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Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, skincare, hygiene

Quick Tricks for Clearer Skin


Clear skin makes a huge difference in how you look, and it’s one of the few parts of your appearance that can also impact your overall health. While you can dye your hair or change your clothes, there’s not really a one-and-done solution for flaky, stretched or wrinkly skin. Still, there are a few quick tricks that might help you get into a good skincare routine, most of which will take hardly any time out of your day.


Wash Your Face


It might sound silly, but lots of people forget to wash their face properly when they wake up. You don’t need to get special soaps and formulas involved – just splash some water onto your skin and dab it off with a cloth or towel. Not only does this help clean your skin by washing off any dirt and dust, but it’ll also help shock you awake if you’re still drowsy. Plus, looking hydrated is always a good thing, and water can make dry skin look smoother for a short time.


Look For Skincare Kits


Trying to juggle different brands together can be difficult, and it can take a while to complete a daily skincare routine if you’re using a whole range of different cleansers, moisturizers, and other formulas. Pre-made kits can speed up the entire process and are also much more likely to work together properly. Most companies that offer individual products will usually also sort them in bundles: if you’re already buying a lot of products from sites like misumiskincare.com, it might be worth looking into skincare kits to help you build a proper routine.


Use Sunscreen


Sunscreen will keep your skin protected from all the wrinkles, blotches and spots that can be caused by heavy exposure to sunlight. While it’s always good to get natural sunlight, but too much can cause more harm than good. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in hotter and brighter times of the year, it’s a good idea to put on at least a small amount of sunscreen every day. It only takes a minute or two at most.


Sleep Properly


Sleep is one of the best natural remedies for bad skin, since it doesn’t take any extra effort or time, and can help manage the hormones that cause skin inflammation and stress. Make sure you’ve wiped off any makeup before you get into bed, and try to get at least seven hours of sleep each day. You might need to alter your daily routine slightly, but your body will thank you for it.


Find Allergies


Allergies and intolerances can cause all kinds of problems, and skin issues are no exception. It’s entirely possible that you’re using, eating or spending time around something that’s making your skin worse. If you have the time, try to get yourself checked for common allergies or poor reactions – it makes a bigger difference than you might think, and it can even stop major breakouts or acne-like rashes that other people never get.

360 MAGAZINE, Nicole Avena, PhD

Top Five Tips For Avoiding Colds and Flu This Season

1. Take It Easy. Stress is a sure way to compromise your immune system. Be sure to make sure that you are taking care of yourself and making time to rest and restore in order to keep your stress levels at a minimum.

2. Take Vitamin C. Supplementing your diet with Vitamin C is a great way to ward of colds and flu. We don’t typically get enough Vitamin C from our diets alone, so a supplement is often the best way to go. Vitafusion makes a Vitamin C gummy that is easy to take, and a great way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C.

3. Avoid Closed Places. Cold and flu viruses spread via the air, so try to avoid spending too much time indoors where there may be people who are sick (like shopping malls). Try to get outdoors as much as you can, as the brisk air can be great for your health and also very refreshing.

4. Wash Your Hands, and Face. Washing your hands is a no-brainer, but don’t forget to wash your face! We often touch our face with our hands, and germs can be sitting there just waiting to invade. 

5. Use Sanitizer. Keeping your work and home areas clean of viruses is important. Use sanitizer to wipe down the places where germs might be lingering, such as door knobs, bathrooms, faucet handles, and keyboards.

Nicole Avena, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is the author of several books, including Why Diets Fail, and What to Eat When You’re Pregnant. 

360 MAGAZINE, Patrick T. Cooper

Vibrate at Your Highest Frequency: A Man’s Guide to Fall Style

By Patrick T. Cooper

Hello fall! We will definitely miss summer. However, there is something magical about the oncoming of layers, textures and the brisk welcome of an autumn breeze. From a health morning stretch at a phenomenal winery to a well-coiffed beard we have got you covered. While the kids may be returning to school, who says they are to be the only individuals gathering a new stride of style. Here is your cheat sheet to achieving excellence and sophistication. Manifest a lifestyle of  passion, perspective, and purpose. By all means, level up by utilizing our  man’s guide to  fall a style.

Affirmat

Live authentically and vibrate at your highest frequency with a highly stylized, jute and biodegradable Affirmat. Being on the move requires flexibility and this mat is designed to support your yoga and pilates journey leading you to clarity and elevating your consciousness. Yours actions will scream, “I am strong.”

