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Is Your Fragrance Causing Wrinkles

Sweet Toxic Fragrances

The perfumes used to give cosmetics and beauty products their pleasant scent are complex and often comprised of several different chemicals, many of which have been found to cause everything from allergic reactions to cancer. There are as many as 3,000 chemicals being used as fragrances in not only perfume, but most of the beauty and personal care products on the market. Many of these chemicals have yet to be tested for toxicity and include known hormone-disrupting chemicals and carcinogens.

“An allergen is a protein that is known to cause an IgE-mediated reaction,” explains Beth A. Miller, MD, director of the University of Kentucky’s Asthma, Allergy, and Sinus Clinics and chief of the school’s division of allergy and immunology in Lexington. IgE, or immunoglobulin E, is an antibody produced by the body in response to exposure to an allergen.

Is Your Fragrance Causing Wrinkles

Fragrance Allergies – Skin Reactions

Immunoglobulin E (IgE) are antibodies produced by the immune system. If you have an allergy, your immune system overreacts to an allergen by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.

An irritant, on the other hand, doesn’t provoke the immune system. But it has no problem making eyes water or noses run.

It’s not understood how or why this happens. “An irritant is a chemical or product that causes symptoms without a known immunologic cause,” says Miller, so it does not cause an IgE-mediated reaction.

“Sensitivity is really a non-specific term,” notes Miller. Only an allergen can cause a true allergy, while “irritants cause sensitivities.”

The bottom line: What people call a “perfume allergy” is either fragrance sensitivity or an allergy to some chemical in the perfume.

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Fragrance Causes –  Burns or Brown Age Spots

Have you ever noticed that some ladies have distinct brown discoloration on areas such as the neck, décolletage and even on and behind their ears! This condition is a direct result of daily application of perfume to these areas.

Some perfumes even contain bergamot, a fragrant fruit that is photosensitive, meaning that it can cause aging spots or brown spots on your skin when it combines with the sun on your skin. The solution: spray perfume on your clothes instead of directly on your skin. Age spots are flat, brown, gray, or black spots on the skin.

Your favorite perfume or cologne is likely to contain alcohol, which when applied to your exposed skin during daylight hours, causes it to become photosensitive to sunlight. This means your skin is more likely to suffer from sunburn, leading to wrinkles, pigmentation and possibly even skin cancer.

So basically, applying perfume directly to the skin will accelerate burning; which in turn, sunburn causes wrinkles and pigmentation.

Contact dermatitis is a fairly common effect of perfume on the skin. This can cause your skin to develop a red, itchy rash that can be quite painful and even blister and become infected, depending on the severity of your reaction to the product. Those who use certain products regularly increase their risk of a severe reaction and even chronic skin disorders, such as eczema.

Safe Skin Perfume Tips:

  • – Spray your perfume onto your wrists.
    • – (Just don’t rub them together – this bruises the notes, altering the scent.)
  • – Squirt your delicious smelling smell onto the skin under your clothes.
    • – (Avoid spraying it onto your actual clothes – fragrance can stain fabrics!)
  • – Heat helps emit the perfume from your body, so any body parts like your inner elbows and knees are also wonderful places to spray.
  • – Oh, and spritzing your fragrance on your hair does leave a lovely lingering scent, but the alcohol can also dry out your strands so be careful when doing this.
    • (Try spritzing your hair brush instead.)

       

      Fragrance Causing Wrinkles

Anal Warts & Hemorrhoids or Anal Fissure – Treatment & Symptoms

Experiencing Pains ‘in the Buttock’?

One of the most typical health conditions confused with hemorrhoids is anal warts. They are sorta the same… yet they stem from entirely different causes and therefore are treated in very different methods. Anal warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). This virus is highly contagious and often transmitted through sexual intercourse or skin-to-skin contact. An anal fissure is a small tear in the thin, moist tissue (mucosa) that lines the anus.

The major distinction of course is the occurrence of pain.

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Anal Pains & Conditions: Anal Warts, Hemorrhoids or Fissure

What are Anal Warts?

Anal warts (also called “condyloma acuminata”) are a condition that affects the area around and inside the anus. They may also affect the skin of the genital area. They first appear as tiny spots or growths, perhaps as small as the head of a pin, and may grow quite large and cover the entire anal area. They usually appear as a flesh or brownish color. Usually, they do not cause pain or discomfort and patients may be unaware that the warts are present. Some patients will experience symptoms such as itching, bleeding, mucus discharge and/or a feeling of a lump or mass in the anal area. Anal warts are caused by HPV and can be transmitted by direct contact ie. basically any contact exposure to the anal area (hand contact, secretions from a sexual partner) can result in HPV infection .

