Health

Spilling the tea: The Skin Benefits of Green Tea

What’s a better way to relax than sipping on some hot tea, especially green tea? Green tea originated in China and spread throughout Asia due to its many health benefits. You can also find green tea in many cosmetic products because Camellia Sinensis leaves are loaded with antioxidants. Here are some great beauty benefits that green tea contains:

Reduced Inflammation

Did you know that you can drink your way to perfect skin? Recent studies show that drinking two cups of green tea a day will protect you from the sun’s UV rays. Too much sun exposure can irritate and inflame your delicate skin. Luckily, green tea contains anti-inflammatory properties that combats the harmful rays.

Gentle Exfoliator

Applying the tea leaves on your face makes a great exfoliator. The tea leaves have a slightly abrasive texture, which is good for eliminating dead skin cells. The end result is a brighter and smoother complexion.

Anti- Aging

Aging gracefully is a wonderful thing, but if there was a way to rewind the clock, would you take it? If yes, then green tea has been proven to provide anti-aging elements. The catechin EGCG can reactivate dying skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin. This means wrinkles and age spots caused by free radicals damage can fade away!

Acne

You may have noticed that many skincare products contains green tea or that green is their main ingredient. Well, when used topically, green tea has been proven to dissipate the appearance of pimples, zits, and blackheads. The reason being, green tea is antimicrobial and astringent.

We hope these beauty benefits will help you achieve a clearer and smoother complexion.


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Two Weeks In... Keep The Magic Going

Months, (maybe even years) have gone by and you have been plugged, sprayed, pulled and designed to look like a fairy tale queen. Did you forget something? The GROOM silly! Don’t let the stress of planning your big day you are sharing with your love ruin the magic you two have now. Let’s face it, you are marrying him for a reason! 

Here are some things to do to keep the romance alive. 

1. Schedule date night

Whether you schedule a wine and dine at your favorite restaurant OR you do a cooking class together. Try going to the restaurant you went to on your first date. 

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2. Couples massages

 At Krystalrosestudio.com, we offer great packages for relaxing massages you and your partner to be can enjoy together.
 

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3.  Plan your Bachelor/Bachelorette party together

It can be fun doing a co-ed bachelor/bachelorette party. I personally used a party bus with all our friends. Or try a group dinner.

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4.  Work out together

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Want to get in shape together for the big day? Try running a few miles a week together or doing weights. Also, create a diet plan to support each other to be healthy and happy for the big day. 

 

Workouts For The Big Day

I know, I know you've probably have heard this a million times, but working out is such a good way to prepare yourself for your big day (or even just your life in general). Let's face it, you have been talking to professional hair stylist and planners. You've probably spent more time at a spa in six months than you have in a year. Exercising not only is a great way to sculpt that body and get the physique you want but also a great way to relax your mind from the stress. 

Not sure what workouts to start with? After doing some careful research, www.shape.com (as well as a few other sites) has tips on what workouts work best to sculpt your arms, legs, and core.

Strapless, strappy and A-line cut: 
Biggest Target: Arms and Core

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We love this elegant and sexy look and you definitely want to look good with your arms as well as keep a tight core for that fitted top. We definitely recommend the works below. Do 3 sets of 10 three times a week (feel like raising a challenge? add some weights to the planks).

          Plank Shoulder Taps

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          Wing Span
           Bicep curl
           Close Grip Barbell Bench Press
           Plank (timed: aim for 60 seconds then 90)
           Tricep Curl
           Incline Dumbbell press
             DUMBBELL LYING TRICEPS EXTENSION

 

Ball Gown Dress
Target: Emphasis on core figure (tiny waist)

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As if we didn't give you enough core workouts. Here are some extra ones you can do to help boost your way to that sexy flat midsection. All workout pictures can be fine here: https://bit.ly/2DEF6zL

Side Plank
Twisting V-up
Plank with Hip Drop
Side plank with leg lift

Sheath Gown
Target: Full Body work out

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It's time to focus on it all! We listed some all body workouts you can do to keep your heart racing and your muscles tone to look elegant, beautiful and perfect in that skin tight beautiful gown of yours.

