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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 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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