Monday, 30 December 2013

Top Four Ways to Get Rid Of Oily Skin

Not everyone has a normal skin type and although there are some people who have a combination of different skin types on different parts of their body most people tend to have either dry or oily skin. Although younger women are more likely to have normal skin but with time their skin types may begin to change. The type of skin you have will vary depending on a number of factors such as water content, oil (lipid) content and sensitivity levels. One particular skin type most women have trouble dealing with is oily skin also known as Seborrhea. Everyone has sebaceous glands that produce oil to keep the skin protected however for some people (particularly women) these gland produce more oil than normal which results in enlarged pores, dull or shiny skin tone and sometimes a thick complexion. This may result to other conditions such as blackheads, pimples or other blemishes which become worse as a result of stress, exposure to heat, poor diet and even due to exposure to too much humidity. If you want to get rid of oily skin  here are a four skin care regimes you could try.

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A gel cleanser is the best facial cleanser to use and will provide you with a deep follicular cleansing leaving your skin feeling fresh and soft. You are best advised to avoid any cream cleanser as it will leave a thin layer on your face which can worsen your oily skin problems. Avoid using soaps that are not designed for your oily skin as they tend to leave your skin dry. You should also consider washing your skin no more than twice a day.

Clay Masks
Clay masks are great for oily skin as they do not only soak up all the dirt and grease but will also unclog pores. It is recommended that you use a clay mask at least once a week to minimize the appearance of pores.  Ensure that the mask does not dry completely to the point it starts to flake, this will draw all the moisture out of your skin causing dehydration and irritation. Then once a week use an exfoliated scrub to remove the dead skin cells as well as the oil and dirt that accumulate on your skin. The granules within the scrub are effective in clearing large pores when gently massage into your skin. Choose a product that containing Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) which

Saturday, 21 December 2013

In Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness… what is happiness? An intense emotion of joy or contentment, based on an individual’s understanding or perception of what may bring him or her to that respective state. Like a fingerprint some may come slightly close but never the same, perhaps the same is said about happiness for where one person may find pleasure or joy another person only sees pain and misery. Therefore happiness is a personal journey that you can only achieve on your own accord. Achieving happiness now that’s a different thing altogether, we do not always get what we want nor do we always want what we get and as the great Greek philosopher, Socrates once said, “he who is not content with what he has would not be content with what he would like to have.”

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Finding contentment with what you have is the first step towards happiness, knowing that whatever you have is enough. The grass will always be greener on the other side but what most people do not realize is that the person on the other side is probably thinking the same thing. Your effort is rightly reflected in your rewards, at times it may not seem as much but with time it will seem more than enough. Contentment should be the foundation on which you should build your happiness upon, it is not only stable but enduring. Contentment, in an overall sense, is being thankful for all you have and for all the past events that have led you to where you are.

The pursuit of happiness sometimes requires yours set up four walls to protect you from suffering and any event that can take you off your journey. These include;

Pleasant Environment; happiness is infectious when you surrounding yourself with happy people you are bound to be a happier person. In pursuit of happiness it is important not to spend your day

Monday, 9 December 2013

Getting Out of Your Depressed State

Depression is best described as being in a low mood where you may feel sad, anxious, empty, hurt or helpless. The state of depression will affect your thoughts, behavior and feelings which will eventually affect your overall health. Some symptoms common with depression include the loss of interest in the things that you once enjoyed doing, lack of appetite, digestive problems and fatigue. Depression is not always a psychiatric disorder as it may at time be associated with life events, medical condition or a side effect to certain drugs. However prolonged depression will require psychiatric treatment or you may opt for natural cures for depression.

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The natural treatment for depression which proves to be very effective requires you to get into a daily routine, this is to bring some form of normality back into your life until you stabilize. You can start out by setting target or goals that you want to achieve in a day, it could be meeting with friends or even cleaning the house. Trying something new or fun will help you to challenge yourself to start thinking positive thought and believing in what you can achieve. In addition you should ensure you eat healthy meals and get enough sleep and with time you will

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Dealing with Stress

Psychological Stress would be defined as the feeling of strain and pressure. Some of the symptoms associated with stress include anxiety, nervousness, high or low blood pressure, skin eruptions and panic attacks. Positive stress is at time desirable especially to athletes’ performance however excessive stress will be harmful to your body.  Stress can be external (environmental factors) or internal (emotional factors) and can worsen existing conditions such as clinical depression, cardiovascular diseases and HIV.

How to Manage Stress?

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Friend and Family
Sharing your problems with your trusted friend or family member will help you relieve stress. However if they are the stressors in your situation a guidance counselor would be a better alternative. Most churches offer counseling services for free or you could seek out a professional.

