Vitamins are an important contribution to healthy skin. Many skin problems can be treated or prevented by taking the proper vitamins.
Most people realize that what you put into your body affects your entire health. Doctors have also known that certain vitamins have rejuvenating or healing powers when it comes to the skin. As a matter of fact, before there were specific medications for most skin conditions, experts commonly depended on vitamins, along with other natural products, to treat these ailments.
WHAT KINDS OF SKIN CONDITIONS RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?
First of all, if you consume the proper vitamins in the appropriate quantities, your skin will start out healthier and more vibrant to begin with. But if you find yourself deficient, vitamins A, C, D, and E are especially important and are often prescribed for dull, lifeless skin. If you're curious about specific conditions that vitamins can treat, dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and skin eruptions are just a few of the problems that can be helped with vitamins.
I HAVE HEARD THAT VITAMIN A CAN TREAT ACNE. IS THAT REALLY TRUE?
YES. Before we had the vast array of acne preparations available, vitamin A was often prescribed as a very effective treatment for acne. Even today, some people find that over-the-counter and prescription concoctions too harsh and drying for the face. These same people can safely consume a daily dose of vitamin A and their acne will greatly diminish. If oral vitamin A isn't giving you the results you desire, synthetic vitamin A-like compounds called retinoids can be applied directly to the skin. These compounds not only help clear up acne, but they also even out pigment changes and heal the skin damage that results from too much sun exposure.
I HAVE ECZEMA? DOES THAT RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?
Often times, yes. Inositol is a substance that is particularly useful in the treatment of eczema. If you have a stubborn case, give inositol a try. You've got nothing to lose but your itchy, scaly skin.
WHAT ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER VITAMINS? WHAT BENEFITS DO THEY HAVE FOR THE SKIN AND WHAT CONDITIONS CAN THEY TREAT?
Below is an overview of the most important vitamins in the treatment of common skin conditions. VITAMIN B-2 OR RIBOFLAVIN
This vitamin is necessary for proper skin balance. Too little of it causes the face to be oily.
This vitamin aids in healing cracks and sores of the mouth and lips. Even doctors quite frequently prescribe vitamin B-2 for their patients who appear in their office with this painful condition. VITAMIN B-6
This vitamin helps to treat dermatitis as well as a vast array of other skin eruptions and rashes. NIACIN
This popular B vitamin is important in the maintenance of healthy skin.
Keeps skin healthy and strong by assisting in cell building. BIOTIN
This is sometimes prescribed when skin is dull and the pallor is gray. VITAMIN C
This is an extremely important vitamin that aids in wound healing. If you have a cut or a sore, try adding extra vitamin C to your diet.
Sufficient vitamin C helps prevent broken capillaries and excessive bruising. VITAMIN E
Prevents and treats dry skin.
Slows down cellular aging.
May prevent skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure.
Though not scientifically proven, some women claim it helps diminish stretch marks.
Treats nipples that are sore and cracked from nursing a baby. Simply break open a vitamin E capsule and apply a small amount topically to the painful area.
CAN I SAFELY TAKE LARGE DOSES OF VITAMINS?
Yes and no. Most vitamins are water-soluble and are quickly eliminated from the body. It is safe to consume varying quantities of these vitamins. Other vitamins are fat-soluble. That means that they are stored in the body and can build up over time. Mega-doses of these vitamins should be avoided. The fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, and E.
IF I CAN'T TAKE LARGE DOSES OF THE FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMINS, HOW CAN THEY BENEFIT ME?
By taking the proper amounts of these vitamins, you can maintain healthy skin and prevent problems from occurring in the first place. If you do have one or more of the above-mentioned skin conditions, you may be deficient in one of the fat-soluble vitamins. Look to your diet and see if that could be the case.
SHOULD I TAKE SUPPLEMENTS OR CAN I GET ALL I NEED FROM THE FOOD I EAT?
It would be ideal if you could get all of the nutrients that you needed through the foods that you consume. However, this is often not possible. High quality supplements, coupled with a healthy diet, will ensure that you get all of the nutrients that you need.