HPV infection does not lead to hemorrhoids.

What are Anal Fissures?

An anal fissure is a small tear or crack in the lining of the anus. It may occur when passing large or hard stools, straining during childbirth, or experiencing bouts of diarrhea. An anal fissure is usually a minor condition that goes away within six weeks. Home treatments can help ease pain and promote healing.

Causes of Anal Fissure

Anal fissure can occur as a result of any circumstance that puts excessive pressure on the lining of the anus. Thus there are a variety of causes, which may include:

  • – Constipation with large or impacted stools
  • – Chronic or persistent diarrhea
  • – Inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn’s disease)
  • – Childbirth
  • – Infections such as syphilis, herpes, HIV or tuberculosis
  • – Cancer

What are Hemorrhoids?

On the other hand, are a very painful condition. Symptoms of hemorrhoids are anal itching, pain (especially while sitting), blood on stool, and lumps near the anus. Increased pressure in the veins of the anus causes hemorrhoids. This is why hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy and after childbirth.

Hemorrhoids result from weak points in hemorrhoid veins below your skin or mucous tissue. As the weak spot gives way, it stretches out and takes surrounding tissue by using it. Traumatized hemorrhoids may get infected with a number of bacteria and/or viruses, but infection does not lead to hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid symptoms may include finding bright red blood on your toilet paper or seeing blood in the toilet after a bowel movement. Other common symptoms include rectal pain, pressure, burning, and itching. You may also be able to feel a lump in your anal area.

Hemorrhoids are common and usually not too serious. They can often be treated with home remedies, and you may not even need to be seen by a doctor.

But some symptoms of hemorrhoids, especially rectal bleeding, may also be caused by other diseases, some of them serious, like colon cancer.

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Treatment of Anal Conditions

Anal Warts Screenings, Tests & Checks:

Anal warts and hemorrhoids can both seem like lumps or masses of tissue round the anal area. However, there are difference scan result in a proper identification upon near inspection of the area.

Anal warts testing demands that your doctor may inquire as to the presence or absence of risk factors to include a history of anal intercourse, a positive HIV test or a chronically weakened immune system (medications for organ transplant patients, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc).

Anal warts’ physical examination should focus primarily on the anorectal examination and evaluation of the perineum (pelvic region) that includes the penile or vaginal area to look for warts.  Digital rectal examination should be performed to rule out any mass.  Anoscopy is typically performed to look within the anal canal for additional warts.  This involves inserting a small instrument about the size of a finger into your anus to help visualize the area.  Speculum examination may also be performed to aid in vaginal examination in women.

Hemorrhoids Treatment & Care:

Hemorrhoids, have a smooth texture that’s identical towards the tissue they originate from, regardless of whether that’s external skin or inner mucous membrane. They are often soft or “squishy” to touch, and they range in size from how big a pea to the size of the grape. You’ll never find them anywhere except right round the anal opening.

Hemorrhoids are usually best treated in your own home through a high-fiber diet, a proper amount of exercise, and easily obtained over-the-counter relief. Home remedies often work nicely on hemorrhoids and surgery is just rarely needed.

Hemorrhoids are often kept away by keeping the lifestyle changes that were made to assist cure them.

You should seek treatment for hemorrhoid symptoms if:

  • You have rectal bleeding for the first time.
  • You have heavy rectal bleeding.
  • – You have rectal bleeding that is not responding to home care.
  • – You have other hemorrhoid symptoms, such as pain, pressure, itching, and burning, that do not respond to home care after a few days.
  • – You have hemorrhoid symptoms along with other symptoms such as fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, or a change in bowel habits.

Anal Warts Treatment:

Anal warts, however, always have to be handled surgically, usually on an outpatient foundation. The warts will not go away by themselves. Instead, a physician has to make use of liquid nitrogen to freeze all of them off.

If warts are not removed, they can grow larger and multiply. Left untreated, warts may lead to an increased risk of anal cancer in the affected area. Internal anal warts may not respond to topical medications, so surgery may be required.

