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Why It’s Important to De-Stress for Your Skin 

Relaxed woman with good skin

Not all stress is bad stress. While most of us typically do all we can to avoid stress, at times, it can be a positive force. Short-term or acute stress can help heighten the senses and clear your thoughts. For a brief moment, the body’s collagen production also increases. However, it is when stress continues for an extended period that problems begin to arise.

Dealing with long-term stress can be an exhausting ideal. It can reshape your mindset and alter the way you approach your relationships. Chronic stress, when left unaddressed, takes a toll on the mind, the body, and the skin. This makes it important to take the time to de-stress for your skin. Stick with us at OROGOLD as we delve into this a little deeper.

How Stress Affects the Skin

Woman stressed

The brain and the skin are interconnected. Since birth, the psychological and physical aspects of our bodies have been intertwined. When the skin is touched, the brain helps perceive the sensation. Then, when the brain is stimulated, the skin flushes. When the mind is in distress, the skin shows it — sometimes in the form of breakouts, redness, eczema, or psoriasis flare-ups. 

On its own, the skin does a great job of protecting itself — even without the help of skincare. The skin’s natural barrier does most of the heavy lifting: keeping moisture locked in and keeping potential irritants out. However, when the stress hormone cortisol is produced in larger amounts than usual, it chips away at the skin barrier. This makes the skin more prone to irritation and hydration loss.

Besides this, cortisol also triggers the following effects:

  • An increase in sebum production, which gives the appearance of oilier and greasier skin
  • Stunted production of Hyaluronic Acid, which naturally occurs in the skin
  • Slower production of collagen, which leads to a less plump and youthful appearance

How to De-Stress for Your Skin

Knowing that chronic stress wreaks havoc both internally and externally, it is clear that exploring ways to effectively de-stress for your skin is necessary. This is especially true as the new year picks up, work begins to trickle in, and responsibilities are bound to come back in full force.

Here are a few methods to de-stress for your skin and for your health:

Remember: No is a Complete Sentence

It is extremely difficult to recover from stress when you are susceptible to it all the time. While we all want to be a reliable friend, a valuable colleague, or a hands-on boss, sometimes, the day-to-day duties that come with these roles can feel a little overwhelming. 

This year, remember the value of making yourself a priority. Take time to rest, to pursue hobbies, and to define self-care on your own terms — even if that means having to say no to certain things that are asked of you.

Me-Time: Kick Back with a Face Mask

OROGOLD face masks

Beyond addressing the root cause of your stress, there are a few other ways to effectively deal with mental strain or emotional pressure. One such method is carving out the time to sit back, relax, and put on a face mask every few days. 

While face masks are a great way to deliver an extra boost of nourishment to the skin, they also provide an avenue for rest and relaxation. They can simultaneously elevate a skincare routine with potent benefits to target specific skin concerns, while also simulating a spa-like break from reality.

At OROGOLD, we have a diverse range of face masks that can aid in your mission to de-stress for your skin and improve its look and texture:

The 24K Advanced Facial Mask

The 24K Advanced Facial Mask features a blend of three plant extracts:

  • Ivy Stem/Leaf
  • Aloe Vera
  • Betula Alba or Birch Bark

With antibacterial and antioxidant properties, these extracts neutralize free radicals and protect the skin against external irritation. Additionally, all three have soothing benefits to help the skin recover from breakouts or redness. Together with Hemp Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, and Seaweed Extract, this mask refreshes and rejuvenates the skin after use.

To use, take a small amount of the 24K Advanced Facial Mask and massage it into the skin. Use light pressure and move in slow circular motions. Let the product rest on the skin for ten minutes before rinsing off with cool water.

The 24K Termica Energizing Mask

Another mask to consider is Orogold’s unique 24K Tèrmica® Energizing Mask. Infused with a trio of ingredients — Vitamins A, C, and E — this mask minimizes the appearance of dark spots, combats dullness, and smooths out uneven texture. Unlike run-of-the-mill wash-off masks, the 24K Tèrmica® Energizing Mask heats up when applied to the skin, making for a relaxing self-care experience. Every week, apply the mask onto cleansed skin in slow circular motions. Let the product rest on the skin for 10 minutes, letting it warm up the skin and relax your facial muscles. After ten minutes, rinse off the product with cool water.

The 24K Deep Tissue Rejuvenation Mask & Collagen Renewal Mask

If you aren’t one for wash-off masks, consider opting for a mess-free sheet mask like Orogold’s 24K Deep Tissue Rejuvenation Mask & Collagen Renewal Mask. While wash-off masks, which typically contain Bentonite or Kaolin, are typically a better choice for oily or acne-prone skin, sheet masks are a great option for all skin types. Soaked in an alcohol-free blend of Chitosan, Hyaluronic Acid, and Sea Algae Extracts, this mask delivers potent hydrating and reparative benefits. 

Each set comes with 14 full-face masks and 12 eye masks for days when your eye area needs a little additional care. To use, cleanse and tone the skin with your products of choice. Remove the full-face or eye mask from its packaging and securely apply it onto the face. Leave on for a few minutes before removing the gel mask. To maximize the product, carefully extract any remaining serum from the packaging and pat it into the skin.

Relax with LED Beauty Devices

OROGOLD Devices: Jelessi & Torche

Even before the worldwide pandemic changed the world as we knew it, at-home beauty devices were gaining mainstream popularity. Spa-grade DIY tools appealed to beauty junkies and skincare newbies alike because of their safety and convenience. 

Facial massagers, wands, and rollers are just a few of the beauty devices that can elevate your routine. However, among the various gadgets that are now widely available, one particular tool stands out for its diverse uses and effectiveness: the LED beauty device.

Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology did not start as a beauty innovation. Before being used to improve skin tone and texture, LED therapy was used in medicine. Some applications include NASA plant growth experiments that explored tissue repair and wound healing of Navy SEAL members.

Today, LED therapy is used in dermatology clinics, spas, and thousands of homes. Unlike other beauty devices, LED has several frequencies that can target specific skin concerns:

  • Red light or infrared visibly improves the skin by reducing inflammation on the surface. It also improves blood circulation and collagen production.
  • LED’s blue light is primarily used for its antimicrobial properties. With the ability to penetrate the skin and pores, blue LED light gets rid of deep-seated bacteria in the sebaceous glands. One clinical trial in the Journal of Dermatological Science proved the efficacy of this in improving acne, with blue light treatments resulting in a 64% reduction in lesions.

Choosing an LED Skincare Device

Both of those above frequencies are brought together in one convenient tool: the Jelessi Photonix-2 Jade Eye Wand. Mini but mighty, this convenient beauty tool targets the delicate eye area, which is prone to aging faster than the rest of the face.

With blue, red, and positive light technology to reduce swelling, smooth wrinkles, and boost product absorption, the Photonix-2 Jade Eye Wand can amplify the effects of your favorite eye creams. Taking the experience to the next level, the wand’s red light mode is combined with gentle heat to stimulate collagen production and help you de-stress for your skin.

Another interesting feature of this tool is its jade stone center. A few years ago, jade rollers gained popularity because of the stone’s ability to detoxify and tighten the skin. The Photonix-2 Jade Eye Wand highlights these benefits, surrounding the tool’s jade stone with a metal upper that can help cool or warm the skin.

To add the wand to your routine, prepare the skin by cleansing and patting dry with a towel. Next, decide which of Photonix-2 Jade Eye Wand’s two modes you want to use:

  • For the Anti-Puffiness Mode, press the device’s “C” button. Slowly massage the eye area for five minutes. 
  • For the Anti-Aging Mode, press the “H” button. Let the metal head warm up. After one minute, apply your preferred serum or eye cream directly onto the device’s metal upper. Carefully massage the eye area for five to seven minutes.

See Skincare as a Self-Care Method

Woman using skincare to de-stress for your skin

From skincare diets to ten-step routines, it seems like we’ve seen every regimen possible. We are constantly fed beauty advice — which products to use, which ingredients are best, how many different acids we need — that it can feel overwhelming. The constant influx of information can make skincare feel like a chore.

Rather than sweating the small stuff, reframe the way you see skincare. Instead of a task, see it as a way to de-stress for your skin. Constantly reinventing and expanding your routine with steps will eventually have you disliking taking care of your skin. Remember, no regimen is perfect. The best skincare routine is one that is simple, effective, and that you can commit to long-term. 

Here at Orogold, we pride ourselves on developing skin solutions that feel great and deliver results. Each of our products harnesses the beneficial properties of gold and other tried-and-tested skincare ingredients. If you find yourself in need of a skincare reset, consider this straightforward, skin-nourishing regimen:

Reset Your Skincare Routine

Start with the 24K Mousse Cleanser. Rich yet lightweight, this cleanser lifts dirt, makeup, and excess sebum without stripping the skin of its moisture. It is also formulated with Willow Bark Extract, which can benefit the skin by:

  • Reducing inflammation with natural salicylates
  • Gently exfoliating the skin to unveil a brighter and more even complexion
  • Tightening the skin and minimizing the appearance of pores
  • Calming redness and flare-ups

Follow it up with a moisturizer like OROGOLD’s 24K Deep Moisturizer. Nourishing and non-greasy, this moisturizer is formulated to replenish the skin’s oils and lock in hydration. Behind the lush texture is a curated list of hand-picked, effective ingredients like:

  • Centella Asiatica Extract, which is commonly used to moisturize the skin, improve wound healing, and calm inflammation
  • White Tea Extract, taken from the buds and leaves of tea. Like green tea, white teas are rich in skin-protecting antioxidants
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Fiber, an anti-aging, moisture-binding ingredient
  • Vitamins C and E, a skincare power couple that reduces hyperpigmentation and combats dullness while maintaining skin barrier health

Lastly, finish off your skincare routine with a layer of protective sunscreen. The importance of SPF has been a hotly debated topic within the beauty community for the past few years, but with the statistics showing an incontestable rise in skin disease, the verdict is clear: applying sunscreen daily is a necessity. 

Keep your skin safe against UV damage with Orogold’s new 24K Skin Tone SPF 30. Despite its sheer, skin-like texture, this broad-spectrum sunscreen is formulated with five UV filters that defend the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. It is also formulated with Aloe Vera and Green Tea extracts, allowing the product to repair and moisturize the skin as it protects against sun damage.

When You Need it, Ask for Help

Two friends talking

One last way to de-stress for your skin is to turn to others for help. It may sound simple, but in the thick of our problems, we can often forget to open up and let ourselves be vulnerable. No man is an island — and even the strongest people have their low points.

This year, allow yourself to reach out when you need help — whether it be from family, a friend, or mental health professional. 

Which of these methods will you be employing to de-stress for your skin? Whether it’s protecting your boundaries or committing to a little extra me-time with your skincare, remember to prioritize yourself and your peace — this year and beyond.

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Could the Scandi Sleeping Method Give You Better Skin?

Couple sleeping

Ever heard of the Scandi sleeping method?

If you currently share your bed with your partner each night, this is something that you absolutely need to know about. Get ready to transform your beauty sleep – once you realize how the Scandi sleeping method could benefit your skin, chances are that you’ll soon be giving it a go for yourself!

