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Saving Face...Looking Younger Despite the Will of Nature
The Current Issue of the BodyTrends blog deals with the Crossroads of Beauty and Health. We feature current concepts and options for the discerning consumer who wants to appear forever young and beautiful or, at least, to present the best face to the world.
Your face is how you introduce yourself to the world. Through its intricate expressions controlled by dozens of muscles, the face colors and frames your speech, and the world is able to determine many things about you....what your feeling, how comfortable you are, what not to say to you, how healthy you are, and yes, how old you are.
Regrettably, the reactions to situations and stress in our interpersonal relationships register their permanent impression on the face... like the 'brow-furrowing' when your youngest child misbehaves, the 'scowl' that you make when a reckless driver almost sideswipes you, or the 'creases' around your eyes which accompany your widest smile, when your spouse surprises you with flowers on your anniversary. Those reactions repeated thousands of times in our adulthood become the impression of our many experiences. We call them character lines, wrinkles, crows feet, and boy, do we hate them...but they really are lines of privilege that we only receive when we are fortunate to live long enough.
Our environment embattles our face and skin too...whether we deliberately worship the sun at the beach or whether we innocently encounter its exposure as part of our normal day-to-day activities, the sun ages our skin. The sun damages our skin. In winter, it may be the damage that the cold temperature imparts. No matter how you protect yourself, there is really no escaping the punishment of our skin and face by our environment.
Our state-of-health can also be reflected in our face and skin. This can occur in an obvious way in the way that the condition Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) does, with its characteristic 'malar' or butterfly rash, or the sallow or pre-maturely-aged complexion that some smokers and chronically-ill persons can have. Conversely, the healthiest-appearing skin can also reflect good health. The sensible and nutrient rich diets that are low in fat and cholesterol, with the right vitamin and mineral content necessary to support collagen synthesis, are generally the same factors that help the body appear fit and to be healthy.
Inevitably, the Will of Nature catches up with us. It doesn't mean we shouldn't fight. iAnd, it doesn't mean we cannot win the war.
This "Saving Face" issue will help you make the proper choices for yourself in the battle against the aging face. We will discuss Botox, Permanent Make-up, and Accent XL and help you figure out whether they are right choices for you and your face.
Several clients were able to take advantage of the JUNE "Accent XL-Early Bird" Pre-order Specials. Although those special savings are no longer available, we will feature other opportunities in the future for great savings!
BodyTrends also wishes to thank the 15 people who volunteered to be our Accent XL test clients.
**And Current BodyTrends Clients please contact me for a way to extend your treatment packages free by referring your friends to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freedom of Facial Expression!!!
It's been in the news, in fashion, health, and beauty magazines, and on TV. Your friends may even be talking about how it works. Could this be what you've been looking for...a procedure that can temporarily smooth away those moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows with no surgery and no recovery time? An improvement can be seen within days, lasting for up to 4 months. Almost 3.3 million procedures were performed in 2005 alone, a 16% increase over 2004. Not just models and movie stars, but people from all types of professions have tried it. In fact, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) ranked BOTOX® Cosmetic as the most popular physician-administered aesthetic procedure in the United States for the fourth year in a row (surgical and nonsurgical combined).
Okay. So, how does it work? Let's begin with some history....Researchers discovered in the 1950s that injecting overactive muscles with minute quantities of botulinum toxin type A (isolated from the bacterial species Clostridium botulinum) decreased muscle activity by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical produced by nerve cells which transmit the electrical signal of a nerve that is firing to an adjacent muscle cell that would be contracting, at the neuromuscular (Nerve-to-muscle) junction, thereby rendering the muscle unable to contract for a period 3 to 4 months. Dr. Alan Scott, a San Francisco ophthalmologist, first applied tiny doses of the toxin in a medicinal sense to treat 'crossed eyes' (strabismus) and 'uncontrollable blinking' (blepharospasm), but needed a partner to gain regulatory approval to market his discovery as a drug. Allergan, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that focused on prescription eye therapies and contact lens products, bought the rights to the drug in 1988 and received FDA approval in 1989. Allergan renamed the drug Botox.
Still with me?
Cosmetically desirable effects of Botox were first discovered by Vancouver-based cosmetic surgeons Drs. Alastair and Jean Carruthers. The serendipitous discovery occurred when the husband-and-wife team observed the softening of patients' frown lines following treatment for eye muscle disorders, leading to clinical trials and subsequent FDA approval for cosmetic use in April 2002. So the way Botox works in its cosmetic application is to selectively relax certain muscles of the face, while avoiding other muscles which permit a switch in the balance that the muscle groups have on a facial structure. The imbalances lead to forehead wrinkles, furrows between the eyebrows, and crows' feet at the edges of the eyes. Shifting the imbalance by the Botox injection leads to a fresh, more youthful and, yes, happier appearance...instead of stale, old and mean appearance, which went out of Vogue in the 90's!!
