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8 Life Lessons Learned From the Coronavirus

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Are there life lessons to be learned during this pandemic? You bet.

Albeit, it isn’t over yet. President Donald Trump warned last week that the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will probably “get worse before it gets better.” Yup, kinda figured that out. The coronavirus isn’t going anywhere soon and, once again, this pandemic is forcing people to pause and reflect.

Well, maybe not everyone is pausing. As states began lifting restrictions of businesses and public areas, photos and videos of people gathering in mass began emerging on the news. Not only was I alarmed as an older American, but I felt that in the rush to get back to “normal,” people were missing out on learning valuable lessons about empathy and self-sacrificing.

In fact, the attitude of some people shocked me. For example, I heard about Elizabeth Linscott and her husband, Isaiah, from Kentucky who were placed on house arrest last week after Elizabeth tested positive for the coronavirus. The couple refused to sign documents agreeing to quarantine at home for two weeks.

“There is no pandemic,” Elizabeth stated emphatically. Really? A pandemic is defined as the worldwide spread of a new disease. With over 16 million people around the world diagnosed with COVID-19 at the time of this writing, doesn’t that qualify?

“If you’re scared, please do stay home, because I can’t put my life on pause because you’re scared,” she added in an interview with Good Morning America. I was floored. What about the people on the front lines – everyone from those in the medical field to grocery store workers – who are scared but forced to go to work? They don’t have the choice to “stay home.” Those more vulnerable still need to venture outside for essential tasks like buying food or medical appointments. I want to say, hey Elizabeth, we’re talking about 14 days out of your entire life when your actions could mean life and death for some people. Whatever happened to self-sacrificing for the greater good?

Yet, I fully realize there are some who agree with her statements.

Even after restrictions were lifted, for some “normal” life was still impossible. Older baby boomers and those with health issues were still advised to stay at home. And for those grieving the loss of a loved one, things would never be the same. Really, after a vaccination is available and we get to the other side of this pandemic, will our “normal” look the same for any of us? I don’t think so. Here’s a thought. When that happens, before running out to claim our lives back, maybe it’s time to admit that the pandemic has changed us forever – and some of it is worth preserving.

Ryan Seacrest joked, “If I start a New Years countdown will 2020 be over?” A funny joke, but perhaps because I’m older and know my days are limited, I wouldn’t give up precious time, even with its trials, to rush ahead to the future. If we use this pandemic as a time to reflect, there are important and unique life lessons to be learned.

Not that the coronavirus pandemic has been fun. I don’t want to be a Pollyanna here. Admittedly, it’s been torturous and overwhelming at times. As the death toll increases every day, the news is heartbreaking. I miss hugging my family and friends, traveling to new exciting places, and the blissful freedom of attending a boisterous, crowded concert. The dystopian sight of empty grocery store shelves, cities that resembled ghost towns, and people wearing masks was jolting as the pandemic began. I was forced to see the uglier side of humanity as some people hoarded food, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer. Scammers tried to take advantage of the panic. And there was the cruel phrase “boomer remover” that began trending on Twitter, aimed at us baby boomers who are more vulnerable to the virus.

On the lighter side, can we talk about grooming issues? As the weeks went by and it became obvious that visiting my hair stylist was out of the question, I thought maybe this was a good time to see what I looked like with gray hair. I was horrified. My husband, who at 60 is lucky enough to still have plenty of hair, looked like a mad scientist. So, there’s that. A bottle of Revlon and some hair cutting scissors did the trick, but not quite with the same results as a professional would achieve.

On some days, I felt productive and creative as I tapped into reservoirs of strength and inspiration. But there were also days I fought depression and anxiety, hated being confined to my house, ate a big bag of chips with a glass of wine to console myself, felt overwhelmed with news stories, and struggled to cope. I felt like it was all too much – and it was. The world hadn’t faced something like this in over a century. On top of all the tragedies, there was the devastating economic impact as small businesses struggled to stay open. Then, protests and riots broke out in a fight for racial justice.

It’s okay to not be okay sometimes.

