Do you always take off your make-up before bed? Every single night? Even those nights you nod off on the couch, have had a few drinks, or when you’ve had a long day? Turns out a third of women confessed in a recent survey that they are guilty of sleeping with their makeup face at least twice a week. Even if you scrub your skin in the morning and follow a general healthy routine throughout the day, falling asleep with makeup on is one of the biggest beauty blunders you can make. Doing so can clog your pores and oil glands. When the makeup becomes impacted in pores, it can make them appear larger. It also stretches them out and, unfortunately, since your skin collagen levels decline as you age, your pores won’t bounce back to their original size as easily. Collagen is the protein that creates structure in the skin and is ultimately responsible for keeping us youthful-looking. The more the age, the more often pores become naturally larger because elasticity decreases so the structures that support the skin, and keep pores tight, become slacker. Not only does skimping on cleansing clog and stretch your pores, Skipping your nightly washing routine can also cause inflammation, which overtime can generate free radicals and lead to collagen breakdown. These factors, combined with larger pores, can make your skin age faster. It’s best to break this habit sooner rather than later. Too tired to make a trip to the sink to wash your face? Keep makeup removing wipes by your bed, which will remove any makeup residue at the very least. If you are washing your face nightly and still experiencing annoying skin problems, check out if [...]
March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by treating your body right! That means, exfoliating, moisturizing, sunscreen-slathering, scheduling checkups for strange bumps and marks, and of course, eating right. It’s also still cold out, and the skin on your face is constantly exposed to air and pollutants that rob it of moisture. Old-fashioned petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, has been used for decades as an inexpensive moisturizer. It works by sealing in moisture, but it tends to be greasy and heavy. Moisturizers with emollients and humectants, both hydrate the skin and provide a non-greasy layer that encases moisture. Humectants help retain moisture while emollients help soften and soothe skin. Together, they can temporarily minimize fine lines around the eye or on the neck, and ultimately last as long-term preventive skin care. It’s not just your skin that you have to take care of, keep your lips luscious and line free! Trade out your lipsticks for something safer, like a lip balm with UV protection. Your lips, along with your eye, are covered by the thinnest skin on your body, so naturally it needs extra protection from the elements, especially harmful UV rays. A survey by a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery found that only 47 percent of respondents used lip protection containing UV blockers. This is a daunting statistic, considering that when skin cancer develops on the lips, it has a higher risk of spreading. Many facial moisturizers and creams contain broad-spectrum sunscreens that filter out UVA and UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad-spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 every day. Limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 [...]
When most people hear about procedures to remove excess breast fat, tissue and skin, they associate it with women. But the condition known as gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breast tissue. In response to too much estrogen (a female hormone) or too little testosterone (a male hormone), the glandular tissue of the breasts swells and forms a breast bud (enlarged breast). Gynecomastia can occur in babies, teen boys, and older men. Gynecomastia commonly occurs in boys during puberty because of the balancing act their hormones play, with up to 69% of adolescents affected by the condition at some point in their lifetime. Gynecomastia can even persist into adulthood. Surgery to correct this condition is usually recommended for these patients. Although treatment guidelines for gynecomastia are widely practiced, the psychological impact of gynecomastia on adolescent boys has remained largely unknown. But now a new study reveals the difference between boys with gynecomastia, and healthy, unaffected boys of the same age and gender. Researchers looked at each group’s physical, social and emotional well-being. The adolescents with gynecomastia were found to have significantly lower measures of mental health, self-esteem and social functioning and also had higher rates of eating-disorder thoughts and behaviors than their peers. The severity of the gynecomastia or the patient’s body mass index (BMI) did not affect the degree of impact. Merely having the breast disorder was enough to show these physical, emotional and social deficits. Even the mildest gynecomastia can negatively affect the psychosocial well-being of a young man. The physical health of males with gynecomastia was considerably worse than that of the healthy boys, but was attributed to the higher rate of obesity rather than the disorder. These findings suggest that gynecomastia is more than [...]
