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How to Improve Your Health Easily

We all want to be healthy and live long. But how many of us are willing to change their way of living to achieve this goal? Change is hard. In our minds the pain of changing our comfortable lifestyle is more than the long-term goal of being healthy. This makes us struggle with our diets, promise ourselves that we’ll quit smoking tomorrow and give up on our resolve not to snack between meals the moment we see the free donuts in the office.

I believe that the single mind shift which will make a real difference in our lives is to realize that we don’t have to completely change and give up out little comforts right now. New year resolutions hardly ever help. A decision to completely change yourself in one day rarely works. Change has to be gradual – little baby steps, every single day.

So what do you think is the best first step to improve your health painlessly? The following video will show you.

As it turns out a simple 30 minute walk every day will help you keep your weight in check, give you a better fitness level, decrease your risk of diabetes and hearth disease, decrease anxiety and depression, increase your energy levels and improve your general quality of life.

Now, if this still does not motivate you enough on daily basis, here are some suggestions:

Get a dog. As suggested in the video, having a dog will make go out for a walk several times daily. Another researchshows that dog owners not only have improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels but better chance to recover from serious diseases.

Buy a pedometer and walk 10 000 steps per day. Having a pedometer gives you a measurable goal for each day. The 10 000 steps goal started as a marketing campaign, but recent research shows that 10 000 steps a day is indeed a healthy goal. You can buy a pedometer for just a fiver online. If you prefer a fancy gadget-y one instead, you can get a piece of the new generation wearable technology. Get a FitBitNike Fuel Band or Jawbone Up.

Another, simpler motivation method could be just establishing the habit of walking with your significant other every evening.  Make this time feel like a treat. This will give you the opportunity of sharing your day and enjoying a conversation much better than if you are together in front of the TV.

You can also just start to alter small habits such as using the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator; go to work by foot, if possible; in a rainy day don’t just stay at home but go to a museum or a mall where you can walk indoors, etc.

And remember: every beginning is difficult but once you establish the habit and feel the results you will enjoy walking and the improved quality of life that comes with it.

 

Green Tea

Recently I started to drink a lot of green tea. I love the smell of yasmine tea pearls and also in general of green tea. It can be very soothing and calming. Check out this site to learn which is the best green tea available. There are many sorts of green teas and it is also interesting to know about how to make it properly.

Especially before I go to bed, I make it a habit to have a cup of tea, that makes it much easier to fall asleep. And beside that, it is very interesting, that green tea is healthy as well. There are many studies about the effects of green tea on the human body. On the above site is also an article about the green tea diet, which shows that green tea can be a really good addition to improve your health.

Asian people seem to drink green tea for long time already and for example in Japan the rate of cancer is lower than in other countries. It is not yet clear if that is really because of the green tea, because in Japan, people tend to eat more fish as well. But so far I couldn’t find any negative effects about drinking green tea daily.

How do you like this tea? Do you drink it often or do you not like it at all? Would be interesting to read your opinion.

 

Short Hairstyles for Women

Some hairstyles come and go with the winds of time. Short hairstyles, however, will always be popular. For one, they are easy to take care of. They don’t require much time, and because you can use less product on them they are also cheaper. Additionally, having short hair can make a woman look both younger and smarter.

Short hairstyles range from:

  • Boy cut short hair to chin length,
  • From messy to smooth,
  • And from straight to curly.

Not all of them, however, look great on all people. It is important to choose the right one for you. Factors which can affect this include your hair type, your face shape, your skin tone, and your eye color. You should also take into consideration your personality, your job, and the amount of time you have.

Professional Consultation from a hairstylist

There are several ways people can determine the right short hairstyles. The best way is to get a hair consultation. This means that a professional hairstylist examines your hair, head, and face, asks you questions about your life, and makes a recommendation based on these things. However, this can sometimes be expensive. A cheaper method is to purchase hair styling software. Using this, you can upload your picture and try as many different hairstyles as you want. Finally, you can use the classic method of looking through hair style magazines. This is cheaper than the other two, but it does not give you as good of an idea of how the style will look on you personally.

