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15 Precious Tips for Beautiful and Radiant Skin

15 Precious Tips for Beautiful and Radiant Skin

Does your skin look tired and washed out? if you long for soft, glowing skin, don’t fret. There is still hope. However, getting your skin in good condition is no different than your body shape. It doesn’t just happen. Having beautiful skin requires work, but it’s certainly an attainable goal. Follow  these simple guidelines and you will soon be on your way to having vibrant, healthy looking skin.

1. Cool It Down

While a good, steaming shower can feel wonderful, the excess heat can wreck havoc on your skin. When the water is too hot, it removes natural oils from your skin and causes it to feel dry and look dull. Try turning the heat down when in the shower and opt for a more lukewarm temperature instead.

2. Steer Clear of Dyes and Fragrances

Some ingredients in makeup can be harsh. Select products that have as few ingredients as possible to avoid potential problems. It is best to refrain from all facial products that contain dyes and fragrances, as these elements are more likely to cause dryness, redness, and breakouts.

3. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

Ninety percent of wrinkles are caused by sun exposure, so sunscreen is a crucial part of having healthy, glowing skin. Choose a suscreen that is 30 SPF or higher and offers broad-spectrum protection. Broad-spectrum protection guards your skin against both UVA rays which cause premature aging and the UVB rays that can lead to skin cancer.

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Don’t forget to use sunscreen on cloudy days and in the winter months when the sun can reflect off sidewalks, snow, and buildings and can cause damage to your skin. Re-apply sunscreen every two to three hours when spending time outside and even more often if swimming.

4. Exercice

Exercice is good for every single part of the body. Including your skin. Not only does exercice boost circulation and increase blood flow but when you sweat, toxins in the skin are eliminated as well.

5. Use Serum

Serum is a skin care product that contains high concentrations of various active ingredients. Apply a small amount of serum to freshly washed skin, then apply sunscreen to lock in hydration. Serum offers needed antioxidants and boosts collagen for beautiful skin. The key is to use serum correctly and consistently for a firm, youthful, glowing appearance.

6. Wash Brushes and Sponges Regularly

Bacteria and dirt can build up on makeup brushes and sponges causing breakouts. To clean them, add a few drops of facial cleaner or your favorite shampoo to some lukewarm water. Wash, rince and then pat or air-dry your makeup tools. Wash powder brushes and sponges every two weeks, while foundation applicators will need to be cleaned weekly.

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7. Exfoliate Weekly

Exfoliating rids your skin of dead cells that could otherwise cause blemishes and can give your skin a dull appearance. Exfoliate on a weekly basis to reveal fresh, new skin underneath.

8. Drink Soy Milk

If you don’t care for soy milk, any food or drink product containing soy will do. Remember as with anything, moderation is key. Drinking or eating soy boosts collagen production, reverses sun damage and can help tighten sagging skin. There are also skin care products that contain soy. Apply soy topically offers softening and smoothing effects and can even out skin tone.

9. Use Retinol Daily

Retinol is an anti-aging product that supports skin efficacy, boosts collagen production, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Retinol treats acne, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Also a related research has shown that retinol can reverse cancerous and abnormal growth as well as other forms of sun damage. Sunlight can deactivate retinol and render it useless, so always apply it to your skin at night.

10. Avoid Dairy Products

Cow hormones stimulate pores and oil glands which in turn can cause acne. If you don’t feel you can live without milk, try switching to skimmed. Skimmed milk is less concentrated than whole dairy and less likely to cause breakouts.

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11. Sanitize your Smartphone

Most smartphones are germ-infested and full of bacteria. Use antibacterial wipes to clean your smartphone, at least, two or three times a day to help keep all the disgusting stuff off your face.

12. Use Olive or Coconut Oil

Both olive oil and coconut oil have loads of nutrients that infuse with the skin leaving it more hydrated, and offers a subtle, healthy glow. These products can be found in many skin care products or can be used in conjunction with a home remedy treatment.

13. Eat a Handful of Nuts

Brazilian nuts have selenium which increases elasticity and helps you avoid skin cancer. Walnuts contain omega-3 and fatty acids that fight breakout and inflammation. Macadamias offer quality oils and fatty acids for skin repair and rejuvenation.

14. Drink Water

Is there any problem drinking water cannot help? Your body is made up of 90 percent water so it just makes sense that your skin would thrive on the clear stuff and even more if opting for alkaline water known for its ultra-hydrating vertues, its skin rejuvenating abilities and its antioxidant properties (anti-aging and anti-disease). But before you start sipping the trendy drink, read up on others’ experiences on facebook .

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15. Get a Good  Night’s Sleep

Lack of sleep can wreck havoc on the skin bringing on dark circles, puffy eyes, and pale looking skin. In addition, too little sleep can cause the body to release too much of the stress hormone cortisol. Excess amounts of cortisol trigger inflammation, which breaks down collagen, a protein that keeps the skin smooth and elastic. On the other hand, a good’s night sleep can rejuvenate the skin. Also, cells renew themselves at night, so getting enough rest is an essential part of having healthy, glowing skin.

Final Words

Let’s face it. Most people aren’t born with perfect, gorgeous skin. Nevertheless, having beautiful, glowing skin is possible with a few simple, inexpensive lifestyle changes. You can start by eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep and exercice, and remembering to apply the above-mentioned skin perfecting care tips and advices.

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The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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