How To Unwind With Anxiety

So, you’re finally home from work – or in my case you’re already home and just deciding to be finished for the day😴 – and you collapse onto the sofa.

You have only just begun to get comfy when something that happened hours ago slides into your mind, seemingly unnoticed for the first few minutes.

Maybe you said something to a coworker that wasn’t taken the right way, or you didn’t finish something you know you should’ve, or your child is giving you a run for your money lately and you know tomorrow you have got to run errands with said child in tow.

OR, my all time favorite…something that happened say, 15 years ago, keeps running through your mind like an annoying broken record🤦.

The oh-so-pleasant reminders that you suffer from anxiety. Things people ordinarily don’t think about – you do.

So – how to unwind with anxiety?

It can be difficult, and I’ve been through a frustrating amount of trail and error. But if you intend to get up the next morning with more than 3 hours of sleep, unwinding is a necessity.

In this article, I’ve included 4 ways to unwind that have proven effective for myself – and they just might be worth a try for you as well!

1. Close The Door On Work

For some of you, this may mean figuratively – but for me, it’s literal, and it lets your brain know that you’re FINISHED.

Unwinding With Anxiety

My living room sofa faces the door to my office. It’s right in front of me at the end of the day.

If I leave the door to my office open, I think about all the projects that I left unfinished, all the things that didn’t go my way that day as I was working, and everything I’m going to have staring me in the face the next morning.

One of my favorite verses to meditate on at the end of the day when I am ruminating (something I’ll address shortly), is this:

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

-Matthew 6:34 ESV

Not only does it pertain directly to my anxious thoughts most of the time, but it rests on a foundation of common sense. There is absolutely nothing we can do about anything that happens tomorrow. Worrying about tasks for the next day works to steal the peace that you could have TODAY.

By closing the door to my office, I shut down any notion that might arise about re-entering and finishing something up, or about rethinking something I have already spent hours doing. Not today Satan.

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For you, closing the door might mean allowing an email to sit in your inbox until the next morning. Turning your phone to silent. Leaving all devices out of reach so that you can interact with your family without distraction.

Coming from someone with tendencies to work all the time, you have to place boundaries on your time – and with the people who don’t respect it- or your chances of being able to kick back and unwind are basically nonexistent.

You’ve got to set boundaries for yourself while you are feeling strong and able so that when you have a weak moment and are NOT feeling that way, you can follow your previously set rules and enjoy the benefits of being able to relax and reset for the next day.

When I was self-employed as a cosmetologist and LMT, I did not answer any texts or calls to make clients’ appointments after a certain time in the evening. If someone found that annoying, I was perfectly fine with them choosing to try to book with someone else. My personal peace is not worth giving up to satisfy someone else.

Whatever anyone is needing or wanting or demanding CAN WAIT. What’s more important? Your mental health, or their opinion of you?

Try to find what works for you as far as closing the door on work in the evenings. Trust me, it works, and you will find a new-found peace in the boundaries you set for yourself and others.

2. Taking Every Thought Captive

While this may seem like an elementary practice, it absolutely is NOT for someone with anxiety.

BUT, we DO have the power to stop thinking about what we don’t want to think about. To push out the bad and allow in the good.

It takes much practice – it certainly won’t happen overnight – but once you’ve begun to master the concept, it becomes much more of an instant instinct, and you begin to do it without thinking.

Take Every Thought Captive

So, what exactly do I mean by “taking every thought captive”?

Simply this: When something enters your mind like, “I’m going to do a horrible job of handling tomorrow’s situation. I’ll mess it up. They won’t like how I handle it. I’ll get fired.”

You recognize that this is simply an anxious thought. Nothing more. And you push it out and replace it with a positive thought – “I know I’m going to do great tomorrow! I’ll do the best I can, and it will be wonderful to be done with it and know that I did my best!”

When you consistently replace the negative with the positive, you are creating new neuro-pathways in your brain. You are TRAINING your brain to think differently. And the more you do it, the less negative, UNTRUE thoughts you will have.

It can seem difficult at first (I thought I would never get the hang of it). But it’s one of the best decisions you can make when you are struggling with anxiety and you can’t shut your mind off at the end of the day.

Contrary to what you might believe, you do not have to think whatever pops into your mind. You can replace the thoughts and live a happier life.

Rumination is typical with people that struggle with anxiety. It means to repetitively go over a though or a problem without completion.

Whether you think thoughts of not being able to perform correctly at work, being inadequate, being stuck in a situation with no way out, etc, all of these thoughts can be taken captive and replaced with positive ones.

Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind has helped me TREMENDOUSLY in this area. She is great at explaining what to do when you have a negative thought, and how to replace it quickly and effectively.

You don’t have to sit at home in the evening paralyzed by negative and foreboding thoughts. You have the power to change that.

If you’d like to learn more about how to remove negative thoughts, take a look at this message. It will get you started!

3. Natural Sedatives

While I myself struggle heavily with anxiety and am on a medication to assist with that, I also rely on natural options such as herbal teas and supplements to help shut my mind off at night so that I am able to replenish myself for the next day.

Dandelion Tea Instead Of Caffeine

I’ve discovered – the hard way, of course- that caffeine is not my friend. When I would chug 3-4 cups of coffee on any given day in an attempt to run my three businesses and keep up with my little ones, I was having EXTREME anxiety problems.😬

I’m talking physical manifestations such as trouble breathing, tight chest, shaking, irritability to the max, jumpiness, thoughts bouncing off the walls in my head constantly, and even horrible headaches. I wasn’t able to continue on with that much caffeine.

Now I drink about a half cup of coffee per day. I know. It seems undo able, but it actually isn’t that bad if you supplement.

For me, drinking Dandelion tea and Cinnamon tea has helped. I hate the taste of herbal tea, I won’t lie. Tastes a bit like…well…herbs. Haha.

So, I load it up with about a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon or so of raw agave syrup. This makes it taste rich and creamy and with ice in it it’s become one of my favorite beverages!

Also. Melatonin. Melatonin has been a real life saver in this whole being-able-to-unwind situation.

I take a dissolvable tablet before jumping in a bubble bath, and by the time I’m out and ready for bed, it has kicked in and I can fall asleep almost instantly. It also helps to keep you asleep for those of us that had the pleasure of waking up at 3 a.m. with thoughts of the next day.

Chamomile tea is great just before bed, though this one is the hardest in my opinion to tolerate in the taste department.

Finally, I will use CBD oil under my tongue at night for a little bit of relaxation. It doesn’t get you “high”, it just helps to ease your tension. Myfoli.com has a great article about using CBD oil in the evenings to unwind and you can find that article here:

https://myfoli.com/article/instead-of-wine-unwind-with-cannabis/aa6eb4fa-4db6-4cb7-a4a2-75d4f8a7e453

4. Prayer And Meditation

Meditation is not something that has to be done cross-legged on the ground outside for an entire day.

I have found some wonderful videos on YouTube that lead you through a guided meditation, or just play really great relaxing music while you do your own meditation to center yourself and escape from the hectic day that you just had.

Here is an example of a guided meditation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlPDjrOlJUQ

There are also apps that you can download that will lead you through meditations.

And yes, prayer. You guys. Prayer works wonders.

Psalm 55:22 (MSG) Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders – he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin.

When I am lying in bed at night and have failed to be able to let go of my troubles from that day, I pray. God asks us to cast our cares on Him, and he means it.

It’s also a great idea to create a prayer box. This will help you to realize how many situations and problems God has helped you through and that your prayers don’t stop at the ceiling.

Use an old shoe box, or any box you have lying around, and anytime you are worried in the evening and can’t get a problem off of your mind, write it down on a piece of paper and toss it into the box. Then it’s God’s. If you want to keep worrying about it, you have to take it back out of the box and explain to God that you don’t trust him with it.

When you think about it, every once in a while, look through the papers in your box. See for yourself how many troubles God has seen to. How many prayers he has answered.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised 😘

Well, friends, I hope this article has helped you. Anxiety doesn’t have to rule you. These tips have helped me to be able to shut it off at night and unwind, preparing myself for the next day with a restful sleep, and I hope they will help you as well!

Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave them below, and I’ll get back with you!

Need prayer? Send me an email at darci@mykissandmakeup.com

Have a beautiful day!

How To Tell The Difference Between Sun Spots And Freckles!

Hello, Beautiful, and welcome back!

In my practice, I noticed a growing trend in clients that would come to me for a facial service (usually a chemical peel), wanting to erase or diminish sun spots.

Difference Between Sun Spots And Freckles

Interestingly, though, what some of them were dealing with was NOT in fact a sun spot, but freckles! Sometimes they would have small clusters of freckles, giving the impression of a sun spot.

