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8 healthy skin habits that every lady in her 20s need to establish


Many of us are guilty of skin care mistakes that could spell doom. Of those many of us are guilty of include failing to wash out makeup before bed or skipping sunscreen in our routine.

While you may be young and wrinkle free now, taking proper care of your skin at a young age is what will ensure that you stay wrinkle free even as you get older.

Rather than struggle to have to have flawless skin later in life, it is best to incorporate proper skin care habits as early as your 20s. Simply put, you take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

Here are eight healthy habits that you need in your life for younger skin in the years to come.

1. Simplify your routine

Sometimes we tend to go overboard with our skin care products in our quest for flawless skin. Having a lot of products in your cabinet however does not guarantee better skin. Instead, stick to a few products that actually work for you. Using too many different products means that you are mixing up too many chemicals, fragrances and ingredients which is not the best thing for your skin. A product takes about six weeks before you can start seeing results so give it time to work before you go buy another one.

2. Cleanse correctly

Invest in a good cleanser that cleans your face without taking away your skin’s natural oils. A good cleanser should be of neutral pH, gentle and a non-soap. When washing your face, rub it in circular motions so as to encourage blood flow leaving you with a healthy glow.

3. Use a mild exfoliant

Since we shed about 50 million skin cells per day, it is important to scrub them away by exfoliating. Stay away from face scrubs that are too abrasive as they cause your face to discolor or even cause scarring. Pick a mild, inexpensive product from your local beauty shop and exfoliate about two times a week.

4. Moisturize

Moisturizing is a critical part of keeping your skin young. Just because you have oily skin does not mean you should skip your moisturizer. Instead, get a light lotion or a serum and skip the heavy cream-based ones. For normal or dry skin, get a facial oil or cream.

5. Cover up

The sun is not very kind to your skin and 90 percent of aging is triggered by unprotected exposure to the sun. Frequent tanning can also cause you to have a deadly skin cancer known as melanoma. This means that you need to cover up your skin in sunscreen and not just at the beach or pool, but everywhere else. To simplify your skin care routine, invest in a moisturizer that has at least an SPF of 30.

6. Stop picking

Popping your pimples can actually get addictive and hard stop but it is one really unhealthy habit for your skin. It can lead to scarring, dark marks and even red marks on your face. Popping your pimples can also lead to epidermal inclusion cysts, a condition where you get round lumps on the skin that might need surgical removal.

7. Catch more sleep

One of the causes of accelerated aging is lack of sufficient sleep. While you are taking care of your body on the outside, you also have to allow it to work from the inside out. Maximizing your sleep gives your skin a chance to recover from all the sun damage on your skin.

8. Eat more whole foods

The skin is the largest organ in your body and what you eat will definitely reflect on your skin. It is important to consume Omega-3 as they will reduce the inflammatory chemicals that cause your skin and heart to age. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseed oil, nuts, hemp oil, tuna and salmon. It is also important to reduce your intake of processed foods which can lead to breakouts.

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MESSAGE FROM LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL (LUTH)


Please let your wife know about this, this is a serious caution from medical practitioners message from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to all female beings be it infant, baby girl, ladies, mothers. Cancer of the vagina is all over, please avoid washing your vagina with soap, wash with only water, there is a particular chemical in soap generally that is very dangerous and possibly causes cancer of the vagina, cases of cancer of the vagina is all over most of the general hospitals so be aware of this important message. If you have feelings for others kindly pass this message to someone that are important to you.

56 Girls died because of using Whisper, Stay free.
Don’t use one single pad for the whole day because of the chemical used in ultra napkins which converts liquid into Gel. It causes Cancer in Bladder & Uterus.

So please try to use cotton made Pads. And if you are using ultra Pads, Please change it within five hours per day at least. If the time is prolonged the blood becomes green and the fungus formed gets inside The uterus and body.

  • Please don’t feel shy to forward this message to all girls, and even boys so that they can share it with their wives and friends whom they care for.

AIMS “Kick Off “Breast Cancer”.

