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A 90-Day Guide That Teaches How To Look Healthy And Glam

A 90-Day Guide That Teaches How To Look Healthy And Glam

Everyone wants to be beautiful. And why not? Many studies show that beauty bias does exist; attractive people are considered honest, friendly, content, happy, and creative. While the fairness of these assumptions can be subjected to a debate, there’s no harm in trying to keep yourself attractive.

Like all good things, it requires time, effort, and dedication to maintain your beauty. While some heavy makeups can temporarily make you look good, there is no substitute for a rigorous beauty regimen. Unfortunately, this busy world we live in makes it extremely difficult to follow one. But, this should not keep you from having a pretty face coupled with a lovely body.

The infographic below by Holland and Barrett presents to you a 90-day schedule to make sure you remain at your beautiful best.

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    Here are the important points to keep in mind:

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    First things first

    If you enjoy alcoholic beverages, limit them to weekends. Excessive consumption of alcohol takes the glow away from your skin, makes your hair fall out, and makes you look tired.

    The health hazards of smoking are widely publicized. If they are not enough to convince you to quit, here is another one: it ruins your look with icky teeth, premature aging, baggy eyes, wrinkles, yellow fingers, and the list goes on and on.

    Diet is another aspect you need to pay special attention to in order to get beautiful and maintain your beauty. The advantages of healthy, well-balanced food cannot be overstated.

    Daily activities

    While drinking ample amounts of water is necessary for your body, you can also add fresh fruits and fragrant herbs to your water. This way you can get minerals and vitamins that your body needs to keep itself fresh and beautiful.

    Another obvious but often-ignored activity is getting enough sleep. After a tired, busy day, your body needs rest to reinvigorate itself. Having six to nine hours of daily sleep is necessary to keep your body well relaxed and fresh.

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    Taking care of your personal hygiene is an absolute must to keep yourself attractive. We all know the necessity of everyday activities like brushing our teeth and taking a shower. In addition, you will need to use moisturizers to make sure your skin doesn’t dry out.

    Also, take care of your environmental hygiene. Maintain clean, tidy surroundings. This also means not leaving still water around to breed flies and mosquitoes. This helps you avoid insect bites that could leave your skin irritated, swollen, and stained. These tips on keeping the bugs away might help.

    The secret to a lean, fit body is not starving yourself, it is eating the right things in the right amounts. Make sure you include lots of fruits and green vegetables in your diet. They provide you with vitamins, minerals, and nutrition without adding weight. Eating right also makes your skin radiant, soft, and protects your skin from sunburns.

    Weekly Activities

    Using shampoos and conditioners is necessary to have clean, shiny hair. However, you might want to limit them to two times a week. Your body produces some of the best oils and nutrients that are necessary for having strong, long hairs, and breaks between washing your head helps to restore them. Furthermore, you can use coconut oil to keep your hair smooth and hydrated.

    Physical exercises are as essential as your diet when it comes to attaining a healthy, lean, and toned body. Additionally, it makes you stronger, reduces stress, and prevents diseases. Some intense cardio and resistance training will help you burn calories, increase your endurance, and improve your metabolism and digestion. Try some yoga to relax your body and mind.

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    It is a good idea to pamper yourself with a homemade facial mask once a week. You can use homemade face packs made containing vitamin- and mineral-rich avocado. This will nourish your skin and make it soft and radiant.

    Spending some time on trimming and polishing your nails every week is important. By the end of a week, most of the previously applied polishes are worn out and not so pretty. Removing or redoing them will make your hands and feet look gorgeous.

    Fortnightly Activities

    Facial hairs can grow pretty fast, so it is important to keep them under control. Usually, threading once every fifteen days is enough to keep your well-maintained look.

    If you’re not a big fan of body hair, removing it twice in a month is quite important. You can try waxing (beware the pain!) or go for other hair removal methods, such as household laser hair removal kits (studies show that these devices are effective).

    Your feet and hands need some pampering too. Bimonthly manicures and pedicures will keep your hands and feet neat, clean, and gorgeous.

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    Monthly Activities

    Visiting a salon once a month is highly recommended to keep yourself well groomed.

    Make sure to get a body wrap once a month. Body wraps moisturize your body, exfoliate dead skin, get rid of toxins from your body, and reduce cellulite and stretch marks, among other benefits.

    Featured photo credit: Lady Summer III by Ivan Turkouski via flickr.com

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    Last Updated on October 23, 2018

    Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

    Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

    My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

    Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

    The Neural Knitwork Project

    In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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    While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

    The knitting and neural connection

    The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

    More mental health benefits from knitting

    Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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    “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

    Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

    Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

    She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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    “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

    The dopamine effect on our happiness

    Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

    There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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    “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

    If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

    Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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