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It’s all in the Genes… or is it?


Dribble-Drabble for April 7, 2012

Greetings and Happy Early Easter 2012… or for those that aren’t celebrating this “Easter” some aren’t celebrating until the 15th… (Orthodox) Happy VERY Early Easter…

Today was a decent day… I took my daughter to share in something I have had to pleasure of doing in the same exact park and town as a child… Easter Egg Hunt… although… I’d call it more of a “race” these days… it’s “ready-set-GO!” kind of “hunt” so… frankly I’d rather call it a “race” rather then a hunt personally… but I digress.  Later on in the day we shared in a celebration of life and remembrance of a special relative that lived a long, happy life.  I feel good about knowing this lady and her family… my distant, yet, loving extended family.  My love and cheers for celebration of her life and family… here’s to you Lois Blanchard… you made a lot of people better by being here and I am thankful to have known you.

I also got to thinking about genetics and how it plays on our life, skin, health and so on… how important is genes to how we appear as we grow older?  Do you think it’s a huge part? Or rather just a small portion of how we handle our lives and health as we age?  Do we use it too much as a crutch per say and if we see our aging family members not doing so well… is it therefore an excuse to let ourselves go… or perhaps a trigger internally that makes us step up and realize we have to take the “bull by the horns” so to speak and show everyone WE CAN live longer then our previous ancestors and prove we aren’t a statistic?  How do you handle it?  Do you laugh it off and blame genetics for your “bat wings”? (if you have them… you know exactly what I am talking about!) Does that make it an excuse? If you have brown eyes and wished for blue… do you change them? by wearing contacts… regardless if you need them or not? What do you do?

As for me… well I guess I am a road map of mistakes and corrections.  I grew up with a loving,  close-knit extended family that tended to make slight excuses… we are a happy bunch of loving people… for the most part.  We are also a family that has evolved… because as a child I recall hearing excuses that now would not be tolerated or would be laughed at and then not acted upon.  Meaning… as a child I recall us all being happy… however, a bit unhealthy, and eating a LOT of YUMMY fattening foods… well that still happens… to a certain extent… but, now, I would say we have evolved… we have learned and made that YUMMY food just as great if not better… yet, lessened the unhealthy parts… added olive oils rather then vegetable oils, just as an example.  I also watched as my extended close-knit family aged they slowed on the drinking and smoking… most of them stopping all together and having an occasional drink for a celebratory reason.  Times are changing.  I watched as my beautiful aunts aged and have admired their beauty, and I aspire to be like them.  Loving, happy and healthy.

I come from two strong blood lines… Scandinavian and the other side with some mixed American Indian and European in there too.  The high cheek bones in my family shows the Indian… the very ‘white’ skin on myself and my daughter from the Scandinavian ancestors.  I know I have good genes… but, I also know I have to take care of this body… and in my 20’s I wasn’t so good about it… I have scars and marks on my health… I use to weigh over 400 pounds… I took measures to change that person and have tools in place that I still use.  I try to drink a lot of water to keep my skin healthy and I avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking… I try to cleanse my skin and live a healthier lifestyle.

I am however a huge stress-aholic… I tend to worry about things I have little control over… I am in love with someone that is on the other side of the world currently from me… it’s a difficult… but not impossible to believe.  I just worry and that’s something I have to work on.  Worrying can cause wrinkles… and depression and stress can cause medical issues… trust me, I have endured said medical issues in my recent past.  This is not a path I take lightly.  I work on this part of me every single day.  NO ONE should take worry, stress and depression as something not to be concerned about… be conscience that it’s something that can happen… it’s life… it happens.  Just accepting it and getting up and doing your daily things can help… there are days when I don’t want to…

So… all this can certainly do things to our skin… yes… it can!  all those things we ingest… either by chewing it physically, taking it mentally or emotionally… or even environmentally… it’s something we have to consider as we care for ourselves.  But… NO WORRIES… we can take precautions… moisturize… if you do choose to have a celebration and have a lot of drinks… combat that with a LOT of water and healthy foods… flush your system… the sooner you can get that toxin out of your body… the better you will feel!  Sun screen and sun blocks… are definitely something that are extremely important… regardless of how well you tan… sunscreen doesn’t stop tanning… it just protects you from the harmful rays that can cause wrinkles… freckles and the big “C” word…. cancer. just because you didn’t have cancer in your family… doesn’t mean you aren’t immune to getting skin cancer!  Younger and younger people are getting skin cancer.  It’s extremely preventable so why not take that quick precaution??  Your 40 year old self… or your 80 year old self will happily thank you… with healthier skin!!!

