Giving away things for free.
We are not trying to make you turn your home into a place where there are a lot of useless things. Helping other people is good. However, when you post an ad about something you are ready to give away for free, you should be ready to see a lot of crazy requirements and complaints.
For example, this man posted an ad about giving away his huge fish tank. He said that he couldn’t help with the transportation because after he injured his back, he wasn’t allowed to pick up heavy things. Despite this, some people wanted him to get the tank to their place to another city, and others wanted him to present them with a fish.
The man tried to be polite but in the end, he ran out of patience and decided to sell the tank at a cheap price. He found a buyer very soon: a father wanted to present the tank to his daughter. He just came and picked it up and a few weeks later and sent photos of the filled tank.
As you have already understood, it’s safer to not give your things away to strangers on the Internet, but instead, try to sell them, maybe even at a really low price. Of course, there may be problems, too: people will definitely try to negotiate the price trying to seem poorer than they really are.
There are also other options. You can bring the thing you don’t need to a charity organization, or if your local laws and rules allow, you can just leave it outside of your apartment building or house where someone can pick it up. For example, in some countries, people do this with furniture.
Loving those who aren’t ready to be in a serious relationship.
People who claim that they are not ready for a serious relationship don’t lie, they just don’t tell you that it’s you who they are not ready to have a relationship with. Maybe you’ve already noticed that some people who previously didn’t want to have a family have one right after they break up with someone. And their previous relationship could have been going on for years.
Unconditional love is great but only if both partners have it. Don’t waste your time and energy on trying to make someone happy if you realize that they are with you only because they are waiting for a better option. No matter how painful it is, there is no use sitting and waiting to be loved.
Never beg anyone to start a serious relationship with you. If this person loves you, they will do it anyway. Remember that you deserve much more than, “I guess.”
Helping people who don’t want help.
Unfortunately, many people have been in situations where their relatives or friends are in trouble but they refuse to admit it even if it is destroying their lives. What should you do in a situation like this? Of course, nobody wants to leave their friends and family but you have to understand that whatever you do, it might be useless.
No matter how much you try, if a person doesn’t want your help, you are wasting your time. It’s hard to accept especially if you are trying to get someone away from a bad situation, but all you can do here is hope that the person will change their mind and accept your help before it’s too late.
Lending money to those who are used to living at the expense of others.
If a person is in a really hopeless situation, you should try to help them. But there is a certain type of person who gets into trouble pretty regularly and it doesn’t seem like they’re trying to solve their problems, hoping for the help of their friends and family. And if you lend money to such a person, there is a good chance that you won’t get it back.
It’s easy to recognize such people. Try asking for your money back and you will be hated. They will try to make you feel as if you are a heartless monster. So, if someone asks you for money to borrow, you should lend them an amount you are comfortable not getting back. And of course, don’t help anyone if it puts you in danger.
Trying to please everyone.
There is nothing wrong with trying to please someone you’re close to. However, there is a chance that you’ll regret it. Firstly, you can’t always please everyone. And secondly, if you try to please someone, you might lose yourself in the process.
Be aware of someone trying to change your behavior, lifestyle, or appearance. Most likely, this person is a manipulator who will make you “perfect” (besides, they will be unhappy even if you become their “ideal” person). Don’t follow what these people say because they are probably really selfish.
If you don’t have a healthy level of selfishness in situations concerning your health, time, life goals, and hobbies, you won’t be able to give anything to other people. If you have healthy self-esteem and don’t let other people cross your boundaries, you can be capable of living in harmony with them. True selfishness is being able to make other people do what you want just to achieve your own goals.
Have you had situations when you did something good but got something bad in return? Tell us in the comment section below!
1. Lemons have a lot of anti-cancer properties.
Just like many other fresh fruits, lemons have a lot of anti-cancer properties. The most recent study conducted in September 2017, highlights the importance of citrus juices and their extracts in the prevention of cancer as well as their possible use as co-adjuvants in modern oncological therapies. Packed with vitamins, lemon juice protects your cells from damage that can lead to fatal illnesses.
Lemons have a lot of valuable nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. The D-limonene in the lemon peel has anti-cancerous properties as well. It has been shown to prevent mammary, liver, lung, and other cancers. Therefore, lemons are excellent cancer fighters that can protect your body naturally and effectively.
