HEALTH MAGAZINES
2018

 


Ways to Support Someone With Depression

By Barbara Odozi 

Depression, an incapacitating and an isolating disorder, can jeopardize relationships, if not handled well. A person living with a depressed individual might feel neglected and deprived and in turn, adopt an indifferent approach. Sometimes, he or she may feel like walking on the eggshells because of the attitude and reaction of the depressed person. However, it is important to understand that with a little care and some effort, the relationship can be salvaged. Here are some steps that can be taken to extend support to a depressed person:

•   Trying to be there with them: Depression can get agonizing for the depressed individuals and their loved ones. Nonetheless, one can still provide support by holding hands, providing reassurance that everything will be alright through the eyes or by giving a gentle back rub. One can also say comforting words like, "You are not alone in this," "We will find out a way together" or "You are so important to me."

•  Trying small loving gestures: Some people are not very comfortable with emotional expressions. They can still extend their support by trying gestures like packing a lunch for the one who is depressed, leaving a care or a love note in the lunch box, sending them a text after regular intervals, helping them with the laundry, doing grocery shopping for or with them, accompanying them for a walk, etc.

•    Avoid judging or criticizing: It can be very tempting to tell a depressed person that he or she is overreacting or lacking a perspective; however, these words can puncture a person's self-esteem. Thus, these must be avoided Depression is a serious mental disorder that can't be won over with a change in outlook or by developing strong willpower. It is important that a friend or a loved one validates the feelings and emotions of the depressed person so that the latter can think of moving forward.

•   Paying attention to their self-care: Oftentimes, depressed people find it hard to pay attention to their self-care. They might not get out of bed the whole day, might skip meals, might not take shower for days, etc. This is the time when a friend or a loved one can pitch in and help them make their bed, eat some hot and nutritious meal, take a shower, and exercise and meditate.

•   Rewarding them instead of punishing: Threatening a depressed person by saying things like, "If you don't take care of yourself, eat dinner, sleep on time, I'll end this relationship," is a merciless way of telling them that they are awful. Instead, one should use statements that are rewarding and encouraging at the same time like "Oh! You are up early, shall we go for a run?" or "Wow you cooked dinner, should I help with the dishes?"

•   Encouraging them to challenge their negative thought processes: Depressed people have serious negative thinking patterns. It is important for a friend or a loved one to help them question these thoughts empirically. For example, if they say, "I'm worthless," or "I'm horrible," one must ask them gently what makes them think like that and this discussion should be helpful in breaking the negative patterns.

Depression is curable

Depression is treatable and one must never challenge the power of treatment. Even though the self-help and support systems can help in the symptom alleviation, none can be as helpful as therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. Therefore, one must help the depressed to seek treatment.

If you or your loved one is suffering from depression or its symptoms, seek help from the Depression Treatment Helpline. Call at our 24/7 helpline (866) 619-7729 to get credible information about one of the best depression rehab centers in your vicinity.


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Rejuvenate Tired, Dull, Ageing Skin With A Chemical Peel Treatment

By Mags Whyler

There are many ways to improve the skin's condition, and one of the best treatments to do this, is a chemical peel. These peels come in many forms and can work wonders. They are ideal for those looking for a treatment that can lessen lines and wrinkles, as well as restoring the radiance on your face. There are no needles, injections or surgical procedures involved, making it an easy and painless way to get youthful looking skin.

Chemical peels are most commonly applied to the face; however, the neck and hands can also be treated. They can also help to:

•             Reduce the fine lines around the eyes and mouth

•             Improve mild scars

•             Treat certain types of acne

•             Treat wrinkles caused by sun-damage and ageing

•             Improve the look and texture of the skin

•             Reduce age spots, freckles and pigmentation on the skin

Cosmetic clinics offer medical peels which are easy and stress-free treatments. Firstly there's a thorough cleansing of the treatment area, before applying the chemical solution. The peel solution creates a controlled wound, and this will let new and healthy skin form in its place.

Chemical peels are pain-free, and there's minimal skin shredding, flaking, irritation and redness. A face peel can promote growth of new skin, collagen and elastin, which thickens the skin and improves resistance to the effects of ageing, and they will make your face look fresh and youthful and improve the texture and tone.

