Archive for March, 2012

Why Men Need To Use a Hydrating Facial Mask

Why Men Need To Use a Hydrating Facial Mask
by: Margaret Bell

Today’s hydrating facial masks are not like the one’s grandma used. They are designed for the man in today’s world. What is the best hydrating facial mask for men? Let find out.

Ingredients Are the Key

In order to figure out which of the many products on the market is the best, you simply need to read the label of ingredients and watch out for any warning labels. If the label says that the product should not be use on broken or inflamed skin, don’t buy it.

Caution Danger Alert – Do Not Use Synthetic Ingredients

Warnings to contact a poison control center in case of accidental consumption should scare you away, too. If you apply it to your skin, you may be the same as eating it. Much of what contacts the skin can go into the bloodstream. ALWAYS use natural ingredients where possible for anything.

Practically everyone knows that anything applied to the skin will penetrate through it and into the bloodstream. That’s how the medicated patches for smoking cessation, birth control and weight loss work. The chemicals in the patch are gradually released into the bloodstream.

So, it should be obvious that poisonous chemicals should not be applied to the skin. But, the big cosmetic companies don’t seem to “get it”.

Buy From a Reputable Company That Cares About You

The best mens hydrating facial mask will not bear warnings of any kind. The ingredients it contains will be safe enough to eat, because those are the only kinds of ingredients you should use on your face.

What will it do for you? What are the benefits?

Improving the skin’s moisture content is an obvious benefit. The most effective ingredient for that purpose is called Functional Keratin.

Keratin is one of the skin’s main proteins. It works to absorb moisture and pull it into the skin’s cells. With regular use, Functional keratin can improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture, by increasing the amount of keratin present in the skin’s layers.

A mens hydrating facial mask can also make you look younger. If your skin is excessively dry, right now, you might notice a difference after the very first use. If not, you may have to wait a little bit to see an improvement.

Important Ingredients

Over time, Functional Keratin and other beneficial ingredients can reverse wrinkles and improve firmness, fade age spots and reduce inflammation, as well as the redness that accompanies it. Who knew that a single product could do all of that.

To be honest, you cannot expect the bi-weekly use of a mens hydrating facial mask to make all the difference. If you want to see the best results, you will want to use a few other good products, too and maybe change your skincare routine just a little bit.

Stop Using Alcohol-Based After Shaves

If you’re the kind of guy that splashes on aftershave and loves the burn, you definitely need to make some changes. The burn is caused by petroleum-based alcohols. It is not good for your skin. Eventually, the redness it causes can become chronic, because of underlying inflammation.

What you should be using after shaving is a good daytime moisturizer designed specifically for men. To increase the benefits, use a mens hydrating facial mask every two weeks. That way, your skin will look its very best.

And now please visit the HydratingFacialMask website listed below for updated information on mens hydrating facial mask.
The author invites you to visit:
http://www.xtendskincare.com

http://www.articlecity.com/articles/men/article_359.shtml

Chia Seeds got Side Effects

Chia Seeds Side Effects

The existence of Chia seeds goes back to 3500 BC and was cherished by the people of Central America. The seed was lost and not many people remembered it. The Chia seeds were replaced by other agricultural seeds like corn. In 1991 a project was started for lost foods where the name of Chia seeds was included. The project was possible for the combination effort of Partners of America Inc and Agropecuaria El Valle SA. These seeds are very small in size like the size of a pin head and the scientific name of Chia seed is Salvia Hispanica.

Side Effects of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are sometimes recommended for alternative treatment of cancer. It boosts your energy level and provides essential nutrients in your body, which helps with cancer treatments. Chia seeds are good but at the same time there are some side effects of these seeds. It can lower the blood pressure in your body, especially, if you are someone in an upper age group, be careful as Chia seeds are capable of lowering the pressure of the blood to the dangerous level, especially if you are taking blood pressure medication as well. This seed is a great source of vitamin B-17. If you are taking a regimen of B-17, then you should be cautious before taking the seeds. You may overload your body system with phytonutrients.

