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Men’s Skin Care

Men’s Skin Care

Believe it or not men have the same skin care issues as women. We usually do not hear about them, however, because the media tends not to focus on them as much in our society. Nonetheless, men get wrinkles and pimples, they have dry skin and they have oily skin, they are prone to skin cancer, and many struggle with ingrown hairs much of their lives. Now that these concerns have been brought to light, the question is: how do men construct a regimen that is best for them?
Let’s start by mentioning the differences between men and women’s skin care. In general, men don’t spend as much money on skin care products as women; men don’t wear as much make-up as women; and men shave their facial hair much more than women do. There are product lines on the market that target men only, and there are product lines that cater to both men and women. Furthermore, men tend to go for basic, no frills labeling and products that are multi-purpose, such as a soap that can be used for hair, face and body.
Here is a good all-purpose skin care regime for men to follow: cleanse morning and evening with a gentle facial cleanser (no bar soap since it will only dry out skin and lead to problems), use a mild shaving product when shaving, exfoliate areas not shaved or if you don’t shave regularly exfoliate the entire face 1-3 times per week, treat breakouts with a disinfecting product, use sunscreen with SPF of 15 everyday, and use a moisturizer over areas that are dry.
Since shaving facial hair sets men apart from women, the subject should be discussed further. If you suffer from ingrown hairs, razor burn or any other kind of irritating reaction from shaving, I want you to know that this isn’t normal. If you’ve ever wondered why aftershave products sting or even if they should, just remember “pain equals no gain”. Using a razor over your skin scraps the surface of your skin leaving it vulnerable; if you apply a product with an irritating ingredient afterwards, it is going to sting.
If you experience rash like reactions after shaving, most likely it is due to the product being used before, during or after shaving. Many shaving products contain ingredients that may sound nice on the label, but in reality they are very irritating to your skin. Here are some common ingredients put in shaving products that tend to cause problems: alcohol, menthol, camphor and peppermint. If you have products with any of these ingredients and you experience irritation with shaving, I suggest trying something new.
Look for shaving creams, foams or gels that contain emollient ingredients to allow for a moisturized, calm, more soothed skin. Look for aloe, silicone, or allantoin to be listed in the first 5 or so ingredients of a shaving product. On the front of shaving products many times the word “enriched” indicates it may contain skin soothing vitamins and emollient ingredients that will moisturize your skin instead of drying it out. Another important indicator of a potentially non-irritating product is “alcohol free.”
So, to the men who are reading this, remember, “pain equals no gain.” If the shaving product you’ve been using seems to irritate your skin, it is time for you to try something new. For all the ladies, take my advice and pick up some new shaving cream for the man in your life and casually swap it with what he is using now, he’ll thank you for it eventually.

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Why Most Women’s Self-Defense Programs Are Wrong

