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Lasering vs. Waxing Your Bikini Line

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There are many ways to get your bikini line summer-ready: shaving, plucking, electrolysis, depilatory creams, and many more. Two of the most popular and most effective methods are waxing and laser hair removal treatments. While both methods will get you ready for the beach, there are pros and cons to each.


Most of us probably have memories of microwaving a tub of wax and shrieking in our bathrooms when we tried to wax our legs for the first time. While hair removal wax is readily available in chemists and supermarkets, a bikini wax should be done by a professional at a reputable salon.

A beauty therapist will heat wax -it will be warm, not scalding! – and apply it to the skin with a spatula. She then presses a piece of cloth over the wax and quickly removes it, doing this multiple times until all the hair on the bikini line is gone. One session will usually last around 15 minutes.

As you would imagine, laser hair removal involves zapping hair follicles with a laser. The technician will spread a cooling gel on the area to be lasered and passes a laser wand over small sections of skin, heating up the follicle to the point that hair is burned away.

A single laser session also lasts around 15 minutes, but hair will begin growing back in a few weeks. After a few sessions, the follicle will be destroyed, and hair will not regrow.


Waxing is the more immediately cost-effective of the two, with a bikini wax costing around £30 a session at a professional salon. A single laser treatment can cost around £90, but for the treatment to become permanent, you may need up to 8 sessions, with packages available for around £700.

If you’re looking for permanent hair removal, laser treatment is your best option. After a few treatments, your bikini line will be permanently hair-free. One waxing treatment will last around 3 to 6 weeks and is not a permanent hair removal solution.

So while the cost of a laser treatment package may be more expensive up-front, it may prove to be more economical in the long-run than having a bikini wax every month or so. Of course, the permanence of any treatment and the rate of hair regrowth with vary for each individual.

Before booking a treatment, always be sure to read reviews of the salon or hair removal clinic of your choice. You’ll get the best results by visiting a professional you can trust.


The Secret To Celeb Skin? Low-Dose, Baby Botox

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Celebrities offer so much beauty inspiration to the rest of us, especially when it comes to their skin. While they do have access to the best products and treatments, there are some options that are accessible for those who aren’t rich and famous. One popular treatment to get beautiful looking skin that is gaining popularity is Baby Botox, also commonly referred to as Sprinkles.

This treatment is essentially the same as the traditional injection with the exception that the dosage is much lighter. The target areas are the same: crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead wrinkles, eyebrows and other fine lines on the face. Instead of getting rid of these lines completely, this low-dose option maintains a more natural look while also allowing for more movement in the face. Less is more in this case.

This is a particularly good option for younger patients whose skin still looks quite youthful and who simply want to take possible preventative measures. It is also popular among patients who are new to this type of treatment and want to familiarize themselves with the procedure before injecting too much Botulinum Toxin into their skin. In either case, the baby version of Botulinum Toxin injections allow wrinkles and lines to be treated gradually over time.

Although the dosage is lower, patients have still noticed a difference in the appearance of their skin. Professionals who perform the injections see an increase in the confidence of their patients as their skin looks youthful and refreshed, yet still maintains a natural look. One possible downside to this treatment is the length of time it lasts. Because the dosage is lower, patients may have to have more appointments if they want to stay on top of their youthful and rejuvenated skin.

Celebrities of all ages have admitted to getting various types of Botox treatments. TV host Kelly Ripa has claimed it has changed her life and actress Lisa Rinna loves that the chemical keeps her face looking natural. TV star Courtney Cox advises against too much Botulinum Toxin, but does give it credit for its positive effects on the look of her skin and face. Sharon Osborne even allowed herself to be injected on live TV! Younger celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lala Kent also use Botulinum Toxin in preventative measures, as mentioned above.

Deciding to get any kind of injection treatment is certainly a personal decision, as is the case with any treatment to one’s body. The cost would also have to be part of the decision as treatments can be in the hundreds of pounds. However, if one is considering such a treatment to fight lines and wrinkles, Baby Botox would certainly be a good place to start.

A Simple Guide to Dermal Fillers

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Age causes skin causes the skin to lose its elasticity, leading to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is normal for people to be concerned about wrinkles, however, wrinkles are reversible if the right treatment is administered. Wrinkles can be treated using dermal fillers, a popular cosmetic treatment which has been proven to be successful to a large percentage of users. Fillers are popular and safe cosmetic remedies for individuals who wish to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on their face. Skin fillers restore a youthful appearance to the skin by plumping up and restoring its lost volume.


Juvederm has gained popularity as being an effective and safe skin filler. Juverderm is made by Allgern, who also make Botox. Juverderm is a range of injectable gels based on hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally occurs naturally in the human body meaning it can fill wrinkles and replace skin characteristics that it has lost over the years.

Further, Juvederm is less painful as it contains a pain reducing component called Lidocaine making the whole experience a more comfortable one. Juverderm effects are natural and long lasting on the skin.


Azzalure is a Botulinum toxin with the ability to smoothen wrinkles between the eyebrows and horizontal lines on the forehead. Azzalure also corrects radical wrinkles on the lower eyelid and around the eyes. Early smokers have lines around their lip and a “gummy smile” (too much gum seen while smiling).

These effects can be corrected by the use of Azzalure as indicated by the physician. Further, Azzalure fights against profuse sweating of face, feet hands and armpits. It is also an effective remedy for clearing vertical lines around the neck.


