Anti-Aging Serum

When it comes to using a product that combats wrinkles, most experts know that Vitamin C is a near miracle treatment. But, when you enhance the Vitamin C with hyaluronic acid, it becomes a near “fountain of youth” for aging skin. I use Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in my facials to give clients that extra boost of anti-aging benefits.

The reason this combination of ingredients work so well is that vitamin C plays an integral part in providing necessary anti-oxidants which prevent free radicals from damaging your skin.

Free radicals are found in the actual environment in which you live, so you can’t avoid them. Beauty experts just recently understand the part that the derivative of Vitamin C,  sodium ascorbyl phosphate, plays in combating the signs of aging that naturally occurs with your skin. My clients appreciate being up to date on the latest beauty treatments, and getting the biggest bang for their bucks.anti-aging-serum-or-cream

This derivative of Vitamin C boosts the antioxidant powers of the main aspect of the vitamin, preventing wrinkles and lines from permeating your complexion. It also acts to slow down the production of melanin which is the cause of age spots and other types of hyperpigmentation which may occur as you age.

Sodium ascorbyl is also a key factor in helping your body to naturally produce and absorb Vitamin C when most needed. This provides you with the Vitamin C you need for your anti-aging plan in a natural and pure form that’s much more effective than other methods.

When hyaluronic acid is added to the mix, you have the advantage of the miracle-working properties that can bind the collagen in your skin by keeping moisture in so wrinkles are plumped and hydrated – virtually disappearing and leaving you glowing and young-looking.

Hyaluronic acid in this anti-aging wrinkle serum uses concentrated vegan hyaluronic acid, meaning that it’s natural and chemical free. It’s gentle enough to heal and hydrate your skin while using its power to provide antioxidants so your skin contains moisture much easier.

Anti-aging wrinkle serum, enhanced Vitamin C serum with hyaluronic acid not only serves as an anti-aging treatment to repair and prevent wrinkles.  It also helps rid your eyes from dark circles and repairs sun damage you may have suffered in the past.

Be sure to check with your esthetician to find out about products for your continuing beauty needs. You’ll find that these products usually exceed all your anti-aging expectations.

 

Anti-Aging and Acne Skin Care

Acne can become a problem for all age groups. Acne scars the face and lowers self-esteem. People with acne are likely to be less social than others and try every product that comes along to try and solve the problem. The cause of acne begins when the pores of your skin become clogged with dead skin, oil and some bacteria. Hair follicles in the pores of your skin contain oil glands (called sebaceous) which push oil (sebum) out of a pore through the hair follicle and up to the skin, causing bacteria to form a pimple.

 Adult acne occurs when you may have developed a health problem or an over-production of hormones which can occur as your body changes with age. Adult acne requires a stronger treatment than when you were a teenager and picked up a product from the drugstore shelf.

Beginning at about the age of 20, the oxygen that gets to your skin begins to decrease in volume and wrinkles begin to form. It may be mostly unnoticeable for awhile, but eventually, you’ll begin to notice the changes as your skin becomes dryer and dull in appearance.

In addition, cleansing your skin at the end of the day is crucial. Don’t make the mistake of going to bed without taking the time get rid of all the grime that accumulates on your skin throughout the day. You may not see the harm in skipping out on cleansing your skin but if you don’t wash your face, you prolong the exposure that your skin has to free radicals that may have been picked up from air pollution.

 Left unchecked, free radicals have the potential to break down the collagen in your skin; which gives the skin a sallow and loose appearance. If you sleep in your makeup, you can also leave the skin unprotected against chemicals that may irritate the skin and hinder the natural process that your skin has of renewing itself while you sleep.

It’s also important to look at products. Some products contain concentrated ingredients that increase oxygen intake to the skin, cell rejuvenating, and boosts the skin’s collagen production. These products offer one of the best anti-aging acne skin care treatments with its serum that smooths the skin and prevents adult acne from taking place. They also contain products with bio-cellular oxygen facial firming treatment and rejuvenation cream lotion with antioxidants to give you a flawless and glowing skin.

