A Fresher Younger Appearence Using Botox Injections

Lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process, and while they are inevitable, it is possible to prevent and soften them. Frown lines, crows feet and forehead furrows appear through repetitive folding and creasing of the skin, when we form everyday facial expressions. Slowing down the use of these muscles early, will prevent them from developing and becoming a problem later.

The age to start having Botox is different for everyone and depends on your lifestyle and genetics – some people move their face more than others, and as a result are more likely get wrinkles and facial lines.

Cosmetic treatments aren’t just for the more mature person, as younger clients are now having Botox procedures as a prevention method. If you prevent the start of a wrinkle, and have top-up treatments when you need them, your face will remain line free! A lot of people in their forties and older try to fix these wrinkles and folds once they’ve already developed, but lots of younger people are injecting earlier, to try to keep them from ever appearing.

Botox has been safely used for more than 25 years, to smooth out tell-tale lines and wrinkles and rejuvenate the facial appearance. Some people are a bit wary of having Botox, and those new to cosmetic procedures have fears about getting a ‘frozen’ face, and may feel apprehensive about having the injections and ending up with their face looking like a mask. However, if Botox treatments are kept as natural as possible, this will just leave the face looking refreshed.

Botox is a straightforward procedure. A very fine needle injects Botox directly into the muscles of the treatment area, which weakens and paralyzes the muscles, this prevents them from contracting and making wrinkles and folds, creating a more youthful appearance. The treatment is ideal for easing over-active muscle movement that can cause deep frown lines and crows feet. It’s the dynamic lines that happen when you frown, smile or look surprised that Botox works best on. It doesn’t work as well on static lines, though it can soften these lines slightly.

Botox can treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, on the forehead and the rest of your face, and lines can form if you have a tendency to screw up your forehead or brow. Botox injections can make this physically impossible, which will stop the wrinkles from forming. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles and when a muscle gets injected, it no longer contracts, causing the wrinkles to relax and soften.

Source by Mags Whyler

10 Anti Aging Benefits of Water

We all know that water is an extremely important nutrient for survival. But besides keeping us alive or just quenching our thirst, it can do a number of things in our bodies to keep us healthy and to help fight the aging process.

Many experts say the average person should drink about 64 ounces of water per day. Other experts say you should drink 1/2 ounce for every 1 pound of body weight to account for all the water loss through the consumption of coffee, alcohol etc. Regardless of the number you use, the sad truth is most of us do not consume nearly enough water throughout the day to really reap the tremendous benefits that clean, fresh water can give us.

Here are ten anti-aging benefits of water

1) Feeds and cleans the cells

Water makes up more than 60 percent of our body weight, and without enough water, other nutrients in the form of food or supplement will have a hard time being assimilated quickly and efficiently. Water moves in and out of the cells on a constant basis. This process helps dissolve nutrients and carries them where they need to go and it carries waste out of the body. Water also feeds your cells to you give you the energy you need. Before grabbing that next cup of coffee or expensive “energy drink” try downing a big glass of water instead.

2) Improves the digestive process

Water works much like oil does in a machine; it keeps us running smooth. Without it, our digestive processes tend to slow down and get sluggish. This can cause a digestive “backup” or in other words, constipation.

3) Maintains an even body temperature.

Whether it is extreme heat or extreme cold, water is a crucial element to helping your body temperature stay out of the danger zone. In extreme heat, our bodies sweat, causing a loss of a lot of water. Not only will water help keep your body temperature from over-heating, causing heat stroke, it will also help prevent serious dehydration. In cold weather, hypothermia is just as serious as heat stroke. Nurses in an Alaskan Hospital have said that dehydration is the number one cause of frostbite.

4) Helps the body heal after sickness, injury or surgery

The body will tend to retain water to help itself heal. By drinking lots of extra water, this process will be amplified. Water will also help flush viruses and infections out of the body.

5) Lubricates and cushions the joints

Water molecules don’t like to be crowded too close together. Because of this, water molecules will spread out, forming a cushion that helps lubricate the joints. Sufferers of diseases like arthritis and gout can really feel the benefit of an abundance of water in their diet. Besides cushioning the joints, water also acts

Water molecules don’t like to be crowded too close together. Because of this, water molecules will spread out, forming a cushion that helps lubricate the joints. Sufferers of diseases like arthritis and gout can really feel the benefit of an abundance of water in their diet. Besides cushioning the joints, water also acts as a shock absorber inside the eyes and within the spinal cord.

