Health and Beauty 108

30 May


A few weeks ago, my guest at the salon was squirming with embarrassment about the snowflakes residing in her hair and scalp.  She began to tell me that she was having a bout with the dreaded dandruff and was having a difficult time getting rid of it.  As I began to poke and prod through her head, I assured her that she had nothing to worry about and that she did NOT have dandruff, rather it was just dry scalp.  There is a slight difference between the two.


Just like your skin when it gets dry and flakes, so does your scalp.  It is natural shedding of the skin in the scalp and is white in color.  It is usually not in abundance and is normal when your scalp gets dry; your skin is only shedding.  Some causes can be extreme temperatures, not rinsing well after shampooing, and not massaging your scalp while shampooing.  And, yes, it can be itchy!  Just as the skin on your face needing lotion to moisturize it when it becomes dry, your scalp requires it as well.  Dry scalp treatment should include using a moisturizing conditioner after shampooing while thoroughly massaging the conditioner in the scalp.  Since nobody really wants to put their million dollar a bottle or jar of face cream onto their scalp, the conditioner will act as your lotion.  You can also massage olive oil in your scalp.


Pityriasis, also known as dandruff, is a lot more scaly and somewhat clumps together.  It is usually greasy or waxy and appears more yellow in color.  The origin of dandruff is not 100% pinpointed; however it is usually due to some sort of infection, fungus, poor circulation, injury or lack of nerve stimulation.  Dandruff too is itchy.   I do feel that medical attention is needed to treat dandruff to eradicate it.  Using the treatment for dry scalp will tremendously help, but will not completely eliminate it.


Just before my 40th birthday, I noticed two white spots on my right hand while I was at the pool hanging out during the summer.  I instantly became paranoid and needed to diagnose myself immediately.  I was really hoping that it was the simple fungus caused by water or sweat on my hand since my hands are in vinyl gloves and water pretty much everyday due to the nature of my occupation, but as I proceeded to research, I was fearing the worst…….I had vitiligo….otherwise known as Michael Jackson’s Disease.  My biggest question was, “HOW ON EARTH DID I GET VITILIGO?”  It is claimed to be hereditary (NOBODY in my immediate or extended family has it that I know of), it is considered auto immune (my mother had the auto immune thyroid disease), and most typically get it early on in life (I got it at 39 years old).  I needed answers!


As I continued to research, I learned that vitiligo is an auto immune disorder where the melanocytes (pigment producing cells) attack one another, therefore not producing pigment in the skin.  Now, when I am not tanned, you really can’t see my spots; only when I am tanned.  My gut still tells me that this was NOT passed down from my mother, but, occupational.  See, phenol chemicals (found in hair dyes) can cause this embarrassing disorder.  Although I do wear gloves, phenol chemicals are very volitile and don’t dissipate quickly, so they just linger in the air.  I also found that proton pump inhibitors such as Nexium and Prevacid can also cause Vitiligo.  These drugs deplete your body of vitamin B12 which causes pernicious anemia, or your body’s inability to absorb the B12.  Proton pump inhibiting drugs are used to treat GERD, or acid reflux which I have, so those who take these drugs, supplement with B12.  They are still researching Vitiligo because there is no cure.  The skin disorder can go dormant, and it is NOT contagious.  The discoloration IS annoying as well as embarrassing where I always want to hide my hands (my left hand is not as bad).  I am learning to embrace my polka dots and find that my spots create images, such as the flower under my index finger and the small heart in the middle of my hand (3rd dot under my middle finger).  The reason I am blogging about this disorder, is to raise awareness of this noncontagious skin disease.  Mainly for those who acquire it because of drugs used to treat acid reflux or the excessive use of phenol chemicals.


A few weeks ago, I was called out to substitute teach for a high school P.E. class.  My first thought was it’s Friday, and I can actually wear my running shoes and yoga pants to work; I’LL TAKE THE JOB TODAY!  When I arrived the lesson plan indicated that the class would be finishing up their unit on weight training.  I was trying really hard to figure out a way to include my own workout with the class so that I would not have to go to the gym after school, but it was just NOT happening!  As I walked around the weight training room watching mostly these young adolescent boys and some girls, (I really think they were in the class to scope out the boys) I noticed that the kids were NOT breathing during the exercise and turning somewhat blue for a split second on every lift.  I instantly realized that they have NO clue how to breath during anaerobic exercise.

Anytime you begin to “LIFT” a weight at starting position, one should inhale.  As the lift takes place, that is when one should be exhaling.  In other words, as you start take a deep breath in and as you exert, blow out the air.  So, for example, when doing a leg press, before you start, inhale and as you press the weight with your legs, slowly exhale.  On the way back to the start, inhale again.  This will allow for your blood and cells to receive oxygen while exercising.


Summer is Finally Here!

Say YES to sleeping in!

Do drink more water to stay hydrated.

Say YES to natural Vitamin D absorbtion by hanging out in the sun with friends.

Do finish your unattended projects.

Say YES to a scoop of ice cream for dessert.

Women: Do show off your sexy legs with a great mini skirt.

Men:  Do use hair products to show off your great hair.

Say YES to fun family and friend gatherings….LIFE IS TOO SHORT!

Enjoy the summer!


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