Fighting the Fine Lines
New Ways to Combat Wrinkles
By Jackie Lebovits
Age is but a number… of years your skin has been exposed to sun damage. No one wants to look older than they are, but to maintain a youthful glow, you don’t have stop smiling altogether like this woman.
The best way to fight wrinkles is through prevention. Stay hydrated, get a good amount of sleep, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. When catching Z’s, sleeping on your back reduces the lines a pillow leaves on your face. Sure, those marks might be a sign that you’re slaying your R.E.M. cycle, but over time these lines can develop into wrinkles that’ll keep you up at night.
We can’t stress this enough, so we’ll put it in caps: SUNSCREEN IS YOUR FRIEND. According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, people who regularly wear sunscreen show 24 percent fewer signs of aging than those who skip or skimp out. Wear. Sunscreen. Every. Day. Yes, even when it’s cloudy. No, it doesn’t count that you already have a base tan. “Botched” Dr. Paul Nassif recommends SPF 30-50.
If right now you’re thinking, “Gee, thanks, let me hop in my time machine and tell my twenty-year-old self these tricks,”—don’t stress (after all, that will only deepen your wrinkles). There are many options to counteract wrinkles that have already formed.
Hyaluronic acid fillers
You’ve heard of Botox injections: hyaluronic acid fillers are one of the fastest and most common methods to fill in lines and smooth skin. Each round of injections will set you back around $500 and will need to be repeated every eight months.
Collagen is a wrinkle’s worst enemy. For those of you who are ahead of the curve, “Cellifique” is a new collagen that can be injected under the eyes and around the lips. According to dermatologist Joel L. Cohen, Cellifique integrates into tissue without causing the discoloration that Botox or hyaluronic acid fillers may create in areas where skin is thinner. Unfortunately, Cellifique won’t be available in the U.S. until at least 2020, but you can fly over to Europe this spring to test it out.
Another new technique is called “micro needling,” or “collagen induction therapy,” and involves poking tiny, controlled “wounds” in the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process releasing collagen. These small perforations also allow products such as moisturizer and serums to penetrate more deeply, making them more effective.
When Keeping Up With Her Kollagen, Kim Kardashian gravitates towards “Vampire Facials,” or “platelet-rich plasma injections.” This treatment also uses micro needles, injecting patients’ with their own blood. The plasma in the blood is rich in stem cells, which could stimulate new collagen production.
Ultimately, you’re only as old as you feel. Putting an overall effort into maintaining your health will undoubtedly reflect in youthful, smooth skin. Staying hydrated, rested, moisturized, and protected from harsh UV rays will not only ensure that you look your best: you’ll feel great, too.
Take a Chill Pill
Xanax Vs. Klonopin: An Overview
By Jackie Lebovits
Let’s face it: you’re wound too tight and stretched too thin. You can’t sleep, your chest is heavy, and you’re carrying the weight of the world (or at least work, your family, relationships, etc.) on your shoulders. You’re willing to accept a bit of help, but don’t know where to look. We got you.
The two most common medications to treat panic attacks and anxiety disorders are Xanax and Klonopin: but which do you choose? First of all, it’s important to note that we are an online publication—not an MD. We did our homework (and can empathize with anxiety all too well), but we don’t know you or your medical history personally, so please talk to your doctor—and get a prescription! —before you make up your mind and start buying Xannies off of your party friends from college.
Now, let’s peep those pills. Both Xanax and Klonopin are brand-name medications belonging to a class of drugs called “benzodiazepines,” used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, and even seizures. “Alprazolam,” the generic name for Xanax, tends to work a bit faster (within 1-2 hours), but doesn’t last as long (4-6 hours), so it requires regular doses to maintain a constant blood level. This makes Xanax a better choice for quickly treating the occasional panic attack on an as-needed basis.
Klonopin is the brand name for “clonazepam,” and typically takes between 1-4 hours to kick in. The effects of Klonopin can last for up to 12 hours, so it’s a better option than Xanax for daily anxiety management. Klonopin has a longer half-life than Xanax, which means it takes more time for half a dose of clonazepam to leave the body than half a dose of alprazolam.
Not only does this affect how often you need to pop the pill, but the longer the half-life, the less severe withdrawal symptoms tend to be. Both types of benzodiazepines are known to cause dependency when taken too frequently, though, so communication between you and your doc is key.
Medication can be a complete lifesaver for those suffering from anxiety; as much as we’d love a magic pill, however, neither Xanax nor Klonopin is a permanent, fix-all solution. Whichever one you choose, both are much more effective in tandem with therapy. We recommend you take your medication with a healthy dose of meditation.
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After a particularly threatening instance of street harassment this past summer—in which the police were no help—I decided I needed an outlet to work through my frustration, fear, and daily exploitation. I was tired of feeling helpless, so I created this blog to chronicle my daily encounters for 30 days: the location (by dropping a pin on my iPhone), a photo of the clothing I was wearing, and a description of the ordeal.