OROGOLD on the History of Royal Skin Care

Skin care has always been an extremely important subject among royals throughout history. Different civilizations and different royals have had their own preferences when it came to skin care, but royals from almost each and civilization were known to be obsessed with beautiful looking skin. And if the pictures and documents are anything to go by, most royals actually had beautiful skin. Here are some of the royal skin care secrets. Hopefully, you will find something worth adding to your own skin care routines.

Skin care started around the year 10000 BC, when the royalty of Ancient Egypt began to use ointments and scents to soften their body and mask their odor. This soon trickled down to the local populace and cosmetics became a highly integral part of Egyptian hygiene. Some of the basic ingredients used in Ancient Egypt for skin care include aloe, olive oil, rosemary, chamomile, lavender, almond oil and thyme. Around the year 4000 BC, the royals of Egypt began to use malachite (copper mineral paste) and galena mesdemet (copper and lead ore paste) on their face to give it color. They also used a unique combination of copper ores, ochre, almonds, oxidized copper, ash and lead. Royals carried their makeup in small boxes and kept them under their chairs in parties and social events.

Chinese PrincessAround the year 3,000 BC, the Chinese princesses used gelatin, beeswax and gum to stain their fingernails. Black and red were considered to be the colors of royalty and women from the lower classes were barred from using bright colors on their nails. Around the same time, the royalty in Ancient Egypt transformed their skin care methods following goddesses of beauty such as Queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti. It is believed that some of the tricks used in Ancient Egypt in this era was the use of gold in skin care, bathing in milk, rubbing the skin with aloe vera, the use of pumice stones to exfoliate the skin and the use of herbs and plant compounds as eye shadows.

Around the year 1,200 BC – 500 BC, the Shang Dynasty started a new era in the history of China. The country had already managed to build a developed society and most practices of the Ancient Chinese culture blossomed during this time. It is believed that the first lip powders and facial powders saw their way into Chinese society around this time. Great stress was put on the face and secrets of Chinese medicine were used in skin care. It is also believed that royals from the Shang and Zhou dynasties opted for a natural and healthy look. However, this look soon gave way to skin lighteners, face powders and makeup pallets.

Grecian QueenThe Archaic Period (750 BC – 500 BC) in Ancient Greece was one where Greece was considered to be one of the most developed societies in the world. Grecian royalty easily rivaled their Chinese and Egyptian counterparts in terms of skin care and beauty. In fact, their proximity to Egypt meant that trading routes were developed between the two countries and that items of skin care were exchanged. Egypt was known to import things like fruits, vegetables and nuts and share their recipes for skin care and techniques for sewing seeds. The use of Kohl to highlight the eyes was quite common among Greek women. Greek royals were also known for their berry red colored lips and their use of white lead or chalk to give their skin a lighter appearance. Wigs were not as common as Egypt, but some royals were known to use wigs to give their hair a thicker look. Dyes made out of henna were extremely popular with Grecian royalty as well.

Imperial China (361 BC – 206 BC) saw China transforming into the Qin dynasty. It saw the first of emperors in China and the emergence of Imperial China. The renowned Imperial Court was populated by concubines, court ladies and noble men and this gave the ideal platform for the development of cleansing regimes. According to reports, the first skin care routine in China was developed by an Empress, who was desperate to keep her skin youthful in order to compete with the other beautiful women in the court. She also recorded her methods so as to share them with other women in court. These books were believed to be the first written records of a skin care system. The empress based her methods on the age old methods of skin care and used herbal medicine, natural products and cleanliness to ensure that her skin looks young and beautiful. She believed that using cleansers made from seaweed and jelly fish would do wonders for the face and special massage techniques could help in boosting blood circulation and ensuring that the skin looks beautiful.

