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Why a Real Wellness Philosophy and Lifestyle Are Way Better Than Religion

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INTRODUCTION

For starters, REAL wellness is, well, real. It’s plain and down to earth. There is ample evidence it exists, unlike the unexplored and unknown regions of eternal bliss or fiendish torments beyond the grave that some/most religions describe to entice or frighten believers.

REAL wellness makes no supernatural claims, contains no promises of orgasmic ecstasy or threats of everlasting horror.

REAL wellness does not presume to offer the one and only meaning of life; furthermore, it has no creeds or dogmas. With REAL wellness, there is no one and only philosophy for all; unlimited variations and choices dwell within its four dimensions. By contrast, religions insist one size fits all–everyone must believe the same tenets, which vary by sect and denomination.

I rest my case.

Well, maybe not. There’s so much more.

RELIGION AND REAL WELLNESS

Religion and REAL wellness® are completely different. One has been around forever, or at least since early humans developed the ability to walk on two legs about four million years ago. REAL wellness evolved somewhat later, maybe 15 years ago. It happened when I got fed up with crackpots and entrepreneurs distorting the positive lifestyle-focused ideas that Halbert L. Dunn, myself and a few others had introduced (Dunn in the 50s, others in mid-70s). Wellness was promoted not as a treatment, service or product but as an enriching lifestyle strategy or regimen for thinking sensibly and acting accordingly in conscious pursuits of high levels of mental and physical wellbeing.

FURTHER DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN RELIGION & REAL WELLNESS

Unlike REAL wellness, religion involves beliefs in and worship of one or more superhuman controlling powers, such as a personal God or gods; REAL wellness is more modest–it’s just a framework of attitudes and behaviors that promote wellbeing. Wikipedia describes religion as designated behaviors and practices, morals, world-views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations that relate humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. Wow–that’s a load to carry. Reminds me of the final stanza from George M. Cohan’s song, “Life’s a Very Funny Proposition After All:”

Young for a day, then old and gray,

Like the rose that buds and blooms

And fades and falls away

Losing health to gain our wealth,

As through this dream we tour

Everything’s a guess

And nothing’s absolutely sure

Battles exciting and fates we’re

fighting until the curtain falls

Life’s a very funny proposition after all

The reach of REAL wellness is more modest. Let’s delve a bit more into what religion and REAL wellness have in common and how each is very different from the other.

Stephen Jay Gould tried to argue that two domains, religion and science, are non-overlapping magisteria. Most scientists and other secular authorities begged to disagree, observing that the two have been in conflict throughout history–and remain so. The interests and claims of each overlap on vital matters. The true believer would not agree with Cohan’s words above–life’s but an interlude before the glory of another existence of unimaginable bliss. Score one for religion, if you can get your head around that.

Different as the two may be, we can explore the question whether one does more good (or harm) in the world than the other. Also related questions, such

as–Are the two compatible and, If a person has one, does he/she need the other? No doubt the reader can think of additional questions, while holding strong opinions on the best answers.

Like religion, a REAL wellness philosophy and lifestyle does promote and encourage behaviors and practices, morals, world-views and texts. Unlike religion, REAL wellness has nothing whatsoever to do with sanctified places, or prophecies, nor does REAL wellness relate humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. Au contraire–at least one early REAL wellness advocate (i.e., moi) considers supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements to be false, spurious simply jejune.

Thus, from this perspective, religion is seen to have done more harm than good, and continues to do so today.

I experienced 12 years of religious education. I know firsthand that religion accepts the word of a leader as law; a REAL wellness mindset assesses a leader’s words in the context of laws–and responds accordingly.

In decades and decades observing religious leaders, I was most influenced (not in a pleasant way) by Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Robert Jeffress, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Copeland, Oral Roberts, Benny Hinn, Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. In developing the REAL wellness concept, especially regarding the dimensions of reason and liberty, my ideas were shaped by the likes of Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Paul Kurtz, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, Tom Flynn and, of course, Robert Green Ingersoll.

It doesn’t seem too much of a stretch to suggest the latter group seems more impressive that those who shaped my impressions of religion.

I believe religion contrasts poorly with the four dimensions of REAL wellness. With regard to reason, exuberance, athleticism and liberty, it disappoints, as follows:

REASON–As contrasted with evidence-based critical thinking, religion is founded upon faith, an unscientific unverifiable foundation of revelations, promises and historical claims.

EXUBERANCE–Religion is thick with solemnity, devotions, sorrow, fear, conformity and reverence. It lacks sacraments for humor, laughter, joy, adventure,pleasure and art. Religious commandments provide ample thou shalt nots but are silent on thriving and flourishing. Where are supports for creativity, for exploring and for enjoying life as much as possible?

