Health & Beauty Tech I’m into Now!

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Northern Light Technology Flamingo Lux Bright Light Therapy Floor Lamp

Why I like it:

Most S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps are small desktop lights that have to be positioned just right to be effective. This floor lamp is much more versatile; it stands 4 feet tall fully assembled with a rotating head which allows you to angle the light for maximum comfort. Electronically powered ballast assures reliable performance with no flicker and no hum. Offers 10,000 lux at Full Spectrum Lighting a comfortable distance of 12 inches, UV blocked. Made in Canada following strict CSA safety guidelines, Canadian Standards Association. I put it together myself in under 5 minutes.

 

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Oral-B BLACK 7000 SmartSeries Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun

Why I Like it:

It talks to your phone using Bluetooth giving you real-time feedback with the Oral-B app focuses brushing on your most important areas, tracks habits over time, motivates with helpful oral care tips, and senses when you brush too hard! Cross Action round brush head with perfectly angled bristles for a precise clean; though my favorite brush that comes with it is the whitening brush. I feel like I just came from a dental check up. Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

Rechargeable with 6 modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean, and Tongue Cleaner.

Reminds you to floss and use mouthwash. Keeps a calendar on how long and how many times a day you brush. And more….

I’m lazy when it comes to dental care. The least amount of work the better! So I love to be told by the brush what to do to motive me!

 

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Clarisonic Smart Profile Cleansing Brush

 

Why I Like it:

Just when I thought Clarisonic couldn’t get better, it did!!! It got intuitive! SMART technology enables the Smart Profile device to read the two new smart enabled brush heads and to automatically adjust between gentle and deep cleansing for an optimal head-to-toe experience. Brush Head replacement indicator illuminates to prompt you when it is time to replace the brush head. Speed auto-adjusts! Amplified turbo speed removes makeup 11x BETTER than hands alone delivering superior cleansing results. You can use 4 manual speeds as well!

 

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DAFNI Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

Why I Like it:

Heating to a safe 185°C/365°F in mere seconds, this tool evenly distributes heat without damaging your tresses in the process and you control the level of volume. Plus, it’s simple to use, no clips or fuss, you simply brush your hair! I love that it saves time! The bristles glide through your hair without tugging or pulling, creating straight, frizz-free strands fast.

Oxygen Facials – The Benefits!

WHAT IS AN OXYGEN FACIAL?

Oxygen facials for the beauty industry revolve around the use of medical grade oxygen as a delivery mechanism for active ingredients in to the skin. It is also used as a “wash” over the face in an attempt to stimulate or feed the skin so new collagen growth can occur.

As a delivery mechanism, the oxygen is compressed and sprayed at high pressure directly on to the skin surface. A “serum” of active ingredients such as nutrients or vitamins, are introduced to the oxygen stream just before the skin, and the combined oxygen and ingredients in the form of a high pressure jet forces its way past the skins barrier defense systems and in to the lower levels of the epidermis.

The popularity of Oxygen treatments appear to stem from the almost instant smoothing and plumping of the skins surface, a reaction that can have the effect of hiding any tiny imperfections and providing a warm “glow” to the skin.

Oxygen has incredible regenerative powers. For decades, doctors have not only recognized this fact but used it in the treatment of burns, gangrene and wounds that simply would not heal otherwise. Oxygen is essential for cell metabolism, and in turn, tissue oxygenation is essential for all normal physiological functions.  In an oxygen rich environment, bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections simply do not survive. Moreover, high concentrations of oxygen trigger the body’s own healing functions. If you are severely burned or cut, the skin will rapidly heal in such a favorable environment. It is these two very important functions of oxygen that inspired skin care experts to incorporate oxygen into esthetic treatments around the world.  Oxygen facials are especially great for smokers and asphyxiated skin!

WE ARE OXYGEN DEPRIVED?

Did you know that in pre-historic earth, the earth’s atmosphere contained oxygen levels of up to 35%? The level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. Today, thanks to the Industrial Revolution and deforestation, that number has gone down to 21%. And in some major cities, that number is even worse- as low as 17%! What does that mean for our bodies? Around 10,000 years ago, the planet’s forest cover was at least twice what it is today, which means that forests are now emitting only half the amount of oxygen and NASA reports that in the north Pacific ocean oxygen-producing phytoplankton concentrations are 30% lower today, compared to the 1980s. This is a huge drop in just three decades. Our skin, the protective barrier between us and the environment, gets hit with that pollution every day. A result our skin is not receiving as much oxygen as it should.  More damage to skin because of this will occur, and that damage will accumulate over time resulting in very stressed, pre-mature aged skin. Wrinkles, loss of elasticity and firmness are the result.

What Does Oxygen Do For Us?

Oxygen is essential to the health and maintenance of skin cells in the human body. With age, skin loses its ability to retain and utilize Oxygen for normal metabolic processes, such as repair and regeneration. When oxygen is lacking at the cellular level, our skin begins to age—sometimes prematurely.

The theory behind oxygenated treatments is that we all need oxygen for survival. Oxygen is what revives and replenishes the cells in our body. However, due to the pollutants in our environment today, our oxygen content has been greatly reduced. It is also true that as we age, oxygen does not reach our skin cells as efficiently, which is what leads to the aging process. The result can be thinner skin and the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. An oxygen facial will replenish the amount of oxygen that the skin receives, leaving it hydrated, plumper and younger looking.

The procedure involves spraying 98% pure oxygen, that is infused with a serum that contains essential nutrients, antioxidants, and skin soothing ingredients. An oxygen facial works by super-charging oxygen levels in the skin, resulting in better circulation and skin cell regeneration which, between them, leave the skin glowing. It’s good for making you look younger, reducing sallowness, rosacea, helping with the healing of damaged skin, and general wear and tear. A purifier, oxygen also kills surface bacteria which helps to keep skin clear.

