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Get Rid Of Pimples

Pimples are nothing but a tiny little infection in the skins pores. They are a produced as a result of a bacterium that lives on the surface of your skin. This bacterium is harmless until it gets into the pores of the skin. When you try to break the pimple the bacterium and pus can spread underneath the skin to form new pimples. If you keep on disturbing the pimple you can also end up with scars. The best way to get rid of pimples is to hide its presence and let it subside on its own without disturbing it too much.

There are number of simple steps to get rid of pimples quickly. These are some of the simple steps that can be followed regularly.

  1. Apply ice to the pimples few times a day. This will reduce the swelling and will try to make the pimple less noticeable.
  2. Toothpaste can be applied to the pimple which again reduces the swelling and helps you to get rid of the pimples the next morning.
  3. Drink a lot of water. This facilitates removal of toxins from body.
  4. Try to avoid junk food and also eatables containing excess sugar and vegetable oil.
  5. Another way to get rid of pimples is the use of garlic. Massage the garlic on your face few times a day for about a week.
  6. The best away to get rid of pimples is to eliminate stress. Once stress level goes down its easier to get rid of pimples fast.
  7. Regions that are prone to pimples must be washed with a cleanser at least twice a day.
  8. Avoid oil based moisturizers and makeup.
  9. Consult a dermatologist and ask them for a pimple cream.
  10. Sleep well in the night as it strengthens the immune system to fight off bacteria and other infection.

Getting rid of pimples quickly is not always easy in a short amount of time. Maintaining overall skin health is very important. The tips given above can make you hide the pimples until they disappear on their own. Pimples are embarrassing and one really gets frustrated when trying to get rid of them. There are many effective ways to get rid of pimples fast. By following these steps mentioned above you will have a beautiful and healthy skin.

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10 tips for beautiful skin in the winter

When the days shorten and the temperature dips, your psyche and your skin may both rebel against the changes. Seasonal changes are normal, and one way to boost your psyche is to pamper and nurture your skin back into its natural healthful, glowing state.Without a change in your skin care routine, skin tends to dry and flake in the winter, regardless of your skin type. Moisture in the air is scarce, and even scarcer inside thanks to artificial heat. The cold wind beating against unprotected skin results in windburn, and you can get sunburn in the winter as well. Skin was not meant to withstand continual assault for three or more months each year.There are steps you can take to protect your skin. You’re protecting more than your beauty, you’re protecting the body’s largest organ. Follow the tips and tricks below to normalize your skin during the year’s harshest season.

1. Start your day with an ancient Ayurvedic ritual: drink a hot glass of water with lemon juice to assist your body in removing toxins.

2. Nourish your skin from the inside. Eat right, take proper vitamin and mineral supplementation, exercise regularly, and sleep right. It’s winter for heaven’s sake—nature hibernates. Crawl into bed an hour early with a hot beverage and a good read.

3. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin and offset the lack of humidity. Alcohol, coffee and tea dehydrate the body, so while your liquid intake may be higher in the winter, make a special effort to include hydrating beverages. If you really don’t like the taste of water, add lemon or lime juice, or eat more foods with a high water content.

4. Incorporate another Ayurvedic practice: brush your dry skin with a skin brush before your daily shower or bath. Not only does this practice remove dead debris from the outer layer of the skin, it encourages toxin release as well.

5. Limit your exposure to hot water. Warm water will cleanse the skin just as well as hot water without the drying effect. A hot bath every now and then isn’t going to damage your skin, especially if you’re soaking in a pampering bath with sea minerals or pure essential oils, but avoid regular hot baths. Quick showers in warm water help minimize excessive drying. End your bathing routine with a skin oil, lotion, or butter.

6. Switch to a heavier, richer facial moisturizer to lock out winter’s harsh elements and to seal in moisture in over-heated rooms lacking in humidity. A moisturizer with humectants attracts moisture, while one with emollients locks in the moisture. Moisturizers with humectants are lighter than emollient-rich moisturizers, so your skin type will dictate which one you should use. If you’re still using products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), discontinue their use during the winter, and replace them with enriched products containing vitamins and botanicals. You might also need to change to a richer makeup foundation. Even in the winter, your foundation should contain at least some Sun Protection Factor (SPF).

