3 Ways of Restoring Youthful Appearance

In modern cosmetic clinics, you will find many different treatments, each with its own advantages, disadvantages, strengths, and weaknesses. But some treatments rise up among the rest as they are incredible feats of modern cosmetic technology. Referring to specific three facial cosmetic enhancements and treatments we hope to inform you about all the great things that can be accomplished with modern cosmetic technology.

These three treatments, Botox, dermal fillers, and PDO thread lift NYC clinics have been deemed as some of the most popular ways to restore youth to a tired and worn-out face. Thanks to some insider information from Manhattan’s own Skinly Aesthetics, we’ve learned a little extra about these treatments and hope this will be your little guide to finding the youth restoration treatment that is right for you.

Botox

You’ve definitely heard of Botox. If not about the treatment itself, then definitely that name. It has gotten lots of fame and notoriety in recent years, as Botox is used to refer to any cosmetic treatment, from lip fillers to lifting the skin. 

However, this is not what Botox actually does and most people unfamiliar with the beauty industry often greatly misunderstand what Botox is and how it works. In reality, the treatment is far more complicated than most people will have you believe and it accomplishes some truly great things.

Let’s start with what it is. Botox is a compound called the “botulinum toxin”. It is a compound that has the ability to numb certain kinds of nerves. Now, sure, in the hands of someone who has no experience in medicine or cosmetic treatments this compound can be very dangerous. But today’s practitioners go through years of arduous studying and training before they are allowed to work with the compound. 

With this knowledge and experience, they are able to use the compound in such ways, that it can numb certain nerves under the face to create a more youthful appearance on the surface. The facial muscles are under constant strain and are endlessly contracting. These contractions are responsible for the wrinkles and age marks above. So if you wish to get rid of the wrinkles, you should first stop the muscle contractions.

And that’s exactly what Botox does. Without having to puff up the face it makes it look much younger, more vibrant, and energetic. 

Dermal Fillers

To list all the treatments possible with the dermal filler compound would take a very long time. That’s not going to stop us from covering some of the most popular uses for this amazing compound and how it can be used to enhance and tighten the face in all the right places and in all the right ways.

Dermal fillers are based on hyaluronic acid, a type of chemical found in our body which is responsible for the springiness in our joints (keep in mind this is a very non-technical explanation). It naturally grows and fills areas when it comes into contact with moisture. Upon injection, it almost immediately fills in certain areas of the face and lifts the skin.

But what is the point of this lifting and tightening? Because those are the elements of a youthful and energetic face. All you have to do is compare an older-looking face to a younger one. Obviously, wrinkles, sun spots, and other age marks are going to be prevalent, but there is also something else that is just subtle enough to miss but is still very much visible.

The shape of the face depends on a lot more than just bone structure. The tightness of your skin also plays a major role in how your face looks, in its shape, and most importantly: the volume.

This is what dermal fillers do: they restore lost volume to the face by lifting up the skin using the springy gel that is the hyaluronic acid-based compound. With a few precise injections, your face will be looking more youthful and full of energy than it did before. Thanks to the restored facial volume, you will see a major improvement in the freshness of your appearance and the newfound vigor when you look in the mirror.

PDO Thread Lift

Last, there is another form of facial lifting and skin tightening, though it is accomplished through an entirely different method. The PDO threads are specially designed fibers, which are inserted under the skin via a special medical tool, massaged into place, and once they have latched on, they pull the skin up to lift the face.

Hence why it’s called a PDO thread lift and why it has been so popular with clients all across the world. But what really makes this treatment so special comes after the insertion of the threads. The PDO threads themselves do not stay there permanently; they dissolve after some time, which is done completely naturally by the body itself.

You may think that the treatment is over and done with when the last of the PDO fibers dissolves, but the PDO thread lift is not finished yet. As the threads dissolve, they promote collagen formation, a type of protein that is responsible for your body’s durability, structural integrity, and regenerative capabilities.

With the extra collagen, the body replaces the PDO threads with its own naturally grown collagen fibers, which tighten the face and keep that youthful appearance even after the fiber has dissolved. It may seem a little scary at first to have a thread injected under the skin. But the treatment itself is quite painless and there is very little discomfort during the treatment thanks to local anesthetics. The only discomfort you will find may arise from the side effects. The PDO thread will ache and the treated area will slightly swell. But these side effects go away rather quickly on their own and will require minimal effort from you to soothe them. 

With the PDO thread lift, patients can look into the mirror with greater confidence, knowing the energy they feel inside them is present on their faces as well.

Two Body Contouring Treatments NYC is Crazy About

It has come to our attention that NYC residents are getting more and more excited about body contouring and curvature. This comes as no surprise since curves have been a really hot trend in recent years. To be fair: having a little extra volume in certain areas of the body (especially on the buttocks, thighs, and hips) has been a beauty trend for centuries.  

