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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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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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