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Why Buying a Used Vehicle Is Better

Why Buying a Used Vehicle Is Better

If you are in the middle of deciding what type of car to buy or truck to buy, the chances are you have browsed online for both new options, and second hand. Each choice has a range of pros and cons, for example, driving a new car is a pretty sweet drive. They have air-con, perfectly working heaters, inbuilt parking sensors and cameras. Some will even park for you now… Or in the case of Tesla – drive for you. And all of those things are great, but they come at a pretty steep price. If you aren’t a cash buyer, and most of us aren’t you might struggle to find a finance deal that is going to work for you. Or, you might not want to be locked into a contract for the next X amount of years.

Used cars come with much fewer strings. Unless it’s in the newer age bracket of ‘used,’ it’s usually within the grasp of most people to be able to afford it. But if you are shopping used trucks and cars online here are a few great reasons to buy used – not new.

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Depreciation

No one who buys a new car ever says ‘well this was an investment!’. The moment it rolls off the lot, it loses a heap of value. And then over the following three years, they can lose up to 50%. Which is a lot if you are making a 30-40k investment. Used cars, however, you’re not likely to worry too much about that. You’re already getting a great deal on a car in perfect working order – just a few years under its belt.

Lower Insurance

Older car – cheaper to repair (in most cases). The value of your vehicle is one of the primary factors that is taken into account when determining the rates that you’re going to pay. It makes sense, right? The higher the value of the car, the more money the insurance company will have to pay out in the event of an accident. Of course, there are other factors, like how long you’ve been driving and how many seats are in the car. But mostly, they’re looking at the value.

Longer Life

While you can still find plenty of 20+-year-old cars trundling along, in general vehicles are designed to last longer now. Of course, they all have a certain amount of miles in them, and by no means in 100,000, the same as 200,000 but car designers and engineers have made incredible strides in the giving cars a longer lifespan.

This is one of the things that people who are buying used cars worry about, but with cars designed to last, it shouldn’t be a concern. Unless you are really going to buy that 20-year-old Volvo – of course.

Pick Of The Litter

Or something like that anyway. If you want an older model because it had a sweet shape, more boot space or a particular gadget they phased out then used is going to be your best friend. Each year, around 350 models of new car hit the market. Which might sound a little OTT, it’s just that some marketing is better than others – and we don’t always see the models that get released in other countries. So if that is what the new car market has each year, you can begin to imagine the range of the used car market.

Online Information

New cars come with a blank sheet. And that’s cool, but older cars come with a personality – and that is cooler. But, what is more – you have access to their history. You can check the plates of the vehicle too, has it been stolen? Do the plates match the make and model of the car?

If the car has been in an accident, has been repaired, or failed its last MOT you will have access to all of the information before you decide to purchase the car. Of course, a clean MOT one year isn’t a guarantee that it will pass the next – but if you know what some of the issues were, you will have an idea of what you can expect the next time.

More Motor for Your Money

A new car is going to run you a few thousand. Either upfront or a couple of hundred a month in a contract. If you have the cash to play with, then you’re going to be able to get a lot more car for your money. A new Land Rover, or a Volvo 4×4, are anywhere between $45,000 – $177,000. Which is pretty steep, even on finance. But a few thousand will get you second-hand version – with a few miles on the clock.

You aren’t tied to only purchasing something that has a heap of functions you might not use. You can buy any make, and model and any year of car that you like. In fact, if you have time, you can spend as long as you like finding the perfect second-hand sweetheart for you.

New Driver?

Obviously, no one wants this to happen, but in the first year of driving most people are more likely to have a crash. The insurance on a newer car is already going to be high, add in a new driver premium – and then an accident? It makes the car even more expensive. Having a slightly older car, and maybe even on the cheaper side is going to put you at ease just that little bit more when you start driving unaccompanied.

Cover

If you buy from a used car garage, the car will usually come with a decent warranty. One that will keep your covered for 3-6-9 months and the follow-up care is generally pretty nice too.

