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time to remove the saddlebags

Just like most ladies out there having the saddlebags, which is the little fat deposits around your hips and upper thighs, is one of the biggest problems I have. I don’t wish to have a model like body; I just want to be beautiful and healthy. But, the saddlebags seem to be my greatest problem area. Well, let’s see if these work out routines can help me get rid of it.

Clamshells
Lie on right side with knees bent at a 45-degree angle, left leg stacked on top of right, and knees and ankles aligned. Keeping core engaged and ankles together, slowly open left knee to the sky. Pause, then return to starting position. Be sure to engage glutes and keep torso straight. (For more of a challenge, wrap a resistance band around legs slightly above knees.) Do 12 to 15 reps on each side.

Lateral Lunge
Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart. Without moving left leg, take a big step to the right with right foot. Keeping left leg straight, squat down to the right by sitting hips down and back. Keep core engaged and back straight, and don’t let right knee come past toes. Push through right heel to return to starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps on each side.

Squat Walks
Wrap a resistance band around legs slightly below knees (for more of a challenge, wrap it around ankles). Stand with feet shoulder-distance apart. Engage glute muscles and sit hips back slightly. Engage core and take a big step to the left (don’t let knees collapse inward). Then step right foot toward left, making sure to maintain tension in the band. Take 15 steps to the left and then reverse, taking 15 steps to the right.

Fire Hydrants
Get on hands and knees in a tabletop position, shoulders stacked above wrists and hips above knees. Flex feet and engage core. Keeping knee bent, lift left leg out to the side until inner thigh is parallel with the ground. Pause at the top and slowly return to starting position. Do 15 reps on each side.

dreaming of a thicker, fuller lashes

Having long and luscious eyelashes is one of the things I wanted to have. Unfortunately, I wasn’t born to have those gifts. Plus, I felt the number of my lashes lessen because I used to pluck them whenever I have sty during my teenage years. It’s my bad for following the misconception that plucking lashes where the sty is located will cure the condition. However, it did not do anything other than decreasing the number of my lashes. Good thing I was able to rid away my sty problem.

After repeatedly plucking, I somewhat notice the decreasing number of my lashes. I left it for years thinking that it will eventually grow back, which it does though I’m still unsatisfied. That’s why I’m eagerly looking for the best eyelash growth serum. My goal is to achieve longer, darker, fuller, thicker, and beautiful eyelashes without jeopardizing safety. Purchasing products without properly considering its reliability may cause dissatisfaction and irritation to the user. So, it’s better to put a lot of effort and consideration before I make the purchase.

How to Prevent Dry Skin

These are ways to prevent you from having dry skin. Or for treating it once it occurs.

  • Wear protective clothing – Exposed skin to cold water will cause dry skin. Wear protective clothing to protect your skin, especially on your hands and face.
  • Avoid hot water showers – Consider taking warm baths instead of hot water showers. Hot water showers actually strip the natural oils from your skin that prevent dryness.
  • Use mild soap – Use soaps that are mild. Soaps with harsh chemicals and abrasives can rip away the nature oils in your skin.
  • Use lotions and moisturizers – Using lotions and moisturizers on a regular basic can help you prevent dry skin.
  • Use bath oils – Adding bath oils to your baths is another way of maintaining oil in your body.

Using these methods constantly will help you to prevent dry skin before it occurs.

Best Exercises for your Buttocks to Grow

If you want to really turn heads, give them something to look at both coming and going. Your goal may not exactly be “junk in the trunk,” but if you have a pancake butt or just too much sag and drag, a few simple resistance exercises can perk things up and round out your rear view.

The primary muscle that defines the shape of your buttocks is the gluteus maximus. The glut muscle attaches to the lower spine and the top of the femur, or thigh bone. The gluteus maximus works with the hamstrings to extend the hip joint. The glute also extends the pelvis on the upper leg when standing and rotates the femur outward. Movements that straighten the hip against resistance engage the gluteus maximus and stimulate muscle growth.

  • Squats – there are one of the best exercises to tone all your leg muscles including your gluteus maximus. Stand with your feet shoulder-width, chest lifted. Look straight ahead as you sit backward, keeping your heels anchored, until your thighs are parallel to the floor, knees over the ankles. Return to upright, squeezing the buttocks as you extend the hips. For added resistance, use dumbbells held at your sides or a weighted bar across the tops of your shoulder blades.
  • Traveling Lunges – this will take the hip joint through its full range of motion in the frontal plane, engaging your gluteus to its maximus. Stand with feet shoulder-width, toes pointing forward. Keep the chest lifted, spine perpendicular to the floor. Take a giant step forward with your right leg, landing on your heel. Keep the toes of the back leg pointing forward, allowing the back heel to lift off. Bend both knees until the front leg is parallel to the floor, knee at 90 degrees. In one smooth motion, push off with the front heel, extending the knee and hip as you step through and forward with the left leg. Alternate right and left, use dumbbells held at your sides for added resistance. Continue reading Best Exercises for your Buttocks to Grow

How to Fund your Cosmetic Surgery?

When your insurance company doesn’t pay for cosmetic surgery because it’s elective, and you don’t have the money in the bank to pay up front, what are your options? Do you have to wait until you save up enough money before you can have the facelift, tummy tuck, or breast uplift that you want? That, of course, depends on your personal financial situation. You do, however, need to check into the options before you even go for your first evaluation.

Depending on the surgeon you choose, it’s possible you may find one who offers a payment plan right in the office. In most cases, this means you pay a certain amount down, and the doctor will agree to accept a set amount in payments each month thereafter. You want to be careful when using this option, because in many cases, the down payment is smaller in order to encourage patients to take advantage of it. However, the monthly payments may be short term, and thus much higher than what you can afford. Although this is not true all the time, it is in many cases. The reason is doctors want their money right away, and as such, they really don’t want to be stuck financing patient bills. Therefore, what they do is make it somewhat attractive by offering a payment plan, but at the same time, discouraging patients from using onsite financing because of the future high payments.

Another option is using your credit card, if you have enough available to finance your cosmetic surgery. Financing this way means you don’t have to pay a down payment, and you have low minimum payments. On the down side, cosmetic surgery is expensive, so you will tie up a good portion of your credit line. Of course, if you are financially sound and have a substantial credit line, it may not have a detrimental effect, especially if you have a card with a lower than average interest rate. If you had planned to pay a down payment, you can also do that and put the balance on your credit card. This will reduce the amount of your credit line that you tie up with your surgery. Continue reading How to Fund your Cosmetic Surgery?

misconceptions about facelift

One of the great misconceptions about a facelift is what is actually done in the operation. A facelift operation is all about tissue layers and vectors of lifting. The lifting off of the skin from the underlying tissues over the side of the face (to the cheek area) and across the neck through incisions placed in and around the ears is obvious in any diagram of a facelift operation. And movement of loose skin pulled back and over the ears at about a 45 degree angle to the face probably accounts for about 80% – 90% of the result created by a facelift.

Often this is the only tissue moved in a facelift. This is the simplest, quickest and safest approach. More recent facelift developments have been to lift up tissue layers deeper than the skin. These deep layer that can be moved independent of the skin, is a special layer of tissue over the muscle. This tissue, known as SMAS, is raised and sutured up in a more vertical direction compared to the direction of the skin pull, closer to 60 degrees usually. Erroneously, the public is under the impression that facial muscles are moved which cannot be done. On top of the muscle sits the SMAS.

There is considerable debate as to whether the ‘deeper’ versions of the facelift produce better long-term results than skin movement only. The neck-jowl lift, known historically as a facelift, can lift two different layers of sagging facial tissues in two slightly different up and backward directions.