ATHLETICISM–holy books are silent on nutritional guidelines and recommendations for mental acuity and physical fitness.

LIBERTY–Growing up Catholic, I can’t recall bible verses or instructions from nuns or priests to embrace, promote or enjoy life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. Cleanliness got more support for godliness than freedom; my impressions over the course of a long life have convinced me that freedom of body and brain, thought and labor rarely manifest in the absence of personal and collective vigilance to secure, promote and defend liberties, large and small. I am more likely to associate REAL wellness with the Enlightenment; religion with the Inquisition.

THE MEANING OF LIFE

REAL wellness is a philosophy and lifestyle available to all; the dimensions can be addressed comfortably by individuals with or without religion. Believers, almost by definition, share a meaning of life notion that they exist to love and serve a god, to follow the prescribed rules and traditions of their religion based upon the teachings of a one true god. That’s generally the overarching meaning of life for the religious.

For non-theists, a REAL wellness philosophy is likely to find a no cosmic purpose for existence perspective liberating. Margaret Sanger’s motto, “No gods, No masters,” celebrates the freedom to create our own meanings, based upon reason, common sense, and science. A conviction that there is no inherent meaning frees us to make something worthy of the reality that we are here, that it’s up to each of us and no one else to decide our purposes. Our meanings are derived from life experiences and fine-tuned throughout our passage along what Ingersoll called “a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities” (i.e., before birth and after death).

If we decide that life is imbued with no all-encompassing, single and non-negotiable meaning (unlike religions), we are free to create common decencies, social connections, norms, cultures and all the rest. These creations of our own making render our brief period of being as meaningful as possible, and day-to-day living as good as it can get.

Alternatives to a one size fits all approach to meaning strikes me as yet another way that REAL wellness is way better than religion.

CONTINGENCIES

We interrupt this essay to talk about something new and different–but somewhat relevant to the topic at hand, namely, a “What If” scenario.

Suppose a certain Jewish teacher and healer a few thousand years ago had gone about proclaiming the benefits of reason, the joys of exuberance, the positive returns of athleticism and the possibilities unleashed by liberty, instead of going on about an imminent kingdom of God. Perhaps Earth might have been great again.

It probably was pretty great during some intervals of time that lasted millions of years–all before humanoids. Consider the panoply of diverse life forms during the Mesozoic era 252 million years ago. Maybe these were the best of times for life forms on this planet. Alas, an asteroid roughly six miles across hit Earth about 65 million years ago. The impact, followed by a huge explosion, did mischief far greater than what’s evident gazing at the 110 mile strike zone in the Yucatan Peninsula. The asteroid unleashed a mind-numbing series of events and circumstances that would eventuate in something more consequential than the asteroid impact itself–it set off developments that eventually led to us, to religion and, thank goodness, to REAL wellness.

REAL WELLNESS

This philosophy and concept promotes the power of individual creativity. It helps people reframe old problems, it encourages reflection, it creates new self-knowledge and it shapes a better life with less dysfunction and more happiness and wellbeing. Religion is not devoted to these purposes. It promotes obedience. It discourages reason, frowns upon exuberance, ignores responsibility for self-care (athleticism) and undermines liberty. It indoctrinates, whereas REAL wellness educates. These factors make REAL wellness way better than religion.

But, there is more that makes REAL wellness stand out by comparison.

REAL wellness promotes, religion circumvents choices. One of countless examples involves women’s rights. The Catholic Church forbids abortion in all instances. A recent Gallup report (“Legality of Abortion: 2018-2020 Demographic Tables”) found that 79 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal. Even a majority of Catholics don’t want Roe v. Wade overturned. (Source: NARAL Pro-Choice America.) Religion often makes people follow rules that many or most don’t like very much–yet another way that REAL wellness is better than religion.

HERE IS A CRUCIAL reason why I think REAL wellness is way, way better than religion: It’s dynamic, malleable, capable of and responsive to change with new discoveries; the Christian religion is based upon a book fixed in a pre-Medieval era. This book cannot be updated with new advances, research or knowledge. As Ingersoll noted, year after year, and century after century, it remains as ignorant as ever.

Finally, REAL wellness is way, way better than religion because with a REAL wellness mindset:

  • You can sleep in or get up and exercise on Sundays.
  • There are no prayers to say, slogans to chant, wafers to swallow, processions to attend, censers to swing or contaminated holy water to stick your fingers into.
  • You can ignore nine of the ten commandments–you still can’t kill anybody. Best of all, the nature of adultery is negotiable.
  • Rather than servile acquiescence to aptly named papal bulls or public decrees from Rome, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem or other out-of-touch religious centers, you’re more likely to have a laugh at various bulls and go about your business.
  • Absent any known affiliation with a religion, you are never expected to explain the vast store of preposterous bible stories (e.g., Noah and Ark), miracle healings, or clergy sex scandals.
  • You have boundless possibilities for gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • You suffer less Little or no guilt, depending upon the balance you strike between villainy and conscience.
  • No need to tithe or otherwise support tax-free institutions or give to a god who always needs but somehow just can’t handle money.

