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From the Pool to the Ballroom: 6 Beauty Tips for Clear and Vibrant Skin

From the Pool to the Ballroom: 6 Beauty Tips for Clear and Vibrant Skin

We’ve all been there: waking up at the beginning of a day which will be filled with school, work and play, only to find that our face has betrayed us. A pimple, oily and disgusting, sits in the middle of the face staring back at us in the mirror.

Nooooooo!!!! If you want to avoid days like this, there are standard things you can add to your daily routine: washing your face multiple times a day, reducing the use of oily hair products and monitoring your diet. But in this article we’ll discuss some lesser-known secrets to clear, vibrant skin.

1. It Might be Time to Consider a Different Birth Control Regimen

Obviously, this one involves a conversation with your doctor. But one of the more common facial blemishes that affects adults (especially females) is something called Melasma. According to Ethos Spa, “It is a chronic skin disorder that results in symmetrical, blotchy, brownish facial pigmentation.”

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Some people will develop these discolorations temporarily during pregnancy, while others experience long-term discoloration as a result of menopause. The good news is that for many sufferers, a simple adjustment to the type of birth control taken can help counterbalance complications associated with hormones and reduce the effects of Melasma.

2. The Hangover isn’t the Only Side-Effect of Drinking by the Pool

It’s summer! That means long afternoons spent tanning poolside and hopefully a few parties with friends and family to celebrate a well-deserved break. Unfortunately, a heavy day or night of drinking can leave you with more than just a common hangover.

According to Sobur, “…drinking alcohol depresses the immune system, and the immune system helps keep acne-causing bacteria under control.” Hear that? Your immune system isn’t just for keeping the flu and common-cold at bay. Your skin is being inundated with acne-causing bacteria on a daily basis, and the biggest thing preventing breakout is your immune system, which heavy drinking can completely sideline.

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Plus, waking up the next morning after a less-than-restful sleep due to heavy drinking can leave you with owl eyes. According to BuyerReview, “Heredity and things like Allergies are the cause for some people, but most begin to suffer from dark circles as their skin begins to age. There are many reasons that dark circles appear, many of which are lifestyle choices.” While age is definitely a factor, lifestyle choices like heavy drinking can accentuate the problem areas under your eyes.

Water down your drinks, or order a club soda next time. Or stick with water and save money while protecting your skin’s radiance.

3. Is Your Makeup Doing More Harm Than Good?

The part of me that loves conspiracy theories thinks that the cosmetic industry may be developing products that ruin your natural skin on purpose. That war paint you’re putting on before heading out to the club could actually be ruining your natural skin’s vitality. And, what do you do when you experience a breakout? Of course, you layer on more and more makeup until it becomes a daily habit to hide blemishes.

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Looking beautiful shouldn’t be about unloading a bottle of chemicals on your face every morning. Give your skin a chance to breathe between chemical-rich cosmetics. And, obviously, wash your face every night before heading to bed. Sleeping with makeup on can be a recipe for disaster as it clogs pores and allows even more of the chemicals to be absorbed by the skin.

4. Eat Your Greens

Green, leafy vegetables are full of the antioxidants your skin needs to stay healthy and radiant. According to the Health section of How Stuff Works, “Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue.” To keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, make sure you’re consuming a balanced diet of all the vitamins and minerals your body relies on to stay healthy and looking its best.

5. Honey is Sweet and Great for Your Skin!

Pouring some honey on your oatmeal in the morning? While the container’s open, grab a couple extra dollops for your skin. Cold sores on your lips and cracked, dry skin can be restored by dabbing a little honey along damaged skin cells. Honey is known for its nutritious, healing properties and your skin, being your body’s largest organ, absorbs those properties from honey.

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Plus, who wouldn’t want to kiss your honey-coated lips?

6. Grab Some Shade

While you’re sitting by the pool this summer, make sure you lather up with some high-SPF sunscreen and find some shade. There are few things more damaging to your skin than prolonged exposure to the sun’s damaging UV radiation (UVA, UVB and UVC). I recommend a sunscreen with an SPF between 30 and 50.

If you’re tired of waking up in the morning to skin that’s full of blemishes, acne and blackheads, take these 6 pieces of advice to heart. They really make a big difference, and it isn’t that difficult to work these tips into your daily routine.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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