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Hydra-facials are awesome.

19 May

(after picture)

Because I’m pretty and I say so. And in case that’s not enough of a reason… read on. J

A Little Latin Lesson in Linguistics (alliteration is as awesome as hydrafacials)

In case you’re a little rusty on your Latin, “hydra” means water and facial means … well facial isn’t Latin for anything. That I know of… but I’m not a linguist. Anyways. Hydrafacials are amazing! They work by infusing serums into your pores. Hydrafacial, or hydradermabrasion, is a noninvasive, non-laser skin resurfacing treatment that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin. There is no discomfort or down-time (although you might have a little redness for about an hour). The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. It also has attachments that can be used on the back, neck, and décolleté (that’s actually a French word… not Latin).

The HydraFacial treatment improves the appearance of:

  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • congested and enlarged pores
  • oily or acne-prone skin
  • hyper-pigmentation and brown spots

Before starting, I washed all of my make up off (which I don’t wear much of because my skin is usually so nice!). This is my before picture. I was in DESPERATE need of a facial.

Pass 1: Activ-4™ Skin Solution

Designed for most skin types. It helps to promote the overall health of skin; improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, brown spots, fine lines and uneven skin tone. The tip attachment used on the hand-piece during this step has a fine sandpaper-like part works like microdermabrasion. It mechanically exfoliates the top layer of skin.

My face is RED.

The black part is the microdermabrasion tip.

Step 2: Beta-HD™ Skin Solution

This Salicylic Acid based skin solution is specifically designed for acne-prone and oily skin (like mine). It softens sebum, dislodges skin debris and aids in painless extractions of whiteheads and blackheads.

Step 3
Antiox-6™ Skin Solution:

Containing Vitamin A, Vitamin E, White Tea Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, the Antiox-6™ is designed for overall antioxdiant protection and deep hydration on most skin types.

Other Steps

  • DermaBuilder™ Peptide Complex (
    DermaBuilder™): THE new, hot age-refining solution right now! The DermaBuilder™ helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin firmness, skin tone and skin texture.
  • GlySal™ Acid Peels ( GlySal): This special Glycolic Acid & Salicylic Acid blend combines physical & chemical peeling to achieve optimal results. Unlike traditional acid peels, there is little to no downtime involved. Skin is well hydrated, smooth and radiant after the procedure.

1 hour later …

In the CAAAAAH Leaving JAHHHHR. Boston. Haaaaaa.

Representing my team. I love Rondo! #9 : My man.

Very happy my skin looks so good. Now if we could just fix my skunk hair. Just kidding. I love my Ombre (hombre? I think that’s Latin?). As you can see I’m still a little pink, but my skin looks and feels so fresh and so clean.

Recommendations

Visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone may be seen after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer.  A series of 6 treatments is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, acne and oily skin. Remember, using good skin care products at home will help these results last longest and help give you the most bang for your buck (did I just say that?) for any in office procedure. (Step 2: Spend wisely.)

I even got Alexis to love them (the Image Rep slash Skin Guru). And she is so picky about her skin. See. She’s smiling.

Under Eye Circles and Bags

16 May

Physiology: Broken blood vessels within the lower eyelid. A shadow forms underneath the bag causing the dark circles to appear. As you age, the “bags” (fat pads) can bulge due to gravity, creating an exaggerated space between the skin of the check, and the skin of the eye, over the orbital rim (bone of the eye socket). These dark circles can bring about a chronically fatigued look, or make you appear older than you actually are.

Cause: range from fatigue, vitamin deficiency, hyperpigmentation, allergies, age, and medical conditions. However, heredity is the most common cause for bags under the eye (also, from my patient’s personal experience… I hear children and husbands may also be contributors? It has not been clinically proven however.).

Treatment:

Getting the proper rest and eating the right foods can sometimes help treat and improve dark under eye circles, but if genetic, dark under eye circle will increase if untreated.

Fraxel®, Thermage®, Blue Light Therapy, IPL Photofacial, Dermal Fillers and Chemical Peels (like TCA). Patients with more severe cases of under eye circles, puffiness and loose upper or lower eyelids may want to seek out surgical alternatives including blepheroplasty.

My Best Advice

It is always a good idea to start with the least invasive methods and move on to the most invasive methods. That being said, genetics does play a HUGE role in this, and if your mom or dad has extremely sagging lids, or bulging fat pads, the earlier you do surgery the best result you will have.

