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Look Hot When You Enter A Room

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Everyone wants to make a grand entrance; to be able to command attention as soon as you walk into the room. How do you do it? Pause briefly before entering, make eye contact, look as if you’re happy to be there, try not to fall, or recover gracefully if you do: all great ways of using body language. But while the importance of great body language cannot be underestimated, you don’t really need it if you already have a great body. You can shape up with squats to make a grand entrance effortlessly. Here are a few squat exercise routines you can do to turn some heads when you walk in a room.

The Basic Squat
Squats are one of the best exercises for the lower body. They target all the major lower body muscles, including the glutes, hips, and thighs. The basic squat is good for beginners or those who are overweight, or suffering from knee problems.

  1. Stand in front of a chair with feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Contract abs, keeping them tight while you bend your knees and squat in the direction of the chair.
  3. Move hips back, keeping head up and torso straight. Extend arms if you need help balancing.
  4. Sit on the chair and contract the glutes to lift out of the chair and begin to extend your legs.
  5. Extend your legs fully until your back to a standing position without locking your knees.
  6. Repeat for 1 to 3 set of 10 to 16 reps.

Wide squat

Plie Or Wide Squat
This squat incorporates a little more inner thigh action and helps target leg muscles in different ways.

  1. Start in a wide stance with toes pointed outward at a comfortable angle. Align your knees with your toes, so they don’t go out too far.
  2. You may want to hold two dumbbells on your upper thighs or a singles dumbbells in front. on the shoulders, or behind the head.
  3. Bend your knees and lower down into a squat, keeping your knees in line with your toes, and your abs tight.
  4. Push back to beginning stance without locking knees.
  5. Do 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 16 repetitions.

Barbell squat

Barbell Squats
These are more intense types of squats which add weight to your shoulders and require more work form the gluteus.

  1. Stand with feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Hold the barbell just above your shoulders on the “meaty part,” or the trapezius muscles. Use a bar pad to protect your back if you are uncomfortable.
  3. Bend knees, lowering into a squat until your knees are at ninety degree angles.
  4. Contract glutes and legs, keeping your body stabilized with your torso tight.
  5. Stand back up slowly without locking your knees. Do 1 to 3 sets of 10 to 16 reps.

Wall Sits
Wall sits are a great exercise you can do without any equipment. They require you to hold a static position rather than working through a range of motion.

  1. Stand about 2 feet in front of a wall and lean against it.
  2. Slide down and walk feet out until your knees are close to 90 agree angles and hold with abs contracted for 20 to 60 seconds.
  3. Return to starting position and repeat varying angles of squats to work the body in different ways.

One Legged Squat
This is an advanced exercise challenging your balance and stability. This version incorporates the use of an exercise ball to add more of a challenge.

  1. Put an exercise ball behind your lower back and lean against it.
  2. Lift your left foot slightly off the ground moving your right foot toward the middle to maintain balance.
  3. Contract the muscles in your right leg, keeping the left leg lifted, lower into a squat, resting your hands on the wall if you need extra balance.
  4. Return to starting position, repeating all reps on the right leg before switching to your left.

Tips For Safe Squatting
Keep your weight over your ankles and your heels not the floor throughout the movement. Knees should always remain in line with your toes. Send the hips back, not the knees forward. Keep shoulders back, maintain a natural arch in your lower back and keep the neck and head in a neutral position.

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Underlying Causes Of Skin Discoloration

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Hyper: as a prefix, it means over, excessive, above or beyond. Pigmentation: The coloration of tissues by pigment. Put them together and you get hyperpigmentation, the excessive discoloration of skin tissues by pigment.

When it comes to what women want in terms of the appearance of their skin, even tone and uniform color usually top the list. So what can you do if factors come into play that prevents you from having the ideal skin tone? When it comes to correcting hyperpigmentation, the first step is knowing how it is caused.

Acne Related

  1. Cause: When acne is the cause of discoloration, the symptoms can often show up long after the blemish is gone. Inflammation is an unavoidable part of acne and the more inflamed the blemish is, the greater the risk of scarring. Although inflammation can be a desirable bodily response to help the pimple fade and heal, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can occur. While PIH does not affect the texture of the skin, it can cause discoloration, which can take a while to fade.
  2. Solution: The best cure for acne related hyperpigmentation is a topical product that lightens and brightens. Glycolic masks, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, and retinol can all help to reduce dark spots; chemical peels can be effective and, if the spots are red and flat, you may want to consider redness reducing laser treatment.

