Skin pH Levels

Everything You Need to Know About Skin pH Levels

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When you see ads for organic skin care and standard skin care products on TV, you may think all that talk about skin pH levels is just that – talk. Surely, it’s some kind of marketing ploy, or way in which to make one product stand out over another. The truth is, talking about your skin’s pH levels is more important than you think – and it’s not a tactic to get you to buy one product or another. Here’s what you need to know.

What are Skin pH Levels All About?

Most likely, you would never have heard the term pH used as its full name of ‘potential of hydrogen’. This term means that there is a certain concentration level of hydrogen ions in a substance. There is also a scale to measure the levels, with zero being the most acidic, and 14 being the most alkaline. Your skin is at its best when it sits in the middle between acidic and alkaline at around 4.8 to 6.

What Happens if My Skin pH Levels are Too High?

If your skin’s pH levels are too high, with high being around 7-14, then your skin becomes dry, sensitive, and irritated. It may even look inflamed, with some enzymes actively destroying your collagen levels due to too much alkaline. If you use high pH products, you are vulnerable to skin issues such as acne, eczema, Athlete’s foot, and more. If your skin’s pH levels are consistently high, then your skin can age faster as well.

How do I Know My pH Levels are Too High?

Your skin will generally tell you fairly quickly that something’s not quite right and that it might be time to try new organic skin care products. Your skin may be oily, dry, red, or you can even have eczema, psoriasis, acne, and sagging wrinkly skin.

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BodyCombat Group Exercise

Benefits of taking a BodyCombat Group Exercise Class

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No matter which form of exercise you take part in – be it a solo activity or a group fitness session, you will find there is a range of benefits. However, there is now a group fitness class available that may have all the advantages you’ve been looking for – above and beyond what regular fitness classes and solo sessions can offer. Find out below how BodyCombat could be the best fitness option for you.

Burn Calories

One chocolate muffin can have over 430 calories in it. To burn off that same number of calories, you may need to go for a four-hour stroll. No one has time to exercise for half the working day, which makes it essential to find group fitness classes and exercise options that help you to burn as many calories as possible. BodyCombat is one such option. Offering high-energy martial arts-style workouts, you can burn as much as 740 calories in a 30, 45, or 55-minute session.

Get Fit

If you work up a sweat just walking up the front steps to your house, then it’s clear to see your fitness has fallen by the wayside. BodyCombat can most certainly help you to get that back. These classes are challenging in their intensity levels, while helping you to work on your legs, arms, shoulders, back, and core. You develop empowerment, speed, coordination, and agility, which all equate to an incredible level of fitness.

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Wisdom Teeth

Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?

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If you’ve ever visited the dentist because of wisdom teeth pain, you will no doubt be asking yourself why it is we have them. Why, if in most cases you need to get them removed, do they grow and cause a significant amount of pain? Many people will be all too familiar with wisdom teeth laying dormant for years, only to emerge and create nothing but pain, discomfort, and inflammation. They serve no purpose, so why are they there?

There is a prevailing theory amongst anthropologists and the dentist workforce that wisdom teeth only exist because of our ancestors’ early diet. Before we began to consume softer foods and started to use knives and forks, we had to rely on our teeth to grind, crunch, and break foliage, berries, nuts, and other natural ingredients.

We now live in a more convenient age, and wisdom teeth are now redundant. In fact, you can almost call wisdom teeth a vestigial organ – something you no longer need in your body because of modern conveniences and technological advancements.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Take So Long to Appear?

Between age 17 and 25, most people will find themselves calling their dentist for wisdom tooth extraction. This time of your life tends to be the most common for wisdom teeth to erupt through the surface – even if they’ve been growing under your gum line for some time. The reason for them appearing so late is that, like most teeth, they grow on a timeline.

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Jewellery Metal

What is the Most Popular Jewellery Metal?

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Whether you’re looking for something special for you or a loved one, you will find a trip to a variety of jewellers is a must. With each store you set foot in, you are sure to see there is an eclectic mix of jewellery that will appeal to your tastes – or you think they will for that special person in your life.

However, when you realise that not only the style is different, but the metals of jewellery are too, your decision just became all the more challenging to make. Below, you can learn all about the jewellery metal on offer and why you would select one over another.

