Wellness

  1. Winter Blues: What You Can Do To Feel Better

    Winter Blues: What You Can Do To Feel Better

    'Tis the season. Literally. The fun and joyous, yet hectic and stressful, holidays are over and winter is really settling in for good. Daylight is in short supply, and blustery weather may make it difficult for you to get out and enjoy some quality outdoor time. Many people get the winter blues each season and find it difficult to combat the feeling of depression that often accompanies.

    So what can you do to relieve your winter blues?

    See the Light

    See the Light

    A lot of what is happening to your body and your mood has to do with the lack of daylight outside. It's dark when you leave for work, it's dark when you come home. That can disrupt your body's circadian rhythms and cause a drop in serotonin and vitamin D levels, which can lead to depressive

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  2. Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    As the largest organ in your body, your skin performs highly important roles for you like body thermoregulation and prevention of fluid loss. It protects you from the harmful effects of the sun's radiation and keeps you safe from harmful toxins. It's your first line of defense.

    Your skin takes care of you.

    If you're not happy with how your skin is behaving, it may be time for you to change your habits.

    The way you take care of the rest of your body (or don't) has a huge impact on the health of your skin. What's going on in your life and the state of your health are all reflected in the mirror. Your habits, whether good or bad, will tell all. According to Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution,

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  3. Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    There is so much talk out there about the damage free radicals can inflict on our skin and the resulting inflammation. You've heard of the benefits of antioxidants and probiotics, both taken internally and used topically.

    You've paid enough attention to know that free radicals and inflammation are bad and eating healthy is good.

    Taking care of your skin involves more than twice-daily cleansing and moisturizing. What you put into your body has a huge impact everywhere, including your skin! Antioxidants and probiotics are vital to your health and longevity.

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Free radicals are formed when oxygen in the body splits - a result of either normal metabolic processes

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  4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

    With a name like that, this syndrome can be deceiving. Not everyone with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) actually has cysts on her ovaries.

    But PCOS affects many women in some pretty big ways.

    What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

    PCOS is a hormonal disorder common in women of reproductive age, so it can affect anyone from a teenager to a woman perimenopausal. In fact, it affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. It's caused by an imbalance in a woman's reproductive hormones, which creates problems in the ovaries, as well as elsewhere.

    The ovaries are the paired organs that create and store the egg that is released monthly as a part of a healthy menstrual cycle. In the case of PCOS, the egg may not develop as it should or it may not be released

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  5. The Best Sources of Skin Friendly Antioxidants

    The Best Sources of Skin Friendly Antioxidants

    How many times have you heard:

    "Antioxidants are good for you."
    "Eat your fruits and veggies because you need antioxidants."
    "Look for skin care products rich in antioxidants."

    So, you probably get it: antioxidants are pretty fantastic. But when it comes to your skin, you may not have given much thought to where those antioxidants are coming from. Good skincare isn't just about utilizing quality topical products, but taking care of your skin from the inside, out, as well.

    The Enemy: Free Radicals

    The Enemy: Free Radicals

    Free radicals are the unstable byproducts of oxidation, the metabolic process of oxygen

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  6. Dermatologist vs. Esthetician

    When to See a Dermatologist: Five Things to Watch Out for to Protect Your Skin

    No doubt you have heard the warnings about staying out of the sun to avoid aging your skin. While you may already know the dangers of the sun and the risk of skin cancer, this is not the only thing to blame for skin problems. There are a variety of skin issues that can be bothersome and effect quality of life.

    With so many over-the-counter skin care products readily available to treat everything from dry skin to acne, self-treating is often the first step. Along with self-treating your skin, it is important to understand when to seek the medical advice and treatment of a dermatologist.

    Here are five things to watch out for on your skin that should warrant a call to your dermatologist.

    1. Persistently Red, Flushed Skin That Won't Go Away

      While a pink rosy glow is associated with youth and health, constantly flushed skin can be the sign

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  7. Don't Leave Them Out: Men Need Skincare, Too

    Don't Leave Them Out: Men Need Skincare, Too

    So many men wouldn't be caught dead standing around the water cooler discussing their skin and skin care routines. But whether they want to admit it or not, men need to have at least a basic skin care regimen to keep their complexions clear and their skin healthy. So, it's time we start talking about it.

    We're going to talk about basic care. There's really no need for any major muss or fuss. Chemical peels or weekly masque treatments aren't necessary (but they never hurt, either).

    Skin care is important, even for those of the manly-man persuasion, so we're going to talk about it out loud. Men suffer the same skin care woes and troubles as women. Things like acne, sensitive skin, and razor burn can all be tackled with a little bit of smart elbow grease.

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  8. Quick Stress Relievers Everyone Can Use

    Quick Stress Relievers Everyone Can Use

    Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. That demand or threat once upon a time was things like lions, tigers, or bears. Now, our stresses are slightly more tame: a looming deadline, a botched sales call, or a tricky office relationship.

    When you sense danger - whether real or imagined - the body kicks its defense mechanism into gear with the fight or flight response in an effort to save your life. Your body either wants to flee from the dangerous beast that's trying to eat you (or your lunch that's in the office fridge), or stand its ground and fight.

    Stress: Good vs. Bad

    Stress: Good vs. Bad

    Stress

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  9. Your Eyes Reveal More Than Just Your Soul

    Your Eyes Reveal More Than Just Your Soul

    Your eyes are most definitely the window to your soul. You've heard it a million times. People can really tell a lot about you from just looking into your eyes. That statement really seems to hold true when it comes to judging your willingness to tell the truth, your sincerity, and the depth of your heart if you follow the romantics.

    There have even been scientific studies that show personalities are linked to the irises of a subject's eyes, and that your eye color may even indicate your pain tolerance.

    That's all on a deep and personal level. But the skin around your eyes can tell a story all its own, too, indicating how much sleep you've received, how stressed you are, and whether you've done a good job protecting yourself from the sun. Your eyes really do reveal so much about you.

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  10. 5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Misbehaving

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    Cleanse. Treat. Moisturize. Repeat twice daily. That is the universal formula for clear, radiant and youthful skin, right? Not necessarily. Even if you follow a strict regimen on a daily basis to keep your skin clean, healthy and wrinkle-free, there are some personal habits that could be preventing your skin from unleashing its natural glow. Take a peek at our list of radiance-zapping culprits to figure out if you need to fine-tune your daily routine.

    You don't know how to say "no" to junk food.
    old adage "you are what you eat" is very true - especially when it comes to your skin. When your belly isn't happy and your body is lacking the necessary nutrients to get through the day, it can absolutely affect the way your skin acts, feels and looks. The next time you shop for groceries,

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