There are plenty of other cosmetic treatments that deal with the body besides these two. So you most likely have a wide range of question from how the treatments work to something more specific like the average EMSculpt cost. A non-invasive procedure that utilizes special magnetic muscle contracting technology causes the muscles to convulse at fast rates. This equates to them doing an insane amount of exercise in an equally insane short period of time. The results present themselves as perfectly toned and strengthened muscles, which look and feel bigger. But this is just one of the many other cosmetic treatments out there. You can find plenty more including the following two that we’ll be looking into with greater detail.

While the methodology and the practices these two treatments involve are quite different, they are both tasked with one goal: to enhance body curvature and bring out those attractive contours. Both these treatments are quite interesting in how they work and the results they bring out. Learning more about them can potentially help many people out there in getting the curves they have always dreamed of. 

Sculptra Butt Lift 

The Sculptra filler compound acts somewhat similarly to other fillers, like Juvederm or Restylane. These two are more commonly used with facial rejuvenation and volume restoration. They are a special hyaluronic acid-based gel, which is injected into key areas of the face where there is hollowness as a result of fat loss, the volume has decreased and the face looks tired and saggy. 

 Loss of facial fat is a natural process that happens with everyone, where the pockets of fat under the face that are responsible for keeping the skin tight and lifted, deteriorate, causing the skin to sag as a result. Dermal fillers fill in these areas and restore volume to the face, making it look younger, more energetic, and more vibrant. 

 Now let’s apply this to the butt, which is not much different, although the process does have its deviations from the traditional facial rejuvenation. 

 Procedure 

Similar to hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra is injectable, making it a minimally invasive treatment. This means other than tiny holes made during the injections, there is no other damage done to your skin or body. Some cosmetic treatments leave behind scars and other kinds of marks after the treatment. Other than some there is slight bruising in the injected areas, which itself may or may not happen, there is no other damage done to the body. 

 This means a shorter recovery time for patients, as well as less painful side effects. So after the treatment is finished, there’s less to worry about. No having to buy additional medication just to deal with the side effects. The treatment requires two to three sessions with two to four weeks of intervals. This is done to ensure that your body is not overloaded with the compound all at once and has some room to breathe. 

 Results 

The results of the treatment are not immediate. Polylactic acid found in Scuptra initially increases volume and plumps up the area, but then it fades away and this initial volume is lost. A lot of patients end up confused by this and think that the treatment was ineffective. However, this is a normal part of the process. Once this initial volume decreases, the body then absorbs the Sculptra compound, which results in additional collagen formation.  

 Collagen is a protein found in your body that is mainly responsible for its structural integrity. The more of it there is, the tighter and healthier your skin is. Basically, the results improve over time until you find yourself with a fuller, more round buttocks and with more pronounced curvature. 

 Brazilian Butt Lift 

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) also promises more accentuated curves and greater volume in the posterior. However, it accomplishes this through a different method. It’s also a very famous treatment, especially in major metropolitan areas. With the availability of BBL as well as Sculptra NYC clients have plenty of options when it comes to enhancing cuvature. 

 Procedure 

This is where BBL and Sculptra part ways. While Sculptra mainly relies on the filler gel to increase volume in the posterior, BBL gets a little more creative. There are pockets of fat stored in areas all across the body, including in areas where they may not be as welcome, like the hips and waistline. 

 During the procedure, the excess fat is extracted from these areas of the body and is then repurposed by injecting it into the posterior. It sounds a little crazy when you first hear about BBL, but the procedure does work and it has brought about some of the best results in the industry when it comes to enhancing curves and adding volume to the butt. 

 Results 

The BBL is very special, as it works on two fronts. You’re not just getting a curvature enhancement procedure with BBL. Since the fat needs to be extracted from other parts of the body, the BBL also ends up trimming away excess fat that was built up in other areas. So it’s not just a curvature enhancement that you’re getting with BBL, but also a fat reduction. 

 This fat reduction may be limited when compared to dedicated fat trimming procedures, like Kybella or Coolsculpting, it still can have visible results on both fronts. What makes the BBL so effective, is that the body’s resources are used to create results. Since the fat comes from your body and is not artificially created, by injecting it back, there is a very low risk of allergic reactions or painful side effects. A quick and easy recovery time is a very important factor in any cosmetic treatment and the BBL comes with this huge benefit for any looking to enhance their curves and get a little fat trimming done all in one great package.

5 Step Skincare Routine For the Spring and Summer Months

Sunny days are fast approaching with the arrival of spring and the promise of summer around the corner. With the changing of seasons comes the need for a new skincare routine. While winter meant using the best moisturizer on the market to keep winter dryness at bay, spring and summer bring plenty of more skincare challenges you’ll need to deal with.

You deserve to have great skin all year long, so if you’re looking for new ways to keep your skin looking great, this 5-step skincare routine can ensure your skin looks as gorgeous as it should for summer fun.

