8 Skin Survival Tips For Cold Weather

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By Michelle Day

WomanCreamAs the seasons change and we move into colder weather, our skin can take a beating. A sudden weather change alone can be enough to cause an outbreak, but factor in a cold, dry environment and you could be in for some serious suffering. Changes in humidity combined with brisk weather can suck the moisture from your skin and worsen conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

Here are some small changes you can make prevent a flare-up:

1. Moisturize daily – Moisturizing is key to preventing eczema and psoriasis outbreaks. Use thicker creams instead of lotions. Try applying all-natural moisturizers like olive or coconut oil to the skin. Stay away from creams containing fragrances and harsh chemical additives.

2. Take extra precaution bathing – Be careful not to bathe in very hot water. Take showers rather than soaking in bathtubs. This can strip the skin of its natural oils, resulting in excessive dry skin. Avoid any cleansers containing sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate that can irritate skin.

3. Monitor your home environment – Though running the heater sounds like a great way to keep warm in the cold weather season, it can substantially dry out your skin even more. Run the heat only when necessary and try using a humidifier to keep the moisture in your home.

4. Don’t scratch – This is a bit of a no-brainer, but a very important practice. Though you will feel the intense need to scratch that itch, try your best not to. Scratching the skin will only make it worse. If the itching is unbearable, apply a mild topical hydrocortisone ointment to the area.

5. Wear soft fabrics – Scratchy fabrics like wool may not be the best option to stay warm when you already have itchy skin. Wearing rough fabrics could potentially set off an outbreak or irritate your skin further. Try to stick to soft, breathable fabrics for comfort.

6. Take supplements – Try taking fish oil capsules to help maintain your skin’s moisture from the inside out. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, taking fish oil regularly can also help reduce inflammation caused by eczema.

7. Hydrate your body – Drinking water can provide almost instant repair for your skin. Aim to drink eight cups of water or more every day. Keeping your body well hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your skin, especially in dry weather when your skin needs it the most.

8. Minimize the stress – The stress of the upcoming holiday season can wreak havoc on your skin. Try taking a meditation break or 10 minute walks throughout your day to monitor the stress you may be feeling.

Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions that are affected by cold, dry weather can be very painful and frustrating. By making these simple changes, you can prepare your skin for the upcoming transition into fall and winter weather.

– Michelle Day is a writer and web strategist who takes special interest in healthy living and lifestyle. As a skin wellness enthusiast, she is also the lead copywriter for Forefront Dermatology, which specializes in expert skin treatment and management in the Michigan area.

How To Take Care Of Your Child Against Skin Infections?

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By Brendon Buthello

kidsChildren are more prone to the skin disorders than adults mainly because of their carefree attitude and as they lack medical knowledge. They tend to take the skin disorders very lightly and are often seen to mingle with an infected person irrespective of making them alert of the consequences. Besides, it is always required to keep an eye on their habits concerning cleanliness. For parents and caregivers preventing skin disorders to transmit to their children is a responsibility that needs constant vigil. Here below we will discuss on four crucial aspects to take care of your child against skin infections.

Getting infected through direct contact

Children have a carefree and casual approach to illness, especially if it seems to them as merely an inconvenience on body surface but not a very painful or threatening one. Medically speaking a majority of the skin disorders is contagious. Children thanks to their casual simplicity often forget the danger involved in getting close to a person with skin disorder. Maybe the person in the next door suffers from skin rashes for a long time without your knowing. He may reach to your child for caressing or for engaging in a merry pastime and though it seems perfectly innocent and harmless, chances of transmitting a skin disorder lurks there.

