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Skin Care Tips

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Skin Care is important because your skin, (the largest organ in the body), is your body’s first and primary line of defense against germs, bacteria, viruses, disease, and environmental intruders.  The way you care for your skin determines how your skin looks, when it wrinkles and at what rate it ages. Many say that it is gene related, however, even a person with great genes who does not care for the skin will see some negative results.

As we age, our skin changes. Moisturizing skin with nutrient rich natural ingredients is so very important in the aging process. As we age, skin becomes thinner, sensitive to product ingredients and materials, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Veins and bones can be seen more easily. Cuts, bruises, scratches, or bumps may take longer to heal. Years of sun tanning  may lead to dry skin, damaged skin, wrinkles, age spots, and even cancer. But, there is hope because there are things that you can do to protect and preserve your skin. The earlier you start with these practices the better for your skin in the longterm.

Avoid things that age the skin!

  • Excessive Sun
  • Tanning beds
  • Harsh Weather
  • Smoking
  • Inflammatory Foods
  • Excessive Alcohol
  • Bad Diet
  • Stress
  • Pollution

Make Olive Oil Your Best Friend!

  • Add it to your bath
  • Add it to your body while in the shower (after soap))
  • Mix it with water in a spray bottle and splash yourself while at the beach
  • Add it to your skin right before a workout
  • Put it on your body before you sleep
  • Use it to remove makeup

Incorporate Healthy  Lifestyle Habits!

  • Eat Healthy (Add more Alkaline Foods to All Meals)
  • Minimize Acidic Foods
  • Exfoliate your skin weekly
  • Add foods rich in Omega 3 to your diet
  • Wear Suntan Lotion of SPF of 30 or higher
  • Wear Protective Clothing
  • Commit to Using Olive oil or Coconut oil or Shea Butter on Skin daily
  • Minimize chemical exposure and absorption when possible
  • Clean skin regularly
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize Skin

Keep Positive Energy Around You! 

  • Minimize negative friends
  • Eliminate “unnecessary stress”
  • Make choices that are good for you mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Deal with stress head-on… by exercising your worries away
  • Surround yourself with Motivational type people who encourage your growth and development
  • Smile at every chance that you get
  • Eat to Live; Don’t Live to Eat

Skin is a very complicated organ but taking care of it does not have to be a complicated process. Early prevention, healthy lifestyle habits, nutrient rich diets, exercise, and tons of positive energy will help to keep your skin vibrant and healthy.

The author, T. Bohler, wrote this article to spread the news about the importance of skin care and the simple things that can be done to preserve the look, feel, and quality of your skin. The earlier you start in the process the better. She has been using olive oil on her skin since she was 20 years old (over 28 years ago). In addition, as the CEO of Mikios Natural Body Scrub, she ensures that all body scrubs are made  with olive oil.

Help Your Skin To Heal by Itself by Fighting Pollution

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Pollution that affects your skin includes two components: particle matter of various sizes, which is the visible black soot you wipe off your face, and  gasses such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide.

The ozone layer (that impacts skin) is highly reactive with everyday pollutants from things like air, chemical manufacturing plants,  cars/buses/trains, water, and dust particles.  These things react with the UV to create a carcinogenic factor that not only breaks down proteins but and destroys the lipids in our skin.

Air pollution in urban environments may more than double skin damage from the sun, especially in exposed areas like the face, neck, and hands.

Here is What Happens to Your Skin when Pollution Enters the Picture:

  • Dryness
  • Premature aging
  • Dull skin
  • Clogged pores
  • Break Outs
  • Rashes
  • Skin irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Allergies

Help Your Skin To Heal Itself by Taking the Following Actions: 

Note: Click on highlighted areas below for further information about highlighted topics.

  • Remove the toxins by cleansing with non-chemical products. Don’t use chemicals to take away chemicals. That makes no sense.
  • Use Antioxidants–they are the key to fixing the effects of pollutants on the skin because they help to stop free radicals.
  • Use Skin Products that are high in vitamin E.
  • Drink Clean Water; it doesn’t make sense to drink polluted water and expect to have vibrant skin.
  • Exfoliate Skin to Remove the dead skin.
  • Use a Water Filter in Very polluted areas where Rivers include Known Pollutants.
  • Use Sunscreen for the Skin
  • Avoid Skin Cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, and in most cases are preventable. Read how here .
  • Eat and Drink Healthy. If you have questions about this ask your healthcare provider to review what you are currently eating and suggest alternatives to improve your diet. We pay health insurance to be “healthy.” Take advantage of the free health programs that come with so many health insurance providers.
  • Exercise Daily-Exercise helps to heal the skin, reduce stress (that affects skin), and heal the body.  Exercise increases blood flow and helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital.  Blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals.
  • Join  Free Fitness Programs like “Silver Sneakers Fitness Program.”  This program is generally provided by your health plan at no additional cost. The program is an insurance benefit included in more than 65 Medicare health plans. Through SilverSneakers, health plans and group retirement plans provide a gym membership at these locations (click here) to their insured, usually at no additional cost. Find out if  you are eligible and get your membership card: (click here).

The author T. Bohler, owner of Mikios Natural Body Scrub, makes and sells chemical free salt body scrubs that exfoliate, detox, soften, and clean skin. She believes that the condition of the skin is influenced by skin products, diet, nutrition, exercise, and the environment.

 

 

 

Pregnant Women Should Avoid Mosquito Bites–Zika Virus is Now in the USA

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Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Is this cause for alarm? Yes, this isn’t a regular mosquito virus. This one has alarming statistics that the public should be aware of:

  • The Ministry of Health estimated  (in Dec 2015) that 440,000–1,300,000 suspected cases of Zika virus disease had occurred in Brazil in 2015.
  • There were more than 3,500 cases of microcephaly reported in the South American country, and 46 babies have died.
  • As of January 20, 2016, locally-transmitted cases were reported to the Pan American Health Organization from Puerto Rico and 19 other countries or territories in the Americas.
  • No official tally of U.S. cases is available. Weird huh.  Visit the CDC page for updates  here.  Several state health agencies have confirmed cases in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas, New York according to The Washington Post. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a yellow travel alert late Friday advising pregnant women to postpone travel to Mexico, Puerto Rico and more than a dozen other countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean where the mosquito-borne Zika virus is circulating. The agency warned all travelers to avoid mosquito bites.
  • See CDC Guidance for Pregnant Woman at: (Link)
  • In Colombia, which has the second highest Zika infection rate after Brazil, the government is advising women to delay becoming pregnant for six to eight months to avoid the risk.
  • Health officials in Brazil believe this virus is causing babies to be born with abnormally small heads. Note: All of the U.S. cases thus far have involved people who traveled to Latin America.

PREVENTION:

While there is no known vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection, there are things that you can do:

  • Avoid mosquito bites by using air conditioning or window and door screens when indoors.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants, using permethrin-treated clothing and gear, and using insect repellents when outdoors. Most Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)–registered repellents, including N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET), can be used on children aged >2 months.
  • Try Natural Insect Repellents when possible.
  • Until more is known, and out of an abundance of caution, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

The author, T. Bohler, runs an online company that makes and sells 100% natural salt body scrubs that exfoliate, soften, and moisturize skin without chemicals. Flavors include Eucalyptus, Lemonlicious, Coconut, Tea Tree Lime, Peppermint, Lavender, Jasmine, Purple Bliss, and the company signature flavor, Tropical Yummy.