After the gluttony of the festive season, it’s no surprise that gyms across the country are full of newbies, desperate to tone up or bulk out. Here are HeadStyle’s tips on how to look like a pro in the weights room.

#1 Don’t rest too long between reps

Your rest/rep ratio is one of the crucial factors in achieving a killer workout so make sure you’re not wandering aimlessly around the gym or selecting your next track between sets.

#2 Don’t focus too much on your bicep curls

Newbies often waste time on doing isolation lifts when you need to learn and start performing the big lifts to help you build strength. Focus on the deadlift, bench press and squat.

#3 Doing sit-ups to strengthen your core

Crunches just tend to use a few minor muscles groups whereas a good core workout incorporates exercises that strengthen the entire set of core muscles. Find a good plank workout.

And here is our list of absolute gym no-nos:

  1. Do not have a conversation on your mobile phone – stick it on airplane mode
  2. Don’t bagsie a bench with your towel as you take a break or use the water fountain
  3. Don’t not put your weights back when you’ve finished with them
  4. Don’t leave a puddle behind you on the bench
  5. Do not grunt like a Romanian shotputter on every rep

You’ve finally won the battle against acne, but the aftermath is often worse. Acne scarring can often be just as debilitating as experiencing acne in the first place as wherever you had a pimple, there’s a chance you’ve been left with a permanent reminder in the form of a red or darkened mark on the skin or even a nasty indentation or scar.

What is acne scarring?

Skin colour changes are usually seen after inflammatory acne lesions have healed and they usually improve with time, but sometimes don’t fully resolve. There is also sometimes actual scarring after acne and the type of scarring depends on the type of acne you experienced:

  • Ice-pick acne scarring: these are deep, narrow pits that often fail to heal
  • Rolling scars: these typically present as a broad depression with a sloping edge
  • Boxcar scars: like a rolling scar, these are broader depressions but have more sharply defined ages
  • Atrophic scarring: common on the jawline and the chest, these are elevated and firm scars
  • Keloid scarring: similar to atrophic scarring, but they can grow bigger than the original spot and appear thick and lumpy

Best acne scar treatments

Dermal fillers: temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be used to fill the depressions in the skin, but they aren’t a permanent solution.

Microdermabrasion: superficial layers of the skin are removed, which stimulates cell turnover and collagen production to improve the appearance of scars.

Chemical peels: similar to microdermabrasion, a chemical peel can unclog pores and boost cell turnover to improve blemishes.

Laser treatments: these can improve any discolouration left by the acne and can also stimulate collagen production to promote better skin healing.

Microneedling: this stimulates the body’s own natural healing process by causing microscopic skin injuries.

Skincare products: look for products that contain glycolic acid which boosts cell turnover. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that can greatly improve the appearance of acne scarring.

Our consumption of sugar has seen rapid growth in just a few decades. Whereas before a sugary treat was just an occasional indulgence, now over a third of the calories we consume come from sugar or highly refined white flour that acts like sugar once consumed.

Sugar is a mood-altering drug that gives you an initial high before an almighty crash that leaves you craving the next high. This stress on your adrenals can leave you anxious, moody and exhausted. Sugar is also linked with many chronic health problems including heart disease, diabetes, candida, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic infections.

Sugar affects the addiction and reward neural pathways just as many illegal drugs do and when you’re trying to come off the sweet stuff, you need to reset your brain and body.

  • Eat regularly: if you don’t eat regularly, your blood sugar levels drop and you’re often craving sugary snacks to boost your energy levels. By eating five small meals a day or three larger meals and two snacks, you’ll keep your blood sugar levels maintained.
  • Eat whole foods: the closer a food is to its natural state, the less process sugar it will contain.
  • Eat breakfast: this is essential to prevent sugar cravings derailing your day.
  • Eat fat and protein: make sure fat and protein are incorporated into every meal to control blood sugar levels.
  • Eat spicy food: spices such as cloves, cardamom, coriander and cinnamon can naturally sweeten your food

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A work of art using a creative process to recreate the most realistic 3D look of micro hairs on the scalp – the best a head can get!