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Body Art for Men: Trends for 2020

Body Art for Men: Trends for 2020

Body modification and body art is nothing new; men and women alike have been adorning themselves with piercings, tattoos and other forms of body expression for years now. Trends come and go, though, while a few old classics have managed to stand the test of time. 

    Below, we’ve compiled a list of the current most popular trends and men’s styles in body modification and art for both piercings and tattoos in 2020. Do you see yours on the list? 

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Piercings

Piercings will never go out of style. With so many different types to choose from, and so many different varieties of body jewelry, you’ll never get bored with your piercings. 

Back in the late 1990s, when piercing hit a fever pitch, it was all about the tongue ring and the eyebrow ring. Those are still around, but they’ve fallen a little out of trend, in favor of other, newer piercing styles. While not new, labret piercings (in the chin), philtrum piercings (just under the nose/top lip), and septum piercings (under the nose as opposed to the side/nostril) are all hugely popular at the moment, and for good reason: all of them look really cool. All three styles are relatively easy to care for and don’t pose a lot of risk for infection as long as you take care of them. 

Classic piercing locations that have stood the test of time are the lip piercing, the side nose ring, nipple piercings and the ever-traditional ear piercing (both earlobe and helix, which is higher up on the ear). All of these classic styles look great on any guy (or gal), and are easy to care for, with a huge variety of jewelry options available. 

Then there’s some of the more avantgarde piercing styles, such as corset piercing and dimple piercing. 

If you’re interested in making an appointment for men ear piercing, or any other type of body piercing, contact your local piercer or body studio to make an appointment. Many tattoo shops also do piercings. 

Tattoos

Tattoos are also nothing new, but the technology that tattoo artists are using is always changing and just gets cooler and cooler. These days, tattoos are more than just your usual blocky design or quick-to-fade ink. Tattoos can be done in watercolor, in white ink or invisible ink, 3D style tattoos, and so much more. 

In recent years, popular trends have waned from the usual blocky lettering or tribal tattoos of the past, with body art enthusiasts instead opting for lifelike portraits of loved ones, celebrities and even their own pets. These ultra-lifelike portraits are so detailed that you’d never guess they could be done on flesh, but they can. 

Many enterprising tattoo studios are also starting to offer cover-up tattoos at lower or discounted costs for victims of abuse who may have scars, which is a really empathetic and creative way to give back to the community. And you’d be surprised at how amazing these tattoos look!

Tattoos used to have such a stigma attached but these days, almost everyone has at least one. So what are you waiting for? 

Whether you’re interested in a piercing, a tattoo, or both, 2020 is a great time to take advantage of a hot new trend and get some body art that looks totally awesome. 

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Three Reasons Why It’s Important To Take A Break From Tech

Three Reasons Why It’s Important To Take A Break From Tech

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Technology has been a wonderful thing in our lives, it has meant that we can stay connected to people all over the world, we can send emails in seconds, video chat with people on the other side of the world and find out news instantly and from all over like never before. However, with all the benefits our laptops, smartphones, and tablets bring, they have also brought a lot of stress and anxiety to people’s lives, and they are not always good for our health. People have become so reliant on their phones that a new cell phone law has been introduced as many people cannot cope for a couple of hours without using their phones. How did we cope before we had phones? There are many reasons why we need to take a break from tech, and here are three of them. 

To better connect with people.

While you might think that you are connecting with people on your phone, you’re not – not properly. If you put your phone down, you can connect with those people you are with in real life. It’s easy to think you’re connecting with someone because you’re sat having dinner with them, but if you’re constantly looking at your phone or even just aware of your phone, then you’re not giving the other person your full attention. Have some time where you switch off your phone and spend time with people, get them to turn theirs off too, and see what a difference it makes. If you find that you’re struggling to make conversation, then it shows that you’ve been spending too much time on your phone and is definitely time to take a break. 

You’ll be more productive.

For many things you need technology to get the job done, but how many times do you go to look something up and then get distracted by notifications and end up down a rabbit hole watching Youtube videos that are completely irrelevant to what you wanted to do in the first place and in fact you have forgotten what you were going to do in the first place. If you have jobs you need to do, turn the notifications on your mobile phone off, close down your social media pages on your computer, and cut down the distractions so that you can focus on whatever it is you want to achieve. 