Breitling Superocean Ironman Limited Edition

Let’s face it telling time is something that you can easily do from your smart phone. However, Breitling continually evolves in their artistic presentation of timepieces. Known for their aeronautical expertise in product design you will easily be the envy of your fellow jetsetters 

El Cielo Winery

A red wine perhaps? Considering we are passionate about the  coming of fall.  Keep warm and absorb the Mexican sunshine while wine tasting at El Cielo winery & resort. This family owned and operated resort is the manifestation of excellence and hardworking. 79 acres of vineyard will have you gasping upon arrival. Wine lovers beware El Cielo produces 15 unique grape varietals from Cabernet Franc to Grenache. The most phenomenal experience beyond the wine of course is  dining in the dark. El Cielo is a partner in an going collaborative to aid and insure the  blind become exceptional members in hospitality too. 

SheaMoisture

male g is an essential element to a well-dressed man. Gone are the days where men don’t get a fair share of grooming products to help us sparkle. Reduce razor bumps and skins irritation with the applications of SheaMoisture all-natural ingredients. A good shave and scrub is refreshing to help you conquer the world. More importantly, SheaMoisture is simplifying your beard regiment so that you can look great while greeting September style with effortless confidence. 

CBD, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Why You Should Add CBD To Your Skincare

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, gets a lot of attention for treating chronic conditions such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, even seizures. And while it does offer health benefits, you shouldn’t overlook CBD’s potential for beauty benefits, too.

CBD in skincare can offer a solution for inflammatory skin conditions, support for sensitive skin, and a way to fight the signs of aging. It’s a natural, plant based product that can help your skin.

What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant. Cannabis is known for another popular cannabinoid, THC, but unlike THC, CBD won’t get you high.

It works as an anti inflammatory and antibacterial tool, and can offer a host of benefits for your skin when used topically:

  • Rejuvenation
  • Brightening
  • Smoothing wrinkles
  • Relief for dry skin
  • Soothing sunburned skin

CBD is available in a variety of skincare products. You may see CBD in products such as:

  • Moisturizers
  • Lotions
  • Body creams
  • Facial serums
  • Masks
  • Face creams
  • Cleansers
  • Exfoliants
  • Soaps
  • Body wash
  • Eye serums
  • Eye creams

How Does CBD Help Skin?

Offering anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can calm your skin and can treat skin imbalances. That means it may be a good choice for conditions such as acne, eczema, dry skin, psoriasis, or sun damage.

CBD oil is rich in antioxidants, and has vitamins B, C, and E. It also offers healing fats omega 3 and omega 6. Some skincare products combine CBD with other skin soothing ingredients such as shea butter and aloe vera.

What to Know About Using CBD For Skincare

CBD products are legal at the federal level. However, some states have their own restrictions on CBD, so it’s a good idea to check before you start using CBD.

Look for products with hemp oil. Hemp oil has CBD in it, coming from the buds and flowers of the hemp plant.

Be careful to keep in mind the CBD is somewhat of a beauty buzzword, and while you might find it on the label of many products, that doesn’t necessarily mean it offers the full potential of CBD. You’ll want to know how much CBD a product has, and the quality of the CBD. The product should be independently tested for purity.

Find out how much CBD the product has. Look for a third party testing certificate that indicates the amount of CBD and other compounds in the oil. Ideally, you should look for CBD skincare products with 25mg to 250 mg of CBD per ounce.

A little goes a long way. You don’t have to replace your entire skincare routine all at once with CBD. It’s enough to pick a few key items here and there. For example, it could be helpful to replace your night serum with a CBD version, or swap out your body wash.

If you’re curious about using CBD skincare products, consider what might be the most helpful for you. Look for products that can support healthy skin both with and without CBD, and take care to consider product quality, purity, and potency.

Amelia Noble is a researcher with the CBD Awareness Project. When she’s not working, you can find her playing board games. 

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

7 Ways To Make Your Face Look Younger

Everyone wants to live forever, but NO one wants to grow old. Well, at least no one wants to LOOK old! That paradox has been ingrained in most of us from the moment we feel the effects of aging!  It is a deep-rooted desire to fight the process of growing old tooth and nail. While it’s true that no one can stop maturing, there are ways that we can slow it down or at the very least look younger. Here are some suggestions.

