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  1. 10 Quick Tips to Soothe Dry Chapped Hands

    Winter brings snow…and hot cocoa…and cuddling by the fire…and dry, chapped hands that you just want to hide.

    Dry, cracked, maybe even bleeding hands are more than unattractive.

    They hurt! And exposure to the dry indoor heat and cold temperatures of winter will just make it worse.

    But you don’t have keep your hands hidden beneath the blankets or behind mittens!

    Soothe your dry, chapped hands with these ten quick tips that will do the trick and have you back to holding hands in no time.

    1. Wash your hands the right way. One of the causes of dry, chapped hands is exposure to water and soap. But another cause is the dirt and debris your hands are exposed to all day long. Washing your hands the right way can help balance out those two causes, so your hands get clean without stripping all the natural oils from your skin. When you wash, choose a mild soap or even a non-soap cleanser. Once your hands are clean, skip the hot air dryer and pat dry with a towel, napkin, or even toilet paper if necessary. Moisturize immediately.

    2. Skip the wash occasionally. If you find yourself washing your hands several times a day – think a dozen or more – buy a hand sanitizer and use that a few times during the day, rather than washing. While they can be drying, alcohol-based hand sanitizers still aren’t as damaging as washing with soap and water that many times.

    3. Invest in a humidifier. Odds are good that if your hands are dry and chapped, the rest of your skin is getting there, too. A humidifier will help moisturize every inch of you to alleviate dry skin all over your body. Follow the instructions on keeping it clean in order to maintain your health all winter long.

    4. Wear gloves when you go out – and sometimes in. This one may be a no-brainer, but it’s still important. If you’re going for a long walk through the mountains, or just running to the store, make sure you pull on a pair of gloves. Keeping your hands protected from the cold outside will help keep the skin healthy. But remember to wear gloves when you wash dishes or clean house, too. You should be doing that year-round to protect your hands from damage, but it’s especially important during winter.

    5. Remember to exfoliate. You probably exfoliate your face. Maybe even your legs and arms. However, most people don’t think about exfoliating their hands. But your hands benefit from a gentle scrubbing just as much as the rest of you. Plus, getting rid of the dead skin will help them absorb moisture – which is key to keeping them soft and supple. You can buy an exfoliant, or just mix sugar with some olive oil until it makes a paste. Smooth it onto your hands and rinse well.

    6. Check out the pantry #1. If you think oatmeal is only good for breakfast, think again. Oats have been respected as a skin softener for generations. Add them to warm water and soak chapped hands for 10-15 minutes. For an even more luxurious experience, add warm olive oil to the mix.

    7. Check out the pantry #2. So help soften skin, rub vinegar into your hands and cover with cotton gloves for a few hours, or overnight. Be sure to rinse well. And consider other alternatives if your hands are so dry and chapped that they’ve cracked or are bleeding.

    8. Check out the pantry #3. The last of the ingredients you probably have in the kitchen, reach for corn starch or baking soda. Dissolve four tablespoons of either into warm, but not hot water. Soak your hands for thirty minutes then pat dry.

    9. The overnight sensation. For truly chapped hands, this tip can’t be beat. Slather your hands with petroleum jelly. Wrap them in plastic wrap or a latex glove. Then pull on a soft cotton glove. Now go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, your hands will be smoother and softer already.

    10. Embrace the moisturizer. If you’re looking to soothe dry, chapped hands, or if you’re looking to prevent them from ever getting that way, the single most important thing you can do is moisturize. A moisturizing lotion can be your best friend in the cold, winter months. And it’s practically impossible to overdo. Every time you wash your hands – moisturize. Go outside and come back in – moisturize. Before you put gloves on, after you take gloves off, when you’re out of the shower, and before bed – moisturize. And make sure that you find a lotion specially designed to work in the harsh environment of winter, like IncrediCream, so that you can be certain your maximizing every drop!

    Summer shouldn’t be the only time you get to show off beautiful soft skin! Get rid of dry, chapped hands all winter long, with these easy tips and IncrediCream.

  2. Shocking Truths About Male Enhancement Surgery

    surgery male enhancementIt happens at some point in the course of every man’s life: you wonder if you’re, well, big enough.

    Between late night television, locker room talk, and normal human insecurities, it’s easy to assume that other men are far better endowed than you are.

