Yearly Archive: 2018

Skin Types and Why You Should Know Yours

Taking good care of your skin is not an easy job. It may seem like our skin is meant for cosmetic purpose only but I’d like to tell you that it surely isn’t just about that. In definition, skin is the soft outer layer that covers our entire body. Do you know what the largest organ is in your body? If you have thought that it could be your lungs or something else other than your skin, you’d have just to accept the unpopular truth. As an organ, our skin plays a significant role in our lives and in our body other than being a tempting device to exuberate beauty. It also protects us from the smallest elements such as microbes, it regulates our body temperatures, and it also provides the lovely sensation of touch.

women are obsessed in improving their skinThe best way for us to be able to maintain a healthy skin is through knowing what we need and familiarize with the Peach & Lily K Beauty skin care routine. Take a look at some of these skin types and try to determine which one yours is.

Oily Skin

I think this one is more popular in terms of skin types. You might have already probably noticed if your face gets oily quickly and easily. The T-zone, for example, is the part that starts with a horizontal line in your forehead and goes down to your nose. If these areas in your face become shiny, greasy, and oily in no time, even if you didn’t put anything, then you have oily skin.

Sensitive Skin

Just by reading the first word, you’ve probably already determined that people who have this skin type surely has it the worst. It is quite difficult to find the right product for those who are of this skin type because using something too strong would already cause a risky irritation. If this happens to you often, especially if you’ve used a lot of products already and it seems like it itches and turns red most of the time, then you’re sensitive. You have to be a lot way more careful than usual because if you use something too strong and with the wrong chemicals in it, reversing adverse effects is difficult and may be close to impossible.

Normal Skin

People with this type of skin won’t have any evident characteristics like the other skin types. After they would wash their faces, it would feel fresh and clean without them being irritated or having any itching and redness. Being oily is also not that evident compared with those who are oily skinned. I guess we can say that people with this kind of skin type are the luckiest.

moisturizers are good for dry skinDry Skin

Does your skin feel flaky and just straight out dry? From what we’ve observed, dry skinned folks are the opposite of those who are oily skinned. After washing your face, you might feel like your skin is tight but somehow, even after putting on a facial product, your face remains unnourished. This kind of skin type is also prone to wrinkles and irritation, but luckily, they don’t experience redness. A good moisturizer is an absolute need.

Combination

Did you get confused along the way when you tried to figure out what your skin type is? If your skin seems to be showing characteristics of two different types, then you mostly have a combination of an oily-dry skin. Isn’t that like a cliché? This kind of skin type seems to change depending on the weather. It is also possible that your T-zone on the face becomes oily but other parts of your face seem flaky. Ouch. This is caused by different sized pores all over your face and therefore, giving you the dry and oily. Remember that the best solution to this is a good cleansing and exfoliating cream just to make sure that your pores aren’t clogged.

 

7 Steps To Permanent Weight Loss

Today, there are thousands and thousands of diet books out on the market; all promising to help you lose weight if you follow their program specifics. Whether you count your calories, cut out fats, drink a meal replacement, eat only high protein foods or choose to fast, none of these weight loss plans target the real issue, changing your relationship to food. It is not to say that these programs don’t work. In fact some individuals are extremely successful on these programs.

The vast majority, while experiencing some initial weight loss, find that all, if not more, of their weight returning once they go back to their “normal” eating habits.

Eating like a thin person is simple if you know their secrets. Once you begin eating this way, the pounds will easily and naturally be shed from your body. Eating like a thin person is not about starving yourself (anorexia nervosa), nor it about binging and purging (bulimia). The answer can be found by examining your beliefs, your habits and your attachments to food. This is not to say that there may not be an underlying metabolic disorder contributing to weight problems.

In the majority of instances, however, issues surrounding our attitude towards ourselves and the food we eat are the main contributors to gaining and retaining excess weight. If you took a moment and think about a “thin” person you know, evaluating their eating habits, how many times have you seen them only eat 1 slice of pizza or even turn it down completely, leave food on their plates or pick at their food “like a bird”. These individuals typically have healthy beliefs and habits about food and food consumption. They eat when then are hungry and stop when they are full.  Foods don’t have a hold on them. They don’t worry about when they are going to get their next meal, nor are they afraid to feel and experience hunger (the experience of being hungry).

