There’s no doubt that, as far as most of us are concerned, our health is a pretty big priority in our lives. After all, living the longest, happiest, healthiest life possible is something that pretty much all of us strive to do. However, one of the most common mistakes that a lot of people make is that they only ever think about their health in the broadest possible strokes. The truth is that if you want to take better care of your health then one of the most important things that you can do is to focus on the details. With that in mind, here are some of the little details of your health you should be paying more attention to.
It’s strange how little people pay attention to taking care of their eyesight. Considering just how important it is, you would it expect to be at the forefront of people’s minds all the time. Sadly, people tend to take their eyesight for granted much of the time. That is, of course, until something goes wrong. Whether you’re suffering persistent headaches or your vision is deteriorating, there are plenty of signs that something is going wrong with your eyesight. Luckily, from progressive lenses to laser eye surgery, there are always options available. The most important thing is to get the issue checked out as early as possible to prevent it from impacting your lifestyle to significantly.
We all know how important it is to avoid damaging our hearing. And yet, far too often many of us simply ignore those warnings because whatever problems might come up haven’t appeared yet. You might think that those who tell you to wear earplugs at concerts or to keep the volume of the music in your headphones down are being overly dramatic but the truth is that hearing loss is something that can all too easily sneak up on you. Far better to prevent it now than to have to deal with it in the future.
Your Stress Levels
The modern world can be pretty stressful. That’s something that most of us have come to terms with at this point. However, you should have to just put up with stress just because it’s an expected part of modern life. Make sure that you’re doing what you can to bring down your stress levels whenever you get the chance. Things like walking away from work for a while or taking some time for yourself, are very simple but can make a huge difference.
The thing to remember is that every part of your body is connected. If you really want to live the healthiest life possible then you’ve got to be willing to look after every aspect of it. Think of your body like one big mechanism. If one part of your body fails then that has the potential to throw the whole thing into disarray. The key is to be able to look at the big picture and the details at the same time.
It is every parent’s wish to raise happy and healthy kids. However, raising happy and healthy kids isn’t as easy as it may seem and the majority of us parents struggle with this. Some are too busy with work, while others have personal issues that hinder them from giving their children the best. Raising happy and healthy kids is not about spoiling them with gifts or fulfilling every wish. It is about imparting life skills that will bring long-term happiness. Luckily, there are things you can do to give your child the best experience.
Things you Should Know to Raise Happy and Healthy Kids
Healthcare is important
Parents should know that kids can fall sick anytime. It helps to have aprimary care doctor to treat your child before things get worse. Additionally, having health insurance helps when you don’t have cash at hand.
Happiness begins with you
You cannot raise a happy child unless you are happy yourself. Parents who have emotional problems raise children with emotional issues. You cannot expect your child to be happy when you are always grumpy. Moreover, you cannot convince your child to take care of himself if you neglect yourself. You want a happy and healthy child, start by practicing what you preach.
Listening is important
Every child wants a parent who listens when they talk. Don’t assume that you know what your child is about to say before he speaks. Science shows that communication is the key to raising happy children. Give your kids undivided attention. If you are busy with something urgent, politely request them to come later instead of blowing them off. Most of the time, parents are busy ready newspapers and magazines instead of paying attention. Listening enables you to respond thoughtfully, which encourages your child to open up more.
Spending time together as a family is better than buying gifts
Your kids long to spend quality time with you. They want to share their fears, hopes and dreams with you. Instead of spending the entire weekend with your friends,spare some time for your family. You can go out for lunch or cook something at home. Take this time to ask your children how they are doing at school. The secret to raising happy and healthy kids is not showering them with gifts all the time but showing them that you care by being present.
Enough sleep is essential
Quality sleep is vital to proper development and good health. Insufficient sleep has been shown to cause obesity, lack of focus, poor brain function, and anger issues. Therefore, ensure your kids eat and sleep early.
Too much screen time is dangerous
You may think that you are showing love to your child by letting him watch TV the whole day, but this is not helping. Studies show that children who watch too much TV are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts. Moreover, excess screen time is not suitable for your kids’ health. Limit your kid’s TV time and let them play outside with friends. They will learn how to socialize and stay active.
Happy parents raise happy kids. Create a peaceful environment for your child and spend time with them. Also, when your child is sick, you get worried. There arehealth things you shouldn’t ignore, including sudden injuries, swelling, numbness, and sweating. Consult your doctor if your child suddenly feels or looks unwell.
This post is all about “Boring but Essential Health Stuff You Should Never Ignore!”
Whether you’re twenty, thirty, forty or somewhere in the ballpark (whatever ballpark that may be), you’re likely guilty of the same thing as the rest of us: occasionally neglecting your health, because, well…certain things are boring.
