Not all lasers are created equally, and you should have an idea about the different styles and effects before opting for any laser treatment. Keep in mind that your body’s reaction to lasers will vary from that of other users! Nobody is “typical”.
Non-ablative lasers work without removing or otherwise harming the top layers of skin, whereas ablative lasers evaporate the top layers of injured skin. As a result, no significant patient downtime relates to cosmetic operations that use only non-ablative laser technology.
Lasers can help repair fine wrinkles, discoloration, acne scars, big pores, damaged blood vessels, and age spots. Using heat, Lasers promote fibroblasts, which are progenitors to new collagen in the skin. More collagen equals firmer, younger-looking skin by plumping up the treated skin.
How Lasers Work
Lasers emit just one wavelength, implying they only release one light color. When explaining how lasers function, that’s as broad as it gets. It is a focused, one-wavelength beam of light that employs light frequency to generate heat. Because lasers can aim so much heat precisely onto a single location, they may be used to demolish and burn away undesirable conditions. The area you wish to treat with a laser must have a specific color tone. The laser will not be as effective if this is not done. As a result, it is ideal for treating various dark spots and hair removal.
Different Laser Types for Different Cosmetic Applications
• Hair Removal: This is not always successful since laser hair removal targets and burns hair follicles. As a result, it works best on those with a pale complexion and dark hair. Removing blond and white hair with less pigment is likely to be more difficult or unsuccessful. The success and safety of laser hair removal greatly rely on the pigment present in both the patient’s skin and hair.
• Tattoo Removal: Most tattoo removal specialists believe laser removal is the most effective and cost-efficient method. To remove your tattoo, you will need to undergo a series of laser treatments over several weeks or more. Lasers do not always fully erase tattoos. Instead, they soften or fade it such that it is barely apparent.
• Fine Lines and Wrinkles: A combination of skin resurfacing, and skin tightening treatments can be utilized to address lines and wrinkles, or both can be performed with a more intense ablative laser. Wrinkles can be removed using laser skin resurfacing procedures. Laser treatments can minimize the look of deep wrinkles, smooth out moderate wrinkles, and remove light wrinkles.
• Skin Tightening: Because they induce controlled damage to the skin, most cosmetic laser treatments give at least some amount of superficial tightening. Laser resurfacing can tighten skin, and it is typically more effective than other skin-tightening procedures. It reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and dark patches on the skin, such as age spots.
• Scar Removal: Ninety-five percent of acne scars have some form of discoloration. Laser therapy for acne scars concentrates light on the top layers of your skin. At the same time, the therapy stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells to replace scar tissue.
• Vascular Lesions: Your doctor may recommend low-level laser therapy for skin lesions. In this instance, laser therapy will increase healthy cells, which will be used to treat your lesions. The procedure also improves healing by boosting collagen formation, which can help to avoid scarring.
Body sculpting is more than a fad. Yes, it’s trendy, but only because more people are hearing about it and giving it a try. Part of the attraction is that hot and cool sculpting is perfect for those who may do their best and live a healthy lifestyle but still have stubborn areas where our bodies seem to store excess fat, which means most of us. Some of us store a little winter weight in our midsection, our thighs, or our backsides. And while that too might be trendy right now, it’s not for everyone. Neither is body sculpting, but it sure is effective.
Hot Sculpting destroys fat cells with heat from a laser, while Cool Sculpting kills fat cells by freezing them.
Don’t worry; the temperature fluctuations aren’t severe enough to harm other types of cells. Cool and warm sculpting procedures are FDA approved and entail no needles, anesthetic, or recovery time. Both can treat the same regions, and the fat cells are eliminated permanently as our lymphatic system disposes of the damaged fat cells. You’ll get your ultimate results in around three months using either method.
Hot Sculpting is a fat-reduction technique that uses laser light to heat and destroy fat cells. Each session of Hot Sculpting lasts about 25 minutes. The majority of patients find the treatment to be mostly painless. However, some complain that the hot sensation is unpleasant and causes them to sweat. After the procedure, the hot sculpting tool is removed from the treatment area, and the skin may seem red and feel warm. Patients can resume their everyday routines. Dead fat cells are gradually eliminated from the body over the next several weeks via natural detoxification processes.
