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Suns Aging Effects-Everyone Wants To Look Their Best

Everyone wants to look their best all the time but if you tend to spend too much time outside in the summertime without protection the suns aging effects will eventually be quite noticeable.

I think we have all see pictures of the “Sun Tan Lady”, you know, the lady who was chastised in the news for tanning too much and taking her child in the tanning bed with her?

Well, personally, I think she looks terrible and I think a lot of other people do, too. She looks like she is made of leather. She should be made the poster woman for the suns aging effects and what not to do.

We all know that the sun puts out two types of harmful rays, UVA and UVB. The UVA rays are the ones that will eventually age your skin well beyond it’s years by increasing your chance for those deep creases, wrinkles, and brown spots (also called “age spots”).

UVB rays are the ones that cause more immediate damage like sunburn. Repeated overexposure to the suns harmful rays can eventually lead to some form of skin cancer.

So, what to do? Avoidance is the best policy when it comes to sun exposure but we all know that is virtually impossible. We need the sun, in moderation, so our bodies can produce the Vitamin D that so many of us are deficient in.

If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, in the winter time then you know what I am talking about. The sunlight also affects the serotonin levels in our brain and that’s why we get to feeling better and our moods lift when it is sunny out.

You best bet is to just limit your time in the sun and find some shade or use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor, at least 30 spf.

Read the label of your favorite sunscreen and see how often you should reapply it and follow the directions closely. Most people think they can put in on once when they first go out and then wonder why they got sunburned anyway.

They did not follow the directions, that’s why.

If you happen to be like me and tan easily under the sun, you still should wear sunscreen. Getting a tan is the body’s natural defense to skin damage but they say that a tan is still damage.

You possibly could get away with using a lower sun protection factor sunscreen but you should still reapply it as directed. And just because you tan easily doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburned if you spend too much time in the sun because you can.

A good skin care regimen is also essential to keeping your skin healthy as you age. Keeping your skin clean and using lotions or creams to give your skin some extra hydration are best. You do not need anything fancy or expensive to do this.

The suns aging effects do not have to be a big concern if you take care of your skin and use adequate protection when you venture out into the sunlight.

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Tips On Organic Skin Care Product And Going Green

Going green seems to be on everyones mind these days. We are constantly bombarded with ads for one type of product after another touting how environmentally friendly they are. Skin care is no different. Many manufacturers are jumping on the ‘green’ bandwagon and that can make it very hard for the average consumer to know which organic skin care product is truly organic and which is not.

There is very little regulation when it comes to labeling of cosmetics. Food, alcohol, even household cleaners have more labeling regulations than the products you put on your skin like lotions, in your hair such as shampoos, conditioners and even in your mouth, like toothpaste and mouthwashe.

So what do you do as a consumer who wants to drastically cut back on the potentially cancer causing chemicals in the cosmetic and personal care products you buy?

This article will give you some helpful tips on what to look out for when purchasing your health and beauty products. I can’t possibly cover everything in this short article but I will give you enough information to get started.

The first thing you need to be on the lookout for is any product that has an ingredient that says ‘derived from’. This means that the original, natural ingredient has been chemically modified, possibly to the point of now being toxic. Many companies find it cheaper to substitute natural products with man made alternatives, but they still want to create the illusion that their product is all natural, or organic.

Another thing to be on the lookout for, and one of the favorite tricks of cosmetic manufacturers,is the term ‘infusion’. This implies that a wonderful, healthy infusion of a certain organic ingredient has occurred. The reality is that the ingredient has been so diluted as to be virtually non-existent in the product.

It would be like me taking a glass of ice water, squirting some lemon juice in it and packaging it in a wrapper that says ‘infused with lemon’. While it might be technically true there is lemon in the product, it’s in such a small amount it’s inconsequential.

Since the cosmetic industry has a rather loose definition of ‘organic’ it is difficult, but not impossible to find products that truly are organic.

When most people think of organic products they think of things from nature, without being processed and combined with man made chemicals. There are some manufacturers out there that adhere to this code.

If you really want to make sure the product you are buying is totally organic you can look for labels from a third party.  There are many reputable certified  organizations, which have followed the manufacturing process of the product, from the way the plant was grown, all the way through to the way it is being packaged stored and shipped.

