To get rid of stretch marks may seem like a daunting, never-ending story. In some ways, it can be. As much as we hate to be the ones to break it to you, there’s no sure-fire way to erase them. But there’s no need to lose hope.
The good news is there are a number of real ways that you can potentially improve those unsightly marks so they become nearly invisible over time. Similarly, certain steps can be taken to help prevent stretch marks from occurring in the future. Let’s take a closer look.
What are stretch marks?
Stretch marks have nothing to do with stretching at the gym. They’re indented streaks in the skin caused by superficial scars that may develop any time the dermis layer of the skin is torn, dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
Many people equate stretch marks with pregnancy, and it turns out sporting a baby bump is one of the most common causes. The same story said approximately 90% of women will experience them during the last trimester when the skin is most prone to a high degree of stretching to accommodate the growing baby.
But stretch marks in the skin can occur in men and non-pregnant women. They can also crop up on breasts, hips, buttocks and thighs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
While genetics plays a huge role in who will get stretch marks, other factors include rapid weight gain or loss as well as high hormonal levels during puberty.
How to treat or get rid of stretch marks?
While no magic potion currently exists to get rid of stretch marks, you can minimize the appearance with time, patience, and a few helpful products.
“Many stretch marks improve a lot over many months without treatment,” Dr. Oscar Hevia, a cosmetic dermatologist, told StyleCaster. “But, since stretch marks are essentially a scar from the inside out, there is no treatment that makes them disappear completely.”
Retinoid cream may be one of the most promising DIY treatments. Derived from vitamin A, retinoids such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova, Avita) that you apply to your skin may improve the appearance of stretch marks that are less than a few months old, according to Mayo Clinic.
Tretinoin can help to rebuild collagen, making the stretch marks look more like your normal skin. However, it’s important to note that tretinoin can irritate your skin.
And if you’re pregnant or nursing, make sure to check with your doctor about other treatment options because possible side effects of retinoid cream may affect the baby.
If you’d rather avoid retinoids, The Organic Beauty Expert says castor oil can be a good substitute to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Apply the oil to the affected area and massage gently in a circular motion, then use a clean cloth to wrap the affected skin. Next, use a heating pad on the spot for at least 30 minutes for the best results.
Light and laser therapies are a more intense option. In the Harper’s Bazaar story, Alexiades-Armenakas said that the best bet for treating red or active stretch marks is with in-office treatments using a pulsed dye laser.
“It won’t work if the marks are old and no longer red,” she told the publication, “But if you catch stretch marks early, you can help reverse them and prevent scarring or permanence in one to three monthly treatments usually.”
The Mayo Clinic also highlighted microdermabrasion as a solid solution. A hand-held device blows crystals onto the skin, gently removing its topmost layers, which promotes the growth of new, more elastic skin. This makes stretch marks less noticeable.
The Derma Roller System is an at-home option you can try as well. According to the product, it can be used to improve the appearance of stretch marks, such as those developed during pregnancy, adolescent growth spurts, rapid muscle growth, and weight fluctuations. Again, this is according to the product, so it’s best to remain a bit sceptical!
How to help prevent stretch marks
While total prevention is never a guarantee when it comes to stretch marks, you can take matters into your own hands through a few at-home treatments, some of which can duly help lessen the appearance of existing stretch marks.
First of all, it’s imperative to keep the skin as healthy and hydrated as possible, according to Dr. Kishan Raichura, a skin health expert. He told The Huffington Post UK, “While it’s impossible to entirely prevent them, pregnant women can improve skin condition to hopefully reduce the chances by keeping the area well moisturized and nourished.”
Coconut oil or olive oil are both great, all-natural products to use in combination with vitamin E oil or cream to help keep collagen fibers strong. And keep in mind, drinking enough water is the best way to stay hydrated from the inside out.
In the same story, Dr. Erich Schulte, founder of QMSMediCosmetics, also mentioned skin exfoliation as an important part of your daily regimen. “It is a key benefit as it continues to stimulate the cell turnover and works well in conjunction with body-firming creams,” he said in the story.
You can exfoliate the skin through dry brushing or by using an exfoliating wash. Sugar is also an all-natural exfoliator; mix it with a few drops of lemon juice and almond oil to make a paste, then gently rub it over your skin.
Nutrition also plays a role. Top 10 Home Remedies suggests eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, silica, and other nutrients to help nourish the skin.
The antioxidant vitamin E is especially crucial as it protects the collagen fibers in your skin from damage, which promotes skin elasticity. Almonds, olives, sunflower seeds, spinach, avocados, and pumpkins are all high in vitamin E.
The most important thing to remember is to be flexible in treating stretch marks. Find what best works for your body and your lifestyle.
By Justin E King, author of the Erase Your Stretch Marks program. This program will teach you the natural ways to treat your stretch marks, how to minimize them, how to get rid of them by using some homemade cream recipes and nutritional guidelines. For more information about this program, CLICK HERE to Learn How to Get Rid of Stretch Marks.
High blood pressure-also known as hypertension or “the silent killer”-affects 1 in 3 adult Americans, or roughly 67 million people, and that number only continues to grow.
90-95% of cases are known as primary hypertension, which is hypertension with no underlying medical cause. The small left-over percentage is caused by conditions such as kidney disease. But what is this mysterious silent killer?
Blood and its circulation are vital to sustain life. They supply crucial nutrients and oxygen to all the cells and organs in our body. They also remove waste and carbon dioxide. When the heart beats it creates pressure that pushes blood through your arteries and veins. This pressure, if you haven’t guessed, is our blood pressure.
Two forces pump the blood through our bodies, the first being created by the heart pumping blood out into the arteries, and the second occurs when the heart rests between beats and blood is drawn back into the muscle. When your blood pressure rises, damage can occur that upsets this system.
If you have hypertension, your heart has to work extra hard to pump blood through the body. And while healthy arteries are made of semi-flexible muscle, the force of high blood pressure will lead to overstretching their walls.
This overstretching can lead to tiny tears in blood vessels (known as vascular scarring) that leaves tissue that catch things such as cholesterol/plaque, and other blood cells. Building off of the latter, this leads to an increased risk of blood clots. The walls will also become weakened over time.
Tissue damage from being oxygen depleted occurs in parts of the arteries on the other side of a blockage or build-up of plaque, depriving it of fresh oxygenated blood, and heart attacks and strokes are the result if the pressure becomes too high.
Before starting drug therapy, try lifestyle changes and some home remedies for high blood pressure. Not surprisingly, things such as diet and exercise play a big role in lowering blood pressure, so always keep those two things at the forefront of your mind. Medications can be harsh, and while best avoided if possible, if you are on them, know that natural remedies can interfere with their functioning.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 1 – Cut the Salt
Salt is not the problem when it comes to high blood pressure, per say, but rather its chemical component sodium. A little bit is fine, but too much sodium disrupts the balance of fluid in the body.
