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6 Best Ways To Clear Your Face

Skincare Routine for a smooth Skin

Just like babies, our bodies need special care – especially the face. The face is part of the body that is so exposed to many unconducive conditions, such as solar radiation, polluted air and touching with hands that are not clean.

The face has the most oil glands and if the pores get clogged, they result in breakouts. Other causes of breakouts and acne include hormonal fluctuations, genetics and allergies.

You may require to consult with a dermatologist to examine the cause of your acne. However, below I have written down several skin care tips to check to prevent acne and give you a smooth face.

Wash your face twice a day


By the time the day ends you get home pretty tired and probably the only thing you want to do is eat and sleep. Well, I need to remind you that your face is wasted too from the makeup you use, and dirt.

Your skin needs to relax and rejuvenate. Before you retire to bed use your two minutes for a bedtime skin wash routine to get rid of the dirt and accumulated oil. This will leave your skin pores clear and breathing.

Apply some moisturizer to hydrate the skin while sleeping. Repeat the same routine in the morning before starting your day.

Moisturize your face


Your face needs not be thirsty. Even if you have an oily skin, look for the recommended moisturizer
to keep your face hydrated and smooth. Leaving your face dry may cause more breakouts or make your skin oilier.

Choose your products wisely


Face products include cleansing products, toiletries and makeup. While purchasing any of these products, choose products that will not clog your pores with oil.

Go for products with the label “nonacnegenic” or noncomedogenic which means that the product is oil-free. Skincare products with this label are lighter and do not clog the pores. Also, remember to clean your brushes to avoid bacteria and germs that may form over time and get to your face.

Change your pillowcase regularly


A dirty pillowcase/pillow can cause breakouts. Cover your hair while sleeping to avoid the hair products from transferring to your face through the pillow.

After shampooing your hair make sure you wash the product off your face. Also, while applying the hair products, shield your face because these products contain oils that can clog the pores and contribute to breakouts.

Be gentle with your sweet face


While cleaning your face use the right products. Avoid harsh products such as the soap you use on your clothes, hah! Use a soft piece of cloth to gently scrub your skin. Use sunscreen to protect the face from the harsh UV rays. Use a generous amount while in the sun.

Stop touching your face and popping the pimples


Throughout the day you are in constant contact with bacteria and germs through the places and things you touch. Then later in the day you rest your chin on your unwashed hands while reading a novel. This way, you transfer all the germs to your face.

In addition, popping the pimples will not only transfer bacteria from your hand, but also risk infecting other areas of the face.

Bonus tip !

Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are proven by dermatologists to clear breakouts and prevent reoccurrence of acne. Moreover, if you are following an acne treatment, stay consistent.

Also, I have a video showing how to use aloe vera to remove pimples.

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Choose To Live Your Dream!

Never settle for less


While growing up, every child has big dreams and careers they desire to pursue in future. However, most of us have decided to take whatever comes, which I believe is a terrible decision to even dream of. Playing small have cost many peoples far much than it would have cost them pursuing the life they wanted. In the end, people sit and reflect in their later years and their hearts fill with regret and self-accusation. Consequently, they lose their purpose in life and the meaning of life, which quicken them to the grave.

1. Self-fulfillment


Quenching inner thirst or desire is a powerful tool in personal growth. When you seek to satisfy what you desire you create lots of meaningful moments because you pursue what you are capable of, which creates better alignment between your work and personal lives. Therefore, when you seek self-fulfillment, it will help you live the happiest life.


2. Confidence and self-esteem


Your level of achievements is the greatest factor that determines your self-confidence. When you succeed in attaining your targets, you feel the power and the capability you own and you feel proud of yourself. As a result, your self-esteem (sense of personal value) as well as your confidence (believing in your abilities) increases. High self-esteem and personal confidence helps interact with your environment with fewer struggles. Therefore, it is high time you pursue your big dreams.


3. Achievements


When your friends are boasting of things they own, places they have visited, you do not want to lag behind. In fact, humility is on another level when you have the best and you know you worked for it. In addition, you need to have something to tell when all you will do is sit and someone else serves you. Achievements buys respect, loyalty and overall satisfaction.


