3 Simple Cellulite Busting Tips

We all have to face facts that cellulite happens to the best of us. That doesn’t change the fact, however that most of us hate it and wish the darn stuff would magically disappear. We all know, however, that sadly it’s just not that easy.

We are inundated with fancy and expensive creams claiming that they can eradicate our orange peel skin within a few weeks. We’ve tried them and they just don’t work. So what next? Is the fight against dimply thighs and bottoms hopeless? Absolutely not. Where expensive creams fail, other more subtle methods prevail, so read on for our cellulite busting tips that actually work.

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Daily Massages & Exfoliation
Body brushing, exfoliation gloves and daily massage are the heart of any cellulite busting regime. Though it may seem like a chore to spend 5 minutes body brushing before a shower or spending 5 minutes in the shower exfoliating your body with an exfoliating mitten, let us assure you, it’s well worth the bother.

Exfoliating, massaging and brushing not only gets rid of dry skin and reveals more youthful, glowing skin, it also works to increase the blood circulation and lymphatic drainage in our bodies. Therefore, investing in a super cheap exfoliating body mitt, body brush or even treating yourself to a full on body massage folsom, is well worth the money. You can even make your own homemade exfoliating lotion with coconut oil and salt, so budget is not an issue. Making sure you are stimulating sufficient oxygen to your body and restoring flexibility to your skin is the best place to start in the struggle against cellulite.

When it comes to truly busting cellulite cardio is king. In a nutshell, the harder you work and the more you sweat, the more fat you’ll burn and the thinner the layer of dimply skin will be in all our typical ‘problem areas’.

Circuit training is one of the top cardio exercises for women looking to firm up those thighs, tums and bums as they offer short bursts of high intensity exercise, that prove to be much more effective when it comes to burning body fat. That is apparently due to the fact that your body burns carbs when it needs energy but it burns fat during recovery, in order to produce the energy it needs to help your body recover. Therefore shorter bouts of high intensity exercise prove to be more effective than more long-winded, more relaxed forms of exercise when it comes to smoothing out those ‘softer’ areas that we’d all like to see gone, once and for all.

Chugging those glasses of the good stuff is one of the easiest ways to bust cellulite. Drinking two litres of water a day will keep the skin hydrated and will flush out all the toxins that accumulate from an unhealthy lifestyle. Keeping skin youthful and and fresh all starts with what we put in our bodies and water is the pinnacle daily driving force in achieving the gorgeous skin we all desire.

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Blast Scars From Your Past

We all change throughout our lives, sometimes in extreme ways. In a world where nothing is stable, we are no different. Our experiences, the people we meet, and the places we go, all come together to make us who we are. But, through all that change, one thing stays pretty much the same; our scars.

These are constant reminders of our past and unwelcome additions to our appearance. They can become a huge source of anxiety. Plus, they make it impossible to move away from who we once were. The trouble is, our past becomes a source of shame for many of us. And, those scars ensure we never forget it. We’re going to look at a few of the biggest problem areas for scars, and the steps you can take to deal with them.

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Scars on your face are by far the worst. These are scars that everyone can see, and so cause the greatest deal of insecurity. If you’ve suffered an accident in the past, you may have a facial scar that forever reminds you of what happened. But, even if you haven’t, acne scars, or scars from previous skin conditions, may cause worry.

As facial scarring is an extreme issue, it often requires an extreme solution. Something like treatments from Cosmetic Laser Dermatology may be what you need to move forward. Many of their treatments will rejuvenate damaged skin. It may seem daunting, but it’s worth doing if you want to feel confident in your appearance again.

Our stomachs are another scar hotspot. These scars are often less to do with accidents, and more to do with sudden weight gain, pregnancy, or c-section. And, things don’t get much worse than stretch marks. These have an added layer of stigma to make you feel even worse, and you may feel more conscious about weight because of them.

The good news is, there are a few different options for reducing the appearance of such scars. If the scar is new, doctors often recommend wearing pressure garments to help stop scar formation. These stimulate the skin to aid a cleaner healing process. If your scar is older, consider collagen fillers which level the scar with your skin and leave it less visible.

You may also develop scars on your arms over time. As these are generally less visible, they should be easier to keep under control. Invest in high-street creams like Bio-oil. When applied, these encourage skin cell regeneration which lessens the appearance of scars. It might also be worth using antiseptic creams, which work in much the same way. If you feel really self-conscious, apply concealer to the affected areas. These won’t heal the issue, but they will reduce visibility.

