Where Does Bubble Tea in New York and New Jersey Originate From?

Bubble Tea aka Boba Tea’s original origins come from the “Chun Shui Tang” Shop in Taiwan during the early 1980’s. The founder – Liu Han-Chieh was observing how Japanese folk would serve cold coffee and applied the same concept but to his iced tea. Liu Han-Chieh also, claimed that while dabbling with tea – using cold milk and adding an array of different flavored syrups, fruits and tapioca pearls, he created Bubble Tea.

In the 1990’s it became really popular across different areas in East and Southeast Asia…

It has many names. Some of the other names often used for this beverage include:

Boba
Pearl Milk
Bubble Milk
Boba Juice
Tapioca
Momi Milk
Q
Boba Nai Chai
Milk
Pearl
and a ton more!

In 2006 Bubble Tea in New York City and New Jersey was established by Gong Cha, which happens to be one of the most reputable brands worldwide. In fact, Gong Cha in New York City and New Jersey holds the highest prestige amongst other brands and shops internationally. Gong Cha is well known in the industry and by consumers for its quality teas and impeccable service.

Gong Cha Shops were first founded in 2006 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Gong Cha immersed immensely into the Bubble Tea market and conquered it with their premium, quality teas and other products and services offered by Gong Cha in New York City and in New Jersey shops.

Gong Cha in Taiwanese means “tribute tea for the emperor,” which is an ideal name for such a highly successful and regarded brand, which caters and takes pride in their products and the services they offer to their loyal customers.

The fact of the matter is that Bubble Tea has made its way into popular culture in the streets of New York City and New Jersey. It is considered to be a street food. However, one of the very cool things about Bubble Tea in New York City and in New Jersey is that it’s bridging cultures as Bubble Tea becomes more accessible to the public.

Bubble Tea comes in an array of fruit flavors. You can choose from a variety of teas. Moreover, you can either take it with or without milk. In addition, you can also, choose the type of syrup you would like in your tea and you can either add jelly or tapioca pearls into your beverage. However, it is recommended that you try your first Bubble Tea with tapioca pearls, as the tapioca pearls are what made a complete sensation in Taiwan to begin with.

Originally, It was mainly drank by school kids in Taiwan. Though, that is not the case anymore, especially in New York City and in New Jersey, with Gong Cha shops in the areas – where many adults indulge themselves in flavor filled Bubble Tea. These are served with oddly, thick straws, which were designed to scoop up the tapioca pearls or jelly.

Bubble Tea in New York City and in New Jersey happens to be one of the most popular teas in their shops, because Gong Cha shops is well known for its great quality and taste. Gong Cha in New York City and New Jersey shops serve Bubble Tea with organic milk, homemade syrups and other natural and healthy alternatives, which will make your drink extremely healthy, while remaining favorable and more than pleasant to drink. At Gong Cha USA located in New York City & New Jersey – customers can select the sugar levels they want in their drink.

Other Facts About Bubble Tea in New York City and New Jersey:

Asides from tapioca balls you can also, add jelly, pudding or popping. For Puddings – the whole pudding can be blended into the drink, rather than adding a flavor.

An essential part of Bubble Tea is milk. You can choose from an array of milks. Would you like dairy or non-dairy? Or you can add:

Soy Milk.
Almond Milk.
Coconut Milk
Lactose Free Creamers.

At Gong Cha shops in New York City and in New Jersey you can be certain that you’re being served fresh, dairy products and not those out of a can, such as evaporated or condensed milk.

At Gong Cha Shops Pick Your Choice of Tea! You Can Choose From an Assortment of Teas – Which Include the Following:

Green Tea
Oolong
Pu-erh
Chai
Black Tea
and many more!

Many of these contain EGCG, which is an antioxidant typically found in green tea, which boosts your metabolism and releases belly fat cells and increases the liver’s fat burning abilities.

You can have your tea entirely customized in a fashion that is entirely healthy. Check out Gong Cha shops in New York City and New Jersey, which offer the most healthiest alternatives to Bubble Tea.

