Skincare for men

Grooming and skincare have always been associated with women. However, with the increase in the number of spas and salons in Dubai, male grooming has seen a rise as well. Moreover, with most men now becoming more conscious about their looks, they have begun to take care of their looks and skin. A few years back, it was more like there was a social stigma associated with men grooming, although that is not the case now.

It is highly important for both men and women to take care of their skin equally. Men need to take care of their skin not only to look good but to also feel good. Skincare is different for men and women, it is not advisable for men to use the same products that their wives or partners use. This is because everybody’s skin type differs, and men for that matter do not age as quickly as women.

On a daily basis, men too are exposed to a lot of pollutants and sun, with the harsh weather conditions in Dubai. Common skincare problems faced by men are;

  • Acne
  • Razor burns, sunburns
  • Breakouts
  • Acne and oily skin

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Things you need to know about Workout

A lot of times people work out with the idea of losing weight. While losing weight is the point, weight should be lost the healthy way. A lot of times people tend to combine various ideas and opinions, from what they know, what they hear and what they read online and follow a combination of practices that may not always be right. A few things to keep in mind while working out are;

  • Unless you are an individual who works out regularly, do not rush into things. Take gradual steps and engage in light work outs first.
  • Make sure you warm up before and after the work out session
  • Drink plenty of water during your work out session. If you are training specifically for a marathon or so, supplement those fluids with electrolyte water.
  • Understand that your focus should not solely be on the end result. Work hard and smart towards reaching the goal, irrespective of how long it may take.
  • Listen to your body and the signs it may depict. Rigorous work out may harm the body if your body is not used to it. If you feel lethargic or weak, ensure to stop
  • Work out as per the weather conditions also, do not exert yourself much particularly during summer months in the UAE by spending too much time outdoors
  • Wear the right kind of clothing and shoes
  • If you are a beginner it is best to get consulted from a specialist to understand your body type and weight and then focus on a customized work out regime that suits your body.
  • Consume a balanced and healthy diet at all times. If you are hungry before a work out, eat a small pre-work out snack to give you the energy. However do not eat immediately after exercising and do not wait for too long either.
  • Beware of common injuries caused as a result of working out rigorously and take the necessary steps in case of need.

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Antibiotic Resistance

Our immune system normally fights disease causing bacteria. But sometimes, it is unable to work fast enough against the attack by certain bacteria. In such circumstances, it needs help by destroying the sickness causing bacteria directly, and antibiotics are used in such cases. There are different antibiotics which work differently against the bacterial activities. The antibiotics need to be chosen carefully based on the specific situation.

A more severe consequence of indiscriminate use of antibiotics is the development of antibiotic resistance. It is the ability of a bacteria to withstand the effects of an antibiotic. Resistant bacteria are more difficult to treat, requiring alternative medications or higher doses of antibiotics. There are many causes to the antibiotic resistance. The major ones are:

  • Heavy reliance on common broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat all forms of illness.
  • Over-prescription of antibiotic drugs
  • Prescribed dosage of antibiotic is insufficient.
  • Patient does not consume the antibiotics as prescribed. (Stopping the intake when feeling better, and not completing the prescribed course).
  • Consumption of meat and poultry where the animals are fed antibiotics.
  • Self-prescribed intake of antibiotics without right evaluation.

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The effects of chewing gum on bad breath

People have been chewing gum for years now, mainly to get rid of bad breath. Chewing gum is not bad for health and may not cause detrimental health effects as it is generally considered safe for health, however, nothing is good in excess. Chewing gum is a sugary substance and we all know the harmful effects of sugar consumption in excess. Sugar-free gum is recommended to fight bad breath, although not as the only solution to bad breath.

Excessive use of chewing gum can affect your health in the following ways;

  • It can cause plaque buildup on the teeth because of the sugar content in the ingredients
  • It could cause a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) causing pain in the muscles that allow jaw movement.
  • Excess intake of artificial sweetening agents in chewing gums like sorbitol can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating or to an extent Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Instead use mouth fresheners that are recommended by the experts  like Non-alcoholic mouthwash,sugarless chewing gums are recommended to fight bad breath. Natural ingredients like cardamom, fennel, cinnamon etc. can also be consumed to curb the issue. These are, however, temporary solutions.

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The drawbacks of carrying heavy school bags

With children carrying heavier devices (such as laptops and iPads) and books to school, a large number of children suffer from growing deformities that cannot even be corrected, caused as a result of carrying a heavy weight on their backs or rather heavy school bags. Back pain and spinal abnormalities are extremely common in children as young as 10 years. Some of the common issues children face these days are excessive fatigue, muscle and back pain, poor body posture, lumbar pains, neck and shoulder pain, an abnormal curve of the spine etc.

In some cases, children often carry their bag on one shoulder leading to leaning on one side with all the weight. This particularly causes back pain and severe strain to the neck and shoulder. The straps of the backpacks also cause injury by interfering with the nerves and blood circulation.

These issues can cause long-term damage for children growing up. A child’s body is constantly growing and developing, their skeleton gets deformed because of the weight of the backpack and this can cause severe lasting damage. Backpacks cause long-term back problems with poor posture, spine deformity etc. that makes it difficult for the child to function. Identification of the problem is extremely important at an early stage. Heavy backpacks cause back, neck and shoulder pain and this pain becomes worse if kids have sedentary lifestyles.

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