6) Makes Your Skin Soft And Smooth

Water is very important for skin to be soft and smooth. Without enough water, the skin will more easily wrinkle and dry out. Water makes the skin more elastic. However, too much of a good thing can be a bit harmful as well. Soaking in a hot bath or hot tub for too long will strip the natural oils out of the skin. These oils are what helps keep the moisture in. Spraying your face with a little water is great for a little pick me up. Using a humidifier in dryer climates is very beneficial for the skin as well.

7) Helps Halt Kidney and Gallstone Formation

Water helps flush waste and impurities from the body. Enough water circulating through the body should be enough to help combat the formation of kidney and gall stones. Gallstones are created when the bile secreted by the liver does not contain enough water. Drinking plenty of water will keep these two organs working with ease.

8) Weight Loss

Although there is a difference of opinion by some experts regarding drinking water before meals, the general consensus is that drinking some water before a meal will cause you to feel more full, thereby helping you eat less at each meal. Drinking water will also give you more energy to do a little extra exercise too.

9) Germs be gone

Water isn’t just for the inside of the body. The best way to rid the germs lurking on your hands is a good soap and water washing. Fewer germs mean less sickness and disease.

10) Makes you smarter

The brain is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body that is highly affected when we are not consuming enough water. Water will help you be able to focus, concentrate, and complete tasks more efficiently.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much water you drink in a day? Is it enough to accomplish the important tasks your body has that requires adequate water to effectively hit the mark? Drinking water only when your feel thirsty is not a good way to judge whether or not you are drinking enough water.

The fact of the matter is, by the time your brain signals your body to trigger a thirst response, you have already gone into slight dehydration. By remembering to drink at least 64 ounces of clean, fresh water every day, you will be in a great place to help fight the many signs of aging, increase your energy level and help stave off certain illnesses as well.

Source by Mellisa McJunkin

How To Stop Growing Old

While John Barrymore might prefer to be remembered for his acting, he’s probably best remembered for saying, ‘A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams’. So, are you old, yet. Have you stopped dreaming?

We’re told that approximately 85% of us have all of our faculties in place, so no ailments should get in the way or prevent us from doing what we want to do. There is nothing physically or mentally to stop us believing that our best years are in front of us. We could conclude that we’re only as old as we feel.

So, do you have a dream (or dreams)? What is it? I reckon that making sure we have something to look forward to qualifies as a dream. Living a longer, better life depends on always making sure that we have a future – something to look forward to. Sure, living in the moment is important, but so too is dreaming.

If you agree with Barrymore (and others), therefore, you can be ‘old’ if you choose to be, and conversely. Do you recall the last time you felt ‘old’? It was likely when regrets took the place of dreams or having something to look forward to. It’s akin to Tony De Mello’s observation about happiness. When we’re feeling unhappy, he said, it’s likely that we’re probably thinking about what we don’t have. Happy people think about what they have and are thankful for that. A number doesn’t make you ‘old’.

‘Is this all there is?’ qualifies as a FAQ. This FAQ can lead to regrets or ‘shouldas’. The advice of Jacki Kennedy’s counsellor (in the movie, Jacki) fits, here. Every night when he got into bed and stared into the darkness, he’d ask, ‘Is this all there is?’ Yet, in the morning, his regrets disappeared because he always made sure that he has something to look forward to.

Source by Dr Neil Flanagan

Cleaning Your Incision After a Surgical Procedure

This is a plastic surgeon’s perspective on wound care and cleaning your incisions. We are going to discuss how to clean your incisions after any surgical procedure where an incision is required. The key for healing is to remove all crusting and to start with an incision that has the skin edges as close as possible together, which is partly up to your surgeon. The crusting is very important to remove because the crusts can be nourishment for bacteria that can proliferate and cause more scarring. They do so because bacterial overgrowth can extend the healing process.

The longer the healing process takes the more scarring. I usually suggest to my patients that they use vinegar and distilled water in a 1:3 dilution to clean the incisions. Stronger dilutions with less water will make it sting more. I tell people to do this twice a day. But, you should do this for at least once a day. Sometimes it takes more than 2 times a day if there are a lot of crusts. If the crusting continues you may need to see your doctor. The goal is to get there incision to look like a fine wrinkle and as clean as possible. If they keep doing this during the first 2 weeks the incision has the potential to heal incredibly.

