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  • There are a few methods for reducing the appearance of stretch marks. How to reduce the appearance of stretch marks

    Stretch marks are among the most common skin concerns, affecting a huge amount of the population worldwide. Stretch marks are indented scars on the skin and can be found almost anywhere on the body, but are usually seen in places the skin stretches or grows quickly. This can include around the stomach, hips, thighs and breasts. While they're more commonly found in women, many men notice them forming after gaining muscle or excess weight. Pregnant women are very prone to stretch marks, with a vast majority seeing them appear around their belly in their third trimester of pregnancy. 

    Stretch marks are typically red or pink when they're first forming, and they fade to silver or white after awhile, similar to other types of scars. While many people wish to get rid of their stretch marks altogether, many treatment options simply help the striations fade faster, making them less noticeable. Take a look at these options for getting rid of stretch marks:

    Topical treatments
    There are hundreds of topical stretch mark treatments on the market, which makes it very hard to determine how effective they are at removing the scars. While many claim to remove or prevent stretch marks, very few if any will provide you the results you're looking for. There are some claims that home remedies from aloe vera, olive oil and other ingredients have vitamins and nutrients that can be reparative to the skin, but there's no proof that any of them work.

    Laser treatments
    Because topical treatments are so undependable, many people turn to more extreme removal methods, including laser treatments. Laser stretch mark removal involves either pulsed dye or fractional lasers. The basic effect is that the lasers break down the top layers of skin, which causes reduced redness and the growth of new healthy skin tissue. This can reduce the appearance of stretch marks over time. In general, the newer the stretch marks, the more treatable they will be. Make an appointment with a trusted cosmetic dermatologist before settling on this method. 

    Surgical removal
    What's known as a "tummy tuck" is the only known way to surgically remove stretch marks at this point. The tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes excess skin from the abdomen, which will also remove any stretch marks in the area. This procedure has several risks that are associated with any surgical operation. 

    Dermabrasion and peels
    Treatments like microdermabrasion and skin peels are also sometimes used for stretch mark treatment, though they're unlikely to completely remove the appearance of the scars. Both treatments, which are typically done on the face, work by removing the very top layers of skin, allowing new healthy skin tissue to grow in its place. Because stretch mark scars are deeper than just the first layers of skin, these methods may help fade the marks, but will not be completely effective.

    If you're interested in professional skin care, enrolling in esthetician training might be right for you. Discover more about the Marinello esthetics program by finding a school near you.

  • How often should you wash your hair? How often should you shampoo your hair?

    If you're interested in a cosmetology career, you may be aware that many beauty professionals tell their clients not to wash their hair everyday. There are others, though, who say washing hair daily can do no harm and is sometimes necessary. So who's right? Take a look at these guidelines for knowing how often to bring out the shampoo and what to do with second-day hair:

    How often to wash hair
    There are a few reasons professionals advise against daily washing. Many say overwashing is actually what leads to a more oily scalp, since the sebum glands are forced to produce more oil to counteract shampoo's drying effect. In fact, though your hair may take a couple of weeks to get used to it, it's generally agreed that over time your hair will become less oily between washes. Others hold that since hair is a fiber, washing it too often can make it look dull and dry out the ends. 

    So how often do they recommend washing? Women should shampoo two to three times per week and men just once a week, according to many professionals. However, some cosmetologists say there's nothing actually unhealthy about washing hair daily. Plus, for those with fine or thin hair, not washing everyday can mean walking around with greasy or flat hair, so shampooing every day is necessary for basic hygiene. 

    What you should conclude from the difference of opinion is that there's no technically wrong way to wash your hair. There may be some benefits to waiting a few days between washes, but daily shampooing won't necessarily cause damage. If you like the way your hair looks and feels with daily washing, go for it! Although, it's a good idea to keep shampoo to just your roots most days, to prevent the ends from becoming dry or broken.

    Tips for between washes
    If you do want to try shampooing every few days, there are a few ways you can keep your second- and third-day hair looking healthy and voluminous:

    Boost your roots
    Using a dry shampoo is a great way to dry up some of the oil hanging in the roots and give them a little more volume. Spraying your hair before you go to bed can also help keep some of the oils at bay while you sleep.  You can even use a little baby powder brushed into your part and hairline. This will absorb excess oils and make a visible difference.

    Switch shampoos
    If you haven't switched shampoos for a while, it may be time to experiment with another. Your particular texture of hair may stay less oily for longer simply by using a different or more gentle brand. 

    Focus your conditioner
    If you slather conditioner over your entire head, you're adding more oils to your roots than your hair needs. Try keeping conditioner as close to the ends of your hair as you can, since that part of the hair is what will benefit most from the moisturizing formula. 

    Wear an updo
    ‚ÄčIf your hair looks greasy and you aren't ready to wash it for another day or so, there are a few ways to conceal it. Try a braided updo or high bun or ponytail to disguise the oily strands, or even throw on a hat or headband.

  • Take a look at these tips for getting beautiful brows! Tips for getting perfectly shaped eyebrows

    Eyebrow trends have gone through many different stages, with women at various times opting to wear them thin and minimal, all natural, or thick and bold. These days, it's not the size of your brows that matter – it's all about finding their natural shape and learning how to groom them. Take a look at these tips and guidelines for creating well-groomed eyebrows:

    Know where to start and stop
    Begin by finding where your brows naturally begin and end. Hold a pencil so that it's resting on one side of your nose and pointed straight up at the ceiling. The point the pencil crosses your inner brow is a good place for your brows to begin. Be careful not to tweeze any further in than that line, though, since brows that are too far apart won't look natural. Then move the pencil in an arc so that one end is still resting on the bottom of your nose and the other is even with the outer corner of your eye. The spot where your brow and the pencil cross is where your brow should end.

    Find your arch
    Arc the pencil slightly in the other direction until it crosses over your pupil. Now it should be crossing your brow at the point of your arch. Your arch should be slightly off-center (right on top of your brow bone) and taper out as it reaches the end.

    Fill it in first
    If your brows aren't naturally thick, it's a good idea to fill them in before you start tweezing. Draw a line across the bottom of your brow, from end to end, then fill in the area above it. This makes it easier to see the hairs below the brow that should be removed.

    Brush hairs up
    If your eyebrow hairs are long, you can give them a trim – just don't overtrim. Brush your eyebrow hairs up and out using a clean mascara wand or a brow brush, then trim any hairs that are sticking out over the top.

    Use task lighting
    Tweezing eyebrows in a dark room will get you nowhere fast. Since it's pretty detailed work, make sure you're doing the task in a well-lit room. The more natural light the better!

    Look at the big picture
    To avoid tweezing too much, take a step back from the mirror after every few hairs you pull. That way you can see the bigger picture and stay on the right track. Staying close to the mirror the whole time makes it easy to keep removing hairs that may add to the brows' shape.

    See a professional
    It's helpful to see a professional esthetician every once in a while, even if it's just to help you continue shaping them properly. If you're uncomfortable tweezing your brows yourself, going to a licensed esthetician to get them groomed may be a more comfortable option, and all you'll have to do is maintain them in between appointments.

    If you want to learn more about professional eyebrow beautification, you may want to consider enrolling in an esthetics program

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