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What’s all the hype about laser skin care?
We are all living longer and more healthy lives. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we can look any younger. For that we’re having to give nature a helping hand. People have been finding ways to eliminate wrinkles for years, but now technology is offering a host of new ways to fight back against the ravages of time — and best of all, they are simple, non-invasive, safe and increasingly affordable.
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Laser skin care
One of the most interesting treatments is laser skin tightening. This market has grown to over $4bn in 2014 from just $909million in 2011. It’s minimally invasive, non-surgical and can be done and dusted in a few minutes. It uses an infrared light source (otherwise known as a laser) to heat the collagen underneath the skin. Collagen is the substance in our skin which keeps us looking youthful. By heating it up, it causes the skin to tighten and eliminate the wrinkles. It’s a swift process and you will notice the results immediately after the treatment.
It is, then, a safe and immediate solution to give you younger, firmer looking skin all over the body. Moreover, it can also be used to promote the growth of new collagen in the treated areas and increase the absorption of collagen from surrounding untreated areas. It is therefore much more than a simple cosmetic treatment. It encourages the body to activate its own natural defences against the aging process, which means the results continue to improve in the months after the treatment. In other words, not only does skin seem to be younger and healthier, but thanks to the growth of new collagen it actually is.
Sessions normally last for between 30 minutes and an hour during which the practitioner will use a hand-piece to apply laser pulses to the treatment areas. For your comfort, they will also provide a continuous supply of cool air to offset the effect of the heating. In the end, you may have a total of four to six treatments with an interval of two to four weeks between each session.
What to consider
When planning skin care treatments here are some things to consider. There are some side effects, but these are normally pretty minimal. There may be some redness and swelling in the affected area. However, this tends to fade within a few hours. In the run up to any treatment, you should avoid sunbathing for at least a few days before the treatment and remove any makeup. After the treatment there isn’t that much you need to think about. This is a simple treatment and sparks an entirely natural biological response within your body. However, you may want to think about using sun-cream to protect the treated skin from exposure to the sun.
We all want to look and feel younger. However, some of the treatments on offer can be draconian and in some cases dangerous. For example, we’ve all seen the horror stories of plastic surgery gone wrong. What this offers is a process which is simple, safe and non-invasive, doesn’t require surgery and works in harmony with your own body’s natural processes.
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1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
I’ve accepted that I am where I am and it’s okay.
2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?
I have found that when I appreciate everything I’m in a good space. I need to be mindful of my tolerance of others.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?
I’m proud of living my dream of an alternative lifestyle on a small holding surrounded by animals. My dream is to make enough time to write and paint more.
4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?
I love peace and quiet and that’s not so easy to achieve in a world filled with people. Read between the lines — noise gets me down.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my space, independence, family, friends and animals