What is the Scandi Sleeping Method?

Bed with two duvets

Simply put, it refers to one bed with two duvets.

This means sharing a bed with your partner, but each of you having individual duvets, rather than a shared one.

Those who relish physical intimacy are probably horrified by the idea, but don’t turn your back on it just yet…

Scandinavia is consistently ranked as the happiest place in the world, and Scandinavian couples who practice the Scandi sleeping method would definitely agree with this. Take a look online – you’ll find page after page of praise written about this sleeping style.

What’s so great about the Scandi sleeping method?

Read on…

The Benefits of the Scandi Sleeping Method

It is estimated that around 30% of people are not sleeping well enough at night. While stress may be the biggest factor contributing to this, partner disturbance is the second reason.

The Scandi sleeping method solves this problem. It enables you to continue sharing a bed with your partner (many partners do opt for separate beds after several years of disturbed sleep), while still being able to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Temperature Regulation

Ever woken up next to a partner who feels like a furnace?

Turns out that, due to their higher muscle mass, men tend to run hotter at night. This can make it difficult for the woman lying next to them to regulate her own body temperature.

The physical barrier provided by your own duvet will help to prevent your partner’s body temperature from affecting your sleep.

The Perfect Duvet

Chances are that you and your partner have different ideas as to what constitutes the perfect duvet.

Some prefer heavier weights while others sleep better with a light duvet. A compromise is usually the answer when it comes to a happy relationship, but this means that both of you will be suffering from poorer sleep quality.

The Scandi sleeping method means that you can each choose your own perfect duvet, without it affecting the other person.

Tug of War

The duvet tug of war is a complaint that many couples have. One wakes up in the middle of the night with just a tiny corner of duvet to cover their body, and the other is so wrapped up in it that it cannot be pulled back.

Separate duvets prevents this from happening. If you or your partner toss and turn in the middle of the night, the other won’t be so affected, giving you both a good night’s sleep.

Couple in bed and woman has no blanket

The Downsides of the Scandi Sleeping Method

There aren’t many downsides to the Scandi sleeping method, apart from the fact that it takes longer to make the bed each morning.

You’ll need to adapt to different folding techniques too. Many find that the double duvet technique can lead to the bed looking quite messy. The best way to counter this is by finding a throw to place over the top of your duvets during the day.

Wondering how the Scandi sleeping method would affect intimacy?

You’re probably concerned that you and your partner won’t be able to snuggle in the same way that you used to.

Don’t worry, there are ways around this…

For starters, the separate duvets are only for sleeping. If the two of you are lying in bed watching a movie, then by all means share a duvet. Once it’s time to go to sleep, you can go back to using individual duvets.

Alternatively, drape your two duvets so that the middles overlap. This makes for easy snuggles under the blankets!

Now, you’re probably wondering…

It sounds intriguing, but what does the Scandi sleeping method have to do with my skin?

You’re about to find out…

The Importance of Beauty Sleep

Woman sleeping

Ever wondered what your skin does while you sleep at night?

No, it doesn’t snooze along with you. Instead, your skin is hard at work producing collagen, maintaining hydration, fighting inflammation, and so much more.

Sleep and Wrinkles

Wrinkles are something that most would be happy to never experience, but, unfortunately, they’re an inevitable part of life.

Your skin contains a protein called collagen. It’s collagen’s job to keep your skin firm and smooth, with the protein fibers running underneath your skin to hold it up. Sadly, collagen degrades and breaks down with age, leaving the skin loose and wrinkled.

Your body continues to produce collagen, but not at a fast enough rate. However, there are several things that you can do to increase natural collagen production, one of which is making sure that you’re sleeping well at night.

Your skin produces new collagen while you’re sleeping, and only when you’re in the deeper stages of sleep. This means that poor sleep leads to no collagen being produced, which only worsens those visible signs of aging.

Sleep and Dull Skin

Many have become so accustomed to their dull and lacklustre complexion that it has become the norm to turn to makeup each morning to help illuminate their face.

Well, if you’re someone who hasn’t been getting quality sleep each night, then this is something that you could easily transform.

While you sleep at night, your body speeds up blood flow to the skin. Your blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. Increased blood flow means healthier skin that glows from within.

On the other hand, poor quality sleep actually leads to a decrease in blood flow to the skin. This gives the skin a dull and tired appearance, with a noticeable lack of radiance.

Sleep and Puffy Eyes

Ever wake up from a night of poor sleep to find puffy, circled eyes staring back at you from the mirror?

This is common. Although there are several factors that can contribute to puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, poor quality sleep is the biggest one. It causes the blood vessels around your eyes to expand, which gives the area a puffy and darker appearance.

The best way to deal with this?

Improve your quality of sleep. If you know that your sleep interruptions are caused by your partner lying next to you, then the Scandi sleeping method is definitely worth a try!

While you’re working on convincing your other half that the Scandi sleeping method could be great for the two of you, invest in a solid eye cream to keep that puffiness at bay.

Other Ways to Sleep Better at Night

Already practice the Scandi sleeping method but need more help improving your sleep quality? Or maybe you’re ready to give the Scandi sleeping method a try, but want to boost your sleep in other ways too.

Either way, here are a few proven tricks and techniques for getting a better night’s sleep:

Avoid Electronics 30 Minutes Before Bedtime

Woman reading book at night

Some will say 30 minutes, others will say a couple of hours. Either way, the general gist is to stay away from your electronic devices a while before heading to bed.

Why?

Because the blue light emitted by electronic devices triggers the body to stay awake. This makes it much harder to fall asleep, especially into a deep sleep, meaning that your skin ends up suffering.

