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4 Skin Problems & What To Do About Them

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4 Skin Problems & What To Do About Them

It can often be quite surprising how many of us take our skin for granted. If you have never dealt with a skin ailment during your life, you may not have any idea of the kind of issues it can bring up for a sufferer. We all have our health issues, but usually, we can keep them private. Skin conditions, however, are much more difficult to hide – simply because quite a lot of our skin is out for show much of the time. Our skin is delicate, and it varies in many different parts of the body. For example, the skin on your hands has adapted to wrinkle when immersed in water, to give you more grip in poor weather conditions. You will also find that the skin on your body is much less oily than the skin on your face because the body has far less sebaceous glands. That is partially why we have different products for use on our face than we have for use on our bodies – it’s all about caring for and preserving your skin.

Having a condition, however, can make this whole process much more complicated. Some skin issues can be little more than an annoyance, whereas others can be serious and even life-altering. Here are a few that you may have heard of and some others that you may not be so familiar with, and what to do if you think you may be living with any of them:

Excessively Dry Skin: If you have very dry skin, you may just regard it as ‘one of those things’, much in the same way that you may have curly hair or have brittle fingernails. But if you are experiencing any discomfort from your dry skin, you could have a problem on your hands (quite literally!). Dry skin is one of the leading causes of itchy palms, a condition that can be incredibly frustrating for sufferers and something that can possibly interfere with your sleep.

Be mindful of how you react to your itchy, dry skin. If you are absentmindedly scratching it, you might be breaking the skin without realizing it. This can be incredibly painful, and can put you at risk of developing infections. The best way to avoid the incessant itching caused by dry skin is to keep your skin full of moisture, so invest in a good hand cream and a body butter to keep your skin supple and itch-free.

Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a condition that relates to dry skin but in a much more serious way. Its main symptoms are red, flaky patches of skin across the body that are often covered with silver scales. These patches can be itchy or sore, and some people have more severe symptoms than others. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition, but there are things that you can do to ease the effects of it. If you think you may have psoriasis, visit your doctor, as they may be able to prescribe you medication or cream to ease some of the symptoms.

Vitiligo: Vitiligo is not a condition that tends to cause the sufferer physical pain, but it can have a big impact on a person’s self-esteem. This particular condition causes white patches to appear on the skin, which vary in size and shape. This can give the skin a ‘mottled’ effect, and it shows up more clearly on people who are naturally dark-skinned. It is a long-term condition, although it can start to develop at any time in life. As of yet, there is no cure, but you can minimize the appearance of the condition with makeup, steroid cream, or even phototherapy. (Notice that Converse and Gap are both using models with Vitiligo in their campaigns!)

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A good makeup brush is a must.

Scabies: Scabies is often considered to be an illness of the past, normally associated with pirates living on unhygienic old ships! In reality, however, scabies is caused purely by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrow into the skin, causing the itchy feeling. Scabies can develop and spread easily in environments where people are living in very close quarters with each other, which is partially why it is more common during the winter than the summer in most Western countries. It is not serious but can be uncomfortable, and can be worsened if you repeatedly scratch at the affected areas. So if you think you might have scabies, visit your doctor. He or she will most likely prescribe you a cream of sorts that contains insecticides, which will kill the scabies mites. Permethrin cream and malathion lotion are the two most commonly prescribed types.

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The Forgotten Home Repair That Became Part of Your Life

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The Forgotten Home Repair That Became Part of Your Life

You’ve probably realized that in life, there are things that we always get used to and it becomes second-nature to us or we take it for granted. For instance, if you’re sitting at a computer right now or using your smartphone to read this article, then there are probably some muscle-memory maneuvers that you’ve practiced over and over again which became so natural that you don’t even think about it.

This is just the result of our brain getting used to something. If we repeat a task long enough, it becomes something that we do without thinking. This is, sadly, something that can have both a positive and negative effect. The negative typically comes in the form of things that we do at home and most of the time it has to do with home repairs.

Think about your home and try to pinpoint some home repairs that you never got around to. That crack in the wall near your front entrance? Yes, the one you’ve hidden behind a painting for how long. Or what about the lower water pressure on one of the taps in your bathroom? You didn’t think it was much of an issue and you deal with it every morning, but is it really normal for a tap to dribble water like that instead of pouring it out? The answer is no, btw! Here are some things that you should look into getting fixed before it causes any more problems in your home:

Fixing things before they get too bad:

Faults around the home are often the result of some underlying issues. If left for too long, it could negatively effect our lives and even cause more damage than you’d expect. For instance, a leaky pipe might not be much of an issue now and you’ll probably deal with it by putting a dish underneath the pipe to collect the water, or you might take it a step further and plug the pipe with something. However, that doesn’t change the fact that you have a crack in the pipe that can grow larger and eventually cause a lot of damage to your entire plumbing system. A quick Google search of “plumbers near me” will reveal dozens of services that are more than willing to perform inspections and fix your issues, no matter how minor they seem. Just remember to take every home repair seriously so that they don’t spiral out of control.

