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What Young Men Should Know about Shaving : Shaving Tips for Teen Guys

Published March 16, 2015 by teacher dahl

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Guys, now that you’re hitting puberty, you might notice your facial hair starting to come in. You’ll also start seeing hair grow in places that you’ve never seen hair before — under your armpits, around your groin, on your belly, and on your chest (maybe even on your back). All the extra hair is the result of hormones called androgens, which kick in at puberty.

Unless you’re the “mountain man” type, it’s probably time to consider shaving your face. In our society, shaving with a razor is the most common way of removing facial hair. Here are some shaving tips just for teen guys:

first shave

Shaving Tip 1: When to Start Shaving
First, talk to some men in your family — perhaps your father, or an older brother who has already started shaving — and ask them if you are ready. You should start shaving when you decide that you have enough hair growth on your face to actually shave off. You’ll notice darker hairs forming on your chin and around your upper lip.

Shaving Tip 2: What Type of Razor to Use
You need to find a razor that is safe and that works well for you. Get your dad, mom, or older sibling to take you to a drugstore or discount store. You’ll find two popular types of razors: electric and manual. An electric razor usually has a cord attached, although many come in a rechargeable, cordless design. A disposable razor usually has several blades stacked one on top of the other, which can provide you with a very clean shave. Here are some details about each type:

  • Electric razors. Electric razors are convenient. But many models do not shave as close as the disposable razors. If you select an electric razor, choose one that has flexible heads to conform to the contours of your face. Some electric razors dispense lubricants that help soften and protect your skin. But be aware that an electric razor can still irritate your skin. Take time to find one that’s right for you.

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  • Disposable razors. If you choose a disposable razor, you will need some type of shaving cream or gel to apply to your face before shaving. These creams and gels lubricate your face and help reduce the risk of nicking or cutting your skin. There are many creams and gels to choose from. Some include moisturizers and vitamins to help keep your face from drying out. Experiment with several creams and gels to find the one that’s right for your face.

Shaving Tip 3: Prevent Cuts
Truth is, you’ll probably cut your face a few times when you first start shaving; every guy cuts his face at some time. But here are some safety tips on shaving with a disposable or safety razor:

  • The best time to shave is after taking a warm bath or shower to make your skin hydrated and soft.
    At the bathroom sink, splash warm water on your face to stimulate your skin before applying shaving cream or gel. This will make it easier for the razor to make contact because the hairs will stick out some.
  • Lather up! Apply shaving cream or gel (without alcohol) on your face. The shaving cream or gel produces lather, which helps protect the skin as the razor cuts the hair.
  • Go with the grain of your hair, not against it. For most guys, whiskers on the face grow down. So shaving downward on the face removes most of the hair. Shaving against the grain (or upward) can cause rashes or red bumps.


  • Don’t rush. It’s very important to shave slowly and gently. Let the razor blade do the work.
    Don’t push down too hard with the razor. If you do, you’re likely to cut your face. It’s better to go over a part of the skin twice — lightly — than to press down hard. Ouch!
    Use soft, short strokes on your jaw and chin. Again, don’t apply too much pressure.
    Ask your mom or dad to get you an antiseptic styptic pencil. To use: dip the white pencil in water and then apply it to any nicks or cuts to stop bleeding immediately.
  • Change razors or blades frequently. A dull blade can irritate your skin and cause rashes. You are also more likely to cut your face with a dull blade.
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  • After shaving, wash your face with soap and water. Then follow up your shave with a face lotion or moisturizing aftershave product. This will help prevent your skin from drying out. If you’re heading outside, be sure to apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 (higher if you have fair skin).
  • Despite what you might have heard, shaving daily does not make the hair grow back thicker. But if you have ultrasensitive skin, you might be prone to folliculitis, a bacterial infection, or irritation from the shaving process. These can lead to scarring, so use caution.

