How to Care For Your Eyelashes

Have you ever envied those who were born with those long, thick San Diego eyelashes while yours might fall a little short? A great set of eyelashes can dramatically change a person’s appearance. There are some things we can all do to take proper care of our eyelashes and keep them looking healthy and prevent them from falling out too soon. Below you’ll find some tips for taking

good care of your lashes, some you may be familiar with while there could be some new ideas too.

Remove Your Makeup

Remember how exciting it was when you were finally got to wear some mascara, how grownup it made you feel. Fast forward to the present and ask yourself if you’re doing all you can to take care of them, ie do you remove eye makeup every night. The eyelashes just like normal hair on your scalp can dry up and become brittle if not properly cared for. It’s important to remove makeup before bedtime to avoid anything getting into your eyes which could result in an infection. Using a clean cotton ball for each eye and some makeup remover is all it takes to avoid any problems.

Use a Clean Mascara Brush

While we’re on the subject of cleanliness that mascara brush can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not replaced every 3 months. If you don’t use mascara every day 6 months is frequent enough.

Condition Them

A trick you may not know about to have fuller lashes by applying castor oil, coconut oil or petroleum jelly at bedtime, then be sure to rinse well in the morning.

Don’t Rub Your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes will make a mess of your eye makeup and have you soon looking like a raccoon. Even if you’re not wearing makeup you could cause dirt to get into you eye and give you an infection as well as rubbing your eyes can damage the sensitive lash area.

Careful With That Curler

While we don’t all have lovely, curly eyelashes an eyelash curler will help achieve the desired effect. Once again hygiene is important so disinfect it before using to remove any old mascara that could be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Don’t squeeze too long – no more than 5 seconds or tug too hard to avoid any damage to the eyelashes.

Take a Break

Have a no makeup day once in awhile and allow your lashes to breathe and keep them healthy. a break from the chemicals and dyes will do them a lot of good.
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Bad Pool Chemical Combinations

 

Chemicals used in swimming pools may include different types of disinfectants and sanitizers, which aim to limit the growth of particular types of algae and bacteria in swimming pool water. These chemicals can also be used on spas, whirlpools, spas, and wading pools.

There are different kinds of disinfectants and sanitizers used on pools; however, ‘chlorine’ type is the most common. Chlorine normally comes from “chlorinating compounds” that release chlorine after dissolving in water. Large pools can be maintained using chlorine gas.

To maintain safety and cleanliness of swimming pools, proper water chemistry must be observed. This process also helps pool owners save time and money in the long run. Here are some bad pool chemical combinations from Katchakid pool safety.

Bad Pool Chemical Combinations

Chlorine Shock + Algaecide

Chlorine shock can alter the chemical components used in most pool algaecides and in many cases, it can totally destroy the algaecide. You can utilize pool shock to eradicate algae and apply algaecide after the chlorine levels are normal.

Chlorine Shock + Sequester Agent

Chlorine shock can also alter scale and stain chemicals also known as sequestering compounds or chelators if they combine together. Apply stain and scale chemicals one day before or days after you shock a swimming pool.

Clarifier + Clarifier

If you put a lot of clarifier in your swimming pool, a certain phenomenon can happen. Instead of acting as a coagulant, the electron charge will reverse, leading to some formulas to act as a dispersant. Make sure to follow proper dosage instructions and wait 5 to 7 days after treating with clarifier again.

High Cyanuric Acid

Have you ever heard of a guy that added 15 pounds of cyanuric acid to his pool, which he thought was calcium? Putting excessive amounts of cyanuric acid can make proper sanitation hard. The only way out is dilution.

Chlorine Shock + High Metals

High metals combined with low pH levels can end with black streak and stains in your pool.

Make sure that your pools Alkalinity, Calcium Hardness and pH levels are within the right range while adding a regular treatment of chelators like Metal Free or Stain away to maintain metals in solution.

Important Note: Make sure that your pool chemicals don’t come into contact with one another. A single drop of antifreeze, clarifier or algaecide combined with chlorine can result in a fire. Combining chlorine and acid can produce a poisonous gas. Combining various kinds of chlorine can explode if moisture is added. Chemical remains from a scoop or bucket container mixed with another chemical can lead to a reaction. Pool chlorine mixed with dirt, dust or any liquid can result in a volatile reaction.

If you need a pool cover for safety, visit Katchakid to learn more.

Shoppers Drug Mart Wants in on Medical Marijuana

Another voice has been added to medical marijuana dispensing when Shoppers Drug Mart took steps to become a licensed producer (LP) in 2016. This would allow their pharmacies to dispense the drug and adds an air of credibility to the cannabis industry and is welcomed by others within the industry.