Anal warts will frequently come back for no cause under your control, because the virus can reside dormant in your skin cells for a long period. Post-treatment care and doctor’s supervision are often stressed to minimize chances of future outbreaks. When warts come back, they can usually be treated at your surgeon’s office. If a large number of new warts develop quickly, surgery may be needed again.

Treatment options for anal warts include:

  • Topical medication: These creams usually work best if the warts are very small and located only on the skin around the anus.
  • – Topical medications that will freeze the warts (liquid nitrogen)
  • – Topical medications that will burn the warts (Trichlorocetic acid, podophyllin)
  • – Surgery: When the warts are either too large for the above mentioned treatments or are internal, surgery is considered. During surgery, the warts are surgically removed. The patient will be anesthetized for the procedure. The type of anesthetic depends on the number and exact location of the warts being removed. When there are many warts, your surgeon may perform the surgery in stages.
  • – An internal examination will also be performed so that any lesions on the inside can also be found and treated.

 

Anal Warts, Hemorrhoids or Anal Fissure: Anal Conditions & Treatment

Anal Sex Myths – Cancer, Infections & Prevention

ANAL SEX – Hidden Taboo… No More.

Anal sex was once a thing of hidden or shunned mystery indulged by a select few. However, anal sex is no longer quite the dreaded dark hidden taboo it once was.

An estimated 90% of men who have sex with men and as many as 5% to 10% of sexually active women engage in receptive anal intercourse. Not only has society become more accepting of the evolving relationships involving the same sex, but more heterosexual people are trying it and enjoying it more often than ever before. Recent surveys  estimate that 40 percent of women between the ages of 20 to 24 have tried anal sex, and 20 percent of all women have tried it in the last year.

However, there are still unclear truths or inaccurate facts (myths) around anal sex, anal cancer and the associated sexual infections. When it comes to anal sex and the topic of anal cancers, HPV; knowing the associated truths can make a difference in knowing the best methods of protection to decrease risks and treatment options.

ANAL SEX MYTHS: Cancer, Infections & Prevention

1. ANAL SEX CAUSES ANAL CANCER

Basically yes, anal sex is a risk factor for anal cancer.

Anal sex can transmit the human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV in turn leaves the cells around our rectum more vulnerable to mutating and becoming cancerous. A similar risk exists wherever HPV rears its ugly microscopic head, including the mouth, throat, and cervix. And because anal sex is generally more damaging to the inner lining of the rectum than the stereotypical notion of heterosexual sex is to the vagina, HPV and other sexually transmitted infections are more easily spread between people who engage in anal sex. Similarly, the greater number of sexual partners, the greater the risk of cancer.

2. ANAL CANCER RATES ARE ALARMING.

Close to 90 percent of anal cancer cases can be traced back to HPV. But the cancer itself is relatively rare.

More white women get HPV-associated anal cancer than women of other races. More black men get HPV-associated anal cancer than men of other races.

According to The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons:

  • – 8,000 people will be newly diagnosed with anal cancer this year.
  • – About 8,080 new cases (5,160 in women and 2,220 in men)
  • – About 1,080 deaths (640 in women and 440 in men)

3. ANAL CANCER IS PREVENTABLE.

Like other forms of cancer fueled by HPV, the available HPV vaccine can likely cut down the risk of developing anal cancer in both men and women.

While HPV vaccination rates still aren’t anywhere near as high as we’d like them to be, there is already evidence that the vaccine has lowered the risk of later cervical cancer in teen girls.

A growing number of gay physicians and health activists now believe that routine screening, using an anal pap smear, could reduce the incidence of anal cancer as dramatically as it has cervical cancer in women. They recommend that all MSMs, especially those who are HIV+, be tested every 1-3 years depending on their immunological well-being and CD4 count.

 

 4. ANAL CANCER IS SCREENABLE.

In fact, a standardized screening protocol for anal cancer does not yet exist. Most health care providers are not offering anal cancer screening to their patients, either because they are unaware of the risk factors for anal cancer, do not inquire about their patients’ high risk sexual practices, and/or do not know how to perform an anal pap smear.

While only one of these locations is screened routinely (the cervix), there are screening tests that you can request from your doctor for the other locations. For women, a simple pap smear is used to detect these cell changes in the cervix in their early stages.

There seems to be little consensus on the practicality of offering anal pap smears to all clients, despite the fact that the AIDS Institute of New York recommends that HIV positive gay men “and others with history of HPV disease” should be tested annually.  In addition, most health insurance policies do not cover anal pap smears.

