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6 Things You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal

6 Things You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal

Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted body and facial hair. If you’re considering having it done, then it’s important to understand how it works, how long it takes to work, and what you can expect in terms of results and side effects before you commit to it. Here are six things you need to know about laser hair removal that will help you get the treatment you need while still protecting your wallet and skin!

1) An Introduction to Laser Hair Removal

If you’re looking for an effective, long-lasting hair removal option, laser hair removal might be just what you need. Here’s what you need to know about it: What is laser hair removal? There are a few different types of light and energy-based treatments that are commonly used for permanent hair reduction and/or elimination, including traditional IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), radiofrequency energy devices (such as ThermaClear or Thermola) and lasers. Lasers can be categorized by type of pigment in your skin: Alexandrite works best on darker skin tones; diode lasers work well on lighter skin tones. Each has its own pros and cons; diode lasers tend to be faster but require more sessions than other types.

2) How Does Laser Hair Removal Work?

The laser heats up your hair follicles, which damages their DNA and stops them from producing new hair. The process should be painless because you’re not really feeling it (though some people feel a pinch) and it can take multiple sessions to reach optimum results. For a more in-depth look at how laser hair removal works, check out our guide to LHR technology. There are three common types of laser hair removal: Alexandrite laser for lighter skin types with dark hair; diode laser for darker skin tones with dark or light hair; and Nd:YAG lasers for any skin type with any color of hair (but most popular). Some machines use more than one kind of laser beam at once.

3) Is It Safe?

One thing that can be a sticking point for many people is safety. We’re talking about lasers on our face, after all! Most of us want to make sure we’re not putting ourselves in harm’s way. The good news is that when it comes to laser hair removal, there is little risk of burning or scarring—as long as you go to a professional who knows what they are doing and follows recommended protocols. Also, it’s worth noting that results vary by skin tone (lighter complexions respond better), but things like laser type, number of treatments and your age (the younger you are when you start treatments, the better) will affect results as well. So why not give it a try?

4) What Happens During A Treatment?

There are many options available when it comes to laser hair removal. A dermatologist will help you choose what's best for your skin and hair type, but here's a general idea of what happens during treatment: First, a gel is applied to your skin to help loosen and soften hairs. Then, a laser emits light that penetrates into your skin, targeting dark pigment in your hair. When that pigment is absorbed by the laser beam, it's destroyed and takes with it any hair follicles or roots attached to them—the hairs fall out over time instead of growing back in. If you're ready for smooth-skinned and permanently hairless legs (or anywhere else!), laser treatments can help remove unwanted facial or body hair!

5) Which Areas Can Be Treated?

It's important to understand that laser hair removal treatments are not suitable for all areas of your body. It's best to speak with a technician at a reputable clinic and ask which areas can be treated. Commonly-treated body parts include: upper lip, chin, cheeks, neck, shoulders and underarms. Generally speaking though, you can treat any area where your hair is dark, coarse and curly (i.e., typically found on men). Common facial hair candidates include: mustache area and sideburns; laser removal is also suitable for removing sideburns (typically associated with beards) and leg stubble.

6) How Many Treatments Will I Need?

During each treatment, your esthetician uses a specialized laser to pass over your hair follicles. While that may sound relatively quick, it takes time to effectively destroy all of those individual follicles. On average, you’ll need around five treatments to completely clear an area like your face or legs. The more treatments you have, though, doesn’t mean a faster recovery time—you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to laser hair removal. If you see your esthetician every two weeks for four months and then stop after only having completed six sessions, hairs will start growing back in less than two weeks instead of four months.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a fast, affordable way to get rid of unwanted body hair, laser hair removal is probably your best bet. The procedure has been around for years and is becoming increasingly popular with men and women who want to remove body hair quickly and permanently. While it’s not right for everyone, millions of people—both men and women—have been successfully treated. If you have dark skin or are planning on getting pregnant soon, it’s a good idea to go in for a consultation before having any treatments done. There are other drawbacks as well; when compared to other hair removal techniques like shaving or waxing , laser treatment requires more visits to achieve permanent results.

6 Tips To Get Wellness to Improve Your Health

6 Tips To Get Wellness to Improve Your Health

Get Wellness to Improve Your Health

It’s not just about eating right and exercising, although that’s certainly the best way to get started on your journey to wellness! The truth is, there are so many different factors that contribute to your wellness, so many ways you can improve your health without ever stepping foot in the gym or eating any salad greens. Here are six tips to get wellness to improve your health!

1) Sleep Well

Getting enough sleep is an important part of staying healthy. If you’re tired or exhausted during your day, it might be hard to get through all your work. Make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night so that you can face each day with more energy and vitality than when you started. You should also make sure that your bedroom is as dark as possible; sometimes there isn’t a lot we can do about office lights and streetlights, but we do have control over what happens in our own homes. Invest in some good blackout curtains (or sheets) and make use of eye masks if you need them. It may not feel like darkness right away, but once you settle into your nightly routine, your body will crave nighttime darkness every night!

