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Solutions for Those Suffering From Sensitive Teeth

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Ah, rocky road, your favorite ice cream flavor. The rich chocolate cream, the swirl of marshmallow, the slivers of almonds. You’ve been waiting for this for a while. You dig in and get a nice heaping mouthful. An instant rush of pleasure, as the sweet chocolate hits your tongue, and then- the pain; the sharp shooting pain of the cold ice cream hitting your sensitive teeth. If your teeth are sensitive, eating ice cream may not be the simple pleasure it is for most of us, but there may be relief on the way. Here are what some experts are saying about how the polyphenols in green tea might be just what you need to keep your sensitive teeth healthy.

Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity and toothache reportedly affect more than 25 percent of the people in the US. For those people, drinking or eating something extremely hot or cold can mean intolerable pain. While available treatments are often ineffective, and can even predispose patients to cavities and bacteria, researchers have now developed a new treatment for sensitive teeth using polyphenols from green tea.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel on the tooth’s surface erodes, exposing the bony tissue, called dentin. Dentin contains empty microtubes, and when the ends of these tubes are open, they let cold and hot liquids go straight to the nerve of the tooth causing a sharp pain.

People with sensitive teeth can also become prone to developing cavities when these microtubules are exposed to bacteria.

The current treatment for this condition is a material called nano-hydroxyapatite, which works by closing the microtubules, however, it is not resistant enough to block bacteria. Thus scientists have been motivated to find an alternate treatment.

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New Treatment
Dr. Cui Huang of Wuhan University in China is at the forefront of this new treatment, which adds a green tea compound to the traditional nano-hydroxyapatite. This compound is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, (ECGC) which is the most active polyphenol in green . Using a technique called confocal laser scanning microscopy, researchers tested the newly developed biomaterial’s ability to block the formation of the biofilm that forms on the dentin’s surface.

Tests revealed that the new biomaterial was capable of successfully blocking dent in microtubules and reducing dentin permeability and could release ECGC for more than 96 hours. According to Dr. Huang, “…the development bridges the gap between multifunctional concept and dental clinical practice and is promising in providing dentists a therapeutic strategy for the management of the dentin surface to counter dentin hypersensitivity and carries.”

Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? What do you think of this new treatment for tooth sensitivity? Let us know what this new development means to you.

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Bring Out Your Inner Glow With These Skin Brightening Tips

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Great skin. It’s more of an essence than a feature. It seems to come from within. When a person has great skin, they exude beauty, they glow with it. It’s a radiance, one we often associate with inner beauty as well as outer beauty. Unfortunately, if you have dull, dry skin, your inner beauty is not going to make your skin glow, no matter how great it is, or how hard you try. However, there are things you can do which will. A good skin care regimen can help you to maintain a healthy glow, with just a few simple additions. Here are some steps you can take to guarantee glowing skin and unleash your inner beauty.

Exfoliate
It should be no big surprise to hear that one of the ways toward brighter skin is sloughing off dead skin cells. Exfoliation is the key to achieving a bright complexion and when it comes to methods, you can pick your poison. A washcloth can be used to gently exfoliate dead skin, cleansers and scrubs also make good options, as do skin cleansing brushes, or even microdermabrasion treatments for a deep exfoliation. Exfoliating on a regular basis will help your skin shed those dead cells, allowing new, plump cells to surface for a brighter complexion.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a known skin brightening agent when applied topically. An ascorbic acid is a form of vitamin C used in many skin products to fight hyper pigmentation, and dark circles, to make skin plumper and more radiant. Vitamin C also has antioxidant properties to fight signs of aging, giving it double threat status as a skin care ingredient.

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Moisturize
One of the key components to the bright skin is cleansing. Dirt, oil, and makeup can clog the surface of the skin, weighing it down and causing dullness. Cleansing twice a day is recommended, and you may even want to consider a double cleanse in the morning if you wear makeup. However, washing your skin can leave your skin dry. While using a mild cleanser may help to prevent the loss of natural oil, moisturizing is key to hydration.

Use a daily moisturizer with an SPF in the morning and a hydrating moisturizer nightly. You may want to consider an illuminating moisturizer for a more intense glow.

Makeup
As long as its skin friendly, makeup can be a perfect solution to brighten skin daily. Just make sure you don’t go for any heavy creams and liquids that will bog down your natural shine; opt for mineral makeup instead. Just dust some on troubled parts and apply your regular makeup as usual, for a brighter appearance.

