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Keeping Your Skin Fresh: Ways To Feel Good This Winter

Through the winter, it’s particularly difficult to keep your skin in good condition. The cold air and wind can strip it of its natural oils, which makes it more easily damaged. That means that you might have to make a few changes to your skincare routine to keep feeling and looking good…

Keep Hydrated

During the winter it’s easy to forget to drink water. We tend to go for hot drinks instead when it’s cold outside but the sad truth is that a Starbucks coffee won’t be nearly as helpful as good old water at keeping your skin in top condition. The skin is an organ and it’s made up primarily of water – which means that if you’re dehydrated, your skin can start to look dull and lifeless. Make sure that you carry a reusable water bottle with you during the day and that you put drinking water into your daily routine.

Cover Up

We all know that you have to cover up to stay warm in winter and to protect your skin from the winter in the summer, but we never think about protecting our skin in the winter as much. Make sure that you wear a warm scarf and if you’re out in the cold wind, pull it up over the bottom half of your face to stop yourself from getting raw red chapped skin. The same applies with hats – not least because you can lose a lot of body heat through the top of your head so it’s important to wear a hat to stay warm and cosy.

Invest In Skincare

During the winter it’s important to keep on top of your skincare routine. If you have oily skin you might not think that you need to keep moisturising, but oily skin can still be dehydrated. If your current skincare regime isn’t working for you and your skin feels sore and dry, try out a new company like Bioderma skincare – look online to find out which brands might work for you. Ensure that you moisturise carefully before you go to bed, and put on eye cream to save the delicate skin around your eyes from getting too many wrinkles. Use an oil based cleanser to remove your makeup every evening before you go to bed or when you get home from work – even if you have oily skin, this should be effective at rehydrating your skin.

Change Your Makeup Routine

 

Check to see if the colour of your foundation is still working for you – many of us need to go a couple of shades paler in the winter when there’s less sun, although you still need to wear sunscreen with a high SPF under your makeup. It’s harder to stay dewy and fresh faced this time of year, so make sure that you use a blusher that makes you glow, and try strobing to highlight different parts of your face like your brow bone, your cheekbone, and the bow of your lips. Make sure that you keep chapstick in your pocket so your lips are always smooth and unchapped.

Health Issues To Watch Out For

Our health is valuable to us, and so we should try to look after it as best we can. Part of that is be educated about things that are good for us and the things that are not. It is also important to be aware of anything that is risky to our health. To help you build your knowledge on health, read on for a basic guide.

Bacteria

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Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are present just about everywhere. In fact, we have bacteria all over us, and inside us as well. Bacteria sometimes get a bad reputation, but in fact, there are lots of positive jobs that they do for us. For example, in our intestine, there are good bacteria that help us to process and digest our food efficiently.

However, there are some harmful bacteria as well as helpful one such as e.coli and chlamydia. If you have e.coli you will probably know about it very quickly. But it isn’t always easy to tell if you have a bacterial infection, like chlamydia. So you can get a test and find out that way. Then if you test positive, order treatment online.

To protect against bacterial infection you can do several things. The first is to use an antibacterial hand wash or gel, which will kill them on contact. The second is to always make sure that you teach the kids to wash their hands after going to the toilet. This is where a lot of bacteria can be picked up. Thirdly, ensure that you always eat in restaurants that have a high hygiene rating. As they will be aware of the risk of bacterial contamination and will have put processes in place to stop this and protect their customers.

Viruses

Viruses are even smaller than bacteria, but unlike bacteria, they do need a living host to be transmitted. That means they cannot survive for any significant amount of time outside of the body.  Whereas bacteria can. Bacteria can cause even multiple and thrive outside of the body, and that is one to the things that make some bacteria so dangerous.

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Once viruses get into your system, they take over a cell and make it replicate themselves rather than what the cell was originally being used for. Some particularly nasty viruses include Flu and HIV.

Happily, the spread of the virus can be stopped with good hygiene. Hand washing, coughing and sneezing into a tissue can help stop the transmission of viruses from person to person.

For some viruses creating a barrier hat stop bodily fluids passing from one person to another can also help to stop transmission.

Smoking

Most people are now aware that smoking is a massive health risk. Smoking tobacco can affect the lungs and heart. It can lead to COPD which is where the sufferer has trouble breathing and getting enough oxygen.

