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Although there are numerous versions of breast implants which range in size, texture, and shape, almost all breast implants are filled with either a saline solution or silicone gel. Saline-filled implants and silicone gel-filled implants are both encased in silicone gel. Despite the presence of other types of implants with fillings such as soy oil, these two are by far the most common types of breast implants.
The first saline-filled breast implants were manufactured in 1964 in France. The first silicone gel-filled breast implants were developed in Texas just a few years earlier. Over the years of course, both types of breast implants have been redesigned and improved upon. Currently, saline breast implants are used more commonly than silicone in the United States. This has to do with federal health restrictions on silicone implants. In other countries, where such restrictions do not exist, silicone implants are often favored over saline breast implants. The first woman to receive breast implants had hers inserted in 1962. Since then, thousands of women have had silicone and saline breast implants installed in their bodies.
Cosmetically, silicone gel breast implants are generally considered to be superior to saline breast implants. It is believed that silicone gel implants have a more natural look and feel. Women with very little breast tissue and those who have undergone mastectomies sometimes experience a rippling or wrinkling effect with saline breast implants. However, women with more abundant natural breast tissue may hardly notice the difference between saline breastimplants and silicone breast implants.
In the 1990's, a number of medical researchers studied the link between silicone gel breastimplants and systemic disease. Many women have claimed to have fallen ill with neurological and rheumatological problems due to their breast implants. Many different studies on this and similar links have been conducted and are conducted in an ongoing basis. However, there is not yet a consensus in the scientific community on this topic.
In order to err on the side of safety, many plastic surgeons work exclusively with saline-filledbreast implants. Until there is conclusive evidence that silicone implants do not cause illness in implanted patients, it is likely that doctors in the United States will continue to use saline. Some women who are dedicated to having the most natural-looking implants possible choose to travel outside of the United States to have breast augmentation surgery with silicone implants.
One of the best ways to choose the right kind of breast implant for your body is to consult with a plastic surgeon. Once your surgeon has made a few recommendations, research the manufacturers. This way, you will be able to learn a great deal about the design and function of your breast implants before going under the knife.
Authored by A Kaminsky and can also be found here: http://is.gd/h2dBfL
Foundation makeup, base, liquid makeup, pancake — whatever a woman calls it, the flesh-toned cosmetic that goes on first can make or break a woman’s “look.” With so many colors, kinds and formulas available, choosing the right foundation makeup can seem like an impossible decision.
A woman should first remember that foundation makeup is just that — the layer upon which all her other makeup will rest. How good her foundation makeup looks will determine how the rest of her cosmetics look, so she should keep in mind that foundation makeup is not meant to change the skin’s color. It is meant to match the color as closely as possible. A woman with sallow skin should not attempt to “pink” her skin tone with a rosy foundation makeup, and a pale-complexioned woman should not attempt to “tan” hers with a bronze tone.
Bronzers are available to give skin a sun-kissed look, but these are usually in some kind of powder form and are meant to be used after makeup is applied. In any case, the woman should seek to match her skin’s tone as closely as possible. If her foundation matches her skin, then her blush and powder will match, as well.
Foundation makeup is available in many forms: liquid, crème, stick, crème-to-powder, and so on. Liquid foundation makeup is the most commonly available and can be bought in department stores or in drugstores. Depending on the manufacturer and the purpose, these liquids can range from giving very light coverage to moderate coverage. Crème and stick foundations give moderate-heavy coverage, ranging to the consistency of spackle. Crème-to-powder varieties begin as a crème foundation and dry to a powder finish.
A woman should think carefully about what she wants her foundation makeup to do before she buys it. Foundation makeup can and will hide small wrinkles, for instance, but cannot work miracles. Also, foundation makeup that is applied too heavily will sink into the skin’s crevices, further defining the wrinkles.
Formulas are available that claim to promote anti-aging and younger-looking skin. A woman will simply have to test these and see if she notices an improvement in her skin. Women should choose a foundation makeup with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, if she is not allergic to it. The sunscreen will help protect her skin from aging as much as any other formula. Light to medium coverage is usually the best route for most women.