5. ANAL CANCER IS GAY DISEASE – OR MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN (MSM)

This is a big myth. Approximately 75% of all sexually active adults acquire HPV, often within the course of early adulthood, and often in the first two years of becoming sexually active and often without any symptoms.

Each year anal cancer is diagnosed in about 2 people out of every 100,000 people in the general population. Current estimates are that HIV negative MSMs are 20 times more likely to be diagnosed with anal cancer. Their rate is about 40 cases per 100,000. HIV-positive MSMs are up to 40 times more likely to diagnosed with the disease, resulting in a rate of 80 anal cancer cases per 100,000 people.

6. ANAL CANCER HAS VISIBLE SYMPTOMS.

Not always true. Although many men have no obvious symptoms, one of the most common manifestations of HPV infection is genital warts which can affect the anus, the penis and/or the peritoneum. Other possible symptoms are abnormal discharge from the anus, bleeding from the rectum and anus, itching of the anus, pain or pressure around the anus, and a sore or sores around the anus that do not heal.

7.  I’M NOT PROMISCUOUS, SO I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY.

Wrong – HPV is transferable through skin to skin contact. So, yes, you reduce your chances of getting HPV if you practice safer sex and exercise monogamy when it comes to sexual partners.This means using a latex condom during anal and vaginal sex, and using a dental dam or a condom during oral sex. You can protect sex toys with a latex condom, too… and always make sure to change the condom or wash the toy if you switch from the vagina to the anus or the other way around.

However, STIs can be passed along as readily in a loving, long-term relationship as in a one-night stand. Remember, though, that HPV can infect areas that aren’t covered by a condom or dental dam, so safer sex isn’t foolproof.

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Preventing Anal Infection & Cancer

The only way to completely avoid anal sex risks is to abstain from anal sex. If you do engage in anal sex, it is always important to use a condom to protect against the spread of infections and diseases.

Sex Tips: Decreasing Anal Sex Risks

  • Avoid inserting a penis into the mouth or vagina after it’s been inserted in the anus until your partner puts on a new condom.
  • Use plenty of lubricant to reduce the risk of tissue tears. With latex condoms, always use a water-based lubricant.
  • Relax prior to insertion of the penis to help reduce the risk of tears. Taking a warm bath before anal sex or lying on your stomach may make insertion easier.
  • Stop if anal sex is painful.
  • If you experience bleeding after anal sex or you notice a sores or lumps around the anus or a discharge coming from it, see your doctor as soon as possible.

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Top Anal Cancer Myths – HPV Video

Anal sex is no longer quite the dreaded dark hidden taboo it once was.

Not only has society become more accepting of the evolving relationships involving the same sex, but more heterosexual people are trying it and enjoying it more often than ever before. Recent surveys  estimate that 40 percent of women between the ages of 20 to 24 have tried anal sex, and 20 percent of all women have tried it in the last year.

When it comes to anal sex and the topic of anal cancers, the dialogues and conversations around HPV begin to drastically vary. Then the topic of those discussions begin to be shaped by many stigmas and false perceptions which aren’t always accurate, truthful or informative to our society’s best understanding.

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In this blog, we discuss and share…..

The Top Anal Cancer Myths – video included

 

  1. 1. ANAL SEX CAUSES CANCER

In theory, this is yes, anal sex is a risk factor for anal cancer. Anal sex can transmit the human papillomavirus (HPV), and HPV in turn leaves the cells around our rectum more vulnerable to mutating and becoming cancerous.

A similar risk exists wherever HPV rears its ugly microscopic head, including the mouth, throat, and cervix. And because anal sex is generally more damaging to the inner lining of the rectrum than the stereotypical notion of heterosexual sex is to the vagina, HPV and other sexually transmitted infections are more easily spread between people who engage in anal sex. Similarly, the greater number of sexual partners, the greater the risk of cancer.

  1. 2. ANAL CANCER RATES ARE ALARMING.

Close to 90 percent of anal cancer cases can be traced back to HPV. But the cancer itself is relatively rare.

According to The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons:

  • – About 8,080 new cases (5,160 in women and 2,2920 in men)
  • – About 1,080 deaths (640 in women and 440 in men)
  1. 3. ANAL CANCER IS PREVENTABLE.

