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Avoid Sensitivity Reactions During The Wax Off

Seated woman showing bare legs

Those of us who spend enough time learning about skincare eventually find out that everyone’s skin has varying levels of sensitivity. Thinner and drier skin tends to be more sensitive than others. Certain actions can even create a situation where skin can become sensitized where it reacts in an even more pronounced way in response to even normal treatment. Waxing is one of these situations. It makes sense given waxing literally rips hairs out at the root. That’s enough to make anyone more than a little uncomfortable. Avoiding or minimizing that reaction is important in keeping our skin healthy though. There are certain ways we can help manage the various reactions our skin can have to waxing. It is simply a matter of putting in the effort to get ahead of the problem and making sure we stay there. Let’s take a quick look at how to manage some of the most common reactions so that we all have a rough idea of how to approach the problem before the next time we get waxed.

Pain
This tends to be the reaction most of us dread the most whether we’ve waxed before or not. Pain isn’t fun for most of us. Fortunately, there are various ways to manage the potential pain from waxing. The most obvious way is to simply have the waxing done by a professional who will take some steps to help minimize your discomfort. It won’t make it entirely painless, but it will help lessen the overall spike if the person performing the waxing knows what they’re doing. Those of us waxing at home will want to deaden the area some. Something as taking a basic painkiller will go a long way towards reducing the pain your experience when waxing particularly sensitive areas. Consider asking a professional for further advice on potential products to use to reduce the pain experienced during the waxing and the pain experienced afterwards. It is important to remember not to tense when getting waxed as well. This will help reduce the overall pain experienced as well.

Photosensitivity
Some people have the experience of an area of skin looking a bit darker than the rest after waxing. This tends to be the result of particular ingredients in some numbing agents, certain waxes, and even some medications can cause sensitized to be more photosensitive. There is no way to actually avoid this if it is going to happen, but you can easily safeguard against it. Apply sunscreen to waxed areas daily. This will protect the skin from taking too much damage from sun exposure. The key here is to remember to apply your sunscreen every day without fail. Make sure that you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. You may want to increase the SPF if you have particularly light skin though. 50 SPF is also a good option, but going much higher will give you diminishing returns. Mineral sunscreen is probably your best option overall as it will reflect the UV rays away from your skin rather than absorbing them instead of your skin.

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Bumps
A common reaction to waxing is for the skin to display its sensitivity with red bumps. This tends to be more common with early experiences with waxing, but can also happen if you go an extended period of time without waxing a given area. Fortunately, waxing bumps are relatively easy to prevent or minimize with a little bit of forethought. Exfoliating lightly before getting an area waxed will go a long way towards helping to minimize the problem. If you’re not comfortable with exfoliating, a gentle cleansing can also work after the actual waxing. This will help clear and potentially soothe the area so that there are no waxing bumps. Admittedly, you can get a somewhat decent result from soaking in a warm tub within a few hours of waxing. This will soothe the skin as well as help ease any pain that is left over from it. Waxing bumps tend to be a relatively temporarily reaction from sensitivity and pass within a few hours to a few days if they do happen. Minimizing them is easy enough they shouldn’t be an excessive bother.

Waxing is one of the favorite methods of hair removal for many people. It is effective and last for two to three weeks. That’s more than enough to help many of us feel less burdened by the constant need to shave. Sensitivity reactions are a natural part of it though. Taking good care of your skin and remembering to soothe it in the immediate time after waxing can minimize the actual extent of the effects you experience though. It may take a little bit of extra effort, but it is worth it to reduce pain and irritation.

The Difference Between Facial And Body Self-Tanners

Tanned woman sitting on grass

Self-tanners are one of those things many of us can’t do without. Most of us have now learned that tanning outside or in a tanning bed has horrible results for the health of our skin. The UV exposure ends up causing a lot of long term damage to our skin that in turn leads to premature aging. Avoiding that is generally a good idea for those of us concerned with taking care of our skin. Self-tanners let us do just that while still getting the much coveted tanned look. Transitioning to self-tanners can be rough for anyone used to tanning outside or in a bed though. This is because there are two broad categories of self-tanner: facial and body. These two can’t really be switched around easily without potentially running into issues. Most of these happen when we use body tanners on the face though. Let’s take a quick look at why this is so that we know exactly why we should make sure to use the proper product.

