Posts Written On January 25, 2017

Did You Know That Winter Is The Worst Time For Pollution? Dermalogica Is Here To Help….

It shocked me just as much as it probably surprised you that winter is actually the time that pollution is the worst. With all of the recent studies about how air pollution accelerates the process of skin aging and how this is becoming a growing issue, it’s not surprising that the skincare brand everyone loves and trusts is launching a product that will address this issue, Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant (details below for their biggest launch for 2017!!).

They’ll also be introducing their NEW Skin Detox FaceFit Treatment (details below my signature) and are now launching SkinPollution.com, which educates consumers on how air pollution accelerates the process of skin aging by providing a local pollution index based on geolocation/zip code and will link pollution to its adverse effects on skin health through a series of facts. Lots of cool innovations taking place with the brand! Are you traveling anywhere over the holiday break where you’d be able to check SkinPollution.com while you’re gone and report back to measure as compared to NYC?!

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant ($58.00; Will be available January 1st at authorized Dermalogica® spas, salons and skin centers nationwide, Ulta Beauty, Bluemercury, and Dermalogica.com):

The newest addition to Dermalogica’s microfoliation powder-form products and due to popular demand of the best-selling Daily Microfoliant, DailySuperfoliant draws on the brand’s innovative exfoliation legacy to deliver to consumers a highly-active, grey powder resurfacer to provide advanced microfoliation. This next-gen powder exfoliant is a beauty industry game-changer, providing a daily detox from skin-aging pollution, while leaving the skin ultra-smooth. Formulated for everyday use for skin types that require more aggressive treatment, this product shields against aging/environmental pollution known to cause brown spots, fine lines and uneven skin tones, while detoxifying and providing antioxidant protection.

Purge Pollution from Pores with NEW Skin Detox FaceFit Treatment

10 Minute, $10 Service Resurfaces, Detoxifies, and Helps Fight Skin-Aging Pollution

Purge pollutants from pores and smooth away the day in just 10 minutes with Dermalogica’s new Skin Detox FaceFit Treatment ($10.00). This express service, launching January 3, 2017 draws on Dermalogica’s newDaily Superfoliant to resurface and detoxify skin, reduce the signs of aging, and help protect skin from harmful environmental pollutants. The result is visibly smoother and refreshed skin – in a flash!

Each Skin Detox FaceFit Treatment starts with a consultation to learn about clients’ skin health and areas of concern; skin therapists provide a Face Mapping® skin analysis to determine signs of sensitivity, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging, and use Dermalogica® Residue Detector Strips to reveal residue and pollution build-up on the skin.

The therapist will perform Dermalogica’s signature double-cleanse to fully remove makeup and debris, starting with PreCleanse Oil and following with custom cleanser and ultrasonic exfoliation. Next, Daily Superfoliant is mixed with water for a creamy, smooth consistency and applied to skin with an exclusive technique that helps detoxify and resurface the skin while focusing on key areas that tend to collect pollution build-up, which can contribute to congestion, dullness, and hyperpigmentation. Ultrasonic technology may be used to accelerate skin resurfacing. Moisturizer and SPF follow to hydrate and protect, and clients leave with noticeably smoother, brighter skin in just ten minutes.

Both Daily Superfoliant and the Skin Detox FaceFit Treatment have been created by Dermalogica® to address the visible effects of air pollution on the skin. Research has found that air pollution from traffic and soot can increase pigmentation spots by 20%, and just a few hours of smog exposure may reduce natural antioxidant Vitamin E in skin by 25%. Pollution isn’t just a city problem: farming and industrial activity, as well as lifestyle habits can contribute to pollution-related skin aging: heavy smokers are nearly 5 times more likely to show facial wrinkles than non-smokers. With the World Health Organization citing that 92% of people around the world breathe air that is substandard, it’s more important than ever to protect and preserve skin health with consistent, targeted care.

The Skin Detox FaceFit Treatment is offered for $10.00 at Ulta Beauty and Dermalogica® flagship locations nationwide starting January 3, 2017. Walk-ins are welcome; no appointment is required. Share on social media: @dermalogica #dailysuperfoliant.

 

About Dermalogica:

Dermalogica® revolutionized the skin care industry when it emerged into the marketplace in 1986 with innovative formulations, which excluded common irritants, including SD alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil and artificial colors and fragrances. Jane Wurwand developed the products to better support the advanced curriculum she had developed a few years earlier for The International Dermal Institute, which she also founded. Wurwand led the company’s growth from an idea to the world’s most-requested professional skin care brand.

Dermalogica® today is sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Dermalogica products are available in select skin treatment centers on the recommendation of a qualified professional skin therapist in addition to the brand’s concept spaces located around the world and online at Dermalogica.com. Dermalogica® is made in the USA, with its global operations based in Carson, just south of Los Angeles. To learn more about Dermalogica®, please visit www.dermalogica.com.