1. Lighten up your skincare routine

It’s summer, so you can go easy-breezy with your skincare now. You don’t have to pour on moisturizer or go heavy on cleansers for the warmer seasons. Instead, look for lighter, foamier cleansers to ensure your skin is being cleansed from the heat and humidity but can breathe as it should. When it comes to your moisturizers, you want to be careful about using a heavy moisturizer, as thick ones can lead to acne and inflammation since the heat may be making you sweat more.

2. Protect that skin

An incredibly important part of your summer skincare will be using some type of sunscreen. This should go on under your makeup so that when you step out into the sun, you can trust your skin will be protected from its harmful rays. Another thing to consider is using a sunscreen primer as the foundation for your makeup. This provides you with the coverage you may need for covering up blemishes and will also keep your beautiful skin safe from the sun.

3. Invest in some hats

As mentioned in the previous step, protecting your skin from the sun is a great way to keep your skin looking young and healthy. However, some events and daytime outings may span many hours. In this case, you’ll either want to continue to apply sunscreen throughout the day or invest in a variety of hats to keep your face out of the sun while still getting to enjoy the occasion.

4. Don’t forget to exfoliate

While you should go easy on the texture of your cleanser in the summer, it’s still wise to use an exfoliating cleanser every now and then. For the most part, we spend more time outside in the spring and summer, which means we’re exposing our skin to more dirt and sweat. This can lead to build up that clogs your pores, causing acne and other skin issues. Nobody wants that. With the right exfoliator, you’ll be getting rid of grime to show off your beautiful dewy skin for a great summer look.

5. Drink your water

In many cases, good skin comes from the inside out. Because heat can cause dehydration, it’s important to stay hydrated. While you’ll need to remember to always carry a bottle of water, it can make a huge difference in your skin’s radiance. When you’re dehydrated, it shows on your skin. If you want to make sure you always have a fresh, youthful glow in the summer, drinking at least two and a half liters of water a day can help make sure you stay hydrated.

Final Thoughts

Some skincare routines are about what you put on your face, while other skincare routines are about what you do to protect it. Too much sun is not a good idea, especially if you have skin conditions like melasma or rosacea. What you put in your body also matters, so follow these simple steps to ensure your skin is glowing for a perfect spring and summertime look.

10 Summer Skincare Tips for Beautiful Skin this Season

With summer approaching, it’s time to bring in a little shift to our lifestyle. It’s time to shed those thick layers and soak in some sun and enjoy it in all its glory. But it’s also time for some skincare updates!

Summer is the season when oily skin becomes even oilier and dry skin becomes patchy. Sunburns, rashes, breakouts and inflammation become even more prevalent. The skin needs extra protection from the scorching sun and the sudden shifts between outdoor heat and indoor air-conditioned environment. Here are some simple tips to keep your skin glowing even through all the challenges of summer!

  1. Cleanse your skin regularly and maintain skin hygiene

Heat and humidity encourage the skin to produce more oil making it grimy and greasy. Oil loves to stick to dirt and dead skin cells to clog the pores. We all know the woes of oily skin and its association with acne! Clogged pores manifest into blackheads, whiteheads and painful pimples.

It’s important to cleanse your skin at least twice a day to wash off the excess oil and impurities. If you have oily skin, opt for a foaming cleanser while for dry and combination skin, a non-foaming cleanser should work. If your skin tends to develop blackheads, a charcoal soap might be the ideal cleanser for you.

While cleansing is crucial, there’s nothing worse than overdoing it! Go for a mild, alcohol-free, skin-friendly cleanser that is refreshing without drying up the skin.

  1. Use an effective toner

Toning is an important step in any skincare regimen. It helps reduce pore size to give the skin a smooth and even texture. Smaller pores means less chances of them becoming clogged with oil and grime. This in turn reduces breakouts and acne.

A toner also helps calm the skin and reduce inflammation. Summer skin is prone to UV damage and that triggers the skin easily. Use a toner with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to add a layer of protection to your skin care routine. A rose water or aloe-based toner is ideal for all skin types, especially in summer.

  1. Shed the heavy winter creams, switch to light moisturizers

Dry winters demand heavy, greasy moisturizing creams and balms to keep the skin hydrated but summers don’t. In fact, if you’re just mindlessly following your winter skincare routine into summer, don’t be surprised if your skin feels oily and greasy all the time!

But let’s be clear here, that doesn’t mean no moisturizing! Your skin’s natural moisture still needs to be kept locked in but with a lighter, non-greasy lotion instead.

  1. Summer sun means sunscreen

Summer means you cannot avoid the sun and why should you! Sunlight is crucial for the body to produce the mood-enhancing hormone called serotonin. This is why sunshine is often associated with happiness and joy!

But there’s also the evil element of UV radiation that causes skin damage – hyperpigmentation, sunburn, inflammation, acne and whatnot. This is why sun protection for the skin is crucial. Use a sunscreen or sunblock with a high sun protection factor (SPF) of minimum 30 every time you step out in the sun.

