Ten Myths About Skincare

Just when you thought you knew about skincare, you stumble on information that turns the world upside down. You realize that something you’ve been doing isn’t right or that that “organic product” isn’t really helping.

So settle back with a nice latte and read this list of 10 common myths about skincare.

1. A base tan helps. Nope. Dermatologists agree that pre-tanning really doesn’t work, and it can actually increase your risk of skin cancer, particularly if you pre-tan in a tanning bed. The current thinking is that there’s actually no such thing as a “safe” or “healthy” tan. So trade in that oil for a decent sunscreen. Read more.

2. You can scrub away acne. There’s a common myth that if you scrub really hard, your acne will go away. Not true. Acne is not caused by a dirty face. Cleansers are great, but they don’t work better if you scrub harder. Scrubbing too much can actually inflame blackheads, causing your acne to worsen! Wash smart, not hard.

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Make the Effects of Massage Last Longer

Stress / Relax - Concept SignMassage helps you feel better. It gets the blood flowing faster and soothes sore muscles. While some people may experience mild muscle awareness as the muscle fibers and nerves readjust to the work done, which is completely natural, most people will just experience an incomparable feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. Every fiber of your body is relaxed, your aches and pains subside and your brain knows it.

Here are some tips to help make the effects of massage last longer and prolong these good feelings:

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Getting Enough Electrolytes?

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 10.13.08 AMIf you’re a runner or cardio exercise buff, you’ve likely heard of the need for electrolytes. Electrolytes are ionized (electrically charged) salts in your body. They are what your cells (especially nerve, heart,  and muscle) use to maintain electro-chemical connections across cell membranes and transmit electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) between and among cells.

Electrolyte concentrations in your blood are managed in your kidneys. And those concentrations are changing constantly as your body moves and processes waste. When you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium.

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Six Reasons Your Workouts Aren’t Working

Not seeing the results you want? Check out this list and see if you can put yourself back on course.

Many people have discovered that proper hydration with sports drinks helps them run faster, have better motor skills, and stay mentally sharper–and the research bears that out. But sometimes plain old water does the trick.

1 – You are working out too much. In general, your body needs 72 hours to go through one metabolic cycle, which promotes healing of tissue torn during active workouts. Try focusing on upper body one day, lower the next and taking every third day off.

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Five Hydration Do’s and Don’ts

Many people have discovered that proper hydration with sports drinks helps them run faster, have better motor skills, and stay mentally sharper–and the research bears that out. But sometimes plain old water does the trick.

1  Consume sports drinks during intense workouts.

When you exercise, you lose water and salts through sweat. Gatorade and other sports drinks replace both, and often add other minerals and sometimes vitamins and carbs, too. All these help, especially during intense workouts. Stay away from sports drinks when you’re not exercising, though, lots of calories!

Don’t bother with add-ons.

Any add-ons to the basic electrolyte drink–whether it’s choline, creatine, or something else–makes no difference to anyone except the extreme hard-core professional. If you eat protein in your meals (and you should) that’s much more protein than you’ll get in drinks. Theoretically, the drinks are supposed to spare your muscle protein, but in reality it’s a marginal gain. Just eating protein will do that much. Continue reading “Five Hydration Do’s and Don’ts”