Getting infected indirectly

There are more to be careful when it is about getting infected indirectly. There is multitude of avenues to get skin infection and a vast majority of them are indirect in nature. You might have made full proof arrangement to assure that your child does not come into contact with anybody with a skin disorder and you might have thoroughly maintained cleanliness inside the house. But irrespective of all these suddenly you may observe fungal infection in his body. You wonder how it happened in spite of so many precautions. It is quite simple, the groceries, vegetables, fruits and all those items that come from stores might have been handled by an infected person. In schools or playground your child may come to direct contact with someone infected or items used by infected one. While such exposures are hard to avoid you can at least guard your children by maintaining utmost cleanliness. Make sure that when coming from outside the exposed body parts are cleaned thoroughly and garments are cleaned regularly.

Transmission through droplets

groupkidswbgThere are many infectious diseases that transmit through droplets and contagious or infectious skin disorders are no exception in this regard. Droplets are nothing but moisture expelled from the nasal tract. Our respiratory tract is most sensitive to infections of any kind and naturally when a person is infected it can affect others through droplets as well. The infection borne moisture in the respiratory tract can quickly transmit when the infected person sneezes, exhales breath or expectorates cough. Make sure that your children do not get close to anyone suffering from such infectious disorders. Insist on boosting their immunity to fight all these airborne infections including that can be transmitted through droplets.

Airborne infections

From the dust particles in the air or from other pollutions also your children can get infected with skin disorders. Hardly you can ensure a throughout protection from these invisible airborne infections. But obviously you can take some preventive measures and protections to stop them from getting inroads into the body. First of all, try to let them remain in cool and dry conditions as long as possible and make them avoid getting moist and get into dusty atmosphere. Secondly, insist strengthening their immune system to fight the germs and fungal infections from within. Against airborne infections boosting immune system is the best guard.

Brendon Buthello is a healthcare blogger at ranzynn.com. He spends time to get detail knowledge of different types of skin infections and how to protect yourself from these skin disorders.

How Winter Skin Care Works: Tips To Glow In The Snow

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By Elizabeth Rago

womanskinThe harshness of winter calls for a modified approach to skin care in relation to the summer months and even though we might be tempted to slather on moisturizer and call it a day, it’s best to know how your skin responds to the cold weather. Sure, the exposure to extreme elements takes a toll on the skin, especially if your profession warrants you working outside, but the bigger culprit is lack of humidity in the air and the dryness that heating units bring to homes and offices.

We all know we should drink more water and switch up our skin care regimen, but how can you kick skin care up a notch in winter? Here are 8 tips to glow in the snow:

1 – Enroll in Moisturizer 101

Figure out your winter skin type. You are one, if not a combination, of the following: normal, oil, dry, sensitive, or mature. If you are not sure, Mayo Clinic has a convenient guide that can help you determine the nature of your skin. Next, consider the definition of the two kinds of moisturizers: humectants and emollients. Humectants draw water from the middle layer of the skin and the environment to the outer layer, while emollients seal in moisture. Skin care manufacturers often create product where emollients and humectants work together in moisturizers to hydrate the stratum corneum (aka, the outermost of the 5 layers of the epidermis).

2 – Troubleshoot with a professional.

Take the guesswork out of your skin type and resist blindly selecting a cleanser and moisturizer appropriate for your specific needs by reaching out to a dermatologist or esthetician. These professionals are trained to dig a little deeper and help you get to the root of your skin care concern.

3 – Bust out the Vaseline for your body.

If you are not taking a proactive approach to moisturizing your skin during the winter and persist to scrape a razor blade over the top layer of your skin, no wonder you are seeing cracks similar to the parched floor of the desert. Petroleum jelly contains no colors or fragrances, is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic and has a variety of uses to protect and soothe irritated skin. Classified as an emollient, petroleum jelly seals in moisture and can also help diminish the pain of plucking your eyebrows.

4 – What’s the big deal about humidity?

Bottom line, it’s dry in the winter. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Most likely heating units are firing quite often and when they do, moisture is sucked out of the air. Skin irritation arises right along with difficulty breathing and static electricity if indoor humidity is too low.

In the winter, humidity should be in between 30 and 40 percent. Any lower and you risk increasing the battle of dry skin and cold-like symptoms.

