31 July 2014
30 July 2014
This is a sponsored post not written by Venus Trapped in Mars
Thigh talk: Keeping the lumps and bumps at bay
The lumps and bumps that appear on thighs are one of the most dreaded changes to a woman’s body. Cellulite, dimples and the ‘cottage cheese’ appearance of lumps and bumps on the thighs drive many women (and some men) to seek the help of expert cosmetic surgeons, such as Dr Joseph Ajaka.
Why does cellulite appear?
Very few women will have no cellulite at all in their lifetime. Cellulite results from problems with circulation and, if you have poor circulation, you are susceptible to cellulite.
Most fat that builds up in other parts of the body is caused by overeating and insufficient activity levels. In contrast, cellulite is toxins, lymph fluid and fat that is trapped in the skin.
Surgery is just one way to treat the problem of cellulite and other lumps and bumps on the thighs. Surgery is usually very effective in redressing this problem; find out more here. However, there are other ways to address cellulite in the thigh area.
Change your diet:
Increasing your consumption of green vegetables, including spinach, celery, broccoli and the superfood kale, is helpful for cellulite reduction. You should also reduce your intake of red meat, poultry, salt, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and dairy to help combat thigh lumps and bumps.
It’s also wise to replace your morning coffee with a mug of hot water and lemon juice, to fire up your metabolism and help with toxin removal. Throughout the day, you should drinks loads of water and herbal tea.
There are many different exercises that you can do to help combat cellulite. Jumping is an activity that boosts the lymphatic system and other good exercises to try are: jogging, skipping, bouncing on a trampoline, burpees and jumping squats.
Take care of your skin:
Many people recommend dry body brushing as a way to combat cellulite. Dry body brushing increases your lymphatic circulation, as well as exfoliating your skin. It is recommended that you use a good quality brush on problem areas at least twice daily. Brush your body with gentle sweeping strokes towards the heart.
Cellulite gels and creams can be applied to smooth out the skin and make the appearance of cellulite less apparent.
Other than its enjoyable and relaxing effects, massage can be a quite effective way to facilitate drainage, lymphatic flow and circulation. Of all the various styles of massage, light lymphatic drainage techniques and hot stone massages are the most beneficial.
Many aromatherapists testify that cellulite and other unsightly lumps and bumps may be minimised or improved with essential oils. Essential oils including juniper berry, geranium, rosemary, ginger and cypress blended together and diluted in jojoba, wheatgerm or almond oil, can be effective when massaged into the skin at least two times each day. However, it’s important to get the ratios of essential oils and carrier oils correct.
If cellulite is a problem for you, there’s a very good chance that you want a strategy and remedy for its unattractive visible signs, but also its causes. The good news is that there are solutions, ranging from surgery to dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes that help to combat cellulite.
29 July 2014
28 July 2014
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24 July 2014
The all-you-can-eat of Sarah Webb buffet has officially closed its doors. You have eaten everything. Your mosquito bites have mosquito bites. Also, it was my understanding that bathing in OFF! would keep you from feasting. It did not. I will chalk this up to the growing obesity problem among your species. When I have bug spray on, do you just see that as the 5 second rule? 5 seconds probably being 48 hours in mosquito years.?
"Oh, Sarah put bug spray on. That's ok, because.... 5 second rule!!! Dine on!"
I hope you're proud of yourself. The first words out of everyone's mouth when they see me is, "Whoaaaa something really has been biting you alive!! Are you wearing bug spray?!"
Yes. I smell like the inside of King Tut's tomb I've sprayed so much bug spray. So you win. Congratulations. The only thing on my body that doesn't itch are the ends of my hair.
That is not a challenge.
With zero love,
Chef / Restaurant Owner / Management
Sarah Webb's All You Can Eat Free Mosquito Buffet
Before I left for mosquito country, I asked Ashley if she would be willing to take over the blog one of the days I was away! She was kind enough to say yes and deliver a phenomenal hair tutorial post that I know you'll love!
Hey! I am Ashley - but my good friends call me Ash! I write The Grits Blog. If you aren't familiar with my space, it's all about crack dip, hair tutorials, beauty tips, and good ol' life in general. The name of my blog is an ode to where I am from - the South but you can read more about that here.
Sarah invited me to guest post today! She suggested a drinking game - but truth be told, I like to test everything I post about and I couldn't even get half way through my drinking game without passing out....so there's that. In case you are wondering, it was a True Blood game (yes, clothing required...or not, whatever your fancy).
So I thought - what would Sarah's readers like??? Would they like a food post...nooo....a post all about muah.....noooooooooooooo...what would they like?! Then it hit me. Start at what I am good at - HAIR. Not to mention one of Sarah's first tweets to me was about my hair (thank you Sarah), so I figured why not!
So without further ado:
One hair style that I posted a few times on my instagram is my hair waves. I actually took a vote to see if you guys wanted a tutorial and it turns out you did! SO this is how I get my Perfect Hair Waves.
Step One - Separate your hair into layers. We will start from the bottom first. Lightly spray with hairspray.
Step Two - Grab a decent size chunk of hair - about an 1-2 inches. Then, using a 1 1/2" curling iron, curl your hair starting at the top of the hair section. Hold for a few seconds and then continue to curl down the hair section. Once you have the hair section completely wrapped up in the curling iron hold for about 7-12 seconds and release in a downward motion. Lightly spray and continue through the rest of the sections. Repeat this step for the rest of your layers. Typically I have about 5 layers (the top section taking up two of those). One key thing to remember when curling your hair is to curl your hair with the barrel. When you curl away from the barrel your hair will kink!
Step Three - Grab the section that you want to pin back - typically I grab the group of hair right above the half way point (at the eyebrow level). Separate into three sections, twist back each section and insert a bobby pin to hold.
Step Four - Tease as necessary. My hair doesn't need it because of all the volumizer I use. Finish with hairspray.
Step Five - Done! Don't brush the curls out, they will relax into waves throughout the day. Because of the size of the curling iron, your hair won't have tight curls to begin with so don't worry. This is how my hair looks right after it's curled. The second picture shows my hair after a few hours at work. Not bad right?! The trick is not brushing it out after curling.
The tools that I used to complete this look are my curling iron, hair spray, bobby pins, and Hot Iron Holster.
Pin this for later - because you know you will want to come back to it!