To “flush” the excess salt from your system, water is drawn from surrounding tissues. The higher volume of liquid results in the heart working harder to pump the blood-hence, high blood pressure.
Sure we use a lot of table salt on our foods, but still, that amount isn’t enough to account for the rise in blood pressure. Actually, only 6% of our salt consumption comes from the table shaker. The vast amounts of salt we consume daily (on average 1-2 generous teaspoons) couldn’t possibly be caused by the salt we sprinkle on our food alone.
No you have to dig a little bit more to get to the source-processed foods. Such an extraordinary quantity of excess salt is added into processed foods it’s easy to stray over the healthy limit of sodium intake.
A specific example-a single microwave “roast turkey” meal can have salt in the meat, the flavoring, the gravy, the stuffing, and the potatoes, to equal a whopping 5,400 milligrams of sodium. The utmost maximum daily limited is listed at 2,300 milligrams-even less for African Americans, men, and anyone over the age of 51.
If you fall into one of those categories, you should only consume less than ½ teaspoon a day. Even foods that are labelled low-fat or low in sugar can still contain a boatload of sodium. Food companies do this to, logically, increase the value of their products. We get hooked on the flavor. Of all the flavors (sweet, sour, etc.,) it is the hardest to live without. How do you fight it to lower your blood pressure?
You will need…
-the power of will
In short, slowly add less and less to your cooking. And of course, read the labels on the food you buy carefully. Remember the number 2,300 for daily intake of sodium-any higher than that, and it’s a no-go.
You’ll find yourself turning to home cooked meals, where you can control the amount of salt added, instead of processed foods. Stick with it, and you will find if you go back to an excess amount of salt after adjusting your taste buds to less, you will be close to repulsed at the flavor.
Intensive research has shown that the more salt you eat, the more you need. If you eat less salt, you only need to add less to your food or have less in your food, to be satisfied with a smaller amount.
We are not born liking salt. A baby will get joy from a droplet of sugar water, but there is no taste, no craving, for salt until 6 months of age. When studied children were fed salty foods, versus children who ate more fruits and vegetables, a craving was created in the former group where none existed before.
These cravings can shape you’re eating habits for years. Soups, chips, crackers, pizza, sauces, fries, etc. etc., it’s easy for even the young generations to get hooked on salt at an early age. Keep your wits about you!
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 2 – Sip Some Hibiscus
Cultures across the world have used hibiscus to naturally manage blood pressure, but it wasn’t until the past decade that studies were actually conducted that showed there was more to the remedy than just folklore.
First, hibiscus acts as a diuretic, which draws sodium from the bloodstream, thus decreasing the pressure on the arterial walls. Even more interesting is how it can mimic angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
ACE inhibitors are a common group of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat high blood pressure. They work by hampering the angiotensin-converting enzyme, which plays a crucial role in the renin-angiotensin system- a hormone system that regulates blood pressure and fluid balance.
As a result of this inhibition, blood vessels relax and blood volume is lowered, decreasing blood pressure. While certainly not as potent as those ACE drugs prescribed, it can still be surprisingly effective.
You will need…
-1-2 teaspoon of dried hibiscus
-1 cup of fresh, piping hot water
-Honey, lemon, or 1-2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
Bring water to a boil and add the hibiscus and cinnamon sticks (if using them) and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Add honey or lemon to taste, and drink 2-3 times daily. This also makes a lovely iced tea for those sticky hot summer days.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 3 – Drink Coconut Water
Coconut water is found inside the shell of green, unripe coconuts that retains its natural benefits in organic and raw form. It contains potassium and magnesium, both of which relate to regular muscle function, and of course, the heart is a big giant muscle.
While there have been some limited studies on the effect of coconut water on hypertension, many people report anecdotally that it has helped lower blood pressure.
In studies, it seemed to particularly affect systolic blood pressure, or the force that takes place when the heart pumps blood away from it. If you don’t have a problem with coconut water, it may prove to be a solid remedy for you.
You will need…
-8 ounces of fresh, organic coconut water
Drink 8 ounces 1-2 times daily. Morning is ideal if you drink it once a day, while morning and night works well if you opt to drink it twice a day.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 4 – Fabulous Fish Oil
Of course this is on here! You may roll your eyes because you’ve seen it everywhere, but fish oil and its bountiful omega-3 fatty acids are a beautiful thing when it comes to your heart.
While studies have been wishy-washy on whether or not it actually reduces the risk of heart attacks or strokes, it has been viewed as successful when it comes to lowering blood pressure, while also reducing triglycerides and increasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Heart transplant patients have been given fish oil to reduce the risk of hypertension following a transplant.
You will need…
-High quality fish oil
I prefer liquid fish oil taken in orange juice to the pills which can have some…unpleasant side effects. Take the amount appropriate for you as indicated on the back of the bottle.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 5 – Heart Healthy Hawthorn
Hawthorn is a staple herb when it comes to heart health as it is rich in flavonoids, namely, oligomeric procyandins (OPC’s) and quercetin.
Flavonoids are touted as having many benefits, but one of the most intensely studied conditions that it affects is various forms of heart disease. This includes arrhythmia, palpitations, improve the function of capillaries, regulate glucose metabolism and, of course, reduce arterial blood pressure and the risk of hypertension.
There are several different mechanical actions that flavonoids can take on the blood, but pertaining to hypertension the most important may be the widening of the blood vessels, which ultimately reduces the pressure of the blood.
You can enjoy hawthorn in the form of a tea or in the form of “balls”, which is what is given below. The recipe also calls for cinnamon and ginger, which are great for helping circulation flow smoothly.
It was the herbalist Rosemary Gladstar who taught me how to make these wonderful herbal balls, and while I’ve tweaked the recipe some, I’ll forever be grateful to her for tuning me into this wonderful way of enjoying herbal medicine!
You will need…
-4 tablespoons of powdered hawthorn berry
-1/2-1 tablespoons of cinnamon powder
-Cocoa or carob powder
Place the cinnamon and hawthorn powder in a bowl and mix the two together. Add just enough honey and water to make a paste. Thicken the mixture with cocoa powder or carob powder until it has formed a dough that you can cleanly roll into small balls no bigger than your index fingernail.
Place them on a cookie sheet and dry in an oven at a very low temperature (not more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit) until dry. Store indefinitely in a glass jar out of direct sunlight and in a cool place.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 6 – Exercise
Along with diet, exercise should really be number one on this list. Nothing can replace what exercise does for the body, and in a society where we are becoming increasingly sedentary, it can take a bit more effort to get out and get moving-but it’s worth it, especially if you have high blood pressure.
The heart is a muscle, and it will grow stronger with exercise. It becomes easier to pump blood and takes less effort, keeping your heart in better condition and lowering how much force it exerts on your arteries, thus lowering blood pressure.
Exercise is, in many cases, all that you need to get your blood pressure back on track. The top number in a blood pressure reading indicates systolic blood pressure, which is created by the heart pumping blood away from it.
