Evidence Shows Optimism Might Lengthen Your Life

By Alan Mozes        

FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A sunny outlook on life may do more than make you smile: New research suggests it could also guard against heart attacks, strokes and early death.

In the review of 15 studies that collectively involved almost 230,000 men and women, the findings were remarkably consistent, the study authors added.

"We found that optimists had a 35% lower risk for the most serious complications due to heart disease, compared to pessimists," said lead author Dr. Alan Rozanski, a professor of cardiology at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.

That mind-body connection held up across all age groups, said investigators, ranging from teenagers to those in their 90s. That "suggests that optimism may be an asset, regardless of age," Rozanski noted.

The studies also found the more positive one's outlook, the less one's risk for heart trouble or death.

Ten of the studies specifically looked at positivity's impact on heart health, while nine looked at how a person's outlook affected their risk of dying from a wide range of illnesses.

Many of the investigations asked basic questions touching on expectations of the future. In response, some participants indicated that they generally felt upbeat despite the uncertainty of what's to come. Others said they never assume that things will pan out well down the road.

Over time, those who held more positive viewpoints were more likely to remain heart-healthy.

Yet, despite suggesting that "the magnitude of this association is substantial," Rozanski and his colleagues stressed that the review can't prove that optimism directly protects against heart disease and premature death.

Still, the team pointed to a whole host of potential reasons why positivity -- directly or indirectly -- may help stave off illness.

Some of the studies in the review indicated that optimistic people are more adept at problem-solving, better at developing coping mechanisms, and more apt to realize goals. And those are the kind of skills that could drive someone to take a more active interest in monitoring and maintaining their health, the researchers said.

9 Life Liner Looks You Need To See (And Recreate)

Liner is universally flattering – it literally looks great on everyone! Not only is it an essential in our makeup kit, but it’s also so versatile and transformative, so it can completely change your look. Naturally, we had to create an eyeliner that was the blackest, mattest, most long-lasting and precise, so we made our Huda Beauty Life Liner! The dual-ended liner tool has both an intense liquid formula with a super fine brush for precision application, and a black pencil so you can smudge and smoke your look or add drama at your waterline.

We’ve been dying over the amazing liner looks we’ve seen since Life Liner launched, so we’re sharing some of the most creative and straight fire liner looks to inspire your makeup game. Here’s all our tips and tricks for getting these amazing Life Liner eyeliner looks.

1. Get Graphic

This graphic liner look is so striking. Paired with our new Hoodie Lash and a faux beauty spot, this look is everything!

Top tip: First, draw your classic wing. Then, mimic the curve of your liner just above your crease and arch it down towards the inner corner of your eye. You can first create the shape with eyeshadow and follow the shape with the liner to make it easier.

2. The Extended Wing

If you’re going for a dramatic wing, draw the wing first. By beginning at the outer corner, it’s easier to get the angle right so that it lifts and snatches your eye instead of making them appear droopy. Chanel Temple, global makeup artist for Hourglass Cosmetics agrees, “I always start with the wing by marking the outermost corner of your eye and drawing a thin line angled slightly upward,” she explains.

3. Euphoria-Inspired

This is giving us some serious Euphoria vibes and we’re SO here for it. We love the addition of the falsies on the lower lash line.

4. The Ultimate Cat Eye

Lining the inner tear duct really takes this look to the next level and makes the eyes pop. To get the look, trace your tear duct with liner along the upper and lower lash line. You want the line to be as thin as possible (our liner brush is hand-trimmed to give ultimate precision) so make sure you don’t have too much product on the brush, and go SLOWLY!

5. Smokey Wing

Farah Dhukai always comes through with her looks. We love how she used Life Liner to create a sexy, smokey winged look by using the pencil formula with an angled brush.

6. The Classic Wing

Monochromatic makeup (using the same color for your eyes, lips, and cheeks) is seriously trending RN. We love this ultra-feminine look with a classic wing.

7. Popping Pink Wing

The contrast of the hot pink lid and jet black liner (the shade is called Very Vanta, aka the darkest black known to man) is so fierce. To create an even base of eyeshadow, use a dense brush and pack the product by gently pressing the powder onto the lid. Then blend it out using back and forth motions (think windshield wipers). If you’re looking for head-turning neon shades, check out our Neon Obsession Palettes.