Telling the difference can sometimes be tricky, so if you’d like some tips and advice on distinguishing between sun spots and freckles, keep reading!

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What’s The Difference Between Freckles And Sun Spots?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a freckle and a sun spot is? Here’s what you need to know and how to treat them.

Samantha Stone

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a freckle and a sun spot is? Here’s what you need to know and how to treat them.

What Are Freckles?

Freckles are small dark spots, usually less than 5mm in diameter, where the skin cells have produced extra pigmentation. Most freckles are uniform in color, but it varies depending on skin tone. They can be red, tan, light brown, dark brown, black, or any color that is darker than the person’s skin color. That is typically why people with pale skin have a more reddish hue to their freckles.

A person’s ability to make freckles is due to genetics. For instance, if your parents have freckles, it is likely that you will have freckles too. Although freckles are hereditary, they are activated by sun exposure. If someone that has the freckle gene (MC1R), they must spend time in the sun in order to produce freckles. A person without the freckles genes will not produce freckles regardless of if they are in the sun or not.

Freckles actually serve a purpose. In a way, they act like sun screens and are a natural way to block the UV rays from penetrating the deeper layers of the skin. They are not a sign of sun damage, but rather protect areas of the skin that are particularly sensitive to ultraviolet light. With that in mind, if you have a lot of freckles, that is a good indicator that you should be applying sunscreen regularly and generously to prevent sun damage.

What Are Sun Spots?

The quickest way to tell if a brown spot is a freckle or sun spot is that that sun spots are typically larger in size (.2-2.0 centimeters) and are most commonly found on the hands, face, shoulders, back, arms, and tops of feet. They are also more common with aging, which is why they’re also called age spots, senile lentigines, and liver spots. They are larger because they involve multiple pigmented cells lumped together.

The good news about sun spots is that they are not always permanent. Sometimes they can fade if the sun is avoided for a long enough period of time. Prevention is always better than curing, though. Limiting sun exposure, using sunscreen liberally, and avoiding artificial tanning like sun beds, is recommended to avoid sun spots.

What’s The Differences Between Freckles and Sun Spots?

While freckles are more visible against lighter skin types, they are actually linked to the same gene responsible for complexion. The MC1R gene not only controls the likelihood of freckles but also it is responsible for skin color and hair color, particularly for red hair. Similarly, people with lighter complexions are also most susceptible to develop sun spots. The key difference is that sun spots are more common among older populations and can start forming in the mid-thirties. With repeated sun exposure over years, the skin cells start to produce melanin, forming the sun spots.

Additionally, the lifespan of freckles and sun spots is different. Freckles typically fade away with age and even seasons whereas sun spots tend to stick around longer. Because of this, sun spots can require skin treatments for removal.

Are They Harmful?

Fortunately, neither freckles or sun spots are harmful. Even though they are benign, it is still important to monitor their appearance to make sure there are no irregularities or changes which could indicate malignant melanoma (skin cancer). Should you notice any changes, it is important to schedule a visit with your board-certified dermatologist to be on the safe side.

Removing Sun Spots

Should you have unwanted sun spots that have not gone away over time, in-office skin treatments like IPL , laser therapy, chemical peels, or micro needling and topical applications have proven to be effective in diminishing their appearance.

For in-office treatments, New York-based board-certified dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, MD recommends intense pulsed light treatment (IPL) or Q Tara XLV, a laser treatment the targets the pigment. “The Q Tara XLV will target the individual sunspot,” she says. “IPL can target the individual sunspot but can also do the entire face arms or legs. Both treatments have some downtime and the patient cannot get sun two weeks before the treatment or two weeks after the treatment.”

While over-the-counter skin care products and prescription topical remedies have worked for some, their results usually cannot match those of in-office treatments. If you would prefer to use a cream or lotion to treat age spots, see a board-certified dermatologist first. “Hydroquinone creams and creams with Kojic acid have been found very useful in feeding sun spots,” Dr. Cheryl Karcher says. “It can take a long time, but they can lighten the spots. Again, if a patient gets any sun on those spots it will take months for the spot to lighten.”

Each of these treatments vary in price and may require multiple sessions to see desired results. Regardless of which treatment you choose, age spots can reappear, so it is important to protect your skin from the sun. To properly protect your skin, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays, that is water resistant and over SPF 30. Apply a liberal amount of lotion daily and re-apply every couple of hours to ensure you are fully protected.

Thanks for stopping in, friends! I hope this article was helpful to you.

If you have questions or comments, please leave them below and i’ll be happy to get back with you!

Have a blessed day!

What Are The Best Cosmetic Procedures To Correct Your Sun Damage?

Hey, Friends! Welcome Back! 

Today, I’d like to address a common skincare issue – the dreaded sun damage😳

Sn Damage Correction

Though a great many people suffer from hyperpigmentation and other negative effects of sun damage, most of those people do not know exactly what to do to prevent and/or reverse the issue once they begin to experience it. 

In this article, let’s look at a few procedures that are great ways to correct sun damage, and what to expect from each one!

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The Best Cosmetic Procedures To Correct Sun Damage

Sun Damage Correction

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, it’s time to atone for those summer skin sins.

Here, The AEDITION breaks down the best minimally invasive treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of the damage caused by the sun.

Sholeen Damarwala

Labor Day has come and gone, which means the unofficial end of summer is upon us.

And whether your warm weather plans included beach days, farmer’s market jaunts, camping trips, or outdoor runs, there is little doubt you’ve soaked up a bit of sun.

While lathering up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen is a necessary first-line of defense, most people don’t apply enough and/or forget to reapply throughout the day.

The result? DNA-altering damage that persists well after the sun goes down.

A 2015 Yale University study found that sunlight can continue to affect the skin whether you’re back inside or not.

UV rays from the sun or tanning beds can damage the DNA in melanocytes (the cells that make the melanin that gives skin its color), and that danger lingers for hours after exposure.

The damage is a major cause of skin cancer (i.e. the most common form of cancer in the U.S.), and it can also cause an overproduction of melanin that leads to dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

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Even more alarming? The visible sun damage that begins to manifest as said dark spots in your thirties and forties may be the byproduct of childhood fun in the sun.

“Sun damage occurs very early on, and we know now through research, that you could have had a sunburn as a child and years later it could show up as a melanoma,” says Philadelphia-based plastic surgeon Jason Bloom, MD, who recommends daily sunscreen application and a yearly skin check with a dermatologist as precautions.

Sun Damage Prevention

During a skin cancer screening, a dermatologist will look for any new spots or changes to existing ones, but you can be vigilant at home, too. “Pay attention to a mole that’s getting bigger, or darker or changing, or itchy, or bleeding,” says Dr. Bloom, for the abnormalities could be warning signs.

While first establishing that hyperpigmentation is benign is paramount, cosmetic concerns related to sunspots may endure. The 2018 Survey on Dermatologic Procedures from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) found that sun damage treatments were up 63 percent in the last two years alone.

Jonathan Cabin, MD, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, says that the visible damage caused by UV rays presents as “areas of hyperpigmentation or sunspots that are typically shades of brown and red.” But that’s not all. Dr. Cabin says that “poor skin quality” in the form of “thin or inelastic skin” and “wrinkling” is also common.

So, what are the best ways to restore even skin tone and texture? Here, a guide to the best treatments and procedures to improve the appearance of sun damage.

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In-Office Procedures

Chemical Peels
Used to treat everything from acne to wrinkles, chemical peels work by employing a blend of acids to chemically exfoliate the skin. The entire process is relatively simple and can be customized for more tailored results.

During the treatment, your provider will determine the solution strength best suited for your skin type and concern. Formulas range from relatively mild alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid cocktails to deeper trichloroacetic and carbolic acids, and patients may experience tingling and/or burning sensations during the treatment.

 

While a strong peel may only require one session (but months of downtime), milder versions often call for multiple visits, and professional sessions cost anywhere from $300 to $3,000 depending on the strength. In the days following the peel, dead skin cells will begin to flake off, leaving behind a smoother and brighter complexion.

🌿PRO TIP: It’s important to moisturize thoroughly when going through a series of peels, and to keep skin hydrated. Find out which type of moisturizer is right for you here.

While the tried-and-true treatment is great for improving skin tone for patients of all ages, Dr. Bloom is particularly fond of the preventative benefits of peeling. “I encourage my millennial patients to start early on getting glycolic, fruit, and salicylic peels,” says. Dr. Bloom. “It helps maintain a healthy visage and takes off any signs of early sun damage and aging.”

 

Microneedling with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Commonly known as the “vampire facial,” this ever-popular treatment option can correct sun damage — in addition to all its other anti-aging benefits. “With one or more treatments, we can make fine lines and wrinkles fade,” says Dr. Bloom. “The result is glowing, healthy, and even skin.”

