7 Reasons Why Wearing Makeup Can Make You a Stronger Woman

The average woman spends 11 minutes a day putting on makeup. And there are reasons why you shouldn¡¯t feel guilty for a single second of that.
Our society has a long history with makeup. In fact, evidence of cosmetics dates back to 10,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt. Both men and women used ointments to clean the skin and cover up body odors. Kohl, a ground black mineral, was used to line the eyes to decrease sun glare and reduce the risk of eye infection (believed to be true at the time). Soon after, colored clays and dyes began to rouge lips and stain nails. And we never stopped. According to the NDP Group, global spending on cosmetics was estimated at $41.4 billion in 2015. That¡¯s a whole lot of lipstick.
But recent trends have highlighted a move away from makeup. With the growing popularity of the #nomakeup movement ¡ª celebs like Alicia Keys and Alessia Cara even showed up barefaced to the MTV Video Music Awards last month ¡ª a girl can start to feel like creating the perfect cat eye is somehow doing something wrong.
¡°Women often have a really conflicted relationship with makeup,¡± Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, author of ¡°Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women¡¯s Lives,¡± tells LIVESTRONG.COM. ¡°Women who want to wear makeup, but aren¡¯t sure about it; women who wear it, but feel guilty about it. But there are lots of really positive reasons to wear makeup.¡±
That is, if it¡¯s your thing in the first place, Whitefield-Madrano stresses. ¡°While I am a champion of makeup, if a person doesn¡¯t feel comfortable in it, they shouldn¡¯t wear it.¡±
Even Keys agrees. In response to criticisms for her no-makeup VMA look, she posted a barefaced selfie with the caption, ¡°Y¡¯all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn¡¯t mean I¡¯m anti-makeup. Do you