Exercise can lower this reading by an average of 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (a unit of pressure), which is easily as much as some prescription blood pressure medications. A pleasant side effect of exercise is weight loss, which also does your heart and arteries a great favor.
You will need…
Try and get in at 30 minutes of exercise a day. You don’t have to run marathon-even simple chores like scrubbing the floors are good. Anything that gets your heart rate up and increases your rate of respiration. Make this a habit. You only get the benefits of exercise as long as you exercise.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 7 – Go For Garlic
Garlic is one of those home remedy staples. It is rich in beneficial constituents that address a wide range of ailments, once of which happens to be hypertension. There is just one little catch though.
Allicin, the organosulphur-sulfur containing- compound responsible for several of garlic’s health benefits, doesn’t fare as well in the human body when garlic is eaten raw. Allicin is relatively unstable, and is typically deactivated when it comes in contact with a substance with a pH lower than 3, such as our stomach acid.
However, when taken in tablet form, there is a guaranteed allicin yield that ensures you get the proper amount to have solid results when it comes to lowering blood pressure.
Be sure when getting the tablets that there is a release of allicin in a significant, standardized amount-in several studies involved with blood pressure, 1.8 milligrams per dose lowered blood pressure by 10% within 12 weeks.
You will need…
-Good quality garlic tablets
Take as directed on the back of the bottle.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 8 – Melon in the Morning
Every morning, be faithful to watermelon. Often times watermelon as viewed as a strictly summer fruit, one for seed spitting contests and barbecues, but it can also help lower blood pressure.
An organic compound called citrulline, an a-amino acid, was first isolated in 1914 from watermelon. Once ingested, the body can convert citrulline to the amino acid L-arginine, which is a precursor to nitric oxide.
To translate, citrulline-found in watermelon- is converted into arginine-essentially a chemical building block-which leads to the production of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide talks to various cells and systems in your body that regulates, among other things, how hard your blood gets pumped through your entire body-also known as vascular systematic resistance.
It will widen blood vessels, which lowers vascular resistance, which ultimately lowers blood pressure. Imagine trying to pump a certain volume of liquid through a small opening versus a wider opening. The wider opening will allow it to flow smoothly and easily-it’s the same with blood cells!
You will need…
-1-2 cups of fresh water melon
Every morning eat your melon on an empty stomach. If you have a home blood pressure device, monitor yourself and observe the changes.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 9 – Ginger-Cardamom Tea
A study done in December of 2009 published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics gave a group of participants 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder daily for several weeks. The results showed a significant reduction in blood pressure.
While further research is needed to pinpoint exactly why it seems to help, it has still proven itself a useful home remedy for high blood pressure. Combined with ginger and cinnamon, both warming spices that improve circulation, you can make a lovely tea to help your heart get healthy.
Interestingly enough, black tea seems to improve blood pressure in some instances. This is most likely due to the heavy concentration of flavonoid, however if you have blood pressure that leans towards the more severe side of the scale; the caffeine may do more harm than good.
This is particularly delightful warm, spicy, tea to have on chilly winter days (and when we’re tempted from eating healthier thanks to the holidays!)
You will need…
-1/2 cup of water
-2-3 teaspoons of honey (or to taste)
-1 teaspoon of cardamom pods
-1/2 teaspoon ginger powder OR 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
-1 ½ tablespoons black tea or 1 teabag
-1/2 cup milk
-Mortar and pestle
Crush the cardamom pods to release the oil-there’s no need to grind them finely. In a saucepan combine all the ingredients except for the honey. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 6-9 minutes until you get a rich caramel brown color. Stir in honey and then strain into a mug and enjoy! Drink 1-2 times daily.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 10 – Cat’s Claw Decoction
Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a woody climbing vine found in South and Central America, with its most notable use being in the Amazon rainforest. It is named after the thorns on the plant which are hooked, much like cats claws.
It has been used as a traditional remedy in its native habitat for a long time, but test tube studies finally revealed evidence for promising benefits, one amongst them being lowering blood pressure.
It does so by dilating the blood vessels (known as vasodilation) and therefore lowering the pressure by allowing blood to flow through more readily.
It can also act as a mild diuretic, getting rid of unneeded salt and water in the body, which can again reduce hypertension. The tannins and flavonoid are most likely the main constituents that account for the herbs healing actions.
Here it is made into a flavorful decoction that will give you all of its benefits. A decoction is essentially a tea, but is simmered for much longer as it is made from the woody, tough, fibrous parts of the plant such as roots or (in this case) bark.
There are two things to keep in mind when searching for your herb-first, make sure its scientific name matches the one above (there are several other plants known as cats claw) and secondly, make sure it is from an ecologically sustainable Cats Claw should be avoided by women who are pregnant.
You will need…
-1-2 tablespoons of dried herb
-1 ½-2 cups of cold water
-Honey or lemon to taste
Place the herb and water in a small saucepan over low heat and bring to a slow simmer. Cover, and let it simmer for 40-45 minutes. Add more water (or less) depending on how concentrated you want the tea to be. Strain, add honey or lemon if desired, and drink once daily.
Remedies to Lower High Blood Pressure #Tip 11 – Beautiful Blueberry Syrup
Syrups are, hands down, one of my most favorite ways of incorporating the benefits of herbs and spices into daily life. While the word “syrup” may make you think of something sickly sweet and heavy-the opposite of what you want for heart health-that isn’t the case here.
The “syrup” that you see on grocery store shelves may not be the best, but made at home it is a wonderful (delicious) way to give yourself a natural boost. And if we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes choking down bitter tea makes it hard to stay on track with a remedy.
Blueberries are rich in the flavonoid quercetin, the benefits of which are explained in remedy number 5, as it is also found in hawthorn. You can mix in elderberries for an extra heart healthy kick as well-surprise, surprise they’re good for more than just warding off the cold and flu!
You will need….
-8 tablespoons of dried blueberries OR 4 tablespoons each of dried blueberries and elderberries.
-4 cups of water
-1 cup of honey
-A pot, strainer, and glass jar with an airtight lid
Add the dried berries to the water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain the solids out, pressing on them to extract any extra juices, and pour the liquid back into the pot. Stir in the honey, warming the mixture just to ensure the two blend together thoroughly.
Here there are two different paths you can take. For thicker syrup, heat the honey and berry juice over medium-high heat for 20 minutes. If you’d rather not cook the syrup, and are ok with one that is slightly thinner, skip this step. Once mixed, bottle and label and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 weeks. Take 1 tablespoon twice daily.
Understanding Blood Pressure Reading
When the nurse wraps the cuff around your upper arm and then announces two seemingly random numbers, what’s going on?
Two forces pump the blood through our bodies, the first being created by the heart contracts and pumps blood out into the arteries, and the second occurs when the heart rests between beats and the heart muscle is refilling with blood.
