As with most things in the world of consumerism, there are so many choices. There are choices that relate to varying qualities and sources of ingredients, price range, personal preferences (taste, smell, look, feel, et cetera), and choices based on expert reviews and recommendations. In the world of health and beauty products, the choices can be particularly overwhelming. Fret not though. We have done the research for you and by consulting expert reviews from Allure, Vanity Fair, The Independent, and Total Beauty, we have put together the most highly recommended and reviewed facial oils on the market right now.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil (acne-prone skin)
Caudalie Divine Oil (oily skin)
*Josie Maran Argan Oil (ant-aging)
Darphin Chamomile Aromatic Care (sensitive skin)
Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regeneration Facial Oil (discolored skin)
Kate Somerville Dilo Oil (firming)
Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil (intense hydration)
Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (light hydration)
Tarte Cosmetics Maracuya Oil (combination skin)
*Desert Essence Organic Jojoba (all skin types)
Top recommendation for skin blissful blends:
*Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Caudalle Polyphenol Overnight Detox Oil
Philosophy Back to Nurture Deeply Replenishing Oil
Lalicious: The Oil
Physicians Formula Argan 2-in-1 Argan Oil with Coconut Water Primer
*These oils have been personally tested and approved!
Some of these oils are pricier than others, but most of the time you only need a few drops, so a bottle should go a long way. Once you find the right oil for your skin type and skincare needs, you will never go back to the days of not using a daily and or nightly facial/body oil. There are oils that are beautifully scented and others that are scentless. There are ones that are light and quickly absorb and others that are ideal for bedtime. There is literally a face oil out there for every skin type and skincare need. The sooner you start properly caring for your skin, the better off your skin will be in the long run. Putting your best face forward has never been so easy!
A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.
We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?
Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.
When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?
In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.
So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.
If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
We live in a world of seemingly infinite choices, especially when it comes to beauty, skincare, and healthcare products. On top of all of the choices, there always seems to be something new and “in the now.” While face and body oils aren’t necessarily new, they do seem to be one of the latest trends. Trends tend to fade, but it is unlikely that this one will because the benefits are too great and the variety of them is so vast that there is literally something for every skin type, condition, and concern. There are simple oils that you may recognize from your kitchen like coconut and olive oil, blended oils that also include ingredients like peptides, essential oils like lavender and jasmine, and exotic oils such as maracuja and marula. Choosing the right oil just depends on what you want that oil to do for your skin.
A few quick things:
1. A little oil goes a long way. Start with a drop or two.
2. If you tend to be more sensitive or have allergies, test your oil out on your wrist first before you apply it to your face and or body.
3. While there might be cheaper alternatives available, it is best to buy the highest quality oil to ensure that the ingredients are pure and properly extracted. Since you only need to use a little at a time, your oil will go a long way.
Here are some of the top choices for different skin types/conditions to get your started.
Acne and acne-prone skin: Tea tree oil will do wonders toward eliminating your blemishes! Research has shown that 5% tea tree is the equivalent to 5% benzoyl peroxide, but way more gentle on your skin. You can use tea tree oil as a spot treatment.
Oily skin: Grapeseed or peppermint oil is your miracle worker. Both of these oils can actually help to regulate your natural oil production.
Irritated skin: All the way from East Africa, marula oil from the marula nut is a blessing for irritated skin. It is high in oleic acid, which is a fatty acid that our bodies naturally produces. It is also high in antioxidants that work to defend your skin against UV rays and pollution in the air. This wonderful oil absorbs quickly, but leaves behind a lasting moisturizer.
Discolored or scarred skin: Rose hip seed oil is chalked full of essential fatty acids, vitamin C, and natural retinol (vitamin A). Using rose hip seed oil can help reduce the appearance of discoloration and scars, while also helping to increase cell turnover.
Sensitive skin: The same way that chamomile tea helps to soothe you mind, body, and soul, chamomile oil is great for calming irritation and reducing redness. It is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Hydration: Avocado oil is one of the best oils for mega hydration. It is loaded with lipids (see previous article) and antioxidants. Based on how the fruit is when you eat it, you can probably guess that it is a bit heavier of an oil. It is typically mixed with other lighter oils, but if you skin is ultra-dry using it at night is a blissful remedy.
