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Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Health, Helping One Another | Comments Off

From Lori Gosselin

“Here you are – 24 pristine hours – just for you! You are free to do with them what you will. You can enjoy this day or you can miss it completely. You can carry into it bad memories of the past and nurse them, or you can fill it with dreams for the future, painting them in all their glory. You can submerge yourself into the Gift of the present; just being alive! You enter into the day without any awareness at all that this could be the day you change someone’s life with a smile or word, this could be the day you turn a corner you’ve wanted to turn, or the day you learn something that will fill your life with a whole new excitement and enthusiasm. This could be an ordinary day when you need an ordinary day, or it could be an extraordinary one [those are good too]. Even though you may believe you know what the day will bring, you do not know, not for sure. All you can know at its dawning is what you Intend for it. All you can decide now is whether to enjoy or squander it. Both choices are acceptable, though in any certain day, one choice will bring you more joy than the other. You get to decide. But when it’s over it’s over and Saturday April 5, 2015 will never ever BE for you or I again. No renewals, no rain checks, no extensions!”

So what is Tyrosinase Anyway?

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Products, Skin Care | Comments Off

Seems to me that everywhere you turn there is a product claiming lots of tyrosinase inhibitors. Ever wonder what tyrosinase is and why it needs inhibiting?

Tyrosinase is an enzyme[1] held in the skin of mammals. It is the only enzyme absolutely required for melanin[2] production.

The more active the tyrosinase, the more melanin production. This is good for our natural skin color. In fact, the condition of albinism is caused by a lack of tyrosinase.

It’s also nice when tanning. However, as the skin damages from the effects of the sun or hormones then skin coloring becomes uneven. We get “age spots”. In fact, UV-exposure can increase melanin and thus tyrosinase activity up to 100 fold.

Bottom line, by inhibiting the tyrosinase the signs of sun damage in the form of discolored skin can be reversed.

Products to look for that are good tyrosinase inhibitors are: Arbutin, Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, Licorice Extract, Scutellaria Extract, Mulberry Extract, Burner Root Extract, and Melanostat in addition to peeling actions of Glycolic Acid, Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids, and Retinol.

AND, most of all protect yourself from UV rays.


[1] Enzymes are molecules that increase the rate of chemical reactions.

[2] Melanin is what gives us our natural color, our tan and those age spots.

More About Sunscreen

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Health, Products, Skin Care | Comments Off


With summer approaching (summer solstice is June 21st) we need to be particularly mindful of the damage the sun can do while it creates the most pleasurable of days. So I plan on being a nag for a while.

Here are some fun facts:

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor – the higher a sunscreen’s
SPF value, the more it protects against the UV rays that cause the dreaded leathering of the skin, wrinkles, discoloration and other undesirable effects. An SPF 15 may absorb more than 93% of UVB radiation, and SPF 30 may protect you from 97%. There is no requirement at this time for products to rate their protection from UBA radiation.

Sunscreens are as good as it gets. There’s no such thing as a total sun block - Some UV rays will sneak through whatever is applied. So use good sense when going out in the sun.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that sunscreens contain oxybenzone, cinnamates, sulisobenzone, salicylates titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and avobenzone (Parsol 1789). Except for the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, these are chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the UV rays or radiation that hit them. Physical sunscreens reflect and scatter UV radiation. The following chart by researcher, Virginia Culler of Bryn Mawr College, provides information on how each type of sunscreen performs:

Ingredient
UVB
Protection
UVA
Protection
Chemical
Absorbers
Avobenzone
(Parsol 1789)
No
Yes
Cinnamates
Yes
No
Octocrylene
Yes
No
Oxybenzone
(Benzophenones)
No
Yes
PABA
(para-aminobenzoic acid)
Yes
No
Padimate-O
(Octyl dimethyl paba)
Yes
No
Salicylates
Yes
No
Physical
Blockers
Titanium Dioxide
Yes
Yes
Zinc oxide
(including transparent)
Yes
Yes

From this chart you can see that physical sunscreens are more effective as overall sun protection. Also, there is evidence the very chemical sunscreens recommended by the AAD, are not only less effective than their physical counterparts, but may be harmful as carcinogens (the chemicals are absorbed into the body) and other health problems.

