If you have those lumpy, dimply skin that often resembles cottage cheese or orange rinds, it’s quite normal. 9 out of 10 women have certain degree of cellulite on their thighs, buttocks, bellies and arms. But, why just woman?
Cellulite occurs when pockets of fat pushed up against connective tissue underneath the skin. Female skin tissue is thinner and less porous therefore, when fat cells push up, they’re more noticeable.
Tips to help minimize its appearance so you can wear bikini confidently next time you go to the beach!
- Avoid too much sugar and salt in your diet. Sugar stores in fat cells and causes expansion, salt causes fluid retention.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily helps to flush out toxins that hide in the fat layers beneath the skin. Hydration helps to plum up the skin making it look less lumpier.
- Switch to non-elastic undergarments made of smooth fabric with an invisible edge. Create even pressure on skin and prevent fat from being pushed up and deposited in unwanted areas. Thong and Capri length undergarments are also good choices.
- Massage DO work! By creating friction, you can loosen or soften those fibrous connective bands between the skin, stimulate circulation and drain excess fluids. When fat cells aren’t full, the lumps look smooth.
- DO NOT take diuretic products. Diuretic reduce fluid buildup for a brief period of time, and can negatively impact your digestive system.
Or alternatively, try ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa…
I am sure these are not things that are going to sound brand new to you. But if you follow this simple 3 step plan, you are bound to lose weight and gain a bunch of energy. Of course add the exercise into this anytime you can.
- Get enough rest. Lacking in sleep can increase your chance of being overweight. How you ask? Well your brain craves dopamine and serotonin. These two naturally occurring chemicals in our bodies come from sleep. When we do not get the right amount of sleep at night, our bodies and brain still crave it. So we seek other sources to quelch the craving, mainly in searching out sugary foods. Sugary foods equal weight gain. Sugary foods give us an instant high, and a faster low. That low makes us tired shortly after eating the sugar and then we sleep. By sleeping, our bodies do not have the time to metabolize the food we ate, causing the food we ate to turn into fat. So yes, its a catch 22! The answer: Tuck yourself in earlier at night and go to sleep!
- Keep busy. By keeping busy, especially our hands, we do not eat on the junk that so often entices us. Now, that’s not to say that endless hours on your butt at the computer are good for your waistline, but when you keep your hands and brain occupied, you’re not reaching for something to eat. You’re probably not even thinking about food. So the next time you start to open the fridge door, turn on the computer or pick up your knitting instead.
- Less choices. Having too much variety as options for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even snacktime makes gaining weight a heck of a lot easier. Try picking one meal a day and eat the same exact thing everyday for that meal. Make sure the meal is on the healthy side, like a salad with a piece of grilled chicken on it for lunch. Having less choices, helps you think less about food, and makes it easier to control your appetite.
I hope these tips help you on your dieting journey. Share some other suggestions with us.
Being in the sun has a bunch of drawbacks these days, mainly getting skin cancer. There are however many benefits to being the sunshine as well, as long as it is in moderation.
The sun produces Vitamin D in huge mega doses. High levels of vitamin D have been found to protect against several kinds of cancer, particularly those of the digestive system: mouth, throat, stomach, and colon. While many of us think we get plenty of vitamin D from milk or a multivitamin, it turns out that the best source is the sun. Its rays trigger your body to produce the nutrient, and a 10-20 minute stroll each day yields an abundant dose.
Great news for fish eaters, vitamin D can also be obtained through your diet. It is readily found in salmon, mackeral, herring, tuna and sardines. It is also found in fortified milk and dairy products along with vitamin supplements. SUn exposure however, is the best form of vitamin D we can have.
Always keep in mind that sun exposure is also known to create skin cancer, so be sensible about being out in the sun soaking up that Vitamin D. Because we need to minimize our exposure to harmful UV rays, especially during the suns peak time in the sky (usually between 10 am and 3 pm), you need to precaution with sunscreen, as well as limiting your time in the sun to about 10-20 minutes per day.
When applying sunscreen, keep in mind it does not work instantly, contrary to what most people believe. It takes sunscreen about 15-30 minutes to kick in, so make sure you apply it well in advance of taking in the sun.
Homemade feet remedies
For smooth skin and beautiful feet here is an easy feet wash.
Ingredients: 1 cup of lemon juice, cinnamon (can be replaced with any other scent, spice, perfume or flower petals such as roses), 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 cup of milk and warm water.
Preparation: Add all the ingredients to a desired amount of warm water, put it in a tub where you can soak your feet. Leave it there for a few minutes. When you are done you can dry your feet and rinse then with clear water and a mild soap.
You’ll notice that after a few weeks of doing this wash your skin will be very smooth.
Homemade nails remedies
If you want to whiten your nails, here’s a formula you can try:
Remedy 1: Use common whitening toothpaste. Scrub your nails with Pearl Drops. This will take away any stains and shine up your nails.
Remedy 2: Soak your nails in water with lemon juice or lemon slices. The lemon should act as an astringent and will strip away stains. Once the hands are dry, you need to put a couple of coats of a clear topcoat and that should be enough for white nails.
Homemade skin remedies
For a good deep cleansing treatment you should try giving your face a home sauna. This treatment should be especially useful for congested skin.
Ingredients: A bowl with near boiling water and four drops of essential oil according to your skin type
Normal: mandarin and lavender
Oily: lemon and eucalyptus
Dry: rose and camomile
Preparation: Mix all the essential oil with the near boiling water, place a towel over your head and hold it over the bowl from a distance of about 30 cm, keep it like this for about two minutes. This treatment should open the pores and prepare your face for a facial mask (check my previous posts about homemade facial masks).
Caution: You should not use this face sauna if you have sensitive skin, are pregnant of suffer from asthma.
I hope you enjoy this little easy home made treats that are ideal for a low budget or for very busy house wives that don’t have that much time to go to a salon or spa.
Do you know any other homemade remedies?
Everyone is always looking for that miracle weight loss pill or that fountain of youth. The truth is most of the time all you need is to drink more water. We walk around dehydrated and never even know it. There are many benefits you will see from drinking more water. It will improve your energy, keep skin healthy and glowing, reduce headaches, help you to lose weight, remove toxins from your body. These are just a few of the benefits from drinking more water.
Many times I will forget to drink water during the day. If I get too busy I will never even think about it. So there are a few tips you do to try and remember to drink your water. I drink my water room temperature so I can drink more at time, so I place a jug with how much I want to drink for the day on a counter. This way I can see how much I need to be drinking…and by the end of the day I can make sure I have drank it all. Drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning, we are naturally thirsty when we awake so make water the first thing you do in the morning. You can set a timer to remind your self to drink water through out the day, just until you establish a routine. Another great tip is to keep a bottle of water with you all day and don’t just sip on it, when you take a drink gulp it down and refill the bottle. Sipping water will make you end up not drinking much water at all.
The amount of water needed differs from person to person, but a good place to start is the 8×8 rule; drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day. If you are overweight you need additional glass for every 25 lbs of excess weight. By drinking this amount you should start feeling better. Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body to metabolize store fat. An increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits. Water is the miracle we have all been searching for, it’s been right at our fingertips the whole time.