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How to Achieve a Natural Look by Mastering Simple Makeup Products

January 12, 2024 — by Valeriya Vimon

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In the world of ever-changing beauty trends, the decision to stay true to yourself and embrace your natural beauty is pivotal. So many of these trends have set unrealistic standards which resulted in low self-esteem and heightened anxiety among women. While some are chasing the dramatic look of wearing heavy makeup other women prefer the minimalist approach of applying simple cosmetic products to enhance their natural features.

This simple trend of “no makeup” makeup has been embraced by millions of women around the globe. Its power lies in learning how to emphasise your natural features subtly by mastering the art of simplicity. If you’re willing to find out how to achieve a naturally flawless look that radiates glow and self-confidence, get ready to uncover the simple secrets that lie behind each of these products we are about to discover.

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Makeup Tips and Tricks for Sensitive Eyes

January 3, 2023 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Women with sensitive eyes tend to avoid eye makeup because they find it to be very irritating. Even the smallest amount of eyeliner or mascara causes them watery, itchy and red eyes, which is neither cute nor comfortable. If you’re one of them, know that instead of avoiding makeup altogether, you simply need to treat yourself better!

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Muscle-Building 101: Steps to Speed Up Muscle Recovery

December 28, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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The days following a strenuous workout are often filled with pain and discomfort. Your sore muscles stop you from working out, and sometimes, even ordinary daily tasks seem like a challenge. This is when you need to give yourself some time to recover before getting back on the grind. In this post, I’ll share with you five healthy methods that can help speed up your recovery.

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Step Up Your Snacking Game: How to Choose Healthy Crackers

October 31, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Snacks are sometimes regarded as excess or empty calories in a diet. But if chosen smartly, snacks can, in fact, help improve your diet and weight-loss program. Eating a treat in the middle of the day is known to help manage hunger and prevent overeating at meals. According to dietitians, clients often relate that having an afternoon snack is one of the most critical keys to weight reduction success.

As a result, they aren’t starving when they get home at the end of the day and don’t eat a meal’s worth of calories before dinner. Between-meal snacks also help prevent fatigue by providing a source of fuel when blood glucose levels drop and concentration wanes.

When it comes to healthy snacks, crackers can be a great option. Not only do they taste delicious, but crackers with the right nutrient content can even boost your health. Here is what you need to know to choose healthy crackers that can benefit your well-being.

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A Guide to the Different Types of Back Braces

May 26, 2022 — by Richard Dawson

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We slouch at our desks for at least 40 hours a week, and the rest of the time we hunch our heads even more over our phones. Not to mention the three-year pandemic that has hindered our normal way of life and turned us into even bigger couch potatoes, all of which significantly impacts our back health. Bad posture causes more than just momentary discomfort and stiffness, it can lead to a permanent hunch, which you definitely don’t want. So, is wearing a shoulder brace the key step to a better posture?

The Different Types of Back Braces

Back braces have the potential to be an excellent tool to better your posture, keep your spine properly aligned, remedy the negative consequences of a particular condition and reduce a recurring back discomfort caused by a spinal issue. When choosing a back support brace, the most crucial element to consider is where you want to focus the support, whether it’s your lower, middle, upper, or shoulder back, or a mix of multiple aching points. 

The shoulder support is composed of a special elastic material that is cushioned where it matters for a gentle touch against your skin, particularly under your arms where other braces might rub. This implies that the back support brace can be worn directly on bare skin and comfortably under your clothes.

Specific forms, formats, and materials may be better for particular ailments and even just for certain people’s bodies, so it’s crucial to see a physician if possible when selecting the right back brace for you. However, most back braces fall into one of three groups based on the materials used to make them, so you’ve got flexible, semi-rigid, and rigid models.

Soft Braces

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Soft braces are comprised of breathable, soft fabric with adjustable elastic or Velcro closures. Soft braces compress the abdomen area and reduce spinal pressure by supporting the muscles that normally support the skeletal structure. Soft bracing enables the spine to move forwards.

Some soft braces provide support when the wearer is performing heavy lifting at work or at home. Others just give mild, all-day assistance. Depending on the region of need, these orthotics come in various forms and sizes. Some reach from just below the sternum to the hips, and others being much smaller, resemble a big belt.

Because most of these soft braces are adjustable, you won’t need to be measured at an orthotics clinic for a tailored one. However, your medical or orthotics specialist can show you how to use your brace most successfully.

Rigid Braces

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Rigid braces, which include hard panels on the front, back, and/or sides, give the most support and stability to your back. This brace is often composed of hard composite materials or moulded plastic and held together by a strong covering of cotton or canvas that wraps around the body.

Rigid braces are good for patients who have significant pain or are recuperating from an accident or surgery that requires their back to be still. These braces provide comfort by providing strong pressure to the spinal column, shifting weight away from fragile or damaged bones. They also drastically lower spinal segment range of motion and even micro-motion, which is ideal for post-surgical treatments. 