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So if ¡°doing you¡± involves getting all dolled up with a dozens of different products every day, cheers to you. Here are seven mental-health benefits of wearing makeup.
You know the phrase ¡°fake it till you make it¡±? Cosmetics can help you sell that. ¡°Putting on makeup is like putting on a pair of high heels. It gives you confidence and makes you feel more in control,¡± says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty.
¡°I am hugely supportive of Alicia Keys and the movement away from the heavy makeup, but I also believe that even the slightest bit of makeup can help create ¡­ a more perfected version of yourself. It is a little polish for your attitude and look,¡± says Kashuk.
A study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Sciences agrees. When women were asked to imagine themselves wearing makeup or going barefaced in different social situations, women ¡°reported being more self-confident and sociable when wearing as opposed to not wearing their customary cosmetics.¡±
While some may think that makeup could cause of schism between women, Whitefield-Madrano often found the opposite in her research for ¡°Face Value.¡±
¡°For the most part, I didn¡¯t find that makeup divided women. Sure, there are those women who are invested in cattiness, but by and large I found that women use beauty as a connector more than a divider.¡± While discussing the best mascara or how to hide dark circles might be brushed off by some as superficial, Whitefield-Madrano suggests a different viewpoint.
¡°One woman I interviewed said that when she was wearing makeup or talking with another woman about makeup she felt a kind of humility was involved,¡± explains Whitefield-Madrano. ¡°It was a way of saying ¡®I don¡¯t think I¡¯m so gorgeous that I don¡¯t need something to look my best.¡¯ And that can bring women together.¡±
In other words, admitting ¡°I use concealer too¡± can create a kind of cosmetic camaraderie among women ¡ª and maybe help you finally find your Holy Grail foundation along the way.
Just like we have certain clothes for working out and certain ones for going out, the idea of ¡°putting on our face¡± with makeup can help prepare our mental mindset for whatever ¡°battle¡± we are heading into.
Putting on makeup can help us step into the different roles in our lives. ¡°Makeup makes me feel awake and ready for the day,¡± says former model and makeup enthusiast Brooke Baker. ¡°Makeup can feel protective, like armor,¡± explains Meli Pennington, makeup artist and director of makeup artistry at Kokko Beauty.
¡°In work situations ¡ª especially meeting new people ¡ª wearing red lipstick feels like having a great pair of shoes on. And who would leave home (especially in New York City) without shoes?¡± Makeup then helps us transform into the different parts we play. As Whitefield-Madrano writes in ¡°Face Value,¡± ¡°The act of applying camouflage becomes not only a way of making yourself look the part, but also a way of actually becoming the part.¡±
Makeup isn¡¯t all business, though. It also can be downright fun to create a brand-new look with a few simple pencils and palettes. In her COVERGIRL Mirror Monologue, singer Andra Day explains, ¡°The look that I decide to do each day really depends on my mood. Putting on makeup is like putting on a costume. You get to become this whole other person. For me it¡¯s just fun.¡±
Whitefield-Madrano reports that women who view makeup as a way to play are more likely to have higher self-esteem (even without makeup on) and be more assertive. ¡°Makeup doesn¡¯t express the self for this kind of wearer,¡± writes Whitefield-Madrano. ¡°Instead, she wears it to channel a particular state of being, whether that¡¯s glamorous, gentle, artistic, rebellious and so on.¡±
While we¡¯ve already reported that it can make you feel more self-assured, wearing makeup can also help others perceive you as more competent ¡ª just by looking at you.
A study published in the journal PLOS ONE presented participants with four versions of the same face: one barefaced and three with increasing degrees of makeup application, which they termed ¡°natural,¡± ¡°professional¡± and ¡°glamorous.¡± Participants were then asked to rate the different faces for attractiveness, likeability, trustworthiness and competence. The researchers found that participant¡¯s feedback did vary for each makeup look and that all three makeup looks rated positively ¡ª proving that attractiveness is correlated with competency.
We know you¡¯re busy. But whether your morning makeup routine takes you four minutes or 40, that time is time you are spending on yourself ¡ª even if there are kids or furry animals vying for your attention every 30 seconds.
¡°Time and time again, I heard from women that another benefit of makeup was the ritualistic aspect of it,¡± says Whitefield-Madrano. ¡°This is a way of getting ready physically, but also mentally.¡± The scent of the cosmetics, the feel of brushes or creams, the music (or quiet) you listen to ¡ª each of these can help build a kind of Pavlovian calm to your daily makeup routine.
¡°For me it¡¯s a form of pseudo-meditation,¡± reflects Whitefield-Madrano. ¡°It¡¯s usually quiet and calm, and even though it¡¯s only 6.5 minutes of my day, that¡¯s my time. I¡¯m looking in the mirror, so there¡¯s this kind of check-in with myself.¡±
The findings were further supported by the 1972 publication of ¡°What Is Beautiful Is Good¡± in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Psychologists have often coined this the ¡°halo effect¡± of beauty ¡ª the belief that people perceived as beautiful are thought to possess other positive traits, such as being honest, successful and competent.
File this under ¡°Things We Didn¡¯t Know.¡± Wearing makeup may help you sleep better at night. According to a study published in the journal Psychology, women who wore makeup two or more days per week showed higher sleep quality than those who wore makeup only one day a week or less.
The study hypothesized that either chemical compounds in makeup, the mechanical stimuli of applying makeup or psychological stimuli of the application process may be the cause. Whatever the reason, that bold lip color might just score you some higher-quality rest.
Have you been empowered by the #nomakeup movement? Why or why not? What¡¯s your morning makeup routine like? Did you relate to any of these points? How has makeup impacted your life? Tell us a story about it!

Yoga and Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s Neuroma is a thickening of the nerves at the base of the third and fourth toes. A variety of things can cause the nerves to thicken, such as wearing high-heeled shoes, running or the genetic makeup of your feet. As the nerves thicken, you begin to feel almost as if there is a lump under the skin, which can be painful when you walk. Yoga is very effective in helping prevent and treat Morton’s Neuroma, as it helps open up the feet and relieve stress to the nerves.
Morton’s Neuroma often happens because the feet are compressed in small-toed shoes or because of constant stress to the balls of the feet while running or playing sports. Since the feet are compressed, this creates the buildup of nerve tissue. By opening up the foot, the nerves become less compressed and the tissue slowly unravels, which in turn relieves the pain of the Neuroma. Yoga is founded on the principles of opening pathways through the body starting with the feet as the grounding template. Yoga is done barefoot and, thus, gives the feet a chance to stretch and ground in an open space. Not only this, but certain yoga poses are designed specifically to open the feet.
Hero pose

