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Common Causes of Eye Inflammation and Irritation

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There are plenty of common health problems that can bother us all. The cold is one of the most famous ones simply because it seems like there’s no way to truly escape it. After all, all our efforts just seem to delay when we start coughing and sneezing and that’s if we’re lucky. Similarly, sunburn, the sniffles, and all these little problems are just part of the human experience. The little annoyances are things that we can all share with one another. Our eyes getting irritated or inflamed are another one of these shared experiences. It can also end up being one of the most annoying and frustrating ones as well. After all, it tends to be a little painful thanks to the sensitivity of the eye and fixing the problem can end up being troublesome for those of us fond of makeup. It does help to be aware of some of the common causes of this sort of thing though as you can then take steps to protect your eyes. Let’s take a quick look at some of them.

Debris
This is the only most of us end up leaping to whenever we see our eyes looking a little red or feeling one in pain. The idea that something must be in one’s eye makes intuitive sense and is a good first step to address. “Debris” encompasses a lot of potential culprits though. Stray eyelashes, particulate matter, and anything else you can think of that might blow into and affect the eye tends to fall into this category. The general idea is simply foreign matter touching the sensitive surface of the eye. You can generally figure this one out relatively easily with large debris. It tends to be visible and able to be removed if you’re careful. You can also flush your eyes with water to help clear them our as well. This is typically your best option when you’re dealing with finer dust and particles that you can’t actually “pick” out of your eyes. Irritation in this case tends to radiate out from the spot where the debris got caught too. As a result, this problem is easy to solve.

Allergies
Pollen can technically fall under debris, in some cases, but most of the time it is going to be a less direct effect. Allergies a problem for almost everyone. If there’s a sufficient concentration of pollen in the air, it doesn’t matter if you “don’t have any allergies” as you’ll likely still be feeling it. Allergies affect us in varying ways with various kinds of irritation and inflammation to the eyes being relatively common. The level of irritation and inflammation is going to vary depending on the severity of the allergy though. Most of the time you’ll likely just experience a little redness and itchiness, but sometimes it can become a full reaction. You can end up with swollen and watery eyes on top of all that. The good news is, as with debris, this problem is relatively easily solved by taking an antihistamine or using antihistamine eye drops. These will generally soothe the problem away and let you return to going about your business.

Infection
We generally don’t think much about eye infections until the words “pink eye” come in up conversation. Those words alone are enough to strike fear into the hearts of parents and office workers alike. There are plenty of other kinds of eye infection though. Most of these come from accidental exposure to an unwelcome bacteria. The exact symptoms tend to vary, but they tend to result in redness and irritation as with most things that bother your eyes. Infections are resistant to most other treatments though and end up requiring you to go to your doctor. You can also expect symptoms to progress. That’s why we strongly urge you to always take the time to make sure to make the appointment with your doctor if irritation in an eye is not going away as it could lead to permanent damage of the eye if you’re not careful. Fortunately, these infections tend to be difficult to spread if they aren’t pink eye. Following whatever treatment your doctor prescribes and doing you best not to touch your eyes will help you recover from this sort of problem.

Inflamed and irritated eyes are pain, yes, but the most common issues are relatively easy to treat. They simply require you to address them appropriately. Medication, antihistamines, or even just washing out your eyes can be all it takes to ease irritation and inflammation. Just try to figure out what’s causing the problem and approach it properly. You should be able to get back to seeing just fine without any nagging irritations easily enough.

Fair and Festival Food That Will Ruin Your Waistline

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There’s something deeply enchanting about fairs and other festivals. They exist to help us celebrate various things ranging from the local flavor to important dates. No one ever really feels the need to question them until they aren’t there. After all, many of us have important and positive memories associated with the various fairs and festivals of our youth. That’s enough to draw many of us back to them in hopes of drawing those memories closer to the front of our mind. Some of those memories are inevitably caught up in the foods available at these celebrations. They are often incredibly unhealthy while at the same time offering a delightful taste that is hard to come by anywhere else. There’s no shame in wanting to revisit a taste that you adored when you were younger, but at a certain point we need to keep in mind fair and festival foods are bad for our overall health and our waistline. Some are a bit worse than others regardless of how wonderful they taste.

