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Ten Things to Do Before Your Wedding to Ensure Your Best Day Ever!

On the most significant day of your life, looking and feeling magnificent is an absolute requirement. There are people to see, pictures to take, and of course it’s the first day your spouse will be able to call you his wife! It’s more than just looking great; it’s feeling great at those exceptional moments that really matters. 

In order to accomplish this level of utmost bridal beauty, it’s important to organize. So, check out these top ten tips by experts to ensure your magical day is the one you’ve always hoped for!

1. Make sure you do a hair and makeup trial before your big day to guarantee that everyone is prepared, and you look exactly as you imagined. You don’t want last minute surprises tarnishing your special day.

2. Two days prior to saying “I do,” make sure you exfoliate your skin to eliminate any rough patches. You want to have a smooth base for your makeup artist to work on.

3. Moisturize and hydrate to conserve a healthy glow. Using a water bottle with a squeeze top helps you drink much more water, much more often.

4. Don’t wash your hair the day of your wedding! Clean hair will not style easily and tends to slip and fall. Wash a day prior to conserve your hair’s oils and spot use dry shampoo if you have too much oil.

5. Eat very sensibly. A trivial and healthy diet will keep you feeling strong and happy. Stay away from starchy food as much as possible, and keep in mind that if it’s crunchy it’s bad for you (unless it’s a fresh vegetable or fruit). Also, avoid sodium so you don’t swell up. When you feel good, you look good!  

6. Select individual eye lash extensions. Your eyes will really open up and they’ll last through your honeymoon.

7. Get a mani-pedi! Fingers should always look your best, especially when he puts a ring on it. Don’t forget the pedicure! No one wants ugly toes on your beach honeymoon.

8. Avoid the sun. If you want healthy luminosity, opt for a spray tan or bronzing cream. You will get all the paybacks of the sun without the dry skin.  

9. Be sure to get enough sleep. If anxiety keeps you awake, though, and your eyes are puffy, a slice of a COLD cucumber on each eye while relaxing for at least fifteen minutes will help. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that lessen puffiness.

10. Don’t forget to SMILE!  You’re never fully dressed without one. If you smoke, drink coffee and/or red wine on a consistent basis, over the counter whitening strips do miracles for your teeth.

6 Alternatives to Try Before Getting Botox

Botox, known and loved by many, is one of the most common ways to ward off wrinkles and help you appear younger. When injected, Botox goes into your muscles which keeps the muscle from contracting, making it appear smoother and relaxed. However, Botox treatments can be expensive, invasive, and sometimes not be done properly. The treatments are also not permanent, so you will have to get numerous treatments done regularly to keep your younger appearance up to date. If you’ve considered getting Botox injections, try these 6 alternatives before you do so and see if you safe yourself the time, money and headache.

1. FaceXercise

FaceXercise is a technique that uses cupping and facial exercises to help increase blood flow and circulation in your skin. It’s loved by many top celebs like Cindy Crawford and Jennifer Aniston, but considered expensive, ranging from $200-$480 per session. FaceXercise is also known to work out the lymphatic system to rid your skin of toxins. It’s an all-natural way to look younger and does not require any needles or injections.

2. Acupuncture

Although acupuncture is a fairly new treatment in the anti-aging world, the procedure has been around for years. It shows be to very promising. One study has shown that acupuncture as an anti-aging shield is shown to help improve hydration and improve skin elasticity, both of which can help improve the appearance of wrinkles and help fight off other signs of aging. If you’re considering acupuncture, make sure you go to a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in facial treatments. Acupuncture does use needles, so it’s only a good alternative to getting Botox as long as you’re not afraid of them.

3. Face Patches

We all have seen our favorite YouTube beauty gurus using under-eye face patches to help ward off bags and crow’s feet. They’re onto something! Face patches, like ones applied under your eyes or around your mouth, are used to help smooth out wrinkles with super hydration and retinol. Types of patches like these are easy to find and inexpensive, but they are not a permanent solution.

4. Vitamins

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to help your skin is by taking vitamins and supplements. Key nutritional supplements can help boost collagen productions and help pump your skin full of antioxidants to fight off free radicals. You can get your vitamins from Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, anywhere; they are easily accessible and affordable. Be sure to get a vitamin from a reputable source, with high-quality ingredients and look for an FDA approved seal. The best vitamins you get take to help boost your skin’s appearance are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A.

