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11 Things People with Flawless Skin Do Differently

11 Things People with Flawless Skin Do Differently

The people who invest in their skin are sure of reaping the fruits of their hard work. Investing in a daily routine will ensure that the skin is shiny and flawless even as one ages. The quality of our skin is determined by our genes, but our daily habits also play an important role.

Here is a list of things that people with flawless skin do differently.

They Eat Healthy

They ensure that they have a healthy balanced meal at all times. Anything that has to do with your body’s health will start from what is ingested. We are what we eat! People who have flawless skin practice healthy eating. This involves taking natural foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and avoiding processed foods. Omega-3 fatty acids should be incorporated into the daily diet because it helps make the skin shiny and leave it glowing. Oscar winning actress Halle Berry has shared her skin care secrets, which include regular exercise and taking a healthy meal daily.

They Stay Well Hydrated

They take plenty of fluids to make sure that their skin is flawless. Water helps in removing the waste products from the skin and the body. This, in turn, helps to make the skin glow. It also aids in removing excess dirt and oil, ensuring that the digestive system is working well. 15% of the skin is water. Therefore, it is important to take at least 2 liters of water daily. Lucy Liu, a beautiful actress, attributes her radiant skin to avoiding caffeine and proper hydration.

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They Avoid Excessive Sunlight

They wear clothes that cover most of their body parts when it is too hot and they can’t avoid the sunshine. The rays of the sun are a good source of vitamin D. It is advisable to expose oneself to the sun in the early hours of the morning because the sun is not too hot. However, one should avoid excessive sunlight because the rays can damage the skin, and also cause skin cancer. One can apply sunscreen when going outdoors, wear linen that covers most parts of the skin, or carry an umbrella. Halle Berry, one of the actresses mentioned earlier, reported that she is “careful with the sun”. She credits this as helping to keep her skin radiant.

They Have Good Hygiene

They maintain hygiene by taking a bath at least twice a day. It is important to hydrate the skin from outside, as well as inside, to keep it flawless. Cleansing the skin at least twice daily is very important. However, excessive washing is discouraged. This is because it can remove the natural oils that help to nourish skin. It is advisable to rinse the skin using cold water to keep the pores closed after cleansing. This prevents the foreign materials from getting access to the skin, as they can be a source of infection.

They Take Care Of Their Acne

They ensure that there is proper care of acne and pimples. Popping of a pimple is very tempting, but this will only result in redness, inflammation, and scars. The infected area may be pushed further through touching. This can cause the appearance of more pimples. Blemishes will take more time to heal than a pimple itself. The scars caused by fingering the pimples may leave spots that take a lifetime to heal or clear away.

They Exfoliate

They concentrate on moisturizing, cleansing, toning, and exfoliation. Exfoliating the skin is important since it helps to remove the dead cells from the skin. It is advisable to exfoliate the skin periodically. This can be done using natural ingredients like oats, lentil powder, Bengal gram flour, and orange peel. Exfoliation aids in removing dust, blackheads, impurities, and dead cells, leaving it flawless and smooth. Exfoliation also helps to clean the clogged hair follicles and skin pores, preventing the breakout of acne and pimples. Regular exfoliation enables the skin to be able to absorb serums and moisturizers that are applied on the skin.

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They Use Toners

They ensure that the three basic steps to make the skin shiny and flawless are maintained. These are toning, moisturizing, and cleansing. Toning is done after cleansing in order to restore the PH of the skin. The skin toners that are healthy will provide the skin with substances that help to repair it. This includes ceramides, antioxidants, glycerine, and fatty acids. Toning the skin helps in cleansing the deep pores and reducing the open pores, leaving one with a younger, fresher, and smoother appearance. It is important to tone regularly the skin as it helps one to be able to deal with acne. Cleansing causes small gaps to appear, and this can be a gateway for impurities. Toning provides the skin with an added layer of protection because of tightening the cell gaps that are left behind after cleansing.

They Remove Makeup Before Sleep

The people who have flawless skin ensure they remove makeup before sleep. Most women sleep with their makeup on because they are too tired. Makeup helps to enhance attractiveness and radiance of the skin, but it is also filled with harsh chemicals that can harm it. When makeup is left on the skin, it can increase acne and pimples by clogging the pores. Therefore, it is very important to remove the skin before one goes to bed on a nightly basis.

They Avoid Stress

The people who have flawless skin have learned the art of leaving stressful conditions behind. Most of them know how to relieve stress by taking vacations and having a good time. Stress hormones increase the production of oil, which leads to acne. Sleeping for 7-8 hours is important for one to remain active and also have glowing skin.

They Exercise

They know the importance of exercise in making one have youthful, flawless, and radiant skin. Exercise helps to increase oxygen and blood flow to the skin. This neutralizes the free radicals that damage the skin. Exercise helps to cleanse the skin from the inside, and this radiates to the outside making one look flawless.

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They Take Vitamin C

People who have flawless skin know the importance of taking vitamin C every day. Vitamin C aids to prevent aging signs, as well as enhance the complexion. Daily intake of vitamin C will help to enhance the brightness of the skin, increase production of collagen, and prevent acne. Foods that provide the body with vitamin C include pineapple, strawberries, black currants, kale, kiwi, and other citrus fruits.

In Conclusion

The daily skin care routine will involve money-saving ideas like living a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating, and using natural products on the face. It is important to take a balanced diet and drink plenty of water daily. The other things that can be done to ensure the skin remains flawless include avoiding excessive sunlight, toning, cleansing, moisturizing, exfoliation and acne care.

References

https://www.solvaderm.com/blog/exfoliant.html

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http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-natural-ways-have-beautiful-and-youthful-skin.html

http://kimberlysnyder.com/blog/2013/02/26/tips-for-getting-that-gorgeous-skin/

Featured photo credit: 11 Things People With Flawless Skin Do Differently via shutterstock.com

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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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