See the following example. These results were achieved using about 150 to 200 Units of Botox.
Quite a dramatic change, huh?
Well, what about the Fellas?
Contrary to what you may be seeing in your home, Men Do Care about how they look. Our culture has typically been more forgiving to the age-related changes that men undergo. But tradition is changing. No more is the image of the aging man held in the type of reverence it was given 50 years ago. Right or wrong, in the modern world, men are increasingly being valued and judged by their appearance and, accordingly, there is more-and-more emphasis on men appearing youthful, vigorous, and virile. This phenomenon is reflected in the following trend:
According to the ASAPS, the number of men undergoing cosmetic non-surgical procedures in 2007 was up 91% (almost double) the number from the year 2000. As of last year, Botox injection is the most common cosmetic operation, with 4.6 million procedures in the United States, according to the ASAPS and the American Board for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Although Botox was not the number #1 cosmetic non-surgical procedure performed on men in 2007, (microdemabrasion was #1), an estimated one out-of-every 7 Botox procedures in the US was performed on men! That's about 650,000 procedures, y'all, if I've done the math correctly.
So, it just isn't Simon Cowell, Matthew McConaghey and David Beckham who are enjoying the benefits of Botox!
Botox injections and Dermal Fillers is now part of the aesthetic services that Bodytrends offers. Call us today at (405) 759-7524 or email us at email@example.com for more information and pricing or to schedule a free consultation!
PERMANENT MAKEUP Saves Lives?!
It has been said that a Real Woman can apply Makeup while behind the wheel of an Automobile. In reality, it is only true of a real woman who has a deathwish and car insurance coverage that is better than mine. Could you imagine driving up I-35 or across I-40 behind someone who is not being attentive to the road?
What if you could just wake up with the Beauty of Christie Brinkley? What if you lost out in the eyebrow and eyeliner department unlike Brooke Shields or AmyWinehouse. Well, Okay, maybe that was not the best example. The point is...YOU CAN through permanent makeup! And in the process, I guess save a few lives...
Permanent makeup is acosmetic technique which employs tattoos (permanent pigmentation of the dermis) as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup, such as eyelining and other permanent enhancing colors to the skin of the face, lips, and eyelids. It is also used to produce artificial eyebrows, particularly in people who have lost the eyebrows as a consequence of old age, disease, such as alopecia, chemotherapy, or a genetic disturbance, and to disguise scars and white spots in the skin such as in vitiligo. It is also used to restore or enhance the breast's areola, such as after breast surgery.
Most commonly called permanent cosmetics, other names include dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing (the latter being most appropriate since permanent makeup is, in fact, tattooing.)
In the United States and other countries, the inks used in permanent makeup and the pigments in these inks are subject to FDA or similar agency regulation as cosmetics and color additives.
Permanent makeup dates back at least to the start of the 20th century, though its nature was often concealed in its early days. The tattooist George Burchett, a major developer of the technique when it become fashionable in the 1930s, described in his memoirs how beauty salons tattooed many women without their knowledge, offering it as a "complexion treatment" ... of injecting vegetable dyes under the top layer of the skin.
Results are generally good, and often mimic topically applied cosmetics, such as in complete alopecia of the eyebrows. The skill and the experience of the tattoo artist are fundamental. Before committing to permanent makeup, particularly if for convenience only, clients should be aware of the potential problems of later removal and complications that may ensue. As with tattooing, permanent makeup may take several sessions and may present some minor discomfort. (Although many technicians will use a topical anesthetic to help reduce any discomfort.) Result appear "harsh" just after application, but become somewhat more natural (as natural as makeup can be) after a few weeks.
Permanent makeup can be useful for women who wish to wear makeup, but cannot apply it easily because they have allergic reactions to makeup materials, have vision deficits, tremors or restrictions of precise movements of the fingers and hands (such as in arthritis, stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or other conditions). Permanent makeup may also be used to camouflage scarring on the face or other parts of the body.
Pemanent Makeup may be the right choice for you!
BodyTrends is pleased to announce the addition of Permanent Makeup Services byMr. Vann Reece to our list of Client Services. Mr. Reece has over 15 year experience in the Beauty Industry and is Instructor of the Artist School of Permanent Makeup. He is without exaggeration one of the State's Premiere Medical Micropigmentologists. Vann's School is one of only 4 such schools in the State of Oklahoma for Cosmetic Tatooing and Medical Micropigmentology. We are so Proud to have him as a member of the BodyTrends Team!!!
