A Heartbroken Symphony

A heartbroken cry sounds in the night
In the city of light darkness arrives
A heartbroken human symphony begins to play
The world mourns
The world weeps
The world needs peace
Quiet descends
The conductor begins anew
A new symphony for a troubled society
A heartbreaking symphony
A sad requiem
Will life ever be the same?
We are left to wonder
What madness is this
When we cannot live without war
When we cannot live without peace
Simple lives made more difficult
Resonating to the same sad song
And once more
The heartbroken symphony plays on
In a world of chaos and confusion
I question the world that we live in
Hoping for resolution
But have little reason to believe
That anything will be the same again
And so I am immersed
In this everlasting symphony
When terror has struck
We are left scared and scarred
Emotions at play
Let the conductor play his song
And one day may we unite as one
For a moment or two
And listen to the symphony together

Help Me Out: Great Holiday Season Skincare Tips

As someone who has suffered from terrible cystic acne, I have worked hard to maintain healthy skin all year long. Some may think that breakouts only occur during warm weather due to sweating but in reality acne breakouts can happen at all times of the year. As the holiday season rapidly approaches we are all left with a complicated dilemma—how can we keep our skin clear of acne during the holidays? No need to worry, there are plenty of tips for that and I’ll share some of my tricks with you as well.
A 2012 article by Danielle Emig of Stylecaster.com recommended moisturizer as one of your front lines of defense. Skin dries out very quickly during cold weather and dry crackly skin can lead to bacteria seeping into your pores resulting in breakouts. Another tip is to use gentle cleansers as harsh acne treatments will only dry out and further irritate your skin. One product recommended is Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser which will hydrate your skin and won’t lead to dryness like some other cleansers with irritants such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid as ingredients. You can purchase this cleanser at beauty specialty stores such as Ulta.
If you only have a few pimples you can always try a spot treatment like Neutrogena’s On-the-Spot Acne Treatment which you can get at your local drugstore. A natural and always beneficial trick is to stay hydrated and continue to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily as this will keep you healthy from the inside out. If you’re not a big fan of water you can always try something with a little more bounce like seltzer which I drink regularly no matter what the temperature is.
One good tip that was included in an article on Prevention.com was to use a creamy cleanser that contains alpha hydroxyl acids every other day which will remove any dead skin cells that can accumulate on the skin’s surface. It even works for sensitive skin and will help encourage what is referred to as cell turnover.
An interesting piece of advice published in an article on WebMd.com was to take shorter showers and use warm water. Long showers in steamy hot water can sap your skin of moisture instead of adding more moisture to your skin. When you’re done with your shower it was recommended that you pat dry instead of rub.
You should also wear sunscreen regularly even during the winter months as up to 80% of the sun’s rays can seep through clouds, snow, and fog. Exposure to sun rays over time can result in moles, wrinkles, and skin cancers. You should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that includes both UVA and UVB protection.
Hopefully these tips will enable you to have healthy skin all winter long. Winter can be one of the most taxing seasons on skin so being proactive and trying to find the right products can make all the difference. Also, remember that finding the right products is a trial and error process. You may have to try several different products before you find the ones that will be best for your skincare regimen.