Style Sunday

Not sure what to wear this fall season? We’ve got you covered.
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Try It Out Thursday

Five irresistible DIY spa treatments made from ingredients you already have at home! You’re welcome.111111drgd

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Workout Wednesday

Has anyone tried Pound? This is an incredibly fun workout you can try at home! Watch the video in the comments section below.


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Tutorial Tuesday

Dress to impress and try this fancy bun tutorial.
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Mindful Monday

To be gracious and simple is to be amazing.
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Style Sunday

What do you think of these bizarre comparisons to fashion runway models? We think they are hilarious!  Look at this amusing fashion and design blog.
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Skin Care Saturday

Tanning oil, makeup remover, body lotion, body scrub, and 97 more uses for coconut oil here. Stay Amazing!

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Forever Young Friday

Stress less to stay young, it’s as simple as that.
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Try It Out Thursday

Fight cellulite with this easy and unique method from home. Watch the video and stay amazing!500coffee14

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This Work Out Wednesday have we ever got a combo for you! A 3 minute Zumba workout video and homemade slimming detox water. Try it out and you can thank us later. 500workout22

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Tutorial Tuesday

Ever heard of facial gymnastics? Get a younger and brighter complexion with this unique workout for your face !
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“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous” – Coco Chanel. LIKE if you agree?
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Style Sunday

Want a one-minute makeover? Try this trick and get a fuller, longer ponytail right now! 
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Skin Care Saturday

Summer isn’t over yet! Look fabulous on your next beach day with these tricks from Vogue and stay amazing!
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Lighten your hair overnight with these natural products from your kitchen and skip the trip to the salon! 500thursday1

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Ever wondered what Victoria’s Secret models do to stay fit? Look and feel fabulous after their
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Mindful Monday

Start your week off right with some words of wisdom from Andy Warhol and stay tuned for daily tips and tricks to stay amazing.

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What do you think of this quote by Sophia Loren?
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Discover your skin tone and see if IPL is right for you!

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Knowing your skin tone can help you make informed decisions about cosmetic procedures.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal therapy uses optical energy to disable hair growth. The method is effective because of a hair pigment called melanin, which absorbs the energy emitted by the treatment flash and directs it towards the hair follicle, transforming light pulses into heat. The process disables the hair follicle and prevents future hair growth, allowing for long-term results.

The Fitzpatrick skin type scale is one of the most common methods of classifying skin types, and ranges from Type I to Type VI. The scale was created by Dr. Thomas B. Fitzpatrick in 1975, and has been widely used as a standard for dermatologists and skin care experts ever since. Based on this classification model, the chart provided below is a basic guideline to help you determine if IPL is right for you.

Unfortunately, IPL is not suitable for all skin tones. Naturally dark pigmented skin (or tanned skin) contains more melanin in comparison to lighter skin tones, which allows for more energy to be absorbed. As such, individuals with darker skin tones are more susceptible to burns and hyper/hypo pigmentation following an IPL treatment.

IPL is considered a safe and effective hair removal option for individuals with skin tones that are classified as Ivory, Beige, and Light Brown.

Take a look at the chart below to identify your individual skin tone and discover if your complexion is more similar to that of …

Michelle Dockery, Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria, Zoe Saldana, or Gabrielle Union.

                                                                           Or,

Robert Pattinson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Barnes, John Stamos, Will Smith, or Don Cheadle.

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References and Research Material

Desi Dermatology: Laser Hair Removal                                                                                                            Zeel: The Fitzpatrick Scale

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Michelle Dockery  Katie Holmes   Jessica Alba    Eva Longoria   Zoe Saldana  Gabrielle Union

Robert Pattinson   Jake Gyllenhaal  Ben Barnes  John Stamos  Will Smith  Don Cheadle

Introducing evoDerma’s New and Advanced IPL Hair Removal System

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Our recently developed light-based device, the ELITE IPL Hair Removal system, incorporates the latest in Intense Pulse Light technology. Known as Advanced Multi-Pulse (AMP), this state-of-the-art technology works to deliver faster light pulses in one application that result in a more efficient and in depth treatment of unwanted body hair.

This innovative device is designed for both men and women and is intended for home use. ELITE comes with a disposable lamp cartridge, each equipped with between 10,000 to 50,000 flashes, depending on the selected intensity level, that work to deliver progressively permanent hair reduction. There are no interrupted sessions as these flashes can last between 2 and up to 8 full body treatments!

In addition, ELITE presents even more advantages:

  • No charging time required
  • Covers a larger skin surface
  • Includes advanced notification features
  • Operates smoothly and inaudibly
  • Incorporates AMP, a new type of IPL technology for progressively permanent hair reduction results

ELITE is now available for purchase at http://www.evoderma.com.

ELITE is a safe and non-invasive method for easily getting rid of unwanted body hair and is gentle on the skin. Consult our Skin Tone Chart and see if ELITE is right for you!

Four-Step Anti-Aging Night Time Skin Care Routine

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Did you know that the right skin care regime helps to fight signs of facial aging? We all know that washing your face at night is important. Therefore, we’ve combined a brilliant skin care routine that works to specifically target problem areas and bring out youthful glowing skin.

STEP #1: Cleanse: Good news for your wallets: Cleansers do not need to break your bank. Dermatologists agree that since cream cleansers only stay on your skin for about 10 to 15 seconds, it’s unnecessary to purchase a costly anti-aging cleanser. Instead, stick to the drug store cleansers and avoid washing with soap bars (as these tend to dry out your skin and contribute to facial aging). Remember to cleanse your face with lukewarm water, since this opens up your pores and allows for the wash to penetrate deep into the skin. We’ve listed a couple of our favorite cleansers, just in case you need a little guidance:

For Oily Skin: Neutrogena’s oil-free acne wash pink grapefruit facial cleanser- Not only does this product smell amazing but it also removes all the excess oil from your skin! Definitely a must-have for an oily complexion.

For Dry Skin: The Body Shop’s aloe calming facial cleanser- While this one may be a tad pricier than a drugstore cleanser, this soothing face wash really adds a boost of moisture to dry and sensitive skin.

STEP #2: Exfoliate: This next step is particularly important, as it renews your skin by scrubbing away all the dead skin cells. It also helps to boost circulation and therefore prevents the appearances of fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliation rejuvenates the look and feel of your skin by enhancing its natural glow and softness. An exfoliator can be purchased at your local drugstore, or you can check out our DIY Skin Care Blog Post for our recipe for a homemade face scrub. One of our favorite exfoliators is Soap and Glory’s Scrubatomic Daily Face Polish, available for purchase at your local drugstore or Sephora.

STEP #3: NOOME Anti-Aging Motion: To follow your exfoliation, EvoDerma has developed the perfect anti-aging device to add to your nighttime skin care regime. NOOME Anti-Aging motion was created with skin rejuvenation in mind. It works to target fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen and elastin levels in the face and improving blood circulation. It is the perfect device to combine with cleansing and exfoliating as it provides optimal anti-aging results.

STEP #4: Moisturize: Finish off your routine with a quality moisturizing cream or serum. As mentioned in our DIY Skin Care Blog Post, moisturizing is an important measure to take since dry skin can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Make sure that your moisturizers include both Retinoid and Vitamin C, since these both contain anti-oxidizing agents that will help prevent signs of facial aging. An amazing cream that has been hailed by celebrities alike is ROC’s Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream.

And now that your skin is cleansed, exfoliated, NOOME’d and moisturized, you are ready for your well-deserved beauty sleep.

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EvoDerma’s Valentine’s Day Promotion

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Get lovely this Valentine’s Day with NOOME Anti-Aging Motion.

NOOME, evoDerma’s sophisticated device for facial rejuvenation, targets the signs of facial aging from the comfort of home. It works to prevent and repair skin damage caused overtime. So celebrate your beauty and step out feeling confident with a smoother, glowing complexion.

From February 7, 2014 to February 14, 2014*, receive 50% off NOOME Anti-Aging Motion when you visit www.evoderma.com. Enter code LOVE at checkout and also enjoy free express shipping with your order.

Happy Valentine’s Day; because not only is it about loving someone else, but about loving yourself too.

 

* Offer valid on NOOME Anti-Aging Motion only, while supplies last. Does not apply to orders shipping outside U.S. and Canada. For guaranteed delivery within U.S. and Canada by February 14, 2014, orders should be placed before February 9, 2014. Limit of one promotional code per transaction. No substitutions once the order is processed. Not valid on previous purchases, LUMI+ IPL Hair Removal system, IPL Protective Eyewear or disposable lamp cartridge purchases or in combination with any other evoDerma offers. Offer may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice. 

Fight off facial aging with these DIY moisturizing skin care treatments!

