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Sunscreen helps, but it is just the beginning. Consider, too, what you apply to your skin, skincare procedures, what you eat and your hormone levels to help you care for your aging skin.
It’s never, ever, too early to start an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle skin care plan. Think PREVENTION is key! And it is also never too late to slow down and start reversing the signs of aging skin. Think REWIND the hands of time! (more…)
What They Are
Growth factors are proteins that, “regulate cell growth and cell division in the skin,” says celebrity aesthetician Gina Mari. “We have synthesized growth factors to heal injuries and wounds and stimulate the immune system.” When skin is damaged, the production of growth factors slows and the skin can look weathered.
How They Work
Growth factors are absorbed by cells in the epidermis and dermis, “signaling surrounding tissues and cells to incite wound-healing,” says St. Augustine, FL, facial plastic surgeon Patrick Angelos, MD. Products with growth factors stimulate
tissue regeneration and create collagen and elastin.
What You’ll Notice
According to High Point, NC, dermatologist Zoe Draelos, MD, many products with growth factors hydrate because of the carrier vehicle they are packaged in. New York dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD says growth factors can facilitate pathways for peptides and antioxidants, which drive repair. This is why they are often in skin-care products, too.
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Throughout the course of our lives, we occasionally experience different types of skin problems, depending on our age and genetic background. When we’re younger, we often battle the on-set of acne and oily skin. As we get older, a new set of skin problems develops, including: fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, dryness, rough texture, and hyper-pigmentation. That’s why effective anti-aging skin care treatments (including proper cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and protection) are of optimal importance in our daily skin care regimen, regardless of the stage of life we are in.
One of the best ways to dramatically improve the look of aging skin is to use skin peels. Skin peels help reduce the appearance of pores, minimize skin texture problems (like roughness and dry patches), help improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, boost radiance, and eliminate dullness. Featured here is information about the various types of skin peels available, as well as are explanations about the immediate and long-lasting benefits that skin peels will have on your skin.
The Benefits of Skin Peels
The four basic types of skin peels include: at-home cosmetic exfoliating skin peels, superficial in-office treatments, medium in-office peels, and deep surgical skin peels. Below are explanations about each of these skin peels, and how they can help reverse the aging process, leading to younger, healthier looking skin.
At-Home Cosmetic Exfoliating Skin Peels
There are three types of cosmetic exfoliating peels that you can do in the privacy and comfort of your home. These include chemical treatments (such as AlphaHydroxy Acid treatments or fruit acid peels), mechanical peels (like facial scrubs and hand-held exfoliating devices), and enzymatic solutions.
Exfoliating helps to remove the dead skin cells in the epidermal layer (which is the top layer of skin), which prompts skin-cell turn-over (helping to bring fresh, new skin cells to the surface). Through weekly use, over the course of several weeks you will begin to see brighter skin, with fewer fine lines, diminished sun spots or pigmentation problems, and a healthy, dewy glow.
When using at-home skin peels, make sure to gently exfoliate your skin (so that you don’t create scratches or injure your sensitive skin). In addition, always moisturize and protect your freshly-exfoliated skin with sunscreen to prevent dryness and sun damage.
Superficial In-Office Skin Peels
Frequently done at spas and dermatology offices, superficial in-office skin peels are available in a range of options, including: light laser, Glycolic treatments (also known as “Lunch-Time Peels”), and microdermabrasion (which uses fine granules to gently buff the surface of the skin).
These skin peels do not require any recovery time, and affect only the top layer of your skin, resulting in added radiance. It is encouraged to do a monthly treatment over a longer period of time to see any noticeable results. The most immediate effect you that will be visible noticeable is fresher, healthier looking skin.
Medium In-Office Skin Peels
For deeper skin problems (such as acne scars, wrinkles, and dark spots caused by hormonal imbalances, sun exposure, or internal toxins), you might consider a medium in-office skin peel. These treatments include chemical, laser, and mechanical (or dermabrasion) procedures.
These treatments work by burning-off old skin to help regenerate new skin cells (otherwise known as facial rejuvenation). This type of medium-intensity skin treatment is performed by a Doctor and requires the use of local anesthesia. In addition, you can expect to need one week for recovery time, since this procedure reaches some dermis layers.
Deep Surgical Skin Peels
The most intense skin peel is called a deep surgical skin peel. This type of treatment is generally only done one time in a person’s life, as it requires anesthesia and a two-week recovery period. This type of skin peel is reserved for severely damaged skin, but it also provides the most radical improvements to a person’s skin. There are potential complications with this type of skin peel, so consult with your Doctor before under-going this procedure.
