Say Good Bye to Body Acne with These Tips

Summer is around the corner along with the stubborn and frustrating body acne.  Excessive heat, pollution, and dust are skin enemies and cause uninvited acne.

In here, we’re sharing some easy tips and lifestyle habits to fight body acne and get a clearer skin this season:

  • Hydrate, Feel Great! 

This is perhaps the easiest thing one can do for a healthier body and clearer skin. Make water bottle your all-day companion. Start your morning with lots of water and carry a BPA-free water bottle and sip frequently. This will drain the toxins and help you stay hydrated and, in turn, have a happy acne-free body.

  • Mask it, Honey!

Pamper yourself with a honey mask especially when your skin feels dry/tight/itchy. Honey is antibacterial, hydrating and fabulous for balancing skin pH and reducing acne. Your skin will love this treatment.

  • Veggies Please

Junk the junk food and include more veggies. A balance of vitamins and nutrients is all you need for the body skin to glow and feel alive. Make a bowl of rich green veggie salad to get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients. Healthy food helps to lower inflammation in the body and detoxes it gently and deeply.

  • Sugar? Nah!!

Ease up on the sugar. Refined sugar spikes our blood sugar and hormones levels which can lead to acne while also making you gain weight. Sugar triggers the release of insulin in the blood, which further produces acne-causing hormones in the body. So, next time make sure that you watch the sugar content before buying anything at the superstore.

  • No More Dairy

Avoid eating dairy products like cheese, and milk. They are difficult to digest and produce mucus which can block body pores and cause acne.

  • Goodbye Coffee

It might be hard to say goodbye to the coffee initially, but it will help you in the long run. Caffeine dehydrates the skin, ruins sleep, raises stress and the after effect is early aging and even worse skin. Coffee is known to trigger hormonal acne as well.

  • Don’t Forget The Sunscreen!

Sun damage makes the acne worse and extends its stay. Thus it is essential to apply the sunscreen on exposed body parts. It will help skin in so many ways by making you look younger and youthful.

  • Try a Topical Essential Oil Treatment

Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. You can add some drops of tea tree, orange, cinnamon or rose oil to ward off acne from your body.     

  • Don’t Pick or Squeeze! 

Last but most important- After all the DIY remedies, try to have patience while the acne is healing. Avoid squeezing them as this will introduce and multiply bacteria’s on other parts of the skin and make the situation even worse.

Along with the above tips, it is highly recommended to wear loose clothes, sleep well and live stress-free. Go out and flaunt your body with confidence and show the world the real you.

Best Under Eye Wrinkle Treatment Tips You Need To Know About!

Do you hate those under eye wrinkles? We all do.

Eye wrinkles appear due to the presence of thin skin around the eye area. You could make use of some natural treatments at home to get rid of these wrinkles. Here are some ideas.

 

  • Sunscreen

A large amount of sun exposure can have an adverse effect on your skin.  When it is too sunny, your face squints naturally, and due to prolonged exposure to the sun, this becomes permanent in the form of wrinkles.

Thus, one way to prevent wrinkles due to the sun is by using a sunscreen cream. It protects your skin from cancer and aging. In fact, you should start using sunscreen as early as possible to prevent future wrinkles.

 

  • Proper skin care

With age, your skin becomes dry and tight. It loses its elasticity and when this happens, over time, you get wrinkles on your skin. In order to prevent that, you should take proper care of your skin right from the onset.

Moisturizers might not be able to prevent wrinkles directly, but they work well to moisturize and hydrate the skin. In turn, the skin stays less dry than usual. It also prevents the skin from tearing and bruising.

 

  • Face yoga

Believe us, face yoga can help you in controlling wrinkles to a large extent. Face yoga is a combination of exercises and relaxation treatment that can help prevent the skin from getting wrinkled too early.

You could try out some simple face yoga exercises and spend 20 minutes to 30 minutes every day to get naturally beautiful skin! Not only does this prevent the appearance of wrinkles under the eyes, but your forehead and cheeks remain fit as well.

 

  • Skin nutrition

While moisturizers and sunscreen lotions will help in the long run, there are a lot of things you can eat to keep your skin in shape. The idea is to infuse as many antioxidants in the body as possible.

This could be achieved by adding a lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Antioxidants, in combination with Vitamin A, C and E can keep the skin healthy and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Controlling your diet from an early age can keep the skin nourished.

