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5 Ways to Protect Your Skin

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Your skin plays a vital role in protecting your body, so it’s important to take steps to promote skin health. Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming, and can quickly become second nature, like brushing your teeth.

You can keep your skin looking and feeling great by guarding against a slew of skin woes, from chapped skin to premature aging to skin cancer. “We’re talking about things that happen over decades,” says dermatologist Samantha Conrad, MD, in practice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

That’s why it is important to develop healthy skin habits —and it’s never too late to start. Here are five skin protection tips you can incorporate into your routine right away.

Limit Sun Exposure

You’ve heard the message a zillion times, but there’s good reason — ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun cause many types of skin damage, including:

  • Skin cancer
  • Wrinkles
  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Discolorations
  • Benign growths

Using skin care products that offer ultraviolet protection is one of the best ways to help keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. Try these tips to help protect your skin from the sun:

  • Use sunscreen every day and reapply regularly whenever you’re outdoors for extended periods. “I encourage people to use sunblock that is more mineral- or physical-based,” says Dr. Conrad. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
  • Cover up. “It’s really about protection — that means wearing hats and protective sun clothing,” says Conrad. Long sleeves and pants or long skirts give you more coverage.
  • Stay indoors when the sun is at its most intense, usually between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to the AAD.
  • Combine sun protection strategies. A study published in January 2017 in JAMA Dermatology found that beachgoers using an umbrella alone for sun protection were more likely to get sunburn than those using sunscreen alone — but neither strategy completely prevented sunburn. The researchers concluded that combining multiple strategies offers the most protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

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Keep in mind that tanning beds are just as harmful as direct sunlight, as they also emit ultraviolet rays, according to the AAD.

Stay Hydrated

“Drinking enough water/fluids is important for your general health,” says Karyn Grossman, MD, a dermatologist in private practice with Grossman Dermatology in Santa Monica, California, and spokesperson for the AAD. She recommends starting the day with a cup of green tea for hydration, caffeine, and antioxidants.

In addition to drinking enough fluids, keeping your skin moist is essential to skin protection.

“Dry skin can have small gaps in the skin barrier that allow entry of bacteria and fungus,” says dermatologist Michael Lin, MD, medical director of the Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in Beverly Hills, California.

Skin that is properly hydrated retains pliability and is less likely to become chapped, scaly, or flaky. Try these tips to keep your skin hydrated:

  • Use the right moisturizing cream or lotion for your skin. “Look for moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, or coconut oil,” says Dr. Grossman. “Always apply on damp skin. This keeps the moisture in the skin.”
  • Take warm (not hot) showers or baths and limit them to between five and 10 minutes. It seems counterintuitive, but exposure to water actually dries out your skin, Grossman explains. If dry skin persists, consider cutting back on the number of baths you take.
  • Invest in a humidifier. “If your skin tends to be on the dry side, using a humidifier in your bedroom at night and in your work space during the day can help keep the air hydrated, which can prevent the air from zapping moisture from your skin,” says Grossman.

Take Health Precautions

Cold sores are caused by a viral infection of the skin bordering the lips, while bacteria can contribute to acne and other skin conditions. Paying close attention to what touches your skin can help lower your chances of exposure to germs. Start with these tips:

  • Don’t share any personal items, such as lip balms or toothbrushes, with others.
  • Don’t share drinks with other people.
  • Avoid touching your face with your fingers, and avoid facial contact with objects that have been used by other people, such as telephone receivers.
  • Don’t pick at cysts or splinters. Instead, ask your doctor to help you with these skin conditions, says Grossman.

Being prompt with first aid is also important, she says. If you get a bug bite or a scratch, “get on it right away.” Grossman recommends cleaning the site, applying antibiotic ointment if there is a break in the skin, using a clean bandage, and cleaning the site twice daily as it heals.

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Washing your face is important to remove dirt, oils, germs, and dead cells from your skin. However, scrubbing your face can cause irritation and lead to chapped skin that can become vulnerable. “I find that people often over-rub, over-scrub, and over-peel,” says Grossman, who recommends avoiding abrasive exfoliation skin care products.

The AAD recommends:

  • Washing your face twice daily with warm water and a mild cleanser.
  • Gently massaging your face with your fingers, using a circular motion.
  • Rinsing thoroughly after washing to remove all soap and debris.
  • Patting — not rubbing — your skin dry, then applying moisturizer.

Know Your Skin

“Check your skin regularly for changing moles and other signs of possible skin cancer,” says Grossman.  Talk to your dermatologist about what kinds of changes should concern you.

Certain skin conditions merit a visit to the dermatologist, including frequent acne, inflamed or irritated dry skin, and skin rashes and irritations that don’t go away, as these could be signs of one of the many types of dermatitis, or skin inflammation.

