S34: Semen/Sperm Skincare?

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The celebrities are doing it -at least some-like Heather Locklear! Using semen as an anti-aging skincare. Let’s be completely honest, Heather Locklear has some sort of secret going on because she looks fabulous in her fifties! Is it possible that it’s all that “semen” or seminal fluid skincare  keeping the lines and wrinkles away.  Let’s review just a little Biology 101 so we can make some sort of sense to this type of skincare.  Seminal fluid consists of a natural combinations of fluid from the testicles, prostate gland, and the seminal vesicles .This seminal fluid consists of proteins, fructose, and fatty acids. Semen is also slightly alkaline from the prostatic fluid.  One Teaspoon of Semen (smile) contains vitamins , minerals  and  enzymes. Vitamins like calcium, vitamin C, lactic acid, magnesium, potassium,  citric acid, fructose, zinc and B12.  Lets not forget that it carries with it over 200 proteins.   What about the sperm percentage part for a facial?  Only one percent of the fluid is sperm.  Like anything-although rare-you can actually be allergic to your partner’s semen.

Benefits suggested:

1.  Lessens the redness in Rosacea

2.  Gets rid of acne

3.   Repairs thick and sun-damaged skin

4. Creates a youthful and smooth skin appearance

5.  Assists in rebuilding and the healing of the skin barrier

6.  Gives you a …..glow

The not-so-great:

1.  Some individuals have claimed to have developed dry skin.

2.  Itchy and a tight feeling to skin.

3.  A sudden glaze or shiny appearance-

For your 411 there are Spermine (antioxidant found in semen) Facials here in New York.  The spa uses a synthetic version and when accompanied with ultrasound and infrared light creates a glowing flawless appearance plus all the other added benefits.

So what do I think?  I would not classify this as finding the “fountain of Youth”  but I believe that it is possible that it may have some benefits to the skin.  Would I try it?  Well, never say never but for the time being , let’s just say, “I’ll pass for now.  I truly feel that we have lots of other alternatives that are just as beneficial and have been scientifically proven to work.  Of course, the decision is yours and there is no right or wrong.  It’s is just another experience and attempt to keep those wrinkles away for just a little longer. There is no anti-aging magic but if a particular treatment does not cause harm and you want to try it then do so.

Like everything else always skin patch test everything even semen! I’m laughing as I write this! Investigate everything you read or hear and always run it by your doctor especially if you are under medical care. Again, I chuckle!  Okay, there you have it another skincare talk to add to your mental file. Thank you so much for joining me today.

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S32: Skincare For Your Feet

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Hi Everyone!  Okay, let’s talk feet! Feet  Do you forget about your feet?  How do your feet feel?  I really love pampering my feet and your significant other will love your feet too! Your feet work very hard for you.  They take you from place to place and support you. Don’t you think that your “tootsies” deserve their very own skincare regimen? Yup! They sure do deserve pampering.  Let’s make our feet happy by incorporating the following routine everyday:

1.  Wash Your Feet!  Soak in Foot bath about 10 minutes. . Epsom Salts or your favorite salts to water. You can also add your favorite essential oil.   Refresh your feet especially in the summer months. Dry in between your toes!

2.  Exfoliate-or Pedi Sonic by Clarisonic.  Yes, it does exfoliate but add it to other exfoliating  regiment.

Stay away from razor blades.  Foot Scrub, Remove Dead skin:  Pumice stone,  callus eliminator (gel) ,or  foot file.  products will penetrate and moisturize far better if you exfoliate.

3.  Apply A Foot Mask:  You can make your very own. Let me show you how:

Avocado (1) I love Avocado! Loaded with vitamins!

1 TBSP of  Organic Yogurt

Manuka Honey: 1 Teaspoon

1  Teaspoon of Rose water

1 Teaspoon of Glycerin

Mix Together and place on your feet.  Place Your feet in a PVC-FREE plastic wrap and then place a towel or oversize sock and just relax.  You may want to lift your legs up for circulation or maybe just take time to read a bit.

Twenty minutes is all you need!  Fabulous, sexy and super soft skin on your feet my darlings!  oh, how yummy for the person who snuggles next to your feet! Use it on your hands too!  If you prefer you can use a paraffin wax machine for your tootsies.

4.  Apply a moisturizer.  Organic Pure Shea butter is nice and will nourish your skin. Massage your feet, toes, heel, and ankles.

5.  Keep Your feet warm in the winter.  Why?  because you have nerves on the bottom of your feet (soles) and they connect with your CNS (central nervous system)  so when you sleep so does your CNS.  If your feet are cold you may drift off but your CNS says, “wake up, dude my feet are cold!”   Yes, socks to bed, my dear! It will help you sleep better.  Who knew?

there you have it a little bit about how to have beautiful tootsies.   Your feet are important too so don’t neglect them. Thanks for sharing this time with me.

