4 Ways to Combat the Aging Effects of Pollution

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The skin’s barrier is designed to keep pollution out, but unfortunately, it’s not completely impenetrable and these particles are absorbed into the skin on a daily basis, contributing to premature aging.

Ground-level ozone is a gas created when toxic emissions from cars and factories combine with sunlight. The resulting molecule is highly reactive and causes free radicals to form that can damage the lipids and proteins of the skin. The other main pollution source is solid dirt particles, which sit on the surface of the skin and increase inflammation.

While looking older offers legitimate concerns, there are more immediate consequences as well. Airborne pollutants cause a chemical reaction with your natural oils, changing them to a waxier consistency that can clog pores. And those suffering from rosacea can experience flare-ups due to irritants in the air. Read more  »

How to Treat Sun Spots

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Summer is a great time to accumulate some fun memories and experiences with the family. Unfortunately for a lot of women, it’s also a time to accumulate sun spots. In general, there are two types of dark spots that can develop on the skin after excessive sun exposure. Freckles are those small tan or brown spots that develop on sun-exposed areas that will completely fade once the fall or winter comes and excessive sun exposure is reduced. Freckles are more common in children or young adults. A solar lentigo (or lentigines) is a sun spot that does not fade once sun exposure has diminished and more often seen in adults. These are the not-so-nice reminders of a long summer of sun and are very common among people of all skin types. Here are a few simple steps to help deal with them. Read more  »

Travel Tips: Relieve Headaches, Jet Lag and Digestive Issues

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The season of vacation and weekend getaways is fast approaching. Travel and recreation are lots of fun, so don’t let a headache, jet lag, or upset stomach get you down!

1. Press Here to Relieve Headaches
Whether it’s the airplane altitude or your kids asking “are we there yet?” for the millionth time, a headache can creep up during times of travel. Acupressure is the ideal on-the-go treatment for headaches, because you don’t need anything but your own two hands. When you experience a headache, blood vessels are contracting and producing pressure, inflammation, and pain. In traditional Chinese medicine, we view this as a signal from the body that there is a blockage of energy and blood. Skip the over-the-counter medicine and try pressing the Wind Pond point instead. Read more  »

5 Ways to Get Rid of ‘Chicken Skin’

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It’s shorts and sleeveless season – and that means about 40% of us will notice hard little (occasionally itchy) bumps scattered on our arms, shoulders, backs, butts or thighs.

The annoying yet harmless condition is known as keratosis pilaris. A variant of eczema, the bumps tend to plague people who have a family history of atopic dermatitis – or dry skin marked by scaly patches. If you’ve tried to treat this stubborn condition before, you know that regular cleansers have no clearing effect.

The problem starts when extra skin cells cluster around hair follicles, causing a knob to form and elevate. The hair can then get trapped underneath the cells, sometimes turning into a brown or red dot that you can see in the center of the bump. Unfortunately, there’s no cure or way to entirely stop the process yet, and the summer heat and humidity can trigger the condition. Read more  »

Fitness FAQ: Desk Job Workout

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Kari on Facebook asked: Can you put together a routine that we can do when we have a desk job?

Answer: Hello Kari, I have a wide range of exercises you can do right at your desk. One of my favorite exercises while sitting at the desk is what I called the seated jacks. This is very similar to jumping jacks without the heavy impact on your knees. The second one is a seated leg stretch, which will help to relieve tension from your lower back and increase blood flow and range of motion in the back of your thighs (hamstrings). You can also check out my No Excuse workout series for some more great movements you can do in the office while sitting down. Read more  »

Pregnancy and Oral Health


Pregnant? Then you should be paying extra attention to those teeth! Many primary care physicians and expecting mothers overlook the importance of good oral health during pregnancy despite its potential impacts on the health of the newborn. More researchers are finding that gum inflammation and the resulting inflammatory markers that enter the bloodstream have an impact on low birth weight and preterm birth. Read more  »

Hair in the Drain: Should You Be Concerned?

