HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES

HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES

Here is an extensive list of different methods used to remove dark spots caused by acne

HOW TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS CAUSED BY PIMPLES
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Living with acne can feel like riding a roller coaster. You finally clear up a breakout and you’re left with a dark spot or acne scar, but you’re unsure how to treat dark spots caused by pimples. Your initial instinct may be to try home remedies like lemon juice, aloe vera or reach for typical skincare with aggressive chemical peels and harsh exfoliating treatments, but here is how how to remove dark spots caused by pimples.

HOW TO ADDRESS DARK SPOTS AND ACNE SCARS LEFTOVER FROM PIMPLES, STEP-BY- STEP

1. Be Gentle on New Dark Spots as the Skin is Still Healing

When the spot or acne mark is still red and the pimple has only just faded, your skin is very inflamed. This is no time to use any kind of over-the-counter product or acid, so if you typically use Salicylic Acid or Glycolic acid all over your face as a preventative acne treatment, avoid applying these products directly on the affected areas. Your skin is very tender and irritated, and is not ready to for application of exfoliating treatments. Instead, try Hydrocortisone. Using hydrocortisone for dark spots is an effective way to calm inflammation and address and soothe the red in your skin. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory Apply this for only a period of few days, as over time, Hydrocortisone can actually thin the skin and make it more fragile.

2. Introduce Vitamin C Once the Blemish has Healed

When the dark marks or affected areas have completely healed and are no longer irritated, it’s time to bring in the antioxidants to help get rid of dark spots. Load up on Vitamin C, especially in the morning, to prevent excess melanin from depositing and making the spot darker. Ask your dermatologist to recommend the best Vitamin C-based skincare products. Vitamin C is great for removing dark spots. 

3. Use a Retinoid for Brightening the Appearance of Dark Spots

Research skincare products or, again, consult your dermatologist to recommend items that include a retinol derivative that you can use at night to help speed up the regeneration of your skin. This will help push new, healthy, bright skin to the surface. Retinoid is also used as spot treatment for acne.

4. Exfoliate New Dark Spots with Acids

Once your skin has fully healed, you can use exfoliating treatments twice a week. Use a gentle, chemical exfoliant to help even out your skin tone and fade dark spots and discoloration caused by pimples. Mandelic Acid and Azelaic acid are especially good for hyperpigmentation or Melasma, a condition that causes brown spots on the skin.

5. Protect Dark Spots, Acne Scars and Melasma from the Sun

The most important step of all is to protect your acne scars from the sun. Do not start your day without sunscreen. An SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. UV rays do infiltrate windows in homes, offices and cars, so always wear SPF. Wear a wide-brimmed hat if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time. UV rays are the enemy of acne scars, dark spots and other skin conditions. They trigger inflammation and spike melanin production, causing your dark spots and scars to become even darker and harder to fade.

WHAT CAUSES ACNE MARKS OR DARK SPOTS LEFT BEHIND BY PIMPLES?

The technical word for the spot left behind an acne lesion once it heals is Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, or PIH. This type of pigment is different than normal dark spots because it is a result of inflammation. PIH is not specific to acne.

These dark spots caused by pimples can also commonly occur as a result of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. PIH is most common in darker skin types, and can last for longer than 5 years if left untreated. Keep skin hydrated when shaving or washing your face. Not only are ingrown hairs and razor bumps painful, they will keep returning. Use shaving products to soften and hydrate skin and don’t rush the process. Cuts on skin also take a while to heal.

Prevent PIH Dark Spots from Forming

You may also get PIH if you pick at a blackhead or pimple. Picking at an active acne lesion or blackhead increases the likelihood of leaving behind a dark spot, which is one of the reasons why dermatologists and aestheticians caution against it. You’re better off leaving it alone and letting it heal over time, as painstaking as that can be or feel. Or, you can go to a professional like a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician to help remove it.