8. Graphic Wing

The attention to detail here is stunning and we love the smoked out graphic liner just at the wing!

9. Razor-Sharp Liner

The pop of yellow transforms this look from classic to seriously on-trend. If you’re looking for new ways to update your look, read this.

What’s your fave look? Let us know in the comments below. Oh, and don’t forget to grab your Life Liner here, $25.

Happy Dussehra 2019 Everyone :) | Makeupandbeauty.com

Here’s wishing all IMBB readers and Rati Beauty subscribers a very Happy Dussehra and festive season. Have a prosperous and joyous day.

Does Scalp Micropigmentation Look Real? Micropigmentation Experts

When people enquire about scalp micropigmentation it is common for us to be asked a lot of questions. Understandably, one we hear more than any other is: “Does scalp micropigmentation look real?” Of course, if you are undergoing a hair treatment the last thing you want is anyone to notice. Read on to find out what we do make sure that not even your nearest and dearest will be able to tell the difference – unless you tell them of course!

How Do We Make Scalp Micropigmentation Look Realistic?

Many of our clients tells us that even when they look closely into a mirror they can’t tell the difference between their real hair and the treatment.


The procedure usually takes a minimum of three sessions to complete. The first sees us apply a light pigment to create the first layer. The second session is where we start to blend the colour in with your existing hair follicles.


It doesn’t matter whether it is the full scalp, or small areas at the front or back. Our technicians add in the right level of density so it looks like a real hairline is taking shape on your scalp.



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When it comes to the third session we place an emphasis on adding detail and making sure you are happy with your appearance. Depending on the level of work needed and the type of hairline you require, it can sometimes take more than three sessions to achieve the desired look. However, the technician will discuss this with you before the treatment begins to ensure you still want to go ahead.


Our skilled technicians can find the right tonal blend with any follicle or skin colour. Their aim is to make the scalp micropigmentation look exactly like hair follicles.  They create a flawless and extremely realistic hairline that nobody will be able to notice. If you are undergoing treatment across the whole scalp, we shave your hair and then find the perfect colour match to ensure a seamless finish.


Realistic Results From Real Clients


Take a from one of our clients earlier this year. David is over the moon with the results. And as you will hear, he no longer thinks or worries about his hair, thanks to the treatment he received at Skalp.


The Most Experienced Technicians

When you come to visit one of our clinics, you will notice that all of our technicians have shaved heads. The real reason is that they have all undergone the treatment themselves. So not only do you receive treatment from a fully qualified professional, but also one that understands it inside out.


Of course, that alone isn’t enough to convince most people, which we totally understand. That’s why we are always happy to show other treatment results from real clients we have helped. You can see how scalp micropigmentation looks on our clients. We will answer every question you have and take you round the clinic so you can see the equipment and environment.


Walking into a clinic to talk to strangers about your hair is bound to make you nervous. And we want to do everything possible to put your mind at rest. We also have a that always welcome newcomers. Here you can discuss experiences with our customers and see more photos.


Scalp micropigmentation is the most realistic hair treatment available today. It can help you regain your confidence and change your life for the better. Get in contact with us today to see how we can transform your hairline.

Stress of U.S. Politics Taking Mental, Physical Toll on Americans

By Dennis Thompson

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. politics has been incredibly divisive in recent years, and will likely only grow worse as President Donald Trump faces possible impeachment over the Ukrainian scandal.

So it's no wonder the stress of ugly national politics has started to affect the emotional and physical health of some citizens, as a new study suggests.

Nearly two out of every five Americans say politics is stressing them out, and one in five are sleepless or have had friendships damaged over politics, the researchers found.

"A surprisingly large number of American adults perceive their engagement in politics as having negative effects on their social, emotional and even physical health," said lead researcher Kevin Smith, chair of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House of Representatives will begin impeachment inquiries, accusing Trump of a "betrayal of his oath of office" in asking Ukraine's newly elected president to investigate a Democratic rival for the U.S. presidency.

Things only intensified Wednesday when the Trump administration released a memorandum of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump pressed his counterpart for an investigation of presidential candidate Joe Biden and offered U.S. assistance for such a probe.