On the latter point, you might recall this from George Carlin:

Religion has actually convinced people that there’s an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever ’til the end of time!

But He loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He’s all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, bur somehow he just can’t handle money!

RELIGION AND/OR REAL WELLNESS–A SUMMARY

While some 30 percent of Americans, myself included, choose none when asked about religious affiliation or belief, I know herds of people, including relatives and best friends, who choose religion and REAL wellness. The two are not incompatible, just unlikely associations, in my opinion. No matter where you fit on the religiosity scales, I hope you find elements of a REAL wellness philosophy and mindset attractive.

All good wishes. May you be weller than well and even “blessed” with an abundance of reason, exuberance, athleticism and personal liberty.

POSTSCRIPT

The Amazing James Randi died last week (October 20). An outspoken freethinker, he dazzled while exposing claims of faith healing, spoon bending, mind reading, fortunetelling, ghost whispering, water dowsing, U.F.O. spotting and sundry varieties of bamboozlement, bunco, chicanery, flimflam, flummery, humbuggery, mountebankery, pettifoggery and out-and-out quacksalvery (Margo Fox, James Randi, “Magician Who Debunked Paranormal Claims, Dies at 92,” New York Times, October 21, 2020.) His books included, Flim Flam! The Truth About Unicorns, Parapsychology, and Other Delusions (1980); The Faith Healers (1987); and An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural (1995).

I know for a fact he, too, found the elements of a REAL wellness mindset to be way, way better than religion.

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Thick Dead Skin on Feet

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Calluses develop when there is too much pressure or friction against the skin. Our skin does this to protect itself from further injury. Examples of this include wearing shoes that are too tight or clothing, such as socks, that rub against our skin. Wearing high heels can also cause calluses, especially if you wear them without panty hose or any other type of footing.

Another culprit is walking barefoot. Think about it… what if you walk around on a rough surface such as pavement? What do you expect your skin to do when your feet are essentially rubbing on a rough surface? You’re going to get unsightly calluses.

Maybe your issue isn’t foot calluses but callus on hands? Or, do you have calluses on your knuckles? Many times, people get calluses on hands when they’re constantly writing – like when holding a pen for long periods of time (i.e. doing school work or if you are a writer and still use pen and paper) – or any activity that puts friction on your hands.

So, how do you treat calluses on fingers or hands? Ease up on your writing instrument. You may be holding it too hard. Next, hydrate your body. Water is essential but also use a cream to help heal your skin after you’ve exfoliated. Apply generously and often.

For foot calluses, soak your feet in warm water for about 10 – 15 minutes. This will help to soften thick calluses on your feet making it easier to remove. Once done soaking, take an exfoliator and gently rub the thick dead skin. If your calluses are especially thick, don’t expect to get everything off the first time. This is a gradual process so be patient. Dry your feet, moisturize and then put cotton socks on overnight. Repeat nightly until you notice an improvement. Then, maintain results by keeping up the regimen on a regular basis.

Further, I wouldn’t recommend cutting off calluses only because you could cause more injury. More injury means more calluses or scarring and you don’t need to add thicker skin on top of thick skin.

Take care of your feet (and hands) daily. Don’t skip skin care just like you wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth. It’s necessary to maintain good health and to feel good about the way you look. Vanity isn’t the goal here but feeling good and self confident is. Feeling good on the outside makes you feel good on the inside.

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Melaleuca Wellness Company Advertising Through Facebook – Special Report on Melaleuca

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Congratulations for reading this article. By reading this you are completing your due diligence before joining or or venturing into Melaleuca or any home based internet marketing business. You are reading this because you have been approached by someone telling you that they have made 100,000 to 300,000 dollars online with THE HOTTEST opportunity on the web, and most likely they contacted you through Facebook.

After watching a cheesy 12 minute video on how the economy sucks and you will most likely be next to receive the dreaded pink slip and then they tell how you can Change your life; they still don’t mention the name of the company. Big RED flag when researching an opportunity!

Before I join any company I would at least like to know the name within the first minute. After moving to the second video and a few minutes through, the guy nonchalantly mentions the name, Melaleuca. I spent an hour messaging back and forth on Facebook, signing up for a cheesy webinar, on a cheesy web page with cash floating all over just to find out that Melaleuca Wellness company is online and promoting its products. Awesome.