Cool Sculpting is a treatment that uses hand-held suction equipment to draw fat from beneath the skin into a vacuum device. This technique focuses on tiny regions of the body to freeze persistent excess fat. The frozen fat deposits are sometimes referred to as “ice crystals.” The body normally excretes ice crystals as part of its regular activities.
The Cool Sculpting technique involves a lot of tugging and squeezing. This is due to the suction and sucking of the fat cells under the skin. Cool Sculpting might be unpleasant for people with sensitive skin or more extensive fat tissue.
Although hot and cool sculpting is similar, there are some critical differences to be aware of. The primary drawbacks of Cool Sculpting include uncomfortable pulling, tugging, and numbness during treatment.
Both therapies are easy to do, and they efficiently destroy excess fat. And both therapies have been approved by the FDA and are considered far safer than intrusive surgeries. And while Warm Sculpting has become the treatment of choice for individuals wishing to avoid lasers, Cool Sculpting offers the same benefits without the high-tech involvement.
It’s tough to drag yourself out of bed in the morning and get ready for school or the office, especially if you’re not a morning person. I’m always craving those last ten minutes of warm snoozing, but I also want to look my best. What to do? Well, here are five beauty tricks that will save you valuable time and money.
Unless your hair is long and a bit unmanageable, you can skip the waiting time and wash off your conditioner immediately. Who’s got time for what isn’t essential, like moisturizing in the shower? I go with whatever body lotion or oil I have and give my skin a quick once over before getting out.
If you don’t have much time, wash your hair in the sink. Because your hair is usually the first thing people notice, you can skip a few daily steps if you keep your hair clean and glossy. If you’ve got a little time, here are some other quick tips to save your skin and a little cash.
To remove any sebum formed overnight, use a toner before applying your moisturizer. A toner will eliminate any residual dirt from your skin, allowing your moisturizer to enter more deeply. Following your toner with a brightening moisturizer will provide your complexion with the much-needed pick-me-up it requires on busy mornings.
Compared to bare skin, a natural tinted moisturizer allows the skin to relax while keeping makeup looking natural. When it comes to tinted moisturizer vs. foundation, the former will give deeper nourishment and a light texture, which is ideal when you’re rushed. You can also save time by using BB cream in the morning instead of a full face of makeup. It moisturizes, protects, and evens out skin tone.
Lipstick isn’t just for your lips. Most have a rich, creamy texture that is wonderful for a little reddish tint on your cheeks, and they blend easily enough to be a subtle color for your eyes. When you’re short on time, your lipstick can also serve as a long-lasting creamy rose blush on your cheeks.
It may be tempting to dry your hair immediately after getting out of the shower in the morning. But you have to resist; by drying your hair last, you give it a chance to air dry a little, reducing drying time significantly. If you haven’t yet embraced the headband trend, I strongly advise you to do so!
Headbands can tie a whole outfit together while covering any greasy hair blunders. Another simple beauty trick is to make a loose braid of your hair before going to bed so you can wake up with wonderfully wavy hair. It’s also a good hack for skipping the wash in the morning, and the damaging hair-drying can cause to your beautiful locks!
Hate tests? Well, me too. It’s so intimidating and scary. I’ve always had a bit of test anxiety, so taking a test to get licensed for anything you love sounds tough! Still, the keyword there is “love,” so again, if you really want to do well, you will.
Be Prepared for Your Test
Don’t forget the most important parts of being prepared beyond the hundreds of hours you’ve spent in class at an accredited school. Those things include eating well on the days before your testing as well as getting plenty of sleep.
Other things that will let you get the sleep you need are arranging your travel to the testing site, making sure you have a backup plan, and those silly things like taking your picture ID, bringing your phone (just in case, and having some cash – think lunch later, Uber, or some other unknown!
As for those hours of training you put in, the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology expects those testing to have completed 1600 hours of Cosmetology training. Those wishing to get other specific licenses will need 750 hours for Hairstyling, 600 hours for Aesthetics, 600 hours for Nail Technology, and 350 hours for all Instructor training licenses.
