Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Winter Hair and Scalp Treatment

If you live in a northern State like I do, then you know that winter will only be getting worse for us. The bitter cold will leave our lips chapped, skin cracked, and hair dry and brittle.

Depending on how dry and damaged your scalp and hair are, I recommend treating yourself to a hot oil treatment. I do it once a week.

Here is my recipe:

One tablespoon olive oil
One tablespoon jojoba oil
Three drops vitamin E oil
one half teaspoon of ascorbic acid.

Mix well. The ascorbic acid (vitamin C) should dissolve completely into the oil. Heat the oil for a few seconds in the microwave. Do not let it boil. Mix well, make sure it is hot to the touch. You can heat it by placing it in a cup of boiling water.

Apply the mixture generously to your hair, massaging it deeply into your scalp and the ends of your hair. Pile your hair up, then put on a shower cap. Leave the hot oil on your hair for one full hour.

When the hour is up, rinse out the oil and wash it with a very gentle shampoo. Do not over wash, just wash it enough so that you do not have an oily head all day long. Some hair stylists say that you should rinse with ice cold water. I do not agree. Your hair contains absolutely no living cells. It does not react to cold or hot water. Think about it this way, hair is nothing more than dead keratin. It is bundles of rod-like fibrous structures that do absolutely nothing. Rinse with whatever water you like. So long as the water is not green, don't worry about the temperature.

If your hair is thinning, check out the Rogaine Hair Treatment for ladies. They will help you grow more hair, without any problems or dependency.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Why I love Retin A

Why I love Retin A

I am in my thirties, and my skin looks fantastic. I do all the right things for my skin. I wear sunscreen everyday, exfoliate, apply natural masks and practice good hygene. I eat antioxidants and apply topical antioxidants to my skin. But I also have a little secret. Every winter I use Retin A.

When I first discovered Retin A I was a teenager. I needed it to treat my acne. My grandmother started using it to reduce her wrinkles. I did not start using it again until years later. This stuff is proven to increase collagen production. Collagen is a protein, when we age the fibers loosen.

“To my knowledge, this is the only drug for which there has been crystal-clear demonstration that it works on the molecular level,” said Dr. John J. Voorhees, the chairman of the dermatology department at the medical school of the University of Michigan.

The problem with Retin A is that it is very uncomfortable to use. Many people give up quickly. My advice is to keep using it, even with the redness and flaking. It is worth every cent, and one of the few skin care produces that really does work.

Every winter I start using Retin A. It is my way of building up collagen and reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles. I just finished one week of Retin A and my face is finally starting to recover. It has been red, irritated, and flaky.

When I put lotion on my skin during the Retin A treatment it starts to burn. I do not know what is happening or why my skin hurts so much when I apply lotion.

This is something I do only once a year because I cannot tolerate the discomfort. My skin feels very tight and dry during the treatment. When it is finished, my skin looks refreshed and beautiful. I can say that there is a noticeable difference. I use Retin a during the winter months because during treatment, the skin is extremely sensitive to UV light.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sculptra - an amazing transformation

Sculptra Aesthetic is by far one of my favorite anti-aging injectables. It is not an overnight miracle, nor will you see the effects of it quickly. It will give you subtle results over time, as more time goes on, the more noticeable the results. Sculptra replaces lost collagen giving you a more natural looking appearance. This is a much better alternative to a face life. 
A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic, an average of three injection sessions over a few months, can last more than two years.* So you have more time to see how sensational subtle can be. Discover anti-age for the modern age.
Sculptra Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, and folds,** that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Five Ways To Prevent Acne

Acne can be one of the most difficult problems adolescents go through. I know this will sound ridiculous to many of us. After all, we are adults and live in a world with real adult problems. Acne hardly seems like the thing to worry about. For children aged 12-18, severe acne is an emotionally painful thing to go through. Girls can hid it under layers upon layers of foundation and powder. Boys are not so lucky. 

It is humiliating to have a face covered in acne. Children also become reclusive, shy, and even unwilling to pose for photographs. They know people are looking at their skin. Their self-esteems are vulnerable, without good parenting, this can become a major problem.  

I do not think children should be expected to suffer acne. We know that it is caused by hormones and stress. We know that it is not caused by diet or eating too much chocolate. If parents have the money to invest in medication or treatments, it is money well spent. 

Acne can leave permanent scars. Sometimes the scars are so deep that the only way to fill it is by injections. Why even let it go this far? There are five ways to prevent acne.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cool Weather Skincare

I browsed through several YouTube videos looking for basic winter skin care videos that I could plug into this blog. To be honest, I was not happy with a lot of them. I did find one video that I think is worth sharing with my readers.

The video is by amodelrecommendations. She discusses basic winter skin care and recommends some products. I am linking her video because I think her advice and recommendations are sound.

