DFW Beauty Guide: 7 Ways to Maintain a Young-Looking Face

We all want to look as youthful as possible for as long as possible. We spend money on creams, facials, fillers, and even sometimes plastic surgery. To get some tips for how we can maintain a young-looking face, we went to several great beauty professionals including Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia, who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20. Here’s what they all have to say.

1. Get rest.

There absolutely is such a thing as beauty sleep. “Women come to my practice thinking they need an eye-job or a facelift when all they need is sleep. Sleep is a time when we rejuvenate ourselves and cellular turnover is at its height. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep nightly will make a huge difference in how youthful a woman appears especially as she approaches age 30 and collagen production decreases,” says Dr. Brandow. “A woman can speed up aging if they are constantly sleep deprived.”

2. Use an overnight treatment.

If you suffer from breakouts or skin dryness leading to wrinkles or blotches, treating your skin concerns at night, is a way to maintain a youthful glow. “Work closely with your dermatologist or aesthetician who can recommend non-irritating skin treatments specifically addressing your concern,” advises Dr. Brandow. You want to take advantage of overnight options available to boost collagen and heal skin while sleeping.

3. Hydrate

When it comes to anti-aging and putting your most youthful face forward, water is key. Water flushes your system of toxins which helps skin to glow. “Women spend a lot of money on topical creams formulated to boost moisture and hydrate the skin yet, if they integrated more water, even 4, 8 ounce glasses per day, they would see fewer wrinkles and an overall smoother younger skin texture within a month,” says Dr. Adriane Pompa, Miami based board certified dermatologist who specializes in aging skin.

4. Be smart about fillers.

Fillers are used to add volume that diminishes as we age but people have taken it to extremes. There have been many advancements with fillers over the past 5 years offering more options and more sophisticated ways to administer them to achieve a youthful look.

According to Dr. Brandow, many patients believe that filling their cheeks will soften their laugh lines, so they push doctors to administer two to four syringes in their cheek bones and cheek area at once. This can result in swelling and doesn’t necessarily lift their face. Fillers are often done as an alternative to a face lift but, if not spread out over several weeks, it just gives the patient an unnatural look that distorts their face and makes them look odd.  

“My personal preference is to perform the fillers sequentially. For example, I will use one syringe of filler in multiple locations. Then I’ll have patients return in 4-6 weeks and perhaps do another syringe to the same places, or different places, giving them an overall natural look. This leads to a softer, more natural result. The key to doing fillers well are going with small amounts every 4-6 weeks,” explains Dr. Brandow.

5. Get facials.

According to Dr. Adriane Pompa, one facial per month does wonders for skin’s clarity, texture, and ability to produce collagen. “There are many at-home facials available one can do weekly. The key is knowing your skin type and ingredients that address your specific skin concern. Also, you can treat different parts of the face differently depending on skin issue. Let’s say you are prone to breakouts on your jawline, have wrinkles on your forehead and dryness on the cheeks, your dermatologist or aesthetician can recommend a facial plan customized for you.”

6. Consider lasers and light!

Lasers are another tool that blasts away acne scars, evidence of past sun damage and evens out skin giving that flawless, youthful glow. There have been so many advancements with lasers resulting in more immediate results without downtime. Lasers typically cost between $600 - $1200 per treatment depending on the city and type of laser. The advantage with lasers is accuracy. You can treat a specific area without affecting the rest of the surrounding skin.

7. Tone down your make-up.

One way to immediately take 10 years off your look is to revamp your make-up. Consider hiring a professional make-up artist who can teach you how to enhance and even modernize your look. New York make-up artist, Carlo Geraci, who was protégé to Trish McEvoy and Kevin Aucion, explains that a lot of women are doing their make-up the same way they did 20 years ago. That bronzer that you loved in the 90’s when you were 24 may appear harsh and outdated at 44. “Heavy eye liner and strong lip colors may only accentuate wrinkles and fine lines. As women age, less is more when it comes to make-up. Opt for a great hydrating foundation or a touch of concealer, a pinch of blush, a swipe of mascara or a gray or brown eyeliner and a natural looking lip liner topped with a tinted hydrating balm,” he suggests.