The Arizona Cosmetics Aesthetics Testing Process
The Aesthetics testing consists of two parts, a written test with approximately 100 questions and a practical test to show off your skills. The written portion takes about an hour. As for the practical, time depends on how many students take the test with you. This can vary depending on how many students take the test with you. Plan for three hours.
The practical part takes longer because you are using your skills in front of the testing group. You’ll need to bring your State Board kit with everything needed. This can change from time to time, so check at the official Arizona State site to ensure you have what’s necessary.
The written part will test your overall knowledge of Aesthetics. No notes or books are allowed – and it is administered on a computer. Don’t worry; it goes fast if you know the subject fairly well.
Being prepared is essential, so keep in mind that schools like IMAj Institute offer Examination Preparation courses. At IMAj, their course is 32-hours of hands-on training for students who may have trained in another state, at another school, or who need to refresh before taking the state tests.
Of course, if you attend IMAj Institute they will spend the last two weeks before graduation helping you prepare for the state boards and you’ll be so ready!
What Arizona Requires to Test
Step one: You must apply for your examinations, so go to Virtual Inc. (PCS) and register (no fee). Then choose Arizona and continue your application. There is a $177 fee for both the written and practical portions. If your application is in order, you’ll receive authorization to test. The official admission notice for the practical part will be emailed to you about two weeks before your exam date.
Step two: Go to the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology website and submit your application. You’ll need a 2×2 Passport photo, a certificate of graduation on your school’s letterhead, proof of lawful presence in the US, proof of age (16 years with HS diploma or 18 and older).
Once those are uploaded and accepted, you get to pay the non-refundable $60 fee. Afterward, the Board will notify Virtual Inc. (PCS), who will schedule your exams with you.
You’ll get your final scores and your license in about two weeks if everything goes well. When that happens, the world’s your oyster. Go be a success!
A chemical peel works by applying a chemical solution to the skin under treatment and then removing the top dead layers. The regenerated/new skin is cleaner and more even toned. You’ll probably have to repeat the process with a light or medium peel to achieve desired effects.
Chemical peels are offered at Medical Esthetics programs and rejuvenation spas to remove wrinkles, discoloration, and marks from the skin as well as helping to enhance the texture of the skin. A chemical solvent is added to the skin, causing it to “blister” and gradually peel off. In most cases, the new skin is cleaner and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Treatments can also reduce the appearance of dark spots. Chemical peels lighten black spots by removing the skin pigment melanin.
A chemical peel can cause redness and inflammation that lasts several days. The recuperation time is longer after a medium or deep chemical peel. A chemical peel may induce a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, such as a cold sore outbreak caused by the herpes virus, although this is rare.
Chemical peels treat acne by lowering the pH of the skin, which aids in the removal of dead skin cells, resulting in a clearer appearance and fewer clogged pores. Peels can help other ingredients to penetrate better since they strip the top layer of skin.
Your skin condition determines the durability of a chemical peel. Light to medium peels can last one to two months. Consult a professional if you want to see more visible and lasting effects. You may have to take a few days off work to heal. It takes 5 to 7 days for the skin to recover to the point that you can conceal the redness caused by the peel.
Sometimes no matter how hard we stick to our good eating habits and stay active, it seems like it’s all for nothing. But if you’ve got the inclination – and the money – laser body sculpting treats those problem areas where it’s tough to lose fat with diet or exercise. Without the need for surgery, this non-invasive fat reduction procedure will reduce fat cells in problem areas. Laser body contouring is also known as nonsurgical fat reduction. These techniques contour and sculpt various parts of the body by reducing or removing stubborn fat from problematic areas. The effects of laser body contouring treatments will last for a long time.
Laser body contouring uses a non-invasive laser procedure to improve your body structure. It’s a huge step forward from previous surgical procedures that required numerous deep skin incisions. Treatments target high-wavelength light-based energy lasers optimized for weight reduction in areas like the belly and waistline. The applicators target and treat fat cells with light energy, allowing the body to automatically lose these cells in the weeks after your contouring procedure. Laser fat reduction delivers heat below the surface of the skin and destroys fat cells.
