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How can taking a vacation benefit you

It's time we say "enough is enough" and learn to put our needs first. Taking time off is good for your mental and physical health, and you can come back more productive and effective. It's a win-win. To avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout, we need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This recovery process requires “switching off” from work by having periods of time when you are neither engaging in work-related activities, nor thinking about work. It is critical that you disconnect from time to time, in a way that fits your needs and preferences. When possible, take time off to relax and unwind, so you come back to work feeling...

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How to take care of your hair properly

In the age of blowout bars, extreme dye jobs, and perms (yes, they're back!), it's not a question of if your hair is damaged but of how bad the situation really is. Before you start feeling hopeless because you'd sooner sell your soul than give up your flatiron, consider that even wrecked hair can be revived with a few sneaky little adjustments to your routine, according to scientists. But before we explain how to take care your hair, let us find out what is the purpose of our beautiful hair. The hair found on the head serves primarily as a source of heat insulation and cooling (when sweat evaporates from soaked hair) as well as protection from ultra-violet radiation exposure. So, in...

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Why bathing regularly is important

Some people don’t take a bath every day. While there’s tons of conflicting advice about how often you should be bathing, this group might have it right. It may sound counterproductive, but a bath every day could be bad for your skin. Some dermatologists only recommend bathing every other day, or two to three times a week. Many people take a bath at least once a day, either in the morning or at night before bed. Depending on the day and your activity level, you might even take two or three baths. There’s no arguing the importance of personal hygiene. But while some people take a bath every single day, in many cases it doesn’t have to be a part...

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Food for healthy skin

Looking to make your skin its best? Along with smart habits -- like wearing sunscreen every day -- check out what's on your plate. From fighting free radicals to smoothing fine lines, some types of foods are packed with the good stuff for glowing skin. No need to obsess about a particular “superfood" or exotic ingredient. There are plenty of options in regular grocery stores. What matters most is your overall eating pattern. In a nutshell, most people need to eat more fruits and vegetables, cut down on sugar and salt, and choose whole foods over processed ones. While we all feel the same dread of looking in the mirror on an important day to see a red pimple glaring at you,...

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Bath recipes that can help you sleep

After a crazy day of work, hectic errands, a hurried workout (if you’re lucky) and a rushed dinner with the family, the last thing you need at bedtime is a restless night of tossing and turning. Fall asleep quickly and stay asleep with natural, green remedies that will leave you feeling rested and refreshed in the morning, without that groggy feeling you get with many over the counter solutions. A bath before bed has been shown to quickly bring down your body temperature, which will help you relax and also supports a deep sleep. Add to the calming experience with some DIY bath recipes that soak away stress and leave your skin silky smooth. A hot bath is so relaxing at the...

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