So here’s what I think – get a good sunscreen that is high in titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide and has some of the chemical absorbers also. I haven’t been out just to bask in the sun in over a decade. When my 5-year old granddaughter came for a visit, she wanted to go to the beach (with a 5-year old you know that we spent the day). Off we went after a liberal application of an SPF30 with 20.5% zinc oxide and hats. I reapplied the sunscreen every 2 hours. We were at the beach (you get 25% more sun magnification from the sand) from 10 a.m. until 3. Neither one of us were burned excepting for a spot on my back that I missed and there I was really burned (ouch).

The good news there was no damage to our skin, the bad news this stuff tends to white you out and is difficult to spread and work into the skin. The good news is that my skin and the baby skin of my granddaughter was saved!!

Hydra-brasion is Great For All Skin Types

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Corrective Treatments, HydraDermabrasion, Microdermabrasion | Comments Off

Microdermabrasion exfoliation with hydrating results

Microdermabrasion exfoliation with hydrating results

Hydra-brasion (wet/dry microdermabrasion) is ideal for all skin types. This ‘state of the art’ process targets hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, congested pores, and mild acne. The service takes 30 – 45 minutes and you leave with a natural glow and no redness.

Wet/Dry Microdermabrasion (Hydra-brasion) combines crystal free microdermabrasion for gentle and effective exfoliation to remove makeup, debris and dead skin cells. Vacuum technology for increased circulation and pore cleansing. And, strategic application of a gentle peel and serums for soft, radiant, hydrated and glowing skin.

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The Perfect 10 (Minute Skincare Routine

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Products, Skin Care | Comments Off

(null)Every woman wants flawless skin. However, some believe they don’t have the time to dedicate to a proper skincare routine. Instead, they may rely on using an abundance of makeup to cover up problem areas. Of course, this is just a “band aid” that doesn’t address underlying skin concerns.

Sound familiar?

The good news is that achieving beautiful skin doesn’t have to take forever. As a matter of fact, it can take only minutes—ten to be exact. Five minutes at night and five minutes in the morning is all the time you need. So get your stopwatch ready and be prepared to marvel at your skin, because we’re about to tell you how you can have the perfect skincare routine in just 10 minutes a day.

Ready, set, go!

Cleanse and Exfoliate: 1 Minute
Start your routine off by cleansing and exfoliating your skin. Luckily, most cleansers will both clean and exfoliate, thus eliminating an entire step. For acne prone skin, use the Clear Cell salicylic gel cleanser to eliminate excess oil and gently exfoliate dead skin cells. For dull and aging skin, you’ll want to use the Ageless total facial cleanser that uses glycolic acid to exfoliate, along with pH balancing elements to tone. Whichever cleanser you decide to use, just be sure to choose one that is specific to your skin type and gently massage it in for a full minute.

Treat: 3 minutes
Next, you will apply a treatment(s) specific to your skin concern and allow time for the product to penetrate the skin before proceeding. For acne prone skin, you can use the Clear Cell salicylic clarifying tonic, a skin clarifier designed to remove excess oil and bacteria, while using natural elements to reduce inflammation. For aging or sun-damaged skin, apply the Ageless total anti-aging serum with vectorize-technology to smooth out fine lines while illuminating the skin. There is also the Ageless total pure hyaluronic filler, which will plump and fill those fine lines and wrinkles. Just remember, IMAGE products are designed to work together, so don’t be afraid to use more than one treatment.

Moisturize and Protect: 1 minutes
Whether you are off to work, or getting ready to hit the sheets, you’ll want to make sure your face is moisturized. In the morning, use the Prevention + daily matte moisturizer SPF 32 as a means to not only moisturize and protect your skin, but also as an excellent primer before makeup application. At night, use the Ageless total repair crème, which exfoliates and repairs while you sleep. Be sure to fully rub in the moisturizer, and if you’re fast, then you may just have a few seconds to spare.
Get into the habit of following the above steps each day — both once in the morning and once in the evening (10 minutes total) — for a solid and effective skincare routine.

blog courtesy of Image Skin Care

Day Time Moisturizers

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Products, Skin Care | Comments Off

Its morning and you’re getting ready for a busy day. You’ve cleansed, toned, applied the appropriate serum(s) – Now it’s time for the finishing touch – the moisturizer.

