The Surprising Dangers of HEV Light and How You Can Protect Yourself

The Surprising Dangers of HEV Light and How You Can Protect Yourself

HEV light is also known as high-energy visible light and is the blue light that electronic screens emit. If you use a phone, computer, tablet, or other device with a modern screen, then it’s probably emitting HEV light.

HEV light can cause serious health challenges, but there are things you can do to reduce the danger to your health.

Health Dangers

Consider these factors:

1. Health and aging concerns. One of the biggest concerns with HEV light is its impact on your skin.

HEV light is able to penetrate deep into your skin and can cause premature aging. The light is able to go farther than UVB or UVA rays. It can reach the collagen layers under your skin. This makes it dangerous and harmful.

  • Research shows that HEV light can cause hyperpigmentation. This results in patches of the skin becoming darker than other areas. They are also called dark spots.

2. Sleep concerns. Multiple studies have shown that blue light affects your sleep patterns.The blue light that comes from electronic devices can suppress melatonin in your body. However, you need melatonin to sleep properly. This can create a vicious cycle of not being able to fall asleep or to stay asleep.

  • Research reveals that people who use electronics before going to bed or while in bed have more issues with their sleep.

Reduce Your Danger From HEV Light

1. Sunblock remedies. Some experts believe that wearing regular sunblock will help block HEV light from reaching the deep layers of your skin. This is still being studied, but sunblock may help you avoid some of the harmful rays.

2. Reduce electronic usage. One of the most effective ways to stop the damage from HEV light is to use fewer electronics throughout the day.

  • Turn off your devices more often and enjoy the world around you. If your work requires you to use devices with screens, make a special effort to reduce your usage on the weekends.
  • Try to avoid watching screens for 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Put more distance between your face or other body parts and the screens. Avoid holding them too closely for a long period of time.

3. Turn off blue light. Some devices such as tablets let you turn off the blue light. This feature is often called sleep mode or another similar name. However, many users complain that it creates a new, weird color and makes it harder to read things on the screen.

4. Protect your skin. A healthy diet with antioxidants may offer some protection for your skin. Skin creams or lotions designed to help restore the dermis may also help protect your skin and repair the damage from HEV light and other sources such as UVA or UVB rays.

HEV light can negatively affect your health. Avoid neglecting your well-being just so you can check another email or message! Reduce your usage of modern electronics and take steps to alleviate the damage from your devices.

Queen Bee QT: DIY Manicure With Artificial Nails

Queen Bee QT: DIY Manicure With Artificial Nails

manicureArtificial nails are the perfect solution for many women, especially those who want a manicured look 24/7.

Plus, they are a perfect solution for replacing a broken nail. They are great as a temporary fix until your own nails grow out. And they are there – instantly.

Even better, you don’t need to get an expensive salon manicure to get the look if you’re on a budget. 

Many artificial nails on the market these days have a DIY factor and can be applied yourself at home.

If you select the right size and do something creative to eliminate the plastic look, they can appear entirely natural and convincing.

Gel and acrylic nails can be applied professionally in the salon, or you can apply the press-on styles at home using widely-available nail enhancement kits. They come with their own adhesive and are easily cut and shaped to the style you want.

And lately I’ve seen plenty of at-home acrylics and gel nail kits too. 

Easy DIY Plan for At-Home Manicure with Artificial Nails

So, assuming you want to fit the nails yourself, how do you get started? Here are the six simple stages:

1. First, clean and dry your own natural nails. Then file and shape them in preparation for attaching the artificial nails.

2. Then – very important – choose the right size artificial nail for each finger. File the edges if necessary to get an exact fit.

3. Now spread a thin layer of nail adhesive over the whole area of your natural nail that will be in contact with the artificial nail.

4. Position the artificial nail such that it is very close to, but not touching, the cuticle. Then apply a light pressure to the top for a short time to allow the glue to take hold and set.

5. Once the nail is set firmly in position, file off any rough edges.

6. Apply two coats of nail varnish of the color you require, then finish off with a layer of topcoat to seal it.

It’s recommended that you don’t wear artificial nails for more than a few weeks at a time – say a month maximum. Then remove them and give your natural nails a chance to breathe and refresh their growth.