5. Facial Creams

Although you probably already have a skincare routine that works for you and you have an anti-aging cream you think is best, not all skincare facial creams are made the same. Make sure you’re using products that are cell regulators and full of antioxidants. They have a direct effect in collagen production and the speed at which your cells regenerate. You can find a range of products to choose from almost anywhere these days, suitable for any budget. However, depending on your skincare concerns, you might want to speak with a skincare specialist or dermatologist to get some real insight in what your skin needs and what will work for you.

6. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are one of the fastest ways to see anti-aging results. You can see healthy results in as early as one day, but they do require some recovery time. They are used to treat acne, help with skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation, and reduce signs of aging. Considered safe and effective but not permanent. You do need to see a skincare specialist to have one done and they do require some amount of recovery time, so make sure you’re seeing someone reputable and you give yourself enough time to recover, no major events or outings!

Say Bye to Weak, Brittle Nails

Although long, coffin acrylics are all the rage, the constant upkeep is terrible for your nails and overall expensive. If you’re thinking of getting rid of that nail salon bill, these tips will help your nails grow long and strong.

Use a Cuticle Oil Daily

Using a cuticle oil daily will help moisturize your cuticles, repair and nourish your nail beds. Dry nails will lead to splitting, breaking and chipping, which only makes the time we spend painting our nails even more precious.

Take a Biotin Supplement

Not only is Biotin an essential for strong hair and clear skin, it also prevents our nails from breaking. If you’re constantly dealing with broken tips, it could be a lack of Biotin in your diet.

Use a Soft Nail File

A soft nail file will help prevent your nails from breaking and splitting while you shape. While glass ones are pretty and easy to clean, they’re too hard on your nails and can cause more damage than their worth. Remember to also file in the same direction, not a see-saw motion.

Get More Vitamin B9 in Your Diet

Vitamin B9, or Folic Acid, helps your nail beds stay smooth. Folic Acid boosts nail strength, speeds up the rate at which your nails grow, prevent peeling and help your overall nail health.

Purchase an Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish removers that have a high concentration of acetone are really harsh on sensitive nails and skin. Acetone is the potent solvent that is responsible for dissolving nail polish quickly, however it makes your nails peel, split, and cause those mottled white marks.

Use a Nail Strengthener

Try using a nail strengthener packed with Keratin. Keratin is naturally already found in nails and helps them move. You want to be sure your nail is flexible enough that it won’t break when under pressure but not peel or chip. Keratin fortifies your nails so they’re strong and durable.

What Is the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type?

As you may already know, you need to wear sunscreen every day and year-round, even when the sun isn’t out. UV rays have been proven to be the leading cause of skin cancer and aging skin. But how do you know which sunscreen is the best for your skin type?

First off, there are two types of sunscreen, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen contains ingredients such as avobenzone and oxybenzone, absorbs UV light so it cannot penetrate the skin and needs about 30 minutes to start working. Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, “bounces” sunlight off your skin, starts protecting immediately after application.

  • Acne-prone skin: Look for products labeled non-comedogenic. Physical sunscreens are best for acne-prone skin because they can actually help fight acne. When picking a sunscreen, try to avoid coconut oil, octyl stearate, and isopropyl palmitate.
  • Normal-to-Oily: Pick a lightweight or gel sunscreen if you have oily skin. Instead of reapplying every hour, you can also purchase a powder sunscreen to lay on top of your skin to absorb oil. Don’t replace normal sunscreen with a powder sunscreen though. The powder is simply there to help oil, it won’t provide enough protection alone.
  • Sensitive-Dry: Before you apply sunscreen, apply a moisturizer on top. Avoid any sunscreen that contains alcohol, because after you’ve reapplied countless, your skin will be even dryer than before you applied. Try heavy, cream-based lotions and make sure your moisturizer has SPF.  
  • Combination: Tailor your sunscreen usage to the condition your skin is in the day of. If you’re on the drier side that day, try one that is a richer formula to lock in moisture. If your skin is rather oily, do a light-weight SPF.
  • Darker Skin Tones: While darker skin tones have natural protection from the sun, it’s not 100% safe. You should still be applying sunscreen to combat aging and protection from skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen based on your skin type above, especially if you’re in the sun for a long period of time.