  • Nurse you’re baby.
  • Wash you’re Bra daily.
  • Avoid black Bra in summer
  • Do not wear a Bra while sleeping.
  • Do not wear an under wire Bra very often.
  • Always cover you’re chest completely by you’re dupatta Or scarf when you are under the sun.
  • Use a deodorant not an anti antiperspirant.

This is a Public Service Message From Tata Cancer Hospital.

Pass it to all the ladies you care for without hesitating. Awareness is important..

I Care For You.

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Daily Recipe: Cast-Iron Roast Chicken With Crispy Potatoes


Today, I would like to introduce a wonderful recipe called Cast-Iron Roast Chicken With Crispy Potatoes.

Size matters. This isn’t the time for a mammoth Oven Stuffer, nor do we want some petite poussin—a 3½–4-lb. bird has the proportions we’re after. When the breasts are roasted to perfection, all that dark meat is on-the-nose-done too.

Ingredients:

4 SERVINGS

  • 1 3½–4-pound whole chicken.

  • Kosher salt.

  • 1½ pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed, thinly sliced crosswise.

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted.

  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided.

  • Freshly ground black pepper.

Directions:

Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season generously with salt, inside and out. (We use 1 tsp. Diamond Crystal or ½ tsp. Morton kosher salt per lb.) Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Let sit 1 hour to allow salt to penetrate, or chill, uncovered, up to 1 day ahead.

Place a rack in upper third of oven and set a 12″ cast-iron skillet or 3-qt. enameled cast-iron baking dish on rack. Preheat oven to 425°.

Meanwhile, toss potatoes, butter, thyme, and 1 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl to coat; season with salt and pepper.

Once oven reaches temperature, pat chicken dry with paper towels and lightly coat with half of remaining oil; sprinkle with dry rub, if using. Drizzle remaining oil into hot skillet (this helps keep the chicken from sticking and tearing the skin). Place chicken in the center of skillet and arrange potatoes around. Roast until potatoes are golden brown and crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breasts registers 155°, 50–60 minutes (temperature will climb to 165° as chicken rests). Let chicken rest in skillet at least 20 minutes and up to 45 minutes.

Transfer chicken to a cutting board and carve. Serve with potatoes.

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Daily Recipe: Date Pancakes


Today, I would like to introduce a wonderful recipe called Date Pancakes. It is a good choice for your breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 12 dates, pitted and chopped.

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  • 1 cup hot water, plus 1/2 cup lukewarm water.

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  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast.

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  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten.

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  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour.

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  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.

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  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.

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  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

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  • Pinch of saffron threads.

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  • 1 cup finely chopped scallions, plus more for garnish.

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  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

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  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil.

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Directions:

Plain whole-milk Greek yogurt, for serving.

serving.

Make the stewed dried fruit: Place apricots, pears, prunes, figs, raisins, lemon zest, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until liquid is reduced by about half, about 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make the pancakes: Place dates in a glass measuring cup and add hot water; let stand for 15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or a food processor, puree until some small pieces remain.

In a bowl, sprinkle yeast over lukewarm water; let stand 5 minutes. Add date puree along with eggs.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, saffron, scallions, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Add date mixture, mixing until well combined. Let rest 20 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high. Using a 2-tablespoon ice cream scoop, drop batter into skillet. Use an offset spatula to spread batter out into 2 1/2-inch rounds, and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat process with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and batter. Serve pancakes with yogurt, stewed fruit, and a sprinkling of scallions.

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Daily Recipe: Tomato Burrata Bites


Today, I would like to introduce a wonderful recipe called Tomato Burrata Bites.

No-cook finger food at its finest! Sweet Campari tomatoes are stuffed with rich, creamy burrata and finished with fresh basil.

Ingredients:

16 Campari tomatoes

Flaky sea salt and freshly ground pepper

1 ball (8 ounces) burrata cheese

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Small fresh basil leaves, for serving

Directions:

Trim the base of each tomato so they sit flat. Using a serrated knife, slice off top 1/4 inch of each tomato. Scoop out seeds and pulp, then place hollowed-out shells upside-down on a paper-towel-lined plate or baking sheet to drain, about 5 minutes.

