Many people with eczema have allergies or have a family history of asthma or hay fever. Studies have shown that up to 80% of children with eczem will go to have asthma or hey efver as adults. Given the role of allergies and inflammation in eczema there are four types of triggers:
1. Products that you use on the skin including detergents, buble bath, disinfectants and shampoos
2. Weather including hot weather, both low and high humidity and even getting over heated from exercise
3. Allergies including pollen, mold, dust mites and foods like eggs, wheat and nuts
4. Emotional and physical stress have been shown to trigger eczema outbreaks. There have alot of theories, but research points to the activation of inflammatory chemicals in the body.
With all these triggers, it … Continue Reading…
I am thrilled to be hosting Fashion Flash! In October, there are so many landmarks. Its Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Diabetes Awareness Month and Eczema Awareness Month as well as Columbus Day and Halloween. Like all good publications our interests reflect our current isues and events:
*Melanie of Society Wellness has a recipe for winter squash soup with pumpkin seeds that will rock your world
* Josephine of Chic At Any Age loves that autumn is the season of soft russets and vibrant reds. Our thoughts turn to keeping warm and making pumpkin soup. Hers is how to incorporate a flattering red sweater into your wardrobe.
*Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 shows us how to wear fall in soft colors
* Caryl of Continue Reading…
October is National Diabetes Awareness Month — a disease that affects an estimated 30 million Americans. Its pretty well known that the high sugar levels of diabetes has been linked to heart disease, strokes and blindness. What is less well known is the impact of diabetes on the skin.
Elevated blood sugar affects every organ so the body tries to flush out the sugar in urine and perspiration. This dehydrates the skin leading to cracking and peeling. This severely dehydrated skin becomes rough, thin and flaky. It damages the outer layer of the skin so severely that it no longer can act as a barrier aginst dirt and bacteria. Not only does it increase chance of infections diabetes makes it harder for the body to fight infections.
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This week Barbara of Best of Everything After 50, one of the best friends a boomer has. Not only does she offer great advice and videos, she does it with addictive joy and style. Getting older often isn’t easy but Barbara makes it look appealing and fun. Subscribe today so you won’t miss a single post.
Fashion Flash Book Review: : Packing for Travel by Karen Klopp
What 2 Wear Where.com is one of my go-to fashion sites. In all the chatter about trends, pants shapes and bags of the year, What2WearWhere puts it all together in outfits for all occasions. In both personal … Continue Reading…
It’s that time of year when pumpkins and apples are stacked high on roadside farm stands and cinnamon drenched desserts are on every menu. Turns out that all these three iconic symols of autumn are packed with health and beauty benefits.
Pumpkin– Inside and Out
One cup of cooked pumpkin has three grams of fiber, zero cholesterol and sodium, 100% of vitamin A and 20% of vitamin C, and 10% of potassium, copper, manganese, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6– and all for just 50 calories.
Most of the pumpkin we eat in the US comes from cans. It retains most of its nutritional payload and is much easier to use. Just make sure that you purchase plain canned pumpkin not canned pumpkin pie filling which … Continue Reading…
I’m so happy to be hosting Fashion Flash this beautiful fall and I spent a happy weekend reading the links sent in by the Fashion Flash bloggers. This week:
* Its Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Lifestyle blogger, Pamela Lutrell of Over 50 Feeling 40, sat down with talk to two young women whose mothers have breast cancer.. here is their must read discussion.
* Josephine of Chic At Any Age has an answer to those special occasion clothes that languish in your closet.
*Cindy of Prime Beauty loves sophisticated frangrances. Her newest addiction is Vera Wang Embrace Trio. Read her review of all three scents and enter to win a set of your own.
* Melanie of Society Wellness wants to introduce … Continue Reading…
Question: My Nana used feverfew for her headaches. Now I see it in cleansers and moisturizers. I know it helps migraines but what does it do for the skin? In other words is it hope or hype?
Answer: My aunt was also a big fan of feverfew. She took it for every type of pain and never left home without a bottle of feverfew rattling around her big purse.
The Good ( and Bad) News about Feverfew
Feverfew is a flower in the sunflower family. It looks a lot like daisies and is found in Europe and North America. It has been shown to be both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacteria and can be helpful to reduce redness of both acne and rosacea. When added to a sunscreen, it can reduce redness … Continue Reading…
This week Marylou of Second Lives Club is hosting Fashion Flash. We are the generation that is redefining the second half of our lives and most of the time we make it up as we go along. Its not an easy path, but Second Lives Club profiles everyday heros for a real time road map. In the past few weeks Second Lives Club has featured a lawyer turned travel writer, a scientist who became a textile designer and a publishing executive who is now runs a woman’s fitness franchise. Reading their journeys is aways inspiring and empowering. Its one thing to dream of a new life… its invauable to read about women who actually reinvented their lives and themselves.