None of us enjoy going to the dermatologist, or to the dentist…it’s not like getting a massage or your nails done; there’s no real payoff, or at least not an immediate one. And when you have a busy, hectic life, cramming the fun things in is hard enough, much less the stuff that’s not always so fun. And when you’re a woman, you’re often encouraged to put your own needs to the side.
Well, guys, it’s time to unlearn that behaviour and start taking care of yourself. And that means all the things, not just the fun ones, or the ones that are an immediate danger. Preventative care and maintenance are a good thing for everybody, after all.
Below are a few areas that us women and men tend to neglect, and how we can do better at, you know, not doing that anymore:
Yes. We all hate going to the dentist. And for good reason. Dental visits are often lovely shaming activities where we apologize profusely for not flossing. Sometimes there’s pain. And there’s always lots of money involved (seriously, does anyone’s health insurance have a decent dental plan? Apparently not). We’ve all built the dentist up to be some kind of massive bummer, and because of this, we don’t go. And the more we don’t go, the more problems build up, making the inevitable visit worse…you get the drill.
But the teeth are actually much more important than you think, and it’s not all aesthetic. Your teeth are directly related to your nerves, your blood, and your heart. Ignoring things like teeth pain, abscesses and cavities can directly impact your health. You might think it’s no big deal, but putting off a dental visit can do irreparable damage.
So call your dentist, schedule that cleaning and check-up and maybe a tooth bridge appointment, bite the bullet (figuratively) and take care of your teeth.
That eight-step skincare routine is great (and nope, we totally don’t judge if you skip a night – or three – a week), but taking care of your skin is about more than just buying a miracle moisturizer and removing your makeup before bed.
Seeing a dermatologist every now and then to have things like irregular moles and odd blemishes checked out is a really good idea. Skin cancer is a big risk factor for women, especially if you spend a lot of time outside (always wear sunscreen; every day, no matter the weather or season!). Taking the time to get your body’s largest organ checked out for any potential problems is a really good idea. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
We all know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately when we hear that statistic we often immediately think of elderly women. And that’s just not accurate – women are having heart attacks at younger and younger ages, due to stress, chronic illness, dietary issues and more.
Put simply, we need to take better care of our heart. It’s true that panic attacks and anxiety can mimic heart attacks, which is why a lot of young women just ignore pain and discomfort and don’t see a doctor – often with disastrous consequences. Take your heart health seriously and see a doctor at the very first sign of something wrong.
We’re not talking about fad diets and crash diets, here. Newsflash: they don’t work. We’re not talking about dieting for weight loss, either. We’re talking about eating a balanced, nutritious and healthy diet that is primarily composed of natural foods that you’ve prepared at home.
Taking the time to cook is not only a stress relieving activity, but because you control the ingredients, those meals tend to be healthier and cheaper. Your diet should be full of leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, ripe fruits, lean protein, a few whole grains and healthy fats, and yep, a treat or two for snacking or dessert. Everything in moderation! Including going out for pizza at the weekend.
Taking the time to look after your health – yes, even the boring parts – will pay off in the end when you have more energy, clearer skin, a bright smile, and are sleeping like a baby after your long, successful day of being a responsible human who loves the skin they’re in.
We’re hoping 2020 is the year our skin sees some serious long term results so we’re putting all our faith into the highly coveted and beloved Drunk Elephant Brand.
We wanted to feature for the first time on our platform these powerhouse products as we’re consistently hearing the buzz surrounding them. For those who don’t know, Drunk Elephant (DE) is a brand that focuses on simplicity and believes in using clean, natural, well formulated ingredients that benefit the skin and environment. DE has a cult following on social media thanks to their powerful products and creative packaging. DE is the fastest growing skincare brand in history and have been praised for kicking off the massive Clean Beauty trend. Personally, a trend I am happy to jump on 🙂
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum $63
By-Hydra is a serum that improves skins texture, tone and delivers maximum hydration as it contains powerhouse ingredients such as :
Pro-Vitamin B5: Ensures hydration stays in the skin holds hydration to the skin, supporting skin’s barrier function. Pineapple Ceramide: Improve the appearance of skin texture and tone. Sodium Hyaluronate: Delivers superior hydration to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Why do I need this product?
Everyone can benefit from a well formulated light serum such as this one. If you are concerned with dry patches, dullness of skin and wrinkles than B-Hyrda is for you. Hydration is key to healthy skin. During the cold months in Canada, some of us experience what is known as wind burns, burning and redness to the face, when engaging in outside activities such as skiing, skating or simply walking 🙂 Very Canadian, I know!
