Without proper care, lips can age faster than other areas of our skin. Think of your lips as a sponge. “When exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up. When dehydrated, they dry out and shrink,” explains Bruce Bart, M.D., a dermatologist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Because our lips are always exposed, they’re prone to dehydration, particularly during the cold, dry, winter months.
A major culprit of premature aging around the mouth is smoking. Besides the damage caused by the toxins in the smoke itself, smokers are more likely to develop lines around the mouth because of the repeated use of the perioral muscles to hold the cigarette. Smoking increases the hits of aging free radicals by about a million per inhalation. Generally, heavy smokers age 10 years earlier than their non-smoking counterparts.
If that’s not enough, smoking decreases the secretion of oestrogen from the ovaries, and it also is thought to make the liver destroy oestrogen supplies (nicotine activates enzymes in the liver that metabolize sex hormones, speeding up the rate at which they are removed from the body), causing possible, early onset of menopause.
Our lips need more moisture and conditioning as we age. The cumulative damage to the lips and the skin resulting from years of overexposure to the sun, cold air and harsh weather pay their toll. The negative effects of the environment frequently result in the drying, chapping, and cracking of the mouth, and there’s increased risk of inflammation, infection and burning sensations. Greater care of your lips can reverse the signs of aging and trauma.
We often tend to neglect our lips when it comes to facial skin care, except of course for the occasional collagen injection for some. And yet our mouth and lips are so vitally important for an array of reasons, including the ability to make various facial expressions, speaking, and let’s not forget kissing!
Why are Lips Red?
The mucous membrane of the lips, which is full of capillaries and is close to the surface, gives lips a reddish color. And because lips contain less pigment melanin in them (the lighter the skin, the less color), the skin is more translucent.
What’s in a Kiss?The lips are an erogenous zone due to the high content of nerve endings. When you kiss, it carries messages from your lips, tongue and face to your brain. Your brain responds by ordering your body to produce:
- Oxytocin: helps people develop feelings of attachment, devotion and affection for one another.
- Dopamine: plays a role in the brain’s processing of emotions, pleasure and pain.
- Serotonin: affects mood and feelings.
- Adrenaline: increases heart rate and plays a role in your body’s fight-or-flight response.
Our lips are composed of skin, muscle and mucosa. They have no bones, oil glands or infrastructure. The skin is very thin compared to the rest of our facial skin and it’s comprised of three to five cellular layers. As we age, this already thin layer becomes progressively thinner.
Is Pout Important?
According to sexual psychologists, tests have found that men find a woman with full lips to be more sexually attractive than those with thin lips. Apparently it’s all due to a woman’s estrogen – the higher the level of estrogen, the larger the eyes and the fuller the lips. Plump lips therefore serve as a biological in¬dicator of a woman’s health and fertility. No wonder then the demand for lip plumpers and collagen injections!
Every day, new products come out boasting to be the best in the industry. It’s true that there are some great product lines out there, but what is most important is to make sure that you partner with an Esthetician whose philosophy aligns with yours.
Some treatments are more aggressive than others, and clinicians need to educate the public and their clients on what is best for their individual skin type. Most importantly, skin care professionals must be able to explain to their clients what is taking place within their skin when various types of chemical exfoliating products and peels are applied to their skin, as well as why certain procedures have been chosen.
The term “chemical peel” creates many scary images in the minds of our clients, especially when the term “chemical” is used in conjunction with the word “peel.” However, the good news is that peel formulations have become very sophisticated over the years and many actually improve the overall health of the skin.
In simple terms, there are different depths of penetration. The deeper dermal peels which literally remove the epidermis, require long periods of downtime and are typically applied in a physician’s office, are still used for deeper wrinkles and surface imperfections such as acne scarring. This is usually what comes to people’s mind and causes a significant amount of fear.
