Photography: Do I Really Need A DSLR?


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It’s only recently that we all started carrying cameras around in our pockets. Much to the frustration of some purist photographers, smartphone cameras have been developing rapidly over recent years. If you’re getting into photography, you might think that the capability of your smartphone camera completely eliminates the need for a DSLR. While this isn’t going to be entirely true, here’s a closer look at the photographic capabilities of modern smartphones.

More Portable, More Sharable, and Less Noticeable

If you’re passionate about photography, then you’ll already know that the best shots can spring up when you least expect them. When you’re going out on a date or meeting some friends for drinks, it’s certainly better to have a smartphone in your pocket, rather than a big, bulky DSLR. As much as you might love photography, lenses, batteries, speedlights, and other gear can make it tough to get around, and make you look very awkward in a lot of situations! Furthermore, a big, expensive DSLR around your neck can label you as a tourist, and make you a target for pickpockets and muggers. Smartphones are also much more convenient for sharing. While there are some models, like the Nikon D3400, that have Bluetooth for instant copying to a smartphone, the camera on your phone is perfect for photojournalism or regularly updating your social media presence.

Less Functional and Versatile

One of the major things that separates DSLRs from smartphones is that the former has interchangeable lenses, allowing the photographer to change the way their device functions according to the photographic situation they’ve been dealt. Smartphones, barring a few tacky gimmick products, can’t accommodate for lenses. This means that with a Sony a6000 Silver, you can switch to a 50mm macro lens for taking portraits, allowing you to capture highly detailed images of people. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 only has a seven-megapixel front camera. Shooting in a dark environment or relying on a smartphone’s flash can also create problems, leading to red eye effect and dimly lit night-time shots. On the other hand, DSLRs have external flash, with a number of settings you can use to manipulate the feature. Finally, we have zooming. As you know all too well, when you try to zoom in on some distant detail with a smartphone camera, it quickly becomes blurry. A telephoto lens can actually magnify the camera’s view, rather than simply enlarging part of the image.

Limited Battery Life

Okay, battery life has always been a pet peeve for smartphone users, and these days portable chargers are a very common accessory. Even if you have a phone that’s great for battery life, this can make them impractical for a full day of shooting. You don’t want to get a handful of snaps in, then get the “low battery” message, and have to go a few hours with a bulky power pack hanging off your phone! Most modern DSLRs allow you to go for days on end with almost constant use, without ever having to charge or change the batteries.

 

Important Health Checks All Millennials Need To Consider


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Looking after our health is very important, and the best way to do this is to follow a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes that isn’t enough to combat certain health problems and conditions. In fact, to ensure you continue to have a clean bill of health, it’s important that you regularly attend certain health screenings and checks. It’s best to do these even if you aren’t showing any symptoms so that doctors can spot the conditions in their very early stages.

 

So, if you think you are due a health check-up, speak to your doctor to arrange one of the following. Every millennial will really benefit from all of these screenings!

 

Mental Health

 

Did you know that millennials suffer from mental health problems more so than any other generation at the minute? Many experts believe that is because of stressful work conditions and long work hours. Plus, the poor economy and current state of austerity are said to be having some effect on millennial’s mental health. It’s a good idea to get regularly checked out by a mental health specialist to ensure that you aren’t unknowingly suffering from some problems. The specialist will also be able to tell you various tips and tricks to help you improve your current mental health.

 

Sexual Health

 

If you are sexually active, then it is important you keep a check on your sexual health. There are many sexual health clinics across the country, so you don’t have to worry about seeing your usual doctor. It’s much better to visit a clinic rather than relying on methods like the ultimate herpes protocol scam. Even though there are many great ways to protect yourself during sexual activity, it is still important to get regularly checked out as no method of protection is 100% effective.

 

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Blood Sugar Levels

 

Millennials love to be on-trend, and that usually means being seen in the hippest and coolest cafes and bars. Unfortunately, all those flavoured coffees, sweet treats, and sugary alcoholic drinks will be bad news for your blood sugar. To ensure this doesn’t become too much of a problem and develop into diabetes, it’s a good idea to get your blood sugar levels checked out every couple of years. You should speak to your doctor to arrange an appointment.

 

Iron Levels

 

Another common health complaint among millennials is an iron deficiency. This occurs when an individual does not get enough iron in their diet. It’s easy to remedy, and you can choose to either take daily iron tablets or eat iron-rich foods such as red meat, dry fruit, and dark-green vegetables. There are a few different symptoms of an iron deficiency, so it is easy to spot. You need to look out for things like fatigue, shortness of breath, and pale skin,

 

As long as you get regularly checked out for all of the above health conditions, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. But remember, the best way to prevent them altogether is to try and lead a healthy lifestyle as much as possible.