A standard microneedling session involves a practitioner rolling a handheld device covered in fine needles over the surface of the skin to create micro-punctures.

While that process alone stimulates collagen production and improves skin health, the addition of platelet-rich plasma (a.k.a. PRP) only improves the results.

The two-part microneedling with PRP procedure first involves a medical professional drawing five to 15 milliliters of blood from the patient (Dr. Bloom says the collection is done in the office) that is put into a centrifuge to isolate the platelets that will form the PRP solution.

After microneedling the affected area, the practitioner will massage the PRP blend into the skin so that it can penetrate the microwounds created by the dermaroller.

The treatment lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, and a bit of redness or swelling may persist for a few days. Sessions cost around $750 each.

Lasers
Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective corrective procedures available, but, since the laser market runs deep, it can be confusing to know where to start. While consulting with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon will ensure that you get the right treatment for your skin type and the severity of your concern, Sejal Shah, MD, of Manhattan’s SmarterSkin Dermatology, says CO2, Fraxel, and picosecond lasers are among the most popular for targeting the “wrinkles, textural changes, and pigmentation” caused by UV damage.

 

  • CO2 Lasers: A popular laser for skin resurfacing, carbon dioxide lasers are used to tackle deep wrinkles, age spots, and enlarged pores caused by sun exposure. The latest generation of the technology uses either short pulsed light energy or continuous light beams to remove thin layers of skin with minimal impact to the surrounding tissue. While recovery can take several weeks, the results can last several years. “A single treatment cost $3,500, but I do recommend maintenance with a lighter laser,” says Dr. Shah.
  • Erbium Lasers: Safer for darker skin tones than their CO2 counterparts, erbium lasers can treat superficial to moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck, and chest. “A non-ablative fractionated 2940nm erbium laser is a powerful device for skin rejuvenation, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars,” says Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology in NYC. Post-procedure downtime usually lasts no longer than a week with minimal swelling and/or bruising possible.
  • Fraxel Lasers: With the ability to address everything from hyperpigmentation and wrinkles to acne scars all over the body, the energy from a Fraxel laser creates microscopic beams of energy that target only a fraction (hence, the name) of skin at a time. “I usually recommend three to five sessions, and then yearly maintenance,” says Dr. Shah. Each treatment costs an average of $1,000 with up to a week of downtime.
  • Picosecond Lasers: While the laser type is most commonly associated with tattoo removal thanks to its ability to shatter pigment in all skin types, it can also be used to target specific dark spots on the skin. Picosecond lasers release energy in short nanosecond bursts without cooling the skin’s surface, so the energy reaches multiples layers of skin. “I usually recommend three to six sessions,” says Dr. Shah, who adds that each can cost about $750. The quick visits last 15 to 20 minutes, and it can take up to a week for the treated brown spots to flake off.
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Ultherapy
If you are looking for a procedure that can address skin laxity — not just tone and texture — Ultherapy is a popular non-invasive option for lifting and tightening loose skin without downtime.

“Ultrasound energy heats the deep layers of the skin, creating micro-injuries to the same layer that is lifted during a facelift,” explains Dr. Jaber. “As the skin heals, new collagen is produced creating a lift.”

In addition to providing on firming effect on parts of the face (think: brow and chin) and neck, Ultherapy can also improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the treatment area, and starts around $1,000.

It can take up to six months for the full effects to become visible, and patients may opt for maintenance treatments every one to two years.

At-Home Care

Not every sun damage treatment requires a trip to the dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

A good skincare regimen not only complements whatever professional procedures you have opted to have done but also helps to prevent future damage. Oh, and it all starts with — you guessed it — sunscreen.

 

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“I can’t stress enough how important sunscreen is for everyday use,” says Dr. Bloom, who recommends applying a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 30 or higher to all visible skin (think: shoulders, legs, hands, tops of feet) — not just the face.

🌿PRO TIP: Here is a link to one of our favorite sunscreens. It’s a bit more costly than others, but totally worth the splurge. You can apply this stuff to your face AND body without worrying about carting around two separate bottles!

And there’s a lot more where that came from. Topical antioxidants in the form of vitamins C and E are known for their brightening effect, in addition to providing a much-needed line of defense against free radical damage. A vitamin A derivative like retinol is also great for treating visible signs of aging like hyperpigmentation, lines, and wrinkles, and keeping skin hydrated is also a must.

“I encourage the use of topical antioxidants, moisturizers, and retinoids,” says Dr. Shah, to address skin tone and texture.

 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope this article has helped you in considering how to address hyperpigmentation!

Questions or comments? Please feel free to leave them below, and I’ll get back to you!

Have a beautiful day, friends! 

 

Growing Your Own Anxiety Medicine – Cultivating Cannabis

Hey Ya’ll! 

Welcome back! 

If you follow me, you probably know that I have been using CBD oil to help with anxiety for some time now – successfully. **Note: I do NOT smoke marijuana, and I do NOT use it recreationally. Let’s just get that out of the way. 😘

I credit the relief I experience from anxiety primarily to God👆, and to natural remedies such as CBD oil and essential oils. 

Find my favorite essential oil recipes HERE🌿

Cultivating Cannabis At Home

Running out to the local dispensary is great – however our family doesn’t live in town. It’s not the most convenient option.

Have you ever wondered how much easier it may be to produce your own supply at home?

If this interests you, keep reading! You’ll find tips, tricks, and requirements for cultivating cannabis.

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Grow Your Own Medicine: How to Cultivate Cannabis Indoors

With an increasing number of states legalizing marijuana — either on a recreational or medicinal level — getting access to cannabis is becoming easier.

While you can always get your cannabis from a reputable dispensary (in states that have legalized it), have you ever considered growing it at home?

Much like you would grow a vegetable or herb garden in your own backyard, you can also benefit from the convenience of growing your own cannabis plants. In fact, many in the cannabis business prefer this method.

If you use marijuana for medical purposes, growing your own cannabis comes with a slew of benefits.

For starters, you always have access to it right in your own home without worry of running out. Rather than having to go out to get more when your stash runs low, you’ll be able to tap into your own home-grown source.

Further, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing what’s in the final product.

Sometimes it can be tough to determine if there are any residues or toxins mixed in with chemically-extracted cannabis products. By growing and producing their own marijuana plants, cannabis growers know exactly what’s in it.

But it’s important to be aware of the exact laws in your state when it comes to growing marijuana. Every state has different regulations in terms of how many plants you can grow, who can grow them, and whether marijuana plants are allowed to be grown in residential settings at all.

Luckily, many states allow the growth of legal cannabis plants, but as already stated, be sure to check your local laws to see what applies to you.

For example, Californians over the age of 21 are allowed to grow as many as six plants, and those who are part of the medical marijuana program can grow as many plants as required to meet their medical needs.

In Colorado, those using cannabis for medical reasons can grow up to six plants at home (three of them mature). In Oregon, recreational users can grow up to four plants at home. Registered medical users can grow up to six plants plus eight additional seedlings.

So, how do you go about developing your own marijuana crop? This guide will show you how to grow cannabis at home.

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Step-by-Step Process of Growing Your Own Cannabis

Many prefer growing their plants indoors or in a greenhouse to avoid pests and other elements involved in growing outdoors. Follow these steps to promote successful marijuana growth in an indoor grow space.

1. Gather the right tools

Growing a cannabis garden at home isn’t just as simple as planting a seed in a pot and watering it. There are a few pieces of equipment that indoor growers need to ensure that their marijuana plants are healthy:

🌿Containers – You’ll need to put the seeds and plants in something, and pots or planter beds are typically the standard items to use.

🌿Soil – Unless you plan on using hydroponic systems where you grow your plants in a man-made medium, you’ll need organic soil.

🌿Clean water – Make sure the water you feed your plants is clean, filtered, and free of contaminants.

🌿Grow lights – If you’re growing your crops inside the house, you’ll need a source of light to replace the natural light of the sun, and LED grow lights can step in and fill this void.

🌿Room liner – Lining the space that you grow your cannabis plants will serve a few purposes, including keeping bugs and mold out, maximizing your grow light’s output and making sure that no exterior light can penetrate into the room.

🌿Extraction fan – To keep the temperature in the grow space low enough and give the plants lots of fresh CO2, you’ll need an extraction fan. Otherwise, you’ll need to rely on air conditioning and a CO2 generator, which are more expensive.

🌿Carbon filter – To minimize the marijuana smell — especially during the flowering phase — carbon filters are a must.

🌿Ducting – Ducting is an essential component to ensure proper ventilation of your garden.

🌿Circulating fan – Having a fan that circulates the air will help keep the plants happy.

