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16 Easy Ways To Make Your Skin Naturally Glow

16 Easy Ways To Make Your Skin Naturally Glow

Our skin is the first thing a new person notices about us and is something we share intimately with loved ones. Everyone wants smooth, glowing skin, but it’s not always that easy. Despite their best efforts, some people are left with problem areas.

Many factors decide the appearance of your skin, including:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Hygiene

Common skin problems include dry or oily skin and skin which is prone to blemishes. These problems can often be resolved with healthy lifestyle choices, and even some fun activities like daily scrubs.

If you suffer from a more serious problem, however, like stubborn rashes or painful irritation, it may be wise to have professionals take a look at it. Simple techniques like these won’t treat serious conditions.

1. Yoga

Did you know that just by breathing, our bodies are removing harmful toxins which may otherwise end up in our skin, causing blemishes and other problems? Yoga is a healthy and low-impact way to improve flexibility, physical health, as well as our breath control. The deep, focused, healing breaths taken during yoga workouts is just what your skin needs to stay clear.

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2. Take the Stairs!

Just as yoga helps control and maximize the detoxifying power of breathing, cardio workouts are a triple-whammy of positive benefits for the skin. Cardio exercise gets your heart pumping, which improves circulation and breathing rate. Cardio workouts are also shown to reduce stress.

Remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth during any cardio work to get the most out of it. Take the stairs, park at the end of the lot when grocery shopping, and always be on the lookout for opportunities to get your heart pumping.

3. Prepare for the Elements

The local weather can have a serious impact on the health of your skin. For instance, people who live in arid, dry places suffer from cracked, itchy skin, while people in humid places have issues with sweat and oil. Compensate accordingly by using proper skin regiments based on your local weather, and seasonal changes. This means moisturizing when it’s dry, and deep cleansing when it’s humid.

The sun can also pose a serious threat to your skin! Always apply SPF 30 or greater when you intend to have some fun in the sun. Even a couple hours of exposure can be damaging without protection.

4. Exfoliation

By now, the word exfoliation should be synonymous with healthy skin. But why does it work? Exfoliation is the use of a gentle solution with an abrasive element, like using a pumice stone or soap with small, granular additives like rock sugar. This helps tear away dead skin, open pores, and improve circulation in the area, far better than using soap alone.

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5. Followed by a Natural Clean

Once your skin has been exfoliated, it is perfectly primed to be cleaned with a natural, gentle soap that will moisturize and nourish. Avoid soaps with sodium lauryl sulfate (or SLS), parabens, “fragrance”, and other toxic additives.

6 Stay Seasonal

As mentioned earlier, depending on where you live, you could face different skin challenges. If you experience seasons, you know that winter is more dry, while summer is more humid and hot. Both seasons require a different skin regiment, so be sure to update yours every 6 months.

7. Cucumbers Really Work!

We’ve all seen pictures of women at the salon wearing cucumber slices on their eyes, but does it work? In short, yes! Cool cucumbers have a number of properties which compress puffy under eyes, improve circulation, and better our appearance.

8. Don’t Use Expired Product!

As tempting as it may be to stretch your mascara or foundation past its expiration date, doing do could damage your skin! As we use makeup, bacteria from our faces is transferred back into the container, and over time leads to dangerous levels of harmful bacteria in your product. If makeup ever starts to smell bad, or if it’s losing its original consistency, it’s time to throw it out.

9. Always Remove Makeup Before Bed

We sweat while we sleep, and excrete natural oils. Makeup left over from the night before gets caught in our pores, mixing with sweat and skin oils to create a nasty concoction. Always remove your makeup before bed to avoid waking up with blemishes or worse.

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10. Limit Junk

Fatty foods and foods filled with sugar are known to alter our hormones. This can result in oily or dull skin, as well as blemishes. In moderation, fat and sugar can be part of a healthy diet, but for your overall health, always limit junk foods. Doing so will give your skin a chance to reach its full potential.

11. Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Our skin is the body’s largest organ and requires plenty of rich nourishment from our food to maintain a healthy glow. Fruits and vegetables are ideal, especially those with the vitamin B complex, vitamin E, as well as zinc and sulfur.

12. Getting Enough Water

It is critical to a healthy lifestyle and glowing skin that you remain hydrated. Water helps carry toxins and sodium out of the body, and the average person needs to consume about 100 ounces per day. Consuming doesn’t necessarily mean drinking, though, as we get over a fifth of our water from food.

To achieve more vibrant skin, replace the sugary drinks in your diet with water or unsweetened tea. When your urine is clear or light yellow, you’ll know you’re getting enough water.

13. Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can be a fun way to relieve stress, but it puts more stress on your skin and immune system than its helping. Alcohol is full of toxins that are bad for the skin and dehydrates you to boot. Reduce your alcohol consumption to see better skin results.

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14. Don’t “Pop” Pimples!

When you wake up to a new blemish, your first instinct may be to pinch it, but resist the urge! Breaking open blemishes can cause infections, make the blemish worse, and ultimately result in scarring. It’s always better to let the blemish resolve itself.

15. Pull Your Hair Back as You Sleep

No matter how freshly-showered, your hair is a source of oil and debris that when pressed against your face at night can lead to blemishes and redness. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back before bedtime. This will keep the oils from your hair away from your face, with the added bonus of keeping your hair untangled.

16. Keep Pillows and Pillowcases Clean

Just like hair is oily, so can your pillows and pillowcases pick up oil and debris from your face and hair while you sleep. It’s important to regularly clean your pillowcases (at least once a week), as you spend up to 8 hours in bed a day, and that’s plenty of opportunity for cross contamination. Don’t waste time with a before-bed regiment of exfoliation and deep cleansing, only to put your face on a dirty pillow at night!

That’s It!

Think you can follow these simple rules to achieve healthy, vibrant, glowing skin? We have faith that you can! By adding these steps into your daily routine, you’ll find that better skin is easier to keep than you ever imagined.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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