In the middle of these cold winter months, it’s easy for our skin to be stripped of its natural moisture due to the temperature and low humidity levels. Not only can this weather create raw, red and itchy skin, but a dry complexion can also contribute to facial aging. That’s why it’s important to keep your skin hydrated when heading out into this winter wonderland.

However, we know that quality face creams and serums can be costly, so we’ve decided to share some of our favorite DIY moisturizing skin care recipes! These homemade methods consist of basic household items and are quick and easy to make, being both kind to your wallet and your busy schedule.

Before using any of these recipes, it’s important to first test them on a patch of skin to make sure that it doesn’t cause any irritations to your specific complexion.

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Nourishing Oat & Honey Face Scrub

This is a quick and simple recipe that will flush away all of those dead and dry skin cells from the long winter months, while still renewing and softening your complexion. This recipe includes oatmeal, honey and milk, which all work together to exfoliate and hydrate your skin.

Ingredients:

  •        ½ cup of oatmeal flakes
  •        3 tbsp. honey
  •        3 tbsp. milk
  •        3 tbsp. water (or add until you achieve desired consistency)

Preparation:

  •        First, mix the oats into either a blender or a coffee grinder and pulse for 3 seconds
  •        Pour the oats into a bowl and add in the milk and water (add water until you achieve the consistency you desire)
  •        Add the honey and stir until all the ingredients are blended equally
  •        Gently scrub and massage your clean face with the mixture, using circular motions
  •        Rinse the mixture off with cool water and then pat your skin dry with a face towel

Moisturizing Facial Avocado Mask

This recipe works miracles on dry, aging and chapped skin. It uses naturally moisturizing ingredients such as avocados, honey, coconut oil and egg yolks. When combined, these ingredients will provide your skin with the nourishing anti-oxidizing agents that it needs to help combat dry skin and facial aging! This recipe was inspired by Julyne Derrick’s Carrot & Avocado Mask for Dry Skin  

Ingredients:

  •        ½ of an extremely ripe avocado
  •        1 teaspoon of coconut oil (if you don’t have coconut oil, feel free to use extra virgin olive oil)
  •        1 egg yolk
  •        1 teaspoon of honey

Preparation:

  •        Mash up the ripe avocado until it has a smooth and creamy consistency
  •        Mix in the coconut oil (or olive oil), egg yolk and honey until it’s all blended equally and has a homogeneous consistency
  •        Spread the mixture over a clean face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes
  •        Rinse the mixture off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a face towel
  •        For optimal results, combine with your favorite moisturizing cream

With these recipes, you can fight off the damaging effects of the cold climate, all from the comfort of your own home. So sift through the pantry and take a trip to the kitchen to start this new moisturizing regime!

 

 

What’s your skin type?

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Identify your skin

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When picking a skin cream, serum, cleanser, or toner it’s very important to pick one that’s appropriate for your unique skin type or you may be creating more problems than solving. At first, this may seem like a daunting task, especially since skin can encompass characteristics from all skin types and since the characteristics of skin are known change over time.

To help simplify the process, dermatologists and aestheticians have created 5 easy steps to help you identify your unique skin type. Hopefully, with the aid of these suggestions you’ll be well on your way to informed skin care shopping and healthy beautiful skin.

Wash your face                                                                                                                                                Use a gentle cleanser to clean your skin of all oil and makeup traces. Be careful not to over wash and pat your face dry with a clean towel when finished.

Waste some time                                                                                                                                         Spend an hour watching TV or on Facebook to give your skin a chance to dry and return to its natural state. During this time, take extra care not to touch your face.

Check for oil                                                                                                                                                     Dab your face with a white tissue. Make sure to pay attention to the T-zone (Nose and Forehead).

Determine your skin type

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Identify Unique Skin Issues                                                                                                                       When choosing skin care products, it’s also vital to be aware of specific and recurring issues your skin may have. Typically, there are two problem categories that your skin can fall under:

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Try out these 5 easy steps today and be closer to the beautiful radiant looking skin you have always wanted!

 References and Research Material

WebMD: What’s your skin type?                                                                                                          WikiHow: Determine your skin type.                                                                                                             ELLE: What’s your skin type?

All you need is Aloe! Discover the many beauty uses of this astonishing plant.

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Aloe Vera is a common main ingredient in many diverse beauty products such as face powders, hair conditioners, sunscreens, lotions, lipsticks, soaps, facial masks, and anti-wrinkle creams.

Aloe Vera, a plant extract, has been widely used for beauty care since ancient times. Its popularity is owed to its natural abundance in vitamins, amino acids, and minerals like magnesium, calcium and sodium.

So what can Aloe Vera do for your skin?

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References and Research Material

Fashion: Aloe Vera Benefits for the Skin                                                                                                            Herb Wisdom: Aloe Vera

 

STOP! Too much makeup can make you look older.

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The right amount of makeup in the proper color tones can accentuate the results of any skin care regimen and helps make you look years younger!

When applying makeup to cover the signs of aging, a common error is to apply too much. As a result, it can draw attention to lines and crevices and can render a cakey skin appearance.

Thanks to experts at Allure Magazine, here are a few tips to help you apply your makeup and look your best!

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Allure: Anti-Aging Makeup Tricks

Photo Credits

Dior: Hydra Life Cream      Yves Saint Laurent: Radiant Touch     Bobbi Brown: Cream                Smashbox: Powder            Bobbi Brown: Blush           Laura Mercier: Eyebrow Pencil                Lancome: Eclat Miracle        Urban Decay: Eyeliner         Sephora: Eyelash Curler                            Jane Iredale: Lip Fixation      Smashbox: Under-Eye Primer

Packing Your Summer Skin Care Essentials

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Now that summer is just around the corner and your long weekend plans are falling into place, it’s the perfect time to consider how you’ll take care of your skin while on the go.
Bring along these summer essentials and you’ll return from your weekend away feeling and looking years younger.
1. A stylish and summery hat shades your face from the sun and adds the perfect amount of mystery.
2. Never waste precious product again with Kate Spade Saturday’s travel bottle set. Each bottle has measurements like “The Overnighter” and “The Weekend” to help you take only what you need. Be sure to pack anti-aging cream, moisturizer, shampoo and conditioner.
3. A great bag to stow it all.
4. NOOME™ Anti-Aging Motion is small enough to tuck into any bag, and fully battery operated, so you don’t need to worry about bringing a charger or adapter! Keep up a basic anti-aging routine while you’re away from home, and you’ll return looking younger than ever.
5. A healthy, anti-oxidant rich smoothie for the road gives you the energy you need while nourishing your skin.
6. Refreshing make-up remover towlettes are a quick and easy way to cleanse your face after a long night out.
7. A natural, moisturizing sunscreen for face and body protects you from harmful UV rays.

 

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Attention New Recruits: The fate of your skin is at stake!

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Come on you sorry looking benchwarmers! Get up and fight back against pimples, breakouts and dry skin.

All right men, get up off the bench! You’re part of this skin care game too. Although you may be able to preserve your youthful appearance for longer than woman that does not mean that you don’t have to take care of your skin.

The quality of your skins appearance is constantly under attack by pimples, breakouts, black spots, grease, and shaving! As you may know, the best defense is a good offence. In this case, your best affront is a fantabulous skin care routine. So listen up, take notes, and get started!

Cleanse                                                                                                                                                     Embrace your softer side! Get rid of excess facial oil that causes breakouts and pimples by using a gentle facial cleanser once to twice daily. Try a cleanser that contains salicylic acid as it helps to penetrate through dirt, oil and dead skin cells.

Tone                                                                                                                                                                  Bigger is not always better! Use a facial toner to reduce the size of facial pores and cool the skin. This results in a firmer and more youthful skin texture. It also helps in preventing acne and acne-related problems.

Moisturize                                                                                                                                                            Be smooth! A good daily moisturizer helps to provide continued hydration and increases the protection, the nourishment and the regeneration of skin.

Shaving                                                                                                                                                                Be Careful with your equipment! Shaving roughens your skin and has a dehydrating effect. Avoid pressing your razor too roughly against your skin and be sure to work your shaving cream into a rich lather using warm water before beginning. Once you have finished apply an after-shave lotion or an after-shave balm to re-moisturize your skin.

Sunscreen                                                                                                                                                      Don’t forget protection! Always wear a UVA and UVB protecting sunscreen with an SPF of 50.

As beneficial as a good skin care routine is, overall physical health is important too. Be sure to drink plenty of water, eat a healthy well balanced diet, and get regular physical exercise (and yes, all types of exercise count!).

References and Research Material

Secrets of Skin Care: Daily Skin Care routine for Men                                                                             AskMen: Men’s Skin Care                                                                                                                                     Mario Badescu: Mens Skin Care

What’s in your Basket?

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A balanced-healthy diet is the perfect companion for any skin care regimen.

