Thursday, October 30, 2008

15 Easy to Follow Tips to Control Your Eczema

15 Easy to Follow Tips to Control Your Eczema Tip 1 Moisturized skin is healthy skin and this is especially the case when it comes to those suffering from eczema. However be aware that too much water is a faux pas. For example, soaking in a hot bath for a long period of time can dry out the skin a great deal. It is essential to take short, warm or lukewarm showers and when you take a bath, make the soak a quick one. Also if you are cleaning and must have your hands in and out of water for an extended period of time then wear a pair of rubber or vinyl gloves.Aloe Vera propolis is a very good barrier cream, practically in the winter months

Tip 2 "Everything in moderation" is a saying that is especially appropriate to people with eczema. Too much water on your skin is bad, but dehydration is really bad too. Dry skin areas are at risk, but so are areas with oily skin. Temperature and air humidity also have a negative effect on the condition. So make sure to manage your environment very carefully. Why not try a salt lamp to help clean and calm you environment( You'll discover where your trigger areas are and you will learn what your "safe zone" is.

Tip 3 Eczema can very often be triggered because the sufferer is allergic to something. Usually it can be dust mites, pollen, pet hair, air fresheners or something else in your environment. Therefore it is important for an eczema sufferer to make sure that their home environment is as clean and dust free as humanly possible.So once again use a salt lamp to keep the air in your house clean and pure to help your eczema.

Tip 4 It is certainly not an easy thing to do but trying to keep as moderate a temperature as possible in your home and avoiding being outside when it is very humid are two things you should try to do. Keep cool during the summer while at home by using lots of fans or putting in an air conditioner. However keep in mind that air conditioning can be very drying to the skin as it depletes the air of moisture, therefore always use an adequate amount of moisturizer on your skin. The drier air of winter is such because cold air has less of an ability to lock in moisture, Aloe Vera Propolis is ideal as a winter moisturizer and help with dry skin which is more likely to become red and itchy skin during these months, so always use a humidifier during the wintertime to maintain a sufficient level of humidity.

Tip 5 Avoid anything that contains harsh chemical such as products like paint strippers and pesticides. Many ingredients such as astringents, alcohol and a variety of fragrances that are used in cleaners, cosmetics, air fresheners, emollients, tissue, toilet paper, and so on can make eczema go from being mild to moderate or even severe.Forever Living Products have a wonderful all round cleaner that cleans anything from loos to white shirts.Made with aloe vera ( email me at for more information) It is a good rule of thumb to always read labels before purchasing products for the body, face and/or home environment.

Tip 6 Have you considered that food might be causing your eczema? Coffee, dairy, peanuts and wheat are known allergy triggers, and it could be that a mild allergy to these products could make your eczema worse. If you can not get tested for allergic reactions by your doctor, then the best thing to do is to cut out these risk foods and see if your eczema improves. You can later re-introduce one item at a time a week apart to see which triggers a worsening in your eczema. That way you know what it is that is triggering your eczema.

Tip 7 Breast-feeding prevents eczema in babies. Women who breast-feed their babies are fortunate, as breast milk has been shown to be extremely effective in controlling the onset of eczema. In fact studies have proven that in some babies, six months of breastfeeding can actually prevent eczema from starting in the first place. New mother who choose not to breast-feed but instead feed their babies a formula made from cows' milk might do well to consider using a hypoallergenic milk formula such as a soy formula as opposed to a traditional type of formula.

Tip 8 Relax. Think happy thoughts. Focus on the good things in life. The last time you were really happy, what was that like? Stress is a significant contributor to the eczema condition so anything you can do to focus your mind away from it will help you feel better about yourself but can also reduce the eczema in the first place. For me it helps to go for long walks, by the sea as much as possible.

Tip 9 One of the most important tips to controlling eczema is to always make sure the skin is well moisturized. Use a mild soap or cleanser such as Aloe Liquid Soap, which is a rich moisturising hand and face cleanser with a generous amount of aloe. It is a good idea to check with your doctor about what kinds of cleansers are most suitable. Use mild mosturiser like Aloe Moistursing Lotion for your face and body. Very rich in texture and does not contain Lanolin.

Tip 10 After a lukewarm bath, make sure to pat dry the skin and not rub. It is the best way to avoid getting eczema and it is a great way to make sure you do not irritate the skin any further.

Tip 11 Wear loose fitting clothes, ideally pure cotton, as it allows the skin to breathe and is very effective at removing sweat off the skin. Also make sure to wash new clothes before using them to soften the fabric.You can use MPD for washing your clothes. It is a multi purpose concentrated cleaner which does not contain phosphorus. It has environmentally-friendly,mild,gentle formula which is kind to your hands and clothes.( for more information email

Tip 12 Here is a tip that has worked wonders for me and many people I know that have had some kind of skin conditions, but it may not work for you. It depends entirely on what triggers eczema for you, but I would always recommend having either an aloe vera plant in the house that you can cut up leaves from and use the gel inside the leaf to soothe the itchy area. We use it for everything that happens to our skin as it acts as both a re-hydrating moisturizer, anti septic cream and barrier cream in one. Strangely enough some people also report a heightened sense of well being after having applied it to their pressure points on the wrists and on the neck. This is with the pure gel. Aloe Vera gelly is a great product and just as effective and can be carried about with you unlike the plant.

Tip 13 It cannot be emphasized enough that the most important self-help tip for those suffering from eczema is to keep the skin well moisturized because well moisturized skin holds in natural moisture much better than dry skin and also encourages healing to take place at a more rapid rate.

