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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 November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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