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Beauty Tips for Getting Rid of Stress

by Bionic Beauty on July 18, 2014 · 0 comments

No matter what your occupation is, stress is all relative. Whether you are working a 9-5 office job, chasing after children or frantically researching for an essay, you need a break from the grind once in a while. It doesn’t have to break the bank either, although a teeny bit of budget set aside for your stress-busting needs can go a long way.

Beauty tips for getting rid of stress
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First things first, get down to Holland & Barrett to grab a pot of coconut oil. The stuff is quite frankly magical and can be applied and even cooked with to reap a multitude of health benefits. Use it as a post shower, overnight hair mask to eliminate damage, upsetting dandruff and fatigued looking tresses. It is a safe ingredient over drugstore lotions and potions for combating dry or flaky skin, and acts as an anti-aging agent. Using it in cooking helps brighten the skin and eyes, speeds up your metabolism and even boosts your immune system! That means less prominent dark circles, less spots and generally feeling good!

A one off massage is a great way to get to ward off stress from your week. However don’t be fooled… massage is more than self-indulgence. A good massage will relieve tension held in your body, reducing the regularity of any recurring pain or injuries. It improves your skin tone and heightens your cognitive awareness and activity. Your temperament will feel lighter, and challenging tasks can become clearer. If you’re sitting at a desk hunched over a computer all day, a massage is a worthy investment, as staying in this position all day every day can have catastrophic effects on your back and shoulders. Set an alarm to go off every half an hour and just take a couple of minutes to stand up, walk around and have a stretch, as this will lessen the effects of a static desk job. When you’re at home, take ten minutes before you go to bed to do some simple stretches, as this will not only help you fall asleep more quickly but it will give your body a foundation for overnight healing!

A more budget sensitive option is to raid your kitchen cupboards for budget beauty essentials. One option is a sea salt bath to polish all the dirt, dead skin and stress away, followed by a good night’s sleep. It cannot be stressed more how important getting enough sleep is, as this is when your body does all of the patching up you need to get through the next tumultuous day. If you’re struggling through on 5 hours a night, you are impeding any health benefits sleep gives you. You’ll look tired, haggard and concentration for long periods of time will be a thing of the past. After a solid 7 hours minimum and a nice hot shower, place some cooled tea bags on your eyes for extra relaxation and to reduce puffiness. Eat a protein rich breakfast, as this will give you long-lasting energy, thus banishing stress due to sleepiness.

Reduce stress with rest and massage
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It’s worth looking after yourself no matter what your budget is, you’ve only got one set of body and mind, so take good care of it. Sleep well, eliminate processed foods during the week, drink plenty of water and set aside time for yourself. It’s important to find a balance. Don’t make yourself miserable with a brutal regime of dieting and exercising, but find a little time for it in amongst seeing friends, work and hobbies. After all, everything in moderation!

About the Guest Author: Elizabeth Finney is a young writer from London, predominantly writing about fashion, lifestyle and culture. Aside from writing, her hobbies include music, traveling and theatre.

Free beauty samples on the Bionic Beauty blogReady for some beautiful freebies Bionic Beauties??? There are some exceptionally grand ones in this group. Enjoy them! And as always, feel free to post a link to any freebies *you* find in the comments below.

+  Looking for some love for your locks?  Try out the new L’Oreal Triple Resist Advanced Haircare shampoo and conditioner.  The first Q of the short survey asks which blog told you about the freebie – sadly Bionic Beauty is not listed, so just pick another at random.

+  Moisturize your summer skin with a free sample of Eucerin skin lotion when you take their Skin First pledge.  Plus you get to pick which lotion version you’d like to sample!  For the record, I chose the “Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin” lotion.  Open to USA residents only.

+  Spice up the man in your life -or- just use this fragrance sample to scent your sock drawer… either way, grab a freebie of Dolce & Gabbana The One cologne for men.  Open to Bionic Beauties living in France only.

+  Carefree is offering free sample packs of tampons or liners for Aussie Bionic Beauties.  If you’re a Bionic New Zealander, grab your samples here.

+  Grab your choice of free Poise liner or pads sample packs.  Side note: Did anyone else see the Jennifer Garner movie, 13 Going On 30?  Whenever I hear the word “poise” I can’t help but think of that movie.

