My grandfather likes to play cards and see the sights. That is what he always tells me when he and grandma come to visit. They do not get to Canada very often and we enjoy it when they fly in for a stay. This time was planned to be special. My wife and I were looking at getting a party bus from the Platinum Party Bus rental service. We looked online and saw that they had one with a booth and a table. Our plan was to get my grandparents out to some of the favorite tourist spots in the Toronto area and have card games in between the stops. This way my grandfather could do his two favorite things, other than seeing us and the grandchildren. Continue reading
Do you have issues regarding your skin? And, do you feel like that you have tried almost everything for your skin improvement? Don’t worry!You are not the only one facing this problem. Many people are in the same position. The main purpose of this article is to give people the most effective tips and ideas to protect against skin care problems.
Find the perfect toner
After ending your skin care routine, get the most appropriate toner for your skin. It will assist tighten your skin and protect you against any dirt or remained makeup particles.Tea tree oil with some water can work as a great natural toner for your skin.In addition to this, you can also use a high quality branded mask which will remove the skin pores. These products may seem expensive but you can get them at the best prices from any popular and reputed online cosmetics or pharmacy shops. On the other hand, you can compare prices and various other characteristics of these skin care toners or face masks from a range of retailers by using a price finder website.
Use skin care products on consistent basis
If you are using or going to use skin care products, try to use them on a regular basis. It is a great tip because consistent use will give your selected skin care treatments enough time to get the desired results. If you require a reminder, try to keep your medications in a place where you can see them every day.
Moisturize every day in winter
Moisturize on the daily basis in winter after your bath or shower to keep your skin from becoming dry. This is the ideal time for skin care treatment because it takes maximum benefit of the moisture that has been absorbed by the body skin after bathing. Also ensure that your moisturize routine includes the process of a foot lotion. In the fall or winters, your feet demand a good glycerine lotion that can provide a great protection against dryness.
Stay away from stress and anxiety
Another great tip to get perfect skin is that you stay away from stress and anxiety. Stress and depression can put a negative effect and can damage your skin cells. So try to be happy and take good steps to minimize stress in your daily life.
Get a good enough night sleep
Any skin care process can’t be successful with out the addition of enough and peaceful sleep every night. This way, you can also decrease the stress and anxiety level in a great deal. Getting a good 7 to 8 hours night sleep isone of the easiest and highly effective beauty treatments for your skin.
While having the above basic skin care tips in mind, you can really enhance your skin in an effective and efficient way. Always try to be happy and take good sleep every night. These basic things will cost you nothing but you will see great results in minimum time. You can also use some best but tested skin care treatments like toners and masks. And if you are curious about quality and price, try to read reviews online and make use of a good price finder or comparison tool. From these sources, you will get any type of skin care product and solutions at the best possible prices.
Let’s face it.
Gone are the days when you could simply wash your face with water and soap. And if you are 30-something but retinol and hyaluronic acid haven’t yet earned a spot in your busy schedule, the time has come, baby. I promise not to bother you with healthy diet, 8 cups of water per day, and exercising. (By the time you are reading it, it should have been drilled in your head).
Instead, pour yourself some wine, make yourself comfortable, and let’s talk about how to catch looks in 20 years from now. (The great part is that you don’t have to be blond to do that!)
1. SUNGLASSES FIRST
Quite simple, right? But easier said than done because who cares about sunglasses while running late for work every morning. In a best-case scenario, they earn our attention on sunny weekends and beach vacations. However, if you wish to postpone the crow’s feet and avoid dark circles under your eyes, don’t even dare leaving your house without the sunglasses. Otherwise, in a few years from now you’ll hate yourself for it.
Pick a pair with 100% UVA and UVB protection and wrap-around lenses to leave the sun no chance.
2. SPF AND MORE SPF
If you could take only one care product for your Mars mission, it should have been a sunscreen. Why? UVA and UVB rays cause irreversible damage to your once glowing skin. These slow but remorseless guys show up as age spots, wrinkles, and blotchiness and are traditional age tellers. On top of that, UVB discretely acts at the molecular level causing long-term destruction.
