Giving Age A Real Fight

Time comes for us all. We can’t remain eternally young, unfortunately. What we can do, if we’re lucky and smart about it, is make sure that we age with our health and our grace. These tips aren’t just about looking a little more youthful as we grow up. It’s about the important steps we should take to improve our health so that we can stay vital and independent well into the twilight of our lives.

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Your skin

When we think of aging, it’s easy for our minds to immediately go to our skin and think about how it will look twenty, thirty or forty years from now. The right skin care treatment is essential to keeping skin vital but just as important is ensuring you’re not sabotaging it. Caffeine, alcohol and smoking are just some of the habits that will see your skin maturing a lot faster than the rest of you.

Your heart

It’s a lot more important than your skin, so we should focus more on improving our heart health. Exercise and diet are important, but there are other factors that will impact heart health, too. For instance, stress and loneliness are two mental health dangers that increase blood pressure in the long run. Meanwhile, driving with the car window open invites the pollutants of the city into the car which decreases your heart rate variability. If your heart rate can’t change enough to accommodate your body when you need more or less oxygen through it, it puts you at an early risk of heart disease.

Your bones

We need to focus more on nutrition for our bones. Beyond calcium, some supplements contain essential minerals to ensure that we’re able to properly absorb and use calcium to keep bones stronger for longer, as shown in the AlgaeCal reviews on Supplement Police. Exercise is important for muscle health and maintaining a healthy weight, but it’s just as crucial to your bones. In most cases, we need to focus on improving our bone’s strength through weight-bearing exercises like running and jumping, but if you get joint pain, it’s time to look for low-impact exercises instead.

Your gut

As we get older, it becomes a lot easier to put on weight. Most of us know this by now. It’s because of metabolic syndrome, but the good news is that the said syndrome can be combatted. Becoming more physically active makes your body a lot better at controlling blood sugar, for one.

Your eyes and ears

The senses that help us interact with the world are at just as much risk as we get older and the only way to really protect ourselves from them is by getting regular checks from the doctor as we get older. Any changes in eyesight, for instance, from double vision to blurred sight, should be reported as soon as they happen, even if they’re temporary.

We deserve a happier, more pain-free life as we get older. But we have to work for it now and then to make sure that we can keep it. Stop yourself from becoming entirely dependent on others in the future by working on yourself now.

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Are These Body Features Killing Your Confidence?

If you can look at yourself in the mirror for five minutes without starting to pick out flaws, you’re doing well. You must have quite a lot of confidence in the way you look and who you are. Most people who look too closely start to think that their nose is too big or that their teeth aren’t straight enough. They might even notice wrinkles that they’d never spotted before and perhaps even start to think of themselves as fat. These are things that you pick up on yourself. But what about how others see you? There are certain features that other people might pick up on, and it could completely kill your confidence. You don’t want that so we’ve got the issues as well as the fixes.

Thinning Hair

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This is mainly an issue for guys, but it can affect girls too. If you think that your hair parting has started to grow or that you’ve developed a peak in your hairline, your hair might be thinning. Or, you could be experiencing balding. If there is an issue with your hair, it will probably be falling out a lot more than it used to. You’ll notice clumps of it in the shower or on your brush. Don’t panic if you see a few loose strands. Hair does fall out naturally, and if you have more, you’ll lose more. However, if you do notice your hair actually thinning you can think about changing your diet. A poor diet really can cause your hair to fall out. You might also want to think about investing in bamboo oil shampoo. This is a natural way of making your hair thicker and stronger.

Yellow Teeth

Are you constantly worried about your pearly whites? Perhaps they are looking are more yellow than they used to. If that’s the case, there is a natural treatment you can try. You can think about using baking soda mixed with lemon juice. Using this as a paste, you can spread it across your teeth. Doing this a few times each month will quickly get the natural white color pack. Just be careful you don’t leave it on too long. Otherwise, the natural sugar in the lemon can damage your teeth. You can also try a professional treatment. You’ll find that most dental services such as www.DentistrywithTLC.com also offer cosmetic treatments including teeth whitening. The benefit of a pro treatment is that it takes hours for an effect rather than months.