  1. Wear protective clothing and breathable fabrics

Double up your sunscreen with sun-protective clothing and accessories. While it might be tempting to pull out those sleeveless tops and shorts, it might actually be more useful to go with full-sleeves and long pants when out in the sun. Wear wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to protect the face and eyes.

It’s also worth considering wearing light, breathable fabrics like cotton. Cotton absorbs sweat and allows the skin to cool down and feel comfortable. On the other hand, avoid synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester. They make the skin itchy and accumulate sweat that can cause infections.

  1. Use light makeup with non-comedogenic products

Heavy layers of makeup don’t allow the skin to breathe. Makeup tends to clog up the pores to not only make the skin feel uncomfortable but also increase the risk of inflammation and breakouts.

Shed some of the layers of your makeup and strip it down to the basics. Use a tinted moisturizer or a makeup powder instead of a heavy foundation. Look for products that don’t clog the pores (non-comedogenic) for your pore-care to reduce risk of acne.

  1. Protect your eyes and lips

Ever wondered why wrinkles and fine lines occur in the areas around the eyes and the lips first? Most of us tend to forget how thin and delicate the skin in those areas is. This is why the first damages of continued UV radiation exposure show up near the lips and eyes.

Your summer skincare needs to address this issue. Invest in a good eye cream with antioxidants and vitamin E and add it to your night skincare regimen. Use a moisturizing lip-balm with SPF before your lipstick. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and try to keep your face covered with a scarf whenever you step out in the harsh sun.

  1. Exfoliate to renew your skin

Exfoliating not only helps get rid of dead skin cells but also stimulates the skin to rejuvenate itself. Exfoliate your skin at least twice a week to scrub out the oil and grime from the pores and provide a deep pore-cleanse. Use a mild exfoliator that suits your skin and don’t overdo it lest you may leave your skin wounded.

  1. Eat hydrating foods

While the summer heat may tempt you towards the sugary sodas and tetra-packed juices, you should know better! They actually have no hydrating qualities and instead of providing nourishment, only add empty calories to your diet.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Hydrating fruits like bananas, kiwis, watermelons, oranges and pineapples are not just nourishing but are also great for the skin! Eat salads with lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. which are not only rich in water but also in essential vitamins and minerals.

  1. Use natural remedies to heal the skin

There’s nothing as satisfying as spending a lazy summer afternoon with a natural DIY face mask made right out of your pantry. And luckily, it will do your skin some good too! 

Keep in mind that your kitchen and pantry hold a number of ingredients that are great remedies for summer skin troubles. From yoghurt to oatmeal, green tea to coffee grounds and tasty fruits like papaya to your favorite vegetables like potato, there are tons of home remedies to keep your skin glowing through the season!

 

16 Reasons Why Your Hair Is Dry Or Oily

Have you ever noticed how hair can make such a statement for anyone?  Regardless of how well you’re dressed or how perfectly done your makeup is, a bad hair day can ruin your look. 

Picking hair products can be hit or miss. Products can work for people differently. And, when you don’t get the results you want, you can easily feel bummed out, and you might want to give up. However, you shouldn’t throw in the towel yet!  Retracing your steps can help you spot the reasons for your hair issues because, sometimes, dealing with the causes is the best solution. 

 Reasons For Dry Hair

  • Textured hair

Textured hair is prone to dryness because oil can’t slide down into each strand. This is why integrating some hair oil and a moisturizing curl cream is essential to get your mane as healthy, shiny, and beautiful as possible. 

  • Too much brushing 

If you always comb or brush your hair, it can make strands rougher, especially if you’re rough with your tresses. Detangling should be done sparingly, especially if you have damaged and brittle hair.  

  • Washing too much and using hot water 

As mentioned, washing your hair too often will strip it of natural oils. But, cleaning it in hot water is also bad for your hair. Keep the temperature lukewarm instead, but for best results, wash hair with cold water.  

  • Insufficient scalp stimulation 

Getting a head or scalp massage can help sebaceous glands produce oils for your hair. If you suffer from a dry scalp, getting a head massage or a device to help you out will make a difference.  

  • Styling without heat protection  

If you often apply heat to your hair without any heat protection, it’s going to damage your hair and dry it out. Make sure to prep your hair with heat protection products, or avoid heat altogether! 

  • Wrong products 

When you have dry hair, it’s important to pick products wisely. Never use strong hairspray or dry shampoo because this will absorb oil. Always select products meant to nourish and moisturize hair.  

  • Ignoring your ends 

The ends of your hair need extra care. If you ignore them, you’ll get a lot of split ends. Using nourishing creams, conditioners, and hair masks will help keep them healthy.  

