It’s no secret that losing weight after 40 can be difficult for some women. As you age, you begin to lose muscle mass, causing your metabolism to slow down. Add to the slow metabolism a dose of wildly fluctuating hormones and you have the perfect recipe for weight gain. Weight gain after 40 no longer translates into only a tight-fitting pair of pants. You are now at increased risks for a wide range of diseases, including depression, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If you are trying the same tricks and tips you used in your 20s and 30s, you will find they no longer work. Cutting back on junk food and spending an extra hour in the gym would result in a five kilogram weight loss. It seemed effortless, but why don’t those tricks work for you after forty? Your body doesn’t respond the same way it did as in your 20s. Here are steps required to successfully lose weight after age 40.
We all know that the sun causes so much damage to our skin and that we should always protect it. There are a few things that may surprise you that age your skin without you even knowing it. We do them every single day but with a few tweaks and stopping bad habits, your skin can look younger and healthier. Prevention is a great frugal beauty tip. Here are some things that make your skin age. Tech Neck Have you ever heard of the term “tech neck”? It is the sagging of the skin on your neck due to constantly checking your phone. Think of how many times a day you look down to check a text, email, or just surfing the web. On average, it is 150 times a day! It causes the skin around your neck to lose elasticity and become saggy. How to Fight it: When you check your phone, try to hold it at eye level so you aren’t constantly looking down. Using a Straw If you regularly drink from a straw you could be causing damage to your skin. By constantly pursing your lips you are creating lines and wrinkles around your mouth. This can age your mouth just like the constant motion of smoking cigarettes. How to Fight It: Drink from a glass as often as you. High Heat Heat from a hot stove, hair dryer, and even from holding the phone against your face can all cause skin spots. This can cause the air in your home to lose moisture which causes you skin to become dry. How to Fight It: Don’t linger over the stove or any other heat source. Indoor Lighting We stay inside to get away from the sun’s harmful UV rays but LED lighbulbs can emit moderate levels of UV light. Some of the lighting used in stores and office buildings can even cause brown spots. How to Fight It: Switch to CFL bulbs and install a dimmer when you can. Excessive Drinking Having a drink every once in a while is perfectly fine and can even be good for you. Drinking too much can lead to aging skin as well as other health problems. Alcohol is a diuretic which means it dehydrates you and your skin. It also causes your liver to work harder to get out all of the toxins. How to Fight It: Stick to one or two drinks when you go out with the girls or on date night. Your Pillow If you are a stomach or side sleeper, your pillow could be giving you sleep lines. When we sleep on our face for a long period of time, it can cause little wrinkles around your face. How to Fight It: Invest in a satin or silk pillowcase. You don’t have to buy a full sheet set because that can get expensive, just get a smooth pillowcase that won’t cause wrinkles when you sleep. The Wrong Makeup The right kind of makeup can do wonders for your face. If you use a heavy foundation or powder it can make you look older. The heavy formulas can settle into wrinkles and fine lines, which can only accentuate the problem areas. How to Fight It: Switch to a lighter formula or moisturizer. Not Removing Makeup Before Bed Speaking of makeup, leaving makeup on when you go to bed is really bad for your skin. Your face needs to “breathe” at night so that it can get the proper moisture it needs. This will give you younger and healthier looking skin. Plus, you don’t want all of that makeup and bacteria getting all over your pillow. How to Fight It: You know to use a facial cleanser before you go to bed but sometimes you are so exhausted. Keep a stash of makeup remover wipes on hand. Spot Treating Acne A lot of women suffer from the occasional breakout. If you use a spot treatment, you will usually end up with a dry and patchy area of skin. This makes the spot stand out and just makes it hard for makeup to cover it. How to Fight It: Use an acne fighting face wash everyday to help prevent breakouts. If your breakouts persist, talk to a dermatologist for other suggestions for your particular issue. Stress Stress can wreck havoc on our bodies, our skin is no exception. Stress can cause wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and many other problems. It is hard to reduce stress at work and even at home but if you take a few minutes for yourself everyday your body will thank you. How to Fight It: You can take a weekly rest, listen to soothing music, etc.
