Friday, 29 September 2017

Eat Your Way To Better Hair, Skin & Nails

Hi Everyone,

Hair, skin, nails -- oh my!

These three areas tend to receive a huge amount of focus from concerned women. While we can maybe manage with our nails not being as strong as we’d like, for most of us, wanting our skin and hair to be good is non-negotiable. That’s why we spend a fortune on beauty products, lather on different creams, and do all we can to ensure we look happy and healthy -- inside and out. If you’re run down or haven’t been taking appropriate care of yourself, then your hair, skin, and nails are most likely to show signs of it.

While there will always be benefits to doing your research about shampoos and finding a good skincare regime that works for you, the foods you eat have a huge impact on the appearance of your hair, skin, and nails. If you want to give these areas a boost, then you might find the best results in the kitchen cupboard rather than the bathroom cabinet…

Biotin

Biotin -- one of substances in a group known as the B Vitamin complex - is an essential if you’re trying to improve the texture of your hair and encourage growth. You can supplement Biotin, but as with most supplements, it’s generally better to try and obtain it from your diet. Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious foods that also come with a healthy amount of Biotin.

Biotin-Rich Foods To Try:

  • Lentils and pulses
  • Eggs
  • Cauliflower
  • Salmon
  • Bananas
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Protein

Unless you want to spend a huge amount of your time battling with tape in hair extensions and trying various hair growth methods (which never work), you’re going to need to ensure you’re eating a good amount of protein. There are various calculators online that can calculate the exact amount of protein you should be eating on a daily basis; for most women, it’s between 80g-120g. That number will be higher if you frequently exercise. If you’re not hitting your required number, then your hair is going to suffer -- because, effectively, hair is just one long strand of protein.

Protein-Rich Foods To Try:

  • Meat
  • Green vegetables, especially spinach
  • Almonds
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Cheese
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Fatty Acids (Omegas 3 and 6)

Finally, an addition of fatty acids into your diet is crucial if you’re trying to improve your hair strength, skin texture, and nail growth. We’re all pretty familiar with the idea of taking cod liver oil capsules, but the quality of the fatty acids in these supplements can vary wildly. If possible, use a few diet-based foods to get your allowance the nature way.

Fatty Acid-Rich Foods To Try:

  • Eggs (again; eggs are very good for your hair in particular)
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Spinach (another “again” -- best get to eating like Pop Eye if you want great hair, skin, and nails!)
  • Tuna
  • Walnuts

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By altering your diet to include more of these beneficial foods, you will see a boost to your hair, skin, and nails that’s just as good -- if not better - than remedies you can find over-the-counter.


MissLJBeauty

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

5 Ways To Reward Yourself For Reaching Your Fitness Goal

Hi Everyone,

You have worked hard for your body. You have risen early 6 days a week and pushed yourself to the limit. When everyone else has been asleep in their beds, you have been working on your body. You have been looking after yourself and you have been exercising. It might have been taking spin classes, or running in the rain, it’s been hard work and your body aches. You have turned lots of nights out down, and you have replaced wine with fitness shakes,  Those choices mean that you are in the best shape of your life! You can now wear that bikini on your holiday.

Working out is a journey that requires commitment. Many people set themselves a target and when they smash it they reward themselves. Let’s face it, we all love how exercise makes us feel and we know that exercise is good for us, but sometimes we need a little extra incentive.  Rewarding ourselves for hitting that goal is a great way of making sure that we  continue to exercise. We need to recognise our progress and celebrate it! Here are some great ideas for celebrating success.


1) Book a holiday. The perfect way to reward yourself. You now feel confident in your bikini. Therefore, it’s time to go away somewhere hot. Book that beach break and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. However, being on holiday doesn’t mean that you should stop exercising. If you are planning on indulging in some cocktails then you need to make sure that you are still hitting the hotel gym!


2)  Buy some new clothes. Your work shirts are now too baggy and your jeans are too loose. You now need new clothes for your new body shape. Treat yourself to some new clothes. You might even want  to treat yourself to some new workout clothes.


3) A tattoo. If you want a permanent reminder of how far you have come on your fitness journey then a tattoo is for you. However, this isn’t a reward you want to rush into. You don’t want to find yourself going to a tattoo removal clinic or appearing on that Channel 4 programme Tattoo Fixers. You need to make sure that you research what type of tattoos you like and look at what is on trend for 2017



4) A pampering session. Your body would thank you for some pampering. You have been working it hard and those muscles ache. Book yourself in for an indulgent spa session and recharge those batteries.

