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With the weather growing colder by the day, you may become tempted to slack off on your workout routine or diet regimen. Nevertheless, this is likely the worst decision you can make as it is often the act of rationalizing weight gain that acts as the prerequisite of long periods of laziness during the colder months. Given these facts, the following is an overview of 3 tips to help you keep your summer body all year round.

Never Focus on the Season

One of the worst things you can do to your body is to only work on it during certain times of the year. You end up giving yourself permission to be out of shape during the winter months. Instead of working for a “summer body” every year, maintain it. Make staying healthy and fit a lifestyle. This will be better for your body as you age.

Set New Goals

Next, be sure to set new goals for the fall and winter months. One of the reasons many of us gain weight during the cooler months is because there are no immediate body image goals we’re trying to achieve. By setting new goals during the fall, you will keep yourself on track and prevent a relapse in regards to your fitness regimen.

Find the Right Balance for You

Lastly, finding the perfect balance in regards to knowing when to rest and when to reward yourself with a “cheat day” is vital. By being too hard on yourself and denying yourself time to rest as well as time to have a few less than healthy snacks on occasion, you will be far more likely to reject your diet and workout regimen for short or even long periods of time when you are in distress.

Overall, there is no such thing as the perfect body. However, by following these tips and tricks you will ensure that your summer and winter body are one in the same.


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Felipe P. Lima Rizo

Are you always looking enviously at other people’s nails, wishing yours could look so long and beautiful? You may think that your nails are short and weak due to genetics, and that there’s not much you can do about it. In fact, you can have longer, stronger nails. They may not be model perfect, but it’s nearly a certainty that your nails can grow longer and stronger if you take the following advice.

1.  Stop Using Your Nails as a Tool

Okay, back in the caveman days using fingernails as tools was probably pretty useful. But now that we have real tools, there’s no longer a need for you to use your fingernails to pry things open like the tab on a can of cat food. Fight the urge to use your nails, and instead reach for the nearest spoon or whatever you need to get the job done. Your nails will thank you for it.

2. Take Biotin

Biotin is a vitamin that supports healthy hair and nail growth. This is a supplement that is readily available in pharmacies and grocery stores. Over a short period of time, you’ll notice that your nails don’t peel, and are growing in thicker than they used to.

3. Moisturize

Before bedtime or while you’re watching TV, take a few minutes and moisturize your nails and cuticles with olive oil or coconut oil. In a pinch, you can even use vegetable oil. This simple little trick will help to prevent breaking, splitting and cracking, as well as help nails grow faster.

4. Wear Gloves

Yes, those bright yellow gloves that your mother used to wear while she washed dishes were actually a smart idea. Gloves protect your nails from harsh soaps and detergents, and also provide a barrier so nails and hands don’t dry out or accidentally get chipped. If you don’t like the yellow, these handy gloves are also available in hot pink.

5. Switch to Non-Acetone Polish Remover

Acetone is very drying on your nails. Although it only takes a second or two to remove nail polish, the acetone sinks into the porous nail bed. Ask your salon manicurist to use a non-acetone based remover instead.

6. Let Nails Breathe

Give nails a break from polish on the weekends to let them breathe a little. Layers of polish can be gorgeous, but your nails need a break between manicures. It’s better to have more manicures with weekend breaks, than it is to keep piling on layer after layer of polish.

You’ll be surprised how fast your nails grow when you use these tips. Pretty soon your next dilemma is needing to trim your quick-growing nails so often!

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Suffering for beauty is not a new thing. For centuries women have been doing terrible things to their skin and bodies all in the name of beauty. While it is widely believed that many of these beauty trends are no longer in practice, there are still some that are rather alarming. Are you partaking in any of these dangerous skincare trends?

Mercury in Your Skin Cream

Bottom line here, beware when purchasing skincare products from import stores. The FDA identified a lengthy list of products from these sources that included mercury. Most of these are skin lightening creams, but a few had other purposes. Before purchasing, check the label for mercury but be aware that it can also be listed under other names including calomel, mercurio, mercurous chloride, or mercuric.

Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is usually considered to be a more natural, better makeup that is better for your skin, but an ingredient in some brands cause concerns. Mica and several other minerals are common ingredients which aren’t bad, but it’s particles can become airborne and inhaled, resulting in lung damage. On construction sites, workers who use products like Spackle that contain mica wear masks to avoid breathing in the particles. While there are no formal warnings yet, it is worth keep an eye on the ingredients list and how you use the product.

Arsenic as an Impurity of some Skincare Ingredients

Arsenic is a toxic carcinogen linked to cancer and other serious health issues. It’s something you don’t want near you, but it could be lurking in your skincare products as an impurity of other ingredients. The ingredients hydrogenated cottonseed glyceride, polyvinyl acetate, hydrogenated cotton seed oil, octenylsuccinate, and aluminum starch may contain arsenic as an impurity.

Failure to Read the Labels on Your Beauty Products

Did you know that you absorb as much as 60 percent of what you put on your skin? It’s true and what you don’t know could make you very sick and even kill you. Benzoyl peroxide, FD&C color and pigments, sodium lauryl sulfate and other toxic substances may be lurking in your beauty products and you won’t even know it if you don’t read labels. This infographic provides a great list of toxic compounds found in beauty products.