    To the point that you may start looking at alternatives, up to and including male enhancement surgery.

    But before you take such a drastic step, let’s take a closer look at some facts and separate them from innuendo – especially about male enhancement surgery and if you really need it.

    The Long and Short of It

    Guys, let’s talk numbers. There seems to be this mystery about how long a man should be and even a suspicion that everyone is bigger than you are. These two unknowns feed into a man’s insecurity – and that insecurity feeds thoughts about enhancement surgery.

    Here are the true numbers:

    • The average length of a flaccid penis is 3-5 inches
    • The average length of an erect penis is 5-7 inches
    • An erect penis is only considered small if it measures less than 3 inches

    In fact, in one study from 2005 none of the men looking into male enhancement procedures qualified. That’s right – none. Yet most of them believed they were too small, or below average.

    Are you feeling better already? Good. But just in case you still want to know more about enhancement surgery, let’s look at what actually happens under the knife.

    What the Procedures Entail

    Perhaps the most important thing to know about male enhancement surgery is that it’s only approved for very specific medical conditions. While the surgeries may be performed in the United States for cosmetic reasons, such surgeries aren’t approved by any major medical organization, including the American Urological Society.

    However, there are doctors who will perform purely cosmetic male enhancement surgeries.

    The first is to increase girth, or how big around you are. Fat is taken from elsewhere on your body and injected into your penis in order to make it thicker.

    Unfortunately, the transplanted fat is often reabsorbed by the body, at best returning the body to its original girth – and at worst, making you look lumpy, uneven, and unattractive.

    Or, you can have enhancement surgery to increase length. And this one just sounds scary. The doctor actually cuts a ligament that attaches the penis to the pelvic bone in order to drop the penis and make it appear longer.

    At this point, some doctors will even hang weights on the penis during recovery to extend the length of the penis further.

    However, severing the ligament can create unintended side effects. Most commonly, it causes the penis to become unstable, especially when erect. This particular surgery has also been known to lead to infections, scarring, nerve damage, and decreased sensitivity.

    And in at least one study, fewer than half of the men were even satisfied with the results!

    Plus – all of this can cost up to $9,500. For a procedure that’s dangerous, not approved, and may not even work.

    So What ARE You Supposed to Do?

    So upon further examination, you’ve decided that male enhancement surgery isn’t for you. What are you supposed to do now?

    First and foremost, realize you’re probably not below average after all. While no one is sure where the myth of the overly endowed lover originated, trust that it’s just that – a myth.

    Then talk to your partner. That may be awkward at first, but it’s also really important. Because if she’s satisfied with your size, there’s no reason for you to be concerned.

    If you’re still concerned about size, try some noninvasive, external cosmetic changes. Keeping your pubic hair trimmed short and losing weight are two ways to make your penis appear longer.

    If you can’t see it, you won’t realize its true length!

    And finally, make the best use of what you’ve got. Get a little help in the performance area with Argi-Vive III, our performance enhancing supplement that you drink.

    Increase blood flow, desire, and staying power, all with this pink powder. After all, if you’re using your equipment well, she’s not going to care about an extra half inch!

    You don’t need male enhancement surgery – just some reassurance and a bit of a confidence boost. Get exactly what you need safely and affordably, with Argi-Vive III.

  3. 11 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

    ginger root health benefitsThis time of year, it’s almost impossible to walk into any store and not be bombarded with gingerbread.

    From cookies to houses to decorations, gingerbread is everywhere it seems.

    But that might not be a bad thing once you know the health benefits of ginger root!

    Okay, so gingerbread may not be the healthiest choice you can make, but adding ginger to your daily routine can have amazing health benefits.

    Plus, you can take it in tea, capsules, powder, or as a seasoning and reap the rewards.

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  4. Is Your Nighttime Routine Helping or Hurting You?

    Routine nighttimeYou’re tired every day. You’re stressed every night.

    You toss and turn, unable to turn off your brain long enough to get to sleep.

    Or you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep.

    If any of these sound familiar, maybe the problem isn’t you – maybe the problem is your nighttime routine.

    After all, we know a healthy morning routine can make or break your day. Once you think about it, it makes sense that a nightly routine can be just as important.

    These suggestions can help make up a nighttime routine that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Not all of them may work for you, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that do.

