5 Ways to Get Rid of the Bags Under Your Eyes

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You've spent the entire week working long hours on a project and haven't gotten nowhere near enough sleep. You get up for work on Friday morning and catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Whoa...You've got some serious eye baggage going on. Dark, puffy bags under the eyes aren't attractive and they can make you look much older than you actually are.

While genetics does play a role in the development of eye bags, there are a handful of things you may be to do to get rid of the bags under your eyes. Getting more sleep is the obvious answer, but we recognize this isn't always an option. Here are 5 other things you can try to reduce or eliminate the bags under your eyes. 

1. Be Cool. 

A cool compress for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening can work wonders when it comes to relieving eye bags. It helps reduce inflammation and may help your eyes look less puffy. We've all seen the commercials with beautiful models covering their eyes with cucumber slices. This trick actually works. If you aren't in the mood for slicing cukes, a cool washcloth will work every bit as well. 

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Dealing With Anger: Let It Out or Keep It In?

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When it comes to anger, the best solution is to not get angry in the first place, but rare is the person who walks through life without experiencing at least the occasional flare-up of anger. So what should you do when anger starts to build up inside? Is it better to let it out and express your anger or is it best to bottle it up and deal with it internally?

There are studies that fall on both sides of the fence. Some studies have found keeping anger bottled up inside is bad for you, while other studies have revealed outward expression of anger is problematic. The one thing these studies all have in common is they tend to look at extremes, either examining explosions of rage or people who bottle up their emotions and never let them out. The best response to anger lies somewhere in the middle and anger is something that should be managed according to the situation at hand.

Anger is a natural human emotion. We all feel it from time to time, albeit some of us more often than others. It's when it gets out of control that it can turn destructive and cause problems in both our personal and professional lives and can affect the overall quality of our lives. Instead of letting anger control us, we've got to take control of our anger and learn to express it in a healthy and safe manner.

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The Science Behind the Sneeze

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Ah, springtime. In many areas, it's the time of year where the weather is as nice as it's going to get. You have sunny days that aren't too hot, animals and insects are out and about and plants and flowers are in full bloom. It's also allergy season, and that means there are going to be quite a few sneezes echoing through office buildings and interrupting the silence in homes everywhere.

Sneezing is a fact of life, be it from an allergic reaction, the common cold or any of a number of other factors that can contribute to a sneeze. While everyone has sneezed, relatively few people know the science behind the sneeze. There's quite a bit going on behind the scenes every single time you sneeze.

What Happens When You Sneeze?

Sneezing is one of the body's most prominent natural defense mechanisms. Sneezes happen when the cells that line the nose, known as the respiratory epithelium, become irritated or sense a foreign object has become lodged in the tiny hairs known as cilia that line the nose. The cells send a message to the trigeminal cranial nerve, which in turns sends a message to the brain and a sneeze or series of sneezes is initiated.

A lot happens in the body during a sneeze. Your abdominal and chest muscles tighten quickly and compress your lungs, pushing air up and out of your throat. As the air passes through your throat, it also contracts and launches the air through your nose at speeds that can reach a hundred miles per hour. Your tongue presses against the roof of your mouth in order to force most of the air out of your nose and your eyes involuntarily close.

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Dry Body Brushing: An Important Skin Care Routine You Probably Haven't Heard Of

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The skin is the largest organ on the human body. It's also the only organ that's on the outside of the body and is the only organ we're guaranteed to see every day. Oddly enough, the skin is also the most neglected and abused organ we have (other than maybe our livers). We cover it in toxic cosmetics and skincare products that are absorbed into the body and wonder why, after years of abuse, our complexion is mottled and our skin looks unhealthy.

It's time we all start taking better care of our skin. 

It's important to realize our skin isn't just there to make us look pretty. It's a barrier between the inside of our bodies and the outside world. Perhaps even more importantly, it's an exit route for toxins and our body excretes more than a quarter of the toxins in the body through the skin each and every day.

Waste Excreted Through the Skin

Dead skin cells are the number one form of bodily waste the skin needs to get rid of. As new skin cells form, the old skin cells die and slough off, at a rate of more than 30,000 skin cells per minute. In addition to dead skin cells, sweat glands in the skin are used by the body as a pathway to flush out small amounts of toxins, along with extra minerals the body doesn't need.

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