Enjoy These Energy Boosting Foods

Energy Boosting Foods
A lack of energy can usually be directly linked with nutrition, and while you may be tempted to turn to caffeine or sugar to perk you up during the day, you would be much better off opting for a more nutritious alternative instead. From the best nuts to snack on to the most nutritious meats to feast on, give some of these energy boosting foods a try the next time your body is feeling low.

Cashews, Almonds, Hazelnuts and Brazil Nuts
Most nuts make for a great healthy snack, but there are certain nuts that offer a much wider range of essential nutrients. Almonds boast large amounts of magnesium and a range of the B vitamins, which helps the body to convert food to energy much quicker, as do cashews, hazelnuts and brazil nuts. Nuts are also packed with protein, and brazil nuts, in particular, are a great source of selenium, which works as a natural mood booster.

Lean Meats
While plant-based foods are usually best for boosting energy, there can be times when you really crave some meat. In this case, lean meats, such as turkey, lean beef and skinless chicken, are the preferable choice, as they contain tyrosine. This amino acid helps to boost the levels of two specific brain chemicals, norepinephrine and dopamine, both of which will soon have you feeling much more focused and alert.

Bananas
Bananas make for a great snack, as not only are they already wrapped and protected, making them easy to carry around, but they are also filled with a plethora of nutrients. From the B vitamins to potassium to fiber, bananas are able to provide the body with long-term energy, as well as boost muscle function. For some added vitality, pair a banana with some yogurt as a tasty snack, as this combination of fiber and protein will be especially energizing.

Water
While not technically a food, studies have shown that dehydration is often the primary cause of fatigue, meaning that staying hydrated will keep your energy levels optimized. To treat your body to some extra antioxidants, and to satisfy any sweet drink cravings you may have, infuse a few slices of fruit into your water. Lemon is great for this, but other fruits also work well, so experiment with your favorite flavors.

Eggs
Egg yolks are rich in the B vitamins, which convert food into energy, and they also contain plenty of vitamin D which supports bone health. The protein that eggs contain makes them especially useful when you feel as though your muscles need a pick-me-up, such as after an intense workout session. If you are trying to cut back on the calories, use one whole egg along with two egg whites, as this combination is a fantastic lean form of energy.

With the hectic lives that many lead these days, feeling low on energy is all too common. While quick fixes may seem like the best option, do your body a favor and try making a meal with some of these healthy but energizing foods instead.

All Over Body Moisturizing Routine

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Your skin is your largest organ, and not only protects your body from the outside world, but also detoxifies it, giving it a way to release its impurities and toxins. Moisturizing is hugely important when it comes to healthy skin that can function at its optimum level, and the best way to remember to keep your body well moisturized is by forming a routine that you can follow each and every day. While everybody’s skin needs a different level of care, this full body moisturizing routine can easily be adapted to suit your own individual requirements.

In the Shower
The first step to your moisturizing routine should begin in the shower. A body scrub is a great product to use a few times a week, as this will gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it more receptive to any products that you later apply. You should also opt for a moisturizing body gel with which to cleanse your skin, as well as a facial cleanser. Opt for a formula that is hydrating yet gentle, as anything too harsh will only strip your skin of its natural oils.

Body Serums
Body serums are not as common as facial serums, but they work in a similar way, blending into the skin almost immediately and leaving very little residue. Serums are often higher in active ingredients than moisturizers, meaning that they should always be applied first. While a body serum may not be a part of your everyday moisturizing routine, they are a great product to use once in a while, giving your skin an extra boost of moisture.

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Moisturizing Body Lotion
After your shower, gently pat your skin dry with a towel, but make sure that it is still slightly damp before applying a moisturizing body lotion, as this will trap that extra moisture into your skin. Body butters are also fantastic products to use at this stage, and because they are thicker and greasier than lotions, they are able to moisturize your skin even more. Do not forget to pay attention to all of those areas of your body that are likely often ignored, such as your hands, feet and elbows. Your underarms also deserve some extra attention, as they not only have to deal with constant hair removal, but also the large amounts of dead skin cells that usually accumulate here.

