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Skincare Tips for Men

Men Deserve Healthy, Good Looking Skin Too! 

Good skincare isn’t just for the ladies! Many men also want younger looking, healthier skin. If this sounds like what you are seeking, now is a good time to re-evaluate your skincare routine!

 

A Key Difference

Men have more testosterone than women and that plays a part in how their skin is different. On average, men’s skin is thicker than women’s, about 20 to 25 percent thicker to be exact. Male skin is known for a tougher texture but it also contains more collagen, which gives a tighter, firmer appearance. However, collagen reduces at a constant rate over a man’s lifetime, where in females it mainly happens after menopause. This means that the effects of collagen reduction in men are less pronounced as it is spread over a longer period of time.

 

Men also have to deal with facial hair and the irritation daily shaving has on their skin. Also, men produce double the amount of sebum, which causes oiliness, and have more and larger pores. More sebum plus more and larger pores can lead to skin that is more prone to acne. 

 

Now that we’ve looked at some key differences that affect skincare for men, let’s take a look at a regimen that can solve the skin issues more common in men and help you achieve more youthful and healthier skin.

 

Hot Water is Drying

When you wash your face or hop in the shower, warm water is best. This is because hot water strips away your natural oils and leaves your skin dry, itchy, scaly and flaky. So while men produce more sebum, you don’t want to leave your skin dry by stripping all of the oil away.

 

Use Moisturizer

Moisturizer traps water close to your skin. This extra moisture reduces wrinkles and can ease the effects of dry skin. Be sure to find the right type of moisturizer for your skin type. Working with an esthetician or dermatologist, you’ll be able to find the right moisturizer for your skin’s needs.

 

Skip the Soap

Sudsing up isn’t that great for your skin. So skip the soap and trade it for a cleanser. Soap actually removes too much oil from your skin, depriving it of its natural moisture barrier. This can leave your skin dry and itchy. A bonus is that cleanser gives you the right amount of cleanness and doesn’t leave soap scum on your skin, sink or tub! When cleansing, remember to go easy on the scrubbing! Gentle scrubbing with your fingers is best. Again, work with an esthetician or dermatologist to find the right cleanser for your skin’s needs. 

 

Avoiding Razor Burn

You can combat razor burn by softening your stubble. One trick to softening that 5 o’clock shadow is to shave right after you step out of the shower. Also, be sure to use shaving cream, which cuts down on friction against your skin. Avoid shaving creams with alcohol and instead look for those with oils, glycerin, sorbitol and urea on the ingredients list. Also, skip the aftershave unless you use a straight razor that can nick you and lead to infection. 

 

Pat, Don’t Rub!

When you dry your face and body, pat your skin, don’t rub! Rubbing can irritate your skin and leave you dried out. Rubbing also pulls on the skin, which can lead to heavier and earlier wrinkling. 

 

Wear Sunscreen

Many men just haven’t caught up to women on sun savviness. It’s important that you wear sunscreen every day to avoid wrinkles, or worse, skin cancer. Many daily moisturizers have sunscreen in them already, but if you are out in the sun for long periods, it’s a good idea to reapply with basic sunscreen throughout the day. Check the bottle for when you need to reapply. If your moisturizer doesn’t have sunscreen in it already, put on some regular sunscreen before applying moisturizer. 

 

Avoid Scented Products

Fragrance in skincare products is unnecessary and can actually lead to developing an allergy. So skip the moisturizer, shaving cream and sunscreen with the manly scent and choose something fragrance-free for less irritated skin.  

 

Get a Facial

Skin cells renew every 28 days. We recommend getting a monthly facial to help remove dead skin cell buildup that can lead to clogged pores that cause acne. Facials can also give you needed moisture or address specific skin issues, such as flakiness or patchiness. 

 

Treat Yourself Today!

At the US Wellness Collective, we believe in looking good and feeling good! Having great skin not only helps you feel more confident, but it’s also more comfortable to live in. Our experts are ready to help you find the best skincare products for you or deliver you a customized facial to meet your skincare needs and goals. Our services treat your mind, body and soul! Contact us to book your appointment today! 

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hair Loss

What You Need to Know About PRP for Hair Loss

You have probably already heard about platelet rich plasma (PRP) facials, but did you know there is a similar PRP treatment to help with hair loss? But how does it work and what kind of results can you expect? We’re diving into those answers in this article.

 

How Does PRP for Hair Loss Work?