Fixing things before you need them:

Remember that faulty air conditioner in your home that broke towards the end of last summer? Perhaps you haven’t used your air conditioning unit for a while because we’re only in spring, but why not fix it before summer comes? A broken air conditioner that spits out less air or isn’t as cool as it should be is a faulty one. Perhaps you didn’t mind because it was the tail end of summer and the days were getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean that you should leave it broken and force it to become part of your life. Never settle for broken or faulty appliances and always repair them to get the most value out of them and to prevent them from developing more faults!

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Where People Go Wrong With Pests

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One thing which often leaves homeowners filled with dread is the thought of pests in their property. They can do a ton of damage to the structure of your home. And not only that, but they can harm your family. Things like fleas and bed bugs can end up irritating your skin. And once you have the annoying bugs in your home, it can be a nightmare to get rid of them. A lot of people make errors which tend to mean that they become a regular occurrence in their home. Here are some ways that people go wrong with pests:

They try and find DIY ways to get rid of them: A lot of people make a vital error when attempting to get rid of pests by trying to cut corners. They think that they can easily find a DIY solution which will get rid of the pests from their home. For one thing, they do it to save money. But while there are some ways you might be able to say goodbye to them, doing it yourself is bound to lead to a return visit. You might get rid of a few of the pests with a homemade spray, but you might not catch them all if they are hidden. Therefore, it’s best to call a professional to come and remove the pests. For one thing, they have done it so many times before, so they know where the pests might be hiding. And they will use a permanent solution so that you won’t have to worry about a return visit anytime soon! Hunt down a pest management company who can come out to your home quickly and get the job done in an efficient manner.

They forget about outside ones: You might be surprised to know that a lot of people make an error of thinking pests can only occur inside. We hear most often about pests like bedbugs and mosquitoes becoming problems in your home. But you also need to consider that pests might be in your garden, too. It’s easy to get fleas and ticks in your lawn if pets are in the backyard. And they could soon get inside your home if they are not dealt with quickly. When it comes to dealing with pests outside, again it’s best to get a professional to come and remove them quickly. That way, it will stop them from entering your home and causing your family a lot of trouble!

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They don’t find a solution quickly: When someone notices an ant or a flea, they think it might just be a one-off, so they might not opt to find a solution quickly. But this can be a big error if you do just leave it. The longer they are left without treatment, the more of a chance they might spread around your home. And then you might struggle to get them under control. As soon as you spot one or two of the pests, find a treatment which will remove them immediately. That way, you can eliminate them before they become a huge problem!

And remember to watch out for signs of pests in your home. You might not see the pests in their form, so it’s best to look out for signs like the ones described in this article.

The Household Problems We Dread (& How To Deal With Them)

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For most of us, our homes are our sanctuaries, our little retreats from the rest of the world; they are the places that we feel the most comfortable and safe. There’s no doubt about it; we love our homes. That’s why, when something threatens them, we are prone to panicking. Of course, there are some household problems that we aren’t fazed by, little things that are easily fixable, such as peeling paint or a shower that has a drip. However, there are some problems that send us into a tailspin.

The important thing is that no matter what the problem, you stay calm, cool, and collected, and deal with it in the right way. To help you to do that, below are some of the household problems that we tend to dread, along with tips and advice for the best ways to deal with them:

Water Damage: Whether your home has flooded due to a burst pipe, an overflowing bath, or a natural flood, it can be incredibly upsetting. Water damage doesn’t just damage the flooring, walls, and furniture, depending on how severe it is it can also damage the electrics. The most important thing when a flood occurs is to work out what has caused it and then call in the appropriate help. If it’s an internal flood, call a plumber. However, if natural flooding has come into your home, call your local fire department – they should be able to come and pump the water out. Once you’ve dealt with the flooding itself, the next step is to call your insurance company to log your claim. This is important as you only have a certain time period to do this within, or else your company may not cover you.

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Yikes!

Pesky Pests: Another nightmare that most homeowners dread is the appearance of pests in their home. There’s nothing worse than sitting at the table eating your breakfast only to spot some sort of pest – be it a rat, insect, or another form of rodent, it’s important to look for local pest control companies immediately so that you can get the problem dealt with as soon as possible. You see, the longer you leave an infestation, the worse it will get. So, it’s best to act quickly, as that way it can hopefully be caught early and easily dealt with.

Damp: Damp is a surprisingly common problem, but it’s something that a lot of homeowners panic about. This tends to be because there’s a common misconception that damp can be expensive to treat. In some cases, it can be expensive. However, that depends on how bad the problem is and where in the property the damp is found. That being said, if you notice any damp in your property, it’s best to call in an expert as soon as possible, to ensure that the problem doesn’t get any worse.

