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How to Get Rid of a Double Chin

Posted on April 30, 2012 with No Comments

A lot of people think that as long as you take care of your figure and do not become overweight that they will avoid the double chin; that belief is false. There are many things that can cause a person to get a double chin and although a weight problem is one of them, there is also the possibility of getting it due to genetics. Another myth that you should discard is that a double chin will go away the moment that you lose the excess weight. That is also false.  Here are several things to consider for how to get rid of a double chin.

Skin Care Products

Dermanecx Neck Firming Cream

Dermanecx Neck Cream

Because a double chin is a very common problem you will find that a lot of products promise help in getting rid of it. The problem is that there has yet been a product that has been clinically proven to get rid of problems in the area. Some of the creams for the neck, chin and chest do show progress according to the users, so the skin care products should not be thought of as a false promise. Read over these neck cream reviews to get a better understanding what each product does and it’s effectiveness.

Tightening wrinkles on the neck and reducing the double chin is possible via the use of products, but the change will not necessarily be as big as you may expect. Your satisfaction with the results may depend on how much of a double chin you have. In prevent, these products are often at their best. Other products, such as special wraps, you have to wear for long periods of time so they can become uncomfortable to the person wearing them.

Weight Control

As stated before, losing weight is not a guarantee that the double chin will disappear but it is a great start and in most cases beneficial overall. It depends on the reason you have the double chin. If the problem is genetics you may find that even when your body reaches the optimal shape, the difference will be minimal. There is also the possibility of hanging skin if the weight loss is too fast. The good news is that you can take care of hanging skin by having a tuck. You should talk to your dermatologist for any options that you may have if after exercising you still have the double chin. There are some exercises that you could do to tighten the area or you could opt for a surgical procedure that could help you get rid of the double chin altogether.

Exercises

Exercises are effective provided that two things are true; the first thing is that you are consistent with the exercises. The exercises have to be done at the recommended schedule every day or they will not work. The second thing that has to be true is that the double chin has to be caused by fat muscles and not by genetics. The exercises will usually involve the constant lifting of the skin from the chest area. You will also need to close and open your mouth at the right time as to pull the skin to get rid of the double chin. A double chin is a common problem, but it is not one that you have to live with.

How do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?

Posted on March 30, 2012 with No Comments

How Do In-Home, Soft Lasers Help Your Skin?  The soft lasers used for home laser treatment, or Low Level Laser Therapy, LLLT for short, is very helpful to the patient because it is readily available at any time. You don’t have to make doctor’s appointments and rearrange your entire schedule to get your treatment. You can do it yourself, at home, when you have the time. You only need to use it for less than twenty minutes. The recommended time is between six to eighteen minutes so you have a broad range of time to which you can adjust your treatment.

What Does A Soft Laser Do For My Skin?

Beurer Soft Laser

LLLT can be beneficial to your skin in several different ways. It works great in eradicating blackheads and whiteheads. It speeds up the healing process for acne as well through the function of bio-stimulation. This method will allow fast cell overturn by stimulating mitochondrial action to increase the production of Adenosine 5-triphosphate, or ATP. The synthesis of collagen is also shown to increase. Because of this faster action of how the cells work and repair themselves, healing time is diminished and skin health promoted.

Many Conditions Can Be Helped With Soft Laser Treatment

Other conditions that have benefited from soft laser therapy are bruising and ulcers. Sufferers from psoriasis have found relief from itching, burning and bleeding. Herpes simplex sores and pressure sores have been greatly helped with the laser. For cosmetic uses, a soft laser is effective in the treatment of spider veins on legs as well as on wrinkles of aging skin. It seems the uses of this tool are many and the risks of using it almost non-existent. It can even be used around the soft skin surrounding your eyes, just be sure you do not look directly into the laser light. This treatment will not burn you, hurt you or harm you in any way.

Multiple Treatments Are Better

If you have acne, your skin will reap great benefits from using the low light laser on it. This laser is so safe that it can be used directly on the skin itself. A cover is recommended to protect the laser’s aperture if you would use it directly on the skin. The recommendations are for the use of the laser at about a little less than half inch away from the skin. Either way will be effective. Multiple but shorter daily treatments seem to have better results than one longer treatment a day. Twice a day, morning and bedtime for six minutes each time, are often recommended.