2. Collect the exact strain(s) you want

To make the most of your cannabis growing efforts at home, consider high-yielding strains that will flower quickly (anywhere above 500g/m2) and develop crops in abundance. Some high-yield cannabis strains to consider include:

· Super Bud

· Royal Moby

· Acid Dough

· Pink Gorilla

· Bubble Kush

You may also want to consider picking strains that are easier to grow and aren’t as picky and finicky.

A lot of work goes into ensuring healthy crops, which can be quite time-consuming.

Further, there’s also a learning curve involved in understanding all the factors that go into growing cannabis, such as flowering time, flavors, and yields per square meter.

You can minimize the effort required to grow healthy plants by choosing easier-to-grow strains, such as the following:

· Easy Bud

· Northern Light

· Critical

· Dutch Treat

· Royal AK

· Blue Dream

Consider also whether you want to grow sativa, indica, or hybrid strains. The exact strain you choose will depend on the type of effect you’re going for when you finally use the plants you grow.

For instance, indica strains provide more of a physically sedating effect, which is ideal for those who are seeking a more relaxing experience when using cannabis. These are ideal for alleviating anxiety or promoting more restful sleep.

Sativa strains, on the other hand, induce a more energizing effect that may be more useful for providing mental focus and energy needed to perform a physical task.

Hybrids are simply a cross between the two.

Keep in mind that some strains might be indica-dominant, which means it may have a more sedating effect, while a sativa-dominant strain may produce a more energizing effect.

At the end of the day, choose the strain that will provide you with the exact effect you’re going for, as well as what will make the growing process easier. The varieties of strains might seem overwhelming, but research will help make the decision easier.

3. Start the growing process

Now that you know what you’re going to grow and you’ve gathered your arsenal of equipment and tools, it’s time to get started. Follow these steps to start and continue planting and growing your own cannabis.

Get set up

The way that you set up your growing space will heavily influence the type of yields you produce. Choose a room in your home that will provide you with enough space to accommodate your yields and has access to things such as electrical outlets and proper ventilation.

Once you’ve chosen the room, set up your tent, fans, lighting, and ducting to get the area ready for your pots and planter beds. Lay out the beds, growing medium, and seeds in the right quantities and arrangements, then start planting.

Germinate the seeds

Germination involves getting the seeds to sprout. That first tendril that emerges from the seed is referred to as the taproot and serves as the basis for all other roots that the cannabis plant makes throughout its lifespan.

In order to ensure adequate germination, your marijuana seeds will require the following:

· Adequate moisture levels

· No interruptions

· Warmth

· Planted deep in the soil

· Planted with the white root pointing downwards

When they’re in the vegetative stage…

Once the marijuana plants have reached the vegetative phase, you can then start focusing your efforts on ensuring that the plants grow big and strong. To do that, make sure to:

Water them appropriately. If you’re growing your plants in soil, water them whenever the top of the soil starts to feel dry. Make sure not to over water, as a wet-dry cycle is required for plant roots to grow.

Give them the appropriate amount of light. In the vegetative stage, marijuana plants need as much as 18 to 24 hours of light a day when grown indoors.

When they’re in the flowering stage…

Once your plants have entered the flowering phase, be sure not to transfer them, or you could risk their health. Instead, make sure your plants are in the last container they need to be in no more than 2 weeks before they start to bud.

At this point, consider changing to a 12-on 12-off light schedule. This will help speed up the flowering phase and obtain results much faster.

Identify the gender of your cannabis plants and get rid of any males when you spot them. It’s important to identify and eliminate male plants before they’re able to produce their pollen because they don’t have any amount of CBD or THC of worth.

To identify male versus female plants in your crop, look out for any signs of little sacks of pollen developing at the nodes where the branches meet the stem.

This happens at the pre-flowering phase when the plant begins to put its energy into reproduction. The nodes of female cannabis plants will start to produce immature sepals with pistils.

Pay close attention to the plants during the flowering stage, as they are vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies at this point.

4. Harvest the crop

The rule of thumb to consider at marijuana harvest time is when the cannabis buds have a bold scent, are full, and stop growing new, white hairs. About half of the white hairs have darkened at this point, which is a good time to start harvesting.

For the highest THC potency, harvest when over half to three-quarters of the white hairs have darkened. And to achieve more CBD conversion from THC (for a more relaxing effect), harvest when almost all of the hairs have darkened.

5. Dry and cure the buds

Once all the buds have been plucked, hang them upside down in a cool, dark room to dry out. For optimal results, be sure to allow the buds to dry slowly. Also, check on the buds often to identify any overly dry spots or mold.

Final Thoughts

Growing your own cannabis can give you the freedom to create a bud that serves your exact needs. It’s also a fulfilling, rewarding, and enjoyable pastime that you can adopt.

Unlike with outdoor growing, growing cannabis indoors is more controlled, but requires a strong green thumb and a lot of attention. With a little know-how and the right tools, you can grow your own high-quality stash of medical cannabis that you can tap into whenever the need to alleviate uncomfortable or even painful ailments arises.

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Why To Lose Weight BEFORE Plastic Surgery

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Great to have you back again!🙋

Plastic surgery, as most of us know, is a GREAT opportunity for altering the body, from slight changes to a full-on revamp of your appearance. However, what you may not be aware of, is that plastic surgery is NOT an option for instant weight loss, and cannot be relied upon to provide a change in your overall weight.

It is best to begin with a change in mindset. Gaining a healthy new perspective on diet and lifestyle, with the actual change in exercise, diet, and overall lifestyle following.

Once this is established, and you have reached a weight that is acceptable to your plastic surgeon – a weight that will provide for the best, most beautiful results – you can move forward with the surgery.

Interested? Learn why it is important to reach an ideal weight before undergoing plastic surgery. Read on!

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Get Fit First: Why Plastic Surgery Is Not A Substitute For Weight Loss

Social media may be filled with dramatic before-and-after pictures of patients turning to plastic surgery to create the illusion of weight loss, but The AEDITION spoke to the experts about why it’s important to get in shape before going under the knife.

The allure of the before-and-after photo can be so tantalizing: A patient showing off the seemingly instant gratification of a life-changing body transformation completed in a matter of hours. But do those snapshots — ubiquitous on social media — tell the whole story?

The short answer is no.

While certain plastic surgery procedures (think: facelift, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty) are relatively straightforward in their pre- and post-op immediacy, others — especially those related to the body — often have a backstory involving a commitment made months (or even years) prior to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. And, as it turns out, such discipline is the only way to truly guarantee long-lasting success after a cosmetic procedure.

While some providers promise radical physical transformation in the blink of an eye, there are a growing number of plastic surgeons who are taking a more holistic approach.

“When I first meet a body contouring candidate, I talk to them about where they are in their health and fitness journey,” says Richard J. Brown, MD, a Scottsdale-based board certified plastic surgeon and author of The Real Beauty Bible. “Are they trying to lose weight or are they happy in their own skin?”

His goal: create a practice that caters to patients who understand that a successful external transformation begins with an internal shift in mindset. “Surgery is not a weight loss procedure,” he explains. “It’s not a substitute for what you’re trying to achieve in your life.”

Krissy, for one, came to see Dr. Brown toward the end of her own fitness and weight-loss journey. The busy mom of five had gradually stopped exercising and eating well, which left her feeling “stuck” — until she began making small changes to her diet and lifestyle.

After subbing her fast food and coffee habit for healthy meals at home, she immediately lost 10 pounds in the first month. Easing back into her exercise routine, she dropped 10 more. And while the number on the scale was changing, Krissy wasn’t satisfied. “I realized as the weight was coming off that I was left with this mess of sagging skin, and I couldn’t really even see the results that I was working so hard for,” she says. “I didn’t feel better when I was looking in the mirror.”

Through research, she realized that plastic surgery could be a solution for her excess skin and ended up booking a consultation with Dr. Brown. “It was very scary for me to be feeling super self-conscious and to go in and show a stranger all of my insecurities,” she recalls. “But his office is so kind, so compassionate, and so loving.”

Dr. Brown believed Krissy could have a great result, but he said it would be even better if she continued to get fit prior to surgery. Taking his advice, Krissy upped her cardio, continued her clean diet, and lost five more pounds before scheduling her “mommy makeover,” which included a breast lift, breast augmentation, abdominal muscle repair, liposuction, and tummy tuck.

Unsurprisingly, the hard work paid off. At four weeks post-op, she looks and feels like her “pre-mom” self. “It was definitely worth it to put in the extra effort before surgery,” she says. “If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing transformation.”

While some surgeons perform what has become known as the “plus size tummy tuck” (i.e. cosmetic surgery touted as weight loss surgery), operating on overweight patients can carry serious risk. “We know that if your body mass index (BMI) is above 30, you’re at higher risk for pulmonary, cardiac, and healing complications,” says Dr. Brown.