You’ll reduce stress. Being connected 24/7 is very stressful, whether it’s work who can contact you or it’s you checking your work emails all the time, there’s never time to switch off. Not only that, but too much time on social media means that many people are experiencing higher levels of anxiety from comparing themselves to other people and constantly feeling the pressure of how they look in their photos or what they are doing with their lives. Using technology can also disrupt your sleep, which is no good for stress, so it’s a good idea to turn off at least an hour before bed and read a book. Start doing this, and you’ll soon begin to feel less stressed.

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We Love Ride-sharing, But It Is Any Safer Than Traditional Transport?

We Love Ride-sharing, But It Is Any Safer Than Traditional Transport?

There’s no doubt that ridesharing has exploded in popularity over the last few years. Uber and Lyft have both seen massive growth in their businesses. And now they are finally beginning to reflect their lofty valuation (which many people believed were excessive). 

Ridesharing is likely to explode in the future as vehicles become more autonomous. In the next five to twenty years, we are likely to see the mass rollout of taxis driven by computers and available through apps. You tap on your phone, and then a taxi in the vicinity will come and pick you up and take you to your destination, perhaps without any driver at all. That’s the promise, anyway. 

Is Ridesharing Safer Than Traditional Transport?

The question of whether ridesharing is safer than other modes of transport is going to become more critical as costs come down. Some analysts believe electric vehicles and autonomy could make the cost-per-mile of ridesharing half that of a contemporary motor vehicle. The technology, therefore, is likely to become dominant in the future. People won’t bother with personal motor vehicles if they know they can get an Uber at half the costs 

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Even so, risks remain. Ridesharing companies do an excellent job of vetting their drivers, but they’re not perfect. And even if the cabby is a professional, they can still make mistakes in the course of their work, putting people at risk. 

Remember, these ridesharing services are a tool people can use to get around the high fares charged by licensed taxi services. The idea is to make city transport cheaper and more sustainable. But that means that you now have many people who have nothing more than a driving license, ferrying people around. And it is leading to added risks for passengers. 

The good news is that the legal profession is getting on top of the problem. You can now recover the following damages if taking a ridesharing service causes injury: lost wages, medical costs, future medical care, and future lost wages. Thus, if a drivers’ negligence causes damage to you, you’re able to get back all of the money that you would have lost otherwise, and sometimes more. 

The question of whether ridesharing is safer than traditional transport is difficult to answer. There are pros and cons to each. The most common belief, however, is that it is more dangerous because of the degree of autonomy drivers have. 

For instance, a train driver is less likely to make mistakes, even if they are fatigued or drunk. An Uber driver, by contrast, always has to have their wits about them. If they lose concentration, they may shunt the car in front, causing whiplash, or skid off the road if they speed too fast around a corner. 

Poor vehicle maintenance is another issue with which passengers must contend. Ridesharing “partners,” as the industry calls them, spend most of their time out on the road. Sometimes, they don’t have the time or inclination to service their vehicles, and something can go wrong. 

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Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Skin Tags: What Are They, And Should You Be Worried?

Being healthy is about more than just eating well and exercising regularly. It’s even about more than making sure you’re well hydrated and getting plenty of sleep. Good health is also about awareness. It’s about taking the time to understand our bodies and know when something out of the ordinary manifests. For instance, checking your breasts regularly and properly is the best way to ensure that you catch the signs of breast cancer early. Likewise, we need to learn how to read our skin. Everything from poor hydration to diabetes and even cancer can be spotted early by understanding how your skin looks and feels under normal circumstances. 

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When something unexpected shows up on our skin, it can be a source of great worry and anxiety. However, when it comes to skin tags, it’s easy to get freaked out. They look unsightly to some, and because they are packed with tiny blood vessels, they can be prone to bleeding. Here, however, we’ll address the myths and misconceptions while helping you to better understand skin tags. 


First of all: It’s important to acknowledge what skin tags are not

Skin tags are not cancerous, and they will (in the overwhelming majority of cases) never be cancerous even if left untreated for the rest of your life. If you spot a skin tag, you may find it a minor irritation in otherwise unblemished skin, but they’re perfectly benign.

At least 25% of all adults will get skin tags somewhere on their bodies at some point in their lives. We tend to be more prone to them when we go above the age of 30. 

What does a skin tag look like?

