Oils that are good for Your Skin

oils that are good for your skin

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Teenagers suffering from acne are often taught that oil is the enemy of healthy skin.  As a result, the habit of using only skin care products that are labeled oil free often carries into adulthood.  However, there is absolutely no reason to do so, as use of the right natural oils can actually improve your skin’s ability to heal, refine your skin’s texture, and even reduce the signs of aging.  Below is a quick primer on oils which are wonderful for your skin.

  • Acai oil is rich in antioxidants, which are critical for protecting the skin against free radicals and cell oxidization.
  • Argan oil, when used regularly, can reduce the signs of aging.  It simultaneously moisturizes the skin and gives it a tighter appearance.
  • Black cumin seed oil contains antioxidants and fatty acids. Therefore, its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent treatment for acne, dermatitis, and eczema.
  • Both black current oil and peppermint oil have anti-inflammatory properties which reduce skin redness.
  • Carrot seed oil contains beta-carotene, vitamin A, and emollients, all of which help stabilize cell turnover and soothe irritated skin.
  • Both chamomile oil and tea tree oil have antiseptic properties which help combat acne and fight infection.
  • Coconut oil reduces bacteria on the skin.
  • Flaxseed oil has essential fatty acids which soften skin.
  • Grape seed oil contains vitamin C, which helps to regulate oil production in the skin.
  • Olive oil contains vitamins A and E, which help the skin repair itself.
  • Rosehip seed oil helps reduce scarring with vitamin A and essential fatty acids.  It also restores moisture to skin which has been damaged by dry air or a windy environment.

To achieve positive results, these oils must be used in the proper ratios.  Therefore, before adding them to your skincare routine, it is advisable to speak with a dermatologist.

 

Sources:

http://sassified.com/16-amazing-oils-skin/

http://empoweredsustenance.com/top-skincare-oils/

Quality Time with Your Significant Other

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Time is a commodity we never seem to have enough of.  Taking care of your children, holding down a job, and juggling chores and social obligations are enough to keep you so busy that you forget to spend alone time with your significant other.  While taking time out for your partner can sometimes feel like just one more thing you need to do, it is important to realize the value of this time in nurturing your relationship and keeping it strong.  The relaxing and fun moments you have with your partner are critical to surviving the occasional bumps in the road you experience as a couple.  Below are some suggestions for ways to take time out for your significant other.

  • Create an Intimate Night in- With some planning, you can create a night in as enjoyable as one you could have out on the town.  Once you have put the kids to bed early, change into your best outfit and open a bottle of wine.  Then, make your partner’s favorite meal (or order in) and dine by candlelight to set a romantic mood.  Afterward, you can watch a movie both of you have been wanting to see while cuddling on the couch.
  • Work Out Together- Working out always seems to go more quickly when you have someone with you, and what better person than your partner?  Many gyms offer childcare services, which will give you both time to play racquetball, run on the treadmill, or lift weights.  As a bonus, breaking a sweat together just may put your mind on bedroom activities for later on in the day.
  • Take a Vacation- There is no better way to spend quality time with someone than when you are away from the rush of your everyday lives.  Family vacations that offer some options for child care, such as cruises and ski resorts, are highly recommended for some additional alone time.

 

Source: http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/relationships/quality-time-00100000076983/page4.html

Reasons to Get Your Body Moving

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While we all know we should work out on a regular basis, quite often hitting the gym slides further and further down our list of priorities.  However, making time to work out can have many positive impacts on your life beyond simple weight maintenance.  Read on to find out how working out can help build a better you in addition to some muscles.

1)      It helps you sleep better.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, 67 percent of those who exercise regularly report getting a good night’s sleep, and these benefits are experienced regardless of the time of day the individuals choose to work out.  This is because exerting yourself physically helps to keep your body’s circadian rhythm in check.

2)      It is a natural mood elevator.  Studies show that riding a bike, running, or performing any other cardio workout two to three times per week at a moderate pace can increase your energy levels by 20 percent and decrease feelings of fatigue by 65 percent.  This is because after just 20 minutes of exercise, your metabolism is boosted and the amount of feel-good brain chemical dopamine increases inside your body.

3)      It keeps you from getting sick.  Research shows that working out two to three times per week will strengthen your immunity against bacteria and viruses, thus keeping you from getting colds or the flu as frequently as someone who doesn’t work out.  Exercise also reduces your risk of having much more serious long-term illnesses, such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and dementia.

4)      It can ease cramps!  Exercise triggers your body to release endorphins, which act as natural opioids in the body that can relieve pain.  In general, exercise increases the oxygen in your body’s cells, resulting in an all-over reduction of aches and pains.

 

 

Sources:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/10-reasons-to-work-out

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201205/19-reasons-exercise

Tracking Your Cycle: More than Taking Your Temperature

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One very popular method of determining your fertile times of the month is the Basal Body Temperature (BBT) method.  Specifically, your BBT is the temperature you have first thing in the morning when you are freshly awakened from three to five hours sleep.  Ideally, you will take this reading before you get out of bed or engage in any activity beyond shutting off your alarm clock, and write it down in a chart.

