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Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease This Summer

Lyme disease is generally one of those concerns that tend to largely come up for people living in rural areas. Tall grass, pets, and abundant trees tend to be the key elements of ensuring there is a thriving tick population. As the most common vector for Lyme disease, ticks enjoy a healthy respect from people who know about them and the disease itself. They also enjoy a healthy level of revulsion as one never knows when they’ll actually turn up. Protecting yourself from Lyme disease necessarily means protecting yourself from ticks. If you weren’t raised in an area where they’re common, you likely never received clear instructions on avoiding tick bites. Fortunately, the age of the internet means that it isn’t that hard to make sure everyone is properly informed. We’ve got a quick list of things you can do to help feel safer during and after you outdoor excursions this summer.

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Treated Clothing
Treating whatever clothing you intend to wear with certain kinds of insect repellent can go a long way towards protecting you from unwelcome guests. What you’re going to be looking for are permethrin insect sprays. They are designed to bind to the fibers in clothing and provide protection for a little while. Clothing is available that has been pre-treated with the compound, but it is worth noting that no treatment, even this one, lasts forever. You’re better off with the “treat your clothing yourself” option as it gives you more versatility in your outfit choice as well as allowing you to apply it again if it seems the treatment isn’t working as well as it could. Remember to get your socks and shoes as well. Keep your socks rolled out and protecting as much of your leg as possible when doing this. It will be further surface area that ticks won’t be able to survive on. Don’t forget to apply bug spray to all of your skin too. Just don’t use the permethrin for it. All of this can go a long way towards protecting you, but you still need to be already to the potential danger represented by ticks.

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Be Proactive
A big step that no one should forget is the need to check themselves after being out in tick-infested areas. This means disrobing and checking every inch of your body with a special attention paid to any out-of-the-way or difficult to see places. Ticks enjoy the backs of legs, hiding in hair, and hiding behind ears. All of this makes a self-check vital to ensuring there isn’t one crawling around on you. We strongly encourage you to toss all your outdoor clothing into a separate bag or hamper for washing as well. While you take a shower, set the clothing to spin in a hot dryer for fifteen to twenty minutes. This should help kill or mostly kill any ticks somehow left clinging to your clothing. It will help prevent that self-check you’ll be doing from being all for nothing as a new tick drops onto your skin while handling the clothing. We recommend the self-check be done in the shower and to be mindful of any issues at all. If you find an embedded tick, grab the head as close as possible to your skin with a pair of tweezers and pull it free. Dispose of the tick in rubbing alcohol to kill it.

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Stay Alert
Taking all the previous steps is about trying to minimize contact with ticks to avoid getting bit in the first place or stopping the bite to reduce the chances of Lyme disease getting passed along. We all still need to stay alert after all of this though. This is especially true for anyone who found any ticks. You’ll want to stay alert for the tell-tale sign of a Lyme disease infection: a bullseye rash. This is a clear central bite with an apparent circle or circles around it. That is a sign to get immediate treatment from a doctor to help minimize any long-term impact exposure to Lyme disease might have on your health. Unfortunately, the bullseye rash doesn’t appear without fail. You will also need to stay alert for feeling like you have the flu coming on. This is another sign of Lyme disease settling into your body. If you feel sick soon after finding a tick, see your doctor regardless of any rash to help ensure that you take care of any possible infection that might have been passed along to you. It will help you stay happy and healthy.

Ticks are one of those annoying parts of nature that many of us try to forget. Even though we dislike them, we should always remember to factor them into our plans. Staying prepared for them each time you go out and into tall grass or a wilderness area is necessary for your long term health. We also suggest staying alert if your yard has a lot of trees with long hanging branches as well. Keeping alert will keep you healthy.

Guidelines For Ladies With Sensitive Skin

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Skincare is complicated enough for most people without having to worry about sensitive skin. After all, we have to figure out what our skin type is while paying close attention to how our skin behaves to products to find a good combination for our skin. That only lasts for so long too as we’ve got to worry about the fact that climate extremes and time will mean our skin’s needs will change at some point and thereby, make us go through the whole process again. Sensitive skin just seems like it exists to complicate matters further. Anyone with sensitive skin can tell you that it is a frustrating experience, but it is possible to care for your skin without it one revision after another to one’s skincare. It is a matter of knowing the basic guidelines for dealing with sensitive skin. Those aren’t that hard to learn. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common ones so that we can all have a better idea of how to treat both sensitive and sensitized skin.

