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April 25, 2019

Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Wrinkles Caused From Tech Neck

Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Wrinkles Caused From Tech Neck By Barbies Beauty Bits And Spencer Barnes LA

Have you ever noticed the reflection of yourself in your computer screen or cell phone and unexpectedly see a double chin when looking down at your computer? Or worse noticed some fine lines and wrinkles on your chin and neck, because of how your neck and head are positioned? Well, this happened to me a few months ago, and I was like oh my goodness that looks horrible do I look like that all the time when I am at my desk.  And the answer is 90% of the time, yes because of how my computer is positioned, and this could be you too!

Since the creation of the smartphone, internet, and online technology, more and more people are keeping their heads down a lot more. Spending hours upon hours hunched over, looking down from responding to emails, posting on social media, texting, blogging, reading, working or in my case since I work online, all the above. Unfortunately, because of this, the skin on my neck and chin have taken a toll, all from looking down at my laptop, hours a day, every day and now I have Tech Neck.

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What The Heck Is Tech Neck
Tech neck pertains to pain, stiff neck, aches and in my case the wrinkles (on my neck and chin) that are caused by spending all that time on a computer and phone. As you bend your neck down to use these devices, the positioning, creases the chin, neck, and chest, causing wrinkles that get worse over time.

WT?? Yes, it is horrible to come to this realization. Especially me, since I work in the skincare industry, I take great care of my skin, and it sickens me to think I never paid attention to this. I mean who has a mirror in front of them while they are working? Not many.

So, what are we to do? 

The Top 7 Ways To Treat & Prevent Tech Neck
While you could go to a dermatologist and pay money for Botox, micro needling, fillers, and skin tightening treatments, these can be costly. So, before you go an invest in those, there are some preventive measures and nonsurgical methods to help with your tech neck wrinkles.

No. 1 Skincare Products
The neck seems to be one area many forget about when it comes to their skincare regimen. But treating your neck is just as important as treating your face. This means, applying sunscreen, moisturizers, a retinol, or even an anti-aging cream that is formulated just for the neck and d├ęcolletage.

Skincare tips to help with tech neck wrinkles by Barbies Beauty Bits

No. 2 Skincare Devices
If you follow my blog regularly you know I am all about skincare devices as there as some great ones out there that deliver exceptional results and are much less costly than going to a Dr. Plus, I like that I can use these in the comfort of my own home.

One new device that I have seen out on the market is Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand. I’ve been so excited to try this product as I love Spencer Barnes. For those of you who may not know him, he is a celebrity make-up and skincare expert based in Hollywood, working with many women you may have seen on the red carpet!

When I saw this device online, I thought this device is perfect for tech neck as the wand targets the thinnest and most fragile areas of the skin...the neck, chin, and jawline. I love that it is specifically designed to sculpt and define the neck, chin and jaw area in a nonsurgical way.


So How Does The Spencer Barnes LA Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand Work?
The wand contains an antimicrobial smooth, flexible stainless-steel ball that sculpts and defines the areas most affected by tech neck.

Each wand includes 104 doses that delivers the same amount of product each time you click the device. The formula contains ingredients that build collagen, lifts and relaxes the skin! As well as providing a lot of much-needed hydration so the collagen and elastin can function to keep your skin taut and plump.  The sculpting wand also…
  • Contains a combination of nourishing ingredients, proprietary technology, and encapsulated peptides
  • Offers immediate and cumulative results and benefits
  • Starts penetrating the skin in about 3-5 minutes
  • You can feel it working as you will feel a mild tingling sensation to a warm feeling in the neck and chin area. But don’t worry this is normal, it means it is working
  • Skin will begin to desensitize, and the initial tingling and warmth will cease after the first few days of use
  • Evens out skin tone to achieve brighter, tighter and hydrated skin
  • Fragrance-free
  • Gluten free
  • Paraben-Free
  • Cruelty-free
  • 100% Vegan
While I have not had the chance to try the device myself, they were kind enough to offer my followers and myself a discount on this wand, which I will sure be using and so can you. Simply use code BARBIESBEAUTYBITS, and you will get 10% off your purchase, now how cool is that?

Spencer Barnes Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand review by Barbies Beauty Bits

I don’t know about you, but I am so excited to be able to try this revolutionary Neck, Chin & Jawline Sculpting Wand! It’s time to say bye, bye tech neck and hello younger looking skin!

