Open Secrets To Young-Looking Skin

There are lots of ways to defy skin aging, such as purchasing expensive creams, getting surgical treatments, and more. But do you know that just sticking religiously to the basics can help you have younger looking skin for a much longer time? Here’s a reminder again of some of the bare necessities to achieve young looking skin.

1. Wear sunscreen! Health professionals, skin experts, beauty bloggers can’s stress it enough: these days, it’s not healthy anymore to go out without wearing sunscreen. So make sure you slather some SPF 15 on your face before heading out.

2. Lessen exposure to the sun. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, avoid direct exposure to sunlight. They say that if you want to look ten years older in no time at all, just expose yourself to sunlight for hours on end. Of course you wouldn’t want that.

3. Don’t smoke or stay near smoking people. Smoke totally dehydrates skin, sucking out the moisture and youthfulness of the skin.

4. Get regular sleep. Sleep deficiency will make your skin look stressed and tired all the time.

5. Eat a lot of fruits and nutritious food! The more healthy, antioxidant-loaded, and nutrient-filled you are, the more glowing your skin will be. Remember that what you take in (or not take in) will always reflect on how you look.

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Danger Hours Under The Sun

Do you know that skin cancer is the fastest increasing form of cancer in America? The danger of the sun’s ultraviolet rays is definitely no light matter, for not only does it cause beauty hazards like premature skin aging but also serious health conditions. This is why many experts and health professionals highly advise us to stay away from the sun. If it can’t be helped, we must apply sunscreen protectors, wear shades, and bring umbrellas to ensure that we have all the protection we need.

More than protecting ourselves, however, we must also be aware of the most dangerous hours to be under direct sunlight. In the northern hemisphere, the danger hours are between 10 am to 4 pm, but most especially around noon time to 3 pm. If your kids like to play outside during these hours, make sure you make them play inside to protect them against the long-term damages and health risks of sun exposure. Do you know that today, even 20-year olds get skin cancer?

Even when the weather is slightly overcast, remember that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are still present and protection is still needed. Of course, it is much better to completely avoid getting in the sun during the danger hours. But on the days that you just need to, be armed with all the protection you need.

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Dark Elbows?

Our elbows are often prone to darkening because they constantly rub against clothing and surfaces they come in contact with. If you notice that your elbows are darkening, here are three easy things you can do to lighten them.

1. Rub them with lemon slices. This is probably the most common way to lighten dark elbows. Lemon has natural exfoliating and whitening ingredients that’s why many people use the fruit or extracts of the fruit to whiten dark spots. Simply cut the lemon in half and rub a piece into your elbows every night or as you take a bath. You’ll surely see results in a few weeks’ time.

2. Wear sunscreen. Your elbows need as much sun protection as the rest of your body to prevent them from darkening.

3. Moisturize with oil and milk. Our elbows are skin folds that are prone to drying and therefore need as much moisture as they can get. To moisturize, apply either milk, olive oil, or petroleum jelly on your elbows everyday. You can also exfoliate them with products rich in AHA or alpha hydroxy acids.

Care to share more elbow whitening tips?

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Feeling Blue? Add a Dose of Sunshine!

Being in the sun has a bunch of drawbacks these days, mainly getting skin cancer.  There are however many benefits to being the sunshine as well, as long as it is in moderation.  

The sun produces Vitamin D in huge mega doses.  High levels of vitamin D have been found to protect against several kinds of cancer, particularly those of the digestive system: mouth, throat, stomach, and colon. While many of us think we get plenty of vitamin D from milk or a multivitamin, it turns out that the best source is the sun. Its rays trigger your body to produce the nutrient, and a 10-20 minute stroll each day yields an abundant dose.

Great news for fish eaters, vitamin D can also be obtained through your diet.  It is readily found in salmon, mackeral, herring, tuna and sardines.  It is also found in fortified milk and dairy products along with vitamin supplements.  SUn exposure however, is the best form of vitamin D we can have.

Always keep in mind that sun exposure is also known to create skin cancer, so be sensible about being out in the sun soaking up that Vitamin D.  Because we need to minimize our exposure to harmful UV rays, especially during the suns peak time in the sky (usually between 10 am and 3 pm), you need to precaution with sunscreen, as well as limiting your time in the sun to about 10-20 minutes per day.

When applying sunscreen, keep in mind it does not work instantly, contrary to what most people believe.  It takes sunscreen about 15-30 minutes to kick in, so make sure you apply it well in advance of taking in the sun.