 

About the Experts:

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one at the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

Dr. Adriane Pompa is a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital who is highly trained in medical dermatology, dermatologic surgery and cosmetic dermatology. In addition to her general practice, she specializes in anti-aging skin care, skin cancer prevention and treatment, and laser use in dermatology.

Carlo Geraci, New York make-up artist has worked alongside Kevin Aucoin, helped launch the Trish McEvoy brand, and was invited by Barneys New York to became the first Beauty Guru, a position created specifically for him. His work has appeared in print and commercial campaigns, New York Fashion Week runways, red carpets, Broadway stages, television, film, and fashion editorials. He has also appeared on the Style Network, CBS News, and Today on NBC. 

DFW Beauty Guide: Are You Culturally Stressed?

How Cultural Stress is Affecting You, Plus Expert Tips to Eliminate It

In light of April being National Stress Awareness Month, we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about today’s biggest stress culprit: Cultural Stress, or the stress of modern living. In our current cultural climate, we’re so accustomed to working long hours, sitting in traffic and being constantly connected on our devices instead of connecting face-to-face, the negative impacts of these modern day stressors often fly under the radar.

According to expert researcher and Murad skincare founder, Dr. Howard Murad, Cultural Stress is affecting our health and happiness in profound ways. According to a recent Murad survey on Cultural Stress, the thought of being WITHOUT our devices is enough to stress us out:

Phone FOMO: Almost half of respondents (47%), including 64% of Millennials and 60% of parents, agree that they don’t fully enjoy themselves in situations when they don’t have their device with them

Device Dependence: 30% of Americans can’t go longer than 30 minutes without checking their device before they start to feel anxious and stressed. The percentage is even higher among Millennials (43%) and parents (42%)

Something is Brewing: 68% of Americans, including 80% of Millennials, believe it would be worse to go without a cell phone or tablet for a month than coffee

Dr. Murad, who recently started the EyesUp campaign to end digital dependency, the solution to Cultural Stress is simple: human connection. He has multiple tips for your readers to help them combat Cultural Stress and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Tips for Combatting Cultural Stress, Dr. Murad

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Adjust your commute – Instead of being glued to your screen, make friendly eye contact or compliment a stranger

Connect in the workplace – Rather than sending emails, pop over and talk to the person next you instead

Get out for your takeout – Skip ordering food on Seamless and go out to get your food instead

No Netflix & Chill – Go out and catch a movie with friends or stay in and have a game night with loved ones

Bring a friend – Use the weekend to share your passions with friends whether it’s your favorite hiking spot, a new workout class or something you’ve always wanted to try

Sunday Fun Day – Live in the moment and share how amazing your meal was with those around you rather than your followers   

Pen & Paper Day – Dedicate one day a week to only using a notebook and pen to take notes at work. Give your phone and laptop a rest – out of sight, out of mind

Boycott Amazon – Remember the days you had to go out to the store to buy something? Get out for some fresh air and pick up your groceries or head to the mall

Real Life Alexa – Instead of relying on Alexa or Siri, think of who might know the answer to your question before counting on technology. Even if they don’t, it’s always nice to catch up!

Ditch the dating apps – Forget swiping left or right, consider asking someone you’ve had your eye on out to coffee or drinks

DFW Beauty Guide: 6 Things to Know Before Starting Infertility Treatments

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Here are 6 things Nadine believes everyone should know before starting treatments:

The quality of care and clinics varies widely

Do your research thoroughly and get second and third opinions before choosing a provider.

Treatment is as time-consuming as a part-time job

Between blood draws, ultrasounds, injections, appointments, phone calls, and follow-ups, the process will take over a big chunk of your schedule. Be prepared to manage conflicts at work and at home.