1. You Are What You Eat

Or, you are what your body absorbs. If you are eating foods that are prohibiting you from absorbing needed nutrients, then that can most definitely be the culprit to looking older. That is why consuming a diet that is nutrient-dense is so important! Avoiding sugar is something you may also want to consider. A diet that is low in sugar keeps insulin levels low. It is important to understand that a consistent spike in insulin levels accelerates aging.

2. Sleep

It is no secret that the body needs sleep but not just any old sleep will do. Our bodies require six to eight hours of recuperative sleep every night. If we regularly deprive ourselves of that then we will begin to age faster, and it will show! If you are suffering from long-term sleep deprivation it is best that you find the root cause and resolve it because sleep is vital to our longevity.

3. Let’s Get Physical!

There is a reason why exercise is often advised when wanting to look younger. That’s because regular exercise dramatically slows the aging process in our chromosomes (thread-like structures housed in the nucleus of each cell). Our telomeres (caps placed at the end of chromosomes like shoelaces) controls aging. As we age, our telomeres become shorter. Regular exercise halts that process helping us maintain longer telomeres which are linked with a prolonged existence. Not to mention that exercise also relieves stress and anxiety which can take its toil and show on our faces prematurely aging us.

4. Water

Hydration is very important in maintaining our youthful appearance. Especially when you consider that the human adult body is 60% of water. Not only does water cool down the body but it also delivers nutrients to the cells and removes waste. Along with drinking water, you can also eat fruits and vegetables with high water content such as watermelon, grapefruit, and cucumber.

5. Protect Your Skin

The sun is a great source of Vitamin D which is necessary for our immune health and absorbing calcium, however, the sun also ages our skin due to its harmful ultraviolet (A and B) rays. These are the types of sun rays that reach the earth’s surface. UVB rays produce sunburn and are associated with the formation of most skin cancers. UVA rays are also the cause of some cancers in the skin. Finding a sunscreen with SPF 15 (at least) that protects against both rays is ideal, also wearing hats and using umbrellas will help.

6. Skin Care: Gel

Keeping in line with skin protection, there are products that can be used that can help with the skin’s appearance. If you are having difficulties with your skin texture or if you have scars, you can use natural solutions like aloe gel or coconut oil. These can be very effective in helping the skin to heal properly and natural. Also, a good scar gel will help.

7. Make-up

How you apply your make-up can make a significant difference in how young or old you appear. Advice on make-up tips can be found all over social media platforms such as Pinterest, Facebook, or YouTube. Be sure to incorporate good habits like removing your make-up and cleaning your face before going to bed and make sure that your make-up is not too old or unsanitary.

What is all comes down to is that, we have to live a healthy lifestyle. I know that we hear this advice over and over again to the point of it being a cliché; however, there is a reason why we hear it often; BECAUSE IT’S TRUE! There’s really no way around it. If we want to look youthful yet live as long as possible, we must develop good lifestyle habits. 

Easy Home Menopause Remedies to Treat Menopausal Symptoms

Mеnораuѕе іѕ thе stage thаt іѕ hарреnіng іn аll wоmеn whеn thе рrоduсtіоn оf еѕtrоgеn frоm thе ovaries grаduаllу diminishes аnd еvеntuаllу tеrmіnаtеѕ. Nоwаdауѕ, mаnу wоmеn аrе lооkіng fоr mеnораuѕаl rеmеdіеѕ, but thеу fосuѕ оn ѕоmе оf thе mоѕt trоublіng symptoms оf mеnораuѕе, ѕuсh аѕ nіght ѕwеаtѕ аnd hоt flаѕhеѕ.

Thеrе аrе mаnу remedies available fоr mеnораuѕе thаt саn reduce thе unрlеаѕаnt ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе аnd prevent уоu frоm mеltіng, іnсludіng ѕоmе ѕіmрlе tірѕ thаt уоu саn рut іntо рrасtісе daily. Below treatment can relieve symptoms of menopause.

Kеер уоur menopause аt hоmе frіеndlу.

