Friday, April 30, 2010
Brown spots, also known as age spots, dark spots, sun spots, liver spots, lentigines, lentigos are concentrations of melanin trigged by unprotected exposure to the sun over a long period of time. These brown spots are also called “hyper pigmentation” – patches of the skin that become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin.Hyperpigmenation can be shortly defined as increase in the natural color of the skin. It occurs usually when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin.
WHAT CAUSES BROWN SPOTS:
◦Birth control pills
◦Result of acne
◦Result of harsh chemicals
Brown spots are caused by a combination of sun damage and a decline in the hormones that regulate the production of melanin. When your skin is exposed to sun, the UV rays can easily break down the collagen and elastin and as a result the skin may become rougher and cause formation of brown, reddish spots due to the excess melanin. Prolonged sun exposure causes the skin cells to produce more melanin and cause surface pigment changes. Melanin is a pigment that gives color to the skin and hair. It helps protect the skin from the harmful sun’s rays but increased amount of melanin pigment often result in formation of dark, brown spots.
Brown spots, reddish spots often appear in the location where a pimple used to be and it is called “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation” / darkening of the skin/. The post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is normal. Some acne lesions as cysts and nodules usually leave dark discolorations after the blemish heals, as well as rashes and allergies. Fortunately most of these marks are temporary and the pigmented areas will fade in time / it usually takes approximately 3 months, but if the skin is exposure to sun without a protection it can take up to 2 years. Aside from sun exposure and hormones, hyperpigmentation can be caused by skin damage, such as remnants of blemishes, wounds or rashes.
Brown spots usually appear in areas exposed to sunlight – especially on the chin, around the nose and mouth. In older people brown spots may appear on the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders, and hands. These dark spots are a matter of great concern for many Latinas due to their skin characteristics and the environmental factors hot weather, sun, humidity.
HOW TO TREAT BROWN SPOTS
The available treatments for brown spots involve products that diminish the appearance of dark spots and discolorations. Common ingredients in the precuts treating skin spots are: hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, Retin A, alpha hydroxyl acids, beta hydroxyl acid, salycilic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, aloe vera, hydroquinone, kojic acid, antioxidants.
Hydroquinone and kojic acid are powerful bleaching agents that slow the production of melanin. Kojic acid is an excellent antioxidant as well.
Salycilic acid and glycolic acid eliminate pigmentation and gently exfoliate the skin, stimulating it to produce new skin cells faster.
The antioxidants are essential as they prevent the formation of new brown spots on the face and protect the skin from the free radicals.
Laser therapy for brown spots
The laser therapy is the fastest and easiest way to get rid of brown spots, red spots and age spots. A laser generates and intense beam of light. The emitted light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin -bright red blood cells carrying oxygen and melanin causing decomposition or destruction by heat of unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact. Treatment with the laser is more comfortable and requires less recovery time than some other treatment methods. In 70 percent of the cases the brown spots are completely removed after only one treatment.
Chemical peel for brown spots
A chemical peel works great for those with many brown spots. A chemical peel is a safe and effective form of treatment for many pigmentation problems.An acid is used to remove the surface layer of the damaged skin with light peeling. After the treatment, the dead skin peels away, allowing healthier, clearer skin to emerge.The acids typically used in this type of peel are natural fruit acids, otherwise known as alpha hydroxy acids. The chemical peel will lighten brown spots and even out other irregularities in pigmentation to give the skin a more uniform color.
Brown spots can also be removed with microdermabrasion. The microdermabrasion procedure uses highly controlled vacuum and pressure to move microscopically abrasive aluminum oxide crystals over the surface of the skin.By gently abrading the skin with ultra-fine crystal particulates, microdermabrasion can reduce unwanted pigmentary changes and age spots. Microdermabrasion is absolutely painless.
HOW TO TREAT BROWN SPOTS AT HOME
how to get rid of dark spots on face
The best way to treat brown spots and to get rid of them is regular exfoliation. It is the best way to keep your skin clear and healthy looking. When exfoliating you remove the dead skin cells and the oil that cause pores to plug and lead to problems like blackheads and whiteheads. If you donвЂ™t remove these cells regularly they can clog the sebaceous pores and make your skin look dull and patchy and worsen the condition of hyperpigmentation. Look for exfoliators containing alpha hydroxyl acid, beta hydroxyl acid, Retin A as they expedite the progression of pigmented cells to the surface and ultimate removal.
