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Wash Away These Common Skincare Myths (MS) -- The skin is your body's largest organ, so it's no wonder there is such an abundance of products and advice available to help keep it in top form. While many products and practices are touted as being "the best" for your skin, the truth is, when it comes to skincare there are often more myths than facts. The wise consumer should know how to separate fact from fiction. The skincare experts who make CeraVe(R) cleansers and moisturizers want to help everyone put their best face forward -- and that means learning the truth about healthy skincare. MYTH: Skin is protected from the sun when you use a product with a high sun protection factor (SPF). FACT: Some SPF products only block against one type of UV ray, generally UVB, or the rays that cause sunburns. In reality, the sun showers us with UVA, UVB and UVC rays. UVA rays, which have an aging effect, penetrate into the lower layers of the skin and should be protected against as well. That means you should look for a sunscreen that is clearly labeled "broad spectrum," not just ones with a high SPF number. MYTH: Deep scrubbing of your complexion prevents breakouts. FACT: Cleansing with harsh soaps or exfoliating scrubs can strip the skin of vital natural oils and compromise its protective barrier. Harsh and frequent, more than twice a day, cleansing can trick the skin into producing more oil and compound breakout problems. Scrubbing can also lead to skin sensitivity or rashes. MYTH: Facials are a beauty must-have. FACT: Facials can be fun and if done by an expert esthetician can help deliver a variety of benefits such as moisturization, deep cleansing and exfoliation. If you can afford a professional facial make sure you're "in the hands" of an expert esthetician or you could wind up with irritation or scarring. MYTH: Wrinkle creams can completely eradicate wrinkles. FACT: These days there are many ways to "erase" the signs of time on the skin. The most effective ways are with injectable substances, fillers or plastic surgery. Professionally administered chemical peels and lasers can also help give your skin a fresher, more youthful appearance. Anti-aging creams cannot "completely remove wrinkles," but their formulas often contain ingredients such as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and ceramides that deeply moisturize the skin and make it look more supple and radiant. MYTH: Doing facial exercises will tone facial muscles, providing a more youthful appearance. FACT: There has never been any substantiation for this beauty myth. In fact, certain facial movements such as squinting and laughing may contribute to the formation of wrinkles -- maybe that's why we call them laugh lines and crows feet. MYTH: Expensive skincare products are better for your skin. FACT: Many mass-marketed products available at your local drugstore are just as effective as luxury department-store brands. In fact, many contain the same ingredients as their more expensive counterparts. Elegant packaging, advertising and luxury brand names are often what you pay for when purchasing more expensive products. CeraVe(R) cleansers and moisturizers, which contain ceramides, hyaluronic acid, cholesterol and niacinamide, found in pricier brands, also feature a patented technology that allows a single application to go a long way. The ingredients unravel slowly in the skin where they continue to work for up to 24 hours. CeraVe(R) Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM, applied before bedtime, penetrates the skin barrier to lock in precious moisture. CeraVe(R) Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 provides broad-spectrum protection against harmful UV rays year round. It's 24/7 skincare. To learn more about these innovative and affordable products (both under $15), visit www.cerave.com.
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Wrinkle Reduction Made Easy Courtesy of METRO CONNECTION Apart from graying hair, wrinkles are one of the key signs of aging in a person. As a result, individuals will often search near and far and spare no expense at keeping wrinkles at bay. However, there are simple steps one can take to diminish the look of wrinkles without drastic measures. Injectable fillers and other medical procedures top the list of wrinkle treatments. However, for those who don't want to visit a doctor for wrinkles, there are some steps to try. First, treating wrinkles requires understanding why they form. As a person ages, his or her skin becomes thinner, dryer and less elastic. These factors contribute to the creases that form in the skin. Genetics also plays a large role in the probability for wrinkles. Some people are just prone to more wrinkles than others. Certain controllable factors also contribute to wrinkles. Therefore,
elimination of these factors can lessen the chance for wrinkle formation. * Quit smoking. Blood supply changes in the skin as a result of smoking, which can speed up the natural aging process. Smokers tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers. Simply quitting can help stave off wrinkling of the skin. * Avoid UV exposure. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can damage the skin. This can dry out skin, removing elasticity and even thinning out the skin years before nature would. UV exposure breaks down the skin's connective tissue, contributing to sagging and wrinkling. Always use a sun protection product when out in the sun, and avoid the strongest rays. In lieu of a tanning bed, use a self-tanning cream or a bronzing powder for a warm glow. * Be conscious of repeated facial expressions. Squinting, smiling and other repeated gestures with the face can cause lines to form under the skin.
