Why Your Skin Isn't As Healthy As It Could Be

Your skin is much more than you might think it is. It is actually the largest organ that your body has, and as such it is something that you should make sure you are taking proper care of at all times. By properly looking after the skin, you can be sure you're keeping away some of the worst diseases known to humanity, along with allowing yourself to look better, and encouraging better all-round health across your bodily systems too. Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to look after their skin as best as they could, and often this comes down to a few simple things which could easily be changed.

In this article, we are going to take a look at a few of the things that might be stopping your skin from being healthier. Take care of these and you'll find that it makes a huge difference.

Too Much Sun

We all know some of the problems with overexposure to the sun. Yet, it can be so easy to allow your skin to be in the sun for too long. Sometimes it is simply forgetfulness, and sometimes it might even be that you think it doesn’t matter and allow your skin to be out in the open when probably you shouldn't. However, it’s a good idea to begin being careful about when you are in the sun, especially if you are worried about skin cancer, for example if you have had it in the past or you are concerned about one or two of your moles. As long as you don’t get too much sun, you are doing the number one thing you should be doing to keep your skin healthy, so this is absolutely the most important concern of all.

Not Enough Water

One of the biggest skin care concerns has to be water. People often find that they are quick to use moisturizer, but for some reason or another much less keen to simply drink more water. If you have started to think that you could probably do with drinking more water, then the truth is that that could make a huge difference to how healthy your skin is. If you feel there are problems with your skin, almost always you can improve the situation simply by upping your water intake. To do this, you might want to consider the simple yet effective solution of carrying a water bottle around with you, and ensuring that you drink it. Once you start doing so, you will notice an improvement in mood and in your overall health too, so you will probably be inclined to carry on as a result of that. If you improve your water intake, your skin will not only be healthier, but it will glow more as well.

Poisons

It is also worth looking to see if you have any poisons going into your system on a regular basis which you might be able to do away with. This could be any number of things, but some of the most common are also the worst offenders. Probably the two most common are nicotine and alcohol. If you consume either of these in any large degree, it is almost certainly affecting your skin, so it is definitely a good idea to try and cut down as best as you can. You will find that doing so makes a huge difference, and that it does so quickly as well. If you find it difficult, consider getting some help for it. This will not only be good for your skin but for your overall health as well. As long as you keep poisons to a minimum, your skin will be in a much healthier state on the whole.

Stress

As with most things to do with your health, your skin can be affected greatly by your stress levels. If you are routinely or overly stressed, this will definitely have an effect on your skin health, so you should think about what you might be able to do to keep your stress levels down in future. As it happens, this can be easier said than done, but you will probably agree that it is worth it - especially because of all the other benefits you will see from doing so. Stress is a major skin problem, so be sure to try and do away with it as best as you can.

What are some other ways you can promote healthy skincare habits?


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Spring Cleaning with Biore

Spring is almost here!

.... and as we all know it is the time best known as "Spring Cleaning". This time of year is best known as clearing clutter out of their lives, whether it be downsizing your home, wardrobe, getting rid of friends or relationships, RARELY do we take the time to self-care; especially for our skin, as that's where Biore is here to help!

Biore has two amazing products that are perfect to help get you right for the warm weather, cute outfits, vacations, fun times with friends, new or future baes.

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Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask is an amazing 1 minute deep cleansing mask that heats up as soon as you apply it (with the help of water). What I love about the mask is that it does not get hard and it rinses clean. This product contains charcoal which is a hydrocarbon and natural treatment for helping to rid your body of toxins and chemicals. With the help of charcoal, the mask helps to release dirt (which we know clogs pores), oil and impurities. It left my skin feeling refreshed and cleansed. While you may be skeptical how this mask could possible work so well in one minute, it really is the intense heating action that purifies your pores 2.5x better in that minute!

This 4 pack (which is also great for travelling) is available on Amazon for $5.82. If you want it now, you can also find similar pricing at Walmart, Target or other major retailers.