As we said the sun in the leading cause of brown spots, thatвЂ™s why wearing a sunscreen every day is crucial. Applying a sunscreen is the best way to prevent future brown spots and red spots. Daily use of sunscreen also helps resolve the brown spots more quickly. The sunscreens deliver long-lasting moisture where it is required, vitamin D and vitamin E to combat the free radicals, they help prevent premature ageing ,ensure a more even and longer-lasting tan and prevent the formation of new brown spots.
Use lightening creams
It’s important to use lightening face cream to reduce the brown spots. Look for a face cream containing hydroquinone – an agent that bleaches and fades darkened skin, as it slows the production of melanin. A lightening cream will reduce the appearance of brown spots and other skin discolorations. It will normalize pigment production and lighter skin will appear over 3 to 6 weeks. Most of them also fade freckles, remove small pimples scars and combat pigment changes caused by pregnancy or certain forms of medication. A good lightening cream will visibly diminish sun, age or liver spots and post acne marks.
Do a whitening mask
Do a whitening mask twice or once a week. It will remove hyperpigmentation, even and brighten your skin tone. A whitening mask targets imbalanced skin pigmentation and gradually lightens and purifies skin.
Eat many fruits and vegetables, especially lemons, oranges, tomamoes, cucumbers – they purify blood-carrying veins in the body and maintain the natural glow of your skin.
Do it yourself: at-home masks treating brown spots, age spots, discolorations:
Lotion for dark spots:
You will need: parsley, fresh lemon juice.
Chop up the parsley and pour it with water. Boil the parsley for approximately 15 minutes, then strain the infusion and add 5 tbsp. fresh lemon juice. Use a cotton pad to apply the infusion only over the discolorations. Pour the remaining infusion in a bottle and apply to your face everyday. The lemon juice is a great remedy to bleach dark spots, age spots, post-acne scars.
Mask for dark spots I
You will need: brier infusion, 1 tbsp. camphor oil, 2 tbsp. chopped parsley, 2 tbsp. grated cucumber, 1 tbsp. chopped onion, 1 tbsp. fuller’s earth.
Mix all the ingredients well until you achieve homogeneous mixture. Apply the mask over the entire face or only to any problem areas. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Do the mask every day for 15/ 20 days to achieve best results.
Mask for dark spots II
You will need: 100gr. onion, 3 tbsp. acacia honey.
Grate the onion and mix it with the honey. Apply the mask over the entire face and neck. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and remove it with damp cotton pad or washcloths. If your skin is oily you can add 1 tbsp. vinegar to the mixture.
Mask for dark spots III
You will need: 30gr. oat flakes, 1 tbsp. honey, 4 tbsp. milk.
Boil the oat flakes until soft together with the milk for 5/ 10 minutes. Add the honey to the mixture and stir carefully. Apply the mask over the dark spots. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse well.
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Since the letter can't help, perhaps she shouldn't have written it in the first place.
Sandra is embarrassed enough without having one of her husband's dirty mistresses faxing letters to her agent.
The fact that Smith couldn't figure out this could be emailed and even has access to a fax machine means that she A) lives in 1997, or B) works at Kinkos. Either way, it's not great.
Oh yeah a fax will really make up for sleeping with her husband and destroying her life.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
According to RadarOnline, Jesse James' fifth alleged mistress often found him cheating on her with other women.
A "close friend" of Merilee Geeth said that there were times the mistress would go into his office on the weekend and Jesse would be "fooling around" with another girl. This left Merilee "shocked."
One of Tiger Woods' mistresses said the same thing…she was mad because she thought she was the only mistress.
When you're sleeping with a married man, you aren't allowed to be "shocked" that he isn't being faithful to you. That's like drinking a bottle of tequila and then being "surprised" that you woke up in Tijuana next to a donkey missing your favorite kidney.
Confucius say you have heart as big as Texas.
You have an unusual equipment for success, use it properly.
Because of your melodic nature, the moonlight never misses an appointment.
You will gain admiration from your pears.
You will receive a fortune cookie.