2) Exercise

Exercising is a great way to improve health and energy levels. However, we all know that exercising can sometimes be a pain – literally! Luckily, you can alleviate most of your aches and pains by taking natural supplements. For example, many people swear by glucosamine and chondroitin for joint pain and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) for muscle cramps. If exercise is something you look forward to doing every day then one of these supplements might not seem like such a necessity; however, if it’s hard enough getting yourself up off the couch every morning then anything that will help make it more enjoyable should be taken advantage of. After all, don’t we deserve some comfort?

3) Drink Enough Water

Staying hydrated is crucial for our overall health. When we’re well-hydrated, our blood is thicker and less likely to clot, which helps reduce our risk of stroke and heart attack. Staying hydrated also improves skin quality, boosts energy levels, and boosts brain function. On average, men should drink 13 cups of water per day while women should drink 9 cups per day. If you find yourself very thirsty or lethargic throughout your workday, it may be a sign that you’re not staying hydrated enough! There are many easy ways to get in enough water daily without feeling too full: carry a reusable bottle of water with you at all times, set reminders on your phone or computer, or try adding fresh fruit slices into your drinking glass.

4) Use Stress Busters Wisely

No one’s going to deny that stress is a killer, both figuratively and literally. The trouble is figuring out how to keep it in check. Some people turn to stress-busters like fitness or hobbies for help; others like meditation or yoga; some will hit up their doctor for medication. And then there are those who use stress as an excuse to eat whatever they want—and too much of it at that. It's worth trying whatever methods appeal to you, but consider your own personality: If you need something visual and active (hobbies) or social (yoga), you may not benefit from more inward practices like meditation and journaling.

5) Eat Healthily

You can’t improve your health if you’re not taking care of yourself. Eating healthy is one of the most important ways to maintain wellness, and also one of the easiest. Nutritionists say fruits and vegetables should make up about 50 percent of your diet, so aim for five servings every day. But don’t stop there. Choose heart-healthy fats like olive oil over unhealthy fats like butter, and fill up on foods that contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon or walnuts. Plus, try to avoid too much sodium by choosing fresh food whenever possible instead of processed food.

Conclusion

Wellness is a big concept. If you’re not familiar with it, start by researching what wellness means and then find out what your employer offers as benefits. You can also look into programs such as CrossFit or yoga classes if those interest you. Regardless of how you decide to get wellness tips for yourself, make sure you give it some thought.

10 Signs Someone You Know Has Borderline Personality Disorder

10 Signs Someone You Know Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Someone You Know Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Even though Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most common mental illnesses out there, many people don’t know much about it or aren’t sure how to help someone with it. So what exactly is BPD? How can you tell if someone has it? What does having BPD feel like? And most importantly, how can you help someone with this disorder get the treatment they need? To answer all of these questions and more, here are 10 signs someone you know has a borderline personality disorder.

1) Excessive Need For Approval

If you know someone with BPD, they’re bound to show signs of approval-seeking behavior at some point. Their desire for approval can be so intense that they often need a boost to get through tough times. People with BPD often have a hard time saying no, which is why they may say yes even when they don’t want to do something (or already have plans). If you see someone with BPD asking for or expecting others to give their approval on things like clothing choices or vacation destinations, it could be a sign of BPD.

2) Unstable Intimate Relationships

If you have a borderline personality disorder, you tend to put more faith in your friendships and romantic relationships than others do. Your relationships are often intense and short-lived, which can lead you to believe that everyone wants to be in a relationship with you. However, when your feelings are hurt or when people withdraw from you, it’s difficult for someone with BPD to accept that as a normal response. This leads them to constantly seek out new friendships and love interests in an attempt to feel safe again.

3) Self-Loathing

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) feel deeply flawed and worthless. They have a highly distorted self-image. The disorder often occurs along with other mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety. People with BPD are prone to impulsive and reckless behavior, including suicide attempts and self-injury that involves cutting or burning themselves. According to statistics from Mental Health America, people who live with BPD tend to be young — 45 percent are under age 25 — women, and of Caucasian descent. Having someone you know has BPD can be emotionally devastating and difficult for family members who want their loved ones to seek treatment but don't know how to help them do so.

4) Fear Of Abandonment

When a person has BPD, they will often be quick to say or do things that might push people away. However, deep down inside, they don’t want to lose those relationships—even if they say they do. The closer someone is to them (be it friend or family), the more likely they are to behave in an out-of-character manner and seem detached from reality in order to push them away. The reason behind these actions is simple: a person with BPD fears that if you get too close or let them know how much you care about them, you’ll leave—they equate closeness with abandonment.