Chemical peels can benefit:

Fine lines

They work by dissolving dead cells. The solution causes the surface of the skin to peel away, and after it heals it will show healthier, tighter layers of skin.

Acne

Penetrating the surface layer of the skin will aid in the shedding of dead cells. Chemical peels are effective in treating acne, also helping to lessen acne scarring.

Uneven Skin Tone/ Pigmentation

Many people are prone to hyperpigmentation. Too much melanin in the skin is responsible for patches on the skin, which can easily be treated with chemical peels.

Problem skin

Chemical peels can restore the texture of dry, sensitive or oily skin. Getting rid of the unwanted dead cells will give fresher skin, and tighter brighter and smaller pores. It's a good treatment to bring new and fresh cells to the surface.

After chemical peel treatment do not:

•             Pick at the skin - picking off dry, flaky skin before it's ready to come off, can result in scarring and redness.

•             Exfoliate - Facial scrubs will only cause more irritation to the treated skin and this could result in scarring.

•             Over moisturize - The whole purpose of this treatment is to peel the skin, so to hydrate the peeling skin when it's shedding will hinder the treatment and not give you the best results.

If you need help choosing a cosmetic procedure, we provide an extensive range of cosmetic procedures for the face and body: Botox, Vaser Lipo, Lip Augmentation, Dermal Fillers and many more treatments, to help create a younger, slimmer, more youthful looking you!

The Selston Cosmetic Clinic is located in Selston, Nottingham, where we offer a bespoke service with a personalized touch and deliver high client satisfaction. We have been involved in the cosmetic industry for over 10 years

To find out more about Chemical Peel treatment at the Selston Cosmetic Clinic - http://www.selstoncosmeticclinic.com/chemical-peels.php


EVENTS 2019


The Modern Man's Guide To Grooming

By Andy G 

How important is mere appearance to a man? Well, a man can't lie to himself - very important. A dermatologist takes a close look at the products and processes designed to make a man nice to be near to; and spell out the A-B-Cs of good grooming.

Is your bathroom mirror a location you approach with trepidation each morning for fear of the tale it will tell? Namely, that your appearance could do with a bit of sprucing up?

Well, stop worrying that pimple, and quit reflecting on that bald pate. If you really want to turn over a new look (and women don't have the monopoly on good looks!) there's nothing to stop you.

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty:

HAIR

In dusty cities and other polluted areas, it is a good habit to wash your hair every day. "Daily washing does not ruin the hair," says Dermatologist. "In fact it is hygienic and makes the head less prone to infection."

Many men shy away from shampoos believing them to be exclusively a woman's beauty aid. But, basically, shampoo is for hair and hair has no gender. Shampoos produce lather better than soap and, because the surface tension is less, it makes it easier to clean the hair.

Conditioners break the disulphide bonds of the hair, thus making the hair more manageable and easier to groom. Today, shampoos are available with built-in conditioners, making them a convenient cosmetic aid.

No woman likes a man with a dandruff problem. Dandruff is one of the great put-offs. But, contrary to popular thinking, "dandruff is not a disease," informs Dermatologist. "It is an accentuated physiological problem. That is, the skin is shed regularly under normal circumstances and when the shedding is excessive it is called dandruff." Most so-called anti-dandruff shampoos available in the market only wash away the dead cells from the scalp. The exception is selenium sulphide, an ingredient that reduces the turnover or formation of cells, thus retarding, though not curing the problem. The best advice you could follow is to keep the scalp clean by daily washing.

A balding head - every man's Achilles heel! Quite a few 'losers' have turned to minoxidil as a hair restorer. While regular application of minoxidil does sprout fine hair on bald areas of the sclp, as soon as application is ceased, the hair begins to fall off again. Even more important, minoxidil affects the heart, and cardiac problems. Therefore it should be used only under a doctor's supervision.

Go for a haircut to your neighborhood saloon and in most cases you will be given a head massage as a perk (sometimes you pay extra). Indeed, the massaging action does perk up blood circulation, but it is mistakenly assumed (and assured by hair-dressers) to also improve hair growth. "That is a myth," says Dermatologist, "for the growth and life of your hair are determined by your individual genetic pattern." So, enjoy the relaxing effects of the massage by all means, but don't expect miracles to sprout above your hairline.