Talking about treatments is hard, but not talking can be harder

It can be difficult to tell family, friends, and colleagues about infertility treatments for fear that they’ll pry or give unsolicited advice. But the alternative--not telling anyone--can be incredibly isolating. Choose a select few to share with, and let them know in advance how best to support you when you do share.

There’s no way to control the process

No matter what you do - from drinking pomegranate juice to splurging on acupuncture - in the end, you are not in control of the process or the outcome. This will be frustrating.  Breathe.

Treatments may take a toll on your marriage

Few things put more stress on a relationship than infertility and treatments. Equal involvement is key. Ask your partner to be with you during injections or discussion with the nurses. Seek counseling together throughout the process.

There are no guarantees

Most doctors tell patients to be prepared for at least 3 cycles to better their odds, but this will not guarantee pregnancy. Think of the process as a marathon that relies on your endurance.

DFW Beauty Guide: Rosacea Awareness Month Highlights

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Is your face trying to tell you something?

Although new medical research has discovered the red-faced appearance of rosacea may serve as a potential signal for serious but less visible illnesses, only a small fraction of those suffering from this widespread, often embarrassing disorder are currently being treated. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to the early warning signs of this chronic and conspicuous facial condition now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.

“Although it’s important to note that causal relationships between rosacea and other diseases have not been determined, a growing number of studies have found associations between rosacea and increased risk for a variety of potentially serious systemic disorders – from cardiovascular disease to certain cancers and gastrointestinal disease,” said Dr. Sewon Kang, chairman of dermatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “Well beyond its negative effects on emotional, social and occupational well being, this provides further reason for people who suspect they may have rosacea to seek diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”

Unfortunately, according to a recent large-population study at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, an estimated 82 percent of people with rosacea are currently untreated.1

Recent studies in the United Kingdom and South Korea have found significant associations between rosacea and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and a large retrospective study in Denmark found a higher prevalence in rosacea patients of gastrointestinal disorders, including celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.2-4 In a separate Danish assessment of cause-specific mortality in rosacea patients, researchers found a significantly increased risk of death due to gastrointestinal diseases, primarily related to hepatic disease.5

In a large study of more than 33,000 patients with rosacea in Taiwan, researchers found a 41 percent greater risk of high cholesterol (dyslipidemia), a 35 percent higher risk of coronary artery disease and a 17 percent greater risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) than people without rosacea.6 Coronary artery disease remained significantly associated with rosacea even after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors.

In the well-known “Nurses Health Study II” – an ongoing biennial questionnaire on the medical history of 116,000 nurses since 1989 – the more than 6,000 women diagnosed with rosacea were 1.59 times more likely to have thyroid cancer and 1.5 times more likely to have basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, than those without rosacea.7 A recent clinical study of 130 individuals with rosacea at Johns Hopkins University also found a significant association between rosacea and allergies, respiratory diseases, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), diabetes, urogenital diseases and female hormone imbalance.8 Other recent studies have found increased risks of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and glioma, a form of brain cancer, in people with rosacea.9-11

“While the list of reported associations continues to grow, it's important to note that study parameters have not been uniform, and many confounding factors may affect their accuracy. As with any early research, further study will be needed to clarify their meaning and implications for patients," Dr. Kang said. “That said, until these relationships are fully understood, it’s reasonable for people who suspect they may have rosacea to seek a medical evaluation of their skin and, if appropriate, obtain a general health examination as well.”

What Is Rosacea?

In a recent NRS survey of 1,459 rosacea patients, 47 percent said they had never heard of rosacea prior to their diagnosis, and 95 percent said they had known little or nothing about its signs and symptoms. In other NRS surveys, 90 percent of rosacea patients said rosacea’s effect on personal appearance had lowered their self-esteem and self-confidence, and 52 percent said they had avoided face-to-face contact because of the disorder. Among those with severe symptoms, 51 percent said they had even missed work because of their condition.

