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How To Make Skin Glow Naturally

 
 
Somehow we can instinctively tell when someone takes care of their looks. Their skin has a glow to it that improves their attractiveness more than mere clothes and makeup can do. For this reason, it is useful to understand how to make skin glow naturally.

A good diet is always the first place to start. Ensure the food you eat includes healthy (preferably organic) fruit and vegetables with a wide range of nutrients but especially vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. Ensuring you have a balanced diet will often ensure you get the nutrients you need but, in any case, it is always well worth taking a good quality multi-vitamin supplement to top up the levels of goodness you require. Avoid eating too much sugar, salt, caffeine and drinking alcohol as these will dry out the skin and reduce its shine.

Exfoliate at least once a week. A good exfoliating product will ensure the dead skin cells will be removed, allowing the healthy cells to shine.

Use a moisturiser at the beginning of every day and in the evening. This will form a great base for cosmetics during the day and help the skin cells repair themselves at night. To help plump up the skin, also drink plenty of water during the day: this will also help the body clear any impurities too. Consider a course of high quality collagen tablets too: as we get older we lose collagen and so elasticity in our skin.

You can also make lifestyle choices to help your skin. Smoking should be avoided as this damages the skin cells, as does exposure to the sun. Nicotine and ultra violet rays lead to wrinkling and premature ageing. Make sure you get regular exercise, as this will stimulate the heart and lungs, leading to a better distribution of oxygen to the skin.

So it is really only a matter of decisions as to how to make skin glow naturally. If you are serious about looking good, then it is worth developing some good habits.
 

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Why Models Are Turning to a Healthy Makeup for Skin

 
 
As we grow older decisions we made in earlier years start to produce results. Many women used artificial makeup in their formative years and are finding that a more healthy makeup for skin is the better option. Unfortunately all that time using cheaper low quality cosmetics can cause a reduction in nutrition in the skin, clogging of the pores and lessened supplies of oxygen.

This could well be one of the reasons skin wrinkles increase considerably, alongside other causes such as alcohol, excess sun and a reduction in collagen. Now is the time to turn to healthy makeup for skin and use mineral powder cosmetics.

Increasingly professional models and celebrities are using a healthy makeup for skin to help them look good when in the glare of publicity.
 

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Good mineral makeup will provide nutrients to the skin and will allow the skin to breath. The use of natural ingredients in a good, healthy natural makeup will reduce the instances of reaction: artificial products can introduce chemicals to which a sensitive skin will react.

Several brands of mineral makeup deliberately introduce extra goodness to the skin to ensure that natural glow is maintained. Some ensure antioxidants are included to counter free radicals that damage the cells in the skin.

The fact that such healthy makeup for skin is made from mineral powder means there is also less moisture involved. This may seem a bad idea but wet cosmetics can develop bacteria and require artificial preservatives to last long enough.

Using the correct brushes, mineral makeup can also last longer as less is needed to achieve the required effect and, as the best look is often natural, it is easier to look as if you use no makeup and yet achieve a healthy glow to your skin and emphasize your best features.

As usual, the increase of models and celebrities using a healthy makeup for skin has lead to others following their example and a steady increase in the market for natural mineral powder makeup.

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Ways to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle in Hot Weather

 
 
In the UK recently many parts of the country have been experiencing hot, summer weather. Prior to that, parts of the USA also basked in hot sun. Despite the attractions of such sunny weather there are certain ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the sun.
 

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When temperatures soar, there are sections of the community that especially need to take account of these ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the sun: problems have been identified among the older members of society and babies and young children who have skin more sensitive than adults. Certain heart, skin and conditions can leave us open to problems in extreme weather, particularly if we are working or exercising outside for extended periods of time.

During 2003 temperatures reached 38 degrees centigrade (101 degrees Fahrenheit) and health authorities identified around 2000 to 3000 more deaths than normal. It was estimated this figure rose to 30,000 across the European continent.

So what are the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in such conditions?

Many of us open the windows and doors to allow a breeze through the house in hot weather and yet, if you observe countries that habitually experience high temperatures, you will find the populations shut windows and pull down the shades, only opening windows when things cool down in the evening.

The song ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun’ was quite right: those used to the heat have learned to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. This is generally between 11am and 3pm.

It is also important to drink lots of cool drinks. A friend who served in Iraq told me recently that the best time to drink is before you need it. If you wait until you are thirsty it is already too late. Start the day drinking water or fruit juice and continue to do so throughout the day. Tea, coffee and alcohol are to be avoided.

