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Stop Arthritis Pain – Make Wiser Food Choices!

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The pain associated with arthritis can definitely be very intense. What’s worse is that every time your arthritis flares up, your normal range of motion can be limited to a significant degree. As a result, you cannot do all the things you used to do before arthritis took over a great part of your life.

There are many different forms of arthritis, the most common of which includes rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. Contrary to popular belief, arthritis can be managed quite successfully. All you need to do is enlist the aid of certain medications formulated specifically to deal with the symptoms of the disease and adopt some healthy lifestyle changes. Be free from the ties that bind you with arthritis and live life the way you used to! Here are some surefire strategies that can help you deal with arthritis:

o Keep excess weight off! Those extra pounds just add stress to your already inflamed joints so you better do something about it! Eat a well-balanced diet and make sure that you have enough of the nutrients needed to reduce the pain associated with arthritis. Getting enough vitamin C will help your body repair damaged tissue while substantial amounts of vitamin D will help your body absorb calcium, protect your bones and prevent bone loss. And don’t forget to get enough calcium – it will help strengthen your bones.

o Give those joints some work out! To reduce arthritis flare ups, you need to adopt a moderate exercise routine. This may help you increase your flexibility and stability and may also aid in strengthening your joints. However, people with rheumatoid arthritis should refrain from exercising during flare-ups to prevent further damage. A word of caution – you should only exercise to the point where you feel mild discomfort. Do not over-exercise!

o Sleep it off! You should be getting enough sleep – it would be great if you can put in 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night.

What you put in your mouth has a great deal to do with your arthritis. Eat the wrong kinds of foods and you are sure to suffer from the consequences of your actions. Eat the right kinds of foods and you’ll be spared from the pain. There’s just no getting around it – your diet can determine your fate! To help you in dealing with your problem, here is a list of some of the foods that can be your ally in your fight against arthritis.

Bananas – These golden fruits enjoy the status of being one of nature’s “perfect foods”. Bananas are better known for being one of the richest sources of potassium but do you know that they are excellent arthritis fighters as well? Bananas contain high amounts of vitamin B6, folate and vitamin C – some of the nutrients needed to keep your joints and bones healthy. They are also a great source of soluble fiber so they can play an important part in your weight loss efforts as well!

Green Pepper – Vitamin C can be of great help in controlling the symptoms of arthritis but if you are not very fond of eating citrus fruits, you can reach out for a green pepper instead. A single green pepper can provide you with 176% of your daily needs for vitamin C while the red and yellow varieties can provide you with more than twice that amount! And not only that – sweet peppers are also known as excellent sources of vitamin B6 and folate.

Salmon – Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, also known as the “healthy fats”. It also contains calcium, vitamin D and folate – some of the nutrients that help in the fight against arthritis.

Shrimp – The mighty shrimp can be one of your best bets in conquering arthritis pains. You can get about 30% of your recommended daily amount for vitamin D in just three ounces of cooked shrimps. That’s much more than what you can get in a cup of milk! Shrimps also contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B12.

If you are serious in your desire to control your arthritis, be sure to include these wonder foods in your diet. They can sure help you a lot!

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Swimming and Skin Care – Repairing the Skin Barrier

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Often pool swimmers complain of water related skin problems. Chlorine has a caustic effect, causing a disruption to the Stratum Corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis) the skin’s barrier. This skin barrier, was coined by Dr. Peter M. Elias of the University of California, San Francisco, an expert on skin barrier and epidermal biology.

The Stratum Corneum functions to form a barrier to protect underlying tissue from infection, dehydration, chemicals and mechanical stress. This skin level consists of dead cells (corneocytes) composed of 15-20 layers of flattened cells with no nuclei and cell organelles. These corneocytes are embedded in a lipid matrix composed of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids.

This barrier is produced through a process called desquamation, cells shedding from the surface of the stratum corneum, and balancing proliferating keratinocytes (cells that produce keratin, a beneficial protein for the body). Then these cells migrate through the epidermis towards the surface in a journey that takes approximately fourteen days.

