What causes chest wrinkles and skin discoloration
- Are you a side sleeper? Side sleeping causes deep vertical creases on the chest since the skin folds in that position.
- Sun exposure causes wrinkles and skin discoloration on the chest
- Tanning Beds
How to prevent chest wrinkles and skin discoloration
- Sleep on your back
- Always apply SPF 30 or higher on your chest
- Avoid using tanning beds
How to get rid of chest wrinkles and skin discoloration
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It may raise a few eyebrows, but a new study suggests Botox, the muscle paralyzing wrinkle tonic, may also be a powerful antidepressant.
Researchers who injected Botox into the corrugator and procerus muscles — the pyramid-shaped “frown muscles” between the eyebrows — in people suffering major depression found that, six weeks after a single treatment, more than half (52 per cent) of patients given Botox reported significant and sustained improvements in mood, compared to 15 per cent of patients injected with salt water.
The research is premised on a theory of emotion first proposed by Charles Darwin and William James, the “father” of American psychology, that facial expressions feed information back to the brain and affect how people feel emotionally.
Darwin believed the severely depressed suffered from hyperactive corrugator muscles. He called them the “grief muscles.”
The new study pushes the “facial feedback hypothesis” further. Frowning requires contraction of the corrugator muscles. The researchers thought, why not paralyze these muscles with Botox? Making it harder for people to frown, they reasoned, could reduce distress signals to the brain.
The study, to be published in May in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, was conducted by Maryland dermatologist Dr. Eric Finzi, and Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the renowned psychiatrist who was the first to describe and name “seasonal affective disorder,” or SAD, and the benefits of light therapy 30 years ago.
Major depression is one of the most common and disabling conditions worldwide.
“Honestly, these people suffer. With all that we have at our disposal nowadays, they continue to suffer,” said Rosenthal, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C.
Antidepressants are only partially effective, and, when they do work, the side effects such as decreased libido and insomnia can be “deal breakers,” Rosenthal said.
The beauty of Botox, he said, is that it doesn’t enter the bloodstream and interact “with all the other chemicals you’ve already added.”
Botox, which is derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, the toxin that causes botulism, works by blocking the release of a substance called acetylcholine that sends signals from the brain telling the muscles to contract.
As a result, muscles go slack, flattening the skin and reducing wrinkles, lines and furrows.
But doctors have been using the wrinkle agent for an ever-widening array of ailments, including migraine and tension headaches, chronic low back pain and muscle spasms in adult stroke patients.
The new depression study included 74 adults aged 18 to 65 with major depressive disorder. Less than half were on antidepressants at the time.
Participants were randomized to receive either Botox or saline injections into five injection points into the corrugator and procerus muscles between the eyebrows.
Six weeks after the injections, the Botox treated group showed a “decreased ability to form an effortful frown,” the researchers report.
What’s more, their depressive symptoms decreased by 47 per cent, compared to 21 per cent in the saline group.
The remission rate was also significantly higher in the Botox treated group (27 per cent) compared to placebo (seven per cent).
About half the patients in the Botox group were able to correctly guess which treatment they received. However, Rosenthal said there were no differences in changes in depressive symptoms between those who guessed their treatment correctly, and those who did not.
The study lasted just six weeks, and most of the participants were women. However, Rosenthal says one of his “very best” responders is a man. “I have no reason to believe they (men) would be any less responsive.”
It’s not clear how Botox may help ease depression. However, there are several possible mechanisms, they said.
According to Finzi and Rosenthal, “frowning may affect the way people feel about themselves when they look in the mirror and the way others respond to them.” “Happier” facial expressions may lead to “more positive social interactions,” they added.
They also believe the brain continuously monitors facial expressions, “and that the mood responds accordingly.” Freezing the frown muscles with Botox may interrupt that circuitry.
But there are important limitations.
“Botox wears off, it’s costly and it doesn’t work for everybody,” Rosenthal said. An average treatment costs about $400 US and lasts two to three months.
However, “Depression is a hugely common illness,” Rosenthal said.
“We’re just grateful for anything that could chisel off another 10 or 15 per cent of the problem.”
Groundbreaking new research on the cancer-fighting potential of vitamin C has made the pages of the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine. A team of researchers from the University of Kansas reportedly tested the effects of vitamin C given in high doses intravenously on a group of human subjects and found that it effectively eradicates cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
Building upon earlier research pioneered in the 1970s by the late Linus Pauling, a chemist from Oregon State University who today is recognized as the world’s foremost proponent of therapeutic vitamin C, the new research involved injecting high doses of vitamin C into human ovarian cells. The tests were conducted in vitro in a lab, as well as directly in both mice and a group of 22 human subjects.
