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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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 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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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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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Skin

We all know we have to do it – spring cleaning. It’s that time of the year when we get rid of the clutter around the house, wash the windows, arrange our closets, and perform a hundred other tasks that are involved in this yearly ritual. However, some of us are neglecting to add another task to that list of chores. Some of us are forgetting that as we emerge from the cocoon of winter, it is also necessary to adjust our skincare routine for the season and to do a little dermal spring cleaning. Here are some tips for

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8 Fundamental Beauty Products for your Travel Bag

You’ve spent a lot of time, effort and thought acquiring just the right beauty products and now you are planning to travel away from home. However, before you go you need to pack some essential items – your beauty products. After all, who has the time to scour each destination they travel to in order to retrieve some item they’ve forgotten to pack? Well, we’re guessing that you don’t. So that you can make the most of your jet-setting ways and maintain your beauty regimen, we’ve composed a checklist of supplies you should pack in your travel bag.   Foundation:

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What to do about Aging Hair

Is the number of grey hairs in your comb or in your head increasing at an alarming rate? Are you someone who was formerly proud of your crowning glory but is lately feeling a little less prideful? Well, join the club. One of the most notable signs of aging is the changes it causes to your hair. That because as we age our hair slows down its natural production of oils that keep it shiny, healthy and lustrous. The fact is that the signs of aging hair go beyond simply graying. Here are some other signs of aging hair and

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Valentine Recipe: Champagne Cherry Heart Scones

Are you looking for a healthy option but also sweet treat to make for your valentine this year?  Make a scrumptious batch of our Champagne Cherry Scones and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to add some “love”.  Make these this Valentine’s Day and bring a smile to your sweetie pie. Champagne Cherry Scones Makes 10-12 2 cups Bisquick® baking mix 2 tablespoons sugar ½ cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt) ½ cup champagne (or prosecco, regular 7-up, ginger ale or club soda) ½ cup dried or chopped candied cherries Egg wash (optional) Chocolate chips for chocolate drizzle (optional) Preheat

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Healthier Options for Game Day Appetizers

Traditional football and game day food recipes transformed into Healthier Game Day Recipes. Lately we have been thinking about ways to improve our daily habits for healthier  lifestyles.  With the SuperBowl and ProBowl coming up, we wanted to be able to partake in game day the traditional way by eating but not having the guilt after. We have reviewed our current game day menus and realized that they would not do.  We have searched and located recipes that are fresh options for traditional game day appetizers.  Try these Healthier Game Day Recipes and let us know your favorite or share your

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