Making Time for Yourself

Time for MeDon’t you feel that there’s always so much to do that you end up missing on the important things in life? Doesn’t it ever feel that you’ve spent away all your time on things and suddenly realize that so many important years of your life have simply disappeared? Haven’t you ever wished for a job or a lifestyle that would allow you to spend more time on yourself? Well, you can easily do everything that you’ve been missing out without having to change your job or your lifestyle. All you need to do is to change a few habits and practices. Every individual has the same amount of time. The difference is that some manage to make the most out of their time while others end up wasting too much of their time. Ever wondered why this happened? Well, it’s simple. The ones who actually found some “me time” are the ones who understand the importantance of time management and the need to balance things out. And you could do this as well. All you need to do is follow these simple tips.

 

Learn when to say no

If you say “yes” to everything that is thrown at you, you will never get free time for yourself. You need to start becoming over protective about your time and start saying “no” to the non-essential things at work or at home.

 

Eliminate time wasters from your life

Take a closer look at your schedule. Every individual has something or the other on his or her schedule that isn’t really necessary. There are a number of ways to reduce or eliminate such things. And they could be as simple as surfing certain websites more than necessary, spending too much time chatting by the water cooler, watching TV, chatting on the phone or giving too much of time to social media websites.

 

Make a Wish List

Having a wish list is an excellent way of reminding yourself to spend some time with yourself. Once you make a wish list, you’re bound to think about it every once in a while. This should allow your mind to focus on your wants and wishes for once. It is also important to rank these wishes in order of importance.

 

Cut back on your emails

One of the biggest problems for most people is the number of emails that they get on a daily basis. In fact, emails end up taking a major chunk of the first few hours in the office. The best way to cut back on your mail is to choose 2 – 3 time periods and space it throughout the day. This should not only give you a break from work, but also allow you to address your emails. And remember, try to keep your replies within 5 sentences.

 

Leave your work in the office

It is very important to develop a “switch on” “switch off” mode in your mind. You need to be able to completely switch off from work once you step out of the office. It always helps if you have a proper transition between your home and your office. This could be an hour at the gym, personal appointments, errands or commuting. Ultimately, whatever works for you and helps you to switch off is fine. Yes, there would be those odd days when you need to take back an urgent project home, but you need to ensure that work related activities are reduced to a bare minimum after working hours.

 

Choose a hobby

Taking up a hobby and scheduling 2 – 3 hours for your hobby on a weekly basis is an excellent way of spending some time with yourself. If you don’t already have a hobby, get a hobby. Join a book club, learn a new skill, practice a sport, volunteer for social work – the options are endless. Make sure that whatever you choose is something that interests you a lot.

 

Always tackle the biggest problem first

Most people make the mistake of leaving the biggest and toughest problems for the second half of their average work day. However, you should always choose the task that you dread the most first. If you don’t do this, you’ll keep adding unimportant things to your schedule to put off tackling the problem as much as you possibly can. Moreover, completing the work early is easier since you’re fresh and it also gives you a sense of accomplishment that should be able to spur you on for the rest of the day.

Hottest Nail Trends to Try Now!

The arrival of the spring/summer season means one thing for nail polish aficionados—it’s the season of trying out and showing off the hottest nail trends. Display your style savvy on your digits during the most perfect seasons when sandals and sundresses come out to play. Forget the dreary winter and welcome the warm weather by embracing these 6 fun, fresh and funky nail trends. Remember ladies; you’re never fully dressed without a fresh and trendy manicure. Sometimes a pop of color painted on your digits is all you need to liven up an outfit. Here are the hottest nail trends you should be rocking ASAP:

White OutWhite Manicure
We don’t mean that you should use your white out correction fluid like you did in middle school, this season all the cosmetics brands are coming out with their own stark white nail polish concoction. All white nails have been all over the runways during the Spring/Summer 2014 shows, and are now being sported by the stylish set like Olivia Wilde and Kim Kardashian. Opt for a shiny topcoat on your all white mani to keep it looking glossy, or you can be more daring and experiment with a matte topcoat.

