Monday, August 18, 2014

Get rid of Dark Lips and say Hello to pinkie !

1. Sugar scrub

Take three tablespoons of sugar powder and add two tablespoons of butter to it. Blend or mix it to from a thick paste. Use it as a scrub over the lips, sugar works as exfoliate and removes the dead skin present on the lips where as butter helps to increase the color and moisture.

2. Lemon juice

The bleaching agents of lemon are the best workers to remove the layer from lips. It exfoliates the lip skin and brings new tone. Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice over the lips with finger tips. Do it in regular manner to get glossy and pink lips.

3. Beet root

One of the ideal way to get the pink lips in the home is by applying the beet root juice. Its natural red color mirrors the same on lips and cleanses the darkness simultaneously. The natural agents existing in the beetroot gradually reduces the darkness of lips.

4. Olive oil

Olive oil contains so many essential nutrients which helps to nurture your lips. Retain few drops of olive oil on the lips and scrub it, it brings you natural glowing and soft lips by giving its nutrients to lips.

5. Rose flower

Reach the rose flower to get rosy lips, prepare paste from rose petals and butter by blending them well. Apply the paste and scrub over, the pin stain existing in rose decreases the lips darkness and promotes pink and rosy lips. Try to make it for two times a week for the endeavoring results.

6. Berries

Take the help of berries to turn your lips in to rose petals. Berries like raspberries and strawberries can drill your problem of having dark lips. Prepare the paste from raspberries and mix it with aloe vera gel and honey. Apply and scrub it, rinse off after ten minutes and get a glossy pink lips.

7. Petroleum jelly

Take three table spoons of petroleum jelly and one and half table spoon of strawberry juice, mix it up and use it as a daily lip balm.

8. Smooth scrub

Rather than pouring money on lip care products, follow this simple tip to get natural pink lips. Before you are going to bed in the night time, scrub your lips with the help of soft tooth brush, it removes the flaky dead skin from lips and helps to achieve pinkness.

9. Pomegranate

Separate the pomegranate seeds and blend it with butter, apply this paste directly over the lips. Scrub it for few minutes and leave. It is one of the good and natural home based remedy to get clear pink lips.

Stop Bad Habits to Stop Getting Aged !


Certain lifestyle choices can make you look and feel older than you are. Steer clear of these saboteurs to stay younger, longer.
How you look and feel when you’re older may depend on how you live your life when you’re younger. To a great extent, good senior health means making good choices early on. That means getting rid of bad habits now that could threaten your physical well-being later. Here are eight culprits that speed up the aging process.

1. Smoking

It’s certainly no secret that smoking is bad for your health. But did you know it’s bad for your looks, too? Studies show that in addition to shortening your life by increasing your risk for heart and lung disease, smoking can activate enzymes that break down the elasticity of your skin. Even if you’re a closet smoker, the fine wrinkles and pallor that cigarettes cause can give you away — just one more reason to snuff out those smokes.

2. Crash Dieting

Who hasn’t wanted to drop 10 pounds in a hurry before a special birthday or a long-awaited vacation? Quick fixes are tempting, but crash dieting is never a good idea. It’s not a long-term solution — in fact, it may be a long-term threat. Research shows that it can make you feel older by reducing your energy level, messing with your concentration, and making you depressed and irritable. Crash dieting can also cause wrinkles and sagging, because aging skin, which has less elasticity, doesn’t have time to adjust to the weight loss. Weight management is important for senior health, but don’t try to lose more than one or two pounds a week.

3. Not Getting Enough Sleep

You may think that as you get older you don’t need as much sleep, but experts say you still need seven or eight hours every night for optimal senior health. Not getting enough sleep can keep you from functioning well during the day. It can also lead to weight gain, another drag on senior health. If you are going to bed at a reasonable hour, yet feel like you’re dragging during the day, talk to your doctor to rule out sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, which is common in seniors.

4. Skipping Fruits and Veggies

It’s true that as you get older you need fewer calories. However, if you want to have a spring in your step and the glow of healthy aging — rather than a drawn complexion with wrinkles — you need to get those calories from good, nutritious sources. A junk-food or meat-and-potatoes diet just won’t cut it. Experts say the best sources are lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. Also be sure your diet includes fish with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, as well as plenty of fiber from whole grains.

5. Holding on to Grudges

Life is too short and precious to hold on to old grudges. Learning how to let go and forgive may add years to your life and make the years you have left a lot more productive. (You might even notice fewer wrinkles from frowning.) Studies show that forgiveness leads to better physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Benefits include lower blood pressure, less depression, less stress, and less anxiety.