For those who find themselves squinting, they can try sunglasses or have their vision checked. Smiling cannot be avoided; however, one can stretch the muscles of the face to improve in strength and flexibility. * Eat and drink healthily.The skin is the largest organ of the body. Just like the heart and lungs, it needs healthy foods to stay in top form. Be sure to include a balanced diet and plenty of hydrating beverages in the plan for healthy skin. Avoid over-indulgence in caffeine, sodium and alcohol, all of which can dehydrate and possibly compound skin dryness. * Exercise. Exercise gets the heart pumping and brings oxygen to all necessary systems of the body. Again, with skin being the largest organ, exercise can help promote a healthy appearance and ward off premature wrinkling. * Use care when washing. Tugging and rubbing of the skin can damage connective fibers, leading to wrinkles.
Massage the face gently when washing and avoid harsh exfoliating products that can scratch and damage the skin. Trying these methods can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles. However, if wrinkles become a nuisance, a consultation with a dermatologist to discuss options may be necessary.
Premium Imaging System is Cutting-Edge Technology Quality-Speed-Comfort-Convenience is what you will find at Phoebe MRI & Imaging of Albany. The center, which opened its doors in 1999, has remained the leading provider of out-patient imaging services in Albany and Southwest Georgia. Access and service has been the cornerstone of the center's success: the ability to schedule patients quickly; prompt, high-quality reports; easy access to the radiologists; and a pleasurable experience for the patient. Other amenities offered at the center include front door parking; quick report turnaround to the referring physician; refreshments; and professional, caring staff to cater to patients' needs. The center is accredited by the American College of Radiology in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT). This accreditation signifies achievement in high practice standards of quality care, patient safety and quality assurance. Its expanded capabilities include the GE 1.5T high-field, short-bore, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which features the most comprehensive clinical capability in the industry. This MRI system strengthens the center's commitment to providing advanced technology and cost-effective patient care. The advanced magnet technology enables physicians to obtain excellent image quality, plus a spacious opening that enhances the patient's “comfort zone” during the exam. The center's additional capabilities include a multi-slice CT scanner. It is a painless, safe way to see the inside of the human body without surgery. This technology allows the physician to more accurately diagnose the patient's condition while sparing discomfort, cost and long exam times normally associated with other diagnostic procedures. Patients need a reassuring welcome, a trust and confidence in the staff's skills, and a superior experience, from beginning to end. Time is important to both patients and referring physicians, so the staff does everything possible to get patients scheduled as quickly as possible. Insurance verification, prior authorization and the registration process is handled prior to the patient's visit. This preparation allows the technical staff to devote their attention to the patient's exam without delays is patient flow. Once the patient is scanned, images are sent directly to a PACS system and read by board- certified radiologists. Reports are immediately sent to the referring physician.