Stick With Gentle Products
It may seem obvious, but there are particular products out there designed and marketed with sensitive skin in mind. A lot of the time these are marketed as “gentle” or will overtly state that they are “for sensitive skin” on the bottle. The formulas are meant to provide the benefits of the product while utilizing less reactive and potent compounds to avoid accidentally causing a negative reaction. It is particularly important to stay alert when figuring out the right cleanser to use. A surprising amount of cleansers will include traces of salicylic acid in them to aid in their job, but that compound tends to be too potent for sensitive skin. Favor cleansers that use glycolic acid instead as it is less potent. This will help minimize unexpected issues that might otherwise lead to unwelcome skin issues. Admittedly, there are other things anyone with sensitive skin needs to do as well to keep their skin healthy and properly protected.

Wear Sunscreen
Yes, wearing sunscreen is important to everyone to keep their skin healthy, but it is especially important to those with sensitive skin. Remember that sensitive skin has a lower overall threshold when it comes to becoming irritated or damaged. That means protecting it properly means giving that much extra focus on the basic ways to do just that and not just on avoiding skin irritating products. The general rules for using and applying sunscreen don’t really change that much for people with sensitive skin. We do wish to encourage looking for non-comedogenic sunscreen though. The formula will help avoid clogging the pores of people with sensitive skin and causing generalized irritation that can lead to broader skin issues. Beyond that, you’ll still need to make sure that the sunscreen you’re using offers broad spectrum protection to help guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Consider using sunscreen that offers SPF 50 instead of SPF 30 too. The extra protection should give sensitive skin a little extra time before problems become evident.

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Keep Hydrated
Dry skin and sensitive skin are often part of the same conversation for many people. Skin becomes sensitized as it dries out and people with sensitive skin are more likely to have “dry and sensitive” skin. That means countering the dryness tends to become a major concern when it comes to trying to protect sensitive skin. It needs that natural moisture barrier of your skin to help minimize sensitivity. Without that barrier, sensitive skin just reacts in an even more pronounced way to anything that affects it. We recommend that people with sensitive skin remember to moisturize regularly to help soothe and maintain their skin. It should help minimize problems. The catch here is that they need to be aware of their skin type beyond it being sensitive to properly match the moisturizer to their skin. Creams will work well for anyone with dry skin while lotions will work best for average skin. Hydrating toners are the best for anyone with oily and sensitive skin.

Taking care of sensitive skin can be a frustrating affair for many people. It makes sense given how reactive sensitive skin can become even upon being exposed to a small amount of any given product. Remembering to take this into account with minimal product tests and proper care will go a long way towards helping ensure that sensitive skin remains healthy.

Don’t Ignore Your Summer Skin Care Needs

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It is important to remember that taking care of your skin means ensuring that you’re properly taking care of your skin’s needs at all times. Most of us don’t have a problem with this because skincare becomes routine. This changes over time as our skin becomes more sensitive to the changes brought on by the seasons. Your skin has particular needs in both summer and winter. This is thanks to the shift in the weather tweaking how your skin behaves in each of these extremes. Winter is known for its cool, dry air that tends to become a bane for anyone interested in skincare thanks to the potential for severely drying the skin out. Summer is a different story. All that sun and sweat bring different risks to the front that need to be dealt with to avoid a summer of breakouts and other issues. We’ve got a quick look at some of the major summer skincare needs so that everyone can be just that much more prepared.

Stay Clean
Summer is almost always associated with sweating a little more regardless of the country you happen to be in. That extra sweat is actually one of the primary concerns of summer. Remember that, as you go about your day, your skin is constantly defending itself from particulate matter, micro-pollution, and countless other little things out to damage it. These materials, as well as dead skin cells, end up accumulating on your skin fairly regularly. They get caught in the natural oils your skin secretes to keep itself healthy. While this is part of your skin doing its job, it would be wrong to ignore the fact that also leads to problems. The extra sweat of summer makes this more of a problem as it can motivate clumps of oil and debris to flow down the skin and end up dragging them into pores. You could end up facing more breakouts this way. That’s why you need to get in a quick shower or bath any time you’ve physically exerted yourself a lot in summer. Wash away the sweat instead of letting it set to stay ahead of the problem.