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, or Virasana, helps open up the top of the foot and strengthen the sole and arches of the foot. Over time, it helps reconstruct and realign the tarsal (toe) bones by spreading the toes and opening up the space between the toes. This is turn relieves pressure on the balls of the feet and helps support the arches, which relieves the stress put on the neuroma. To do this pose, sit on your heels with your feet underneath you, the tops of your feet down. It can also be done with the toes tucked to increase the opening across the base of the toes. To start Happy Baby pose, lie on your back with your feet up, which allows the blood and lymph fluid pooled in the feet to travel back up your legs, in turn helping to maintain healthy pathways through the feet. It is also an excellent opportunity to use your hands to help open the feet. Lie on your back, knees bent into chest, and place your feet in your hands. Hook your thumb between the big toe and second toe and hold your big toe. Use your fingers to pull open the outer (lateral) blade of the foot.
Standing poses also open up the feet, but may put undue pressure on the neuroma, depending on the severity. The main goal for the feet in any standing pose is to make sure you activate all four corners of the foot. Crescent lunge is a great way to practice this. Start standing and simply feel your feet pressed against the floor. Push down equally with your inner heels, outer heels, base of big toes and base of fifth toes. Next, step your right foot back into a high-heeled lunge position, allowing your toes to spread out as wide as possible and focusing on putting pressure equally across the bases of the toes. Repeat on the left side.
Make sure you also do yoga barefoot to allow the feet to open to their full extent. Before you begin, make sure you warm up your feet by rolling a tennis ball between your foot and the floor. This also helps break up any adhesions in the tissue and over time may help relieve nerve pain in the neuroma. Walk as much as possible without shoes or with wide-toed, supportive shoes

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Dangers of the LIPO-6 Fat Burner

While diet pills such as LIPO-6 are available at any vitamin shop, big-box store or pharmacy, these products don’t go through the same rigorous testing as prescription drugs, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. The makers of the pills are responsible for ensuring that they’re effective and safe. That said, diet pills such as LIPO-6 should be taken with caution, and a consumer should be aware of any potential dangers. People considering adding LIPO-6 to their weight-loss plan should first consult a doctor to discuss health and safety.
LIPO-6 is marketed as a fat-burner. According to Nutrex Researchers, the manufacturers of the diet pill, the liquid capsule absorbs quickly into the body, helping people lose weight quickly and safely. It’s recommended that two capsules be taken 30 minutes before breakfast and then another two in the afternoon, not taking more than four a day. The pills contain a short list of ingredients, including caffeine anhydrous, synephrine, guggulsterones, Bioperine and yohimbine. Because LIPO-6 hasn’t undergone testing, it’s difficult to know how the combination of the ingredients in the supplement may affect someone. But there is information on the potential dangers and side effects of the ingredients individually, which may be a good indicator of safety.
Two capsules of LIPO-6 contain 200 milligrams of caffeine anhydrous, which is a pharmaceutical-grade powdered form of caffeine. Taking the recommended four pills a day, a person supplementing with LIPO-6 will get 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. Moderate amounts of caffeine, about 400 milligrams a day, are considered safe, according to the American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs. People sensitive to caffeine may experience some side effects such as nervousness

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, anxiety or sleeplessness. If these pills are taken in combination with other sources of caffeine, such as coffee, cola or chocolate, there is a potential risk of caffeine overdose. Excessive intake of caffeine can be dangerous and lead to breathing trouble, confusion, convulsions, rapid heartbeat, vomiting or even shock.
Synephrine is a substance found in plants that appears to mimic the fight-or-flight hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. For weight loss, synephrine may help increase fat-burning and metabolism and suppress appetite, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. However, as a stimulant, the ingredient found in LIPO-6 may not be safe for everyone. It may raise both blood pressure and heart rate and lead to serious issues such as chest pain, anxiety, heart attack, stroke and even death, according to ODS. Synephrine is believed to be responsible for causing a 24-year-old man who was taking LIPO-6 to have a heart attack

