Hairstyles that never go out of style

  

Hairstyles that never go out of style

Your is the first feature that catches others' eye. That is why choosing the right hairstyle is ideal to highlight your attributes. But a hairstyle is used in more ways than just to highlight your beauty, it's also a way to express yourself, your personality and your style. If you are not sure, what to get, opt for a classic hairstyle. There are a some simple haircuts that are timeless.

When you get a haircut, you want to get something that suits you while it's not too dull and not too funky, but a good compromise. If you need some guidance and want to play it safe, here are some hairstyles for women that never out of style:
Pixie dust
For those women that like having short hair, pixie dust is the right haircut for you. This side-swept pixie cut looks best when you put in some spray to give your hair some texture before using a flat brush to blow-dry. This a very sweet, cute and comfortable look that never goes out of style.
Blunt Sophistication
To achieve this look, you just need to add bold bangs to either wavy or pin-straight hair. This is a very glamorous look that will make you look very sophisticated.
Voluminous Wave
Having big, voluminous waves cascading down to you chest brings out your feminine and sexy side. It is a very popular look in Hollywood and it will remain so for a very long time.
Regal Locks
If you let the edges of your hair curl inwards, you'll look fabulous and classy, just like the Duchess of Cambridge, who is known for her hairstyle with beautiful waves and face-framing layers. This look suits women of all ages and you can always give it your own personal touch.
Sleek and straight
This is a very popular hairstyle that suits women of all walks of life and it's perfect for either a night out or just a casual date. It's very easy and all it takes to achieve it, unless you were born with naturally straight hair, is a hair straightener. It doesn't take much effort to make it look perfect unless your hair is too curly. This is a failsafe classic hairstyle and it goes with nearly every outfit. Whether you are a teenager or a middle-ages woman, this hairstyle is timeless.
Wild Glam
Playing with your natural look is the best way to maximise a chic a look. For instance, if you have curly hair, you can make the most of them and make these curls look voluminous, glamorous, wild and sexy. Long curly hair is fashionable and absolutely stunning. This is a sexy look that will never go out of style.
Wind Tousled
This consists in leaving your long layered locks all tousled in a tasteful way. The best way to achieve this look is to straighten slightly and then let your natural locks be. To make this look amazing, add a few highlights or lowlights. This look was made famous by Jennifer Aniston's portrayal of “Rachel” in Friends.
Off to the Beach
This look consists of slightly wave locks that begin a few inches down from the roots and then twist and turn in a lovely manner. To achieve this look, you have to run a quick comb through your hair before it begins to dry. That way the moisture will pull the hair up into larger waves that give you a soft beachy look. This is a very nice, fresh, natural look that always looks good.
Bob Frames
Although shorter hair is somewhat more difficult to style as there's length of hair to play with, if you have it cut in a short bob, pair it with soft blunt bangs that gracefully frame the face. Make it more stylish by slightly curling the end inwards.
Add the Bangs
Bangs can make you look fabulous but they are not for everyone. In fact, they most suitable for people with a heart or oval-shaped face, as they beautifully frame the features in the right way. Bangs are also perfect if you have a long forehead and you would like to make it less visible. It does not take much to get a fabulous look with bangs. All you have to do is blow-dry your hair with a large round brush and then roll in the ends.

 

The types of waxing you can get in salons

  

The types of waxing you can get in salons

Waxing is fast becoming the preferred method to remove unwanted hair by women in certain areas. For many years women were afraid to turn to waxing as it was known to be painful, but as it became more and more popular over the years, many have found it doesn't have to be excessively painful and it keeps your skin looking smooth and attractive. Besides, it gets easier the more times you get it done and it weakens the hair and keeps it from growing for longer than shaving does.

