There comes a point when we look at the signposts of aging, and they are all over our body. The first giveaway tends to be your hair, but they are so many other things but we neglect, until it’s too late. The solution? Making sure that you spot the signs of aging well in advance, but also combine it with a healthy approach to maintaining your looks. What are the features you need to look after to ensure, not just a youthful face, but a youthful body?

 Your Neckline

You don’t always consider your neckline to be something that you can change. Yes, you can get a facelift or a neck lift, but there are exercises making the rounds online where you can work these aspects to keep them tighter (there’s one below). Sagging is one of those things that shows up on our jowls, and is a dead giveaway of aging.

 Your Teeth

The lifetime of foods and drinks that stain your teeth will show up, not just on the teeth themselves, but on your breath. Our teeth move and shift as we get older, and there are simple solutions, removable aligners to straighten teeth are on the market, so you don’t have to wear unsightly braces anymore. Putting this in during the night time will be a simple method to realign your teeth. Use this in conjunction with white strips to remove yellowing or spotting on your teeth, but also drink a little bit more water, especially after sugary or fizzy drinks, and you will help keep that smile pearly white.

 Your Waist

Many people think that a little extra weight around the middle area is okay, but as you get older, gravity begins to take its toll and your muscle tone diminishes. Toning exercises help, such as yoga.

 Your Eyelashes

You begin to lose hair on your eyelashes as you age, resulting in short eyelashes, with the hair sparsely placed. This can be remedied very easily, such as eyelash extensions but also products that can help your eyelashes regain there thickness. A product like Latisse is one that is similar to botox, but is a serum you can purchase online.

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 Your Fashion Sense

Sometimes it’s just this simple! If you dress for comfort and not style, and you wear minimal color, then it’s going to add many years to your appearance. Simple ways to fix this are to add some more tailored fits, as well as color, but go for more relaxing styles, such as cardigans, blazers or jeans. You don’t have to dress your age if you don’t feel it!

 Your Attitude To Stress

This is something we don’t think about much, but if you spend so much time worrying about the impacts of everything on your skin, your hair, and your entire body, then do you think stress has a part to play? Having an unhealthy obsession with your body could be show more stressful problems beneath the surface. If you are prone to stress, this is going to show up on your face as wrinkles and gray hair. Now, it’s not easy enough to say “don’t have a stressful life,” but if you find yourself wired for stress, it’s important for you to address your attitude towards it. If you find yourself getting annoyed or anxious at the drop of a hat, is there something you can do to calm this? Indulge in something that you enjoy on a regular basis, and make sure that you balance your life out.

 Your Skin’s Amount Of Sun Exposure

We all like a vacation, and a lot of us live in parts of the world that doesn’t get much sun, meaning the temptation to get on the sunbed is very high. But if you spend prolonged periods on a sunbed, or out in the sun generally, this will have, not just a big impact on your skin, but you are increasing your risk of skin cancer. Even if you spent your life in the sun, it isn’t too late to try and reverse some of the effects. You can hydrate your skin regularly, but you can also bleach the brown spots, or even try LED units to promote collagen production. These are all things that can be done by visiting a dermatologist.

 We all want to look young, but the solution is not always in the place that we think it is. Instead of focusing on one particular area, spend time changing various features, and you will see the benefits.

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People always ask ‘are you ready for the summer?’, and you should reply ‘no, I’m always prepared!’ The idea that vacations and breaks only take place from June to August is ridiculous. At the moment it’s February, and that’s a good enough reason than any jet set to a sandy, isolated beach on the African coast. However, it’s imperative that you are prepared for landing on the tarmac and that means getting your body into shape. Forget the long hours at the gym because they are tedious and boring. Instead, focus on these four straightforward steps.

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Bronze Up

I’m a full out European mutt- but basically if you look at my parents I’m basically half Italian/ half Eastern European. I got more fair genes than my bronze mama. Thankfully, bronzer is on hand to add a little bit of tan to your complexion. Plus, it also complements muscle definition, and that makes you look more toned while frolicking in the surf. As always, use small amounts and top up when necessary. And, apply manually because sunbeds are health hazards according to the experts.

Assist the girls

As someone who has had to wear a bra since I was 8, I’ve considered having them… downsized? The grass is always greener though and I’m not sure that many women actually feel 100% confident in their chest. (Major kudos to those who do though!) Hiring a plastic surgeon may seem extravagant, but don’t forget about augmentation. It changes the shape without invasive treatment. For the truly au naturel women readers, it’s easy to situate yourself with the right choice of bikini. Never choose anything that is too lightweight as popping out the sides isn’t recommended. Plus, think about the shape and size also. An online guide can help if you need inspiration.

Food For Thought

Don’t fret because this post isn’t going to tell you to try a fad diet. You like to eat and that is healthy. Of course, a couple of handy pointers always come in handy on vacation. One to keep in mind at all times is the benefit of water-rich fruits. Produce such as melon and watermelon are full of H2O and help keep the body hydrated. As a result, the skin will glisten in the hot sun. Also, chomping on these foods is a fantastic way to avoid feeling bloated  as they are light as well as tasty.

