Flawless Skin

4 Simple Steps to Flawless Skin

Your skin is on the outside of your body, so it’s only natural to think of it as something to be maintained from the outside. And breakouts are so obviously on the surface, that topical treatments are the first thing we think of. But there are some very simple lifestyle adjustments you can make to help fight breakouts before they even begin.

Here are four of our favorites:

Get Plenty Of Sleep

Your body is doing more while you sleep than simply dreaming – it’s performing routine and preventative maintenance – from healing existing breakouts to keeping new ones from forming.. So to rob yourself of this precious sleep time (you should be getting between 7 and 9 hours a night), you are asking your body to run on less than adequate maintenance – like asking your car to go 100,000 miles without an oil change – not a good idea. Help your body perform its routine maintenance by ensuring that you remove all your makeup before bed and cleansing thoroughly.

Exercise Regularly

Some women avoid exercise like the plague, believing that the exertion will cause breakouts. They are only partially right. The exercise itself certainly doesn’t cause a breakout – in fact, it can help your skin expel toxins that build up over the day. It’s the treatment of your skin before, during and after your workout that makes the difference.

First, remove your makeup before you exercise. Unless your makeup is specifically designed as an acne-fighting makeup, it can clog your pores and lead to the very breakout you’re trying to avoid by exercising. Look for products that contain salicylic acid and are oil-free and noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores).

Second, wear appropriate clothing – just because it’s a cute outfit doesn’t mean it’s functional. Wear clothing that will wick perspiration away form your body and allow heat to escape. Otherwise your sebaceous (oil-producing) glands can shift into overdrive – and who wants excess oil?

Third, be sure to bathe as soon as possible after your workout. Cleanse your body with an exfoliating wash. Look for one with salicylic acid to help unclog your pores.

Have An Outlet For Stress Relief

Stress itself doesn’t cause acne, but it can indirectly make it worse. When we’re stressed, we do things we normally don’t and don’t do some things we normally do. In other words, stress can give us the excuse we’re looking for to drop our good habits in favor of bad ones. We make poor diet choices, sleep poorly and maybe skip a workout here or there. Stress releases a hormone called cortisol – that’s the culprit that make you crave ice cream and convinces you that the gym is too crowded to go. Cortisol itself can cause inflammation that leads to breakouts, so if you’re already neglecting some good habits in favor of some bad ones, this can be twice as bad.

Find a way to relieve your stress that works for you. If working out does it for you, then you’ve got a two-for-one activity. But maybe you just need silence to meditate. Or a good book and a cup of coffee. Whatever it is that helps you decompress, make that an integral part of your day. Block it out on your calendar I you have to, but make time to decompress.

A Balanced Diet

We’ve all heard that chocolate and greasy foods can cause acne, but the truth of the matter is that it is still unclear what effect any foods actually have on breakouts. We do know one thing for sure – staying properly hydrated and eating a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to stay healthy and have clear skin.

full lips with makeup

How To Make Your Lips Look Full With Makeup

Applying makeup is all about enhancing your natural features. From highlighting your cheekbones to giving your face a bronze glow, you’ll learn all about creating everything from a runway ready look to a beach-side style in cosmetology training. However, some argue that there’s one element of the face that doesn’t get enough credit for its potential: the lips. Rather than resorting to more intense procedures like lip augmentation, you can easily create full, plump lips with these simple makeup tips:

1. Exfoliate

Just as you remove dead skin cells from the rest of your body, it’s important to prime your lips by brushing off those chapped flakes. Exfoliating can help increase circulation in your lips, enhancing their fullness and adding a rosy glow. Plus, makeup applied on uneven skin will result in a non-uniform look, so taking away dead skin cells is crucial. However, you need to treat your lips in a more gentle way than you would when exfoliating other less-sensitive areas.

First, apply a moisturizer to your lips. Then, wet a soft-bristle toothbrush and gently rub it against your lips for a few minutes. Once you’ve finished, wash away the dead skin and lip balm with warm water. Though you don’t have to complete this process immediately prior to applying makeup, make sure your lips are as smooth as possible before doing so.

2. Expand your base

Apply concealer or nude lip liner to both of your lips, covering the whole surface and extending it out just beyond your natural lip lines. This way, you get a slightly bigger base than you would otherwise. You can also do this with a lip liner that is the same color as the lipstick you plan to use. However, with the colored liner, you’ll only create the outer edge rather than filling in the lips. With either of these methods, be careful with how far you stretch this concept. Though you want to create an illusion of plumper, more full lips, you don’t want them to look unnatural.

3. Contour your lips

Just as you use highlighter and bronzer to narrow your face, you can apply the same concept to create full, voluptuous lips. Pick two colors that are only one shade away from each other, such as a red and a slightly darker red. Use the darker color on the entire surface, and apply the lighter shade right in the middle of both your upper and lower lips. The contrast of this kissable look will make your lips look instantly fuller.

4. Highlight the pouty parts

After you’ve applied lipstick, put a dab of lip gloss right in the center of both your bottom and top lips. These are naturally the fullest parts, and adding a bit of gloss will help them catch the light. The reflection will create the illusion that these parts are bigger and more pronounced than they really are.With the right makeup tools and tips, you can make your lips look fuller without more intense cosmetic procedures.

sore muscles

How to Handle Sore Muscles?