Superficial – or epidermal peels – are designed to only penetrate into the upper layers of the skin. Many peels are now formulated as blends which are even more gentle than a single-ingredient formulation and, in some cases, are so gentle the patient may not even see any visible exfoliation; however, they will still be able to see visible results with little to no downtime.
There is also some confusion surrounding chemical peels causing thinning of the skin when used on a regular basis. It is most important to understand that the epidermal cells are continuously produced and are supported by the body’s own epidermal stem cells. There is no limit to this cellular production; however, as we age and with over-exposure to UV rays, our natural cell turnover slows down and our epidermal stem cells aren’t as active as in younger skin. Superficial, blended chemical peel formulations actually encourage cellular renewal and help to speed up cell turnover while stimulating collagen and elastin production, reducing the appearance of brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles; many also introduce important hydrating ingredients back into the skin. There are even formulations gentle enough for sensitive skin and rosacea. It’s really all about the blend!
Remember that these are superficial peels only designed to penetrate within the upper layers of the skin; dermal peels do penetrate into living tissue, and there would be significant damage to the skin if peels such as these were performed on a regular, monthly basis.
article courtesy of PCA Skin
From Truth & Aging Magazine August 8, 2012 by Marta
I just discovered that I have something in common with Meryl Streep – we are both devotees of microcurrent facials. Sixty-something Ms. Streep has the Resculpting Facial with Tracie Martyn. I had to smile when I read this in the midst of the media hoopla coinciding with Meryl Streep’s latest movie, Hope Springs. As it happens, I visited Tracie Martyn’s New York salon when I first arrived in New York and kept going back once a month for the Resculpting Facial. These days, I go to Ildi Pekar’s salon – she used to work for Tracie Martyn.
The Resculpting Facial typically starts with a little microdermabrasion and ends with a blast of cooling oxygen. Mostly though it is microcurrent. Looking back on this, I am struck that I have been having microcurrent treatments with Ildi for about 10 years and I still swear by them. So what is microcurrent and why has it got me and Ms. Streep hooked?
Microcurrent uses a subsensory electric current that delivers a pulse to the facial muscles and stimulates them and the surrounding tissue. The esthetician’s skill is in manipulating two probes to massage the muscles whilst the current is being delivered to them. This stimulates the muscle fibers and they can be gently (this is not something you can really feel happening) toned or shortened.
The theory is that microcurrent improves the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the chemical in muscles that provides energy. However, there only seems to be one study backing this up and it goes back to the late 1980s – however, the results were an impressive 500% increase in ATP. Anyway, ATP is stored and so the effects of microcurrent treatments over time are cumulative.
I believe that microcurrent inherently appeals to people who really don’t like the idea of Botox. Indeed, I would say it works in the opposite way to Botox, which inhibits muscle movement in order to relax wrinkles. A muscle that doesn’t move will atrophy and the result (without more treatments) would be increased sagging. Microcurrent, on the other hand, is like giving the muscles in your face the equivalent of a bicep curl. Much more my kind of thing. Plus, it isn’t toxic.
Microcurrent is not a new technology (in the UK, the machines are called CACI) and it was originally developed to restore muscular functions for stroke patients. However, the machines have become more sophisticated over the last couple of decades with more sensitive controls that allow a good esthetician to really “sculpt” facial contours.
Which brings me to another point. I do not think that microcurrent is an effective DIY treatment. The efficacy really depends on the skill of the esthetician and how the “prongs” are manipulated around the muscle. I have tried out at-home devices such as Nu-Face and Face Master and have not been very impressed by them.
I will be eternally grateful for the introduction to microcurrent – a decade later it has very much stood the test of time.
An oncology certified esthetician can help with some of the visual skin damage that occurs during oncology treatments. The restorative facial treatment for my oncology clients is designed to be a relaxing holistic spa service that helps nourish and restore the integrity of the skin in a stress free environment .