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S31: Male Waxing.

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It’s not just a “woman” thing anymore people! Waxing is for -almost- anyone who desires it.  Certain medical conditions do not allow it.  This is why you MUST have a consultation each time prior to a waxing session. People with varicose veins, diabetes, acne, infections, rashes, poor circulation, cancer therapy,  HIV positive and those using keratolytics such as Retin-A or any other cream medication should avoid waxing. If your skin is broken or if you are on any type of antibiotic wait until your wound has healed and you are off medication. Did you know that antibiotics may influence the pH-(potential hydrogen) value of your skin? Normal: 5.0-6.0.  Do not drink coffee, smoke  or consume alcohol prior to waxing this will make your skin very sensitive. In all waxing procedures area will be cleaned and baby powder/corn starch will be used to keep areas dry. There are lots of hairless gentlemen walking among us ladies. There has been an amazing demand for men to wax even their unmentionables.  Men bodybuilders have been removing their hair for years. Did you know that the “bikini” or male “Brazilian” version waxing  is on the rise for the gentlemen?  There still are women out there who insist on their man being hairy.

Why?    Men who work outdoors in the summer or in a hot environment find it more comfortable without the excess hair.  Personal  hygiene and for esthetics is another reason.  Maybe because it is the “trendy” thing to do for some. Male grooming is taken quite serious and this includes manicures, pedicures, facials, spa and yes waxing.  Men want to look clean neat, and attractive especially when at the beach and of course naked. One of the reasons why men and women prefer waxing to other hair removal  because it will last longer..  Time between waxing sessions vary but generally three to seven weeks depending what hair you are removing.

What?    Some men wax everything! Brows, nose, ear,  chest, back, underarms, legs, bikini, Brazilian, and some men include between waxing  between the cheeks.  Yup! You did read last one correctly and we will talk about all of these types of waxing.

How:

Brows: I suggest tweezing instead.  There are lots of “brow bars” that will create a more natural look than waxing but the choice is yours.  The skin technician will prepare the skin by cleaning the area first by removing any excess oil and dirt. Before waxing he/she will trim just a bit and brush your eyebrows to define shape.

Nose and ear waxing: Hurts!  Hard wax is used which hardens very fast.  Skin Technician uses what will look like a long stick with wax at the end.  The lobe and inside of the ear is done. Did i say it hurts.

Chest, back, underarms and legs:  The Hot wax is applied.  A long muslin strip is placed and removed quickly.  If you are wondering if  the technician applies wax to your nipples-yes. Sometimes your underarm bleeds so make sure you keep it clean.

Bikini, Brazilian and between the cheeks waxing:   Hard wax is used.  You should never have your genitals (penis and scrotum) waxed but as you know many do anyway.  Make sure you exfoliate the night or a few days before and get a numbing cream and apply it before your waxing session.  Ask skin technician about this when making your appointment.  Take an pain over the counter medication such as Advil to reduce the pain.  Yes, of course it hurts but you do get use to the pain as time goes by.  Any missed hairs will be tweezed.  The skin technician after procedure should apply an ingrown hair inhibitor. Use it at home as well between services two -three times a week.   Between the cheeks (I know you are wondering) removes the hair around the pubic area, buttocks and the edges of you bvtt cheeks or inside.  It’s up to you how much hair to remove in this area.  By the way, the Brazilian removes the hair from the bikini line, genitals, buttocks and between your cheeks. Yup! So there you have it for our skincare conversation right here at skincare talk radio.  I hope that you have found this helpful? Please feel free to email me your questions or perhaps share your waxing experience with us.  thanks again for joining me today. make it a great day. Check us out on twitter and Aboutme.com. Also on:  Stitchers, Tunein, and Spreakers radio.

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S29: The Fountain Of Youth-Resveratrol.

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What is Resveratrol?  It is a polyphenol and this is a type of antioxidant. We want to be exposed as much as possible to antioxidants.  Antioxidants  protect us from chronic diseases and cancer. Reseveratrol is loaded with antioxidants!.

Where can I find Resveratrol?  Since it is found in the skin of red grapes, wine is loaded with Resveratrol.  The problem is that other properties in the wine may not aid in healing our body.  You can take Resveratrol in Liquid or capsules but you need to research the companies.

Side Effects?  I think it’s still too “new” to really know but so far even from high doses there have been no warnings or ill side effects. .

Resveratrol may interfere with blood thinning, aspirin, Ibuprofen, anti-platelet and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
The result may be an increased risk for bleeding.

It’s possible that Resveratrol may actually have estrogen-like properties. Caution should be taken by those individuals who have hormone sensitive cancers and should be avoided all together.
Caution:  Some people have reported that Resveratrol triggered their auto immune symptoms.