We all need a break from our routines… I am not perfect… who is?! I like greasy… awful… fried onion rings and mushrooms… OMG I LOVE fried mushrooms… seriously… and they are so greasy!!! I always feel a bit guilty for eating the darned things… and therefore I rarely do… but… when I do I try really hard not to beat myself up for doing so and then I eat healthy and drink lots of water… and go on with my life….

I am an emotional eater… I guess I could say I am in “rehab” and I try really hard not to berate myself for choosing to eat something bad… because the old me would… and then I’d give up and eat a ton more REALLY bad stuff and then be even worse off… and get really down on myself… nowadays… I choose to eat something not so good for me… and enjoy it… and then move on.  We all need a break from being “good”.

So… I wonder if I made any sense… or I just really rambled on and on… My point is… think about how you take care of yourself… and imagine how you will appear in 10 years… will your old self be happy with how your younger self took care of your body, skin and health?

Curious… IF you didn’t know how old I was… would you think I was about a month (OMG scary!!! hahaha!!) away from turning the big 4-0??? I usually have surprise… I like that feeling… I might not appear 20… but… appearing younger then my age… now that’s something that I take to heart… and I am very very proud of!!!

Cheers to you all… and best regards to your Easter Sunday… and best wishes to you all!!! and thank you for reading my ramblings… if you have the patience to get to this part… I am very grateful and appreciate your patronage!!

until next time!

 

Beautifying our bodies… with art: Piercing Anyone?


Curiosity brought on by my daughters recent birthday gift of getting (wanting) her ears pierced again… she initially had them both pierced, however, the person that did it the first time, sadly made the 2nd ear all wonky and we allowed it to grow back… she was ready for it to be re-pierced.

So yesterday she got her 9th birthday gift from her mommy a few days early and was re-pierced.   Today while we were talking she made me curious… she asked me about the history of piercing… and it got me wondering myself… so this is for myself, my daughter and anyone else… 🙂

**This post ended up being much longer then anticipated… my apologies for the details, but, I found that since piercing is so related to skin and skin care I wanted to go ahead and share the details I found about the history and the processes and the things to be aware of before and after having your desired body art done… hopefully it’s not to dry/dull and it helps you or someone with the information they never knew they wanted to know about piercing!

ENJOY!

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So let’s start with the easier part…

EARS

Ear piercing has been practiced all over the world since ancient times. There is considerable written and archaeological evidence of the practice. Mummified bodies with pierced ears have been discovered, including the oldest mummified body discovered to date, the 5,300 year-old  Ötzi the Iceman, which was found in a Valentina Trujillon glacier in Austria.  This mummy had an ear piercing 7–11 mm (1 to 000 gauge in American wire gauge) diameter.

The oldest earrings found in a grave date to 2500 BCE (25th Century BC). These were located in the Sumerian city of Ur, home of the Biblical patriarch Abraham.  Earrings are even mentioned in the Bible. In Genesis 35:4, Jacob buries the earrings worn by members of his household along with their idols. In Exodus 32, Aaron makes the golden calf from melted earrings. Deuteronomy 15:12–17 dictates ear piercing for a slave who chooses not to be freed.  Earrings are also referenced in connection to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi in the Vedas.  Earrings for pierced ears were found in a grave in the  Ukok region between Russia and China dated between 400 and 300 BCE.

Earrings were common in the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt (1550–1292 BCE), generally taking the form of a dangling, gold hoop.  Gem-studded, golden earrings shaped like asps seem to have been reserved for nobility.  The ancient Greeks wore paste pendant earrings shaped like sacred birds or demigods, while the women of ancient Rome wore precious gemstones in their ears.  Among the Tlingit of the Pacific Northwest of America, earrings were a sign of nobility and wealth, as the placement of each earring on a child had to be purchased at an expensive potlatch.

According to The Anatomie of Abuses by Philip Stubbs, earrings were even more common among men of the 16th century than women, while Raphael Holinshed in 1577 confirms the practice among “lusty courtiers” and “gentlemen of courage“.  Apparently originating in Spain, the practice of ear piercing among European men spread to the court of Henry III of France and then to Elizabethan era England, where earrings (typically worn in one ear only) were sported by such notables as Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Charles I of England. Males commoners were also known in this era to sport an earring as well.