So whether you are a 9am-6pm office inhabitant or a mountain guide, pick a broad spectrum sunblock with UVA/UVB protection and SPF 30 or higher. Make sure it contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (otherwise don’t even bother buying). Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before you step outside and remember to reapply every 2-3 hrs.
On sunny, cloudy, and even snowy days your answer is SPF.
Wait, did I mention SPF?
3. RETINOL RULES THE WORLD
No matter how much this pretty pink bottle or the sperm of a Fiji squirrel hypnotizes you, ingredients is what you should eyeball in the first place. And that’s when retinol comes into play. Being the only anti-ageing product that fights deep wrinkles and dry skin with visible results, retinol is an easy-on-the-pocket alternative to lasers, fillers, and mesotherapy.
But how does it work? Simply put, retinol makes your skin produce more collagen pushing new cells to its surface. In 2-3 weeks your mirror will please your eye with tighter skin and noticeably fewer wrinkles. Sure thing, retinol can’t offer you a wow-effect as if you just came back from your facelift in Thailand or Bali. But it is as close to being an elixir of beauty as possible.
One final word before we jump to point 3. Retinol is highly sun-sensitive so make sure the bottle isn’t clear. And of course, pick one with SPF 30 or greater.
4. ANTIOXIDANTS AND HYALURONIC ACID AREN’T JUST BUZZWORDS
Let’s start with the antioxidants.
Exposure to sunlight, smoking, and stresses makes our bodies produce free radicals. These traveling atoms affect collagen as a sharp knife causing cell damage. Because antioxidants interact with free radicals eliminating their harmful effect, make sure you spot them among other ingredients of your facial cream. Vitamin C and E, green tea, blueberries, pomegranate, and soy are workhorses when it comes to fighting free radicals and having healthy look.
Too boost the effect of your skincare products from the inside, set two reminders – in February and October – to take the course of vitamin C and E.
Now hyaluronic acid.
Leaving aside the fuss about this anti-ageing superstar, what you need to know about hyaluronic acid is its ability to keep moisture inside your skin and delegate it further to your dermis. As easy as that, no magic. Oh, and not to forget its antioxidant effect.
5. MAKE FRIENDS WITH NECK AND HANDS
Now that you know that your facial skincare should contain SPF, retinol, and antioxidants, let’s see how to take care of the most cutthroat age-tellers – your neck, your décolletage area, and your hands. The good news is that doing so is ridiculously simple.
Apply your facial cream on your neck and décolletage as often as you take care of your face and make sure your hand cream contains hyaluronic acid or niacinamide to retain moisture and avoid greasiness. Your hand cream should also contain SPF, remember?
6. A FEW CREAMY TIPS
It’s tempting to jump right into the skincare secrets but let’s quickly cover some must-know essentials first. Three things to remember:
– Don’t: choose a facial cream in a bottle to avoid numerous bacteria on your fingers penetrating into the bottle chemistry. Instead, go for a dispenser.
– Don’t: choose a facial cream with alcohol and that mouth-watering strawberry-and-cream fragrance as both of them may dry your skin and cause allergy.
– Don’t: choose a facial cream with lanolin which may block your pores.
– Don’t: exfoliate in the morning as it makes your skin highly-sensitive to sunlight and bacteria outdoors. Better do it before bedtime.
7. HAIR: LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Whether you are a hair care junkie or wash your bush once a week, I bet you wouldn’t mind enjoying strong shiny locks when you are 50+. So let’s turbocharge your daily hair routine with these easy to follow tips.
– Lukewarm water is best for your hair as it keeps water-lipid balance normal and helps useful ingredients of your conditioner nourish your hair even after you wash it off.
– Shampoos are meant to clean dirt, sweat, and excess fat from your hair. Period. That’s why steer clear from expensive shampoos because they stay on your hair too short to perform functions other than cleansing. Focus on your conditioner instead.