Restylane is derived from hyaluronic acid, and it rehydrates skin and restores facial skin elasticity. Restylane is known for its effectiveness in adding volume and fullness to the skin correcting folds and wrinkles.

Further, Restylane can be used to treat lip lines for patients over the age of 21. Restylane treatment recovery is around three days, and the effects are long lasting. Also, the side effects of Restylane are temporal and mild; they include a little numbness during the treatment recovery period.

A youthful skin is the aspiration of many; do not let age limit you from having a younger look. Seek a quality skin filler and stay young.


What Is CoolSculpting?

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One technique that has been taking the world of fat loss by storm is CoolSculpting. It’s a non-invasive/non-surgical procedure that works to get rid of stubborn body fat from regions such as stomach, thighs, sides (love handles), hips, abdomen and other common problem areas.

It works by freezing fat cells in the treated area, which eventually die and are disposed from the body gradually through the digestive system.

The Procedure

The technique involves the use of paddle-shaped applicators that feature a hose and 2 panels, each having about 3,000 sensors. The hose delivers the cold to the panels which are attached to the skin via a gel pad, which also protects the skin.

They are left in place for about an hour where they will freeze the fat cells. A patient will experience mild tingling, cramping, stinging, or aching which is quite normal. Thereafter, the practitioner will massage the area to reduce the tingling or numbing effects and allow blood to start flowing freely again.

Benefits of CoolSculpting

Non-invasive: unlike other alternative methods such as liposuction, CoolSculpting doesn’t involve any incision or cutting the skin. This minimizes the cases of infection or discomfort, and also eliminates recovery time.

Permanent Results: Fat cells are highly-unlikely to return in an area that has been treated before, meaning the patient won’t have to worry about repeating the procedure on multiple occasions.

Safe: The frozen fat cells which eventually die are removed from the body naturally. The immune system will send enzymes to attack and get rid of the dying/dead cells.

Highly Effective: CoolSculpting is suitable for any person whether male or female, young or old, and works to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in many different areas of the body.

Fast and Easy: While it should always be used alongside a sensible diet and exercise plan, the fast results from CoolSculpting offer targeted success in a much shorter timeframe.

When Should You See Results?

Although there is no fixed duration for the procedure, it normally takes about one hour to treat each section. Once the procedure is complete, patients are free to go about their day as normal and many return to work as soon as their session is over. There’s almost no recovery involved, so it’s a convenient approach for many people.

You will expect to see results after a few weeks, as the immune system takes time to remove the dead/dying fat cells. The full effect can take up to three or four months to fully complete, but once it’s done the results are permanent.


Studies Suggest That Fountain Of Youth May Be Near

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2013-06-08-Durham-Fountain-YouthFew people look forward to aging. Unfortunately, no one has found a way to stop the effects of Father Time. With that being said, researchers are hard at work in search of ways to slow or reverse the aging process. Recently, a pair of big discoveries sent shock waves through the scientific community, which appears to be closer than ever to finding a cure for aging.

Closer than Ever

We’ve all heard the story of Ponce De Leon’s futile hunt for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Now, it appears scientists may have stumbled upon a pair of major revelations which could turn this myth into reality. For the first time ever, researchers have definitively located the part of the brain which controls how we age. They also figured out how to slow down Father Time by manipulating this region.

How They Did it

Published in the journal Nature, the study focused on manipulating the hypothalami in the brains of mice. Responsible for a myriad of important functions, this critical brain region controls bodily development, growth, metabolism, reproduction and aging. By activating NF-B pathways, the scientists were able to rapidly accelerate aging in their mouse subjects. In fact, the effects were so substantial, the young mice quickly demonstrated common signs of aging, including decreases size, muscle mass, learning ability and skin thickness. Alternatively, the researchers were able to slow the aging process and increase subject life expectancy by 20 percent by blocking these same NF-B pathways.

Another Major Discovery

This recent scientific study isn’t the only aging research making headlines. Just this year, Harvard Medical School researchers confirmed that the antioxidant resveratrol does slow the aging process in humans. Found in red wine, this grape-based compound appears to enhance a cell’s ability to create energy by stimulating the production of a bodily serum called SIRT1. According to the scientists who conducted the study, their breakthrough research could pave the way for powerful anti-aging medications that boost SIRT1 production much better than resveratrol.

How Long Must We Wait?

Although scientists seem closer than ever to slowing or stopping the aging process; we are probably still decades away from seeing the fruits of their labors. Even when researchers are able to create a pharmaceutical cure for aging, slow-moving clinical and safety trials will keep them off the market for many years. Until that time, people will have to rely on plastic surgery, injectable treatments and other cosmetic remedies if they want to look younger.

A Fortunate in the Waiting

While some equate youth-fascination with vanity; others see things from a different angle. According to Dr. Brad Durham, people have good reasons for wanting to turn back the clock.

“We all age; however, how we age depends on several factors, including genetics and certain lifestyle choices,” he said. “Many of my patients seek non-surgical facelifts, because they feel they look much older than they really are. Sadly, this causes people to treat them differently, resulting in professional, social and relationship difficulties.”

Whatever their reasons, Americans are eager to spend on anti-aging remedies. Right now, age-stunting creams and supplements contribute to a billion-dollar industry. With so much money already being spent on products that offer few if any results; it’s any wonder how much money a company could make if its researchers could develop an anti-aging drug that actually works.

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Ryan Lawrence writes for Off-Topic Media. Thanks to Dr. Brad Durham for his contributions to this story.