How Exercise Helps the Skin

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in green living, Green News, How To's | 0 comments

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Green living is vital to have a clean environment. Simple waste management could help the air we breathe to be fresh and pollution-free. Aside from our lungs, our skin is greatly affected by what we do to our surroundings.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget our skin is an organ. Skin is the toughest organ by far, but it requires a lot of care.

Having a solid skin care routine is extremely important. There are a lot of products on the market, but many don’t truly address the skin’s needs. When you read reviews of Dermaclara and other science-based products, it’s easy to tell that some products are worth your time and money while others are just a waste.

One thing that is guaranteed to compliment your skin care routine is exercise. More and more research is showing that exercise isn’t just good for your cardiovascular health and waistline. Surprisingly, it is also highly beneficial for your skin.

Exercise Gets The Blood Circulating

It’s no coincidence that skin glows a little after a good workout. That glow is a result of increased blood circulation that’s flooding the vessels close to the skin’s surface.

Exercise helps pump blood through the body, which delivers much-needed nutrients and oxygen to skin cells. The blood and oxygen also help the cells get rid of waste, including free radicals that can break down collagen and elastin. By increasing blood circulation exercise helps to improve the look of skin immediately and over time.

Exercise Builds Up the Skin’s Support System

Recent research has found that exercise can help rebuild the epidermis (top layer) and dermis (bottom layer) of skin. As we age the dermis gets thinner and loses elasticity while the epidermis gets thicker because cellular turnover slows. The result is the skin’s support system get weaker, the surface looks duller and signs of aging set in.

A study by McMaster University found that people of all ages could improve both layers of skin through exercise. They examined participants that ranged in age from 20-84. After exercising participants over the age of 40 showed marked improvements in their skin. The epidermis was thinner and the dermis was thicker. Even people as old as 65 had skin that was closer to 30 years old.

The best news is some of these participants didn’t start exercising until the study began. That means it’s never too late to get real skin benefits from working out.

Exercise Can Help Control Acne

One of the major contributors of acne is stress. When we get stressed out it releases a hormone called cortisol, which can cause acne by increasing oil production in the sebaceous glands. Exercise increases endorphin production, a natural feel-good hormone that counteracts cortisol. You’ll stress less and have better skin by working out.

Exercise Can Protect Collagen

Cortisol can also breakdown the collagen that helps support skin tissue and keeps it from sagging. Here again the endorphin boost from working out can help protect the appearance and health of your skin.

Aquatic Exercise Can Help People With Skin Problems

If you have eczema or rosacea you probably avoid strenuous activity and sweating since it can cause flare-ups. The solution is exercising in the water. Water aerobics, resistance training and swimming laps are great forms of exercise that will keep your skin cool.

Boost the Benefits by Working Out Outdoors

Getting out in nature is an easy and effective way to reduce stress, which is good for your general health and skin. Taking a hike, practicing yoga outside or going for a walk in the late afternoon when the sun isn’t quite so strong will provide exercise and boost your mood. You’ll also get a healthy dose of Vitamin D. When sunlight hits our skin it causes 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) to react and generate Vitamin D.

After working out it’s important to shower and clean your skin as soon as possible. Pay particular attention to the face and any other spots that are prone to breakouts. Follow up with a good moisturizer to provide the skin with additional hydration and protection.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Local Electricity Company

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Earth Friendly Activities, Home Furniture, How To's | 1 comment

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Thanks to the deregulation of the energy market, consumers now have the option to compare electricity companies and choose one that fits their budget and needs. This doesn’t apply to all states, but if you live in a deregulated area, then it is important to do your homework before you sign a contract with an energy company.

There are several ways that electricity providers compete with one another. While some offer low prices for long-term contracts, others generate power from renewable energy sources. If you are shopping for an electricity company, then the following five tips can help you find the perfect service for your personal and financial goals:

