A case of Addiction: The Whitney Houston’s Story

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The iconic singer’s life story is an eye-opening reminder of how addiction can affect the life of anyone — and our need to improve how we treat it.
Addiction can happen to anyone
There are a number of factors that can increase the likelihood that any person, Houston or otherwise, would turn to destructive behavior. This path can begin very early in life.

A prominent study on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), concluded that those who experienced abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), neglect (physical, emotional), or household dysfunction (mental illness, domestic abuse, substance abuse, incarceration, divorce) as a child faced higher likelihood for smoking, alcohol, and drug use. They’re even likelier to be overweight or chronically late for work.

A person can determine their proclivity toward these destructive behaviors by learning his or her ACE score, which is calculated through tallying the different forms of childhood trauma he or she experienced.

If she ever took the test, Houston may have had a high ACE score.

According to Janelle Westfall, clinical director at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona, a child who endures traumatic events like those experienced by Houston is at “a much higher risk” for developing substance abuse and health issues later in life.

The traumatic experiences endured by Houston as a child are discussed at length in “Whitney.”

Despite the image of the idyllic family they projected once Houston became famous, the family’s household was dysfunctional. Houston’s parents, John and Cissy, engaged in marital infidelities, which ultimately led to their divorce. Houston was bullied in a predominantly African-American school due to the light color of her skin.

And in a bombshell revelation, a source in the documentary revealed that a relative sexually abused Houston as a child. She was left in the care of this predator as her mother, Cissy, traveled frequently to pursue her career as a singer.

There’s also a genetic component to addiction.

Studies have estimated that genetics may account for up to 60 percent of an individual’s vulnerability to addiction. This explains why some people can use a drug and never try it again, while others develop a serious dependency.

“If [an individual has] a genetic predisposition to addiction, then that can be very dangerous, and that experimentation can turn into an addiction rather quickly,” confirmed Westfall. Therefore, it’s important to discuss a family history of addiction with doctors from an early age.

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A third factor is an individual’s peer group.

According to the experts at Devereux Arizona, if those surrounding an individual are using a substance, they are likelier to experiment.

As seen in “Whitney,” Houston grew up in a middle-class home in East Orange, New Jersey that was surrounded by drug culture. Her brother Michael admitted to enabling her drug use.

“If anything was gonna be done, I was gonna be the one to show it to her,” he said in the documentary. Her brother’s friend, Keith Kelly, claimed he was the first to give Houston drugs — marijuana and cocaine — on her 16th birthday.

Fame can complicate addiction
Adulthood and fame didn’t help Houston escape this environment. On the contrary, Houston was surrounded by enablers who procured her drugs and normalized dangerous behavior.

These “yes men” can present significant hurdles between a public figure and treatment, said Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, the owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting and author of “Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic.”

“The curse of fame is often that there’s a lack of leverage within the family or entourage to lead a celebrity towards treatment,” Benton said. “Celebrities such as Whitney often surround themselves with people who are related to them or paid and who benefit from enabling them. If an employee put pressure on them to seek help, they could risk losing their job.”

Benton added, “There are also pressures that famous individuals such as Whitney may face which can be the perfect storm for addictive and mental health issues: unlimited money and access to drugs, sycophants, career pressure, grueling schedules and a party-oriented lifestyle — for some.”

For many, including those who aren’t celebrities or dependent on substances, drugs and alcohol are common ways to deal with life’s stressors as a form of self-medication.

“In our society we use… drugs and alcohol to cope with sometimes just everyday things,” said Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, assistant executive director at Devereux Arizona. Jackson cited a drink after a hard week at work as a classic example of this behavior.

However, “when that glass of wine becomes a bottle, and then that bottle becomes two bottles,” the body can become used to the substances, and the dosage must be increased in order to feel the same effects.

But not all drugs are bad. When prescribed by a doctor, for example, “opiates can help provide you that calmness and that helps relieve your anxiety,” Westfall added. “So, there’s good side effects from the use of drugs. The problem is and that they have to use more and more and more as time goes on.” And those suffering from a mental illness, like depression or bipolar disorder, are more likely to abuse drugs.

They “are very drawn to the use of medication because they’re trying to make themselves feel better,” Westfall said.

Finding healthy alternative coping mechanisms is key
Jackson and Westfall agreed that drugs and alcohol are not long-term solutions for stress, because they can lead to dependence or overdose.