Fried Candy Bars
There’s a lot to be said for a good candy bar. They can have every bit of sweet flavor that we could want in them as well as a bit of extra crunch. It makes them infinitely appealing when we get hungry even if they aren’t the most nutritious options on the menu. The sheer familiarity of many candy bars is enough to drag many of us back to our childhoods simply because they seem like they never really change beyond the packaging. Unfortunately, candy bars tend not to do our health any favors with all of their sugar. Fairs and festivals take this and make it even better/worse by deep-frying candy bars to give them a flaky yet crispy outer layer that gives them a special flavor all their own in addition to the one we’re expecting. The end result is an oily, sugary mess with more calories than any of us really want to contemplate.

Funnel Cake
This staple of fairs and festivals is one of those things that never seems to go out of fashion. They’re relatively easy to make and yet remain highly versatile. Various kinds of dough are usable to generate custom-flavored kinds of funnel cake. You can have everything from plain funnel cake to more exotic kinds depending on the particular vendor. Most of them tend to be served fairly simply with powdered sugar or a similar topping added to them to give them an extra bit of sweetness to go with the fried dough.

Funnel cake

The downside here is best captured by the words “fried dough”. Funnel cake is incredibly unhealthy given the amount of oil it has been friend in and adding further sweet topping to it just raises the calorie levels even more. This is to say nothing of any styles of dough that are sweeter than average. Funnel cake may taste good, but there’s no escaping that your waist won’t thank you if you have too much.

Giant Turkey Legs
Depending on the fair or festival, you may see people preparing giant turkey legs. These tend to be marketed under a number of different names depending on the overall theme of the gathering. Some people like to call them “caveman” turkey legs while others favor calling them “medieval”. The end result is the same though. These turkey legs tend to be massive, messy, and surprisingly tasty to eat. Unfortunately, that’s a lot of meat in any given sitting. We never really think about how many calories are in meat, but the protein tends to mean that any meat is already calorie dense. A large concentration of it makes it even less healthy. It also doesn’t help that these aren’t always prepared in the most health conscious way. These turkey legs will certainly be delicious, but try not to eat even half of one of you may find you’re eating drastically more than you need to in a single day.

To be fair, let’s pause and consider that most fair and festival foods are inherently unhealthy. They’re often deep-fried and frequently in larger portions than is advisable. We know this already before we get it. Fairs and festivals are not constant occasions though. They’re times to enjoy something outside of the usual. That’s something to keep in mind before you decide you shouldn’t have some of these foods. Yes, they’re a bit much, but indulging on a very rare occasion is good for the soul. Just try to remember to take something to settle your stomach afterwards as things that are good for the soul aren’t always good for digestion.

The Benefits of Adding Yogurt To Your Diet

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Yogurt is one of those foods that people end up having strong feelings about for no apparent reason. Some people absolutely can’t stand it because of the texture. Everything else about it gets ignored because they can’t understand why anyone would eat it. Others might have dietary restrictions that prevent them from eating it. For the majority of us, it can be a decidedly healthy addition to our diet and a pleasant treat. We just need to find a yogurt that we actually want to eat. The benefits of yogurt tend to vary among varieties, but most of the time we can all derive at least a few benefits from any give kind of yogurt. Most of us probably leaped at the idea of “probiotics” when seeing we were going to be talking about the benefits of yogurt. We’re going to touch on this, yes, but there are other benefits we should all be aware of too and a few things need to be cleared up about probiotics along the way.

Probiotic Support
The dominant pitch for eating yogurt lately is getting support for your gut flora, the bacteria in your intestines, by eating yogurt. It has spread from a few select kinds of yogurt to most of them at this point and is more than a little misleading. Every kind of yogurt is not going to give you probiotic support. Additionally, not every brand advertising that they have it is actually giving it to you. Yogurt needs to have an active culture of bacteria in it to actually be of any use as a probiotic. Finding the right brand for this requires a little research to help you pin down exactly who is telling you the truth and what brand is best for the support you want. Fortunately, the information is out there and easy to acquire. Probiotic support of this kind will help ease your digestion and overall make the entire process easier on your body overall. Additionally, it can help make you more resistant to certain kinds of invading bacteria. The fact a single thing can support your health in so many ways is why probiotics are so popular. There are other ways yogurt can help though.