Low humidity is common during the cold season in many parts of the United States causing irritated, dry, cracked skin. We also see a lot more cracked, chapped lips. Surprisingly our skin does age in the winter months. Here are some of my personal winter skincare and anti-aging tips.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Skin Care

As the days grow shorter, the temperatures drop, and the air becomes drier, your skin may lose precious moisture. Autumn is a time of transition, and the best autumn skin care routines will correct any summer damage that has occurred and prepare your skin for winter.
Sun, chlorine, and saltwater may have taken a toll on your skin throughout the summer, so fall is a time to exfoliate and moisturize.
Follow these fall skin care tips for fabulous, healthy skin:
  • Ditch the soap. Fragrant soapy scrubs might feel (and smell) wonderful after a day at the beach, but they leave your skin dry. When fall arrives, switch to a soap-free hydrating cleanser. It’s time to put away the gels and bring out the creamy body wash.
  • Exfoliate with an oil-based scrub. The summer sun and chlorine may have left your skin feeling dry and flaky. Start the new season off with a full-body exfoliation session. Oil-based scrubs are wonderful because they exfoliate and hydrate.
  • Switch from lotion to cream. As the air becomes drier, your skin needs a thicker moisturizer. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier, which means they both reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin and provide hydration to this layer of skin at the same time.
  • Protect your lips. Start moisturizing now to prevent dry, cracked lips this winter. Use a non-petroleum based lip balm for best results.
  • Invest in hand cream. Hands often become dry and cracked during fall and winter. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Start moisturizing your hands now to ensure soft, supple hands all winter long.
Original Post By A Woman´s Health http://awomanshealth.com/fall-skin-care-tips/

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How To Get Perfect Skin For School!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Naomi´s August Eye Make-Up Recommendations

Click on any of the items featured below to find my Late Summer and Fall 2012 recommendations

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Skin Cancer Rates By State

Here is a quick look at skin cancer rates across the United States of America. Next, we are going to take a look at skin cancer rates by county in Washington State.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunscreen - a warning of things to come

Remember to wear sunscreen every day.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dark Chocolate and Caffeine

Caffeine and Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate is great for your skin! German researchers gave 24 women a half-cup of special extra-flavonoid-enriched cocoa every day. After three months, the women's skin was moister, smoother, and less scaly and red when exposed to ultraviolet light. The flavonoid, fisetin, inhibits UV radiation-induced oxidative stress and the activation of NF-кB and MAPK signaling in human lens epithelial cells. The researchers think the flavonoids, which absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, improving its appearance.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Blueberry Antioxidant Face and Body Mask

Glycolic Acid Peel 70% and Vitamin C
Today I made a new face and body mask for myself. I combined a few things that I know to be very good for the skin. Glycolic Acid, L-Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C), and plain yogurt. Yogurt and milk products contain lactic acid, also great for chemically exfoliating the skin.

The black cherry contains vitamin C which is great for the skin. I added my own L-Ascorbic Acid as well. Blueberries are powerful antioxidants. I eat them almost every day.

Here is how I made the blueberry black cherry glycolic acid vitamin C face and body mask. (that is quite a name!) I think I need to shorten it.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

How To Make a Banana Mask

Bananas are an excellent base ingredient for face masks because they are high in Vitamin C, A, B6 and B12. They also contain potassium and magnesium. This recipe will take you approximately 30 minutes.

1.  Puree one fresh banana
2.  Mix 4 tbs milk
3. 1 tsp Grapeseed Oil
4. 1 tsp Honey
5. .5 tsp L-Ascorbic Acid (powder form)

Mix the ingredients very well. Keep them in a dark jar so light cannot penetrate. Light and oxygen will deterorate the mixture and its goodies. 

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sculptra - fuller face

Image from Dr. Goldbert
Sculptra® is approved by the FDA for restoration and/or correction of the signs of facial fat loss, or lipoatrophy, in people with human immunodeficiency virus. I think that it is one of the better treatments a person can receive because the results are gradual and last longer. They also give the patient that fuller chipmunk face that we have as children. One of the signs of age, is that our face loses volume. The solution is injected under the area of fat loss. It will provide a gradual increase of fullness.  

People with HIV are not the only people to get sculptra. Any person who has lost volume in their face because of age can get sculptra. The cost is anywhere from $500 to $1000 dollars. The effects last over two years.

Before investing in sculptra, please read what the FDA has to say about this product. FDA SCULPTRA REVIEW

Here are some videos and photos. Enjoy!

Eating for Beautiful Skin

¨I have never known a sick person to have beautiful, radiant skin.¨ - Dr Perricone

 Eat the right kinds of foods and you will have perfect skin.Choose foods that have bright colors. Eat plenty of fish and omega-3.