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Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips are so magical! Again, this product contains charcoal which helps to remove deep down dirt, oil and blackheads from even the most cloggiest pores. This product works in 10-15 minutes to reveal a smoother nose with diminished pores. I have never used a pore strip before, so the removal process for me was a bit painful, however the results are so work it (just like waxing). Regular use will diminish the appearance of pores and help avoid complexion problems!!

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You can get your 6 pack again at Amazon for $5.99 and they are also available at other major retailers.

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Naturally Beautiful: Beauty Without Chemicals

Au naturel is the kind of phrase that a lot of people fear. Going natural means that you have to expose your flaws, and that doesn’t exactly match the idea that we have as a society of flawless beauty. The main challenges when it comes to beauty is to understand firstly what you, as a person, defines as beautiful – and it doesn't have to be what you see in the magazines, it’s about finding your own style – and then what natural means to you. Contrary to the common belief, going natural doesn’t have to be synonymous with not wearing any makeup or not looking after your skin and hair. It’s a matter of making the most of nature, whether by using natural products or simply by choosing to let go of your insecurities. Ultimately, the question is: Can you be beautiful without using any chemicals … and without losing your mojo either?

Get your hair back to its natural beauty

What was your wake-up call? For a lot of people, the craving for natural beauty starts after a dramatic hairstyle that involved big changes. Let’s say you decided to bleach your hair or to straighten curly hairs, and suddenly you look in the mirror, and you’re not too sure you can recognize the girl who’s looking back into your eyes. If you want your old hair back, switch to therighthairstyles.com for a short tutorial on how to handle going back to natural after bleaching your hair. The answer is patience, but eventually, there is no hair mistake that you can’t grow out of. What matters is to take the first step and stop using chemicals and aggressive heat to define your style. A lot of people change their hair as a way of making a beauty statement, from long to short, or curly to straight. As a result, the after shock can be an eye-opening moment, the moment when you decide that you were better before. It’s time to embrace your natural beauty!


Natural beauty doesn’t mean no care

There’s an important lesson about going natural. It doesn’t mean that you should neglect hair or skin care. It simply means that you need to find alternatives to chemical products. More often than not, when you give your hair and your face the nutrients they need, you will find that stylish can get a lot easier. In fact, nourished hair and skin show fewer flaws, if any, and glow with health. So the first beauty action is to read the labels of your favorite products and get rid of anything that contains chemicals. There are plenty of natural ingredients that are fantastic for you, such as coconut oil and bee-based products. In fact, you might even want to consider bee venom as a natural botox product for your skin. Forever youthful thanks to a bee, now that’d bee great!

Eat yourself beautiful

Beauty is about giving your hair and skin what they need. But it’s not only a matter of local applications. The food you eat can also enhance your natural beauty. According to recipegeek.com, green tea is a natural antioxidant that can protect you from UV rays and air pollutants. You can even soak your hair in cool green tea for a rejuvenating mask too. Dark chocolate is not only a diet friend, but it also helps to improve the texture of your skin by locking the moisture inside. And if you’re struggling with acne, you might want to improve your diet instead of looking for the next best skin product. Food with high zinc content can regulate the oil production and reduce the risk of outbreaks. Additionally, if you consume a lot of greasy food, all it takes to get rid of your bad skin is to switch to natural and healthy fat, such as olive oil and avocados. Being naturally beautiful is a lot easier than you think.

What is beauty anyway?

But before you embark on a new journey to your true beauty, it’s important to understand what beauty actually means. According to Anjan Chatterjee, beauty is the result of chemical reactions in your brain, as a response to a fascination for certain lines, colors, etc. In other words, there is more than one type of beauty. And it has nothing to do with the imposed stereotypes of magazines or even the Hollywood lifestyle that seems to insist on presenting black women without natural hair. Indeed, your brain is wired to recognize beauty as an element of survival: Healthy is beautiful.


In short, natural beauty is a complex subject that requires fixing potential chemical damages, learning what your skin and hair need to grow healthy, and finally, finding natural alternatives to chemical products.


