Why Cosmetic Surgery Should Be Your Very Last Resort

If you're getting older and don't like the changes that age has made to your skin, you might be wondering whether it's time to get a facelift, eyelid surgery or jaw lift. These cosmetic procedures are fairly popular and can be tempting. However, they also come with a host of problems, including cost, potential side effects and complications, pain, recovery time and many more. While cosmetic surgery may be the only thing that can help some people look younger, most people have other options. Here's why you should look at diet, lifestyle changes, supplements and many other anti-aging treatments before you go under the knife.


Unless you've been in an accident or have suffered disfigurement as the result of a disease or other medical problem, your insurance probably won't pay for your cosmetic surgery. That means you'll be stuck covering the cost of the surgery and any other related expenses out of pocket. Anti-aging procedures aren't cheap, either. The average cost of a facelift in 2011, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, was $6,408. That number does not cover consultations, preparation appointments or the cost of any necessary revisions.

How To Have A Clear Face With 13 Practical Tips

Do you know that the condition or health of your hair or your skin is a reflection of your overall health? A friend said to me that what we do or do not do to our health, how we live every day and what choices we make every day - can be reflected in the health of our hair and skin. What are your thoughts?

Personally, I agree with her. In fact, my dad and mum mentioned the same thing. How we take care of our bodies internally, especially, makes the big difference - although it is also important to take care of ourselves every day 'on the outside.'

For example, keeping our 'insides' clean (good digestive system, toxins flushed out and liver functioning well) and functioning at optimum health is a lot more important than just doing our daily 'external' cleaning routines. Here, diet and lifestyle play important roles.

I would like to share with you 13 practical tips of how to 'generally' take care of yourself internally and externally to have healthy and good skin. In fact, for those having problem skin like acne or acne prone skin, should make these tips a daily habit or routine.

1) Water Therapy

Maybe some of you have heard of water therapy? I do this every morning. They say it is good to drink 2-3 glasses of plain water first thing in the morning before breakfast. I do think this works because when I do this, I go to the toilet about 30 minutes later to 'get toxins flushed out' of my body. An hour later, I eat breakfast. I drink water throughout the day too.

Top All-In-One Skincare Products

Everyone has their own small collection of products that they use religiously. These items are usually scattered over our bathroom counters or crammed into drawers. Though we may not have the room for them, we still make fervent efforts to assure they are always there. As inconvenient as it is, I am a slave to my skincare routine and will do everything in my power to avoid any sort of compromising. However I have recently been introduced to a couple all-in-one skincare items that might just be the answer to my (and possibly your) prayers. I have always been a little bit skeptical about claims made by all-in-one products thinking, "Can it really do all that?" Though I still remain a little unconvinced with most multi-tasking products, I have found three that really live up to their name!

BB Creams 
If you've walked past a Sephora or opened up a magazine lately, I'm sure you've heard or read about BB creams. These creams are very popular right now, with even drug store brands coming out with their own versions. It is, for the most part, a skincare product however; it can also be used as makeup as well. "Beauty Balm" or "Blemish Balm" is a liquid formula with the appearance of tinted moisturizer. Just like a tinted moisturizer, it provides a light to medium coverage for the entire face while also acting as a primer, powder and SPF. BB creams also help to improve the texture of your skin and contribute to a more even skin tone. By combining the forces of five products into one, you can conserve counter space and save tons of money.