Sunscreen

At times, sitting out under the warmth of sun, relaxing or maybe even reading a book, can feel wonderful. Enlightening even. But, the sun’s rays can cause irreparable damage to our skin. And this damage could be as simple as a minor sun burn or, in cases of prolonged exposure, as serious as skin cancer. That’s why it’s so important to use sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV lights. Broad-Spectrum sunscreens, which are made by many different brands, should protect your skin from both UVA rays (UVA rays can prematurely age your skin—cause wrinkling and even age spots) and UVB rays (these are responsible for your common sunburn). Long term exposure to both UVA and UVB can cause skin cancer. Sunscreen Billings MT When you go to buy sunscreen check that the SPF rating (for those of you who don’t know, SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor”, and that number is based on a predetermined scale of how well the sunscreen will protect the skin from burning) is at least an SPF of 15. The SPF rating itself is calculated by the manufacturer and determines how much time it would take skin that’s been treated with sunscreen to burn. Now, this doesn’t mean that a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 is twice as bad as a sunscreen at SPF 30. It is best to go with a sunscreen with a higher SPF (there are studies showing that sunscreens 35 SPF and above are practically identical in performance) and if possible, you should always purchase a sunscreen that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB Rays....

Eye Strain

Because we live in the era of cell phones and other electronic devices that seemingly requests our attentions for most of the day, eye strain has become a prevalent, although easy to treat problem. Eye strain can happen for a variety of reasons that don’t always involve a cell phone or a computer screen or a television; it could also by something like a long drive without a break. And when it happens it’s persistent and bothersome, but it can be treated, most times treated easily and without medical intervention, on your own using a few techniques. Symptoms Symptoms of eye strain vary. Obviously if you have been sitting in front of a computer screen with little to no breaks for long periods and your eyes start to water or feel sore or even itchy, that’s both the symptoms and the likely cause. However, it can also come on unexpectedly and in more hidden forms such as muscle aches, back aches, headaches, your eyes may become sensitive to light, etc. Combat Eye Strain! Now, you could just take frequent breaks from whatever intense work or activity you are performing on a computer screen, or your cell phone, or your long drive, or whatever it is you’re doing. But, that’s not always practical for those of you whose work or life often brings these long situations to you. So, for instance, if you have to work at a computer for long hours, make sure to take your eyes from the screen every once in a while. Look at the wall, the ceiling, whatever, as long as you just find something...

Stretching

Stretch at your desk Sitting for long periods is bad for our health. It’s bad for our joint health, it causes stiffness and pain, and just overall soreness. Of course, there are also links to prolonged (years) sitting in a chair at a desk for eight hours a day and some adverse long-term health effects that include the development of systemic disease. So, what do we do? Well, you could always go out and buy a standing desk or a treadmill desk (both are trendy right now, and both do the job of keeping you actively working and still physically active) and those are great alternatives to sitting. But, in the short term, you can be mindful of a few techniques which should help to alleviate some of the adverse effects, including everyday soreness, of sitting in a chair at a desk. Stretches Now, if you work in a place where you can just roll out your yoga mat and get your body moving (not many people do), every hour or so stand and stretch your hands to the sky. If it’s not too disruptive, bend low at the waist to get the blood flowing throughout the system again (Yes, for you Yogi’s out there, this is like the upper-half of a sun salutation). For seated stretches, it’s important to hold each stretch for a minimum of thirty seconds. So, if you’re sitting in your chair, sit to the front edge and straighten one leg. Put your heel on the floor and stretch. Switch legs and repeat. Then, put your feet flat, and sit back on the chair until...

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