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Positive Effects of Skin-Whitening Products on Self Esteem
Many of us have experienced problems with our skin, from having scars from acne or chicken pox, to age spots or dark spots from sun burns. When we look in the mirror we see these imperfections of our skin staring at us. We may not see other qualities hidden behind our skin.
Using products to improve the appearance of our skin can help us to strengthen our self esteem. As our skin improves we can focus on those beautiful internal qualitie that make us special, instead of being emotionally bogged down by the appearance of our skin. With so many things to worry about, skin shouldn’t be one of them!
Skin Whitening products help to eliminate unneveness in the skin and to correct imperfections. They even out skin tone, correct dark spots, and improve the overall appearance of the skin.
Skin whitening products are commonly used to help get rid of age spots. While age spots are actually caused by the sun – they tend to appear on the face, shoulders, hands, arms and legs of people who spend a lot of time in the sun – they often don’t become too noticeable until a person reaches their 40s or 50s, which is why they are often referred to as age spots instead of sun spots.
For many people, these spots are a sort of reminder of the aging process. While aging is completely natural and there really isn’t anything at all to feel self-conscious about, many people start to feel less attractive, and these feelings can be spurred on by age spots. Skin whitening creams, when used properly, can help to reduce the visibility of age spots and improve the overall appearance of a person’s skin. In this case, improved appearance often results in improved self-esteem.
Many men and women are embarrassed by scars that they have on their body despite the fact that in most cases they had little or no control over their formation or appearance. Still, scars in very visible places can make people self-conscious and feel the need to hide their bodies, especially when the scars are fresh and still very red from the wound and healing process.
While skin whitening creams should not be applied to areas of skin that are still healing, they are safe for areas of scarred skin, and will help to reduce the redness that makes many scars so visible to the naked eye. When scars are less obvious, most people feel less need to hide them and their self-esteem and general sense of physical attractiveness often improves.
Hyperpigmentation is a common medical problem that results in dark patches on the surface of the skin. Hyperpigmentation is more common in men and women with dark skin, but it can occur on people of all skin types. People that suffer from hyperpigmentation often feel embarrassed by the way their skin looks, much the same way an acne sufferer is embarrassed.
Of course, people don’t have control over hyperpigmentation, so they shouldn’t feel that way. Unfortunately, knowing that often doesn’t help to keep a person from feeling self-conscious. Using skin whitening products can help to even out one’s skin tone, making the areas of hyperpigmentation less visible, improving the person’s self-esteem at the same time.
While skin whitening creams may not be for everybody, they can help to improve some people’s appearance, and along with that, their overall self-esteem and sense of value.
Cho Won-hyuk stands in front of his bedroom mirror and spreads dollops of makeup over his forehead, nose, chin and cheeks until his skin is flawless. Then he goes to work with a black pencil, highlighting his eyebrows until they’re thicker, bolder.
Researchers with UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a major reason why melanoma is largely resistant to chemotherapy.
UCI dermatologist Dr. Anand Ganesan and colleagues found a genetic pathway in melanoma cells that inhibits the cellular mechanism for detecting DNA damage wrought by chemotherapy, thereby building up tolerance to cancer-killing drugs.
Targeting this pathway, comprising the genes RhoJ and Pak1, heralds a new approach to treating the deadly skin cancer, which claims nearly 10,000 U.S. lives each year. Study results appear online in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
“If we can find a way to turn off the pathway responsible for this resistance, melanoma tumors would suddenly become sensitive to therapies we’ve been using for the last 20 years,” said Ganesan, assistant professor of dermatology and biological chemistry at UCI.
In pursuit of a cause for the chemo tolerance, he and his colleagues performed a genome-wide scan for genes controlling drug resistance in melanoma cells. Their search identified RhoJ, a gene normally involved in blood vessel growth. They saw that in response to drug-induced DNA damage in a melanoma cell, RhoJ activated another gene, Pak1, which initiated a molecular cascade suppressing the cell’s ability to sense this damage – and blocking the apoptosis process.
“Normally, such drug-induced DNA damage would result in cell death,” Ganesan said. “But this blunting of DNA damage response allows melanoma cells to mutate and proliferate. Being capable of rapid adaptation and change is a hallmark feature of this challenging form of cancer and makes it very difficult to treat.”
On the heels of this discovery, he and colleagues have begun exploring methods to inhibit the genes responsible for this DNA damage tolerance. What they come up with could one day supplement chemotherapy treatments for melanoma, Ganesan added.
School, sports, and socializing can wear your body down. Here’s how to stay well.
By Linda Formichelli
WebMD the Magazine – Feature Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD
You’re studying for exams, playing sports, socializing on weekends, perhaps even working at a part-time job. Who has time for health?
Well, let’s put it this way: How do you think it will affect your cramming, working, and relaxation time if you’re under the covers with the flu or low energy from eating nothing but corn chips and pizza?
Take care of your body and you’ll rock in school and at work, not to mention in your social life. We talked with David Rosenthal, MD, director of Harvard University Health Services, to create a primer for lasting health all school-year long.