 It works by supplying a super-charged amount of skin firming ingredients to ensure that your acne-prone skin type gets an increased level of oxygen and antioxidants to leave you looking youthful and rid your skin of the annoying and irritating red bumps.

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 Not only will you have the advantage of a smoothing and firming serum, but you’ll also enjoy an innovative method of hydrating and re-energizing your skin. Collagen-enhancing ingredients go directly to the cells of the skin, hitting problems on a cellular level so you look your very best.

Your esthetician will probably choose products are completely paraben free and are   formulated by scientific experts that have your ultimate beauty in mind.  

 

 

Feel Younger with Probiotics

Medical experts say it’s never too late to quit smoking, drinking, eating a poor nutrition diet, not exercising or to begin taking action that prevents premature or rapid aging. If you begin now, no matter what age you may be, you’ll be sure to cut back some of the effects that aging has on your mind and body.

If you haven’t heard about the benefits of adding probiotics to your diet, you may have been under a rock for years. Probiotics may not be the fountain of youth, but they can definitely boost your health and help you look and feel younger.

Probiotics are the positive bacteria found in your body that help prevent and treat illnesses. When you have a healthy digestive tract, your immune system benefits enormously and you tend to have a healthier glow and feel younger than you are. Also, not drinking enough water can cause the skin to dry out and dehydrate, causing fine lines and a crepe-like appearance. This habit is an easy fix by drinking more water every day and using moisturizer that traps moisture in your skin. It’s an instantaneous way to look younger.

Physicians often prescribe probiotics to help with digestive problems such as GERD or indigestion and you can get them in supplements or foods such as yogurt and even chocolate.

Probiotics keep you young and healthy by several methods. You lose much of the beneficial bacteria in your body by just living life and lose even more when you take antibiotics and don’t practice eating a good and healthy diet plan.probiotics8-1

The main benefit to probiotics to your body is that they move food through your digestive system efficiently and rapidly. They’re capable of assisting you if you have a condition such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), eczema and urinary or vaginal problems.

Mainly, probiotics can help to keep your “good” and “harmful” bacteria in check and working as it should to keep you healthy and your body functioning properly. The two kinds of probiotics are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.

Lactobacillus is the one most people consume from fermented foods and yogurt. These probiotics can be very advantageous to those who are intolerant of lactose – found in milk. Be careful if you’re a yo-yo dieter, trying all the new fad diets, it will take a toll on your body. Constant weight gain and loss repeatedly stretches the skin and breaks down the elasticized fibers which lead to sagging and stretch marks.

Bifidobacterium can be found in many dairy products and will ease issues associated with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and other stomach and digestive tract problems. Make sure you check with your doctor about dosage.

Scientific evidence shows that you can prevent illnesses and even treat some of them by ingesting food and supplements which contain a certain type of live bacteria. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yogurt contain these beneficial microorganisms from which you can gain a ton of benefits.

By helping to prevent such disorders and diseases as GERD and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), probiotics can add years to your life and help your immune system resist other diseases which can make you feel and look older than you really are. Learn all you can about probiotics and how they may help you regulate your digestive systems easily and naturally.

Gain Energy While Losing Weight

Okay, so I don’t exercise as often as I should. One way or another, I put other things in front of exercise. How do you keep your energy up and your weight down as you age? It all depends on how effective your metabolism is working to burn fat and provides the energy you need to stay active. Of course I know this because none of us is getting younger.

You may be consuming the same amount of calories you did when you were younger, but still gaining wait – and your energy may be waning much more rapidly than you’d like. You still want to be active and maintain your weight and something’s just not working. Therefore, moving is so much more important now.

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Adjusting your food intake or the types of foods you eat is necessary as you age. You may also want to concentrate on different types of exercises than in the past to keep your metabolism revved up as much as possible. I saw an interview on television a few years ago where a doctor was interviewed on weight loss. He was so passionate about moving that while the reporter was asking him questions, he walked one m.p.h. while answering questions. Talk about being into his job.