No. 3 Keep Your Computer Monitor At Eye Level
This is one of my most significant changes and most beneficial to reduce neck flexion. I decided to purchase a new computer instead of using my laptop all of the time. I also bought a monitor stand for my computer and set the stand up so that the screen is at eye level or slightly higher.

Things To Change To Prevent Tech Neck By Barbies Beauty Bits

No. 4 Set An Alarm
I try to have one go off every hour, for me to get up, stretch and walk around. There are some apps. that you can download to set the time how you would like.

No. 5 Face Yoga
The premise behind face yoga is the same as what yoga does for the other parts of your body, to tone and relax the muscles. While some people may think these are a bunch of bull, to me, it can’t hurt. Check out some of these series of face yoga movements here.

No. 6 Neck Workout
One good thing about working out of my home is I can do these during the day, without others looking at me like what the heck, get back to work.  Check some of them out below.

Kiss The Ceiling: Not literally, but to do this, you want to bend your neck in an upward motion, tilt your neck back and pucker your lips in a kissing movement. Doing this will work your neck muscles.

Neck Rotation:  Move your head from one side to the next and hold for a few seconds.

Streching techniques to help with neck issues by Barbies Beauty Bits

No. 7 Stretches
There are some positions you can implement to help stretch the neck muscles and train the body to keep the head in correct alignment. See some of them below.
  • Cobra positions
  • Face Down with Scaption
  • Upward Facing Dog
So, there you have it beauties, the many ways you can treat your tech neck! Until next time!
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April 22, 2019

What The Heck Is Black Maca? And What Are The Benefits?


What The Heck Is Black Maca? And What Are The Benefits Of Using It By Barbies Beauty Bits And Naked Nutrient

Hey beauties, today I want to share with you another great superfood which is BLACK MACA. Now, some of you may have heard of this root as it has been heavily marketed as being effective at enhancing fertility and sex drive! While this claim is backed by research, that is not all it is suitable for.

For this post, I have partnered up with Naked Nutrients. They are one of my favorite companies for great Superfoods and adaptogens (which are herbs and plants that are high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds), like their Black Maca.

Now before I get into the many benefits of Maca, I like to share with you “What the heck is maca”

What The Heck Is Maca?
This plant is native to Peru (sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng) and the root portion is what is editable and is generally dried and consumed in a powder form, liquid or pill.

A cool thing about this superfood that you may not know is it is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables which includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, and turnips. However, it does not taste like any of the other family of vegetables. Instead, it is more earthy with a nutty taste, which is why it is excellent to add to oatmeal, cookies or smoothies.

how to use maca powder by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrient

If a powder isn’t your thing, then the Naked Nutrient capsule is perfect for you as the Maca powder is in a safe vegetarian capsule for ease of taking, unlike maca powder or liquid which, can have a robust taste, when consumed by itself.

So now that you know what the heck MACA is and where it comes from, I like to tell you why I love this superfood and why you should try it out yourself as it does have many more benefits than just helping with your sex drive!

The Benefits Maca By Barbies Beauty Bits

The Many Benefits Of Naked Nutrients Black Maca
Maca is packed with nutrients, surprisingly I read that this root contains around 31 different minerals, including calcium, iron, iodine, zinc, potassium, and vitamin B, just to name a few.  It also contains...
  • High levels of protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals.
  • A ton of different phytonutrients, a substance found in certain plants which are believed to be a beneficial natural remedy to human health and prevention of various diseases.
  • Boosts over 20 amino acids and potassium.
Review on Naked Nutrient Premium Organic Gelatinized Black Maca Root Vegan Capsules By Barbies Beauty Bits

Naked Nutrient Premium Organic Gelatinized Black Maca Root Vegan Capsules Are
  • USDA Organic Black Maca
  • No Fillers or Binders
  • USDA Vegan Capsules
  • Gluten free
  • Vegan & Paleo friendly
  • Manufactured in an FDA facility
  • NON-GMO
  • Sugar-Free
  • Gelatinized Maca is said to be the most potent as it removes useless starch for ease of digestion and leaves only the potent components of maca
Overall, the Maca roots and its properties have been very well researched for centuries and have been adopted to help aid with many different ailments in the human body. See some of these below.

Helps To Support The Endocrine System
Maca root powder is beneficial for the endocrine system. For those of you who may not know our endocrine system consists of the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands. These glands produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and more! And studies have shown that Maca can aid these glands, all in which are involved in hormonal balance.

