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Healthier Looking Skin Without Going Under The Knife

You will hardly find a person who doesn’t want his skin to look healthy and beautiful. Actually relevant skin care routine is what is necessary to enhance your skin’s appearance.

It is true that some women might think that it is quite difficult to attain the goal of gaining younger looking facial skin. But the good news is that achieving nice looking skin is really easy. The basic of it is the use of natural skin care products. You skin will surely become younger looking and radiant and the best thing is that you won’t to resort to any expensive and risky procedures such as for example plastic surgery.

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De-stressed Combination Moisturizer and Destress Serum from Truth North 

Personally I consider that if you want to reduce the visible effects of skin aging it is really imperative that you clearly understand why your facial skin may sag. Why wrinkles appear onto your face? The truth is that your skin loses its smoothness, firmness and elasticity while you age. This generally occurs due to the loss of basic proteins – elastin and collagen. Because of that your skin cells and tissues are getting damaged. No new cells appear. So your basic concern is to make collagen and elastin production more active. In this way you will make your skin regenerate itself. Use special anti aging creams for this purpose.

But there are some rather important tips which you are to pay your attention to. They will do a lot of good for your good looking skin. If you follow our recommendations carefully you may be sure that you will get a great chance to prevent skin aging and maintain all necessary components in your organism to help your skin slow down the aging process.

If you want to make your skin young looking, you are to use anti aging skin care products. It is true that the use of organic skin care creams and lotions will help you to avoid harsh chemical ingredients which damage the skin. I’ve been using SKN-RG Advance, that smoothes the skin, reducing pore size and depth whilst evening the skin tone.

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Drink more water. It goes without any sayings that it is incredibly important that you be in a habit of consuming at least several glasses of water every day. It is well known fact that our body contains 7% of water. So, it is essential that your organism get water every day. Remember that water helps to keep your skin moisturized. This way you will also eliminate toxins stored in your body.

Don’t forget about right dieting. It is important that you eat healthy food. This is surely your way of gaining younger looking and healthy skin. The type of food you consume influences your skin. I strongly recommend you to eat plenty of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and of course fish.

Maybe there isn’t a single person on the planet who wouldn’t dream of stopping time. As your skin becomes younger you start feeling younger too and soon you can hear people who know you, stop by with exclamation “Wow, how great and young you look”. Interesting?

2018-01-08T03:33:52+00:00 June 29, 2016|Beauty|

Exploring The Scottish Highlands: Loch Lomond, Glencoe & Ben Nevis

This weeks early journal update will hopefully make up for the last couple of blog posts I’ve missed. I’ve been so crazy busy, and I’ve been away the last week. Doing what, I hear you ask? S and I decided to get away from technology and go wild camping in the Highlands.

If you follow my blog, you’ve probably seen my summer bucket list blog post. I already knew I wanted to climb Ben Nevis, and to go wild camping, so we decided to combine the two.

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Day 1: Living in Cornwall means that travelling anywhere takes FOREVER! It’s an absolute nightmare, but I guess that’s the price you pay for spending your life in a beautiful part of the country.

We weighed up the options of how we’d get to the Highlands and the Megabus Gold sleeper came out on top. Flights and the rail sleeper were extortionate – ranging up to ÂŁ400 each for a return. The other option was driving, but I didn’t want to sit in front of the wheel for that long or put my Polo through the extra miles.

Choosing the Megabus Gold sleeper meant we had the option to have a double bed (with divider) when travelling as a couple. For us, this was a no-brainer because it looked more spacious that the hammock style beds above.

We hopped on the coach (complete with electric and Wifi) at Victoria, London and woke up in Glasgow, for just ÂŁ16 each. It was relatively comfortable and dead cheap – not to mention, you get a free croissant and juice box in the morning upon arrival.

Day 2: Arrive in Glasgow in the morning Starbucks in one hand, GPS in the other, we headed to collect our hire car from Easirent. We headed to Fort William and spent the day browsing the outdoor shops – it took all our willpower not to buy half the Ellis Brigham and Cotswold.

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Stocking up on plenty of more fuel, and no new crampons or jackets, we headed towards Ben Nevis. We parked up nearby the trial in a parking lay-by and prepared ourself for a trek up the mountain. The heavens had opened, it was getting back so we knew we had to find somewhere to pitch soon.

