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How To Make Gyeran Bbang (계란빵), A Popular South Korean Egg Muffin
When I first got into Korean cooking, I had never actually eaten at a Korean restaurant. I didn't actually know what most of the dishes I was making were supposed to taste like, but as I live in a town with no real Korean restaurants, I was curious to find out more about the different foods the region had to offer. The nice thing about Korean food is, for the most part, the recipes are simple and easy to follow. The trickiest part about Korean cooking is being able to get all of the ingredients in place, which might require you to locate a nearby Asian grocery store or find a nice place to buy them online. (If that is your situation, I would recommend ordering from H-Mart's official website, one of the larger Korean grocery chains here in the US.) However, gyeran bbang - which translates to 'egg bread' - is a pretty simple Korean food to make without needing to dig that much for ingredients. In fact, you probably already have most if not all the ingredients in your refrigerator right now! Gyeran bbang is a popular street food that is often sold by vendors in South Korea. It was also made recently popular in the Korean television show "The Return of Superman" when actor Jang Hyunsung made them with his two sons. Gyeran bbang is perfect for any time of day, but is especially delicious when served warm for breakfast or on a cold winter day. An oval muffin pan is traditionally used to make the bread's shape, but a standard muffin pan works just as well. I've even seen gyeran bbang in adorable heart shapes! --------------------------------------------- Gyeran Bbang (Egg Bread) 3/4 cup flour 10 eggs 1/2 salted butter, melted 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk 3/4 teaspoon baking powder Salt, to taste 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Whisk two eggs in a mixing bowl until they are slightly foamy. Add the sugar and continue whisking until all of it has dissolved. 2. Sift the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture. Add the melted butter and milk and mix well. Place the batter in a ziplock bag. 3. Brush the inside of the muffin pan with melted butter. Cut a 1/4" hole in one corner of the ziplock bag and squeeze 2 - 3 tablespoons worth of batter into each space. It should cover about the first 1/4". Smooth the batter with a spoon, if needed. 4. Carefully break an egg on top of each muffin. Sprinkle each egg with a generous pinch of salt, then cover each egg with the rest of the contents of the ziplock bag. (Make sure each muffin space is only 3/4 of the way full so that each muffin has room to rise.) 5. Bake the muffins for about 24 - 26 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off the oven, but leave the muffins inside for an additional five minutes to continue cooking the egg yolks. Serve warm.
How to Make Katsu Curry (カツカレー), Japan's Cutlet & Curry Dish (Vegan Option)
Every so often, this is one of those plates I get a serious craving for. I always think that katsu cutlets tend to be a little too dry and that simple curry rice plates are a little bit boring, so when I'm able to order them together, I get really excited. They really balance each other out! Traditionally, katsu curry is made with chicken, beef, or pork, but you can customize this however you would want. For example, I have seen people sub the meat out for thick breaded cuts of eggplant or Portobello mushroom for an equally satisfying vegetarian dish. Katsu Curry (Makes 4 servings) INGREDIENTS: To Make the Katsu (Meat Version) - 4 pork loin chops, chicken breast, or thin steaks (about 1" thick, no bones) Salt & pepper, to taste 1/2 cup flour 1 - 2 eggs 1 cup panko or bread crumbs Oil for deep frying To Make the Katsu (Vegan/Vegetarian Version) - 4 1" thick slices of eggplant, 4 portobello caps, or 4 store-bought seitan-based cutlets (I would recommend trying Gardein's Chick'n Scallopini - thawed - for this dish.) Salt & pepper, to taste 1/2 cup flour 1 - 2 egg replacements (Ener-G Egg Replacer woould be good for this recipe.) 1 cup panko or bread crumbs Oil for frying To Make the Curry - 2 yellow onions 2 carrots 3 potatoes 1 tablespoons oil 3 1/2 cups water 1 box curry sauce mix (approximately 4 ounces) 4 cups of cooked white rice DIRECTIONS: 1) To make the katsu, make small cuts all over your cutlet of choice with tip of knife. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides. Coat it with flour, dip in eggs (or egg replacement), then cover with bread crumbs. 2) Heat deep frying oil to 350 F, and deep fry crumb-covered cutlet. (You can check the temperature by dropping a bread crumb. If it comes up to the oil surface right after it's dropped, it's good.) 3) Fry until color turns golden brown and cutlet floats in the oil, about 5-8 minutes, turning once or twice. Set the meat on a cooling rack for a minute. Cut into 5-6 pieces. 4) To make the curry, cut vegetables into bite size pieces. Heat oil and fry onions for 8 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes. Add water to the pot. After it boils, remove from heat and add curry sauce mix. Stir well so the pieces of the mix dissolve. Let it simmer for 10 - 15 minutes (cook longer if you'd like it thicker). If you'd like to add the optional curry powder, stir it in just before serving. 5) Put about a cup of rice on each plate, then place a katsu over the rice. Finally, generously pour curry over it. Serve while still warm.
