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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Love the Skin You’re In
by Kristina Dudley of All Care Laser Center
Given that skin is the outermost layer of our bodies, it shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise that it can take a bit of a beating over time. Acne and acne scarring, sun-damaged skin, fine lines, enlarged pores, oily skin, blackheads and superficial age spots are just some of the unsightly marks that can spring up, and it only gets more difficult to keep your skin looking fresh as you get older. In spite of all this, there’s no need to despair over the skin you’re in — there are plenty of options available to take care of your skin and maintain (or bring back) its youthful luster.
Two indispensable assets to your skin’s health that people often forget about are exfoliation and moisturizing. The former is, quite simply, removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the outermost part of your body’s surfaces. Your body will eventually dispose of this skin naturally, but it won’t necessarily do it in the most uniform or appealing way — a process you can correct by taking care of it yourself. The latter process, moisturizing, is fairly obvious: skin dries out after a while, particularly during the winter, and so using lotions, masks and sprays can keep it moist and healthy.
If you’ve tried everyday home care of your skin and you’re finding you just can’t achieve the results you want, consider our microdermabrasion procedure. It’s quick, noninvasive and delivers visible results without any downtime — all appealing advantages over more costly, invasive surgical procedures. However you do it, just make sure you’re doing all you can to love the skin you’re in!
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Guide to Local Doctors and Hospitals – Greater Lowell Pediatrics
It’s “back to school” time again in the Merrimack Valley! Do you know where your kids are going for their care when they inevitably catch everything there is to catch this fall and winter? Take a look at our profile of Greater Lowell Pediatrics for one potential option!
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
The Mental Health Crisis of the “Smartphone Generation”
For The Atlantic, Jean M. Twenge takes a look at the bizarre contradiction of the “post-millennial” generation: while they’re physically safer than any previous generation thanks to their proclivity for hanging out online rather than out doing dangerous (and stupid) things, their constant use of smartphones is proving to have severely detrimental effects on their mental health.
Wellness Trends in the Business World
Forbes is first and foremost a business magazine, so it’s no wonder their latest look at the wellness world is focused on up-and-coming business trends capitalizing on whatever’s “in” with regards to health. Still, Annabel Acton’s article gives us some food for thought on the next ways we might be spending our money to take better care of ourselves:
- Stretching labs. Yeah, that’s right. Dedicated spaces where you can work with a trainer to, well, stretch your body. “Improved mobility, posture, performance and [increased] blood flow to muscles” are all benefits of stretching, according to Acton.
- Notable vitamin brands. With consumers’ increased focus on wellness, gone are the days of clean and clinical packaging for vitamins. Like other luxury products, the little capsules of nutrients are now “being treated with thoughtful design, beautiful packaging and romantic copy.”
- Cannabinoid oil. Yes, the root word of “cannabinoid” is “cannabis,” but don’t get the wrong idea about this stuff: “it’s non psycho-active and cant get you high,” Acton writes. Instead, it’s used to stop or reduce the bad effects of seizures, and can even help with balancing one’s mood and anxiety levels.
- Dedicated meditation studios. We’ve talked about meditation many times before in Wellness Wednesdays, from the fast-moving kind in “broga” to the walking variety, and soon you’ll have dedicated spaces to carry out the practice. According to Acton, “meditation studios are the new yoga studio.”
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
Body & Brain Yoga Taichi @ Riverwalk will hold a Gut Health Workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees will learn about the connection between their guts and overall health and happiness, learn how to experience pain relief, improved circulation and digestion, deep relaxation and much more. Lawrence, Mass. | Facebook.com
Shilpi Ranjan, owner and instructor of EZCompliments Indian cooking classes, will be the guest chef and speaker at Holy Family Hospital’s Good Eating: Indian Food event from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Methuen, Mass. | HolyFamily-Hospital.org
The NH Health & Wellness Center will hold a class entitled “Your Gut is THE Link to Your Health” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Nashua, N.H. | NHHealthWellness.com
Rotary Club of Andover and the Town of Andover’s Department of Community Services have organized the Andover Cares Community Festival, which will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Cormier Youth Center. This community rally and fundraiser to support substance abuse intervention, education and wellness will feature live music, Battle of the Bands, great food, family fun and health kiosks. Andover, Mass. | AndoverCaresFestival.Eventbrite.com