Why Most Women’s Self-Defense Programs Are Wrong

In the world of women’s self-defense training, there are two generally accepted "schools" of thought. Unfortunately, both take extreme viewpoints and are usually founded on nothing more than the so-called "expert’s" beliefs. Without real-world experience, and instructor teaching self-defense to anyone, but especially to women, is quite likely putting their students in severe danger.
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Women’s self defense issues are constantly in the news and a ‘hot’ topic for conversations. It seems that everyone from police officers to karate instructors has his or her own philosophy and theories about the how’s and why’s of self defense for women and girls.
The truth is though, that many of the same techniques and tactics taught to men for self-protection simply will not work for a woman. Why?…
… because attacks perpetrated on women have, at their foundation, certain inherent problems, issues, and conditions that are often very different for men who find themselves in defensive situations. Women have to deal with things that, quite frankly, men don’t.
Click on the link at the end of this article to get more information about real-world self defense for women designed around issues specifically related to womens self-defense.
Now, before some of you start rolling your eyes or nodding your head in agreement, this is not a women’s lib issue or anything of the sort. It’s simply the way it is.
What kind of things make self-defense for women different? I’m glad you asked.
Well, for starters, physiologically speaking, there is a 7-to-3 strength ratio between male and female bodies. That means that if you were to stand a man and a woman, having the same height, weight, and build, side-by-side, and all things considered (health, fitness, etc.)…
… the man would still be two-and-a-half times stronger than the woman!
This is not theory or one person’s belief over those of others. It’s scientific fact.
Next, women are more likely to be slapped, grabbed and pinned than punched or kicked. For men, it’s just the opposite. The fact is that, most of us have been conditioned since childhood to act, play, and, yes, fight with each gender very differently. And attackers are no different.
The good news is that more and more women are being drawn to the life-enhancing benefits of the martial arts and basic self-defense programs for increasing their level of self-confidence and overall feelings of safety and security. The not-so-good news is that…
… there is a shortage of:
* Martial arts instructors who understand scientific self-defense, ‘and’ have the necessary life experience to be able to teach from a perspective that shares that experience.
After all…
… if an instructor has never been in a real-world self defense situation themselves, it will make it nearly impossible for them to teach real self defense to anyone – let alone self defense for women. It’s kind of like going to a priest of counselor for marriage counselling who has never been married themselves. They both have information passed on by others but, neither has anyway of expressing that information based on real-word knowledge.
However, there is an over-abundance of…
…so-called self-defense experts who are of the tough-guy, fighter type or the "This is Reality – Deal With it! macho-type.
These people, by their very nature are the "slugger-types" who rely and depend on speed, strength and size to win. Since self defense situations usually involve a bigger, faster, stronger attacker victimizing a smaller, less-prepared target – and, that’sexactly what most women are up against when they’re attacked…
… these instructors, and their "strike-first-and-crush-them-where-they-stand mentalities, are far from being suited, knowledgeable, or able to deliver the necessary lessons needed by women to effectively protect themselves from an assailant intent on dominating them physically.
Other Considerations for Girls and Women’s Self-Defense
The following is a partial list of some of the other major differences between self defense for women and men. The important thing to remember is that…
… a self-defense situation is very different from a sport or competition-based contest where the individuals are willing participants. They are evenly matched to insure for a "fair fight." I have been in contests and I have been attacked and I can tell you without a moment’s doubt that…
… there is nothing "fair" or "even" about a real attack. NOTHING! And, once your personal space is invaded by another human being wanting to beat you to your core, you will know what I mean and never, ever, buy into the crap that most of these so-called experts are shovelling.
With that said, please know that I have not said that every self-defense or martial arts instructor is full of it. Just that you must know what you need and make sure that that’s what you’re getting. Remember – you’re not buying a couch that you can take back. A mistake in this area could literally cost you your life!
Here are some other differences between men’s and women’s training that a good program must address:
* Cultural Influences – girls have been taught from a very early age that fighting was not "lady-like."
Oh my god! What would people think!
* Situational Self-Defense – rape and sexual assault are two of the biggest differences between the genders when it comes to suriviving an attack.
The fact that men are usually dealing with the more obvious situations (muggings and competitive ("oh-yeah! let’s go!"-type fighting), while women, and more and more young girls, are required to deal with subtle tactics like date-rape or being ambushed by a group.
Add to this the strength differential discussed earlier, and you have a very different situation, requiring very different self-protection tactics.
* Incorrect Information – I believe that the majority of teachers and instructors mean well. They aren’t out to con you. It’s just that they have no real experience to go on so they do what everyone does when they don’t know any better…
… they make assumptions that seem logical and rational within their own frame of reference.
The problem is that we’re talking about self-protection here…
… self defense for women…
… girls self-defense. Not…
… vegetable soup. Where, if you make a mistake, you can just dump the pot and start over.
As I said earlier, a mistake in a women’s self-defense situation, in any situation requiring defense against an attack from an assailant bent on damaging you, could be very, very costly indeed.

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Women’s Wages – Is It Justified?

Women’s Wages – Is It Justified?

The beginning
God made man and woman, and handed over the reins of this world in their hands. The passing time through centuries, have witnessed the God’s ordinance being twisted by man, to suit his own ends. The inception observed the man and woman treading down the lanes of troubles, hand in hand.
Today
The year 2004 is witnessing all the hustle and bustle of new technologies, economy rising, fast life, and so on. Despite all this, what startles me is the ever-increasing oppression on women, around the globe – be it sexual harassment, cultural oppression, religious impositions, etc. Being a working woman myself, the most attention-grabbing anomaly I come across is the difference in the wages of men and women.
Excerpts of evidence
March 08, 2004 – 20:14, Gulf Daily News by TARIQ KHONJI
"There are many issues that need to be addressed including laws regarding women’s rights and the elimination of discrimination in both the public and private sector," explained Ms Al Rowaie.
"For example, we hardly ever find women in very high positions. They are usually concentrated in middle-level management, even though their abilities are equal and often exceed those of men.
"We don’t have a woman minister yet, with the exception of Supreme Council for Women secretary-general Lulwa Al Awadhi, who has the rank of minister but not a minister’s portfolio."
Anne Summers’ book, The End of Equality, paints a stark picture of women’s status in Australia in the 21st century.
Despite winning equal pay for equal work more than 30 years ago, the gap between men’s and women’s wages is larger now than a decade ago. In May 2002, men averaged $839 per week while women were paid just $555 (66% of men’s wages). Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate this gap is still growing: between May 2000 and May 2002, men’s wages increased by $58 while women’s rose by only $33.
Holding reins of livelihood!
In practice, employers favor men-workers owing to their belief that men are more devoted to work than women. Women are contemplated to be less reliable because they sometimes take leave to marry, or to have children. Conventionally, men were thought of as the breadwinner, and therefore worthy of a superior wage. In accordance to this, a woman’s salary was supplementary income only.
Today’s scenario contradicts the myth of “supplementary income” earned by women. The awareness and adoption of education for girls have armed them adequately, in order to ease their stand on “equal wages” demand. Despite the sincere efforts of unsung heroes (and heroines), the old practice of discrimination still dominate the employer’s decisions.
What can be done about it?
A quote by Voltaire, “No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.” The foundation stone is not laid through a union’s establishment, or passing of a bill in the constitution. The flame of revolution has to kindle up in each person’s heart; that would mark the real change! The idea is not to profess feminist slogans here, rather for justification. When a woman is passing the entire criterion successfully, do not deny her the wages she deserves!