Although some people prefer to do wax themselves, it is recommended to get it done by a specialist at a salon in some cases and if you are doing in certain areas. Before you rush to a spa, however, you should know what types of waxing they offer and what is right for. Each treatment varies depending on the methodology and targeted area.
Cold waxing
Perhaps one of the things that scares of waxing is getting hot wax poured over your skin. Fortunately, if that is what has been detering you from getting a waxing, you are out of excuses. This treatment consists in applying a semi-solid form of wax to strips. Then these wax strips are placed on your skin.
The strips are placed in the skin in a way that goes in the opposite direction of the growth of the hair. By being against the growth of hair, it helps give the wax strips a stronger hold on the skin when they are pulled out.
One of the main advantages of this technique is that it is effective from the first session. This means that you won't need continuous sessions to perceive the difference, and those you can save money on several treatments. Another important advantage, particularly for beginners, is that cold waxing is generally less painful than hot waxing methods.
Hot Waxing
This method is consists in applying hot wax on the body followed by a strip. Once the wax cools down and solidifies, the strip is pulled off and the hair is removed. This is the most widespread form of waxing because of its extremely accurate results when it is applied properly. That is why this form is waxing is the most recommended one for areas like eyebrows. Just like with cold waxing, hot waxing allows you to see instant results after one application and it doesn't require continuous sessions like other forms of hair removals do, namely electrolysis and shaving.
Soft Waxing
Although this method can be used with either hot or cold waxing method, what makes it different is that, as its name suggests, the wax is soft. After applying it on your skin, a muslin cloth is placed on top and left to dry. Then the strip is removed, which also removes the hair at the same time. This method is recommended for large areas like the legs.
Hard Waxing
This method doesn't require any cloth or strip to remove it. The previously melted wax is applied on your skin, and once it solidifies, you can remove it with your fingers. Before booking your appointment, make sure the salon uses the right kind of wax, which should not stick to skin, making removal that much easier.
Specific procedures
Whether they are hold or cold, soft or hard, they are also other specific methods of waxing available in salons that focus on an area of the body, namely bikini waxes, Brazilian waxes, and Hollywood waxes. You can even find waxing procedures designed specifically for men.
A bikini line touch up, as the name suggests, consists in tidying up around the edges. This is perfect for you if you want to keep the natural look but would still like more definition. Therefore, hair is removed from anywhere outside of a modest panty line, hence around the tops of things and any hair above your knickers. Meanwhile, a full bikini line wax involves a more profound waxing around the top and sides of your pube.
The French wax is when most of the hair is taken from around the front and sides, while the middle is left intact. This is suitable for women who want to feel clean of hair without feeling too bare. Although the French wax can done in any shape you want, the most popular one is the landing strip. A tiny triangle and a postage stamp, however, are also popular.
Opt for a Brazilian wax if you want to feel totally smooth and hairless. These method consists in taking the hair off the top and sides of the bikini line and also all the way under and around the back.
When having a Brazilian, you can also ask for whatever shape you like, but a landing strip remains the most popular option, along with the Bermuda triangle, which resembles a traditional bikini line wax but without the fluff on your labia and bum.

 

Top Makeup tips

  

Top Makeup tips

Whether it is a range of colours in your eyeshadow palette, lipsticks, lipgloss, brush, among others, every makeup tool can be used in varied ways and multiple areas on your face. It is smart, practical and economical to use the same product in different ways. Depending on how you use them, you can create wonderful effects and make the most of your features, just like magic. You might be an experienced makeup artist or a beginner using makeup on yourself, you can always learn tips and hacks to make get the effects you want.
Your primer must complement your foundation
Face primers are designed to keep your base in place, make your skin naturally glow and keep your foundation matte. To make make the most of its effect, your primer and foundation should share the same base. Otherwise, they will repel each other and it will make it hard for you to blend them together.
Make Crow's Feet Disappear
Primer can also help minimize the effect of age on the face, particularly the infamous crow's feet. Just dab a little amount of primer around your eyes and it will make those crow's feet less visible.
Right Application For Right Coverage
When you put your foundation on, you have to use the right method to get the effect you want. F you want sheer coverage, you are better off using your fingers to apply foundation. If you prefer full coverage, use a foundation brush instead.
Eye makeup
Use a plastic spoon to apply mascara on your bottom lashes to avoid getting any on the skin under your eyes. This method can also help you to achieve a much thicker coat.
Using a scotch tape eye stencil to guide you when you apply eyeliner and eyeshadow, particularly if the style you are going for is difficult like “cat eye”. This method is also helpful to accomplish an identical look on both eyes.
If you suffer from eye bags, the best way to conceal them is by highlighting the crease and then applying a darker shade to the actual puffy area. To help you bring out your eyes, use highlights. To create this effect, use lighter colours, such as whites, creams and pearls, and apply them to the inner corners, the middle of the eye, and just under your brow bone. The best way to do it is by applying your lightest colours first and then you can start with the darker shades. You can also use a highlighter to give you an instant eye lift. Just draw an arch right above the brow and then blend with your finger. This will make your arch look raised.
Be mindful of your eye shape when you use the colour, shade and style of your eye makeup. Sample as many as you can and when you find the right ones, use them to accentuate the shape of your eyes. If you want to make your eyes look bigger, you might want to get a nude pencil. If you line your waterline with a nude pencil, it will create the illusion that your eyes are bigger than they actually are.
If you want to go for a more natural look, opt for tightlining, which consists in applying your inner liner in between your lashes. This gives the illusion that you are not wearing any makeup while it adds a little bit of colour and definition to your eyes by making the base of your lashes thicker, and therefore, it stands out more.
Lips
Use a small toothbrush to exfoliate your lips; this process will remove flakey skin that is usually made more obvious by lipstick. You can make your own lip exfoliator by mixing sugar, honey and coconut oil and apply to your lips before scrubbing.
If you want to make your lips look larger, opt for outlining your lips just outside of your natural line.
To make your lipstick last longer, hold a tissue over your lips after putting your lipstick on and then apply power over the tissue. This method will create a matte look that will last longer. Alternatively, you can opt for brands that offer 24-hour-long-lasting lipsticks.