3 Lifestyle Habits that can Cause Acne Breakouts
Your acne is coded in your genes and governed by your hormones. While these two factors are not in your control, your lifestyle which affects your skin equally, IS. Here are the most important lifestyle changes that you can make to reduce your acne breakouts... 1. Clean your mobile phone Your mobile phone is pressed against your cheeks while you chat away with friends. The bacteria from your skin gets transferred on to the screen and stays there till it gets pressed on your skin again. Besides this your phone may have food residue from the time that you were eating and texting and dust from lying on dirty surfaces. If you have acne prone skin, make sure you sanitize the surface of your mobile phone at least once every day. 2. Wash your face less often If you have oily skin which is prone to breakouts, chances are that you are washing your face more than twice daily. That, coupled with acne treatment AHA toners, salicylic acid serums and retinol night creams can over dry your skin. This leads your skin to produce even more oil which in turn feeds acne causing bacteria. Wash your face maximum 3 times a day. Once in the morning when you wake up and shower, once before sleeping at night and an additional time after a workout or outdoor exposure. 3. Reduce your carb intake Refined carbs such as bread, pasta and fried food have a high glycemic index. They increase blood sugar and cause a spike in the hormone Insulin. High glycemic foods are very inflammatory for the body and also disturb your gut bacteria. This in turn disturbs your skin microbiome. Increase your intake of fresh vegetables and salads instead. These are loaded with antioxidants which help your skin in healing faster. If you have been struggling with acne breakouts for a while, getting a little help from your dermatologist could go a long way in getting rid of your acne.
How A Breast Lift Surgery Improves Your Quality Of Life And Self Esteem
Has pregnancy or significant weight loss caused sagging or loose skin in your breasts? Do sagging breasts cause skin irritation? Do you mind your breasts' appearance (due to age-related volume loss)? In this case, a breast lift may be beneficial. This procedure rejuvenates your breasts by repositioning your skin, nipple, and areola. Aside from cosmetic concerns, a breast lift may help with a variety of health issues. What exactly is a breast lift surgery? A breast lift, or “mastopexy,” elevates the nipple and areola. It also removes excess skin and tightens remaining breast tissues, addressing sagging and droopy breasts. If your areola is too big for your breasts, the procedure can fix that too! Why Do Breasts Sag? Breasts can change shape due to age, breastfeeding, and other factors. Underlying health issue Genetics Pregnancy Weight changes Breast Lift Benefits Reverse Breast Sagging Breast ptosis means drooping or sagging breasts. This condition can cause physical, emotional, and cosmetic issues. Fortunately, a breast lift surgery in Mumbai can help. The effects of breast lift on women with significant drooping were studied. Women who had abreast lift surgery between 2002 and 2016 were included. After surgery, patients were asked to rate their experience. The majority of patients reported not only an improvement in breast sagging but also high levels of satisfaction. Another study examined the effects of breast lift on women who had sagging breasts augmented. A questionnaire was used to assess patient satisfaction four years after surgery. The researchers found that breast lifts are safe and provide satisfactory long-term results. Most patients liked their breast shape, size, and symmetry. A third study examined the long-term effects of breast lift surgery on sagging breasts. Patients' before and after photos were taken as well as standardised breast measurements. Following surgery, patients reported increased overall satisfaction and upper pole fullness. Self Confidence Sagging breasts not only cause physical discomfort but also lower self-esteem. This condition limits clothing options and social interaction. A breast lift may help you regain your self-esteem. In one study, researchers evaluated patients' psychological health after cosmetic breast surgery. A 12-item short-form health survey was given to breast lift patients four times: immediately after