Rosacea typically first strikes anytime after age 30, and may initially resemble a simple sunburn or an inexplicable blush. Suddenly, without warning, a flush comes to their cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Then just when they start to feel concerned, the redness disappears.

Unfortunately, it happens again and again, becoming ruddier and lasting longer each time, and eventually visible blood vessels may appear. Without treatment, bumps and pimples often develop, growing more extensive over time, and burning, itching and stinging are common.

In severe cases, especially in men, the nose may become enlarged from the development of excess tissue. This is the condition that gave comedian W.C. Fields his trademark red, bulbous nose. In some people the eyes are also affected, feeling irritated and appearing watery or bloodshot. Severe cases of this condition, known as ocular rosacea, can result in reduced visual acuity.

Among the most famous rosacea sufferers is former President Bill Clinton, whose doctors disclosed that he had this condition in The New York Times. Others reported to have suffered from the disorder include Princess Diana, singer Sam Smith, model Dita Von Teese and comedian Amy Schumer.

Research is now helping to dispel common misconceptions about the disorder by illuminating rosacea’s relationship to various internal and external factors that may be involved in its development. Through its patient-funded research grants program, the NRS has awarded over $1.5 million to support 66 studies that may lead to advances in its treatment and potential prevention or cure.

While the cause of rosacea remains unknown, a vast array of lifestyle and environmental factors has been found to trigger flare-ups of signs and symptoms in various individuals. Common rosacea triggers include sun exposure, emotional stress, hot or cold weather, wind, heavy exercise, alcohol, spicy foods, heated beverages, humidity, certain skin-care products and potentially an overabundance of Demodex mites.

“The good news is that rosacea can be effectively controlled through medical therapy and lifestyle changes,” Dr. Kang said. “As medical research continues to uncover the relationships between the health of the skin and other parts of the body, further insights may also emerge into how to treat rosacea as well as improve overall health.”

Individuals with any of the following warning signs of rosacea are urged to see a dermatologist for diagnosis and appropriate treatment:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead

  • Small visible blood vessels on the face

  • Bumps or pimples on the face

  • Watery or irritated eyes

During April and throughout the year, people who suspect they may have rosacea can contact the NRS for more information.

Comprehensive information and materials on rosacea are available on the NRS website at rosacea.org. The NRS encourages those interested in spreading awareness during the month of April to visit the official Rosacea Awareness Month landing page at rosacea.org/ram and follow the online conversation using the hashtag #RosaceaAwareness. The NRS may also be followed on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for up-to-date information and tips on rosacea. Further information may be obtained by writing the National Rosacea Society, 196 James Street, Barrington, Illinois 60010; via email at rosaceas@aol.com; or by calling its toll-free number at 1-888-NO-BLUSH.

About the National Rosacea Society

The National Rosacea Society is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of the estimated 16 million Americans who suffer from this widespread but poorly understood disorder. Its mission is to raise awareness of rosacea, provide public health information on the disorder and support medical research that may lead to improvements in its management, prevention and potential cure.

 

References

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  2. Spoendlin J, Karatas G, Furlano R, et al. Rosacea in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease: a population-based case control study. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2016;22(3):680-687

  3. Kim M, Choi KH, Hwang SW, et al. Inflammatory bowel disease is associated with an increased risk of inflammatory skin diseases: a population-based cross-sectional study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2017 Jan;76(1):40-48.

  4. Egeberg A, Weinstock LB, Thyssen EP, et al. Rosacea and gastrointestinal disorders: a population-based cohort study. Br J Dermatol 2017 Jan; 176(1):100-106.

  5. Egeberg A, Fowler JF Jr, Gislason GH, et al. Nationwide assessment of cause-specific mortality in patients with rosacea: a cohort study in Denmark. Am J Clin Dermatol 2016 Dec;17(6):673-679.

