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Achieving Flawless Skin With Makeup Makes Us Feel Good

 
 
Why do we buy makeup? Most women try to get flawless skin with makeup to look good, but does it go further than this?

In 2011, a study by the University of the Basque Country delved into the reasons many of us have for buying cosmetics. Getting flawless skin with makeup can be a psychological process.
 

Stunning Lady With Flawless Skin With Makeup Looking Into The Camera

 
It was discovered that advertising for cosmetics deliberately set out to make us all feel ugly in comparison to the models used. Sadly of course most of us are unlikely to achieve such flawless skin with makeup as the photographs used in advertising are often airbrushed to look perfect.

Nonetheless the cosmetics industry is growing: the world market is presently worth $243 billion, an increase of 3% since 2008 (www.ibisworld.com). Figures from CTPA also show that the UK market was worth £8.3 billion ($13 billion) in 2011 and the European market €67 billion ($90 billion).

There is certainly evidence that wearing cosmetics correctly makes the wearer feel a great deal better about herself. Knowing that the wearer demonstrates how she looks after her health and takes care of her appearance helps boost self-esteem. Of course we should never judge people by their looks but subconsciously we look down on people who clearly do not care for their appearance.

We all want to look attractive to the opposite sex and achieving flawless skin with makeup frequently helps achieve this. Looking good often helps in situations such as seeking employment too.

Getting our look right by practising with cosmetics has positive trade-offs therefore so it is worth finding the best makeup for your skin and working on looking good. Spend time on how you look and the results may surprise you.

Read more about the psychological effects of makeup on the Science Daily website.
 

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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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Using Nutrition and Your Health To Deal With Ageing

 
 

Attractive Older Brunette Laughing at Camera

 

Most of us accept that we become less capable as we grow older: however this need not necessarily need to be the case. There are ways to have a healthy lifestyle that could slow down the rate at which we age.

Obviously age is a number but it depends on how we treat our bodies as to whether or not that number converts into reduced physical abilities.

I suppose it seems obvious when we see the advertising telling us of the dangers of smoking and excess drinking that such bad habits can shorten our lives. Not many of us realise however that regular exercise, good nutrition and the right amount of rest can lengthen our lives or, at least, our active lives.

The great explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be 70 years old next year. His daily routine involves running for two hours near his farm on Exmoor. He has completed a number of marathons, including some in extreme conditions, and a few of years ago a medical check-up found he has the fitness of most 25-year-olds.

Obviously we do not need to go to the lengths of someone like Ranulph Fiennes to stave off the effects of ageing but there seems little doubt that a healthy lifestyle can help.

Find out more about using ways to lead a healthy lifestyle to help cope with ageing on the New-Star.com website from Shawnee, Oklahoma.
 
 

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Choosing a Healthy Makeup for Skin

 
 

Beautiful Blond Lady Applying Makeup in Bathroom Mirror

 

We all want to look our best and using a range of makeup that works with your skin, keeping it glowing with health, is a great way to give you an advantage. For this reason, it is worth finding a healthy makeup for skin, such as mineral powder makeup, that will bring out the best from your skin.

Mineral powder makeup uses natural ingredients to ensure the skin can breath and get the nutrients it needs to look at its best. In looking for a good cosmetics range like this, you will also come across organic makeup. There are some excellent ranges using natural ingredients but you may want to go a little further and use certified organic cosmetics.

Firstly, it is always better to research the ingredients of the product in which you are interested. Companies should be open about what is in their cosmetics; if it is difficult to establish the ingredients, it might be better to look elsewhere. Have a look at any reviews and opinions online: there are always negative comments but there are some excellent sources of information online too.

Different bodies regulate organic makeup depending on where you are in the world. There is no global body establishing organic standards and different regions or countries have their own.

A great article to help understand the regulation of organic cosmetics can be found on the Truth In Aging website.

As with so many other things, it is worth finding out all you can about what you are putting on your skin and finding the best range for you.
 
 

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Using Mineral Powder Makeup on the Eyes

 
 

Professional Makeup Artist Working On The Eyes

 
Applying makeup to the eyes can make all the difference to the look you want to produce. Together with the lips, your eyes are the dominant feature of your face.

The eyes are the window to the soul they say so, if you want to project your personality through your eyes, it is worth getting the makeup right. Remember too that psychologists encourage us to look into each other’s eyes as we talk so this may well be the area of the face people will see the most!

As with all makeup (or all art – good makeup is an art, after all) preparation is key, so have the right brushes and makeup ready to hand. Having to search for what you want part way through the process can be distracting and affect the end result. Watch the professional makeup artists and they lay out all they need beforehand.

Take a look at LookRavishing.com for all the materials you need to get the look you want.

It is worth playing with the colours you want to get the best effect for your eyes. The advantage of mineral powder makeup is you can mix and match the colours to find the best ones to suit your eye and skin colour. Be prepared however for the odd failure and the possibility of looking like a Panda!

Overall there is no substitute for experience.

In general, however, light colours can be used under the brow bone to minimize any shadows and darker ones on the lower lashline or even under it to give a smoky effect.

