Getting Your Skin Crop Top Ready

Crop tops have recently been seen on all of the major runways, with experts predicting that the crop top will be one of the hottest looks for this summer. While there may be a number of different ways to wear and style a crop top, you are most likely going to be baring some flesh, which makes now the perfect time to begin to get your skin crop top ready.

Woman getting an exfoliation treatment

Exfoliation
While you may exfoliate your face on a regular basis, chances are that you often forget to do the same for your stomach, but this is necessary if you plan on adding a few crop tops to your summer wardrobe. Not only does exfoliating clear away the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and lead to a rough complexion, but it also ensures that the skin is able to receive all of the vital nutrients and oxygen that it needs. When it comes to your stomach, there are many exfoliating body scrubs that you can choose from, or you could also opt for dry brush or a mineral or salt scrub, as this will also help in tightening the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Skin-Firming Ingredients
The stomach is an area where many women tend to experience loose skin, but there are a number of ingredients that you can look out for that are able to help with this. Products that contain vitamin A and vitamin E will help in tightening the skin, as will products that contain collagen, as this is the protein that forms the main structure beneath the skin.

Skin Masks
Skin masks are designed to target all sorts of different issues, and while you may not see many that are aimed specifically at the stomach, there is no reason why you cannot use a mask here that is intended for another part of the body. These masks will not only provide your skin with a deep clean and some extra nourishment, but will also work to strengthen the skin, leaving it firmer and smoother.

Woman adding bath salts in the water

Salt Water Bath
Salt water is known to bring about some fantastic benefits, and spending a bit of time soaking in a tub that contains a couple of teaspoons of sea salt can make quite the difference to your stomach. The salt works by drawing out any toxins or impurities that lie within your skin, clearing away anything that may be blocking the production of collagen, and resulting in skin that feels and looks firmer and tighter.

Nutrient Rich Foods
The food that you eat has a huge impact on the state of your skin, and if you are seeking skin that is healthy and glowing, you need to pay more attention to the ingredients that you are putting into your body. Citrus fruits, strawberries and vegetables are great at boosting the body’s production of collagen, while healthy fats add to the skin’s moisture content, helping to prevent your stomach from looking dry, cracked or stretched. From salmon and olive oil to nuts and seeds, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense foods into your diet as possible.

Before wearing a crop top, you need to ensure that your skin is ready to be shown off, so that you can rock your new look with confidence and style. Whether you dry brush your stomach three times a week, or apply a skin mask to it every few nights, these tips will ensure that your skin remains crop top ready all summer long.

Photo Aging – Wrinkles, Age Spots, Uneven Pigmentation

Photo-aging refers to the damage caused to skin cells by solar radiation. While the sun’s UVB rays damage the DNA and other parts of the epidermis, the UVA rays penetrate even deeper into the skin, causing damage to collagen, elastic tissues, immune cells and blood vessels. This damage usually becomes more obvious with age, as the amount of sun damage that the skin has experienced begins to accumulate, resulting in wrinkles, age spots and uneven pigmentation.

Woman applying sunscreen

Preventing Photo-Aging
The most effective way to prevent photo-aging is by regularly applying a broad spectrum sunscreen, as this will protect your skin from both the UVA as well as the UVB rays. Even on a cloudy and overcast day, 80% of the sun’s rays are still able to penetrate into your skin, making sunscreen a necessity on a daily basis, even if you may think that you don’t need it on certain days. You should also try to stay out of the sun at its strongest hours, usually between 11 AM and 4 PM, although this does vary depending on your location. Finally, there are certain fabrics that you can wear that will offer your skin optimum sun protection, such as tightly woven cotton blends.

Repairing Photo-Aging
No matter what the visible effects of photo-aging on your skin may be, from wrinkles to age spots to uneven pigmentation, the damage can still be repaired to some extent, so it is important to make this a priority in your skin care routine. Antioxidants are vital when it comes to this, as they are able to enhance the way in which skin cells are able to repair the damage. Vitamin A has also been proven to be highly effective at treating photo-aging, because it is able to reduce large wrinkles and age spots, while stimulating the production of collagen. There are also many retinoid products targeted towards tackling uneven pigmentation. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used to minimize the signs of photo aging. They work as an exfoliant, increasing cell turnover which allows your body to shed the damaged cells.