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Make A Statement This Holiday Season With These Beauty Tips

The holiday season is among us which means that now is the time to start thinking about how you are going to wow at all of the glamorous events you will be attending in the next few weeks. From holiday parties with family and friends to work dos, December is the time of festivities, which is why it’s natural to want to look your best and ensure that you make a statement with your look.

When you know that you look great, you feel great, which in turn boosts your body confidence and self-esteem. That’s why taking the time to ensure that you know how to wow this holiday season with your beauty regime is important so that you can look and feel fantastic at each and every party, get-together, and event that you attend.

Taking all of that into account, the question is: how can you make a statement this holiday season with your beauty regime? I’ve got some ideas...

Get some nailspiration

Red, green, gold, and silver might be the colors of the season, but choosing to have plain nail polish, even if it is in one of these shades, is not the way to go. Get some nailspiration - see what I did there?! - and choose a nail art design to show off on your nails instead. Don’t have the skill to do your own nail art, how about getting a professional to do them for you? Or, if money is a little tight then how about buying nail stickers or stick on nails with nail art designs on?

Add length to your hair

Is your hair a little on the short side to style? Why not add a little extra length to it with tape in hair extensions? They’re easy to put in and take out, are affordable, and look realistic - what more could you want? If your hair is too short to do anything with, then having hair extensions will allow you to style your hair in a way that adds that extra level to your look. 

Ensure your makeup is on point

Christmas parties and events are all about the makeup, which is why you need to ensure that your makeup is on point. You don’t want makeup that’s too over the top, but you do want to create a look that has style and a little bit of sass to it. You want your makeup to stand out for all of the right reasons, which is why taking inspiration can be a good idea - Pinterest has some amazing looks that you could use. For Christmas-inspired looks, glitter is always a must - whether it’s on the eyelids or the lips it doesn’t matter, just as long as your look has a bit of sparkle.

 

See, making a statement this holiday season is much easier than you would think, all it takes is a few smart beauty choices, that’s all.


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The 3 Rs Of Choosing The Right Makeup For You

We all have staple makeup products. We buy them time and again, and often have a spare on hand for emergencies. Then, disaster strikes. Your makeup is discontinued, and you’re left wondering what to do next. It’s never a pleasant experience, but it’s one most women face. Nothing lasts forever, after all. Your beauty products are no different. The good news is, there are plenty of other products which would serve you well. But, how do you find the right one for you? We’re going to look at three steps which should make the process easier.

PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Personal recommendations are fantastic. Whether they come from a loved one or a beauty consultant, it doesn’t get much better. The main benefit of a personal recommendation is that it’s tailored just for you. As you’ll see, this isn’t a benefit you get with many other options. As such, this should be your first port of call. Ask friends and family if they would recommend anything particular. Family are good for this, as the chances are they’ll have similar skin to yourself.

You can also book a consulting appointment with a beauty expert. You can find these in most department stores, so you won’t need to go out of your way. These are trained individuals who are there to find the perfect thing for you. Often, they have skin pigmentation machines and all sorts. And, for the most part, such consultations are free on the agreement that you’ll buy something. Who wouldn’t want to give it a go?

REVIEWS

Reviews are another fantastic option, and there’s a wealth to choose from online. Depending on how you absorb information, you can watch videos, or read written versions. Video reviews are good to check out if you’ve chosen an item. You’ll be able to see how you should use said item. But, written reviews have huge merits, too. This Afterglow Cosmetics review was extremely helpful for breaking down the details of the brand in depth. And, there are many others which are just as detailed. All you need to do is find a few review sites you know you can trust. Then, the makeup world is yours for the taking.

RECOGNITION

Beauty is an extremely personal thing. We all consider different things beautiful. And, something that looks beautiful on one person may not work for you. That said, we can all recognize when a beauty product is a winner. The best way to reach such recognition is to watch celebrities. As they’re always in the public eye, they often have the best quality makeup you can find. And, if you recognize a fantastic product on a celeb, it shouldn’t be too hard to find it yourself.

