Pronovias 2012 Bridal Fashion Show

Pronovias showcased their exclusive 2012 collection entitled "La Nuit Blanche" (The White Night). The show took place in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Dresses were detailed and made of silk, chiffon, organza, and tulle. At the end, designer extraordinaire Manuel Mota. 

Holiday Tips For Healthy Lifestyle

Seasonal festivities and pressures often sabotage healthy holiday eating attempts. However, it doesn't have to be that way. You can have a healthy holiday with family and friends and enjoy the holidays more than ever.

You don't have to give in to the unhealthy eating temptations brought on by the holiday stress of excessive demands on your time, shopping like crazy or coping with hordes of relatives (who you may not even like).

And lets face facts. Your past holiday plans to celebrate by eating it all now and losing it all later have never paned out the way you planned. By taking charge and planning for healthy holiday eating and a healthy lifestyle during the holidays, you can enjoy a happy healthy holiday and make it through the season with your health and waistline intact.
  • Taking control and plan ahead. Stick with your daily routine as much as possible and make a doable plan before each holiday party.
  • Shift focus from food to fun. Instead fattening holiday sweets, bake non-edible dough ornaments to decorate. Play games, do puzzles, tumble on mats or go for a walking tour of decorated homes.
  • Always eat before each event. When it's time to gather with family or associates never arrive hungry. Have a light high-protein meal beforehand.
  • Limit holiday food exposure. At holiday events, take water and tasty healthy snacks along and sit as far away from the food as possible. In your own home, just serve festive fruits and nourishing nuts.
  • Take a low-calorie party dish. Your host will appreciate the gesture, and you'll know there's at least one tasty healthy dish available.
  • Make plenty of time for exercise. Physical activity helps prevent weight gain and relieve holiday stress. Since exercise helps offset an increase in holiday eating, take a 20-minute walk every chance you get.
  • Choose water as your beverage. Most non-alcoholic beverages are full of sugar and calories and alcohol also induces overeating. Make plain or flavored water and herbal teas your beverages of choice.
  • Eat five or six light meals a day. Not feeling too hungry and eating small portions helps keep you from over-indulging at an event. Sit down, get comfortable, eat slowly, savor each bite, and you'll eat less.
  • Prepare healthy holiday meals. If you must fix traditional holiday foods, substitute healthy ingredients, like skim milk instead of whole, mashed banana or stevia instead of sugar and applesauce instead of oil.
  • Be rigorous but realistic. Relax and enjoy the season. Unrealistic expectations can only lead to holiday stress and overeating. And don't try to lose weight during the holidays. Just shoot for maintaining.
  • Tasty food and holiday gatherings go hand in hand. However, it's time to get it right. Use these ten healthy holiday eating and healthy lifestyle tips to have a happy  holiday this year and for years to come.

Making Your Skin-Care Products More Effective

Your beauty regimen could be more effective if you apply these tricks that maximize your fave products’ wrinkle-fighting, brightening, and moisturizing performance. 

Think of the surface of the epidermis—those dead cells—as a barrier. You have to remove it for products to get in. This particular barrier is more like a gossamer curtain than a brick wall, however, so go easy.

Whatever goes on first penetrates best. So whether you’re fighting wrinkles, zits, or sun spots, the most active ingredients should be applied first. If you’re using two products for two different problems, apply one to bare skin in the morning and the other to bare skin at night so you’re guaranteed 100 percent efficacy from both. After treatments are in place, smooth on other items in order of density, from thinnest (antioxidant serum) to thickest (sunscreen or night cream). The exception is retinoids, which could irritate those with sensitive skin if applied first.

Damp skin acts like a sponge, quickly absorbing whatever comes its way. (That’s damp, not wet.) This rule applies to almost every product—even retinoids. The only exception? Mineral-based sunscreen. It’s not absorbed, it is designed to sit on the surface of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays. On damp skin, mineral blocks tend to run, give uneven coverage, and look chalky.

When you wash your face with lukewarm water instead of cold, you raise the skin’s temperature slightly, causing blood vessels and pores to dilate in an effort to cool you down.  Space between the cells means there’s a greater surface area for absorption, which helps product get in. Plus, ingredients move through skin and interact with cells more quickly when the skin is warm.

One of the best ways to boost absorption is to top ingredients with heavy, occlusive ointments. Thick ointments and creams with large amounts of petrolatum, natural butters, oils, and waxes make the best occlusive agents. But don’t start slapping Vaseline over every product from your medicine cabinet. Skip this entirely if you’re prone to acne.

These line-fighting superheroes do their best work under cover of darkness, because both prescription and over-the-counter versions degrade and weaken in the sun. Another distinct advantage night has over day: Skin temperature rises by about half a degree while we sleep, because more blood is shunted to the skin, away from internal organs. And with greater warmth and blood-vessel dilation comes better penetration. Though it’s not an enormous difference, your skin does absorb more overnight. This pertains to any ingredient you apply before bed, not just retinoids.

When you want maximum impact from a fragrance, you buy the parfum, not the scented body wash. Similarly, you’ll find the strongest dose of active ingredients in serums—not, say, cleansers. A serum is a concentrated source of an active ingredient in a simple form that penetrates very quickly and completely, unhindered by lotion-type emollients that make it difficult for actives to sink in. 

Sunscreen and antioxidants were born to be married.  As the former absorbs UV rays, the latter neutralizes the free radicals created by those rays before they can do damage. If your SPF doesn’t include them, layer an antioxidant serum underneath. Many antioxidants also complement peptides: They bolster the skin’s ability to protect and heal itself, allowing collagen-building peptides to work better. Retinoids and hydroquinone are another dynamic duo—one typically prescribed for the dark splotches of melasma. They get out pigment in different ways. Other smart combos exist in the prescription realm—benzoyl peroxide may enhance the bacteria-killing powers of the topical antibiotic clindamycin—but this is a tricky topic, so talk to your dermatologist before mixing and matching.

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