Please Call BodyTrends at (405) 759-7524 to schedule a Consultation with Mr. Reece Today! Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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ACCENT your Face:
Accent XL May be your Alternative to a Face-Lift
We talked about Accent XL in our last e-newsletter. Accent XL is the new, FDAapproved technology, now available at BodyTrends which allows skin--tightening and fat-melting. The changes that can be achieved through Accent XL is the reason it is called the "Face-Lifting Machine". A Face-Lift without Surgery? The Results are Amazing.
The New Accent XL treatment may be the right solution for your face. Check out thisYouTube Video !
BodyTrends Website. Call us for a consultation (405) 759-7524 or (405) 608-4477
Diet & Nutrition:
Another Amazing Recipe
The Beauty-Blend Smoothie
When 'good skin' cards were being given out, many of us, myself included, were at the concession stand ordering hot dogs and fried twinkies. Years later, we all remain hostile and resentful at the Angelina's and Boris Kodjoe's of-the-world who were apparently first in line. There is hope for those of us out there who may not have been born the best of skin genetics, but who do want to enjoy healthy, youthful, radiant skin.
Beautiful skin begins with defense. The best defense against the free radical damage of oxidation, whether it occurs by the sun or through the normal aging process, is a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals (and plenty of water!). Research suggests that certain antioxidants-vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene rich foods-nourish and protect skin to extend its youthful appearance.
Vitamin C Vitamin C is involved in collagen production and protects cells from free radical damage. Scientific studies found that when lab animals ate vitamin C-fortified food, their skin was better able to fight off oxidative damage. With that said, replenish your skin's vitamin C stores by eating plenty of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Good sources include peppers (red/green/yellow), oranges, strawberries, lemons, and broccoli. Yes, broccoli.
Vitamin E Vitamin E helps protect cell membranes and guard against UV radiation damage. Some research suggests that vitamin E may work in combination with vitamin C to provide an extra boost of anti-aging skin protection. However, because recent studies have raised some questions about the safety of vitamin E supplements, these nutrients should come from your diet, not from potent pills. It is recommended you stick with food sources like wheat germ, fortified cereals, nuts and seeds (and the small amount found in a multi-vitamin).
Another antioxidant critical for skin health is beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Beta carotene/vitamin A is involved in the growth and repair of body tissues, and may protect against sun damage. In extremely high doses, straight vitamin A from supplements can be toxic, so always avoid. However, ample beta carotene from foods like sweet potatos, pumpkins, carrots, mangos and apricots is entirely safe and great for your skin.
Selenium Selenium helps safeguard the skin from sun damage and delays aging by protecting skin quality and elasticity. Dietary selenium has been shown to reduce sun damage, and even to prevent some skin cancers in animals. Be sure to get your selenium from food, though, and not from supplements. Food sources include: Brazil nuts, tuna (canned light in water), crab, wheat germ.
Omega-3 Fats Healthy fats known as omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes so that they are effective barriers-allowing water and nutrients in, and keeping toxins out. Omega-3s also seem to be able to protect skin against sun damage. In a study of skin cancer, people who ate diets rich in fish oils and other omega 3 fats had a 29% lower risk of squamous cell cancer than those who got very little omega 3 fats from food. Good food sources include oily fish, sardines, flaxseeds, walnuts.
Here it is,
The 'Beauty Blend' Smoothie Recipe:
· 2 cold oranges, peeled and cut into sections. · 1/2 chopped mango, cold · 1/2 cup sliced frozen (unsweetened) strawberries · 1 medium carrot, peeled, shredded · 1/2 cup plain, non-fat yogurt, chilled · 2 tablespoons wheat germ · 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed · 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice · 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Garnish as desired.
Nutrient Analysis (one serving)
Calories: 250 Protein: 9 g Carbohydrates: 48 g Total Fat: 4 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 72 mg Fiber: 9 g
Skin specific nutrients:
Vitamin C: 126 mg (209% DV) Beta Carotene: 2859 ug Vitamin E: 3.9 IU (13% DV) Vitamin A (all from Beta Carotene): 5839 IU (117%DV) Selenium: 9 ug (14% DV) + omega 3 fats
MAKES 2 SERVINGS.
Fitness: Kung Fu San Soo
Guess Who Might Be Getting his Yellow Belt Soon?
Got KUNG FU?
I've shed a few pounds, improved my endurance, have become more agile, and fearless...
I owe it to Kung Fu San Soo and The Phoenix Rising Association. I'm getting skilled enough that rumour has it I will get my yellow belt soon.
I wonder is it Gauche to wear a Ghee to work, to the night clubs or to the grocery store. I bet it is!
The Phoenix Rising Kung Fu Association
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Come take advantage of the free week of lessons. I'm sure you will like it as much as we do. If you have children, The Phoenix Rising Association is designing classes this summer for the youngsters:
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