A Guide to Clean Eating

Considering healthy eating but don’t know where to start? Feel like you’re stuck in a nutrition decline? It’s easy to find yourself confused and misinformed when it comes to clean eating. One day you’re super motivated, the next you’ve got no idea what to do next.

If you want to find triumph with your clean eating labors, you’ve got to embrace meal planning and prepping food in advance. To help you get started, here are 5 steps to make it happen as swiftly and proficiently as possible.

Step 1: Plan Your Menu

This fundamental step is probably one of the most essential parts of meal prepping. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll be lost. You know the idiom, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” This phrase never held so much accuracy than when it comes to nutrition and clean eating. Take some time to put together a provisional meal plan of what you’d like to eat throughout the week for meals and snacks. Don’t think of this meal plan as the end-all, be-all because it’s not – there can always be adjustments and will most likely be times where you have to make last minute modifications. That’s totally ok. This meal plan is supposed to work as your outline and standard.

Step 2: Grocery Shop

Using your fresh meal plan, construct a grocery list. Go to the store and get everything you need for the week. Having all the fit foods you want in your house leaves no excuse to grab fast food or reach for the cookies you have hidden in the back of your pantry.

Step 3: Cook

Choose one day during the week to cook and concoct the foods that will make up your meals and snacks. Most often Sunday is a good day for this because it’s commonly not a workday and it’s the day before the start of a new week, so your food will have less of a chance of ruining before you eat it. Fire up your grill (or oven) and cook up a bunch of chicken breast, steak, fish, burgers or whatever lean protein source you desire. Boil a huge pot of hardboiled eggs to stockpile in the fridge and peel as you need them. Make a huge pot of brown rice, quinoa or whole-wheat pasta to ration out for your meals. Clean and cut fresh fruits and veggies. You can do all of these takes concurrently. Boiling water for eggs and rice can be done in two separate pots at the same time while your steak and chicken cook on the grill. Find ways to save time and multi-task.

Step 4: Portion and Pack

Get yourself a lined tote or lunch box and some plastic dishes that aren’t too big or too small, but just the accurate size to fit your meals and snacks. Freezer and sandwich bags work well too for excess food you won’t require until later in the week. Spend some time dividing out meals and snacks for Monday through Friday in your containers and plastic bags. Put Monday-Wednesday meals and snacks in the fridge and preserve Thursday and Friday in the freezer. When Wednesday rolls around, transfer Thursday and Friday meals from the freezer to the fridge to defrost. If you prepare and bundle everything in advance, it will be easy to grab-&-go everything you need to eat for the day before leaving for work. If you have these foods with you all day, you’ll have no reason to eat out, saving calories and money.

Step 5: Pack Extra

Sometimes you get held at work or worse, stuck in traffic just at that instant when your stomach begins to growl. This is where those “just-in-case” added snacks you packed in your lunchbox will come in handy. Carry additional pieces of fruit, bags of baby carrots, packs of diversified nuts or almonds, and protein bars with you, and more often than not, you’ll be relieved you did. If you’re not equipped for the worst, you’ll end up falling off the wagon and decelerating your progress. Think ahead and plan for your entire day whether you’re going to work that day or not.

Building a meal plan for yourself is simpler than you think. But if you’re still a bit unconfident, here’s a mockup meal plan to get you started. Fine-tune this one to work for you and your routine or try it the way it is.

Simple Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs with 2 slices of toast and 1 cup berries
  • Snack: 6 ounces plain nonfat Greek style yogurt with 1 100-calorie pack almonds
  • Lunch: Large salad topped with 4 ounces grilled lean protein, 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. On the side, 1 100-calorie pack of hummus with sliced baby carrots, cucumber, red pepper and celery sticks.
  • Snack: Protein bar
  • Dinner: 1-cup brown rice or other complex carb with 4 ounces lean protein and 1-cup steamed broccoli or other green vegetable
  • PM Snack: 1 cup sliced strawberries with whipped cream
  • Extra “Just-in-case” snack: 1 apple or banana and 1 protein bar

12 Foods That Help Prolong the Aging Process

A rich diet not only prolongs your life but it can also prolong the aging process. Try incorporating these 12 foods into your diet more so you can slow down aging and feel your best! Pair with exercise, and you’ll be sure to turn heads!