 

What makeup to choose depending on the season

  

what makeup

Although colours and styles can vary from one person to the other, there are certain guidelines that are recommended to follow in terms of makeup to make the most of the current season. While you might have already picked the colours and makeup stye in general that best suits, it is advisable to change and try new colours as time passes; remember that your skin will not always be the same and some makeup is more appropriate to certain age groups. Therefore, it is important to update foundation, concealer and colour palette throughout the years.

Winter
If you live in the Northern hemisphere, winter is festive season where bright colours like red are king, so you might want to consider indulging in richer, deeper colours, such as wine, chestnut and dark violets. The same applies if you live in the Southern hemisphere, as your skin is paler during the winter season and the colours of the clothes are lighter, so it becomes rather favourable to make your face look radiant and vibrant with colours full of life.
Don't forget, however, that you most balance this look out. If you choose rich shades for the eyes, opt for a lighter lipstick. Medium to dark jewel tone colours are a great choice for lips, but you need to try different shades to find the one that suits you best. If you have small lips, you might be better off choosing medium berry shades, while darker shades, such as crimson, are more suitable for full lips.
Winter is also the best time of year to wear a bold and sexy red lip shade. You just need to sample different shades to find that is right for you. Try as many as you can as there is an endless array of shades. Just remember that red lipstick has been around for way too long. It is the classic and most feminine lipstick colour out there, so the choices are infinite. Red is also a colour that can be used for many occasions, Whether you are wearing a fancy dress or rocking a black leather jacket, red lipstick can be the final touch of your look.
During the day, you might want to opt for lighter colours, go easy on makeup and wear the classic neutral eye look with a deep brown liner. In the evening, opt for a classic look and use a deep chocolate red paired with a bright gold shadow with a hint of shimmer.
Don't forget to moisturise your lips during this season, as lips teng get chapped with the cold and wind. This helps to make your lips look glossy which is a good look for the season. To boost this effect, apply a shimmery gloss over any darker shade to boost the glam festive look.
This time of year is also good for deep chestnut brownie tones on your eyes, which match really well with any berry or jewel-tone lipsticks. To help brighten up your face, choose charcoal grey and metallic earth shades. When you go out at night, however, you might want to choose darker eye shades.
Spring
When the flowers bloom, it's time for you to renew yourself and create a fresh look with light colours. Choose a champagne pink colour or any other neutral eye shade to get a fresh look. If you would rather opt for a whimsical spring look, you might want to try earth-toned shadows aimed at creating a soft smokey eye and pair with a peachy-pink or nude colour with a hint of pink. Whether you have blue eyes or brown, earth tone shadows are perfect for all eye colours. Use a soft rose colour blush for the cheeks to complete this look and it goes particularly well with light pastel eyeshadow.
Summer
Use of makeup decreases during the hot months as your skin will probably enjoy a nice complexion thanks to UVB rays. Although this tanned look might make you look healthier, you might want to take the necessary precautions as any darkening in the skin is an indication of damage. Make sure you wear sunscreen and protect your skin with the an appropriate foundation.
During summertime, opt for bronzers that give the skin vitality and a healthy glow without the harmful UV effects. Apply powder bronzer with a large dome brush with light strokes to the areas of the face that normally get the most sun exposure, namely the outer cheek area, temples and lower jaw line.
Fall
Emerald green and burgundy eyeshadow are the colours that will best suit you during this season, which is all about warmth and depth of colour. In the daytime, mix these shadows with lighter liquid eyeliners - metallic gold and wine would go really well paired with these shadows. Dark brown/black or true blackliner looks will be best paired with warm eyeshadows shades when you apply your makeup in the evening.

