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Health and Beauty Tips For Women

Life seems to get faster and busier with every passing day! If it’s not one thing, it’s another and it feels like there’s probably a surprise just around the corner. So who has a lot of time spend on health and beauty any more? And yet, in a strange self-fulfilling prophecy, when we look younger and feel better about ourselves, we tend to look younger and feel better about ourselves. It’s a positive cycle and the first step is to proactively take care of yourself. Here are 10 health and beauty tips to help you do just that.

  1. Find a few minutes in the day to do various exercises. You might take the stairs at work; you might do facial exercises in the office when no one else is around; you might do upper body exercises in the evening in front of the TV.
  2. Pack your lunch instead of eating a restaurant. You can make healthier choices at a lower cost by doing this. Don’t forget the vegetables! Although the restaurant seems like a faster and more convenient choice, in the long run it isn’t. You won’t look or feel as good compared to eating a balanced lunch regularly.
  3. Take regular moments to de-stress. Tension builds up and tightens the muscles in our face and neck. When that happens, you tend to grimace and, in the long run, get wrinkles. Periodic “de-stressing”, which may include a brief self-massage of the face and neck with your fingertips, can help.
  4. Stretching. You don’t hear much about this but you WILL feel great if you regularly stretch. Make it a point to stretch as many muscles as you can. Start with your feet and work your way up. You may not always have time for a nap but a quick and vigorous stretch can do amazing things.
  5. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is an underrated but critical way to stay healthy. You will feel better, think clearer, eat less, and have younger skin as a result. The doctors say eight glasses a day as a minimum. Incorporate water-drinking into your regular activities to make sure you get it all.
  6. Multivitamins. Even eating balanced meals doesn’t always give women the calcium or iron they need. Multivitamins can help correct this. Consider multivitamins to be an investment into your long term health.

These tips will improve your health and beauty and they take only moments of your day. Make sure you follow them every day and you will feel better and look younger.

How Any Woman Can Become Her Own Health

The health and beauty market generates billions of pounds for itself.

You just need to look around and you’ll see salons, therapy centres, holistic centres, aromatherapy places, multi-ads for plastic surgery, personal health consultants ‘ you name it, there’s just an abundance of choice out there.

However, at the same time, there’s more confusion, concern and frustration because what seems to be working at the outset for people interested in better complexions and smoother, clearer skin doesn’t seem to last.

Many women are feeling just as concerned and bewildered about their appearance, complexion and skin condition than they ever were.

Why is that?

It could be because there is conflicting and sometimes downright dangerous advice which educated, informed professionals throw around.

What can a woman do to avoid the traps and pitfalls when navigating the health and beauty minefield?

Well, the first thing is to take complete charge and control about the whole process of care and treatment. Yes, there’s something to be said about being pampered by someone who is there to look after our health and beauty needs. However, being in charge by making ourselves knowledgeable and educated about the whole process is something that all of us can do and the benefits can last a lifetime.

Not only that, but these very same regimes, tips and health secrets are very valuable; they can be passed down to another generation which is being bombarded with a diet of flashy, glitzy glam-type adverts for skin products that do not live up to their claims and cost a fortune to purchase because of extravagant advertising campaigns.

There’s a better, proven, less expensive way to get the type of results that would make a difference to how you want to look and that is to be your own health and beauty consultant.

All you need do is to educate yourself with regard to your own well-being.

Arming yourself with tips, techniques, regimes and health secrets is key in looking your best ever… without having to pay the earth for it.

For example – choosing the right moisturiser, one that’s right for YOU, can be like taking part in an archery contest with your eyes blindfolded with no idea where the target is.

Not only that, but when you DO decide that you want to get what you consider is the RIGHT moisturiser, you’ll find that there’s an army of people with very limited knowledge who believe each one of us has exactly the same skin type, the same skin tone, and that their products… FIT ALL!

Nothing could be further from the truth and, to prove it all, just look at the poor looking skin and complexions of some of the people you know.

So, what type of mistakes do most of us make when choosing moisturisers and skin products? Well, a huge error is deciding on a moisturising product because a celebrity endorses it. The problem is that most celebrities we see have admitted that they’ve had face lifts, plastic surgery, nips and tucks here and there, and… a good many other ‘unnatural’ processes. That’s a huge sign to let you know that what you’re buying may not entirely give you the results of those celebrities.

Another mistake is trusting the sales assistant who really can’t give you any definite, specific, demonstrable difference between the various products. Many people behind the sales counter are simply order-takers. They’ve no real in-depth knowledge about the tangible benefits you may receive. So be very wary of those people to whom you’re entrusting your appearance, well-being and hard earned cash.

Do you know which type of moisturiser is best for your skin? Quite frankly, most people do not know the difference between oil-in-water creams and those that are water-in-oil based potions.

Theres no need to spend ridiculous amounts of cash and just remember that the market for high-tech anti-wrinkle creams has more than doubled in the last 5 years and actually exceeds £100 million pounds.

It is common for advertisers to make often absurd claims for their products. In effect, they have a huge queue of suckers all waving their credit cards and cheque books.

