Checking your skin

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With Summer well and truly out of the way, there comes a question each of us needs to ask ourselves.

How well do you know your freckles and moles?

According the Australian Cancer Council, the average Australian 15 year old will already have over 50 moles on their body. The relationship we have with them and our awareness towards them, is highly important.

As a rule, moles will all look fairly alike. Each one should be uniform in colour and shape. They might be raised, which is perfectly normal, but they should remain smooth and soft.

There are varying types of skin; it is suggested that the more moles you have, the higher your risk of skin cancer. If you have a relatively significant number on your skin, it’s all the more important to be aware of what they look like so as to ensure you notice differences.

Knowing what your skin and moles generally look like, is a crucial step in discovering skin cancer because the best indication that you’re at risk is when you notice a change in one’s shape and/or colour. Develop a practice of checking your body every 3 months or so.

If you discover a spot that has developed any of the following indicators, it’s important to be checked by a health care professional for signs of skin cancer:

  • More than one colour, or change in colour
  • Smudgy edges, no clear line
  • Irregular shape
  • Change in texture, no longer smooth and/or soft
  • Has grown in size
  • Has red or pink shade in or around it
  • Is itchy, sore or bleeding
  • Any new moles that appear during adulthood

The bottom line is to be actively aware of your freckles and moles. You must take notice of where you have spots and what they look like, so as to recognise any changes or new moles that have developed.

Are you skin cancer aware? You can find out more at the Cancer Council website, who have an abundance of information concerning prevention and what to recognise.

Cellulite Causes and Treatments

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Cellulite is something that causes many people, men and women, some bodily embarrassment. Commonly misunderstood to be simply fat, cellulite is actually a build up of fat right beneath the skin which pushes against the connective tissue. This causes the area to pucker and look uneven. While it is a perfectly normal and natural occurrence in the body, there are also a number of ways to treat cellulite.

Firstly, it’s important to consider the causal factors of cellulite, to consider what aspects of your lifestyle you can alter to address the issue. Things such as a lack of physical activity, dehydration, fad dieting and poor diet can all play a hand in the development of cellulite. Also, a slow metabolism or hormonal changes can make a difference as well which, when regulated, might slow the process of cellulite development.

Massage & Spa Treatments:

Certain treatments can have a temporary effect on cellulite and so is more of ‘quick fix’ option. Massages do not remove all cellulite but will assist in removing excess fluid from under the skin.

Laser Removal:

This method uses laser energy to melt away the fat under the skin, break up fibres and stimulate collagen production.

Endermologie:

Endermologie is a procedure available at many spas. It involves a machine which kneads the skin in rolling suction motions. This works to boost the circulation and increase collagen production, thereby decreases the appearance of cellulite beneath the skin.

Things to be aware of:

Some people think liposuction might be the answer to their cellulite woes, but it can actually worsen the situation as it removes deep deposits of fat, not cellulite that sits just beneath the skin. Furthermore, the procedure can cause depressions when removing the fat which could lead to a worsening of cellulite.

Another treatment to be cautious of is mesotherapy. While there are those who stand by the benefits of this therapy (it is essentially the direct injection of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids) many still claim that there is not enough scientific evidence that it works or that it’s especially safe. The procedure can assist in breaking down fat and slightly improve the appearance of cellulite. It does, however, carry the risk of swelling, infection and scarring.

 

How to Study Whilst Working

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It’s a big commitment to take on study. Especially when you already have a life established and a job to maintain. Whether you have an existing business that you wish to boost with new skills, or you’re working to support yourself during your time studying, it’s no small feat. It’s important to be aware of what you’re taking on and know how to handle it. Here are some tips on how to manage studying while you’re still working. Continue reading How to Study Whilst Working

Peels and Pregancy

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