Obese patients have an increased likelihood of experiencing infections like pneumonia as well as potentially fatal pulmonary embolisms, and, post-surgery, patients with a high BMI are more likely to encounter issues with wound healing due to a propensity for insulin resistance, chronic high blood sugar, and/or poor circulation.

“Chronic high blood sugar narrows blood vessels, so basically there’s minimal blood flow through the tiny blood vessels. These patients don’t build strong wounds, so they can rip open their incision, and, suddenly, we’ve got a chronic wound that we’re battling,” Dr. Brown explains. “It’s also more likely for diabetics to get flesh-eating diseases that a healthy system could normally fight off and kill.”

The simplest way to reduce the chance of such complications is for a plastic surgeon to thoroughly assess a patient’s health prior to any procedure. The first thing Dr. Brown does during a body contouring consultation (be it for liposuction, abdominoplasty, brachioplasty, thigh lift, or body lift) is evaluate the patient’s fitness for surgery. And, while he’s been known to turndown patients looking for quick fixes, it’s never without a plan.

“I launch into my whole wellness concept,” Dr. Brown says. “I explain to them that I could cut off this big ol’ thing of skin and they’d feel great. But guess what’s gonna happen in six weeks if they don’t have the healthy lifestyle in place, or if they continue to eat a bunch of junk? They’re gonna be right back where they started before surgery.”

After giving birth to twins, Jocelyn* lost 60 pounds of pregnancy weight through a healthy diet and exercise. It was only then that the Arizona mom decided to look into a mommy makeover procedure. She met with four different doctors, and ultimately chose Dr. Brown for her mini tummy tuck (to eliminate the loose skin of her lower abdomen) and a breast lift/implant exchange procedure because of his extensive medical training and holistic approach. She couldn’t be happier with her results.

“It’s an extremely vulnerable moment. You already feel awful about your body, and you’re standing there having someone pick you apart,” she shares. “I felt like when I met with Dr. Brown, I wasn’t meeting with just a doctor but a friend.”

Dr. Brown is quick to acknowledge that matters of weight aren’t always black and white. While BMI is a helpful tool, it doesn’t always present the full picture. “I don’t always take a hard stance on the number,” he says, noting that increased muscle mass can elevate a healthy person’s BMI. “Part of the process is me looking at the patient and saying, ‘Yeah, your BMI is high, but clearly you’re healthy. You have a bunch of extra skin on your belly because you’ve lost all this weight and built all this muscle. So your BMI may be 35, but you’re an exception to the rule.’”

When faced with a potential patient who is not far enough along in his or her fitness journey, Dr. Brown doesn’t mince words. “When I’m honest with them and I smack them in the face with real talk about losing weight and getting healthy, they’re like, ‘Yeah, I knew that,’” he says, adding that he recently met with a woman who appreciated the candor. Having already met with three surgeons who were ready to operate, “she said, ‘Every single one of them gave me a quote and said they hoped to see me back for surgery. Not one of them told me that to have the best result I needed to lose weight, and I appreciate you saying that.’”

Dr. Brown understands that this philosophy costs him patients with a “want it now” attitude, but it’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make. While he used to operate on patients with a BMI around 32 or 33 who still had weight to lose, he now knows it’s not worth it for either party involved.

“I’ve shifted my thinking with this whole wellness mindset,” he says. “I’d rather lose them as a patient than do a surgery that’s not really doing them any service. But, if they want to engage in the process, and they’re with me 100 percent on this lifelong change, that’s the person I want. That’s who I’m after.”

*Patient’s name has been changed

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The Process Of Cannabis Quality Testing – Know What You’re Buying!

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Have you ever wondered how the quality of your cannabis-based products is measured and maintained?

Cannabis Quality Testing

When you are purchasing something that you are going to be consuming in one way or another, it’s important to be in the know about such aspects as quality, so if you’re interested in learning more – read on!

This article originally appeared on myfoli.com. To view the original article, please visit: 

https://myfoli.com/article/the-science-of-cannabis-testing/20d57270-837a-41cf-bb86-9c3a2e9802eb

The Science of Cannabis Testing

Now that you can purchase cannabis in a store, it’s important to know exactly what you’re buying and consuming.

Like most other consumer products, cannabis products that are commercially sold must be tested for potency and purity so consumers can make a more informed buying decision.

Purity and potency of cannabis can vary a great deal as a result of different soils, environmental factors, and strains. Thanks to analytical cannabis testing and the data it reveals, both manufacturers and consumers can be more informed about the quality of cannabis products.

We know why testing cannabis is important before it is distributed and sold to consumers, but what exactly goes on in the testing procedure? More specifically, what exactly are laboratory scientists testing for?

THC:CBD Components

The two most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Different strains may have different levels of each. It’s important to know whether a product is more dominant in THC or CBD, because the effects can vary wildly.

THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gets users high, while CBD does not produce any mind-altering effects. While many of their benefits overlap, each cannabinoid is distinct, and identifying the potency of a cannabis product in terms of THC:CBD is critical before consumption.

When cannabis is tested for its potency, the final product must be clearly labeled so you can choose the right product for the effects you’re seeking.

Purity, Physical and Chemical Contamination

Of course, cannabis runs the risk of contaminants that affect its purity. Like with any crop, pesticides may be used to protect plants from pests and disease carriers. But such pesticides can be harmful for human consumption.

While certain pesticides may be allowed to be used when growing cannabis, others are off-limits due to government regulations. Proper testing laboratory testing will identify the presence of any and all pesticides that could be in the plant.

Other chemical contaminants scientists test for include residual solvents, such as ethanol and butane. While a minimal amount of such solvents might be acceptable from a regulatory standpoint, too much could pose a problem.

The legal amount of additives allowed will vary from one state to the next, and the third-party labs conducting the testing will need to ensure that the levels detected fall under compliance in the state in question.

Laboratories also test for toxins like mold and mildew. Exposure to such toxins can cause negative effects in humans, including allergies and infections.

If too much moisture is present at any stage of the growing, cultivating, and harvesting process, mold and mildew can grow. They can also develop as a result of inadequate cleanliness from grow technicians.

If cannabis is not carefully grown or packaged, contaminants like dirt, dust, and other debris can make their way into the end products. Lab testing will help identify the presence of these physical contaminants.

Heavy metals like lead or mercury may also be found in cannabis products, which can compromise their purity and safety. These contaminants will also be tested during the lab testing process.

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy: This analytical chemistry method is used to test the quality, content, and purity of a cannabis sample. It’s also used to test and identify the molecular structure.

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy works on the premise that nuclei are electrically charged. An external magnetic field is applied, making it possible for an energy transfer to take place at a wavelength that corresponds to radio frequencies. Placing a sample in a magnetic field and charging it with radio waves will stimulate the nuclei, making it easier to detect them by radio receivers.

The goal is to measure the magnetic fields’ change in frequency, which will then help scientists to identify the molecular structure and chemical compounds.

Polymerase chain reaction testing: Also known as PCR, this molecular biology technique is able to detect species-specific mold strains by amplifying and analyzing DNA sequences that are present in cannabis. The process involves taking a double-stranded DNA sample and exposing it to heat, which will split the double strand into single strands.

Short single-stranded DNA sequences are then added to align with corresponding parts of the DNA, after which DNA polymerase is introduced to extend the sequence. This creates two copies of the original double-stranded DNA. The signals produced will help scientists identify the presence of certain species of harmful mold in the cannabis sample.

Significance of Cannabis Testing

You may be seeking out cannabis in order to experience a specific effect, but you don’t want to do so if you’re unsure about the quality of what you’re using or consuming. For that specific reason, cannabis is lab tested.

By testing for levels and concentration of THC and CBD, residual solvents, contaminants, and any mold or mildew, you can make a more informed decision about what you’re buying and consuming. Even the same strains can yield different results when tested, depending on who grows the plants.

That’s why it’s crucial to test for potency and genetic makeup before products are shipped out and distributed for commercial sale, and state governments have strict regulations as far as this is concerned.

States where medical and recreational marijuana are legal require that cannabis testing and distribution strictly adhere to state laws, with each state having their own programs surrounding these requirements. Each state will also require that cannabis testing labs be properly accredited and meet all licensure requirements.

But while the required testing may vary from one state to the next, safety and quality of cannabis and its derivatives must remain constant.

Before cannabis can be distributed and made available for sale, it must comply with all state regulations. That way, consumers and the producers who develop cannabis products can rest assured knowing that only safe, high-quality products are being distributed, sold, and enjoyed.

