Eyes Have It

What can i do for the dark circles under my eyes? i am 43 and healthy, but keep getting told i look tired!

The area under our eyes can be problematic for anyone of any age. Dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles can keep us from looking rested, healthy and youthful. Oftentimes, this leads people to think we are tired or unwell, even if we are feeling just fine!

Fortunately, there is a wonderful non-surgical solution. An in-office, lunchtime medical procedure can correct under-eye problems. FDA-approved Restylane can be placed in the area just below our eyes, giving us instant gratification and a rested, healthy look. This has no downtime and minimal risks. Dermal filler under the eye is an advanced technique that requires expertly trained hands to artfully fill this area safely and effectively.

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Dry shampoo has been around for decades, with a recent resurgence in popularity. Many beauty experts recommend washing your hair less frequently to keep it healthy, and dry shampoo can be used in between washes to keep your scalp clean and your hair looking fresh. Dry shampoo can also be used when water is not readily available, such as camping trips or on safari. Aveeno Pure Re- newal dry shampoo is sulfate free, cleans all hair types, and is safe for color-treated hair. Available at mass retailers, $8.

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Energy drinks are well-marketed dietary supplements that are anything but healthy. Consumption of energy drinks has skyrocketed in the US, especially among children and teens. Energy drinks are unregulated and can contain harmful ingredients and stimulants, with side effects and health problems. They are often mixed with alcohol, and this combination can be unsafe, and even deadly. After drinking a single energy drink, headaches, anxiety, irregular or fast heartbeat, and nausea can occur. Severe side effects include heart problems, high blood pressure, and dehydration. I recommend against consumption of these energy drinks, and never serve them to your child or teen! Safe alternatives for an energy boost include a cup of green tea or coffee, a brisk blast of exercise, or even a “power nap” (20 minutes or less).

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Laser hair reduction can be a liberating procedure. Imagine no more shaving, waxing, or ingrown hairs! Hair growth is complex, so keep in mind these tips when looking for a reputable location to receive services:  Hair growth occurs in cycles. Laser hair reduction requires a series of treatments over one year or more. On average, it takes five treatments to see effective results. When you have finished your series of treatments, you will likely need to return for touchups as needed.

Laser hair reduction is a medical procedure, and a physician is required to purchase all lasers. Make sure there is a doctor supervising the clinic, and do not be afraid to ask for their name and credentials, in case you need them for any reason.

The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, and can only treat hair that has color. Lasers do not effectively treat blond, gray or most red hair! This is not a time when “Blondes have more fun!” About You 2

Laser hair reduction is a medical procedure—and this is not a time to bargain shop! Seek out a reputable and long-standing business that can provide you with effective and safe results.

Not all lasers are created equal, and only certain lasers can effectively target the hair follicle. All locations offering laser hair reduction should be able to answer all your questions prior to, during, and after treatment.

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Do colds and allergies plague you with sinuses problems? A neti pot can reduce congestion by flushing the nasal passages with an all-natural saline solution. You can make your own saline solution by combining 1/4 teaspoon salt with one cup distilled water. Use your neti pot twice daily when you have symptoms of congestion. As always, seek the advice of a medical professional before starting any home regimen.

UNDERfoot

Women love heels, but high heels are a significant contributor to bunions. Three-fourths of all women wear shoes that are too small, and improper-fitting shoes can initiate, aggravate, and accelerate the formation of bunions. Other causes of bunions include walking with a limp, uneven leg length, and arthritis. Bunions can affect one or both feet, and occur on the bone at the base of the big toe, or on the ball of the foot. When they first form, bunions can be red and very painful. They can grow over time and when severe, bunions can greatly deform the foot, but can effectively be treated with surgery. Prevention of bunions is extremely important and includes wearing sensible shoes with good arch support. Avoid standing on your feet for prolonged periods of time, and stretch your feet at the end of the day.

About The Author: Dr Elizabeth VanderVeer MD