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ECOCOCO Product Review

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First things first… Let’s just take a minute to talk about the Ecococo packaging! I’m a sucker for great packaging so when the products were delivered in a stunning branded box, I was instantly in love and excited to get stuck into this range.

Having used numerous skin care brands over the years having collected every serum under the sun, I’ve learnt to try and focus only on the essentials. This range does just that. Using only active and organic ingredients this range is all about simplicity.

The cleanser contains the ever talked about AHA and everyone’s favourite coconut oil, leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Enlarged pores be gone with the sea salt and charcoal exfoliator! I use this twice a week to keep my skin glowing and looking flawless. Last but not least, the moisturiser. This is my favourite product out of the face range. The combination of rosehip oil and hyaluronic acid keeps my skin feeling nourished and rejuvenated. Most moisturisers leave my skin oily and begging for a new layer of makeup by the afternoon, not this one.

Ecococo’s face products are nothing shy of amazing and why wouldn’t they be. The brand has successfully continued to deliver beautiful products over the years, as shown with their hair and body range. So, ditch your endless supply of serums and creams and try this range, you won’t regret it.

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The benefits of MCT oil and how it works

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The benefits of MCT oil and how it works

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT oil) offer many different health benefits, such as boosting energy, protecting your skin, improving your mood, helping weight loss, optimizing digestion, increasing cognitive functions, strengthening your immune system, and several others. However, there are a handful of side effects that can occur if MCT oil is taken in excessive amounts. This is due to the oil’s large concentration of active ingredients and powerful chemical compounds. These possible side effects include headaches, hormonal fluctuations, mood swings, fatigue, inflammation, loss of appetite, anxiety, and gastrointestinal distress. For the desired benefits, only a very small amount of MCT oil is needed, so be sure to only use the oil in moderation, or diluted somehow.

What Is MCT Oil?

So what exactly is MCT oil? MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. These are also known as medium-chain fatty acids, and are widely considered to be nutrients that are beneficial for the body. These fatty acids are thought to be “good” types of fat, which have a wide variety of benefits, such as strengthening the immune system and boosting the metabolism. The medium-chain fatty acids are lauric acid, caprylic acid, and caproic acid. All of these are found in coconut oil as well, which is why people often confuse the two oils. While coconut oil provides a good list of health benefits, for anyone who wants a stronger dose of immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant fatty acids, MCT oil would be the better choice.

MCT Oil Benefits

MCT oil can be quite effective for anyone struggling with poor digestive health, low energy, slow metabolism, hormonal fluctuations, obesity, Alzheimer’s, dementia, inflammatory conditions, or diabetes. It also has benefits for people who at a high risk for cardiovascular disease.

Immune System

MCT oil can help improve your immune system thanks to the antimicrobial qualities of caprylic acid and lauric acid. Quite a bit of research has been done on linking these to improved overall health. There is a result of increased immune activity and production of white blood cells in the body, while the effects of antioxidants from these acids help reduce levels of oxidative stress.

Increases Energy Levels

An increase in energy levels is another benefit of MCT oil, as well as the direct stream of ketones and ATP from the rapid conversion of MCTs to energy. Rather than the over twenty steps that sugar normally takes to be converted into energy, the C-8 medium-chain fatty acids can become usable energy in just three steps. This provides your body with rapid support, and invigorates you.

Improves Digestion

MCT oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory qualities as well that can help improve digestion, along with balancing the micro-environment of your stomach. This help prevent symptoms of constipation, bloating, and cramping, along with any viral or parasitic infections.

Controls Obesity

The metabolism of your body is sped up as a result of the fatty acids in the MCT oil converting into energy. This helps with passive burning of fat, as well as general efficiency of the body to burn calories. Research has indicated that MCTs can prevent fat deposition by the body, rather than becoming pure forms of energy.

Boosts Heart Health

Obesity is one of the biggest factors that lead to heart problems and cardiovascular disease. The effect of low-fat deposition that MCT oil provides gives people a better chance of staying slim, which typically keeps blood pressure lower, as well as lower overall cholesterol levels. It may seem that consuming fats would be counterintuitive to a healthy heart, however, most MCTs are what are considered to be “good” fats that you actually need in your daily diet.

