Hacks for How to Look Younger

When a study was conducted in which individuals were asked to guess the age of models based on their photographs, the study showed that models that looked happy were guessed to be younger than those who made more fearful expressions. Models who wore neutral expressions obtained more accurate guesses. What this study shows is that looking younger is possible with something as simple as a smile. The following are a list of other ways and/or strategies you can utilize if you are looking to achieve a younger look.


  • Maintain Hair Volume


Your hair can show aging through loss of color and volume. Counteract this by using products that will give your hair volume. Lightening your hair can even making any thinning less obvious. Furthermore, you’d be surprised what a regular deep-conditioning regimen can do to fight dryness, making your hair appear healthy and youthful.


  • Sport Fuller Eyebrows


Eyebrow hair, like the hair on your head, can show aging through thinning. Therefore, it’s important to not over-pluck your eyebrows. If your eyebrows are naturally thin, you can make them fuller by using an eyebrow pencil. Fuller brows will make your face look more youthful.


  • Keep Skin Moisturized


Your skin shows obvious signs of aging through wrinkles. To combat wrinkles, make sure your skin is always moisturized. Be sure to avoid soaps and toners with alcohol as its base as this can dry out your skin even more. Use gentle cleansers and moisturize your skin in the morning and evening. If your skin needs an extra boost, use an anti-wrinkle cream.


  • Keep Hands Moisturized


Hands, like the skin on your face, can show signs through dryness and wrinkling. Take care of your hands in the same way you would your face by moisturizing regularly and avoiding over-drying with harsh hand soaps. Additionally, you can make your own brightening hand exfoliator with sea salt and lemon juice.


  • Eat Vegetables


Consumption of varying vegetables can help make your skin appear more youthful. Green vegetables are especially good at helping to reduce the impact of bruising, which makes your skin look dark and less youthful. On the other hand, red vegetables help protects the skin against UV rays, which are known for the appearance of aging skin.


  • Apply Grapes and Other Berries


Grapes and other berries contain Sorbitol, substance that attracts and retains water. Application of these berries to your skin will help it absorb and retain moisture. They can be applied to the skin using a DIY skin mask or by applying moisturizers with these ingredients in them.


  • Consume Fish


Oily fish, such as salmon, are rich in dimethylaminoethanol, an ingredient commonly found in anti-aging moisturizers. Dimethylaminoethanol is known to boost muscle tone and will make any coarse wrinkles on your face disappear.


  • Be Wary of Tight Clothes


Signs of aging can show on your body through sagging and weight retention, since our metabolism tends to slow down as we age. To hide signs of sagging, avoid wearing tight shirts that will easily display this. Also avoid shirts with deep, plunging necklines as this will showcase any wrinkles you have as well as expose the delicate skin.


  • Incorporate Exercise


Exercise is great to incorporate into your routine regardless of your age. A good combination of cardiovascular and resistance exercise will not only make your body more toned, but it will make you feel more youthful, which is perhaps its most important advantage.

My Husband Guy’s Favorite Welding Helmets

Hi everyone! Today’s guest post comes from my husband – thanks for reading!

If you’re new to welding, you probably know that you’ll need a good welding helmet to protect your face and head from flying sparks and to protect your eyes from the damage that can be caused by long-term exposure to highly-concentrated infrared and ultraviolet light rays coming from the welding arc.  The right helmet should also be comfortable enough to minimize neck strain.  Finding the right model to fit your needs is easier if you go into the hunt with an understanding of the features and options you’ll come across.


Welding helmet eye shields or lenses are available in fixed-darkness or adjustable-darkness versions.  Fixed darkness models are available in various levels of darkness.  Most welding helmet lenses are pretty universal and can be swapped out readily.  On the adjustable side, some models automatically adjust based on current conditions; others have to be manually adjusted.  If your work always involves the same kind of welding, you’ll likely be okay with a fixed-darkness lens.  If you work on multiple types of welding projects, it probably makes more sense to go with an adjustable model.  You’ll usually pay a little more for self-adjusting lenses, but if a typical welding session involves several different light-intensity changes, it’s probably worth the extra cost to avoid extra stops and starts.  Some adjusting models allow you to manually control settings for sensitivity, darkness level, and delay time, allowing you to further customize the helmet based on your workload and preferences.  These controls could be mounted either on the inside of the helmet (harder to adjust on the fly, but more protected from sparks, heat, and drops) or on the outside (easier to adjust quickly, but exposed to sparks and could be damaged in a fall).  You’ll also be able to choose whether you want more old-fashioned knob controls or a digital control and display.