Women should also be conscious of their skin type and what foundation makeup is best suited for it. Women with normal skin can wear almost any formulation. However, women with oily skin should look for a water-based foundation with no mineral oil, or mineral oil as one of the last ingredients. Women and teens with acne trouble can try a “clarifying” foundation meant for breakout-prone skin, but this formula can make bad matters worse if it dries out the skin too much. Women with dry skin should look for a hydrating or moisturizing foundation.
Sensitive skin requires special treatment. A woman should try brands that say they are hypo-allergenic or especially for sensitive skin. If the brand offers a sample pack, she should buy this first and test the makeup on an inconspicuous patch of skin to see if she has a reaction. She may not be able to use drugstore makeup, but may have to go with a hypo-allergenicdepartment store brand. Samples of these are always available at the makeup counter, where she can try them before buying.
So — department store versus drugstore — which is better? It all depends on what a woman is looking for. If, as mentioned above, she has sensitive skin, the department store may be her only option. However, she may also not be sure how to choose a good foundation color, or may not really understand how to buy for her skin type.
This is when those associates at the makeup counters seem like angels from heaven. They usually do their best to make sure a woman has a good foundation that looks nice and is best for her skin. All this assistance and quality costs extra, however. However, the woman can buy one bottle of foundation from the department store and let it guide her decision if she wants to go to the drugstore the next time. She can just take her bottle with her and compare the colors with what she sees in the store.
A cosmetic counter associate will probably tell a woman how to apply her foundation, but a few tips never hurt. Fingers are good, but only with light coverage. For heavier coverage, use amakeup sponge.
Also, make sure the makeup is blended in well at the jawline. Otherwise, the woman will look as though she has a mask on. However, when the foundation closely matches the skin tone, this is rarely a problem. “Feather” the foundation at the edges and around the eyes, so the makeup will not creep into any folds.
Since foundation is so important to how a woman’s makeup looks, she should choose her base carefully. Thinking about skin tone, type and coverage needed will help her make the best decision.
Authored by Jennifer Fenn and can also be found here: http://is.gd/szy8ph
Many purses and medicine cabinets are filled with makeup that may be long past its prime. While the expense of quality beauty products may motivate women to keep makeup until every last drop of lip-gloss or mascara has been used, using it after it has gone bad may risk infection and sacrifice your looks. How long a woman should keep makeup depends on the type of product, how it’s been stored, and physical indicators like a change in color, smell or consistency.
Any makeup applied to the skin can cause breakouts or other skin problems if it's held onto for too long. Keep blush for approximately 18 to 24 months. Foundation remains usefulness up to 18 months depending on whether it is oil or water-based. Oil-based foundation lasts a bit longer. If a watery top layer forms in the bottle, throw the foundation away.
Make-up worn around the eyes, like mascara and eyeliner, make a great home for bacteria and can lead to an infection of the eye. Though a tube of mascara might contain enough product to last a year or more, toss a tube after three months. To limit the risk of bacteria growth, avoid rapidly pushing the wand in and out of the tube; this traps air inside the mascara. Liquid liner can be kept for up to six months. Pencil eyeliners can last longer if they are sharpened regularly. Eye shadow maintains its color and consistency for about a year.
Makeup applied near the mouth shouldn't be kept for more than two years. Lip liners stay good the longest of any lip product and should last at least two years. If makeup, like lipstick, is stored in a hot environment, like the car, it can melt and will have to be replaced much sooner. Buy new lip gloss every 18 to 24 months.
Nail polish will often change colors or thicken when it has gone bad. Another sign that nail polish should be tossed is if the cap becomes difficult to remove because the polish has dried around it. Nail polish usually goes bad about a year after being opened.
While organic beauty products are generally healthier and more eco-friendly, they also usually have less staying power because they are made without the preservatives non-organic makeup contains. The same rule of thumb applies here. Don’t keep makeup that has changed color, consistency or smell, and don’t keep makeup that is more than two years old.
Some cosmetics companies print expiration dates on their products’ jars or tubes; check the bottom of a product or its printed label for this information. Sorting through your makeup every season is a good way to ensure that you won’t use any unsafe or spoiled products. Keep makeup that’s been around less than two summers or winters and replace anything older.