  • Unless you have very thick facial hair, you don’t have to shave every day when you first start shaving. Try to shave the darker hairs that are starting to come in, and wait for the full-face shave. There will be plenty of time for daily shaving when you’re an older teen or young adult.
  • As you get older, your hair will start to come in much faster, requiring you to shave frequently. Guys who get thick stubble, producing a “shadow” of newer hair growth, often prefer shaving more than once a day.
  • Remember, everyone is different. Genetics play a big role in how much hair you have. You may know some guys who barely have any facial hair. Maybe they have what’s called “peach fuzz,” or light, fine hair all over their face. Likewise, there are many teens who can grow a full beard early in their high school years.

If you do have excess body hair on your back or other areas that you want to get rid of, talk to your doctor. There are processes such as waxing that can remove unwanted hair.

Source: Web MD

Eight (8) Things You Can Start Doing Now to Look Younger

Published November 23, 2014 by teacher dahl

Who Says You Have to Look Your Age?

When it comes to how old you are, age really is just a number. Researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis recently published a study stating that there are a lot more factors that should go into determining age than how long you’ve been alive.

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1. Use the Right Skin Care Products
When shopping for skin care products, there are three powerful ingredients you should look for to maintain youthful-looking skin, says Robinson.

  • One, check the label for a serum containing antioxidants like vitamin C, which will help brighten your skin;
  • two, add retinoids, which increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen renewal, to your routine; and
  • three, start using an alpha hydroxy acid exfoliator to remove the top layer of dead skin cells.

2. Wear SPF Every Day
Whether it’s humid and 90 degrees outside or chilly and rainy, sunscreen is a must no matter what. So add it to your daily routine if you haven’t already, since sun damage not only causes wrinkles, but can leave you vulnerable to skin cancer. “

  • Use at least an SPF 30, but don’t waste your money on anything higher than SPF 50 since there is little evidence that higher SPFs provide more protective benefits.


3. Take It Easy on the Foundation
“Heavy foundation tends to settle on the rough patches or into the lines of the face. What is needed as we age is a good transparent moisturizing foundation or tinted moisturizer.

Avoid anything with a powder base.”Use  a primer before applying foundation. A primer makes your foundation roll on more smoothly, filling in lines and pores; minimizes dark circles; and makes all makeup last.

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4. Fake a Healthy Glow
There is one easy way to get some color safely: a gradual self-tanner. “Nothing beats a little healthy glow on the body and face at this stage in life,”

With a gradual build, you’ll see minimal streaking, blotchiness, and buildups on ankles, the soles of the feet, and knuckles.” On your face, use a cream blush to perk up your complexion. “It blends more easily over rough patches or lines.,


5. Step Away From the Glitter
Bright, bold eye shadow and products with shimmer and glitter will make wrinkles more noticeable. “These products do not flatter or look attractive on skin or lids that are beginning to show tiny lines or have rough patches.”

 “Dark shades combined with lighter neutrals are the most forgiving and youthful choices for the lids.” And skip liquid liner, which emphasizes the delicate and fine skin surrounding your eyes and opt for a soft pencil line.
eyebrow6. Pick the Right Eyebrow shape
Put down the tweezers and visit a professional to shape your brows. Droopy eyes can be changed by slightly arching the brows and extending them outward the temples (rather than having the tail curve down around the eye). . “The arch is an important part of the brow, and should be a gradual and very gentle lift.”


7. Don’t Forget Your Neck

As you age, the neck loses elasticity faster than anywhere else on your body, taking on the dreaded crepe-y look. You should be every bit as diligent and careful about taking care of your neck and décolletage as you are about your face.

To keep this part of your body looking just as young as your face, follow this three-step routine:

  • Moisturize every morning and night,
  • exfoliate once or twice a week with a gentle scrub, and
  • apply sunscreen daily.


8. Pay Attention to Your Hands, Too
Remember to always wear gloves while washing dishes and to moisturize frequently.Chemicals and hot water can strip away the protective lipid barrier on your skin, making it susceptible to irritation and dryness.

Apply a layer of lotion to your hands each time you put on rubber gloves — not only will it protect them, it’ll give you an extra dose of moisture.

