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Exfoliation Is Essential For Great Skin

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There are some basic considerations we all need to remember when it comes to ensuring healthy skin. Rinse and cleansing, as two of the most basic steps in a routine, are vital despite their simplicity. They help to clear away various kinds of grime from our skin and uncover the healthy skin below. Cleaning the skin effectively ensures that it both looks and feels healthier overall while minimizing the chance for issues. Exfoliation helps to do much of the same but goes a bit deeper than simple surface cleaning is capable of doing all on its own. It actually helps support your skin’s natural healing and cleaning processes that are meant to keep your skin healthy and intact regardless of any damage it takes. The complex supports systems within your skin were taking decent care of it long before skincare was invented, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve upon them. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at exfoliation and why it is essential for great skin.

Understanding Your Skin
To understand exfoliation’s place in skincare, you have to have a clearer understanding of how your skin is structured and what exactly exfoliation is simulating. Human skin is composed of multiple layers. Each of these layers has particular roles ranging from providing structure to housing glands to offering protection. The outermost layers are the ones tasked with the latter duty. That’s why the absolute outermost layer of your skin is actually composed of dead skin cells. They form a layer of skin that will be otherwise unfazed by any damage they take as the cells are no longer alive. We shed these outermost layers at a fairly consistent rate every day and replace them to ensure that barrier remains intact. Unfortunately, they don’t always detach as effectively as we might like or as well as nature thinks they do. This can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells that dull our skin. Exfoliation is the solution to this problem.

Supporting Nature
Built up layers of dead skin can result in around two scenarios depending on the location of the buildup and the amount of friction the skin experiences. Most of us are familiar with getting calluses on our feet, for instance, from childhood or another time we opted to forego shoes for a while. The calluses themselves are build-ups of dead skin cells caused by our skin responding to wear and tear on that area of skin by building up a barrier. When this happens anywhere else on our skin, it results in a dulling of our skin that takes away our natural glow. Dead skin cells simply aren’t the best at letting go of one another and exfoliating helps to bypasses this problem in nature. It loosens them or breaks them away from the rest while thinning those outermost layers. You maintain protection for your skin while keeping it healthy looking. The best part is that you’re able to clean your skin more effectively when exfoliating properly.

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How To
Exfoliating products can be broadly broken down into physical and chemical exfoliating agents. Physical exfoliating agents are the rough materials you typically find in scrubs. The rely on rough edges at a microscopic level to perform the exfoliating. These products physically wear away at dead skin cells and grime. Unfortunately, this has the potential to damage more sensitive skin and as a result, physical exfoliating products are best used on the body rather than the face. Your face will typically benefit the most from chemical exfoliating agents thanks to the even coverage they provide as well as the relative ease of finding products of the right potency for your skin. The most common chemical exfoliating agents are acids at skin friendly concentration levels. They dissolve the problems away for you. Regardless of the kind of exfoliating product you’re using, you should only be exfoliating once or twice a week to avoid harming your skin.

Exfoliation is an important part of skincare because it supports your skin’s natural regenerative and cleaning processes by fixing some unexpected problems with the processes. Working on these issues is necessary to maintain smooth, clear skin as it prevents your skin from getting too dull. It also happens to be a good safeguard against your pores getting overly clogged by dirt and grime as well by helping strip away potential problems. Just try to remember not to over-exfoliate or you’ll end up causing more problems than you’ll solve.

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.

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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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.

What Your Smile Says About You

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Everything we do says something about us. Who we socialize with, what we wear, and how we hold ourselves all go into the minds of people observing us and get processed in the subconscious mind to help determine what people will think of us. It is a little frustrating that so much of what we feel relies on the subconscious, but at the same time, it opens windows to a greater understanding of what affects how people see us. Your style and company may help set the tone, but your appearance can have just as much of an effect on things as well. Our smiles are particularly important to help determine how people view us. A recent study looked at the impact of various kinds of smiles on people’s perceptions of others and have determined there is, in fact, a right way to smile along with a whole lot of ways not to smile.