It’s also important that you always use proper nail adhesive and never just ordinary glue you might find around the house.

To remove artificial nails, soak them in a non-acetone polish remover until they start to dissolve and come away. 

 

Queen Bee QT: How to Fix Chapped Lips

Queen Bee QT: How to Fix Chapped Lips

duckface selfieLip Tips To Stop The Dryness

The best way to stop chapped lips is to avoid the dry cold weather, but since heading off to a better climate isn’t very practical for most people, you can head off to your nearest pharmacy or supermarket instead. Coat your lips with lip balm several times a day, especially when you are going outdoors. Remember to keep the lip balm with you at all times.

Use A Sunscreen

The sun can damage your lips (especially the bottom one) the same way as it damages the rest of your skin, so use a lip balm that contains a sunscreen. You often see sportsmen using the very same product, especially in countries which have harmful sun rays due to the lack of ozone layer protection.

Wear Lipstick 

Studies have shown that creamy lipsticks in addition to a sunscreen will help soothe lips that are already chapped. The lipstick filters out the light, including harmful rays, so pucker up and put on that lipstick – you’ll look great too !

Stop Infection

The problem with sore lips is that they can easily become infected. To prevent this happening, apply some antiseptic ointment which you can get from your pharmacy. If your lips are severely chapped, then use the antiseptic ointment at least twice a day – the morning and night time is the most important.

Use Vitamin B

Sometimes nutritional deficiences can be to blame, especially the lack of the vitamin B complex and iron, so take a multivitamin supplement to be on the side of caution. When taking supplements though, never take more than the recommended dose.

Drink Plenty Of Fluids

Don’t let your lips and body as a whole become dehydrated, drink additional fluids especially during the winter. As we age, the ability of our cells to retain moisture decreases so our dryness problem may actually increase during the winter time. Try to drink a glass of water every few hours.

Don’t Lick Your Lips !

When you lick your lips, you apply moisture which then evaporates and leaves your lips feeling even dryer than before. Licking chapped lips can in some cases cause dermatitis around the mouth, so beware. If you are tempted to lick your lips, just image that you’ve had cow dung applied to them – the cow dung won’t cure your lips, but it will sure stop you from licking em !!

Think Zinc

Some people drool in their sleep which can dry out your lips and make your chapped lips much worse. If this is a problem, apply zinc oxide ointment every night before bed – this acts as a barrier to protect your lips and will stop this happening.

Use Natural Oil From Your Skin

If you happen to work outside and don’t have anything handy to use on your lips, here’s something that you can do…….rub your finger along the side of your face and nose, this way you will pick up some of the natural oil which is produced from your skin. The oil on your finger can then be applied to your lips in the normal way. As the day wears on, the skin on your nose and face will become more oily, so you’ve always got a natural supply – you can’t get a better home remedy than that !

 

 

Blissful Summer: Tips for Avoiding Stings, Bites and Burns

Blissful Summer: Tips for Avoiding Stings, Bites and Burns

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After being cooped up all winter with the cold and all spring with the rain, we look forward to those long, lazy, sun-filled summer days. But if you are not prepared to protect yourself from sunburn and insect bites, you may find the summer season something to avoid rather than enjoy.

Sunlight generates ultraviolet radiation that can lead to cancer and damage to the eyes. In fact, in 2002 the National Institutes of Health added UV radiation to the list of identified carcinogens in America. People who work outdoors, babies, senior citizens and those with fair skin and light-colored eyes are at higher risk for skin cancer.

Another summertime danger is insect bites. Mosquitoes, ants, spiders, bees and fleas are particularly obnoxious – and they are everywhere. Their bites can cause symptoms ranging from swelling, pain and itchiness to life-threatening allergic reactions.

To protect yourself from these dangers, follow the ABCs of summer skin care:

* Avoid the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its brightest. Take your daily walk in the morning or late afternoon. Many insects breed in water, so stay away from stagnant pools and soggy grass.