Now, B-Hydra won’t stop us Canadians from experiencing wind burns, that would just be a miracle, however, if you apply B-Hydra to those areas on the face that are burning or feel tight due to the cold climate, you instantaneously will feel a very soothing and refreshing feeling.
How to use?
One or two pumps of B-Hydra should be used after cleansing and works well combined with other serums, creams and moisturizers. DE suggests C-Firma + B-Hydra as a powerful combination that will dramatically improve your complexion and bring skin back to life! At the time of writing this article, we had just bought C-Firma and had not yet used it in combination with B-Hyrda. We were using another Vitamin C formula that wasn’t quite right for us therefore made the switch to C-Firma.
T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum $118
T.L.C Framboos is a powerful overnight chemical exfoliator that rids your skin of dead cells.
Framboos contains a potent concoction of AHA/BHA.
AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid. BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. The T.L.C. Framboos blend includes glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric, and salicylic acids, with raspberry extract.
Why do I need this product?
T.L.C Framboos fights dullness, wrinkles, fine lines, discolouration and even excessive oiliness. With continued use it may diminish the appearance of pores. This product is free of fragrance, essential oil, silicone, and irritants so works well on sensitive skin as well as dry, combination and oily.
We have been using this product for over 2 months now and we can see a huge difference in the overall skin health, even after just one use. We used to have little bumps on our forehead that never went away regardless of the product used, until Framboos. No more little bumps! We’ve used many glycolic acids before to treat stubborn skin problems but truly nothing as effective as DE Framboos. A huge new favourite on this platform! We will repurchase over and over again.
How to use?
We like to mix one pump of T.L.C. Framboos with Marula oil ( DE recommends mixing with Marula oil for best results) but you can really use any oil you’re comfortable with. At first use you may experience a slight tingling of the skin but this will diminish or completely be eliminated with continued use. It’s best to use Framboos every other night for a week or so to allow your skin to adjust to it. Remember for best results, consistency is key 🙂
A-Passioni™ Retinol Cream $98
DE launched A-Passioni™ retinol cream to a lot of warm welcome and love! If you google “retinol” within the top searches you will see DE A-Passioni™ retinol cream. It is a fan favourite and deserves the recognition and awards it’s received.
According to the internet, “Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production (which starts to decline in your 30s). As well as lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, retinol can also reverse some of the side effects of sun damage.”
A-Passioni retinol contains 1% pure vegan retinol, which is high for a non prescription retinol. Along with retinol, A-Passioni™ contains:
Triple Peptide Blend: A potent trio of peptides that helps firm and strengthen, boosting the age-fighting benefits of retinol.* Vitamin F: Soothing fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) that work to improve skin’s texture and suppleness and help calm signs of sensitivity*.
Why do I need this product?
To fight collagen loss and eliminate/diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and dryness effectively a retinol is required. We have been using A-Passioni™ for only a few weeks and have not seen any dramatic changes in our skin, BUT that is not because DE A-Passioni™ is not working. A well formulated retinol such as A-Passioni™ takes 2-3 months to show improvement in the skin. Retinol works in the most inner layers of the skin. Patience is key when using Retinol.
How to use?
A pea sized amount of A-Passioni™ or less can be applied day or night. For maximum results, DE recommends using them in a DE smoothies. DE smoothies are combinations of DE products that work well together. A few DE smoothie are:
Mix A-Passioni™ with B-Hydra™ for an extra shot of hydration and vitamin B*
ABC Smoothie” for smoother, brighter, more hydrated skin. Mix a pea-size amount of A-Passioni™ , one pump of B-Hydra™, and one pump of C-Firma™
To ensure no irritation occurs , less than a pea sized amount should be used and frequency of use should be limited to one a week and work up to 2-3 times a week. It’s also important to mention that SPF should always be used when using retinol.
Have you used any of the DE products? If so , I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
Disclosure: Products were purchased and not gifted to this platform.
I know this post is a bit late….. 20 days late to be exact 🙂
Here are my absolute favourite skincare products from 2019 that I’ve carried over into 2020! These are skincare products I’ve bought over and over again. #1 DAMN IT THEY WORK and #2 they didn’t break the bank!
Pixi Beauty DetoxifEYE ($30)
First up are the Pixi’Beauty DetoxifEYE patches. I wrote a full article on them here!
I use them twice a week and I think I’ve on my 7th or 8th jar. They have a great mix of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid +caffeine to supercharge the under-eye to lift, hydrate and get rid of the puffiness! At 41 I started to see more puffiness around my eyes and after every use of the DetoxifEYE patches the puffiness was no more ! These patches are great as a pick me up after a long haul flight or when you’re getting ready for a special event and want to ensure your eyes look youthful and healthy! I can go on and on about these that’s how much I adore them.
Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel ($70)
A new addition to my routine that I’ve become obsessed with is the Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel . It was a sample I received from Sephora and instantly fell in love with the results. This was my first intro to the BIOSSANCE brand. I’m sure you’ve seen or heard a lot about Squalane lately, but this isn’t a new ingredient, but more and more cosmetics companies are incorporating it into their products as it’s been proven to deliver results. Squalane is an antioxidant that delivers fatty acids to your skin to keep it hydrated, supple and full of moisture. Peptide acetyl tetrapeptide-5 also plays a huge part in decreasing puffiness and smoothing out wrinkles.
I saw the BEST results using this product morning and night. Literally, one half pump was enough to cover both eyes. My under eye is now brighter, looks younger, healthier and I was able to apply concealer on top and not have it crease or look cakey. I haven’t had healthy looking under-eyes in a long time and truly feel this guy right here is the reason why I feel better about my skin. The key is to use it morning and night !
I wasn’t planning on discussing this product in this particular post as I really wanted to showcase the amazing benefits of the peptides and Squalane in a dedicatee post but oh well, I was too excited and decided I needed to share this find right now 🙂 BTW, I loved this eye gel so much I ended up buying the full sized product.
IT Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic -Cleanser($50)
I haven’t talked about this product in a long time, but I can honestly say that I use this micellar cleanser every single morning and night and have done so since I received it in PR back in 2018. I have repeatedly purchased a bottle every 3 months. So if you do the math, that’s a lot of bottles 🙂 I have tried other micellar cleansers and I always regret it and go back grovelling to my Miracle Water. To truly appreciate the this product you will need to read my article here.
This product is such an important part of my routine that if I skip it for some odd reason I immediately regret it. IMO it really cleanses the face and gives it a nice glow that even after applying makeup I can still see. Love this so much ! I pray they never stop making it!
CERAVE MOISTURIZER ($20)
This is the only moisturizer I’ve been wearing for over a year now. It’s a very lightweight with SPF 30. I wear it every day under my makeup and I believe it helps protect my skin form the suns harmful rays.It has zero fragrance and applies really nicely. There’s nothing really outrageous about this moisturizer but it works so I repeatedly buy it. Because ( I hate starting a sentence with ” Because”but oh well ) I use separate anti- aging serums and oils I like my moisturizer to only have SPF. I don’t really need any anti-aging properties in my daily moisturizer. Does that make sense? Some folks think I’m crazy but honestly I don’t think it’s done me wrong so far.
THE INKEY LIST
This brand is new to my lineup and I have been wanting to experiment with them for a long long time so I ordered a bunch of products from my local drugstore.So this post is not an in-depth look into the brand and the products but let me tell you I am working on an in – depth article discussing The Inkey List and I think a lot of people will benefit from it! I didn’t want to include them in this lineup of must have 202o products , even though they are truly worthy of this exposure, as I wanted to introduce them to the blog with their own solo article but I would be hiding the good stuff from you and I just couldn’t do it. So if your’e interested in trying any of their products, I highly recommend the following:
Rosehip Oil ($10)
Hyaluronic Acid ($9)
There are so many things I love about these products. Off the bat you can see they are budget friendly. I don’t think I saw any product over $15!. I also love that they are super easy to layer on-top of one another and their versatility. If one day I feel very dry I add a bit more Squalane and Rose hip oil, if I’m not dry that day, I may only add Rosehip and skip the Squalane.
The InKey List Retinol ( 1%) was my first experience with Retinol and I think I found the one! I didn’t experience break outs or develop dry patches like most people said might happen. I’ve had such a great experience with this brand so I’ll stop talking about them now as I need to leave content for the dedicated Inkey article 🙂
There are so many foundations to choose from. How do YOU choose the perfect foundation? You know, that foundation that doesn’t settle into the fine lines or dries out your skin a few hours after applying it! Well for me, in my twenties ,it was easy. I wore anything I wanted to, if I wanted to. In my thirties I struggled a bit as I started to see my skin dry out more.Well hello 40’s! I seem to be holding steady at just the drying out of the skin. Still no deep wrinkles or saggy skin…thank god for them good genes!
When we beautiful woman hit our 3o’s our skin starts to lose collagen fast and all those years in the sun slowly start to creep up on us. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy time in the sun, it just means we need to be aware of the damage it may cause to our skin. I digress, this post is not about sun protection, it’s about finding the best foundation for anyone over 30! Even if your not in your 30’s this is still a very good read!