– Use towel to get excess water out of your hair to get most out of your conditioner or mask
– If you don’t feel like shampooing your hair on daily basis or are afraid to wash out the color, simply rinse your hair and apply conditioner.
– To prevent frizz, blow dry your hair pointing the device downwards.
Now that the winter season is upon the days, and we are much colder, it is time to start considering about ways to save our hair from the damage that the winter components can cause. Here are five tips that will help you sustain healthy, amazing hair this season.
One very easy tip is to wear a hat when out as it keeps the hair protected from the snow, rain and wind. However, as we all know, no woman wants the feared hat locks. An enormous way to avoid this is to wrap the hair in a soft silk scarf before wearing you are comfortable, made of the wool hat. This helps to save the hair from damage due to the heat rubbing against the hair, and it reduces on the fixed.
Another fantastic way to fight fixed is to use a real heat styling product for blow-drying such as the Vidal Sassoon Pro Sequence Heat Secure and Glow Apply. This can also be used on dry hair before using a flat iron or curling iron.
During the winter season, it is a smart idea to address the hair once a week to a complete conditioning cure. This will help to renew the wetness, which tends to get exhausted from things such as the dry heat in your residence and the cold winter air. I suggest something like the Vidal Sassoon Pro Sequence Moisture Secure One Minute Bumble or Cover up and Bumble Quenching Masque. These products are fast and easy ways to lock wetness back into the hair.
Another option is to use hair oil like Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil after you have shampooed the hair. It is like molten gold for dried or color-treated hair! This can be used on wet hair to blow-dry in or as an easier and shine oil on dry hair.
I also find if you can keep cleansing the hair to a lowest, say two to three times a week, this will avoid the hair from dehydrating out too much. Also, always make sure you dry the hair before making the house. Because you will get a cool, but the wetness in the hair assorted with the cold air, will not only add further damage to the locks by making it weaker and dry.
Regular trims are an enormous way to keep the hair in great health during the winter season as well — every 6-8 weeks, just get a light cleaning of the finishes reducing the chance of dry, splitting ends.
One surprising key to keeping your hair looking excellent during the winter season is to spend in a warm air humidifier. I know you think that moisture is equal to hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your residence becomes scorched, and I find the warm air humidifier helps stop your skin and hair from feeling dry. The issue with the hot air humidifier is that they are not very nice-looking. I lately found an excellent one by Center that looks elegant and works well.
Store your hair weave
If you have a small amount of human hair weave, you can store it in its original packaging. If you want to store a large amount of human hair weave then I suggest you store it the same way as the human wig. In the original packaging with air holes, in a cloth bag or on hooks. Synthetic hair weave can be stored in it’s original packaging, in a cloth bag or on a hook.
Tips of shampoo hair weave
If the hair is weaved onto your scalp then you can shampoo the hair as you would your own. Try not to shampoo too hard. This will cause the hair weave to loosen. Pay close attention to not only cleaning the hair weave but also cleaning your scalp. If you want to wash and reuse hair weave, simply wash and condition it in a sink. Use a large comb or weave brush to remove any tangles before the hair dries. You can lay it on a large towel to air dry. I do not recommend reusing hair weave if you have excessive dandruff. If you do make sure you are using dandruff shampoo.
Tips of Style Your Hair Weave
You can style your human hair weave the same way you would your real hair. You can use hair sprays that are not too harsh or drying. You can hot curl your human hair weave just as long as you do not curl it too much too often. This will vary from person to person depending upon how long a person wants to keep the hair weave looking healthy and natural.
Unlike human hair weave, synthetic hair weave can not be hot curled because the synthetic fibers will melt. You can use styling sprays as long as the sprays are not used too often, you can also use sprays on synthetic hair a little bit more and often than you would on human hair.
Combing and Brushing
You can comb and brush your synthetic hair weave in the same manner you would your real hair. Try not to brush too much too often to prevent shedding. You should not brush too hard as this may cause your hair weave to loosen.