Smile Science
It turns out that smiling correctly involves aiming for a more subdued look than some of us have by default. The researchers determined that there were a variety of factors involved in having the best smile. One of them is directly tied to how many teeth you’re showing. Toothier grins were consistently viewed less favorably than those showing only a moderate amount of teeth. Additionally, the best smiles were symmetrical. Wry smiles using just one side of the face weren’t favored very much either. These all told something to the subconscious minds of the participants that affected how they judged the person smiling. A further additional factor was how far each end of the smile reached on someone’s face. Smiles that were too much out of alignment compared to the rest of the face were also viewed unfavorably. What this left the researchers with is the simple fact that a relatively controlled smile with moderate exposure of the teeth was the most optimal one for creating a good impression.

Bad Vibes
All of this research was happening alongside asking participants what they thought each smile said about someone. The answers proved to be particularly enlightening. All of the traits that resulted in a smile being unfavorably ranked were associated with someone appearing dishonest or less than genuine in their enjoyment. This feeds directly into what we discussed earlier about how the subconscious mind makes many of our decisions for us without us being aware of them. Something about the smiles was simply viewed as dishonest and as a result, people felt less favorable towards the person smiling at first. It likely connects to the smiles somehow defying the intuitive pattern our minds have for modeling faces and their expressions. This ability is why infants can recognize faces and why many of us are unsettled by humanoid robots with “too real yet unreal” faces that fall into the uncanny valley. Variations from the expected pattern simply put our brain on alert.

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What It All Means
The good news is that having a smile that is a little “off” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doomed to have bad impressions your entire life. Many people have smiles that don’t necessarily exactly match the so-called “perfect” smile and are still read as perfectly acceptable. Our wide grins can be read as open and honest just as easily. The factors the researchers were studying related almost entirely to the movement and placement of the mouth. Remember that smiles also impact our eyes as well with areas crinkling and moving as our mouths do. This gives further information that the mind can process and draw conclusions from when it comes to how to view someone. No one perfectly matches the unconscious template and that’s part of what it means to be human. We’re all gorgeously imperfect. Admittedly, all of this does mean that you can adjust your smile a little to make a better impression if you’re worried about what people might think, but you don’t have to if a wider than average smile is part of you.

Your smile may say a lot about you to the subconscious mind, but it isn’t the only thing doing the talking. The perfect smile the researchers determined to exist is one piece of the puzzle to why we react to one another as we do and forms the instant subconscious assessments of others. They help us, yes, but aren’t always the most accurate. Learning each thing that our mind judges allows us to have a better understanding of ourselves though and means we can better control for any subconscious biases.

Tips To Help You Save Your Cuticles

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Most of us use lotion on our hands at least once a day. That dry, cracking feeling from sun exposure just isn’t fun for anyone. The lotions tend to be used mainly on our fingers, palms, and the back of our hands though. We often forget to pay close attention to the tips of our fingers where our nails lay forgotten and suffering from it. Our nails need loving attention too to keep them healthy. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with our cuticles. They are the most fragile parts of your nails and can easily suffer permanent damage if you’re not caring for them properly. The fact that they are incredibly thin skin and sensitive skin tends to be the main reason for this. Many of us have neglected our cuticles so long that they need special attention. That’s why we’re going to look at a few good tips for have we can all save our cuticles.

Moisturizing is necessary to keep your cuticles healthy. The fact that the skin is so thin means they are incredibly susceptible to damage from all sources and that there is less to seal in moisture in that part of your skin. This is a bad mixture for their health. It means that even a few days of neglect at the wrong time can lead to cracking cuticles. As a result, you generally want to make sure that you’re rubbing your hand cream or lotion around your nails at the same time that you’re touching up the rest of your hands. This will provide a continuous moisture barrier that helps keep the skin healthy and refreshed. You can help your cuticles recover even faster by looking for a nourishing cuticle oil as well. This will help restore and rejuvenate your cuticles while keeping them healthy and moisturized. There are other options available to you as well that can further help restore them.