Woman getting a light therapy

Light-Based Technology
If your symptoms of photo-aging are more severe, then you may want to consider some of the newer treatment methods that have become available. Photodynamic therapy involves applying a specific formula to the skin and giving it time to penetrate before using a light-sensitizing machine to activate the ingredients in the formula, resulting in an increase in collagen production. Intense pulsed light is another light therapy technique that is especially effective when it comes to smoothing out uneven pigmentation. Laser therapy can also be used to treat a number of the issues that result from photo-aging, such as reducing age spots and wrinkles, as well as minimizing blood vessels.

The sun’s UV rays account for 90% of premature skin aging, so it is necessary to tackle photo aging as soon as possible. Since photo aging is unavoidable to a large extent, it is important to recognize the damage that the sun does to your skin, even if it may not yet be visible to the eye.

Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

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With the festive season upon us, we are all likely to end up indulging in our favorite holiday foods, maybe making a small effort to stay away from the unhealthiest dishes of them all. However, some of your favorite foods are absolutely packed with nutrition and health benefits, making them worth the extra helping! Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holiday foods that are actually good for you.

Turkey for a holiday dinner

Turkey
Turkey is a fantastic source of protein, with one serving providing half of the recommended daily amount of folic acid, as well as plenty of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. Eating a high-quality protein such as turkey also triggers satiety, meaning that you will feel fuller, faster, making you less likely to indulge in the unhealthier options. Unless your turkey is deep fried or smothered in gravy, this meat is actually quite good for you, although we would recommend trimming off some of the skin before eating, as this is where most of the fat and calories are contained.

Sweet potates.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unless they’re covered in butter or marshmallows, are one of the healthiest vegetables out there. We suggest roasting them, as this gives them an intense flavor without the need for unhealthy fats. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and phytochemicals, all of which help to keep aging, arthritis and cancer at bay. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, so be sure to have a sweet potato dish on your table this year!

Cranberry sauce and chicken breast.

Cranberries
In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber and potassium, cranberries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. They also contain unique compounds that have antibacterial properties, enabling them to prevent urinary tract infections. However, since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and have quite a tart taste, most recipes that utilize them require quite a large quantity of sugar to be included. We suggest replacing the sugar with a healthier alternative, such as honey or even other fruits.

Woman drinking hot cocoa

Cocoa
There is nothing quite like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter night, and this experience is now going to be even more enjoyable with the knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you. Experts advise that a small piece of chocolate each day, usually about 30 calories worth, significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We recommend using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, as these contain much higher levels of the antioxidants that bring about these brilliant health benefits.

Now that you are aware of the holiday foods that are actually good for you, you won’t need to feel bad about that extra slice of turkey or that extra helping of sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that there are many other popular holiday foods that also have some great health benefits, from cinnamon to pecans to green beans, and with a little bit of planning, it won’t be too difficult to make your holiday feast the healthiest, but tastiest, one you’ve had yet!

Top Night Care Tricks to Wake Up Gorgeous – OROGOLD Reviews

Everyone has their own morning beauty regime, but there are always those mornings when you’re strapped for time and can’t spare the 20 minutes it takes to get your face ready. OROGOLD brings you some of our top night care tricks to help you wake up looking radiant and gorgeous, saving you precious time in the mornings.

Woman removing her makeup.

All-in-One Makeup Remover
After a long day, it is all to easy to crawl into bed and forget about taking off your makeup, as well as cleansing your face. However, this can have consequences, as any makeup and dirt that is on your face will sink into your pores, stretching them out and making them much more visible. To make things simpler at nights, look for an all-in-one makeup remover, that not only removes makeup but also cleanses your face at the same time. Not only will you wake up with fresh, glowing skin, but your skin will also be much more receptive to any products that you use the next morning.