5 – Moisturize within 2 minutes of showering or washing.

WomanCreamAfter you wash, towel off and leave the skin a little damp. Moisturize using a fragrance-free product, one appropriate for the body and one for the face. FYI – men are not excluded from skin care maintenance, even if they have a facial hair. Under-the-beard skin maintenance means using a beard conditioner and weekly exfoliant. The all-male guide to fitness and health, Men’s Health, suggests using an aloe-based cortisone cream or soothing aftershave with vitamin E to calm the skin as opposed to a universal body moisturizer.

Other suggestions include buying a believable bronzer that is not too dark for your complexion and working a serum into your nighttime skin care regimen. Truth be told, a take-charge attitude and consistent strategy when it comes to treating dry skin is the key to glowing in the snow. Off with you now! Plug in the humidifier, size up your skin, moisturize and repeat.

– Elizabeth Rago is a writer working alongside Thrive Medical Spa specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, and wellness practitioners. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping (an editorial partner of the Chicago Tribune) and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. She has been published in various online magazines. Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

What You Need To Know About Laser Skin Tightening

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seniorwoman2It happens to all of us as we get older. We look in the mirror and see the bags, wrinkles, and loose skin changing the face that was once so easily recognizable to us. In a desperate attempt to continue to look as young as we feel, we start looking for remedies: moisturizers to smooth out wrinkles; morning creams that claim to get rid of the bags under our eyes; specialized lotions that tighten the skin over time.

The problem with turning to these remedies is that few of them are truly effective. Since 2010, more and more people have turned to laser skin tightening treatments to help do away with the problem. Like any medical treatment, it is important to know what you are getting yourself into in terms of your long-term health.

Before turning to laser skin tightening treatments, it is important to educate yourself on the following:

• What is laser skin tightening?

• Can I get the treatment?

• How do I find a doctor?

• How is the treatment done?

• Does it require multiple treatments?

• What is the recovery period?

• How long does the treatment last?

• What are the risks and side effects?

What is laser skin tightening?

As people age, they lose elasticity in the skin, which causes fine lines and wrinkles. Laser skin tightening is a non-invasive alternative to having a complete face lift. The treatments are designed to stimulate collagen growth to create smoother skin and a more youthful appearance. There is very little down-time with this treatment, which is part of what makes it so popular.

Can I get the treatment?

Typically, the ideal age for laser skin tightening is between 30 to 60 years of age. Patients with major health issues are advised against the procedure because of potential risks involved with the treatment for skin tightening vs. the treatments that the health issues may require. The treatment is also ideal for patients who are only looking to resolve small problems. If there is a lot of sagging, you may be advised to consider the treatment with a face lift, or just to do the face life procedure to gain the best results.

The only way to be sure if you are a good candidate for the treatment is to schedule a consultation, be honest about your health and your goals, and let the experts decide.

How do I find a doctor?

doctorThere are facilities all over the US that are approved to complete the procedure. When looking for a doctor, make sure that they are using treatments that are FDA approved. The office should have no problem providing you with the information, and if they refuse it is a pretty good sign to look elsewhere. During your consultation, ask the doctor for references from previous patients, and ask to see a portfolio of before and after photos. These should give you a good gauge of his/her work.

How is the treatment done?

Infrared laser and radio-frequencies (RF) are emitted from a device that looks akin to a vacuum head against the skin. There is no suction involved. Instead, the skin is treated with the infrared and RF waves, which is designed to stimulate collagen growth that tightens the skin. Patients tend to experience a warm sensation on the skin where the treatment is applied, and in some cases there is minor discomfort, much like a rubber-band snapping lightly against the skin as it tightens.

Since the treatment is non-invasive, no anesthesia is required. There is only minor discomfort, which only lasts for a few minutes after the procedure is complete. The treatment itself takes between 30-60 minutes depending on individual treatment needs.

Does it require multiple treatments?