surgery, one, six, and twelve months later. During this time, patients' self-esteem grew. Anxiety and depression symptoms decreased. From 2002 to 2016, researchers found that 85.6% of patients' self-esteem improved after having consecutive breast lifts. Patients were more satisfied with their results and less sagging of the breasts. Another study examined the psychological effects of various breast lift techniques on sagging women. One month after surgery, the patients' self-esteem improved, according to questionnaires and in-person interviews. The researchers concluded that this improvement was linked to increased satisfaction and decreased physical discomfort after surgery. Better Life Quality Several studies show that breast lift can improve patients' quality of life. This improvement is due to several factors, including body image. Physical aches and pains are gone. Also, it boosts self-esteem. A study compared patients who had breast augmentation with implants to those who had a breast lift. Both patient groups completed a 47-question survey about their post-operative quality of life. The responses were then returned via return mail to the authors. These two groups were pleased with the overall cosmetic outcome, including enlargement and symmetry. A study assessing the effects of combining breast augmentation and breast lift on patients' quality of life discovered an improvement in various aspects of surgery. Patients were pleased with the symmetry correction, scar quality, breast shape, nipple/areola size, and overall result, according to patient satisfaction surveys. A study comparing the effects of various breast lift techniques on patients with sagging breasts found significant improvements in quality of life. After surgery, patients were interviewed in person for six categories. Over the course of this study, the researchers assessed patients' medical and psychological conditions. Less nipple numbness and improved self-esteem were reported by patients. Thus, people's lives have improved. Would a Breast Lift Help? During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will examine your health to determine your candidacy for surgery. To design a treatment plan that meets your specific cosmetic and health needs. Large, heavy breasts are a good candidate for mastopexy in Mumbai. The lift is often combined with the reduction. You can benefit from a breast lift if you are troubled by: Low set breasts. Nipples pointing down. Stretched areola. Sagging and deflated breasts. One breast is higher than the other. Your outlook is positive and realistic. You are in good mental and physical health.
3 Ways to Get Rid of Stubborn Dark Circles
Dark circles have many causes, and you have probably tried many under eye creams already in vain. Read on to find out how you can quickly get rid of your under eye problems with the help of your cosmetic dermatologist. 1. Retinol Retinol is a holy grail anti-aging ingredient. It is a vitamin A derivative that signals your skin to repair and rejuvenate. When you use it to get rid if dark circles, it is not only able to remove under eye pigmentation, but also reduce under eye wrinkles and crows feet lines. Get the best results by applying a hyaluronic acid serum, layering it with retinol and topping it off with a ceramide moisturizer.  2. Under Eye Dermal Fillers Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are ideal if you have sunken eyes. Such under eye hollows cast a shadow and make your dark circles appear worse than they are. Dermal fillers for under eye dark circles is a very satisfying treatment. You walk in to your dermatologist's clinic looking tired and walk out transformed! The results may last for 6 months to 2 years depending on which fillers you choose to have. 3. PRP Treatment PRP treatment appeals to almost everyone as it is extremely natural. There are no injections, no chemicals and no lasers involved in this one. The treatment uses your own plasma growth factors to rejuvenate your under eye area and treat dark circles. The treatment works best along with micro-needling to stimulate collagen and break down under eye pigmentation. You will need 1 session every 4 to 6 weeks for up to 4 times to see complete results. Feel free to discuss these treatment options with your dermatologist and check if they are right option for your under eye problems.
