Quick Fix For Eye Problems

Eye ProblemDon’t you get annoyed when someone tells you that you look so tired when you were not feeling tired at all? You can’t blame people if they actually see you having dark circles, puffy eyes, and big eye bags even if you hadn’t been out late the night before.

These eye problems could be due to different factors such as heredity, natural aging process, health conditions, allergic reaction, hormones, water retention, changes in weather, or even as a result of drug interactions.

To prevent these eye problems from occuring, start with practicing a healthy lifestyle. Have a well-balanced diet and engaged in regular physical exercises. Keep yourself well-hydrated to flush the toxins from your body and to reduce chances of water retention. Limit your intake of sodium and caffeine which can cause the body to retain excess water.

Over the years, cucumber has been known to be very effective in soothing eye bags and puffiness. Topical lavender treatment can help reduce eye swelling the same way chamomile and other tea bags do. After choosing what best suits you, you can finish off with a little make up to hide the remaining traces.

Contributed by: Monch Bravante

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Dealing With Ringworm

In the past, people thought that ringworm is a real worm creeping stealthily underneath the skin.

Infected with RingwormsRingworm is a common fungal infection of the hair and skin that remains superficial and non-invasive.

It is caused by dermatophytes, a group of skin fungi resembling a mold, that feeds on keratin: the dead outer layer of the skin. Most likely, infection is acquired from wet, damp and moist places like the bathroom where fungi thrives. It is highly contagious and can be spread by direct physical contact with a person, animal, and rarely, soil.

The following topical treatments have antiseptic properties which you can easily find in the medicine cabinet:

  • Iodine (brand Betadine): use undiluted directly onto ringworm patch.
  • Tiger Balm: rub a tiny bit of balm on the ring worm area.
  • Vicks VapoRub: rub a small amount of Vicks on the affected skin area.

Apply these topical treatments directly to the ringworm patch at least three times a day. Cover the treated lesion with a liquid bandage spray or a clear nail polish.

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Safety Earwax Removal

There’s nothing wrong with having earwax. They’re there for a purpose: to moisturize the ear canal; to prevent infections; and to protect the eardrum. Earwax traps anything that tries to enter the ear.

However, too much of anything is no good. Same with earwax. Having too much earwax production is not only unsightly and unhygienic, sometimes, it also has a foul smell that becomes stronger when there is an infection.

If you want to get rid of excess earwax, there are a few home remedies you can follow. But first, make sure that your ears are healthy and that there is no infection whatsoever, especially if you have sensitive ears.

For safe and tested ear wax removal, avoid using cotton buds. It will only push the earwax farther and make it hard and solid. Never use hair pins or anything hard to avoid injuring your eardrum. Instead, dissolve hardening earwax using paraffin wax or mineral oils, and irrigate the ear canal with water-vinegar solution.

Never use hydrogen peroxide in dissolving earwax. This liquid is too strong for your ear, especially if you have delicate eardrum.

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Preventing Dry Skin

Dry SkinDry skin is a result of an imbalance of oil and moisture in the skin. Oil keeps the skin’s surface lubricated, while moisture keeps it refreshed and young-looking. Both are essential for keeping skin healthy and supple.

Dry skin can either be simple or complex. Simple dry skin usually affects middle age women when their skin loses its natural oil. It becomes dull and flaky. However, complex dry skin is a result of oil and moisture loss in the skin, thus, developing fine lines and wrinkles. The pores are enlarged, skin sags, discoloration occurs, and brown spots develop. Too much sun exposure can also damage skin proteins such as collagen, elastin, and keratin.

The face and hands are the parts of our body that are usually exposed to the elements, making them prone to dryness. Some people have combination skin where some parts of the face are oily, like the nose, forehead, and chin while the rest is dry.

To prevent dry skin, keep yourself hydrated by drinking enough water to moisturize the skin. Refrain from drinking too much soda, caffeine, and alcohol due to its diuretic effect which causes you to lose essential fluids and minerals. Also, use mild soap and avoid frequent hot baths.

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Travel Tips To Avoid Jetlag

Jet LagAir travel can make some people experience jetlag, a condition characterized by difficulty in adjusting to the external environment, loss of appetite, inability to get regular sleep, unexplained fatigue, feeling of dehydration, irritability, and discomfort in legs.

Jetlag is caused by the disruption of the circadian rhythm or “body clock” when you travel from one time zone to another. The symptoms persist for a few days until your body clock adjusts to the new time zone.

Avoiding jetlag should start even before you take the flight. The following are a few tips to prevent jetlag:

  1. Three days before travelling, indulge in a heavy diet. During the flight, try to eat less. Should you be eating, take a high-protein diet.
  2. Keep yourself fit by doing exercises and avoid travelling when you have colds or flu.
  3. Drink plenty of liquids to avoid getting dehydrated during the long flight. Water is better than soda, coffee, or alcohol.
  4. Try not to sit all the time. Get up and walk every hour. Take off your shoes to ease the pressure from your feet.
  5. Take a shower during stopovers.
  6. Use sleeping aids such as neck rests, blindfolds, and pillows to get a good in-flight sleep.

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Doze Off To Dreamland

We live in a fast-paced world where our bodies got so accustomed to that sometimes we find it hard to slow down and get the much needed sleep. Before popping those little sleeping pills, it is better to consider the following natural remedies:

Regular exercise – a rigorous routine during the day and a mild exercise just before getting to bed can actually help induce better sleep. While exercise exhausts the body, it also has a relaxing effect by releasing the body’s endorphins.

Herbal drinks – tea made from chamomile, passion flower, and hypericum among others is a mild sedative that can help reduce anxiety and mental tension.

Warm bath – before bedtime, relax and unwind by dipping in a tub of warm bath mixed with a few drops of lavender oil. The warm heat can relieve muscle tension and promote relaxation.

Meditation – clear your mind of its clutters such as worries and stress to prepare your body for a good slumber.

Bedroom setting – keep it free from distractions. Don’t put television or anything that can take away your time for rest. Make it a place for sleeping, not for entertainment.

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Gargle With Eucalyptus

If you see blood when you’re brushing your teeth even with soft bristles, try to check if your gums are bright red or red-purple in appearance and tender to the touch. If they are, then you better see a doctor for a gum disease treatment.

When bacteria mixed with food debris in the mouth, it becomes a a sticky substance called plaque that forms on the exposed parts of the teeth. If it stays on the teeth for a long period of time, the plaque hardens and become tartar. Plaque and tartar not only cause tooth decay, they also infect the the surrounding gums, making them soft and tender, and bleed easily. When gums are injured due to brushing, it may lead to gingivitis.

To prevent gum disease, brushing your teeth is not enough. It is important that flossing follows after brushing to remove remaining bits of food that get stucked in between teeth and the gumline. This will prevent plaque build up and can help reduce inflammation.

A good home remedy is a mouth rinse made from the essential oil of eucalyptus mixed with a glass of warm water. Eucalyptus has natural antibacterial properties.

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