Least Invasive to Most Invasive

  1. Hydration: The area of skin under the eye is the thinnest in the body. In a hospital setting, we monitor this area as a sign that a patient could be dehydrated. I can always tell when someone needs fluids just by looking at this clinical sign. Start with drinking water… water is good for your body all around. And… it’s FREE!
  2. Eye Cream: Supply your skin with the nutrients it needs. By depositing certain vitamins and peptides, you can decrease the appearance of dark circles. Before you tell me you’ve tried every cream under the sun… have you read my post on pharmaceutical products? Step 2: Spend wisely.
  3. Noninvasive treatments: Laser stuff. Not my area of expertise, however, I have had IPL on melasma, and it worked great. Laser treatments will help with the discoloration, and may subtly tighten the skin, but they will not fill volume loss. If you have volume loss, see step 5.
  4. Chemical Peels:  Best done in the winter time when you’re not in the sun.  And actually… this is more for fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes than bags and dark circles.  Although it will help the appearance.
  5. Dermal Fillers : (That’s NOT Botox..) A hyaluronic acid of low molecular cross linking like Juvéderm Ultra is most recommended for this area. Thicker fillers, like Radiesse, and biostimulators, like Sculptra, are not recommended for this area. Remember this skin is the thinnest in your body, and thicker products can leave bumps here. Be VERY careful about who you see for this treatment. It is a very advanced procedure that your Dentist or Primary Care probably shouldn’t be performing on you.
  6. Blepheroplasty: Check out my post on Blephs. Observing Surgery: Blepharoplasty.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal Fillers are my area of expertise (Remember photography is also not my thing!!!)

Here’s my Before and After Tear Troughs:


Before: I look tired. And old. Ew. Taken November 2011.


After: As you can see I look more awake and refreshed. Taken February 2011 after I had my tear troughs filled.

I am very happy I did this. Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt at all. The product used was Juvéderm Ultra. It will last about a year. Cost is about $600.

Creams

(The two I like best)

Image Max Eye Cream: This next-generation revolutionary day and night eye crème contains high concentrations of growth-factors derived from plant stem cells to protect skin cells and prevent aging effects caused by free radical damage. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; reduces puffiness and inflammation. Prevents cell aging. Contains grape, alpine edelweiss and apple stem cells for maximum age prevention. Corrective peptide blend for rejuvenation. Retails for about $45

Image Vital C: A scientifically- advanced hydrating, anti-aging eye gel. Contains a blend of nourishing anti-oxidants that reduce the appearance of fine lines and prevent the breakdown of collagen. Vitamin K  (Phytonadion) diminishes dark circles. Restores youthful looking eyes. Retails $31


LK Signature Facelift: Giving Myself a Facelift

8 Apr

You have NO idea how hard it was for me to give myself the LK Signature Facelift and take pictures of myself at 9am. Ok, I admit, it’s not that hard. But still, I look pretty silly in some of these photos! … so I hope you appreciate them! Below are pictures and the steps in my LK Signature Facelift, including what each layer is and what it does for your skin. And also… in case you didn’t know… LK is my initials. 😉

So who is the LK Signature Facelift good for and what kind of result should you expect to see? The LKSF (my new nickname for it) is recommended for anyone and everyone! It is an especially excellent resurfacing treatment for those who suffer Rosacea. The LKSF can even be performed in conjunction with Botox and dermal fillers! After the LKSF, your skin will be tighter, lighter and brighter….who doesn’t love that?!?

ß (I need to touch up my Botox and that’s my “I need Botox” face)


Step 1: Cleanse

When I do this treatment on my clients, I use the Image
Ageless Total Facial Cleanser, which contains 12% Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid is excellent for exfoliating the skin, leaving it fresher and brighter looking! The Ageless Total Facial Cleanser has a great tingly feeling, so you KNOW it’s working! It is excellent for keeping pores clear and occasional breakouts to a minimum

I cleansed my skin with the Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser, it’s a gentle cleanser (Organic Aloe Vera is the first ingredient in this cleanser!). I didn’t feel like leaving my bathroom to retrieve my Ageless Total Facial Cleanser which is literally an arm’s reach outside the bathroom door. It was 9 a.m., people!