Relax and Stick to the Plan to Cure Dark Spots Fast

Whether you pick at your pimple or let it heal naturally, PIH may occur either way. It’s important to treat the inflammation and use antioxidants like Vitamin C to inhibit melanin production. Most importantly, use daily sun protection to prevent your spot from worsening. Even a well-healed spot can suddenly become dark if you spend too much time in the sun. We hope this post has helped inform you about how to cure dark spots caused by pimples, and how to prevent further dark spots forming.
Stick to a skincare regimen best suited to your skin.

Start a skincare routine beneficial to your specific skin type, issues and need.

Choose a cleanser, moisturizer with SPF, toner and night cream that will address what skin needs, so you can avoid pimples, dark spots and acne scars from starting. Do your research, listen to your skin…and to your dermatologist.

These are the most efficient ways to remove dark spots caused by pimples.

Top Perfume

Most Popular Perfumes for Valentines Day

Top Perfume

Whether you are in the market for a new perfume, the perfect perfume gift, or wanting to select the  perfect scent for Valentine’s Day, here are 34 of the most popular perfume to help your perfume hunt. 

1.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum

2.

Burberry Brit Eau de Parfum

3.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

This popular perfume is defiantly a fan favorite. It is classic and timeless.

4.

 Gucci Guilty Black Eau de Toilette

5.

Chanel Eau Tendre

This is definitely My Unbounded Life’s Editor favorite perfume. Amazing for valentines day or other holidays. 

6.

Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose

7.

Silent St. by Derek Lam

8.

Nanette Lepore for Women

9.

 Versace Crystal Noir

10.

Shiseido Energizing

11.

Versace Yellow Diamond

12.

Victoria Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum

Victoria Secret is a popular valentines day option. 

13.

Creed Love in Black Perfume

14.

Versace Dylan Blue Pour Femme

15.

Bath and Body Works Malibu Heat

Bath and Body Works is a popular valentines day option. 

16.

Salvatore Ferragamo Incanto Dream Women’s Perfume

17.

Paris Hilton Can Can

18.

Paris Hilton Can Can

Paris Hilton has definitely came out with some affordable perfumes that have become a fan favorite in the perfume aisle. 

19.

Viva la Juicy by Juicy Couture

20.

YSL Black Opium

21.

Lady Vengeance Juliette has a Gun

22.

Kiehls Musk Oil

23.

Versace Bright Crystal

24.

Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue

25.

Gucci Premiere

26.

Gucci Bloom

27.

Jimmy Choo Fever

28.

Armaf Vanity Femme

29.

Clinique Happy Heart

30.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

31.

Bvlgari Omnia Coral

32.

Chanel Mademoiselle

33.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million

34.

Chanel No. 5

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Random Fact: Did you know that 65 billion Chickens are consumed every year, making chicken one of the most popular meats consumed. Chicken breast is one of the most healthiest meats you can eat. It is low in fat and high in protein. Stuffing chicken breast is one way to make the dryer side of the chicken, moist and flavorful. Here is an easy Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast that is quick to make that the whole family will love. 

 
Stuffed Chicken Breast Ingredients:
 
chicken breasts 
1 cup of chopped spinach 
100 grams of cream cheese 
Dash of cayenne or paprika 
A little pepper 
A little garlic powder 
Dash of Italian seasoning 
A little bit of chicken Bouillon 
 
Instructions:
 
Cream cheese & spinach mixture 
•In a bowl, add the cream cheese 
•Add garlic powder 
•Add the spinach 
 
Mix together  
 
Pre heat the oven to 350°F 
 
Chicken Breast 
•With the knife Make a pocket in the chicken breast
•Stuff the chicken breast with the spinach & cream cheese mixture 
•Use a few toothpicks to secure the chicken breast 
 
Make sure you seared chicken on both side
 
Baking 
•Get a baking tray. Place the chicken breasts 1 by 1 in the baking tray.
 
•Bake for 30 minutes uncovered (make sure the thermometer reads 165 degrees).
 
Let the chicken sit about 5 minutes & removed the tooth picks before serving. 
 

