Skin Care

Following a simple skin care routine can dramatically affect the way your skin looks and feels. When you maintain a good skin care routine, you will notice several significant changes. Your face will be cleaner and exude a healthy glow. The skin will become more firm and toned. Lines will appear less noticeable and skin will appear less fatigued. With a regular skin care routine, you can enjoy beautiful, bright, healthy skin.

Many people start following a skin care program to fight the signs of aging, but there are also other reasons to begin a skin care program. A good skin care program is important when it comes to keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful – no matter what your age. Skin conditions such as acne, excess oil, dry skin and sensitive skin and mature skin changes all benefit from a good skincare routine.

Your basic skin care routine should include a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. Also incorporate acne treatment if you have acne problems. You may also want to include eye treatments for wrinkles, dark circles or bags beneath the eyes. Ideally, organize these steps into your morning routine in such a way that they do not take a lot of time. One hint is to apply eye treatments directly under your makeup to quicken your process.

The following steps should be done twice daily, morning and evening: Cleansing the face is the first step in taking care of your skin. Cleansing helps remove any excess skin oils or dirt that has accumulated throughout the day or night. The best cleansers are effective, yet gentle enough to not disturb the skin’s natural moisture balance. They help to maintain a healthy complexion and are an essential step in your facial care routine.

Toners, or toniques, are important to use after cleansing to return your skin to its proper pH balance. This is valuable because it can take your skin up to six hours to return to its proper pH level without the help of a toner. Keeping the skin at its natural pH allows it to function at its optimum level. Apply toner using a cotton pad or spray once or twice, over the entire face and leave on. Your skin will feel fresh and rejuvenated.

After using the toner, it is time to treat specific skin care concerns, such as acne, rosacea, or lack of firmness. This is an optional step but once you experience the clarifying and age-defying benefits of this step you will want to continue to include this in you regime. Wait 2-3 minutes after applying the serum before applying moisturizer.

Moisturizing is the final step to complete the daily skin care routine. Even oily skin needs a light moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple. Soften and hydrate the skin with a moisturizer suited to your skin type. Apply over the entire face and neck area and leave on. For a lighter application, emulsify a small amount of moisturizer in your hand with a few drops of water. You may then very gently apply a small amount of eye cream or gel around the eyes.

We all know the basics of skin care – cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. But why should we also exfoliate and use a masque? These are skin care treatments that should be integrated into a weekly maintenance plan.

Why Exfoliate? Exfoliation is the key to vibrant skin. It is important to exfoliate your skin at least once or twice per week. Exfoliating should be done after cleansing. Facial exfoliations are essential to keep skin soft and glowing. They help slough off dead skin cells and keep pores clear. This sloughing action also smoothes and clarifies the face’s complexion. An exfoliate is a great pick-me-up for tired, dull skin. It is also a good way to deal with rough or flaky skin. Apply the exfoliant suited to your skin type and allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes. Use a face cloth moistened with lukewarm water to gently scrub off the dried exfoliant using a circular motion while scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly with water and apply toner and moisturizer.

Why use Masques? Using a facial masque once or twice a week will dramatically increase the elasticity and health of your skin. Choose a masque suited to your skin type or the condition that you are treating. Emulsify a small amount of the masque in your hand with a few drops of water and apply evenly over the entire face, neck and décolleté areas. Avoid the eye area. Allow the masque to dry for 5-10 minutes while breathing in the soothing scents. Use a face cloth moistened with lukewarm water to gently scrub off the masque using circular motions while scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly with water and apply toner and moisturizer.

A simple skin care routine can dramatically affect the way your skin looks and feels. You will notice significant changes in your skin once you make this routine into a habit. Good quality products protect the skin from environmental pollutants and improve the overall complexion of the face. When you implement a regular skin care routine, you can enjoy beautiful, bright, healthy skin for life


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The body is flexible. It is supposed to be flexible. You must be able to bend and reach something you drop on the floor. You must be able to zip the back of your favorite dress. You must be able to reach that book you need to read from the top shelf.

These are simple activities. Nothing grand about them, you merely stretched out a bit. However, if there are difficulties in doing such simple motions, then you already need a stretching program.

What Is Stretching?
Stretching is simply the act of extending to full length the body or simply a part of it. This activity involves straightening or stretching the structure or the limbs.

How Does One Do the Stretching?
Stretching is fairly easy. As mentioned in the introduction, it is part of normal daily activities. It can be done by anyone, regardless of age. However the extent of stretching, flexing and the range of joint movements can be minimized as we age. This can very well slow an active lifestyle. This is why stretching as part of a regular exercise routine is very important.

Simple stretches can be done every day and easily incorporated into daily activities. It does not require much of your time.

The ideal length of time to devote to stretching is about 10 minutes. This will give the body enough opportunity to move and flex the muscles.

Having a flexible body is vital to our well being. If we want to age gracefully and live a long and vibrant life we need to take stretching seriously.


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The foundation foods of your meal plan — beans, rice, and whole-grain breads — are inexpensive? You can also fill your cupboards with other nutritious foods using these tips:

1.     For snacks, try popcorn, pretzels, or cereal.

2.     Fresh vegetables in season are a great buy. Otherwise, canned and frozen vegetables are similar nutritionally.

3.     Buy fruits in season for the best taste and bargain prices, and give the local farmer’s market a try.

4.     Buy or make plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.

5.     Use powdered fat-free milk for cooking and baking — it’s inexpensive and stays fresh for a long time if      the box is refrigerated.

6.     Make meat a side dish rather than the whole meal, or make meatless meals throughout the week.

7.     Choose fats, sweets, and alcohol less often to benefit both your budget and your health.


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Stress

Stress is a huge byproduct of our busy lives and it takes a tremendous toll on our health.  Especially in this economy, our body’s “survival mode” gets turned on much too often.  When our bodies experience stress, it is programmed to go into flight mode, a state that requires too much energy.  When our body’s go into flight mode, adrenaline is released.  It is released to tell the body to convert stored sugar from the liver into glucose.  The energy needs of the body increase substantially during the flight-or-flight scenario.


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Obesity in children is becoming more and more prevalent.  The number of obese children under the age of 11 has increased from 4 percent to 16 percent since 1974.  The largest cause of obesity is the lack of exercise in children.  As children get older, health problems are associated with those who are inactive. 

Parents can help children avoid obesity and the psychological risks from being overweight.  Set your children up on a regular exercise program–and make it fun!

Great activities for children are swimming, rock climbing, hiking, running, boxing, and canoeing.  These can all be made fun–Children may not even realize that they are exercising!  Instead of “running”, children can simply play a game of tag, catch, or play soccer.  Just get your kids’ hearts beating and get them to sweat a little bit.

Obese children are also proven to be more depressed than children who are in shape.  Cardiovascular activities can heighten children’s’ moods.  Many things contribute to your child’s life: exercise, a great diet, healthy relationships, staying active, and LAUGHING.


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