  1. Find out If Your State Has Deregulated the Electricity Market
    You can obtain this information from two sources: either your current supplier or the state utility commission. Each state has its own utility commission, but the name varies from state to state. Examples include public service commission, utility regulatory commission, public utilities commission and utilities commission, among others.
  1. Research Providers in Your Area
    You can find a list of electricity companies that are licensed by the state in the office of your state utility commission. Alternatively, you can obtain supplier information on the company’s website or by calling it directly.There are also websites that let consumers compare local electricity companies by rates, contract features and other metrics. For example, business and homeowners in Illinois may find this webpage helpful: http://www.localelectricitycompanies.com/illinois/.
  1. Compare Rates
    Find out if the supplier’s rates include generation, transmission, distribution and monthly customer charges. The company should provide a breakdown of all fees in its statements.Also, ask if the provider’s rate is fixed or variable. Fixed rates remain the same for the entire term of the agreement. Variable rates, however, change with market shifts. Variable rates can help clients save money if the rates drop, but if they increase, then customers may wind up paying significantly more without budgeting for the extra expense.
  1. Compare Contracts
    Call the suppliers you are interested in, and inquire about their contracts. Some companies offer plans that lack minimum contract periods and monthly payments. Other suppliers offer contracts with minimum terms that last several years. Such contracts prevent clients from cancelling early. Ask the company about the length of its contracts, penalties if you break the contract, and what happens when the terms of the contract expire.You should also find out how your credit will affect the agreement. Some suppliers ask clients with questionable credit histories to make deposits.
  1. Discuss Payment Options
    Ask which payment options the company offers. Some contracts have a budget-billing plan. Find out what happens when customers miss payments, and ask about your supplier’s equipment charges, such as fees for special meters.

    Many local electricity companies offer customers a choice of energy sources, including renewable and non-renewable energy. Your electricity supplier should provide details on how it generates electricity. 

There are countless ways for property owners to save money, but most can benefit from keeping their energy bills low. Try these five strategies the next time you compare electricity companies.

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5 Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Home

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in How To's | 0 comments

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For many of us, life has become somewhat frantic, and it’s likely our homes reflect our chaotic frame of mind. It feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done, and before you know it, your home is a mess of dirty dishes, unwashed laundry, books stacked up on all surfaces, and dust covering everything… but have no fear! There are things you can do to reduce the stress in your home. Here are five of them.

1. Use Crystals

Crystals? Yes, crystals. They’ve long been believed to be the answer to our daily imbalance, drawing positive energy to our homes. There are hundreds of crystals of different shapes and colours, all used for different purposes. Some are great for emotional wellbeing – calmness and understanding of those around you. Others may prevent physical ailments. Talk to experts who have a wide range of crystals and a wealth of knowledge, like those at Feel Crystals, who’ll advise you on the perfect crystals to suit your needs.

2. Remove Clutter

Clutter equals stress, even if you’re not conscious of it. Avoid having too many ornaments on display. Keep your electrical cords contained. Any appliances in your kitchen that aren’t used for a year probably won’t be again – ditch them. The same goes for clothes. Books and DVDs should go on shelves, not be left all over the place. Children’s toys should be kept away when not in use.

3. Use The Right Colours

It’s long been known that shades of red, orange and yellow spark irritation in most of us. You may want to avoid these colours in big amounts. A small splash of these hues is perfectly fine though – we all need some bright colours in our lives. Instead, shades of green, blue, and brown should be left for bigger areas – whole walls, big furniture items and the like. They invoke a feeling of calmness and a feeling of oneness with nature.

4. Have A Happy Room

If you’ve got a spare room, or even a small area that you can call your own, fill it with items that make you feel calm and happy. Perhaps some nice artwork, souvenirs and vacation snaps, your favourite books, or things your kids made when they were younger. Anything that makes you smile! Go to this area when you’re feeling stressed. You’ll feel better afterwards.

5. Be Technology-Less

While we rely on technology to get things done these days, it can lead to stress without you realising. It’s unrealistic to think you can live life without technology, but it is totally doable for allocated moments in each day in which you stay away from it. However, if there are certain things that relieve your stress – like reading books on your e-reader or listening to your iPod, then they’re okay! Just take short periods of time each day to breathe, meditate, write in a journal, or just relax without the aid of any gadgets.

While most of us have the same idea of what causes stress in our homes, we all have a different stress threshold. Some households can handle a lot of stressors, while for others the end of the tether is reached quickly. Try out these tips and see if the stress in your home is reduced.

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Three Home Safety Strategies You Should Implement Immediately

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Home Design Ideas, Home Essentials, Home Improvement, How To's | 0 comments

These days, more and more homeowners are realizing that placing primacy on the safety of their private living space is important. By making safety a priority, homeowners can preclude themselves and their loved ones from falling prey to life-endangering accidents and mishaps. If you’re interested in optimizing the safety of your home immediately, consider implementing the following strategies today:

1. Elevated Deck Systems Installation.

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As many home design experts know, elevated decks can increase the safety of your home. The elevated pedestal/paver system is effective in raising the surface of your deck to the entry threshold, thereby meeting the ADA’s requirements while also permitting safe, easy access. The end result of the installation is sufficient drainage and the prevention of water puddling on the deck’s surface. Companies like Elevated Deck Systems can install the systems near pedestrian walkways, patio areas, and pool decks. Learn more today by visiting the company website at http://elevateddecksystems.com/.

