Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Oily Skin

 

If your skin is naturally oily, then you’ll know just how difficult it can be to keep your face oil- and shine-free. The chances are that you spend a lot of your day looking in the mirror, applying makeup and washing your face to keep oil away.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. Nowadays, pharmacists and cosmetics companies are putting more emphasis on producing quality products that work for people with oily skin – but there are still some products that you should avoid. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most common skincare ingredients that you should avoid if you have oily skin.

Petrolatum

Petrolatum is commonly found in skincare products, but it should be avoided at all costs if you want to keep oil at bay. Petrolatum can clog your pores and increase your chances of oily skin. What’s more, America’s The Environmental Working Group has said petrolatum increases the “risk of contamination from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil and its by-products,” so petrolatum is something that you should avoid if you want to maintain your overall health and reduce your chances of diseases such as cancer.

Mineral oil

Another ingredient that’s currently included in skincare products, mineral oil can clog your pores and increase oil production in your skin. There are other reasons why you should avoid mineral oil, too. It may be contaminated with toxins, and it doesn’t offer your skin anything beneficial, despite some cosmetic companies claiming “magical” benefits.

Instead, you should consider the natural skin care products offered by companies such as Tropic Skincare. Whether you’re looking for serums and sun creams or moisturisers and shaving creams, relying on cosmetic companies that offer organic products that are free from mineral oil works best – so shop around and see what alternatives you can find.

Sodium lauryl sulphate

Often found in cleansing gels, sodium lauryl sulphate can be incredibly drying to your skin, causing you to produce more oil to compensate. Dehydration is not the only drawback of this common skin care ingredient, though. According to some reports, products sold with sodium lauryl sulphate risk being contaminated with dioxane, a carcinogenic ingredient can last a long time in your body. This information is particularly scary because your liver cannot metabolise dioxane effectively, which could lead to long-term health conditions and cancer.

We’ve rounded up three of the most common skincare ingredients that cause irritation and drying in patients with oily skin, but we’ve only just scratched the surface. Remember that, as with everything in skincare and healthcare, you should take it upon yourself to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, stay well hydrated and wash on a regular basis.

If a particular skincare product is causing irritation or cause for concern, stop using it immediately and consult with your dermatologist. Your doctor or skin care expert will be able to provide you with more information and, in some cases, prescribe lotions and cleansers that reduce the amount of oil in your skin. Good luck.

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How To Start A New Business While Having A Business

 

 

As a business owner, you have a ton of great ideas. In some cases, though, you may be interested in exploring some of them after ensuring the success of your first company. After all, you were able to make it work the first time, so why not strike while the iron is hot? With that in mind, let’s go over some tips on adding a new business while you are currently managing one so that you don’t get overwhelmed and wind up ruining both enterprises.

Keep Entities Separate

When filing for a business, you know that you have to figure out which entity type is right for you. Perhaps you want to start as a corporation, an LLC, or a partnership. Each one has its ups and downs, so it’s imperative that you understand how they work and what they can do for your company.

So, when adding a new business, it’s crucial that you maintain strict divisions between your two entities (unless one is a subsidiary of the other) so that things don’t get tangled up with each other. Even though you are the head of both, you don’t want them to mix since this could become a tricky legal situation.

Come Up With a Transition Plan

During the idea and planning phase of your new business, you can still manage most of the operations of your current enterprise without any problems. However, as things move forward with the new company, you will invariably have to spend less time on your current business, meaning that you have to spread responsibilities and ensure that things won’t collapse without your constant presence.

Overall, the best thing to do is to come up with a timeline and a checklist of items from now until your new company is ready to go. One of the most important things will be to train and assist your manager(s) with operational knowledge so that you don’t have to handle everything yourself. The more comprehensive your plan is, the better the transition will be. Also, allow plenty of time, as setbacks can happen.

In the end, whether starting an LLC or a new corporation, the key thing is to be organized and not let your two enterprises conflict with each other.

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Setting A Budget For Your Wedding Ring

If you look online, you can find lots of information on different websites on how much to spend on an engagement ring, as well as how to get the most for your money. However, there is not a lot of information on how much you should spend on a wedding ring, so here is some advice to help you decide on how much you should spend on your wedding rings.

Consider Your Lifestyle

You will want to take into account your lifestyle when deciding on the rings that you will wear, as this will dictate on how much wear and tear your rings will receive. If you are always active and have lots of things to do, you may wish to consider a type of metal for your ring that is strong and durable and will not scratch or dent easily. Platinum is an excellent choice for this, and you can find platinum wedding rings for her and him relatively easily, but they are at the more expensive end of the scale. A great alternative is Palladium, which is just as robust and durable as Platinum, but lighter and also much cheaper.