The Roman Republic (500 BC – 30 BC), best known for the size of its empire, was also famous for its skin care and sense of personal hygiene. However, the Roman tendencies for grandeur made them focus more on external and sensual pleasures rather than on advancing science and philosophy. Roman royalty were famous for their hygiene and the queens, princesses and royal concubines were famous for coming up with new skin care methods to cleanse their skin and make it look beautiful. Apart from the novel Roman bath system (the very first example of indoor plumbing), the Romans were also known to use skin lighteners and crocodile dung to keep their face soft and supple. Romans also used a number of natural substances to create moisturizers and lotions and rubbed them onto their skins to get soft and smooth skin. Honey, beeswax and plant oils were the most commonly used ingredients.

Royal woman with red hair, beautiful wide collar and pearls in her hair doThe Elizabethan Era (1500 AD – 1599 AD) saw yet another transformation in terms of skin care. Under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, England actually saw an expansion which allowed it to create colonies all over the world. These expansions and the wide scale developments in science and culture also helped to redefine skin care and beauty as new and improved practices were opened up to the empire. Queen Elizabeth was herself known for her flawless looking skin and her elaborate skin care routines. She was considered to be the first woman of her time to use a made-up appearance. Painting her face with a white powder that was made of carbonate, hydroxide and lead and using red paint to color the cheeks and lips was extremely common in this era.

Another piece of history worth mentioning is that of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria ushered a new age of modesty. Pale looks were still in fashion and women were constantly cautioned to stay out of the sun because of the damage it caused to their skin. Zinc oxide and lampblack eye shadows were used and delicate appearance was considered to be the need of the hour. To this effect, women rubbed their faces with lemon juices, drank vinegar in hopes that it would give them a pale complexion and pinch their cheeks to give themselves a feverish glow.

As is clearly evident, skin care has played an integral part throughout history and it continues to do so. Yes, modern day methods have evolved significantly, but they are entirely based on the practices and the use of natural ingredients of the bygone era.

OROGOLD Presents Salad Ingredients for Blemish Free Skin

5 Salad Ingredients for Blemish Free Skin InfographicFlawless skin and younger looking skin are things that everyone dreams of having, but very few actually manage to achieve. Some of us are blessed with blemish-free skin from the word go, but the rest of us need to put in that extra bit of effort (a lot of effort, actually) to ensure that our skin remains blemish-free and looks healthier. Now, you’ve probably heard a lot about what skin care products to use and which ingredients to search for when you’re on the hunt for blemish-free skin. But, did you know that using the right skin care products isn’t going to be enough. You also need to ensure that you balance out your skin care routine with the right kind of food. Luckily for you, eating the right food is quite simple. And you can easily eat the right stuff by adding a simple salad into your diet. All you need to do is add the right ingredients and you should be able to do wonders to your skin in no time at all. So without any further adieu, here is a list of the top 5 ingredients for blemish-free skin.

Radishes

Radishes are known to be extremely healthy for your skin care as well as your health care. They are extremely rich in dietary fiber, which is essential to maintain the pace of your body metabolism. Radishes are also known to be extremely rich in Vitamins A, B9, and C which help to treat your skin disorders to a great extent. Furthermore, radishes are known for their disinfectant properties and antioxidant content as well.

Spinach

They did not associate spinach with those bulging muscles of Popeye the Sailor for nothing. Spinach is yet another ingredient that is known to work wonders not just for your skin, but also for your health and your body. Spinach is considered to be a powerhouse of antioxidants and it does wonders with anti-aging. It is also rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K; all of which are associated with blemish-free skin. Finally, eating spinach allows you to ingest a high mineral content in your body, thereby strengthening your skin tissues and leaving you with glowing skin.

Arugula

Arugula is a green leafy herb that is commonly used in salads. The chlorophyll present in arugula leaves is known to help in detoxifying your skin and the beta carotene present in the herb helps your body to fight skin cancer. Arugula is also known to be extremely rich in folate and Vitamin K. Finally, arugula is considered to be low in oxalates (oxlates are things that usually interfere with the body’s calcium absorption process).

Walnuts

Walnuts are a major source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are extremely important for your skin as they help you prevent acne, reduce redness and inflammation and give you healthy and glowing skin. Moreover, walnuts are also known to be rich in B Vitamins and we all know how important B Vitamins are for the human body.

