Take Great Care of Your Skin This Summer!

Take Great Care of Your Skin This Summer!

Stay safe and looking young all year long!


The summer is finally upon us, and that means more time outside! It's incredible to be able to swim, bike, run, boat, and play after a long winter indoors.

However, if you're going to spend time outside safely, it's important to take great care of your skin. Here are some key tips to help you stay looking young for many years to come!

Think Beyond the Face

Many people know they need to take care of their faces. They carefully wash, moisturize, and protect it from sun. That's great, but you need to have a bigger picture as well!

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it covers all of you. Don't just take great care of your face, take care of your back, shoulders, neck, arms, legs, and hands as well.

Use Lots of Moisturizer!

The idea of moisturizing your face when you feel sweaty may be counter-intuitive, but the heat and the sweat is drying out your skin. Be sure to use a non-oily, gel or water-based moisturizer with vitamin E.

Apply the moisturizer every day!

Drink Water

Being out in the sun often means getting dehydrated. Dehydration is bad for your entire body – you get a dry mouth, feel tired, and in extreme cases you can get very, very sick.

Dehydration is also terrible for your skin. When your skin doesn't have enough water, it produces additional oil to make up the difference. This oil is not only uncomfortable and unattractive, it can clog pores and cause a lot of problems.

Breakouts, irritation, and dry itchy patches aren't part of anyone's fun summer plans. Skip it all and drink plenty of water, especially when you're outside!

Keep Up Your Usual Skin Care Routine

Just because you're having tons of fun in the sun, it doesn't mean you can skimp on normal skincare. If you use retinol to minimize lines, keep it up! Don't skip out on normal washing, moisturizer, and SPF products either.

You'll want to exfoliate just like you do at other times of year, even if your skin feels oily. Removing the dead skin, dust, and dirt will help your face and the rest of your skin breathe easy and be naturally radiant.

Summer may be a good time to cut down on the amount of makeup you wear as well. A clean, natural look is fun, and it can be a lot more comfortable in the heat. It will also help your skin breathe and sweat more normally, avoiding breakouts and other issues.

Take Care of Your Skin Year Round

No matter what time of year it is, you've got to take great care of yourself! Your body is the only one you get, and an organ as large as your skin is vital to keep healthy.

Have fun this summer, but take care of yourself!

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What Do You Do if A Loved One Needs an Intervention?

When stepping in can save a life.


I watch the A&E; TV show Intervention on a regular basis, and the stories are both sad and frightening. There are so many things that can trigger someone to become an addict, and once they begin it's very, very hard to stop.

So what if you have a loved one that needs help? How do you pull off your very own intervention?

Form a Group

Who's going to participate in the intervention? Who's going to help plan it? There should be a specific group, although not everyone who helps with planning has to participate.

It can be helpful to have a professional present at the intervention, or you could choose to consult a professional during the planning but not have them physically attend. It depends on how big the group is and how likely you are to need an outside perspective.

Having one or more non-family members present can be helpful, though, especially if things get heated. A more neutral point of view can help keep everyone calm.

Know the Situation

Even though you may be angry at your addicted friend or loved one, remember that there's always a reason that they began taking drugs. Drugs tend to be an escape mechanism from pain.

What painful events has your friend or loved one faced? Have they been abused? Dealt with death or divorce? Had a bankruptcy or other financial embarrassment?

Knowing the core of the matter can help you be compassionate instead of angry, and if you address these core problems you may be able to get through an addict's defensiveness.

Find a Good Treatment Facility

Part of the strategy of a good intervention is to not give the addict a chance to change their mind once they agree to treatment. They should be moved as quickly as possible to the treatment facility.

Finding a good facility can be difficult since it shouldn't be too close to home. Everlast Recovery can be a great option since it's set in a beautiful location in California.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) can also be a very valuable resource. It's essential to have a facility selected before the intervention.

Plan Statements and Consequences

There to need to be clear, and often severe, consequences if an addict decides to stay on drugs. Perhaps they will be cut off from the family, or you will report them to social services so their children can be in a safer environment.

Have each person make notes about specific instances of problems, how they feel about the behavior, and how much they want the addict to get help. Some members of the team may want to simply write out their statement as a letter.

Do a Practice Run

Of course, the addict should not know about the intervention until it happens. However, the rest of the group should have one or more practice runs so that they can rehearse their statements. It's also important to practice emotional control.

You can have someone from the planning group stand in for the addict, and you may want to work through more than one scenario about how he or she might react.

Having a calm, united front will be vital on the day the actual intervention occurs.

Hold the Intervention and Follow Up

The intervention should be secret from the addict until the last minute. Once the person does or doesn't agree to go to treatment, the consequences should be immediate. This means an immediate trip to the facility or immediate negative consequences from family and friends.

Don't shy away from carrying out your ultimatums. When you're serious, they may reconsider!

Having a family or friend struggling with addiction is very hard. An intervention may save their life. Don't wait another day – get started!

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