Different Time Tables For Acne And Wrinkles

Most people can see results from their treatment within a few weeks. Depending on what it is you are treating, with the minor problems you can see positive results much faster. Wrinkles, especially deep-set wrinkles, will take a little longer. They reach deeper into the skin and it will take much more work for the new cells to regenerate and the old, dead cells to be expelled onto the surface from where it can then be sloughed off. With a home laser winkle treatment, there is afterward no swelling or irritation of any kind. You can do your treatment in the morning and then go on to work without any skin discoloration or unpleasant itching or burning.

What Causes Cellulite?

Posted on March 9, 2012 with No Comments

Though not dangerous (only a bit unsightly), many folks who contact us want to know what causes cellulite and what can be done to prevent or remove it.

Cellulite is a collection of fat that is under the skin. Beneath the skin, everyone has fascia which is a type of connective tissue. Fascia and other components of connective tissue connect the dermis with the layers beneath the skin, either fat or muscle. This connective tissue forms little pockets under the skin. So long as there is no big fat accumulation, these little pockets remain flat.

When fat increases under the skin, it pushes outward and upward into those little pockets that are connected to deeper tissue inward and allow fat to be bulging outward toward the surface. Thus, you have this cottage cheese appearance so many people hate. It is not an illness and not to be confused with cellulitis, which is an inflammation of the connective tissue.

How Do You Get Cellulite?

It is a fairly common occurrence to be burdened with cellulite. All you have to do is gain more weight than your body was originally expecting. When fat cells swell up with too much content, it has to go somewhere. It pushes against the tissue with the least resistance and that is outward, toward the dermis. There really is no other way to get cellulite than by gaining weight. A certain familial or genetic predisposition may make you more susceptible to get the cellulite appearance on your skin.

Genetically, your connective tissue may be tighter bound to the muscle fascia and therefore you may have smaller pockets in which fat can collect making cellulite show quicker. You may just be genetically more prone to gain weight, which again works on the same principle of weight gain being the culprit of cellulite. Certain changes of hormone release into the blood during menopause will result in fat deposition. In anticipation of this event, certain precautions of diet and exercise can be established so you won’t be caught after the appearance of cellulite has already begun.

How Can Cellulite Be Prevented?

By keeping your body in good shape through exercise and proper diet, you will keep your weight within a reference the body can handle. So long as the connective tissue is not filled up and pushed outward, you will not have cellulite on your buttocks, thighs, abdomen and even arms. This can be helped by using a skin firming lotion.  In short, weight control is the biggest preventative action you can take. Weight control is achieved by keeping your body within the proper weight for your height, gender and age. As soon as you notice a weight gain, start to be vigilant of your food choices, food intake, amount of sleep you get and daily exercise.

How Can Cellulite Be Treated?

Choosing the best cellulite lotion is a good start.  Though controlling your weight and eating right (losing a little weight) is one of the best ways to lose dimpling, there are lotions that help hydrate the tissue and improve the firmness of the connective tissue – they go a long way towards treatment if used over extended periods.

The only natural treatment for cellulite is the same as for prevention: weight loss. The good thing is that cellulite can actually be minimized or even be eliminated by the effects of healthy living. The benefits of this approach are so much greater that just eliminating the appearance of unsightly marks on the body. They affect the better health of the entire body.

The invasive treatment is surgery. Liposuction will remove the filled fat cells through invasive procedures of sucking out the fat. By doing this, the little string connections will be torn from the deeper tissue. Consequently, if you gain weight again, the fat tissue outline that looked like cottage cheese will not look like that anymore and will be shaped differently.

Types of Scars

Posted on February 27, 2012 with No Comments

What are the types of scars?  First a little background – Scars are the trophies and the stories that you tell for years after they happen, or they can be something that you try to keep hidden from the view of others. Whatever scars are to you they will form every time that there is an injury and the shape they take is determined by your age, gender, ethnicity and even your genetics. The skin is the largest organ and scars are the way the body heals itself.  Although healing happens rather quickly you will not be able to tell how the scar will look until months after the injury occurred. The injuries that can cause scars include burns, stretching, lacerations, acne and even puncturing. Some viruses can in some instances lead to scaring, but that is not as common.