In other words, we are born with a healthy skin barrier that is capable of naturally keeping skin moist, and hydrated. Unfortunately, over time that layer of skin gets damaged from things like cold weather, excessive sun exposure, prolonged water submersion, wind conditions and other environmental factors. These causes break down the components of this layer of our skin and leave it without protection, susceptible to pruning, wrinkly skin, inflammation, bacteria, dryness, itchiness and allergens – damage.

Can Drinking Water Help to Hydrate Skin?

We are made of water (the average adult human body is 50-65% water). Copious quantities of water from our bodies is excreted daily. Therefore, the drinking of water is important because it replaces our supply. According to the FDA, we are to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to maintain what we lose. The myth is that by doing so our skin is then adequately hydrated. For skin purposes, unfortunately, the consumption of water doesn’t help all that much. In fact, the water we drink has a lot to do before it even gets to the skin. Think of the long and winding path water takes in our bodies and you’ll note how many stops it makes to other organs, etc., before it even makes an appearance at the surface of the skin, for example:

1. Ridding the body of toxins,

2. Aiding with our digestive system,

3. Helping our organs function properly, etc.

Therefore, in theory, we need to apply water to the skin topically and somehow hold it there in order to keep skin moist, hydrated and wrinkle free. Moisturizers seek to accomplish this very task.

Moisturizers and the Skin Barrier

Despite what some advertisers tell us, many moisturizers available today do very little to keep moisture in the skin. That is because very few can penetrate the stratum corneum. With that truth, can the skin barrier even be repaired? The good news it that ‘yes’ it can. Because this layer of cells is made up of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids, it stands to reason that if those elements are depleted causing damaged skin then adding them back to the skin will improve its texture. We accomplish this by putting the missing ingredients of ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids together in proper measurements (formulas) so that they work homogeneously to improve the skin. The mixture is key because just as we initially had them in our bodies, we must replace them similarly.

Which Moisturizers Even Work on the Dermis?

1. Shea Butter – contains fatty acids stearic and palmitic acid

2. Dermalogica Barrier Repair – shea butter, evening primrose oil

3. Zerafite – sold by dermatologists as a barrier repair face cream and body cream. http://lesliebaumannmd.com/dr-baumann-recommends-barrier-repair-moisturizers-heres/

4. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream 16 oz Daily Face and Body Moisturizer for Dry Skin – formulated technology allows ceramides to penetrate the skin

5. Water – douse your skin in fresh water before swimming

What About Working from the Inside Out?

1. Supplements – such as borage seed, fish oil or evening primrose oil

2. Hyaluronic acid – despite some claims, many dermatologists profess that it cannot enter the dermis when applied topically https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4110621/

3. Water – drinking 8-10 glasses a day does improve the skin’s quality, but it takes time to reach the skin, as previously mentioned

Conclusion

Swimmers have special needs that pertain to moisturizing and protecting of our skin. Addressing these needs in logical, well-informed and consistent ways can allow swimmers to enjoy the water for a lifetime. The information above does not cover all that there is known on this subject. There are tons of more products and procedures that have been proven to work on a swimmer’s skin. This post is an overview, generally giving insight on how swimmers should approach their skin care needs.

Try the moisturizers and supplements above after speaking to your dermatologists and doctors to see if they are right for you. If they are not, hopefully the information above will lead you to the correct combination of internal and external remedies designed for your needs.

As swimmers, we have to design and implement a routine to protect our skin. Doing nothing can only help to erode our skin barrier over time.

If this post has been helpful to you, please leave a comment below.

Thank you and Go Swim!

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Easy Tips to Settle Your Career As A Makeup Artist

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These days every career is blooming and all because of the increasing demand for the same. Talking of which, the career of a makeup artist is one of the best ones that is ruling market these days. Certainly, a skilled person with good experience, knowledge and of course creativity is right suited for such career. And if you think you belong in this career, and then certainly this is the right place where you have landed up. Take a look at some of the effective tips which will help you out to make the right choice in getting into this career.