Woman applying sunscreen

Wear Sunscreen
Most people have a vague idea that they should “maybe” wear sunscreen more in summer. It being so vague tends to lead people to make incorrect decisions where they forego sunscreen a lot of the time in summer with the reasoning that it won’t really hurt their skin. We would like to stress that this is incorrect. Not only do you need to wear sunscreen all the time, but sun exposure is actually a little worse in summer. We all need to be that much more attentive when it comes to ensuring that we apply sunscreen during the hotter parts of the year. This will help to minimize cumulative sun damage over time and ensure that our skin looks its best for longer. Remember that you’ll want to find and stick with a sunscreen that offers you broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to ensure that your skin is being properly defended. Some clothing treated to resist the sun won’t hurt either.

Don’t Tan
Avoiding hurting your skin in the summer goes a long way towards keeping it healthy. Tanning is, natural or in a tanning bed, in no way healthy. A lot of people try to convince themselves that a little light tanning in summer can’t really hurt their skin. This isn’t correct. A tan is a sign that your skin has been hurt to a degree because that is how your body reacts to a specific amount of routine sun damage. Tanning is not good for your skin. Yes, plenty of us grew up with the idea that it was a good, natural, and healthy, but later research showed the damage it was doing to our skin over the long term. If you want a sun-kissed look for the summer, we strongly advise that you look into a good sunless tanning option. These are a lot better now than they were in the past and can provide a simple yet effective way to get the desired look.

Taking care of your skin’s needs during summer is all part of a pattern of seasonal skincare. Learning to make adjustments to your routines that place slightly more emphasis on some components at specific times of the year goes a long way to helping keep your skin healthy. Making the effort may not seem like it has many immediate benefits, but you will see the benefits eventually.

Treating Sunburns on the Face and Body

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Sunburn is an incredibly common skin problem. Most of us have spent just a little too much time outside and encountered it before. Typically this is because our sunscreen wore off without us remembering to touch it up every two hours or so. This creates the unfortunate and painful situation that is sunburn. It is a relatively easily treated condition even if it is painful. Learning to treat it properly will go a long way towards helping one’s skin heal quickly and minimize the potential problems one experiences. We do need to stress that there is more to treating sunburn than aloe vera. With that in mind, we’ve got a quick guide on the best things you can do to help treat sunburn on your face and body. We’re going to favor simple, easy tricks that anyone can use to help their skin heal. These should be doable almost everywhere and help you be better equipped to handle the sun every summer going forward.

Protect Your Skin
This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people fail to remember this when trying to care for sunburn. The key to letting your skin heal is to stop damaging it again in the same way. Apply sunscreen or other SPF-including products to the affected areas to provide a shield against further sun damage. This will let your skin actually get the chance to repair itself. We strongly encourage you to look for a product that uses zinc oxide, a physical blocker, to use when sunburned. Physical blockers will reflect UV rays and provide the overall best protection. Outside of that, you’ll want to favor the generalized sunscreen rules of ensuring you’re using a product with an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad spectrum protection. We also advise keeping around the right clothes to shield sunburned areas. Look for clothes treated to provide sun protection for an even more thorough defense. Making these efforts will make all your other efforts that much more effective.

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Stay Cool
The burning sensation we associate with sunburn is unpleasant, but you can do something about it. A common and easy-to-use remedy involves taking cool baths and showers to keep the skin soothed. You’re actually helping yourself in two ways: the cool water helps to soothe the skin and it helps hydrate it. Sunburned skin is exceedingly dry by comparison to the rest of your skin and this is part of what leads to its inflamed state. Controlling that inflammation goes a long way towards making the sunburn tolerable again. So soaking in a tub of cool water isn’t that bad of any idea if you can stand it. We do recommend doing more than just soaking though. Your body is going to need extra hydration to help keep up with the problem too. Make sure that you’re mainly drinking water when you’re thirsty to help give it the edge it needs to fix the damage. Significant sun damage like sunburn takes a long time to fully heal even after it seems to have gone away. Doing yourself all the favors you can make the lingering damage far lesser.

