Wellness

Does Sunscreen Expire?

mother putting sunscreen on young girl

Memorial Day is right around the corner. Neighborhood pools are about to open (except Carilion Wellness, which is already open - woohoo!) and for many of us that means pulling swim suits, floaties and of course that stockpile of unused sunscreen out of storage.

The question is will that sunscreen be just as effective the second time around?

To make things interesting, a lot of sunscreen bottles are not printed with an expiration date.

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5 Weight Loss Mistakes You May Not Realize You’re Making

overweight man measuring his stomach with a measuring tape

You probably know that eating too many calories or not getting enough exercise can derail your weight loss efforts, but there are other things that could be getting in your way.
 
How you think about your weight loss could be the problem.

Here are some common mistakes from the Carilion Clinic Weight Loss Center and tips for overcoming them.

1. Negative self talk.

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How to Deal With Difficult People at Work

woman dealing with a difficult coworker

Is someone at work making your life difficult?

If so, you’re not alone.

Every workplace seems to have its difficult co-workers, bosses or customers. And they come in all varieties.

When trying to cope, it can help to understand the human dynamics of a situation. The inescapable fact is that any time two people are together, there’s potential for conflict.

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When Should You Seek Support for Anxiety?

young man sitting down dealing with extreme anxiety

Did you know that anxiety disorders affect over 40 million Americans, but only one-third of affected people seek the help of a medical professional?

Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but it is important to understand the difference between a disorder and everyday anxiety in order to know when to seek medical support.

Many people worry about important life events, like getting a job after graduation or even figuring out how to pay bills month-to-month.

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Magnesium's Role in Your Body

magnesium heart vitamins

You've probably heard of magnesium or seen it listed on your multivitamin, but do you know what it does for your body?

Approximately 300 biochemical reactions in your body are dependent on magnesium, including those that keep your heart rhythms, blood sugar and blood pressure in check.

Magnesium also helps with nerve function, ongoing repair of DNA and RNA and absorption of calcium for strong bones.

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Are Relationships as Important as Exercise?

Getting together with friends is good for your health.

How important are relationships to your health?
 
Extremely important!

Positive connections with others—spouses, partners, parents, friends and acquaintances—have proven health benefits.
 
Relationships are actually as important to our health as exercise and shouldn’t be overlooked as a source of physical and mental support. We are, after all, social animals.
 
I’m sure that’s good news for many of us!
 

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Say Hello to Brighter Skin

pretty middle aged woman checking out her great skin in the mirror

The ways our skin changes throughout our lives can be influenced by sun exposure and preventive care as well as factors we can’t control, like skin disorders and heredity.

Skin imperfections that develop as we age include freckles and sunspots, acne scars, wrinkles, more visible blood vessels, cellulite and other textural and tone changes.

Today’s skin rejuvenation options can treat all of them, for men and women of every age.

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Improve Shoulder Function in 5 Steps

man doing a simple shoulder stretch

You probably don’t think about it very much as you go about your daily tasks, but your shoulder is pretty important.

It is one of the most complex joints in your body. It allows you to move your arm 360 degrees and it acts as a stabilizer so your bones, ligaments and muscles can all work together.

In short, it is really important. Those who experience pain in their shoulder or lose function and range of motion can tell you all about how it can negatively affect their daily lives.

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