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Men Skin Care Cream Product

Men Skin Care Cream Product

Modern men have progressively become aware and alarmed about their skin’s appearance and health. Men have begun to take the first steps of taking better mind of their skin, with simple every day ritual of cleansing and moisturizing. Although a lot of men have more and more become conscious of skin care, a few issues are stopping them to do so. Most men perceive skin care as an “additional” time consuming process, and so they stick to just the mere shaving practices.

Generally, men’s skin are typified by more larger pores, oilier, increased propensity to sweat, and richer blood supply; as a result men have a different type of need when it comes to skin care products. Men skin care products differ significantly than women’s as it highlights more on the cautious requirements of men’s skin. Men skin care products include cleansers, scrubs, wash for the body and face, night renewal creams, exfoliants, moisturizing creams, and shaving creams.

Men skin care cream products such as shaving creams, face cream, cream moisturizers and sun screen creams are probably the most basic products that men buy. Men being the more “reluctant” buyers of skin care products, usually stick to the essentials and don’t go exploring other products that may be beneficial for their skin as well. However, men skin care cream products such as shaving creams may contain irritating components such as menthol, camphor, alcohol, and mint, plus high amounts of sodium hydroxide and potassium, which make the skin and follicles of the hair swell. Making sure that these components are at its low levels in the product will be non-irritating to the skin. Here are some great men skin care cream products:

Clinique SSFM Cream Shave
This men skin care cream product is a rich shave cream that moisturizes the beard and raise hairs for most comfortable, cleanest shaves that soothes while shaving and after shaving.

Hugo Boos Boss Skin Performance Shave Gel
The product is dermatologist tested that brings a comfortable, perfect shave, with the cream transforming into lasting, rich lather that lubricates for precise and safe shave, leaving the skin feeling smooth and fresh.

Cellex-C Sea Silk Oil-Free Moisturizer Cream
This moisturizing cream absorbs quickly that gives a moist, supple skin texture with velvety, soft, and no-shine finish. The product contains a range of natural botanical components that would enhance the levels of moisturization and lessen many superficial signs of skin aging.
There are a lot of men skin care cream products out in the market today from recognized skin care companies such as Nivea, Gillette, Adidas, and more. Remember, the secret to healthy younger looking skin is proper skin care, excellent skin care products, as well as the time to do it.

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Prostate Health and Men’s Sexual Health…

Prostate Health and Men’s Sexual Health…

Introduction

Prostate health is important to men’s sexual health. The prostate is part of the male reproductive system.

Prostate health is one of the most important concerns for men, and each man should have a yearly check of their prostate

health after a certain age. Prostate health is one of the leading concerns for American men.

Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor that arises in the prostate gland. Prostate cancer is the most common nonskin

malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in United States males. Prostate cancer is one of the most

common cancers affecting older men in developed countries and a significant cause of death for elderly men (estimated

by some specialists at 3%). Prostate cancer risk can be decreased by modifying known risk factors for prostate cancer,

such as decreasing intake of animal fat. Prostate-specific antigenSerum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels may be

measured to help determine if lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) may be due to prostate cancer.

Treatment

Treatment options should be studied closely by all men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treatment involves identifying the

cause of the symptoms, which may include bacteria, or scar tissue in the passage to the urethra that has resulted from an injury.

Because all treatments can have significant side effects, such as erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence, treatment

discussions often focus on balancing the goals of therapy with the risks of lifestyle alterations. Treatment for prostate

cancer may involve watchful waiting, surgery, radiation therapy, High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), chemotherapy, cryosurgery,

hormonal therapy, or some combination. Treatment Choices for Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer describes the treatment choices

available to men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer and examines the pros and cons of each treatment.