You can comb and brush synthetic hair pieces just as you would your real hair. Try not to brush too often to prevent shedding or stretching since synthetic hair has a plastic feel. If the hair you purchase is very curly do not comb or brush. To style use your fingers. If the hair is purchased with loose curls then comb the hair as you would your real hair.
How long should you wear a hair weave?
I feel the same way about hair weave as I do wearing wigs. Your real hair can stand a break. Wearing hair weave too long can cause breakage. When your hair weave gets loose you can take it out and wear your real hair for a little while or when it is time to get a retouch on a perm or hair color I can’t see anything wrong with allowing your hair a little time to rest.
Anti aging skin care products remind me of the song ’18 till I die’. Indeed, anti aging skin care products are very popular today; and why not, who doesn’t want to look young for ever?
Talking of anti aging skin care products, the first thing that comes to mind is vitamin C based anti aging skin care products. These products work by enabling the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin). This category of anti aging skin care products is related to anti-oxidants. Anti aging skin care products that are based on vitamin C are, however, posed with the danger of getting oxidised themselves (as they come into contact with air during their usage). So some anti aging skin care products are based on the derivatives of vitamin C, which are more stable and less expensive. However, the effectiveness of such anti aging skin care is not as much as it is for vitamin C based ant aging skin care products.
Besides vitamin C, vitamin E and lipoic acid are anti-oxidants too. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that is found in human blood and helps in building resistance against infection. Vitamin E is also known to inhibit cancer. Liponic acid is known to combat the signs of aging very effectively by reversing the skin damage caused by the aging process.
Phytochemicals form the other category of anti aging skin care products. Phytochemical are special chemicals that are extracted from plants. There are a variety of phytochemicals that are in use today. Phytochemicals prevent occurrence of cancer of certain types; these include prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. That is why they find their place in anti aging skin care products.
Some B-vitamins like B5, B6 and B12 are also in use for anti aging skin care products.
The field of anti aging skin care products is vast and needs a lot of research. Though the currently available products are effective, they still have challenges to combat. Hopefully, these challenges will get resolved in due course and help get better and cheaper anti aging skin care products.
However, anti aging skin care products should be used only as a supplement to the natural ways of skin and body care. So, drinking a lot of water, getting a good night sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining healthy eating habits and keeping stress at bay are essential means of delaying the aging process. No anti aging skin care product can replace them really.
During pregnancy, women often get misled by the false notion of binging for two. Although, its true that you’ll need those extra calories during your pregnancy, you must aim at getting those extra calories with healthier food choices. The best thing about making wise choices of healthy food to eat while pregnant is that most of these foods are really tasty.
Apart from the usual fruit, vegetable, fiber and whole-grain bread recommendation, here’s a list of essential healthy food to eat while pregnant, that ought to make it to your grocery shopping cart.
Top 10 choices of healthy food to eat while pregnant:
1. Fresh or dried plums are filled with powerful antioxidants. These are great for constipation relief, commonly experienced in pregnancy.
2. Beets are rich in folate. It has natural red pigments that possess potent antioxidants. This will help in strengthening your immune system.
3. Pumpkin seeds make a healthy snack since they are rich in magnesium. Taking a high level of magnesium will reduce the risk of fatal death in the early months of pregnancy.
4. Cabbage is loaded with cancer-fighting enzymes. Eat it chopped and raw as a crunchy sandwich or burger topping. You could also add it to your salad.
5. For a quick, handy snack, grab a few natural almonds sprinkled with cinnamon. Almonds are filled with minerals and vitamins that will ensure that your baby receives all of the essential nutrients it requires the most. Just don’t eat too many because they contain a lot of fat.
6. Frozen and fresh blueberries will support a healthier immune system and improved memory.
7. Cinnamon will control your cholesterol levels and blood sugar. Controlling your blood sugar during pregnancy is particularly important. Add it in some hot chocolate or your oatmeal to derive its health benefits.
8. Fresh pumpkin, when cooked into a soup, will offer increased immunity. It is also a rich source of fiber and helps relieve constipation.