Gentle Products
One point we need to actually make is the simple fact that body self-tanners are formulated towards working on the thicker skin of the majority of the body. Thicker skin is better able to resist damage, irritation, and other problems. The neck, the area immediately below it, and the face have far thinner skin. That ends up meaning that products formulated for the body have a far greater chance of causing accidental irritation due to the particular concentrations of individual ingredients. This is typically why you end up seeing “gentle” attached to many facial products. Self-tanners are no different in this respect. Facial self-tanners are formulated with avoiding this problem in mind. Avoiding irritating your skin when tanning helps to ensure your skin remains healthy at the same time that you’re working to improve its appearance. Admittedly, a lot of the time facial self-tanners are also formulated to moisturize and nourish the skin to add extra value to the product as well.

Supportive Tanning
Body self-tanners tend to have a relatively narrow focus. They can afford it unlike facial self-tanners. That isn’t to say that self-tanning is all body products offer, but most of the time they tend to offer a little bit of light moisturizing at most. Facial self-tanners need to add in more to help offset the potential irritation of the skin as well as make up for their comparatively small usage area. This leads many manufacturers to ensure that their facial self-tanners help to support the skin through topical application of vitamins, rich moisturizing, and other helpful compounds. Facial tanners are often thicker overall to help them double as moisturizers. This allows manufacturers to ensure the product’s ingredients are at safe concentration levels for the face as well as ensuring that the product can rest safely on the skin for an extended period. The extra moisturizing goes a long way to keeping the skin soothed and comfortable too.

Woman applying tanning oil on leg

Noncomedogenic
Perhaps the largest difference between facial and body self-tanners is whether they are noncomedogenic or not. Most body self-tanners are not going to worry about this. Noncomedogenic formulas, after all, are designed to avoid clogging pores and the body tends to be a bit more resilient in this category than the face. By contrast, it is relatively easy to accidentally clog facial pores between the various products we all use. A noncomedogenic product helps to sidestep the issue. Good quality facial self-tanners try to use such formula to help ensure that the skin of the face has as few issues as possible since everyone will see it. This helps to avoid extra breakouts as well as ensuring that your skin is better able to cope with any other issues that come up. Taking care of your skin by keeping an eye out for this will help you get the tanned look you desire without your skin suffering for it in the long run.

Self-tanners are a wonderful invention that help us avoid the main issues with other kinds of tanning. This way we get the healthy sun-kissed look without needing to worry about the long term effect it will have on our skin. There are crucial differences to remember between facial and body self-tanners though. You can use a facial self-tanner on your body, but it might not be strong enough to get the desired results. Using a body self-tanner on your face will likely result in irritation and potential breakouts. So stick to using the properly formulated products for each broad area.

Acupuncture and Your Health

Asian woman receiving acupuncture treatment on her back

We all have our favorite ways to help improve our health or stress levels. Acupuncture has become a rather popular means of doing so in some circles thanks to its quick turnaround time and the appeal of a time-tested solution for various physical problems. This form of alternative medicine purports to be able to solve chronic pain, skin issues, and issues with internal organs through the proper placement of needles within the body. It sounds a bit silly when we put it like that, but that’s the truth of what most acupuncture is trying to do. Some modern practitioners have scaled back the claims of what acupuncture can do, but even these operate on the same principles as the more extravagant claims. Despite all of this, acupuncture remains wildly popular. Why? It would seem like there must be something to it. With that in mind, let’s take a close look at how acupuncture is supposed to work and the evidence of these claims.

The Claims
Acupuncture, simply put, traditionally claims to work through the manipulation of human life force. Needles are inserted at key points along the body’s flow of this life energy to help disrupt blockages, adjust the flow, and help improve the overall balance of energy within the body. The issues acupuncture seeks to address are credited as being responsible for almost every ill of the human body. These days there are some practitioners moving away from the idea of the practice being the manipulation of life force and opting instead to say that are stimulating nerve clusters or something similar in an attempt to update the terminology being used to more scientific seeming standards. Due to the widespread use of acupuncture, it has a great deal of proponents who claim its efficacy for almost everything. Pain management tends to be the most common thing people credit it as being good for and many people have tried acupuncture and had a positive experience. There’s more going on than you’d think from the surface though.

