Keeping Your Skin Fresh: Ways To Feel Good This Winter

Through the winter, it’s particularly difficult to keep your skin in good condition. The cold air and wind can strip it of its natural oils, which makes it more easily damaged. That means that you might have to make a few changes to your skincare routine to keep feeling and looking good…

Keep Hydrated

During the winter it’s easy to forget to drink water. We tend to go for hot drinks instead when it’s cold outside but the sad truth is that a Starbucks coffee won’t be nearly as helpful as good old water at keeping your skin in top condition. The skin is an organ and it’s made up primarily of water – which means that if you’re dehydrated, your skin can start to look dull and lifeless. Make sure that you carry a reusable water bottle with you during the day and that you put drinking water into your daily routine.

Cover Up

We all know that you have to cover up to stay warm in winter and to protect your skin from the winter in the summer, but we never think about protecting our skin in the winter as much. Make sure that you wear a warm scarf and if you’re out in the cold wind, pull it up over the bottom half of your face to stop yourself from getting raw red chapped skin. The same applies with hats – not least because you can lose a lot of body heat through the top of your head so it’s important to wear a hat to stay warm and cosy.

Invest In Skincare

During the winter it’s important to keep on top of your skincare routine. If you have oily skin you might not think that you need to keep moisturising, but oily skin can still be dehydrated. If your current skincare regime isn’t working for you and your skin feels sore and dry, try out a new company like Bioderma skincare – look online to find out which brands might work for you. Ensure that you moisturise carefully before you go to bed, and put on eye cream to save the delicate skin around your eyes from getting too many wrinkles. Use an oil based cleanser to remove your makeup every evening before you go to bed or when you get home from work – even if you have oily skin, this should be effective at rehydrating your skin.

Change Your Makeup Routine


Check to see if the colour of your foundation is still working for you – many of us need to go a couple of shades paler in the winter when there’s less sun, although you still need to wear sunscreen with a high SPF under your makeup. It’s harder to stay dewy and fresh faced this time of year, so make sure that you use a blusher that makes you glow, and try strobing to highlight different parts of your face like your brow bone, your cheekbone, and the bow of your lips. Make sure that you keep chapstick in your pocket so your lips are always smooth and unchapped.

Health Issues To Watch Out For

Our health is valuable to us, and so we should try to look after it as best we can. Part of that is be educated about things that are good for us and the things that are not. It is also important to be aware of anything that is risky to our health. To help you build your knowledge on health, read on for a basic guide.



Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are present just about everywhere. In fact, we have bacteria all over us, and inside us as well. Bacteria sometimes get a bad reputation, but in fact, there are lots of positive jobs that they do for us. For example, in our intestine, there are good bacteria that help us to process and digest our food efficiently.

However, there are some harmful bacteria as well as helpful one such as e.coli and chlamydia. If you have e.coli you will probably know about it very quickly. But it isn’t always easy to tell if you have a bacterial infection, like chlamydia. So you can get a test and find out that way. Then if you test positive, order treatment online.

To protect against bacterial infection you can do several things. The first is to use an antibacterial hand wash or gel, which will kill them on contact. The second is to always make sure that you teach the kids to wash their hands after going to the toilet. This is where a lot of bacteria can be picked up. Thirdly, ensure that you always eat in restaurants that have a high hygiene rating. As they will be aware of the risk of bacterial contamination and will have put processes in place to stop this and protect their customers.


Viruses are even smaller than bacteria, but unlike bacteria, they do need a living host to be transmitted. That means they cannot survive for any significant amount of time outside of the body.  Whereas bacteria can. Bacteria can cause even multiple and thrive outside of the body, and that is one to the things that make some bacteria so dangerous.


Once viruses get into your system, they take over a cell and make it replicate themselves rather than what the cell was originally being used for. Some particularly nasty viruses include Flu and HIV.

Happily, the spread of the virus can be stopped with good hygiene. Hand washing, coughing and sneezing into a tissue can help stop the transmission of viruses from person to person.

For some viruses creating a barrier hat stop bodily fluids passing from one person to another can also help to stop transmission.


Most people are now aware that smoking is a massive health risk. Smoking tobacco can affect the lungs and heart. It can lead to COPD which is where the sufferer has trouble breathing and getting enough oxygen.

Smoking is also linked to a higher rate of lung cancer. Cancers are an illness that results from a malfunction within our cells. They are caused when the body’s repair system is triggered and goes wrong. So anything that causes the body’s repair system to trigger often increases the chances that something will go wrong. This is why some people also believe that taking antioxidants is good for you. As they clear up the free radicals in your system and stop them damaging the cells.

The best course of action for any smoker is to give up. In fact, they can decrease the risk of smoking-related diseases to similar of that of a person that has never smoked, over a certain amount of time.