Heavy MetalMetallic nails
Metallic nails are making a huge comeback this season. From shimmering nudes, deep pewter, bright and sparkly gold, metallic nails are all the rage. There isn’t one particular metallic that’s in the spotlight, so have fun by trying out a whole range of metallic polishes. You can even mix it up by wearing two metallic shades in one mani.

Earn Your StripesGeometric mani with stripes
Whether it’s a single graphic stripe or a windowpane grid pattern, or even chunky stripes across the nail, stripes are one of the major trends to try this season. It’s not super complicated to recreate stripes at home, so this is a quick and easy way to up your nail game. Choose a contrasting color for your stripe, or go monochromatic by choosing a darker or lighter hue for your design, i.e. navy blue nail with a powder blue stripe.

Pastel PrettyMulti color pastel mani
It’s not only pastel clothes that are making the fashion headlines, these soft and delicate colors are making their way to beauty and cosmetics trends as well. Pastel is the ultimate color scheme of the season, so get on it and get these delectable hues onto your digits.

Updated ClassicBlack tip french manicure
Break tradition for a little bit, and try out the new and update French manicure. Instead of the usual pale pink and white, different colors are being used for the modern version of this manicure classic. Spotted on the Holmes & Yang runway was a French manicure using nude polish for the base and black nail polish for the tips of the fingers.

Get an AccentManicure with accent nail
Use more colors in a single manicure, and add more pizzazz and flash to your nail look by embracing the accent nail trend. An accent nail is basically the nail, or nails, that you do in a different color from the rest of your mani. You can even be more daring by putting some nail art on your accent nail. This is a great way to show more personality in your mani. Celebs like Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, and Beyonce have been photographed flaunting this trend.

Manicure Service – Try or Skip?

The quickest way to relax and pamper yourself is by getting a mani-pedi. Getting your nails done is a very calming experience, and it is, more often than not, an essential part of any woman’s lifestyle. It is not a mere luxury, it is a necessity. After all, well-groomed nails that are polished to perfection is a must for any modern woman.

Nowadays, nail salons are a dime a dozen. There are so many options and so many nail spa services available for your enjoyment. Professional nail care has now gone beyond the regular manicure. The bar for salon manicures has certainly been raised. If before a standard manicure composes of nail trimming, cuticle care, and polish application, there is now a plethora of services to add on to your manicure experience. We have put together a list of different services offered at nail salons, and we’re here to tell you if a service is worth that extra charge or not. Consider this a quick and simple guide in navigating the long laundry list of services you read through each time you get your nails done. Trust us, this will get you ready and primed for your next nail appointment.

Paraffin DipParaffin Hand Dip

Paraffin wax treatment is a procedure wherein your hands and feet are dipped repeatedly into a tub warm melted paraffin wax. The temperature of the wax is closely regulated, and it is safe for you as well as beneficial to your skin and nail health. Your hands and feet will be slowly immersed into the wax bath around 2-3 times creating a thick hardened shell. From there, you will slip into gloves or socks that’ll retain the heat better and seal the moisture in. During this process the paraffin’s moisturizing properties get to work on your skin and the heat opens up your pores. After 10-15 minutes the wax will be peeled off, and you will be pleased to see and feel the difference on your hands and feet. Both will feel baby soft and incredibly smooth. An added bonus to this treatment is that paraffin has been proven to relieve stiffness and muscle pain in the small joints of the hands.

VERDICT: Must-try! You can’t beat the deep cleaning, hydrating, and healing benefits of paraffin. This is also a type of treatment that can be hazardous if not done correctly.

Foot Buffing

Foot Buffing is basically an exfoliating treatment for your feet. Typically preceded by a foot soak to soften the skin, foot buffing is a vital part of foot care and maintenance since it removes dead skin cells. Using a foot file or a pumice stone, a nail technician sloughs away the roughness in your skin and smoothens the coarse parts like your heel and the balls of your feet. This treatment is important in avoiding calluses and cracked heels.

VERDICT: Foot buffing is a pretty simple treatment, done with tools that you can buy at a store on the cheap. Skip this one, and do it yourself at home.