If уоu аrе еxреrіеnсіng mеnораuѕаl ѕуmрtоmѕ, уоu саn іnсrеаѕе thе vоlumе оf air іn thе summer аnd dесrеаѕе thе hеаt іn thе wіntеr, ѕо thаt уоu аrе nоt аѕ lіkеlу tо еxреrіеnсе еxсеѕѕіvе hеаt wаvеѕ. If уоu аrе еxреrіеnсіng hоt flаѕhеѕ, thе іntеrnаl tеmреrаturе оf уоur bоdу саn rіѕе uр tо 8 dеgrееѕ fоr uр tо 3 mіnutеѕ! Recovery frоm hеаt wаvеѕ саn tаkе muсh lоngеr іf уоur home іѕ tоо hоt. Sо kеер thіngѕ сооl оn thе оutѕіdе ѕо уоur bоdу саn rесоvеr internally durіng thе mеnораuѕе phase.

Trу tо аvоіd stress аnd саffеіnе, іf роѕѕіblе, durіng menopause. Thіѕ іѕ bесаuѕе thеѕе twо thіngѕ nоt оnlу саuѕе mеnораuѕе ѕуmрtоmѕ lіkе hоt flаѕhеѕ аnd nіght ѕwеаtѕ, thеу саn аlѕо саuѕе thе mооdіnеѕѕ аnd іrrіtаbіlіtу оf menopause. Sоmе оf thе bеѕt mеnораuѕаl rеmеdіеѕ, ѕuсh аѕ mеdіtаtіоn аnd mаѕѕаgе, саn hеlр rеduсе hеаrt rаtе аnd rеlіеvе muѕсlе, ѕо mеnораuѕе ѕуmрtоmѕ, іnсludіng hоt flаѕhеѕ аnd hеаrt раlріtаtіоnѕ, аrе lеѕѕ lіkеlу.

Durіng thе mеnораuѕаl рhаѕе, уоu саn ѕtосk ѕоmе fооdѕ thаt соntаіn nаturаl еѕtrоgеnѕ ѕuсh аѕ ѕоуbеаnѕ, аlfаlfа ѕрrоutѕ, оаtѕ, рарауа, аnd оlіvе оіl іn thе rеfrіgеrаtоr. Tаkіng thеѕе fооdѕ wіll hеlр bаlаnсе thе lеvеlѕ оf еѕtrоgеn іn уоur bоdу, rеѕultіng іn fewer fluсtuаtіоnѕ іn thе ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе.

Eаѕу Hоmеmаdе Remedies fоr Mеnораuѕе

Bу tаkіng care оf уоur оvеrаll health, уоu саn ѕоmеwhаt rеlіеvе thе ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе. Thіѕ іnсludеѕ ѕuррlеmеntіng уоur dіеt wіth сеrtаіn mіnеrаlѕ аnd vіtаmіnѕ thаt уоur bоdу lоѕеѕ durіng thе mеnораuѕаl рhаѕе. Cоnѕumіng vіtаmіn E еvеrу dау wіll hеlр rеlіеvе nіght ѕwеаtѕ аnd hоt flаѕhеѕ. Tаkіng vіtаmіn D аnd саlсіum wіll аlѕо rеduсе thе ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе аnd hеlр уоu ѕlеер еаѕіеr bу рrоtесtіng уоur bоnеѕ.

Yоu саn аlѕо gеt ѕоmе remedies tо trеаt thе ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе іn thе kіtсhеn сlоѕеt аnd thе lосаl hеrbаl ѕtоrе, whісh іѕ еаѕу tо dо. Fоr еxаmрlе, tаkіng 800 mg оf еvеnіng рrіmrоѕе оіl thrее tіmеѕ a dау wіth рlеntу оf wаtеr wіll trеаt thе hоt flаѕhеѕ аnd kеер nіght ѕwеаtѕ аt bау. 2 ounces оf bееt juісе 3 оr 4 tіmеѕ a dау wіll аlѕо rеlіеvе thе ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе.

Cоnѕіdеr ѕwіtсhіng tо Sаrѕараrіllа оr Black Cоhоѕh іf уоu lіkе tо drink herbal tеаѕ. Tаkіng a сuр оf аnу оf thеѕе hеrbаl tеаѕ twісе a dау іѕ оnе оf thе bеѕt mеnораuѕе rеmеdіеѕ fоr trеаtіng thе ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе. Thеу аrе ѕооthіng tо уоur nеrvеѕ thаt hеlр уоu dеаl mоrе еаѕіlу wіth hеаt dіѕсоmfоrt аnd оthеr ѕуmрtоmѕ оf mеnораuѕе symptoms.

