By Spa Editor, Adetoun Adeyemo. January 11th, 2018. 9:00am
Lip enhancement is the most common form of treatment to remove lines around the mouth, so-called smokers’ lines, as well as create fuller lips for a more sensuous smile.
Dermal fillers are used to fill out the lines around the mouth and produce a fuller lip.
The results last between 4-6 months. The product will dissolve away naturally afterwards, leaving your lip the same as it was prior to the treatment. Results last longer the more treatments you have and we will design a treatment plan for you so you know what to expect.
A full recovery takes between 6 – 8 weeks, although normal activities can resume in as little as 5 – 10 days.
The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia. After the perioral region and lips have been anesthetized, the filler is then injected into the body of the lip or the vermillion border. The patient will experience one to two weeks of variable swelling after which they can enjoy beautiful, full lips for years to come.
But how does this all work? The minimally invasive procedure—Dr. Doft says you’ll be in and out of the office in less than 45 minutes—involves the insertion of threads (made of the same dissolvable material used for suturing the skin during surgery) via a needle along the edge or body of the lip to create definition. These “threads” are lined with small cones, which grab hold of the skin from underneath and pull up to suspend the skin back to its youthful positioning. “Topical numbing cream is typically used, along with lidocaine injections for comfort,” says Dr. Doft. The numbing takes around 15 minutes and the procedure a short 20.
Image/Melissa Doft, MD
Similar to lip fillers, lips are left swollen and somewhat bruised for the first week, but Dr. Doft says that the main downtime difference is that the threads “tug” when you smile and eat during the first week. “This will stop once they ‘settle in.’” But, the results are worth it. While lip fillers last for up to six months, Dr. Doft says the results from a lip thread lift should last a year. As for cost, expect to pay anywhere from $800–$1,200.
Cellulite is a common problem amongst both women and men, but mostly women. Cellulite is the dimpling and uneven texture of the skin. It is usually caused by a natural process where the subcutaneous fat found in our connective tissue is pushed out of the cavity or wall that is supposed to contain it. Once it surpasses the barrier, the fat becomes visible on the skin. This is when you will notice the area looking like an orange peel.
There are three grades of cellulite:
1 When you pinch the skin, you do not see cellulite
2 When you pinch the skin and see cellulite
3 When you stand and see cellulite without pinching the skin
No matter the degree of cellulite, any form of it can be embarrassing. But do keep in mind, cellulite is not unhealthy nor dangerous – just extremely troubling for a vast majority of people. There are various products out there that claim to reduce the visibility of cellulite, but did you know that at Doublecrown MedSpa we have a solution to tighten skin and reduce cellulite? The body contouring treatment is
Who is an ideal candidate for Venus Legacy?
The ideal candidate for Venus Legacy is someone who is:
• At their ideal weight/BMI
• Has loose skin they want tightened
• And, has cellulite that they want to reduce.
Venus Legacy is a radio-frequency technology. The purpose of this treatment is to heat up your inner skin to a therapeutic temperature. When your inner skin gets to the appropriate temperature, your body begins to stimulate fresh new collagen and elasticity. This leaves our skin looking smoother, tighter, and plumper.
How many treatments are needed?
Venus Legacy is a series of 6-8 treatments, depending on the area being treated. When treating the back of the thigh, banana roll, and buttocks, at least 8 treatments are required to see results. When treating the face or neck, at least 6 treatments are needed because the area is so concentrated.
It is highly recommended that each treatment should be done one to two weeks apart. Consistency is key when it comes to Venus Legacy. Just like working out, going to the gym once will only show immediate results. But if you work out consistently for 8 weeks, your results will last longer and will be more prominent. By getting Venus Legacy once a week, after each treatment, your cellulite will soften and diminish.
Venus Legacy is not a permanent solution. To maintain results, our providers recommend that after each treatment you should continue to eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. And with the natural aging process, our providers recommend that after your 8 treatments, a treatment at least once a quarter will keep your skin looking tight and healthy. For instance, if you are someone with level 3 cellulite – you may want to get another 8 treatments done for more results.
Hydration is Important
Before a Venus Legacy treatment, you should be well hydrated. During treatment, your body needs to be at a therapeutic temperature and when your body gets to this safe temperature, the technology breaks up the fat cells leaving the cellulite less dense and less prominent. To better your results, after treatment, we recommend that you to continue to stay hydrated which helps flush out toxins and jump-start the stimulation.
Embarrassed by your cellulite?
I recommend Sona Skin. Call for your Consultant today to learn more about Venus Legacy!
30 Simple Ways To Prevent Acne (You are on your way to better skin)
Posted on October 9, 2018
By Adetoun Adeyemo
These are all good basic skin regimens that may help with the acne battle: Cleanse gently twice daily. Apply a gel or cream containing 5% benzoyl peroxide; an alternative is sulfur or resorcinol. At night, apply a spot cream containing sulfur to the affected areas. Use a light skin moisturizer and water-based makeup.