These two forces are known as systole and diastole respectively, and are the numbers you see on a blood pressure reading. The systolic pressure is the top number (or the first one read) and is the higher number, and the second number is diastolic, and is the lower number.
So the next time you get your blood pressure read, remember the first number is referring the force of blood being pumped away, and the second number is the heart at rest refilling with blood. The systolic number should be less than 120, while the diastolic number should be less than 80. Anything higher and you enter pre-hypertension and hypertension.
Are you familiar with the feeling of dread you get when you’re body starts to feel warm and flush? Because you know what comes next- the discomfort of the unrelenting heat from another nasty hot flash.
Or maybe you’re not even aware that it’s happening, in which case maybe you dread waking up to find your clothes and sheets absolutely soaked in sweat, and then endure horrible chills while everything dries off?
Hot flashes and night sweats are some of the frustrating things to get relief from, since your body basically decided your fate when it mistakenly told your brain you were overheating (a very simplified way of putting it.)
While hormones contribute greatly to hot flashes-hence why they are so common during menopause-other things can cause them as well. I’ve experienced them as side effects from medications, but stress and even some food and drinks can bring them on.
Tip: Keep a fan on you if you suffer night sweats. Also direct a fan at yourself or stand in front of the A.C. for an extra cool down when using the spray.
Remedies for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats #Tip 1 – Plain Ol’ Peppermint Spray
It seems so plain. Peppermint is refreshing for obvious reasons-it helps cool you almost instantly and the coolness lasts for a while. It’s one of the best, most immediate, forms of relief from a hot flash in my opinion.
How does it work? All thanks to menthol. Our body can tell when there is something hot or cold, but peppermint isn’t cold temperature wise at all. So why does it cool us down?
A protein in menthol activates the same receptor on nerve endings that also sense cold. So it triggers a message to the brain that says “you’re feeling cold.” And your nervous system responds accordingly.
So, really, this isn’t such a plain spray. It’s a very clever one, one that will help you cool down fast. It doesn’t actually change your temperature, but that makes no difference in the relief it will bring.
Some people who use this recipe opt not to use the neutral carrier oil for fear of it leaving a stain, and use only witch hazel. I have not had any issues, but it is an option (albeit not the one I’d recommend.)
The witch hazel speeds evaporation and many people find it adds its own touch of cool freshness so it’s added for that more than as a carrier.
Alcohol can dilute essential oils, but the alcohol in witch hazel is not of a high enough proof to do the job. If you opt to leave out the carrier oil, be sure to test a spritz on a small patch of skin before using.
You will need…
-6 tablespoons of witch hazel
-1-6 drops peppermint oil
-1 tablespoon of grapeseed (or another neutral oil)
First, always shake well before using! Also, start with only a drop or two of peppermint at a time and test your tolerance. It’s strong stuff, especially if you don’t add in a “true” carrier that dilutes it.
Put the oils and witch hazel in a mister bottle. Ideally one that is dark glass and has the spritzer top to it! Shake well and store in cool place out of direct sunlight. Apply as needed, and for maximum effect, have a fan going. Shake before every use.
If you find the spray drying to your skin, apply some high quality, natural aloe after using it.
Remedies for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats #Tip 2 – Eucalyptus Cold Compress
Eucalyptus provides similar benefits to peppermint, but on a lesser scale, and with much less intensity. This doesn’t mean it’s not effective, but if you’re sensitive to the strong smell of peppermint, eucalyptus is a great option (and can be used as a substitute in recipe above.)
Keep this cooling compress on hand so you don’t need to wait for relief by freezing them (but put them in a bag so your whole freezer doesn’t smell like eucalyptus!) or just whip it up on the spot.
You will need…
-A medium sized bowl
-2 tablespoons of grapeseed or any other neutral oil
-1-4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
-A clean towel about dishcloth sized
Mix your oils together well and pour them into your bowl. Toss in a generous amount of ice, and top it off with cold water. Let it chill for a good 3-5 minutes, then soak the towel in the water-make sure to really swirl it around to churn up the essential oils.
Wring it out and place it across your forehead, the back of your neck, on your chest-or really any place that you feel needs it most.
Below is a tip for finding the best cooling spots (aka pulse points.) If the towel feels like it’s no longer cooling you down, simply dunk it again and repeat!
What’s up with the pulse?
The places where you can feel your pulse most strongly, pulse points, are areas where your blood vessels are close to the surface of the skin. Because the blood is so close, it can also be cooled quickly. This cooler blood then gets pumped back through your body, lowering your overall body temperature.
These points can be palpitated anywhere there is an artery that can be compressed near the surface of the body. Get familiar with your pulse, and you’ll know the quickest ways to cooling off.
Some common ones to keep in mind are-
Brachial artery-on the inside of your elbow
Femoral artery-at the groin
Radial artery-at the wrist
Carotid artery-at the neck
Play around and see what works best for you. What works for one person may not work for you, and vice versa. Get to know your body, get familiar with what may trigger your hot flashes (e.g. spicy foods or stress), and add in prevention as much as possible. And I’ll re-iterate once again that a fan when combined with the peppermint spray truly is wonderful.
Remedies for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats #Tip 3 – Chill Your Feet (and check your pulse)
This is something that I generally avoid-my hands and feet tend to be chilly enough as it is. But in the midst of a hot flash, a quick cool down is what matters most to me.
There are pulse points on the tops of your feet (this is the dorsalis pedis artery), and on the sides of your ankles, just below the ankle bone (your posterior tibial artery).
Because the blood is so close to the surface of the skin, it cools down quicker. This cooler blood then gets pumped throughout the body, eventually lowering you overall core temperature.
When you start to feel the flush coming on, plunging your feet into a bowl of icy cold up the ankles can help you fend off the heat.
You will need…
-A bowl or shallow tub for your feet
-Cold water, preferably with ice
-A clean soft towel
Fill your tub with cold water and ice, and soak your feet. You can use the cool compress (above) simultaneously on any of your other pulse points as well. This makes for a super effective combo!
Why No Clary Sage as One of the Remedies for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats?
It’s the essential oil most often touted as helping to “balance hormones.” It is said to be estrogenic, that is, it acts like estrogen or possibly induces the body to make more, thus balancing out your estrogen levels and lessening the hot flashes.
Clary sage has a component called sclareol, which is structured in a similar way to estrogen. The thinking goes that because it has a similar structure, sclareol has estrogenic action. But action simply means that it has the ability to bind to an estrogen receptor.
What it does there is a whole other story. It could possibly even block and decrease estrogen, which wouldn’t be helpful at all. There just aren’t enough specific studies that document how it actually acts for me to say it’s truly balancing your hormones.
However! That being said, that doesn’t mean clary sage isn’t helpful for dealing with PMS/cramps/hot flashes. Many people find it extremely helpful and get great relief from it-so if you want to use it, go for it!