According to BBC News, the tests showed favorable results in all three models, as the vitamin C effectively targeted the ovarian cancer cells while avoiding healthy cells. The benefits of high-dose vitamin C were also observed in conjunction with conventional chemotherapy treatments, which destroy all cells, both healthy and malignant, eventually leading to patient death.
“Patients are looking for safe and low-cost choices in their management of cancer,” stated Dr. Jeanne Drisko, a co-author of the study, to BBC News concerning the findings. “Intravenous vitamin C has that potential based on our basic science research and early clinical data.”
Researchers admit more human trials on intravenous vitamin C unlikely because drug companies cannot patent vitamins
The next step for this type of research would typically involve applying these same parameters in a large-scale clinical human trial to see if they can be replicated and confirmed. While this new study is admittedly convincing on its own, the hurdles to gaining widespread acceptance of its findings include replicating them across a much larger human sample size.
But this may never actually take place. And the reason, says the research team, is that such trials require major funding that typically comes from pharmaceutical companies interested in developing a patented drug. Drug companies, in other words, are hardly interesting in promoting the medicinal benefits of natural substances like vitamin C, which stands to decimate the multibillion-dollar conventional cancer industry if word gets out about its benefits.
“Because vitamin C has no patent potential, its development will not be supported by pharmaceutical companies,” says Qi Chen, lead author of the new study. “We believe that the time has arrived for research agencies to vigorously support thoughtful and meticulous clinical trials with intravenous vitamin C.”
The conventional medical industry’s response to these and similar findings over the years has been nothing short of derisive, which is to be expected. Having to rationalize decades of ushering cancer patients through the gauntlet of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery — with dismal results — while ignoring natural cancer-fighting alternatives like vitamin C is a hard pill to swallow for this powerful, high-profit industry, which would rather everyone ignore such findings than think critically about them.
“[A]scorbate is processed by the body in different ways when administered orally versus intravenously,” writes Heidi Ledford for Nature about this commonly misunderstood variance. The medical-industrial complex, it turns out, intentionally corrupts the conversation on vitamin C by convoluting the distinct effects of these very different delivery routes.
“Oral doses [of vitamin C] act as antioxidants, protecting cells from damage caused by reactive compounds that contain oxygen. But vitamin C given intravenously can have the opposite effect by promoting the formation of one of those compounds: hydrogen peroxide. Cancer cells are particularly susceptible to damage by such reactive oxygen-containing compounds.”
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WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE INJECTING?
Way back in the day, traditional tribal tattoo marks were made using dyes from the natural environment. This is certainly not the case any more. While it’s near impossible to say what’s in all tattoo inks (they are all different, and disclosure of ingredients is not actually enforced), it’s safe to say that most colours of standard tattoo ink are derived from heavy metals.
Mercury = red ink
Lead = yellow, green, white ink
Cadmium = red, orange, yellow ink
Nickel = black ink
Zinc= yellow, white ink
Chromium = green ink
Cobalt = blue ink
Aluminium = green, violet ink
Titanium = white ink
Copper = blue, green ink
Iron = brown, red, black ink
Barium = white ink
Other compounds used as pigments include antimony, arsenic, beryllium, calcium, lithium, selenium, and sulphur.
Tattoo ink manufacturers typically blend the heavy metal pigments and/or use lightening agents (such as lead or titanium) to reduce production costs.
Why are heavy metals such a problem? They bind in our bodies and are incredibly difficult to remove. They cause damage on a cellular level and contribute to cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and diseases of the kidneys, circulatory system, and nervous system.
Then there’s the carrier solution, which most likely contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohols, methanol, rubbing alcohol, antifreeze, detergents, or formaldehyde and other highly toxic aldehydes.
HOW CAN WE RECTIFY THE DAMAGE?
1. Stop getting tattoos.
2. If you’re a tattoo lover, ask to be decorated in high-quality vegan, organic inks and quiz the tattoo artist about the ingredients in the ink. Be adamant that you do not want ink containing heavy metals. Do your research first!
3. Start detoxifying those heavy metals.
I’m working on a more thorough blog post about heavy metal detoxification soon (this is something both my mum and I have had to do), but for now, here are some tips:
+ Add chlorella to your green smoothies.
+ Eat clay every morning.
+ Eat and juice coriander (aka cilantro).
+ Eat chia seeds.
+ Eat aloe vera.
