Skin Care & Beauty

Featured Product of the Week: SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum 2

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Each week we will be discussing a product we love and why we think you will love it too! This week it’s all about SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum.

TNS Essential Serum is one of the company’s most popular (and most miraculous) products. It has been featured in magazines such as In Style and on shows including The View.

TNS Essential Serum is often referred to as “the hero product”. It is an all in one treatment to rejuvenate your skin and many people feel if they could have only one product this would be the one! Here are a few reasons why this product is so incredible.

This product contains growth factores and antioxidants that minimize the visible signs of aging, brightens, and helps to restore youthful looking skin. The dual chamber offers TNS recovery complex on one side and APS corrective complex on the other, so essentially you are able to use two incredible products at once. The TNS recovery complex contains growth factors, proteins, soluble collagen, and antioxidants while the APS corrective complex supplies your skin with antioxidants, peptides, and specialty ingredients that help to fight free radicals and rejuvenate the skin.

TNS Essential Serum improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhances skin tone and texture, and reduces the appearance of age spots and discoloration. Some see a difference in as little as 4 weeks, however, noticeable benefits are typically seen after 90 days.

It is important to properly use this product in order to reap the maximum benefits. Before use tap the bottle against your hand a number of times to prime the product. Press down in the center of the pump to dispense to product onto the back of your hand. This will leave you with a dollop that is half orange (TNS Recovery Complex) and half white (APS Corrective Complex) due to the dual chambers. Apply the product evenly to the face, neck, and decollate. TNS Essential Serum should be applied morning and evening after cleansing and toning but before applying other products.

To learn more about TNS Essential Serum and to view incredible before and after photos please visit SkinMedica’s website.

Beauty Blunders 0

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You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again… NEVER sleep in your makeup! This isn’t just a myth or something your mother liked to tell you to do. We’ll tell you why sleeping in your makeup is one of the worst things you can do for your skin!

Premature aging: Yes! It’s true. Sleeping with your makeup on can cause premature aging for a number of reasons. If you forgo washing your face before you hit the hay you are essentially sleeping with the enemy. An entire day’s worth of irritants and pollution are being absorbed by your largest organ (your skin) in the form of free radicals. This leads to a breakdown in collagen which results in fine lines, wrinkles, and dull looking skin. Your skin naturally renews itself overnight and leaving your makeup on prevents this natural process from taking place.

Breakouts: This one is fairly self-explanatory. If you don’t allow your skin to breathe your pores will eventually become clogged. Clogged pores = acne and nobody wants that.

Eye irritation: Though sleeping with mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow on may not seem quite as bad as sleeping with a full face of foundation on, it is accompanied by a whole new slew of health issues including styes. When oil glands and hair follicles along your lash line become clogged it can result in a stye. Styes can range from minor irritations to something that may require a doctor’s attention.

All in all, shaving five minutes off of your bedtime routine is not worth it. Next time you are thinking about falling into bed without washing your face think again. You may have sweet dreams, but its effects on your skin could be a total nightmare.

Oh Say Can You C 0

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Did you know that Vitamin C packs a powerful antioxidant punch for your skin? When applied topically in the form of L-ascorbic acid (the only form of Vitamin C that your skin can fully absorb) Vitamin C serum is accompanied by a bevy of beauty benefits.

Vitamin C serum can help to fight off those nasty free radicals that contribute to premature aging. It helps to tighten & brighten skin tone, lighten hyper-pigmentation and discoloration, and inhibit melanin production. This serum also restores moisture balance to the skin and boosts collagen synthesis which firms the skin and assists in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Protection against both UVA and UVB rays are another benefit of this remarkable vitamin.

There are a number of topical Vitamin C products on the market. We love Obagi Professional-C Serum as it is proven to have superior absorption into the epidermis and dermis. Whichever product you end up choosing, make sure that the main ingredient is L-ascorbic acid so that your skin can actually absorb the product and soak up all of those beautiful benefits.

The Not So Sweet Side of Sugar 0

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 MmmmmmSUGAR! It seems to make life so sweet… or does it? We all know that though sugar may taste delicious, it can have a negative impact on our health. Sugar can increase cholesterol, contribute to diabetes, weaken eyesight, cause cardiovascular disease, contribute to osteoporosis, interfere with protein absorption, and fuel the growth of cancer, but did you know that it can also wreak havoc on your skin? When simple sugar molecules such as glucose, or fructose attach to fats and proteins rogue molecules begin to form. This process is known as glycation. Glycation causes the onset of wrinkles, can make your skin brittle and inflamed, and destroys both collagen and elastin.