Facing Reality
The fact is that even the “updated for the 21st century” forms of acupuncture tend to use the exact same placement of needles as the one purporting to manipulate life force. Acupuncture is simply another form of ancient energy medicine that has no real scientific support. The mechanism that it claims to work by can’t be proven. As a practice, acupuncture has been tested time and time again without there being any true evidence of its efficacy. How do we explain everyone who has had a positive experience that seems to make it appear that acupuncture works? Interestingly enough, acupuncture is actually a surprisingly effective placebo treatment where the belief it will work ends up causing the brain to simulate it working a degree. The expectation of pain relief literally leads the body to feel less pain. This has actually been demonstrated through the use of “real” and fake acupuncture in clinical studies where everyone believed they were receiving real acupuncture and experienced similar overall results. That evidence alone would be damning, but there are countless more studies examining the claims in detail and finding nothing.

Woman receiving facial acupuncture treatment

What It All Means
When we take a closer look at acupuncture, we’re forced to conclude it is little more than a per-scientific form of treatment based on a less sophisticated knowledge of how the body works. All apparent benefits of it are well within the statistical range of the placebo effect as well. Like all forms of energy “medicine”, acupuncture cannot stand up to rigorous examination. It can’t even support the basic principles upon which it claims to work. This ends up meaning there is absolutely nothing to suggest it as an actual means of helping to manage any condition. The only exception to this is instances where an electrical current is passed through the needles, but that is a less safe form of an already existing medical treatment. The good news is that acupuncture isn’t that likely to hurt you as long as you recognize it is no substitute for actual medicine and the necessity to ensure that anyone providing acupuncture needs to use sterile needles.

Acupuncture is not a viable treatment for any health issue. It has no provable mechanism of action, no scientific backing, and the statistical analysis shows it to be as effective as taking sugar pills. That doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be relaxing for anyone who enjoys the sensation though. Just be aware of the evidence and indulge responsibly.

Total Body Anti-Aging Solutions

Smiling middle aged woman at home

The signs of aging are varied and difficult to keep under control unless you know what you’re looking for and what to do. Most of the time we tend to be fairly focused on the face when it comes to preventing the signs of aging. It makes perfect sense given how prominent of a place our faces have, but there are other areas of the body that can be equally revealing if we’re not careful. Proper anti-aging skincare involves being aware of your entire body. It isn’t that hard to pick out what area is going to need the most attention on your body if you know what increases their chances of being a problem later. We’re going to review the most common problem areas and quick way to help counteract the effects of time. There is no fully stopping the signs of aging, but appropriate attention and awareness can ensure you age gracefully.

The Face
While this is the most obvious area for attention, we can’t skip it without ignoring part of the body. Most of us are well-acquainted with many issues that beset the face as we age. Wrinkles, dull skin, oiliness, and sagginess are all major issues that we hope to avoid for as long as possible. Some of the core problems come from damage done to the skin over time through sun exposure. As a result, you want to counteract it by nourishing your skin with products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These will support your skin’s overall healing processes as well as providing the materials necessary to fuel it. Anti-aging products rich in antioxidants are particularly encouraged as they help to minimize the long term damage of sun exposure. Remember to pay special attention to protecting the area around your eyes due to the over thinness of the skin meaning that area will begin to wrinkle first.

Neck
The problem with the attention we place on the face is the fact that it tends to need to the neglect of the neck and the decolletage. This area tends to suffer just as much, if not more, from overall exposure to the sun and elements as the face. Care for the area isn’t even that hard. All you really need to do is continue your facial skincare routine down along your neck. This is needed because the skin of the neck is as thin or thinner than the skin of the face in some areas. Without the attention and care, your neck will begin to sag and show lines faster than your face. This betrayal of your apparent age will undermine the rest of your efforts. Don’t forget to moisturize and exfoliate the decolletage regularly. This area can benefit from nourishing skincare too, but basic skincare can be enough if you make sure to tend to it regularly.

