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Acne spot: what does it mean?

Did you know that the cause of acne is different according to the part of your face? Let’s discover the science-based reasons for your acne spot!

🔸Acne surrounding the hairline (pink line)

If you have pimples along your hairline, you should have a look at your hair products. Avoid the oil-based hair products that keep the natural oil in your hair follicles from exiting. The fact that they are blocked, creates a pimple. You can also opt for noncomedogenic products (non-clogging) or try a clarifying shampoo after application.

🔸Acne surrounding the cheeks (yellow line)

If you have pimples around your cheeks, you should probably change your pillow more often or avoid to hold your phone to your face. Your phone is spreading bacteria to your skin, and the same is happening with dirty pillows. This can potentially cause more acne.

Our tips: clean your smartphone regularly with a disinfectant product or consider using a Bluetooth headset if you have to call frequently. Consider also switch pillowcases at least once a week.

 

🔸Acne surrounding your jawline (green line)

Most of us have acne on the chin and jawline, which is often related to fluctuations in hormones. It is the result of excess androgens, which stimulates the oil gland and clog pores. It usually happens during the menstrual cycle or when you switch or start a new contraceptive method.

Moreover, some researches have demonstrated that acne could be caused by bad gut health. Some food can have an impact on your hormone levels, especially high-carb foods or some dairy products but also sugars, white bread, processed foods.

 

🔸Acne surrounding your forehead and nose (blue line)

Pimples in the T-zone area may be related to high stress and fatigue. Try to meditate and to have a good sleep hygiene. Moreover, avoid touching your forehead which spread oils into the pores. It is also important to use a daily skin product as well as a foundation adapted to your skin type.

Why enjoying free office snacks can hurt your waistline 🍩

Do you have difficulties to control yourself when your boss or one of your colleague is bringing office snacks at work? Do you like to take a break close to the cafeteria or the vending machine? All the food that you eat at work is probably not healthy for you and definitely will add extra calories to your waistline. 

A study in the United States has shown that the foods we eat in our workplace tend to be high in refined grains and sodium. Few of us are opting for whole grains or fruit. The office snacks don’t align with the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines. In the same research, we learned that 70 percent of the calories came from free food in the office such as the birthday cake, holiday cookies or meeting biscuits.

As employees are spending on average eight hours a day in the office, it is crucial to make people understand that what they are eating during their working hours can cause weight gain over time and can have a bad impact on general health (diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc). If companies embrace wellness programs, it could seriously improve employee health.

In some companies, free food is used as an incentive and turn to be seen as a work “benefit”. The fact that it is “free” make it more attractive: people are much more likely to indulge if they don’t have to pay for it. The only problem is that the food options they generally propose are not healthy. If you just have a look at the vending machines, you will find processed foods and the decadent coffee drinks used to be packed in calories.

Here are some tips you can follow if you want to eat healthier on the job:

🔸Ask for fruits if you see only cookies and chocolate in the break room 🍩

🔸Bring your healthy snacks and meals from home (fruit, yogurt, kefir, whole grain cereal, etc).

🔸Take the stairs instead of the lift

🔸Go to work by bike or by walking

🔸Go for a walk or go to the fitness class during the break

🔸Don’t put sugar in your coffee drink or tea

Forest Bathing: how nature can improve your quality of life

Forest Bathing: how nature can improve your quality of life

Life can be stressful and everybody needs to relax and pamper. Nature can totally be a loophole to escape problems. Indeed, researchers in Japan and South Korea have demonstrated that simply being surrounded by nature may improve your general health, by both reducing the feelings of stress and its impact on our body (cortisol, high blood pressure, energy) and minds (mood, sleep, focus). During the 1980s, forest therapy (named Shinrin-yoku) was developed in Japan and now the concept is spreading throughout the world.

The idea of forest bathing is that by spending quality time with nature, you can increase your mental and physical well-being. Of course, if you live in the city, it won’t be an easy task to incorporate aspects of forest bathing into your day, especially knowing that the recommended timing is 2-4 hours per session! But even if you manage to organize a longer nature chilling session one day per week, you can receive some health benefits.

How to do it?

Find a quiet place to settle yourself in the middle of nature (it might be in the forest, in a sprawling field, next to a river or even in the quiet corner of a park).

Obviously, pack away any distracting device (phone, camera, etc). Sit, take off your shoes, and breathe. The connection of your feet to the earth are really important to ground and connect.

Try to connect with nature with your five senses, one at a time by feeling, listening and touching the environment around you (listen to the tall grasses moving, the birds chirping, touch the grass, feel the sun on your skin, etc).

Spend the most time you can outdoors

Even if you live in the city, you can try to spend time outside and breathe fresh air (for example during your lunch outside if it’s a nice day). Exercising could be also a good opportunity to spend time outdoors. Go running or training in the park or in the garden! When you can do it, avoid the transports and go by foot!

Bring the nature in your house

If you don’t have access to natural spaces, invite nature to your place! This also forms part of the Shinrin-yoku therapy! Add plants, able to survive, in your living place, Moreover, plants clean the air you are breathing!

