How to Protect Your Skin from a Hangover

Whilst Dorco doesn’t endorse heavy drinking, some occasions make a hangover – and the sore head that comes with it – inevitable. Whether you’re getting for Christmas festivities or an office party, taking some steps to protect your skin from the ravages of a hangover will help you to look your best — even if you don’t feel that way.

You might start your celebrations looking like a male model, but all too often you wake up the next morning looking like an extra from a horror movie. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Apart from giving up alcohol forever, there are some relatively simple hangover skincare tips you can follow that will keep you looking fresh and presentable when you’re feeling a little worse for wear.

 

Drink lots of water

Yes, it’s that simple. Drinking water doesn’t just fight the hangover headache that costs so many people a day at work, it also fights skin dehydration before it can do any significant damage. Add a pinch of salt to your water, or drink coconut water to give your body the energy-boosting electrolytes it needs.

Exfoliate

As soon as you’re dry after your refreshing shower, take the opportunity to exfoliate using a scrub or dry brush. This will aid blood circulation, remove dead skin and give your overall complexion a rosy glow. And let’s face it, your skin will need all the colour it can get after a few too many drinks the night before.

Take preventative action

If you’re in a fit state to do so after a night of alcohol-fuelled fun, moisturise BEFORE you go to bed. Choose a moisturiser that is packed with antioxidants, as they will start repairing the damage to your skin while you sleep. Getting a headstart on your hangover-induced skin problems before you fall asleep may reduce the amount of work needed in the morning.

 

Hide the bags under your eyes

Few things tell people you have a hangover like your eyes do. Bloodshot eyeballs and dark, puffy circles are telltale signs of a heavy night of drinking, so it’s always a good idea to give them some attention as quickly as possible.

Start the skin rejuvenation process by getting to work on the dark circles that are making you look like a racoon. There are some very good eye creams on the market — many of which have been specifically formulated to deal with dark rings and puffiness around the eyes. These creams work by diffusing light to disguise dark shadows more effectively.

Moisturise

Once your skin is clean and refreshed, it’s time to give it a direct helping hand to rehydrate. Alcohol has a tendency to strip away moisture from the skin, which can leave it looking dull, dry and tired. Indeed, people with long-term drinking problems can develop serious skin problems because of excessive alcohol consumption. Decisive action is therefore essential.

Drinking lots of water is a great way to start the rehydration process, but faster and more effective results can be achieved with the application of a moisturiser. And the good news is that there are several creams and lotions out there which are formulated specifically for rehydrating skin after drinking alcohol.

Add some colour

If all your efforts to breathe new life into your alcohol-ravaged skin have failed, it might be time for some cosmetic intervention. And there’s no need to feel self-conscious about applying colour to your skin, as there are some very popular products on the market specifically for men, including tanning creams, concealers and foundation. Search for the products that offer hydrating properties, as these will deal with the root cause of your dull skin as well as masking it.

5 Cocktails Made from Your Garden

There’s little in life more satisfying than growing your own fresh fruits, veggies and herbs. So why not enjoy them in exciting and interesting ways? Here are five flavour-packed cocktails you can make with items straight from your garden.

1. Gin basil lime smash

This tangy twist on a traditional basil smash uses lime for a perfectly tart herbal cocktail. Easily switch out gin for vodka based on your personal preference, or offer both if you’re entertaining.

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 4 fresh basil leaves

 

Gently muddle basil and lime juice. Add gin and simple syrup, and shake over ice. Strain and serve on the rocks.

 

2. Jalapeno cucumber margarita

Just the right balance of spicy pepper with cool cucumber, this zesty margarita is packed with fresh fruit juice and veggies—so much that it could almost be a side item on its own.

  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • 1 part fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 1 slice jalapeno
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 1 lime wedge
  • kosher salt

 

Mix tequila, lime, orange, simple syrup, jalapeno and two cucumber slices. Infuse for approximately one hour. Serve on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass with a lime and cucumber garnish.

3. Blueberry mint vodka lemonade

A fruity, fresh take on a summertime favorite, this lemonade packs a punch. If you’re trying to impress, consider topping this cocktail with a champagne float for added pizzazz.

  • 2 parts blueberry vodka
  • 2 parts fresh lemonade
  • 5-10 blueberries
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon slice

 

Muddle berries and mint. Add vodka and lemonade. Stir, strain and serve on the rocks with a lemon garnish in a champagne flute.