 

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Google to remove older Versions of Apps on April 3

Google has announced that it is shutting down older versions of many of its G Suite apps. Older versions of Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Sheets, and Google Slides will no longer work on smartphones starting April 3.

Google has updated its Suite Blog to list out all the old versions that are shutting down for Android and iOS devices. Google will push out notifications to force old version users to update to newer versions, starting March 1. The list is listed below as to what will be removed following April 3:

Android
Google Drive for Android (prior to version 2.4.311)
Google Docs for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
Google Sheets for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)
Google Slides for Android (prior to version 1.6.292)

iOS
Google Drive for iOS (prior to version 4.16)
Google Docs for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12204)
Google Sheets for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12208)
Google Slides for iOS (prior to version 1.2016.12203)

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Getting Long In The Tooth? How To Handle Your Dental Health

As time moves on and you get older, the sad truth is that your body starts to get a whole lot more creaky than it was when you were younger. That seems unfair, because you probably now spend a lot less time eating pizza for breakfast and drinking beer for dinner than you did when you were twenty-one. But even if you’ve always treated your body like a temple, it does get a little worn down as the years pass – and one thing that gets particularly tired is often your teeth. It seems a little cruel that we only get one new set of teeth in our life and that’s when we’re about six. But the fact is that your teeth don’t grow back, so you have to take great care of them. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can do that…

Keep Brushing

First and foremost, you should make sure that you keep brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes. When we’re taught dental hygiene as kids, there’s a reason that brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of that – and really the absolute least that you should do. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, which is the sticky film that builds up on your teeth over the day and leads to tooth decay after it interacts with sugars and starches on your food to start slowly eroding your tooth enamel. Use a dentist approved electric toothbrush and make sure you reach into all the nooks and crannies of your mouth, brushing both the fronts and backs of your teeth to make sure they’re all squeaky clean. Wait half an hour after you’ve eaten to brush your teeth, as eating can soften and weaken your enamel, meaning that it’s easier to damage if you brush them then.

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Start Flossing

You might think that you don’t need to floss if you brush your teeth regularly. But on the contrary – flossing will help to remove plaque from areas of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t quite reach, meaning that it’ll help your teeth to become even cleaner and less likely to suffer from decay. Plaque tends to build up between your teeth so it’s important that you remove it. Curve the floss around your tooth carefully and make sure that you take note of any pain or bleeding as that might indicate that you’re suffering from gum disease.

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Eat Less Sugar

You can improve your dental hygiene vastly by cutting down on sugary food and drinks like soda, cookies, cake, chocolate and candy. The sugar can cause tooth decay and cavities – it erodes the enamel because it creates acidic build up in your mouth. It’s time to cut the sugar out of your tea and coffee and make sure that you steer clear of hard candies as they cause more damage as they’re in the mouth for a long time. You could also try to cut down on acidic food, like vinegar, ketchup and pickles. It’s hard to make huge dietary changes so make sure that you just cut down on these foods instead – it’s important that you try everything in moderation.

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Smoke And Drink Less

Unfortunately it’s time to start cutting down on the cigarettes and alcohol – less unfortunately, this is great for your general health and not just your teeth. But dental wise, you’ll find that your teeth are much less likely to be stained yellow if you quit smoking and you’ll be at much less risk for gum disease. You’ll also find that it’s much easier to keep your breath smelling nice. And you’ll also be less likely to suck sugary mints and gum! Meanwhile it’s important to cut down on the booze because like with sugary drinks, alcohol can destroy the enamel on your teeth, leaving you very susceptible to infections. Tell your family that you’re planning to cut down on smoking and drinking so that they can support you. If you’re having problems with it, talk to your doctor or try out a support group. People who are trying to quit smoking often have a lot of success with nicotine patches or inhalers – whatever works for you is best for you.

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Watch Out For Tooth Sensitivity

If you notice that your teeth are sensitive to certain foods or to hot or cold temperatures then it’s a good idea to book an appointment with your dentist to get it checked out as it could be a sign that you’re getting tooth decay. Make sure that you start using a toothpaste that’s suitable for sensitive teeth to brush with. If you have sharp pains, call a company like 24 Hourly Dentists for an urgent appointment.

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Stave Off Bad Breath

You’ve probably already discovered from far too close encounters with strangers and colleagues and sometimes even friends that a lot of people suffer from bad breath. Chances are, if you do, you’re probably so used to it that you don’t even realise. Test to see if you’ve got bad breath by licking the back of your hand. Once the saliva has dried, sniff it. If it doesn’t smell the greatest, then congratulations – you might just have halitosis. Bad breath is often caused by dental problems like tooth decay and tooth infections, so it’s a good idea to talk to your dentist so you can get it sorted out as quickly as possible. Invest in a tongue scraper and remember that although mouthwash can help the problem, it definitely isn’t a permanent solution.

