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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?

The Sugar Addiction Epidemic 0

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There is a major addiction problem occurring throughout the world, and specifically our country. It isn’t drugs, though it can be equally addictive. It isn’t alcohol, though it can be equally as dangerous. This addiction often goes unspoken… but deserves quite a bit of attention. We are talking about sugar addiction!

Americans consume 130 lbs of sugar each and every year… no, not as a whole, but on an individual basis. This is comparable to 17 cans of soda every 5 days, or 15 gallons of soda each year. That is enough sugar to fill an entire dumpster per person, per year.

In the average American’s diet, sugar comprises 500 calories each day. The scariest part is that these numbers are rising each year. Sugar consumption has been linked to obesity, hypertension, depression, fatigue, diabetes, headaches, acne, and anxiety.

Why is sugar such an issue? Consuming sugar sends “feel good” hormones to the brain, much like many drugs, making this a very addictive substance. Unlike many drugs, it can be difficult to go “cold turkey”. Though sugar is not something we have to consume on a daily basis, it can be hard to avoid. It’s not only found in soda, candy, and sweets, but can be hiding in a variety of foods in a variety of forms.

Many people reach for sugar when they are in a slump, either an energy slump or an emotional slump. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate, meaning it gives you an almost immediate “rush” which is shortly followed by a crash. This often leads to a sugar binge to sustain the wanted energy. So what’s a better option? Opt for complex carbs, they are more slowly digested by the body leading to a more even and long lasting effect.

You do not need to completely cut sugar from your diet, though some studies show that a sugar detox can be extremely helpful to retrain your brain, and your taste buds to not crave sugar. If you are craving something sweet, reach for sugar in it’s natural form… such as fruit. We should be consuming no more than 9.5 teaspoons per day. Though it is not necessary to drive yourself crazy counting calories and sugar grams, you will more than likely find it beneficial to cut back. Your body (and your skin) will thank you!

Health & Beauty Benefits Of Coconut Oil 0

Coconuts are a true superfood. They supply the body with so many health and beauty benefits. Coconuts have long been a staple for many people living in tropical climates, but they are finally becoming a staple here in the U.S. and worldwide. Here are some of the many benefits of coconut oil.

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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.

Crazy For Cranberries 0

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Let’s talk cranberries… yes, they are delicious on your Thanksgiving turkey, but did you know that they are absolutely packed with health benefits.

Cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and essential nutrients. These little red berries have been shown to battle heart disease as they lower bad cholesterol, treat urinary tract infections due to their high levels of proanthocyanidins, promote weight loss by improving your metabolism, slow the aging process by fighting free radicals, relieve skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and fight certain types of cancers by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.

When you sit down at this year’s Thanksgiving table it may be appropriate to give thanks for this wonderful red berry. 

Dog Bite 101 0

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You think it will never happen to you or a loved one, but unfortunately dog bites are not a rare occurrence. It is estimated that 4.5 million Americans are bitten each year, half of whom are children. Having dogs in the home increases the risk of being bitten, however, many dog bite cases involve dogs and victims that have no relationship with one another.

Children should learn dog safety at a young age. This includes the proper way to interact with their own dogs as well as how to approach unfamiliar dogs and what to do if an unfamiliar dog approaches them. Children should not be taught to fear dogs as they are wonderful creatures that bring joy to so many people. Studies have shown that children who grow up with dogs are often happier, calmer, more confident, caring, responsible, inquisitive, and outgoing. Adults should do their part to educate children in dog safety and research various breeds before they are brought into the home.

Though proper safety precautions may reduce the incidence of dog bites unfortunately they still do occur. These bites often result in serious injury and even death. Each year 885,000 dog bite victims require serious medical attention including reconstructive surgery. Dr. Vecchione treats dog bite victims on a regular basis. The physical and emotional scars incurred from a dog bite can be devastating and long lasting. Our team at Vecchione Plastic Surgery is here to assist you throughout the healing process.

Website Makeover 0

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The Vecchione Plastic Surgery website got a facelift (pun intended). We like to keep current as plastic surgery is a constantly evolving industry. We revamped our website so that it may better assist you in answering your questions, supplying you with important information, and help you to make an informed decision when it comes to you, your health, and your appearance.

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Please visit our newly remodeled site and let us know what you think! As always, feel free to contact us at vecchioneplasticsurgery@gmail.com with any questions regarding products and procedures that interest you.