 

  • Eye massage

There are very few things that can have the same benefits as a good eye massage. The whole point of the massage is to enhance your blood circulation. What this does is basically delivers nutrients and oxygen to the areas around the eyes such that the skin stays fresh and healthy. It is best to apply some light cream and pressure for massaging the eye.

 

  • Face mask

Using a face mask every now and then can also help you treat eye wrinkles. You could choose a suitable combination like a potato-honey mask or brown sugar-milk mask and then apply it on the skin and keep it for 30 minutes before washing it off. 

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A Men’s Guide To Wrist Watches: Which Is The Right Pick?

Supposedly, you are in a business meeting or maybe in an interview.
You are confident, well-prepared and wonderfully dressed.
Just before it was going to start, someone asks the time by your watch, and there it is.
A sports watch with a rubber band.

FAIL.

This is how a watch can make or break your look.
Yes, okay, the above scenario might be a bit exaggerated, but we’re sure, you must have understood what we are trying to convey.

When it comes to watches, there is an array of them out there, the only limitation being taste and budget. But, choosing a right watch for your outfit is an art.
A perfect watch should not stand out and catch all the eyes, but rather should just compliment your outfit and be a mere extension of it.

So, how do you select the right watch?

Let’s find out.

  • Just one watch or a range of them?

The first step in order to match your watch with your outfit is to determine your interest level in watches. Do you want just one watch or a range of them?

If you are not too much passionate about watches, and would just like to have one, you should buy a watch which is stylistically neutral – one which will go with almost all your outfits. It can be a simple watch with a plain metal band and a face.

If a leather watch interests you, make sure that you pair it right. A black leather watch will look best with black leather shoes and vice versa.

If you love to have multiple watches, you can explore and experiment a bit around. You can buy a sleek watch for formal meetings, sports watch for a casual look and so on.

 

  • Choose between leather strap and a metal band

Metal bands are more neutral but should go with all the jewelry that you wear. As a matter of fact, men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, so you only need to match it with your belt’s buckle and cufflinks. Thus, pair a silver metal band with silver belt buckle and the likes.

If you are going for a leather watch, it should perfectly match with your shoes and belt.

Thus, choose the one which suits your wardrobe and style.

 

  • Watch dial

The dial of your watch also dictates the style of your watch to an extent. Does it have Roman numeral indices or  numbers?
Roman numerals or stick are found in most of the watches and look formal. On the other hand, the presence of numbers makes it look a bit casual.

Further, more the functionalities and complexities in a watch, the more casual it is.

 

So, Which Watch Is The Right Pick?

The answer to this question is dependent on your taste and budget to an extent. However, to play safe, here are a few pointers which should cover you up:

  • It is easier to match watches with a metal band than with a leather strap. But, then watches with leather strap look more formal and dressier.
  • The colors of your strap and metal band should match with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, colors of all metals in your outfit should match, (and correspondingly, colors of all leather items in your outfit should match as well).
  • The busier and colorful the dial is, the more casual it is.
  • If you are wearing formal shoes, go with a formal looking watch and if you are flaunting sneakers and casual shoes, go for a casual watch.
  • A simple dial with roman or stick indices and a simple leather or metal band stripe would make your watch formal.
  • A watch with a rubber strap and digital interface is a sports watch and should be paired accordingly.

Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

Why Cutting Calories Could Be Sabotaging Your Health Goals?

One of the many reasons why most of the diets fail is because they ask you to count your calories, weigh your food or remove certain food groups from your diet.

However, even though various diets just don’t mention anything about watching, tracking and counting calories, most people would still believe that they need to reduce their calorie intake if they want to lose weight.

This whole concept of tracking and restricting our calorie intake is so deep-rooted within us that even if we allow ourselves to eat breakfast, we will limit ourselves to consuming a protein bar, a hard-boiled egg or a green juice.

But, here is the truth – calorie restriction would not help you in losing weight, but it backfires. Keeping a rigid check over calorie intake ignores your biological needs, hormonal reactions and blood sugar responses.

Let’s have a quick look at few more such truths related to calorie counting, and what should be done instead.

  • It makes it difficult for you to meet your nutrient needs

We often tend to underestimate the importance of vitamins, fiber, minerals and other nutrients to our well-being.