Treating scars is often daunting because it means facing your past. But, it’s a step worth taking. It may be a difficult process, but once you’ve been through it, you can move properly into your future for the first time.

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So Metallic!

There’s something beautiful about accessories, isn’t there? It seems no matter what you wear – be it a scarf, a necklace or a headband – your accessories can tell people a lot about you. It can show them whether you care about how classy you look, whether you love to stand out from the crowd with a splash of colour or whether you simply love to dress up a plain outfit or not. One of the only things that separates us women from the animals is our ability to choose and wear gorgeous accessories, and we should be making the most of this.

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You can dress up even the most boring of outfits simply by adding accessories. Swapping your usual uniform black heels at work for another, brighter colour like red or blue can change your outfit and give you some sparkle. The thing about accessories is that they show off your personality. Many clothes that are made for the workplace are quite uniform – and for good reason. The workplace is a professional environment and oozing sophistication is important to give a good impression. We spend most of our lives in the workplace, which loosely translates that we spend a lot of time wearing boring clothes! Jazzing those work suits up by switching plain stud earrings for dangly ones with flowers on them and adding brooches to your jacket are just the start. Work wear needs to be professional, but professional doesn’t mean boring. Loop that Hermes scarf into your belt loops instead of tying it around your neck, or wrap it around your wrist as a bracelet substitute. There are so many ways you can turn a work outfit into one that is unique and beautiful.

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Many people look for workout wear as the new year draws in, and neon shoelaces on your gym shoes can make workout wear look almost fun. While you cannot wear jewelry that is heavy or too big when working out, you can still change out your FitBit wristband to look funky and give your outfit pizazz. It’s all about working with colours and styles that suit you. Checking out the current accessories trends will also do you some favours so that you can be on point with your style solutions for your outfits. We all know that adding heels to a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit can instantly change how it looks, but it’s the same when you add a choker. Some of the most popular accessories are metallic at the moment. Think shiny gold belts and bronze gladiator sandals like these ones. Think unique necklaces of rose gold, silver and yellow gold and tear drop earrings with birthstones on the end. These sorts of accessories can change a whole outfit with just one addition, so don’t write it off.

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When you look at the accessories you use, do you find you’re sticking to the same styles and colours? Perhaps a change would be in order if you are looking to jazz your style. In the same way that you would dye your hair when you get bored of the colour, the way you accessorize has to evolve, too. When you were a teenager, you might have chosen to stick with delicate costume jewelry or big, ornamental hair clips in the shape of lizards or butterflies. The teenage years is where we develop our individual style and for most, discover the delicate metals that make our accessories sparkle that bit more. Thankfully, when we grow out of those years, we develop a better sense of personal style. Accessories help to accentuate that style and make our outfits a lot more glamorous!

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The best thing? Accessories don’t have to be expensive! You can make your whole look shine on a budget if you don’t have the money to throw around on pretty additions. You could even attempt to make your own accessories and there are plenty of materials and guides like this online where you can follow the steps and beautify on a budget. Whether you go for metal additions like necklaces and bracelets or cloth scarves and fake jewels, you can make your outfit stand out from the crowd. Never be afraid to be a little unique with your choices, as there’s nothing wrong with showing off your style. Accessories can give you confidence and help you to exude sophistication, so jazz up that outfit with a rose gold locket or two and watch those heads turn!

Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home with These 4 Common Tips

Who isn’t frustrated when it comes to having that perfect white smile we could flaunt around?

Every single day, after looking in front of the mirror enjoying that “me” time to brush your teeth, you get to imagine how ads and commercials make celebrities’ teeth whiter without edits. Let’s face it, for a lot of us, pearly whites have become more of a pastel yellow. Diet, age, and bad eating habits may seem to take a toll on our mouths leading to tooth decay and tooth discoloration. Whatever edits we do, even those who take excellent care of their teeth could attest how it may sound impossible to retain tooth color back from when we were younger.

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The worst thing is even our teeth need a vacation from toothpaste and tooth whitening products because of its harmful side-effects. Why? Whitening toothpaste has some disadvantages because they don't primarily whiten your teeth. These products contain an abrasive that grinds away stains on the enamel, making our teeth shine brighter. Here’s a thing: regular harsh use could make your teeth an avenue to get stained more easily—leading to dulling of veneers and crowns.      