4. Lemon rosemary bourbon sour

For bourbon lovers in need of something fresher than a traditional Old Fashioned, try this citrus and herb-infused sour. Keep any remaining rosemary simple syrup ready for other fun cocktails later in the week.

  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part rosemary simple syrup
  • 1 rosemary sprig

 

For rosemary simple syrup, bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil with three sprigs of rosemary. For cocktail, mix liquid ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

 

5. Watermelon champagne

This perfectly simple sparkler is ideal for a party. With only two ingredients and two optional garnishes, you’ll be able to stay focused on your guests, not playing bartender.

  • 1 watermelon, freshly pureed
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 basil or mint leave
  • 1 lime wedge

 

Fill a champagne flute half full with watermelon puree. Top with sparkling wine or champagne. Garnish with mint or basil leaves and lime wedge.

Looking After Your Skin Before and After a Workout

Working out is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle – but it sometimes has a tendency to wreak havoc on sensitive skin. Profuse and prolonged perspiration can take its toll, which is why it’s important to be prepared with some effective pre and post workout skin care treatments.

Before your workout

 

While the most important skin care routines take place AFTER a workout, it’s probably a good idea to wash your face if you use a male concealer or any form of make-up. But if you’re going to be exercising in direct sunlight, don’t forget to apply some sunscreen.

If you’re planning on working up a heavy sweat, your skin will lose much of its moisture through evaporation — which can lead to the dryness that accelerates the aging process. Apply a light moisturiser just before you exercise, and choose a moisturising sunscreen if you’re going to be outdoors.

 

During your workout

The skin is generally very good at looking after itself, so you won’t need to apply anything to it during your workout. However, try to avoid touching your face if you’re in the gym, as the equipment can be covered in bacteria – much of which has the potential to cause breakouts. Lifting weights regularly can lead to calluses and sores on your hands, so always wear a pair of dedicated gym gloves.

If you’re prone to acne, wearing a headband or cap to keep the sweat from your forehead running onto your face may actually do more harm than good. Headwear can cause a backup of oil and perspiration, which can lead to breakouts.

 

After your workout

It is important to rehydrate as quickly as possible after a workout. To speed up the process, drink lots of electrolyte-replacing fluids, which help the body to absorb water more quickly. But the most effective treatments for your skin after exercise involve direct care.

The first thing you should do after your workout is wash with a mild cleanser, as this will remove any sweat, oil and toxins from the surface of your skin. Keep the water in your bath or shower lukewarm, as hot water may strip your skin of essential oil and moisture.

Once you’ve thoroughly washed with your chosen cleanser, use an alcohol-free toner to wipe your skin, and then moisturise immediately. It’s important to use a moisturiser that is made for your skin-type, otherwise it won’t have the desired effect – and could actually make things worse.

It’s probably best not to shave immediately after a heavy workout. However, if you do, make sure you use a quality shaving foam that includes a moisturising agent.

Top Tip: If you’re prone to areas of red, blotchy skin after working out, choose a moisturiser or skin serum that contains natural soothing agents such as chamomile, bisabolol and white tea.

Don’t forget to look after your feet

Too many people neglect their feet after a rigorous workout, but doing so can lead to a nasty bout of athlete’s foot. Make sure you thoroughly wash your feet with a cleanser after workouts. And it’s always a good idea to let them breathe for 30 minutes before you put socks and shoes on. If you don’t have time, change into some light shoes or sandals after applying some anti-fungal foot powder.

As long as you keep it as clean and hydrated as possible after exercise, your skin shouldn’t experience too many post-workout problems.

Eat to Look Better: 4 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Men

When you’re short on time but big on nutrition, you need healthy recipes that can be made in a flash.

Here are four super-easy meals you can prep in just minutes. They’re all low calorie and low effort but high in taste and nutrition — plus extra bonus points for ingredients that give men great-looking skin and hair!

 

1. Roasted Salmon and Brown Rice With Spinach

Fortify your body with this easy recipe. Salmon is tasty and requires very little cooking time. The brown rice gives you healthy starch for energy.

Ingredients:

  • 150 gram salmon fillet
  • Handful of sesame seeds
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter

 

Instructions:

  1. Cook the brown rice according to package directions.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Drizzle the salmon with lemon juice, dip one side into a bowl of sesame seeds, then place it directly into the hot skillet sesame-side down. Cook for approximately four minutes, and then flip to cook for an additional minute.
  4. Melt butter in another pan. Add garlic and spinach, cooking just until spinach wilts.
  5. Plate and enjoy.

