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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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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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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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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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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.
 

Beautiful Lady in Purple Dress Looking at Camera

 
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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