Of course giving up smoking isn’t as easy as all that. That is because nicotine the main ingredient tobacco is addictive. It fools your brain into thinking that it needs it, to survive. When in fact, we can function perfectly well without out. It is just uncomfortable while going through the withdrawal process.

There are products available to help with this, though. You can try e-cigarettes which delivers a dose of nicotine in water vapor. What this does is bypasses all the harmful chemicals that are added to a cigarette. Which is what is mainly responsible for disease.

Or you can give nicotine replacement products a go. Available in lozenges, inhalers or patches, these deliver a steady supply of nicotine, so it makes it a lot easy to break the habit of smoking. Of course, you will need at least some willpower this way too.

Sedentary lifestyle

When watching out for your and your loved one’s health, it’s important to keep an eye on how much activity they are getting. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can lead to all sort of problems like weight gain, depression, and stress on muscles and bones.

Try to build activities into daily life at home that encourage everyone to get up off the sofa and move around. Cycling is a great aerobic activity as it running or walking. Or why not attend a fitness or martial arts class as a family group?

If you would rather exercise separately, then the gym is a positive option. Or there is swimming or why not try an exercise video, so you can workout at home.

Mental health

Mental health can be a tough one to watch out for because no one really now what is going on inside another person’s head. Our individual experience is so subjective that it can be difficult to define what we are feeling, let alone what the feeling of someone close to us are.

Even so, there are some signs that you can look out for if you are concerned about someone you love’s mental state. Sleep is a good indicator. Sleeping more or less than usual can signify a change in mental health. The same goes for the amount they are eating.

A classic sign of poor mental health is when a person withdraws from their friends and family. A depressed person may also stop doing things that they enjoyed up to that point. It is always worth having a conservation with the person that you are concerned about. Ask them if they need some support or help with the issue that they are going through.

How to Reduce Keloid Scarring After Surgery


Most of us have at least a few scars – some with an interesting back story, some from routine surgeries like appendectomies. These scars often fade away within 18 months, but some people have problems with red, raised and stiff scars, known as keloid scars.

These can be unsightly and even painful and some keloid scars carry on spreading long after the wound has healed. Up until recently, surgeons outside the plastic surgery field didn’t pay much attention to scarring, but now they are offering help and advice to make sure their patients feel happy and comfortable with the results of their surgery.

Scars may fade even further

Previously, surgical patients were often sent home with some antibiotic cream and told not to scratch, but patients now have more options to reduce and even prevent scars.

How are scars formed?

If a wound reaches the dermis, the lower layers of the skin, it’ll leave a scar, but the severity of the mark depends on how well the skin repairs and how the collagen behaves.

Collagen is a fibrous protein that ideally should arrange itself in a criss-cross pattern. With successful healing, the skin around the wound edges closes together with the help of collagen and it forms a flat, thin, smooth appearance. With efficient healing, scarring can take 18 months to finish and to stabilise, losing colour and bumpiness.

However, sometimes fibroblasts – cells responsible for repairing the skin – go overboard and a new set of blood vessels forms, which feeds the scar. This sets off extra collagen production, which instead of criss-crossing neatly, lays itself down in thick, parallel lines, gluing layers of tissue together and forming rigid bumps.

How to help scarring go to plan

Using silicone

Silicone is available as a gel, a spray or as a sheet and it keeps the wound moist, stopping it from becoming rigid; many plastic surgeons prefer to use a spray that dries in minutes to become breathable, flexible and invisible. Many surgeons recommend it for preventing keloid scars and it should be applied as soon as the wound is healed. If you have a breast reduction from Gary Ross you should ask about silicon scar treatments, especially if you’re at risk from keloid scarring.

Cortisone cream or tape

Cortisone calms down the fibroblasts and also softens the scar. This treatment works best when scars are less than six months old. Creams are the cheaper option, with tape acting as a slow-release delivery system.

Why do some people get keloids

It’s not fully understood, but factors like genetic predisposition, poor cutting technique and the location of the incision are important. In keloid scarring, the collagen escapes beyond the actual wound, getting into healthy tissue and even continuing to grow after healing. Keloids are 15 times more likely in people with dark skin, although fair-skinned red-haired Celtic people get them more often too.

Age is also a factor, with people under 30 sometimes “over-repairing” injuries.

The shoulders, chest, back and ear lobes are particularly keloid-prone, as well as the skin over moving joints.

If you’re worried

Talk to your surgeon before the procedure and explain how important the appearance of the scar is to you, especially if you’re having plastic surgery.

Convincing a friend to stop smoking

Do you know someone who smokes? Would you like them to stop (hint: of course you do)? Anyone who’s tried to cajole someone into quitting cigarettes knows that it can often be a very difficult to succeed. To win them round, you’re going to need some effective arguments.