Look your best this summer by adding the following essential foods to your diet. They’ll be great for your health and will do wonders for your skin!

Green and Red Peppers                                                                                                                                   The natural nutrients and anti-oxidants provided by red and green peppers help to prevent the development of free radicals that contribute to skin cell damage, and premature aging. Not to mention, the high water content is great for skin!

Fish                                                                                                                                                                       The Omega 3 fatty acids within fish help to prevent heart disease, and help to stimulate the immune system. The oils also moisturize skin and act as a natural anti-inflammatory.

  • Don’t like fish? Try extra virgin olive oil for a similar effect!

Strawberries                                                                                                                                                       Not only are strawberries tasty and easy to prepare, but are also high in Vitamin C, which helps to fend off wrinkles and age related skin dryness.

Double the deliciousness by dipping your strawberries in dark chocolate. The high concentration of antioxidants found in cocoa beans makes it a popular anti-aging food essential.

Tomatoes                                                                                                                                                     Lycopene, a carotenoid helps to keep skin smooth, and may help to protect skin from painful sunburns.

  • Tomatoes as well as pink grapefruit, carrots, watermelon, guava, and red peppers are all great sources for lycopene.

Tofu                                                                                                                                                                       Tofu and other soy products such as soymilk help to preserve your skins appearance by promoting collagen production, the firming agent of skin.

Red Wine                                                                                                                                                               At the end of a long hard day, it’s great to relax with a glass of red wine. But did you know it also helps to improve skin texture by increasing blood flow, which helps to increase the supply of nutrients and oxygen, promoting cell turnover?

  • Tea and Cocoa work too!

To get the best results, buy local organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible. As a rule, nutrients begin to break down the moment food is harvested. Buying local organic food compensates for this biological reaction, as organic food tends to have more nutrients overall and less time transpires between farm and table.

References and Research Material

Dr. Phil: Anti-Aging Tips                                                                                                                                 Eating Well: Anti-Aging Foods for your Skin                                                                                                   Dr. Cynthia Bailey: Best Diet for Healthy Skin

Jennifer Aniston’s new beauty routine revealed: chinese cupping!

Jennifer Aniston surprised us last night by accessorizing her all-black outfit with unusual circular marks on her back while attending the premiere of Call Me Crazy in Los Angeles.Jennyfer Aniston cupping

When the actress turned to the side, several circular blotches were visible on her back that resemble marks left by cupping. Although it looks like she tried to cover the spots with makeup, cupping experts like Saud Hadi could confirm that she had tried the popular alternative treatment.

What is cupping ?

Cupping, also known as kyukaku, is an ancient Chinese medicinal treatment designed to resolve a variety of ailments from skin problems to infertility. Proponents compare the process to acupuncture, and claim it encourages relaxation, healthier skin, cellulite reduction and increased fertility.

With the popular “dry cupping,” small glass cups are heated, and placed on the skin. As the cups cool, they create a vacuum suction that draws blood closer the skin, purifying the
lymphatic system. The process is painless, and the unsightly marks usually heal within a week. Wet cupping, which is more common in Eastern countries, adds controlled medicinal bleeding to this suction approach.

Celebrity Cupping Trend

Jennifer Aniston isn’t the only celebrity with a passion for cupping: Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Jessica Simpson, Brad Pitt and David Arquette are all fans as well.

Paltrow’s website, Goop, includes a statement from the actress describing alternative medicines as “help[ing] the body heal itself.” Gwyneth Paltrow was photographed on the red carpet several years ago with the same cupping marks that Aniston sported this week.

 

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References and Research Material

Cupping: The Chinese detox therapy loved by celebrities

A brief overview of Cupping Therapy

“Tried and tested: The anti-cellulite cupping therapy”

Springtime! Time to refresh and rejuvenate your skin!

 

The anti-aging vacuum ?

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Vacuum suction therapy actually succeeds at addressing several causes of facial aging

For those willing to experiment with the unconventional, many different anti-aging techniques exist. A quick Google search will tell you that individuals have and still do participate in seemingly odd anti-aging procedures encompassing anything from…

  • Deep Penetrating Sound Waves
  • Administering an electrical current
  • Vacuum suction
  • Facials (Bee Venom Facials, Placenta Face Masks, Bird-Poop Facials)
  • Leeching
  • Injections/Plastic Surgery

Now, the conventional skeptic may consider some if not all of these techniques wishy-washy if not down right hilarious.  But, for the heck of it, let’s consider the merit of one of these practices.

Vacuum Suction Therapy

Vacuum suction therapy had its start in basic manual facial massage. It was found that using the hands to manipulate the facial tissues could be both stimulating and relaxing depending on the movements used. Based on the knowledge that facial muscle tension is a leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles, facial massage became a popular anti-aging method for removing the tension within the muscle fibres promoting the total relaxation of body and mind.

Building off of this technique and the expanding knowledge of wrinkle formation, vacuum suction therapy came into existence. This technique enhances the productivity of the lymphatic and circulatory systems, which renders several anti-aging benefits.

  • The vacuum suction helps to remove harmful toxins from facial pores.
  • Improved glandular activity, allows for more oil production, which moisturizes skin.
  • Enhances the production of collagen and elastin the connective tissues of skin, improving skin texture.
  • Increased circulatory system activity allows for more oxygen to be delivered to the facial skin cells increasing the cell turnover rate.
  • The soothing massage motion of the vacuum decreases facial muscle tension.

Based on the modern-day understanding of wrinkle formation, vacuum suction therapy actually succeeds at addressing several causes of facial aging. As such, it becomes a useful anti-aging technique for both prevention and repair.

What do you think? Are you ready to start vacuuming?

References and Research Material

Vacuum Suction Therapy                                                                                                                          Bizarre Beauty Treatments

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus!

Peche_poire_SM-1Although both sexes originate from the same planet, it has become clear that there are biological differences between males and females with respect to the aging-process, with men being able to preserve their youthful appearance till much later in their lives. But, what is it about the male skin-type that gives them this unfair advantage? Based on contemporary knowledge, here are few possibilities…

Moisture                                                                                                                                                             Male skin produces more oil and sweat, which helps keep the skin moist and wrinkle free. This is further amplified by the fact that the outer protective  layer of skin, the epidermis, is 20% thicker for males in comparison to females, allowing more of the moisture to be retained.

Higher Collagen Levels                                                                                                                                 Men naturally have higher collagen levels, a connective tissue that provides our skin with its strength and flexibility. As we age, and with prolonged exposure to harmful UV light, collagen begins to break down. In consequence, our skin begins to sag and wrinkle. Due to this biological advantage, men can withstand more contact with UV light, and experience more years before they begin to notice the effect on their skin.

Faster Cell Renewal                                                                                                                                          As time goes by, our cell renewal rate gradually slows. This occurs because there is less blood circulating and therefore less oxygen being delivered to the skin cells. Throughout the life span, male skin in comparison to female skin tends to have a faster cell renewal rate. As a result, their skin maintains its youthful appearance for longer.

Hair Follicles                                                                                                                                                     Facial hair may act as a physical screen that helps to protect men from the harmful aging properties of ultraviolet light.

However, it’s not all sunshine and daisies for men. Although their unique characteristics provide them with an advantage with respect to aging, their skin type and daily-required routines do present their own set of problems. Pimples, break-outs, black spots, greasy skin, and skin damage caused by shaving are all examples of male skin issues. As such, men do need to take care of their skin like their female counterparts even though they look “peachy” longer.

References & Research Material:

Male Skin Care Needs                                                                                                                                    Skin Differences                                                                                                                                              Male Skin Type                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                        


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

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As consumers, we’re constantly presented with cosmetic serums and techniques both invasive and minimally invasive that will reduce the signs of aging to give our skin a healthy, and youthful appearance.

However, the majority of these treatments are re-active rather than pre-active. By promoting a healthy lifestyle for our skin at a young age, we can minimize the amount of wrinkles that we inevitably develop.

An understanding about the biological causes of wrinkles and fine lines is the best technique available to combat their development. Wrinkles have many causes, some of which we can control.

What causes facial wrinkling?

Age. The development of wrinkles can be traced to three (3) natural processes.

  1. As time goes by, facial tissues become less elastic and more fragile.
  2. The drier, wrinkled appearance of aged skin is caused by the gradual slowing in production of collagen, elastin, and natural oils.
  3. The diminishing amount of fat cells in the deeper facial tissue layers causes the skin to become looser, resulting in pronounced lines and crevices.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Exposure to harmful UV light can speed up the natural aging process, and is currently considered the primary cause for premature wrinkling. UV light is damaging because it causes collagen and elastin, the connective tissues, to break down. With the increased absence of these connective tissues, aging skin gradually begins to lose its strength and flexibility. As a result, the face begins to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

Smoking. Smoking can disrupt the skins blood supply, which consequently accelerates the aging process.