Authored by B. Miller and can also be found here: http://is.gd/0GQDdO
Moisturizing lipstick is a type of cosmetic product that adds color to the lips while providing moisture at the same time. Lipstick is often very drying to the lips, which can cause them to become chapped and cracked; the only solution is to apply a moisturizing lip balm first, then apply a lipstick on top of that. This method does not always work well, however, because the lip balm tends to make the lipstick wear off much more quickly. Moisturizing lipstick solves that problem by combining lip conditioners and lipstick in one tube.
The benefit to using lipstick rather than lip gloss is that the color is very saturated and tends to last much longer. Moisturizing lipstick includes softening and moisturizing ingredients such as vitamin E, oils such as macadamia oil, or shea butter. Emollients added to the lipstick help the lips to retain moisture, while antioxidants help to repair damage to dry lips and offer anti-aging benefits.
Some types of moisturizing lipstick also contain suncreen as well, typically SPF 15 to SPF 20. Though many people don't think about applying sunblock to the lips, it is important to do so every day. Sun damage to the lips can cause permanent wrinkles as well as skin cancer, so choose a lipstick or lip balm that contains sunscreen, and apply it regularly.
Another one of the benefits to moisturizing lipstick is its ability to prevent feathering. Lipstick that causes the lips to dry out will often feather into the small wrinkles around the lips, but lipstick with moisturizing ingredients is less likely to do this. Moisturizing lipstick may be slightly more expensive than standard lipstick, but many people believe it is worth it for the extra benefits. It can be found in most drugstores or ordered online.
Long-wearing lipstick is typically not very moisturizing, because it acts like a lip stain instead of a true lipstick. Most long-wearing lipsticks come with a corresponding gloss, however, which is reapplied throughout the day to make the lips look more shiny. This gloss often contains moisturizing ingredients, and it is important to apply it when wearing long-wearing lipstick to prevent the lips from becoming extremely dry.
There are hundreds of different shades of lipstick available. Most women have different shades for day and evening. A day shade may be a lighter, more casual shade, whereas an evening color will likely be darker. Moisturizing lipstick is available in all different shades, and is manufactured by a number of different cosmetics companies.
Authored by Deborah Ng and can also be found here: http://is.gd/nw1trM
If you’ve ever tried to remove lipstick from your clothing, you probably know it’s not always an easy task. Many of today’s lipsticks are formulated to be smudge proof and long lasting. What follows are some tips to help you remove lipstick from fabric.
Before taking steps to remove lipstick or any other stain from fabric, it is important to read the clothing label and note cleaning instructions. If you’re spot cleaning, dab at the stain only; when you rub a stain, you grind it in deeper and cause the fibers to weaken. Also, don’t put stained clothing into the dryer unless the stain is completely removed. Heat will cause the stain to become a permanent part of your clothing. Avoid ironing stained clothing for the same reason.
If you’re prone to staining your clothes with makeup, you might consider applying it after you’re dressed. If this isn’t possible, drape a silk scarf or handkerchief over your face before pulling on a blouse or sweater. Use a fabric you don’t mind staining and pull on your clothes gently to avoid smearing.
It only makes sense to use makeup remover to remove lipstick from your clothes. Check the ingredients first, however, to make sure the cleaning agents are compatible with the fabric. In most cases, you can dab a bit of the makeup remover directly onto the fabric and rub a bit, and the stain should lift right off. Launder as usual.
If your material is dry clean only, you don’t want to mess with it. Have your dry cleaner removelipstick from the fabric rather than trying it yourself. They're professionally equipped to deal with such stains and will have your garment looking as good as new in no time. Be sure to point the stain out ahead of time, as they may need to take special care.
Rubbing alcohol can help to remove lipstick. Put a small amount on your clothing and blot until the stain has vanished. This may need to be repeated several times until the stain is gone. “Rinse” the fabric by blotting with cool water.
To remove lipstick from clothing, rub in a little petroleum jelly and massage until the stain disappears. If a greasy stain is left behind, sprinkle on some baking soda to absorb and launder as usual.
Hair spray doesn’t only work on ink stains. Use it to remove lipstick stains as well. Spray a bit on and blot with a damp cloth. Repeat the process until the stain is lifted and launder as usual.
Finally, if you have a stain that just won’t come out, contact the lipstick manufacturer’s costumer service line. They’re sure to have plenty of useful tips to help you to remove lipstickfrom your clothing.