Here are my suggestions on what you need to look for in a really good foundation now that you’re no longer in your 20’s!
Choose a lightweight formula. You can still achieve good coverage with a lighter formula such as Georgio Armani Luminous Silk or L’Oreal True Match foundation. Both have buildable coverage, and won’t dehydrate your skin or sit in those fine lines.
Foundations that contain Hyaluronic acid instantly plump and hydrate your skin! Charlotte Tilbury “Magic Foundation” and Lancome “Skin Feels Good” are both loaded with good ingredients to give your skin extra moisture and that lifted effect.
Serum infused Foundations are so impressive. Their multitaskers as they are infused with face oils and powerful antioxidants to help fight away free radicals all while covering up your minor imperfections . My favourite serum infused foundation is the Estée Lauder “Double Wear Makeup”.
Seek out a foundation that contains more natural ,yet active, ingredients such as white tea and thyme extracts. Arbonne makes a beautiful foundation that literally melts onto your skin
My top foundations that I have on rotation ALL THE TIME are:
In this photo I’m wearing the Kat Von D ” True Portrait Foundation” and I just love how it looks on my skin and is definitly a new favourite of mine. Super hydrating, lightweight formula with a semi-matte finish that lasted all day on my skin! It applied as a liquid but then dried to a powder finish. I added some blush, highlighter, lipstick, eyeliner and I was good to go for the day! My skin has a new BFF!
Remember, age is just a number we see on our drivers licence and nothing more!
Don’t believe me ? Google JLo, Queen Rania and Ms. Janet Jackson! All woman that have aged with grace and style!
SOCIAL MEDIA: “Who wants a blushing glow from within ?”
THE ENTIRE WORLD: ” Us”
Is anyone surprised by this?
It seems as if our society has gone absolutely bonkers when it comes to achieving a healthy, natural glow and to be fair, why the heck not? No one wants dull, flakey, dried up skin, right?
Now, the question that we need to ask ourselves is how do you achieve the “touched by the light of an Angle” type glow without lasers , surgeries and a hefty price tag?
Would you believe me if I said you can achieve a beautiful GLOW with quality skincare and a consistent routine in your own home?
Here’s the deal, my good friends at Skin Chemists intuitively knew that my skin was in dire need of a pick me up, so they did what all good friends would do. They sent help. Help came in the form of their new and innovative Advanced Brightening Collection.
This cleanser gently removes make up, oil and dirt from the skin. It contains Vitamin B3 and Vitamin C which are potent ingredients used to brighten the skin. There are other potent ingredients present in the cleanser but the one that stands out the most for me is the Summer Damask Rose Water.
Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water. After the petals are steeped, the water is filled with the roses’ natural oils. In ancient Egypt, rose water was used only by wealthy and influential woman, like Ms. Cleopatra, to achieve gorgeous glowing skin. Rose water maintains the skins natural moisture, regulates pH balance, tones and softens the epidermis.
Rose water can now be found as an active ingredient in loads of skin care products and is still used ALL over the Middle East and Egypt to hydrate the skin and maintain a youthful glow.
The Brightening Lotion contains Vitamin C to help increase the skin’s suppleness and Niacinamide. According to Skin Chemists, another active ingredient is Poreaway. “Poreaway is a new innovative active ingrdient, which visibly reduces the appearance of pores, fights shininess, blemishes and clogged pores, creates a smooth, matte finish, manages imperfections effectively for purified skin all day long and keeps skin clear and refined”.
So now we know that these products are formulated with potent , effective ingredients. Now what? Well, now you have to put the work in if you truly crave a healthy glow.
I’m going to tell you exactly how to use these products.
In the morning, use a serum that contains a mix of anti-aging ingredients and a moisturizer with SPF. At night, use products that contain a blend of AHA/BHA to lift away dead skin cells and a thick moisturizer to lock in the moisture.
Repeat Steps 1-4 every morning and night.
I know at times we all get lazy and unfortunately it’s our skincare regime that suffers ,however, I strongly encourage you to stick to this routine if you want radiant skin. When the photos above were taken, I had already been using the full collection for 3 weeks. I definitely was feeling myself and I felt confident in my skin 🙂 Clearly I’m wearing makeup but only a very little wash of tinted moisturizer and blush. Oh yeah, mascara…but that doesn’t count !
I am always 100% transparent with you all so I won’t tell you that these specific products will remove your wrinkles or fix any deep acne scars. The Advanced Brightening Collection was created to help you achieve radiant, hydrated, clear, subtle, glowing skin. It really is that simple!
I’m really happy with the Advanced Brightening Collection. With consistent use my skin feels hydrated, radiant and most of all I feel confident in my own skin.
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