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Consider Red and Blue Light Therapy

23 Oct

In today’s market, professionals and consumers are quickly recognizing the amazing benefits of non-invasive LED light therapy.

This affordable method of rejuvenation with red light therapy and blue light therapy effectively re-energizes aging and damaged skin by stimulating the cellular renewal response from deep within the tissue to repair and renew tired damaged cells and stimulate the rejuvenation process that takes place to achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy skin.

Compared with other procedures for skin rejuvenation, LED light therapy is an especially attractive skin care alternative – from acne treatments to cellulite reduction. The therapy offers:

  • No- pain or discomfort
  • No- down time
  • No- negative side effects
  • No- surgery
  • No- thermal damage
  • No- scarring or discoloration

Ask Ruth how Red and Blue light therapy can help you. Check out our pricing and our other skin care services here.

The Benefits of Chemical Peels

12 Oct

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:

  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
  • Improve the appearance of mild scars
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
  • Improve the look and feel of skin

Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling.

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say “broad-spectrum” on the label, meaning it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.

Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as laser resurfacing, a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, or soft tissue filler (collagen or fat). A dermatologic surgeon can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for you.

Please feel free to talk about chemical peels with Ruth. She is trained in chemical peels and other types of skin care treatments and will help you determine the best course of action.

reprinted from: Webmd

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50 Ways to Lose Weight

7 Oct

by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., is a nutritionist in private practice and editor of  the Nutrition Report. Her latest book is Nutrition for Women: The Complete Guide (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1993).

“Losing weight can be as simple as cutting out a meatball here and an egg roll there.” ~~Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.

REACHING YOUR FAT-LOSS GOALS may be easier than you think. To lose a pound of fat a month, all you need to do is cut 100 calories a day from your diet, assuming the intake and expenditure of all other calories remains the same. That’s because a pound of body fat is equivalent to about 3,500 calories. So if you cut 100 calories a day for 31 days, you’re cutting 3,100 calories–or about a pound.

Wait…a pound a month? Isn’t that a little slow? Well, mounds of research indicate that you’re more likely to keep weight off if you lose it slowly. Besides, losing a pound a month doesn’t require drastic changes in your eating habits. It can be as simple as eating two egg rolls with your Chinese stir-fry instead of three. Here are 100 painless ways to cut 100 or more calories a day. As a bonus, they all reduce fat or sugar, which means, calorie for calorie, you’re getting more vitamins and minerals.

1. Spread 1 tablespoon of all-fruit jam on your toast rather than 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter.

2. Replace 1 cup of whole milk with 1/2 cup of nonfat milk.

3. Eat 2 poached eggs instead of 2 fried eggs.

4. Replace 1/2 cup of granola with 2 cups of Cheerios.

5. Instead of using whole milk and eggs to prepare 2 slices of French toast, use nonfat milk and egg whites.

6. Snack on an orange and a banana instead of a Snickers candy bar.

7. Munch on 35 pretzel sticks instead of 1 ounce of dry-roasted peanuts.

8. Replace 1 cup of sweetened applesauce with 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce.

9. On your lamb-and-vegetable kabob, replace 2 of the 4 chunks of meat with fresh whole mushrooms.

10. Dip an artichoke in 1 tablespoon of low-fat mayonnaise instead of 1 1/2 tablespoons of regular mayonnaise.

11. Steam your asparagus rather than saut�t in 1 tablespoon of butter or oil.

12. Instead of a 5-ounce glass of wine, opt for cherry-flavored sparkling water.

13. For a chewy snack, have 1/2 cup of dried fruit rather than 9 caramels.

14. Replace 3 slices of bacon with 3 slices of Light & Lean Canadian bacon.

15. Eat a Lender’s egg bagel instead of a Sara Lee egg bagel.

16. Select 1 cup of home-style baked beans instead of an equal serving of baked beans with franks.

17. Replace 2 biscuits with 2 dinner rolls.

18. When making a sandwich, use 2 slices of Roman Light 7-grain bread instead of Pepperidge Farm wheat bread.

19. Eat 1/2 cup of steamed fresh broccoli instead of 1/2 cup of frozen broccoli in cheese sauce.

20. Make a burrito with 1/2 cup of fat-free refried beans and 1 ounce of nonfat cheese instead of the same amount of traditional refried beans and cheese.

21. Replace an apple muffin with a high-fiber English muffin.

22. Reduce a typical serving of chocolate cake (1/8 of a two-layer cake) by one-third.

23. Switch from 1 cup of whole-milk hot chocolate to 1 cup of steamed 1% milk flavored with a dash of almond extract.

24. Replace 1 cup of caramel-coated popcorn with 2 1/2 cups of air-popped popcorn.

25. Switch from 1/2 cup of yogurt-covered raisins to 1/2 cup of plain raisins.

26. Snack on 1 cup of nonfat plain yogurt instead of 1 cup of custard-style yogurt.

27. Top your celery sticks with 2 tablespoons of fat-free cream cheese instead of 3 tablespoons of regular cream cheese.

28. Replace 2 fried-chicken drumsticks with 2 roasted drumsticks and a cup of peas and carrots.

29. Instead of eating 5 chocolate-chip cookies, savor the taste of 2.

30. Lighten your 2 cups of coffee with 2 tablespoons of evaporated nonfat milk instead of 2 tablespoons of half-and-half.

