22 February 2017

The Difference Between Forehead Wrinkles and Other Face Wrinkles

Some people think that all wrinkles are created equal, but this isn’t really the case; especially when it comes to facial wrinkles. Forehead wrinkles and other face wrinkles are a little different in how they are formed, when they are formed, and how they are treated. Here’s a look at the difference between Forehead Wrinkles and Other Face Wrinkles.

How They Are formed

The main cause of wrinkles is, of course, time. They are considered one of the main signs of aging, and that’s why there are so many products designed to treat them. Another major cause of wrinkles is sun damage, particularly when it comes to face wrinkles as the face is the part of the body that is exposed to the most sunlight.
While other face wrinkles are caused generally by age, sun damage, and even smoking, forehead wrinkles are a little different. One of the main causes for facial wrinkles is moving facial muscles. That basically means just making facial expressions. That’s why some people refer to them as laughter lines and similar names. This is also the reason that Botox injections are so effective, but more on that in a minute.

When They Form

Given that face wrinkles are primarily caused by time and age, it would be right to assume they form over time. One common cause for face wrinkles is actually the damage of gravity, which does accumulate over time. As we get older, our skin loses elasticity and this is another reason our skin wrinkles.

Forehead wrinkles, on the other hand, can form at practically any time. Given that they are mostly caused by moving facial muscles, they develop faster if you are an expressive person or have a fuller face. There are people in their 20s and 30s with forehead wrinkles, despite not having any other wrinkles. These wrinkles aren’t necessarily a sign of aging, but they can still make you look older than you are.

Treatment Options

There are a number of treatment options for all wrinkles. The most common kind is your regular skincare product such as vitamin C serums. These products can work, but they only work to some extent. For a more drastic and quick change you could be looking at cosmetic surgery.
The good news is that forehead wrinkles are pretty easy to treat. The main treatment methods are injections such as dermal fillers, Botox injections, and Dysport injections. Dermal fillers work by filling in the face, erasing wrinkles by effectively filling them out. Botox and Dysport are similar treatments that work by numbing facial muscles. Because forehead wrinkles are made by moving the facial muscles, these injections prevent them by preventing your facial muscles from moving.


Now that you’re better educated about the difference between forehead wrinkles and other face wrinkles, you’re in a better position to determine what is causing the wrinkles on your face, and what you can do about them. If you need any further advice then don’t hesitate to contact a dermatologist and get their recommendations. 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.

19 February 2017

Ancestry DNA - My Experience and Results

Disclosure:  These are my own experiences with AncestryDNA.  I received no compensation for this post and this post is not done in partnership with AncestryDNA.  This post does contain a personal referral link that will save you 10% .

Today I wanted to share my experience with AncestryDNA and my results with you all.  Getting this test done was something I had been wanting to do for awhile, and after receiving the kit as a gift recently I now have so much more information about who I am genetically.  The results were actually quite surprising.

So for anyone wondering what the time frame for my test completion was it took about one month from when I sent off my sample to when I received my results.  The test itself was simple and consisted of a small saliva sample.  AncestryDNA includes a postage paid box to mail your sample to them for testing.  I received a confirmation email when they received my sample, an email when they moved my sample into the testing phase, and a final email with my results.

A little backstory is that as far as my ancestry provided by family members I knew that on my Dad's side I had German, Polish, and Cherokee Indian.  On my mom's side I knew of French and Sioux Indian.  Now I will preface this with the fact that both sides told me that I had Native American ancestry before I get into my results.  Apparantly my DNA showed some contradictions to this as well as some interesting news.

Here is a picture of my results:

As you can see it shows the main regions of DNA origin which includes 50% Europe West, 19% Great Britain, and 31% other regions.  Europe West according to AncestryDNA includes Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.  This made sense to me with my knowledge of German and French ancestry.  I will say that the 19% Great Britain came as a surprise and I am currently working on finding my ancestors from this area.

Notice however there is no mention of American Indian ancestry.  After being told of this on both sides I was shocked to see I had no American Indian DNA.  Upon researching it appears that many people are told of American Indian ancestry when it is either based on incorrect facts or you do not have enough of this DNA to show up on a test.

Below is the expanded version which includes even more information:

Now came some more interesting news.  I am 11% Scandanavian and 7% Irish.  I had no clue and it really shows how eye opening one of these tests can be.  I also found the trace regions interesting but AncestryDNA warns that these are small amounts found and may not indicate genetic ethnicity for these regions.

When you get your results you also get a list of matches.  These are people who you are related to that have also completed an AncestryDNA test.  As of now there are over 3 million completed tests.  My current list shows 621 4th cousins or closer.  You can see what a great resource this test is.  You also have the ability to message your matches if you wish to connect and share information.

Overall I was very pleased with the whole process and my results.  If you are considering taking this test I highly recommend it, as the results may very well likely surprise you.  You can save 10% by using this link here!

13 February 2017

How Often Should a Termite Inspection Be Carried Out?

A termite infestation can cause considerable damage to your property if it’s not detected and dealt with. This is why it’s a good idea to have a termite inspection carried out on a regular basis. But how often do you need to have your property inspected for termites?

We are going to look at how you may be able to tell if you have a problem with termites. We are also going to explain that signs are often not apparent which is why termite inspections are so important. We are going to take a look at how often you should have your home inspected.

Signs that you may have a problem with termites

There are some signs you should look out for that can alert you to the possible presence of termites in and around your home. 

  • Termite shelter tubes – these are thin tubes of clay like material that you may see running from the ground around your property across walls and other structures. Termites can travel along these tubes and they also store food inside them. 
  •  Noise from termites – there may be times when you can hear a tapping noise inside your property. Soldier termites tap their heads against structures to send a message to other termites to follow.
  • Termite droppings – you may be able to see piles of termite droppings around your property. These are obviously not very large so may be difficult to spot. 

These are some of the most obvious signs that termites may be present in your property. It’s important to note that you may not notice any of these things. It could be that the first time you know there is a problem is when wooden structures start to sag. Termites eat structures from the inside out so you may think that wood looks fine when it has actually been compromised. You can try tapping on the wooden structures in your home to see if they sound hollow.

The importance of a termite inspection

You can see that it’s often difficult to spot the presence of termites. This is why it’s useful to employ an exterminator in Connecticut to help you identify if there is a problem. You should aim to have a termite inspection carried out at least once every twelve months. 

If you live in an area where there is a high number of termite infestations, you should have an inspection carried out every six months. If you have a termite problem, then the exterminator you employ should tell you how often your property needs to be inspected in future. 

As you can see, termites can cause a considerable amount of damage to your property without you even being aware that they are there. This is why regular termite inspections, carried out by licensed professionals, are so important. Hopefully, we have shown you how often you should have an inspection carried out in order to ensure that your property is well protected. 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.