12 Questions About Breast Lift Surgery Answered By A Plastic Surgeon
Are you experiencing sagging or loose skin in your breasts as a result of pregnancy or significant weight loss? Are you prone to irritation of the skin as a result of sagging breasts? Are you concerned about the appearance of your breasts (as a result of volume loss associated with ageing)? If this is the case, a breast lift procedure may be beneficial. This procedure repositions your skin, nipple, and areola to restore your youthful breasts. Apart from cosmetic concerns, a substantial body of clinical evidence suggests that a breast lift may benefit a variety of health problems. What Exactly Is a Breast Lift? A breast lift, alternatively referred to as a "mastopexy," is a surgical procedure that raises the nipple and areola. Additionally, it corrects breast sagging and drooping by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining breast tissues. If your areola is not proportionate to the size of your breasts, the procedure may reduce its size. How long do the effects of a Breast Lift last? The outcome of the procedure may vary from patient to patient. This will depend on a variety of variables, including the following: How you care for your newly formed breasts The surgical procedure that was performed Your age The anticipated outcome Your eating habits Elasticity of your skin In most cases, the effects of a breast lift last up to two years. However, because the procedure cannot reverse the effects of ageing on the breasts, you may require additional surgery to maintain the results. Prior to the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will conduct an examination of your overall health to ensure long-term results. Does a breast lift result in an increase in cup size? The procedure does not alter the shape of the breasts; rather, it realigns the skin, nipple, and areola. As a result, the breast contour appears younger and more defined. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, you may benefit from a surgical procedure called breast augmentation or breast lift with implants. This procedure enhances the appearance and size of your breasts by using implants or your own body fat. Can I discontinue wearing a bra following a breast lift? No, your surgeon will instruct you to wear a special bra or compression garments following surgery to help reduce swelling and support your breasts as they heal. Indeed, your surgeon will likely advise you to wear a support bra following surgery. This also allows time for your breasts to adjust to their new shape. How is a lollipop breast lift performed? The lollipop lift is a surgical procedure reserved for patients with breasts of average size. This is accomplished by cutting around the areola, which runs down the centre of the lower breast and resembles a lollipop on a stick. These incisions will be used by your plastic surgeon to elevate the breast and reposition the nipple and areola into the desired position. After repositioning the skin, your surgeon will tighten and secure it with sutures. With this surgical technique, scarring is minimal. However, because your surgeon will be working with a small incision, it will be challenging to perform. What is ananchor breast lift? An anchor lift, also known as a standard breast lift, entails creating an inverted anchor-shaped cut around the perimeter of your areola that runs down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. This procedure is recommended for patients who require extensive skin and breast tissue removal. However, this surgical technique is quite invasive and carries a higher risk of undesirable scarring. Is it possible to lose weight following a breast lift? Excess skin is removed during the procedure to firm and define your breasts. However, it does not remove a large amount of skin or tissue, resulting in noticeable weight loss. Are Breast Implants needed in a breast lift? Breast lifts are performed without the use of implants to enhance the appearance of your breasts. Rather than that, your surgeon will reposition the existing breast tissue, nipple, and areola to create the appearance of younger, more defined breasts. Breast augmentation is a procedure that involves the placement of implants in the breasts. In some instances, breast augmentation can be combined with a mastopexy in Mumbai to achieve the most optimal and long-lasting results. Does breast lift surgery reduce the size of the areola? Yes, surgery can help reduce the size of enlarged areolas caused by sagging breasts. To achieve optimal cosmetic results, the majority of patients who undergo a breast lift require areola reduction. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will determine whether areola reduction is necessary for your breast condition. How is a breast lift different from breast implant surgery? A breast lift aims to enhance the shape and symmetry of your existing breasts by reshaping and lifting them for a more youthful appearance and contour. Breast implants, on the other hand, increase the volume of your breasts to increase their size, but they do not alter the placement of your breasts. Breast lifts and breast implants are frequently used in conjunction to achieve the best and most durable results. How much does a breast lift cost? Naturally, the cost of a breast lift surgery in Mumbai is dependent on a variety of factors, including the following: Your surgery's supplies and equipment The medical facility's or clinic's cost Anesthetist's fee Assistant surgeon's fee Your breasts' condition Your desired results Additionally, the surgeon's fee. It is critical to keep in mind that each treatment plan is customised to your unique health and cosmetic needs, as well as desired outcomes. As a result, total fees may vary between patients. Additionally, you should understand that a breast lift is a cosmetic procedure. In other words, the procedure is performed to enhance the appearance of the breasts. Your health insurance will not cover this procedure. Is it possible to avoid scarring following a breast lift? The majority of patients are so pleased with the results of their breast lift that they are unconcerned about the appearance of their surgical scars. Many patients discover that the benefits of breast lift surgery in Mumbai outweigh the potential for scarring. However, it is natural for patients to be concerned about the appearance of scars following complete healing of surgical incisions. The truth is that visible signs of breast lift surgery are possible. Your scars, on the other hand, should fade and lighten in appearance over time. To achieve minimal scarring, most surgeons make small, inconspicuous breast incisions during the procedure. During your initial consultation, we will discuss the surgical technique and incision placement in detail.