Unfortunately the way I was approached, a personal message through my Facebook account, to check out the latest money making product on the internet was not impressive, personal, or in my opinion a professional way of marketing on Facebook or the internet PERIOD.

Facebook is used to create GENUINE relationships among like minded professionals and friends. After researching the guys who sent me the initial message on Facebook, I found NO information on Melaleuca, and no information on the gentleman personally, (besides a copy & pasted list of highly recommended books to give them a professional look).

After Reviewing the Melaleuca website I do believe that it is a very viable opportunity with products that claim to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle. In no way do I believe Melaleuca is a scam, the wellness company has been in business since 1990. Either way with the company, to create a massive income you will have to pester and bug your family, friends, and neighbors to join and get a solid team built well over the 100s. It’s just the truth.

Facebook is designed to build and endure lasting relationships, not to spam people with information on a wellness company like Melaleuca. Business partnerships derive from Facebook ONLY after two or more people have connected based on a mutual interest for each others PROFILE/PERSONAL information. Then after an initial relationship has been created would one person invite the other to join an opportunity. -Read with suspicion when your new friend on Facebook sends you a “to good to be true offer.”

IF, and I repeat….IF…the gentleman who contacted me had invested some time to get to know me and start a relationship I would be more open to the opportunity with Melaleuca. I am a fitness lover and am dedicated to eating and living healthy, However because I feel a bit violated and pushed into the opportunity based on the marketing strategies, I have been compelled to write this article.

Ultimately if anyone is truly COMMITTED to making a comfortable income from home and “living the dream life” (this takes hard work and dedication) I believe they can with Melaleuca or any other home based business for that matter, but ONLY with proven marketing strategies and tactics used by industry leaders and professionals

Proven marketing methods such as Pay Per Click, SEO and article marketing, and HONEST and TRANSPARENT Socail Media Marketing strategies that are not spammy is the only way to generate endless leads and phone calls from like minded people knocking on YOUR door to join your business, Melaleuca or not.

Overall the marketing strategy that is being used by Melaleuca’s affiliates to send pre-fashioned email messages through Facebook to sign up and watch a cheesy (yes I did say cheesy again) webinar seems a bit tacky. By utilizing the tactics they are suggesting you will ruin your Facebook image and make it more difficult for yourself to create a home based business since Social Media is becoming mainstream in today’s social and economic market.

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Why You Should Dye Your Hair and Not Feel a Shade Unmanly!

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When you’re a man and you’re in dire need of hair coloring, it may come as something of an unusual thing for most people. Men traditionally aren’t known for having a lot of vanity in their systems so some may view it with a little trepidation if you ever find yourself giving yourself a hair coloring. Unless you’re in some sort of punk, goth or other subculture, it’s really not a normal thing to do when you’re a guy. So why go through all the trouble of getting through all of that when your society doesn’t expect you to go through with it?

Because unlike women, men have a lot more insurance when it comes to coloring their hair. Because short hair and shaved heads are a staple for men, it’s really easy to erase and rewind so to speak for men if they don’t like the result of their hair-dyeing sessions. If those highlights just cause some guys to look really ugly, all they should do is just shave it away and everything will be back to square one. Women on the other hand don’t have that option as most women wouldn’t want to risk the rebellious bald look. So that advantage goes to the men!

But like women, men can also use all the perks of changing up their hair colors. Be it a way to signal a new life after getting over a breakup, a symbolic change of lifestyle, or just a really good way to look a whole lot better, boys can take advantage of the amazing advantages of coloring their hair. If you’re starting to get old and your hair starting to get silver, I’m sure that getting it to a whole darker shade with hair coloring is really going to help your confidence in the long run. Are you sick of that old, boring hair color? Don’t worry! Coloring your hair is just the solution for you.

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How Long Will My Inflatable Hot Tub Last?

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Buying an inflatable hot tub is an excellent option for anyone who can’t yet afford to make the investment of a full-sized permanent model, or who isn’t sure whether or not they’ll use it enough to justify the purchase. But, just how long will an inflatable spa tub last?

The answer we’re about to give is likely to frustrate people, but it’s 100% true.

“It all depends.”

Depends on what? Well luckily, that’s something we can tell you. Pay attention, and learn about all the ways you can determine whether your inflatable spa tub will last 7 months, or 7 years.

Warranty

Almost all inflatable hot tubs will come with at least some kind of warranty, but the length of it will differ. That said, please note that the length of a warranty doesn’t mean your product won’t last beyond that but it does represent how confident a vendor is in their craftsmanship. In general, multiply the length of your product’s warranty by 4 to get an idea of its longevity. For instance, a spa tub guaranteed to last 2 months might actually last 8, but it’s not likely to survive beyond a couple years even with the best of care. On the other hand, a tub guaranteed for 1 or 2 years might last for five or even ten years.