2. Remove wrinkles naturally with lemon.
You can’t reverse the process of aging, but you can use lemons to make your wrinkles less visible and dramatically change the quality of your facial skin. According to the study, lemon oil was found to reduce oxidative damage on the skin’s surface. Lemons are rich in vitamin C which encourages collagen production and restores skin elasticity. Natural enzymes in lemon juice tighten loose pores and reduce the appearance of new ones.
You can rely on safe and healthy home remedies to combat wrinkles. Slice a lemon and massage it into wrinkles for a few minutes or use grated lemon peel as a face mask. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the effect of regular anti-aging skin care routines are visible after at least one month. So don’t worry if your face isn’t baby-smooth after one week.
3. Drink lemon water to lose weight.
Vitamin C is a nutrient that’s been proved to lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that triggers hunger and fat storage. No single food or beverage will bring about a significant amount of weight loss on its own. However, you can eat certain foods or drink beverages that might be useful for improving weight loss results when consumed as part of a healthy weight-loss program.
Besides, if you drink water infused with lemon instead of a drink that is higher in calories like coffee with sugar or fruit juice, you’ll consume fewer calories. While a 330 ml can of Coca-Cola has 140 calories, and there are 46 calories in apple juice per 100 ml, lemon juice mixed with water has 0 calories. Therefore, it can help you lose weight.
4. Lemon juice for liver detox
Drinking lemon water is a great way to start a simple detox of your body and improve the work of the digestive system. The pectin in the lemon helps to emulsify oils and remove waste from the bowels. The choline in the lecithin and the oils in the citrus skin help liver detoxification to work more effectively. Lecithin leads to an increase in fat splitting, fat absorption, and fat digestion.
Here’s a simple yet effective drink that you can make at home:
Mix all the ingredients and blend for one minute. Keep the drink in the fridge and make sure to drink it within the next day. For the best results, drink half of the mix before breakfast. It’s an amazing brew!
5. Use lemons to treat throat infections.
Lemons are rich in essential vitamins and minerals that help increase your energy levels. Lemons are also high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant which enhances the immune system and has antibacterial properties.
Honey, warm water, and lemon is a time-proven solution for treating a sore throat. Honey coats the throat while the lemon reduces mucus. You’ll need to boil water for the hot beverage, add lemons cut into pieces, and honey. Let the drink cool. To relax the throat muscles, drink the tea while it’s still warm. If you have a high fever, drink it when it’s already cool.
The tasty mix will help shrink swollen throat tissue and create an acidic environment for viruses and harmful bacteria. Warm lemon water is the most effective way to get rid of viral infections and their subsequent symptoms.
6. They boost brain function and reduce stress.
Among other nutrients and vitamins, lemons also contain a lot of potassium, which is one of the key elements responsible for better brain function. If you consume lemons on a regular basis you’ll feel an improved mental performance and less midday brain fog. You’ll feel much happier and more energetic during the day. According to the study, potassium can activate neurons involved in positive thoughts and feelings and plays an important role in serotonin regulation.
One lemon contains a whopping 187% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Add lemons to your foods and beverages if you’re feeling under the weather or when everyone around is getting sick.
7. Lemon juice can ease the agony of a sunburn.
Sunburns are never pretty and they feel awful. However, there’s a simple yet effective home remedy that can help you reduce redness and ease the agony of a sunburn. You’ll need to mix 1 tbs of lemon juice, rosewater, and cucumber juice. Then, soak a cloth in the mixture and place directly onto a sunburn for 30 minutes.
Cucumber and lemon are natural bleaching agents that will reduce the redness of the skin. Vitamin C in lemons minimizes the damage to the skin and lightens dark spots. Make sure you won’t be exposed to direct sunlight after using the remedy mix as it can increase your sensitivity to the sun’s rays.
8. Lemon juice can stop nose bleeds.
The nose’s lining contains various tiny blood vessels that tend to bleed quite easily if ruptured. Don’t throw back your head when having a nosebleed, but instead, keep it in a neutral position with your chin parallel to the ground while pinching your nose. Lemon juice is another effective home remedy for such emergencies. You’ll need to pour 1-2 drops of fresh lemon juice in each nostril. Be sure to use a new dropper.
The bleeding should stop almost instantly due to the high acidity of the lemon juice. Vitamin C will also strengthen the delicate blood capillaries inside your nose. Don’t blow your nose because you’ll blow the clot out and make it start bleeding again.