How To Pick The Best Plastic Surgeon For Your Rhinoplasty
Recent advancements in cosmetic surgery have allowed surgeons to achieve more natural, aesthetically pleasing, and elegant results. But no amount of advanced technology or surgical techniques can replace a skilled facial plastic surgeon's artistic eye and skill. Simply put, not all surgeons are equal. This is especially true of Rhinoplasty (also known as a "nose job"). The nose, along with the eyes and smile, is one of the most noticeable facial features. While you want a surgeon who will perform a safe procedure with minimal recovery time, you also want a surgeon who has the experience, artistic ability, and knowledge of nose anatomy to produce a stunning result. However, some surgeons lack the training and experience required to perform exceptional facial surgery. It is better to find out well before surgery! Before choosing a surgeon for your Rhinoplasty in Mumbai, do your homework well. Find out about the procedure and the surgeon from those who have had a successful Nose Job. Check reviews and inquire. Your experience will suffer if you are afraid to ask questions or communicate clearly. Before selecting a surgeon for your Rhinoplasty, consider asking her/ him the following: What are your qualifications? You can usually look up a surgeon's education, training, and board certifications online. A lack of a website by your plastic surgeon may be a red flag. Choose a Board certified surgeon. These surgeons have undergone extensive specialised training and are truly dedicated to facial plastic surgery. The number of rhinoplasties performed? A good surgeon will have performed hundreds, if not thousands, of these procedures over the course of his career. Like anything else, practise makes perfect. Choose a surgeon with the "numbers" to develop advanced technique and expertise. Please share your before and after photos? This is a fair and common request. Verify that your surgeon's photos are of actual patients, not stock photos. This will help you understand the surgeon's skills. Please show me some happy Rhinoplasty patients' testimonials? Reputable surgeons should be able to easily produce patient testimonials and before and after photos. If a surgeon refuses to provide these, he may simply lack them. Can you make my nose look like a famous person's? If you have a celebrity "nose crush," ask the surgeon if you can have your nose shaped like theirs. Be wary of a surgeon who claims to be able to duplicate another's nose. It may not be possible or desirable to give you an exact copy unless your nose and face share the same shape and bone structure. Responsable nose surgeons will work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs while remaining realistic. What is the procedure's cost? The cost of Rhinoplasty in Mumbai should be fairly consistent if you choose surgeons with similar levels of expertise. If a surgeon quotes you a price significantly lower than others, proceed with caution. You get what you pay for in life, and a Rhinoplasty is not something you want to skimp on. While a new, well-done nose can boost patients' confidence, a new, poorly done nose can do the opposite. Remember that paying another surgeon to fix it later isn't saving you any money.