Yogurt

A Little Bit Of Everything
Yogurt is actually a good, general purpose addition to many diets. Regardless of the type, the food tends to be fairly rich in plenty of vital nutrients. These help to support the body in countless little ways across various systems. Notably, you can customize what you’re getting out of the yogurt in some cases by picking the fruit yogurt that you’re eating carefully. This will allow you to control for some of the more dominant nutrients that you want in your yogurt. It is simply another way to get a little bit of fruit in your diet in this case. Eating a fruit yogurt does detract from the other potential benefits of yogurt though. This is because there is less room for just the plain yogurt in the container at that point. Fruit, after all, is a little bulkier than a gel-like food. Regardless of the kind of yogurt you’re eating, it is a relatively healthy addition to your diet as long as you’re not eating to excess. We recommend sticking with low-fat yogurt for the most of the benefits with as few issues as possible for a dairy product.

Staying Dense
Osteoporosis is a serious issue that ends up affecting all of us over time. This is especially true for older women and others with higher estrogen levels. It simply becomes harder over time to maintain our overall bone density. That’s why many women begin taking vitamin D supplements earlier in their lives and eating to include more calcium in their diets. It helps to counteract the higher rate of osteoporosis later in life. Other people need to worry about the problem too. It becomes a pronounced issue for many of us as we age. Yogurt, as a dairy product, tends to be a fairly good source of calcium. This is good on its own, but many companies fortify their yogurts with vitamin D as well. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb and utilize calcium more effectively. That makes yogurt one of the better foods you can be eating for long term bone health. It is also relatively simple as far as goods go and easy to process. This is also useful as we get older.

Yogurt is one of those foods that is surprisingly healthy for you. Most people reach for probiotics as the reason why, but people are overly willing to throw that word around without fully understanding what it requires to be meaningful. Genuine probiotic yogurts are useful for your health, yes, but other yogurts can support bone and general health easily too. We recommend including a little yogurt in any healthy diet where you can actually consume dairy. It will support you more than you know.

Professional Advice for Reducing Under Eye Puffiness

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Puffy eyes are a fairly common beauty problem. They can come up for any number of reasons, but the results tend to always be the same: they detract from your chosen look. We all learn quick ways to try to hide puffiness, but after a certain point we just want to be rid of it rather than applying a quick fix. Reducing under eye puffiness takes a little work though. Changing various habits can help to reduce the overall rate at which you experience puffy eyes. We all know how hard it is to break habits though. With that in mind, we’re going to review some of the advice that professionals regularly give people to help them learn to control puffy eyes. These tips will be relatively basic and something any of us can do unaided. You may need to work at them though to help make any lifestyle changes stick. These tips should hopefully be enough to help you get the puffiness back under control.

Getting Some Rest
It doesn’t take long for most of us to figure out that puffy eyes tend to show up preferentially in the morning. There’s a reason for that too. One of the primary causes for puffy eyes is literally fluid pooling beneath the thinner skin of the eyes. The end result is the all too apparent puffiness. Most of the time it only really starts to accumulate when you’re sleeping on your side or stomach. The positions allow gravity to be able to pull fluid and make it pool in the area beneath your eyes. You can fix this entirely be sleeping on your back. It uses gravity to help prevent the pooling at the same time that it helps avoid bunching your skin together and encouraging wrinkles. Learning to sleep on your back can be difficult if you’ve never done it before though. An appropriately contoured pillow can help aid the transition to your new sleeping position, but it will take a little time and effort to make it stick.

Protect Your Eyes
Sleeping on your back is a good go-to measure when it comes to ensuring that you can prevent or minimize puffy eyes, but it isn’t your only option. It isn’t even an option for some of us. You can achieve a lot by properly protecting the area around your eyes though as any damage contributes to the likelihood of puffiness. That’s why many professionals recommend ensuring that you’re applying a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF around your eyes to appropriately protect the sensitive skin. This will help keep the skin thicker and stronger than it would be from continual damage. It will overall simply be more resistant to puffiness.

Woman using sun protection

You can build on this by remembering to wear sunglasses as well when you’re out and about. Try to remember to use products that encourage the health of the skin around your eyes as well to keep them as healthy as possible. This step works especially well when combined with sleeping on your back, but there is yet another option available if neither of these appeal to you.