From the European Middle Ages, a superstitious belief that piercing one ear improved long-distance vision led to the practice among sailors and explorers.  Sailors also pierced their ears in the belief that their earrings could pay for a Christian burial if their bodies washed up on shore. (this explains the old saying that men wore them as proof of sailing the “seven seas”)

In Europe, earrings for women fell from fashion generally between the 4th and 16th centuries, as styles in clothing and hair tended to obscure the ears, but they gradually thereafter came back into vogue in Italy, Spain, England and France—spreading as well to North America—until after World War I when piercing fell from favor and the newly invented Clip-on earring became fashionable.

As you can see piercing of our ears has been around a VERY long time… and it does explain why sometimes in history that women were looked upon (depending on the era they were within) as “loose” or “harlot’s” if they were wearing earrings.  I do know that often times if you were married in the early years of America it was more acceptable then if you were unmarried.  I think it was more fear for some possibly, women pushing the envelope of independence and someone that wasn’t happy with said envelope being pushed chose to insult by pointing fingers towards another female to make them appear badly.

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As I was reading and finding history on ear piercing… I was surprised to learn how old body art/piercing was.  It’s been around nearly as long as ear piercing.

Nose Piercing

Nose piercing also has a long history. Ca. 1500 BCE, the Vedas refer to Lakshmi’s nose piercings, but modern practice in India is believed to have spread from the Middle Eastern nomadic tribes by route of the Mughal emperors in the 16th century.  It remains customary for Indian Hindu women of childbearing age to wear a nose stud, usually in the left nostril, due to the nostril’s association with the female reproductive organs in Ayurvedic medicine.   This piercing is sometimes done the night before the woman marries.

In Genesis 24:22, Abraham’s servant gave Rebecca a nose ring. Nose piercing has been practiced by the Bedouin tribes of the Middle East and the Berber and Beja peoples of Africa, as well as Australian Aborigines.  Many Native American and Alaskan tribes practiced septum piercing. It was popular among the Aztecs, the Mayans and the tribes of New Guinea, who adorned their pierced noses with bones and feathers to symbolize wealth and (among men) virility.  The name of the Nez Perce tribe was derived from the practice, though nose piercing was not common within the tribe.  The Aztecs, Mayans and Incas wore gold septum rings for adornment, with the practice continued to this day by the Kuna of Panama.  Nose piercing also remains popular in Pakistan and Bangladesh and is practiced in a number of Middle Eastern and Arabic countries.

Lip and Tongue

Lip piercing and lip stretching were historically found in African and American tribal cultures. Pierced adornments of the lip, or labrets, were sported by the Tlingit as well as peoples of Papua New Guinea and Amazonia Aztecs and Mayans also wore labrets, while the Dogon people of Mali and the Nuba of Ethiopia wore rings. The practice of stretching the lips by piercing them and inserting plates or plugs were found throughout Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and South America as well as among some of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and Africa.  In some parts of Malawi, it was quite common for women to adorn their lips with a lip disc called a “pelele” that by means of gradual enlargement from childhood could reach several inches of diameter and would eventually alter the occlusion of the jaw.  Such lip stretching is still practiced in some places. Women of the Mursi of Ethiopia wear lip rings on occasion that may reach 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in diameter.

In some Pre-Columbian and North American cultures, labrets were seen as a status symbol.  They were the oldest form of high status symbol among the Haida women, though the practice of wearing them died out due to Western influence.

Nipple, Navel and Genital

Records exist that refer to practices of nipple and genital piercing in various cultures prior to the 20th century. Kama Sutra, dated to the Gupta Empire of Ancient India, describes genital piercing to permit sexual enhancement by inserting pins and other objects into the foreskin of the penis.  The Dayak tribesmen of Borneo passed a shard of bone through their glans for the opposite reason, to diminish their sexual activity.  In the Talmud (Tractate Shabbat 24a), there may be mention of a genital piercing in the probition against the kumaz, which medieval French Talmudic commentary (Rashi) interpreted as a chastity piercing for women.  Other interpreters have, however, suggested that the kumazwas rather a pendant shaped like a vulva or a girdle.

Nipple piercing may have been a sign of masculinity for the soldiers of Rome.  Nipple piercing has also been connected to rites of passage for both British and American sailors who had traveled beyond a significant latitude and longitude.  Western women of the 14th century sometimes sported nipple piercings as well as rouged nipples (Historically, it was assocatied with sex workers. Normally, you’d apply a thin lipstick or liquid rouge and rub it in). left visible by the low-cut dresses fashionable in the day.  It is widely reported that in the 1890s, nipple rings called “bosom rings” resurfaced as a fashion statement among women of the West, who would wear them on one or both sides, but if such a trend existed, it was short-lived

Tongue piercing was practiced by the Aztec, Olmec and Mayan cultures as a ritual symbol. Wall paintings highlight a ritual of the Mayans during which nobility would pierce their tongues with thorns, collecting the blood on bark which would be burned in honor of the Mayan gods.  It was also practiced by the Haida, Kwakiutl and Tlingit, as well as the Fakirs and Sufis of the Middle East.