31. Replace a 12-ounce can of cola with a 12-ounce can of diet cola.

32. Thicken your cream sauce with 1 percent milk and corn starch instead of a roux of butter and flour.

33. At the appetizer tray, choose 4 fresh raw mushrooms instead of 4 batter-fried mushrooms.

34. Use 2 tablespoons of fat-free sour cream instead of regular sour cream (on baked potatoes or in stroganoff). If done twice in the day, 100 calories will be cut.

35. Reduce the size of your steak from 4 1/2 ounces to 3 ounces.

36. Grill a cheese sandwich with nonstick cooking spray instead of margarine.

37. Replace 1 cup of chocolate ice cream with 2/3 cup of nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt.

38. Snack on 2 ounces of oven-baked potato chips instead of regular potato chips.

39. Instead of topping your salad with an ounce of croutons, get your crunch from 1/4 cup of chopped celery.

40. Instead of 1 cup of macaroni salad, eat 3 1/2 cups of spinach salad with 2 tablespoons of low-calorie dressing.

41. Cut the peanut butter on your sandwich from 2 tablespoons to 1 tablespoon.

42. Serve your turkey with 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce instead of 1/2 cup.

43. Order a sandwich on cracked wheat bread instead of a croissant.

44. Complement your hamburger with 1 1/4 ounces of oven-baked tortilla chips instead of a side of fries.

45. Split an apple Danish with a friend rather than eat the entire thing.

46. Order 2 slices of cheese pizza instead of 2 slices of pepperoni pizza.

47. Grab a Dole Fresh Lites Cherry frozen fruit bar instead of a Sunkist Coconut frozen fruit bar.

48. Snack on 1/2 cup of fruit cocktail canned in water instead of 1 cup of fruit cocktail canned in heavy syrup.

49. Switch from 1 cup of fruit punch to 1 cup of sparkling water flavored with 2 teaspoons of concentrated orange juice.

50. Instead of eating garlic bread made with butter, spread baked garlic cloves on French bread.

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Myths and Facts About Psoriasis

1 Mar

Understanding psoriasis may be very helpful in effectively treating the symptoms associated with the condition. There are several myths surrounding psoriasis and separating fact from fiction can be an eye-opening experience and may help those suffering from the condition better cope with psoriasis.

Is it Contagious?

No. Psoriasis is not a contagious disease. The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, although malfunctioning T-cells in the body lead to the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. These appear as red patches on the skin with silvery scales over them. Touching these scales or passing bodily fluids does not spread the disease.

Psoriasis Affects Only the Skin

False. This is actually a problem with the immune system, as T-cells that are supposed to only attack bacteria and viruses target healthy cells as well. This leads to the buildup of dead skin cells, as new skin cells move to the surface of the skin too quickly. The result is the scaly appearance of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is Not Curable

This is true. While treatments exist that may help to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, there is no known cure for the disease.

Psoriasis is Due to Poor Hygiene

False. Psoriasis is due to a problem with the immune system and is not caused by poor hygiene. Weather, stress, obesity and smoking are common triggers of psoriasis, but hygiene has not been linked to the disease. If you have heard other myths that you would like to be confirmed or debunked, talk to a licensed physician or skincare professional. This is the best resource for information about psoriasis and other skin conditions.

reprint from www.skincareguide.com

GET YOUR BLING ON!

20 Sep

All that glitters is now available at Off Whyte Skin Care Studio.

Crystal studed bangles and earings, long trendy necklaces, belts and hats can add that special sparkle to any outfit.

Stop by to browse and receive a complimentary paraffin hand treatment with any purchase.

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Beautiful Brows

25 Aug

Your eyebrows frame your face, adding strength and definition.

Well groomed eyebrows enhance your beauty. You should pluck eyebrows before bedtime so any redness will disappear overnight. When shaping your eyebrows, the arch should line up with the outside of your iris.

Draw an imaginary line from the outside of your nose upwards to determine the inside of the brow and another line diagonal from the outside of your nose towards your temple to determine the end of the brow.

Use a white eye pencil to mark these with guidelines if desired.

Brush hairs in both directions to remove any loose hairs; then brush up the hairs to keep and downward on the ones you wish to remove. Use a pair of slant edge tweezers which grip hairs easily.

Pluck any hairs between the brows and any stragglers. Do not remove the hairs from above your eyebrows.

Pluck each hair individually close to the root, working in the direction of the growth. Always avoid over plucking. Less is more and a few hairs can make a huge difference.

To define your eyebrows choose a shade similar to your natural hair color. Use brow powder or a pencil that is a shade similar to your natural hair color to define the brows.

When using a pencil you should apply in small, feathered strokes. Starting at the inner corner work outwards. Blend the color with a brush.

To tame stray hairs just use hair gel or hair spray and comb through to neaten.

Keep in mind, your brows are sisters and not twins!