Moisturize
Sunburnt skin, as highlighted above, is dry and needs a lot of moisture. Soaking alone won’t do the job and isn’t necessarily viable for the face. Moisturizing regularly after a quick, cold rinse can go a long way towards helping the problem too. A good moisturizer will help seal moisture in your skin even when it has been damaged. This will help soothe your skin over time. Additionally, all that moisture helps to improve your skin’s overall health and prevent it from being as susceptible to sun damage. Many people will likely want to swap to a slightly thicker moisturizer to treat sunburnt areas given you’ll want all the defense that you can get. Aloe vera can be particularly helpful here thanks to it being an excellent moisturizer on its own. The soothing effect it has when applied topically is a bonus that makes it even better. We also recommend taking painkillers to further help calm your skin alongside this step. It should help make sunburn a bit more bearable while the worst of it passes.

Nothing prevents sunburn from being a frustrating experience. Many of us feel a bit hampered after an incident of sunburn as we know we need to stay out of the sun for a while. The best thing any of us can do is use these times to remind ourselves to take better care of our skin. It will hopefully help us minimize any issues with sunburn in the future and be better prepared to help any friends or family that run afoul of the sun as well.

The Secrets To A Radiant Looking Complexion

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Looking our best takes effort. There’s no denying that many of us get frustrated with the constant demands that good skincare places on us. The simple fact is that the world is constantly causing wear and tear on our skin. That’s why it needs us to give our skin all the help it can get to help it keep itself repaired. This help takes many forms. Many of us favor finding and using the best products we can while others integrate positive lifestyle changes that support better skin. Good skincare blends lifestyle, product, and habit choices that all build towards the same goal though. This gives your skin the best chance it can to build and maintain its natural radiance with minimal problems impairing it. Not everyone knows how to go about this though. We’ve got a quick look into some of the major ways you can help support your skin’s health for anyone unsure of where to begin.

Lifestyle
These changes can be some of the most difficult to make as they involve changing major parts of our life and sticking with those changes. The one you’re probably already anticipating is needing to eat a healthy diet. This is an incredibly good way to help build up your skin’s natural beauty. Your skin needs various nutrients regularly if it is going to keep itself intact. This is a biological fact. Making sure you give your skin what it needs is helpful while failing to give it what it needs will just diminish its appearance. There are plenty of guides available to help you eat a healthy diet without sacrificing taste. We recommend finding one that suits you and wish to remind you that a healthy diet favorite fruits and vegetables heavily with meat playing a minor role. You’re also going to want to cultivate good exercise habits. The increase in circulation helps to properly distribute the nutrients from your diet and overall boosts your skin’s health. These two lifestyle commitments go a long way towards making sure your skin looks its best.

Product Choice
Picking out the best products is one of those things that fans of skincare are frequently criticized for as much as they are consulted about it. This duality doesn’t make putting in the effort any less trying though. We all need to be aware that our skin is changing over time and what meets its needs one day may not meet it later in our lives. Staying aware of our skin type is key to making sure we don’t make this mistake. The general rule is to remember that each decade, starting at 30, brings a gradual decline in how well our skin retains moisture and its natural repair processes. Maintaining the regular use of anti-aging products can go a long way towards countering this problem. Products with retinol in them are particularly good as they help increase cell turnover rate. Don’t neglect nourishing products like serums though. These can give your skin’s production of collagen and elastin, important structural proteins, a boost that will help keep your skin looking comparatively youthful and health. Products are best paired with good habits in addition to large-scale lifestyle changes.

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Habits
Most of us get less sleep than we should and it ends up showing in our skin. Sleep is when our body gets to put the most effort into repairing damage. Without enough sleep, our skin dulls and natural color tends to suffer. Good sleep hygiene like going to bed at the same time every day can go a long way towards helping with this problem. Additionally, we all need to make sure that we are always protecting our skin. This means remembering to wear sunscreen. So many of us are bad at this and yet it is the key to helping ensure that we age gracefully. Remember that any sunscreen used to protect the skin should be at least SPF 30 and provide broad spectrum protection to guard against both UVA and UVB rays. You’ll be able to minimize potential damage from sun exposure in this way and thereby minimize some of the signs of aging over time.