During the week it is hard to find the time to dedicate to looking after your skin beyond a basic cleansing routine. Long working hours, busy social lives and general daily tasks push pampering yourself to the bottom of your to-do list. When the weekend arrives it often means you have more time to do what you want, making it the perfect opportunity to switch up your skin care routine and try something different. Luckily for us, this weekend is very long due to the Muslim holiday as the Federal Government declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays. This means you can pay extra time to your skin. There are two ways you can approach weekend skin care; you can choose to revive and re-balance the skin ready for the week ahead or you can experiment with a new product or treatment. How your skin has survived the past week and what you want to improve on will help you to decide which road you want to go down. If you have a very stressful job or have had a particularly busy week, your skin may feel dry and look tired or irritated. In this case using calming and re-balancing products will rid the skin of any nasties while getting it back to normal before starting the whole cycle again. It is important for skin to recharge for it to stay healthy, so use the weekend to your advantage. Try a detoxifying scrub on a Friday or Saturday night to remove the dead skin cells that have built up during the week. Something like a rejuvenating body scrub is perfect as it thoroughly exfoliates dead skin cells and adds essential antioxidants back into the skin. Take this idea further and use it to smooth uneven skin texture and make it glow. Try a Body Polish which works like a microdermabrasion treatment for the body, simply massage it over the skin following a bath or shower and your skin will feel as smooth as silk. Alternatively, you can use a face mask to rid the skin of impurities and re-balance oil production, preparing your skin for the coming week. These are especially great if you have oily or acne prone skin as they calm inflammation and unclog pores for a clearer looking complexion. Masks are great for this, so try the them as they purifiy the skin. You can also use a face mask to hydrate dry skin or boost the radiance of dull skin. A hectic week can make dry skin worse, so a hydrating face mask is an easy way to replenish lost moisture and prevent irritation. Weekends are also the perfect time to experiment with your skin care and try something a little more intensive. Try body peels on clean skin once a week to renew and revitalise using a combination of a microdermabrasion treatment and an acid peel. The main purpose of this tool is to create tiny holes in the skin to enhance the penetration of the active ingredients in your skin care products, so they can go deeper into the epidermis and give you better results. It can help with a wide range of skin conditions and is a great weekend skin treatment, for both beginners and skin care aficionados. Finally, ensure the skin is hydrated properly with overnight moisturisers and serums following any of these treatments. Face scrubs, peels and masks all benefit the skin, but they don’t offer any aftercare ingredients which is where a moisturiser comes in. Hydrating the skin following a treatment will help maintain the results and keep the skin healthy. What skin care treat are you trying this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.
There are useful components of the soap include antibiotics and retinoid. The soap helps in the prevention and treatment of rosacea a condition that dermatologists still find difficulties treating. It stops the burning and stinging sensation caused by the weather. African black soap is also good for sensitive skin and as a standard acne treatment. The inclusion of coconut in its manufacture makes it very helpful for those with a dry and sensitive skin. Individuals with skin allergies and irritations can comfortably use the soap. Individuals with skin allergies and irritations can comfortably use the soap. Anyone who is keen in maintaining a healthy skin knows that the best way to do so is avoiding skin irritants. African black soap does not contain any skin irritants. There are indeed many benefits when one used black soap for skin. These include:
Nigerians are not willing to let Tonto Dikeh just walk away after her latest antics - Many have decided to mock her - Via their social media pages with the #TontoDikehChallenge When Tonto Dikeh posted a photo of herself dressed like a man to visit her son’s school, Nigerians took to social media to share their reactions to her action. While some praised her, others lambasted her saying she should stop behaving like her son’s father is dead. This is coming as the #Halleluyahchallenge is getting bigger and bigger with each coming day. Tonto Dikeh dressed like a man to celebrate 2017 Father's Day at her son's school Not done with Tonto, Nigerians took to their social media pages to start the #TontoDikehChallenge. A challenge aimed at mocking the popular actress. See some photos below:
Garlic is part of many dishes and recipes. People all over the world love garlic for its health benefits and unique flavor. However, the sulphuric compounds found in garlic are not just responsible for its unique flavor and many health benefits, but also for its unpleasant odor. This odour is commonly referred to as “garlic breath”. Here are some tips on how to get rid of the foul garlic breath.
