Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Are you frustrated trying to understand the difference between UVA and UVB sun damage, let alone what SPF means? Here’s a great discussion about everything from ultraviolet rays to best ways to protect yourself from sun damage, to how to know which SPF is right for you, from the Mayo Clinic and Apriori Beauty:

http://beautynbuzz.com/choose-sunscreen/

Protect Yourself from the Harmful Rays of the Sun

Sun Protection 101

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best sunscreen is one that you’ll use generously and according to label directions. Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, offers the following guidance … [Read more…]

You (almost) Can’t Have Enough Vitamin D

You (Almost) Can't Have Enough Vitamin D

Good news coming from researchers at the Mayo Clinic this week on Vitamin D and the potential for toxicity we’ve all been worried about. As information correlating sun exposure and skin cancer has been widely disseminated, and the use of sunscreens with SPF of 30 to 50 and more are increasingly used, Vitamin D levels have been seen to decline. The easy fix is to take Vitamin D supplements, but the fear of how much is too much has gnawed on my conscience. [Read more…]

Two Tips for Healthy Hearts!

The Simple 7 from the American Heart Association makes heart health so easy! If we make it a priority, we can all squeeze a little more exercise into each day, while eating better and controlling our sugar all together will help us lose weight. If you are a smoker, you may need some support from your doctor to help you put aside this one heart unhealthy activity. When it comes to managing our cholesterol and blood pressure, we might need a little more assistance understanding exactly what these two factors are all about to know better how to manage them.

 

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New Imaging Technique Better at Detecting Breast Cancers

New Imaging Techniques Better at Detecting Breast CancersHaving Fibrocystic Breast Disease for years has produced dense breast tissue with age for me. My annual mammogram usually goes into an added ultrasound in order to visualize densities with greater definition. Now the Mayo Clinic has developed a new breast imaging technique that can detect breast cancers with much greater accuracy. [Read more…]

Alternative, Complementary, Naturopathic, Conventional or Integrative Medicine?

Natural MedicineYou’ve seen the commercials about yogurt with added probiotics, maybe drinking a protein shake with added good bacterias and digestive enzymes.  How about that cup of herbal tea or eucalyptus for that cold? Have you browsed the herbal remedy section at your local health food store, looking for something natural to cure what you have? Chances are you might already know what Complementary and Alternative Medicine is all about then!

The National Institutes of Health  defines CAM as:

“a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine. While scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are key questions that are yet to be answered through well-designed scientific studies—questions such as whether these therapies are safe and whether they work for the purposes for which they are used.” [Read more…]

How to Calm Itchy Skin

Itchy skin makes you scratch, and scratch! What is the most common cause of itchy skin and what can you do at home to help soothe it? Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic:

“Itchy skin that isn’t accompanied by other obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results from environmental factors that you can influence. These include hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much.”

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Hot Tips for Getting Rid of Mouth Wrinkles!

Don’t you just LOVE this! Are you laughing because you have “The Look”, too? Haha!

Like rays of light streaming from the sun, there they are, without warning – WRINKLES AROUND OUR LIPS!!

Mine just decided to show up one day, bleeding hot pink from my seventies colored lipstick! It is all a part of my “Nurse Face” as my kids like to call it. The )( at the top of the bridge of my nose, the lip wrinkles, the saggy jaw, and / \ on the sides of my nose and mouth. The very signs that  I love to smile and laugh, and now gravity has gotten hold of my face and is pulling down hard, right before my eyes!

If you have every stood in front of the mirror and pulled up the sides of your face to see what it used to look like – or what it would look like with a little “Nip and Lift”….(and I KNOW YOU HAVE!) this post is for you!  We are all “sistahs” in this fight to stay looking younger longer.

“Facial movements and expressions, such as squinting or smiling, lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Each time you use a facial muscle, a groove forms beneath the surface of the skin. And as skin ages, it loses its flexibility and is no longer able to spring back in place.  These grooves then become permanent features on your face.” The Mayo Clinic.

You know what that means?  Drinking our eight glasses of water a day is giving us wrinkles! How? By taking those repetitive sips from our water bottles! We carry them everywhere for convenience sake, and take a sip here and there, and every time we do – Zaazing! Another groove is deepened, like the wheels of the pioneers covered wagon carving the Oregon Trail!

