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How Dads Can Get Healthy Looking Skin

A lot of dads don’t often think about skin care. They have too many other things going on in their day, such as taking care of children, trying to be the best husbands they can be, and juggling the demands of family and work life.

Some put off skin care because they think it’s not a “manly” thing to care about. Yet all men care about their appearance and how well they are able to attract the opposite sex — even if that means just being more attractive to their wives so that they enjoy a more exciting romantic life.

Men can’t follow the same skin care routine as women and expect results. We have special needs and must adapt the appropriate routine.

Here are a few things you can do to get healthy skin as a dad:

Remove Blemishes

Before you start on any sort of routine, take a look at your face. Things like skin tags, moles, age spots and other blemishes can make your skin look older than it is. You should see a dermatologist to determine the severity of the problem, and then you can use simple natural products such as this mole remover, lotions that remove skin tags and more. You can also look towards a variety of other treatments that can reduce the appearance of age spots and other discoloration.

Cleanse Daily

Cleansing your skin every day may seem like an overly simplistic recommendation for healthy skin, but it is such an important yet overlooked step that it must be mentioned.

A lot of men just grab the bar of soap and run it over their face as well as their body while they are showering, but soap is overly drying. It can easily cause your skin all manner of problems. Soap will either dry out your skin, or it will cause your oil glands to go into overdrive and make your skin oily and prone to acne.

Men typically have larger pores than women, so they are prone to more breakouts and other skin problems from dirty skin or overactive oil glands. Choose a cleanser that is both strong enough to get results but gentle enough not to irritate the skin or the oil glands. Cleanse your skin at least once a day.

Exfoliate Regularly

Without regular exfoliation, dead skin cells will accumulate on the skin and cause it to look duller and older. Your skin will look tired even if you aren’t.

Yet too much exfoliation can cause irritation that can cause breakouts and redness. Choose a mild exfoliant, such as a face scrub, and use it a few times a week. Don’t use it every day, or you’ll irritate the skin.

Use the Right Shaving Products

Shaving can irritate your skin like nothing else. If you don’t use the right shaving products your skin will end up dry and bumpy.

Always shave with a proper shaving cream, not just soap and water. The cream will protect your skin against irritation from the razor and it will also moisturize your skin.

Follow up with an aftershave that will both moisturize your skin and help to close the pores, preventing dirt and oil from clogging them.

Moisturize Daily

You may not care about having soft skin, but your lady sure cares if you do. If you want her snuggling against you, make your skin more inviting by moisturizing it.

Moisturizing also makes your skin look younger and reduces the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Use a daily moisturizer after you wash your face, and consider a deeper moisturizer for night time.

Pay special attention to the area around your eyes, which show the signs of aging first. Consider using a special night cream in addition to your daily moisturizer.

Choose a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it so that you also protect your skin from the damaging (and aging) rays of the sun. This also means you won’t have to apply sunscreen separately.

There’s nothing more manly than being irresistible to your lady. One way that you can do that is to create beautiful and healthy skin. You’ll also feel pretty great about yourself when you look in the mirror, and that will boost your confidence in other areas of your life. Use these simple tips to get healthy looking skin.

 

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Stay Safe While on the Job

Workplace safety is one of the most important issues that employees and employers alike must deal with. Keeping workers safe is essential for employers who want to avoid workers’ compensation lawsuits or negligence ones. It is likewise important for employees who don’t want to become injured in a manner that could render them permanently disabled. Fortunately, there are plenty of safety tools and resources on the market that have been designed to help employees stay safe while on the job.

Safety Goggles

Safety goggles are one of the most common types of safety equipment that are used in a variety of industries. It is not uncommon for people who work in warehouses around wood shavings, hazardous materials or any other type of harmful debris that can get in the eyes to be required to wear safety goggles. Almost every workplace has safety goggles on hand so that employees can utilize them whenever they need to.

Hardhats

Hardhats are, of course, commonly used on construction sites, warehouses and other places where employees are at the risk of something falling atop their heads. Safety hats are arguably the most important type of safety equipment since they protect the head and brain from impacts. Many dangerous workplaces require workers to wear their safety hats at all times while on the field whether they feel that they are around any hazards or not as a precautionary measure.

