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Why Staying Healthy Can Save You Money

23 Jul

Most of us are continually striving for two main things in life – to have more money and to lose weight. We reminisce about how much disposable income we had before we were tied down by a house, car loans and kids, and at the same time wish we could fit into the clothes from our past. Well these two dreams don’t have to be mutually exclusive because you can save money just by living a healthier lifestyle which will in turn help you drop the kilos.

Getting quality sleep every night gives the body a chance to rebuild cellular damage.

Health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes and heart disease are expensive conditions to treat, but you can lower your risk of these health problems with a healthier diet. It is estimated that the medical costs associated with being obese are $10,000 higher than for people who are a healthy weight. Continue reading


Important Questions to Ask in a Plastic Surgery Consultation

20 Jul

Although most people commonly believe that plastic surgery is synonymous with cosmetic surgery, this is not necessarily the case.  Plastic surgery is actually concerned with restoring the form or function of a certain body part and it may be performed with or without the intention of improving its aesthetics.  Some samples of plastic surgery include correcting cleft palates, or remodelling a deformity.  Cosmetic surgery is merely one of the medical sub-specialties under plastic surgery. In this post, a licensed plastic surgeon practicing in New Jersey, USA gives some valuable pointers. Continue reading

My IPL Laser Hair Removal Experience- Part 1

17 Jul

One of the things that a girl just couldn’t neglect is underarm hair removal.  I mean, you can miss out on a manicure session or two when you are ready on a time crunch, and no one will say anything as long as you keep your nails reasonably clean.  Wearing a sleeveless top without shaving for a week is something else entirely.

As a busy mom trying to work eight hours a day while taking care of Inigo without a nanny, I could use all the beauty shortcuts that I could get.  Thus, I ventured to try IPL (intense pulsed light) laser hair removal for my underarms just to be able to shave off (no pun intended) a few minutes off my daily toilette.  And because I know that other ladies out there are also considering getting this procedure, especially now that the cost of permanent hair removal has gone down drastically, what with the numerous discount deals offered online, I thought it might be useful to share my experience. Continue reading

My IPL Hair Removal Experience – Part 2

17 Jul

In My IPL Laser Hair Removal Experience- Part 1, I detailed the research that I did prior to deciding to go through with electrolysis hair removal for underarms.  I now continue where I left off.

Like I said, four days after my first IPL session, I could pull out the hair on my underarms using gentle pressure from my fingertips.  After that, most of the hair did not grow back at all, while a few strands here and there grew in light and thin.  My second IPL hair removal session was scheduled three weeks after the first one, and I did not shave at all in between, but I could have worn a tank top without embarrassment because the sparse hair growth was not really that noticeable unless you got very close.

The second IPL hair removal session was just like the first.  The same procedure of cleaning the skin, putting on the gel, wearing the goggles and closing the eyes, then wiping off the gel afterwards.  As the laser goes off, there is a slight sensation of heat, but it does not hurt at all.

As I am writing this article, it has been six weeks after my 2nd session.  I am actually three weeks overdue for the 3rd one  but nanny-less that I am, setting up an appointment takes a lot of coordination and tactical planning.  My underarms are still mostly bald though, despite not shaving at all.  The very few hairs that have grown in are now about 1 cm in length, but still very light.  However, most women by this time, would have thicker growth, according to what my technician had told me to expect.

By the way, I should probably clarify that laser hair removal is different from IPL or intense pulsed light.  However, the mechanics and the result is basically the same, so I leave it to the experts to distinguish between the two.  For the purpose of this post, I use them interchangeably.

I will continue to share the result of session 3 to 6, but not as detailed as the first two sessions, since it will probably be just more of the same.  Given the rate that I’m getting through the sessions, session 6 will probably be done by October or more likely, November.  Till then!