When a woman loves and appreciates herself, she doesn’t skimp on buying quality things. Additionally, inexpensive items can be bad not only for self-esteem, but for health as well. For example, a cheap mattress can ruin your posture, which is more difficult to correct than just buying a good mattress in the first place. And an old phone case can ruin a well-thought-out look… the list goes on and on.
We at Bright Side compiled a list of ordinary things that any self-respecting woman shouldn’t try to save money on.
1. A good mattress
A poorly chosen mattress can become a reason for chronic fatigue and this is counterintuitive taking into account the hectic schedules of modern women. Moreover, it could give you poor posture.
Manufacturers and doctors recommend changing your mattress every 8 years because it becomes too soft and saggy and is unable to properly support the natural S-shaped curve of the spine.
How to choose a mattress correctly:
A semi-firm model is a good option for most people.
If you don’t have trouble sleeping, choose a mattress made of memory foam — it provides comfort in any position by taking on the body’s shape. If you’re one of those people who keeps tossing and turning while sleeping, a more firm mattress will be a better choice.
2. Thermal underwear
They will help you look great even in the coldest seasons. Moreover, you won’t have to wear many layers to keep yourself warm. We believe that thermal underwear is a long-term investment in beauty and health.
The model choice depends on your needs:
- If you have a low-active lifestyle, choose heat-saving underwear made of wool or fleece.
- Moisture-removing models made of synthetic materials are good for intense physical activities. They will also help to avoid overcooling.
- Mixed options are suitable for city life. For example, single-layer or double-layer synthetic underwear with a thin layer of fleece or with a small percentage of wool in the composition.
It’s important to choose the size correctly. Thermal underwear should be well-fitted and shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. The size directly affects how warm you’ll feel.
3. A phone case
People around you will notice how neat this item looks. That’s why you shouldn’t try to save money on this accessory. Moreover, nowadays there are a wide range of phone cases available on the market.
However, even the most expensive case will lose its sparkle after some time. Don’t skimp on the new case if that happens. The best option is to have several phone cases at once. And remember to choose accessories so that they fit in with your overall look.
It’s dangerous to drink tap water that hasn’t been boiled, but at the same time the heat treatment ’kills’ the water because of the salting out process. It makes minerals settle down to the bottom, resulting in a loss of about half of its beneficial properties.
Buy bottled water in stores or go to a confirmed natural spring that is located outside of the city. Good water is a fundamental contribution to your health.
5. Good quality desserts
Women like to treat themselves to goodies, but chocolates and other store-bought sweets are not that great. Not only are they bad for our figure but also for our gastric mucosa. Chemicals that are found in ordinary check-out line chocolate negatively affect the skin, and reduce the sensitivity of our taste buds.
So, it’s better to take care of your health in the long run rather than indulge in a momentary weakness. If you can’t cut out sweets completely, treat yourself with visits to restaurants or high-quality pastry shops from time to time. Pounds of cheap grocery store candy can’t compare to a piece of good, high-quality cake.
6. Toilet paper
Reddit users are sure that the price difference between a monthly supply of cheap and expensive toilet paper is pretty small. However, the comfort level differs greatly.
If you track your expenses, try to check this difference yourself. Maybe they’re right and it’s really not that big and you don’t have to use a bad quality product.
Lesser quality toilet paper can contain harmful additives that can cause an allergy or dermatitis. So, buying expensive toilet paper is not an indulgence, and when you do it, you’re actually taking care of your health.
7. Hair dying
Besides harming your hair and the skin on your scalp, cheap hair dye results in bad color. Oftentimes, the colors sold by budget manufacturers have no depth and they don’t look the way we want them to on our hair.
You also shouldn’t skimp on hairdressing services. Not only will an expert help you in choosing the right look, but they will also provide high-quality hair care by using good hair products.
If you decide to go to the nearest hairdresser in order to get a budget service for your hair color, there is a high chance that your hair condition will suffer and you won’t get the desired results.
8. Hand care
Well-groomed hands are a bright indicator of how much a woman cares about herself. Aside from many other factors, this body part indicates a woman’s real age.
Taking care of your hands is not just about buying expensive creams. There are other things you shouldn’t try to save money on like not using gloves for cleaning and for protection from the cold. Also, try to avoid water that is too cold or too hot — washing your hands at these temperatures can lead to the appearance of microcracks.