In general, there are pros and cons to both new and used. But, if you are looking to maximize what you can get with the money you have, and keep your insurance low, then used cars will win every time.

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Saving Money On Big Life Decisions

Saving Money On Big Life Decisions

As we get older, and the responsibility piles on, we can often find we are spending out left, right and centre. Money worries are a significant cause of stress, and with many people less able to save on a weekly or monthly basis, it pays to get smart about what you buy.

Weddings, new babies, moving house, decorating and buying a car are all heavy hitters in terms of big spending. So how do you spend less and still enjoy those things?

Here are a few tips for you!

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Weddings

If you have been dreaming of a perfect wedding, for years, you don’t need to cast that aside just yet. Think about what you non-negotiables are. What is it you have to have without question. Is it the dress? What about the cake? Flowers perhaps? Sometimes the pinch really comes when the guest list keeps getting longer and longer.

If something doesn’t make the non-negotiable list, then those are places that you can safely cut back. Not everyone wants to spend so much on flowers when a small wild bunch looks beautiful.

Call in favours from friends and family to help you decorate the venue yourself, and do other things in the early stages like:

  • Design and print your own invitations, or create a free website for people to RSVP
  • Hand make the favours
  • Skip the DJ and create your own playlist, and use a simple Sono style speaker
  • Put a down payment on your dress as early as possible, so that you won’t need to pay too much of a lump sum later on.
  • Same with the venue
  • Always get insurance for your wedding. That way, if something does go wrong, you won’t lose a penny.

It is easy to get caught up in color schemes and taffeta, but try to remember that a wedding is about you and the person you love. The rest is just the trimmings.

Car

Buying a new car is out of most peoples reach. You can, of course, opt to go down the finance route, and that does come with a lot of perks. But in the end, you are still going to be spending a premium for those four wheels. Before you start working out what % deal you can get, consider buying a used car instead.

They have a few miles on the clock, sure, but they have also (in most cases) been well looked after. New cars do have that ‘new car smell’, but a second-hand vehicle has a whole personality of its own. They’re usually cheap enough to buy outright, you are free to haggle on the price if you want it even, and depending on the age they are cheaper to insure.

When you make the decision to buy a used car, don’t just buy the first one you see. If you have the time to visit a few and fit in some test drives, then try to do that. You’ll quickly learn if a car is for you or not. If you aren’t very great with cars, then try to bring someone along with you who is. They will be able to do some checks on the overall health of the vehicle and guide you n the right direction in terms of price.

Moving House

If you aren’t moving too far, then you have the luxury of calling in friends and family, hiring a van and doing most of the leg work yourself. When you are thinking about moving out of state or even to a new country, the logistics get a bit trickier.

The best place to start is by having a good clear out. Get rid of things you don’t love, need, or use. That might be a lot more than you think. Starting with your clothing works really well. If you need the inspiration to get your clothing sorted, or the rest of the house for that matter, then check out Marie Kondo. She has excellent tips about how to really clear your space of clutter. Donate what is good enough to be used again, sell what you can, and try to streamline what you’re taking.

Consider hiring a moving van yourself. It’s a lot cheaper than having a whole moving team doing it for you. And, while yes, you’ll need to do the heavy work yourself – you’re going to be saving big bucks. The size of van will obviously depend on what you are bringing with you, so really give everything a lot of thought.

Redecorating

Before you rush out to the DIY store, start cleaning and getting rid of stuff too. Much like moving, it will make the whole thing much smoother. Once you have gotten rid of the clutter, and given the place an excellent clean, consider this – do you want to redecorate, or do you just want a fresh feel?

Paint isn’t too expensive, and if you then focus on moving the furniture around instead of replacing things, you’ll get a ‘new’ looking space at a fraction of the cost. If you want to pick up smaller items, like vases, candles holders and even pieces of art for the walls, they are also cheap alternatives to a full redecorating project.