Remember that protecting the skin is important too. Wear a hat (a wide-brimmed one may look unfashionable but is to be preferred) and keep exposed shin covered with regular doses of sun block. In the evening and morning moisturise extensively the same areas. Watch for redness and give those patches especial attention.

The National Health Service gives some excellent guidelines on their website.

Enjoy the summer but ensure you keep healthy too.
 

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How to Look Beautiful Naturally

 
 
Most of us, whether we admit it or not, want to look at our best and it makes sense to look beautiful naturally rather than relying on artificial products.

To look at our best we need to look at our lifestyle. What we do every day affects the way we look.

Audrey Hepburn came close to the truth when she said, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” One of the first things we need to do to look beautiful naturally is to reduce the stress in our lives. When we get stressed the heart rate changes and we breath faster and less deeply: this has the effect of restricting the blood vessels to the skin, which leads to a lack of a glow to the skin through a reduced blood supply.

So reduce the amount of pressure you put yourself under and look for the good in other people. You will feel and look better.
 

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There are external stresses to avoid too: smoking is a bad idea as it dries out the skin, restricts the blood vessels and promotes premature ageing. This is also true of spending too long in the sun (not forgetting the risk of skin cancer, of course) although some exposure is good as it improves the supply of vitamin D to the skin. Always be prepared to wear a good sunblock if you want to look beautiful naturally.

Get enough sleep as it is as you sleep that the skin repairs itself and the wrinkles reduce. Also drink plenty of water before you need to do so. Once you feel thirsty it is too late and your skin will already be losing its plumpness. Get into the habit of drinking enough water daily: avoid caffeine and alcohol however as they have the effect of drying the skin.

Not surprisingly a good diet is essential to look beautiful naturally. A good balanced diet without too much of one food is ideal but include a wide range of fruit, vegetables, nuts and oily fish (for the Omega-3 oils). Avoid too much sugar too as it has been linked to breakouts of pimples and spots. The body needs the right fuel to maintain its functions so watch what you eat: if you are worried about your nutrition, you might consider a course of good-quality multi-vitamins too.

Exercise is good for the skin too as it promotes the body’s functions and opens the pores. Remember to shower afterwards of course to remove any dirt ejected by the sweat. You don’t need to run a marathon, just 30 minutes of walking, running, cycling or swimming will do: just enough to get you out of breath.

To look beautiful naturally you do need to look after your skin. Use a good moisturiser daily after washing with a gentle cleanser and padding the skin dry. If you do use makeup, to look great why not use the best minerals makeup you can afford? Cosmetics of this type will not block your pores and may even provide nutrients; remember to carefully clean your brushes after each use though.

It is not that difficult to look beautiful naturally. It is simply a case of getting into healthy habits and controlling your lifestyle. In the end, you will not only get to look beautiful naturally but you will feel good too.
 
 

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The Importance of Using Brushes to Apply Mineral Powder Makeup

 
 

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The most striking effects can be achieved using modern mineral powder makeup. From the popular natural look (is she wearing makeup or isn’t she?) to the most colourful party face, applying your cosmetics correctly can create a wide range of effects.

To achieve such artistry, the makeup professionals must use, as do all artists, the most appropriate and best tools. Anyone applying mineral powder makeup needs to use the right brushes to achieve the flawless finish to which they aspire.

Makeup brushes do work like an artists brushes, following the contours of the face to apply a smooth and even coverage with the minimum of fuss.

To save money, many women attempt to use their fingers to apply the makeup but are usually defeated by the mess that creates and the inability to get a smooth, natural finish. In addition, fingers are never 100% clean and can contaminate the cosmetics. Equally, using an unsuitable powder puff or sponge can also trap muck and bacteria, which could cause acne or other conditions, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

Also, when using anything other than brushes, you will find there will be a much greater wastage of the cosmetics.

When applying mineral powder makeup, you should always ensure the brushes are cleaned and dried after every use: in this way they will always be ready for the next drop dead gorgeous application of your mineral powder makeup!

If you are looking for a set of the high quality brushes to apply your mineral powder makeup, take a look at the range offered on LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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How To Make Skin Glow Naturally as You Exercise

 
 

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One of the most important ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to get regular exercise. Many of us would like to look beautiful naturally and know getting fit is an important part of that but dislike the effort it takes and also do not want to appear in public looking red and sweaty.