* Block sunlight with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Apply sunblock half an hour before going out and reapply every couple of hours.

* Cover up. Wear loose-fitting, tightly woven clothes that reach your wrists and ankles; UV-protected sunglasses; and hats with 4-inch brims to cover eyes, ears, scalp and neck. Insects are attracted to bright colors and strong perfumes, so dress neutrally and go easy on scents.

* Defend yourself. Use a spray to repel bugs. One to try is Hamba Suka Natural Insect Repellent, from the Molo Africa line of products, an all-natural spray made with high-quality essential oils. This is a 100 percent natural product that repels insects such as ants, fleas, mosquitoes and flies. The spray contains no poisons or harmful chemicals.

Blissful Summer: Tips for Avoiding Stings, Bites and Burns

Blissful Beauty: Preventing Age Spots

age-spots-2“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” ~George Burns

 

Getting older doesn’t necessarily cause age spots. Too much exposure to the ultraviolet rays of the sun is more likely to cause these unattractive blotches, than maturity. This is why age spots are also called sun spots.

Other factors that make you more susceptible to age spots (no matter what your age is) are smoking, a diet high in refined sugars and fats, a lack of vitamins, and over consumption of poor quality saturated oils.

Age spots occur when our skin produces too much lipofuscin. Lipofuscinis is a dark substance that colors our skin pigment. Unsightly age spots can begin appearing as early as the late twenties but are most common after the age 55 (thus the name.)

Age spots are also known as liver spots. Other nicknames for age spots are brown spots, lentigo and sun spots. The name sun spot nickname of course comes from the fact that the skin darkens as the result of too much frolicking outside in the summer.

As is the case with most skin conditions age spots are much simpler to prevent than to cure. Your diet has a lot to do with reducing your chances of developing this unsightly condition. Eating a diet rich in orange vegetables (carrot and yams) and green leafy vegetables (collard greens and watercress) may help reduce your chances of developing these spots as you age. These foods are rich in antioxidants that help fight off damaging free radicals that are created as the result of too much exposure to the sun. They are also foods that are rich in Vitamin A and carotene, which also helps keep your skin in tiptop condition and more resistant to ultraviolet rays.

If you already have already developed age spots the good news is that there are some ways to diminish the way they look. There are several products on the market today that can fade them so they are less noticeable. The active ingredient in these over the counter products that is a chemical called hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a mild bleaching agent that helps lighten the appearance of all kinds of dark skin discolorations including age spots, scars and freckles. Some prescription versions of this scream also contain topical vitamin A, which can also help fade the look of obnoxious age spots.

If your age spots are particularly unattractive or forming in an undesirable place where they are too obvious (such as on the face) there are some slightly more invasive ways to cosmetically treat the problem. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments for age spots is a chemical peel. These peels contain anywhere from 70% to 80 % glycolic acid and remove layers of skin to reduce the appearance of the spots.

Yet another option is laser resurfacing. In this procedure the age spots are literally burned away using a sophisticated, targeted laser. However this treatment only works well on very white skin with very dark age spots. This is because laser treatments need a contrast of colors (black on white) to do their job well. Darker age spots on dark skin do not respond well at all to these treatments. If the age spot is lighter, purple or an odd color laser resurfacing may also not succeed in removing it. Black or dark brown age spots on fair skin respond the best to this treatment.

Although most age spots are harmless blotches, the early stages of skin cancer can masquerade as innocent looking dark spots. Your physician or a dermatologist should check any spot that enlarges, thickens, changes color, itches or bleeds. Irregularly shaped dark spots that change in color or increase in size could be the early warning sign of serious skin cancers.

One cost effective and natural way to reduce age spots is to simply keep out of the sun and wear long sleeved shirts. You should always take precautions to protect all of your exposed skin if you know you are going to be in a place where there is likely to be a lot of ultraviolet light. Make sure that you always wear sunscreen when you are out during a sunny day. Limiting your intake of alcohol can also discourage a propensity towards developing the unattractive skin discolorations.

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