Taking It Back To Basics: Easy Ways to Maintain a Stunning Smile


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Beautiful teeth will never go out of style, and looking after your smile not only makes you look more attractive but is important for your health too. These days cosmetic dentists can work wonders, and have a solution to just about any problem with the teeth. There are all kinds of weird and wonderful tips for making your teeth look whiter at home from using charcoal to strawberries, however looking after your smile doesn’t need to be complicated. Take it back to basics, bear these tips in mind and you will maintain a happy, healthy mouth year after year.

 

Good Oral Hygiene Routine

It goes without saying that an effective oral hygiene routine will keep your mouth at its best. Brushing twice a day, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash and flossing regularly will all help to keep bacteria down. This will prevent cavities from forming, remove surface stains and keep your mouth fresh and healthy. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, electric toothbrushes are great, but it’s possible to do a good job with a manual if you take care to brush properly. Brush gently but effectively, you want to remove debris and bacteria but without scratching or scrubbing at the enamel.

 

Regular Visits To The Dentist

Everyone should be visiting the dentist regularly. Even if you don’t have any pain and everything feels fine, dentists will be able to keep it that way by spotting potential problems early. If you’re worried about chemicals such as mercury being used in fillings (since this has been shown to be harmful to the body), you could consider a holistic dentist. They consider the wellbeing of the entire body when it comes to dentistry and can be a safer and healthier alternative. Regular scale and polishes help to remove tartar and keep the mouth feeling fresh, and your dentist can recommend any special care you need to take.

 

Eat The Right Foods

A healthy diet plays an important role for every cell in our bodies, teeth included. We all know how calcium is crucial for maintaining healthy teeth and bones, most people can get this in dairy products, but if you eat a vegan diet, you need to be wary. There are plenty of vegetables that are a good source of calcium, but you will need to track this (apps like MyFitnessPal can be useful for this) to ensure all of your daily needs are met. As well as protecting from the inside, what you put on your teeth is also important. Drinking lots of sugary or acidic drinks during the day can affect the enamel and lead to cavities. Snacking on sweets and sugary treats will have the same effect. It’s recommended that you keep sugar to a minimum and when you do consume it, do so around mealtimes rather than grazing throughout the day.

 

Protect Your Mouth During Sports

If you’re involved in sports, be careful of your teeth. Rugby, martial arts skiing, hockey, basketball, and gymnastics are just a few of sports where you run the risk of breaking or losing a tooth. Wear a mouthguard if the sport requires it, and be sure to follow the correct health and safety procedures to avoid risk and injury.

 

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7 Beauty Hacks To Brighten Your Smile

When you meet someone for the first time, what is the first thing that you notice about them? Their hair, their style, their eyes, their smile? For many people, the smile, mouth, and teeth, is something that many people do notice when they meet someone for the first time. However, a healthy smile can’t be instantly achieved if it isn’t already. There are several steps that you can take, though, to make sure that you do have a winning smile when someone meets you for the first time.

 

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Try Using a Berry Shade of Lipstick

 

If you have ever found yourself wearing a lot of yellow and find that it makes your skin look a little sallow, then it is because it reflects the yellow tones onto your skin. The same principle works with lipsticks or lip stains that have yellow tones. They can make your teeth look more yellow than they actually are. If you like to wear red lipstick, then this can be a good choice to help eliminate the yellowing look. If you’re not someone that likes to wear red lipstick, then choosing a shade, like a blue based pink, will make your teeth seem whiter and brighter. An easy win right there.

 

Use Highlighter

 

Highlighter often gets used for our cheekbones and perhaps the bridge of our nose. But you can use it to your advantage when trying to make your smile look better. When applying a lip liner and gloss on your lips, try using a light shade of concealer around your lips. First of all, it will make your lips look much more full. Second of all, it will help to make your teeth look whiter in contrast to the lips.

 

Eat Better

 

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. So if you want a bright and happy smile, then you need to rethink what you are eating. More fruit and vegetables is a great way to do that, as well as drinking plenty of water. Did you know what strawberries are one of the best foods to eat that will help you to brighten your smile? As strawberries are full of vitamin C, they act as a natural teeth whitener as it will help to clear away plaque. Apples and celery are also good ways to naturally brighten your teeth, as they work as a natural astringent. Meaning that they help to remove stains. So if you need a quick boost for your teeth, chew on some celery!