Just so we’re all clear, a skin tag is a small flesh colored growth on the skin that looks a little like a wart. Unlike a wart, however, it often grows out of the skin on a little stalk. In some cases, a skin tag may be a darker color than the rest of the skin.

Where do skin tags come from?

Medical science has yet to prove conclusively where skin tags come from and what causes them. The most popular theory, however, is that it may happen when little clusters of collagen and blood vessels get trapped inside thicker pieces of skin. Because they are more common in areas where the skin creases or folds, it’s possible that they could be caused by skin rubbing against skin.

Where can you get skin tags?

Skin tags can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on areas like the armpits, neck and eyelids. They can also occur in more intimate areas. They may occur on the genitals or the anus and can be mistaken for genital warts. Here’s some advice on how to remove anal skin tags. Because skin tags can catch and bleed, there are many who would rather remove them for practical and aesthetic purposes. 

How do I remove skin tags?

Skin tags are not removed by regular skin care. However, they do not necessarily need surgery to be removed. Like warts, they can usually be removed by over the counter treatments. A skin tag may be an unwelcome sight, but if you don’t like the idea of removing it, you can rest easy that it will cause you no health problems. 

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How To Be A Safer Driver

How To Be A Safer Driver

Every single driver on the road assumes that they are the safest out there. They believe that their techniques are the best on the road and yet there are certain things on the road that can be a real threat – including you. You want to ensure that you are driving well, and that means examining your own habits and making improvements where possible. 

Did you know that there are 490 pedestrian hit-and-run deaths every year? That’s 490 deaths too many, and you do not want to be a part of causing that statistic. You may already be a relatively safe option out there, but in the meantime you can work on yourself and share the road properly with the rest of the drivers beside you. Let’s take a look at how you can be a safer driver.

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Remain Confidence

Are you aware that most people believe that they are confident drivers, and yet, they are aggressive? Aggressive driving is a big problem and it really does affect the rest of the drivers on the road. If you are not a confident person behind the wheel, you are going to end up driving aggressively in fear – that’s not the way to drive.

Remove Distractions

As you drive, you should be paying full attention to the road. You should avoid using your cell and you should try not to drive with blaring music. Distractions can kill you and other road users. It’s a privilege to be able to drive and you must respect your vehicle and its limitations.

Keep Your Distance

You will be hyper aware of how you drive and of those around you, and you need to keep a watch on the behavior of other drivers on the road. If you notice a vehicle swerving or speeding, you need to distance yourself from that driver. You can easily get caught up in a crash if you don’t.

Be Polite

If you want to be a good driver, be polite on the road. Let people go ahead of you when they are in the right, and if you see someone merging into your lane, you’re far more polite when you let people in. Try to lay off of beeping the horn at people and let them see how respectful you are on the road. 

Follow The Law

The best way to be a good driver is to follow the law. You want to make sure that you know how to drive according to the law. You may be tempted to speed, and you may be tempted to drive through a yellow light. Don’t. The law says not to and it’s not a smart decision! You need to abide by the rules of the road and make sure that you don’t end up in a courtroom. 

Being a safe driver is the most important thing to remember about being on the road; and you can stick to the rules and avoid becoming a statistic

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Don’t Let An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault Keep You Awake At Night

Don’t Let An Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault Keep You Awake At Night

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If you have been involved in any type of accident, particularly a road traffic accident, the agony of not knowing the outcome and necessary legal proceedings could easily keep you awake at night. That will lead to anxiety and other troubles, all of which do not need to be a worry for you. Any type of accident, especially car accident scenarios, are often only one driver’s fault. It may be that someone has pulled out in front of you at a junction or perhaps they ran a red light, there are many scenarios but when you know it is not your fault, then you can rest assured that justice, with the right lawyers, will be served. 

How Do I Know If I’m To Blame?

There are many types of scenarios first and foremost, that will make you question who is to blame. There are head on collisions, rear-end collisions, broadside collisions and single vehicle accidents. So one scenario may be that a company has left a specific skip in an area they shouldn’t have and you slide into it and damage your car, was it their fault for leaving it there or was it your fault for not controlling your vehicle adequately? 

In many motor vehicle accidents, a vehicle’s driver is at fault for the accident because they are in control but this really will depend on the type of accident. 

Once you have established that you are in fact not in the wrong, life can change dramatically. In fact you may even be struggling to cope. This is not something that should be affecting you daily. Which is why it’s a good idea to start implementing a routine into your life that will start allowing you to realize that this isn’t your fault. 