DO I NEED TO CONSUME THE SUPPLEMENTS ORALLY FOR THEM TO HAVE BENEFITS FOR MY SKIN?
No. Some supplements are applied topically. For an example, vitamin E is often applied to wounds and scars to hasten healing. Vitamin D can be absorbed through the skin when you are exposed to the sun, and as was stated before, vitamin A is available in a variety of topical preparations.
Many skin conditions can be prevented or successfully treated by using vitamins either orally or topically. But most important is consuming a healthy diet on a daily basis. Without the proper amounts of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins can't do their job. If you have a skin problem that isn't responding to conventional treatment, give vitamins a try. They are safe, cheap and highly effective.
Going to Great Heights- How to Select a Pair of High Heeled Shoes
There is no denying that although not the best shoe style for women medically (high heeled shoes put pressure on the front part of the foot by pushing it forward and down and bending the toes up in an unnatural position) high heeled shoes are stylish, elegant and can make any women feel sexier. High-heeled shoes have a simple definition, they are shoes which raise the heel of the wearer's foot significantly higher than the toes. High-heeled shoes come in a number of different styles, different materials and can be purchased in almost any color of the rainbow. Most high heels are one color but some have patterns such as leopard print. High-heeled shoes come in a variety of shapes also, such as block, blade, stiletto, tapered and wedge.
What exactly equals a high heeled shoe has been long debated. The norm for most women is a heel between two and three inches because it can be comfortably walked in while still providing some extra height. It is women in the minority who wear heels that are four inches and over and those classed as extremely high heeled tend to be the domain of entertainers and/or are purchased for those harboring shoe fetishes. The higher the heel the less practical it is for wear on a more or less steady basis.
In order to decide whether or not to wear high-heeled shoes or to decide what style of high heels a woman is interested in wearing she must consider her reasons for wearing them. One of the most obvious reasons is height. Lots of women (especially petite ones) want to appear taller and high heels make that happen. It is a form of an optical illusion in a sense. Longer legs (much like a Barbie doll's legs) appear extremely sensuous and this look appeals to most women (and most men). The angle of the foot is altered in respect to the bottom half of the leg when high heels are worn, which causes it to shorten and also makes the calves of the legs stand out.
Many women wear high-heeled shoes for the sexual element inherent in it. One's body is shifted in a different way, which is very sexy. In other words, high-heeled shoes bring about a change in gait and posture that thrusts the derriere further back and brings more of a sway to the hips, which lends itself to an air of eroticism. Some high heels (such as strappy sandals in summertime) show off the sole of the foot and many believe that to be very sexual in nature. As well stiletto heels are considered by many men and women alike to be off the charts sexy.
Today most women own a few pairs of high heeled shoes, some geared for business purposes and others for social occasions. Over the past sixty years high heeled shoes have been at times extremely popular and at other times, not as much so. Lower heeled shoes were all the rage in the late 1960s and early 1970s but then higher heels took over as the in shoes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then in the late 1990s lower heels and flatties took over as the popular style once again. With the turn of the century there has become a greater acceptance of a variety of shoes, everything from the high-heeled shoe to the lowest heel and everything in between. Different heel shapes have also come in and out of style. During the 1950s and now, post- 2000 stiletto heels are popular while the 1970s saw the block heel as in and in the 1990s it was the tapered heel.
In deciding what pair of high-heeled shoe is right for the occasion a woman needs some fashion know-how. What is considered to be the little black dress of shoes is a low-heeled sophisticated black pump. This is the most responsible of all heels, a pair of pumps that are at home for a business meeting or an early dinner. The new black high heeled shoe is a neutral pump. But don't think white, think beige, cream or off white instead. A black dressy high heel is a must for all those show stopping social occasions such as a dance, party or elegant dinner extravaganza. Look for a black high heeled dress shoe that is not too strappy but yet not too clunky- instead for understated charm and elegance, with a touch of sexiness thrown in for good measure! Just as in the basic pumps category, black is great but not enough. When you need something just a little bit more glitzy and glamorous get noticed wearing a pair of metallic high-heeled dress shoes. Gold or silver never looked so hot!
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