Learning to shift all you can in your life towards making your skin healthy and beautiful can take time. Broad lifestyle changes are particularly hard to do given they involve working against what our impulses tell us to do. Making the effort to change things, cultivate good habits, and finding the right products will help to provide a naturally healthy glow and color to your skin. That sort of natural radiance can only help to ensure that you look your best.

Wear Purple For Lupus (Friday May 19)

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There are countless causes out there in the world. We see ribbons, colors, and symbols so often that most of us have lost track of what they all mean. It doesn’t hurt that sometimes the colors people use overlap with other causes and you can end up confused about what someone is supporting. Purple is one of those colors, but on May 19 of this year, it is going to stand for something very specific: lupus. While the disease is frequently known for it not being the solution on a TV show, lupus is a real disease that affects countless lives. “Put On Purple Day” is an annual event that is part of Lupus Awareness Month that is meant to help increase visibility for the people suffering from the disease and their families. In the spirit of this, it seems only fitting that we take a brief look at the disease to understand why it is so many people intend to support research and a greater knowledge of the disease beyond a scattering of wry quips.

Defining Lupus
Lupus is one of those diseases that makes it uncomfortably clear that our bodies are imperfect. The disease is best defined as an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system turns against the body itself and begins to target health tissues throughout the body. This leads to a veritable host of symptoms that range from frustrating to life threatening depending on the severity. Much of the time these symptoms focus on the body at large, but some of them are neurological and can trigger various manifestations of mental illness and motor dysfunction that can lead to pronounced issues with functioning. These are frequently the manifestations of lupus that tend to cause a higher mortality rate among sufferers even if the inflammation and rashes of other manifestations degrade the quality of life. As a chronic illness, lupus is a lifelong condition that can set in as early as 15 and, in rare cases, a little earlier. People consistently seek a cure for lupus to help alleviate this lifetime of suffering and help people to be able to truly embrace life.

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Lupus Awareness Month
As with many other awareness months, this month is entirely about increasing public awareness. It was created in response to the simple fact that it easier to get people behind curing and treating something when they know what it is. Too many people are entirely ignorant of what lupus is when compared to other prominent diseases. This is especially true when one compares it to cancer. Activists and organizations began organizing Lupus Awareness Month during May to help counteract this problem and motivate the collection of donations to go towards research. The month is used by organizations at a more obvious level where you’ll see donation drives and lots of purple from volunteers donating their time. On a more personal level, people trying to help are frequently encouraged to open up to others and explain the impact lupus can have one people’s lives in a more personal setting. This tends to work best for people with lupus or people who have a loved one with lupus. The end goal is to make lupus as recognizable as any other disease with its impact and move towards a cure.

Put On Purple Day
While Lupus Awareness Month tends to be a high activity time for organizations dedicated to fighting lupus, it is seldom noted by people outside those organizations. Many of the people in them wear purple all month long without anyone else knowing what is going on. Put On Purple Day is the solution to this problem as it is the day where the goal is to invite as many people to wear purple and raise public awareness as possible. Many organizations put lots of effort into Put On Purple Day so that people know where and how to participate. This has evolved in recent years to include both social media options as well as in-person options. The simple goal is to spread the word as widely as possible for why someone is wearing purple and to make sure that URLs to donation pages or organization names are heard to help build funding for that year. While Lupus’ may remain mysterious, Put On Purple Day is anything but and you can participate this year on May the 19th.

Wearing purple for lupus is a simple way to show your support for people struggling with the impact of the disease on their lives. The simple gesture can help communicate the importance of lupus research to a wider audience. It does need to be stressed that a donation is also a good way to help if you can manage it, as that will give a more concrete form of support to organizations supporting lupus research. Whether you choose to wear purple or donate, you’ll still be helping to support the pursuit of a cure for an unwelcome guest in many lives.

Safe Tanning Options

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There are few things that look as appealing as a healthy tan. It looks good, feels good, and complements one’s looks at almost every time of year. Unfortunately, the process of getting the tan tends to be a problem. Naturally tanning yourself in the sun involves exposing your skin to large amount of UV rays and just adding on to the amount of sun damage you’ll have to answer for later in life. Many people try to get around the problem by opting for a tanning bed, but this is even worse as it exposes your skin to many times more UV rays than just tanning outside. Everyone wants to look tanned, but the most immediately obvious options are bad for us. There are plenty of ways to get a tan that doesn’t involve exposing your skin to UV rays while still giving us the much-coveted look. We’ve got a quick overview of some of the easiest ones.

