Wrinkles That Fold and Age

12-17-2018

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With the media shoved in our face everywhere that we go, our visual appearance has become a huge part in our everyday lives. Whether it is tanning, hair coloring, plastic surgery, or “Anti-aging cream”, we can see the dominance of image in our society. Everyone wants to look young, healthy, and like Brad Pitt, Right?

As a result of this pressure on image, Anti-aging creams are a heavily marketed and advertised product, promising to deliver healthier and younger looking skin, while reducing wrinkles. Most of the time these creams are targeted at women, but we are now beginning to see products that are more targeted to men as well. This shift is because society is starting to more readily accept men being conscious about their looks and image.

There are several different forms of anti-wrinkle treatment. The biggest advantage to using a ceram over another method such as plastic surgery and botox injections is the huge difference in cost. Many critics will tell you that the marketing and advertising that goes into these products is actually damaging, and is playing with the fears in women and men. Really there isn’t huge proof that any of these products work well, if at all, which is another thing you will hear critics rave about.

Do wrinkles in our skin matter, and do these products really work? I would recommended asking yourself that first question, and spending some time to answer the question for yourself as every individual is different.

​What is your hair type?

12-03-2018

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Everyday you see people with all color and style of hair. But did you know that you have a hair type? Yes! Not all hair has been created the same.


Let´s start with the basic structure of hair:

1) Hair grows from the follicle, which is long and bulbous. If you were to pull out a strand of hair you would see the bulge at the tip of the hair. The cells at the base of the follicle divide rapidly and is where you get your hair growth.

2) Each strand of hair consists of three layers, the first being the innermost layer called the medulla. This is only present though in thick hair though.

3) The middle layer is known as the cortex. This layer provides the strength, color and texture of your hair.

4) The outer most layer is called the cuticle and this is what protects the cortex. It is completely colorless.

5) The entire strand of hair is made up of a protein called keratin. And that is hair!


There are 2 basic kinds of hair:

1) Terminal hair is the hair that grows thick and long and is found on the head, armpits, pubic hair face and chest. (Face and chest on men)

2) Vellus hair is soft short hair that you will find over the rest of your body.


The type of hair you have seems to have to do with geography.

1) If you are of Asian descent, then the hair strands are round and thicker than all other types of hair. With the exception of the red head who has the thickest hair of all.

2) If you are of European descent with blonde or dark hair, then your hair strands are thinner. The strands are round to oval shaped.

3) If you are of African descent, then the hair strands are flat and that is the reason for the frizziness and curl.


It’s interesting to see when you get a mix of Asian genes with African genes or Caucasian with African. I am a white girl with blonde, curly frizzy hair. My parents came from Holland where there is a high concentration of people with African descent. So it’s not hard to see where I got my hair type, which I personally love. It’s a Hair Factor

So you can now figure out why your hair is the way it is. You just need to do a bit of research into your family tree and there you’ll have it.

Hair Removal Trends, Types and Costs

11-19-2018

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Unwanted hair removal is on the rise big-time. Studies indicate that about eighty percent of women and a surprising fifty percent of men have unwanted hair that they’d like to get rid of. Hair removal has been around for thousands of years and in each culture you’ll find varying socially acceptable amounts and areas of body hair.


People desiring hair removal all want 3 things:

1. To get rid of their unwanted hair with less pain.

2. Remove the hair without spending an arm and a leg, pun intended.

3. Diminish hair regrowth.


Now there are several processes for hair removal and each comes with its advantages, side effects and associated costs as well.


For decades, electrolysis and shaving had been the normal practice for removing hair, with the downsides being very painful and time consuming. Recently, modern techniques such as laser hair removal have given the world a better way to remove unwanted hair.



Here are the methods available for hair removal:


Temporary: Tweezing, Shaving, Epilators (mechanical and electrical), Chemical Depilatories.

Dwindling Amounts Of hair: Waxing and Sugaring (tends to reduce hair growth with time).

Permanent: Electrolysis (Hair Electrology), Laser Hair Removal.

Depending on the specialist involved and the type of treatment you desire, the price fluctuates.



Here’s a general costs guideline associated with the most popular types of hair removal:


1. Shaving: from $1-$25 for razors and supplies. Barbers or professional shaves are about $5-$30.

2. Waxing: now more popular than sugaring will run about $25-$75 for a home use kit and around $20-$200 for professional waxing in salons depending on how much of the body is to be done.

3. Laser: generally running several thousand dollars after repeated treatments and varied according to how much of the body is to be treated.



1. Shaving.


Overview and further information on the various types of hair removal: Shaving is and may always be the quickest and most painless form of short term or temporary hair removal.


Hair removal creams like Ultra Hair Removal, Emjoi Hair Removal System and Tend Skin are available in stores and can be ordered online. But be careful while buying the products on line and consult an expert to know which product is suitable for your skin type and location of hair removal.