However, should you ever notice any other skin problems, it’s important to get medical attention to resolve them quickly and avoid putting your skin at risk.

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The Best Anti-Aging Eye Creams of 2019

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Eye wrinkles are an undeniable part of growing older. The skin around your eyes is a very delicate area prone to sagging and producing tiny creases and crevices—particularly if you like to smile. Be sure to take care of your skin the best way you can and maintain your radiant complexion with the right creams. Whether you want to lessen the appearance of dark circles, minimize fine lines or reduce puffiness, here’s are the best anti-aging eye creams of 2019:

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery

This cream is quick-absorbing and it applies smoothly. It will leave skin under the eyes soft and will prevent puffiness. And a little goes a long way when applying it onto face. The cream is a bit thick when applied at night but when you wake up the next day, your skin will feel plumper and rested. It has minimal fragrance and it is very cooling and soothing.

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Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment

This eye treatment from Kiehl’s is infused with ingredients that will help diminish wrinkles. Elements such as avocado oil and beta carotene will keep the skin hydrated. The cream is a great for those with sensitive eyes, dry skin and dark circles by keeping the skin under the eyes supple and moisturized. It feels very natural and fresh, and can be applied as a night cream but it is lightweight enough to be worn under makeup.

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La Mer Lifting Serum

Indulge with this luxurious lifting serum from La Mer. This serum is lightweight and it contains a Stretch Matrix Complex along with nourishing ingredients such as kelp, that will help tighten and lift skin around the eyes. This serum is silky and hydrating, which helps minimize fine lines. The gel is also ideal for firming as the skin around the eye area will soon feel tightened.

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Olay Ultimate Eye Cream

Take care of the skin around your eyes with this eye cream from Olay. This is great for everyday wear. The gentle formula has a special color-correcting treatment to help with skin tone. It is very hydrating, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffy eyes and dark circles.

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Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

This cult favorite from Ole Henriksen helps create collagen and is packed with Vitamin C to help refresh skin and minimize lines. It is also packed with vitamin E to nourish skin, and caffeine to reduce puffiness. The Bright Eye Cream not only moisturizes but it also lightens dark circles. The texture of the eye cream is thick but creamy and soothing and has a fresh scent.

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RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

This is great for those who are prone to wrinkling in the eye area. Roc Retinol Correxion will minimize crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles. This eye cream absorbs quickly and is quite strong and effective. In other words, a little will go a long way.

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SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

SkinCeuticals is known for its thorough research in its skincare products. This cream was designed to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and also contains sunscreen, antioxidants and peptides. It helps moisturize skin around eyes and plump up fine lines. It feels rich and moisturizing but isn’t heavy or greasy.

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The Best CBD Skincare Products of 2019

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CBD is everywhere: deodorant, dog chews, kitchen degreasers, seltzers, spray tans—each promising a range of health benefits. When it comes to CBD-based beauty products, CBD (an oil extracted from the hemp plant) has been praised for treating insomnia, de-stressing the mind and preventing skin breakouts. While the actual benefits of CBD are still being debated, the oil is confirmed as a rich source of vitamin D and can help with anti-inflammation.

CBD is also further encouraging a conversation among ecoconscious consumers, inspiring them to question every ingredient in their beauty products and whether or not it serves a purpose in their personal regimen. If you’re looking to explore whether cannabeauty works for you, here are the products with the best healing properties and beautifying effects of CBD.

Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss

Saint Jane Microdose Lip Gloss is the iridescent (and very relaxed) unicorn of the CBD world. It’s a versatile gloss and delivers a sheer and lightweight look, but can also be layered over a dark lipstick for an ultraglossy finish. Saint Jane says, “Calm is a superpower,” and while many of us will never quite access that superpower, we are more than happy to settle for soothed and satiny lips.

 

Lord Jones High CBD Pain & Wellness Body Cream

Lord Jones was there before every beauty brand added the emblem “CBD” into their marketing repertoire. It was the first CBD brand sold in Sephora as well as at SoulCycle, and the brand prides itself on being a CBD trailblazer, having developed many of their products for medical marijuana patients. This cream is particularly beneficial for reducing inflammation.

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Hora Super Serum + CBD

Hora is a brand you can proudly display on your bedroom or bathroom vanity. Use this CBD-infused product before your moisturizer as it creates a hydrating base for the rest of your makeup application.

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Khus+Khus Sen Face Serum

Sen is a soothing and gentle face serum that includes rhododendron, a tonic essential oil that that promotes skin elasticity. The company prioritizes the consumer’s knowledge of product ingredients. Its website includes a glossary, making the concepts of “phytotherapy” and “allostasis” comprehensible to even the most casual beauty fan. If you’re not totally on board with CBD products but looking for a fun way to experiment with them, Khus+Khus offers a sampler pack for $38.