Cooling Down
We’ve been largely covering preventive measures that can help reduce a regular problem, but we all need a quick fix now and again when they aren’t a regular occurrence. A good way to go about this is actually to chill some of your favorite eye cream. You can take it out and apply it whenever you’re dealing with puffy eyes to calm and nourish the area quickly. This tends to last longer than most other options because the nourishing part of the eye cream will offer a longer term solution for settling the area. You can achieve similar results with any kind of suitable product kept cold and put around the eyes. The cold is what will be doing most of the work by calming the area around your eyes, but quicker fixes like an ice cube don’t work as well as a product as the effect dissipates faster with nothing left over to help continue to calm the skin. It is worth noting that you may need to apply the cold product more than once for it to be fully effective, but you will get results.

Combating eye puffiness isn’t that difficult of a task, but the best way to do it is prevention. Sleeping on your back and protecting the skin around your eyes tends to do most of the preventive work without any additional help. Sometimes things will creep by though and a cold eye cream or similar option will be all you need to banish the puffiness away again. These tricks have been recommended by professionals for ages and will likely continue to be passed along. Their simplicity is ultimately the key. Hopefully these tips will be all you need to avoid dealing with puffy eyes ever again.

How Estrogen Levels Impact Skin Health

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Your skin’s health is influenced by a variety of factors. The ones we tend to most common think about are environmental factors that we can control for through good habits. For instance, we put on sunscreen to avoid sun damage and remember to moisturize daily to prevent dry skin. These are common habits that indicate good skincare. Many of us also work to control various aspects of our health that can end up impacting our skin as well. We eat right while making sure to enjoy a healthy exercise routine. These work to maintain the health of our body and skin by ensuring enough nutrients are available and circulating in the body to keep it well stocked on what it needs. One thing that we can’t really control for are fluctuations in our hormone levels. Estrogen in particular is directly tied to our skin’s health in a number of ways and without a sufficient amount it tends to suffer.

A Different Balance
Before we get into exacting detail, let’s take a larger scale look at the effect of varying hormone levels between men and women and what it does to the skin superficially. Every human has a mixture of both testosterone and estrogen in their body that allows the body to function properly. You genuinely need both if you expect to live a healthy life. Their purposes are what help define some of the easily noticed differences. Skin differences can be particularly pronounced. Men are prone to ruddier, rougher skin that is oilier and has far more noticeable pores than women. That’s because their balance of hormones favors testosterone over estrogen. Women, by contrast, are credited with smaller pores, smoother skin, and an overall more even complexion thanks to being estrogen dominant. Shifting these balances at all will affect the skin and flipping the balances, as is done in hormone replacement therapy for transgender people, likewise flips how skin looks, feels, and behaves. Let’s take a closer look at why.

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Oil and Company
Ruddier skin is generally a hallmark for most men. This is because estrogen levels are lower. Testosterone tends to promote a fairly consistent release of your skin’s natural oils. The constant drip helps to protect the skin, yes, but it also creates some of the clear signs of ruddy skin: larger pores and oily skin. Higher estrogen levels actually constrict pores and as a result not as much oil can get out of them. In turn, pores are visually smaller as they don’t allow as much oil out and as a result don’t end up picking up as many dead skin cells or as much debris from exposure. Estrogen is also tied deeply into the production of collagen and fat distribution in the skin. This helps it to support a youthful look for a longer amount of time than does testosterone. One of the most important takeaways from this for those of us fond of anti-aging products is that estrogen is a natural collagen booster that helps minimize wrinkles. That’s part of why menopause can be so hard on the skin.

Tweaking The Levels
Unfortunately for all of us, hormone levels are hardly consistent across our lifetimes. Illness, pregnancy, menopause, and other life changes can all cause the expected levels of hormones in our bodies to shift around. Menopause is one of the more lasting changes though and tends to have the most dramatic impact due to falling estrogen levels. This causes a lot of problems for many women who aren’t used to figuring out how to do skincare with less estrogen supporting their skin’s health. This is one of the other instances where hormone replacement therapy is often used. It helps to take the edge off of menopause, but hormone levels will never really return to the ones that were had in youth. As a result, we all need to make an effort to moisturize and nourish our skin to support collagen and elastin production. Anti-aging products are your friend as they can make up for the shortfall of natural help to a degree and help ease the overall impact falling estrogen levels have on the skin.

