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5 Things That Can Ruin Your Beauty

5 Things That Can Ruin Your Beauty

There are a lot of things that we normally do every day that can affect our looks. This should not be a problem if these things can only help improve our looks but the only problem is that some of these things can actually ruin our beauty. Here are things that we do on a regular basis that can ruin your beauty.

1. Sleeping Can Actually Ruin Your Skin

There is this term called beauty sleep and this is indeed necessary for your beauty and wellness. We acknowledge this fact, but the problem is not with sleeping itself but the other factors that could happen during the process. If you have an air conditioned room, then you could possibly face moisture problems on your skin that could cause aging. The pillowcase that you are using can also draw moisture away from the skin and can leave marks and lines on your face and body. To fight this problem, make sure you apply a skin moisturizer before going to sleep or use pillowcases that are made out of silk to prevent irritated your skin.

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2. Makeup Can Also Be Bad For Your Skin

A regular American woman uses at least 10 beauty products every day. This is quite alarming given that makeup and so-called skin care products can be harmful to the skin. Although they can be helpful in order to highlight facial value, they can also cause damage to the skin if they are left in there for quite some time. This is why you need to wash your face and remove all makeup before going to bed. Another factor on why makeup becomes damaging to the skin is the way we apply makeup. Most of the time, we only use bare fingers when applying makeup, this should not be a problem except that a lot of use do not wash our hands when applying makeup which could leave bacteria trapped on the surface of your face.

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3. Taking Care Of Your Nails

Taking the best care of your nails is also critical for health and beauty. If you do not pay attention to the nail, especially the toenails, then it can lead to serious problems such as fungal infection. The fungal infection is more common in toenails because they are more likely to be in dark and moist environment like the shoes. There is also less blood flow in the toes as compared to the fingers which can make it difficult for the immune system to detect an infection and stop it. It can cause discoloration of nails as well. You can have dark green toenail fungus or your nails can turn yellowish or black. So it is important to clean your feet and toes thoroughly after wearing shoes to dispel any chance of infection. Distorted nails are not pretty!

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4. Talking On The Phone For Hours Can Be Damaging To Our Skin

It is inevitable for us to talk on the phone for long hours due to work or for personal reasons. However, let us keep in mind that this can cause hygiene problems because cellular phones can have a lot of bacteria. Cell phones can be left anywhere such as tabletops, pockets, car seats etc., but we do not even disinfect them when using the device close to our mouth and ears. It would not be surprising if you suffer skin irritations and other skin blemishes due to long hours on the phone.

5. Too Much Washing Can Damage Your Hair

Keeping your hair clean is a must but if you tend to overdo washing then that can already be damaging towards your hair. Shampoos and hair conditioners contain a chemical called sodium laureth sulphate that is needed by hair conditioners and shampoos to do their function. This chemical can also be responsible for damage if hair is exposed to it for a long time. The most common problem out of too much washing is hair loss or premature balding. If you are cautious enough, then you can find some shampoo and hair conditioner products that do not contain this product.

These 5 things are usually a part of our daily routine, but now we know that they can be damaging to our health, perhaps we should refrain from or at least be more mindful of the way we take care of ourselves. Just keep everything in moderation since some of these things can be inevitable. As long as you are conscious and aware of these habits, you can prevent your beauty from being damaged.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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