Egusi (Melon seeds) us the seed obtained from Citrullus lantus (Egusi Melon), the biological ancestor of the watermelon as we know it today. This melon has its root in West Africa and unlike the juicy, red and sweet water melon we all know, this is pale yellow or green on the inside and quite bitter. This melon is therefore grown mainly for its seeds which is grounded into a flour and used in making Egusi Soup. The nutritional benefits of Egusi are numerous and some of them are as follows: Protein – The crude protein composition of Egusi stands at 23.4% making it comparable to other plant proteins food sources such as soybean, cowpeas and pumpkin seeds. Fat (Oil) – The fat content is 45.7% which makes it comparable to pumpkin seeds in terms of its oil content. Now, before you decide to stop eating Egusi because of its fat content, it might interest you to know that the fats in Egusi comprise mainly of mono-unsaturated omega 9 fatty acids (15.9%) and polyunsaturated omega 6 fatty acids (62.8%). Omega 6 fatty acids are known as ‘essential fatty acids’ because the human body needs them for healthy functioning but cannot make them by combining other food components; it therefore needs to be obtained from food and/or through supplements. The body needs this kind of fat. Fibre – The fibre content from the research stood at 12% which is high compared to other legumes. Carbohydrate – The carbohydrate content is quite low at 10.6% compared to other legumes which tend to have anywhere between 20-60% carbohydrate content; but this isn’t really a problem as Egusi soup is traditionally eaten with a carbohydrate rich food. Essential Amino acids – Egusi is rich in Arginine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Threonine, Phenylalaline, Valine, Histidine and Methionine. Other Amino acids – Cystine, Tyrosine, Proline, Glutamic acid, Aspartic acid, Serine, Glycine and Alanine. Minerals – Egusi is richest in the mineral Phosphorous, followed by Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Sodium. Other minerals include Iron, zinc, manganese and copper. Instead of boring yourself trying to understand all this scientific terms, why not make Egusi soup for lunch today?
These days, people do not mind trying all sorts of fad diets and fitness programs to help lose weight. There are many ways to lose weight, but trying anything to lose weight drastically can prove extremely bad for your health. Your goal should not just be to lose weight, but to maintain a balanced diet with proper exercise so as to have a healthy weight. But what about lemon and honey for weight loss? Is it a good option? It is true that both lemon and honey do not directly offer any weight loss benefits, but they can be part of your weight loss diet because they do not add to your calorie count and still provide you with important minerals and vitamins that you may not be getting while dieting. Moreover, these vitamins and minerals can help improve digestion, which in turn plays a big role in keeping you slim. When combined with nutritious diet and exercise, the lemon and honey tonic works amazingly well to dissolve fat deposits in your body. You have to understand that there is no magic pill to lose weight overnight. You have gained all those extra pounds over the course of several years, so you are never going to get amazing results in a week or two. Your focus should be on cutting calories and eating nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods to lose weight in a healthy way. To use lemon and honey for weight loss, you need to learn how to make the honey-lemon drink. Here are the steps to follow:
Fish is a healthy source of protein as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, excessive care has to be taken while consuming fish. This is because of the narrow and thin bones that line the meat. Often, fish bones can get stuck in the consumer’s throat, piercing the throat in a manner that needs to be dealt with immediately. Since the bone is quite thin, it will not pass along the throat easily, and can cause irritation as well as swelling to the region. This is why immediate attention is necessary in this situation. Here, we will go over the steps of removing the fish bone when it is stuck in the throat. There are some at-home remedies you can try in order to alleviate the throat irritation and pain brought about by a fish bone that gets stuck. You should try these remedies as soon as the bone gets stuck, and if none of these treatments work, go see a doctor.
Would you like to have beautiful, strong nails that don’t chip or break? Find out how to take good care of them using these tips. Ladies love their nails. They make our hands look elegant and feminine and we would like them to be strong and pretty. However, a lot of girls out there have problems with their nails. Get rid of those problems today!