  • Nutrient deficiencies 

Just like oily hair, poor eating habits can cause dry hair. Here are some of the nutrients you’ll need to keep your body and hair healthy: 

  • Iron 
  • Manganese 
  • Zinc 
  • Selenium, copper, and iodine
     
  • Vitamin deficiencies 

Here are some of the vitamins that are great for your tresses:

  • Vitamin C 
  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin B7

  • Excessive calcium 

Too much calcium in your body will end up on your scalp. When this happens, it can suck our oil from your hair follicles, making your hair dry, brittle, damaged, and weak. And, if you’re growing out your hair, calcium can also inhibit it. 

  • Age 

The older you get, the less oil you produce, especially after menopause, since hormonal changes can make your hair dry.  

  • Health conditions 

Bulimia, hypothyroidism, or hypoparathyroidism are some conditions that can affect your hair. 

Reasons For Oily hair

  • Hyperactive sebaceous glands 

It’s natural for people to produce sebum. However, too much sebum makes hair greasy. Haircare routines, food, medicine, genetics, and hormonal changes can cause excessive oil production. Try to limit consuming oily food, whole milk, cream, butter, refined carbohydrates, fatty meats, and sugar.  

  • Excessive washing 

Daily hair washing strips it off of natural oils. So, shouldn’t it cause dry hair?  Yes, it will dry it out. But, in response, the body produces more sebum. Sooner or later, your hair will look like an oil slick!  

  • Straight hair 

Straight hair gets oilier faster than textured hair. This is because smooth strands make it easier for sebum to slide down and spread all over your hair.  

  • Product buildup 

Product buildup can make your hair greasy. Washing without shampoo won’t break down oils. If you use too many products, you need to use shampoo to clean it out. Thankfully, there are shampoos out there that can break down grease without drying your hair.  

Conclusion 

While there are factors that you can’t do anything about, keeping yourself healthy, using the right products, and avoiding damaging habits are factors you can control. Beautiful hair isn’t impossible, but it does take a bit of work!  

Simply Earth’s Essential Oil Recipe Box for December 2020

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4 Common Types of Cosmetic Surgery

People today seek to improve their image in various ways. It can be improving a lifestyle or changing what to eat. A traditional way to enhance once appearance is with the help of experts in the field of St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery.

Aside from having natural ways to beautify, it is always a doctor’s prescription to match beauty with a balanced outlook in life. Loving who you are, means paying attention to your physical flaws. Mostly if they affect your health.

Cosmetic Vs. Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is different from plastic surgery. Although the procedures target the same body parts, results are safer after. Cosmetic surgery procedures are one of the good alternatives.

Also, what you need to pay closer attention to is the use of the terms. Some plastic surgery practitioner will alter your option by presenting cosmetic plastic surgery. This is not a safe alternative. It all boils down to the process one will undergo.

Have a more in-depth basic knowledge of natural body contouring methods and their processes. Here discussed are the types of cosmetic surgeries.

1- Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

A safer boob job is through fat transfer and excess skin removal. This procedure helps a woman who needs to either reduce or increase breast size.

Removing excess skin from the boob is also called mastopexy. This results in lifting the boob to prevent sogging. Those who came from breastfeeding suffers from the sogging boob. Some who need reduction are women who want proportionate breast size to height or weight. Thus, they need breast augmentation.

Breast implant or mammoplasty uses fat to add to the breast size. This uses the natural part of the body and does not need fake boobs to be implanted. Usually, the fat is taken are the butt or thigh, or sometimes upper arms.

Breast implants such as silicone or saline cause harmful effects. The fake boob can burst and leak saltwater compounds in your breast area. This is why others prefer this to a silicone implant.

Silicone, however, had caused a lot of concerns when side effects also harmed the patients. These are plastic surgeries that use “plastic” products to add more volume to the breast.

2- Liposuction, the Refined Method

Liposuction, this term is popular to all. Hearing that gives you goosebumps. Traditional lipo had been damaging and traumatic to others.

Now, have you heard of Jet Water Lipo, Vaser Lipo, or Cool Lipo? These are a refined alternative to the old-school liposuction. These methods departed from the tissue-damaging process and tools.

Take a deeper look at how Vaser Lipo is done. This lipo procedure is aided by ultrasound technology. A cannula rod is inserted in the target area.

The ultrasound vibrations will melt the fat. The rod is connected to a vacuum device, and it then sucks out the emulsified fat.

3- Butt Lift with Fat Transfer

Just like breast lift, butt augmentation can be safer now using fat transfer. A rounder buttock helps those who need more support in their bottom area. Sitting can be more comfortable. Flat butt sometimes contributes to back pain for some. Or sitting is painful when the butt is flat.

Another way around butt augmentation is reducing size. This one aids the process of fat transfer to another part as the breast. It makes the process efficient, as well. So, if you’re going to achieve perfect body proportion, you can increase the boob size and slim down the butt.

4- Face Lift

There is a natural way to remove wrinkles, sagging facial skin, or discoloration on the face. Traditionally, plastic surgery is a typical process for changing facial features. Today a safer procedure is through fat transfer to make pronounce facial outlines.

Fat transfer for facial contouring also helps those who want to have fuller lips, cheeks, or chin.