Trout Season Opens in New Jersey

Trout season officially opens in New Jersey on Saturday April 10,2010 at 8:00 AM. The Department of Environmental Protection predicts that this should be the best season ever in New Jersey for trout fishing. Enhanced and aggressive stocking programs along with the continued production at the state trout hatcheries in addition to the new fishing sites through out New Jersey, promise to make this the best season yet for all you anglers out there waiting to get into the streams and brooks of New Jersey.

With all the snow and cold weather we had in New Jersey this past winter, water levels should be above normal levels. So, with that said, we encourage all anglers to get out there on opening day and cast your line. We know you have all been waiting for this long, cold and snow covered winter to be over so you could get out there and enjoy the fresh air and hear the sounds of the streams and brooks along with the other sounds of wildlife that Mother Nature has to offer. Just a reminder though, do not forget to purchase your fishing license along with a trout stamp. Fishing licenses must be worn in a conspicuous place on the outer clothing while engaged in fishing, and must be exhibited to law enforcement personnel on request.

The New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Commission plans on stocking the streams and brooks as well as 70 lakes with over 500,000 brown, brook and rainbow trout this season. This brings the total number of public accessible waterways where you may fish at over 200. All the trout that are stocked into the waterways will be 14 and 19 inches in length and weigh between 3 and 5 pounds.

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We feel this is the perfect knife for cleaning your catch on the spot.

So, good luck to all of you anglers out there and remember to be safe and help keep our environment clean. Just another reminder not to forget to purchase your fishing license with trout stamp now.

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Vaults Emerging as Answer to New Jersey’s Tank Dilemma

Thousands of New Jersey businesses need to store petroleum products at their facilities, whether for heating, to fuel vehicles, for emergency generators, or a dozen other pressing needs. Today there are estimated to be in excess of 80,000 regulated commercial tanks in New Jersey alone. Most are underground, some above ground and, recently, some combining the best of both methods, the concrete vaulted tanks. In this article I will take a look at each approach for its strengths, weaknesses and cost factors.

UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS (USTs)

Historically, petroleum storage was literally driven underground by a variety of concerns centered around fire safety. Because of these concerns, and the regulations they spawned, the overwhelming majority of storage tanks in use today are underground tanks.

In the past five years the federal EPA and State Departments of Environmental Protection and Energy (DEPE) have formulated new construction criteria for both the installation of new tanks and the required upgrade of existing tanks.

With scheduled deadlines for these tank upgrades quickly approaching, tank owners are faced with some difficult economic decisions. The cost for tank and piping upgrades starts at $10,000, and, in most cases, retrofitting an existing steel underground storage tank is a short-sighted and expensive undertaking. Due to variable water tables and the predominance of clay and silt soils, both vapor monitoring and continuous groundwater monitoring are impractical, if not impossible, and in all cases will only alert a tank owner of a leak after the damage has occurred.

With these concerns complicating the upgrade, the most effective solution, if we stay with conventional underground storage, is often complete replacement of a given storage tank system This then expands the price range of a standard 2,000 gallon tank job to a minimum of $20,000. (triple this number for a 12,000 gallon tank).*

In addition to these basic construction costs, there are significant costs associated with simply maintaining and operating underground tanks. These expenses must also be considered when we evaluate the total project cost. For purposes of comparison, let’s look at these costs over a 10-year period of 12,000 gallon UST ownership in the State of New Jersey.

Right up front, we have the NJ DEPE’s registration requirement which commands a SI00 annual fee. While fees may certainly change from year to year, it is a safe bet they will not decrease. Over a 10-year period, this adds minimally SI000 to the cost of the project.

Then there is the cost of insurance. The NJ DEPE technical requirements N.J.S.A. 58:10A, effective 9/90, lay the groundwork for UST owners to carry their own insurance against leaks and discharges. Chapter 14 of this regulation, which has not yet been released, spells out the specifics of such insurance. When the insurance industry completes its research on the risks associated with UST insurance and prepares a product to cover UST owners, it appears likely that such coverage may be mandatory – another significant operating cost.