As you age, it’s important that you reassess your diet and exercise plans – especially if you’re noticing the pounds creep on and have much less energy than usual. An aging body doesn’t react the same to any efforts you might expend, so it may be necessary to change your strategy. The older we get, the more we have to rethink how we can stay active and watch or diet.

Menopause is a phenomenon that causes weight gain and low energy. These rapidly changing hormones can wreak havoc with your muscle tone, weight and energy level. This is why women tend to put on weight more easily than men during the aging process. This is the reason women complain about men losing weight so much easier.

Also on another note, we don’t need as many calories as you age, but we may be eating the same. Try to ingest smaller portions and eat a more balanced diet with lower calorie foods to keep your weight in check.

It’s likely that you don’t move around as much as when you were young because life isn’t as hectic and you have more time for relaxation. Many physicians are recommending the Mediterranean diet plan to seniors for more energy and weight maintenance and loss.

The Mediterranean diet places more of an emphasis on whole grains, healthy fats, veggies and fruit, which are usually lower in calories and provide more energy to help you exercise more.

Choose an exercise you love to participate in. You may want to enjoy less demanding types such as yoga or a walking. If you enjoy it, you’ll keep at it and that’s the key to maintaining your fitness level.exercise-stretch

Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet to maintaining or losing weight as you age or keeping the energy level you once had. The key continues to be found in diet and exercise, but the benefits you’ll enjoy are numerous. A focus on the end goal is also key. Let’s see if we can stay focused throughout the holiday season. Santa will be here before you know it bringing good cheer. Let’s be slimmer when he comes down the chimney this year.

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Superfoods to Boost a Healthy Brain

 

At times, my sweet tooth gets the best of me. Since my mother is from the south, she constantly had sweets on the table since her mother had sweets in house. A couple things help me out when I have a craving. When it’s summer, fresh fruit does the trick and during the winter, I always enjoy hot tea.

Sometimes a snack is not enough. I also need to exercise my brain and become more active. Exercising the brain by challenging it with puzzles and other methods isn’t the only way to maintain brain health. There are some foods you should add to your diet plan which will boost your brain power and also add to your overall physical good health.

The seven most popular superfoods which have been proven to boost brain power include:

  1. Walnuts – Eating a handful of walnuts increases the amount of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to the proper functioning of the brain’s neurotransmitters. I can eat these by the handful.
  1. Wild Salmon – Our brains consist of approximately 60% fat and require fatty acids to keep its ability to function properly. Wild salmon contains DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which provides the ability to resist Alzheimer’s disease and to prevent inflammation in the body and mind. To switch mine up a bit, I chop mine into bits and a make a quick sandwich for lunch.walnuts-and-shells
  1. Broccoli – High in the nutrient, choline, which helps with the continued growth of brain cells and connecting neurotransmitters, broccoli is also rich in Vitamin K which helps in brain functioning such as cognitive skills. These go good dipped in balsamic dressing as a quick snack before dinner.
  1. Green tea – Known for years to help the neurotransmitters in the brain communicate with each other, green tea can effectively boost your concentration ability as well as prevent dementia. Drinking two to three cups of green tea per day may also reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. I add a small drop of lemon to wake me up.
  1. Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain lycopene, a fighter of free radical damage to the brain cells which normally affect dementia. They can also reduce risk of stroke and improve your mental acuity. If you can’t eat these straight, you can always put it in with your soups. My mom makes hers into gravy and pours it over her rice.
  1. Turmeric – Adding some turmeric to your diet can help to keep your brain active and strong and also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Sprinkle some turmeric over your food or add it to beverages. This healthy spice contains curcumin, which is essential to brain health. It brings a different taste to your meal.
  1. Dark Chocolate – Your entire body can benefit from the addition of dark chocolate to your diet plan. It’s especially good for the brain because of its powerful antioxidants and also contains flavonoids which increase blood circulation – especially to the brain. It may take some getting used to, but it’s really good.

Another food which can significantly play a role in the health of your brain is acorn squash, which contains the B12 vitamin and folic acid. Both of these help prevent nerve damage and shrinkage of the brain.

