Body Care Tips

By Kate, age 19, New Hampshire
Sweet Designs Staff Intern
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Everyone is always looking for the next best thing to keeping their body healthy. However, sometimes the best and healthiest things are the easiest, and the things right in front of you! So, before you decide to spend $20 or more on the hottest beauty product, try these free, simple, at-home tips!

Shave with hot water. This brings a closer, cleaner, and smoother shave for your body. It also helps reduce razor bumps, which makes your skin appear rashy and bumpy, almost like acne.

Shampoo every other day. Shampooing your every day is actually bad for your hair! Try shampooing every other day.

Rinse your hair with cold water. Cold water helps make your hair shinier, softer, and sleek. Cold water closes your pores, causing you to sweat less and retain body heat. Hot water can make your hair appear and feel oily.

Lotion, lotion, lotion. In the winter, it's the best solution for dry skin, and continual use will help keep skin smooth and soft.

Don't wear tight underwear. Cellulite is very common among women, whether you want to admit it or not. There is no cure for it except to stay healthy, fit, and to avoid wearing tight underwear. Tight underwear marks up your skin and doesn't help when trying to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Exercise for an hour a day. Walking is best. It's just as good as running, but is less stressful on your joints. If it's not a nice day for walking and you're not someone who likes to go to the gym, try playing Dance Dance Revolution or doing a Zumba workout tape. Dancing is fun, and you'll learn some hot moves the next time you go out with the girls!

200 calories every 2 hours. Eating 200 calories every 2 hours is better than your typical 3 meals a day. If you're trying to lose weight, try this! It helps keep you full so you eat less, and is better for your body.

Stay away from scented soaps and lotions. Some people have severe reactions when using scented soaps and lotions. Sometimes, all it takes is putting on the scented lotion your friend let you use, then putting on your mom's unscented lotion when you get home. These can react and cause your skin to burn. Keep to the unscented stuff to be safe - they work just as well, if not better!

Sun block. Winter is over, and summer is just around the corner! Sunscreen is one of the most important things to have when it comes to keeping healthy in the sun, and to keep healthy in the future. It helps prevent harmful UV rays (which come from the sun) from damaging your skin and helps prevent cancer in the future. Plus, no one likes being as red as a lobster from sunburns!

Note: When buying sun block, don't be afraid to get SPF 100! The higher the SPF number on sunscreen, the more protection you have, and the longer you can stay in the sun without burning. Also, using two SPF 15 products does not double the amount to 30! Do not layer sunscreen!

Another Note: Some skin care products are sensitive to sunlight - read the directions on all the products you use! Some require you to apply sunscreen if going outside, even in the winter! They say this for a reason - to help protect your skin!

Hot vs. Cold. Hot water opens pores and cold water closes pores. In the summertime, it is suggested that you use hot water (it releases body heat). In the winter, use cold water (keeps in body heat). Of course, this doesn't mean you have to shower with cold water in the winter - it's just something that helps, and for you to keep in mind.

Don't eat after 9:00 pm. Late night snacking is one of the biggest reasons for weight gain. So, if you're trying to lose weight, don't eat past 9. If you're someone who stays up late and you get hungry, try going to bed earlier.

You need 7-8 hours of sleep every night. This is the average amount of sleep. With it, you should feel refreshed without feeling overly tired, which sleeping too much can do.

Drink lots of water. Especially in the summer! Liquids are just as important to keeping healthy as fruits and veggies are.

Drink at least one glass of milk every day. Milk has calcium, and calcium builds strong bones. I drink at least two glasses every day, and I have never broken a bone in my life, and I am a very active person and have taken plenty of falls. Plus, it helps keep you strong in the future, so don't stop drinking milk!

If you don't drink a lot of orange juice, take vitamins. Vitamins are important to keeping healthy. You hair looks healthy, your skin looks healthy, and you will feel healthy! A vitamin a day keeps the sickness away! Note: For maximum effectiveness, take your vitamins after eating a major meal.

Never skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It helps keep your mind focused and your energy level high. Have a bagel, cereal, or eggs - and some fruit on the side!

Dark chocolate is good for you. So ladies, don't regret eating that chocolate bar! But remember - everything in moderation! So, one piece of dark chocolate is okay, but don't overdo it!

Skip coffee. Apples provide just as much caffeine! And, they're supposed to make you feel fuller.

Drink tea. It helps prevent cancer and other diseases, it's good for your immune system, gives your metabolism a boost, and helps keep you healthy over all. It has a ton of benefits, and it's much healthier than coffee!

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