Lately I have been getting a lot of questions that I thought had long been resolved. But alas they have not, so I wanted to answer some long standing beauty and fitness questions once and for all. 🤔
Q. If I dermaplane/shave will the hair grow back thicker?
A. The answer is no. Cutting hair at skin level, which is what shaving or dermaplaning does, will not affect the hair growth. You may feel that way because you go through a stubbly stage and if you remove it and get used to the way you look when it grows back you may become more aware of it. But the answer is unequivocally NO.
Q. Is the higher the skin protection factor (SPF) rating, the better?
A. SPF ratings, soon to be revised by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only refer to protection from UVB rays. A person needs sun protection that has chemical and physical blockers, plus antioxidants. A higher SPF also gives a false sense of security and introduces more potentially harmful chemicals to the body. Plus, an SPF of 50 is only marginally more protective than an SPF of 15; an SPF of 30 has only 2% more protection than an SPF of 15, and a 40 has only 1% more than a 30. Sunscreens need to be reapplied every 90–120 minutes. The key is to use good quality suncreen, layer it and repply frequently.
Q. Will lifting weights make me look bulky?
A. The simple answer: No. Many people (especially females) are afraid that if they lift weights, they will get bulky (gain a lot of muscle mass), which inevitably changes their physique into what they may view as undesirable. Weight training does one thing very reliably: it makes you stronger. Women will not bulk up like men, because they have a different hormone profile. Men have more testosterone, which promotes muscle growth. For women, both fortunately and unfortunately, their hormone profile allows them to increase muscle without getting bulky, but also deters them from losing all the fat they may desire as easily as men. A clean diet will promote this wanted fat loss for them.
For that desired “fit” look, perform sets with a few reps at maximum capacity to be effective. You should have a true “gassed out” feeling at the end of your lifting set and feel unable to perform many, if any, more sets.
You need to be strong to be lean, and to do this, the recipe is simple: weight training, clean diet with everything in moderation and cardio.
Q. Are natural and organic products are always better?
A. Many natural and organic products are not as they claim. Plus, many times, active ingredients have to be synthesized to be bioavailable and efficacious. Synthetic compounds can actually be identical to those found in nature and be more effective. Natural vs. laboratory-processed should not lead to an up or down decision about whether a product is good or bad. Not all chemicals are bad, and not all natural or organic ingredients are good.
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