With regard to the effort involved it is key to get into a habit of exercise. Decide what you want to do to get fit (something that you might enjoy): this might involve running, going to the gym, walking, swimming, cycling, a team sport or even gardening.

I always say that exercise could be taken to achieve something else apart from getting fit. This might involve walking or cycling to work or widening your social circle by joining a team or club. By taking your mind off the need to exercise and having another reason, you will find it easier to get fit.

Bear in mind however that a determination to lose weight can be enough to get started but having another reason will help you on those inevitable occasions when it gets tough (and it will!).

Generally once you have exercised regularly for 30 days you will find it becomes a habit and thus harder to stop.

During the London Marathon this year, the singer Katherine Jenkins ran in full makeup. This did surprise a few people as most opinions suggest you minimise the cosmetics worn when you exercise. Why? The idea is to keep the pores clear to allow sweat (okay, perspiration or ‘glow’) to exit naturally and not trap the dirt and bacteria.

Of course, mineral powder makeup does not block the pores anyway so it would seem, if you are going to wear cosmetics as you exercise, this is the more healthy option. Nonetheless it is much better to minimise the quantity but isn’t the natural look always the better choice for most women?

Most women prefer to be seen wearing some sort of makeup when exercising so use a light layer of moisturiser and a discrete lip colour. If you are exercising outside it makes sense to wear a sunscreen too; some mineral powder makeup does contain sun protection. Eyeliner and mascara are also probably the safer cosmetics to wear as they cover the least area of skin but remember to select a waterproof version or you are likely to end the day looking like you have been crying.

Just as you warm up and cool down before and after a workout, it is key to wash before putting on makeup prior to exercising and equally important to carefully clean off the cosmetics after and wash again: in this way you will avoid any danger of spots and rashes.

Olympic heroine Jessica Ennis always looks good when competing. She points out it makes her feel confident and, let’s face it, it you are exercising in front of millions then you want to look good. Jessica’s look very much emphasises her best features with the minimum of makeup.

Take care to look your best as you exercise and you will find getting fit to look beautiful naturally will be less of a chore.
 
 

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Healthy Skin Tips: Preserve Fatty Acids

 
 
There is a lot of talk about removing fats from our diets as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and yet, in the right quantity, certain fats are essential for the correct operation of our bodies.

This is particularly true of our skin. The aim of any skincare regime has to be to ensure a plump, healthy skin and this is provided by the essential fatty acids. These useful substances maintain the skin’s cell walls and provide the means for the movement of water in and waste products out.

We are always being told to drink as much water as possible to keep our skin healthy and it is the fatty acids that ensure the water gets to the skin. A healthy skin looks plump and hydrated so we should do all we can to ensure this can happen.

Skin lacking the necessary fatty acids looks dry and lifeless with sagging and wrinkles.

The role of fatty acids in the maintenance of cell walls ensures, as mentioned, the removal of waste deposits. Acne can result when the cells are not able to remove the bad fatty deposits that build up in the skin and block pores. The fatty acids not only ensure the ability of the cells to deal with this problem but they also have anti-inflammatory properties to enable the skin to repair any damage caused by such conditions as acne.

Repairing damaged skin is also a feature of fatty acids that enables them to deal with damage resulting from Ultra Violet rays from the sun. Exposure to the sun creates free radicals, which damage the cells, destroy collagen and cause more premature ageing. Fatty acids, particularly Omega-3, acts as an antioxidant and combats the attack.

Fatty acids can also be used to treat other conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.

It is very clear therefore that one of the best healthy skin tips is to maintain your fatty acids, particularly Omega-3 and Omega-6. They can be found in certain foods, such as seeds, walnuts and oily fish, including salmon, but also some high quality food supplements will help you get the healthy, plump skin you desire.
 

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Combatting Dry Skin To Look Beautiful Naturally

 
 

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We all want to look beautiful naturally but sometimes it can be hard, especially when we struggle keeping our skin moist and healthy. Dry skin can be a real curse so what causes it and how can we deal with it?

This time of year in the northern hemisphere we are just coming out of winter (although it doesn’t seem like it here yet!). The cold weather we experience in winter is responsible for causing dry skin. Low temperatures and wind take the moisture from the skin and cause it to wrinkle and crack.

