Tuesday, April 16, 2013

REVIEW: TriPollar STOP for Face: Does it work like it claims?

Facing a BIG birthday I suddenly noticed my jowls starting to sag. GASP! While I've been pretty good at staving off most wrinkles and heavy-duty aging signs, I did not fixate on the jowl until this one fateful day.

What to do?

I made an appointment for the CoolTouch laser at my derm office. This was a delightful procedure compare to the horrid Thermage and similar HOT HOT HOT lasers to lift and firm. I would recommend it...but it's pricey, so I figured I needed to look at other options. (The CoolTouch requires a minimum of three treatments to get the full effect, they say.)

I started the inevitable internet search for something proven to work at home. I put several hours into it (admittedly time I should have spent doing something else, but I was dogged). I found the TriPollar STOP for the face and decided after hemming and hawing to get it (450+ on Amazon with several pretty good reviews).

It came from overseas (I want to say Denmark or somewhere like that). Shipping was pretty quick, considering. I ripped it open and used it the first day.

First, I'll say this machine was packaged nicely and seemed fairly well-designed and built. I would request the light a little easier to see (hard to see when it turns to the desired orange when you're doing under your chin or not in front of a mirror). But I digress...

Does it work?

I have been using it for about two months now and I will give it a cautionary thumbs up. Here's the thing: It's like any high-frequency or procedure. It takes time to see results. Unlike the microcurrent machines like NuFace or Facemaster, this heats the skin and underneath to essentially encourage the growth of new collagen. And as we all know by now, collagen is key.

It requires about a 20-30 treatment every few days at first; tapering off to a couple times a month later. I did this faithfully every 3-4 days, then every 10 days, now about every other week.

I do feel it's helped with some of the initial jowl sag and even helped  reduce puffiness in my cheeks that make the nasolabial lines more noticeable (but they haven't gone away). I doesn't hurt, but take care to be careful once the skin is heated (you'll see the green light turn to orange once this occurs). You can burn yourself in the more tender places on your face.

I keep it on High for the jowls, cheeks, jaw and then turn it down for the eyes and even upper lip area. The somewhat sticky/greasy gel they send to use with it was a turn off at first, but I realize that it really works well and doesn't dry up or disintegrate like Aloe Vera or the like. It's something I would consider ordering to use with this machine.

If you're finding yourself whining "But who has the time?" then this  or any home device likely isn't for you. It takes time and commitment. Like exercise, just do it. However, I do it while watching TV and the time seems to fly by (whether I'm doing a home treatment or not). It works for me.

If you have significant sagging, I doubt this will help. But, if you're noticing the first signs and are already pretty good at doing home care, this might be a good fit for you.

I'll keep you posted as time goes on. :)

UPDATE 2015:

I rarely use this device any longer. It just doesn't seem to do much. Maybe it does and I just don't have the patience to see it ??

However, for a more "happening" treatment, try the NuFace, the galvanic or the FaceMaster (with reservations).

Monday, April 8, 2013

Clueless Advertising for the Boomer Generation: My response to a HARO query


Media Outlet: Fifty Plus Advocate newspapers

I'm seeking comments from advertisers and sociologists on why it
seems that major marketing advertisements aimed at people 50 and
older tend to show their perspective customers in the decline of
life -- needing a drug to have sex or just get through the day,
added health care coverage, electric wheelchairs to get around
-- anything but the vibrant lifestyle many of them continue to
lead well into their 70s, and in doing so, are losing the chance
to attract a sizeable market from a huge section of the
population, many who have more disposable income than the
younger audience that tend to be marketed to in much greater


I couldn’t agree more with your post! I am a Boomer myself (just barely) and do NOT, respond to the feeble advertising of today’s marketing gurus who likely don’t have
a very, shall we say, expanded concept of what it’s like to be a Boomer in today’s life. Most are incredibly active and vital, and with the advent of shows like Dr. Oz to stay informed, many are healthier than ever.

I am not an expert advertiser, however, I do run two sites for “ageless living” as well as a Boomer Meet Up group so I know a thing or two about the subject. My chief instincts are that:

--The advertisers/marketers are younger (under 40) and just not in touch with the reality of today’s more mature individual, preferring to see them as some clich├ęd version of a grandparent (grey hair, elastic waist pants and groaning to just get up out of a chair). 

--Advertisers are stuck in the mindset that if you reach 45+, you are therefore on your way out and stuffing your money in your mattress vs. spending it. Not smart.

These are my “two cents” worth as a successful entrepreneur, both online and off, and just hitting my 50s.
----------What do you think?

Author, Entrepreneur, Anti-Aging Beauty and Style Expert



Thursday, April 4, 2013

The history of hair and hair styling

The history of hair and hair styling

Twisty, braided or curly, styled straight or wavy, hair has been cut and styled every day, since centuries. Hair styles for men and women have been in existence since the medieval period and the Roman era. Paris, the mecca of fashion and style, had and still has its own unique fashion dictionary that the world chooses to follow. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China, Rome, America, Africa, and Japan, had their own exclusive hair styles.

Traditional Japanese hairstyles make use of jeweled combs and beautiful,

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the hairstyles of women became more elaborate and hair began to be decorated with ornaments such as ostrich plumes, flowers, ropes of pearls, ribbons, jewels, and delicate hand-crafted objects. It was sometime in the mid-18th century that the pouf became the style of choice for most wealthy women. During this time, the hair styles of men also evolved. Japanese men began to cut their hair in zangiri or jangiri styles. Slowly and steadily, Japanese women began to adopt Western styles too.   

20th century hair styles

During this time, the high bouffant and the beehive styles became very popular. The 1950s were the age of rock and roll and hair styles of both men and women were heavily influenced by the culture of pop and Elvis Presley. Hair began to be worn shorter and shorter in high ponytails. Some hairstyles were also layered cuts with short-cropped bangs. Gorgeous hairstyles began to be paired with funky accessories like big hoop earrings and bows. With girls adoring the styles of Audrey Hepburn and Gina Lollobrigida, the pixie hair cut became the rage. In America, popular haircuts of that era were most often inspired by teen idols, music, and Hollywood. The 1960s saw hairstyles becoming more elegant and graceful, and above all, natural. The male hairstyles of this era were influenced by the Beatles.

Modern hair styles

Modern hair styles range from creative and curly tresses to sleek, shiny and straight hair. Hair is either permed, or straightened using a flat iron. Bangs are a rage these days and can give you a sexy and classy look. Even today, women sport glittery ornaments on their hair. Wedding hairstyles have become more elaborate and complicated, yet they can be magnificent.

Hairstyle processes

Hair dressing includes various processes such as cutting, trimming, combing, brushing, drying, braiding, curling, and ironing. 

The hair and hair styling industry is a major industry today, generating employment for salons, spas, magazines, advertisers, and cosmetology professionals.

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