If you have reactions when you eat Chia seeds or any product which contains Chia seeds, then you must avoid Chia seeds completely. People who are suffering with heart problems may want to avoid these seeds as it has addictive effects on its users. People who take blood thinners like warfarin should exclude this from their diet as Chia seeds might increase the risk for bleeding. It may be allergic and the reason behind this is that it is the member of the salvia genus. Some people experience minor side effects from eating chia seeds, some feel like they are holding more water than usual, this is because chia seeds so readily absorb water, up to 50 times it’s own weight. Of course, this is also an advantage, as they can be used for hydration purposes and some people put chia seeds in their water to take on trips, as the chia seeds help the body hydrate, or rather, keep water.

http://www.chiaseeds.us/chia-seeds-side-effects.htm

Are Electronic Cigarette Dangerous?

What are Electronic Cigarettes?

http://www.primehealthchannel.com/electronic-cigarette-dangers-and-side-effects.html

Electronic Cigarettes are battery operated devices that have been developed as an alternative to normal cigarettes. These are made up of a heater, a battery and a cartridge that contains a solution of propylene glycol, nicotine and some other chemicals. It gives a smoker the apparent effect of nicotine intake without delivering the toxic elements like Tobacco, Carbon Monoxide and Tar that harms the lungs. There is bad breath or yellowing of teeth either.
Electronic Cigarette History

The electronic cigarette was devised in 2003 by a Chinese druggist named Hon Lik. It was introduced into the Chinese market in 2004. It began to be marketed abroad from 2005 by Golden Dragon Holdings, the company where Hon worked.

The Electronic Cigarette Association is the body that includes all private companies in trading of electronic cigarettes.

Are Electronic Cigarette Dangerous?

Electronic Cigarettes were first popularized as a safer way of nicotine intake. While Electronic Cigarette consumption is safer than having actual cigarettes filled with tobacco, they are not really a total safe option.

Read on to know about some of the main Electronic Cigarette dangers.
Diethylene Glycol

Electronic Cigarettes are found to contain an anti-freeze component known as Diethylene Glycol. It is toxic to humans and can cause health worries on inhalation. This is one of the major Electronic Cigarette side effects.
Toxicity

Other than Diethylene Glycol, e-cigarettes also contain cancer-causing compounds like nitrosamines. If the cigarette accidentally breaks, humans may be exposed to such harmful components.
Bad Marketing

The marketing strategy of e-cigarettes has also come under criticism. Many electronic cigarette brands are being found to offer e-cigarettes in various flavours like mint, orange and chocolate. This can entice smokers as well as non-smokers. This actually promotes smoking rather than curbing it.

Some electronic cigarette juices have caramel and strawberry flavourings that may attract children into smoking.

Nicotine

Health experts argue that electronic cigarettes contain nicotine, the basic element found in cigarettes. In an electronic cigarette liquid nicotine is used. Nicotine is an alkaloid medicine that is harmful for humans. A long drag on the cigarette can make you actually suck some of the liquid nicotine into your mouth. This can be very damaging for health. You have to drag the cigarette slowly for 3-5 seconds, which is not always possible to be careful about.
Tetramethylpyrazine

E-cigarettes also consist of Tetramethylpyrazine. Prolonged exposure to Tetramethylpyrazine can result in brain damage in human beings.
Misuse

There is also a widespread concern that electronic cigarette consumption may promote drug use. There are reports of liquid nicotine being substituted with liquid THC, a popular potent marijuana resin. If electronic cigarette e liquid is replaced with addictive drugs, it can become highly damaging to health. It can cause further breakdown of the health instead of improving it. In any case, electronic cigarettes do not contribute to health.
Cost-Effective

That the electronic cigarette costs less is also a factor that can aid its popularity. Many websites offer these devices at a starting price of about 40 pounds. Cartridge refills are available for less than a pound. This is far lesser than monthly expenditure on actual cigarettes.
Do Electronic Cigarettes cause Cancer?

People often worry whether Electronic Cigarettes give rise to cancer. In electronic cigarette nicotine, flavourings and many other harmful chemicals are used that may have cancerous effects on the body. However, carcinogenic electronic cigarette health risks have not been proved by any study.
Electronic Cigarette Risks for Heart

Electronic cigarette cartridges contain nicotine which can cause heart ailments. Cartridges containing even traces of nicotine can be risky for the health of your heart. The risk can be reduced only by using Electronic Cigarette no nicotine cartridges.
Is Electronic Cigarette Good For You?

