Skin Care – Traditional Methods

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In today’s age and time wherein everything comes in an instant, there are still old-fashioned ways that are more reliable than new products that still need to be proven effective. And this also applies to skin care.

Often, with every bit of commodity that has various purposes and functions – one for cleansing, another for toning, and another for moisturizing – you end up with tons of things to apply on your skin. You remember your mother’s voice saying, “There is no better remedy than age-old techniques in caring for your skin.” She may be right in certain points as these methods, albeit they may take time to prepare, are sure-fire when it comes to getting good results.

Traditional Oil Cleansing Method

The oil cleansing method (OCM) is the use of natural oils, usually olive oil and castor oil or a combination of other oils, like sunflower oil, hazelnut oil or coconut oil. With a quarter size amount of the oil mixture in your hand, rub gently and apply on your face on a circular motion. By massaging the face with oil, it will clean the skin and remove make-up efficiently. Leave the oil for a few minutes and take it off using a clean warm washcloth.

Honey

Honey can be used as a facial mask. Natural raw honey has anti-bacterial properties that are good for the skin. Others even mix honey with milk to acquire skin that is soft and radiant. Another option, with almost similar results, is to produce a paste made of fresh lemon juice and honey. Let the honey, whether with a mixture or none, stay on your face for about 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off.

Despite the positive results that these traditional methods are said to produce, you can first try it and see how your skin reacts before you make this your regular routine.

Homemade Soap

The use of homemade soap, especially those made of organic raw materials, is something that has been done for many generations. There are still a number who still make soaps themselves, without the usage of harsh ingredients that can damage the skin. Homemade soaps are usually composed of essential oils, herbs and spices, powders and other elements that are good for the body.

 

Are Steroids Unchristian?

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Steroids are a controversial subject in so many ways: they are illegal in nearly every sport, able to disqualify athletes for taking a shortcut rather than relying on their skill and ability. They’re considered a form of cheating, a method only those who don’t mind breaking the rules turn to. Steroids become an even more complicated issue when faith is considered. Is turning to steroids a choice that makes you unchristian, or is it perfectly in line with the values of your faith? Because steroids are so closely associated with lying, cheating, and misleading others, steroids are certainly not a good idea for Christians.

Whether a young adult or an adult, using anabolic steroids to succeed or excel in athletics is an immoral and unchristian choice. Though they are a surprisingly common choice, present in so many different sports and in competitions both small and significant, steroids are not an ethical way in which to achieve a win. Religious beliefs and faith typically don’t play a role in an athlete’s decision whether or not to turn to steroids – but if you’re Christian, consider your beliefs before you say yes. Of course, morality is a tricky subject; every individual ascribes to different morals and different perceptions of what’s right or wrong.

Some may say that choosing to use anabolic steroids affects merely the athlete, arguing that they aren’t morally wrong or harmful. After all, it’s an athlete’s choice to take steroids or other supplements as they choose, isn’t it? However, for Christian athletes, the issue is far more complex. When performance-enhancing steroids are taken, it gives the athlete an unfair advantage over all others competing or playing. This means that steroids are a method of cheating, and a lie that leads others to believe you, too, are at your best – that your achievements aren’t accomplished with outside help from steroids.

In addition to the unchristian lies and deceit that accompany steroid use, there is another way in which these drugs go against faith and its values. Those who purchase steroids to use are breaking the law – it’s illegal to buy, sell, or use steroids for personal use. So, if you choose to use them as a Christian, you are breaking not just the law, but also your moral code. Stay true to the tenets of your faith, and avoid steroids; you will only find disappointment and immorality through their use.

Cleanse The Body And Soul With These Tips

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Cleansing yourself is a means of detoxifying your body. However, detoxifying your body is sometimes not enough. In order to maximize the positive effects, you have to also cleanse your mind and soul as well. This will surely rejuvenate you and will put that balance back into your life. If you don’t know where to start, you can take note of these five simple and easy ways.

De clutter

Start with your closet. Go through your clothes and identify which of these outfits that you haven’t worn in more than a year. What about the items (big or small) in your house that you haven’t used for a long time? By getting rid of those items you are throwing away something that might possibly weigh you down. You will also free up space inside your home, allowing you to organize things better.

Get out more often

Go outdoors and enjoy the beautiful sunshine or go on a picnic with your friend at the local park. You will surely feel your mood change as your body secrets the hormone called serotonin, also known as the “feel good” hormone. You will notice how revitalized you are after doing so.

Drink water

This is very basic but you have to remember that our body is made up of around 60% of water. Water is life and water heals. It helps in flushing out the toxins in our body and in speeding up our metabolism. It also keeps us hydrated. Make an effort in drinking at least 8-10 glasses a day.

Look after yourself

Another great point to cleanse the body and soul is to look after yourself. So start from the inside and work your way out. Start eating more healthy and whole food. This means try and avoid pre-packaged foods and make your meals based around vegetables. Then look after your outside. Look after your skin. Avoid excessive sun exposure, don’t use unnatural products on your skin, and make sure you remove makeup before going to bed.

Clean out the cupboards

Take out any processed food or junk foods and stock up on whole foods and fresh produce. Take advantage of the seasonal fruits that are available.

Meditate

Set aside a few minutes of your time to meditate. It will help you focus, reduce stress and anxiety and you will feel good afterwards. Just a few minutes of your time will definitely make a difference.