Tips For Achieving Internal and External Health

To look and feel great, people can make a number of lifestyle changes. Not only do these changes improve overall health on the inside, they also produce healthier skin, hair, and nails. For instance, women that purchase cosmetics should consider looking at the ingredients listed on the label, choosing only products made from all-natural or organic ingredients. Unfortunately, many cosmetics on the market today are made with synthetic colors and fragrances, as well as other chemicals that can cause an allergic reaction such as acne breakout.

On the other hand, cosmetics made with natural or organic ingredients are completely safe. These products still come in hundreds of colors, shades, and textures for beauty while not being harmful to the outside skin or inside of the body. Cosmetics made with plant oils, herbs, and minerals are always the better choice.

Even hair products need to be carefully considered. The one ingredient that should be avoided and most commonly found in hair coloring products is alkaline. This ingredient has been studied for years and shown to increase risk of some cancers. Then, shampoos and conditioners made with sodium lauryl sulfate diethanolamine (DEA) or nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA) should also be avoided. These ingredients are used to create the foaming reaction in shampoos but they too have been shown to promote some cancer types.

With so many natural hair care products on the market, this is a much better route to take. Natural products work amazingly well, they smell wonderful, and they are just as affordable, as conventional products. It used to be that for a person to find natural or organic hair care products, he or she would have to locate a health food store or special order online but today, products such as these have become so popular and in such high demand that they are sold at any grocery or drug store.

Achieving internal and external health and beauty is easy. Making a few changes to include drinking between 50 and 68 ounces of water daily, eating a well-balanced diet, cutting down on alcohol consumption, stopping tobacco use, and choosing natural products will certainly help. Best of all, once a person starts on a new regimen, changes to the skin are typically seen within a week or two. It takes a little time to flush toxins from the body but with harmful chemicals eliminated, the skin begins to develop a radiant glow.

Health and Beauty Tips for Your Brass

Did you know that the health and beauty of your brass instruments require extra special attention? It’s true-their well being and happiness depend upon it. While we’re not talking about putting your tuba on a weight-loss program or taking your trumpet to the spa for a makeover, you do need to treat your brass instruments with care or they’ll refuse to come out and play. So, grab that brass and get ready for a workout-it’s time to clean!

When was the last time you saw a dirty French Horn in the orchestra? Probably never, right? That’s because professional musicians know how to take daily, monthly, and yearly care of their instruments. Now’s your chance to do the same! Starting with daily care, follow these tips to maintain the health and beauty of your brass.

Note: Because brass instruments vary, be sure to learn the specific cleaning methods for your particular instrument. For example, rotor instruments like the French horns, rotor tubas, and rotor trombones should always be cleaned by an experienced repair person.

Once a week, lubricate the valves on your brass instrument. Simply unscrew the valve cap and draw out the valve half way. Using the appropriate lubricant, apply a drop of valve oil to the widest part of the valve. Then, press the valve back to its original position. The valves on most brass instruments have a “guide” that helps you to line up the valve. Most often, you’ll hear a *click* when you’ve got the valve perfectly aligned.

If you play a brass instrument, you know what happens after a good session of blowing. You know, “moisture” can build up inside of your instrument. If it’s not removed, this moisture can do a real number on the health of your instrument. To be sure you’ve removed all moisture from your instrument after you’re done playing, you’ll want do a final blow with the water keys opened. This should help to keep the insides of your instruments happy and dry.

No Fingerprints Please

To keep your brass shining, be sure to wipe down the outside of the instrument after each use. This will help remove oils and perspiration left by your hands.

To spare your brass from unsightly “bruises,” be sure to always store your instrument in its case when its not being used. Doing so will not only spare your brass from damage, but it’ll also keep your instrument clean. Remember, your instrument case is for your instrument; storing music books, cleaning supplies, or even your lunch inside the case can lead to all kinds of problems with the slides or valves of your instrument.

Once A Month It’s Thorough Internal Cleaning Time

To do this, you’ll need to take your brass apart completely. You’ll also need some supplies, including cleaning brushes, liquid soap, slide grease (if your instrument has slides), and valve oil. If you’re not comfortable with any of these steps, take your instrument to a music shop for a professional cleaning to keep it in tip top shape.

Head to your bathroom or kitchen sink and get ready to get dirty!

  1. Remove all slides, valves and valve bottom caps and place them, except for the valves, in warm, soapy water. Soak the parts in the water for 10 minutes
  2. As your parts are soaking, run warm water over your valves and use the valve brush to brush out all openings. Give your valves a good shake to remove excess water and let dry
  3. Depending on your type of instrument, you’ll want to brush all its tubes and compartments as well as the valve casings
  4. Rinse the entire instrument with warm water and be sure to wipe off any excess moisture with a soft cloth. Before moving on to the next step, you’ll want to make sure your instrument is completely dry
  5. If your instrument has slides, apply a little slide grease to each and put back together reassemble
  6. Replace the valves and apply a drop of oil on each to lubricate. Most valves are numbered, so be sure to put yours back in the correct location