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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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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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Using Lavender In Mineral Powder Makeup

 
 

Lavender Plants In Rows

 

There is a bewildering array of cosmetics available to those who want to look their best (and that must be nearly everybody!) but one of the priorities must be to find a healthy makeup for skin. Mineral powder makeup uses natural ingredients to work with the skin for optimum benefits.

This means mineral powder makeup uses ingredients not previously associated with cosmetics. One of these is lavender.

Lavender has always been associated with perfume and aromatherapy to encourage good sleep and reduce anxiety but other uses are now becoming better known. Extracts from this plant have now been found to combat respiratory disorders, remove lice from the hair, help digestion, relieve pain and help the immune system but research has also shown lavender has benefits for the skin too.

The oil from lavender has antiseptic and antifungal properties and can be used to treat disorders such as acne, psoriasis, athlete’s foot, inflammation, wounds, cuts and sunburn. It has been found to help the formation of scar tissue.

Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties and encourages better circulation so, when it is used in a healthy makeup for skin, there is reduced redness and blotchiness. Skin benefits from a better distribution of oxygen and the improvements in circulation promote this too.

This medicine cabinet in a bottle was reported as far back as 1910, when French chemist Rene Gattefosse discovered how immediately plunging a burned hand into lavender oil allowed the burn to recover quickly without scarring. Having said that, the ancient Greeks and Romans would introduce lavender oil to their baths and use it as incense.

Extracts from this useful plant can also combat the effects of stress and external toxins as well as smelling great. One starts to wonder why any makeup line would not include lavender in its ingredients.

Generally lavender oil is hypoallergenic so is useful for mineral makeup powder for those with sensitive skin. If you are looking for a makeup to benefit your skin, then it would be useful to find one that includes lavender in its ingredients.

Take a look at the new line of Proto-col Baked Mineral Cosmetics, which use lavender oil extensively.
 
 

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Mineral Powder Makeup: India Proves A Buoyant Market


Many women understand that one of the best healthy skin tips is to change from mass-market artificial cosmetics to mineral powder makeup using natural ingredients that help nourish the skin. Healthy skin looks that much more vital.

A second advantage of mineral powder makeup is that the various colours available can be mixed to achieve the right shade matching the wearer’s skin.

For these reason we should not be surprised that the market for such healthy makeup is expanding around the world; a new report from research agency RNCOS indicates that sales of mineral cosmetics are growing rapidly in India.

Price seems to have been an issue in previous years and leading manufacturers are responding by pricing their products more competitively. This means that sales are set to increase even more markedly in years to come.

Such a trend can only be reflected in other supposed ‘developing’ markets and manufacturers would be wise to adopt marketing policies to take advantage of the trend.

See more about the report on the RNCOS website.
 
 

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Health And Beauty Tip Number 10: Get Enough Sleep

 
 

Young Woman Asleep In Bed At Sunrise

 
It looks like finding one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is easier than you might expect. One of the most important beauty tips you can come across is simply to get more sleep.

Yup, your skin will thank you for getting enough shut-eye each night. We all know days after late nights when we look in the mirror and are faced with puffy and saggy eyes. The body uses sleep time to regenerate – and that includes the skin.

I was at a major hospital recently as the sun set and was amazed to see lots of maintenance workers coming out and repairing all those jobs that were reported to them during the day. Your skin is the same: as you sleep, the body’s priorities turn to growth and repairs. If you have drunk enough water, the skin will be moisturised from within. The damage caused during the day by pollution will be repaired.

Studies have compared photographs of people who have had enough sleep and those that hadn’t and every time the pictures of the good sleepers were seen as more attractive.

Of course, sleep won’t solve everything but a nice night of Z’s will give you a major start the next day. And you will feel good too.

What’s not to like? Sleep has to be one of the best healthy skin tips.

See more about the benefits of sleep on the YouBeauty.com website.
 
 

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Healthy Skin Tips: Exercise Helps You Look Good

 


We all know that moderate exercise is good for the correct functioning of the body but one of the tips for beautiful skin is keeping in shape too.

Exercise helps the body work at it’s best and this means the correct operation of the systems that promote the health of the skin. It may seem obvious, but exercise helps the blood flow and it is the blood that carries the essential oxygen to the skin. A lack of oxygen and nutrients will affect the skin, making it dry and lacking in elasticity.

But the blood also carries unnecessary toxins away from the skin so one of the healthy skin tips is to encourage blood flow to achieve this. The bad substances will be removed by the blood and taken to the liver, which will deal with them and remove and neutralize them.

The skin reflects stress too and exercise reduces the effects of stress we experience. The supply of oil to the skin (which helps the skin look fresh) is affected by stress and leads to a strained look to the complexion.