Always have vaseline over the incisions at all times. It has been scientifically shown that skin cells grow faster when they have two surfaces to grow on. The vaseline serves as the other surface and this promotes the healing. You want the skin cells to grow over the incision as fast as possible. This reduces the scarring and decreases the healing time. Some people advocate hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. I would caution that the use of this can be risky. I use the same dilution with hydrogen peroxide and distilled water in a 1:3 dilution. The important thing to remember with the use of hydrogen peroxide, if you are going to take the risk, is to use it sparingly. You just want to use it to take the crusting off and then stop. If you do this more than that you can have more scarring. So being conservative is very important. If in doubt don’t use the hydrogen peroxide due to the risk. And if you do use it, do so for only the first week and that is it.

During your care for your wound / incision, you should continue to clean your incision for about the first two weeks and keep vaseline on the incision at all times. After this you can do regular skin care and use sunscreen during the day (approximately 12 hours) and then silicone gel during the evening for 12 hours. The silicone gel can be found at any pharmacy or drugstore, like Bartells or Safeway pharmacy. I would do the silicone gel for the next 3 months and it wouldn’t hurt to do it for the first 6 months. Silicone gel is one of the only things that have statistically shown to make a difference in preventing scarring. Vitamin E, aloe vera, mederma based on my knowledge and recent literature search (05 / 2010) does not make a scientific difference. Following up with your doctor is really important to do, so that they can make sure that you are on the way to healing the right way!

Wound care and the process of cleaning your incisions after a procedure is extremely important to the end results of your incision. Although a surgeon can put together your incisions as perfectly as possible, the after care can determine the ultimate out come. Plastic Surgery and plastic surgeons are ideal at making these incisions turn out the best that they can be.

Source by Philip A Young

3 Dangerous Ingredients in Anti Aging Anti Wrinkle Cream

Lies are profitable! They are also dangerous if cosmetic companies include potentially harmful ingredients in their range, especially the anti aging anti wrinkle cream products. They may even claim they are natural, but they are very often full of dangerous toxins.

If these ingredients are on the EU black list, for example, we are dealing with agents that can cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, dangers to unborn children and finally they may actually be toxic for the skin itself, causing allergies and rashes. Some estimates reveal that about 75% of nutraceutical companies are using these dangerous ingredients and it is mainly to produce cheaper products, and not necessarily for the consumer! Preventing wrinkles seems to be full of risks.

The first dangerous ingredient is glycolic acid which is classified as toxic. A close relation is glyceral hydroxystearate which can actually penetrate several layers of skin and get into the bloodstream. That is the problem with many ingredients as they have that capacity to penetrate and that is worrying especially if we are using these in the long term and on large areas of the body.

The second one is imidazolidinyl urea which tends to form formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can be inhaled and as it can cause cancer, it is definitely to be avoided. We find this ingredient often in anti aging anti wrinkle cream, especially in the so-called moisturizers and body lotions. When formaldehyde is mixed with water, it can act as a preservative but the benefit ends there. The list of dangers from formaldehyde is long and dangerous. They range from asthma, fatigue, dizziness, depression and joint pain, weakening the immune system and causing cancer.

The use of Acetyl Hexapeptide – 8 also known as argireline is the third dangerous ingredient I wanted to warn you about. This is often an active element in the so called ‘botox in a bottle’ formulas. Its great qualities are that it can act quickly in getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles and it is also supposed to stop the depletion of collagen and elastin and is often considered ideal as an anti aging anti wrinkle cream.

Unfortunately the risks definitely outweigh the benefits. Basically the argireline acts as a sort of muscle relaxer and it does this by paralysing the facial muscles, which is exactly what Botox does! As the long term effects are unknown, I would not use any anti aging anti wrinkle cream with this ingredient included.

So there you have it. This is depressing reading so I would advise you to look for a company which is committed to using only safer cosmetics.. By clicking on the link below, you will certainly find that in preventing wrinkles you need never risk your health.