But there’s always something to remedy this problem. A little help from homemade materials in this teeth whitening kit could solve it.

1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil doesn’t sound like the most pleasant thing in the world, but it does make a difference in the color of your teeth. It is also supposed to promote gum health and help keep your breath fresh.

Coconut oil is considered to be one of the good agents in stain-decreasing products. In research released, coconut oil contains lauric acid; a means to break down bacteria. Like apple cider vinegar, it doesn’t guarantee the immediate solution, so a regular usage would give the best effect. One of the safest to use—unlike baking soda-based whiteners—daily at any amount of coconut oil can work.

But for regular use, coconut oil, mixed with a few crushed peppermint leaves could greatly help eliminate some surface bacteria that make teeth yellow with a minty finish.

2. Baking Soda paired with Hydrogen Peroxide or Lemon Juice
Baking Soda isn’t new here. It’s very alkaline and balances acidic mouth levels to a proper Ph and releases free radicals that break down stain-causing molecules on tooth enamel. As you should know, acidity deteriorates enamel when in high concentrations. Otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is mildly abrasive causing gentle grind son surface stains to return teeth to a whiter shade.

When paired with lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide, baking soda could reduce the acidity acting as a natural bleach of sorts.

You could make a concentrate to make a paste out of these two by combining about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda and apply like toothpaste during your brushing hours. To make sure the paste isn’t gritty, use less baking soda.

Wait for the paste to stand for about a minute and then rinse so no distaste from either of both components could be left over.
Make sure to limit the use of your paste to two or three times a week as it would cause sensitivity when abused—maintain a regular non-excessive oral care regimen.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Of course, Apple cider vinegar has always been helpful.

It is a multi-use household product, and Reader’s Digest recommends its usage for natural whitening. Using it in combination with baking soda helps erase stains and shines teeth. You can also gargle this solution regularly over time to answer other tooth discolorations. However, the results of using apple cider vinegar aren't instant, but it will be worth it over a period of weeks.

To make a compliment with baking soda for your teeth whitening paste, two parts apple cider vinegar is ideal. For the second time, less is more when it comes to sodium bicarbonate. You could use this solution a few times a week or solely use the apple cider vinegar as a mild mouth rinse along with your regular oral care.

4. Whitening Strips
Everybody wants that million-dollar smile, and with this new teeth whitening product debuting in the market, it’s one of the best options for everyone.
Whitening strips are over the counter which would contribute visible results as early as three days. On average, depending on teeth color, you can expect to see results in about seven days. After a full treatment, you can expect the results to last between six months and a year. You can also look at some before and after pictures of a customer, so you know what works best.

Toothpaste is a typical, everyday item, but have you ever tried read its labels and contents? Commercial dental pastes usually comprise one or more of these damaging ingredients unknown to you or your teeth. These ingredients are there often set up in known natural brands of toothpaste. It is for you, a wise choice, to read all labels very carefully.

An example component is a fluoride; fluoride is fast recognized as the potentially dangerous element being sold under the show of “good for teeth.” Slowly but surely, a fluoride-free publicity is being put into order to ensure there is no more exposure to it. 

One unfortunate truth about fluoride, as of now, is dementia in humans. Due to exposure to fluoride, is said to double in the next two decades and triple in three.
Creating your own teeth whitening paste is enjoyable. It increases the glare of your smile and rounds the foods and drinks that are the worst in staining your set of teeth in the first place.

Remember that using homemade tooth whitening paste as your only oral care tool isn’t optimal for good mouth health. Keeping up with your routine of proper flossing and dentist checkups are the best things to do in maintaining a healthy pearly smile.

If you haven’t had any routines at all, you can start using these tips as your whitening kit for your teeth as your daily, or if not, natural remedies. At all cost, stick to it, to have the glare that you wanted.

More so, it’s honestly common knowledge, and difficult to conquer in today’s world, but try to avoid dark drinks, such as coke and coffee that stain your teeth. Most of all, try to avoid using tobacco or cigarettes which induce tooth discoloration.

Just round about the corner and find your own homemade teeth whitening kit using these natural products.

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Where The H*** Has My Hair Gone?!

OK, so hair loss is a bit of a sensitive issue. It can be embarrassing and really affect our self-esteem. But I'm here to tell you that it's not the end of the world. There are things that can be done about it. So even if you do find yourself looking in the mirror and saying: “Where the h*** has my hair gone?!,” you don't have to accept the situation.