Smoking is also linked to a higher rate of lung cancer. Cancers are an illness that results from a malfunction within our cells. They are caused when the body’s repair system is triggered and goes wrong. So anything that causes the body’s repair system to trigger often increases the chances that something will go wrong. This is why some people also believe that taking antioxidants is good for you. As they clear up the free radicals in your system and stop them damaging the cells.

The best course of action for any smoker is to give up. In fact, they can decrease the risk of smoking-related diseases to similar of that of a person that has never smoked, over a certain amount of time.

Of course giving up smoking isn’t as easy as all that. That is because nicotine the main ingredient tobacco is addictive. It fools your brain into thinking that it needs it, to survive. When in fact, we can function perfectly well without out. It is just uncomfortable while going through the withdrawal process.

There are products available to help with this, though. You can try e-cigarettes which delivers a dose of nicotine in water vapor. What this does is bypasses all the harmful chemicals that are added to a cigarette. Which is what is mainly responsible for disease.

Or you can give nicotine replacement products a go. Available in lozenges, inhalers or patches, these deliver a steady supply of nicotine, so it makes it a lot easy to break the habit of smoking. Of course, you will need at least some willpower this way too.

Sedentary lifestyle

When watching out for your and your loved one’s health, it’s important to keep an eye on how much activity they are getting. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can lead to all sort of problems like weight gain, depression, and stress on muscles and bones.

Try to build activities into daily life at home that encourage everyone to get up off the sofa and move around. Cycling is a great aerobic activity as it running or walking. Or why not attend a fitness or martial arts class as a family group?

If you would rather exercise separately, then the gym is a positive option. Or there is swimming or why not try an exercise video, so you can workout at home.

Mental health

Mental health can be a tough one to watch out for because no one really now what is going on inside another person’s head. Our individual experience is so subjective that it can be difficult to define what we are feeling, let alone what the feeling of someone close to us are.

Even so, there are some signs that you can look out for if you are concerned about someone you love’s mental state. Sleep is a good indicator. Sleeping more or less than usual can signify a change in mental health. The same goes for the amount they are eating.

A classic sign of poor mental health is when a person withdraws from their friends and family. A depressed person may also stop doing things that they enjoyed up to that point. It is always worth having a conservation with the person that you are concerned about. Ask them if they need some support or help with the issue that they are going through.

Forget Home Improvements, Think About Home Security

You probably have a lot of different ideas on how you can improve your home. I know there are some people who will be anxious to get that kitchen remodel started. Others will be desperate to delve into a new design for their bathroom. Then there will be those who will be interested in improving the level of comfort their home offers. All are great ideas, but shouldn’t we really be focusing on a different area of the property. Specifically, we need to think about how to keep our homes safe. You might think that home security shouldn’t be a top concern. After all, you say, I live in a safe neighbourhood and have never had a break-in. But with over three million break-ins every year can you really afford to roll the dice? With that in mind, here are some of the security features that you should be investing in.

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Smart Security

Smart security is one of the most important aspects of protecting your home on the market today. To put it simply, with smart security features, you get more than you pay for. For instance, you can purchase a smart lock on your front door. With a smart lock, you can guarantee that burglars can’t get in simply be twisting a piece of metal in the keyhole. It is frighteningly easy how simple it is for skilled thieves to break through a basic lock. With smart security, this isn’t a possibility. Instead, everything is digital and therefore a lot safer. In some cases, people will only be able to break in with a fingerprint ID. Despite what you may have seen in the movies this isn’t easy to fake.

CCTV

You may also want to think about setting up CCTV in your home. With the latest security systems such as Guardian Protection, CCTV systems will provide a live feed of your home and make sure it’s always monitored. This will guarantee that even if you’re out, a break-in will be noticed. It will be handled the authorities will be notified, and the theft can be stopped. This is the future of home tech security. It’s not enough to just to think about what to do in the event of a robbery. You need to consider how it could be stopped before it even happens. CCTV like this can act as a deterrent.

Home Or Castle

Lastly, with certain security setups you can make your home completely impenetrable. Either while you’re out or at night roller shutters can come down across all windows and doors. These are remarkable similar to what shop owners use to keep their store protected at night. Recently private owners have begun to use the same type of technology. It will cost you to get this investment, but it’s worth it. Remember, it’s not just about robbers stealing items that can be replaced. If you are in when they break through it’s alarming how many thefts turn violent. You don’t want to leave you or your family exposed to this type of danger.

Planning A Trip To Mykonos: 4 Things You Must Do To Make The Most Of Your Trip!