You can also opt for reed diffusers or essential oils (as cedar, fir, sandalwood or pine) or nature sounds (rainforests, ocean waves, crickets, etc). It’s also important to keep the air fresh and clean by opening the window (make the air circulate).

If you are interested in knowing more about this kind of therapy, you can read the book of Dr. Qing Li who digs into the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing).

 

Beauty: soft hands winter kit

Beauty: soft hands winter kit

Say goodbye to dry hands and avoid cracked skin during winter with our tips for soft hands!

First of all, knowing the cause of your dry hands can help you to fix the problem from its source.

What causes dry hands?

In general, dry hands are due to a lack of hydration and moisture, unless you are suffering from psoriasis, eczema or another skin problem.

How to avoid having dry hands?

Here you have a list of the best things to do in order to prevent dry hands!

🔸Protect your hands with gloves

Dehydration can be caused by bad weather conditions (rain, cold, wind, hard sun). So when the temperatures are cold, rain is falling or wind is blowing, try to wear gloves specifically for your outdoor cardio time: when you run, cycle or exercise.

🔸Apply hand creams daily and take it with you everywhere

Opt for hand creams with ingredients that will help hydrating and lock the moisture inside of your hands such as glycerine, hyaluronic acid, petroleum, shea butter or lanolin.

Protect your skin from the heat too because high temperatures can make your skin feel thirsty.

🔸Drink water

As dry hands are most of the time caused by dehydration, don’t forget to drink your daily amount of water (2 liters/day).

🔸Avoid chemicals products

If you are always using an anti-bac when you are out of the house, consider using a natural alternative without any chemicals products or alcohol, which could seriously damage your skin.

The same for the household cleaning products, no surprise! Wear gloves when you transform yourself in a housewife.

🔸Hydrate your skin after swimming

Swimming or washing your hands repeatedly can take away the natural oils from your skin, which help to keep them hydrated. After swimming, you should apply a hand and body moisturizer in order to keep your hands soft.

Now you have everything on your hands in order to have soft hands! 

 

6 REASONS TO GET MOVING

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Even small amounts of physical activity can be good for your health. But do you know all the reasons why?

If the thought of exercise turns you off, it may be time to reframe your perspective. Research shows that it’s not just structured exercise but any type of physical activity that has benefits. This means anything that gets you moving—a walk with a friend, raking leaves in the yard, climbing several flights of stairs—counts, as long as it gets you moving for a sustained amount of time. And any amount of physical activity is better than none. This means getting moving for just 15 minutes a day can start to bring benefits, especially if you are usually not active.

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10 Steps to Easily Solve Your Troubles Falling Asleep

Are you feeling tired, frustrated and less productive?

If so, can I ask when the last time was you woke up and felt completely rested?

Having problems sleeping? You are not alone. Staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night, trying to stay hopeful, but just wanting to catch at least a few hours of sleep, is very common.  In fact, one in three people struggles with insomnia.

Sleep is an essential aspect,  a peaceful eight hours of sleep has many positive benefits and improves the quality of your life. But what can you do to solve your poor sleep and get your energy back?

Here is the deal: 10 powerful hands-on tools that will help you transform your worries into hope and serenity.

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Sunscreen Application: Mistakes you didn’t know you’re making

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S? Most of us already know this, thats why with spring sunscreen season starts. But is this enough?

Truth is that sunscreen application is one the most effective ways to protect your skin. But even if you’re fully committed to wearing it, good intentions aren’t enough. In order to get the most protection, it’s crucial you slather right.

For those who already feel guilty or just want to find out how they are doing, have a closer look at these common mistakes people are doing when it comes to sunscreen application and learn what to do instead!

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Our Exclusive Wellness Group on Facebook – Join & Be a Part of The Community!

Hi everyone! We have created an awesome exclusive wellness group on Facebook – a place for anyone who wants to get insightful tips on nutrition, health and wellness.

The purpose is to create a great community of people who loves to feel, move and eat better and want to help each other to become the best version of ourselves. By sharing wellness, health and fitness questions and experiences with each other, we can grow. You are not alone, take advantage of talking to like-minded people and getting your questions answered by our health coach Teresia. Follow the current updates and dive deeper into topics you want to know more about or find interesting.

Join our wellness group here for FREE, and be part of this awesome community!

Start asking The BeYou Health Coach Teresia any question, or discuss any topic on you mind!

Ways to Improve Quality of Life Today

Looking to improve your quality of life? As I said on a previous post, distinctions can help us looking at things from a different perspective. Sometimes we find ourselves stuck, and we feel like there is no solution. If this is your case,  you should continue reading and get our 5 easy tips. Because perhaps this list will help you find new perspectives.

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Meet the BeYou Team! We’re Here to Help You!

It’s primary up to you, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your own team of professional and dedicated coaches are at you back anytime, anywhere. Get to know them find out how they can help you reach your goals.

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