 

Face masks

  

face masks

Whether you need to moisturise your skin, prevent wrinkles, treat acne, lighten spots or remove impurities, there's a facial mask for every beauty concern. Depending on the mask you choose, you'll be able to hydrate your skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They are also the best way to help put out impurities. All you need to do is to slap one face mask on for 10 minutes, and you'll instantly feel your skin tightened and toned. After only 10 minutes of having a face mask on, you'll feel instantly pampered; it leaves you with a sense of well-being similar to the one you get after having a massage.

While most skin care regimens require a daily routine, a face mask has visible effects even if you use them only once a week; you can use it more, however, if your skin condition requires it. Contrary to popular beliefs, face masks are not only designed for women, but they men should also make the most of their benefits.
Congested skin
If you suffer from congested skin, and therefore you have clogged pores, a lack of radiance and an uneven skin surface, you should look for masks containing AHAs like glycolic acid and BHAs such as salicylic acid. These two help resurface the skin and clear out pores, so they have the same effect as a manual exfoliation.
Blemished skin
Meanwhile, the answer to blemished skin is clay as it cleans pores, draws out excess oil and brightens up the skin. Masking with a product that contains Bentonite clay helps to remove dirt and minimize excess oils. Clay is also perfect to remove the build-up of dead skin cells that accumulate on our skin. When your pores get clogged with impurities, this contaminant gets pushed down into the pore and there is where bacteria can develop. When that bacteria grows, it leads to blemix, a flurry of breakouts and even giant pimples. That is why you need regular face masks to keep your skin surface clean and your pores unclogged.
Stressed skin
If you suffer from stressed or reddened skin - either due to rosacea, windburn or the aftermath of a skin procedure - you should look for a mask that can soothe your skin, such as oils and fragrance-free easily absorbed formulas. Leave them on overnight for best results.
Ageing skin
If you are suffering from the effects of age and your skin is showing signs of fatigue and a loss of that youthful plumpness, you might want to opt for a rich, hydrating mask that will instantly moisturise your skin. Plant oils and emollients will do the trick.
Dull skin
If your skin is looking dull and lacklustre, get a mask filled with plant enzymes, natural actives and hydration boosters. The same rule applies to dry skin; look for nourishing ingredients such as honey, fatty acids and plant oils and butters.
Masks with tingly mint in the formulation can help stimulate blood circulation and achieve glowing skin. Besides, when your mask dries on your skin and begins to harden, plus the process of removing it causes an expansion in the blood vessels in your skin. This leads to an improvement in skin tone. This process will lead to softer-feeling and smoother-looking skin; besides, it will become apparent that your skin is glowing and you will look more refreshed.
Relaxation
Another reason to apply a face mask is that they can be very relaxing. Whether they are infused with aromas like roses or mint or are fresh and cool to the touch, a face mask can be rather therapeutic. You can create a whole experience out of it with a bit of ambien - like a bath or some candles. It will be an exhilarating sensory experience that will make you feel more relaxed.
Deep cleansing
Only a mask can deeply clean your skin by removing oil, makeup and impurities from the surface of the skin. You can only draw out impurities that dwell beneath the top layers of the epidermis by using a mask. Thanks to masks' detoxifying effects, you can quickly see the results on your skin.
Masks help your overall treatment
Using masks helps all of your other skin care products - such as lotions, serums and nighttime products - work better and be absorbed by your skin quicker and deeper. If you use masks regularly, then your toning, hydrating, and protecting products will all have better results and at a faster pace.

