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Summer Skin Care

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I caught up with Joel Quinones of Houston’s Q Salon, to talk about how to take care of your skin while enjoying the summer sun.

What are some of the skin-care basics that we should be thinking about when heading out into the sun?

First off, the sun is hottest from 10 AM to 2 PM. If at all possible, wear hats, sunglasses, and keep as much covered by clothing as possible. Always wear a sunscreen on the areas exposed — face, neck, arms. If you wear shorts and flip flops, those areas need to be covered also.

You need a broad spectrum which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. There are also hair products that contain a sunscreen for hair. If you have colour on your hair to cover grey, the sun will lift that colour right off and leave you looking brassy, so hats and hair products with an SPF are recommended.

What are some of the considerations when choosing a sun-block?

I don’t mess around — an SPF of 30 or higher is my go-to. I have sunscreens that are for just my face, and then those just for the body. I have oily to combination skin, so I pick a sunscreen with an SPF of 50. The ones I use are light and have an almost mattifying effect on my face.

I love Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard Sunscreen for men. SPF of 50.

La Roche Posay makes an amazing duel product — it’s a moisturising serum and sunscreen in one — it’s called Anthelios AOX. It too is an SPF of 50 and is great on most skin types — it hydrates and protects.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch comes in up to 100 SPF. Amazing for oily skins.

Do I need sun-block if my grooming products include SPF protection?

Yes — they’re just not strong enough for today’s rays. If you live in a city where you walk everywhere — like New York or London — that exposure can really damage you. You’re supposed to reapply after 2–3 hours of sun exposure or getting wet.

What sort of after-sun skin-care should I be considering?

Gentle is the order of the day here. Cleansing oils and milky cleansers are best. They’ll clean thoroughly without over-stripping. Pat dry after you rinse, and proceed with your moisturising regime.

If I’ve suffered a bit of sun-burn, what’s the best way to try and cool the heat down and help the skin recover?

Cool showers and compresses are recommended. Use moisturisers that contain aloe vera and soy afterwards. Aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce redness and discomfort. Drink lots of water, because you really have to re-hydrate after a burn.

What sort of long-term damage can over-exposure to the sun cause to the skin?

UV rays will reach your inner skin layers. On the surface it could be a tan, or worse a sunburn. Underneath, skin cells are damaged, die and become cancerous. Signs are increased freckles and discoloration, wrinkles, signs of premature ageing and the risk of several different types of skin cancer.

Is it possible to repair sun-damaged skin?

Yes — there’s so much out there to help you improve what you have. The marriage of science and beauty has been a successful one.

First off, use sunscreen — every day. Exfoliate — scrubs, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and microdermabrasion leave skin smoother and trigger cell regeneration. Brown spots and discoloration can be treated with kojic acid, hydroquinone, Retin-A, and Vitamin C. Products containing these ingredients can really brighten and lighten freckles or brown spots if used religiously. Hydrate your skin. Moisturisers that contain Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Lecithin, Sorbitol and Glycerol do lots to keep the skin supple and plumped up. Visit a professional like your dermatologist or esthetician to discuss photofacials, laser resurfacing treatments, microneedling, and peels — all must be administered by a professional. These can significantly restore skin, improve texture, and tone.

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What are some of the essential hints and tips that I should bear in mind when enjoying the warmth of the sun?

Limit your time in the sun. Cover whatever you can with the proper clothing. If you have only two seconds to use one product, then it should be sunscreen. Hydrate and drink lots of water, and get your electrolytes.

The sun isn’t all bad, 15–20 minutes of morning sunlight exposure can do a host of good too. It helps regulate our body clock, elevate our mood, help us produce Serotonin, and make Vitamin D. It’s also said to also alleviate certain skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and jaundice.

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Everything You Need to Know About Penis Augmentation

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Life happens only once, and imagine that you’re not satisfied with the size of your penis. In the past, you simply had to live with it, perhaps having difficulties getting someone into bed or always having self-esteem issues. However, times did change a lot, and nowadays you can give your penis the upgrade that it deserves. Penis enlargement methods have become extremely popular and very common, with an increase of 120% in the last couple of years. So, if you have any plans of enlarging your little fellow, there are things that you need to know, as this is not a small thing to do (pun intended).

The enlargement: then and now

Penis-enlargement methods, some of them safe while other unsafe, have flooded the market for quite some time now. You can choose from many options, such as pumps, surgical penis enlargements, and even pills. Be as it may, there is a difference to the times we’re living in now. If you opt for a surgery, you need to pay attention to certain things and it’s definitely not a piece of cake, but there are is also a safer way in which you can enlarge your penis.

Why do men opt for this step?

There’s a question that’s probably older than the Bible — does size matter? No matter what your opinion on this is, size is crucial to some men. Even though it might not enhance the performance as a lover or nothing of that sort, the boost of confidence and self-esteem plays a big role here. Now, is it worth it to get through the process of pumping, eating pills or even living the pain of the surgery just to get your penis bigger and boost your confidence? If that’s something that will make you happy, then you should definitely consider it.

However, a lot of men can opt for a non-surgical penis augmentation lately, which is great for increasing the penis girth, with many guys describing it as an “unqualified success”. Performed with the help of fillers, this somewhat new penis enlargement method promises minimal discomfort, clinically proven results, and quick recovery.

The procedure

This non-surgical penis enlargement method is definitely the safest and the least painful of them all.

Even though the idea of having fillers injected into your penis might sound extremely painful, that’s nothing that a bit of numbing cream cannot resolve, which basically means that you won’t be feeling a thing. Bear in mind that the idea behind this procedure is to increase the girth of the penis, but the added weight of the filler lengthens the penis in many cases, as well. As far as the fillers go, it’s very important that you do your homework beforehand and go to the best clinic possible. There are many injectable fillers out there that can lead to serious issues, so don’t try to save money on this procedure if you really want it. What’s also good to know is that there are fillers that are reversible, which means that it can be melted away. This piece of information is very valuable, as you always have the option of removing it if you’re not satisfied with it afterwards.

Target audience

Even though practically every man can enlarge his penis, some are simply better candidates than others. For example, people who have a “hidden penis” might be the most important candidates for the procedure (even though in many cases the patient has to go through liposuction first to remove the excessive fat around his penis). Another group of people are those who have their penis constrained (also known as “buried penis”), which means that not all of it hangs outside the body. This option might require a surgical procedure to release the ligament and thus make the penis hang more outside of the body. And finally, there are those people (perhaps even you) who are simply not satisfied with the length or girth of their penis. This case might be the easiest, and they are considered as the best candidates for this penis enlargement method.

Bear in mind that this is not a small thing to plan ahead. If you opt for one, make sure to choose the method that’s best for you, the least painful, and the safest. Once again — do not save money on this. If you’re sure that you want to make your penis longer, at least get the best service there is.

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