Instead, these experts recommend finding alternative coping mechanisms. Therapy can be a key resource, as well as “replacement behaviors” like mindfulness training, yoga, and basic exercise, which can help an individual destress and “get the endorphins going,” Westfall said.

Overall, society can also take steps to reduce the stigma around mental health. One of these would be the integration of mental health into primary care.

“Mental health is healthcare,” stressed Jackson. “There’s no physical health without good mental health.” It’s a maxim worth remembering as the United States grapples with an opioid crisis, which is also a mental health crisis.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 American adults experience mental illness.

Minority groups are at greater risk
In addition to genetics, a person’s race, sexual orientation, and gender can all factor into the level of stress they experience. African-Americans and those in the LGBT community experience chronic stress at higher rates due to discrimination and perceived discrimination, reports the American Psychological Association. Stress can lead to a variety of health issues, including diabetes, mental disorders, and substance abuse.

Despite her success, Houston’s race did not make her life any easier. From the beginning of her career, Houston, who is black, was carefully marketed to a white audience with an image that glossed over her racial identity. As a result, she became the first black woman to top the pop charts. But this marketing had consequences. In 1989, Houston was booed at the Soul Train Awards, an act that had a life-changing impact on her self-esteem.

Houston’s struggles may also be rooted in the stigma surrounding her rumored sexuality. The singer never identified as queer in her lifetime. But in “Whitney,” the singer was described as “fluid” by her musical associate Rickey Minor, indicating an attraction to both men and women. The 1980s and early 90s saw the height of the AIDS crisis. It wasn’t an accepting time to be queer in the United States. An out female singer risked being publicly and commercially rejected.

The film also showed that, even today, members of Houston’s family weren’t accepting of LGBTQ people. Gary Houston, Whitney Houston’s brother, described Robyn Crawford — Houston’s friend, assistant, and rumored lover — as “wicked.”

Family acceptance is a key part of good mental health and an important safety net, said Jackson, and “this was something that didn’t appear to be there” for Houston.

Moreover, whatever their relationship may have been, Crawford was a lifeline to Houston, and her forced departure from Houston’s team left the singer vulnerable, attested Bobby Brown, Houston’s husband of 14 years, in an interview with “Us Weekly” in 2016.

“I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today,” Brown said. “She didn’t have close friends with her anymore.”

Diagnosis is essential
It’s unknown if Houston was diagnosed with a mental health disorder — and all three of the health experts that spoke with Healthline cited a policy of not diagnosing individuals who they hadn’t treated personally.

But during her lifetime, warning signs of Houston’s troubles were on display for the world to see: her near-skeletal appearance at the Michael Jackson tribute in 2001; her admission of drug use to Diane Sawyer in a shockingly frank interview in 2002; her legendary voice reduced to a rasp by the 2009/10 “Nothing But Love Tour.”

Benton recalled the 2005 Bravo reality show “Being Bobby Brown” — which showcased Houston, her then-husband Brown, and her daughter Bobbi Kristina — as being a major red flag.

“I remember being shocked at seeing a hardened Whitney sleeping on the couch late into the day and appearing out of it,” Benton said. “It was concerning that Whitney and Bobby were shamelessly exposing their daughter to a partying lifestyle as well as to their impairment on drugs and alcohol.”

However, Houston is no outlier as an entertainer struggling with drugs and alcohol. Recently, Demi Lovato overdosed on heroin and is currently recovering after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years beforehand.

There’s a crisis in the music industry, which is enabled by “a culture of greed that views musicians, actors, etc. as commodities and paychecks,” Benton said. This is a culture that needs to change.

“Agents and managers will often cover up and protect the celebrity from exposure and prevent getting treatment for selfish reasons instead of putting their employer’s well-being first,” Benton said. “I’d suggest that the industry culture needs to change so those closest to the celebrity have a process and leverage to get them help for whatever mental health, addiction, or medical condition they’re suffering from — without fear of losing their job. This should be viewed as an act of love and caring.”

Additionally, society’s overall attitude toward drug use and mental illness often perpetuate a culture of shame, making treatment even more difficult for those who need it.

This is magnified many times over when the person is a celebrity.

The larger legacy of an icon
Houston, through her music and life, gave love to countless people. Ultimately, her tragic end can also offer lessons to the world.

“Whitney’s story is a cautionary tale. She was a brilliant artist with the potential for lifelong success. However, fame and fortune don’t equate to happiness. Therefore, I hope that her fans can prioritize their wellness in life above success,” Benton concluded. “Additionally, I have read that Whitney never felt she could be herself on terms of the image that managers wanted her to portray. Let this to be a lesson that we must find and live our truth or we may lose ourselves in what others expect of us.”