Hot Oil Manicure

A great cure for dry and brittle nails, and cracked hands, a hot oil manicure uses heated essential oils to restore your cuticles and nails back to health. Instead of soaking your digits in water, like in a usual manicure, a nail tech will prepare a bath of heated oils for you to sink your hands into. Choose from a variety of different oils, like sesame, almond, sunflower, tea tree, lavender, with varying added benefits aside from moisturizing, of course.

VERDICT: Skip. You can choose the essential oil of your preference at your leisure. You don’t even need to heat it, just lightly massage it into your cuticles then all over your hands. Wear gloves or mitts for maximum absorption.

Massage Add-OnFoot rub at nails salons

A standard salon manicure oftentimes includes a quick hand/arm massage of maybe 3-5 minutes with lotion. You can opt for a longer pampering with a massage add-on of up to 30 minutes to 1 hour

VERDICT: Try. Having a trained technician/therapist massage you is definitely worth every single penny. Go ahead, and treat yourself.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliating treatment that removes the top layer of the skin, and the dead and damaged skin cells along with it. The pores get cleaned out and it stimulates the production of new and healthy skin cells. It is lauded as an effective anti-aging procedure, which is great for your hands since it is one of the first parts of your body that shows signs of aging.

VERDICT: Try at least once. Microdermabrasion at salons can be pricey, but it’s worth a try to see the results. If you like it, you can always buy personal microdermabrasion tools to keep up with your treatments at the convenience of your own home.

Which service are you going to try on your next trip to the salon? Try a new service and indulge, you definitely deserve that extra TLC.

The Great Cuticle Debate – Push or Trim

When it comes to your cuticles, the questions are endless. To trim or to push? To cut or not to cut? With so many questions surrounding something as simple as your nails, it can become quite frustrating. Especially, if you’re one of those who simply loves a manicure. It is also probably a subject on the mind of brides who want their nails flawless for their big day. For those who get their nails done on a regular basis you are probably asked by the nail technician whether you prefer trim or push. And you invariably end up giving a random answer while you are too busy with that fashion magazine or are too preoccupied. Well, you might have thought that the answer was unimportant, but it actually plays a major role in the overall health of your nails.

Trimming cuticles

The answer is quite simple. According to Mary Lupo, a dermatologist in New Orleans, you should never trim your cuticles. If they are lifted away from the nail or are too short, they allow fungus and bacteria to infect your nail bed. Moreover, trimming damages the way your nails look in the long run. If you end up trimming too much of your cuticles, you might make them look good for a day or two, but they’ll end up getting ragged all over again.

The most important thing when it comes to a manicure is to ensure that your nail plate is clean. The gel and the polish will hardly adhere to your nail unless you can free it of dead skin and oils. Luckily, you don’t need to trim to prepare your cuticles for a manicure. The solution lies with pushing them. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Soften the cuticles by massaging oil or a hand lotion on them for about 1 minute.
  2. Use a cuticle pusher to push back the dead skin around the cuticles. Since you’ve already massaged the area, this should be very easy.
  3. Complete the process by buffing away whatever is left on your nail plate. If you still feel that there is some dead skin left after buffing, you can finally use those nippers to remove them carefully.

Pushing cuticles during manicure service

Trimming or pushing is not everything. It is also important to understand how to care for your cuticles.

  • Prevent hangnails from appearing. All you need to do is apply some hand lotions regularly. Your manicurists keep telling this to you all the time not to make their jobs easier, but because it’s true. It prevents dry cuticles and also helps out with hangnails.
  • Moisturize. Your cuticles can become dry, flake, crack or peel just like any other area of your skin. Therefore, you need to make sure that you moisturize them as well. You can use any skin moisturizer for this purpose. All you need to do is rub some into your cuticles while putting them on your hands. Some salons offer a hot wax treatment for your cuticles. They use a special oily wax that is considered to be an excellent way of moisturizing your cuticles.
  • Avoid rough materials. We often hear of people developing red colored sore spots around their nails. This usually happens because of a skin infection known as paronychia. And this usually happens due to over-vigorous manipulation that ends up manifesting as soreness and redness.
  • Avoid drying agents. Dishwashing and nail polish removers that contain acetone can dry out your cuticles completely. Therefore, you are always advised to use acetone free nail polish and wear gloves while washing the dishes.
  • Stop biting your nails. Your mouth is quite dirty and the saliva can break down the skin. You can also get an infection if you end up violating a cuticle.  So if you’re in the habit of biting your nails, you need to stop right now.