The new survey of 800 people nationwide, conducted prior to these latest revelations, indicated that politics are creating a burgeoning public health crisis in the United States, Smith said.

Among the survey's other findings:

  • More than one in 10 people felt politics had adversely affected their physical health.
  • Nearly one-third said they'd been driven crazy by media outlets that promote views contrary to their personal beliefs.
  • Three in 10 Americans said they'd lost their temper over politics.
  • A quarter of people said that politics has led them to hate some people, and to think seriously about moving away from their community.
  • About 22% said they care too much about who wins and who loses.
  • About 15% said they wish they would have restrained themselves more in political conversations or have posted things online that they later regretted.

Nasty Chemicals That Should Never Touch Your Skin | Botani

Did you know it only takes 26 seconds for chemicals to enter your bloodstream? When you think of all the nasties floating around it’s a pretty alarming fact. When you’re putting those chemicals directly on your skin though? It’s a whole new level of scary. The truth is, the beauty industry is notorious for adding chemicals to their products. Here at Botani, we KNOW they have absolutely no benefit so we opt for natural, vegan, plant-based alternatives every time.

It’s estimated that every-day, women add 500+ chemicals to their bodies through shampoos, conditioners, soap, skin care, makeup, fragrances and more. These chemicals can have devastating effects including; skin irritation, allergic reactions, reproductive issues and even cancer. If you want to keep yourself safe, please don’t let these chemicals go anywhere near your skin.

1.  PEG’s aka Polyethylene Glycol

PEG’s are not a stand-alone chemical. PEG’s generally include ethylene oxide and 1,4 dioxane. Ethylene oxide can harm the nervous system and is a known human carcinogen. Just to add a bit more fuel to the fire, it can interfere with reproductive health.

They are commonly found in moisturisers, cleansers, sunscreen and treatments. The sad fact is this ingredient does add moisture and has been shown to soften skin. Unfortunately, the risks far outweigh the benefits.

Botani Alternatives: we don’t believe in drowning your skin in chemicals to achieve a soft, luminous complexion. Instead, we use naturally derived Olive Squalane and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate.

2. Parabens

It’s estimated almost 60% of cosmetic products contain parabens. These are cheap and nasty chemicals that are used to prevent fungus, mold or other parasites from growing in the product. Basically, they’re to give products a longer shelf life.

Alarmingly, parabens are quickly absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream. Once they make their way there, they wreak all sorts of havoc. One of the big issues is, they mimic estrogen and disrupt our hormone balance. Studies are underway to prove the use of parabens increases the risk of breast cancer.

Botani Alternatives: the truth is, you don’t need chemicals when nature offers such a natural bounty. Our range includes the use of Grapefruit Seed Extract, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Avocado Oil which are all safe and effective!

3. Fragrance

This is a big one. Those lovely, fresh smells omitting from perfumes, cosmetics and skincare you commonly associate with high-grade ingredients could actually be a result of synthetic ‘fragrance’. Under FDA law, manufacturers aren’t required to list the ingredients they use in their so-called ‘fragrance’. This little loophole enables them to add whatever toxic / cost effective chemicals they see fit to their concoction.

Studies have linked fragrance to chemicals known to cause cancer, respiratory problems, reproductive issues and more.

Botani Alternatives: We don’t use artificial ingredients to keep our products smelling delicious because we don’t need to! Naturally derived essential oils such as French lavender, orange peel and rosewater are safe and beautiful.

4. Silicone

Silicones are used in a multitude of products including; moisturisers, foundation, sunscreen, shampoos, conditioners, serums and more. While considered a ‘low-hazard’ chemical, silicone is an ingredient you should avoid at all costs. Silicone will form a seal over your skin which will clog pores and trap dirt. The result? Unhealthy dehydrated skin prone to acne and congestion.

They are widely used because they have the illusion of working. They create a barrier between your skin making your skin look and feel smoother. They are cheap, nasty and have no long-term benefit for your skin.

Botani Alternatives: Smooth, blemish free skin can be achieved naturally. We use Gotu Kola Leaf Extract in our Acne Rescue Cream to calm irritated pores. Along with the added healing benefits of squalene and acai berries, you really are spoilt for choice with our range of naturopathically formulated, plant derived skincare.

