5 Tips to Avoid the Flu While Travelling

Being sick is never any thing to laugh at.  It is inconvenient when you are down and out with the flu, but it can be even worse when you are travelling and under the weather.  Missing the comforts of home and the items you have at home can make having the flu feel even worse. Here are five tips to avoiding the flu while traveling. Pay attention to others and if they are spreading the flu. Avoid coughing and sneezing and people who look like they are not feeling well or claim that they are sick. While on the airplane,

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Tips for Protecting Yourself From the Flu

The flu is a problem this year and can lead to many missed days of work and school and also just plain annoying.  The flu can creep up on you and tends to happen in clusters in schools, offices and regions.  It is important to know how to protect yourself from the flu and also know the symptoms.  Here are 5 tips to help avoid the flu this season. Pay attention to others around you. Avoid people or getting too close to people who are sneezing or complaining of not feeling well.  Sneezes can release droplets of infected flu particles

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Fall Recipe: Apple Crisp with Bourbon Soaked Raisins

Apple Crisp with Bourbon Soaked Raisins Overnight raisins: ½ c. raisins or currants 3 T. Bourbon Filling: Bourbon raisins from above 5 c. peeled, cored & sliced apples Juice of half a lemon ½ c. brown sugar 1 t. cinnamon 2 T. flour Dash of cloves Topping: ¾ c. old fashioned rolled oats ¾ c. flour ½ c. brown sugar 1 t. cinnamon ½ c. butter, room temperature ½ c. chopped walnuts Directions: Overnight Raisins:  Soak raisins in bourbon for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Filling:  Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, combine filling ingredients and mix

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5 Facts You Should Know about Exfoliation

By now most of you have heard about the importance of exfoliation for maintaining healthy skin. (The rest of you should really get with it.) You know how it helps to rid the skin of dead skin cells, dirt, oil and other contaminants that are detrimental to healthy skin. And you also know that an exfoliating body scrub is particularly effective after the use of products such as Apothederm’s moisturizing cleanser.  (In addition to ridding the skin of impurities, our moisturizing cleanser also contains age-fighting antioxidants and vitamins.) However, we at Apothederm thought that you might also like to know

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How Lack of Sleep is Aging Your Face

We’ve all heard the adage; “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” attributed to Founding Father and statesman Benjamin Franklin. Well, although very few people associate Mr. Franklin with beauty advice; this pithy statement could not be truer when it comes to proper skin care. And although our anti-aging eye cream and Argan oil treatment are excellent at helping you to maintain youthful, supple-looking skin, adequate sleep is a crucial component to an effectve beauty regime.  Here are just a few ways that sleep deprivation adversely affects your skin health.   Elevates cortisol levels:

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How to Treat Turkey Neck

Loose, baggy skin that hangs from the neck like empty pouches – This is what is commonly known as having a “turkey neck.” Whatever one chooses to call it, this unsightly condition is – along with dark circles around the eyes – one of the telltale signs of aging. But what causes turkey neck and what are some of the ways it can be prevented short of plastic surgery?   What causes “turkey neck?”   Age and hereditary factors are among the most common causes of loose skin around the neck. Another factor that contributes to “turkey neck” is simple

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Strange Beauty Practices from Around the World

“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” Anatole France In a world where the perception of what is truly beautiful varies, it comes as no surprise that the methods of achieving beauty also vary greatly. In the West, we have become accustomed to thinking that practices such as sucking fat from the body (liposuction), injecting poison into the skin (Botox®) and subjecting the skin to lasers (Dermabrasion) are normal. We never consider how bizarre these practices must seem to other cultures with different standards of beauty. So, which beauty practices in other cultures seem equally

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5 Signs of Skin Dehydration

Because we are composed mostly of water, it is not surprising that we need quite a bit of it to remain healthy. But a distinction should be drawn between people who normally have dry skin and those who don’t but are suffering from dehydration. At Apothederm we believe that one of the first steps to healthy glowing skin is proper hydration. We sell hydrating face moisturizer and hydrating cream for the face that nourishes the skin and keeps its appearance healthy and glowing. For that reason we wish to help consumers guard against unhealthy, skin dehydration. Here are some signs

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Tips for Setting Goals and Changing Habits

Tips for Setting Goals and Changing Habits The sun is peeking out behind the clouds here in the northwest, so we are starting to come out from under our umbrellas.  When the sun shines, we tend to start thinking “summer” even if it is 60 degrees outside.  With summer, comes more fitting clothes and peeling away the rain jackets and jeans from the last several months. At the office, we have taken a turn towards changing bad habit to be more healthy.  Each of us in our own way has taken on a challenge towards a healthier self.  Whether it is

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Beauty Secrets of a Screen Legend

For many people, screen legend Marilyn Monroe epitomizes feminine beauty. Although she was naturally beautiful and vivacious, her natural beauty was accentuated by some cosmetic practices that the icon swore by. But what are these practices and can the average woman adapt them to her own beauty regimen? Here are some makeup tips from the screen goddess herself. Never skip sunscreen: The practice of applying sunscreen – which seems obvious to us now – was something that Monroe was passionate about. In fact, Monroe once said, “Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think suntanned skin is any more

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How Your Skin Ages: A Timeline

The image of a very old person holding an infant demonstrates perfectly how the passage of time impacts us all. This image shows how, as someone once said, “The arrow of time points in one direction.” One way that trajectory is shown is in how the skin of a very old person differs from that of an infant. Our skin undergoes many changes as we transition from the nearly flawless skin of an infant to that of an elderly person. Here are some of the ways those changes manifest themselves along the way. Infancy – The softest, most supple skin

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Common Medications that Can Cause Acne

We’ve written at great length on this blog about the many things that cause and can exacerbate acne outbreaks. We’ve also talked about how diet can contribute to this persistent condition as well the many options there are for lessening acne’s effects. However, among some of the most insidious causes of acne outbreaks are the medications that help us combat a number of illnesses. So that you can remain informed, here is a list of the various drugs that can cause acne. Corticosteroids (like Prednisone): Used to treat asthma and other chronic lung diseases, cortisol is also produced by the

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