Sorry to ruin your Friday, but I just came across this article that says we all might be SHOWERING wrong. Here are five tips from dermatologists on how to do it right . . .
1. Don’t shower too often. It should depend on your activity level. And if you’re not very active and don’t sweat much, you don’t HAVE to shower every day.
2. Keep it short. Exposure to water and cleansers like shampoo and body wash can dry out your hair and skin.
3. Stay cool. Hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster, so you want to stick to a lukewarm or cooler shower.
4. Don’t wash your hair too much . . . or too little. Hair is made of dead skin cells, so it doesn’t need as much washing as the rest of your skin. But not washing it enough can lead to dandruff. Depending on your hair type, a few times a week is good.
5. Focus on the dirtiest areas. Yeah, THOSE areas. Your arms and legs don’t always need soap . . . but your underarms, feet, and GROIN generally DO.
Here are five things we do every day that cause wrinkles . . .
- Squinting. It causes wrinkles around your eyes and the bridge of your nose. So if you wear glasses, make sure your prescription is up to date. And if you’re driving with the sun in your eyes, wear sunglasses.
- Sleeping on your stomach or on your side. You end up with your face squished into your pillow for six-to-eight hours. And it can also restrict blood flow to the side of your face you sleep on, which can also cause wrinkles.
- Rubbing your eyes. The skin around them is the most delicate skin on your body, and you end up stretching it out. Plus, you transfer dirt and oil from your hands to your face, which also doesn’t help.
- Eating too much sugar. It messes with your hormones and destroys some of the collagen in your skin, so it loses some of its stretchiness.
- Being in the sun while you’re driving. The windows in your car only stop one type of UV rays, called UVB rays. But UVA rays still get through and damage your skin.
It can also happen if you sit near a window at work. And the tiny bit of sun you get walking to and from your car also adds up. Which is why you’re supposed to wear sunblock every day, but most people don’t.
A Study Finds Victoria’s Secret Perfume Is Actually a Mosquito Repellent
If you wear perfume, in theory it’s because you want to attract people. So here’s a good and totally random side effect . . . while it’s luring dudes in, it just might be keeping mosquitoes away.
A new study out of New Mexico State University tested a bunch of different types of mosquito repellents to see how effective they are.
And they also decided to throw in a Victoria’s Secret perfume called Bombshell for some reason. Well, the reason is probably publicity, and since we’re talking about it . . . well played, nerds.
The study found the perfume was actually really good at keeping mosquitoes away.
It performed about the same as the best repellents, all of which contain a chemical compound called DEET . . . and it was even MORE effective than natural repellents or a skin patch. The skin patch was so bad it actually ATTRACTED mosquitoes.
The researchers didn’t say why the perfume was so effective . . . but you’d have to think it’s because mosquitoes hunt out people who smell like people, not like flowers.
Here are six things you probably don’t know about your BUTT . . .
- Your butt muscles are the largest muscles in your body.
- Women have bigger butts than men because of estrogen. Men’s bodies tell their fat to go to their stomachs . . . women’s estrogen directs it to their butts.
- You can get skin cancer on your butt even if it’s covered. Skin cancer can appear on unlikely places like between your fingers and toes, on your underarms, your butt, and even your GENITALS.
- There’s a word for being attracted to butts. It’s pygophilia.
- A big butt is linked to intelligence. According to a University of Oxford study, being a woman with a big butt was linked to being more intelligent, supposedly due to having more omega-3 fats which help with brain development.
- Your big butt also makes you less likely to get sick. That same University of Oxford study found that women with bigger butts are less likely to get diabetes and heart disease, even though those two things are usually associated with obesity.
Here are eight foods that can make you look younger . . .
- Watermelon. It has lycopene, which acts like a natural sunscreen and prevents UV damage. One serving is like putting on SPF 3.
- Pomegranates. They have a ton of antioxidants that increase collagen production in your skin, to prevent wrinkles.
- Blueberries. The vitamin C and vitamin E help brighten your skin.
- Lobster and other shellfish. The zinc accelerates the renewal of skin cells, and it can help with acne.
- Kale. The vitamin K helps with blood clotting, which can prevent you from getting dark circles under your eyes. It also has a ton of iron, and if you don’t have enough iron in your diet, you start to look pale.
- Cantaloupe. The vitamin A helps prevent your pores from getting clogged.
- Avocados. The omega-9 fatty acids help your skin retain moisture and look young.
- Walnuts. The omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E help keep your hair looking healthy. They’re also loaded with copper, and researchers think that having a copper deficiency is one of the things that causes grey hair.