Laser body sculpting treatments are fast, lasting less than 30 minutes, and can treat several areas at once. Many people have results as early as six weeks after fat reduction therapy, but the most significant results are seen after several weeks. Certain patients may experience a mild tingling feeling during treatment, but this is a normal behavior seen in many people. The most common side effects of body contouring procedures are moderate swelling, tenderness, and redness. Without any downtime, most patients can resume their daily schedule soon after surgery.
The cost of laser body contouring varies significantly based on the area to be treated, as well as the clinic’s experience. An average eight-session series will easily cost over $1,000.
I spend a lot of time in my garden. It always takes some work, but the rewards are worth it. In the Springtime, there are new buds on the trees and an abundance of greenery. If everything goes to plan, the grass is doing well after a long winter of brown patches, and the fragrances are unique.
If I’m lucky, there are enough new flowers to cut a few of the buds and bring them into the house and my patio for show. Before spring, and when I’ve already done the bulk of my pruning, I like to have flowers delivered next day so there are new colors inside to brighten up each room.
Colorful arrangements bring a warm glow to the house and always leave me smiling. I’ve got plenty of holiday touches that I bring from my storage room to show the seasons’ passing, but having the extra flowers is lovely.
The splash of colors and the upbeat smell of flowers are always welcome. Although I do love decorating, there’s nothing wrong with a casual bouquet of your favorite flowers. Keep in mind that if you are trying to set-off a holiday theme, you may want to go a bit fancier, but overall, the arrangement itself and the vase you put them in will make or break your theme.
The Color is the Key
Your flower arrangement can be simple, and so can the vessel you use, but the key to harmonizing your display and theme is how the colors burst from the table or shelf. Flowers are natural, but making them pop on display takes a little effort and energy.
This is your chance to be creative, so think of new and exciting ways to show off your beautiful arrangement. How about a carved pumpkin at harvest time? You’ll get the pungent smell of the gourd as well as the fragrance of the flowers.
Any old bucket or water pail makes a perfect vase if you are going for a rustic theme. In my mind, even an arrangement of grasses and daisies look extra special in a grey pail. If it’s not quite what you had in mind, add a ribbon around the container for a contrasting color.
You’ll probably find that mixing colors and flowers can give any room in the house that special flair you were looking for. And, you’ll also note that with aromatic, beautiful flowers, you almost can’t go wrong.
When you bring your flowers in from the garden, make sure you get them into the water quickly, they are in shock and won’t last more than a few minutes in the outdoor heat before wilting. If you are taking advantage of an overnight flower delivery order, they have been well prepared for delivery and may last longer than those you’ve cut yourself.
However, even with delivery arrangements, take gentle care of them and do two things as soon as they arrive. First, imagine just how you want them to look in the vase or your chosen vessel, and even if they come in water, change it for clean tap water.
Next, clip the bottom of each flower stem so it can continue to draw moisture up to the petals. Then, add the nutrient packet supplied (it’s often rubber-banded to a branch) or a tablespoon of sugar and half that much vinegar to preserve your beautiful display as long as possible.
Another tip for keeping your flowers looking fabulous and lasting longer is to keep them off window sills where the rays of the sun can get concentrated through the glass!
A woman’s lips can be are the most desirable part of her body. Lips are an integral part of facial symmetry and aesthetics, and studies have shown that broader and fuller lips add to the concept of feminine beauty. Our lips are among the sexiest parts of our body and play a vital role in physical intimacy. So, who doesn’t want beautiful lips?
We all want to stay young and sexy, and there are a few basic makeup strategies if you want your lips to look fuller and healthier. Smooth, full-looking lips look stunning, but keeping your lips moisturized and hydrated is the most useful starting point. It might take a little extra care, but what follows are tips to make your lips look fuller and more naturally beautiful.
