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5 Ways to Keep Your Skin Youthful and Glowing in Winters

5 Ways to Keep Your Skin Youthful and Glowing in Winters

A drop-in humidity and temperature levels in winter season leaves your skin feeling rough, dry and itchy. And for those who are prone to psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, or other skin diseases, the condition becomes worse than just a general dryness. Moreover, the problem does not improve even if you heat your home using wood or electricity.

Therefore, taking extra care of the skin is the best option to keep it fresh and moisturized. Luckily, there are several ways to get clear, youthful, healthy and glowing skin even during the harsh winter days:

1. Bathe in Lukewarm Water

When you have a dry skin, it seems like a good idea to wash it with water. However, excessive washing, especially with hot water, makes dry skin worse. It removes the protective oils from the skin, make it vulnerable to drying. Therefore, instead of using hot water, you should use warm water while bathing.

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2. Avoid Using Soaps

If you use too much soap, your skin will likely pay the price. Only apply soap in body areas such as in your underarms, on your legs and feet, and in your groin area. Opt for mild, moisture-rich, and fragrance-free soaps, especially in winter, as this may aggravate dry skin. Don’t rub your wet skin with a towel, but gently pat it to avoid over drying.

3. Go for Water-Rich Foods and Juices

You can also improve your water intake by having fruits and vegetables that are already high in water content. Fruits such as grapes, berries, papaya, watermelon, peaches and apples contain 80 to 90 percent water. Among the vegetables, you can pick onions, peas, tomatoes, broccoli and carrots. Apart from fulfilling the water needs of your body, these fruits and vegetables also provide the essential vitamins and minerals to your body. Also, it is advised to limit your intake of certain foods that may harm your skin and cause skin problems like wrinkles, allergies, pimples, acne and many more.

4. Apply Moisturizer to Keep Hydrated

Moisturizing after washing skin can help trap moisture on the skin and prevent dry skin. It is advised to apply a moisturizer several times a day and mainly after having a bath.

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There are four basic types of skin moisturizers: Cream moisturizers, ointment moisturizers, lotion moisturizers and oil moisturizers.

Non-comedogenic or oil-free moisturizers are best for those who have oily or acne prone skin. Go for gentle, creamy moisturizer if you have sensitive skin. For dry skin, ointment moisturizer is an apt option. However, ointment moisturizers sometimes feel greasy. If you are looking for something less greasy, you can select lotion moisturizers.

To treat your cracked lips in the winter, choose lip balms with special moisturizing agents. You can also apply honey on your lips before going to bed. It is one of the best natural ways to keep your lips moisturized for a longer time.

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5. Drink More Water

The most common problem that occurs in winter is dehydration because we do not feel thirsty in this season and therefore the amount of fluid in our body decreases. Consequently, our skin becomes dehydrated and under-nourished. It is recommended to drink at least 2-3 litres water a day beginning with two glasses of water when you wake up and a glass of water every two hours after that.

If you find it difficult to drink plain water, you can go for its alternatives. Try lemon water, coconut water or non-caffeinated teas. If that doesn’t work, try flavouring your water with vegetables or fruits. You can add strawberry, cucumber, mint leaves or orange to flavour your the water.

If your skin is still rough and dry, consider asking your dermatologist about it. Your doctor can help you understand why your skin is dehydrated and give you the required treatment to keep it healthy.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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