Source by William Colbert

How to Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels With 13 Indian Herbs – A Natural Diabetes Treatment

Indian Herbs For Natural Diabetes Treatment

1. Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

Bitter melon is widely used in Indian medicine as a treatment option for diabetes. It is cultivated extensively in Asia, and parts of Africa and South America.

2. Cherukurinja (Gymnema Sylvestre)

Cherukurinja also known as Meshasringi or Gurmar is popular in India as a “sugar killer”. It is primarily used in the treatment of Type II diabetes. It is a common ingredient in herbal formulas aimed at reducing blood sugar levels. It is also known to have weight reduction properties by reducing the sweet cravings of patients. It increases the ability of the pancreas to produce insulin as well as insulin receptors in cells, thereby helping to control blood sugar levels. Gymnema extract is produced from the leaves of the plant. The leaves are dried and powdered along with coriander; the juice is then prepared and consumed orally for managing high blood sugar levels.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is more popular as a herbal remedy for burns and skin diseases, but recent studies point out the possibility of Aloe Vera’s ability to reduce blood sugar levels. A recent Japanese study isolated phytosterol compounds from Aloe Vera gel that could lower blood sugar. In addition glycosylated hemoglobin levels were also found to be controlled with the use of Aloe Vera gel.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is known to reduce fasting blood glucose levels as well as cholesterol levels – LDL, triglycerides and total cholesterol are reduced with as low as 1 g of cinnamon a day. Cinnamon is obtained from the bark of a tropical evergreen tree of the Lauraceae family. It is used as a spice for seasoning curries and other Indian food items. It has other medicinal properties such as its ability to reduce nausea and increase appetite. It is also known to be a cure for gastro-intestinal problems such as gas and indigestion. Cinnamon is known to improve the insulin response of fat cells in the body and can increase the conversion of blood sugar to energy by as much as 200%. It also reduces the formation of free radicals thereby delaying the manifestation of diabetic complications.

5. Indian Kino (Pterocarpus Marsupium)

Indian Kino (Pterocarpus Marsupium) also known as Malabar Kino is a huge deciduous tree normally found in South India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as Pitasara or Venga. It has a proven effect of lowering the glucose absorption from the gastrointestinal tract as well as in increasing insulin levels in the body. It is also known to regenerate pancreatic cells that produce insulin, called beta cells. This regeneration is something no other drug or herbal remedy has been able to achieve. It has been used in India for a long time in the treatment of diabetes. In an experiment in rats, it was found that the epicatechin extracted from the bark of the Malabar Kino was shown to prevent beta cell damage artificially induced by alloxan.

6. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek can be grown in your house as a herb in a pot. It is vastly found all over China and the Mediterranean areas. Fenugreek leaves as well as seeds are used as a seasoning in most Indian foods. Fenugreek seeds are fiber rich and that is what contributes to its ability to control diabetes. There is another active component in the fenugreek seeds known as trigonelline which has blood sugar lowering properties. Fenugreek is widely cultivated as a crop, and it has other medicinal properties such as ability to improve appetite and manage gastrointestinal problems and skin diseases. It is also known to improve lactation and aid faster healing of wounds and is often an integral part of traditional Indian treatment for women post delivery and as a health supplement for lactating mothers.

7. Gooseberry

Gooseberry or Amla as it is locally known in India, a good source of Vitamin C and has a lot of antioxidants. Traditionally the juice of gooseberry is mixed with bitter gourd juice as a treatment for diabetes. The ratio is typically one teaspoon of gooseberry juice for one cup of bitter gourd juice. The medicinal property of amla is supposed to improve the insulin generation capability of the pancreas. Amla can also be used in powdered form after drying and grounding it. The vitamins are preserved even in the dried form and it is considered a much better source of Vitamin C than grapefruit and lemons. It is also used for treatment of urinary infections as it is known to reduce the body heat. It also reduces body fat and is good for the eyes. Thus it can effectively delay the onset of diabetic retinopathy in patients.

8. Tenner’s Cassia

The flower and seeds of Tenner’s Cassia are found to be effective in lowering blood sugar levels. It can be mixed with honey and consumed daily.