30 Day Rule

Unless you have to buy something immediately, start putting yourself on a timer. If you see something you want, instead of instantly buying it, make yourself wait 30 days. Then, if you still really want the item at the end of those 30 days go and get it. Often we make hasty decisions when it comes to making purchases. During the 30 day wait, you will think about your finances more, and do you really need it? More often than not, we won’t go back a month after to get something. Impulse buying always costs more in the long run. From dresses, you’re ‘saving’ and never wear, to the coffee machine that ends up gathering dust on the side.

Always give your finances the once over before making big decisions, and give yourself plenty of time to find alternatives too.

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How To Avoid A Junker When Buying A Used Car

How To Avoid A Junker When Buying A Used Car

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A junker, as the name suggests, is something that is only fit for junk! When buying a used car, therefore, you need to take steps to avoid a motor that, let’s be honest, should only be homed in a scrap yard, and not on your driveway. If you don’t, not only will you have a potential money pit on your hands, something that will cost you a fortune in repairs and breakdown fees, but you might also have something that could put your life in danger.

Here then are some tips that we hope you find useful. Our advice here should hopefully help you avoid a junker of a car the next time you’re looking for a new set of wheels.

#1: Buy your car from a reputable dealer

When shopping for used cars, you might be spoiled for choice. From private sellers flogging their motors in the classifieds (online and off) to the many dealerships in your local area, you won’t be short of cars to consider for your next purchase. However, while many sellers will be honest and fair with you, there might be those who don’t have as many morals. Especially when it comes to private sellers who don’t have to offer you a warranty, you might end up with a car that isn’t worth the money it was advertised for. The same might apply to backstreet car dealerships that have no online reputation to speak of. Therefore, look for dealers that you should be able to trust. You can do this by asking for recommendations from family and friends, checking for testimonials and customer reviews on their website, and by doing a quick Google search to check for any good or bad news reports. When you think you have found a reputable dealer, you will have greater peace of mind when buying.

#2: Have the car inspected before purchase

If you don’t know the first thing about cars, then you really should pay a mechanic to inspect any car you are interested in before you part with your cash. If there are any hidden (or obvious) faults within the car, the mechanic will let you know, and you will then have the option of continuing your car search elsewhere. You could, of course, ask the seller to make the necessary repairs before you purchase the car, but to be honest, if they haven’t bothered to do so before putting it up for sale, then you might want to think twice before trusting them. Any reputable seller, private or otherwise, should always do the necessary work on the car before putting it up for sale; unless, of course, the following point applies.

#3: Be wary of cars advertised for sale ‘as is’

When you’re browsing the classifieds, you might come across cars for sale ‘as is.’ This means that any flaws or defects you notice before you buy will be your responsibility, as the car is only available for sale in its current condition, i.e. ‘as is.’ Because of this, it is unlikely that you will be offered a warranty, meaning that once you have parted with your cash, you have no legal rights to claim a refund or ask the seller to pay for any repairs if the car breaks down or you notice any problems after driving it away. Now, a car advertised ‘as is’ does not always signify you are buying a junker. If the defects are fairly insignificant, such as a scratch on the surface of the car, then you can always get that covered over later if you wish. If you’re buying the car for a dirt cheap price, you might also be happy to pay for any repairs that need doing. But as we suggested above, hire somebody to inspect the car before purchase, because you might also find yourself out of pocket should you later discover any serious and expensive issues after sale.

#4: Take the car for a decent test drive

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A test drive is more than a quick circle around the parking lot. And it’s more than a twenty-minute jaunt around town. You need to give it a thorough test drive to make sure that everything is working as it should, so request a test drive for a couple of hours or more so you can fully get a handle on the vehicle you might be buying. There are some useful tips here on what you should look out for when you’re taking the car for a spin. Still, if you aren’t particularly car savvy, you might want to bring somebody along on the ride with you. This should be somebody with years of driving experience, so ask anybody you know (or the mechanic you hired for the inspection) to join you on the roads. They will then be able to advise you further on the viability of the car in question.

