Skin Health

Did you know that UV rays can damage our skin in as little as 15 minutes? And long-term exposure can even lead to possible skin cancers? It’s true. But most skin cancers are also entirely preventable. Here’s a few tips to keep your skin healthy this summer season. The sun is at its most intense in the late morning through early evening hours. If you are going to spend time outside, seek out some shade: a tree or an umbrella. And, even when you are in the shade, wear protective clothing like a sunhat and an airy long-sleeved shirt and pants—don’t forget sunblock! Sunblock is important, and you should use one with an SPF at or over 30. Even on cloudy or cooler days it’s still possible for your skin to be damaged by the sun. And sunblock should be reapplied frequently: every two hours or so. If you are sweating a lot, or you’re swimming, then it may be best to apply it more frequently. And don’t forget to sunblock your ears and the back of your neck! Also, some medications, including antibiotics, increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun’s UV Rays. Make sure your children are equally as protected. If your child is young and has skin sensitive to adult sunblock then there are many brands made for a child’s skin—remember the rule to use sunblock with an SPF of over 30. Explain to your child the importance of protecting their skin, so that they may be more likely to wear hats and clothing that protect them. Also, wear the right kind of hat on your head....

Meditation to Handle Stress

Oftentimes when we talk about health we talk about bodily health; we talk about the foods we eat, the amount of sleep we need, and how many minutes we need of exercise every week. What isn’t always discussed is mental health, and oftentimes there’s a certain stigma attached to the discussion. However, the mental health we need to discuss is the everyday-type stuff, the weight of our busy lives—our workload, the kids, money, mortgage, etc.—that we carry around with us. There are ways to combat the stresses that these everyday things can cause. Anxiety, tension, and worry are very common human emotions that we must all deal with occasionally. The practice of meditating helps to calm your anxious mind, find solutions for problems that at one time seemed unsolvable. The best part? anyone whose willing can do it. And there are other benefits: meditation has even been proved to be effective at handling more severe health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bad sleep, headaches, even high blood pressure and heart disease. How do I do it? Well, meditation is easy. To start, you just need to find a quiet place to do it, somewhere where you can focus on the meditation and only that. And there are different types of meditation, different methods others have found; here’s a few. Guided Mediation, which is meditation where you try and imagine places you find relaxing. There’s also Mindful Meditation, which is a common practice, and a good-practice for self-centering during an overly stressful day. During mindful meditation, you try and have an increased awareness as to your surroundings, your thoughts, everything,...

Skin-healthy Foods

Some foods seem to have a profound effect on our skin’s health. These effects could be either positive or negative. Studies seem to show that foods rich in antioxidants are very good for our skin; that antioxidants have a protective effect on the skin. If you are looking for foods rich in antioxidants that will benefit your skin’s health, consider the following options: carrots and other yellow or orange-colored vegetables like yellow and orange peppers, all leafy greens like kales and spinach, tomatoes, and legumes; also, most fruits, especially the berry varieties, are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C. If you want protein-rich foods, consider eating more fish—although studies show to be watchful of mercury consumption, and certain fish like tuna and salmon should be consumed sparingly—sardines are a great everyday choice, and they have the added benefit of being beneficial to brain health (although more on that in another post). Foods rich in processed carbohydrates are known to damage or age our skin. Keeping skin healthy It’s important to protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s rays cause the skin to age, become damaged and develop skin cancers (Statistically there are over one million new case of skin cancer in the United States alone every year!). Remember to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, although a stronger rating is preferable. If you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time gardening, reading in the park, watching a sporting event, etc., it’s important to wear protective clothing that breathes well so you stay comfortable. There is clothing that has its...

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