Solve Common Skin Issues

The climate can play a major role in damaging and torturing your skin. As a result, suffering from a range of skin issues has become very common all over the world. Moreover, modern day lifestyles offer us with less and less time to take care of our skin. Hectic schedules, constant stress and poor eating and sleeping habits don’t help either. Luckily for you, we have been able to sum up some of the most common skin care issues and have come up with simple non-invasive treatments for each of them.

 

Aging shown on woman- half mature skin, half young skinWhat can I do about my sun damaged, dull and aging skin?

Your skin can get tired the same way your body does after a long day at work. After all, protecting your body 24 x 7 from the damage caused by free radicals is not easy. So, if your skin begins to revolt due to the lack of rest by showing symptoms of aging, it might be time to give it a recharge. Dull and sun damaged skin requires a good exfoliator and topical applications of nutrient enriched creams. Your dull skin usually occurs when dead skin cells get stuck on the surface. By removing them through exfoliation, you allow your skin to look radiant once more. It is also important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 to prevent further sun damage. Using Resveratrol or Vitamin C enriched moisturizers and serums should help you get rid of sun spots over time. If you’re looking for something more serious, you could go for microdermabrasion or light chemical peels.

 

What can I do about my oily and acne prone skin?

Cleansing is not enough when it comes to removing dirt, dead skin and oils from your pores. You need that something extra to clear pores, prevent breakouts, activate new cell growth, reduce oils and increase your cell turnover. Exfoliating is extremely important when it comes to oily skin. It helps to reduce the oil content from your skin and also allows you to shed off your dead skin. Eye creams are very important as well. You might feel that you don’t need eye creams because of your oily skin, but you do. The skin around your eyes is much more sensitive and thinner. Therefore, it doesn’t produce the same amount of oils. Using eye creams should help you prevent wrinkles. If you’re prone to acne, you should stay away from avocado oil and products with alcohol or chemicals in them.

 

Woman examining her wrinkles in the mirrorWhat can I do to prevent sun spots, acne scars and wrinkles?

You don’t need to carry those sun spots, wrinkles and acne scars with you throughout your life. You can easily prevent them or get rid of them even after they appear. The first and foremost thing that you need to do is ensure that you apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 protection every single day. Topical solutions that contain Vitamin C and Vitamin E also help you to prevent skin spots, acne scars and wrinkles. Finally, you should also try to stay away from perfumes and colognes as much as possible, particularly when you plan to be out in the sun.

 

What can I do to prevent uneven skin and fine lines?

Exfoliation is one of the best ways to treat uneven skin. It helps you to reduce your acne scars and smoothen out the outer layers of your skin. But, if you’re looking to prevent uneven skin and also take care of those fine lines, you need something extra. The simplest way to deal with uneven skin is to increase your water intake, applying broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 on a regular basis, exercising regularly and substituting junk food with green leafy vegetables and fruits.

 

 

How do I take care of my saggy and wrinkled skin?

Saggy skin usually becomes a problem as you become older. This is mainly because the production of collagen and elastin reduces with age and the damage caused to your skin over the years begin to catch up. The best way to take care of your soggy and wrinkled skin is to perform 30 minutes of exercises every day, follow a healthy diet which contains green vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, proteins and roughage, drinking at least 10 glasses of water every day and applying skin care creams and serums that contain ingredients like Vitamin C, Resveratrol and Aloe Vera.

Top Makeup Questions Answered

We have encountered many questions pertaining to makeup that are asked every now and then. Because of the sea of contrasting information out there, we decided to offer our readers with some of the most common makeup questions that we encountered over the past few days. From your lips to your cheeks to your eyes, here are the answers to some of your most frequently asked makeup questions.