Temperature

The temperature in which you use your spa tub is one of the biggest contributing factors to its longevity or lack thereof. In very cold weather, your tub will contract and the plastic it’s made of will become brittle, crack, and leak. In hot temperatures, the air in your tub will expand which can result in torn seams and leaks. With this in mind, try not to use your spa tub in any extreme weather conditions and store it in a climate-controlled area if possible to ensure you get optimum use out of it.

Chemical Care

You’ll want to use hot tub spa chemicals to avoid bacteria and residual build-up, but too much or too little can have a negative impact on the interior party. Purchase a cheap pH testing kit so that you can make sure pH levels is always been 7.0-7.4 for the health of both you and your inflatable hot tub. As well, keep your tub clean by using spa cleaner for the interior and exterior walls, and filter cleaner for the filter.

PVC Hazards

Inflatable hot tubs are usually made of PVC, which as you probably know is easy to penetrate. Keep your spa tub away from PVC hazards like pets with sharp claws, and rough terrains. Even better, lay your inflatable spa tub on some kind of bases like a piece of old carpet or a sheet of plastic to keep it away from potentially sharp debris.

How Often Will You Use It?

Lastly, and perhaps the most impactful factor, is how often you use your hot tub. If you only bring your inflatable spa tub out a couple times a year and store it properly the rest of the time, it might last for ten years or even more. Meanwhile, if you use your hot tub for hours a day every day of the week, even the highest quality system is likely to wear out.

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5 Key Elements of a Successful Hair Salon

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You’ve decided to open your own hair salon, selected the right location, hired qualified hair stylists and purchased the necessary equipment. Sounds like you have everything you need, right? Wrong. You’ll need to have a good handle on the following key elements if your hair salon is to succeed.

1. Quality Staff

Running a successful salon also requires attracting and retaining quality staff. People become attached to their hair stylists. They want to know that they can call their salon and get an appointment with their favorite stylist. Clients become nervous when they are told that their trusted stylist no longer works at the salon. They will often follow their stylist to another salon. This would mean that you would lose that client forever.

2. Competitive Pricing

You will also want to consider pricing carefully when running a successful salon. You will need to know the pricing at other salons in your area. You will then have to make pricing decisions for your salon. If you decide to charge more that most salons in the area, can you justify that decision? Do you offer clients something different and better?

3. Superior Products

Running a successful salon is not just about hair cutting and styling. Many people go to their favorite salon in order to purchase higher end hair care products. If you do not maintain your stock appropriately, clients will not be happy. If they feel you do not regularly stock their favorite shampoo, they will soon start buying their shampoo someplace else. This has a significantly negative impact on your revenue, making the running of a successful salon virtually impossible.

4. Alternative Treatments and Services

Anybody who spends time and money on their hair is likely to pay attention to other parts of their body. You’re in a great position to benefit from this. If you have the space why not offer a few beauty treatments as well? A little nail bar would be popular as would eye brow shaping, hair removal or a make-up stand. There’s a whole host of other beauty related services you can offer on the side.

5. Happy Clients

Of course, happy clients are the first key component to running a successful salon. Without happy, returning clients, your salon would quickly close. You will want to make sure that every client who leaves your salon has a smile on their face. If they do not, take a few minutes to talk to the client and make sure that your employees were courteous and friendly. After all, no one wants to pay someone to be rude to them. Negative word of mouth spreads quicker than positive word of mouth, but you can prevent this before it happens by making sure each client is happy before they leave your salon.

Running a successful salon is not a mysterious venture. All you need to do is ensure the happiness of your clients, retain a quality staff, price competitively, and stock appropriately. All of the other details will simply fall into place.

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Enhancing Your Appearance and Simplifying Your Life With Permanent Makeup

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Personal appearance plays a very important role in everyday life from the time you wake up until you go to sleep. It starts with taking time to apply makeup in the morning, your appearance at work, time to reapply makeup during the day, buying expensive makeup products, looking your best for you significant other and of course removing all the makeup before you go to bed.

Whatever path your life has taken one of the most troublesome and time consuming elements which impact your life every day is seen with the need for putting on makeup. If you have grown tired of this daily routine, one unique solution you may be able to take advantage of is permanent makeup. With this solution you will discover a tremendous number of benefits including being ready at a moment’s notice, freeing yourself from the high cost of makeup as well as the great amount of time you will recapture no longer having to reapply makeup over and over during the day and night.