And yet amidst all the turmoil, the pandemic required me to be quiet and still. To be content with my own company. To slow down and reflect on the more important aspects of life. With that in mind, here are some valuable lessons I’ve learned so far and changes I want to maintain, even after the pandemic is over.

I learned to:

* Embrace My Spirituality

My spirituality and reliance on God has become more important than ever. The coronavirus reinforced that life is uncertain and unpredictable. As a result, I’ve learned to depend on God more fully in order to retain a sense of hope, strength, patience, and endurance.

* Appreciate Loved Ones Even More

Along with the rest of the world, I’ve learned the value of human connections in a way not possible before.

Not being able to see family makes them all the more precious to me. I don’t miss going out to dinner and traveling to exotic places as much as I miss holding my 2-year-old granddaughter’s small hand.

I even became grateful for technology – which I have a love/hate relationship with normally – that allows us to stay in touch with our loved ones. Even so, I’ll admit that it’s not the same. I’m an introvert and not exactly a people person. However, I realize now that I took hugs from friends for granted.

On the positive side, with children home from school and parents working from their houses, families have come together, enjoying sports in the backyard, playing board games, riding bikes, and solving puzzles. That’s beautiful to see.

* See the Good in People

It’s true what they say. The worst of times can bring out the best in people. Amidst all the chaos, I saw courageous and selfless heroes emerge.

My husband’s colleague, Art, explained how his nurse, in her 60s who administers treatments for his health issues, bravely answered New York City’s cry for help in April and flew to the epicenter of COVID-19 during the worst of the outbreak. “I don’t know if she’s coming back,” Art said soberly. Thousands joined her.

Medical staff are still answering the call for help in areas hardest hit by the virus. Recently, U.S. Air Force doctors, nurses and other medical providers were sent to work in California hospitals, including Eisenhower hospital close to my home, to assist with a steep rise in coronavirus cases that is straining the healthcare system.

Delivery people and grocery store workers are willing to put their lives on the line to serve us. Many restaurant owners are donating food. Communities and neighborhoods provide encouragement to each other with signs and teddy bears in windows or positive messages written in chalk on sidewalks. People are fostering dogs to help out shelters. No one is immune from this virus and in some ways that serves to unite us.

* Savor Nature

Although I’ve always appreciated nature. I became more aware of the beauty of hibiscus flowers blooming in my courtyard, the tranquil sounds of birds singing cheerfully, or the desert night sky revealing all its myriad glories.

With a decrease in air pollution in our cities, the skies never looked bluer. Wildlife began to reclaim areas once dominated by humans.

It’s never been more true – nature calms.

* Be Grateful for my Life and Health

The pandemic taught me how precarious life can be and how vulnerable we all are as humans. Life itself should never be taken for granted – not even while enduring hardships. It was a sober reminder to take care of my health.

I have to admit, keeping my snacking under control while stuck at home is challenging, but I did develop some healthy habits I want to keep.

For example, desperate to get out of the house and into nature, I’ve never taken more walks and bike rides. Now that it’s too hot to exercise outdoors where I live, thanks to a friend, I’ve discovered the FitOn app with free exercise videos. After all, exercising not only helps our immune system, but can reduce the extra anxiety we’re all feeling right now.

I also learned not to stress over the small stuff. A pandemic puts minor problems into perspective.

* Become More Empathetic

During the initial panic, some couldn’t afford to stockpile food and toilet paper, which made me even more conscious of those out of work who lived paycheck-to-paycheck. Some people had to make the horrific choice of staying safe or risking their lives and going back to work to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Some chose the latter, and died as a result.

I think about the helpless and vulnerable seniors who are terrified in nursing homes and those with mental issues that struggle, even during normal circumstances, to overcome their fears. This gives me perspective. I know that the apprehension and uneasiness that I sometimes feel doesn’t compare.

The coronavirus taught me the value of making self-sacrifices that includes keeping a safe distance from people and wearing a mask for those more vulnerable than myself. Although there are exceptions, thankfully, the majority of people seem to feel the same way.