How do I make my lips look fuller?
Its actually very simple to get plumper looking lips in minutes. All you need to do is brush your teeth and use the remains of the paste on your toothbrush to brush your lips gently for a minute or two. Using lip liners under your lipstick, a lip plumping gloss or a shiny lipstick also helps. A word of advice. If you’re looking for plump looking lips, make sure that you avoid dark colored lipstick. Another effective way to use makeup to give lips a more plumper appearance is to use two colors of lipstick. First apply your chosen color as you usually would. Next use a lighter shade of lipstick or a bit of highlighter and apply it to the middle center of lips. If you are using highlighter pat it on gently with a fingertip. This gives your lips more dimension and makes them look bigger.

Applying lip glossHow can I do easy smokey eyes?
There are different types of smokey eyes and different ways of doing them. If you plan to choose the one that fades from light to dark, you’ve chosen the most difficult one for yourself. Beginners are always advised to start off with a single color. We would always advise you to choose a solid color that covers your eyelid completely. Remember, the idea is to ensure that you look nice. Trying the more challenging applications can come later on, once you’re sure of how to carry out the smokey eye look. For the most simple look take a dark liner with a smudgy consistency and draw a thick line on your top lid. Use a brush to blend up and out. Next up, use a light color on inner eyes and brow bone. Chose a shade based on your skin tone – if you are pale pinky peach, if you are medium beige or copper, if you are dark shiny gold. Colors with sparkle versus glitter work best. More difficult applications involve using several colors of eye shadow (usually from the same family of colors) and eye liner (usually liquid) and than blending heavily with a brush.

What is the proper order of applying makeup?
The best thing to do is start off with your eyes. Many women prefer to do their foundations first. But this is actually the wrong way to go about it because you might end up spilling your eye shadows onto your cheeks. By doing your eyes first, you allow yourself to wipe off the spillage without having to bother about ruining your foundations. Once you’re done with your eye shadows, you can proceed to the foundations. The lips should always be done at last. This helps you to prevent smudging your makeup.

Applying lip linerDo I need lip liner under lipstick?
There is no hard and fast rule about lip liners and lipstick. The best thing about makeup is that you create your own “rules”. The only thing you need to ensure is that you allow your creativity to flow within certain acceptable limits. Applying a lip liner under your lipstick is definitely beneficial, but it is in no way mandatory. The main reason women prefer to use lip liners under their lipsticks is that they make your lipstick stand out, allow them to stay on for longer and also keep lipstick from feathering.

How do I apply foundation in a way that looks natural?
Using a sponge to apply your foundation is ok as long as you have to deal with a tiny bit of foundation only. However, the best way to apply foundations is using your fingers. There are a number of reasons why your fingers offer a much better look. Firstly, your warmth helps to warm the foundation and allows it to melt into your complexion. Another alternative is to use a foundation brush. Foundation brushes are contoured and allow you to get to areas such as the corners of your nose and all the way up to the area just below your lower lashes. What this essentially means is that the best way to apply foundation is to choose a method that suits you the most. In the end, you need to apply the foundations yourself. So it is best choose a method that you’re the most comfortable with.

Various concealersHow do I know which concealer will work best for me?
One of the best kept secrets in beauty and skin care is choosing concealers that suit you. There is an ocean of contradictory statements flowing all over the internet. Some state that a quarter shade darker concealer works the best. Yet others want you to believe that lighter concealers are a better option. Don’t get fooled by all this contradictory evidence. All you need to do is spend about 30 minutes and find out for yourself. Search for the perfect foundation shade before you begin to search for a concealer. Once you’re ready, apply several shades of foundation right above the jaw line. Look at your face under direct sunlight and try to determine the foundation that disappears into your skin color. This is the shade that suits you the best. Now, your concealer should be just one shade lighter than the perfect foundation.

My blemishes seem to worsen whenever I conceal them. Please help!
The one and only way to ensure that your blemish remains concealed is to ensure that you never use a concealer on it. As surprising as this might sound, many women have discovered that the lighter shade of the concealer simply ends up making the blemish more prominent. The best way to make it disappear is to use a stick foundation that is a perfect match to your skin tone.