Care for short hairstyles

The products a person should use when creating short hairstyles depend largely on their hair type. If you have curly hair, you probably want to spray it with a frizz control product before styling it. Fine hair, on the other hand, may need a volumizer or a mousse to give it more body. Different hair types will also benefit from different kinds of brushes:

  • Thick hair does best with a short, natural bristlewhile
  • Fine hair benefits from a longer bristle.

And don’t forget your hair dryer. It is probably the most important part of styling short hair. When combined with a round brush, it can give your hair an almost instant lift. If, on the other hand, you want a messy look, use the blow dryer with your fingers and mousse.

Short hairstyles are as numerous as the people who wear them. But no matter who you are or what you do, you can find one that will suit you. And when you do, you are sure to be pleased with how easy it is to take care of.

Woman with short hairstyle

3 Easy Ways to Make Amazing Nail Polish Designs

I am one of those lazy people who love to have glamorous nails but don’t like to be bothered with the trouble of making them so (and don’t like spending money for manicure). Thanks to the good old Internet, however,  I could find some great ideas for easy and amazing looking nail designs. Here’s what I found:

Easy Splatter Paint Nails

The original article can be found in this blog, called Pretty Gossip. I think this nail polish design is big fun. Both as final result and making process. It is a bit a messy  business, but when precautions are taken there shouldn’t be any problem.

As it is seen fromt he picture below, basically the technique is splattering two of the three used nail polish colors over polished nails with the thirds, base color. This is done by dipping the straw in nail polish and then splattering it by blowing trough the straw.

Fish Tail Manicure

The original article can be found in this blog. I love this idea. It is somehow simple and yet very effective. I also love when only one nail out of the 5 have a certain effect. It makes the whole look more simple, but still interesting.

So, the technique is creating more visual interest by creating an easy and yet sophisticated design in the ring finger. Everyone knows how to create a fish tail braid, this is similar but with nail polish. And it looks cute.

Turquoise and Gold

Well, I’m sure it works with other colors too. It’s the technique that’s interesting. By using a plastic bag and a shiny nail polish, we create a pleasant texture over a solid colored base.

The whole tutorial is available in The beauty Department.

 

Which hairstyle suits me?

Did you already ask yourself which hairstyle suits you in the new year? With the online application of Clairol you can upload your own image and try different haircuts and styles on your head. So you can find out which new hairstyles may suit you. There are different haircuts and colors you can chose. Most of them are for female, but also a few are for men hair styles.

On the following picture of hairstyles you can see what you can get from this application.

For checking out the Hairstyle-Application do the following steps:

  1. Visit the website Virtual Makeover tool.
  2. Upload your image or chose an available model.
  3. Start to figure out your new hairstyle

I hope this is useful to you, if you like or dislike it, write a comment!

 

Black Hair Care Tips

Black Hair Care Tips: How to Keep Black Hair Healthy and Beautiful

 

Hair experts say that black hair is the most difficult hair to manage, regardless of whether it is Asian or African-American hair.  Asian hair may be resistant to damage, but the longer it grows, the more difficult it is to style because of its inherent

thickness.  African-American hair, on the other hand, is known for its delicate structure, which makes it susceptible to damage.

How should you take care of your black hair?  The first step in caring for your black hair is to know your hair.  Every individual’s hair is different, and so hair care needs to be personalized.  Here are a few black hair care tips that will help you along.

Know Your Own Hair

Before you launch a hair care regimen, it is important for you to know your own hair and become aware of its specific needs.  Do you have black Asian hair?  Then you would know that Asian hair is typically thick and coarse, with the tendency to develop split ends the longer it grows.  Do you have African-American hair?  Then you are likely to have fragile hair that is naturally dry and breaks easily.

Aside from racial hair types, you should also consider if your hairstyle is naturally curly, straight or wavy.  Also, the black hair care tips that you need to follow depends on whether your hair is naturally oily, dry or just normal.

Follow the Basics of Hair Care

Vietnamese beauty model portrait on white studio background

The best way to care for black hair is to follow the basics – shampoo it regularly and condition it frequently.  Contrary to what most people think, it is not healthy to shampoo your hair every day. Daily shampooing actually dries out the hair and makes it more prone to damage.  If you have oily hair, you need to shampoo it every other day.  But if you have dry hair, shampooing it once a week is enough.  Regardless of your hair type, you should stick to using gentle shampoos or organic shampoos, which actually prevent damage to your hair.  The typical commercially manufactured shampoo has harsh sulfates that can dry out your hair.