Here are 30 simple ways to prevent and get rid of acne.
• Learn what type of skin you have so you know how to treat it.
• Find out if you are allergic to anything.
• Wash your face day and night.
• Wash your face after sweating.
• Avoid towels on your face.
• Don’t over-wash your face. This has adverse effects.
• Exfoliate once or twice a week to get in a deeper cleanse.
10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism (Backed by Science)
Editor by Adetoun Adeyemo, on November 5, 2018
Metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body.
These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning.
However, the word metabolism is often used interchangeably with metabolic rate, or the number of calories you burn.
The higher it is, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off.
Having a high metabolism can also give you energy and make you feel better.
Here are 10 easy ways to increase your metabolism.
1. Eat Plenty of Protein at Every Meal
Eating food can increase your metabolism for a few hours.
This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF). It’s caused by the extra calories required to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meal.
Protein causes the largest rise in TEF. It increases your metabolic rate by 15–30%, compared to 5–10% for carbs and 0–3% for fats (1).
Eating protein has also been shown to help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
One small study found that people were likely to eat around 441 fewer calories per day when protein made up 30% of their diet (9).
Eating more protein can also reduce the drop in metabolism often associated with losing fat. This is because it reduces muscle loss, which is a common side effect of dieting (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).
Eating more protein can boost your metabolism so that you burn more calories. It can also help you eat less.
2. Drink More Cold Water
People who drink water instead of sugary drinks are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off (16, 17, 18, 19, 20).
This is because sugary drinks contain calories, so replacing them with water automatically reduces your calorie intake.
However, drinking water may also temporarily speed up your metabolism (18, 21).
Studies have shown that drinking 17 ounces (0.5 liters) of water increases resting metabolism by 10–30% for about an hour (22, 23).
This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it up to body temperature (21, 24).
Water can also help fill you up. Studies show that drinking water a half an hour before you eat can help you eat less (25, 26, 27).
One study of overweight adults found that those who drank half a liter of water before their meals lost 44% more weight than those who didn’t (19).
Water can help you lose weight and keep it off. It increases your metabolism and helps fill you up before meals.
3. Do a High-Intensity Workout
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves quick and very intense bursts of activity.
It can help you burn more fat by increasing your metabolic rate, even after your workout has finished (28, 29, 30, 31).
This effect is believed to be greater for HIIT than for other types of exercise. What’s more, HIIT has also been shown to help you burn fat (32, 33, 34).
One study in overweight young men found that 12 weeks of high-intensity exercise reduced fat mass by 4.4 pounds (2 kg) and belly fat by 17% (35).
Mixing up your exercise routine, and adding in a few high-intensity workouts, can boost your metabolism and help you burn fat.
4. Lift Heavy Things
Muscle is more metabolically active than fat, and building muscle can help increase your metabolism (36, 37, 38, 39).
This means you will burn more calories each day, even at rest (40).
Lifting weights will also help you retain muscle and combat the drop in metabolism that can occur during weight loss (41, 42, 43, 44).
In one study, 48 overweight women were placed on a diet of 800 calories per day, along with either no exercise, aerobic exercise or resistance training (45).
After the diet, the women who did the resistance training maintained their muscle mass, metabolism and strength. The others lost weight, but also lost muscle mass and experienced a decrease in metabolism (45).
Lifting weights is important for building and retaining muscle. Higher amounts of muscle will result in a higher metabolism.
Some health commentators have even dubbed it “the new smoking.” This is partly because long periods of sitting burn fewer calories and can lead to weight gain (47).
In fact, compared to sitting, an afternoon of standing up at work can burn an extra 174 calories (48).
If you have a desk job, try standing up for short periods to break up the length of time you spend sitting down. You can also invest in a standing desk (49, 50, 51, 52).
Sitting for a long time burns few calories and is bad for your health. Try to stand up regularly or invest in a standing desk.
6. Drink Green Tea or Oolong Tea
Green tea and oolong tea have been shown to increase metabolism by 4–5% (53, 54, 55).
These teas help convert some of the fat stored in your body into free fatty acids, which may increase fat burning by 10–17% (56).
As they are low in calories, drinking these teas may be good for both weight loss and weight maintenance (57, 58, 59).
It’s thought their metabolism-boosting properties may help prevent the dreaded weight loss plateau that occurs due to a decrease in metabolism.
However, some studies find that these teas do not affect metabolism. Therefore, their effect may be small or only apply to some people (60, 61).
Drinking green tea or oolong tea may increase your metabolism. These teas may also help you lose weight and keep it off.
7. Eat Spicy Foods
Peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that can boost your metabolism (62, 63, 64).
However, many people can’t tolerate these spices at the doses required to have a significant effect (65).