Being beautiful takes effort and sometimes facing your fears. But it does not have to put your health and safety at stake. Do research first and look for natural cosmetic surgeries the certified practitioners recommend.

The Beginners Guide To Coloring Your Own Hair At Home

A lot of people are scared about dyeing their own hair at home, which is understandable because you can’t really afford to make mistakes. But hair dye kits are great and the results will look amazing as long as you get it right. However, there are a lot of products to choose from and it’s important that you know the proper technique before you get started, so it can be quite daunting. The thing is, you can save a lot of time and money by coloring your own hair at home, so you should definitely give it a go. 

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If you have always wanted to color your own hair but you are still a bit apprehensive about it, this beginners guide will tell you everything that you need to know.

Choosing The Right Color 

The first step is to choose the color, which can be tough because there are so many products available these days. If this is your first time dyeing your hair, it’s best to go for a shade that is similar to your own instead of making a big change. For example, if you are a natural blonde, why not look for some dark blonde hair inspiration online? If you have light brown hair, you could consider a darker shade or maybe add some blonde highlights. It’s important that you don’t get too ambitious because there is a lot more potential for mistakes when making a drastic change. You are also more likely to damage your hair if you bleach it and then apply a new color on top, so start out with a small change first and then you can get more ambitious as you get more comfortable with the process.

When you look at dyes on the shelf, they are usually organized in color order. Hold up the box to your hair and try to find the shade that most closely matches your natural hair color. Then, you can start looking at dyes in that section so you don’t stray too far from your color. Ideally, you want to choose from the next two shades either side of your natural color. 

Even if you have relatively short hair, it’s worth picking up two boxes of dye. You don’t want to run out halfway through and if you don’t use the second box, you have one ready for next time. If you decide that you don’t like the color, you can just return it and get a different shade. 

Don’t Mix Colors 

If you can’t quite find what you’re looking for, you might decide that it’s a good idea to mix two different shades together to create the perfect color. But it isn’t a good idea, ever. Dyes are not designed to be mixed and the end result will not turn out how you think it will. Even when you are using a single color, the result may look slightly different from the box, depending on your natural color. Mixing two dyes from different brands is even riskier because they will contain different ingredients that may react badly when mixed together. If you want a custom shade, you will have to go to a professional stylist

Don’t Skip The Patch and Strand Tests 

Any hair dye that you buy will instruct you to conduct a patch test and a strand test. You might be excited to get started and decide that you don’t need to bother, but this is never a good idea. The patch test is designed to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the dye. Simply take a small amount of the dye and put it on a patch of skin behind your ear. Leave it overnight and see whether anything happens. If you don’t do this and you apply the dye all over your hair, only to realize that you are allergic to it, you will find yourself in a lot of pain and it can seriously damage your hair. 

The strand test is there to make sure that your hair doesn’t react badly to the dye and you actually like the color. Remember, it won’t always come out exactly the same as it looks on the box, so you should always do a strand test on a piece of short hair. If you skip this test, you could end up with a completely different shade that you hate, and there isn’t much that you can do about it apart from dyeing your hair again, which can cause damage. 

Protect Your Skin 

No matter how careful you are when applying hair dye, you are always going to get some on your skin. Usually, people end up with spots around their hairline on the back of their neck and they’re very tough to get off, especially if you are using a dark color. The good news is, you can easily protect yourself with a simple lip balm or some vaseline rubbed around the hairline before you get started. You should also apply it around your forehead and around the ears because these areas are likely to get covered in dye as well. 

Read The Instructions In Full 

Dyeing your hair might not seem that complicated but there’s more to it than simply slapping the dye all over your hair and working it in. You need to know how long to leave it in for to get the perfect color and how to wash it out properly. Every dye is slightly different, which is why you should always read the instructions in full before you get started. In the instructions, you will find a list of all of the tools that you need, like a bowl, brush and gloves. Get all of these items together before you start applying any dye so you don’t end up trying to find things halfway through. Closely follow instructions about washing the dye out because leaving it in for too long can cause damage to your hair and scalp. 

Dye On Dry Hair 

Now that you have read the instructions in full and gathered all of your tools, it’s time to get started. For the best results, you should always apply dye to dry hair. Although it is possible to dye wet hair, it may not take to your hair properly and it can become diluted, which means that the color won’t come out right. 

When you apply dye, take it slow and steady. Squeezing the bottle directly onto your hair and spreading it out is not the way to go if you want even coloring throughout. Instead, you need a bowl and a brush so you can apply it precisely and ensure that you get enough dye throughout. You should always start with the roots because this is where hair growth begins, so they need more dye. Then, start working through the hair in sections, using clips to separate hair to make it easier to get full coverage. 

Get The Aftercare Right 

Once you have applied the dye, waited the correct amount of time, and washed it out, you can enjoy your new color. But if you want it to last and you want your hair to be healthy, it’s vital that you get the aftercare right. 