Our own blood contains two main components: red blood cells and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors that stimulate skin cells to function or in this case, stimulate hair follicles to promote new hair growth. A number of scientifically based articles have shown that PRP therapy for hair loss has proven to increase hair count, hair thickness and the growth phase of the hair cycle. 

 

What is the Process for a PRP Treatment for Hair Loss?

Don’t worry, this treatment uses your own blood! At the start of the treatment, you’ll have a standard blood draw by the practitioner. Your tube of blood is then put into a centrifuge, a machine that spins the blood to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma is then directly injected into your scalp at the level of the hair follicles to stimulate new hair growth. The process of the injections can be a bit meticulous as the plasma is injected approximately every half inch of the treated area. However, the entire process generally takes about a half hour to complete. 

 

What Are the Side Effects of a PRP Treatment?

While it might sound scary because the treatment involves needles and blood, there is minimal risk from this procedure. The injections can be done without any numbing and there is minimal discomfort. Some bruising may occur but this generally resolves within a week or two. You will also need to forego a day or two of your typical hair maintenance (coloring, processing, blow-drying, etc.) so that you don’t irritate your scalp. Also, be sure to choose a practice that follows safety and health guidelines; this does involve needles and you don’t want to go to a place that reuses needles or doesn’t clean their treatment rooms! Yikes!

 

What Results Can I Expect from PRP for Hair Loss?

To see results, consistency is key! Treatments are typically done once a month for the first three to four months and then can be leveled off to every three to six months, depending on each person’s individual response to the treatment. 

 

You’ll first see a reduction in hair shedding followed by early regrowth and increased hair length. Continuing the treatments on a long-term basis will help continue to stimulate the growth factors and stop the hair from falling out.

 

Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Hair Loss Treatments?

Anyone who is experiencing hair loss is a good candidate for PRP therapy. However, those who respond best are people experiencing early hair loss. PRP is also a great treatment for those with androgenic alopecia, a type of genetically determined hair thinning. PRP for hair loss also works best when used in conjunction with other therapy forms, such as oral and topical treatments. 

 

The Bottom Line

PRP therapy for hair loss isn’t a quick fix but it has been called the “miracle grow” treatment for hair. With patience and consistency, you can begin to see some real results!  

 

Show Some Love: Understanding Your Partner’s Love Language to Get Them the Perfect Gift this Valentine’s Day!

Do you know your partner’s love language? Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages® explores the way to connect with your partner on a richer, deeper level of intimacy than ever before. Our needs are different and understanding those intricacies can save years of heartache and misunderstanding. With Valentine’s Day approaching, knowing your partner’s love language can be the difference between the perfect gift and totally missing the mark. If you haven’t taken the quiz, it’s free on Gary’s site. Just click here.

Every person has a primary love language, but if you’re not sure which one fits your partner, you can’t go wrong with hitting all five languages in your celebration.

Words of Affirmation – saying I love you, complimenting and/or praising your partner.

Ideas:

  • Send a recorded voice message letting them know how much they mean to you.
  • Compliment them or let them know how much you appreciate them being there with you.
  • Make the day special by going out of your way to let them know how you feel about them.

Quality Time – time spent together whether you’re doing anything or not.

Ideas:

  • Take a spa vacation together. It lets you release your stress, but you also get to spend time together.
  • Unplug and spend the evening just being together.
  • Be a tourist in your town for a night. Go stay at a Bed and Breakfast and see the city through new eyes.

Receiving Gifts – meaningful tokens of appreciation and affection.

Ideas:

  • Gift certificates to your partner’s favorite massage therapist can be a wonderful gift.
  • Traditional Valentine’s gifts are always nice, but try to find something unique that your partner would appreciate even more.

Acts of Service – doing something for the other person.

Ideas:

  • Make dinner for your partner.
  • If your partner has this as their primary language of love, then figure out where they are the most stressed in their lives. Do something extra in that area to make them know how much you appreciate them.

Physical Touch – holding hands, kissing, pats on the back, massage, sex, etc.

Ideas:

  • Shoulder or neck massages are fantastic stress relievers.
  • Walk together and hold hands.
  • Think beyond the bedroom for this language of love. Look for things that could ensure you stay within touching distance.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you do it with sincerity and affection. Showing your love in a way your partner understands will ensure a wonderful and successful Valentine’s Day.

What Makes a Quality Essential Oil?

What Makes a Quality Essential Oil?

One of the biggest advantages (and perks) to using essential oils is that there are so many to choose from – a multitude of plants and ingredients, different ways to utilize them, and various benefits from each option. Having this abundance is great for consumers but does bring its own challenges. With so many choices how does someone find a true, high-quality essential oil?