Just know that whatever mechanism brings about the relief probably isn’t from “balancing hormones” that you’ll see blaring everywhere. There have been studies that show it reduces cortisol levels when inhaled, which would lower stress, which can contribute to things like hot flashes. It’s a lovely oil and effective for many people, so again, don’t hold back!
The diet of our ancestors is completely different from what we are so accustomed to these days. With the advancement of technology, the types of foods we consume are dragged along.
A trip to the grocery store will shock you with aisles and aisles of processed food items and animal products. You will not have a hard time finding fast food when eating out as practically every corner of the street has one.
Even fad diets are partly to blame, for introducing a whole new eating habit, such as high-protein diets. In the recent years, consumption of animal products and refined food items has increased, as more and more people leave out the daily supply of fruits and vegetables in their diet.
It comes as no surprise why, these days, many are suffering from different types of allergies, bone diseases, heart problems and many others. Some health experts link these diseases to the type of foods we eat.
There are certain types of food that disrupts a certain balance in our body that, during such instance, health problems arise. If only we could modify our eating habits, it’s not unlikely that prevention of diseases and restoration of health is achieved.
The Importance of Alkaline
Our bodies need to maintain a healthy and steady alkaline to acid ratio, which is signified by the pH level of our body. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, and anything lower than 7 is considered acidic.
Processed food items, meat and meat products, sweets, and some beverages and condiments generally produce excessive amounts of acidity in the body.
Acidosis, abnormally high acidity level in the blood and other tissues of the body, is the one thing that several different diseases have one thing in common. And many health experts believe that acidosis is responsible for a lot of fatal diseases that many people are afflicted with these days.
Alkaline, on the other hand, naturally occurs in the body to neutralize excess acidity in the body, which is its main role. However, alkaline also becomes depleted at times – especially when there’s too much acid it needs to get rid of, and we do not consume foods that replenish our body’s alkalinity.
Maintaining a Healthy pH Level
As mentioned earlier, acidosis leads to many health-related problems. Dangerous levels of acid get to circulate in our body and break into tissues and organs when not properly neutralized.
To prevent this, one must see to it that a healthy pH balance in the body is maintained. And to offset the excessive amounts of acid is to increase your body’s alkalinity.
Determining whether or not your pH levels are prevalently alkaline may be done with easy-to-use pH level strips which you can purchase in drug stores or medical supplies stores. There are pH level strips meant for testing using your saliva, and there are those for using your urine.
Basically, a saliva pH level strip will determine how much acid your body is producing; normally it’s between 6.5 and 7.5 throughout the day. While a urine pH level strip will tell how well you excrete excess amounts of acid; you should get between 6.0 and 6.5 in the morning and between 6.5 and 7.0 at night.
The Dangers of Excessive Acid
If you constantly experience exhaustion, headaches and having frequent colds and flu, then that could be it – you have high acid levels in your body.
But the ill effects of acidosis in the body don’t stop there; you might be surprised at the wide-ranging types of diseases you could get with dangerous levels of acid in your body.
Depression, hyperacidity, ulcer, skin dryness, acne and obesity are some of those linked to excessive acid levels in the body. Then there are those that are more serious such as joint diseases, osteoporosis, bronchitis, frequent infections and heart diseases.
Even if you begin to take medications for these illnesses, the symptoms may be masked, but they will still continue to affect your health as you are not attacking them from their roots. No matter what medications you take – pills, anti-inflammatory and the like – your body will only become more acidic because of these medications.
Alkaline Diet Approach
To get to the roots of these health problems, the body’s pH level must be brought back to normal. There are alkaline foods that can help replenish the depleted alkaline levels in the body while neutralizing excess amounts of acid. Through an alkaline diet, sufficient amounts of alkaline are re-introduced into the body, thus bringing back the pH level to predominantly alkaline.
So how do you incorporate an alkaline diet into your eating habits?
First, you can start by cutting down your intake of processed foods. These type of foods contain chemicals that only increase the acidity of your body ones they’re digested.
Second, steer clear of meat and meat products, dairies and alcohol. Third, load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, as they naturally are high in alkalinity.
Even acidic fruits like oranges and lemons become alkaline after they have been digested and absorbed by the body.
As a general rule, 75% of your daily food consumption should consist of alkalizing foods. The more alkaline foods we provide our bodies with, the more efficient the neutralization of excess acids will be.
Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that develop on the surface of the skin.
They are often referred to by doctors as Stria or Striae and Striae Gravidarum during pregnancy. The areas of the body most often affected by stretch marks are the abdomen (tummy), buttocks, and thighs.
They develop when the the skin is stretched suddenly and the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. The dermis can be stretched:
as a result of weight gain
due to growth spurts during puberty
Stretch marks are often red or purple to start with and will gradually fade to a silvery-white color. They are usually long and thin. Read more about the characteristics of stretch marks.
Can I get rid of stretch marks?
Most stretch marks are not particularly noticeable and will fade over time. If you have stretch marks that are unsightly or which affect a large area of your body, there are treatments available. Creams, gels or lotions, laser surgery and cosmetic surgery are all used to treat stretch marks.
However, there is little in the way of medical evidence to show that these treatments are effective, so it’s important to be realistic about what they can achieve. Also, laser treatment and cosmetic surgery are not available on the NHS, so treatment can be expensive.
You should see your GP if your stretch marks do not seem to be linked to weight gain or growth because they might be a sign of another condition. In rare cases, stretch marks can be a caused by conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome or Marfan syndrome.
Preventing stretch marks
In some situations, such as during pregnancy, it isn’t possible to prevent stretch marks. However, controlling your weight and looking after your skin can reduce your risk of developing them.
Stretch marks are very common and cannot be prevented altogether. However, the following advice may help reduce your risk of developing stretch marks.
Gaining weight rapidly over a short period of time is one of the most common causes of stretch marks. Diets that cause your weight to quickly go up and down can cause stretch marks to develop because your skin is stretched by the sudden increases and decreases in your size.
Therefore, avoiding rapid weight gain and weight loss can help prevent stretch marks from occurring.
If you need to lose weight, you should do it slowly by eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting plenty of regular exercise. You should not lose more than 0.5kg (1lb) a week.
Massaging your skin every day with moisturizer or a massage glove can help improve your circulation and encourage new tissue growth. It is also important to eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin E, vitamin C, and the minerals zinc and silicon. These vitamins and minerals will help keep your skin healthy.
Stretch marks that develop during pregnancy are usually due to hormonal changes that affect your skin. However, gaining pregnancy weight steadily may help minimize the effect of stretch marks.
During pregnancy, it is normal for a woman to put on weight over a relatively short period of time. However, it is a myth that you need to ‘eat for two’, even if you are expecting twins or triplets.
You do not need to go on a special diet if you are pregnant, but you should eat a variety of different foods every day to get the right balance of nutrients for you and your baby. Your diet should be rich in whole wheat carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta, as well as fruit and vegetables.