Sunscreen
A moisturizing sunscreen should be a vital part of your skin care routine, and it is the one product that needs to be reapplied throughout the day. While there are many moisturizers out there that already contain SPF, it is always better to use a dedicated sunscreen, applying it to all the parts of your body that are going to be exposed to the sun.

A moisturizing routine should not be complicated, as this will only put you off on those days when you are feeling extra tired or stressed. Develop a routine that works for you and your lifestyle, because, although it may need to be slightly tweaked as your needs change with age, you will be able to follow it for the rest of your life, enjoying healthy and happy skin as a result.

Must-Have Sun Care Accessories

With long, sun-soaked summer days quickly approaching, it is time to take stock of all of your sun care products, throwing out any that are no longer of use. Once you have done so, it is time to fill your cupboards with these must-have sun care accessories, ensuring that your skin will be properly protected from any damaging UV rays all season long.

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Sun Hats
Rather than thinking of a sun hat as a cumbersome item that you would rather not wear, look at it as another stylish accessory that you can add to your outfit. Sun hats will give your face extra UV protection, the amount of which depends on how much of your face the hat shades. If you are quite active, a smaller brim is ideal, but this does mean that you would need to ensure that the unshaded parts of your face and shoulders are protected from the sun in another way.

Breathable Clothing
If you are planning to spend the entire day outdoors, ensuring that your clothing will give your body protection from the sun is essential. To keep life simple, invest in a couple of natural-fabric garments that are of a classic style and color, and that you can easily turn to when you know that you have a day outdoors in the sun coming up. For those of you who frequently spend a large amount of time outdoors, whether for work or simply your daily commute on your bicycle, it is always useful to own a couple of items of clothing that provide UV protection, and that are designed to be ultra-breathable to guarantee thorough ventilation.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Sunglasses
The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, which is why this is often the first area to show visible signs of aging. When choosing sunglasses, ensure that the lenses provide 100% UV protection, and do not forget that, if they do not wrap around the sides of your face, then you will still need to apply sunscreen to those areas of skin in order to keep wrinkles at bay.

After Sun Lotion or Gel
Even those that are extremely vigilant about sun care will find that they end up with a patch of skin that may be slightly tender and burnt after a day in the sun. This is why having a reliable after sun lotion is essential, as this burnt skin needs to be immediately cared for. Products that contain nourishing ingredients, such as cocoa butter and shea butter, will provide moisture and hydration, while aloe vera and cucumber will help to cool and repair the skin.

Woman applying sunscreen

Sunscreen
While the appropriate clothing and accessories do provide a great level of protection from the sun, it is always necessary to have a sunscreen that you can turn to as well. Mineral-based sunscreens will usually provide the best protection against sun damage and premature aging, as the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that they contain sit on the skin and form a powerful barrier against UVA and UVB rays.

Sun damage can lead to so many different problems, not only superficially but also long-term, which is why these sun care accessories are absolutely necessary. Ensuring that your skin is well protected from the sun, not only with sunscreen but also with added shade from clothing and accessories, is something that will do your skin and body a world of good.

“Totes” Necessary

Woman holding a tote

A cluttered work tote is all-too-common, and no one can deny the frustration that arises from hurriedly scrambling around inside a work bag, searching for a specific item that has been buried at the bottom. This disorganization is never productive, making it time to ditch all of the unnecessary extras and stock your work tote with these essential items.

Notepad and Pen
With all of the laptops, tablets and smartphones that are likely at your fingertips at work, carrying a notepad and pen around with you in your work tote may seem unnecessary, but there will always come a time when you need them. Whether due to low battery on your tablet or simply the need to quickly jot a few ideas down, a notepad and pen will always come in handy, and can be clipped together to ensure that they can both be easily reached for in your bag at the same.

On-the-Go Makeup Bag
Every woman should have an on-the-go makeup bag, containing the most essential products for a quick makeup fix that only takes a few minutes. The exact products that you include will depend on your own personal makeup style, but common items include a concealer stick, mascara, a dark colored eyeliner, and some tinted lip balm. It is also always a good idea to include a small bottle perfume, as this will help you to quickly freshen up during a busy day, as well as some hair items, such as bobby pins and hair ties. Keeping all of this together in one small makeup bag will help your work tote to stay clutter-free, and will make all of these small items much easier to find when you really need them.