Day moisturizers, although lighter, function similarly to evening moisturizers. They seal in all that good treatment while adding hydration. However, day moisturizers must perform one more important function – protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. These rays come from the direct sunlight as well as through windows and indoor lighting particularly fluorescent lighting.

Your hydrator/moisturizer/sunscreen should be applied every day, rain or shine. Be sure to catch the ears, neck and décolleté.

As a side note: did you know that applying cologne or perfume to the décolleté can make that area sun sensitive causing hyperpigmentation and other sun damage? So spray your fragrance where the sun doesn’t shine.

I carry 3 day moisturizers, all with sunscreen. Two have an SPF 25 and one is an SPF 30.

pHaze 6+ is for normal to dry and mature skin. pHaze 7 is less heavy for normal to oily skin. Both of those are SPF 25.

pHaze 30 is a face and body hydrator with SPF 30. It is great for using on the face when you’re going to be out in the sun for a while, say at the soccer game.

Evening Moisturizers

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Products, Skin Care | Comments Off

Now you know how to cleanse, tone, scrub and mask your skin. You know the value of serums. Now its time for the finishing touch – the moisturizer.

Let’s begin with the evening moisturizer. You’ve cleansed, toned and applied the appropriate serum(s) now you want to seal in all that good treatment while adding hydration. Enter the evening moisturizer.

Evening moisturizers are generally heavier than those for day wear. While sleeping the skin temperature is cooler, skin cells are recovering and renewing themselves. All this activity makes the skin more receptive to richer more emollient products. The evening moisturizer is there to feed and hydrate the skin while in the recovery mode.

In addition to humectants the evening moisturizer should contain antioxidants.

I carry 6 evening moisturizers so that all skin conditions can be addressed from dryness, to a need for plumping and collagen building, to lighter moisturizers for oily skin or skin that needs healing and, of course, there are evening products for mature skin or skin that is exposed to harsh or cold climates.

Remember it only takes a little bit, but the results over time can be impressive.

As a side note: scientific study published in 2001 Journal of Investigative Dermatology* shows that sleep deprivation disrupts skin barrier function homeostasis making the skin vulnerable to premature aging and some skin diseases.

Eat Right To Look Beautiful

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in General, Health, Skin Care | Comments Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next time you find yourself staring mindlessly into the fridge, why not let your skin, rather than your stomach, inspire your snacking decision. Celeste Naude, researcher and dietician at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, suggests you pay as much attention to your overall nutrition as you do to stocking up on beauty products. “Beauty isn’t all about going to a beauty clinic or getting a facial. It has a more holistic approach-the treatment needs to be from the outside as well as the inside,” adds Mumbai-based dermatologist, Dr Rohini Wadhwani.

However, “There are no specific foods that result in healthy, glowing skin,” says Naude. “It’s better to look at nutrient intake as part of your total diet. By focussing on single nutrients, you’re ignoring the complexity of the role of food.” Nutrients, she explains, work in unison and are often dependent on one another to function effectively-so for you to reap the real benefits you need to bag the full monty.

Some important nutrients for skin health: Vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, C and E, zinc and selenium. Deficiencies in these have been shown to cause skin problems, but we can get enough of them in a varied diet. So we’ve dished up a pantry full of suggestions to help solve all your skin worries.

Breakouts
Acne is one of those skin issues that often accompanies you beyond high school and can haunt you well into your 30s. And when it pops up, it often raises some questions about how balanced your diet really is. A healthy diet is vital for your skin to function at its best. However, it’s more likely to be your hormones that are producing excess androgen (the breakout culprits), not just the food you eat.

Your mantra: Watch your hormones and your diet.
While chocolates and sugary foods have a bad rep, they alone don’t cause breakouts. That doesn’t mean something else you’re snacking on isn’t to blame. If you have recurrent breakouts, keep a food diary to try and pinpoint what might be triggering the problem and share this with your dermatologist. “Dairy products, more than any other food, are linked to acne. But any food, which is high in glycaemic index like sugary treats, fats and carbohydrates can also potentially trigger acne,” says Dr Rashmi Shetty, founder of RA Skin and Aesthetics, Mumbai. So, what about the added hormones in the food we consume? “Growth hormones and oestrogen can affect the skin’s condition. It’s speculated that these additives contribute to the development of acne caused by hormonal imbalances,” says Dr Dagmar Whitaker, a Cape Town dermatologist. Where possible, eat freerange and organic food and research on your butcher’s meat source.