 

Health benefits of a massage

  

Health benefits massage

Even though most people turn to massages to relax and pamper themselves, getting the right can also have surprising health benefits. In fact, massage therapy as a method to improve health is becoming more and more popular. What once was an alternative approach is now becoming much more mainstream.

Massage therapy is based on hands-on techniques designed to increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation from head to toe, among other benefits. If you are tense, need to unwind, have an injury or have extensive muscle/nerve tissue damage, massage therapy might be the right approach for you. Here are some of the benefits of a massage:
It is relaxing
This is the most obvious benefit, but it's still important nonetheless as stress can be very bad for your body and mind. When you are tense or under stress, your body produces unhealthy levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. An excess of this hormone in the body can lead to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy works lowering cortisol levels in the body. Thanks to the therapeutic benefits of a massage, after only one session, the body enters recovery mode. This form of therapy is also known for sparking feelings of relaxation, improved mood, while reducing stress levels.
It reverses the effects of sitting down for too long
According to Aaron Tanasin, a massage practitioner and owner at Paleolife Massage Therapy in Canada, “Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress. More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.”
Desk workers are more prone to suffer from more advanced forms of postural stress, which manifests itself as pain or weakness in the low back and glutes. These symptoms tend to signify prolonged periods of sitting. Massage, however, can counteract the effects of sitting for too long.
It relieves muscle pain
Massage therapy promotes muscle relaxation by targeting the source of the body's pain via eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the affected muscles and, thus, the whole body. Massage also boosts circulation to the affected or injured muscles, which in turn increases nutrients and oxygen to the damaged tissues. This stimulation of the affected areas reduces effiness stiffness and edema (swelling) in the muscles and joints, at the same time it increases flexibility to help reduce pain.
According to Tanson, massages can help assuage the pain and uneasiness that comes from sore muscles. According to Tanson, “massage increases and improves circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain.” Further studies have proved that massage therapy can be very effective to treat chronic back pain.
This form of therapy also releases endorphins, which in turn boost the dopamine and serotonin levels in the body. These hormones benefit the body physically as well as emotionally, hence promoting healing, pain management, and feelings of euphoria; they also work calming the nerves.
It can be used to treat anxiety and depression
Massage therapy can help reduce stress levels, help to treat anxiety and depression, and ultimately, over time it can boost energy levels, reduce pain, and stimulate individuals on physical as well as emotional levels. Research has shown that consistent massage sessions can reduce trigger sources for anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression.
Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing,” says Tanason.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy after a massage.
It improves sleep patterns
A massage is good to get a restful sleep. “Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy,” stated Lisa Marie de Miranda, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy.
It boosts immunity
According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, massage can boost patients' white blood cell count, which is vital for a strong immune system.
It relieves headaches
Rather than relying on pills, next time you get a headache or if you suffer from migraines, it might be worth it to get a massage. “Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches,” says de Miranda.
According to a study from Granada University in Spain, patients with chronic tension headaches perceived changes only after one session of massage therapy.
It Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
Regular massage therapy sessions can have the surprising effect of reducing blood pressure levels, according to recent research. Further studies have shown that a consistent massage program can both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure. In turn, lower blood pressure levels can help to prevent a heart attack, stroke, and/or kidney failure, as well as many other health issues.

 

All about acupuncture

  