If you currently have weight concerns and would like to become thin permanently, naturally, here are 7 straightforward steps you can follow to help you make some changes in yourself and your relationship to food.

Eat only when your body is hungry.
Listen to your body. It will give you clues, which will tell you when you are hungry and when you are not. If you are thinking about eating, take a moment to tune in to your internal barometer and check to see if you are actually hungry. Checking in is effortless to do. First, put your hand on your stomach and close your eyes. Then, ask yourself if you are really hungry. Finally, be open to receiving the answer.

Over the years, have you trained yourself to eat for a variety of inappropriate reasons such as: it is 12 o’clock, so time for lunch, or I paid for it, so I should eat all of it, or it’s impolite to refuse food. Some of us eat because we are bored or because we don’t have anything else to do. Sometimes we have trained ourselves to eat because we are angry, frustrated, insecure, nervous, anxious, guilty, overwhelmed or depressed. Whatever your reasons, in order to lose and maintain weight loss permanently, it is important to eat only when your body is letting you know when it is hungry, and stopping when you are satisfied, but not necessarily full.

Eat only when you are sitting, relaxed and not distracted.
This point and the next one go hand in hand. If the TV or radio is on, or you are sitting in front of your computer working while you eat, you will not have to opportunity to truly enjoy your food. You will instead go on autopilot and the internal signals that tell us that we are full may not be triggered.

The same holds true if you walk while you eat. Many times, this food isn’t mentally registered as a meal, and your body doesn’t signal back letting you know you are full. Eating when you are upset, uptight or tense can cause the same problems. Enjoy and acknowledge the foods you are eating. You will find more pleasure and enjoyment in them if you do.

Eat slowly, paying attention to what you are eating.
Pay attention to the foods you are eating, savoring every bite. It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to send the message of satisfaction to the brain. By slowing down while you eat, you will be giving yourself the opportunity to take pleasure in each bit and mouthful of food you consume. In the end, you will find that you are eating less because you are feeling content sooner. In addition, the act of chewing increases the release of digestive enzymes in the mouth, which help your bodies digest the foods you eat better.

If you are not enjoying it, don’t eat it. Many times when we are running on autopilot we eat, just to eat. When this is the case, how many times have your found yourself eating foods aren’t satisfying, that you don’t really want or that just don’t taste good? If you do, take a moment to stop, close your eyes and ask yourself, “Do I really want this?”

If the answer you get back is “No”, then put it down, throw it away or give it to a friend who might really want it. Why eat something that you are not loving!

Also, to help yourself along with this step, make an effort to eliminate foods that may tempt you. Throw away the bag of Oreos that are sitting in the cupboard, leave the Hagan Daas or Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the supermarket’s frozen food case, buying smaller or individualized servings of tempting delights to help you control the amount you eat. If you enjoy going out to eat, perhaps sharing a meal with a friend or taking half or your meal home with you and have it for lunch the next day will help.

Stop before you are full.
This is another key point. If you consistently eat until you are full you are interfering with the delicate balance we are trying to achieve. It is important to allow the stomach to fully empty before you consume more food. It is only when your stomach is empty that you will honestly know that you are in reality hungry. In fact, think about how good it would feel to give yourself permission to be hungry for a little while. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. If you eat until you are satisfied, but not full, using your internal food barometer to identify when your body has had enough to eat, you will be taking yet another step to permanent weight loss.

Leave a little bit of food on your plate.
For many people this is a really hard step to follow. As children, we are often time told to clean our plates, regardless of if we are hungry or not. This simple step begins to help you identify some of the beliefs you have with relationship to food. This is especially true in addressing any guilt you may experience. It will also provided you with a chance to learn how to say “No thank you” to food.

Stocking Your Pantry Frugally

Groceries tend to be the area of the budget that can always get out of hand. It makes sense. Given a choice between the family “starving” and going over budget, people are always going to rationalize going over budget. Fortunately, there are steps anyone can take to gain control of this money monster.