Wax On, Wax Off

I’ve never had my legs waxed and don’t plan on it. Honestly, it’s too much hassle and very frustrating for the majority of ladies. Thankfully, there are other options. Take electrolysis or IPL as examples. But, by far the least painful and stress-free is the Depilar System. After waxing, a pro adds the gel to problem areas and it slowly kills the cells. After five or six treatments, there should be no hairy leg syndrome every again.

So, are you ready to hit the beach regardless of the time of year?

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Whilst weddings are known for being one of the best days of many a blushing bride’s lives, they can also be quite stressful, and a large part of that stress comes in the form of how expensive weddings can be to arrange.  Nobody wants a wedding disaster and many people throw money at the problem in order to ensure everything runs smoothly, yet if you don’t have the luxury of heaps of cash lying around or don’t fancy putting everything on zero interest credit cards, you might need to get a little more creative.

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Whether you’re looking to save on the often extortionate cost of wedding catering or simply want your guests to enjoy the personal touch of offering home cooked food, the idea of catering your own wedding can be a recipe for mayhem unless you do things right.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Often, our attention goes straight to what we’re going to serve with less consideration for how we’re going to make the food, keep it warm at the venue, serve it, store it, and so on.

Most importantly, you’ll want to consider how to keep the food you’re serving warm; as an example if you’re serving a buffet with pulled pork as a feature, then slow cookers (also known as crock pots) are a great way to keep the food at a safe temperature with low maintenance… and most of your friends will have one lying about somewhere at home!

A RUSTIC BUFFET

A rustic themed wedding can open the door to a more relaxed and collaborative effort; some weddings even encourage guests to get involved with bringing a particular dish like a street party.  The great thing about offering a rustic buffet is that the food tends to be cold, meaning all you need to do is keep it chilled and then have people set it up in less than thirty minutes.  In terms of equipment, a few paper plates large serving bowls and tongues is all you’ll need.

BBQ

If you’re planning a summer wedding, what better way to celebrate than with a barbecue – the smells, the tastes, the camaraderie of it all.  Gas barbecues are by far the easiest and it offers a very convenient way to cater larger weddings; all you’ll need are a few tables of interesting salads as a buffet, a variety of sauces, and a few cooler boxes packed with meat to be grilled in the afternoon.

FOOD TRUCKS

Okay, technically this isn’t catering your own wedding… but it’s a low-cost equivalent that will save you heaps of time and be quirky.  Now, this is your wedding day so there should be consideration for hiring a food truck specializing in gourmet cuisine and perhaps a boutique ice cream van rather than the local bog standard ice cream van that kids chase around the neighborhood… the prevalence of gourmet food trucks that offering anything from burritos to hog roasts and specialist burgers with all sorts of weird and wonderful meats such as ostrich, buffalo and even crocodile – can be a very quirky way to feed and entertain your guests.

In summary, remember that this is your wedding day; it’s a celebration of the love between you and your partner – it’s not a day to be running around after people in a kitchen apron.  If you’re thinking about catering your own wedding then the best approach is to look at how you can pre-prepare the majority of the food so that you’re free to enjoy your special day.

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It’s not secret that a lot of people are fairly wasteful. The fact is that as a society, we have become rather wasteful. Unlike our ancestors of the past, we don’t tend to live by the motto ‘mend and make do’. Instead, when an item of clothing rips or a zip gets stuck, we chuck the item out and replace it with a new piece.

The life that many people lead in 2018 is, without a doubt a fairly wasteful one, and one that is far more affordable than it needs to be. So if this year, you’d like to reduce your spending to make life more affordable or to save for something exciting like a holiday or your wedding, then the tips below may be useful.

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Save leftovers

Far too many of us choose to simply scrape leftover food into the trash, which is a total waste of food, time and money. If we took the time to place any leftovers into a Tupperware container in the refrigerator or freezer, we would save ourselves time and money in the future.

If you want to cut costs this year, make a conscious effort to save leftovers, rather than simply chucking them away. Pot up any leftover food and put it on your fridge or freezer to have another day – by doing this, you will save money on the cost of entire meals each week, which over time will add up.

Get rid of unwanted gift cards

Have you been given a gift card for Christmas or your birthday that just isn’t to your tastes? Instead of burying it in the bottom of your purse and forgetting about it, why not sell it and pocket the cash?

There are various sites like Cards2Cash for instance, that you can use to sell unwanted (in date) gift cards to, and get paid for doing so. This way the gift card doesn’t get wasted, and you still get some money for it. Now, that’s a savvy choice.

Mend your clothes

There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to new clothes throughout the year if you need them. However, a mistake that you don’t want to make is choosing to get rid of clothes just because they have a rip or a stain on them, instead attempt to fix them.

By fixing damaged clothing yourself, rather than throwing it away and replacing it, you can significantly cut costs and reduce the amount of money that you are wasting each year.