During pregnancy, your weight gain should be slow and gradual. The amount of weight you put on will depend on the weight you were before you became pregnant. It is normal to gain 1-2kg (2.2-4.4lb) over the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy.
As a rough guide, during pregnancy, women who are:
underweight (have a BMI of less than 18.5) should gain 12.7-18.1kg (28-40lb)
a normal weight (have a BMI of 18.5-24.9) should gain 11.3-15.9kg (25-35lb)
overweight (have a BMI of more than 25) should gain 6.8-11.3kg (15-25lb)
Obese (have a BMI of more than 30) should gain 5-9.1kg (11-20lb).
Speak to your GP, midwife, or health visitor if you are worried you are not gaining weight at a healthy rate, or if you are concerned about your stretch marks.
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There are many reasons that skin ages and sags, but sun exposure contributes the most. Sagging skin can be particularly challenging to treat using topical products alone.
Fortunately, there are now a variety of different professional skin-tightening treatment options that don’t require a surgical procedure to help you achieve a smoother, tighter and more youthful look.
Ultrasound technology has long been used in the medical field, but is now widely used in nonsurgical skin tightening. Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared device that utilizes ultrasound energy to heat the skin to stimulate your own production of collagen, a key protein involved in maintaining firm, youthful skin.
Ultherapy has been shown to lift and tighten loose neck and chin skin, sometimes referred to as a “turkey neck,” as well as smooth away the lines and wrinkles in other areas of the face and upper chest.
Radiofrequency waves also heat and tighten loose or sagging skin. This method works similarly to ultrasound technology, in that it uses heat to stimulate the production of important proteins within the skin.
There are many radiofrequency devices used to tighten the skin such as venus legacy, Velashape and Thermage. The device that is chosen depends on the area of the body and if there are areas of unwanted fat. For example, Velashape tightens the skin and smooths the appearance of cellulite, while Thermage only tightens the skin.
Both ultrasound and radiofrequency skin tightening may take several months to produce their full results, but you should be able to enjoy noticeably tighter skin for up to three years.
Which Is Right for You?
The best way to decide which nonsurgical skin-tightening option is best for you is to talk to an experienced doctor. Your schedule and pain tolerance are important factors to take into account.
Ultherapy, for example, requires one to two treatments spaced three months apart. Ultherapy uses intense heat, which many find uncomfortable, so most patients choose to take a medication to relax them during the procedure. Patients who like hot showers tend to tolerate Ultherapy better than those who hate the feeling of heat.
Venus Legacy uses less heat but requires one treatment every week for six to eight weeks. Although there are many similarities among these treatments, your unique skin type, condition and goals will factor into your dermatologist’s recommendation for the most effective approach for sagging skin. In some cases, two or more different treatment options can be combined to help you get the desired outcome.
No matter which option(s) you and your doctor choose, it can be helpful to pair the right topical ingredients with your skin-tightening treatments to enhance your results. Topical retinol and a properly formulated vitamin C serum boost collagen production and help these machines work even better.
Let’s face it: Sagging’s only cute if you’re a Shar-Pei dog.
For most of us, our jangly jowls and hanging cheeks are a source of chagrin as we age. Here, five myths and facts about sagging face, plus ways to stop the droop:
Sagging Face Myth #1 – Running causes your face to sag
FALSE. Sagging skin is due to two age-related reasons: loss of collagen, which gives skin its elasticity, and loss of facial fat, the absence of which causes skin to droop.
While your whole body bounces up and down while you’re jogging, it is highly unlikely that you’re jostling around enough to damage collagen, points out Las Vegas-based plastic surgeon Michael Edwards, MD, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
A more likely cause? Long hours exercising outdoors equals more UV exposure, which over time breaks collagen down. Make sure you slather up with plenty of sunscreen before venturing outside, even in colder weather.
Sagging Face Myth #2 – Sleeping on your stomach causes sagging
FALSE. Your sleep position won’t actually cause sagging, but it can lead to sleep wrinkles: those creases and fine lines you see each AM in your bathroom mirror. They’re caused by your pillow tugging at delicate facial skin as you sleep.
When you’re younger, it is not an issue, as fresh, elastic skin bounces back easily, but as you age, skin becomes less resilient and can settle into these lines. Your best way to avoid this is to sleep on your back, says Dr. Edwards.
Some studies have found sleepers switch positions 11 times a night on average. But if you’re a die-hard tummy sleeper or flip flop through the night. you can try the Juverest, a so-called sleep wrinkle pillow.
This specially formulated pillow has a head cradle to encourage back sleep and graded steps to minimize contact between your face and the pillow if you do roll over onto your side.
Sagging Face Myth #3 – You can do facial exercises to reduce skin sagging
TRUE! But with a catch. They increase the size of facial muscles, which, while theoretically taking away some of the slacking skin, also causes expression lines, points out Dr. Edwards.
So while a few workout moves might help relieve basset hound-like eyes, they’ll probably also worsen crow’s feet. If you’re not opposed to getting some help from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, you may get better results from Botox.
Sagging Face Myth #4 – Weight loss causes skin sagging
TRUE. When you gain weight, the skin on your face stretches to go along with your extra padding, just like it does everywhere else. But if you’ve finally lost it, you may notice that you’re sporting under eye bags and a slack jaw.
As you age and your skin loses elasticity, when you stretch it out it won’t bounce back the same way it did when you were younger, explains Dr. Edwards. But don’t despair: products like Retin-A can help, as can injectable fillers such as Voluma.
Sagging Face Myth #5 – There are products that may help fight sagging skin
TRUE. You can slow down the sag from the outside in: Try topical products like over-the-counter retinols or prescription retinoids, which boost collagen production, and vitamin C serums, which help restore elasticity, advises Dr. Edwards.
In one study, a daily supplement of pycnogenol, a French pine bark extract, increased skin elasticity and hydration and increased production of hyaluronic acid, a skin plumping ingredient, by 44%, according to a 2012 German study (which was funded by the maker of the raw material used in the supplements).
When it comes to skin care, we’re not usually ones for hard and fast rules. Everyone has unique facial features, skin tones, lifestyles and genetic histories that make it impossible to have a single piece of advice be “one size fits all.”
It can take years — and dozens of trips to the dermatologist — to discover how to get rid of acne effectively on your unique skin. But here, we’ve pretty much made it our life mission to figure out the best tips from the pros who have seen it all and won’t recommend it unless it’s backed up by experience and science.
Ahead, we rounded up the best advice on how to get clear skin from top dermatologists. Read on for our favorite ways to get your skin to look and feel its best.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 1 – Wash Your Face Daily
The first and most important rule isn’t ground-breaking: remember to wash your face! Cleansing and treating your skin twice a day is the best way to keep breakouts away.
For those emergencies when you’re just too tired to wash your face, keep a stash of face wipes in the drawer of your nightstand. This way if you get home super late and don’t feel like going all the way to the sink, you can still stick go to bed with clean skin!
