• “Happiness Diet”: What To Eat If You Are Under Stress

    “Happiness Diet”: What To Eat If You Are Under Stress

    When we are under stress, we have an increased desire for food. And we know very well that emotional overeating will not help our problem go away, and will cause us to gain a kilo or two more. But it doesn’t have to be like that if you choose the right foods!

    This is a list of healthy foods that you can eat when you’re stressed – without any remorse. The list was compiled by Columbia University psychiatrist Dr. Remzi, author of the book “Happiness Diet”. Look at Dr. Remzi’s list and, of course, make sure you don’t overdo it with the portions, otherwise all these tips “fall into the water”.

    Oatmeal with honey and cinnamon – this meal supplies your body with carbohydrates and makes you feel better because it affects the “hormone of happiness” serotonin. In addition, oatmeal is good for digestion, and a little cinnamon and a teaspoon of honey will satisfy your need for sweets.

    Dark chocolate (with almonds) – a study by Swiss scientists from 2009 proved that dark chocolate reduces the level of stress hormones and lowers blood pressure. If you grab chocolate with almonds – in addition to reduced stress, you will provide your body with additional energy and good fats that have been proven to reduce the risk of depression.

    Antistress smoothie – turn your daily dose of caffeine into a delicious smoothie: mix a few coffee beans, unsweetened cocoa powder and one ripe banana. The folic acid found in coffee increases serotonin, while the banana lowers blood pressure.

    Nuts and seeds – when you’re stressed, grab a handful of pistachios, cashews, almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds because they’re rich in fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fatty acids that lower blood pressure. One study found that pistachios reduced anxiety, while the omega 3 fatty acids in walnuts reduced the risk of depression.

    Sweet potatoes – in addition to being tasty, they are rich in nutrients – carotenoids and fiber.

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  • Success in 12 Weeks: A Detailed Walking Plan That is Easy to Follow

    Success in 12 Weeks: A Detailed Walking Plan That is Easy to Follow

    Want to get in shape? Walking is probably the easiest way, and we used today’s International Walking Day as an occasion to publish a 12-week walking plan that can be your path to better health, fitness, and then, if that’s your goal, weight loss.

    It is also important that you do your best to walk at least five days a week in the next three months. Start each activity with a five-minute warm-up, i.e. a slower walk, and finish with a five-minute cool-down (also a slower walk).

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    It is a plan created for beginners. Therefore, assuming that you are just starting out with the activity, we advise you to start walking at a pace you are comfortable with, and then slowly increase your speed to a pace where it is difficult for you to breathe, but you can hold a conversation.

    Every week, add a few minutes to your walking, and when the first 12 weeks are over, the goal of which is to get in shape, continue walking and increase the minutes of brisk walking up to 60 minutes a day.

    Include strength exercises such as push-ups, planks and squats in your routine.

    The walking schedule below can help you achieve some of the goals recommended by health experts, such as at least 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week, or 150 minutes of moderate activity. Of course, you will reach this goal gradually, and once you reach it, do everything you can to not give up.

    In addition, as we have already mentioned, the advice is to spread the minutes over the whole week, that is, to be active at least five days a week.

    Although more activity provides greater health benefits, even short-term activity can have health benefits.

    When it comes to strength training, try to include it in your routine at least twice a week.

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    And now, here is the walking plan for the next three months. If you feel that you can do more than the above, then do it and increase your routine by new minutes every week . If this is still too much for you to start with, reduce the minutes, and then also increase them over time.

    WEEK 1

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 10 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes


    WEEK 2

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 12 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 3

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 14 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 4

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 16 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 5

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 18 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes


    WEEK 6

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 21 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 7

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 24 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 8

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 27 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 9

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 30 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 10

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 33 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 11

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 36 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

    WEEK 12

    • Warm-up: 5 minutes
    • Brisk walking: 40 minutes
    • Cooling: 5 minutes

  • Talc In Make Up Products: Is It Safe?

    Talc In Make Up Products: Is It Safe?

    Talc seems to be the new enemy. Similar to paraben, it experiences a call to the bonfire. But is the fear justified or is it all just another beauty click-bait?

    The Internet does not let go when something is caught. Both when it’s dangerous and when it’s harmless. As it happens to people, so it happens to things. Sometimes the reactions are completely justified, and sometimes really exaggerated. Last in the line of fire in the beauty industry was mineral talc.