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Go For Regular Check Ups

It’s important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis to get your teeth checked out. You should make sure that you aren’t suffering from gum disease – the early stage of it is called gingivitis and unlike the later stages of gum disease, it’s reversible, so if you suspect you may have that from red or swollen gums then you should get it checked out and treated as soon as you can. You should also make sure that the hygienist cleans your teeth on a regular basis so the plaque is fully removed from your teeth and your risk of cavities is lessened.

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Get Yourself Treated

If you have a toothache, make sure that you get it treated. There’s no point in soldiering on and telling yourself that it’ll go away – chances are you’ll end up in an excruciating amount of pain and you’ll wish that you’d gone to the dentist when it was just a little twinge. If you have toothache, it could be an infection, which occur when bacteria gets through the tooth enamel. It can be caused by gum disease, tooth decay or a cracked tooth.

 

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Remember Fluoride

Look at the side of your toothpaste tube to make sure that it contains fluoride. It’s a chemical that protects your tooth enamel which is generally found in toothpaste and mouthwash, which can help to prevent the build up of plaque in your mouth, which in turn helps to prevent periodontal disease – or gum disease. Swish the mouthwash with fluoride in it around in your mouth for thirty seconds to make sure it hits every part of your mouth – and finally, make sure that you don’t swallow it!

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Stop Grinding Your Teeth

If you grind your teeth, which is often caused by stress, then it’s important to make sure that you stop as it can damage your teeth and cause you a considerable amount of pain. If you do this at night then it might disturb your partner – if not, then your dentist will probably notice, and could prescribe you a mouthguard so you have a lot less jaw pain and headaches.

 

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5 Surprising Tips For Teeth Whitening

Healthy-looking white teeth are a person’s best accessory – having great teeth is a must if you want to look healthy and radiant. Unfortunately, lots of things you do every day can affect the whiteness of your teeth – smoking, drinking coffee or tea and eating a lot of processed food, to name just a few. Since those are all habits that are hard to kick, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several ways you can make your teeth whiter without expensive treatments, and at the comfort of your own home.

Rinse them with coconut oil

It might be hard to believe, but coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and can help protect your teeth and gums as well as clean them. This is because coconut oil contains a fatty acid, called lauric acid that kills pathogens like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Making a coconut oil rinse or pulling is quite simple – you just need a tablespoon of oil. Put it in your mouth and let it soften. Do this in the morning, before brushing your teeth – simply push and swish the pulling around your mouth and let it do its magic.

Bleach them with apple cider vinegar

You’ve probably seen a lot of store-bought, or homemade cleaning products based on vinegar, but did you know you can use it for your teeth as well? Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, probiotics, and enzymes that kill germs effectively while its acidic pH level breaks down plaque and removes stains from your teeth. You should be careful, though – as it is with any acid, if you use it too often you can damage your enamel. Therefore, use it once or twice a day, before brushing. Simply dip your finger in it and rub it all over your teeth.

Absorb plaque with activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon, processed to have small pores that increase the surface area available for absorption. As Australian Dental Specialists claim, food items that are high in sugar are more likely to predispose your teeth to dental cavities. You should remove all food particles and bacteria from your teeth if you want to protect them from decay. The easiest way to do so is to dip your toothbrush in activated charcoal and brush your teeth with it several times a week. Activated charcoal absorbs plaque and microscopic particles that cause staining which helps your teeth stay white.

Break down plaque with berries

Strawberries and other berries are known for their antioxidative properties that can benefit your teeth and help them stay white. They’re also packed with vitamin C that breaks down plaque while malic acid helps remove surface stains. You can make your own mixture by mashing two to three strawberries into a pulp, adding a pinch of sea salt and, optionally, one tablespoon of baking soda. The salt helps the paste become an abrasive structure, while baking soda is there to enhance plaque removal. Remove any excess saliva with a paper towel, spread the mixture all over your teeth and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then rinse and wait to see the results.

Clean them with lemon

Lemon juice and peels can be great for whitening your teeth, especially if you mix it with baking soda and make a wonderful, all-natural toothpaste. Just like vinegar, lemon is naturally acidic and it helps clean your teeth and makes them whiter. Make a paste by using several teaspoons of baking soda and enough lemon juice to form a paste. Dry out your teeth and apply the paste with a toothbrush. Don’t let it sit for longer than 1 minute – acidity of the lemon might damage the enamel. That’s why rinsing afterwards is a must!

When it comes to naturally whitening your teeth, the most important thing is to be patient and realistic. You won’t get the results immediately nor will your teeth look any different. However, they will become whiter but, what’s even more important – they’ll get healthier and your smile will become your greatest weapon.

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