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Firstly, before getting into the treatment of hair loss, let’s look at what can be done in the interim period. You can style your hair to cover that part that is balding. Also this need to be done carefully, as it can look a little strange.

The other option you may want to consider is wigs. Wigs are a truly fantastic invention that has been around for ever! Even folks that don't have hair loss wear wigs!

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Wigs are easier to style than your own hair, as you can do it when they are not in your head. You also get loads of variety if you are a wig wearer. Meaning you get to sport more outlandish styles and colors that perhaps you would do with your own natural hair.

There are two main types of wigs, ones made from real hair and synthetic ones. If you are going for a natural look, then a real hair wig is best. Although you can get that shiny look out of a synthetic one by soaking it in a bowl of fabric softener overnight.

Hair transplants
While you may be happy to wear wigs, that doesn't mean that you don't still want you hair loss problem sorted out. One way that you can do this is to go for a hair transplant.

A hair transplant a is a surgery where they remove hair from your body and transplant it into your scalp.It’s also known as hair plugs, and it's quite popular with celebrities and actors, which you can read more about here.

However, the problem, with hair transplants is that they aren't cheap. That means they are out of reach for many people. So if you have a hair loss problem, but don't regularly walk the red carpet what you can do?

Well, try looking at other products that are on the market, designed for thinning hair. You can get shampoo for hair loss now. Something that is super easy to maintain because you just replace your normal shampoo with it when you wash your hair.

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There are also some hair growth serums on the market that can be useful in this situation.  This is because they are designed to stimulate the follicles. Something that can encourage faster regrowth.

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Natural remedies
Lastly, if you're not so keen to surgery or commercial products then why not have a go at making some of your own natural remedies at home for hair loss?

Olive oil massages are said to help stimulate the blood flow in the scalp area, to help regrowth. You can even include aloe vera to this mix, as this will help to strengthen hair and reduces any irritation on the scalp.

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DIY Beauty Products: Are They Worth The Hype?

With so much emphasis on choosing cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly beauty products, more and more of us are turning to DIY beauty products. The fact is that a lot of products that are of a high-quality and are also cruelty-free and sustainable tend to be expensive, which puts them out of reach for anyone on a small budget. Then there’s the fact that we’re told time and time again that natural products are better for us, which is another reason that so many beauty lovers are now turning to DIY beauty.
DIY beauty products might be popular, but does that mean they are worth the hype? From DIY lip scrubs to homemade moisturizer, there are plenty of recipes available should you choose to swap to homemade beauty products - you can even make your own makeup. Making your own beauty products might seem like a good alternative to opting for branded products, but are the they worth it?

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What are the pros of making your own beauty products?
Control over the ingredients: One of the major benefits of making your own beauty products is the fact that you have complete control over what goes into them. You can choose where your ingredients come from, how they are formulated, and whether they are natural or not. You don’t need to worry about products packed full of chemical nasty's and their impact on your skin - find more info at beautyproductwarnings.com - you have peace of mind that your products are free from chemicals.
Customized for you: When you make your beauty products yourself, you can customize them to suit your needs perfectly. Whether you’ve got dry, oily, or sensitive skin, you can customize your beauty products to be a perfect fit for your requirements. No more tingling from using products not made for sensitive skin. No more products that cause your skin to create excess oil. No more creams that claim to help dry skin but don’t. You can put whatever you like into your products.
Consistency: Never again will you need to worry about your favorite product being discontinued or reformulated. Whenever you are running low on a product, be it concealer or shampoo, you can whip up a new batch of it, ready to use when you need it.
Saves you money: In the long-run, making your own beauty products will save you a lot of money. Admittedly, at first you will need to be willing to invest in the ingredients, but once you’ve made that initial investment, making your own beauty products should save you a lot of money.
What are the cons of going DIY with your products?
It’s a case of trial and error: Unless you follow a recipe for a face cream to a T, it’s going to be a case of trial and error. This means that at first, your beauty products may not wow you and that it may take some time to get them right.
You will need plenty of storage: If you are going to stock up on all of the ingredients and equipment for making your own products, you will need plenty of storage space. So you will need to ensure that there’s somewhere in your home where you can store your supplies.
The pros of making your own beauty products definitely outweigh the cons. So the answer is yes, DIY beauty products are worth the hype.

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