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4 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Look Younger and Fresher 🌷

Want to stay looking you, or knock a good few years off your current appearance? I’ve always been lucky/unlucky (I haven’t figured it out yet, it depends on my mood and the situation!) enough to look young for my age. As I’m reaching the ripe age for 28 next year *sob sob* I’ve suddenly started worrying about each and every little wrinkle I’ve noticed on my forehead or under my eyes.

Am I really starting to worry about looking old in my twenties? Either way, it’s got me thinking about not only my appearance, but also my lifestyle! Following any one of these tips will help, but trying out all four will make a huge difference, making you not only LOOK younger but FEEL younger, too.  

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Keep stress to a minimum

It can seem odd that something strictly internal can have an effect on our external appearance. But the science makes sense. Cortisol is a hormone that lives quite happily in your body until you get stressed. Then, its levels increase to damaging levels.

When increased, it can give you insomnia, which will make you look more tired during the day. It can also cause weight gain, and give you high blood pressure. Obviously, none of these things are good for a youthful appearance! So, focus on stressing less and exercising more. This promotes the release of endorphins, the hormone that makes you feel good.

Hairy maintenance

Starting to lose your hair can be a stressful time in anybody’s life. But the truth is thinning, or thin hair is a sure-fire way to look older than your time. Happily, though, help is at hand. Hair loss products can be very effective. I’ve constantly got an issue of my hair matting together and having to be brushed out in clumps, but deep conditioners help to combat this. 

There is plenty of products on the market to find something that suits you. I’ve been using GHD heat protect spray, final shine spray and paddle brush because remember: healthy hair follicles mean healthy hair! Some companies will also give you a free trial to see how you like the product first, or you can buy samples. It’s also advisable to add protein-rich foods into your diet. While they can’t turn back the clock, they will make the hair you have look shinier and thicker.

Oh, and this isn’t just for the ladies… Men, take note! Although beards are undoubtably trendy, there is a difference between Brad Pitt stubble and a fisherman’s overgrown beard of chaos. S has a pretty big beard, but he uses oil to moisturise, a trimmer to tame it – but he also uses a shaving blade to get a close shave around his cheek bones and on his neck.

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Reduce alcohol intake

Another important step that it is never too late to take is reducing the amount of alcohol you drink. Or, even better, quitting completely. This is because some of the effects are almost reversible. To be honest, I’m getting a bit fed up of wasting my weekends on the sofa  clutching my stomach anyway…

The Daily Mail charted the difference that stopping drinking altogether can do for the skin and hair here.

You’ll be amazed at the difference just four weeks made to the participant. If you quit drinking too, you’ll find your eyes are less bloodshot and your facial skin less flushed. You will also see an improvement in dry and oily patches on the face. Don’t forget that drinking less can also contribute highly to weight loss.

Quit smoking

We all know that quitting smoking will improve your health, but it’s always useful to be reminded of the tangible benefits. Consider these. Stopping smoking will give you more energy, a better sex life, reduce stress levels and bigger lung capacity. The latter will make all the difference in your later years. As for the damage it does to your appearance?

Firstly, smoke from the tobacco dries out your skin, while internally it reduces nutrients and oxygen. Smoking also increases the chance of wrinkles forming on the skin a whopping three times over. Don’t forget about teeth. Good teeth are a strong sign of a healthy person, and stained teeth can add years to your overall look.

This fascinating video from NHS England features a makeup artist showing a 16-year old smoker what doing so will do to her appearance.

No matter your age, or whether you’ve been smoking for two years or 20-years, stopping is always worthwhile. If going cold turkey is too challenging, begin by reducing how many cigarettes you smoke a day. This will make the transition from smoker to ex-smoker much easier. I gave up when I was 20, so I know just how hard it is.

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2018-06-01T15:38:11+00:00 April 29, 2018|Health|

LeanBean Review – The Supplement Everyone’s Talking About

Last month LeanBean lovingly supplied me with a 30 day program of the supplements and a sports bra to deliver a complete unbiased review after my trial period. In addition to this, I received the LeanBean new lifestyle guides to help enhance your exercise regime.

If you follow my story online, whether it’s my professional career or my blogger lifestyle, you’ll know that I’m brutally honest. Quite frankly, I’m sometimes a little shocked when brands for an unbiased review from me because my approach is very direct. That said, I’m only here to present the truth and provide facts so you can make an informed decision as a consumer.

In a nutshell – What is LeanBean?