4. Freedom


Everyone desires to have freedom, but you have to fight for freedom to achieve it. According to Robert Frost, freedom lies in being bold the courage to pursue your goals, the courage to try, the courage to start over, the courage to remain positive and the list goes on and on. So, be bold and go for it because we are never settling for less.


5. Greater opportunities


With nothing, you will attract nothing and the more you have, the more you attract. What this means is that you need to wake up and pull yourself up the ladder to your dreams. The truth is success can be difficult to attain and many people get discouraged, but again successful people keep on succeeding. This is the reason why I am going to stand up to this difficult part and when it is over I will live more than my dreams. So will you if you are with me. I believe you are, if you read up to this point. Let’s Go For It!


You deserve the best!

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On a journey to nursing my back; come along!

The spine plays crucial and sensitive roles in our bodies. Among these roles are support and body balance, protect the nerve roots, spinal cord, and other internal organs. Additionally, the spine gives the body its structure as well as enabling flexible movement. Therefore, as essential as the body parts are, we must ensure they are well attended especially when it comes to the spine. If you have not experienced backache or back pain you have heard a friend complaining about it.
Below there are several ways to protect the spine;

Lifting objects, the right way.
One could seriously hurt their back while lifting weighty objects, especially during workouts, during manual chores among others. The researchers advise that while lifting an object you need to: stand very close to the object, then apply pressure on the legs and knees rather than the back while lifting. Practically, you are supposed to bend the knees to ensure the arms are in the same height as the object. Ensure your back is straight and head down. Finally, don’t risk lifting too heavy objects.


Take a good night rest
After spending a long day walking and working its good to have enough sleep. This allows the spine and the overall body to rejuvenate and restore the worn-out tissues. Moreover, sleeping positions matter a lot. The advisable positions are either on your back or on any side. On the other hand, sleeping on your stomach is a bad idea and unhealthy for your back. Additionally, someone with mild back issues could use a pillow placed under the knees while sleeping on their back and between the knees while sleeping on the sides. Finally, have enough time to sleep. Infact, anyone experiencing back pain trying out these sleeping habits may relief the pain.


Right posture
Right posture exerts the minimum strain on your joints and muscles. A poor posture like slouching results in muscle tension can cause back issues. Learn to check your posture while walking, sitting, or standing throughout the day. Some of the tips of a good posture include ensuring your back is straight, shoulders relaxed and slightly pulled back, head level, use a chair that allows our spine to rest, among others. Summing up, make sure to watch your diet and maintain a healthy weight.


Stay active
Avoid being glued in the same position for a long period. For instance, you may consider taking frequent breaks while working-and lean back on your chair. Moreover, standing up if you’ve been seated for a while or if you’ve been standing you will need to walk around. Lastly, scheduling different tasks at hourly intervals will serve the purpose.


In conclusion, water is an essential factor for tissue hydration. Drink enough water (8 glasses is the recommended amount).
On It. Let’s do this!

Is Your Hair on The Edge?

Tips for Massive and Healthy Hair

           Many people struggle with bad hair. Some of the problems many of us experience in our hair journey are weak hair, hair loss, retreating edges, retarded growth and dry scalp. Every black girl or woman wants an awesomely black and long hair, which never occurs no matter how many times you plait your hair. If you are on the edge with your hair, I am here so that we can learn how we can make our hair healthy and grow again.  

Regular scalp massage

            Scalp massage allows free circulation of blood in your scalp. It allows blood to flow to the hair follicle and nutrients and oxygen to the hair root. Studies shows that massaging your scalp for 4 minutes daily can boost the thickness of your hair. This makes the hair strong and prevent hair loss, therefore, allowing the hair to grow longer.  

Use of essential oils

            Essential oils treat specific hair-related challenges. Some of these oils include peppermint oil for massive and strong hair, rosemary oils for hair thickness, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil for a cleaner scalp, ylang-ylang to reduce breakage, thyme for blood flow, cedarwood oil for sebaceous glands balancing, among many others. While applying the oils, it is  good to massage through to penetrate the scalp. For sensitive skin you can mix essential oils with different types of oils to prevent reaction.  