Facial Expressions. Repetitive muscle movements and natural expressions lead to the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Because of the normal and progressive loss of the skins flexibility, the tissue is no longer able to reform into a neutral expression following the use of a facial muscle. The resulting grooves then become a permanent feature on the face.

Gender. Women have fewer sweat glands and have a smaller density of blood vessels in the area around the mouth. Consequently, they have a higher tendency to develop imperfections in this area.

Poor Nutrition. Nutritional deficiencies are believed to contribute to skin aging.

From our current understanding of the development of wrinkles, a healthy and protective life-style for your skin would include:

  1. A nutritious balanced diet, with little-to-no smoking.
  2. A good beauty routine that includes a facial cream that is appropriate for your unique skin-type (preferably one with SPF protection).
  3. The use of a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 with UVA/UVB protection.

References and Research Material:

 ClariMed: Wrinkles                                                                                                                                           The natural development of visual aging                                                                                               Oprah: 4 decades of beautiful skin

Celebrity Nip/Tucks and Regrets

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It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates. I want my kids to know when I’m pissed, when I’m happy and when I’m confounded. Your face tells a story…and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.                                                              Julia Roberts 

The limelight can be unforgiving, pointing out every flaw. As such, Hollywood royalties like Meg Ryan and Demi Moore feel a constant pressure to maintain a beautiful and desirable appearance. Particularly in North America, beauty is closely associated with youth. It comes as no surprise then that many aging celebrities have submitted themselves to extreme anti-aging procedures in order to survive within the entertainment industry.

Popular actors and actresses are well known for participating in invasive anti-aging procedures encompassing anything from injections, tucks, lifts, and implants. Unfortunately, many celebrities who undergo these treatments eventually end up regretting their decision, and on occasion experience adverse physical and psychological consequences.

Dana Delaney The Desperate Housewives star experienced a botched botox treatment that destroyed a nerve on her forehead, causing a muscle near her eye to misbehave. As a result, her right eye has started to droop.

Jennifer Aniston The Friends actress reports that she hated the results of her botox treatment as it minimized her ability to form facial expressions during filming. She is not the only actress to express this opinion, her co-star Courtney Cox has made similar claims as well as film star Nicole Kidman.

David Gest During the 80s, David Gest made several alterations to his appearance. He has admitted to having a nose job, 2 facelifts, cheek implants, and the insertion of an artificial cleft chin. Following his last operation, he reports looking in the mirror and being disturbed by his reflection as it was so altered from his original appearance. He has since undergone corrective surgery to return his natural appearance.

Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) is one of many popular actresses who refuse to partake in drastic and invasive methods to control the aging process. She claims to want to embrace aging gracefully, as in her mind a wrinkle is a sign that one has lived their life.

Nevertheless, Cattrall can understand how the pressure to be desirable can lead someone to such drastic measures. Despite being adamant about not using such anti-aging techniques, Cattrall’s aging appearance has caused her to question her suitability for certain roles. Cattrall almost declined her part in the film Meet Monica Velour, as the role required her to appear without make-up, clothes, and shoes.

Other celebrities who have made public statements about refusing to participate in anti-aging plastic surgery:

References & Research Material:                                                                                                                  Kim Cattrall                                                                                                                                                  Celebrities who have participated in plastic surgery                                                                      Celebrities who have not participated plastic surgery

6 Surprising Benefits of Jojoba Oil

Benefits of Jojoba Oil

I did a movie in New Mexico; it was so dry and windy and the makeup artist there suggested jojoba oil. It’ so good for your skin and healing as well Kate Walsh

What is jojoba oil?

Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) oil is a natural, liquid wax ester derived from the jojoba plant. Native Americans historically used jojoba oil to naturally treat burns, cuts and sores. Today, it has quickly become a top cosmetic ingredient due to its impressive moisturizing properties.

Natural Moisturizer

The liquid wax esters (tiny particles that make up the oil) in jojoba are very similar to the sebum secreted by our skin. This similarity makes jojoba the perfect moisturizer, since it can easily penetrate pores and almost never causes allergic reactions. Jojoba is also rich in Vitamins E and B, which fight free radicals and contribute to healthy skin and hair.

A dermatological study carried out by M.S. Christensen and E.W. Packman showed that jojoba oil increased the skin’s suppleness by 45%, and the effect of one application lasted for over 8 hours. Actress Kate Walsh agrees, and credits her glowing skin in part to jojoba oil, stating that it’s “so good for your skin and healing.”

Environment-friendly

Jojoba is a renewable resource, unlike mineral or baby oil, so you’ll be doing both your skin and the planet a favor. Jojoba grows well in desert environments that can’t support other kinds of agriculture, which boosts otherwise struggling economies.

How can you use Jojoba oil?

Moisturizer

Jojoba doesn’t evaporate like water-based moisturizers, making it a great choice for all-day comfort. If you’re hesitant to put the oil directly on your skin, you can also mix a few drops into a cream moisturizer. Jojoba is non-comedogenic, so no need to worry about clogged pores.

Make-up remover

Jojoba oil’s natural cleansing properties make it a gentle make-up remover; just dab onto a cotton ball and wipe.

Lip balm

A touch of jojoba oil nourishes and repairs chapped lips.

Hair oil / Conditioner

You can use jojoba as a pre-shampoo oil treatment, or in the shower with your regular conditioner to soften and define your hair. Massage a few drops of oil into the ends of dry or damaged hair for lasting repair.

Massage oil

Jojoba makes an excellent massage or aromatherapy oil.

Acne Treatment

Some experts believe that jojoba can actually “trick” your skin into producing less oil, which often means less blemishes caused by bacteria. Its anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic properties also benefit acne-prone skin.

 

Where can you get Jojoba oil?

It’s easy to find jojoba oil in your local health food or grocery store. Jojoba oil is widely available, and inexpensive compared to essential oils. Experts suggest choosing a 100% pure, organic brand for the best results.

references

Christensen, M.S., and E.W. Packman. “Skin Surface Softening Effects of Jojoba and Its Derivatives.” Seventh International Conference on Jojoba and Its Uses (1988): 298-300. Web. 22 Aug. 2012.

Jojoba Oil for Acne Treatment
Kate Walsh’s Favorite Skin Care
Purcell Jojoba – What is Jojoba?

Proven Skin Care Benefits of Honey

Honey’s properties make it an ideal, do-it-yourself beauty ingredient. Not only is it a great all-natural moisturizer for skin, but you’ll also spend a fraction of the cost and look like a million dollars.

The benefits of honey for your skin have been suspected for tens of thousands of years, and are now confirmed by scientific evidence. Three exceptional properties show why honey is a great part of any beauty regimen:

  • Moisturizing – Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture to leave skin soft and supple. These properties also encourage new tissue growth and cell renewal that rejuvenate the skin.
  • Antibacterial/Antimicrobial – When honey reacts with moisture, it naturally forms a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. This hydrogen peroxide will kill any bacteria on your skin, which can help eliminate acne.
  • Antioxidant – Honey contains antioxidants that fight free radicals and heart disease. Free radicals originate from environmental pollution, absorb into your skin, and then travel through your body. Detoxifying your body with dark-colored honey is a great way to get rid of these harmful toxins and metals that cause your skin to age prematurely.

Honey has also been a favorite beauty ingredient for royals since the time of Cleopatra, whose beauty routine famously included milk and honey baths. Kate Middleton is the latest royal to take advantage of honey’s moisturizing properties; she supposedly used a bee venom and honey masque to prepare for her wedding to Prince William.

You don’t need to be royalty to enjoy the benefits of honey for your health and skin. There are many homemade recipes that provide the same benefits as expensive spa treatments for just pennies.

Celebrity make-up artist and skin care expert Jackie Gomez agrees, stating, “Honey’s properties make it an ideal, do-it-yourself beauty ingredient. Not only is it a great all-natural moisturizer for skin, but you’ll also spend a fraction of the cost and look like a million dollars.” Take advantage of the all-natural and inexpensive benefits of honey by trying the two beauty treatments below.

DIY Honey Skin Care Treatments

When purchasing honey to use for skin care recipes, experts suggest choosing an unpasteurized, raw and local variety if possible. Manuka honey, made with pollen from Tea Trees in New Zealand, is also a great choice for skin care recipes due to its exceptional cleansing properties.

  • Cleopatra’s Milk & Honey Bath Pour 2 cups of whole milk (or ½ c. powdered milk) and ½ cup of honey into a warm bath. Mix and enjoy.
  • Moisturizing Facial Masque Combine 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 teaspoons of milk. Smooth mixture over face and throat. Leave for ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
References & Research Material

Honey: The All-Natural Skin Moisturizer
Honeybees Guard Your Heart
Honey for Nutrition and Health: A Review
Five Relaxing, Rejuvenating Bath Recipes
Honey Skin Care Recipes

Hot off the press | “Bizarro Beauty Products, from 1889 to Now”

While it is easy to laugh at these ridiculous gizmos, modern-day gadgets prove we’re no less gullible than our forebears.