9. Lemons are good for fading acne scars.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, and they do a good job of treating minor acne and acne scars. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen and keeps the skin smooth and firm — it also encourages the formation of new skin cells. Due to its properties as a natural bleaching agent, lemon juice lightens dark marks and scars. Citric acid cleanses skin cells and washes off impurities. The antibacterial effect of lemon juice kills the bacteria that causes acne flare-ups.
Mix fresh lemon juice and extra-virgin coconut oil and apply it to the damaged areas using a cotton ball. After three minutes, rinse your face with warm water and apply moisturizer. Also, you can combine lemon juice with almond oil to reduce the darkness and maintain healthy skin. Don’t use lemon juice if your skin turns red and is itching.
Do you know any useful tips about lemons that can improve one’s health and beauty? Share them with us in the comments.
9. Drink a protein shake before going to sleep.
Drink a shake with about 30 grams of protein before heading to bed. Research has proven that it helps increase the number of calories the body burns while resting. Protein also aids in muscle repair, and the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest.
8. Eat small dinners.
Avoid eating large meals in the night and abstain from doing so just before sleeping. During deep sleep, our brain emits a growth hormone. If you eat late at night, the growth hormone stores the food in your system as fat instead of fuel.
7. Avoid alcohol.
Drinking alcohol close to bedtime will make your body metabolize the alcohol during your sleep, keeping you from achieving a state of REM, which is when the body burns the most calories. A glass of wine with dinner is OK, but remember to stop drinking alcohol three hours before you go to bed.
6. Set yourself a bedtime.
We all acknowledge that getting an optimal amount of sleep is paramount to our health, and yet busy schedules, movies, and cellphones get in the way of getting sound sleep. Committing to a healthy number of snoozing hours per night (7-8 hours) helps the body to burn more fat. An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that well-rested people burned 20% more calories after eating than those who got less, improper sleep.
5. Avoid exercising before bedtime.
Exercise wakes our body up, making it difficult to achieve a good night’s sleep. Schedule your exercises for the morning. It will wake your body up and keep you energized all day. But if for some reason you cannot exercise in the morning, do it no less than four hours before bed.
4. Shut down all bedroom electronics.
Research conducted at Harvard University found that short-wavelength blue light emitted by tablets and smartphones prohibit the body’s production of the sleep-aiding hormone, melatonin. Another study conducted by Singapore based researchers found that long hours of television viewing caused higher levels of triglycerides (associated with diabetes) and lower levels of adiponectin (a protein that regulates glucose levels and fatty acid breakdown) in the body.
3. Turn down the thermostat.
Sleeping in the subtly cold enhances the effectiveness of our storage of BAT (brown adipose tissues) that helps burn the fat stored in the belly, thereby keeping us warm. A study published in the medical journal, Diabetes, showed that people who slept in rooms with a temperature of around 66 degrees burned 75 more calories than those who slept in warmer rooms.
2. Sleep in complete darkness.
Sleeping in complete darkness assists your body in producing the hormone melatonin, which not only induces good sleep, but it also aids in the production of calorie-burning mitochondria-packed brown fat, according to a study published in the Journal of Pineal Research.
1. Sleep naked.
Though it might sound strange, sleeping naked has many benefits. By keeping your body cool it quickens the body’s fat burning process. Having the body cold while sleeping increases the good fat in the body which helps in the burning of calories.
While the above-mentioned hacks will help you in losing weight, it is still recommended that you do not miss out on your daily dose of exercising. Tell us in the comments below what factors make you miss hitting the gym daily.
1. It reduces the risk of liver cirrhosis.
he scientists from The Mario Negri Institute in Italy found out that the consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of developing liver cirrhosis by up to 50%.
2. It decreases your chances of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Scientists from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center based in Tampa, FL conducted a study to ascertain the impact of coffee drinking on the development of Alzheimer’s. The findings of the study showed that drinking three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of the disease’s development by up to 65%.
The researchers from The Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil said that drinking coffee on a regular basis can work as a preventative solution to Parkinson’s disease. Your risk of developing such a disease reduces by 20%.
3. It reduces the risk of cancerous diseases.
Numerous studies done over the past decades prove that coffee has a mostly negative influence on our health. It has also been mentioned that it could lead to the development of cancerous diseases. However, this assumption did not prove accurate in recent years.