The history of nipple, navel and genital piercing has been particularly misrepresented as many of the myths promulgated by Malloy in the pamphlet Body & Genital Piercing in Brief continue to be reprinted.  For instance, according to Malloy’s colleague Jim Ward, Malloy claimed navel piercing was popular among ancient Egyptian aristocrats and was depicted in Egyptian statuary, a claim that is widely repeated. Other sources say there are no records to support a historical practice for navel piercing. 20th century inventions of piercing enthusiast Doug Malloy (Richard Simonton 1915–1979, also known under the pseudonym Doug Malloy). In the 1960s and 1970s, Malloy marketed contemporary body piercing by giving it the patina of history.  His pamphlet Body & Genital Piercing in Brief included such commonly reproduced urban legends as the notion that Prince Albert invented the piercing that shares his name in order to tame the appearance of his large penis in tight trousers and that Roman centurions attached their capes to nipple piercings. Some of Malloy’s myths are reprinted as fact in subsequently published histories of piercing.

Body piercing was also heavily popularized in the United States by a group of Californians including Malloy and Ward, who is regarded as “the founding father of modern body piercing”.  In 1975, Ward opened a home-based piercing business in West Hollywood, which was followed in 1978 by the opening of Gauntlet Enterprises, “the first professional body piercing specialty studio in America.”

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Piercing in general has saw a great resurgence within the past 20 years, the generation “X” leading the way with following generations passing the torch and the desire to decorate permanently to ones body doesn’t seem to be changing anytime in the near future, in fact it seems we are only getting more creative on said piercings and how they are being done and placed in order to make even more creative art.

While the majority of people that choose this type of body art have their own reasons “why” they did it, most will concede it was “to express their individuality” among others.

As the art grows laws have been set in place and states continue to regulate how you can get pierced and by whom.  More states are requiring not only an OSHA (Occupational, Safety and Health Administration), but also certain amount of hours worth of training and guidance under someone else that has done body art/piercing before you can be certified or licensed to practice on your own.

Being licensed and certified should cut down on the downside of what potentially can and will go wrong with any kind of piercing to ones body.

There are several items that are used for the different above mentioned piercings that you can get and that are available.  Please read on if you are interested in what and how they are all used.

Piercing tools

Permanent body piercings are performed by creating an opening in the body using a sharp object through the area to be pierced. This can either be done by puncturing an opening using a needle (usually a hollow medical needle) or scalpel or by removing tissue, either with a dermal punch or through scalpelling.

Tools used in body piercing include:

  • The piercing needle:

        

The standard method in the United States involves making an opening using a beveled-tip hollow medical needle, which is available in different lengths, gauges and even shapes. while straight needles are useful for many body parts, curved needles are manufactured for areas where straight needles are not ideal. The needle selected is typically the same gauge (or sometimes larger as with cartilage piercings) as the initial jewelry to be worn, with higher gauges indicating thinner needles.

  • The indwelling cannula:

Outside of the United States, many piercers use a needle containing a cannula (or catheter) , a hollow plastic tube placed at the end of the needle. In some countries, the piercing needle favored in the United States is regarded as a medical device and is illegal for body piercers. 

  • The dermal punch:

A dermal punch is used to remove a circular area of tissue, into which jewelry is placed, and may be useful for larger cartilage piercings.   These are not professionally favored or recommended, even for ears.

  • The piercing gun:

Piercing guns, which were originally developed for tagging livestock, are typically used for ear piercing, but may be used for other body parts as well.  Piercing guns are generally not favored by professional body piercers. Guns use relatively blunt, solid studs that punch through tissue; thus they cause more trauma to tissue than proper piercing needles, which are sharp and hollow. They are also considered unsuitable for hygienic reasons.

  • Cork:

may be placed on the opposite side of the body part being pierced to receive the needle.

  • Forceps:

Or clamps, may be used to hold and stabilize the tissue to be pierced.  Most piercings that are stabilized with forceps use the triangular-headed “Pennington” forceps, while tongues are usually stabilized with an oval-headed forceps. Most forceps have large enough openings in their jaws to permit the needle and jewellery to pass directly through, though some slotted forceps are designed with a removable segment instead for removal after the piercing.