Sometimes Less Is More

For many people, the engagement ring is where the budget is spent, as this is often more ornate and fancy than the wedding ring. Because of this, you will not want to detract away any attention from the engagement ring so choosing an understated and simple ring to complement it is usually a good alternative. Rather than spending more money on a flashy wedding ring, find your perfect engagement ring and then choose a complementary wedding ring that is going to be hard wearing and last you a lifetime.

More Money For Your Engagement Ring

When you choose a cheaper style of wedding ring, it also allows you to dedicate more of your budget to your engagement ring. You will often find that a quality jewellery company will usually even have sets of engagement rings and wedding rings which match perfectly to each other, without detracting from one another. When you purchase a set of rings like this, you can often get good deals on the set, so it is often a good way to make your budget stretch just a little bit further.

What You Can Afford

There are wedding rings that suit all types of budgets and tastes, so no matter how much money you have to spend there is a suitable alternative available for you if you look hard enough. However, your wedding day is something that will hopefully only come around once, so it is worth the extra effort to make sure that you buy the perfect wedding rings for each other. If you have to spend less on drinks and food to get the rings of your dreams, then maybe that is a sacrifice that you should be willing to make. It is, after all, your special day, so make sure that you get the perfect wedding ring to top off the perfect wedding day.

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Keeping Afloat During A Personal Financial Crisis

With troubled economic times, also comes rising personal debt, and if you feel like you are in a personal financial crisis, you are not alone. Australians have overtaken the citizens of Switzerland with household debts reaching astronomic figures. If you can feel your debt is starting to take control of your life, there are things that you can do to take matters into your own hands.

Learn To Balance Your Books

If you do not already, try starting a financial diary of all of your expenditures throughout the month. Make sure that you include everything that you pay out for, including your rent, food shopping, and car loans, right down to the pack of beers you bought to watch the game with at the weekend. It may just surprise you as to where a lot of your money goes, and it may also open your eyes as to where you could make some significant savings each month. The main reason that people get into debt is that they spend more each month than they earn, which is a lifestyle which is not sustainable. You will need to find areas of your finances that you can save money on, such as shopping at a cheaper grocery store, spend less on entertainment, or walk to the local shops for milk instead of taking the car. When you have reduced your outgoings, you will then need to learn how to manage your debts.

Getting Debt Advice

To be able to pay off all of your creditors it is going to require debt management on your part, and it is a good idea to speak to an expert for free, impartial advice on choosing how you will deal with your debt. You can contact the National Debt Helpline to get this information which can help you to make an informed decision on how to tackle your debt. One option that may be open to your is a consolidation loan.

Consolidating Your Debts

You may have the option to be able to consolidate all of your debts into one, which can save you money on interest payments in the long run. You will take out a loan which is enough to pay off all of your creditors, which will leave you with just one monthly payment to make. It can be suitable for a lot of people that are struggling with debt, but it is important that if you take out this type of loan that you make changes to your lifestyle to reflect the amount of money that you earn. Make sure that you always have something left over at the end of the month once all of your bills are paid, and put this into a savings account.

If you do not change your spending habits, then it will not be long until you are back in the same boat again, only this time you may have to look at different options such as bankruptcy! If you want to get rid of your debts that are hanging over your head, it can be done with a little tightening of the belt; you just need a little hard work and determination.

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The Effects of High Cholesterol on the Body

For many people, when they hear the word ‘cholesterol’ they will likely think the worst. In fact, when it comes to cholesterol, things are not so ‘black and white.’ Cholesterol can be both bad for you and good for you.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a white fatty substance that you need for your body to work normally. While it exists in some foods, the production of cholesterol happens in the body’s liver. It can move around the body in the blood by what are known as lipoproteins. The two main types are:

  • High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL).
  • Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL).

Of the two proteins, LDL tends to be referred to as ‘Bad Cholesterol.’ It’s bad because it can build up on the walls of the blood vessels, narrowing them and reducing blood flow. HDL is the opposite of LDL in that it’s seen as being ‘Good Cholesterol.’ Unlike LDL it has the reverse effect in that it soaks up excess cholesterol. HDL can remove bad cholesterol from blood vessels.

What are the effects of High Cholesterol?