9. Blueberry (Vaccinium Myrtillus)

Blueberry leaves have been traditionally used as a treatment for diabetes. It has an active ingredient called myrtillin that helps to reduce blood sugar levels. It also strengthens the blood vessels and reduces the adverse effects of free radicals in the body. Blueberry leaves are also used in the treatment of diabetic eye diseases. Bilberry is another plant that can lower the risks of diabetic eye diseases such as cataract and retinopathy. Other herbal remedies commonly used in the treatment of diabetes include onion, garlic, gymnema, Momordica charantia and nopal. Leaves of certain plants have been traditionally used in Indian medicine for treatment of diabetic patients. Here is a list of leaves that are commonly used.

10. Leaves of Mango for controlling diabetes

Mango is known as the king of fruits in India. It is consumed in large quantities all over India during the summer months as a tasty fruit. The leaves of the mango tree are used as a treatment for diabetes. The tender leaves are soaked overnight and the next day morning, it is squeezed and filtered out. The water containing the essence of the mango leaves is consumed every morning for reducing blood sugar levels. Mango leaves can also be dried and powdered and consumed in powder form. The recommended dosage is one teaspoon of this powder twice daily.

11. Neem Leaves (Azadirachta indica)

Neem leaves are also well known in India for its anti-diabetic properties. Again, the leaves can be consumed in dried powder form or in the form of juice. The recommended dosage for diabetic patients is typically five ml in the morning. Neem leaves are bitter in taste and diabetic patients may find it difficult to follow this regime. It is usually sweetened with honey, which is not harmful for a diabetic patient despite its sweetness. Diabetic patients should follow this treatment for a prolonged period of time before any noticeable results are obtained.

12. Curry Leaves (Murraya Koenigi)

Curry leaves are typically used as a seasoning in Indian cooking because of its unique flavor. It can be ground with coconut and used as a dip or it can be added to yoghurt as a seasoning. It is also known to aid weight loss, thus obese patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes are often advised to include this in their daily diets.

13. Sweet Potato Leaves

Sweet potato leaves are also extremely beneficial in treating diabetes. However the fruit contains a lot of starch and therefore should be consumed only in very small portion sizes by diabetic patients. Sweet potato leaves can be added along with tea leaves while preparing tea. If used in powdered form then about six teaspoons of powder can be boiled in one cup of water and consumed daily.

Source by Bob D Williams

Cosmetic Surgery – What Are the Most Requested Types of Surgery?

Facial Implants

If you are not happy with the shape of your face, you can opt for facial implants. There is one that is meant for every area of the face, including the cheeks, chin and jaw.

Usually, facial implants are used in reconstructive plastic surgery.

These implants aim to make specific parts of your face more prominent, or balance out areas that are not even.

After the facial implant, your face will have contours that are tighter and more defined, giving you a more symmetrical look. According to experts, this determines how attractive people perceive you to be.

Rhinoplasty or Nose Job

Since the nose is located at the center of your face, there is a tendency for it to get easily noticed.

When you want to have the nose you desire, go for rhinoplasty.

You may not be happy with your nose that is too big. You can get a nose job known as rhinoplasty, which can do a lot of improvements on your overall appearance, as well as boost your self confidence whenever you meet and deal with people.

There is a variety of ways to cosmetically alter the nose by means of surgery. A plastic surgeon can shorten a long nose, make a wide nose narrow, flatten a humped nose and make large nostrils smaller.

By means of different techniques, surgeons can bring about beautiful, yet natural looking results.

No matter how the nose is shaped, cosmetic surgeons will try their best to make it look natural to match your face.

Non-Surgical Procedures

Among all the different types of cosmetic procedures, non-surgical procedures entail the smallest amount of pain and downtime.

In addition, they are the least expensive, though the results they give do not last as long as their surgical equivalent.

An example is oxygen facial therapy, wherein pure oxygen is blasted into the skin.

Some of the non surgical cosmetic procedures are dermal fillers like Botox, chemical peels, collagen and restylane injections, laser skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion.

In general, liposuction is considered a non surgical procedure, but in truth, it is a minor surgical procedure.

Most non surgical procedures are meant to improve the way your skin looks in the short-term.

As an example, Botox injections are used to help reduce wrinkles, while collagen is also used to add volume to areas like the lips.

Collagen, when injected into the lips, restores volume and increases fullness.

Laser skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion aim to reduce skin discolorations and hyperpigmentation. Therefore, they can be used to treat acne scars and sun damage.

