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Yoga vs. Pilates – Which is Better for Your Health and Back

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The similarities in Yoga and Pilates are undeniable, but the methods behind the two exercises are quite different. Both exercises can provide strength and healthy flexibility to their users. Each exercise works your body in different ways and it depends on the type of results you are seeking as to which one is better for you. Here are a few key areas that can be helped by both of these exercises.

Strength in Your Core

The Pilates exercise program focuses on your stomach and pelvis, which most people refer to as your core. Doing Pilates can help you learn to use these muscles, in turn allowing more support for your spine, which can improve overall posture and back health. Practicing Yoga also helps to engage your core, but is not the main focus of this exercise program. Generally, yoga will focus on a number of different area and usually does not focus on just one target area.

Flexibility

Yoga will definitely make a big difference in your flexibility by teaching breathing and flexing techniques that can work various parts of your body. Generally, your Yoga instructor will start you off with easier poses and allow you to work your way up to more advanced poses that show off your new found flexibility. Pilates does not typically improve flexibility due the kinds of exercises it promotes. Usually, Pilates focuses more on strength training, versus Yoga which is all about flexibility.

Pain Relief

Most chiropractors will generally recommend Pilates for an individual who suffers from back problems. The regular working of the core muscles can improve the overall flexibility and function of your back. Yoga can also be somewhat effective in pain relief, but can be dangerous for a back pain sufferer due to the types of positions that are done. When practiced properly and with caution, both Pilates and Yoga can each help with back pain. The practice of these exercises can also make you more familiar with your body so you will be able to avoid injuries in the future due to overworking your body.

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When it comes down to which one of these exercises is better, it is really all in what you are looking for. If you are looking for relaxation and health, then Yoga is a better fit. If you are looking to tone your body and possibly get rid of back pain, then Pilates is definitely a better fit. It does not matter which one you choose, any type of exercise will make you feel a lot better and make you a healthier person in general.

About the Author
Jane Istratenko has been practicing yoga for several years, she believes it’s a great way to stay in shape, and also stay calm. It’s more than just fitness, it’s about general health and well-being too. You can find lots of great information, tips, workout ideas, and general thoughts from Jane on some of the biggest yoga and fitness blogs on the web.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Great Advantages of Laser Acne Treatment

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If you have been plagued by the problems associated with the skin condition known as acne, you may have tried a number of topical treatments with little to no success.  Perhaps you have considered a treatment like ProSkin Clinics Laser Acne Treatment, but have been put off for a variety of different reasons.  It may be time to reconsider and to help you we have gathered together what we feel are some of the most noteworthy advantages of laser acne treatment.

Reduces The Body’s Production of Oil

The build up of oil is part of the cause of acne in the first place.  It is worth noting that blue and red light treatment along with pulsed dye laser and photo-dynamic therapy can be used to target these glands to reduce the amount of oil they produce.

Skin Regeneration

Acne itself and the scarring caused by spots can not only be an irritant and painful, but it also does not look very good and can really affect your confidence.  Lasers can not only help to remove the scarring and improve your skin’s appearance, but can also encourage skin growth.  When the layer just below the skin is heated with laser resurfacing, while the wound is healing, a new layer of healthy skin is formed.  Although it is true that numerous appointments are required for the best results, the recovery time after treatment is very short with laser treatment.

Reduce Scarring

Scars are obviously hard to hide and treat.  Lasers though can be used as a very effective method of reducing scars and following on from the above paragraph, it is worth pointing out that this can be done using fractional laser resurfacing.

Decreases Bacterial Inflammation

Along with too much oil, a build up of bacteria in the skin causes acne, but lasers can be used to target this bacteria and the related inflammation.  Laser and light therapies can be used to treat the problem layers below the first layer, while leaving the outermost skin unaffected.

Reduces Redness Caused By Acne

While it is true that redness around the face is more closely associated to rosacea, it can also be an effect of acne.  Pulsed dye laser and Intense-pulled light therapies can be used however to reduce the redness.  As with other forms of laser treatment, you may need a number of sittings, the positive results last for a long time.

Treats Broken Blood Vessels

Broken blood vessels are another less than flattering result of acne and it is good to note that lasers can be used to treat them also.  Again, for the best possible results, you would have to undergo several sessions of the treatment, but you have to, like any of the advantages above, weigh up if it’s worth it or not.

Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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4 Secrets Beauty Experts Swear By For Photoshoots

We live in a world where every day we take photos of ourselves – pictures to post on Instagram and selfies to send to our friends. So with that in mind, it’s only natural that we want to look flawless in our photos. The problem is that no matter how hard we try to take the perfect picture, sometimes, we just can’t seem to get it right.

The key to looking flawless on camera is simple – using the right beauty products. As any beauty expert will tell you, when it comes to looking good in photos, all you need to do is tweak your daily beauty regime. To ensure that your face has the wow factor in your next photo or selfie, take these four beauty secrets on board.