So there you have it. If your beauty products are laden with PEGs, parabens, fragrance or silicone, they should never touch your skin. Also? They have ZERO benefits to your skin care routine. Instead, try Botani’s botanically based, natural, vegan skincare range. Your skin (and your health) will thank you for it.

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Sleeping In Makeup: Why It's A No-No & How To Remove Makeup Properly

One of the biggest beauty blunders is forgetting to remove your makeup before bed. Sleeping in cosmetics can cause countless problems including dullness, congestion and inflammation. That’s why it’s crucial to remove your makeup thoroughly before your head hits the pillow. We have all the tips you need to learn how to properly remove your makeup.

What Happens When You Don’t Remove Makeup?

Is it really so bad to sleep in your makeup? While one slip up won’t ruin your complexion, consistently skipping this skin care step can cause cumulative damage over time. Here’s a breakdown of what happens to your skin when you don’t give it a thorough cleanse before bed.

Free Radical Damage

During the day, your skin accumulates oxidative stress through contact with pollution, blue light and UV rays. These environmental stressors expose your skin to free radicals - highly unstable molecules that attack otherwise healthy cells, causing dullness, inflammation and premature aging. Silicone primers, foundations and powders may be key to your beauty routine, but these occlusive cosmetics can exacerbate free radical damage.

“Free radicals cling to makeup, causing a number of skin issues - including collagen breakdown.”

Makeup traps free radicals against your skin and, when left on, prevents it from repairing overnight. Eminence Organics Product Support Representative Alicia Hawthorne tells us: “Free radicals cling to makeup, causing a number of skin issues - including collagen breakdown.” When you sleep in your makeup, you deprive your skin of the opportunity to recover from the day’s oxidative stress. As a result, damage to structural proteins like collagen and elastin continues, and your skin takes on the visible signs of aging more quickly.

Dull Skin

There’s truth to the term “beauty sleep”: Your skin performs its most important regenerative functions overnight. While you sleep, growth hormone kicks into gear and stimulates skin cell renewal. This triggers the skin’s natural turnover process whereby dead and damaged skin cells are shed from the surface and replaced by new, healthy cells. Makeup interferes with this cycle by trapping dead skin and preventing it from sloughing away. 

We naturally shed close to 50 million skin cells a day. When skin cell turnover is interrupted, dead cells aren’t efficiently removed and accumulate on the skin’s surface. This contributes to a dull, dry and lackluster complexion. Dendy Engelman, MD tells SELF: “When we’re not exfoliating or removing those top surface cells as quickly, the light doesn’t reflect off the skin as nicely as it does when it’s very clean and properly exfoliated. Even if your skin doesn’t break out, it is going to look older, rougher and less radiant.”

Clogged Pores & Breakouts

The fact that comedogenic products lead to breakouts is a no-brainer - and the potential for acne is amplified when these types of cosmetics are left on overnight. Acne occurs when oil, debris and bacteria combine, causing infection and inflammation. Wearing makeup to bed traps these impurities under the skin, increasing the risk of a breakout. 

In fact, there’s a type of acne that is caused specifically by makeup. Acne cosmetica is caused by pore-clogging makeup and displays as tiny bumps and whiteheads on the cheeks, chin and forehead. If you’re going to sleep with a full face of makeup on, you’re not only preventing these breakouts from clearing but also contributing to their emergence in the first place. 

Irritation & inflammation

Makeup’s occlusive effect also contributes to skin irritation and inflammation. Heavy cosmetics form a barrier overtop of the skin that locks in environmental irritants such as chemical agents, allergens and pollution. Cosmetics themselves often include synthetic ingredients and fragrances that are irritating to the skin - especially when left on for a prolonged time. When these irritants are left to fester, they can cause an inflammatory response.

Inflammation is the skin’s first line of defense against external stress. When faced with harmful stimuli, the skin issues an immune response that rushes blood to the area. While this is meant to speed up healing, it also results in uncomfortable symptoms such as heat, swelling and redness. For some skin types, this can be temporary but for others - especially sensitive - it can cause ongoing discomfort in the form of blotchy, itchy and dry skin.

