Collaborative Post | When it comes to skincare, it can often feel as though there’s simply too many options out there. We often see people with huge numbers of different products and routines that seem to take up half their waking life. When you see that, it’s easy to feel as though you’re never going to be able to take decent care of your skin without sinking huge amounts of time and money into it. However, that’s not really the case. If you don’t have the schedule, budget, or interest in dealing with intensive skincare, there’s a whole lot that you can do just by focusing on the basics. So here are just a few simple things you can do to take better care of your skin.
Find the right products
The sheer number of skincare products on the market can often seem dizzying. However, the truth is that you really don’t need more than a few. Simple things like a cleanser, toner, and moisturiser are often as much as you need. And not every product is right for every skin type. It may well be worth it to talk to an expert and find something that suits your skin specifically. And one thing to always remember: keep your skin protected from the sun. Some decent sunscreen is worth a thousand anti-wrinkle and moisturising products.
Get some great treatments
Sometimes, taking the best possible care of your skin goes beyond the things that you can do at home. Instead, you may want to try something more intensive. Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic skincare treatments out there that you can try. Places like City Skin Clinic offer treatments for every age and skin type, no matter what results you’re looking for. There are services available for a range of budgets as well. After all, when you’re trying to get the most out of your skincare, it just makes sense to put it in the hands of the experts.
Make changes to your health
Far too often people assume that the only things that impact your skin are the things you put directly onto it. However, some of the biggest influences on the health of your skin happen inside your body. Things like making changes to your diet can drastically improve your skin’s texture, softness, and overall health. Likewise, minimising things like stress in your day to day life can make a truly incredible difference. If you’re covering your skin in expensive products but you’re not looking at your lifestyle, you could be doing your skin a major disservice.
The truth is that, while many of the incredibly complicated and expensive routines and products out there might well do you some good, most of the benefits that really matter can come from simple things that most of us can do easily and affordably. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with treating your skin every now and then. Your skin works hard for you every day, it’s always nice to give it a little reward here and there.
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Collaborative Post | As you grow older, your circle of friends might become smaller. And it’s in the later stages of life that we often realise how often strong and healthy relationships with our friends and family are. However, maintaining your bonds at such a level might be difficult if you live far from each other or are busy. Luckily, many solutions allow us to keep in touch with our loved ones and build strong connections no matter the distance. Here are tips on navigating relationships and maintaining strong connections as you get older.
Make your loved ones feel appreciated
You need to make your friends and family feel valued when you want to nurture strong relationships. One way of doing that could be by giving your loved one a present that is tailored to their interests and personality for their birthday or during Christmas. Or you could use Adobe’s free templates to create a thank you card and tell them how much you appreciate having them in your life. Even such small gestures can show your friends and family they’re loved and give you the same affection back. Take time to show your loved ones that they’re valued, and you might be able to make them feel happier
Keep the communication going
Open and honest communication is critical to any strong relationship – and it isn’t any different with your friends and family. When you live far away from each other or are busy with work, it might be challenging to find time for a chat. But to keep your connections thriving, you should find a few moments for a chat, whether in person or over the phone. Take the opportunity to catch up on the latest changes and tell your friends and family that you love them. Talking to your loved ones could reassure them that you care and make them feel appreciated.
Spend some time together
Technology can help you and your loved ones to keep in touch. But nothing is better than spending some time together in person. So, you should try to visit your friends and family when you can. Alternatively, you could arrange a meet-up or go on a holiday together. Bonding in person could help you to deepen your relationships and have more meaningful conversations that you avoid having over the phone. This can be extremely difficult for those who live abroad or have loved ones who live in a different country. However, you might still be able to meet a few times a year and spend some precious moments together
Celebrate important days
You must remember all the important days to keep your relationships thriving. Make sure that you know the birthdays of your loved ones. And when the day arrives, you could:
Letting your friends and family know that you remember their birthday might make them feel more loved and appreciated. And whether you call them or spend time with them in person, it might make a tangible difference to your relationships. When it comes to Christmas and other holidays, you could send your loved ones a card if you can’t spend time with them in person. The options are endless, and there are many things you can do to keep your relationships strong
Improve your listening skills
Communication is an integral part of any relationship. However, it’s just as vital to listen to your loved ones. Good communication goes in two ways, and you should feel heard. When people think you ignore what they’re saying, your relationship might deteriorate. Try listening to your friends and family with genuine interest. Listen carefully and take your time to come up with a suitable reaction. That could help you to make your communication more effective and help your bonds to get stronger
Learn how to overcome difficult moments
It’s essential to look for the positive aspects of your relationships. But there is always a chance that you’ll hit a bump in the road and get into a disagreement. In moments like these, it’s more important than ever that you don’t break your connections. Talk your problems through and lead an open dialogue. You and your loved ones might be able to find common ground and overcome the issue. Communication and listening could help you to find the core of the problem and find a solution. At the same time, there might be plenty of small arguments and bickering. Try not to dwell on these too much, and don’t get rid of your relationships over disagreements with an easy solution.
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Collaborative Post | The humble television is a household staple in the UK, and has been for many decades, yet the numbers just keep on rising. Between 2013 and 2021, the number of TV households in the UK increased from 26.3 million to 27.2 million – around 95% of all households.
When you gaze at your TV, you probably just see today’s black, thin-bezelled, widescreen television. Or whichever programme you’re watching on it. But what you really see is a product of many years of constant technological development. Ever wanted to know how TVs have matured since they were first invented? Read on to find out more.
When was television invented?
The first electric TV was invented in 1926 by Scottish inventor John Logie Baird. These mechanical TVs could only show a very small, postcard-sized image, and cost a huge amount of money for the time. Still though, their obvious benefits meant that the likes of the BBC adopted the technology.
However, mechanical TVs weren’t perfect – they only had a low resolution image, and were prone to plenty of flickering. Inventor Philo Farnsworth wanted to solve these issues. So, in 1927 used electronic cathode ray tube (CRT) technology to transmit the first electronic TV signal
How did television catch on?
Like any new technology, early televisions were expensive, costing well up to half the annual average salary in the US during the 1930s. As a result, the number of people watching television only numbered in the low thousands. This continued to be the case throughout World War 2 as TV manufacturers switched to wartime production.
The war ended. But the technological advancements experienced during the war led to a boom in television ownership. Mass production made sets much cheaper than before. And during the 1950s and 1960s, ownership around the world skyrocketed. Colour television broadcasts were also introduced.
Colour overtook black and white broadcasts in the late 1970s, just as cable television began to take off in popularity. Sets remained using CRT, and while TVs became a little larger over the next two decades, they didn’t change all that much. That was until the new millennium
When did flat screen TV technology arrive?
The first commercially available flat screen TV was released by Sharp and Sony in 1997. For around £9,750, viewers got 42 inches of plasma LCD technology. However, the high expense led the companies to phase out the LCD aspect of technology in favour of full plasma.
Plasmas remained dominant for a few years until LCD technology became more widespread. And after this, high definition (HD) sets became the norm, in line with the spread of HD gaming and HD media such as Blu Ray
Today, televisions are packed with more technology than ever before. LED technology has usurped LCD leading to 4K and even 8K picture quality. The spread of internet-enabled TVs has changed things too. Many people are choosing to get virtual private networks (VPNs) for their television to access more content from abroad. And this can help when streaming from sites like Netflix and Disney Plus. It’s all a far cry from the postcard-sized images pioneered by the likes of Baird and Farnsworth!
What do you think the next big change to TVs will be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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