As much of a disaster as winter generally is, we find it’s much easier to end up looking a mess in summer. That’s mostly thanks to a friend we’ve come to know oh so well: sweat. Not to mention our constant acquaintance, greasy sheen. Summer certainly puts the hot in hot mess, but in these scorching months it’s important to remember that we can cool down almost as quickly as we overheat. Here are some quick tips for getting your temperature, and your looks, back under control.
You may have read somewhere once upon a time that drinking warm liquids like coffee and tea will help you adjust to the warmer temps. Well, this is not the time for that. If you’re already hot, you want to be downing the crisp, cold water your body is craving. You can also rehydrate with cold milk and juice, including delicious lemonade. Be aware that as refreshing as iced tea feels, unless it’s caffeine-free it’s a natural diuretic and may strip your body of the hydration it needs.
When you need to chill out and you just don’t have time for a shower, focus cool water or ice on your body’s pulse points instead. Where you can feel your pulse on your neck and the insides of your wrists are the two most effective spots for cooling your body. You also have easily reachable pulse points on the inside of your elbows, between your temples and your ears, and near where your ankle bones stick out.
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We’re all familiar with what a golden, glowing tan and sun-lightened hair can do for our appearance. We’re also probably all familiar with what a sweet patchy sunburn and chlorine-fried hair can do as well, so summer tends to be a case of the good with the bad. Here’s a list of a few beauty benefits of summer that you may not be aware of. There’s still time to make the most of them.
Berry good for your teeth
You probably spend a good amount of time snacking on strawberries simply because they’re delicious and in-season. Good news! In addition to being healthy they’re also a natural teeth whitener. Amp up the effects of these wonder berries by investing in a bold red lipstick with blue undertones. This will help bring out the white of your teeth.
Give me an A
Juicy cantaloupe, which finds its way to many breakfast plates as well as fruit spreads in summer, is absolutely loaded with Vitamin A. Not only does Vitamin A provide your skin with anti-aging benefits, but it will also help provide your skin with a natural, healthy glow. If you can get your hands on enough quality cantaloupe from your local market, you may even be able to ditch your bronzer.
You’ve probably realized that you’ve got to guzzle more water in order to keep up with your body’s hydration needs in the hot months. However, you’re probably getting a great hydration boost from somewhere you never even considered: sweet, wonderful watermelon. This fruit is loaded with..
Facelift without Surgery?
For some people, the prospect of surgery can be more than a little disturbing. The idea of all those needles and knives is enough to turn some people off of the idea, while others may be repelled by stories of difficult recovery periods, or worse, botched procedures. Obviously, in some cases, some of which may be life-or-death, there’s really no choice but to hold on tight and just get on with it. When it comes to elective procedures such as facelifts, however, there are other options that many surgery-phobes find much more appealing.
The Phenomenon of Aging Skin
When you think about it, your face is almost constantly in motion - when you talk, smile, frown, cry, laugh, cough, sneeze, etc., your facial muscles contract, crinkle, and stretch, and your skin also has to contract, crinkle, and stretch in order to accommodate these movements. When you’re young, the collagen and elastin that support your skin cells are resilient so your skin and will snap back into its original state.
As you get older, the collagen layer tends to stiffen, and your skin has less elasticity. As the years continue to march on, you begin to see signs of aging: lines, creases, pouches, and sags.
Face Lift Creams
There are probably thousands of different skin care products on the market, but it takes a very specialized formula to create the lifting effect you need to fight the effects of aging, environment, and gravity. Rather than just smoothing and m..
Warming up to a Facial Mask
When you think about how you feel holding a cup of steaming tea, sitting in front of a crackling fire, or curled up in a fluffy blanket, you understand the comforting attributes associated with warmth. When you add warmth to the formula for a facial mask, you have the recipe for both comfort and beauty.
Facial Masks as Part of Your Beauty Routine
Facial masks are designed to give an extra level of cleanliness to the skin by removing dead skin cells and drawing out oil and impurities from deep within the skin. As a result, your skin is not just clean, it’s smoother, softer, and more vibrant.
Some facial masks are formulated to have a thermal reaction when they’re applied to the skin. When you add heat to the facial mask equation, you’re adding a whole new level of benefits. Aside from the fact that it just feels wonderful, it brings a new dimension to what a mask can do for your skin.
How Thermal Masks Improve Your Skin
When you apply heat to facial tissue, the cell temperature is immediately elevated, causing the blood vessels to dilate. This allows your blood to flow more freely, delivering healthy oxygen and nutrients to the cells while carrying away carbon dioxide and impurities. Your skin feels and looks invigorated.
Heat also opens up your pores, giving the absorbent qualities of the mask a better shot at reaching oil and dirt at the deepest levels. As these impurities are drawn out and rinsed away, yo..