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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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Metabolism: How is Nutrition Related to Health?

 
 
In the western world we are facing a major problem of overweight and subsequent ill health. Heart disease and diabetes are affecting a substantial proportion of the population and much of it can be traced to simply bad lifestyle choices. For many people the key question is this: how is nutrition related to health?

Obviously the answer can be fairly complex but can be boiled down to the fact that our body requires certain substances to operate correctly. Add toxic chemicals or neglect the essential nutrients and your health will start to suffer.

There are several terms that we come across when trying to answer the question how is nutrition related to health: one of these is metabolism. We talk about fast or slow or effective metabolisms but what do we mean?
 

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A metabolism exists in all complex life forms and describes the chemical process that converts what we feed our bodies into the nutrients required for effective processes and therefore continued health.

A functioning metabolism is therefore essential to keeping our organs functioning as they should and so keep us alive. Everything relies on a healthy metabolism, including heart health, breathing, digesting food, muscle operation and maintenance and repairing cells.

Your metabolism uses a significant amount of energy to operate – generally between 40 and 70% of the body’s overall energy use – so it make sense to ensure energy levels are maintained too.

We all have varying metabolic rates but men tend to have a faster rate as they tend to carry more muscle and bone but less fat: for this reason men tend to need to eat more calories than women. Hereditary can also influence the rate of your metabolism.

Many people blame weight gain on a slow metabolism but interestingly the metabolism rate increases according to your size: the processes need to feed nutrients over a larger area.

Usually no more than eating too much and/or not taking enough exercise cause an increase in weight.

Regular exercise will burn calories and, as a result, will increase your metabolic rate and make your bodily functions more efficient.

Most of the nutrients converted by the metabolic process are received in the stomach and then digested to break the food into the useable chemicals. Some substances can be absorbed through the skin and vitamin D can be produced through a reaction between chemicals already in the body and sunlight. Once the chemicals are released, most are transported around the body in the blood stream.

Clearly a study of the metabolism can get very technical but it should be plain that we need to consume the right foods to ensure the process works at its best. Hopefully this goes some way to explain how is nutrition related to health.
 

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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.
 

Beautiful Brunette Lady In White Top Against White Background

 
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.
 

Beautiful Lady in Blue Costume Lying in Sun

 
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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Health and Nutrition Articles: Looking After Your Feet

 
 

A Selection of Feet on a Wooden Floor

 
I take particular care of my car tyres as I realise they are what holds my car to the road and get as much wear as any other part of my car: perhaps in the same way I should take more care of my feet.

Your feet take a good bashing whatever you do in life (except sleep!). For this reason we should really look after our feet as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. As too many people have discovered, if we do not look after our feet, we can find moving around quite difficult.

In many ways we need to ensure our feet are as healthy as possible.

The first thing to remember is that our feet need as much nutrition as any other part of the body, so if we feed ourselves the right nutrients then all our immune systems, skin and bones will benefit and work to their best.

Bear in mind too that the condition of our feet can also affect the operation of the rest of the body. Walking awkwardly through problems with the feet can make us compensate in other ways, leading to problems in the back, knees and hips.

If we really are dedicated to the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle then it would be worth looking after our feet by wearing the right kinds of shoe. A new trend is wearing no shoes at all to let the feet breath but, as this is not always practical, we need to consider whether some ‘fashionable’ footwear is really worth wearing. High heels and restrictive footwear can lead to painful bunions, corns and cracked heels.

Sensible shoes are really the best option for regular use. Intriguingly, experts say the best time to go shoe shopping is in the evening when your feet are slightly swollen: shoes bought then will be less tight during the rest of the day.

There are a few tips to take care of your feet, particularly if you get regular exercise that might put even more stress on them. Runners, hikers or even those who are on their feet all day for work should take care to ensure their feet get the attention they deserve.

It is always worth keeping your feet clean and dry. Keep the area between your toes dry (dry them after a bath or shower); fungal growths such as athlete’s foot thrive in damp conditions. As with all skin, it is worth moisturising your feet every day.

Massage will ensure the mass of bones and muscles in the feet will operate at their best. This will also help to relieve sore feet so it is worth doing this before you go to bed. You might also consider giving the soles a scrub with a pumice stone to remove any dead skin.

The Proto-col Instant Pedicure product, found on LookRavishing.com, will give your tired feet the treatment they deserve, with its blend of essential oils, dead sea salts and refreshing fragrance.

Cut your toenails regularly to avoid any damage but avoid cutting the corners as this can lead to painful ingrowing nails. By all means finish off with a layer of nail polish.

If you are sat down watching television or in a bus or train, it is always worth exercising your feet by wiggling your toes and rotating your ankles. This too will refresh your feet and remove any stress resulting from repetitive actions during the day.