Working alongside a good team of lawyers, will allow them to explore the situation fully and you could certainly be entitled to claim compensation for the inconvenience of a car accident. If you are looking to claim some type of compensation, you may have to qualify for certain things but at the same time, you will have rights to claim even if your claim is not won. Some people choose not to claim at all, the choice is up to you. 

How To Move Forward 

After any type of accident, there will be legal proceedings and you are likely to be asked questions and have interviews, especially if you want to claim compensation you will need to provide a case; which injury lawyers can help you with. Once this is done, be sure to take things slowly, make lists and prioritize what needs to be done and how best to move forward with life without any troubles keeping you awake at night. Accidents can knock the wind out of your sails, so be sure that you are feeling well and anxiety-free before trying to return to work or do something too energetic. Sometimes these legal proceedings can take weeks or even months to manifest, so hanging tight is vital, but be sure to not let it rob you of your mental health.

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Shapers Helping More than Just Keeping Your Shape

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During these times, a lot folks are complaining about eating more and being less active. (Don’t forget to count your blessings if that’s your major complaint.) Some people are lucky enough to have workout equipment at home while others live in an open area where they are able to take long walks. Some don’t have many options for maintaining their optimal body shape.

The power of compression

Shapers like Shapellx are great to enhance those perfect curves in that perfect dress or outfit, but did you know that compression can be like a non invasive workout for your body?

Wearing spandex on the right areas can help with blood flow while increasing warmth like what happens while working out.

Tightens muscles

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Wearing Shapewear can tighten muscles in a good way. Whether you need a small or plus size shapewear for women, there’s a fit for any size. Wearing compression clothing has been shown to drain muscles of toxins and build-up that can lead to ailments in the body.

Better posture

There are different shapes and forms to body shapers. Some shapers are targeted to the abdomen, breasts or buttox and thighs, or multiple areas like waist trainer with thigh trimmer. Each one has benefits to certain areas of the back as well. The super taunt-stretch martial has the ability to tuck in and pull up, resulting in a better position for better posture.

Wearing compression while lounging isn’t going to give you the fullest of it’s benefits, but if you’re going to be lounging, why not throw in a bodysuit under your lounge wear and give a beneficial mini workout to your target areas until your able to get really active again.

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Diet And Exercise Are Great… But Are You Neglecting These 5 Other Aspects Of Your Health?

Diet And Exercise Are Great… But Are You Neglecting These 5 Other Aspects Of Your Health?

Your health matters now more than ever! WIth doctors and medical centers doing all they can to help those affected by the coronavirus, we’re all learning to be more autonomous when it comes to managing our health. The good news is that we’re all finding inventive ways to work out without gyms and getting creative in the kitchen, cooking from scratch more and enjoying more fresh wholefoods. 

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Still, while diet and exercise are important, there’s more to your health than these twin pillars. If you’re not also taking care of the following, your overall health and wellbeing may suffer…

Mental wellbeing and stress management

The nationwide lockdown is likely to start to take a toll on our mental health, causing us to feel stressed and irritable. This condition is called cabin fever and while it’s perfectly natural, it can be ruinous to your relationships with others in your home. 

Dental health

You won’t have a visit to your dentist on the cards for the next few months. But this is all the more reason to double down on your dental health. And, sorry, but brushing twice a day just isn’t enough for most of us. You should be flossing and using mouthwash after brushing to keep your mouth free of the food residue and bacteria that can damage teeth and gums. 

Digestive health

Good digestive health is about more than just staving off indigestion, bloating and cramps. Your digestive health can have a surprising impact on your overall health. The tiny ecosystem of flora and microorganisms within your gut are often referred to as the second brain which can influence our mood and overall wellbeing. 

Eating more wholefoods, taking smaller bites, chewing thoroughly and getting enough sleep (more on that later) are crucial to gut health. 

Genital health and hygiene

Why are we so loath to talk about our downstairs buts with anyone other than our doctors? For all kinds of reasons, we need to make sure that we pay attention to our genitals. We need to make sure they’re clean and dry to stave off yeast infections and UTIs. If you experience pain or discomfort during sex and / or incontinece or constipation, you may be among the 1 in 3 women with a pelvic floor disorder. The good folks at Pelvic Floor Pro can give you the support you need. Even while under lockdown. 