Lower cortisol levels and reduce stress with maca by Barbies Beauty Bits

Reduce Your Cortisol Levels Caused By Stress
One thing I know that we may not always be great at managing is the stress in our lives from our work, children, on the go diets, and more.

These stress factors can cause women’s hormones to go into a frenzy, and when our hormones are out of whack, it can cause all kinds of issues.

Now I am not going to get too technical here, but for this post, I reached out to a friend of mine that works at a dermatologist office. And she explained that when women experience hormonal fluctuations due to stress, there is an increase in our cortisol levels, AKA stress hormone. This stress hormone gets broken down by our body into testosterone, and causes our skins oil production to skyrocket, causing a breakout!  And if that wasn’t bad enough it can also break down collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to wrinkles! Oh, and I forgot that his evil hormone could also lead to weight gain!

WT? Enough to cause you to stress even more, which is why I was happy to find out that we can use Maca to help also to lower cortisol, balancing moods and helping with anxiety and stress!

maca and sex drive by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrient

Better Sex Life
Us women over forty could all use this, right? Well all kidding aside, Maca can improve the libido and perk up a low sex drive for men and women! Think about it, a low sex drive can be caused by stress or even some anti-depressants and Maca can be the boost you need to Maca You Horny!

Peri-menopause

I am reaching the end of my forties, so when I hear peri-menopause, I realize how old I am getting. I remember my mom telling me about those horrible night sweats, hot flashes, sleepless nights, weight gain, and loss of libido, it can be depressing and even stressful (see how this all cycles together). And the thought of having to take hormone pills is scary, as I try to stay away from pharmaceutical drugs as much as I can. So, if you are like me, and want a non-hormonal boost, Maca root can be a significant boost of youth.

maca and menopause by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrient

Other Benefits And Uses Of Maca Root
  • An increase in antioxidant levels
  • Helps with memory and focus
  • Improves your energy levels
  • Supports Fertility
  • Helps to promote rapid muscle growth & endurance
  • Boosts immunity

Somethings To Be Cautious Of When Using Maca
As I state many times, I am not a medical professional.  The information I share on my blog is from my personal experiences and or research provided by the brands I work with. With that, there are some precautions you need to take when using MACA, see them below.
  • Should not be used by those who are allergic to iodine
  • If you have high blood pressure, please consult with a physician before use
  • You should also be cautious with maca if you are androgen sensitive, in the case of some expressions of PCOS.

Maca root side effects by barbies beauty bits and naked nutrients

Want to try some of this yourself? Well, now you can! You can purchase this product on Amazon or right from Naked Nutrient website.

Until next time!

Want to see some reviews on Naked Nutrient products?  Check them out below.

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April 10, 2019

20% Off At ItCosmetics; Family And Friends Sale

20% Off At ItCosmetics; Family And Friends Sale by Barbies Beauty Bits

What a perfect way to start the day. Healthy breakfast and a little bit of shopping at ItCosmetics!

Do You Like It Cosmetics? Do you like skin skincare? Do you like makeup? If so you need to take advantage of their family and friends promotion with 20% OFF any purchase of $30 or more! By using code FRIENDS19.

Deals at Itcosmetics by Barbies Beauty Bits

Details On Family And Friends Discount At Itcosmetics
FRIENDS AND FAMILY EVENT:  20% off your order of $30 or more PLUS your choice of Superhero Eyeshadow Palette when you spend $50 or more (after discounts, pre tax, and shipping). Offer code FRIENDS19. Offer expires 4/13/19 (11:59 p.m. ET.)

Other Deals At ItCosmetics
If the family and friends weren't enough, Itcosmetics does have some other great deals going on as well. Check them out below.
  • FREE DELUXE SAMPLE:  Free deluxe sample of Confidence in an Eye Cream valid on orders of $50 or more (pre-tax and shipping). Offer code EYEBRIGHT Offer expires 4/30/19 (11:59 p.m. ET.) While supplies last.
  • IT GIRL SHOPPING PERKS:  Products in tote bag are not included. Only available at www.itcosmetics.com. One (1) per customer please. Three (3) free samples per customer per order, please. While supplies last.
  • FREE SAMPLES: Sample selection valid only at itcosmetics.com. While supplies last. Three (3) samples per customer per order, please.
Restrictions
  • Available at itcosmetics.com only.
  • Not valid on retailer websites or TV Offers.
  • Offers cannot be combined with any other offer or be redeemed for cash.
  • Not valid on previous or pending purchases, or to orders placed after the offer expiration date.
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