What Does It Mean to Build the Perfect Body?

When it comes to your body, the idea of a “perfect” body usually comes from looking at magazines, models and fitness idols. Whether it’s a flattering pose or an inspirational story, it can often be enough to kickstart a desire to obtain what you perceive as a perfect body.

However, trying to build a perfect body can be dangerous if approached with the wrong mindset. Whether it’s working out far too much that your body can’t take it, or having a jaded and one-track view of what the perfect body is, it’s easy to start obsessing over small details to a point it hurts your health. In this article, we’re going to discuss what it really means to obtain your idea of the perfect body, the practicality of it, and also leave you with some helpful tips and advice to ensure you don’t hurt yourself in the process.

What’s your idea of a perfect body?

Most people assume that models and magazine images are the ideals that we should all aim for when it comes to the perfect body. Sadly, many of these images are edited with photo manipulation software like Photoshop, meaning they’re far from real. Whether it’s perfect skin, radiant hair or a fit body, if it’s in the media then it’s likely that it has been edited in some way.

The work involved to obtain it

In most cases, getting the perfect body requires a meaningful diet, exercise and a lot of learning about your body. However, even hard work won’t help you achieve the perfect body if you’re not physically capable of it. No amount of training can solve physical limitations, but you can find out about Sculpture Clinic and learn what cosmetic procedures are available to those that want to achieve something with their body that isn’t available the natural and long-term way. Some can consider it cheating, but the reality is that there are certain goals that your body cannot reach no matter how hard you try.

Maintaining the perfect body

And lastly, you also need to consider what it takes to maintain the perfect body image. If you’ve been working hard at the gym for the past few months and you’re finally starting to see results, then keep in mind that you need to maintain that pace and potentially work even harder to see more progress. You’ll need to stick with the foods you eat as part of your diet for a long period of time, and you can’t get lazy either or else you’ll lose what progress you’ve made.

The reality of body image

While having aspirations and goals for your body is fine, it’s important to understand what it takes to achieve it and the potential side effects of being too narrow-minded. Body image is really in the eye of the beholder. Yes, there are obvious health effects when it comes to being too thin or too big, but the ideal weight for a healthy individual is easier to achieve than you might think. Your idea of a perfect body is personal to you, but you should always draw a line between reality and fantasy.

What’s The Deal With Beauty Sleep?

Ever gone to bed with a monster zit and found it much less ferocious the next morning after a long snooze? Puffy eyes, dark circles and even wrinkles can be treated by getting anywhere between the recommended 8 hours and 100 years of sleep (if you’re a Disney princess). So what’s the deal with beauty sleep? Is it for real? How can you get some? And can you fake it?

Is beauty sleep for real?

 

It’s the treatment method you can prescribe for yourself, but does it work? Science says yes. According to a Swedish study being well rested does make you more attractive. They examined the effects of sleep deprivation on your appearance and found that participants rated tired people as less attractive. Signs of fatigue include paler skin, redder eyes, drooping lips and glazed eyes. In another smaller study, researchers from the University of Michigan measured the attractiveness of patients undergoing treatment for sleep apnea. They too found that better sleep resulted in higher levels of attractiveness.

While we are asleep our body repairs itself helping us to wake up looking fresher, younger, and in turn more beautiful. During deep sleep there is a surge in growth hormones which help rejuvenate your skin and boost collagen. At around 2am cell division peaks, whether you’re awake or not. If you reach deep sleep by this time you’ll have the combined effects of fast cell division and extra growth hormones helping your body heal effectively. Activating collagen is an essential factor in reducing wrinkles which is how facial fillers and similar cosmetic procedures work. On the flip side; not getting enough sleep is a sure-fire way to increase the production of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. The negative effects of cortisol include redness and inflammation, acne, eczema and psoriasis.

You’re probably thinking at this point 100 years of sleep prescribed by Disney is the answer. But you’d be wrong. Getting a higher quantity of sleep won’t help at all if it isn’t quality. In fact, according to South Korean research you’re putting yourself at risk of heart disease with less than 5 hours or more than 9 hours of sleep per night. Quality sleep also helps you reach the deep sleep stages which is where that all-important rejuvenation occurs.

How to get better sleep

Sticking within the recommended 7-8 hour window of quality sleep is what will transform it into beauty sleep. So it’s about time you took a look at your sleeping arrangements. Here’s 3 things that may be keeping you from quality sleep and how to fix them:

You have to share a bed

Some nights you’re glad you have a partner to cuddle up against and others their noise or movements have kept you up all night. To make sure you’re both achieving solid beauty sleep opt for the biggest bed your room will allow. This should leave space for tossing and turning without any kicking or screaming. If your partner is a restless sleeper consider swapping to a new memory foam mattress. They’re specially designed to minimise partner disturbance by distributing weight evenly.