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, according to a case study published in 2009 in the Texas Heart Institute Journal. The young man in the case report had no history of any heart condition.
Guggulsterones are plant-based steroids that cause a decrease in appetite, which may be why they are added to diet supplements such as LIPO-6. In addition to anorexia, other side effects associated with guggulsterones include diarrhea, abdominal pain and skin rashes. People with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis shouldn’t take guggulsterones. Bioperine is a trademark name for extract of black pepper, or piperine. Although considered safe, the extract may enhance the absorption of medications, causing higher levels than normal in the blood. For safety, take LIPO-6 separate from medication. Those taking diet pills and prescription medication should first have a conversation with their doctor. Although yohimbine is found in a number of weight-loss products, there’s not much evidence to support its effectiveness for weight loss, according to ODS. The amount of yohimbine in LIPO-6 is low and considered safe, but there are concerns when taken in high amounts, as it may cause headaches, high blood pressure, heart attack or death.

What Does It Mean When Your Big Toe Is Swollen & It Hurts on Top?

People who feel that a tight, snug shoe is a good shoe, may need to consider the consequences of this opinion. Many people, especially those who played sports in school wearing cleats or spikes, translate the tightness of their sport shoe to their everyday-wear shoe, for the remainder of their lives. With all the standing, walking, running and impact your feet receive on a daily basis

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Finding an athletic or work shoe for your foot type is a good place to start keeping your big toe healthy. Big toe pain and swelling can be caused by wearing a shoe that is incorrect for your foot type. Find out if you require a neutral, stability or motion control shoe, then choose one designed for your foot. The proper function shoe can relieve any excess pressure or impact on your big toe. Ask your local footwear expert to assess your foot type, or take the wet test. Wet the bottom of your foot, stand on a brown paper bag or dark surface, and note if you have a high arch or a neutral, low arch, or if you have a moderate overpronating, or a flat, severely overpronating foot.
Wearing a shoe too small and not wide enough is a big factor in contributing to big toe soreness and swelling. The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics recommends buying a shoe that has a half inch of room in front of your big toe to reduce any chance of unnecessary impact. The organization also suggests that you fit the shoe to your biggest foot to reduce the likelihood of big toe injury. A shoe should feel comfortable from the get-go, and should never have to be broken in. While it may be recommended to have your feet measured, it is better to simply try on shoes and fit to your foot size, as shoe sizes can vary greatly from model to model, and brand to brand.
Your shoe sizing may not be the only issue that can contribute to big toe swelling and pain. The Mayo Clinic notes that gout is a complex form of arthritis that mainly causes the big toe to swell and become red. Gout is caused by a concentration of uric acid, which creates crystals in your big toe joint, and is more likely to affect men and older people. A swollen big toe due to gout is one reason to buy a shoe with a roomy toe box in order to reduce any impact and pressure. Also, anti-inflammatory or steroid medications may be used to reduce and treat gout symptoms.
When trying on shoes, do so later in the day to account for normal swelling of your foot due to gravity and impact. This will allow you to choose a larger shoe size to give your big toes more room. Women need to be wary of wearing high heels too much, as the compression of the pointed toe, and the angle of pressure on your toes, especially your big toe, can increase the likelihood of big toe issues.

