Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Skin Care

I'm writting this blog because its been a long road to clear skin. I hope this helps someone who possibly has the same skin issues as I did. My main problem most of my life has been chin acne/whiteheads.  I've tried many fad acne treatments and even the not so fad ones, proven to work. My skin is sensative, so sometimes too much use of a proven product proves to be too strong for my skin. I still have a pimple here or there, and so far sticking with routine minimizes blackheads, whiteheads, chin acne, and general breakouts.

In my quest for clear skin, I bought Skinn Cosmetics special kit I saw on shopnbc late one night when I was having a bout of insomnia.

I bought the spinning brush shown below.  It has 4 different motion settings, for deep or light pore cleansing.

Included in this kit were also a few face washes which I wont mention because they didnt do anything for my skin. The exception would be the "Hydrating Wrinkle Soak Mask". The mask lightly hydrates, and makes

So I went to Walgreens and purchased Cetaphil, and it is an amazing face wash. It keeps my face lightly moisturized, and not dried out, in addition it really cleans well. It doesnt foam a whole lot, but believe me it is doing a lot of work. After years of peels, facials, dermatologist trips, its ben as simple as $7.99 at Walgreens. I'll keep this simple and go straight to the routine.

My Routine:

1.)  Splash my face with Medium Hot Water (To open the pores)

2.)  Pump 2 pumps of the Cetaphil face wash directly onto the center of the brush, and wet lightly under running water. Adjust the setting from spin to vibration, setting 2 I believe.

3.)  Gently move the brush around your face in a circular fashion.

4.)  Turn off face brush, rinse face with hot water first, then rinse face again with cold water.

5.)  Pat face lightly dry, then apply light moisturizer, I use Aveeno with SPF 25.

I haven't found any product that exfoliates as well as this for my skin. Others may find similar products to work just as well, but this product is on the cheaper side of these face cleansing brushes, and it does more than the expensive ones. Good Luck!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why do people choose unlicensed plastic surgeons?

Plastic Surgery is a hot topic, it is a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry in the United States alone. According to the the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), "13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including those that are minimally-invasive or surgical, were performed in the United States in 2010, up 5 percent from 2009." They go on to further state "In addition, more than 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 percent. The increase in cosmetic plastic surgery mirrors the rise in consumer confidence throughout most of 2010."

While these are good signs for the consumer confidence index and the U.S. Economy in general, there is a sour note in the midst of a legitimate industry. There are unlicensed, untrained, under trained, inexperienced and unqualified individuals masquerading around as plastic surgeon's. Their claim? Getting you superb results for a fraction of the cost. These people are frauds and people should be not just weary, but should avoid anything that sounds suspicious.

What would be considered suspicious? Let’s take for example 55-year-old Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and 47-year-old Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez of Las Vegas, Nevada. A grand jury in Las Vegas has indicted a Colombian couple on murder charges stemming from a fatal buttocks enhancement surgery.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday that "55-year-old Ruben Dario Matallana-Galvas and 47-year-old Carmen Olfidia Torres-Sanchez face a slew of charges, including practicing medicine without a license, second-degree murder and robbery.

The couple was arrested at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on April 9 in the death of 42-year-old Elena CaroPolice say the couple gave Caro an injection in the buttocks because she wanted a shapelier figure. She was later found a few miles away from their medical office and was taken to a hospital, where she died."

The couple ran a floor tile business. The woman was dropped off by her daughter to have the procedure performed in he back room. Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Lew Roberts said this is the first death in recent years related to fraudulent medical practices, but other people have been injured at makeshift doctors' offices in the Las Vegas area. "The tragic thing about this case is that this isn't an isolated incident of somebody going to an unlicensed alleged medical facility," he said.
(Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com)

With the wide variety of licensed cosmetic surgeons at your disposal with just a click of the mouse, you would think it should be that simple. I cannot speak in ultimate terms but most of the time people utilizing these facilities are having a hard time making ends meet, and those frauds are there lying in wait to take advantage of the economically strapped. You've heard it before, but its tried and true, you get what you pay for. Meaning, if you pay cheaply, you will pay dearly. It doesn't apply to all situations but in this regard it surely does.

I have to ask myself and I hope you ask yourself as well, Would you honestly allow someone to inject you with anything that wasn't in a professionally licensed medical facility, where they were qualified technicians? It is hard enough to know if your equipment is properly sterilized in that environment (reference Dr. Depak Desai at Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada), so why would you risk some backdoor treatment, house party injection, or unlicensed practitioner to treat you?

People choose Plastic Surgery for a variety of reasons and I say whatever floats your boat, but please choose wisely. Please choose a reputable cosmetic surgeon, one who is licensed with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Many plastic surgeons are now more than ever willing to work with you regarding financing and there are plenty of medical credit cards who can offer you interest free terms on short term loans, or low interest rates on long term loans. The point I'm making is that you should be your own best advocate for your health choices.If you cannot afford a plastic surgeon do not take short cuts, just wait until you can do it right. I promise you will thank yourself for the favor. Just because they say they are a doctor doesn't mean they are, do your homework.



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Gay Marriage, What's the big deal?


Yes I said it, what on earth is the big deal?

     I actually get that it has to do with beliefs in Religion, in Politics, and in Traditional Values. However religiously correct, politically correct or very traditional you may think these views are, I'm certain that the following is also correct: No one is asking "anyone" to be gay, no one is asking "anyone" to be a part of something they don't agree with, and no one is trying to force this down "anyones" throat.  

     What is true to the very core is that people are very much the same, just as we are all very much different. We love, we laugh, we cry, we communicate, we strive, we fail, we hurt, we learn and we keep pushing forward in life. From any walk of life you can find a thread of commonality, but I believe the point is to try to find commonality instead of picking apart our differences. Life is a lot easier when you accept people as they are and stop pointing fingers at others for what you may view to be their short comings.

     I've read a lot of hateful and down right nasty comments online from people who say they feel that Gay Marriage is wrong because GOD says its wrong. GOD will judge you, etc... The fact of the matter is his word never mentions for his people to be judgemental, vicious and hateful. The word of GOD speaks to betterment of man kind and loving thy neighbor. Too many wars in the name of religion, too much hate in the name of religion. Society is brutal on non-conformist, this is a dated practice I'd love to see go away.

     Many of these hateful comments, people would never utter from their mouth in public, yet they type it under the shroud of privacy on the internet. Words are hurtful spoken or written, especially rejection and the lack of compassion and understanding for people and our desires.

     I understand that we can't all get along, because we are all very different. I understand that we are all entitled to our opinions and have the right to say what we feel and people will not always agree. Answer me this who are we to stop someone's happiness? Who is the government to say who we can love? Why would anyone try to impede happiness? All the while promote hostility and discrimination? Like I said before, what on earth is the big deal?

 I say to everyone live and let live, enjoy your life and stop worrying about what others are doing, and if you must worry or concern yourself with what others are up to, worry about them being happy and fulfilled. Worry for them how you would worry for your own children and family. Open your heart to people, it will change you.

The video below is courtesy of www.YouTube.com, and is Rep. Steve Simon of Minnesota and this is what he has to say about Gay Marriage. Mr. Steve Simon, BRAVO!!