We’re busy, rushing around, and sometimes we forget about drinking enough water. Unfortunately, that is one of the most common causes of dry skin. You should drink your way through eight glasses of water each day. Believe it or not, that alone will benefit your lips in a variety of ways. The hydration offers a fuller look to your lips. Particularly during the winter, when the cold air steals the moisture from your lips, you’re going to want to rehydrate.
To supply your lips with the moisture they deserve, you might also consider using a humidifier in your house. Try a home cure, such as applying your lips with honey to soothe and moisturize them. Don’t pick on your lips. Your saliva will evaporate alongside the lasting moisture in your lips.
Proper exfoliation clears the skin-clogging surface of dead skin cells and reveals new cells underneath. This opens the door to reach more directly into the skin for moisturizing. An exfoliating regimen will leave your lips feeling smooth and clean. Exfoliating your lips with a mixture of sugar and honey will help to remove some of the rough, flaking skin and restores brightness, texture, and softness to the lips. Exfoliate twice a week. It is essential to not overdo it.
Licking your lips damages the defensive layer that can cause your lips to dry out. You coat them with saliva as you lick your lips. The enzymes in your saliva will sit on the lips and cause harm and dryness as well as leaving your lips drier than before you licked them.
Exposure to sun can make your lips appear darker and dryer. Be sure that you use a lip balm with an SPF ingredient. Aloe Vera and vitamin E are other good natural therapies. You can break open a stalk of live Aloe Vera or even a capsule of vitamin E and add the product right to your lips. Vitamin E improves circulation and can help to create new skin cells while softening the lips.
It is so essential that you don’t have any lipstick on your lips at night. Leaving lipstick on for too long can also damage your skin. Make sure that you exfoliate your lips regularly and apply a good lip balm at night.
For your overall health and the health of our planet, natural makeup is a choice we should all consider. Parabens and SLS have known additives that should be avoided, while natural herbs, oils, and extracts produced without synthetic materials used in organic skincare products are usually safer.
When selecting natural and organic products, the ultimate advantage is that they efficiently provide our skin with long-lasting health. The levels of natural nutrients found in essential vitamins and minerals are typically much higher and organic products are healthier for the climate. Natural makeup is also environmentally friendly. Organic and natural products are keys to healthy and youthful skin. Clean beauty products are usually free of toxic additives including parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrance and are the best choice for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Yes, it’s true that natural makeup is more costly than traditional makeup, usually because organic cosmetic products are produced with high-quality natural ingredients. And the rich nutrients make natural makeup more expensive. That and the fact that they are typically manufactured in smaller quantities.
Chemicals found in traditional makeup is very rough on the skin. They promote inflammation and allergic reactions and for people with sensitive skin, it can be difficult to work with non-organic makeup which is toxic for our overall health. Two common examples of compounds used widely in cosmetics are parabens and phthalates; substances that have been associated with diabetes and cancer.
Instead, choose brands that are synthetic and fragrance-free cosmetics. Choose according to your skin type and make sure that the products are paraben free.
Our skin ages with time and becomes more sensitive. Non-organic products with harsh chemicals are more likely to produce rashes, redness, and irritation. Natural makeup without the petrolatum and parabens won’t irritate your skin like chemical-laden cosmetics. Plus, natural makeup can help soothe irritation, making our skin look younger and healthier.
Our faces are regularly exposed and sensitive to ultraviolet rays and thus need protection. Fortunately, organic products contain antioxidants that can help minimize the effects of sun damage, such as vitamin C. Nutrient-rich organic cosmetic products also help provide extra protection for UV rays without harming your skin. They can help to encourage healthy, youthful-looking skin.
Cruelty-free makeup products are not tested on animals. Natural organic makeup is not only eco-friendly, it’s rich in nutrients. These cruelty-free products are safe for your skin. With natural products, there is less risk of skin problems, infections, and irritation.
Some spa treatments such as dermaplaning can also be considered natural and healthy. Avoiding unnatural and harmful treatments and overexposure to any chemicals and compounds that can block pores and damage your skin’s elasticity is also a good idea.
A little reminder from our Guest about sleep:
True silence is the rest of the mind and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. William Penn
Remember when your mother harped on you to get more sleep? It turns out she was right. There are many good reasons to get plenty of sleep and to avoid shorting yourself in the hours you need. Don’t believe me? Well, take a look at what the CDC (Center for Disease Control) says is recommended for optimal health.