How To Remove Your Makeup

You have a handle on the importance of removing your makeup before bed, but how do you do it properly? If you’ve ever detected a trace of mascara smeared under your eye or a smudge of foundation on your pillowcase - even after you’ve washed your face - you’re probably not making the most of your cleansing routine. Follow these tips to ensure you clear every last bit of makeup from your complexion.

Avoid Cleansing Wipes

First, skip the cleansing wipes. While they may be convenient, most makeup wipes won’t fully remove your makeup. As James C. Marotta, MD tells Good Housekeeping, “Very few makeup wipes contain ingredients that can actually break down all of your face oils, makeup and gunk on your skin, so you’re really just rubbing bacteria, irritants and makeup wipe residue around your skin.” Plus, many cleansing wipes contain chemical ingredients and preservatives that can irritate the skin and cause dryness.   

Double Cleanse

The best way to remove makeup is to double cleanse. This cleansing technique uses an oil-based cleanser to break up and lift makeup, followed by a second cleanser of your choice (we suggest a gel-based option like our Stone Crop Gel Wash) to sweep away impurities. If you have an oily skin type, don’t let the “oil” in “cleansing oil” scare you: Like attracts like, and natural oils will not only clear makeup, but also lift excess sebum from your skin’s surface. 

These are the steps to perform a double cleanse:

  • Break down makeup with a cleansing oil or balm: The oil in the cleanser will solubilize oil-based products like foundation and mascara so they lift easily from your skin’s surface. Warm a small bit of cleansing oil or balm in your hand. Then, use your fingers to swipe it across your eyelids and lips and use circular motions to lightly massage it over your face. Rinse clean with lukewarm water. 

  • Remove impurities with a second cleanser: Now that you’ve loosened and lifted your makeup, you need to sweep away stubborn dirt, grime and bacteria that are left on the skin. Simply apply your favorite cleanser to wash your skin more deeply and target specific skin concerns such as acne or aging. With this two-step process, you clear both types of impurities that can clog pores, dull your skin and contribute to premature aging. 

  • Ready to start double cleansing? Watch this video for tips and product recommendations from Eminence Organics Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar:

    Don’t Forget Your Neck & Hairline

    You may have removed an inch of foundation from your face, but be sure you haven’t skipped your neck and hairline. If you stop short of these easy-to-miss areas, you can accumulate makeup residue that clogs pores and leads to breakouts. Pull back your hair with a headband and extend your face wash past your jaw to ensure you catch every last bit of makeup.

    Remove Eye Makeup - Gently

    Waterproof mascara and eyeliner can be notoriously difficult to remove. If you’ve done a double cleanse, you’ve probably removed most of your eye makeup, but it’s worth touching up the area with a natural and organic makeup remover. 

    Before you tackle your eye area, remember that the skin there is thinner and more delicate, so it’s important to be gentle. Rather than rub vigorously, saturate a cotton pad with remover and hold it over each eye for ten seconds. This will give it time to break up and dissolve the product before you gently wipe it off. Tackle the eye line and inner corners with a cotton bud to complete your cleanse.

    Use Steam

    Still not feeling quite clean? You can give your skin a facial steam to deepen your cleanse. Steam softens surface debris and releases any leftover grime and makeup that is still trapped in your pores after cleansing. Follow these steps for a facial steam at home:

  • Fill your sink or a bowl with hot water.
  • Place a large towel over your head.
  • Hover your face five to ten inches away from the steam. Lower or raise your head for more or less heat.
  • Steam for five to ten minutes (we recommend two minute intervals so you don’t overheat).
  • What To Do After You’ve Removed Your Makeup

    Makeup removal gives your skin a clean slate - but it needs to be followed with proper care to maintain your skin’s health and resilience. After cleansing, continue your skin care routine with these essential steps:

  • Apply a toner or facial mist to hydrate your skin and prep it for the skin care products that follow.
  • Use a serum, oil or concentrate to target specific skin concerns and conditions. 
  • Moisturize to lock in hydration and protect your skin’s lipid barrier. 
  • Tap on an eye cream for a bright and smooth eye area. 
  • Apply SPF to protect your skin from the drying and aging effects of UV rays. 
  • Which products are part of your cleansing routine? Visit an Eminence Organics partner spa for skin care recommendations from a licensed esthetician! Use our Spa Locator to find a spa near you. 