With the Liberal Government’s proposed legislation to legalize medical marijuana by 2018 Shoppers Drug Mart wants to join this new industry. The decision was reached by the drugstore chain accompanied by the following quoted reasons: so there is increased “ access, safety, quality and security for the thousands of Canadians who use the drug as part of their medical therapy.” Presently Shoppers Drug Mart has no plans to produce medical marijuana but instead wants to ability to dispense the product to patients along with counselling by the pharmacist.

Less Stigma

Controversy is inevitable when it comes to pro legalization of the drug including what will be done for those currently convicted with possession or selling of the drug.This is where Shoppers Drug Mart’s application to produce the drug has a huge effect on removing some of the stigma attached to it. It sends the message to the public that this drug is no longer seen as an “ alternative “ or even a criminal drug.

One prominent myth surrounding marijuana is that it is a “ gateway “ drug and leads conservative thinking doctors to believe that a patient is going to smoke it for recreational use. A respectable company such as Shoppers Drug Mart goes a long way to achieving wider acceptance within the medical community as an acceptable treatment option for some patients.

Step in the Right Direction

While still early in the process it’s not yet apparent how Shoppers decision will affect anyone’s perception but goes a long way to decriminalizing the drug. Backing from such a well known franchise and company adds credibility to the use of medical marijuana to treat some patients and hopefully provide patients the opportunity to discuss this option with their physician.

Looking to the future it remains to be seen what impact the Liberal Government’s legislation and the addition of Shoppers application, in any, has to either empower or restrict patients wanting legal access to the drug.

There are plenty of other options if you are looking for mail order marijuana in Canada. Visit Farmacy Dispensary to see their menu and shipping prices.

Ways to Keep Your Loved One Safe at Home

If you’re one of the many Canadians caring for an older loved one at home their safety can be a very real concern in the home setting especially. Start by conducting a room by room inspection noting any ways you can lessen the possibility of them experiencing a fall. The bathroom is the room that presents the biggest and most frequent room that falls occur so a good place to start.

Here are 6 tips to help keep your loved one safe at home.

  1. Let there be light – poor visibility puts seniors at risk for falls with their diminished eyesight, install the highest wattage possible at entrances, hallways and staircases. Consider putting in glow in the dark light switches or motion sensor lighting throughout the home so older loved ones don’t need to struggle to find switches in the dark.
  2. Easy access to doors and windows for seniors with arthritis – for those with arthritis working door knobs and windows can be a challenge. Changing out hardware to flat handles can make dealing with them much easier.
  3. Restrict access to doors and windows for seniors with dementia – if the person in your care has dementia it’s critical to limit access to the outdoors ( in case the wander ) as well as anything that could cause them harm. Chemicals, household cleaners and medicines should be secured to prevent accidental ingestion.
  4. Assist in mobility – remove any items that could be an obstacle in their path, a walk in shower is the best option and will assist their mobility.
  5. Make it easy to summon help – despite your best efforts the unexpected can happen so enlist a way for them to call for help. A call assisted service allows them to have help in a matter of minutes by pressing a button on a device around their neck or worn on their wrist. Even a cell phone they can carry with them or a home phone within easy reach in the areas of the home they spend most of their time will allow them to call for help if needed.
  6. Use at home safety devices – there are a few products that are designed to keep seniors safe for example Impactive Hip Protectors are made to protect a seniors hip should they fall. These light and comfortable underwear come in a number of designs for men and women and will shield the hip from a fracture during a fall.

Stairlifts and Vancouver home elevators provide greater mobility for the senior in your home, in Vancouver contact Home Elevators now to discuss your options.

How to Care For an Elderly Parent Who Doesn’t Live With You

We live in such a transient world which means often our ageing parents live across the city, country or even a world away. You may be left wondering if they’re doing alright, need help or if they’re feeling lonely. The way you’re feeling is probably a lot like they felt if you moved away from your hometown. There are still some good ways you can still support them whether they live in the same city or farther away, continue reading for some useful ideas.

Schedule Regular Visits

If you are lucky enough to live in the same city try to visit a few times a month, visiting your loved one in a Victoria BC Care Home in the same day of the week will help them know when to expect you. Help Mom or Dad by cleaning the house, organizing belongings or medications or simply keep them company. Engage in a game of cards, playing board games, even a walk will ensure their minds stay sharp and their bodies remain as active as possible.

Check in Remotely

Maybe you don’t live close enough to visit often, however there are  other ways to support them. Call Mom or Dad regularly, send emails ( with family updates ) or set up a video chat if possible. With many seniors using the internet and even if they’re not tech savy show them how to use Skype next time you visit – or have someone show them how.