Whether you’re planning a winter beach break or a getaway for this coming summer, Mykonos could be the perfect place. One of Greece’s most glamorous islands, Mykonos is known for being a party place. However, there’s a lot more to this island than meets the eye; it’s much more than the party scene it’s known for. The type of experience that you have when visiting Mykonos depends on a range of factors, from where you opt to stay to when you go. To ensure that you make the most of your time on this beautiful island – think St Tropez meets Ibiza, here are four things you must do.

  1. Try the local cuisine

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It might be tempting to eat in the most glitzy and glamorous restaurants that you can find. However, if you want to get a real taste of Greek cuisine, you need to look for independent restaurants. Smaller eateries and street market stalls run by local people will allow you to get a real taste of Greek cuisine. The foods that you just have to try while you’re in Greece include moussaka, souvlaki, gyros, and baklava. Oh, and if you find a seafood restaurant, many Greek seafood dishes are to die for.

  1. Stay in a villa by the sea

Of course, you could opt to stay in a hotel. However, many of the best hotels in Mykonos are party hotels, not tranquil and relaxing retreats. So if you plan on heading out for a relaxing break, it’s best to look into Mykonos villas. There are plenty to choose from, but the best ones are located by the beach. What could be nicer than waking up and hearing the sounds of the ocean lapping against the sand?

  1. Visit the best beaches

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As well as being famous for its party scene, Mykonos is also renowned for its beautiful beaches. Although most of the beaches are fairly packed out in the summer months, come winter they’re a lot less crowded. So if you’re not a fan of busy beaches, opt to visit this beautiful island out of season, or take the time to find the beaches that tend to get less crowded. Some of the best beaches on Mykonos include Lia, Paradise, Paraga, and Kalafatis.

  1. See the sights

To make the most of your time on Mykonos, make time to see all the best sights and attractions. Even if you are planning a relaxed and tranquil break, it’s still worth taking the time to visit some of the island’s most famous attractions. From Little Venice, a beautiful seaside town, to Cine Manto, a gorgeous open-air cinema, there’s plenty to see and do here. It’s just a case of taking the time to research what’s on offer and selecting the activities that appeal to you and your travel buddies.

If you’re planning a trip to the gorgeous Greek island of Mykonos, it’s important to plan it out. To ensure that you’re able to make the most of your time away.

Sorry-Looking Garden? Consider These Great Improvements

Whether you’re looking to sell your house and want to bump up your asking price, or you’ve just moved in and want to spruce up a neglected yard, your back garden is an extension of your living space, and certainly shouldn’t be neglected. While it’s easy enough to do regular weeding, and mow the lawn when it gets out of hand, a truly beautiful back yard takes a little more work. Here are a few garden improvements to consider.

Pots, Raised beds and Containers

Pots, beds and containers will make your garden look a lot tidier, and may add a little bit of value onto your home as a whole. They’re also great for decorating your deck, patio or balcony. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, then you may be a little lost as to what you should look for. As a general rule, the bigger the container is, the better. Large containers will give your plants more stability, water, and root space, ensuring they stay as healthy as possible. If you have any worn out, drab-looking pots, then you can refresh these with a coat of paint, and transform them into eye-catching focal points. You can even go a little bohemian with an interesting DIY plant pot, such as an old oil jar.

Pergolas, Greenhouses and Other Structures

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Garden structures can provide shelter from the wind, rain and sun, and make a huge difference to buyers who are particularly passionate about gardening. A pergola with some climbing plants growing up it can look beautiful if it’s maintained properly, and will provide some nice, light shelter from the sun. They’re pretty useless against the rain though! Permanent gazebos and summer houses are always a good investment. However, if you wanted something a little more practical, you may want to consider a greenhouse instead. There are many different garden structures to choose from, so start looking for one that will mesh well with the overall mien you’re going for.

Paving and Decks

A high-quality outdoor floor, whether in the form of decking or a stone patio, could make a fantastic addition to your garden, both in terms of value and style. For the best results, try to find an outdoor flooring that’s somewhat similar to the décor you have inside. If you’re lucky enough to have a walled garden, then choosing a patio in the same sort of style as the surrounding walls can have an exceedingly potent and appealing effect. If your garden improvements are going to be mainly for yourself, then it’s important to consider the practical side of the flooring material you choose. Some smoother, precast masonry will become slippery when wet. If you’ve got kids who are going to be running around out there whatever the weather, then I recommend a rougher material, like brick, which will give a much better foothold. In gardens with a lot of uneven ground, this is going to make installation a little difficult. If you have this problem, gravel can be a decent substitute.