Plus, whatever you may be looking at on your phone or laptop is probably also stimulating your brain. This is the opposite of what you want before bed – find an activity that calms your brain and helps you to unwind.

Establish a Relaxing Night Time Skin Care Routine

A relaxing skin care routine before bed will leave your skin feeling nourished, hydrated, and loved. You’ll feel so much better falling back against those pillows, and you also won’t have to deal with any skin irritations through the night.

Looking for a new night cream?

Try the OROGOLD 24K Multi Vitamin Night Nourishment + Retinol. This lush formula glides onto the skin so beautifully. It’s packed with powerful vitamins and botanical extracts, and is designed to combat the visible signs of aging.

Make Your Bedroom as Dark as Possible

You may think that your bedroom is dark, but chances are that there’s still some light filtering through. Whether this may come from that extension lead tucked away behind your bed, a slither of light through your windows, or a glare under your door from another room in your house, that light isn’t doing your sleep quality any favors.

Make an effort to eliminate any sources of light from your bedroom, so that it can be as dark as possible when you sleep. Black-out curtains are great for this if you have problems with light seeping in through your windows.

Keep Your Bedroom at a Comfortable Temperature

Did you know that the optimum temperature to keep your bedroom at is between 60-71 degrees Fahrenheit, or 15.6-22 degrees Celsius?

This may seem a little on the cool side, but experts agree that too much heat can interfere with good sleep. Those temperatures have proven to be extremely beneficial in helping a person to fall asleep while also maintaining good sleep quality, making this a trick well worth a try.

Keep Things Quiet

White noise machine next to bed

Noise is one of the worst culprits when it comes to interrupted sleep. This is something that can also end up affecting your overall health.

You’re probably thinking…

If I’m not able to control the noise, then surely there’s nothing I can do about this?

Not true at all!

This is where a white noise machine can be so useful. It works so well at drowning out external noises, giving you a better night’s sleep. Alternatively, try playing your own soothing tunes from some speakers or headphones, or opt for a pair of old fashioned ear blockers.

Fill Your Bedroom with Soothing Scents

The nose is a sense that many often neglect, but treat it right and it could start to help you to sleep better at night.

There are certain scents out there that are known for promoting relaxation, while others help to make a room feel more comfortable and inviting.

All of this is definitely what you want in your bedroom!

There are several different ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your bedroom, from essential oil diffusers to scented candles. Either way, the scents that you want to be sniffing more of include:

Sip on a Sleep-Promoting Herbal Tea

In addition to breathing in some of those beautiful scents mentioned above, you could also try drinking them too.

There are certain herbs out there that are revered for their sleep-inducing properties. Whether you purchase them dried and brew your own or opt for ready-made tea bags, some of the sleep-promoting herbal teas that you want to be drinking more of include:

  • Chamomile
  • Lemon balm
  • Lavender
  • Passionflower
  • Valerian root

Not only will the herbs in your tea encourage your body to fall asleep faster, but each one also has its own skin-enhancing benefits. Not only that, but that extra water that you will be drinking before bed will go a long way in keeping your skin hydrated while it’s busy working hard at night, meaning that you wake up with plumper and softer skin.

For those who have never heard of it before, the Scandi sleeping method may seem a little crazy. After all, isn’t it more traditional to share a duvet with your partner?

That may be the case, but traditions aren’t always the best way forward. Just about everyone who has given the Scandi sleeping method a try ends up raving about it. Benefits aren’t just seen in their physical and mental health, but also in their appearance too. If you know that you aren’t sleeping as well as you should be each night, you’ve got nothing to lose by giving the Scandi sleeping method a try, if only for a short while!

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Try Meditation for Beautiful Skin

Calm and peaceful woman meditating at home

Beauty gurus are throwing around the latest creams and beauty treatments. Nutritionists are shoving in our faces the latest diets and super foods, to guarantee long and healthy lives. Fitness gurus are coming up with fitness routines meant to strengthen our bodies.  While having a balanced diet, active lifestyle and appropriate skincare routine can help us achieve our skincare goals, there is one thing missing.

With the current state of the world becoming more and more stressful and making us more prone to anxiety, we are looking for ways to make our bodies, minds, and souls healthier. The stress is taking its toll on our physical and mental health, and we are looking for a break to recharge.

Taking care of our minds and souls, taking care of our emotional health is becoming crucial in feeling and looking good, inside and outside. And one way to do that is by incorporating meditation.

But what is meditation exactly?

Meditation and Its Benefits

It is impossible to control everything in our lives, but what control is the way we react to them. According to Buddhism, that is the way to go and meditation is one practice that helps transform the mind. By improving clarity, concentration and calmness, we are able to achieve mindfulness and change our perspective on life.

Meditation is a set of techniques meant to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focus. Meditation is a thousand-year-old practice and has been used worldwide as a religious practice, but many people are practicing it now independent of any religion. By practicing meditation, one can achieve a deep state of peace, calmness, and awareness.

Infographic on the benefits of meditation

It is proven that meditation can not only improve mental and emotional health but also physical health:

  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves emotional health
  • Improves self-awareness
  • Lengthens attention span
  • Reduces memory loss
  • Makes us more kind
  • May help against addiction
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps with pain management
  • May decrease blood pressure

It’s evident that the various ways that meditation can improve not only our general well being but also our close environment. By being calmer, less anxious and kinder, we are improving the relationships with those around us.

One may feel that meditation means concentration and requires mental effort. To a certain extent, meditation practice does require these, but in a different way. Meditation does not require to concentrate on a particular object or idea for a long time – keep reading to find out what type of concentration is needed during meditation practice. Meditation is not simply an exercise. By having the correct posture and breathing does not mean you are meditating. And lastly, meditation does not require mental effort – but rather introspection. Meditation is basically an effortless activity.

