Month: August 2014

Top 5 Skin Care Myths

A lot of time and energy is spent into achieving smooth, clear skin. Lots of times it’s easy to try and take skincare into our own hands, and sometimes what we don’t know CAN hurt us. Let’s clear up some of the most common skincare myths we’ve been taught:

1. Roughly scrubbing your face will clear acne
Washing your face cleans surface oils, dirt, and dead skin cells. Washing your face too often can cause dryness and irritation. Aim for washing your face no more than 2x a day, and make sure to pat your face dry with a soft, clean towel.

2. Junk food causes acne
No significant links have been found between acne and junk food. However, wiping greasy foods on your face can lead to inflamed pores and acne.

3. Popping pimples is the quickest way to get rid of a blemish
By popping a pimple, you’re actually pushing bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil further into the skin and surrounding pores. This can cause your acne to spread and even scar.

4. Steaming your skin opens pores
A pore is simply a small hole in the skin which sweat escapes from. There are no muscles attached to them, and believe it or not they can’t open or close. Steaming can help cleanse and moisturize, but it will not change a pores size.

5. Shaving makes hair grow back thicker and darker
There has bee no links found between shaving and hair thickness or color. Hair can feel coarser and thicker after shaving because the blade gives it a blunt edge.

How do you keep your skin looking flawless?

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20 Ways To Relax

Now that the kids are headed back to school, it’s time to focus on you again. What better way to start the school year than by improving your health? There couldn’t be a better time to relax and enjoy yourself. No matter if you have 5 or 50 minutes, it’s important take the time to reduce your stress.

Here are a few quick ways to get some ME time:

1. Take a bath

2. Call a friend

3. Go to a yoga class

4. Listen to music

5. Take a walk

6. Visit an art gallery

7. Read a book

8. Get a massage

9. Write in a journal

10. Take a nap

11. Go to a park

12. Ride a bike

13. Meditate

14. Sip green tea

15. Stretch

16. Dance

17. Buy flowers

18. Light your favorite scented candle

19. Go to the gym

20. Cook your favorite meal

How do you like to relax?