Final Thoughts

Cannabis and its colorful array of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids certainly have a place in the world of health and wellness. But their safety and efficacy must be tested first before they reach the first consumer. In order to know exactly what you’re taking in terms of THC vs CBD and the presence of contaminants, the product must first undergo rigorous testing first.

Protecting cannabis consumers is the responsible thing to do – and it’s also the law.

This article originally appeared on myfoli.com

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8 Hidden Gem Cosmetic Surgeries You Need To Know About!

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Whether you are just dipping your toes into the waters of cosmetic procedures and are excited to get started, or are a seasoned veteran and are deciding on what to do next, this list of not-so-known cosmetic procedures should shed light on a few options that you may not be aware of!

There are so many ways to approach cosmetic surgery, the list of procedures endless, and this is an exciting adventure to take!

Interested in learning more about cosmetic surgery and increasing your knowledge on different procedures? Take a look at these!👇😍

This article originally appeared on aedit.com. To view the original article, please visit:

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8 Cosmetic Procedures You Haven’t Heard Of

Cosmetic treatments are on the rise in the U.S. and most of us are aware of common procedures like breast augmentations, face lifts and tummy tucks. But thanks to medical developments, our options are no longer limited to the classics.

Kristi Carignan

Cosmetic treatments are on the rise in the U.S., particularly in urban centers like Los Angeles and New York, and most of us are aware of common cosmetic procedures like breast augmentations, face lifts and tummy tucks.

Even if we haven’t gotten them ourselves, chances are we know someone who has.

According to Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Walt Sweeney, MD, there are five areas patients commonly seek to change. “The majority of patients we see desire a face refresh, breast augmentation, improvement of the abdomen (especially after pregnancy or weight loss), removal of unwanted pockets of fat, or improved nasal contours,” he says.

These common themes are why certain procedures are so well-known. Face lifts, chemical peels and BOTOX® (botulinum toxin) refresh faces, breast implants are common breast augmentation procedures, tummy tucks address abdominal issues, liposuction treats unwanted fat, and rhinoplasty (nose jobs) are used to change nasal contours.

In today’s world, most Americans have an awareness of what these procedures entail.

The cosmetic surgery industry is expanding and, thanks to medical developments and an increase in the number of trained plastic surgeons, our options are no longer limited to the classics.

More treatments are available to those who want to nip and tuck less conventional areas.

Patient demand, increased surgical sophistication and shorter healing times have been instrumental in an increase in procedures like brachioplasty (arm lift), facial hair implants, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and vaginal rejuvenation.
So what are some cutting edge procedures you haven’t even heard of yet? Read on to find out.

Vampire Face Lift

No, it’s not the title of a monster movie. The Vampire Face Lift is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment, not a surgery, that uses PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to enhance facial skin, lift brows, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and encourage healing and cell regeneration.

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PRP is a serum made using platelets from the patient’s own blood, which is then injected into the face to promote the skin’s natural healing powers and slow signs of aging.

After a small amount of blood is taken, the facial treatment takes about 30 minutes.

Results are visible within a couple of weeks and two or three sessions are recommended to get the full effect. The recovery period for a Vampire Face Lift is minimal and patients can expect a little tenderness and redness where the injections have been made. Typically, this procedure costs between $450 and $650 per session.

Dimpleplasty

As the name suggests, a dimpleplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure to create dimples in the cheeks or chin and has become increasingly popular in recent years. Dimples are seen as an attractive facial feature in western culture and natural dimples are actually a muscular abnormality created by a gap in the buccinator (cheek) muscle and causes a slight indentation in the skin.

A dimpleplasty takes about half an hour to create a similar indentation artificially.

Usually performed under local anesthesia, the surgeon makes a small incision in the buccinator muscle from inside the mouth which creates the dimple. While this is a minimally-invasive procedure, patients still need to be careful for a few days after the treatment. Antibacterial mouthwash and antibiotics may be prescribed to keep the incision clean.

Results are visible in about two weeks. A dimpleplasty costs between $1,500 and $2,500 depending on how many dimples are made.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery)

Eyelid Surgery

The area around the eyes can be one of the first on our face to show signs of aging.

Eyelid skin can droop and cause a dull, tired look and excess skin around the eyes can add to the appearance of aging.

Blepharoplasty is the medical term for eyelid surgery and can involve the surgical enhancement of the upper and lower eyelid. This enhancement may mean the removal of fatty deposits which cause puffiness around the eyes, tightening and smoothing of either or both eyelids, and the removal of excess skin which helps reduce the appearance of lines and create a more youthful, bright-eyed appearance.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure and recovery times vary depending on the type of work done, though most patients can expect up to two weeks of healing before results are fully visible.

The average cost is around $3,000 as estimated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)

As we age, the skin around our upper arms stretches and fat deposits can make it appear undefined and saggy.Arm Lift Surgery

Brachioplasty is a form of body contouring that sculpts and removes unwanted skin from the upper arm, creating a leaner and more youthful appearance.

The term covers a wide range of procedures, including skin removal, fat removal, and skin tightening. A brachioplasty can also include a fat transfer, where fat is removed from one area of the body, like the upper arm, and put into another area, like the butt or breast.

As is typical of surgical procedures like this, the recovery time for brachioplasty is between two and three weeks. The cost of a brachioplasty varies from practice to practice, but on average costs between $4,000 and $4,500.

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Otoplasty (Ear Lift)

You’ve likely heard of a face lift, a breast lift and even a neck lift, but another cosmetic procedure becoming more popular is the otoplasty (ear lift).

Otoplasty refers to a range of different cosmetic surgery procedures, including ear size reduction, ear pinning (called pinnaplasty and used to correct protruding ears), and ear reshaping.

The process required for any of these procedures is minimally-invasive and generally performed under local anesthetic. Depending on the type of surgery you want done, it usually involves the surgeon making a small incision behind the ear, removing cartilage and then pinning or stitching the ear into the desired shape.

During recovery from otoplasty, ears can feel numb and tender. Stitches need to be kept dry until they can be taken out, usually after about a week.

After two weeks, the surgery should be fully healed and the final results visible. Like other procedures, the cost of otoplasty varies, but on average is around $3,000.

Facial Hair Implants

You may have heard of hair implants, a popular cosmetic surgery option to help treat hair loss and male pattern baldness.

Now for those who want a fuller beard, mustache, sideburns, or thicker eyebrows, but can’t naturally grow them, facial hair implants are an option.

Facial Hair Implant Surgery

The new procedure involves removing hair follicles from the scalp and carefully implanting them into the face one by one. Usually performed under local anesthesia, the procedure uses hundreds of tiny grafts of hair depending on the desired density of facial hair.

After the grafting process is complete, the area must be kept completely dry for about five days. After two weeks, the hair will shed and after three months, it will grow back thicker and fuller, even if the area has never grown hair before.

Facial hair implants typically cost about $3,000 to over $7,000 depending on the number of grafts that are needed.

Vaginal Rejuvenation

Vaginal rejuvenation, or vaginal reconstructive surgery, refers to a wide range of both non-surgical and surgical procedures that are performed on the vaginal area and are designed to reduce laxity, improve sexual satisfaction, tighten vaginal walls and help reconstruct the vagina both internally and externally after childbirth.

Procedures can involve laser and radiofrequency treatments for tightening the internal canal, labial reduction surgery, and monsplasty, which reduces fat deposits in the mons pubis (located above the vagina).

Depending on the type of treatment, the recovery period for most vaginal rejuvenation surgeries is one to three weeks.

Non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation can cost between $500 – $1,000 while surgical options have a higher price tag of between $5,000 – $8,000.

Gynecomastia Surgery (Male Breast Removal)

“Aesthetic surgery is increasingly becoming a genderless pursuit, with men and women alike seeking treatments,” says Dr. Sweeney. While female breast reduction is more common, male breast removal surgery is also a popular procedure for men.

The technical term for excess breast tissue in men is gynecomastia and men can see it due to weight gain or because their body has an imbalance of the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen.

Gynecomastia surgery, or reduction mammaplasty, involves removing excess fat through liposuction, removing excess skin using excision techniques or a combination of the two.

Recovery time is typically between two and three weeks with full effects seen after three to six months. Scarring is common, but if the procedure is done properly, will likely fade over time. Male breast reduction surgery costs an average of $3,500 to $5,000 depending on the practitioner.

No cosmetic procedure, including those listed above, is without risk. Make sure you visit a board-certified plastic surgeon at an FDA-approved clinic and consult at least two different cosmetic surgeons to ensure you have all the information before proceeding. Always ask the doctor questions about risks and the necessary steps to recovery before embarking on any procedure. And since it is unlikely that any cosmetic surgery will be covered by your health insurance, be sure to ask about the cost of any surgery up front.