The research conducted by the Department of Clinical Studies for Health at the University of Milan and the Department of Epidemiology of Mario Negri Institute has proven that coffee consumption actually reduces the risk of the development of breast cancer and prostate cancer.
4. It positively affects the cardiovascular system.
Another pervasive misperception about coffee has to do with its impact on one’s cardiovascular system. In fact, several studies conducted by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health, The National University of Singapore, and Brigham’s Women’s Hospital, showed that people who drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day are three times less likely to suffer from a heart condition than those who drink other beverages.
The study also points out that there’s no great difference between drinking 1 cup or 3 cups of coffee since such a small amount won’t have any negative influence on the work of the cardiovascular system.
5. It reduces the development of joint diseases and gallstones.
Gout is caused by a poor metabolic state and results in a piling up of various components in body tissue. But due to the fact that coffee improves metabolism, the consumption of it can actually prevent gout. This fact was proven by scientists from both Harvard Medical School and Brigham’s Women’s Hospital.
Some substances found in coffee, like caffeine, can reduce your risk of developing gallbladder stones. Scott Gottlieb found out that the risk of developing this disease could be reduced by 4% if you drink 4 cups of coffee a day, and down by 45% if you drink 5 cups.
6. It lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The Danish scientists from the University of Aarhus, Aarhus University Hospital, and Odense University Hospital proved that drinking coffee doesn’t affect the development of Type-2 diabetes. Cafestol, which is an ingredient in coffee, actually increases the level of insulin in the pancreas when the latter is exposed to the influence of glucose. That’s why drinking coffee can save you from type 2 diabetes.
7. It rejuvenates every cell in your body.
Antioxidants contained in coffee have a rejuvenating impact on your body’s cells. The scientists from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul claim that coffee extract can help you to eliminate small wrinkles, and it prevents fluid loss and collagen loss from your body. You can make it at home using soluble coffee, sugar, and water. That’s why people who drink coffee on a regular basis look younger than other people of their age.
8. It increases muscle strength among the elderly.
As we mentioned above, there are many reasons why drinking coffee in old age is a good idea. Plus, the scientists from Coventry University found that caffeine contributes to increased muscle strength among the elderly. This can help them prevent accidental falls and injuries.
9. It helps you live longer.
Marc J. Gunter and Neil Murphy say that coffee can lower your risk of death for different reasons. The study was conducted in different countries and the result was similar in the sense that the mortality rate was lower among people who drank coffee regularly. Scientists also pointed out that even smokers could benefit from drinking coffee since smoking doesn’t change that effect.
Do you drink coffee often? Did you notice any changes when you stopped drinking it on a regular basis? Share your experience with us in the comments.
Fruits and vegetables of different colors actually contain different types of micronutrients. That’s why it’s extremely important to eat all the colors on a regular basis. A rainbow diet is an eating plan which is abundant in all the nutritional colors.
The rules are simple and easy to remember. Eat 5 cups of fruits and veggies in 5 colors (red, yellow & orange, white, green, blue & purple) every day.
Red food options are strawberries, watermelon, pink grapefruit, raspberries, beetroot, redcurrants, red onions, radish, tomato, etc.
This type of food is rich with powerful antioxidants and vitamin P. For example, resveratrol (in red grapes) has anti-inflammatory properties which lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Lycopene (in watermelon, pink grapefruit, and tomato) helps to fight prostate cancer. Betacycin which gives beetroot its purple color is considered a powerful cancer preventing agent.
Yellow and orange food options are lemons, carrots, pumpkin, yellow peppers, corn, yellow apples, peaches, apricots, melons, pineapples, etc.
Orange foods contain a lot of beta carotene and vitamin C which are great for protecting your skin and mucuos membranes. Beta carotene also lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease, cataracts, arthritis, and blood vessel damage. Lutein is another component of yellow and orange foods. It boosts vision and eye health, supports brain function, and can prevent cancer.
White food options are cauliflower, onions, daikon radish, garlic, jicama, etc.
White foods contain xanthone which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-thrombotic properties. It prevents heart disease and boosts immune system.
Onions, for example, are the great probiotics. Garlic contains allicin which lowers blood sugar and prevents cardiovascular attacks. Onion and garlic have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Daikon radish is a natural diuretic, it helps to clean the kidneys and remove toxins from your body.
Green food options are spinach, cucumbers, parsley, limes, zucchini, asparagus, green leaf and romaine lettuce, avocado, kiwi, green apples, broccoli, peas, etc.