When your hair gets wet, it starts to strip the dye out. There is no way to prevent this completely, but you can make the dye last a lot longer if you use a color safe shampoo. They are specifically designed to be kind to colored hair and stop the color from stripping out as quickly when you wash your hair. 

You can also use a color boosting gloss that deposits a small amount of pigment in your hair and boosts the color, helping it to last a lot longer. They come in various shades, so find the one that most closely matches your color and use it around once a week. 

Moisturizing your hair properly is very important as well because hair dye can cause it to dry out and become brittle. You can use a good quality conditioner for this but there are some great natural remedies, like honey, which work wonders on your hair as well. Your hair is more prone to damage when you color it, so make sure that you have a good haircare routine in place to protect it. 

Sun damage is a big problem for people with colored hair as well. Exposure to the sun works in much the same ways as bleach does and it will lighten your hair over time. Your hair won’t look great if it starts to fade due to sun damage so you need to protect it. The easiest way to do that is to simply wear a hat when you are out in the sun for long periods. 

Coloring your own hair at home is much cheaper and more convenient than visiting a salon, but there is a lot that can go wrong. However, if you follow all of the steps in this guide, you should be able to achieve the perfect color. 

  

4 Ways Your Skincare Routine Is Making Things Worse

The biggest healthcare mistake? Not having a beauty routine. You have a thorough strategy, so you’re good. Your skin is fine and there’s no need to worry. If only this were true. Unfortunately, you continue to notice flaws and blemishes that didn’t exist before. Suddenly, you’re beginning to question the effectiveness of your routine.

Hundreds of women, and men, recognize issues and fail to act. The reason is simple – it’s tempting to assume you have the bases covered. After all, you moisturize, wear SPF regularly, and attempt to avoid alcohol and cigarette misuse. Okay, you’re not perfect, but nobody is. At least you’re working hard.

As commendable as it is to invest in a skin care program, it’s counterproductive if the hacks are unhealthy. That’s the biggest mistake. Of course, you may not know whether you’re making things better or worse as even flare-ups can be tough to pinpoint. This only makes you more stressed, and stress is a major contributor to bad skin!

The key, aside from lowering your cortisol levels, is to research the errors and eradicate them. When you do, you can finally be safe in the knowledge that you’re helping your skin, not hindering it. Here are four things you may assume are good that make the situation worse.

Moisturizing During The Day

The lotion is great for your pores, so there’s nothing wrong with slapping it on at any point during the day. The more, the merrier! In reality, there is a designated period when you should apply moisturizer. Doing it before or after doesn’t have much of an effect, other than clogging cells and making your face greasy and oily.

The ideal time to use lotion is as soon as you get out of the shower as the pores are open and ready to absorb nutrients. As a result, it locks in the goodness and leaves your skin looking and feeling as soft as a baby’s butt! If you miss the window, you lower the odds of the moisturizer working.

The side-effects, among other things, include dry, blotchy skin as the water in your skin disappears as soon as it hits the warm air. Also, applying lotions randomly isn’t healthy for your pores. Too much cream will have the opposite effect, which is why it’s better to stick to a single time slot.

Of course, if you shower twice a day, there’s nothing wrong with topping up your skin’s moisture levels.

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Rushing Through The Steps

Sure, you get credit for having a routine and sticking to it. Well done! However, if you go through the motions, you may want to hold off before patting yourself on the back. The trick is to invest in your skincare program regardless of the time of day or how you feel. There will be a period where you want to down tools, yet it’s vital that you remember the following:

  • You can end up skipping important steps
  • You can tug on your skin
  • You can apply products unevenly 

If you’re not sure why these are important, it’s because all of the above can result in dry skin, patchy blotches, rashes, and acne. And, that’s only a handful of the consequences. Depending on your body, the issues could escalate out of control, and that’s when it’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle.

For acne, when your pimples transform into breakouts, you’ll attempt to cover them with concealer. Sadly, the chemicals from the makeup will increase the number of bacteria, meaning the spots could get worse. The good news is, you can breathe or walk away for a moment to gather your thoughts. These techniques provide perspective and stop you from going through the motions.

Believing The Adverts

An ad pops up on TV and grabs your attention. According to the narrator, it’s a miracle elixir that will prevent your skin from aging and make you appear younger in a couple of uses. As much as you know it’s probably not true, you can’t help but invest in the “facts.” After all, if the ad is correct, you don’t want to miss out and age ungracefully.

You know this already, but the manufacturer and supplier have a vested interest in making their products appear as essential as possible. By believing their propaganda, you’re putting your health at risk because you’re not searching for the items that could revolutionize your skincare routine.

If you’re looking for anti-aging and wrinkle treatments that work, it’s crucial that you research the ingredients and the impact they’ll have on your skin type, age, and beauty concern. As a rule, it’s better to opt for plant-based formulas since they are organic and don’t include harmful chemicals.