Spray tan

Spray Tan
Yes, we’ve all heard horror stories about various sunless tanning options. Spray tans are no different in this regard, but we need to stress that the bad days of these options are long past. Most options are perfectly acceptable and natural looking these days as long as you’re ensuring you’re getting a quality treatment. Spray tans, in particular, tend to be relatively safe given a poor one results in a bad reputation for the business providing the service. A spray tan is a relatively simple and quick way to get the tanned look with minimal fuss. Many beauty-oriented businesses will offer them. It involves the simple application, typically airbrushing, of the compound that will give you look you want. The downside is that spray tans tend to have a comparatively short life cycle and tend to need to be touched up every week to week and a half compared to other options. Sprays tans are generally good if you’re looking for a tan for a specific event.

Sunless Tanning Lotions
This option, in particular, has been subject to a lot of horror stories. There is really no reason left for it either. Sunless tanning lotions are actually one of the best options now but they take time to actually do their job. They rely on repeated applications to create the desired effect. You slowly build up to your favored level of tan through repeated application and use the lotion to maintain that level of tan as opposed to actual tanning. They are useful, stable, and natural-looking. The slower build does mean that lotions are less than ideal when it comes to quick prep for an event, but they are a good way to maintain a seasonal tan that is otherwise indistinguishable from actually getting the sun. This makes them particularly good for a light yet healthy tanned look in seasons like winter where one wishes to maintain healthy look despite the lower light levels. They can be used in any season to great effect though.

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Bronzers
Some of us have experimented with this kind of makeup, but not all of us. Bronzers, true to their name, try to emulate that healthy tanned look for many people. A light application creates the effect of a basic tan for many people while adding that extra layer natural vibrancy that so many of us want. There are plenty of forms that bronzers take as well. Powders tend to be the most popular with sticks and spray being fairly close behind. The former tends to focus exclusively on the face while the latter can often be used anywhere. Gels are another option when you’re looking to get a good look, but they aren’t necessarily ideal as they are easy to mess up. Mistakes with gel bronzers do still lead to unnatural skin tones that are both highly obvious and embarrassing. Bronzers of all sorts are good for very limited events or simply looking your best for an evening thanks to the ease with which they can be removed.

Getting a tanned look doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your skin’s long term health. Natural tanning and tanning bed use both expose your skin to unwelcome levels of UV rays. Internalizing this knowledge and finding safe tanning options is ultimately what will help protect your skin. Making the effort will help ensure that you look your best for years to come and don’t hurt your own chances at aging gracefully.

Practical Solutions For Itchy Allergy Skin

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There are countless skin conditions that we can end up dealing with over the course of our lives. None of these are ever fun and tend to, at the very least, prove annoying while they last. Some of them are a bit more so than the rest. Itchy skin from an allergic reaction can be particularly frustrating simply because of its nature meaning it can become resistant if one isn’t careful. Topical allergic reactions can also be confusing simply because they don’t always have a clear point of origin. Most of the time we’ll know if we touch poison ivy, but there are more obscure things that can potentially cause the problem ranging from jewelry to common products. Despite these frustrations, there are practical ways to approach the problem to help try to isolate what is causing it and helping you manage the symptoms. We’ve got a few tips on things for you to consider the next time you find yourself experiencing itchiness for no apparent reason.

Do A Mental Inventory
The quickest route to a solution is to take an immediate pause, check the affected area, and go over what it has been exposed to recently. Start with recent additions or changes to the area. This includes new apparel, accessories, and products. Any of these could potentially be the culprit behind the itchiness. Don’t rule anything out. Stop wearing or using this new thing to see how your skin reacts. It may take a few days for the reaction to die away, but if it goes away you then know that the problem was what you removed and can file it away as something to avoid for the future. A persistent condition tends to be a sign that the problem isn’t connected to one of those items, but could be related to something new in your regular environments. This is particularly important if you’re having any home improvements done or has been going somewhere new. Figuring out what, if anything, has changed can help you stop the problem from getting worse.