Like other forms of cancer fueled by HPV, the available HPV vaccine can likely cut down the risk of developing anal cancer in both men and women.

While HPV vaccination rates still aren’t anywhere near as high as we’d like them to be, there is already evidence that the vaccine has lowered the risk of later cervical cancer in teen girls.

A growing number of gay physicians and health activists now believe that routine screening, using an anal pap smear, could reduce the incidence of anal cancer as dramatically as it has cervical cancer in women. They recommend that all MSMs, especially those who are HIV+, be tested every 1-3 years depending on their immunological well-being and CD4 count.

  1. 4. ANAL CANCER IS SCREENABLE.

In fact, a standardized screening protocol for anal cancer does not yet exist. Most health care providers are not offering anal cancer screening to their patients, either because they are unaware of the risk factors for anal cancer, do not inquire about their patients’ high risk sexual practices, and/or do not know how to perform an anal pap smear.

For women, a simple pap smear is used to detect these cell changes in the cervix in their early stages.

There seems to be little consensus on the practicality of offering anal pap smears to all clients, despite the fact that the AIDS Institute of New York recommends that HIV positive gay men “and others with history of HPV disease” should be tested annually.  In addition, most health insurance policies do not cover anal pap smears.

  1. 5. ANAL CANCER IS ONLY A GAY DISEASE – MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN (MSM)

This is a big myth. Approximately 75% of all sexually active adults acquire HPV, often within the course of early adulthood, and often in the first two years of becoming sexually active and often without any symptoms.

Each year anal cancer is diagnosed in about 2 people out of every 100,000 people in the general population. Current estimates are that HIV negative MSMs are 20 times more likely to be diagnosed with anal cancer. Their rate is about 40 cases per 100,000. HIV-positive MSMs are up to 40 times more likely to diagnosed with the disease, resulting in a rate of 80 anal cancer cases per 100,000 people.

  1. 6. ANAL CANCER HAS VISIBLE SYMPTOMS.

Not always true. Although many men have no obvious symptoms, one of the most common manifestations of HPV infection is genital warts which can affect the anus, the penis and/or the peritoneum. Other possible symptoms are abnormal discharge from the anus, bleeding from the rectum and anus, itching of the anus, pain or pressure around the anus, and a sore or sores around the anus that do not heal.

  1. 7. I’M NOT PROMISCUOUS, SO I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT HPV.

Wrong – HPV is transferable through skin to skin contact. So, yes, you reduce your chances of getting HPV if you practice safer sex and exercise monogamy when it comes to sexual partners.This means using a latex condom during anal and vaginal sex, and using a dental dam or a condom during oral sex. You can protect sex toys with a latex condom, too… and always make sure to change the condom or wash the toy if you switch from the vagina to the anus or the other way around.

However, STIs can be passed along as readily in a loving, long-term relationship as in a one-night stand. Remember, though, that HPV can infect areas that aren’t covered by a condom or dental dam, so safer sex isn’t foolproof.

Top HPV Cancer Myths - Genital, Anal, Penile Warts

 

Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

Battling loose skin after major weight loss and dieting?

Well, anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight knows that the weight loss itself is only half the battle. The war begins after the weight has fell off and the areas of loose skin begin to boldly appear.

Don’t fret – we’ve got your covered with some optimum skin care tips to attack that problematic post-weight-loss skin the natural way; before you venture out to seek out surgical or cosmetic alternatives.

Tips To Tighten Skin – Post Weight Loss

Lose Weight Gradually.

Most experts recommend aiming for 1 to 5 pounds per week, depending on your starting point.  

Exercise To Build Muscle.

Replace the fat that once filled out your skin with lean mass by focusing your fitness routine on strength training, says Lori Shemek, PhD, author of How to Fight FATflammation! “You want the muscle to essentially replace the fat that is being lost to prevent loose or sagging skin,”

Practice Good Sun Protection.

If you spend any time outdoors, take the precautionary steps to reduce your exposure to the sun’s collagen-destroying UV rays. If you’re exercising, plan your walk or run for the early morning or late in the day, when the sun is less scorching. Always wear a UV protection sunscreen as the fall and winter months have high levels of UV rays.

Eat Plenty of Colors.