Career as Makeup Artists:

A beauty artist is a creative person who is using the human body as a medium applies different styles of makeup for television, fashion, theatrical and even magazines. In the modeling industry, it holds a great importance. If you have noticed, awards are given to such experts in the entertainment field such as an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hair styling and Golden Globes awards. If you want to make a career in this field, you can grab for the best production company. You also have a good scope to settle your career in this as a freelancer and earn pretty good.

Easy Tips to Become a Makeup Artist:

Brush Up Your Skills:

This is important as it helps you practice a lot on your hands and techniques. You can try for yourself and friends and make yourself perfect in the craft. Remember, even if you are a settled actor, to apply makeup to yourself and others requires anal together different set of coordination and skills.

Experiment with Different Looks:

For makeup artists, this is the most crucial thing to be done. Get inspired by reading magazines and check out some incredible fashion blogs. You need to keep yourself updated with new trends and styles of makeup that are coming up these days. This will help you deliver the right type of make that your client expects.

Join A Beauty School:

Once you enroll yourself in a beauty school, you will learn some good tricks and techniques. Besides, it is a great opportunity to earn money and utilize your time. Many schools also allow their students to get selected for the top most companies and this can be a great chance.

Other than this, try to market yourself. Create a blog and put pictures of your talent so that people will know about your style of art.

As long as you have a good experience, keep experimenting with new styles, aware about the best beauty products ruling the market and undergoing some of the best certification course, you certainly will have a good opportunity in this sector. Beauty artists play a huge role in the entertainment field. Some beauty artists are well talented to do makeup for the bride while some artists are well talented to do makeup in a salon. Now, what is your style you decide and go ahead with the best makeup that you can come across?

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App Review: I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock for Android

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Waking up is a huge problem for me. There have been mornings where I have hit snooze in excess of 20 times before finally uttering a swear word, stretching, and forcing myself to get up. I am the kind of person who wakes up hours after they intended to, unless there is some motivation for me to get up.

The app I am about to describe eliminates that. As a result, I kind of hate it, but only because I love it so very much.

Miklos suggested the I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock app to me before bed the other night. Having to scan a barcode in order to shut the alarm off? Excellent concept. I hopped onto Google Play and downloaded it free to my Android phone. (There is a paid version, but I think the only difference is that it doesn’t run ads. Don’t quote me.) Well, it definitely didn’t shut off the first morning. I had selected Memory and Barcode as wake-up methods. Memory did a good enough job of making me want to stab my eyes out while the alarm rang. I had however not realized I’d have to install the barcode scanner separately (Menu > W.U.M Preferences > Barcode Method > Method config info), and, of course, choose which barcodes to scan.

… Listen, I was tired when I downloaded the app.

After shutting off my phone to silence the infernal, seemingly endless racket it was making (proclaiming that the barcode scanner was not installed and simultaneously demanding I scan a barcode), I fell back asleep.

I was skeptical. Of course, I had not given I Can’t Wake Up! a fair shot.

The next night, I configured the Barcode method, scanned my barcodes and added the Pairs method. Now my wake-up program was a fail-safe random ordered Memory/Barcode/Pairs combination. I would have to solve all three. Surely I’d be awake by then.

The alarm went off as it should. And I was disappointed that it chose Barcode first. I had to leap out of bed and scan my face-wash. Disgruntled, I zombied myself back into the bedroom solving the Memory puzzle and then choosing Pairs (in this case, choosing one of two city names to match with the country it belonged to). The alarm is a bit less effective when you crawl into bed because your house is cold and begin to text someone who loses interest after 20 minutes. I fell back asleep for 2.5 hours. Crap. It has an Awake test ensure you actually woke up. Perhaps I should select this option for tomorrow morning, yes?

Let me say, I Can’t Wake Up! Alarm Clock is good. It’s very customizable with lots of interesting options and it really does get you out of bed. The ringing is annoying enough and doesn’t stop until you’ve completed your chosen tasks. Ensure you have a warm house to wake up to, or at least some slippers and a robe on to ensure coziness when you get out of bed, and you’re golden.