Prayer and Meditation
Meditation or pray helps your mind focus on your situation at the same time relaxing your body. When you share your problems with God, you allow yourself to heal by releasing your problems that have been giving you stress. Do not know how to pray visit Victory International for a prayer on depression

Taking up exercising for a few minutes every day has been known to relief stress almost immediately. So whether it is taking a walk, swimming or joining a yoga

Friday, 6 December 2013

Backpacking India - Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
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The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park with its exquisite natural beauty is renowned world over for its diversity of wildlife and the largest forest swamp in the North-East Asia. The park is situated 10km north from Tinsukia district in Assam. The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park covers an area of 340 sq kms between the Lohit and the Dibru rivers. The park was declared a sanctuary in 1986 and elevated to a National Park in 1999. Home to over 36 species of mammal as well as over 382 species of birds, the park was initially a sanctuary for the Whitewinged wood ducks in their natural habitat. However, it is popular for their Feral Horses that roam the park. The Feral horses are commonly known as Janghali ghura and there are over 79 feral horses that are found in Assam. The reason for their popularity is based on the fact that their actual origins are not known, however some have concluded that they are descendants of the horses that escaped the army camps during World War II. The Ferah horses together with the Tigers, Asian Elephants and the Red Giant Flying Squirrel, I believe make up the big four mammals of Dibru-Saikhowa National park. Tourist will also enjoy seeing the Hoolock Gibbon, Gangentic River Dolphins and Wild Buffalos which are just as popular in the Assam tourism sector.

The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is open throughout the year however the best time to visit would be around November to April. The park has no road for vehicles; this requires visitors to hire small motorized boats to travel within the park or a guide to walk them through some of the areas situated in the park. If you would like to stay longer, you can always find accommodations a few kilometers

Thursday, 5 December 2013

What You Did Not Know About Herpes
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Herpes is not always sexually transmitted but it is caused by an infection called Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).  Some types of herpes self heal with time where others may require antiviral treatment, it is unfortunate though that none of serious infection of herpes can be cured. There are 8 types of herpes that affect human beings.

Types of Herpes
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1)      Human Herpes Virus 1(HHV1) which causes cold sores around the mouth and can lead to infection around the genital area and can be spread through sharing items.
2)      Human Herpes Virus 2(HHV2) also known as Herpes Simplex Virus 2(HSV2)which also causes cold sores around the mouth and genitalia and can be spread through skin contact.
3)      Human herpes Virus 3(HHV3) also known as varicella-zoster virus and which cause chickenpox and is transmitted through skin contact. Herpes zoster or shingles is also a HHV3 virus which is much serious and takes even longer to heal.
4)      Human herpes virus 4 also known as Epstein-barr is the major cause of mononucleosis or mono the kissing disease and is transmitted through saliva.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Probiotics And You

Probiotics are microorganisms such as yeast or bacteria that the body requires to boost immunity and maintain good health. An individual already contains over 400 different types of microorganisms in the digestive system. These probiotics can be taken in as food or supplements. Some foods which are rich in probiotics include yogurt, honey, soya milk, dark chocolate and even olives. Probiotic supplements are commonly used to treat or prevent side effects caused by antibiotics.

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The Benefits of Probiotics In Your Digestive System

      ·         They assist the body detoxify heavy metals and chemicals.
      ·         They fight and prevent the overgrowth of candida yeast and toxic bacteria.
·         They help in the repair of the intestinal lining by inducing reactive oxygen species.
·         They help the body produce B-Complex vitamins and vitamin K.

      ·         They improve the absorption of nutrients in the digestive system.
·         They provide comfort to individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by reducing          some of the symptoms which include abdominal pain.
·         They reinforce the intestine mucous membrane immunity and increase the body’s resistance to            infection.

Health Benefits Provided by Probiotics
Probiotics mainly differ according to their genus, species and strain. There are different strains of

Friday, 29 November 2013

New to Yoga

Yoga gives you the chance to live a long and healthily life. Yoga is a mind-body practice comprising of a number of poses and breathing techniques. Yoga classes usually wind up with 20-30 minutes of meditation to relax your body and mind. Yoga has been known to relieve chronic pains and stress enhancing your well being and is a spiritual and health journey you should try. There are different types of yoga which include Power yoga class, Hatha yoga (Vinyasa), Bikram (hot) yoga class and others. They all have a combination of poses that stretch out your body and improving circulation to different parts of your body, depending on the pose. The type of yoga wear depends entirely on the type of yoga class you opt to take.
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It is important to select a yoga wear that is not to tight and uncomfortable to wear. You will be required to stretch out your legs and arms, so ensure that the type of clothing you wear provides you with the freedom to move between poses without tearing. The yoga outfit must not also be too loose as some of the inversion poses will leave you exposed as your top may go over your head. Your yoga wear should consist of a fitting top and yoga pants which will give you the comfort you need as well as allow the instructor to better check your alignment. A Tank top, a Sports bra or a tight fitting T-shirt is great to use however do avoid