If you would like to further enhance your natural beauty, eliminate wrinkles and roll back the aging process you can take advantage of opportunities like Botox treatments. Every year consumers spend thousands of dollars on products which are designed to help fight the many signs related to aging. Whether you are bothered by crow’s feet, dark circles, saggy skin or a lack of elasticity, these signs leave a person feeling older and lacking that youthful appearance. To make matters worse the utilization of most of the creams, moisturizers, and serums promoted to help reduce the signs of aging have little impact and take a tremendous amount of time before you see results if any at all.

For the person who is done with the poor results found with many of these high cost solutions, one of the best alternatives to take advantage of exists with Botox wrinkle removal and facial filler treatments. Through these solutions a person will be able to find an anti aging treatment which offers real results for extended periods of time. No longer will you have to wait for results to develop over time since these treatments offer immediate results. Additionally, the investment into these treatments easily matches or could even be lower than the investment you make into ineffective products which claim to impact the signs of aging. Best of all the solutions found with permanent makeup and Botox treatments only scratch the surface of all the possibilities available to a person through resources found in high quality and professionally run medical spas.

The resources of laser hair removal can aid a person in removing all their unwanted hair from areas which are unappealing such as the underarms, legs, bikini areas as well as many other areas. The solutions of laser skin resurfacing will help a person remove unwanted blemishes, age and sun damage spots, fine lines and wrinkles which have developed over time or may be the result of acne or surgery. Even the treatments provided by skin rejuvenation can help in altering facial appearance as you bring new life to your skin, improving elasticity and appearance. All of these procedures are available to any person looking to take advantage of ways to improve their appearance.

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What Will a Good Massage Do for You?

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The spa industry has a history that dates back to more than a thousand years and today it has evolved into a clinical concept. The practice of traveling to hot or cold springs in hopes of effecting a cure of some ailment dates back to pre-historic times. Many people around the world believed that bathing in a particular spring, well, or river resulted in physical and spiritual purification. Such is prevalent in the Hindu tradition, where bathing in holy river Ganga and others causes the remission of sins and many people bathe in this river as it is believed that it cleans the body as well as the mind (from sins) and make them divine.

The word spa is said to be derived from Latin phrases such as Solus per Aqua and Sanitas per Aquam, which means health through water. Therefore, water can be considered as an important element in the spa treatment process. Hydrotherapy uses three key ingredients in providing you with a sound mental and physical relaxation. These are heat, massage and buoyancy. Activities where water is present in one or more forms like Saunas, whirlpools, hot tubs, steam baths and hand/foot baths are common in spas.

Getting a spa massage, going to a spa vacation or getting spa treatment is no longer considered a luxury. These spas are an ultimate destination for skin and body rejuvenation. The massage alone can work wonders on a body and mind, combine them with the serene ambiance, mild fragrance and calming presence of the people around, it ends up giving you an other-worldly experience. In today’s world where everyone is trying to get everything, one should not ignore the needs of one’s body, mind and soul. A massage can take care of all these in one go. You just need to take out enough time from your nick of time schedule so as to give your body the pampering it so richly deserves. With the potential benefits of massage gaining increased recognition, massages have become easily available and affordable.

Another great concept for relaxation is the home spa services. It is a wonderful idea where one can enjoy with friends in a cozy and soothing environment. The importance of beauty spa treatments is not simply meant for increasing the beauty and to maintain the natural look to stay gorgeous longer, it also helps in building healthy minds and bodies. Many spa services offer hypoallergenic lotions, essential oils and chemical- and preservative-free facial products in a green environment.

Massage can be compared to a body wrap. Just like a body wrap increases metabolism, it also invigorates your skin. Most of these wraps contain herbal compounds that carry many medicinal values. Body scrubs get rid of your dead and weak skin cells, giving your skin a radiant glow, so does massage.

These services are designed to look after your body from your face to your toes. A body massage may be accompanied by waxes, manicures, pedicures, and head massages etc. One can take a break from their tight run life for a massage for an hour or a prolonged multiple day vacation break.

Massage is known to have a beneficial effect on feeling and looking good.

Hydrotherapy in spa has many benefits. Hot water has the power to stimulate and rejuvenate. It improves blood and oxygen circulation in the body. Hot water therapy has proved to help people suffering from diabetes and arthritis. Hydrotherapy can make sleeping patterns normal by reducing stress and other discomforts of the body. Professional athletes and fitness freaks, along with physical pampering, experience great relief in easing muscle tensions and cramps through trained therapists and relax every part of their body through deep tissue massages. Let a spa become a place that helps you indulge in some much-needed ‘me’ time, to switch off and relax, recharge, reflect, detox and beautify. The Spa places are devoted to enhancing overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body and spirit.