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 2 – Use the Right Cleanser
Buying a generic acne wash won’t necessarily improve your complexion; for a cleanser to be most effective, you have to pay attention to your skin’s needs and pick the ingredients accordingly.
If your skin tends to be oily, choose products with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid. For sensitive skin, look for cleansers with lactic acid or hydrating ingredients like glycerin, which aren’t as drying as those made for oilier types.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 3 – Don’t Over-Exfoliate
Scrubbing your face raw with grainy cleansers and exfoliating products can do more harm than good. When done too often, it can make redness, inflammation, and irritation worse.
“Exfoliating a pimple can pull away healthy skin cells and create an open wound and higher risk for scarring,” says Jessica Weiser, MD, from New York Dermatology Group. “Exfoliation should be done with caution, and not more than 2-3 times a week maximum.”
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 4 – Regularly Change Your Face Towel
When you think about it, consistently reaching for your go-to face towel every day is like reusing a dinner napkin over and over again.
Using dirty towels can harbor bacteria, and they can even introduce new bacteria to your skin, which may lead to more pimples, explains Karen Hammerman, MD, from Schweiger Dermatology.
You should try and use a new face towel every time you wash your face.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 5 – Moisturize
Worried moisturizer will make your acne worse? Think again — it can actually help improve your skin.
“If the skin surface is dry and dehydrated, the oil glands tend to overproduce oil and this can make acne worse,” Dr. Weiser says.
“Hydrating the skin surface can re-balance oil glands and help control acne and improve healing.”
When buying a moisturizer, she recommends looking for a lightweight, oil-based product that won’t clog your pores.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 6 – Use Sunscreen that Doesn’t Clog Pores
While SPF is a must, some sunscreens can trigger breakouts. You want to look for oil-free and non-comedogenic formulas that won’t clog pores,” Dr. Hammerman says.
Options like from Elta MD and Peter Thomas Roth, which are recommended by the pros, are specifically tested on acne-prone skin so you can get your dose of SPF without having to worry about clogged pores.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 7 – Skip Makeup When You’re Working Out
Take an extra five minutes before hopping on the treadmill to completely wash your face and remove your makeup to minimize the risk of breakouts.
“Sweat is released through visible pores in the skin,” says dermatologist Dr. Janell Vega. “When makeup covers those pores, that barrier doesn’t allow the sweat to make it to the surface of the skin, which can lead to clogged pores. The trapped debris and bacteria are a perfect breeding ground for acne bumps and zits.”
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 8 – Wash Your Face Post-Workout
“After sweating, immediately use an exfoliating cleanser to help keep your pores clear and remove excess oil,” says Dr. Zein Obagi of ZO Skin Health.
Try keeping Neutorogena Rapid Clear Pads in your gym bag or locker for those times you need an on-the-go cleanse. These will remove any leftover dirt while treating your skin with acne-fighting salicylic acid.
If you have body acne, taking a shower as soon as possible after working out is also key. It turns out that standing around in tight, sweaty workout clothes puts you at greatest risk for body acne and rashes.
“The whole idea is that the bacteria that live on the skin can get trapped in the hair follicles and cause inflammation,” says dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Hale.
“The more you work out in the heat the more likely this is.” So, make sure to shower (or, at the very least, change out of your sweaty clothes) right after working out.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 9 – Tailor Your Diet
Sad but true: Any foods that cause a spike in insulin can lead to inflammation and an acne flare, explains Dr. Kally Papantoniou with Advanced Dermatology PC.
“Leafy green vegetables and other brightly colored fruit and vegetables which are rich in antioxidants and nutrients dampen inflammation and improve skin quality (studies have shown acne patients have higher oil production and lower antioxidant levels),” says Dr. Weiser.
“Limit intake of dairy products which can contain hormones and antibiotics that can worsen acne breakouts.”
Other skin-boosting super foods include eggs, nuts, legumes, and quinoa.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 10 – Drink Plenty of Water
Seriously, don’t forget to drink those eight glasses of water a day, if we haven’t made the point clear by now. It makes a big impact on your entire body, including your skin.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 11 – Have a Cup of Tea
Try sipping spearmint tea. According to Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, dermatologist and founder of Epionce Skincare, having two cups a day could reduce acne by 25%!
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 12 – Change Your Pillowcases
Unwashed sheets and pillowcases lead to cross contamination which leads to pimples. Aim to wash your bedding once or twice a week to prevent bacteria from building up and affecting your complexion, suggests Dr. Papantoniou.
If that seems overboard, at least aim to wash your pillowcase once a week since that’s where your face rests while you snooze (and dream of flawless skin).
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 13 – Keep Your Phone Screen Clean
Think of how many times a day you touch your phone! That thing gets pretty germy. To stay in the clear, clean your screen daily with an alcohol wipe. And when possible, Dr. Papantoniou recommends using the speaker option or headphones so your phone isn’t resting on your face as often.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 14 – Wipe Down Your Headphones
Sneaky every day habits could secretly be doing a number on your skin. Even something as seemingly harmless as wearing over-the-ear headphones could be the culprit to breakouts around your temples and jawline.
“This is especially the case when you wear them during and after a workout, or if you keep them on for long periods of time. Sweat and moisture collect on and around the headphones, compressing the skin and therefore encouraging bacteria and yeast to multiply,” says dermatologist and Simple advisory board member, Dr. Debra Luftman.
Gross, but true. Use an anti-bacterial wipe to quickly disinfect your headphones.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 15 – Stash a Heal + Conceal Stick in Your Locker
If a midday zit pops up, swipe it with concealer loaded with blemish-shrinking ingredients. This way you can cover it up and treat it in one step. ZO Skin Health Offects Correct & Conceal Acne Concealer Stick will do the trick.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 16 – Try to Keep Your Hands Off Your Face
Sorry to burst your bubble, but popping a zit is never a good idea. Your hands aren’t always clean, and dirt under your fingernails and improper squeezing can cause acne to spread or lead to further infection, Dr. Hammerman says.
Plus, popping can lead to pitted scars, which stick around much longer than that pimple would.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 17 – Ice, Ice Baby
If you really must do something about your pimple beyond washing your face and spot treating, ice or a cold compress can help reduce swelling. Wrap an ice cube or the compress in a soft tissue or cloth and apply it to your zit for 20-30 seconds at a time, a few times a day.
In case of an emergency (like, prom), you can also see a dermatologist for a cortisone injection, which can help shrink the cyst down quickly in a day or two.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 18 – Don’t Irritate Your Acne with Toothpaste or Rubbing Alcohol
Sure, we’ve all heard that toothpaste or rubbing alcohol can help dry out a zit, but many DIY treatments aren’t solutions for how to treat acne. In fact, applying toothpaste or rubbing alcohol are more likely to cause irritation and dryness than treat the actual pimple.
Instead, stick with topical over-the-counter and prescription spot treatments with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide that are specially made to target pimples, says Dr. Hammerman.