LeanBean is a professionally formulated fat burning supplement, specifically created for Women. LeanBean’s proven ingredients include powerful antioxidants and essential minerals designed to help you achieve your fitness goals. It was designed for female fitness models looking to get the edge before a big competition or photoshoot, and has quickly become the product of choice for women looking to speed up their results in and out of the gym.

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LeanBean supplements claim to:

  • Helps target stubborn fat with no harmful side effects.
  • Easy to use formula includes a dozen of nature’s most effective fat burners.
  • For active women taking it to the next level.

So, Why are YOU taking LeanBean!?

You’re probably thinking “you’re tiny, why are you reviewing a fat burner supplement?”. I’d be lying if I told you I was desperate to lose a significant amount of weight. Sure, I’d love to tighten up some areas but I only weigh 45kg – it’d be irresponsible for me to shave anymore pounds. That said, when I first started reading about LeanBean I was interested in the other benefits it had to offer, one being: balancing oestrogen levels.

We hear all the time about why disrupting hormone levels is bad for our health, and that’s why so many girls don’t agree with the contraceptive pill. But do you really know why it’s important to maintain healthy hormone levels? Common symptoms of unbalanced oestrogen include depression, headaches, breast tenderness, an increase in UTI’s – the list goes on. As somebody that struggles daily with chronic anxiety, I’m willing to try everything and anything to provide relief to my mental health. You can read more about a post I published last month about how I manage my chronic anxiety, and when I started taking LeanBean.

In addition to this, I was attracted to the energy boosting claims on the LeanBean website.

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I’ve also put on some extra weight over the past year or so, particularly on my hips and thighs. This is probably due to being comfortable in a relationship (it’s a thing!), and because I’m now working from home, I don’t get out as much as I used to. My weight doesn’t fluctuate but I’ve certainly lost some muscle and it’s been replaced with fat. I’m lucky in the fact that I can eat anything and not put on a huge amount of weight, but it also means it’s incredible to shift the extra pounds as soon as they’re stuck.

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I’m not one for fad diets and I’ll always steer clear of synthetic products, but my first impression of LeanBean was a positive one. I felt that the brand pushed natural ingredients to promote a 360 healthy lifestyle, from balancing hormones to increasing energy levels and losing weight along the way, and I really liked that.

LeanBean statement on their website completely got me onboard:

“Many people believe that the only way to lose weight is to go on crash diets; depriving their bodies of vital nutrients and minerals, whilst at the same time succumbing to harmful sugar cravings. All too often this leads to a yo-yoing waistline and low self-esteem.”

What’s in LeanBean then?

LeanBean takes an all-natural approach to ingredients (all of which are on the label) and has no unwanted side effects. Their powerful blend of over ten scientifically proven ingredients including the likes of turmeric, green coffee, green tea and Konjac fibre. These ingredients have been shown to help speed up your metabolism, suppress your appetite and promoting healthy levels of oestrogen in the body.

There were three ingredients and two vitamins I noticed on the LeanBean website that really intrigued me:

  • Green Tea is widely known as an ingredient to aid weight-loss because it contains ingredients (Catechins & ECGG) that have been shown to increase your resting metabolism and promote fat burning. We all know green tea is good for us, but it’s hard to get enough of it into your daily diet (at least it is for me!).
  • Turmeric includes an antioxidant called Curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to be effective at counteracting the negative effects of Oestrogen imbalance something that can lead to a vicious cycle of weight gain in women. Once I read this on the LeanBean fat burner supplement website, I knew this is something I wanted to try, as I already mentioned, it’s so important than to have balance hormone levels.
  • Glucomannan is a super fibre that comes from the root of the Konjac plant. I hadn’t heard of this plant or fibre until I was introduced to LeanBean, but it works by bulking up the food you eat and making you feel fuller for longer, thereby preventing you from eating excess calories – clever, huh? Glucomannan has also been shown to help naturally reduce your blood sugar after a meal.
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 is also an ingredient in the LeanBean supplement. These vitamins have always been a part of my diet anyway, because they make me feel SO much better. They work together to help your body release energy from carbohydrates, as well as improving your sleep (which changed my life forever!), due to their role in the production of serotonin.

I love the fact that everything in these supplements has been so carefully researched and only includes safe ingredients (not to mention they’re vegetarian and vegan friendly, too!). Many of the ingredients that are in the supplement, are ingredients I try and incorporate into my diet on a daily basis anyway.

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If you’re looking for a safe and natural way to lose weight, alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise, I would recommend LeanBean supplements.

Personally, I found that taking a tablet 4 times a day was difficult to keep up alongside my busy lifestyle. It was okay for a short period of time, but probably not something I’d keep up with over a longer period of time.  I already take medication at night, but having to take multiple pills a day can get a bit intrusive into your daily routine – but that’s me being pernickety. Overall though, theLeanBean supplement is everything I expected.

