Skin Care & Beauty

Summer Skin Series: Lycopene 0

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Introducing our Summer Skin Series… each week we will provide you with natural solutions to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. This week we are talking Lycopene!

Lycopene is a carotenoid found in many fruits and vegetables. It has been proven to protect against sun damage, both short and long term.  Not only has Lycopene been proven to provide a natural barrier agains sunburn (up to 33%), but it has also been shown to protect against skin damage and sun-induced skin aging.

Make sure to load up on Lycopene rich foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, carrots, and mango during the summer months to give yourself an extra boost of protection!

 

Products We Love: Obagi Professional-C Serum 0

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Who doesn’t want to sport tighter brighter skin for the summer? It’s time to say hello to vitamin C.

Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid is easily absorbed by the skin and packs some major beauty benefits such as brightening the skin tone, inhibiting melanin production, and lightening hyper-pigmentation. It can also restore moisture balance to the skin and boost collagen synthesis, firming the skin and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, vitamin C provides natural protection against both UVA and UVB rays, making summer the perfect time to start your regimen.

We love Obagi Professional-C Serum because it has been proven to have superior absorption into the epidermis and dermis of the skin, allowing you to soak up all of the beautiful benefits.

Skin Medica SPF 30+ 0

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Summer is officially here! It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and bask in the sun all day. Though the sun provides us with Vitamin D and can be great for the soul… it can wreak havoc on our skin. Wrinkles, premature aging, and an increased risk of skin cancer are just a few of the things that can be associated with too much sun exposure.

Stay smart and safe this summer by covering up with a broad spectrum UVA / UVB sun protectant such as Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. This product is appropriate for all skin types including sensitive and post-procedure skin. It contains green tea leaf extract, a natural antioxidant that is rich in polyphenols as well as caffeine which helps prevent free radical damage.

The key to sun protection is to re-apply often rather than lathering on SPF 80. Research has shown that higher SPFs don’t necessarily provide extra protection, but are filled with unnecessary chemicals which may do more harm than good. Stick with a high quality sunscreen rather than just a high number of SPF, re-apply often , and have fun in the sun.

Juvederm Voluma xc 0

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Are you looking for a lift but not quite willing to go under the knife? Juvederm has just released the first FDA approved filler to not only smooth lines and wrinkles, but add volume to the cheek area.

As we age, we lose collagen. This results in a lack of volume and a “sagging” look to the skin. Lack of volume is one of the key indicators of age. Many opt for a face lift to remove excess skin and diminish the look of an aging face, however, some may feel that this is too extreme.

Juvederm Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid based injectable gel that adds volume and a lift to the face, specifically the cheek area. The results can last for up to 2 years and the side effects are minimal and can include swelling, tenderness, and slight bruising. Another benefit of Voluma is that the downtime after your procedure is minimal. You will see results right away and resume normal activities in just 24 hours. Contact our office to learn more about this exciting new option.

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Top 8 Skin Nourishing Foods 0

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Let’s talk skin. While it’s important to practice good hygiene, use products appropriate for your skin type, and protect it from the elements… don’t forget to nourish your skin from the inside-out! Here are our top 8 foods to feed your skin.

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+ Avocado – packed with biotin to battle dry skin and brittle hair and nails

+ Pomegranate – this antioxidant-rich food helps builds collagen and speed healing

+ Walnuts – the omega-3 fatty acids make skin smoother and hair healthier

+ Green Tea – the polyphenols in green tea provide photoprotection, aka a natural barrier against the sun’s harmful rays

+ Beans – the amino acids in beans help to repair and regenerate collagen

+ Tomatoes – high in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps slow down cellular damage and fights free radicals

+ Salmon – contains astaxanthin which improves skin elasticity and battles fine lines

+ Eggs – the protein in eggs helps repair cells that have suffered from free radical damage

What are your favorite skin beautifying foods?

14 Ways To Love Apple Cider Vinegar 0

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Here are 14 reasons you may want to make apple cider vinegar ( aka the ultimate health and beauty elixir ) a staple in your health and beauty routine for 2014.

ACV Health Benefits

 

 

– can clear a stuffy nose

– soothes a sore throat

– relieves body cramps

– controls blood sugar

– boosts metabolism

– lowers cholesterol

– maintains bone health

– relieves arthritis pain by preventing calcium build up in the joints

– reduces swelling in the body

 

ACV Beauty Boosters

 

 

– a natural, brightening skin toner

– whitens teeth, removes stains, and kills bacteria

– fights age spots due to it’s natural sulfur content

– improves circulation in the body, thus lessening the appearance of varicose veins

– clears skin… acne remedy, anti-bacterial, and pH balancing

 

There are so many great ways to incorporate ACV into your daily health and beauty regimen. Give it a try and let us know your favorite ways to use this natural health and beauty elixir!

Introducing Lytera 0

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We are thrilled to be carrying SkinMedica’s Lytera Brightening System. Lytera is a non-prescription cream that brightens the skin, improves it’s overall condition and tone, and reduces the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots all without the use of hydroquinone.

Lytera users have noticed an improvement in their skin in as little as four weeks with significant improvement after only twelve. Lytera is appropriate for all skin types and is formulated to improve clarity, evenness, and the skin’s overall appearance. Apply Lytera twice daily after cleansing and toning to the face, neck, and chest. Sun exposure should be limited while using the Lytera brightening system and those who are pregnant or lactating are not encouraged to use this product.

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Key Ingredients

– Hexylresorcinol: Helps to brighten the skin.

– Tetrapeptide-30: Skin brightening peptide.

– 4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde: Helps even skin tone and brighten skin.

– Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract: Natural extract, rich in glabridin, a highly effective antioxidant with excellent skin brightening qualities.

– Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: A stable, lipid-soluble ester form of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

– Niacinamide: Vitamin B3 improves skin moisturization and helps to enhance the barrier function of the skin. Helps promote even looking skin tone.

– Ethyl Linoleate: Essential fatty acid ester helps promote even looking skin tone and helps support barrier function.

– Squalane: Mimics the lipid content of skin and helps support the skin barrier and is skin’s first line of defense against water loss.

– Retinol: Lipid-soluble vitamin A helps smooth dry, thick and rough skin by enhancing exfoliation. Helps even skin tone.

– Dunaliella Salina Extract: Natural colorless carotenoids of phytoene and phytofluene extracted from unicellular algae. Colorless carotenoids help quench free radicals and brighten the skin.