Category: Body and Health
Exercise makes you healthy. Exercise helps you achieve (or maintain) your desired weight and figure. And yes, exercise is good for you.
But did you know that sweating it out is good for your skin too?
Yes, working out for the body you’ve always wanted will bring you the skin you’d burn your dollars for! Here are some of the benefits of working out that you probably haven’t heard of yet:
1. Reduces stress and thus reduces stress-related skin problems. Stress-related skin problems can range from breakouts to wrinkles. Regular workout increases your body’s happy hormones and decreases your stress hormones and subsequently, stress-related skin problems.
2. Cleans out your pores. Heavy sweating from working out helps wash out and unclog your pores of impurities – those dirty pimple-causing, oil-inducing impurities!
Oftentimes, we give so much attention to our faces and our bodies that we give very little to the most used and abused part of our body: feet. We expose them to all sorts of dirt, bacteria and whatnot’s, and worse – we subject them to so much pressure and pain from all that walking and running in sky high, feet misshaping heeled shoes.
So this post is dedicated for our poor little toesies, and we give them the caring and love they deserve. Here are some tips for clean, healthy and beautiful toes and feet:
1. Moisturize. Use a hydrating lotion for your feet regularly. Or better yet, get moisturizing lotion made especially for feet. Regularly putting petroleum jelly on your heels can also help you avoid cracked heels.
2. Get full-feet treatments every now and then. Of course cleaning the toenails is imperative. Colors are optional but pushing back the toenails and removing the dead, dry skin around it is important. Stay away from round-cut nails as they are the cause of ingrown. Use an exfoliating product as well as a pumice stone to scrub off the edges of your toes, feet and heels.
Beat cravings by choosing foods that fill you up, not out. You can eat plenty of food and still cut calories if you reduce your diet’s energy density — the number of calories per gram of food. The British Nutrition Foundation lists these top six (6) filling foods in its leaflet Eat More, Lose Weight.
- Fresh fruit and veg such as apples, berries, oranges, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes. These foods are high in water and contain fiber.
- Low-fat diary products such as skimmed or semi-skimmed milk and low-fat yogurt.
No babies… and no blemishes!
The birth-control pill can do more than prevent pregnancy.
– It can clear up your skin. Acne is caused in part by male hormones, which all women produce in small amounts. The estrogen present in oral contraceptives counteracts these male hormones and reduces the likelihood of bad breakouts. Some Pill types are doctor-approved for acne, but ask your gyne about other versions that work, too.
– It reduces a heavy flow and cramps. Oral contraceptives prevent the uterine lining from wholly building up, so there’s not a lot of blood to be shed during the placebo (no-active-Pill) week. You’ll bleed less and for a shorter period of time, meaning fewer cramps.
– It evens out PMS moodiness. Some women report that taking birth-control pills mellows out the emotional peaks and valleys of their PMS week, so they feel more stable. Ask your local pharmacist for BFAD-approved Pills proven to treat severe PMS.
Maximize sun protection with these foolproof tips:
- The higher the SPF, the longer it takes for your skin to burn. Choose an SPF of at least 30 to keep your skin from burning.
- The skin on your face is very important to protect, but your ears, chest, shoulders, hands, and feet are equally important.
- After rubbing sunscreen all over your face and body, gently wipe your hands on your hair. Not only will you give your locks some protection, you’ll get rid of the greasy film on your hands and in between your fingers.
- After swimming, wipe your skin dry before re-applying your protection. That way you’re sure that your skin absorbs the SPF completely.
- Afraid you’ll look like geisha on the beach? Look at yourself in a hand mirror as you apply your sunblock to ensure that the product disappears into your skin.
- Women burn the skin on their back because they don’t apply enough protection. Get your gal pal to rub sunscreen all over your back, then when she’s done, do the same for her.