Woman hands putting lotion

Hands
We almost never actually think about the health of our hands unless they are feeling uncomfortable. It is another unfortunate truth about skincare because the hands truly need care and attention to stay healthy. They are almost never covered, we don’t think to apply sunscreen to them, and constant motion means the skin is continually stretched and folded as we go about our daily routines. All of this is a recipe for a long term lack of health for the skin. The best way to counteract this is to remember to regularly moisturize your hands. Keep a hand cream available to use when the skin of your hands feels taut instead of ignoring the feeling. Try to find moisturizers that nourish your hands as well. This will help give them an extra boost. Lastly, don’t forget to treat them like the rest of your skin. Apply sunscreen to them front and back.

These three areas represent the parts of our skin that tend to suffer the most as we age. Exposure, movement, and a lack of attention to detail can lead us into a situation where our skin ends up prematurely aging. Remembering that and taking steps to counteract it with a good card will go a long way towards ensuring you’re able to look your best for years to come.

The Impact Of Inflammation On Your Skin

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All of us are familiar with what inflamed skin looks like. Those red and tender to the touch patches have a way of being memorable thanks to the potential pain. Inflammation of all sorts is something we associate with skin conditions like acne or rosacea. The inflammation is a symptom of the problem rather than the problem itself. It needs to be noted that those skin conditions and others may be the problem at the moment, but chronic inflammation of any sort has a negative impact on your skin. This is unfortunate given inflammation is a necessary part of how your body addresses various problems. To better understand the impact of inflammation on your skin, let’s take a closer look at what exactly it is and what it does to your skin. This should help us all have a clearer picture of how our bodies work as well as giving a few idea on how to get inflammation back under control when it becomes a chronic problem.

The Nature of Inflammation
Simply put, inflammation is a sign that your body is responding to damage or infection. White blood cells arrive at an area and begin to do their best to clean the area. Most of us remember from grade school science that white blood cells function as a key member of our immune system. They arrive at infected or damaged areas to try to clear out unwelcome bacteria. These bacteria are essentially tagged, devoured, and then passed as waste products. The catch is that we often don’t learn that how the cells prepare their food involves secreting particular chemicals. These help them do the white blood cells to do their job and make the cleaning up of an area far easier. Those same chemicals are what trigger inflammation in the body. It provides a signal to the rest of the systems involved that an area needs extra attention to clean it out and repair it. This puts that area of your body under strain though as it tries to funnel the necessary resources to the area to fix things.

Chronic Inflammation and Your Skin
Obviously, inflammation is typically a good sign. It means your body is working properly and trying to address problems. The problem is the strain that it causes means stress hormones are being released at the same time. These end up deeply affecting our body just like any source of stress. For the skin, the chances of inflammatory skin conditions occurring ends up skyrocketing. This is likely partly due to the fact that the skin is sensitized by inflammation and partly due to resources already being tied up elsewhere in the skin. This has to be address or you’ll likely experiences flare ups of conditions such as eczema or rosacea if you already have them. Breakouts aren’t uncommon either. This sensitized state also makes it far easier to build up damage on the skin. Wrinkles become more likely and skin can start to sag thanks to not getting repaired properly. That’s why it is in our best interests to minimize skin inflammation and find a way to curtail any source of chronic inflammation in our skin as quickly as possible.

Managing Inflammation
Taking control of inflammation is a lot easier than you might think. A big part of it is simply prevention. It is worth noting that you technically subject your body to a wide reaching shock of inflammation every time you eat sugary foods thanks to a spike in blood sugar. Avoiding indulging in these foods too much can do your skin a lot of good. Additionally, you’ll want to get plenty of fiber in your diet to help regulate any blood sugar spikes from eating to minimize the amount of inflammation that occurs. Controlling any visible inflammation can end up being a bit trickier. A good step is to make sure to moisturize the area effective and to avoid using any harsh products there as well. This will help make your skin a little less sensitive while avoiding provoking a further reaction. Any resistant and chronic area of inflammation should be discussed with a doctor or dermatologist to assess the area for treatment.

Inflammation is one of the wondrous ways in which our body keeps itself intact, but it does have a cost. The stress it causes to the body ends up degrading the health of any organs touched by the inflammation. With our skin, the degradation becomes visible through an increased chance of experiencing various skin conditions as well as a chance of experiencing more signs of premature aging. Avoiding causes of inflammation and getting appropriate treatment for any inflammation already existing will help move you towards better overall skin health and keep you looking your best.