FACE

Now for blood and tears, otherwise known as shaving. Your grandfather probably used soap, but today it is more fashionable to use shaving creams. There are the conventional ones which have to be lathered on with a brush, and there is also the spray variety which spreads foam at the press of a button. Essentially, however, "soap and water would do as well," argues Dermatologist. Like shaving creams, they simply fulfil the basic requirement of softening the hair for a better shave. The only advantage that a shaving cream has over soap is that it produces a thicker lather which does not drip or dry as quickly a s soap does.

Use a sharp-edged blade while shaving. A dull-edged blade can cause irritation because of the repeated friction on the skin. Stroke with the grain and wash the razor clean after a shave - a dirty razor can cause skin infections. "Fungus on the shaving areas of a man's face can almost always be traced back to an unclean razor," says Dermatologist.

After-shaves are big business. They are advertised as a lifestyle. But he main ingredient in all of them is a high concentration of ethyl alcohol. The only differences between one and another lie in the percentage of ethyl alcohol and in the additives used (cologne, lime, musk, etc.) After-shaves are advisable because the ethyl alcohol performs two functions. It is anti-bacterial, meaning it destroys germs and bacteria on the skin's surface. Secondly it is an astringent, which means that if you nick yourself (rather a common occurrence during shaving), the after-shave will cause coagulation of serum in the cut areas. This seals off the wound, making it impervious to external infection. Finally, an aftershave and when you smell good, you feel good, too.

Coming to skin care, more and more men are going in for facials and related treatments these days. They steam, massage and even bleach their faces at beauty salons. Steaming improves blood circulation because of the warmth, but more important it helps to soften plugs (white and black heads), making them easier to remove. Please note, bleaching cannot change skin colouring because pigmentation goes much deeper. Bleaches only lighten the melanin in the dead layer of the skin which sloughs off within 7-14 days when a new layer forms.

A facial massage, done by expert hands, helps to stimulate and tone those muscles that are not exercised in daily living. But while the massaging action may be beneficial, the oils and creams used as lubricants can form residues on the skin surface and block pores. "I've had many cases when the oils used become comedogenic (causing blackheads) and acneigenic (causing acne) after facials." That is why, if the skin reacts adversely to a massage, it is best avoided.

UNDERARMS, HANDS & FEET

The human body has two sets of sweat glands. The apocrine glands - which lie in the armpits and the genital areas - are the ones that give off odour. The secretion they exude reacts the surface of the skin, releasing what we know as body odour. It is therefore advisable to keep the area clean and dry a much as possible. Since hair provides a retention site for the sweat, the problem can be greatly lessened by shaving off underarm hair.

The other set of sweat glands are the eccrine glands, which lie all over the skin's surface. Their main function is to control the body's temperature. When the temperature rises, sweat serves to cool the body surface. The eccrine glands do not produce odour, but if skin areas are allowed to remain moist, fungus can set in.

Are there men who do not suffer from sweaty feet! One good hygiene habit is to wash and dry feet as footwear is taken off. In a hot and humid countries, cotton socks are a better choice than nylon ones. Cotton absorbs the sweat, leaving the feet dry.

Again, because of the sweat, shoes remain moist. Most men use just one pair of shoes for daily wear. Often, the gap between the time a man takes off his shoes and puts them on again is not enough to allow the leather of the shoes to dry. This dampness can lead to fungal infections on the feet. You may never have thought of this before, but it might be a good idea to have at least two pairs of shoes to be used on alternate days.

Keds and sneakers are popular footwear today, but the PVC/rubber soles, as well as the other material used in these shoes generally retain heat. Hence the feet tend to remain moist. If you sweat too much, place cotton wads between your toes. The cotton will absorb the sweat and, by keeping the toes apart from each other, will reduce friction between them.

Broken or dirty finger and toe-mails are an ugly sight. Give yourself a regular manicure to keep your nails trim and clean.

Finally, watch your style! Your lifestyle, that is. Unsightly bags or puffy eyes can be the result of too much partying or too little sleep. Alcohol, cigarettes and drugs can also be to blame.

Pamper yourself - but in the right way. And it will show in the way you look. You'll enjoy coming face-to-face with yourself in that bathroom mirror! And others will enjoy an encounter with you.

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