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Dermaplaning is a gentle skin resurfacing procedure utilizing a special surgical blade to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. The removal not only allows for cell renewal, but also allows for better penetration of professional and home products, optimizing their results. As an added bonus it also removes facial hair –a great procedure for patients wanting to remove lighter-colored facial hair or “peach fuzz,” which does not respond to laser treatment.
Dermaplaning is fantastic on its own, though it can also be used in combination with almost any facial or chemical peel for a greater impact. The Skinceuticals Micropeel combines dermaplaning, a chemical exfoliation, and cryogenic therapy to reduce signs of photo-damage. It improves skin texture and radiance, helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and supports healthy collagen levels for firmer skin. It is a great alternative for clients that are not good candidates for Microdermabrasion.
Newest Indication for Number-One Prescribed Facial Aesthetic Treatment in U.S.
Can Help Improve Appearance of Lines Around the Eyes
September 11, 2013 02:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time
IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Allergan, Inc., (NYSE: AGN) today announced approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA), for an additional indication to temporarily treat moderate to severe lateral canthal lines, commonly known as “crow’s feet” lines. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only product of its kind approved for this indication. BOTOX® Cosmetic, approved in the United States in 2002 for the temporary improvement of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines between the brows) for patients aged 18 to 65 years, remains the number-one minimally invasive aesthetic medical treatment globally.
With this approval, BOTOX® Cosmetic is now the only pharmaceutical approved to treat both crow’s feet lines and frown lines between brows.
“Crow’s feet lines are defined as the lines that extend around the corner of the eye area. They result from years of repetitive squinting and smiling,” said Dr. Steven Dayan, Founder of DeNova Research, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois and a clinical investigator in the BOTOX® Cosmetic crow’s feet clinical trials. “I often see patients who are bothered by their crow’s feet lines, so I am very pleased that Allergan has conducted additional research to receive FDA approval of BOTOX® Cosmetic for this new indication. Based on the clinical evidence, I can now provide my patients with an FDA-approved option to address the crow’s feet lines that develop around the eyes.”
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medication that is injected into the muscles around the eye area to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines in adults. It is a quick procedure that generally requires no downtime or recovery. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses and reducing movement to the muscles around the eye area. The decreased muscle activity helps lessen the appearance of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines for noticeable results that do not radically change facial appearance or make a patient look as if they have had “work done.”
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Here is an interesting blog by Lauren Conrad about foods that fight sun damage…
In the summertime, there is no better feeling than going to the beach or the pool and feeling the warm sun on your skin. I love getting that sunkissed glow just as much as any girl, but I have had to teach myself to become really diligent with sunscreen over the years. In my high school days, I would bake for hours at a time (cue the regret). Now, you can find me wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat to shade my face with SPF +9826 slathered all over my skin. Even when I think I’ve been extra careful about sun exposure, there have been times where I’ve found myself with rosy cheeks and pink shoulders after being in the sun. With brings me to today’s post…
When sunscreen just doesn’t cut it, there are a few foods that have been proven to help reduce the changes of sunburn. Take a peek below and make sure to stock up the next time you’re at the market…
1. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! Believe it or not, dark chocolate actually acts as a shield from the sun. It contains four times as many phenols compounds (help to decrease the risk of developing cancer) and catechins (heart healthy flavonoids) as tea. Both of these are antioxidants that help protect our skin from sunburn and skin cancer, according to Daily Glow, so eat one square of dark chocolate a day.
According to a study from the British Society of Investigative Dermatology, lycopene-rich tomatoes can actually protect your skin against sunburn. Lycopene helps to neutralize the damaging effects of UV light and eating lycopene-rich foods can actually help prevent your skin from aging. Throw a few tomatoes in your salad or use tomatoes paste in my favorite cauliflower crust pizza recipe.
3. Green Tea
I have always loved green tea. Besides its abilities to boost your immune system, clear up your skin, and speed up your metabolism, it also helps to soothe sunburns. Drinking one to two cups of this antioxidant-rich tea a day helps to reduce the redness of sunburn. It even repairs broken capillary veins too. In fact, studies show that it can actually block DNA damage from happening as a result of UV light, according to Daily Glow. Drink up, ladies.
4. Red Peppers
According to Mind Body Green, bell peppers contain an antioxidant called capsiate, which decreases skin damage caused by UVB rays. Peppers also help to reduce inflammation from sun exposure. Whip up some of my stuffed bell peppers to reap these benefits.
You might remember how I included garlic in my list of foods that help to flatten your belly. Not only does garlic detoxify and reduce bloating, it also can protect the skin from the aging effects of UV radiation, according to Health With Food. Garlic contains a natural compound called allicin, which has strong antioxidant and healing properties. Antioxidants fight off free radicals that enter your body from sun exposure, so eat your garlic.