Sleep

Of course, it’s unlikely that anyone reading this will be deliberately missing out on sleep. Still, it’s safe to say that many of us won’t be getting enough. At a time when we may know that loved ones are suffering and it seems like our bank accounts are leaking money, a good night’s sleep can be hard to come by.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t help yourself. Try to limit your exposure to artificial light (including blue light from screens). Try and get some exercise every day, even if it’s just a brisk walk. Be aware of your caffeine intake, especially in the afternoons / evenings. Take a hot bath around an hour before bedtime to lower your core temperature, and try keeping a diffuser with ylang ylang, jasmine or lavender essential oils by your bed.   

Keep all of the above in mind, and you’ll ensure a holistic approach to your health while under lockdown.

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TIPS ON HOW TO FIGHT THE PLIGHTS OF OLD AGE

TIPS ON HOW TO FIGHT THE PLIGHTS OF OLD AGE

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But it’s not just about fight the appearance of aging. It’s also about fighting the plights of old age that physically hold you back from living. And one thing that can hold you back during your twilight years is bad eye health. Aging can have a detrimental impact on eyesight, and you shouldn’t allow for your eyesight to be changed in this way. A way to do this is to make changes to your diet.

By opting for cereals that are ravished in whole grain. By choosing foods that are a good source of protein. And by cooking in a way that makes any fats you consume as healthy as can be. By implementing these three aspects into your diet, you will be doing all you can to fight the plight of old age that is bad eye health.

Another key to staving off the feeling of aging is to stay social. You don’t have to retreat into your own home, avoiding contact with others. (Well, at least after the pandenic is over.) Instead of introverting, try to stay as social as possible. Laughing with your friends brings youth. Community and group spirit can work wonders for the soul! This is evident right into the depths of old age – groups such as Seniors Helping Seniors go to show just how positive bonding with others and helping others where you can is for your health, happiness and wellbeing.

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Plugging Up Your Home’s Spending Leaks While on Lockdown

This is a time of great anxiety for many of us. The Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown are beginning to take their toll on our health, our wellbeing and our budgets. Many of us are struggling financially. Some freelancers and business owners have lost clients, some employees have lost their jobs or been placed on furlough without pay. Even the luckiest of us will likely have had to take a pay cut of at least 20%. 

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Still, it’s easy to think of our financial wellbeing as something beyond our control. However, this mentality does us no favors in the long term. All it does is cause us additional stress, and as we all know, stress can compromise our immune function. Which is the absolute last thing we all need right now. As such, let’s look at how we can take control of our financial health by plugging up some of the spending leaks that can occur while we’re on lockdown.  

Electricity

We’re all relying heavily on our energy supply right now. Most of us are cooking more at home, but we’re also spending more on heating and / or AC since the whole household is indoors all day. Not to mention powering the myriad TVs, computers and electronic devices that the whole family relies on to work and stay entertained all day and night.

That all adds up to a lot of energy usage. While much of this may be unavoidable, spending over the odds is not. Here are some ways you can take control of your energy spend;

  • Carry out a price comparison and see if another provider can give you cheaper energy in line with your usage.
  • Limit use of TVs and games consoles to specific hours in the home. 
  • Encourage kids to read books, play board games or spend time in the garden
  • Stop charging your phone overnight
  • Stop leaving TVs, consoles etc. on standby overnight. This uses almost as much energy as if they were switched on. Turn them off at the plug. 

Auto insurance

Many of us will be overspending on our car insurance during lockdown, but this is entirely avoidable. First, see if your current insurance company is prepared to offer you a smaller premium in line with your reduced vehicle use. Failing this, there may be options to pause or cancel your policy or remove members of your family to save money. If all this fails, maybe you should consider switching to a new auto insurance provider. It’s a common fallacy that insurance companies will reward your loyalty. The truth is that they’re counting on you to let your policy roll over so they can hike up your costs.

Food

Finally, food is an essential expense. But paying a fortune for it isn’t. As important as fresh fruits and veggies are, resist the urge to overspend on them. If you don’t use fresh produce quickly, it will start to wilt and it may end up wasted. Get plenty of canned and frozen goods in and master the art of batch cooking. You’ll be amazed how far you can stretch your grocery budget. Not to mention emerging from quarantine leaner and healthier than ever.

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