Conclusion

Prostate health is extremely important, as prostate cancer and other related medical conditions are common among men.

Prostate health is a major concern for most men, especially those over the age of 50. Prostate issues are mostly one

of main reasons for mens impotence or so called erectile dysfunction. Prostate health is important to men’s sexual health.

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Men’s Sexual Performance Anxiety

Men’s Sexual Performance Anxiety

Summary: Sexual performance anxiety great affects men’s self-confidence.

Anxiety is a normal part of life; therefore, it is likely that most people experience anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety keeps us alert and helps us cope in every stressful event or situation. But, there is a type of anxiety that is common to men when we talk about sexual issues- men’s sexual anxiety. Men’s sexual anxiety affects their performance in bed. This issue is hardly ever discussed openly for fear of losing their macho-image. Male’s sexual performance anxiety is described when a man has trouble getting “his thing up”.

Men who have sexual performance anxiety usually worry about whether they do get a penile erection and when they are about to have sex, they lose their erection, or it can be that when they are actually in the course of having sexual intercourse, they lose the genital erection, or they don’t get their “thing” stubbornly up at all. Sexual performance anxiety can happen to men in any of those situations. The real deal is usually that you are focusing relatively on the final goal, which is of course “orgasm”, or pleasing your partner with an orgasm, instead of focusing on all the rest of what goes on in the sexual encounter. Concentrating more on the relationship and the intimate experiences that you are having as a contrary to the final goal, to make the story short focus on enjoying the whole process of sexual intercourse and not torment yourself by thinking the end result.

There are actually a large number of different treatments, as far as sexual performance is concerned. One of the treatments targets the erectile dysfunction (ED) known as the sensate focus technique. Through a series of four stages, the first thing that you should learn is to stop focusing on the outcome (orgasm) and worrying about whether or not you climax ahead or satisfy your partner to reach that first, instead concentrate on what the sensory stimulation is like, savor the actual moment of being stimulated, find out what are the ways in which you can reach the “peak” and pleasure each other, these will take your anxiety off of what’s going to happen at the end. And once you’re through with that stage, move on to the second where you’ll be caressing, touching, and communication with clothes off. The third stage is actually being inside your partner but no thrusting, and the last stage is now the thrusting. But, the focus is on the sensations (or called sensate focus).

Analytical Therapy, which is psychotherapy/psychoanalysis using hypnosis, can be very effective in dealing with more deep-seated problems that most men have. Though ED and other sex interferences can have biological causes, many of the problems are psychological. Hypnosis can reduce sexual performance anxiety to promote a more relaxed and confident sense of self, optimize self-esteem, happiness and boost self confidence.

Another remedy is prescription drug treatments therapy. There are two types of penis erection drugs that can boost your self-confidence. The medication that goes to the brain to get an erection, and the other works directly to the genital. Uprima medicine works by enhancing nerve signals that causes nerve signals to be sent from brain to the male genital organ, which results it to become erect. Other drugs like Viagra, Cialis, or levitra are some of the drugs to choose from for erectile dysfunction treatment.

Men sexual performance anxiety is one of the issues that are not very popularly discussed publicly. The reasons of men’s sexual performance anxiety are either the result of how they feel or because of genital erectile dysfunction. Whatever the reasons maybe, sexual performance anxiety is curable!

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Reliable Information Answers Men’s Sexual Health Questions

Reliable Information Answers Men’s Sexual Health Questions

As adolescents, boys get their information about sexuality and men’s sexual health from their peers. As teens, locker room talk may titillate, but it provides little in the way of accurate information about men’s health issues. Unfortunately, while adult women are likely to seek out information from professionals, men are more reticent to discuss questions about men’s sexual health and men’s health news in general with their doctors or other professionals. When compared to women, they’re also less likely to discuss their concerns with other men. As a result, men are often left to wonder about issues that are common to many men, particularly questions about men’s sexual health.

Luckily, with the explosion of the Internet, a wealth of information has become available that answers men’s questions – anonymously. While there are certainly many bogus sites with misinformation, discerning men are able to find reputable websites that discuss men’s issues or that include a men’s health forum.

Men’s sexual health questions cover a wide range of topics. For example, condoms are widely (and correctly) seen as both a contraceptive and a way of protecting against sexually transmitted diseases. Nonetheless, many men opt not to use condoms. In a men’s health forum, men can get the facts and news about condoms, while also discussing risks, tips, and personal experiences.