#5: Check the car’s history

Any reputable seller will have a vehicle history report ready for you to review before the sale. This will let you know how many owners the car has had, as well as details of any accidents and repair jobs, both large and small. If the car has had a lot of owners, you might want to ask why. There might be issues with the car that has resulted in it changing hands a lot of times, so you might want to think twice before buying. You might also want to think twice if the car has been in an accident, or if there is has been a lot of maintenance work done on the vehicle. And you should run in the other direction if the seller does not have the car’s vehicle history report, because he or she is probably trying to hide something. Still, even if the car seems to be good to go, and the seller does have a vehicle history report, you might also want to run a free vehicle check online before buying, as you may well uncover details that the seller has been trying to keep hidden from you.

Finally

Buying a used car can be problematic, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble and money if you follow the tips we have presented here. Hopefully, you will then buy a car built to last, and not something that is only fit for the junkyard or a demolition derby!

Thanks for reading!

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How To Go From 0 To Employed, Quickly

How To Go From 0 To Employed, Quickly

Being out of work can be a pretty stressful experience. You’re struggling to contribute to your family finances, you’re feeling the strain, and you’re also just bored of sitting at home and applying for the same roles everyday. No matter what you do, it can sometimes feel like you’re just going around in circles, which can really make you lose hope about securing yourself a job in the future.

However, there are some ways to increase your chances of finding that perfect role, and we’ve noted them down here!

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Perfect your resume

Your resume is the first thing that an employer will see, and if it’s not looking good, then you can expect to be thrown in with the rest of the ‘no’ applicants. There are some simple rules here: put the most recent (and most important) roles and skills at the top, in order to make an impact straight away. Tailor your resume to each job that you’re applying for, too, and you should see more success.

Work on your confidence

OK, so not everybody can stroll into an interview without an inch of nerves within them, and completely knock it out of the park. It’s natural to have nerves, and if your potential employer is a decent human being, then they will totally understand this. However, working on your confidence will really help you to say what you actually want to say, and to sell yourself well, so try to get psyched up.

Be picky

If you’re out of work, you may be frantically applying for every job that you find out there on the web. Whilst this is understandable, it’s rarely the road that takes you to success. Instead, be picky about what you’re applying for, and really work on getting the application right for each one. Although it does narrow down your potential jobs, it means that you are more likely to actually get one.

Make yourself an ideal candidate

When an employer looks through your resume, they will be looking for certain things. A willingness to learn and adapt, perhaps, or even the flexibility needed to arrive on time. Maybe they want to see that you have a vehicle and a full license. Check out some used Subaru cars if you’re thinking about making yourself a more ideal, flexible candidate, and it could increase your chances.

Follow up

Whilst it can seem like a strange – and mildly annoying – thing to do, following up on your applications may be a good idea. Call up the people responsible for recruitment where you’ve applied, and ask them when you will hear back. This puts your name in their minds, and shows that you’re eager to get the job. If you get rejected, call up and ask questions about how to improve. Be persistent!

So, if you want to secure yourself a job ASAP, then keep these things in mind. With a bit of hard work and persistence, and the right resume, you could find yourself bossing that interview a lot sooner than you thought!

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Top 5 Garage Organization Tips

Top 5 Garage Organization Tips

So your wife is yelling at you that there is no space in the garage to park her car? We have all been there. The US Department of Energy says that one-fourth of homeowners in the United States who have two-car garages don’t have space to park their cars in the garage.

Once things start piling up in the garage, sorting them and making space seems like a task, especially if you have to sacrifice your weekend doing so.

We have shared below 5 top garage organization tips to help you organize your garage better and create space in it.

1. Make a plan

If we go traveling somewhere, the first thing that we do is we make a plan. If we go shopping, we generally make a shopping list. Organizing your garage should get the same treatment. Make a plan. Create a list of the items that you have in your garage and how you want to organize it. Allocate different days in the month to tackle one small step or type of item at a time. This will help you to reduce overwhelm and get the task done easily.