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Sun’s Effects

th_summer01 The thought of a sunny day can bring a smile onto almost anyone’s face. Playing and spending time out in the sun can be an enjoyable and stress relieving experience, if it is done correctly. Soaking up some sun used to be thought to be healthy, after all you get that gorgeous tanned skin…how can it be bad for you? The sun itself is fine, the overexposure and rays is where you get into trouble. Invisible rays, ultraviolet-A (UVA) and ultraviolet-B (UVB), cause the majority of the problems. Because there is no safe UV light, it is all bad for your skin and eyes. Too much sun can cause sunburns, wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.

      When leaving the house you should always wear a SPF Sunscreen of atleast 15. The higher the SPF number the better the protection from the sun. Sunscreen should be worn even on cloudy days. Many people believe they will avoid the sun by tanning at a salon. But most tanning salons use UVA bulbs which are even worse than being out in the sun. UVA rays go deeper into the skin and cause premature aging and skin cancer. UVA and UVB rays, although invisible, both cause suntan, sun damage, and sunburn.

      Some ways to protect yourself from the sun is to wear shades, a wide brimmed hat, and clothes that cover more skin. It is also recommended to avoid going out between the times of 10am – 4pm, these are peak sun times and you are more likely to get a sunburn. Harmful UV rays are worse during summer, at higher altitudes, and places closer to the equator. If you do get a sunburn, you can try cool, wet compresses, baths, and soothing lotions. When driving or being in the sun wear sunglasses, they filter light and they protect your eyes from UV rays. However, they can not protect your eyes from tanning lights.

     Beauty is becoming more and more important. Tanning is thought to signify healthy skin, not true. Tanning causes more trouble than it is worth; premature aging and skin cancer! At what price will we continue to pay for beauty? Why not try sunless tanning!?

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Another Take on Dandruff

As I promised before on another post, here I’m writing again about that not so “embarrassing” illness, dandruff. I want to help you identify a few different risk factors as well as some tips to help you reduce those risks.There are many different conditions that can cause skin scaling that may be a yeast like fungus, like dry skin, seborreheic dermatitis, psoriasis, cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp) and contact dermatitis. Among the risk factors for dandruff, you can find:

  1. Age: Dandruff it’s more common among young adults and it can continue through middle age, being less frequent on children and older people.
  2. Sex: Dandruff it’s more of a male illness, some doctors affirm that male hormones play a very important role in dandruff. The larger sebaceous glands produce an oil called sebum.
  3. Oily Hair and Scalp: People with oily hair are more likely to have dandruff.
  4. Certain Illness: There are certain diseases that are more likely to develop seborrheic, such as Parkinson’s disease. So Parkinson’s disease’s patience are more likely to have dandruff.
  5. Dermatitis.
  6. Stress: People recovering from stressful conditions, like heart attack and stroke, and also people with compromised immune systems are more prone to dandruff.

According to these risk factors, it’s practically impossible to prevent dandruff, but there are many ways to reduce all these risk factors and together with the right treatments you can cure the illness.Here are a few tips that will help you reduce your risks of dandruff:

  1. Learn to manage stress: As said before stressful situations help trigger dandruff and many other conditions and diseases as well, so you should try by all means to avoid stressful situations. If you are suffering from severe stress, you should consult a professional.
  2. Shampoo often: If you have oily hair and scalp, you should shampoo daily to remove the excess oil that will help you prevent dandruff. You should try some natural and safe shampoo like the ones offered by my favorite company (ask me what it is) that adjust to the needs of all kind of hair.This companies shampoo contains tee tree oil that is a known anti-fungal and helps eliminate dandruff.
  3. Avoid overuse of hair products: Most hair products tend to make your hair and scalp oily, so you should try to cut back on hair sprays, styling gels, mousses and hair waxes.
  4. Eat healthy: This piece of advice is useful for your life in general. To prevent dandruff you should try a diet with enough zinc and B vitamins an essential fatty acid. Here is a partial list of foods that contain zinc and Vitamin B in them: Beef, Crabmeat, Oysters, Lamb, Pork, Turkey, Salmon and Brown Rice just to name a few.
  5. Get a little sun: Sunlight can be as beneficial as damaging so you should wear sunscreen on you face and body to protect your skin from burning, to avoid the risk of skin cancer but at the same time it’s very important to spend some little time outdoors every day to prevent dandruff.  Why not try a sunscreen that is pure, safe and beneficial for your body made from botanicals and herbs and still give you awesome coverage?

I hope this advice is useful.What other risk factors do you know for dandruff? What other tips can you give us to reduce them?  Be a contributor to this blog and have your voice heard 🙂

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