Early Signs of Aging and How to Tackle It

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Aging, this is one of the things many people secretly dread. For some people, it’s worse than a nightmare. We want to live forever young with all our features not changing in ways that only aging can. Well, unfortunately, we can’t stay forever young and can only last as long as our life span can carry. We enjoy those youthful years of our teens into the 20s and some parts of 30s, but then when we clock 40, the realities of life come knocking. Aging is a way your body tells you that it’s been overworking itself and just like a car engine, there is always a diminishing return. Aging may not be desired by so many; it is, however, a necessary evil. This is why we should strive to age gracefully and more importantly, avoid premature aging.

You don’t have to dread aging for any reason. Read through the following part of this article to get help on how to tackle those problem areas in your body that are affected by aging.

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One of the first places to notice the signs of aging is around the eyes in the form of dark circles. Some people have a natural dark circle that is evident even at a young age of 13. Others get theirs as they begin to advance into their late 20s and beyond. The reason for this is because the skin around the eyes gets thinner as we age and makes the appearance of dark circles very obvious. To help solve this problem, you will need the help of Vitamin A that can be found in hydrating facial creams that contain retinoid acid or retinol. Another help is from concealers. Use a color that is two shades lighter than your color and applies on your dark circles to make it less obvious.

Eyebrows

Another place you will notice aging quick is on the eyebrows. They also thin as you age. Things like hormonal imbalances, plucking of the eyebrow over time, genetic inheritance also contribute to the thinning of the eyebrow. If you are suffering from this have no worries. There are prescription drugs you can take for it. Your doctor can prescribe drugs accordingly. You can also make use of eye pencils to help make the eyebrows appear fuller or longer.

Loose skin

This is one major sign of aging. Your skin starts losing its firmness as you age and no matter how skinny you may be, you will still notice it. It’s more prominent in people that are on the big side. Issues like weight increase, undue exposure to the sun, smoking or genetics are the primary causes of loose skins. These things cause the collagen and the elastin in the skin to break down and loosen up. If you are yet to have a loose skin, we suggest you start applying firming creams that work with continuous use. Some extreme procedures can come from cosmetics in the form of fillers and Botox. Their result, however, is only temporary. Although there is no way to completely avoid having loose skin, lifting of light weights and exercise can help to firm up the loose skin to an extent.

Forehead

This is another area that aging can be noticed because wrinkles easily settle there. You may notice the appearance of fine lines on your forehead as you advance in life. Aging is the major cause of wrinkles on the forehead, but some habits like squeezing of the face unnecessarily and carrying heavy things on the head are some of the things that also contribute to the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead. To help this, you can resort to massaging the face in an upward manner for 2-3 minutes daily. You can also decide to use makeup to hide it. Choose liquid-based foundation against dry foundations. Make sure you do not apply excess or it will comfortably settle in between the lines you were trying to conceal.

Lips

The lips start losing its fullness and smoothness as the signs of aging sets in. The chopping and the fine lines become more obvious when you apply lipsticks. To help resolve this, you will need to exfoliate and moisturize the lips. For the exfoliation use sugar and cotton material dabbed in water and scrub gently for a minute. After that, you can apply a lip balm or olive oil to protect the skin. Using lip products rich in SPF that protects the lips from the sun also helps.

Now you know where the signs of aging appear first and how to prevent or tackle it. Following the things we mentioned above and more importantly, drinking a lot of water, exercising and choosing healthy meals to go a long way in reducing the signs of aging.

Natural Home Remedies for Some Hair and Skin Problems

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Oftentimes we are faced with some problems arising from our skins and our hair and these are the two things that say a lot about who we are. We spend a lot of money in making sure that our skin and hairs are in their best condition. It, therefore, has become normal to head out to the drugstore to get products that can offer us complete or some sort of relief. The good news is that you may not need to do that again as some of the things you already have in your home may be all you need to fix that problem.

