Sore Muscles Facts

Every weight loss program has workouts in it’s plan. Workouts form the important part of any weight loss program. So muscle soreness or muscle pain is inevitable as most weight loss seekers have led a sedentary life style that caused obesity and overweight in the first place. Generally those who seek weight loss are in the age group of 30-60 whose muscles have become weak due to non usage and are prime candidates for muscle pain.

Any sudden increase in intensity or duration of the exercises may cause sore muscles. During workouts,the body muscles are subjected to stress that increases the strength of the particular muscle where the stress is applied. Generally to build up muscle strength, the workout intensity must be gradually increased.

The first hurdle faced by any weight loss seeker is muscle soreness or muscle pain after the exercises as the muscles were idle earlier hence not conditioned for hard work. Initially the weight loss seeker is overenthusiastic and very sincere to achieve results fast. So he or she increases the intensity of the exercise more than his or her muscle fiber can cope with causing minute tears in muscle fiber. This results in muscle inflammation that leads to release of chemicals (that irritate) to cause localized (at the place of exertion) muscle soreness or pain which happens after 24 hours of muscle exertion. This is called ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’ (or DOMS) which is painful and lasts only for two to three days. This is the most vulnerable phase of the weight loss program when about 30% give up fearing repetition of painful sore muscles.

Take pain killers such as aspirin which is found to be effective.Gently give hot massage to the affected muscle. This will help remove pain causing lactic acid from the injured muscle helping the healing process. Take complete rest till the muscle pain or soreness vanishes usually within two to three days.

Keep ice cubes wrapped in cloth on the sore muscle for about 15 minutes and repeat it every hour since it helps in reducing swelling and internal bleeding. Take cold bath by adding ice cubes to the bath water and immersing your body for 2 minutes followed by hot bath.

Increase the intensity of workouts gradually over a period of time. Make it a point to do warm up exercises like ‘running on the spot’ for five minutes before starting the workouts. Regular exercises will condition your body to withstand muscle overload there by preventing sore muscles.

Include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet to enhance natural vitamin intake to heal sore muscle. If the muscle pain persists for more than five days or if there is no gradual reduction in pain after three days consult your doctor since it may indicate a torn ligament.

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Getting Rid Of Whiteheads

Regardless of what we call these skin problems, the bottom line is that they must be removed from our skin and fast!

Also called closed comedones, whiteheads are basically pores sealed shut by dirt. The white material is bacteria that can’t get out of the skin. You can squeeze these materials out the same way with blackheads. However, in learning how to get rid of whiteheads , you’ll find out that this is not ideal.

Removing Whiteheads

First of all, you have to make sure that your hands and face are free of dirt. You can unclog pores by steaming your face or washing it with warm water. When drying up the wet skin, don’t rub your face with the towel and instead made deliberate pats on the face to remove excess water. Now, carefully apply pressure on the base of the whitehead to make the white matter pop out. This should make a clean opening on your skin. However, if this doesn’t work, then don’t force it. You can repeat the procedure the next day or when you feel as if the whitehead has ripened and is ready to burst. The reason for this is that when popped wrongly or done too soon, the whiteheads can leave an unsightly mark or scar that is even harder to remove.

How To Prevent Them

Teaching yourself how to get rid of whiteheads is every bit as important as learning how to prevent one. The minute you’ve managed to get rid of them, then you must take pains to keep them removed. For this, you can try various methods of keeping your pores clean and unclogged. You can use salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide for this. You can also create your own cleanser which would be better for your budget. Try using a mixture of oatmeal and milk to use as a face mask every three weeks. With this, your pores will stay closed. Partnered with a proper hygiene and healthy living, you just might beat the pimples yet.

You have to be patient if you want to learn how to eliminate zits . Not only are they persistent, they also take a long time to heal. Plus, pimples are triggered by many factors. Some are even unavoidable. For example, hereditary acne problems may only be controlled. The menstrual period is also a big pimple trigger. When it comes to this, what you must do is control the event. Anticipate that the pimples will grow and start preparing yourself. Also, if you want to learn how to get rid of zits, then be patient. Wait for the treatment to take effect since this would probably take some time. However, if you stick to your treatment of choice, then there shouldn’t be any problem.

Lookbook: LUSH Space Girl Bath Bomb

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The product that motivated me to even walk into a LUSH for the very first time is still the same product I endear the most from LUSH Cosmetics…the bath bomb. At this point in my LUSH obsession, I have tried almost every single bath bomb throughout the years, from delectable and soothing to not that impressed. The Space Girl bath bomb is one of my top five favorite bath bombs now, and I thought I would share with you what it’s all about. Also, for those bath bomb virgins, you are about to get a crash course in pampering!

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Space Girl Bath Bomb, by LUSH

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Space Girl bath bomb is a 100% VEGAN bath bomb that is brand new to the LUSH Cosmetics family. This bath bomb was inspired by a song titled “Space Girl,” by The Imagined Village, and has a bit of a cult following. This bath bomb is shaped like Saturn, with “space dust,” which is obviously actually glitter. The scent is of blackcurrant sweeties, and it smells light, refreshing, and feminine.