    WHAT IS TALC?

    Talc is a very soft mineral that has a wide range of applications. In the beauty industry, it is used for most products that come in the form of a powder texture. It has the ability to absorb liquids and oils, so it is often used in loose powders when we want to prevent excessive shine and breakouts of sebum. Thanks to the talcum powder found in powders, we can achieve a porcelain-smoothed skin look. Talc is also a basic ingredient in baby powder that ensures dryness. Almost every care product that comes in powder form contains this mineral. So are eye shadows. I believe you already get the picture – if the texture is powdery, it contains talc.

    WHERE DID THE PROBLEM WITH THE TALC POWDER COME FROM?

    This year, the documentary “Not so pretty” was released on HBO. The documentary talks about the ugly side of the beauty industry and tries to expose legislative failures and practices that are dangerous to health. The main story of the documentary is the toxicity of the ingredients, and the average person could conclude that the beauty industry’s main motive is to kill its consumers. The latter doesn’t even make logical sense. Even if we ignore the very strict laws to which the beauty industry is subject (at least within the EU, which has some of the strictest and most rigorous laws under the authority of the European Commission, which is constantly looking for scientifically proven harmful ingredients and bans them in a timely manner, whether they are in use or not), the goal of the beauty industry cannot be to the detriment of the consumer, because then the brands would not survive.

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    The problem arose in the USA when, in addition to talc, asbestos was found in Claire’s store brand powder beauty products – a mineral proven to cause cancer, therefore it is forbidden to use it for a reason, especially if there is a potential for inhalation. 

    HOW ARE TALC AND ASBESTOS RELATED? 

    Talc and asbestos are minerals that form together. In natural sources and raw materials they come together. Talc in itself has no proven harmful effect, but asbestos certainly does. Talc manufacturers have to separate these two minerals in the production of this raw material. In the HBO documentary “Not so pretty” the thesis was put forward that these two minerals are so mixed that it is impossible to completely separate them and get pure talc. If you follow the social networks of cosmetic scientists and communicators, you may have seen an uproar over this claim. Chemical scientists like Jen Novakovich argue that this is not true. Verified suppliers of talc are well aware of the dangers, so the process of separation and quality control is carefully done. How is it then that asbestos was found in Claire’s products in 2017?

    The FDA also wondered the same thing. After the Claire’s makeup scandal, the FDA conducted a much more extensive investigation of cosmetic products containing talc on the US market. This year, they concluded that they found no traces of asbestos in any other product, except for Claire’s.

    DO I HAVE TO THROW AWAY ALL POWDER AND POWDER PRODUCTS?

    The scandal that happened on the American market was not present on the European market. Although there is no current scientific evidence that talc is dangerous to health, Clair’s case proves that there is a chance that someone made a mistake in achieving the purity of talc as a raw material. This case casts doubt on the purity of the powdered product.

  • How to Fighting Stretch Marks: Causes, Prevention and Removal

    How to Fighting Stretch Marks: Causes, Prevention and Removal

    Rapid growth and development in adolescence, weight gain, pregnancy… All these events are written on our skin and their traces remain in us. And when they remain on us, it is most often in the form of stretch marks. How are stretch marks formed and can they be prevented or completely removed?

    How are stretch marks formed?

    Before we start talking about how to remove them, it is important to understand how stretch marks are formed. Stretch marks are actually damage to the skin visible to the naked eye, and they are caused by the stretching of connective tissue and the loss of collagen, the most abundant protein in our skin. They most commonly affect the areas of the abdomen, breasts and thighs, more often affecting women, but stretch marks in men are also not unknown. When they first appear, stretch marks take on a red or purple color, and then slowly fade over time.

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    How to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, weight gain and similar situations? How much of this depends on genetics, and how much on regular hydration of the skin with different creams, oils and lotions? The issue of stretch mark prevention is current and it is still impossible to reach a final conclusion on this topic.

    Although they don’t actually say anything about our health, stretch marks are the subject of numerous discussions with friends, and they reflect on our self-confidence and often damage our self-image. It is fascinating the number of women who, year after year, choose to wear one-piece swimsuits at the sea or do not go to the sea at all because of stretch marks. And as much as it is truly healthy and inspiring to work on your relationship with yourself and accept stretch marks as memories of turbulent life periods, many women really want them to disappear. The good news is that, with the development of science and new technological achievements, it is possible to get rid of them forever.

