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What You Need to Know About Charcoal Toothpaste and How it Works

Monday, August 13th, 2018

If you spend much time on social media, then you have undoubtedly seen pictures and news about how activated charcoal toothpaste for teeth is the next big thing in teeth whitening and holistic wellness. Such products have become immensely popular over the years with thousands of avid users endorsing them. Even celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow openly endorse the use of activated charcoal in the skin and dental care products.


So what exactly is activated charcoal toothpaste and what reason do people have for brushing their teeth with it? In this article, we aim to help people find the answer to the latter and decide for themselves if jumping in on the bandwagon is worth the trouble.

So what is charcoal toothpaste?
Let us make one thing clear — the type of charcoal used on toothpaste is not like the ones you use for barbecues and the like. Charcoal toothpaste contains activated charcoal as an active ingredient.

Activated charcoal is a type of carbon sourced from natural materials (usually coconut shells) and treated to feature a highly porous surface. With regards to dental care, the millions of pores in activated charcoal helps bind tar, stains, and bacteria present on the teeth for a healthier and whiter appearance.

Is it safe to use?
Most people who think that charcoal toothpaste for teeth is not safe, picture the same type of charcoal used for their grill which is again not the case. Activated charcoal is non-toxic, and for centuries, has been used for many health and wellness reasons. Dental care is just one of them and activated charcoal is the primary ingredient for many other health and wellness products like soap, shampoo and body lotion.

Can the use of activated charcoal toothpaste whiten teeth?
Much of the popularity surrounding the use of activated charcoal today is related to teeth whitening. To some extent, such claims are indeed true — charcoal toothpaste can help lighten teeth discoloration by lifting surface stains. However, extensive discoloration that lies deep within the teeth will see no noticeable improvement and will require a more extensive solution such as laser teeth whitening.

Is brushing with charcoal toothpaste for you?
The decision of whether to include charcoal toothpaste in your dental care regimen is entirely up to you. However, keep in mind not to use charcoal toothpaste excessively for any reason. Activated charcoal is a little abrasive and can wear down the tooth enamel,leading to serious dental problems if used too often. Surely not the results that you were hoping for when using activated charcoal toothpaste.

Brush with activated charcoal toothpaste no more than three times a week and use light gentle movements. If you have sensitive teeth, to begin with, you can also smear the toothpaste on your teeth using one finger and rub gently. The key is not to exert too much pressure which can damaging the tooth enamel.

If you are looking for a more natural and effective means to lighten moderate cases of teeth discoloration and maintain oral health, then you cannot go wrong with activated charcoal toothpaste. Just make sure that you are using it correctly and for the right reasons.

Author Bio:
Aiza Tordil is a beauty and health blogger from Love Thyself offering helpful advice on beauty tips and healthy living which she practices to keep looking healthy and attractive.

She is passionate about sustainable living and always up on the hottest natural and organic skincare trends. Ultimately, she hopes to tell stories that strike a chord with people and provide them the importance of using only natural and organic products.

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Top Foods to Avoid for Beautiful Skin

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Going through hours of contouring and makeup rituals can be extremely tedious to make sure our skin looks fabulous. You even witness ourselves attempting several skin care routines as we get older to fight the battle of wrinkles and other ageing qualities. However, what we eat can also contribute to how we look. There are foods out there that can damage our skin and contribute to acne breakouts, spots and other annoying skin defects. Here’s a list of foods you should look to steer away from so your skin can feel and appear clearer.


Salty Foods
Eating foods with high amounts of salt in can seriously swell the skin around your eyes. The reason being is that high levels of salt in your system can retain water in the skin, giving it a puffy look. The skin is extremely thin around the eyes so it’s susceptible to swelling. In doing so, it can make you appear tired and add numbers to your youthful looking skin. As you get older, it can become more frequent if you were to continue the diet that you have.

Sugar
High sugar content in sugary foods can be a real problem for the skin. It can weaken the collagen skin tissue which leaves you more at risk of gaining wrinkles and fine lines. So, next time you consider having a sugary treat bear in mind the sugar content. If you’re really craving something, opt for dark chocolate instead as it’s healthier compared to other snacks.

Alcohol
The more alcohol that you drink, the more likely you are to become dehydrated. This can dry out your skin and strain the natural moisture that you have, making your wrinkles and fine lines more visible than what they normally would. Try to lower the intake of alcohol you have and drink plenty of water so your skin remains hydrated.

Milk
The effects of milk are pretty minimal but there are still dairy products that can affect your skin. There have been links found in studies of skimmed milk encouraging acne problems due to excess estrogen in your system. This can build up from extra growth hormones that are found in many dairy products.

If you find that you have many skin care issues then it’s worth reviewing your diet. These list of foods should give you an idea of where you may be going wrong and ways you can look to amend what you eat to benefit the outside.