Flab And Fat

Short of wearing a girdle, it’s difficult to cover the belly flab and additional body fat. So perhaps it’s time to start thinking about working it off instead. You can do this by changing your diet to include less rubbish and more veg. All you need to do is balance your diet with things that are good for you packed full of nutrients and vitamins. Do this, and you’ll soon discover that the fat disappears. Have a look online at some of the most popular diets on site such as www.womenshealthmag.com.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Your Ultimate Hair Care Guide

For many people, their hair is their crowning glory. It is one of the easiest parts of our body to style exactly how we want, as we can chop it and dye it however we please! So there is no wonder why hair is important to so many people and want to look after their hair. If you don’t give your hair all the love and care that it needs, it could get very unhealthy, which will result in either greasy roots or extremely dry ends. Want to know how you can look after your hair as best you can? Read on for my ultimate guide to hair care!

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Understand Your Hair Type

Each one of us has a different hair type. The best way to understand your hair and figure out which kind of type you have is to wash it so that it is completely clean and leave it to dry naturally without any products. First of all, you need to figure out the shape of your hair. You will either have straight, curly, or wavy hair. This shape will affect the overall health of your hair. For instance, straight hair often gets greasy and limp very quickly. However, curly hair can frizz very easily and is often very dry. As you can see, your type of hair is going to impact how you clean and style your mane. Those with straight hair will need to use shampoo suitable for oily hair that isn’t going to add too much moisture to the hair. However, those with curly hair should use shampoo and conditioner that helps the hair to repair itself, as this kind of hair is very fragile.

Use Protective Products

There are lots of styling tools that use heat to style hair. For instance, hair straighteners, curling tongs, and hair dryers all heat up the hair in order to create certain looks. However, there is one major downside to this – your hair can’t deal with all this heat, and it can strip the strands of moisture and damage them quite severely. So, if you regularly use these kinds of methods to style your hair, you need to find some productive products that can guard your hair from the heat. There are lots of serums and heat-protective sprays that you should apply to your hair before using these kinds of styling tools. If you don’t, then you should expect to see a lot of damage to your hair such as split ends.

Use Silk Pillows

Did you know that the type of pillow on which you sleep can also have a big effect on your hair? Cotton pillows can be very rough on your hair as they can cause it to tangle and get very roughed up. In some extreme cases, you could even wake up to find you have lost quite a few strands of hair! So, if you don’t want to have to think about hair transplant options after a bad night’s sleep, you should switch to a silk pillow. This will provide a slippery surface which your hair can simply glide off without too much friction.

Use Coconut Oil

No matter what type of hair you have, coconut oil will be a remarkable product for it! There are various ways you can use it on your locks. Firstly, you can try using it as a deep conditioner. To do this, you should cover all your hair with the coconut oil and leave it for at least twenty minutes. However, for the best results, you should wear a shower cap and sleep in the oil. Then you just need to wash it all out with your regular shampoo. The oil can stick to your hair quite a bit so it might take two washes to get it all out. You will find that using the oil like this will deeply nourish your hair, leaving it silky smooth. You can also use your coconut oil as a daily detangler. To do this, you just need to massage a small amount of coconut oil into your tresses before you brush and style it. As you are leaving the oil in your hair, you will find that it continues to nourish your locks throughout the day!

Don’t Dye Your Hair Too Often

Do you wish your locks were a completely different color? If so, you may be tempted to dye them. But no matter how great this looks, it just won’t do your hair’s health any good at all. This is especially the case for people whose hair is naturally very dry. Dying it will only dry it out even more, and could irritate your scalp. You should also think carefully about dying, as you may never get your natural color back as it once was. Even if you let the dye grow out, you may be surprised that your natural color comes back a lot duller than it once was. If you are desperate to color your hair, though, be sure to use natural dyes that do not contain ammonia, which can cause a lot of damage to your natural hair color.  

Go No Poo

Did you know that your shampoo might actually be damaging your hair, even if it seems to be leaving it in good condition? That’s because many shampoos contain sulfates and other artificial chemicals. Even though these leave your hair looking silky smooth, they are actually stripping your tresses of their natural nutrients. There is a growing trend for going “no-poo” which means using shampoos that contain no sulfates. In fact, some girls are turning their back on shampoo completely as, over time, hair gets used to not being washed and will keep itself healthy and shiny on its own! So if you have always wanted to save a lot of cash on your hair products, then this is certainly one option to consider! It can be very daunting going a long time without washing your hair, but there are lots of online guides aimed at helping no-poo beginners.