Chlorophyll contained in green foods helps prevent cancer, detox your liver, and maintain a weight control. It also protects your skin due to its antiviral properties.
Green foods are rich with detox mineral sulphur, they remove toxins from your body, and prevent cancer and macular degeneration. Green foods also contain potassium, which helps to protect your heart. Thylakoids in spinach help to boost weight loss and decrease the desire of unhealthy foods.
Blue and purple food options are purple cabbage, black currants, eggplant, blueberries, plums, purple grapes, etc.
Blue and purple foods lower the risk of cancer and are great for urinary tract. Anthocyanin in this type of foods fights the damage to your cells, encourages heart health, reduces cholesterol, fights obesity, and boosts cognitive function.
If you are in the supermarket and have trouble deciding which foods to get, remember the rule — shop by color. When filling your shopping cart, make sure to have all 5 colors: red, yellow or orange, white, green, and blue or purple.
The rainbow diet not only improves your health and protects you from different diseases, but it also helps you to lose weight. One of the main advantages of this diet is that you don’t have to follow complicated meal plans. Just replace most of the unhealthy foods like pasta, pizza, cake, and fast food with fruits and vegetables. The improvement will be forthcoming.
Do you eat enough red, yellow, orange, white, green, blue and purple fruits and veggies? What is your opinion on the rainbow diet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
1. The face shape
Scientists have proven the connection between face shape and dominance. When studying the 2010 World Cup, Keith Welker, from the University of Colorado Boulder, confirmed that the ratio between the width and height of the soccer players’ faces could predict how many goals they would score.
The average ratio is usually around 2. Abraham Lincoln’s ratio was 1.93.
To figure out the calculations with your own face, measure the distance between your ears and the distance between the upper line of your eyes and your upper lip. The ratio between these two figures will show how high your chances for success are. According to scientists, the lower the figure, the higher the chances.
2. The prominent cheekbones
A study conducted by scientists from the University College London showed that men with a high level of testosterone have broad faces and thick cheekbones. The level of this hormone has a direct connection with aggressiveness, dominance, and a rebellious spirit. By the way, women subconsciously feel it.
This trick is regularly used by movie directors who choose men with rough facial features for the parts of alpha-males, rebels, and villains.
Wrinkles betray not only a human’s age but also their character. A person uses different face muscles to smile, cry, frown, or raise an eyebrow. In time, these wrinkles show the most used emotion on a person’s face, even when they are calm and thinking about nothing.
Crow’s feet at the corners of lips and eyes say optimistic things about your personality. You sincerely love to laugh and are very emotional. At the same time, a crease of the forehead between the eyebrows says you’re a serious person who has gone through a lot in life.
4. A person’s profession, in just one shot
Many of us turn our face to a certain side when taking photos, thinking that we look more attractive this way. A study by scientists from the University of South Australia showed that the reasons for this action are much deeper. It turns out that engineers, mathematicians, and chemists turn their right cheek to the camera more often, while artists and psychologists turn the left side of their face to the camera.
There was also a difference between genders. Women turn their head to the right more often, showing their left cheek. Researchers believe that the left side of the face is considered more attractive because it is controlled by the right side of the brain which is responsible for emotions.
5. Your selfie is your short autobiography.
Lin Kee, from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, analyzed 123 selfies taken from Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site similar to Twitter. She found a curious connection between selfie types and a person’s personal traits. Friendly people prefer to take photos of themselves from below. Those people who are open to new experiences demonstrate positive emotions more often and are not afraid to look funny in their photos. While neurotic people tend to make the infamous ’duck face’ in their selfies.
Still scientists could not clearly define the personal traits of the people in the photos. This is because people tend to look better on their selfies than in real life, which complicates the task.
6. The size of your nose and your ambitions
The study of 1,700 photos of faces, actually of their noses, was published in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery in 2013. The researchers examined 14 different shapes of nose and connected them with different personality types. It turns out that the bigger a nose is, the more ambitious its owner is. These people are more inclined to be perfectionists.
Scientists even researched the tip of the nose and concluded that if it’s big and meaty then this person will be an excellent investor and financier, and if the tip is small and delicate then its owner doesn’t care much about saving money.
