Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can VelaShape Radio Frequency Procedure Remove Cellulite from Abs, Thighs and Butt?

In a comment on Fun Fashion Friday: Video Beauty Tips from the Net, Sathyam asked if VelaShape II actually works to reduce cellulite.

Here's a video introduction of the procedure from "The Doctors Show."

... and here's one about how the elōs technology works.

VelaShape II improves on the first generation of Velashape by using Vsmooth covers, which enable sustained heating of the tissue for a longer period, resulting in optimal, reproducible results.

VelaShape III added increased RF power which reduced treatment time and number of treatments required. A built-in thermometer allows better monitoring, more precise treatment and increased patient comfort and safety.

The side effects are minimal and include a few days of bruising, blisters and crusting. If the operator is overly aggressive, the skin may be burned, which can result in infection.

The typical treatment schedule involves four half-hour to an hour bi-weekly sessions. According to Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Carmen Kavali, results last three to four months. One or two maintenance treatments are recommended every two to three months.

The cost of the initial treatment regimen averages $1175. Cost depends on how much you want done since charges are based on number and amount of areas treated.

For instance, front of thighs, back of thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen would cost $625 per treatment at a rate of $125 per area. Such an extensive treatment regimen would come to $2450 for the initial four-session protocol.

This seems quite a financial investment to lose a couple of centimeters from thighs or midsection. Changes are noticeable in before and after pictures.

However, put some clothes on and it's difficult to see the improvement. It's that slight. But if you're a Hollywood star who frequently needs to show a lot of skin, VelaShape can be a good investment in your career.

In the Press

The Syneron Company has an extremely aggressive press campaign going. There are many videos on YouTube produced by the company. Endorsements and reviews appear frequently in such publications as O - The Oprah Magazine, InTouch Weekly, People and Vogue.

InTouch Weekly ran a particularly unflattering series of photos of young stars in their late teens (Jamie Lee Spears 18) and early 20s (Lauren Conrad 23) wearing short shorts or bikinis and displaying significant cellulite.

Cellulite is partly genetic and partly due to lifestyle choices - poor diet, dehydration, lack of sleep, alcohol, stress, sun damage, poor circulation, being too thin (which allows fat cells to spread out leaving lumpy gaps in texture), as well as significant weight gain (which adds fat cells to push up against the collagen bands of the intracellular matrix). Once produced, new fat cells are extremely difficult to eradicate. Liposuction seems to be the most reliable way; however the results of lipo can be quite uneven and disfiguring.

It seems, a woman just can't win.

According to NY laser surgeon, Dr. Lisa Zdinak, "Women have thinner skin, which makes cellulite more visible; they have a higher percentage of body fat in the areas of the thighs, hips and abdomen; and they're genetically built to store energy in the form of fat."

elōs Technology

Syneron explains that, "elōs technology combines infrared light, bi-polar radio frequency energy and vacuum, which cause deep heating of the fat cells, their surrounding connective tissue and the underlying dermal collagen fibers. This type of efficient heating and vacuum stimulates the growth of new and better collagen and elastin which results in localized reduction in skin laxity, body volume and an overall improvement in skin structure and texture."

Come back tomorrow to learn of VelaShape Radio Frequency Alternative Cellulite Procedures to Remove Cellulite from Abs, Thighs and Butt.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rebounding to Health: Bounce Your Way to Heart Health

Urban Rebounder Trampoline with Workout DVD & Stabilizing BarReturning to exercise after injury or a long sedentary period is extremely hard. I can only imagine how hard it would be to start if you've never exercised much in your life before.

I may have found the answer for us: rebounding on a mini-trampoline.

Rebounding is a "fad" from the 80s that is enjoying a resurgence. It's extremely efficient, so three or four ten-minute sessions a week are all you need to improve cardiac function and a few other things I'll mention later.

Plus rebounding is fun!

The Urban Rebounder Trampoline with Workout DVD & Stabilizing Bar claims to be "the first exercise you'll actually look forward to, but it brings the fun without causing pain or stress on your joints. That makes it especially ideal for athletes, seniors, and anyone else who wants a low-impact, high-efficiency workout."

It sounded like just the thing I've been seeking to improve my cardiovascular health and especially minimize venous insufficiency causing swelling and ugly spider veins in my ankles.

The Urban Rebounding system comes with a commercial-quality mini-trampoline, a stabilizing bar, and six motivational workouts on DVD. The Urban Rebounding system is rated to support up to 300 pounds and folds up for easy storage.

J.B. Burns, creator of the Urban Rebounder has developed several different workouts that not only target and strengthen specific body parts but also give you a great cardiovascular workout.

You'll find routines appropriate for all fitness levels, all ages and a variety of exercise preferences from ballet to toning, aerobic intervals, stretching, core, abdominal and Pilates.

Be sure to watch the segment for Ageless Beauties at 28 seconds in.

Tips for Beginners

• If you have any balance issues or osteoporosis, be especially careful. Use the stabilizing bar (see top photo), start out slowly and don't try to jump high.

• Start with low (3 to 4 inches) and slow jumps. Good beginner moves are: feet together bounce up and down in place; low jog in place; and small (feet no more than two-feet apart) jumping jacks.

• The springy rebounding area is small. Take special care to stay in the center.

• Stand up as straight as possible to help you stay in the center.

• Add height and arm movements as you progress. Both make the moves more aerobic. Later you might even add weights.

One thing I've noticed, aside from how gentle rebounding is on knee and hip joints, is you land on the flat of the foot. This gives an extra stretch to the Achilles tendon which is often very tight in women who've worn high heels for decades.