1. Blueberries

Research shows food containing phytochemicals reduce inflammation, prevent cell and tissue damage and oxidative stress on your body. Blueberries are packed with phytochemicals and the darker the blue, the better!

2. Almonds

Almonds are high in magnesium. Not only are they a healthy fat and protein, the magnesium will help slow down the aging process. You can also try snacking on peanuts and cashews if you don’t fancy almonds.

3. Tomatoes

High is phytochemicals like blueberries, they also have tons of antioxidants, all which help fight aging. If you cook your tomatoes, it will boost the antioxidant level and if you eat them raw, you’ll get a heaping helping of vitamin C.

4. Flaxseed

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and flaxseed is at the top of the list! Flaxseed found in many whole grain foods, like bread, offers over 8,500-milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and if you can get it milled or ground, it will work even better.

5. Grass Fed Dairy

The elusive Vitamin K-2 is mostly found in grass fed dairy products. Vitamin K-2 helps slow the aging process by regulating your body’s calcium levels. It also helps make sure calcium goes to the right places (your teeth and bones) rather than where it shouldn’t (arteries and soft tissue).

6. Spinach

Not only does spinach have a ton of antioxidants, it also is very rich in fiber, which helps our digestive system and keeps us feeling full. Be sure to cool your spinach immediately in the fridge to keep antioxidant levels high, thawing or leaving spinach out breaks it down much faster.

7. Beans

Beans are high in fiber and protein and very low in carbohydrates. Red beans, black beans and pinto beans are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that help slow down the aging process. They’re also a great choice if you’re trying to lose a few pounds!

8. Wild Caught Salmon

Not all salmon is created equal, so make sure you stick with wild caught salmon instead of the farm fish. Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, that slow down the aging process immensely. Not only is it good for you, it’s good for your skin too!

9. Yogurt

Purchase a yogurt that’s high in fiber but low in sugar. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria known as probiotics, that help regulate our digestive system and control inflammation. A problem inside can always reflect through our skin, so be sure to nurse your gut.

10. Turmeric

Even a simple spice can help you look and feel younger. Turmeric has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Turmeric masks are also made that help with blemishes and breakouts.

11. Garlic

We all know when a recipe calls for 2 cloves of garlic, we double it! Keep doubling up on your garlic because it contains allicin, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that fights aging. Garlic is also recommended to patients who suffer from hypertension and heart disease.

12. Dark Chocolate

Cocoa Flavanol, found in dark chocolate, has been shown to reverse cognitive aging. Try to find a dark chocolate that’s high in cocoa content. Eat sparingly though! Chocolate still contains a lot of sugar, calories and fat.

Get Your Best Workout at Home with These 10 Easy Exercises

Stick to the basics when you’re short on time but want to get a full body workout in. Daily exercise is very important, but we know it can be very overwhelming with the amount of information available. These 10 exercises can be combined to do as often as a every day or a few times a week. You should see improvement within a month with this simple but very powerful routine.

1. Lunges

Lunges are going to help promote functional movement while challenging your glutes and legs. Make sure you’re standing with your feet shoulder length apart and switch off right then left. Complete three sets on each leg, 10 reps each, and make sure your knee doesn’t go past your foot.

2. Push-ups

Push-ups are one of the most effective bodyweight exercises you can do because of the number of muscles you use to complete them. Begin in a plank position and keep your core tight. Keep your back straight and lower yourself to the floor. Complete as many as possible!

3. Squats

Squats engage some of the largest muscles in your body, so they not only are a great workout, but they burn the most calories. They help increase core lower body strength and increase flexibility. Keep your feet shoulder-length apart and engage your core while you squat. Keep your back straight and hold when you get to a “chair” position. Complete 3 sets of 20 reps.

4. Overhead Dumbbell Presses

Over the shoulder dumbbell presses help work your arms, back and core. Try with a set of lightweight dumbbells if you’re new to working out. Stand up straight with your feet shoulder length apart, and push the dumbbells up over your head slowly, then back down and hold. Try doing 3 reps of 12 to start.

5. Dumbbell Rows

Dumbbell row exercises help keep your back toned and engage your core. You can use the same size dumbbell as the one used for your overhead presses. Keep your waist at a 45-degree angle and hang your weights in front of you. Pull up slowly to the sides of your chest, hold, and then release slowly. Don’t drop the weights, you risk accidentally letting go! Complete 3 reps of 12, same as your previous exercise.