Types of Meditation

If you are a beginner, all the types of meditation and how you can best get started may confuse you. Before delving into how you can meditate, let’s have a look at the 4 main types of meditation.

  • Mindfulness meditation – Mindfulness refers to paying attention to what is happening right here and right now. For example, you can focus on your breath, the feelings in your body, or you can listen to relaxing music.
  • Mantra meditation – A mantra can be a sound, a word or a phrase that you repeat it in order to bring your mind and body to a deep state of rest.
  • Energizing meditation – In energizing meditation, breath is manipulated in order to do certain body movements. If you are looking for a boost of energy in the morning or during the afternoon, this is the way to go!
  • Compassion meditation – As the name says, compassion meditation focuses on being kind and loving. Focus on loving yourself as well as showing love and kind ness to the others. This helps improve self-love, as well as empathy.

How to Meditate

One of the best parts of meditation is that you can do it anywhere. A meditation session can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, all depending on your needs. If you are a beginner, this basic exercise will help you get started and see immediate benefits to your mood.

  1. Sit/lie comfortably.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Do not focus on breathing – rather, simply breathe normally
  4. Now focus on your breathing and how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation
  5. Notice how your body moves – from your nose, shoulders, to your chest, ribcage, and stomach.
  6. Do not change the way you breathe during this exercise – just simply focus your attention on the way it naturally happens
  7. It’s ok for your mind to stray away – as soon as you notice, make sure to focus back on your breath

This is a simple meditation exercise that you can start with. You can practice with 5 minutes to start with, and then take it from there, for longer periods of time. If you are in need of some help, there are some very popular smartphone apps that can guide you through meditation sessions of various lengths.

Looking for a more energizing meditation? Maybe you do not like to drink coffee in the morning, but you are looking for a way to wake up faster? Or you are in that afternoon slump and are looking for a pick-me-up? While it’s so tempting to go for a shot of espresso or a can of energy drink, think of the effects they have on your body. And then give energizing meditation a try.

You do not need a lot of time – even 30 seconds are enough.

  1. Sit with your back straight. Put your feet flat on the ground (if you are sitting on a chair) or in lotus-style post.
  2. Hold out your right hand, with your thumb and finger in a “V” shape
  3. As fast as possible, block youth right nostril with your thumb and exhale out of your left nostril
  4. Switch to block your left nostril with your finger and exhale from your right nostril
  5. Inhaling comes naturally, so keep your focus on exhaling.
  6. Every other second switch from one nostril to another.
  7. Keep doing this for 30 seconds or even a minute.

Woman pinching her nose while meditating outdoors, near a lake

The Benefits of Meditation for the Mind and Soul

No doubt that meditation is an amazing tool and more people should incorporate it in their lives. Just as we are focusing on doing our daily run, or getting the right intake of greens and water, we should focus on our spiritual side. We should focus also on what we are feeding our mind and soul. Are we taking care of ourselves inside and outside?

Meditation is so powerful not only because of its benefits, but because it’s free, can be done anywhere and for any amount of time. As long as it’s done with meaningfulness and consistently, just like any other healthy habit in our lives.

Anxiety and stress start out in our minds but can lead to many physical problems, such as illnesses, burnout, and shortening our life span. By having a daily meditation routine, one is becoming calmer, pushing anxiety away. The simple act of focusing on our breathing can instantly calm our entire body. Starting your day with a 5-minute meditation session sets out the tone of the day. A day where you are a better version of your self, more rational, more calm, less irritable, kinds to the others and more empathetic.

In the midst of our stressful daily lives, between jobs and side hustle, families and bills to pay, meditation is an escape. Do you know how you are going away on an exotic island to take a break from work and recharge our bodies? Well, meditation can do the same to your mind. Your mind can break away from reality for a while and let your thoughts go to a peaceful place and time. Let your mind be on a vacation, far away. This is an opportunity to leave behind the painful thoughts, the emotional labor of daily life and let yourself recharge.

Woman meditating at work to de-stress

Those 5 minutes that you dedicate to meditation can be crucial in helping you deal with life. By reducing stress and anxiety, meditation helps you be more focused on what is actually happening. By being less stressed, you are able to come up with clear solutions to your problems.

The Benefits of Meditation for the Skin

We have already seen previously that meditation has so many benefits. One of the most amazing ones is how it reduced stress and anxiety and improves self-awareness and emotional health. But have you ever wondered about the physical benefits meditation can have?

Stress is wreaking havoc on our bodies and minds, stealing our joy and youth. And that quite literally. Stress can cause premature aging of the body, and its impact on the skin is the same – it can induce breakouts, tire the skin, and even lead to wrinkles. When you are stressed out, your body produces the stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol blocks the supply of oxygenated blood to the skin, meaning that stress literally damages the skin, by dehydrating it and making it more sensitive. And this can lead to wrinkles, breakouts, irritations, and inflammations.

Now, meditation is being more and more embraced worldwide as a holistic approach to well being. Meditation can save the day and give back our health. And we may even say that it can play a major role in saving and improving our skin too. Because skin care is part of health care.

There is actual scientific proof that meditation helps with skin care. This study from the University of Sheffield shows how meditation truly helps. Researchers compared two groups of people suffering from psoriasis. One has used meditation regularly and one has not.  This study showed that the group of psoriasis sufferers who used meditation healed four times faster than those who did not use meditation. On top of this, meditation also improved depression, quality of life and reduced skin shame. If this is not proof that meditation works, I don’t know what is!