6. Carrying Around Stress

Nothing can make you feel or act older like mental decline. Studies show that letting go of stress can help you avoid cognitive impairment and keep your mind young. Try to identify your stressors and find ways to avoid them or to diffuse their effects through relaxation techniques such as meditation or exercise.

7. Becoming a Couch Potato

Speaking of exercise… Regular physical activity is a healthy aging essential for many things, from staving off heart disease to keeping stress at bay. But one of the main reasons to keep exercising is to prevent injury. An injury that limits mobility and, in turn, your independence is a potentially life-threatening blow to senior health. Research shows that just 30 minutes of walking three times a week can lower your risk for a fall, the leading cause of disabling injuries in seniors. So break the sloth habit and get moving.

8. Drinking Alcohol

You may have heard that moderate drinking is good for senior health, but what’s considered “moderate” changes as you get older. According to the American Geriatrics Society, more than one drink a day for an older man and half of one for an older woman can be too much. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause cognitive decline and may contribute to falls. Alcohol can also interfere with some medications. Ask your doctor how much alcohol — if any — is safe for you.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Foods that make your skin glowing

Who doesn’t want to have a great glowing skin? Our facial skin is especially exposed and prone to damage that is quickly evident on the way we look. But not only external factors like UV radiation and pollution damage our skin. It appears to be that what we eat can affect our hormone balance, cause acne, and create or improve inflammation, which affects skin aging.
We tend to spend a lot of money on expensive creams and serums, but what we eat can be as important. The hormones in our body has a very important role. Our body relies on hormones to function properly. As they are so important for us to function properly, their lack causes our bodies to very slowly stop functioning, or what we refer as aging. Aging affects some people more than others, but very much it affects women in more dramatic ways. Our food, especially healthy fat, helps us to maintain hormonal balance.
Aging from external and internal factors can cause deep wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation, and is a natural process, governed by our own body’s biological clock. Dryness, fine wrinkles and dull skin are all part of the natural process. Many internal factors are involved in skin aging: genetics, inflammatory, decreased lipid production and decreased hormone levels. These hormone changes are now being more closely researched to find out just how important they are to skin health, especially in men.

1. Coconut Oil :
 Coconut oil is definitely one of the most effective foods to start your journey to healthier skin and more balanced hormones. This oil provides your body with the essentials for hormone production. Studies have shown that populations which have a diet high in coconuts are among the healthiest and most youthful looking people in the world. For example the Tokelauans islanders of the South Pacific. My favorite way to get my daily coconut oil is to mix it in my coffee every morning, or you can add it to your smoothies. You can find here more information about the amazing health benefits of coconut oil.

2. Almonds : 
Almonds are stuffed with vitamin E which helps improve the appearance and condition of your skin; while also helping to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. They also contain zinc, which balances your mood. Volunteers who consumed 14 milligrams of the vitamin per day (about 20 almonds) and then were exposed to UV light, were burned less than those who took none. Vitamin E also happens to be an antioxidant, which cleverly works to keep your arteries clear of harmful free radicals. You can read here more about the great health benefits of nuts, almonds and seeds.

3. Eggs : 
 Eggs have been proven to increase levels of HDL cholesterol or ‘the good kind of Cholesterol’. This type of cholesterol is the building block of hormone creation. Eggs are also a fantastic protein source, and hold a cornucopia of your everyday essential vitamins. Among these vitamins are choline, lutein, and iodine, which are most important for healthy, full, and functional skin cells.

4. Whole-grain foods : 
 They taste good and they make you look and feel good. What’s not to like? Just make sure you go for true, natural, whole grain bread, pasta and cereals. These are rich in B Vitamins which promote cell production, thus making your skin look radiant and dewy. If having beautiful skin isn’t enough to make you happy, then the serotonin (a calming hormone, produced from tryptophan, which is found in whole-grains) can lift your mood.

5. Coconut Water : 
They say the most effective way to moisturize is from within, and you can do just that by drinking delicious coconut water. It is full of natural properties which hydrate the skin and make it glow. Lots of antioxidants (which help remove free radicals from the body that can damage skin) are also found in this ‘dew from the heavens,’ to which it is sometimes referred.

6. Turmeric: 
This ‘golden goddess,’ which fans of the spice call it, balances female and male hormones. You can use it to enhance the flavor of lots of food such as meat, seafood, rice, vegetables and potatoes. Read here my article about the fantastic health benefits of turmeric, including a golden milk recipe to cure many ailments.