Send Gifts or Letters

A small gesture to let them know you’re thinking of them is a great way to show them that you care. Research has shown that chronic loneliness and depression can result in high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and increased cortisol ( a stress hormone ) in seniors. Let them know you’re thinking about them by sending handwritten letters, flowers or other gifts and can make a huge difference and brighten their day.

Hire a Caregiver

You may still be employed full time or distance prevents you from visiting as often as you would otherwise. Hiring a caregiver is an option, especially if they want to remain in the place they’re familiar with, their home. Caregivers provide peace of mind for the family and support for seniors in many ways. During visits they do household chores, meal prep, shop and provide much needed companionship.

There can come a time when Mom or Dad requires the additional care provided by long term facilities, in Victoria BC contact Clover Point Care when you want the best for your family.

5 Reasons to Use an Electric Toothbrush

If you’re like most people you’ve stuck to using a traditional toothbrush and never considered trying something different. Maybe you saw an ad or a friend suggested you give it a try that has you thinking there might be good reasons for switching. There are some valid reasons for going with an electronic toothbrush, before you invest let’s look at 5 good reasons for making the change.

  1. Easy to Use, For starters the electronic toothbrush does away with any vigorous brushing on your part with the press of a button. The electronic version offers more strokes per minute than a manual one which can result in reaching every tooth while brushing.
  2. Thorough and Fast Cleaning. Using an electronic toothbrush makes good use of the back and forth spinning bristles movement and offers superior cleaning, especially when it comes to reaching those hard to  places that are often overlooked.
  3. Ideal for Braces Care, The many benefits of an electronic toothbrush from the ease of use, the thorough cleaning results along with it’s ability to remove food particles and plaque from hard to reach spots make it ideal for those fitted with braces.
  4. Built in Timers, The suggested time to brush is for 2 minutes, twice a day as part of an oral care routine. In reality most of us don’t put this into practice for the most part. Electronic toothbrushes come equipped with a timer built in and allow the user to set the timer to the right amount of time to keep you on track.
  5. Prevent Oral Damage, It may be hard to believe it’s possible to damage a tooth’s enamel by manual brushing and damage the protective enamel. The could result in more cavities, tooth sensitivities or even other major oral problems. A good quality electronic toothbrush, one that is designed to offer maximum power without the resulting damage to tooth enamel or other parts of the mouth is a good addition to your oral care routine.

At Guilford Dental we’re happy to answer your questions about e toothbrush use, give our Surrey dentist a call to schedule your next checkup.

What’s More Important Flossing or Brushing

A two pronged attack that consists of brushing and flossing is recommended as part of our oral care routine. We all know we should be brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once a day to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. Often the flossing is something most of us are inclined to neglect believing that brushing alone is enough. To answer the  question about which one is more important it may surprise you to know that flossing is by far the one thing we shouldn’t be neglecting.

When done correctly flossing removes plaque in those hard to reach spots between teeth and beneath the gums, while a toothbrush can only clean the front and backs of teeth. And it’s the places in between your teeth where the most dangerous microbes can grow, failing to remove them can lead to serious problems such as periodontist or gingivitis.

Flossing is only effective when done correctly, the right way involves doing a c shape and reaching out to cover as much of the tooth surface as possible. Remember to floss up and down under the gum tissue and alongside its external surface. To keep your breath smelling fresh and your Delta dentist happy, your gums and teeth healthy as well as preventing serious ( like buildup of biofilm & gum disease ) flossing should be part of your daily routine. Gum disease should not be taken lightly as it poses a threat to heart health and increases your risk of diabetes.

So you really don’t want to leave either brushing or flossing out of your daily oral care routine. So next time grab the floss and use it at least once a day for the good of your overall health as well as improving your smile. When you book your next appointment at Surdel Dental Centre make it a point to ask for instructions on how to correctly use floss, they’ll be happy to show you flossing techniques. Why not schedule that appointment now.

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Eyeglasses

Picking the right eyeglasses for you can be a daunting job, especially if there are a lot of choices to choose from. Below are a few factors from Dr. Alex G. Wilson & Associates to consider in choosing the right eyeglasses for you:

Shape of Your Face

Eyeglasses have been used for a long time, and throughout the time they have also evolved. With today’s modern technology, eyeglasses can be made to be frameless, in variants of colour and transitional. If you are considering in buying a new pair of eyeglasses, begin with taking into account the shape of your face. You may have an oval, rectangular, triangular or even a diamond-shaped face, and every shape can guide you in choosing the right eyeglasses for you. If you are going to consider the shape of your face, there is only one rule: Make sure that the frames of your desired eyeglasses will in proportion with the shape of your face.