Walmart prices often are the cheapestStart Every Month With a Plan

One of the biggest budget busters when it comes to food are the last minute runs to the grocery store.

There will always be fresh items, such as milk and bread, that need to be purchased weekly, but these items should be part of the plan. What needs to be eliminated is the daily look at the pantry to decide what additional ingredients will be needed for tonight’s dinner or that dash into the store to find something quick, convenient and likely expensive. At the beginning of the month, write out a dinner menu.

Since most families tend to repeat meals frequently, this list may need very little change from one month to the next; but, writing it out will provide the opportunity to decide if new meals can replace some of the more costly repeats. Convert the menu to a grocery list, adding breakfast and lunch items also. When done, compare the list to the current items in the pantry to avoid overbuying. The first trip to the store each month will result in purchasing all the non-perishables for the month and the fresh items for the first week.

Figure Out who has the Lowest Prices

Many people run from store to store for the sales, trading grocery savings for additional gas expenses; but, at the end of the day, where was the best place to purchase the items that were not advertised? Traditional grocery stores are usually not the most cost-effective place to shop, using advertised loss leaders to get customers in the store while overcharging for related items. Look into discount food stores, such as Aldi, or mass merchandisers, such as Walmart, for doing at least the initial monthly shopping.

Wal-mart price matches competitors’ ads and accepts coupons. If the least expensive store is too inconveniently located to do weekly grocery runs, figure out which of the more convenient stores consistently has the best prices and get their discount card if they have one.

Wedding Don’ts When You’re on a Budget

Weddings are getting costlier these days with many ideas coming in, and event planners finding ways to sneak in suggestions that can add up to your total bill. There are so many design ideas to choose from, and while the choice is up to you, you can also get swayed by the attractive, beautiful designs you find online.

Couples often have misunderstandings over wedding budgetWhen you are on a budget, though, squeezing in these little add-ons can be challenging. For one, you cannot merely say “Yes” to whatever your planner says. You must think through whether you need something or not, even if that means having to talk to your planner the next day. Do not get swayed by promotions or gimmicks that make you think you needed something when it wasn’t planned all along. For example, you can go with a simple and affordable white screen over a LED board, the latter costing hundreds of dollars to rent. While a planner will usually say that you need a LED board for your video presentations, you can choose to say “No” when you know you are short of budget.

Aside from staying within your budget, another must-do for weddings is for the couple to be involved in the planning process. Do not merely let the planner do everything for you. This day is your wedding, not anyone else’s. Therefore, you must make sure that you are not allowing another person do the job for you, and then pay for the ill feelings later on. Even if you are busy at work, you must decide on which color you want for your theme, what decorations you want to be placed around the area, or what songs you want the best wedding band in New Jersey to include in their playlist. You want to attend a wedding that reflects your personality as a couple, so make sure you are part of the curation process.

Even with all these reminders, many couples still stumble upon mistakes that are written again and again on wedding don’ts lists. So, to further emphasize these don’ts to you, here are some of them:

Getting consensus of both parties in wedding planning is crucial1. Not deciding as a couple

In many weddings, it is the would-be bride who is calling the shots. It is terrible for many reasons because, for one, it is you and your partner who is getting married; not just you. So, it is just right to make decisions together as a couple. By making it a team effort, you get to infuse your personalities along with you and your partner enjoying the planning stage. And when the event arrives, you and your partner get to enjoy the party, too, since the theme is something that you both like. Even with busy schedules, make time to plan your wedding together. And if only one of you is calling the shots, you may end up with changes that also cost money.

2. Not knowing what you want

The top thing that can save you a lot of money is knowing what you want for your wedding. If you are unsure and you allow the planner, your friend, or relative to choose for you, then you have seemingly unending options that you and your partner may not like. Also, when everyone else is excited with the preparations, you may end up with a growing bill that can go beyond your planned budget. So, stick with what you want, and work your wedding plans around that.

These are the wedding don’ts that you must avoid when you are on a budget. Know what you want, decide as a couple, and stick to your planned budget.