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Looking More Youthful with Pulsed Light Treatments

Intense pulsed light, or IPL, is a skin treatment used to improve the appearance of age spots, sun-induced freckles, photoaged skin, benign brown skin pigments, and redness due to broken capillaries. It can also be used for hair removal. This is done through photorejuvenation to the face and body. It uses a number of different light sources, generally ranging from 515 to 1200 nm. Additionally, several cutoff filters are usually used to filter out lower frequencies reducing the spectrum so that specific structure and chromophores (a part of molecule responsible for its color). IPL are different from lasers because they have a broad spectrum of light source that could target a number of chromophores in the skin, while lasers cannot.

IPL helps in stimulating the production of collagen, plumping the skin to give it a younger, fresher look all the while refining and tightening the appearance of large pores. Those who are considering going to a med spa to get treatment for sun damage, spider veins or broken capillaries, and looseness of the skin, then IPL may be the best option. Both lasers and IPL treatments may cause a small amount of discomfort, depending on the treatment and as well as your own tolerance to pain. The intense blasts of heat and light can be minimized by cooling gels, cooling devices built into the machines, and the skills of the aesthetician, but certain amounts of pain can be expected. In order to have better understanding about the possible discomfort and how it should feel, talk with your aesthetician first.

Many people opt for IPL because it involves little to no downtime at all, with minimal risks of side effects. Among other several appealing traits of IPL are its quick and gentle process that is not invasive, which means it will not get in the way of the patient’s daily routine. The removal sun spots and spider veins and the tightening of large pores can lead to even, brighter, and younger looking skin. And lastly, results can be seen in a short amount of time.

Coffee, Tea or . . . – For Good Health

Which do you prefer, coffee or tea? Well, if you need to keep yourself awake, then coffee may do the trick, and the stronger it is, the more awake you may be. If you want to stay healthy, though, then it should be tea that you ought to drink – for drinking tea is healthy, not too many cups, however; a tip from no other than the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

For the past 4,700 years, the Chinese have enjoyed the health benefits of tea. The drink contains an antioxidant, called catechins, and its concentration is highest in green and white tea. Research shows that, when it comes to keeping the cells from oxidative damage, catechins are more effective and powerful compared to vitamins E and C. Drinking green tea has also been associated with a reduced risk to various types of cancer, including bladder, esophageal, colon, lung, breast, and skin.

The usual amount that green tea drinkers consume is three cups a day. Some tea drinkers add milk or lemon or drink their tea between meals to allow absorption of iron from vegetables and fruits, which tea impedes.

There are just a few important tips that those intending to drink tea would hopefully appreciate:

  • Tea also contains oxalates, which increases the risk of kidney stones if too many cups of tea are consumed daily
  • Regular consumption of tea where the temperature is really high may lead to esophageal cancer (the evidence to this is limited, though)
  • Men who drink more than seven cups of black tea everyday are at greater risk of developing prostate cancer