Post-Surgery Knee Exercises

After many forms of knee surgery, including ACL or meniscus repair, total knee replacement or arthroscopic knee surgery, post-operative exercises are required¡ªsome just hours after surgery. There is little time spent convalescing; the goal of surgery is to repair damage and to have you return to a pain-free, mobile lifestyle. Through physical therapy and your prescribed home exercise protocol, exercise will help speed up recovery and lessen post-operative pain.
Edema, or swelling, occurs routinely after surgery, and gravity and position cause the swelling to pool in the lower leg and ankles. When your muscles contract, they apply pressure to the veins in the lower legs to pump blood and lymph fluid out of an area. Ankle pumps are recommended right after surgery. Your physician or nurse will instruct you to start this exercise in the recovery room. Move your foot up and down (like you¡¯re pumping the gas pedal) by contracting the calf and shin muscles for 2 to 3 minutes. You will do ankle pumps during your entire course of physical therapy, until you are fully recovered and all the swelling in your ankle and lower leg is gone.
Heel slides are done to regain knee flexion. After surgery, some muscles are more atrophied than others. Heel slides are done using your own muscle strength and with the assistance of a stretch cord, towel, belt or even a dog leash. Place the foot of the involved leg in the middle of the cord, or in the loop, if there is one, and hold one end of the cord in each hand. Slowly pull the cord while bending your knee until you feel a stretch. Don¡¯t go to the point of pain¡ªtake care not to undo any repairs or grafts done in the surgery. Hold for 10 seconds and then release. Repeat 10 times

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The quadriceps muscles are important for strength and the stability of the knee. After surgery, it is important to regain strength and function of your quadriceps so you can return to daily life activities. While seated or lying supine (face up), tighten your quadriceps and try to straighten your knee. Early on, your knee may not straighten all the way, but you should be able to see and/or feel the muscle contract. Hold the contraction for 5 seconds and then relax the muscle completely

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. Do 3 sets of 10, eventually working up to 5 sets of 10. You will be able to raise your heel off the table when you do a quad set as you get stronger.
The quadriceps muscle crosses both the knee and hip joint. Doing a straight leg raise targets the entire muscle because of the knee extension and hip flexion. Lie on your back with your involved leg extended. Keep the other leg bent, with you foot flat on the floor. Start by flexing the foot of your involved leg and performing a quad set to straighten the knee, and then slowly lift your leg about 6 inches off the floor. Lift for 4 counts and lower the leg for 4 counts. About 3 to 4 days after surgery, perform 3 sets of 6 to 10 repetitions. As your strength increases, perform more reps or, if your physician or physical therapist recommends it, use an ankle weight.

The Best Walking Shoes for Nurses

Healthy feet are among a nurse’s most important assets. Working long hours on your feet make proper footgear not only helpful, but essential.
“The most important consideration for healthy shoe wear is the accommodation of the width of your foot,” said Dr. Barbara Bergin, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Austin, Texas. “The next consideration is arch support.”
Your shoes should also provide ample support and fit the general shape of your feet well. Because feet needs vary, the brand that works for one nurse may not work for you.
The most important consideration for healthy shoe wear is the accommodation of the width of your foot. The next consideration is arch support.
– Barbara Bergin, orthopedic surgeon
The ability to easily slip backless shoes on and off may seem appealing, but they are a major don’t for nurses, according to Bergin.
“There are only two ways a backless shoe stays on your foot,” she said. “Either it¡¯s tight across the arch, or you have to use your toes to hold it on when your foot is in the swing phase of your gait.”
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“Your foot kind of floats in the shoe and seeks its level of comfort,” said Bergin. “Because it stays balanced on your foot with the finger breadth of space, there is no compression on sensitive areas.”
As of 2013, most Dansko clogs cost $115 to $145 at a variety of retail and online stores.
“As a fitness trainer, I’ve got to have a power-house shoe, one that I can rely on when exercising or hitting the pavement to train clients,” said Shawnee Harkins, creator and producer of fitness themed TV shows, including “Fit in the Street.” She wears and recommends Therafit shoes, a line co-created by Dr. Lisa Masterson, an obstetrician/gynecologist and host of the TV show “The Doctors.”
Therafit’s patented Personalized Comfort System allows you to adjust the impact protection and cushion level to suit your personal needs and preferences. The wedge absorbs shock, and the outsole can be adjusted to increase or decrease impact resistance.
“Therafit [shoes are] the embodiment of a proper shoe for exercise, play and work,” Harkins said, adding that they can help relieve muscle and joint pain while guarding against occupational injuries. Most Therafit walking shoes sell for $95 through the company’s website. If your shoes don’t fulfill your expectations, you can exchange or return them at no charge for up to 30 days after the purchase date.
Nike Free shoes are designed to let your feet move more freely and naturally than typical athletic shoes. The company’s website claims this freedom allows your feet to grow stronger over time.
“Nike Free is my favorite shoe for walking around in all day,” said Heather Binns, a certified personal trainer and coach at Full of Life Fitness in North Hollywood, California

