Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Importance Of Skin Care

skin care productsWe all know how important it is to look after ourselves. Especially as we grow older, our skin becomes more sensitive and susceptible to the elements. Everything from the weather to the makeup we wear affects our skin. So it is vitally important that we get into the habit of looking after our skin.

There are many ways to look after our skin, and while some are very simple, but just because it seems simple, skin care is something we shouldn’t forget to do. Small things start with if you are a smoker this can have a huge affect on how your skin reacts. Another major factor is making sure you’re sun smart. This may seem so basic and self explanatory, yet sun exposure is a major factor in skin cancers developing.

Always use sun screen, and if you’re a women who takes pride in your looks, there are many different tinted sunscreens available, giving you the same result as foundation but with the added bonus of sun protection. Always make sure to regularly check your skin for any unusual or suspicious blemishes and moles. Always use natural skin care products.

A great part of skin care is that there is so many products available to help with different skin problems. Not only do we have moisturizer, but there are cleansers, exfoliates and anti aging serums available to help us maintain our skin. For those that are new to the skin care regimes, you may not be familiar with some of these terms. Cleansers are designed to clean out you pores, which is important especially if you are a makeup wearer.

Exfoliates are designed to scrub and remove dead skin and dirt from your skin which gives it a smooth quality. And there are a variety of anti aging creams available designed to target different problems, from general wrinkles to crow’s feet, under eye bags and more. Skin care is entirely a personal thing. From frequency of use to choosing products, it’s important to find what works for you. Because every person’s skin is different what works for one person won’t necessarily be right for you.skin products

Quite often when you’re new to skin care it can be a trial and error process as you work out what it is that works best for your skins needs. Some people’s skin will be oily while others are dry, and some are young and some are older. So ask around, search out different possible products that you might try. Check out here for amazing skin care products.

Skin care is an ongoing thing. Because we are in our skins for our whole lives, they experience everything we do. So it is vital that we treat our skin with care and respect. With proper skin care you can also keep at bay or stop some skin problems before they become painful and unsightly, or in some cases even life threatening. So remember to keep your skin hydrated, protected and away from things that would otherwise hinder your ability to look after it. You’ll thank yourself in the end.

The Health Benefits Of Pets

pet benefitsIn Australia, pet ownership is quite common with people owning everything from cats and dogs to rats and ponies. Pets provide valuable companionship that is often undervalued.

There is much evidence to suggest that pets are more than just a non-human being with which we chose to share our lives. Animal companionship is linked to a myriad of health benefits.

First and foremost is the mental health benefits associated with pet ownership. For many people who may not have strong human relationships in their lives, animals provide loyal companionships that helps to alleviate loneliness. In addition, many pets bring to light opportunities for socialisation with other humans.

Dog walking is a prime example, as many people who are walking their animals converse with those engaged in a similar activity. Pet ownership also enables many people to join various clubs and societies that open the door to many social events. Dog clubs and horse riding clubs are a just two examples of organisations brought about by pet ownership.

Not surprisingly, pets have also been found to reduce stress levels. This reduction in stress consequently leads to a reduced risk of heart attack. It has also been found that pets are a great help when it comes to treating anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses.

In terms of the very ill, animals have also been found to have a positive impact. Their ability to reduce stress is perhaps one of the main reasons, as is the companionship they offer. The benefits of animals in terms of sick people is so well documented that many hospitals and nursing homes organise visiting animals with much success.

For patients suffering pain, animals can also provide a welcome reprieve. By reducing anxiety, pain is also reduced. Studies have found that people who used pet therapy in conjunction with regular surgery recovery methods generally require less pain medication than those who do not undergo pet therapy.

Amazingly, it has also been found that some pets possess the ability to notice when a diabetic owner’s blood sugar level has dropped. A study found that on third of pets change their behaviour when this happens, perhaps as a reaction to chemical changes in the body. This can of course be very helpful – and even lifesaving in some cases.

Owning a pet also leads to more exercise in many cases. If you have a dog, you walk it and play with it. If you own a horse you spend much time caring for it and riding it. The physical activity associated with animal ownership is very beneficial to the physical health of a human. It has also been found that pets can decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, due to the exercise they inspire.

Recent research has also touched on the value of children growing up with pets. Aside from teaching children empathy, responsibility and compassion, growing up alongside pets can actually reduce the likelihood of children developing allergies and asthma.

This doesn’t just include animal-related allergies – it is thought that it can reduce the acquisition or severity of allergies in general. Greater benefits have been recorded in households where animals sleep indoors, perhaps due to increased exposure.

So if you want to improve the health of you and your family, consider inviting an animal into your home today!