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How to Get Rid of Your Messy Pubic Hair Easily – 5 Tips For Men

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Most of the men find it uncomfortable to have long pubic hair but they don’t take any effort to get rid of the hair. In their point of view, this is a troublesome task. Frankly speaking, removing the pubic hair is not hard. It can be done easily within a short period of time. Let me share with you some simple tips to remove your messy hair:

• For people who have never shaved down there, you are advised to decide how much hair you want to shave. You have the choice of doing a simple trimming if you don’t want to remove the pubic hair completely. You can leave some hair in the middle of the pubic area.

• You need to get the right tools before you start shaving. You must make sure that you have got ready the razor, scissors, trimmers, mirror, comb, brush, shaving cream, etc. You are reminded to trim your hair first with scissors. It is not right for you to shave directly because the long hair may clog your razor. You should trim your pubic hair as short as possible with scissors. You will be able to cut easily with comb. At the same time, you should make use of the brush to brush away the excess hair.

• In order to shave smoothly, you need to take hot shower after you have trimmed your hair. This is to soften your hair. After soaking your pubic area in the warm water for 10 minutes, you can then dry the area with towel. After that, you are reminded to apply shaving cream on your pubic area. Don’t skip this step because the shaving cream helps to keep your skin from becoming sore and dry. If you don’t want to use shaving cream or gel, you can apply hair conditioner. Choosing the right product is very important if you have sensitive skin.

• When you start shaving, you are recommended to apply the 3-stroke method. Rinse your pubic area and your razor after every 3 strokes. By doing so, you will be able to shave evenly and you can avoid your razor from being clogged. Please keep in mind that you must not use electronic razor. It will not help to save your time. However, you will face higher risk. You may hurt your genitals easily. When you need to remove the hair on your genitals, you should use trimmers. Never ever use razor to shave your genitals.

• If you need to remove your hair completely, you should make use of the mirror. The mirror enables you to check whether you have missed out any hair at the hidden area. After you have shaved your hair, you are suggested to apply the ice on your sensitive area. The ice helps to close the pores and reduce skin irritation. Besides ice, you can also apply aloe gel or moisturizer.

The pubic hair removal process can be done easily. Getting rid of the hair is necessary. It helps to ensure that your genitals and pubic area are clean and healthy.

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Makeup Storage: Tips For A Perfectly Organised Collection

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Makeup is very important for your daily use as well as for special events. For ease of access of the makeup, you should always keep it well organized and at a location that is easy to view. Some people have a lot of makeup but due their mode of keeping, they end up never using all of it. When you keep your collection organized, you are going to find what you are looking for whenever you need or want it. The following are the 5 steps to a perfect organized collection of makeup.

Makeup Storage Area Should Give Priority to Your Daily Wear

When storing your makeup, you will need to take time, find a large area that you can spread all your makeup and then go through it to determine what you wear on daily basis and what you don’t. Makeup that you use every day should be stored at a close and easily accessible place compared to that used only for special events. Gather the makeups into piles according to the frequency of their usage.

Makeup Storage Piles

When creating makeup storage piles, you can for instance have a pile for daily wear that consists of the makeup with the basic colors that match almost any attire you put on with the coordinating lipstick. Make sure to keep it simple. You could also have a pile of the makeup you use for skin care. This will include things such as moisturizers, sunscreens, makeup removers, serums and acne treatments. Q-tips and cotton balls can also be included among the skin care products. Makeup removal may be necessary on daily basis especially if you travel much, you are a sports person or you just don’t like being covered in makeup all day. To save makeup storage space, purchase a package of pre-moistened cleaning clothes to help you with makeup removal.

Another makeup storage pile you can create for ease of access is the one that contains makeup that you only use for special events. This collection will include the makeup that you bought to match only special kinds of outfits, dramatic colors, false eyelashes, wild colors like those used for Halloween, shimmer powder that you can wear when going to clubs and any other makeup that you wear infrequently. You might also create a pile for seasonal makeup. If you are the kind of person that tans, your skin tone is likely to vary from season to season. You can therefore have different foundation as well as powder shades to use during summertime. Darker summer colors of makeup may also be important if you tan during summers.

Anything That Is Old, Broken or Causes Irritation Should Not Take Up Makeup Storage Space

When sampling your makeup for storage, if you come across one that is too old, be sure to dispose it so that it won’t take up more space. Old makeup may flake off or collect bacteria that will make your collection untidy. You therefore need to know how long every makeup needs to be kept before it is disposed. Products such as liquid eyeliners and mascara need to be disposed after three months. Eye creams, eye foundations, eye bases, cream eye shadows and any other cream or gel-based item that is meant to be used on eyes should not be used after six months. Some products may be used even for a year and over, so you will just need to be cautious about the expiry dates and dispose makeup that you won’t be using anymore to create more space.

