Saturday, August 25, 2012

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Can I Really Get Rid of Cellulite?

Cellulite is that annoying lumpy, dimpled, irregular fat that can be found on the hips, thighs, buttocks and even neck of 85% of women...skinny women, obese women, young women, and old women – as well as a small percentage of men. Cellulite can occur at any time from puberty through old age, and most of us are already well acquainted. Since cellulite is composed of fat it is the belief of many women that getting rid of that fat is the only way to make it disappear. You might be surprised to find that losing weight isn't necessarily going to help you eliminate cellulite.

Cellulite Theory 101
Here's what the experts can agree on - there are two opposing forces that produce the final appearance of cellulite: weakened connective tissue pulling down and excess fat and fluids pushing up. However, the experts most always disagree on the root cause of this condition.

The first theory states that the cause of cellulite is the result of an estrogen imbalance. Estrogen, which happens to play a number of other roles in the body, is the hormone responsible for softening the fibrous tissues of the womb right before birth. It has the same effect on the connective tissue that anchors the skin to the muscle. This tissue forms the compartments that store fat directly under the skin. Weakened connective tissue from excess estrogen production pulls down on the skin and causes the stored fat to push up, resulting in the irregular appearance of cellulite. Now, it may be perfectly normal for women to have an excess amount of estrogen, but when this is complicated by bad circulation the result is an increased appearance of cellulite. 

Poor circulation of the lymphatic system is at the root of the second theory concerning the cause of cellulite. The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting toxins found in the body to the liver and kidneys where they can be processed and excreted. When this route is slowed or halted excess toxins are deposited in the fatty tissues under the skin. A build up of these toxins results in a higher fluid density of the fatty tissue. This fluid blocks the re-absorption of fat into the blood stream to be used as energy.


Everyone wants an instant fix, a magic pill. There just isn't one. The best way to treat excessive cellulite appearance and cause of poor circulation of the lymph is with exercise and good nutritional habits. The average American diet is filled with junk food and complimented by a variety of fast food choices. These types of foods have little nutritional value and overload the liver and kidneys, becoming toxic waste. Excess waste slows down movement of the lymph causing a build up of waste materials as well as fat. 

What You Can Do
Cut down on the fast food and visualize eating fresh fruits and vegetables! Make sure you are getting the proper nutrition you need every day to supplement your healthy eating, and consider supplementation with a daily multivitamin.

And we all know that exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise increases the metabolism, helping your body to burn fat efficiently for fuel. Both aerobic and anaerobic exercises should be included in your daily routine. Aerobic exercises include activities such as walking, jogging and swimming, while anaerobic exercise refers to weight-training exercises that focus on the hips, butt and thighs, helping to convert fatty tissue to lean muscle.

Reducing the amount of fat in the body, increasing circulation of the lymph, taking your vitamins and treating unbalanced estrogen levels can all contribute to helping you finally be free from the bonds of cellulite!

There are plenty of skin care choices aiding in cellulite reduction. They do work to a degree to help in synergy with other health care efforts, like diet and exercise. But don't be mislead. Using only topical skin care and avoiding exercise and healthy diet will render only minimal results, surface results. While choosing a topical product, choose preferably an Organic or natural formula, which will help you to avoid putting any unnecessary toxins in your body that may sabotage your efforts. Choose a product that you can read ingredients of, before you buy it. Email manufacturer before you buy it if you have questions. 

Skin Brushing
 Skin brushing is touted among natural health practitioners as a way to help to reduce cellulite and improve skin's appearance in cellulite-prone areas. The practice is gaining popularity in mainstream society, potentially because it's easy, inexpensive and safe. While there's no scientific evidence that skin brushing works, it may be a valuable part of your total treatment plan. Dry brushing involves using a soft, natural-haired brush over areas of the skin where cellulite occurs. It's performed on dry, bare skin, usually before a shower or bath. After that bath, skin moisturizers or anti-cellulite creams are said to absorb quicker and deeper. Skin brushing can occur away from the heart or toward the heart, but toward the heart is said to increase its detoxifying benefits.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

5 Surprising Causes of Acne

It’s easy to blame your breakouts on stress or those three slices of pizza you ate last weekend, but that parade of pimples might instead be due to some lesser-known causes of acne.
You probably already know that there are several culprits behind acne: a collection of skin bacteria called P. acnes; overactive oil glands; and pores that get blocked by dead skin cells, according to dermatologist Bruce Katz, MD, director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center in Manhattan. But what brings on this breakout storm isn’t always so obvious.
Here, we identify undercover pimple triggers — and show you the best ways to zap those zits.

Your Cellphone

Taking too many calls on your iPhone could cause a pimple big enough to become a topic of conversation all its own. Pressing your cheek and chin against your phone causes pimple-producing oils to collect. Those oils, as well as acne-causing bacteria, build up along with any bacteria already on your mobile.
“It’s called ‘acne mechanica,’ ” explains dermatologist Eric Schweiger, MD, clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “It happens to violinists around the chin and football players with the chin strap — it’s [caused by] not letting the pores breathe, and the repetitive motion causes friction. Now we’re seeing it with cellphones.”
Redness relief: Clean your phone regularly by wiping it with the same cleansers you use for computer and TV screens. “When you talk on your cellphone, try not to keep it against your face or on the same side each time,” Dr. Katz suggests. Or simply keep clear by using a hands-free device.