Estrogen is important for skin health. It helps to maintain an overall more youthful appearance even if it makes skin a bit thinner overall. Without expected levels, skin begins to shift towards a new normal that reflects how the balance as changed. Many women will experience their skin getting a bit ruddier after menopause for this very reason. Good skincare will help decrease how much of an impact this has, but ultimately cannot stop the effects of shifting hormone levels.

Tips For Taking Care of Combo Skin

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Combination skin is one of the more common skin types. It is technically a mix or two or more types at once, but the general rule for most skin is that some areas are a bit more oily or dry than others on many faces. This makes proper treatment for skin something of a haphazard affair where a product good for one area might be less suited to aid another. That can cause problems. As a result, taking care of combination skin often feels like a balancing act where we’re trying to help the most parts of our skin at a time while working against any potential negative effects to the areas that aren’t benefiting. The situation is incredibly frustrating to those of us who try so hard to help our skin be as healthy as it can. Fortunately, it isn’t that difficult to work towards properly caring for combination skin. You’re just going to have to invest a little more time than you might if you had a more consistent skin type.

Wear Sunscreen
It is important to stress that some skincare tips are universally useful. Combination skin needs to be regularly protected by sunscreen just as much as every other skin type. It might even be a little more important in some cases given it means some parts of your skin might actually be highly susceptible to the sun while others are more resistant. Fortunately, combination skin doesn’t change the general rules for sunscreen. You’ll need to find one that offers broad spectrum protection that is at least SPF 30 to protect your skin. We recommend increasing the SPF rating to 50 if you’re in your 40s or above simply as a protective measure as skin begins to noticeably thin. Additionally, you’re better served by looking for sunscreens that include active ingredients like zinc oxide. This means the sunscreen is a physical blocker. These sunscreens entirely reflect UV rays rather than just absorbing them and thereby provide the most thorough protection.

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Gently Exfoliate
Given combination skin’s potentially wide spread of traits, it is best to err on the side of caution in most cases. This means favoring less potent exfoliating products to help clean and protect your skin. A chemical exfoliation product is the best in this case. We recommend sticking to ones that utilize beta-hydroxy acids such as glycolic or citric acid to help clean your skin. These are effective, but skin friendly options that don’t put excess strain on sensitive skin. You’ll most frequently find these products as easily spread gels meant to be left on for a little while to achieve their purpose. The active ingredients in these products are necessary for getting the job done as they help to dissolve and break up clumps of dead skin cells, oils, and grime that can get caught in your pores. Avoid using products with salicylic acid, if you can, as that ingredient could potentially be too harsh for the more sensitive sections of your skin and cause problems.

Moisturize Regularly
Moisturizing combination skin is an admittedly difficult proposition if you have mixed areas of dry and oily skin. The proper level of moisturizer for one will inherently cause problems for the other by being too much or too little. We have to find a way to balance these extremes when working to protect combination skin. As a general rule, a water-based gel product is going to serve combination skin the best. Gels aren’t quite creams and as a result have a lower chance of causing problems for oily patches while still being thick enough to cling and provide the moisture necessary to protect dry skin. They need to be water-based to further this goal. Oil-based gels will quickly cause problems for oily patches if you’re not careful. You should expect to apply this kind of moisturizer a few times a day for maximum effectiveness. It may take a little experimentation ti find the right amount for your skin.

Caring for combination skin is a headache-inducing task sometimes. Conflicting skin types have always been frustrating, but we’ve found ways to cope with the challenge. Overall, you need to be both gentle with and protective of your skin to ensure the best results. Proper steps to protect it will let it heal and remain as healthy as it can on average while being gentle will ensure products don’t overly upset a delicate balance. We can’t say that there won’t be problems as you work out this balance, but when you finish you’ll know your skin better than before.

Surprising Everyday Germ Offenders

Most of us watch our health closely. After all, it is one of the few things that we can indisputably call our own. It doesn’t hurt that focusing on our health also helps us get more out of life. To this end, we pay attention to our bodies when they start to get sick as well as work on cleaning the environments we live in to minimize the chances of infection. The catch is that we’re never quite as thorough as we’d like to think we are. Places and things creep past our awareness despite how much they typically need cleaning. It isn’t necessarily the end of the world, but it does mean exposing yourself to large clusters of germs more often than you necessarily want. We’ve got a short list of some of the things you’ve been missing in your impassioned cleaning. This should help you feel confident that your world is just that much cleaner one you’re done.

