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Try Meditation for Beautiful Skin

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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.

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YOUR PILLOW IS KEY TO LOOKING BEAUTIFULLY WELL-RESTED

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Many people do not put much thought into the pillows that they use, but these can have a huge effect on the quality of your sleep. Pillows not only provide support, but they are also in direct contact with your skin while you sleep, making your choice of pillow so important.

Compression and Sleep Position

Compression is the force at which your face is pushed against the pillow, and is one of the leading causes of skin creases in the morning. While there will always be compression to some extent, unless you are able to always sleep on your back, there are specially designed pillows that you can opt for that are able to reduce this quite a bit. These feature a series of different elevations to ensure comfort no matter which position you prefer to sleep in, each with a small recess for your cheeks to fit in, meaning that they do not actually come into contact with the actual pillow. While sleeping on your back is an alternative, many find themselves naturally rolling over in the middle of the night, making this pillow the ideal tool to have.

Hypoallergenic and Anti-Allergy Pillows 

The filling within your pillow is extremely important, as many filling types can trigger allergic reactions. These reactions can often be quite minute, so you may not realize that they are there, but could be the reason for any redness or irritation in the mornings. While hypoallergenic pillows are great, dust mites can still build up within them over time, making anti-allergy pillows far more superior. These make use of synthetic fibres that do not emit any dust, preventing an allergic reaction from occurring.

Silk Pillowcase

The majority of people out there use cotton pillowcases, but, when your face rubs against this, the friction that is caused can lead to lines developing on your skin. Silk, or even satin, pillowcases prevent this from happening, as they will not scratch or tear at the skin, allowing you to wake up with a much smoother and fresher complexion. As an added bonus, silk pillowcases are also great for your hair, and will prevent any frizz from forming.

Copper Pillowcase

Copper oxide is a mineral that is naturally found in the skin, and plays a vital role when it comes to the skin regeneration process. Pillowcases that have been embedded with copper oxide have been clinically proven to be able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, boosting the overall complexion.

Your choice of pillow has a huge impact on the way in which your skin looks when you wake up. If you want to improve the health of your skin while you sleep, it could be worthwhile looking into the different pillow types out there, and finding one that is able to target your primary skin issues.

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SEVEN RULES FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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A healthy lifestyle is key when it comes to a long and happy life, but when it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, many people end up struggling, and then give up on their healthy lifestyle aspirations. If you have been looking to make a few healthy changes in your life, here are seven rules to get you started.

Regular Exercise 

Regular exercise is key when it comes to healthy living, with the recommended amount being 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. Even if you do not enjoy working out at the gym, make the effort to take a brisk walk every evening, as even this small step will have a huge influence on your overall health.

Diet and Nutrition 

The food that you eat has a direct impact on your health, and you should really be trying to eat as many fresh and whole foods as possible. From a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, in a wide range of colors, to brown rice and whole wheat bread, instead of the refined alternatives, start making healthier choices when it comes to the food that you put into your body.

No Smoking 

Every year in the USA, smoking kills one in five people, and even if you would only consider yourself to be a social smoker, smoking occasionally is still causing irreparable damage to your body. This is the most preventable cause of death and disease out there, so, if smoking is one of your vices, then this is a habit that you need to kick as soon as possible if you are trying to be healthier.

Get Enough Sleep 

Sleep is just as important as nutrition and exercise when it comes to healthy living, as sleep deprivation will quickly lead to a variety of health problems, from heart disease to diabetes. The average adult needs about seven to nine hours of sleep each night, and you should wake up feeling fresh and energized rather than tired and groggy.

Manage Your Stress Levels 

Chronic stress keeps the body’s cortisol levels elevated, which then results in a range of health issues, from a decreased metabolism to depression. There are many ways in which you can manage your stress levels, and the key here is to find the method that works best for you, whether this may be doing some exercise or spending time on a hobby that you love.

Drink Enough Water 

Water plays so many crucial roles within the body, from eliminating toxins to increasing energy to stimulating brain functions, and is actually your most important nutrient. The recommended water intake for the average person is two litres a day, so make sure that you are drinking at least that.

Take Some Time Out 

Your brain works so hard each and every day, and deserves to have a breather once in a while. Whether you regularly enjoy a weekend getaway, or take up yoga and meditation, try to find ways in which you can encourage your brain to relax and unwind.

Healthy living does not need to be difficult, no matter how unhealthy your current lifestyle may be. By setting yourself small, achievable goals, you will slowly be able to work towards a healthier, and happier, lifestyle.

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