2. Focus on increasing storage

There are many ways to increase the storage area of your garage. We try to fill up everything in the existing floor space. A simple way to increase the space in your garage is to use the walls. You can set up shelves, hooks, and panels around your wall so that you can easily store your things on the wall rather than on the floor. You can use this DIY overhead garage storage pulley system resource to create space on the walls and store your things.

3. Make an inventory

When you make an inventory of all the things that are there in your garage, you can organize them more efficiently. You can discard the things that you don’t want or need. You can store the things that you use rarely in an overhead storage system. You can hang things that you use frequently on your wall or the door. You can even have a garage sale of the things you don’t need and make some money.

4. Designate spaces for kids toys or bikes

Sometimes, the issue is not with your things but rather with the toys or bikes of your kids. Kids generally don’t keep things in place, especially if they are late for dinner after a bike ride. Designate a parking spot for your kid’s bikes. You can either use bike hooks or activity organizers to get the bikes off the floor and on the walls.

5. Space of shoes and coats

Shoes and coats bring in dirt and mud when you drive in or walk into your garage. It makes sense to keep a designated space to remove shoes or coats when you enter the garage. This makes the garage cleaner and easier to maintain. You can also consider buying a small and compact vacuum cleaner to quickly clean up any dirt.

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About Steve Wells

Steve Wells is a garage enthusiast and writes at Garage Gear Guide. He loves to tinker with stuff in his garage and has a quest for DIY activities.

Are You Aware Of The Major Traffic Collision Facts & Figures?

Are You Aware Of The Major Traffic Collision Facts & Figures?

When it comes to driving, you know that you have to be safe to avoid accidents and collisions, but do you know the major facts? By getting to know this information, you can ensure that you are then safer on the road too. Let’s take a look.

The Different Impairments

To begin with, let’s take a look at the different impairments that arise. Predominantly, they come from alcohol and drug use, as well as fatigue. In fact, 16% of serious collisions involve alcohol, as the infographic below. Plus, every three hours, a drug-related traffic incident occurs!

Safety Issues

From here, you then have to take a look at the different safety that come with seatbelts and child seats, in particular. When wearing a seat belt correctly, death in a collision can be reduced by 47% – which is phenomenal! And again, with child seats in this instance, that figure then goes to 71%. So let this serve as a reminder that safety precautions are there for a reason.

How To Stay Safe

So what do you need to learn from this? Well, first of all, you need to ensure that you’re taking the right safety precautions yourself. Now that you know you’ve understood why some of these issues occur, you’ll know what you need to avoid. But not only that, you need to make sure that you’re vigilant and staying safe.

If you’d like to find out more information about this, take a look at the details in the infographic below.


Infographic Design By Car accident facts and figures in Canada

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Handy Ways To Protect Your Car

Handy Ways To Protect Your Car

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It is incredibly important when you get a new car that you think about ways to keep it safe and protect it to the max. Our car is an important possession to have and it is something which will have a huge role in our daily lives. Today we want to take a look at some of the ways that you can keep your car secure, safe, healthy and protected all year long.

Get a warranty

When you first purchase a car there will be a lot of things to consider including the price of insurance, fuel costs and much more. Unfortunately one of the issues many of us have when looking into cars is not thinking of repairs. Different makes and models or cars have different parts; and these parts cost more or less than other brands. For example, one of the most expensive cars to repair are Audis, so even if you manage to buy the car itself, repairs could cripple you further down the line. This is why GWC Warranty Reviews can be a wonderful option for you. A contract with this company will help cover any repair costs you might face and this can make a world of difference to you overall.

Use a black box

One of the best ways for you to secure your car in a different way is to use a black box. A black box will serve to record your driving habits and this can help you a lot because it will reduce your insurance cost as well as notice any weird habits or events which could happen. If your car is stolen for example your black box can be tracked and this will help you get to the bottom of what happened.