How can you have your cake and eat it too? There is no need to cut out sugar completely. Sugar naturally occurs in many healthy foods such as fruit. There are also healthy and natural substitutes such as stevia. Honey and agave are other great substitutes as they have a lower glycemic index than sugar. Just remember to steer clear of those nasty chemical substitutes. They don’t come without a price and are accompanied by a whole new slew of health problems.

Another way to fight the glycation process is by upping your intake of antioxidants. Filling up on green tea, berries, and spinach are good ways to keep the nasty side effects of sugar at bay and help protect your skin.

Just remember… 

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The ABCs of UV Rays 1

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We have all heard about the many dangers of the sun’s rays, along with a few benefits (hello Vitamin D!)… but do you know the difference between UVA and UVB rays? Here’s the low down.

UVA rays are always present during daytime hours, even on a cloudy day. They have the ability to penetrate more deeply than UVB rays. Have you ever gotten a suntan through your car window? You can thank UVA rays for that.

The problem with UVA rays is that we can’t always see or feel them. This gives us a false sense of security. Anyone who has gotten the dreaded ski goggle tan knows that looks can be deceiving. It may be cold and cloudy out, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to use sun protection.

UVA rays damage cells deep beneath the surface of your skin. You may not always notice this damage right away; unfortunately, it may become more evident later on in life in the form of sunspots and wrinkles.

UVB rays are not as prevalent as UVA rays; however, they are quite powerful. These rays are more dominant during the summer months when the sun is shining. They are strongest at mid day, making it extra important to protect your skin during this time.

Sunscreens were originally formulated to protect against UVB rays, as these were originally thought to be the most damaging. Now in days most sunscreens are formulated to protect against both UVA an UVB rays. Just check the label for “UVA/UVB” or “broad spectrum” that way you know you are covered (literally). We love Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. It is sheer, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic [<– this means it won’t clog your pores]! This product is perfect for everyday use and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

For more information on the sun’s rays, potential sun damage, and sun safety please check out the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website.

The Eyes Have It 0

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If the eyes are the windows to the soul… how old is yours? It’s no secret that the first signs of aging are so often seen around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is extremely thin and delicate. It becomes even thinner and less plump as we age due to a loss of subcutaneous fat tissue and collagen. As it is in so many cases, the best medicine is prevention… proper nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and giving that area a little extra TLC, however, sometimes there is just no fighting the hands of time, or a pesky little thing called gravity.

There are a number of very effective treatments for the eye area, depending on your particular concern and the extent of the problem.

If dryness, dark circles, and thinning of the skin around the eyes is your main concern, regular use of an eye cream may prove beneficial. We love SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair. It contains growth factors that help to hydrate the skin and increase firmness. It also helps reduce the appearance of dark cirles. It’s no wonder it was voted the best luxury eye cream by ABC News in 2012.

Are crow’s feet your issue? Botox may be a nice option for you. Botox can minimize the muscle contractions that cause the skin around the eyes to bunch up and thus crow’s feet to form. Botox is a wonderful preventive measure that you can take in the fight against wrinkles and expression lines around the eyes and elsewhere. Want to brush up on your Botox knowledge? Check out our previous post on the benefits of Botox.

If droopiness, puffiness, loose or sagging skin around the eye area is your issue an eyelid lift, or blepharoplasty, may be something to consider. An upper blepharoplasty (upper lids only), lower blepharoplasty (lower lids only), or quad blepharoplasty (both upper and lower lids) are wonderful options depending on the area of concern. Visit our website to see incredible pre and post-procedure photos. To learn more abut this procedure please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ website. This contains up to date, accurate, and reliable information.

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oxygenetixSummer heat can bring on a variety of skin problems including dry skin, acne from an increase in oil production, and worsened rosacea from excessive heat. One of the keys to keeping your skin healthy is letting it breathe. Unfortunately, the makeup we use to cover up, even out, and make our skin look flawless can contribute to these conditions by causing a barrier, thus trapping sweat, dirt, and oil beneath our skin.

Luckily, you needn’t sacrifice beautiful looking skin for truly healthy skin. Oxygenetix is a full coverage, non-comedogenic, oil free, hypoallergenic, organic, and truly breathable foundation. Not only does Oxygenetix allow your skin to breathe, it actually drives oxygen into your skin’s cells using a breakthrough oxygen complex known as Ceravitae. Ceravitae is infused with oxygen, meaning it proliferates collagen production in the skin.

