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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 August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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