The results of a properly done oxygen facial are can be seen immediately as can be attested by the many celebrities that endorse them.

An oxygen treatment can be used in conjunction with a chemical peel, microdermasbrasion, or photofacial for optimal results.

Skin Care Technology Comes Home – Is It Worth The Money?

Via MedEsthetic

Home-use devices are hitting their stride with new FDA approvals and growing consumer awareness.

Home use skincare devices generated an estimated $1 billion worth of retail sales in 2011 with exponential growth expected for the next five years, according to the market research firm Kline and Co. (“At-home Skin Care Devices 2011: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities” www.klinegroup.com). The majority of these devices were developed to address the same concerns voiced daily in medical aesthetic practices, covering the spectrum from acne treatment to hair removal, hair restoration and antiaging.


One of the first home use devices to find a widespread consumer base is the Clarisonic (Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, www.clarisonic.com). Developed by the same folks behind the Sonicare tooth-brush, the Clarisonic—now available in professional-only and consumer models, under the names Clarisonic PRO and Clarisonic Mia, respectively—uses a sonic frequency that allows for more than 300 movements per second. The vibration clears oil and dirt from the pores. “There is a lot of clinical evidence showing it does cleanse the skin better, and that it also aids in the absorption of topical products, such as skin serums,” says Jennifer Peterson, MD of Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center in Houston.
While skin cleansing devices, such as the Clarisonic, claimed the biggest share of the market for home use devices in 2011, the fastest growing segment of the market belongs to blue light LED-based devices indicated for acneic skin. Among the most popular devices in this category are the TRIA Blue Light (www.triabeauty.com) and the Tanda Clear+ (www.tanda.com).

My thoughts:

While the products do work they will not provide the same level of treatment that you would get at a Dermatologist or Estheticians office because they have the knowledge of the clinical procedure and products that will work best with a treatment and have access to more effective devices.

Scraping Massage

Click here for a great video of GUASHA
CHINESE GUASHA FACIAL MASSAGE

Like with all facial massage it:

• Reduces wrinkles, lines, and folds
• Promotes collagen production
• Increases skin firmness
• Accelerates skin rejuventation
• Promotes blood circulation – activates Qi
• Helps eliminate toxins and increases the metabolism
• Strengthens immunological functions
Guasha Therapy is the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) art of facial and body scraping for beauty, health, and wellness; similar to acupuncture treatment, but without the use of intrusive needles. The Guasha technique helps to restore and re-balance the vital energy system in the body, which eliminates pathogenic factors directly. It has been practiced for more than 25 centuries by the Chinese people and is a precious heritage of traditional Chinese medical science and massage therapy. Like Acupuncture and Feng Shui, Guasha Therapy is recognized for its positive energy, and its ability to repair aesthetic problems. Be careful not to be to vigorous and damage, bruise, or break the skin.

Chinese Guasha Facial massage is performed by applying gentle scraping with unique shaped Jade or ceramic plates, and essential oil, oil, or cream on specific points and meridians/meridian points on the face and body. The Guasha technique is based on meridian scraping theory. In TCM, there are 14 meridian pathways with corresponding acupuncture points distributed throughout the body and connected to each organ system. The face has direct meridian connections to nine of the major meridians of the body.

Via Dr. Oz

Scrape Away Pain: Gua Sha

When I was finishing my undergraduate coursework, I was working part-time in a hospital research department. My co-workers knew I had my eyes set on Eastern Medical training. On rare occasions, questions concerning Eastern Medicine would arise, and these questions would always be directed toward me.

 

Young, naïve and inexperienced, I was just as curious as they were. One morning, I had an email sent to me, with a web link to a forum for cardiologists. A picture depicting the back of a gentleman was displayed on the website. His back was scraped and bruised in a specific pattern unlike anything I had ever seen before. Under this picture, a simple caption read “What is this?” and I was utterly dumbfounded. As it turns out, gua sha is what it was.

 

As I was finishing my clinical training in Beijing, I would find myself smiling at the memory of that picture; something that once seemed so dumbfounding had become something I was so commonly administering to patients.  Gua sha is a common practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and an invaluable technique in an acupuncturist’s armamentarium.

 

Gua sha is an ancient healing technique used by many clinicians of TCM. In this procedure, a lubricating medium, such as massage oil, is applied to the skin of the area to be treated. A smooth-edged instrument is used by the acupuncturist to apply short or long strokes on the skin, typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine. This stroking motion creates raised redness (petechiae) or bruising (ecchymosis).

 

Pain, both acute and chronic, is the most common indication for gua sha. In the TCM tradition, pain is oftentimes caused by the stagnation of blood in the local area of discomfort. The guiding principle behind gua sha is that this technique has the ability to break up stagnation, to promote the smooth flow of blood in the area, thereby relieving pain.

 

While gua sha is most commonly used to treat pain, it can also be utilized by TCM clinicians to address conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, fever, heatstroke, fibromyalgia, strains, sprains, and muscle spasms.

 

There are several theories that may explain why this ancient technique works: gua sha increases blood flow (microcirculation) in the soft tissue, potentially stimulates the body’s natural pain-relieving opioid systems, and it may block the pain response pathways so you feel pain relief.

 

Some view gua sha as folk medicine, but the scientific research community may beg to differ! Researchers from institutions like Harvard and Beth Israel Medical Center are demonstrating both efficacy as well as offering insight on why gua sha works. A study published in a 2011 edition of Pain Medicine demonstrated that gua sha decreased pain for chronic neck pain sufferers, noting that “neck pain severity after 1 week improved significantly better in the gua sha group compared with the control group (heat therapy).”

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