Currently, contractors’ pollution liability insurance is available, and many installation firms carry it. When a firm which performs 20 sizable installations in one year pays S50,000 for the pollution liability portion of its insurance program, it follows that each installation will be expected to carry a prorated share of the burden. Or $2500.**

Annual testing of the tank’s anticorrosive protection system is another cost which must be added to the equation. A $400 yearly maintenance/service contract which includes an inspection of the protective system and periodic water pumpouts is a necessary investment and adds S4000 to the long-term operating costs of our new UST.

Finally, as with any long-term ownership of a capital item – especially one with delicate electronic monitor sensors and controllers – we must look at the devalued worth of the item after wear and tear, obsoletion, and depreciation. This loss must be figured into our equation as well.

Adding all these factors together, the total cost of our hypothetical 10-year UST ownership, including the initial system construction, amounts to approximately $90,000.

Certainly, there must be less expensive options.

ABOVE-GROUND STORAGE TANKS (ASTs)

Above-ground storage tanks have been around for some time and are commonly used for fuel storage. Their applications vary from the small 275 gallon free-standing residential basement tanks to massive compounded field-erected storage silos.

ASTs are currently receiving much attention and interest. They are completely exempt from NJ DEPE requirements, including requirements for registration and insurance. This freedom from restriction coupled with relative ease of AST installation, reduces the ten-year cost of ownership to one half that of a comparable UST.

There are however, drawbacks to the ASTs as well.

First, to safeguard the tank area in the event of an overfill or a rupture of some sort, the AST should be diked or placed inside a second tank system. Second, an open dike can fill with rain water and possibly rust from the inside out. Third, exposure to the elements will accelerate corrosion of the tank as well as the dike.

A brush-blasted white epoxy-painted. Diked AST with either a shed roof or rainshields is the state of the art in ASTs, but the fact remains that the unsightliness of the tank, plus its size, can be a major drawback.

For the storage of gasoline there is a potential vapor hazard with ASTS. Because of this, they are prohibited by NFPA 30 in some situations. The effects of cold temperatures on the viscosity of fuels must also be addressed. Often, this requires the installation of steam coils or electric heaters.

But the largest drawback for the application of ASTs over USTs is the zoning hurdle.

USTs are exempt from BOCA codes while any above-ground construction over 100-foot square must obtain site plan approval in most communities. If the ownership is corporate, such approval must be presented by legal counsel. This process involves public hearings with mandatory notice to neighbors within 200 feet of the property line. Unsightliness of the AST may become a minor sticking point as more significant concerns such as environmental impact and overall nature of the owner’s operation come under the scrutiny of often hostile neighbors.

The process of gaining AST approval can become quite costly, bringing the upper end of costs plus maintenance of our 12.000-gallon project to $55,000. This, of course, is all contingent upon actually winning a zoning board’s resolution allowing the project to proceed.

VAULTED STORAGE TANK SYSTEMS (VSTs)

It is my premise that the vaulted storage tank system, our third tank alternative, offers a combination of the best features of USTs and ASTs. In VSTs, the primary tank is completely surrounded by an impermeable concrete enclosure. Designed in such a way that the primary tank is completely inspectable, VSTs are exempt from DEPE registration and regulation, yet they can be installed below grade and are therefore exempt from municipal planning board and zoning approval. And finally, when all the long-term operating costs are factored in, VSTs can be installed at a significantly lower cost than conventional USTs.

Historically, VSTs have been around for a long time in the form of burial vaults, septic tanks, and meter pits. More recent applications include optical tele¬communication link pits, where accessibility, security and thermal isolation are all important considerations.

Design advantages inherent to VSTs are as follows:

Structural strength – a concrete exoskeleton protects the primary tank from corrosion, deflection, thermal stress, ballistics and ground movement.
Thermal isolation – the reinforced concrete vault is typically 6″-8″ thick, thus providing protection from temperature extremes. Vaults come with a minimum two-hour fire rating.
Accessibility – the primary tank is completely accessible, thus simplifying piping modifications, tank cleaning, and annual inspections or audits.