Blueberries are also known to keep your brain at its very best with the flavonoids it contains which protect against free radicals and also play a significant part in improving cognitive skills and boosting memory. Add these brain power foods to your diet plan to stave off the effects that aging has on your brain and body.darkchocolate

So you can that hearty and dense foods added to your diet can improve body and mind. Can you think of any other foods that will add to your brain power?

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B Vitamins: The Anti-Aging Vitamin

As I look at the vitamins at my local drug store, I can see how deficient we are in our supplements. I can only imagine how our bodies are craving the proper nutrients. One vitamin I’d like to know more about is B vitamins. First, they can help prevent premature aging and also rejuvenate your skin and your health. When we understand how B vitamins operate, we can check out the various types of B vitamins available and which supplements we want to ingest.GarlicCloves

Unfortunately, our bodies probably don’t get enough B vitamins unless we intake a diet rich in this nutrient. Vitamin B is complex and each type contributes to your well-being in different ways. Some help reduce the risk of cancer, another may help stabilize the nervous system and others may enhance your skin or help your metabolism function properly. Vitamin B also encourages the development of red blood cells, combats the harmful results of stress, and helps calm and maintain a healthy nervous system.

Three B Vitamins are folate, vitamins B6 and B12. They are the three of the most effective vitamins that can help your skin look younger and healthier. You can get them in your diet by eating foods such as greens (spinach and mustard), fish, garlic, eggs, milk and others.

Probiotics is another way to assist your anti-aging regimen. They contain vitamin B and B12 and are found in fermented foods and drinks and such foods as yogurt and help you resist diseases and slows the aging process.

Since B vitamins are diluted by water, it’s difficult to get too much – so overdosing isn’t a problem. You should know that Vitamin B12 is found in animal products, so if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you may need supplements getting enough.

If you don’t get enough vitamin B, you may develop a vitamin deficiency and that could result in lowering your body’s immune system which helps fight illness and diseases. Your organs’ functions depend on B vitamins to stay healthy and robust.

Nutritional aspects of B vitamins include Thiamine, also known as Vitamin B1, Niacin, better known as vitamin B3, Pantothenic Acid, or Vitamin B5, Cobalamin, which is commonly called B12, Pyridoxine – or Vitamin B6, Inositol, which is actually B8, Biotin – important for hair and nails, which is B7, Folic Acid – or Vitamin B9 and Riboflavin – also known as Vitamin B2.baby-spinach

Each of these nutrients are unique, but act together to contribute to your body’s overall health. Your skin can also benefit from B vitamins. B12 can rejuvenate your skin and help it produce new cells and slough off the old ones. B12 is also known to boost brain acuity by helping develop brain cells and to improve memory.

Some B vitamins can be found in liquid moisturizer form to help keep your skin soft and supple and prevent dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. A blood test can verify if you’re getting enough vitamin B in your normal diet plan or if you need to enhance it with supplements.

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Five Factors to Consider for Better Looking Skin

As an esthetician, I see many different skin types and conditions. There are ways to protect our skin from natural elements. The first thing that comes to mind for most of us when thinking about what may harm the skin is the sun.

Still, the population seems obsessed with tanning and lying in the sun for hours at a time. You don’t have to be one of them. So don’t forget your sunscreen and possible wear long sleeved tops during those harsh summer days. The toll on your skin is tremendous and being prepared will give your skin a better chance to look clear and more vibrant.

In addition, consider these other factors when monitoring your skin. Of course not all factors will have the same harmful results, but knowing them will help you and those you love.

1. Lack of hydration. I have a hard time remembering to drink as much water as I should. I get so caught up in my day that I may eat instead. Shame on me. I know water is essential to keep the skin supple and moist. Water helps digestion and circulation which are two elements important to clear, healthy skin.

I can tell during a facial or while I am waxing a client if they have been drinking enough water. The texture of the skin or the way the wax responds to skin is a telltale sign. Without water, no organ in your body will function as it should and since the skin is an organ, it will become dry and wrinkly if not properly hydrated.