Prevents Diabetes

MCTs have also been known to aid in controlling blood sugar, mainly by preventing deposition of fat, and instead storing sugars in energy sources and muscle. Considering the benefit of MCT oil in helping to control obesity, optimize digestion, and increase your body’s metabolism, MCT oil is beneficial to not only people who deal with diabetes, but to people who may be at a high risk for diabetes as well.

Improves Cognitive Function

It’s thought that one of the areas of the body that benefits the most from small medium-chain fatty acids being converted directly into ketones is the brain. By protecting and providing energy to neural pathways, the ketones that are produced as a result of taking in MCT oil can diminish that symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases, by providing the brain with energy for memory retention, focus, and concentration.

Maintains Hormone Balance

The role fats play in creating hormones is one of their critical purposes in the body. By including MCTs, or “good fats,” in your diet, your body can produce the hormones that you need most in order to maintain a good mood, keep your body’s metabolism high, and help prevent hormonal disorders and depression.

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How to prevent loose skin after weight loss

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How to prevent loose skin after weight loss

As you gain weight, the skin of your body stretches in order to accommodate the extra fat. So it stands to reason that as you lose weight, especially in large amounts, that you may have to deal with loose skin as a result of the weight loss. If you lose the extra fat you have accumulated too quickly, or if you don’t exercise while you lose the extra fat, the excess skin that has stretched out will have nowhere to go. However, there is good news. There are ways you can prevent loose skin while you’re trying to lose quite a bit of weight. Here are some tips that you can use in your weight loss endeavors to keep from having loose skin at the end of the weight loss.

Don’t Lose Weight Too Quickly

If you lose weight too quickly, it can result in loose skin. You need to first change your way of thinking when it comes to how long its takes for you to lose weight. For example, if you try to lose 20kgs in just half a year, this is really too fast. If you try to lose this much weight too quickly, your skin won’t have enough time to adjust to your body’s new shape. An example of this happening is when a woman who is pregnant gives birth. The woman suddenly loses large amount of mass from her stomach, however, her skin can’t keep up with the loss of that mass. This generally results in her having loose skin. Losing weight too fast can also increase the chances of you ending up in a cycle of yo-yo dieting, meaning that you will lose a lot of weight, then gain weight, then lose it again, and so. This is extremely bad for your skin, as it can lead to a loss in elasticity in your skin. As your skin loses elasticity, the likelihood of loose skin becomes greater.

To lessen the chance of loose skin, it’s recommended that you attempt to lose extra fat slowly and steadily, rather than trying to lose weight as quickly as you can, which can be tempting. A healthy amount of weight to lose per week is about one to two pounds. This also makes it more likely that you’ll keep the weight off. By losing extra fat slowly, you will be more likely to think of your newer healthy eating habits as more of a lifestyle change, instead of thinking of them as a diet. A lifestyle change is far more likely to continue long-term, rather than a diet. You will be more likely to stick to the changes you’ve made, and have a better chance of keeping those pound off in the future.

Maintain Muscle Mass

If you try to lose weight by merely diet alone, a good portion of your weight loss may actually come from any muscle mass you may have. As a result, if you aren’t actively maintaining your muscle mass while you try to lose weight, you may find that you end up having loose skin. This is fairly common side-effect you see in crash diets. With many diets that cause you to lose weight very quickly, your body is often deprived of various nutrients and vitamins, and maybe because you aren’t taking in enough daily calories, your body digests fibers of muscle in addition to the tissue of fat. This results in you losing muscle mass.

You Must Exercise

So how do you make sure to maintain muscle mass while you try to lose weight? You need to perform regular exercise and practice healthy eating habits. Exercising for thirty minutes around five time a week offers a good amount of exercise to help you maintain your muscle mass while you try to lose weight. Try to perform a combination of exercises that tone muscle, such as pilates, yoga, or weight lifting, and cardiovascular exercises, such as running, aerobics, or dance.