Use a dashcam  

A dashcam is an essential tool for any modern driver, and if you want to keep your car and yourself safe on the road, it’s a no brainer. Make sure that you buy a dashcam for the car as soon as you can and record every journey you make. You never know when you might have issues with an accident or you might witness something on the road, and footage can act as essential evidence for you to keep you safe.

Drive safely

If you want to protect your car and make sure that it continues to run efficiently and reliably for years to come, it is important for you to drive safely and soundly. When it comes to driving it is important for us to take our time on the road and always take extra precautions before making tough decisions. Be sure that you drive at a safe speed and in a careful manner and your car should last you for years and years to come.

Wash it

You need to make sure that you keep your car clean at all times and take the extra effort to get rid of dust and rust. When your car builds up a lot of muck and grease it can have an effect on the paintwork of the car and this can be a bad thing for you on the road.


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Can Your Passion Be Your Career?

Can Your Passion Be Your Career?

We tend to think of work in negative terms. It’s something that we have to grind our way through, rather than enjoy. Yet there’s every chance that this is the wrong approach; if we’re going to spend so much of our time doing something, then we should ensure that we like it, right? Easier said than done, sure, but there are likely more options than you realise. Below, we take a look at a few passions that are suitable for a career.

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Musical Instruments

If you can play an instrument, then well done — you’ve got a cool, and profitable, skill. It takes many years to build up the expertise needed to play an instrument well, and that means that you already stand out from the crowd. Unless you live in a huge city, the chances are that there aren’t too many musical instrument players around, but are plenty of people who want to learn. You’ll find more work if you can play guitar or piano (two of the most popular choices), but you should find students no matter what you can play. You’ll have to start small and slowly build up, but could eventually become a full-time job.

Exploring with Others

Do you love to travel? If exploring the world is something that you’d do for free, then you’re probably in the correct position to become a tour leader. It takes a lot of time to get comfortable navigating foreign countries and destinations, and it’s something that some people need to be lead through. The barrier to becoming a travel guide is pretty low, though it’ll help if you have some leadership experience. You will need to have a pretty solid grasp on the destination in which you’re leading the group, though, so focus on areas that you’ve visited multiple times and enjoyed.  

Sports Related

For many people, the pinnacle job would be a professional athlete. Alas, the ship that contains that dream has usually set sail by the time we’re fifteen or so. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be involved in sports in other ways: this, after all, is a huge industry. You could make the most of Pay Per Head 24/7 Bookmaking Services, and become a sports betting agent, for instance. Alternatively, you could try to work in the sports world in a more direct way, by becoming a coach or physical therapist. If you love commenting on sports news and fixtures, then take a look at starting your own YouTube channel — if you’re good enough, then your talents will be noticed.

Crafts and Upcycling

For some people, there’s nothing more enjoyable than playing around with less than perfect items, and bringing them back to life. The art of upcycling has become huge in recent years, and people are willing to pay big money for other people’s creations. If you like making things more beautiful, then look for pieces of furniture, figure out how to make them better, and then sell your creations online and at markets.

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Swap Your Way to Radiant Skin

Swap Your Way to Radiant Skin

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Many of us strive for perfectly clear, radiantly glowing skin, but lots of us fall far short of the mark despite how many expensive skincare products we use. That’s because, although the right products can certainly help to improve your skin, it is often our lifestyles, and particularly what we eat, that determines how good or bad our skin looks from day to day.

The good news is, it’s possible to make a number of simple swaps to your life to achieve the radiant skin you’ve always wanted…

Swap Processed Foods for Whole Foods

I think we all know that highly processed foods are not the best for our health, especially eaten regularly in large quantities, but did you know that they’re really bad for your skin too? Most processed meals and snacks have a high-glycemic index, and this spikes the blood sugar, causing insulin to be released. When insulin reaches the bloodstream, it can get in the way of collagen production, and since collagen is what keeps our skin looking full, soft and supple, that can lead to dull, older looking skin.