Maintaining Mental Health Throughout The Working Week

mental healthAs people’s modern work lives become more and more sedentary and computer-based, there has been a lot of attention paid to how a lack of activity and prevalence of overwork can negatively impact on physical health and contribute to all kinds of negative health conditions.

However, as is too often the case, mental health concerns have fallen to the wayside. The impact on your mindset from working long hours and not exercising regularly is considerable, even though it may not affect you as directly as its detriments on your physical health – or show itself as clearly to others.

It’s important to shore yourself up against possible negative mental health effects of overwork or unsatisfying routine. There are plenty of things you can do to improve how you feel about your work and how it affects you mentally, and many of them involve simple thought discipline – no money at all! Changing your attitudes regarding the world around you and how you choose to interpret what happens and your own actions doesn’t cost a cent and doesn’t have to be difficult.

One thing you should always be doing is considering your mental health to be as important as your physical health, and treating problems with your mood and thoughts the same way you would a bodily complaint.

Just as you would avoid unhealthy behaviours resulting in bodily harm, so too should you avoid patterns of thought and behaviour that will negatively affect you mentally. It’s important to identify these negative patterns, and it isn’t always easy – they can often appear to be the most natural thing in the world to think.

Work-related stress is a major factor in worker dissatisfaction, anxiety and depression – and it can come in all shapes and sizes. Identifying causes of workplace stress can be invaluable for workers. Do you have a workmate who acts inappropriately towards you verbally or physically?

Do you feel like your workload isn’t fair for your position or pay rate? These are tremendously stress-causing issues that many workers contend with every day, and it’s definitely worth raising them with your team leader or boss.

There are physical measures you can take to keep your mind healthy and improve your general mental state, as well. Regular physical exercise has been proven to fight off depression and anxiety and make you generally feel calm. It’s recommended to take regular breaks from sitting at your work computer to stretch, walk around and stay active – and engaging in physical activity two or three times a week will do wonders for your mental state.

Of course, if you’re feeling particularly down or like you can’t handle an issue or feeling that you’re experiencing, it’s crucial to see a trained mental health expert. It may be the case that your workplace offers free counselling services, which you should definitely take advantage of if you need them.  Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about problems you’re experiencing – everyone goes through dark times.

Beauty Tips For Those Chilly Months

beauty tipsAre the grey winter mornings leaving you feel drab? As well as saying bye bye to that healthy tan, the colder months can really take a toll on our bodies. From dry skin to frizzy hair there are plenty of things we need to accommodate for in a beauty regime. Here are some quick tips to get you feeling fabulous in the chilly months.

Moisture

A lot of us may be fooled into thinking that because winter means heaps of rain and damp air that the skin would actually be better off than it is in summer. While you might not be getting as much rays on your trips outside, dry skin is a common problem in winter. This is especially the case for those who often use heaters in the home and work place.

For that reason, it is important that you adopt a regular moisturising routine. Moisturising both morning and night is best, if you find that makes your skin too oily try applying it at night just before you go to bed. This means you won’t be washing your hands and damaging all of your hard work. It’s also a good idea to purchase a lip balm, cracked lips can not only look unappealing but can get quite sore if left over time. Don’t make the mistake of licking your lips constantly in hopes of giving them extra moisture; it actually has the opposite effect.

Hair

Dry and frizzy hair is winter’s unwanted visitors that stay past their welcome. If you are trying to wage a war against damaged hair you need to be equipped with the best weapons. Make it a habit of doing a full hair treatment once a month. This doesn’t have to expensive as there are really great ones in supermarkets that are affordable. You can also go DIY and make one at home! Avocado is a great way to hydrate and tame unruly hair.

Makeup

One of the biggest complaints come winter is dull and pale skin. Give yourself a pick me up by purchasing a tanning moisturiser. Not only will this help you keep your skin smooth and hydrated, it will eventually lead to a healthy glow. Best of all, because this is gradual, you can stop when you are happy with the colour and won’t get the nasty surprise of looking like a Cheeto.

If you don’t want to use tanning creams, moisturisers or sprays, you can purchase a bronzer, tinted moisturiser or foundation. There are plenty of products that look natural in shops that are suitable for any budget. Just be careful not to go overboard and make sure you aren’t left with those unsightly makeup lines around your jaw.

Winter is the opportune time to experiment with colour. Move away from greys and blacks that only leaving you looking and feeling more rundown and bring in a pop of colour. Pick a lipstick that looks great for your complexion or simply add a coloured eye shadow to your peepers. Plum, berry and copper hues seem to be big right now but be as daring as you like.