One study of capsaicin, at acceptable doses, predicted that eating peppers would burn around 10 additional calories per meal. Over 6.5 years, this could account for 1 pound (0.5 kg) of weight loss for an average-weight male (66).
Alone, the effects of adding spices to your food may be quite small. However, it may lead to a slight advantage when combined with other metabolism-boosting strategies (67).
Eating spicy food could be beneficial for boosting your metabolism and help you maintain a healthy weight.
8. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Lack of sleep is linked to a major increase in the risk of obesity (68, 69).
This may partly be caused by the negative effects of sleep deprivation on metabolism (70).
Lack of sleep has also been linked to increased blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, which are both linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (70, 71, 72, 73).
It’s also been shown to boost the hunger hormone ghrelin and decrease the fullness hormone leptin (74, 75, 76).
This could explain why many people who are sleep-deprived feel hungry and struggle to lose weight.
Lack of sleep can decrease the number of calories you burn, change the way you process sugar and disrupt your appetite-regulating hormones.
9. Drink Coffee
Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee can boost metabolism by 3–11%. Like green tea, it also promotes fat burning (77, 78, 79).
However, this seems to affect lean people more. In one study, coffee increased fat burning by 29% for lean women, but only 10% for obese women (80).
Coffee’s effects on metabolism and fat burning may also contribute to successful weight loss and maintenance (77, 81).
Drinking coffee can significantly increase your metabolism and help you lose weight.
10. Replace Cooking Fats With Coconut Oil
Unlike other saturated fats, coconut oil is relatively high in medium-chain fats.
Medium-chain fats can increase your metabolism more than the long-chain fats found in foods like butter (82, 83, 84, 85, 86).
In one study, researchers found that medium-chain fats increased metabolism by 12% compared to long-chain fats, which raised it by just 4% (87).
Due to the unique fatty acid profile of coconut oil, replacing some of your other cooking fats with it may have modest benefits for weight loss (88, 89).
Replacing other cooking fats with coconut oil may help boost your metabolism slightly.
The Bottom Line
Making small lifestyle changes and incorporating these tips into your routine can increase your metabolism.
Having a higher metabolism can help you lose weight and keep it off, while also giving you more energy.
There’s perhaps no better elixir than soaking in warm water after a long day. Many of us can attest to the relaxing benefits of unwinding with a hot bath, but did you know it can also help improve your health?
Most ancient cultures have long believed in the healing effects of water. Similar to mindfulness, the Japanese practice of engaging in public baths known as “sento” is used as a way of cleansing both the body and the mind. While we don’t have public baths in the States, we may be able to get the benefits in the privacy of our own homes. In fact, in a modern Japanese home, this is known as “furo.”
That’s right, your own bathtub may be key to literally washing your pain away. Hot water is healing with passive heating
The therapeutic ritual of bathing culture in Japan involves more than just cleansing yourself of physical dirt. From “onsens,” or natural hot springs, to sentos (public baths) and furos (private baths), soaking in these healing waters are a way of purifying from the day-to-day spiritual grime.
“Your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin,” says Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist based in New York. He explains that submerging ourselves in hot water can be both therapeutic and reinvigorating because blood flow increases to the skin.
A warm bath can also improve breathing. The temperature of the water and pressure on your chest increases your lung capacity and oxygen intake. A growing body of research has shown that passive heating, like spending time in a sauna, can also reduce the risk of having a heart attack, improve blood sugar control, and even help lower your blood pressure.
In one eye opening study published earlier this year, researchers collected data from 14 participants and found that soaking in an hourlong hot bath burned as many calories (around 140) as a 30-minute walk. This is because the warm water makes your heart beat faster, giving it a healthy work out. They also found positive anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses which can protect against illness and infection.
An hourlong hot bath may help:
• reduce risk of a heart attack
• improve blood sugar control
• lower your blood pressure
• burn 140 calories
• protect you from illness and infection
Let’s not forget about the best benefit: pain reduction
Bathing in a sento is a unique cultural and communal experience in Japan. They claim that the hot water from their natural springs can improve blood circulation, calm the nervous system, and help relieve intense pain. While hot spring water isn’t readily available in the States, science shows that we can obtain similar benefits by soaking in a hot tub or visiting a sauna.
“Stress causes the muscles of the body to contract,” says Dr. Mark Khorsandi, a migraine surgeon in Houston, Texas. “A hot bath can relieve those symptoms and keep the muscles loose.” Stretching and moving in the water also provides a low-impact workout for discomfort in muscles, joints, and bones.
This has been true for Alaina Leary, 24, who regularly takes hot baths to help manage chronic pain from living with Ehlers-Danlos, a disorder that affects the connective tissues. When she was first diagnosed at the age of 9 in 2002, she recalls feeling extremely breakable. “I was slower than other kids. I had trouble running [and] walking one foot at a time.”