Not necessarily. Depending on the level of treatment required, you may need more than one treatment. Generally, only those who have more lines and sagging in the skin require more than one treatment to complete the skin tightening process.

What is the recovery period?

Since the treatment is non-invasive, recovery is generally very quick. Patients are out the door the same day they walk in. The doctor will give you a home treatment that is generally necessary for 2-5 days after the treatment. This regimen includes applying specialized SPF lotions to the skin to prevent the sun from damaging the collagen cells before they get a chance to fully recover. Results can take anyway from 3 to 6 months to come to complete fruition.

How long does the treatment last?

The length of effective time for the treatment after the procedure is complete depends on the individual. Exposure to the sun changes the lasting effects by individual and intensity of the original treatment. Typically, patients will return every 6 to 12 months for follow-up procedures that are not as extensive as the initial treatment.

What are the risks and side effects?

The treatment is FDA approved, and there are no significant risks involved. Some patients report minor side effects, such as redness and swelling of the skin, but these only last for a few days after the procedure. In rare cases, patients may experience mild pigment discoloration, bruising, or blisters.

– Submitted by Katherine Smith

Foods Which Promote Healthy Skin For Kids

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By Marcela De Vivo

strawberriesMost kids don’t think too much about their skin until they hit their teens. However, good skin health isn’t something you cultivate in your 20s – it’s something you can start thinking about now, no matter how old you are.

The better you take care of your skin today, the better it will look tomorrow. While you don’t have to make any major changes in your life to care for your skin, there are some foods you can add to your diet or make sure you’re getting enough of that will keep you looking and feeling healthy. As a parent, these are all foods which you can easily include in your child’s diet to ensure healthy skin starting at an early age!

Strawberries

Strawberries, whether you put them in a bowl of cereal in the morning or eat them with a little bit of ice cream or yogurt at night, are one of the best fruits for your skin. That’s because strawberries can help undo some of the damage that spending time in the sun can cause – even if you’re wearing sunscreen.

Strawberries are also high in vitamin C content, which helps keep dry skin at bay as well as wrinkles – though you probably don’t have to worry too much about wrinkles yet!

Tomatoes

While eating plain sliced tomatoes may not be your child’s favorite thing in the world, there are plenty of tricky ways to incorporate them into lunches and dinners. Tomatoes contain something called lycopene, which can help protect your skin from sun damage – one of the leading causes of prematurely aged skin.

The best part is that you really don’t need too much tomato in your diet at all to reap the benefits. In fact, just a few slices per day or about 1/4 cup of tomato sauce is all you really need. For kids that love spaghetti, this makes it easy on parents.

Orange Juice

orangesOrange juice isn’t a food, but since it’s made from oranges, it isn’t out of place in this list. Orange juice is so good for your skin because it’s packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help neutralize aging by protecting DNA in skin cells and helping your body make more collagen – the stuff that keeps your skin looking firm and healthy instead of wrinkled.

Orange juice that’s fortified with vitamin D and calcium is the best choice for your skin, but any all-natural orange juice will benefit you. Just make sure you don’t drink too much of the stuff with added sugar or unnatural juices that aren’t really made with oranges at all!

Yogurt

There are so many types of yogurt on the average grocery store shelf that it can make your head spin, but in most cases, they’re all pretty good for your skin. Yogurt is good for your skin because it contains vitamin D, which is good for bone health and sun protection.

While plain Greek and non-fat yogurt types are probably the healthiest, they may not be your favorite. But you can really add a lot of flavor to them and make them much more pleasant by adding some chopped strawberries, apples or blueberries – all of which are healthy and good for your skin and body.

For parents looking to promote healthy skin in their kids, or for kids who want to get a headstart on preventing wrinkles and sun damage, the possibilities in foods which do all of these things are endless. The sooner you start, the less there is to worry about later on down the line.