Gloves

Certain types of industries and tasks might require safety gloves as well. For instance, any industry in which employees are going to be working with hazardous chemicals that could inflict burn or skin damage to them might require them to wear safety gloves while working with the chemicals. Even department stores and other types of retail stores usually have safety gloves on hand that employees are supposed to wear when cleaning up spills and handling any other potentially dangerous chemicals.

Safety Signs

Employers typically are required by law to have so many safety signs posted up around the workplace informing employees of proper safety procedures. Many employers also thoroughly go over safety procedures during orientation sessions to the job, and many also host periodic safety meetings to ensure that employees stay up on the latest safety techniques and are well-versed in them. Keeping employees should be a primary concern for employers. Workplace safety is one of the key elements that many employers nowadays focus on since it can help reduce the amount of lawsuits.

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For Dads: One More Thing From Which to Protect Your Teen

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A father’s job is never done. You may feel as though you’ve covered the bases with your teen. You’ve talked to her about safety in numbers, being a defensive driver, and the importance of choosing friends wisely. Still, there are more bases to cover.

According to a study by the Family Online Safety Institute, 51 percent of teens say they are very concerned about their identity being stolen. Your teenager is the perfect victim for someone who needs a fresh start because she is likely to have clean credit and an unblemished criminal record. For a criminal, stealing your child’s identity allows him to open new credit cards, buy things online, even rent a home and connect utilities, all using the information stolen from your teenager.

The fact that there are so many ways to steal an identity is the primary reason it is so difficult to prevent, says the experts at Lifelock. Prior to the Internet, it was a common practice for a thief to assume the identity of someone who had died, a scheme called “ghosting.” Today, it’s as simple as gathering as much information as possible from public forums and stolen bits of information.

As a father, your job is to educate your teenager and help her come up with rules for protecting her precious identity.

Personally Monitor

In Charge, a group dedicated to helping military members and their families with financial decisions, says that you should monitor your teenager’s online activity. She probably won’t like it, but look for instances in which she has provided too much personal information. Instruct her that if she is making a party announcement on Facebook, she should not include her address for random strangers to see. Tell her to leave her birth year off of any social media and to never use her entire name. For example, she might refer to herself as Daniella D, rather than Daniella Marie Davis. The less information an identity thief has, the more difficult it will be for him to assume her identity.

Learn to Ask Why

No matter who asks for your child’s social security number, find out how they are going to use it. This might include a doctor’s office, school, or insurance agent. Make sure that you know her social security number is serving a specific purpose and that it will be protected.

Personal Information

Find out what your child carries on her person. The National Crime Prevention Council says that identity thieves routinely steal purses or billfolds in search of personal information. Make sure your child does not carry her social security card, checkbook, or any other document that includes information that can be used to assume an identity. Identity thieves need only your child’s name, address and social security number to convincingly pretend they are her.

Talk to Your Teen

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect your teen from identity thieves is to talk to her. Explain how easy it would be for someone to steal her identity, suggests Stanford Federal Credit Union. Tell her how the misuse of her personal information can haunt her for years. Any bad credit the theives rack up will show up on her records, forcing her to go through the process of cleaning the mess up. Tell her how important it is to keep identifying information to herself and that she should never give out information over the phone or fill out a form before speaking with you.

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Parents…Beware of Hitchhiking Bed Bugs

 

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The blood-sucking pests known as the bed bug have been invading house, home and shelters throughout history. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, their numbers have increased and are on the rise. Since they are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide which our bodies produce, animals and humans are their favorite source for feeding. They love to find new hosts in high-traffic areas by climbing aboard and taking a ride home with your kids.

Scientifically, bed bugs are known as Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae), which are small, wingless insects that feed by hematophagy (solely on the blood of warm-blooded animals). Bed bugs feed in the wee hours of the morning right before sunrise to stay undetected. They quietly and painlessly suck your blood while you sleep, by injecting you with saliva to increase blood flow and to ensure you don’t feel a thing once bitten.