Othеr рорulаr treatment can relieve symptoms аrе tаkіng thе hеrbаl саllеd Lісоrісе. Yоu саn еvеn vіѕіt thе hеаlth fооd ѕtоrе аnd lооk fоr lісоrісе роwdеr іn сарѕulеѕ оr tаkе a tеаѕрооn оf thе роwdеr a dау, fоllоwеd bу a full glass оf wаtеr. Yоu саn drіnk hеrbаl tеа wіth a little wаrm mіlk tо hеlр уоu fаll аѕlеер mоrе ԛuісklу durіng mеnораuѕе.

Explore the Beauty Secrets with Hot Rollers

While fashion is changing each new day, curls are always on-trend. The perfect mix of sexy cuteness and wildness. Who does not want to have curls except curly people, of course?

There are multiple tools to make waves. The most obvious choices are curling iron and the best hot rollers. And since there are tons of information on curling iron, let’s find out what do we actually know about rollers?

The secret guide to Hot Rollers

Hot rollers don’t need a real guide. We`ve all known the basics since early childhood. Our moms used them, our grannies used them. While we receive a better quality of rollers and better hair care, the manual is still the same.

Let’s refresh memory:

Step 1. Prepare your hair. Brush it. Make sure it is dry. Meanwhile, start heating up rollers. You may also use spray or mousse for extra fixation. In this case, do it right away.

Step 2. Part hair into sections and brush it again. When the roller is heated, take a section of hair and roll it up to the skull. Use clips to fasten the roller. Now, when it is holding on its place, take another roller and repeat the procedure.

Step 3. Wait for up to 15 minutes before removing hot rollers. Now, remove rollers one by one, unfastening clips. Use the hair spray if you did not do it before, brush your hair, or just point curls into the direction you need with fingers.

Picking up Hot Rollers that suits you

There is nothing easy in picking up the best Hot Rollers from the variety offered on the market. The task is getting harder by the fact that each pack of hot rollers is different and has its benefits.

Let’s take a closer look at some of them:

● BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Roller Hairsetter was made for those who love to experiment with their hair. It goes in a set with twenty rollers of different sizes which solves the problem of the monotonous hairdo, but if you have long hair and want to see only big or small curls, you’ll need to buy another set.

● Clipless Curlers: InfinitiPro Secret Curl by Conair contains 12 silicone rollers in a set. There are no clips or pins in the pack, which makes the whole procedure easy. Toller is easy to close on each strand.

● Conair Instant Heat Travel Hot Rollers are compact and can easily fit in your carry-on bag. There are 5 rollers which heat up in 2 minutes. It comes with a long cord and super clips to hold rollers.

Things that matter

Material. Hot Rollers are made of different materials, from ceramic to wax. Depending on the material, you may receive quicker heating and long-lasting effect.

Size. It is the most important thing when it comes to picking the perfect rollers. You may be a fan of big curls, so you don’t need to buy a set of different sizes. Pick rollers you’ll use every day.

Time of heating. Modern hot rollers heat up in 2-5 minutes, depending on the model. It can be crucial for you, when you are late for work, missed your breakfast and still in pajamas.

Dry heat or Steam. Rollers with dry heat are warm to touch, as the metal inside them is heating up. Steam rollers evaporate water and moisturize hair, so the effect lasts longer. Dry rollers are faster in use.

Modern Hot Rollers don’t damage your hair. They are quick in use and safe as well. Depending on the waves you want to have, you may choose different hot rollers. The best thing is you still can combine them with a curling iron or a curling wand.

5 Top Tips to Looking After Your Eyes Daily

You brush your hair, you clean your teeth, you moisturise your skin, but do you think about looking after your eyes each day? Our sight is such a precious sense, but it is one that most people take almost entirely for granted. Modern urban life is particularly punishing for our eyes. Too much time spent looking at screens means that for many, their eyes are often tired and sore, and the dust and dirt of a city pose a further threat to our eyesight. Don’t wait until there’s a problem, take care of your eyes and build eye care into your daily routine.

Keep your hands clean

Keeping your hands clean is important for maintaining good general health, but it is also particularly important for maintaining the good health of your eyes. A study by Michigan State University found that only 5% of people wash their hands correctly. Dipping those pinkies in water is simply not good enough, they need a proper scrub for at least twenty seconds. Most of us are guilty, at some time or another, of absentmindedly rubbing our eyes but it is something that all of us should try to avoid. Rubbing your eyes, even with hands which appear to be clean, can cause eye related problems such as conjunctivitis.