– Marcela De Vivo is a health and beauty writer for Fair and Flawless and a mother of three in Southern California. Even though her children are still young, she is a firm believer that it is important to start developing healthy patterns early in life.

5 Homemade Remedies For Anti-Aging Skin

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By Kelly Hanson

WomanCreamWe all will become old one day. This is a fact, an order of nature, a testament to the thought that nothing in this world is permanent. One of the greatest literary works of all time, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was based on a handsome young man’s aversion to aging. While we cannot completely stop the signs of aging, we can make an attempt to prolong it. By taking care of our skin we can make an attempt at ensuring that we do not age prematurely.

A lot of people think that taking care of your skin entails paying visits to expensive salons, buying overpriced creams, or going under the knife; however, the fact of the matter is that the ingredients for making a great skin care product can be found in our home! Yes, from simple food products such as eggs, honey, lemon juice, etc. you can make some great skincare products. In the following paragraphs, we will take a look at the some homemade remedies for anti-aging skin.

Lemon Juice with Honey

The combination of lemon juice and honey can work wonders for your skin. Lemon juice is high in Vitamin C, which is great for the skin. When mixed with honey, lemon juice can have a soothing effect on your skin. Preparing this skincare remedy is very easy. Mix one tablespoon of honey with lemon juice and gently massage it on the skin for some time. Leave it on for around 15 minutes, and then rinse with tap water. It is advisable to do this at night as you will not be exposed to sunlight. Do this every alternate day, and you will see the results for yourself.

Egg with Lemon Juice

We all know eggs are great for the body; however, you will be surprised to know that eggs work wonders for the skin too! Eggs contain zinc, proteins, and biotin, which work to repair the damaged cells of the body. To prepare this remedy, mix one teaspoon of egg white with one teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir well and then apply on the face. Leave it on for around 20 minutes and rinse with tap water. Doing this twice or thrice in a week will help in maintaining vitality in the skin.

Papaya, Yogurt, Honey, and Lemon Juice

womanarmupThis homemade remedy is a variation of the first remedy that we mentioned. To prepare this remedy, mash a papaya, and mix it with two tablespoons of yogurt. Add half a tablespoon of honey and lemon juice to this. Stir well, and apply the paste on your face. Rinse off with cold water after 20 minutes. Do this for around 3-4 days in a week, preferably in the night. This ingredients in papaya and yogurt, combined with the soothing effect of honey, and citric acid of lemon juice will keep your skin rejuvenated.

Bananas with Honey and Oat Flour

Bananas contain Vitamin A and Vitamin E, which help in keeping the skin wrinkle-free. To prepare this homemade remedy for anti-aging skin, mash 1 banana, and add two tablespoons of honey, and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal flour to it. Stir it so that it becomes a thick, heavy paste. Apply on your face thoroughly and leave it on for half an hour. Rinse with tap water and tap dry. Doing this thrice a week can help you in maintaining younger-looking skin.

Potato

This remedy is for those who want a quick-fix home remedy. Slice a potato and keep the slices on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. Doing this on a frequent basis will be beneficial for your skin.

These were some homemade remedies for your anti-aging skincare. As we mentioned in the beginning of the article, aging is a natural process, and no cream or surgery will stop it. We can only prolong the onset of wrinkles and other age-related signs by taking good care of our skin.

Kelly Hanson has an extensive experience of writing on health-related topics. Her quest to know more about healthy living has developed into a passion of disseminating information through her articles. She appreciates the feedback of the readers, so don’t shy away from commenting.

The Link Between Skin Cancer And Tanning Beds

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sunGetting a good tan without moving out of the house is called indoor tanning. More than 1 million people tan in salons every day. Of these, a significant number are teenagers.

What is a tanning apparatus?

To get a good tan, people use tanning beds, booths or sunlamps. A tanning bed, or a sunbed produces tan in the skin of the user by emitting ultraviolet rays. Tanning beds that are used inside the home use lamps of 12 to 28 watts, while in salons 100 to 200 watt lamps numbering 24 to 60 are used.