9. Sardines are rich sources of omega 3, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium and vitamin B complex.
10. Turmeric is a great spice as it carries anti inflammatory and anti cancer properties.
Your appetite is the best indicator of the quantity of foods you must eat during pregnancy. However, you must choose healthy food to eat while pregnant. The above selection offers you several tasty treats and also provide nutrient rich benefits for you and your baby’s overall health.
Vegetarian diet must also be filled with protein rich healthy food during pregnancy. Foods that contain protein are essential for your baby’s cellular development and growth. Rice and beans when combined, offer incredibly rich sources of protein. Also, most people don’t know that spinach and broccoli have more protein than red meat.
For non-vegetarians, healthy food to eat while pregnant includes protein rich food items such as beef, turkey, tuna, eggs and chicken. These are especially rich in protein per ounce. Just be aware that these foods also have an excessive amount of saturated fat.
Peppermint tea is great especially during the first trimester of your pregnancy, since it calms down the digestive tract and relieves morning sickness as well as heartburn.
It is a good idea to choose healthy food to eat while pregnant not only to help in your baby’s growth but also to ensure that those excess pounds don’t creep in and increase an uncomfortable feeling towards the end of your pregnancy.
Unlike what most people that suffer from inflammatory ailments believe, taking medication is not always the best way to eliminate these concerns. As some often have grim side effects, which can leave you in a worse situation than before. In fact one of the most effective ways of alleviating or even altogether eliminating inflammation is incorporating natural anti inflammatory foods in your diet.
Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs
One of best and safest way to combat these concerns is eating lots of fruits and vegetables. It has been established that these foods contain a high quantity of fiber and other natural anti inflammatory elements that can significant assist in fighting inflammation and the pains it brings. These can include natural anti inflammatory foods such turmeric, ginger, garlic, green tea, or even oregano, to mention but a few. These possess bioflavonoids and polyphenols, which are excellent agents for limiting free radical production and accumulation in the body.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)
Integrating natural anti inflammatory foods like EFAs, such as omega 3 fatty acids that can be found in supplements, into your diet happens to be one of the easiest, effective and more to the point safest way of putting a stop to chronic inflammation. Fish oil supplements are most especially excellent; however, if you might be a vegetarian, some forms of algal foods and supplements can still bring about the desired effects.
On the other hand these essential fatty acids can also be found in certain types of nuts and seeds. Walnuts or even freshly ground flax seed can be particularly rich in omega 3. If you might be suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, eating gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which happens to be an excellent omega 6 supplement, can go a long way in quelling your problems.
Types of Foods to Avoid
It is imperative to steer clear from certain inflammatory causing foods and additives, which can include hydrogenated oils, sugars, foods rich in gluten, or even refined carbohydrates. All of these can be found in most processed foods, thus, it would be prudent to cut off their intake altogether. You should also avoid allergen-causing foods, and some of the most common ones include soy, and many dairy products.
Natural Anti Inflammatory Food Supplements
Regular consumption of natural anti inflammatory foods and supplements rich in vitamins like folic acid, vitamins A, B, C, and D can be extremely vital. These are renowned for their antioxidant attributes and combating the effects of free radical damages in the body.
Thus, taking an excellent multivitamin and other natural anti inflammatory foods mineral supplements can be an effective way of boosting your body against inflammation.
Alternative Methods of Combating Inflammation
Apart from eating natural anti inflammation foods there are other methods of fighting inflammation, and these include taking plenty of exercises and lots of rest, which rejuvenates your system. On the other hand, if you happen to use stimulants like cigarettes, you should consider stopping, as these chemicals happen to be great inducers of inflammation.
You can also try out alternative therapies such as mind-body treatment plans like massages, acupuncture, or even water therapy that can alleviate your pain and significantly reduce inflammation.
Are You Taking Vitamins and Supplements? Here’s How to take them safely.
Vitamins and Supplements have been taken out of the doctor’s Hands. Now they are marketed directly to consumers. They are blitzed with print, digital and television ads. People don’t realize that they are not candy. While classified differently than pharmaceutical drugs – these are not without risk from overdosing. Health care professionals are calling for FDA more regulation of Vitamins and supplements.