For anyone with symptoms or a diagnosis of mental illness, the National Institute of Mental Health has compiled a list of helpful resources.

Suicide prevention
If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:
•  Call 911 or your local emergency number.
•  Stay with the person until help arrives.
•  Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
•  Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline.

 

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The Parent and Child Linkage

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Understanding your child is one of the most important things that you should learn as a parent. It is very helpful in becoming effective in guiding and nurturing your child as they grow and mature. You need to bear in mind that your child has a unique personality trait that remains consistent throughout life.

One of the ways you can understand your child is by observing them as they sleep, eat, or play. Look for the consistent traits. Which activities do they like best? Is adjusting to changes easy for them or do they need time to become familiar with these things? These things are the normal characteristics of a child and your child may not be an exception.

As much as possible, have time to talk to your children as this is crucial to gaining information and understanding. In the case of young children, they require less verbal language and more facial expression and body language in order to understand their thoughts and feelings. Asking them questions will allow them to share their feelings to you.

Self-esteem is a major key to success in life. The development of a positive self-concept or healthy self-esteem is extremely important to the happiness and success of children and teenagers. A positive parent-child relationship provides the framework and support for a child to develop a healthy respect and regard for self and for others. Children crave time with parents. It makes them feel special. Parents are encouraged to find time to spend playing with their kids on a regular basis. This should include one to one with each child and group time with all of the adults and kids in the home. If you are a single parent or have an only child, occasionally invite family or friends over to play.

For one reason or another, some children do not develop social skills as easily as others. They may earnestly seek peer relationships and then, having endured rebuffs, if not downright cruelty, retreat to the safety of home, family, and their own company. There is probably nothing so painful for a parent as the rejection of his child. Parents need to take the long view of social problems and to map out a plan to solve them quite as carefully and thoughtfully as they would consider academic or health problems. There are guidelines which, if followed, will help these children if the parent is willing to take time and initiative.

Most parents will encounter a few bumps in the road as their child moves from baby to teen to adult. Be resourceful in giving advises.

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How To Make Your Kids Love Veggies

 

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As some of you moms have surely witnessed, kids more often eat when they’re hungry and stop eating when they’re full. In other words, children are naturally following their internal cues so parents should try not to undo this healthy intake by encouraging kids to eat past the point of fullness.

Teaching children to stay tuned into their own hunger and fullness indicators allows them to have a comfortable relationship with food and avoid overeating as they grow older.

But in this world of aggressive junk food marketing, it can prove difficult to keep kids on the path of wellness, much less convince them that a plate full of fresh, colorful vegetables can be as tasty as a bowl of sugary cereal.

This is where we parents need to get inventive. After all, the habits our children develop at a young age are the ones they’re likely to carry with them into the rest of their lives.

Reinvent the Wheel
I love encouraging kids to look at vegetables differently. One of the fastest and most creative ways to do this is by asking kids to assist you in making pizza—with veggie toppers, of course! You can even do a grain swap and use a head of cauliflower to make the base and create a veggie full pizza crust that you and your kids can then top with whatever you’d like (thinly sliced eggplant on mine, please).

Another way to get kids to view vegetables in a new light is to make pasta veggies.

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You can either spiralize a zucchini with a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler or bake a spaghetti squash and top a mound of the spaghetti-like strands with marinara sauce, meatballs, and Parmesan.

Remember to never deceive kids with these recipes. Provide full disclosure (during or after eating) that they are made with vegetables so that kids learn to appreciate their diversity and flavor while never feeling like they’re being tricked.

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Play With Your Food
We all enjoy being able to pick and choose what ingredients we want in our salads and then adding dressing and toppings as if we were at our favorite frozen yogurt shop. So why not bring that same experience home with fresh, colorful veggies chopped up and placed in serving bowls?

Add a healthy salad dressing or two (along with some nutritious toppings that are fun to sprinkle) and you’ve got a new way to make family dinnertime a lot more playful, not to mention healthy. Plus, kids often enjoy helping to set up this homemade salad bar before partaking in it.

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Kids can also use different vegetables to create fun objects like celery boats. Fill celery stalks with low-fat cream cheese and top with red pepper “sails.” They can also cut veggies into strips and other shapes and then use them to design faces or artwork on whole-wheat mini pitas topped with nut butter, light cream cheese, or ranch dressing.