Safflower oil

Safflower oil is usually known for its lubricating properties, meaning that it acts as a protective barrier for your skin and helps you to prevent the loss of moisture. Safflower oil works in tandem with your skin to soothe skin problems, reduce roughness and also get rid of dry skin. Furthermore, safflower oil is also known to be very rich in linoleic acid (an Omega-6 fatty acid) that helps your skin maintain its glow.

As boring as these ingredients might sound, you can actually turn them into a tasty salad. If you don’t consider yourself to be quite crafty in the kitchen, stay tuned for some delicious salad recipes.

OROGOLD Explains Work Out Skin Care Dos and Dont’s

Work outs and exercises are known to be one of the best ways of ensuring that your body remains fit and healthy and that your organs function normally. One of the biggest benefactors of regular exercise is your skin. Exercises are known to stimulate body processes and regulate body functions. It also causes a lot of sweat which allows your body to release its toxins, open your skin pores and rejuvenate your skin cells. As a result, your skin ends up looking healthier and younger. However, you must understand that there are several work out skin care dos and dont’s that you need to take care of. Remember, the ultimate difference between making your work out routine effective or ineffective for your skin could be one of the points mentioned below.

Fitness girl drinking from bottle of water

Work Out Skin Care: Dos

Avoid tanning at all costs

Your skin pores are known to open up after a rigorous work out. This makes your skin much more susceptible to the harmful UV rays of the sun and direct exposure to sunlight could result in tanning. One of the most important post work out skin care solutions is to ensure that you avoid direct sunlight at all costs. Cover your face with a scarf, wear sunglasses, wear a broad rimmed hat and use sunscreens to block out the harmful UV rays that affect your skin.

Be gentle on your skin

Make sure that you are gentle on your skin. Don’t scrub yourself to make your body feel clean after sweating. Yes, you might feel better, but it could end up being a disaster for your skin, particularly if you suffer from sensitive skin. Use gentle cleansers to clean your body and a gentle shampoo to rinse your hair. We like OROGOLD Vitamin C Cleanser to remove all the yucky stuff from our skin after a work out. This should do the trick, irrespective of how sweaty you have become.

Stay hydrated at all times

It is extremely important to ensure that you stay hydrated all through your work out. Rigorous exercises lead to loss of moisture from your body in the form of sweating. You need to ensure that you replenish your body fluids by drinking adequate water. You should also replenish your body with healthy food and a proper diet.

Stay disciplined

Make sure that you work out every single day. It doesn’t help to take a break when following a proper work out routine. This becomes even more important when you’re a beginner. Doing something consistently, no matter how big or small it is, definitely helps your skin a lot. For best results, don’t end up overexerting yourself either. Ideally, you should be looking at 30 minutes of cardio exercises on a daily basis and strength training 2 – 3 times a week for a couple of months until your body becomes accustomed to regular exercises.

Always listen to what your body has to say

In your zeal to look younger and fitter, don’t put too much of stress on your body. Your body knows what is best for it. If you feel uncomfortable or you feel that you need rest on a particular day, skip exercises and take a break. Although it is not wise to take breaks in your routine, overdoing is not a healthy way of exercising either.

Always wear comfortable shoes

Invest in a pair of comfortable work out shoes to give your back the necessary support while exercising. This is particularly important if you plan to stay in shape and not get bogged down after rigorous exercises.

Use the right skin care products

Using the right skin care products is extremely important after exercising. Refrain from using soaps to wash your body and always use a gentle cleanser that offers you with hydrating effects. It is also important to use a moisturizer that not only hydrates your skin, but also offers you with SPF 30 sun protection.

Young man working out and getting sweaty on a stationary bike

Work Out Skin Care: Donts

Don’t be hard on yourself

Your ultimate aim should be to age with grace. There are so many factors apart from your genetics that take a toll on the state of your skin. Don’t make it worse by being hard on yourself. Concentrate on taking care of your skin and your body rather than obsessing about things that simply cannot be changed.

