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Its Summer time! Fun time – beach time – sun bath time and unfortunately, if you do not take care of yourself it could turn into a Sun burn time.
Most people are not aware that skin cancer, while largely preventable, is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 1 million cases reported annually.
Skin cancer may happen due to many reasons, but you can still enjoy your time in the sun while protecting yourself from overexposure just by following a few simple steps:
Your best bet is to stay indoor – but thats not fun…so use as many of the following actions as possible.
Midday Sun-Less time: The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Whenever possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours.
Seek Shade: Staying under cover is one of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun. Remember the shadow rule: “Watch Your Shadow. No Shadow, Seek Shade!”
Always Use Sunscreen: A broad-spectrum sunscreen, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, blocks most UV radiation. Apply sunscreen liberally on exposed skin and reapply every two hours when working or playing outdoors. Even waterproof sunscreen can come off when you towel off sweat or water.
Wear a Hat: A hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection for your eyes, ears, face and the back of your neck — areas particularly prone to overexposure to the sun.
Cover Up: Wearing tightly woven, loose-fitting and full-length clothing is a good way to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. Wear Sunglasses That Block 99-100% of UV Radiation: Sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection will greatly reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and other eye damage. Check the label when buying sunglasses.
Avoid Sunlamps and Tanning Salons: The light source from sunbeds and sunlamps damages the skin and unprotected eyes. It’s a good idea to avoid artificial sources of UV light.
Watch for the UV Index: The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, the UV Index is issued daily in select cities across the United States.
Have a happy, healthy, fun filled Summer beautiful!
Hey beautiful! What can you do in 5 minutes?
– Fill up gas
– Get a burger at the drive-in
– Checkout your favorite movie at blockbuster
– Do something naughty with someone you love 🙂
Or, You can make yourself look more beautiful! How? Here is a quick tip to get a manicure in 5 minutes!
First, Shape Your Nails
- Trim your nailes to the length you desire. You can use a nipper, scissors or a nail clip.
- Using a nail board or file shape and smooth your nail edges.
- To prevent nails from splitting, start from each side and file your nails towards center in one direction.
Groom the Cuticles
- To soften your cuticles, Soak the fingers in warm water.
- Leave cuticles moist but pat nails dry.
- Apply a cuticle remover.
- Gently push back cuticles with a cotton-wrapped cuticle stick.
- Nip away excess hangnails.
- Wash off excess Cuticle remover and pat dry.
- Apply cuticle treatment and massage.
- Apply an nail treatment or base coat. A base coat will help protect nails.
- Smooth the nail surface and help manicure/pedicure to last longer.
Apply Nail Polish
- Now take your favorite nail color and apply to these nails.
Shine and finish
- Use a top coat to seal the nails.
- Apply a cuticle oil after you are done.
Introduce good amount of zinc and vitamin A in your diet. Zinc helps in the skin’s auto repair mechanism and vitamin A keeps the skin supple, preventing dryness and helping shed dead cells. Zinc is commonly found in beef, eggs and sea food whereas many dark-green leafy vegetables are rich in beta carotene, which are the body converts of vitamin A. Beta carotene is also present in surplus amount in carrots, sweet potatoes, sweet red peppers, apricots and mangoes.
Vitamin C improves the blood supply to the skin and helps in forming collagen, the fibrous protein which lies under the skin’s surface and gives it a smooth appearance. Vitamin C is present in citrus fruits and juices, cauliflower, snow peas, red and green peppers, broccoli, white and sweet potatoes, tomatoes and watermelon.
Greens are wonderful source of skin preserving nutrients and generally the darker the leaves, the more nutritious.
The cooking of food also matters a lot. The longer you cook the food, the greater is the loss of vitamins and texture. Do not soak the vegetables for long while washing them otherwise the water soluble vitamin C will be drained with the water.
- Drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day is also a great way to keep your skin healthy.
- Avoid excess of coffee and colas. Coffee contains caffeine, a diuretic that induces water loss.
- Hair: Hair are also an essential ingredient to look young and vibrant. Long and beautiful hair add to your appearance.
Eat food rich in iron and protein (amino acids) such as green leafy vegetables, red meat, milk, eggs and grains etc.
Wash your hair regularly and avoid using chemicals on your hair.
Immune system: besides all that which is apparently visible, there is another important ingredient to good and young looks i.e. your immune system. At a growing age the immune system needs to be strong enough to ward off all kinds of health snags. In order to keep your immune system healthy, eat food rich in vitamins E and C and beta carotene known as anti oxidants which are powerful disease fighters.
If your immune system is not good, with age the cells of your body start damaging due to the accumulated toxic compounds called free radicals. To counter that anti-oxidants are a good choice. Anti oxidants impair the ability of these substances to attack healthy cells and thus avoid some of the damage.
Finally to stay healthy and fit even while growing old, you must consume good amount of proteins. Proteins should make up nearly 10-30% of your daily diet, around 10% calories should be taken through the fats and the rest should be compensated through carbohydrates.