The only star I take away from this app is half because it installed some other program I had to delete right away (hopefully it actually deleted), and half because the app doesn’t physically grow hands out of the phone to slap my face around until I’m awake. I guess that’s my own issue, though.

Rating: (4/5)

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Banish Those Disgusting Yellow Nails For Good – Toenail Fungus Killer Revealed

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Do you live with unsightly, extremely discolored YELLOW toenails? And are you absolutely desperate to get rid of them? Please tell me you answered YES to the latter question there. Anyway, I know the pain you’re going through. Having toenail fungus can be extremely embarrassing. Especially if you go on holiday and chill out by the side of the outdoor pool – can’t hide the infections with socks then, can you? No you can’t. So if you want to get rid of your unsightly nail fungus, or you’re fed up of being down right embarrassed by the infection… then read the rest of this article.

Okay, so I’m about to reveal an extremely effective toenail fungus KILLER, that will help banish your infection for good. This fungus killer has been used for centuries to beat off fungus infections. It’s a well known cure, and it’s likely that you’ve heard of it before since it’s super effective at killing a range of infections and skin conditions. The toenail fungus killer that I keep referring to is… tea tree oil. This oil is super effective in banishing fungal infections on the nails. So either buy the solution from a health store and apply it as directed.

OR you can buy a solution that contains tea tree oil and other effective ingredients. For example, sulphur X12 is extremely effective in killing fungus infections. So if you can find a cure that contains both tea tree oil and sulphur X12 then you infection is going to banish within weeks, maybe even days. There are a few products out there that contain both of these strong ingredients, I’m not sure of all of their names but a quick Google search should bring them up. Once you’ve found one, purchase it and apply the solution as directed then within a week or so you should see a MASSIVE improvement.

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Perry Ellis – Perfumes and Clothing

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Born in Portsmouth, Virginia to a middle-class family, Perry Edwin Ellis is one of the most successful fashion designers in today’s modern age. He was born on March 3, 1940 and was raised comfortably by his family with the support of their own fuel company. He studied in Williamsburg, Virginia taking up a degree in Business Administration, which he later used in managing his own fashion business.

Perry Ellis’ interest for fashion first came out while he was running his own department store retailing in Virginia. He established that firm to gain experience in the world of fashion simply as a merchandiser and buyer.

In his search for the ultimate experience, he joined the sportswear company owned by John Meyer in New York. The Vera Companies approached him in the 1970s for one purpose – to make designs for the Vera itself. It was only in 1976 when Perry Ellis decided to create his own line of women’s sportswear he called the Portfolio.

Since the introduction of the Portfolio, critics and consumers of fashion products praised Perry Ellis as one of the most outstanding designers of sportswear. Particularly the women love him for one reason – Ellis creates his own designs, each boasting a clean cut casual style. He established his own fashion house with the help of The Vera Companies, and named it Perry Ellis International. His showroom was first opened on Seventh Avenue in New York City.

Months after the release of Ellis’ casual styled sportswear, he came up with a menswear collection which was introduced successfully in the world market. Critics considered this product line as modern classic in appearance and style. This collection was followed by other successful launches; now featuring shoes, furs, accessories, and fragrances.

Perry Ellis International continued to expand throughout the 1980s. A number of labels were then released, including the Perry Ellis Collection and the Perry Ellis Portfolio. In 1984, the company formed a cooperation with Levi Strauss. The Portfolio line was revised one year after, and in 1986 the company saw a rise of about $250 million in their product revenues.

The House of Perry Ellis was transferred to a new management headed by Robert L. McDonald, Ellis’ close friend, in 1986 after Perry’s unexpected death. Marc Jacobs then took the role of Perry Ellis as a fashion designer for the company, who at that time was a fresh graduate. Jacobs started his own labels just in 1993, and it was him who became the head of the House of Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Perry Ellis International has undergone several other changes in the company management. Manhattan Industries was traded to a licensee of Perry Ellis, the Salant. It was from them where a Miami based textile company acquired the Ellis House in 1999. The corporation also acquired several other companies, including the Original Penguin and the Ping collection of the golf brand, both acquired early in the year 2003.