It is important to stay aware of the fact that countless little things we do in a day can hurt our cuticles. The biggest offenders tend to be harsh products that damage our skin. Avoiding this is a little easier than you might think. Just wear gloves when handling household chemicals or any other harsh product with your hands. This will keep a barrier between your cuticles and the chemicals outside. Detergents, bleaches, and cleaners are all potential sources of problems. However, it isn’t just household cleaners that can be an issue. If your cuticles are looking worse for the wear, it is time to step back from nail treatments and polish for a little while. These products and the removal process tend to be unnecessarily harsh on the skin and particularly on cuticles. Cutting back on exposure to these sources of damage will help your cuticles heal. Moisturizing and protecting your nails will go a long way, but there is one last thing to remember if you want to save your cuticles.

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Get Professional Care
Mani-pedis exist for a reason. There’s no shame in the fact that we all tend to get sidetracked occasionally. Sometimes this ends up resulting in damage to our cuticles. Mistakes happen and it is possible to come back from them. You’ll likely want a little extra help though. This is especially true if your attempts at personal cuticle care have resulted in accidentally trimming or pulling a cuticle in the wrong way. Most professionals should be able to give your cuticles that extra care they need to heal. They also generally have the tools and know-how to help shape them a little to help disguise any accidental damage done during the healing process. Just try to make sure you find a reputable spa or nail salon to have your hands pampered at to ensure a quality treatment. As long as you do this, you should be able to help save your cuticles and bring them back from their damage state.

Caring for your cuticles is as much about nail health as it is ensuring your nails look good. Healthy cuticles simply help to give your nails a naturally beautiful look. It does take effort to maintain that good health though. Learning how to care for your cuticles properly should go a long way towards minimizing any nail care emergencies, but never forget to keep building up your own knowledge of skin and nail care to keep working towards looking like the best you.

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.

Snail Mucin Is Trending

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Beauty is found everywhere if you know where to look for it. The natural world is teeming with it and with countless ways, we can improve our own natural beauty. Admittedly, we don’t always notice in our modern products due to the beauty and skincare industry refining the plants and other compounds by specifically taking the ones that actually help one’s skin. Plenty of people try to return to this earlier time by using products with less processed ingredients. That’s how we all tend to end up finding out about some of the more interesting natural ingredients and compounds that can help our skin. We’re seldom surprised when it is a plant, but plenty of people seem surprised when they find out snail mucin is another natural skincare wonder. More and more people are coming to understand that slimy trail can help their skin though. That makes it worth taking a more detailed look at to see just what we know about snail mucin and skincare.

An Earlier Era
There are plenty of ingredients in use today that we know have historical roots. These roots are some of the deepest foundations of modern skincare as they were often utilizing compounds we now extract and refine in a less polished way. Snail mucin is a good example of this. There have been some suggestions that its use as a beauty treatment began as early as the ancient Greeks, but it is possible that the treatment predates the Greeks and we simply lack a written record. These treatments passed along to neighboring civilizations as well. People utilizing snail mucin in ancient beauty routines tended to utilize the direct route where they simply allowed snails to crawl over their face. This form of treatment leaves a nice, thick trail on the skin and is still used some today. The modern era does have a few other options for utilizing snail mucin for people who aren’t quite sure about letting some put snails on their faces.

How We Use It
Snail mucin is a surprisingly versatile compound in skincare. As highlighted above, traditional treatments using actual snails are part of the current trend as more adventurous people try out that ancient beauty treatment. There are more refined ways these days though. Many companies, especially Korean ones, actively harvest mucin from snails to integrate directly into sold products. These products come in as many forms as any other source of skincare too. Creams tend to be among the most popular options though due to its long staying nature. The mucin itself, which is mostly water, typically isn’t what is actually going into the products. Mucin goes through a filtering process that separates the water from the beneficial nutrients and compounds found within the mucin. This filtered concentrate them goes into products to provide their various benefits. There is a lot of potential for compounds utilizing snail mucin as the various compounds within it are capable of addressing a variety of skincare issues and helping to support many skin types.