5 Things To Know Before Your Tummy Liposuction For 6 Pack Abs
There are two types of fat to consider when doing tummy liposuction: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat is the jiggly, pinchable fat found just beneath the skin. It's generally harmless, but not always appealing. Visceral fat is fat stored in the abdomen. "Skinny-fat" is a term used to describe people with a lot of visceral fat. Not only is it unhealthy, but it's also dangerous. Because visceral fat is stored near your organs, it is more likely to disrupt organ functions, leading to increased insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes), blood pressure, bad cholesterol (LDL), and heart disease and stroke risk. Tummy liposuction removes subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat is insoluble in water and cannot be suctioned out. Diet and exercise can safely reduce visceral fat. Visceral fat does not prevent you from having liposuction, but it does affect the results. The patient had liposuction of the abdomen, waist, and hips. The patient was pleased with the visible results. However, visceral fat remains in the tummy , which liposuction cannot remove. Without an MRI or CAT scan, you can't tell how much visceral fat you have. Visceral fat makes up about 10% of total body fat. Your visceral fat may start to affect your health if your waist circumference is 40 inches or 35 inches for a man and 35 inches for a woman. Tummy liposuction does not always require general anaesthesia. It's true for all body parts, but not always! In fact, some surgeons still prefer general anaesthesia, especially for abdominal surgery. Your plastic surgeon will almost certainly use the tumescent method, which has long been the gold standard for safe and effective liposuction. Tummy fat is removed by injecting tumescent fluid (saline and epinephrine with sodium bicarbonate as a buffer) into the skin-to-abdominal cavity area. The saline solution fills the fatty layer beneath the skin, making it easier to sculpt (hence the name Liposculpture). Epinephrine is a vasoconstrictor, reducing bruising and blood loss. For tummy liposuction under local anaesthesia, your surgeon will add lidocaine (a numbing agent) to the tumescent fluid. In addition to avoiding the risks associated with general anaesthesia, this allows your cosmetic surgeon to perform lipo without putting patients to sleep. Watch for Loose Skin and Belly Hang. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, causing our skin to lose elasticity and bounce back. Now anyone can have liposuction! Remember that skin laxity is more likely to be an issue with tummy lipo as you age. Loose skin can occur after extreme weight loss, as well as after liposuction. With SmartLipo, laser-assisted liposuction in Mumbai tightens skin better than liposuction alone. In some cases, due to the size of the abdomen or lack of skin elasticity, a tummy tuck may be required. You can gain weight even if fat doesn't move. Liposuction is an investment in your body that requires maintenance. Tummy liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight. Even if you gain weight, your tummy will still be slimmer! Liposuction is not a weight loss solution and should not be used as such. Tummy liposuction permanently removes abdominal fat. Those cells don't regenerate, move, or change where they store fat. After tummy liposuction, your body has fewer fat cells in the abdomen (about 70 percent less). If you gain weight after tummy liposuction, your body will store fat in the same places. Because we removed so much fat from your tummy , other areas may appear larger. That you can eat whatever you want and never gain weight just because your tummy is smaller after lipo means nothing. Again, liposuction is not a quick fix and should not be used as such. 6 pack abs are made in the gym and the kitchen. "Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym," you've probably heard. That's a lot of truth. Subcutaneous fat hides abdominal muscles, no matter how big and strong they are. Or does it remove subcutaneous fat? So why don't all lipo patients have six-pack abs? The answer is simple: abs come from the kitchen and the gym. There's the gym and the operating room for tummy lipo. You've probably seen a flat tummy . They don't have much belly fat and have good muscle definition, but no six-pack. As previously shown, having a lot of visceral fat can prevent you from getting a flat tummy from lipo. You won't get abs from liposuction in Mumbai unless you first build strong ab muscles through exercise and weight training.
