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Dealing with Insect Bites

It is usual for a kid to often come home to mom and complain about an itch. Chances are, he was bitten by an insect while playing in the schoolyard. There’s a whole battalion of bugs out there to sting, bite, chomp and clamp your kids tender skin. When going outdoors, let your child wear white or khaki-colored clothing, use insect repellant and avoid putting sweet-scented fragrances on them.

For minor insect bites
Symptoms:
Skin iritations
Tiny prick marks on skin
Mild to intense itch
Small red bumps on the skin which may be painless or with a burning sensation
First Aid Tips:
If the area is itchy, do not scratch it for the skin may break and get infected. Use finger pads instead of nails to stroke the bitten part.
Wash the infected area thoroughly with soap and cold water.
Apply calamine lotion to soothe the itchy area.
Most insect bites are minor annoyances but some may need medical help. For dangerous insect bites from mosquitoes infected with dengue or malarial parasites, immediate medical attention is advised.

Allergic to Cats Than Dogs?

Allergic reactions are set off by proteins released by animals. These proteins can be from dander or dried skin flecks. Both cats and dogs produce these, but cats have an additional allergenic element. As a cat licks itself, proteins in saliva dry on the fur, and then flake off into the air. Allergy-prone people may be particularly susceptible to these airborne proteins.

Does a cat make you sneeze? Most people aren’t really allergic to cats, just to the allergens that collect in a cat’s fur.

Spending three minutes in a bath tub can remove 79 percent of the allergens on most cats. But the effect doesn’t last. The bath has to be repeated every week to be effective.

Summer Skin Care Tips

Glowing and clear skin requires a healthy diet, lots of water, exercise and plenty of rest. Skin crises on the other hand, are caused by a number of things. First, stress triggers skin breakouts and rashes. Exposure to excessive dirt can cause blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. It is important to wash your face with a mild cleanser at least twice a day. Alcohol and smoking also cause wrinkles, lines, and discoloration so avoid them if you can.

For facial care, avoid using regular soaps as they can leave considerable amounts of residue that aggravate clogging and infection. Rinse thoroughly and refresh your face further after cleansing using a toner to remove any excess cleanser and to help the skin return to a normal ph balance. Exfoliate dead skin cells using a product with alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA), then moisturize (optional if you have oily skin) and finish off with a sunscreen.

Take care of the skin on the neck and chest as well as they are the first to show the telltale signs of aging. Use a facial cleansing cream to hydrate these areas and finish with a facial moisture cream.

Apply a moisturizer for the rest of your body especially the hands, and put on sun block with a high sun protection factor (SPF) when going outdoors or before hitting the beach.

Another great tip to achieve great skin is to load up with fresh tomatoes. The fruit is especially beneficial when cooked as more of the carotenoid lycopene makes it into the skin, where it can limit UV damage to lower skin-cancer risk. Proper care and tomatoes are indeed a great combination to great skin this summer.

How to Stay Young and Great Looking

Youthfulness and beauty seem to go hand in hand together. As you get older, some beauty spoilers start appearing so it is best to take preventive measures early on to preserve your young and glowing look. Here are wonderful tips that work:

  • Get defensive on your skin with a daily SPF. This helps prevent wrinkles, blotches, and protects skin from cancer and other diseases.
  • Avoid foods that have anything with a dark pigment like wine, soy sauce and coffee as these may cause yellowish teeth. You may chop on apples, carrots and cucumbers instead that naturally cleanse the teeth.
  • Drink green tea to boost the skin’s elastic tissue.
  • Do a 20-minute cardiovascular exercise 4 or 5 times a week to beat the bulges.
  • Add saltwater fish in your diet that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which help regulate skin’s glow and luster.
  • Maintain your healthy hair by using a hot oil treatment weekly and massage a deep conditioner unto your scalp.