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Double Yikes!

The issues mentioned above are some of the most common problems that homeowners dread. However, as long as you know how to deal with these sorts of issues, they don’t necessarily have to be a serious problem!

Sometimes, It’s The Soft Skills That Land You The Job

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Sometimes, we all make the mistake of focusing a little too much on how hard skills can add to your employ-ability. There’s no denying that some technical skills are a must-have in certain fields of employment. But that’s not to say that spending time on your soft skills is negligible. It’s anything but. Here, we’re going to look at why soft skills are important in all roles and how they can actually be the one defining skill of a career.

Communication: Good written and verbal communication is vital in just about any job. If you can’t get an idea across to your audience effectively, it’s your failing, not theirs. For the crowd pleasers and those who actually enjoy public speaking, there are plenty of careers that you can make of it. For instance, there’s a big market for motivational speakers nowadays and there are always businesses in need of salespeople.

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Self-Motivation and Management: Sure, employers like someone who works from orders and can keep up to the standards set to them. But you need a bit of self-determination, too. You have to show that you’re able to operate independently and without having to constantly be checked on. Working on your time management, in particular, is essential. The better you can prioritize tasks and fit them in your own time scale, the more of a catch you’ll be.

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Teamwork: Even in jobs where you’re typically doing work alone, you are likely to be asked to collaborate with someone else at some point. Improving your own teamwork skills isn’t all that hard, either. Sometimes, you just have to spend more time around people. Volunteer, for instance. While you’re there, give yourself a talking to every time you catch yourself blatantly opposing others ideas or making them feel unimportant.

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 Teamwork makes the dream work!

Conflict Resolution: Working peaceably in a team is one thing. Being able to properly deal with a team that has become hostile is a whole other kettle of fish. It’s also a skill that some consider immensely more important. Conflict resolution is the main skill in demand for people that work in environments like an HR consultancy. Given how many businesses use HR specialists to deal with their employees, it’s easy to see the demand for such a skill.

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Problem Solving: Objective critical thinking and problem solving are traits that employers find too rare. A lot of people are too close to the work and too invested to be able to think critically in their job. If you’ve always been the objective problem-solving type, then you should look into a job in analysis. Whether it’s looking at money, business processes, or data, the critical thinking model has become particularly popular in business as of late.

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Still can’t solve this problem. ^

Regardless of whether it’s hard or soft, a skill is a skill. Don’t be afraid to spend time practicing on weak points even if they don’t feel technically important. Above all, don’t be afraid to hype it up a bit on your resume. Be your own cheerleader and it will help raise your confidence in your already wonderful abilities!

Discrimination at Work? Here’s What to Do About It

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Discrimination at Work? Here’s What to Do About It

Discrimination at work is something that can happen to anyone. It’s not just those from a minority or oppressed group who might experience it. Anyone could be discriminated against based on gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or age. If you feel you are being discriminated at work, there are some things you can do about it. In some cases, you might not be able to find a satisfactory solution. But in others, you could solve the issue and ensure that you are treated fairly. If you believe you are experiencing discrimination at work, here are some of the things that you should do:

Read Up on the Law: Before you take any action, it’s a good idea to read about your local laws. They can differ widely depending on where you are. In some places, you might not be afforded protection for certain characteristics. For example, you might not be protected based on your gender identity. Some things are unlikely to be protected at work, such as your political affiliations. As well as checking the law, make sure you read up on your company’s policies. They may have internal rules about discrimination, even if they aren’t protected by law.

Document Any Incidents: If you think that you are experiencing discrimination, you should consider documenting any incidents. This doesn’t mean that you need to carry a video camera to film anything that happens. All you need to do is write down the date and time and any notes on the incident in question. You might have some other evidence to keep, such as emails. Think about what might be useful if you want to make a complaint or if you have to attend a tribunal or court case later on.

Complain Using Appropriate Channels at Work: Most places of work will have procedures that you can follow if you’re experiencing trouble. If you’re not sure what to do, check your employee handbook. If you’re still not sure, you can ask someone. There might be a complaints procedure for you to follow, which can make things easier. However, if you can’t find any guidance, it can be a good idea to work your way up the chain of command. Sometimes, your employer may be a small company. There might not be anyone else to speak to. When this happens, sometimes getting a lawyer involved or just changing jobs could be your best option.

Speak to an Employment Lawyer: You might be unsure about whether the law is on your side. If you need help, speaking to a lawyer could be your next step. Employment lawyers like David Yeremian can offer you advice about whether you might have a case. If you do, it could be worth pursuing it. However, it’s important to think about what it will mean if you win or lose. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself and look for a new job, even if you do successfully prove discrimination.

If you think that you are experiencing discrimination at work, don’t give up straight away. However, make sure you proceed with caution when deciding whether or not to take action.

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