acupuncture information education

Dating back hundreds of years, acupuncture is a traditional method used in ancient Chinese medicine. You probably have heard of it thanks to its efficacy to relive pains and maladies and its unorthodox method based inserting needles at certain areas of the body patient.
Although acupuncture has been widely used in China for hundreds of years, it has only become popular in the West during the last century fo to its therapeutic and preventive purposes. It is only used in the West, however, as a form of complementary or alternative medicine, rather than the main and only form to cure a patient, unless the malady is mild and easlity treatable with acupuncture. While you might find acupuncture treatments at clinics and hospitals, they are more widely used at spas and wellness centres.
Whether you get in one place or the other, acupuncture consists in stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body. This process causes the body to produce natural substances, namely pain-relieving endorphins. There's reason to believe that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture. To perceive longer-lasting pain relief effects of acupuncture, however, it is advisable to book more than one session.
Traditionally, it was widely believed that acupuncture works thanks to an energy, or “life force”, which flows through the body in channels called meridians. This life force is known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). According to traditionalists, Qi not flowing freely through the body leads to illness. They also firmly believe that acupuncture is the answer to restore the flow of Qi and, therefore, health.
Uses of acupuncture
Acupuncture is used to treat a large range of maladies, from chronic tension-type heads, migraines, musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones and muscles) and pain conditions, such as chronic pain (namely neck pain, joint pain, dental pain, postoperative pain, among others).
How acupuncture works
Practitioners insert needles into specific places on the body (acupuncture points). The needles used are fine, a few centimetres long, pre-sterilised and should used only once.
Practitioners choose specific points to place the needle depending on your condition. You can expect up to 12 points to be used during a typical session. This number can vary depending on your symptoms. Once the needles are in position - reaching either under the skin or deeper in the muscle tissue - they may be left in place for a varying amount of time, ranging from a few minutes to half an hour.
When the needles are inserted, you may feel a tingling or a dull ache. This process shouldn't be too painful, so if it is, you'll be better off telling your practitioner.
Techniques
Although conventional acupuncture is more widely spread, there are several techniques in applying acupuncture:
Electro-Acupuncture
Sometimes your practitioner may rotate the needles or stimulate them with a mild electric current. This method is known as electro acupuncture. In this method, inserted needles are coupled to the electrodes of an electro-acupuncture apparatus, designed to deliver a difference range of amplitudes and frequencies of electrical impulses.
Low frequency electro acupuncture is designed to reduce pain by stimulating chemicals from the brain which will aid analgesia, relaxation and sleep. It is particularly helpful in cases of chronic pain.
Acupressure
It involves the practitioner applying pressure with over Acupuncture or trigger points in order to decrease muscle tightness and to stimulate Qi flow. The amount of pressure varies depending on the condition. It is most suitable for patients with a needle phobia, children and frail patients.
Laser Acupuncture
Laser stimulation is used with any acupuncture treatment and is particularly suited for nervous patients, children, sports injuries, sensitive areas and ears.
Moxabustion and Cupping
These techniques are employed to introduce warmth into the Acupuncture points, either at the end of the Acupuncture needle - which is Moxabustion - or to areas which require increased stimulation of QI flow like in the case of Cupping. These techniques have the effect of increasing the circulation, removing waste products, reducing muscle spasm and pain.
Moreover, these treatments may also be used as before the Physiotherapist stretches the damaged tissue or mobilising a joint. Conditions treated with these techniques include Osteo-Arthritis, which areas of poor QI flow or cold conditions.

 

All about deep tissue massage

  

deep tissue massage

Although it is not commonly known, deep tissue massage has been used for thousands of years throughout the world due to its miraculous effects on physical and psychological stress. Recent studies show that deep tissue therapy is an effective way to treat common conditions like arthritis, anxiety and chronic lower back pain.