Semi-Rigid Braces

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Semi-rigid braces integrate the best features of both flexible and stiff braces into a single design. This is usually accomplished by adding solid supports or extra stiff padding to the body of a flexible brace. These extra supports are often detachable, allowing the user to tailor the amount of stability to their own demands.

The corset brace, which resembles a woman’s corset and features vertical metal or plastic stays that provide support and prevent mobility, is an example of a semi-rigid brace. Depending on the degree of support supplied, these stays are often incorporated throughout the whole circle of the brace, or simply in a few spots on the front, back, or sides.

How to Properly Wear a Back Brace

A prescription brace for back pain should come with use and maintenance instructions from the doctor, the brace manufacturer, or both. These instructions contain advice on how to fit the brace, how to put it on and take it off, and how to clean and care for the same. Many braces are custom-made for the patient’s needs and physique, and if worn inappropriately, they can cause discomfort.

Wearing a back brace incorrectly can irritate the skin, resulting in blisters or rashes. Washing the skin under the brace on a daily basis can help prevent debris and dead skin from accumulating and creating discomfort. Excessive moisture under the brace might irritate the skin and cause ulcers and/or skin degeneration.

As a result, avoid using lotions or moisturisers underneath the brace. After removing it, it is usual to see some red areas on the skin. These stains should disappear in 15 to 30 minutes. If they do not go away, or if the brace causes a rash or bruising on the skin, it is possible that it was not correctly placed and should be adjusted by a doctor or expert.

The manufacturer will normally include specific washing guidelines, which should be followed to ensure the brace’s longevity. Most back braces are not intended to be machine cleaned or dried. Instead, hand wash the brace with water and mild soap. Any extra padding or panels should be removed and cleaned separately first.

A brace should be hung or placed flat to dry. Before wearing the brace, make sure it has been well cleaned and completely dried since a soapy or wet brace is more prone to irritate the skin. It’s also a good idea to use a lint roller to remove any dirt, dust, or debris from the brace.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Back Brace?

In general, any patient with a musculoskeletal disease might benefit from wearing a back support brace by unloading compressive pressures on the spine, or patients who are in desperate need of postural correction. Patients suffering from the following conditions may benefit from spinal bracing because of its unloading, stabilising, and proprioceptive feedback effects: acute sprains and strains, post-operative fusion, laminectomy, discectomy, congenital or traumatic instability, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, postural backache, fractures, and/or degenerative joint/disc disease.

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4 Easy Steps to Prevent Snoring

May 19, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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We all know how difficult and annoying snoring can be. If you’re a snorer, you’ll experience breathing pauses through the night, morning headaches, gasping or choking at night or some chest pain. If you have already gone through something like this, your best bet is to see your doctor, as they can help you overcome this condition.

Many factors can cause snoring: the anatomy of your mouth, if you have a thick and low soft palate, if you consume alcohol before bedtime, if you have a crooked partition or chronic nasal congestion and your sleeping position. But there are ways you can fix this problem and have a good night’s sleep once again.

Chin Strap

An anti-snoring chin strap is a contraption that you wear under the chin and is usually made of stretchy material or neoprene-like fabric. It stretches around your head and holds your chin while you sleep. This way, it holds your mouth closed and prevents snoring. This stops air from going to and from your throat, reducing the fast fluttering that is the main source of snoring. A snoring chin strap may not be the greatest option if you snore through your nose because it is designed for mouth snorers.

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There are many options, and a strap that works for your friend might not work for you. You’ll need to try out different ones to get to the perfect chin snoring strap for you. You’ll come across different designs and levels of adjustability. Also, some of them are more comfortable than others, depending on the material they’re made of. Some have a sizing chart and can be small, medium or large. These chin straps are easy to clean and maintain, plus you can store them without taking up a lot of space.

One chin snoring strap can last at least a year if it’s made out of durable materials. But experts recommend replacing it after 1.5-2 years at least. Always look for a manufacturer that works with warranties, so you can replace it or get it fixed if something happens. People often combine this strap with other devices such as CPAP machines or nasal sprays. One disadvantage of it can be the discomfort it may provide until you get used to it.

CPAP Machines

A CPAP machine, or continuous positive airway pressure machine, is a device that helps you breathe better at night. Its engine generates pressurized steam, passing through an air filter and into a flexible tube. After that, you get purified air into your mouth or nose through a mask that is fastened around your face. The constant flow of oxygen allows you to sleep comfortably and breathe easily.

Over time, manufacturers developed technologies that make these machines even better. They work for everyone no matter the age, sex or how long you’vee had the problem. CPAP machines have an algorithm that recognizes when and how much help you need breathing. This algorithm detects your breathing pattern and accommodates your needs, so you don’t have to keep waking up and adjusting it yourself.

These machines are quiet and often have a light sensor that adjusts their screen brightness, so it doesn’t interrupt your sleep. They have a humidifier installed so your mouth doesn’t go dry and make you feel uncomfortable. Plus, they’re easy to clean and maintain. You’ll need to rinse off the mask and the tube with warm water and mild soap to get the most effective therapy that’s also hygienic.