Today, we tend to consider the union of technology and beauty to be a uniquely modern marriage. Yet strange contraptions for improving appearances to achieve societal standards have existed for centuries, as a new article points out at Collectors Weekly. In “Bizarro Beauty Products, from 1889 to Now“, author Lisa Hix runs through a selection of hilarious beauty products, from a torturous-looking ‘dimple machine’ to the contemporary FacialFlex neckline slimmer.

Perhaps just as fascinating as the antique devices themselves are the standards of beauty reflected in their aims. One striking example is 1937 advertisement for “Gain Weight Quick Ironized Yeast Tablets,” which claim to have “given thousands of scrawny girls 10 to 25 pounds of solid flesh.” While rapid weight gain is hardly desired by an average 21st century women, it is easy to recognize the timeless pursuit of beauty in these vintage devices.

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Pourquoi les sportifs s’épilent-ils ?

Les jambes épilées d'un cycliste professionel

Les sportifs s’épilent généralement pour plusieurs raisons, notamment pour faciliter les soins et les massages, éviter les irritations mais également pour l’image…

S’il y a un domaine où les hommes s’épilent ou se rasent en grande majorité, c’est bien le sport. Les parties les plus souvent dénuées de poils sont les jambes et les bras, et cela concerne surtout des disciplines comme le cyclisme, la natation ou la course.

Quel est le réel intérêt d’une peau glabre pour la pratique du sport ?

Beaucoup de gens répondront par le lieux commun de l’aérodynamisme, à savoir que le poil, par un frottement avec l’air ou l’eau pourrait ralentir le sportif. Or, rien n’a vraiment été prouvé concernant cela, malgré des publications, et des témoignages, parfois plausibles, parfois contradictoires.
Historiquement les coureurs se rasaient les jambes pour mieux retirer les morceaux de goudron fondus qui se collaient à leurs cuisses et à leurs mollets durant l’été. Si la pratique est si courante aujourd’hui c’est qu’elle présente bien des avantages, voyons lesquels :

  • Pour le soin : Quelque soit le sport, on n’est jamais à l’abri d’un accident, et avoir une peau lisse se révèle plus pratique. Tout d’abord on peut plus facilement retirer de la peau des corps étrangers qui s’y seraient incorporés. Sachant que les chutes ne sont pas rares dans de nombreux sports, il est aussi plus facile de désinfecter ses blessures, les poils ne retenant pas les microbes. Ensuite, cela permet une application plus fluide et moins douloureuse de crème ou de lotion. Et enfin, retirer un pansement est forcement plus agréable sans poils !
  • Pour éviter les irritations : Cela concerne surtout des sports où l’on porte une combinaison bien serrée. Le vêtement étant bien près du corps comme les cuissards des cyclistes doublés au niveau de l’assise, les poils, s’il y en a, vont être enclins à frotter et provoquer des brûlures pouvant aller jusqu’à l’arrachement la peau.
  • Pour les massages : Dans beaucoup de disciplines, les sportifs ont besoin de massages, de la part de kinésithérapeutes ou non, pour préparer ou détendre leurs muscles. Or, avec des poils, le frottement est augmenté et cela peut avoir des conséquences pour le masseur ou le massé, telles qu’une irritation de la peau. De plus les poils limitent la pénétration de gels massants en les retenant.
  • Pour l’image : Cette raison peut sembler la plus anodine, pourtant elle a son importance. En effet, dans le prolongement de l’esprit de compétition, les sportifs veulent projeter une image imposante, et on sait par exemple que les muscles sont mieux dessinés et ressortent plus sans poils. Ned Tobey, triathlète amateur sur la course Ironman le résume en ces termes : “Les autres cyclistes vous prendront moins au sérieux si vos jambes ne sont pas épilées… quelle qu’en soit la raison, c’est une histoire de crédibilité.

Les sportifs et particulièrement les cyclistes sont donc enclins à s’épiler les jambes. Ils utilisent habituellement la méthode du rasage, l’épilation à la cire ou encore des methodes plus efficaces comme le laser ou la lumière pulsée IPL.

Réferences & recherches

Epilation et cyclisme
Rasage et epilation des jambes en cyclisme
Epilez vous pour remporter la victoire

The Disadvantages of Conventional Hair Removal

Intense pulsed light, as known as IPL, works by gently flashing a bright light against the skin, which eliminates the risk of cuts, itchiness, razor burn or undesirable odors.

What annoys you most about traditional methods for removing body hair?
 
Discover some of the most common frustrations caused by shaving, waxing or sugaring, chemical depilatories and mechanical epilation.

Shaving

Shaving is both one of the oldest and most common methods of hair removal, but that doesn’t mean that it is the best choice.

  • Ingrown hairs & razor burn – We’ve all seen those unsightly bumps that occur when hairs with sharp ends from the razor grow inwards into the skin.
  • Itchiness – The sensation of stubble growing in, especially on sensitive body parts, is one we’d like to skip.
  • Cuts – Ouch!
  • Only lasts a few days
Waxing or Sugaring

Waxing is an ancient technique in which the hair is pulled from the root. Sugaring follows the same process, but uses a sugar mixture to remove unwanted hair and is somewhat less painful.

  • Painful – Ask anyone who has experienced a Brazilian, and they’ll tell you the truth: waxing hurts!
  • Ingrown hairs
  • Risk of Burns from hot waxes
  • Increases wrinkles – the stretching and pulling involved can encourage skin to wrinkle prematurely or deepen existing wrinkles
  • Must allow regrowth – salons suggest hairs should be approximately ¼ inch long before waxing
  • Messy
  • Expensive – Having a professional regularly wax or sugar legs, underarms, and bikini line costs $1,035 – $1,500 each year.
Chemical Depilatories

These creams or gels use chemicals like calcium thioglycolate to dissolve undesirable hair, and have been produced since the 1970s.

  • Unpleasant smell
  • Irritating – the chemicals in depilatories can cause inflammation and rashes
  • Only lasts a few days – just like shaving, depilatories only remove the hair at the surface of the skin, so regrowth occurs quickly.
Mechanical Epilators

These automatic hair-plucking machines pull out hairs as they are moved over the body.

  • Painful – Epilators usually pluck between 5-40 hairs at once, and so the process can be extremely painful compared to methods that remove larger amounts of hair in one pull. Mechanical epilators can also accidentally pinch the skin instead of hair follicles, which is extremely painful.
  • Ingrown hairs

Eliminating unwanted body hair shouldn’t be frustrating or painful – consider more permanent options like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology. This advanced technique is clinically proven to reduce unwanted hair, and avoids many inconveniences of more temporary methods. IPL works by gently flashing a bright light against the skin, which eliminates the risk of cuts, itchiness, razor burn or undesirable odors. Best of all, some IPL devices can be used to reduce unwanted hair in the comfort of your own home, leaving skin soft and radiant.

 

References & Research Material

Hair Removal Trends for Men
Removing Unwanted Body Hair with Waxing
Removing Hair Safely

 

Vitamine A, le passeport pour une bonne santé

Vitamine A, le passeport pour une bonne santé

Pendant qu’elle masse ses tibias et ses coudes avec des capsules de vitamine E, Jennifer Aniston applique ainsi un traitement Rénova à base de vitamine A, qu’elle laisse agir 10 minutes.
Emma Reynolds for dailymail.co.uk

ZOOM+ sources naturelles de vitamines La popularité des compléments alimentaires remplis de vitamines ou de molécules nécessaires à notre corps tend à nous faire oublier qu’il est très facile de se les procurer de façon naturelle à travers nos aliments quotidiens.

Une nouvelle étude sur la vitamine A a récemment fait les gros titres. En effet, elle nous révèle qu’elle offre encore plus de bienfaits que ce qu’on en connaissait auparavant.

Elle permet par exemple de prendre soin de notre peau ou même de nos yeux et elle joue un rôle vital pour plusieurs autres fonctions importantes de notre corps telles que :

  • Une bonne santé des cellules
  • Une amélioration du système immunitaire
  • Une diminution du risque de cancers, congestions cérébrales et maladies cardiaques

On peut noter qu’en plus d’être un antioxydant majeur la vitamine A semble avoir un impact important sur le plus mortel des cancers de la peau, le Mélanome, car selon de récentes études, les femmes qui prennent de la vitamine A ont 60% moins de risques d’attraper cette maladie fatale.