    805 Sick, 13 Dead from Mysterious Vaping Illnesses

    This story was updated Sept. 27, Sept. 26 and Sept. 24, 2019 with additional deaths from vaping-related illness.

    Sept. 26, 2019 -- Thirteen people have now died due to vaping-related illness in the U.S., with the most recent four from Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Oregon. 

    The Georgia death, the state's first, was in a patient with a history of heavy nicotine vaping,but no reported THC vaping history,the Department of Public Health said. No details were given in the Florida death. Mississippi officials said only that a person under the age of 30 died from a vaping-related illness. In Oregon, the state Health Authority said the second death there was an individual who had been vaping cannabis products. 

    Cases of vaping-related lung illness in the U.S. have climbed to 805 as of Sept. 26, up from 530 the week before, the CDC said.  

    The CDC on Friday said its investigation suggests, "THC products play a role in the outbreak." In a briefing with reporters, the agency said 77% of the people reported using products containing THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes users high. Still, agency officials said more information is needed. 

    Meanwhile, Walmart, the world's largest retailer, said it would stop selling all e-cigarettes once existing inventory runs out, CNBC reported this month. 

    “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam’s Club U.S. locations,” the company said in a memo to local managers. “We will complete our exit after selling through current inventory.”

    The 805 confirmed cases are from 46 states and one territory. The 13 deaths are from 10 states.

    "No consistent e-cigarette product, additive, or brand has been identified in all cases," she said.

    The update comes as new data reveal the rate of vaping nicotine among teens has doubled in the past 2 years. According to the 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey, 25% of 12th graders, 20% of 10th graders, and 9% of eighth graders reported vaping nicotine in the past month.

    What Is Microdermabrasion and Do You Need It? | My Beauty Bunny

    I’m sure you’ve heard of microdermabrasion – but have you tried it? If you aren’t familiar, let me introduce you to one of the best tools for glowing skin! In combination with your everyday routine, microdermabrasion can take your skincare ritual to new heights. This non-painful, no-downtime skin procedure is an excellent way to treat a wide range of skin issues, including (but not limited to):

    • Acne scars
    • Dull complexion
    • Uneven skin tone
    • Rough skin texture
    • Age/sun spots – hyperpigmentation
    • Fine lines

    Of course, if you’re a “slap on some moisturizer and call it a day” kind of person, microdermabrasion might sound intimidating. I promise you, it’s actually a simple, gentle procedure. It’s the process of gently removing dead skin cells from the top layer of skin — essentially a deep manual exfoliation.

    Microdermbrasion tools work by using crystals or diamond in combination with vacuum suction. The machines have heads (usually coarse, medium, and fine) that rub the skin, removing dead skin cells. The vacuum head then sucks up the skin cells and encourages new cell growth by stimulating blood flow. The end result is radiant, smooth, supple skin – like a baby’s bum!

    Spas vs At Home Microdermabrasion Treatments

    I usually get microdermabrasion treatments when I go for my monthly facial at Verabella in Beverly Hills. There I can get the treatment done by a professional aesthetician who is using professional grade tools. They know what they are doing, so there is no risk of scarring, skin irritation, etc. My skin always glows after a professional microdermabrasion session, and it helps prime the skin for treatments and extractions.

    What does microdermabrasion cost? Multiple sessions at a spa can quickly add up, with procedures ranging from $75 to $300 per session (depending on where you live and the skill level of your aesthetician). Fortunately, for those of us who are on a budget, there are affordable microdermabrasion machines available so you can do it at home.

    At home, you would need to make a one-time purchase for a machine, ranging from around $99 to $300 (plus the cost of buying replacement parts). This is an investment, but it makes microdermabrasion at home more cost-effective than visiting a spa every month.

    You just want to be sure you ALWAYS start on the lowest setting, and watch instructional videos to be sure you know what you’re doing. You should stay away from the eye area, and don’t over-do treatments. There’s always a risk when you use at-home devices, but they are made for non-professionals, and as long as you follow the directions closely, you should be fine. These treatments should be done around once every two weeks. Giving yourself treatments more often can lead to damaged skin. Be sure to be mindful of the condition of your skin before administering treatment.

