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Hormones That Affect Your Skin After Your 30's


When you hit your 30s and beyond, you might think that you’re free of hormone-related skin issues, such as annoying breakouts that saddled you in your teens, but you’re not. Although hormones are vital to regulate the body’s cells, when their levels increase or decrease they can have various consequences on your skin. Keep them under control so your skin regains its clarity and beauty.

Stop Seeing Spots

Are you feeling like a teen again because of nasty breakouts you assumed you left behind in adolescence along with bad memories of prom? You’re not alone. Up to a third of women experience adult acne after the age of 30. This is because your estrogen hormone levels start to decrease faster than testosterone. The testosterone left behind makes your body increase its oil production, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

Keep your hormones at a healthy level naturally, such as with a nutritious diet and gentle exercise to restore the body’s balance. For clearer skin, you need acne treatments that are gentle on your skin while getting rid of pimples and balancing your skin’s oil production. Cleanse your face religiously twice a day and avoid products containing alcohol which stimulates oil production and irritates the skin.

Hydrate Dry Skin

Your skin experiences a slight drop in estrogen after ovulation. But up to your mid-30s, this isn’t a problem as your skin is resilient, replenishing itself when estrogen increases during your next cycle. From your mid-30s, however, that starts to change. Your skin can lose firmness and hydration because your estrogen levels decrease generally. So, your skin needs some help!

Since estrogen increases
hyaluronic acid, a chemical found naturally in the body that maintains its moisture, when it starts to decrease you need to bring hyaluronic acid to your skin in other ways, such as in the products you use. Choose a hyaluronic acid serum or moisturizer to bid dryness farewell. 

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Make Collagen Your Skin’s Best Friend

Your body loses collagen as you age - again, thanks to sneaky estrogen! - which results in sagging and/or wrinkled skin, so you need to replenish it with diet and skincare products. The sooner you start the better as your body loses 1 percent of collagen every year from the age of 30!

Foods containing omega-3s, such as salmon and tuna, strengthen the skin’s cells, which in turn makes your skin’s collagen structures firmer. Vitamin-A rich produce is also important as it repairs damaged collagen. How to spot it? Look for orange vegetables! Regarding your skincare, use products containing Vitamin C. This antioxidant neutralizes the enzymes that disintegrate collagen but it also fights free radicals that weaken the skin.

Bust the Blotchiness

Getting uneven skin in the form of pigmentation is common after 40 but can occur earlier. This is caused by the estrogen and progesterone hormones that boost melanin due to sun exposure. You need to protect your skin against the sun with sunscreen as well as treat unevenness with skin brightening methods. These include diet tips and skin products.

      Diet Tips

Brown patches on the skin, otherwise known as melasma, can crop up before or after pregnancy (melasma is commonly referred to as ‘the mask of pregnancy’). It can also signal a nutrient deficiency, however. Whether or not you’re not crossing the threshold into motherhood, make sure you eat folate, a B-vitamin found in nuts, leafy green vegetables and whole grains, as well as Vitamins C and E. These repair sun damage, a common culprit of pigmentation.

      Skincare Products

Skin lightening products can even out your skin tone and eradicate melasma but avoid harsh ingredients such as hydroquinone, a potential carcinogenic. Look for ingredients such as Vitamins C and E that not only brighten but also nourish skin. Exfoliating ingredients, such as glycolic acid, are also a good choice in skin lightening lotions. Commonly found in chemical peels, these help to slough away dead skin cells on the surface layer of skin where pigmentation accumulates.

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Calm Your Sensitive Skin

Speaking of sensitive skin, as you get older and hit the fabulous 50s and 60s, estrogen suffers a major decrease in the body due to menopause. This can lead to not-so fabulous results, such as more pronounced wrinkles and inflammation.

Anti-aging products are a must to apply to your skin daily but opt for natural and calming ingredients, such as chamomile and green tea. You also should be eating lots of nutritious foods and healthy fats, such as avocados and almonds, which lubricate your skin from the inside, making it supple.

Rosacea, a flushing of the skin that is often diagnosed during menopause, is caused by inflammation so be gentle on your skin. Stay out of the sun and avoid common food triggers, such as spicy foods and alcohol. Your doctor can also prescribe topical creams to minimize your redness.

Hormones can affect your skin but you don’t have to be stuck with the symptoms! By regulating your diet and skincare routines, you’ll rise above your skin problems and enjoy a beautiful, youthful complexion.

