Brown without the frown
Getting that coveted bronze tan for the summer months is a goal for many of us, but sometimes the deep brown self-tanner you picked out turns orange on the skin or leaves streaky lines. To dispel the unwanted color and even it out after the tanner has been applied, try mixing a few teaspoons of baking soda with juice from a freshly squeezed lemon, then rubbing it gently over the desired area with a cotton ball.
Dry skin, or xerosis, is a common skin condition that can occur at any age. The American Skin Association makes several suggestions for dealing with dry skin:
- Take shorter, cooler showers. Exposure to hot water for long periods of time causes loss of skins natural oils.
- Use moisturizing creams and ointments several times each day to help retain water in the skin.
- Use mild soaps and avoid antibacterial soap when possible.
- Chronic or severe dry skin problems may require a dermatologists advice.
Love your eyes
Our windows to the world, eyes carry the same importance as the rest of our bodies when it comes to feeding them well. There are many healthy food options when it comes to nourishing your eyes. Carrots and sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene (a type of vitamin A), which helps maintain retina function. Leafy greens and egg yolks provide lutein and other antioxidants that may lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
A rainbow of hair
Ever wonder why you have brown hair, but your mother has red hair? Or why your sister is blond? It’s all in the genes. Your hair color is determined by the amount of eumelanin (dark brown) and pheomelanin (red) produced in your body. There are no specific hair color categories—instead, there are mixtures of black, dark brown, red-brown, strawberry blond and light blond. Multiple studies have shown that both eumelanin and pheomelanin work together, like mixing paint, to create a hair color unique unto each person, even when both parents both have the same hair color.