Beauty Tip

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Getting enough Sleep

If you still need an excuse to sleep in, know this: sleep is the best thing you can do for your body and mind. It’s when your body repairs itself and gets energy for the next day. So make sure you get enough! How much sleep you need depends on your age and lifestyle, but a good rule of thumb is eight hours a night. To help make that happen, try a yoga hour before bed, if it’s hard to fall asleep. Even if it’s just 10-15 minutes, that’s like hitting ‘reset’ on your whole system.

Clean home, Clean you

Tidying up your home is not only about having a clean space to enjoy, but it can also help improve your health and even make you look better.

Did you know that a dirty home can actually cause wrinkles? Here’s how:

The dust particles that accumulate on furniture, floors and other surfaces in the house can easily enter your pores through the skin on your face, neck, arms and legs. Pore-clogging debris leads to inflammation and irritation of the skin. The irritated skin cells produce more oil than normal, which leads to breakouts like acne. When these spots heal, they often leave behind scars or pimple marks which causes a dull appearance. Over time this process breaks down the collagen in skin cells which leads to wrinkles appearing on your face and body.

Lighting

One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to taking your beauty game from subpar to super is lighting. Many of us have the false notion that we look great under any and all conditions, but this simply isn’t true.

Trust me on this one: more light means better-looking skin. Think about it—if you can’t see what’s happening on your skin, how will you know when there are little problems (like pimples) that need tending? Better lighting also means you can apply makeup evenly and blend foundation into tricky areas like around your nose and jawline.

The best way to do this is by using lamps instead of overhead lights or bright lights near the bathroom mirror while getting ready. This will be easier on your eyes and give a softer cast to the whole room than a harsh bulb would. And better makeup application always translates into better photos!

Hot bath or shower

You’ve likely heard this beauty tip before: a hot bath or shower is good for your hair and skin. But why?

The answer lies in the science of water and its relationship with your body. Water has a unique property whereby it expands as it heats up. When water heats to its boiling point, it changes from liquid to gas, but throughout that process of heating, the molecules get larger and take up more room. In other words, when you heat water up, the molecules are moving around more quickly—and that movement can be felt not only by you (as warmer temperatures) but by your own cells too through increased blood flow and oxygen exchange throughout your body.

This increased activity means that a hot bath or shower can be an important part of preventive health care. Hot water helps relieve muscle tension by relaxing muscles and improving blood circulation; as one study found, these effects of hot water were similar to those achieved through massage therapy. Hot baths have also been shown to improve sleep quality: participants who took hot baths prior to bed fell asleep faster than they did on nights when they didn’t take a bath (or shower).

Beyond the general benefits of hot showers and baths on well-being are some specific ones including improved skin health (reduced itching, especially helpful for psoriasis sufferers), better hair quality (reduced dandruff), decreased stress levels (which in turn helps prevent heart disease)…the list goes on!

Your home can literally help improve your appearance!

Beauty Tip: While we may not be aware of it, our appearance does impact our mood and quality of life. I’m certainly no expert on the subject, but I’ve noticed that when living a clutter-free existence and throwing out clothes regularly, looking well takes fewer efforts (not to mention people think you look better). It’s like you know when others are going out of their way to make your life easier. It’s pretty neat.Getting enough Sleep

If you still need an excuse to sleep in, know this: sleep is the best thing you can do for your body and mind. It’s when your body repairs itself and gets energy for the next day. So make sure you get enough! How much sleep you need depends on your age and lifestyle, but a good rule of thumb is eight hours a night. To help make that happen, try a yoga hour before bed, if it’s hard to fall asleep. Even if it’s just 10-15 minutes, that’s like hitting ‘reset’ on your whole system.

Clean home, Clean you

Tidying up your home is not only about having a clean space to enjoy, but it can also help improve your health and even make you look better.

Did you know that a dirty home can actually cause wrinkles? Here’s how:

The dust particles that accumulate on furniture, floors and other surfaces in the house can easily enter your pores through the skin on your face, neck, arms and legs. Pore-clogging debris leads to inflammation and irritation of the skin. The irritated skin cells produce more oil than normal, which leads to breakouts like acne. When these spots heal, they often leave behind scars or pimple marks which causes a dull appearance. Over time this process breaks down the collagen in skin cells which leads to wrinkles appearing on your face and body.

Lighting

One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to taking your beauty game from subpar to super is lighting. Many of us have the false notion that we look great under any and all conditions, but this simply isn’t true.

Trust me on this one: more light means better-looking skin. Think about it—if you can’t see what’s happening on your skin, how will you know when there are little problems (like pimples) that need tending? Better lighting also means you can apply makeup evenly and blend foundation into tricky areas like around your nose and jawline.

The best way to do this is by using lamps instead of overhead lights or bright lights near the bathroom mirror while getting ready. This will be easier on your eyes and give a softer cast to the whole room than a harsh bulb would. And better makeup application always translates into better photos!

Hot bath or shower

You’ve likely heard this beauty tip before: a hot bath or shower is good for your hair and skin. But why?

The answer lies in the science of water and its relationship with your body. Water has a unique property whereby it expands as it heats up. When water heats to its boiling point, it changes from liquid to gas, but throughout that process of heating, the molecules get larger and take up more room. In other words, when you heat water up, the molecules are moving around more quickly—and that movement can be felt not only by you (as warmer temperatures) but by your own cells too through increased blood flow and oxygen exchange throughout your body.

This increased activity means that a hot bath or shower can be an important part of preventive health care. Hot water helps relieve muscle tension by relaxing muscles and improving blood circulation; as one study found, these effects of hot water were similar to those achieved through massage therapy. Hot baths have also been shown to improve sleep quality: participants who took hot baths prior to bed fell asleep faster than they did on nights when they didn’t take a bath (or shower).

Beyond the general benefits of hot showers and baths on well-being are some specific ones including improved skin health (reduced itching, especially helpful for psoriasis sufferers), better hair quality (reduced dandruff), decreased stress levels (which in turn helps prevent heart disease)…the list goes on!

Your home can literally help improve your appearance!

Beauty Tip: While we may not be aware of it, our appearance does impact our mood and quality of life. I’m certainly no expert on the subject, but I’ve noticed that when living a clutter-free existence and throwing out clothes regularly, looking well takes fewer efforts (not to mention people think you look better). It’s like you know when others are going out of their way to make your life easier. It’s pretty neat.

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