Did the Mayo Clinic say Permanent??? Are you panicking right now?

Some ways to treat are topical acid peels, dermabrasion, laser treatments, Botox, fillers and facelifts. There are also a myriad of wrinkles creams on the market.  What if you don’t want to do the above? Have YOU found a wrinkle cream that really takes care of them?  I have.

YES! I have found a winning combo that has allowed my lipstick to bleed no more!  Did you guess it yet? It’s a combination of Apriori Beauty’s Eye + Lip Age Eraser and the Derma Firm Illuminator Beauty gadget. I started using the Eye + Lip Age Eraser last June, and saw a really nice fullness develop around my lips, and even though the wrinkles were diminished, and quite nicely I will admit, I knew they were still there and that bothered me.  Then I purchased the Derma Firm Illuminator, with the galvanic, far infrared light, ultrasound and vibration therapies, and four months later, using five nights a week with a full two minute cycle just around my lips, they are gone. Yes, gone. No more hot pink “rays of sun” for this girl!

Hope you enjoyed my HOT  TIP for today!!

Thanks for stopping by and Making My Like Beautiful!

“Wrinkles” by Mayo Clinic Staff: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wrinkles/DS00890

 

AGE SPOTS: What They Are and How to Remove Them

AGE SPOTS are flat, gray, brown or black colored spots on the back of your hands, tops of your arms, shoulders, and your face. As we age, they start to show up increasingly.  Here’s how they came about and some options of how to get rid of them!

They just suddenly showed up one day, but not really.  They are the result of years in the sun, and, according to The Mayo Clinic, usually present around the age of forty, although they can present in younger people.

Age spots can look cancerous, but they are not – the worst part is how they look and that they are there to begin with!  You can bleach or lighten them or have them removed, but the best thing is to prevent them in the first place by using sunscreen and avoiding overexposure to the sun.

How do age spots form?

“Ultraviolet (UV) light accelerates the production of melanin. Melanin is the dark pigment in the epidermis that gives your skin its normal color. The extra melanin — produced to protect the deeper layers of your skin — creates the darker color of a tan. Age spots develop when the extra melanin becomes “clumped” or is produced in higher concentrations than normal.

Most often, it takes years of sun exposure for these dark spots to occur — they typically develop very slowly over time. Using commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can eventually result in the same changes.”   http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/age-spots/DS00912

Treatment Options:

FIRST!  Go to your dermatologist and GET THEM CHECKED!  Your doctor will tell you what the spots are, and if they need additional medical tests or treatments, or if you are clear to use something to lighten or remove them.

If you get the “All Clear”, some options you have are:

~ Bleaching Creams that lighten the spots over time

~ Laser Therapy which kill the cells that make the dark spots without harming the skin

~ Freezing (cryotherapy) which also destroys the dark spots but can leave a scar

~ Dermabrasion which uses rotating brushes to remove the top layers of skin and can leave a scab

~ Chemical Peels which use strong acids to chemically burn off the top layers of skin

THERE IS ANOTHER WAY to Remove Age Spots, that the Mayo Clinic doesn’t know about yet!

Derma Firm Illuminator Treatment System

The Apriori Beauty DERMA FIRM ILLUMINATOR and CELLOXYLIN MD 20Ex ACID PEEL!

I’ve talked all about it in my post “The Ultimate 10 Minute Face Lift”,  and have since had the opportunity to try it out on my own age spots.  I am  excited to report that the age spots I have been targeting are lightening.  Painless, no scarring, no scab, no redness – they’re just falling off with the Derma Firm Illuinator.

The Celloxylin MD 20Ex Acid Peel has Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic Acids, together with N-Acetyl Glocosamine, a newly discovered skin care ingredient that has been shown to treat hyperpigmentation. I use this twice a week – it is very effective!

So, the good news is that if you are seeing those nasty Age Spots on your hands or arms, you have choices.  You can bleach, burn, laser, peel or scrub them off, OR you can use the Derma Firm Illuminator, and Acid Peel to painlessly help them to fall off!  Nice new healthy skin is showing up underneath, too!

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