You can find more recipes using salmon,brown rice and spinach here and a recipe for sesame grilled salmon if you have a little bit more time to marinate your salmon.

 

2. Green Curry Chicken and Quinoa

Green curry is one of the most delicious yet easiest recipes ever. If you can’t get to a local spice store, instant green curry paste is good enough. Pair it with healthy coconut milk (as opposed to thick cream). Go for skinless chicken fillets or chunks, and mix things up by eating the curry with quinoa instead of rice. Quinoa makes a healthy alternative to rice and soaks up the coconut curry very well.

Coconuts have essential vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6, plus coconut milk is ideal for men who may be lactose intolerant.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Handful of basil
  • 1 fresh lime
  • Fish sauce to taste
  • Cooked quinoa

 

Instructions:

  1. Empty the can of coconut milk into a wok and bring to a simmer.
  2. Add garlic, stirring until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken chunks, and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add lime juice and a dash of fish sauce.
  5. Serve over cooked quinoa and top with torn fresh basil leaves.

If you don’t mind spending more time in the kitchen, you might find this recipe interesting.

 

3. Muscle-Building Steakhouse Salad

Before you turn your nose up at salad, rethink what you’ll toss into the bowl. It could turn out to be a delicious, power-packed meal you hadn’t imagined before. When you add beef to a salad, you get the benefits of iron and zinc, which can combat depression. Sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, you’ll have an extra boost of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness.

Ingredients:

  • 150 grams sirloin steak
  • Salt and pepper
  • Rocket leaves
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • Roasted nuts, such as almonds
  • Roasted seeds, such as sesame or pumpkin
  • Equal amounts of lime juice, honey and olive oil for dressing

 

Instructions:

  1. After seasoning with salt and pepper, grill the steak the way you like it.
  2. Slice the steak thin, and then place on a bed of the rocket and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Slice the avocado for garnish, and serve the salad sprinkled with the seeds and nuts.
  4. Whisk together dressing ingredients, and drizzle over salad.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

You can find more muscle building salad recipes here.

4. Grab-and-Go Muesli

 

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When you need to get out of the kitchen fast, there’s nothing better than ready-made meals. A healthy cereal that combines oats, nuts, and fruit can give you instant energy and power when you’re feeling low.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of frozen berries or red currants
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
  • Honey
  • 1 cup whole-grain granola or protein bar

 

Instructions:

  1. Fill a cup with berries.
  2. Fill the cup of berries with the yoghurt.
  3. Crumble the granola or protein bar over the top.
  4. Sweeten with honey.
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What is Hair? And What Does It Need to Stay Healthy?

We all have it – some more than others, of course. Hair is one of the many genetic legacies that we all share. Exactly why we have it is a subject scientists can’t fully agree on. But what we do know is exactly what it’s made from.

A strand of hair is a little like a daffodil – it grows from a permanently planted bulb. Located in the hair follicle, hair bulbs take nutrients from blood vessels in order to build hair shafts. In simple terms, hair is made from a protein called keratin, and it is held in place next to the surface of the skin by follicles.

Genetics dictate the colour of hair, how fast it grows and, of course, whether it grows at all. But how healthy our hair is depends on a range of factors.

Hair responds to a healthy lifestyle just like your heart and liver do. All it needs is a little tender, loving care. And you can give your hair exactly what it needs by following a few relatively simple tips.

 

1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Your hair needs continual nourishment to truly be healthy. While certain shampoos and hair treatments can make your hair look fantastic, such substances only improve the appearance and texture of your hair – and not what lies beneath.

As hair is basically protein, it’s important to eat lots of protein-rich food. Meat and dairy foods are perfect. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, however, you’ll find lots of protein in soya. To keep your hair naturally soft, you need to give it a regular supply of biotin, which is a type of B vitamin. You’ll find lots of this in eggs, spinach and brown rice. And to keep your scalp healthy, it’s important to consume foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including salmon, trout and nuts.

 

2. Don’t shampoo too often

Exactly what constitutes too often changes from person to person. However, a lot of professional hairstylists recommends that hair should not be washed every day.  Technically, it is not necessary to shampoo the hair daily unless sebum production is high according to the article by  Dr. Zoe D Draelos, Department of Dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine. Washing daily strips your hair of its natural oils, and it can also lead to a dry scalp.