Step 2: I-PREP Degreasing Solution (Professional Only Product…btw)

The degreasing solution is applied with gauze. The reason degreasing solutions are used in professional treatments, is because we want to remove as much of the surface oils on the skin, as possible. This will allow for the product to evenly and more effectively penetrate the different layers of skin.

Step 3: Vitamin C Enzyme Resurfacing Solution (Professional Only Product)

This first layer I apply is the Vitamin C Enzyme Resurfacing Solution and it’s used to keep the pH of your skin high. The higher the pH of a product, the less irritating it is. Vitamin C is actually an excellent resurfacing agent and will help brighten your skin. Not to mention, your skin needs Vitamin C in order to form healthy new collagen! Collagen is what gives skin its healthy, bouncy structure.


Step 4: Resurface/Exfoliate



The Ageless Total Resurfacing Mask has smooth, little micro-exfoliating beads in it that gently exfoliate the dead skin from the top layer of skin (the epidermis). By exfoliating dead skin, your body is stimulated to increase it’s cellular turnover rate (In more simple terms, it makes new healthy baby skin cells, and the still healthy young skin cells are pushed up through the layers.) Can you see how the micro-exfoliating beads in this formulation are perfectly round? They don’t tear your skin (like certain over the counter “exfoliators” will, inviting infection into your skin… and also making your body work to repair micro-tares). The Image Total Resurfacing Masque is high in glycolic acid as well. It is one of my favorite products because you can use it as a masque or a scrub! Sometimes I even like to mix a little into my Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser for some added exfoliation.

I’m such a ham! A Kosher one…

Step 5: Blast of Nutrition


The Vitamin C Enzyme Resurfacing Solution is applied a second time…the point here, to add even more Vitamin C to the skin! Remember, tighter, lighter and brighter!

Step 6: Hydrating Enzyme Mask


This final layer is an active masque that eats up the dead skin cells that have been removed from your face with the other layers. The Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque is also one of my favorites because it injects the skin with hydration and antioxidants! My skin is always left looking brighter and more supple after using this masque…sometimes I even sleep with it on so I wake up looking super-hydrated and vibrant.

Step 7: Remove Layers

Using sponges and warm water all four layers are removed, leaving me with fresh, bright skin!

At home tip: You can do your own at home mini-LKSF. Start by cleansing your face with your favorite Image Skincare Cleanser. Then mix equal parts Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque and Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque. You can leave this combo on for up to 30 minutes. Then remove with a clean washcloth and tepid water. Next, apply your favorite hydrating Image Skincare serum, Image’s most popular serum is the Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum. Then apply an eye crème, like The MAX Eye Crème, uses the latest in cosmeceutical technology and breaks up blood pigment (dark circles) by up to 20%! Next you would apply either your favorite Daily Defense Moisturizer or Image Repair Crème. Finish with the Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex, for the ultimate juicy, plump lip without that irritating bee-sting effect.

Image Skincare is only sold to licensed Skin Care Professionals, like me! So, if you are interested in purchasing some of these products for your own at-home use, contact me. I also offer free shipping!

Step 8: SMILE…

…because nice skin makes you happy! I have this facial done every other week in the summer… when I shouldn’t be doing as many chemical peels. It’s a nice gentle exfoliation. And off to work I go with no make-up on (I don’t know why I still look half asleep… oh maybe I do need some make-up…Flawless Foundation from Image Skincare is my fav!!!). Can you tell I love this line? Lol, I’m not the only one though. I think at some point I’ll do a testimonial’s post!

Master of Puppets

28 Feb

Ha. I made a Metallica reference! Not sure how many of my readers are Metallica fans… but still… go me for creativity points. ANYWAYS. This post is about puppet lines, also known as marionette lines. A client of mine inspired the title of the post.

“My granddaughter looked at me and said Nana you look like a puppet!”

Children are so painfully honest sometimes.  A patient of mine told me her granddaughter’s statement was her reason for being in my office.  (Maybe I should be employing two year olds?… Is that legal?  Can I pay in candy?)

Her granddaughter was referring to the folds that develop from the corner of the mouth to the jaw line, also known as the “marionette line,” one of the more advanced signs of aging.

Can you fix it?

Yes.  By injecting filler medial to the folds.  The product I typically use is Radiesse, because these folds are usually deep and require a thick volumizing fill. How I do things might not necessarily be how other providers do them… but it should be pretty similar. I also stand behind this product choice. If someone tries to use a Hyaluronic Acid in this area, get out of their office, because you will be spending a FORTUNE.