Conditioning the hair is one of the most important black hair care tips that you need to follow.  Conditioning the hair every day restores the proteins that the hair loses on a daily basis due to pollution, the weather or your own lifestyle habits.  When these proteins are continually replenished, your hair becomes smoother, shinier and stronger.

Avoid Over-styling Your Black Hair

The biggest mistake that anyone can make when it comes to their black hair is over-styling it.  Over-styled Asian hair becomes coarser and loses its natural strength, while over-styled African-American hair becomes even more fragile.  As thus, you should limit the use of heat-based or chemical-based styling agents on your black hair.  If you do need to style your hair, make sure that you apply a protective gel first.  Also, be lavish with your hair conditioning.

These are just the basic black hair care tips that you need to follow.  If you abide by them, you are sure to have a glorious crown of black hair on your head.

Avocado Face Masks

The avocado or “alligator pear” is a tree, which is originally found in South and Central America. The fruits are with green skin and in the form of a pear. The avocado is technically a large berry with a big nut inside. It is very nutritious, has a positive effect on blood cholesterol levels, contains fibers and is full of monounsaturated fat.

The avocado facial masks are an amazing source of goodies for your skin. The fruit contains a lot of minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, etc. It also contains vitamins A, E, B and K. The result of that special cocktail is that the avocado face mask reaches the deepest layers of the epidermis and gives elasticity even to the driest skin.

Here are some homemade avocado facial masks which are good for any type of skin:

1. Avocado Face Mask:

Young woman applying green facial mask in the bathroom

 Ingredients:
1/2 soft avocado
2 tbs hot water
1 ts honey

Preparation and Usage:
Mash the Avocado with a fork or in a mixer. Dissolve the honey into the water and add it to the fruit. Put it into your face, using your fingers or a special brush. Avoid the area of your eyes and mouth. Keep 10 minutes and wash away.

2. Avocado and banana face mask:

Ingredients:
1/2 soft avocado
1/2 banana
1 egg yolk

Preparation and Usage:
Mash the avocado and banana. Mix all ingredients well. Again, put on your face and wash after 10 minutes.

3. Cleaning face lotion from avocado:

Ingredients:
3 avocados
2 lemons

Preparation and Usage:
Peal the avocados and strain it. Filter the juice and add the lemons juice to it. You can keep that lotion in fridge for about 5 days in a well closing bottle. Use the lotion after cleaning and drying your face.

Those are some organic homemade avocado face masks you can make. Remember, that the natural cosmetics is times better than the chemical one, which you can buy in the cosmetics store. And as you see, it is not so difficult to prepare yourself a very healthy, cheap and nutritious mask for your face.

Review: Homemade Face Masks

Homemade Face Masks: Beauty Treatments for the Budget-Conscious Woman

Homemade face masks are great alternatives to store-bought face masks or face masks applied at a day spa or beauty salon.  Let’s face it: It takes money to maintain a beauty regimen to keep our skin healthy, and not all of us can afford to splurge regularly on professional treatments or a good, commercially made face mask.

But just because your pocket cannot handle the cost of a facial at a beauty salon or a drugstore face mask, it does not mean that you should forgo it altogether.  Face masks with ingredients readily available at home do not cost as much but are just as effective.

Safe Ingredients Guaranteed

Cropped image of beautiful young woman with facial mask

Besides, with homemade face masks, you can be sure that the goop you are putting on your face is truly safe and is free from synthetic chemicals that can be harsh on your skin.  The problem with many commercially produced face masks is that they contain synthetic chemicals.  Instead of promoting the health of your skin, these products can eventually cause your skin some damage.

When you put together your own face mask at home using your own ingredients, you at least know what you are putting on your face.  Also, you can be flexible with the ingredients of your face mask.  If you do not have a particular ingredient at the moment, you can substitute something else for it and the recipe will be just as effective.

A Face Mask for Your Skin’s Needs

A more important advantage that homemade face masks can give you is that you can address the specific needs of your skin with these facial masks.  For example, if your skin is oily, you can mix up a clarifying face mask to clear your pores and lift the layer of dirt from your skin.  An example of a clarifying face mask for oily skin is pureed cucumber mixed with yogurt.  To make this face mask, just put four or five slices of peeled cucumber in a blender and process it until it is mushy.  Mix it with 1/4 cup of plain yogurt and apply it evenly on your face.  Rinse the mixture off with warm water once it has dried.

