How Does Minoxidil Help Hair Growth?

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Minoxidil appears to work by affecting the length of the hair growth cycle. The hair growth cycle is comprised of specific stages: the anagen, catagen and telogen phases. The anagen phase is the active growing phase; the catagen phase is the resting phase when the hair is present but is not actively growing; and the telogen phase is when the …

5 Things to Consider Before Having Cosmetic Surgery

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Can your cosmetic concern be addressed by a lifestyle change? During consultation, I often begin by asking about lifestyle with a focus on healthy habits. Some people find themselves focusing on aspects of their appearance without factoring in lifestyle related actions which can also help them look better. There are often certain cosmetic issues which can be improved with diet, …

Causes of Dark Under Eye Circles And How to Treat Them

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Under dark circles are a fairly common problem that can affect people of all ages. There are several causes of under eye dark circles which makes it important to have the right strategy for your situation. Dark circles around the eyes can make people look tired and weary, even if they actually feel great, and have a lot of energy. …

Skincare Myths Explained

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Myth: The tighter your skin feels after washing, the better. That taut feeling that skin gets after cleansing and washing is often mistaken for a good thing. However, this may only be a sign that the products you are using on your face are too harsh and are stripping your skin of the much needed natural oils that keep it …

What You Need to Know About Moisturizers

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Our skin is our body’s largest organ, and its primary function (along with regulation and sensation) is to act as a protective barrier against external elements such as the weather, temperature, bacteria, chemicals, and radiation. It is easy to see what a vastly important role skin has in shielding and protecting us on a daily basis; Since our skin is …

What’s the Sun Doing to Your Skin?

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With the summer season upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in getting that sun-kissed look. While many people know that prolonged exposure to the sun is ill-advised, it doesn’t stop many from lying in the sun for hours. Many perceive a golden tan as a look of vibrant health, and in some Western cultures is a status and …

The Benefits of Weight Training for Women

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Weight or resistance training has been somewhat overlooked by a large percentage of active women over the past several years. In the quest to lose weight and tone up, many women will favor workouts such as running, cycling, aerobics, yoga as opposed to muscle focused workouts like weightlifting for fear of looking too “bulky” or “manly”. The truth of the …

5 Things to Consider Before Having Cosmetic Surgery

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Can your cosmetic concern be addressed by a lifestyle change? I’ve observed over my 20 years of practice that a person can become preoccupied with certain aspects of their appearance to the point where they determine that cosmetic surgery is the only solution to their problem. I try to help people who come with this point of view gain a …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Cosmetic Surgery

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Do your research. A quick and easy way to become acquainted and familiar with the circumstances surrounding your personal cosmetic concerns is by simply going on the Internet and reading up on similar cases to your own. There are a number of well established medical forums such as RealSelf.com where cosmetic issues which people are dealing with are openly discussed. …

Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin

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Aging is a natural part of our lives, and while most of us don’t particularly mind growing older, what many people struggle with are the unwanted and unwelcome tell-tale signs of aging that often make us look older than we actually feel. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and begins to lose that underlying layer of fat that lends …