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Sagely Naturals CBD Relief & Recovery Cream

The world would be a happier place if all massage therapists stocked their spas with this stuff. It’s best used after a grueling workout or a long day at work staring at the blue light of a computer screen. In addition to CBD, its ingredients are peppermint and menthol, making it instantly calming. Not only does it go on smoothly, it dries fast and makes your skin feel nurtured.

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Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil

This Emerald CBD oil is bursting with moisture and soaks instantly into your skin. It’s tempered with a scent that nods gently toward the cannabis plant. Like many other beauty/wellness brands on the market, it’s vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free, earning it the “Clean” seal of approval from Sephora. Many consumers with rosacea have commented about its miraculous efficacy, but always recommend doing a spot-test before applying.

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72 People Ill From E. Coli Outbreak, What Is The Cause?

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Pictured here is one strain of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. (Photo: Getty Images)

Oh 103, no. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that at least 72 people in 5 states have already gotten sick from an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) O103. Therefore, for now, be careful when eating anything. Anything? Yes, anything.

That’s because so far there is no clear cause of the outbreak that has affected at least 8 people in Georgia, 36 people in Kentucky, 5 in Ohio, 21 in Tennessee, and 2 in Virginia and has resulted in at least 8 hospitalizations.  A timeline provided by the CDC shows that illnesses started on March 2 , 2019. Those affected have ranged in age from one year old to 74 years young. The median age of people who have gotten ill is 17 years.

I’ve already written for Forbes about another STEC, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, that goes by the name O157:H7. This agent, not to be confused with 007, was the cause of the outbreak that was eventually linked to Romaine lettuce last year. A STEC by any name is not good. Besides causing all kinds of poop, including bloody poop, that starts 2 to 8 days after entering your mouth, a STEC can, in some cases, be life threatening.

The biggest concern is hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). As I have described before, this is HUS and it’s not good: the Shiga toxin triggers destruction of your red blood cells, which can then result in pieces of red blood cells clogging up your kidneys, your kidneys potentially failing, and you potentially dying. The typical symptoms of an “uncomplicated” STEC infection are bad stomach cramps, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. You should worry about HUS if you develop a fever, a pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and especially decreased urination.

STEC can be all kinds of different foods and beverages. The Foodsafety.gov website includes the following examples:

  • Contaminated food, especially undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized (raw) milk and juice, soft cheeses made from raw milk, and raw fruits and vegetables (such as sprouts)
  • Contaminated water, including drinking untreated water and swimming in contaminated water
  • Animals and their environment: particularly cows, sheep, and goats. If you don’t wash your hands carefully after touching an animal or its environment, you could get an E. coli infection
  • Feces of infected people

So take precautions when potentially eating or drinking anything, including the feces of other people. I know, I know, you say that feces is not part of your diet. But you would be surprised by how much poop gets around if you don’t wash your hands. So wash your feces-ed hands, frequently and thoroughly, especially when handling food or your mouth.

Here’s how:

Besides washing your hands, which you should do frequently and thoroughly, the CDC recommends that you cook meats thoroughly (steaks and roasts to at least 145˚F and ground beef and pork to at least 160˚F), thoroughly clean anything that touches raw meat, wash fruits and vegetables before eating them, and avoid raw dairy products and unpasteurized juices. Oh, and you should wash your hands, thoroughly and frequently.

For now, the CDC and other authorities are searching for a source of this latest STEC outbreak. Therefore, wait for updates and wash your hands, thoroughly and frequently. The aforementioned food safety recommendations should apply regardless of whether there is a STEC outbreak. In other words, don’t return to wearing raw meat masks, guzzling raw milk, licking cutting boards clean, using unwashed celery as floss, and not washing your hands, frequently and thoroughly after an outbreak has passed.

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Is Sunscreen Dangerous? A Dermatologist Weighs In It’s becoming more and more difficult to figure out what to believe about anything – even something as basic as sunscreen. This is partly because companies, and some individuals, have figured out how to use the power of suggestion and incomplete (or false) information, to direct our thought […] […]

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10 Facts About Rosacea Skin Swelling – Erin McCarthy

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Rosacea, a skin condition characterized by redness and swelling, is incredibly common: A recent study found that an estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from it. Here’s what you need to know about the condition. According to the National Rosacea Society (NRS), rosacea was first described in the 14th century by a French surgeon named Dr. Guy de Chauliac; he called it goutterose (“pink drop” in French) or couperose and noted that it was characterized by “red lesions in the face, particularly on the nose and cheeks……

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