If you've tried a large range of massages, but none of them has solved your aches and tension issues, it might be time to turn to a deep tissue massage. This massage therapy consists of applying firm pressure and slow strokes to the affected area in order to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connecting tissue surrounding muscles).
As the pressure is stronger and concentrated on the problematic area, it might cause a bit discomfort. The results, however, are worth the struggle as the therapy helps assuage the pain in the long term. Given it's intensity, it is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. It is also used to treat chronic tension and injuries from overuse, such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome.
How does it work?
Although some of the strokes might resemble those used in Swedish massage therapy and acupressure, deep tissue massage involves more pressure; while it's similar to the other therapies in that they all involve moving the body into certain positions,the pace in deep tissue massages tends to be slower and pressure is applied more strongly, focused on affected areas to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
These bands of rigid tissue can cause pain and inflammation, and restrict movement and circulation in muscle tissue. You might have a stiff neck and upper back, lower back pain, tight legs or sore shoulders.
This therapy is meant to realign the different layers of tissue, treating the tendons, ligaments, fascia (the protective layer of tissue which surrounds the bones, joints and muscles), and the muscles to release tension and provide pain relief.
The massage therapy starts with light pressure applied to warm up and prep the muscles. Then, specific techniques are applied. The most common ones are:
The stripping technique involves deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle rivers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs.
The friction technique consists in applying pressure across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers.
Benefits
Deep tissue therapy is usually employed to deal with a specific problem, the likes of chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, low back pain, limited mobility, recovery from injuries - such as whiplash and falls), repetitive strain injury and postural problems.
Deep tissue massage also lowers high blood pressure, decreases the symptoms of arthritis, relieves stress, increases joint mobility and reduces chronic pain.
To make the most of the benefits of deep tissue therapy is to be as relaxed as you can and trust your therapist to relieve your pain.
The massage helps stimulate blood flow and relieve muscle tension, at the same time it lowers psychological stress and releases happy hormones like serotonin and oxytocin.
Precautions
Given the intensity of this massage, there are some precautions you must take before getting a deep tissue massage. First of all, avoid a deep tissue massage if you have been diagnosed with blood clots in the past; this is because the massage may dislodge the clots. If you are at risk of forming blood clots, talk to your doctor before getting a deep tissue massage.
You should also check with your doctor if you have had chemotherapy, radiation, recent surgery, or any medical condition. You should also avoid this type of massage if you have osteoporosis.
Bear in mind that deep tissue massage is mainly for therapy or rehabilitation rather than relaxation. Therefore, you have to be prepared to feel discomfort to some extent during the session and even after.

 

How to prevent wrinkles

  

How to prevent wrinkles

Many have tried and many have failed to come up with the great antidote to the aging process of the skin. After one fad and another, one expensive magical cream and a visibly fake plastic surgery, the best ways to prevent wrinkles remain the most natural and obvious ones. Although it's impossible to find the fountain of youth, there are ways to minimise the damage of the skin and the infamous wrinkles.

Before jumping into the ways to prevent wrinkles, it's best to delve into what causes. As you might know, our skin has two layers: the epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (below the epidermis). Wrinkles are formed in the dermis, which is made up of collagen - what makes our skin elastic and smooth - and other proteins. As our bodies produce less collagen as we age, the passing of the years results in saggy skin with wrinkles. There are external factors that accelerate this process, namely sun damage, smoking, dehydration, poor nutrition, facial expressions - laughing and squinting -, pollution and toxins, natural aging and sleeping on your side, with your cheek pushed against your pillow.
Here are some of the best ways to prevent and erase wrinkles naturally:
Hydration
Dry skin equals wrinkled skin. That is why it's important to moisturise from within. Also, you need to stay hydrated to flush out your body toxins. If you are not big on plain water, try coconut water or green tea, which is packed with antioxidants that help to detox your body.
Don't smoke
Smoking can speed up the aging process of your skin. It might take years to see its effect, but smoking is the major cause of facial wrinkling in men and women. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes leads to narrowing of the blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin. As there is less blood flow, your skin gets less oxygen and important nutrients, including vitamin A. Moreover, many of the chemicals found in tobacco smoke also damage collagen and elasticity. Besides, repeated exposure to the heat from burning cigarettes and the facial expressions we make - such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke - contribute to wrinkles. In the interest of full disclosure, avoiding aging prematurely is only one of the many reasons you shouldn't smoke.
Get your fill of antioxidants
Antioxidants keep free radicals - unstable molecules that damage our skin, such as pollution and toxins - at bay. That is why a good nutrition packed with antioxidants leads to beautiful skin. Some sources of antioxidants include blueberries, spinach, kale, walnuts, artichokes, cranberries, beans, prunes, kiwis, and most fruits and vegetables.
Nontoxic moisturiser
Although there are endless anti aging creams and moisturisers in the market, the real miracle workers are natural oils like coconut and argan oil.
Coconut oil is a treasure trove of wellness benefits and one of them is its moisturising effect when used topically and may reduce age spots, wrinkles and even cellulite. You can also use coconut oil with vitamin E - a topical antioxidant - as a body moisturiser and as a makeup remover.
Argan oil can also be used to moisturise your skin. As it is less oily than coconut oil, it might be more suitable for oily skin complexions. Apart from being a natural moisturiser, argan oil is also full of antioxidants and it's a natural anti-inflammatory.
Other oils that can be used as moisturisers are jojoba, grapeseed and olive oil.
Gelatin
As gelatin is made from cooked collagen, it's a great wrinkle fighting trick when our body starts producing less collagen. As you take gelatin as a dietary supplement, it fills in the lines and erases wrinkles. Add this dietary supplement to your morning juice or smoothie, sprinkle it on your yogurt or cereal, or add it to anything else you fancy.
Get plenty of sleep
While we sleep, our bodies produce HGH (human growth hormone) which leads to growth and cell reproduction. When we don't enough sleep, conversely, our bodies produce cortisol, a stress hormone, which slows growth, tissue maintenance and, thus causes dry skin.
Fermented cod liver oil
Since it is packed with vitamins and Omega 3, fermented cod liver oil doesn't only boosts the immune system preventing cold and flu, but it also protects the skin from sun damage. As an anti-inflammatory, this oil prevents the inflammation of the skin caused by UV rays.