Wear sunglasses

Sunglasses provide protection from harmful UV rays which can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, corneal sunburn and skin cancer around the eyelids. UV rays are not just a summer hazard, they can reflect off surfaces such as snow, water, sand and concrete. If you wear prescription glasses, you should give your eyes the added protection of prescription sunglasses. Don’t worry, there are plenty of fashionable options available.

Visit your optometrist regularly

You really can’t have your eyes checked too often. The onset of glaucoma has no obvious symptoms and by the time that you do become aware that there is a problem, you may have sustained permanent eye damage. Early detection of eye pressure, which is an indicator of the disease, is only possible with a professional eye examination. Your optometrist can also give you early warning of diabetes, high cholesterol and even cancer.

Wear goggles in the swimming pool

Chlorine is a sanitising agent added to the water of swimming pools to reduce the spread of disease and water borne bacteria. Unfortunately, chlorine strips away the film that protects your cornea which actually makes your eyes more vulnerable to any dirt or bacteria that may be in the pool. Conjunctivitis, red, irritated eyes and even blurry vision can all be contracted by swimming in a chlorinated pool. Protect your eyes when swimming, by always wearing water tight goggles with a strong seal.

Keep hydrated

It is recommended that you drink eight glasses of water a day in order to maintain your health. Drinking water helps keep your skin hydrated, aids brain function and is crucial to maintaining the natural lipid layer on the surface of your eyes.

5 Techniques for Taking Care of Eczema

Eczema is a disease of the skin that affects one in twelve adults in the USA. The condition causes symptoms such as itching, dehydration of the skin and risk of infection, which may result in blistering, rashes and weeping sores. The condition can be frustratingly debilitating for those who suffer with it and going about everyday life is made far more difficult by having to endure constant irritation. Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for eczema, but there are a few ways you can make your life easier and also reduce risk of breakouts, as described in the useful guide below.

Keep the skin moisturized

Ensuring your skin is well moisturized is one of the best ways to keep your eczema flare-ups to a minimum. Even when it’s not itchy, topping up your moisturizer regularly will prevent your condition reaching its peak. For optimum relief, store the bottle of moisturizer in the fridge to cool down the burning sensation as soon as you experience a flare-up.

Shower regularly

It’s always been believed that showering on a regular basis can play havoc with skin conditions, but lukewarm water can help soothe and hydrate the skin and prevent outbreaks occurring. Providing you apply moisturizer as soon as you dry off, you should start to notice a positive difference in your skin health.

See a dermatologist

There may be some instances when your flare-ups are so out of control, that you’re having trouble going about your normal routine. In such instances, it is advised to seek the professional help of a dermatologist. Dermatologists are specialists in treating and diagnosing conditions of the skin and can give expert advice on how to manage your personal case. If you are looking for a specialist Dermatologist Summit to assist with your case, Soma Skin & Laser would be a suitable institution to research.

Wear cotton clothing

You may not pay much attention to the type of clothing you wear, but your safest bet would be to wear pure cotton only. Cotton is both soft and comfortable and allows the skin to breathe, whereas fabrics such as wool and linen should be avoided at all costs.

Manage your stress levels

Stress can play a big part in eczema breakouts; however, it can be very hard to manage and deal with when it impacts your emotional state. When you tense up with anxiety, your body has the intention of protecting the skin by causing breakouts.

There are a number of strategies that can help keep your stress levels down:

• Relax: You should aim to relax by engaging in meditation, yoga or even pass the time doodling in an adult coloring book.

• Exercise: Keeping yourself active is one of the key tactics of reducing stress levels, but if sweat is one of the major triggers, be sure to take a shower as soon as you’re done.

• Get enough sleep: It’s not always easy to have a full night’s sleep when you’re constantly itching, but sufficient snooze time will certainly make you feel a lot less stressed the following day. If your condition worsens at night, you could take an antihistamine to calm down your symptoms before bed.

FOOD SAFETY TIPS

11 food safety tips to pack for spring break

Whether you spend spring break partying in a city, exploring a different country or getting some R&R at home, don’t let food safety take a vacation. “Spring break is the perfect time to make memories with family and friends and Stop Foodborne Illness wants to make sure it’s the FUN MEMORIES that fill up your social media,” says Stop Foodborne Illness CEO, Deirdre Schlunegger.

Maintaining basic food safety standards, like washing hands, and adding some travel-specific practices is the best way to ensure foodborne illness won’t interrupt a fun getaway. Check out the Stop Foodborne Illness top tips for food safety during spring break.