Know The Dangers Associated With Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea, a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty breathing during sleep, is a surprisingly common disorder that many people don’t know that they have. It is technically defined as pauses in breathing when sleeping or periods of excessively shallow breathing during sleep and by this definition doesn’t necessarily seem like the most dangerous thing in the world. A brief pause, after all, is only a pause. We all know that breathing is automatic and trying to hold our breaths results in it only being a matter of time before our bodies are forced to breathe. The truth is that sleep apnea can actually be a good deal more dangerous than it seems on the surface. Sleep apnea can both directly cause or be a sign of particular issues with the body that needs to be addressed to ensure one’s continued health. While loud snoring, a common symptom, is certainly going to be troublesome to any partner you’re sleeping with, we’re going to focus on the dangers the condition represents specifically to the person with sleep apnea to keep thing simple.

Excessive Fatigue
Perhaps one of the most obvious dangers of sleep apnea is that the brief pauses in breathing end up regularly disturbing sleep. It may not wake the person with the condition fully, but it will wake them enough to disturb their sleep cycle. These continual interruptions to sleep tend to result in one only get rest in fits and bursts. A pattern of disturbed sleep like this results in a lack of proper rest that in turn translates to a distinct level of fatigue all day long even after what one might think was a full night’s rest. The dangers of excessive fatigue during the day can’t be overstated. Most of us spend at least some of the day driving and even a brief lapse in attention during a drive can result in disaster. Fatigue degrades our ability to work at our full capacity as well. Affecting our performance in this way can have negative consequences at work. Lastly, our ability to actually interact with others will be reduced as we become irritable and our physical health declines.

Weight and Other Issues
Interestingly enough, sleep apnea can actually trigger the release of particular hormones in the body that make you crave higher calorie foods. Sugary foods and other carbohydrate rich options become more attractive and it can be easy to put on weight before we realize what is happening. In turn, this extra weight can actually make sleep apnea more intense as fat in particular areas begins to make it yet harder to breathe. This vicious cycle doesn’t help anyone. It may also increase one’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes if one isn’t careful. Trying to control your weight through exercise is also more difficult thanks to the excessive fatigue we’ve already discussed. It doesn’t help that your body will also already be under stress from that lack of sleep. Overall, sleep apnea ends up creating a situation where our bodies begin to decay out from under us due to fatigue and motivating poor lifestyle choices without us noticing.

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Heart Disease
As we’ve highlighted above, sleep apnea puts a strain on your entire body. That strain doesn’t evaporate as long as the condition goes unmanaged. Your body pays for it more and more with time. For instance, constant stress creates a situation where your chances for high blood pressure begin to go up. Your body will be doing all it can to solve a situation it doesn’t know how to and works harder and harder at it each night. Your heart and circulatory systems have to struggle every time you stop breathing and that struggle will eventually amount to more than high blood pressure. Heart arrhythmia isn’t unheard of in people with sleep apnea and that only increases the chances of experiencing a heart attack as time goes on. The higher blood pressure won’t help with one’s chances either. Sleep apnea is not a harmless condition. The potentially lethal consequences of leaving moderate to severe cases untreated for too long are all too real.

These are some of the major consequences of sleep apnea. There are others still that will work against anyone with sleep apnea having a healthy and enjoyable life. It takes our rest and then it works on our bodies and minds. If your partner or a friend who shares space with you tells you that you’ve been snoring loudly and you notice excessive fatigue, that may be worth discussing with your doctor to ensure you’re not one of the many people suffering from sleep apnea.

Improve Your Internal Constitution For Better Skin

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Skincare often becomes easily obsessed with the surface of our skin. It is easy to understand how this happens. The surface is all we can really see, touch, and feel. That’s how we get feedback on how things are going deeper in our skin and within our bodies. This does lead to an unfortunate situation where we forget that what is going on inside is just as important as what we’re doing for our skin on the outside. All of our topical products can only do so much if we’re dragging our body down in other ways. In this way, our internal health is directly related to the health of our skin. There are certain things we can all do that will help improve our health internally and in turn improve our skin. They’re worth considering if you truly want to make the most of your skincare and health as they’ll help your skin be more resilient and ensure you age that much more gracefully over time.