Mini Sewing Kit or Safety Pins
A fashion crisis at work is never good, whether your blouse is missing a button or you end up with a tear in the seam of your skirt. Keeping a mini sewing kit in your work tote, or even just some safety pins of different sizes, will ensure that you are always covered for the majority of fashion emergencies, at least until you have a few spare minutes to find a more permanent solution!

Mini Moisturizer
The stress from a day at work can quickly take its toll on your skin, which is why it is always useful to keep a mini bottle of moisturizer in your work bag. Applying this during the day will give your skin an added boost of hydration, keeping it looking clear and fresh.

Headphones
Headphones are another one of those items that are always useful to keep nearby, and can be used both during the work day as well as during your work commute. Whether needing to quickly watch a couple of important work videos on your phone on the move, or simply listening to some tunes as you unwind on your walk home after a long day, you will always appreciate having a pair of headphones in your work tote.

Mini Umbrella
The need for a mini umbrella depends largely on where you live, but if you find yourself frequently caught in the middle of a torrential downpour, then this is an item that you definitely need to include. There are many stylish mini umbrellas available that are the perfect size for stashing away at the bottom of your bag, and while you may not use it that often, having it with you will make a huge difference on the day that you really need it!

If there are other items that you need to keep in your work tote, it is always a good idea to group these into categories to keep your bag from getting too cluttered. Having sections in your tote will help you to stay organized and know exactly where each item is at all times.

Camouflaging Fine Lines

Woman with aging skin

There comes a time in every woman’s life when fine lines become unavoidable, and so begins the search into all of the different ways to cover them up. From skin care tips to makeup advice, here are some of the best ways to go about camouflaging fine lines.

Invest in a Primer
A primer, one that is silicone based in particular, is fantastic for camouflaging fine lines. A primer is applied as a base, before any of your other makeup, and works by filling in fine lines, wrinkles and other areas of uneven texture. By giving your skin this extra cushion, your subsequent makeup products will be able to lightly sit on top, rather than settling into those lines that you are trying to hide. You will also notice that your makeup products will be much easier to apply, and your overall look will seem and feel much more natural.

Woman moisturizing skin

Hydration
Skin becomes drier with age due to changing hormones, and extra dryness will only make fine lines even more visible. Frequently moisturizing your skin will give it the hydration that it needs, which, in turn, will help to keep it looking plump. Drinking plenty of water will also help, as this will hydrate your skin from the inside.

A Tinted Moisturizer Instead of Foundation
It can often be tempting to slather on the foundation to try to hide those pesky lines, but this will usually just make them look worse. A tinted moisturizer will be much more hydrating, and not as heavy, giving you enough coverage without settling into your lines and emphasizing them. You should also pay attention to the areas of your face that do not actually need the extra coverage, and only apply the tinted moisturizer to your problem areas.

Woman applying eye makeup

Emphasize Your Eyes
While this may not be so much about camouflaging fine lines, emphasizing your eyes will help to make them the focal point of your face, shifting attention away from any lines. However, make sure to not go too heavy on the eyes, as heavy makeup can easily be quite aging. A simple eyeshadow and maybe some subtle eyeliner is all that you should need.

Cream Instead of Powder
Whenever possible, using a cream-based makeup formula rather than a powder will really make a difference in hiding those lines. While powders are great for setting makeup, they can also draw more attention to your lines. Cream-based formulas will not only do a better job at camouflaging fine lines, but they will also give you a much more natural overall look. This works for everything from a cream blush to cream eyeshadows, and, if you still want to use a powder, you will be able to use it extremely sparingly, since you already have the cream underneath.

Fine lines can be frustrating to deal with, as many makeup products can often make them stand out even more. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, using a primer, and opting for products that are cream-based, you will definitely be able to camouflage those pesky lines.