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So, you’re finding clumps of hair clogging up the drain at the end of your showers? This is totally normal and you probably have no need to worry. As hair cycles between phases of growth and rest, everyone naturally loses between 50 and 100 hairs a day, depending on genetics. And on days when you’re roughing up your head with a good shampooing, that number is going to be even higher.

If you have super-straight hair, a lot of the hairs you shed will end up on your clothes, in your hairbrush or on the floor. The rest will come out when you suds up. If you have curlier hair, shed strands often get caught in their stable neighbors and might not be freed until you wash your hair – probably a few times a week at most – and that means you could conceivably pull out significantly more than a hundred hairs in a single shower. And if that hair is long and thick, the mass of strands in the drain is going to look especially scary. Read more  »

Tempted to Take a Home DNA Health Test? Read This First

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We all want to be fit, healthy and happy. And we work hard at it. But could our success or failure be pre-determined by our DNA?

That’s the claim made by companies that sell home DNA test kits for everything from your family history to your ideal diet to your overall health. So we decided to test the testers, buying DNA home test kits from a handful of different companies.

The DNA genealogy test I took was hilariously inaccurate; the heart health test a Dr. Oz viewer took failed to take into account real-life factors like her impeccable diet and exercise habits; and the DNA diet test we had another viewer take gave weight loss advice so generally, it wasn’t worth the money.

Our disappointing results are not isolated. When the Government Accountability Office looked into home DNA tests, it sneakily sent the same woman’s DNA under nine different names and got nine different results, even though the results should have been identical. What was identical was the sales pitch to buy thousands of dollars worth of supplements supposedly customized by DNA, but actually just ordinary vitamins. Read more  »

Men Reveal Their Biggest Bedroom Turn Offs

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No one is more self-critical than a woman who is about to expose herself (literally) to a new sexual partner. Time and childbirth are not kind to the hips and thighs and many women spend hours obsessing about cellulite and saggy breasts. Too many women avoid intimacy altogether because they are so self-conscious of their less than perfect bodies.

I have news for you. With few exceptions, he doesn’t notice and he doesn’t care. How do I know? I asked.

Last year over 3000 men and women took my SexAbility Survey and answered questions about sexual response, preferences and habits. Most of the survey answers are in my book, Love Sex Again, but one question did not make it to the book. I asked the guys, “What is your biggest turn off during sex? “As you can imagine, there were all kinds of comments, (tattoos, peasant like night attire, dandruff) but two general themes kept popping up: Read more  »

Are You Washing Off Your Sunscreen the Right Way?

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If you know what’s good for you, you slather on sunscreen every time you even think about stepping outside. But at the end of the day, your focus should be on taking it all off. Unfortunately, simply washing with soap and water isn’t going to cut it.

Especially after a day at the beach, when you’re applying sunscreen four or five times throughout the day and probably sweating a bit, too, you’ll need to use more than just your finger tips to get squeaky clean. All the sweat and dirt on your skin from the day gets trapped under sunscreen, increasing your risk for a breakout.

Chemical sunscreens are a little easier to get off, since they’re absorbed and broken down over time. But the thick, adhesive ingredients in physical sunscreen—namely zinc and titanium dioxide—sit stubbornly on the skin’s surface, making them tough to break down and wash off.

So what’s a girl to do? Your best bet is to use an oil-based cleanser.

In case you haven’t been schooled yet on the beauty of cleansing oils, they work by grabbing onto whatever oil is on your skin already (natural ones or from the products you’ve applied) forming a strong bond, so that when you rinse the cleanser off, it carries away all the gunky stuff too.

To remove your sunscreen, massage an oil-based cleanser into your skin for one to two minutes. Then, gently remove the cleanser with a washcloth soaked in warm water. For your body, try a body scrub or use a loofa in the shower for a little extra help lifting off stubborn particles.

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