Control your hands

Resist the temptations to wipe sweat from your face using your hands or your gloves. Always soak some cotton balls in a facial toner and use them to wipe your sweat. Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after exercising.

Never bathe with hot water after work outs

A hot water bath might do wonders to help you get rid of your exhaustion and loosen your sore muscles. But it ends up causing havoc on your skin. Hot water baths end up stripping your skin of its vital oils, thereby leaving you dry and itchy.

Don’t get stuck on the treadmill

Most newbies in the world of work outs prefer to follow the same routine at the same intensity. As a result, they end up spending too much time on the treadmill. This habit gets reinforced as the work out becomes easier and the body adjusts to the monotonous work outs. You might be fooled into thinking that you’re actually benefiting from the routine, but truth be told, your muscles have adjusted themselves to the challenge and your body stops to benefit. Make sure that you mix up your routine and intensity by jogging outside, using an elliptical machine or cross-training on the bike.

Remove your sweaty gym wear as soon as possible

You need to ensure that you strip off your sweaty gym wear as soon as you’re done exercising. Sweaty gym clothes are a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause a lot of damage to your skin. So, don’t skip on those showers after a work out.

 

Now that you’ve  become aware of all the dos and dont’s of work out skin care, you should easily be able to create your own skin care and work out routines. Don’t forget to carry essential things like a water bottle, a fresh pair of clothes, your gym shoes, a gentle cleanser and some sunscreen moisturizer.

Lose the Flab to Get Fab: Exercises to Tone and Tighten

There are exercises that don’t just help you lose your fat, but they also help you to boost your calorie burn, get a sleeker body and build some extra muscle. Each exercise involves multiple muscles of your body and burns more calories than single focused exercises like biceps curls. Moreover, each of these exercises also help you to build your posture, shape your body and get rid of that unsightly flab. So check out a few exercises that help you lose the flab to get fab.

Woman doing lunges on the beach with weights

Standing Lunges

Lungers are an extremely effective way of toning your butt and thigh area. All you need to do is stand on your feet, keeping them apart from each other at a shoulder’s length. Next up, place your Ieft foot forward, keeping the forward leg centered over the ankle and ensuring that the knee doesn’t  go beyond the toes. Push off with your heels in order to maintain your balance. While coming back to your normal position, focus on straightening the knee and the hip. Then follow the same procedure with your right leg and keep repeating the routine as directed.

Legs up at 90 degrees from ground for crunches

Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch

The Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch helps you to tone your abs. This routine can also be performed with the help of a dumbbell if you’re looking to make the exercise more challenging. Start off by lying on your back and maintain your leg posture at 90 degrees from the floor.  Straighten your arms (use a dumbbell if you wish to) and then curl upper back and your shoulders off the floor with the help of your abs. You also need to pull your arms all the way to the ceiling. Hold the posture for a second and slowly lower your shoulders back towards the floor. Don’t forget to ensure that you keep your legs and arms straight all through your exercise.

Bridge and pike exercise on yoga mat

Bridge & Pike

The Bike & Pike routine starts off by lying back on the floor with the right knee bent and your heel placed on the floor. The left leg should always be placed straight out. Next up, raise the hips and your back to create a bridge with your body. Hold your posture and then lower your hips on the floor. Follow this by crunching your abs and raise your upper body as well as your left leg to an angle of 45 degrees to create a V shape. Lower your chest down on the ground, allow your hands to fall behind your head, but ensure to keep your leg off the ground. This entire routine is considered as a single set. You need to complete the routine about 30 – 45 times, in sets of 10 – 15.

 Beginning position for leg raises

Lying Leg Raises

The Lying leg raises helps you to tighten and tone the skin around the lower abdominal area. Start off by lying flat on your back and then raise your legs to an angle of 90 degrees. Maintain the posture of your legs and keep them as straight as possible while you lower them in front of you till they almost touch the floor. Lift them back again to the 90 degree position and continue the routine. Remember, your legs should not touch the floor, but should come quite close to touching it when you bring them down in front of you.

