Vitamins are an important contribution to healthy skin. Many skin problems can be treated or prevented by taking the proper vitamins.
Most people realize that what you put into your body affects your entire health. Doctors have also known that certain vitamins have rejuvenating or healing powers when it comes to the skin. As a matter of fact, before there were specific medications for most skin conditions, experts commonly depended on vitamins, along with other natural products, to treat these ailments.
WHAT KINDS OF SKIN CONDITIONS RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?
First of all, if you consume the proper vitamins in the appropriate quantities, your skin will start out healthier and more vibrant to begin with. But if you find yourself deficient, vitamins A, C, D, and E are especially important and are often prescribed for dull, lifeless skin. If you're curious about specific conditions that vitamins can treat, dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and skin eruptions are just a few of the problems that can be helped with vitamins.
I HAVE HEARD THAT VITAMIN A CAN TREAT ACNE. IS THAT REALLY TRUE?
YES. Before we had the vast array of acne preparations available, vitamin A was often prescribed as a very effective treatment for acne. Even today, some people find that over-the-counter and prescription concoctions too harsh and drying for the face. These same people can safely consume a daily dose of vitamin A and their acne will greatly diminish. If oral vitamin A isn't giving you the results you desire, synthetic vitamin A-like compounds called retinoids can be applied directly to the skin. These compounds not only help clear up acne, but they also even out pigment changes and heal the skin damage that results from too much sun exposure.
I HAVE ECZEMA? DOES THAT RESPOND WELL TO VITAMINS?
Often times, yes. Inositol is a substance that is particularly useful in the treatment of eczema. If you have a stubborn case, give inositol a try. You've got nothing to lose but your itchy, scaly skin.
WHAT ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER VITAMINS? WHAT BENEFITS DO THEY HAVE FOR THE SKIN AND WHAT CONDITIONS CAN THEY TREAT?
Below is an overview of the most important vitamins in the treatment of common skin conditions. VITAMIN B-2 OR RIBOFLAVIN
This vitamin is necessary for proper skin balance. Too little of it causes the face to be oily.
This vitamin aids in healing cracks and sores of the mouth and lips. Even doctors quite frequently prescribe vitamin B-2 for their patients who appear in their office with this painful condition. VITAMIN B-6
This vitamin helps to treat dermatitis as well as a vast array of other skin eruptions and rashes. NIACIN
This popular B vitamin is important in the maintenance of healthy skin.
Keeps skin healthy and strong by assisting in cell building. BIOTIN
This is sometimes prescribed when skin is dull and the pallor is gray. VITAMIN C
This is an extremely important vitamin that aids in wound healing. If you have a cut or a sore, try adding extra vitamin C to your diet.
Sufficient vitamin C helps prevent broken capillaries and excessive bruising. VITAMIN E
Prevents and treats dry skin.
Slows down cellular aging.
May prevent skin damage caused by excessive sun exposure.
Though not scientifically proven, some women claim it helps diminish stretch marks.
Treats nipples that are sore and cracked from nursing a baby. Simply break open a vitamin E capsule and apply a small amount topically to the painful area.
CAN I SAFELY TAKE LARGE DOSES OF VITAMINS?
Yes and no. Most vitamins are water-soluble and are quickly eliminated from the body. It is safe to consume varying quantities of these vitamins. Other vitamins are fat-soluble. That means that they are stored in the body and can build up over time. Mega-doses of these vitamins should be avoided. The fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, and E.
IF I CAN'T TAKE LARGE DOSES OF THE FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMINS, HOW CAN THEY BENEFIT ME?
By taking the proper amounts of these vitamins, you can maintain healthy skin and prevent problems from occurring in the first place. If you do have one or more of the above-mentioned skin conditions, you may be deficient in one of the fat-soluble vitamins. Look to your diet and see if that could be the case.
SHOULD I TAKE SUPPLEMENTS OR CAN I GET ALL I NEED FROM THE FOOD I EAT?
It would be ideal if you could get all of the nutrients that you needed through the foods that you consume. However, this is often not possible. High quality supplements, coupled with a healthy diet, will ensure that you get all of the nutrients that you need.