Pile your plate with a rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables, which contain nutrients vital to skin health, Chipps says. Specifically, load up on vitamin A or lycopene—a recent research review in Experimental Dermatology reports this antioxidant offsets damage from UV rays. (Try these 25 best foods for healthy skin.) You’ll find it in tomatoes, red peppers, and other rosy-hued veggies. Meanwhile, leafy greens and citrus fruits boast plenty of vitamin C, which helps build collagen, Chipps says

Stay Smoke-Free.

Toss your cigarettes and take an extra step away from any cloud of fumes you pass. Lighting up makes your skin less resilient. exposure to secondhand smoke raises levels of inflammatory proteins in your skin, reducing collagen levels and contributing to thin skin and wrinkles.

See an MD Dermatologist.

You may want to hold off for a face-lift or other surgical procedure until you’ve reached your ideal goal weight—skin responds best to these operations from a “steady state.”  Those minor in-office procedures can address troublesome areas once you’ve stopped losing the weight, Lawrence Jaeger says.

Speak with a dermatologist about radio frequency devices, which warm and expand collagen fibers to immediately improve your appearance while also stimulating new collagen production for longer-lasting results.

Tighten Skin After Weight Loss

How Vitamin B12 Helps Growth

Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Vitamin B12 helps the body with growth.

All B vitamins are water soluble, meaning that the body does not store them.

The nutritional deficit of Vitamin B12 happens rarely. But if the body is unable to utilize the vitamin, it then only leads to deficiency syndrome. For the young people, this deficiency is very rare. But that older people are likely to be affected with mild deficient. Their acidic stomach needs absorption of Vitamin B12.

It has many hair related benefits when taken in right amount. Only those with Vitamin B deficiency should take supplements for the proper growth of hair.

Related:- The Role Of Vitamin B In Reducing The Growth Of Gray Hair

Premature Hair Loss:

People lacking in Vitamin B12 often found to suffer from untimely hair loss. Consuming of diet insufficient in the Vitamin B12, leads to this conditions. Because the body cannot prepare Vitamin B 12, on its own.

It cannot utilize the food you eat without vitamin B 12. This gives rise to underfed cells of hair follicle. This slows down the growth of hair.

Hair Growth:

With right level of Vitamin B12, the hair follicles receive nutrients to stimulate growth of hair. The proper nourishment of the cells will help emerging of the formerly lost hair.

Healthy Hair:

For maintaining Vitamin B12 is important for healthy nervous system and the formation of red blood cells and a compromise in either of these can affect our hair.

Pigmentation:

Melanin, the amino acid in form, support healthy growth along with boosting function. It is responsible for the pigmentation and color of hair and skin. Vitamin B12 helps to encourage the re-pigmentation of the hair and also maintains the original color of the hair.

Being aware of the consumption of food and drink and also the products you buy for the use and how you deal with stress, can help you improving the health and well-being of your hair.

How Important is Vitamin B-12 for Hair Color?

Those who wish to turn their hair color from gray to black, Vitamin B-12 is vitally important for them. Not only that, it prevents further hair graying. According to the expert, the dietary deficiency of vitamin B-12 might be the cause of gray hair. It might happen in case of children also.

It is often found that in spite of consuming enough Vitamin B-12, there simply might be deficiency of the vitamin. It is because of fact that the vitamin is absorbed excessively and can’t be stored. The Dietary Reference Intake, or DRI, established for vitamin B-12 is 2.4 mg per day for males and females age 14 and over. One who want to get rid of the problem of gray hair must take retain the vitamins.

Related:- 20 Foods That Are Highly Loaded With Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 Helps Growth

Gray Hair Theories – You Should Know the Truth

 

There are a lot of “skin and hair care” myths out there, so we want to debunk a few. Discovering the truth will ultimately help you properly combat your hair issues. Gray Hair Theories – You Should Know the Truth

 

Only The Old (Aged) Gray?

Gray hair is the result of the lack of melanin, the pigment that gives hair its color. Each person has their own pace and ability to produce it, which is why you see some people who at the age of 25 are already “painted gray” and others who are over 50 and still retain their natural color.

1 + 1 = Two Grays ?

False. There is still no scientific basis to support this theory or rumor. There is no possibility to evaluate what would happen if we plucked that first gray hair, which most people do.

You’re Stressing Me Equals More Grays.

False (to be tested). It is a little difficult to determine if a “peak stress” today will result in gray hair tomorrow. The pressure we experience in our society does not forgive anyone, but this is not why there are more gray-haired in the streets than about fifty years ago. There are family groups more likely to have gray hair than others, due the genes related to the loss of hair color.