You stress over lost sleep

It’s a common trap; you tell yourself if you fall asleep within the next 3.5 minutes you’ll squeeze exactly 8 hours in before your alarm. This has to be the biggest mistake you can make. Get rid of your clock to force yourself to stop checking the time. It’s only causing stress which leads to adrenaline keeping you awake longer and cortisol production causing unattractive inflammation the next morning.

You’re too hot

Body temperature is a key factor in falling asleep quickly. Your body cools itself down while you’re asleep and warms back up as a signal to wake. The optimum temperature for falling asleep is between 15-20 degrees in your room. It may sound crazy but wearing socks to bed can actually help cool your body down faster. It improves your circulation which helps your core body to cool down faster and has a similar effect to a nice cool room.

How to look awake with makeup

In an ideal world we’d all be enjoying nightly beauty sleep. But this world is far from ideal so we’ve found ways to fake that fresh-faced look when you really need it.

Get rid of puffy eyes

Cold temperatures work wonders to reduce swelling. If you’ve woken up with some major puffy bags try popping a couple teaspoons in the freezer while you make breakfast. Once chilled apply them to your eye sockets, curved side in. Or make use of cold tea bags from your morning cup. Squeeze out the excess liquids and press them onto your eyes. The tannins in the tea are great at constricting blood vessels which also helps eliminate dark circles.

Brighten your eyes

As studies have shown, dull or red eyes are a common sign of tiredness. Use white or nude eyeshadows and eyeliners to brighten them up a bit. Apply bright white in the inner corners of your eye near the tear ducts for a dewy, wide-eyed effect. Or line your lower waterline in nude for a similar wide-awake look.

Cover dark circles

For darker skinned ladies reach for your red lipstick. The red-orange hues are the perfect counter to those dark-blue circles. Our fairer friends can add a dab of green concealer to bring down the lipstick colour enough for foundation to cover. When you do head for the concealer be sure to apply in a triangle underneath your eye for the illusion of a mini facelift. Blend out gently with your ring finger to avoid damaging your delicate under eye area.

Arch those brows

Draw attention away from tired eyes with stunningly sculpted eyebrows. Use a mixture of creamy pencil and powder brow fillers to achieve a natural, feathery look.

Add colour to your complexion

Pale or dull skin is another sure sign of tiredness. Combat this with a dab of illuminator mixed in with your foundation for an all over glow. Finish off with a touch of blush on the apples of your cheeks. A very gentle tap is the aim here. You just want to look slightly flushed and blooming.

Skip the dramatic lipstick

You may have been excited to try out your new vampy lip shade but a tired looking day is not the moment. Using dark colours on your lips will draw more attention to dark under-eye circles and dull skin. Go for a pink-nude shade similar to your natural lips instead for a fresh look that will have people asking if you woke up like this.

The science is in and beauty sleep is most definitely real. Your best bet is focusing on 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night to wake up flawless. But for those weeks that sleep is low priority you could always turn to makeup for a quick fix.

DIY Makeup Remover Pads

Hey there!

I’ve been on a bit of a frugal blogging kick of late. Check out my post about supermarket savings over on mydeal.com.au.

But right now I want to talk to you guys about another money saving tip.

Here’s a fun little weekend project that will take about 10 minutes and will last you for a while!!  No matter how tired you are, you should always remove your makeup.  Until I found this recipe, I got my makeup remover from the department store and it was over $15.  This will cost you a fraction of that and like I said earlier, will last you a good little while!

All you need is a mason jar or round container, large round cotton pads, 1.5 cups of water, 2 T tear-free baby shampoo and 1/4 t of baby oil!  The baby shampoo and baby oil can both be found in the little travel section of most stores for $1 or less!

In a large bowl just mix together your water, shampoo, and oil.

Add enough of this solution to cover the bottom of the container, and put about 10 pads in there. Once those are used up, add 10 more, making sure to cover them with the solution!  How easy is that?  How GREAT does it smell?

We’ve included FREE labels so you can decorate your jar as you’d like or make this as a gift for friends!

DIY Makeup Remover Pads Labels

 Ingredients
  • Mason Jar or Round Container
  • Large Round Cotton Pads
  • 1½ cup Water
  • 2 tbsp Tear-Free Baby Shampoo
  • ¼ tsp Baby Oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowel mix together the Water, Shampoo and Oil.
  2. Add enough of your solution to cover the bottom of your mason jar or container.
  3. Add in approximately 10 Pads (allow to soak up the solution.
  4. Continue to add about 10 pads at a time pouring solution over each set to allow coverage.

Sugar Plum Sugar Scrub

This is great for yourself, or to give as a gift! Once you start adding teachers, coaches, friends, and other adults to your Christmas gift list, it can get very long!  Making homemade gifts that people can USE is the best way to give!!  Here’s how to make a delicious smelling Sugar Plum Sugar Scrub for a relaxing shower or bath!