It is a fact that no electronic cigarette company is endorsed by any health organization. This is the reason why there has been an effective Electronic Cigarette ban in a number of countries like Canada. While Electronic Cigarettes are less dangerous compared to real cigarettes, they are still a threat to smokers. For an effective removal of smoking habit, it is best to give up smoking completely. It is best not to try to stop smoking with Electronic Cigarettes.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette

http://www.naturalmedicine.com/news/community-news/surprise-e-cigarettes-dangerous/

http://www.smokelessdelite.com/blog/e-cigarettes-dangers

http://www.thesafecig.com/what-is-an-electronic-cigarette.php

Top 7 Tips to Treat and Prevent Corns

Top 7 Tips to Treat and Prevent Corns
By: Raymond Lee

Take a good look at the toes of any woman who frequently wears high heels. Chances are, you will see a corn on each little toe-painful reminders of a certain weakness for exquisite but ill-fitting shoes. Corns are made up of layers of dead skin that form on the bony parts of the foot, especially the toes. Your skin sprouts these painful bumps to protect itself from pressure. There are two varieties of corns: hard and soft. Hard corns, which are usually form on the little toe, are caused by repeated friction. Soft corns, which form between the toes, are most often caused by wearing narrow shoes that crowd the toes. Here are some tips that you can consider to adopt for pain-relief.

1.Pass On Corn Plasters

Avoid using corn plasters and other over-the-counter corn removers. Many of these products contain salicylic acid, which can burn or injure the tender skin under the corn if they are not applied properly. It is especially important to avoid these preparations if you have diabetes or poor circulation. That is because an acid burn may heal very slowly or even become infected and you could have reduced sensation in your toes if you have these conditions.

2.Don’t Peel Your Corns

Never pare away a corn with a razor blade. This is especially important if you have reduced sensation because of poor circulation or diabetes. You might not feel pain very well and may not realize how much you have injured yourself.

3.Soak, Then File

Soak a hard corn in warm water until it is soft which usually takes about 15 minutes. Then file the corn gently with a pumice stone. Make sure that you do not file the tender skin underneath and around the corn. Afterward, slather the corn with mineral oil or moisturizer.

4.Study Your Shoes And Socks

See if your shoe is excessively worn or if it has a torn seam or lining. It is recommended to check your socks or stockings, too. A tear in a seam can cause friction, as can wadded-up hose.

5.Give Soft Corns Some Space

To ease the pain and of soft corns, separate your toes with cotton or lamb’s wool or use a toe separator, available in the foot-care section of any drugstore.

6.Toss Your Stilettos

Switch from narrow, spiked heels which can crowd the toes and cause soft corns to walking pumps, which have a wider toe box and more manageable heels. You will find plenty of comfortable, attractive walking pumps.

7.Please Rise

Get fitted while you are standing, not sitting down. That is because your feet spread slightly when you are standing, so you will be sure to get a larger size shoe. For the same reason, always get a shoe side that accommodates your larger foot. Most people have one larger than the other.

http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/112537/medical_conditions/top_7_tips_to_treat_and_prevent_corns.html

Pamper your tired feet

Pamper your tired feet
Reshmi AR Mar 15, 2012

Feet are the most neglected part of your body.

We pamper our face in several ways but fail to forget it is the foot that requires more attention. What’s the point in having a glowing face but a shabby looking dirty feet? Unimaginable right?

Remember in today’s age, overall grooming matters and not just your face. This is why there are foot massage parlours that give your feet the much-needed relaxation. If you are pressed for time and money, then think no further, for taking care of your feet is no rocket science. You can do it right at home!

Here are a few ways to pamper your feet

Most importantly keep your feet clean, this will avoid maximum damage. Whenever you come back home, make sure you scrub your feet and wash them. This will remove any bacteria that would have accumulated as a result of the shoes/slipper that you wear everyday.

Keep your nails clean: It’s also advisable to keep them short to avoid any kind of injuries in case of a fall or an accident. Irrespective of the length of your nails, make sure you remove the dirt regularly and keep them clean and trimmed.

Dip your feet in hot water: This helps when your feet are tired and they hurt. Hot water dip has a soothing effect on your feet.

If you have cracked heels, then do a home pedicure regularly.