The smoking kills argument 

No ifs. No buts. Smoking is one of the most harmful things that someone can do to their body. Each cigarette contains around 3-4000 chemicals, around 70 of which are carcinogenic. Smoking is linked to a variety of life-threatening illnesses, including strokes, emphysema and various cancers, and around 100,000 people in the UK alone die each year from such smoking-related illnesses.

If you’re trying to convince a friend to quit, the threat-to-life argument takes some beating. It may help to point them towards information about how their health can improve again after quitting.

The beauty argument

While it’s true that smoking kills, it’s also the case that it does you no favours in the beauty stakes either. Smoking constricts the flow of blood around the body, which ultimately leads to baggy eyes, and wrinkled skin.

Smoking prematurely ages the skin, yellows your teeth and fingers, and the stinky smoke sticks to your hair and clothing. If you’re trying to convince someone to quit, making the argument that they can help save their looks by doing so may just work if the health concerns fail to land.

 The money argument 

If appealing to their health doesn’t do it, try appealing to their purse instead. Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed products available, which has led to a huge increase in their price. In 2016, the average price of a pack of cigarettes is greater than £8. Over the course of a year, an average smoker will spend more than £3000 on something they are literally setting fire to.

That money could be spent in so many better ways – a family holiday, a couple of nights out every month, or a whole new wardrobe.

Well then how do you quit then?

For some, quitting cold turkey is the only method which works, but it requires a lot of willpower and isn’t for everyone. Traditional nicotine replacement therapies (think patches and gum) have their place, but increasingly, smokers are turning to e-cigarettes instead.

E-cigarettes, if you haven’t come across them, are battery-operated devices which vaporise an e liquid which contains nicotine. The vaporised liquid is then inhaled just like you would with a cigarette.

The great advantage that such products have is that they are free from the thousands of chemicals found tobacco smoke, so are much safer to use. They’re also a good deal cheaper than continuing to smoke too!

Want to Prevent Illness? Take These Simple Steps

Nobody wants to get ill if they can help it. But, of course, illness strikes all of us at some point or another in our lives. However, that doesn’t mean that all is lost. There are some things that you can do to decrease the likelihood of becoming ill further on down the line. This is great news for you, and for everybody around you. No matter what kind of lifestyle you lead, there is always something you can do to improve your quality of life. And when you improve your quality of life, you also lengthen your life. If you have come to realise that you could do with taking a bit better care of your body, then read on. Let’s have a look at some of the best, basic steps you can take to make the most of your body and stop yourself getting ill.



Eat Well

It sounds basic, but most people don’t know what to eat or how much of it to live a long, healthy life. The fact is, you probably don’t need to eat as much as you think you do. The amount of calories you need to take in is relatively little. There are no hard and fast rules, however, because everybody is different. Depending on your lifestyle, you will need to take in a different amount to the next person. However, there are some general guidelines which you would do well to follow.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to eat on a regular basis. This is so much more important than eating a certain amount of calories or certain foods. How many of us get so caught up in the everyday tribulation of life that we forget to take three square meals a day? Well, now is the time to get back into that routine. Breakfast is, famously, the most important meal of the day. Make it hearty; something which will keep you going. Porridge or muesli and a piece of fruit is the ideal breakfast for this purpose. Perhaps you might consider sprinkling blueberries on top – blueberries are one of nature’s superfoods. They are just about the best cancer-beating food around, so get plenty of them. The same is true of avocado – these are full of healthy, unsaturated fat which does your body wonders.

Lastly, do your best to limit your caffeine and sugar intake. These are extremely common in our culture, but unnecessary. The fact is, they are merely legal drugs – you don’t need them! Cutting these out dramatically reduces your likelihood of contracting a critical illness.

Exercise Daily

Enough of the lounging around – get out there and exercise at least once a day, every day! Too much is made of exercise, so that we end up feeling that it is a bigger deal than it is. The fact is, half an hour of jogging on the spot is plenty to help prevent the worst happening to you. It is time to stop seeing exercise as a dreadful, laborious activity which takes it out of you. Light jogging is so easy; anyone can do it. And yet, the effects are almost magical.


Make Sleep a Priority

It is an unfortunate side-effect of our lives that many of us suffer from sleep deprivation. It has become so commonplace that we no longer see it as much of a problem. If someone says they haven’t been sleeping very well, we shrug it off as being fairly ordinary. This is a terrible situation to be in. Sleep is an absolutely vital aspect of remaining healthy and preventing illness. My advice to you is simple. Get as much sleep as you possibly can. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty for getting ‘too much’ sleep – there is no such thing as too much. Get that clear in your head. There is no such thing as oversleeping. If you have slept a long time on a particular night, it was because your body needed to sleep for that long! Forget the guilt, and just sleep.

However, it’s not only the amount of sleep that’s important but the quality as well. If your bed is not very comfortable, then get it sorted. Your spine will thank you in the long run. You want a mattress which is not too hard or too soft.