Regular cardio exercise will fend off stress and give you energy to make it through a marathon class load, plus it’s good for your heart and just about every other part of your body. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends moderate cardio for 30 minutes, five times per week.
No time? Two 15-minute sessions are as good as one half-hour stint. Take your pick of exercise, from walking and swimming to kickboxing and rowing. If you want more bang for your cardio time, pump up the intensity so the exercise feels somewhat hard to very hard. The ACSM says you can get the same benefit from 20 minutes of vigorous cardio just three times a week as from those five 30-minute moderate workouts.
De-stress With Stretching
Exams are stressful. Work is stressful. And loads of homework? No question — stressful. That’s why Rosenthal suggests a gentle, relaxing practice like yoga, tai chi, or qigong two to three times per week. These exercises combine deep breathing with stretching and movement and are excellent at melting away built-up stress. If your campus doesn’t offer classes, check out what’s available in the nearest town, spring for a DVD, or download an app.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Chances are you’re not getting enough sleep. Rosenthal suggests college students log six to eight hours per night. When you must pull an all-nighter, try to take a one- to two-hour nap the next day to make up some of the difference. If you have roommates who are up all night, make a contract that outlines quiet hours, or create sleeping arrangements that let the quiet roomies bunk in the same room, Rosenthal says.
Hunching over a computer keyboard all day can strain your wrists, eyes, neck, and back. And that hunchback look? So not attractive. Take a time-out every half hour to stretch, walk around, deep-breathe for five minutes, or otherwise move away from the screen.
Eat Some Greens
Fruits and veggies are bursting with phytonutrients that help keep infection and disease at bay, so you want plenty on your plate, Rosenthal says. In fact, a good (and easy) rule of thumb is to make sure half your plate is fruits and vegetables. Most college dining services offer an array of salads and other greens, so availability shouldn’t be a problem. Mix it up: spinach salad one day, mixed greens the next. No need to get stuck in a one-note fruit or veggie rut — unless you want to eat an apple a day. That saying still holds true.
Fight the Flu
To avoid being laid up in bed with a raging fever for a week, get a flu shot this fall. The vaccine is usually available by early October, though you can benefit from a vaccination as late as early December, when there are still several months left in the flu season. This is especially important for college students who are in close quarters with roomies and classmates. Many colleges offer flu shots for free or for a small charge that’s typically covered by insurance.
Chug Some Water
Be sure to down plenty of (non-alcoholic) liquids each day, Rosenthal says — more if you exercise or tend to perspire a lot. Dehydration can make you more vulnerable to illness and infections, not to mention that feeling that you’ve been run over by a truck. By the time you notice you’re thirsty, you’re probably already dehydrated, so don’t get to that point. How much water is enough? If your urine is light yellow, you’re well-hydrated. If H2O isn’t your thing, don’t worry — juice, tea, and other beverages count as well.
Back Off the Drinks
Once you hit 21, your inclination may be to make up for lost time by drinking more than you should. But Rosenthal says drinking too much alcohol is a risk factor for accidents, injuries, and regrettable behaviors (which then end up on Facebook), not to mention a host of serious conditions from high blood pressure and liver disease to cancer. Stick to the recommended daily limit: no more than two beers or glasses of wine for men, and one for women.
Find Your BFFs
Having someone you can talk to and count on is important for your mental health, and the right friends will encourage healthy habits. But it can be hard to develop a circle of buds when you’re new on campus, overloaded with studying, and working to boot. Seek out campus groups, play a sport, get to know your dorm mates, and otherwise put yourself out there to attract friends who will support you, and vice versa, during the college years and beyond.
Kick the Habit
Even though the risks of smoking — like heart disease, lung cancer, and emphysema — will elicit a big “duh” from almost any college student, some still light up. If that’s you, look into the smoking cessation programs offered by your college wellness center. No luck? Check out public health departments for help. Kicking the habit isn’t a maybe — it’s a must-do for your health, today and long-term.
No gym? No problem. For a workout you can do in your dorm room with zero equipment, we talked to Melina Christidis, a certified personal trainer and group instructor at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center at California State University, Long Beach.
Do this full-body strength and conditioning workout two to three times per week. Three times through the circuit is one workout.
Push-ups (25 repetitions): If you can’t do a full push-up, or you tire in the middle of the set, you can do them on your knees.
Squat jumps (25 reps): Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Drop your bottom down, shifting your hips back and keeping your back straight and chest lifted. Try to lower to a 90-degree angle, keeping your knees over your ankles (make sure your knees don’t go farther than your toes). After you complete the squat, jump up. Land in the starting position and repeat.
Jumping jacks or jump rope (25 reps): You know the drill!
Plank (1 minute): Get into push-up position, with your hands under your shoulders and your body in a straight line. (Don’t raise your hips up or let them sag.) Hold this position for 30 seconds. Work up to 60 seconds.
Burpees (25 reps): Bend down and put your hands on the floor, then jump back into a plank position. Do a push-up, then jump your feet back up to your hands and jump straight up. (If you’re a beginning exerciser, skip the push-up.)
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