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S28: Do Your Hands Look Older Than You?

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1.  Apply sunscreen on your hands each time you wash your hands through out the day.  Keep your sunscreen with you.

2.  Protect your hands by wearing gloves when doing house chores, work, gardening or during winter months.

3.  Exfoliate your hands.

4.  Apply a mask.  Add a glow by using a homemade  turmeric mask on your hands.

5.   Moisturize your hands.

Your hands tell the world all about you so take care of them. Thank you for joining me today.  Make it a great day!

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S27: Living with Melasma

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Melasma can truly affect the day to day life of an individual suffering from this condition.  This is such an agonizing and stubborn  condition because it is difficult to treat.  What is Melasma?  Most of you might be familiar with the term “mask of pregnancy” (colasma) these are  large brown patches of discoloration around the central portion of the  face that appear after giving birth due to the estrogen/progesterone imbalance  or hormonal  activity.  These hormonal shifts  are responsible for making the melanocytes (melanin producing cells) increase in activity which in turn coats the skin with a dark discoloration.  Melasma can appear also in the malar and mandibular area. In other words,  hyperpigmentation as a result from pregnancy, hormonal changes, using oral contraceptives, genetics and most especially from unprotected sun exposure.  Certain medical conditions can cause melasma such as thyroid problems, Addisons Disease and other disorders.  Please do not feel alone and isolated because of this condition- many people  suffer from Melasma and I am one of them. There are many treatments available and through  trial and error  each of us will find  our own solution to melasma. It is through your  very own persistence in researching this condition  and the  consistency of your skincare that you will either eliminate or fade your melasma. There are many ways to treat this condition but patience my friend is required on your part.  Melasma can happen with any skin tone but occurs mostly in women with darker skin tones.  Although, Type III skin type: ( fair) can also suffer from melasma. By the way, you can also experience melasma on different parts of your skin such as neck, arms and legs but this is not often.

Darker skin tones means that those affected are on the Fitzpatrick scale and they are types:

IV,  Mediterranean Caucasian Skin, medium skin type-

V,   Mideastern skin

VI,   Black skin

What you don’t want to do:

Never leave the house without a sunscreen, hat and glasses (cataracts)!  Protect yourself from the sun. Your skin is very sensitive and will aggravate your melasma. The longer wave lengths of the light are UVA rays and they find their way deeper in our skin. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging.  Although both UVA AND UVB both penetrate the atmosphere so it is vital that you protect your skin and eyes (cataracts).  The reason we tan is due to  UVA rays and overtime this causes damage to our skin. .  UVB RAYS give you that painful sunburn and redness.

Okay, let’s talk skincare action for this condition: first things first:

Be gentle with your skin.  Sometimes in an attempt to get rid of the hyperpigmentation we resort to treatments that actually make the condition worse.

Medications that are affected by the sun should be avoided.

You must always use sunscreen, hat and glasses when you leave your house!

Possible Treatments:

Cosmetic Lasers/Please research and make absolutely sure that you have exhausted all other possibilities.

1.  Fractional resurfacing laser. There is absolutely no guarantee that this will work and  it may even make it worse for darker skin tone individuals. This treatment uses many small laser beams and sends this energy under the skin to break up the pigment color but you need several sessions to get any results and it’s very expensive.

2.  Dermatologist: Make sure that you indeed have melasma. Visit your dermatologist!  Hyperpigmentation can be a result of other medical conditions.

Do not use bleaching creme it will leave your skin white in the  hyperpigmentation areas.

Use a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher that protects you from the UVA rays and UVB Rays

Chemical Peels may be suggested

Steroid creams

Topical cremes

Microdermabrasion

Hydroquinone, Tretinoin (Retin-A) and fluocinolone acetonide are generally combined in combination. Retin-A is a form of vitamin A which helps in the cell turnover. In other words, speeds the rate in which you shed your dead skin cells away. These ingredients can be quite dangerous so please do your homework and research these ingredients.

HRT-Hormonal replacement may cause Melasma.  The estrogen is believed  to cause Melasma.  After menopause you may actually begin to see the hyperpigmentation fade.

Galvanic or ultrasound facials

A combination of all the above or new treatments not listed may be used in your care..  Melasma is a stubborn condition and protection from the sun is vital. Some of your hyperpigmentation can fade with time and other areas are permanent.  Even if a certain area has faded, it can return with hormonal shifts such as pregnancy.  There are two types of discoloration:  Epidermal and Dermal  ( under the skin). You can also have both epidermal and dermal.

Natural Alternatives

Topical C’s seem to lighten epidermal melasma so therefore will help in some areas of your hyperpigmentation.  Studies have been proving that  Vitamin C helps in lightening the dark patches in the skin.  Vitamin C is also  rebuilds the collagen in your skin.  Remember that Vitamin C can be quite irritating and drying to the skin.  Always baby steps. Skin Patch Test everything that goes on your face. Be careful because for some vitamin C has been claimed to actually have  darken.