Today, the House of Perry Ellis is continually producing all the fashion products it is known for. Massive expansions are expected to occur with more and more consumers becoming interested to Perry Ellis’ great collections.

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How to Treat Impure Skin and Cure Pimples

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Many young people suffer during puberty from pimples, blackheads and impure skin. Over the past few years the number of teenagers that are suffering from acne has doubled and it’s mainly due to bad eating habits, dirt on their skin, hereditary and hormonal imbalances. Therefore not only the predisposition plays a role, but also the external circumstances and personal habits.

Acne is one of the skin diseases that occur most frequently. Like any other disease and they should be treated medically if it has reached a certain level of severity. Here, the rule of thumb is the sooner, the better! A cure for pimples isn’t that easy to find as you may already know conventional medications and lotions will NOT work. So do not wait too long before you consult a dermatologist. Before starting treatment, you should be aware that you will need patients. Short-term or quick results are not feasible, certainly not if they are to last longer. Most treatment takes several months to years, however a natural treatment can work wonders and they’re more recommended.

Due to the different treatment options that exist, and the efficacy that is different for each patient, a doctor should contribute his expert advice. Own tinkering is usually futile and often cause scars. Acne and pimples can be treated internally and externally. How to carry out the treatment usually depends on the severity of acne and on each individual patient.

It is also important that the skin is properly cleaned daily. For this you can use different cleaning products that match the individual skin type. Wash your face regularly with warm water and face wash, and pat it dry with a clean face-towel every time.

Externally are often used peeling agents such as Vitamin A acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. Also increased scaling may occur. This so-called healing crisis and it occurs because the skin is irritated by the new treatment. As a conclusion, conventional lotions and medications are only a short time relief and not a permanent cure.

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Simple Opalescence Teeth Whitening System Directions

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Opalescence teeth whitening system comes in kits that are for use at the dentist’s office, for the consumers to use at home, or for use during traveling, and then there is a kit for maintenance. The whitening ingredient in the Opalescence for home uses is carbamide peroxide. It is a lower dosage version of hydrogen peroxide, about 18% of the strength. Consumers can leisurely use the teeth whitener over a period of time, instead of visiting the dentist.

Depending on which Opalescence teeth whitening product that you are getting, you might have to get your teeth trays made at the dentist’s office. Your dentist can take an impression of your teeth, and have trays ordered for you. Custom teeth whitening trays fit your teeth perfectly, and ensure the maximum contact of the Opalescence bleaching gel onto the surfaces of your teeth.

If you are using an Opalescence teeth whitening system for home use, you need to brush your teeth before applying the Opalescence gel onto your teeth. You can use a Rembrandt or a Colgate teeth whitening product for better result. Dry you teeth before the application.

Make sure your teeth trays are clean and dry, apply Opalescence gel onto the bottom and top trays of the front teeth sections. Excessive application of the gel would cause spillage over the edge of the trays, and could cause irritations to the gums. One can use some tissue to clean up the spillage to avoid discomfort. The trays could be worn overnight if one is using a low Opalescence concentration, such as a 10% gel, or a 20% gel. When you’re done, or when your teeth become too sensitive, remove trays, brush and rinse teeth. Wash trays and leave them to dry. Repeat the process daily until the whiten result is achieved.

Opalescence teeth whitening system directions are not that hard. Yet you have to use the trays, and deal with the gel, and clean up the trays. The initial cost of the Opalescence teeth whitening system is affordable, but you have to pay for refills for the continuous maintenance.

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Top 5 Natural Face Packs To Remove Wrinkles

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Here are 5 amazing homemade face packs that will help to reduce wrinkles from your skin. Have a look.