The bath bomb itself smells like a mixture between fruit and candy. It’s sweet, but not overpowering, and leaves a light scent behind on your skin. As with all other LUSH bath bombs, Space Girl makes your bath water extremely soft and moisturizing for your skin.

How-To: Use a Bath Bomb

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Step One: Run bath water

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Step Two: Just add water!

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Step Three: Lay back and relax

On contact with water, bath bombs fizz like crazy, releasing the scent and all the great-for-your-skin essential oils. Within a couple of minutes, the entire bath bomb will have dissolved into the water, and you will be left with super soft, scented, hydrating bath water. Some of the LUSH bath bombs contain color in them, changing the color of your bath water (Big Blue bath bomb). Others, leave behind bits and pieces of essential herbs, such as lavender sprigs (Golden Slumber bath bomb). There is even a bath bomb to soothe tired, aching muscles (Fizzy O’Therapy bath bomb)! No matter what your preference or mood, LUSH has a bath bomb for everyone.

Some LUSH bath bombs are larger in size than the Space Girl bath bomb. Some are larger than your fist, and a lot of LUSH fanatics prefer to use an extremely sharp knife to cut their bath bombs in half so they last longer than one use. This is a great way to make bath bombs last longer! I am especially a fan of this method because there are no LUSH stores in my state, and sadly, I must travel three hours to my nearest store.

LUSH Cosmetics Space Girl Bath Bombs retail for $4.95 each, and can be purchased at your local LUSH location . You can also browse and purchase this product online by clicking the photograph and link below:

Space Girl bath bomb

Here’s our newest Bath Bomb of astronomical proportions. We were inspired by The Imagined Village’s intriguing song Space Girl from their second album, Empire & Love. Shaped like Saturn with added space dust (aka glitter) and the refreshing scent of blackcurrant sweeties to make an intergalactic experience that can only be found in the tub. Lie back and enjoy the ride.

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What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages of Doing Facial Exercises?

Do you think that facial exercises are worth your time and effort? If you are hearing good things about these, then you ought to believe them. There is scientific basis on why these really work against your wrinkles. But before you try these out, you should know the good and the bad things about these. It will give you an overview on what to expect from it.

It is undeniable that these are safe for you. If you want to keep your skin wrinkle-free the natural way, these exercises are the best choice. Whether you want to prevent wrinkles or eliminate existing ones, you just have to start doing these. This is how good these exercises are for you. There is no need to wait for wrinkles before you start with these.

People have to understand the time frame it requires before you can actually see if it works. It may take a few weeks before you will see improvement on your skin. Since the muscles are targeted by these exercises, you really have to be patient. The muscles need to be tones so that the skin will be pulled. Wrinkles are smoothened out, making the skin look younger.

Facial exercises are really beneficial for your skin as it increases blood circulation in the skin. When the blood is delivered to the skin, oxygen and other nutrients come with it. The skin receives enough nutrients that hasten the regeneration of skin cells. In addition to this, elimination of dirt and toxins will be faster if there is better blood circulation.

If you want to ensure that wrinkles will be eliminated from your face, you have to know what you are doing. Facial exercises are simple movements but there is a right way of doing these. If you do these exercises in the wrong way, you can make things worse. You will only have a bigger problem instead.

Though it seems simple to do these exercises, you have to be sure of what you are doing. People may perform the wrong exercises. The disadvantage that this has would be that it can worse the wrinkles on the face. This really happens to a lot of people. It is best to know which sets of exercises to do and learn how to do them properly.

Facial exercises are the safest way that you have when you want to eliminate wrinkles. There are no harmful chemicals involved and no potential harm. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is to be constant with your exercises. This will work as effectively as wrinkle creams and  surgery. You just have to know the right way of doing these if you want to really see results.

Overall, facial exercises should be considered a great investment. No one wants to grow older and ugly so you should already provide a solution as early as you can. Do not wait until wrinkles will start to form on the face. You might regret it eventually.

Jen Hopkins has worked in the anti wrinkle skin care industry for years. She maintains websites about facial toning, and facial exercises jawline. If you want to contact her, you can use the contact form at one of her sites.

Lookbook: Benefit Sunday Funday Palette – The New Maggie Collection

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Benefit Sunday Funday Palette – The New Maggie Collection is a makeup kit designed for wear the day after a long night. In other words, everything in this kit will help you look glowing, healthy, and fresh-faced. Benefit co-founders Jean and Jane Ford (yes, they are sisters) have expanded their legacy to include Maggie and Annie Ford Danielson, who are Jean’s daughters, and Jane’s nieces. They are now Benefit’s new makeup trend artists. The Maggie and Annie Collection captures each of their personal flair for modern makeup artistry. Maggie’s palette is called Sunday Funday, whereas Annie’s is called Scene Queen. These palettes are limited edition, and I really love the family-centric idea behind these. To see more photographs,

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Sunday Funday – The Maggie Collection

The mastermind behind this kit had this to say about the Sunday Funday Collection