Snoring Mouthpiece

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A snoring mouthpiece works by gently moving the lower jaw forwards. The tongue-base musculature, and the lower jaw tissues, change their position and behaviour, and they can no longer relax into the back of the throat. When you wear it, it clears the airways and eliminates snoring. This provides a more comfortable and enjoyable night’s sleep. There are two ways to fit a snoring mouthpiece.

Boiln’Bitee

This method works by putting the mouthpiece in a hot water bath. This will soften the material and make it flexible or waxy. After that, put the mouthpiece in your mouth, bite down hard and hold it like that for a couple of seconds until you feel that it hardened.   This creates an impression of your teeth and ensures that the mouthpiece fits properly. At last, you rinse it with cold water and is ready to use. This fitting procedure can be done as many times as you need, and the product will last around 18-24 months.

Custom Made

To get a custom-made mouthpiece, you’d have to go to the dentists, and they’ll take the impression of your teeth. These pieces are very precise and adapt to the position of the jaw. The only disadvantage is that it can be expensive to make it.

Make Lifestyle Changes

Besides buying these devices to help you with snoring, you can also change your sleeping habits and lifestyle. Trying some of these things can help you a lot, and because every person is different, different things will work for everyone.

Sleep on Your Side

Many people snore when they sleep on their back, so doctors often recommend changing their sleeping position and starting sleeping on their side. The placement of the head makes a lot of difference. You can try to place pillows to help you get this habit and prevent you from laying on your back. 

Lose Weight

Experts recommend that overweight or obese people lose weight as soon as possible. The fat around your neck makes the diameter of the throat smaller, which can trigger snoring. So, by losing weight and the fat around your neck, the chances of reducing snoring are big.

No Alcohol Before Bed

Drinking alcohol before going to bed increases snoring and causes obstructive sleep apnea, even in persons that don’t have it. Alcohol loosens the muscles, including the ones on your throat, and causes snoring. So, either reduce it to one or two drinks or cut it off completely.

Change Your Pillows

Allergies from dust mites that accumulate on your pillow can also cause snoring. The best way to avoid this is to replace your pillow every 6 months and put it in the fluff cycle every couple of weeks. This will keep it clean and dust mite-free.

In Summary

Snoring is a very annoying and very dangerous condition. It can lead to serious diseases and health problems if you don’t treat it on time and regularly. Try to change your bad habits and lifestyle and see if that helps. If you don’t feel a difference, try some of the snoring devices that will surely help you get a goodnight’s sleep.

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Women’s Sex Toys Guide: Crank Up the Heat in the Bedroom

April 1, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Do you like to engage in some solo fun every now and then? The occasional flicking of the bean? It doesn’t matter if you have a high sex drive, or you’re just looking to relieve some stress, solo sex is surely one of the most effective ways to do it. Not only that, but such activities carry a range of other health benefits, such as boosting your immunity and even prolonging your lifespan. Not too shabby, right?

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Stepping Forward Toward Your Goals: Ways to Grow Muscle Faster

December 30, 2021 — by Richard Dawson

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Building muscle doesn’t happen overnight. However, if you can’t see an obvious difference between a month to month of weight training and eating right, there must be something that you’re doing wrong. It’s good to know that the human body can build around 227g of muscle per week, so aiming for more than that will only result in gaining more weight. Whether your main goal is aesthetics or strength, there are a few foolproof ways you can improve your routine to see results faster.

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Toenail Fungus: Staying One Step Ahead

November 25, 2021 — by Richard Dawson

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Fungal nail infection is the result of the overgrowth of fungal organisms in, under, or on the nail. The most common cause is a type of fungus called dermatophyte, however, yeast and moulds can cause nail infections too. Although they can develop at any age under the right circumstances, fungal infections are more common in older adults, especially males.

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3 Types of Medical Gloves: Differences and Advantages

October 8, 2021 — by Richard Dawson

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Surgeons, general practitioners, first responders, dentists, and other healthcare professionals use disposable medical gloves every day to protect themselves and their patients from all kinds of threats. This is one of the best, proven methods to lower the possibilities of exposure to dangerous microbes, as well as chemicals. Nowadays there are many different types of medical gloves, and all of them come with different properties, different levels of protection and durability, as well as comfort. 

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What Is Protein Powder and How to Choose the Best One

August 24, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Nowadays it’s in trend to look and stay fit, and take good care of your body. People are becoming more self-conscious of how good quality nutritious food plays a major role in their overall mental and physical health. Therefore more and more people are leading a healthy lifestyle and are looking for products to give their bodies the proper strength and needed nutrients for optimal health.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Tom Ford Sunglasses

March 23, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Sunglasses are one of the most important accessories in fashion. But unlike most other accessories which we only wear to make us look great, they also serve an entirely different and much more important role – protecting your eyes and sight from the sun and the harmful ultraviolet rays. However, even though there are more affordable pairs of sunglasses that may do a great job at keeping UV rays away from your eyes, if you are someone who loves fashion, you probably don’t want to miss out on the opportunity and wear something unique and bold, like Tom Ford shades.