Over time, the chart you keep will show you how your BBT changes throughout the month.  Prior to ovulation, estrogen is the primary hormone flowing through your body.  However, when ovulation occurs, your body experiences a surge of progesterone, which increases your body temperature.  In the big picture, this should mean that your BBT is at its lowest point just prior to ovulation, and will increase approximately half a degree once ovulation occurs.

Unfortunately, while a BBT chart does tell you when you have ovulated, it will not necessarily help you predict your future ovulation with accuracy.  In fact, studies show that using the BBT method alone achieves accurate results only about 75% of the time.  Truly, a BBT chart serves as a good indicator of ovulation only if you are someone with a “perfect” 28 day cycle.  For the majority of women, such a cycle may as well be a myth.

If you are seeking the convenience of the BBT method with higher accuracy, Lady-Comp is an excellent choice for you.  Lady-Comp is a state of the art fertility monitor that can predict your fertile days with 99.3% accuracy, based on your BBT and information on your menstrual cycle which you provide.  Over a period of time, it will get to know your personal cycle and will remain accurate regardless of any irregularities in cycle length.  To learn more about choosing the version of Lady-Comp that is right for you, please visit https://www.lady-comp.com/en/fertility-computers/compare/.

Sources:

http://www.whattoexpect.com/preconception/fertility/five-ways-to-tell-you-are-ovulating.aspx

http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/preconception/bbt.htm

Reduce Your Stress

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With so much competing for our daily time, stress is a well-established part of the lives of many Americans.  However, it is not something we should continue to accept.  Chronic stress can have a negative impact on your sleep, digestion, weight, memory, skin, and heart.  Not to mention that many people adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress, such as smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, overeating, or lashing out angrily at others.  If any of this sounds familiar to you, you are advised to take immediate steps to reduce stress in your life, as well as manage the stress you do have in a healthier manner.

The first step toward reducing your stress is to give your life an honest assessment, and move forward with the goal of avoiding any unnecessary stress.  In many cases, this comes down to simply being more assertive and remembering you can take control of your environment.  Does a certain coworker stress you out?  If so, it’s OK to not talk to them more than is necessary to get the job done.  Is there a topic of conversation that puts you on edge?  If so, you can refuse to discuss it.  Is someone putting more demands on your time than you can handle?  If so, know it is acceptable to tell them no.

Another positive step in the right direction to managing your stress is adopting a healthier lifestyle.  Avoid self-medicating with items such as alcohol and junk food.  Instead, it is very important to get enough sleep each night, as being tired exacerbates stressful feelings.  Completing at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week is excellent for releasing your body’s pent-up tension.  A well-balanced diet, starting with a healthy breakfast, is key to keeping your energy up and your mind clear as for many, just being hungry can cause stress.  Finally and most importantly, if stress has become a serious issue in your life, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss it further.

Sources:

http://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/how-beat-stress-and-boost-happiness

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm

Spring Cleaning

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Traditionally, the season of spring marks a time of renewal, making it excellent for taking care of those pesky household chores left dormant in the winter.  If you have found yourself procrastinating on getting your spring cleaning done, now is a great time to move forward with it.  Don’t let your spring cleaning carry over to the summer!  The following tips will help you get started.

The first thing you should do is stock up on cleaning supplies. This will prevent you from having to stop in the middle of cleaning to run to the store for an item, only to lose your momentum when you return.  Good items to have on hand are rubber gloves, a large bucket, a scrub brush, microfiber cleaning cloths, paper towels, a mop, a vacuum cleaner, a broom with dustpan, and cleaning products.  If you are interested in creating your own cleaners out of all-natural ingredients, click here for recipes for an all-purpose cleaner, a window cleaner, a floor cleaner, and a mold and mildew cleaner you can create right in your kitchen.

Your next step is to create a plan.  This means actually writing down what needs to be done in each room of the house.  For example, “Kitchen: Mop floor, wash drapes, dust ceiling fan, clean windows, and clean out the cabinet under the sink.”  Once you have a task list, recruit other members of your household for some help with the chores.  Providing others in your house with incentives definitely helps.  For example, you could offer to treat everyone to a movie when the chores are done, or a gift card for their favorite store.  Finally, think about ways you can make cleaning fun for everyone.  This could be as simple as playing some upbeat music or creating a contest to see who can complete their chores the fastest.

Time Management for the Busy Mom

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As a mom on the go, you may feel like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done.  Are you so tired from housework, running your kids to various practices, and social obligations that you aren’t taking any time out to take care of yourself? If that is the case, read on for some tips for saving time in your day.