  • Needle receiving tubes:

A hollow tube made of metal, shatter-resistant glass or plastic, needle receiving tubes, like forceps, are used to support the tissue at the piercing site and are common in septum and some cartilage piercings.  Not only are these tubes intended to support the tissue, but they also receive the needle once it has passed through the tissue, offering protection from the sharp point.

  • Anesthesia:

Is supplied by some piercers, particularly in the United Kingdom and Europe. The anaesthesia may be topical or injected. Piercers and other non-medical personnel are not legally permitted to administer anaesthetics in the United States.

Risks associated with any body piercing

Body piercing is invasive and comes with risks.  Even if you are properly caring for your recent piercing, you still could have complications that could result in a visit to your local doctor or even the hospital.

Some risks of note include:

  • Allergic reaction to the metal in the piercing jewellery, particularly nickel. This risk can be minimized by using high quality jewellery manufactured from Titanium or Niobium or similar inert metals (Do not corrode when in contact with oxygenated water).
  • Infection, bacterial or viral can be a hazard of your next body decoration.  Risk of infection is greatest among those with:  Congenital Heart Disease, those taking Corticosteroids, diabetics.
  • Excess scar tissue, including hypertrophic scar and keloid formations. While piercings can be removed, they may leave a hole, mark or scar.
  • Physical trauma including tearing, friction or bumping of the piercing site, which may cause edema and could delay healing.
  • Oral trauma, including recession of gingival tissue and dental fracture and wear. Recession of gingival tissue affects 19% to 68% of subjects with lip and/or intra-oral ornaments. In some cases, the alveolar tooth-bearing bone is also involved, jeopardizing the stability and durability of the teeth in place and requiring a periodontal regeneration surgery.

The healing process and body piercing aftercare

The aftercare process for body piercing has evolved gradually through practice,and many myths and harmful recommendations persist.  A reputable piercing studio should provide clients with written and verbal aftercare instructions, as is in some areas mandated by law.

The healing process of piercings is broken down into three stages:

  • The inflammatory phase: during which the wound is open and bleeding, inflammation and tenderness are all to be expected;
  • The growth or proliferative phase: during which the body produces cells and protein to heal the puncture and the edges contract around the piercing, forming a tunnel of scar tissue called a fistula. This phase may last weeks, months, or longer than a year.
  • The maturation or remodeling phase: as the cells lining the piercing strengthen and stabilize. This stage takes months or years to complete.

It is normal for a white or slightly yellow discharge to be noticeable on the jewelry, as the sebaceous glands produce an oily substance meant to protect and moisturize the wound.  While these sebum deposits may be expected for some time, only a small amount of pus, which is a sign of inflammation or infection, should be expected, and only within the initial phase.  While sometimes difficult to distinguish, sebum is “more solid and cheeselike and has a distinctive rotten odor”, according to The Piercing Bible.

The amount of time it typically takes a piercing to heal varies widely according to the placement of the piercing. Genital piercings can be among the quicker to heal, with piercings of the clitoral hood and Prince Albert piercings healing in as little as a month, though some may take longer. Navel piercings can be the slowest to heal, with one source reporting a range of six months to two full years.  The prolonged healing of navel piercings may be connected to clothing friction.

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Soooo… way more then you or I expected to find or even want to know… but, since I know how related skin care and piercing can be… I figured this was a great potential post for anyone that was looking for great details about the what-knots regarding any kind of body piercing/art.

After recently and finally getting my “Monroe” piercing I have on my upper lip (between my lip and nasal areas) named I assumed after Marilyn Monroe due to the popularity of her beauty mark she had that so many attempted to recreate.  Mine’s on the wrong side, and in a different location… but, it’s still considered this “Monroe” style.  I have personally wanted/desired this for many years and finally got it.  I am happy with my choice, and I educated myself fully before going into the procedure.  I had this done at a local licensed and trained professional within the same mall I work at (for threading).

Their sanitation process is hospital grade, two step sterilization process of all implement, which includes ultrasonic & autoclave machine. The autoclave machine is tested monthly by OHSU to insure effective sterilization.

Euphoria Body Piercing & Tattoo
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Drive suite #165
Vancouver, WA 98662
360-977-7747

http://Euphoria-piercing-tattoo.com

http://www.facebook.com/people/Euphoria-Piercing-Tattoo/100000980080805?sk=wall

**If you have anyone you would like to recommend, I would be happy to list them and give them a shout out as well. Please let me know! Safety above all else is #1 priority in my mind… we want to beautify our bodies and show off our personalities in such different ways… we should know where to go to get safe procedures!

(not to mention great skilled professionals too!)

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**Some of the above details on history and related information I found throughout the web, however, the historical details mainly from Wikipedia.com

Birthdays… growing older… gracefully or fighting all the way?