If you want to enhance your looks, but are reluctant to go through surgery and do not have budget for it, you can opt for non surgical procedures that are effective in helping you delay the signs of aging and maintain a younger appearance.

Source by Karina Popa

Thin Papery Skin Needs Plenty of Help – How to Make Your Skin Healthy and Look Youthful Again

If you have thin papery skin, then despite your best efforts, it has been under-nourished for years. If your skin is thin, easily bruised and injured and slow to heal, it’s overdue for really good care.

Fortunately, you can give it the care it needs.

You can thicken your skin, make it tougher and harder to hurt, yet younger-looking and healthier than it has been for years. Here are the facts you need to begin nourishing your thin papery skin.

Skin doesn’t get thin overnight

It takes years for skin to get very thin and fragile. The causes are the same as all other kinds of skin aging, like sagging and wrinkles. It happens this way:

  • Skin loses collagen and elastin, key proteins that give skin its thickness, strength, and elasticity.
  • Hyaluronan (or hyaluronic acid), the fluid that surrounds all cells in healthy skin, is lost over time.
  • Free radicals in the skin cause oxidation damage.
  • Poor nourishment slows down the essential process called methylation, which helps keep the entire body healthy.
  • Too much sugar and starch and too little real nourishment speed up glycation, which destroys healthy proteins, including collagen and elastin in the skin.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take years to improve. You can see improvement in your skin quite fast, often within 30 days. The damage of years can’t be eliminated so quickly, but month after month, your skin can get softer, stronger and more youthful-looking.

The strategies that work

1. Use a skin care cream that contains ingredients proven in clinical trials to reverse the causes of skin aging. Those ingredients include

— Cynergy TK, which stimulates the skin to increase its own natural production of collagen and elastin. It increased the growth of new skin cells by 160 percent and increased the skin’s elasticity by 42 percent. It also proved a powerful antioxidant, wiping out the free radicals that create oxidation damage to your skin.

— A Japanese seaweed extract called Phytessence Wakame blocks the enzyme that destroys hyaluronan in the skin. With the enzyme blocked (by up to 52 percent), your skin can replace and rebuild its hyaluronan levels to those you had when you were years younger.

— Coenzyme Q10 and natural vitamin E combine to make what is probably the best antioxidant combination in the skin. It works best when a solution of 10 percent CoQ10 and 5 percent vitamin E are contained in a tiny particle size called a “nano-emulsion” to allow deep penetration into the skin.

2. Cut back on sugars and starches and give your skin a break. Sugar molecules often attach themselves to healthy proteins in the body, beginning the chain reaction called glycation, a major reason for the loss of collagen.

3. Take a supplement containing at least 30 mg of SAMe to improve the methylation process and at least 50 mg of Carnosine (not Carnitine). Carnosine is the only natural substance proven to both prevent harmful glycation and stop it when it has already begun. Take those supplements in an enteric-coated tablet, to keep them from being damaged by stomach acids.

See my website for more details on how to thicken and strengthen thin papery skin.

Source by Kathryn Lane

How to Get Rid of Aging Spots on Your Skin

Dreaded aging spots on your skin often appear on the backs of shoulders, arms, hands and on your face. You may see them on your legs as well. They seem to appear overnight but in fact they took years to create from bad habits that you have practiced your entire life. They tend to be circular in shape but can be irregular as well. They are flat and range in color from light tan to a deep brown. Any unusual changes in your skin, however, should be reported to your doctor.

The cause of age or liver spots is usually from sun exposure. Tanning beds and years on laying out in the sun attribute to the amount of age spots you will see. Without the right protection your skin has been getting damaged. There is a theory that a damaged liver, a poor diet or an overabundance of free radicals can also cause these spots to appear. Your genetics play a part in the equation as well.

You can prevent age spots by protecting yourself against the harmful rays of the sun. Using sun block, limiting your time in the sun and wearing protective clothing will all reduce your chances of damaging your skin. Drink plenty of water, eat lots of fruit and leafy green vegetables and exercise regularly. Building up your natural defenses will keep your skin healthy. Avoid sugars, preservatives, fats, tobacco, alcohol and caffeine.

There are methods to get rid of the age spots you have. You can bleach them, use beauty fade cream or hydroquinone cream. Professional methods include microdermabrasion, freezing, chemical peels and laser surgery.