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While some shoes are best suited for narrow feet, Nike Free is designed for average-width and wider feet. Because you’ll likely use muscles in your feet more than you’re accustomed to, Nike recommends you make a gradual transition from your current shoes to Nike Free. Nike Free shoes are available at most online and brick-and-mortar shoe stores and sell for $95 to $160.
Binns and Bergin both recommend New Balance as a suitable brand for nurses — and you need not opt for walking-specific styles. Running shoes, for example, are designed for high levels of impact and activity.
“New Balance makes a high-quality running shoe,” Bergin said. “In general, I think good quality running shoes make good work shoes.”
As an added perk, New Balance stores are staffed with professionals who can help you make the best purchasing decision while allowing you to learn more about your shoe-fitting needs. New Balance running shoe prices range from about $64.99 to $174.99, depending on the make and model. They’re available at most athletic shoe stores and websites.
Dr. Jordana Szpiro, a podiatrist and board-certified foot surgeon in Boston, recommends nurses seek a “well-cushioned shoe with a supportive sole with some give and good arch support, well contoured to your foot.” Her prime example is Nurse Mates.
As the name suggests, Nurse Mates are specifically designed to meet the demands of a nurse’s hectic, on-the-go work demands. Most are black or white with slip-resistant soles. For the best support, choose Nurse Mates clogs with a back or an athletic-style shoe that suits your foot arch and width. Nurse Mates clogs and lace-up athletic shoes range in price from $67.95 to $77.95. If you don’t want to buy them through the company’s website, you can pin down the retailer nearest to through the company’s virtual store finder.

Dumbbell Exercises: High Pulls

High pulls with dumbbells exercise your upper and lower body, qualifying it as a total-body exercise. Total-body exercises do not exercise every muscle group in your body, but they do challenge your coordination and burn more calories because the heart has to pump blood to two parts of your body not near each other. The high pulls have several variations using dumbbells, kettlebells and a barbell.
The dumbbell high pull exercise requires coordination. It combines a mini squat, standing calf raise, shoulder shrug and upright row. All these movements come together into one, smooth exercise. To perform a dumbbell high pull, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms straight against the front of your torso with a dumbbell in each hand. Bend your knees slightly. Next, straighten your knees and rise onto the balls of your feet as you shrug your shoulders toward your ears. Then, pull the weights up toward your armpits and flair your elbows out toward your shoulders. When you lower the weights, drop your heels back to the floor.
The high pull targets the trapezoid muscles in the upper back. Both shoulder shrugs and upright rows work the upper back, so doing these movements together hits the entire length of the trap muscles. The quadriceps and glutes also work to straighten your legs out of the mini squat.
The dumbbell high pull helps basketball players to improve their sports performance. The movement of standing and rising onto the toes is similar to a basketball player bringing a basketball up to make a shot. Holding onto the dumbbells also increases grip strength for better ball control

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Dumbbell high pulls work the traps just like the barbell and kettlebell versions, but the exact movement you use differs. If you like the high pulls and want to try to do them a different way for a new challenge, variety or because dumbbells are not available, you need to know how the proper form differs so you don’t get hurt trying to mimic dumbbell high pulls with different equipment. To perform a barbell high pull, stand in front of a barbell on the floor. Do a deep squat to grab the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart. Quickly stand up and raise the bar up to your neck, then drop it onto the floor. The elbows bend as you lift the bar just like with the dumbbell version. You also briefly rise onto the balls of your feet when the bar comes up. To perform a kettlebell high pull, hold the handle of one kettlebell with both hands with your body in a low squat and the weight on the floor. You can turn your toes out to make it a sumo high pull and activate the inner thighs too. Then, pull the kettlebell up to your chest as you stand up, but skip the shoulder shrug that you do for the dumbbell high pull.