Product knowledge is crucial when treating an oncology client. There are many ingredients that should be avoided and many that are recommended. As a certified oncology esthetician I am educated in this vast area. The services that can be performed are limited as well. Only restorative treatments can be performed during and up to one year of completing oncology medical treatments.
The information provided by the oncology esthetician does not take the place of any information your physician has provided you. Always follow the guidelines of your medical advisors.
Here’s the research for those who think that using a tanning bed or booth eliminates the cancer risk.
- There is a 55% increased risk of skin cancer for those using tanning booths or beds once a month.
- 45,000 skin cancer cases are diagnosed in the US each year.
- There is a 150% increased risk of skin cancer some time in their lives for those in their 20′s using tanning booths or beds once a month.
- There are 7,300 skin cancer deaths in the US each year.
Just so ya know.
If you are currently being treated for cancer or have had cancer it is still possible to enjoy a relaxing, safe and stress-free facial or massage. Make sure that your therapist has been trained and certified in Oncology Facials and Massage.
This clip can give some answers = Massage Therapist Angel talks about Oncology Massage
Patients and their caregivers report many and varied changes after a facial or massage. A therapist trained in oncology facials and massage can provide a variety of positive effects from relaxation to pain reduction to scar tissue mobilization.
Anecdotal evidence also suggests that there are many benefits beyond even these that are enjoyed by people at all stages of the cancer journey.
Reported massage benefits”
- reduce pain and fatigue
- decrease anxiety and nausea
- improve sleep
- improved skin
- ease isolation
- enhance body image
- nurture wellbeing.
* information provided by the Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM.org). Tamara’s is a member of S4OM. To find an oncology massage therapist in your area go to www.S4OM.org.
Caviar is most commonly associated with high society as the preferred hors d’oeuvre of fancy cocktail parties. But, beyond its taste, most are not aware of the other applications that caviar is good for. Most notably of which is the incredibly revitalizing effect it can have on your skin. Caviar provides a laundry list of ingredients that actively work to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
Whenever the topic of skin beauty is being discussed, the amount of collagen it has is always a point of consideration. Collagen is the framework of skin and the stuff that keeps away pesky fine lines and crows feet so naturally the fighting of its deterioration is a common theme in skin care. Your body naturally produces the stuff, but with everything your skin is going up against daily it often isn’t enough to keep your skin as youthful as you want it. The ingredients in caviar were found to increase your skin’s natural production of collagen up to 67% providing you with the plump, healthy skin you’ve been dreaming of!
The most appealing aspect of caviar when it comes to skin care is the sheer amount of essential vitamins and minerals it provides. Caviar gives your skin vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and D as well as trace amounts of minerals cobalt, copper, phosphorus, silicon, zinc as well as the amino acids that the skin needs. These ingredients combine to give the skin cells a jumpstart, improving all of their natural processes that keep your skin as vibrant as it can be.
Not only will caviar have the skin working at its full potential, it will be actively managing to moisturize your skin as well. Due to its firming effects, caviar will aide the skin in retaining the highest amount of moisture possible. As it is moisturizing, the caviar still on your skin will also act as a protective layer, shielding the skin from UV radiation, free radicals, and anything else the natural environment is bombarding your skin with on a daily basis.
With all of the amazing things that caviar can do for overall skin health, it is no wonder the Tamara’s is so excited about carrying Lira Clinical Caviar Cream! This all purpose rejuvenator provides all of the listed benefits of caviar, as well as the healing properties of gold and silver!
This article is courtesy of Lira Clinical. I carry and used Lira Clinical products for your best results in the treatment room and for at home maintenance.
There may be changes in the skin as a result of cancer treatment therapies including: redness, rashes, peeling, very dry or thin fragile skin with an increased sensitivity to sunlight.
These conditions can be remedied or soothed by providing a protocol pertaining to your specific condition. Tamara’s oncology facials offer exactly what you and your body need.
I am trained to assist with your skin’s healing and recommend a home maintenance program for daily care.