Your Hairstyling Products

Styling products may fight frizz and leave your locks silky soft, but they can also cause breakouts, called “pomade acne,” along your hairline. “The acne comes from oil-based products and cosmetics,” Dr. Katz explains. “A lot of women don’t realize it’s not always their cosmetics causing the breakouts, but their hair product that rubs against their face when they’re asleep. It’s comedogenic, and is like putting oil on your skin.”
Redness relief: Look for oil-free pomades and gels (even natural oils can block pores, Dr. Katz notes). Also, scan the ingredients label for other acne-triggering additives, including the emulsifier Laureth-23, silicone and petrolatum. When applying styling products, be sure to avoid your hairline and skin, then wash your hands before touching your face, Dr. Schweiger suggests. Another smart move: Wash your pillowcases regularly. They absorb oil, hair products and dirt, all of which can activate acne.

Your Makeout Partner

If you can’t pin down what’s triggering your pimples, being cheek-to-cheek with your partner might be to blame. There’s even a name for breaking out after making out — “consort acne.” If your guy is wearing hair gel and you cuddle up, the gel can get on your face and cause acne, according to Dr. Katz. “Or, if someone has a lot of oils in their hair and you’re sharing a pillow, the oils can get on your skin and cause breakouts,” he says.
Redness relief: Ask your partner to use non-comedogenic products and oil-free hairstyling products. That will help keep the pimple-producing ingredients from rubbing off on your skin.

Your Toothpaste

Although a dab of toothpaste is often recommended as an on-the-spot pimple fighter, some people find that fluoride toothpaste actually triggers zits. “We see this when patients switch toothpastes and notice that they’re breaking out,” Dr. Schweiger says. Ingredients such as fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate may cause irritation and produce pimples.

Your Water

Hard water often leaves a mineral residue on skin. This film can clog pores and bring on breakouts. “There are certain minerals in high concentrations in hard water, which may cause irritation like acne or eczema,” Dr. Schweiger says.
Redness relief: Save face by installing water filters or purifiers, such as Jonathan Product Beauty Water Shower Purification System ($95). Filters reduce the concentration of heavy metals in water, which can help prevent pimple-causing residue and irritation. (Bonus: The filtered, pH-balanced water will also leave your hair silky smooth.)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Skin: A Unique Organ

The skin is the largest of the body’s organs. It functions as a key sensing organ, an oil producer, a detox organ, a temperature regulator, and a protective covering. The skin has to do battle constantly to stay strong and fight the damaging forces that surround it. As the barrier between the body and the environment, it is subjected to a lot of abuse, including:
1.      1. Ultraviolet rays from the sun (probably the most damaging factor the skin encounters each day)
2.      2.  Tanning and other sun exposure damage
3.    3. Cleaning-product chemicals, both on clothing and in the air, which interact with the skin, drying it out and causing injury and possible allergic reactions 

Your skin reflects your internal health. A healthy person has glowing. Radiant, smooth skin. Inflammation, scaling, or puffiness indicates that the body is having health problems. Many skin conditions that leave us with undesirable complexions can be alleviated with a proper diet. 

What Does Food Have to Do with It? 
The body is made up of more than 100 billion cells, each of which is made up of fats and proteins. Carbohydrates offer these cells energy. These three components are necessary to support your body’s basic health.
However, these nutrients alone do not make your body and skin healthy. Your body also needs vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to perform optimally and look radiant. These nutrients help the skin repair damage, build support structures, stay moist, and prevent disease. For example, collagen is the skin’s main structural component, and the body cannot make it without vitamin C. If you do not eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, lemons, and strawberries, your skin can lose its tight structure and begin to loosen, sag, and wrinkle. 

Nutrients to the Rescue 
There are many nutrients that the skin needs to function properly and to look radiant. See below list of  the most important nutrients for the skin and describtions of their roles in promoting skin health. Note that because hair follicles live in the skin, your hair’s health is related to your skin’s health. For that reason, keeping your skin healthy can help your hair regain that smooth, shiny, soft appearance it had when you were a child. 

Nutrients That Support Skin Health
Vitamin A - Fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in preventing acne, blemishes, and dry skin; May help prevent skin cancer; Deficiency causes dry, scaly skin and an increased likelihood of infection
Vitamin B complex - Consists of all eight water-soluble B vitamins; Essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins; Involved in energy production; Deficiency can result in skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - Improves oxygen usage by skin cells; Deficiency can result in inflammation
Vitamin B3 (niacin) - Ensures that the skin receives proper blood circulation
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) - Required for cell division and protein synthesis
Biotin - Required for skin cells to rapidly divide and grow
Vitamin B12 - Used in the treatment of dermatitis
Vitamin C - Water-soluble vitamin that can prevent skin damage and reduce the aging effects of cigarette smoke and sun damage; Required for collagen formation
Calcium - Deficiency associated with eczema and brittle nails
Copper - stimulates collagen and elastin formation
Vitamin E - May help with wound healing
Essential Fatty Acids - Include omega-3 and omega-6 fats; Act as a lubricant, moisturizer, and anti-inflammatory; Reduce the severity of sun damage
Iron - Promotes oxygenation of blood, a healthy immune system, and energy production
Methionine - Plays a role in protein building, cell division, and skin repair
Potassium - Deficiency results in dry skin
Selenium - Preserves elasticity of tissue; Deficiency may lead to premature aging
Silicon/Silica - Promotes tissue firmness; Strengthens hair, skin, and nails; Maintains skin elasticity
Zinc - Helps heal wounds; Needed for cell repair and for production of DNA, RNA (protein blueprints), and enzymes