5 ways to gently lighten your skin

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Everyone strives to have a radiant, glowing complexion and bright skin can make you feel as though you’re being lit up from the inside. With a healthy glow, you may not even need to use foundation. However, glowing, healthy skin isn’t something that can be wished into existence with a simple thought. The following are five ways to lighten your skin gently:

1.   Cleansing

To get the most out of any product that claims to lighten or speed up cellular turnover, you need to start by thoroughly cleansing your skin. Washing your skin makes it possible for any extra products that you use to reach every layer of your skin.

2.   Exfoliation

Exfoliating the skin is a procedure that is similar to washing in that it removes dead skin cells and flaky, dry skin, both of which may contribute to dullness and increased texture. You have the option of doing an exfoliation either manually or chemically. One to three times per week is the recommended frequency for exfoliation, however, the frequency you should use may vary based on the kind of skin you have.

3.   Use vitamin C serum

When applied topically, vitamin C is an all-natural component that works wonders to stimulate the production of collagen, illuminate the complexion, and ward off the effects of free radicals.

As an antioxidant, it contributes to the prevention of the potentially harmful oxidation process. Vitamin C also inhibits an enzyme that contributes to the synthesis of melanin, which results in a reduction in redness as well as hyperpigmentation, while protecting against damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin C for skin lightening also helps skin maintain its flexibility. In a nutshell, Vitamin C has the ability to reduce the appearance of dark spots, decrease inflammation, smooth out fine wrinkles, and revive dull skin.

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4.   Cell turnover

Increasing skin cell turnover is one of the most effective ways to lighten your complexion. In most cases, you’re going to have to either use an antioxidant-rich serum or look into your diet.

What’s more, cellular turnover may be stimulated by using penetrating topical serums, such as retinol, that can be applied directly onto the skin. This is why you shouldn’t apply serums to your skin until after you’ve washed and exfoliated so that you can get the most out of them.

5.   Moisturizing

Once you’ve used your chosen serums and completed your washing and exfoliating routines, it’s time to apply moisturizer. At this stage, you should be concentrating on maintaining an adequate level of hydration. If you have dry skin, you may find that a thicker moisturizer, such as one that is based on ceramides, is more beneficial. On the other hand, if you have normal or oily skin, you may find that a lighter moisturizer is more appropriate to prevent pores from getting clogged.

Conclusion

If you really want to bring the best out of your skin, the greatest thing you can do is take the time to develop a skincare routine that you’re certain you can keep up with. Remember to do your homework before introducing new items into your routine, use gentle products that are made from natural ingredients, and don’t forget to experiment with your diet and lifestyle.

Tips on Taking Care of Your Health and Well-being

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Your well-being is a general measure of how happy, content, and healthy you are in life. If you have a lot of negative thoughts and tend to be lonely with poor health, then you can safely assume that you have a low sense of well-being. Unfortunately, low well-being can creep up on people. It starts as a little negative thinking; then this can be followed by an ever more distant way of being, saying no to more and more events and suffering in silence, and doing nothing about it. This is quite clear-cut, but many people are on the scale and are not doing anything about their health and well-being. So let’s find ways you can take better care of your health and well-being:

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Practise Gratitude

Gratitude is a great way to help control the way you think. If you are someone who dwells on the negative when you have to stop this; otherwise, you are never going to have a good sense of well-being. So, in the morning, think of three things in your life that you are genuinely grateful for. Write these things down or say them out loud, or both. Focus on the reason why you are happy about these things, and concentrate on the feeling these things give you. The next morning think of three more things; it doesn’t necessarily matter what the things are or if you are repeating things. What matter is that you are learning how to create happy thoughts and emotions and hold onto these thoughts for longer and longer each day.

Minimalism

Minimalism is a way of life that help you purge all the things that are no longer relevant and have no value in your life. It is a way of living more in the present moment and not in regret of the past and anticipation of the future. A lot of negativity in people’s lives is from this way of thinking. So, declutter your living spaces. Get rid of everything that is old, broken, reminds you of past times, is no longer of use, etc. You can sell as much as you can to make some money if you like. But purge as much as possible. Then purge the people in your life that are bringing you down and get rid of those toxic habits. The more you get rid of, the freer you will feel, and you will have more time. Time is so precious, and you should use it to do the things you love to do. 