9. Makeup foundation
When choosing a makeup foundation, keep in mind that it is supposed to enhance the natural beauty and not layer over it. A cheap foundation clogs pores, dries them out, or conversely makes the skin too oily. Additionally, budget cosmetics don’t allow you to choose the correct structure and color of the product depending on the condition of your skin and its problems.
Not only can a good-quality foundation even out your complexion, but it can also protect the skin from the negative impact of the environment. One tube of foundation is usually enough to last for 6 months which means that the monthly cost of an expensive foundation won’t be that high.
When you’re young, the desire to try new things is overwhelming and it’s difficult to realize that a tattoo might stay with you for the rest of your life and that it will be extremely hard to remove it.
That’s why it’s better to go to a tattoo parlor that has a good reputation:
- The availability of a medical book for all tattoo salon masters is mandatory.
- Using original and certified consumables is a must as well. Hi quality dyes have brighter colors than budget ones. The difference will be more vivid after a couple of years of getting the tattoo.
Before getting a permanent tattoo, try a temporary one or get a Mehndi drawn on your skin. Keep it for a while and it will help you to understand how comfortable you’ll feel with this new look.
11. Tampons and sanitary napkins
It’s vital to not skimp on feminine hygiene products. Not only is it dangerous to buy tampons and sanitary napkins from dubious manufacturers (the composition of the materials they use is pretty suspicious), but one should also remember that it’s recommended to change them every 3-4 hours. And the manufacturers themselves remind us about this requirement.
A menstrual cup is a good alternative. It isn’t cheap, but it will serve you for a long time. It’s environmentally friendly and has far fewer contraindications compared to the traditional means of feminine hygiene. Ask for a gynecologist’s help in order to choose a cup correctly. This will also ensure that you don’t have any contraindications for using it.
12. Professional photos
It’s unlikely that you’re going to proudly want to show a bunch of selfies or quickly-taken photos to your descendants.
It’s better to not try to skimp on good-quality photo sessions. A professional photographer will pick the right angle and light, catch your sincere emotions, and fully capture your look. Why not make an annual photo session a tradition? On your birthday, for example.
Which things do you skimp on but would like to stop? We would be glad to hear from you in the comments!
How Self-Hatred Can Insensibly Poison Our Lives
American woman Shelli Wilder Netko wrote a post about what worries all the women in the world — self-hatred, inevitable aging, and the race against time that will definitely be lost. But instead of worrying about these things, we should just focus on loving the people around us. Her post was so moving that we feel for her from the bottom of our hearts.
Here at Bright Side, this post has moved us a step closer to the most sincere love for ourselves. We hope it will do the same for you.
I have never really liked my hands. I have short, calloused fingers, wide palms, and messed up nail beds from a nail-biting stint when I was in grade school. Add to it the effect of knuckle-popping, which I became obsessed with after I saw the cool kid on the block do it in second grade. But nonetheless, I’ve always referred to my hands as looking like “dog paws,” versus the long, graceful hands that my sister has and that I’ve always wanted. I’ve always thought I was in the wrong line when God sprinkled “beautiful hand fairy dust” on the babies.
To add to my hand shame, since my 20s I’ve had the biggest, juiciest veins in my hands and forearms that have always been a phlebotomist’s dream come true, causing my hands to look a bit masculine and old if you ask me. When my kids were young they liked to sit by me during church and “play” with my veins to make the time pass more quickly. They would sometimes ask why my hands were “like that.” The standard mom answer applied here, “They just are, Hun.” But I always liked it — having one of them holding and touching my hands, no matter where or when or why.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve done my part to win the anti-aging race with my body and face. Eating healthy, exercising, and spending far too much money taking care of my skin. And yet, when I look down at my keyboard countless times a day, I still see these hands that look much older than my heart feels, and appear as if they could use a nice rest.
When the photographer stopped me to pose for this photo at my wedding in March to capture my sash and ring on the lace pattern of my dress, I automatically blurted out, “Can you edit the picture? I don’t like my hands.” Everyone has something they don’t fully embrace about themselves, don’t they?
But when the wedding photos came back I saw my hands in a whole new light. This picture is so beautiful, it captures everything. I saw the hands that had baked about 200 Birthday cakes, a truckload of cookies, changed thousands of diapers, wiped away a million crocodile tears, and clapped till they were raw cheering my kids on through every sport.