Exhausted and soaked through, we realised that the lake we planned to set up our tent was further than we anticipated. Shocked hikers coming back down the mountain, warned us not to continue to the summit – supposedly there was 80mph winds on the peak. We continued on until we finally found the lake, where we planned to spend the night.

Last fortnight we purchased a Vango Banshee 300 from Penrose Outdoors. We recently went to Dartmoor to trial our kit, and it was apparent that we desperately needed a new tent. We chose the 3 man tent over the 2 man because despite the extra weight, so we’d have a bit more room for our bags.

Battling the wind, trying to set up a brand new tent that we didn’t even test before we headed off (we were rushed, and I have astro turf in the garden!) was pretty tough. It felt near impossible at the time, and at one point I wondered what the HECK we were doing.

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Vango Banshee 300 tent, Helly Hansen rain jacket and trouser set, and Komperdell hiking pole.

Once the tent was up though, and I dried my hair, put on my base layers and climbed in my sleeping bag, we soon forgot how horrible it was outside.

Day 3: In the morning, we opened the door to find majestic looking cloud rolling into the valley. It was such an incredible view to wake up to, snuggled in a sleeping bag listening to the rain on the tent. Out of signal, we were unsure how the weather was going to progress. The forecast was constantly changing even when we did have internet, so we had no chance of knowing now.

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After breakfast, we made the decision to continue our trip up the mountain despite the rain. Abandoning our camp and gigantic bags, we made our way back to the trial. Amazingly, the horizon cleared! When we turned around, we realised we’d actually been camping in a cloud. Ridiculous, huh? I never considered when finding a place to pitch a tent.

Lots of people were also on the trial, and we knew straight away that we made the right decision to summit that day. That said, we purposely booked our trip to avoid the school holidays – so thankfully it wasn’t overcrowded. The weather cleared up, but visibility went to shit when we gained elevation.

We met some lovely people along the way from all walks of life. Continuing on our trek, we met Daniel and his dog, Cara. The three of us stuck together on the last quarter of the hike, swapping holiday stories and eating jelly babies. Unfortunately, Cara got too cold and they turned around just as we reached the snow, metres from the summit.

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Reaching the summit was such a great achievement. After getting a couple of pictures, we starting to head back down Ben Nevis. The feeling of walking down hill rather than up was bizarre at first, but soon so satisfying! Once we made it half way down the mountain, it cleared up completely and we could see for miles.

We crawled into our tent, zipped our sleeping bags together (cool, huh?) and celebrated our victory with some camp food. I’m so glad that we took our self-inflating mattresses and invested in sleeping bags suitable for freezing temperatures! I was so comfortable the entire evening, and slept like a baby!

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Camp-A-Box Complete Dish set from Wildo

Day 4: In the morning, the clouds cleared and the sun finally came out. We packed up our tent and continued our descend down the mountain, taking in the glorious views. The trek down the mountains was considerably easier than battling the winds on our way up but it was still a challenge manoeuvring the trials with giant backpacks. Our Komperdell hiking poles took a lot of pressure off though – I’d never do another long hike without them!

Once we made it to the bottom, we grabbed some food at the Ben Nevis Inn. Finally eating something that wasn’t cooked on a camping stove, drinking something other than water and sitting on something dry was bliss. I highly recommend popping in if you’re heading to the Nevis mountain range. The food is incredible, the staff were super friendly and I loved the decor.

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Before we knew it, the day was almost over and we needed to find somewhere to camp, fast! We drove towards Glencoe and found somewhere to pitch. Little did we know that we’d be lucky enough to find a spot that offered more amazing views.

Day 5: On our last full day in Scotland, we decided to do a bit more exploring. We headed to Falls of Falloch, a waterfall situated in the north part of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. To avoid being eaten alive by midges, we kept our trip brief. Jumping back in the car, we drove towards Glasgow, stopping off for sightseeing along the way.

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Rab microlight alpine jacket navy blue jacket from Snow+Rock

As you probably know (and if you didn’t, you do now!) wild camping is completely legal in Scotland. There is, of course, rules and regulations to adhere to but there are quite a few spots in the Highlands. One of the stipulations is, your camp must not be visible from the road. You can find more information here: https://www.visitscotland.com/accommodation/caravan-camping/wild-camping/

As it was coming towards the end of our trip, we needed to find somewhere to stay the night before returning the car Glasgow following morning. We headed tried to find somewhere to pitch nearby so we wouldn’t be rushed returning the car in the morning, but alas! we couldn’t find anywhere.