Another lens feature to consider is clarity.  Some models tend to offer a slightly blurry, night-vision like view that isn’t ideal for lower-light environments.  Some are designed specifically for lower-light indoor situations and won’t be great for any outdoor, bright sunlight work.  A lens with the best clarity also makes it easier for you to inspect close-up work without having to remove your helmet.  Again, you might spend more for the best clarity, but excellent clarity can make the work go quicker.

When it comes to how much overall face and head protection you need, let your work dictate that.  If you’ll be doing overhead or tight-space welding, you definitely want to find a helmet that covers as much of your face and head as possible — — you’ll learn this from articles and websites giving out welding safety tips.

Next, you want a helmet that’s as light as possible while still meeting your needs.  A one-pound difference might not seem like much, but when you’re wearing a helmet for many hours or with your head bent over, one pound can seem like a ton of weight putting a lot of extra strain on your neck.  Some of the best helmets are not the lightest, but do such a great job of distributing their weight that they feel much lighter than they actually are, which is a good thing.  Such a helmet will feel balanced and not seem to be heavier on one side or another.

One feature that’s a sheer convenience for some but a timesaver for others is whether or not the helmet’s face mask can be flipped up.  Some models don’t flip up at all and have to be removed altogether if you need to take a naked-eye look at your work or just take a quick breather.  Other models allow you to flip up the face mask, which can save some time and aggravation.  Some flip-up models will lock in the upright position, which can be a time saving convenience.

Many welding helmets are battery operated.  Finding one with an auto-shutoff feature can help make sure you don’t find yourself with a dead battery at the start of your next project.

With prices starting at around $50 and going up to $500, you’re sure to find a model that fits your needs and your budget.

Tips from One Gaming Parent to Another!

Gaming can be a fun way to connect with one another, but it’s important that children understand possible risks as well as how to handle certain situations, like bullies.

ESRB, which assigns content ratings to video games and apps gives a breakdown of games and apps as follows:

Boxed: These come on discs or cartridges that are purchased online or from a store. These are played on consoles, handheld device, or PC.


Digital: These are downloaded to a gaming device. Most devices have their own web stores where games can be downloaded. Some are full length titles while others are more casual and short, like puzzle and word games.

Mobile: Smart phones and tablets let gamers download apps from their mobile stores linked to a credit or debit card, an e-wallet, or a cellular account. Games are the most popular category for apps. Like all games, apps can vary in age-appropriateness.


Subscriptions: These are where one creates an account that lets them play a game for a short time for a small fee. These services eliminate the need to physically own a game by streaming it right to a gaming device, like a console.

“Free-to-Play” and “Freemium”: These are usually funded by advertisements instead of subscriptions. “Freemiums” let you play a small portion for no price but then requires payment to have access to new content and features. Apps, browser games, and others will often use these methods.

Social Networking: Played from social networks, these encourage gamers to share updates with others. These often include opportunities to buy in-game items with money, rewards players for recruiting their friends, and may leverage user’s information (in their social network profile) to tailor advertisements to their interests.


Gaming Tips for Parents:

Keep Clean Machines: Before children begin playing, be sure that the computer being used has security suite. This includes: firewall, anti-spyware software, and antivirus software. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other threats.

Make Passwords Sentences: Be sure children have a password for all gaming accounts A good passcode is at least 12 characters long and are phrases that are easy to remember. On many sites, one can even use spaces!

Remain Positively Engaged: Let children know that they have someone to speak to when they are feeling threatened when playing. Try to play with them!

Check Ratings: Checking games’ ratings on packages, online, or on some apps, is a good place to begin in checking its appropriateness for children in the home. Many games that are rated by ESRB also have summaries for their ratings that say exactly what content parents should be aware of. You can even access ratings using ESRB’s free app.

Empower Children to Handle Problems: Make sure children know how to block or report bullies. Also tell them to keep records of conversations and let them know not to engage bullies. Adult’s can also notify the publisher of the game about offenders. One can check publisher’s TOS for instructions on how to file complaints about another player. One should be sure to include as much information and evidence as possible about a bully.

Protect Private Information: Make sure children do not give away their location, age, name or any other private information. Children should also use an avatar instead of pictures of themselves.


Protect your Identity: If your child is on a game that has voice chat, make sure that they are able to change their voice. If what they are playing does not have this ability, do not let them use the chat.