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Avoid Getting Sunburned

Posted on May 1, 2017 in My Blog

You wouldnt really think that youd get sunburn during your ski trip, especially if its in the middle of the winter season, perpetually grey skies and all. But the truth is, youre more susceptible to sunburn at higher altitudes, than you are at the base of the mountain. In fact, what you might think is windburn may actually be sunburn. Thats because the atmosphere is a lot thinner in higher altitudes.

So how do you protect yourself from the suns UV rays while youre on the slopes? Here are a few tips on how to avoid sunburn during your ski vacation:

Invest on goggles with UV ray protection. Your ski goggles do more than just protect your eyes from wind and elements. Provided that your goggles have 100% UV protection, they can also shield your eyes from UVA, UVB and UVC rays.

TIP: Get a pair of goggles with the following features, aside from UV protection:

Reflective lenses These lenses act like one-way mirrors, preventing anyone from seeing your eyes. They also deflect light, thus allowing less light to penetrate the lenses.

Polarized lenses These lenses reduce the glare from the snow and the sun, thus allowing you better visibility while you ski.

Cover up! Think twice before skiing in your bikini top come spring time. Unless youve slathered on sweat-proof and sports appropriate sunscreen with SPF 60 on all exposed areas, youll have to cover up with a thin, long sleeve sweater.

TIP: Neck gaiters will not only protect your neck from the UV rays, theyll also make you look like a pro.

Wear sunscreen. Goggles will only provide protection to your eyes, but your face is likely exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. That is why it is important that you wear a water-resistant sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 before you leave for the mountains.

REMINDER: No matter how water- or sweat-resistant your sunscreen claims to be, youll need to reapply every 2-3 hours to keep your skin protected.

Get a lipbalm with sun protection. Your lips, too, are just as prone to sun damage as it is susceptible to dryness and chafing. Hence, a lip balm with SPF is a good investment, especially if you frequently go on ski vacations.

But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Hence, it is important for you to take all the necessary precautions to ensure that you have a fun and hassle-free ski trip.

4 Home Treatments For Dry Skin

Posted on April 20, 2017 in My Blog

Although it is important to take care of your whole skin, the skin on the face should be given even more care as a way of enhancing your overall appearance. However, there are the times when the face continues to be dry and itchy even when you have invested time and effort in taking good care of it. To provide the appropriate treatment and protection when the skin on the face is dry, it is important that you know your skin type. The basic skin types are normal, sensitive, dry and oily with each of them having their own complications that require good care to look good.

Most times, taking of care of dry skin on the face is more challenging than others and requires special attention. It is for this reason that it is important to find the best beauty products that will keep the face moisturized all day long. However, in case the dry skin needs treatment then there are a number of home remedies for dry skin on face to choose from. These home remedies are usually made from simple ingredients that are normally found in the home. Some of the most popular remedies that can be made from home include:

  • Coconut oil

Coconut oil has the ability to moisten dry skin on the face in a more natural way resulting in softer skin that is in contrast to its previous scaly appearance. The fatty acid in the oil also ensures that the moisture on the skin is not lost regardless of the weather. For excellent results, apply a generous amount of the coconut oil on the whole face just before getting into bed and then ensuring that it is washed off every morning.

  • Banana yoghurt face pack

The mixture of yoghurt and bananas can make even the most exhausted dry skin look alive and rejuvenated. The bananas used are mashed and the yoghurt added, for it to form a sticky mixture that is applied on dry patches on the skin and left for thirty minutes before being rinsed off using warm water. The use of this face pack leaves the skin moisturized while exfoliating the skin to remove dead cells.

  • Sugar and Lemon juice

These two ingredients when mixed together make an excellent exfoliating scrub that leaves the skin glowing and soft to the touch. The lemon juice has vitamin c that is acidic resulting in a lighter skin tone while encouraging cell growth as well. For good results apply the scrub on the skin in a circular motion especially on the rough spots so that it becomes even.

  • Egg yolk and olive oil

This combination is one of the most important home remedies for dry skin on face because it is a natural antioxidant because of the presence of vitamins K and E. When these two ingredients are whipped together, until they become stable, they can then be applied to the face as a mask. The result is a smooth and well moisturized face.

Keeping Your Brain Working

Posted on April 3, 2017 in My Blog

We can do more for our brains than we realize. And most of what we can do are things that will help our general health as well.

For our brains, and the health of our bodies, it is important to stay hydrated, detoxified and oxygenated. We can do this by drinking plenty of water. Green tea and peppermint tea are also an excellent way to keep hydrated. And smoothies made with fresh fruit and yogurt keep our brains energized.

Having diets that consist of a sufficient supply of fish oil will boost our brain power. The old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away is not just a myth. They really do help our brains and health. Salmon contains omega3 and protein for our bodies and brains; avocados increase blood flow; assorted vegetables, particularly those that are brightly coloured, and fruit. Blueberries in particular are extremely beneficial. Other foods include whole grains, olive oil and cocoa which will be good news for chocolate lovers to know. Important also is to eat a hearty breakfast and to avoid fatty and sugary foods.