Installation advantages of VSTs are as follows:

Whether below grade, at grade or above grade, configuration is identical, requiring no engineering modification.
Anchor systems are unnecessary for VSTs where conditions would require anchoring of conventional USTs. VSTs are massive enough to overcome buoyancy problems.
The vault can sit directly on the earth or gravel surfaces, thus minimizing surface preparation requirements.
VST installations are exempt from OS HA shoring requirements. VSTs can be crane-lifted directly into machine-prepared excavation, so there is no need for personnel to work at the bottom of an excavation.
There is no need for a concrete overlay as the vault roof can also serve as a surface pad. Where vehicle traffic must pass over the top of the vault, extra thick, reinforced vault lids are available.
There are also significant maintenance advantages for VSTs inherent to the design and the accessibility of the primary tank. Electro-mechanical repairs are simpler as all conduits and pipes are exposed. Another advantage is that the precast concrete lid has much greater uniformity and strength than a conventionally poured surface pad. Forces that crack and heave surface pads are inconsequential to VST systems.

Finally for our 12,000-gallon tank example there is the economic consideration. With an installed price of 570,000, the VST does require a larger initial investment than a conventional UST; however, the operating costs over 10 years are limited only to painting and inspecting the primary tank with a budgeted price of $2500.

Search a Phone Number in New Jersey

New Jersey, nicknamed “The Garden State”, was one of the first to join the United States of America. On December 18, 1787, it became the third state to join the country. However, before it became part of the U.S. it was originally inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. In fact, it wasn’t until the early 17th century that the first Swedish and Dutch Europeans settled in the area. That said, the state’s name was given by the English and was named for Jersey, the largest English Channel Island.

The state of New Jersey played a vital role in the American Revolution as many important battles took place there. Later, the factories in the cities Trenton (the capital) and Paterson were an integral part of the industrial revolution. Due to its location, NJ is surrounded by some of the USA’s most powerful cities including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Baltimore. These cities helped stimulate growth during the suburban boom that occurred in the mid 20th century.

Today, Jerseyites have much to be proud of. The major industries of the place they call home include farming, petroleum-based products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, insurance and tourism. Many people throughout the country and from all over the world vacation here to enjoy many of its fabulous, fun and entertaining hot spots, such as Atlantic City.

Though it is not impressive in terms of size, only the 47th largest in the nation, what new jersey lacks in area it makes up for in population. It is the 11th most populated region and has the highest population density of any other US state. Since there are currently more than 8,600,000 New Jerseyans it should come as no surprise that there are many area codes to accommodate the millions of telephone consumers.

The North American Numbering Plan has assigned a total of 9 codes to the NJ-State and they include: 201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908 and 973. Therefore, the next time you see one of these areacodes pop up on your call display, you’ll know that the caller is a new jerseyite. However, since only knowing where they are calling from may not be enough to clue you in to who the person actually is, you will find that a reverse phone search [http://www.searchthisphonenumber.com/201-1.html] can help you solve the rest of the puzzle.

Unfair Pay Discrimination in New Jersey

State legislators recently passed two bills that address unfair pay discrimination in New Jersey. They have yet to be signed into law.

One bill would require public contractors to report salary and wage information by gender, race and job title to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, in order to monitor compliance with existing anti-discrimination laws. The second would align state law with the Federal government’s Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.

The Ledbetter Act, which was the first bill signed into law by President Obama, was named after a Goodyear production supervisor who sued the company over discriminatory pay practices. Her case got as far as the United States Supreme Court. They ruled that, since the initial discriminatory actions by the company took place prior to the 180 day statute of limitations for filing such a complaint, she had no case. The Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was drafted to address this legal loophole.

The New Jersey Unfair Wage Recovery Act (s-783), like the Ledbetter Act, effectively re-boots the statute of limitations which each new instance of discrimination. Therefore, every time a discriminatory paycheck is given to en employee, they have fresh cause to pursue legal remedies for the discrimination.
This protects employees who, under prior law, could do nothing to address discriminatory pay if their employers are able to successfully hide their discriminatory actions for a suitable length of time.

According to news reports, Governor Christie is unlikely to sign the act into law. A previous version of the bill was passed through both houses two years ago, only to face the Governor’s conditional veto. The Governor has stated that he would not sign the law unless it included a two year cap on damages.