Sun Related

  1. Cause: If your hyperpigmentation is sun related, it is caused by the deposits of melanin on the skin produced by UV rays. The resulting spots occur on the face, hands, and chest and are usually light to dark brown and can make skin look much more mature than it is.
  2. Solution: Retinoid, IPL, and fractional laser treatments are the best ways to deal with sun-related discoloration. IPL sends a beam of light through skin that seeks out melanin. As the light is absorbed, it breaks the pigment up, making it less visible. A series of treatments are necessary to make a noticeable difference. In fractional laser resurfacing, lasers send a beam of fractioned energy to initiate a wound healing response to correct hyperpigmentation.

Hormone Related

  1. Cause: Birth control, pregnancy, and menopause can all lead to a spike in production of melanin. In fact, many doctors correlate the rise in hyperpigmentation to increased prescription of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. The hormone surge, along with sun exposure causes the skin to darken.
  2. Solution: Hydroquinone and retin-A are the most commonly prescribed treatments prescribed by doctors to treat hyperpigmentation, salicylic, glycol, and lactic peels can also be effective, as can IPL and the use of vitamin C based products.

If you are suffering from skin discoloration, let us know how you deal with it. What is the most effective method for fighting hyperpigmentation?

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Choosing A Bathing Suit That Is Perfect For Your Body

It’s time for the big reveal. You’ve spent the last six months blissfully unaware of everything that was going on from the neck down, delivering your favorite foods to your mouth with a devil may care attitude, keeping the lights low in the bathroom, living in leisure and now the days of reckoning have come.

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It’s summer and that means its time to come out of hiding. Time to don that bathing suit, and shed the baggies. But, have no fear. If you don’t feel up to snuff, there’s a bathing suit for that. Here are some bathing suits to suit every body type.

For a Slimmer Bottom
If you carry most of your weight in your derriere, you need to add a little extra oomph to your top. Look for simple bikini bottoms in solid colors paired with some molded cups on top for added volume and lift.

Boyish Figure
If you’re looking for a suit to add some curve to your figure, utilize design and pattern. A two piece with bold stripes and ruffles on top will add dimension to your bust and hips while showing off your lovely legs and flat stomach.

Hourglass Shape
Ladies with hourglass shapes need a suit that will play up curves without overpowering your frame. You can wear a bikini with a bold floral print to add some color while letting your body take center stage.

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Pear Shaped Body
Learn to love your lower half. Bikini bottoms tend to cut into your thighs and hips, making them bulge. Try a one piece with a V-neck or halter top and high cut bottoms. Suits with a little padding or detail on the top will help balance your figure. Patterns like slimming stripes or polka dots can work wonders.

Small Chest
Need an extra lift on top without the discomfort of underwire? Flatter your upper body with a full coverage top, with a supportive band beneath the bust and halter straps. You’ll feel confident and comfortable, without sacrificing style.

Petites
Petite women often have the extra challenge of finding something that fits them snugly. The solution? Adjustable bottoms. String bikinis allow you to cinch the sides so you can adjust accordingly. You’ll be surprised just how flattering these can be to your figure.

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Vintage Suits with Coverage
Some situations are a win- win. The resurgence of the retro bathing suit means that you can be stylish while covering a little more area.

Try a one-piece with cut-outs or look for a bikini with a full sized bottom.

What kind of suit works best for your body? Let us know what you’re wearing to the beach this year! And have fun on the beach

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Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They’re Gone

It’s summer and it’s that ‘fry an egg on the sidewalk” type of weather. Your friends are sending you selfies and texts from their exotic vacation spots while you lie on the couch in front of the air conditioner trying to keep your hair from frizzing. What’s a girl to do? Her nails!

It may be the dog days of summer, but that’s no excuse for letting your nails go! Put on the air conditioner and get out that polish! And do it soon, because the colors of summer may not be around for too long. Here are some of the best summer colors you simply have to have!

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Candy Crush
With all the fireworks of summer, its always a great idea to glitter bomb your nails. Get those nails looking just as hot as the weather with some multi-color glitter nail polish. Finish the look with some eye catching rings on every finger top and bottom.

Cake Pop
Nails that look like ten cake pops! What could be better? This pink pastel color will look great against your skin and while making a super feminine statement that can complement your inner lady or provide a contrast to your tomboy side.

Floss Gloss
Summer nail polish doesn’t have to be bright. Try a neutral palm tree color. It will work like color correcting concealer to tone down summer weathered hands, and look great while doing it.

