Repost of an article originally written in 2006

Thick Skin - Bree WalkerIt’s been said that a working journalist must have thick skin but I never thought this expression had literal meaning. Now that I am officially middle age, I am eager for a dermatological thickening of my skin, even, as my heart grows softer with age. Unfortunately, as time marches on, my Scandinavian skin is destined for its ancestral tissue-paper fragility. My inner debate continues whether I should go under the knife and risk that stretched Saran wrap look that so many Scandinavian women suffer after surgical face and neck lifts, or do I opt for a more long-term approach that includes diligent at-home skin care and a willingness to explore new non-surgical technologies?


It has been said before that “Wrinkles are a roadmap of your life.”

Well… I’m not sure I want to live my past every time I look in the mirror. I prefer to live in the present with healthy, beautiful and happy skin!

One of the most famous fashion designers of all time was the first to bring to light the topic of wrinkles and aging. Coco Chanel stated that “nature gives you the face you have at twenty.

Lyme Disease Prevention : Staying Safe from Lyme Disease During Tick Season

A Nova Scotia nurse says her community is facing a Lyme disease epidemic in the form of an increased risk of Lyme disease. She is calling on Ottawa to act, even after it announced 4 million dollars in Lyme disease prevention last week. This time of the year, we’re seeing an increase in ticks and tick bites across the country. In New Brunswick officials say they expect to see an increase in Lyme disease cases.


Microneedling : All natural skin tightening and collagen generation 

Ever hear the adage: “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger”?

Well… being pricked with a needle definitely won’t kill you, but it’s also not likely to produce a benefit either, like making your skin stronger.  Right?  How about being pricked many times, over and over again? Imagine being pricked 10 times… how about 100 times… no wait there’s more… how about 5,000 times.  To make it even more interesting, how about 5,000 needle pricks all on your face!?

Watch the Video : Why is the Government suppressing the Lyme Disease Epidemic


According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the fastest growing insect borne infectious illness in the United States. In fact, in the time it takes you to watch the above video, or read this article, 17 people will be diagnosed with Lyme disease. These people affected by the Lyme disease epidemic will potentially face a lifetime of physical, psychological and economic suffering as a result.


Wondering where all that collagen went? As we age, our skin’s ability to produce collagen diminishes. And depending on our lifestyle proclivities, from too much sunning to unhealthy habits like smoking or poor diet, collagen breakdown can leave us weathered, wrinkled and sagging.

There are many different treatments available that claim to boost your collagen and reverse the signs of aging. But which of these collagen treatments actually work? Read below to discover what works and what doesn’t.


Now that you have read the article What is Collagen? The Basic Biology, you know that healthy collagen is key to youthful and healthy looking skin.  In fact, even for people who are un-educated about collagen, society is filled with advertisements about supplements, vitamins and products that improve skin by “boosting” your collagen. Do collagen supplements work?

Bottom line:  If you are interested in skin tightening, or a variety of other collagen boosting treatments such as; a non-surgical facelift, skin rejuvenation, laser face lift, neck lift, etc, you must understand that collagen plays a major factor in all of these treatments.


Many people who experience stretch marks are self conscious about the appearance of their skin. Skin care providers offer a myriad of creams and treatments for stretch marks to help reduce their appearance.

While stretch marks do not look pretty, they are harmless and do fade over time. They do not require medical treatment if they are not bothersome. If they do bother you, treatment will only partially remove the stretch marks and cannot completely get rid of them.


Unwanted hair is often viewed as the proverbial bane of our beauty blunders. Today, there are so many different methods of hair removal available that it can be hard to choose the best option. Shaving is the long-standing winner for simplicity and convenience. But when it comes to long-lasting permanent results, laser hair removal is, more often than not, the top choice. So how can you decide which one of these hair removal options suits your needs and your lifestyle best?


Before we can dive into getting rid of wrinkles or sagging skin, we first need to understand the basic biology of collagen. 

However, I do understand that unless you are excited by science, you might find the next few paragraphs a tad boring… So to help keep your interest peaked, let me start by saying:

Sexy, gorgeous, lifted, toned, smooth, youthful skin – is all about collagen.

The Structure of Your Skin

Your skin is comprised of two main layers.