The bills’ main sponsor, Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) believes that a two year cap is unreasonable, since instances of such discrimination often go back many years. Lampitt, who has cited 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data indicating that women still earn roughly 77 cents to every dollar their male counterparts make, has said that she will keep putting the law forward until it is adopted.

Pay discrimination based on sex was prohibited under the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This act required employers to pay men and women equally for jobs requiring the same skills, effort, and responsibility, unless the pay was affected by seniority, merit assessments, a system that measures quality or quantity of production, or a differential based on any factor other than sex. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 further prohibited discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

For Sale by Owner in New Jersey – The Best Online Places to Market Your Home

If you are trying to sell your home in New Jersey and do not want to use the services of estate agent, you have to find a good way to advertise it. As with any other product, good advertising can help to sell it fast.

There are many ways to advertise FSBO properties. Here are the best ones:

FSBONJ.com

FSBONJ.com is a property database dedicated into providing a virtual marketplace for those selling their properties by themselves. The website is established in 2000 and since then it gained great popularity. The main reason is that is very local, providing advertising property services for the NJ residents. Of course people from all locations may look into the site as well.

There are several property listings available t the site. Although the services are paid, the taxes are much cheaper than the services of any real estate agent. Since the site is very popular it is worthed to spend some time and check it out.

Forsalebyowner.com

Forsalebyowner.com is another website dedicated to this kind of real estate deals. Although it is not local as FSBONJ.com, people from New Jersey cam advertise their homes for sale. The site is one of the most popular “for sale by owner” property databases. It provides not only option to submit your property there and expose it to thousands of home seekers, but detailed information that is designed to help you market your property. Another service that the site offers is a cash back service in case you cannot sell you home through the site.

Forsalebyownernewjersey.com

Forsalebyownernewjersey.com is the next top website that can help you sell your property. Similar to FSBONJ.com, it is specifically dedicated to the New Jersey home owners and home seekers. Again, the property listings are paid but the taxes are not very expensive. Moreover the site provides a lot of useful information about various property related services such as mortgages, appraisals, solicitors and so on.

Americanhomeguides.com

Americanhomeguides.com is the biggest U.S. property portal. It has a separate section dedicated to the NJ area – newjersey.americanhomeguides.com. There are literally hundreds of adverts on the site, both for homes for sale by owner in NJ or by real estate agents. It is a gold mine for anyone looking to sell or buy a home. The site also offers tons of useful information – from mortgage deals, through home decoration and debt and credit information. That’s That.

A Look at Product Recalls

Ever since the industrial revolution and ever since standards have been placed on products concerning safety, there have been product recalls. Product recalls are something that will probably happen to most large companies while they are in business because of the fact that mistakes do happen. Also, with U.S. labor on products being performed outside of the United States it can be difficult to make sure other countries are following standards set by the U.S. Product recalls occur when a company realizes there is something wrong with their product and they offer customers who bought the product a chance to get a refund on the product or just send it back to the company so no one gets hurt. Just because a product is recalled does not mean it is dangerous, sometimes companies recall products that are just not up to their standards and they would like to attempt to give the customer a chance to get a better product that is up to standard.

Also, sometimes good things can come out of a product recall because usually competitors’ of companies with recalls see an increase in sales. A NJ Chevy dealer stated that the recent recall in the auto industry has helped sales of cars that are not from the company that had the recalls. This same New Jersey Chevrolet dealer also said that he has seen an increase in sales this year, due to the mess of their competitors’ companies. This is an example of how some good can come out of product recalls, although this is not always the case. Below is a list of three industries that have had product recalls in the past few years and what has happened to them since their problems began:

1. The toy industry fell on hard times when a major toy production company was forced to recall millions of children’s toys due to lead in the paint. This specific toy company suffered huge losses because parents were very angry that their children could have suffered lead poisoning from the toys. Also, this situation brought up the issue of companies having their products made outside of the United States, where the standards in foreign countries may not match those in the United States.

2. The agriculture and food production industries both ran into trouble when bacteria were found in millions of bags of lettuce. Many customers returned the lettuce to the company that packaged it and there was not too much harm done to the company or the consumers.

