Caring for Your Eyesight

Your eyes are unique as body organs. They function almost like the involuntary organs of heart, lungs and digestion. They are ON during all of your waking hours. Unlike other body movements like sitting or standing your eyes are always working. This extreme and continuous use makes for a host of potential eye problems. Some eye problems develop slowly over time. Some are a result of the normal aging process. Still others like color blind are mainly hereditary. When it comes to treatment some conditions can be mitigated with the use of corrective lenses while others may require medication. In extreme cases surgery many be required. Some common eye problems that can be corrected with lenses include Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, Keratoconus and Astigmatism. Nearsightedness is when a person is unable to see distant objects. It is caused by too much curvature in the cornea. Farsightedness is the difficulty focusing on close objects. The cause is a flattened cornea. Keratoconus is a bulge in the cornea. It can be corrected with rigid contact lenses. Astigmatism causes blurred vision and is the result of irregularly shaped cornea. The condition can be corrected with lenses or laser surgery. Conditions that require medication or in some cases surgery include Tearing and Dry Eyes, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Retinal Disorders, Conjunctivitis, Corneal Diseases, Macular Degeneration and Eyelid Problems. Tearing is having too many tears. Dry Eye is too little tearing. Both can be treated with medication. Cataract is a cloud covering part to the cornea and does not let enough light go through to the back of the eye. It usually requires surgery. Glaucoma is the degeneration...

Ways to Remove Pesky Unwanted Hair From Your Body

As humans, we naturally have hair all over our bodies. In fact, hair is on every surface of our bodies except for the bottoms of our feet and the palms of our hands. Some unfortunate women tend to have an extra smattering of this body hair. If you are a woman who wants to have smoother and softer skin without that unwanted hair, this is your article. Here are the tactics that you’ll need to start trying.     1. Bleaching Bleaching does not actually get rid of unwanted hair. Instead, it simply lightens the color of it so that it is less noticeable. After all, most people who want to get rid of extra hair on their bodies have hair that is dark in color. Bleaching is easy to do, but it can be a bit messy, and some people worry about the toxic chemicals in the bleaching cream.   2. Waxing Waxing has been used for years to get rid of unwanted hair on the body. You can wax your own body hair at home or go to a professional beauty spa to get it down. It is slightly more costly to get it done at a salon, but doing this gives the advantage of not having to deal with the mess. Waxing is very effective, but it can be a bit messy.   D.I.Y wax hair removal  3. Threading Threading is an ancient practice of hair removal that does not require the use of creams, serums, machines or goopy waxes. Literally all you need is a thread. Some people thread their own unwanted hair, but many...
Christmas Gift Guide For Men

Christmas Gift Guide For Men

If you are looking for a thoughtful and useful gift for your father, brother, friend or significant other this holiday season, men’s skincare products are the answer. By purchasing quality products, you can help the men in your life overcome discomfort, look healthier and feel fresher. Use these suggestions as you begin your Christmas shopping.   Best After Shave For Men To most women, the scent of after shave is just as attractive as a clean-shaven man. Although scent is a major factor in picking a product, it is also important to think about the ingredients in it. Choose a gentle product to avoid giving a man something that will irritate his skin after he shaves. The best after shave for men will contain a soothing ingredient. Research published by Academia shows that aloe is a soothing ingredient to use after shaving. If it also includes a moisturizer, you can be sure that he will love the way it feels.   Best Shampoo For Men There is no single product that is hailed universally as the best shampoo for men. In most cases, the best shampoo depends on a man’s skin type and hair. Is his hair dry or oily? Does he have a dandruff problem or a sensitive scalp? A man with a sensitive scalp needs a gentle shampoo. However, men who have dandruff should use a regular shampoo and should wash their hair often. A health bulletin from the University of Michigan states that men who have dandruff often mistake it for dry skin and do not shampoo as often as they should. If you know a man who has dandruff, give him a good...
Natural Remedies for Thicker Hair

Natural Remedies for Thicker Hair

If you want to know how to get thicker hair, you don’t have to look too far past your local grocery store. Nature has provided us with everything we need for healthy, thick hair. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to dig deep into your bank account for a healthy, full head of hair.   Castor Oil For Hair Growth Castor Oil has been used for ages to promote natural hair growth. It is abnormally high in ricinoleic acid making it extremely beneficial to hair and skin. Because of its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, ricinoleic acid helps to prevent scalp infections and dandruff. It also increases circulation to the scalp which promotes hair growth. Ricinoleic acid is known to balance the pH in the scalp which can reverse the damage of harsh chemicals and restore the scalp’s natural oils. Another great benefit is that Castor Oil is packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants offer support to the keratin that is in hair, making it smoother, stronger and less frizzy.   Vitamins For Hair Growth Vitamins for hair growth are another option nature has provided us with. There are some essential vitamins that are best for promoting natural hair growth. B vitamins like Biotin (Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H), Niacin (Vitamin B3) and Vitamin C have proven to successfully aid in hair growth. Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H is a complex B-vitamin. When the body is deficient of this vitamin, hair loss can occur. The reason being is that, Biotin renews hair follicles that are currently growing, which in turn produces healthier, thicker hair. Biotin is found in...

CHLOASMA: THE PREGNANCY MASK

It is not uncommon to hear women complain about their skin during pregnancy. You may have noticed brown, blotched patches of skin on your face during your own pregnancy. You may have even resorted to various facial creams in a panic and were even more alarmed when nothing seemed to work. This is a common condition among pregnant women known as chloasma or melasma.   Background Information and Etiology The term chloasma originates from a Greek term chloazein which means to be green. It is a kind of skin discoloration that forms what is commonly known as the pregnancy mask. It is believed to be the result of hormonal changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy. An increase in estrogen levels stimulates the body to produce melanin in excess. The result of this is often a darkening of freckles and moles as well as the areolas. Fortunately, the mask is temporary and often fades after delivery, although it leaves behind some traces of itself. Dark skinned women are more susceptible to the condition, as are Asian women. Exposure to sunlight makes it worse for these women especially those with more skin pigmentation. Women that use oral contraceptives and those with genetic predispositions are also susceptible to the condition.     Natural remedies There are a few natural remedies that can be used to treat this condition. One is washing your face with sour milk. The lactic acid in the milk prevents irritation and provides a gentle peeling effect. Applying fresh lemon juice will also help. Folic acid has been related to hyperpigmentation. Therefore, you may want to stock up...