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How to address varicose veins Courtesy of METRO CONNECTION Men and women alike suffer from varicose veins, which can be a cosmetic nuisance or a symptom of a serious medical condition. New varicose vein treatments are enabling individuals to live happier lives. Varicose veins are enlarged, gnarled veins that can resemble the twisted roots of a tree. They develop when the one-way valves in veins that carry blood to the heart are faulty. Blood backs up in the veins as a result, and stretches the vein. According to experts from Meridian Health, varicose veins are very common and affect half of all Americans ages 50 and older. But they're not just a concern for seniors. Anyone can develop varicose veins, but women are at a greater risk than men. Varicose veins typically do not have any symptoms, except for
the visual presence of deep blue or purple, bulging veins that largely occur on the legs and feet. However, aches in the legs, heavy feeling, itching around veins, or throbbing may also occur. Similar to varicose veins are spider veins, which are smaller and closer to the skin surface. Pregnancy, age and stretching of the veins are contributors to varicose veins. Being overweight or standing for long durations of time are other contributors, as is wearing restrictive clothing. There are a number of treatments that have been developed for varicose veins. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into a small or medium-sized vein to scar it and close it up. Eventually the vein will shrivel and fade. A similar procedure is done with lasers to shrink the vein without the need for needles or surgery. Catheter procedures use a heated tube inserted into the vein
to collapse the vein and seal it shut. Vein stripping involves removing large veins through several small incisions. It is usually an outpatient procedure but will require a surgery. In most cases, blood will naturally reroute to other veins in the legs after one of these procedures. Much of the blood flow in the legs is carried out by deeper veins. Individuals who undergo these procedures can usually walk directly after the surgery and full recovery is only a matter of a couple of weeks or more. Feeling good about oneself involves being happy about what is on the inside and outside. Hiding legs and feet due to varicose veins can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, especially as the weather warms. Talk to a doctor about a recommendation to a vascular surgeon who can offer treatments for varicose veins.
Simple ways to ease the 'ouch' Courtesy of METRO CONNECTION Sunblock -- and its adequate reapplication -is one of the single most effective ways to prevent sunburn and a host of sun-related maladies. Despite the warnings of skin cancer and ailments related to the sun, people succumb to sunburn year after year. The results can be quite painful. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting sunburned even once can make a person more likely to get skin cancer. Though it can be that simple to increase risk for skin cancer, there's actually quite a lot going on behind the scenes when a person gets a sunburn. The very outer layer of the epidermis, or the outside-most skin, is made up of dead skin cells. Directly below them are living skin cells that can be damaged when ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates these living cells and eventually kills them off. Once the body senses the dead cells, the immune system springs into action. White blood cells are sent to the area to repair damage, which involves increased blood flow. This blood flow makes the skin red and warm. Furthermore, the damaged skin cells send out chemical messengers that activate pain receptors. This is why sunburned skin is red, warm and painful.
There are different remedies for alleviating the pain associated with sunburn. While there are some over-the-counter analgesics that will temporarily numb pain, some of the best treatments are simple and natural. * Cool water baths and brief showers. can reduce the temperature of the skin. * Aloe gels often soothe and cool. It is believed that aloe has anti-inflammatory properties. * Some people say that white vinegar can reduce pain and inflammation when sprayed on the affected area or used in compresses. * Sunburned skin is often dry and chapped. A moisturizer, such as cocoa butter, can help minimize irritation. * It's important to remain hydrated because damaged skin may not be as effective in locking moisture inside. Plus, the body needs food and water to fuel the repair of sunburned skin. The best remedy for sunburn is to avoid it at all costs. Wearing sunblock, a wide-brimmed hat, UV-protection clothing, and sunglasses and avoiding the sun during peak hours are ways to remain comfortable and healthy.