I saw this picture and I saw a gift. These hands may not be the smoothest, most graceful, longest, most feminine hands, but they are perfectly suited for the work that was laid out for me. These hands have been blessed with holding my newborn babies and grandbabies and holding the father of my children as he took his last breath.
I will find a beautiful frame for this picture to remind myself constantly of the love and purpose and duty I have in this life, and to remind myself that I have my mother’s hands — her gift to me.
What do you think of this story? Is there something about your appearance that you don’t like? Tell us in the comment section below.
A Daughter Wanted to Brag About Her Gorgeous Mom on Twitter and Accidentally Started a Beauty Contest
We’re totally used to social media sites that turn out to be an unpredictable phenomenon today and any post has the potential to go viral. This is what happened to a girl whose screen name is Your boyfriend’s best friend who posted a photo of her 43-year-old mom on Twitter and accidentally started a beauty contest. And even though it was just moms who took part in this sudden marathon, it was a dad who won!
Bright Side couldn’t stand aside and has decided to show you some women who know about the secret of eternal youth. And the winner, of course.
In just one day, a daughter made her mom popular: her post got 23,000 likes and caused a lot of hype in the comments. Twitter users were really interested in her beauty secrets, because this 43-year-old woman looks really magnificent. So some people asked for her cosmetologist’s contact details and others tried to find out the woman’s phone number, promoting themselves as potential suitors.
Some people also wanted to show off their beautiful moms, so they started posting their photos in the comments. As a result, the post turned into a real beauty contest.
The more women who have managed to stop time there were, the more they were suspected in using magic.
Some users even doubted that they were relatives with their moms at all. Let’s agree: when a mother looks better than her daughter, the suspicions about whether they have common genes or not are pretty relevant.
Undoubtedly, all these women are extremely popular with men, even the younger ones.
It’s hard to believe that these hot beauties have 3, 4, or even 5 kids.
The finalists were women who were older than 60. When you look at them, you realize that age is just a number.
But the winner was a dad. Apparently, a user who calls themselves Taste Booster wanted to dilute this beauty flow with a touch of masculinity. All in all, the photo of a man lying down among all the fish he caught, a cat, and a dog hit the jackpot: the picture got 1,700 likes and became more successful than any of the other photos in the comments. The only exception was the photo of the person who started this beauty contest.
Undoubtedly, all the moms who participated in this viral post deserve admiration, but the picture “Dad and some bream” is an amazing sensation. Which one do you like the most?
Costs of raising pets and changing pet market consumer trends
반려동물 1마리 키우는데 드는 비용과 소비 트렌드 변화
In the past couple of decades, it’s become far more common in Korea to own a pet.
Owning a pet, of course, usually costs some money.
In this report, our Hong Yoo looks at how much that might be and how the petcare market is changing.
More than 10 million people living in South Korea have a pet.
That’s one pet for every four households.
According to a pet report by KB Financial Group, raising a dog costs an average of 85 U.S. dollars a month and raising a cat requires an average of 64 dollars a month.
Most of that money goes on food and treats.
The rest of the money is used for medical care and grooming.
But people are happy to treat their pets because these days pet owners think of their pets as a member of their family.
In Korea, these people are called “PetFam”.
The pet food market alone has seen an average of 19 percent annual growth on the back of this trend.
And because people think of their pets as part of their family, they want to take their pets along with them on trips.
So tour companies have started creating “pet tours”.
“Because there are people who want this kind of tour, we saw the potential of such a product in the market and so we came up with our Jeju pet tour. Pets can accompany their family all the time during the tour to Jeju Island including at the restaurant, tour spots, and the hotel because this tour is pet-centered.”
There are even home spa products for pets such as skin moisturizers, scaling products and grooming mists labeled as premium products because they are organic, eco-friendly, and pet-friendly. They can cost up to 40 dollars.
“Before, people used to think about pets as a living thing that you can buy just like a toy. But because people think of their pets as a part of the family, the pet market has become similar to the baby market. So now, owners are turning to premium products for their pets.”
And there are also luxury pet shops which sell premium products that can cost up to a thousand dollars.
That is the cost of a pet bed made out of oak in the style of the bed of King Louis the 16th.
And at this luxury department store, the most popular dog food costs more than 50 dollars for just 1-and-a-half kilograms.
These changing consumer trends in the pet market show how owners are willing to spend a lot on the best quality products for their pets now that they are seen as part of the family.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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