6. Single Leg Dead Lifts

This exercise uses your dumbbell to challenge your balance. Begin by standing with your knees somewhat bent with your dumbbells in your hands. Slowly lean forward, keeping your back straight, and kick out your right leg. Once you’re at a comfortable height, hold and then bring down and do the same with the left leg. Engage your core while doing so! Do the same amount of reps as your lunges.

7. Burpees

We love to hate them, but burpees always delivery. They not only promote cardiovascular health; they also are a whole-body workout that deliver great muscle strength. You can see a video on how to do the right burpee here.

8. Side Planks

Don’t neglect core-strengthening exercises like side planks. Lie on your right side, with one foot stacked onto the other. Prop yourself up with your forearm and then tighten your core to lift yourself off the ground, hips included, and then return to a relaxed state. Focus on the mind to muscle connection and keep the movement controlled for best results. Do 3 sets of 10 reps on each side of your body.

9. Sit-Ups

They may seem basic, but sit-ups are a great form of exercise to target your abdominal muscles if you’re a beginner to working out. Lay on the ground with your knees bent and put your hands behind your head. Roll up to your knees while engaging your core and hold when you reach the top. Release slowly and repeat. Try completing 3 reps of 15 at first.

10. Glute Bridge

The glute bridge effectively works your entire posterior chain, which isn’t only good for you, but will make work on your abs too. Lay on your back with your arms to your sides, knees bent, and push up your hips to the sky. Squeeze your core and contract your glutes when you get to the top and then slowly bring back down to the floor. Complete 3 sets or 10.  

14 Things You Could Be Doing to Make You Look Older

Acting your age is one thing, but looking your age is another. We all want to make sure we stay looking and feeling as young as we can, for as long as we can, but what if you’re doing things you don’t even realize are making you appear older than you actually are? Stop neglecting you’re your body and appearance, it can make you look younger, and help you make an awesome first impression. Looking your age is all about being comfortable and confident, and less about trying to stay on trend and acting younger.

1. Holding onto Past Trends

Be sure to rid your closet of past trends, like polyester suit sets. Studies show women who overuse or continue to wear old past trends look older than they appear. You’re not doing yourself any justice by struggling to let go of past trends. Find yourself some classic, well-fitted pieces that never get old and rotate them to stay current with new trends and accessories.

2. Confusing Your Brand

Finding your “brand” and letting your personality shine through your clothes is something every woman needs to learn to do. Make sure you’re dressing yourself by not only how you want to be perceived but also in what makes you feel more comfortable. Try describing yourself in three words and trying to see if your clothes match those descriptions. If they don’t, work on trying to find and incorporate pieces into your wardrobe that scream “That’s so you”.

3. Find the Right Fit

Once you work on finding your brand and making sure you’re letting go of those bell-bottoms, it’s time to work on making sure your clothes actually FIT. Wearing oversized clothes, or clothes that are much too small, make you look much older than you are. Sometimes the style of your clothes isn’t the problem, it’s the fit. Be sure to find a reputable tailor to have things altered if you need them to be.

4. Bad Posture

The way you stand and sit has a huge impact on not on the way people see you but also your health. Make sure you stand with your shoulders back and your core tight. Sit up straight and keep your eyes forward, rather than on the ground, when you walk. A good posture can help you not only bring loads of confidence to your appearance, but also help you look younger.

5. Take Care of Your Teeth

If you’re neglecting your mouth, it’s the first thing people see when they meet you, so I would think twice about skipping that pm brushing. Make sure you’re obviously brushing morning and night, be sure to floss and clean your tongue, and if need be, whiten your teeth. Teeth yellow and stain as we age, so if you’re thinking your teeth are now turning to an off-white color, it’s time to think about some teeth whitening treatments, whether at home or at the dentist.

6. Poor Diet

You already know you’re supposed to be eating healthy, but studies show it’s the easiest and most efficient way to get younger looking skin. Balancing your diet with the right amount of fruits and vegetables is just as important as limited sugar and fat intake. Alcohol is another culprit. We’re not saying you need to cut it out entirely, but surgery drinks and excessive beverages take a huge toll on your skin and need to be monitored.  