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Retinol-Infused Facial Oil
Oils are able to penetrate the skin much better than other products, meaning that their active ingredients are much more potent. For a boost of overnight radiance, try applying a drop of a retinol-infused facial oil to your face before sleeping. Retinol, which comes from vitamin A, increases cell turnover, meaning that dry, dead skin is shed faster, leaving you with glowing skin beneath. OROGOLD recommends only using an intensive retinol product at night, as retinol can often make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

Woman applying eye gel on her under-eye area.

Eye Gel With Green Tea Extracts
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, green tea also boosts the circulation and blood flow, making it the ideal extract to use around the eyes. In addition to this, green tea also reduces inflammation, meaning that you wake up with bright eyes, feeling more refreshed than ever.

Woman removing a face mask.

Sleep Mask
An overnight sleep mask is a great way to give your skin the attention that it deserves, and most likely needs. While you sleep, the skin repairs more cells than while you are awake, meaning that any products that you use at night are likely to be more effective than if you were to use them during the day. Rather than going through your night time beauty routine every night, choose a few nights a week where you simply apply an overnight face mask after cleansing your face. OROGOLD suggests looking for a mask that contains avocado oil, as this will not only thoroughly hydrate your skin, but will also give your body a boost of powerful antioxidants.

Your skin is something that you should always be taking the best possible care of. However, here at OROGOLD, we completely understand that all too often, people end up too busy and too tired to give their skin the attention that it requires. Our night care tricks will not only have you looking absolutely gorgeous in the mornings, but will make sure that your skin gets all of the nourishment and hydration that it needs.

Healthy Alternatives to Everyday Snacks – OROGOLD Reviews

No matter how strict you are with your diet, it is almost impossible to avoid unhealthy foods, and many of us end up giving in to temptation when hit with a particular snack-food craving. Many popular snacks are high in sugar and fat, and although they may temporarily satisfy you, they also aren’t doing you any good. Although making healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks may be slightly more time consuming, not only will you feel better about eating them, but they are also likely to be beneficial to your body in a way that packaged snacks are not. OROGOLD helps you choose from the best healthy alternatives to everyday snacks.

Woman having a dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate
Chocolate is one of those treats that many find extremely difficult to give up, but with popular chocolate bars containing so much sugar and saturated fats, many people still give it their best shot. Rather than trying to completely cut chocolate out of your diet, opt for an organic dark chocolate instead. These are naturally dairy-free, contain no additives, and have a high cocoa content, meaning that you won’t need to eat as much to satisfy your chocolate craving.

Bowl of homemade baked fries.

Baked Fries
Rather than snacking on deep-fried french fries, try baking your own fries at home. Sweet potatoes make excellent fries, giving you a boost of vitamin A at the same time. For something even quicker, cut potatoes into thick wedges and go heavy on the seasoning, adding some paprika or cayenne pepper as well. After baking them in the oven, you will have a tray of delicious yet healthy spiced potato wedges to eat.

Bowl of baked kale chips.

Baked Kale Chips
These are extremely quick to make, and a whole tray can be baked in just five minutes. One of the best things about kale chips are that they take on other flavors extremely well, whether it be lemon-basil, spicy miso, or just a generous sprinkle of sea salt. Their delicious crunchiness is definitely addictive, but it does not matter how many you eat, as kale is a healthy super-food that will give your body high doses of vitamin K.

Bowl of Japansese Miso Soup .

Miso Soup with Buckwheat Noodles
Just one package of ramen can contain up to 400 calories, and are usually full of MSG, an additive that is known to cause nerve damage. By keeping your cupboards stocked with a few simple ingredients that you can buy at most stores, you will be able to make a quick noodle dish that will satisfy you much more than a bowl of instant ramen. All you need to do is mix some miso paste with some cooked buckwheat noodles, a dash of soy sauce, and any other vegetables, meats or herbs you happen to have in your kitchen. Simmer the soup until the paste has dissolved, and you will be enjoying a tasty meal in no time at all.

If you have other favorite snacks that you are trying to give up, the internet is a great resource to find a whole variety of healthy alternatives. Not only will you feel the difference in your body after opting for healthier snacks, but you can also make many of them in bulk, giving yourself leftovers that you can snack on for the next few days.