Category Archives: Modeling Tips

Are you interested in modeling or becoming a model? Are you already a model and just looking for more information? Here is are so tips that span a wide range of topics that can assist you in your endeavors.

Acne Scar Treatments

What is the collagen-acne scars relationship? Let’s start by describing some of the acne forming process. Basically, as an acne cyst forms, the neck of the sebaceous gland opens up and gets filled with bacteria, cells and sebum that are unable to pass through to the skin’s surface. Eventually this cyst explodes, projecting the matter into the dermis and, because it is recognized as a “foreign matter”, it is attacked by white blood cells which fight off infection.

What most often follows is the loss of tissue as collagen is destroyed in the dermis. As these cells are eliminated, the cells above on the superficial level of the skin receive no support from below. And that is when that area of the skin collapses, resulting in a soft saucer-shaped depression (what many refer to as a pock mark) or jagged ice pick scar (which is deep and narrow). Unfortunately, this kind of scarring occurs often on the face and affects both men and women.

Another important fact to consider in the collagen-acne scars connection is that aging can affect your collagen levels and therefore, scar visibility. After you turn 40, 1% of your dermal collagen is lost annually. This extra loss of collagen together with reduced skin tone as you age can make scars become a lot more apparent.

So, those are some of the ways that collagen is related to acne and scarring. Collagen is also used in the treatment of acne scars. Acne scars are often the result of long-term infection and inflammation of the skin’s glands. This condition results in an uneven skin surface with peaks and valleys. There are various treatments for acne scars, and filler injections, such as collagen, could be the most sensible one for you. Fillers help to raise the valleys so that there is less of an indentation around the peaks. This leads to the appearance of a smoother skin surface.

Collagen fillers are just one type of fillers. Others include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapetite, and polymethylmethacrylate beads. While collagen fillers usually last from 3 to 6 months, other types can last from 6 months and longer – with some even being permanent. Which type you can use depends on your skin and your scars. If you have just a few acne scars and they are relatively shallow, collagen might be a good fit. There’s a way to quickly evaluate if this is an option for you (although of course you will talk to a professional regarding treatment possibilities)–stretch the scarred area. If it flattens out when you stretch it, collagen is a worthwhile consideration. Many people prefer to go with the collagen choice because it is less expensive than other options.

However, if you have deep ice pick scars, you would probably want to go with another procedure like chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, punch grafting and others.

The above information about collagen-acne scars does not substitute medical advice given by a health professional.

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Headaches can be a pain in the back side.

HeadacheI often have frequent headaches that range from being a nuisance to affecting my ability to function. When this happens out on set, it could mean the end of a perfectly good photo shoot. The  typical response is to shove pills down the gullet and hope for some relief. Personally, I despise popping pills for pain relief.

The Customary Disclaimer: This article is meant to be medical advice. One should always consult with their doctor before trying to treat any health condition, including headaches.

Here are some things that I have found to provide some relief without destroying my liver.

Cold or heat therapy is one of the oldest natural ways to relieve a headache. Placing a cold pack on the head, face or neck can lessen the severity of a headache, but don’t use anything that’s too cold as that can make the headache worse. Heat can be applied in the same way, and excessive heat should be avoided as well. Everybody is different, so you may need to see which temperature works best for you. How this works is still the topic of discussion, but what really matters is that it does indeed work, not how it works.

The body is covered with pressure points that affect other parts of the body. You can find pressure points that will help alleviate headaches. They can be found on the temples, the bridge of your nose, the hairline, the crook of your arm, your back and certain parts of your feet. Using a bit of trial and error, you should be able to zero in on the areas that bring you the most relief; however, if you want to be more precise then you can find information that shows you exactly where to apply pressure.

Aromatherapy can work wonders on your headaches, but you need to be careful. The reason is that some people are highly sensitive to certain scents, and they could end up making your headache worse. On the other hand, there are sure to be some aromas that soothe and clam you and lessen your headache pain. Some of the more popular scents for the treatment of headaches include lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint.

Staying in good health isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it can definitely help control your headaches. After all, what could be better than preventing them in the first place? Make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day, eat right, exercise on a regular basis, practice stress reduction techniques and get a good night’s sleep.

The cool thing about all of these natural ways to relieve a headache is that they can be done by just about anyone, and you don’t have to worry about popping pills and adding chemicals to your system.

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Tips for Models.

Portrait of luxury woman in exclusive jewelryGood help is hard to find. I am sure you have heard that adage before. Strangely, it applies to modeling and photography as it does any thing else.  Below is a short list of tips  this will help both you and the photographer. Bare in mind that this is, by no means, a complete list but some suggestions for a good shoot and continued work. I hope that you find this short list of tips for models helpful.

  • Be Punctual – Always be on time. I know there are instances where it is difficult to do, but by all means do your best to be on time. It is likely that a photographer has his entire day booked and one late model can throw the day off.
  • No Call, No Show –  Paid or TFP, do not leave a photographer waiting. If you do this, it is highly likely that you will not be called back for a shoot. Photographers do talk to each other and word will spread.
  • Beauty Sleep – Make sure you get a good nights sleep prior to a shoot. If you are tired, it will show in the resulting photos.
  • Drink Water – Drinking water will help your complexion and  general health of your skin.
  • Diet – No, I do not mean loose weight… this is more a reference to being conscious of the foods you eat and making sure that you are eating healthy.
  • Communication – Talk to the photographer prior to the shoot and double check to see if there is anything you need to bring with you. This might include wardrobe or a small make-up kit. This is also a good opportunity to make sure you know how to get to the location or studio.
  • Comfort –  If you are uncomfortable with the direction a photo shoot is going, or if a photographer surprises you with something that you are not comfortable with. Let him/her know. If it persists, politely end the shoot.
  • Wear Loose Fitting Clothes – When going to the shoot, be sure to wear loose fitting clothes.  Certain tight and constrictive clothes will leave impressions in the skin that will cost time in waiting for them to disappear if that area of your body is going to be bare in the photograph.
  • Escorts – Any photographer whom is well intentioned will allow escorts into the studio. When choosing someone to escort you, be sure to bring someone whom is not going to be disruptive to the shoot. It is one thing bring up concerns, it is another to badger the photographers or those in his employ.
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