    How to remove stretch marks?

    Stretch marks, acne scars and wrinkles are problems that burden a large number of women. For their removal, they are ready to spend time and money, often not paying attention to the degree of aggressiveness of the treatment to which they expose their skin.

    A new tool that can help solve these problems is the dermaroller , a roller covered with tiny needles. In order to get to know it better and achieve what we want without unnecessary harshness towards our own face and body, it is necessary to know the rules of its use in home use.

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    It helps to stimulate the penetration of active ingredients into the skin, regeneration and refreshing of the skin, for the prevention of premature aging, narrowing of pores, whitening, hyperpigmentation spots, alleviation and removal of stretch marks, reduction and removal of cellulite.

    Before use, it is necessary to clean the face well and apply the serum on the face.

    It is not recommended to expose to the sun if you are starting to treat with a dermaroller and to treat areas that have just been operated on, burned or injured, and do not apply to open wounds.

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    In home use, gentle pressure of the dermaroller on the skin is recommended, and with proper use, bleeding does not occur . Treatments up to blood are only done during professional treatment by a dermatologist.

    Scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and uneven skin have one thing in common – a lack of collagen.

    Dermaroller stimulates the proliferation of collagen in fibroblasts, the cells that are responsible for the production of substances essential in skin healing, thus stimulating the natural processes of self-healing and self-recovery of the skin. Although it is a very complex process of our organism, it is very simple to understand; our organism reacts to the intrusion of micro-needles as it would react to any damage to the skin. The intrusion of professional micro-needles informs nerve receptors that there has been an injury to the skin.

    However, since these are very small surgical needles, there is no real damage to the tissue, but the nerves send electrical impulses that trigger the beginning of the healing process and thus the increased production of collagen and elastin. The task of fibroblasts is to ‘migrate’ to the point where they need to ‘close the wound’. The new, multiply reinforced collagen structure thickens the skin and fills existing atrophic scars. This reaction of the body is called neocollagenesis .

    Also, this procedure stimulates the endothelial cells that cover our blood vessels, especially capillaries, so the skin is better supplied with blood and thus nutrients and oxygen, and this reaction is called neoangiogenesis .

    Results after 3 months of use

    As every natural process takes a certain amount of time to result in visible effects on the surface of the skin, so does the process of neocollagenesis and neoangiogenesis. For optimal results, the procedure should be carried out depending on the condition of the skin, and the dynamics ranges from 1 to 2 times a week, up to daily use.

    As a rule, shorter needles can be used every day, and longer needles no more than 3 times a week. Redness appears during and immediately after use, which disappears a few hours after treatment. Optimal results are expected after 3 months of regular use.

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  • Avoid This Mistake if You Want to Have Glowing Skin in Your 40s

    Avoid This Mistake if You Want to Have Glowing Skin in Your 40s
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    Any dermatologist will tell you that it’s never too late to start taking care of your skin. However, the sooner we develop a routine, the better. It is recommended to include certain habits and ingredients in your skincare routine in your 20s and 30s, so that by your 40s you will have tighter, brighter and healthier skin. It is important to use products to erase blemishes from the face, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, even before they appear. Changes such as spots and loss of collagen begin in the 20s and progress so slowly that they are not usually seen until the 30s and 40s. But then it is already much more difficult to ‘delete’ them.

    The 30s are often the years when we become much more strict about our skin care routine. We’re starting to use ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to try to retain at least some of that natural glow from our 20s. Find out below what skin care should look like in your 40s, what preparatory steps we should all take in our 20s and 30s, and what mistakes we make that could significantly affect our complexion later.

    Common Skin Care Mistakes You Should Stop Making Immediately

    It turns out there are a lot of mistakes we all make in our 20s that could be reducing our chances of a glowing complexion in our 40s. Excessive cleaning and removal of natural oils from our skin and the use of overly aggressive peelings are the two biggest mistakes in skin care. Many women who suffer from problems like pimples, acne and excessive sebum production spend most of their 20s trying to remove excess oil from their skin. They usually do this with a combination of double cleansing and harsh, irritating toners. But as soon as you start using oils and serums, your skin may start to show signs of improvement.