How to Get Rid of Bumps on Your Thighs from Your Legs Rubbing Together

When your thighs rub together, friction occurs. This friction causes the skin on the inner thighs to become irritated and may lead to a heat rash, which is also known as miliaria. When the skin becomes irritated, the sweat glands may become blocked. This causes red

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, white or pink raised bumps to occur. The affected area is likely to itch or feel prickly and may feel painful. A heat rash is most likely to occur when you are in a hot or humid environment, but it can occur anytime the thighs rub together.
Move to a cool location. The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology states that heat rash will usually go away within a day of moving into a cool place.
Place a cool compress on your thighs or soak in a cool bath. The cool water will decrease the inflammation and reduce the severity of the bumps

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Wear loose bottoms made of natural fibers or moisture-wicking material to avoid irritating the area. Tight clothing and synthetic fabrics can irritate the bumps causing them to get worse instead of heal.
Apply calamine lotion to the area, recommends DermNet NZ. This will decrease the itching in the area and may help speed healing.
Sprinkle a medicated body powder on your inner thighs. Medicated body powder will reduce friction from the thighs rubbing together. The medications in the powder will help to heal the area and reduce itching.

Severe Diaper Rash on a 2-Year-Old

A severe diaper rash is not uncommon in 2-year-olds. Symptoms are irritating and painful, making both diaper changes and playtime uncomfortable for your toddler. Because it can lead to infections if not treated properly, it is imperative to understand what causes a severe diaper rash and how you can treat and avoid it.
Severe diaper rash is a condition that causes the skin of your 2-year-old’s bottom to erupt in a fiery, red rash. This rash often spreads to other spots in the diaper area, including the scrotum, penis, vagina or labia. The rash is often itchy

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Severe diaper rash develops when your 2-year-old¡¯s diaper area is exposed to too much moisture and not enough fresh air. This typically occurs if your baby¡¯s diaper is not changed often enough and her skin becomes irritated by the feces and urine in her diaper. In addition, the chemicals or ingredients in disposable diapers and wipes often irritate your baby¡¯s skin, causing a severe diaper rash. Yeast infections or bacterial infections also trigger severe rashes on the buttocks and genitals.
Clean your 2-year-old¡¯s bottom with a washrag and cool water. Lay a few towels or waterproof pads around and allow your child to play with a bare butt for 10 minutes or longer. Rub a diaper rash cream that contains zinc oxide onto the affected area to soothe and treat the rash

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How to Lace Soccer Shoes

Knowing how to properly lace your soccer shoes

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, or cleats, can make a serious impact on the comfort, safety and performance of your soccer game. According to the Houghston Sports Medicine Foundation, getting the proper fit out of your soccer shoes can help improve your performance while reducing the risk of injury as result of a twisted ankle or other shoe malfunction. For best results, set aside 30 minutes or more to fully lace and test your shoes to make sure you have the perfect tightness and freedom of motion

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Step into your unlaced soccer shoes and place them in an area where you can clearly see the holes and eyelets. Hold both ends of one shoelace to determine the middle point of the lace and place that directly above the lowest set of shoelace holes near the toe of the shoe.
Insert the ends of the lace evenly into the lowest pair of holes until the middle of the lace is sitting directly between the holes. Thread the right end of the shoelace through the left hole directly up from the lowest hole. Pull the lace until it all the way through before bringing the left end of the shoelace through the right hole directly up from the lowest, making sure to cross over the right end in an ¡°X¡± shape.
Continue threading each shoelace end through its opposite hole, forming a crisscross pattern all the way to the top of the shoe. Pull firmly on each string as you lace up to make sure it is snug and tight against your foot, while still allowing a free range of motion at your ankle.
Finish your lacing by looping the shoelace on any extra hooks or eyelets on the top ankle area of your soccer shoe. Perform a basic shoelace knot and walk around in your shoes to test the comfort of your lacing job. Unlace your shoes to tighten or loosen the strings as needed.