Nul besoin donc de se procurer des compléments purement artificiels pour avoir un bon apport en vitamine A, il suffit simplement de s’assurer de manger les aliments suivants :

  • Les légumes oranges comme par exemple les patates douces et les carottes
  • Les végétaux à feuilles tels que les épinards, les brocolis et la salade romaine
Réferences & recherches

Vitamine A: effets, bienfaits
Fiche doctissimo sur la vitamine A
La vitamine A : alliée de la peau
Avis d’experts: Des crèmes vitaminées pour une peau radieuse
les secrets de beauté de Jennifer Aniston et ses soins de peau à base de vitamine A et vitamine E

Les bienfaits de la vitamine E sur votre peau

Aucune substance connue en médecine ne possède plus de propriétés curatives que l’alpha tocophérol (vitamine E). Dr Evan V. Shute

ZOOM+ sources naturelles de vitamines

Un récent article de WebMD montre à nouveau que la vitamine E fait partie des vitamines les plus puissantes pour contrer les effets néfastes de l’exposition au soleil.

Elle contient de plus un important niveau d’antioxydants qui permettent de réduire le dangereux impact des radicaux libres. Ces produits de la polution qui pénètrent la peau, l’oxydent et seraient responsables de son vieillissement prématuré.

Les bienfaits de la vitamine E ne se limitent pas qu’à cela, on peut ainsi noter :

  • Une régulation de la vitamine A
  • Une protection solaire
  • Un traitement de problèmes de peau tels que les vergetures, le psoriasis, l’érythème, les cicatrices et les taches de vieillesse, l’acné

Comme pour la vitamine A, pas besoin de compléments, la vitamine E se trouve en bonne quantité dans plusieurs aliments naturels. En voici quelques exemples qui peuvent facilement être intégrés aux repas et aux collations :

  • Fruits - Myrtilles, Pommes, Mangues et Avocats
  • Légumes – Patates douces, asperges, épinards et tomates
  • Huiles – Huile d’amande, huile de tournesol et huile de germe de blé
  • Autres – Céréales, olives, pâtes, œufs et Noix
Réferences & recherches

La VITAMINE E sur “Vitamine E – Votre santé par la nature”
Antioxydants, les suppléments
Où trouve-t-on la vitamine E ?
Fiche doctissimo sur la vitamine E
Zooey Deschanel astuces beauté vitamine E, antioxydants

Discover Your Fitzpatrick Skin Type

Summer is here in full force, and it’s a great time to consider how our individual skin tone impacts the cosmetic and health choices we face when the sun is out. Understanding your own skin type is crucial to maintaining healthy and beautiful skin this summer. The Fitzpatrick skin type scale is one of the most common methods of classifying skin types, and ranges from Type I to Type VI. The scale was created by Dr Thomas B. Fitzpatrick in 1975, and has been widely used as a standard for dermatologists and skin care experts ever since.

Your own Fitzpatrick skin type is determined by both genetics and your skin’s reaction to sun exposure. Naturally fair-skinned people who sunburn quickly will have lower skin type numbers, while men and women with darker skin tones and a higher tolerance for sun exposure will be closer to the higher end. Discover your own Fitzpatrick skin type by checking out the chart below, or consulting your dermatologist.

The lower your Fitzpatrick skin type number, the more vigilant you should be in protecting your skin from the sun since you have a higher risk of sun damage like photoaging and possibly skin cancer. Cosmetics with built-in SPF protection, seeking the shade outside, or stylish hats and cover-ups are all great choices for women with skin types I-IV this summer. Although somewhat less vulnerable to sun damage, women with skin types V-VI should also take steps to protect themselves, such as always applying sunscreen before hitting the beach and scheduling a yearly check-up with a dermatologist.

Knowing your skin type can help you make informed decisions about everything from cosmetic products and procedures to understanding your risk for skin disease. Take a look at the chart below to see where your individual skin tone falls on the Fitzpatrick scale and just for fun, find out if your celebrity skin twin is Emma Stone, Lucy Liu, Sandra Bullock, Freida Pinto, Beyoncé or Naomi Campbell.

References & Research Material

Fun, Informative Quiz Determines Skin Type and Celebrity
The Fitzpatrick Scale: How to Type Your Skin Tone Like a Dermatologist
Canadian Dermatology Association
Fitzpatrick, TB. “The Validity and Practicality of Sun-Reactive Skin Types I Through Vi.” Archives of Dermatology. 124.6 (1988): 869-71. Print.

Photo Credits

Emma Stone, Lucy Liu, Sandra Bullock, Freida Pinto, Beyoncé and Naomi Campbell

Myths & Facts of IPL & Laser

When new-age light-based hair removal methods were introduced to consumers, the media greatly exaggerated the results that could be achieved. Flash-forward to 2012 and you will find that many of the manufacturers providing light-based technologies have changed their tune to a more accurate promise of permanent hair reduction, leaving many of us wondering why…? Perhaps it’s the inconsistency of the results achieved, based on inappropriate choice of treatment type, or even lack of knowledge about the technology. Until the light-based hair removal industry matures enough to require federal regulations in Canada, people must learn to ask more questions from cosmetic service providers so they can make informed decisions. In the meantime, let’s get the basics out of the way:

Three Types of Hair Removal

No light-based hair removal treatments can be considered absolutely permanent in removing hair. Permanent results are false promises because occurrences like hormonal changes or medications have strong potential to alter any “permanent” results. Both Laser and IPL hair removal are considered methods of permanent hair reduction. All of the available hair removal options can be separated into three categories, Depilation (removal of hair above the skins surface), Epilation (Removing the entire hair from the root) and Permanent Reduction (long-term growth reduction).

  • Depilation – Considered temporary, lasts a few hours to a few days
  • Epilation – Considered temporary, lasts several days
  • Permanent Reduction – Considered permanent, lasts from months to years

What Does Permanent Hair Reduction Mean?

There are several imperfect hair removal options under the “permanent” hair reduction category. These options include light-based hair removal, prescription oral medications and various topical solutions. Continued use of these options can give users hair re-growth that appears lighter in color and thinner in texture. The continued use of these treatments also delivers re-growth that grows back slower over time.

IPL is effective at eliminating hair growth only in hair follicles in the Anagen, or growth phase. This is when the hair is still growing and attached to the root, allowing the IPL light to effectively target the melanin with its rays and disable the growth via thermal heat. The perceived value in this, is that one does not have to remove unwanted hair on a daily, weekly or monthly basis anymore. With repeated treatments, most of the hairs become disabled, resulting in thinner and lighter re-growth that requires minimal touchups to maintain.

References & Research Material

Laser Hair Removal Information
Welcome to your hair removal forum!
Canadian Dermatology Association

Protect Yourself Against UVA & UVB Rays



Spring is here, which means summer is right around the corner! Slathering on the right sunscreen will help to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation and in-turn keep your skin glowing (rather than peeling…) under the suns’ warm rays. Going without sunblock results in overexposure to UV, which is linked to un-pleasantries such as sunburns, premature skin aging, eye problems (cataracts) and the weakening of the immune system.

Choosing the right sunscreen is a delicate task; with some many choices one should probably do some research beforehand. There are three things to be aware of:

  • You should buy a high quality product with The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation which guarantees that the product meets the highest standards for safety and effectiveness.

  • Try to choose a minimum of SPF 30 or more and FYI:
    SPF 15 blocks 93% of all incoming UVB rays
    SPF 30 blocks 97% of all incoming UVB rays
    SPF 50 blocks 98% of all incoming UVB rays
  • Always choose a broad spectrum product that protects your skin from both UVA & UVB rays
  • Re-apply often
  • Choose a spray canister for complete coverage

After sun exposure, re-hydrate your skin with Aloe Vera gel, a natural remedy for sunburns or moisture-deprived skin, which will help repair any damage from the suns’ rays. There is no such thing as 100% protection from the sun, using combining prevention methods (sunscreen) and after-care (Aloe), along with hats and sunglasses will give you the best overall protection from the sun this summer. Find out more using the following links:

References & Research Material

Q&A: The Truth About SPFs, Sunscreen Types, Protection
Basic Information About Ultraviolet (UV) Light
Sunscreens Explained

Skin Care Benefits of Vitamin E


A recent article on WebMD proclaims Vitamin E is among the most important new dermatologic discoveries in the power of vitamins to counteract the effects of sun exposure. Discovery Health also goes into detail about this vitamin’s high levels of antioxidants, which are now commonly known to have a fantastic effect on your skin. Not only can you enjoy the benefits through enhanced skin-care products, you can also reap them by consuming natural foods with high contents of Vitamin E.