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    In addition to over-cleansing the skin, avoiding sunscreen and products against environmental aggressors are two other common mistakes. Many of us have become passionate about applying SPF daily over the years, mainly because every skin expert and dermatologist touts it as the most important product we can wear on our face. However, products that protect the skin from pollution and the harmful effects of various environmental aggressors are still a fairly new trend. Don’t worry, though, because it’s not too late to start using them.

    Skin changes you can expect in your 40s

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    Assuming you cleaned your face properly, wore sunscreen, and used serums in your 20s and 30s, you may start to notice a lack of firmness and definition in your 40s, mostly due to a loss of muscle mass. Add an element of daily massage to your skincare routine. It will stimulate the vitality and health of the muscle tissue and provide the skin with natural volume and tone. To restore elasticity to the skin, try products with ingredients such as peptides and antioxidants.

    An ingredient you should start using right away

    Although achieving glowing skin is often a time-consuming process, even a small tweak can make a big difference. With that in mind, experts say antioxidants are one ingredient we should all start using. They help us achieve a brighter facial skin. In addition, for skin care ‘from the inside’, probiotics are recommended. This means that you should pay attention to the use of ingredients such as vitamins C and E, green tea, niacinamide and grape seed when shopping for skin care products. As for probiotics, look for a comprehensive nutritional supplement that will also support your immunity.

    Skin care in the 40s

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    What happens inside your body is just as important as what happens outside. Make sure that your skincare routine does not only include specific anti-aging skin care. It is recommended that you include healthy foods in your diet that will take care of your skin ‘from the inside’. Fresh vegetables, good fats, teas rich in antioxidants and targeted nutritional supplements are a great start. Of course, it would be good to introduce regular facial massages into your routine.

  • Collagen Diet:Best Food That Stimulates Collagen Production

    Collagen Diet:Best Food That Stimulates Collagen Production

    Many ‘anti-aging’ creams that you can find on the shelves contain collagen, but this is not measurable with the collagen found in food.

    The first wrinkles and reduction in skin tone begin already after the age of 25. The production of new skin cells slowly decreases, the skin becomes less elastic and begins to age. After the age of 25, it is calculated that the average person loses 1.5% of collagen from the skin annually.

    Collagen plays a huge role for our body as a basic tissue that, along with connective, cartilaginous and bone, forms the supporting tissue that is spread throughout the body. Many ‘anti-aging’ creams that you can find on the shelves contain collagen, but this is not measurable with the amount of collagen in food.

    Food that contains collagen?

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    Eggs contain collagen in the yolk. There is also a lot of sulfur in eggs, which is important for liver detoxification and collagen production. This allows toxins that destroy collagen to be removed from the body.

    Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for hydration and renewal of skin cells to keep it looking youthful and smooth.

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    The vitamin E contained in avocados helps in decreasing collagen levels in the body. Avocado also contains useful fats that strengthen skin health and increase collagen production.

    You will also find collagen in food in dark green leafy vegetables . It is most often rich in the antioxidant lutein, which neutralizes free radicals. These foods are necessary for the skin to maintain its youthful appearance, so go for spinach, cabbage, kale and Swiss chard.

    Salmon is full of minerals responsible for collagen production, such as zinc. It also contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids that help keep the skin moist.

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    People who have become vegetarians often boast that their skin has become more elastic and beautiful. The reason for this is the consumption of soy and tofu,  with which you can replace 6% of collagen in just six months. Due to its phytoestrogens and the element genistein, soy stimulates the production of collagen.

    Food supplements that contain a large amount of collagen can be a replacement for collagen from food. They can be found in the form of powders, tablets, capsules or liquid syrups.

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    Collagen is the most numerous protein in our body!

    It is found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It promotes strengthening and elasticity of the skin. When it comes to joints and tendons, collagen serves as “glue” for the body.

    With age, collagen production slows down. This affects the appearance of wrinkles, sagging of the skin, the appearance of pain in the joints due to weaker or weakened cartilage. Reduced collagen production can also be affected by an unhealthy diet, high sugar intake, smoking and excessive exposure to the sun. Its production can also be affected by genetics, poor intake of foods rich in collagen or digestive disorders.

    Collagen promotes skin and hair health, reduces degeneration and joint pain, strengthens metabolism, muscle mass, bones and provides energy.

  • The Great Guide to Rosacea Skin Care

    The Great Guide to Rosacea Skin Care

    Red spots, skin redness, tiny pimples that won’t go away with acne products… Sound familiar? These are just some of the symptoms of a skin condition that dermatologists encounter almost as much as acne – rosacea .