By meditating just a few minutes per day you will be able to increase the oxygen delivered to your brain. More oxygen means rejuvenated skin, and cell and tissue repair. Plus, all the energy brought by the meditation practice will give you an extra glow inside out. As meditation also improves your blood pressure and sleep, you will be able to be more rested – and this, in turn, is having beneficial effects on the skin!

The environment around us today is not doing our health and skins any good. We are buying the latest creams for our skin, to repair the damage that comes from inside and outside. We are desperate for quick fixes but it all ends up the wrong way. In this day and age, there is one cure that can dramatically improve our lives and our health. And that is to start from the inside, from our souls and minds. Having an internal balance and good emotional health shows and have a real effect on our physical health, not only on our minds and attitudes.

So many of those who care for their skin are seen as superficial narcissistic by doing so. But our skin is the biggest organ and should require most of our attention. On top of having a rigorous skincare routine and chugging your 2l of daily water intake, how about some meditation? Why should we not do the best we can for our skin? Why not try to incorporate even 5 minutes in our lives for meditation? Such a small effort, done consistently, will become a habit from which we will reap immense rewards.

So, are you going to give meditation a try?

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WARNING SIGNS THAT YOU’RE APPROACHING PERIMENOPAUSAL

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Menopause usually hits women in their 50’s, but the perimenopausal period can actually begin quite a few years earlier. While there is nothing that you can do to prevent it, there are a number of warning signs that you can look out for, so that you can be fully aware of the reason behind all of the changes occurring within your body.

A Lowered Libido 

Due to estrogen levels in the body decreasing, sexual drive will begin to drop when you reach the perimenopausal stage. This loss of desire is something that tends to surprise people quite a bit, but it is absolutely normal for this to happen once you are in your 50’s.

Mood Swings 

Your body’s hormones will be fluctuating quite wildly as you approach perimenopause, and this can quickly lead to quite severe mood swings, as well as unexplained irritability. Fatigue is also quite common, but this can also simply be due to a busy lifestyle, so do try to cut yourself some slack.

Hot Flashes 

Many people believe that hot flashes are only really experienced during menopause, but these tend to occur quite a few years before as well. If you are suddenly experiencing random bouts of sweat and feeling uncomfortably hot, then this could mean that you are approaching your perimenopausal years.

Sleeplessness 

While sleep disruption, meaning that you wake up at odd hours and are unable to fall back asleep, is another common symptom of perimenopause, it can also be attributed to other factors, such as drinking alcohol before bed. A lack of quality sleep can really take its toll after a while, both physically as well as mentally, so you need to take as many steps as necessary to help yourself enjoy enough sleep each night.

Erratic Periods 

During puberty, girls often experience quite erratic periods, and this is something that you will experience yet again during perimenopause. Due to all of the fluctuating hormone levels within your body, there will be some months where excess estrogen is released, which increases the build-up within the lining of the uterus. This then leads to a heavier-than-normal period. The length that your period lasts for is also likely to change, with your overall cycle tending to be shorter, meaning that you are likely to experience bleeding more often.

The perimenopausal stage that your body goes through can last for up to ten years, after which you will then enter in to the menopausal stage. While you may not want to read about all of the symptoms that you are going to experience, it is important to be aware of these changes that your body is going to go through, so that you can deal with them in the most effective way when they do occur.

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BEAT CELLULITE WITH THESE SIMPLE TIPS

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Cellulite is caused when fat cells within the body accumulate and expand beneath the skin, pushing against the tissue and resulting in an uneven appearance. While cellulite is most commonly found on the thighs, buttocks and arms, it can occur anywhere on the body, but there are a few ways in which you can try to beat it for good.

 

Regular Exercise 

One of the most effective ways to beat cellulite is by stimulating your lymphatic system, as this is what is responsible for draining your body of toxins. When your lymphatic system is running optimally, it is able to prevent any fibrous tissues from hardening under the skin, which stops cellulite’s dreaded dimples from appearing. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep your lymphatic system stimulated, with research showing that exercise, and breathing heavily, can increase lymph activity by between 10 and 30 times its resting rate.

 

Body Brushing 

Dry body brushes are widely available, and while it may add on a few extra minutes to your daily skin care routine, the results will be more than worth it. A body brush should be used on dry skin, just before you shower, with circular motions that begin at the ankles and work their way up to the heart. Body brushing has many benefits, including a boost to blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which, as mentioned above, is great for banishing cellulite.

 

Drink the Right Amount of Water 

Water is essential when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, as this prevents your cellulite from storing toxins. By keeping your body adequately hydrated, it will then be able to flush out toxins effectively, leading to smoother, healthier skin. However, drinking too much water can cause swelling underneath your cellulite, exacerbating the problem, so try to stick to around 1.5 litres a day.

 

Stabilize Hormones 

Your hormones are largely responsible for the formation of cellulite, especially the female hormone oestrogen, which encourages your body to store excess fat around your hips, buttocks and thighs. For those who have higher-than-average oestrogen levels, cellulite can be an annoying side effect of this, but, fortunately, there are many ways in which you can work to stabilize your hormone levels. Foods from the brassica family, which includes kale, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, contain the nutrients needed to detoxify oestrogen molecules, while also providing a boost to liver detoxification. Foods from the allum family, which includes onions, garlics, leeks and chives, are also great for this, as they contain a number of amino acids, as well as quercetin, a powerful antioxidant.

 

Cellulite can be extremely frustrating to deal with, and while there may be many cellulite-busting creams out there, many of these will not have the effect that you desire. Instead, try to beat your cellulite from within, working on boosting your lymphatic system, as well as your body’s natural detoxification process, as this will give you long-lasting results.