Turns out, there isn’t many rural spots near the city centre. We bit the bullet and decided to opt for Red Deer Village Holiday Park on the last night of our trip in Scotland. It was refreshing to finally have a shower and put up a tent in a sheltered, even ground campsite.

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Knitted & Polar Hat Savva Cream from KitShack

That said, I wish our last night was spent somewhere near Loch Lomond (above).

Day 6: In the morning, we packed our bags and dropped the keys off at the car rental. We grabbed some breakfast before going to Glasgow Hilton Hotel to relax before our journey home. I even squeezed in 15 length in their swimming pool before unwinding in the soothing sauna, steam room and whirlpool.

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With clean hair, a face full of make up and fresh clothes, we headed to Slug and Lettuce looking half human. 3 cocktails, plenty of food and an incredible chocolate cake later, we moved on to the cinema. Hiding behind my hands mostly, we watched the Conjuring 2, then proceeded to plan our next holiday while having a drink in Walk About.

Ready to crash, we caught the sleeper from Glasgow to Victoria, London.

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Day 7: Upon arriving to Victoria, we grabbed a coffee in London before heading back down south to Cornwall.

2018-01-08T03:33:52+00:00 June 28, 2016|Travel|

Booking a Holiday? 6 Swoonworthy Island Holiday Destinations

It’s summer, and most of us are planning a trip somewhere exotic. And there’s nothing more alluring that the thought of putting your feet up on some gorgeous island, surrounded by the sea. Here are six awesome photos of island holiday destinations from around the world.

Maui

Maui is an island packed with tropical charm. The island was first seeded by an ancient volcano. Now it’s home to some of the most beautiful natural features in the world. If you visit, you’ll be treated to beautiful waterfalls and incredible views from the 10,000-foot volcano. And you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy surfing and windsurfing. The island is also home to one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, as well as fine dining and museums.

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Santorini, Cyclades

Santorini is a relatively new island, thanks to a rather active volcano. And it’s home to some of the most impressive beaches in the world. The island curves around a natural lagoon forming part of the Cyclades group. And there are plenty of vantage points from which to view the stunning scenery. On top of that Santorini is a holidaymakers’ paradise, offering quaint villages and great wines. Finally, don’t forget to check out the island’s very European nightlife.

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Jamaica

There isn’t another island on Earth that can compete with the diversity you’ll find in Jamaica. I went to Jamaica a few years ago, and absolutely loved it! The island is a melange of different cultures, thrust together by travel, trade, and the island’s location. Here you’ll find some of the most unique and unusual cuisines in the world. And you’ll find a whole array of different crafting and artistic pursuits.

The island is also ripe for exploration. Pay a visit to its many beaches and hidden coves. Or take a trip to its many waterfalls and caves.

Booking a Holiday? 6 Swoonworthy Island Holiday Destinations | UK Lifestyle Blog

Mykonos, Cyclades

Mykonos is another Greek island, dotted in the Mediterranean sea. Home to exquisite Mykonos villas and sandside bars, it’s an idyllic location. Whereas Santorini is relaxed, Mykonos is party-focused. This is the place to go if you love pounding beats are partying all night on holiday.

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Providenciales is the perfect destination for happy couples wanting to escape the world of work. Here there are all sorts of fun activities on offer. You can go scuba-diving in the azure-blue sea. Or you can go on a horseback adventure across some of the island’s many trails. Or you and your partner can enjoy walking along the island’s tranquil beaches. The island is not focused on partying: it’s for people who want to chill out on summer vacation.

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Bali, Indonesia

Bali has always been an intensely popular holiday island destination. And it’s not hard to figure out why. The Indonesian Island comes packed with character, intrigue and tourist hotspots. Perhaps one of the most exciting things about the island is the diversity of wildlife. Here you’ll get to enjoy a jungle ecosystem, complete with monkeys and tropical birds. Also, the island is home to the beautiful Mount Batur. Every year tourists from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the summit for fantastic views.

See my Bali photo diary here.

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2018-01-08T03:33:52+00:00 June 27, 2016|Uncategorized|
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