This foundation was formulated by doctors for post-procedural care. This product is actually beneficial to both patients recovering from cosmetic surgery and burn victims. It has been shown to speed up recovery time and minimize scaring. If you are looking for a foundation with unparalleled benefits, Oxygenetix may be the perfect fit. For more information and incredible before and after pictures please visit their official site.

Break a Sweat for Beautiful Skin! 0

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We all know that exercise is beneficial to one’s health; cardiovascular health, pulmonary health, and overall health. What you may not know is that exercise is extremely beneficial to your skin’s health! Exercise promotes healthy circulation and increases blood flow. Your blood caries oxygen and vital nutrients to your body’s cells, including your skin cells.

Yoga has proven especially beneficial for boosting oxygen levels and reducing stress and inflammation, both of which have negative effects on your skin. Exercise can also aid in carrying away waste products such as free radicals from your skin’s cells. All of this is very nourishing to the skin.

Another benefit of exercise is the effect it has on the body’s collagen production. Collagen is the main component of our body’s connective tissue and makes up approximately 25% – 35% of our bodies. Collagen cushions your joints and helps them to move smoothly. Collagen helps to hold your muscles in place and connect your tendons, bones, ligaments, cartilage, etc. Keeping collagen levels high is one of the keys to arthritis prevention. Collagen also helps your skin retain a subtle appearance and that youthful glow.

Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can boost your health in countless ways; so get out there and get moving. Walk, run, ride, dance, stretch… find something you love and stick with it. Your body (and your skin) will thank you!

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Botox was once viewed as an extravagant and somewhat controversial procedure undergone only by the rich and famous, but it seems the tides have turned. Over time researchers have discovered that Botox has many more benefits than originally believed. Botox is comprised of a purified form of botulinum toxin A. This toxin works by blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, therefor relaxing and somewhat paralyzing the muscles at the site of injection.

This has proven to be incredibly effective in wrinkle reduction and prevention, especially when it comes to “dynamic” wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear while moving your face or making certain expressions, think frown lines, laugh lines, etc. When these muscles are weakened, so is the ability to make that specific expression and therefor that specific wrinkle. When administered by a seasoned professional Botox can diminish the appearance of wrinkles without making the patient look stiff or frozen which are the most common negative perceptions associated with Botox. Botox is also a popular treatment for the eyebrow area. Botox can help to lift the brows giving the patient a more youthful appearance.

Furthermore, Botox is no longer solely used for anti-aging and cosmetic purposes. It has also proven quite affective for the treatment of migraines. When injected into the forehead, neck, and shoulders Botox can help to release tension, this relieves strain on the nervous system, thus reducing the frequency of migraines. In addition, Botox has become a popular treatment option for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. Botox reduces the amount of sweat secreted from the glands near the injection site. As more research is conducted we discover more ways that Botox can be used to treat a variety of concerns. Contact us today to find out more about what Botox can do for you.

To learn more about Botox, its safety, and side effects please visit their official site.

Summer Skin Care 0

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It’s official… summer has ARRIVED! That means sunshine, BBQs, beaches, and for some… sunburns! Today the sun will reach its highest point in the sky at 10:04 pm PST. [This is the summer solstice and marks the official start of summer.] Summer is many peoples’ favorite time of the year, however, it is also the season when most aging happens. Summer weather, suntans and burns, humidity, salt water and chlorine can all wreak havoc on our skin. Summer is the perfect time to pay special attention to your skin care routine.

Make sure to keep your skin moisturized from both the inside and out. Drink plenty of water and use a quality moisturizer twice a day. We like Skin Medica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer. It contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a form of vitamin C which helps to fight free radicals and Hyaluronic Acid which is naturally found in the body and helps the skin retain moisture.

The most important part of your summer skin care routine is SPF! We love Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. It is sheer, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic [<– this means it won’t clog your pores]! This product is perfect for everyday use and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. *Studies have shown that 78% of sun damage is incurred from incidental exposure, this means while walking to and from your car, running errands, and even while driving. This makes it extremely important to wear sun protection on a daily basis and reapply often. If you keep these key skin care tips in mind there is no reason not to get out, have fun, and enjoy the sun. Happy summer!

* This study was performed by the UCLA Skin Research Department