Antioxidants neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals. Free radicals come from pollution, absorb into your skin, and then travel through your body. Detoxifying your body is a great way to get rid of these harmful toxins and metals that (without flushing) tend to build-up inside your body and cause harm to your tissues and cell walls. Free radicals are believed to play an important role in premature skin aging and therefore antioxidant activity is quite valuable for this skin problem. Not only can this vitamin help fight free radicals, check out all these other skin-care benefits you can find in Vitamin E:

  • Regulates Vitamin A
  • Sun Protection
  • Treat Skin Problems; Stretch Marks, Psoriasis, erythema, Scars, Age Spots

Skip the supplements and eat right, shop where you can buy natural foods and fresh, organic, local produce. Try to consume more of the foods that provide multiple health benefits, ones that are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and of course minerals. Here’s some healthy ideas you can easily incorporate into your diet, that are packed full of Vitamin E:

  • Fruits: Blueberries, Apples, Mangoes & Avocadoes
  • Veggies: Sweet Potatoes, Asparagus, Spinach & Tomatoes
  • Oils: Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil & Wheat Germ Oil
  • Other: Fortified Cereals, Olives, Pasta, Eggs & Nuts

These foods will help your skin fight off premature fine lines and wrinkles. They will also help to even out your complexion (dark spots included) and increase the youthfulness and vitality of your skin through eliminating harmful toxins from your body. A healthy body means healthy skin, so treat your body right from the inside out!

References & Research Material

BENEFITS OF VITAMIN E
How does vitamin E benefit skin?
FOODS CONTAINING VITAMIN E
Detox Your Body by Eating Only Fruits and Veggies Over a Specific Amount of Time?

Pregnancy & IPL Hair Removal: Is it safe?


What’s the Big Idea?

Many health care professionals suggest avoiding light-based hair removal during pregnancy due to the lack of information about the effects on the fetus. There has not yet been a single study regarding pregnant women (for obvious reasons) and the potential side effects of modern hair removal methods since the birth of the technology.

What’s the Issue?

Many pregnant women have similar complaints with regards to hair growth. Raging hormones play a huge role in the growth of new hair in un-wanted places and those places are often hard to reach with a bulging belly. Something many non-mothers certainly take for granted is the ability to shave one’s legs, by oneself.

Women often struggle with hair removal during pregnancy because there aren’t many safe options available. Women who are either pregnant or nursing should not be using permanent hair removal methods like laser, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and electrolysis for hair removal. Shaving is often out of the question, especially during the last trimester, as getting in and out of the bath can be quite difficult without help.

What’s a Safe Alternative?

Sugaring is a temporary hair removal solution for hair removal similar to (albeit much less painful) than waxing. It is an ancient Egyptian hair removal method that’s all natural and totally safe! Try following this all natural sugaring recipe, compliments of renowned non-toxic and green living expert, Annie B.Bond:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water

The only equipment you will need is a candy thermometer, a Popsicle stick, clean, loosely woven, cotton fabric strips and perhaps a really nice friend or family member! This temporary solution is a safe way to carry you through your pregnancy, until you can finally resume much more permanent IPL treatments with evoDerma’s LUMI™.

References & Research Material

Should You Get IPL Hair Removal During Pregnancy?
Safe skin care during pregnancy
Ancient Egyptian Art of Body Sugaring
Common pregnancy complaints

The Rise of the Metrosexual

David-Beckham-Metrosexual

Gone are the days of prickly stubble and raggedy old tees. Many men these days are taking a much more detailed approach to their hair, hygiene and beauty regimens, adding new routines like moisturizing, exfoliating and body hair removal to the roster. These hotties (having been encouraged by women) have developed a strong esthetic sense along with an interest in enhancing their personal appearance. The urban definition of metro describes a man who carefully grooms himself, chooses quality products and impeccably fashionable clothes. This modern and sexy look is creating quite the stir, as many people explore the reasoning behind this shift in personal perception and awareness.

A Metro Identity

Think Brad Pitt, Ryan Goseling, Justin Bieber. These ‘pretty boys’ are a new specimen of man that closely resembles a Calvin Klein model. He regularly works out, tans and maybe even professionally trims his eyebrows. He’s not scared to get a pedicure and he prefers to remove his unwanted body hair To top it off, this hottie also has an innate fashion sense and expensive tastes in clothing and he smells amazing! Now, this may come as a complete surprise to some people, but there’s a reason why some of the most popular celebs in Hollywood are a part of this growing crowd; the ladies really dig the look!

A Media driven, Sociocultural Influence?

In a most recent publication of the popular women’s magazine Cosmopolitan, one article discussed the sudden rise of the metrosexual male. The big idea was centered on metrosexual celebrities like David Beckham, who are dominating advertising campaigns everywhere. He’s actually had such success with modeling underwear; he’s now come out with his own body wear line for H&M. It is certainly no secret that Hollywood is a breading ground for metro sexuality, with stars like David leading the pack. The media instantly picked-up on the popularity of these metrosexual men and heavily marketed the look to consumers, much like they did with women decades ago. Men didn’t mind then and women certainly aren’t complaining now!

References & Research Material

The Metrosexual: Fashion-conscious heterosexual or JGE (Just Gay Enough)?
David Beckham Underwear Line by H&M
evoDerma LUMI the Ultimate Personal IPL Hair Removal System designed for men and Women

The History Of Hair Removal

Brief History of Hair Removal

What type of image do you typically like to project to others? You most likely aim to project a clean, well groomed, and put-together appearance. Is this just a personal preference or slow shift in societies’ perception of what is beautiful? It’s funny to think that just a few hundred years ago, most people hadn’t yet adapted to modern hair removal methods, or even hair removal in general. Many theorists would profess American culture, the rise of the media and even technology advancements amongst the many culprits responsible for the hair-less revolution.

Ancient Hairless Societies

The ancients had it right. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all developed an early fancy for hair-less-ness and their hair-less statues and paintings attest to that. In fact, these hair removal pioneers formed the basis for most modern day hair removal methods, with many still being used today. These various civilizations were effective at creating innovative solutions given their limited resources. They used tools like pumice stones, threads, sandpaper-like mitts and sugar-based pastes to remove unwanted hair. Native Americans would even resort to clam-shell tweezing to remove unwanted hair, however the 1900’s would bring new advancements to the world of modern day hair removal.

Modern Day Hair-Less Revolution…

Since the beginning of history, the links between ancient beauty rituals and class privilege are quite evident. Both men’s facial hair removal and women’s body hair removal often served as an indicator of class. Perhaps this is why modern-day businessmen maintain a closely shaved beard, or why hair-free skin on women is often considered attractive. These days, it seems as though total hair removal is the name of the game, with both men and women opting for an overall smoother look.

…Fueled by the Media?

A 1920’s publication of Harper’s Bazaar featured an advertisement for a razor manufacturer, which promoted attractive women with smooth underarms (a relatively new look for the times) and many believe this probably started a hairless trend in North American women for both esthetic and hygienic reasons. US Razor blade sales actually doubled within the first two years of this ad’s release, which is a clear indicator of the media’s broad reach. Nowadays, it is no longer acceptable for North American women or men to have unruly hair growth thanks to the media and the continued contributions of ancient hair removal methods.

References & Research Material

http://hellonhairylegs.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/a-hairy-history-the-removal-of-body-hair
http://history.barnard.edu/sites/default/files/inline/kirstenhansenthesis.pdf
http://www.historyundressed.com/2008/03/ladies-have-you-ever-forgotten-to-shave.html
http://www.totalbeautyexp.com/blog/index.php/2009/07/history-of-hair-removal/

IPL: Unisex Hair Removal

IPL: Unisex Hair Removal

Not only is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) a great hair reduction method for women, it also works just as well for men. A recent article regarding popular hair removal methods on AskMen.com suggests that the modern-day man is now just as motivated as the everyday female to reduce unwanted hair. Whether it is eyebrow shaping, chest hair trimming or waxing that annoying neck and back hair, men have certainly warmed up to the idea of smooth skin on their own bodies as well as their ladies’.

It makes no difference what ethnic background, sexual orientation or age of the individual, the desire to be smooth is not just for women anymore! Just because a man wants to reduce the amount of hair he has, doesn’t mean he should have to resort to old-school techniques that are painful or unreliable like waxing, electrolysis or epilation. Even expensive laser treatments can be an intimidating, painful and often lengthy process. Men have finally found a better solution: in affordable and easy to use IPL technology, which is now conveniently available as home-based systems.

Home-based IPL systems like evoDerma’s LUMI™ allow men to successfully reduce unwanted hair and eliminate that prickly stubble which causes irritations such as in-grown hairs, anywhere between 50-70% after just one year of treatments. Both men and women feel comfortable with this clinically approved technology and appreciate the fact that it’s a relatively painless and quick procedure. Regular IPL treatments safely offer both men and women hair that gets lighter in color and thinner in texture, until finally eliminated.

Vitamin A, Be Good To Your Skin

Vitamin A – What is Vitamin A good for?