+  While this one isn’t truly a beauty freebie, I’m including it since I love the stuff. BioFreeze pain gel helps with my achy joints and ongoing chronic pain – so it might help some of you as well!

+  For salon/beauty professionals only:  Fill out a quick survey and get a free, full-size Invisible Dry Shampoo by Style Edit.

+  For salon/beauty pros only: Enter your salon name, answer a few quick questions, and you can get a free sample of Kenra Volume Hair Spray to test on yourself or your clients.

Hugs and fabulous freebies,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog


Are you thinking of enhancing your physical appearance and boosting your mental well-being with cosmetic surgery? The last thing you want to do is blindly rush into it like you would a new haircut. It’s best to weigh your options in order to find a procedure that’s right for you and a doctor who’s qualified to help. Keep the following five tips in mind as you start preparing for surgery and you’ll stand a better chance of satisfaction at the end of the day.

5 Things to Know Before Undergoing Plastic Surgery
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  1. Research can make a world of difference. Start your search on the internet, where you can look up and compare procedures, surgeons, dermatologists, and clinics. Most reputable clinics have websites where you can learn more about fees, read patient reviews, and view before and after photographs. You can also verify that a particular doctor is accredited before you even make initial contact. This can save you time and money.
  2. Different surgeons specialize in different procedures. Although many surgeons are jacks-of-all-trades, many specify in a certain area. If you’re interested in an eyebrow lift, you probably wouldn’t want to go to a doctor who specializes in breast augmentation. Surgeons develop reputations over time for being the best at a certain procedure, so narrow down the field to find a doctor suiting your needs.
  3. It’s recommended to have a complete physical first. You may have done your research and decided that you’re ready to go in for a rhinoplasty Sydney at drjeremyhunt.com.au, for example. Yet if it’s been years since you’ve had a standard physical, you may not be ready for surgery just yet. It’s important to have the proper assessments completed before you go in for any surgery, taking note of any medical issues that the surgeon should be aware of. This greatly reduces your chance of complications during and after surgery.
  4. You can have more than one consultation. It’s always a good idea to have a full consultation before the day of surgery. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations, and to ask any questions you may have. At this time, you can also get a feel for the doctor and whether or not you feel comfortable. If a physician makes you feel uncomfortable or seems overly pushy, don’t be afraid to schedule another consultation elsewhere. You can shop around before making a decision.
  5. Recovery times can vary. You may have a friend who healed from their laser treatment after only 24 hours, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll react the same way. Different types of skin can react in different ways to procedures, and everyone handles surgery differently. Your pre-existing health conditions and genetics will influence how you handle treatments and recover, which is why the consultation is such an important part of the process.

Weigh the pros and cons of surgery carefully before you agree to any procedure. All procedures have potential risks and side effects, so you’ll need to keep these in mind. It helps to make a list of any questions you may have before you sit down with the doctor of your choice, in order to discuss whether you are a good candidate for plastic surgery. With a bit of care and research, you can increase your chances of success!

Where should your derm check for skin cancer?

by Jami Summers on June 2, 2014 · 0 comments

With summer almost upon us – or if you’re in the south like me, it has been here for a month now – gentle reminders on sunny skin care are always welcome.

For example, did you know that your family doctor or dermatologist should be checking between your toes for signs of skin cancer?
I didn’t.

On that note, this quickie guide detailing nine places your doc should be checking for skin cancer is worth a read through. Unless I truly am the only person out there who lacked the between-the-toes intel…

TotalBeauty.com
9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides

Make sure your derm is checking these spots during your visit

9 Sneaky Places Skin Cancer Hides

This is a TotalBeauty.com Health & Beauty article

Skin cancer can hide in some awkward or weird places — but don’t let your embarrassment allow skin cancer to be overlooked. Your dermatologist should always check these nine places (yes, including your bum and even between your toes). If they aren’t, it’s time to get a new doctor.

See where skin cancer hides

Enjoy the sun and say hey to your doc for me!
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

New Fragrance Alert – Cheeteau by Chester

by Jami Summers on April 1, 2014 · 0 comments

Pervasive, fermented passion. The smell of hunger.
The new Cheeteau by Chester. It’s dangerously cheesy.

A laugh a day keeps the frowns away,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog