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The Counselor – Their Addiction Recovery

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A very large percentage of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in our country are also Recovering Addicts. This especially pertains to those certified by agencies created specifically to improve the qualifications of those working in a previously hugely unregulated field. This certification became necessary, as so many Addicts inspired by the 12 Step Concept, want to “give back” what they have acquired that changed their lives for the better, and in many cases “saved their life”!

I can only speak for myself, but approaching 10 years as a counselor, I believe myself to to represent the profile of very many counselors.

I definitely have had issues that relate back to childhood personality problems like, shyness, insecurity, and fear. As a child I was very small. I began school, 1st grade, at only 5 years old, in rural Missouri. My family relocated from there to California whan I was eight. When I graduated from 8th grade I was 4’8″ tall and weighed a mere 78 pounds. I had already spent 2 years in over-achievement, with a great degree of success. In 8th grade I was a starting line member in every sport. A benefit that came with that success, at that time, was that girls approached me, in spite of the fact that I was still so lacking in self-confidence that I could not approach them. So, at 12 years old, in 8th grade I won a popularity test at the annual Carnival and was crowned King of the Carnival. This was a very small rural school, though. My problems really surfaced in the next, or 1st year of High School. I was cut from every sport I entered in my Freshman year. This was a major blow to my somewhat bloated ego. I did still maintain a dominant role in my neighborhood, though. But school was important… very important to me as it is to all children. Thus I began my first associations with an alternative demographic and began drinking and smoking pot as regularly as an average 12 or 13 year old could… mostly Saturday nights. I also started hanging out with people 3 or 4 years old than I was. This period, I feel, set the trend for my life assuming the outcast or outlaw persona!

Between my freshman and sophomore years I grew from 5’1″ to 5’8″ and shot up to 145 pounds, which left me sort of with 2 left feet and hands. It was a disappointing time and I began to drink and smoke pot more, usually staying under-the-influence all weekend. This is in the 1960’s and a lot of social anxiety was going on with the civil rights movement many other societal tensions. The “underground” was forming and I was right there in the middle of it as much as someone my age could be. Remember, I had a tendency to associate with people older than me.

My junior year in high school started with a move to a high school that just opened that year. I tried to make it a fresh start. I went to class everyday, which I had not been doing recently. My grades improved and at 5’9″ and 160 pounds I had regained my agility and made the Varsity squad of the wrestling team. Somehow I found the strength to refrain from drinking and smoking pot and cigarettes. I now had two lives that I kept unbelievably well separated from one and other (honing my skills of deceit)! I had my “Jock” friends, and I had my “Hippie” friends. After wrestling season ended, the hippies gradually became my “comfort zone”. As was the course all through high school, I was not very popular with the girls, especially those expected to be in the company of an athlete. This was a real problem that I suppressed and eventually came to accept, on the surface, as not very important, though my libido told me differently. My senior year I went out for wrestling and inflated the seriousness of a minor injury so I could quit. Luckily, my academic performance had so improved that I only had to attend classes for half of the day. Sadly, it gave me more time to pursue my alternative lifestyle choice! I was using drug more frequently than ever and began involvement in politics, even attending demonstrations against the war in Vietnam, that were in their fledgling state, but would soon dominate the National stage. I graduated from High School at 17 without a clue regarding my future. In a matter of months the “Draft” would resolve that issue. I knew that my number would come up soon because I would be 18 soon, and everyone in my uncommitted status of life got drafted shortly after turning 18. So, shortly before my eighteenth birthday I went to the Navy recruiter, to avoid the Army Infantry. This was also truly an attempt to change my future as I was certainly headed for drug addiction, already a serious drug abuser, and full-well knew it! Wrong!!! Wrong decision!!!

Join the Navy… see the World! Guess what? That big old World out there had better, easier to get, drugs than I ever could have imagined. San Diego may very well have been the drug capital of California at that time, rivaled only by maybe, San Francisco. Of course I couldn’t use in Boot Camp; the first four months in the service. But, I stayed in San Diego, in schools, training in electricity and electronics and radio communications. The training schedule was arduous, but I found my first true love as a result… Amphetamines!!! This is an extremely addictive drug and you build tolerance to it rapidly. Starting with about 10 “Bennies” a week, I eventually found myself taking up to 100 per day. I had made a connection across the border in Tijuana and became a drug dealer to help support my enormous habit. In this precarious position, I was headed for an assignment in “Top Secret” classified communications at the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor.

