Five Beauty Questions Women are Too Embarrassed to Ask

Not all of us would admit to being vain, but even the most boyish among us girls may have some questions about some of our body parts that we’re just to embarrass to ask. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I’ve asked these questions several times, and no matter how many times I’ve asked them, the answers are still the same. Well, maybe they’ll change. Give it a few years. Read on, because at some point in your lives, you might have asked the same questions too.

Dimples of Venus on a woman in a bathing suit ...
Cellulite, begone!! (photo credits from wikipedia.)

Is there ever a cure for cellulite?

Cellulite are caused by the fat deposits below the surface of the skin, causing a dimpled appearance of the abdomen, lower limbs, and pelvic region.  Its actual cause has not been determined yet but there are several factors that may contribute to its presence. Many believe that hormones such as estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process. Genes may  also predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency. People who eat too much  fat, salt, carbohydrates,  and too little of fiber will be more prone to cellulite. Smokers and those who live a sedentary life  are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.  People who wear tight elastics for underwear that can limit the blood flow may contribute to the formation of cellulite.

Several therapies such as ultrasound, radio frequency therapy, magnetic therapy, radial waves therapy, endermologie, and electrical stimulation were said to have successfully removed cellulite among its patron but none have been scientifically proven. Some people even wear compression garments that are supposed to compress arteries and increase blood flow to reduce visual cellulite, but even this, still does not guarantee that those bedimpled cheeks will disappear.

Some people with cellulite wear special clothing called compression garments to reduce the appearance of cellulite. These garments try to compress arteries and increase blood and lymph flow to reduce visual cellulite, but even these, do not guarantee a complete disappearance.  If you already have it, the best way to reduce it without spending too much is to maintain a diet of low fat foods, vegetable and fiber. Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight. Wear loose fitting undergarments because tight fitting elastics can also form cellulite.

Why are there some portions of  my butt that feel rough?

You might think that you have pimples on your butt but those rough spots you’ve got might be keratosis pilaris. Those are small and either white or small red bumps that you feel on your butt. Except  for the fact that they feel rough, they’s seldom itchy nor sore. When the body produces too much keratin that they surround and entrap the hair follicles in the pores. You may experience this all year round, but they’re more common  during colder months, when the moisture level in the air is lower. If you have such, just exfoliate and moisturize regularly.

Can I get rid of my stretch marks?

When the skin gets stretched by pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss, the stretch can create scarring. Stretch marks are usually red or purple, then fade to a glossy white. You might have them on your belly, thighs, hips, breasts, or lower back. Lotions and creams are usually of little benefit. Mostly, moisturizer can minimize the itch. Constant application of oils like sunflower oil and virgin olive oil can minimize the appearance over the years. The marks can be reduced with chemical peels or laser surgery. It’s best to be in the care of a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist as they would be able to  determine which treatment approach is best for you.

How do I get rid of the razor bumps or chicken skin in my armpits?

Razor bumps occur when stubble curls back on itself and grows into the skin. The best way to treat and prevent the bumps is to stop shaving. Hair removal creams laser treatment, or IPL (intense pulse light) sessions are possible alternatives. If you prefer to keep shaving, you might be able to prevent razor bumps by taking a hot shower first and using a thick shaving gel before you shave. While shaving, keep your arm raised high, so that the skin is at its most taut. Underarm hair grows in many directions, so it’s best to shave up, down and side to side, all the while looking at what you are doing in the mirror. Shave only where there’s visible hair.

Why does my neck appear saggy?

If you’ve lost a lot of weight, you may have excess skin hanging around the neck. And if your neck muscles have grown loose, you may have neck bands, sometimes called “turkey wattle.” Either way, your neck may look older than your face. Botox injections can reduce neck bands. For a more dramatic change, a neck lift is also an option. Cosmetic procedures may cost a lot, but the best way to prevent the aging is to take care of the neck the same way you take care of your face. Cleanse, tone, moisturize everyday. And exfoliate once in a while.

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