Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Healthy Habits: Do I really need to drink this much water?

Are we all jacked in?

Have you ever heard, "you should drink eight glasses of water a day"? After hearing that do you think, "eight glasses of water?! That is far too much!"? According to Brian Dunning, the blogger at Skeptoid (who does a lot of research into pop culture myths), it is too much water to drink if you are not hiking...or something like that. Don't get me wrong; drinking water is very important. After reading the information on Skeptoid and on, I learned that if you drink too much water, there is a possibility that you could develop hyponatremia. Essentially, it is an electrolyte (salt) imbalance. What I got from these articles is that your required amount of water can be, and usually is, already in the food you eat everyday (via fruit or beverages--coffee and soda included). If you have some sort of chronic dehydration, have a bit of water every now and then. Check with your doctor. Occasionally, I don't feel like drinking water so, I will use a mix-in of some sort. You can add fruit juice or even add a herbal fruit flavored tea bag to the water as an alternative to the water flavor packets. I personally cannot stand herbal tea, but I may have to give the fruit flavored ones a try--just because. Sometimes I just want a soda, but I usually go back to drinking water anyway.

That concludes our session.  May your day/night be grand!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

War Paint: Bare Skin and Nails

Are we all jacked in and ready?  Great!  How was your day?

Blast off! It's party time...


The following quote excerpt is the first piece of useful information I found:

"The woven mesh sponge and face brush are the most abrasive facial cleansing tools.  If you have very oily skin, you might want to rotate one of these tools into your facial routine every couple of days to help exfoliate and remove sebum.  If you don't have very oily skin, stick with a facial cloth designed for your skin sensitivity."

My skin is not oily or dry so it would be classified as normal. I should consider using a facial cleansing cloth. The only cloth I tried is made by a London based cosmetic company called Eyeko. The cloths were individually wrapped, which kept in moisture. Eyeko Face-Off wipes also contain Coco Glucoside and Vitamin E. The packaging was cute and easy to slip into my make-up bag or purse.
To prevent acne, I use Proactiv. I use it once daily, and it really makes my facial skin feel clean. Also, the moisturizer feels nice and is light on my skin. After using Proactive, my face does feel and look much better. Redness around my nose has decreased and so has the dry patches on my skin caused by other cleansers.
I initially began this research because I was curious about the effectiveness of a facial cleansing brush. I have not done much research about the Clarisonic, so I cannot form a helpful opinion on it yet. After realizing how much the Clarisonic costs, I was totally not into it.  Personally, I could spend that money on clothes or Mac cosmetics! Ha!
I wonder how many oils and junk ends up on my hands by the time I am ready to wash the make-up off my face. Perhaps, washing my hands with an anti-bacterial soap and warm water would help prevent the junk on my hands from getting on my face and causing blemishes.


From my experience, keeping your cuticles moisturized with lotion or cuticle oil will keep them from having hangnails and dryness. For my nails, I really do not do anything special with them. They get painted random colors and shuffle through paperwork all day. I do not get manicures or anything like that because I do not have time and I find that having nail enhancements get in my way. Regardless, I found some useful information on American Academy of Dermatology about the different nail fungi and treatments. Also, at the very bottom of the article I found the following info:


Many nail disorders result from poor nail care, so developing good nail habits can help. To keep your nails healthy, dermatologists recommend:
1. Keep nails clean and dry. This helps prevent bacteria and other infectious organisms from collecting under the nail.
2. Cut nails straight across, rounding them slightly at the tips for maximum strength. Be sure to use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Filing the nails into points weakens them.
3. Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with a "fine" textured file.
4. Avoid biting fingernails, and do not remove the cuticle.
5. Trim toenails regularly to keep them short. This minimizes trauma and injury.
6. Soak feet in warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt per pint of water) for five to 10 minutes when toenails are thick and difficult to cut, then apply urea or lactic acid cream. This softens the nails, making them easier to trim.
7. Avoid "digging-out" ingrown toenails, especially if they are already infected and sore. See a dermatologist for treatment.
8. Wear shoes that fit properly and alternate pairs.
9. Report any nail irregularities to your dermatologist. Nail changes, swelling, and pain could signal a serious problem.
10. Be especially vigilant of nail problems if you have diabetes or poor circulation. At the first sign of a problem, see a dermatologist.
Note:  The companies I talk about and linked to in this post did not, and do not, give me any compensation for "advertising" them.  This was all my own wheels turning!
That ends our session and may you all have a wonderful evening!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Crafty Carrier: All I can see is six sides!

Good day ladies and gents, I hope that you are now jacked in and ready for some info.

Perhaps many of you are wondering "how did you become interested in crochet/knitting?"  After looking for Japanese felt crafts, I stumbled upon Moonstitches's blog.  There I found a Hexagon blanket--and fell in love with crocheting!  I find a large amount of her projects very elegant and happy!  (She also lives in Japan which is my dream!)  After, thinking about what I could make and where to begin, I spoke with The Guy's grandmother for crochet help.  She patiently taught me how to crochet, and in return I made her a Hexagon afghan.  The pattern I found on Attic 24 was very easy to follow and allows for lots of color! 

First, I had to crochet the little motifs.  Afterwards, I had the option to either crochet or sew them together. One of the techniques on Attic 24 is to crochet the loose ends along with the rest of the motif, but I chose not to do that in the end. I decided to leave the loose ends and knot them upon finishing.  Originally, I wanted to sew a pretty fabric to the "wrong" side of the afghan to make it more "finished" looking (and to make it warmer).  However, I was trying to complete the afghan by Christmas Eve; I didn't have time to imbellish.  It was certainly a learning process, and I would definitely make another one.  Next time...I won't put a time limit on myself. It sucks the fun right out of it.

As a side note, I have added a link to the project on Ravelry as the title.  Also, if you crochet or knit, and do not have a Ravelry account, you should consider signing up.  Everyone I've encountered there has been extremely helpful and sweet!

More pictures can be viewed here.
That ends our session for now, and I hope the rest of your day is marvelous!