Of course, exercise can affect the condition of the skin, especially if you exercise outside where the sun can affect your complexion, so another of those tips to beautiful skin is to wear sunblock as often as possible. Of course sufferers of skin condition such as acne or rosacea may find exercise can temporarily affect their condition but overall the benefits will outweigh the challenges.

Read more about exercising and the skin at the WebMD.com website.
 
 

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Tips To Beautiful Skin: The Face Flannel

Face flannels (or washcloths in the US) used to be an essential part of every skin cleansing routine. Fifty years ago stars such as Marilyn Munroe and Elizabeth Taylor would recommend flannels as one of their healthy skin tips – and few could claim they did not look good as a result!

At the time six million face flannels were sold every year in Britain but sales have been dropping at a rate of six per cent every year. Far fewer people use one to clean their skin now and yet the department store, Debenhams, has started a campaign to make the use of a face flannel one of their tips to beautiful skin.

The key to flannel use is to use a clean one every day. Wash the cloth in warm water before use as a warm flannel feels like a spa treatment every time. Here is another of those healthy skin tips: do not use water that is too hot as that can burst capillaries in the skin and give you red blotches.

It has to be understood that the flannel is used as part of your cleansing routine. Remove your makeup first before patting your face gently with the warm flannel. Then apply your facial cleanser before using the flannel soaked in warm water to rinse away the cleanser. Finally close the pores by splashing your face with cold water.

We cannot guarantee you will end up looking like Marilyn Munroe at the end of this, but with tips for beautiful skin such as these, you should get a little closer!

Discover more about using a wash cloth or face flannel on the eHow website.

Read the Debenhams press release on the subject.

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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Nourishment For Your Skin

The human body needs nutrition to operate correctly. For this reason many of us use nutritional health supplements for optimum health and healthy eating is also essential. The skin care industry is booming with products that claim to provide all the nutrients your skin needs to look glowing and healthy.

So one of the most important healthy skin tips has to be: provide the right vitamins and minerals your skin needs to look good.

But what does our skin need to look and be healthy?

Antioxidants are very useful for a good complexion. These reduce the damage caused by rogue molecules called ‘free-radicals’ that damage skin cells and speed up the ageing process.

Antioxidants are found in vitamins A, C, and E as well as in beta-carotene. These are widely found in fruit and vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, apples, bananas and blueberries. Other sources of these useful vitamins also include chicken, eggs, wheat germ and even oysters.

Omega 3 is also useful to your skin. These fatty acids are good for us in that they help the skin stay strong and so repel day-to-day pollutants and toxins.

Foods that are rich in Omega 3 included good quality fish, eggs and walnuts.

The key, as always, is to have a healthy, balanced diet supplemented by a good natural diet supplement and you should end up with a healthy, glowing skin that will truly make you look ravishing.

Find out more about what nutrients we need to keep our skin healthy at WebMD.com.

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All Natural Makeup: It Is Worth Getting Your Skin Type Right

One of the healthy skin tips for anyone wanting to make the most of their skin is to first understand what skin type they are.

Skin types vary quite considerably and, although it is often wiser to use an all natural makeup to work with your skin, it is essential to know what skin type you are so that you can employ the best skincare regime and look your best.

Sadly, many women decide their skin type according to a subjective analysis and, as a result get it badly wrong. Others may get it right by consulting a qualified beautician but spend a fortune in the process.

In reality your skin changes according to a constant round of internal and external influences. Medications, sun exposure smoking and hormones can change the health of your skin almost day to day.

One mistake we make is to assume our skin is in a certain condition as a result of age and, while this is true in terms of a reduction in collagen (and the subsequent need for a good collagen capsule treatment), we do need to understand the other influences that change the condition of our skin. For this reason, some anti-aging products should be used with caution as they may actually dry the skin when it needs moisture.

If you want to understand more about skin types, there is a useful article on the Lifescript.com website.

Find an excellent healthy makeup for skin and natural skincare products at LookRavishing.com.
 
 

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Tips To Beautiful Skin: Avoid Toxic Cosmetics

More information has come to light that seems to support the idea of using all natural makeup to look good. There has been increasing concern over recent years over the toxicity of the skin care and cosmetic products we all use day-to-day.

In the USA, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been spearheading the drive and has produced some useful healthy skin tips.

Basically they recommend looking for beauty products with as simple as possible ingredients list on the bottles or tubes. Always avoid those containing synthetic products, particularly fragrances.

Sadly the beauty industry is generally unregulated so it is better for us all to understand what we are putting on our skins. The advent of the Internet means we can research products and their ingredients more easily. Do not take claims of all natural makeup, for example, as trustworthy; marketing claims may not be all they appear to be.

Vote with your money. Once you have identified the best products to use, buy them and avoid the unhealthy ranges. This means the producers who genuinely have the health of your skin in mind will prosper and those who do not will suffer.

In any case, why keep your conclusions to yourself? Share your own healthy skin tips online so others can benefit from them.

Visit The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics website to find out more.

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