There’s nothing wrong with looking at the people around you, either. Asking someone where they got a beauty product from is a compliment of sorts. So, if you see someone with amazing makeup, don’t be afraid to ask what they use.


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Feel Like You Have A Brand New Face

It’s easy to look at your face and feel downhearted about how it looks. Whether you have a flurry of spots on your forehead, or you are dealing with wrinkles underneath your eyes, you wish you could scrap your current face and start all over again. In fact, it leads a lot of people to lose confidence.

Here are three steps to take to feel like you have a brand-new face!

Opt for a face mask

You might be surprised how many benefits there can be from having a face mask. For one thing, if your current skin is looking a bit dull and tired, it can give it an instant lift, and you can be left with a stunning complexion. In fact, a lot of girls benefit from a beautiful glow after having a facelift. Also, if your skin is a bit dehydrated, a face mask can give it a boost of hydration. Therefore, you are less likely to have dry and weary skin. Also, a face mask can help with any redness you might be facing if you are prone to acne. It can clear it up to reduce the inflammation on your face. You could choose to buy a face mask which you can just buy and apply to your skin. After all, you can put it on your skin and then relax for 20 minutes while you induce the benefits of the face mask. Or you might want to make your own with natural ingredients. For instance, applying coconut oil to your face can do wonders for your skin!

Go for a facial treatment

A lot of people opt for a facial treatment if they are feeling low about their skin. After all, if you have tons of wrinkles and spots, it can be an excellent way to ease them to leave you with young looking skin again. It might be a simple treatment like a facial which you go for. After all, they can often apply creams to help your skin become soft and glowing. And they can give you further advice on how to protect your skin in future. If you are someone who has been considering a more permanent solution, you could opt for facial plastic surgery. I have come across a lot of women who have mentioned that for them, subtle surgery was the way to go.  But make sure you check out all the different options before you do consider going for a treatment.    

Go for a different makeup style

We tend to get into a routine when it comes to makeup. After all, we pick the same items to use every day, and we know exactly how we will apply them to create our daily look. But if you want to give your face a new look, it’s time to go different with your makeup. Opt for a new style which will wow everyone. After all, it can make you look completely different if you change your makeup look. You might want to try something different like extra long mascara. Or you ought to opt for a brighter eyeshadow to really raise heads, and then it can feel like you are a brand-new you without changing much!

 

And remember that you can try and rid signs of aging from your face by following a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 


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Streamline Your Skincare Routine: What Do You REALLY Need?

Walk into any drugstore, or department store beauty aisle, and you’re absolutely bombarded with products. If you’re new to skincare, it can be a complete minefield. Not only are there all kinds of weird and wonderful things claiming all sorts, but it’s knowing how to apply them and the order to put them on too! However, skincare really doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are the essentials to create a quick regime that will do your skin the world of good- without having to spend tons of time or money on it.

Day/ Night Moisturizers

Ideally, you need two moisturizers, one for day and one for night. Day creams tend to be light and easily absorbed, you pop it on in the morning, and it will protect your skin throughout the day. If you get one with added SPF, you kill two birds with one stone! It sits well under makeup without feeling heavy or sticky on the skin. Night cream is a little more rich and hydrating. Apply it after you’ve cleansed your face and it will absorb during the night to replenish and restore your skin.

An Oil or Serum

If your skin is very dry or you want to focus on anti-aging, applying an oil or serum before your night cream is the way to go. You can buy pure hyaluronic acid for face which sounds a little scary but is actually an incredible hydration product which is perfect for fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also great, and coconut oil is a very budget and practical option. You can buy it from any grocery store, a small amount will hugely hydrate the skin and will cost you next to nothing.