If you have dry skin, the homemade face masks that you need should restore the moisture content of your skin to keep it smooth and soft.  Avocado face masks are perfect for dry skin.  To make an avocado face mask, just mash 1/4 of an avocado fruit.  You can mix it with egg yolk or a spoonful of olive oil for added smoothness.  Apply the mixture evenly on your face and let it sit there for about half an hour.  After that, rinse the mixture off with warm water.

Homemade face masks are great alternatives to face masks bought from a drugstore or facial treatments given at beauty salons and day spas.  They give you a chance to maintain an effective beauty regimen without hurting your pockets and what is most important – your skin.

Homemade Acne Masks

Homemade Acne Masks: Natural Face Masks for Clearing Your Skin

Those of us who suffer from acne are not really that eager to use face masks to treat our acne problem. That is because many of the face mask products that are readily available in your neighborhood drugstore contain ingredients that can be harsh on your already irritated skin. If you expose your skin to these harsh ingredients, you can end up aggravating your acne problem instead of solving it.

Homemade acne masks are great alternatives to commercial face masks that you can turn to. You can enjoy a lot of advantages from using these homemade acne masks. First, you can be sure that these face masks are safe because you will be the one mixing up the ingredients. Second, these acne masks are natural face masks. They will not have any synthetic chemicals unless you put in these chemicals yourself. Lastly, they are a lot less expensive than their commercial counterparts because the ingredients are readily available in your kitchen.

Why Do You Need an Acne Mask?

The question you may have at the moment is this: Why do I need an acne mask in the first place? Homemade acne masks are actually effective in dealing with acne.These acne masks contain natural disinfectants and astringents. They treat the skin infection that causes the acne as well as break down the dirt and oils that make the acne worse.

These acne masks also contain natural soothing agents. They refresh and rejuvenate skin, lifting up dead skin cells and coaxing the skin to develop new cells. They also heal pimple scars. If you use these acne masks regularly, you can prevent your skin from breaking out again in the long run.

Sample Recipes for Acne Masks

Here are a few recipes for homemade acne masks that you can easily make in your own kitchen.

1. Tomato mask. Chop up a ripe tomato and process it in your blender until it becomes a puree. Apply it gently and evenly on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. Afterwards, rinse the mask off with lukewarm water.

2. Apple and honey mask. Dice half an apple and add in three spoonfuls of honey. You can use your blender to mix them up or simply use a fork. Pat the mixture gently on your face and let it sit there for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.

3. Strawberry and yogurt mask. Mix together 1/4 cup of fresh strawberries and 1/4 cup of plain yogurt. If you do not have yogurt at home, you can use sour cream. Put the mixture on your face, leave it there for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water.

Homemade acne masks are effective remedies for treating acne. They are safe and inexpensive, and if you use them regularly, you will be able to see visible results in a matter of weeks.

How to Get Fair Skin

Did you ever wish that your skin was a bit fairer, a little clearer? Before we get to those little tips you can take on how to get fair skin, let’s mention the very best thing you can do to ensure your skin is as wonderful as it can be: avoid the sun.

Skin discoloring

First of all, almost all serious skin discoloring can be attributed to over-exposure to the sun. Because the UVB and UVA rays of the sun cause skin damage, these rays are dangerous to your health in general. Take the following precautions whenever you go outdoors before you even think of trying any of the other tips:

  • Keep your bare skin out of direct sunlight.
  • Use a sunblock with a high SPF – at a minimum, use one that’s at least SPF 30. Find one with a mineral block such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide – such a sunblock may give your skin a slight whitish tinge – if it’s too white, mix in a little foundation makeup.
  • Wear a big floppy hat that shades your face, neck, and shoulders. Experiment with the style – you can still be fashionable with your magnificent hats.

Fair skin

Second, in our quest on how to get fair skin, let’s talk diet – eat fruits, especially pears, apples, mangoes, guava, and peaches. A healthy diet will make your skin healthy. And drink lots of water, at least ten glass per day – dehydration does your skin no good whatsoever. And having more than enough water daily will also reduce those dark under-eye circles.