Authored by Sherry Holetzky and can also be found here http://is.gd/vBFzx7
When selecting lipstick, choosing the right type is as important as choosing the most flattering color. Making the best selection is simpler if you know which benefits different lip treatments have to offer.
If you tend to have dry lips, you may want to choose a moisturizing lipstick. While this type may need to be reapplied more often than others, it contains ingredients like aloe, glycerin and vitamin E to keep your lips soft. A very shiny lipstick, the moisturizing variety gives your lips a wet look while making them more hydrated.
Satin and sheer lipsticks are also good choices for dry lips. Saturated with moisture because they contain a high concentration of oil, these lipsticks create a shiny, glossy finish. Both may appear darker in the tube than they actually look on your lips, and satin or sheer lipstick must be reapplied frequently.
Cream lipsticks contain more wax than other varieties, which helps protect lips but may cause them to feel dry. The finish is not as shiny as other styles of lipstick and may require an application of lip-gloss to achieve the desired look. Lip-gloss may also be necessary with matte lipstick. Although matte lipsticks are known for good color, the color is flat instead of shiny. Matte lipstick also tends to dry the lips, so applying a moisturizing base before using it may be advantageous. Look for products containing vitamin E and aloe.
Very popular in the past and still a favorite for many, frosted lipstick reflects light, making your lips sparkle and glisten. It can feel heavy and may dry or crack, so a moisturizing base may be of benefit with this product as well.
Long-wearing and transfer-resistant lipsticks are the preferred lip treatment for on-the-go women who don't have time to fuss with their make up. Either type will keep your lips looking beautiful for hours. Long-wearing lipstick should last from 4 to 6 hours, while transfer-resistant may last 8 or more. Both may feel somewhat dry, so look for products that contain moisturizers or use a base.
You can have soft, beautiful, shimmering lips, and it's easy if you know what to look for.
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Sheer lipstick is a cosmetic for the lips that is made with very little tint. In terms of packaging, it may look very similar to other deeply tinted lipsticks, but it delivers a very different visual effect. A opaque red lipstick, for example, will completely conceal the natural color of the lips and cover them in a red on par with the color of a ripe cherry or paprika, depending on the hue. A sheer lipstick in red, on the other hand, will simply deliver a red tone and a bit of shine to the natural color of the lips.
One of the reasons that people use sheer lipstick is to create an understated look with their makeup. While deep, concentrated lipstick colors are often appropriate for evening events, many women do not feel comfortable wearing such colors during the day. Therefore, sheerlipstick can be used during the day and be switched out for more concentrated hues around cocktail hour.
This kind of lighter lipstick is also often used by women who are trying to create a more natural look with their makeup. When coupled with other similar cosmetics, sheer lipstick can give a woman a finished, pulled-together look while not making it immediately apparent that she is wearing makeup. Similar cosmetics include sheer facial powder and sheer blush, lightly tinted eyeshadow, clear mascara, and eye pencil that closely matches the natural color of the wearer's eyebrows.
Depending on the formulation of the cosmetic, sheer lipsticks can deliver a high gloss, a matte finish, and everything in between. Choosing a level of gloss in a lipstick is entirely up to aesthetics of the wearer. Many professionals in the cosmetics industry advise that women with thinner lips should wear lipstick, sheer or otherwise, with a higher level of gloss to make their lips look a bit bigger. Women with larger lips, on the other hand, should use lip cosmetics with more of a matte finish so that the lips don't seem to take up the entire face.
Choosing the best sheer lipstick requires considering the colors that best complement one's skin tone, eye color, and hair color. The level of gloss in a lipstick is also an important factor, as noted above. Try out a few different kinds of sheer lipstick by browsing at local beauty counters or cosmetics stores. In addition to testing different colors, the sales people should be able to provide some helpful assistance and direction.
Authored by T. Alaine and can also be found here: http://is.gd/2kRMoF
Choosing the best skin supplements is all about knowing which key vitamins and other nutrientscontribute to the health and beauty of the skin. Vitamins such as E, A and C are crucial, as are omega-3 fatty acids, the B-complex vitamin known as biotin and the minerals selenium, zinc and silica. It can be difficult for people to consume sufficient amounts of these nutrients, and taking them as individual supplements is not particularly realistic or convenient. Therefore, the bestskin supplements will be those that contain any of these nutrients that are deficient in your normal diet.