Before



What Needed To Be Done?

In Physical Facial Changes That Occur As We Age I spoke about what happens to the face as we age.  In this case, I’d like to point out prejowels beginning and marionette lines starting.

Marionette Lines

Prejowel lines

Topical numbing cream is applied to the areas that will be treated for about 20 minutes. The skin is then cleaned with alcohol. The full length of the Radiesse needle is inserted and product is deposited in a technique called fanning and product is deposited as the needle is withdrawn. The outside hub of the needle is a gauge larger than the inside to create a tract for the product to be placed. So the only discomfort is the actual needle, I add lidocaine to my Radiesse (which most people do). Really, not so bad as far as pain goes.


 The needle is inserted at the “X” and it goes straight up to the corner of the mouth. Like I said, product is inserted as the needle is withdrawn. This is called retrograde technique. Before the needle is taken out it is repositioned at a 30 degree angle, the full length of the needle is again inserted, and product is deposited as it is withdrawn. It is done again at a 45 degree angle.


Basically, it’s one insertion point (i.e. one poke) on each side, and the needle is pivoted while within the skin layers. It gets less painful as you go along because there is lidocaine mixed into the product.

Last the jaw line is sharpened. “X” is the insertion point. The full length of the needle is then inserted, and product deposited as it’s withdrawn.

After

This picture is immediately after. There is some swelling that has begun, but you can see some of the immediate results. This patient used a 1.5cc Radiesse syringe (the large). She could use a little more product in the jaw line and around the corners of the mouth. I personally like to do things one syringe at a time. Because swelling begins immediately, I find results are best this way. Also, some people don’t want to look perfect, they want to look IMPROVED. The most important thing to note on this client is that she no longer looks like she is frowning when her mouth is at rest. Fillers are AWESOME!

Side Note

Sorry friends, this is a super busy week for me! I have a 20 person Botox Party on Friday, on top of my regular clients! I will actually be seeing this patient again this week, and will have a non-swollen after picture for you. She looks amazing and is super happy! Yay!

*If YOU Are Considering Filler*

Fillers can bruise. Do NOT. I repeat. Do NOT do these things if you have an event within two weeks. This is a worse case scenario for bruising. Highly unlikely you will have a bruise for two weeks… but… I wouldn’t wanna chance it if I was planning on running into my ex-husband at my high school reunion and the whole reason I wanted to get filler was to look too good for words. Just saying.

The reality of the situation is you will bruise. Probably for a few days. You can cover it with make-up. And tell everyone you went to the dentist. (I know my friend Colleen-a dental hygienist- is going to yell at me for making the dentist sound bad. Sorry Col. I love the dentist. I really do. He makes for a great excuse for my clients.)

Expect to pay $300-$800 in the Boston Area for this treatment with Radiesse. The amount of money you spend is a direct correlation to the result you will receive. The amount of product you will require for the result you desire (poetry!) depends on a lot of different factors, so ask your provider!

ICE YOUR FACE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AFTER THIS TREATMENT. The more you ice, the less you will swell. Twenty minutes on, 20 minutes off. If you can do it the rest of the day, do it. If not, just ice as much as possible.

A Tribute to the Year of the 11’s

27 Dec
Allergan, the Botox Company, has used the "Year of the Ones" as a cleaver marketing campaign. 
Many women refer to their glabellar fold (between the eyebrows) as looking like a "1", "11", or a "111".

As 2011 comes to a close, and the “Year of the Ones” is over, I thought I’d go over a timeline of events in the history of this product.  It’s been around longer than you think (almost 60 years)! 

1950:  Scientists discover that botulinum toxin can reduce muscle spasms

1960’s & 1970’s : Studies explore botulinum toxin as a treatment for strabismis (cross-eyes)

1988:  Allergan researches other medical uses of botulinum toxin

1989: Allergan introduces Botox™, the first botulinum toxin with dosing approved by the FDA to treat blepharospasm (eyelid spasms) and strabismus.

2000:  FDA approves Botox™ therapy for cervical dystonia (spinal chord problem)

2002:  FDA approves Botox Cosmetic™ (onabotulinumtoxin A), the same formulation as Botox™ with dosing specific to moderate to severe frown lines between the brow (the 11’s)

2004:  FDA approves Botox™ for severe underarm sweating (hyperhydrosis) when topical medicines don’t work well enough.