Like the rest of our bodies, hands show signs of aging that may include brown spots, thinning skin, wrinkles, and large veins. If you’ve recently had surgical or even non-surgical cosmetic work done to achieve a younger you, there a few simple procedures that can make your hands match your new youthful appearance. The most telltale sign of aging hands are referred to as age spots or brown spots, as a result of overexposure to the sun. Sunspots are large, flat, brown, freckle-like circular spots, often with irregular borders that vary in size. This is due to an over-production of melanin in the skin’s effort to protect itself from the UV light. As we age, our hands become thinner as the natural fat pads on the backs of the hand fade. The sun accelerates this loss of fat tissue and skin elasticity. This results in wrinkled, discolored skin, making the veins more prominent and distinguishable. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is the simplest way to treat sun damage. The IPL machine sends light through the skin, which is absorbed by the melanocytes. These pigmented cells are destroyed and eventually slough off through natural skin cell turnover. This is a relatively inexpensive, painless and non-invasive procedure. It typically requires several sessions. With age and sun damage, the skin of the hands may also begin to atrophy, leaving hands with a bony appearance. Dermal fillers are an alternative to fat grafts for adding volume to the back of the hand. These products are commonly used in other parts of the body, especially the face, and can be employed with minimal discomfort and virtually no down time. To help minimize swelling, the hands are elevated and cold compresses are [...]
It’s only natural that over the years your eyelids will begin to sag. Not only can they age you but they can also weigh you down, making you feel more tired than you really are, and not to mention, also look tired. If you are experiencing droopy lids, you may wonder if blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is right for you. The thin eyelid skin starts to lose its elasticity and begins to stretch, resulting in excess folds of skin that may actually hang down over the edge of the upper eyelids. In most people, this skin is the first to show signs of aging because it is the thinnest and most delicate. You may feel an extra heaviness in the upper lid or feel the skin sitting on your lashes. The levator muscle, which lifts the upper eyelids can become weak, causing the upper eyelid to droop. Fine wrinkle lines and creases appear in the delicate skin around the lids. The result is a tired, sleepy or sad look. These changes detract from the natural beauty of the eye area. In 2012, eyelid surgery was the third most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In fact, the number of people who undergo blepharoplasty continues to grow each year, with an increase of 4 percent from 2011 to 2012. The procedure corrects drooping upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes by removing excess fat, skin and muscle. If you have puffiness in the upper eyelids caused by excess fatty deposits; droopy or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision; excess skin and fine wrinkles of the [...]
Foundation, concealer, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, blush, the list goes on (hopefully on that list is also sunscreen). Be wary, many of the products you’re putting on your skin everyday and sometimes falling asleep with, contain harmful chemicals. Overtime these chemicals will do more damage than good, as they only provide a temporary perk and accentuation and contour to your face. Check out your makeup and see if it contains any of the following ingredients. If so, seriously consider switching out your daily brand for one free of these chemicals. 1. Parabens: Parabens are a group of compounds used to prevent contamination of cosmetics and skincare products with fungus, bacteria and other cultures. Methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens are common preservatives used in all toiletries, dental and hair products. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and may cause breast cancer. They are also likely to irritate skin, eyes and lungs. 2. Mineral oil: Mineral oil coats the skin like a plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural ability to breathe and absorb the ‘natural moisture factor’. This causes burning, stinging, redness and irritation. Lack of moisture also leads to premature ageing of skin. 3. Isopropyl alcohol: It is commonly used to blend colors in cosmetics. It has been linked to neurological damage and increasing the risk of cancer. 4. Talc (magnesium silicate): Magnesium silicate is used in makeup and powders. It causes irritation the lungs and may be carcinogenic; possible link to ovarian cancer. 5. Coal tar: Coal tar is used as a colorant in cosmetics such as blushers and eye liners. Some companies also use it in anti-dandruff shampoos. Coal tar may trigger nausea, mood swings, and headaches and has been found to be linked with cancer.