How to Get Rid of Dark Circles
While dark circles are not the sign of serious health issues, they can be considered as a sign that you’re not doing what’s healthy for the body. The appearance of the darkened skin around your eyes can look quite unappealing. Here’s what you can do about it… Why do we get dark circles? There are many reasons why we get dark circles. The problem is so common that we tend to ignore it or slather on some concealer and pretend it doesn't exist. Still, dark circles happen due to many poor lifestyle choices and this should be a wake-up call to take some action. The skin around the eye area is similar to the rest of our body, but much thinner. Hence, the effects of something that happens to your body will show up quicker on the eye area before it becomes apparent for the rest of the body. Some of the causes of dark circles include lack of sleep, lack of nutrition in diet, sun exposure, fluid retention, heredity, hyper-pigmentations, allergies, dermatitis, or even as simple as the natural aging process. And rest assured, getting rid of dark circles is certainly doable. How to get rid of dark circles effectively? 1. Getting enough sleep Make sure you get enough sleep daily. This is a good start to reducing the appearance of dark circles significantly. When you are sleep deprived, your body does not get enough time to make necessary repairs after a day’s activity. This takes a toll on the body. We can see this on our skin, starting from the thinnest skin surrounding the eye area. Depending on your age, you may need more or fewer sleep hours than others but it’s safe to say, getting shut-eye for seven or eight hours is a good start. 2. Purge out water retention In some cases when your body retains fluids more than it needs, usually due to diets high in salts, your eyes look darkened and puffy. Applying cold compression to the eyes or sleeping with extra pillows will elevate the area and prevents extra fluids from pooling unnecessarily. 3. Moisturize We that dry, parched skin looks dull and unhealthy. The same thing applies to the skin surrounding the eye area. Plus it is more prominent here since the skin is thinner. Give your under eye area some TLC with intense moisturizing cream for nourishment. As mentioned, since the skin at the eye area is thinner, you should get eye cream instead of using a facial moisturizer. Eye creams are formulated for quicker absorption. Plus, most eye creams also come with ingredients that are specific to undo the appearance of dark circles such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins C, vitamin E and caffeine. 4. Skin-lightening cream If you have a serious case of dark circles and want to remedy the issue quickly, consider skin-lightening creams that work on pigmentation in the eye area. Notable ingredients to look for including kojic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin c, and glutathione to name a few. 5. Medical treatments for dark circles In the case when you want to go the medical route or perhaps your dermatologist recommends it, there are treatments used to lighten dark circles. Treatments such as chemical peels (with customized acids and concentration according to your condition), laser therapy, and dermal fillers that work wonders as they work to counter the factors that are causing you dark circles in the first place. A surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty can also be done if you need it. The procedure works by removing a layer of fat at the eye area to decrease puffiness and shadow cast in the under eye, which in turn reduces the appearance of dark circles. Multiple solutions and remedies are available to treat dark circles. And since there’s no one-size-fits-all, it’s best for you to get advice from your doctor to guide you on the best way to eliminate dark circles, for good.
How to Make Sure Your Neck Never Gives Away Your Age
Your skin care routine is flawless, and your face has never looked more vibrant and glowing. But then you look down to see it - your neck. Your neck, which is frequently affected by wrinkles, bands, and sagging, is one of the first and most visible parts of the body to show signs of ageing. Even using your regular skin care routine on the neck does not always appear to help with these issues. So, what are the best methods for combating and smoothing these age-related fine lines? Surprisingly, the face and the neck are linked; however, the ageing of the neck is slightly different. There are several reasons for this, one of which is that the skin on the neck is extremely thin. It is vulnerable to sun damage. But what distinguishes the neck is that it moves; the neck is a joint, just like your elbow or knee. And we develop creases over our joints over time. Normal skin ageing causes collagen and elastic tissue to break down, which accounts for neck wrinkles and sagging. This typically manifests itself around the mid-20s, and it is exacerbated in those who have had increased exposure to sunlight and pollutants such as cigarette smoke. These creases and bands on the neck have gotten worse in recent decades as a result of a condition known as "tech neck," which is caused by looking down at electronic devices for long periods of time. Neck bands become worse with neck movement, such as moving the neck up and down. They also get deeper when you hold your neck in a downward position while browsing on your phone or working on your laptop. Is there a way to prevent neck ageing? The best solution is to prevent sagging and wrinkles from forming in the first place. It is always easier to prevent damage than it is to repair or rejuvenate it. Sunscreen This product is your best line of defence against wrinkles and other signs of ageing. When choosing a sunscreen, look