Back to the Basics for Weight Loss

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Losing weight is difficult work. From counting calories and avoiding certain foods to prepping every meal and cutting back on portion sizes, there are so many different factors that contribute to a weight loss plan. On top of that, there is a seemingly endless selection of different diets and tricks to try, each of which promises to help you get in shape and lose weight efficiently and effectively. Yet how do you know what tips, tricks, and tactics truly work? Before you begin an all-sugar diet, a cabbage soup cleanse, or even an all-red-meat diet, you need to focus on the basics. Instead of relying on magical (and amazing-sounding) trends, it’s important to lose weight with the methods that have worked for decades: the simple, straightforward tips.

Losing and maintaining a body weight requires careful balancing. Food and exercise both play large and crucial roles in the process – and it doesn’t matter how many pieces of bacon you eat or how much fruit you ingest. According to weight loss experts, it’s about a simple equation: are you burning more calories than you’re eating? In order to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories and start burning more. Tried and true for countless years, getting rid of extra pounds is as basic as reducing excess calories and getting active more often.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic don’t recommend that you try to focus your weight loss on anything more complicated than that simple balance, and a few basic questions. In order to make your “diet”, or weight loss, stick, it’s important that it fits seamlessly into your daily life. If it’s too difficult, you’ll find yourself failing and giving up. So, the Mayo Clinic recommends sticking to these basics:

  • Make sure you eat a balanced diet that features fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, and lean protein.
  • Eat foods you genuinely enjoy, and make sure they’re recipes you won’t mind eating over and over again as part of your healthy lifestyle.
  • Ensure that it’s easy to find the ingredients and foods you need at your local store – and that they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
  • Eat food that isn’t merely low in calorie count, but full of nutrients to help your body be its best.

In addition to eating well, the Mayo Clinic doesn’t want you to neglect exercise. It’s important to make regular exercise, or physical activity, part of your nutritional plan. Remember, the basics of weight loss come down to calories (or food) and physical activity. If you don’t get moving, you won’t help yourself shed more pounds. While exercise may not be your favorite word, or even favorite activity, it is helpful – and you don’t have to hit the gym to accomplish it. In fact, performing activities like vacuuming, putting laundry away, or even walking around the neighborhood all count as great physical activity.

How to Prevent Stretch Marks After Pregnancy

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Stretch marks are a very common occurrence in the months of pregnancy – but unfortunately, these angry red marks last a lifetime, and don’t disappear once the signs of pregnancy have disappeared. Over the course of your baby’s development, before you give birth, your body undergoes many drastic and dramatic changes. Your body reshapes as you gain about 30 pounds over nine months, leaving your organs, skin, and joints to handle the new weight. Whenever quick weight gains, or significant alterations, occur to the body, the skin can tear – and that’s what causes stretch marks to form.

Ideally, preventing stretch marks would be an easy task – to allow the weight gain that comes with pregnancy to happen slowly and gradually. However, women typically are unable to control just how quickly their babies and bodies grow. As the skin around the stomach attempts to keep up with the sudden change in weight, it struggles to adapt in size. Although the weight gain is healthy, it’s the reason stretch marks appear. Nearly 90 percent of women develop stretch marks in the beginning of their third trimester. Once your pregnancy ends, and your baby is born, stretch marks will change slightly – typically, they fade from bright red and deep purple to a lighter, more skin-suited tone. Yet they don’t fade entirely on their own.

So, what can you do to eliminate those unsightly marks once your body is working its way back to normal? Although Web MD and medical professionals claim that there’s no way to prevent them from forming in the first place, there are a number of options that can help in the months post-pregnancy. An important step in healing those scars is to keep your skin hydrated, especially in the areas stretch marks appear. Use a lotion, a cream, or even baby oil – each of these will help your skin become smoother and softer. Hydration also happens from within, so while your stretch marks are still red in color, drink as much water and apply lotion regularly to keep them hydrated and healing.

You can also make your own healing gel, or purchase one, that features onion extract and hyaluronic acid. These two ingredients have been found to fade stretch marks after just three months of regular use, according to medical research. Or, choose a cream with retinoid – an ingredient found in many facial anti-aging products. Products with retinoid helps stimulate the growth of new cells and collagen, sending old, damaged cells away and replacing them with healthy new ones.

If your stretch marks are particularly stubborn, you can also see a skincare professional for medical treatments. Options like laser treatments, dermabrasion, and other methods can renew the skin that’s scarred, and help to fade the evidence – but this is a more costly method that often requires repeated doctor visits.

Christian Fasting Explained

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According to the Bible, fasting is the voluntary practice of staying away or restraining from partaking of food, drinks, sleep or even sex. Fasting is not, and should not, be considered as a form of dieting. The purpose of fasting is to humbly deny one’s self of worldly of worldly pleasures, to strengthen one’s spirit and focus on communicating with God.

Biblically, fasting is not something that is commanded for Christians. Rather, it is considered as an integral discipline that is beneficial for spiritual growth. And can leave many very hungry if not done properly. The Old Testament gives us examples of how great men of faith such as Moses, the prophets, and biblical kings combine fasting with prayers to be closer to God. In the New Testament, according to Matthew, Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. It was during this period that Jesus was tempted by the Devil. It was here, during His fasting, that the strength of His spirit overcame the temptations that was offered by the Devil.

For Christians, fasting is a way to clean the spirit and let the Holy Spirit strengthen our faith and body. It is also a way to express our love and worship to God. It is a way of acknowledging God in our lives and dedicating ourselves to Him by overcoming temptations. By fasting, we humble ourselves before God and show repentance for our sins. Early Christians, as told in the Bible, fasted and prayed when they seeked the guidance from God.

One thing that the Bible, and other Christian scholars emphasize is that fasting is not the end all and be all of this discipline. In the Bible, fasting is always accompanied by deep prayers and continuous communication with God. Fasting that is not centered on God is without grace.