Watch Your Diet
This may seem like a given, but it needs to be highlighted given so many of us tend to take shortcuts when it comes to our diet. A healthy diet is good for all of you. Your body needs you to eat a balanced diet so that it has all the materials necessary to keep itself functioning and healthy. We often forget this and end up thinking about eating as simply a matter of not being hungry. Eating a healthy diet is easier than you might think, but it does take some lifestyle adjustments. The human body is best support with a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables with meats playing a supporting role in our diets. That will generally get us the nutrients we need without it involving too many excess calories like a meat heavy diet. Changing one’s diet can be a difficult process though. Consider talking to your doctor for help in adopting a healthier diet and working towards an overall better lifestyle.

Exercise
A good diet is a beginning point to improving your internal health. It provides the materials your body needs, but you can take measures to improve distribution of those materials. Regularly exercising goes a long way towards helping to maintain better overall circulation throughout your body. This is particularly important to your skin as it often has lower priority than other organs of your body. Improving your overall circulation through exercise will ensure your skin, like the rest of your organs, gets its fair share of the nutrients that you’re eating. Improved blood flow is also associated with improving your skin’s ability to repair itself. All of this contributes to improve your overall internal health as well. Your body will be more resilient in the face of various kinds of damage and better able to handle whatever the world throws at it just like your skin. Diet and exercise are incredibly useful for improving your internal health and thereby your skin quality, but you do have another important thing you can do too.

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Corrections
Improvements to internal health take many forms. There are active things we can do like the ones we’ve discussed and then there are the passive ones that involve making sure we’re not doing something. Giving up some of our bad habits tends to go a long way to improving both internal health and skin quality. Drinking more than one should is one of the big culprits here. Remember that alcohol is technically a poison and every drink has to be processed and filtered out of your body. One to two drinks a day is the maximum for adults looking to keep their health and what counts as a glass will vary depending on your choice of drink. Another major culprit is smoking. The particular combination of chemical introduced through smoking hurts your internal health and can end up directly damaging your skin. Giving up the habit is necessary if you want to ensure you have the best skin possible. This doesn’t mean smoking less, but truly giving it up and staying away from the habit so your body can repair the damage. It may be hard, but your health will improve.

Your internal health and the health of your skin are intimately connected. Working your way towards the best skin possible requires making sure that you’re taking care of it both from the outside and the inside. Remembering this will help ensure your body has all it needs to take proper care of itself and ensure your overall health and appearance are more to your liking. Making the adjustments to care for things like this will take effort, but it will repay itself in time.

The Lowdown on Collagen

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We spend a lot of time focusing on the effects various products have on collagen in the body. There’s a good reason for why collagen is such a fixation in skincare. It is one of the fundamental components of your skin. Without it, your skin begins to suffer and is unable to take care of itself properly. That pretty much explains why we tend to be so fixated on what it can do for your skin and how to make the most of it. Not everyone has even basic knowledge of what it is, what it does, and how to help maintain it though. That’s unfortunate when you’re devoted to taking good care of your skin as it always serves you best to understand at least some of how your skin works to ensure its overall help. That’s why we’ve got a quick primer for anyone who isn’t aware of this vital element of the body. By the end, you should have a clearer understanding and appreciation of collagen and its role in your skin.

What Is It?
Simply put, collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your body. It helps to fill out a lot of tissue within your body. Varying types are used all around it ranging from it providing a core component to the organic parts of your body to supportive fibers in your muscles. The type used in your skin is best viewed as a kind of firming filler. It helps to hold up your skin and maintain its overall shape. Your skin can return to its usual shape after being pulled or pushed thanks to a combination of the proteins collagen and elastin. Collagen tends to take damage constantly though. This happens every time your skin moves and creates a fold. Repeated folding causes deep damage to the collagen that becomes harder to repair and that’s how we form fine line and wrinkles. As a result, keeping your collagen healthy is a crucial part of ensuring your skin’s health. You can do this by cultivating good habits and knowing what products to favor.