I’ve always known, but the pandemic reinforced the fact that giving back and focusing on others not only helps others but also provides a sense of well-being and peace.

* Live with Less

When the pandemic began, literally afraid to go grocery shopping, I began buying only essential things that would last two weeks. My husband and I were surprised to discover how well we survived with the basics on hand. We learned to decipher between needs and wants and saved money.

Like I mentioned before, I learned to dye my own hair and give my husband a trim. We looked okay. Fancy clothes and shoes became unimportant. We ate at home more and tried new recipes. And can we talk about saving gas money by not running around needlessly?

There are important financial lessons to be learned here.

* Laugh More

Keeping a sense of humor is important, especially during troublesome times. When I saw my husband’s worried face as I took scissors to his hair, well, I’ve never laughed harder. I appreciated all the funny memes and tweets about the bizarre ways we found to entertain ourselves while stuck at home and our obsession with snack foods. It’s true. Laughter is the best medicine.

I know we’re all burned out by now and in a hurry to live a “normal life” again, but let’s not forget all these life lessons. In reality, we know life won’t be the same after this pandemic is over but, as I pointed out earlier, perhaps that’s not entirely a bad thing.

I hope we’ve learned to never take for granted hugs from loved ones, grocery store shelves overflowing with food, the excitement of a crowded concert, and each deep breath we take.

I hope we continue to make our spirituality and spending time with loved ones a priority.

I hope we realize how little we really need to survive.

I hope we remember how strong and resilient we can be during challenging times.

I hope we emerge from this pandemic more grateful, kinder, and appreciative.

And I hope we never forget how to find light in the midst of darkness.

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Beauty Tips for Luscious Lips

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The last step in your makeup regime is lipstick application. Some women say if they could have only one beauty item it would be lipstick. Lip color brings the whole look together to create harmony. To keep your lips looking perfect, have lip color with you at all times and reapply when needed.

When you select a lip color take in consideration your clothing and blush colors. The color of your clothing and blush should complement your lipstick but doesn’t have to be perfectly matched. However, the colors should be in the same intensity and range. Wear cool colors together and warm colors together. Pink lipsticks go with blue and pink colors and corals and russets go with clothing that falls in a yellow/orange range.

Steps to apply lip color:

1. Prepare your lips by applying foundation over them (this will extend the wear).

2. Outline and define the shape using a lip pencil that has soft, pointed top. Start at the V in your upper lip drawing down to the corners. Then, starting at the middle of the bottom lip draw a line to the corners. To help lipstick stay on longer, use your pencil to cover the lips entirely.

3. Fill in upper lip with lipstick or you can use a lip brush.

4. Fill in the lower lip and then blot with a tissue and reapply.

5. Dab gloss in the centre of your lower lip to create a fuller more glamorous look.

When defining the lips with a lip pencil be sure the pencil and lipstick colors are very close. The lip liner should not be noticeable. Lip liners are meant to keep your lipstick in place, keep lipstick from bleeding, define the shape and help them look more natural. Do not try to change the shape of your lips by going outside the natural line.

* Dark lipsticks will make small lips appear smaller.

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Summer 2012 Make Up Trends

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This summer, the warm months will bring with them make up trends that are fun, feminine and energetic. We’ll see colors like coral, orange, pastels and metallics making their appearance on the runway and amongst celebrities and other fashion icons. This summer, you’ll see lighter colors on the lips paired with dark smokey eyes. Be ahead of the game and get your summer beauty essentials early. Below are a few make up trends you’ll see making a big his this summer.

Pastels: Pastel shadows will be popular this summer, with colors like baby pink, blue and purple. Pastel eyeshadow with a little shimmer is best, and looks better and stays on longer when applied on top of primer. Pair it off with just a little liner for a complete look. Get your pastel eyeshadow from a wholesale cosmetics retailer so you can get a large selection for a fraction of the cost.