    Although common, rosacea is not a fully understood skin condition; it is not certain what causes it, how and why it appears, but it is a condition to live with, as there is actually no cure for rosacea. An apparently quite simple condition to control often involves skin sensitivity and allergies, so it is extremely important to detect it in time.

    What is rosacea?

    Rosacea, or couperose, is a common chronic skin condition that causes reddening of the skin and visible capillaries on the face. It occurs in episodes and predominantly affects the face and scalp. Depending on the type of rosacea, it can also cause small pimples. It most often affects people with light skin, with thin and less resistant skin, but it can appear in all skin types and tones, including extremely dark skin.

    As it is a condition that appears periodically, when rosacea “flares up” it can last for several hours to several weeks and then disappear again for a long time. Unfortunately, unless it is in its last stage where the redness and discomfort of the skin is practically permanent.

    Blood vessels and capillaries open and close every day, but in rosacea their walls are weaker than usual, which is why they close extremely slowly and become more difficult over time. The idea is to help the skin strengthen the vessel walls, close them faster, soothe the skin often and avoid its inflammatory state.

    Say no to self-diagnosis

    Although it can appear at any stage of life and with very different causes, it most often starts with the appearance of redness on the cheeks around the age of 30. The redness becomes more pronounced over time and recedes more slowly, and the capillaries then become more pronounced. Over time, if the skin is not treated correctly, the capillaries break more often, which then become extremely visible, the appearance of pimples and painful inflamed bumps. Also, rosacea can affect the area around the eyes, as well as the eyes themselves, which can cause a feeling of irritation, production of more mucus and more pronounced redness.

    If you notice some of the early symptoms of rosacea, it is extremely important to visit a dermatologist as soon as possible, because rosacea is often confused with allergies, irritations, dermatitis and even acne. With the wrong diagnosis and an inadequate care routine, the condition of rosacea can rapidly worsen, while with the correct care routine, the appearance of the skin can be drastically improved even surprisingly quickly.

    What are the symptoms of rosacea?

    Rosacea is usually very characteristic of the person who has it, and the symptoms can be extremely colorful and do not overlap even on similar skin types. It most often affects women in their mid-40s, and in men it turns into its chronic, severe forms. However, as this skin condition has no rules, it appears more and more often in young people.

    • Redness – apart from the cheeks, it can appear in the center of the face. It is less noticeable on darker skin tones
    • Visible capillaries – tiny capillaries around the nose and cheeks burst and remain permanently visible
    • Small bumps – certain types of rosacea can have bumps that look like tiny pimples. Sometimes the nodules have purulent tops.
    • Stinging and burning sensation – the red areas of the skin may be warm to the touch and leave a burning sensation inside
    • Eye problems – ocular rosacea often occurs before facial rosacea and is characterized by burning or itching of the eyes, more frequent conjunctivitis, swelling of the eyelids and visible, markedly red capillaries on the sclera
    • Enlarged, swollen nose – this is a condition that occurs in the most pronounced stage of rosacea, and is characteristic of men. There is an accumulation of tissue and thickening of the skin on the nose, which makes it look permanently red, swollen and round

    What causes rosacea?

    Recent studies have shown that facial flushing is likely the beginning of ongoing inflammation that is initiated by a combination of neurovascular dysregulation and the inborn immune system. The topic of the immune system is something that is being further researched and is leading to potential advances in the treatment of rosacea.

    However, the mite Demodex Folliculorum, which is a normal inhabitant of human skin, can be one of the potential causes of rosacea as it reproduces only on skin with rosacea. It can also be the cause of a more pronounced state of rosacea and appear as a symptom of a general decline in immunity.

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    Rosacea is also found as a hereditary condition, the cause can also be the type of human genome that simply predetermines it, and it is also found as a result of systemic inflammation in serious systemic diseases, such as autoimmune diseases or certain types of cancer.

    Rosacea and triggers

    Triggers are the causes that suddenly intensify the inflammatory state of the skin in rosacea. Some of the most well-known are related to lifestyle, such as eating spicy food, chocolate, citrus, as well as drinking hot drinks and alcohol, smoking… Also, unprotected exposure to the sun, sudden changes in heat and cold, stress

    But the trigger can also be products unsuitable for skin with rosacea. Again, triggers can differ significantly from person to person, so for some people, for example, the use of vitamin C will be suitable, while for others it will instantly worsen the clinical picture.