In the cold weather the natural reaction is to dive indoors and turn the heating up or perhaps sit by a roaring fire. Sadly even this does not help us to keep our skin healthy or help us to look beautifully naturally. These sources of heat remove the moisture from the air and cause dry skin again.

Even in the warmer weather our skin can dry out. Once the temperatures start to increase, the air gets drier and saps the moisture. If we then make the mistake of spending too long in the sun, the ultraviolet rays can dry out and burn the skin leading to premature ageing with it’s attendant wrinkling and sagging.

The answer is to create a barrier to the cold weather using a warm hat, scarf and gloves or to combat hot weather and the suns rays with a floppy hat and sun blocking cream. Every evening before we go to bed, a good moisturiser should be applied to affected areas (including the lips) to help restore visible health.

If the dryness is a particular problem then it would be worth applying moisturiser at other times too, such as when you get up in the morning too.

Be careful having hot showers and baths too as these can also dry out the skin. Have a less hot bathe and reduce the time you spend in the shower or bath.

Be careful what soap you use as harsh detergents can also have a detrimental effect. A good quality soap designed for dry skin will moisturise as it cleans.

Equally rubbing your skin dry will actually remove moisture. Pat it dry with a soft towel and your skin will take in the moisture it needs and you will remove the excess.

Other causes of dry skin include ageing, excess alcohol and various skin diseases and conditions.

In the case of skin conditions, such as dermatitis or psoriasis, it would be worth consulting a medical professional for specialist treatment to help you look beautiful naturally.

Obviously the way to combat alcohol-induced problems is to reduce your intake. However alcohol disturbs your body’s nutrition so it would be wise to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals with a good quality multi-vitamin supplement. Make sure especially that vitamins C, A and the B vitamins are included, as well as zinc, as these are a particular problem.

To reduce the dryness of skin that age brings with it, get into the habit of using a good quality skin cream first thing in the morning and last thing at night and ensure your nutritional intake is at its optimum level.

It is worth keeping your skin in top condition and moisturised if you want to look beautiful naturally. This winter I have spent a great deal of time outside and have had a particular problem with dry skin. On occasions my hands have even started to show cracks and bleed.

I have managed to solve the problem through the daily use of a skin balm from a local company called the Old Apothecary in Lyndhurst, Hampshire. My biggest ally however has been the marvellous Instant Manicure from Proto-col; the Dead Sea salts remove dead cells and the essential oils moisturise the skin, leaving my hands wonderfully reinvigorated. The Instant Manicure is available from LookRavishing.com.
 

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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Looking Like A Model

 
 

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We all want to look at our best and I am sure most women secretly want to look like some of the glamorous models and actresses we see in the media. So what are the healthy skin tips that these celebrities have that we do not?

Not surprisingly nearly all the models have a good understanding of makeup and how it can be used to make them look at their best. It makes sense then to use the best, most healthy makeup for skin you can: in most cases this will involve the use of mineral powder makeup.

Mineral powder makeup works with the skin and a good brand will also help provide the nutrition the skin needs to have that healthy glow. The makeup comes in a variety of colours and you can achieve the best image by simply combining the shades until you find the best look for your skin and face – take time to play with it and practice. If you can, it would be worth getting the input of an experienced professional at first.

The best look is nearly always a natural look that emphasises your most attractive features – and, yes, we all have them – but read fashion magazines and take note of the looks adopted by the models there.

Learn to take care of your skin. Research the best skincare products and be disciplined in using your face cleanser and toner daily. Moisturise after washing and exfoliate once a week.

It may seem strange to many, but your attitude can affect how you look. The old idea of models carrying books on their heads to correct their posture is not so far from the truth. Hold up your chin and throw your shoulders back and act as if you have already signed a multi-million contract. Become comfortable with being yourself.

Learn to walk like a model: glide without effort. Getting the right exercise will tone your muscles so that your movement becomes more fluid and will help you get the right body shape for you. Remember this does not mean you have to be a size zero since fit but curvaceous women are often seen as more attractive.

Explore the ways to have a healthy lifestyle. Treat your body with respect and eat the right foods. To operate at its optimum level (and so look at its best) your body needs to be fed the right nutrition. Understand what you need and ensure your balanced diet includes the right vitamins and minerals. Use quality nutrition supplements if that will help.

Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin plump and healthy and will ensure your bodily functions are at their best. You will know just how much you need to drink each day but it is preferable to avoid too much caffeine and alcohol. Together with smoking and drugs, these two will only have a detrimental effect on your attempts to look beautiful.