Warm Versus Cool

After taking into consideration your face’s shape, you may now have a good idea of the type of frame that will suit you. Now let’s go for the colour of the glasses by taking into account the colours of your hair, skin, and eyes. The three areas can be described as either warm or cool and they all combine to provide you hint on what colour better fits you. Warmer tones may lead to the colours orange, gold or red while cool colours are more of blue, black or silver.

Features

After choosing your frames, there are still a few things to consider like the lenses that you want to be installed. There are a few types of lenses to choose from like transitional lenses that provide shade if you are in a sunny area, anti-glare lenses help you getting blinded by bright lights, scratch-resistant lenses if you are always in dusty places or lenses with magnetic sunglasses so you can easily remove it.

If you have your prescription, you can go to a shop that offers a lot of different types of eyeglasses. Make sure you give it to a optometrist and ask him/her any question before you start your search for they can help recommend what will fit your needs. Then it is up to you to decide on your new eyeglasses with help of the factors mentioned above.

How to Deal With Chronic Bad Breath

It’s not unusual for any of us to experience bad breath at times for the purpose of this blog we’re going to address the causes of chronic bad breath referred to as Halitosis. An issue quite different from the odd case of not so fresh breath, Halitosis doesn’t improve by using breath mints or lots of mouthwash. It’s not impossible to get rid of the problem so let’s take a closer look.

Halitosis can be the result of a few different things such as leftover food particles in the mouth, dry mouth, dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities or gingivitis. Sometimes other medical issues especially those affecting the nasal passages, sinuses or throat can be the cause and can be a sign of kidney or liver disease.

Coping With Chronic Bad Breath

Since we’re dealing with a more serious problem short term solutions such as mouthwash or breath mints would not deal with the issue. The following is a guide from our North Delta Dentists to dealing with and getting rid of the problem once and for all.

  • Follow a proper dental care routine by brushing for a full 2 minutes twice a day, flossing correctly, tongue scraping followed by mouthwash to wipe out any remaining bacteria. Toothbrushes are a breeding ground for bacteria so be sure to replace it every 3 months
  • Certain foods cause bad breath such as garlic and onions so steer clear of these, they have the ability to travel through the bloodstream and into the lungs. It has been determined that once there the bad smell is exhaled from the lungs.
  • Get regular dental checkups to be sure there are no underlying issues that could be the reason for chronic bad breath
  • Chewing on fennel seeds, cloves or aniseeds for their antiseptic quality to help freshen your breath
  • Choose foods like apples and celery for snack time, they boost saliva production to keep bacteria buildup in check

Call today and book your checkup with us at Scott 72 Dental.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Surrey Orthodontic treatments have greatly improved over the past years with modern aesthetic equipment and current mode of treatments helping people achieve that perfect smile with minimal hassle and within a shorter period.

Don’t know what treatment is perfect for you? Read on. This article will feature and compare traditional dental braces and Invisalign clear aligners.

Braces

Traditional braces have been around and are normally the choice of treatment for many patients who have crooked or misaligned teeth.

Dental professionals will check the treatment progress from time to time and will make necessary adjustments to realign the braces making sure the teeth are directed in the right alignment.

In the past, braces were big and monstrous looking apparatuses that are fitted in a patient’s mouth. But today, because of modern technology, patients can have braces that match the colour of their enamel, making them unnoticeable.

Invisalign

Invisalign in Surrey is another treatment using comfortable and invisible aligner trays that are made from smooth BPA-free materials, and are fixed on the patient’s teeth to gently press the teeth into shape. Invisalign gained its popularity way back the year 2000, its principles are basically the same with braces, in which aligner trays will force the teeth over a period of time to follow the tray’s direction.

For invisalign to effectively work, the trays must be customized for the every patient’s mouth and must fit seamlessly. Dentists will be using 3-D technology and X-rays to produce images of the patient’s mouth and then create flawlessly aligned trays based on those images.

Below are some differences between braces and Invisalign:

  •    Braces are fixed on patient’s teeth compared to Invisalign trays that can be removed anytime by the patient.
  •    Since braces are made from metal, it usually cost a little more and much more if patients opt for coloured braces or enameled colour braces. While Invisalign is made from colourless plastic, and more and more patients are choosing it for its aesthetic effect.
  •    Since braces are irremovable, they are worn 24/7 for over 2 years or more while Invisalign are worn for 22 to 24 hours every day for about 6-8 months.
  •    Cleaning Invisalign trays is much easier since they can be removed.
  •    Follow up checkup for braces is normally once a month while those with Invisalign must have their trays checked every two weeks and follow up checkups are every 4-6 weeks.
  •    Braces are ideal for complex dental problems while Invisalign is ideal for mild dental cases.

•    Eating with braces on is more troublesome compared to Invisalign.