Ultraviolet rays, or UV for short, from the sun or from the artificial sources like lamps are unsafe and are known to cause cancer in the skin. There are two types of ultraviolet rays that penetrate the skin when the skin is exposed to UV. They are UV-B and UV-A rays. The rays penetrate the skin.

The top layer of the skin is penetrated by UV-B rays, which are responsible for sunburns. The UV-A rays penetrate deeper and affect layers beneath the top. UV-A rays are responsible for allergic reactions like a rash. Both kind of rays damage the skin and may lead to skin cancer.

Tanning devices used at home or in the salon use both these kinds of radiation to tan the skin.
Myths about Tanning Indoors

* People believe that tanning beds are safer than sunlight. But it’s a myth. Both tans are hazardous. Tanning beds operate on a timer, but still emit ultraviolet rays that affect different people in different intensities based on age, type of skin and the kind of lamps that are used.

* Some women use tanning beds to get the initial tan which they think will protect them from an actual sunburn when they go out in the sun. But this is not true. A tan is actually a response to the injury of skin cells which are damaged by exposure to harsh light. They produce more pigment to get protected from the
damage caused by UV.

* Many people have the misguided notion that indoor tanning generates vitamin D in the body, which is entirely wrong. Vitamin D is important, but getting it from tanning beds is hazardous as it creates more problems than solve any. Also, the amount of vitamin D one gets out of exposure to sunlight or artificial light varies from person to person.

High risk of cancer from using tanning beds

* Innumerable studies on the use of tanning beds have shown that use of indoor tanning is directly related to very high skin cancer risks.

* Tanning indoor is very hazardous for people less than 30. It heightens the risk of melanoma which is a deadly cancer.

* People who use tanning may increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 2.5 times more.

* People using tanning beds have 1.5 times more risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.

Other risks in using tanning devices

* Tanning causes premature aging as it causes the skin to lose its elasticity, and therefore the skin wrinkles early.

* UV-B radiation suppress immune system, leaving the skin vulnerable to diseases.

* Irreversible damage is caused to the eyes, by way of exposure to UV radiation from the tanning devices.

* Sensitive skin will develop allergic reactions when exposed to heavy UV radiation.

* According to International Agency for research on Cancer which is part of WHO, tanning devices emit UV rays and are very dangerous and are named as highest cancer risk category.

* National Cancer Institute (NCI) has linked melanoma, the deadliest cancer, to high sunburns which may have come from tanning devices especially at a younger age.

More and more legislation are coming in to ban the tanning devices in many countries all over the world. So the next time you are considering a tanning salon for an easy tan, think again.

– Michelle Tyler is a medical writer who writes well-researched, in-depth cancer articles which provide relevant information to help patients combat the deadly disease. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) prides in providing the best cancer treatment solutions to patients who have endured to various cancer types. With cancer centers in Philadelphia, Tulsa, Chicago, Newnan etc., CTCA aims at providing the best treatment options to cancer patients.

8 Factors That Accelerate Skin Aging

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By Emma Brown

womanarmupYou might be using the best cosmetic anti-aging products available in the market but if you are unaware of the things that actually cause and accelerate skin aging then you cannot achieve the desired results.

While nothing can be done to control the biological factors, you can improve the way you look by taking precautionary measures against the environmental factors and your faulty lifestyle habits that can make the skin aging faster.

1. Make-up
The use of inferior quality cosmetics can instigate some serious damage to your skin. They can prove to be much more expensive in the end in terms of the harmful side effects caused by them. In addition to this, the proper removal of make-up also carries utmost importance to save your skin of the harmful chemicals present in the cosmetics.

2. High sugar content foods
Various studies have proved that the presence of sugar at higher levels in your blood stream can make you look older than your actual age. Intake of sugar in excessive quantities can be an invitation to various diseases and it can be responsible for taking away that youthful glow of your skin.