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Smartphone
Everybody’s favorite device is secretly working against you. Yes, it is infinitely useful for solving a lot of life’s little problems and keeping you on schedule, but it also has a collection of bacteria. Think about it for a moment. You take your phone everywhere and expose it to the same environments you’re in. Additionally, you regularly press the screen or buttons to navigate through it even when you haven’t washed your hands recently. It only gets worse when you think about the fact that you place it against your head regularly too and bring it into contact with your skin as grime and oils build up over the course of the day. Your smartphone is a germ haven. Many of them are the kinds of bacteria that come from your own skin, but there are plenty of less savory ones that you pick up from moving through the world. So remember to sanitize your smartphone every now and then.

Your Bed
This little trap is one that more people are aware of, but that still doesn’t enjoy as widespread of an acknowledgment as it deserves. Your mattress and pillows are absolutely full of tiny friends and foes all going about their existence. You lie on your bed every night whether you’re sick or healthy. Of course it ends up being a haven for bacteria. Pillows and mattresses each gather up debris from our bodies and create environments perfect for particular kinds of bacteria. It also gradually increases their weight until said pillows and mattresses weigh almost double what they did after a decade. Fortunately, you can do a lot to minimize this problem simply by remembering to wash your sheets and pillow cases regularly. You can also check to see if your pillows themselves are machine washable. That will further extend the life of your pillows. Your mattress you’ll just need to replace occasionally.

Door handle

Openings and Controls
There are a couple of things we think less about than we should in our day-to-day lives. One of these are door handles. Whether it is a true handle, a knob, a plate, or any other shape of the same concept, we touch them constantly all day long. Others do as well whether we’re at home or out in public. This makes them sources of illness for more than a few people. After all, who is to say that so-and-so remembers to wash their hands after coughing into them? These little issues mean cleaning door handles regularly is somewhat important to maintaining good health in an environment. Additionally, light switches suffer from a similar fate. We flick them on and off without ever really thinking about their existence at all. The gradual buildup on them also makes them havens for bacteria. Fortunately, they are relatively easy to sanitize just like door handles.

These three things are among the most common everyday things and places that end up accruing a lot of bacteria each day. They are the perfects spots and sadly neglected in our cleaning more often than we’d like to admit. Changing our habits to include cleaning these items in our regularly cleaning routines will help improve the cleanliness of our personal worlds. That in turn will mean we make it through more cold and flu seasons untouched.

Tightening the Skin on Your Arms & Thighs

Life does a lot of things to us. The highs and the lows form a kind of rhythm that it seems like we can never quite get the hang of because we always seem to be caught off guard by what happens next. There’s a simple beauty in that that one can come to appreciate even if it is also a source of annoyance. What we have to get used to various, but frequently we have to make peace with shifts and changes in our body with comparative regularity. Age and diet tend to make this one of the most fluctuating pieces of our lives. Issues with sagging skin tend to be particularly common in both cases. This tends to not sit particularly well with us as it detracts from our beliefs surrounding our own appearance. Fortunately, it is easy enough to tighten sagging skin if you know the right steps to take.

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Working On It
Exercise is probably one of your best options when it comes to tending to sagging skin. It tends to be the result of excess weight that gradually leads to more skin hanging on to the body. Regular exercise goes a long way towards encouraging healthy weight loss. There are specific exercises you can use to target this problem in general though. Running and jogging tend to be particular good when it comes to helping to get your thighs in shape. These exercises are good for tone in many aspects. You can get similar benefits from squats and similar exercises though as that work the muscles in the area. Your arms can generally benefit from things as diverse as lifting light weights and various exercises including them to push-ups. The key is simply ensuring the muscles in the areas are being worked. This method will take time to reduce sagging skin though as your body will need to gradually remove the excess skin.

Eat A Healthy Diet
This step is typically best used alongside the previous one. Eating better tends to help your body take overall better care of itself and reduces the amount of weight you’re putting on regularly. A good diet can actually help you lose weight at a higher rate than exercise alone if you’ve previously been eating poorly. The goal is to eliminate excess bad fat and sugars from the diet to reduce the amount of weight you’re putting on. This is best achieved by focusing on learning how to eat a healthy diet and sticking to it. You’re typically going to want to talk to your doctor about your options when starting a genuine diet. You want something designed to help you rather than a rapid weight loss diet. The latter will simply lead to even more of an issue with sagging skin. A genuine diet will favor fruits and vegetables with meats forming an accent to the diet. Talk to your doctor about your nutritional needs before trying to create a customized diet though.