Gold

Any number of jewellers will tell you that gold is one of the most precious metals and valuable jewellery materials you will come across. It’s timelessly elegant, dense, offers an unbeatable shine, and is a standout favourite for engagement and wedding rings. However, it is more expensive than less precious metals.

Silver

Silver is one of the most popular metals used in the creation of rings and other jewellery, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a striking white and shining color, while also once being considered more precious than gold. While it’s now more affordable than gold, it doesn’t make it any less desirable. In fact, because of its price and style, it’s often more preferred for rings and other jewellery.

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Waist Trainers

Who Wears Waist Trainers?

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Waist trainers are becoming more popular in everyday life as celebrities such as the Kardashians take to sharing their pictures on social media. Toted as the pictures of perfection by fans, more and more people are looking to see what all the fuss is about, and rightly so. Waist trainers are helping women to become more confident versions of themselves while learning discipline and self-love at the same time.

While it might seem like you have to be a part of some kind of elite club to be able to wear a waist trainer, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Below we’ve included some of the many types of people who wear waist trainers.

Those Who Want A Flatter Stomach

After giving birth or just leading a poor lifestyle, you may desire a much flatter stomach than the one you currently have. While diet and exercise can help you achieve this goal, a waist trainer can also complement these two lifestyle alterations as well. By wearing a waist trainer either under your clothing or on top of it, you’re training your fat to be distributed evenly – not just around your mid-section. Over time, you will notice that your stomach is far flatter, even when you’ve stopped wearing your waist trainer.

Women Who Want to Accentuate Their Curves

Many women see their curves as their most valuable asset and emphasizing them even further is often a valid aspiration. For women who wish to benefit from complete body confidence, wearing a waist trainer can often help. Waist trainers accentuate your hip and bottom area while providing a defining waist curve as well. (more…)

Arm Liposuction

What to Expect with Arm Liposuction

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When it comes to arm liposuction the procedure is a little more invasive than some other kinds because there are two arms to be done, not just one site.  And because your arms move around a lot more than your torso, you need to take extra care of them after the surgery. Even though the cuts made for this procedure are tiny, they are still cuts and so need to be attended to carefully.

It is not only a matter of healing the cuts either. Remember that a lot of fatty cells have been removed through those tiny cuts. This removal will cause some blood loss and there is likely to be leakage of fluid and blood from the cuts until they heal.  This is a good thing because the fluid and blood are now waste products and need to be removed. Those cuts can’t be stitched up; if they are, the waste will be kept  trapped under the skin.

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Going On Holidays

Things You Need To Learn Before Going On Holidays

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The experts at Ottawa Valley Travel tell us it is easy these days to just step on an airplane and within a few hours of travel find yourself in a whole different country and culture.  In many countries, English is not the usual language and if spoken it is often with an accent that is difficult to understand. The laws are also quite different from many English speaking countries and so is the clothing and the food. That’s what makes it so fascinating to visit such a country.  We can learn from people of other nationalities if we open ourselves to doing so.

However, rather than going off unprepared, it is wise to take some time to learn a few things before you go.  Here are some tips to get the most out of your overseas holidays.

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Drug Rehab

Drug Rehab Options

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Often, people get on drugs with the intention of just trying them out, but before they know it they are addicted and their life becomes a chaotic mess. If you are thinking of going to drug rehab, there are a few different options that you can try, depending on your circumstances. It’s important to choose one that will give you the best chance of beating those drugs. Here are a few options.

Day clinics: this is where you go for treatment during the day, but return home for the night. These are the cheapest options because there are no accommodation costs. However, because you return home each night, it is not necessarily the best option, especially if there are other drug users living there.  Being at home can put you at risk of losing the struggle, especially when it gets to the hard stage.

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Enjoy Your Party

How to Really Enjoy Your Party

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Anyone who has thrown a party will know that it takes a lot of work to organise. But when the party is in progress, the work still goes on, at least for the host. The host is responsible for making sure everyone is having fun and the drinks and food don’t run out. If you want to enjoy your party more, professional dj hire is a good way to do it. A good DJ will actually run the party for you.