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Hydration and Age are Important Factors

Hydration is a significant factor in keeping your skin taut and supple. You can help your skin look its best by drinking plenty of water. Tightening creams and moisturizers can also help further hydrate your skin. If your skin is properly hydrated, it will retain its elasticity. This is key to preventing loose skin. Eating a well-balanced diet, of course, will also help keep your skin taut and healthy

It is also worthwhile to know that you should try to lose extra fat as early as you can. As people get older, their skin starts to become less elastic. If you put off losing weight, you body and skin may have a harder time snapping back into shape. The younger you are are when losing weight, the easier time your skin has in bouncing back into good shape.

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The new industry standard for face lifting and body contouring

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What is Ulfit?

Ulfit is a unique treatment created by Cluederm that can help people shape stubborn areas of unwanted fat and lose inches. The device features a circular, cutting-edge body applicator that uses ultrasound energy with efficient and precise contact with targeted area to be treated. The treatment uses high-intensity ultrasound that causes fat cells to vibrate against each other, causing the fat cells to shrink size and liquefy. This energy is delivered through a handheld device that can cover a wide area of the body as well as non-invasive face lifting and tightening in a short amount of time.

 

Contouring and Lifting for the Body and Face

The non-invasive and non-surgical face lifting and body contouring technology works by simulating the natural regenerative process of the body through the use of micro-focused, highly sophisticated ultrasound energy to revitalize the three important levels of the infrastructure of the skin, with no down time for those who undergo the treatment. The micro-focused, powerful ultrasound waves not only lift the skin, but lift the layers of deep muscle underneath the skin as well. The ultrasound waves lift and tighten the skin under the jawline and chin, on the neck, around the eyes, and the brow. It can also help with wrinkles and fine lines, as well as sagging and wrinkles on the rest of the body.

Ulfit Treatments

The technology behind Ulfit was specifically created with a system that minimizes any discomfort patients may feel during the treatment. This allows for maximum power levels of ultrasound emission to be delivered in a comfortable manner, allowing for the best results from the Ulfit treatment.

 

The rapid shot movement that Ulfit is equipped with makes treatments efficient and incredibly precise. The duration of the treatment varies depending on the targeted area for treatment. For Ulfit treatments that target the entire face, treatments typically last around forty-five minutes. For individual areas of the body or face, Ulfit treatments can last in as short of a time as fifteen minutes.

 

People who undergo Ulfit treatments can immediately go back their normal day-to-day activities. For most people, there won’t be any signs of the treatment. It’s often highly advised, however, to not use any active ingredients on the skin during the twenty-four hours following the treatment, as well recommended to avoid doing anything that’s fairly hot. This includes, for example, overly exhausting sports or physical activities, spas, and saunas.

 

Typically one to two treatments are needed for treating the face, and at least three treatments are needed for treating an area on the rest of the body. The number of treatments needed to achieve the results wanted varies depending on the area that’s being treated. In addition to tightening and contouring different area of the boy, Ulfit treatments can help rejuvenate and tighten skin on the neck and face, helping with sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Since the Face Lifting aspect of Ulfit treatments can target different depths, deep wrinkles can even be improved through the treatments.

Ulfit body applicator

Results

Some people will see immediate results after an Ulfit face lifting treatment, however, the majority of people who undergo treatment start to notice results anywhere from four to six weeks after their treatment. Patients will see results from Ulfit for body contouring treatments continue to improve after their treatment for up to twelve weeks. Results from Ulfit treatments generally lasts from twelve to eighteen months, and possibly longer. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help dramatically in maintaining the results of the treatment. A short “top-up” Ulfit treatment can be done if desired every six to twelve months.

 

Side Effects

While side effects are very uncommon, there is a small chance they could occur. These possible side effects are generally mild and temporary in their nature. Skin may have a redder appearance anywhere from thirty minutes up to a few hours following an Ulfit treatment. The majority of any redness that may occur should disappear by the time patients leave the clinic.

 

Some patients may experience a slight tenderness, tingling, or swelling following their Ulfit treatment from a few days up to one or two weeks. This typically a good sign that things are happening deep within the skin. Some people may experience temporary numbness, welts, or bruising, however, these side effects are quite rare. There is also a rare, slight risk of burning, as with any treatment that is heat-based. Any temporary inflammation should go away within a few days or up to a couple weeks.

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