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Roxanne Desgagnés

Just as a solid, well-constructed foundation is crucial to the longevity of any building, your skin and its health are crucial when it comes to your overall appearance and beauty. This doesn’t always mean; however, that you have to depend on products in order to achieve healthy skin. There are other ways in which you can transform your skin, bringing out its natural glow and vitality, all without the use of products and they are as follows:

1. Protect Your Skin From The Sun

Nicklas Bajema

According to a dermatologist at Eastside Dermatology in Columbus, Ohio, the number one way to improve your skin is by keeping it out of the sun. When you’re out and about, wear a large hat or use an umbrella if you have to be in the sun. If you can, choose the shade instead. Don’t forget the importance of applying sunscreen! Finish your look with a big pair of fashion-forward sunglasses.

2. Ensure You Get Enough Sleep

Vladislav Muslakov

The adage “getting your beauty sleep” is actually based on fact. Not only will a sleep deficit lead to all kinds of negative characteristics, such as weight gain, your skin won’t look its best either. Your skin will look brighter and younger and you will reduce the presence of those dark circles and pesky bags that take up residence under your eyes when you begin to make sleep a priority. You might be wondering if in fact you are getting enough sleep at the present time. According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you are between the ages of 24 and 64 years-of-age, you should be getting between seven and nine hours of sleep at night as a general rule. If you are regularly under that, you need to make sleep a priority.

3. Drink Enough Water

Monika Grabkowska

To imagine what happens to your skin, think of the way a grape looks when it gets dehydrated. Yep, like a wrinkly raisin. Okay, perhaps, your skin won’t look that bad just because you don’t drink enough water. It won’t look its best, though. That’s for sure. Therefore, another way to keep your skin looking youthful, smooth and clear, is to make sure you’re drinking enough water. The Institute of Medicine states that men should drink 13 cups of liquid and women should partake of nine cups of liquid on a daily basis. This is an average, though, so an increased activity level means you need more liquid.

By following the tips listed above, you can successfully improve your skin’s appearance all without the need of products.

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When your roots are starting to grow out or you’re bored with your current style, it’s time for a trip to the hairdresser. In order to have a good trip, it’s important you properly prepare. Your hairdresser is only going to be able to make you happy if he or she is on the same page as you. Here are 4 tips for preparing for a hair appointment.

Come With Ideas

Pictures are helpful to show your hairdresser what you are thinking, but bring more than one. Try to choose images of hair types that are similar to yours. If you choose a hair style on a different hair type, you will be disappointed with the results in your own hair.

Don’t Be Dramatic

If you want to change to a drastically lighter color, be patient. Often times, changing something lighter is going to take several treatments. Consider finding a stepping stone color to lighten your hair a few shades instead of across spectrum. Keep this lightening process in mind if you are planning to go drastically darker as well.

Know the Difference Between a Cut and a Style

Just because you look great after your appointment doesn’t mean you are going to be able to keep up with your new style. You want to work with a great hairdresser that knows how to really cut hair. A good hairstylist can make hair look great for the day, like for a special occasion, but may not have a workable solution for the long term. Along the same lines, choose a hair style that you can keep up with! If you aren’t one to curl your hair, don’t pick a style that need to be curled to stay looking nice.


Don’t Talk Inches

Hairdressers and their clients are often on different pages when it comes to length – especially if you are going for a dramatically shorter look or trying to grow out your hair and only want a trim. Show your hairdresser with your hands where you want your hair to fall in order to keep things clear.

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The kitchen is where you prepare the nutrition for yourself and your family. It’s also the place where sicknesses are born if you’re not vigilant about practicing hygiene. Kitchen hygiene is about much more than simply making sure your granite counter tops are sparkling. Check out these frequently overlooked sources of germs and bacteria, and how to stay healthy with clean kitchen habits.

Rinse Between Cutting

When cutting fruits and vegetables, rinse your knife between cuts. In a recent episode of Dr. Oz, the doctor demonstrated how bacteria from the surface of fruits such as cantaloupe gets introduced to the slices that your family eats when your knife moves from the outer edges to the inner edges. This is especially important to remember when cutting foods that are eaten raw. A cantaloupe listeria warning was recently released, but even if no warnings are present, rinse between cutting to reduce the chances of bacteria spreading.

Wipe Chicken Before Cooking

Rinsing chicken before cooking is commonly considered a good way to get rid of surface bacteria. But in recent studies, it was shown that rinsing raw chicken actually spreads bacteria around. The running water hits the surface of the raw poultry and bounces onto faucets, handles, and countertops, increasing the likelihood that bacteria will spread and sicken family members. Instead, wipe raw chicken with paper towels, then discard. This will remove surface bacteria without spreading it around the kitchen.

Designate Cutting Boards

Cutting boards should be used exclusively for cutting certain foods. Because cutting boards are porous, they can hold onto bacteria longer than you might expect. Wooden cutting boards are fine for fruits and vegetables. Plastic or ceramic cutting boards can be designated for poultry and meat. But don’t use the same plastic cutting board for your steak as you do for your chicken, pork or fish. Cross contamination between meats and produce can lead to bacterial illness.

These clean kitchen habits will enable you to provide healthy, nutritious meals for you and your family without exposing them to unexpected causes of infection and serious illness.