Never wear your best pants when you go to fight for freedom.
A starship ride has been promised to you by the galactic wizard.
You love Chinese food.
Someone will invite you to a Karaoke party.
Don't behave with cold manners.
Help! I am being held prisoner in a Chinese bakery.
Don't forget you are always on our minds.
What you left behind is more mellow than wine.
There is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
Never forget a friend. Especially if he owes you.
A tub and a rub will change your day.
THAT WASN'T CHICKEN.
Suppose you can get what you want.
If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you're happy and you know it, eat a monkey.
It's about time I got out of that cookie.
The greatest danger could be your stupidity.
Eat your vegetable and you'll grow up big and strong like Popeye.
To lower your stress level, get a cat.
Your present plants are going to succeed.
A nice cake is waiting for you.
You may love the small ones but win the big ones.
An alien of some sort will be appearing to you shortly.
Life is not a struggle. It's a wiggle.
Sssorrryyy, duuplleexxx swwwitccch ooonnn…
A smile is your personal welcome mat.
You are not illiterate.
The rubber bands are heading in the right direction.
Don't kiss an elephant on the lips today.
You never know who you touch.
Do not follow the instructions of this fortune.
Your emotional nature is strong and emotional.
Your eyes will soon be sparking, keep them open.
Now is the time to make circles with mints, do not haste any longer.
A woman who seeks to be equal with men lacks ambition. Don't touch that.
Behind an able man, there are always.
You will soon be more aware of your growing awareness.
You may attend a party where strange customs prevail.
Someone can read your mind.
Magic time is created when unconventional person comes.
You are going to have some new clothes.
Freezylicious Strawberry Squares only 173 calories Cereal hasn't been "just for breakfast" for a while now. And today, it's for DESSERT. Check out these cereal-icious recipes...
PER SERVING (1 square, about 2.5" X 2.5"): 173 calories, 2.75g fat, 142mg sodium, 35g carbs, 5g fiber, 21.5g sugars, 4g protein -- POINTS® value 3*
Mmmmm! Chilly, sweet, tart, and bursting with strawberry flavor. These frozen squares are super delicious!
1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown)
1 cup Fiber One bran cereal (original)
1 cup Fiber One Caramel Delight cereal
3 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1 tsp. cinnamon
Half a 14-oz. can (1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp.) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 cups frozen strawberries, slightly thawed
16 oz. (2 cups) fat-free strawberry yogurt (like the kind by Yoplait Light or Fiber One)
1 cup Cool Whip Free, slightly thawed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter with 2 tbsp. water. Microwave until just melted; set aside.
In a blender or food processor, grind both types of cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Transfer to a bowl, and add butter mixture, Splenda, and cinnamon. Stir until mixed well. Spray an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Evenly distribute crust mixture along the bottom of the dish, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust. Press it into the edges, but not up the sides.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes; remove and let cool.
Clean and dry blender (if you used it earlier), and add all ingredients for filling. Blend at high speed until completely mixed and smooth. Pour evenly over the crust in the baking dish, covering it completely. Cover and freeze for 6 hours, or until firm.
Before serving, remove from freezer and let thaw for 5 - 10 minutes. Cut into 9 squares and enjoy!
MAKES 9 SERVINGS
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
THE LOVE DRESS
A woman stopped by, unannounced, at her son's house..
She knocked on the door then immediately walked in. She was shocked to see her daughter-in-law lying on the couch, totally naked.
Soft music was playing, and the aroma of perfume filled the room.
'What are you doing?' she asked.
'I'm waiting for Justin to come home from work.' the daughter-in-law answered.
' But you're naked!' the mother-in-law exclaimed.
'This is my love dress,' the daughter-in-law explained.
'Love dress? But you're naked!'
'Justin loves me to wear this dress,' she explained.
'Every time he sees me in this dress he instantly becomes romantic and ravages me for hours.'
The mother-in-law left. When she got home she undressed, showered, put on her best perfume, dimmed the lights, put on a romantic CD, and lay on the couch waiting for her husband to arrive.
Finally, her husband came home. He walked in and saw her lying there so provocatively.
' What are you doing?' he asked..
'This is my love dress,' she whispered sensually.
'Needs ironing,' he said, 'What's for dinner?