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Skin Care Improvement for Men & Women: Look Younger, Be Healthier

Skin Care Improvement for Men & Women: Look Younger, Be Healthier

Do you take care of your skin? No matter the gender, many people don’t take care of their skin or don’t take it seriously. I was one of them until recently when I was exposed to a quick check by a dermatologist. It turned out my skin was way older than my actual age! And then the devastating skin cancer statistics talk happened. It turns out that one person dies of melanoma every hour (52 minutes, to be precise). Isn’t this horrible?

When you consider that the skin is one of the most important organs (yes, organs) in our body, you start to think about it. Lazy people usually think about the problem when the situation is deep down the line. When we neglect our skin, we can easily get exposed to a variety of problems, and cancer can get really close if we don’t pay attention. It all goes even further when you consider your skin type.

What skin type do you have?

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    If you are a female, you are familiar with this question. You often hear it from every saleslady when you try to decide which skin product to buy. Guys, on the other hand, don’t hear this question so frequently. We all have different skin, but we all have one common feature: we need our skin healthy.

    Skin types are categorized into five categories: normal, dry, sensitive, oily and combination. The best way to determine your skin type is to check your ’T – zone’. ’T – zone’ includes forehead, nose, upper lip and chin. When you know the basic let us start with the test:

    1. Wash your face and dry it gently. This way you will remove dirt and oil from your face.
    2. Wait for an about an hour (your skin will return to its natural state).
    3. Examine your skin! Dry skin will look lifeless and will be flaking. Sensitive skin will have red dots or marks. Oily skin will make your face look shiny and will leave grease on the tissue. The normal skin won’t have red marks, or look old or will be flaking. Combination skin type will have elements of oily and dry/normal skin.

    Now, when you know the results, you know which skin care products to use, and how to treat your skin. Still, as we all might know, there are some differences between men and women skin care products. Before I get specific on that, we need a reminder of some basic things, which apply to both men and women:

    Keep your skin clean

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      The basic rule to have healthy skin is to have clean skin. Shower on a daily basis but not with hot water because it drys your skin out. The best way is to combine hot and cold water. Although it seems hard, it is a great way to rouse in the morning and to stimulate circulation.

      Once a week, you can use a chemical peel. It is an excellent method of removing dead dry skin cells on the surface and leaving smoother and softer skin underneath. Apply body lotion after showering. This way you will hydrate and protect your skin. For the facial area use a cleanser that suits your skin type. Cleansers are made for every skin type. Use the cleanser in the morning and in the evening after you have removed your makeup.

      Look here for the best cleansers on the market: Men / Women.

      Hydrate your body

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        Among other unhealthy symptoms, the lack of water leads to dry and wrinkled skin. The way to prevent this is to drink eight glasses of water a day. Also, drinking too much coffee and sodas will affect your skin. Try to avoid unhealthy beverages and instead try drinking fresh juices and green tea.

        Chlorophyll has amazing effects on skin and can be found in green leafy vegetables. If you drink beverages that contain chlorophyll every morning you will oxygenate, brighten and hydrate your skin. Here’s more on chlorophyll.

        Healthy nutrition

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          Your skin reflects what you eat. If you eat a lot of sweets, you are more likely to have acnes or oily skin. When you crave for chocolate, eat an apple or some other fruit. This way you will provide water and necessary vitamins for your skin. Try to avoid fast food because our skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture. Eat fish and salads instead. Balance your diet and your skin will be healthier.

          Oral health

          Here’s something I didn’t know. There is a high correlation between your oral health and skin aging, and a notable connection between oral hygiene and keratinocyte production in your skin.

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            To have perfect oral health, you need to wash your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day (after lunch). Washing your teeth should be done properly, with attention to gums and side pockets between the teeth. A good electric toothbrush will be a great help there. People either floss regularly or don’t floss at all. You’re probably in one of those groups, and if you’d like to keep your skin and overall health high, make sure you’re in the second group.

            Soak up the Sun, but be careful.

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              We need sunlight exposure for a healthy skin, but we also need to take care of how much we’re exposing ourselves to the dangerous UV rays. A healthy dose of vitamin D is essential to the overall well-being and skin health, but the proper protection is necessary because the burns can happen easily if you’re on a vacation. Over-exposing will get you in trouble quickly – be sure to apply some uv-protection creme depending on how much you’ll expose yourself to the sun.

              Now, let’s get to gender-related stuff. As always, ladies first:

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              Women Skin Care

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                Having a glowing face and flawless skin is every women’s dream. Sometimes it seems impossible to reach this goal. I know it’s hard to look fresh when you have slept only a few hours, or when you have to cope with a job, take care of children, meet with friends, do all house chores. The urge to look great often pushes girls not to care about skin that much, but to pursue the perfect look. This is wrong, and women usually start taking care of their skin after their twenties. Here’s what you should focus on:

                Choose the right products

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                  It is essential to use the products that suit your skin type. For example, if you have dry skin and you use products for oily skin you will make your skin even drier, and it will peel because it is dehydrated. And that’s the last thing you want, isn’t is? The right cleanser, moisturizer cream, and proper foundation are all you need for healthy skin, especially if you wear makeup every day.