Your Appearance

Your appearance is very important to how you feel. The better you look, the better you feel. So, you should start doing something about it if you are unhappy. How many people say that diet starts tomorrow, well, it is tomorrow now, and you should be dieting. Don’t put off something that you want to do anymore. Go on that diet, start that exercise regime, and soon you will be able to buy new clothes like those men’s cropped trousers you’ve been eying up.

 

 





5 Style Tips for Looking Fashionable at Fifty

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be young to look stylish and attractive. You can look chic and fabulous no matter your age as long as you understand what looks great on you and what doesn’t. Additionally, your fashion choices will evolve as your body, lifestyle, and priorities change through the years.

That said, the key to looking fabulous at fifty and beyond is embracing your current self—not the person you were decades ago—and learning to dress that beautiful self well. If you’re looking for ideas on how to maintain a great sense of style in your golden years, read on. From choosing the right clothes to playing with colors, this article will offer several style tips to help you look and feel your best.

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Dial Up Your Wardrobe

While you may have worn a lot of plain t-shirts and joggers when you were younger, the same types of outfits can look drab if you are still wearing them decades later. Evolve your style by choosing more elegant fashion pieces. For example, you can swap your oversized t-shirts for button-down tops, cashmere sweaters, and collared shirts. Instead of sweatpants, buy leggings in dark hues and quality fabrics, like corduroy and denim, to elevate your casual look without sacrificing comfort. These are just some examples of small changes you can make that can significantly boost your style game and confidence level.

Mind Your Shoes

If you’ve been wearing high heels for years, you may want to start letting them go before they cause severe foot problems. Problems such as bunions, hammertoes, and musculoskeletal injuries are common among people who wear high heels, and they’re more prone to accidents as well. Heels can break, snag, or otherwise feel unbalanced, which can cause fall-related injuries.

Your feet and legs become stiffer and less flexible with age, so it’s best to stick to less complicated footwear. Espadrilles, sneakers, loafers, and ballet flats are casual footwear options that look fashionable yet feel comfortable. On the other hand, leather flats with dainty embellishments, low-block heel sandals, and kitten heels look great at formal events and dressy occasions.

Tone Down Your Accessories

You may want to steer clear of loud and overly trendy fashion accessories that look almost costumey as you reach the half-century mark. Bold and statement pieces may look edgy and playful on your younger self, but they may look out of place with your current fashion preferences. It’s worth pointing out that toning down your accessories doesn’t mean you’re giving up the glam. Instead, you can rely on classy, minimalist pieces that elevate your outfit in a tasteful way.

Let’s say you’re wearing a monochromatic ensemble. Instead of wearing flashy and colorful jewelry pieces, you can opt for an elegant crystal brooch that adds just the right amount of sophistication to your wardrobe. A steel or leather bracelet watch, a pair of diamond stud earrings, oversized sunglasses, and a silk scarf are other examples of gorgeous but not-over-the-top accessories that can spice up your wardrobe effortlessly.

Go Beyond Black

Black is often the go-to fashion color as it suits all body types and helps create a streamlined, elongated, and slimmer silhouette. However, you may want to opt for softer hues as you grow older. This is because wearing black pieces near the face can make the shadows around the eyes, wrinkles, and dark necklines under the chin appear more prominent.

To avoid this aging effect, choose tops, jackets, hats, and similar items in other neutral shades, such as charcoal gray, navy blue, beige, and khaki. Do you want to keep wearing black? If so, there’s a way to make it work in your favor. All you have to do is add a pop of color near your face to brighten it up. For instance, if you have a little black dress on, you can wrap your neck with a light-colored silk scarf or wear a chunky statement necklace.

Invest in Flattering Pieces

Fill your closet with clothes that complement and flatter your figure. Choose pieces you’d love to wear over and over again because they make you look and feel great. Peplum tops and wrap dresses that create the illusion of a slimmer waist, structured blazers that accentuate your curves, and pencil skirts that hug your lower body perfectly are some staples you may want to consider. When you have quality clothes and flattering cuts in your style arsenal, it’s easier and more enjoyable to create fashionable outfits.

To cap off the style tips above, be confident. When you carry yourself with pride and composure, it becomes apparent to those around you. More than what you wear, this is the quality that will attract people to you. So, as you pick out your clothes, style your outfits, and select the right accessories, look in the mirror and give yourself a huge smile. Embrace your golden years and let your natural beauty shine through.

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