3. Most recently, one company in the auto industry has fallen on tough times because of a massive recall on cars that were faulty. The company first had to recall thousands of cars from one of their product lines because of faulty brakes and accelerators. Then, rumors were started that this company knew some of their cars had serious problems with the breaks and accelerators, but they did not initiate a recall because they did not think it was very widespread. As if all of this was not bad enough, the same company had to start recalling thousands more cars from various lines and years because of other serious problems. It is yet to be seen what will happen to this company in the coming years because this has only come about in 2009-2010.

Consumers need to be cautious with anything they buy and be sure to be on the lookout for any product recalls, especially on children’s toys and large purchases that could be dangerous if they are not made properly, like a car. It is important for all consumers to be aware of what product recalls are and how to make sure their products are not being called back to the company, so everyone can be just a little bit safer.

New York City Tourism Industry Boosts Newark Hotel Market

The Newark, N.J., hotel industry is thriving heading into 2012. While the continued evolution of the city’s entertainment, cultural and corporate draws can be credited in part for the strong performance, the real catalyst can be found in New York City’s burgeoning tourism industry.

According to a January 2011 press release from the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 2010:

-48.7 million people visited New York City, up 6.8 percent from 2009.
-39 million of these visitors were from the U.S. and 9.7 million from abroad-both records.
-The hospitality industry added 6,600 jobs across all industry sub-sectors; the industry employs the most people in summer, and July 2010 set an all-time record for total jobs with 323,200.
-25.7 million room nights were sold, a new record, exceeding the previous high by 2 million room nights.
-Average daily room rates rose to $330 in December 2010, an 8.9 percent increase over 2009.

The mayor recently announced that the city’s hotel inventory will reach 90,000 rooms by the end of 2011. This record number represents a 24 percent increase over the past five years. More than 7,000 additional rooms are in the pipeline.

These numbers all translate to an overall upward trend for New York City’s $31 billion tourism industry, according to a recent press release from Mayor Bloomberg’s office. It reads: “The City is on track to reach a record number of visitors this year…occupancy remained at close to 85 percent, the highest in the nation.” In short, the city is on pace to meet its goal of attracting 50 million annual visitors by 2012.

What does this have to do with Newark? Simply put, New Jersey’s largest city is an outstanding cost alternative to Manhattan. Guests staying at four- and five-star hotels in Newark pay about half of what they would to stay in New York City. Yet they can still get there quickly and easily via an outstanding public transportation network. Newark Penn Station offers 15 minute transit to Manhattan with trains running 24/7. Newark’s strong transit infrastructure also includes a Light Rail line and bus service, as well as Newark Liberty International Airport.

Over the past few years, we have seen an influx of New York City visitors-especially international travelers-staying at our Best Western Robert Treat Hotel (located at 50 Park Place in Newark). While they may initially have been motivated by a recession-based drive toward savings, the trend has continued to gain momentum as the recovery takes hold.

As a result, the Robert Treat Hotel has seen a significant jump in occupancy. Through the end of October, our average occupancy rate was 87.9 percent for 2011-as compared to 81.4 and 86.1 percent year-to-date in 2009 and 2010, respectively. The hotel reached 100 percent occupancy during June, July and August 2011, representing record bookings for our property. Additionally, Smith Travel Research reports that, among hotels considered competitors to the Robert Treat in Newark, average occupancies increased from 78.3 percent, to 81.4 percent to 82.9 percent, year to date in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Further illustrating the strength of the Newark hotel market, Courtyard by Marriott broke ground in April for a 150-room hotel-the first new hotel in downtown Newark in 39 years-right outside the Prudential Center Arena. Additionally, Indigo Hotel has proposed a boutique 100-room property just two blocks away.

Obviously, some travelers want to stay in New York, and they will continue to do so. However, others are motivated by economics. Newark clearly is a great choice for that population, and smart hotel operators are working to accommodate its needs. We have intensified our concierge service to offer transportation to the train station. We have New York City maps and brochures available, and we even help guests get tickets to shows and events.

Many of New York tourists staying in Newark also are discovering that there is a lot to do right here. We have world-class venues like Prudential Center, which serves as home to the NJ Devils hockey and Nets basketball teams, and as a venue for countless concerts and productions. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, parks, universities and fine dining are among many additional highlights.