Simple solutions to jump starting your brain are to keep a journal; to try writing poetry, even if you think you cant; listen to music and get your body moving. Try learning a foreign language or an instrument. Im giving the piano another try since my few lessons when I was eight years old. Its amazing what I actually have remembered.

Other ideas that are good for your brain and general well-being are to think positively. Theres always two ways of looking at something. Why pick the negative way? Smile and laugh often. It will change your perspective on life. Keep socially active and involved. Listen to the ideas of others. They will give your brain a boost. And have you tried to use chopsticks? That is certainly an experience.

Exercise your memory. Spend time with children, perhaps play Wii with them or some other computer game. Take children on excursions, talk to them and really listen to their views on what they see and think. Children can carry on delightful conversations and you may find that its a whole new way of looking at life. They certainly will make you think faster. Play trivia games and if you dont do well, make it a point to remember trivia facts. Keeping your brain active can include hobbies. What are yours? Reading, knitting, photography, water colours, yoga or meditation?

Physical exercise is good for your brain, your body and your general health. Dont park too close to your destination so that you have a further distance to walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do yard work, walk the dog, swim, dance and play golf.

Most things you do for your brain will also help your body and increase your general sense of well-being. With that, life becomes more enjoyable.

Errors in Thinking

Posted on March 8, 2017 in My Blog

As human beings one of the fundamental elements that sets us apart from any other creature on the planet is our unique ability to think. We have one of the most complex pieces of processing software available, the human brain. The brain can process information as slowly as 0.5 meters/sec or as fast as 120 meters/sec (about 268 miles per hour). But, what happens when it goes wrong? Errors in thinking are thought process that we undertake which is negative or are preventative. By preventative, I mean these negative thoughts will hinder your day-to-day activities.

Some of the more textbook style errors in thinking are people who display a disqualifying attitude towards the positive. This will be a person who completely negates any positive experience. They may refer to them as not counting, as a way of ensuring that these positive attributes are easily dismissible. If they are easily dismissed, and not worth considering to the person involved, then it is hard to move from that negative train of thought and see the positive things in life.

Other examples of errors in thinking are what is often called black and white thinking; this means the individual will classify everything as either good or bad. There is no middle ground or flexibility for consideration of any other opinion. It is one or the other. This is not to be confused with another form of negative thinking, which is catastrophisation. Again, this is an error in thinking that does not say the situation they are experiencing is in one column or the other, but refers to the worst case scenario you could imagine applied to that situation: For example, Jane is running late, she thinks she will be late, she is late, she (in her own mind) is then immediately fired, she cant pay the bills, she loses the house and she immediately faces an apocalyptic style disaster as a consequence of her lateness.

Both errors do have a commonality that they are both placing a huge emphasis on the negative. Jane could have gone in to work late, and the boss says: Hello Jane, thats fine, are you okay?. Sometimes for individuals it is hard to see past the negative consequences of an action and be embroiled in the internal dialogue exploring every possible worst outcome imaginable.

The easiest way to break free of these errors in thinking is to take a step back and for a moment be empowered to consider the facts. The best way to consider any form of information, is to do so calmly; so if you can allow your breathing to return to normal and allow the adrenaline to return to an optimal level. In your new healthy thought process consider the facts: Yes, I am running late, but I used my mobile to tell my boss I am running late; therefore, they know I am going to be late and prepare themselves accordingly. I will, if necessary converse with my boss to discuss how to avoid similar situations in the future. This meeting will not end with me being fired on the spot. This new balanced way of thinking is calm and collected. It promotes the use of factual information to give a more rounded view and considers positive actions made by the individual concerned.

If you, or you think somebody you know has similar issues to the ones mentioned but may not have gained a calm and collected way of thinking yet, the best thing you can do is be a friend. Listen to them. However, if this fails or you dont think this course of action is for you, please refer your friend to a professional therapist at Talking therapy such as hypnotherapy, counseling and CBT can help remove errors that would otherwise impede your life or that of another. A therapist can offer you an impartial view that can in a short number of sessions help you be rid of errors in thinking, giving you the opportunity to start anew, living life to the fullest.

How to Stay Healthy

Posted on February 15, 2017 in My Blog

Your first step for maintaining good health is eating right and getting enough exercise. This is probably one of the theoretically least challenging aspects of staying healthy, but it is often difficult to put into action. Making healthy food choices on the daily basis and finding time to exercise is easier said than done. Busy lives often lead to choosing foods that are quick and easy, and often prepared ahead of time. Exercising when there is work to be done, kids to be cared for, and other chores to handle is often a tough thing to prioritise. Getting adequate sleep is really important and using sleep aids such as a power band can be a great way to get it! Sleep deprivation is one of the main reasons why people dont lose weight sleep well and burn fat while you sleep!  If you want to stay healthy and happy, work hard to make healthy food choices and try to fit exercise into your schedule at least three to five times each week.

Another part of a healthy life is keeping your stress levels under control. Exercising will go a long way in controlling your stress, but you may need to do more. If you experience stress on the regular basis, it can have long-term effects on your health. Be sure you take time to relax and do not let stress build up over time.