 

Coconut oil: uses and benefits

  

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Depending on how and where you use it, coconut oil can benefit your health, hair and skin. This versatile oil can be used in cooking, beauty recipes and around the home. According to research, adding coconut oil to your diet and using it on your exterior can improve your health, well-being and appearance.

Coconut oil for hair
Have you ever noticed that women in tropical coastal regions boast beautiful healthy hair. Their secret is coconut oil, which helps in a healthy grow of your hair and gives a shine to those strands.
Thanks to its unique fat composition, coconut oil is especially beneficial for certain hair types and to repair damaged hair. Coconut oil is full of fatty acids that can protect dandruff or dry hair against hair damage. This oil is an excellent conditioner and helps the regrowth of process of damaged hair. Besides, it provides proteins that are essential to nourish and heal damaged hair. Studies show that it protects hair from damage caused by hygral fatigue.
You can use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment or in homemade hair products. To make the most of coconut oil's benefits, apply it topically to your hair or use a coconut oil hair mask. If you massage your head regularly with coconut oil, you can ensure that it is dandruff free.
Coconut oil for skin
Thanks to its natural antioxidant properties, coconut oil can be used as a skin lotion to stop wrinkles and skin irritation. If you rub it directly on your skin, it can help lighten age spots.
Coconut oil is also used to moisturize and nourish the skin. It can also improve the lipid content of the skin.
If you whip it with shea butter, it becomes a very soothing body balm.
You can also use coconut oil to remove your makeup, and that can become part of your ritual to moisturize your skin. Thanks to its well-known antioxidant properties, coconut oil can delay the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin caused by aging.
Coconut is also effective as a sunscreen and it can block out about 20% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. It can also be used to treat various skin problems, such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.
Coconut oil digestive benefits
Coconut oil's concentration of beneficial fats in coconut oil makes it helpful for digestion. As coconut oil helps the body to absorb fat-soluble vitamins, calcium, and magnesium, it improves digestion. This effect is doubled if coconut oil is taken with omega-3 fatty acids.
Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut by destroying bad bacteria and candida. Candida imbalance may decrease stomach acid, which may lead to inflammation and poor digestion.
The MCT's of coconut oil are easy to digest, and therefore, they don't need pancreatic enzymes to be broken down. As a result, taking coconut oil reduces the metabolic strain on the pancreas.
Coconut oil for weight loss
According to a study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health back in 1985 showed how an injection of capric acid (which abounds in coconut oil) caused “initially rapid, then a gradual decrease in food consumption and a parallel loss of body weight” in male rats. Other studies have shown that the capric acid and other medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in coconut oil can boost 24-hour energy expenditure in humans up to 5%
Studies have also shown that coconut oil may reduce appetite given the way the fatty acids in it are metabolised.
Dental care
As coconut oil helps the absorption of calcium by the body, it leads to stronger teeth. Apart from facilitating the absorption of calcium, it also stops tooth decay, reduces plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis.
Speeds up healing
When you apply coconut oil to infected areas, it forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. It also speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues when applied to bruises.
Coconut oil can also be used as a stress reliever as it is very soothing. To eliminate mental fatigue, apply it to your head followed by a gentle massage.
Athletes, bodybuilder and those on a diet often use coconut oil to boost energy and endurance, and enhance their performance. This is because it contains less calories than other oils and its fat content is easily converted into energy, so doesn't generate the accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.

 

  
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