7. Wear lip protection. Forget any nonsense you may have heard about your lips “becoming addicted to moisture.” They require moisture, because they contain no oil glands. If your lips chap before you switch to a more emollient lip balm, exfoliate with one of the new lip exfoliants. A lip balm with any of the butters, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, etc., is a good choice. A waxy lip balm serves a dual purpose; it keeps lipstick in place as well as sealing in moisture. Reapply as often as necessary.

8. If you like your environment on the warm side, run a humidifier to add moisture to the air. The warmer you keep your environment, the less moisture in your air.

9. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week and your face as needed to remove dead, flakey skin. Hands and feet require more frequent exfoliation in the winter. You’ll find that your heels flake and crack more in the winter. Follow exfoliation with a rich moisturizer. You don’t need to spend a king’s ransom on special hand and feet exfoliants. You can create your own concoction with salt or sugar and a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil. This blend exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. Add a little essential oil, and you have your own high-priced product for pennies on the dollar. Rub into your hands and feet in a gentle circular motion, and rinse well. For extra-deep conditioning, exfoliate right before bedtime, moisturize, and don gloves and socks while you sleep.

10. Protect your skin from the elements. If you spend time outdoors, particularly skiing, add a sunscreen to your regimen. In the winter, brisk winds add to the damage from the elements. Your body may not feel warm, but you can still get a sunburn. Studies show that we receive more ultraviolet rays in the winter than was previously thought.

You may find that your winter skin-care rituals require more time, and that you must be more vigilant in caring for and nurturing your skin in the winter months. The good news is that proper care and feeding of your skin during the winter months will pay off in skin that’s summer-ready when the seasons change.

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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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Get rid of dark circles!

Dark circles are a very common skin problem, which is troubling every second person in today’s stressful lifestyle. People get rarely any time to get proper sleep and they lack of nutritional diet also, which is one of the many reasons of getting dark circles. Many people inherit this dark circle problem where they get it for no other reason.

People who face this dark circle problem can try certain easy remedies to reduce the darkness of the circles but none of them promises to diminish the circles completely. One needs to sleep properly and eat healthy diet to diminish the dark circles from the face. Some cosmetic creams promise to reduce the dark circles but they might give you puffiness around your eyes.

Remedies for dark circles: try certain homemade solutions to reduce the dark circles but keep trying till you see the results because it takes to reduce the dark circles from the skin. Be careful while putting anything around eyes because the skin around the eyes is very sensitive and if something enters into the eyes it can harm them.

  • Take proper sleep. At least 8 hours sleep is must for an adult to keep the body and mind fit and to keep the dark circles at bay.
  • Drink plenty of fluids at least 2 liters of water a day to keep the skin smooth and supple.
  • Eat healthy nutritional diet. Include dairy products in your diet and consume green vegetables and fruits in your daily diet. Food rich in iron helps in reducing dark circles because eat times one gets them because they lack iron in their body and consuming sufficient iron and reduce the dark circles.
  • Potato juice has bleaching agents in it, so you can take potato juice out and apply it on your skin. You can soak cotton balls in the juice and can keep them on your eyes for at least 20 minutes while having rest. It helps in reducing the dark circles.
  • Grated cucumber juice is very useful for dark circles. You can apply it on the eyes the same way you apply potato juice.
  • Tea water too reduces the puffiness and dark circles of the eyes and rejuvenates the eyes by refreshing them. You can boil tea in water and restrain the leaves. You can refrigerate this water in the freeze to make ice cubes. Keep these ice cubes on the eyes in a cotton cloth for 20 minutes.
  • Always go out in sun wearing sunglasses and after applying sunscreen lotion on the skin around the eyes.
  • Take a teaspoonful of milk powder and apply honey to it. Put this paste on the skin on the dark circles. It helps in reducing the dark circles.
  • In the night apply a good company’s under eye gel or cream to reduce the darkness around the eyes.
  • You can hide your dark circles with a lighter shade of conceler when putting make up on your skin.

Trying all such methods will definitely help you in reducing your dark circles.

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How To Prevent Nails From Breaking/ Chip Off

Nail care is important to practice when you are trying to grow out your finger nails, or have just gotten a fabulous manicure. Breaking your nails is just too easy to do with every day life. Healthy nails needs lots of care and maintenance to keep them strong, healthy and beautiful.