Should you suffer from diabetes or any other condition that affects the circulation, it is so important to consult your medical advisor on ways to watch and improve the condition of all your extremities.

Even though they are generally overlooked, the feet are so important to our day-to-day activities. If you are serious about ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, you should include time to look after them.
 
 

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More People Are Experiencing Collagen Benefits

 
 

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A recent report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. has shown that more and more people are set to discover the benefits of collagen as a way to improve their health. The growing number of older people and increased demand from developing nations mean that this useful protein will be in greater demand across the globe.

Collagen of course accounts for around one third of the total protein found in the body and is especially significant for the skin, bone and connective tissues in the joints. This is why extra collagen benefits older people as we start to lose more of the substance the older we grow.

In the example of our bones, we reach our peak bone mass between the ages of 20 and 30, after which it deteriorates at a rate of between one and two percent each year. This accelerates during menopause and leads to the distressing condition of osteoporosis or ‘brittle bones.’

Equally, a reduction of collagen in the connective tissues in our bones leads to the cartilage that protects the end of the bones wearing away. This means the bones rub together and wear, creating the painful condition we know as osteoarthritis. Athletes discover the benefits of collagen in keeping their joints operating at an optimum level.

Collagen benefits the skin too. It makes up around 75% of the skins mass and is affected by a number of conditions. Once again, menopause can accelerate the loss of collagen in the skin as we age and it is this that causes the loss of elasticity in the skin and leads to wrinkles and sagging.

The benefits of collagen can also be seen in the condition of other skin-related areas. The time taken for wounds to heal increases as our collagen decreases with age and both nails and hair lose their vitality.

But it is not only ageing that affects the level of collagen in the skin. An excess of exposure to Ultra Violet rays (such as in the sun) leads to premature ageing or ‘photoaging,’ with the increase of wrinkles, dryness, thinning, sagging and bruising in the skin.

A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2002 reported that wrinkling had been recorded in the facial skin of cigarette smokers as young as 20 years old. Research shows that smoking damages the level of collagen in our skin too. A person who smokes ten cigarettes a day for ten years is more likely to lose their skin health than someone who does not smoke at all.

Professor Greg Whyte, senior physiologist at Liverpool University, advises the British Olympic Team and is frequently called upon to advise celebrities undertaking difficult challenges on television. He has no doubt about the benefits of collagen: “We need it for healthy joints, physical resilience and the ability to recover from injuries.” He tells us that we lose 1.5% of our collagen each year after the age of twenty-five. This means we have lost thirty percent by the age of forty and the benefits of collagen are also lost to us.

It is hardly surprising therefore that the GIA report shows that more and more of us are seeking products that restore the benefits of collagen as we get older.

The report shows an increase in competition in the collagen market too, driven by increased innovation in how we reintroduce the substance and thus the collagen benefits into our bodies.

This means there is more choice for consumers of collagen and therefore more confusion as to the best products to use.

One of the most effective ways to restore the benefits of collagen is to simply take the collagen hydrolysate tablets used by members of the British Olympic Team and produced by Proto-col. Find out more about these tablets at LookRavishing.com.

Read more about the Global Industry Analysts report here.
 
 

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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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Ways To Have A Healthy Lifestyle: Exercise In The New Year

 
 

Young Woman Doing Yoga Pose In The Open Air

 
One of the key ways to have a healthy lifestyle this New Year is to ensure you have regular moderate exercise. Once again this is best achieved as part of your daily routine. The benefits are widely understood to improve all areas of our health, including the operation of our heart and other vital organs, our moods, sleep, energy and even sex life.

But what exercise represents one of the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle? Perhaps one of the best ways is to find a set of exercises to start your day. The BoxingScene.com website tells us that getting into the habit of loosening up before breakfast helps us regulate our appetite throughout the day, jump starts your metabolism and gives you energy from the beginning. A routine based on Tai Chi or Yoga would be ideal but you could also consult a qualified physiotherapist to have some recommended exercises. It need only take fifteen to thirty minutes from your morning before breakfast but the benefits could be significant. It is always a good idea to exercise as early as possible since the longer you leave it the more chance there is that you will get distracted and not exercise at all.

Loosening up early on is always useful but another of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to create the opportunity for a longer period of aerobic exercise to get the heart and lungs working. This can be any sport that motivates you and encourages you to continue exercising regularly (and there are many from which to choose) but the best activities involve walking, running, swimming or cycling. Running is excellent of course but can result in long-term joint damage and swimming is also ideal although, like running, is not that convenient (unless you have your own pool). This leaves cycling and walking, which are great exercise but importantly can be easily built into the day’s routine.