I wasn’t hoping to lose a lot of weight, I was loosing for a supplement that would help through workouts and help you to achieve your goal of building more muscle tone and becoming more defined. LeanBean did suppress my appetite though, so it did  make it easier to avoid those pesky cravings when I would usually visit the treats cupboard.

Remember, this supplement isn’t a miracle worker, but it simply takes some of the strains away from losing weight, and supports women maintain a healthy lifestyle alongside exercising and eating well.

Check out the gorgeous @jasaleksandra and her blog post on Leanbean.

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As LeanBean mention on their website… Many people think that it’s easier and quicker to go on crash diets in order to shift the pounds; what they don’t know is that this actually causes the body to go into starvation mode, burning muscle as energy and storing fat. This kind of starvation strategy can also have a very negative impact on your energy levels and if maintained for a long period of time can have a devastating impact on your vital organs and overall health.

LeanBean offer healthy meal plan in order to help you maximise results and achieve your goals, alongside the supplement that speeds up your metabolism and only to suppress appetite to avoid overeating and snacking on naughty treats. The fat burner supports a healthier lifestyle and includes essential vitamins and antioxidants designed to promote responsible fat burning and help you create a strong, toned and healthy body.

VERY refreshing to see in a market packed full of synthetic products  
You’ve got my vote LeanBean.

LeanBean fat burner is priced at £105.00 for 3 bottles containing 120 capsules, which is 3 months supply of the supplement, or or the £105 bikini bundle comes with the e-book workout guide and 1 free bottle. Take it four times a day for a full 90 days and if it doesn’t work as described, simply send it back for a refund.

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2018-01-08T03:33:15+00:00 May 10, 2017|Health|

Struggling To Drop Excess Weight? This Could Be The Problem…

Why is it that so many people seem to be attempting to drop excess weight and failing? Maybe it’s because they are chasing fad after fad, and the novelty is quickly wearing off. Maybe they’re not being completely honest with themselves about how much they’re trying.

If you’re trying to lose excess weight but nothing seems to be working, read on to find out what the problem could be…

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You’re not paying attention to what you’re eating and drinking

People make weight loss far more complicated than it needs to be. There are different ways of eating, things to eat, methods of exercise, and so on. Sure, doing certain things can speed it up or give you better results. But it all boils down to paying attention to what you’re putting into your body. Weight loss is consuming less calories than you burn off. Simple. If you’re eating lots of healthy foods but not losing any weight, you may still be in a calorie surplus.

Sweet potatoes and nuts are incredibly healthy foods, but you still need to be aware of portion sizes and how to track them, or they could put weight on you the same as a slice of cake. This doesn’t mean you should eat whatever you like as long as you’re keeping your calories low. Healthier foods will keep you fuller for longer, and are much better for our bodies. You shouldn’t drink your calories either. Milk and sugar in your tea and coffee can quickly add up. Don’t forget that fizzy drinks count too!

Try using an app so you can see accurately how much you’re really eating. You should only create a small deficit at first, so you’re not starving. Cutting right down on your calories straight away can be dangerous, and lead to eating disorders such as bingeing/purging.

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You’re not challenging yourself when it comes to exercise

Exercise can make weight loss happen faster, and give us a better looking body when we’ve lost that pesky fat. However, you must be challenging yourself. If you head to the gym with a friend and chat while you’re on the treadmill, it’s unlikely you’re doing much for your health.

You should do a mixture of different types of exercise to get the most out of your regime, and get the best results for your body. Strength training, cardio, and flexibility training are all important. Rest days are a must too. When you first get into exercising, you might just start to love it. It can be addictive, but you should never exercise every single day. You’ll do more harm than good!

You’re too much in the ‘diet’ mindset

Get out of that diet mindset. Diet implies a short term fix, whereas you should be looking at this as healthy lifestyle changes. Try to relax more around food and create a sustainable lifestyle. There are plenty of inspiring books, youtube videos, podcasts, and blog posts on this. Start reading up and you’ll have your eyes opened!

You have an underlying problem

Perhaps you have an underlying problem. See a doctor if you think there may be something wrong. You may be prescribed a medicine to help you get down to a healthier weight. Here, you can find a price comparison site for prescription medicines.

You’re not getting enough sleep

Sleep is crucial for weight loss. Make sure you’re not only getting enough, but that it’s quality too. Wind down before bed, and make sure your bedroom is the best environment to get sleep!

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