7. The effect of Dorian Gray
Even two identical twins who are impossible to distinguish from each other gain more and more differences with age. It’s not even about genes, but about the lifestyle a certain person leads. Bad habits print their pattern on faces over time and help to immediately show what kind of life this person leads and what should be expected from them.
Of course, an alcoholic can easily be identified at first glance. But on the other hand, a human’s evils are not always reflected on their face. For example, serial killers and criminals have angelic faces sometimes.
Bonus: beauty = kindness?
Alexander Todorov, professor of psychology at Princeton University, is sure that we immediately form our impression about new people, but these judgements can often be very deceiving. They are based on something called the halo effect, a stereotype which connects behavior with appearance where beautiful people seem to be smart and kind.
To demonstrate his theory, Todorov asked students to assess the appearance of different composite portraits. People with child-like facial features, like round faces and big eyes, seemed to be fragile, naive, obedient, sincere, and kind. While gloomy, ugly, asymmetric faces were associated with unfriendly personalities.
Just remember how many times your first impression about a person was deceiving. Sometimes, positive and nice people turn out to be disappointing in the end, while those who made a bad first impression turn out to be wonderful people. This is because many people are more inclined to judge a book by its cover than to dive a little deeper and figure out who the person really is and what they are like.
1. Choose makeup products for your skin type.
In most cases the majority of makeup products are harmless, but some can cause skin problems for certain individuals. To keep from having issues, use primers, powders, and foundations specially targeted at your skin type.
There are no specific cosmetic ingredients that everyone should avoid. But even if you are one of the lucky ones with normal skin and haven’t ever noticed any allergies or sensitive skin reactions, it’s a good practice to look for hypoallergenic or fragrance-free products.
Those of you with an oily skin type or suffering from acne should get rid of any oil-based cosmetics. Using these could lead to an increased number of clogged pores and an oily appearance.
If you have any allergies, or dry or sensitive skin, try to avoid potential allergens and irritants like acids, fragrances, emollients, or essential oils. Hypoallergenic hydrating products with cream- or water-based formulas are the best solution for you.
2. Read the labels for good ingredients.
Most of makeup products in beauty stores are enriched with “magical” ingredients, that will “change your life.” But which elements actually work? We brought together some that are worth your special attention.
Vitamin C was one of the hottest trends of the last year. A lot of beauty brands developed primers and foundations with Vitamin C. These makeup products can nourish your skin’s collagen, lighten dark spots, protect against premature aging, and even decrease sun damage.
Vitamin E, also called the “beauty vitamin,” moisturizes the skin and improves skin texture. As an antioxidant, it decreases skin damage with free radicals, and helps to fight the signs of premature aging. Vitamin E also protects the skin from harsh weather conditions, which is why it’s recommended to use foundation and lip balm enriched with this ingredient in winter.
Copper peptides are well-known in the beauty industry for their ability to stimulate collagen and elastin growth. They are also excellent at revitalizing the skin and making it smooth. Makeup products with this ingredient are good as an additional lifting measure because they can significantly enhance your results in the fight against aging!
For a long time, collagen was the superstar of the anti-aging skincare market. But now scientists say that the only collagen that matters is the collagen made by your body and applying a product with it onto your skin won’t have any lifting effect. This is because of the size of the collagen molecules — they are too large to penetrate the inner layers of the skin.
In contrast to their skincare colleagues, makeup brands have found collagen very useful because it works well on the skin’s outer layer. You’ll now notice that most makeup products have added collagen. For example, foundation with collagen can temporarily seal your fine lines and pores (without clogging) so your skin looks younger and smoother. Additionally, wearing these foundations, lipsticks, or eyeshadows create a kind of collagen shield protecting your skin from environmental stressors.
3. Always prepare your skin for makeup.
According to experts, skin preparation is the first and most important step to flawless makeup. Applying makeup products without any preparation not only leads to worse results, but can also cause skin irritation and bacterial breakouts.
Wash your face with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type. A lot of beauty brands promise miraculous effects after applying their products with various skin treatment ingredients. But the truth is that cleansers don’t actually stay on your face long enough to do any good to your skin besides cleansing. So, the best solution is to select mild, alcohol-free cleansers with simple ingredients.
Exfoliating is a key part of keeping your skin silky. It helps to remove dead skin cells on the surface and reveal a new smooth skin layer beneath. It’s essential to choose a proper exfoliator, because the wrong one can cause more harm than good. Gentle daily exfoliating scrubs should have circular-shaped small granules. Irregular, large, and rough granules can irritate or damage your skin.