Three Things to Look for in Advanced Skin Care Products

Skin care products with advanced properties are being developed at an unprecedented rate. Men and women of all ages are protecting their skin and improving its appearance through the use of advanced products that can effectively target everything from wrinkles to drooping skin to crow’s feet, and more. It may seem intimidating to make an informed decision when it comes to your next skin care purchase, so take this opportunity to learn more about 3 features to consider and look for.

1) Strong SPF Protection – Thought it is widely known that protecting your skin from the harmful rays of the sun is critical to not only the appearance of your skin over time, but also to your overall health. Setting aside the fact that skin cancer is most common on the facial area because of its increased exposure to the sun, there are other reasons to make sure you have good SPF protection on a daily basis. Sunspots and age spots are brought on and worsened by excessive sun exposure. Luckily, most moisturizers come with a SPF protection of at least 15, the minimum number recommended by most physicians. More advanced skin care options feature SPF 50 and have no chemical fillers. They are completely sheer and non-greasy, which means covering them with make-up is easy.

2) Powerful Antioxidant Blends – Antioxidants play a critical role in repairing damaged skin and giving a youthful, healthy appearance. Furthermore, advanced blends protects skin cells from the dangerously reactive molecules that can cause DNA mutations and cell damage, plus can contribute to pigment production. These same blends, such as Vitamin C, ferulic acid, and phloretin, stimulate collagen synthesis and cell turnover, which in turn gives the appearance of firmer skin and a glowing complexion.

3) Pharmaceutical-grade Ingredients – These high-quality ingredients are often backed up by scientific research that confirms their effectiveness. Superior skin care brands can offer a wide variety of products that have proven scientific results. Look for products that reduce the appearance of puffiness under the eyes, correct signs of photo damage, shrink under-eye bags, or combat other signs of aging and fatigue.

The truth of the matter is that every face begins to show its age at some point in life. Some of those changes can be embraced, while others can be the root of unnecessary stress or frustration. There are new, advanced products appearing on the market on a regular basis, and each year the technology behind these products grows and becomes more impressive. Talk to a skin care professional if you’re unsure about where to begin or what products to choose. Conduct research, looking for the 3 important elements described above. Prevention is critical, but remember, damage can be repaired with the help of the right product line.

New Jersey Home Remodeling

The U.S. state of New Jersey lies on the Eastern seaboard, with New York to its north and northeast, and Delaware and Pennsylvania to its west. New Jersey became heavily industrialized soon after the Revolutionary War, with the building of canals and railroads. It retained its position as a heavily industrialized state well after World War II. However, it is now better known as a commuters’ state, because many people who live in New Jersey commute to work in New York City, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. People prefer to buy homes in the suburbs of New Jersey’s cities and travel to work in other states.

At Total Remodeling, we have done several home remodeling projects in New Jersey. Since New Jersey was one of the original 13 colonies, its craftsmen, architects, and designers absorbed several styles that were popular in the colonial period and also copied Victorian examples. Many homes in New Jersey have been built in the Neoclassical and Victorian styles. Most homes in New Jersey are built of wood, and since New Jersey is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, the wood does tend to show signs of wear and tear within a few years.

Total Remodeling has done several projects in New Jersey using vinyl siding and roofing products, as well as doors and windows. We have used modern home remodeling products to give a new look to homes designed in the Victorian style. For example, we used vinyl siding products to finish a Second Empire French Victorian house in Maplewood, New Jersey, and received an award for our efforts. The vinyl siding products we use–System 2000 and Elite–replicate the look of cedar clapboard but require less maintenance. Our skilled craftsmen were also able to add and emphasize authentic period details that enhanced the look of the house.

Many homeowners in New Jersey have consulted us on home remodeling projects when they planned to sell their homes. One of our home remodeling projects in New Jersey was for a couple whose children had just joined college–this project took us four years to complete. At the end of this project, the couple hoped to sell their home of 15 years for at least $300,000, which was the closing price in their locality. They closed the sale of their home at $410,000.

Whether or not you plan to sell your home or live in it for the rest of your days, you can always consult us at Total Remodeling for your home remodeling needs.