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  5. 12 Constipation Remedies You Can’t Live Without

    Remedies constipationYour holiday season is going along swimmingly when one day, it hits you: constipation.

    The rich food and busy schedule has caught up with you.

    There’s nothing worse, but you don’t have to be debilitated by the discomfort, bloating, and uncertainty that comes with not being able to go.

    Instead, try these 12 natural constipation remedies and get your holiday back on track!

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  6. 11 Natural Remedies to Ease Your Leg and Hip Pain

    hip and leg painIf you deal with leg and hip pain then you know how all-consuming it can be.

    Sitting hurts. Standing hurts. Lying down hurts.

    You can’t escape it. It’s easy to believe there is nothing you can do.

    Luckily though, that’s not true.

    There are steps you can take to ease your leg and hip pain.

    And no, I don’t mean invasive surgeries or scary prescriptions. These steps are natural remedies that really will soothe the pain in your hips and legs.

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  7. Understanding the Link Between Exercise and Memory

    memory and exerciseThe link between exercise and physical health is – if you’ll excuse the pun – a no-brainer.

    But the link between exercise and memory may not be as obvious.

    At least not until you understand the link between the two.

    At which point, once you understand how exercise and memory are intricately linked, you’ll never forget it!

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  8. Make Joint Relief Your Ultimate Goal for 2016

    relief jointWhen it comes to New Year’s resolutions, joint relief may not seem all that interesting or exciting – unless you’ve struggled with sore, achy, stiff joints.

    At that point, you know that this is more than just a worthy New Year’s resolution – it’s the ultimate goal.

    So we’ve collected the twelve ways for you to achieve relief in your joints for 2016 – and beyond.

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  9. 14 Shocking Libido Silent Killers

    Killers silentWhen you hear the phrase “silent killers” you probably think about brain or cardiovascular health. But your libido can be under attack by silent killers as well.

    While these quiet killers may not be as life threatening as the ones going after your heart and lungs, they are still a big deal.

    Anyone who’s ever had their sex life diminish understands just how important desire and arousal actually are.

    And these emotional, physical, and dietary factors can play a huge role in how well your libido responds.

    So if you and your partner are struggling to have a satisfying sex life, check out these fourteen silent libido killers and see if any of them sound familiar.

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  10. The Ultimate Hair Growth Diet

    diet hair growthIf you really want thick, shiny, healthy hair, it’s time to stop worrying about what you put on your hair and start thinking about what you put in your body.

    You don’t need another shampoo, you need a hair growth diet.

    Shampoos and conditioners can only do so much because they only work on the outside.

    The health of your hair is determined long before a shampoo or styling product can touch it.

    If your hair is unhealthy when it first grows out, no product can change that.

    So feed your hair, literally, with a hair growth diet that will help ensure your hair starts out as healthy and gorgeous as possible.

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  11. The REAL Truth About Ergonomic Desk Chairs

    desk chairs ergonomicalHave you heard the hype about ergonomic desk chairs and standing desks?

    Because they are all the rage. But what’s the truth and what’s just marketing?

    We decided to look closer and report back.

    So here’s the real truth about ergonomic chairs, standing desks, and alternative work spaces.

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  12. 10 Unknown Reasons for Healthy Joints

    Ssshhhh…. You’ve got a secret.

    You don’t mean to brag but while other people are dealing with stiffness, aches, and pains, you’ve actually got pretty healthy joints.

    Sure, you may feel a twinge every now and then, after all, you’re not a teenager any longer. But big picture, you’re moving well and relatively pain-free.

    You probably take steps, literally and figuratively, to keep your joints healthy.

    Making sure you exercise most days, eat right, and maintain a healthy weight.

    But you do more than that, too. Read on and see if any of these unknown reasons for healthy joints sound familiar to you.

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  13. 10 Secrets to Hitting a Healthy Blood Sugar Level This Holiday Season

    blood sugar level healthyMaintaining a healthy blood sugar level can be an undertaking year-round, but it’s especially challenging during the holidays.

    It’s easy to be tempted by rich foods and indulgent treats you don’t usually get the rest of the time – after all, who wouldn’t be tempted?

    The good news, though, is that you can maintain your blood sugar levels and still enjoy the holidays – even indulge a little – with just a little planning and forethought.

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  14. 6 Fun Exercises to Improve Joint Stability

    Technically, joint stability is defined as “the ability to maintain or control joint movement or position” but that doesn’t come close to capturing what joints stability really means.