Turn tomatoes upright, and season with salt. Open burrata and pour creamy interior into a bowl. Chop firm exterior into 1/2-inch pieces, then stuff one piece in the bottom of each tomato. Divide creamy center among tomatoes (about 1 teaspoon each). Drizzle tomatoes with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.

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How can you satisfied your wife


Dear frustrated man!

Thank you for writing to me sir. Due to the fact that certain crucial details are missing from your questions e.g. your age, any medical issues, etc, allow me to answer you in generalities.

What you may be going through is sensual dysfunction. There are varied reasons for sensual dysfunction in men. Some of them are a medical condition, stress and psychological challenges.

Medical conditions that can impact a man’s sensual health include but are not limited to: diabetes (which can affect the nerves including those in the penis, often leading to weakened erections, decreased libido and premature or delayed ejaculation), being over weight or obese (which can interfere with a man’s sensual stamina due to fatigue, not to mention the effect of fatty deposits on blood flowing through the veins, including the penis), hypertension/HBP (which hardens arteries, limiting blood flow including the blood flow to the penis.)

This can lead to challenges like weakened erections, decreased libido and premature or delayed ejaculation. Other medical conditions that your doctor may look at would be hormonal imbalances, any sensual or physical trauma or injury that could affect your genital region and even STIs.

I know that these possibilities can be scary but it’s important to note that medical interventions are available and accessible so there is no need to worry. More likely than not, a medical issue can be treated and sensual function is likely to improve. A good first step is to visit a doctor (GP or urologist) to establish whether or not there could be a medical reason for your dysfunction.

What are some other causes of male sensual dysfunction?

Assuming that you are in good health, please consider the following:

1. Psychological challenges:

These include depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. Treatment can include medication, talk therapy or a combination of the two. The benefits of talk therapy cannot be stated enough. It’s not enough to take medication; it’s important to speak to a mental health professional who can offer you ethical, compassionate mental health support.

2. Stress

Life being what it is, the stresses that form part of the seasons of our lives can have a negative impact on a man’s love making life. Ask yourself: have there been any major life changes e.g. birth,death,child moving out of home, elderly parent moving in, new job or even graduation? Has anything happened to increase your worries? Are your parents unwell?

Are you getting married? Do you have a big project at work? Is there a significant anniversary coming up? Please note that major life events need not be negative for them to have a negative impact on a man’s sensuality so don’t overlook them.

Ways to get help

Once you identify a source or cause of stress in your life, take direct and immediate measures to reduce your stress levels. I have a new 10 minute rule: do something that connects you to your soul/essence/goodness for at least 10 minutes per day.

Do you love music? How about listening to music at least 10 minutes every day? Do you love (or need) to work out? How about exercising to an exercise video or jogging/walking? You can call a friend who makes you laugh or feel good about yourself and have a chat for at least 10 minutes. Get the idea?

Commit to doing something for yourself daily for at least 10 minutes. Write it down and post it someplace visible in your home as a reminder or get someone to support you but whatever you do, begin today.

Talk therapy has many benefits which include support in learning how to cope, set boundaries, self-care and strengthening your self-esteem.

In terms of finding a therapist who is a good fit for you, my general rule of thumb is this: if you see someone and cannot feel a connection after three sessions, something is off. Start by bringing it up to your therapist and if things don’t improve, do not be afraid to seek the help of another therapist.

Speaking of therapists, be wary of those who give you advice (it’s unethical for a professional to offer advice to a client), who make you feel judged, who don’t listen e.g. taking phone calls during sessions, etc.

On behalf of therapists, I’d like to say two things:

1) Please be open with us because our deepest hope is for you to experience improvement but we can’t do that if you withhold relevant information.

2) We are not magicians. Therapy is a process and processes take time. Expect to feel supported and hopeful from day one but don’t expect magical solutions. Give the process time. Therapy also requires your commitment as much as that of your therapist.

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Cool! This existing malaria drug could protect babies from the Zika virus


Researchers have uncovered how the Zika virus infects fetuses through the body’s barrier to infection. They show that an existing malaria drug can protect the fetus from infection by blocking this process.
The drug is also already approved for use in pregnant women for other medical purposes.