The Five Best Nail Colors for Fall

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Finally, my favourite season is here. Don’t get me wrong, I love the long summer days, but there’s something magical about fall. The colours, the atmosphere, the cosy feeling that it gives me. Of course, it’s time to get out f the closet the warm clothes, golden accessories and rain boots, but today I’m talking about nail polish.

It’s time to say goodbye to the bright neon colours and to the delicate summer pastels and make way for the rich autumn shades and boy, I love those shades. So if you’re on the hunt for the perfect fall shades, take a look at these 5 nail polishes that I’ve picked for you and get inspired.

Zoya Blaze is a gorgeous red with a burgundy feel to it. The holographic sparkles make it so special, it’s like they spice up the manicure a bit.

Zoya Payton, a dark and rich burgundy that comes to life thanks to the holographic sparkles.

Essence More than a feeling is a new shade from Essence that I fell in love it with. It’s the perfect fall shade without any doubt.

Butter London Brick Lane, a beautiful orange with golden hues that makes me think of the coloured fall leaves.

Last, but not least, the stunning Color Club – We’ll never be royals. With this polish, you have multiple colours at the same time. It’s a real stunner and a must have in my opinion.
Of course, you can wear these shades all year round, but I believe that they have a fall feel to them and I love to wear them in this season.

What are your favourite fall nail polish shades?

 

These Are The Essentials Every Makeup Bag Should Contain

For us girls, our makeup bags are one of our most prized possessions. We spend years building up an impressive collection of makeup products. And so, our makeup bags tend to be something that if we had to, we’d guard with our lives. (That’s a big overdramatic, but you get the point – we love our makeup!)

The only problem that we have when it comes to our makeup bags is overfilling them. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too many makeup products. Well, too many makeup products in our makeup bags, that is. At home, you can have as many products as you like, but the makeup bag that you cart around everywhere with you should only hold the essentials. And FYI, your makeup bag should not be bulging at the seams or unable to do up – that’s how makeup ends up squished all over your lovely handbag.

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Want to know what essentials your makeup bag should actually contain? Then keep reading below, as all is about to be revealed.

Tools:

Let’s start with tools. If you’re going to be doing your makeup while not at home, you need to ensure that you have a few makeup tools on you at all times. These should include a Beauty Blender – if you use one, a selection of makeup brushes, and a mini pack of makeup wipes – just in case. For your brushes, if you’re able to get an on-the-go pack of quality brushes, this is ideal.

Base products:

A mini moisturizer is a must-have for any makeup bag. Ideally, this should be a cream that includes SPF protection, especially for during the summer months. A primer is also worth having to hand, as this will help your makeup stay in place for longer. For an on-the-go makeup bag, a stick foundation is a great option as it’s quick and easy to use and apply. A concealer – ideally a cream formula, is also a must-have. As is a setting powder for mattifying and setting your base products in place.

Contouring and strobing:

To add a little color and shape to your face, a few contouring products are essential. A mini contouring and strobing palette could be ideal. As this should include everything that you need, from your blush to your highlighter. If not, once again stick products – blush, bronzer, and highlighter, can be a great option. This is because of how compact they tend to be, and also because of how easy to use and apply they are.

Eye makeup:

Of course, an eyeliner pencil or liquid eyeliner is a must, as is a mini mascara, but what about your eyeshadow and brows? Your makeup bag should contain a few eyeshadow choices – ideally a mini neutral palette and a colorful mini palette. That way, whatever mood you’re in or whatever the occasion, you’re covered. For your brows, an eyebrow pencil, powder or gel is the best option. There are lots of compact version of all the best brow products, so you have plenty of choices.

Makeup setting:

Last but not least, it’s essential that your makeup bag contains a makeup setting spray, especially in this warm summer weather. There are lots of makeup sprays to choose from, most of which come in normal and compact sizes. To keep your makeup bag lightweight, it’s best to opt for a compact option.

So there you have it, a guide to the essentials that every on-the-go makeup bag should contain. Have I missed anything, what does your makeup bag consist of?

Tips for Recovering from Abdominoplasty

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Plan time off

Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, is a major operation and you must plan enough time off work, and make arrangements for childcare, pet care, housework, shopping and any other commitments. You won’t be able to return to work for at least two weeks and you won’t be able to lift anything heavy or stand for long periods for up to three weeks.