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Be Good To Yourself
Our last suggestion on how to help tighten sagging skin involves eliminating bad habits that can accelerate and magnify the problem. One potential problem is failing to remember to wear sunscreen. Exposure to UV rays damages structural proteins in the skin that help keep it both firm and in place. Too much exposure earlier in life can easily lead to sagging skin as you age. The best approach is to pair good sun protection habits with the application of antioxidant rich products. Sunscreen and other products with SPF will help protect against previous damage while the antioxidants will help make your skin’s nature healing processes a little more effective at fixing the area. You also want to cut out any disastrously bad habits from your life. This is especially true when it comes to smoking. Smoking regularly is associated with a more rapid onset of the signs of aging. Sagging skin is quite common among smokers. Quitting and sticking to it will gradually help you body heal.

Tightening the skin around your arms and thighs requires you doing your best to take care of yourself. Healthy habits are ultimately the keys to helping reduce sagging skin. That way your body doesn’t have an excuse to make more and is better at keeping it off. These suggestions will all lead to slow improvement and that is what is necessary to properly fix the situation. Quick solutions will just lead to the issue being magnified. So take it slow and enjoy the path towards better health.

Make A Few Sustained Changes To Look Younger Than Are

Age eventually reaches us all, but it isn’t something any of us need to surrender too. Working towards aging gracefully is something that takes most of our lives and committing to sustained changes. Even though the required changes vary from person to person, the simple fact is that a lot of us aren’t doing as well as we could be in caring for ourselves. Properly caring for our health is necessary if we want to look younger than we actually are because our appearance is, in many ways, a reflection of our health. You can relatively easily adopt various changes to your lifestyle and habits that can reduce your apparent age simply by cutting down of the negative effects of routine exposure to various things. Let’s go over a few of the things you can do you help you look younger than you are so that you know what sorts of changes need to be made typically.

Woman exercisingExercise
There’s no point in delaying the most painful news we have for you. You need to exercise if you truly want to look younger than you are. Exercise has a myriad of benefits for the body. These help to enhance how you look, how resilient you are, and how well you can simply go about your day to day life. Those who exercise tend to look younger than they are because they’re better able to maintain a healthy body weight that keeps them looking young. It also leads to an overall better circulation throughout the body regularly as exercise gets your heart pumping things more effectively. The benefits of this are twofold. First, your skin begins to get better access to the nutrients in your body. This directly benefits it by ensuring that your skin has the materials it needs to keep itself properly repaired. Second, all the circulation lends a healthy, youthful looking appearance to your features. The only downside is that exercise is, well, exercise.

Sunscreen
It really isn’t possible to stress this point enough. You need to be wearing sunscreen if you want to help yourself look younger and stay that way for longer. This is because of the nature of sun exposure. UV Rays are responsible for multiple levels of damage to your skin. Some of them lead to internal damage, but the ones we tend to most notice are the ones that cause premature aging. These tend to cause an accumulation of dull, dry skin to begin on the surface that overall leads one to looking a bit weathered and worn down as opposed to youthful. You can work against this with various products, but you absolutely must remember to use sunscreen or moisturizers with SPF. The best options for protecting your skin are all SPF 30 or higher and offer broad spectrum protection that targets both UVA and UVB rays. However, you’ll want to put in slightly more effort than that to ensure that you find a sunscreen that uses a physical blocker like zinc oxide in its active ingredients to ensure the best protection. Sunscreens like that reflect rather than absorb UV rays and thereby provide slightly better protection.

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Get Enough Sleep
The final thing we all need to do is make the commitment to get some sleep. We get it. Life is a chaotic mess where you can frequently find yourself up far later than you expect trying to get one thing or another done. Everyone deals with that and it is frustrating when all you want is time enough to deal with all the things going on in your life. Sacrificing a few hours of sleep may seem wise at the moment, but that starts to add up eventually. It is important to note here that sleep is vital if you want to look younger. Dark bags under your eyes aren’t going to help you look any younger, after all. Sleep is so important because the idea of “beauty sleep” isn’t simple vanity like some people believe. Your body literally uses the time in which you’re sleeping to make most of its repairs. Not getting enough sleep means the wear and tear on your skin simply starts to add up. It looks duller and less full of life. So make sure to get the right amount of sleep regularly if you’re interested in looking youthful.