for one with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sun damage accelerates the appearance of ageing on all parts of the body. Do you already apply sunscreen to your face? Apply the same skin care routine that you use on your face to your neck. Antioxidants Another method of prevention is to use topical treatments and creams containing antioxidants. Ingredients such as vitamin C and E, can help reverse the effects of sunlight and pollution. They also stimulate collagen, reduce fine lines and improve skin elasticity. Retinols Retinols are also beneficial in combating the signs of ageing. If you have sensitive skin and are concerned about the strength, choose a cream that contains Retinyl Palmitate, a ProRetinol that is mild enough for most people. When it comes to stimulating collagen, retinoid creams are an excellent choice. Diet What you eat can also have an impact on how our skin looks. A diet high in antioxidants and low in sugar helps to prevent collagen damage. Weight fluctuation has a significant impact on your neck. If you have a history of yo-yo dieting, this will contribute to neck laxity. The most effective neck wrinkle treatments If you've already developed these unsightly wrinkles and sagging, it may be time to seek treatment. Here are some examples of dermatologist led options... HIFU Ultherapy, which uses ultrasound, penetrates deeper into the skin's layers than creams, stimulating collagen at the deeper layers and preventing sagging neck. Lasers Non-ablative fractionated resurfacing lasers, such as Clear and Brilliant or Fraxel, can help improve your skin's texture. MNRF All radiofrequency microneedling devices stimulate collagen and elastic tissue, which aids in the treatment of horizontal neck bands. If you choose this procedure, keep in mind that it will necessitate multiple treatments. Injectables Another option for filling neck bands and horizontal lines is injectables. Dermal fillers do not treat muscle, but they can help to smooth out fine lines and plump up the skin on the neck, giving it a more youthful appearance. Botox is preferable for bands and neck cords because it softens their appearance by relaxing the muscle.
The True Lives Of First Generation Kids
I've been wanting to write a card about this for a while because I feel like this is a really unique experience that, at the same time, a lot of people can relate to. My mom was born in the Middle East, raised in Mexico, and moved to New York City when she was a young girl. Because of this, she had a really different way of raising us than maybe the 'normal' American parent would, and I don't think I really understood why I felt so weird and different growing up until I could look back at the whole experience and realize - hey, I'm a first generation. My favorite show on television right now is 'Fresh Off The Boat', a loosely biographical comedy based on the life of celebrity restaurateur Eddie Huang and his childhood as a first generation Taiwanese American. The Huangs might be from Taiwan, but I feel like the things they experience and the way that they handle situations are so reminiscent of anyone who comes from a similar family situation. Inspired by that show, and facets of my own life, I figured I'd put together a list of ABSOLUTELY TRUE (AND TRULY HILARIOUS) experiences first-generation kids deal with when growing up. Granted, many of these are my own experiences and might not be true for all first generation kids. However, I hope you all get a laugh! Your grandparents don't speak English - and taught you all the best insults in the language they DO speak. Okay, maybe Teta (aka 'Grandma') didn't want me to know how to call people sloppy, dumb, and fat in Arabic, but she talked so much Middle Eastern smack that those are some of the only words I know. You never get to eat the cafeteria lunch - just whatever was left over from last night's dinner. There's nothing quite like trying to explain to the other kids at the table what falafel is. (Not many 4th graders have come across it before, and don't realize that they'll be devouring them by the dozen when they become the 'trendy' foreign food 15 years later.) You have so many cousins that family photos require the panorama feature. So you've got your first cousins, your second cousins, your third cousins once removed, the cousin who is a cousin of your other cousin (which also makes you cousins, according to your mom), and the cousins who aren't actually cousins but are so close to your family they're treated just the same. Your mom isn't saying you have to marry someone of the same background, but she isn't NOT saying that. Just like she's not telling you that your wedding ceremony has to be in your family's church/mosque/temple/religious center of choice and that you must give her lots of small, chubby, adorable grandbabies. You have to warn your non-ethnic friends about your family before they show up to a party. Take your shoes off, sample the hummus, and I apologize in advance that no one on my mom's side knows how to pronounce the 't' in 'Courtney'. (You guys, my uncles paid for a bellydancer to show up to our Fathers' Day party one year. I cannot make this up.) You have an uncle that pushes alcohol on everyone even though half of your cousins are still in high school. Here's looking at you, Uncle Alfif. (Or as we say in my family - Alcoholic Al.) And your parents aren't really fans of the fact you never tried learning 'the language'. Why do I need to learn how to speak a language I'm only going to be able to use when I'm talking to old people at family functions? I already learned all the good words from my bilingual cousins anyway. Are you a first generation American kid who has their own stories? Let me know in the comments below!