Genetics determines the average age at which a person begins to have gray hair. Test it analyzing your family and you will find out for yourself.

Gray Hair Is Gray.

False. The mixture of dark hair with gray hair gives a visual effect that makes us see it as if it were gray. But in reality, the color of gray hair is yellow, not white or gray. This is because only the hue that arises without keratin or corresponding melanin remains. Depending on the inner part of the hair, it can be more yellowish or more whitish.

Lack of Vitamin B12 Accelerates Gray Hair Growth.

True. If you are still young (under 35 years) and you have a lot of gray hairs, this is probably due to a lack of vitamin B, especially B5 complex and pantothenic acid. You can use a vitamin complex or start eating foods that contain it.

Gray Hair Can Only Be Dyed (with permanent color).

False. There are many remedies to cover the gray hair, and you should not get carried away by the myth that the permanent dye is the only technique that works.

Gray Hair Theories

Six Fall Skin Care Routines|Expert Beauty Tips

The dog days of summer are definitely over and for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere. We’ve come to the realization that it’s time to say goodbye to the shorts, sandals and flip-flops. It’s hello – scarfs, coats, hoodies and heaters.

As the season transitions from summer to autumn, the same goes for our skin care. Our physical bodies are literally recuperating from the elemental effects of summer. For instance, our skin is left damaged or burned due to the excessive heat from the hot summer months of sunbathing and visits to the water-parks. Add to that, the salt build-up or chlorine damage to our scalp and hair – from surfing the ocean waves or swimming in the backyard pool. The summer heat and our bodies have been one unified front.

“As the seasons change, so should your skin care regimen in order to feel its optimal health” expresses Dermatologist Lawrence Jaeger, D.O. of Advanced Dermatology Associates.

Basically the steps we must now begin to put in our respective regimen may remain the same, but the products our skin, hair & nails needs, will have to change dramatically for the fall season.

But no worries. We’ve got you covered.

Six Fall Skin Care Routines

SIX FALL SKIN, HAIR & NAIL CARE ROUTINES.

Expert Tips for Achieving Optimum Health.

 

SUNSCREEN

Keep your sunscreen handy even after the long days of summer are over. A sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or more will protect the skin from aging ultraviolet rays in the fall.

A physical sunblock containing zinc or titanium oxide are ideal for everyday wear in the colder months.

EXFOLIATING CLEANSER

Fall is the time to start adding regular exfoliation to your skincare routine. A gentle facial scrub can help remove sun damaged skin cells for brighter, smoother skin by retaining moisture.

RETINOL

Retinol, also known as “vitamin A”, can help dramatically reduce the appearance of brown spots caused by the summer sun, lines, and wrinkles. A non-prescription retinol serum or a prescription retinoid is recommended, although retinol and prescription retinoids are scientifically proven to smooth the texture of the skin. Retinol is also known to delay skin aging.

USE NATURAL HAIR INGREDIENTS

Prevent further drying your hair by keeping your products all-natural. “Natural ingredients are the go-to because they won’t strip your hair of oils like synthetic and alcohol based ingredients do,”

Make sure to use a clarifying shampoo that washes away normal wear and tear from the environment like pollution and smoke, but does not strip your hair of its natural oils and lipids.

Take The Sunshine Vitamin

The coming of fall means shorter and cooler days. Most people are likely to spend less time in the sun. Especially for the northern part of the United States, supplementation of vitamin D becomes really important. Vitamin D is a gene-regulating super nutrient that helps with seasonal depression (SAD), the immune system, heart health, diabetes, and obesity. Vitamin D insufficiency affects almost 50% of the population worldwide.

Researchers recommend 2,500 IUs every day, especially in the colder months.

Boost Your Immune System.

With the changing season, now is the perfect time to boost your immune system.

Some of natural immune-boosters are: to drink plenty of fresh water, eat plenty of alive (living) raw foods, garlic, lysine, probiotics, Vitamins B, C and D, E3 Live, reishi mushroom, zinc, propolis and Manuka honey.

Another powerful way to boost your immune system and keep strong is to use the power of exercise. Remember get that beauty sleep, too.

The key to a optimum healthy skin, hair and nails begins with having a great regime or routine. Inquire with your dermatologist or skin care specialist for more tips on reaching your optimum health.

 

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Halloween Face Paint – How Toxic Is It?