Combination skin: If you have combo skin, avocado oil might be a bit too heavy for you. In this case, maracuja (passionfruit) is an excellent choice. This exotic oil acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and contains collagen-boasting vitamin C and omega 6 fatty acid.
Face lift: If your skin needs a bit of plumping up, dilo oil from the dilo tree that is found in Fiji is your tropical cure. Dilo oil is high in omega 3, 6, and 9 and helps to plump up skin and reduce fine lines.
This is just the beginning! There are dozens of different types of oils and innumerable combinations of oils and other beneficial ingredients. As with most things regarding health and wellness, little changes or additions to your routine can produce amazing results. The proper skincare regiment can make all of the difference in the health and appearance of your skin. What is your skin missing? Stay tuned next week for the best brands and products on the market.
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Porcelain crowns have been used to restore problem teeth since at least the early 20th Century. Crown technology has gradually progressed from the early use of precious metals like gold or silver to more life-like porcelain crowns, often with a metal interior for added strength. Today, most crowns are all-porcelain, made with newer materials that not only look attractive but can endure under the pressures of daily chewing or biting.
While crowns are often part of restorations for missing teeth, they’re also commonly used to cap or fit over a viable tooth with structural or appearance problems. Here are 4 situations where a crown could improve a tooth’s form and function.
Traumatized teeth. A significant blow to the face or mouth could generate enough force to chip away or fracture a significant amount of structure from a tooth. If the root remains healthy and firmly attached within the jaw, however, a crown can replace the missing structure and restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
Root canal treatments. Root canal treatments remove infected or dead tissue within a tooth’s pulp chamber, its inner core, and the root canals. The procedure rescues the tooth but can in the process significantly alter the tooth’s structure and appearance. A crown not only restores the tooth but also provides added protection against further decay or tooth fracture.
Teeth with multiple fillings. We can effectively treat cavities caused by tooth decay by filling them. But with each filling we must remove more of the decayed structure and shape the cavity to accommodate the filling. After a number of times, a tooth may not have enough structure left to support another filling. If the tooth is still viable, a crown could solve this dilemma.
Abnormally developed teeth. Teeth sometimes don’t erupt in the jaw as they should and may be only partly visible. The tooth not only looks out of place but it can’t fully function like a normal tooth. Capping an abnormally developed tooth with a crown will help normalize it and allow it to blend in with surrounding teeth.
If you would like more information on crown restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
If you’re wondering why you or your partner snores a lot, there’s a good chance that the issue could be sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects up to 18 million Americans according to the National Sleep Foundation, and many of them don’t even know it. Find out all you need to know about sleep apnea treatment at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Many cases of loud and uncontrollable snoring at night are caused by undiagnosed sleep apnea. This is a condition that makes it difficult for air to make its way smoothly through the breathing passageways. The muscles located at the back of the mouth allow tissue to cover the passageway when you’re sleeping. You may wake up dozens of times per hour, due to the lack of air, but don’t realize it.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
There are a few signals or symptoms that you may need sleep apnea treatment. Here are the most common signs:
- Tiredness even after 8 hours of sleep.
- Falling asleep in the middle of the day.
- Chronic, unexplained fatigue.
- Reports from a partner of loud snoring and frequent wake-ups.
- Confusion and memory problems during the day.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a sleep specialist, you may be wondering what can be done to treat your condition. One option is a custom oral appliance that can be created for you at the dentist’s office. It helps move the jaw and tongue into a more favorable position while sleeping. When you wear this device at night, it helps keep the passageway open so that you can breathe. It may be a preferred alternative to a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, which is uncomfortable for some patients to wear when they’re sleeping.
No More Trouble Sleeping
After a couple of visits to Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL, you'll have a custom sleep apnea device you can wear at night that will allow you to sleep with minimal snoring and interruptions. Call 954-983-5450 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Parker or Dr. Blake Parker.
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