“Sunday Funday is all about pulling together a fresh, fabulous look after a late night. Whether you were watching movies or dancing ’til dawn, this kit has the prettiest eyeshadows and complexion essentials to make you look beautifully revived…just in time for brunch. Waiter, coffee and mimoas, please!” -Maggie Ford Danielson

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The Benefit Sunday Funday Maggie Collection contains:

  • Hoola, a bronzing powder with a mini natural-bristle brush
  • Benetint, a rose-tinted lip and cheek stain
  • Shimmering Rose, a beautiful lip shine gloss
  • Toasty Liner, a brown eyeliner
  • 4 Eyeshadows: Shimmering Bronze, Pink Satin, Light Champagne, and Pretty In Plum
  • 2 Fluff Shadow/Hard Angle Brushes
  • Step-by-step Makeup Lesson in how to use this palette

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Benefit Benetint is one of Benefit’s oldest and most classic products. In fact, I talk to women who are in their forties who have used this product for decades. This product was released in 1976, and has been the bestselling lip and cheek stain since. It leaves a very natural rose tint to your skin and lips, and applies like a red-tinted water before it dries.

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Shimmering Rose Gloss

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Shimmering Rose Swatch

The Shimmering Rose gloss in this kit is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very sheer and natural, leaving behind a light pink-rose color that contains a fine golden shimmer to it. This will really help to brighten your smile and your complexion in one!

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Four Eyeshadows in Sunday Funday

The four eyeshadows in the Sunday Funday palette are extremely soft, both aesthetically to the touch, and also in pigmentation. They leave behind a natural, gorgeous sheen of color on your skin.

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Sunday Funday The Maggie Collection Eyeshadow Swatches

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Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer is underneath the bronzing brush in the upper left hand corner of the palette, and remains one of Benefit’s best selling bronzers.

Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase of this palette. I feel that it contains a great array of products for a fresh-faced, glowing makeup look, and I love the idea behind the palette. The packaging is gutsy but cute, and the name of the palette is cheeky and fun. Another fun fact is that Maggie Ford Danielson, who created this palette, is an artist, and worked with an illustrator to help create the artwork for this palette. Kudos to Benefit founders Jean and Jane for expanding their brand to the family and creating a fun, fresh perspective. This is one of those really interesting conversation-starting palettes that you can tote around with you!

Benefit Sunday Funday Palette, The New Maggie Collection retails for $38 at your local Sephora or Benefit counter. You can also browse and purchase both the Sunday Funday palette, and Annie’s palette “Scene Queen,” online by clicking the photographs and links below:

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Holiday Dressing With MAKE UP FOR EVER

As we introduced to you a few weeks back , MAKE UP FOR EVER has created a set of must-have rock-inspired products for the holidays. Though the cases alone are cool enough to make me want to buy them without seeing what’s inside, we figured it couldn’t hurt to share some expert tips from their education manager, Erin McCarthy. After all, it’s what’s inside the makeup bag that really counts, right? Using the Rock For Ever products, follow Erin’s tips to get their favorite looks:

Holiday Dressing With MAKE UP FOR EVER Dany+1 smoky eye bronze Holiday Dressing With MAKE UP FOR EVER Dany+2 smoky eye bronze “Start with a medium iridescent grey shadow (Eye Shadow #82) on the entire eyelid, blending up past the crease and smudged across the lower lash line. Intensify the eyes with the deepest black shadow you can find (Diamond Shadow #307 is great with its micronized sparkles). Apply this deep black shadow in a thick line across the upper lash line and smudge with a brush into the iridescent gray and across the lower lash line. As the colors blend together you’ll get a smooth blend from deep sparkling black to soft iridescent gray. The effect is a classy smoky look with a hint of glitz, perfect for any holiday party.”
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“MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Rock For Ever Palette is a must-have because it includes a deep black diamond shadow and three neutral shimmering shades to create countless variations of this look—from a soft metallic gray to the most intense black smoky eye, or even a bronze smoky eye.”

“Want to rock this look in a subtle way? Go for a metallic liner. Our Travel Aqua Eyes Set comes with five great shades to try this season. Apply a black liner across your upper lash line and pair it with a silver, bronze, gold, or iridescent steel grey liner placed right on top of it. The black liner along the lash line will frame your eyes while the subtle metal liner will add extra glitz for the holiday season!”

Jordin Sparks Launches Affordable New Scent

"American Idol" star Jordin Sparks is launching her first scent. The 20-year-old singer had affordability in mind in the concieving the new Because of You fragrance.

"When I was starting this project, I really wanted it to be affordable. I looked at some other celebrity fragrances, and they were like $80. Even now, I look at a fragrance that’s $80, and I can’t bring myself to spend that much," Sparks says. "In this economy especially, my fans deserve a high quality, reasonably priced scent."

The scent will retail at an introductory price of $9.50 for a 2.5-oz. bottle when it hits counters next week. It will then be sold at $14.95 on November 1. Because of You will be available at or Dots stores next week before it can be made available at Target stores in November.

The "Battlefield" hitmaker said that she also wants Because of You to "transfer easily from day to night," describing it as a "fruity floriental" scent.

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