2. Home Security System Installation.

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In this technological era, home security systems are all the rage. Although each system is different, the home security system basically comes with technologically advanced features such as automated door locking and unlocking as well as e-mail and text message updates that inform you of any suspicious activity transpiring on your property.

3. Be Discreet On Social Media.

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These days, many people are passionate and consistent about connecting with friends and/or family members via social channels such as Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook. However, one of the dangers of communicating with people on these public channels is giving away too much private information. For example, some people might use Twitter as a medium through which to tell another person that they are going on vacation. This type of activity is not prudent because criminals can take this information and use it as a springboard to decide when to break in. For this reason, being discreet on social media regarding your general activity is important and advantageous.

Conclusion

If you’re serious about ensuring that your home is safe and secure as possible, there are at least three ways to realize your objective. By installing an elevated deck system or home security system and being discreet on social media, you’ll likely find that your private living space becomes safer than ever.

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Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Beautiful Bathroom

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Care Tips, How To's, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

Keeping the house clean is important in protecting the health of family members. Two main areas in the house that require special attention are the kitchen and bathroom. Kitchens are kept clean on a daily basis to prevent germs and bacteria from contaminating our food. Unfortunately, the bathroom doesn’t get as much attention as the kitchen when it comes to cleanliness. With personal hygiene being an important component of one’s health and well being, people should start paying attention to their bathroom. Here are a few ideas on how you can keep a clean and beautiful bathroom in your home.

1. Rinse and Clean as You Go. Molds, mildew, scum, and stains have no place in a beautiful bathroom. To prevent dirt and germs build-up in your bathroom, encourage family members to do a bit of cleaning after use. Simply rinse off soap scum in the tub or shower stall by spraying water in the walls and floor after taking a bath. Check floor, sink, and counter for spittle or spills and wipe it off immediately before leaving the bathroom.

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2. Keep it Dry and Bright. Molds and mildew thrive in dank and dark places so make sure that drains are working properly to prevent water build up. Open windows to facilitate proper air circulation and let some natural light in as well. This will help you air-dry the bathroom after every shower. You may also want to turn on fans or dehumidifiers for a few minutes to speed up the process. Don’t forget to dry shower curtains, doors or stalls, and towels. This can be done by keeping wet shower curtains closed until it dries, spreading towels in rods or rack, and removing water from glass surfaces with the help of a squeegee.

3. Give it a thorough clean once a week. Wiping and rinsing will not keep your bathroom germ and bacteria free. Clean surfaces and hidden nooks with warm soapy water, sponge, and disinfectant to get the job done properly. Don’t forget to wash accessories like shower curtains, bathroom mats, hand towels etc. You may also keep drains clean and clog-free by pouring home solutions like baking soda, white vinegar, and boiling water down the drain at least once a month.

4. Schedule maintenance check-up at least once a year. Water build-up and leaks can damage you property and cost you a lot in repairs. Keep an eye out for cracks and holes in caulks and grouts as well as leaks in fixture sealants and toilet base so you can address problems immediately. Have a professional check on plumbing and electrical features of your bathroom to keep them running efficiently.

5. De-clutter and Decorate. Just like any room in the house, the bathroom can also accumulate some clutter over time. Organize your bathroom with stylish racks, caddies, or storage and remove everything that doesn’t have a place in your bathroom. Change décor motifs as the season change and create a trendy and beautiful bathroom for family and house guests.

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Advantages of Using Rainwater Tanks

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Earth Friendly Activities, How To's | 0 comments

Water is undeniably abundant, in fact most of earth is made up of water. Sad thing though, because only a little portion can be used to sustain life. There are already many ways to harvest and endure the lack of water supply, one of these is rainwater harvesting. The infographic below helps you better understand what rainwater harvesting is about and how this helps your household.

rainwaterIn a few month’s time will be spring and we know that spring means more rain. Why not start building your own rainwater tanks and take advantage of your harvests to save up water and help Mother Earth?

 

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