Creating a High-Tech Home Gym


By Tim Smith

"Back when I was your age," croaked Grandpa, "I didn't work out! I baled hay in the summer, shoveled snow in the winter and milked three Holsteins every morning."

But that was then. This is now – and now, people exercise using gyroscopic dumbbells, biometric compression shirts and the Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill, all of which make you feel like Neil Armstrong on the moon.

If you want your own high-tech home gym, we've got some ideas.

The first one is born of practicality. Put in a ceiling fan. If your room is 100-300 square feet, use a ceiling fan with a 52-inch span. If smaller, use a 36- to 42-inch fan. It will reduce mildew growth and eliminate complaints from your significant other about your, um, pungent aroma.

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Do you, as an athlete, shoot for the stars? Then take a peek at your feet. Upon your new floor will be dropped 45-pound Olympic rubberized cast weights and spilled bottles of dubious Muscle Milk concoctions. Sweat will drizzle upon it like rain. Do you want carpet? No. You want tongue-in-groove northern hard maple boards atop three layers of plywood, rubber and substrate. It's the crème de la crème.
                                       Via Great Falls Distinctive Interiors, Inc.
If you don't plan on dropping barbells, or if you're transforming a second-story bedroom into an exercise room, then save yourself a few thousand dollars by choosing interlocking foam rubber tiles made from recycled rubber tire crumb.
You'll also need a place to stash your towels, handgrips, stress balls, dip belts, medicine balls, kettle weights and so forth. Why not install a vanity?

                                                      Via Jims Gyms
Speaking of vanity, what about floor-to-ceiling mirrors?

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Traditional polished gym mirrors are about 1/4-inch thick and require two people to carry and three people to pay. Most heavy-duty mirrors are shatterproof, mounted on safety backing. An inexpensive DIY alternative is to mix and match frameless vanity and closet mirrors, but be aware: Any cheap, flexible mirror is not glass and will likely form a convex curve once mounted.
But let's be honest: The heart of a gym is not its treadmills nor its yoga mats. The heart is its television, preferably a 65-inch high-definition flat-screen television.

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And, of course, what gym is complete without a human hamster wheel?

                                 Via Spear Education (Creative Commons License)

Now that's high-tech.
For more design ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.

Bring The Spa To You With These 6 Fool-Proof DIY Pampering Tips


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1. Use a Steamy Shower to Open Pores

Mimic salon-quality facial steamers with the powers of a hot shower. This is the perfect time to chemically exfoliate--Lactic-acid is a great option--and slap on a DIY mask. It’s also the perfect moment to perform and blackhead removal or pop any nasty zits. In order to do so safely, invest in a stainless steel, dual ended extractor tool. Remember, it’s best just to leave it alone. However, if you must pick, do so safely.

2.  Make a Pantry-Inspired Facial

Many common kitchen items are perfect for making your own mask. Mix in healthy ingredients like ground oats, yogurt, and honey. Avocado also makes a great hair mask! Egg whites are great for oily skin and hair. Just be sure the eggs are fresh and organic.

3. Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Mix strawberries and baking soda for an all-natural whitening treatment. Or, if you want a daily approx, swish with hydrogen peroxide in lieu of white strips. You can actually makeyour own toothpaste by combining baking soda, a dash of fine sea salt, and peppermint extract.  

4. Have a Pampering Party

Bad at doing your own nails? Want someone to wear masks with? Consider inviting a close friend over for relaxation, pajamas, and wine. Touch up your roots and deep condition your hair to get gorgeous locks. Treat yourself to some healthy, beauty eats like quinoa with blueberries or a green smoothie, and watch your favorite flick!

In order to get long-lasting, chip-free nail color, consider doing your own gel nails at home. Sally Hansen and other drugstore lines allow you to apply gel nails in the privacy of your own home. Save time and money, and get long-lasting color!

5. Purge Your Medicine Cabinet for a Streamlined Routine

Take this opportunity to ditch cosmetics that have expired and experiment with unused items, aka that new Korean skincare buy you just HAD to have! There are tons of hacks for streamlining your morning routine. Use mason jars to store makeup brushes, and use a multi-tiered cake display to showcase products with pretty packaging.

6. DIY a Luxurious Bath

Make your own lavender infused bath salts:

     Mix epsom salts with lavender extract and blue and red food coloring.
     Add dried lavender flowers. (These can be found at most health-food stores)
     In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together and add a quarter cup coconut oil.
     Take a hot, infused bath! Put a quarter cup directly into your bath water. (You might have to rinse out the dried lavender petals at the end.)
     Feel absolutely marvelous!