  • The most important thing you can do to keep nails strong is to not use them as a tool. Don’t pick, open, poke, or scratch at anything with your nails. This can encourage the tips to break and peel.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning or doing house work. Many household chemicals are harsh on your nails and can cause them to peel. You should also wear gloves when gardening or doing other household tasks that may be hard on your nails and may cause damage to them.
  • Don’t bite your nails, and don’t peel off old nail polish. This will only cause them to become brittle and eventually get weak. This will result in your nails peeling or breaking. Avoid picking at your nails at all cost. If it’s a habit, chew on a straw instead.
  • Apply nail polish. A coat of nail polish, even clear polish, can strengthen the nail and seal it together. There are even types of nail polish created to strengthen your nails. As the polish starts to chip off, touch it up rather than using nail polish remover. If you do use polish remover, avoid types containing acetone, which dries out nails and causes peeling and breakage.
  • Moisturize your hands twice a day. Nails need moisturizer the same way your skin does. When moisturizing your hands, rub lotion into your nails. Reapply after washing your hands. It will strengthen and maintain nail growth.
  • Maintain a healthy diet full of vitamins. If your diet lacks protein and essential vitamins, your nails may become dry or brittle. If you suspect that your diet may be unbalanced and need help correcting it, consult a doctor and ask what you could do.

Maintaining long healthy hair

Taking care of your hair is a daily task that must be done in order for your hair to remain healthy and attractive. However, the amount of time, effort and money you are willing to spend to achieve this depends on you and your personal hair demands and desires.

Do you want a simple style that is easy to manage and maintain? Do you want spend 2 hours each day styling your hair so, that you just look like you have stepped out of a salon? Do you want a completely new look or do you just simply want to add a bit of shine to your hair?

The following offer tips and secrets about how you can give your hair extra shine, how you can control frizzy hair and little tricks you can use to make your hair do what you want it to do.

How to get shiny hair

When you have shiny hair it means that you have healthy hair. If your hair is not looking as shiny as you would like it to, there are some tricks you apply to assist you in getting the shine you would like. For example, there are spray-on shine products available in beauty salons that can add an effective, temporary shine to your hair.

Regularly rinsing your hair in cold water at the end of your bath or shower helps create a long lasting shine.

Deep conditioning your hair can help keep it shiny and healthy. Olive oil is a great product for deep conditioning your hair. To do so warm up some olive oil in the microwave for a few seconds and apply it to dry hair, paying special attention to split ends. Leave it on for roughly 20 minutes and then wash it out. You can also dab a little on the ends of your hair as a leave in conditioner.

Here is an easy and cheap honey recipe that produces shiny hair:

Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 4 cups of warm water (blonde haired people may wish to add a squeeze of lemon juice). After shampooing, pour the mixture through hair. Do not rinse. Dry as normal.

How to control frizzy hair

There are various products available in your local supermarkets and hair salons that can help tame and calm frizzy hair. The following are some little tips and tricks you can use to manage your hair and allow it to look its best.

•Before styling your hair apply a no-frizz product.

•When you blow dry your hair, direct the heat downwards so it smoothes the hair shaft.

•Make sure you get your hair trimmed regularly i.e. every 6-8 weeks this will help prevent and manage split ends. Split ends causes hair to frizz.

•Let your hair dry naturally whenever possible and avoid running your fingers through your hair until it is dried all the way.

•Try not to wash your hair everyday. Washing your hair everyday removes your hair’s natural oils.

•Use a hydrating shampoo and cream conditioner every other day.

•Deep condition your hair once a week with a deep hair conditioning mask.

•Keep a frizz control serum handy like in your hand bag or work desk and rub a few drops over your hair for a middle of the day shine.

How often do you need a haircut

No matter what type of hair you have you should get you hair cut or trimmed at least several times per year. However, how often depends on the style of your hair and the amount of money you can spend on hair cuts. Short hair will stay in its style for about 4 weeks. If you have medium length hair you should visit your hair dresser every 5 weeks and if you have long hair or are trying to grow it out you should get your hair trimmed or cut about every 6 weeks. Getting your hair trimmed will get rid of, or help avoid split ends.

Other than managing split ends’ getting a haircut does not have much to do with your hair’s health. Your hair’s health is based on your hair care routine and diet. Nevertheless, getting your hair cut from time to time is good for you, if not only for your hair. A new haircut or even a trim can make you and your head feel a lot better!