Chipping or peeling lips

This is a common condition we experience when faced with harsh weather conditions, poor nutrition or when crossing a phase in life. To restore that lustrous lip you used to have, wet a soft face towel or any other soft material you can lay your hands on and dip into a bottle of brown sugar. Gently rub it on your lips for about a minute and watch as the chapped dead skin gives way for new layers of skin on the lip. After that wash it off and apply coconut oil for deep moisturising. You can also decide to mix half teaspoon of honey with olive oil (1 teaspoon) and apply on the lips overnight. You will love the result in the morning.

Acne problems

Acne is not a new problem for many people. For a home treatment, you will require getting four drops of tree oil and three tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Mix the two together and rub on the problem areas. If you have time you can do it up to two times in a day. The polysaccharides and gibberellins that are present in aloe vera help in tackling the bacteria that causes acne. It also fights against inflammations, heal spots or scars and then encourage new skin growth. The tree oil also has its own antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that fight against chapping.

Stubborn or frizzy hair

An unkempt hair is in the least attractive. If your hair proves stubborn to manage, get half of an avocado pear and mix with two teaspoons of olive oil. Massage the two mixtures into your hair when it is a little damp. You can leave it on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off afterwards. Apply a conditioner to it and the result you will get when dried will amaze you.

Dry Skin

For dry skins, you will need to mix 5 tablespoons of white sugar, juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on the body with your palms or with your sponge if you prefer and leave it on for 3 minutes before washing off in the shower. The dead skins are tackled with the natural alpha-hydroxy that is found in lemons which loosen the “glue” that holds down the dead skin to the body. The sugar acts as an exfoliator to get rid of the dead skin and encourages production of news skin. The skin gets its nourishment and moisturising from the Vitamin E that comes with the olive oil.

Dry Cuticles

If you have the problem of dry cuticles especially if you want to apply nail polish or to fix false nails, you’ll need to get rid of the cuticle on your nail to achieve the best result. For this, you will only need coconut oil and your body cream. Take some drop of the coconut oil and a tiny portion of your cream and mix together. Rub it into each cuticle. You can also put on plastic gloves for about 10 minutes for better results.

Ingrown Hairs

This one might sound a little weird but to treat ingrown hairs you will need to dissolve four tablets of Aspirin in a half glass of warm water, stir until dissolved and then add 1 teaspoon honey to it. Rub in the mixture into the affected areas and wait for 10 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. The salicylic acid contained in Aspirin serves as a very effective exfoliator and also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the swelling that accompanies ingrown hairs. However, if you have sensitive skin, do well to steer clear of this treatment.

Bonus – (Brown or Stained teeth)

This one is a bonus. We know many people long for a white and sparkling teeth but get discouraged when they are told the huge amount of money they have to pay at the hospital to get the result. Not to worry, you can achieve that at the comfort of your home for few pennies. For this, you will need 1 teaspoon of water and 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Mix it together to form a paste. Then with your toothbrush, dab it into the paste and rub against your teeth for not more than 2 minutes and rinse off with water. You will notice a difference in the colour of your teeth and a fading of the stains. You can do this once in a week or two times at most. It’s not to be done daily because of the acidity of the mixture which may affect your teeth negatively when used daily.

Article written by  chelahmilcah

Wrinkles on your face? Ditch the cream, say hello to face oils

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There comes this time in your life when that supply elastic young facial skin that you use to have in your teen years starts changing in appearance. You start noticing wrinkles and fine lines especially around your laugh lines, eyes and sometimes on the forehead. You feel frightened and wonder if you have started joining the senior people’s team when you are just a little above 30.  Don’t worry, you are still young and can still rejuvenate the suppleness of your facial skin.

Stars like Emma Stone and Gwyneth Paltrow have long depended on the powers of face oil to keep that young and radiant look. Face oils help to give you a younger-looking and healthier facial skin without the unnecessary harsh or toxic properties that come with many beauty products. There have been speculations surrounding the use of face oils and if it’s good for the skin. Face oils are to our skin what oils rich in fatty acids do to our bodies in keeping it healthy.