Habits To Avoid
Things that are bad for your body end up almost necessarily bad for your collagen. Excess drinking is a particular one that can end up leading to sagging skin through damaged collagen. Smoking is even worst for your skin as it will do the same thing through the introduction of chemicals and the introduction of free radicals into your body. These free radicals tend to bounce around in your body and damage cells as they go. Your body can repair the damage, but the constant movement of free radicals tends to reduce the effectiveness of all repairs your body tries to make. As a result, it is best to avoid such a habit. Similarly, you’ll want to protect your skin properly from the sun. Sun damage also gets to the collagen in your skin as well as introducing free radicals. Remembering to protect your skin and avoid tanning will help keep your collagen intact. Keeping these habits will help your product choices be more effective too.

Supporting Your Skin
The right products make all the difference when it comes to maintaining collagen. One of your best options is looking for anti-aging products. These tend to be rich in antioxidants which will help neutralize the free radicals bouncing around in your skin. This will help your skin be overall happier and healthier. Additionally, those same products tend to have high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E. Those three vitamins represent some of the best support you can give your skin. Vitamin A helps to boost cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby makes it easier for your body to repair the damage. Vitamin C offers various components that help to actually fuel the production of collagen in your skin and the process of healing damaged areas. Vitamin E offers the same benefit as vitamin C and thereby increases the overall effect of a product. Focusing on products that utilize such ingredients goes a long way towards keeping the collagen in your skin healthy.

Collagen, as a vital protein in your skin, should be respected. You need it to keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. It provides the firmness that keeps your skin filled out and smooth. When it starts failing, everyone notices and all you can do is try to make up the difference. It isn’t that hard as long as you maintain healthy habits and use the right products. Hopefully, you have a better understanding and respect for collagen now as you’ll be benefiting from its presence whether you do or not.

Winning Back Your Body After Baby

Young mother cuddling her baby

Pregnancy changes someone’s life permanently. There’s a lot of good changes tied up in that, but there are also plenty that we may find unwelcome. A particular worry for many is whether they’ll be able to get their body to “normal” after pregnancy. That’s a difficult question to answer on whole. Hormonal changes can change how one’s hair behaves, one’s tastes, and countless other little things that we don’t always think about until we notice something has changed. Our body shapes are also changed. This tends to translate to a larger cup size after pregnancy as well as plenty of baby weight to work off. The latter we can all do something about though. Shedding unwelcome pounds is quite doable if it is handled safely and responsibly. After all, there are a few extra considerations to be made after a pregnancy. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the major things we can all do to win back our bodies after a baby and at a few things related things we shouldn’t do.

A Word of Warning
While not everyone will experience this, we do need to pause and highly a specific concern many professionals have about people attempting to shed baby weight. There is sometimes a distinct temptation to try to start exercising and doing what can be done to lower overall baby weight as quickly as possible after recovery. Most people find out rather quickly that a new infant will have entirely different plans for their lives, but there are rare people who still manage to have the energy to contemplate other things in the first month or so after birth. Professionals strongly caution against this. It takes the body, on average, a month and a half before it is healed well enough from birth for one to consider exercise. This number goes up if the birth had complications or was a Cesarean. Talk to your doctor before taking any active measures to help reduce baby weight to ensure your own good health.

Two mothers pushing their babies in strollers

Weight Loss, Naturally
The good news is that most people have a relatively easy way to shed baby weight after pregnancy: breastfeeding. Milk production necessarily uses calories from one’s own body and the numbers tend to be relatively high. That’s why doctors try to ensure you’re eating a good diet after the birth. Your body is going to need those calories. The good news is that a healthy diet will give you all the calories your body needs to be healthy while still allowing you to shed weight through breastfeeding. It doesn’t matter what method you use either. The only requirement for this benefit is to ensure your body has every opportunity it needs to produce milk. Make sure to talk to your doctor regularly to ensure you’re eating well and try not to worry too much if you indulge your hunger overmuch now and again. Admittedly, you can take a lot more active steps once your body is properly healed. Those options will be what is available to those who can’t breastfeed and are equally viable options.