Newborns up to three months: 14–17 hours
Infants four to 12 months: 12–16 hours
Toddlers one to three years: 11–14 hours
Preschoolers three to five years: 10–13 hours
School-age children six to 12 years: 9–12 hours
Teens 13 to 18 years: 8–10 hours
Adults 18 to 60 years: 7-plus hours
Adults 61 to 64 years: 7–9 hours
Adults 65 and older: 7–8 hours
Now I’m not telling you to set the alarm, because everyone’s biological clock is slightly different. But if you are coming in short of the advised hours, you should try and stay in bed and get some quality sleep as long as you can. Good sleep can be improved by sleeping in a dark room. Use blackout shades if you must, or even consider a sleep mask if your room is too bright.
Having a comfortable bed is another big factor in getting enough sleep. The more you toss and turn, the less time your body will have to get into REM sleep, which you need to relax and calm your body.
Reason One – Lower The Possibility of Weight Gain
Strangely enough, working more, or at least sleeping less, tends to lead to weight gain. Poor sleep patterns and stress have been shown to have a profound effect on the body. In a recent study at the University of Colorado, participants restricted to a five-hour nightly sleep pattern gained an average of two pounds in just one week.
Part of that can be attributed to hormonal changes, including the regulation of leptin, which sleep deprivation reduces. And the hormone ghrelin, which sleep-deprivation activates. Ghrelin triggers the feeling of being hungry. See where I’m going with this?
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body can’t regulate your food intake correctly. It’s not that you’re that hungry; it’s just that your body is confused.
Reason Two – Improve Concentration and Performance
Study’s show that a child’s sleep patterns impact their academic performance and behavior. The less sleep they get, the more likely they are to fall behind in school. Studies on adults point to similar effects on work performance.
If you need more convincing, according to surveys in 2018 and 2019, a lack of sleep had a direct effect on sexual desire in both men and women. Twenty percent of women said they were too tired at night for sex, and medical studies show that a man’s testosterone level can fall by up to 20 percent at night after a lack of sleep during the prior week.
Sleeplessness has an impact on the brain’s frontal lobe, which maintains complex judgment calls. Study’s have found that after even a single sleepless night, men overestimated women’s interest in sex. You’ve been warned.
Reason Three – Improved Immune System
Research shows that there is a direct correlation between good sleep and the body’s ability to repair itself. The immune system fights off colds and viruses and is stronger when it has a chance to rejuvenate itself.
Getting adequate sleep helps reduce inflammation in the body and protects us all from its effects. Unfortunately, studies have now shown that sleep deprivation contributes to diseases, and in turn, many of those diseases contribute to sleep deprivation. It’s a vicious circle. Beat the bugs by getting enough sleep!
Reason Four – Greater Emotional Intelligence
Ever stay up late for nights on end trying to get ready for a test or business presentation? Did it help? Often, the lack of sleep hurts your test scores. And, it can put a crimp in your work performance too.
When you don’t get enough sleep, you may feel cranky and be less able to understand other people and empathize with them. Which impacts how you view people, and also how you interpret their reaction to whatever you might be presenting to them at work.
When you are tired, you miss the emotional signs that help you make good decisions. How might that impact a personal relationship? Yes, not well.
Reason Five – Preventing Depression
Our sleep patterns greatly impact our overall mental health. Studies in the US and New Zealand show that there is a likely link between a lack of sleep and depression. Unfortunately, studies also show that a lack of sleep is also a contributing factor in a significant number of deaths by suicide.
Sleep is a vital part of life. It can make us happier, more energetic and athletic, and give us sharper focus for mental tasks. It can even make us look better.
When we are tired, we look a bit off. When rested, we look and feel better. And there’s proof! Sleep deprivation can interfere with collagen production, which we all need to maintain healthy skin and look better. A lack of collagen production can weaken our skin, making it taught and rigid. You can help keep it supple and youthful with adequate sleep. Your read it here first!