After working with different physical and occupational therapists, she began using warm baths during pain flare-ups. In the evenings, she would set aside time to ease into the tub and let her muscles relax.
Many people who have chronic illnesses report feelings of depression and despair. Khorsandi says hot baths can provide physical comfort and contentment, and can ease the blues that are associated with chronic pain.
Improve mindfulness with an Epsom salt bath
She remembers feeling pins and needles in her hands when she initially found out about her illness back in 2012. “I went through a period of depression after getting diagnosed, not knowing if I was ever going to feel better.”
Through trial and error, she discovered that doing gentle yoga and soaking in weekly baths lessened the constant aches in her joints and muscles. After filling the tub with Epsom salt, she set her phone nearby and listened to guided meditations. Soaking in dissolved Epsom salt can help with muscle soreness and stress, allowing for even greater relaxation.
She now uses her time in the warm water for practicing mindfulness. “One of the things I learned from having an autoimmune disorder is that there is no cure. And not only is there no cure, you’re really kind of on your own in terms of what’s going to make your body feel better,” she says.
Paying closer attention to the sensations in her body has helped Sherman feel more present, in spite of her illness. Now, several years after being diagnosed, she’s noticed significant changes in both her physical and emotional well-being. Restorative bathing like onsen, sento, and furo involves transforming both the mind and soul to have deeper, more meaningful experiences.
“The meditations have taught me that using water is a way of washing off your day and releasing energy.”
Checkout the Fall’s Coolest and Most Versatile Haircut
OCTOBER 14th, 2018 10:56 AM
by Adetoun Adeyemo
When the temperatures start dropping, nothing says that autumn has arrived like getting a fresh chop. From bangs to bobs, and crops to long locks, the best fall hairstyles are all about making a statement as we step right into sweater season. Old-school trends are coming back with a vengeance, including airy feathered texture and smooth middle parts, while spanking-new ones are showing up strong too. (We’re looking at you, baby bangs.) Whether you want to make a dramatic chop or tweak your current cut, we’ve got the fall 2018 hairstyle inspiration you need to refresh those locks just in time for the season.
Oh, the layerless lob, how we love thee. The long bob is inarguably the most flattering cut ever sheared, and the forever-cool style makes it very clear that layers aren’t required. Add dimension to super dark hair with warm fall colors, like this cinnamon brown á la colorist Mizz Choi.
SUBTLE SIDE SWEEP
We’re aware that the early 2000s are over, but this side-swept bang situation is bringing back our love for the hairstyles of yesteryear, courtesy hairstylist Adetoun Adeyemo. The straight long length with a deep side part and curly is already simple and chic, but the subtle side layering brings some serious sass that we need to round out 2018.
When that autumn breeze hits, let these flattering face-framing layers do the rest. No matter your face shape, those cheekbones can always benefit from some fresh layering. It’s also the quickest way to looking like a modern-day Pocahontas when the fall leaves start blowing with “all the colors of the wind” and so forth. We’re imagining that’s what LA-based stylist Sal Salcedo was thinking, anyway.
Get on the baby bang train, like these gold-flecked ones on a modern shag cut. Let’s face it: The shag haircut is never not going to be in. But we’re making a case for curly bangs on every length and cut this season.
BLUNT LONG LAYERS
This season, we’re seeing thick, healthy ends win out when it comes to medium to long length haircuts. These long layers, courtesy stylist Buddy Porter, give just enough flattering movement and style to fresh color and soft waves.
It’s shiny, sleek, and straight—it’s the current trend: glass hair. You’ll be seeing glass hair everywhere this fall, from magazine covers to the pumpkin spice latte line. Get yourself a short, razor-sharp, blunt, geometric cut like this, ASAP.
10 Protein Shakes for Weight Loss That Taste Good And Feels Good.
Are protein shakes right for you? What’s in them, and what should you look for if you’re trying to choose one?
Almost everyone can get enough protein from foods. Healthy adults should get about 45 to 56 grams of protein a day.
If you exercise regularly, you may need more calories and protein — from any source.
Protein shakes are used mainly by athletes who need nourishment right after their workouts, says Jose Antonio, chief executive officer and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).
Protein shakes can range in their protein content, but all contain some carbohydrates and maybe a little fat. They come a variety flavors in powder form or in ready-to-drink packages, such as cans or foil packs.
Choosing a Protein Shake
Read the label.
Protein shakes vary in protein content. “If you’re a bodybuilder, you’re going to shift to the drinks that have a bit more protein. And I also recommend JUICE PLUS as the next best thing to fruits and vegetable. Try JUICE PLUS COMPLETE to to your Protein Shakes says, Editor,…
BLUEBERRY-PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE Ingredients:
2 tbsp. whey protein
1/2 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 c. almond milk
1 c. ice Directions: In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Recipe courtesy of Delish.