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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:

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.,

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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.”

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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.

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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

bread

Bread
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.”

 

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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.

 

coffeeCoffee
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.

dairy

Dairy
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.”

soyaSoy
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.

peanutsPeanuts
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?

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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

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