We’ve all felt that agonizing pain the day after a trip to the gym – the sore and aching feeling of tired and angry muscles. Because it’s so easy to overexert ourselves while working out, our muscles end up paying the price for it in the end. If you’re tired of putting in the effort to exercise, only to lose your ability to move or be productive the next day, check out the following tips to learn how to take better care of your muscles after each workout.

How can muscles become sore when the activities performed are supposed to help them? The soreness that happens usually occurs the day or two after an intense workout. While the first day of soreness can be painful, often the second day can feel like the worst and most of the symptoms of cramping and soreness can last for several days. The reason muscles become sore in the first place is due to the buildup of fluid and metabolites (substances that are used by or produced by enzyme reactions or processes dealing with metabolism). These fluids enter the muscles and work to heal any damage, but if there is too much fluid, the purpose of the fluids can backfire, allowing the extra fluid to cause cramping and soreness.

If you’re suffering from sore muscles after your workout, try aerobic activities like brisk walking, jogging, walking up and down stairs, and bicycling. Stretching can also help to relieve and speed up the healing process of sore muscles. Muscles always need time to recover and grow so don’t force any aerobic or stretching if you are in a lot of pain. At best, take a warm shower and apply a muscle relaxing cream and take a nap or go to bed early to make sure your body has enough time to fully recover.

In order to avoid having to deal with sore muscles in the first place, follow these tips:

– Moderate your exercise. By doing more exercise during the weekend and not during the week, you are putting more strain on your body and muscles, which will make it easier to strain them. Instead, break your workout into 20-30 minute intervals two to three times a week.

– Warm up slowly and stretch before doing your exercise routine. Warming up allows your heart rate to increase as well as your breathing rate, which in turn increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles so they are better prepped. Warm ups also loosen up your joints so you won’t be so stiff.

– Split your workouts so that you aren’t overexerting your entire body each time. Each day focus on a different part of your body instead of working yourself from head to toe to minimize feeling sore all over. Also drink plenty of water and eat a high carb, low fat diet to help your muscles get the right fuel needed for your workout.

– Soothe your entire body by taking a dip in the hot tub or swimming for 15 minutes to relax and reduce muscle tension.

 

Breast Enhancement Without Surgery

How To Enjoy Breast Enhancement Without Surgery

If you want to enjoy breast enhancement without surgery, you’re not alone… many women seek out non-invasive, non-surgical methods of improving the size and shape of their breasts. Some women opt for exercises that build the underlying chest muscles (pectorals), while other women select herbal creams and pills that spur a firmer, fuller bust line. Another practical approach is combining targeted exercise with supplements and lotions for a well-rounded plan that helps to boost the sex appeal of the chest area.

Here are some sensible ways to enhance your breasts without going under the knife:

Supplements – Today’s hottest breast enhancement without surgery supplements offer unique ways to boost the size and firmness of the chest… they include vitamins, herbs, and roots that are proven to add pleasing fullness to this part of the female body. Whether you’re looking for ways to ameliorate the look of your breasts after childbirth, or to grow your chest so that you look sexier in a bikini or low-cut top, you’ll appreciate the benefits of breast enhancement supplements.

There are some scams out there, so look for supplements that have active ingredients that really get results – examples of effective active ingredients include Wild Yam, kelp, Vitamin E, and Dong Quai. When you find a supplement with these all-natural additives, you will begin to see improvements within six to eight weeks. One of our recommendation would be Breast Actives and you can check out our review if you are interested to learn more about it.

Creams – The best breast enhancement creams will always feature active ingredients that smooth and plump the bust line, while also adding pleasing firmness. Typically, these types of breast enlargement creams are massaged into the chest area for a few minutes each morning. Proper self-massage of the right creams will result in softer skin, a fuller breast appearance, and more elasticity of tender, sensitive breast skin. Many creams are used alongside supplements to give even better overall results (without painful and costly breast augmentation surgery).

Beware of shady operators online – look for reputable dealers whose products have a host of positive customer reviews. By choosing the right cream, you’ll get the look you want within a couple of months. Be sure to use these lotions as directed, and try to be patient; often, effects are cumulative, so you’ll need to wait a while to see the fullness and firmness that you’re looking for. Giving up too soon may result in disappointment, when success was right around the corner…

Push-Ups – Instead of relying on push-ups bras, why not get at the root of the problem by trying breast enhancement exercises? When you do push-ups daily, your pectoral muscles will become developed, and this new muscle mass will help your breasts to look bigger and firmer. While floor push-ups or inverted push-ups won’t grow tissue within the breasts, they will support the underlying muscle structure, creating the full and sexy look that you want. When you keep up with your regime, you’ll find that padded bras and other quick fixes are less necessary – your body will change, and your hard work will pay off. Start with a few repetitions, and build up your rep numbers as you get stronger.

As you can see, there are several ways to achieve breast enhancement without surgery; through supplements, creams, and exercises, you can improve the look of your breasts without subjecting yourself to painful and potentially dangerous surgery.