Neoutogina Rapid Wrinkle Repair Review. What were they thinking when naming this?

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Wow! When I first set out to review this one I thought; there is nothing in the name of this product that I can possibly like. Plus, it sounds like something they sold to 1950’s housewives (not our modern Desperate Housewives that are anything but!). Ok so I got over the name and started focusing on the ingredients and for the price they are not bad. Remember the things that drive the price up are fancy packaging and bottles, advertising, and raw ingredients. At least you can read what the manufacturer allows you to know.

Here there are some great claims and I think for a product that is at a drug store price point it is very effective. You really can’t go wrong.

The ingredients include Retinol (Retinol SA they call Standard Action those are buzz words) and over continuous usage it has been proven to work as well as other formulas that are prescribed by Doctors it just takes a little more time and being consistent about application.   

More buzz words in the name of “Complex” that is another way of getting you to think this is a special formula, fine! Nothing bad in this or effective either.

Hyaluornic Acid- Now this is a big boy when it comes to skin appearance it plumps skin and helps bring hydration to the surface just like young skin does. This is a no brainer in any hydrating formula!

For around $20.00 in drug stores this one is a clear winner http://www.neutrogena.com/category/anti-aging/rapid+wrinkle+repair.do 

Don’t let the name fool you! Kattails up!

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To Wash or Not To Wash (Your Hair) That is the Question!

ImageYour hair freshly washed is a great feeling no doubt but it can have disadvantages in the long run especially if it is color treated. Believe it or not the hair really doesn’t get that dirty in everyday ordinary life unless you do a job that is outdoors or causes you to sweat a lot. For most people it is not a necessity but has become a daily grooming habit. Hair product companies love this because they can sell more shampoo to you all.

I have always recommended to my clients that have color services to shampoo every other day or two instead of every day, this will help to maintain the color and allow your own natural oils from your scalp to keep your hair in top condition. You can never replace your own natural oils for keeping your hair healthy with a bottle of conditioner; however I do recommend using one after you shampoo. Ok, sounds like a no brainer right?

Let’s say that you go a day and feel your hair just isn’t as manageable so you feel you want to shampoo anyway why not consider a dry shampoo just at the scalp? Just spray only on your root area wait two minutes and brush out. It’s that simple. It absorbs excess oil, does not strip color and works on all hair types. I like to use a real bristle brush when brushing this out because it helps to distribute your natural oils down your hair shaft. Plastic brushes do not do this added step because they are very smooth and can’t bring those wonderful oils down the hair shaft. I understand if you are concerned with animal safety, know that there are humane ways of gaining bristles for a brush like this and so check with the manufacturer.

 My feeling about dry shampoos is that they are an accessory to your regime and have a place. I look for “Invisible” formula so there is no dry caked product left in your hair. Plus, they come in travel sizes that are TSA approved so no worries while traveling. http://www.freemanbeauty.com/product/dry-shampoo-pssssst-travel-size

So yes, this is the question to wash or not to wash? But sometimes dry might be a great alternative. It works for me! Kattails up!Image

Tanning Beds Are Not the Devil! (read first).

ImageI think tanning beds get a whole lot of bad press but I think they may have their place if you think about it, or better yet know about them.

It is true that tanning beds are linked to cancer just as the sun is linked to cancer since they both omit UVA and UVB rays (ultra violet rays that are unseen to the naked eye) that stimulate tanning in your skin. Really if you think about it all the skin when exposed tells your body Hey I’m getting irritated and burned over here, what are we going to do about it? So a tan is the result of the skin putting up a barrier of protection and this protection happens to look great!

I really do think that too much exposure to both rays UVA/UVB contributes to skin cancer and photo aging (yes wrinkles before your time, hate to see how Snooki will look in a few years!) but some researchers are pointing to the use (practical) of tanning beds. For one it is they type of bulbs that are inside the bed. Most use both UVA and UVB just like the sun. Some use only UVB (both rays have consequences, cancer or wrinkles and both) according to Rachel Nelson of http://www.livestrong.com/article/43123-uva-vs.-uvb-tanning-beds/ “There are trade -offs associated with each type”.

Ultimately, shade, shade and more shade seems to be your friend. Remember the sun can go through car windows and it is cumulative in the damage it can create (think of a crusty rubber band left in the sun doesn’t stretch too well after). So Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB is your best friend hands down!

I think there can be a use for UVB tanning beds when used properly, which would likely exclude tanning reasons. Many people work in offices or live in parts of the world where getting enough (therapy) levels of Vitamin D are an issue. Just because you live in a warm climate does not mean that your levels are in range. For this, your Doctor can run a simple blood test to find out. There are many long term illnesses and cancers researchers feel are directly corresponding with low Vitamin D levels. I will be honest, I was diagnosed with low D and I live in California. It happens!

ImageSupplements are widely available and there is nothing wrong with them; however some researchers are beginning to feel that a pure dose of UVB that penetrates the blood stream through ray exposure may be more effective than a supplement that you must ingest and digest to get the benefits from. I think this is all speculation but I see no problem with a small amount of controlled exposure to the sun or a tanning bed. When I say small I mean it! The feeling now is that you only need 3-5 minutes of UVB exposure to do the trick! Plus it encourages cell turnover and that is nature’s way of renewing your skin (just use a good body scrub that is gentle after).

So NO tanning beds are not “The Devil” if used wisely and you know what you are dealing with going in. I would still stick to “fake and bake” with a lot of sunscreen. Don’t forget to ask for a vitamin D screening when you talk to your Doctor you might be surprised with the outcome! Now, you know and you can make  a “Real” choice.- KatImage