Electric Orange
Anything starting with the word electric has to be great for summer. Besides, since your not doing tans anymore, you need something to give you color. Orange is a great cheery summer color and will provide a great contrast to your more expected pinks and reds.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Coral
Coral is always a great classy choice for all of your cosmetics and summer fashion. Its really on trend this 2017 and is guaranteed to fully complement your entire summer wardrobe. The pinky peach color is a great way to keep things lively, and you can always add a glitter topcoat for a little extra kick.

Red
There will always be a place for classic red in every nail polish collection. No matter the season, red will always make a strong, sexy feminine statement. You can never go wrong with red.

Subtle Grey
Every once in a while, it is a good idea to take it down a notch. With all the summer colors heating things up, you may want to cool off with a nice subtle grey. Look for the color in matte finish to keep it fun and bright.

Sweet Almond
They say variety is the spice of life, and if you’re always looking to change things up, this may be the color for you. Sweet almond is somewhere between gray and lilac, but there is nothing boring or sleepy about this light purple. Definitely a color for the ages.

Grab These Summer Nail Polish Colors Before They're Gone

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Nude
Nothing like going nude in the summer. If its the barer the better, try this neutral on for size. It’s summer in a bottle.

What are you putting on your nails this summer? Drop us a line and let us know how your nailing your nails in the midst of all the heat.

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Give These Summer Skincare Tips A Try

The day of reckoning has come. The days are getting longer and the shorts are getting shorter. It’s time to unveil all those parts of the body that you’ve been referring to as the “nether regions” this past winter, and that means your skin has to be up to the task. How are you going to get your pasty legs “Daisy Duke” ready in time to hit the beach? No problem! Just dust off that razor, toss out the old sunscreen, and get ready to glow crazy.

Exfoliate
Your body is a skin cell shedding machine. You need to get rid of all those dead cells before they end up collecting on your skin, making it look dull and dry. Lotions is not enough. You need to grab a good body scrub and high tail it to the shower, now! Rub the exfoliator over your body in circular movements and rinse. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep skin soft and smooth.

Shave the Right Way
If you haven’t been exactly diligent about your shaving practices last winter, its time to pay the piper. Find a good razor that won’t cause razor burn and invest in a good women’s shaving lotion with moisturizers. If you find yourself without lotion, hair conditioners will do in a pinch.

Use A Summer Scented Lotion
You don’t want to just look like summer, you want to smell like it too. Get the full effect with a light fast absorbing summery gel or spray. Coconut and mango scents absolutely bespeak of summer. Make sure to apply right after drying off from the shower to seal in moisture.

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Safe Summer Glow
It may seem hard to believe that less than 40 years ago, people spent their summers basking in the sun hoping to catch some color. Nowadays, we have to seek our glow from containers. Sunless tanners are a great option for giving your skin a glow this summer. You can also alternate your usual facial moisturizer with a tinted one to build gradual color, giving the effect of an effortlessly maintained tan all summer long.

Feet
Time to switch out those winter boots for your slinky sandals? An at home pedicure may be on the agenda. Use a foot scrub and file to scrub off dry, dead skin a few times a week. Products with ADA acids will add some exfoliating action to your pedi, making your feet sandal ready.

Nail Polish
While you’re working on those feet, you may want to polish those toenails. You can go for something bolder on the toes than the fingernails, and its bound to stay on for a lot longer because we don’t clean our houses with our feet. Just apply a base coat, two coats of color, and a clear top coat for protection. Go barefoot for a few hours to let polish set.

New Sunscreen
The importance of a good sunscreen cannot be overstated in the summer months. Using last year’s unused sunscreen is not going to cut it. Be safe and buy a new bottle and use it. You should apply a shot glass sized amount of sunscreen to your body and a full teaspoon for just the face and neck area. Reapply every 1 to 2 hours. Be sure to look for something with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.

How are you getting your glow on this summer? Let us know your favorite summer glow to-s.

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Try The “Tissue Test” To Determine Your Skin Type

If you’re trying to choose the best skin care treatment for your skin, whether it be cleansing, moisturizing, or toning, the first step is always the same: determining your skin type. Which should be easy, right? How far off the mark can you be? But truthfully, we’re all a little unsure, and if you’re reluctant to admit confusion, you’re not alone.