  6. Hua TC, Chung PI, Chen YJ, et al. Cardiovascular comorbidities in patients with rosacea: a nationwide case-control study from Taiwan. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015 Aug;73(2):249-254.

  7. Li WQ, Zhang M, Danby FW, et al. Personal history of rosacea and risk of incident cancer among women in the US. Br J Cancer 2015 Jul 28;113(3):520-523.

  8. Rainer BM, Fischer AH, Luz Felipe da Silva D, et al. Rosacea is associated with chronic systemic diseases in a skin severity-dependent manner: results of a case-control study. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015 Oct;73(4):604-608.

  9. Egeberg A, Hansen PR, Gislason GH, et al. Exploring the association between rosacea and Parkinson disease: a Danish nationwide cohort study. JAMA Neurol 2016 May 1;73(5):529-534. 

  10. Egeberg A, Hansen PR, Gislason GH, et al. Patients with rosacea have increased risk of dementia. Ann Neurol 2016 Jun;79(6):921-928.

  11. Egeberg A, Hansen PR, Gislason GH, et al. Association of rosacea with risk of glioma in a Danish nationwide cohort study. JAMA Dermatol 2016 May 1;152(5):541-545.

DFW Beauty Guide: 3 Beauty Boosting Supplements That Turn Back the Clock from the Inside Out

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People are buzzing about beauty supplements these days and it makes sense. More and more people are taking vitamins, drinking shakes, doing detoxes all to improve vitality. People are aware of peptides, parabens, proteins and probiotics; terms that were unknown a decade ago.

Today, when it comes to beauty, there is a nutritional element to it. More people would rather skip the pricey skin creams and reallocate their beauty dollars into ingestible options offering several benefits at once and from a deeper cellular level. With more and more doctors agreeing that the coveted glowing, healthy, make-up free supple skin begins from the inside ingestible beauty products seem to deliver more bang for the beauty buck.

Here are 3 beauty-boosting supplements that are worth adding to your beauty regimens to help you turn back the clock from the inside out.

1. Correxiko ® “Close Up, The Skin Supplement”

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Many dermatologists will agree that the skin is an indicator of overall nutrition and well-being. We may try to eat fruits and vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats but who really manages to meet their daily requirements? Enter Correxiko® Skin Supplements formulated to provide the body’s cells what they’re lacking and help heal skin through lessening sun damage, acne, uneven skin tone and premature aging.

Launched in 2016 these capsules, whose ingredients are 100% vegan, hit the beauty world with a clear mission, “offer results that are seen and felt.” Beauty junkies started buzzing about the top-notch ingredients leading it to achieve “best-seller” status for Beauty Supplements in Europe.

Correxiko delivers the first noticeable improvement, a rise in cell energy levels within the first week of use. Then over the next weeks of daily use, people start to reap the rewards of brighter, more even skin tone.

“This product is for the hardcore beauty and wellness enthusiast. These are people who work out, eat well but want an added edge to their beauty routines,” says Dr. Dinuk Dissanayake, Correxiko Co-Founder whose background is Gastroenterology. “They also know better and don’t buy into the hype of expensive topical creams that don’t manage to penetrate skin cells, where they’re actually needed,” he adds.   

“The difference between these capsules (28 daily sachets, 5 definitive capsules per sachet) and other beauty supplements on the market, is the quality of its nutrient-dense formulation, ingredients and doses. These specialist products are not just herbs thrown together. Correxiko is formulated with a specific purpose. For example, each daily dose has collagen and hyaluronic acid which renews skin, lycopene to protect from ultra violet rays and the inflammation fighter resveratrol,” Dr. Dissanayake explains.  

The goal is to give the body what it needs to heal itself by getting antioxidants, probiotics, minerals and vitamins to the cells. Each capsule addresses different skin concerns and it’s free from gluten, yeast, dairy, soy, sugars, sweeteners, artificial flavors and colors, and without fillers or binding agents.