 

Consider a Treatment

 

If you’re looking for something a little faster acting, then a treatment like teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry might just be the thing that you are looking for. If your teeth are quite stained from something like smoking, then having them whitened could give you a good base to work from. From there you can improve the look of your smile in more natural ways, but it might just help you to get started.

 

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Use Bronzer

 

A quick little trick that a lot of beauty experts use is adding some extra bronzer to help to contour your face. By using a matte foundation or a bronzer, that is a little darker than your normal skin shade; it can change the shape of your face and enhance your smile. The best places to use this is the bridge of your nose, as well as just under your cheekbones. Using bronzer also has the effect of making your teeth look whiter than they are, as there will be more contrast next to your skin.

 

Use Petroleum Jelly

 

Using petroleum jelly, or Vaseline, and using it on your teeth can give them an instant shine. It might sound a little odd, but apply a little on your teeth. It gives them an extra layer to avoid stains from things like lipstick or coffee, for example. Of course, it does give your teeth quite a shiny look, so it can be great on photos for giving your smile a boost. Just don’t go overboard with it or you’ll have an odd taste in your mouth!

 

Limit Drinks That Will Stain

 

As has been mentioned, drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can really stain your teeth. So one of the best ways to reduce how stained your teeth will get is to limit how many of these things that you drink. Drinking through a straw is also a good way to reduce these kinds of stains, as well as avoid the corrosion of your teeth as there won’t be as much sugar near your teeth.

 

Rocking Your Outfit – Why Confidence Is The Best Item You Can Wear


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Outfits are never the be-all and end-all of looking great. They certainly do help, and the fashion world would be pretty dismal without the thought and attention that goes into the beautiful garments we have access to. There’s hardly a replicable feeling than finding threads that suit your physique, your look, and your general attitude down to the bone.

However, it’s easy to forget that wearing the right thing isn’t the only consideration to be made while looking good. Confidence is the glue that holds it all together. Confidence can mean many things, but in this article, we aren’t concerned with arrogance. We’re concerned with self-respect, self-acceptance, and self-love. Those three considerations constitute Confidence with a capital C.

Even a famed supermodel wouldn’t look right in designer wear if they didn’t have the confidence to pull it off. Summer, winter, white or black dresses are different on the surface, but all require that you rock them with that inner mojo that is relatively difficult to categorize, but very easy to feel. You’ll know when you have it. These following confidence tips will allow you to have it.

Stay Up-To-Date

Staying up-to-date is a vital component in staying confident in your wardrobe. This doesn’t mean you need to conform to modern fashions religiously, but it does mean adopting a few little modern chic styles here and there to give yourself a feeling of being current. Even if you theme yourself around an uncommon look, 50’s chic for example, there will be methods you can use to keep yourself looking fresh and well maintained. Modern makeup kits, skin care techniques and even exercise regimes or diets can keep you feeling on top form at all times.

Maintain

Maintain yourself well. Give a close watch on your figure and make sure you exercise enough to help relieve the stressors of daily life. Give yourself the room to introspect and reflect, meditating if needed to help you reduce self-critical thoughts, and give you the presence necessary to rock your look with attitude. Remember, no matter your age, you can look simply stunning and journey through life with an open and responsive attitude.

Don’t Judge

Judging yourself is a sure fire way to never feel happy in your skin. The only way we can ever feel confident is to look into the mirror and find no enemy. We’re not trying to downplay the genuine psychological impact your insecurities can hold. However, we are advocating you do everything in your power to shift those perceptions. You are much more beautiful than you know, and it’s likely that many people see you with absolute reverence.

Experiment!

Don’t be afraid to be a little ‘out-there’ in your wardrobe and fashion choices. What is normal? Ask one hundred people on the street, and you’ll get one hundred different answers. If you want to try a new style, get an experimental piercing, or dye your hair a whole new color, who has the right to stop you? As long as you adhere to a few simple style techniques like matching colors efficiently and wearing garments in good condition, you have every right to ask others to respect your styling choices.

These tips will help you feel like the confident, able woman you are deep down. Dressing considerations aside, you will no doubt be the belle of the ball wherever you go, at least internally. Most of the time, that’s enough.

 

 

 

Radiant! How to Get Glowing Skin!