Nine (9) things to get along well with your Partner

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A healthy marriage relationship is one that is not always easy and one which there is no dispute between partners. The closest and longest married couples are committed to solving contentions in a mature way and grow together as a human being and as a lover. Here are some things that couple marriage experts advise most often to couple to strengthen their bond .

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1. Praise your spouse in front of others
Couples who maintain healthy relationships talk positively about each other in front of friends, children, relatives, and colleagues. This is the opposite of what happens in bad relationships. ‘My husband is very good at helping me.’, ‘My wife is really good at cooking.’ It is a good way to maintain a close and intimate relationship with the same words spontaneously popping out.

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2. It takes time to be together even when it is busy.
Good couples say they regularly take time out for each other in their daily lives. Spend time with your dog, take a walk together, talk after your child is asleep, watch your favorite TV shows, or pray together.

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3. Often smile
Smile a lot with each other. One of them is acting to brighten the mood, so it’s hard to be upset for a long time. I need to talk about serious topics when I need them, but the sense of humor is tremendously helpful in maintaining a healthy relationship. People who laugh a lot and are generally not too serious can easily enjoy a healthier relationship.

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4.Appreciate each other of the positive aspect rather than continuing to talk about the negative aspects of your partner.

You could have a couple of complaints about your marriage. But in most cases people have similar problems like other couples. Good couples see the good side of the opponent rather than the complaint, and express it immediately if there is something thankful for the opponent.

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5. If there would be winners in arguments, let it be your partner.
Disagreements are normal in a relationship. Couples who always sympathize with each other and listen with each other tend to overcome common misunderstandings in all relationships. If you have these conflict management skills, you may feel that your partner is listening, understanding and appreciating when you say, “I do not agree with you, but I understand you and understand why you feel that way.”

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6. Always tell your whereabouts
Don’t let your spouse neglected. If you tell your whereabouts through a short phone call or text, or and when you have an appointment with your friends, you can improve your marital status and help your partner feel at ease.
7.Don’t fail to be romantic
It’s a way for couples to enjoy each other’s love and excitement. If you do not tempt each other, the relationship becomes plain and boring. Good couples always try to attract each other.

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8. Fight Clean During Arguments
Improve your discussion. Be careful not to blame, not to stigmatize, not to discourage. Insert a joke at a most difficult time. When the couple spoke to each other, be careful with hurting words. A good couple always loves and respects each other.

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9. Forgive and surrender without grudging
You should not have any emotional distance from each other . Be responsible for your own mistakes, apologize and cross over. Even if you disagree about something just an hour ago, enjoy your life together.

Habits Of Well-Groomed Men

“Ordinary things done consistently produce extraordinary results.” These wise words belong to seasoned entrepreneur Keith Cunningham, but their essence extends far beyond the world of business. For example, regular sit-ups reap washboard stomachs – not a monthly burnout at the gym. Similarly, small (and possibly tedious) chunks of daily revision will earn you a distinction. Cramming through the night on a diet of Pro Plus and Red Bull will not.

The same is true for a man’s appearance: a one-off investment in a super expensive moisturiser or a bi-monthly overhaul won’t affect your appearance as much as taking care of the small details on a regular basis. And with that, we unpack the ten habits of a perfectly groomed man.


2. Enter a LTR   (Long Time Relationship) with your barber.
This is one of the most important relationships a well-groomed man can have. When you click with a stylist, make a (silent, non-verbal) commitment to them. On a logistical level, that means pre-booking appointments every couple of weeks rather than waiting until your hair has reached maximum fluff and then cheating on them with a random barber.
And, just as in any functional relationship, let communication be open and consistent. The more a stylist or barber understands you, the more they will be able to mould your look to reflect your personality.

3. Seek out a signature scent (but don’t overspray it)
In an ideal world, you will become synonymous with a single scent – something unique that will instantly remind others of how you make them feel. Avoid the commercial concoctions that line department store shelves and go in search of the cult classics or niche brands that are less well-known. The endless testing will pay off when you find your true nom de perfume. Just don’t asphyxiate everyone with it.

4. Manage your facial hair
Attractive beards don’t just happen by accident. Even though your follicles have been left to their own devices, that doesn’t mean they’re exempt from a regular tidy. If you can house stray canapés in your moustache, it’s definitely time to give it a trim. Invest in a hardwearing trimmer like the Braun Beard Trimmer, which has 25 different length settings and will allow you to contour your style with precision. If you have a voluminous chin-strap, you might also want to think about conditioning it with a beard oil.


