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It’s ok, go ahead and have a good…cry

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Crying is a normal human response to a whole range of emotions.

Interestingly, both women and men cry more than we might think. In the United States, women cry an average of 3.5 times per month and men cry an average of 1.9 times a month. Pretty hard to believe, right?

People may try to suppress tears if they see them as a sign of weakness, but science suggests that doing so could mean missing out on a range of benefits:

  • Helps to relieve pain 
  • Releases toxins and relieves stress 
  • Aids sleep
  • Improves vision
  • Self-soothing effects
  • Can help you be more creative

A study from the University of Minnesota( Dr. William Frey), found that crying (triggered by emotions) improves the mood of 88% of people and it can also help with healing, boosting immunity and reducing levels of anger and stress.

Having  a good cry can just make you feel better overall. It’s more effective than any antidepressant.

Crying is scientifically proven to make you fell better. It’s rare that crying will make you feel worse that what prompted you to cry in the first place. It is a release of pent-up energy and emotions. Think of crying as natural therapy!

A good cry might just be the ticket. It releases stress, make us feel better and can help foster creative thinking.  Go ahead and enjoy the benefits of a good cry…if you feel like it.

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Relationships

Relationships – is it really worth the effort?

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Aren’t great relationships supposed to just magically happen?

Well – in fairy tales they do. In real life, they require “keeping a finger on the pulse” and making needed adjustments daily or weekly. The best relationships understand this and when they sense that the relationship’s energy is trending “down”, the correction is starting to me  made.

There’s a little scenario that every relationship goes through. That scenario will occur multiple times in its life-span, and sometimes even multiple times in a week. Hopefully, not in a day – as that could be too much.

Over time, all good relationships go through ups and downs. There are periods where the relationship feels more effortless and then periods where resistance is felt, and more intention is required.

A perfect relationship just doesn’t exist. The question is what do you do when things get hard? Maybe even fall out of love?

poems-about-relationships-complicated-love-for-complex-aqaSome people naturally draw back and it can be hard to help them, because they turn inward. If this happens, we can start to take that personally, as if they are drawing back from us. Actually, it’s just their way of dealing with things. They deal with things through their own process, and that feels foreign to you.

You just choose your own vibe. You accept that this is a stage of your relationship, reflecting what your partner is going through and not personal to you. You need to focus on yourself, your feelings and get to really know yourself. Love yourself in order to be able to love others.

 As a couple, you must both be committed to making the relationship work. That means that, individually, you must commit to work on yourself.

It takes time. It takes work. And it’s entirely worth the effort. Because, at the end of the day, functional relationships teach you how to become a better person—and that’s something you retain whether or not your relationship lasts a lifetime.nothing-i-could-ever-say

Healthy Skin

The best age to start using Retinol, according to the Experts

img_3733What is retinol?

“Retinol is one of the main forms of vitamin A. It is an essential vitamin needed for new cell growth, and the health and maintenance of tissues and skin cells, and plays an integral role in anti-ageing skin care,” explains Tracey Wilmot, director of education.

“Retinol works in three ways: It exfoliates, fights free radicals and aids in production of collagen, one of the essential building blocks of youthful skin.”

In the pursuit of permanently youthful skin, could taking preventative measures too early actually render our efforts futile?

Dr Stefanie Williams, dermatologist and medical director at European Dermatology London 
“If there is no collagen decline happening in the skin, you don’t need to be using a collagen-supporting active ingredient such as retinol too early. I wouldn’t recommend a 24-year-old use retinol products routinely unless his or her skin is prematurely sun-damaged, but it is never too early for preventative measures such as topical antioxidants and sun protection. On the other hand, if somebody in their 40s tells me they have never used a retinol, my heart sinks. She will have missed out on 10 years of topical anti-ageing effects and it is near impossible to make that up.”

Dr Howard Murad, dermatologist
“I always tell my patients they are never too young to care for their skin. Products marketed as anti-ageing typically contain retinol, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and other exfoliating and hydrating ingredients. These certainly won’t make skin ‘lazy’ but will help to remove the dead layers of skin that contribute to a dull, sallow complexion, fine lines and wrinkles, patchy rough spots and even breakouts. While anti-ageing ingredients may not be appropriate for those who have yet to enter their 20s, they’re ideal for adults who want to be proactive about preventing and treating the visible signs of ageing. The earlier, the better!”

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Von dem Hagen highly recommended incorporating a retinol product into a skin care routine at age 30, three to four times a week. By the 40s, every other night is beneficial and in the 50s, 60s and beyond, incorporate a retinol product five to seven times per week.

“I would advise starting as soon as you see ageing issues arise,” says Abi Cleeve, founder of Skinsense “For most, this is in our late 30s and early 40s, but there is also an argument, depending on your skin type, for starting earlier.”