The wrinkles appear because as we age, we produce less oil and expose our skin to dryness and wrinkles. This is where face oil come in. Oils help act as a barrier to dehydration and to lock in as much moisture as possible. The upper layers of our skin absorb the oil directly into the top layers of the epidermis. In just as little as few weeks with an application, you will notice the difference that your friends will confirm.

Between face oil and creams, which should you choose?

Creams contain less oil and more of water and waxes. Wax builds up and may clog the pores and, therefore, may prevent the oils contained in the cream from reaching into the layers of the skin. Natural oils, on the other hand, give you all the goodness of oil without any barrier.

Face Oils for is good for mature skins by preventing oxidative and per-oxidative damage. This will result in skin that is more resilience with a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.

It is also good for blemish-prone skins otherwise known as oily skin. Harsh soaps and scrubs can strip your skin of the natural protection. Lipids from oils dissolve lipids and, therefore, break up the congestion on the skin.

You, however, need to be careful when choosing face oils. The first thing is to look at the ingredient contained in the face oil product. Oils from citrus photosensitize the skin and can be detrimental instead of helpful to the facial skin.

What to look out for searching for good face oil is the extraction method. Go for the face oil that is expeller pressed, steam CO2-extracted or steam distilled than solvent extracted oils.

Helichrysum, Carrot Seed and krill have the best anti-aging properties. They rejuvenate the skin. Tree oils are also good but mainly provide antiseptic benefits that lift the spirit.

So in conclusion, we can say that it’s safer to go with face oils than creams if your aim is to ward off untimely wrinkles and attain a healthy, supple-looking skin.

Acne breaks out a day to that party? Use these makeup tips to tackle it

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So you are all excited about Saturday night’s alumni party cos all your friends, school mates, lecturers especially that particular one that used to give you a hell of a time (and now you are going to show him you actually turned out just fine), are going to be there. And then on Saturday morning, you wake up with an outbreak of acne. What? You were not expecting that and you are all sad about it. Not to worry sweetheart, that acne won’t take your shine. You may not be able to wipe off that acne by the wave of a magic wand, but you certainly can do a very good job at concealing it. That’s right, you heard it. The magic is to cover it with makeup and make sure you catch all the fun that’s going down Saturday night.

Excited to know how you can do that? We’ll get to it in a minute. But first, let it be clear that acne and makeup are two things that do not always agree. You may want to use makeup and cover up all that reddish or brownish pop out on your face but instead, you end up making it worse. It’s very pertinent to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to makeup and concealing breakouts. Knowing what to do can make a world of difference and can help you avoid getting the exact opposite of what you do not want to have; obvious acne covered face.

Now let’s get down to what you need to do before you lose all patience with reading this.

The first thing you need to do is get your skin ready for the procedure. You do not want to pile up makeup on an already acne infested face. You must make sure that your face is washed thoroughly and free of any oil or dirt.

The next thing is to apply a non-greasy moisturiser. Most of the time, acne is as a result of too much oil on the skin that could block the pores and cause a breakout. Switching to a non-greasy moisturiser not just for your face alone, but for your whole body is highly recommended.

And then we move on to the makeup proper. The next thing you will put on your face is a silicon based primer. That’s what will make sure your makeup stays put no matter how hard the acne tries to break free and expose the work you did at concealing it.

The next step is to get a concealer that is a shade darker than your colour. With a clean hand, and using your ring finger, take a little portion of your concealer and apply them on the face and on the acne in soft strokes. Don’t go heavy on it; apply just enough to cover it. For this purpose we suggest getting a concealer with a mattifying effect.

Next is to get your favourite foundation that matches your skin colour especially the neck. You can apply it generously on the acne problem area, and after that, you also apply it to the non-problem areas but not heavily. The idea is to draw attention from your acne to the part of your face that is clear. You will then take your highlight to highlight not the acne part this time, but the clear part of your face. This is the absolute wonder that will make sure that everyone notices everything about you but your acne.

So there you have it, you can still rise above that acne and never ever let an acne breakout stop you from having the best time of your life.