Weekly Facial Mask
You can buy all sorts of brightening facial masks at the drug store, of making your own DIY concoction using 11/2 tsp raw honey, 2 tsp juiced a lemon, and 1/4 Tsp turmeric. Just apply to troubled areas or as a mask for 20 minutes and rinse off. The solution can be stored in the fridge.

How do you keep your glow on? Let us know how you work your way to brighter skin!

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Show Some Skin In These Beach Fashion Picks

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When sea bathing first became fashionable in the 18th century, ladies were known to sew weights into the hems of their muumuu like bathing gowns to keep the garment from riding up and showing their legs. It would seem that they would rather end up at the bottom of the ocean than be caught with a bit of flesh exposed. Needless to say, times have changed quite a bit. Nowadays, not only is a tiny bathing suit de rigueur, but so is a picture of said owner modeling the piece posted somewhere on social media. That means you need to be in the know about all the latest swimwear fashion. Here is a little guide for showing some skin at the beach this year.

High-waist bottom swimwear

Swim Wear Bottoms

  • Brazilian
    Brazilian cut bikini and swimsuits refer to suits that are narrower in the back than most moderate and full coverage bottom. So named because of their rise to fashion in Brazil, these cuts are experiencing wide popularity in Latin America and many parts of Europe. The Brazilian cut bikinis usually feature a low rise in the front and are not for the modest.
  • String Bottoms
    String bottoms have many versions. You can find thin strings, bikinis with tie sides, drawstrings, and even hipster bottoms that tie at the thighs. Most string bikini bottoms are low rise and come in Brazilian or moderate cuts, but their best feature may be their adjustability. The strings allow you to adjust them for greater comfort and more flattering fit than their more traditional counterparts.
  • Hipster-Boyshorts
    Hipster bottoms are best described as boy shorts or short shorts for bikinis. This means a low bottom with full rear coverage. The major benefit of boy shorts is that they can be a really sexy way to wear a bikini while providing a little extra coverage.
  • High Waist
    With everything in retro, high-waisted bikinis have been the essence of pinup fashion in the last few years. Characterized by a waistline rising to the belly button, high waisted bikinis provide high fashion and more generous coverage to cover up those less than flattering areas.

Bikini top

Types of Tops

  • Bandeau
    Bandeaus are tops lacking straps, strings, or sleeves, although some come with removable straps. Certain bandeaus may come with cups, which are a must for support if you have a larger bust, while others are more formless. Still, other styles may feature closures in the back.
  • Bralette
    First popularized as a type of 1930’s lingerie, the bralette has no underwire and is synonymous with comfort. It may be best described as a less constricting sports bra.
  • Balconet
    This is a revealing top style, featuring low cups to create the effect of a rounded bust area. The style offers less coverage than more traditional tops, with most support coming from the band at the bottom.
  • Triangle
    The most popular top style, the triangle top is named for the triangular shape of its silhouette. Most tie at the back or neck and do not feature underwire.
  • Halter
    This refers to any top that ties at the neck, providing a considerable amount of breast push up.
    Some tie at the back as well.

What are you wearing to the beach to show some skin this year? What’s your fashion pick for bottoms and tops? Let us know!

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Underlying Causes Of Skin Discoloration

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Hyper: as a prefix, it means over, excessive, above or beyond. Pigmentation: The coloration of tissues by pigment. Put them together and you get hyperpigmentation, the excessive discoloration of skin tissues by pigment.

When it comes to what women want in terms of the appearance of their skin, even tone and uniform color usually top the list. So what can you do if factors come into play that prevents you from having the ideal skin tone? When it comes to correcting hyperpigmentation, the first step is knowing how it is caused.

Acne Related

  • Cause – When acne is the cause of discoloration, the symptoms can often show up long after the blemish is gone. Inflammation is an unavoidable part of acne and the more inflamed the blemish is, the greater the risk of scarring. Although inflammation can be a desirable bodily response to help the pimple fade and heal, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can occur. While PIH does not affect the texture of the skin, it can cause discoloration, which can take a while to fade.
  • Solution – The best cure for acne related hyperpigmentation is a topical product that lightens and brightens. Glycolic masks, hydroquinone, salicylic acid, and retinol can all help to reduce dark spots; chemical peels can be effective and, if the spots are red and flat, you may want to consider redness reducing laser treatment.