This mornings Dribble… March 7, 2012

So… my daughter’s 9th birthday is upon us in just a couple weeks and as I was working on her invitations I was sending out this morning for her party it got me thinking about Birthdays… growing older… and the health of our skin as we age….

Do you plan to grow older gracefully… appreciate every scar, wrinkle, liver spot, sagging or drooping point on your body as they come and appear… knowing they are just a fact of growing old… or will you fight the entire way… kicking screaming, clawing, middle finger up at that damn wrinkle or two that shows it’s ugly face every once in a while just to remind you that you ARE in fact nearly 40 and not 20 anymore?!!

There are someday’s I think I am the first person… I want to believe I am the growing old gracefully sort of chick… buuuuuuuut then… well then I have those days when the mirror is crucifying me showing me everything I NEVER wanted to know or see about my freaking skin… every blemish, ever bump that wasn’t there yesterday and somehow grew overnight and brought along a few friends too… and then I squint a little bit and see those HAIRS! WTF?! Seriously… where the heck did that hair come from… and are you kidding me… ohhh the joys of growing old!!!

I have to be honest, I don’t think I mind the idea of turning 40; it’s just the other stuff that seems to come with turning 40… like the wrinkles, the fear of menopause (I am already crazy enough w/o that crap), just the fear of the unknown… these are such uncharted territories for me… at this time when I look at my mothers “40” I am definitely NOT my mother’s “40” – and I am not insulting my mother… in fact I truly know she wouldn’t want me to be “her 40” — nope, she’d be the first person to cheer me on to create my own path and destiny in my 40’s.  I keep telling myself it’s only a number… but… in reality it’s a big number.

I recall as a child… we were learning a math problem… the teacher showed us if we took the year we were born in, and then a year in the future we could see how old we were just by subtracting it from the year we were born… I hated math typically, but, anything to see into my future… heck yah! I was all over that!!! I also remember figuring out when I’d be 32, and thinking… “32!” I’m going to be sooo oooooooold! HEY I was only in like 3rd grade for crying out loud! That DID seem and sound old to me!!! Like a world away… I imagined being old at 32 and what that meant… and I frankly don’t recall thinking much more about it… I just know I remembered the part that I suppose insulted my well being…

I am trying to change my frame of mind… it’s a new world about to start for me… a fresh new change… I feel it in my bones… speaking of bones… did you know all those stupid “tomboy” injuries as a kid will come back and haunt you in spade?!  Seriously… I remember my father telling me… when I was showing off my newly acquired “owie” of the day, or trying to walk in a straight line while still wearing a walking cast due to my stupid injury to my knee, or ankles or my cast on my hand… he’d say “Laugh now… but when you’re 40, you’ll be feeling all that pain you’ve put your body through now” I’d naturally just roll my eyes and giggle and go on… but… as often as we ignored as kids… we now are saying “Point Taken” dad… I get what you were saying to me!  Would I have change things… probably not.

So… now I am nearly 40 years old… I look at my body… and I know I have put it through a lot!  Will I grow old gracefully… like I said above… I like to think I will… buuuuuut I am also a realist… and to be honest… I think there’s a happy medium, if I have the money, and the ability… why not do something that will make ME happier about myself and how I see me in that mirror?  I think if I might go under the knife… but… then again… I also know I am not going to be 20 again… regardless of what I can do on the outside of my body… and we all need to realize this one fact.  We can definitely (thanks to great minds and professionals) slow down our aging process… and we can definitely “appear” younger… but… how far is too far?

Do we want to still be ourselves just refreshed or do you want to be entirely different? Do you want to take a chance in the hazards of surgery? What about injections? would you consider having someone inject you with Botulism (Botox)? How about some of the other products like “Jvederm” (http://www.juvederm.com/Views/) which is: injectable gel made from hyaluronic acid (people place it in lips and other areas as a “filler” as our lips and skin droop)… is the price, pain and being the best you can be regardless of what you place inside your body less important then how you appear to the world?

How far is TOO far? I think we all have our own levels of what we will consider… for me… I think I could consider someone taking some of my excess skin (I use to weigh over 400 lbs, I have some extra fluff) and having them maybe make other ‘areas’ perkier… but to place things of foreign substance… inside my body regardless of the long evidence of safety reports… it still scares me. Would I still do it… who’s to say… for me it’s more hypothetical then real at this point.