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Natural Remedies- Quitting Smoking Without Pills Or Patches

Essential Oils To Quit Smoking

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Welcome back! And if you’re new here, I’m Darci🙋 I’m a mother of two, a business owner, and I blog about beauty, natural healing, exercise, and faith in order to share my experience and help anyone who comes my way.

Quit Smoking Naturally

Three years ago, when my husband decided that he wanted to quit smoking, it wasn’t a prolonged, well-thought-out decision.

He hadn’t contemplated how difficult it would be, weighed the pros and cons, or made any sort of plan to do so.

Instead, he made up his mind one summer day when he glanced into the house from the backyard, cigarette in hand.

Our then one year old son was posted at the screen door, eyes glued on my husband, watching him intently as he smoked his cigarette.

Taylor (that’s my husband) decided in that moment that he was finished smoking. For good.

Now, he quit cold-turkey. I wouldn’t recommend that at all – for the spouse of the quitter, at least🙃 There is nothing easy about it, and it took a while for him to adjust.

If you are trying to quit smoking, whatever your reason, I have comprised a list of a few essential oils that could be invaluable on your journey.

Not only can these oils help you to quit, but I’ve included a few that could be of assistance in repairing the damage done by smoke inhalation and the effects it has on the body.

If you’re set on quitting but don’t know where to start (or if the patches give you the uncontrollable hiccups like they did my mom 😬) Keep reading!

🌿Clove

My mother used to smoke clove cigarettes under the pretense that “They aren’t AS BAD for you”. Well, that may be true…but not smoking at all is much better!

Clove Essential Oil is a warm, cinnamony, very potent oil – and is one of the main ingredients in the ever popular Thieves oil.

When used directly on the body (you need to be careful not to over apply because it feels just like it smells!), Clove will provide a long-lasting scent which can induce a good, deep sleep, and has an effect that drives off the sudden urge to have a cigarette.

Clove is most effective for addiction when placed on the tongue in a single drop.

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How do I Use Dill Essential Oil?

The taste can kick the urge to light up.

If you have never tried the Thieves toothpaste, now would be a great time to start. It contains the Thieves essential oil, and your whole mouth will feel fresh, with the bonus of a total annihilation of bad breath germs.

There is also a Thieves mouthwash that I would use when I had a sore throat (worked like a charm, and you can even swallow it when you are finished swishing so that it has contact with the whole area😀), and with the high content of Clove present, it could be stashed away in a purse or desk drawer and used at particularly difficult times.

🌿Orange

Lowered Vitamin C in blood levels is a common side effect of smoking, and, much like the fruit, Orange Essential Oil contains a high level of bioflavenoid activity which assists in the absorption of Vitamin C.

As a skin care specialist, I can tell you that there are a number of Vitamin C serums and products that do not work at all because they contain a derivative of Vitamin C….the most effective way to absorb the vitamin is the by taking in the real thing – and in order for that to happen, you need the assistance with absorption that orange and other citrus oils can offer.

Another wonderful benefit to Orange Oil is that it can bring on a feeling of peace and happiness, helping one to overcome feelings of depression.

Diffusing Orange into the air is one of the best ways to make use of it. You’ll need a diffuser that can cover the amount of space you’ll be occupying, and be sure to use a cotton ball if your diffuser calls for one.Orange Essential Oil

Orange is also very effective when applied to the tongue, but as with any oil, if you intend to use it in a way that it can be internally ingested, make sure that you are using a 100% therapeutic grade oil – not some cheap one that you ordered for 99 cents!

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🌿Neroli (Orange Blossom)

This oil differs slightly from Orange Oil.

It is extracted from the flowers of the orange tree, and is excellent in aiding in the repair process of skin cells.

In my practice, when I had a client with dull, sluggish skin, age spots, or was a smoker, I would add a few drops of oil to my facial steamer and let the client sit under the steamer for about 10 – 15 minutes. This allowed for the pores to open and the oil to break through and work its magic!

This oil has actually been thought to shed skin cells and stimulate new cell growth.

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Why is this important for smokers or those in the quitting process?

Every time you light up, the facial skin is absorbing all the harmful chemicals that are given off. Wrinkles form and deepen over time, the skin can take on a tinted color and develop spots, moisture is depleted…so on.

This particular essential oil can work to repair damage already done.

It has also been used successfully to treat such mental conditions as depression and anxiety, and will also bring feelings of hope and happiness.

Nervous tension can be alleviated with the oil, as well as fear and stress related conditions.

If you would like to double up on your citruses and really get your spirits up, try mixing a little Lemon Oil with the Neroli.

If you’d like a more perfumed scent, try adding a bit of Rose Essential Oil.

Diffusing is a great way to make good use of this oil, or a blend, but you can also apply straight to body.

Make sure to test out a small patch of skin before going crazy, though!

🌿Black Pepper

This great multipurpose oil is perfect for addiction in general! Alcohol addiction and smoking are two things that black pepper has been proven to help with.Black Pepper Essential Oil

With its spicy, warm undertone, could actually be used all throughout the day on the wrists as a pleasant scent.

It provides comfort and warmth, and aids in cellular oxygenation – something quite necessary to counteract the vasoconstricting effect that smoking has on the body.

Diffusing is acceptable with black pepper, but experiment with a little first. It can become overpowering very quickly.

For best results, apply to body with a little dilution (I use sweet almond oil or coconut oil), or applied to the tongue in one drop increments.

🌿Purification

This oil is a lovely little blend made by YoungLiving. There are other renditions of Purification out there, but the YoungLiving brand is what I had always used in my practice, and in my essential oil diffuser at home for a multitude of things.

The individual oils in this blend are:

Citronella – deodorizes and purifies odors in the air
Lemongrass – you’re all aware by now that this is one of my all time faves, and you can see why in this article! For the recent quitter of smoking, it lifts the spirit and acts a vasodilator. It also increases the flow of oxygen throughout the body.
Rosemary Cineol – This oil also acts to improve the circulation throughout the body
Melaleuca – works to cleanse and detoxify the blood
Lavandin – can act in the repair of tissue and is an antibacterial
Myrtle – improves oxygenation, helps to discharge mucus, aids in decongestion, and gives an overall euphoric and elevating feeling

This blend oil is actually one of the most effective in helping to keep spirits high while in the quitting process.

It helps you to keep a good emotional stability and balance.

The ways to use it are also endless. Diffusing, using a cotton ball in the vent of your car to get the smokey smell out, applying directly to temples and wrists to detoxify and replace the smell of cigarette smoke that may be clinging to clothes, and it also works wonderfully with Thieves, the oil blend I discussed earlier in this post!

The wonderful thing about Essential Oils is that they can be used repeatedly, usually when needed unless otherwise noted, unlike many medications.

If you are ready to get started, take a glance at your collection to see what you’ve got, or I have linked all the oils mentioned throughout the article. They are highlighted in blue.

You Can Do This!💪👍

Whether you’re just beginning or in the final stages of throwing away the habit for good, you can do it! Keep going no matter what, and remember that your body and mind will continue to thank you for the rest of your life!

Questions or comments?

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3 Delicious Cannabis BBQ Sauce Recipes!

Hey Friends!

If you follow me, you might have already seen a couple of recipes incorporating cannabis posted in my articles.

If not, check out this article for some delicious recipes!

Everybody knows that a great BBQ sauce can make or break a grilled meal – and if you enjoy mouthwatering grilled ribs, oven baked brisket, or anything in between (c’mon, guys, BBQ sauce goes with anything😋), you’ll want to try these amazing BBQ sauce recipes that all have a little add-in which takes the sauce up a notch – Cannabis!

This article originally appeared on myfoli.com. To view the original article, please visit:

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Cannabis BBQ Sauce: One To Buy and Three to Make Yourself

After a long winter, warmer weather is finally upon us. And along with the milder temperatures comes BBQ season. So get your grill and spatula ready to fire up some delicious dishes you can enjoy outdoors with friends and family!

From burgers to hot dogs to grilled veggies and beyond, there’s something about barbecuing that symbolizes summer. This season, try adding a little something extra to the traditional sauces that you like to lather on your meats and veggies — like cannabis.

Adding cannabis edibles to your grilled delights can provide both you and your guests with an enhanced dining experience.

The secret is to add marijuana it to your sauce. Cannabis-infused BBQ sauce allows you to tamper with all sorts of different meals while delivering serious flavor.

The question is, how can you infuse your BBQ sauce with marijuana? Here are a few recipes to try out, as well as one ready-made sauce you can buy that already comes infused with cannabis.

Ganja Juice Cannabis-Infused BBQ Sauce

If you’re looking for something that’s ready to go without having to figure out recipes and ingredients, Ganja Juice BBQ sauce is available for purchase. Infused with THC, this sauce will entertain both your palate and your mind.