2. Skinside Beauty Shots

Asian brands Amore Pacific and Shisedo have been selling collagen in powder, drink and supplement form for years. It took the USA a bit of time as it usually does, to get on the drinkable collagen bandwagon with bone broth. Drinkable collagen products address the fact that connective tissue starts to break down in the mid-20’s. When you drink collagen as opposed to using creams or injections it enhances repair and regeneration by going through the gut.

Skinside drinkable skincare comes in the form of a 2 oz bottle and is formulated to stimulate one’s own production of collagen Type 1 and was created by Dr. Pierre Schwaller, a food science engineer with 35 years’ experience after seeing the huge potential of nutricosmetics in Asia. Each shot contains 2500 mg of purified, patented collagen and integrated vitamins C, E, and B3 with a Swiss milk serum a whey derivative which adds more micro-nutrients into the bloodstream. The liquid form is ideal for digestion as it passed through gastric juices in the stomach. Drinkable beauty shots are ideal for those who may have difficulty swallowing capsules.

Skinside offers visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkles after 4 weeks of one 2-ounce shot per day (2500 mg collagen). After 8 weeks, there is a visible difference is skin clarity and smoothness. Studies have shown that the ideal dose of collagen (2500 mg) combined with key antioxidants increase procollagen by 65% and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by 50% over an 8-week period. They come in packs of 16 shots for about $80.00.

3. Esthechoc

An anti-aging chocolate bar? Really? If you love chocolate and want to slow down wrinkles and sagging then this first ever beauty chocolate is the tasty treat for you. Another beauty breakthrough out of the UK, Esthechoc was developed based on research out of Cambridge University hence it’s other name “Cambridge Beauty Chocolate.”

According to scientists, volunteers who participated in a clinical trial for the line and ate Esthechoc daily for four weeks had less inflammation in their blood with an increased blood supply to skin tissue. This was a result of boosted levels of antioxidants and increased blood circulation which keeps wrinkles at bay and offers a smooth appearance.

With just 39 calories per bar, Esthechoc combines astaxanthin, the most powerful antioxidant known to science and Cocoa polyphenolic epicatechins (found naturally in chocolate). Then the unique micellar technology used during production of Esthechoc allows these substances to be highly bioavailable. 

So whether you prefer to swallow, sprinkle, drink or eat your skin nutrients clearly there are option out there for all tastes and more on the way.

Beauty treatments from the inside are changing the game DFW Beauties!

DFW Beauty Guide: How to Remove Eyeglass Marks on Nose Naturally

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Regular usage of eye glasses leaves an impression on the nose where it comes in contact with the skin. Initially it will be light and after a few weeks the area becomes darker and when you do not wear glasses the area looks shabby. The skin becomes dark due to hyper pigmentation of the skin. Few people opt for contact lenses, the dark marks will go away with time. The remaining have continued usage of eye glasses just to avoid the hassle of using contact lenses and the precautionary measures associated with it. The best way out will be to use eye glasses that are light weight and having extra soft nose pads.

It is commonly noticed that people who wear glasses since years will have a deeper impression. You can remove your glasses when you can manage as it brings down the contact on skin. If you notice that the impression is increasing as days go by then you may have put on weight, become chubby or the new frame is creating this impression on the nose. Either way consult your eye specialist for further inputs.

Now coming to the hyper pigmentation problem of skin, this can be minimized by following the simple methods.

Clean your face twice or thrice daily to remove all the impurities and the dead skin cells. Plenty of natural cleanser packs are available in the market which is safe for the skin. Go to the kitchen and pick curd or milk and apply it gently on the face for better results.

After a proper face wash , it is essential to apply a moisturizer to avoid skin getting dry and the pigmentation problem increase. There are lots of moisturizing creams from popular brands. You can opt for home made remedies too.

Natural remedies for black marks on nose

Here are some safe ways you can use daily to lighten the pigmentation on your nose naturally.