3. Lack of sleep
Sleep is a natural constructive way for your body to keep up with the health. Both your mind and body need proper rest to continue working efficiently. Lack of sleep or a disturbed pattern of routine sleep causes fatigue and anxiety. It leads to sagging skin, bags under your eyes and dark circles around your eyes apart from the other serious health issues.

4. Lack of proper nutrition
Skipping on the veggies and fruits along with untimely eating of your meals leads to deficiency of the required nutrients in your body. Consequently, your health starts giving up gradually as the body’s cells don’t regenerate and organs don’t work properly. This leads to premature aging.

5. Absence of physical workout
A body that lacks physical exercise is said to be an abode for various diseases. Physical fitness keeps your body healthy, young and vibrant. The present times support more of the sedentary lifestyle making your body deprived of any physical activity. Without any exercise, your body tends to age faster.

6. Stress
Constant worry, anxiety and tension cause body malfunctioning and lack of sleep. Fine lines, wrinkles and dull appearance of your skin are some of the immediate effects of taking too much stress. In case you suffer from perpetual stress and tensions then try some relaxing techniques such as yoga, meditation and listening to soft music.

7. Exposure to sun and pollution
Harsh sun and pollution leads to skin darkening, age spots and certain skin diseases. The harmful sun radiations can make your body exposed to the risks of developing cancer and aging at an accelerated rate.

8. Smoking and Drinking alcohol
Besides putting your body at a risk of developing numerous diseases, smoking cigarettes can be bad for your looks too. It reduces the elasticity of your skin making it dull and famished in appearance. The same holds true for excessive consumption of alcohol.

Formulate an effective anti-aging skin care regimen and use only a top anti-aging cream for a soft, supple and a younger looking skin.

– Emma Brown is a skin expert by profession. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with people. She regularly contributes her write ups to health or skin care related websites and blogs with most of her writings based on tips for best anti-aging skin treatments. In her free time she loves to travel, fashion shows and music.

Are Your Cosmetics Safe?

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by Paul J. Rosen, J.D., L.Ac., EAMP

cosmeticsThe more you look the more you see. Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new car you see more of them on the road? This goes for a blouse or a pair of shoes as well? Well, what I’ve been noticing a lot more of lately is deception in advertising.

While I was researching for my latest book, Be Healthy Now ~ for Women, I came across the title Toxic Beauty, a book written by Dr. Samuel Epstein, who is a well-known expert in the field of cancer causing agents. Wow, this book is an eye opener. What jumped out at me?

There are over 10,500 personal beauty and cosmetic products available in North America. Ninety-nine percent of them have at least one ingredient that has never been tested for safety.

Now get this: The phrase “For professional use only” that we find on so-called higher quality beauty products allows manufacturers to keep any harmful chemicals off the labels. They may still be in the products ~ but just not on the labels.

Finally, the terms “hypoallergenic,” “allergy-free” and “safe for sensitive skin” can be placed on products without actual testing and neither the FDA nor any other regulating body even requires the companies to prove their claims.

Now that we’ve established that we are left almost completely in the dark about product safety and their effects on your health, here is why you should care.

womanarmupYour skin is the largest organ of your body. And your skin’s health is a reflection of the health of your kidneys. This means that if you are having skin problems like psoriasis, acne or eczema you should look to your kidneys as part of the strategy to clean things up.

And speaking of skin, deodorants often contain aluminum to stop perspiration and propylene glycol as a drying agent. Aluminum has been associated with chronic health conditions including chronic bladder problems like interstitial cystitis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Propylene glycol is the main ingredient of anti-freeze ~ the colored liquid you pour into your car’s radiator to prevent engine freeze-up. Safety warnings associate propylene glycol with liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Chemicals and foods called estrogenic are capable of altering your hormone balance and they find their way into beauty products. For those who choose natural products, soy is a common ingredient. Soy is also associated with altering hormone balance and not always in a positive way. But don’t tell the soy lobbyists.