7. Washing Your Hair Every Day

Washing your hair every day can strip it of its natural oils. Try to figure out what your hair type is and then figure out how often you need to wash it from there. Be sure to find a happy medium between washing it too much and not enough, because for the latter, not washing enough can cause the same kinds of problems are washing too frequently: excess breakage, dryness, buildup of product, itchy/dirty scalp and even stunt growth.

8. Lack of A Skincare Routine

Obviously, your skin is a huge indicator of your age. By the time you’re a teenage, you should have some concept of what your skin type is and how you can manage it with a skincare routine. Be sure to wear sunscreen every single day and talk to a professional about the condition of your skin and what kinds of products you can use to help prolong the aging process, if you haven’t already.

9. Wearing the Wrong Makeup

The key to a healthy, youthful glow is finding the right shade for your foundation and finding a formula that works well with your skin type. Be sure to change your shade to match the seasons: in the summer you’re obviously out in the sun more so you’re going to need a darker shade to match your tan and during the winter months, are skin is lighter, so make sure you’re matching your shade properly and choosing a foundation with an SPF.

10. Not Drinking Enough H2O

Don’t do your body a disservice by not getting enough water. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, to not only help keep your skin clear and get a youthful glow, but for the rest of your body. Your body is 70% water! When you’re dehydrated, your body pulls water from your organs (skin too!) to maintain the amount of water your bloodstream needs. This makes you look tired with sunken eyes, your skin to dry out and your body to not function normally.

11. Avoiding Workouts

Working out and getting that after workout glow should be a regularly occurring activity at your age now. Avoiding a workout every now and then is okay but neglecting to work out all together is going to cause your skin and the rest of your body a lot damage. Exercise goes beyond your general well-being; it makes you look and feel younger, helps with posture, and keeps you moving.

12. Lack of Sleep

Your body goes through its regeneration cycle while you sleep, so not getting enough sleep at night is going to cut that process short. A good night’s rest boosts the “youth hormone”, known as HGH, which helps keep your metabolism fast, restorative muscles, younger looking skin. Be sure to get your beauty sleep and commit to eight hours (at least!) a night.

13. Protect Your Hair

We’re not saying you need to protect your hair by avoiding heating products, but you should be using heat-protecting products before you do so. Think of it the same way as you think of applying SPF to your skin. Your hair can only withstand temperatures of 275 degrees or less, so when you’re using a flat iron on your hair at 400 degrees, you’re basically melting your hair. The worst thing you can do to your hair, and make you look older, is drying it out and not protecting against heat.

14. Attitude

How you feel on the inside is a huge contributor to how you look on the outside. If you think you need an attitude adjustment, consider working on that before anything else. Your overall attitude contributes to your facial expressions and your attire, which affects how we appear to others. A person might judge your age based on how you react to certain situations or your overall attitude towards something, so make sure your attitude is positive and youthful.  

Before You Go Under the Knife, Know Your Risks!

We’ve all heard the saying, “Pain is Beauty”, but why should we overlook the risks of cosmetic surgery to look younger? Cosmetic and plastic surgery is becoming more and more common among women, but you need to be sure you’re really considering the risk factors before you go under the knife. Have you done everything you can to avoid surgery? Even with all the technological developments and progress surrounding cosmetic correction, there is still room for human error.  There are many risks involved, so make sure you’re well versed in what could happen after your surgery and educate yourself on the negative side effects of invasive procedures. Here are the top 7 side effects to know.

1. Surgical Risks

Just like with a medication prescribed by your doctor, the laundry list of side effects and possible risks is endless when it comes to surgery. Like aforementioned human error, when a surgeon can leave a surgical tool inside your body and sew it up or your body can reject an implant causing complications. You can also experience nerve damage, skin neurosis, pigmentation problems, swelling, scarring, and blood clots. Not only do smokers need more time to heal, smoking can cause cardiovascular problems while under anesthesia. Even when you’re open on the table, you can go into shock, cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

2. Financial Burden

Not only do you need to fund your cosmetic procedure, you also need to take time off work to heal and make a full recovery.  You can get away with a few days off if you’re doing something small, but major invasive procedures sometime take weeks of rest. If you’ve financed your procedure, you’re also adding a monthly payment to your bills. The cost of a procedure will be more expensive the more invasive it is and with the experience of your doctor, so consider a huge financial loss before you make the surgical commitment.