You see, as it turns out, determining your skin type can be more difficult than you might think. That’s because skin type changes as you age. Acne-prone teens can grow into adults with dry sensitive skin and clear skinned twenty-somethings can develop breakouts later in life. Heaters, air conditioning, changes in weather and other external factors can also affect skin behavior. If you’re among the many who are not sure which skin type category your fall under, you may want to try the “tissue test” for an accurate read.

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The Tissue Test

  1. Cleanse your face. Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face and pat dry. Remove all traces of makeup. This will clear away the daily accumulation of oil and dirt, leaving your skin in the best shape for the test. Be careful to avoid over washing.
  2. Wait an hour. This will give your skin time to return to its most natural state, restoring pH balance after cleansing. Try to avoid touching your face during this time.
  3. Dab your face with tissue.
  4. Pay most attention to your “T-zone,’ the area including the nose and forehead.

Results

Normal Skin
If you have normal skin, your skin will show no oil and no flaking skin, and feel smooth and supple. If you have this, congratulations, this is the most desirable type.

Oily Skin
A greasy tissue means greasy skin. Oily skin is also characterized by large pores and a shiny complexion.

Dry Skin
If your skin feels taut or shows dead skin flakes it means you have dry skin. It is also common for people with this skin types to have small pores. Moisturize, moisturize!

Combination
If your skin shows all three traits of the above type, join the crowd. Combination skin is the most common skin type. Usually, this means the skin in the T-zone is oily, while other parts are normals or dry.

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Skin Problems
In addition to having a “type,” there are two common “problem” categories that your skin can fall under.

Sensitive skin
If your skin reacts easily to regular facial products, developing redness, itchiness, or rashes, your skin is sensitive.

Acne-Prone
Teenager of not, if you see spots, you’ve got acne-prone skin. Look for a good product with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid on the market, or visit a dermatologist for advice.

Did you do the tissue test? Did it work for you? Let us know, and tell us what works best on your skin type.

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Caffeine’s Effects On Your Skin

Judging from the lines at Starbucks, people sure like the effects of coffee. It seems that coffee companies cannot find enough ways of incorporating the bean into new drinks. Just when you think you finally figured out the difference between a mocha chino and macchiato, a new drink appears with lines of people ready to dole out their hard-earned cash for the latest blast of caffeine infused sweetness. And while these consumers may be giving themselves an extra pat on the back for the not so recent evidence of coffee’s antioxidant properties, they may be less enamored to hear of how the brew actually affects the skin.

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Tannins
Tannin is a chemical present in coffee and tea. If the knowledge that tannin is used in tanneries to process leather isn’t enough to convince you that it’s not something you want in your coffee, consider its effects on your skin. Tannins prevent the pores of cells from receiving nutrients. Other things that make tannin such a great leather treatment, and a such a lousy skin treatment, are its hydration removal properties, which can make skin brittle over time.

Liver Spots
Liver spots are a common skin problem for older people. The liver functions as a filter to purify your blood, allowing cells to receive essential nutrients and oxygen. Over the long term, coffee can block the liver with toxins, preventing it from doing its job. The impurities in the blood result in high levels of liver congestion and toxicity which can result in the appearance of the dreaded liver spot, according to Chet Day’s Health and Beyond Online.

Dehydration
Not only does the tannin contribute to skin dehydration, the caffeine in the coffee acts like a diuretic in high amounts, furthering the dehydrating effects. Diuretics cause increased urination which dries out your skin and your body. Although a few cups of Joe a day may not dry you out too badly, try to keep your intake to under 4 cups to avoid problems.

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Acne
Ok, so the word is still out on the acne-caffeine connection, but it seems to be the opinion of most experts that, while caffeine may not cause acne, it could exacerbate an already existing condition, according to AbsoluteAcneInfo.com. The toxic effects of coffee on the liver may also contribute to acne because the caffeine can block the liver from purifying blood, which may taint skin cells.

Topical Use Of Caffeine
Why, you may be wondering, if coffee is so bad for the skin, is it a common ingredient in skin care products? Well, it turns out that the antioxidant properties in caffeine make it an effective anti-ager and its ability to constrict small blood vessels and reduce inflammation can help minimize sagging skin and dark circles under the eyes. Caffeine’s anti- inflammatory qualities often aid in reducing the appearance of cellulite and its dehydrating abilities help to draw excess fluids from fat cells.

So the upshot? When it comes to caffeine and your skin, put it on you, not in you. Let us know what you think? Is the caffeine withdrawal worth the potential skin benefits?

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