A fantastic new study has recently made headlines by revealing some previously unnoticed details about Vitamin A and its’ superb effects on our skin. There are quite compelling health properties present in Vitamin A and the list only seems to grow with each new study. Not only is this vitamin an essential nutrient for our largest organ; it also keeps one of our smallest organs functioning healthy too, our eyes. Vitamin A plays a vital role in a variety of other important functions throughout our bodies also, such as:

  • Promotes Skin & Cellular Health
  • Enhances Immune System
  • Decreases risk of Cancers, Strokes & Heart Disease
  • Major Antioxidant
What’s the latest news about Vitamin A?

This latest study conducted on Vitamin A on MSNBC claims to have established a strong connection between the vitamin’s nutrients and the deadliest of skin cancers, Melanoma. The results showed that women taking Vitamin A regularly were 60 % less likely to develop the highly fatal skin cancer in their lifetime. This news is especially relevant given the recent increase in skin-cancers, mostly due to increasingly high UVA-UVB rays emitted from the sun, harmful rays from tanning beds and insane lack of sunscreen use amongst many North Americans.

Where can I find Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is known to maintain healthy skin, which is the primary reason for the development of capsule supplements, although unfortunately in a synthesized and unnatural form, which isn’t very good for you. Natural forms of Vitamin A are always better, and there are many carotenoids (fat-soluble pigments widely distributed in plants and animals) rich foods that deliver the same, if not better results than many of the synthetic versions currently available, which are more likely to be toxic to our bodies’ soft tissues.

You can find foods rich in Vitamin A everywhere, from meats to veggies to fruit. Liver, cantaloupe, beef, squash, chicken, kale and even fish all have high enough doses of Vitamin A to keep not only your skin, but your whole body in top notch shape. To start reaping the extensive list of benefits from Vitamin A, try consuming more of these 100% natural foods rich in Vitamin A on a daily basis and increase your chances for a long, healthy life:

  • Orange foods such as Sweet Potatoes and Carrots
  • Leafy Greens such as Spinach, Broccoli and Romaine Lettuce
References & Research Material

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_A
http://www.nutrition-health-supplements.com/vitamin-a.html
http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/225-uv-rays-increase-melanoma-skin-cancer-risk.html
http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/01/10548491-vitamin-a-may-slash-melanoma-risk
http://www.raysahelian.com/carotenoids.html
http://www.myacnereview.com/2008/01/17/natural-vitamin-a-the-safe-alternative-to-accutane/

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AUTHOR jane
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Commercial IPL vs Home-Based IPL

Home-based Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) machines use the same proven technology as commercial machines, a technology that has been in use for over 15 years all around the world. IPL is quickly gaining popularity of an effective technology for permanent hair reduction, as a painless and convenient way to get rid of unwanted hair, either from home or through a clinic. This article aims to provide insight on the commercial and home-based options currently available for permanent hair reduction, especially when compared to professionally administered treatments in a clinical setting.

Commercial & Home-based Similarities

When considering light based devices, the first thing one needs to determine is whether they are going to use professional or home-based systems to get rid of that unwanted hair. Since optimal results take slightly longer to achieve with home-based systems, the choice should be made after consulting a few specialists and informing oneself fully. Whether as a commercial or home-based machine, Laser or IPL, each of these systems harnesses the power of light to effectively and permanently reduce hair growth over time. These similar processes enable hair that is treated with light-based technology to grow back lighter in color and thinner in texture with repetitive treatments.

Commercial vs. Home-based results

Average hair reduction rates for most clinical IPL machines offer between 60-85% less re-growth after one full year of treatments. The results of home-based IPL treatments range slightly lower at about 50-70% total hair reduction for the same one-year time frame. There is a discrepancy, a trade-off if you will, between the safety and efficiency of a home-based system versus in-office treatments. Some people will prefer to get the most efficient treatment and others are ready to compromise on the efficiency of the treatment in exchange for time and money saved.

You’re choice – the factors

Basically, the choice a consumer makes between professional treatments and home-based treatments with personal devices comes down to their personal preferences. Do you want to save time and money and have access to convenient in-home treatments? Or, would you prefer to have a trained operator and a clinical machine that is more powerful in terms of intensity and may deliver more immediate and consistent results?

Shaving vs. Laser vs. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Did you know that shaving does not stimulate hair growth, nor does it encourage your hair to grow back thicker?

As convenient and cheap as it may be, shaving still has many drawbacks that are especially apparent when compared to newer and more expensive methods like laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. As technology continues to improve, many pulsed light devices promising to deliver permanent hair removal results are becoming more and more accessible.

The most popular form of hair removal is also one of the oldest. Shaving is a very temporary method of hair removal, with typical results lasting anywhere from a few short hours to a couple of days. Shaving is convenient in that it can be done from the comfort of home, is painless, fast and also inexpensive. Unfortunately, habitual shavers usually tend to their re-growth on a daily basis. Even so, shavers with dark hair tend to be left with a visible ‘shadow’ of dark hair under skin. Not to mention the unsightly ingrown hairs commonly known as razor bumps, especially prominent around a woman’s bikini or men’s facial hair area.

Unlike more affordable IPL treatments, laser is considered kind of expensive in this economy. Based on North-American averages, professional laser treatments can cost anywhere from $ 7000 to $ 12,000 for a complete series of treatments. Contrary to clinical claims, laser can also be painful when compared to its IPL counterpart. Laser and IPL work best on individuals with light skin and dark hair, and is an excellent way to treat large surface areas such as the legs or back. Home-based IPL devices can provide an excellent alternative to laser and they also make a great touch-up tool for patients in-between their sessions.

IPL is much less expensive than professional treatments and is more favorable because treatments are done from the comfort of home. When compared to other permanent hair removal methods such as laser, IPL is considered virtually painless. IPL devices like EvoDerma’s flagship LUMI system offer permanent hair reduction, with visible results typically seen within the first 2-4 treatments. The growing popularity of such devices is comforting, so is the fact that this is not a new technology, but rather one that has been around longer than laser itself. Many clinical studies have shown that hair re-growth after an IPL treatment tends to be lighter in color or finer in texture.

This FDA approved method of permanent hair reduction is considered safe and just as effective as expensive laser treatments. Both laser and IPL work best on light skin with coarse hair, and are not suitable for individuals with darker skin tones, freckles, blonde, red or white hair. You can check our skin tone chart to see if your skin is compatible with IPL. After weighing the pros and cons, we think IPL could very well beat out both shaving and laser as the best method for hair removal in the long run. What do you think?

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What is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) ?

What is Intense Pulsed Light IPL? The past 10 years have brought unprecedented changes to cosmetic dermatology. Many new and promising technologies have hit the market in the form of laser treatments and Intense Pulsed Lights treatments. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) has become so popular that home-based devices that are now readily available treat a very wide range of skin problems without the professional price tag. Also known as photo rejuvenation or light therapy, many professionals regard IPL as a state-of-the art system using the latest technique in photo facial therapy.

Laser and IPL are both based on a process called Photothermolysis, which uses optical energy combined with thermal heat to permanently disable hair growth at the root. The light pulses (flash) emitted by IPL systems are absorbed by melanin in the hair follicle. The melanin, a pigment found in skin and hairs, acts as a heat conductor, transforming the light pulses into energy. The heat travels down the hair shaft to the root and destroys the hair follicle, resulting in permanent hair removal.

There are three phases of hair growth, the Anagen (hair growth) phase, the Catagen (transitional) phase and the Telogen (resting) phase, a helpful diagram is available below. Similar to laser, IPL is only effective on hair in the Anagen phase of hair growth, which is why multiple treatments are needed to effectively eliminate future hair growth. A recent clinical study found that treatment with IPL could cause less pain while showing efficiency equivalent to laser systems.

Hair Growth Cycle (anagen, telogen, catagen)

To clarify the difference between the more commonly known lasers versus IPL: think of a laser as a single wavelength, while IPL is a range of wavelengths. Treatment with IPL can cause less pain while showing efficiency equivalent to laser systems. Despite it’s common use, IPL is often thought of as a relatively new method of hair removal. Most comparative trials attest IPL’s similar effectiveness to lasers

Aside from hair removal, IPL is also known to have wonderful healing properties on psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis. RED Light Therapy, a technology developed by NASA has been known for years to have therapeutic abilities on the skin and also for pain. Typical photo rejuvenation treatments also use IPL to correct skin hyper-pigmentation, rosacea, age spots and the appearance of sun damage. Today’s machines are safer, more diverse, less painful, and more readily available than the ones on the market over a decade ago.

Since home-based IPL systems such as evoDerma LUMI operate at a lower intensity setting then that typical of clinical machines, IPL systems are safe for home use by everyday people. Thanks to recent advancements in cosmetic dermatology, men and women can now have permanently smooth skin through inexpensive and painless treatments in the convenient comfort of their own home.

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