Three Foods Surprisingly Bad For Your Skin

Did you know that not all organic or natural foods are automatically good for your skin? Here are five examples:

1. Milk – Consuming high amounts of milk, regardless of its fat content, can lead to an increased occurence of acne breakouts. Milk contains the hormone IGF-1, which is good for growing babies but in adults can lead to acne breakouts and increased skin inflammation. Dairy consumption also spikes insulin levels in the body, further linking it to inflammation and acne. Milk can also ramp up oil production in the skin that leads to clogged pores.

2. Shellfish – Shrimps, crabs and lobsters can be very delicious but are very high in iodine, leading to acne breakouts...

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Sun-Safe Clothing Options

Sunscreen by itself is NOT ENOUGH to protect you from the harsh effects of the sun. You need to have proper clothing when you plan to spend an extended amount of time out. Besides having the risk of getting skin cancer, those parts of your body you expose to the sun regularly can be susceptible to premature aging, resulting in wrinkles and blemishes.

Here are some Sun-Safe clothing options that you need to be wearing when you go out in the sun:

1. Wide-Brimmed Hats – Choose hats that are at least 3 inches in diameter. Make sure that your face, neck and ears are shaded.

2. Sunglasses – UV-filtering sunglasses help protect your eye area where the skin is thinner and more delicate, thus more susceptible to sun damage.

3. Lightweight Fabrics – Tightly-woven linen shirts are recommended when o...

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What’s Wrong with Your Shower Routine

1. Avoid Using Very Hot Water – Showering with very hot water actually strips the skin of its natural oils that help retain moisture and softeness. Lukewarm water is the best for comfort and also prevents drying of the skin.

2. Wash Your Hair First – Loosen the dirt and oil, then apply minimal amounts of shampoo (the recommended amount is a quarter-sized dollop). Be sure to get to the roots and hairline. Don’t forget the back of your neck as it’s actually where most of your hair’s oil ends up collecting.

3. Do Not Share Loofahs – While sharing soap is generaly fine, sharing loofahs or scrubbing tools is not. They can harbor bacteria, molds, and other potentially harmful things. Also, when using a loofah, allow it to completely dry every day, and that they should be replaced regularly.


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Five Facts About Laser Hair Removal

1. You will save time and money – The treatments for laser hair removal are actually quickly done. Underarms and bikini lines can be done very quickly – about 20 minutes or so. However, legs and the back can take a little longer. However, now that you have permanent reduction of unwanted hair growth, you will no longer need to purchase razors, shaving creams, depilatory creams or make monthly waxing treatments.

2. You cannot get laser hair removal when sunburned or tanned – It’s recommended that you stay out of the sun for up to four weeks before your laser hair removal treatment. This also includes avoiding tanning lotions, tanning beds and getting a spray-on tan.


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The Lowdown on Spider Veins

Varicose veins and spider veins are not the same, and are quite different from each other.

Varicose veins are swollen blood vessels that become enlarged and raised, becoming visible through your skin. Varicose veins are found predominantly on the legs.

Spider veins on the other hand are smaller, sometimes red or purple and most often appear not just on the legs but also on the face, forming a spiderweb pattern.

Spider veins are caused by increased vein pressure. The underlying causes are yet unknown as to why some people get them and others don’t. However, doctors believe that the tendency to get spider veins can be hereditary, and you are more likely to get them as you get older...

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