    In general, it is recommended to avoid ingredients that can cause skin sensitivity, such as perfume, AHA acids, SLS and SLES, sometimes vitamin C or retinol. Also, the products you normally use to treat acne will not have any effect on the bumps caused by rosacea.

    How to care for skin with rosacea?

    First of all, it is recommended to start a rosacea care routine with a consultation with a dermatologist. As rosacea is difficult to recognize without professional help, most often putting together a routine on your own is very counterproductive. Also, dermatologists can prescribe products that will help with more pronounced outbreaks of rosacea, which are only available by prescription and which cannot be replaced by classic skincare.

    Skincare routines are arranged depending on the symptoms and type of rosacea, but also depending on your triggers. In general, skin with rosacea tolerates azelaic acid or azeloglycine, minerals, as well as ingredients that strengthen and soothe the skin barrier. In addition, protection against UV radiation is mandatory; is one of the easiest ways to prevent the progression of rosacea! If you want to easily cover rosacea, it is also suggested to use skincare and makeup with a tone of green, as it nicely neutralizes redness.

    However, the only solution for broken capillaries is going to the laser. For this reason, it is really beneficial to get a diagnosis on time and follow the recommended routine. It is absolutely possible to have rosacea and not have broken capillaries!

    Rosacea and skin care routine

    • Gentle cleansers
    • Serum for soothing the skin and strengthening the skin barrier
    • Moisturizing cream for rosacea
    • Protection against UV radiation
    • Cooled masks and lotions

    Gentle cleansers

    As rosacea can flare up due to the use of aggressive soaps, it is recommended to use cleansers without SLS or SLES, in milk, foam or gel form. Look for a hydrating cleanser with skin-soothing ingredients as the optimal choice for skin with rosacea.

    Serum for soothing the skin and strengthening the skin barrier

    Moisturizing serums to soothe the skin and strengthen the skin barrier are an excellent choice because they help to strengthen the barrier, which can make rosacea less common. Also, since it is a chronic inflammation of the skin, it will help soothe the redness and unpleasant burning sensation of the skin.

    Some people will also benefit from serums with vitamin C, which can help remove redness. Alternatives are serums with azelaic acid or azeloglycine, as they simultaneously remove irritation, soothe the skin and help with redness.

    Moisturizing cream for rosacea

    In this case, it really matters which moisturizer you choose, because it must have ingredients that will control rosacea. For example, such creams mostly contain ingredients that strengthen the walls of blood vessels, which makes redness less frequent, they are often lightly tinted to balance existing redness and enriched with ingredients to strengthen and soothe the skin.

    Today, almost every pharmacy brand offers them, they are often a little thicker and richer in texture, but most of the time they will not clog the pores.

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    Protection against UV radiation

    The most important step in any routine, especially for skin with rosacea, is the use of SPF. It is recommended to use it every morning, even during the whole winter. When the UV index is below 3, it is okay to use SPF15, while for everything from index 3 onwards, SPF 30 is recommended, and in summer, 50 – with regular renewal.

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    Skin with rosacea loves minerals as they have a protective and soothing effect, so it is suggested to look for a mineral-based SPF. However, it is not mandatory!

    Cooled masks and lotions

    The feeling of burning, stinging and general discomfort is not recommended to be soothed with ice, as extreme cold is another trigger of rosacea – but you can use chilled water and gel or sheet masks. Put them in the fridge for a few minutes and enjoy the effect of comfort and relief.

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  • Armpit Detox: How And Why This Beauty Trend Works

    Armpit Detox: How And Why This Beauty Trend Works

    Recently, we have been reading and hearing more and more about the new beauty-wellness trend – armpit detox.

    Every year, the world of beauty trends becomes richer for new rituals with which we can improve the health of our body, especially the skin. This year, the most talked about is the necessity of periodic detoxification of our armpits. Sounds weird to you? And we didn’t until we investigated why this detox is so recommended.

    So, if you have been using conventional deodorants for years, you must know that the tissues of your armpits are saturated with toxins and that various irritations are possible because of this. Many people may experience rashes, skin irritation, increased sweating and unpleasant odors after long-term use of synthetic deodorants, and all these symptoms will be even more pronounced if you decide to switch from conventional to natural deodorants.

