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Let’s Talk Sexual Health

What a terrific evening we had last week with the Patty Brisben Foundation and our launch of #SexualHealthMatters: A Conversation with the Patty Brisben Foundation! It was an informative evening of frank talk on issues affecting women’s sexual health. If you weren’t able to attend this time, mark your calendars for our next Conversation coming up on Tuesday, September 25th.

We find that conversation is the best way to open our feelings to our partners about our own sexual needs, but sometimes that conversation is difficult to have. According to a Mayo Clinic article, women are not alike when it comes to sex—we have different likes and dislikes, and our partners need to know that.

But how to bring that up? It’s not easy, but it’s an important conversation to have. The article suggests five points to get the conversation started, including:

  • Admit your discomfort. If you’re a little uneasy starting the conversation, say so!
  • Start talking. Once the words come out, it’s usually easier to bring up sensitive subjects.
  • Set a time limit. The article says 15 minutes is good for a start.
  • Talk regularly. Once you get into the habit, it’ll be easier to start the conversations.
  • Use a book or movie to illustrate your sexual health issues.

After you set up guidelines, some of the issues you might want to discuss are the time you devote to your relationship, routine sex versus trying something new, and your emotional intimacy, not just physical. If there are any health or hormonal changes your partner needs to know about, this is a good time to discuss that, as well.

Our conversation last week on #SexualHealthMatters really illuminated the need for all of us to talk more about our sexual health and needs. These tips from the Mayo Clinic can help you open up that conversation at home as well. If you want to read more from the Mayo Clinic, here’s the link:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/womens-sexual-health/art-20047771

Save Your Skin

Ah, sunshine! The official start of summer is still a couple of weeks away but most of us already are well into summertime activities—the beach, the pool, anywhere we can soak up a few rays.

There is a meme going around social media that talks about the “old days” when we laid out in the sun with our baby oil and iodine concoction slathered all over and some lemon juice in our hair to get that sun-bleached look. Ah yes, I remember it well, but these days, we know better. Now, we know to protect our skin when we go outside.

The National Institutes of Health reminds us about the dangers of sun exposure, from premature wrinkling to the more serious forms of skin cancers. “Each year, more than 2 million people are treated for two types of skin cancer: Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma,” the NIH reminds us. “These cancers are seen in both older and younger people, and they’re rarely life-threatening. Melanoma is a less common but more serious type of skin cancer that’s diagnosed in more than 68,000 Americans each year.”

In fact, did you realize that our skin is our body’s largest organ? It protects us, so the least we can do is protect it from the sun’s harmful rays even while we’re showing more of it off on these warm days! Put your sunscreen on early and often, wear a fabulous wide-brimmed hat and don’t forget your very-chic sunglasses to protect your eyes.

As for the rest of you, our Pure Romance Body Boost Firming Creamhelps smooth and tone your skin before and after a day at the beach while our Revive Skin Repair Cream keeps your skin healthy and moisturized, especially for the extremely dry areas.

And if you still want that sunny glow without the sun, remember our Coco Glow Tropical Sunless Tanner offers medium to dark coverage safely!

Want more tips on sun care? Here’s the article from the NIH: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/07/sun-skin

It’s Travel Season!

School has just about wrapped up, or has wrapped up, for the season, the weather is warmer and it’s time for many people to hit the road or fly the friendly skies for a vacation. Whether it’s a long weekend or a two-week exotic stint, vacations in general are something most of us look forward to. And according to the U.S. Travel Association, there’s another benefit other than rest and relaxation—couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships.

The U.S Travel survey looked at if, and to what extent, leisure travel strengthened relationships between romantic partners. The survey had three key findings:

  • Travel has long-term benefits for couples
  • Travel helps build and maintain relationships
  • Travel ignites romance and intimacy

The article says that the survey found that couples who travel together have a higher satisfaction level with their relationship, and relationships last longer among couples who do travel together. In addition, the article says that those surveyed thought that traveling together helped build new relationships because couples do new and interesting things together. And, of course, travel helps couples find the time to spend together so they can reconnect, be romantic and intimate.

If you really needed an excuse to plan a vacation, (and really, who needs an excuse?) the U.S. Travel Association gave us some great reasons to plan our next trip. And don’t forget to take Pure Romance along with you, to make that trip even more memorable! Happy vacation!

If you want to read more from the survey, here’s the full article: https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/media_root/5.2015_Relationship_ExecSummary.pdf

 

ALL Relationships Are Royalty!

Did you get up bright and early last Saturday morning to watch the royal wedding? (Well, it wasn’t very bright at 4:30 a.m. when I was up!) Millions around the world took time out to watch Prince Harry, whom we have watched grow up, mourned with him in his sorrow and celebrated in his joy,  marry his American princess, Meghan Markle.

What fascinates us about relationships like this? Maybe it’s the relationship itself and how two people with vastly different backgrounds can meet and connect the way they seemingly do. Relationships are important for all of us, whether they are with a partner or with our friends.

An article by Harvard researchers indicates that meaningful relationships are important for our emotional, mental and physical health. “Good, close relationships appear to buffer us from the problems of getting old,” according to Dr. Robert Waldinger with Massachusetts General Hospital.

The article outlines a decades-old study of what made people happy as they aged. The findings include:

  • Social connections appear to be good for health
  • Loneliness appears to be toxic
  • Relationship quality matters “Living in conflict, such as in a high-conflict marriage, is bad for your health. Living in the midst of warm relationships is perhaps protective,” said Dr. Waldinger.
  • Good relationships seem to protect our brain. “Being in a securely attached relationship is protective in your 80s,” he said. “Those people’s memories stay sharper longer.”

As Pure Romance consultants, we’re in the relationship business. Sure, we make our parties fun and that’s part of getting together with your girlfriends to enjoy an evening out. But we want your relationship with your partner to be constructive, too. There’s scientific proof to show that it’s good for you, well into your golden years!

So to Meghan and Harry, we wish them a long, healthy relationship and a long, healthy life. And if you’d like to read more of the Harvard article, check it out here.

Better Sex, Better Skin

OK, so sex may not replace a good moisturizer or sunscreen but now there’s scientific proof that a healthy sex life can mean healthier skin and hair. And if you really needed an excuse for having more sex (and really, who needs an excuse?) studies show that it’s just good for your overall health.

An article in Women’s Health magazine lists five reasons why sex is good for you, including: An improved overall glow. Sex, the article reminds us, helps improve blood circulation, increasing the flow of oxygen to the skin and other organs. “This boost in circulation is what brightens the complexion and gives your skin that glow,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a board-certified dermatologist quoted in the article. “It also increases your heart rate, which gets the blood flowing.”

Sex also can help you build stronger hair and nails, according to Dr. Schlessinger. “Research has shown that sex improves the body’s ability to absorb and metabolize nutrients effectively,” the doctor is quoted in the article. “An increase in those essential vitamins and minerals means healthier hair and stronger nails in the long run.”

And, while more sex may keep us up at night, the eventual payoff is better sleep, according to the article, which points out that oxytocin, released during sex, helps us relax. “Often referred to as the cuddle hormone, oxytocin floods the brain when we have sex,” says Dr. Nicholas Sieveking, a board-certified plastic surgeon. “this is what gives us that sleepy, relaxed feeling after an orgasm.”

Of course, Pure Romance is here to help your clients (and you!) have better health. After all, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered!

Want to read more about sex and your health? Here’s the full article.