If you are like me you might struggle to find the time to exercise every day. Walking and cycling however can fit easily into the day. If you have an appointment a mile or two away, leave the car and walk or cycle instead. Make it a rule never to use the car for short journeys. Doing the same for the trip to work if you can will get you fit very quickly and must be one of the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle. But why stop there? If you visit the shops by car, park at the far end of the car park (where most empty spaces are) and walk a little further. Most of us park as close to the door as we can but parking further out will help your health no end.
 

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Another great way to ensure you use one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle is to own a dog. Apart from the benefits arising from the affection most dogs will show, you will be encouraged to take your animal for a walk every day. This gives you exercise and fresh air, which can only be good.

In a later article we will talk about hobbies and interests and the how they too are among the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle. One of the benefits is the exercise they provide.

The Chicago Tribune website did a study of gardening as exercise in 2011. They discovered that gardening can burn around 300 calories an hour and can be good both for the heart and the muscles. Like all exercise, however, it needs to undertaken with care and, if you intend to undertake a rigorous exercise regime, it would be wise to consult a medical professional first.

Two more of the benefits of choosing an outdoors sport or activity as one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle are sunshine and fresh air. Stay indoors and you are breathing stale air but go outside and the fresh air will encourage you to breathe deeply, so expanding the lungs. Maybe stay away from congested traffic or other pollution however!

Sunshine also provides a feeling of well being and also copious amounts of useful vitamin D. This vitamin benefits the heart and circulation and studies have shown it can reduce the loss of bone density often related to old age. Be careful not to overdo the sunshine however as burning and skin cancer are definitely not good for the health.

Being outdoors also has beneficial psychological effects. Sunshine in particular has been shown to reduce depression through the production of the body’s natural endorphin anti-depressants. Even a good brisk walk in the cold, sun or rain can provide a surprisingly positive outlook on life. In my experience getting out in all weathers (wearing the correct clothing) reduces the depressive effects of dull days.

There seems to be no doubt that taking exercise whenever we can is one of the best ways to have a healthy lifestyle. The satisfaction you get from moderate exercise and the optimum weight you will achieve will change your outlook considerably – and, done sensibly, you will have less illness.
 
 

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Sunless Tan Lotion: Hillary Says Protect Your Skin


Here at BeRavishing.com we are advocates of sunless tan lotions but also are keen to point out the serious drawbacks to sunbathing without protection or indeed using sunbeds.

Sadly even the promotion of sunless tan lotions has not really got through to many people as most celebrities and the media still emphasise sunbathing as a way to get a tan. Okay, you can get a tan this way but please use some sort of protection.

What are the risks? Well, the definitive body regarding cancer in Britain is Cancer Research UK and they reveal that in 2010 12,818 British people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma skin cancer. In the same year there were 2,746 deaths from the condition. On a more positive note, around 100,000 people were discovered to have a non-malignant skin cancer but there are too many dying.

In the USA, the picture is even more dramatic. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the country and affects more than 2 million people each year (Skincancer.org) with one person dying of the condition every hour.

Now the celebrity world has found a champion for taking care of our skin and protecting it from the sun. Hillary Fogelson is married to Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and has survived three skin cancer scares. She has just written a book on her experiences and runs the Pale Speaks Foundation and Melanoma Research Foundation.

Fogelson also talks about her campaign to raise awareness of the issue on her Pale Girl Speaks website. She says, “I want people to understand the danger of UV exposure – indoors and out.”

Okay, so Hillary Fogelson does not necessarily advocate sunless tan lotions as we do, but there is no doubt that ensuring the best protection when your skin is exposed to ultra-violet rays has to be a priority.
 
 

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Healthy Skin Tips: Is Your City Good For Your Skin?




Most of us know that one of the best healthy skin tips we can take notice of is to protect ourselves from pollution and other environmental damage.

The atmosphere around us can make quite a difference to the health of your skin. Okay, so we can use products to help, mineral powder makeup for example, but it seems where we live can affect our skins health too.

The DailyGlow.com website has published a list of the 10 best cities for your skin in the USA. The researchers considered skin cancer statistics, the likelihood of premature ageing, climate statistics, the healthy lifestyle indicators and even the number of dermatologists available.

The study may seem a little pointless at first but the results can be used to indicate where people need to pay more attention to healthy skin tips and take more care to protect their skin. This would help in selecting the right products for the skin and perhaps also save using skincare items that actually are not necessary in your area.

Health and nutrition articles tend to generalize and treatments can be recommended even though the problem discussed is not such a problem in your area.

Equally, those living outside the US might find the research useful as an indication of the problems they might have in their environment too.

Take a look at the results on the DailyGlow.com website.

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