                  Women use foundation to make their face look fresh and to cover small imperfections. When you choose the foundation, make sure that it matches your skin tone otherwise you will look like you are wearing a mask. And if you have sensitive skin make sure to read the packaging: it must be ’safe for sensitive skin’ or ’hypoallergenic.’

                  Next, there’s the unnecessary hair removal, which may cause horrible rashes, especially in the private areas. This is one of the aspects of hair care that girls get interested in early on, and it often leads to improper treatment. A fine epilator is necessary, and you need to pair it with a good lotion after the treatment.

                  Two things can affect your treatment and make it comfortable, and those are preparation and the lotion. You need to prepare your skin with a warm bath, to soften the skin enough for the epilation. After the end of the treatment, apply baby skin lotion to your skin.

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                  Men Skin Care

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                    For most men, skin care is a new concept. Although most men know that they should do something for their skin, they are uncomfortable to ask for some precise instructions. Depending on the grooming, and the facial hair style you prefer (I’m going full beard), you get to use different types of products. It’s important to develop a routine and stick to it.

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                      There is no much difference in women and men skin. Men skin is slightly thicker and oily. Men can use the same skin products as women because the main difference is the smell. If you don’t bother, go for it.

                      Here’s how to take care of your skin:

                      1. Use a cleanser for the facial area, not soap – it dries out your skin.
                      2. Use body scrub – Pores on your body (especially on the face) fill with all kind of dirt from the air. Once a week (or month if you are lazy), cleanse your body thoroughly. If you use it on the face, it will soften it and prepare it for shaving.
                      3. Moisturizer – This is especially important for men who regularly shave. Shaving irritates your skin, and that is why you need to take special care of your facial area. A quality aftershave will reduce skin irritation and make your skin softer.
                      4. Eye cream – To prevent first signs of aging use eye creams with coenzyme Q10 which will remove fine lines. Also, products with cucumber and caffeine reduce swelling and redness.

                      Having a healthy skin is not difficult.

                      You only need to play it smart and choose the best products for yourself. How do you keep your skin healthy?

                      Featured photo credit: freestocks.org via images.unsplash.com

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                      Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                      Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

                      Feeling tired all the time?

                      Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

                      I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

                      Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

                      If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

                      In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

                      What Happens When You’re Too Tired

                      If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

                      Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

                      • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
                      • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
                      • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
                      • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
                      • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
                      • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
                      • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

                      Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

                      Unfortunately, yes!

                      Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

                      Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

                      Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

                      Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

                      Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

                      Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

                      1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
                      2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
                      3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

                      The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

                      It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

                      Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

                      Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

                      If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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                      Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

                      Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

                      But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

                      Symptoms of fatigue include:

                      • Difficulty concentrating
                      • Low stamina
                      • Difficulty sleeping
                      • Anxiety
                      • Low motivation

                      These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

                      Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

                      How Much Sleep Is Enough?

                      The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

                      Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

                      So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

                      The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

                      Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

                      Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

                      If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

                      And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

                      It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

                      4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

                      Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

                      1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
                      2. Exercising regularly
                      3. Using stressbusters
                      4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

                      So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

                      After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

                      In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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                      I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

                      Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

                      • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
                      • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
                      • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
                      • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

                      The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

                      And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

                      But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

                      L — Living Healthy

                      Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

                      So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

                      In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

                      As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

                      Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

                      1. Unplug

                      Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

                      So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

                      2. Unwind

                      Do something to relax.

                      Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

                      3. Get Comfortable

                      Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

                      Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

                      Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

                      Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

                      If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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                      Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

                      This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

                      E — Exercise

                      Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

                      That’s what happened in my case.

                      But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

                      As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

                      My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

                      That made sense to me.

                      So, I decided to swim.

                      I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

                      Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

                      Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

                      So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

                      If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

                      A — Attitude

                      Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

                      When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

                      Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

                      Breathing.

                      But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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                      Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

                      1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
                      2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
                      3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
                      4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
                      5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
                      6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

                      This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

                      When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

                      Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

                      N — Nutrition

                      Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

                      If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

                      Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

                      For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

                      Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

                      Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

                      1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
                      2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
                      3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
                      4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
                      5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
                      6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
                      7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
                      8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
                      9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

                      Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

                      That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

                      Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

                      The Bottom Line

                      If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

                      If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

                      If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

                      • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
                      • Regular Exercise You Love
                      • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
                      • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

                      Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

                      More Tips to Help You Rest Better

                      Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
                      [2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
                      [3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
                      [4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
                      [5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
                      [6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
                      [7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
                      [8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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