The Expected
Pretty much all experts agree that the best way to lose baby weight is slowly and surely. Losing it too fast will affect your health. The best way to achieve this is by making a clear effort towards eating well and exercising. A balanced diet tends to favor plenty of vegetables with a helping of fruit and only a little lean meat now and again for that extra boost. This will give your body what it needs without giving it an excess. As a result, your body will slowly whittle away the unwanted extra weight. Augmenting this with regular exercise will help it happen faster and more reliably though. Remember that even a regular brisk walk lasting 45 minutes to an hour and a half can go a long way towards providing you with the exercise you need. Starting with that kind of low impact exercise is advised too. Work your way up to more vigorous exercise with guidance from your doctor to ensure your long term health and well-being.

It isn’t actually that hard to recover from baby weight with the right habits. After all, your body is actually trying to help you with that through breastfeeding. Losing that extra weight does take time though and there is no way of escaping that fact. Dedicating yourself to eating a healthy diet and taking up a regular form of exercise after recovering will put you on the right path to winning your body back after a baby though.

The Path To A Holistic Lifestyle

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Most of us want to lead complete, full lives that speak to every part of us as a person. After all, no one wants to look back later in life and be overwhelmed by regrets. Part of learning how to lead a full life involves starting the path towards a holistic lifestyle that speaks to and supports all of you. This means learning to cater to your mind, body, and spirit in your life. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a manual to help with this sort of lifestyle. We all have to piece together what supporting those aspects of ourselves means in our own lives. There are some semi-universal options that we can try on the path to leading a holistic lifestyle though. These offer ideas on how to properly support ourselves during our lives without allowing the world to entirely overtake us. Let’s do a quick review of some of the best ways to support the three major pillars of all our lives. With a little luck, we’ll all have a good idea of where to begin on our own path by the time we’re done.

Mind
Nurturing our minds isn’t always the easiest thing in the modern era. We’re constantly busy and moving from one project to the next as we make our ways in the world. It doesn’t leave much time for self-improvement or catering to our individual needs. Learning how to care for our minds means making the time for ourselves and our hobbies though. Engage and indulge in the things that make your mind race and think of the possibilities. Work to expand your horizons by teaching yourself new skills, hobbies, and improving your ability to intelligently engage with the wider world. Building your mind up has countless benefits that help to ensure you remain actively engaged with the things that matter in your life instead of passively accepting that things are going to go one particular way and not daring to stray out of a narrowly defined window of what the world finds acceptable to think about. This will help set you on a path to ensuring you are and remain aware of the needs of your mind.

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Body
A holistic lifestyle that remembers the body focuses on physical health and wellness through multiple avenues. The most obvious of these are beginning to regularly maintain an exercise routine. This is often harder than we’d like to think due to the difficulty in maintaining motivation to do something that regularly taxes or body and can result in soreness. It is entirely understandable that so many of us end up giving up on an exercise routine. All it takes is briskly walking for half an hour to an hour and a half three to four times a week though. Try to get a friend to engage in the same form of exercise and you’ll both be able to maintain motivation longer. Exercise is a good start, but you’ll also want to look into ensuring you’re eating a good diet. Balanced diets are heavy in fruits and vegetables while being light on meat. Working out a good diet with your doctor will help further your goals of living a holistic lifestyle and help you be happier and healthier for longer.

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Spirit
This often seems to be the most ephemeral of the pillars we have to support for a holistic lifestyle, but in many ways, it is the most human. Life wears on us all and the constant demands of it all have a way of isolating us and robbing us of the connections to others that matter. Working to support our spirit involves making sure we connect with the people important to us and do it regularly. Renewing ties of friendship and family speaks to the deeper parts of ourselves and allows us to feel more whole than we otherwise would. Additionally, engaging in mindfulness exercises is another good option as well. Meditation and mindfulness help us increase our awareness of the things that speak to us in our lives and help us value what we have. This expands our gratefulness and allows us to more fully embrace all aspects of our lives. Embracing others and the totality of our lives will, in turn, support our spirit and help us keep feeling like our best selves.

Living a holistic lifestyle that supports all three pillars of ourselves can sometimes be a difficult thing. It is possible to support mind, body, and spirit in equal measure though. Making the effort to do it pays off by ensuring that our lives retain meaning and quality throughout the entire duration of our lives. The path to a holistic lifestyle may be long, but to many people, there are few things as personally rewarding.