Tip 14 Eczema patients need to observe careful bathing rituals so as not to further damage their skin and cause their condition to worsen. The products you buy must be non-scented and not harsh on the skin's gentle surface whatsoever.Aloe Vera Bath Gelee really comes into its own here.An aloe vera formula that is kind to your skin, a great moisturising bath and shower gel. Forego floral scented or fruity scented soaps and cleansers for no nonsense natural cleansers that get you clean but also keep the moisture in your skin where you want it.

Tip 15 Always make use of a mild kind of soap or cleanser when you clean yourself. An excellent suggestions include Aloe Liquid soap It cannot be stressed enough- never use any products that are full of fragrance. Always choose products that are hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin.

by Richaloe

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

11 Benefits Of Having Carpets in Your Home

All across the U.S., carpets are very popular with home owners. Carpet is the most practical, versatile and fashionable option of flooring. In addition, carpets account for more than half of all flooring purchases that are made each year. As a matter of fact, carpet has outsold all other types of flooring for more than 60 years.

Carpet gives you a number of advantages that other flooring choices can't contest. Here are 11 features that carpet will add to any home.

1. Carpet is an excellent option for your family room, bedroom and other rooms where you want warmth underfoot.

2. Carpet will provide an additional layer of insulation between the floors of your home. Depending on the carpet weight and density, it contributes to the R-value of your home. As a result, this adds to the energy efficiency.

3. There are no slip surfaces in your rooms where you use a carpet. This will prevent accidents together with a natural cushion in the case of someone falling.

4. Reduction in sound is another benefit of using a carpet. It reduces noise better than any other type of flooring. Carpet dampens noise in 3 ways: - Reducing surface noise from foot traffic. - Blocking sound transmission. - Absorbing airborne sound. These qualities are very useful in apartments.

5. If you want to camouflage any damage to the floor or put out of sight any other problems, like warped floors, just add a carpet.

6. Carpets are easy to care for. They are very stain resistant, which makes cleaning even the worst possible spills easier.

7. Several studies discovered that carpet can improve the quality of air by trapping allergy causing dust and allergens. However, you must properly clean and maintain your carpet.

8. Carpets offer variety of use. You can effortlessly add carpet to stairs, steps, posts, walls, and other non level surfaces.

9. Because carpets can be found in a variety of different colors and textures, they help to create infinite possibilities for decorating.

10. Carpets are not expensive if you take into account that they are an economical alternative to the other types of costly flooring. You won't pay near as much as you would for hard surfaces.

11. Today's carpets are extremely durable and can live longer than most other types of flooring. All you need to do is choose a carpet that has a life span of 5 - 30 years.

by Alex Fir

Sunday, October 26, 2008

10 things You Must Bring On Your Next Trip

Traveling, whether it is for business or pleasure, can be a frustrating experience but it doesn't need to be. You can help make your trip more enjoyable by being better prepared. Here are 10 must haves that every traveler should never leave home without.

1. Your Itinerary Whether your trip will be filled with business meetings or tourist attractions you want to have an itinerary to make your days organized. This way you can make all your arrangements ahead of time, and also an itinerary is great to leave back at home in case anyone needs to get in touch with you they will always know where you are.

2. Your Personal Items

Let's face it, they're just some items you can't do without. Your toothbrush, clean underwear and of course your wallet and money should always be kept up with you while you travel. Have a little travel bag for your personal toiletries and other items that you don't want to leave in your luggage. In addition, you should put a special place in your carry-on bag or purse for your tickets and passport so you don't have to fumble around for them and you know they're always close at hand.

Personal things such as the ticket, passport, toothbrush, clean underwear and money nearby preferably for easy accessibility.

3. Your Clothes

Deciding what close to bring, can be challenging. One thing you should do is check the weather forecast for the place that you're traveling to. This way you can bring clothes that are appropriate for the weather. You also want to bring clothes suitable for various occasions such as paint the dinners and shoes for walking. When traveling, it's always a good idea to bring clothing that doesn't wrinkle easily and can be washed out in the sink.

4. Your Shoes

Whenever I travel, I have the hardest time deciding which used to bring. If you are anything like me you probably have a ton of different pairs of shoes that you like to wear. However, in order to conserve space in the suitcase, you have to narrow down your choices. Bring a good pair of comfortable shoes, especially if you will be doing a lot of sightseeing, and also perhaps address the pair. If your trip will involve sports like hiking and you want to consider the appropriate for wear for that.

5. Medication

Of course, you'll need to bring any medications that you are on your trip but you also should bring any over-the-counter medicines they think you might need. if you have allergies and you are traveling to a place that you think might trigger them then bring some allergy medicine. If you will be outdoors a lot in the warm leather, you might consider insect repellent.

6. Security

You want to make sure that your luggage is secure by locking it. However, you might want to be sure to bring a spare key in case you lose the one that opens your case.

7. Tote Bags

Bring a large tote bag with you on the trip, packed in a suitcase. This bag can double as a tote when you are running around during the day and might be purchasing items. And then you can use it as additional luggage on your trip home to house souvenirs.

8. Know Where You Are Going

It's a good idea to map out your trip ahead of time especially if you have several spots you want to hit during vacation. If you going to be traveling around in your own, It's a good idea to get a map of the area so that you don't get lost.

9. Insurance

Sometimes, on a trip it's a lot easier to take public transportation but in some places that might not be convenient. If you going to be renting a car you should make sure that you get insurance. Before you leave with your car checked the car were carefully for any damage and make sure the clerk writes it down so that you do not get charged for.

10. Tags And Labels

Does your suitcase look just like someone else's? Chances are it does! And that's why it's a good idea to have labels both on the outside and the inside of your luggage. You might want to write only your name though, and not your address to be on the safe side. If your luggage does get lost the airline will have your address and be able to return it to you, you might not want every stranger and airport to know where you live.

by Lee Dobbins