Skin Care Tips

  • Use a face and body moisturizer with at least an SPF of 15 or higher.  This will protect the collagen in your skin and prevent premature aging.
  • If you have oily skin blot your face with an oil absorbing sheet or what I like to do is use a square of toilet paper to blot. 
  • Keep your hands off of your face.  Your hands have bacteria that you can transfer to your face and cause breakouts.
  • Use cool water to rinse your face.  Cool water helps to tighten you pores.
  • Vitamin A found in many fruits and vegtables repairs the skin tissue. 

July 4th Fun

  

Start An Active Family Tradition

Be it an annual family kickball tournament, neighborhood volleyball game or a pre-dinner hike, an annual activity will be a welcome event to any July 4th celebration. Not only will it get everyone’s blood pumping (and put them in a good mood) but it will also give you stories to share for years to come, “…remember when Lee tore his shorts sliding into first base…”

Hot Weather Tips

Made in the Shade 
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when its hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. 

Know the Warning Signs 
Symptoms of  overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Health Benefits of Walking

Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active and has so many health benefits.  You don’t need exercise equipment or an expensive gym membership, just a pair of comfortable walking shoes.  Walking on a regular basis can have the following benefits:

  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer and diabetes
  • Boost your mood
  • Feel more energetic
  • Sleep better
  • Manage your weight
  • Improves flexibility of joints and muscles

Aim for 30 minute walks, five times a week.  It can even be broken up into two 15-minute sessions.