Devastating consequences of Zika virus infection are suffered in the womb, where the virus can cause brain damage and sometimes death.

“We found that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine effectively blocks viral transmission to the fetus,” says senior author Indira Mysorekar, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and of pathology and immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“This drug already is used in pregnant women to treat malaria, and we suggest that it warrants evaluation in primates and women to diminish the risks of Zika infection and disease in developing fetuses,” she says.

‘Microbial martial arts’

In late 2015, doctors in Brazil began to notice a surge in the number of babies born with microcephaly, or unusually small heads, an indicator of neurological damage. The epidemic soon was linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which was spreading through the tropical parts of the Americas. Doctors advised pregnant women to avoid mosquito bites by wearing bug spray and long-sleeved clothing, but had little other advice to offer.

There were, and still are, no drugs or vaccines approved for use in pregnant women to protect them or their fetuses from Zika infection.

“We would urge caution but nevertheless feel our study provides new avenues for feasible therapeutic interventions…”

The developing fetus is uniquely vulnerable to damage from infection, so the body mobilizes robust defenses to keep microbes from ever reaching the fetus in the first place. The placenta is the last line of defense.

Mysorekar and others have shown that a process known as autophagy—the cellular waste-disposal pathway by which cells grind up debris, unwanted organelles, and invading microbes—is an important part of the formidable placental barrier to infection. However, previous studies by Mysorekar and others have shown that Zika not only can invade the placenta, but multiply there.

To learn more about how Zika breaches the placenta, Mysorekar, postdoctoral fellow Bin Cao and colleagues infected human placental cells with Zika virus. They found that exposure to the virus activated genes related to autophagy.

However, when the researchers treated the cells with drugs to ramp up the autophagy pathway, the number of cells infected with Zika virus increased. Drugs that suppressed autophagy resulted in fewer placental cells infected with Zika virus.

In other words, the virus multiplied and spread more effectively when the researchers dialed up the barrier response, and performed more sluggishly when they dialed it down. The virus seemed to be doing a form of microbial martial arts, turning the body’s weapons to its own advantage.

Mysorekar and colleagues verified these findings using mice whose autophagy response was hobbled by low levels of a key autophagy protein. They infected two groups of pregnant mice with Zika: one in which the autophagy process was disrupted and the other in which it worked normally.

Five days after infection, the mothers with a weak autophagy response had about the same amount of virus in their bloodstreams as the mice with a normal response. However, in mice with a weak autophagy response, the researchers found 10 times fewer viruses in the placenta and the heads of the fetuses and less damage to the placentas.

Fighting back

“It appears that Zika virus takes advantage of the autophagy process in the placenta to promote its survival and infection of placental cells,” Cao says.

Since hydroxychloroquine suppresses the autophagy response, the researchers questioned whether it also could protect fetuses against Zika.

To find out, they repeated the mouse experiment using only mice with a normal autophagy response. Female mice at day nine of pregnancy were infected with Zika and then dosed with hydroxychloroquine or placebo every day for the next five days.

Following treatment, the researchers found significantly less virus in the fetuses and placentas from the mice that had received hydroxychloroquine. In addition, these placentas showed less damage and the fetuses regained normal growth. Both the untreated and the treated mothers had about the same amount of Zika virus in their bloodstreams, indicating that hydroxychloroquine was able to protect fetuses even when the virus was circulating through the mother.

Although hydroxychloroquine has been used safely in pregnant women for short periods of time, the researchers caution that further studies are needed before it can be used in pregnant women to fend off Zika. Pregnant women living in areas where Zika circulates may need to take the drug for the duration of their pregnancies, and the safety of hydroxychloroquine for long-term use is unknown.

“We would urge caution but nevertheless feel our study provides new avenues for feasible therapeutic interventions,” says Mysorekar, who is also codirector of the university’s Center for Reproductive Health Sciences. “Our study suggests that an autophagy-based therapeutic intervention against Zika may be warranted in pregnant women infected with Zika virus.”

A Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grants; a Preventing Prematurity Initiative grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund; and a March of Dimes award supported this research.