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The 6 Best Vitamins for Your Skin and How You Can Be Sure You Are Getting What You Need

The 6 Best Vitamins for Your Skin and How You Can Be Sure You Are Getting What You Need

Taking care of your skin should be an integral part of your daily health regimen. In addition to limiting your sun exposure, there are many different vitamins that can help your skin look its best and help protect you from some of the effects of aging.

The Importance Of Vitamins To Your Skin And Body

Many people forget that the skin is the largest organ in your body, and if you want to be truly healthy, you need to make taking care of your skin a regular part of your health regimen.

When your skin is properly cared for, you will look and feel better and it can even help you prevent many forms of skin cancer. But what vitamins are best for your skin and how can you make sure you are getting what you need from them?

Let’s take a look at which vitamins you need in order to give your skin the proper care that it deserves.

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1. Vitamin A

As you age, your skin starts to wrinkle. For some, long exposure to the sun can make your skin wrinkle even more, causing you to appear older than you actually are.

However, vitamin A can help fight the wrinkles and tighten your skin. To treat your skin, try using a retinoid cream at night before you go to bed.

Foods such as sweet potatoes, lettuce and carrots are also high in vitamin A and make a great, healthy addition to any diet.

2. Vitamin B

Some people suffer from embarrassing flushing or extreme blushing from rosacea. This condition is actually quite common and can become worse as you age.

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To reduce the flushing effects, try increasing your vitamin B levels, or more specifically, your vitamin B3 levels in your body by using lotions or creams fortified by this vitamin. You can also eat more fish, shellfish and red meat.

3. Vitamin C

As your skin is exposed to the world around you, it can become rough, wrinkled and even filled with spots. To get a smoother and firmer look to your skin and lighten those spots caused by the sun, try increasing your vitamin C intake.

Many skin creams contain vitamin C but you can also add more vitamin C to your diet by eating more fruits like oranges, grapefruit, raspberries and cantaloupe.

4. Vitamin D

Millions of people around the world suffer from psoriasis and physicians are still not sure what the cause of this skin disorder actually is. One thing they do know is that vitamin D can help treat these red, thick scaly patches of skin that look unsightly and cause itching and discomfort to people who suffer from it.

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You can find vitamin D in skin products like Calcitriol and you can also increase your vitamin D levels by eating foods such as fatty fish, cheese, soy milk and more. You could also try spending a little time outdoors to increase your sunlight exposure.

Just don’t spend too much time outside, because otherwise you may need other vitamins to repair the effects from damage by the sun.

5. Vitamin E

Dry skin can often cause embarrassing moments as your skin flakes from your body. This can be the result of the environment around you such as when you get too much sun or even spend a little too much time in a chemical filled pool.

Vitamin E is a natural moisturizer and can help you put a stop to that dry flaky skin before it gets out of hand. You can find it in many sunscreens, after-sun products and even many anti-aging products.

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If you want to increase your vitamin E naturally, try eating more foods such as raw seeds, almonds and even spinach, turnip greens and kale.

6. Vitamin K

Do you have trouble with dark circles under your eyes? If so, it could be more than just a lack of sleep. The fragile capillaries in your body can allow blood to leak causing the circles under your eye.

However, vitamin K can help with blood clotting and may put a stop to that leak once and for all. You can find vitamin K in many different types of facial creams, or you could try increasing the amount of green leafy vegetables you eat in order to raise your levels.

Like every part of your body, you need to take care of your skin if you want to maintain a clean and clear complexion as you age. These vitamins can give your skin the nutrients it needs to look its best so you no longer have to be embarrassed about your skin.

When your skin looks its best, you will look your best and you can approach life with much more confidence without the worry about how you look.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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