Hydrating your face is another important step when prepping for makeup. Moisturizer plumps up your skin and provides a silky, even surface for flawless makeup without any rough patches. Select a moisturizer that matches your skin type and contains SPF, providing you with good UV protection.
4. Use a primer.
With makeup primer the skin looks more youthful, healthy, and hydrated. It smooths out fine lines and moisturizes the skin due to its light liquid texture. Most primers are non-comedogenic, which means that they don’t irritate the skin or clog your pores.
Silicone-based primers gently seal even the smallest pores, prevent water loss, and protect the skin from bacteria and any other outer influence. That’s why you should use a primer especially if you suffer from acne or enlarged pores and your skin needs more protection.
Additionally, massaging your primer onto your skin with your fingertips improves facial blood circulation, which then stimulates cell growth and makes your skin brighter.
5. Use makeup products with SPF.
Luckily, nowadays protecting the skin against the sun’s rays doesn’t mean wearing heavy sunscreen every day, there are a lot of beauty products with SPF. Incorporating these products into your makeup routine will help you prevent premature wrinkles, skin cancer, and cut down on any redness in your complexion.
According to Skincancer.org it’s a good practice to use both a moisturizer and a foundation containing SPF. Experts say that we often don’t apply enough of one product or apply it unevenly. An additional layer of SPF in makeup multiplies our chances of achieving an even layer of UV protection.
When selecting your sunscreen products pay attention to their SPF rating, for moisturizer it should be — 15 and higher, and for foundation — it should be from 8 to 15. Be sure both of them are full-spectrum and protect against UVA and UVB rays.
6. Don’t be afraid of bright and glowing makeup. It can be helpful!
According to Phillip Artemi, a doctor form Australasian College of Dermatologists, “functional colored cosmetics” (anything in your beauty bag from lipstick to highlighter) can be one of the most efficient anti-aging measures!
He says that colored cosmetics are a great additional protection for your skin against sun rays and air pollution. Makeup products containing pigments and other light reflecting ingredients can act like physical blockers forming a shield between your face and any outer influence.
This idea is particularly important with regard to eye and lip makeup. Usually we avoid applying sunscreen to our lips and delicate eye area, so glowing eyeshadows and dark long-lasting lipsticks can actually help!
7. Use a face powder.
Don’t forget to finish your makeup routine with light powder. Its particles not only keep foundation and moisturizer in place, but also provide additional protection from water loss and air pollution damage. And keep in mind that too much of a good thing can be harmful!
8. Don’t sleep in makeup.
Dermatologists advise to always double-cleanse your skin from makeup before bed. Remember that sleeping in makeup can cause problems like clogged pores, acne, skin irritation, allergies, eye infections, and bacterial breakouts. Washing your face before going to bed is the best thing you can do for the natural recovery of your skin!
Follow our simple advice and your makeup will be as functional as it is beautiful. Do you have your own tips or “makeup with benefits” suggestions? Share with us in the comments!
10. You don’t think about resale value.
One day you’ll probably decide to sell your car. That’s why you have to take some important features into consideration. First, the car brand matters: there are brands that are more or less popular among drivers. Second, you need to think about the vehicle specifications and the engine. Third, don’t forget about its color. It’s easier to sell white, black, or silver cars than ones that are bright colors.
9. Car maintenance can be expensive.
Many people only take price into consideration. They don’t think about further technical service, insurance, or other expenses. Year by year, these expenses will increase and they might not agree with your salary. That’s why you have to think about everything thoroughly so that your car won’t become your family’s problem.
8. You pay for optional items.
Before buying a car, you should think about what you actually need because most of the additional items are very expensive and we don’t even end up using them.
For example, some drivers don’t smoke inside their cars. In this case, they don’t need an ashtray. An additional corrosion treatment is useless as well because cars already have an anti-corrosion treatment. But all safety devices are really important, so choose those carefully.
7. You buy a brand new car.
Try not to buy a car that has just been released. For the first 3 years a company gathers information regarding all issues and defects and improvements for the future cars to make them more reliable. The best choice is a car model that is no more than 3 years old and already well-known.
6. You buy a car that is too big or too small.
When you want to buy a car don’t just think about your personal preferences, but try to predict how many times you’re going to travel by car, how many passengers will be there, and so on.