+ Sweat on a daily basis – far infrared saunas are great for this.
So, there you go. We would love to know your thoughts on this topic. Does this info make you think twice about getting a tattoo? Or is your love of ink just too strong? Tell us in the comments below – just please be nice. We are simply the messenger, so put down that rifle.
Blackheads are the result of oxidized oil in the pores causing a black color. Use a brightening antioxidant serum to prevent oil oxidation.
Blackheads Be Gone: 6 Ways To Get Rid Of And Prevent Them From Coming Back
Exfoliating: “Exfoliating is one of the only variables we do have control of when it comes to minimizing the appearance of blackheads,” notes Dannielli. You can use cleansers, brushes and sponges to gently scrub away clogged pores. I recommend using Rhonda Allison Brightening Scrub, it aids in minimizing blackheads when done regularly”. Alternatively, you can use Rhonda Allison Clarifying Beads, which has anti-bacterial properties and will similarly clear out pores.
Clay Masks: “I occasionally recommend facial masks for patients to use for deep cleaning that can in some circumstances help clean out pores, leaving them smoother looking,” says Marcelino, I recommend using Lerosett Clay Mask. LEROSETT® by Gunilla of Sweden® is a professional skin care product for problem skin that has been a favorite for dermatologists and estheticians for over 25 years. LEROSETT® is the world’s best selling clay mask for problem skin and has been called a miracle product by dermatologists and skin care professionals for decades.
Salicylic and Glycolic Acid: “The best way to break down oil in clogged pores is by using beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic) or combination peels containing salicylic acid,” says Marcelino. I recommend using Skinmedica AHA/BHA Cream. “It is lipophilic (attracted to fat/oils) and concentrates at the surface of the pore to dissolve the plugs. Consistent use will prevent the blackheads before they form and help clear existing pores.” Additionally, glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid which is derived from sugar cane, helps clear dead skin and debris on the surface. These two work well in tandem.
Retinoids: The viamin A derivative is “the absolute best way to clear clogged pores and prevent blackheads from forming,” says Marcelino. “Prescription-strength formulations are the most effective, I recommend using Obagi Obagi Tretinoin Cream 1% . These work on receptors in the skin to improve the way skin grows and sheds so that it is less likely to form acne. The outer skin layer (epidermis) evens out and gets thicker while the outer dead layer of keratin material sheds more efficiently. Sometimes there is noticeable peeling but after regular use three to seven times weekly for four to six weeks, the side effects lessen and the skin appears more radiant and clear.
Microdermasbrasion: This professional method “can help a great deal,” say Marcelino. “Your esthetician can also provide chemical peel treatments and comedone extractions which are office-based procedures known to help improve skin texture and appearance.”
What NOT to do: It may take everything in your power, but “the worst approach is to squeeze blackheads,” says Marcelino. “This can make skin inflamed, infected and even cause scarring. Be careful not to use any sharp tools on the skin. Leave that to the professionals!”
For clear, flawless skin: Boost your intake of fish and vegetables every day. WHAT TO EAT: Leafy greens such as collard greens and spinach as well as fresh, organic fish like wild salmon.
For healthy, hydrated skin: Swap your morning and afternoon coffee for tea.
WHAT TO DRINK: Organic caffeine-free green tea.
Maintaining a consistent skincare routine that utilizes a powerful mix of anti-agers to reverse as well as prevent future damage is key to having youthful, radiant skin. However, it’s not the only link in the quest for reaching skin nirvana. What you eat-and what you skip-day to day plays a vital role in the integrity and appearance of your skin.
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Studies show that we swallow 25% or more of the chemically loaded whitening products that come in the form of strips or trays. Does fluoride, tar, aspartame, aluminum or benzene sound tasty to you? I think it’s safe to say that we’d all like to find an organic alternative, and oil pulling is just that.
What is oil pulling?
The practice is simple. Soon after waking, before eating or brushing your teeth, swish your mouth with a spoonful of high quality Sesame oil in order to “pull” bacteria, parasites and other toxins from your teeth and mucus membranes. Swish the oil vigorously, pulling “through” the teeth, and side to side for 15-20 minutes.
Oil pulling is said to be a powerful means of maintaining good health as well as an effective cure for a variety of ills. This is an ancient technique, first described in 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic texts.
oil pulling is one of many Ayurvedic techniques valuable for purifying and strengthening the body. According to Ayurveda, organ meridians are present in the tongue just as they are in key points such as the hands, feet and ears. That makes the tongue integral for diagnosis, and care of the tongue important in preventing and treating illness.
