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Oily Skin Care Tips

Oily skin can cause several skin problems, including blackheads, shiny skin, makeup that won’t stay on the face, and of course, acne. While there are other causes, oily skin is the most likely.

Many over-the-counter products are made to treat oily skin, but these contain harsh chemicals. Sometimes oily skin care products end up leaving the face dry and rough, which really only causes another set of skin care problems. Some products upset the delicate Ph balance of the skin or skin tone, not to mention that the chemicals in these products are harsh and just flat out may not be safe to use regularly.

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Citrus essential oils, such as lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and orange, can help with oily skin problems without the harsh effects of using the actual juice from the fruits themselves. Find an all-natural herbal lotion base and add 3 to 4 drops per ounce of the citrus essential oil of choice to the base. Use it on the face in the evening to help prevent oily skin.

Blackheads

Mix an oatmeal paste with unflavored oatmeal, lemon juice and olive oil, using just enough olive oil to wet the mixture. Scrub it onto the face to pull oil from pores and help reduce blackheads. Be sure to wash the face thoroughly with warm water afterward.

Shiny Skin

Mix some lemon juice with warm water and a dash of vinegar and then soak a cotton ball in the mixture and rub it on the face. Allow the skin to dry thoroughly without rinsing before applying makeup or other facial products. This will help reduce shine and may also help with excess sweating on the face that can cause makeup to slide off.

Excessive Sweating

Prior to applying makeup to the face, using a natural and non-scented delicate antiperspirant, such as Dove’s natural products, in the solid form can help with excessive sweating, help reduce shine and actually allow makeup to be applied more smoothly on the face.

Wash Face Gently

Do not overwash the face. Washing the face too frequently can actually cause the body to make more oil because it tricks the body into thinking the face and oil ducts are dry. When washing the face, avoid harsh soaps or chemicals, and settle for more natural alternatives or simply use warm water and a soft washcloth. Do not over scrub, but lightly and gently rub the face with the cloth.

Wear Oil Free Makeup or No Makeup

Wearing oil based makeup when oily skin is a problem only adds to the problem. Wear as little makeup as necessary to achieve the desired look. When wearing a liquid or cream foundation is desired, choose an oil-free foundation and finish with a powder to seal the foundation.

Following these simple, natural tips can help reduce the effects of oily skin and improve skin appearance.

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7 Essential Face Care Tips

#1 – Feed Your Skin

They say beauty comes from within, right? Well it’s true, if you eat a healthy, nutrient rich diet, you’re going to have radiant, and beautiful skin.

The antioxidants in healthy foods will help protect your skin from sun damage, keep it tight, and wrinkle free.

Eat These!

  • Berries
  • Fruits
  • Greens
  • Nuts
  • Raw fats

Avoiding foods that make your skin break out helps a lot, this means avoiding sugar, and processed junk foods.

Throw these away!

  • Alcohol
  • Anything containing sugar
  • Deep fried food
  • Processed foods
  • Smoking
  • Wheat

#2 – Water

You probably hear this everywhere, and it’s true. Staying hydrated is important for your skin. This is easy if you eat a lot of nutritious foods, like raw fruits and vegetables, which are high in water. Otherwise, just keep drinking pure, filtered water. I drink 8-12 glasses a day and that feels like enough.

#3 – Relaxation

Stress is one of the worst things for your skin and face. Stressing and worrying makes you look older than you are. So take a few deep breaths whenever you start feeling stressed. You could even take up meditation or yoga, they help, trust me! Take some time to relax, it is as easy as lighting some candles and putting on a face mask!

#4 – Physical Exercise

Exercise keeps the blood flowing, it gives your face a vibrant color and keeps you young. Any exercise will do, as long as you get your heart pumping and your juices flowing. Daily walks are easy to implement and cost nothing!

#5 – Beauty Sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial! During the night, your body regenerates. So if you want to keep looking good, get your eight hours of beauty sleep.

#6 – Natural Care

The chemicals in regular beauty and facial care products can irritate your skin, or make it more sensitive. You can avoid this by using natural products that do not contain harmful substances. There’s a great variety of natural organic face care products nowadays. You could even do as I and make your own products!

#7 – Facial Siesta

Let your face relax from time to time. That means no creams, no make up, no face mask, no soap, no face toner, no nothing! Just your skin and some fresh air, recovering and taking a break from everything.

If you cover these things, especially #1, you will be on your way to a more beautiful face, and who doesn’t want that? Easier said than done, I know. But we can always aim to do our best and remember these important basic face care tips.

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Understanding Blackheads..

People often want to know how to get rid of blackheads quickly.  This question is misplaced.  The emphasis on “quickly” will cause people to seek quick fix treatments and creams.  Nothing wrong with that except that the problem will return as soon as your treatment runs its course.

