Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category
Although spring and summer are seasons where the competition of who has the cutest pedicure is rapid, women are still getting their pedicures. According to Reuters.com, a survey was conducted on women and their relationship with pedicures, it found “41 percent of women get pedicures as part of their personal grooming” and another 41 stated having dry skin on their heels as the main reason to get a pedicure. Getting a pedicure make “cure dry heels” for a minute and beautify your toes, there are a few things to look out for at your next nail appointment.
1) Beware of fungal nails. Fungal nail is an infection in your nails by a fungus. If you’re nail stylist doesn’t keep his/her Emory boards, nail clippers, and other nail tools clean, you are at risk for fungal nails. Be sure to ask them if they clean their nail tools. According to Dr. Dina Tsentserensky, whose advice was featured in a CNN article on pedicures, “”Make sure that instruments are getting sterilized properly,” Tsentserensky cautions, “that they are using a sterilizer or an autoclave to properly sanitize the instruments or using the liquids for the proper periods of time.”
2) Clean Tubs Are A Must. Make sure the tubs they use are clean as well, with an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, ten minutes is enough time for a break between nail clients when using the tub. That way the disinfectants can work better.
3) Check Your Legs Before You Go. If you shaved your legs the night before, have a few recent cuts and/or cuts, or recently had laser hair removal, its best not get a pedicure. Doing so can leave your skin open for infections.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means women of all ages and ethnicities should be getting a check up from their doctor (or themselves) to make sure they’re in good health. According to the American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths and a woman can be diagnosed as early as their twenties. Having a family history of breast cancer does increase a woman’s risk of having it. Other risk factors include age, gender, race and having children later in life. Although African-American women have a lower chance of developing breast cancer, they have a higher risk of dying from it. Women’s chances of having breast cancer do increase as they reach age 55 and up, however several cases of women in their twenties and thirties are also developing breast cancer. Lifetime’s hit move. “Why I Wore Lipstick To My Masectomy” was based on a true story of a woman in her twenties who was diagnosed with breast cancer and recently “Samantha Who” actress Christina Applegate was diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer. Studies have also shown that having children after the age of 30 or not having any children does increase the risk of Breast Cancer, “Pregnancy reduces a woman’s total number of lifetime menstrual cycles, which may be the reason for this effect.” Having a yearly mammogram, watching your weight and alcohol intake, and a great exercise routine are beneficial in preventing breast cancer. For women who are pregnant, breast feeding your child may help reduce the risk as well.
NARS is now offering the Safest Set that not only comes with The Multiple in Orgasm for cheeks, eyes, and lips, it also comes with two condoms in slick packaging. And just in case you need it, it features a little Black Book of ways to say “no” to let a horn-ball down if he doesn’t get the message. Not will it only help you stay disease-free or celibate… or even, dare I say it, remain a virgin… it’s for a great cause. A portion of the proceeds benefit Amfar programs to promote global safe sex education initiatives. Not only can you help yourself and your friends, you can help save the world.
I live in a city (DC) that has an HIV infection rate of 1 in 20 and I know a few people in my circle that have contracted the virus and they are under the age of 30, so protect yourselves ladies.
And just in case you didn’t know, here are the US statistics on the number of people afflicted with AIDS courtesy of www.avert.org:
People living with AIDS:
At the end of 2006, the CDC estimates that 448,871 people were living with AIDS in America. This number includes all people who have ever been diagnosed with an AIDS-defining condition and are believed to be alive, including many people who have recovered their health by taking antiretroviral therapy. The chart below shows the ethnicity’s of these people, revealing that black Americans have been disproportionately affected.
If not for yourself, give this gift of beauty love to your best buds and help them keep it safe… or locked down… let them choose!