Pigmentation Treatment Guide: If That Doesn’t Work, Try This Instead!

When it comes to treating dark spots or brown spots on your face, you may be left feeling a bit confused because of the array of products that line store and salon shelves claiming that they can fade away these discolorations. Over time, sun damage may cause dark spots to present themselves on your face, neck, and chest area as well as your hands. The sun is the leading cause of these unsightly spots, but this doesn’t mean that you have to accept them and live with them forever. You can treat pigmentation a few different ways, but it is imperative to start using a high quality SPF of at least 30 every day. This should be applied to your face, neck, and don’t forget your hands! Apply this at least 30 minutes before stepping outdoors so that it can absorb before your skin ever sees the sun. Next, choose a skin lightening agent. Hydroquinone and licorice root extract are two lightening agents commonly found in products formulated to target dark spots and pigmentation on the skin. Kojic acid is another agent that may be found in some of these products. It may be found in soaps, lotions, serums, and creams. You may choose to visit a dermatologist to help you address the problem. The dermatologist may also prescribe a retinoid product to work in conjunction with the lightening product. The idea behind this is that the retinoid product will help the skin to better absorb the lightening agent. It must be noted that it takes time and patience in order to see results from products such as these. It will...
Liquid Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift: Which Would You Need?

Liquid Facelift vs. Surgical Facelift: Which Would You Need?

With so many options for reversing signs of aging or creating a better appearance, it’s worth looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular procedures. Two of the main strategies for work on the face are a liquid or surgical facelift. “Liquid” in this sense refers to injectable materials that add fullness under the skin or in the case of Botox, affect underlying muscle to restore more youthful contours or reduce deep lines.   Types of injection Many of the trademarked wrinkle filters are hyaluronic acid fillers. These injections can minimize deep wrinkles and creases. Side effects such as bumps or discoloration are possible, yet generally mild. Fillers also plump up sagging or thinned areas including the lips, jawline, temples and cheeks. The plumping effect gives a lifted look by raising the skin to a more youthful position. Preliminary studies on hyaluronic acid fillers suggest that repeat injection may trigger collagen production and that less filler is required over time to maintain the desired results.   Liquid Advantages and Disadvantages The liquid options come with a far smaller price tag than a surgical lift. The injections take far less time than surgery. You can have the injections in half an hour and achieve results that least for at least a season. Generally the effects persist for a period of four to 12 months or longer. Collagen tends to break down the fastest, yet many prize it for giving natural looking results.   Botox Uses Botox reduces muscle activity that causes wrinkles such as crow’s feet, worry lines and frown lines. When the underlying muscles relax and respond less...
4 Signs You’ve Found the Right Weight Loss Diet for You

4 Signs You’ve Found the Right Weight Loss Diet for You

When you’ve decided to commit to getting slimmer, you need a weight loss diet that’s going to work for you. There are certainly hundreds of eating plans to choose from, but a plan that works well for your friend or family member might not be the right fix for you. Consider the following when you’re choosing a diet. It Fits Your Lifestyle Look at the requirements of a diet and find out if it fits your lifestyle. For example, if you take frequent business trips, you won’t be able to easily follow an eating plan that doesn’t allow you to eat at restaurants. Instead, you want something that helps you make healthier choices while eating out. Likewise, a diet that requires a significant number of new and expensive ingredients might not fit your budget. Try to imagine your life following any particular weight loss diet. If it seems like it will be a hassle, it’s time to look for something else. It Doesn’t Feel Restrictive You need to be happy while losing weight. If a diet forbids you from eating all of your favourite foods, you’ll probably start cheating after awhile. Some diets don’t allow you to eat sweets, carbohydrates, meat, processed foods, dairy products or wheat. These can eventually feel too restrictive. Instead, look for a plan that includes plenty of your favourite foods, or that has the opportunity to allow yourself the occasional treat. It Limits Your Caloric Intake Ultimately, if you want to lose weight, you have to take in fewer calories than you burn. Classic weight loss diets focus on counting calories. Other diets allow you to eat anything you...