Here are some Youtube Videos to watch about anti-oxidants. Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Perlane filler

When I started this blog, I intended it to be only for skin care related topics. I wanted to write about DIY masks, lotions, creams and such. I also decided to write about advanced cosmetic skin care, such as injections and laser treatments. There are very few blogs out there dedicated to affordable skin care treatments. I did not want to write about things like face lifts, implants and things that involve blood, staples or general anesthesia. This blog entry will discuss a cosmetic injectable, Perlane, as it is used to plump up the cheeks and other areas of ones face. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Make your own Glycolic Mask

Glycolic Acid is one of the best substances to combat wrinkles and premature aging. I like to use Retin A at night. When my skin starts to become flakey, then I make a glycolic peel. The acid dissolves the bonds that hold layers of skin cells together, so that the outer layer of dead skin cells can be stripped away revealing younger, smoother skin.

So, I am going to teach you how to do it.
1. one tbs Raw Sugar. (I prefer Muscovado Sugar.)
2. one tbs Plain Greek Yogurt
3. Glycolic Acid 70% peel – 3 to 5 drops

Friday, June 15, 2012

Remove Pigmented Birthmarks

I know many of us have unsightly birthmarks and scars that we would love to remove. My mother had a faint scar down her face from an injury she sustained when she was born. It was never fixed and it bothered her for the rest of her life.

My mother died when she was 45 years old. Anyway, this blog entry is about scar and birthmark removal. I have included the video below. If you continue reading, you will find photographs of other birthmarks that can be removed by various laser procedures.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rosacia -

This is a common skin disease for people, such as myself, with Celtic ancestry. It begins with a tendency to blush more frequently than others do. Rosacia progressively gets worse. To treat Rosacia, dermatologists must divide it into four subtypes. This Rosacia is type #1 ( visible blood vessels) and type #2 ( acne like breakouts). Type 3 Rosacia shows thicken skin while type 4 Rosacia is only in the eyes.

Rosacia can be treated in several different ways. The way each doctor treats it depends entirely on the type of  Rosacia, and many other factors.

NIA24 Skincare Products C6H5NO2

Many dermatologists sell NIA24 skincare products to clients after having fraxel laser resurfacing. I have heard some very positive reviews from people about this line. NIA24 is a cosmeceutical product. This means that it has  biologically active ingredients purporting to have medical or drug-like benefits. Dermatological research suggests that the bioactive ingredients used in cosmeceuticals do indeed have benefits beyond the traditional moisturizer (e.g., Chen et al., 2005; Zettersten, Ghadially, Feingold, Crumrine, & Elias, 1997).

However, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act "does not recognize any such category as "cosmeceuticals." A product can be a drug, a cosmetic, or a combination of both, but the term "cosmeceutical" has no meaning under the law" 

Fractionated Laser CO2 Lazer - Fraxel or SmartXide Dot Therapy?

The Fraxel laser is a cosmetic treatment for fine lines, sun damage, uneven skin tone and skin discoloration. The frazel laser is often used to treat stretch marks and acne scars. According to the young woman in this video, the fraxel laser is somewhat painful.

Thermage - skin tightening on the Face, Arms, Thighs

When I think of Thermage, the first person I think of is Brigitte Bardot. One of the most beautiful women in the world made a decision long ago that she did not want to grow old gracefully.  This is Ms Bardot´s decision. 

Ms Bardot would have been a great candidate for Thermage, if it had been available to her twenty or thirty years ago. 

Through the use of radiofrequency energy, Thermage can tighten loose or sagging facial skin, or loose body skin due to the effects of age or significant weight loss. Thermage treatment typically lasts for 30 to 90 minutes depending on how much area is being treated.

The radiofrequency energy is directed just below the surface of the skin, stimulating the the collagen into regeneration. There is no surgery, injections, or incision required. As the procedure is performed, a cooling spray is used to keep you comfortable and protect the skin. A mild sedative may be used to reduce discomfort.
Over the next 6 months, your skin will slowly begin to produce more collagen, filling in the lines and grooves in your skin and producing a younger, more vibrant appearance. Many patients who have undergone Thermage have been thrilled with their new younger look. Results can begin to appear in as little as 3 weeks.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Topical Antioxidants - Use only at night

As chemical compounds are oxidized, they produce free radicals at a cellular leval. Antioxidants react with, and neutralize free radicals. When this happens the destructive properties of the radical is eliminated. A free radical is simply a chemical compound that contains one or more unpaired electrons. One of the ways free radicals are produces is by sun exposure. It does not matter if you lay on the beach for 20 minutes unprotected, or if you walk to work five minutes per day unprotected. Your skin does not know the difference. All sun exposure causes free radicals.

The step that produces a free radical is called the initiation step. Radicals are represented in chemical formulas by a single dot. Below is an illustration of three initiations steps that produce free radicals

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