So, if you’re struggling with menstrual irregularities, stubborn menopausal symptoms, irritability, blue moods, dry skin, thinning hair and fatigue, look no further than your lipstick, face and body creams, soaps and detergents as potential parts of the problem.

Fortunately, there are many safe options. Coconut oil and olive oil for skin care, mineral make up for color and soy-free biodegradable soaps and detergents for house cleaning and laundry are good places to start.

Deception is a marketing norm. We see it every day. And as responsible consumers, we must become knowledgeable about the products we use.

– Paul J. Rosen, JD, LAc, EAMP is the clinic director of AcuNatural Family Healthcare and a licensed acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. His expertise extends to nutrition as a certified master of Nutrition Response Testing. After 20 years of practice his chosen specialty is designing nutritional healing programs for folks suffering with chronic and degenerative illness. He is the author of three books: The Great Health Heist, Be Healthy Now ~ Your Passport To Wellness and Be Healthy Now ~ for Women. Paul is also a local radio personality and host of “Health Matters”. His show can be heard each Sunday from 8- 10 AM PST on AM860 KPAM. Paul is available for public appearances and speaking engagements. Contact him at 360-750-7375 or via his website at www.acunatural.com

Skin Care Tips for Teens

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By Debra Jaliman M.D.

femalewashingfaceIt’s very important to wash your face properly. Imagine how much oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells sit on the surface of your skin. In my book “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist,” some of the initial rules cover face cleansing. Many of my readers have informed me that their skin improved just by changing the way they wash their face. The basics include never using your fingers when washing your face which most people unfortunately do because there’s bacteria under your fingernails. Another mistake people often make is that they use a washcloth. This would be fine if people changed the washcloth every time they washed their face. Most people don’t as it would require 14 washcloths a week. It’s best to use cotton pads or pre- moistened cleansing cloths. Additionally, I’m a big fan of sonic cleansing systems which use sonic vibrations to remove make-up, oil, bacteria and dirt. These can be purchased at the drugstore. There is an assortment of brands available at various price points.

The next decision you need to make is what type of a cleanser to use. If you have sensitive, delicate skin that tends to be dry then choose a mild cleanser that doesn’t sud. Ingredients to look for are glycerins and ceramides. If your skin is oily with a 4 o’clock shine and you tend to break out, look for a foaming cleanser which contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid.

A great habit to get into now when you’re young is to apply sunscreen every day. I’m sure you’re not thinking of wrinkles at your young age but before you know it they will be there. You want to prevent broken blood vessels, brown spots, and discoloration from acne marks. The newest recommendation from the American Academy of Dermatology is to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. If the sunscreen contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide then it’s blocking both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to pick a sunscreen that agrees with your skin type. If you have oily skin, use a gel or powder sunscreen and make sure it’s noncomedogenic (non- pore clogging). If you have dry skin, choose a cream or lotion.

malewashingfaceIf you find that you’re breaking out, there are a lot of over-the –counter products which can be beneficial. There are toners and pads with salicylic acid which unclog pores. Be sure to look at your skin carefully. You may only be oily in the T-zone, therefore you may only need these products on that specific area not your entire face. If you find that you’re still breaking out, you may want to use a benzoyl peroxide product at night which will kill bacteria. Make certain to use white sheets and pillowcases as benzoyl peroxide will bleach colored ones. To prevent acne, use a wire when talking on your cell phone, clean all hats, helmets, and headbands so bacteria won’t cause any breakouts. Make sure all of the products you use, from your moisturizer to your cover-up, are noncomedogenic.

I hope these tips will improve and clear your complexion.

– Guest Author Dr. Debra Jaliman is known as one of the top dermatologists in the nation, is an expert in the field of cosmetic and medical dermatology. She is celebrated for the customized care she provides; patients will never get a “cookie cutter” approach, only the most cutting-edge advances in cosmetic dermatology.