Key nutrients

              Many cases of hair loss link to nutritional deficiency. Some of the most important nutrients for massive hair growth are Iron, zinc, biotin, omega-3, omega-6, vitamin A, C, D and E, etc. Each of these nutrients play a role or two towards health hair. Nutrients contribute towards healthy hair through production of sebum to moisturize the scalp, creation of more red-blood cells to transport blood to the hair follicles, creation of protein for the hair structure, new follicles for more hair, repairing hair tissue, among others. Moreover, proteins are essential for optimal hair growth. Healthline recommends 50 grams of protein per day. Therefore, eating a well-balanced diet can simply take your hair growth to another level.

Proper use of heated styling tools

Heat from styling tools cause damaged hair. Excessive use of heat weakens the hair leading to breakage. You can still use heated tools to style your hair if you use them in a way that will not cause harm to your hair. Some of the proper ways to use the tools are reducing the number of times you style your hair using heated tools, reducing the amount of heat and using heat protectant products. Additionally, the use of chemicals and dye weakens the hair. When you avoid these products, your hair will break off less, with optimal hair growth.

Normally, hair grows at about half an inch a month, which is approximately six inches a year. Following the above tips will help you maintain the length and promote the growth of your hair. You may not notice the results until several months to a year. Just take care of your hair and watch it blossom.

More about hair and styling click here.

Bonus Tip

Rinse your hair with cold water to close back the pores and strengthen the hair follicles.

How To Use Social Media To Grow Your Blog

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How To Use Social Media To Grow Your Blog

Personal Peace Workouts

Peace workouts? Yes. Peace workouts!
Being in harmony with self, friends, and the surrounding is a necessity. However, scenarios in life sometimes tend to be overwhelming and at times, we cannot control them. In such cases, we find ourselves in chaos and worrying too much. To retain peace during frustrating phases of life, we need to restructure our perception.
There are a number of things we can do to promote personal peace.

1. Having a positive attitudes
Doing away with negative attitude and adopting a positive one is a great achievement. People who are optimist see endless possibilities and opportunities in all situations. They find even the most minute goodness in a pile of trash and work with it. Dwelling on your past mistakes, and failures is an obstacle that leads to more frustrations. Therefore, to maintain peace you need to learn from the past mistakes, appreciate yourself for small things you succeed in, overcome the failure and move on with what works.

2. Being appreciative
Believe that for everything that happens, there is a reason. In our lives, people change, we get offended, and sometimes things we’ve work for fall apart. It is for a fact that we all have come across these frustrations at a point in our life. To maintain peace, we need to be patient in bad times, and take advantage of the good times. Finally, know when to let go and when to hold on.

3. Having an Outlet

When peace of mind is compromised, our judgement may be altered too. In wisdom, people say that we should not act in anger. Why? Because one might do something only to regret it later. Hence, it is advisable to find a way of managing negative emotions; anger, disappointment, hatred among others. Some ways we can manage negative emotions are venting (sharing with a trusted person), doing something that makes you feel good, such as a hobby and avoiding being alone. Moreover, you can choose to get lost in a good movie, a book, a walk or visit friends and most important seek God. The idea is to help you calm down to be able to resolve whatever the issues you are going through.

4. Setting Limits
Setting well-defined and appropriate boundaries helps one to become more responsible with their lives. The limits should be well thought of and flexible to avoid contemporary challenges. Among the things that need planning to enhance peace include time management, things-to-do list, shopping list, friends and family. Setting limits is defining where, when, what and how far to pursue your ideas and goals without creating the unnecessary danger, and with whom.
Finally, take one thing at a time.

Remember to BREATH. Just breath!

One More Book in your Diet!

Reading Enhance Confidence

            Books enhance intelligence. Reading is a medium of acquiring language, sharing ideas, and communicating. Long before the advent of modern technology, reading was among the ways of passing the time. Nowadays, millennials, gen-Y, and gen-Z, use modern technology, especially the internet, to pursue more interactive activities. Therefore, reading offers a fantastic escape from the electronic gadgets in this digital era, creating an avenue for some peace of mind. Listed below are important reasons why you need to read one more book.

To gain the wisdom of life

Reading cultivates good judgment, and discernment of the path of pursuit of peace. We all have one lifetime, and reading exposes us to more profound insight on the full meaning of life than we could possibly perceive by ourselves. Moreover, reading allows us to recognize qualities that build positive human relationships, and problem-solving skills to thrive in the world.