The real key to removing blackheads is to deal with the problem at the root.  Often times the root of the problem is self care.  Or, more precisely, a lack of proper self care.

Let’s take diet for example.  Are you consuming lots of sweets?  I’ll bet you are.  The first tip for removing blackheads is to stop eating sweets.  Within days you will see an improvement in your skin.

Next is water.  Your body needs plenty of water so that it can function properly.  Most experts recommend eight glasses per day.  How many glasses of water per day are you drinking these days?  If it’s less than eight, you need to increase it.

Okay, next up is exercise.  Your body can’t function properly without enough exercise.  Exercise causes you to sweat and sweat cleans your pores.  The result is that your skin will look better because it’s cleaner.  Your acne will improve and your blackheads will diminish significantly.

After you have improved your diet, are drinking enough water and getting enough exercise, then and only then would I consider investing in creams and treatments.  See what you can accomplish naturally before spending money on treatments.

If, after taking the natural route as described here, your blackheads are still out of control, I would go see a dermatologist.  A dermatologist will be able to make sure there are not other health related factors keeping you from cleaner skin.  A dermatologist will also be able to recommend a treatment that is specifically designed to for you and your situation.

One of the first things a dermatologist will ask you is about your diet, water consumption and exercise.  If you take the advice offered above, you will be able to smile and tell the dermatologist that you are doing well on all three counts.

In summary, don’t focus so much on looking for a “quick” fix, instead go the natural route first.  If that does not work, go see a dermatologist.

 

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Tips for a smart waist

All people who have stored much fat around their bellies look much anxious for their smartness. It happens due to over eating, no exercise and excessive sitting in routine. Having flat belly is dream of all women and young girls while having six packs on their bodies is dream of males. People having apple shaped or pear shaped bodies must take some steps to reduce their fats. Here are some special and useful tips to reduce fats from belly. Not only your look is affected by these fats but this will cause many diseases like heart problem, asthma, diabetes and blood pressure. Over weighting is not good for both health and look. Keep following points under consideration and lose fats of your belly:

  • Eat food with fewer fats and more proteins and fiber. Avoid over eating. Take chlorine controlling diet.
  • Add exercise and daily morning walk in your routine activities. Sports will be best tool to control fats in your body.
  • Leave drinking cold water for sometime as it will be better to drink some hot water.
  • Drink plenty of water to look fresh and tighten your body. Drink 10-12 glasses of water in a day.
  • Avoid too much junk food as this food causes lot of belly fat. It will optimize your appetite level and then over eating will lead towards over weight.
  • Take proper sleep time as many people eat more and more to spend their nights at work.
  • Jumping rope is very effective tool to reduce belly fats.
  • Don’t drink water during and after taking meal. Drinking water at the end leads towards over belly fats. This seems some non-serious fact but it is proved. Drink water of your desire before meal and drink after minimum one hour after meal. Do some walk after eating.

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Stay Fit While Working a Desk Job

Many people complain that they can not stay fit because of their job. There is an ever growing number of jobs in this world that require people to sit at a desk for eight or more hours a day. This is indeed a roadblock on the path to stay fit. Our doctors have always told us that we must be active to stay fit and eat healthy. The problem arises that sitting at a desk all day leads to being very inactive and leads to unhealthy snacking through out the day. How are we desk bound workers supposed to stay fit while we battle our 40 plus hour week at work? There is an easy solution to stay fit while working a desk job.

Instructions

1.Start your day with a hearty breakfast to stay fit when you are working a desk job. Your breakfast should include protein, complex carbohydrates and dairy to make sure that you get all of the nutrition that you need. This type of meal will give you the energy that you need to get through your work day as well as have a couple of extra benefits to help you to stay fit. By eating a healthy breakfast before work, you kick start your metabolism so that you are burning calories efficiently through out your day. A healthy breakfast will also help to keep you away from the junk food that is available for you to snack on through out the day by helping you to feel full longer.

2.Keep a bottle or large cup of water at your desk at all times. Many people who work at a desk job tend to drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages through out the day. This will cause you to dehydrate and be unhealthy. Drinking water through out the day will help to keep you hydrate and will help you to stay fit by keeping you from snacking as well. Try to make sure that you finish a cup or bottle of water every two hours and then refill for the optimum benefits to stay fit.

3.Get up and move at least once an hour. One of the biggest problems that people that work desk jobs have to face when it comes to their desire to stay fit is the lack of physical exertion. By walking around at least once an hour, you get the blood pumping and the muscles moving. If you have time, you can go on a longer walk on your lunch break or even walk up and down the stairs for a better mini workout to stay fit.