  • Rub fresh and thin slice of potato or cucumber or tomato on the pigmented area daily. You can also combine the juice of these three ingredients and use it on the problem area to cleanse and bleach the area. Dip cotton ball in the juice and apply on the black marks.
  • Use of Vitamin –E rich ingredients like Almond oil or simply a liquid from Vitamin E capsule can help you a lot. Just massage the area daily and get rid of dark marks.
  • A mixture prepared by combining Oats, honey and milk is also beneficial. Apply it on the affected area to lighten and moisturize it.
  • Lemon juice is a natural skin lightener. Apply diluted fresh lemon juice on your nose. You can also use apple cider vinegar for this purpose.
  • Aloe vera juice is another time tested remedy for these black marks. Aloe vera is a natural coolant and heals skin problems quickly.
  • Apply a paste of dried and powdered orange peel and milk on the area. Keep it for some time and then wash it off. This remedy will gradually help you to clear up pigmented marks.

Apart from all remedies you can keep your skin moist and look young by drinking plenty of water. The toxins will get flushed out and your skin will become hydrated. Eat a balanced diet with fruits vegetables. Moreover try to keep the glasses clean and germ free. Clean the glass frame and glasses twice daily to avoid straining of eyes. Discuss your problem with the dermatologist to get a proper treatment.

DFW Beauty News: CYCLENATION™ Launches in Dallas

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CYCLENATION™ LAUNCHES IN DALLAS, NEW EVENT TO RAISE AWARENESS AND SUPPORT FOR HEART DISEASE AND STROKE RESEARCH

Kickstart your workout regimen during national Heart Month and help save lives at a CycleNation™ a cycling movement driving heart and brain health in Dallas, Flower Mound, Plano and Southlake. Ride the Revolution on Saturday, May 6th CycleNation will take place at 3 CycleBar studios – 9am at Preston Forest and Lakeside Market (Plano) & 1pm at and Flower Mound (www.cyclenation.org/dallas). $250 secures your seat on the ride and 100% of the proceeds will go to support the American Heart Association/American Stroke while also being tax-deductible.

Participants/Riders will experience a high energy, endorphin pumping, stationary cycling experience led by a CycleStar instructor for 50 minutes. All participants will receive a complementary pair of cycling shoes (rentals) during their ride and the experience will infuse mission messaging from a survivor, goody-bag and event t-shirt. Following the ride at each CycleBar will be a post ride gathering in the community room with food and refreshments.

CycleNation™ is an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association health movement aimed at empowering the nation to use road bikes, stationary bikes and community indoor cycling classes to get healthy. Nationally sponsored by Amgen Cardiovascular and CycleBar, the program will raise funds to continue to support research and community programs that reduce stroke and heart disease.

More than 800,000 people in the U.S. die from cardiovascular disease and strokes. In fact, someone in the U.S. dies from stroke about every 4 minutes and from heart disease about once every 84 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are largely preventable through education, simple lifestyle changes, and action. Cycling strengthens heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces cholesterol and recent studies suggest that physical activity, like cycling, can help maintain strong brain function, processing speeds and mental sharpness.

“Cardiovascular disease is the cause of death in roughly 1 in 3 Americans, but the risk of developing heart disease and stroke can be reduced substantially by making simple lifestyle changes. We call it Life’s Simple 7: managing blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting active, eating better, losing weight, and stopping smoking,” said Mark A. Creager, MD, president, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “Through CycleNation™, national sponsors Amgen Cardiovascular, and CycleBar, are making it even easier for Americans get active, and keep their heart and brain healthy.”

About American Heart Association/American Stroke Association The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke — the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or any of our offices around the country.

About CycleBar CycleBar is the only luxury boutique fitness franchise to date. As the preeminent indoor cycling franchise, it offers concierge-level service and premium amenities. The fueling energy of the CycleBar experience extends into each community in which it is located with intoxicating rides that promise to calm minds, elevate moods and revive senses. For more information about this luxury boutique fitness franchise opportunity, please visit http://www.cyclebarfranchise.com/.