 

Donkey Side Kick

Start off with a table top position and lift your knees a few inches off the ground, balancing your weight on your hands and your toes. While your leg is still bent and your right foot is flexed, raise the right leg to the side until the inner thigh becomes parallel to the ground. Extend the leg and kick before returning your legs to the starting position. Repeat the routine 10 times with your right leg and another 10 times with your left leg.

How to Deal with Airplane Skin

Girl throwing paper airplane in the skyAnyone who has had an experience of air travel has been subjected to the recirculated cabin air in addition to the stress of air travel. Together these two aspects create the perfect complexion crisis that makes your skin go haywire. You might have reduced the effects of air travel during those special occasions by visiting the local salon for a facial, hair styling or pedicure, but you’re still likely to end up arriving your destination with dry skin and a new set of pimples as a reward for all your troubles. So how do you deal with airplane skin? The best and the simplest way to deal with flying is to alter your skin care routine and also take the time to care for your skin while on-board.

First of all you need to understand what stresses your complexion while flying and then only can you come up with a strategy to counteract them. The biggest problem with flying is that the humidity in the cabin is almost the same as a dry summer climate. Since the cabin air is continuously flowing a combination of external air and filtered recirculated air, it ends up drying your skin. Other things that also affect your skin while flying include low nutrient food, noise and biological clock disruption (when you fly from one time zone to the other).

Now that you’ve understood what affects your skin while flying, here are a few simple tips on how to deal with airplane skin.

Tip # 1 – Use products that suit your skin and don’t experiment with new products while traveling

Make sure that you don’t try out new solutions for your skin while traveling. It always helps to use products that your skin has become accustomed to. Different skin care products contain different ingredients and there just might be  something that your skin doesn’t like.

Tip # 2 – Use a serum under your sunscreen

The low humidity levels make it important for you to hydrate your skin and protect it as much as possible. The best way of doing this is by applying a skin serum under your sunscreen to give your skin that extra level of moisture. The best option is to choose serums that contain ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone.

Tip # 3 – Always use lip balms while travelling

Lip balms are your best friends while traveling. First of all, they do not classify as liquids and don’t delay you at the airport security counter. Secondly, they can help you fix almost any beauty problem that you might end up encountering on the plane. Apart from protecting your lips from drying or cracking, lip balms can also help you to prevent your cuticles from pulling or rippling. You can also use them on your cheekbones to pump up the moisture or on your eyebrows as an alternative to brow gel.

Tip # 4 – Choose aisle seats or shut the shades

Choosing aisle seats help you to prevent sun exposure. If you cannot secure an aisle seat and end up getting stuck with a window seat, make sure that you shut down the shades in order to prevent your skin being subjected to UV radiation.

Tip # 5 – Use a hydrating mask after the flight

One of the first things to do after arriving at your destination is to cleanse your skin and exfoliate your face using a facial scrub. The next thing to do is apply a hydrating face mask. Always choose gel masks as they have the highest water content. This helps you to restore the lost moisture.

Adjust Your Skin and Hair Care for Travel

Travel size cosmetic productsAll of us spend weeks in planning that perfect vacation. After all, with the amount of time that we get to spend away from our stressful lives, we want everything to be perfect. Planning for your travel and ensuring that everything goes according to plan is great. But you also need to remember that you really cannot carry an arsenal of beauty products with you, irrespective of whether you have the travel friendly sizes or not. It is also important to understand that you need to adjust your skin care for travel depending on your destination. Remember, your skin will be subjected to a sudden change in the environment and you need to ensure that you give it the right tools to allow it to counteract these changes.

Traveling to a destination with low, dry humidity

The overall skin care routine remains the same. Cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers are still the way to go. All you need to do is adjust the products to ensure that you allow your skin to tackle the sudden changes in climates.

