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10 Ways to Soothe Your Dry Skin

10 Ways to Soothe Your Dry Skin

It may not seem like big really big problem in the grand scheme of things, but those suffering from dry skin know just how irritating and problematic it can be. Dry and flaky skin is not the prettiest sight, and if the skin actually cracks, things can get painful as well. Since naturally dry skin can be aggravated by a number of external factors, it is important to take good care of it.

This means that you will have to put more effort than the average Joe into keeping your skin healthy and soft, but since there is no satisfying alternative, all that work won’t seem too difficult. It’s important to mention that even if your skin is not naturally dry, it can still become dry, ashy or even crack due to things like exposure to extreme weather conditions, so these tips can apply to a fairly wide variety of people.

1. Get a gentle exfoliating shower gel

Woman in shower

    You never want to go too rough when exfoliating dry skin, and you also want to stay away from heavily perfumed skin care products and those containing alcohol. A simple soap should do the trick, but it is even better to get a simple shower gel with exfoliating elements, and rub it over your skin gently for a couple of minutes before washing it off.

    2. Take faster showers and don’t let it get too hot or too cold

    A lot of people, particularly women, like to take their time in the shower, and this is understandable. We all want to stretch out those few moments where we are able to relax on our own in peace and quiet. However, the problem with long showers or baths is that they will strip your skin of its natural oils, making it very dry.

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    To avoid this you should try to keep your showers to about 10 minutes and avoid using water that is very hot or cold – think like Goldilocks and you’ll be fine. After you are done, dry yourself off by lightly patting your skin down with a soft towel.

    3. Moisturize regularly after you shower

    Moisturizing

      Even if you are quick in the shower, use non-perfumed hygiene products and gently dry your skin with a towel, some of the natural skin oils will be washed away, leaving you somewhat dry. This is why moisturizing is so important.

      If you have issues with dry skin, you should moisturize after you wash your face and whenever your skin starts feeling dry, but special care should be taken to rub your whole body with moisturizing cream after showering. It’s also important not to go overboard and apply too much moisturizer, as this can eventually make your skin very oily and lead to acne problems.

      4. Try out aromatic fruit oils

      Oils from a variety of different fruits are frequently used in aromatherapy to help transfer essential oils into the skin and seal it in. These oils will help your skin hold moisture better, keeping it soft and smooth for longer. As far as skin care products go, natural oils are a very safe and effective option, and can be used to massage your body, so you get the benefit of ensuring that your skin retains moisture and loses less of its natural oils, while relaxing your muscles and reducing stress in the process. It’s best to apply fruit oils to your skin after a quick shower, while you are still slightly wet.

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      5. Lather up your skin well when shaving

      Shaving legs

        Shaving skin without a shaving cream is the fastest way to irritate it, which can cause redness, soreness and pimples to form. Your skin should be still somewhat wet when the shaving gel is applied, and make sure to use plenty of it. You can apply more gel and use some more water if it starts getting dry.

        Be sure to choose a shaving gel that is suitable for sensitive skin, as that type has only the basic active ingredients necessary for hydration and lubrication of the skin, although those with aloe vera are great for preventing irritation. It is best to apply moisturizer after you shave.

        6. Avoid exposing your skin to the summer-sun

        We all like to spend a lot of time outside the house during summer, and there is nothing better than stripping down to your swimwear and having some fun at the beach. However, you should avoid sunbathing for extended periods of time during the hottest hours of the day – it’s best to sunbathe later in the afternoon, as you can get the same effect without the added risk to your skin.

        You should always apply sunscreen with a protective factor of 20-30 before going outside during the summer months. Longer sleeves and hats can also be your friends in the heat.

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        7. Eat your fruits and vegetables

        Assorted fruit

          In order for your body to properly regulate itself, and things like skin moisture are a part of this auto regulation process, you need to feed it the right nutrients. Vegetables and fruit contain a good deal of water, various vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants which can help keep your skin healthy.

          Foods containing high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E – like olive oil, nuts and avocados – are particularly good for keeping your skin smooth, soft and well-moisturized. Whole-wheat bread and turkey are good sources of selenium, which strengthens the cells in the skin.

          8. Work on reducing the stress in your life

          Stress can negatively affect our health in more ways than one, and skin rashes or dry and flaky skin can be a result of prolonged periods of chronic stress. This is why you need to find an effective way of coping with emotional stress, as well as a good way to blow off some steam. A few simple solutions for reducing stress include:

          • Regular physical exercise
          • Combat sports or just punching a heavy bag
          • Breathing exercises
          • Light music
          • Learning not to sulk and hold grudges
          • Taking a break and doing a fun activity on the weekend
          • Taking up an interesting hobby
          • Having a few drinks and fun chat with some friends

          Taking the time to manage your stress effectively really pays off in the long run, and not just in terms of your skin health.

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          9. In winter, wear a good pair of gloves and cover up

          Winter,autumn woman

            External factors like the weather can have a huge effect on your skin. Exposure to the cold, dry air and the harsh wind will dry out your skin very quickly and caused it to crack. If you have fairly sensitive skin, the low temperature can even cause redness, swelling and itchiness of the skin on your hands and other exposed areas. This is why it is important to have a good pair of gloves with good insulation. You should also try to cover up the face, feet, legs and other areas of the body the best you can.

            Wearing two or more layers of clothing is a good tactic. Some hand cream and chapstick will help you keep your hands and lips from drying out and cracking. The skin around the nose can be problematic, particularly if you have a cold and keep blowing your nose, so cover the face with a scarf and apply a light layer of moisturizer on the area if begins to seem dry.

            10. Don’t heat up your home too much, and make sure there is enough moisture

            Some people just can’t stand the cold, and they really heat up their homes in the winter. Walking in from the cold to such a home feels like going through a magical portal that transports you from wintertime straight into the hottest of summers.

            All that heat also dries out the air, so if you are the kind of person who likes to stay really warm during the winter, be sure to get a decent humidifier to ensure that the air isn’t too dry. You can add essential oils to the humidifier to get some additional benefits like destroying bacteria, opening up your sinuses and making your home smell great.

            It takes some work to prevent your skin from being dry, cracked and itchy, especially if you have naturally dry skin. However, with all these effective tips, which are relatively simple to implement, you will be able to keep your skin as healthy as possible in any season and any situation.

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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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