Source: healthdigest.com

Seven (7) Foods That Can Trigger Acne

Published September 2, 2014 by teacher dahl


If you’re prone to acne, baguettes, croissants, and all that other good stuff may make the situation worse. “Wheat causes inflammation,” Lipman says. “And to get rid of acne, you want to reduce inflammation in your body.” Yap Tan points out that many commercially produced breads also have sugar, soybean oil, and dairy: “You could eat an English muffin and unknowingly consume three big triggers: dairy, soy, and sugar.”




As if we needed another reason to give up the white stuff. “Sugar can absolutely cause breakouts, because it’s pro-inflammatory,” Lipman confirms. “Acne is considered an inflammatory condition, and someone with acne-prone skin should follow an anti-inflammatory diet.”

That doesn’t mean you have to give up sweetness for good, though. Lipman recommends eating fruit (not fruit juice) and, if you must have sweetener, choose small amounts of stevia, raw honey, or maple syrup.


A cup of joe can wake you up, but it can worsen a breakout, too. “There’s an organic acid inside coffee beans that raises cortisol levels,” Yap Tan says. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, can act like an androgen, simultaneously stimulating sebaceous glands and inflammation. Switching to decaf won’t do anything, since caffeine isn’t the trigger; your best bet, says Yap Tan, is to replace coffee with tea or yerba mate.


Bad news, dairy queens: milk actually doesn’t do a complexion good. Because of recent research on diet and acne, the American Academy of Dermatology now says there may be a link between milk consumption and breakouts.

Blame the hormones in dairy, says Dr. Frank Lipman,  an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. “Dairy causes spikes in certain pimple-producing hormones,” he explains. “I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk instead of cow’s milk.”

If you break out around the mouth and along your jawline, tofu and other soy foods could be to blame. And it’s all due to the natural plant estrogens found in soybeans. “Phytoestrogens mimic natural estrogen levels, and that throws off our hormones,” says esthetician Kimberly Yap Tan, founder of Skin Salvation, an acne clinic in San Francisco. Soy derivatives show up in everything from veggie burgers to energy bars, so read labels carefully.

Peanuts contain an androgen, which can make acne worse by increasing sebum production. “Peanuts will generally make people more oily,” Yap Tan notes. “I’ve had clients with white pustules around the nose, and it turned out they were eating more peanut butter than usual.” Acne-safe alternatives to peanuts include other nuts such as almonds and cashews, which don’t affect androgen levels.

coco oilCoconut oil
“A lot of people are shocked to hear about this one,” Yap Tan says of this comedogenic oil. “But not only does coconut oil clog pores around the mouth, it also creates a stubborn kind of inflammation—usually on the cheeks and along the jawline.” That goes for coconut oil that’s applied topically or ingested with food, so check your pantry along with your medicine cabinet.

So, what should you eat?

what should be eaten

Both Yap Tan and Lipman advocate swapping processed foods for natural ones. “Sticking to fresh, whole foods like protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and gluten-free grains is the way to go,” Lipman says. And in time, even certain acne-triggering foods may find their way back into your diet—without sending you to breakout town.

“Each person is different, and everyone has a different threshold with these foods,” Yap Tan says. “We don’t want to tell people they can’t eat these foods for the rest of their lives, but without eliminating them, we can’t find out what’s triggering the acne.”

source : Yahoo-She

Hair down there: Should you wax it, shave it or leave it?

Published May 27, 2014 by teacher dahl


Should you “touch” your hair down there or leave it alone?

It’s no longer unusual to see ladies lining up to get Brazilians.
No, they’re not getting a pair of flipflops, nor hot, hunky Latinos.
The latest trend in feminine pampering is to fully remove one’s pubic hair, which is popularly called a Brazilian wax.
Aside from waxing, there are other methods of removing pubic hair such as shaving, sugaring or trimming.

Which method is best? And should women really shave themselves bare down there?
Just like hair in other parts of the body — like the eyelashes and nose hair — pubic hair was placed there for a reason.

  • The cushion of curly hair is ideal for trapping dirt and bacteria. It’s sponge-like texture also creates a space between the skin and underwear to prevent excessive body heat and sweating. This allows for better air circulation to prevent skin infection.
  • Strictly speaking, leaving your pubic hair to grow in peace is the best choice.
  • But due to the strong influence of fashion and changes in our culture, along with the shrinkage of the swimsuit, denuding the pubic area seems to be the popular choice.