  • Cleansers – Switch to a milk cleanser.
  • Toners – Using toners after cleansing is extremely important, even while you’re on a holiday.
  • Serums – Serums help you to replenish the nutrients and ensure that your skin remains younger and healthier.
  • Moisturizers – You still need to moisturize two times a day (once in the morning and once at night). Re-apply moisturizer with SPF every two hours spent under the sun.

Tips and Advice

  • Make sure that you always protect your skin with broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreens
  • Always use a deep conditioner after shampooing while travelling. This helps you to lock in your hair’s moisture content.

Traveling to a destination with tropical climates and high humidity

When you’re travelling to places with high humidity levels, you need to add subtle changes to your skin care routine. However, irrespective of any changes, sun protection remains one of the most important concerns. Don’t forget to apply and re-apply broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen lotions for every 2 hours spent under the sun.

  • Cleansers – Switch to a gentle foam based cleanser.
  • Exfoliators – Exfoliate your skin once every week.
  • Serums – Using serums to replenish the lost nutrients of your skin is extremely important.
  • Moisturizers – Reduce your moisturizer usage to once every week. By moisturizers, we mean the hydrating ones. You still need to use sunscreens religiously.

Tips and Advice

  • Make sure that you use hair styling products that help in fighting frizz.

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 24/7 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 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 smooth 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.

Making Time for Yourself

Time for MeDo 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 and make yourself a priority every once in a while. 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 importance 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.

Me Time: Facials at Home

Your busy schedules can make it extremely difficult to allow you time to yourself. All of us need some “me time” in order to be able to function efficiently and normally. Having some “me time” gives us a chance of relaxing our mind and bodies and rejuvenating ourselves. Luckily, you don’t need to do anything concrete to spend some “me time” with yourself. It could be anything – something as simple as jogging or listening to music or something as amazing as that luxurious at-home facial. After all, what could be a better way of rejuvenating your body than treating your stressed skin and aching body. Here are some of the essentials that you must have in order to get that perfect at-home facial.

 

A proper wash

Make sure that you always start your at-home facial with a proper wash. Freshly cleansed skin is always a better option when it comes to facials as it allows your skin to absorb ingredients more easily. But, make sure that you use a gentle cleanser and follow it with a gentle scrub to get rid of those dead skin cells.

 

Woman with a mask on her faceUsing those masks right

Many women get into trouble because they leave the mask on for too long, choose the wrong mask for their skin or end up using too much of the product. Understanding what mask to choose can be particularly tricky for your first few facials. Ideally, you would want to look for a mask that is targeted to your particular skin type and skin issues. There are a number of masks that suit all sorts of skin as well. Alternatively, you could create your very own mask using items from your refrigerators and kitchen cabinets. If you’re looking for an after facial toner, an apple cider vinegar can do wonders for your skin. A combination of 1tbsp of honey, oatmeal and plain yogurt can also do wonders for your skin.

Woman treating a blemish

Understanding how to treat blemishes

Deep peeling is best left to the experts. But, if you’ve had that sudden breakout or developed a pimple, you can easily tend to it at home. After washing your face with some warm water, apply a blemish cream to the affected area. Some popular types of blemish relievers are tea tree oil, witch hazel, or salicylic acid for natural options or benozol peroxide, usually available via prescription. This should help you control and minimize the breakouts. The main thing is to make sure not to pick at skin; this is the top advise you will hear from dermatologists and estheticians alike.

Woman applying facial moisturizer

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

The perfect facial always needs a perfect moisturizer. You need to ensure that you lock in the moisture and beneficial ingredients after your facial mask as well as boosting the natural protective barrier of your skin. It always helps to stock up on Vitamin C or Retinol based products and Aloe Vera or Resveratrol based moisturizers. Lavender or rose oil are excellent solutions for those suffering from chapped skin and antioxidant rich formulas are a must use for people with tired skin.

 

Now that you’re aware of what to do to enjoy that perfect at-home facial, schedule some “me time” in your itinerary and make yourself a priority in the comforts of your own home.