Date Night Skin Care Routine

Woman getting ready

While the outfit and makeup that you choose to wear for date night is important, your skin is the foundation of your whole look, and needs to be glowing and radiant. Whether it’s a first date or a 20th anniversary, this date night skin care routine will help you to strike that perfect balance between alluring and effortless.

Woman exfoliating skin

Exfoliate the Night Before
Getting your skin ready for date night is all about the preparation. Exfoliating the night before will clear your skin of any dead skin cells, ensuring that your skin is bright rather than dull. It will also mean that any products that you apply before your date will be able to thoroughly penetrate into your skin. It is important to remember to moisturize immediately after exfoliating, or your freshly exfoliated skin will quickly turn dry.

Woman cleansing skin

Thoroughly Cleanse
On the night of your date, the first step to flawless skin is to thoroughly cleanse. Use a gentle foaming cleanser, and make sure that it is one that you have used before, as you don’t want your skin to react to it right before your big night.

Woman with beautiful skin.

Hydrate and Brighten
Once you have cleansed, a hydrating facial mask will provide your skin with essential moisture and nutrients, while drawing out any dirt that your cleanser may have missed. As soon as you remove the mask, be sure to apply a hydrating serum, as well as any other serum that you need to use for specific skin issues. The mask should leave you with a healthy glow, and the serum will help to maintain this throughout the night.

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De-Puff Eyes
Puffy eyes are never an attractive look, but luckily, there are many products that you can use to reduce any eye puffiness as well as clear your eyes of any dark circles. Once you have done this, follow it up with an eye serum or an eye cream, as this will instantly plump up the area around your eyes, making it look much more youthful while giving you a clear canvas to work on when you apply your eye makeup.

Woman applying hand cream.

Moisturize Before Priming
The next step in the routine is to apply a moisturizer to your skin, as this will keep it hydrated throughout the night while giving it some extra protection from the environment. An oil-free formula is best if you frequently experience breakouts, while a formula containing oil should be chosen if you have dry skin. It is important to apply the moisturizer before your primer, as this will help to ensure that your primer is applied much more evenly. When it comes time to applying your primer, remember that a little goes a long way. Start at the center of your face and work your way outwards, leaving it to dry for a few minutes before applying anything else.

When it comes to preparing for date night, your skin is the canvas for the rest of the look, so it needs to be as flawless as possible. Luckily, this simple date night skin care routine doesn’t take long at all, leaving you with plenty of time to choose a fantastic outfit and perfectly apply your makeup.

Beach Foods That Won’t Leave You Feeling Bloated

Whether you prefer to pack your own lunch or eat at a beachside cafe, there are certain foods that you should be avoiding, to prevent you from feeling cramped and bloated. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the different foods that will leave you feeling invigorated and full of energy – perfect for a day at the beach!

Tortilla wraps served in a plate

Wraps
Not only do conventional sandwiches tend to get soggy, but they also easily fall apart at the beach, which is why tortilla wraps are one great alternative. They are also extremely easy to make at home, and should include plenty of dark leafy greens, as these are a fantastic way to add some volume without the heavy calories. Another alternative would be to make lettuce wraps, which, although more inconvenient, are much easier to eat with one hand than a salad. Once you have created your lettuce wraps, OROGOLD recommends wrapping them in foil, which you can then easily peel back and eat at the beach.

Healthy dip with an assortment of vegetables.

Healthy Dips
Fruit and vegetable slices with a healthy dip is a great snack to pack along to bring to the beach with you, and is extremely cooler-friendly. Apples with peanut butter is a perfect balance of fruit and protein, while hummus with fresh vegetables will fill you up without weighing you down. If you are bringing along a dip that contains dairy, OROGOLD reminds you to also pack a thermometer, so that you can ensure that the dairy doesn’t fall below a certain temperature.

Fruit salad on a plate.

High-Potassium Fruits
If you aren’t bringing any food to the beach with you, fruit is an easy one to find at most beach vendors. Fruits that are rich in potassium, such as bananas, melons and papayas, will help to offset any excess sodium in your body, which is one of the main causes of bloating. Fruits will also help to keep you hydrated during the day, and will give your body a boost of antioxidants, which will help you to look and feel even healthier.

