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7 Amazing Health Benefits of Camping

Our forefathers believed in the healing properties of nature that’s why doctors prescribed vacations to the coast for a variety of health reasons or folk went for a stroll through the park for some air and exercise.

Fast-forward to the 21st Century, when over fifty percent of the population lives in cities. We’re spending less time outdoors, and are more stressed than ever.  It seems as though we’ve lost touch with nature.

Well here’s a crash course in why you should plan your next big escape into The Great Outdoors!

7 Reasons Why You Should Get Out Camping

1. Fresh Air: All that fresh air is good for you! Being surrounded by oxygenating trees improves immune functioning. From better digestion to lower blood pressure and for a sharper mind. Plus, you breathe easier. It seems as though our forefathers were onto something!

2. Sunshine: Soak up those rays for a natural dose of Vitamin D. Better Vitamin D production helps your body absorb calcium for healthier bones! Being outdoors on a sunny day really can turn that frown upside-down!

3. Hello, Happiness: All that sunshine and fresh air makes for a happier you! Oxygen releases more serotonin (the happy drug) in our brain, while sunshine reduces melatonin (the depression drug). That’s likely the reason behind the idiom, happy camper, because camping can help cure stress!

4. Exercise: Whether you hike, bike, fish or swim, camping gets you moving. While the pristine air works to improve lung function. Either way just getting out of your routine and into nature will help you burn calories – no matter your intensity level.

5. Sweet Dreams: All that fresh air and exercise is exhausting and leads to a deeper more restful sleep. And we all know beneficial a good night’s sleep is for your health. Not to mention sleeping under a starry sky, free of artificial light has been proven to reset your circadian rhythm – a camping takeaway that’ll have you sleeping better at home too!

6. Reconnect With What Matters: Turn off your screens, forget about your social media connections and reconnect with friends, family, yourself and nature – these connections are as vital as your followers on Instagram! Our reliance on cyberspace can lead to mental health issues, like burnout or anxiety – so turn to green space to recharge your batteries!

7. Goodbye, Stress: Fresh air and sunshine champion the stress-free movement but so too does temporarily escaping from reality. It gives you a change to be free of financial worry, workplace stress and troublesome traffic. Stress-related diseases (cardiovascular issues, poor digestion) are running rampant so combat it by pencilling in some you-time and run for the tree-lined hills!

Our Prescription For Better Health: Make Plans For Your Next Camping Excursion Now!

Stressed? Anxious? Tired? Then take the age-old prescription and switch off cyberspace in favour of hitting up some green space in the best camper trailer around, to help mend whatever ails you! All that sunshine and fresh air will rejuvenate and reconnect you with the healthiest and happiest version of you!

How To Choose And Use The Best Face Wash For Healthy Skin

Whether you’re at work, the gym or the grocery store, your face is likely the first thing people notice about you. It’s probably the first thing you notice about yourself. Every morning when you look into the mirror, there it is, staring back. And our skin doesn’t hide much. If we’re not taking good care of ourselves, it shows, right smack dab on our faces.

While there is no substitute for healthy eating and active living when it comes to getting great skin, an amazing face wash can also go a long way to improving the health of your visage. Of course, knowing that you should use a cleanser is only half the battle. Now, you’ve got to find the best one for your skin type, and this is considerably more difficult.

But not impossible. And, thanks to this article, not really even that difficult, actually. Read on and find out what cleanser you should use for healthier, more radiant skin.

Step 1: ID your Skin Type

We all have a type of skin, and while we may at times in our lives experience more oily skin or dryer skin or patchy skin, there’s a general theme that can tell us our basic skin type.

Do you have larger pores all over your face, but especially in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin)? Do you look a little swarthy by mid-day, even if you scrubbed your face and powdered like a pro in the morning? Are you more prone to acne? Then you have oily skin.

Do you have an oily T-zone, but have dry and flaky skin on your jawbone, under your eyes, and cheeks? Then you have combination skin.

Do you have super small pores all over your face, and dry, dull skin? Is your skin thinner? Then you likely have dry skin.

Do you have smaller pores in your T-zone, and near invisible pores on the rest of your face? Is your skin fairly even, with minimal acne breakouts and shine? Then you have what is called normal skin, though rest assured, there is nothing strictly ‘normal’ about it. It is actually less common to have this kind of skin than any other.

What type of skin you have will depend on your lifestyle, sex and age, but mostly, genetics. There’s not much you can do about the skin you’re dealt, but you can do a lot about how you treat it.

That’s what we’re going to talk about next.

Step 2: Finding Your Face Wash

Thankfully, once you know your skin type, the skincare industry makes it pretty easy. Just look for products that state they are specifically made for your skin type. What you need to be aware of when you select a product is whether you have sensitive skin or other skin conditions like eczema or rosacea that could require additional care. In this case, speak to a dermatologist for recommendations. Natural products tend to be more gentle for skin that’s easily irritated but it’s always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to your precious face.

Step 3: Washing Technique

We all get a little sloppy when it comes to washing our faces. In less than 30 seconds, we’ve washed, dried and moisturised. News flash: lathering alone should take 30 seconds. It’s a small price to pay for more radiant skin.

Here’s how you’re going to start washing your face for cleaner, healthier skin:

  1. Wash your hands so you aren’t sullying your face with bacteria on dirty digits.
  2. Use lukewarm water. Hot water can be super harsh and drying on skin, and cold water can cause pores to close up, preventing you from getting a deep clean.
  3. Lather for up to a minute, rubbing in circular motions and paying particular attention to your T-zone.
  4. Rinse. Again, use lukewarm water.
  5. Pat dry. Never rub! Be gentle to the delicate, thinner skin on your face.

Step 4: Do it Every Day

OK, this is more of a guideline than a rule. How often you should wash your face depends on your skin, and some experts say once a day is enough. What all experts agree on is that over-washing isn’t necessary, and can in fact strip your skin of its natural pH balance and barrier. Your body is pretty adept at taking care of itself, and your skin will self-regulate and renew, but follow these tips, and you can gently and lovingly nudge it into radiance.

Happy washing!