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Patricia Brown is a Montreal-based writer with a passion for good health, good food, and simple living. When not writing, she is an active curler in the winter months, and an avid gardener and dragon boat paddler during the summer. She and her husband Alex Simard share their home with one large dog and two small cats.

Organic spray tan

Sunless tanning is a popular means of achieving a ‘bronzed’ look without sun exposure. Spray tanning is an easier alternative to applying products on your own. Providers of organic spray tanning products claim to use all-natural ingredients – minus the chemicals. What is an organic spray tan? The tanning trend was spurred on by sun-kissed models in fashion magazines and…

salicyclic acid

Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in medications to treat acne and other skin conditions. It is available in many different formats, including creams, lotions and gels. In low concentrations, salicylic acid is generally safe and well tolerated. Healthy skin can be achieved in part by keeping well hydrated (drink plenty of water!), shielding skin from the harmful effects of the…

older man losing hair

DHT blockers counteract the effects of testosterone, a hormone associated with hair loss. It’s important to start using a DHT blocker at the first sign that your hair is thinning. Prescription drugs are said to be most effective, although they may cause serious side effects. Hair loss is linked to genetics, medical conditions, medications and stress. It affects as many…

Combination Skin

Combination skin refers to skin that has both oily and dry areas. The phenomenon has been linked to genetics, diet and some lifestyle factors. Not everyone believes it is a real condition. Despite the disbelievers, there are many cosmetic products targeting this skin type. Combination skin is just what it sounds like -- skin that is a mix of both…

Retin-A for stretch marks

Stretch mark scars are the result of a loss of collagen. Pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss can cause these lesions. Tretinoin (Retin-A) can help minimize their appearance. Tretinoin products should not be used while pregnant. Stretch marks -- which generally appear on the abdomen, thighs, breasts, hips or buttocks -- can be distressing, sometimes unsightly, and often impossible to…

DNA Testing for skincare

DNA testing is being used to personalize skin care regimens, with several companies now offering services that tailor product use to skin deficiencies. Some physicians and scientists remain skeptical, as DNA testing has yet to translate into truly customized skin treatments that are backed by clinical evidence. The advent of services like 23andMe and Ancestry.com has heightened interest in learning…

Wound Healing with Natural Products

Wound healing is a complex process that can involve the regeneration of different cell types. In recent years there have been many advances in commercial wound care, including new antibiotics and nanoparticles. Many of nature’s best healing agents, however, have been available for thousands of years. Western medicine has a large number of wound care management strategies at its disposal,…

Breast Massage

A variety of massage techniques are recommended after breast implant surgery. These exercises help prevent capsular contracture, a common post-surgical complication. You should plan to massage your breasts at least three times a day for three months after surgery. Your planned-for breast augmentation surgery is now over and, like most patients, you have a good feeling about how you look…

Forehead Augmentation

Forehead augmentation can provide better ‘balance’ to the top third of the face. Reasons for this surgical solution vary depending on gender, cultural norms and, of course, personal preference. Augmentation can be achieved through surgical or non-surgical approaches. Newer options include 3D printing technology and the use of microsphere fillers. While there's no such thing as an ideal-sized forehead, the…

Dislocated Jaw

The mechanics of the jaw are fairly intricate, and jaw dislocations occur more easily than expected. Symptoms commonly include a crunching noise and difficulty eating or moving your jaw. Although jaw dislocation does not usually require surgery, clinical guidance and care are advisable. Your jaw hurts. In fact, your entire face hurts. Is it possible you’ve dislocated your jaw? A…

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