Fatigue
Dullness and tired looking skin often go hand in hand, but it’s dark circles, puffy bags and bloodshot eyes that really make you want to call a duvet day. And maybe that’s just what you need. “Research has shown that an overload of stress can affect our skin’s health leading to an uneven skin tone, dark circles and accelerated ageing,” says Dr Jamuna Pai, a Mumbai-based cosmetologist.

Your mantra: Drink more water, eat less salt and avoid smoking.
Get enough rest (at least 7-8 hours of sound sleep every day) to help prevent puffy and/or bloodshot eyes, dark circles and a pale, drab complexion. Snoozing aside, something as benign as salt could be the culprit here. It’s time to retrain your taste buds. “Avoid too much salt in your diet and keep your body well-hydrated by drinking enough water regularly. This maintains the balanced hydration needed for efficient removal of waste products-a process that will also help prevent puffiness,” says Naude. “Don’t deprive the skin of vital nutrients and oxygen making it dull and lifeless by smoking. Smoking releases harmful free radicals that weaken the collagen and elastin fibres of the skin structure leading to premature wrinkles,” warns Pai.

Redness
If you’re looking a little rosier and more sensitive than usual, take stock of your last meal and alcohol intake. “Rosacea, is a form of skin sensitivity that causes a persistent redness on the face, can be worsened by certain foods like caffeine, prawns, sweeteners, preservatives, food colouring, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and foods high in histamine which trigger an inflammatory response like tomatoes, sauerkraut, tofu, Parmesan cheese, egg plant, champagne and beer,” explains Dr Rekha Sheth, the founder of Cosmetic Dermatology Society of India.

Your mantra: Listen to your body; lose the additives.
So, apart from the obvious flushing of your skin, what are the other symptoms to watch for? “An itching sensation in the mouth and difficulty swallowing and breathing are other sure-fire clues that you have a particular food allergy,” says Dr Anushka Reddy, owner of Medi-Sculpt Clinic, Johannesburg. Other symptoms of allergies and intolerances include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Food preservatives, colouring, MSG and some sweeteners increase skin sensitivity for those already battling with rosacea. “Some sugar replacement products can cause noticeable flushing in 30 per cent of people who suffer from rosacea,” says Reddy.

Dullness
A lacklustre complexion has the same effect as dressing like your mother-it makes you look a lot older than you really are. Unfortunately, as we mature, that youthful glow inevitably begins to fade. To brighten up, Naudé recommends you enlist the help of nutrient-dense and wholefoods. Nutrient-dense foods are those that provide us with significant amounts of vitamins and minerals and relatively fewer calories, such as fruits and vegetables or low-fat and fat-free dairy. Vegetables and fruits are also super sources of anti-oxidants that have been proven to help protect and repair our skin.

Your mantra: Eat more real food, pop fewer pills.
If your skin is as dull as (The Curious Case of) Benjamin Button, it’s clear you need to spend more time in the fresh-produce aisle. “Anti-oxidants are substances in food which prevent free radical destruction of cells and the oxidative damage that promotes ageing,” says Wadhwani. So, what should you add to your shopping list? Look out for pomegranates, prunes, blueberries, blackberries, purple cabbage, kale, sprouts, kiwi fruit, asparagus, spinach, oranges, apples and watercress that have anti-oxidants. Naude also recommends you derive anti-oxidants from natural food sources, rather than in supplement form. “Studies have found that certain supplements may actually have a negative impact on health. Supplemental beta-carotene, Vitamin A and E may increase mortality, while the potential roles of Vitamin C and selenium on mortality need further study.”

Parched skin

That dry, crepe-like feeling is a common cause of premature ageing. To turn back the clock you need to tackle it on two levels: make sure you’re drinking enough water and take a careful look at your diet. “Eating healthy and drinking fluids frequently, even if you aren’t particularly thirsty. It is the most effective way to promote skin health and prevent pre-mature ageing,” says Sheth.

