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As we age our hair becomes thinner and can fall out. This doesn’t happen to everyone and it is completely normal. However, some people experience hair loss before they hit their golden years. There are many factors that can cause our hair to become brittle or thin, stop growing or fall out, besides the usual culprits like male pattern baldness, hormones (especially during pregnancy) and heredity. Here are the most common: Stress: Whether it’s physical or emotional, stress can trigger hair loss. The body and the mind being under duress, can cause our hair to shed excessively. Life-altering events like divorce, car accidents and the illness of a loved one can make us lose our hair, but it will generally resolve itself once the stress subsides. Lack of protein: A diet that isn’t rich in protein can promote hair loss.…


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Varicose veins occur when the valves within the veins become weakened and cannot allow blood to flow properly. These type of veins appear enlarged, swollen and twisted, and can be blue or dark purple in colour. Varicose veins are usually not dangerous but in severe cases they can rupture and create ulcers. To prevent varicose veins there are certain foods you can eat, such as: Buckwheat Buckwheat is one of the better natural sources of flavonoid rutin, a glycoside that encourages vascular health. When we experience a lack of rutin in our diet, our veins have trouble working properly. Try eating buckwheat porridge for breakfast or use buckwheat flour to bake with. Buckwheat pasta is also available—an added bonus of buckwheat is that it is high in protein and contains eight essential amino acids. Beets Beets get their intense colouring…


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During your pregnancy, around the 25-week mark, you may have noticed the appearance of stretch marks. You probably figured that they would go away after you gave birth. After you’ve given birth and your stretch marks are still very prominent, you have options. You can undergo stretch mark treatment. What are stretch marks? Stretch marks occur when your skin is suddenly stretched due to weight gain, usually during pregnancy. They appear as long narrow streaks, stripes or lines and are often red or purple at their onset before fading to a white or silvery hue. After pregnancy stretch marks are usually visible on the tummy, thighs, hips, lower back and breasts. The marks themselves are caused when the middle layer of skin tears to support the new weight. Stretch marks are harmless, but they can be unsightly and cause you…


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As we age, the skin in our faces loses its elasticity. Our skin can sag and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines become more prominent. Many people turn to face lifts, which are surgical procedures done to help restore the youthful contours of their faces. If you’re looking for an alternative to a full facelift, skin tightening may be the right procedure for you. What is skin tightening? Skin tightening is a facial rejuvenation non-surgical procedure that uses an infrared light source (laser) to tighten your skin. The laser heats the collagen under the skin’s surface, which causes the skin to contract. When skin contracts it tightens, creating smoother skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the skin’s laxity. For the most part, people require two to three treatments taking place three to six weeks apart to achieve…


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Acne is a common skin disorder that affects both men and women. It is often thought of as a teenager’s problem because it starts around the onset of puberty; however, adults can be plagued with acne too. If you’ve tried over-the-counter products but are still plagued by acne, you may be considering laser acne treatment. Before you decide if this is the right or wrong procedure for you, these six facts can help. Here’s what you need to know: There is no cure for acne but you can prevent it. As of yet, scientists have not found a cure for acne. They know it is caused by excess oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores and bacteria, but they have not found a full solution to this epidermal problem. Still, acne is preventable, especially if you use laser treatments. The…


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Botox is used to correct wrinkles caused by repeated muscular contractions. These contractions happen when we frown or squint, which are things we do every day. These wrinkles are referred to as dynamic wrinkles and can also form due to the effects of aging. It is impossible to stop the signs of aging completely or spend our days trying not to squint or frown but Botox can give us a more youthful face with smoother lines. Botox is an injectable made from a purified protein designed to relax the muscles that create these dynamic wrinkles. Because it is an injectable, Botox is a quick and safe procedure offered at many plastic surgery clinics. Botox and facials If you’re thinking about getting Botox or have recently had it done you may be wondering how long afterwards you can get back to…


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Everyone is prone to acne scarring. But when it comes to treatment, there is no one-size-fits all since all skins are different. Juvederm, Restylane and other hyaluronic acid fillers are known to successfully treat acne scars for some people. Actually, many people turn to fillers for the treatment of deeper scarring with great results. But for shallow surface irregularities, it is recommended that you consider laser treatment and/or micro-needling or skin resurfacing. That said, patients commonly require some components of both for best results. Causes of acne scars Pimple inflammation breakouts harm both the skin and the tissue underneath it. When these pimples clear, the body attempts to fix the damage caused by acne. During the repair process, the body produces collagen. If the collagen produced is excess, it causes a scar to form at the site. The type of…


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Blackheads are common and annoying. They are not caused by dirt, so excessive scrubbing of your face will not get rid of them. In fact, such activities could cause more to appear when your pores become clogged with dead skin cells and excess sebum to form whiteheads, which then open, oxidise, and turn black to form blackheads. So, even when using a remedy that requires rubbing, it is important that you don’t repeat it more than twice or thrice a week as the scrubbing could undo the good. With that in mind, here are some home remedies for blackheads: The egg white mask A mask of egg whites can be used to tighten pores (temporarily) to prevent them from forming blackheads, as well as to remove existing blackheads. Egg whites contain plenty of beneficial nutrients for the skin, plus they…


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Skin tags are bits of flesh-coloured bumps of tissue that connect to the skin’s surface via a narrow stalk. Also known as soft fibromas, fibroepithelial polyps or acrochordons, these small, non-cancerous growths are very common, especially as people age. They don’t pose any concerns to your health and don’t need to be removed, except in rare cases where they develop on the ear of children, increasing the risk for hearing problems. Causes of skin tags Skin tags are commonly located where the skin rubs against clothing or skin, like on the neck, eyelids, and underarms, as well as within body folds such as the groin area or under the breasts. They may also be linked to obesity and genetics, though there is no sure way to reduce the risk of developing skin tags. Removing skin tags Skin tags generally don’t…


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Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. It protects you from excessive dehydration and pathogens, facilitates the manufacture of vitamin D, and provides you with insulation and body temperature control. While there are different skin types, ranging from dry to oily, it is widely accepted that glowing skin is a sign of good health. If you’re looking for natural alternatives to chemicals for skin care, here are some foods that will banish wrinkles, keep your skin soft and supple, and give your skin a radiant glow, one meal at a time: Olive oil A recent study revealed that a minimum daily consumption of 8.4 grams or 2 teaspoons of olive oil resulted in 31 per cent reduced signs of aging compared to eating less. The study also showed that olive oil offers the most benefits to the skin…


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