To protect your hair from damage, look for shampoos that are low in sulphates. However if you use gel, hairspray or other hair care products, use clarifying shampoo or deep cleansing shampoo to remove the build up once or twice a month. Everyday shampoos are not good at removing the polymer film created by hair care products designed to keep the hair in place.

3. Don’t Skip Conditioner

Conditioning keeps hair soft and strong.  For men with curly hair, conditioning daily prevents the ‘just-out-of-bed’ look men hate so much. However, it’s vitally important that you rinse all of the conditioner out of your hair before it dries. Residue from most hair conditioners can cause your hair to appear dull and greasy when dry. Another common mistake guys make is lathering up the scalp. Start half an inch from the scalp and apply to the ends.

 

4. Brush your hair every day

Regular brushing is very good for your scalp since it improves circulation but brushing too hard and vociferously can damage it. Starting from the bottom, brush your hair carefully but firmly, and gradually make your way up. Don’t pull or tug at knots and tangles, as this may break off large clumps. Remember not to brush your hair while it’s wet, since this leads to damage as well.

6 Morning Exercises to Do Before Your Day Begins

What’s the secret to a great day? A great morning workout!

Wake up your mind, get centered, and get fit. The morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. When you feed your body a healthy dose of energy first thing in the morning, it’ll work well for you the whole day long.

Even if you only have a small space to exercise at home, fitness can be realized and prioritised.

 

1. HIIT Workouts

Tabata and the popular “Insanity” series qualify as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. They are designed to be as short as possible — yet as intense and as powerful as you make them.

Often, coaches will tell you to “beat your own personal best,” which means giving a little — or a lot — more to the workout with each rep.

 

2. Functional Fitness

It doesn’t just make you look good; it improves other parts of your life too. Functional fitness helps us perform better throughout the rest of our day. These exercises mimic activities we already do every day, such as squatting, and are intended to improve balance, coordination or endurance. All these things benefit us by making it easier to complete tasks throughout the rest of the day. Amy Dixon, a fitness instructor at Equinox, says you can use loaded movement training, such as holding a sandbag, to gain strength plus coordination.

3. Kettlebells

The cast iron weights look like cannonballs, and kettlebell addicts will say they’re nearly as powerful. What makes kettlebells such a great workout tool is that they give your entire body cardio plus strength training in a matter of minutes.

Once you get down the basic moves, the possibilities for moving the weight easily are endless. Used in the past by Russian gymnasts, kettlebells get you targeting your core in order to move your whole body in sync. It wakes you up in an instant.

4. Jump Rope

This one’s an oldie but a goodlie. The Compendium of Physical Studies states that jumping rope for 10 minutes burns as many calories as jogging at an eight-minute-per-mile pace.

This one basic piece of equipment can get you going so good you’ll burn up to three times the calories of normal workouts. That’s why you’ll often see boxers training with jump ropes; they need the endurance, and this is one of the best ways to get it.

But there’s even more great reasons to jump rope — it’s portable, cheap and doesn’t take too much coordination to master, just a will to keep jumping.

 

5. Explosive Workouts

Explosive exercises are those that use your body weight and get both feet off the ground at the same time — a great way to amp up your metabolism.

Burpees are still on trend because of the overall boost they give a person — especially in the morning. Try lunges or jump squats, which can be done in relatively small spaces.

6. Don’t Forget to Breathe and Stretch

One final word: No workout is complete if you’re short of breath and feeling tight in all the wrong places!

Remember to do some stretches after each workout, and get your heart back to its usual flow by doing some easy breathing routines or even martial arts stances and yoga poses. These are intended to condition and strengthen your body, even after your exercise routine is over.

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8 Amazing Body Facts

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We all know that the body performs certain functions on its own that help us to stay healthy, grow and thrive. The body can repair itself, and needs the basics like food, water, exercise and fresh air to stay in top shape. But what about the more mysterious, crazy or
unusual
things that the body is capable of?

Of course there are thousands of fascinating facts, but we’ve rounded up just eight that every man should know. Memorize this list next time you need to impress a friend or two.

