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Wrinkles happen. As you progress along the timeline of life, your skin begins to lose the baby-like plumpness it once had when you were young as a result of natural collagen loss. At some point in adulthood, the laugh lines and creases around your eyes from many smiles and good times begin to emerge, and you are left wondering how to make them fade away into the sunset.

The skincare industry makes billions of dollars every year on anti-aging creams, serums, and cleansers that promise to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow, but often fall short on the results you desire. Instead of paying $20-$100 on a single jar of your favorite anti-aging aid, try these natural remedies for great-looking skin:

Eat More Fish

Fish is considered to be a low-fat protein source that does wonderful things for the entire body, including keeping skin looking young. Incorporate fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, into your diet so that your skin heals itself and takes back the plump and fresh look it once did. Omega-3 fatty acids offer antioxidants that get rid of toxins and thus gives your skin a silky and smooth appearance.

Banana and Honey Mask

Mash up a banana and mix it up with honey to create a completely chemical free face mask that will do wonders for dry skin. Bananas contain vitamins A, D, and E that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and provide it with a clean and radiant glow. Honey contains antibacterial properties and humectant, which will lock in moisture and keep your face from becoming dry in the elements. Apply the mixture to your face and let it soak into your skin for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing.

Good Old-Fashioned Water

If your skin is more dry than normal and there are bags forming under your eyes, consider incorporating more water into your diet. One of the biggest causes of dry skin, other than the weather, is simply that you are dehydrated and need more liquids in your body. Drink the recommended amount of water for your body type each day and soon you will notice healthier looking skin. To enhance the skin healing properties of your water, infuse it with citrus fruits or cucumber slices to get more vitamins into your system.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich and bold, and can be used for more than just cooking. It has been used to moisturize skin for thousands of years and does not leave a greasy residue behind. Olive oil contains good fats and hydroxytyrosol, which fight off the free radicals that damage your skin. Olive oil also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E which provides your skin with beneficial antioxidants. Rub a small amount of olive oil on your face before you go to sleep at night and wake up to a fresh look, radiant glow, and a noticeable reduction in wrinkle definition.

Pineapple and Lemon Juice Rub

To combat wrinkles and the signs of aging quickly, give your face a nice citrus rinse with a mixture of pineapple juice and lemon juice. Not only will your skin smell clean and fresh, but the acids found in the citrus juice will go to work smoothing out your skin and making it soft. Citrus juices are rich in vitamin C, which is great for good skin health.

Instead of spending money on expensive creams and wrinkle treatments, first try these ingredients you most likely already have at home. You will be rewarded with healthy looking skin and can take years off the clock in no time.

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Organize Your Medical Paperwork

If you’re like many people, you struggle to remember all the medications and supplements you are taking, or maybe you have a pile of medical records and bills that desperately needs to be filed. Don’t panic. There are a variety of ways to organize your medication information that will save you time and your sanity.

List Medications and Allergies

A simple thing to organize is your list of allergies and medications for each household member. These can be typed up and printed out to fit in your wallet or purse for easy access when you visit your doctor. There are many websites and blogs that offer free printables for logging medications and allergies, and some pharmacies even offer this service for their customers. It also helps to keep a backup copy at home with the rest of your medical records.

Compile a Medical History Notebook

Using a binder or a plain notebook, list in chronological order all your operations, medical procedures, and acute and chronic conditions. When it’s complete, this will make filling out doctor’s office paperwork a breeze, because your entire medical history is already compiled. If you’re compiling records for all family members, make sure each person has their own notebook or file. These can include immunization records, blood types, organ donor information, allergy and medication lists, and legal paperwork such as advanced directives.

Sort Medical Bills and Receipts

While going through your medical paperwork, you may find medical bills and receipts mixed in with test results. It’s important to separate actual records, such as test results, from bills. Both tend to pile up fast, especially if you’re managing any chronic conditions. Whether you file your bills in a hanging file system, a binder, or online, it helps to keep them in chronological order. You’ll probably have copies of Explanations of Benefit (EOB) from your insurance company for each medical service that was filed to your insurance. When possible, place them with your medical bills for each service. Separating medical receipts from other records will help during tax season if you are able to deduct them on your taxes.

Digitize Your Records

Once every family member has their own medical records folder, then it’s a good idea to digitize your records. You can do this by scanning documents to your computer in your spare time or ask one of your tech-savvy children to do this. If you don’t have an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier, then you can purchase a small scanner especially for saving paperwork. They can range in cost from $80 to $400, depending on your needs. It’s important to save the records in easily recognizable file names, such as John Smith Appendectomy March 2016 or Kaitlin Smith Tonsils July 2017. After they’ve been digitized, save them in multiple places, such as a flash drive, CD, or a cloud program such as Dropbox or Evernote. Once they are backed up, shred the papers you aren’t required to keep, and this will free up valuable space in your home.

Organizing paperwork, especially medical paperwork, can be confusing and overwhelming, but it can be made easier. If you focus on one thing at a time, before you know it your medical records will be easy to access. And the next time you get sick, you can focus on getting better instead of dealing with all the paperwork.


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