DO I NEED TO CONSUME THE SUPPLEMENTS ORALLY FOR THEM TO HAVE BENEFITS FOR MY SKIN?
No. Some supplements are applied topically. For an example, vitamin E is often applied to wounds and scars to hasten healing. Vitamin D can be absorbed through the skin when you are exposed to the sun, and as was stated before, vitamin A is available in a variety of topical preparations.
Many skin conditions can be prevented or successfully treated by using vitamins either orally or topically. But most important is consuming a healthy diet on a daily basis. Without the proper amounts of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins can't do their job. If you have a skin problem that isn't responding to conventional treatment, give vitamins a try. They are safe, cheap and highly effective.
Learn how to build an inexpensive sandbox with minimal construction skills.
Building your child's sandbox can be a fulfilling activity. By building it yourself, you get to choose the exact width and length that you would like, and can tailor it to your yard's dimensions more easily. Also, you will mostly likely end up with a much roomier sandbox than if you had bought one from the store.
The first thing you will need to do is decide where you would like the sandbox to be located. You will want to locate it in a spot that gets some shade in the summertime, yet isn't below a tree that will dump bucket loads of leaves into the sandbox, leaving you with mulch as opposed to sand. If you live in a cold climate, you may want to put it in the sun without any consideration of shade. Keep in mind that sandboxes are not especially portable, and wherever you put it, the grass underneath will die. Regardless, you will want to make sure that the ground is level.
Decide which shape sandbox you would like, and how large you would like it to be. If you would like a spacious rectangular sandbox, 2 four-foot boards and 2 six or eight-foot boards work nicely. For a square box, try 4 six or four-foot boards. Keep in mind that if you are watching expenses, the larger the sandbox, the more sand you will need to purchase. It seems obvious, but those bags of sand can really add up and make a dent in your wallet.
You will need:
- Four 1" x 10" boards in the length that you would like. - 8 corner braces - 16 3/4" screws - Plastic tarp in a size sufficient to cover the sandbox - Small roll of plastic sheeting - Sandpaper - Sand
Usually, all of these items can be found at your local home improvement store. It is an added bonus if they sell sand, as it will probably be less expensive to buy it there rather than at your local toy store. Also, you will only have to make one trip! Just make sure that you get enough sand the first time. Think carefully about the kind of sand that you will buy, as "play sand" contains crystalline silica and carries a hazard warning in the state of California. Building sand may not be as pretty, can stain clothes, and may need to have larger particles sifted out, but it may be the safer choice. If you are buying by the truckload, it will also be the cheaper choice. Count on about a yard of sand to fill up the sandbox. This will vary, depending on how deep you want the sand to be and how large you decide to make the sandbox.
First of all, sand the boards. If you'd like, you can stain and varnish them as well, although this is not necessary. Unfinished boards weather nicely, and can give your yard a nice natural look. Make sure that you sand all of the rough edges off, so that little fingers don't get splinters.
Next, put together the boards using two of the braces for each corner. Put one brace near the top of the boards and the other one close to the bottom. After completing all four corners, you will end up with a square or rectangular open box. With a staple gun, staple the plastic sheeting to the bottom of the box, and then trim the excess with a pair of scissors.
Now you are ready to flip the sandbox and move it to the part of the yard you have decided on. Get another person to help you, because the sandbox is not reinforced, and can break at this point. You won't have to worry about the lack of reinforcement once it is filled with sand, but be careful when moving it. Make sure that there are no rocks or other protuberances on the ground where you are going to set it. The plastic, if not punctured, will keep any grass and weeds from growing in the sand.
Now fill the sandbox with sand. Find four heavy but manageable rocks and keep the tarp nearby. The rocks can be used to anchor the tarp when the sandbox is not in use. The tarp is essential if you do not want the sandbox to become a litter box for neighborhood cats. It will keep leaves out of the box as well.
If you like, you can do more with your sandbox. Simply by taking another board that is the same size and screwing it to the edge of the sandbox, facing in, you can make a bench.
Your kids should enjoy the sandbox for years to come. You may want to replace the sand periodically, but this should not be an issue for at least two years. Meanwhile, your children can enjoy the sandbox that you built, and have a more enjoyable experience than being confined to one of the tiny ones offered in the toy stores.
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