Your mantra: More good fluids, less bad booze.
Green with envy over Deepika Padukone’s porcelain complexion? The odds are that she listens to the beauty experts’ number one rule and hits the H2O often.

Fluids promote optimal cell renewal for a dewy look and help to clear the body of waste products. “Aim for at least eight glasses of plain water every day and then top up with more water or other fluids and hydrating foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.” says Naude. If you struggle to get glasses of plain water down, try sipping unsweetened herbal tea or add orange, lemon, sliced berries or fresh mint to your water to add the flavour. And before you start celebrating your new skin strategy with a bottle of bubbly, remember that too much alcohol will further cause dehydrated skin. You’d rather replenish it.

Anti-oxidant 101
Need inspiration to up your anti-oxidant intake? Add these ingredient swaps to your shopping list.

Fruits
If you love: red berries such as strawberries and raspberries Switch to: cherries, plums and blackcurrants

Dried fruits
If you love: apricots Switch to: dates and prunes

Veggies
If you love: red peppers and beetroot Switch to: artichokes, red cabbage and ginger

Nuts & seeds
If you love: peanuts and walnuts Switch to: pecans, pistachios and sunflower seeds

Spices
If you love: cinnamon Switch to: cloves and oregano

Thanks to WonderWoman.in for the original posting of this article, we really loved it!

 

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Corrective Treatments, Facials, Products, Services | 0 comments

Results in 2 weeks with in studio treatment and at home products

* Results in 2 weeks with in studio treatment and at home products

 

Visible signs of aging can show up around the eyes with wrinkles, sagging, puffiness and dehydration. An aged eye area can make a person look much older than they truly are, making it an area many are looking to correct.

Correcting the  visible signs of aging in the eye area requires addressing multiple conditions at once. Including:

wrinkling
laxity
dark circles
puffiness
sagging upper eyelids

Most products address only one or two of these concerns. However, I offer in studio multifaceted treatments that when coupled with at home care products from my product bar will deliver excellent visible results.

*article excerpted from PCA Skin

how diet affects the skin

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in General, Health | Comments Off

What you put in your body is just as important as the creams, cleansers and corrective products you apply to it. You can invest in luxurious ointments and miracle creams, but if your diet is lacking, your skin will be, too. So what should you be eating to achieve peak skin performance? Read on and find nutrient- and antioxidant-packed superfoods that will make your body’s biggest organ look radiant and healthy.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

Eat Your Vegetables 

Eating vegetables throughout the day is an essential part of achieving glowing skin. For starters, the water content in vegetables ensures your complexion stays hydrated. Additionally, vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals that help protect, repair and soothe skin, including the following.

Carrots

Carrots are a great source of beta carotene,  an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A. Retinol, a treatment often utilized by dermatologists in several forms (tretinoin is the prescribed form, while retinol is over-the-counter), is simply a high-dosage version of vitamin A that treats acne, wrinkles and many other skin conditions. Get your vitamin A naturally by making carrots a part of your weekly diet.

Broccoli

High in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, broccoli is truly a skincare superfood. Vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against unwanted UV radiation. Furthermore, the nutrients in broccoli help to produce collagen, which keeps skin youthful and prevents wrinkles. If those benefits don’t convince you, broccoli is also high in fiber, so you’ll stay full and be less likely to binge on less nutritious alternatives.

Tomatoes

Lycopene – the red carotene pigment that gives tomatoes their color–fights sun damage and free radicals. Cooked tomatoes boast the most benefit, as antioxidants are released during this process.

Other Commonsense Skincare Tips

As previously mentioned, water is essential to a healthy body and healthy skin. Staying hydrated helps your organs function properly, flushes out toxins and plumps your skin, giving you a youthful appearance. If you find drinking eight glasses of water a day to be boring, you can swap out a few cups for green tea, also hydrating and rich in antioxidants as well, such as epigallocatechin gallate.

Too much sugar can spike insulin and cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts and more noticeable wrinkles. If you love fruit, try to consume it in the morning or early afternoon in order to give your body plenty of time to process the sugar before bedtime.

Remember alcohol contains a ton of sugar, too! Drink responsibly and in moderation.

 

*This article is courtesy of PCA Skin and Smart Skin Solutions

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