Water isn’t the exotic cure you assume will eliminate the signs of aging, yet it’s incredibly healthy as your moisture levels affect everything from collagen production to quality of sleep. Sticking to a simple routine to soothe skin is often best.

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Investing In Short-term Fixes

A short-term solution such as picking spots is now, thankfully, advertised as being bad for your skin. While the pimple may disappear, picking it only leads to dryness and the chances of inflammation. You know about this, yet there are several that you may not understand because they’re not as well-circulated.

An unhealthy one is the sun. Lots of women see the effects of increased natural light after a vacation and think they should expose themselves to UV rays more often. Sadly, the higher the temperature, the more likely your skin is to be dehydrated. Plus, there is a cell mutation factor.

Another “solution” is not applying moisturizer with SPF as it’s greasier. Even if it feels heavier, the sun protection is essential to your skin as too much sunlight has massive consequences, especially in the long-term. Plus, there are plenty of incredible formulas that implement SPF properties that are non-greasy.

When you see a short-term fix as healthy, you should check yourself and ask, “will it do damage further down the line?”

Do you have skincare habits that are making things worse?

Laser hair removal on the face

The laser hair removal market is rapidly advancing every day with new procedures and technologies streaming in every few years. The market is set to exponentially grow to over USD 3.9 billion by 2026 with a CAGR growth of 15.4%.

Laser hair removal on the face, in particular, seeks to reduce and eventually permanently remove all facial hair after some sessions. Being a low-risk hair removal treatment option, laser hair removal is FDA approved and a suitable solution to both men and women who are looking to rid their faces or necks of any unwanted hairs permanently.

The process for laser hair removal may be permanent or semi-permanent, depending on the scope of hair removal an individual prefers. Laser treatment targets the melanin in the dark hair follicles and uses light energy to shrink them to non-existence. This, therefore, categorizes individuals with dark hair as prime candidates for laser hair removal. Certified technicians seek to cool the face first before the procedure to eliminate discomfort felt due to the heat emitting from the laser pulses.

The costs of laser hair removal vary technicians, however, the standard pricing ranges from $3500 to $10,000. This cost is inexpensive as compared to other hair removal options, and cost way less if you consider the cost of shaving or waxing every few days. This process also has a few sessions and positive outcomes after each session.

Laser treatments should be done by dermatological surgeons or certified technicians to ensure that there are no burns or scars as a result of wrong lasers or incorrect settings. For instance, home laser hair removal should be approached with caution. Ensure to consult your dermatologist before embarking on laser hair removal treatments.

Dermatologists offer some precautions for clients to consider before or after laser removal treatments:

· Trimming excess hair before the treatment

· Avoiding exposure to direct sunlight some weeks before and immediately after the laser treatment

· Avoiding additional hair removal techniques before or after the treatment

Therefore, laser hair removal is beneficial to the face as it provides the following benefits:

· Convenient

This procedure is hassle-free and easy to do as opposed to the traditional ways of hair removal. Users do not have to settle with waxing, shaving, or plucking processes when they can access laser hair removal techniques.

· No ingrown bumps

Who doesn’t like a clean shave devoid of bumps? Laser hair removal ensures no red spots of developing ingrown bumps on the face which is prevalent with shaving and waxing.

· Offers treatment options

Some conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other hormonal conditions cause the development of thick facial hair on women. Laser hair removal offers a solution to the facial hairs leaving a smooth finish. Hirsute men who develop thick facial hairs also benefit from this procedure.

· Great looking skin

As opposed to the other harsh techniques of hair removal, using laser treatments ensures your skin remains flawless and smooth as it doesn’t adopt harsh and painful tugging or pulling procedures. Laser hair removal also shapes facial hair for those looking to adopt a new look and hide their insecurities.

· Faster and longer results

Consistent laser hair removal sessions completely remove unwanted facial hair. The more frequent you go back for sessions after the stipulated wait period, the more permanent hair growth can be. Compared to other forms of hair removal, laser treatments offer faster results.

Developing market trends

The laser hair removal market is continually changing and adopting new advancements in products and techniques thereby popularizing the usage of laser treatments. For instance, using lasers to enhance more natural-looking skin or combining two or more treatments are some considerations that have been specialized to offer consumers a broad array of services to choose from. Clinics are also seeking to ensure they are equipped and capable to treat all skin types to cater to a diverse society. State of the art technology and devices like RESHAPE and EpiLapse offer additional benefits to the skin and have shorter emission times and different LED modes to use on different skin types.

Dermatological and beauty clinics are also finding new innovative ways to market their products by incorporating safer and adaptable methods. For instance, raising awareness on the

importance of beauty and personal appearance, health benefits of the treatment and the availability of modern laser treatments will scale up the value of the laser hair removal market. Market players are also adopting organic products to cater for a wide range of consumers.

However, to seamlessly adopt innovation considerable factors such as the cost of living and an increase in population incomes open avenues for corporations to invest in this market. The increase of a diversified population also sets precedence for tremendous growth in the laser hair removal market.