Keloid And Hypertrophic Scars

STM Scar Cream

STM Scar Cream

When people tell you that they are embarrassed about their scars it is very likely that they are talking about keloid scars. Keloid are one of the types of scars that  happen because a person’s healing process can get a bit more aggressive than necessary. That means that the scar will have extra tissue that the skin did not have before and often are in more than one spot on the body. Hypertrophic scars are very similar to Keloid and often may be treated with emu oil for scars. The difference is that they will only be in the single area where the injury happened. They will have a similar look to Keloid in that they will be raised and red but in the one area. These scars usually are associated with cuts and the depth of the cut determined how raised the scar will be in the end.

Contracture And Atrophic Scars

Atrophic scars are not raised like keloids or hypertrophic scars; in fact they are the complete opposite. The Atrophic scars are the ones that happen when the fat or the muscle under the skin is damaged to the point that even when you have a very active healing process it will not be enough to get to the same level that the skin had before. Contracture scars are the ones that will present on the body as a result of a burn. The skin when burnt is destroyed and so the scars tighten the body. The size of the scar can in some severe cases even prevent a person’s mobility. The size of the scar can also go into the muscles and prevent the correct functioning.

Acne Scars

The look and size of acne scars will depend on the amount of acne that a person had. The scars vary in appearance from wave-like scarring to atrophic scarring. The scars can be treated with a scar cream, and the treatment will mostly depend on the amount and the size of the scar. The treatment can consist of steroid injections to even small surgical cuts on the affected skin. Another type of treatment used for acne scarring is freezing. If any of these types of scars becomes too bad, they can be removed with a small surgery. Your dermatologist will be able to tell you what type of procedures are best for you. You should always give the scar at least a year’s time to be fully developed before scar removal surgical treatment.

New Products for Dry Skin

Posted on January 5, 2012 with No Comments

SkinEnergizer.com recently announced a new group of products for dry skin…just in time for windy, cold winter weather!

The Dry Skin and Face Kit contains three of their best-selling products for addressing severe dryness of face and body tissue.  This particularly helpful to those of use who experience flaking, dryness, and severly dry skin when the temperatures and humidity drop.

The Dry Skin and Face Kit consists of three products:

  • Dry Skin Face Mask
  • Dry Skin Toner
  • Dry Skin and Face Mask

I recently tried the kit on our annual family ski trip.  Being from the south, there is something about being in the mountains that dries-out my skin – severly.  Maybe because I’m getting older or because of the altitude and low humidity, but either way, my hands and face go into a bout of severe dryness making may hands (especially) look like they have been immersed in powder – and they are sore too.

I tried the new kit for week and was very satisfied.  I used the dry skin wash daily – not just on my face, but in the shower as a body wash.  It worked very well…but like many washes and soaps, it’s designed to clean…so, there was some drying but not as much as I had.

The dry skin toner works very well.  I had a few blemishes and they were knocked out quickly, and the non-alcohol formula was pretty gentle.

The dry skin face mask was probably the product I liked the best, but its impractiacle to use on a daily basis.  The company, SkinEnergizer.com, recommends weekly use.  I agree.  I used it on my face and hands.  I can tell you it works great.  It felt like I had a moisturizer applied after I washed it off, but no greasy or oily feeling.

Personally and professionally, I would recommend these products for those with medium-to-severe dry skin. The wash and mask, especially, would be very effective and useful for those folks over 50 – when skin begins to dry and thin.  All the products are rich in nutrients and minerals, and the mask has anti-oxidant properties as well.  For normal or daily use, I’d take a look at their moisturizers.  They come in a number of varieties from focus on deep moisturizing to antioxidant protection to anti-aging, to firming lotions that tighten skin and remove wrinkles.

The price on the kit (at this writing) is about $40 – and I know it is currently on sale as a promotion.  This compares favorably to other products we have reviewed – in fact, it is less than many of the moisturizers we have tested.  But this is not uncommon for SkinEnergizer®.  They are both a distributor of name brand products, but they also manufacture many of the products themselves – selling them at wholesale and discount pricing – you know, “direct from the manufacturer”.

All-in-all, I think there new products for dry skin are great skin care for cold, wind, low humidity weather and for those with severly dry skin.  Used with a daily moisturizer or moisturizing complexion cream, this may be the best new solution for drying, flaking, and cracking.