But, anything that is not visible, doesn’t necessarily mean, that it won’t impact your quality of life in long-term. Let’s understand this with the help of a simple example. Dietary calcium is important for our body functions like blood circulation and muscle control.

For the first 30 years of our life, our body stores excess calcium in bones. After 30, your body stops gaining muscle mass and starts relying on existing calcium storage. Thus, if you don’t consume the right food, your body won’t be able to meet the calcium needs after a certain age, and you will become prone to the risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis.

  • It slows down your metabolism

When you start eating less just to limit your calorie intake, your body switches itself to survival mode and would start breaking down the muscles to release the stored glucose.

Losing muscle mass can have an adverse effect on your body. Further, it can even impact your weight loss goals, as our muscles burn calories 24 x 7, and when you have fewer muscles, they will burn fewer calories.

  • It compromises your brain’s performance

This might not be expected, but once you start cutting your diet, you also start losing your mental edge. This is because our brain runs on glucose, and it needs enough of it to keep working. If you keep yourself hungry, it is only obvious that you won’t be able to work at the top of your capacities.

  • It might give you gallstones

Low-calorie diets of around 800 calories per day can help you in losing the weight, but would also make you prone to the risk of gallstones. In the worst scenario, it might cause abdominal pain and would need surgery.

The bottom line here is to eat right and intake all daily nutrients, after all, at the end, it is your health that matters.

5 Mistakes We All Are Guilty Of Making With Our Contact Lenses

If a research is to be believed, up to 50% contact lens wearers report that they experience dryness which becomes worse on constant staring at a screen.

All thanks to our lifestyle, we do not take proper care of our contact lens the way we should. As per various experts, contact lenses, if not worn the correct way, can trigger various eye issues. Let’s not make that happen.

Here are 5 mistakes all contact lens wear have been guilty of making time and again. Let’s find out.

  • Sleeping in them

No matter, even if you have overnight contacts, sleeping in them time and again can starve the front surface of your eye of oxygen and leave it dry with discomfort, swelling, blurry vision.

A simple scratch on your eye can lead to various serious problems. This is because lens may trap bacteria which can enter in your eye through the scratch and can cause eye inflammation, redness and pain.

As per a recent Australian study, people who sleep in their lenses even for once a week are 6.5 times more prone to severe eye infection when compared to people who wear the lenses only during the day.

  • Showering in them

You should not make your lenses wet as water can make them swell or stick to the eye which can scratch your eye thus, making it easier for the bacteria to enter inside.

Showering with your lenses in can make you prone to a range of vision-threatening diseases. Water from pools, lakes, rivers, showers and the likes may contain various harmful microorganisms which can even lead to permanent loss of vision.

Thus, make it a point to wear swimming goggles before splashing inside a pool.

  • Not cleaning them properly

Cleaning your lenses properly is very important. Even more important is the liquid that you use to clean them with. The right way to apply your lens is after cleaning them thoroughly with freshly washed hands. Next, rub your lenses with a cleaning solution specialized for the lens to remove any mucus, and other secretions.

  • Wearing them past their expiration date

You might want to use your contact lens even after they are expired just out of laziness or just to save money, but this can cost you even more. Using the contact lens for too long can accumulate protein on the lenses or they can even serve as the breeding ground for a range of microorganisms, thus making you prone to long-term vision damage.

  • Ignoring your contact lens case

Your contact lens case is as important as your contact lens. Neglecting it and not keeping it well can lead to serious eye infections. It is highly recommended to clean it daily. All you need to do is rinse your case with a cleaning solution and then let it air dry on a paper towel.

All set? Prevention is always better than cure. Avoid the above-mentioned mistakes while using contact lens and stay safe.

6 Amazing Ways to Get Rid Of Acne

Do you have an event to attend tomorrow? Chances are high that acne will accompany you too!

We’re not kidding, but this is what happens most of the time. You will definitely see popping them up when you least want them, may it be your wedding day, a day of your job interview or when you have to attend a party. Here are certain ways in which you can get rid of these unwanted outbreaks so that you can save your day.

1. Garlic to the rescue

Garlic is an effective antidote in curing acne, all thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal qualities. You can choose to add garlic to your diet to get rid of acne permanently. However, for immediate results, you can also rub the peeled garlic clove over the affected area multiple times a day. If you have sensitive skin, then crush the garlic clove and mix it with water before applying it to the affected area.