For example, if you just need a vehicle to drive in the city, think about a sedan that doesn’t consume much fuel. If you’ve got a big family and you travel a lot, choose a spacious minivan or a hatchback. SUVs are useful for people who usually drive off-road.
5. You can’t choose between car’s prestige and technical characteristics.
If you can afford it, its better to buy a premium class car. In other cases, it better to focus on the technical characteristics, its price, and its reliability.
4. You don’t examine the car.
When you choose a car, don’t trust your salesman’s words only. Even though they’re professionals, they’re interested in selling cars to increase their bottom line and make a commission. Gather as much information as possible, consult an independent specialist, and test drive your chosen car. Examine everything to help yourself make the right decision.
3. You miss advantageous offers and discounts.
The best time to buy a car starts in December and reaches its peak in March. During this period, there are a lot of discounts and offers at auto dealerships. Additionally, there’s a bonus at the end of the year: the dealerships are trying to get rid of last year’s models so it’s easier negotiate a lower price.
2. You don’t try to lower the price.
Try to call or send emails to different dealerships saying you have a better offer and asking if they can beat it. The rivalry between dealers is very high and some drivers say that this method helped them save some money.
1. You’re in a hurry.
Don’t be in to much of a hurry to purchase a vehicle. Remember that you may regret a premature decision in the long run. Spend enough time gathering information, consulting specialists, and weighing the pros and cons.
If you want to get acquainted with a certain model better without agressive salesmen, visit a car dealership at the end of their work day. All of these tips will help you make the right decision.
7. Warming up
This exercise helps warming up our muscles because even if our workout lasts for 5 minutes, we have to be prepared.
6. Twists for your obliques
This exercise involves oblique muscles and helps to make them strong.
5. Leaning forward
This exercise works on abs just as well as traditional twists.
4. Pull your knees toward your chest
This exercise works on the obliques, the rectus abdominis muscle, and even the muscles of the hip.
3. Pulling your knees to your chest and straightening your legs
To have great abs, you have to involve your legs. Make sure your chair is steady before you start.
2. Bent knee rotations
This exercise works the abs very well.
This six pack exercise also involves the muscles of the hip.
Some bits of advice
The advantage of these seated workouts is their simplicity. But if you want to get rid of the excess weight, you have to remember your diet. These tips will help you to achieve your goals faster:
We decided to perform these exercises during a lunch break. Do you usually warm up at your work place?
Did you know that relationships are just as important to your physical health as diet and exercise are? According to a study, socially isolated adults face the same risk of inflammation as those who are physically inactive. Our first relationships always form with our families during childhood, and often determine how we view the world.
We suggest you take this psychological test to find out how your own first relationships have shaped your personality.
Look closely at the picture below. Which family do you think is not a real one? Don’t think about it for too long, go with your gut here. When you’re done, scroll down to see if you guessed right and learn a bit about yourself.
If your answer is family #1, you’re probably not a family-oriented person — at least not in the traditional sense. You treat your friends as your real family, and helping them makes you happy. You always strive to bring something good to everyone’s lives. Maybe you grew up without a strong father figure, which is why you always do your best to be there for people who need you — just like your mom did.
This family might not be the happiest one, but they’re still a real family. The mother obviously cares for her child, holding his hand and shielding him from the uncaring father. You don’t want others to grow up like you, which is why you picked this family as the fake one.
If your answer is family #2, you’re strongly family-oriented — there’s nothing more important to you than your family. You believe in building stable and lasting relationships based on trust and commitment. You put your family’s needs first, sometimes even ignoring your own if it means you can make your loved ones happy.
You probably noticed that the people in the picture don’t really look like a family. The adults aren’t paying any attention to the child, and the child isn’t trying to hold their hands either — they may as well be a group of strangers walking together. Being a real family person, you were able to spot the fake family right away.
If your answer is family #3, you probably come from a dysfunctional family. Due to your traumatic childhood, you have a hard time trusting people. You’re anxious, and interacting with others is often a challenge for you. Constantly worried about the future, you tend to overthink things.
The people in the picture look like a loving, happy family. They’re a real family. The parents are almost embracing while walking, and the father is holding the child’s hand. Growing up in a dysfunctional family formed your views in a certain way and makes you suspicious of healthy relationships. You don’t believe that something like that truly exists, which is why you picked this family as the fake one.
Did you correctly guess which one was not a real family? Please share your results with us in the comments.