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GOOD HYGIENE IS THE BEST SKIN CARE

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Maintaining healthy and happy skin does not need to be complicated, as all you need to really do is practice good hygiene. From keeping your environment clean to washing your face each night, these hygiene tips, when followed consistently, will have a noticeably positive effect on your skin.

 

Change Your Pillowcase Every Other Day 

Changing your bedding once a week is usually adequate, but the skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin on your body, leaving it far more susceptible to bacteria. Try to change your pillowcase every other day, as this will go such a long way in bringing you the clear complexion you have always wanted.

 

Keep Your Environment Clean 

In addition to ensuring that your bed linen is always clean, you should also pay attention to the environment around you. Everything from your mobile phone to your sofa can carry unbelievable amounts of bacteria and germs, all of which are transferred onto your skin each time you come into contact with them. Begin by making a note of every single surface that your skin comes into contact with, and then come up with a new cleaning routine that takes them all into account.

 

Cleanse Each Night 

Over the day, so much dirt, bacteria, sweat and more ends up building up on the surface of your skin, and, unless these are washed away, they will only end up settling into your pores and causing so many unwanted issues. Use a mild cleanser that will not irritate your skin, and make sure to thoroughly cleanse your face each evening before you go to bed. Once done, gently pat your skin with a towel until it is still damp, and not dry, and then apply a layer of moisturizer. Doing this over damp skin will help to trap in the excess moisture, keeping your skin hydrated. While many people do cleanse in the morning as well, over-cleansing can also lead to problems, so as long as you are cleansing before you go to bed, and are sleeping on clean bedding, simply washing with water in the mornings should be adequate.

 

Use a Separate Towel for Your Face 

Towels are known for harbouring bacteria, which is one reason why you should have separate face and body towels. In addition to this, body towels are also usually of a rougher texture, and this is far too harsh for the delicate skin on your face.

 

While obtaining a healthy, natural glow can often seem quite complex, you can easily nurture a smooth and clear complexion just by practicing good hygiene. If you implement each of these tips, while continuing on with your usual skin care routine, you will no doubt begin to notice some improvements in your skin’s health very soon.

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THE SWIMMER’S SKIN CARE GUIDE

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Regular swimming sessions can really boost your physical and mental health in so many different ways, but the chlorine and chemicals found in pool water can actually be quite detrimental for your skin. If you tend to go swimming on a regular basis, here are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that your skin stays in the best shape possible.

Shower Before Swimming  

While showering after swimming might be common knowledge, having a shower before jumping into the pool is also extremely beneficial. By making sure that your skin cells, as well as your hair shafts, are fully wet and hydrated before swimming, they will end up absorbing much less chlorine while you are in the pool.

Shower and Moisturize After Swimming 

After you are done swimming, a shower is essential, as this will prevent any chlorine from lingering on your skin. The chlorine that you will have come into contact with in the pool can also quickly lead to chlorine-induced dryness, which is where the moisturizing comes in. A cream-based moisturizer is best, and this should be applied immediately after your shower, as this will help to prevent any dry, flaky patches from appearing. A product that contains plenty of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, will be even more beneficial, as these vitamins will help your skin to quickly heal from any damage that has been caused.

Stay Hydrated  

One of the best methods for swimmers to care for their skin is by making sure that they are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as this helps to accelerate the skin’s natural detoxification process, meaning that any chemicals that have been soaked up can quickly be expelled from the body. The extra water that you are drinking will also help your skin to stay hydrated and supple from within, meaning that there is less chance of experiencing any dryness or roughness.

Use a Chlorine-Neutralizing Cleanser 

A standard shower is usually enough to clear the skin of chlorine after swimming, but, if you still feel as though you have chlorine remaining on your skin, it could be worth investing in a chlorine-neutralizing cleanser or soap. These are specially formulated for swimmers, and are especially useful if you only have time for a quick shower after swimming.

While a few short swimming sessions will not make much of a difference to your skin, frequent exposure to chlorine, and other pool chemicals, will, which is why it is important to stay one step ahead. From using chlorine-neutralizing products to keeping your body hydrated, these tips will ensure that your skin does not suffer in the long term after regular swimming sessions.

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ACHIEVING RADIANT, HEALTHY SKIN

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A healthy, radiant complexion can often seem impossible to obtain, but this really does not need to be the case. From exfoliation to nutrition, here are a few tips to help you to achieve the skin of your dreams.

 

Exfoliation 

Exfoliation is essential when it comes to a healthy complexion, and the key here is to be consistent when it comes to the amount that you exfoliate. Exfoliation sloughs away the dead skin cells that settle on the surface of the skin, which hugely contribute to a rough and dull complexion. This allows the fresh, young skin cells beneath to be revealed, while speeding up cell turnover, which is the rate at which new skin cells are created. There are a number of different methods of exfoliation, each with its own set of advantages, so even if one method has not worked for you, try researching the others to find what works best for your skin.

 

Brighten Up 

While exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells, the fresh skin cells underneath can also often do with a bit of a boost. There are many ingredients that can help with brightening the skin, but vitamin C is one of the best, as this can help with everything from age spots to sun damage. Vitamin C can be found in many different products, from serums to moisturizers, but try to choose one that combines it with other antioxidants for maximum benefit.

 

Hydration 

Hydrated skin cells look plump and fresh, while dehydrated ones take on a dull, dry appearance. Even if you do not feel as though your body is dehydrated, it is extremely possible that your skin could do with a boost of hydration. To begin with, ensure that your body is sufficiently hydrated from within, by drinking plenty of water and eating a diet that is high in moisture-rich foods. You should also be hydrating your skin from the outside, using a hydrating moisturizer and hydrating facial masks at night.