Flushed Cheeks: Summer make up trends of the past have been bronze and tinted cheeks, but this summer say hello to more natural pink hues. If you have darker skin, you can opt for a darker blush, but still try to still to a color in the pink family. If you want to add some color to your face, use a tinted moisturizer and apply the blush on top. This will give your face that warm summer glow and will keep the blush on longer. You can also add a little shimmer to your cheek bones for a night out.

Metallic Colors: Have fun with your eyes this summer and explore metallic colors in silver, gold, green, blue and purple. Adding these gorgeous colors on your eyes with shadow and liner puts all the focus on your eyes, so go easy on the rest of your face with softer lips and cheeks. Like the pastels, these are great cosmetics to get wholesale so you can order a large selection and have fun mixing and matching the colors.

Orange and Coral Lips: Coral is a beautiful neutral shade that works great with dark eye make up. It comes in an array of tones, so find one that’s right for your skin tone. If coral is a little too neutral for you, or you want to opt for darker lips and lighter eyes, then go for orange lips this summer. You’ll see bright matte orange lips making their big debut this summer, paired with a little orange shimmer on the eyes and cheeks. Bright orange is great for all skin tones.

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Young Sexy Lovely: Yet Another YSL Perfumes Masterpiece

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Chic, fresh and light, ‘Young Sexy Lovely’ by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) is the ideal perfume for the woman of style and fashion. Oozing with the usual YSL perfumes’ quality, this scent is sure to bring out the most feminine side of any attire. Named after the Algerian born designer Yves Henri Donat Dave Mathieu Saint Laurent, this house of fashion, beauty and fragrances has been offering quality items to the elegant, feminine, chic woman for over fifty years now.

Embracing and depicting the values and principles of Yves Saint Laurent, youngest designer to ever run a house of fashion and tyro to Christian Dior himself, YSL’s purpose has made appointed efforts to heighten female looks with elegance and modernity.

This time, and with this perfume, the fashion and beauty house has again excelled. Embodied in a flat, clear crystal bottle with the trademark gold details of Yves Saint Laurent; this glamorous scent is marked with a note of Italian mandarin orange and exotic Nashi pear. The vivacious combination of fruity spirits renders ‘Young Sexy Lovely’ a playful, energetic perfume capable of drawing an air of self-confidence that the entire room will notice.

This great fragrance, regardless, slowly morphs into a slightly serious one thanks to the magnolia and cherry blossoms included into the mix. As the day passes, this fragrance peaks with freshness and ends with a soft light-woods and a whiff of fern.

The key to the YSL perfumes’ stylish rests on the history of the brand itself. It is said that Christian Dior, the fashion genius whose name has too been immortalized on a fashion brand, was so impressed with Saint Laurent’s fashion brilliance that the man became his right hand soon after joining his fashion house at the age of eighteen. Yves’ genius, humility and integrity were such that Dior took to affectionately call him ‘mon dauphin’ (my dolphin), a nickname previously used and exclusive to the heirs of the throne of France.

Yves Saint Laurent was a man who lived by this motto: ‘It’s better to have honor than to have honors’. That was translated in professional, devoted work marked with humbleness in an industry where vanity and pride reign. Regardless of him coming off as more quiet and shy than witty, his genius was such that he was the first (and, to this day, only) fashion designer to have his work shown in the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Such is the man and spirit behind every YSL fashion piece and perfume.

Following the vision of the house creator, Yves Saint Laurent’s creative staff once again develops a fragrance that provide any woman with grace and sensuality with this discreet yet stunning scent.

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Womens Health For Longevity

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When we refer to women’s health it covers a wide spectrum of issues. For the purpose of this article we are going to share some specific tips to help you improve your quality of life by addressing diet and exercise and by touching on the subject of prevention.

Prevention in actual fact is very much related to diet and exercise but it also involves getting routine checkups to make sure nothing has gone astray. With routine check ups you may catch a disease in early development which will improve your ability to cure it.

In relation to diet you need to drink plenty of water. The vast majority of the human body is made up of water, in actual fact about eighty percent of the brain. As a result of this your brain needs to be hydrated. If there is a lack of water it can trigger stress hormones which over time will have adverse affects on your health.

