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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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                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                      This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • They rile up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      The Bottom Line

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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