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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?

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                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                      Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                      But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                      Sight – Visual Stimulation

                      The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                      1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                      Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                      Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                      2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                      Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                      Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                      Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                      3. Take note of your environment.

                      Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                      By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                      Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                      What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                      4. Engage in conversation.

                      Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                      Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                      Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

                      Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

                      5. Listen to upbeat music.

                      Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                      Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                      Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                      If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                      6. Work your nose.

                      Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                      If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                      Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                      Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                      If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                      7. Have a good breakfast.

                      Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                      Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                      Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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                      8. Drink lots of water.

                      Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                      So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                      9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                      Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                      Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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                      Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                      Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                      10. Splash cold water on your face.

                      Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                      This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                      5 Surprising Benefits of Cold Showers

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                      11. Use acupressure.

                      Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                      Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                      12. Get moving.

                      Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                      And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                      You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                      Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                      Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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