Thursday, May 27, 2010

Age Spots Removal

Just the other day while I was looking in the mirror, I noticed some brown speck marks on my face. Its funny how nature has its own way to remind you that you're getting older. In my case these age spots forced me to do some research on how to get rid of these spots. And if any, whether it involved something safe, painless and cheapest way ton do it.

For those of you who are wondering what age spots are. Well here is a defination of it, according to Mayo Clinic : Age spots — also called liver spots and solar lentigines — are flat, gray, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun. Though age spots are very common in adults older than age 40, they can affect younger people as well.

Long exposure to the sun increases the risk of getting age spots. Therefore always use sun screen with SPF 15 or more when going out. However if you already have age spots here are some age spots remedies which are safe and natural that to help get rid of age spots.

Aleo Vera juice or gel has long been known as a general healing agent for skin problems, particularly burns. Many people have also found it to be helpful in reducing the visual appearance of age spots. Simply rub the juice or gel directly onto the affected areas twice a day, and leave it on the skin for at least 45 minutes each time. Within a month you should begin to notice improvements.
  • Lemon Juice.
The acid in Lemon juice has been shown to help fade the appearance of age spots. Simply dab fresh lemon juice directly onto the spots twice daily and you should begin to notice improvements in about two months. Leave the juice on the skin for at least 30 minutes, or as long as you are comfortable with it. You can also leave the juice on the skin overnight. Caution - If you plan to go outdoors, wait for the juice to dry as it increases the skin's sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Honey & Yogurt.
Another quick way to fade age spots is to blend honey and yogurt together to create a natural bleach that will lighten the spots. Mix one teaspoon of plain yogurt and one teaspoon of honey. Apply the skin lightening mixture to the age spot and let it dry on the skin for 30 minutes and rinse it off. This mixture can be applied to the area once a day and a person should see results in approximate one to two weeks.

  • Buttermilk.
An old folk remedy to get rid of age spots is to apply buttermilk to the spot. Buttermilk contains lactic acid, which can gently exfoliate sun-damaged skin and other pigmented areas of the body. This will cause the age spot to lighten over a period of time.
  • Skin Lightening creams & lotions
Anybody who uses this skin lightening cream should carefully read the directions before applying the cream to their body. Any skin lightening cream stronger than a 2% solution requires a prescription from a doctor.
Although keeping one’s skin protected from the sun with sunscreen whenever outside is the best way prevent age spots for some people it may already be too late and the damage has been done. For anybody who already has age spots and wants to get rid of the age spots try a few of these different age spot treatments and if all else fails there is always cosmetic congealer to hide the spots on the skin.
Hope these natural remedies will help you remove age spots. If however you have the money to spare and need a speedy age spots removal, then laser treatments to remove them is also an option you might consider. In any case if you suspect that the spot marks are unusual of nature it is advisable to consult the doctor in case it might be skin cancer.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Danger of Sleep Deprivation

I've always enjoyed sleeping and I think most of us do too, although sometimes I feel guilty of napping too much. However after reading this short article t made me feel a little better. Here's the extract of the article from AFP.

People who get less than six hours sleep per night have an increased risk of dying prematurely, researchers said on Wednesday.
Those who slumbered for less than that amount of time were 12 percent more likely to die early, though researchers also found a link between sleeping more than nine hours and premature death.
"If you sleep little, you can develop diabetes, obesity, hypertension andhigh cholesterol," Francesco Cappuccio, who led research on the subject at Britain's University of Warwick, told AFP.
The study, conducted with the Federico II University in Naples, Italy, aggregated decade-long studies from around the world involving more than 1.3 million people and found "unequivocal evidence of the direct link" between lack of sleep and premature death.
"We think that the relation between little sleep and illness is due to a series of hormonal and metabolical mechanisms," Cappuccio said.
The findings of the study were published in the Sleep journal.
Cappuccio believes the duration of sleep is a public health issue and should be considered as a behaviouralrisk factor by doctors.
"Society pushes us to sleep less and less," Cappuccio said, adding that about 20 percent of the population in the United States and Britain sleeps less than five hours.
Sleeping less than six hours is "more common amongst full-time workers, suggesting that it may be due to societal pressures for longer working hours and more shift work"
The study also found a link between sleeping more than nine hours per night and premature death, but Cappuccio said oversleeping is more likely to be an effect of illness, rather than a cause.
"Doctors never ask how much one sleeps, but that could be an indicator that something is wrong," said Cappuccio, who heads the Sleep, Health and Society Programme at the University of Warwick.
Research showed no adverse effects for those sleeping between six and eight hours per day.
So you see, sleeping is important if you want to have a long and healthy life. Don't deprive yourself of sleep. It's one of the easiest way that can help you to look great and feel happy.