While many of the greedy cosmetic manufactures, who are trying to cash in on the ‘organic craze’, make it hard for a consumer to know which products truly are organic and which are not, it’s important to remember that there are many fine organic skin care product available. It might take a little looking, but it is well worth the hunt.

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Dry Facial Skin – What Can You Do

If you’re like me and you suffer from dry facial skin, don’t give up, there is hope. Here are some easy tips that you can start using today to help lessen the symptoms of dry skin or alleviate dry skin altogether.

Everyday factors such as your diet, the environment you live in and the products you currently use on your skin will all have an impact on the overall health and condition of not just your skin but your whole body as well.

Follow these 3 simple tips starting today and your skin will show remarkable improvement in no time.

1. Your body isn’t just made up of one component, such as your skin, it’s a complex ‘machine’ that needs proper care for it to run properly. Just like you wouldn’t knowingly put bad gas in your car, you shouldn’t load your body up with foods that aren’t good for it.

Perfect skin starts on the inside and works it’s way out. If your diet isn’t providing you with enough nutrients and hydration than your skin will never look it’s best no matter how much money you spend on expensive creams and lotions.

Try to eat more fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Steer clear of too much fatty food, sugars, and caffeine. Make sure you get enough sleep every night. All of these things will have your body purring like a fine racing car, and that will be written all over your face!

2. The world isn’t out to get you, but your skin can still take a beating. Where you live will play a large role in your skin needs: If you live in a hot dry climate that will dry your skin, if you live in a humid climate that can create too much sweat which is actually allowing bacteria to form on your skin that can create problems, or if you live in a large city where there is a lot of pollutants such as car exhaust that too can damage your skin.

The point is that you need to not only know what the particular needs of your skin type are you also need to take into consideration environmental factors that can stress your skin. Once you have taken these factors into account you will be better able to pick out the right skin care regime for you.

3. What products are you currently using on your skin? Did you know that most store bought lotions, even the uber expensive ones, actually are too big at a molecular level to be absorbed into your skin? They will actually form a layer on top of your skin preventing moisture from getting into the layers of skin which creates the very dryness they are supposed to cure.

It then becomes a vicious cycle of applying lotion and not feeling like your skin is moist enough and applying more moisturizer. Your skin never gets the hydration it needs and you spend a fortune on lotion.

For this reason you should really spend some time and do some research on different types of lotions. Don’t just buy the most expensive or the one with the most commercials.

If you suffer from dry facial skin just try to implement one or more of the above minor lifestyle changes into your daily routine. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can see a change when you look in the mirror.

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All Natural Skin Care Products – Why You Should Use Them

Our society is becoming increasingly disillusioned with all the ‘wonder’ chemicals that we fell in love with decades ago.  With increased cancer and Autism rates, to name just a few, we are beginning to wonder if these chemicals haven’t done more harm than good.  If you want to  change your habits start by using all natural skin care products.

This is a good place to start because your skin is the biggest organ in your body.  It absorbs like a sponge so if you put dangerous, chemical filled products, such as lotions, on your skin all those chemicals get absorbed directly into your blood stream.

So, how do you know if a product truly is all natural?  This is where it can get a little tricky.  In order for something to be completely organic it needs to be made up of 100% natural  materials with no added man-made chemicals of any kind.

Oftentimes natural products are more expensive since the individual ingredients are grown and can’t be mass produced.  It’s for this reason that all major cosmetics companies prefer using man made ingredients as much as possible: not because they’re better, but because they’re cheaper.

The cosmetic company doesn’t pass that savings on to you though, they just make more money on each product.

There is mounting evidence to suggest that adding all these chemicals to your system, over a lifetime, can have very serious side effects not only to you but to your offspring as well since many of the chemical compounds can remain in your system and be passed on to your child when you are pregnant.

Most major department stores will have a fairly large selection of natural products. If you can’t find what you need just check your local community for a store that specializes in organics.  I live in a very small town and we have one here so I know you should be able to find one almost anywhere.

The bottom line is that you have only one body, you need to take care of it.  Using all natural skin care products is one way to not only keep looking younger longer, but also keep the potentially toxic chemicals you add to your body to a minimum.

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