When used correctly and consecutively, retinol has been shown to deliver results—brighter, smoother skin—in as little as four weeks. However, some people find retinol too harsh on their skin, so they discontinue the treatment before they even see visible results.

“There is a lot of concern about retinol/tretinoin being harsh or irritating to the skin. This is a misunderstanding,” explains Dr. Rogers. “These products stimulate cell turnover, meaning that new cells push out old cells. It’s a wonderful thing! However, if you use too much you will stimulate too much cell turnover, and your skin will get flaky and red.”

So how should you use retinol to achieve the results you’re after and without irritating your skin?

The trick, according to Dr. Rogers, board-certified dermatologist, Heather Rogers is to use less and to start slow. “Retinol is a treatment, not a cream. You do not need to cover your entire face with it. Use a pea-size amount or less and dab a touch on your forehead, cheeks and chin and then massage in. It will feel like half of your face did not get any. Not to worry, the cells talk to each other and the message is passed along. Follow the retinol with your favorite nighttime moisturizer.”

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Tips for a healthier, younger looking skin

Vibrant skin on your face is not only a sign of good health but is also incredibly important to make you look more attractive.

Achieving glowing and vibrant skin is everyone’s goal to looking and feeling better but this is easier said than done.

Whatever is going on inside your body, such as stress, emotional distress, bad diet or illness, will ultimately manifest itself on your face. Prolonged issues with your body could be unhealthy in the long run.

So, how do we start to improve the skin on our face? What are the steps involved? How long does it take? And will the results be permanent?

Here’s our list of the top 7 tips to make your face look healthier and cleaner

1) Take time to find the best products

In today’s day and age, getting information about what you want to buy is not only simple but also remarkably quick. Everything you need to know is just a click away. Do your research while looking for skin care products and ideally consult an expert such as a dermatologist or aesthetician for recommendations on the products you need to use.

5) Gently clean your skin

Gone are the days when a bar of mainstream soap was all you needed to keep yourself clean. In fact, a lot of people have stopped applying soap due to the harmful pH concentrations in most of them. Use a gentle cleanser for cleaning out the pores of your face.

2) Exfoliate once per week

Exfoliation is the process of removing the layer of dead skin present on the top most part of your skin. Though it is extremely important to exfoliate your skin you cannot do this too often. Stick to a set regime of exfoliating. Once per week should be more than enough especially if you haven’t done it so far.

3) Wash your hands

This tip is one of the most crucial but also most commonly overlooked. Your hands come into contact with an incredibly large number of surfaces and germs throughout the day. You are also prone to touching your face all the time. So your best bet is to either wash your hands regularly or break the habit of touching your face so frequently.

4) Eat healthier

No other piece of advice will help you as much as this one. You must remember, the issues on your face and skin are only an outward manifestation of what’s going on inside you. If you suffer from prolonged stress or bad dietary habits make efforts to change these right away. Eat more greens and vegetables to improve your digestion and those added nutrients will make your skin glow in a short while.

6) Moisturize

First of all, you’ll want to start with a product that really moisturizes. And hydration starts with ingredients known as humectants. “Humectants are important for longer lasting moisturization,” explains dermatologist  Dr. Craig Kraffert. “Humectants to look for include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and propylene glycol.” Check the ingredients list before you buy any moisturizer — face or body — and make sure it contains at least one humectant.

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7) Use eye cream regardless of what age you are

Eye cream isn’t only for people looking to appear younger. You are susceptible to bags under your eyes after a few long nights or lack of sleep. Also some people just tend to ignore the part of their face right below their eyes till it’s too late and they start noticing wrinkles when they’re much older. So start using eye cream as soon as possible.

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Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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The Benefits of Castor Oil

Castor Oil it’s made for from the seeds of the Ricinus Communis plant. It has a number of medicinal, industrial and pharmaceutical uses.

In Ancient Egypt Castor oil was burned as fuel in lamps, used as a natural remedy to treat ailments like eye irritation or even given to pregnant women to stimulate labor.

Castor Oil has natural antibacterial and anti fungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins and omega-6 and omega-9 beneficial fatty acids. It’s unusual high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair.

Castor Oil benefits for hair

  • It’s uber-hydrating and reparative
  • It protects your hair from heat
  • It heals split ends
  • It helps with hair loss
  • It helps treat folliculitis
  • It balances the pH of your scalp

Its ricinoleic acid content can also keep brows and lashes healthier making it a helpful ingredient for hair regrowth. The regulate use of castor oil on the eyelashes hair growth can be boosted by three to five times the usual rate.

It not only promote hair growth, but the hair also becomes noticeable thicker within a few months of use. Castor Oil also can make your eyelashes and eyebrows longer and thicker.

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