    As the beauty industry is currently very focused on including as many natural, organic ingredients as possible in our daily skincare routines, a huge and relatively unexplored market for natural deodorants has opened up. But, as we said, the sudden transition to natural-based deodorants can be challenging for the skin of the armpits, so it is best to give it a thorough detox first, which will cleanse the area of ​​the harsh chemicals it has been treated with for years.

    The benefits of underarm detox are numerous, and among the most important is certainly the elimination of toxins from underarm tissue. There is also prevention of unpleasant rashes on the skin when changing deodorant types, long-term reduction of sweating and less unpleasant odors even when deodorants are not used.

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    What is needed for detox?

    For an effective armpit detox, you only need two ingredients: bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. Bentonite is a medicinal clay of volcanic origin that has been used since ancient times in the treatment and cleansing of the body. Today, it is often used in cures for the elimination of heavy metals from the body. Apple cider vinegar (100% natural) helps clean the armpits of toxins, and some apply it under the armpit itself as an effective remedy against unpleasant odors.

    Detox mixture

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
    • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (organic)
    • 1-2 teaspoons of water

    Making of:

    Put all the ingredients in a glass bowl (not a metal one) and mix them well with a wooden spoon.

    Application:

    Spread the mixture evenly on the armpit in a thin layer and leave it on for 5 to 20 minutes. If you are doing a detox for the first time, let it work for 5 minutes, then with each new detox, depending on how your body reacts, extend the time. Finally, rinse your armpits or wipe them with a warm, damp cloth. Repeat this process every day until you notice that your skin no longer reacts to the natural deodorant and that unpleasant odors have decreased.

    Remark:

    If you feel pain or some other very unpleasant sensations, rinse and do not apply the detox mixture again. You will notice slight redness, but there is no need to worry – it will pass quickly. This occurs due to improved circulation in the armpit area. In general, it is recommended to practice armpit detox for at least 10 days, so that the results are ultimately as good as possible.

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  • Trendy Winter Manicures With Gold Details

    Trendy Winter Manicures With Gold Details

    In winter, we always like to choose emerald green, red or burgundy nails, but this season unusually elegant, refined gold manicures are in trend. Whether the nails are decorated with golden appliqués, glitter or gold leaves – it doesn’t matter, what is important is that the neutral tones of the nail stand out beautifully with high-gloss gold details.

    Gold details that attract attention

    Currently, on the profiles of renowned nail artists from all over the world, we can see beautiful manicures that include gold details and decorations of various types, and at the same time look minimalistic, but effective enough to draw attention to your hands.

    From the French manicure with a golden nail border to the whole nail painted in gold color – the options are numerous, and they all have in common that they will fit wonderfully into any winter outfit . The holiday season is upon us, and now is the right time to treat yourself to new beautifully decorated nails with golden effects. Find some inspiration below.

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  • Chicory Coffee Benefits: For Gut Health and Weight Loss

    Chicory Coffee Benefits: For Gut Health and Weight Loss

    In the past, chicory coffee was a necessary alternative to coffee in periods of coffee shortage. Today, chicory coffee is a drink that is often consumed by people sensitive to caffeine and diabetics .

    Chicory is coffee . It is produced by roasting and extracting chicory roots. It does not contain caffeine , so it is often used as a substitute for coffee.

    Chicory contains up to 20% inulin, which due to its specific chemical composition is used as food for diabetics, bitter substances, pectins, ascorbic acid, proteins, vegetable fats, carbohydrates , vitamin C , provitamin A and various minerals ( magnesium , potassium). , manganese and iron ).Because of all the above, chicory has numerous medicinal properties:

    • Due to the high content of vitamin C, chicory protects against colds, oxidative damage to the body and improves the work of the immune system.
    • It is effective in lowering cholesterol and fat in the blood and thus reduces the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction and stroke.
    • It is used for spring cleaning of the body and helps in losing weight and achieving an ideal body weight.
    • It helps with food digestion, better bowel movements and the removal of intestinal parasites.
    • It shows a good effect in dyspepsia (pain in the upper part of the digestive system) and flatulence (abdominal bloating), and has a positive effect on diseases of the digestive system.
    • An important ingredient of chicory is the carbohydrate inulin, which has probiotic properties. It has a beneficial effect on the proper functioning of the digestive system and intestines, in the large intestine it serves as a source of food for probiotic bacteria (Bifidobacteria, Lactobacilli) that ensure the balance of the intestinal microflora.
    • It has a beneficial effect on diabetes, and is also effective in disorders of protein and fat metabolism.
    • It is used for the treatment of liver diseases and detoxification of the liver and for improving the functioning of the bile.
    • Due to its high potassium content , it also has a diuretic effect.

