// 3 Everyday Tips for Avoiding Toxic Situations

It’s quite common, these days, to hear a lot about “toxins,” often in the context of holistic health practices (sometimes with fairly dubious claims attached), and usually in connection to various supplements and superfoods.

In fact, though, there are many “toxic” situations and elements that you might brush up against during the course of your everyday life, ranging from actual pollution and contamination in your immediate environment, to “toxic atmospheres” that bring you down in a more abstract and emotional sense.

Here are just a few everyday tips for avoiding some common toxic situations.

1. Consider installing air and water filters in your home
We all tend to be very comfortable in our homes, which means that we can easily overlook the fact that our homes can be subject to various forms of pollution and assorted health hazards, without us even recognising it.

“Sick Building Syndrome” refers to health conditions which developed as a result of a toxic indoor environment – generally in the form of allergens and irritants present in the air, often due to the buildup of certain gases, moulds, and so on.

In fact, the air found in indoor environments is often more polluted than the air found outdoors, and for that reason you should seriously consider installing air filters in your home, at least in the sense of setting up a standing HEPA filter.

By the same token, there are some pretty compelling reasons to be concerned about the quality of the water that comes out of your taps, and it might be that purchasing a water filter for your fridge, at the very least, could prove genuinely beneficial.

2. Become mindful about the kind of information you “consume”
Almost everyone can agree that there is an abundance of “toxic content” to be found in various corners of the Internet, including prevalently on social media.

The thing is, if you are on an “information diet” featuring a constant stream of stories designed to rile you up or terrify you, and if you are spending a lot of your time and energy reflecting on ideas that seem to drag you down rather than to lift you up, your health and sense of well-being will certainly deteriorate accordingly.

It’s a very good idea to be mindful about the kind of information and ideas you “consume” on an everyday basis. Where possible, try to extricate yourself from the constant stream of negative information, and focus on things from a more upbeat and positive angle.

3. Get into the art of home-cooking from scratch
There are many global health epidemics these days, ranging from obesity to the rising prevalence of type II diabetes, that appear to be strongly connected to the types of food that are increasingly commonly consumed.

For example, high fructose corn syrup and trans fats have been clearly demonstrated to contribute to a range of serious health issues. By contrast, fruit, for example, even though it contains fructose, is associated with positive health outcomes.

Get into the art of home-cooking from scratch, and take pleasure in creating delicious recipes. Not only will you feel more satisfied with your meals, but you’ll likely avoid, or at least diminish, a lot of potential health pitfalls.

// this contributed post was written for this charming life.

// Wow Yourself With These Ways To Wake Up Gorgeous!

I’m going to preface this article by telling you that you are ALREADY gorgeous. Even if you are waking up looking like a swamp demon, you are a beautiful swamp demon and don't you ever forget it.

That being said, waking up looking dewy and glowy and plain beautiful? That’s not a thing that everyone can do. You want to wake with flawless and radiant skin after a night of sleep, and right now that feels impossible. The thing is, it can be done - really, it can! There are so many ways that you can maintain glowing skin even first thing in the morning. You want your complexion to be hydrated and smooth, and you want to remove bags under eyes, too. You want your face gorgeous from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. So, let’s look at some of the ways that you can achieve that. (You’re still gorgeous, seriously.)

  • Every single day, use sunscreen. It doesn't matter if it’s not roaring heat with sunbathing on the menu. You want to have skin that is flawless and smooth, and for that, you need sunscreen. Apply to your face morning, noon and evening as part of your skincare routine. You don't want your skin damaged by UV levels; the leather bag look is not the look you want to go for.

  • You’ve heard the fact that you are what you eat, but did you know that that will impact your skin? You can affect your skin with things that can damage your gut, so choose to indulge in nutritious food, and you’ll be golden! Eating lots of healthy fats will also help, as the healthy fats will keep your skin hydrated and moist, which is just what you want!

  • When you want to add products to your skin, make sure that you do it right after your bath or shower. The timing of your products will affect your skin, with your skincare routine required immediately after you wash. It’ll seal in all the moisture and good stuff, and your skin will be looking beautiful in the morning!

  • Your exercise levels are so important when you are trying to get that healthy glow on your skin. The more you workout, the more the blood flow increases to your skin and the oxygen and nutrients all head to the surface of the skin. This makes your skin feel vital, plump and ready for the day!

  • Leave it alone. No, really, if you have a spot or a scratch, stop picking at it. Keep your hands away from the face and use copious amounts of good moisturizer instead. If you pick your face, you are likely to leave even more dirty germs behind that will just make things worse. Leave your face alone and make sure that you keep your face washed and clean throughout the day.

Waking up gorgeous? That’s easy - you’re already doing that. Now you know how to add dewy skin to your morning wake-up!

// this is a contributed post written for this charming life.