You can switch out ingredients to make it low carb or even take the recipe from a stuffed spinach recipe to jalapeño stuffed chicken or artichoke. Pair with a side salad and grain to make it a complete meal. Quinoa (for low carb) or your choice of rice.

3 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Practicing Self-Care as an Introvert

3 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Practicing Self-Care as an Introvert

3 Budget-Friendly Strategies for Practicing Self-Care as an Introvert
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As an introvert, a healthy self-care routine is crucial to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Without self-care, you’re not giving yourself the time and space you need to recharge your mind and body — and you risk mental exhaustion and social burnout. According to IntrovertSpring, some signs of introvert burnout include depression, fatigue, and irritability.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to care for your introverted mind and body —long before you begin to experience social burnout. What’s more, many of these self-care remedies can fit just about any budget — and they can be practiced from the comfort of your home.

To explore three budget-friendly self-care strategies for introverts, read on!

1. Exercise from Home

Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, regular exercise is essential to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Not only does exercise help to enhance your mood and alleviate symptoms of depression, but it could also treat or even prevent anxiety in some cases. When you’re an introvert who’d prefer to exercise at home or on your own, however, some workouts will benefit you more than others. To meet your exercise needs as an introvert, the pros at PopSugar Fitness recommend solo activities like running, swimming, cycling, or following along to a free online workout video or yoga class.

As you start a solo exercise routine, you may need to purchase some exercise gear and workout equipment that boosts your comfort and confidence. However, you can save on the purchase of your new athletic equipment and clothing if you shop online at stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods and QVC. For instance, you can find QVC promo codes and coupons before placing your online order — helping you to save big on everything from exercise equipment and fitness trackers to vitamins and nutritional supplements.

2. Make Time to Relax

If you’re an introverted personality type, alone time and relaxation are key to recharging your energy levels, clearing your mind, managing stress, relieving tension, and maintaining good physical, mental, and emotional well-being. A few budget-friendly relaxation techniques for
introverts include:

● Reading a book or magazine.
● Meditating with a free mindfulness app such as Insight Timer or Smiling Mind.
● Napping when you’re feeling drained.
● Soaking in a hot bath filled with soothing homemade salts.
● Walking in nature.
● Journaling, painting, drawing, or coloring.

While you could certainly pay for a professional massage, manicure, or facial when you’re feeling overwhelmed with life and in need of some downtime, there are plenty of other ways to relax for free or at a very low cost.

3. Disconnect from Technology

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all self-care strategy for introverted personality types, but these three ideas will help you to find an affordable self-care remedy that recharges you and enhances your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Whether you unwind with a good book, deactivate
the social media notifications on your smartphone, or enjoy a solo workout like walking, swimming, or practicing yoga at home, you’ll be recharging your mind, body, and soul — all without spending a fortune on self-care.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

5 Affordable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Women

Gift Ideas for that special lady in your life

Can’t figure out what to get your wife or girlfriend for Valentine’s Day? Here are some fail proof Valentine’s Days gift ideas that fits any budget. 

Tip:  Start with a budget and work around that.

Don’t have money for a fancy dinner- then make it.

Don’t have money for a full bouquet of roses, buy just one or go to Home Depot and buy a nice plant. 

1. Bathtub Tray

Perfect for an at home spa day. Add other gifts like bath balms and a nice loofah.

2. Jewelry Box

A jewelry box is a fantastic Valentine’s day gift idea. Just make sure the recipient has jewelry to place inside of it. 

Tip: TJMaxx is a great place to go or Amazon if you are on a time crunch. 

3. An Online Club

You can format it to your budget. Choose for a couple of months or for the whole year. The great thing about this is that it is the gift that keeps on giving.

Birchbox- awesome beauty products and makeup

AdoreMe – lingerie and more

ShoeDazzle – for the shoe lover

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4. Ouai Gift Set

Ouai is a current cult favorite. Their hair products are sheek and of high quality.

5. Yoga Mat

For your Yoga Enthusiast or Spouse that wants to get into Yoga. Yoga matts are also perfect for stretching in the house and meditating.