    Chicory coffee – how is it produced?

    Chicory is sown at the end of April or at the beginning of May, and the harvest period lasts from the end of September to the middle of November. After harvesting, chicory roots are transported to drying facilities. There, the fresh roots are cut into cubes and slices and subjected to the drying process.

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    After drying, frying follows. It takes place at temperatures of 170-180 °C for 60-80 minutes. During roasting , the specific color, aroma and taste of chicory develop, which makes it possible to use it as a substitute for coffee. Chemical reactions take place – Maillard reactions and pyrolysis of inulin.

    Fried and chopped chicory is often mixed with coffee or other coffee drinks, such as barley and rye coffee, and an instant drink can be made from it. In order to produce an instant drink, chicory is boiled in water, and then its aqueous extract is dried, which gives granules for the preparation of an instant drink.

    Chicory coffee – composition

    The basic characteristic of chicory is the presence of the  polysaccharide inulin . It is a soluble dietary fiber that makes up as much as 65% of the mass of the dried root. In addition to inulin , dried chicory contains:

    • 5% sucrose
    • 15% of insoluble dietary fiber
    • 5% protein
    • sesquiterpene lactones
    • potassium
    • calcium
    • phosphate
    • sulfate.

    Effects on the digestive system

    Due to the presence of dietary fiber inulin , chicory root could have beneficial effects on the health of the digestive system. Inulin is a  prebiotic , which means that it has a beneficial effect on the bacteria found in the digestive system. It promotes the growth of desirable bifidobacteria. The composition of the intestinal microflora is considered an important factor in maintaining the health of the organism .

    In addition to having a positive effect on the intestinal microflora, chicory promotes proper digestion and can help relieve constipation . Research published in 2014 in the  Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine , in which 47 healthy subjects drank 300 ml of aqueous chicory extract every day for four weeks , came to the conclusion that chicory coffee can have a beneficial effect on digestion by improving the rhythm of bowel movements. 

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    Effects on glycemia

    Dietary fibers , such as inulin, generally have a beneficial effect on glycemia because they slow down the rise in blood glucose levels after a meal . Inulin has also been shown to be effective in reducing insulin resistance .

    The aforementioned research conducted on 47 subjects resulted in a decrease in HbA1c levels in the blood , but fasting glucose levels did not improve. However, the research was conducted on healthy people, so nothing can be concluded about the effect on people with insulin resistance or diabetes.

    So far, the effect of chicory on glycemia has been proven on experimental rats. In addition to inulin, the effect is attributed to the presence of chicory and chlorogenic acid. This was shown by research published in 2018 in the  Journal of Ethnopharmacology , in which the mentioned acids worked to increase insulin sensitivity in rats with diabetes .

    Other effects

    Chicory root has shown a potential anti-inflammatory effect in research conducted on experimental animals . This could be particularly useful considering that mild chronic inflammation of the organism is widespread nowadays and is considered responsible for the emergence of many modern chronic non-communicable diseases.

    Inulin could play an important role in reducing appetite by acting on the hormones of hunger and satiety, thus helping in weight loss and maintaining adequate body mass.

    In addition, it has been shown that chicory stimulates the excretion of uric acid from the body, and an excess of uric acid leads to  hyperuricemia .

    Chicory has the potential for various positive effects. However, research linking chicory consumption and health is still in its infancy. So it is still not known what amounts of chicory could have certain effects.

    Preparation of chicory coffee using roasted chicory root

    1. Put one soup spoon of coffee in two deciliters of water.
    2. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
    3. Allow the coffee to settle.
    4. Pour the brewed coffee into a cup and add milk and sugar/sweetener as desired.

    Preparation of chicory coffee using instant coffee

    1. Mix two to three teaspoons of instant chicory powder with the desired amount of sugar or another sweetener (sugar or sweetener can be omitted).
    2. Add a little hot water and mix.
    3. Add warm milk while mixing.