Stop Hair Loss with Massage

The goal is to bring a greater flow of blood to your hair follicle faster and to make your scalp more flexible. You can do this by becoming serious about massage treatments that you do yourself at home. Massage will also help carry away carbon dioxide and waste and speed the removal of oil and dead dells that combine to form debris on your scalp’s surface. Such debris hardens and sticks to the scalp, reducing circulation and eventually destroying hair roots. Often, this debris can’t be seen by the naked eye because it can form in the skin’s pores and be invisible.

With the fingertips of both hands placed firmly on your head, push the skin under your hair in circular motion for about ten seconds, moving from place to place on your head until the entire scalp is covered. Do this until your head tingles and feels warm (from increased circulation). Pay special attention to thinning areas or bald spots. You can’t massage too much and don’t be afraid to rub vigorously.

Next, after the blood is coursing through your scalp, take a clump of hair in each hand and pull on it gently with a smooth, firm motion and hold it for a count of three, then release and repeat until you have “pulled” the hair over your scalp.

Hand Spa Treatments

The hands are one of your body parts that will always give your age away. Your face maybe baby soft and clear but the passing years show on an aging woman’s hands. Aging hands that cannot be rejuvenated by moisturizers and creams may need spa treatments.

Paraffin hand treatment.

Hands are submerged in heated wax, usually three times, to allow moisture into the deeper layers of the skin. The hands are then covered up with a plastic wrap and mitts to keep the paraffin working on your skin for 10 minutes. The result is soft, smooth, supple hands.

Hand restoration treatment

A high-tech machine softens, firms and tones skin, and lessens wrinkles. This technology is known as micro current therapy, which uses a machine from CACI, or Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument, of Europe. The therapy involves gliding two probes over your hands, sending electrical impulses to your muscles to tighten them and stimulate cell rejuvenation.

Getting Rid of Scars

Scars are one of the beauty spoilers that we want to get rid off. There are several brands of scar sheets sold over the counter now. These adhesive patches contain silicone, which can soften scars. They work best on raised (hypertrophic) scars, and are not to be used until the scar heals. Silicone patches must be worn for at least eight weeks to get results. There are also topical gels available that help reduce such scars.

Flat scars (normotrophic) are the same height as the surrounding normal skin. Old, flat scars are the most difficult to get rid off. Such a scar can sometimes be improved by a medical doctor specializing in dermatology, who can determine what results can be expected with which of the many new procedures available, such as laser resurfacing. A depressed (hypotrophic or atrophic) scar can be raised by a hospital-affiliated dermatologist by injecting collagen beneath it.

The Fight Against Hyperpigmentation

Women with darker skin may not show too many blemishes and flaws, but they are not really free of them. In fact, they are more prone to hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, that can last months or years.

Skin experts said there are treatments for hyperpigmentation, whether the dark areas are confined to the surface of the skin or have penetrated to the deeper layers. To fade skin discoloration, applying topical medications containing hydroquinone, retinoic acid, and hydrocortisone is prescribed. Dermabrasion or chemical peels work better for dark areas deep in the skin. For both treatments, using sunscreen with high skin protection factor is needed for long-term maintenance.

Healthy Facts about Coffee

The great news is science has granted you one more great reason to enjoy your daily cup of coffee.

One answer to keep you youthful through the years is to take a balanced diet that supplies antioxidants.

What’s the big deal about antioxidants? They are nature’s way of protecting the body from physical illness and degeneration by helping neutralize harmful substances called free radicals accumulate naturally at low levels but harmful environmental factors such as too much sun exposure and pollution from cigarette smoke and exhaust fumes can speed up their toxic effects. That includes making you look older than you should.

Chicken Soup for the Common Cold

Chicken soup has been exalted through the ages as a universal panacea for the common cold. Modern-day researchers attribute this to essential fatty acids and vitamins in the soup that boost the immune system. The hot soup’s warm vapor raises the temperature of the respiratory passages and loosens thick secretions, making the easier to unclog. The same principle is behind steam inhalation, which also unclogs the nasal passages. If both soup and steam fail, a few drops of saline water into the nostrils will dilute the thick mucus blocking the nasal passages.