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10 Tips for a Healthy Diet

Experts agree the key to healthy eating is the time-tested advice of balance, variety and moderation. In short, that means eating a wide variety of foods without getting too many calories or too much of any one nutrient. These 10 tips can help you follow that advice while still enjoying the foods you eat.

  1. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need more than 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food supplies them all. Your daily food selection should include bread and other whole-grain products; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; and meat, poultry, fish and other protein foods. How much you should eat depends on your calorie needs. Use the Food Guide Pyramid and the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels as handy references.
  2. Enjoy plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Surveys show most Americans don’t eat enough of these foods. Do you eat 6-11 servings from the bread, rice, cereal and pasta group, 3 of which should be whole grains? Do you eat 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of vegetables? If you don’t enjoy some of these at first, give them another chance. Look through cookbooks for tasty ways to prepare unfamiliar foods.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight. The weight that’s right for you depends on many factors including your sex, height, age and heredity. Excess body fat increases your chances for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer and other illnesses. But being too thin can increase your risk for osteoporosis, menstrual irregularities and other health problems. If you’re constantly losing and regaining weight, a registered dietitian can help you develop sensible eating habits for successful weight management. Regular exercise is also important to maintaining a healthy weight.
  4. Eat moderate portions. If you keep portion sizes reasonable, it’s easier to eat the foods you want and stay healthy. Did you know the recommended serving of cooked meat is 3 ounces, similar in size to a deck of playing cards? A medium piece of fruit is 1 serving and a cup of pasta equals 2 servings. A pint of ice cream contains 4 servings. Refer to the Food Guide Pyramid for information on recommended serving sizes.
  5. Eat regular meals. Skipping meals can lead to out-of-control hunger, often resulting in overeating. When you’re very hungry, it’s also tempting to forget about good nutrition. Snacking between meals can help curb hunger, but don’t eat so much that your snack becomes an entire meal.
  6. Reduce, don’t eliminate certain foods. Most people eat for pleasure as well as nutrition. If your favorite foods are high in fat, salt or sugar, the key is moderating how much of these foods you eat and how often you eat them.
    Identify major sources of these ingredients in your diet and make changes, if necessary. Adults who eat high-fat meats or whole-milk dairy products at every meal are probably eating too much fat. Use the Nutrition Facts panel on the food label to help balance your choices.
    Choosing skim or low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat such as flank steak and beef round can reduce fat intake significantly.
    If you love fried chicken, however, you don’t have to give it up. Just eat it less often. When dining out, share it with a friend, ask for a take-home bag or a smaller portion.
  7. Balance your food choices over time. Not every food has to be “perfect.” When eating a food high in fat, salt or sugar, select other foods that are low in these ingredients. If you miss out on any food group one day, make up for it the next. Your food choices over several days should fit together into a healthy pattern.
  8. Know your diet pitfalls. To improve your eating habits, you first have to know what’s wrong with them. Write down everything you eat for three days. Then check your list according to the rest of these tips. Do you add a lot of butter, creamy sauces or salad dressings? Rather than eliminating these foods, just cut back your portions. Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables? If not, you may be missing out on vital nutrients.
  9. Make changes gradually. Just as there are no “superfoods” or easy answers to a healthy diet, don’t expect to totally revamp your eating habits overnight. Changing too much, too fast can get in the way of success. Begin to remedy excesses or deficiencies with modest changes that can add up to positive, lifelong eating habits. For instance, if you don’t like the taste of skim milk, try low-fat. Eventually you may find you like skim, too.
  10. Remember, foods are not good or bad. Select foods based on your total eating patterns, not whether any individual food is “good” or “bad.” Don’t feel guilty if you love foods such as apple pie, potato chips, candy bars or ice cream. Eat them in moderation, and choose other foods to provide the balance and variety that are vital to good health.

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Your Diet And Nails

What you eat will reflect on the health of your nails, too.

  • Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness.
  • Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hang nails.
  • White bands across the nails are caused by protein deficiency.
  • A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid can cause splitting nails.
  • Insufficient intake or vitamin B12 can lead to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darkening of nails.
  • Insufficient zinc can cause development of white spots on the nails.
  • Cuts and cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more liquids.
  • Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor metabolism of essential fatty acids. Here are some  guidelines to follow for improving the health of your nails:
  • Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Eat foods rich in sulfur and silicon, such as broccoli, fish and onions. Include foods rich in biotin such as soy,  yeast and whole grains.
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids.
  • You may supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina or kelp, which are rich in silica, zinc and B vitamins and help to strengthen your nails.
  • Drink fresh carrot juice daily, this is high in calcium and phosphorus and is excellent for strengthening nails.

Eat well and your whole body will be better, healthier, more beautiful!

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