How to File a Nail Without a Nail File

Don’t you hate it when you break or snag a finger nail? It’s annoying and dangerous. Anyone that has cut their nose with a rough nail knows this. Don’t even go near your eye – ouch! No file – no problem. I learned years ago how to take care of a rough nail without a nail file. Call me cheap or call me ingenious – I don’t care. My methods work.

It is easiest if you are staying in a hotel to find an alternative to a nail file. And isn’t this when you need a file the most – away from home? It’s hiding in that nice big bathroom that you don’t have to clean. It comes in many colors and many sizes. It always works and will not only cure the rough edges but can help reshape the nail. Shower tiles, or more specifically, the grout between the tiles are nail-wonderful. All you need to do is rub your nail along the grout line and viola – smooth again. You can take the drive-by approach or attend to that snag in the shower – whatever fits your time line. Best of all – you know the shower is cleaned daily. Of course, this works in your own shower if you can’t find a file.

The other no-file approach I find helpful is the underside of desks or stone counter tops. One is wood one is stone. Either will work in a pinch. Usually the tops of both are as smooth as glass. But the bottoms are a goldmine. File away. This will keep you from hurting yourself until you find a file.

Just pick clean places to file your nails. Don’t try these tricks in the subway or in the airplane bathroom. You never know what will work. Remember, you don’t need a nail file to file that nail.

The Complete Guide to Acne Care

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition caused by the clogging of hair follicles with oil and dead cells which often leads to bacteria invasion.

Acne evolves in stages with initial whiteheads/blackheads which later develops into pustules/papules and finally into severe forms such as scarring and cystic nodules.

Thus Early detection and prompt treatment of acne is highly recommended to halt the progression. They appear like multiple pimple like bumps or painful red lumps on your face or anywhere in the body like the neck, back and shoulder.

This can be quite distressing for cosmetic reasons to teenagers and some adults especially when acne appears on the face.


The major causes are:

• Excessive sebum ( skin oil) production.

• Excess androgens.

• Bacteria invasion of the skin.

• Clogging of the hair follicles with sebum


• Wash affected areas twice daily and gently.

• Avoid scrubbing affected areas when having your bath.

• Avoid using oily creams.

• Avoid cleansers with gritty contents.

• Reduce intake of chocolates and skimmed milk.

• Do not squeeze or use your hands to pick an acne in order to prevent scar formation.

• Do not use astringents that will dry up the skin.

• Avoid prolonged intake of corticosteroids.

Drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily keeps the skin hydrated and toxin free.

Regular exercises daily keeps the skin pores open due to sweating and reduces the risk of acnes


Most acne usually respond to topical therapy though a combination of oral and topical therapy is more efficacious. Successful treatment lies on using a product that follows these principles of treatment:

• Inhibition of sebum production

• Limitation of bacteria growth

• Promotion of shedding of cells to unclog skin pores.



• Natural products eg plant based supplements are more tolerable because they do not have side effects unlike orthodox acne creams.

• Choose a product that has a cream and capsule supplement to attack acne internally and externally.

• Choose a product that eliminates all forms of blackheads/whiteheads

• Choose a product that contains rich antioxidants such as vitamin C, E and aloe vera to protect your skin from bacteria invasion.

NB- Avoid buying over the counter acne cream because of the risk of allergic reactions and severe irritations.

Finally, adhering to the above acne care guidelines and choosing the right product will prevent recurrence of acne and break outs significantly.

Anti Aging Foods – How to Eat Yourself Young

Firstly we need to look at the enemies of the anti aging diet. These are the foods that can sabotage our efforts to be attractive, fit, and healthy at any age. Here is where it's important to look at labels. Sugars or anything that ends in "ose" is a sugar, these are empty calories that rob the body of vitamins and minerals. White bread, although we have been eating it for years is another empty food. It contains no nutrition but causes insulin peaks, possibly diabetes and weight gain. Go easy on salt, use herbs and spices instead.Reduce coffee and drink more water.

Coffee dehydrates and water hydrates. Try drinking more water, it works like magic for dull skin prone to wrinkles. Bringing back that dewy look and reducing the appearance of fine lines. What about fats, we know the bad types, hydrogenated and saturated, margarine and salami for example, cause a host of health problems. Fizzy drinks, probably not our number one sin at this age, so easy to drop. Make the simple changes first and when you begin to realize the dramatic effects of this anti aging diet on skin tone, brighter clear eyes and flatter tummy you will be inspired to experiment with even more superfoods.

One of the sensational things about eating anti aging foods is the time you do not need to spend in the kitchen. Fruits in all shapes and sizes particularly berries are full of antioxidants and nutrients to protect skin, eyes, bones and boost immune system. No need to buy exotic fruits even the humble apple boasts vitamin C and lots of fiber to help cleanse. Replace white rice with brown rice or vegetables steamed to preserve the anti aging nutrients. Leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower are all powerful detoxifiers and salads provide essential vitamins.

Pulses beans and lentils are a fine source of protein as an alternative to red meat. The 80/20% rule works well here. Try to choose white meat, chicken or turkey as often as possible and sometimes sometimes when you are out to dinner, a lean steak. Bookshops are overflowing with books that put a new twist on old recipes with beans and lentils and turn out dishes good enough for dinner parties. The young are better informed about nutrition than we have ever been. Just look around at your friends and families to see what effect our food has on the way we look and the state of our health.

On to nuts and seeds, another great source of protein and omega oils. Find a whole grain baker who bakes with rye and oats and lots of seeds. These are complex carbs loaded with fiber. Use cold pressed oils wherever possible for anti oxidant protection and eat plenty of fresh fish especially the oily kind, salmon, herring and tuna. Begin the anti aging diet slowly. Look for new ways to prepare the foods and discover amazing new tastes. What do you have to lose? Bloating, puffy eyes, flaky, dull skin and yes those extra pounds!

Nothing tastes as good as slim and healthy feels!