    How To Use a Home Microdermabrasion Machine

    I recently got a Trophy Skin MicrodermMD at-home microdermabrasion machine (Trophy Skin sent it to me to try out). It retails for $299, and if that’s too rich for your blood, there is also a Mini Microderm for $99, as well as a mid-range version for $199.

    To use your machine, you’ll want to first wash your skin as you typically do. Just grab your favorite facial wash (preferably an oil-free product), wash your skin, rinse, and pat with a towel, being sure it is completely dry.

    The microdermabrasion machines typically have multiple settings and sometimes different heads. The MicrodermMD has one head but several settings. It’s best to start with the finest tip or lowest setting, just so that you can get a feel of how to use the machine. Plug it in, choose your settings, and then apply the microderm tip to the skin. Simply hold the device the same way that you do when you’re writing, keep your skin taut with one hand and glide it in short, quick outward strokes.

    The MicrodermMD has built in programs that tell you how long to spend on each part of the face. You can go over the same area a few times (as long as there’s no excessive redness or irritation), being sure to avoid the eyelids and practicing caution around the eye area in general. You’ll get better the more that you use the machine. It should not be painful, but you will probably see some temporary redness.

    Once you’re finished with the machine, turn it off, clean the tip with soap and water, and perhaps a spritz of alcohol mixed with water (and throw away the wool filter). Before you throw it away, take a close look to see all the dead skin and gunk you just removed (yasssssss)! You can then rinse your face to remove any leftover dead skin, and apply a moisturizer.

    If you’re going outdoors, use sunscreen, as your skin may be more sensitive after the procedure. It’s normal to experience redness and mild skin irritation after a treatment, so it’s best to plan at home treatments at least a week in advance. Never use the system on irritated skin, rashes, wounds or damaged skin.

    I’ve used it on myself and my husband, and the results were amazing after just one treatment. The MicrodermMD comes with 100 filters, and has three treatment modes: auto, sensitive and manual. The higher suction settings can be used when you get used to the machine, and you can also use them on rough body skin. You can also use the MicrodermMD to perform extractions (pore extraction tip) as well as infusing your serums into your skin (infusion tip). The machine itself forms a case that holds all the attachments, so it’s fairly compact and travel-friendly too.

    If you can’t afford regular spa treatments, doing your own microdermabrasion at home can be a cost-effective way to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy as long as you go slow and follow instructions! Adding this gentle, effective treatment to your regular skincare routine will definitely take your skincare ritual up a notch.

    You can see my regularly updated list of cruelty free brands here!

    Study Questions Hormone Rx for Prostate Cancer

    TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Running contrary to current guidelines, new research suggests that use of hormone-suppressing treatment over the long term may not help some men battling recurrent prostate cancer, and may even cause harm.

    In fact, the study found that long-term hormone therapy was tied to a raised risk of death from other causes for some patients who received it.

    Blood levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) may help predict which men might benefit -- and which men might not -- from long-term hormone therapy following surgery, said a team led by Dr. Daniel Spratt of the University of Michigan Cancer Center, in Ann Arbor.

    "We found that the lower the PSA, the more harm the patient experienced," explained Spratt, who is research professor of radiation oncology and chair of the Genitourinary Clinical Research Program at the center. "The higher the PSA, the more likely the patient was to benefit from hormone therapy because it decreased their chances of dying from prostate cancer and resulted in improved overall survival rates."

    The study was presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), in Chicago.

    Because prostate tumors grow faster in the presence of hormones such as testosterone, therapies that lower hormone levels are often offered to men as a way to slow the cancer's spread. However, these treatments can come with side effects, such as urinary incontinence or sexual dysfunction.

    Still, clinical trial results first reported in 2017 found that -- after surgical removal of the prostate tumor -- adding two years of hormone therapy, along with radiation treatment, appeared to boost patients' long-term survival.

    Those findings led to the recommendation that men with recurrent prostate cancer be treated with both radiation and long-term hormone therapy after surgery.

    Would those benefits last, however? To find out, Spratt's team reanalyzed data from the clinical trial of 760 prostate cancer patients that spurred the new guidelines. Men in the trial were treated at centers across North America between 1998 and 2003. All had seen their cancer return after surgery, and they received radiation therapy along with either two years of hormone-suppressing therapy called bicalutamide, or a "dummy" placebo.


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