5) Unhealthy Anger

The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) characterizes BPD as having a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, affects, and marked impulsivity. One aspect that is often a source of conflict for those with BPD is anger. Some might say a person with BPD can become angry out of nowhere or after only minimal provocation. Anger can seem unreasonable and disproportionate to observers. People with BPD can be known to act out in rage when their emotional needs are not being met or when they feel abandoned by someone close to them.

6) Impulsive Behaviors

Your friend might show impulsive behaviors. For example, they might be unable to resist buying something expensive or make a rash decision such as changing jobs. These types of behaviors may cause your friend stress and self-doubt later on. They may feel like they need to be punished for their actions and may turn to drugs or alcohol in order to cope with their emotions. If you see your friend exhibit these types of behaviors, it could mean that they have a borderline personality disorder (BPD). Furthermore, if your friend has engaged in violent behavior toward themselves or others in a way that seems out of character for them, you may want to consider seeking professional help from a psychiatrist or other medical expert.

7) Self-Harmful Behavior

Self-harm is one of the signs someone you know has a borderline personality disorder. Self-harm behaviors include cutting, burning, and skin picking. All of these self-harmful behaviors are methods that people use to cope with their emotions. When you’re experiencing intense negative emotions such as anger, sadness, or shame, these actions can temporarily numb your emotional pain. However, it is not a healthy coping mechanism and if left untreated it can be damaging to your physical health and overall well-being. It’s important for loved ones to understand how these behaviors manifest in order to offer support.

8) Chronic Feelings Of Emptiness

While many of us feel sad or blue occasionally, people with BPD tend to experience these feelings chronically. The negative moods are often due to a fear of abandonment, which is common among people with BPD. This can lead them to overreact to any potential signs that they’re not wanted in a relationship, such as feeling angry or upset if they think their partner seems tired after work (it might not be because they don’t love you). They also tend to believe that no one cares about them, and often make frequent suicidal gestures like cutting themselves or attempting suicide.

9) Recurring Suicidal Behavior Or Threats

When someone you know has a borderline personality disorder, he or she may experience recurring suicidal behavior or threats. People with BPD might also make statements like This is it or I'm going to end it all, which can be very frightening. Sadly, some people with BPD do take their own lives, so it's important to monitor what your loved one says. If you believe that someone you care about is at immediate risk of hurting himself or herself and/or others, call 911 and get professional help right away. The longer a person suffers from BPD symptoms and doesn't seek treatment, the more difficult those symptoms become to manage in therapy.

10) Seeing Only Black And White In Relationships (All Good Or All Bad)

If your friend is suffering from BPD, you may find that you’re unable to see things from his or her perspective; everything either seems absolutely awful (as if it’s all your fault) or absolutely wonderful (as if he or she has never done anything wrong). This is because people with BPD tend to see things in black and white. When they love someone, they really love them! They also tend to go so far as to blame themselves for their loved one’s actions when they don’t like someone—when, in reality, we all deserve credit for our own behavior.

Conclusion

The early stages of BPD can be hard to recognize and even harder to diagnose. It’s so common for people with BPD to misdiagnose themselves, in fact, that it is recommended that at least two mental health professionals evaluate a patient with signs of BPD before arriving at a diagnosis. However, if you think someone you know has signs of borderline personality disorder, be sure to ask their permission before approaching them about it. Seeking help can be a frightening process and because stigma surrounding mental illness remains prevalent in today’s society, it’s important not to cross any boundaries while trying to help out.

Top 5 Healthy Foods To Include In Your Postpartum Diet

Top 5 Healthy Foods To Include In Your Postpartum Diet

Top 5 Healthy Foods

Your postpartum diet, or the foods you eat immediately after giving birth, will play an important role in your ability to bounce back from the physical exertion of labor and delivery. Make sure you’re including these five healthy foods in your postpartum diet to help regain your energy and stamina after giving birth.

1) Rice

Rice is great for postpartum diets because it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t require any prep work. It’s also packed with fiber, which helps women feel full so they don’t feel hungry as often during mealtime. What’s more, rice tends to have a gentle impact on blood sugar levels so it won’t send you crashing later on in your day or after dinner. Brown rice is even better because it contains more nutrients than white rice—if you can stomach bulkier foods, that is!

2) Chicken

Chicken is an easy, affordable, and nutritious choice for your postpartum diet. Chicken is rich in vitamins such as B12 and B6, as well as minerals such as phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. A three-ounce serving of roasted chicken breast provides around 30 grams of protein to keep you full between meals and up to 48 grams of choline to support brain development in your baby. You can include chicken with a side salad or mixed into your favorite soup or casserole recipe for an easy, healthy postpartum meal.