As for food, its funny but eating less can actually help you to have a longer life. To achieve this goal, slowly change to smaller portions, then eat foods and drink liquids with less calories. In effect you want to increase nutrition and reduce calorie intake.

When it comes to foods and diet we often hear that you need to eat less fat. This is not necessarily true, when it comes to fats its like anything else, there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats in actual fact can help you to lose weight. Omega fatty acids help with the cell functions in the brain. Brain function is extremely important because as you know, a healthy mind means a healthy body.

Next up are antioxidants. Antioxidants can be found in fruit and veggies, these antioxidants help in the battle against free radicals and free radicals when produced in toxic amounts are bad for you. You can find antioxidants in fruits such as berries, and vegetables such as spinach.

Women face a variety of health concerns that are exclusive to them. That is why, in order to live a long and healthy life, women must take special care of their bodies. Probiotic supplements for women are a good option in maintaining good health because they aid in the regulation of vaginal pH, digestion, and urinary tract health.

Nutrition which is the study of foods and nutrients is essential. The balance between carbohydrates, protein and fats will result in optimal health. Once again you need carbs and there are carbs which are good for you and there are carbs which are not. When referring to balance it basically means the right portions of each type of nutrient and food. Remember everything in moderation, and keep it simple.

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Why Do Some Women Show More Scalp In Their Part Line?

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I recently heard from a woman who told me that over the last couple of years, she had noticed her hair’s part line widening. In fact, she said that if she compared photos of herself from a few years ago with photos today, her scalp showing through her part line was much more noticeable in the recent photos. She asked: “now that I suspect there’s an issue with my part, I’m starting to notice that some women just show more scalp in their part line. Why does this happen? Is it normal? Should I worry about it? I don’t like how it looks and I worry that it will be very noticeable in the future.” I’ll try to address these concerns in the following article.

Some Women Naturally Have A Wider Part Line: Your part line is that area in your hair right on top of your head where your hair parts and falls on both sides. This doesn’t happen if you pull your hair straight back or put it in a ponytail, but most people see their part line unless they purposely style their hair in a different way. If your hair is thicker and you have more of it, your part line will often be quite thin or barely noticeable because there are a lot of strands pushing up on both sides. But, if your hair is thinner or more sparse, you may well have a wider line because there is less hair on both sides.

Some women just normally have finer textured hair or less strands and this has always been true for them. In fact, many women can look at photos of themselves when they were a child and will notice that their part looks similar then to the way it does now. In this case, you may not be talking about a hair loss, hair thinning, or androgenic issue because the part that you see now is the one that you have always had and this is what is normal for you.

Sometimes, Your Part Line Is Showing More Scalp Because Or Hair Loss Or Hair Thinning Issues: It can be normal for hair to thin out about as we age. Few of us have the same head of hair that we had in our teens. But people without noticeable hair loss issues generally have enough hair to adequately cover all areas of their scalp, including their part.

And sometimes, when this is no longer happening, you’ll want to explore whether you have a hair loss, hair thinning, or an androgenic issue happening. Probably the most common cause of seeing more scalp is the hair thinning condition of androgenic alopecia (or AGA.) With this condition, not only does more hair fall out (because it is adversely affected by androgens) but the hair that grows back because more fine and miniaturized as it regrows, which means that it takes more hair to provide the same coverage.

Of course, any issue that causes reasonably dramatic hair loss can cause changes in the coverage that you have on your scalp. If you have less hair (for whatever reason) then you are going to have less coverage to work with. But, the top of the scalp is a common area where you see typically see androgenic issues, although the presence of a wide part line doesn’t always mean that AGA is present. There are many possibilities. Sometimes, the coverage is what is normal for the person. And other times, a hair loss or thinning issue is taking place and still needs to be identified.

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Bread and Butter Basics – Hair Health With Homeopathy

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No one wants to lose their hair. Whether it’s a result of middle age for men, the aftermath of menopause for women or after a fever, the loss of hair can be a trying event. Hair loss can also be attributable to drug use, prescribed or not. Even hereditary hair loss can sometimes be halted with the correct natural care. This is where homeopathy and simple kitchen methods can be employed.

