Acid Test: Are you Afraid ?

6 Sep

One of the most important ways to keep your skin looking young is encouraging cell turn over. Cell turn over is just a fancy way of describing the process of exfoliation. As we age our bodies stop manufacturing the things that make our skin soft, supple, smooth and plump. The outer layer of our skin,in turn, becomes drier, less elastic and dull. That doesn’t mean that we need to surrender to the natural process of aging. We can help shed that dead layer of skin with at home skin care and in office skin peels by using one or a combination of several specific acids. With that dead layer of skin removed the skin is more open to absorbing other products making them much more effective.
I know, acids sound scary but if you know a little more about the different acids that are used in skincare, you can confidently utilize and benefit from them.
Probably the most familiar acid used for skin health is Alph hydroxy acids,water soluble acids, which include: glycol,lactic, citric and mandolin acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are used in consumer skincare products and in chemical peels to cause surface exfoliation to smooth the skin surface and for softening fine lines. Chemical peels administered in a physician run skin care clinic can have higher percentages of acid which will penetrate deeper and cause more dramatic results-lightening hyper pigmentation,softening scars and reducing fine lines more effectively. For a more effective at home skin care regime, medical grade products can contain up to 20% glycolic acid as opposed to the 10% or less limit that is set for department and drug store products.
Beta Hydroxy acids are lipid (oil) soluble and are more suited for an oily complexion with clogged pores. The Beta Hydroxy acid can penetrate the oil allowing it to go into the pore and exfoliate from within it.
Retinoic acid or Retinol is a form of vitamin A that, in the right formulation, can dramatically speed up cell turnover, stimulate deep cellular repair, boosts collagen and increases blood circulation which will give your skin a youthful glow. Retinol can be found in many over the counter products but for maximum effectiveness a prescription with .05% to .1% is recommended.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in people and animals but more abundantly in young skin. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for firm, moist,healthy looking skin and, yes dammit!, the aging process stops the production of it naturally.The beauty of hyaluronic acid is that it absorbs water and plumps up the skin. There are at home products that can deposit it back into your skin but again, medical grade products will be more effectively. It has also been proven that vitamin c can assist with penetration.
So you see, a sin care regimen that inludes any of these acids, can really turn back the hands of time for your skin and there isn’t anything scary about that!

Your Skin Doesn’t End at Your Face: Keeping Your Body Young

4 Aug


If you are like most female consumers, you spend most of your money on your face-skin care, make up, sun protection, chemical peels, lasers, invasive and surgical procedures..and shoes. But while your face may be the picture of youth your body may be telling a different story.When collagen production begins to slow in your 30’s it takes its toll on your skin. The main culprit in this attack on your collagen is the sun and while most of us know how damaging it is we tend to think we only need to protect our face. The result is lax skin on your stomach, arms and legs, uneven pigment and age spots on the arms and chest and dry, wrinkled skin everywhere. If you have not begun to see any of these symptoms you have a chance to prevent them and if you have most of it can be treated and reversed.

Some general guidelines for prevention are:

Exercise-losing weight without exercise has a tendency to create loose lax skin. Weight training and yoga are great for toning.
Tanning beds– science proves that there is a link between skin damage and aging skin.Research shows that indoor tanning significantly increases your chances for skin cancer and drastically alters the condition of your skin.
Long periods of sitting-The fat burning enzyme, lipoprotein lipase, decreases as a result of long instances of sitting. If you have a desk job periodically take short or elevate your work station so you can stand while fulfilling your office duties.
Water intake– There is a reason why doctors (and just about any one in the healthcare industry) recommends water-It works! Substituting water for soft drinks will greatly improve the health of your skin.

Retinal Products-By adding a pea sized amount of a prescription retinal product will encourage cell turnover and help fight off skin cancer.
There are also lasers that help to firm, tighten, smooth and improve pigment issues caused by the sun (i.e. age spots, hyper pigmentation. I do recommend doing your research before shelling out your money-one laser can have many outcomes based on the technician treating you.
And, as always, don’t forget the sunscreen.