I would however, do the things I do now… I do things that are easy to do… things that I can handle… things I know make my skin and me feel and appear less “40ish” – I wear sunscreen (I am not perfect, but, I try to do it every day), I moisturize, I attempt to clean my face twice a day, but always once, I throw away make up after a few months due to bacteria that grows, I exfoliate a few times a week, I drink LOTS of water, I limit my caffeine intake (or try to), I try to remember to take my vitamins and eat properly (not always an easy task), I try not to get too stressed, worries or anxious and for the people that know me, KNOW this isn’t as easy as it sounds for me at least, I try to be happy when I can, I am leaning to take time for me, I do try to get a chemical peel or microderm when I can afford it, I use lotion a few times a day on my skin in order to prevent dry or cracking and propagate healing (our skin is not only a barrier-it’s one of the biggest organs for us, taking care of it should be a major priority!), and I am trying to get more exercise… not always easy to do… I like being lazy (I’m honest).

So maybe I liken to be somewhere in the middle… I will attempt to grow older gracefully… but… I am always at guard and attempting to fight or ward off evil things that can create problems for my skin and health.

Hopefully I can live a ripe old age… I had a great grandmother (Illeen Vogel) she lived to be into her ’90’s and nobody believed she was as old as she was… she was a super star with regards to taking good care of herself… but she lived a life too… she farmed, gardened, baked from scratch, designed and managed her HUGE yard and landscaped it… to see it you’d understand! she was VERY much a true Scandinavian with the fairest of skin and took very good care of said skin even wearing sun screen when it wasn’t popular to do so, she bowled, and during WWII she was a Rosie Riveter too! She could dance with the best of them… she drank coffee, had a drink occasionally, enjoyed having fun and was ideally what I look at as being an all around healthy person… her only drawback was she refused to wear her hearing aides… she got a pair when they were difficult to use and she hated them and refused them after that… (lol) she had a stubborn streak I suppose… so we had to practically yell when she was in her later life and half the time I wasn’t sure she knew it was me on the telephone… unless she called me that is… 🙂 Rest is Peace Grandma… I hope I live as happy and long as you… and someone can carry on my legacy and I will make an influence just as you did on my life.

Maybe it’s just that… finding a “Happy Medium Ground”?

let me know your thoughts… curious to hear them.

 

Beauty Boxes… Samples Galore


REALLY GREAT WAY TO SAMPLE SOME DIFFERENT SKIN CARE LINES AND PRODUCTS WITHOUT HAVING TO SPEND A TON OF CASH… until you know what you want… and if you’re like me on a budget… this might be a way to go to try out different skin care products! 

Beauty Boxes… Samples Galore.

Light Therapy… (LED/light emitting diode)


HISTORY

Many ancient cultures practiced various forms of heliotherapy (The therapeutic use of sunlight), including people of the Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Rome.  The Inca, Assyrian and early German settlers also worshipped the sun as a health bringing deity.  Indian medical literature dating to 1500 BC describes a treatment combining herbs with natural sunlight to treat non-pigmented skin areas.  Buddhist literature from about 200 AD and 10th-century Chinese documents made similar references.
Faroese physician Niels Finsen is believed to be the father of modern phototherapy. He developed the first artificial light source for this purpose, and used his invention to treat lupus vulgaris (Tuberculosis of the skin, characterized by dark red patches). He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1903.
Since then a large array of treatments have been developed from the use of controlled light. Though the popular consumer understanding of “light therapy” is associated with treating seasonal affective disorder and skin conditions like psoriasis, other applications include the application of low level laser, red light, near-infrared and ultraviolet lights for pain management, hair growth, skin treatments, and accelerated wound healing.

EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF RAYS USED IN LIGHT THERAPY

Ultraviolet: 

  • Increases the elemination of waste products
  • Improves the flow of blood and lymph
  • Has germicidal and antibacterial effect
  • Produces Vitamin D in the skin
  • Can be used to treat rickets, psoriasis, and acne

Infrared: 

  • Heat and relaxes the skin
  • Dilates blood vessels and increases circulation 
  • Produces chemical changes
  • Increses metabolism
  • Increases production of perspiration and oil
  • Deep penetration relieves pain in sore muscles

White Light:

  • Relieves pain in the back of the neck and shoulders
  • Produces some chemical and germicidal effects
  • Relaxes muscles

Blue Light: 

  • Soothes nerves
  • Improves acne
  • Improves skin tone
  • Provides some chemical and germicidal effects
  • Used for mild cases of skin eruptions
  • Produces little heat

Red Light: 

  • Improves dry, scaly, wrinkled skin
  • Increases rate of collagen building
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Penetrates the deepest
  • Produces the most heat

LED or Light-Emitting Diode

Depending on the type of equipment, the LED can be blue, red, yellow or green.  LED in the blue has been shown to reduce ance, and red is good for increasing circulation and improving the collagen content in the skin.  Yellow light has been shown to reduce swelling and inflammation, and green light is good for hyperpigmented areas.