Keeping Things Soothed
Itchy skin is a big problem given our unconscious reaction is to scratch it. That doesn’t help anything and can, in some cases, just serve to spread the problem. This will make it last longer and the continual scratching could physically damage your skin. Controlling an itch is easier than you might think. Products helps, but you can help the problem with something as simple as a damp rag. Soaking a washcloth or similar in cool water and ringing only some of the water out will create something perfect for laying over the itchy area to help minimize the itch. Anti-itch products tend to be the best option if you are in the position to get them though. Managing the itch and preventing yourself from making it worse will offer your skin the best chance to properly recover from the problem while you sort out what caused it in the first place.

Minimizing Problems
There are a couple of things you can do to help further minimize the potential for further issues while treating itchy, allergic skin. The first thing you’ll want to do is to dig out some baggy clothing. It may not be as aesthetically appealing to some people, but it helps to keep fabric away from your skin more and thereby minimizes it rubbing against the skin. This can has the same effect as scratching if you’re not careful. It is a relatively simply step too that can be taken while maintaining your aesthetic identity. We also strongly recommend remembering to give the itchy areas a little more pampering than usual. Regularly moisturizing the affected areas will help them stay calmer and help to make them more resilient. This benefits you in several ways by allowing your skin to recover easier and it helps to naturally minimize how much the itch affects you.

Itchy, allergic skin is never fun. It is often frustrating too thanks to our experience with it typically coming from an unexpected shift in what causes a topical allergic reaction. All we can do is accept that the reaction has happened and work to manage it. Learning to isolate the culprit and care for your skin while waiting for it to heal makes the process much more tolerable though. So try to remember these tips the next time your skin is unexpectedly red and itchy. They should make things far easier.

Restore Your Skin’s Natural Radiance

 

Woman patting skin

Healthy skin has a distinct natural beauty. We all recognize it. There’s this certain pang of acknowledgment and a bit of jealousy many people get when we see someone whose skin is clearly healthy. Good skin, after all, is at least partly genetics. Anyone can do this that pulls their skin away from being healthy though. Life seems to conspire to get us to take up habits that end up hurting our skin and taking away its natural radiance. We’re left wishing that our skin could look as good as the people whose skin seems naturally resilient and beautiful. The good news is that anyone can work towards restoring their skin’s natural radiance. It involves taking a few steps to take better care of one’s skin, yes, but none of them are particularly hard. All we have to do is commit to taking the necessary time to provide this care and wait for the results to show.

Get Enough Sleep
One of the worse things we do to our skin is not getting enough sleep. This is because sleep is because our body goes into “repair mode” when we sleep as it can finally direct the majority of its energy towards fixing any damage that has been done to our body. It is the primary time that our skin fixes the various things that have been done to it over the course of the day. Without this time, your skin will gradually begin to look less and less healthy while various signs of aging or ill health become more apparent. This is thanks to your body not being able to repair the damaged collagen, one of the body’s primary structural proteins, that provides structure to your skin. Failing to repair the problem results in situations where the skin beneath the eyes can end up becoming thinner and making you look more tired while wrinkles begin to form more readily. The natural firmness and springiness of your skin begin to suffer too. Getting enough sleep is vital to ensuring your skin is naturally healthy and beautiful.

Exercise And Get a Massage
Blood flow plays an important part in creating the healthy, natural glow that so many of us have wished we had in the past. There is a really short list of what we can do to actually get the look. It honestly means that we all need to be exercising more. Regular exercise helps to increase overall blood flow that in turn keeps our skin healthy and gives it that subtle, healthy flush. That little bit of redness that helps us to look our best tends to fade some when our blood flow isn’t as good as it could be and is part of why we tend to look so pale when we get sick. All you really need to do is remember to take a brisk walk for half an hour to an hour a few times each week and that should be enough exercise. You can also do your circulation a favor by getting a massage. We especially recommend a facial massage for a bit of concentrated aid.