  • Homemade Lemon Juice And Egg White

By tightening the skin, the protein present in egg whites reduces wrinkles and improves its elasticity. Break an egg in a bowl, remove the yolk and mix the egg white for 5 minutes. Then add one teaspoon of lemon juice to the egg white. Apply this face pack on your face gently and rinse it off from your face using warm water after 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Homemade Apple Face Pack

Vitamins A, C & E are some of the antioxidants which are found in apples and these play an important role in our quest to achieve younger skin. Premature arrival of wrinkles is also prevented by these antioxidants. Boil an apple and allow it to cool down, mash it after removing the seeds and make a paste, and the add milk powder and honey in the paste. Apply this pack on your face and wash it with cold water after 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Homemade Honey And Papaya Pack

Vitamins A, C and E are found in abundance in papaya. You can reduce the signs of ageing like age spots and freckles by using a face pack of papaya and honey. Make a paste of papaya by mashing and then add some honey into it. Apply the paste on your face and wash it with water after 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Homemade Lemon And Honey Face Pack

Lemon juice provides nourishment to dry skin and a healthy, natural glow. Honey is known for increasing skin’s capacity to preserve moisture. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice and honey each and apply on your face, then wash it with cold water after 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Homemade Cucumber Face Pack

The antioxidants present in cucumber will help you to fight wrinkles. Take a fresh peel of cucumber and grate it properly, then pour 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 egg white into the bowl of grated cucumber and make a mixture. Apply this mixture on your face and wash it with warm water after 15 to 20 minutes.

Wrinkles and fine lines develop commonly on our face due to reasons such as ageing or exposure to ultraviolet rays coming from the Sun. Nowadays, you can easily find many beauty products & creams being sold in the market that claim to reduce the signs of ageing.

However, if used in the long run, then many of these beauty products could have a negative effect on the skin. Apart from getting skin treatment, you can also opt for natural remedies to achieve healthy, glowing and youthful skin.

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3 Aesthetic Beauty Tips For Achieving and Maintaining a Youthful Rejuvenated Skin

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As we age and are exposed to free radials from the sun, environmental toxins and the aging process, our smooth, soft, vibrant and tight youthful appearance often evolves into fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation spots, sun spots and often enlarged pores with a rough and dry skin texture. It is easy to be confused by all the anti aging skincare products and claims for breakthrough anti aging treatments.

These 3 tips will help you to understand your options for skin rejuvenation and a total facial renewal without invasive procedures or using products that can actually cause more damage in the long term.

Aesthetic Beauty Tip #1:

Medical grade skin care products are your safest and most effective choice. Many products are not carefully regulated by the FDA and include ingredients that can actually harm your skin. Choose only skin care products made with all natural ingredients that are selected for your specific skin type and needs. This should be determined by a qualified aesthetic practitioner after a careful skin evaluation. Product lines like Obagi Skin Care products and the AFA Amino Acid line by Biopelle are excellent choices.

Aesthetic Beauty Tip #2:

Non-invasive laser skin care treatments can be a remarkable anti aging solution for tightening and rejuvenating the skin. This safe, comfortable technology can be used on the face, neck, hands and other areas of the body and has many applications for anti aging and other beauty treatments, many of which are not offered by cosmetic surgery procedures and injectable fillers such as Botox. Laser skin care treatment offers dramatic anti aging benefits including skin rejuvenating color correction, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. Laser treatments correct uneven skin tone and eliminate such imperfections as brown spots, sun spots, age spots, red blotches, multiple freckles and rough texture. Other improvements include clearing of problem acne and reducing the flushing red, ruddy complexion of Rosacea. Laser skin treatments can reduce broken capillaries, spider veins of the face and other vascular-based conditions. After a treatment regimen that may range from 5-7 treatments, sun damage and visible signs of aging are significantly reduced, restoring a youthful, clear and radiant complexion.