The fact is that we live in a society that doesn’t value savvy living as much as in times gone by, which has meant that it’s easier than ever to get into a habit of not valuing your finances. Whereas, when it comes to your spending, it’s important to ensure that you do think carefully about what you are spending money on, and make an effort not to be wasteful.

 

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Getting older is one of those things that no one likes to think about but that we’re all going to have to deal with at some point. Of course, the old saying that you’re only as old as you feel is totally true, and there’s no reason why you should let your age get in the way of the things in life that you want to do. Then again, that can be a lot harder to do when you feel as though your age is starting to show on your face for the world to see. If your skin is ageing faster than you would like, then you could easily end up looking even older than you are which is something that pretty much everyone would really rather avoid! Of course, it’s important to remember that there are always things that you can do in order to stop that from happening. With that in mind, here are just a few things that you can do in order to keep your skin looking as young and healthy as you feel.

 Stay hydrated

One of the biggest problems that many of us have in the modern era is that we simply aren’t staying properly hydrated. This can cause a whole host of different problems including exhaustion and other health issues. But one of the most obvious signs that you’re not properly hydrated is the impact that it can have on your skin. If you’re not drinking enough water, then your skin is going to end up dry and oily as well as ageing prematurely. Now, you might think that you drink plenty throughout the day but remember that there’s a big difference between drinking things like coffee and alcohol, which are serious diuretics, and actually drinking water. Try to drink at least a couple of liters of water every day in order to keep your skin looking smooth and healthy.

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Take care of it

There are so many different skincare products on the market that trying to figure out which one is right for your skin can seem almost impossible. After all, if they all say that they’re going to have some kind of amazing impact on your skin, how can you tell the real deal from the false advertising. Well, one of the very best ways to do that is to check out reviews online. After all, marketing is never going, to be honest, but people who’ve used a product and left a review have no reason to lie. That way you can pretty much guarantee that someone is going to be honest about their impressions of any skincare products. Not only that but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the list of active ingredients. Things like retinol tend to be a good sign that the product that you’re going to be using will have a genuinely positive impact on your skin.

Also know your allergies. As it turns out, I may be allergic to tea tree oil, which is why the Korean BB cream I was so excited to try destroyed my face. Rose hip oil, like the one above has been good to me, but I have friend who is allergic to that as well. I highly recommend this moisturizer to anyone with skin issues as it fixed my face in days. However, the packaging was annoying so I’ve switched to Brandless’ Daily Facial Moisturizer because it has:

Moisturizing Aloe
No Parabens
No Phthalates
Antioxidizing Safflower Oil
Gluten Free
Dermatologist Tested
Allergy Tested
Suitable For All Skin Types
No Animal Testing
Cruelty Free

Quit smoking

Now, this is only one of the many, many reasons why you should quit smoking. After all, there really is no excuse for being ignoring of just how terrible cigarettes are for you. However, one of the things that people don’t know is how much of an impact smoking can have on your skin. Check out this article https://www.siobeauty.com/blogs/news/crepey-skin on crepey skin to see the kind of impact that cigarettes can have on your complexion. You could end up looking far older than you are as well as losing a great deal of the softness and bounce that you want from your skin when it comes to trying to look your very best.

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Get more sleep

Along with not being hydrated enough, one of the most common reasons that a lot of people find that their skin is looking tired is that they themselves are also pretty tired! Modern life can be incredibly busy and stressful, and it’s incredibly common that people find themselves needing to make sacrifices in order to fit everything in. However, all too often people end up sacrificing sleep for the sake of getting as much done as possible. Not only is cutting back on sleep just going to make you feel incredibly tired and irritable, as well as having an impact on your health, it’s also going to leave you will bags under your eyes, loose skin, and premature wrinkles. No matter how busy you are, never let your need for a decent night’s sleep fall by the wayside.

Go makeup free

Makeup is great! Being able to express yourself and look the way that you want is one of the very best things in the world. However, it’s important that you don’t get to a point where you’re dependent on wearing makeup every single day. If you’re wearing makeup every day, then your skin isn’t going to get the chance to breathe, and you’ll end up with clogged pores and damaged skin. Go makeup free for at least a couple of days a week, and the difference to your skin is going to be huge! Not only that but you’ll be able to start learning to avoid relying on makeup to make you feel confident in the way that you look. After all, wearing makeup is great, but not if you feel like you have to just to leave the house.

Of course, there’s no reason why you should spend huge amounts of your time worrying about your skin if you’re not really that concerned. After all, there are plenty of women out there who are more than happy to get older gracefully and have no interest in trying to look any younger than they are. Would anyone ever look at Helen Mirren and tell her that she needed to make an effort to look younger? Of course not! Because she looks amazing and a big part of that is the way that she has willingly embraced her age and refused to try and fight against it because of the kinds of expectations that are placed on her and other women by society. Never let other people tell you how you’re supposed to look at any stage of your life.

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