Get A Facial
The natural glow of your skin also becomes diminished over time thanks to skincare routines not always keeping up with the skin’s needs. Our skin’s needs change over time and we all hit a point where we only realize we haven’t been doing all we could just a little too late to help. Fortunately, a facial can be a really good option for a quick “reset” to your skin’s health and cleanliness. The combination of cleansing, exfoliating, and nourishing goes a long way towards restoring a natural luster. It is particularly good if you already have a known skincare issues that you’re trying to control that has gotten out of hand. Regular facials are a good option if you can budget the time for them. Regardless of whether you can or not, a good facial should do its part to help restore a healthy glow. This is especially true when combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper skin protection.

Keeping and maintaining a natural radiance goes a long way towards ensuring we look like our best selves. Makeup is always there to help, but we should never forget makeup’s purpose is to help enhance. Looking our best naturally before we apply makeup will only make the effect more striking. It may take some effort to maintain a natural radiance, but it is worth it for the sense of confidence and beauty that it provides.

Gently Remove Stubborn Makeup

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Makeup is one of those things that often feels hard to live without. This is largely because we know our own faces so well and there’s always something that bothers us about them. Maybe it is that one wrinkle that never goes away or perhaps persistent dark circles no matter what we do to counter them. The potential problems are as numerous as the people with them. That’s why so many of us like makeup. It helps us to see ourselves and feel confident in facing the world. Yes, sometimes it has something to do with looking our best to impress, but too many people mistake that for the only reason. There are some downsides to makeup though. Leaving it on can cause skin issues. Some mixtures of makeup react poorly with people’s skin due to various factors. Other times the makeup just doesn’t seem to want to let go of our skin. This stubborn makeup can be a problem, but we’ve got a few tips to help you gently remove it with as few problems as possible.

General Purpose
This is one of the time times we’re going to universally recommend the use of oils, but they are frequently one of the best ways to get makeup to rinse away. A lot of foundations and concealers have oil bases that help them be creamy and avoid drying out the skin quickly. As many problems as this can sometimes cause for some of us, it helps avoid a broader number of problems for the rest of us. Oil-based products tend to be water resistant while a good oil can help rinse them away just as readily as water will get rid of other things. Raw oils aren’t necessarily the best option due to their unprocessed nature, meaning there will be plenty of “extras” riding along with the oil that you might not necessarily want on your skin. With that in mind, we recommend looking for oil-based cleansers instead. These will give you the extra help you need to get off stubborn makeup while remaining gentle.

Seeing Clearly
Removing makeup from particularly sensitive areas of skin tends to be problematic. After all, trying too hard to remove it tends to create just as many problems as it solves. The end result is typically a situation where your skin ends up red and inflamed as you proclaim victory over the stubborn makeup. You can do better. Petroleum jelly products tend to be a good way to get around the problem if you’re careful with them. They can be used around the eyes and allowed to sit briefly to help break up the makeup below them. As a gel, it will also help avoid drying out your skin while it does this. You can use this trick for areas beyond your eyes too. Some people use it to help restore the natural color to their lips as well. We do recommend thoroughly cleaning any area you use this trick on with lukewarm to warm water and a gentle rag. This will clear out any remaining jelly as well as hopefully carry away the last bits of makeup.

Specialty Options
Both of the previous suggestions are fairly broad approaches to help fix stubborn makeup. Most of us can use them readily no matter where we go. They might not have the same success rate as actual specialized products. If the furthest you’ve gone is makeup wipes, there are actual layers beyond that. These specialized products tend to be formulated to be both strong and gentle to help clean their targeted areas. A good way to start is to have independent products to help clean each area of makeup. Yes, your own cotton pads paired with a specialized remover are generally going to be far better than a quick makeup wipes run at the end of the day. You can soak the pads more thoroughly and feel confident that they can actually get the job done without hurting your skin. Most specialized remover products are meant to stay within the tolerance limits of the skin they’re targeted to help and will, as a result minimize any problems. Don’t keep scrubbing if it is proving too resistant though. You can always try the other options we’ve suggested.

Generalist makeup wipes are seldom the best at what they do. They’ll get the job done a lot of the time, but the residue they leave at other times can cause problems. It calls for a more individualized approach to makeup removal. Specialized products or proper use of oils can go a long way to fixing this problem. We strongly encourage everyone to remember this to help ensure they don’t habitually leave makeup residue on their face. That’s only going to cause problems further down the proverbial road. Make the effort to clean your skin properly and it will take care of you for years to come.