city center. Old buildings will evoke the memory of the old colonial times. You can visit Cathédrale Saint-Joseph de Nouméa not far from the city center. Climb on the top to take in a great view of the city and its surroundings.

 

While you’re still in Nouméa, make sure to visit Tjibaou Cultural Centre. This impressive piece of architecture is dedicated to the indigenous Kanak people that make around 40% of the archipelago’s population. Here, you can explore their history and art, most notable sculptures of this Melanesian people.

 

Visit the Loyalty Islands’ jewel

After spending a couple of days in the capital, it’s time to get in touch with a pure beauty of a remote island. Our advice is to take a plane from Nouméa to Lifou New Caledonia; after all, it is one of the archipelago’s most beautiful islands. You can experience many things here: impressive cliffs on the north and the south side, and beautiful beaches on the east and the west side of the island. Spend the day at the beautiful Easo beach and enjoy swimming and snorkeling at the white sandy beach.

 

But for the real snorkeling experience, visit the Baie de Jinek, a coral-filled bay that offers a beautiful underwater view. You will have to pay 15 AUD $ to access the water, but all the money goes to the protection of the island’s environment and keeping this bay intact.

 

You have a unique opportunity to understand how people live on such a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Go for a walk through local villages and engage in a conversation with people. Again, your French language skills will be a great help. The locals are very friendly, and will be happy to present you their culture, folklore and cuisine.  

Something for the kids

You will spend a couple of days in Nouméa before the departure from this beautiful archipelago. Save this part of the trip as a special surprise for your kids who can explore the wildlife of this Pacific heaven.

 

The Aquarium des Lagons is a tourist attraction that vividly represent different aquatic ecosystems of New Caledonia. The aquarium is divided into sections, where you can find species from the fresh water of rivers and lakes, then those from the mangroves, lagoon, and from the deep ocean. Kids will enjoy watching many animal species like eels, turtles, fish, fluorescent nautilus, phosphorescent corals, giant shrimps, etc.

 

Another place that will thrill your kids is the Parc Zoologique et Forestier. It consists of a botanical garden and a zoo. The majority of over 700 animals and 130 species in the zoo are birds, while the botanical park mostly consists of sclerophyllous forest (aka primitive forest), with around 60% of endemic species. You can explore this beautiful place on Segways.

 

This beautiful archipelago is a great place to spend a vacation with your family. You can browse local culture, cuisine and the history of the urban city like the capital Nouméa, or enjoy the sun, beaches, cliffs, coral reefs and other natural beauty some of the remote islands. Either way, an unforgettable journey is guaranteed.

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5 Essential Oils for Aging Skin and How to Use Them

By Guest Blogger, Ashley L.

5 Essential Oils for Aging Skin and How to Use Them

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No one ever wants their skin to experience the signs of aging, but it’s a fact of life and it’s something we definitely have to deal with as we get older. Just because our skin is going to lose some of its elasticity and youthful glow, doesn’t mean we have to learn to live with these changes.

As a matter of fact, certain essential oils are ideal to help fight back against the signs of aging skin. We’ve discovered five essential oils that can help eliminate the signs of aging quite effectively and we’d like to tell you how to use them below. Stick around to discover the truth.

1. Peppermint Essential Oil

Out of so many wonderful essential oils, peppermint is definitely one of our favorites as far as skin health is concerned. You can mix this essential oil with lotions, body washes, shampoo, and even massage oils cool your skin and make it look youthful and beautiful again.

It’s also excellent for your scalp because it can kill lice and dandruff, which nobody obviously wants to live with. Finally, peppermint oil helps your skin secrete natural beneficial oils, which will prevent acne and other unwanted skin conditions.

Mix a few drops of peppermint essential oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Gently rub it on your wrinkles and dark circles for a few minutes and they will eventually begin to subside.

You can learn more here if you’d like to find out about the other wonderful benefits of peppermint essential oil.

2. Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage oil is particularly magnificent for aging skin for a wide variety of reasons.

For starters, it can help to eliminate eye bags, dark circles, and large pores under your eyes. So if you use this remedy regularly, you will not look tired and rundown all the time.

It’s also great because it has skin rejuvenation properties. When you regularly apply it to the skin on your face, you will begin to look younger, less saggy, have clear eyes, and feel much better about yourself.

Mix a drop of clary sage oil with a drop of geranium oil and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Combine the ingredients together and apply them to your face while gently massaging the solution in a circular direction for about two minutes.

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3. Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil is also a favorite of ours as far as combating the signs of aging skin is concerned. We love it for two reasons.

First, it’s wonderful because it has the ability to improve blood flow. By having more blood flow through your skin, it will naturally look more youthful and beautiful. Since the additional blood flow creates more oxygen in the skin, your complexion will have a pinkish and youthful glow.

Second, this essential oil can also improve skin elasticity. It does so by helping maintain collagen within the skin. So your skin is going to look more supple and smoother all the time.

To make the most of this essential oil, mix three drops of rose essential oil with a tablespoon of rosehip seed oil. This mixture works as a daily moisturizer so apply it to your skin liberally to remove dark spots, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.

4. Sandalwood Essential Oil

This is an excellent option for aging skin because it contains rejuvenation properties and makes skin look radiant and youthful. Your sagging skin will begin to disappear and your cheeks and the skin around your eyes will also become much tighter.

Mix three drops of sandalwood oil with a tablespoon of pomegranate seed oil. This is a very effective face serum, so apply it in the morning and at night and you can even use it as a daily moisturizer.

5. Argan Essential Oil

This is a fantastic essential oil as far as certain skin conditions are concerned. It can eliminate the signs of aging as well as skin dryness. Your skin will no longer feel scratchy and dry after you begin using it, because instead it will start to feel smooth and supple once again.

For the best benefits, mix two drops of geranium essential oil with a tablespoon of argan oil. Rub five drops of the solution on your face or you can even mix it with your daily moisturizer to receive even greater benefits.

Final Thoughts

It’s no longer necessary to look and feel older than you should. Using essential oils to restore youthful skin is the best way to look and feel younger again. So use these five recommendations daily to achieve stunning results.

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