This sauce includes a unique blend of spices and seasonings along with cannabis-infused oil that provides the perfect dose of THC. Use it for meals at home or take it with you while on the go to enjoy THC with any meal no matter where you happen to be.

You can use it as-is or incorporate it into your own recipe to concoct something truly unique.

Cannabis-Infused BBQ Sauce Recipes

If you’re the type to tinker with different recipes and create something homemade right from your kitchen, then try out any one of these cannabis-infused BBQ sauce recipes to season your next grilled meal.

Mary Jane’s Marijuana BBQ Sauce

Creating something in your own kitchen can be fun, but what you don’t necessarily want is anything overly complicated. Luckily, this particular sauce recipe from Cannabis Cheri is both delicious and easy to make. Requiring only a handful of ingredients, you can whip it up in no time.

Blending both sweet and spicy flavors, this marijuana barbecue sauce will drive the flavor factor way up on just about any type of grilled food, including beef, pork, ribs, chicken, and even veggies and tofu.

This recipe includes 20 mg THC per 1/4 cup serving, though you may want to mess around with the dosing to suit your particular needs. Like any other marijuana recipe, the key is to start on the low end of the spectrum with your dosing and slowly work your way up to achieve the desired effect.

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1/4 cup cannabis-infused vegetable oil

2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

24 oz ketchup

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup yellow or brown mustard

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp liquid smoke

Salt to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat.

Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly.

Add garlic, stir for another minute, then add the chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Add all remaining ingredients.

Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Allow to cool before using.

Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce

Eat Your Cannabis’ version of cannabis-infused BBQ sauce is a little more on the sweet side, given the main ingredients: honey and brown sugar. A classic type of BBQ sauce, honey-based sauces add just the right amount of sweetness to your meats, and this particular recipe takes things a step further by blending marijuana into the mix.

Any item you grill will match perfectly with this honey BBQ sauce. You may even want to use it as a sauce base for your sandwiches!

Ingredients:

1/3 oz finely ground cannabis flower

3 tbsp green onion, chopped

1 lime, juiced

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 cup apricot nectar

1/4 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

3/4 can tomato paste

1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced

1/2 tbsp chili powder

Dash of cayenne pepper

Directions:

In a crock pot, combine the vegetable oil, ground cannabis flower, green onion, lime juice and water, and cook on low for 2 hours.

Add all other ingredients, mix well, and cook on low for another hour, stirring occasionally.

Store in an airtight container in fridge before serving.

Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

You won’t get a more authentic BBQ sauce than a Texas-style version, and this recipe delivers in serious taste. And with a dab of cannabis included in the recipe, you can enjoy a nice buzz along with your dancing taste buds.

Try Bloom Farm’s cannabis-infused Texas-style BBQ recipe for your next barbecue’d meal.

Ingredients:

1 small onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/4 cup cannabutter

1 cup ketchup

1 cup tomato sauce

1/4 cup molasses

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tbsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

In a saucepan over low heat, combine the water, ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, and molasses and heat until the mixture starts to simmer.

Add the onion, garlic, and celery and continue to simmer for about 8 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a blender, add all remaining ingredients, and puree until smooth.

Cool in the fridge.

Final Thoughts

There are so many creative ways to enjoy cannabis, especially when it comes to edibles. While you can still enjoy the traditional cannabis cookie or other baked goods, adding marijuana to other food products like BBQ sauces is a unique way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis while tempting your taste buds at the same time.

Take your backyard barbecues to new heights with any one of these delicious cannabis-infused BBQ sauces!

This article originally appeared on myfoli.com

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Questions or Comments? Leave them below and I’ll get back to you!

Until next time, have a beautiful day!

-Darci

Discover Your Ideal Plastic Surgery Look – How To Achieve Correct Proportion

Good day, Gorgeous!

If you have ever seriously considered getting plastic or cosmetic surgery, you know that there are many things to consider before having the operation performed.

Plastic Surgery Proportion

You may have borrowed a few ideas and looks from magazine pictures of celebrities showing off their beautifully (and often photo shopped) put together faces and bodies – BUT….did you know that the exact same procedure that a celebrity had done will look COMPLETELY different on you?

Everything comes down to face shape, bone structure, skin type, and other factors when it comes to deciding on the exact look you would like to achieve.

And let’s face it sister, what works for someone else might not work for you.

Interested in learning how to come up with the perfect look that is UNIQUE TO YOU? Read on!

This article was originally published on aedit.com. To view the original article, please visit:

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EXPERT PERSPECTIVE

Plastic Surgery Perfection vs. Proportion: How To Achieve The Ideal Look For You

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, it’s proportion — not perfection — that will ensure you look your best. Here, plastic surgeons explain why the key to a “perfect” face is all about balancing your features.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s nose. Penélope Cruz’s lips. Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones.

Ask any plastic surgeon and, chances are, they’ve encountered any number of patients entering their office with pictures of those celebrity facial features.

It’s certainly not surprising that people going in for cosmetic surgery would ask that the body part in question be made to look like that of a certain Hollywood star deemed “perfect.”

But any surgeon worth his or her weight in BOTOX® will tell you that proportion — not perfection — is the secret to looking your best.

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“In our social media culture, we definitely see patients coming in requesting this person’s nose and that person’s eyes.

But I tell them that I’ll make you the best you,” says Philadelphia facial plastic surgeon Jason Bloom, MD. “It’s so important to have a conversation explaining why everything from the patient’s skin type and texture to their ethnicity dictates what will look right on them — not to mention the proportions of their face.”

While we’re all familiar with the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” plenty of research has been done into what physical attributes so-called “beautiful people” have in common.

The Ancient Greeks discovered the Golden Ratio of nature (which may or may not be able to duplicated in the human body — though Leonardo DaVinci used the mathematic marvel when painting the Mona Lisa), and, needless to say, the interest in perfection has only spiraled from there.

Here’s the thing: There’s a reason why Kate Middleton’s nose is so admired. With its 106-degree nasal tip rotation, the Duchess’ sniffer is about as close to “mathematically perfect” (yes, you read that correctly) as it gets.

Research shows that noses angled between 104 and 108 degrees are considered the most attractive. Scarlett Johansson, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel are similarly #blessed with the ideal proportion, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.

Dr. Bloom explains that Kate’s nose wouldn’t necessarily flatter someone with thicker skin or more sebaceous glands.

Rhinoplasty is certainly one surgery where you have to take these factors into consideration — on top of nose shape and facial symmetry,” he says.

In 2016, Amber Heard’s face was found to be 91.85 percent accurate to the elusive Golden Ratio, followed closely by Kim Kardashian and Kate Moss. But taking any one of their features and putting them onto someone else’s body wouldn’t necessarily yield a desirable result.

“The key to facial beauty is proportions, not just particular features,” says Nashville-based plastic surgeon Jacob Unger, MD.

“This means beauty is actually found in how various features relate and interact with one another on someone’s face.

It’s why big features like the eyes or cheekbones of Angelina Jolie work very well on her face, but would not on others.”

Speaking of Jolie, her plush pout is a case study in proportion. According to a study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, one-third of the fullness should be on the top lip and two-thirds on the bottom lip-chin area.

“If you look at Angelina Jolie, her lips look perfect on her face because they follow this ratio,” explains Dr. Bloom. “So, when a patient says they just want their upper lip filled, I explain that it won’t look natural.

They won’t look their personal best, if it’s not recreating that ratio. You often see when this goes wrong because that’s when people have duck lips.”

The ratios extend to the rest of the face, too.

It may be hard to visualize, but, horizontally, the ideal width of a face is about five-eyes wide — meaning, if you measure your face across, there would be space for another eye between your two actual eyes and room for one more eye on each temple.

Vertically, meanwhile, the face is divided into thirds, with an equal distance between the hairline and brow, brow and nose, and nose tip and chin.

Rather than trying to recreate the alleged perfect face, a cosmetic surgeon can employ any number of tricks to add balance and, yes, proportion as needed.

“If you have a surgeon who is focused on proportion, he or she can find ways to lengthen or shorten these areas using optical illusions,” says Dr. Bloom. For someone who wants his or her forehead to look smaller, Dr. Bloom can visually minimize the temples by injecting them with filler. Conversely, if the bottom half of the face is too stout, filler may be injected into the chin to create length.

All of this is not to say that you shouldn’t arrive at your next plastic surgery consultation with inspo pics of your favorite celebs in tow.

The visual cues can be a good way to show your surgeon your preferred aesthetic.

But, ultimately, it is important to let your own facial structure — and your doctor — be your guide in creating a look that could only be yours.

Thanks for reading, Friends!

Questions or Comments? Please feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you!

Enjoy a blessed and beautiful day!

-Darci

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