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Daily Skin Care Tips to Keep Skin Looking Healthy Courtesy of METRO CONNECTION
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In 2006, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 53,919 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin in the United States alone. Those statistics have clearly caught the eye of American lawmakers, who recently passed legislation that makes it more expensive to visit tanning salons. Regardless of where individuals stand on the issue of taxing tanning salons, it's clear more and more people must place a greater emphasis on skin care and skin cancer prevention. Those concerned about their skin can heed the following tips to reduce their risk of skin damage and, ultimately, skin cancer. * Don't ignore SPF. In recent years a nearly society-wide shift in the perception of tanning has taken place. Once popular primarily in just the summer months, nowadays tanning salons thrive in winter as well. While it can be nice to have a good tan, it's also potentially very dangerous, and sun worshippers must weight the benefits of golden skin versus the potentially lethal side effects of overexposure to the sun. When going out in the sun, even if only for a short time, apply a
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broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 15. When spending a significant period of time outdoors, choose a higher SPF sunscreen. But for those who spend most of their time indoors, an SPF 15 should be sufficient. * Cleanse the skin daily. Another way to keep skin healthy and looking good is to include skin cleanser in the daily cleaning routine. Simple soap won't be enough. Instead, individuals should look for a skin cleanser that fits their skin, be it a cleanser tailored to dry skin or one meant for use on oily skin. Those with dry skin should avoid cleansers that contain alcohol and look for something more on the mild side. Those with oily skin should look for a product that removes oil. Also, those with more oily skin should consider cleaning the skin more than once per day. * Exfoliate the skin. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells that give skin a dull look. While some people exfoliate each and every day, it's possible to still get the desired effect, removing dead skin cells, when exfoliating just 2 to 3 times per week. Still, for those especially concerned about how their skin looks, a microdermabrasion home kit will completely remove the uppermost layer of dead skin. While this isn't necessary for most people, it is an available option. * Moisturize. Moisturizing is an important part of keeping skin healthy and looking young. One common misconception among people with oily skin is that their skin is already moist enough and they don't need to moisturize. In fact, oily skin is the result of the body's effort to compensate for skin that is not moist enough. An oil-free moisturizer can help control the oil and give the skin a younger, healthier look. Even those without oily skin need to moisturize. Moisturizer helps keep the skin hydrated and should be applied after each cleansing, both in the morning and before an individual goes to sleep at night.
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Tips for maintaining a youthful look naturally (ARA) - Age means different things to different people. What some might think of as "old", others may view as "young." To present a youthful image to the world, making adjustments to your appearance is key. To project the right kind of youthful image, it's important to know how to avoid going too far. A common mistake is dressing too young in an effort to avoid looking too old. Striking a balance between embracing current, youthful trends and adding your own style will create a more balanced look. To give your look an age-appropriate revision, get started with these steps. * Hair. One of the first signs of age is gray hair. Hair dye is a solution that seems to help minimize the aging process, but for many people, dyeing is a costly solution. Consider trying an all natural supplement like Rise-n-Shine's all natural Go Away Gray pills, which uses the enzyme catalase to bring back hair's natural color. Catalase, produced
naturally by the body during youth, slowly begins to deplete as the years wear on. Catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide, which is naturally produced in the body and which bleaches hair gray. Go Away Gray also comes in shampoo and conditioner form, so fighting grays is easy for everyone. * Clothes. Both men and women can benefit from bringing a bit of modernity into their wardrobes. It isn't necessary to pore over fashion magazines and cultivate an eye for haute couture. Seek fresh takes on items that never go out of style, such as a button down in the latest color trend. Don't go for too much embellishment, as it can look overdone. Fits and cuts change as years pass, and items as simple as white T-shirts can look outdated just by having an older style collar. When shopping, don't be afraid to ask questions; many stores offer complimentary personal shopping services that can help in the quest to look younger. * Accessories. Clothes provide a palette, but accessories add interest. It's
extremely easy to fall into the trap of buying items that are too juvenile, but it's just as easy to pick up items that age your look. Accessories that are all about function, with no thought given to style, are a quick way to look older, but frivolous details like bows, ruffles, whimsical prints and tons of pockets take things in the other direction. Look for middle ground in sleek, understated items made with quality materials. For a fun yet classy look, rely on accessories to add a pop of color, rather than using them to make a big statement. * Skin. Your face is the first thing people notice about you, but it is also the body part most prone to the aging process. A good skin care regimen is important, of course, but having an extra helper to maintain the look of skin is ideal. By taking a skin-supporting supplement like Wrinkle Remedy, the facial area can begin to look youthful again. Wrinkle Remedy contains important nutrients and antioxidants (like collagen, reservatrol
and alpha lipoic acid) which all help in maintaining a natural, youthful look. Another way to refresh skin's appearance is to adopt a new beauty routine. Less really is more when it comes to achieving a natural, youthful look. Stop by a makeup counter and ask for suggestions - or even a makeover - that will be the perfect finishing touch. It has been said that age is all about attitude. While that remains true, appearance also conveys attitude, so show everyone that looks are not only skin deep. For more information about natural supplements that support a youthful, natural appearance, visit www.wakeupontime.com.
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