A lean belly leads to a healthy and longer life. When you measure around your waistline, you’re really measuring the amount of fat that cushions your vital organs. A compact stomach with lean fat is healthy and non-life threatening. However, what many are dealing with today is excess fat that surrounds the organs and creates inflammatory issues and increases health risks. When the organs are surrounded by the toxicity in your abdomen secret chemicals throughout your entire body to increase inflammation, raise blood pressure and ultimately create cardiovascular problems. The belly fat governs your metabolism and it turns into a vicious cycle. Dieting is always an option but sometimes it’s difficult, especially when you have exercise-resistant fat that has dictated your metabolism. It seems like an uphill battle. Thankfully there are procedures that can help place you on the right track and encourage Many believed that in order reduce diet and exercise resistant pockets of fat they only had liposuction as their only option. CoolSculpting and recently FDA approved Liposonix are two new approaches doctors are using to give those with undesirable fat a non-surgical alternative. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells through prolonged controlled cooling, which works because fat cells are so sensitive to cold temperatures. This allows the body to naturally metabolize frozen fat out of the body. While Liposonix’s success is in the ultrasound. It creates a powerful thermal effect that focuses at specific depths in fatty layers, safely destroying fat. Along with Liposonix, Ultrashape is another fat reduction procedure, which uses pulsed acoustic waves to target fat areas without disrupting surrounding tissue. This hour-long procedure applies confined volume frequencies to separate and suspend fat into a fluid between cells. All three procedures are [...]
One of the biggest downfalls of undergoing liposuction is the fact that you will have to become a surgical candidate and any type of surgery is riskier than a non-surgical procedure. In addition, you would also need to consistently fail a variety of weight loss approaches. This type of procedure may also leave some type of scarring. After having the surgery, you may be able to return to work after a few of days, however, there may still be some scars and bruising on your body for several weeks. The healing process requires tentative patience and there are no exceptions with this procedure. Your surgeon may recommend that you wear a tight-fitting garment, similar to a post-surgical girdle in order to reduce the swelling. You may need to wear this garment for up to six weeks. As you see, there are cons to having liposuction done, but there are also pros. The pros are undoubtedly losing weight, feeling beautiful and leading a healthy lifestyle that adds years to your life. But wouldn’t you want to remove fat without surgery? The technology to moderately reduce fat is here and it’s actually pretty fascinating. CoolSculpting, is a procedure developed at Wellman Laser Laboratories at Harvard Medical School is based on research that has shown fat cells are more vulnerable to cold temperature than any other surrounding tissue. Extreme cold temperatures are emitted through cooling plates that suction the targeted area for an hour, during which time fat cells are turned from a soft to solid form. Literally freezing fat cells through prolonged controlled cooling, allows the body to naturally metabolize frozen fat out of the body. Results begin to show in three weeks with progressive improvements within [...]
When you decide to undergo liposuction, it is one of the biggest steps you can make for starting your weight loss journey. With the decision to undergo liposuction brings with it pros and cons, just as any many decision or surgery can bring. Overall, liposuction is a safe and reliable surgery, which was invented in 1974 by Italian surgeons, Giorgio and Arpad Fischer. Over the last 40 years, the procedure has been virtually perfected and has become a popular, major weight loss treatment. In terms of positives that come from undergoing liposuction, patients only have to wait two to three weeks to really see and feel the visible results and within two years of the surgery, most individuals find that they have lost two thirds of their weight. Most diseases that are associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain and incontinence will often improve. And more importantly, you may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks as a result of weight loss. You will feel better about yourself when you look in the mirror as your confidence will increase. Healthy lifestyles will not only make you look good, but also feel good. Especially when you put nutritious and fortifying foods to fuel your new lifestyle. When there are cons to something, especially surgery and other procedures, there will always be downfalls. Please check in tomorrow to see what the consequences are for surgical liposuction, and what alternatives there are to going under the knife for weight loss!