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  1. Eliminate puffiness

Have you ever wondered why your face looks a little too full in photos? Well if you’re prone to puffy skin, this can have a major impact on how good you look in pictures. It’s not just our eyes that are prone to puffiness, although the eye area is the most common place for puffiness to occur. As any beauty pro will tell you, any area of our faces can puff out, thanks to excess water.

The key to reducing facial puffiness is removing the excess water from your face to help give it a slimmer look. There are plenty of products on the market that can help you to do this. However, facial masks and wraps tend to have the best results. To find the most suitable one for you, do some shopping around.

  1. Prime your skin

If you want a smooth and clear complexion in pictures, never go without a primer. Cleanse your face and then apply a perfecting primer – this will help to blur imperfections and give your skin a smoother finish. You can wear primer alone, or under foundation, depending on how much coverage you need.

  1. Perfect your makeup

The key to looking good in photos is perfecting your makeup. As any beauty expert will tell you, for the perfect picture, knowing how to properly apply your makeup is a must.

Start off by creating a beautifully blended base. Be choosy about the foundation that you pick, opt for a product that works well with your skin’s tone and texture. To change the shape of your face, to make it look more streamlined, don’t forget to contour.

With the right contouring product, you can create a photogenic v shape face for perfect selfie. So it’s crucial that you pick what contouring product that you use, carefully. If you’re unsure how to contour correctly, check out a couple of tutorials online. (Youtube has some amazing ones, so it might be worth looking on there.)

If you suffer from dark under eye bags, use a yellow-toned concealer to hide them. There’s nothing worse than looking tired in photos, is there? That’s why it’s so important that you learn to hide dark circles so that you don’t look tired in your pictures.

  1. Bronze and highlight

If the camera that you use to take your pictures and selfies uses flash, you may end up looking washed out in photos. Camera flashes might make images clearer, but they’re a nightmare when it comes to the look of your skin.

On your cheek bones, dust a little bronzer to add color. This will help to prevent you from looking too washed out in photos, for this, a cream blusher tends to work better than a powder one. To draw attention away from ‘problem areas’ use a highlighter. Well applied highlighter will reflect the light from the flash away from those areas that you want to hide, helping to give you a more flawless look.

So what do you think? Could any of these tips from the experts help you to take a more beautiful photo or selfie?

 

Stay Stylish And Save Money With These Tips

December is finally here, which means that it’s now officially winter. As well as dreaming of snow, chic tree decorations and all that yummy Christmas food. There’s probably one other thing on your mind –  your winter wardrobe.

Come winter, and all the most beautiful scarves, polo necks, ankle boots, and bobble hats appear, as if by magic. Not to mention all those beautiful sparkly dresses, perfect for those office parties you’re sure to attend.

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We would all love to treat ourselves to a whole new winter wardrobe.  But sadly, with presents to buy, the reality is that many of us can’t afford to treat ourselves. Or can we? Money might be tight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t upgrade your winter wardrobe.

Want to stay stylish this winter without breaking the bank? The good news is, with these tips, you can.

Buy from wholesale sites

Have you ever wondered how some people always stay in style, even when they’re skint? Wholesale sites are the answer – these are the gems of the fashion world.  These sites offer reduced prices on various items, making it easier and more affordable to stay stylish. From clothing sites to online accessory stores, if you look around you can find some incredible deals.

The best part about buying from these sites is the fact that the quality tends to be high. Although items, like wholesale bags, are affordable, they tend to be well made, and of course, stylish. They’re not knock off designs; they’re well-designed items sold at discounted prices. Pretty amazing, right?

Sell unwanted clothes

The chances are that you have a few items in the back of your wardrobe that you never wear, am I right? If money is tight, but you need to update your wardrobe, have a clear out and sell what you don’t want.

As long as the bits you’re selling are in good condition, you should make a tidy profit.  Obviously, the brand of the item will affect how much it’s worth – designer items will always go for more money than high street ones.

Where you choose to sell your old clothes is up to you, but websites like eBay and Vinted are great for selling pre-loved items on. Facebook selling and swap groups can be great for selling unwanted clothing  – so make sure to check these out. Any money that you make from selling your unwanted items can go towards your new wardrobe.

Take advantage of discounts

The key to being fashionable when money is tight is shopping the sales. Oh yes, sales really are a skint girl’s best friend. If you notice that a store is having a deal day, take advantage and have a browse. The chances are that if you look hard enough, you’ll find the odd gem to two.

To ensure that you don’t miss any discounts offered by your fave stores, sign up for email updates. That way, you’ll automatically be notified when there is a sale or discount day on.

When it comes to sales, many stores offer as much as 50 percent off. When money is a little tight but you still want to look stylish, taking advantage of these deals is a must.

It may seem almost impossible to be stylish when money’s tight, but it doesn’t have to be.