 

Nutrition 

The ingredients that you put into your body have a direct impact on the health of your skin, and while a healthy and balanced diet is key to radiant skin, there are certain skin-boosting foods in particular that you could be eating more of. Blueberries are one of these, as this antioxidant-rich fruit is bursting with vitamin A and C, and can help to clear acne and uneven patches on the skin. Kiwis are great for preventing wrinkles, while dark chocolate with a high flavenol content can keep skin hydrated while protecting it from sun damage. Salmon is another food that is great to add to your diet, as it is extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which really nourish the skin, while avocados can really help when it comes to anti-aging.

 

A radiant, glowing complexion does not come naturally to many people, and does require a bit of work. From keeping your skin constantly hydrated to knowing which foods to eat, these tips are easy to follow and will make a huge difference to the health of your skin.

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AGE GRACEFULLY WITH THESE CELEBRITY TIPS

 

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There are many celebrities out there who seem to never age, and each one will have their own anti-aging skin care secrets. From exercise to dietary supplements, here are a few tips from flawless celebrities on how to age gracefully, and slowly.

 

Jennifer Lopez 

When it comes to aging gracefully, Jennifer Lopez’s secret is her diet, and this is something that she is hugely committed to, to the point where she has recently launched her own wellness brand, which focuses on supplements and protein shakes. Diet is so important when it comes to aging, as the foods that you eat have a direct impact on the rate at which, as well as the way in which, a person ages. Try to stick to a diet that is high in whole and fresh foods, rather than processed, as this will give your body the nutrients it needs to stay youthful.

 

Julie Bowen 

Modern Family star Julie Bowen is another celebrity that seems to look younger the older that she gets, and her secret is exercise, running in particular. Bowen states that, no matter where she is, she always makes time each day for a 45 minute run, and this daily physical activity has been scientifically proven to be able to have a huge impact on aging.

 

Nicole Kidman 

Nicole Kidman is known for her beautiful porcelain complexion, and this is all down to the way in which she is extremely diligent about staying out of the sun. Kidman avoids direct sunlight as much as possible, and, whenever she does need to be outdoors, she always applies plenty of sunscreen. Since the sun is responsible for up to 90% of all facial wrinkles, this dedication to sun protection is key when it comes to maintaining a smooth and youthful complexion.

 

Reese Witherspoon 

Reese Witherspoon has starred in multiple movies, and does not seem to have aged very much at all. While many may think that this is down to a complex skin care routine, Witherspoon’s skin regime is actually extremely simple. Rather than using a multitude of different products, Witherspoon’s secret is a hydrating moisturizer, which she re-applies throughout the day, especially before applying any makeup on to her skin.

 

Sienna Miller 

Sienna Miller is known for her fashion style, as well as for her youthful looks. While she does use a wide range of skin care products, Miller’s number one tip for aging gracefully is to ensure that you are getting enough sleep. The time during which your body is asleep is when your skin, and the rest of your body, works to heal and regenerate, which is why sufficient sleep is essential when it comes to slowing down the aging process.

 

Aging can be tricky to deal with, especially since everybody ages in their own individual way. However, by making use of each of these celebrity anti-aging tips, you will be able to significantly slow down your aging process, and keep your youthful looks around for years to come.

 

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SKIN CARE TIPS DURING PREGNANCY

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When a woman is pregnant, her body goes through so many different hormonal changes, which, of course, have quite the effect on the skin. While every woman reacts differently to these changes, here are some skin care tips to ensure that you are able to maintain your beautiful glow, all the way through your pregnancy.

 

Drink Plenty of Water 

While drinking water is essential even if you are not pregnant, it becomes even more important if you are. Water really helps to filter and clear away all of the toxins from within your body, while maintaining the correct amount of amniotic fluid. Try to drink at least two litres of water a day, as this is the optimum amount for both you and your baby.

 

Pay Attention to Ingredients 

Unless you purchase skin care products that are completely natural and organic, then it is likely that your standard skin care products contain ingredients that could be harmful to your baby. With everything from your shampoo and shower gel to your moisturizer and eye cream, you need to pay extra attention to the ingredients that these formulas contain, doing a bit of research into each one to ensure that they are safe for your baby. Alternatively, speak to your doctor about the best products and ingredients to use during this time.

 

Avoid the Sun 

All of the hormonal fluctuations that you will experience during pregnancy will make your skin so much more sensitive, and therefore far more prone to pigmentation and dark patches. The sun exacerbates this even more, and can also make any dark patches take much longer to fade away, so try to stay out of the sun as much as possible.

 

Alpha Hydroxy Acids 

Whether you are trying to treat pigmentation or looking for a new exfoliation method, alpha hydroxy acids are amongst some of the safest ingredients to use while pregnant. They are completely natural, with glycolic acid, which is derived from sugarcane, and lactic acid, which comes from milk, being two of the most effective. Products that contain a combination of both of these ingredients are best, as they complement each other really well.

 

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is safe to use during pregnancy, and is also extremely potent. This ingredient is great for brightening up the skin, which is ideal for those who are looking quite drained out during pregnancy. In addition to using topical products that contain the antioxidant, try to also consume plenty of foods that are high in vitamin C, as this will give your body a boost from both the inside as well as the outside.

 

Pregnancy can be quite a complicated time, and, since everybody’s skin reacts differently, you will not quite know what you will experience until it actually happens. Whether your skin has become oilier, or you have started to notice dark patches appearing, these tips will help you to care for your skin in ways that are perfectly safe for your baby.