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a much healthier alternative to the frozen yogurt you buy in stores, as that is usually packed with sugar. In addition to being full of protein, Greek yogurt also helps with digestion, which will ensure that you don’t feel cramped or bloated. Greek yogurt is easy to find at beachside convenience stores, but, for an extra treat, OROGOLD recommends freezing some at home the night before, and taking along some chopped frozen fruit to mix with it at the beach.

As satisfying as it may feel to indulge in a massive spread at the beachside pizzeria, or chow down on some burgers from the beach bar, the satisfying feeling won’t last for long, and you will soon end up feeling heavy and bloated, and unable to fully enjoy the rest of your day. OROGOLD recommends always bringing along some healthy beach snacks, just in case you can’t find any good alternatives while you are there.

Best Sensitive Skin Care Tips for Your Lifestyle

Sensitive skin is a challenge in itself to deal with, and, when you factor in all of the different environmental factors that have an impact on the skin, it can be downright confusing to understand how you should be taking care of your sensitive skin. Whether you are a frequent flyer, spend most of your day in the office, or lead an extremely active life, OROGOLD brings you some of the best sensitive skin care tips for each of your different lifestyle choices.

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An Active, Outdoor Lifestyle
Having an active lifestyle, where you spend plenty of time outdoors, is extremely beneficial to your health, but, unfortunately, can play havoc on sensitive skin. Whether it is summer or winter, sensitive skin is much more susceptible to sun damage, and sunscreen needs to be regularly applied. OROGOLD recommends choosing a sunscreen with physical, rather than chemical, ingredients, as these will not irritate your skin. It is also essential that you cleanse your skin after intense exercise, to remove any excess sweat from building up. When it comes to keeping the bugs away, many insect repellents contain DEET, which is a chemical ingredient that can cause sensitive skin to react, so it is best that you stay away from products that contain this. Instead, look for insect repellents that contain picaridin, as this is less likely to irritate and will also keep most insects away.

Woman working in an office.

An Office Environment
Those of you that spend most of your days in an office still need to wear sunscreen, as UV rays are extremely effective at penetrating through glass and damaging your skin. Office environments can also be dry, either due to heating or air-conditioning, so it is important that those with sensitive skin, and even those with other skin types, frequently moisturize throughout the day, to ensure that your skin stays hydrated. A soothing facial oil will also help to lock in the moisture in your skin, and is a great product to use for those who have sensitive skin that is also dry or flaky. Apply this on top of your moisturizer for even greater hydration benefits.

Woman reading a book in an airplane

Frequent Travelers
Whether it is for leisure or for work, frequent travel can severely distress sensitive skin, and the most important thing to remember is to keep it hydrated, especially if you travel by plane. Although you may not be able to pack all of your skin care products, the most important ones to remember are your cleanser and moisturizer. OROGOLD advises that you stay clear of any sample products, whether from the plane or in the hotel, and only use products that have been tried and tested on your skin. It is also important to avoid getting a facial if you are on a short break, as your skin will be much more sensitive due to climate and environment changes. For a skin boosting treat that won’t cause any irritation, OROGOLD recommends opting for a massage instead.

Whatever your lifestyle choices may be, it is important to remember that they will always affect your skin. Rather than having to deal with the consequences of this, take the time to prevent any skin irritation and keep your skin as nourished and hydrated as possible, at all times.

Summer Nutrition Tips

Barbecues in the sun, an abundance of ice cream and vacation indulgence all make it that much harder to stay healthy in the summer. However, the summer is also when fresh, seasonal produce is more widely available, and our bodies could definitely do with the extra boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, to help it cope with the change in temperature and the dehydrating heat. OROGOLD brings you some useful summer nutrition tips to help you to stay healthy during these warmer months.

Grilled chicken with fresh salad.

Light Meals
Lighter and smaller meals are much better for your body than large, heavy ones, and, with the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer, it is the perfect opportunity to lighten up your diet. Summer fruits and vegetables are naturally high in a whole range of antioxidants, as well as fiber to aid digestion, and this is desperately needed by the body in order to cope with the extra stress that the summer months place on it. However, those same fruits and vegetables lose many of their nutrients the more that they are cooked, so OROGOLD recommends eating them raw, or just lightly cooked, as much as possible.