Choosing the right makeup for your skin tone Do you know what color of makeup suits what skin tone?
Choosing color based on your skin tone is actually quite simple. The first thing that you need to do is to determine your skin tone (warm/ cool). The next thing to do is to assess your skin color (fair/ medium/ olive/ dark). Once you’ve determined your skin color and your skin tone, choose a foundation base that fits perfectly. The best way to do this is to apply different shades on your cheeks and test it under natural sunlight. The color that disappears in your cheeks under the sun is the ideal foundation for your cheeks. The next thing to do is to choose the perfect blush. Pink and rose blush goes well with fair skin; peach, coral or apricot blush goes well with medium skin; copper and brown blush goes with olive skin and plums or burnt orange goes well with dark skin. With the blush taken care of, proceed to choosing the eye shadow. Make sure that you choose a color that complements your skin tone and also enhances your eyes. If you have a warm skin tone, go for greens, golds, pinks or browns. If you have a cool skin tone, go for blues, pinks, plums, grays or silvers. Finally, complete your lip with that perfect lipstick. But before you choose the lipstick, test it on a sheet of white paper to determine its dominant color. Reds and brows are ideal for warm skin tones and purples and pinks are an excellent option for those with cool and dark skin. If you have olive skin, the best options include beige, pinks and reds.

What kind of makeup can I wear in hot and humid weather without it melting?
It’s not just about the kind of makeup that you wear. There are a number of solutions to ensure that your makeup doesn’t melt when it’s hot. One of the best ways to prevent your makeup from melting is to use waterproof concealers. It also helps to choose silicone based foundations. Silicone foundations are definitely the best options for long lasting makeup in moisture ridden conditions. You should also remember that primers become more and more necessary when it comes to hot and humid weather. Tinted moisturizers and liquid foundations are also likely to hold up your makeup better because any melting can be easily blended without making you look cakey.

Great Looking Skin from the Neck Down

Woman displaying neck, shoulders, handsSure, you’ve spent a great deal of time caring for your face and your eyes. But what happens to your hands? What about your chest? Did you remember to take care of yourself from the neck down? You really need to give these neglected parts some TLC. All you need to do is look down at your hands. You’ll notice that the skin on your hands is not as ageless as your complexion, which is why they have been termed as giveaway areas by experts. It is quite easy to determine your real age by simply looking at your hands, your chest or your neck, even if you boast of having the perfect complexion. The main reason for this is that even though these three areas receive the same amount of damage from the harmful UV rays of the sun, you don’t give them the same level of care.  Now that you’ve understood the importance of pampering areas below your necks, here’s what you need to do in order to maintain great looking skin from the neck down.

Clear the Pathway

The first and foremost thing that you need to ensure is that you exfoliate the skin from your neck down 2 – 4 times every week, depending on your type of skin. Exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells from the outermost layers of your skin, thereby allowing healthier and newer skin cells to take its place.

Delay Aging While You Still Can

Most women begin to show signs of aging from their early 30’s as the skin begins to lose its moisture levels. By the time a woman reaches the age of 40 or 50, the veins and tendons become a lot more visible due to the lesser amounts of fat. The best way to fix this problem is to prevent it from happening altogether. You can do this by ensuring that you moisturize your skin and use sunscreens every day from your early twenties itself.

Try Peptides

Peptides are an excellent way of treating the damage caused to the skin below your neck. They help in boosting your collagen levels which in turn spurs new skin cell generation and they also allow you to increase the elasticity levels of your skin. This helps you to look younger, fitter and healthier.

Use Retinols

You can smoothen your skin by using creams that contain retinols. All you need to do is apply retinol creams on the exposed areas below your neck before going to sleep every night. Retinol minimizes the fine lines on your skin and also helps you to stimulate skin cell renewal and lighten your skin tone.

Fade Those Skin Spots

Constant exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun can lead to blotchiness in the long run. One of the best solutions to fade away those skin spots is to use bleaching creams that contain Licorice extracts or Kojic acids. It is also important to wear broad spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 on a daily basis. Remember, bleaching is a temporary fix. You need to make it permanent by reversing the effects of aging.

How to Care for Your Neck and Decollete

Decollete is a French word that implies “wearing a low neck dress”. But, this post has nothing to do with French dresses. Decollete is also used to describe the neck, shoulder and cleavage area. Your face and your décolleté are always prone to damage from exposure from the weather or from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Therefore, you need to ensure that you give it the same level of treatments that you would normally give to your face. The neck is also considered to be the next best place to determine a woman’s real age, the first one being the eyes. Women often end up ignoring the décolleté and neck area, both of which are quite delicate and extremely prone to dehydration and sun damage. The common signs of aging that can appear on the neck include loss of elasticity, hyperpigmentation, horizontal wrinkles and fine lines, loose looking skin, etc. Here are some of the best ways of taking care of your neck and décolleté.