Unwanted Pest Guests

Bed bugs could be hitchhiking a ride home on your children’s backpacks or clothing. Entomologist Jeff White of Bed Bug Central explains that cases of bed bugs in grade school and college dormitories rarely occur but have seen an increase mainly in schools located in metropolitan areas. You can have the cleanest house in the neighborhood and still be a victim of these parasites. But there are some simple steps parents can take to prevent a potential infestation at home when your children return from school:

  • Place your child’s backpack in a large smooth Tupperware container each time they come home from school. Bed bugs have a hard time crawling on smooth surfaces.
  • Purchase special encasement bedding that will provide protection against your kid’s mattress and box spring from bed bug infestations. It also will help you detect traces of bed bugs easier with the naked eye.
  • Green cleaning laundry bags will keep your kid’s school clothes separated from other linens while trapping and killing any potential bed bugs from spreading to other rooms in your home.
  • Inspect your child’s room for bed bugs by examining their bedding, box spring and bed frame thoroughly especially when school is in session.

Next Steps in the Bed Bug Battle

Bed bugs only feed for three to five minutes in the early hours before sunrise, and it takes up to several days before you see skin irritation marks from the constant biting that goes on while you’re asleep. If you notice any red spots or numerous marks that mimic mosquito bites, or if your child complains of constant itching, bed bugs may be the culprit. A dermatologist can diagnose and treat this irritation with a cream that will prevent children from scratching the bites, which can lead to infection. When bed bugs are in your home, it’s time to call a professional. Check out bed bugs at Orkin.com to get an overview of facts, identification techniques and ways to control this unwanted pest before, during and after your home is invaded.

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Teen Independence: 5 Vital Skills She’ll Need in the Real World

 

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How much easier life in general would be if the you right now could go back and advise the “teen-aged” you. Although there is no going back for adults, you can do your part to make life’s road a little smoother for your teen by encouraging her to be independent. In your eyes, she might still be your baby girl, but in a few short years she’ll no longer be a minor. Helping her develop essential skills to live and get along with the other humans in the world will save you both some heartache and teach your teen to have some Teen Independence.

In Case of Emergency

You’ve always been there to take charge and pick up the pieces during crises, but your teen needs to learn how to cope with emergencies on her own. The Washington Post advises parents to provide teenagers with a list of things they’ll have to provide the other driver if they’re in an automobile accident, such as name, address, driver’s and license plate numbers and contact and insurance information. The Post also recommends walking your teen through the insurance portion of her next doctor’s visit, so she understands billing procedures and co-payments as well as what insurance information the doctor’s billing department requires.

Keep it Clean

Keeping her room clean is a good start on housekeeping skills, but when your teenager is out on her own and looking for apartments for rent, she’ll need to know more than how to change the sheets on her bed. Moms Everyday (2) says to stop cleaning up after your teen and show her how to do her own laundry as well as keep things tidy and organized. A teenager is capable of housekeeping on her own and should be doing those things for herself in preparation for life on her own.

Use Your Words

Communication skills are vital but, as All Parenting points out, texting has taken the place of interpersonal communicating. Your teen will be the one who has to contact her landlord, doctor and other business professionals when she no longer lives at home. You should help her develop the skills necessary to schedule appointments, gather information and resolve issues before that responsibility is all on her plate. Guide your teenager through calling her dentist to ask for information and to schedule her next appointment. Steer her through etiquette and courteously inquiring about information.

Fiscal Responsibility

Involve your teen in the day-to-day aspects of your household budget. Make her aware of all the expenses she’ll have to fit her paycheck around. Have her sit with you when you pay the utility bills, the mortgage and insurance. Let her make up a grocery list and then accompany you to do the shopping. Encourage her to open a checking account and help her balance it the first month or two before letting her go it on her own. Help her master fiscal responsibility before she actually has to be fiscally responsible.

Self Management

If your teen relies on you to be the snooze alarm, she needs some work in the time management department. When she’s on her own, she’ll have to get to work on time, pay her rent on time and will have deadlines for college course work or projects for her job. Make sure she learns how to be responsible for managing and organizing her time.

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