Epilators are good if you have delicate skin. They are compact in size, portable and easy to use. Put bluntly an epilator pulls the hair out from the root and like any of the other methods has its advantages and disadvantages.



2. Waxing
:


Waxing, although temporary is the other effective way for hair removal and can easily be done in the privacy of your own home. It does have many cautions though so if your not familiar with waxing make sure to consult with a dermatologist first. For best results with waxing let the hair grow out for 2-3 weeks.


General waxing tips and guidelines:


1. Wash skin to remove any lotion and natural skin oils.

2. Let your body dry completely.

3. Test over a small area first to ensure your skin doesn’t have any adverse effects.

4. Do not over heat the wax or it may burn.

5. Pain reducing gels can be used to avoid the pain.

6. The wax should be applied in the direction of hair growth.

7. Pull the wax backward from the direction of hair growth rather than pulling upward or out.

8. Wipe the skin with a moist towel to remove excess wax.

9. Use a good sunscreen lotion to avoid exposure to direct sunlight after waxing.



3. Laser:


Laser hair removal is another way to get rid of unwanted hair permanently. These lasers destroy the pigment of the hair follicle preventing it from regrowth. It can be used to remove hair from a small area of a person’s upper lip to full body back hair for men. Blisters or reddening of skin, dark spots and bumps on skin are to be expected after a laser removal treatment, but will heal quickly with almost no cause for concern. The major downside to laser is the associated costs. Repeated visits will be needed for complete coverage. Consult a laser hair removal salon in your area for further details.


For further information to hair removal consult a dermatologist in your area or stop in and visit RD LASER SOLUTIONS. I’m sure we’ll be glad to give you more information considering you a very important person.

Look Younger Without Going Under the Knife

10-31-2018

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If Botox, collagen injections or plastic surgery aren’t on your top list of to-do’s to help yourself look younger, read on. You don’t need to take extreme measures to reveal a more vibrant you because there are many simple and natural ways to refresh your appearance and help you look younger.


One of the first things I recommend is to put your money where your mouth is, literally. Fix your smile. A recent national survey conducted by Roper Public Affairs found that more than six in 10 Americans (62 percent) believe straightening crooked teeth can make an adult look younger and 77 percent agree that doing so is one of the best investments a person can make in improving one’s appearance.


Don’t just focus on your face to look younger. Think about your body, too. There are many inexpensive and fun things you can do to your body to look younger and feel your best. Some of my top tips include:


* Wear brighter colors. Adding color to your wardrobe makes you look happier and feel more alive. Let everyone else wear depressing black to the reunion.

* Stand up straight. You’ll instantly have a better body.

* Work magic with body slimmers. These undergarments make you look thinner in a matter of moments.

* Mess around at the makeup counter. Have fun at the make up counter. Get makeovers and advice. Take pictures of yourself to see what looks best.


My final advice is to just be honest and accepting about who you are because people can see shame in your game. And most importantly, make sure any investment you make is the best one for you.

What You Need to Know About Cellulite

10-17-2018

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Cellulite is not a medical term. However, medical professionals agree that it is a buildup of common fatty tissue. The skin is connected by strands of fibrous tissues to deeper tissue layers, which separates the fat cell compartments. The increase in the size of fat cells is accompanied by a waffled appearance of the skin that results in the bulging of the fat cell compartments.


The term cellulite originated in European spas and salons and they explain it as deposits of tiny fat globules on the buttocks and thighs. Cellulite is a buildup of lumpy, thick, irregular fat deposits with an orange peel appearance. The most common areas are around the buttocks, hips, and thighs, and is not necessarily a factor of body weight. You do not have to be heavy to have cellulite. Nevertheless, it is possible to reduce the appearance of cellulite.


Speedy metabolism and detoxification in the body help in gradual elimination of cellulite. A healthy metabolism is capable of eradicating cellulite forever. The proper functioning of the liver is also necessary for detoxification.


Bio-ceramic additive reflects your body’s own infrared rays, which help to break down cellulite cells and revitalize tissue. Increased heat and molecular stimulation enhances the effectiveness of exercise, increases blood flow, and accelerates metabolism to burn more calories.


Women who are concerned about cellulite can take certain steps to reduce the appearance or eliminate it altogether. Eating a well balance diet that is low in fat will help to reduce and eliminate further progression. Exercise is also an important factor; if the body is toned, it results in good circulation, thus another step in reducing cellulite. In addition, drinking plenty of water has many health benefits and will aid in fighting cellulite.


Genetics and hormones may also play a factor in whether you develop cellulite. While there is not much we can do about genetics and hormones, eating a healthy diet and exercise has proven to reduce and even avoid cellulite.