Of course, he won’t be responsible for the drinks, but he will take control of the crowd and get them up on the floor, dancing to the music he plays. If he is experienced and good at his job, he’ll be able to ensure everything goes off smoothly as far as speeches and other things go. He can help control the mood of the partygoers by what he says and by the music he plays.

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Reduce Stress

How to Help Your Friends Be Healthier

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It’s official! Studies in Berlin, Germany have proven that having fun reduces stress levels. Of course, most people with common sense will already have realised that they feel heaps better and more relaxed after having fun with friends or family. One way to do this is photo booths at your next party or at a wedding reception. Playing around with the props and taking funny photos of themselves is something that most people enjoy doing.

If they have the means to do it through your event, you can feel good knowing that you’ve helped them to reduce their stress levels and become just that bit healthier.  If they’ve laughed a lot while doing it, so much the better because laughter is another thing that helps you to feel good and relax both physically and mentally.

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Photobooth

How to Spread the Joy of Your Special Event

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When you are organising a special event such as a wedding you may get immersed in the myriad details and forget just what it will mean to other important people in your life; your friends and loved ones. That is why a photobooth is such a great idea. When you have a photo booth for all the guests to use they are much more likely to take photos of themselves with their friends – and with you – to help them remember the event.

This is one great and easy way to spread the joy of your wedding day. Often photographers have quite a job getting people to pose for them, with the result that they take snaps when people are not ready, or else the photos don’t look really natural. But with a booth, people go when they are ready and have a lot of fun using the props available to dress up.

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Holiday Destination

8 Tips for Choosing a Great Holiday Destination

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A report out this week regarding Bali villas says that it is sometimes difficult to choose a holiday destination to please everyone in the family. It may also be hard to choose one to suit yourself, let alone anyone else. If no one in your family can agree about where to travel for the next holiday, here are 8 tips to help.

  • Rather than thinking about where to go, start thinking along the lines of what you want to do during the holiday. If you want to lie on warm sand or go surfing, you choice of destination will be limited to places that have great beaches. Not all countries are lucky enough to have them. Make a list of those that do, and eliminated all those you’ve already been to, unless you enjoyed it so much you simply must go back there. But if you feel like that, you wouldn’t be reading this.
  • If you are going with friends or family, find out what they want, otherwise the holiday may not be as pleasant as you expected. It’s important to go where everyone can have fun. Get everyone to write down their two or three most important activities to do on holiday. If children are included, make sure the holiday is one where they can do things within their capabilities. Extreme activities like abseiling or parasailing are limited to teens or adults, not little children.

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Importance of Staying Warm

The Importance of Staying Warm

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Staying warm is important for your health, especially in winter. Being too cold can cause many health problems and exacerbate your symptoms when you get a cold or flu. Electricians will usually tell you the best way to keep warm is with the use of electric heating of some kind. Electricity is quick, clean, non-toxic and efficient. In addition it is widely available.

Years ago when not much heating was available, people used to get an itchy and painful condition called chilblains. It caused weeping sores on their extremities- toes, fingers, and sometimes ears – that took ages to heal. In fact, it would only heal when the warmer weather arrived. A condition called trench foot has also been noted by those who spend too much time in a cold environment.

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Dentist

Pros and Cons of Going to a Dentist Overseas

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There is no doubt about it; going to the dentist is painful to the wallet as well as to your gums, especially if you  haven’t been for ages and have more than one procedure that needs doing. While it is certainly a good idea to have your teeth checked at least once a year, many people don’t do this, with the result that they need multiple fillings and/or extractions, not to mention cleaning and scaling, root canal work or caps.

Young people often need to have braces to straighten their teeth and prevent further problems as they age and this too, is usually extremely expensive. Some people decide to go overseas for dental treatment because it is so much cheaper. However, is this really a good idea? Here are some pros and cons for doing so.

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Uneven Teeth

What to Do About Small or Uneven Teeth

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If you have small front teeth either due to wear or because of genetics, it may give you a gummy smile.  This can make you feel embarrassed and impact your social and even your work life. An attractive smile makes most people more self confident.  Consulting with a dentist will usually find a way to overcome this or other dental problems.