First, understand that essential oils typically aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA considers these products to be cosmetic and, therefore, doesn’t approve or regulate this industry. Therefore, it’s imperative that you take the time to research your essential oil company. How are their products made? Where are their ingredients sourced? How transparent are they about their production process? What sort of online reviews are available for their products? You definitely need to dedicate the time to doing the research before investing in an oil.

When you break down the components of an essential oil bottle what you should find are concentrated amounts of specific plants (processed through distillation) diluted in a carrier oil.   

Now that we’ve covered the basics, here is a breakdown of what to look into to determine a level of quality.

Ingredients: It may seem obvious, but plants grown in an environment free of pesticides and other chemicals is naturally a quality improvement. Also, the area where the ingredients are grown in terms of environment, soil quality, and weather will also make an impact. An essential oil company that cares about the quality of its product will source their plants from all over the globe, keeping an eye for where the crop grows best and how it is cared for and harvested.

Process: The process for distilling the oils into a liquid form is a science. Some people do it in their kitchens while large companies have a processing plant to make the work more efficient. Don’t be afraid to ask a company how their oils are processed. How much dilution is involved? Do they add any additional ingredients during dilution?

Storage: How and where oils are stored is also improvement. Exposure to heat, or light, oxygen may cause the products to lose their quality. After processing the oils, where are they stored? Ideally they are in containers of dark glass and stored in a cool place. Each bottle should be marked with a date to keep track of how long it’s been stored.

Shipping: The same quality issues that come up with storage will apply to shipping. Oils that are exposed to the elements for any length of time will definitely lose their quality. How does the company manage their shipping to ensure products are delivered in the best possible condition?

In an ideal situation, your essential oils would start with organic, natural agricultural processes and then harvested, stored and shipped while keeping in mind that the oil’s benefits will be directly impacted by exposure. Purity is also important so the liquid should be 100% of the main ingredient(s) combined with the carrier oil and should be labeled properly if anything else has been added. Pay attention to price as well. As with anything, the lower the price point – the less likely that the product was made with quality in mind.

 

Mental Health Benefits from Self-Care

Is stress part of your regular day? If you’re like 89% of Americans, it is. In 2017, there has been a decline in self-care and that has resulted in some alarming figures related to health. What if I told you that massage and facial therapies are quick and effective at helping you ease your stress?

Massage, alone, has been proven to increase sleep quality, improve stress-related health problems, reduce absenteeism from work, and decrease the likelihood of hospitalizations due to stress-related illnesses. Couple that with the decrease of stress-related headaches that facials provide, and you’ve got a winning combination for self-care that can’t be beaten.

Heat from a hot tub, sauna, or other treatment options can soothe aches and pains that come from work, joint pain, or other health conditions that leave you sore and stiff. Massages and facials can improve blood circulation and also enhance your immune system. They can also detoxify the body.

It’s nothing mysterious. Facials remove bacteria from the skin and built up waste. They can release stress tension in the face and neck which can help prevent migraines and other types of headaches. The right kind of touch can ease the mind and spirit while making your skin shine with natural health and beauty.

Massage therapy goes a bit deeper. It stimulates the body so that it can draw out metabolic waste, toxins, bacteria, and other waste buildups in the muscles. Have you noticed that sore muscles feel better after you rub them? Massage will break up those waste products that inflame the nerves around them, allowing them to flow from your body in a natural way.

The health benefits extend to mental health, as well. Massage can increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones. The power of touch is greater than we’ve ever imagined. Recent research concluded that chronic pain sufferers, those suffering from depression or stress-related health issues, and combat veterans suffering from PTSD have seen incredible improvements on their overall mental health and energy levels after finding a massage style that worked for them.

Our massages range from 30 minutes to a 120-minute deep relaxation therapy designed with your needs in mind. We have additional options, as well. The heated deep tissue bamboo massage does incredible deep-tissue work for improved circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage. Our AromaTouch technique uses eight specific therapeutic grade essential oils applied with very specific motions to promote relaxation and balance in the simple nervous system. Thai Yoga massage is a bodywork massage that uses point pressure, yoga-like stretching and more to invigorate the body. Myofascial Release is essential for increasing range-of-motion and reducing pain in the myofascial connective tissues. Our chronic pain clients find the Neuromuscular Massage to be extremely effective in managing their pain. It’s also very effective for some post-surgical care situations and injuries to help improve recovery and prevent future injuries.

Make 2018 the year of self-care and add massages and/or facials to your regular health regiment. Your heart, mind, and body will thank you for it.

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