Turmeric Mask:  Check out episode S23: How To Lighten and Brighten Your Skin. I can actually see a lightening in my chin area and slightly on my upper lip so there may be something to this but not quite there yet. I use it three times a week right now – I make one batch and leave it in the refrigerator and apply it on my face for the next two days at night. Remember each of us needs to find what works for us. What may work for you may not do so for me.  Do your research and be willing to try those treatments that have worked for others..

Aloe Vera Gel:  contains mucilaginous poly saccharides which may help in fading the hyperpigmentation. There is also a removal of dead skin cells which is also very important.

Exfoliate: Do so regularly but be careful of those microdermabrasion kits at home because you can do serious damage.  I use my clarisonic but this does not help with melasma but prepares my skin for the serums such as  a light vitamin C.

MSM supplements: This is an organic form of  sulfur (found in plants)  that may help the melasma from inside out. Just make sure that it is organic and that the only ingredient is Methylsulfonylmethane.   Consume MSM in capsules or powder. Some people claim better skin, hair and nails.  Always Check with your doctor.  Always start small amounts of MSM-everything in moderation.  

Pycnogenol :  Some melasma sufferers are claiming that pycnogenol helps. This is a bark extract but like always research all information first and run it by your doctor. l

Become a make up camouflage artist! It’s very important to learn how to cover your melasma. Take a makeup artistry lesson on how to camouflage by your local skincare therapist (esthetician) or  visit a make up artist. Learn from online tips as well.  Research and help cover the melasma while you search for answers..

Stress Levels:  Be very careful!  Your adrenal glands can be the cause of your melasma as well-possibly. Worth checking out through a doctors visit.  Get a complete blood work   Our adrenal glands send out cortisol as a result may cause  an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone.  Take time throughout your day just for you to relax a moment or two.  I know easier said than done but try.  Stress can create hormonal imbalances so learn to manage your stress.

Boost Internal health:. Consume a clean diet and keep up with your fitness regiment.  Include meditation, yoga or do anything that gives you peace and relaxation.

Okay there you have it just a little information  on what is a very large and emotional topic.   You are beautiful inside and this radiates outside ALWAYS.  There are no scars or medical challenge that can hide your internal beauty.  Remember that and live your life to the fullest.  Be well and Happy.

This information is presented to ignite you into doing your own research . Your medical professional is your partner in health and it is very important to inform he/she of any changes you are considering within your prescribed health regiment. 

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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S26: Our Teenagers Are At Risk Of…

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A recent study indicated that our teenagers are not protecting themselves from our sun’s harmful UV rays. In fact, there has been a decline on sunscreen usage.  Our teens are placing themselves in harms way and it is up to us to remedy this situation immediately.

1.  Schools must be more proactive in educating our teens in sunscreen (health class)  being part of their skincare routine.

2.  Dermatologist and Skincare therapists are quite often exposed to teens with acne problems and this makes it a great opportunity to place a sunscreen in their hands.  Take this time with your teenage client to educate on how to apply sunscreen. Educate them on the possible risks that are involved in NOT using sunscreen.

3.  Education on sun protection starts with the parents. It is easier to get a young person into the habit of placing their own sunscreen each morning than it is an older child.  Just as your child brushes his/her teeth and brush their hair so should the sunscreen become part of the morning regiment.  Sunscreen should be second nature all year long.

Here is the you tube link: http://youtu.be/o9BqrSAHbTc    How The Sun Sees You by Thomas Leveritt

Thank you for joining me today.  The secret to great skin is consistency.

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S25: Before You Go To Beauty School You Should Know…..

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Interested in becoming a Skincare Therapist? An Esthetician?

1.  You should love people because you will be around them all day long.

2. What are the opportunities in your community?

3.  Have an idea of the area in skincare that interests you such as makeup artistry, brow, acne or mature skin specialist.  You can work for a large cosmetic company or become part of the dermatologist office in medical Aesthetics. Do you have a gift in writing?  Consider a career as a beauty writer for large cosmetic companies or magazines. Waxing centers have sprung up all throughout our country and many skincare professionals start out in this type of setting.

4.  Write a list of all the schools near your home.  Call and set an appointment.  Suggestion:  Do not commit to anything until you have visited other schools and have taken time to re-think this decision.

5.  This is a great career but also an exhausting one.  Whether you want to start your own spa, skin studio or work for another company,  I wish you great success.  You can lead a fabulous career but do your homework and prepare for what is a fabulous field.  Learning never ends in the beauty industry most especially skincare. Best of everything to you.

 

 

 

 

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