 

 
Natural Hangover Remedies

Natural Hangover Remedies

According to Instagram

Natural Hangover Remedies

Oh the Hangover. It is usually the aftermath of drinking irresponsibly and a painful consequence indeed. It is caused by dehydration which is caused by not hydrating properly and/or a toxic chemical within the alcohol that cause frequent urination.

Hangovers usually begin a couple hours after the last drink and typically last for 24 hours.

Hangovers happen to the best of us. If you find yourself in this predicament, try these Natural Hangover Remedies. 

Here's our Top Hangover Remedies from Instagram:

*Please note that these are suggestions. We do not guarantee that these natural remedies will work. Try at your own risk.

1. CBD

The popularity of CBD is at an all time high. Many states have made it legal medically. It is popular because you get the benefits of marijuana without the psychoactive effects (the highness).

CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is used for pain and nausea. 

Only use LEGALLY.

“This is the best hangover cure for those nights when I get a little sloppy.” -Anonymous from IG

2. Coffee

You see it in almost every teen highschool flick. The kid parties too hard and the responsible best friend gives them a hot cup of coffee and they sober up. Some people use coffee as a natural hangover remedy, but it is debatable. 

3. Tea

Tea is actually a great natural hangover remedy because of the natural elements and herbs that are in tea. 

  • Ginger tea – Soothing and Anti-Inflammatory
  • Peppermint tea- It is an energizing herb that is known to help upset stomachs
  • Lavender tea – It is Anti-Inflammatory and Soothing
  • Chamomile tea- Will help you sleep and soothe stomach pain
  • Green tea- A natural detox, to help you rid of the alcohol chemicals

“Tea is my go to for hangovers. Chamomile helps a banging headache.”- IG

4. Pickles

This might sound funny, but pickles have electrolytes because of the salt.

Eating pickles in the morning will help a hangover, better yet drink the juice.

5. Grilled Cheese or Greasy Foods

This method is debatable. The Urban Legend is that grease will soak up the alcohol. If you already slept your body already absorbed the alcohol. Eating greasy and tasty food will make you mentally feel better.

6. Ginger Ale

Ginger is amazing. Drinking Flat ginger ale will sooth stomach pain.

“Instead of Ginger Ale, drink Ginger Tea, if available. It is stronger”

7. Don't Drink

If you find yourself with a constant hangover, just don’t drink. Your body maybe allergic to it or you may need to learn how to be a responsible drinker.

A good night isn’t worth a bad day

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Easy Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies are an easy way to get a lot of vitamins, unsaturated fats and fiber. They are both a great snack and also quick to make. You can use raw fruits and add ice or frozen fruits and add juice. Do note that if you use juice, it does add to your sugar intake.

Here a 6 Healthy Smoothie Recipes:

Berries and Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1 beet root or pureed precooked beets (depending on the power of your juicer)
  • 1 banana frozen or fresh
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. almond butter.
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries 
  • 1/2 cup unflavored soy or almond milk
  • ½ cup of Greek Yogurt

Blackberry Melon Smoothie

  • 1 Cup of Melon (Honeydew or Cantaloupe)
  • ½ Cup of Blackberry
  • ½ Cup of Apple Juice
  • ½ Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • ½ A Lime

Raspberry / Avocado With a Touch of Chia

  • 1 Cup of Raspberry
  • ½ A Medium Avocado
  • ½ Banana
  • 1 tsp Chia
  • ½ Cup of Spinach
  • ½ cup of Apple Juice

Orange and Carrot

  • 1 Orange or Nectarine
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • ½ Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ tsp of Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp of Ginger* Optional

Bahama Mama

  • 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • ½ Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ Cup of Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Blueberries and Peaches

  • 1 Cup of Blueberries or Berry Mix
  • ¼ Cup of Peaches
  • 1/2 Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • ½ A lemon

Melon and Kiwi

  • 1/2 Cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Cups of  Melon
  • 1 Cup of grapes, halved
  • 2 Kiwis 
  • 1/2 Cup of Spinach 

How to Make the Smoothies:

Place all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. If you do not have a strong mixer, do not use frozen items. Note that it will be of a juice. The ice is what makes it thicker. 