1. Shaving .   

Shaving is the most common method to remove pubic hair. It has the risk of causing skin infection due to tiny nicks      and cuts from the blade. Reuseable blades are discouraged since they may harbor bacteria. If shaving is your chosen  method, pick a disposable, single-use razor. Even in the operating room, shaving of body hair is discouraged because of the reasons mentioned above.
2. Trimming
 Trimming has been shown to cause less infection and less cuts on the skin. It is not too popular for the partner,               though, because the tiny hairs tend to scratch his sensitive skin during sex.

3. Brazilian waxing
  That’s why Brazilian waxing has become the new favorite. A warm wax is applied to the vulva and allowed to harden.   This is similar to the sugaring method. The dried wax or sugar is then pulled off along with the pubic hair all the way down to the hair follicles.

                           It can be an excruciatingly painful experience but many suffer willingly through this process because the hairlessness lasts longer. Be very meticulous in choosing your waxing salon. Some centers reuse their wax on several clients and some technicians don’t even use gloves while plucking the excess hairs missed by the wax. Ewww!

If you must choose to lose the hair down there:

1. Watch out for skin inflammation, minor burns, scarring, ingrown hairs, bumps and infected hair follicles.

2. Avoid washing your pubic area for 3 to 6 hours so that bacteria from water will not enter the pores and cuts.

3. Apply antibiotic ointment to areas that seem red and inflamed.

4. Be extra conscious of personal hygiene especially during menstruation since you no longer have the hair to protect the vagina. Removing pubic hair may look more appealing but beauty comes with a price. It’s your choice.


source : Yahoo She

Deodorant alternatives

Published May 8, 2014 by teacher dahl


A more natural choice
Stores stock a variety of deodorants and antiperspirants, but if you’re concerned about the health or environmental effects of using such products, there are alternatives.


Baking soda and cornstarch
Using baking soda as a deodorant is a simple way to combat body odor without subjecting your pits to a variety of chemicals. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little bit of water — don’t dissolve it — and rub it under your arms. You can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help prevent wetness. Simply mix one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.


Lemon juice
The citric acid in lemon juice can kill odor-causing bacteria, and there are people who swear by the lemon deodorizing method. Jennifer Palmer, chief executive of an organic skincare line, told The New York Times that she swipes her armpits with a sliced lemon on a daily basis. Just be sure not to apply lemon juice to recently shaven armpits — ouch!


Rubbing alcohol is another inexpensive and easy deodorant that kills odor-causing bacteria. Simply fill a spray bottle with alcohol and spritz your underarms with it. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to give it a scent — witch hazel absorbs oil and is mildly astringent, and tea tree oil can help relieve body odor.


Homemade deodorant
Making your own deodorant is a simple proccess that allows you to customize your deodorant to your needs and preferences. The Web abounds with DIY deodorant recipes, but here are two from popular bloggers.

Home made  deodorant #1
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrow root powder or corn starch
5 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine baking soda and arrow root powder in a bowl and mix with a fork. Start with about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add it to the baking soda mixture, working it into a paste. You can store the deodorant in a small, air-tight container or put it into an empty deodorant stick dispenser

Home made  deodorant  #2

3 tablespoons shea butter
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 vitamin E oil gel caps (squeeze out the oil)
Essential oil

Melt all the ingredients except the oils and stir. Then mix in the oils, pour the mixture into a container, and place the container in the fridge to set. This recipe filled a 1/4 pint jar.



Tawas is the Tagalog term for alum, a chemically hydrated aluminum potassium sulfate that possesses a specific crystal shape. Tawas or alum (common English name) has a chemical formula KAl(SO4)2·12H2O. It is non-toxic, has somewhat a sweet acidic taste that dissolves easily in water and reacts with acid. There are several types of tawas in the market like potassium alum, soda alum, ammonium alum and aluminum alum, but the more common is the potassium alum that most can buy in botika or health stores and from street vendors near churches in the Philippines.

Tawas or alum has varieties of uses. Tawas has industrial, cosmetic, culinary applications as well as some medicinal and health benefits.

source:  Yahoo she

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