Skin care

Closeup of a young beautiful woman.

Third, be sure to follow a regimen of good face care. At least once a day, use a gentle facial cleanser. If you have a poor complexion, try these remedies to restore smooth clear skin:

  • Sandalwood oil can help in the removal of pimples, freckles, rashes, and red blotches. It will reduce prickly heat, lessen the effects of over-exposure to the sun, and heal swelled face. The oil itself may be a little expensive, but the effect is worth it. You can add sandalwood oil every other item you use on your skin, from facial cleanser, to skin toner, to face scrub, to moisturizer. With sandalwood oil, you’ll find it even easier to maintain a fair and clear complexion.
  • Almonds can be ground into rosewater to create a paste to apply to your skin – leave on for a half-hour, then gently wash off.
  • Mix an egg white, a bit of lemon juice, and some honey – apply the paste to your face, and leave for fifteen minutes, then gently wash off.
  • Wash your face in tomato juice, or tomato juice and oatmeal – the antioxidants within these ingredients will be an excellent treatment for your skin.
  • Mix milk powder with warm water to create a paste to spread on your face – let the paste sit for thirty minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
  • Cut a fresh papaya in half and rub the cut side over your face each night to help restore clear skin.

Make-up and skin

Fourth, think about make-up and clothes that will make your skin appear lighter than it actually is. Wear dark clothes. Do not wear beige or white clothes that will make your skin seem dark in contrast. However, your clothes do not have to be black — try some bright bold colors that flatter your natural coloring.

As to make-up, try using a light base that’s a shade lighter than the natural color of your skin – over that base, dust on a light translucent powder to enhance the fairness of your skin. Do not put on lots of makeup, or your face will look unnatural, not at all what you’re going for. In the summertime, pick a base that also has sunscreen for that little bit of extra protection against the sun that will help you keep your skin fair.

If you wear lipstick or use eye makeup, use darker shades for contrast with your skin – but do not overdo it. Pick either the lips or the eyes to emphasize with the darker make-up, but not both – the result of doing both in this manner will make you look overdone.

Facial treatments

Fifth, here are some facial treatments that go beyond cleansing, and that actually cause some lightening of the skin.

  • Mix honey and lemon juice, apply to the face and skin, leaving it in place for twenty minutes before washing it off with cool water.
  • For dry skin, mix equal amounts of honey and cucumber juice, apply to your face and your body, leave on for fifteen minutes, and then wash off.
  • For oily skin, use one teaspoon of cucumber juice alone – to make some cucumber juice, grate the skin off from a cucumber, and squeeze out the juice.
  • At night, as you’re getting ready for bed, after you’ve washed off all your make-up and lotions, dab some lemon juice on your face, keeping the juice away from the eyes.
  • You may feel some slight heat, but try to keep the juice on for at least fifteen minutes before you wash it off
  • Put on a facial yogurt mask or use a tea-tree facial cleanser, and wash off with milk – all three ingredients are skin lighteners. Tea tree cleansers will also help with sunburns.

Skin lightening treatments

Sixth, for more serious skin lightening treatments, try the following:

  • Use a bleaching or lightening cream. These creams, though they will help you lighten skin, should be used with care. Use with caution. Before you apply any on your entire body, try a dab on a small test spot on your forearm to see if your skin reacts adversely. Also, be sure to consult your own dermatologist before any use.
  • On a three-times-a-week schedule, apply either salicylic or glycolic acid, both of which are natural skin lighteners.
  • Try applying hydroquinone, found in over-the-counter cosmetic products – look for 2% or less within the product. Test the product before applying – if your skin darkens, a rare abnormal reaction that may happen with dark-skinned people, wash it all off, and discontinue use immediately. Visit a dermatologist if you’re not sure whether or not you should try a hydroquinone product.

You should be very patient – it can take a long time to lighten your skin. A complete lightening result can take anywhere from several months to several years. Daily consistency is the key.

Warnings on your way on how to get fair skin:

  • Never use any product with a concentration of hydroquinone that is higher than 2%.
  • Never use laundry bleach on your skin thinking it will lighten your skin – it won’t, and can cause serious burns.
  • Never use hair bleach on your skin.