I am on a weight loss program. Will massage help to break down the fat?

In some studies done in Europe, it has been shown that massage has no effect on accumulated fatty tissues. No matter how you knead or pummel the tissues, you cannot “break down” the fat. Massage can, however, be beneficial in other ways to those on a weight loss program. Massage improves the blood flow to the tissues, including the muscles, and thus improves their level of nourishment and elimination of waste. This allows the muscles to exercise better and to recover more quickly from the exercise. Since the cellulite type of fat tends to accumulate toxic wastes, the improved circulation will also help to remove more of these toxins.

This is especially true with a specialized massage technique called “lymphatic drainage.” If you tend to become somewhat uptight or highstrung when you are dieting, then massage can help to soothe those jangled nerves and leave you with an over all sense of well-being.

Could you please tell me the names of moisturizers that contain either urea, lactic acid, dead sea salt or phospholipids as these ingredients help the skin to retain the water, according to a doctor I have consulted.

It is not a requirement in Canada to list ingredients in the skin-care products and manufacturers hestitate to divulge their product formulas, so we, unfortunately cannot supply you with any brand names.

Most European products do list the ingredients and you might look into this. There are approximately 200 different skin-care products on the Canadian market, so it is difficult to single out or list them.

Urea: Often used in cosmetics such as mascara to keep the product from drying out. It also used in moisturizers to hold moisture to the skin. It is formed in the liver from amino acids and ammonia compounds. It can be an antiseptic and deodorizer in mouthwashes, handcreams and lotions. It is a product of protein metabolism.

Dead sea salts: High in minerals which have been useful in treating the skin at the source, this sea salt is also rich in an oil that is softening to the skin. It is used in the bath or in mud packs for facial masks.

Lactic acid: Colorless liquid, slight odor, usually used in astringent otions.

Phospholipids: A Lipid containing phosphorous, which on hydrolysis yields fatty acids, glycerin and a nitrogenous compound. Also contains phosphoric acid and nitrogen which are soluble in fat solvents with exception of acetone. A complex fat substance found in all living cells eg. Lecithin, and mostly used in hand creams and lotions.

At the side of my nose there are small white lumps or spots. Is there anything I could put on them to get rid of them? I am using a good cream.

If they are in the creases around the side of the nose they could just be pockets of trapped sebum which can easily be extracted by a professional. This is done by applying gentle pressure. If they are a hardened mass which look like grains of sand under the skin, an opening in the dead cell layer for the debris to pass through will be made and then gentle pressure will be applied.

When cleansing, pay particular attention to working the cleanser in that area and be sure to rinse thoroughly.

A mask for oily skin used regularly in that area may help to reduce skin oiliness or use a gentle desincrustant to remove the dead layer of skin that accumulates all too quickly.

Some people have combination skin (oily T-zone and dry cheeks) yet use a dry skin cream all over. If this is your case, be sure your moisturizer is not too rich or heavy for the oily areas – you may have to use two different creams or leave the oily area free of cream periodically.