 

 

DFW Beauty Pick: HAPIfork

HAPIfork: Eat slowly, lose weight, feel great!

Eating too fast leads to poor digestion and poor weight control. The HAPIfork, powered by Slow Control, is an electronic fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. It also alerts you with the help of indicator lights and gentle vibrations when you are eating too fast. Every time you bring food from your plate to your mouth with your fork, this action is called: a "fork serving". The HAPIfork also measures:

   * How long it took to eat your meal.
   * The amount of "fork servings" taken per minute.
   * Intervals between "fork servings".

This information is then uploaded via USB or Bluetooth to your Online Dashboard on HAPI.com to track your progress. The HAPIfork also comes with the HAPIfork and HAPI.com apps plus a coaching program to help improve your eating behavior.

Why is it important to eat slowly?

Originally developed by Slow Control for clinical or medical use, HAPIfork has today the potential to become a must-have utensil for everyone, available in every kitchen.

Since 2002, a series of scientific studies highlighted the negative effects related to eating meals too quickly:

  • Weight gain: as during the meal, satiety is felt after about 20 minutes. The faster you eat, the more you eat.
  • Digestive problems: food that is eaten too quickly is often poorly chewed. The work of the digestive tract is made more difficult.
  • Gastric reflux: several studies have shown that the faster one eats, the more likely the possiblity of gastric reflux.
  • Postoperative complications: eating more slowly lessens the stress on weakened tissues.

Follow this link to access the latest scientific surveys about the benefits of eating slowly (a bibliography compiled by Slow Control).

DFW Beauty Guide: 5 Benefits of Being Outside

Image Credit: Dallas Arboretum

Image Credit: Dallas Arboretum

Spring is here and families will spend more time outside dining, playing, relaxing, and gardening as the weather improves. And while they may enjoy being outside, they may not know that getting outside is also good for their health. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) outlines five health benefits of getting outside:

Reason #1: Your lawn can make you happier! Our stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. Knowing and experiencing nature makes us generally happier, healthier people.

Reason #2: Getting dirty is good for you! Mycobacterium vaccae in soil mirrors the effect on neurons that Prozac provides. Give your kids a pair of gardening gloves and have them work with you in your green spaces for a hefty dose of Vitamin N(ature) and G(reen). People who spend time gardening and have direct contact with soil feel more relaxed and happier.

Reason #3: Exposure to natural settings may be widely effective in reducing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children. Children gain attention and working memory benefits when they are exposed to greenery.

Reason #4:  Living landscapes help people and pets be healthier. Playing outdoors increases fitness levels and builds healthy, active bodies. Research also shows that children reap numerous health, social and personal benefits from spending time outside playing.

Reason #5:  Your lawn produces lots of oxygen and cleans the air too. Fifty square feet of grass generates enough oxygen each day for a family of four, and reduces the “code red” effect since grass removes pollutants from the air we breathe.

For more information please visit www.livinglandscapesmatter.com.

DFW Beauty Trends: Spring Hair Accessories

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Marchesa, Fall 2017

This next-level flower crown isn’t a crown at all. At Marchesa, hairstylist Antonio Corral Calero used a needle and thread to sew fresh blooms into the models’ hair. And it'd be as pretty on May day as it would be at your best friend's wedding.

Janelle Monáe, SAG Awards 2017

Janelle Monáe and her hairstylist Nikki Nelms are an unstoppable creative force, using everything from googly eyes to safety pins to transform a run-of-the-mill updo into a straight-up work of art.

Elie Saab, Fall 2017

Meet the “Ghost Ballerina” — hairstylist Orlando Pita’s inspiration for the Eli Saab show. “I wanted the hair to be ethereal but still dark,” said the stylist, who scraped strands into a low chignon before topping them with a gold foliage headband. We're thinking a boho flower field wedding, a woodland soiree, or your wildest dreams.