From Teen To Adult In 4 Steps

All girls will go through puberty at some point between the ages of nine and fourteen. This is the point at which a child’s body starts to grow and get ready for adulthood. There are some big changes that occur in a girl’s body during this time, some of which can be very strange and hard to come to terms with. However, no matter what happens to your body during puberty, there is no need to stress out about it! We have all been through it before and know exactly how you are feeling. Here are five of the most common things that change in a girl during puberty.

Breasts Develop

One of the most obvious physical changes to occur in a girl’s body is that her breasts will start to develop. At first, she will develop small breast buds, which will then become more fuller and grow into breasts. Not only will girls start to see these developments, but they will also start to feel them. That’s because their nipples will become slightly tender and sore. If you do find that your nipples and breast buds become painful, this is nothing to worry about and perfectly natural.

Periods Start

One of the main changes that girls worry about is the start of their periods. Most girls start at around 12 years old, but some can be as young as eight when they get their first period. There are various signs that signal a girl is about to get her period. These include a dull ache in her belly and a white discharge from the vagina. Once your period starts, you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about it. As long as you are using tampons or towels correctly, no one will be able to notice. Be sure to maintain good personal hygiene during the period, as this can reduce the development of infections: www.popsugar.com/moms/Signs-Yeast-Infection-Girls-30947431.

Notice The Opposite Sex More

During puberty, there will be some big hormonal changes in your body, and as a result, you will start to notice the opposite sex more. This means that you might start to fancy boys and could be sexually attracted to them. Even though you may feel ready to experiment sexually, you should wait until you are married. Abstinence is the best way to protect against unwanted guilt, regret, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections: www.prioritystdtesting.com.

Gain Weight

Most girls find that they gain weight during puberty. This is a result of the hormonal changes, as the body is getting ready to bear children. You will find that your hips become a lot rounder and you start to develop fuller thighs and arms. Don’t worry, though; this doesn’t mean you are getting fat! It is just your body changing from a child’s into a woman’s! There are other factors that may affect the weight gain, such as going on the contraceptive pill.

Once you are prepared for puberty, you shouldn’t find the changes that much of a shock, and will be able to be happy throughout this phase!

5 Ways Eye Makeup Can Damage Your Eyes (and How to Avoid It)

eyeWe are a nation that loves beauty products. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, we spend around $10 billion annually on cosmetics, beauty supplies, and perfume. While we are busy trying to look our best, we often fail to realize that some of these products can do more harm than good. Some may actually lead to eye problems that could easily be avoided by being proactive about taking protective measures.

“The eyes are such an important part of our lives, yet we don’t stop to appreciate them until there is a problem,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center. “It is important to take measures at any age to help protect your vision. The eye makeup that people wear is an area of concern when it comes to protecting the eyes.”

Millions of women put eye makeup on daily, or at least on a regular basis. But what they may not realize is that what they are doing could lead to short- or long-term damage as a result. Here are 5 ways that eye makeup can damage the eyes:

  1. Bacterial infections. Known as bacterial conjunctivitis, it is one of the most common problems people encounter because of wearing eye makeup. This is because bacteria gets into the makeup. To avoid it, don’t use old makeup. Eye makeup should be replaced every three months. Also, don’t share makeup with others, always wash hands before applying makeup, and never use saliva to assist in applying mascara.
  2. Toxic heavy metals. It is important to become an eye-makeup label reader. Some products contain heavy metals that can be damaging to the eyes. Avoid eye makeup containing such ingredients as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, selenium, and thallium. Look for makeup that is non-toxic and more natural. These can often be found at health food stores and online.
  3. Dry eyes. Eye makeup can help lead to and aggravate dry eyes. To help avoid this, stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, and using natural tear lubricant.
  4. Allergic reactions. Repeated use of the same makeup can stimulate your body to develop allergies. Give your eyes a break by changing brands and taking vitamin C to reduce inflammation
  5. Loss of eyelashes. The very makeup that people use to help create a longer eyelash look can actually lead to a loss of eyelashes. Keep eyelashes long and healthy by eating a healthy diet.

“People don’t have to give up wearing eye makeup altogether, if they really feel they need it,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “But it is important to consider the factors that can damage the eyes and then take measures to minimize those risks. Preventing eye problems should always be your first goal.”

Dr. Kondrot is the author of three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012), and president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association. He has founded the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, located just north of Tampa, Fla., which offers alternative and homeopathic routes to vision therapies known as the “Kondrot Program.” The program focuses on such conditions as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts, and others. His advanced programs have helped people from around the world restore their vision. The center sits on 50 acres of land and features a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the art complex, an organic ranch, jogging trails, swimming pool, hot tub, and more. For more information, visit the site at www.healingtheeye.com.