The Key To Flawless Skin

side view of woman applying facial cream(BlackDoctor.org) — Knowing your skin type is the key to beautiful skin.We often wonder why some of us have flawless beautiful skin, whereas others have pimples, spots or acne breakouts. Well, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the look and texture of our skin. Some of them are heredity, environmental or diet. However it is very important to know that the health of the skin also depends on how well you take care of it. Skin can be divided into various types according to its texture. Knowing your skin type is the key factor in selecting customized skin care products that are right for you.

Sensitive skin

Thin or a fine-textured skin. It reacts quickly to both heat and cold; therefore, it sunburns and windburns easily. It is commonly dry, delicate and prone to allergic reactions. Temperature changes, cosmetics, some detergents and beauty products can all cause irritation, leaving the skin red and blotchy, with visible surface veins.

Normal skin

Fine even texture with a supple and smooth surface. Healthy looking texture with smooth finish.When properly cared for lines and wrinkles seldom form on this type of skin until late in life. It has a proper balance between oil and moisture contents and is neither oily nor dry. It looks clear and does not develop spots and blemishes. The pores of the skin are fine and barely visible.

Dry skin

Has a dry parched appearance and has a tendency to flake easily. Small pores and dull looking, is prone to wrinkles and lines. It is due to the inability to retain moisture as well as the insufficient production of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Dry skin often has problems in cold weather and ages faster than normal or oily skin. Constant protection is very important. It needs a moisturizer during the day and a good hydrating cream at night.

Oily skin

This type of skin is caused by the over secretion of sebum making the skin surface oily. The excess oil on the surface of the skin attracts dirt and dust from the environment. Oily skin is also prone to spots, pimples, and blackheads. Shiny appearance; larger pores than other skin types; more prone to blemishes and clogged pores. Wrinkles less readily than other skin types This type of skin needs to be cleansed thoroughly.

Combination skin

Is a combination of both dry and oily skin,  with certain areas of the face oily and the rest dry. Usually the forehead, nose and chin are oily and the cheeks and the areas around the eyes and mouth are dry. The oily central panel is referred to as T – Zone. When properly cared for lines & wrinkles seldom form until late in life.

Five key’s to optimal skin care

  1. CLEANSE to remove makeup and impurities.
  2. EXFOLIATE to remove dead surface cells that dull the skin.
  3. FRESHEN to refine pores as well as tone & tighten the skin.
  4. MOISTURIZE to help keep your skin supple and hydrated.
  5. PROTECT your skin from the environment.

Prostate Cancer: Easing Stress

prostate quote(BlackDoctor.org) — If you have prostate cancer, you may feel stress caused by the uncertainty of your future, the unpredictability of the cancer, the chance of disability, and financial difficulties.

Common signs of stress can include disturbed sleep, fatigue, body aches and pain, anxiety, irritability, tension, and headaches.

How Can I Reduce Stress?

These factors can help:

• Keep a positive attitude.
• Accept that there are events you cannot control.
• Be assertive instead of aggressive. “Assert” your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry, combative, or passive.
• Learn to relax (see below).
• Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when you are physically fit.
• Eat well-balanced meals.
• Rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
• Don’t rely on alcohol or drugs to reduce stress.

How Can I Manage My Stress?

Managing stress can play an important role in combating fatigue. Here are some suggestions that may help.

1. Adjust your expectations. For example, if you have a list of 10 things you want to accomplish today, pare it down to two and leave the rest for other days. A sense of accomplishment goes a long way to reducing stress.

2. Help others understand and support you. Family and friends can be helpful if they can “put themselves in your shoes” and understand what fatigue means to you. Cancer groups can be a source of support as well. Other people with cancer understand what you are going through.

3. Relaxation techniques such as audiotapes that teach deep breathing or visualization can help reduce stress.

4. Activities that divert your attention away from fatigue can also be helpful. For example, reading or listening to music require little physical energy but require attention.

How Can I Learn to Relax?

A number of exercises can help you relax. These include breathing, muscle and mind relaxation, relaxation to music, and biofeedback. A few you can try are listed below.

First, be sure that you have a quiet location that is free of distractions, a comfortable body position (sit or recline on a chair or sofa), and a good state of mind. Try to block out worries and distracting thoughts.

• Two-minute relaxation. Switch your thoughts to yourself and your breathing. Take a few deep breaths, exhaling slowly. Mentally scan your body. Notice areas that feel tense or cramped. Quickly loosen up these areas. Let go of as much tension as you can. Rotate your head in a smooth, circular motion once or twice. (Stop any movements that cause pain.) Roll your shoulders forward and backward several times. Let all of your muscles completely relax. Recall a pleasant thought for a few seconds. Take another deep breath and exhale slowly. You should feel more relaxed.

• Mind relaxation. Close your eyes. Breathe normally through your nose. As you exhale, silently say to yourself the word “one,” a short word such as “peace,” or a short phrase such as “I feel quiet.” Continue for 10 minutes. If your mind wanders, gently remind yourself to think about your breathing and your chosen word or phrase. Let your breathing become slow and steady.

• Deep breathing relaxation. Imagine a spot just below your navel. Breath into that spot and fill your abdomen with air. Let the air fill you from the abdomen up, then let it out, like deflating a balloon. With every long, slow breath out, you should feel more relaxed.