5) Something sparkly - fitness jewellery. You can buy some bling to remind yourself of how far you have come. Etsy have some great pieces.  You can find dumbbells in silver with a tag that reads, “I Can”. There is also a great, “Wake Up. Kick Ass. Repeat” necklace. Buying yourself a super stylish piece of jewellery is a great reward. Also, that small piece of jewellery will remind you to workout in future!


You deserve that reward: you earned it. Treating yourself to something is the best way of saying thank you to yourself. It will also keep you motivated for the future. Have fun, enjoy your reward!
MissLJBeauty

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Easy Ways to Change the Ambience of Your Living Room

Hi everyone, 


For all of us, our homes are important places. They are where we spend most of our time, so you want everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy being there. Creating the right ambience is key to making sure that this is the case. The way you decorate your home has a big impact on how welcoming it feels. It is particularly important to get the look and feel of your living room right. This is because that is the place you are likely to spend the most time as a family.
The right wall art

What you put on your wall has a big impact on how a space feels. By using some canvas prints you can give your living room a fresh new look. The fact that you can potentially have any image turned into prints to put on your walls makes it easy to create the ambience you really want.

Use the right materials to create the vibe you want
The materials you makes a big difference to the overall look you achieve. I used a lot of wood when I made over my living room a few years ago. This had the effect of giving the room a more natural feel, which is what I was after.
The right colours and textures

Understanding the impact certain colours have on the way you feel is an important skill that is worth learning. It will stand you in good stead when you redecorate. Choosing the right colour palette is important. For example, if you are after a minimalist look you would use mainly light or neutral colours.
You should also look at the way you use texture. Choosing the right fabrics and finishes can have a big impact. If you are after a natural look and feel, try using fabrics like Jute and linen. They look fantastic and on a subconscious level, most people associate these materials with nature. They know they are made from natural materials, so quickly make the connection and pick up on the vibe you are trying to create.


Create the right type of focal point
Every living room should have a focal point. If you are trying to create a cosy, warm ambience make your fireplace the point of focus. Nothing says cosy like a roaring fire. Whereas, if you are after an edgier feel making the TV the focal point could be the way to go. For a chill out or den style living room, a large ornament of say Buddha or someone in a yoga pose could work as the statement piece. There are lots of options, you just need to be creative and not be afraid to experiment. You can easily pick up items like ornaments from charity shops. Once you get them home, just spray them white and see how they look. If you like the overall effect you can then go out and buy something more suitable.
Learn more about using lighting in your living room
If you would like to learn more about how to use lighting to create the right ambience in your living room, please click the link. The article you will be taken to is written by a lighting professional. It explains what you need to know in-depth, but does so in a way that is still easy for the lay person to follow.
MissLJBeauty




Monday, 11 September 2017

Weight Loss Isn't Just About Calories

Hi Everyone, 

The basic formula for weight loss is easy: burn more calories than you consume. If you’re going to eat something, then make sure it fits within your daily recommended intake of calories and nutrients or else you’ll end up losing weight. It’s a simplified version of what’s actually going on in your body, but the main rule of thumb is to always burn more than you eat. This is what will ultimately help with your weight loss, but there’s a couple of things that need to be mentioned.

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Starvation is not a healthy way to lose weight

When people see the calories in vs out rule, they instantly assume that starvation is the best way to lose weight. While it can actually make you lose weight quickly, it’s not exactly healthy for you and can lead to serious health problems if you’re trying a “crash diet” of sorts. Take a look at this article from http://www.studio-fit.co.uk/ and you’ll see there are plenty of ways to lose weight without having to starve yourself. There are options for short-term dieting (such as water fasting) but these require some serious help from a medical professional if you want to get the best benefit from them without putting your own health at risk.

Labels don’t tell the whole story

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying supplements from http://hcgdiet.com/ or browsing your local supermarket—labels don’t tell everything. A good example of this is in protein. Roughly 30% of all the calories you consume from protein is actually used in order to digest it because of how our bodies work. Protein also helps to make you feel fuller and also boost your metabolic rate. In the case of supplements, these can affect everyone’s body in a different way and what works for one person might not work for another. People that say “calories are calories” are completely misled by the simplification of calories in vs calories out, so it’s important to get a better understanding of how our bodies work and how an understanding of nutrition can change our perception of certain foods.

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The link between positivity and weight loss

Losing weight requires you to be positive. If you’re stressing out over exercising and you can’t seem to make time for it, or if you try and find any excuse you can to get out of it, then you’re not in a positive mood. This means you’re going to skip workouts, you’ll end up cheating with your diet and you won’t see any results. Positivity goes a long way in many things in life, and the link with weight loss is all too real to ignore. You can say that 100 calories of good food vs 100 calories of bad food is an easy choice to make, but when you associate that bad food with positive thoughts and the good food with negative ones, then your brain has already made the decision for you and sooner or later, you’ll sink back into old habits. In short, stay positive when attempting to lose weight because it’s perhaps the biggest contributing factor to your success.