Draft in help

You’ll need help getting out of bed, caring for children and cooking. If your children are still quite young, you’ll need two adults around so that they’re not left unsupervised if you need help. By day three you’ll be more mobile and independent, so only one person will be enough.

Do nothing for at least two weeks

No laundry, no cooking, no childcare! Too many patients worry they’re neglecting their home and family, but you need to focus on. Women have had abdominoplasty surgery using Gary Ross are told in no uncertain terms that they are allowed to be selfish for the first three weeks.

By the second week you should be mobile and able to look after children, but there should still be another adult about just in case sudden pain or fatigue takes over.

Expect to be tired for up to six weeks

After a couple of weeks you may be back at work, but find you’re in bed at 7.30pm! You’ll be OK during the day, pain and energy-wise, but you’ll need extra sleep to help you recover. Don’t fight it, it’s important if you’re to get better quickly.

Food is important

Up your protein intake and eat regularly. Add extra fruit and vegetables as well, as this can help to combat constipation as well adding vitamins.

It can take a year to heal fully

Although the majority of the pain, swelling and tiredness is gone by six weeks, there’s still a lot going on internally and externally. Your surgery site might feel numb, and you may have swelling and pain at the end of the day and the scars will be prominent and itchy. You’ll notice this all diminishing, though, so don’t worry.

The first three days are the worst

It’ll seem like the longest three days ever, but it’s over soon, as long as you rest! Just live by the clock and take your meds.

The pain meds don’t remove the pain altogether, they simply lessen it

You’ll start off on opiate painkillers, which will make you groggy, but you should be OK to come off them and go onto ibuprofen after three days.

You’ll need surgical drains for a week at least

It’s easy for your carers to learn how to empty these drains, but you’ll have to return to hospital to have them removed. You won’t be able to bathe or shower until they’re out, as the drain sites must stay dry.

You won’t be able to drive for ten days or so

You can’t drive while on opiates, and after that, you need to be able to perform an emergency stop without pain or the fear of pain. This varies from patient to patient, so take advice.

You need to avoid exercise and heavy lifting

Whatever your exercise regime was, start it off again slowly. You’ll know if you’re overdoing it, so listen to your body and avoid abdominal workouts for at least two months.

Reinventing Yourself for Spring 2016

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Spring is finally here, meaning it’s time to ditch the dark colours of winter and find a new look that suits the new life and freshness that comes each year. Spring is a great time of year to reinvent yourself and create a new look, especially if you’ve been growing bored with the same old outfits and accessories.

Here are some easy ways to keep on trend for Spring this year whilst creating a look that leaves you feeling fresh and fabulous.

Wardrobe – The 90s is Making a Comeback

Fashion is cyclical, and trends from decades past have a habit of coming back in a big way. Over the last decade, it was 80s fashion (along with everything else), but now it’s time for the 90s to make a comeback just in time for Spring 2016. So, if you want to get a new wardrobe in time for spring, think clashing colours, patterns and, of course, plenty of neon.

It sounds garish, but we’re not talking about the fashions of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, here. Rather, it’s a chance to be bold, experimental and colourful. Sometimes the best thing you can do is be brave!

Hair and Beauty – Light and Breezy

Spring is a great time for experimenting with new hairstyles, colour schemes and makeup. While dark, heavier colours tend to be popular during the winter months, whereas spring and summer is associated with whites, pastels and light colour schemes. It makes sense; spring is associated with birth and youth, and so many people like to emulate that look when the sun finally reappears.

For example, if you’re getting tired of your hair then why not go for a new light and breezy style using accessories from Capital Hair and Beauty? You could also review your makeup bag and make some replacements, swapping out your dark eye shadows and lipsticks for pale pinks and pastels for a fresh and youthful look.

Take Care of Yourself

You only look as good as you feel, as the saying goes, and with spring representing fresh starts there’s no better time to review the way you live and see if you can boost your energy and get yourself feeling better than ever. Making simple changes to your daily routine can do wonders for the way you feel and look; for example, making an effort to drink more water or simply getting a few more hours of sleep a night will get you noticeable results in a short amount of time.

Even making a bit of effort to get more exercise into your routine will be a great boost to your energy and attitude.