Get Makeup Storage Bags or Kits from a Local Beauty Store

Makeup storage bags will help you to store your makeup in an organized and easily accessible manner. A good makeup bag will be the one that can be able to store everything you have. The bags vary in the way they are designed but most of them usually have an interior wall that can be wiped clean as well as a zip that can be closed to avoid spillage. They also have a quilted or padded exterior that offers extra protection. An alternative to the makeup storage bags will be small tackle boxes that are bit larger, cheaper and also quite great when it comes to organizing a wide range of makeup. The tackle boxes are especially excellent for makeup meant for special events since you can easily see what is available. If you do not often carry your makeup around or you mostly apply it when you are at home, a basket or drawer will also be suitable for storing your daily makeup.

Check Out You Makeup Storage Location to See the Status of the Application Tools

You will need to check out your makeup storage location and see if the application tools you have are sufficient, they have become dirty or they are just floating around in the bottom of the bag or drawer. If the application tools are not clean, bacteria may accumulate in your storage location, so you will need to get rid of them. Dispose any sponge application tools that came with the makeup and purchase good, washable brushes that will not make the storage space look untidy. Any powder puffs as well as dirty foundation sponges that are not clean should also be disposed. When you use clean brushes as well as other application tools, you will be prolonging the life of the makeup by eliminating bacteria and oils that are introduced to it.

Enjoy Easy Access to Your Makeup with Organized Makeup Storage

Once you are through with organizing your makeup storage very well, you will be able to see all that you have, and you will also be able to utilize it very well. You will enjoy being on a less stressful as well as efficient makeup routine since everything will be orderly. Whether you want to access your daily use makeup or the makeup you use for special events or any other, when the makeup storage is organized, you are going to locate it instantly without shuffling around to look for it.

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Malta Spa – For a Relaxing Holiday in Malta

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Every now and again, everybody deserves a break from their daily routine. And what better way to enjoy your break than a relaxing holiday in Malta? Malta is a small island in the central Mediterranean that is charming and relaxing. When choosing to spend a few relaxing days in another country, choose Malta as your number one choice for so many reasons. First off, the Maltese islands boast fantastic weather conditions – mild, sunny winters and hot, bright summers, making it easily accessible and thoroughly enjoyable any time of year. Secondly, the island is equipped with all the necessary tools for a relaxing holiday.

Health Spa Malta

On this tiny island, one can find some forty spa and health outlets, each with their own state of the art equipment and highly trained, professional staff. These outlets vary in size and specialization and may include large spa facilities as well as smaller specialized outlets. Oriental treatment clinics, for instance, have recently opened in various localities in order to provide well-renowned health and wellness treatments, not to mention captivating massage.

The treatments that are offered in Malta cater for both men and women and are incredibly varied. These include mud baths, head massage, hand and foot massage, full body massage, 4-hand massage, hot stone massage, Swedish massage, stress buster massage, oriental treatments, body wraps, depilatory treatments, laser hair removal, Botox, professional acrylic or gel nails, several different facials, acupuncture and so many more together with the use of facilities such as heated indoor pools, saunas, steam-rooms and plunge baths. These can be found at several 5 star hotels as well as other private institutions.

Malta Spa Holidays

Choosing a spa holiday does not necessarily mean staying in an expensive spa hotel or resort. On the contrary, there are several Malta hotels that may arrange a package for you in collaboration with a spa centre in order for you to get exactly what you wish for. Alternatively you may choose any of the Luxury Hotels Malta and visit the spa yourself – or perhaps a different spa every day! – and choose to indulge in one or several treatments, as well as whole-day packages provided by a leading Spa Hotel Malta. Keep an eye out for holiday season packages as well as romantic Duo, his and her packages where couples can indulge in treatments side-by-side in candle-lit surroundings!

If you are looking to relax and work out, gyms and sports centres are also abundant, with popular classes including Pilates, dance, yoga, aerobics and kick-boxing, provided in several different localities. During the milder season, hiking, cycling and country walks are popular, being both entertaining and relaxing. There are also several opportunities for a wide variety of sports including squash, rock-climbing, paragliding, diving, golf and even snooker.

Medical Tourism in Malta

Malta is also increasingly becoming a destination for medical tourism due to the significantly cheaper cost of treatment as well as its perfect setting and climate, ideal for recovery. Most Maltese specialists have trained in Malta, Europe, the UK or the USA and work in professional modern clinics, adhering to EU standards and regulations. Cosmetic surgery is becoming more and more popular all over the world, and no-less in Malta. As a result there are now a number of procedures available on the island, including face lifts, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, liposuction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, and others. Overall, Malta is sure to suit any sort of relaxing, beauty-related, or spa holiday!

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