Homeopathy is a medical discipline that has been shown to halt the loss of hair and put the sufferer in order. Because the word homeopathy includes the word “home”, many assume it means home remedies. Home remedies can indeed be useful in regaining and maintaining our health, but, homeopathy is actually a form of medicine with a record that dates back to the late 1700’s and has been accepted throughout the world ever since. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the United States since modern medicine was so enamored with antibiotics that it no longer considered homeopathy of value. This is changing and rapidly so. The premise of homeopathy is that the body has the ability to bring itself to health when given the correct stimulus. Well chosen homeopathic remedies offer that stimulus.

So how can homeopathy help with hair loss? If the loss is fairly recent and hair is still falling, then homeopathy has been shown to more likely aid the situation. There are many remedies that can cover the issue of hair loss, but before contacting a professional homeopath, it certainly would be prudent to give the following remedies a try.

The first remedy to consider is Calc phos 6x. This is particularly useful for hair loss due to a fever; however, it can also restore hair without that symptom. It should be given three times each day for several weeks. In the old homeopathy books written by homeopathic doctors in the United Kingdom, Silica 6x and Calc fluor 6x are also consdered good choices for the loss of hair and it is suggested that they be alternated so that one day three doses of Silica can be taken, while on the alternate day, Calc fluor 6x will replace Silica.

Although not considered homeopathy, diet can be a substantial contributor to either the loss of hair or the gaining of lustrous hair. A diet rich in animal and tropical fats is of the greatest value. That is, butter, coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Making a habit of consuming these oils rich in vitamins required for healthy hair and skin can insure no further loss of hair and may reinstitute the growth. In fact, it is likely that if these quality foods have been missing in the diet, that it might be the cause of the problem in the first place. Additionally, any of these natural oils applied to the scalp can invigorate hair health.

If these simple ideas find you without results, consider consulting with a homeopath who can take the situation to a more personal level. The combination of homeopathy and natural diet change is natural and rational. It is not capricious like its modern medicine counterpart. Homeopathy and a high quality diet are true medicines for people who want to empower themselves. Good bread and butter common sense for intelligent action.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.

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Will My Hair Grow Back If I Have CTE (Chronic Telogen Effluvium)? My Opinion Based on Experience

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I get a lot of questions about hair regrowth from people who have hair loss or shedding from conditions like telogen effluvium, chronic telogen effluvium, androgenic alopecia, or medical / autoimmune hair loss. Of all of these questions, the folks who have CTE seem to be the most upset because they’ve dealt with this shedding for quite a long time. By the time that they write me, usually the loss has been going on for such a long time that the effects have started to become noticeable. Of course, they want reassurance that once they are able to get the shedding to stop, they will regrow their hair and move on with their life. I will discuss this more in the following article.

The Clinical Definition Of CTE And Why You Must Stop It: You may well already know this, but technically chronic telogen effluvium means that you have been shedding over 10% of your hair volume (which works out to over 100 hair per day for most people) for longer than six months. Obviously then, shedding this much for this long is going to eventually show up and become noticeable both in terms of a loss of volume and perhaps some noticeably thinning areas on some parts of your scalp.

It’s quite likely that you are regrowing hair while this process is going on, but because you are losing it so rapidly you can not make any real gains. In other words, your scalp is kicking these hairs out before they can contribute to any real improvements. So, it’s vital that you are able to stop this cycle as soon as you can.

Now, chronic telogen effluvium is commonly caused by a trigger that you either can not find or can not seem to fix and this is what makes treating it so difficult. It’s sometimes a process of trial and error, and of slowly trying and evaluating different things until something finally works. And sometimes, unfortunately, the treatments will change our hormones even more or kick off another trigger that only perpetuates the problem. This is why you have to move as slowly as you can when trying out these treatments and why you should only introduce one thing at the time.