MissLJBeauty

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Land Of Planty! Can You Get Enough Nutrients From A Plant Based Diet?

Hi Everyone, 

It's arguably never been more popular to be a vegan. The film What The Health has been widely discussed to show the positive effects of a vegan diet on the body and mind, but is this all just a big commercial for eating more plants and fewer animals? Arguably, eating a plant based diet means you are getting a wider range of nutrients, but are you getting enough protein, carbohydrates, as well as vital vitamins that a lot of vegetables can lack in? The fact of the matter is that a lot of people go to a plant based diet without doing their research. So here is how to do a plant based diet properly.


Avoiding Common Nutrient Deficiencies
Vegans can end up with nutrient deficiencies in calcium and iron, but the best foods to stock up on that has calcium and iron includes dark leafy vegetables such as kale, greens, as well as almonds. It is also important that you keep your supplements up too. The most common vitamin that vegans can lack is B12, which is normally found in milk, but you can find a good quality soy or rice milk to get this. Calcium is something that is normally found in cow’s milk, but you can stock up on the leafy greens but also get good quality supplements. The AlgaeCal plant calcium tablet is derived from plants rather than having its calcium derived from rocks (which are harder to digest), but you need to do your research with calcium supplements with this in mind. You can find pages on the AlgaeCal plant calcium side effects online and decide whether it's a good choice for you. It's important to remember that with calcium, it is always better absorbed with a fat soluble vitamin like vitamin D, and iron is best absorbed with vitamin C. So if you are taking supplements, make sure you are taking them correctly.

Getting Adequate Protein
We all know the importance of protein on repairing muscle tissue, and if you are doing your exercise, you will need a lot more protein than the average person in order to rest and recover. While there is sufficient protein in meats, you need to stock up on pulses, such as chickpeas, kidney beans, as well as tofu. It's always best to have a takeaway box on your person loaded with nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, or cashews to keep you sustained. Quinoa is a very versatile pulse that you can use as a side dish, in a salad, or even as a replacement for porridge oats. It's one of the few foods that contain all the essential amino acids, vital for your body to repair itself.

Getting Your Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in fish, and as omega-3 is essential for the heart, skin, brain, as well as your joints, you need this in your life. You can find them in seeds, such as walnuts or flax seeds. In addition to this, it's worth taking a good quality DHA capsule, which contains omega-3 from algae, which is where the fish get it from in the first place.

Getting all of the essential nutrients from a plant based diet is possible, but you need to make sure that you are doing it properly, and not just overloading on the main vegetable staples. You need to make sure you are getting a wide range of fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds, as well as taking proper supplements.

MissLJBeauty

4 Natural Dry Skin Remedies You Need To Try Out Today

Hi Everyone, 

There are many concerns we all have with our bodies. Some are serious, some a trivial, but they mainly revolve around our appearance. Speaking of bodily concerns, our skin is normally a source of annoyance. Everyone dreams of having perfectly smooth and soft skin, but it isn’t always the case.

It seems as though the biggest skin care problem is having dry skin. We get ashy elbows and knees, as well as dry skin on our face, arms, legs; everywhere! It can look horrible, but it can also feel very uncomfortable too. So, we look for ways to hydrate our skin and stop it from being dry all the time.

The problem is, some dry skin remedies may solve this skin issue but cause another. Bearing that in mind, I have a few ideas that are guaranteed to work and are also completely natural too.

Drink More Water

We mainly concern ourselves with slathering on different lotions and other things to help hydrate our skin from the outside. However, we forget that our skin cells are on the inside of our bodies! Consequently, we need to hydrate from the inside as well. If you have problems with dry skin, it’s amazing how big of a difference you’ll see when you drink more water. In general, drinking lots of water is great for your health and will improve the way you look. It flushes your skin cells full of precious H2O to ensure they stay nice and hydrated. The less water you drink, the more prone you’ll be to suffering dry skin problems.

Swap Your Soap For A Natural One

When we wash our hands or scrub ourselves clean in the shower, we need some soap to help us smell nice. This may not seem like an issue, but a lot of soaps sold today are packed full of bad ingredients. They’ve got lots of chemicals in them that helps banish dirt, but this also means they lead to dry and flaky skin. As such, if you want to remedy the situation, you need to swap your soap for a more natural one. Look for soap that includes something like goats milk as its main ingredient. As it says in this article, goats milk is natural and has been used for centuries to help with skin care problems. Make sure you can see a list of the ingredients when buying the soap and that there are no potentially harmful chemicals at all. Using natural soap instead of the regular commercial ones can help you moisturize your skin instead of leaving it flaky after every wash.