3. Emotional Toll

If your cosmetic procedure doesn’t go as planned, it could take a huge emotional toll on your mental health. Half the patients who get work done leave feeling underwhelmed or unfulfilled. Sometimes the procedure doesn’t yield the results you might be expecting, so you could potentially have resentment towards yourself or your doctor.

4. Botched Work

While it might make good reality tv, botched cosmetic surgeries are probably the worst risk of cosmetic surgery. You can prepare and save to have a procedure done, do the research and find a good, reputable doctor, make all the necessary preparations you need to take time off to recover, and your surgery can still not go according to plan. Not only does it take a huge emotional toll on you, it also more than likely results in more surgeries to make the corrections. If your surgery ended up really botched, you could now be dealing with distortions and pain. Do your research on the surgeon you choose and really consider other non-invasive routes before risking botched surgeries.

5. Pain

Cosmetic surgery can bring on a multitude of physical pain such a vomiting, nausea, headaches and muscle pains. As you heal, your pain can go away, but sometimes it doesn’t. You run the risk of having on-going, permanent pain when you get a cosmetic procedure done. You will also have inflammation and pain at the incision site if you’re under-going a major surgery. Healing time varies from person to person, just as side effects do, so make sure you’re honest with your doctor when you’re feeling any kind of discomfort.

6. Blood Loss

Large amounts of blood loss can lead to organ failure and death. This is one of the most common and feared side effects when you’re undergoing surgery. Whether it be cosmetic or health related, large amounts of blood loss can be indicative of something going severely wrong on the operating table and a huge risk to take to look younger. It’s rare but real!

7. Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions can happen to anything when you’re undergoing surgery, not just medication. Make sure you know the risks of what could happen when you’re exposed to something that you’re allergic to and most importantly, know ALL your allergies. You could have an allergic reaction to a certain kind of metal used during your surgery or latex gloves. Allergic reactions to pain medications are most common after surgeries, so if you have one, you might have to live with post-surgical pain.

6 Anti-Aging Practices to Start at Any Age

Even in our late 20s, we should be thinking about ways to help keep our healthy and youthful glow for as long as possible. These 6 anti-aging hacks are ways you can prolong the aging process and start at any age. Who knows what kinds of things we would be willing to do when we’re older to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? So, let’s begin now, and prime our skin for the future.

1. Moisturize

We’ve all heard the best thing for our bodies is water, and that’s not told to us from a child for no reason. Moisturizing and hydrating your body promote detoxification and helps us feel our best. Drink lots of fluids throughout the day, add fresh fruit if you’re struggling and want to change it up. Apply lotion when your skin is dry, or you live in a cold climate. Remember to hydrate yourself when you’re sick.

2. Anti-inflammatories

If you’re struggling to consume omega-3 fatty acids or don’t like fish, consider taking an anti-inflammatory supplement. Anti-inflammatories improve heart and immune health, keep our skim looking young and youthful and help our hair and nails grow. Also note, look for an anti-inflammatory supplement that is “molecularly distilled for purity”, or free of pesticides.

3. Wear make up

Not only does make up make us look younger, it also acts as a second barrier between our skin and free radicals. As you get older, lighten up your eyes with neutral colors, ditch the dark liner and concentrate on lengthening your lashes. Stick with nude or berry lip colors and invest in a good lip scrub. Consider using a bronzer for a more sun-kissed appearance and move your blush application to the tops of your cheek bones rather than the apples.

4. Eat more colorful foods

Antioxidants are nature’s best way to prevent free radicals from penetrating our skin and making us age. Eat more colorful foods that are high in antioxidants, like berries, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Not only do they help you prevent aging, but they also help fight other diseases.

5. Use an anti-aging product with Retinol

Retinoids, or over the counter Retinol, is the only proven ingredient to help fight aging. Find a product over the counter first and make it the foundation of your skincare routine. Remember to remove your make up each night and wash your face beforehand. If you think you might already see signs of aging, consider talking to your dermatologist about getting a prescription strength Retinol cream, like Retin-A.

6. Sun Damage

Wear a sunscreen every day, even if you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are our skin’s worst enemy. Reapply your sunscreen as directed and limit sun exposure. Overexposure can lead to sunspots, skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.