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What is self-acceptance?

  Want to know how to build your self-love muscle? Here’s how to set the foundation of unconditional love for yourself.   Self-acceptance negates obsession with securing approval from others or your judgy self. In turn, you radiate confidence and positive energy that will fuel greater self-esteem and positive responses from others.   How to improve it » Ask, don’t assume: “Stop trying to second-guess what others think of you and assume they like you until proven otherwise,” says Fuller. “Tell yourself that you don’t need approval in order to…

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Your guide to selecting the best Brazilian wax for you

  If you’re unfamiliar with Brazilian wax territory, this extensive guide from the team at Brazilian Butterfly will have you prepped for your next appointment. They offer four distinct types of Brazilian waxes;  the X Brazilian, XX Brazilian, XXX Brazilian and  XXXX Brazilian. It’s a lot of X’s, so let us run you through them: X Brazilian: The X Brazilian is also known as the ‘extended bikini wax’ or the ‘bikini line wax.’ We start this treatment by trimming the hair down to keep it nice and neat, from there…

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Top tips for a pain-free Brazilian wax

  Before you head to your next Brazilian appointment, prepare yourself with these simple tips and avoid the discomfort.  » Avoid coffee before your appointment. This stimulant can make the waxing more uncomfortable.  » Exfoliate and moisturise the area regularly. Dry skin and clogged pores will lead to ingrown hairs. » Exfoliate before your appointment. » Do not exercise after your waxing appointment as you will risk getting ingrown hairs.  » Wear cotton underwear and loose, breathable clothing when possible to avoid the risk of in-growns, particularly immediately following your…

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How to treat skin rashes

  Skin rashes can come about from a number of triggers. Here are a few treatments to keep in mind when they come about. Treatment options vary depending on what instigated it; however, generally when a rash surfaces it will appear “itchy, red and blotchy”, says GP Dr Joe Kosterich. Kosterich.  Pharmacy treatment: Moisturising creams and emulsifying ointments How it works: Priceline pharmacist Monica Soliman recommends gentle moisturising cream as the first point of treatment for irritated, dry skin. Simply apply it liberally to provide relief. “Look for products that contain…

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8 essential tips for dyeing your hair

  Are you in need of a hair revamp? Before you jump on the boxed hair dyes, here are eight things to keep in mind before you dye your hair at home. 1. Check the ingredients Filling your car with the wrong type of petrol can cause serious damage to your vehicle, so it’s important for you the read the signs. The same concept can be applied to dying your hair. According to Vince Sferlazza, owner of Vince and John New Image Salon in Melbourne, it’s crucial to check how many chemicals are…

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6 ways to manage PMS

  PMS is no fun. Here, we share six ways to help and manage your PMS. 1. Food Stabilising blood sugar will favour consistent energy levels and moods according to dietitian Melanie McGrice (melaniemcgrice.com.au). “Grains that have a low glycaemic index, which means that they provide longer-lasting energy, can also help to increase the hormone serotonin in the brain, so try some chickpeas, brown rice or quinoa,” says McGrice. 2. Diet According to accredited practising dietitian Lisa Yates, some studies show that PMS may be exacerbated by too much caffeine,…

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Positive body image renovation

  Body image plays a huge role in our health and fitness, so positive body image is vital. Here are 7 tips to get you on your way to loving your body. 1. Focus on function & sensation Instead of fixating on the appearance of your body and others’, concentrate instead on what your body can do for you. When you think like that, you’ll find it’s pretty damn amazing! “Start focusing on your body as the vehicle of your experience rather than as a collection of surfaces to be…

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11 tips to help you sleep at night

  Lack of sleep an wreak havoc on your mental, physical and emotional health. So, if you’re struggle to get some shut eye, here are 11 tips to help you sleep better.    1. Don’t try too hard to get to sleep or look at the clock. This tends to cause anxiety around getting to sleep, which can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. 2. If you can’t sleep, rather than lying awake worrying about how you’ll feel tomorrow or letting your mind chase unpaid bills, get up, go to another room,…

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4 skincare features to look for in your spring beauty products

  Feeling the pressure of spring’s social calendar to look and feel photo-ready? The next time you open your beauty cabinet, check the ingredients list for these four skincare elements for flawless, healthy skin.  1. Home in on natural ingredients   Many skin care products, including cleansers and moisturisers, contain harsh chemicals that could be doing your skin more harm than good. Look for a simple ingredient list containing primarily organic, natural and plant-based extracts.  “It’s common sense that nature’s whole foods are the best choice for optimal health –and…

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How to beat fatigue

  Are you constantly battling fatigue? Here, David Goding explores the causes of fatigue and how you can combat it. The wrong cure In our endless hunt for the mysterious ‘edge’, fatigue is our number-one enemy. So how do we combat it? With a variety of ‘slap-yourself-in-the-face’ stimulants to keep us on track, of course. Coffee, energy drinks, chocolate, more coffee, rubbing the eyes, pulling the hair, another coffee. It works, in the short term, but it’s liable to put you more ‘on edge’ than give you any real edge…

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