Skin Health Foundations – Introduction

Your skin is an oftentimes under-appreciated component of your body. Most people don’t realize it is the largest organ in your body and that it’s wonderfully complex. The reason that the skin care industry is an industry with over $40 billion in annual sales is because of the importance so many people put on healthy looking skin. A great looking complexion is an indication of overall health.

Having your skin looks its best is something that is within everyone’s reach. While everyone will have days when their skin doesn’t have its optimal appearance, there are many things you can do to improve and maintain the overall look of your skin.

Many people associate skin care products with maintaining skin health. But there are many other things that also have an impact. These include internal factors such as your DNA makeup as well as external factors like what you eat, how much sun exposure you get, and so forth. Stress, in particular, can cause acutely negative changes in your skin appearance. This is because stress causes the release of cortisol in your body which causes inflammation.

The best news is that there is plenty of science around skin health that can be leveraged to make informed choices about which products will give the best benefit and what routines work best. Products containing cosmeceuticals, in other words skin care ingredients that are bioactive, are more readily available today than ever.

Taking time to take care of your skin will give you both short-term and long-term benefits. That’s an investment that is worth the time and money!

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Getting Well – Is Your Health Foundation in Place

Have you bought the latest book, program or pill trying to find a way to feel healthier? Problem is, if that’s the isolated event, it’s not enough help. You may not spend a lot, but you usually don’t gain what you need either. You’ve wasted just a little money, sure, but what’s worse is that you grow frustrated and begin to lose hope that you can find a solution.

Whatever it is that you want to improve upon – your energy level, stress, muscle aches and pains and so on – the foundation of it is your overall good health. You can’t build a solid base for getting well if your foundation remains shaky. A good understanding of what it takes for you to feel your best right now becomes the building block that allows you to continue. When you figure out how you can reclaim your wellness, other areas start falling into place.

One good tool that will help you build a healthy foundation is how you look at changes you need or want to make. For example, you decide to exercise only because you want to lose weight for a special event. You go for a walk, come back, weigh yourself. Darn, that didn’t help. Walk all week – maybe you still don’t show a pound lost. Then what happens? Do you feel continued motivation to walk? Or do you say, “The heck with all this effort,” and head for the chips? Sure that harms your waistline, but the worst thing it does is damage your wellness. The foundation now is showing cracks; more improvement is going to be difficult.

But consider changing your perspective about exercise. Look at exercise as a tool to help you feel healthier. Go out for a nice, brisk walk or a hike. Do you feel better? Are you less stressed? Do you have more energy? Mission accomplished! Reaching this goal, right in this moment, makes it more likely you’ll want to do more because the thought process becomes: “Wow, if I go for a walk, I’ll have more energy for other things I need/want to do plus I’ll feel so much better.”

If you find the right perspective to motivate healthy changes, you’ll have a much better chance of success. Still, even though that is a good tool, there isn’t just one simple answer regarding what you need to do to reclaim wellness. One book or program or pill or suggestion may make a small dent, but it isn’t enough.

What helps more is putting together the whole picture of information and resources that suit your unique needs. Pair that with support, motivation for the rough patches, accountability and taking advantage of the special insight and tools a trained coach brings to the plate, and you then can create your own recipe for success. What works for you is what works for you. Someone else’s game plan may not do a thing to help you.

Enlisting the services of a good wellness coach is like having a mountain climbing guide. The guide isn’t going to climb the mountain for you, but taking advantage of her expertise in your journey up that hill sure is going to help ensure you successfully arrive at the top.

Putting together the pieces that lead to the best health for you is the most important item you can work on in your life. The rest follows. This time, make sure you reach the top. Stopping midway and falling back downhill time after time is a recipe for health disaster.

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Charitable Family Health Foundations – How to Start One With Little Money

When I was growing up in the hills of my birth country, television stations were very limited, and the only reliable option was public television. We could see Masterpiece Theater, Sesame Street, cartoons, The Adventures of Sherlock Homes, and occasionally an interesting documentary. I took all of these programs for granted, assuming that some magic money tree funded them. Only as an adult, understanding the way programs are made, did I realize the programs are often paid for by private and public foundations.

Basically, a foundation is an organization which identifies deficiencies in the community and tries to use its resources to rectify the problems. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is well-known, and here in our state we often hear about the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation which has made health care possible for many people who would otherwise not receive it if the programs depended solely on public funding. The United Way, another extremely beneficial organization, would hardly be able to maintain its wonderful work without such foundations. As grand as these foundations are, however, they don’t meet every need in our community.

One difficulty foundations face is in their creation. Starting a foundation requires answers to questions such as how much money will be available, how to get that money, how the money will be allocated to needy projects, and how the foundation will deal with its own tax issues. Just considering these questions will scare away many potential founders, regardless of their financial affluence. Fortunately there are foundations with the purpose of helping create foundations; they help take care of the woes that face foundations in the early stages of upstart.

Our financial planner, Linsey Mills, made us aware of one such foundation when we asked him for advice in creating a foundation to help young people learn the benefits of holistic health. His family had worked with the National Heritage Foundation (nhf.org/nhf.htm) to start their own Mills Foundation (millsfoundation.com). Using traditional means, it costs more than $20,000 to start a foundation, but working under another foundation brought down the price and helped avoid the many government pitfalls.

Working with the National Heritage Foundation, it is possible to start a family foundation for less than $200. Because the NHF has helped so many foundations, their system is streamlined so that even complicated tasks can be made simple. This means the founders can focus on the mission of the foundation rather than the hassles involved in running it. Our own experience has been wonderful, creating the foundation and providing wellness seminars, making donations to other foundations, and even providing funds (more quickly than the government and many large foundations) to people in need such as the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Small family foundations are a great way to help realize charitable contributions and leave a legacy of one’s passions and sincere concerns.

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Skin Health Foundations – Getting Through the Teen Years

The teen years can be a challenge with respect to skin care. Changes in hormone products can often cause more oil to be produced from the skin causing breakouts and other undesirable effects to the skin. Acne can also be a significant challenge during the teen years.

One of the most important (and difficult) things for teens to do is to avoid the temptation to pick at their blemishes. This can increase the chance of a breakout spreading to other parts of the face and it can even cause infections and scarring.

The teen years are a great time to find skin care products that work with your skin and to develop a daily routine that includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Other activities, such as exfoliation, can be added in a few times a month. The important thing is to be consistent in your routine. If you can incorporate healthy eating and regular exercise into your lifestyle, you’ll do wonders for your skin health. Remember that there are no skin care products that can compensate for poor nutrition, lack of sleep, smoking, or other harmful lifestyle choices.

Teens should resist the temptation to start tanning outdoors or in a tanning booth. Keeping a tan is not sustainable throughout your life, and any short-term benefits to your perceived appearance will easily be offset be a degradation in your skin health later in life. Trying to keep a tan while young will most certainly increase the amount of wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin you experience as you mature. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be pleased with your natural skin color. Wear sunscreen and protect your health!

Lastly, teens should be careful not to compare their complexion with models that appear in advertisements. These looks are often completely unrealistic, since these models have the advantage of dedicated makeup artists and image editors who clean up the picture using Photoshop.

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