May 1, 2009:  FDA approves Dysport™ (abobotulinumtoxin) for the treatment of forehead and frown lines.

2010:  FDA approves Botox™ therapy for increased muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist, and finger muscles with upper limb spasticity.

October 15, 2010:  FDA approves Botox™ for migraine headache therapy.

July 21, 2011:  FDA approves Xeomin™ (incobotulinumtoxinA) from Merz Aesthetic for moderate to severe lines between the brows.

Future Uses…

Botox has been approved in other countries for adult post-stroke spasticity and equinus foot deformity, and is awaiting FDA approval in the U.S.

Indoor Tanning Statistics – Woah.

15 Nov

There’s a fine line between tan and looking like you rolled in a bag of doritos..

INDOOR TANNING

  • Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven human carcinogen.33 Currently tanning beds are regulated by the FDA as Class I medical devices, the same designation given elastic bandages and tongue depressors.34 
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an affiliate of the World Health Organization, includes ultraviolet (UV) tanning devices in its Group 1, a list of the most dangerous cancer-causing substances.35 Group 1 also includes agents such as plutonium, cigarettes, and solar UV radiation.36 
  • Frequent tanners using new high-pressure sunlamps may receive as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose compared to the dose they receive from sun exposure.37 
  • Ten minutes in a sunbed matches the cancer-causing effects of 10 minutes in the Mediterranean summer sun.38 
  • Nearly 30 million people tan indoors in the U.S. every year39; 2.3 million of them are teens.40 
  • On an average day, more than one million Americans use tanning salons.41 
  • Seventy-one percent of tanning salon patrons are girls and women aged 16-29.42 
  • Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.43 
  • People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma.44 
  • The indoor tanning industry has an annual estimated revenue of $5 billion.40

from The Skin Cancer Foundation website

My next blog will be about a great product line to prevent melonoma!

A Wrinkle In Time–My Botox Lines

10 Nov

While I’m waiting for a few experts to help edit some skin-care specific entries, I thought it’s about time to introduce my favorite pharmaceutical–Botox Cosmetic.  One in four women over the age of 30 is interested in learning more about Botox, so you are not alone!!!  Not only am I user of Botox, but I am also the President (of it’s fan club), and a provider of this fountain of youth!  I consider myself an expert of injection techniques, the product’s history and safety information.

Isn’t it Botulism:

No!  Botox, or onobotulonium toxin, is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is considered a powerful neurotoxin.  When injected into the muscle in small doses, it has a relaxing effect.  Have you ever taken penicillin?  Did you know that it is derived from mold?  But it’s not mold.  All medications come from somewhere.  Both penicillin and Botox are pharmaceutical drugs, they both come from natural organisms, and they are both safe when used in a proper manor.

What will it feel like:

Most patient’s claim it hurts less than waxing.

Where does it go:

Botox is injected into the muscle, which is under the skin.  There are many different muscles in your face, and each have antagonist and agonist roles (push and pull).  In order to get rid of certain lines, an entire muscle group may need to be treated.

Are results immediate:

It takes 2-14 days to see the full result of Botox.

Will you look like plastic:

Botox is dose dependent, and results are based on the amount of product used.  Our office treats every client on an individual basis.  A minimum dose of Botox is used for each client to avoid the “plastic” look.  Please refer to the satisfaction survey diagrammed to the left.  Please also note that 9% of the population is never satisfied with anything.  Therefore I give Botox a 100% satisfaction guarantee, but I am slightly biased.  🙂

How long will it last:

Botox typically lasts 3-6 months, depending on the treatment dose and how your body responds.  If you choose to not continue treatment, your skin will go back to normal; however, when you decide you love it (which you will due to it’s 100% satisfaction rate), you should keep up on treatment when you see movement return.  The more you keep up on your Botox, the longer it lasts.  Why?  Think about when you go to the gym and you get really strong arms… and then you stop going and the muscle dies because you aren’t using it as much.  Same idea with your facial muscles.