Your Hair Has Probably Been Regrowing All Along, But It Can’t Catch Up: What is happening right now is that you’re in the middle of a cycle in which your hairs keep going into the resting phase and then shedding out once again. This really doesn’t have much to do with your regrowth process. It’s actually happening but it just can’t keep up. You have probably been regrowing hair all along, only to shed it out again. If your loss was due to androgens or DHT, then this cycle would be a bit different. You’d have AGA instead, and AGA does commonly affect both the quality or quantity of your regrowth, but chronic telogen effluvium generally does not (unless it has gone on for so long that it has kicked off AGA or has started to affect or thwart your follicles.)

In some cases, losing this much hair this fast will cause some inflammation of the scalp which can affect your follicles and your regrowth. If this is the case, there is a lot that you can do to soothe and to heal the scalp. Still, this alone is not going to help as much as it should if you can’t stop this cycle from continuing to repeat itself. Your first priority should be to find your trigger and then to treat it once and for all, with an eye toward prevention from recurrence. Once you’ve back to stable levels of hair loss, then you can address stimulating your scalp and reducing any inflammation so that your regrowth will be quick, vigorous, healthy, and thick.

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Wind-Kissed Skin: Tips on Avoiding Windburn on a Ski Vacation

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Aside from the possibility of getting caught in the middle of an avalanche and getting a frostbite during your ski vacation, here’s another threat that you should avoid: windburn. So what exactly is a windburn?

Windburn is the redness of the skin caused by long exposure to strong and cold winds for extended period of time. The cold air allows the wind to easily break down the fat molecules (oil) that maintain the normal moisture in your skin. As a result, the skin turns dry and irritated. Skin also becomes more sensitive to products. It commonly occurs on the face but it can happen to any exposed part of your body.

Signs and Symptoms

Windburn is characterized by the irritation of the skin manifested in the redness of the face and other parts of the body such as neck and hands. It can look and feel like sunburn. Sometimes, the skin can seem swollen and feel very itchy and/or sore. It usually last for a few days because it causes much less skin damage.

However, if the irritation lasts longer, consult your doctor to avoid another skin condition such as rosacea. Rosacea is a skin disease that can mimic windburn and characterized by various forms of facial redness due to the enlargement and widening of blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin.

Who might be the victims of sunburn?

Those who are involved in winter sports such as skiers, snowboarders, and ice skaters are most likely to experience windburn. Being exposed to cold, dry, brisk wind at high altitudes increases the possibility of severe windburn.

People who live in warm climates don’t usually experience windburn, however sudden exposure to cold dry winds on vacations or during a sudden weather change may increase the odds.

What are the ways to prevent it?

First, keep your skin covered. Wear a scarf or neck warmers for your neck and chin, mittens to protect your hands, a hat or headband for your ears and a face mask for your nose cheeks, and forehead.

Second, if you plan to go out for a long time, wear some moisturizing sunblock to protect you from both sun and windburn. Don’t forget to moisten your lips too, with an SPF lip moisturizer. Apply sunscreen to your skin and lips every two hours.

Third, check weather reports and know the wind-chill factor before going out. If the weather is extremely cold, then don’t stay outside far too long.

Fourth, if it happens, apply lotion about four times a day. Make sure those lotions are without fragrance or acidic ingredients to avoid further irritation. If your skin begins to peel, resist the urge to pick at your skin and continue to moisturize. In cleaning the affected area, choose a mild cleanser to keep the natural moisture in your skin. If your condition is not getting any better, best to consult your doctor.

Are you ready for your ski vacation? With these helpful tips, your vacation will surely be windburn-free.

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Anti-Aging Skin Care Facial Toner Benefits

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The importance of facial toner in an anti aging skin care regimen:

Using a facial toner is a necessary part in one’s daily anti aging skin care routine, the important step between cleansing and moisturizing.

The most common method for applying a toner is to dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to your face and neck after cleansing. Some products come in a variety of spritzing sprays and pre-soaked pads.

Face skin care -Purpose of a toner

The purpose of using a toner is first to remove any cleansing residue, dirt, excess oil, make-up, dead skin cells, and any debris that the cleanser did not take away.