Daily Exercises

One of the best ways to take care of your décolleté is to perform exercises which help you to stimulate and train the muscles around your neck. This allows you to reduce the chances of fine lines and wrinkles and also firm up that area.

Contrast Showers

By contrast we mean hot and cold, or more accurately warm and cold (hot showers aren’t great for skin). If you’ve convinced yourself to perform daily exercises for your neck, you can make them more effective with the help of contrast showers. End your warm shower with cold water as it helps to give the décolleté a toning workout and leads to tightening up of the muscles and improving the skin tone.

Young woman carrying basket of seaweed on her headCarry Some Weight on Your Head

If you’ve learned your history, you would have read that ancient women used to have beautiful necklines. One of the biggest reasons for this was that they used to carry heavy loads on their heads, thereby helping them to build their neck muscles. You can easily replicate their actions by walking around your house with a heavy book on your head.

Sleep on your Back

One of the best ways to take care of your décolleté is to sleep on your back without using a pillow or using a flat pillow only. When a woman sleeps, depending on the position she sleeps in, her breasts fall in different ways than when she is upright. Sleeping on the back provides the best position for decreasing stress on the neck and decollete area.

Woman sitting at computer deskMaintain Proper Posture

Maintaining proper posture while working on the computer can also do wonders in helping you maintain your décolleté. Don’t forget to take frequent breaks to stretch yourself. You’d be surprised at how light you feel at the end of the day.

Proper Attire for Sleep

Consider sleeping in a bra or wear a stretching undershirt/camisole to hold your breasts in place while sleeping. The position of the breasts during sleep can lead to creases and wrinkles in the cleavage area. Wearing supportive garmets helps avoid this, i.e. bras or camisoles.Just make sure to give your chest a break with some bra free time for at least several hours during the day.

Save your Skin from the Sun

Always wear a broad rimmed hat when out in the sun and don’t forget to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 on your neck and your décolleté area as well. After all, sun damage is one of the leading causes of damage to the skin.

Woman applying cream to neck and chest after bathingKeep your Décolleté Hydrated

The skin on your neck and on your décolleté area is very thin when compared to the skin on the rest of your body. Therefore, you need to cater to the special moisturizing needs of your décolleté at all times. The best time to use a cream or lotion is right out of the shower, that helps lock in moisture.

Exfoliate gently

You should also ensure that you make it a habit to exfoliate your neck and your décolleté with a gentle exfoliator using circular strokes once every 3 days. Don’t forget to exfoliate gently when exfoliating your neck and your décolleté area. Try a chemical exfoliant rather than a physical one to avoid causing any irritation. Chemical exfoliants use ingredients like acids to exfoliate rather than physical exfoliants like salts or micro beads.

Better than Botox

Botox might be popular around the world, and while it has many advantages it definitely also has some disadvantages. The biggest benefit of Botox is its ability to erase your fine lines and wrinkles almost instantly and it also offers results which last for a while. However, the downfalls include an extremely painful process and the possibility of bruising along with the inconviencing of needing to visit a medical professional for administration. As a result, a number of people have been left searching for alternatives for Botox. And considering the demand for wrinkle free skin, a number of cosmetic and skin care manufacturers have researched for years to create products as effective as Botox minus the drawbacks.

Luckily for you, now many products exist which claim to give it is now can get wrinkle free skin and boast of Botox-like results by simply using topical beauty products that are packed with the right ingredients. However, don’t go about expecting immediate results as it could take up to 6 months of serious efforts on your part to get wrinkle free skin. A small price to pay for a painless way of removing your wrinkles, don’t you think?

Modern day skin care products consist of a number of sophisticated ingredients that can offer a number of skin care benefits such as removing fine lines and wrinkles, promoting cell renewal, smoothening the skin and lightening the skin tone. In fact, the results are far better than Botox, considering the number of problems that get solved by using these products. Here is a list of some of the best ingredients that can allow you to lead a Botox free as well as wrinkle free lifestyle.

1. Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

Gamma Aminobutyric Acid, also known as GABA, can do wonders for your skin because it can have a freezing and tightening effect on your skin. This makes it quite similar to Botox injections in terms of the effects offered. However, the effects offered by GABA are temporary. Therefore, unlike Botox, you must be regular in your use of products that contain GABA. However, GABA cannot offer the wonders it promises on its own. It only works when it is mixed with a number of active anti-aging ingredients such as peptides, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.

2. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is often used in combination with GABA, but it is an amazing product in itself. Hyaluronic acid helps your skin to retain its moisture and plumps out fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps with collagen production and skin hydration.

3. Retinol

Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, is one of the most effective ingredients when it comes to anti-aging. According to studies, retinol acts as a skin cell hyponist by attaching itself to the skin cells and convincing them to behave the way a younger skin cell would do. Retinol is also famous as one of the best antioxidants that helps in increasing collagen production and removing free radicals from the skin. It also helps out with things like strengthening the skin, repairing sun damage, unclogging pores, eliminating acne and reducing the occurrence of wrinkles.

4.  Palmitoyl Oligopeptide

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide is a peptide that basically functions as the building block between amino acids. It helps out with skin repair and renewal and also has the ability of binding itself to the skin. Once the skin forms a bond with Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, it can perform a number of functions such as increasing collagen production, increasing elasticity and boosting the glucosaminoglycan.

Are Our Skin Worries Shakespeare’s Fault?

William ShakespeareCertain studies have claimed that the great William Shakespeare was the one originally responsible for introducing skin worries to the world. These studies have shown William Shakespeare to have an obsession with perfect skin, particularly due to the fact that London was considered to be a major hotspot for skin diseases at the time. Skin imperfections were generally considered to be warning signs in the old days and a number of examples can be found in Shakespeare’s plays where he fuels the stigma surrounding skin diseases.

If you’re a fan of William Shakespeare, you’ve surely read about some of his most memorable skin insults such as “Never mole, hare-lip nor scar….” as well as curses such as “Thou art a boil, a plague sore…”. Considered to be the master of insults, William Shakespeare was truly at his best when it came to describing the appearance of a character. From words such as “a plague sore” to “foul moles”, his dictionary of insults was literally endless and his sharp tongue played these insults to perfection every single time.

William Shakespeare was recently made a subject of a series of research by scientists from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. The findings of from this research was revealed to medical specialists at the British Association of Dermatologists Annual Conference. Researchers speculated that Shakespeare’s status of being the best English language writer of all time helped to fuel his obsession with perfect looking skin and spread it among the literate elite across the world.

Traces of Shakespeare’s character descriptions can be found all over his works. A man with a reddish nose has been described as “knight of the burning lamp” in Henry IV, Part I. According to Dr. Catriona Wootton, a dermatologist working at the Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham, Elizabethan London was considered to be a melting pot for a number of diseases such as smallpox and plague. Dr. Wootton also mentions that many of the diseases during the time had common symptoms such as skin imperfections and sores. As a result, imperfections on the skin began to be commonly associated with contagious diseases. Dr. Wootton further believes that these beliefs were not just limited to infections, but also to moles and blemishes that were considered to be signs of the devil or witchcraft.

Some might argue that Shakespeare actually highlights that the affected individuals are innocent in the Hamlet with lines such as “their virtues else, be they as pure as grace” and “that for some vicious mole of nature in them…. wherein they are not guilty..”; but researchers believe that the iconic writer has also been far less tolerant in his other plays.

On the other hand, a number of medical specialists have also termed the theory as ridiculous. Professor Michael Dobson, director of the Shakespeare Institute of the Birmingham University, feels that it would be ridiculous to believe suggestions that William Shakespeare was responsible for the skin stigma. He counters his argument by stating that no other writer in history has termed skin diseases as attractive.

So what do you think? Was Shakespeare ultimately responsible for the skin stigma and our skin worries? Or is it just ridiculous to suggest so? Where do you think these skin worries and all the hype surrounding them originated from? We would love to hear your opinions.