The Benefits
One of the immediate benefits of snail mucin is the simple fact that it is highly hydrating as a compound. Studies indicate that it is a healthy, natural source of hyaluronic acid. Most of us will recognize that name from various super hydrating moisturizers. What tends to surprise many people is that snail mucin is also a tremendous source of antioxidants as well. That makes it an incredibly potent anti-aging ingredient. Not only does the mucin help fill the skin back out with proper hydration, but it also helps reduce damage from free radicals so that the skin has time to actually repair itself. There are some studies that suggest there may be an antimicrobial effect to the mucin as well. This could mean that products using it might also have a future in helping combat acne. That’s a lot for a little bit of slime many people would otherwise ignore. It is possible to make the most of these products in any skincare routine as long as you’re using the products correctly.

Snail mucin is one of those surprising skincare secrets that many people didn’t talk about for a long time. Admittedly, you can’t just take a stroll through local gardens and collect your private secret to skincare success. Cosmetic snail mucin is harvested from carefully cared for snail farms and processed to help give the most refined benefits. Additionally, you’ll want to spot test any snail mucin products you might use as there is potential for an allergic reaction just as with all products. Snail mucin may not sound the most appealing on the surface, but a closer look reveals that it is skincare gold.

Tips For Tackling Morning Skin Care

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A morning skincare routine is a good way to start your day. It offers a concrete way to give your skin that little pick-me-up it may need some mornings while ensuring that you look your best. Making the most of morning skincare does require knowing what you’re doing though. Some things are best used in the morning while others are best saved for the evening. There are very good reasons for these separate product groups, but not everyone knows how to make the most of them. That’s what we’re going to try to fix in this article. Knowing the right tips can enhance your morning skincare routine and ensure that your skin not only looks its best all day long, but also is a healthier for it. We’re going to need to confront a few misconceptions about product use to do this so that we cut back on those unknowing mistakes we’ve all made at one point or another.

What Not To Use
Certain anti-aging products are ill-advised as part of a morning routine. Check any that you’re using for retinol or retinoids. These are derivatives of vitamin A that are incredibly good for increasing the skin’s cell turnover rate, but they have an unfortunate downside. Products using those ingredients tend to be lightly irritating to the skin as well as making the skin more immediately susceptible to sun damage. The reason for this is twofold. A lightly acidic effect helps to clear the skin slowly over continuous exposure. That’s why redness and peeling are common effects when we first start using retinoid products. That lightly acidic effect helps to clean the skin, but also ends up reducing the overall barrier between your inner layers of skin and the outside world. The other reason is that some studies suggest the ingredients react to sunlight in such a way that it makes matter worse. So avoid retinoid-based anti-aging products in the morning.

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Clean Thoroughly
Morning routines are the time to thoroughly cleanse your skin. This is to help make up for the oils and debris that have settled onto your skin overnight as well as potential lapses in remembering to remove your makeup before bed. Thoroughly cleansing your skin is key to ensuring all of your products work as well as possible. Remember that the rinsing before your cleanse needs to use lukewarm to warm rather than hot water to avoid any damage to your skin from overly hot water. Beyond that, morning routines are a good time to experiment with a double cleansing technique. This process of using first an oil and then a foam or water-based cleansing product goes a long way towards ensuring that your skin is as clean as possible. You’ll be able to properly use a serum and any other nourishing products your choose to use in the morning to give your skin a boost in health.

Focus on Moisture
A morning routine is your chance to prep your skin for the day. This is particularly important to remember in winter and summer where the weather is at more extreme ends than the other two seasons. Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin properly healthy and resilient in the face of potential skin damage. Getting the most out of moisturizing isn’t that hard. The main goal is to remember to apply your moisturizers while you’re still in the shower, but after you’ve turned off the water. Damp air will keep your skin moist while you’re applying products and make it easier for your moisturizer to seal a healthy amount of moisture into your skin. This extra effort will help reinforce your skin’s natural moisture barrier and hereby make it more resilient to all forms of damage during the day. Additionally, it will help ensure your skin is more filled out to create the look of perfect health many of us desire.

