Monday, 17 December 2012

B.O.Magazine Your Health First!!!

The Three Most Common Mistakes of Dry Skin Treatments

  Slathering on lotion might not be the best way to soothe dry skin. Here's what you need to know about the best remedies. Itchy, tight, flaky skin that’s about as supple as a month-old rice cake can affect more than your appearance — severely dry skin can also be painful. But even if you have the best treatment intentions, you might inadvertently be sabotaging your complexion. What are the most common mistakes people make when treating dry skin, and what are the smartest solutions? We asked experts to weigh in.
Mistake #1:
Confusing dehydrated skin with dry skin.
“The most common mistake people make is thinking that their skin is dry when it’s really dehydrated. Dry skin is actually very rare. How can you tell the difference? “Dry skin has very tiny pores and is rather tight. Dehydrated skin lacks luster and shine, and can be flaky.”

Smart Solution: Start a smart moisturizing strategy. Apply a rich moisturizer twice a day. In the morning, it’s essential to nourish your skin to replace the water you’ve lost overnight, and in the evening, it locks in moisture after you wash your face — which helps repair your skin while you sleep. Likewise, whether you’re dry or oily, you want to avoid sun damage at all costs, so apply sunscreen daily. You also need to target delicate areas like the eyes and lips that tend to lack moisture and develop fine lines. A gentle yet hydrating eye cream can make lines less prevalent, and lip balm will replace moisture. Look for ingredients such as shea butter and sweet almond oil or even coconut oil

. Mistake #2: Exfoliating aggressively.
Those with dry skin may turn to exfoliation to clear away flakes, but that’s not the best tactic. “A common mistake that people make is to try to scrub off the flakes because their skin looks dull and flaky. This can lead to irritation. Over-scrubbing can actually make skin more inflamed and cause it to produce even more skin to repair itself. Peels and harsh cleansers can have the same results.
  Smart Solution: Treat your skin to TLC. Although you might be tempted to wash with a face scrub every time you’re in the shower, using a gentle scrub once a week will do the trick.Everything should be done in moderation, Avoid gel cleansers and foaming products with sulfates; they can contain harsh detergents that strip your skin of much-needed moisture. To begin your day,a little water will get the job done. Your skin usually doesn’t get dirty enough when you sleep to warrant a morning cleansing (assuming that you’ve removed your makeup the night before).

  Mistake #3: Using products that are too rich or heavy for your skin.
  People who have dehydrated or dry skin often use creams that are extremely rich and heavy. The molecules of these products are rather large, and it’s hard for them to penetrate properly — meaning the product just sits on the skin and can’t really do any good.”
  Smart Solution: Look for targeted treatments rather than heavy balms. “A good serum has smaller molecules that allow it to penetrate and add much-needed moisture ahead of your moisturizer, locking it in and creating a good layer of hydration,”says Dermatolist Dr Bolatito Ilesanmi Dr. Ilesanmi says looking for ingredients like licorice and soy extracts; these act as anti-inflammatories and can reduce skin redness and irritation. She also recommends products that contain hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, which increase hydration and reduce itching and tightness.


How Many Eggs Should You Eat Per Week?

We all know that eggs have a lot of cholesterol. And cholesterol can cause heart disease. But eggs are also a good source of protein. They're easy to make and delicious. So how many are too many?

Dieticians have eased up on eggs. They used to tell people with heart disease not to eat more than two per week, but now, up to four are allowed. If you don't have high cholesterol, diabetes, or another heart condition, you can eat up to six. One large egg has about 186 mg of cholesterol. That's almost the total daily maximum for someone with heart disease. So on days you eat an egg or two, try to cut down on other sources of cholesterol like red meat, cheese, and butter. The way you prepare them is also important. Its recommended that drier or oil-free cooking methods -- poaching, boiling, or pan frying with a cooking spray. And remember, all the cholesterol is in the yolk so you can eat as many egg whites as you want!

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