 

1. Your Individual Fingerprints Can Improve Your Sense of Touch

The tiny ridges on the pads of your fingertips are there for a reason: they can help you to hold wet things with better grip and allow our skin to stretch more easily, which protect it from damage and help prevent blisters. Researchers found that one of the reasons our hands are formed this way is to give us a better sense of touch; Fingerprints help improve our ability to feel texture and they make our sense of touch more sensitive.

2. There Are Muscles Wrapped Around Your Testes

Have you ever wondered why the area below your lower knee cap involuntarily jerks up when you hit it? That’s because of cremaster muscles, which also control reflexes. The National Cancer Institute says they are the same muscles responsible for activating the body when sexually aroused.

 

3. It’s Possible for Your Feet to Grow Bigger with Age

If you spend a lot of time doing sports, or on your feet, your tendons and ligaments are subject to wear and tear. Sometimes, your arches can flatten. You may notice your feet getting longer or wider. If you have excess weight, this is a good reason to keep your diet in check: Medical conditions can cause swelling in your feet, which, when weighted down by your body, becomes quite uncomfortable.

 

4. You Can Eat for Better-Quality Semen

A study by the Journal of Human Reproduction conducted in 2012 found that men who ate greater amounts of healthy fish fat, which is rich in omega 3, had better quality semen than those who did not. This is a great reason to eat out at a sushi bar now, isn’t it?

5. Men’s Bodies Can Produce Milk

You probably didn’t know you have mammary glands, too! While you may not be able to produce enough milk content to feed and sustain a child, explains Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg in their book “Why Do Men Have Nipples?”, changes in your hormones or even certain medications can cause your breasts to make milk.

6. You Have the Same Number of Hairs on Your Body as a Chimpanzee

Our body hair isn’t as visible as our furrier friends, just because the individual strands are finer. But there’s still a substantial amount on our body. Losing our thick hair generations ago may have had some evolutionary reasons, but no one knows for sure why.

7. Male Foetuses Can Get It Up

Okay, this one is a little strange, and no one knows why. But the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine showed proof of 16-week-old foetuses still in their mothers’ wombs being able to have tiny protuberances. Throughout the pregnancy, they continue to fall and rise. No one has figured out the point of this, but one thing is for sure: the male body is both amazing and extremely peculiar!

8. There’s a Good Scientific Reason Why Your Testicles Hang Low

Every body part is as it is for a reason. Your testes hang below your body because of the cool temperature they can access down there. And this is, in fact, the perfect body temperature for producing healthy, lively and strong sperm.

Enjoyed reading these facts or know someone who should know about them? Share this post and come back for more fun facts, tips and ideas for keeping in top shape and grooming well.

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5 Tips for Healthy Hair

Having healthy hair is a great way to boost your self-esteem. In fact, studies have indicated that your hair is linked to your happiness, confidence and even

your self-perception of social hierarchy.

That’s why it’s worth taking the necessary steps to get and maintain healthy hair. Here are five tips to get you started.

 

1. Exercise Your Way to Healthy Hair

When you exercise, you enhance the flow of blood that stimulates hair follicles and promotes growth. Exercising also helps to alleviate stress, which can contribute to stunting hair growth. That’s why it’s worth having a workout plan. Include intense cardio that can help you work up a sweat or try briskly walking four times a week. This can help discharge any toxins in your body that may be interfering with the production of sebum — your scalp’s natural conditioner that keeps your hair healthy. You can even try back bending exercises or upside-down poses for improved blood circulation to your scalp.

2. Use Clarifying Shampoos Not Too Often

Shampoos that clarify your hair are great for removing debris and buildup that can come from the outdoors or an oily scalp. However, deep-cleaning your hair with these types of shampoos too often can strip your hair of the important oils that naturally give it body and keep it shiny. Your scalp’s natural defence is to overcompensate for the natural oils that have been removed, which may leave it too oily or too dry, depending on your hair type. That’s why you should refrain from the frequent use of these purifying shampoos.

If you use a lot of styling products such as hair spray, gel and mousse, you may use a clarifying shampoo once a week but otherwise, you may only need to use it once a month when your hair looks dull or still feels oily after washing. You’ll be able to still deep-clean your hair without risk of removing your natural oils.