Toner also restores the skin’s PH balance and helps prep your skin to accept moisturizers and any other serum or anti age treatment.

Facial skin care -benefits of facial toners

In addition, many facial toners will tighten your pores while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

A quality toner will also unclog pores, improve the over-all skin tone, increase circulation, and hydrate your skin promoting a healthy glowing skin.

Toner Tips

  • Very beneficial for oily skin and acne -controls oil and removes unwanted shine.
  • Look for toners that are alcohol- free, as alcohol is ultra drying and harsh to the skin.
  • Toners come in many blends-Some include beneficial essential oils and herbal extracts.

Some people swear by toners, but many skin care experts do not. The choice is yours – If you like the way your skin feels and looks – use it and Enjoy.

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What Does it Mean If Hair Falls Out Every Time You Brush, Wash, Or Run Your Fingers Through It?

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I often hear from folks who notice that they are losing hair every time they manipulate it. In other words, any time they are participating in normal maintenance like shampooing, brushing, combing, or just pulling their hair back or running their fingers through it, quite a bit of strands come out as the result.

The truth is, most people don’t pay all that much attention or take inventory of their hair until something changes with it. Usually, people will notice that suddenly, they’re seeing a lot of spent strands that they’ve not noticed before. It’s typically only then will they begin to ask themselves how many hairs they would typically lose. For example, if they’re seeing a bunch of fallen strands in their brush, they might wonder how many were there before. Of, if they run their fingers through their hands and come away with 4 in that same hand, they’ll wonder what their normal levels were before they saw this change.

After a while, most people realize that they’re definitely seeing is an increase in what is typical for them and they wonder what has changed to make this happen. In the following article, I’ll discuss why you might be seeing an increase of hair coming out when you manipulate it.

When You’re Loosing Hair While Manipulating It, It’s Usually Not The Manipulation That’s The Problem: Sometimes, I have people who ask me if perhaps they should change shampoos, brushes, or the method with which they put up or style their hair. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be gentle to your hair and scalp. But frankly, people who aren’t actively shedding or having hair loss don’t really have to worry about how they care for their hair because their’s isn’t coming out.

A healthy strand which is deeply embedded in your scalp and being actively nourished is not going to pull or fall out just because you comb, brush, wash, or manipulate it. Yes, the manipulation can make it come out at that time, but it’s highly likely that the same strand was either put in the shedding phase or is being negatively affected by androgens or some sort of inflammatory reaction. This means that it’s life cycle was over and it was going to come out at some point anyway. The key to stopping the excess hair loss or shedding often lies not in trying not to manipulate your hair, but in figuring out what caused this change in your hair cycle or scalp and then addressing that head on.

Reasons Why You Might Be Seeing More Hair Fall Than What You’re Used To: Seeing excess hair coming out during brushing, styling or washing often rises to the level of shedding. There are many possible reasons for this such as one of the effluviums (telogen or chronic,) autoimmune conditions, medical conditions, or reactions to medications, hormonal changes, or stress. You can also have some shedding with yeast overgrowth or scalp issues or infections. The treatments for this range from time to topicals to medical intervention. But in most cases, keeping the scalp clean and keeping inflammation down can help some.

Sometimes, a person can have aggressive AGA (androgenic alopecia) that can look like shedding or telogen effluvium but it is driven by a reaction or sensitivity to androgens. The scalp is struggling to support healthy hair so the hair cycles can shorten or change. Additionally with androgen issues and AGA, the regrowth is miniaturized so you’re often dealing with both hair loss and shedding as well as eventual compromised regrowth.

It’s normal to lose small amounts of hair when you manipulate it. Specialists will tell you that it can be normal to loose up to 100 strands per day depending on how much hair you start with and where you are in your hair cycles. But, if you’re noticing shed hairs every time you touch or manipulate it and you have the feeling that this isn’t normal, then it can make a lot of sense to have it checked out and educate yourself about hair issues. I’m certainly not a doctor or specialist, but this type of shedding could be potentially indicate that you’re dealing with a hair or medical issue that could benefit from early intervention.

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