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Ezine 112 March 2012

Skin Care Tip

Why you should consider sulfate-free products!

Many shampoos contain sulfates which cause an increased lathering effect in order to completely remove the oils and grime that accumulate on our scalps. However, there are many downsides to using shampoos or products that contain sulfates. Sulfates tend to completely strip hair from all the natural oils, which could leave it dry, dull, and brittle. Sulfates also should be avoided by anyone who has sensitive skin because they tend to irritate the scalp even more by drying it out or causing dandruff. Anyone with color treated hair should also avoid using sulfate containing products because it is known to strip away the color. Sulfate containing shampoos are labeled as “SLS” or “SLES”. There are many non-sulfate shampoos that contain organic and natural ingredients that are meant to not harm humans. These shampoos are gentler and contain vitamins that are meant to keep the hair healthy and hydrated.

Anti-Aging Tip:

How exercise can strengthen your brain!

We are all more than accustomed to hearing about the benefits that arise through exercise by now. Increasing longevity, lowering heart rate and blood cholesterol, relieving stress, maintaining a healthy weight and staving off diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer are just a few notable benefits. However, a very important benefit of exercise that is not as commonly known is how it affects and strengthens the brain.

A quick biochemical lesson on how exercise can strengthen our brains – physical exercise stimulates the creation of new mitochondria within the brain cells. Mitochondria are basically the fuel of energy that reside within our cells. The stronger the mitochondria means the more vital the cell, which leads to a few key benefits. These benefits include sharper thinking skills, reducing mental fatigue and also possibly delaying or fighting off neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Deficits in mitochondria have been linked to the development of neurodegenerative diseases and storage of mitochondria can help fight them off. Other benefits for the brain due to exercise include improved memory and learning, pain relief, mood enhancement, endorphin release and a correlation with strong mental health which helps fight depression.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Why you should quit smoking before surgery!

Everyone knows how bad smoking is for our health and why we should avoid it. In addition to the well-known health hazards of smoking, it is also strongly advisable to quit smoking prior to a surgical procedure. Smoking is known to increase risks and complications during and after surgery. Smoking within 24 hours before a surgery may restrict blood flow to the heart. Even smoking within 6 weeks of surgery is known to prolong the recovery process. Smoking can also interfere with anesthesia which in turn may create complications during surgery. Other complications with smoking and surgery include infections that otherwise can be controlled and an increased cost of hospital facilities due to a delay of discharge of the patient from the recovery room. Our advice is to quit smoking for a minimum of 2-3 weeks in order to ensure a faster recovery, less complications, and to achieve the best results possible.

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Make sure you chose a board certified plastic surgeon. A call to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS at 1-888-4-PLASTIC (ie. 1-888-475-2784) can tell you which doctors are legitimate plastic surgeons with outstanding qualifications. You can also visit the ASPS web site at The ASPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. When considering a cosmetic surgeon, you should also make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). A call to ASAPS (1-888-272-7711) or visiting the ASAPS website ( can help you verify your plastic surgeons membership.

To help you in making your decision, please click here to check out the 7 critical questions to ask any plastic surgeon before letting them touch you!

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