An Eye Cream

The delicate skin around the eyes is the most prone to damage. That’s why when the signs of aging creep in, the eyes are the first to show it. You can protect against this by using an eye cream. This will nourish and protect the area, and if you spend a little more, it will contain ingredients that will actively reduce the fine lines. Retinol and neuropeptides amongst others can help to smooth the appearance. Apply a small amount in the evenings, being very careful when you’re rubbing it in. Tugging or pulling at the skin will cause damage and you’ll end up exacerbating the problem you’re trying to solve.

A Lip Balm

When you think about skincare, it’s easy to neglect or overlook the lips. However, they need just as much (if not more) care than elsewhere on the face. The lips lose more moisture than anywhere else, which is why they can so easily become sore, chapped and flaky. Invest in a couple of lip balms containing SPF, if you keep one at home, one in the car and one at work you’ll never be caught short.

Face Masks

Every now and again your skin might need a bit of pepping up, even if you stick to your skincare routine. Perhaps it’s looking a little tired, dull and lackluster. Maybe it feels a little sore, or you just want to give it a boost of hydration. Once a week (or when needed) apply one that targets the problem. Use it as an excuse to have a little ‘me- time’ you could meditate while it’s on to reduce stress or just relax in a hot bubble bath. Your skin will thank you for it, and your mind will feel refreshed and rejuvenated too.


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3 Steps Towards Beauty

Attractiveness is a common concern for everyone, not just those who think of themselves as being beauty-conscious, and it is also something which is difficult to achieve. If you think that you would like to improve your level of attractiveness but you are unsure where to start, it helps to first take a step back and think about it. You need to understand what it is that you really want to achieve, so that you can work towards getting it much more easily and - hopefully - in much better time. In this post, we are going to take a look at the kind of process you might want to follow in order to get there.

Decide On What You Want

For many, the process of wanting to look more attractive can be never-ending. But for most people, it is a matter of wanting a few key things to be a little different. If you already have a strong idea of what you want to change or how you want to look, then you are on the right track. But if you’re unsure, and you just have a general sense of wanting to look a little better, then it might help to get more specific. What is it about your body that you really want to change? Is it that you want your skin to be brighter, or is it something more localized? For my cousin, for instance after giving birth and breast feeding, she wanted to get a breast lift procedure. Whatever it is, it is up to you to get it clearly in your mind before you set out to make the necessary changes. The more you understand about your own desires, the better off you will be.

First: Love Yourself

This one is easier said than do for a lot of us! No matter what kind of changes you want to make, you need to make sure that you are first doing everything you can to look after yourself properly. If you are not carrying out the basics of your fitness, you can’t reasonably expect to see the kind of bigger changes you are hoping for. So make sure that you are getting a decent amount of exercise, that it is varied, and that you are focusing well on your diet at all times. You should also be sure to get enough sleep, as this affects most of how you look in quite a big way. As long as you are looking after yourself, there is no reason that you can’t work towards looking your absolute best.

Take Specific Steps

Once you have set the framework for change, so to speak, it is time to start thinking about what specific actions you need to take in order to get to where you want to go. What steps these will be depends on what you want, and they can vary from modest to extreme. No matter what, it is a good idea to start as small as you can and gradually work your way up. You will probably find that this gradual incline approach is the best way to ultimately get exactly the look you want, and it is also the best way to ensure that you don’t throw yourself into the deep end - something which could end up making things worse in the long run.


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The Dark Side Of Summer

Summer is the time to show off your beautiful self. You can ditch those jumpers which hide the best parts of you, and get the bikini back out. The sun’s rays will leave you with a gorgeous tan. And, the sun itself will make you happy, which will leave you feeling confident. What’s not to love? Well... Sorry to rain on the sunshine parade, but there are some downsides worth considering if you want to get the most from your bod this summer season. Here are a few of them.

FRECKLES

How you feel about freckles is a matter of personal opinion. But, many of us hate those little brown blemishes that come to stay as soon as the sun’s out. Some girls look amazing with a face of freckles, but some of us just don’t get along with them! So, we have to wear foundation to cover them which stops our faces catching the sun. It’s far from ideal. The good news is, freckle creams could come to the rescue. These amazing products help your skin heal from the sun’s effects, and so fade your wrinkles. If you’re new to this idea, take a look at sites like https://www.beautyambition.com/ to see which creams are worth investing in. Bear in mind that you’ll need to use these products throughout the summer months to get their full effect.