All-inclusive resorts have many perks; they are touted as safer, more affordable, ideal for partying and usually include 24/7 buffets. Having unlimited access to food and drink is convenient, but can be potentially dangerous. Buffets serve large amounts of food over long periods of time, meaning there are more opportunities for food to not be kept at consistent, correct temperatures. Additionally, everyone shares the same serving utensils, increasing the risk of spreading pathogens. Since many all-inclusive resorts also have sit-down dining options on site, Stop Foodborne Illness recommends avoiding the buffet when possible and following these tips when it’s not.

• There’s always the possibility that food has not been held at proper temperatures – cold foods (salads, cold cuts, dressings) should be cold and hot foods (soups, meats, fish) should be hot. Any food that’s served at room temperature, and isn’t supposed to be, is within the temperature “danger zone” where bacteria can thrive.

• If you’ve gotten away to a warmer climate, remember the one-hour rule. Any perishable foods that have been sitting out beyond one hour when the temperature is higher than 90° F, is not safe to consume. (It’s 2 hours, if the temperature is below 90° F.)

• Another source of contamination is when food is mishandled by people with unclean hands. If you see something, say something. Don’t assume anything. And, of course, after a day’s activities, be sure to wash your own hands before eating.

• Fresh fruit and vegetables from the buffet can be a great poolside snack but don’t forget to wash and peel the tasty treat before eating. If you’re in an area with unsafe water, wash the produce with bottled or filtered water.

Eating and drinking can be some of the best things about travelling abroad. While “going local” is a delicious way to experience a new cuisine, it can also be an easier way to contract foodborne illness. Stop encourages travelers to be adventurous, but smart when it comes to consuming food in different countries.

Street food is a great way to experience local culture, but often, stalls don’t have the same hygiene standards as restaurants that cater to tourists. Stop Foodborne Illness recommends being aware of this difference and making wise choices when enjoying dishes from local restaurants or street stands.

• Avoid establishments where the food handlers don’t practice good hygiene, such as tying back their hair, wearing protective gloves and having clean hands and fingernails.

Be selective when choosing foods. Avoid raw milk and raw milk cheeses, and other raw foods—including undercooked meat and seafood, and uncooked vegetables —as well as foods that require a lot of handling before serving.

• Be extra cautions when visiting a remote destination. Turn up the food safety dial a notch; even though you may enjoy certain foods and beverages at home—like rare meat or runny eggs—it’s better to avoid questionable foods while in a different country. (Being sick in a language you don’t know can really complicate matters.)

As they say, half the fun is getting there! When you’re road tripping, in a rental or hopping on a plane, make sure you arrive at your destination safely with safe snacking habits.

• Sanitize tray tables, seat armrests and door handles with an 60% alcohol-based wipe. These frequently touched areas are generally made of plastic, a nonporous material that allows germs to live on longer, and have a higher risk of spreading foodborne illness.

• Keep food out of the danger zone. Make sure cold food stays cold—at or below 40°F—by packing it in coolers with frozen gel packs or ice. Stop Foodborne Illness suggests packing beverages in one cooler and perishable foods in another since you are likely to grab beverages most often while on the road. Since hot food needs to stay hot—at or above 140°F, Stop Foodborne Illness suggests passing on hot foods and opting instead for peanuts, and other nuts (including nut butters), jelly, crackers, chips, dried fruit, baked goods such as cookies or muffins, granola bars, popcorn, and whole fresh fruits like bananas, apples, and oranges.

• Rinse all fresh produce under running tap water (and patting it dry) before packing it in a cooler, including produce with peel-away skins or rinds. Follow this checklist to make sure coolers are packed properly.

Not going anywhere? Enjoy a relaxing staycation at home but don’t let your food safety practices go on a break. The best way to prevent the spread of foodborne illness is to continue following proper food safety. Wash your hands for 20 seconds before handling food, cook food to a safe internal temperature and clean cooking equipment and surfaces after preparing raw foods. Visit website for more food safety tips.

About Stop Foodborne Illness

Stop Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens by promoting sound food safety policy and best practices, building public awareness, and assisting those impacted by foodborne illness. For more food safety tips please visit here. If you think you have been sickened from food, contact your local health professional. You may subscribe to receive Stop Foodborne Illness e-Alerts and eNews here.

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