Is it safe:

Botox is very safe when administered by a trained medical professional.  It has been used medicinally for over 50 years.  It would take over 300 times the dose used in cosmetics to be dangerous to your body.   The American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s logged Botox Cosmetic injections as the leading minimally invasive procedure for the last few years, with 5.4 million treatments last year, so somebody’s doing it (actually 5.4 million people are doing it!).  My client’s biggest complaint:  I wish I had done this sooner!

Botox for Migraines:

I bet you didn’t know you could use Botox for migraines!  Botox was FDA approved for Migraines on October 10, 2010. Eight out of 10 people found the number of headaches they had to decrease AT LEAST 30% and the severity of the headache to decrease by over 70% as well.  Studies show Botox not only helps with Migraines, but other types of severely painful headaches as well.  Also, Botox is non-addicting (technically) and non-habit forming like many migraine treatments are!  Yay Botox for migraines!

I’m sure you all have many more questions about the wonders of Botox, so stay tuned!

Physical Facial Changes That Occur As We Age

24 Oct

Women often ask me to look at their face and tell them what I see as signs of aging.  I love loaded questions!  Many women don’t know what exactly it is that makes them look older, they just know they see age on their faces in the mirror.  Almost 90% of aging is due to sun damage.  So please start wearing sunblock everyday! (It makes a great base for mineral make-up, or if you like make-up free, get a tinted moisturizer with SPF).  Coming blogs will explain what to do about these factors!

These changes are sequential and predictable!

Starting at 25…

Beginning in your mid-twenties, the rate of skin cell renewal actually slows. As this happens, your skin becomes thinner which makes it more prone to damaging environmental elements like the sun, harsh weather conditions, and pollution, which causes it to develop a dull, rough, or uneven texture. In addition, the network of collagen and elastin fibers that is so important to maintaining the skin’s structure and elasticity breaks down and slowly diminishes, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin. Lastly, lipids that form a barrier against water loss in the stratum corneum break down in response to changing hormone levels. The skin’s moisture barrier becomes leaky, allowing water to escape the skin, which may cause your skin to become drier with age.

When you’re younger you have a triangular shape face, and as you age, it becomes more trapezoidal.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles occur because of the damage the sun inflicts on our skin’s collagen and elastin matrix. The sun breaks down that matrix, leaving skin thinner, saggier, and less able to regain its former, tighter contour.  The skin falls into the crevice of muscle fibers which forms the wrinkle.  Muscle movement does not cause wrinkles, but it does contribute to forming them. 

Nasolabial Folds

Gravity pulls the skin and causes it to sag, creating folds in the face.  First they increase in prominence, then they become deeper.  If you look at your face in the mirror you will see one side has deeper folds than the other.  This is from the gravity that occurs as we sleep.  Because most of us are side sleepers, the deeper side is the one that is opposite the side we sleep on.  Look in the mirror.  Is this true for you?

Mouth Area

The cupid’s bow becomes less defined as the upper lip flattens and lengthens.  The lips become thinner, and the corners start to turn down, making the appearance of a permanent scowl.  This scowl continues to increase in recognizably as marionette (puppet) lines form and a pre-jowl depression becomes more prominent.  Vertical lines begin to form (called rhytids) around the mouth.

Cheek Volume

One sign of aging that women often don’t notice is the loss of volume in their cheeks.  We loose fat in our face (and I think it travels to other fun places).  This also contributes to making naso-labial folds look deeper.  Check out Cheek Augmentation with Radiesse: A Personal Experience.

Eye Area

Gravity.  Fat pads from gravity slide out from the eye area and begin to bulge the skin beneath the eye.  The skin above the eye begins to sag and cover the top lid.

Age Spots

Also known as hyper-pigmentation or photoaging, is caused by over production of melanin in the skin.  This is from sun damaging your cell’s DNA.

Key Ingredients in Your Anti-Aging Products

20 Oct

What should you be looking for in your cosmeceutical/pharmaceutical products for anti-aging?  Here’s a list.

*Remember over the counter products (anything you don’t need a professional license to buy) cannot penetrate into the dermal layer, so even if they have these ingredients, they aren’t strong enough to work–i.e. they are a WASTE of MONEY*

Step 2: Spend wisely.

*Your skin may not require all of these ingredients.  So please use the following as an aide! Ask your aesthetician what she/he recommends!*

Step 1: See a Professional.