SUN DAMAGE

The sun may feel amazing, but its long-term effects aren’t great. If your skin looks older than you, you can probably thank the sun for it. UV rays are thought to be responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles. And, sites like https://www.sunsaferx.com/health-and-wellness/how-much-does-sun-age-skin/ can give you an even better idea of the damage the sun does.

Of course, the best way to avoid damage is to wear high factor sun cream and sit in the shade. But, who wants to do that? You deserve that tan you’ve waited all year for. But, it’s important you’re sensible. If you are sunbathing, make sure to take breaks every half hour, and turn at regular intervals. It might also be worth shortening the time you spend without suncream. Sunbathe for an hour, then crack out the high-factor. That way, you get the best of both worlds. It’s also important that you care for your skin in the right way after sun exposure. The sun dries your skin in a major way, hence the wrinkles, so make sure to moisturize often.

BIRD’S NEST HAIR

It’s not only your skin that gets a little dry in the sun. Ever experienced the horror of bird’s nest hair during the summer months? It’s not nice. This is the time of year you want to look beautiful, and your hair’s decided to be more unruly than ever. For one, keep straightening and drying to a minimum. Your hair’s already dealing with enough heat! If you go swimming, it’s also important to rinse your hair as soon as possible. If the sun hasn’t dried it out, the chlorine will!


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Four Reasons Your Skin Looks Older Than You

Alright Ladies and Gents, LET'S GET REAL!! Do you look in the mirror and wonder who it is looking back at you? Is your skin starting to age faster than you think it should? This is a common problem that many women and men face, and you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of things you can do to slow the process down, and in some cases, have your skin looking younger and more radiant once again.

Sound good? Here are some common reasons your skin may look older than you and what to do about it:

You Smoke

Perhaps, the biggest cause of premature aging of the skin, especially in women who were young when it was more acceptable, is smoking.

Smoking reduces the amount of collagen your body makes, which causes your skin to wrinkle and sag prematurely. Luckily, all you have to do to stop your skin aging any further is give up the habit! I know this is difficult, but there are health professionals who can assist you in your efforts to quit, and even switching from cigarettes to vaping - read more at Minty Vapes – will give your skin a boost and stop any more excessive wrinkles from forming.

You’re Always Stressed

Few people think to link stress with bad skin, but it is probably one of the most common causes of old skin. You see, when we are stressed, the body uses more nutrients, including Vitamin C to produce stress-fighting hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, so that you are able to relax a little. This is good news for your stressed out self, but no so good news for your skin, which needs those nutrients to products collagen and stay youthful.

You can combat the effects of stress on the skin by taking a B complex and Vitamin C supplements daily, but of course, the best way to deal with stress is by eliminating it completely. Take up yoga, go hiking, meditate or shave down your schedule and you’ll look and feel much better in no time at all.

Your Hormones are Out of Control

If you’ve noticed that your skin looks older than it really should for your age, and you’ve also noticed that you’re experiencing more mood swings than usual, it might be that your hormones are out of whack and the changes that your body is going through as a result are causing your elastin and collagen to break down.

To counteract this, you might want to visit your doctor and have your levels checked out, and you can read more about hormones and skin at Your Beauty. This is something your should do especially if you’re suffering from PMS or if you’re going through the menopause, but you could also see if cutting down on sugar and carbs helps to rectify the problem.

You’re Drinking Too Much

If you’ve started drinking more recently, you might have noticed your skin looking a lot duller than usual. That’s because, not only does alcohol dehydrate you, but it can also wipe out your stores of magnesium and B vitamins, which are important for maintaining good skin.

Lucky for you, you can get your youthful appearance back by cutting down on the booze, drinking more water, and if you are hitting the bars, taking magnesium and B complex supplements.


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