3) Fish

While all forms of fish have beneficial nutrients, it's important to choose a variety of them if you can. This is because some types of fish have higher levels of certain nutrients than others. For example, salmon and tuna are both good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but canned light tuna has more than canned albacore tuna—so try to incorporate both into your diet regularly. The one exception here is farmed fish: While they're often lower in contaminants than wild varieties, they're often fed feed pellets that contain ingredients derived from other animals. Therefore, these products aren't considered vegetarian or vegan-friendly by many people.

4) Greens

Dark leafy greens like spinach, collard greens, and kale are full of nutrients that help your body heal after pregnancy. These include vitamin K, beta-carotene, vitamin C, folate, calcium, iron, and antioxidants. Include these in every meal! They’re perfect for salads or simply steamed to add to your meals. Take advantage of their versatility by adding them into soups and stews too! Just be sure not to overcook them so they maintain all their valuable nutrients.

5) Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein, essential fatty acids, iron, and vitamin D. They're also a good source of choline, a nutrient that is essential for fetal brain development. Studies have found a connection between lower levels of choline during pregnancy and lower IQ in children at age 4. Pregnant women should aim to consume 0.4 mg per day of choline through eggs and other healthy foods like broccoli, cauliflower, beef liver, or milk. Egg whites contain all of an egg's protein but none of its healthy fats or other nutrients; as such they aren't as nutritious as whole eggs. Pregnant women should eat whole eggs rather than egg whites to get all those critical nutrients from one convenient food item.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are countless benefits to including healthy foods in your postpartum diet. It helps with muscle repair and keeps you energized for day-to-day activities. You won’t have to stress about whether or not you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals, because these foods are designed to give your body exactly what it needs after giving birth. And they also taste great! Who doesn’t want more healthy food choices? If you need more advice on how to include these five healthy foods in your postpartum diet, don’t hesitate to call my registered dietitian at (555) 883-1234. She knows her stuff!

The Complete Guide to Collagen Supplements for Healthy Skin, Hair, Joints And More

The Complete Guide to Collagen Supplements for Healthy Skin, Hair, Joints And More

Supplements for Healthy Skin, Hair, Joints And More

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is found in connective tissue, skin, bones, and other organs. The collagen that is found in our skin is what gives it its strength and elasticity. When we age, the natural production of collagen slows down which can cause wrinkles and sagging skin.

What are Collagen Supplements?

Collagen supplements are powder or pill supplements that contain hydrolyzed collagen or hydrolyzed gelatin- both of which are forms of type 1 collagen. The supplement form can be taken with water or added to food before it's consumed to help improve the user’s overall health status.

What Can You Take With Collagen?

There are certain foods that will work synergistically with collagen supplements to enhance the effects of taking them.

What are the Best Types of Collagen Supplements on the Market?

Collagen supplements are very beneficial for the skin. They are used for various purposes, but mainly to help with wrinkles and signs of aging. There are many different types of collagen supplements that you can buy, but not all of them are created equal. The best type of collagen supplement for skin is one that is made from bovine sources because it will have the most health benefits compared to other animal-based supplements.

Research has shown that bovine-sourced collagen has the most benefits for the skin, especially when it comes to aging and wrinkles. Other animal-based products may be cheaper but they don’t have as many health benefits as bovine college does.

How to Choose The Right Type of Collagen Supplements for Your Needs

Collagen supplements are all the rage these days, with newer options popping up all the time. But how do you know which one is right for you? Here are the top ten best-sellers according to Amazon and what makes them different from other options.

There are a few different types of collagen supplements on the market, but they generally fall into two categories: 1) Brands that use their own source of collagen or 2) Brands that use bovine sources.


The Top Ten Best Sellers According to Amazon: 1) Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic Daily Care 30 Billion CFUs, 2) Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein Plant-Based Nutritional Shake, 3) Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement Powder, 4) Now Foods 360° Joint Health.

The Truth About Collagen Supplements - 100% Confirmed Benefits

Collagen supplements are a popular type of dietary supplement that claims to be good for skin, hair, nails, and joints. To determine if collagen supplements are truly beneficial for skin, hair, nails, and joints, we will explore the benefits in detail.

The primary benefit of collagen supplements is increased collagen production. Collagen helps maintain healthy connective tissues in the body. As we age our natural production of collagen decreases leading to wrinkles in the skin and arthritis pain in the joints.

When it comes to beauty benefits there is limited research on whether or not they work to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and mouth area. There is also no data that shows that using a supplement will improve the clarity or elasticity of one's scalp or hair follicles.

What are some benefits of taking collagen supplements?

- Helps with muscle recovery

- Maintain healthy hair, skin, and nails

- Increase joint mobility

- Reduce discomfort from arthritis

Conclusion

Collagen is the protein that is found in connective tissue and it is also a key building block of skin, tendons, and bones. Since collagen is so essential to our health and we can't produce it on our own, we rely on collagen supplements.