Aesthetic Beauty Tip #3:

Self treatment for anti aging and skin rejuvenation can limit your results and lead to more problems later on. This is why careful evaluation by a skilled aesthetic professional is highly recommended. With advanced equipment and examination techniques, a trained practitioner will determine the best course of treatment that is likely to produce the best results for achieving your goals. Sometimes skin care products alone are enough while other times your needs will be better met with a combination of laser treatment and a regimen of pharmaceutical grade skin care products.

Before you reach for that product on the shelf, consider finding a reputable skin care professional who can offer you the safest and most effective skin care technologies, techniques and products for reclaiming your most youthful and beautiful skin.

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Wellness Is a Business Decision

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No matter how what industry you are in, your people are an asset. I would be willing to bet that your people are your most valuable asset. Where would your business be without your people? What would happen to your business if all of your people disappeared? Worse yet, what would happen if you didn’t take care of them and they broke down?

This question may sound ridiculous, but think about it this way:

You have a maintenance plan for your equipment. You know that if you don’t take care of your equipment, it will break down. You also know that it is far more expensive to do major repairs or replacements than it is to keep up the routine maintenance of your equipment. People are no different. It is far more expensive to wait for major health issues and fix your employees than it is to help them with their own routine maintenance.

The fact that people make businesses go is not a new concept. What’s new is the approach that businesses are now taking to make sure that they are investing in keeping employees running smoothly rather than waiting for problems to fix. The concept has been in place with equipment and machinery for years, but now companies are seeing that their employees are even more valuable than the equipment they are using. They are skilled and able to use things with precision for your business if they are healthy. If they are not healthy, they are not able to do their jobs and therefor the equipment they are using is less valuable.

Not only is an employee far more valuable because of their skills, but they are far more productive when they are at full capacity. Just like the machine that hasn’t been cleaned in a while, employees slow down when they are not “maintained”. Now, many would argue that it is up to each employee to maintain themselves, but the environment they are in is a major factor in how they are able to do that.

Speaking of environment, there is one thing that everyone in your workforce has in common. They are using a valuable and very expensive resource that your company has generously provided. That resource is the benefits plan. They have health insurance to take care of them and to take care of their families. This is not a free resource to most employees in this day and age, but it is still a heavy burden for any company to provide benefits for employees. There are few things you have to do in order to make sure that your health plan (or any system) is as effective as possible:

Training

Teaching employees the best ways to use the plan so that it is cost-effective for the company and for the employee is a smart way to operate. You wouldn’t turn someone loose with a new piece of expensive equipment with our proper training. Why do we provide health benefits without proper training on how to use it?

Accountability

When you train employees, you are holding them accountable for their actions. When an employee’s actions have a negative impact on the company, there are consequences. When you know very clearly that something will cause a negative result in your company, you communicate very clearly so that people are not doing it and if they do they are going to be held accountable. You wouldn’t sit by and watch employees cause damage to any part of your business and cause costs to increase. You would train them not to.

The Connection between People and Business

Wellness is simply the training that your employees need to keep the health plan running smoothly. Wellness mitigates risk and future costs. Wellness is what your health plan needs in order to stop the steady increases each year. Employee health has a direct impact on the plan and the costs, which makes this a serious business conversation. Employees want to live healthy and your company can support them and see positive results on the bottom line and in many other areas, which makes this a people conversation as well.

Health and healthcare are all about your people. You provide them benefits to help them in their personal lives. You provide benefits to keep good people employed and seeking employment at your company. You provide benefits, for the same reasons you do everything else in your business. You want results.

You get many results from your benefits. Those results all depend on what you invest. If you invest nothing other than premiums, you get claims and you get to pay premiums again next year. You are likely paying more each year too. If you invest in employee health, you are able to see improvements in employees, reduction in claims and in turn, your company benefits in multiple ways.

In other words, wellness provides you with results that affect both your employees and your company as a whole. In fact, they are intertwined. As you help your employees reach their goals, they are becoming more engaged, productive and seeing results that make them feel and perform better. As these changes continue, you are seeing better use of the plan and fewer health issues which leads to decreased costs. Wellness is a people decision with business results. Meaning, your health plan and how you manage it is a serious business decision.

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