Sun Related

  • Cause – If your hyperpigmentation is sun related, it is caused by the deposits of melanin on the skin produced by UV rays. The resulting spots occur on the face, hands, and chest and are usually light to dark brown and can make skin look much more mature than it is.
  • Solution – Retinoid, IPL, and fractional laser treatments are the best ways to deal with sun-related discoloration. IPL sends a beam of light through skin that seeks out melanin. As the light is absorbed, it breaks the pigment up, making it less visible. A series of treatments are necessary to make a noticeable difference. In fractional laser resurfacing, lasers send a beam of fractioned energy to initiate a wound healing response to correct hyperpigmentation.

Hormone Related

  • Cause – Birth control, pregnancy, and menopause can all lead to a spike in production of melanin. In fact, many doctors correlate the rise in hyperpigmentation to increased prescription of birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. The hormone surge, along with sun exposure causes the skin to darken.
  • Solution – Hydroquinone and retin-A are the most commonly prescribed treatments prescribed by doctors to treat hyperpigmentation, salicylic, glycol, and lactic peels can also be effective, as can IPL and the use of vitamin C based products.

If you are suffering from skin discoloration, let us know how you deal with it. What is the most effective method for fighting hyperpigmentation?

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Give These Summer Skincare Tips A Try

The day of reckoning has come. The days are getting longer and the shorts are getting shorter. It’s time to unveil all those parts of the body that you’ve been referring to as the “nether regions” this past winter, and that means your skin has to be up to the task. How are you going to get your pasty legs “Daisy Duke” ready in time to hit the beach? No problem! Just dust off that razor, toss out the old sunscreen, and get ready to glow crazy.

Exfoliate
Your body is a skin cell shedding machine. You need to get rid of all those dead cells before they end up collecting on your skin, making it look dull and dry. Lotions is not enough. You need to grab a good body scrub and high tail it to the shower, now! Rub the exfoliator over your body in circular movements and rinse. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep skin soft and smooth.

Shave the Right Way
If you haven’t been exactly diligent about your shaving practices last winter, its time to pay the piper. Find a good razor that won’t cause razor burn and invest in a good women’s shaving lotion with moisturizers. If you find yourself without lotion, hair conditioners will do in a pinch.

Use A Summer Scented Lotion
You don’t want to just look like summer, you want to smell like it too. Get the full effect with a light fast absorbing summery gel or spray. Coconut and mango scents absolutely bespeak of summer. Make sure to apply right after drying off from the shower to seal in moisture.

Give These Summer Skincare Tips A Try

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Safe Summer Glow
It may seem hard to believe that less than 40 years ago, people spent their summers basking in the sun hoping to catch some color. Nowadays, we have to seek our glow from containers. Sunless tanners are a great option for giving your skin a glow this summer. You can also alternate your usual facial moisturizer with a tinted one to build gradual color, giving the effect of an effortlessly maintained tan all summer long.

Feet
Time to switch out those winter boots for your slinky sandals? An at home pedicure may be on the agenda. Use a foot scrub and file to scrub off dry, dead skin a few times a week. Products with ADA acids will add some exfoliating action to your pedi, making your feet sandal ready.

Nail Polish
While you’re working on those feet, you may want to polish those toenails. You can go for something bolder on the toes than the fingernails, and its bound to stay on for a lot longer because we don’t clean our houses with our feet. Just apply a base coat, two coats of color, and a clear top coat for protection. Go barefoot for a few hours to let polish set.

New Sunscreen
The importance of a good sunscreen cannot be overstated in the summer months. Using last year’s unused sunscreen is not going to cut it. Be safe and buy a new bottle and use it. You should apply a shot glass sized amount of sunscreen to your body and a full teaspoon for just the face and neck area. Reapply every 1 to 2 hours. Be sure to look for something with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.

How are you getting your glow on this summer? Let us know your favorite summer glow to-s.

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Caffeine’s Effects On Your Skin

Judging from the lines at Starbucks, people sure like the effects of coffee. It seems that coffee companies cannot find enough ways of incorporating the bean into new drinks. Just when you think you finally figured out the difference between a mocha chino and macchiato, a new drink appears with lines of people ready to dole out their hard-earned cash for the latest blast of caffeine infused sweetness. And while these consumers may be giving themselves an extra pat on the back for the not so recent evidence of coffee’s antioxidant properties, they may be less enamored to hear of how the brew actually affects the skin.

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Tannins
Tannin is a chemical present in coffee and tea. If the knowledge that tannin is used in tanneries to process leather isn’t enough to convince you that it’s not something you want in your coffee, consider its effects on your skin. Tannins prevent the pores of cells from receiving nutrients. Other things that make tannin such a great leather treatment, and a such a lousy skin treatment, are its hydration removal properties, which can make skin brittle over time.