Morning skincare routines are our chance to set the tone for the day. It offers a clear way to support one’s skin by making sure that it is appropriately clean and ready for the rest of the products you choose to use. Admittedly, one of the biggest things to focus on is proper moisturizing. Don’t accidentally use any retinol products though as the last thing you want to do at the start of the day is sensitize your skin to sunlight. Keeping these tips in mind should help you make the most of your morning routine.

Keep The Radio Playing

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The radio is a seemingly humble invention these days. With spaceships and orbiting satellites, simple radio seems to be overwhelmingly boring. It remains one of the pieces of technology that we most connect with regularly though. Music and news reach us in our cars or homes without us needing to be in front of the computer or TV and ensure we can get the things done that need doing. It doesn’t hurt that we can connect to the radio on the move while running or exercising either. The voices of the radio can be companions through the quiet hours, but more often than not the music is what is drawing our attention. Music speaks to a primal part of the human spirit and seems almost magical in its capabilities. These capabilities are why there is very little advice as good as someone telling you to keep the radio playing. Admittedly, not everyone knows all the potential benefits they could be getting.

Performance Boost
A lot of us find ourselves moving to the beat of music more often than we’d like to admit. It doesn’t matter whether we like the song or not. Something about the beat just makes us start syncing our movements to it without us even noticing. As frustrating as it is, that benefit is incredibly good for those trying to improve their health with exercise. Listening to music, whether on an MP3 player or the radio, helps to motivate you to move. The right kind of music provides an energy boost that helps to push you forward and beyond what you might be capable of without it. This physically extends to the fact that many studies show that people listening to music have increased physical performance. The music helps them pace themselves as well as motivating them. Harnessing this combination effect doesn’t take anything more than making sure you’re tuning in while exercising. Admittedly, you may need to go through a little trial and error to find the right station or genre for your exercise routine.

Memorable Music
An interesting yet subtle benefit to music is that it seems to actually boost memory. This seems to fly in the face of all the people who claim eating a particular supplement or using a particular app will help you, but in truth, music seems more effective. The reason for this is that music we actively enjoy stimulates our brain and triggers the reward centers. Triggering this particular area of our mind ends up increasing our overall motivation. Motivation is key to keeping ourselves on any task we’ve set before ourselves and has a way of focusing us as well. This focus, in turn, keeps our brains active and healthy. Several studies have shown the music appear to enhance memory functions within the mind in such a way that it aids studying. Others studies have given a hint that this boost may help reduce the effects of dementia as well. There are no radio stations yet that claim to know the exact mix of music to boost your memory, but it may not matter so much as making sure you’re listening to something.

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Moody Tunes
The benefits to your mind don’t stop at a boost to memory. Music is often considered a go-to option for people looking to help improve their mood for a reason. Remember that music we like in turn triggers the reward centers of the brain. That releases the neurotransmitter dopamine which is strongly associated with mood. Increasing levels through enjoyable activities in turn help to improve overall mood and can help counteract depression and anxiety disorders. This is a particularly important thing to note given how prevalent and debilitating such issues can end up being when unchecked. Medication can help, yes, but lifestyle is also an important part of regulating any mood disorder. Strangely enough, even fast-paced and driving music is capable of reducing your anxiety levels as long as it is something you like. Music’s ability to touch us and affect us is easily harnessed in so many ways that it makes it strange that anyone would turn off their source of music for anything other than sleep.

The radio remains a good way to ensure you’ve got access to your favorite kinds of music. These days there is far more than the standard radio you get in your car though. Satellite and internet radio are making it easy to get stations of your specific favorite genre rather than dealing with a larger mix. That’s all the more reason to embrace the healing and invigorating power of music.

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.