5. Exfoliate twice a week
An overlooked but critical component in any successful grooming routine, exfoliants yield immediate results by sloughing off dead cells and revealing a fresh, new layer of skin. Rather than scrub your skin with a “mechanical’” product containing microbeads, invest in a chemical exfoliant that will dissolve debris by way of natural acids.

6. Tame your feet
It’s little use making sure that your face is well groomed when you still have hooves for feet or discoloured talons for nails. These are the details your bed partner will notice (as will everyone in the street if you’re flagrantly airing your feet in sandals this summer). In summary, tend to corns and overgrown nails at home or, better yet, employ a professional to give you a pedicure with industrial strength power tools.

7. Groom in your sleep
Granted, your looks aren’t exactly a top priority when you’re sleeping but, as you snooze, your skin is considerably more receptive to reparative or “active” ingredients. This is largely because your body isn’t busy fighting off environmental aggressors during the small hours and will default into repair mode.


8. Manscape
Manscaping is a thing now. Deal with it. If you plan on taming fuzz below the neckline, do so with restraint. A little trim here and there is good manners but shaving or waxing everything off when you haven’t been a regular at the gym may make you look like a baby porpoise.
If, however, your pecs and abs are hiding underneath a wolverine sweater, then by all means get those pesky follicles removed with a dedicated product.

9. Sunscreen is not just for sunny days
Most guys only crack open a bottle of sunscreen when they hit the beach. But the fact is, we’re exposed to UV rays all the time – even in winter. And there is no quicker way to speed up the passage of time than by leaving your skin unprotected.
Start thinking about sunscreen as an anti-ageing product rather than seasonal protection. A minimum application of SPF 15 every day will be far more effective than any age reversal concoction on the market. Read our guide to find the safest and most effective sunscreens on the market

10. Learn how to shave properly
It’s a sorry state of affairs when a grown man can’t shave his own beard correctly. Most guys learn to shave through trial and error and inevitably pick up bad habits (shaving against the grain, using too much resistance) or do their skin unnecessary damage. Get a wet shave from a barber every once in a while and pick up some personalised tips along the way. This means asking questions, which they will be happy to answer. Larger cities may have barbershops with shaving schools. Alternatively, you can read guides to the perfect shave.

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Unhelpful Cosmetic Products

Sometimes advertisements play tricks on us. In the pursuit of beauty, we buy lots of useless creams, masks, and serums that promise us many desirable effects. This site pondered all this marketing mess and prepared for you a list of cosmetic products you don’t really need.

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Split end remedies
No matter how much we want it, there’s no cosmetic remedy that can solve the problem of split hair. Serums and balms with the appropriate label give only a visual effect, sticking the split ends together for a while. The only thing that works is a haircut.

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Hand cream, foot cream, body lotion

Another myth that marketers have created: people need different creams for different parts of the body. Your face does require special care, but in most cases you can use a single product for your entire body. All moisturizing creams and lotions work the same way, and you can use them for both your hands and body.

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Dandruff shampoo
When your sebaceous glands work poorly, the spread of a fungus called dandruff begins. An ordinary shampoo cannot help you get rid of this problem. Besides, it dries out the scalp. You need a special medical shampoo, which you can buy at a pharmacy.

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Facial Toner
Facial toner is one of those things we consider necessary because we use the wrong skin care products. Cleansing soap is more effective than toner. It doesn’t contain alcohol, doesn’t dry your skin, and has a neutral pH level.

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Lip Balm
Most producers claim that the only way to moisturize your lips is to buy a lip balm. However, the “perfect is the enemy of good” principle works here. Some balms can really help you, but most of them contain alcohol that dries your skin. An affordable and more useful alternative is cosmetic Vaseline or beeswax with a drop of olive or coconut oil.

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Shaving cream
Before shower gel appeared, shaving cream served an important purpose: it softened the hair follicles and helped the razor blade slip easily over the skin. But since shower gels contain a lot of glycerol and more moisturizing substances than shaving cream, the choice is obvious.

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Cellulite Cream
Lots of people are still inclined to believe that there’s a magic wand that will make us perfect in a moment. One of the myths we want to dispel is the effectiveness of a cellulite cream. At the moment, there are only two things that can really fight cellulite on the buttocks: an active lifestyle and a healthy diet. You can also try various types of massage and use scrubs, as they stimulate blood circulation. The cream is only able to soften the skin a little and give a short cosmetic effect.

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Cuticle Oil
Using a couple of drops of special oil seems to be an excellent way to get a decent manicure. However, once it’s absorbed, the effect disappears and brings no use. If you really want to help your nails, try cosmetic Vaseline or basic natural oils.

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Facial masks
We cannot say tissue masks are absolutely useless. They really can make your skin look better for a special occasion. But, in fact, you don’t need them. Most of them are simply moisturizing or oil absorbing, and you can achieve the same effect using a simple cream.

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Simple Rules for Naturally Looking Great

Naturalness has always been in trend. Today many girls spend so much time trying to put their makeup on to look like they aren’t wearing any at all. But following some beauty rules can help you look great without using any products on your face.
Feminine touch introduces ten (10) simple tricks that will make you look naturally flawless without foundation, lipstick, or other cosmetics.

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Make your eyebrows look perfect

On a face without makeup, the eyebrows inevitably become the center of attention. Shape your eyebrows for your face shape. If needed, tint your eyebrows with dye or henna. When choosing the color, make sure it matches your hair color. If you weren’t born with thick brows, apply a mixture of castor oil and vitamin A to your eyebrows daily. After a few weeks, you will notice the amazing transformation of your eyebrows.

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Accentuate your eyes

To make your look “wider,” curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler, and then apply transparent gel to them. You can even go further and get eyelash extensions.
Get rid of dark circles under your eyes. Start by reconsidering your diet. Dark circles can be the result of a deficiency of iron or B vitamins in your body (liver and red meat contain large amounts of these). Choose eye creams with a whitening effect or the ones with retinol. Сold compresses with mint or green tea are very useful too.

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Whiten your teeth

A bright smile adds 100 points to any image. Therefore, make sure nothing prevents you from looking attractive. Use whitening toothpaste, especially after drinking coffee or wine. But remember not to overuse it as such toothpaste can be quite harsh. If your teeth are naturally gray or yellow, get them professionally whitened.

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Don’t forget about your lips
Nutrition, moisturizing, and reasonable exfoliation are not only important for your face but your lips as well. Use lip balms that can sometimes be replaced with olive oil or any other natural oil. Once a week massage your lips with a soft toothbrush or with your fingertips — you should moisten them and dip them in sugar beforehand.

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Take care of your hair
Dull hair color and a haircut that was done a long time ago are really not beneficial for your makeup-free face. Choose simple hair styles and natural colors, as more drastic options would be discordant with a natural appearance. Get your split ends cut regularly, use products with heat protection, and don’t go overboard with the styling products. Coconut oil can add shine to your hair. It also helps to fight dandruff, dryness, and other problems. Rinsing your hair with boiled herbal extracts (sage and oak bark for brunettes, chamomile and linden for blondes) also makes your hair look shinier.

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Use sunscreen
Ultraviolet radiation greatly increases the appearance of premature wrinkles and other unpleasant “bonuses” of aging. It can also lead to skin cancer, and people with light skin can be affected the most. Therefore, products with SPF must be used not only in the summer on the beach but throughout the year.

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Focus on your skin
Cosmetologists believe that we shouldn’t wash our face more than 2 times a day. And it’s even better to do this only before going to bed. In the morning you can use cleansing milk, lotion, or an ice cube. The most important thing is not to rub your skin too much as such procedures can be quite harsh. Making face masks (a white clay mask, for example) once a week is also useful. And if your skin is not too sensitive, you can gently exfoliate it by using different face scrubs.

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Get enough sleep
Proper sleep (at least 7-9 hours) is essential for keeping your skin in perfect condition and for good health in general. Go to bed by 11 pm because after midnight the body starts to produce one of the main “beauty hormones” — melatonin. Try to sleep on your back to reduce the appearance of potential premature wrinkles.

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Reconsider your diet
Studies confirm a direct connection between the condition of our skin and the food we eat. Oily marine fish, vegetable oils, seeds, and nuts are among the most important foods. They are a source of fatty acids, vitamin E, and carotenes which are the main weapons in the fight against free radicals. Dairy products should also be included in your menu because they are the key to healthy microflora.

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Find your own color

Correctly choosing the color of your clothes will help make your skin tone look even, hide flaws, and make your appearance more expressive. Skin without foundation looks paler, and that’s why it’s important not to make the situation worse by choosing overly dark and cold shades. White is also not the best option. The best ones are pure bright colors: blue, turquoise, emerald, peach. Ideally, you need to determine your color type and choose clothes in accordance to specific rules.