(Insanely Effective 15- Minute Workouts)
Burpee
Squat
One Arm Dumbbell Row
Crunch variations

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Mermaid Gown
Target: Thighs and legs

This is definitely a dress that will turn heads on your special day and leave your groom absolutely speechless. This cut emphasises your hips, thighs, and legs. doing a couple of weeks 2-3x a week is definitely a great to sculpt those muscle.
6 Moves for Slimmer Hips & Thighs

(Here are some squat variations)


Crab Squat (Side Squat)
Side Lying Leg Lift
Dumbbell Squat
Side Stepping Curtsy

Short Dress.
Target: Ladies it is all about them Legs!

You definitely want to do the workouts listed above but here are some extra ones to rotate your days with.

Basic Squat
Leg Lunge
Leg press (gym)
Step up workout

Other Tips:

Water- it does depend on how much you weigh - for example, someone who weighs an average of 150lb should drink between 75 a 150oz. And if you work out you must always drink more to stay hydrated. Water is your friend it keeps you hydrated and gives you beautiful skin. 

Stretch- Please please please do not forget to stretch before and after you work out. It helps keep your muscles from being sore, keeps your muscles flexible and helps with joint motion. 

Take a break in between- It is good to listen to your body. Take a day in between workouts to relax and let your body rejuvenate.

A Guide to Self-Improvement in 2018

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When a new year rolls around, many of us look for ways we can improve ourselves. For a lot of people, that mostly means getting in shape or finding a healthier lifestyle, but self-improvement can encompass a lot of things, from learning how to be a better parent to finding ways to help others in your community. The great thing about these changes is that they don’t just affect you; they touch the people in your life and can often inspire them to follow the same path.

 

The first step is to think about how you want to change your life for the better; second, think of ways you can implement those changes that will allow you to stick with them. For instance, it’s great to set a goal to lose weight by exercising every day, but if you don’t get specific with the steps you’ll take to achieve your goal, there’s a greater chance that you’ll get busy or tired and lose your motivation.

 

Plan ahead, then implement. Here’s how to get started.

 

Choose something that’s attainable

 

In many cases, it’s wonderful to dream big. However, if you want to set a goal and achieve it, sometimes it’s best to start small and go with something you know you can attain, then work your way up. There’s no rulebook that says you have to limit yourself to one goal; just work on one at a time. Check out this Men’s Health article, which talks about the best ways to prioritize your goals and tasks.

 

Garner support

 

Once you’ve figured out what it is you want to achieve, garner support from friends and family. If you’re on a mission to live a healthier lifestyle, talk to your family at home about getting everyone on the same page so you aren’t unintentionally sabotaged by your spouse when he or she brings home cookies and soda from the supermarket. Having those who love you in the loop when it comes to your goals will ensure you have cheerleaders to help keep you going when things get hard or when you push yourself outside of your comfort zone.

 

Help others

 

For some, helping others is the best way to start improving their lives. This can mean being active in your community by volunteering at a local animal shelter or library, preparing food for a homeless shelter, or baking some sweet treats for a lonely senior or the local fire department.

Sometimes, being able to give back allows us to see that our own lives aren’t as stressful as we once thought. Putting things in perspective—and helping someone else out in the process—can be a wonderful way to push the stress and anxiety away and focus on the good things in your life.

 

It’s okay to focus on yourself

 

While self-improvement can often include learning how to be better in the service of others, its core is exactly those words: improving yourself. That can mean any number of things, from setting a goal to go to the gym for daily workouts to cleaning out your closet and starting over with a new wardrobe. It can also mean learning how to handle stress, something that can benefit most people these days. When you’re more relaxed, you’re able to be the best parent, partner, employee, or student you can be. Find ways to cut out the stress in your life, such as heading to the spa for a day of pampering or meeting up with friends once a week for lunch, and do them as often as you can. Read this wonderful guide to find out how to escape stress no matter where you are.

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Self-improvement might be a very different path for you than it is for someone else, and that’s okay! Remember that it’s all about what’s right for you, and that achieving goals takes time. Be patient with yourself and keep communication open with your loved ones so you’ll have their support.