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Neuroscience of touch
Caressing, stroking, massaging, tickling, hugging… Strangely open as it sounds, I love to experience touch. Its different forms help me to wind down, relieve negative emotions, restore inner balance or evoke pleasure. However, it only happens when the toucher is someone I approve. If any sensory cues, including the visual, olfactory or environmental ones, remind …
Safety first, beauty will follow- how to protect the skin
Skin is a shield for the body and many factors affecting her quality come from the inside. The nutrients from foods we eat, the hydration from the liquids we drink, the quality of sleep that determines the hormones – all of that can work in favor of regeneration and balanced aging. But as any other shield, skin is exposed to the unfavorable influence of external factors that can weaken and permanently damage its surface. How could we protect this precious layer that’s meant to protect us?
The dry facts – why hydrating doesn’t work and how to do it right.
If there is one thing that can trick me into buying another skincare product, it would be the potential deep moisture effect. My naturally very dry skin seems to have an unlimited thirst and for a very long time I thought it’s almost impossible to find a product that would satisfy its needs. Then it turned out I invested in some of the best hydrating products on the market – I just didn’t know how to use them.
Temperature of health – the benefits of hot and cold therapy
„You’re hot and you’re cold, you’re yes and you’re no” – the lyrics of Katy Perry’s song were the first thing that came to my mind when I started thinking about hot and cold therapies. Why does manipulating the temperature of water and air have such powerful impact on health? And why does the vision of going for thermal extremes, despite the very long list of benefits for both physical and mental health, polarize even the most dedicated wellness followers? I immerse in the depths of human physiology and psychology to find the answers.
Overtraining, over-dieting, overthinking – how much self-care is enough?
If you could choose, how long would you be willing to wait for the results of your efforts? Probably not that long, am I right? When we want things, we want them fast and long-lasting. The urge of achievement often triggers us to pushing, reducing, repeating, refusing, obsessing over and over again and paradoxically doesn’t take us even a single step closer to health, balance and happiness. Effects of misinterpreted self-care can do us a lot of harm, and the only thing they have in common with the dream results is that unfortunately they can last very long.
Can we press the reset button on our DNA?
It is what it is. Isn’t that what we’re used to think about our genes? We got them as life starter packs from our parents and, depending on the situation, learned to praise them or hate them. Great skin? Thank you, genes! Slow metabolism? Blame it on the genes. It’s true, these tiny sections of DNA are very powerful but they are not in full control over our bodies. And, according to the scientists, we can learn to control them.
When the stress shows
Misfortunes never come singly. Is that why my skin tends to get bad every time a major stress kicks in to my life? I think the reason might be a bit more complex than the accuracy of this old proverb but it’s hard not to notice the regularity. Even if I try to eat well, sleep enough and pay attention to my everyday beauty routine, stress always shows And demonstrates the victory on the surface of my skin. The good news is that if there is a pattern, there must be a way to break it.
Skin, the burning problem
Among all the possible challenges a teenager can face, bad skin was the one (the only one, in fact) I was spared from. „Well, at least I have a great skin” even became my inside joke I told myself repeatedly to compensate the bitterness that came with growing so fast I became 15 cm taller than all the boys I liked over one summer vacation. Early in my 20s I thought I would never have to question my skin’s condition, nor to feel bad about it. Oh, the beauty of wishful thinking.
All the faces of aging
My birthday is coming soon. I don’t really pay much attention to it and I don’t mind putting +1 to my lifespan. But I do mind when I have to put -1 to the quality of my skin, and the visible changes on its surface are the main reminder of the passing of time. To celebrate my upcoming day in a productive way, I’m trying to figure out if and how my skin can keep a satisfying score, despite getting older.