If our bodies are to work properly, we need healthy levels of cholesterol. If, however, the levels are too high this may not happen. The problem is that there may be no obvious symptoms. That’s why taking action to identify and reduce the level of cholesterol in your body is important. If you don’t, you might find your health is at risk. This might show itself as issues that affect your heart and the blood moving around your body.

There is evidence that high cholesterol levels can have a number of effects on the body. Because of this, a person might be at risk of experiencing one of the following conditions:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Clogging of the arteries
  • Mini Stroke
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease

We know that cholesterol can build up on the walls of the body’s arteries. Because of this, high cholesterol can be a risk to your health. Elevated levels can impact on your heart, brain and other parts of your body. Another outcome is that there is a danger of a blood clot occurring. This can happen if the cholesterol breaks away from artery walls. The chances of you experiencing coronary heart disease increase as cholesterol levels rise.

How can I reduce my Cholesterol?

The key to bringing down your cholesterol is being able to follow a healthy, balanced diet. With healthy eating, it’s important to reduce the amount of fatty food you eat. One way of doing this is to swap out foods that contain saturated fat. It is better to replace it with things like fruit, vegetables, and whole grain cereals. Diet is one thing that can help you lower your cholesterol.

Another way of reducing your cholesterol includes taking regular exercise. If you’re a smoker then stopping will help.

Bringing together both diet and exercise will help you lower your cholesterol. If this doesn’t work and you are at a high risk of developing heart disease your GP may decide to prescribe medication. You might find that they prescribe you with medication like statins to lower your cholesterol level.

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If You Don’t Use Them, You’ll Lose Them…

It can be a big fear, that you aren’t simply making the most of your employees. And in whatever fashion, whether you aren’t stimulating them enough, or you’re neither currently increasing nor decreasing revenue, but are staying firmly in the middle, this is the sign of a business that is plateauing. You might be running a startup, but you’re too scared to let your employees move up or sideways in the company for fear of it upsetting the balance, but this is the equivalent of loving something too much. Holding it so tightly that it will end up flying the coup the first chance it gets. So, what are the signs of underused employees, and what can you do to fix this?

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Feeling Unstimulated

Now, there is a difference between having an unstimulating day and feeling chronically unstimulated, and can you see the difference in your workers? They may feel every day to do the same work and not be challenged by it, and this can be down to various reasons. But if you’ve kept people in the same role for years, then they’re going to know the role like the back of their hand and have become accustomed to using one set of skills when they are capable of so much more.

Their Responsibilities Haven’t Changed

The importance of growing with a role usually means taking on more duties and expanding your knowledge, making you a better asset to the company, but if everyone has stayed in the same roles for so long, how can they have grown and retained this indispensability? Having new challenges and different things to do, everybody says, is what makes a job interesting. They don’t have to necessarily like the role they’re doing, but if the job is diverse enough so that they feel challenged with an adequate amount of responsibility, this is usually what will keep people invested in a role.

They Rush Their Work

There is a difference between working fast and rushing, of course. And for every business, the hallmark of success is increased productivity, but so people can feel accomplished, they need to face certain challenges. Have you seen people keeping projects on track by being methodical in their work? Or are they always looking for something to do? It’s like in school, you thought that the cleverest person in the class was the one that did their work quickly, which made you rush too. It’s dangerous for people to do their work too fast, because mistakes will be made, and someone will pay the price. It could mean extra time working to rectify these mistakes, and therefore extra money!

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They Have Skills You Have No Idea They Had…

And while this is hard to spot from a distance, if you’ve got someone supremely skilled in one area that you may not link to the relevancy of the business right now, but it certainly could be in the future! If you’re not paying attention to your staff, you’re not valuing them enough.

…And They Don’t Have Skills You Want

If your employees don’t have what it takes, do you want to get rid of them and hire a whole new group of people and pay to train them up on the basics? Or are you better off to find a training centre so your employees can get clued up on the skills you need them to have? Soft skills training might sound irrelevant for a lot of people, but it’s the core of getting people to relate and to work together.  

So, What Can You Do?

While it’s important for roles to be fulfilled, if you run the risk of people feeling that they are not being utilised in their skills, you are going to lose them. What’s the solution? Well, it’s all about making your employees feel fulfilment. They demand this, and you need to give it to them. If you aren’t making the most of your employees, you aren’t just doing them a disservice, but you’re doing a disservice to your business. If there’s little wiggle room in a small company due to finances, then you need to find up a way to make it so. Speak to them, ask why they’re feeling stagnant? They will probably feel reticent in telling you because of the awkwardness of the circumstances, but you can put out anonymous questionnaires, and at least you will get a sample of what is bringing the employees down. It could be morale, it could be financial, or it could be personal. But if you have employees that are being underused in one way or another, look for these signs and start to make a change.

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5 Ways To Create The Most Romantic Proposal

Let’s face it – whether it’s the thrill of Thanksgiving, the magic of Christmas, or the romance of Valentine’s Day, or even a special anniversary or birthday coming up, it always seems to be proposal season these days. That’s pretty exciting, but, if you are looking to create a dream proposal that she will remember for the rest of your lives together, you’ll want a few tips that will help make dreams come true, right? So, we have put together the five elements we think will make up the perfect proposal when you are ready to pop the question. 

5 Elements to the Ideal Proposal

  1. Make it Personal and Thoughtful

Before you head off to look at the diverse collection of diamond engagement rings, you should sit down and start brainstorming ideas. Start by writing down a list of things that your partner really loves. It can be everything form travel locations and fashion designers to food, music, and style. You can then use that list as a starting block for ring and proposal inspiration.

  1. Create an Element of Surprise

A proposal that is too predictable just ruins the excitement of the moment. Besides, over 75% of women have reported that the surprise factor is one of the most important elements of a marriage proposal.

  1. Capture the Moment

You really won’t want either of you to forget the special moment, so be sure to plan to document the proposal, either by keeping a journal of notes and writing about the moment as soon as it happens, or even hiring a hidden photographer or videographer. No matter what you may think, the moment is going to pass in a flash and a blur, so having photos or some sort of memorable keepsake will help you anytime you want to look back on that special time.

  1. It’s All in the Details

Even the tiniest thing can make for the most memorable proposal. Try to really consider and write about your unique love story, and then start designing your proposal around it. You’ll be surprised just how inspirational the little things in your relationship can be when it comes to popping the question – even things like mementos and photos can be placed around the proposal area to set the scene. The point is to draw out the smallest of details about each other, whether it’s your partner’s favourite wine or including your beloved pet in the proposal, it can all play into one tear-jerking, heart-melting proposal.

  1. Make Space for Changes

Whenever you plan something special you should prepare for the worst – whether it’s rain, heavy traffic, or your partner arriving home from work late. Just prepare carefully and you will be ready.

Conclusion

There you have it – the five elements to creating your own romantic proposal. Before you start planning through, don’t forget to know which kind of ring you should present when you do pop the question. Take a look through her browser history, picture boards, and jewellery box to figure out what she loves and what will fit.

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Ways To Pick The Perfect Ring Without Knowing Her Size

So, you have finally found your “one?” That’s amazing! First, the good news: you know you plan on spending the rest of your life with. The bad news: you need to know her ring size! This is where the hard work starts – besides planning when and where to ask her to marry you, you need to find the perfect ring that will fit her.

Here are some sneaky ways to ensure you pick a ring that will fit:

1. Start with Her

If you want to be sneaky about figuring out her ring size, you’re going to need patience. So, start planning and leave enough time for the discovery process. Don’t start asking what type of rings she likes a few weeks before you start shopping, either. Think long term.

2. Make Casual Conversation

Wait for a jewellery commercial to come on, or wait until she is browsing online to ask her what type of jewellery she likes. Find out if she prefers white gold, silver, or gold.

3. Check Out Her Size While She Is Sleeping

If you want your proposal to be a surprise, and perhaps you are considering handmade engagement rings in Melbourne by Simon West Fine Jewellery, you can wait until she is asleep and wrap a piece of string or thin piece of paper around her finger. Keep in mind that you need to measure her left hand that she will wear the ring on. It does make a difference since the hand she uses to write with will be as much as half a size bigger.  If you already have a ring, try to avoid getting it sized any more or less than a size from what you need as it will compromise the stones, particularly if the ring has side stones. Instead, have the ring made slightly “off size” to be safe and to avoid the hassle of losing stones.

4. Fake a Purchase!

Take your lucky lady along on an outing to a jewellery store and pretend that you want to buy a ring for your sister/mother/niece, or any other relative as a special occasion gift. Ask her to try a few rings on and try to judge the sizes that way. An even better plan is call the jeweller before you go and let them in on your plan so that they can determine her ring size as she tries different rings on. This can help you reduce sizing errors significantly!

5. Borrow an Existing Ring

This one may not have occurred to you, but it works well. If you live with your future fiancé, take a look through her jewellery box and find a ring she doesn’t wear often but that you know fits her. Borrow it on the sly to get the correct size from the jeweller – just make sure she doesn’t suspect a thing!

That’s it – 5 possible ways to figure out the right ring size for the love of your life. What are you waiting for? It’s time to start getting your plan together!

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Top Advice for Those with a Beauty Injury: How to Make a Proper Claim for Compensation  

 

Although there are now many beauty treatments we can all benefit from, including such simple treatments as haircuts, waxing, facials, and so on, there is an alarming rise in the rate of injuries associated with such beauty treatments. The reason for this is simple: the beauty industry is still not properly regulated, and was, in fact, de-regulated a few years ago. This basically means that anyone with little training or skill can perform a beauty treatment, which may result in harm to the person receiving the treatment. If you have been a victim of a beauty treatment gone wrong, here’s what you should know about how to make a proper claim for compensation.

First, a look at some common beauty treatment injuries and complaints:

  • Damaged, brittle, or hair falling out
  • Burns from laser hair removal, waxing, or bleaching
  • Allergic responses or reactions to the improper use of or exposure to chemicals
  • Damage to the scalp due to the use of faulty equipment or hair products
  • Injuries or damage to the eye due to eyebrow or eyelash treatments, such as tattooing or dyeing
  • Injuries from tanning

There are other injuries related to beauty treatments, such as temporary or permanent scarring and even disfiguration, and, more often than not, beauty treatment injuries come with emotional and psychological effects as well.

A beauty injury is a personal injury

What you should know is that a beauty injury is classified as a personal injury, and, as such, you can be compensated for it. Most people assume that personal injuries are those associated with car accidents, falls and slips, and so on, but injuries due to beauty treatments fall under personal injury claims as well. For instance, if you went through a beauty treatment such as hair dyeing and were not given a patch test prior to the procedure, you may be able to claim compensation due to the technician’s or beautician’s negligence. Another misconception with beauty injury claims is that they are only about money or financial gains or returns. Some beauty treatment injuries can have very debilitating effects, and for these, the only way to move on and get funding for long-term treatment is to make a claim for compensation. Some individuals who suffer from permanent disfigurement or scarring have every right to claim compensation if it affects their quality of life.

Making a claim

If you would like to make a claim for a beauty injury, you have three years from your awareness of the injury to do so. To make a claim, you need proof, such as photographs, and you need other details such as the name of the salon or centre, the address, medical records, receipts, and other important evidence related to the injury.

 

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How to have the Best Bath Experience Ever

 

Who doesn’t want to luxuriate for hours in a freestanding bath, with their favourite book in their hands whilst listening to soothing music, with a glass of wine nearby? Spending time in the bath is something that many of us look forward to at the end of a long and taxing day, and you might as well pamper yourself as much as you can when you have time for it. But how can you make sure that you have the best bath experience ever? Here are some top tips to remember.

Set the mood

The mood and ambience of your bathroom makes all the difference if you really want to have the best bath experience ever. First things first: set the lighting. No overhead lights, if you please. Not only will overhead lighting make you feel sharp and alert (which is not the point if you want to take a relaxing bath), it also tends to highlight less-than-pleasant aspects such as your toothbrush holders, that mass of towels in the corner, and so on.  If you don’t have spotlights or corner lights in your bathroom, you can always just keep the overhead light off and light a few candles instead.

Music is another great way to set the mood for a relaxing bath. Choose some soothing music – the classical kind works best, although some ‘natural’ sounds such as jungle or ocean sounds work well, too. Don’t forget the accoutrements as well – whether you like a glass of wine or two with your bath or are fond of reading a magazine or book.

The little things matter

For a truly relaxing bath, why not add some Epsom salts to the bath water, or some aromatherapy essential oils? The Epsom salts can make your limbs soften like jelly, whilst the scent of the aromatherapy oils can help you feel less anxious and more relaxed. Lavender is a great essential oil, and a few drops in your bath can help you sleep better. Coconut oil is great for moisturising the skin, and it smells wonderful, too.

The after-bath ritual

You know what can make your bath experience a truly unforgettable one? Aside from having your bath in a beautiful freestanding bath, there’s one trick that not many people know about, although it’s been proven effective time and time again. After relaxing in your bath, you’re understandably sleepy and in a dozy mood. But you’ve probably sweated a lot in your bath, especially if the water is hot. This is where an after-bath shower is highly-recommended. Don’t worry, it won’t make you feel less sleepy – in fact, it contributes to an even better sleep. So after your bath, go under the shower and rinse off the oil from your body and shampoo your hair – this will help make you feel clean, refreshed, and even more relaxed.

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