Tips:

  • Add 1/2 a Avocado to any health smoothie recipe for additional good fats.
  • Swap juice for milk.
  • Ginger and Turmeric go great with Organes and Carrots.
  • Add Spinach for additional Nutrition.

Tag #myunboundedlife in your Healthy Smoothie pictures for a chance to be featured. 

summer to fall clothing

How to Transition your closet from Summer to Fall

summer to fall clothing

Cooler nights are ahead (for those of us in season changing climates) leaving us in the predicament of what to wear in that in-between time. Heres how to transition your closet from summer to fall in just 9 ways that won’t break the bank: 

1. Don't put away your Sundresses...yet

Add a jean jacket and a tee shirt underneath your sundress. Swap out the sandals for canvas sneakers or cute trainers. Add brassy jewelry. 

2. Maxi Dress

Add a knit button up sweater to your Maxi Dress. Since Maxi dresses are long and flowy, adding a shapely element will not also add layers, but give you a waist. Swap the sandals for canvas sneakers or trainers or add booties.

3. Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits/Overalls/Rompers were popular again in Summer 2018. Add a blazer or shapely cotton jacket. The key with layers are the clothing materials and also having one shapely piece.

4. Tights

Wear them under dress and skirts, the key again, is material matching. There are many different types of tights with different designs and colors. You can find a pair for any occasion. 

5. Go Darker

Swap out Neon’s or bright colors for more Jewel toned colors. That will make anything that you are wearing more fall-ish. Even a sundress. 

6. Darker Makeup

Wear a darker hue of lipstick and blush- this will automatically make anything that you are wearing look more fall-ish (unless you are wearing neon clothing lol). Cherry hued eyeshadow is also the perfect eyeshadow transition between summer- fall/ fall – winter.

7. The Boyfriend Shirt

Take his (or hers) button down-  aka the “boyfriend shirt”. Layering with a button down provides warmth and also a nice flavor to your outfit. An instant cabin feeling. 

8. The Cardigan

Invest in a new cardigan that you can throw on and off. Target sells quality and affordable cardigans. Instead of opting for black, try gray or tan. Both colors are neutral and work with almost everything.

9. Scarf’s

 Some fall days are almost as warm as summer. Use a lightweight scarf to keep you warm on the days were the weather is shifting in between. It will also add a pop of color to your outfit. 

How do you Transition from Summer to Fall?

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BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers

The Difference between CC creams, BB creams, and Tinted Moisturizer?

BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers

With so many foundation alternatives how do you decide which one to use? Which one is the best one for your skin? What’s the difference between BB creams, CC creams and Tinted Moisturizers? 

Here’s the Guide:

Tinted Moisturizer- Moisturizer with a hint color

A Tinted Moisturizer contains moisturizer and a bit of foundation. It is great for people with dry skin that want a little bit of color to even their skin tone. If your only skin issue is dry skin, this is great for you.

BB Creams –a Beauty Balm thats main purpose is to even out skin tone

A BB Cream contains moisturizer, primer, some level of SPF and foundation. The color is light and the formula is also lightweight. Great to wear outdoors since it feels great on the skin.

CC Creams- Color Correction Cream

A CC Cream has everything that a BB cream has, but also includes a color correcting ingredient to brighten the skin or to get rid of redness. A common brightening ingredient is Vitamin C. CC creams also have a little more coverage than a BB creams and is a better option for people with uneven skin tones or acne. If you want minimal coverage this is great for you.

Tips:

CC Creams are the most popular foundation Alternatives. 

Maybelline and IT Cosmetics have some of the highest rated CC creams.

Tinted moisturizers are the easiest to make. Just mix your favorite moisturizer and foundation together. Make sure that they have the same base (oil , not oil ect.; so they blend together). 

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