Ingredients to Check For

Alpha Lipoic Acid – a powerful antioxidant that destroys free-radicals before they can destroy cells.  Alpha Lipoic Acid also enhances the potency of Vitamin C and E.  It occurs naturally in green, leafy vegetables.

Black Tea Kombuchka – Anti-oxidant, Kombuchka contains a fermented extract of a mushroom found in Eastern Europe and Russia.  Kombuchka’s effect on the skin has been scientifically studied. Studies are proving that it will become recognized as one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients.  Kombuchka, which decreases the greenish-gray tone that develops as the skin ages. Restores the skin’s healthy, rosy glow. It also smoothes and “plumps” the skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Crithmum Maritimum Extract – Coastal Marine FennelAnti-Oxidant Free Radical Scavenger Increases the production of ceramides barrier function and restoration, promotes cell respiration

Emblica – Provides natural antioxidant skin protection against free radicals and cell protection against harmful damage through UV-radiation.  Is also provides Ayurvedic natural care & protection.

Green Tea Extract – A powerful anti-oxidant due to its catechin content.  It is also know to be an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a stimulant.  In clinical studies, green tea has demonstrated an ability to prevent or to at least postpone the onset of such illnesses as cancer and heart disease.  This is attributed to the catechin component’s ability to penetrate into a cell, thereby protecting the cell from free radicals and associated damage.  Because of its anti-oxidant properties, green tea is usually incorporated into anti-aging formulations.  When applied topically, it can also reduce skin swelling.  In addition, it can be found in sunscreens based on its ability to extend the products SPF.

Hyaluronic Acid – Holds 1000-times its weight in water, Hyaluronic Acid is a natural key component of the dermis. It effectively binds water to cells and is responsible for the elasticity and resiliency of the skin.  (It is also a dermal filler that I have in my lips!–learn this ingredient well– there will be more posts on it!)

Palmitoyl Olgopepide- MatrixylPalmitoyl Oligopeptides (also known as palmitoyl pentapeptide Matrixyl , amino-peptide (five amino acids linked together and attached to a fatty acid) Clinical research confirms that palmitolyl oligopeptides, when added to a culture of fibroblasts (key skin cells), stimulates collagen, elastin an glucosaminoglycans production.

Retinol – (SUPER IMPORTANT INGREDIENT!!!) A retinoid considered a skin revitalizer, retinol is reported to enhance skin radiance and treat conditions associated with chronological aging such as wrinkles and fine lines, as well as dermatological disorders including, acne, follicular and lesion papules, actinic keratosis, oily skin, and rosacea.  It is also considered necessary for normal epidermal cell growth and differentiation, for regulating collagen synthesis, and for maintaining a more youthful skin condition.  A weaker retinoid than retinoic acid, retinol converts into retinoic acid once in the skin.  When compared to retinoic acid, retinol has an increased penetration potential and is less irritating, making it an effective anti-aging ingredient.  The anti-aging benefits of topically treating skin with retinal are believed to be based on its penetration ability, which allows it to reach the sites in the skin requiring treatment.

**Personally, I use a Retinol product twice a week.  Retinol’s can be drying and cause redness, so go slow when adding this product to your skin regiment.  If you are over 30, and not on a retinol product, please see an aesthetician ASAP!

Ubiquinone (Idebenone) – Potent antioxidant with effective anti-aging & anti-wrinkle properties, reinforces collagen & elastin production of connective tissue, potent moisturizer (liposomes penetrate into skin preventing water-loss).

Vitamin A – Can act as a keratinization regulator, helping to improve the skin’s texture, firmness and smoothness.  Vitamin A esters, once in the skin, convert to retinoic acid and provide anti-aging benefits.  Vitamin A is believed to be essential for the generation and function of skin cells.  Continued vitamin A deficiency shows a degeneration of dermal tissue, and the skin becomes thick and dry.  Surface application of vitamin A helps prevent skin dryness and flakiness, keeping skin healthy, clear, and infection resistant.  Its skin regeneration properties appear to be enhanced when combined with vitamin E.  Vitamin A is a major constituent of such oils as cod liver, and shark, and many fish and vegetable oils.

These definitions were given to me by an amazing aesthetician, Alexis Robertson, LME, of Image SkinCare.  I’ve been using this product line for 2 years and I love it!

If anyone wants to add to this list of ingredients, please add comments!

I will be posting ingredient lists for acne, hydration, and skin discoloration in future blogs!

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