Vitamins and Supplements are everywhere. The industry generates over $35 billion each year in sales. Their sales will reach $60 billion by the year 2021. With the 100’s of millions of people using them they need to take some precautions. Supplements have the potential to cause harm. Herbal remedies have cause many bad reactions. Some have been known to cause Kidney failure.
According to the FDA’s classification, supplements have naturally occurring, biologically active compounds with possible medicinal properties. They will contain vitamins, minerals and other herbal ingredients. Supplements are not designed to prevent any particular disease. The other side of the coin,the Food and Drug Administration considers a compound to be a drug or pharmaceutical if it’s intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease. The goal is an internal affect the structure or any function of the body. These are tightly regulated and require a prescription
The FDA does not require supplements to have to actually work. The are no safety standards.
Supplements must be labeled as either a dietary supplement, herbal supplement or another naturally occurring, biologically active compound. The supplement container will also show on the label the compounds purity levels.
People treat Vitamins and Supplements very differently than their prescription drugs. Drugs are put into a smart pill box to remind you to take them in the right amount at the right timer. Vitamins and supplements are taken by the handful in an unorganized, untimely manner. This begs the question: Should the FDA regulate supplements?
Most diseases emanate from the stomach. Certain foods cause joint pain. Therefore it is important to avoid such foods to reduce the risk of experiencing joint pain. Below are 7 foods that cause joint pain:
1. Processed and Fried Foods
Processed and fried foods like fried meat and ready frozen meals may cause joint pain. Therefore you should reduce the quantity of processed and fried foods that you eat so as to reduce inflammation as well as help restore the natural defenses of the body. Substitute such foods with a lot of fruits and vegetables.
2. Foods Cooked At High Temperatures
Foods cooked at high temperatures produce advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which is toxic. AGEs destroy specific proteins inside the body while the body struggles to break down these AGEs with cytokines that are inflammatory messengers. Therefore you should avoid foods that are fried, heated, grilled or pasteurized at high temperatures.
3. Refined Carbs and Sugar
Excess sugars in the body lead to production of AGEs causing massive irritation, depress your immune system as well as nourish cancer cells. You should thus cut out white flour baked products, candies, sodas and processed foods in order to prevent joint pain.
4. Dairy Products
Dairy products contain a certain protein that may lead to joint pain. Hence, avoid getting your protein from dairy and meat products and focus on getting most of your protein from vegetables, such as spinach, tofu, quinoa, nut butters and lentils. If you must have dairy, the better choices are butter and fermented dairy like yogurt.
5. Tobacco and Alcohol
Alcohol and tobacco use may cause several health problems, including a number that can cause joint pain. Smokers have more risk of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis whereas drunkards have more risk of suffering from gout. Moreover, use of tobacco and alcohol may lead to unhealthy habits, such as lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet and inadequate sleep. For that reason, you should reduce your alcohol and tobacco consumption and replace your unhealthy habits with a balanced diet, regular exercises and adequate sleep.
6. Preservatives and Salt
Most foods contain excess salt and preservatives, such as nitrites and nitrates, meant to extend the shelf live of treated meat. Excessive consumption of salt can lead to joint pain and hence, it’s important to reduce the amount of salt you eat in foods. You should also read food labels very careful so as to avoid foods that contain preservatives and additives that may cause joint pain. You should make it your point to prepare your own food so as to put less salt. Try as much as possible to avoid prepared meals as they contain excess salt. Moreover, avoid microwavable meals as they’re frequently high in sodium.
7. Corn Oil
Corn oil contains high amount of omega 6 fatty acids that may cause lead to inflammation. Avoid baked foods and snacks as they have corn oil or other oils that have high amount of omega 6 fatty acids. You must therefore replace foods that have omega 6 fatty acids with anti inflammatory omega 3 substitutes like fish oil, nuts, olive oil, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds.