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5 natural remedies to tighten your skin after weight loss

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Loose and saggy skin is a major drawback of losing weight.

If you’ve already begun to notice that your skin is sagging after weight loss, try these natural remedies to tighten it up.

1. Almond oil

For people who are trying to eliminate small amounts of loose skin and keep them tight and toned, using antioxidant-rich remedies is a good choice. These have anti-aging qualities that will tighten skin, promote cell growth and make the skin look and feel younger.

2. Aloe vera

If you are suffering from any type of skin condition, aloe vera can help, including loose and sagging skin. The antioxidants and active ingredients, such as malic acid, can increase elasticity of the skin, while the soothing and anti-inflammatory properties can improve healing speed and likelihood of oxidative stress. 

3. Egg whites

This remedy is particularly effective for sagging or loose neck skin, which can often happen after weight loss. Blend an egg white and 1 teaspoon of yogurt into a cream and then apply it directly to the loose skin. This works as a natural astringent, and also delivers certain lipids to the skin that can strengthen and rejuvenate it.

4. Cinnamon

You can blend 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, forming a paste or thick cream. The active ingredients in cinnamon can penetrate the skin and stimulate the production of collagen in the affected cells, speeding up the tightening process and preventing oxidative stress on those areas of skin. 

5. Lemon juice

This home remedy works in two ways to counter loose skin after weight loss; the high vitamin C content is essential in the production of collagen, while the astringent nature of this citrus juice can keep the skin tight and improve its appearance.

6. Honey

As one of the densest sources of nutrients in our diet, this rejuvenating, antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory substance can definitely help with loose skin. You can also mix the honey with an astringent substance to help it tighten your skin even more! 

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5 social skills you should start teaching your kid from early age

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Good social skills are crucial to build a strong relationship.

Whether it is making friends or getting along with your colleagues or family members, strong social skills help you reach far beyond social acceptance.

It is a life skill that might be complex and confusing but rewarding for your growing kids. Teaching this skill at an early age can help them in the long term.

It gets refined as your kids get older with effort and practice. Here are 5 essential skills that everyone must teach their kid at an early age.

1. Sharing

“Sharing is caring” -teaching your kids the importance of sharing can help to build strong relationships. Sharing teaches children about compromise and fairness. It helps them learn that if they give a little to others, in return they can also get something. Studies suggest that kids as young as two show the desire to share only when they have the resources in abundance, between three and six, they are a bit selfish. By age seven or eight, kids become more concerned with fairness and more willing to share with others.

2. Listening

Listening is another social skill that most people lack, including grown-ups. Listening does not mean staying quiet when the other person is speaking but understanding and absorbing what they are talking about. Just like talking and putting your point forward in a conversation is crucial, listening is also a critical component. It even helps them in their academics to absorb what the teacher is saying and taking notes.

3. Co-operating

Co-operation generally means working cordially with the other person to achieve a common goal. Mastering the skills helps to get along with the other person and community. Co-operating with one another also makes the kids gain respect from others. Meeting halfway to any personal objective or professional goal will help them learn to accept other people’s feelings and opinions.

4. Respecting personal space

Every relation has physical and emotional boundaries. It differs from person to person, and we must respect all. Sometimes while being friendly, most people overstep the boundaries. Being friendly and respecting others’ personal space are two different things and one must know about both. Teach your child how to ask permission and identify boundaries. At the same time help them establish their boundaries.

5. Manners

Showing good manners is also a part of social skills. Correct usage of thank you, sorry, and a good way of using a table manner can help you a long way. These skills are taught at school as parents, you too need to make an effort to help your kid develop good manners that stays with them even when they are grown-up. With practice and effort, they will get better.

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10 yoga don’ts you shouldn’t ignore

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, yoga has become a part of the daily routine of many.

People who do not like gymming, often turn to yoga for their daily dose of physical activity.

The best thing is you do not need any equipment to perform yoga, just some space and a yoga mat are all you need.

Yoga does not just help improve physical health but is great for your mental health too.

Here are 11 don’ts of yoga that you must keep in mind before practising yoga next time.