Switching to a whole food diet that is rich in protein, slow-release carbs and vitamin-rich vegetables will ensure that you produce plenty of collagen and all of the nutrients you need to build protein, repair skin damage and get a healthy glow.

Swap Smoking for Vaping

Smoking is bad for your health, period. As well as causing cancer and heart disease, amongst other things, it can also make your skin look bad because those toxins that are released in the smoke are pretty harmful. If you smoke regularly, chances are you will age prematurely.

Luckily, companies like Blazed Vapes now offer an alternative in the form of electronic cigarettes, which don’t contain any of the nasties that threaten your health and your skin. Swap your usual pack of cigarettes for a vape pen and you should start to notice the difference pretty quick.

Swap Sugary Snacks for Fruit

Sadly, sugar is really bad for your skin. It can interrupt the production of collagen and elastin, which keep the skin supple. It can also give you a dull, dry complexion due to the fact it can spike blood sugar and cause inflammation.

If you really must have something naughty and sweet, then choosing snacks that have been sweetened with sugar alternatives like Stevia is a good choice. However, you’d be far better off eating a piece of fruit instead. Fruit does contain sugar, but it contains fiber and other vitamins and nutrients, which offset it’s negative effects too. Fruits also contain antioxidants, which improves the appearance, Vitamin C which is able to neutralise free radicals and keep skin looking youthful and even flavanols that plump the skin and help to minimise damage caused by sun exposure.

Swap Sun for Shade

It’s pretty obvious, but spending less time in the harsh light of the sun and more time in the shade is a great way to minimise skin damage and maintain fresh, radiant skin. Of course, some sun is good for us, so you shouldn’t dodge it completely, but when it’s really hot, hit the shade, and always wear sunscreen.

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How To Learn More About Yourself

How To Learn More About Yourself

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We often go through life being led by our emotions, or driven by our desires. We plan our lives based on what we might want or think is ‘right’ to do. We can often be led by circumstance and development, and the choices we make also dictate who we are. This article will not be some faux-helpful attempt to try and make you a ‘better’ person. We’re not here to judge you in any capacity. Instead, we’re here to try and help you become more actualized in yourself, giving you the tools to consider yourself.

Many of us can go through life feeling somewhat confused. We might find our identity through our passions, our craft, our responsibilities. But do we spend time deliberately finding out who we are? Not always. After all, much of life is making who you are, not finding it out for yourself. But some things you cannot change, and they all are valid when it comes to who you might be and how you might act. If you feel that this kind of inquiry interests you, considering yourself in the following ways could be a phenomenal approach:

Keep A Journal

A journal can tell you much more than you might have otherwise realized. There are many reasons as to why this is the case. When you have thoughts, they are usually quite pressing at the time. We all have our own ‘storylines’ we keep a hold of. But then, just like sand, these call fall through our fingers, and as we move onto the next thing we forget the minute details of our past. This is where keeping a journal can become one of the most brilliant methods of keeping in touch with your past self. Reach an entry you had written one year ago today, and you’ll likely see a completely different person. The content you apply to those pages isn’t for us to decide, only that you’ll see how your life has progressed since you started upholding said journal, and it will often humble you, and see just how far you’ve come.

Consider Your Needs

Learning from and listening to your body is one of the most important things you can do for your health. But instead of simply resting, drinking and eating when you need to, learning about your actual requirements can be achieved before you jump into yo-yo dieting, or trying the new ‘panacea’ health supplement. This excellent blogger review of a food sensitivity test results kit can show you just how learning about your dietary sensitivities, your needs and how you might react to many different food groups can revolutionize your diet, and instead of simply ‘trying’ diets you’ll have a better idea of what works for you. This way, you’ll be considering your needs with an objective understanding.

Try

Challenge can shape us all. Often it’s not the result that we come to which is the biggest reward, but the lessons we learn on the way. Getting in shape, going for that promotion or even launching your own initiative can all be an excellent set of efforts to keep in mind, and if you do that, you’ll be much more likely to try and define yourself through action.

With these tips, you’re sure to learn more about yourself.

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