The ancient practice of oil pulling makes sense in another way. As oil is swished back and forth before being spit out, the mouth`s mucous membranes and large veins on the underside of the tongue are likely to absorb vital nutrients from the oil. Sesame oil, one of the oils traditionally recommended for this practice, has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it offers iron, calcium, magnesium, copper and phosphorus and vitamins A, B and E.
The practice of oil pulling has been shown effective at removing bacteria in the mouth. A two-week study at Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India found that two weeks of oil pulling caused a significant reduction in Streptococcus mutans count, reduced plaque and modified gingival index scores.
According to oil swishing enthusiasts, the practice can:
Improve oral hygiene signifcantly by removing bacteria, plaque and gingivitis
Brighter, whiter teeth (it’s amazing, I promise!)
Improve joint pain and arthritis
Improve sinus infections
Improve skin conditions, such as eczema, rashes and acnes
Improve digestive issues
Improve mental clarity
Increase hair growth
In today’s fast paced world, sticking to a diet and making healthy food choices for each and every meal can be a difficult, if not impossible, challenge. More times than not, most of us reach for whatever is the quickest and most convenient thing to eat, even if it means compromising calories and nutritional value. But implementing a few small tweaks to your daily diet can make a world of difference, fueling your body with the essentials needed.
Stay fuller longer – Include fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
How it works – High-fiber diets are one mainstay that will never go out of style. “Fiber has the ability to keep you feeling fuller for longer so you’re less likely to overeat,” says Marcelino. “Fiber also slows the entry of food into the blood stream, blunting blood sugar and insulin response, both of which can lead to cravings and fat storage.” Fiber-rich diets also offer multiple health benefits, like a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. The easiest way to incorporate fiber into your diet is to load up on oranges, apples, carrots, beans, peas and oats. You can also opt for foods that contain added fiber, like cereals, and even low-calorie muggings, or supplements.
Two types of fiber
WATER-SOLUBLE FIBER – The cholesterol reducer – Found in fruits like apples, cranberries, oranges and grapes and foods like beans, oats and barley, soluble fiber helps to reduce cholesterol and allows your digestive system to function properly.
INSOLUBLE FIBER – The cleanser – The three main types of insoluble fiber are cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, which are sourced from broccoli, pears, beets and whole grains. Insoluble fiber helps to cleanse the intestines and nourish blood vessels.
Speed up your metabolism – By adding cinnamon to your morning cup of coffee
How it works – Not only does cinnamon add an extra boost of flavor, it also levels out your sugar metabolism, meaning it causes your stomach to empty food slower than normal so your blood sugar doesn’t spike. When blood sugar levels are stable, you’re less likely to binge or crave sugary and sweet foods. And there’s no limit to how much cinnamon you can use. Try sprinkling it on fruit, like apples, or add it into green tea, fruit smoothies and even coffee.
Get more nutrients out of your carbs – Every week, switch one brown bread food for a whole sprouted grain.
How it works – Most white carbohydrates offer nothing more than empty calories. Just as filling as their white counterparts, brown rice, whole wheat bread, pasta and pizza, as well as other types of whole grains, pack a powerful punch of “protein, fiber and nutrients,” says Phoenix AZ, nutrition expert Saharra Mendes. But, still, brown breads won’t provide you with the quantity and quality of nutrients that sprouted trains (whole wheat kernels that sprout, are ground up and then baked into bread) can. Adds Mendes, “The only ‘real’ whole grain breads are those that have sprouted grains, like Food for life’s Ezekiel Organic Sprouted Whole Grain breads, which have two to three grams of fiber per slice.”
Break down sugar efficiently – Swap artificial sweeteners for natural sources of sugar
How it works – Artificial sweeteners are low in calories, or completely absent of them, which is why so many of us choose them over sugar. But, truth be told, artificial sweeteners are actually harder for your body to process and break down than natural forms of sugar. “Artificial sweeteners contain chemicals that the body has to work harder at digesting. This can actually slow down digestion and your metabolism,” says nutrition consultant Saharra Mendes. There’s also never-ending controversy surrounding these faux sweeteners. “Most have some sort of negative problem associated with them. Aspertame, for example, is the most complained-about ingredient to the FDA,” says Mendes. “A better choice is stevia - a composite herb native to South America whose leaves are the source of a noncaloric sweetener, we recommend the name brand Truvia, other option for sweetener is real sugars found in cold-pressed honey of blackstrop molasses,” she says. Just make sure to keep your sugar intake to a minimum.