Apply A Honey-Based Lotion To Your Skin

Of course, applying lotions is a great way to moisturize and hydrate your skin. The problem is finding a lotion that’s natural and free from bad ingredients. One thing you can do is make a lotion at home using a few store cupboard staples. Get yourself some honey, olive oil, and lemon. Mix all three together until you have something resembling a lotion that you can rub on your skin. Apply it to your problem areas and leave it on there for around half an hour. Then, wipe it off and be amazed at how much softer and moisturized your skin is. Honey has amazing properties that help hydrate your skin and stop it from getting too greasy. Olive oil acts as a sort of lubricant, while the lemon juice provides your skin with some extra gloss and shine. You could also make yourself a honey face mask before you put this on.

Sit In A Humid Room For A Bit

The air around us often causes our skin to dry up, particularly when the weather turns cold. You can counter this by making the air in your home more humid. To do this, you could get a humidifier and stick it in your bedroom. It adds moisture to the air and helps keep your skin nice and soft. Another idea is to run a hot shower and sit in the bathroom as it steams up and becomes humid. Keep the windows and doors closes to make the air nice and wet.

There we go; four natural dry skin remedies you need to try out today. All the ideas here are designed to hydrate your skin and get rid of all the cracked and chapped areas. What’s more, none of them involves using anything that’s full of chemicals or bad ingredients. As such, you should see even better and longer lasting results, along with no bad side effects.

Missljbeauty

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Mother Nature's Makeup: Natural Complexion Healing Methods

Hi everyone, 

There are many all natural alternatives now to beautifying yourself, and while there are the usual methods such as undertaking various exercises to get the blood flowing like yoga and Pilates, are there any other methods that we can take advantage of? In short, yes there is! And it's is unsurprisingly, in relation to your diet. But it's also about knowing the best type of products that are out there. You may want to think about naturally improving your skin complexion by avoiding products that contain excessive chemicals. A lot of people will tend to make their own products, but this is time-consuming, and if you aren't skilled at it, it may take a long time to get the balance right before you see any benefits. So here is your one-stop-shop to improving your skin complexion naturally.

Your Diet

It’s important to remember problems on the outside will, for the most part, relate to what's going on inside your body. And if you are consuming the wrong types of foods or have a diet rich in sugar but without many vitamins, your body will try to expel toxins in whatever way they can. As a result, they will show up on your face and your skin. Not that a good diet is the only way to improving your skin complexion, but it's an essential baseline for you to get started. Hydration is the most important thing, but also be aware of the quality of the water in your area. There may be so-called “hard water” where you live, and this may stop your products from lathering up properly, and if your water is too soft, then it may not be removing the products from your face properly. So it may be worth checking your local resources to determine the quality of your water. In addition, remember that a diet rich in antioxidants and minimal in dairy will have a big impact on your skin.

Your Products

If you suffer from dry skin, the face wash you use might have more of an impact than your moisturizer, so you may want to look at investing in a non-soap cleanser to help replace the moisture in your skin. It’s also worth thinking about making swaps for more natural products overall. Look at the Best All Natural Mineral Makeup Brands article to get an idea of the types of products that have natural ingredients, which has various benefits, the main one being that it's gentler on the skin and so your skin can breathe more naturally. Natural products also mean a lot less worry about its impact on your skin in the long term, it can cause problems with your skin if you leave them on overnight for extended periods of time. However, natural products don't have this issue.

Your Well-being

Your overall well-being can have a bigger impact on your skin and complexion than you think. If you tend to hang around with people who smoke, this will be the main cause of free radicals damaging your skin (and aging you horribly), in addition to this, the quality of your air at home could be affecting your skin. So cook with the fan on over the stove, change the air filters in your home on a regular basis, and have a humidifier running to keep some moisture in the air. Dry skin is one of the big culprits. It’s also worth thinking about your stress levels. Stress will raise the level of hormones in the body, such as cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which will make your skin oily, and won't help when it comes to fighting off bacteria that causes acne. So the next time someone offers to take you to a yoga session, remember, it isn't just good for your mind, but it's also good for your skin which can help to manage conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, and acne. Also, you need to make sure you get your sleep (it isn't called beauty sleep for nothing!), and by getting your recommended 8 hours a night, it will trigger your skin repair mechanisms and minimize cortisol levels.

Naturally improving your skin complexion can be done in many different ways but these three are the most important things you need to address if you are having persistent skin problems. Ultimately, a lot of chemicals go into our beauty products now, so if we can find ways to cut down on these while also having a high intake of antioxidants and vitamins, in addition to managing our stress levels, it will always show up on our face (in a good way)!
MissLJBeauty