‘Tis the season… for the flu! While flu season tends to peak between January and February, it typically starts to surface in late October. Though each season’s flu can be unpredictable when it comes to strain, severity, and length, we can readily predict that there will be a flu epidemic each and every year.
Flu viruses are constantly evolving and new strains seem to surface each year. The flu vaccine is intended to guard against the three major strains that are expected to cause the most illness. The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive a yearly flu vaccine early in the season. Don’t forget to protect yourself and others by practicing good hand hygiene, keeping your distance from those who are already sick, and staying home if you yourself come down with the flu to prevent spreading it to others.
Feeling a bit dry and dreary? SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream may just be the perfect edition to your Fall/Winter regime. It’s ultra rich formula provides intense hydration and helps to replenish lost moisture.
Dermal Repair Cream is suitable for normal to dry skin types and is ideal for use during dry weather. It also makes a great night time moisturizer year round. If your skin is in need of a little extra TLC apply Dermal Repair Cream to the face, neck, and chest morning and night after cleansing, toning, and applying other treatment products.
Algae Extract → helps to restore the glow of youthful skin
Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate)→ naturally occurs in the skin and can retain up to 40 times its weight in water
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → a form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), which acts as a free radical scavenger
Tocopheryl Acetate → an ester of vitamin E, an important antioxidant and free-radical scavenger
Tocopheryl Linoleate → a fatty acid derivative of vitamin E that helps keep the skin moist and supple
To learn more about Dermal Repair Cream please visit SkinMedica’s website.
Vitamin D, sometimes called “the sunshine vitamin”, is produced in the skin in response to sunlight. It is a fat soluble vitamin that is accompanied by a bevy of benefits including facilitating the immune system, promoting healthy neuro-muscular functions, regulating the absorption of calcium, promoting strong bones and teeth, and increasing resistance to certain diseases such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer.
Vitamin D has also been proven to increase serotonin [the mood neurotransmitter] levels in the brain. Hence it’s other nickname… “the happy pill”. Fall may mean less sun exposure which can be great for our skin, but detrimental to our mood. In fact, vitamin D and light therapy are often recommended to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, aka SAD. If you are feeling a little low with the change in season make sure you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D.
Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. Just 10 minutes a day should supply a sufficient amount of this vitamin. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a place where they can see the sun shine everyday. Not to fear. Many foods contain vitamin D including salmon, eggs, milk, yogurt, and even fortified orange juice.
Alternatively, you can introduce a vitamin D supplement into your health regimen if you feel you are lacking. 600 IU [international units] is the standard dosing recommendation according to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. People over the age of 50 may choose to increase their dose to 800 in order to maintain strong and healthy bones.
All in all, good old fashioned sun light is a wonderful way to get your daily dose of D. If you are looking for a triple threat, sunshine + foods high in vitamin D + taking a vitamin D supplement should ensure that you are meeting your body’s needs.
Happy October! We’re sure you are all excited that it’s beginning to feel like Fall. The crisp Autumn air, pumpkin spice lattes, cozying up by the fire, dry skin. Oh, wait… so you’re not so thrilled about that last one?
The change of seasons often requires a change to your skincare routine. Enter… SkinMedica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer. This facial cream is rich in Vitamins C and E as well as essential fatty acids, contains antioxidants to battle free radicals and environmental stressors, nourishes tired skin, eases the appearance of aging, and replenishes the skin’s moisture.
Key Ingredients Include:
Tocopheryl Acetate → An important antioxidant and form of Vitamin E.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → A lipid-soluble form of Vitamin C, a free radical scavenger.
Tocotrienols → A natural form of vitamin E found in vegetable oils.
Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)→ A form of hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in the skin. Retains up to 40 times its weight in water
Retinyl Palmitate → A form of retinol that keeps skin soft and supple.
This moisturizer is ideal for normal to dry skin and should be applied to the face, neck, and decollate each morning and night after cleansing and toning. For more information on SM’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer pleas visit SkinMedica’s website.
Fall may be in the air… but that doesn’t mean skipping the SPF. Most premature aging is caused by the sun and daily use of sunscreen is your best defense in minimizing skin damage. Remember our recent post about UVA and UVB rays? UVA rays are always present even on cold, cloudy days. They also have the ability to penetrate more deeply, so don’t fool yourself into thinking your safe just because the sun isn’t shining.
SkinMedica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ is unlike other sunscreens that use chemical agents as a form of protection. These chemicals seep into the skin and absorb the sun’s rays. Daily Physical Defense is a mineral sunscreen that sits on top of the skin and rather than absorbing these harmful rays, it reflects them.
This sunscreen utilizes Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These minerals are skin friendly and provide impeccable, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Green tea leaf extract and caffeine team up to provide powerful antioxidant protection. The high concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols help prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Apply this product daily to the face, neck, and decollate. It’s sheer, oil free formula makes it perfect for every day use. Apply after all other products in your skin care regimen and before applying your makeup.
Doctors recommend this sunscreen for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, patients that have experienced allergic reactions to other types of sunscreens, those who are acne prone, and even those who have had a recent peel or aesthetic procedure because this product is so gentle in nature.
Daily Physical Defense SPF 30 + is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, a portion of all proceeds go to further skin cancer education and awareness.