November 29, 2011

Taking Care of Your Skin While Traveling to Warm Climates

skinSkin care is a very important thing for many people. Fair skinned individuals especially have to take care of themselves when traveling to warm climates in order to protect their skin.

Without properly taking care of their skin, individuals risk:

- Sun burn
- Skin cancer
- Heat or sun rashes.

Taking the risks into account, taking care of your skin while out in the sun is extremely important. It is not worth the risk to be out in the sun for an extended period of time without proper protection with sunscreen. Having a sunscreen of SPF 15 will protect you a little bit, but for people that are very susceptible to sunburn SPF 40 should be used.

Understandably, when most people visit warm places for vacation, we want to be able to enjoy the sun and the warmth and get a tan. One work around to being smart with the care of your skin is to go out into the sun for 15-30 minutes and after the first 15-30 minutes put sunscreen on for the rest of the day.

Wearing a big hat, although goofy will save your head from the warmth and your face and neck from strong UV rays.

What To Do If You Do Get Sunburned ?

Taking care of your skin after you get sunburned is just as important as taking care of it to prevent a sunburn. Sometimes your sunburn wears off, gets washed off, or you forget to put it on and are gone from the hotel for a whole day. The best thing for a sunburn is prevention. If you are unable to prevent a sunburn, aloe is one of the best soothers of your skin. Aloe is a natural product coming from Aloe plants that literally cools and heals your skin on impact.

There are many different forms of aloe that can be used, including gels (extract from the plant), actual aloe plants that you can break off and open up and get the gel from inside which is a completely natural way, or by getting lotions that have aloe in them.

Personally I prefer the aloe gels that you can buy at any major department, pharmacy, or grocery store. They are sticky and make your skin sticky, but aloe gel provides the best soothing relief instantly.

If you have ever been sunburned, you will know that taking a shower can be very painful. Turning the temperature down for your shower will keep you from feeling completely miserable from showering or bathing. After your shower have your aloe ready to be applied (and do not be scarce!).

Taking care of your skin when you are traveling is very important. Prevention is the most important step to taking proper care of your skin in warm weather. Sunscreen and wearing a hat are great steps for keeping your skin safe. If you are exposed to the sun, taking care of it with aloe and further protection from getting a sunburn are your best options.

Fever While Pregnant – Can it Harm Your Baby

fever while pregnantFever is considered when the temperature goes beyond 99 degree Fahrenheit (37 degree Celsius). The normal temperature of our body is 98.4 degree Fahrenheit (36.8 degree Celsius). There are several mechanisms in our body that helps us to maintain this level. But fever is a condition where there is release of different chemicals that increase the temperature. Certain hormones are also released that augments this mechanism.

During the first three months of pregnancy, the rate of growth for the baby is maximum. It is this period; a woman needs much calorie intake also. Slight increase in temperature will not have any bad impact over the baby, but any temperature crossing 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degree Celsius) will hamper the fetal development. Even miscarriage has been reported from pregnant mothers having high grade of fever.

Different types of proteins are generated during the fetal development. Temperature is a determining factor during synthesis of protein. If the temperature is increased, there may be altered synthesis and congenital fetal anomaly may be there.

During the last trimester (last three months), when the development of the baby is almost completed (there is increase of the size of the fetus only), fever may not have any bad impact to the fetal growth. But intrauterine infection has to be ruled out at this period. In any case, if the mother suffers from fever at any point of pregnancy, she must consult her doctor.

Each and every medication has to be chosen carefully during pregnancy. There are several medicines that adversely affect the fetal development. As for example, Paracetamol is safe during pregnancy, but using Ibuprofen, Aspirin and Nimesulide has to be avoided. These drugs block the action of prostaglandin, an important hormone that is essentially required in pregnancy. Hypertensive mothers, who used to take aspirin, should consult their doctor. There are other drugs that can be prescribed at this time.

Is It Safe Dying Hair While Pregnant?

dying hairDying your hair is one of the well accepted practices. It makes you younger looking, fashionable and charming. For a lady, it may be one of the beauty secrets that she likes most. But one thing usually asked that is it safe dying your hair while you are pregnant? Let us find the answer.

When you become pregnant, many things change and you become more cautious in every little step you are taking. Dyeing your hair is an occasion you become most hesitant. But it is not essentially to become frightened in dyeing. Although hair dye contains bleach and other aniline and ammonium containing products (paraphenylenediamine), experiments have not proven any teratogenicity (chances of delivering a baby having cancer of any organ). It is true that dye can penetrate the scalp and absorbed in our body, but the amount absorbed is so low that it cannot do any harm to the unborn baby in the womb.

Even then, doctors are somewhat skeptical in advocating dyeing of your hair during pregnancy. It is only because they want to play it safe and there is nothing wrong doing so. The neurological development of the baby is maximum during the first trimester (first three months) and it is said that permanent coloring should be avoided during this period. Dyeing can be carried on again after the first three months.

If you consider dyeing your hair in this time, always ensure a well ventilated room and always wear plastic gloves during application. Do a standard check first by applying a diluted solution over the back of the ear. If there is irritation, you should avoid using that dye. After coloring, leave the dye for least possible time and wash thoroughly with water. Consider using ‘hair mascara or herbal dye instead of using chemical dye’.

All together, dyeing hair while you are pregnant is safe, considering you are taking proper precautions.