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Daily skin care tips on General Health
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Care Tips: General Health

Are you getting your omega-3s?
Essential fatty acids - the omega-3s that you keep reading about - are good for your overall health, and they're also good for your skin too. Because they can't be produced by your body, sufficient in-take must come from food sources.
Go green with your laundry!
Conserve water by washing only full loads. Laundering several small loads wastes water and energy. Over the course of one year, an average family that washes only full loads of clothing can save up to 2,000 litres of water every month!
Exercise benefits your health and your skin!
Exercise isn't just good for your heart…it's good for your skin too! By promoting capillary function and collagen production, exercise can actually decrease and slow the signs of premature aging.
The best defense against the cold or flu
Flu and cold season is upon us and it’s likely that you know of someone at school or the office who’s feeling under the weather. Take action and protect yourself by washing your hands often.
A new vaccine is available for shingles
The first signs of a shingles outbreak can be easily mistaken for another illness. Early signs can include rash-like blisters, fever, chills, or numbness on one side of the face.
Exercise reduces cancer risk
A recent study was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research’s 7th Annual International Conference suggesting that regular physical activity can lower a woman’s overall risk of cancer.
Smoking and premature aging of the skin
Research has confirmed that smoking ages the skin due to the increased production of an enzyme that breaks down collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein that maintains the skin’s elasticity.
Combat dry skin with hydration
If your eczema flares-up or you experience the irritating effects from dry skin during the winter season, the key to finding relief is to keep your skin well hydrated throughout the day.
Exercise to improve the condition of your skin
Exercise benefits your whole body, but did you know that it can also vastly improve the condition of your skin?
Drink lots of water!
Increase your body's natural moisture level by staying hydrated throughout the day. The first step to achieving radiant skin is to make certain that your daily intake of water is sufficient to continually restore hydration to your body.
Eating veggies helps your skin ...
It is not surprising for you to hear that your parents were right! Eating a wide variety of vegetables, particularly those high in vitamins A, C and E (such as spinach, carrots, red bell peppers and tomatoes), will ensure that your diet is rich in antioxidants.
What causes canker sores?
What causes canker sores? These open sores found on the inside of the mouth may be caused by injury (like biting the inside of your cheek by accident), infection, stress, certain foods and even hormonal changes.
Get your beauty sleep!
Getting enough sleep is a challenge these days. It might motivate you to get more rest if you consider that sleep as an essential, complex process that is regulated by the brain.
How smoking affects your skin ...
One of the effects of smoking on the skin is premature aging. Smoking causes the blood vessels in your skin to narrow.
What causes hives?
Hives (also known as urticaria) is a common inflammatory skin reaction that can be brought about by an allergic or nonallergic event. One of the main characterizing features is the presence of welts (raised red skin).
Keep stress in check!
Being stressed can overload your immune system, making you more prone to cold sores, infections and illness. Heightened and/or sustained levels of stress and negative emotions can cause some skin conditions to flare-up or worsen - these include eczema, acne, hives, psoriasis and hair loss.
Suspect that you have shingles?
See your doctor right away. Shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia) is a reactivation of the herpes zoster virus (varicella-zoster), the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Back from the tropics?
Many people who have been traveling in warm climates or those who sweat a lot can experience a fungal infection called tinea versicolor. Warm, moist environments are ideal conditions for this type of fungus to proliferate.
Make sure the shoe fits!
Taking the time to find shoes that fit properly can help you to avoid problems with your feet. Improperly fitting shoes, especially if worn over an extended period of time, can cause bunions, calluses, corns, hammertoes and other disabling foot ailments.
The wrinkle in smoking ...
One of the effects of smoking on the skin is premature aging. Smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the top layers of your skin. When blood flow to the skin becomes impaired, it results in oxygen depletion and deprivation of vital nutrients.
Antioxidants repair damaged cells ...
Antioxidants are substances found in foods that have the ability to prevent or reduce the oxidative damage that occurs in your body.
Heading into the pool?
Have a quick shower first, and be sure to thoroughly soak your hair - this will stop your hair from absorbing too much chlorine, which can leave it dry and brittle. A quick rinse before entering the pool will also remove dirt, sweat and oils.
Getting insects to bug off!
DEET is short for a chemical (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) that is commonly used as the active ingredient in many products designed to repel (not kill) insects, especially mosquitoes.
Getting enough vitamin D?
Did you know that vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption? Although sunscreens are perhaps the most essential part of skin care, you do need exposure to the sun to enable vitamin D synthesis to occur.