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Facial Lines & Wrinkles

Facts about ageing

Youthfulness is to be enjoyed when we’re young

We all want to retain our youthful exuberance and appearance, yet we cannot completely put off the inevitable, that over time our bodies will eventually succumb to age.

We all age at a different rate, some reach their later years and still look as if they are half their age, while others look a lot older than their actual years. The cause is in genetics, diet and lifestyle..

Genetics plays a role in our general features and characteristics, but it has less of an effect than diet and lifestyle.

Those who have a lifestyle that does not support the body will age more rapidly. A good lifestyle here

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Causes of Hair Loss

Protecting our appearance

Anthropologists say we began to loose our body hair about two million years ago and this gave us a competitive advantage over other animals. But nature left our head hair as protection from the hot sun, basically so it wouldn’t fry our brains.

Today, a full head of hair is desirable, yet for many of us it begins to thin at a very young age and both men and women experience hair loss for similar reasons which are.

Disease or illness

Losing hair could be a sign of being unhealthy. Illnesses such as systemic lupus erythematosis and syphilis, or thyroid disorder show hair loss as a symptom. Chronic kidney dysfunction may also cause lots of hair to

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Bio Oil

So what about Bio-Oil?

Bio-oil is a product promoted as “the product for scarring and skin care”, but when we look at the ingredients its hard to see why anyone would ever want to put it on their body!

What’s in it?

Like Johnson’s Baby Oil, the Bio-Oil base is mineral oil, a bi-product of petroleum and not designed for use on our skin as mineral oil acts as a layer that’s difficult to absorb, it clogs the pores which slows the skins’ ability to eliminate toxins.

Ingredient list

Botanicals. Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Calendula Oil) Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender Oil) … No problem here as these oils are actually good for your skin but, they exist in a

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Psoriasis

A chronic skin condition

Psoriasis is both an autoimmune disease and a lifestyle disease whereby the cellular growth of new skin cells goes awry. In the early stages of this dis-ease, there may be a little reddening of the skin. This redness may spread, become very itchy and the skin dry. As the problem develops, the skin begins to get very dry and scaly, and even more itchy.

While psoriasis is not contagious and in most cases it is not completely debilitating, it is very uncomfortable, very itchy and as with shingles, downright embarrassing. Some people accept this as their fate and learn to live with it, but over time it may continue to worsen and make

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Cold Sores

A wakeup call that your immune system is weak

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus, they become noticeable from 3 – 10 days after infection and can last as long as three weeks if not treated.

Treatment is vital from when you fist notice a cold sore developing to prevent further spread.

The most commonly infected area is the lips and as cold sore blisters are very contagious from the moment they start tingling until the lesion heals completely, it’s important not to kiss anyone and to avoid intimate contact.

This means if you or someone close is infected, you must avoid kissing, sharing utensils, sexual intercourse or touching anything that the infected persons lesion has

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Varicose Veins

An uncomfortable inconvenience

Veins carry blood from the extremities back to the heart and varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and tortuous because the tiny valves that regulate blood flow stop working properly. When the blood flow is impeded, the veins begin to enlarge and can sometimes feel uncomfortable.

Varicose veins are more common in women than in men, and are linked with heredity. Other related factors are pregnancy, obesity, menopause, ageing, prolonged standing, leg injury, and abdominal straining. Varicose veins are not caused by crossing the legs or ankles. Less commonly, but not exceptionally, varicose veins can be due to other causes, as post phlebitic obstruction or incontinence, venous and arteriovenous malformations.

Varicose veins are most common

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Haemorrhoids

Piles and anal discomfort

Haemorrhoids or piles are swollen veins in the region of the anal cavity, (singular haemorrhoid). This inflammation can happen to anyone and the first symptom is often discomfort.

The blood vessels that swell to become piles surround the anal canal and serve as cushions to help with stool control. They can enlarge and or prolapse to cause discomfort, pain or bleeding so that cleaning your anus becomes a problem due to the discomfort.

The principal causes are thought to be an inadequate consumption of water and fibre rich fresh vegetables along with an excess of processed foods.

Internal haemorrhoids are a prolapse of the veins inside the anal canal and typically they swell and protrude

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Exfoliating Body wash

A new Fashion Product and a Danger to Life

Touted as a new skincare product, exfoliating body washes and shower gels are appearing on many supermarket shelves advertised as the ‘next best thing’ for a healthy looking skin.

These body washes and gels contain micro plastic beads to help remove dead skin cells and therefore make your skin look younger and healthier.

On the surface, this may seem like a good idea because after all some medical people tell you that harmful bacteria can potentially crawl under a dead skin cell to cause an infection. But, this can only occur if you leave your skin dirty for a long period of time; like days at a time.

If you

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Skin Problems

Itches and the breakdown of our body wrapping

Our skin is known as the integumentary system, it’s the bodies largest organ which encloses the body and it includes skin, hair, nails, related muscles and glands. As well as protecting our bodies from the environment, our skin also regulates our body temperature.

There are a great many skin problems which can occur and a skin infection is distinguished from dermatitis, which is inflammation of the skin. But, a skin infection can also result in skin inflammation such as pompholyx which maybe called infective dermatitis.

To keep our skin healthy, it needs to be washed using a minimal amount of soap and any soap used must be completely removed because

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Skin Tags

Or Acrochordons

Medically a skin tag is referred to as an acrochordon (or acrochorda if you have more than one). They are usually harmless and once formed and depending on your lifestyle, they do not grow or change much over time.

Skin tags are outgrowths or little flaps of skin that may look like a small piece of soft hanging skin that have suddenly appeared. They can look like and be mistaken for pimples, moles or warts.

Where the tag attaches, the connection may be a slender stem or a broad area as wide as the tag. The surface of a tag may be smooth or irregular and while they are usually small and seldom larger than a grain of

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