2. Apply a sulfur mask

Sulfur can be really effective in treating your acne and helping you get rid of a swollen pimple. It works by unclogging the pores and reducing the inflammation. The best way here is to choose a facial mask containing sulfur. Some masks are better left off overnight for better results but we’ll highly recommend you to follow the instructions on the mask for the best results.

3. Go for a honey mask, honey!

This is perhaps the easiest DIY mask to try. All you need to do is add one spoon of cinnamon along with two spoons of pure natural honey. Next, rinse your face properly before applying, and leave it on your face overnight. It will not only make you get rid of pimples but will also remove excess dirt and impurities from your face.

4. Ice it down

Ice can be really helpful in bringing your acne size down. However, avoid applying the ice cube directly but wrap it in a soft cloth before dabbing it on your zit. Also, don’t put it over for too long. You can keep dabbing it for 30 to 40 seconds and continue doing so few times a day.

5. Baking soda is helpful

Baking soda is another natural remedy to get rid of pimples. Its antiseptic properties prevent the outbreak of acne. All you need to do is make a paste of baking soda and water in equal quantities. Apply this for 30 minutes over your skin and rinse your face with warm water thereafter.

6. Trust the toothpaste

It’s the easiest thing of all to get rid of the pimples. Toothpaste is effective as it contains silica and dries out the pimples, thus helping them to heal faster. Leaving the toothpaste overnight on the affected area will make you see a bigger difference. It is effective not only on your face but can also help you in fighting pimples on other body parts like legs, arms and back.

These were some of the instant ways to get rid of your acne and their scars. These are trusted remedies that work well for even stubborn acne.

How To Extend The Life Of Your False Eyelashes?

Long eyelashes are every girl’s dream but you have to be very lucky to have them naturally. Thanks to the eternity for the presence of false eyelashes!

False eyelashes not only make your eyes look heavenly but also add to your beauty. However, you need to take proper care of them to make them last for more than two months. Yes, they don’t usually last for long even after being so expensive.

Here are some of the tips through which you can extend the life of your false eyelashes.

  • Know the lifespan of your fake eyelashes

Before talking about care, it’s important to know the average lifespan of your fake eyelashes. Like typically for everything, more the cost, better is the quality and life. The same rule applies to false eyelashes as well. A mediocre quality eyelash will grant you 1 to 2 wears while a little expensive one can last for a few more. The synthetic eyelashes last for about 5 to 8 wears whereas eyelashes made from animal hair can last about 20 to 30 lashes subject to how you take care of them.

  • Removing the old glue

Too much glue on lashes not only makes them look unnatural but also makes it difficult to remove them. This can also make you tear the eyelashes while taking them off. So make sure that you don’t put excessive glue on them. Additionally, first clean the old glue gently with the help of tweezers before wearing them.

  • Avoid excessive mascara or eyeliners

Avoiding mascara and eyeliner over false eyelashes may be asking for too much. But yeah you should definitely try to use them minimally. Excessive use can make your lashes too heavy while also decreasing their life span. You should be careful while applying eyeliner or mascara, thus making sure you don’t end up dirtying your lashes with makeup. You can use tweezers or lash applicators for better results.

  • Cleaning the lashes

Cleaning them is the hardest part. However, this has to be done. Firstly you should remove the glue from the lash band and then soak it in warm water for about 30 seconds. Thereafter, clean the eyelashes with a makeup remover by either soaking them in it or by gently cleaning them with a Q-tip soaked in makeup remover.

  • Storing them

Brush the tangled and crisscrossed lashes before storing them in the container you usually do. Also, if you want to remember how many wears they actually lasted, write down the number of wears over the box every time you put them away. This will help you know if you should continue with the same lashes next time or if it is the time to buy a new pair.

So, how do you take care of your eyelashes? Sound off in the comments below.

Food swaps to a healthy diet!

Going on a diet to lose weight or to get healthy doesn’t automatically mean cutting down on food or giving up something for life. Most of the time, it all boils down to making a healthy choice.

Here are some food swaps that you can do to reach your health goals:

  • Swap your sugary, calorie-laden soda for water or other sugar-free options

A 12-ounce can of Coke shockingly has around 9 ½ teaspoons of sugar, which in Coke’s list of ingredients, is hiding behind the name high fructose corn syrup.
This is way above what the American Heart Association has recommended, which is no more than 6 teaspoons a day for women and up to 9 teaspoons for men. So drop the coke and reach for plain water and see the pounds drop.
A study has shown that people who switched to water were twice as likely to lose 5% or more of their body weight.
There are also other health benefits to drinking water.
But if you’re one of those who don’t like the bland taste of water, go for soda water and add a bit of flavour with a little cranberry juice or a slice of lemon.