 

3. Don’t Overwash Your Hair

It’s tempting to wash your hair multiple times, especially if you exercise at the gym, live in a humid climate or are prone to sweating out your straight hairdo into curls. Technically, it is not necessary to shampoo the hair daily unless sebum production is high. Shampooing is actually more damaging to the hair shaft than beneficial, says Dr. Zoe D Draelos. Overwashing your hair can leave it dry and brittle, especially if you fail to replenish it with a good moisturising conditioner, have naturally dry hair or coloured hair, or live in a dry climate. Instead of washing your hair too frequently, aim to wash your hair with shampoo no more than three times a week unless you exercise (and sweat) a lot or live in very humid places.

4. Hydrate Your Hair With the Right Conditioner

Moisturising your hair with the conditioner made for your hair type is key to maintaining healthy hair. For example, if your hair has tight curls or if your hair is coloured, it will be more prone to drying out or losing its colour vibrancy and may require a deep conditioner in addition to a daily moisturising conditioner and leave-in conditioner. Moisturising conditioners can also help replenish your hair to a healthy state after using a clarifying shampoo.

 

5. Keep Heat to a Minimum

Too much heat can damage your hair. That’s why you want to make sure you’re keeping it to a minimum. If you can avoid tools that use heat, you’ll have healthier hair. However, if that’s not an option, limit the amount of heat that hits your hair by using the lowest setting on your hair dryer. You can also opt for towel drying your hair with a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt and air-drying your hair to prevent heat-induced hair damage, such as split ends and frizz.

Final Thoughts

Keeping your hair healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. By following these tips, you can maintain flourishing hair.

What are you leaving behind? The strange story of skincare

Do you know what your skin leaves behind? It would probably shock you. It could be a trail of dead-cells, oils,
and dirt on your furnishings, mattress, and linens that can cause health issues, including skin problems,
breakouts, and blemishes. Perhaps the worst part is that these particles are left behind for you to languish in
later, as you sit in your favourite chair, lounge in bed, or curl up with your favourite blanket. Be wary of
what your skin leaves behind and avoid subjecting your skin to the same toxins and germs, day after day.

Some pretty-awful things that skin can leave behind include:

Mould spores.

Mould spores are easily transferred by skin and left behind wherever you have made contact. Mould is a result of infection,
dry skin, or a high-yeast diet. Treat wounds and keep them covered; moisturise your skin and don’t pick at flaky
or dry patches. Lower your intake of yeast, which you sweat out through the skin and that is susceptible to
forming mould at the pores. When you sweat or your pores brush up against a surface, mould can be spread and
left behind. Mould encourages more mould, and can create conditions that cause respiratory distress and illness.

 

Bugs.

You are not alone; mites and bugs lurk wherever you frequently sit, lounge, or lay. Bedbugs are frequently
transported by skin and once these move into your home, professional extermination is the only option. Hot water
is the best defence when trying to curb the breeding and sustenance of bugs and pests.

Bathroom Hygiene

Every time that you flush your toilet with the lid up, microscopic bits of faecal matter is
tossed into the air, possibly landing on your clothes, your skin, and even your toothbrush if you keep it within
a six-foot radius of the commode. This then is spread and disseminated throughout your home, wherever you touch
or happen to be. These bits of waste are hosts for organisms, bacteria, and potential disease, such as
Hepatitis, that are just waiting to infect someone. Do everyone a favour by closing the toilet before you flush.

 

Animal hair and Pet Hair.

If you have pets, then you likely have pet hair in your home. But, that’s not all, when
animals malt they often shed their skin too which can be home to mites and fleas, but it is even more prevalent
when it comes to allergies and health issues. This pet hair could be making it harder for people living in the
home to breathe, and could be causing serious skin irritations.

Some other things you could be leaving behind are:

– Bodily fluids, such as urine, semen, blood and sweat.

– Cosmetics, including makeup residue, body creams, colognes, and hygiene products.

– Body oil and grease.

– Pollen.

– Dead skin cells.

Do you know what your skin leaves behind? Maintaining healthy skincare regimens and changing your
sheets
and linens often may curb the dirt, oil, and debris that you carry and transfer to furnishings,
particularly your linens, bedding, and mattress. Replace your mattress periodically and create a cleaner,
healthier
sleeping environment and better skin.