Looking younger than you are requires sustained commitments to various lifestyle changes for many of us. We need to remember to wear sunscreen, get some sleep, and exercise regularly if we truly want to look our best. All of this is on top of having a healthy skincare routine. It may seem like a lot, but in truth, it all becomes routine relatively quickly. You simply need to make the commitment to the changes.

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Quick Fixes For New AM Whiteheads

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Whiteheads are one of those embarrassing issues that has the habit of popping up when you least want it. There’s no getting away from this kind of acne though as once it has appeared you’re going to have to deal with it if you expect your skin to be flawless anytime soon. Ideally, you should be able to deal with whiteheads the evening of the day you first spot them, but that isn’t always satisfying when you wake up to them. You want to look your best and they are getting in the way of that at that point. Fortunately, there are quick fixes for when you wake up with new whiteheads in the morning. Most of these involve immediate care, but others focus on making the problem less noticeable. It does need to be stressed here that squeezing a whitehead have never and will never be an appropriate answer in good skincare. This doesn’t mean that you can’t learn to pop them properly to help heal your skin faster though.

The Right Tools At The Right Time
In general, the fastest way to deal with a whitehead is to remove the problem altogether. Squeezing them is ill-advised, but with a pore extracting tool you can still pop a whitehead in a reliable way that won’t scar the skin. Pore extractors are a set of small tools available for the specific task we’re describing. They involve one tool with a pointed end being used to lightly and carefully puncture the center of the whitehead while a second tool, frequently with a circular end, is placed around the whitehead and gently pressed to provide uniform pressure to expel the contents of the whitehead. This method for popping and cleansing a whitehead is far less likely to end up causing further infection in the skin by driving grime and bacteria further into the pore. You will want to ensure that you have a tissue or similar item to clean up the expelled contents of the whitehead with though as allowing them to touch the rest of your skin risks spreading the bacteria from the whitehead and causing a more substantial breakout.

A Little Bit Smaller Now
While getting rid of whiteheads is frequently our goal, sometimes we need to settle for simply make them less visible. This is honestly one of the better ways to ensure your skin heals well and without any potential complications at all. You can minimize the size of a whitehead with comparative ease if you’re willing to be careful about how you go about it. A clay mask or similar exfoliating option is particularly good for this task. The mask combines oil control with light exfoliation to help reduce both reduce the cause of the whitehead and help reduce inflammation and lessened skin clarity in the area. This help to reduce the overall apparent size of the whitehead and allows you to consider slightly longer term solutions that will help you skin gradually heal the whitehead instead. Giving it time to naturally diminish and vanish is honestly even better than using a pore extractor, but not all of us feel we can afford to give our skin the time.

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Cover It Up
In the end, the best “quick fix” is to simply cover up the whitehead until you have time to appropriately deal with it. You’ll need to gently apply concealer over the whitehead to make this work. Many professionals suggest using a brush to apply it correctly and to ensure thorough coverage of the area. Stick with a concealer with properly matches your skin tone as you aren’t dealing with the redness and inflammation of more obvious acne that requires color correction. Once the whitehead is covered, you’ll want to blend the edges to the rest of your skin until it is a seamless transition. You can then proceed to apply your makeup as normal over the rest of your skin and the area. Just remember to be gentle when applying foundation or anything else over the whitehead. Seal the entire area with a powder to help it stick and maintain the right color all day. Once you get home though, thoroughly remove your makeup and use an actual treatment method to gradually clear away the whitehead so the problem doesn’t get worse.

Quick fixes for whiteheads aren’t always the best option we can use, but they sometimes feel like a necessity. Disguising them with makeup until they have time to heal is the healthiest option, you can also drain them if you have a pore extractor. Anyone who doesn’t want to fuss with either of those can try minimizing the appearance of the whitehead with a little oil control and exfoliation. Just remember to be kind to your skin when you notice a whitehead. Your skin hasn’t betrayed you. It is just having a little trouble and needs your support to heal properly.