  • Swap your regular butter for ghee, nut butter and other spreads

Butter might have a bad reputation among some groups for being a health villain, an unhealthy ingredient that should be avoided at all cost.
However, it’s actually margarine, which is chockfull of trans fat, that should be avoided. While butter might have saturated fat, full fat butter that’s produced from grass-fed cows has vital nutrients like Vitamin K12 and butyric acid, which helps keep our colon healthy. The trick here now is choosing an organic butter or its healthier alternatives, like ghee.

  • Bake better brownies with black beans

Make your pastries or baked goods healthier by adding black beans. Black beans can minimize the blood sugar spikes people experience when eating sweets.
Using black beans in brownies, for instance, won’t affect the chocolate taste. But it will add much needed protein and fiber.

  • Replace tortillas with spinach

Put a paleo spin to your favorite fajitas recipe by ditching the tortillas and using spinach instead. You still get to enjoy the meats, spices, peppers and onions that make fajitas great, but you won’t miss the carbohydrates and calories the tortillas bring.
On a related note, this swap can also be used on another Mexican favorite – the burrito.

  • Swap pasta for vegetable noodles

It’s hard to imagine living in a world without pasta. Luckily, you don’t need to give it up as you can make noodles out of almost any vegetable and even some root crops with the help of a good vegetable spiral cutter.
Once you have one, you can start making your own squash or zucchini spaghetti.
There are a wide range of sauces that you can do, like sesame ginger sauce or ginger almond butter sauce for your veggie pasta.
You can even go all out and make your own pesto bacon sauce.

To achieve a healthy diet is by making healthy food choices.
This is not just about choosing fresh produce over frozen ones, but also the kind of produce you pick.

Keeping healthy or losing weight is not always easy.
But with a little know-how, some creativity and these healthy food hacks, you can be on your way to a healthier and happier life.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Skin Glow This Valentine

Love is in the air, yet again!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and you deserve to look special. You might have already made all the plans for the big day, have reserved the best hotel, and even decided the clothes to wear, but what about your skin care routine? Did you revamp it yet?

Do not rely completely on make-up products, instead glow naturally. However, since Valentine’s Day often experiences a dip in the mercury, the colder air outside and indoor heating take a toll on your skin.

Do not let that happen this year! Below are some amazing skin care recommendations that will help you in glowing inside-out.

  • Double cleanse your skin

If you are wearing makeup, it is highly recommended first to get rid of it with the help of a makeup remover. Next, cleanse your skin properly with a face wash to drive out any left impurities. This will cleanse your skin properly and will make it ready to absorb other skin products.

  • Use a face mask

Once you have prepared your skin and have cleansed it pretty well, the next step here is to apply a face mask. It is essential to choose a mask depending on your skin type and the conditions you are trying to get over, for instance, getting rid of acne or dryness, or lifting it up and so on.

If you do not want to splurge unnecessarily on over-the-counter products, you can also try to make face masks at home. A fuller’s earth face mask works fine for oily skin. If you have dry skin, you can try honey and lemon mask at home.

  • Steam

Providing steam to your face can work in your favor. It opens up your pores and expels the toxins trapped inside your skin. You can either use a face streamer or have a DIY steam arrangement at home. All you need to do is add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the hot water. Next, place a towel on your head and position your face on the pot with hot water in such a way that your face comes in contact with uprising steam.

It is as simple as that!

  • Dry brush

For immediate effect, you can also dry brush your face. Make short and quick strokes in an upward motion on your face. This increases the blood flow and exfoliates your skin, thus providing you with a supple and glowy look just like the way you wanted!

  • Sleep properly

We know you are all excited about the next day, and the chances are high that you will not sleep the previous night properly. But relax yourself. Meditate. Listen to your favorite music. Read books. Do not let the stress or excitement, whatever you would like to call it, take a toll on your face and skin.

It is called beauty sleep for a reason. Thus, make sure that you have a sound sleep the night before the Valentine’s Day!

Your Turn

Go ahead. Be confident, and carry that beautiful smile on your face. You look beautiful, as always!