Here’s how: Take a tub of hot water, add crystal salt (for cleansing purpose), a few drops of shampoo and dip your feet in the tub for at least 15 minutes or till the water gets cold. Then take a foot scraper or a pumice stone and scrape the dead skin off your heels. Apply a scrub on the feet and scrub it well to remove dirt. Wash your feet with cold water, pat dry and apply moisturiser or a body lotion to your feet. This will give your feet a soft feel.

Remember your feet is one of the most strained organs in your body as there’s constant movement. Hence, it’s important to relax them. Besides sleep, just stretch your legs once you are back home, this will also relax all the muscles and make you feel much better. If possible, give your foot a massage with olive oil or vitamin E oil, this is not just good for skin health but also relaxes your aching muscles.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-03-15/beauty/30312828_1_hot-water-massage-skin-health

Video Game Vision Therapy for Lazy Eye Helps Adults Improve Eyesight Naturally

Video Game Vision Therapy for Lazy Eye Helps Adults Improve Eyesight Naturally
Written by Kristy White

Have you ever imagined that a vision therapy for lazy eye may include playing video games? I bet, you haven’t. Yet, a pilot study held at UC Berkley and sponsored by NEI found that adults suffering from lazy eye can improve eyesight naturally by playing video games.

“The study is the first to show that video games is useful for improving vision in adults with amblyopia,” said study lead author Dr. Roger Li, research optometrist at the School of Optometry and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley.

Lazy eye (amblyopia) is the loss or lack of development of central vision in one eye. It can result from failure to use both eyes together and is usually associated with large difference in the refractive power of the eyes. Conventional treatment of lazy eye includes a combination of correction lenses, eye patching and vision therapy for lazy eye. However, adults don’t respond that well to these treatments.

“These new findings are very encouraging because there are currently no accepted treatments for adults with amblyopia,” said study principal investigator Dr. Dennis Levi, UC Berkeley professor and dean of optometry and a researcher at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. “A lot of eye doctors start closing the books on successful treatment after age 8 or so because of the widespread belief that amblyopia can only be reversed during a critical window of development in the visual cortex. If the disorder is not corrected in childhood, the damage was thought to be irreversible.”

Twenty people with lazy eye, ages 15 to 61, participated in the study. Half of the participants had strabismic amblyopia, 6 had anisometropic amblyopia, in which the two eyes have significantly different prescriptions, 3 had both conditions, and one subject had amblyopia caused by cataracts in one eye.

During the vision therapy for lazy eye, participants were asked to play an action game, which required them to shoot at targets, and a non-action game, which required subjects to construct something. Two experiments were conducted. In the first experiment, half of the participants were asked to play the action video game for a total of 40 hours, 2 hours at a time, over the course of a month. In the second experiment three other participants played the non-action video game for the same amount of time. The participants wore an eye patch over their good eye while they were playing.

The results of both experiments showed a 30% improvement in visual acuity or an average improvement of 1,5 line on the standard eye chart. There was no major difference in visual acuity improvement among the different types of amblyopia but the people with anisometropic amblyopia experienced 50% improvement of their 3D depth perception.

“I didn’t expect to see this type of improvement” said Dr. Roger Li.

http://naturallyimproveeyesight.com/vision-therapy-for-lazy-eye/

Exercise is good for us


A good workout can do wonders for your health

Exercise is obviously great for your health, which is why this one is at the top of our reasons for making time for it every day. Getting in a great workout on a regular basis helps maintain your weight, reduces the risk of health issues in the future and keeps you on a healthy track. Sounds like a pretty good motivator to us!
Exercising helps clear the mind

Going on a walk or hitting the gym for an hour when you’re feeling down or stressed out to the max is a great way to clear your head. Being able to channel your frustrated energy into something productive and healthy is a great thing, and exercise is also a great way to make “me” time away from all the stress in your life.
Fitness is a gateway to meeting new people

If you don’t care about your physical or mental health (and if that’s the case, there’s something wrong here!), perhaps this one will help show you why exercise is important. Joining a gym or a fitness class can help you meet new friends and guys (hello, cutie on the treadmill!) and helps you become more social. So if you feel like you’re stuck in a dating rut or could use a few new girlfriends, hit the gym and start socializing, lovelies!

http://www.lovingyou.com/articles/845195/top-three-reasons-to-exercise