Vitamins E, A and C, which can all be found in a standard multivitamin pill, are essential nutrients for maintaining healthy skin. All three of these vitamins are crucial to the processes that allow the skin to repair itself and guard against damage from aging or environmental factors. Consuming adequate amounts of vitamins E, A and C can help prevent sun damage and stave off or maybe even repair fine lines and wrinkles. These vitamins also act as antioxidants, meaning that they offer protection against free radicals that can cause signs of aging. Additionally, vitamin A can help hydrate skin and fight acne, and vitamin C boosts collagenproduction to plump up skin and increase elasticity.
Healthy skin depends largely on the availability of healthy fats in the body, which is influenced by both omega-3 fatty acids and the B-complex vitamin biotin. Omega-3 fatty acids aid in hydration and elasticity, which can help skin appear supple and give it a healthy glow. You can use these essential fatty acids as skin supplements by taking fish oil or flaxseed oil capsules. Biotin pills also are commonly used as skin supplements because this B vitamin is responsible for the fat synthesis that is essential for the repair of skin cells that are rapidly replaced.
The minerals selenium and silica are both influential in improving and maintaining elasticity inskin. Additionally, silica helps the skin heal wounds, and selenium is an antioxidant that can help protect the skin from ultraviolet light and subsequent skin damage. Zinc, which is a common ingredient in sun protection products, also can help regulate oil production in the skin and consequently decrease instances of greasiness or acne outbreaks. Similar to vitamins E, A and C, adequate amounts of these minerals can be found in most multivitamins.
If you are unable to include adequate amounts of these vitamins and minerals in your daily diet, you might consider a few types of skin supplements. Taking a multivitamin every day is a good start, because it will provide you with most of the discussed nutrients. In addition, biotin and omega-3 fatty acids are widely available in pharmacies and health food stores, and they can be taken daily to improve skin health. Some companies sell special supplements that claim to promote skin health. Before selecting one of these specialty products, make sure you check the label to make sure that it contains significant amounts of the necessary ingredients.
Authored by Cathy Rogers and can also be found here: http://is.gd/bnT8rj
A scar forms when the thicker, inner layer of skin, the dermis, receives damage. To heal the damage of a wound, whether from an accident, burn, injury, surgery or other cause, the body forms new collagen fibers. This new tissue has a different texture than the surrounding area. As the body attempts to close a wound rapidly to prevent infection, a scar often develops.
Scars can vary in color and textures, although most are flat and pale. Raised scars are often referred to as hypertrophic or keloid scars. Other scars are pitted or sunken, such as those caused by acne.
Many factors influence scarring, include the degree and location of the injury. A person’s age, sex, genetics and ethnicity also affect scarring. Several methods are available to reduce scarring. Many topical over-the-counter products, such as gels, creams and ointments are available. Other products are taken by mouth because the nutrients are helpful when trying to reduce scarring.
These skin care products often contain vitamin E or cocoa butter cream. Other products that help to reduce scarring include vitamins A or C, zinc, honey, and aloe vera. Many oils, including lavender, evening primrose and rose hip are also effective. Some prescription topical treatments include corticosteroids or antihistamine components. One of the newest forms of treatment to reduce scarring involves patches which are applied to the scar area.
A series of steroid injections are sometimes used to reduce scarring, particularly flattened ones. Dermabrasion, or surgical skin planning, is also successful in reducing scarring, especially raised scars. Laser resurfacing is similar to dermabrasion. This procedure is often preferable to dermabrasion to reduce scarring because it does not remove the upper layers of the skin, so there is little or no healing time.
Even though surgery causes scarring, it can also be used to alter a scar’s appearance. In the case of burn patients, a skin graft is often required. This procedure requires the surgeon to removeskin from another area of your body.
For keloid scars, collagen or fat injections can smooth out the appearance of a sunken scar. However, the results are temporary. In the case of severe, recurring keloid or hypertrophic scars, a patient may receive low-dose, superficial radiotherapy. Due to potential long-term side effects, however, this treatment is used only in extreme cases.
Cryotherapy, a freezing therapy that involves liquid nitrogen, may also be used to reduce scarring in the case of smaller keloids. Some studies indicate that medications used for other purposes, such as a cancer drug, might also have an effect on reducing scarring.
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