Burn more fat – Try a cup of oolong tea instead of green tea
How it works – All varieties of tea contain polyphenols, naturally found chemicals that provide health benefits and protect the body. But oolong tea is extremely high in them and jump-starts the enzyme that breaks down triglycerides, a type of fat. In fact, some reports state that two cups of oolong per day help boost your metabolism and block the absorption of fatty carbohydrates. The main difference between oolong tea and other varieties is the harvesting process–oolong tea leaves are only partially oxidized, which preserves their floral flavor and unique benefits, where other tea leaves are fully oxidized. But the drying process offers more than just a unique taste. It also allows the body to burn more fat and calories than other teas, making oolong tea the preferred choice for weight loss purposes.
Naturally detox your body – Instead of prepackaged detox supplements, opt for dandelion, a natural detoxifier
How it works – Dandelion is a natural detoxifier that cleans the liver, blood and kidneys to rid the body of unnecessary sugars, toxins and other elements that can slow and hinder bodily functions. When the liver is stressed and packed with harmful elements, it can greatly affect how the body performs in terms of sleep, energy, weight gain and strength. Whether you choose to eat or drink the roots or leaves, this digestion aid also deposits high amounts of vital vitamins, such as vitamins A and B, and trace minerals like calcium, iron and potassium.
Months of preparation go into big events like the Academy Awards, experts say. Treatments like laser hair removal and professional teeth whitening are common, as are Botox, chemical peels and vitamin shots. One thing’s for sure: It’s a long road to red-carpet-ready.
If you’re a celebrity getting ready for the red carpet, a fresh manicure and a swipe of lipstick won’t cut it. Facing HD cameras and endless smartphone snaps, today’s A-listers get pampered beyond blowouts and designer dresses — think teeth whitening, vitamin injections, laser treatments and more.
It’s all hands on deck the hours before the big event, as an army of makeup artists, hair stylists and manicurists get to work — model Selita Ebanks once had 15 people working on her before a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, she told Allure magazine. But the real effort happens weeks — even months — in advance, experts say.
Here’s a look at how stars have prepared for Sunday’s Oscars:
VITAMIN SHOTS AND IV DRIPS
Stars are obsessed with the jolt of energy they get from vitamin B12 shots injected right into their blood stream — the perfect pick-me-up before a big night like the Oscars. Med Spa sees a surge in business before big events like fashion week, and celebs also love IV vitamin drips, which can be customized depending on what vitamins you need. The shot’s and IV’s help celebrities feel more alert, more energetic, more focused and they have the ability to do more.
The vitamins are also thought to be a hangover cure. “We know B12 helps break down alcohol, It’s good for people who are nightlife people.” Madonna, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna are all fans of vitamin injections.
Nope, those pearly whites aren’t natural. Stars usually get professional teeth whitening treatments a few days before major events. It’s always in huge demand among celebrity patients, especially during awards season.
We recommend Philips Zoom treatments, which whiten teeth in just one sitting, and take less than an hour.
The treatment ranges from $200 to $500, depending on the dentist.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
Stars in skin-baring dresses won’t risk the camera catching any stubble, so most turn to laser hair removal months before the awards show. It’s usually the first cosmetic procedure people get. Because of the newer devices that are almost painless and super-fast, more and more young patients are removing everything. Celebs’ must-do areas are still the legs, bikini line, underarms and arms, depending on the gown. It takes at least eight treatments for the hair to go away permanently, and skin takes a day or two to recover.
Makeup isn’t enough to make stars glow on the red carpet. Favorite of stars including Rachel Weisz and Sofia Coppola — medical peels and microdermabrasion.
They will be arriving during daytime sun on the red carpet so their skin has to be flawless. Also, the skin is a canvas for their makeup. If the skin is perfect, they will be glowing! Emma Stone and Michelle Williams is known to get Power Peel, which starts with a diamond peel microdermabrasion and finishes with a blast of oxygen to rejuvenate the skin. During facials, electric current to “drain puffiness, tone muscle and tighten skin is usually added. Stars usually sleep with an exfoliating mask on their skin the night before the Oscars.
BOTOX AND FILLERS
Aging actresses don’t look that good without a little help. It’s no secret stars love Botox for smoothing skin and vanishing wrinkles, and injectable fillers help plump up lips and cheeks. The treatments are especially important before awards shows, where celebrities are “examined under a magnifying glass. Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Osbourne, Jennie Garth and Courtney Cox have all admitted to using Botox.
We recommends stars and people alike get the treatments at least a month before a big night like Sunday.