Another men’s sexual health topic often covered by a men’s health forum is erectile dysfunction. Despite pharmaceutical advances over the past decade, many men find it embarrassing to discuss this topic with friends or even their physicians. By visiting a reputable online information source, men can find answers to the questions and alleviate their concerns, as well as discovering options for correcting the problem.

Other men’s questions revolve around more general issues, such as how to improve the libido. A forum can address both underlying medical causes, as well as identify lifestyle issues that could impact desire, such as fitness, dieting, and weight management.

Some men’s sexual health questions are very specific. For example, men’s health issues might include abnormal urethra development, the inability to retract the foreskin, Peyronie’s disease, venous leakage, and so forth. Obtaining reliable information online will often encourage men to take the next step and seek care from their medical professionals. Being able to identify and intelligently discuss a problem increases men’s comfort levels in discussing men’s health issues with doctors.

Needless to say, sexually transmitted diseases should be a centerpiece of all discussions about men’s sexual health. There is so much misinformation and sheer ignorance about STDs that men must be able to anonymously access accurate information about HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, herpes, and syphilis.

A cornerstone of men’s sexual health – and the ability to fully enjoy a sexual relationship – is accurate information. An online men’s health forum is an excellent way to answer men’s questions and concerns, and when necessary, urge them to seek medical attention.

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Dates Need Adequate Product Safety Labeling

Dates Need Adequate Product Safety Labeling

Such consumer oriented labeling as "Warning: this date may be hazardous to your emotional health" or "Lifetime unconditional love guarantee" should be easily visible on all new dates. Unfortunately the only labeling you may find on your next date may be a patch of material that says "Polo" or "Dockers." This, however, is insufficient data and fails to give even the slightest clue regarding:

* what they are made of,
* if exposed to hot water whether they will shrink or need one, or
* if they will wrinkle, fade or run from commitment.

So how do you know what you are getting into or if your potential partner will even fit your needs? How do you know if your relationship is destined for the recycle shop or if it is durable enough to weather many seasons of the heart? Although you can never take all the risk out of relationships, what you can do is attempt to put the odds of success more in your favor. Potential mates don’t come with adequate product safety labeling but there are recognizable signs, "stop signs" and "warning signs", that can let you know if the "Joe Camel" you are going out with is potentially dangerous to your emotional health. These signs and signals can alert you to potential problems that can lead the unaware down the road to relationship ruin. Some of the possible "stop signs" and the potential relationship problems that they may be warning you of include:

STOP SIGN or WARNING SIGN and POTENTIAL PROBLEM

- Your date becomes very angry over little things. His anger seems disproportionate to the event. He may be a rageaholic. He may have stored lots of past anger that he will eventually aim at you.

- He is extremely critical toward himself, puts himself down. He seems to be an extreme perfectionist. In time that criticism will be directed toward you too. He may expect the unreasonable.

- He bounces checks, has credit problems, unpaid parking tickets, is always late, and makes commitments then breaks them. You’re not dealing with a grown-up. You may be signing up to be his Mommy. You can’t fix him!

- Your date can’t have fun without drinking. He structures his social activities and free time around bars. He’s a potential alcoholic and he may also be addicted to other substances.

- Your date frequently flirts with other women. He makes suggestive comments to your friends and likes "men’s clubs". He may be a sex addict. You’ll never feel secure. He could be unfaithful and unavailable emotionally.

- He has no long-term friends, few acquaintances and no long-term relationships. Forget the excuses, this is someone who is unable to bond with others. You won’t last long either.

- He is an emotional wreck. He seems to desperately need someone to heal his broken heart and help him get his life back on track. When you’ve exhausted yourself nursing him back to health, he won’t be there for you. That’s not his role. He’s the victim.

- Your date avoids talking about his past, especially his childhood. He says "what’s over is over" and "I just don’t think about it." He could be hiding major unresolved emotional problems from childhood. Those problems will surface with anyone with whom he gets close.

- He has just ended a several year relationship. He says he is over her and ready to start dating again. Rebound alert! He may want to be ready to date but probably isn’t. He may yet go back to his ex- partner.

- Your date is uncomfortable with the idea of marriage counseling. He insists that the two of you can handle any problem that might come up. If a major problem does emerge, he won’t be open to help. He may be unable to face problems or even talk about serious issues. Look out!

Ignoring these "stop signs" and the warnings that they signal can create huge relationship problems. Denying, minimizing, rationalizing, or in some other way making excuses for the other person is usually a form of self-deception. This is a way that people often set themselves up for some very painful consequence.

It is not always easy shopping for the love of your life. The product safety labeling isn’t prominently displayed. But there are warning signs, stop signs and behavioral tags that tell the truth about what they are made of.