As well, if you have any tenderness in the forefoot, rebounding prevents jarring impact that will aggravate your bunions, metatarsalgia, Morton's neuroma or capsulitis.

In such conditions, your doctor has probably recommended properly fitted shoes to decrease pressure on the forefoot. For those with foot pain who can't run or even walk far, rebounding as a form of cardio exercise seems to be just what the doctor ordered.

Beginner's Ten-Minute Routine

The first time I used my rebounder, I could only manage seven minutes. I've worked up to this safe, easy and quick ten-minute interval training routine.

According to Dr.Martin Gibala, Ph.D, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University, the best way to train your heart is with intervals, which alternate intense bursts of exercise with periods of moving at a more relaxed pace.

• 3 minutes low bouncing

• A few seconds of walking to slow heart rate and catch breath

• 3 minutes low jog in place

• A few seconds of walking

• 3 minutes of narrow jumping jacks

• A few seconds of walking

And you're done!

In another video, you can watch Dr. James Rota Interview Dr. Hans Gruenn, MD of the Longevity Medical Center in Los Angeles on the health benefits of rebound exercise.

Dr. Rota recommends rebounding to improve:

1. Lymph system drainage - Did you know the lymph system has no pump, works solely by gravity and that a healthy lymph system leads to improved immune function?

2. Osteoporosis - While there are cautions to using a rebounder if you have osteoporosis, take precautions and rebounding does MORE for your bone health than weight bearing exercises on a hard surface like walking or jogging.

3. Detoxing - Again, the forces of gravity at work in rebounding are what help move toxins through your system as well as aid digestion. The downward gravitational force of rebounding from a height nudges peristaltic muscles of the gastrointestinal tract.

NASA Research and Endorsement of Rebounding

In 1980 NASA conducted a study, which demonstrated that rebounding exercise eliminates undue pressure on joints and all parts of the body. (Journal of Applied Physiology, May 1980)

Research showed that less stress is placed on the heart while rebounding, even though it still works the heart effectively, and that oxygen is used up to 68% more efficiently when rebounding than when running.

Monday, April 21, 2014

DermaSilk 5-Minute Face Lift Review

DermaSilk5MInuteFaceLiftCan a company actually de-prove a product over time, rather than improve it? Apparently the answer is yes.

The Disparity in Ingredient Lists

The price of DermaSilk 5-Minute Face Lift has remained the same as when we first reviewed it three years ago, while the concentration of active ingredient appears to have been decreased.

DermaSilk 5-Minute Face Lift still costs $30 an ounce. Perhaps in cost cutting moves, the amount of featured ingredient (Helix Aspersa Secretion - a.k.a. snail slime), has been cut down moving it to the very last position in the ingredient list.

That is, if my package label is correct. Helix Aspersa Secretion as listed on my product label is what cosmetic chemists call "pixie dust" - only in the list for appearance sake.

By law package labels undergo rigorous scrutiny and must list ingredients in the order of concentration. The law does not apply to online ingredient lists which are often not well maintained and updated as they should be. On the internet, Helix Aspersa Secretion still appears to be in fairly high concentration.

DermaSilk 5-Minute Face Lift promises to:

• Significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin;

• Immediately lift, tighten and firm aged skin;

• Give instant results that last for up to 8 hours.

Looking down the legitimate ingredient list from my package label, we see skin-friendly Soy, followed by a high concentration of Phthalate. Phthalate is banned in the European Union for use in cosmetics. It is a suspected endocrine disruptor.

Next is Soluble Collagen, which the company says is intended to replace the collagen lost due to the slowdown in production that occurs after age 40 or so. However Soluble Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin's barrier where such replacement would have to take place.

Collagen is still a good ingredient to use. It is an excellent water binding ingredient that holds the skin's natural hydration, keeping the skin looking soft and plump. Collagen is a film-former and can hold many times its own weight in water so it protects the skin from moisture loss. It's just not doing what the company says it is in DermaSilk 5-Minute Face Lift.

The Algae Extract is an oil which will also help form a protective barrier to hold in moisture.

DermaSilk says results improve with continuous use. That's simply not the case. The skin tightening effect of DermaSilk is purely temporary.

Ingredients from my Package Label: Water, Soy Protein, Phthalate, Soluble Collagen, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxproline, Algae Extract (Nannochloropsis Oculata) and Pullulan, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Carbomer, Ethylhexyglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helex Aspersa Secretion.

Ingredients from the Internet: Water (Purified), Palmitic Acid, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Hydrolyzed Keratin, Sodium Carbomer, Glycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydrolyzed Elastin, Soluble Collagen, Helix Aspersa Secretion, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexl Glycerin, Fragrance

How DermaSilk Works in Just 5 Minutes

DermaSilk forms a film over wrinkles, which some testers likened to smearing egg white on your face. Wrinkles do appear to disappear until you put makeup on.

In that event, DermaSilk actually worsens the appearance of wrinkles. As you smile, talk, chew and frown the film cracks making lines look even deeper.

The film then flakes off along with your carefully applied makeup.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun Fashion Friday: Video Beauty Tips from the Net

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Cleanser Wet Cloths

Enjoy this short video clip from New Beauty on How to Remove Your Makeup in One Minute with No Water.

We suggested this in Tick Tock. Tick Tock. Time to Adjust Your P.M. Skin Care Routine?

New Beauty adds some great tips, for example, let the cloth rest a few seconds to start doing its removal work before you wipe away all the day's makeup, grit and grime.

Our favorite disposable wet cleansing clothes are Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Cleanser Wet Cloths with a high concentration of cell communicating Niacinamide.

And here's a little smart shopper tip for you: An Olay Puzzle: Which Wet Cleansing Cloths are Better?
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