To gain knowledge and become smarter every day.

Reading sharpens our understanding of the working of the material world. Books act as manuals, offering vast quantities of essential facts and information. Through recorded history and experiences, writers communicate skills required to achieve optimum results in every field. Therefore, reading is a valuable tool in the expansion of knowledge and vocabulary, and acquisition of skills.

To broaden the imagination and enhance critical thinking.

The more the time spent reading, the greater the meditation and creativity achieved. Books allow one to have a moment of calmness, and develop the ability to think deeply on an idea, thus enhancing our thinking capacity.

To boost concentration and expand your memory.

Unlike watching videos, reading revives parts of the brain that would otherwise become retarded. Boosting the brain through books enhances its development in terms of concentration and memory retention. Reading stimulates our mental operating system and improves the functions of the human senses.

In conclusion, there is a fine line between readers and the rest of the world. Reading is, therefore, an ideal habit to nurture.

Getting Home

7 Ways To Get Home

The saying goes, “east or west, home is the best.” However, there is no proper definition of home. In the pursuit of securing human rights, everyone has acquired the privilege of embracing their own opinions and trues of every theme in life. This, however, does not change the solid wall that defines the extent to which something is real and practical. My opinion of the matter takes to its own life. Although it is reflective of what is already established, it reveals just how profound simplicity is.

Home is the place of peace, joy, and happiness. Every soul walks to attain this mark; every definite purpose is set to achieve this state, without compromising anyone’s worth. The construct of physiological and psychological stability defines a home. It is where the mind finds peace, and the heart is at real joy.

Here are seven positive ways to get home. These are:

  • Pursuing peace

The mind cannot contain the limits of pursuing peace. No one can accomplish every point of what it means. How can one pursue peace, really? The list includes walking at your own pace in life, minding the heart of others, doing what pleases your heart and avoid compromising the peace of others. Maintaining physical cleanliness, observing pureness of thoughts, setting high standards of self-worth and abiding by them, being humble, and truthful. Providing for those who are with real need, rebuking stubbornness and destructive pride, seeking after righteousness, forgiving all wrongs, praying, giving, and so on.

The argument is that every worthy deed and upright achievement in life is a way of pursuing peace. It goes without saying then that the following methods do not fall outside that truth.

  • Committing to justice and uprightness

Justice endorses fairness; uprightness cherishes the truth and nobility of heart. A just and upright person will always rise to a worthy cause. Chance favors the just while favor finds the honest.

  • Avoiding compromising with life

The only difference between failure and success lies in the set of choices that someone makes in the course of their life. Every decision made has a consequence. Making the right decisions and avoiding taking any moment in life for granted is a sure way to get to the home of our desire. Nature is unforgiving and gives back in full whatever you set into motion.

  • Overcoming fear and harmful addictions

The eight things we fear most are “death, poverty, criticism, failure, rejection, losing the love of someone, illness, old age.” The spirit of fear kills our ability to achieve our desire. What one fears most has the habit of drawing up to them. The only solution is to convict your heart against fear.

 Harmful addictions are a means of escapism. They create the illusion of comfort and distract the mind from reality. One forgets problems at hand for a brief moment but still wakes up to them. The effort needed to overcome an addiction is real. The sacrifice it calls for is excellent. However, the peace of freedom attained is worth it.

  • The walk of hope, faith, and persistence

Hope moves us to anticipate a better tomorrow. Faith, on the other hand, removes all doubt on things expected. Persistence proves continuous action towards a specific goal in life. The best solution is to close our minds to all negative suggestions and embrace the desire for fulfillment in life.

  • Setting high goals and actually achieving them

It is said that what you aspire in life and achieve is who you are. This means everyone passes judgment upon himself or herself. Goals give us a reason to move forward. They mark a specific point of our accomplishment. People who accomplish their goals in life possess high worth.

  • Reading and understanding the Bible

The Bible is the Word of God, which contains the solution to every problem in the life of man. It owns the wisdom and meaning of life. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding of our physical world does not offer much fulfillment to the heart and soul. Satisfaction comes from the most profound comprehension of who and why we are. The Word of God does not insist on its own way, whereas the laws we set directly dictate and force us to choices we MUST abide by.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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