Remember, some things ARE better off left for the professionals.

These include facials that involve lasers or intense peels, hair removal like waxing (too messy at home) a great haircut, and deep-tissue. Save by DIYing the easy things, so you can save up for the good stuff!

Have any at-home spa tips? Leave them in the comments section below. Happy pampering.

Most Wonderful Ways How Pets Influence Children


No matter how many times you say it, your children will never stop asking for a puppy, kitten, or a tortoise. Of course, you want to make your little ones happy, and it kills you to see them shed tears after you say ‘no’ to a new family member, because you know that ultimately, you will be the one taking care of it. However, if you stand your ground, and explain the rules and obligations of owning a pet, one of these little guys might even benefit your child’s development.
How to be Responsible

Once you get a pet, no matter what animal you choose, it will most certainly need to be fed, and sometimes, the responsibilities will involve bathing, walking, and a lot of cleaning after it. Your kids will assure you that they will be the ones who will do all that, but you know for sure that that determination will not last for long. But you as a parent should not let that happen. In the beginning, you will have to monitor them and what they are doing with their pets, and later on they will develop a sense for obligation and duty towards another being.

 Image source Pixabay.com

Physical Influence

If you get a dog for your child, and he or she is old enough to take him out, you should definitely assign him with this duty. Not only is it good for children to become more outgoing, but also more active, as they will play a lot with their little puppy. Sometimes, people think that they should not get a dog or a cat for their kid as they might transfer some diseases, but on the contrary, science has proven that presence of a pet in an early childhood eliminates the possibility of your kid developing allergies. But the most important thing to remember that in order to keep a child healthy, you need to keep your pet healthy too with proper nutrition, by cleaning and washing them regularly, and by getting appropriate shampoos and worming tablets that will help you get rid of annoying parasites that have been bothering your much-loved animal.

Emotional Cure

There are also studies that have shown that people who own pets are less likely to sufferfrom depression, and consequently they have lower blood pressure as they are calmer and generally more relaxed. This is all because of animal’s kind nature, and the effect it has on your child. If they own a pet, they will always have someone to play with and talk to, as they proved to be such good listeners. By playing with their pets they learn not only how to entertain them, but also other people, and this way they slowly develop their social skills. Finally, and sadly what might happen is that their little friend dies, what might make your child really sad. That is why you should think about first getting them a fish, as they do not have such long life spam, and teach your children a valuable lesson about life, preparing them for some tougher moments that are to come.

So open up your mind to the idea of owning a pet. A dog, a cat, a fish, a tortoise, or a guinea pig, each and every one of them is not only going to be your child’s new best friend, but it will also have a major influence on their development, and overall well-being.

Toolboxes for Your Storage Needs


Unique Designs and Affordable Prices
When you're looking for your selections in toolboxes, you will find a wide range of alternatives. It is ideal that you choose a collection that is durable and that can accommodate all of your tools for storage. Even if you need a large toolbox, you can still find a price that can fit your budget. Rest assured that you will also get a quality design with your selections in toolboxes.

 Combination Toolboxes Make a Difference
You may find it necessary to invest in a toolbox where you can store all of your tools. Moreover, you will find an added convenience in alternatives like combination toolboxes. These toolboxes can include the chest and cabinet combination design. The stack-on designs are options that you can consider, which can come in six drawers. You will also be able to roll the cabinet with the wheels at the bottom.
Other Selections for Your Tools
When you're browsing for your toolboxes, you can search by category as well. Aside from combination sets, you also have other alternatives that can suit your storage needs. Portable toolboxes are just some of the selections that can work for any worker who is always on the move, such as a plumber or carpenter. Roller cabinets are other collections that can come in handy. These roller cabinets are excellent options for mechanics. Although these roller cabinets are large, they can be moved easily around the garage. Top chests and tool carts are two other ideal storage alternatives that will also come at low, affordable prices.
A Convenient Shopping Experience
In order to optimize your shopping experience, you can also shop by prices. By doing this, you are able to find a toolbox that matches your budget. You can also find toolboxes that may come with free shipping. Simply by inputting the brand and style of the toolbox in the search bar, you will be able to find any particular toolbox much faster than browsing the categories. If you have questions about any toolbox collection or your order, you can contact the company by phone.

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