2. Cold and windy climate. I am from Chicago, and don’t miss those long, cold winters. Those days of layering before work are in my past since I longed for warmer weather on the west coast. If not careful, winter is detrimental to your skin’s condition unless you prepare properly for it. Dry and itchy skin is the result of a brutal winter, but a good moisturizer and proper skin care will help combat these conditions. As we’re coming up on the winter months, seek moisturizers that offer deep conditioning without clogging your pores.

3. Pollution. One of the silent problems for your skin is living in a polluted area of the world. Since our skin is the largest organ with many pores, we collect a lot of pollutants. Pollutants such as chemicals in the air break down your skin by attacking its natural protection mechanisms. Always cleanse your face thoroughly and be sure to keep hydrated and moisturized. An exfoliant is a safe way to effectively rid your body of pollutants along with staying hydrated.
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4. Diet and exercise. One without the other negates part of the positive aspects of each. We have heard in one form or another how important diet and exercise is to our health. Well, our skin will benefit as well. If you practice a diet lacking in nutrients you may experience malnutrition, which affects the skin, hair and nails. Exercise helps distribute the good nutrients in your diet to aid circulation and provide oxygen to the skin. This will go a long ways toward beautiful skin well into older age.

5. Age. You can’t do a lot about getting older, but you can be aware of the inevitable changes which occur with age and address those problems. Taking the previous factors into consideration will keep you feeling and looking your best as you age. The sooner you start, the better you’ll feel. You can combat aging skin by keeping it hydrated with water, clean and supple by using the correct moisturizer.

There are other factors – such as hormones, genes, smoking, alcohol and stress, which definitely take a toll on the health of your skin. Some (such as genes) you can’t help, but you can use the latest scientific findings and beauty treatments to combat the harmful results. Your esthetician will gladly recommend the proper treatment.

If you constantly neglect your skin, you’ll be exacerbating the effects of everything you can’t control – such as air pollution. Maintain a good skin care regimen – both inside and out – to ensure your skin keeps its elasticity and glow.

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Everyday Beauty Tips

Each of us is unique in the way. Some of us prefer cold weather and some of us love warm weather all year round. I’m somewhat of an outdoors person and can’t wait for my next hiking trip. Others look forward to that 5 star hotel. Whatever the case, we have different likes, both inside and out. We all have different diets and live in various places where the climate is either nice or harmful to our skin.

But there are a few things that are good for all of us to use as beauty tips, which will enhance your routine and help you look fresher and more well-groomed. As an esthetician, I wax people throughout the day and see a lot of dry skin. Therefore, one thing I know for sure is there is a need to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis.

Unless there are underlying medical issues, exfoliation is one beauty tip that can get rid of dead skin cells that make your skin appear dry and dull. It doesn’t do much good to lather your skin with moisturizer when dead skin is present. That film left on your shower curtain is also attached to your skin unless you take measures to get rid of it.

Rest is another element that’s essential to glowing skin and bright eyes. That’s why it’s called beauty sleep. As you age, sleep is even more important to renew and rejuvenate. Your bodily cells renew themselves when you rest and help you look refreshed during the day. So don’t be shy to take that quick nap.

If you have trouble sleeping, try to relax before bedtime. Deep breathing exercises, limiting heavy meals and alcohol will help you get in the mood for a good night’s rest. Adding a warm bath with some added aromatherapy oil can add additional benefits.

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Toxins contained in cigarettes not only affect your lungs, but they’re brutal to your skin. Alcohol causes drying of the skin. Both alcohol and cigarettes aren’t conducive to anyone’s beauty and can significantly harm your skin.

Hair is considered your crowning glory. You can boost the strength and beauty of your hair by eating protein-rich foods which increase the keratin (structural component) of your hair. I’ve recently been taking biotin and am looking for positive results soon. It’s also good for your nails. Including eggs, nuts, meat and seeds in your diet will provide natural protein that’s good for hair and nails.