Halloween is next week and the costumes are already in place to be adorned by children and adults. Halloween face-paint is all the rave. It’s the art of creation that makes any relationship with a makeup artist, a very prized one. But just how safe is the paint you’re about to smear all over your little one’s and your own face?

Halloween Face Paint – Trick, Treat or Toxic.

If you’re using face paint to add to your look this Halloween, it’s important to make sure you’re choosing the right products to avoid any harmful effects or skin reactions.

According to a report in 2009 by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), a national coalition of nonprofit groups working to eliminate harmful chemicals from personal care products.

After testing ten major kids face paints sold in the US, the study found that all ten of the face paints tested contained lead.

Six out of the ten face paints tested contained the known skin allergens, nickel, cobalt and/or chromium, at levels far exceeding the recommendations of industry studies.

Yes, the amounts were low – but, as Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) points out, there’s no safe level of lead exposure, which is why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends protecting children from it.

Unfortunately things haven’t changed since then in the industry, as a recent report by (CSC) “Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kids’ Makeup was spearheaded by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and released by the Breast Cancer Fund and the California Public Interest Research Group. The report comes courtesy of the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF), which sent 48 different Halloween face paints to an independent lab to have them tested for the presence of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury. Nearly half the paints had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal, and some contained up to four different ones. Paints with dark pigments were more likely to contain heavy metals — and at high concentrations.

The report says that of the 48 Halloween face paints tested, 21 had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal and some had as many as four. Lead was found in nearly 20 percent of the paints and cadmium in nearly 30 percent.

Lead is linked to learning disabilities and developmental problems in children and cadmium is linked to breast, kidney, lung and prostate cancers, according to the report.

 

No Regulation On Makeup. 

So, how and why are these harmful products permitted in face paint, even though lead has been banned in regulated products like house paint for decades?

Unfortunately make-up is not regulated. The law does not require cosmetic products and ingredients, other than color additives, to have FDA approval before they go on the market.

Therefore the consequences of lead exposure are serious and rampant. The California Department of Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch website states that lead poisoning can harm a child’s nervous system and brain when they are still forming.

  • – Lead can lead to a low blood count (anemia).
  • – Small amounts of lead in the body can make it hard for children to learn, pay attention, and succeed in school.
  • – Higher amounts of lead exposure can damage the nervous system, kidneys, and other major organs. Very high exposure can lead to seizures or death.

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The Safest Options.

Since all of the face paints CSC tested contained lead, and none of the metals they found were listed on the ingredient labels, the CSC actually recommends avoiding Halloween face paint altogether until safety standards are put in place. CSC urges parents that, if they do choose to use face paint, they keep it away from kids’ mouths and hands so they don’t ingest it.

  • Go Natural: Homemade is the way. Make your own dyes and colors. The CSC has provided some DIY recipes using food or natural food coloring on their website.
  • “Say No” To Paint Kits: Don’t use paint kits. Professional face paint is actually cosmetic makeup that is made with ingredients that are safe for use on the skin. Halloween face paint kits often contain dyes or color additives that are not FDA-compliant. Never use craft paint, acrylic paint, markers or pens on the skin, which can cause an allergic reaction and can be very difficult to remove. Use cosmetic makeup products will come off easily using only soap and water.
  • Do a Patch Test (Skin Allergy): Patch testing may help to find the cause of allergic contact dermatitis.Whenever you use a new makeup product on yourself or your child, you should always do a patch test to check for sensitivity. “Non-toxic” doesn’t mean it won’t cause a skin reaction. Take a small amount of the product and apply it on the inside of your elbow. Watch for any kind of immediate reaction after about 20 minutes or so.
  • Wash Off With Soap & Water: Most of the times face paint products wash off with mild soap and water. For best results, remove with a high quality baby wipe or baby shampoo, water and a wash cloth. Avoid using low cost baby wipes, as these can be irritating to young children’s skin.
  • Moisturize Your Skin Post-Removal To Avoid Irritation: To reduce your chances of any skin irritation, breakout or redness, Alice and Pressler believe that it’s best to prepare you face and body before even applying the paint to begin with. Make sure that the makeup is put on to clean, dry skin and steer clear of painting over any wounds or rashes.
  • Also be sure to include a smoothing on a gentle skin moisturizer post-removal. “You can use Olay, Burt’s Bees or something from a health foods store. If you’re skin is really irritated, try an ointment like Lucas PaPaw,”