The LED works by releasing flashing light onto the skin to stimulate specific responses such as, with the blue light, killing bacteria that causes acne or with the red light, increasing circulation and stimulation of the skin.

As with all light therapies, it is important to make certain that you have made sure you do not have any of the contraindications that could prevent you from having this procedure performed.  Some of them are:

  • if you have light sensitivities (photosensitivities)
  • phototoxic reactions
  • taking antibiotics
  • has cancer
  • epilepsy
  • pregnant
  • if you are under a physicians care (please make certain your doctor approves this kind of procedure first)

Psoriasis

About three percent of the population suffer from psoriasis, and UVB phototherapy has been shown to effectively treat the disease.

A feature of psoriasis is localized inflammation mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet radiation is known to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammatory responses. Light therapy for skin conditions like psoriasis use UV-A (315–400 nm wavelength) or UV-B (280–315 nm wavelength) light waves. UV-A, combined with a drug taken orally, is known as PUVA treatment.

Acne vulgaris

Sunlight was long known to improve acne, and this is thought to be due to antibacterial and other effects of the ultraviolet spectrum which cannot be used as a long-term treatment due to the likelihood of skin damage.

It was found that some of the visible violet light present in sunlight (in the range 415–430 nm) activates a porphyrin (Coproporphyrin III) in Propionibacterium acnes which damages and ultimately kills the bacteria by releasing singlet oxygen. A total of 320 J/cm2 of light within this range renders the bacteria non-viable.  Dr. Yoram Harth et. al were the first that issued a patent on the use of UV free high intensity Blue light for the treatment of acne.

Other skin conditions

Phototherapy can be effective in the treatment of Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Polymorphous light eruption, Vitiligo, Lichen Planus and Mycosis Fungoides.

Wound healing

Some case studies have found low-level laser light to be possibly helpful as an adjuctive treatment in wound healing, although a review of the overall scientific literature does not support the use of low-level laser therapy for this purpose.

There is also results showing light therapy is assisting in the treatments of both Seasonal Effective Disorder as well as Non-Season Depression. 

Promising Research

Parkinson’s disease

Bright light therapy may ease Parkinson’s disease by reducing patients’ tremors.

Alzheimer’s disease

A qualitative study conducted on a 20-person cohort of women and published in 2011 suggested a positive impact of light therapy on overall cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease patients, a preliminary finding requiring larger and quantitative studies to confirm.

Electrotherapy & Contraindications


ELECTROTHERAPY:

This is the use of electrical devices for therapeutic benefits.  It is important to be familiar with machines even if you choose not to work with them.

It is important to understand to be familiar with machines even if you aren’t sure or don’t think they are “right” for you.  Electrical devices enhance the skin by making it easier to give a skin analysis, achieve better product penetration, or sanitize the skin.  These tools are especially effective for challenging skin conditions.  Machines can be used separately or as a multi-functional tool with many individual machines all on one unit.  Dependent upon the Spa or Esthetician you are seeing will depend upon what you will find in the rooms and being used on your skin.

New machines and technology are emerging yearly.  Estheticians must and should be continuously educating themselves about the latest methods in skin care.  Our clients (you) are typically well informed about the particular procedure they want to have done, and you should expect your Esthetician or Technician to be knowledgeable about what it is they are doing to you or recommending.  Always be sure you are working with licensed and well educated professionals.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: 

There are several contraindications for electrotherapy.  Preventing physical harm to ones client is and always should be number one.  Please make sure you are aware of ALL the below reasons why you may not be a great candidate for any skin care that pertains to an electric machines.

If you have the below conditions, please seek your doctors approval, plus bring a “note” from said doctor indicating why they feel it’s a good treatment, even though you may fall within the below contraindications.  Otherwise, a licensed professional will typically never perform these procedures if they are made aware of your below conditions.

  • heart patients
  • clients with pacemakers
  • metal implants
  • pregnancy
  • epilepsy or seizure disorders
  • if you are afraid of electric current (you may create anxiety attacks)
  • open or broken skin
  • metal braces on your teeth

There may also be more contraindications for each individual machine depending on the manufacturers guidelines and therefore the above list is ONLY an overall list of the main factors of why you may not qualify for these procedures. Always understand that we are here to help you with your skin care, therefore we don’t want to cause harm or permanent damage to you in any way.  We want you to be happy with the results and overall experience.