Again, I would make an attempt to arrest my drug abuse problem, and it wasn’t too difficult for a while. At the Communications Center, we worked 12 hours on 12 hours off, seven days a week, for the first ten months I was there. Still, I managed to make some minor drug connections at Pearl Harbor. After that first 10 months we were allocated almost a 50% increase in personnel and I found myself with a lot of free time and also moved off base. It was easy to get Navy pay for off base housing because of their fear of “shop talk” in our off hours at Pearl Harbor. Well, folks, Pearl Harbor, as you know, is in Hawaii. I found myself living only blocks from Waikiki Beach. Now, I was able to return to a very familiar scenario; living a dual life, with my Navy friends and my Civilian friends becoming two separate lives. Somehow, I managed my Navy life. There was no drug testing back then, fortunately for me. Or, maybe unfortunately for me, I don’t know for sure. I made civilian connections and begun selling drugs to a dealer at Pearl Harbor that I had used for my own needs, previously. I also went to a lot of rock and roll music concerts, taking LSD, experimenting with Cocaine, and even getting my first taste of Heroin. I started helping the “Draft” resistance keep people out of the service and even worked with a Church that was a sanctuary for “deserters”. This led to a relationship with some local American Civil Liberties Union people, who offered to help me desert to Canada, but I couldn’t go that route. My love for my parents definitely had something to do with that decision, but truthfully, I was just plain old scared to make a move that big and bold and serious. I still had enough sense to see a “Dishonorable Discharge” as too high a price to pay for any reason. My family has a long history of service to this country going all the way back to Charles Carroll of Carrollton signing the Declaration of Independence. Anyway, by the Grace of God, I did get an Honorable Discharge, and make it through the whole ordeal of the United States Military.

I may not have indicated it, but I was raised on John Wayne and have always had a true love for and pride in my Country. If not, I never would have seen enlisting as a solution to my drug problem. It’s true that the ’60’s made me question a lot, but I’m tried and true, red, white and blue, at heart. The biggest blow to my patriotism came as a result of working in Top Secret communications, though. I am a patriot and will not mention any details of my work, to this day. It must suffice to say that I could confirm that the President of the United States was telling the American public lies, period… outright lies!!! This is what led me to the draft resistance, and became a perfect excuse to become a full-blown Drug Addict. I did some other duty in the Navy but it’s mostly irrelevant right now. Let’s just say that I came home to California, disenfranchised, angry, and a regular dumping ground for drugs. I came home using anything and everything in almost every combination conceivable. On top of that, I had lost all faith, and for many years claimed atheism as my chosen belief. I drew unemployment compensation the first year I was out, growing my hair and trying to be as much of a “hippie” as I possibly could. I did anything that would distance me far from the military!

I have to admit though that right at first I screwed up big time and found myself in jail 28 days after leaving the military. I had a succession of drug arrests until my unemployment checks ended and had to go to work. I got my bearings and after living a dual life in the Military, doing it in civilian life became a piece of cake. From 1974 to 1991 I was what some call a “functioning addict”! I had good jobs and learned the trade of pipe welding and became a Union member with my own portable welding truck. Drug testing still wasn’t very prominent. I made well over a million dollars over that period but by the time of my next drug arrest in 1991, I owned no property, lost my welding truck, had to divorces, and had no money in the bank. I had specific addictions to alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamines. The “Meth” was the closer. From 1991 to 1995 I spent about half of my time homeless or in jail. Between 1985 and 1995 I did a lot of things I am ashamed of to this day. Worst of all was deserting my children, choosing drugs and addicted women over them! In 1995, at 45, with my last trip to jail, I fell completely apart mentally and spiritually, and no longer had the desire to live, but had come to hope that there was a God. In lieu of a 3 year prison term, and incredibly compassionate Judge looked at my Military Service, my deceiving job history, and I think my obviously apparent declining physical condition and sentenced me to just jail time, and coupled it with a sentence to a drug rehabilitation program. That Judge named “Felice” saved my life, surely under the direction of God and by recommendation from the assistant DA. I now like to say the DA, the VA, AA and NA saved me. During that last arrest, I began praying again. When I got that last sentence I had already come to believe in God. About 10 days after becoming incarcerated, on the eve of my father’s (who was in the hospital) birthday), I had a radical religious experience, and my life was changed from that moment on!

I did my jail term. Successfully completed a drug rehabilitation program and the VA Hospital in Fresno, CA. Remained clean as a member of AA and NA. Went back to a full-time job (notice that I did not go directly into training for counseling). Went back to school for office skills. Went back to school at Cal-State University Bakersfield, Drug and Alcohol program and became a Certified Counselor through the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and have worked as a Counselor since. I was working in the field before, and during my schooling, close to 10 years now.

This I believe is a very common scenario of personal history for drug counselors, as I stated at the beginning of this article. My total acceptance of the help provided me in “Treatment” helped to make it successful for me. I must mention the loving caring staff at the VA program, too. I hold one person in the highest regard and that is my personal counselor, Sally Belle, who understood me so well. She gave me the initial inspiration and suggestion to become a Counselor.

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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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