Easy Ways To Perfect A Workable Morning Routine

Hands up who doesn’t have enough time in the morning? That will be most of us then! Getting ready for college or work is difficult enough when you’re still sleepy in the mornings – even more so if you have a family or if you work odd hours. Perfecting the morning routine can be considered a bit of an art in itself, as there’s often so much to do before you even step out of the door. Plus, the last thing you want to do is be stressed before you’ve even got to work – so just how do you go about creating a workable morning routine?

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Get up earlier, if you need to

Rushing around like a mad woman in a morning is never a good way to start the day. If you are stressed in the mornings, it is likely that you will continue to feel that way throughout the rest of the day, and it could affect later decisions that you make. Try and set the tone for the day by making sure you have enough time to get everything done. Yes, this might mean setting your alarm a little earlier. Those anti-morning people among us will be recoiling in horror – but it doesn’t need to be drastic. If you really should be out of bed by 7.30am, try setting your alarm half an hour before that. This way, it gives you chance to press snooze a couple of times, and spend a few minutes lounging around on your phone before you commit to getting up. Being able to take things slower in the mornings will make a huge difference to the rest of your day, and you are also more likely to be more organised this way too.

Shower like a pro

You probably spend much of your mornings in your bathroom, getting ready for the day. Around this time of year, when the weather is cold, it can be very tempting to stand for ages in a hot shower. But when you’re on limited time, enjoying your shower too much can only make you late. There is a time and a place for hour-long baths and showers – unfortunately, the morning is not it! Organise your bathroom so that it becomes efficient for you and serves a purpose. For example, no one wants to be messing around with getting the perfect water temperature when they’re in a rush. So, consider trying a thermostatic bath shower mixer so you can turn it on and get straight in.

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Don’t be overly ambitious with breakfast

We’ve all seen dreamy Instagram posts of fitness gurus managing to fit in eggs, toast, avocado, parma ham and cherry tomatoes on their breakfast plate before work. Whilst this is a healthy breakfast, it’s certainly not one for those short on time. There’s no harm in preparing a delicious brunch on a weekend, but during the week, you may need something more practical. However, you can still be healthy. A high fibre bowl of cereal with nuts and berries is a great way to start the day, and you could even try overnight oats if you want to fill up on protein.

Add Dimension To Your Bedroom With These Creative Materials

The bedroom is the one room in the house where we can totally express our true selves through interior design. Of course, we try and do that throughout the whole house too. But when you have small children, what once was your chic, minimalist paradise can soon turn into messy play heaven! Your bedroom, however, is a no-go zone for anyone bearing crayons or paint. It’s important that you keep it as you own space to relax in, as not only will this calm you, but it could also help you get a better night’s sleep. If you’re currently thinking that your bedroom needs a bit of a lift, one of the best ways to do so is by mixing up different materials in there. Using different materials can add depth to your bedroom, and the kind of ones you go for can really shape the overall appearance of the place.

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Wood

Wood is a great material to use in the home purely because it is so versatile. It comes in a variety of shades and can either be used in its rough form to make a rustic home, or it can be sanded and polished to create a modern haven. If monochrome is your thing, you could even go about having a wooden floor installed and then painting it white. But wood doesn’t need to stop at the floor – or at the desk and closet, for that matter. Instead of having a spindly, creaky metal bed frame, wooden ones can make for a much better night’s sleep. You can find a great king bed here with a stunning frame to match, whatever your style is.

Stone

When people think of stone, they normally think of old-fashioned homes that were built before any proper insulation was invented. Whilst it is true that stone can be cold, there are ways to get a stone effect that don’t actually resort to bricklaying. Stone effect paint is now more popular than ever, and is also easy to use. Or, if you don’t feel confident doing it yourself, you could hire a painter or even a professional artist to come and do a stone design for you. Stone walls make a great feature wall and if you’re a fan of a stripped-back home look, there’s no reason why you should avoid this trend.

Soft materials

The last thing we all want our bedroom to be is hard and uncomfortable. So, with that in mind, layering your room with soft furnishings can be a big part of creating a cozy den that you never want to leave. Aside from the obvious of having a thick duvet set, you might want to invest in a number of fluffy cushions so you can sink happily into your bed after a long day. Rugs can also be a great way to warm up a hardwood or stone floor if you don’t want to commit to getting a full carpet laid, and they can add dimension to a room too.