Plenty of relaxation and sleep are always useful but it is so important to feel confident and smile. Have fun and you will feel relaxed with yourself. Decide you will be happy whatever happens.

Find out from magazines, from hairdressers and by experimentation what is your best look. Discover your best hairstyle and what clothes really suit you.

They say beauty is only skin deep but in reality true beauty comes from the inside out. Find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and take care of your body, have the discipline to do the right things to look good, and ensure your attitude is the best and you will find that you will be a striking beauty everyone will admire.
 
 

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Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle: Have A Relaxing New Year

 
 

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With the advent of a new year, we continue our examination of ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the months ahead.

Becoming more active and eating correctly are certainly two of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle but it is also important to learn to relax. Stress can take its toll on our bodies; the HiFit.co.uk website tells us that it can contribute to heart disease, mental health problems and even memory failure. Finding time to relax every day take the pressure off our minds and bodies. Relaxing helps us think more clearly and make decisions calmly.

Different people find different ways to relax but popular solutions include taking a walk, soaking in a warm bath or sitting in your favourite chair listening to calming music. Many watch television to relax but I believe this does not always work. The news coverage on television can add to our stress and increasingly programming includes dramas that are far from relaxing. Comedy is such a good antidote to the pressures of life so find a simple and innocent comedy movie and allow yourself to laugh. The Carry On films, Naked Gun, Benny Hill and Dads Army are particular favourites of mine but there are many others.

Laughing is so important to our lives and is certainly one of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Laughter relaxes the whole body: it boosts the immune system, protects the heart by improving blood flow, helps your breathing, and floods the body with endorphins, the natural drugs that lead to an overall feeling of well-being. But you don’t have to rely on television (or radio) to provide the comedy. Spend time with family and friends and learn to laugh at life and you will relax and feel so much better.

Relaxation is not just about chilling out therefore. One of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to take an interest in life. Find a hobby or interest away from work. Take up an activity in which you can really get interested and yet there is no pressure on you to perform and you will relax so much better. Winston Churchill used a series of hobbies to forget the huge pressures he was under during the Second World War. He became a proficient bricklayer and an excellent painter. “One may imagine that a man who blew the trumpet for his living would be glad to play the violin for his amusement.”

In his book, ‘Painting As A Pastime,’ Churchill wrote, “it is not enough merely to switch off the lights which play upon the main and ordinary field of interest; a new field of interest must be illuminated. To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies.”

Painting and drawing is certainly a great way to unwind but then so is gardening. Indeed, the range of hobbies you could have is wide and varied and could include volunteering for a charity or other worthy organization. Whatever you choose, diverting your mind from daily stress is certainly one of the best ways to improve your health in the New Year.

In the same way that relaxation is one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, sleep is essential to health. During the night the body uses the time to grow and repair. Too little sleep initially leads to headaches and impaired judgment but research has also shown a connection to heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. It is clear then that a good nights sleep does more than make us feel good. Most of us need around seven to eight hours of shuteye (why not experiment to find your preference). Set aside the time to get the sleep you need and I find it is worth having a set routine leading to bed to help me get the rest I need.
 

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A good evening routine will program your mind and body. Personally I find a warm bath, a good book and a glass of milk before settling down helps. Listen to the same piece of soothing music as you snuggle down every night: do this enough times and you will no longer hear the last half of the music since you will already be asleep. Eating too late in the day and watching too much television too late will affect the effectiveness of your sleep and I find I cannot sleep soon after driving a car (my mind is still alert).

The other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle already mentioned (diet and exercise) will also help you sleep well. Limit your intake of caffeine and you will feel better and sleep better too: indeed, if you get enough rest you will not feel the need for caffeine. Equally, getting enough exercise during the day will help you sleep. The best night’s rest will come after a day when you have given your all and fall into bed exhausted and fulfilled.

It hardly needs to be said that, if you want to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, you will give yourself a head start if you can avoid smoking, drugs and excess alcohol. Introducing any substance that needs not be in your body is likely to upset its balance and affect the optimum running of it’s natural functions. For this reason, any of the ways you employ to be more healthy need to work with the body.

The ways to lead a healthy lifestyle need to work together – a holistic approach – to get the best effects. Do this and you will find you will experience less illness, be more effective, perform to your best and feel a great deal better. Take the opportunity to set your New Year resolutions accordingly, act upon them and … Be Ravishing.
 
 

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