    Because you know that stable joints means living with more.

    More mobility, more balance, more living life to the fullest.

    Having stable joints is about being steady on your feet whether you’re walking a golf course or walking through the grocery store.

    It’s about knowing you can lift, bend, and reach so that you’re able to keep up with the activities of daily living and stay independent.

    In fact, joint stability, balance, and mobility are intricately linked. So much so that you can’t talk about one without talking about the other two.

    In other words, having stable joints really is about so much more than just stability. But here’s the twist - joint stability is also about living with less.

    Less pain. Less fear of falling. Less stiffness. Less isolation.

    So give these six exercises a try to increase stability, balance, and mobility.

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  15. 15 Common Lifestyle Habits That Are Destroying Your Sex Life

    Habits lifestyleYou know why your sex life isn’t so great.

    You think it’s probably age or health.

    After all, you’ve spent years listening to commercials telling you that a waning sex life is all but inevitable.

    But what if everything you’ve been told is wrong?

    Not that age and health can’t play a part in a waning sex life – but what if it’s not inevitable?

    What if you have lifestyle habits that are hurting your sex life? Lifestyle habits that you can change and get the heat back in the bedroom!

    They are habits, behaviors, and attitudes that may not even seem to be related to sex – but they impact your sex life anyway.

    If your lifestyle habits that are harming your love life are actual habits, or if they’re behaviors and attitudes, check out this list and see if there’s anything you find familiar.

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  16. The Shocking Everyday Item That Helps with Joint Lubrication

    lubrication jointWhen it comes to joint lubrication, there are a lot promises being made.

    But the truth is far more mundane than any promise.

    No miracle pills from the Far East.

    No obscure ointments rediscovered after centuries.

    Not even an ointment used since the time of Cleopatra.

    For help with joint lubrication, all you need is… Water!

    If you get it from your tap or buy it from the store – sparkling, or still – water is one of the best things you can do for joint health and lubrication.

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  17. How Strengthening Your Core Can Help Your Sex Life

    core strengtheningIf I told you that you could add stamina, flexibility, and confidence to your sex life, all while improving your performance, simply by doing one simple thing, would you do it?

    Would you want to know what it is, or would you shrug and say no thanks?

    That’s what I thought.

    So here it is – you really can add all those things to your love life just by strengthening your core.

    We’ve talked about general exercises to improve your sex life, but it’s time to look specifically at core strengthening, and why that one area is so important.

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  18. 14 Surprising Foods for Better Eyesight

    When it comes to better eyesight, you know to eat your carrots.

    After all, we’ve all heard the joke about rabbits and glasses.

    You even know that it’s not the carrots themselves, but the vitamins and minerals in the carrots – so you eat orange and yellow vegetables and lots of leafy greens.

    But salad only goes so far, and now you’re looking for some unexpected ways to protect your eyesight through diet.

    I’ve got good news: you’ve probably been eating your way toward better eyesight without even knowing it!

    What does that mean? Check out these fourteen surprising foods for better eyesight and you’ll see –

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  19. The Complete (and delicious) Diet for Healthy Blood Sugar

    blood sugar healthyWhen it comes to eating for healthy blood sugar, you might think you have to give up delicious food.

    Reality is, however, that you don’t.

    Eating to keep your blood sugar healthy isn’t just easy – it’s delicious, too!

    Work these twenty foods into your diet to help keep your blood sugar healthy – and your doctor happy!

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  20. Sex and Aging: 8 Ways to Have Better Sex Than Ever Before

    aging and sexIt’s easy to understand why one might think sex and aging are mutually incompatible.

    We live in a youth-obsessed society and anyone over the age of 40 isn’t supposed to think about “things like that.”

    Well, I’m here to tell you that society is, quite frankly, wrong.

    Sex and aging can absolutely go hand in hand.

    In fact, if you’re willing to be a little open-minded, sex can get better as you age instead of worse.

    After all, you know you’re still interested, still excited, and yes, even still aroused at the thought of sex with your partner.

    If you’ve been together for decades or if it’s a newer relationship, the fire’s still there.

    If nothing else, sex is good for you as you age. It helps you stay physically and mentally healthy. It reduces stress and anxiety. Sex can even help slow aging, because it’s been linked to a longer lifespan!

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