  • A gummy smile due to small teeth can usually be fixed quite easily with composite resin bonding. This is when a natural looking material is applied directly to the teeth to create the required shape and replace the worn part.  It can make worn teeth look longer so that the smile is more natural.
  • Sometimes the teeth are worn at the sides rather than along the top, making them look somewhat pointed. This too, is not an acceptable look and people affected tend to hide their teeth by not smiling or talking as much as they could. Composite resin bonding is also suitable for this problem.

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Internet Dating Sites

Internet no Longer a Last Resort for Young Singles

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Traditionally thought of as a last resort for lonely hearts, Internet dating sites are reporting co-eds and frat brothers are also joining the ranks of online daters.

According to a March 2006 report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 18 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Internet users have visited an online dating site and 31 percent of American adults know someone who has used a dating website.

Gail Laguna, a spokeswoman for Collegeluv.com, a dating site with 500,000 members, said young people use the Internet to search for love because they feel comfortable in this kind of interaction.

“It’s a demographic that has grown up going online to communicate with friends . . . and so [they] are more likely to adopt to using an online dating service,” Laguna said.

She said most of Collegeluv.com’s members are not looking for long-term love when they join the site. Instead, she said, they are just trying to meet new people.

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Buying Wine

Buying Wine – Online vs. Locally

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How do you buy wine? Anyone who likes wine usually has a bottle or three in the house at any given time. This way they can have a glass whenever they feel like it, with meals or on its own; as a celebration or when they have guests over. Keeping a variety on hand saves that last minute rush to the shops to get something suitable for your occasion or for the meal you’ve created.

There are pros and cons to buying online and locally.

Buying locally

Pros

  • Many people source their wine from the bottle shop nearest them for convenience, especially when it is part of their favourite supermarket chain.
  • You can make friends with the sales attendant and they will be likely to tell you when sales are due, or recommend their best wines.
  • You can wander around the shop and learn a lot by looking at the labels.
  • A lot of people like the personal attention of the attendant to help them purchase the right wine.

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Volunteer On Holiday

Volunteering as a Holiday

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The professionals at travel accommodation company Easy Villas tell us that for those who like to put something back into a community or just help others less fortunate, volunteering may be the answer to what to do on your holiday travels.  There are many different ways you can volunteer and many different countries where people can go to offer their services. Of course, you don’t just turn up somewhere and ask if you can volunteer. There has to be some sort of arrangement and structure.

There are many opportunities for voluntary work and you can find a lot of them on the Internet or by contacting charitable organisations.  Here are just some of the opportunities. Choose one that interests you, whether it is to do with sports, animals or conservation.

There are also opportunities for families to have a volunteering holiday and this can be a great way to teach your children about other cultures. Having children along on the trip is a good way to get the children to open up to you quickly, as children often make friends in such situations very easily.

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CARTEL GOODS

CARTEL GOODS UPDATE

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Cartel Goods has updated with their first wave of new Fall/Winter styles from mhi by Maharishi, Staple, including the super-limited Pigeon New Era, Situation Normal, including the Rogue Status and DQM collabs, Mishka, Garbege and Spoon Fed – and – other newly added brands: Married to the Mob, Diamond Supply Co. and Twelve Bar. New styles to come in the coming weeks from heavy hitters Crooks and Castles, aNYthing, Absurd, Eriffs, Rockers NYC, The J.Money Collection, Reason, Mighty Healthy, Spoon Fed, Mishka, Skoold in Korectnuss, Diamond Supply Co.
and a range of collaboration items from the turntable technician DJ A-Trak amongst several others.

Inspired while listening to: N*E*R*D – “Run To The Sun”

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PREPARE FOR LIFT OFF
I write this entry as I sit here at the Renoir hotel lobby in the heart of San Francisco. The day has been very interesting. Again the Riottt crew did not sleep at all so it is fitting that I show pictures from last night. Sky and I are on crack liquids 24/7. The Riottt concert tees were designed last week and we picked them up today. It’s the first in-house tangible item we made so it’s exciting for us to see how everyone will react.

We headed to the Bill Graham Civic Center in the noon. Everyone please meet Louis of Flavor Group, Louis is in charge of the environment. He is one of the best out there. Oh yes and that’s Trent, star programmer of Riottt.

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