Another beauty tip that all of us can benefit from is to groom your eyebrows. You can go from looking bushy to beautiful in just a few moments and bring focus to your eyes. Trimming and waxing brows will give you a finished look. You may need to look at the fashion magazines to determine your shape. Also, have your esthetician follow your natural brow line to enhance your look. If they have thinned out, add brow powder or pencil to give your face a fuller look.

All of us can benefit from protecting the skin from the elements. Sun, wind and cold can dry out the skin and make it itchy and pale. Always wear sunscreen and moisturizer and hydrate your skin and body by drinking plenty of water. Be sure to visit the rest of my website  to meet all your beauty needs.

 

 

Neisha’s Waxing 101

I provide several waxing services per day. I can perform anything from eyebrow maintenance to full leg waxing and everything else in between. By providing so many waxing services, I have seen pleasant experiences turn bad. However, not all is lost. Clients can receive the best waxing experience with proper timing and at home care.

Waxing hair removal uses a resin-based wax like product to remove the entire hair follicle from the root. Results can last up to six weeks. Generally, it is best to visit your salon every four weeks. This will keep the hair maintained and make the waxing experience tolerable.

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The waxing experience is a warm wax mixture spread over hair in the direction of its growth and a paper or cloth strip is then placed on top of soft wax. Hard wax doesn’t require a strip because it cools solid enough, and becomes a strip in itself. Cold wax is usually already applied to pre-made strips, but a little friction over it helps generate some heat for wax to soften and better adhere to the hair.

 

Since getting hair pulled from its root is not the most pleasant experience, I tell my clients to breathe out as I pull. This eases the pain and allows the client to focus on breathing instead of the task at hand. I have had many say it does work. I can attest to it working because I do the same.

 

Once wax has slightly cooled or has grasped enough to the hair, it is then pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. The entire hair follicle should be removed from the root, if the waxing is done correctly. If all the hair is not removed, the waxer may go over the same area again. If that doesn’t work, she may then tweeze. However, to avoid or lessen these extra steps, it would be best for the client to exfoliate a few times a week to assist in removing dry skin. See your esthetician if other issues prevail.

 

Hard wax or Strip wax?

A comparison of waxes should be known. Both hard wax and strip wax are often used in waxing process. When it comes to pain and irritation, hard wax is more advantageous over strip wax. Hard wax is indeed less irritating to the skin and most people find it to be less painful. Often hard wax is used on the face, the underarms and strip wax for larger areas of the body.

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Why is waxing better than shaving?

When you wax, the entire hair shaft is removed, root and all, rather than cutting it off at the surface of the skin like you do when you shave. This leaves your skin super smooth with no stubble. Waxing also lasts much longer than shaving, and the hair grows back thinner and finer with repeated treatments. Your esthetician would love to go over this in more detail with you. Be sure to visit the rest of my website  to meet all your beauty needs.

Harsh Skincare Products

All skincare products are not good for the skin. Companies may claim that their product is safe, but in fact, it could harm your skin and cause it to age prematurely. Before using a product you should read the label and make sure that you know exactly what the ingredients are and the effects that they will have on your skin.

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A few ingredients that may be causing your skin to age are emulsifiers, sulfates, and alcohol. Emulsifiers are added to skincare products, like face wash, in order to bind the ingredients together and keep the individual parts of the product from separating. Moreover, emulsifiers have a tendency to stick to the skin even after you wash the product off, leaving clogged pores to dry out the surface of the skin causing wrinkles.

Many companies use sulfates because they are an inexpensive foaming agent. They manufacture products with satisfying foaming components, but are very drying when used every day. They may also damage the surface of the skin.

Alcohol is another common ingredient in skincare that you should be wary of. It dries out the skin and breaks down the natural defenses. This process leaves the skin vulnerable.

As you can see from above, there are many simple things that you can incorporate into your everyday life to minimize signs of aging. You can reduce age signs by remembering to put on sunscreen, cleanse, and moisturize your skin. However, be sure to avoid smoking, tanning, and products without known contents.  Don’t make the mistake of waiting until it’s too late to preserve your skin. Be sure to visit the rest of my website  to meet all your beauty needs.