Brushing your hair

You may have heard the old saying “brush your hair with 100 strokes before bed for healthy hair”. In our present day and age the opposite is actually true. In fact, the less you brush your hair the better. People followed this beauty advice years and years ago when woman only washed their hair with soap once a month. If they did not brush their hair daily their hair would accumulate dead skin and oils, making their hair dirty and unattractive.

Now days when bathing and shampooing hair is a regular and daily routine, we do not need to spend so much time brushing our hair. Too much brushing can wear down the cuticle (the outer layer of the hair, causing damage). People with shoulder length or long hair should use a brush only when it is necessary. Instead of using a brush everyday, a wide tooth pick or comb helps gently break through tangles and helps prevent split ends.

Brushing your hair is important in terms of stimulating circulation on your scalp, which encourages healthy blood flow and hair growth. However, there is an alternative to stimulating your scalp in this way. A more effective option is a scalp massage. If done correctly, it does not affect the hair shaft, which is the downside of brushing. While massaging your scalp use essential oils such as thyme, rosemary or lavender.

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Green Tea Benefits

Green tea has been enjoyed by people in China and Japan for thousands of years. Over the time it has become widely known in the West.

A lot of people nowadays have heard that green tea benefits the overall health, but not a lot know why exactly. And believe me after I’ve learned all the health benefits of green tea, I get completely different feeling every time I drink it. I not only enjoy the taste of it but I also get the moral satisfaction knowing that I am doing something right and extremely healthy for my body. I want you to have exactly the same feeling I have, so here are the benefits that you get while sipping delicious cup of tea.

Green tea contains anti-oxidants that:

– Helps to prevent cancer.

The is some strong evidence that green tea included in you every day diet can reduce bladder, colon, esophageal, pancreas, rectum, and stomach cancer up to 60%. An antioxidant known as “epigallocatechin gallate” (EGCG for short) is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells from harmful influence.

The amazing thing about it that EGCG it not only inhibits the growth of new cancer cells it also kills some of the existing cancer sells without harming the healthy ones.

– Lowers “bad” cholesterol (known as LDL) and improves the ratio of “good” cholesterol (known as HDL). It explains why tea-drinkers can eat almost twice the foods containing cholesterol as a those who don’t drink green tea, but still have an equal cholesterol count.

– Stops the unnatural formation of blood cloth which if not taken care of will cause thrombosis. It takes on added importance if you consider that thrombosis is one of the main causes of strokes and heart attacks.

– Reduces high blood pressure by repressing angiotensin II which causes constriction of the blood vessels causing high blood pressure.

– Lowers blood sugar (polyphenols and polysaccharides are the two main antioxidants are especially effective in lowering blood sugar). That helps prevent and relieve type-two diabetes.

– Protects liver against toxins like alcohol and chemicals in cigarette smoke.

– Promotes oral health by suppress the process of plaque formation and destroys the bacteria that forms plaque. It also destroys bacteria that causes bad breath, so after eating something sweet I suggest you drink a cup of green tea.

– Destroys free radicals that cause aging.

– Boosts your immune system function ( because of it’s high concentration of polyphenols and flaveboids).

– Possess antibacterial and antiviral properties. Recent studies show that green tea inhibits the spread of disease, speeds up recovery from cold and flu. It also kills seven strains of food poisoning bacteria including clostridium, botulus and staphylococcus (which makes it a good treatment for diarrhea).

– Helps your body to maintain healthy fluid balance and relieve fatigue and stress often caused by dehydration.

– Blocks main receptors that produce allergic reactions.

– Stimulates metabolism, calorie burning process and is wildly being used as an important part of a healthy diet.

It is important to know that black tea, even though it comes from the same plant as a green tea, will not give you the same benefits. Black tea during fermentation process loses most of its medical benefits.

The best way to preserve all the disease-fighting nutritions is to drink your tea freshly brewed. All the decaffeinated, ready-to-drink bottled or instant teas will give you very little of natural health compounds. It is better to let your tea steep for about 4-5 minutes before drinking it.

I hope that after reading this article you will include a cup of green tea in your daily ratio. After all it is a rare case when something that good for our health can be also that delicious.

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