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6 Ways To Take Care of Your Skin

6 Ways To Take Care of Your Skin

Your skin is the largest organ of your entire body, but many of us spend less time caring for it than we do washing our hair. Considering how important our skin is, this is truly shocking when you think about it. Caring for your skin isn’t tough, but you need to know what to do. The following six ways can help you take care of your skin and protect it so it is healthy and looks it best no matter how old you may be.

1. Don’t Smoke

We all know what smoking does to our lungs and heart, but did you know it is hard on your skin as well? Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, decreasing the blood flow.  This depletes the skin of oxygen and much needed nutrients. At the same time, it also damages collagen and elastin, making the skin appear much older and increasing the chance of developing wrinkles. The bottom line is if you want to look young, don’t pick up that cigarette.

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2. Check Your Diet

A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins will not only help you look and feel your best, but it will promote younger looking skin as well. Admittedly, the research is fairly limited on the link between diet and your skin, but it is generally believed that those who eat right and drink lots of water have younger looking skin.

3. Protect Yourself from the Sun

While it is true that the sun gives life to our planet and we need a good dose of it to live, too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun can damage the skin and even cause cancer. If you want to make sure you skin stays looking its best, you need to limit your exposure. If you do go out or enjoy spending a lot of time outside, it is important that you protect yourself.

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  • Use Sunscreen – Always apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply liberally every two hours to ensure maximum protection from the damaging rays of the sun.
  • Find Those Shady Spots – When spending extended periods outside, seek out those shady spots under trees, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Wear Proper Clothing – Always wear proper clothing when spending a lot of time outdoors. Try hats to shade your face and protect your head and use long sleeve shirts and long pants to limit the exposure on your arms and legs.

4. The Skinny on Soaps

Who doesn’t love a nice soak in a tub or a good shower where you can scrub your skin clean from all the dirt and grime of the day? Showers and baths can make you feel better and even live a healthier life. However, not all soaps are actually good for your skin. Strong soaps and detergents can actually strip your skin of the natural oils it needs for optimum health. While you don’t want to feel oily, your skin needs some of those natural oils to promote healing and healthy looking skin. Try using a mild soap and don’t soak in the bath for too long or use water that is too hot. This will effectively clean your body while still promoting good skin health.

5. Check Those Stress Levels

It is remarkable how much stress can impact your overall health. It has been demonstrated that uncontrolled stress can trigger outbreaks of acne and even hives that can damage your skin. To remedy this, find ways to control your stress and even relieve it. Lower stress levels promote better health across all your body’s systems, your skin included.

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6. Treating the Skin

It is important to not only clean your skin and protect it from damage, but you need to take proper care of it as well. How do you do that? There are many different ways you can. Using softer soaps is the first step, but if your skin is dry or damaged, you want to take it a whole new level.

Try using moisturizer with a little SPF in it on a regular basis. This will help really help if your skin feels dry and help you look younger. There are many skin treatments you can use as well. Try applying an Aztec healing clay mask to your face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other blemishes.

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The key to successful skin care is diligence. You must give your skin the proper attention on a regular basis to ensure that your skin looks its best and is healthy each and every day.

Conclusion

Taking care of your skin should be one of the top concerns in your daily health regimen, but it is often ignored. However, these six ways to help you care for your skin will help put you on the right path towards proper skin care so your skin looks its best. Remember, skin care is essential to anyone wanting to live a healthy life. So what are you waiting for? Start taking care of your skin the right way today so you can live a happy and healthy life.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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