Liver Spots
Liver spots are a common skin problem for older people. The liver functions as a filter to purify your blood, allowing cells to receive essential nutrients and oxygen. Over the long term, coffee can block the liver with toxins, preventing it from doing its job. The impurities in the blood result in high levels of liver congestion and toxicity which can result in the appearance of the dreaded liver spot, according to Chet Day’s Health and Beyond Online.

Dehydration
Not only does the tannin contribute to skin dehydration, the caffeine in the coffee acts like a diuretic in high amounts, furthering the dehydrating effects. Diuretics cause increased urination which dries out your skin and your body. Although a few cups of Joe a day may not dry you out too badly, try to keep your intake to under 4 cups to avoid problems.

Woman drinking coffee indoors

Acne
Ok, so the word is still out on the acne-caffeine connection, but it seems to be the opinion of most experts that, while caffeine may not cause acne, it could exacerbate an already existing condition, according to AbsoluteAcneInfo.com. The toxic effects of coffee on the liver may also contribute to acne because the caffeine can block the liver from purifying blood, which may taint skin cells.

Topical Use Of Caffeine
Why, you may be wondering, if coffee is so bad for the skin, is it a common ingredient in skin care products? Well, it turns out that the antioxidant properties in caffeine make it an effective anti-ager and its ability to constrict small blood vessels and reduce inflammation can help minimize sagging skin and dark circles under the eyes. Caffeine’s anti- inflammatory qualities often aid in reducing the appearance of cellulite and its dehydrating abilities help to draw excess fluids from fat cells.

So the upshot? When it comes to caffeine and your skin, put it on you, not in you. Let us know what you think? Is the caffeine withdrawal worth the potential skin benefits?

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The Best Spring Colors For Your Skin Tone

Colors can be very attractive, but as much as you like them in the makeup palette, they may not be the most flattering colors for you. So, in the spirit of saving you some heartache, and sparing you from unnecessary purchases, here’s the skinny on finding the right spring color for your skin tone.

Here’s The Deal
Your skin has undertones. They may not be very apparent, but they come out when you hold another color up to it. That’s why certain colors can make you look gorgeous and others can make you look like you’ve just eaten something disagreeable. To tell which colors best complement your skin tone, you need to first establish what your skin tone is. Take off your makeup and try a drape test to figure it out.

Cool skin tone

Cool
Are you on of the cool kids? If your hair is blonde, ash brown, dark brown, or black, and your skin has pink undertones, you are! Still not sure? Hold up some springy royal blues and bright pinks and basic blacks and whites to your face. Look good? You’re cool!

Light cool
If your hair has a light ashy tone, and your skin is pale with pink undertones, you may be cool light, or light cool. To make sure, hold up some light blues, pinks, and lavenders. If they flatter, you’re light cool.

Warm
If you’ve gone for strawberry blond tints and your skin tans well, it’s all about orange. If orange makes you look radiant, you’re getting warm.

Warm skin

Light Warm
If you’ve got a reddish tint but your skin is fair, or you have darker skin with a peachy glow, then oranges, greens and browns may be overwhelming. Try beachy spring corals, beiges and peaches instead. If they make your eyes pop, you’re a light warm.

Your Best Spring Colors
So now that you know what skin tone you have, here are a few colors you may want to include in your springtime wardrobe.

Orchid
Cool tones, rejoice. Your color for the spring is a radiant orchid. Whether it be maxi dress, flirty sandals or blouses, be sure to include this standout jewel tone in your spring collection.

Lavender

Soft Lavender
Light cool tones will want to find themselves draped in soft lavender this spring. Don a lavender sun dress for some fairy tale spring inspiration and make this pastel your signature color this season.

Cayenne Pink
Warm tones will find the yellow and orange undertones in coral pink great complements to your golden skin tones. A standout color on the spring fashion runways, cayenne pink is going to be huge this year, and it’s going to look terrific on you.

Woman in yellow dress

Lemon Yellow
When life hands you “lemon,” wear it! Nothing says spring quite like a warm, buttery yellow and it’s just the thing for light and warm tones this year. Light warms will do best with lighter desaturated yellow, while true warms can go for the bold canary colors. Get your yellow on in sunnies, skirts/ and platform heels for some fun in the sun this spring.

So which skin tone are you? Whether you’re cooling off or warming up for the spring, we want to hear all about you’re fashion adventures. Please keep us posted.

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