Author Bio: My name is Jennifer and I’m a medical student based in Manchester. I have a great passion for health and wellness and through my experiences I enjoy sharing my knowledge. During my University course I’ve had the privilege of working with surgeons that specialise in breast reduction Manchester based. Working at the clinic helped me gain a wider knowledge of the health and medical sector.

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Tips for a Picture-Perfect Face

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Imagine this. Your best friend would like to give you one of those personalized gifts with your photo printed on it that can also double as a décor at home. She asked you for a photo that you like. Unfortunately, you cannot find one. You weren’t born ready for the camera. Photoshop can do wonders, but still, it is sad to know that you do not have a picture-perfect face. Do not fret! Read on and learn from some of the tips that we will be sharing below.

Massage Your Face
Being beautiful does not have to be expensive. Sometimes, it can be free. One thing that you can do is to massage your face. Concentrate around the eyes. This will help you to get rid of puffiness in the absence of having to resort to expensive creams. Massaging the other areas of the face will also help to improve blood circulation to minimize fine lines and get rid of inflammation. It makes your skin clearer and free from breakouts. You will be more confident to have it printed in one of those canvas prints from Shutterfly.

Brush With Baking Soda
When it comes to natural teeth whitening, one of the most promising would be the use of baking soda, which will make a natural alternative to toothpaste. Mix it with lemon juice to create a home-made paste for brushing your teeth. Baking soda will act as a mild abrasive, which will be effective in getting rid of stains that cause discoloration of the teeth. Regularly doing so will give you that picture-perfect smile. No more need to hide your teeth next time you take a snap!

Get Your Contour Game On
Ever wondered why some celebrities look thinner in photos than in actual life? Contour can be one of the secrets. It is one of the best ways to mask the true shape of your face. It makes lines more defined, such as on the jaw and the nose. Contouring the face will make you look better in your photos.

Tame Your Hair
Having a bad hair day? It might be obvious from the photos that you have really taken. Your hair is your crowning glory, so it has a huge impact on how you look like in your photos. For your hair to look good in pictures, regularly use a shampoo and conditioner that fits your hair type. Go easy on styling products. And, for the love of God, get rid of dandruff! You do not want those white flecks showing in your photos!

Lights, Camera, Action!
Sometimes, it is not all about your face. It could be about the lights! If you like taking photos, you should know by now that lighting can do a lot to make your face look more beautiful. Choose the right angle and the source of light for that perfect shot. To get the perfect lighting in your pictures, look for a shade on a sunny day when you are shooting outdoors. This will allow light to bounce back naturally, the same reason why umbrellas are used in studios.

Always be ready for the camera. Take note of the hacks that have been mentioned above to show off a confident smile when the shutter clicks!

Author Bio:
Sam Jones is a digital marketing expert, social media and branding consultant and guest blogger for various publications, including Business2Community, Inbound.org and The Huffington Post. In her free time, Sam is an avid traveler, foodie and lover of all things technology. She’s also a fitness fanatic (in the making).

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How To Ensure Your Makeup Remains Fab Whilst In The Heat

Thursday, July 19th, 2018


It’s hard to think of the last time we’ve had a summer like this. Normally, a ray of sunshine that peaks through the clouds and there are complaints within minutes, but nobody probably expected this. It’s crazy to think that a summer wardrobe for summer 2018 had to be maintained for once and we find ourselves slowly running out of t-shirts and shorts to wear. It seems like the gorgeous weather is here to stay for awhile and with that disaster is sure to be just around the corner, sweat patches and melting make-up just to name a few. So, here are a few tips to keep you looking fresh and glowing in the summer sun.

Use Oil Free Products
There are many products out there that use oil for the base layer to apply makeup. It normally looks great for providing a silky texture to your makeup and provides extra hydration to the skin, however, in the heat it can cause makeup to easily slide off your face from the sweat build up that’s caused. If you can, try to look out for the information on the makeup packaging to check it’s oil free and less likely to spill from your face. Any skincare products that you use before applying makeup should be as light as they can possibly be.

Try Waterproof Makeup
The isn’t an ideal suggestion considering the effort it takes to remove the makeup and it runs the risk of leaving eyes quite sensitive. It can be a bit of a life saver for the times when it’s extremely warm and you’re looking for any way to keep your makeup on your face. There are plenty of products out there now that apply ingredients so that makeup can last for long. Everything ranging from foundations to powders and concealers to blushers, they’ve almost become sweat resistant.

Invest In Setting Spray
If there’s one way you can definitely make sure that your makeup can set then it’ll be through setting spray. It can help to maintain the makeup and make sure that it’s less likely to slide off your face. Alternatively, look out for blotting paper which is a really effective way to prevent too much moisture making contact with your makeup and keeps your face looking refreshed.