Let’s be honest, we all want super soft glowing skin. We want to look like our best selves, and only have to wear the tiniest hint of BB cream, rather than a full face of foundation. But just how can we do that, especially as the years go by? Well, there are some tricks you may not know about that could help. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Good cleanser

 

 

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Number one on the list of tips for a radiant complexion is using a good cleanser. Yes, I know that you know all about how you have to take your makeup off, and how it’s not go to bed in it at night, because of it smothers the skin and stops it refreshing itself. But to do this, you need a kickass cleanser.

Some of the cleaning products out there are too wishy-washy, they just don’t have the guts to remove full coverage foundation or waterproof eye makeup. The problem with this is that you end up pulling your face about and scrubbing at it to remove your makeup. Something that is definitely not good for the condition of your face, or the radiance of your skin.

A good cleaner will be strong enough to remove all of your makeup, but will also leave you skin feeling clean moisturized. Remember having hydrated skin is one of the keys to radiance and your cleanser is a big part of this.

Microdermabrasion

 

Something else that you can use to get a more glowing complexion is microdermabrasion. This a treatment where the top layer of skin is removed to reveal the younger, fresher skin underneath.

Until very recently you have only been able to go for this treatment in clinics and spas, but now you can get at home microdermabrasion kits. These can work out as a lot more cost effective, than paying a spa to do it for you. As well as having the benefit of being able to do it in the comfort of your own home. Great for if you get a little red afterward, and don’t want anybody to see you until it goes down.

Antioxidants

 

 

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There are changes that you can make to your diet as well to help your skin glow with radiance. In particular, the consumption of food rich in antioxidants can be very helpful.

 

This is because these attach themselves to the free radicals in your system. Free radicals are associated with cell replication problems like aging. So by eating well, you can help minimize the aging of your skin.

Primer

Of course, there is nothing wrong with a little helping hand either, and that is where some of the makeup products on the market come in.

First, we have shimmering primer, designed to be applied before your foundation. This will smooth out your skin, as well adding a hit of radiance to your face.

 

 

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Then there are the ever popular highlighters and strobers that are around at the moment. These are design to provide reflection and give a dewy, youthful glow. Apply them to areas that would be naturally hit by the light for maximum effect and radiance.

 

 

Do You Know What’s Truly Affecting Your Skin?

Skincare is a tricky thing to get just right. Most of us struggle with it for most of our lives. It is rare that anyone really comes into a skincare regime that lasts forever, and yet this is something that most of us would admit to wanting. Part of looking after your skin is knowing about the many different things that can affect it, in both a good way or a bad way. As it happens, there are more of these than you might think, and that’s why it is so important to learn as much about them as you can. In general, the more you know about the things which affect your skin, the better you will be able to look after it.

 

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Diet

This is one of the more obvious factors, so we will deal with it straight away. Your diet can have a major effect on the quality of your skin, and knowing this will ensure that you can choose what you eat much more sensibly. Of course, to be able to do that, you will need to know what you should be eating and what you shouldn’t be eating. Many of these rules are not applicable to everyone, and it will depend on each person individually what works and what doesn’t. But there are some foods that you should absolutely avoid at all costs if you want your skin to really be at its best as much as possible.

Chief amongst the foods to avoid are anything high in saturated fat or salt. This basically means that you should try not to eat any fast food, or at least keep it to a minimum. This kind of food has a way of making your skin greasy, and can cause a higher likelihood of issues such as spots, acne, blemishes and even an increase in the number of freckles and moles you might have. You should also pay attention to how many whole foods you are eating – the more of these, the better in general, but you should be aware that eating only fruit and vegetables is likely to be overkill for most people. You need a little white meat or fish in your diet, in order to provide some omega-3 to the skin. This is the kind of fat that the skin gets its healthy glow from, rather than the unhealthy gleam of fatty foods.

 

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The amount you eat is another important factor in how healthy your skin looks and feels. If you overeat on a regular basis, you will soon find that your skin begins to appear dull, while under eating can deprive the skin of the necessary nutrients and minerals, and will ultimately have the same effect. It is a fine balance to be drawn – but as ever, in the balance is where you find what you are looking for.

Harmful Substances

As well as what you eat, you also need to think about anything else that you might be putting in your body which could affect your skin. As it happens, this can be pretty much anything – but there are certain substances which you should definitely avoid as much as possible if you are serious about trying to have healthier, better-looking skin. Among the most harmful substances for your skin are alcohol and tobacco. If you drink excessively, or smoke at all, you are causing your skin a lot of damage, some of it perhaps permanent. If alcohol is a particular problem for you, then it might be worth trying to find a way to cut down on it. Even just cutting out a few drinks a week can make a big difference, and will often lead immediately to skin that is healthier and has a better glow about it.