1. Do not overexert

Even if you are performing some simple asanas, do not overexert yourself. On the scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is the easiest, every asana you perform does not have to be 10. Some can be 8, 7 or even lesser. Also, it depends on your body and daily routine.

2. Weather

Do not perform yoga in extreme weather conditions, like when it is too hot, too cold or too humid.

3. Mind your breath

Breathing plays a vital role in yoga practice. One should not hold their breath unnaturally until instructed by the trained. Breathe normally unless any special instructions are given.

4. Yoga after meals

Do not perform yoga right after having meals. Wait for at least 2-3 hours so that the food can settle down by the time you start your practice.

5. Say no when exhausted

Many people take yoga practice as a light one, which is not true. Yoga sessions can make you sweat like anything. Thus, when you are tired or ill, avoid practising yoga so as not to overexert your body.

6. Take guidance

This is not a rule but a guideline, do not practice yoga alone. It’s best to find a partner and practice under somebody’s guidance. Just reading and practice can lead to muscle pull or discomfort. If you are doing advanced posture for the first time, it’s best to take someone’s assistance.

7. Do not wear tight clothing

Say no to shoes and tight clothing while performing yoga. Tight upper back clothing can restrict the movement of the rib cage and lung that can result in incomplete breathing.

8. Shower

It’s a must to take a shower after a sweaty workout. But do not shower immediately and let the body dry normally before you head to the shower room.

9. Menstruation yoga

Do not do the ‘feet up’ (inverse) poses while menstruating. Perform simple relaxation and breathing poses while you are on your periods.

10. Post yoga workout

It is suggested not to perform any high-intensity workout post-yoga session. Perform it before the yoga session if you are planning to.

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5 steps to creating a successful side hustle

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In a perfect world, we’d all be able to do work that fulfilled our passions and filled our bank accounts simultaneously.

Unfortunately, the world’s not perfect and most of us are regulated to working jobs that don’t exactly tap into our creative spirits.

If this sounds like you, perhaps you should consider a side hustle. It’s a great way for you to pursue your talents and ideas and bring in extra cash.

If you’re ready to take that plunge, consider these five steps to make it a success.

1. Respect the hustle

The side hustle may sound cool and trendy but it’s serious business. For a side hustle to be successful you will have to plan, you will have to work, and you will have to sell. We all know that sometimes even the best-laid plans don’t always work out; nevertheless, you do need a plan.

What are the services or products you are offering? Who needs it? How will you deliver it? What is your unique value proposition? A unique value proposition will set you up for success and apart from the rest.

2. No problems no money

As you start to flush out ideas for starting your side hustle you need to spend time thinking about the things you like to do and the things you’re actually good at. Ideally, you should like what you sell and sell what you like, but here’s something else to keep in mind: some of the most profitable businesses are built on solving problems.

There’s a good chance that others feel the same way and are just waiting for someone to create the solution. Be the solution.

3. Don’t quit your day job (yet)

Side hustles are called side hustles for a reason… It’s that thing you do outside of your steady, dependable, paycheck-producing 9-5. Unlike a part-time job that people often begrudgingly take on to make ends meet, side hustles are often fueled by passion and talent.

We hear stories of overnight viral sensations, but those are few and far between. Hang on to your safety net until you have done your due diligence. Have a proven concept, and most importantly, paying customers.

4. Validate, validate, validate

Conventional wisdom tells us that we don’t need others to validate us. However, when it comes to the side hustle, throw that concept out the window. Validation is everything in business. Do people want or need your product or service? And most importantly: will they pay for it?

In the business world, this is called market research and you can tackle it in several ways. Identify your target audience and talk to them. These may be informal conversations, email surveys or small gatherings that you put together.

5. Smell the coffee

Side hustles are built detail by detail. You will need to plan and prioritize. Plan on spending a good deal of your off time working on your side hustle if you want it to truly be a success. Prioritize your schedule so that it doesn’t interfere with your day job and set aside consistent side hustle time. Maintaining a list of action items you can be accountable for will help keep you focused.

Making money in your sleep is a dream not afforded to many. Wake up, smell the coffee, do the work. That’s how it’s going to happen.

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