To get a better idea of the best look for your eyes, the Forever Pure Beauty website has some great suggestions.
 
 

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Tips For Fake Tanning: Keep Your Tan Longer

 
 

Beautiful Young Woman In Grey Top Looking At Camera

 
Winter is almost gone and spring is on its way (we hope). Now is the time we start to expose a bit more skin and we want that skin to look at its best. One way of doing so is to use sunless tan lotions to give us that healthy glow.

Many of us know long exposure to the sun is not good for our skin and so sunless tan lotions are the way forward.

We do want to look our best, so there are some tips for fake tanning that will help keep that healthy glow for longer.

A useful article on the BeautySouthAfrica.com website has some tips to help.

As with most beauty enhancements, preparation is key. Make sure you exfoliate to remove those dead skin cells and moisturise properly. This will prepare the skin to accept the tanning lotion when you apply it.

A tan will last that much longer if you look after your skin. It is worth moisturising as much, if not more, than before and you will have healthy skin as well as looking great. Using a body oil before you get into the shower will also preserve the tan for longer.

You can always enhance the tan on your face by subtle use of blushers and bronzers – but be careful, as always, of overdoing it and having a face considerably darker than your shoulders.

Obviously there will come a time when you will have to reapply your sunless tan lotions so, when you do, be careful to create a gentle tone or you will risk changing from light to dark overnight. Some people might like this but in most cases, as with other cosmetic applications, it is always best to make things look as natural as possible.

Let’s look forward to a beautiful and healthy summer!
 
 

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More People Are Experiencing Collagen Benefits

 
 

Attractive Young Lady In Mad Action Pose

 
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

 
 

Artist At Work On New England Coast

 
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.
 

Young Woman Fast Asleep In White Linen

 
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.
 

Pretty Fit Woman Wearing Garland Celebrating By The Sea

 
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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Ways To Lead A Healthy Lifestyle: Taking Care Over What We Eat

 
 
Young Lady Looking At Her Healthy Restaurant Lunch
 

Once again we greet a new year and once again we reflect on how we could have done things better over the last twelve months. I suspect many of us will be looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the future and will be setting our New Year resolutions accordingly.

The other day I had a conversation with the proprietor of a local gymnasium and he was telling me how he loves this time of year. It seems there is a huge surge in membership applications from people joining his club trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle in the year ahead. What such businessmen love is a large proportion of the people who sign up use the facilities once or twice and then stop going. Many of them forget to cancel their membership as they fool themselves they will start going again when the situation is right.

At the same time, a great deal of us looking for ways to lead a healthy lifestyle will be signing up to various diet fads and may even be losing weight as a result. Statistics have shown that around 50% of women and 25% of men are following a restrictive diet and the weight loss industry in the USA alone is worth around $40 billion a year. Sadly there are problems with this way of life. Firstly many people who come off a diet frequently gain the weight they previously lost and many diets leave the dieter short on essential nutrients.

So what is one of the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle? Actually the answer is, and always has been, to change to living a balanced life with a combination of the right diet, exercise and, well, just living sensibly.

What does this mean to our daily diet?

Many dieters, in trying to find ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, work against the needs of their bodies. To be most effective we need to work with our bodies. Firstly we need to eat a balanced diet including a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables. The human body works best when it is receiving all the vitamins and minerals it needs to support all its functions. We need to eat three meals a day and include a balanced selection of foods that provide the goodness our body needs.

This of course requires discipline and the first of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is to ensure we make breakfast the most important meal of the day, If you think about it, what we eat early in the day has time to provide the energy for the day and any excess is burnt off before we go to bed. For this reason, lunch should be reasonably substantial too but the last meal of the day (dinner or supper) should be light. My own experience has shown that eating too much too late in the day can actually prevent my getting a good nights sleep. The old adage ‘Breakfast like a king, lunch like a Prince, dine like a pauper’ has always been true.

It is important to ensure we have the nutrients the body needs to work effectively. In particular the immune system deserves to be kept at it’s best to fight off any diseases that might attack. Recent research suggests that the immune system may even destroy up to 90% of cancers before we are even aware of them. There is a school of thought that believes most diseases and medical conditions become a problem through bad nutrition.

Dieters can also sadly and ironically affect their health in their quest to lead what they see as ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Eating disorders are becoming all too common among both men and women. The BBC report that hospital admissions for eating disorders rose by 16% last year as we pursue the ‘perfect’ body. Yet, in my opinion, the perfect body for each person is best achieved through the suggestions I am making today.

It is worth researching the food you eat and discovering how it can contribute to the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Understanding what we eat is part of the battle. Using organic, unadulterated fresh foods has to be good for us, particularly as the ill effects of pesticides, additives and other chemicals has yet to be fully understood, and I am concerned about putting alien substances through our bodies. For this reason I buy most of what I eat from local farm shops and farmers markets. By far the best way to ensure the quality of the food you eat is to grow your own: you also gain a certain satisfaction too.

If you do have concerns about the level of nutrients you consume, it might not be a bad idea to also include some food supplements based on natural products. Such a range can be found on the LookRavishing.com website.

Next time I will look at other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle.
 
 

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