For an all-natural spot treatment, she suggests dabbing tea tree oil on the area a few times a day with a cotton ball.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 19 – Combat Hormonal Acne with Birth Control
It’s not news that birth control can help stabilize hormones that prevent breakouts, but it’s worth exploring different types of birth control pills even if you had adverse reactions to one in the past (i.e. weight gain or heavier acne flare-ups).
The FDA approves of Estrostep, Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Yaz to combat acne, but the trick is to be patient, as it can take up to four months to start seeing results.
“This plan of attack works best when paired with whatever topical treatments you’re already using to treat your acne, like Proactiv, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc,” advises dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi.
Get Rid of Acne #Tip 20 – Don’t Overlook Amazing New Technology in the Drugstore Aisle
If saving babysitting money for a year still won’t make a dent in the funds you need to get a fancy laser treatment that will blast away acne scars, don’t be discouraged.
Thanks to the geniuses behind one of our favorite drugstore brands, La Roche-Posay, there’s a new class of products that feature smart technology and better-than-ever ingredients to help treat dark marks and acne scars — at an affordable price.
“La-Roche Posay’s Pigmentclar line is unique in the way it combines exfoliating lipohydroxy acid (LHA), phe-resorcinol, and ferulic acid, which are both strong brightening ingredients, all together to form a topical product that’s seriously effective,” says dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara.
Have you seen many people with an extra sagging skin under their chin? We call this extra sack of fat as double chin. There is a lot of misinformation about double chins. If you are looking for ways for getting rid of double chin from under your face, you must first understand why it is there.
These are some of the causes due to which you can get an extra chin under your face.
Some Causes of Double Chin:
1. Hereditary Face Structure: You would have noticed that double chin runs in some families. Even skinny members of this family have a pouch of fat hanging under their face. This happens because their genes predispose them to store more fat under their chin than the rest of the body.
2. Excess Water Retention: Some women develop an extra chin during their pregnancy. This is because of excessive water retention in the body. Just like the rest of the body swells up, so does the chin.
3. Obesity: The primary cause of this extra fat deposition is obesity. If you are overweight, then the fat will be deposited all over your body. When the fat cells find no more space to grow on the face, they form a layer of lose hanging pouch under the chin.
4. Aging: The extra chin is also a bit of an aging issue. It is a wrinkle after all. If you already had an extra chin, then it will be worse when you age.
This extra fat mars the beauty of your entire face. To get rid of it, you need exercises and also a diet that works for you. To lose the sagging pouch under your face, try the following double chin diet.
Diet for Getting Rid of Double Chin:
1. First of all, understand the cause of double chin and then decide which diet works for you. If your extra chin is due to water retention, then no point going on a low carb double chin diet.
2. If you have a hereditary disposition towards a double chin, then start watching what you eat from a very early stage. Junk food and binge drinking cannot be your lifestyle choice because you already a have a set of genes that favour double chin.
3. Obesity is one of the main causes of extra face fat. So, try to lose weight all over your body because when you do that, your extra chin will automatically disappear. Say no to trans fats and refined carbohydrates.
4. Choose lean meats like chicken and turkey to have a fabulous face. Red meat should be consumed very rarely by people who wish to loose fat.
5. If your chin is expanding due to water retention then you have to lower the intake of sodium and potassium in your food. This means having food with lesser salt in it. Also avoid salty snacks like salted nuts.
6. If you use a small technique to eat your food along with the above diet, then you can get the most astounding results in getting rid of double chin. Chew your food with exaggerated mouth movements before you swallow. This chewing exercise can be better performed if you eat fibrous food that requires much chewing like lean meat or fruits like sugarcane.
Give your face a new shape by getting rid of double chin.
Laser treatment for under eye wrinkles is considered to be the best and safest way to get rid of wrinkles around eyes when smiling.
In this process, the fine micro laser lights are used. The purpose of this treatment is to penetrate the laser light through skin tissues to treat the fine lines and wrinkles.
Eclipse micro pen also falls under the category of laser treatment. Eclipse micro pen is used to make microscopic wound around the eye area.
After puncturing the skin, the skin itself starts healing and increases the collagen production that enhances the elasticity of the skin. Thus, you get a new skin under your eye area.
Dermal filler treatment
Next, dermal filler treatment is also a better option to work with. Dermal fillers work on the principle of filling up the wrinkles with a natural substance that a human body produces.
Thus, instead of a foreign substance, a gel-like substance is used that is almost similar to hyaluronic acid. These fillers make your skin softer and enhance the skin texture.
One can definitely notice a big improvement around the eye area as the filler tend to bind the water around it, which provides volume to the eye in a natural-looking way.
If you are afraid to go for the above treatments, you can opt for homemade treatments to get rid of wrinkles around eyes when smiling. There are numerous ways that can help you achieve a plumper skin.
Since the homemade ways are not the fastest to conquer the problem you have to be patient with them. One of the most effective and popular ways to lift up the sagging skin is the use of egg whites. This trick enhances the elasticity of the skin and makes it look firmer.
Under eye wrinkle creams
Another option to treat or prevent the under eye wrinkles is the regular use of under eye wrinkle creams. In general, almost every eye cream targets all the concerns: fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness.
The key ingredients present in these creams are quite helpful in achieving plumped and creaseless skin under and around the eye.
Eye patches or masks
Nowadays, the market is flooded with eye masks that are meant to treat the under eye wrinkles quite effectively. This kind of masks generally focus on boosting collagen production or increasing the hydration of the area.
When the collagen production increases, the skin cell renewal speeds up. And, collagen enhances the elasticity of the skin, thus preventing it from sagging or forming wrinkles.
Massage is almost a synonym for relaxation. Giving a good massage to your eyes regularly not only helps in the prevention and treatment of eye wrinkles but also relaxes your eye muscles. It enhances the oxygen circulation under your eye area.
To follow the procedure of massaging, firstly cleanse your hands properly. For massaging, you can opt for vitamin E and antioxidant-rich oil or cream. Take a small quantity of the oil or cream and massage it gently around and under your eye area.
It’s not a secret that one must have an antioxidant rich diet for a healthy and young skin. Antioxidants help in speeding up the renewal process of the skin cells.
Antioxidants fight free radicals and protect the skin from harmful sun rays. This makes your skin healthy and young and keeps it prevented from more damage. Aim for a good night’s sleep and lesser stress along with these tips for best results to get rid of wrinkles around eyes when smiling.
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How to eliminate wrinkles on the face and neck: Forehead lines, eye wrinkles and crow’s feet, smile and laugh folds, nasal lines, fine lines around the mouth and lips, neck wrinkles and creases.
Easy facial yoga routines for tightening and lifting sagging face and neck skin
Methods to treat unsightly eye bags, dark eye circles and “racoon” rings.
How to use yoga to re-sculpture and sharpen the features of your face and neck for a new and better looking