Monthly Archive: April 2018

Understanding the Working Principle of Laser hair Removal

All of us desire a smooth, flawless hair-free skin but going through the painful process of waxing, threading or shaving is equally frightening. Understandably, this has given way to the laser hair removal process gaining immense popularity. It is not only safe and effective but almost gives you a permanent solution to it. The prospect again incites fear mostly because of the unawareness that still surrounds this process. Here, we start by throwing some light on the underlying working principle of laser hair removal and alleviating some of those fears.

Understanding the term ‘laser’

Very few know that LASER is an acronym that stands for ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation’.  A laser beam is nothing but an intense and focused beam of light. This single beam of light is generated by an electronic device by amplifying photons with more energy created via collisions with other photons. These lights can travel enormous distance without dispersion or losing their tremendous energy. Today, these rays are exploited productively in numerous applications like industry, communications, mappings etc. In the beauty and cosmetic industry, special types of medical grade lasers are used which have been certified as being safe to use on human skin.

How does laser hair removal work?

We all know that the color of our skin, eyes and hair is due to the presence of the pigment melanin on our skin. It is the melanin which soaks up the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun and protects our skin from its dangerous radiation. The melanin present in our hair also functions in the same manner. Similar to sun rays, it can also absorb the laser rays. It is this phenomenon which is exploited in laser hair removal treatments.

In contrast to the normal sunlight which has numerous wavelengths of light in it, a laser beam has a specific light of specific wavelength which travels at high speed and in the same direction. They are thus quite narrow and can be easily focused on a tiny spot to create a very concentrated and powerful energy form. Moreover, the light of the laser beam easily converts to energy.

The dark pigment melanin, attracts the laser light beam, absorbs it and converts it to high heat energy. The heat generated reaches a temperature of about 212 degrees Fahrenheit. This heat then acts on the hair follicle to destroy it. First, the water in the hair gets vaporized and then burns the bulb as well as stem of the water follicle to create a teeny burst of smoke, popularly called as laser plume.  The hair receives the blood supply with oxygen through its bulbs while the stem cells facilitate hair regeneration. As both get destroyed, the hair growth is stopped.

This is the reason why you are not advised to wax or pluck your hair before a laser hair removal session. These processes will remove the hair thereby eliminating the hair follicle to absorb the laser lights.

The skin tone gets important here as dark skin tone will have more melanin pigment which will absorb more heat and can be uncomfortable. Thankfully, today there are specified laser rays based on your skin tone which ensures that you do not feel any heat or pain.

The procedure may sound daunting but is absolutely safe. Even your surrounding skin does not get damaged because the laser zaps the hair via a series of ultra short pulses. The laser supply gets cut off before the heat could be spread to adjoining areas. This is the reason why you need to undergo multiple sessions so that all hair can be targeted.

Wrapping up

Laser hair removal is an extremely safe method that can eventually give you a near-permanent solution to your hair problems. Done right, it is the safest and the most effective technology available today.




Benefits of Post-pregnancy Massage

The following are the benefits of having a post-pregnancy massage:

  • Helps in hormonal regulation: when a pregnant mother gives birth, he goes through a lot of anxiety and her body undergoes a lot of changes, some of which are brought about by hormonal changes. When a pregnant mother is massaged in addition to being given moral support, it will aid in getting rid of the hormonal imbalances, making her feel better.
  • It helps in the reduction of excess water and weight: After the pregnancy, a woman may have a huge increase in body weight and water retentions. When she is massaged, water levels will go back to normal and it will also boost the reduction of excessive weight.
  • It will ensure that the woman sleeps better: A massage after giving birth will make the woman more relaxed and she will be able to sleep better.
  • Enhanced breastfeeding: A massage carried out on a woman after giving birth will lead to the production of prolactin, a hormone associated with the production of breast milk. It will also make the new mother relax and be in a better position to take care of her child.
  • Pain relief: After birth, a woman may still feel some pains as a result of the childbirth which will be taken care or during a post-pregnancy massage. Endorphins will be released which will act on the pain, and the woman will not need to take a pain-relieving tablet.
  • A massage after childbirth will aid in restoring the shape the woman had before the pregnancy; though this may not be completely possible, it will enhance the shape as the excess fat will be gotten rid of.
  • Stress relief: A post-pregnancy massage will lead to the lowering of the stress hormones and also help in getting rid of muscle tension. The new mother will feel good and the happiness will help her to overcome post-natal stress.
  • Speeds up recovery after a c-section: A woman who has given birth through a c-section will recover faster if the stomach tissues are gently massaged. This will make her more dependent and she will be more at ease to take care of her baby.
  • It reduces the appearance of stretch marks: Massaging the scar tissues will ensure that the injured skin is smoothened, softer, and supple. It will also enhance the circulation of blood and oxygen which will also make the stretch marks less visible.

A post-pregnancy massage should be carried out by a professional massage therapist as the body of the woman is still very sensitive after childbirth. If the woman gave birth via a c-section, the wound should be allowed a duration of at least two weeks to heal.

The doctor should be able to certify that you are well enough to go through a massage especially if you gave birth through a c-section. This will avoid opening up of a wound that is not healed or alleviating the level of pain as a result of the wound. If all precautions are observed, you will be a happier mother and you will be able to take care of the child much better.

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How to Choose an Eyelash Extension Curler

Beautiful lash extensions will be sustained by the use of the right tool, one of them being an eyelash curler. Below are important tips that will act as a guide when buying a lash extension curler:

  • The comfort of use: The lash extension curler should be easy to use with a handle that has a firm grip.
  • Shape of your eyes: the curler should be shaped in the same way as your eyes. It should easily follow the natural curve of the eye and be able to reach the innermost and outermost parts of the lash line.
  • Length of the lashes: Choose a lash extension curler that will work well with the length of your curls. If the lashes are short, look for a lash curler that will enable you to get as close to the lid as possible for great results.
  • Heated curler: Heated eyelash extension curlers will produce better curls without burning your eyes or your lashes. This will also make the lashes form faster than when you use other curlers. They are bigger though and not everyone likes them.
  • Materials used in making the curlers: You can choose whether to buy a metallic or a plastic curler depending on your taste. If you apply lash extensions often, you will need a metal curler as it will last longer. If the lashes are applied only on rare occasions, you may buy a plastic lash curler.
  • Cost: You should buy an eyelash curler that will not put too much strain on your budget. You should be able to comfortably pay for it. The curler should also not break easily to avoid incurring extra cost within a short time of using it.

The following are ways to ensure that you get best results with lash extensions curlers:

  • Keep them clean always: You should clean the lash curler using alcohol and cotton pads at least once every week. This will get rid of the makeup on the lashes or even bacteria.
  • Replace the pads on the lash curlers after a few months of use; if this is not done, the pads will wear out and the protection they were providing against the metallic part of the lashes will be no more.
  • Do not use cheap curlers on your lashes to avoid damaging the lash extensions. Go for a good quality lash curler for best results.
  • Do not clamp the lash extension too hard when curling the lashes; doing this will damage the lashes and make them lose their appeal. Buying a good quality lash curler will ensure that you get great results without putting too much pressure.
  • When using the lash curler, curl from the base of the lashes for best results; do not curl from the upper side as this will damage the lash extensions.
  • Take your time with the lash curler for best results; rushing will only lead to the damage of the lash extensions as they will not be fully disentangled.

Eyelash extensions will only look good when they are clean and well maintained. You should, therefore, ensure that this is done before using an eyelash curler on them.

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