Don’t Go Overboard
It can be easy to get carried away with your makeup routine just so you can look perfect throughout the day, but layering on too much makeup really means there’s a greater chance of it slipping away. Just apply your makeup as light as possible and use just as much as you need. Avoid, if possible, trying to use excessive amounts of contour products as these are more likely to run down your face. Try to apply it as minimal as possible. If you really want your face to glow, just apply a bit of bronzer instead. This way your face can appear fresher and running potential is removed.

Hot weather is what everyone dreams for and despite all the makeup issues that it can cause we’re not really going to complain that it’s arrived. Accommodate your beauty routine for the sake of enjoying the Summer using these simple tips and keep looking gorgeous.

Author Bio: My name is Jamie and I’m an aspiring freelance writer. I enjoy learning about different topics and beauty is one that really intrigues me. I’ve also had previous experience with writing for fashion blogs and having work experience with surgeons that deal with cosmetic treatments as part of my University course based in the UK.

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10 Home Spa Hacks

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Today, more than ever, we often feel like our lives are becoming more hectic and stressful with every day that passes. Everyday, we find ourselves juggling day-to-day tasks and unending lists. This daily struggle often finds us caught in a brutal cycle and feeling overwhelmed. Our hectic lives can cause a disconnection between our bodies and minds, leaving us at the mercy of stress and its effects on our bodies, moods, and health. This makes it imperative we indulge ourselves with a little relaxation and self-care to keep us healthy and happy.

A simple way we can accomplish this goal, is by treating ourselves to a day of pampering at the spa. Unfortunately, sneaking off to the spa is not a very feasible option for many of us due to schedules, finances, or locations. However, all is not lost! With a little creative thinking and mindful choices we can bring the spa to us. This is wonderful news, because research is finding self-care improves our overall health, boosts our immune systems, reduces levels of stress, and even enhances our sleep which can leave us feeling refreshed and relaxed.

To indulge in some much-needed self-care, try one or more of the following 10 home spa hacks to help wash stress down the drain:

Soak it off
And easy, but effective solution, is to enjoy a hot and steamy bath. Transform your ordinary bathtub into a magical spa experience by gathering the following items: fragrant flower petals, essential oils, favorite epsom salts, white candles, your favorite playlist, a bottle of wine, and a calming arrangement of your favorite flowers. Then, shut the door and soak away all your stress, worries, and anxiety.

Bomb it!
Throw a little “shock and awe” at stress with some homemade fizzing bath bombs. Gather common household ingredients, such as: epsom salts, cornstarch, baking soda, and a little citric acid to make any bath luxurious and relaxing. You can also add your favorite essential oils and scents to maximize your home spa experience.

Just beat it!
Crack an egg or two and use the whites to whip up a foamy skin treatment. This home spa hack is eggs-cellent for treating oily skin by working as a simple toner. The yolks can be beaten with a dash of olive oil or mayonnaise and a splash of water to create a natural deep conditioning treatment for your hair.

Add some heat
It’s the small details that make a spa treatment soothing and an easy way to achieve this by bringing the heat. Warm towels in the dryer and heat lotions by placing them in a container brimming with hot water. This is an easy way to pamper yourself without a lot of extra prep work or cost.

Make your own beauty masks
Instead of buying pricey masks that are loaded with chemicals, raid your kitchen cupboards and fridge to create your own luxurious mask. Consider combining a little oatmeal, honey, avocado, or yogurt for a soothing skin treatment.

Close your eyes
Refresh tired or strained eyes by placing cucumber slices, wet green tea bags, or tiny slices of potatoes on your closed eyelids. This home spa hack allows you to take advantage of natural antioxidants found in these common items to reduce inflammation and puffiness.

Remember your hands and feet
Take care of all parts of your body, especially tired hands and feet by soaking them for five minutes in warm water. Follow this treatment with a generous application of a favorite lotion and then apply clear nail polish to your nails.

Embrace mini-meditations.

Any trip to the spa isn’t complete without a little meditation. So, while treating yourself to a home spa day, be sure to include mini meditations. You don’t need expensive equipment or any special equipment to embrace this technique, simply focus on your breathing while paying attention to your senses. Focus on things you can feel, like warm water running over your skin or how the sunlight radiates on your face.

Have a ball
Roundup wayward tennis balls to use for rolling out knots and areas of tension in your back or shoulders. While using a pillow to prop up your head, place the balls under your back and roll your body over them to relieve tight muscles.

Infuse your water with a little flavor
We know that setting aside time for self-care is crucial for our well-being, but it doesn’t have to be tasteless. Create your own infused waters by placing cucumbers, sprigs of mint, a handful of favorite fruits, and slices of lemons or limes in your glass of water. Sip on this concoction throughout the day for a little spa therapy at home.

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