 

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If your vice is smoking tobacco, then it is definitely a wise move to stop smoking altogether. Smoking dries up the skin and makes blemishes, spots and wrinkles much more likely to appear. It also has long-term damaging effects which can result in you looking considerably older than you really are. Fortunately, cutting out cigarettes can dramatically reverse these negative effects, leading to healthier skin again. Doing so can be tricky, but with the proper use of some alternative nicotine replacement therapy, you should find it a little easier to do. It should save you money, too – just find some vape juice cheap and switch over to that, and your skin will improve in no time.

Water

Water is truly the life-giving substance, and when it comes to your skin it giveth and it taketh away. The tricky thing about water is knowing how much to drink, but the good news there is that you would probably be hard pushed to drink too much. Generally, people don’t drink anywhere near enough, so a good rule of thumb would be to add a glass or two a day to what you are currently drinking. Around eight glasses is a good goal, but beyond that would be even better. Too much water consumption can affect you negatively though, and that is true for your skin as well as your internal organs. However, with the right amount of water in your system, your skin will be able to heal itself much faster from any cuts or abrasions, and it will also need much less moisturizer in order to remain smooth and soft. Water should be considered an absolutely essential part of any skincare regime.

 

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Sun

We all know the potential dangers of the sun, and it is obviously sensible to keep out of high sun as much as possible. Wearing sun block, covering up and staying out of the midday sun are all good ideas if you care about your skin. But you do need some amount of sunlight, and gain here we run into the issue of trying to find the perfect balance. The sun’s rays give your skin vitamin C and D, and these are both vital for healthier skin. Just make sure that you don’t allow your skin to become burned.

Does Your Physical Health Impact Your Mental Health?

The simple answer to the opening question here is… yes. There’s no point in trying to pretend that we should weigh the different options, suggesting that there is merit to both, when in reality the answer is very clear-cut indeed. Yes, physical health has a massive implication on mental health – and it’s easy to see why.

 

Given that this link is so explicit, perhaps the better way to focus time and energy is to look at what you can do about the impact of poor physical health (be it from an accident, an illness, or just random bad luck) can have on your mental health. Now don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a “look on the bright side of life!” patronizing response to those thoughts. In fact, acknowledging them as legitimate might be the first step to coping…

 

Feelings Of Injustice

 

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Self-pity is not an emotion that many of us strive for, but it’s nevertheless one we all have a tendency to feel when our physical health is failing us. That’s completely normal; in fact, it could even be considered somewhat odd were that not the case.

 

After all, when your physical health is poor, your life suffers. You’re not able to get outside as much, you might miss out on events, or seeing friends – of course that’s going to give you feelings of sorrow for yourself. It’s important to recognize that you have legitimate reason to feel like that; don’t beat yourself up about acknowledging the reality.

 

The key is to acknowledge those feelings and see them as genuine, but then press on regardless anyway. If there’s something that you can do to make yourself feel better, then do it, but don’t expect instantaneous results. When you have been injured in an accident or taken ill, you are going to struggle with feelings of “but why me?” – so don’t let anyone try to suggest that you’re wrong for doing so.

 

Depression

 

Somewhere in the midst of that self-pity, there is likely to be more than a little depression waiting to rear its ugly head. This isn’t necessarily clinical depression (which is caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain) but situational depression. Admittedly, the classification doesn’t make much difference: both feel awful.

 

There is some evidence to suggest that having a positive mindset during times of ill health can actually benefit healing. However, this isn’t found just by telling yourself to get over it and cheer up. Therapy is usually the best option for finding your way back onto a more even footing, so don’t be afraid to seek out options to talk to a professional about what you’re going through.

 

Apologizing For Yourself

 

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Finally, perhaps the most damaging mental health impact of poor general health is when you constantly feel the need to apologize for yourself/the “problems” that you cause other people.

 

Try and remember that you don’t have to apologize for the fact you are alive. By all means, acknowledge the contribution of the people who help you, but don’t apologize for existing. Snapping out of this habit will bring about the most positive change in both how you view yourself, and how you respond to suffering a health misfortune. Good luck.

