We’ll squeeze on the Spanx before getting into our office or evening wear, but when it comes to hitting the gym, women have always had to let it all hang out. You’ll be able to kiss a little of that self-consciousness goodbye with performance wear from Style Firm. Their compression mesh, which lines each of their activewear pieces, gently slims what needs slimming and lifts what needs lifting, all without compromising comfort and functionality; StyleFirmClothing.com.
Outdoor workouts are great, but they do a tap-dance on your skin. All that UV exposure is a cocktail for dryness, dullness and age spots. Re-Nutriv gel from Estée Lauder helps stop potential sunburn damage and repair cells, soothing tight, sun-stressed skin. It also delivers a powerful punch of moisture, and — since it’s Estée Lauder — uses sun-sheer optics to give you a subtle radiance; $80, EsteeLauder.com .
Over the past 20 years, laser resurfacing has become one of the most effective and popular methods for the rejuvenation of facial skin. Laser resurfacing works by safely delivering heat under the skin to stimulate new collagen production. This process helps to greatly reduce lines and wrinkles. The CO2 laser is still considered the “gold standard” but has some side-effects which have limited its use. Thankfully, a new technology called fractionated CO2 resurfacing is now available. With traditional CO2 laser resurfacing, all of the treated skin is vaporized, similar to a burn. With fractionated CO2 technology, microscopic beams of CO2 laser are sent into the skin. The laser beam delivers heat to the deeper layers of the skin, which will stimulate new collagen production. Since with this new laser technology fewer areas of the skin are actually lasered at a time, the treated skin is able to heal more quickly with reduced redness and downtime, usually only about 5 days. With the fractionated treatment, there’s a decreased risk of skin lightening. It’s also possible to use this new laser on thinner skin, such as the neck, chest and hands which isn’t possible with the traditional CO2 laser. As with all lasers, there can be risks such as scarring and slow healing. However, with this exciting new technology, more people can enjoy the benefits of CO2 resurfacing with less risk and less downtime.
› Dr. John J. Martin, MD, specializes in eye, facial and neck rejuvenation, as well as laser and other non-surgical treatment for vascular and pigment problems. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. For a consultation, call 305.444.5950 or visit DrJohnMartin.com.
“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”
— Mark Twain
From as early as 30 weeks, babies in the womb are capable of distinguishing between different voices, and react differently to the sound of their mother talking. Better watch your language.
Think that guy at the gym is a beefcake? He’s got nothing on caterpillars. Some species have up to 4,000 muscles in their body, compared to our wimpy 639. They use the whole set of them in order to crawl.
Next time you embarrass yourself by drooling at the table, be grateful. Your saliva is what enables you to taste food — without it, the receptors on your tastebuds wouldn’t be able to detect flavor.