Woman drinking water from a bottle while jogging.

Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated during the summer months may seem obvious, but it is still something that many fail to sufficiently do. Not only does drinking plenty of fluids keep away the chance of heat stroke, but it also improves metabolism, helps digestion, and plays a huge role in the health of your skin and hair. For those of you who find it difficult to pack in the recommended amount of daily water, or simply just prefer something with a bit more flavor, try adding fresh fruit slices to your bottle of water, as well as some mint leaves, to create your own fruit-infused water. OROGOLD also recommends that fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, citrus fruits and spinach, should also be added to your diet.

Sweet potato made with herbs and onions

Potassium-Rich Foods
Due to the extra sweating that the body does during the summer months, your potassium levels can quickly become depleted, impacting your muscles and nerves. To keep this from happening, try to fit in as many potassium-rich foods into your diet as possible. These include bananas, winter squash, sweet potato, white beans and yogurt. OROGOLD suggests using these ingredients to create snacks that you can pack and take with you during the day, so that you are less tempted to purchase processed snacks and more likely to stay as healthy as possible. If potassium loss is something that really worries you, OROGOLD recommends doing some research on cooking methods, as with potatoes, for example, baking them gives you double the amount of potassium than you would get if you boiled them.

Generally, since the fresh produce available during the summer months is so high in nutrients, the body needs less food than it does in the colder months. If you are relatively active during the summer, then it is important to keep replenishing your body’s lost potassium and sodium, as well as to remember to stay hydrated.

What Happens to Skin As You Age? OROGOLD Reviews

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and as the main shield between you and the environment, it encounters huge amounts of abuse. To help you better understand the phases that your skin goes through, OROGOLD looks at what happens to your skin as you age.

Woman in her thirties at home.

Your Thirties
Aging concerns usually begin at around 30 years of age, as during teenage years, as well as in your twenties, lines would have not yet started to form. By the time you reach your thirties, collagen, which gives skin its strength, and elastin, which gives skin its flexibility, begin to get weaker, leading to the start of wrinkles and ‘expression lines’. You may also begin to lose some skin tone in your thirties, as the elastic that supports your lymph nodes starts to weaken, causing puffiness around the eyes and a duller complexion. OROGOLD recommends upgrading to a more hydrating moisturizer once you reach this stage in life, as the products you used in your twenties are likely to not be rich enough to meet your skin’s new needs.

Woman in her forties sitting on a sofa.

Your Forties
Lymphatic drainage is the way in which the body gets rid of toxins, and once you reach your forties, this begins to drastically slow down. The body also starts to produce less sebum, which is the skin’s protective outer coating that protects it from the environment, meaning that you will now be more vulnerable to external factors such as pollution or a smoky environment. By the time you reach your mid-forties, certain hormones, such as estrogen, stop being produced, meaning that the skin around your neck and chest may start to sag and wrinkle more. In addition to this, more fat deposits, also known as cellulite, are deposited around your hips and thighs, bringing about the dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect. OROGOLD recommends massaging your face each day when applying moisturizer, to increase circulation. You can also have a look at some of the firming facial treatments available, which help to replace the lost sebum.

Woman in her fifties sitting in a beach.

Your Fifties
Your fifties are when age spots, patches of pigmentation, begin to appear on your skin, as your cells produce this pigment in the absence of sun. It is also possible that your pores increase in size, as your skin becomes much looser and each pore opening seems more pronounced. Wrinkles are usually apparent by this stage, as your collagen and elastin are too weak to support the skin cells. OROGOLD suggests using a Vitamin A product that is retinol based, as this will help to firm the skin, and, when used regularly, will help to speed up the production of collagen, as well as the production of new skin cells.

As you age, your skin becomes drier, and moisture becomes more important than ever. Although the rate at which you age is partially dependent on genetics, your lifestyle choices also play a huge role, and there are plenty of great serums, moisturizers and nourishing masks that you can purchase to help keep your skin as youthful, healthy and hydrated as possible.