Monday, December 31, 2007

Runners Crud

Runners always have a healthy grow about them. You really notice it when a runner stands beside someone who doesn't - one looks alive, the other looks in need of life support.

On the other hand, that exciting healthy glow can become tarnished by zits. You see, when you're out on a run you're being blasted by road grime, exhaust fumes, pollen and any other foreign object passing vehicles can throw at you. Even if you don't deal with traffic, you still have the wind to contend with, and like cars – it shows no mercy.

By the time you get home, you have a lovely layer of crud attached all over your sweaty little body. And if you forgot your deodorant, you probably have a swarm of flies buzzing about your armpits, but that's a story for another day.

Some runners don't really care. They hit the shower, dress and off they go. The thing is, you can wash your face with soap all you want, but there's still little villains hiding in your pores and their goal is to zitify your face. If you're not dating, married or have any desire for either, don't worry about it. But if you are – ask yourself this, “Does my mate really want to suck the zits off my face? Or would said mate prefer something soft, clean and kissable?”

If you just take a little extra time, like three minutes, you can make your mate happy! Since soap doesn't cut it, use a cleanser. Cleansers really get down and do the job right. Follow that up with a cotton ball and some toner. Toner's get in and clean the pores. You'll be surprised at how much crud is still on your face even after you've used a cleanser!

Finally, follow it up with a moisturiser! Moisturisers do exactly as their name says. They not only add moisture to your face, but help your face hold in their natural moisture! Now, for those who may think they can get by without a moisturiser – what happens when something doesn't have enough moisture in it? It dries, wrinkles and cracks like leather in the Sahara.

But seriously folks, your skin is just as important as working out your heart and lungs and not just because of looks or being kissably soft. The air is full of contaminants and the skin absorbs them. They hunker down in your pores. By removing the pollutants, you help cut back on possible infection and some claim will even help keep some forms of skin cancer at bay. So give it a shot! :]

Monday, December 17, 2007

Lips from beyond the grave!

It's a romantic moment, she tenderly kisses him on the cheek, grateful his 5:00 shadow hasn't kicked in yet. As she pulls back, he takes one look and screams like a little girl. Gobs of dead skin cells dangle from her once luscious lips. He shivers and screams again.

How could this poor soul have avoided this nightmare from beyond the grave? He could have used a simple regimen twice a day and spared her lips from looking like they returned from the grave.

So what's the game plan? Use a cleanser in the morning and at night, Hey! It's good enough for David Beckham and Derek Jeter - it's good enough for you. Besides, using a cleanser before shaving minimizes razor burn.

On to a good clean shave! A good clean shave removes dead skin cells. Another reason to shave – removing the dead cells keeps your skin looking younger and healthier. Girls like that.

Finish with a moisturizer! After removing the dead cells, you want to moisturize your face and make it nice and soft - not for you, but for her.

So that guys is the simple and painless game plan! Use it regularly to keep her happy and keep yourself from sucking your own dead cells off her lips.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Where skin cells go to die.

Tis the season for sneezing, drippy noses, coughing, and for you, your kids, your neighbors kids, your co-workers and strangers on the street to help spread the merriment by contaminating one another.

Most people's first response to the season is to increase their vitamin intake, start taking echinacea, drink barrels of orange juice and use seventy-two gallons of antibacterial soap a month until the season is over.

It all makes sense, right? Maybe the vitamins, echinacea and orange juice, but not the antibacterial soap. Why? According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “ not only kills bacteria, it also has been shown to kill human cells (Eur J Oral Sci 1998 Apr; 106:628-36).”

Men may not care if their skin cells drop dead, but for us women it's a royal nightmare. Think about it, dead skin cells equals prematurely aging skin – the one thing we spend hundreds to thousands of dollars a year to avoid like the plague!

Aside from drying out your skin till you look like an iguana, damaged skin makes you susceptible to possible infections and releases free radicals. The only way to stop free radicals is the use of antioxidants.

If you have to use antibacterial soaps in your job, you can save the life of your hands by using a hand cream that contains vitamins A, C and E. Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants that work together to disarm, protect and neutralize the damage free radicals cause.

If possible, you should apply it after every wash, especially at night time before bed. Keep a mini-size lotion in your pocket, desk, car or purse so you don't forget to protect your hands.