7. Broccoli :
 It may sounds like common sense saying that broccoli is good for you, but you may not know that it is jam-packed with the natural compound, phytoestrogens, which promote healthy hormone balance in the body. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C and vitamin E. These vitamins aid with collagen production and UV ray protection. Read here more about the health benefits of cruciferous vegetables.

8. Water : 
Water is essential for your body’s health. Every cell in your body needs water to remain healthy. If you don’t glug at least 6 – 8 glasses a day, your skin will become dry, which will make you more prone to wrinkles. So save money on anti-aging cream and drink up.

9. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice : 
 High in vitamin C, orange juice is next on our list. The vitamin C found in oranges, and most citrus fruits, is extremely beneficial to the skin. It is needed to create collagen or ‘skin protein’ and helps stop hyper-aging free-radicals from wreaking havoc on your body.

10. Avocados : 
 Avocados are super at moisturizing your skin’s epidermal layer, making it look beautifully radiant. The omega 9 fats found in avocados help to repair damaged skin cells and calm redness and irritation. They are also packed with fiber, potassium, magnesium, folic acid and vitamin E, C and B-vitamins – all of which are needed for maintaining hormonal balance in the body.

11. Dark Leafy Greens : 
 Dark leafy greens like broccoli and spinach boast anti-aging antioxidants and high levels of lutein which hydrates skin and improves elasticity. Improving your diet is as easy as adding spinach to your salad or smoothies.

12. Oysters :
 It’s likely you’ve heard oysters are some wild aphrodisiac, but did you know that this shellfish is actually full of the zinc your body needs to produce testosterone. It also is a huge factor in skin renewal and repair. Just don’t trust the ‘fresh’ raw oysters you find hundreds of miles away from any coastline, or you will be in for one wild ride in the bathroom.

13. Garlic : 
Garlic contains allicin which helps to kill off harmful bacteria and viruses in your body, including acne and other skin infections. As if that wasn’t enough, tasty garlic also packs in antioxidants, which as we know, are great for you and your skin’s condition. You may also be interested to read my article how to use garlic as a medicine.

14. Dark Chocolate :
Dark chocolate moisturizes skin, reducing redness and roughness. The cocoa flavonols in dark chocolate help fight sleep deprivation, fatigue, and the effects of aging. You know why eating chocolate makes you feel so good? Well that’s because it reduces your stress hormones. In addition to this wonderful news, it has a little caffeine in it for that extra pep.

15. Chaste berry : 
Coming from a little known Mediterranean flower bush, this fruit works by halting the release of prolactin from the pituitary gland. High prolactin levels have been known to cause irregular menstrual cycles or even the absence of periods, as well as acne. 

16. Kiwifruit : 
 This little fuzzy fruit is filled up with more vitamin C than an orange, almost as much potassium as a banana, and full of antioxidants, which keep skin firm and helps prevent wrinkles.

17. Green Tea : 
You’ve got good reason to curl up with a cup of green tea. This soothing drink is packed with antioxidants, and studies have revealed that the polyphenolic compounds in green tea are anti-inflammatory, and fight against the production of skin tumors. Find here more about the health benefits of green tea and why you should drink more of it.

18. Yogurt : 
 It contains vitamin A, which is essential for skin health. Yogurt also has fantastic probiotic qualities which can truly help your skin and slim your waistline. According to nutrition expert Liz Lipski, vitamin A helps our intestines stay healthy. Also, some teenagers have reported that ingesting high probiotic yogurt, like Kefir, is a natural cure for acne. You may also be interested to read my article about 9 reasons to take probiotics.

19. Walnuts: 
There is a reason why walnuts look like a brain. It’s because they are in fact a ‘brain food.’ Just eating a quarter of a cup of walnuts increases melatonin and serotonin levels. These two neurotransmitters are connected to mood, sleep and cognitive functioning. In addition to this, walnuts are packed with B-vitamins which are conducive to smoother skin, shinier hair, brighter eyes, and stronger bones. Pop them on your salad, pasta, or dessert, or even chomp on them alone for a healthy snack.
20. Gelatin : 
an incomparable source of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. This jiggley treat aids hormone production and digestive health. It also reduces inflammation in joints and has loads of collagen for skin repair. This is the perfect dessert to top off your new healthy diet !

Don’t forget that for the first few decades of your life, your epidermis renews itself every 30 days, but by the time you’re 40, it takes about 45 days. This slowdown is a reflection of your body’s gradual aging process, and even long before menopause, the same hormonal changes in your body will start to show their signs on your skin. So prepare yourself and try treating your hormonal skin issues from the inside out.