Treating Hyperpigmentation

6 Apr

imageimageOne of the most troubling and stubborn skin conditions is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation affects men and woman of all ethnic groups and gives your skin the appearance of uneven, dark, dirty skin. The causes of hyperpigmentation are overactive melanocytes, the cells responsible for melanin production or the expansion of the melanocytes themselves. Hyperpigmentation can occur after skin injury (ie. acne lesions, burns), UV exposure, hormone fluctuations (ie. pregnancy, thyroid dysfunction, the use of birth control pills) or certain prescription medicines. Even hydroquinine, the most widely used ingredient to treat hyperpigmentation could potentially make the problem worse. The good news is ingredients and procedures to treat hyperpigmentation have come a long way in the last 10 years and even the most challenging cases can see improvement. The key is patience, prevention, and compliance. Procedures such as microdermabrasion, Clear and Brilliant laser treatments,, chemical peels, IPL’s or laser resurfacing can be effective when treating hyperpigmentation. Two medical grade products that have proven effective are SkinMedica’s Lytera and ISClinical’s White Lightening products. Too often, clients are the cause of recurrent hyperpigmentation by ignoring the necessity of avoidance of sun exposure and the diligence of applying sunscreen regularly. The path to a clearer complexion is yours to take so what are you waiting for?

G.R.A.S.S. for life

27 Mar

Searching for eternal youth? The newest technology in lasers and fillers are replacing invasive surgery to turn back the clock but compliance to a good skin care regime gives better and longer lasting results.
The hard part is knowing what a good skin care regime is.
If you remember the acronym G.R.A.S.S. then you will know the 5 main keys to keeping your skin healthy and looking more radiant. Slow down the signs of aging with these products.

G=Growth factors. Always look for medical grade products that list multiple growth factors as ingredients. My choice is TNS Essential serum. It boasts a variety of growth factors including human growth factors plus antioxidants (our A in GRASS) and peptides.

R=Retinoids. Essential to cell turnover and prepares your skin for laser treatments and peels.

A=Antioxidants. Nutrients that destroy skin damaging free radicals. When applied topically through skin care products, antioxidants fight aging by destroying these unstable molecules.

S=Sunscreen. I know you have been lectured to many times about sunscreen but are you using the right kind. Make sure that your sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays and include the ingredients Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. I like Skin Medica Daily Physical Defense or Neova Silc Sheer.

S=Specialty Products. These are products directed toward issues such as Rosacia or Adult Acne. Also products targeting the eye or lip area.
This should be an easy way to remember what is essential to your regiment for a “Perfect Skin” complexion.





Injectable Fillers 101

22 Mar

One of the most visible signs of aging is fat loss. Beginning as early as the mid 30’s a combinations of factors puts the skin aging machine in motion-hormone levels dip causing fat to thin out, bone mass begins to recede causing the cheekbones and mid face to collapse and collagen production slows dramatically taking away the plump, healthy appearance of a youthful complexion.

Take a look in the mirror and answer these questions: Has your face shape changed from an inverted triangle to more of a square shape? Are your cheeks saggy? Are the lines from your nose to your lip edges getting deeper? Do your eyes look hollow and tired?

If you answered yes to any of these questions it is probably a lack of volume that is aging you.Todays fillers can address these aging issues in a short office visit with virtually no down time. Juvederm, Sculptra and the new breakthrough filler Voluma XC are excellent choices and, if administered by a physician, you will now that your filler is genuine and safe.

Zeltiq Coolsculpting: The Next Antiti-cellulite Breakthrough?

13 Mar

If you haven’t tried Zeltiq Coolsculpting yet for fat reduction you just may want to. Perfect Skin has been offering Coolsculpting as a non invasive-non surgical way to get rid of unwanted fat but recently doImagectors have been testing the treatment for cellulite removal as well as skin tightening With success. Currently Coolsculpting is only FDA approved for getting rid of unwanted fat but this new discovery could make bathing suit shopping something to look forward to this summer! Stay tuned.

Hello world!

27 Aug

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