 

 

Skincare: When Drugstore Products Don’t Cut It

Having problem skin can be stressful at the best of times. It can be painful, depending on your condition, expensive (from all the products you buy) and it can knock your confidence too. One of the most frustrating things is having everyone you know mention various drugstore products to you that worked for them – even though your skin is completely different to theirs. Maybe you are dealing with excessive dryness, adult acne or premature ageing, all of which require a very specific and precise course of treatment. You may well have spent hundreds of dollars on drugstore beauty products over the years, both to solve your skin issue at the root and to cover it up with makeup. But after so many years, you may be ready to put all that behind you and look for a solution once and for all who actually works. Here are a few tips on where to go with your skincare journey when drugstore products just don’t cut it.

 

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Special treatments

You may cringe at the idea of chemical peels and dermatological facials – but hear us out! The vast majority of these treatments are non-invasive and relatively painless (unless you go for something zany like the infamous vampire facial!). If you feel like your skin is in need of a total refresh, these types of treatments could be just the ticket you need. Speak to your local dermatologist about your problems, and the kind of results you want from treatment. It may not come cheap, but usually, the results last for quite some time – and it’s always nice to pamper yourself every once in a while!

Prescription medication

The majority of drugstore skincare products are marketed at a pretty general audience so that they will sell the most. Prescription skin products, however, target your problem right at the root, as they are designed to eradicate a particular issue. Some orders come in capsule form like traditional medication, while others, such as the ones created by Dr Bailey, come in cream form. Make sure you learn how to apply such products correctly, so you avoid irritation. These creams can often be much stronger than the kinds of lotions you would find in drugstores, so while your skin adjusts, remember that less is more.

 

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Lifestyle changes

No one likes to admit that their lifestyle could have an impact on their skin – but it definitely can. If you suffer from something like acne or a skin allergy you don’t know the cause of, try cutting various things out of your diet one at a time and monitoring your skin’s reaction. Additionally, be honest with yourself and ask: is your lifestyle as healthy as it could be? We all have cheat days, of course – but a lifestyle consisting of a fatty diet and little to no exercise can have a direct impact on your skin. Try cutting down on processed foods and soda, replacing them with fresh vegetables and lemon water instead. The natural minerals in these things will help to flush toxins out of your skin and give you a healthier, happier glow.

Caring for Your Reproductive Health

 

 

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Let’s face, it for lots of women, our periods simply suck. If we aren’t feeling bloated, were struggling with the pain of cramps or feeling crabby because our hormones are all over the place. It might not be possible to make our period problems go away completely, but there are several ideas we can try to make them suck less.

 

Here are some easy ideas to make the worst time of the month a little more bearable:

 

Take Control of It

 

For many women, their period feels like it is totally out of their control and there is little they can do about it. This can lead to a lot more stress, anger, and annoyance than is really necessary. So, instead of trying to pretend your period isn’t happening, or feeling upset because it isn’t under your control, start tracking it with an app instead.

 

By taking control of your period, you’ll feel more ownership of it, and you’ll always know why you’re feeling a bit down or struggling with bad skin so that you won’t feel so crazy about it all. Of course, if you track your period, you’ll always be prepared for it when it comes.

 

Move More

 

When it’s that time of the month, you probably want to do little more than crawl up into a ball with a heat pad and your favourite shows on Netflix, but here’s a bright idea: get up and do something instead. By not dwelling on your cramps or the way your stomach has bloated to twice its side, you won’t actually feel quite so bad, and if you actually get up and do some exercise, the movement will release feel-good endorphins, which will boost your mood and ease your pain.

 

Try a New Contraceptive

 

If you’re currently taking a contraceptive, have an implant, or any other form of you’re using any other form of birth control, it may be worth talking with a professional at marie stopes or your local doctor to see if there might be a better alternative for you. Many women find that their period sucks less after they’ve been out on certain contraceptives, so it’s certainly worth a try, especially if you’re dealing with heavy periods, extreme period pain or breakouts.

 

Treat Yourself

 

If you suffer from PMS, stress and low mood at that time of the month, one idea that often works is to treat yourself to something nice. It could be a having dinner with friends, a massage, or a new dress, just do something nice for yourself and you will probably find that the anger and bitchiness start to evaporate just a bit and make you feel a bit better about the tough few days you’ll be forced to go through.

 

Try a Menstrual Cup

 

Many women who suffer from cramps during their period have noticed that, when they use a menstrual cup as opposed to tampons, their pain diminishes significantly. Although, as yet there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to back this up, it’s an idea worth trying because you have nothing to lose and if it does help your period will suck less.