Your skin is impacted by everything that you do:

  • The amount of sleep you get influences the condition of your skin, as well as the frequency and severity of
    breakouts.
  • Diet. Are you eating enough fibre? Fresh fruits and vegetables provide fibre, which helps
    remove waste and toxins from the body that could be affecting your complexion.
  • Be sure that you are laying your head on a clean pillowcase each night, and washing your face with a clean
    washcloth each morning. Dirty linens transfer bacteria and dead cells to your skin, which can provoke a
    breakout or spot.
  • Use makeup sparingly, especially when you are experiencing a breakout. And always completely remove it once
    the occasion is over.
  • Your bed. Your mattress
    is a sponge for the oils, dead cells and dirt transferred from your skin while you sleep. Be sure that you
    replace your mattress at least every seven years for optimal skin protection.

 

Skin Care Tips

How to Get Better Skin Today

The health of your skin says a lot about your general state of wellbeing. Your skin is an organ, and just like
your heart or your liver, it needs nutrients to perform its functions properly. If you’re concerned that your
skin isn’t receiving the tender loving care it deserves, there are several things you can do – and they’re all
relatively simple. To ensure your skin is fresh, clean and healthy at all times, it’s important to understand
the basics of skincare.

 

Get to know your skin

The person best placed to understand exactly what your skin needs is you. You know what irritates it and whether
it’s dry or whether it’s greasy. And only you know exactly what issues lead to good and bad skin days. If your
pores are enlarged and your skin is constantly shiny, the chances are you have oily skin. But if you suffer from
dry patches, blotches and a dull complexion, you probably have dry skin.  Understand what your skin needs, and
you’ll be able to purchase the perfect skincare products.

 

Invest in face wash

Using a face wash daily should help to keep your skin moisturised and healthy. However, there are different
washes for different skin types, so you should take the time to select the right one for you.

Dry skin – If you suffer from scales, dry patches or dry skin conditions such as eczema, you should
select an oil-based cleanser. You may also want to apply a moisturising cream for dry skin, packed with things like
hyaluronic acid (able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water) and fortifying hydrators afterwards.
Oily skin – If your skin is oily, you may be prone to acne breakouts due to the overproduction of
sebum or “see visible or large pores over t-zone or cheeks.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you
should select an oil-free cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can both reduce the
chances of an acne breakout.
Sensitive skin – If you suffer from sensitive skin, there are cleansers on the market designed to
address your specific requirements. These products usually contain no fragrances, heavy oils or alcohol. Instead,
they rely on natural ingredients such as aloe, green tea, chamomile and polyphenols. Among the conditions that can
cause skin irritation are psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
Once you’ve washed your face, use a toner to cut through the oil on your skin – leaving it cleaner and more even. If
you suffer from acne or skin problems, choose a toner that contains salicylic acid.

Exfoliate regularly

Much of the oil, dirt and sebum on your face lurks just below the surface of the skin, so regular exfoliation is
essential. Left untreated, dirty skin can cause blackheads, spots and irritations. You need to clear the dead
skin cells away at least twice a week to ensure dirt and grease can escape.

Change your shaving habits

A wet shave using a moisturising shaving foam is always best for your skin – so you need to make the time for
one every morning. Before you shave, however, wash your face with cleanser, toner and “warm or lukewarm water.
And if you have time, exfoliate. These processes will open up your pores, soften the hairs and remove any
bacteria that’s sitting on the surface of your skin. Shave with the grain, and always rinse the blades after
every stroke. And, of course, make sure your blade is sharp and rust-free. Once your shave is complete, rinse
your face with cool water.

 

Moisturise

Dry skin is usually thinner and less elastic – which can lead to severe wrinkles and creases over time. You can
maintain the elasticity in your skin – and keep your skin looking fresh and youthful – by moisturising daily.
And to kill two birds with one stone, use a moisturiser that also offers UV protection, as prolonged exposure to
direct sunlight can cause permanent skin damage.

How to look after your skin if you work outdoors

Working outside leaves your skin vulnerable to damage from UV rays. This can accelerate the ageing process in
skin, and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. It is therefore important that you stop what you’re
doing to reapply sunscreen every two hours – making sure you apply it to your face, arms, hands and any areas of
exposed skin.

If you work in a relatively dirty environment or battle the daily pollution in the city, the dust in the air has
the potential to get into the deeper layers of the skin, causing inflammation, dehydration and wrinkling. An
easy and effective solution is simply washing the skin to remove the dust and pollutants through proper
cleansing before bed every night and apply ample moisturiser. Wearing moisturiser in the morning is also helpful
because it trap the pollutants during the day, preventing them from reaching the skin.