Some popular natural remedies are vitamin supplements potassium, beta carotene, selenium, zinc and vitamins E and C. Rubbing pure fresh lemon juice into the skin and allowing it to naturally dry followed by a good moisturizer daily until the spots fade can help as well. Yogurt and honey facials can help to fade age spots also.

There are many options to choose from in removing damage to your skin. You can just cover it up with make-up for a temporary solution, use natural remedies, bleaching or professional removal techniques. You must remember to change your habits so that you do not continue to damage your skin, eating healthy and wearing sunscreen will help a lot. The good new is that age spots are reversible and you do not have to live with them.

Source by R Kalpana

Postnatal ‘Confinement’ Food Part 1

During pregnancy, the baby is like a parasite and will take all the nutrients that he requires from you. If your diet is sufficient in nutrients for both, it does not cause any problems. If on the other hand your diet is insufficient for both, then your recovery after the birth will take longer and if you still do not replenish your body stores during the confinement period, you may remain weak for a long time. This is probably why our elders make such a lot of fuss about eating well during the confinement period.

Wherever you are in the world, everyone will try and tell you what to eat and if possible how to eat it. The most important thing to do is follow your own body’s needs. Whatever you eat, do make sure that you have a good balance of proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, and water in every meal.

Just remember the following pointers:

1. If you are breast feeding whatever you eat will be transferred to your baby via your breast milk therefore it is important that you eat a balanced diet so that your baby will get the right nutrients for optimum growth and development.

2. Some food does cause the baby to become ‘windy’ or have loose stools. If you find that your baby is suddenly quite unsettled, try and think of what you ate during the last 12 hours. Avoid that food for a few days and then try again. If the same happens again, then you should avoid that particular food for a while and re-introduce it into your diet by taking a very small amount and see how baby reacts then slowly increase the amount so that baby gets used to the food.

3. You may find that your appetite is slightly low especially during the first week. This is normal as your body is readjusting to its non-pregnant state both physically and mentally therefore it is better to have small frequent meals instead of the normal 3 big meals a day.

4. You need to drink plenty of fluids in order to make sufficient breast milk and if you are forbidden to drink water, you can get the amount of fluid from other sources such as soup.

So what should you eat?

Most Eastern cultures believe that your body is cold after delivery therefore you should avoid cooling or cold food but eat a lot of yang or ‘heaty’ food to warm the body up. However, if you are normally a yang person, eating too much ‘heaty’ food may cause rashes and fever. In this case it would be better to reduce the amount of ‘heaty’ food and eat more neutral food. If you are normally a Yin person, you should not have any problems eating ‘heaty’ food (lucky devils). The following table gives you a quick review of the types of food to eat or avoid.

Types of food to avoid

‘Cooling food’ for example: banana, cabbage, cucumber, coconut and Chinese cabbage

Contribute to mother’s poor blood circulation and stomach ache in the baby if you are breastfeeding. Salt as a condiment and salty foods in general are to be rejected, too, in the belief that use reduces breast milk production

‘Acidic food’ for example: pineapple, mango, lemon, lime

Contribute to excessive lochia in the mother and diarrhea in the baby.

Too much ‘Heaty food’ for example: chilli, pepper, spices, tonics, spirits and medicines.

Contribute to diarrhea in the baby and maternal headaches

‘Windy food’ for example: jackfruit, tapioca, pumpkin, onions.

Contribute to baby being colicky and may cause indigestion for mother and baby.

Poisonous food such as prawns, shellfish, crab, eel, ginger

Delay healing of the mother’s wound and may cause allergies and eczema in the baby. These foods may cause stomach upsets and vomiting

Type of food recommended

To improve milk production

Chicken, squid, clams (small varieties), fish (especially carp), millet, mutton, pork, rice wine, sea slug, soybean milk mixed with powdered walnuts, wheat cakes, wheat noodles with egg, green papaya

To provide strength to the mother so she recovers quickly from the exertion of labor.

Chicken, frog, Panax ginseng, licorice extract and razor clam

What you eat also depends on what you believe in and who cooks for you. If it is your mother or MIL you may not have many choices. I have seen women quarrelling and not talking to each other because of this issue. Try and work out a compromise which is acceptable to both parties. Use a persuasive and logical approach instead of confrontation.

Source by Cecilia Koh