Thursday, 28 November 2013

How to Store Your Wine

Everyone loves a good glass of wine once in a while however not everyone know how to store their wine. A wine cellar would be an obvious choice but if you’re home happens to not have one; a closet wine cellar would be an option. The ideal temperate for storing wine is 54°F making a wine cooler just as effective.
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Before the wine bottle is opened it should be stored on its side and once opened the wine is placed in an upright position. White wine should be stored in a closet cellar or cooler where as a red wine could be stored in the open, just ensure you store your wine away from humidity and any strong odors.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Natural cures for fibroids
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Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas or fibromyomas they comprise of smooth muscle and fibrous tissues. One in every four women between the age of 30 to 50 years develop one or more fibroids in their lifetime and fibroids can sometimes run in families. The size of fibroids can be as small as a pea or as large as a melon and may increase or decrease in size over time. There are some instances were fibroids may even disappear over time. They may occur anywhere in the uterus and are thus named accordingly;
  1. Intramural Fibroids are common and grow in the muscle tissue of the uterus.
  2. Pedunculated Fibroids grow outside the uterus and are attached by a narrow stalk.
  3. Subserous Fibroids grow outside the uterus wall into the pelvis.
  4. Submucous Fibroids grow from the inner wall into the uterus.
Fibroids are triggered by estrogen (the hormone produced in the womb) and tend to swell when

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Getting Your Tattoo Removed

Getting your tattoo removed it something most people today would consider doing. A recent survey conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists’ conference was base on over 600 people over a six month period. The finding showed that 45% of the respondents had their tattoo done between the ages of 18 years and 25 years. One third of the respondents regret having their tattoos done. But only half of the one third respondents would consider getting their tattoos removed. Tattoos have grown in popularity over the past year and can be seen in all shapes and sizes on professional athletes to celebrities. Whether or not the tattoo was done by a professional or friend at home, when individuals do get older many would consider having the tattoo removed especially now that the costs of removing tattoos have reduced significantly and the means to do so are easily available. 

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There several reason one would consider removing a tattoo such as;
·         Past regrets
·         Change in life style
·         Maturity
·         Stigmatization
·         Career
·         Dissatisfaction with the quality of the tattoo
·         Altered body image

Whatever the reason the good news is that safer methods are available to remove your tattoo and leave your skin looking healthier than ever. Before laser tattoo removal was developed, other techniques were used to remove tattoos which include Cryosur and Excision which are still used along with skin grafting to remove larger tattoos. Dermabrasion where a wire brush or fraise is used to remove the upper layer of your skin, TCA (Trichloroacetic acid which remover the top layer of the skin and Sabrasion where the skin is scrubbed with salt. Patients respond better to laser tattoo removal providing that they have not developed excessive scarring from previous treatments.

Laser tattoo removal is more popular as it can be tailored to suit each individual case as each tattoo is unique on its own. The number of treatments may vary depending on the age of the patient, size and colour of the tattoo as well as whether the tattoo was done by a professional or not. The colour of the patient’s skin as well as the depth to which the tattoo pigment extends will affect the removal technique and the number of visits. It is easier to remove a tattoo on a dark complexion than on a lighter complexion. Most patients do not require any anesthesia for the treatment and once the treatment is done, a bandage or patch is used to protect the site. However of a patient should experience pain , the physician may elect to use some form of anesthesia such as topic cream anesthesia cream or a painkiller is injected during the procedure.

Some patients may experience some side effects associated with laser removal such as

     1   .    Infection which may lead to a permanent scar
2   .    Hypopigmentation where the treated kin is lighter than the surrounding skin
3   .    Hyperpigmentation where the treated kin is darker than the surrounding skin

However Laser tattoo removal is considered safer and more effective because of its unique ability to selectively treat pigment involved in the tattoo. To have your tattoo removed you should ensure you use a reputable dermatologist or cosmetic surgery center. To ensure you get the proper treatment and care, it is advisable to get a recommendation from your family doctor.

Make The Change For A Healthier Lifestyle
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A healthier lifestyle has numerous benefits from stimulating your mind and even elimination of toxins from your body. Your decision to make a healthier life style change should come about when you find yourself constantly exhausted and probably over weight or stressed by your daily routine. Whatever the reasons maybe you need to prepare yourself spiritually and psychologically to commit to the changes you will make throughout your Healthier lifestyle journey. Take the first step and