  • Put down your phone.  Between social media pages and online games, a quick glance at your phone can easily turn into an hour frittered away.  One way to minimize phone distraction is to turn off all of the alerts in your applications.  This way, your phone won’t buzz every time one of your friends posts a Tweet.  You can also consider using a tool such as HootSuite, which will consolidate all of your social media postings in one place for quick, easy catch-up.  Finally, set aside a specific, limited, designated time each day to spend on social media or gaming.
  • Consider efficiency.  Are you being as efficient as possible when running errands?  If you find yourself running to the grocery store several times each week, the answer is likely no.  Try planning your meals for the entire week out in advance, making a grocery list, and shopping for everything at once.  Not only will you save time on trips to the store, but you will no longer have to think about what to make for dinner each day during the week.  Another alternative for saving time is ordering groceries online.  Many supermarkets are now delivering food right to your doorstep and/or doing the shopping for you so you can just pay, put the groceries in your car, and go.
  • Examine your organization.  If you often find yourself searching for missing items, you are wasting valuable time in your day.  Think about things that are frequently misplaced, such as keys, eyeglasses, or shoes, and set up designated spots to place them in daily, so you will always know where they are.

Is There a Safe Way to Tan?

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photo courtesy of shape.com

Summer is upon us, and as the weather warms, we start to bare more skin.  Many people love to have the bronzed look of tanned skin, yet at the same time, we know that tans can come at a steep cost.  For example, it is common knowledge that basking in the sun without sunscreen can result in major skin damage, including wrinkles and sunspots at best, and at worst, cancer.  For many years, people believed that tanning beds provided a safe alternative to lying out in the sun.  However, that has proven to be untrue over time.  In June 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration ordered tanning bed manufacturers to place warnings on their products used by children under 18, due to concerns about skin burns and increased risks of deadly melanoma skin cancer.  Additionally, it’s been discovered that use of tanning beds can lead to Vitamin D toxicity, which can damage your bones, joint tissue, and kidneys.

So, does a safe way to tan exist?  According to an article recently published in U.S. News & World Report, the answer is no.  In this article, Jerry Brewer, the chair of dermatologic surgery at the Mayo Clinic, bluntly states, “Asking what’s a safe amount of tan is kind of like asking how much cyanide do you want in your breakfast.”  The article goes on to say the only way to tan safely is to use bottled skin tanner.  Luckily, self-tanning lotion has come a long way from its day-glow orange origins, and with minimal research you are bound to find one by a company you know and trust that works for you.

For best results with self-tanner, experts recommend that prior to applying, you exfoliate the dead skin cells off of your body, and lightly apply a layer or moisturizer to those rough patches on your hands, feet, elbows and knees.  You’ll find more insider self-tanner application tips on the Shape magazine website.

Tips for Intensifying Your Love Life

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One of the wonderful things about pleasure is that it is boundless.  No matter how wonderful your sex life is, there will always be room for it to be even better!  Below are some very simple ideas that can intensify your sexual pleasure.

  • Boost your own sexual confidence.  To have the best sex life, you need to be truly comfortable with yourself, which will allow you to be free and uninhibited.  You can increase your self-confidence by purchasing a new nighty, dancing naked in front of a mirror, or experimenting with new toy; just do things that make you feel sexy.
  • Don’t ignore the importance of foreplay.  Sometimes the best part of sex can be the anticipation of it beforehand.  Start in the morning by giving your partner a hot kiss and a bit of groping before you head out the door.  Greet them with more stroking when they get home. To cap it off, light some candles and reward your mate with a long, gentle massage as a prelude to the main event.
  • Don’t be afraid to try new things.  If you feel like you sex life hasn’t had enough variety lately, investigate some new positions.  A quick internet search will yield, quite literally, hundreds of new positions you can try.  Additionally, think about trying a new location.  Something as simple as seducing your partner on the sofa rather than the bed can add some spice to your session.
  • Take care of yourself.  It’s important for you to take care of yourself so that you have the proper energy and stamina for a healthy sex life.  This starts with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and the proper amount of sleep.  If you need motivation to exercise, consider this: Research shows that people who exercise regularly experience increased blood flow through their entire bodies, including their genital area, which can mean more intense orgasms.

Signs your Partner My Be Violent

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In March 2013, President Barak Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act into law.  This law provided 1.6 billion dollars toward investigating and prosecuting violent crimes against women. Unfortunately, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, and it is estimated that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  As a woman, it is very important to know the signs that your relationship could potentially be abusive, as not every instance of abuse is as obvious as being physically struck.  You should be thinking twice about your relationship if any of the following are true.

  • Your partner is overly jealous, accusing you of flirting with every man that crosses your path.
  • He calls or texts you to the point where you feel he is tracking your every move, or worse, he is stalking you by checking in on you constantly at work, insisting on reading the text messages on your phone, or placing a GPS tracking system in your car.
  • He actively discourages you from seeing your friends and family, and from pursuing hobbies and activities you enjoy, and insists you spend all of your time with him instead.
  • You feel as if you cannot make a decision without his approval, or cannot go anywhere without him being present.
  • You find yourself feeling anxious before you see him because you can never be sure what he might be angry with you about.
  • After you fight, he tries to win you back in an over-the-top fashion, such as multiple passionate emails of apology and extravagant gifts.
  • He is prone to getting into fist fights with little provocation, or you have ever seen him be cruel to children or animals.
  • You discover he had a violent relationship with a previous girlfriend.

If you or someone you love is the victim of domestic violence, please reach out for help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-799-7233.

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-brody/tell-somebody_b_858950.html