You’ll need sugar, coconut oil,  sugar plum fragrance oil, vitamin E oil, purple food coloring, and rubbing alcohol. Ingredients:

Spray a container of choice with rubbing alcohol and set aside until dry.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt coconut oil.

Combine essential oil, vitamin E oil, and sugar, and stir until well combined.

Add a few drops of purple food coloring in and mix until you reach your desired color.

Store in a covered container at room temperature.

 

Sugar Plum Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2-3 Drops Sugar Plum Fragrance Oil
  • 1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
  • Purple Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Rubbing Alcohol

Instructions

  1. Spray a container of choice with rubbing alcohol and set aside until dry.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt coconut oil.
  3. Combine essential oil, vitamin E oil, and sugar, and stir until well combined.
  4. Add a few drops of purple food coloring in and mix until you reach your desired color.
  5. Store in a covered container at room temperature.

Silver hair a new style?

At the first gray hair , the bitter enemy of every woman, one has always resorted to the hair dye, preferably dark, to be able to cover it completely, thus also hiding the progress of time. Today, however, the silver hairs are trendy  and not only for the more active women but they burn the times especially to the very young and the celebrities. A symptom of aging considered out today instead is a must in season.

There are shades of gray to suit all tastes, from light gray to almost white, to silver and dark gray, or to shatush effect shades ranging from dark to light. A trend that appeared in the United States and baptized as a granny hair  . They give brightness to the face and do not need the right cut to bring them and neither age!

7 Reasons Not To Wear Makeup

In a world bombarded by mascara advertisements and bafflingly popular YouTube eyeshadow tutorials, it’s not hard to see how huge the cosmetics industry has become. Many women consider make-up an ‘essential’ part of their lives, but the fact of the matter is that it definitely isn’t. You can give it up.

This article is not a feminist rant about how women should stop aspiring to the unrealistic beauty standards set by the media and Hollywood (although that would be great, too). Nor is it a judgment or criticism of women who use cosmetics. This article is just here to provide some totally logical reasons not to paint your already beautiful face with make-up.

  1. Make-up is expensive

There’s no denying it, applying a full face of make-up, including touch ups on a daily basis is mega expensive. This study reveals that the average woman spends $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime. You could buy a new car, put a down payment on a studio apartment, or take a lavish trip around Europe with that kind of cash!

  1. Putting on makeup is time-consuming

Applying makeup steals precious minutes from your day. Minutes that could be spent doing other things. A coat of lip gloss and a bit of mascara is harmless, but applying a full face can really drain your time, especially if you take regular trips to the bathroom for touch-ups. The same study quoted above found that the average woman spends 20 minutes applying make-up each day. Added up over one year, that’s 121 hours! You could almost become fluent in another language with that time.

  1. It’s not good for your skin

Nobody likes leaving the house with giant zits on their face, but covering up blemishes with products containing chemicals is really counterintuitive. Your skin will not recover as fast as it should if you don’t let it breathe and heal naturally. After giving up make-up you’ll even find that your skin becomes less prone to irritation – you just need to break the cycle. Yes, there are organic, ‘natural-ingredients-only’ cosmetics available, but let’s be honest, not many people can afford to use this stuff exclusively (see reason 1).

  1. You should be able to feel comfortable with your natural face

This is a hard one, because simply ‘becoming okay’ with the way you look is a long-term process, particularly if you suffer from major body image hang-ups. However, it has to be acknowledged that if you’re embarrassed about your natural face, you have some issues to address. In a study polling 2,000 women, one in five said they would refuse to answer a knock on their door if they had no make-up on. That is worrying. If you can’t walk to your corner store or go to the beach without a full face of makeup, this may also apply to you. Try walking down your street without make-up. You’ll notice that nothing bad happens and nobody will care. Which brings us to our next point…

  1. Other people don’t care about or notice your make-up

It’s amazing that many (not all) women wear make-up to appear more attractive to the opposite sex, yet it’s difficult to find a man who prefers his partner in make-up. On a similar note, it’s probably even more difficult to find a fellow woman who thinks your face looks better coated in make-up. The point is this: nobody actually cares or notices if you’re wearing make-up or not, so why bother? In most cases, other people will even PREFER how you look without it. This doesn’t just apply to people you’re attracted to – the person interviewing you for a job doesn’t care, your family doesn’t care, the bus driver doesn’t care, and your friends certainly don’t care either.

  1. You won’t have to worry about stains

If you don’t wear makeup you’ll never have to fear make-up stains ruining your clothes again. Your white t-shirts will rejoice! You also won’t have to worry about staining your face when you cry or simply need to rub your itchy eye.

  1. You’re hot already

There is no need to wear make-up because you already look great! Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool who doesn’t deserve your time. Leave the house wearing a natural glow of confidence on your face instead and see how good it feels.