Stop Bad Habits

Finally, just a small note about those bad habits. It should go without saying, but it is worth mentioning. If you smoke, or drink excessively, then it is of course advisable that you try and stop doing those things. They may seem impossible habits to kick, but they’re not. Many people do it every day, and you can too. If you do, your body will be extremely grateful, and your quality of life will improve instantly.

The Big Benefits Of E-Cigarettes

E-cigarettes have become incredibly popular lately. You see them everywhere you look. Celebrities are smoking with them at awards ceremonies, and they are even being used in some restaurants and bars. But why are they so popular and what are the benefits of this new form of smoking. Are they safer? Is there health advantages to using them? Let’s find out together.


For Quitting Smoking

E-cigarettes main use seems to be for quitting smoking. If you’re looking for a quick fix to a nasty habit the e-cig might be the perfect choice for you. Researchers have suggested that it’s one of the best ways to kick that nicotine habit for good. This might seem like you’re replacing one bad habit with another but this isn’t the case at all. In fact, you can get e-cigs without nicotine in them. Nicotine is the substance that makes smoking cigarettes harmful and without it, they are no worse than eating a bar of chocolate. You can find more about the dangers of nicotine on

E-cigs also give you the same sense of smoking a cigarette without the danger. This is one of the reasons why it’s such a good quitting method.

If You’re Happy And You Know It

Smokers have long argued that there is one benefit of smoking that can not be disputed. Smoking a cigarette calms you down. There is something about inhaling the substance that relaxes your body and your mind. If you have anxiety issues, you may have found yourself turning to cigarettes. But you should be using e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes give you that same sense of relaxation without the dangerous chemicals involved.

Clean And Cool

Many people against e-cigs claim that the devices are messy and that the liquid clogs up the tank. This could be dangerous and lead to a vape that isn’t as pure. Admittedly this is true. But now there is a new range from pure E-liquids. Pure e-liquids offer a cloud chasing range of a 100 percent organic VG e-liquid. What does this mean exactly? It means that the tank is no longer clogged up, and you can get a pure vape. You can find out more at here.

Sweet Like Candy

Not many people take up smoking because they like the taste. Even smokers agree that cigarettes taste foul leaving a nasty aftertaste. The smell of a freshly lit cig might be divine but not the aftertaste left in your mouth. That will stay with you. That’s why e-cigs are again proving to be a popular alternative. With an e-cigarette, you can get any flavour you want whether that’s skittles or strawberry. Many people argue that these flavours are being used to make the cigarettes attractive to children. But even adults like eating something sweet now and then.

Medically Recommended

Are e-cigarettes medically recommended? If they were there would be no disadvantage to using them. Unfortunately, doctors are not entirely satisfied with e-cigs, and more research needs to be completed. Once it is I think you can expect e-cigs to be the number one recommendation for quitting nicotine for good.


Create your own custom weight loss meal plan easily!


Creation of a custom weight loss meal plan is one of the simplest things to do. It is a good way to help you save. This is very beneficial especially of you do not have the cash to pay for a dietitian. There are a number of things that you need to bear in mind while creating a custom meal plan. After consideration of your age, weight and sex you will be able to tell the number of calories that your body requires. This is a very simple mathematics and you can make use of the internet to search how you can tell the number of calories you need.

The other thing you have to consider is the activity level. Persons who are normally very active will require more energy than those who are less active. This is because the body burns calories when you are active. Once you have done this, you need to come up with a shopping list. One of the main reasons why most people fail to follow through a diet loss plan is because they do not plan well when it comes to shopping. These are the sort of people who will shop things that are not essential. When you have a list however, you are going to be more disciplined in your shopping.

After you have made the shopping list based on the healthy foods that have been balanced from the pyramid scheme, you need to consider cooking. You have to make sure that you avoid take out as much as possible. This is one of the main reasons why most people fail in the first place. Take out in most of the cases is always so full of fat which is not healthy for the body. When you cook for yourself, you are going to make use of the correct portions at all times. This will enable you get the best out of the cooking process. The cooking methods that you will use will also play a huge role in the weight loss process. You need to make sure that the selected cooking methods are ones that do not lead to addition of excess fat and calories. However, you have to make sure that the methods are ones that will maximize on the nutrients.

Junk foods and unhealthy snacks should eaten in moderation or avoided completely. Most of the junk foods are normally rich in fat. Fat is one of the most important foods that you have to avoid when you are trying to lose some weight. Healthy snacks that you can take include fruits or even low fat milk. A great way to help you take in more water is to take it with lemon or lime. Lemon/Lime water is tastier compared to just taking plain water.

As you can see from the above information, it is very simple for one to come up with a customized meal plan. All you have to do is set up some time for the creation of the meal plan. When you follow through with the planArticle Submission, you can be sure to get results in no time.