6. Aloe Vera Juice
It’s a pretty widely known fact that aloe vera gel helps to soothe sunburns and smooth out wrinkles. It’s a kind of a magic concoction for your skin. But aloe vera juice also has it’s own healing properties. According to Every Nutrient, this juice is excellent for healing damaged tissues and skin cells in our bodies. Sun damage doesn’t stand a chance against this healthy drink!
7. Olive Oil
Olive oil is not only great to use for cooking, it’s also an antioxidant-rich food that fights sun damage. One study actually proved that incorporating olive oil regularly into your diet can help to reduce reddening from sun exposure by 35%, according to an article from World’s Healthiest Foods.
Pomegranate seeds have polyphenols (similar to the phenols I mentioned above), which protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. According to Mind Body Green, they also help your sunscreen to work and inhibit hyperpigmentation.
Orange and pink citrus fruits, like oranges and grapefruits, contain large amounts of the skin-cell protective compound called limonene. These fruits also come packed with flavonoids, which improve the skin’s ability to recover from sun damage. Lemon water, anyone?
These orange veggies have carotenoids (plant pigments that are rich antioxidants), which help to protect against sunburn because of their antioxidant properties, according to Gene Lester, M.S., Ph.D., a plant physiologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Give my recipe for roasted carrots a try by clicking here.
It is important to remember that, while you can eat as much of these foods as you want, nothing will help to prevent sun damage more than sunscreen. Eating one square of dark chocolate does not mean you can go to the beach SPF-free. Remember to oil up with tons of sunscreen and wear a hat to shade your face when you’re spending long amounts of time in the sun, ladies.
Which of the foods on this list are a staple in your daily diet?
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Every year, the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology’s World Congress plays host to some of the top skin experts in the world, with research presentations and exhibits highlighting some of the most cutting-edge dermatology research in the industry.
Most people think the main reason we get wrinkles is because of too much sun. That’s why we stay out of it when we can … wear sunblock when we go outside and never, ever go within fifteen feet of a tanning bed. So why are we still getting wrinkles?
Sugar. That’s right … sugar causes wrinkles. And not just the kind of sugar you get from candy bars and soda. We’re talking about a glass of wine, a bowl of pasta, a slice of bread … even excess protein, fruit and veggies eventually turn into sugar (glucose) in the body.
Research reveals that sugar ages your skin through a process called glycation.
The science behind glycation is a little complex, but Elle magazine explained it in a recent article titled Sugar and Aging: How to Fight Glycation as follows: “When you have sugar molecules in your system, they bombard the body’s cells like a meteor shower—glomming onto fats and proteins in a process known as glycation. This forms advanced glycation end products (commonly shortened, appropriately, to AGEs), which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed … The proteins in skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that make a youthful complexion so plump and springy—collagen and elastin. When those proteins hook up with renegade sugars, they become discolored, weak and less supple; this shows up on the skin’s surface as wrinkles, sagginess and a loss of radiance”
If that wasn’t bad enough, grilling, frying, toasting and roasting foods all produce high levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). So things like crusted breads, grilled chicken, coffee (the beans are roasted!), and even granola—a health-nut staple—is an AGE double whammy, since it has lots of sugar and it’s toasted. “When you’re younger,” explains SanMedica International’s Amy Heaton, MD, PhD, “your body is producing more collagen and can ward off much of the damage. However, by the time you reach your mid-30s a build-up of sun damage, environmental oxidative stress, hormonal changes, and the accumulation of AGEs begins to take its toll at the same time your ability to repair the damage declines … making your skin look… well, old.”
While glycation can’t be completely stopped (after all, we can’t stop eating), there are a number of pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies that have been working on “glycation busters” that have the ability to break the glycation-related cross-linking that’s already formed. One such “glycation buster” is a revolutionary new, topically applied compound called Theraglycan-3, from SanMedica International.
Three separate clinical trials were conducted to establish the efficacy of Theraglycan-3. In the studies, women used a Theraglycan-3 cream twice a day (a 2% day cream in the morning and a 4% concentrated night cream before bed). They applied the Theraglycan-3 cream to half their skin and a placebo cream to the other half for two months. The autofluorescence technology proved Theraglycan-3 significantly reduced AGEs in the skin equal to an 8–10 year age differential compared to the placebo side. But what’s more, because of the way AGEs occur, Theraglycan-3 can actually reduce their occurrence by blocking surface glycotoxin formation, helping to shield the skin from future glyco-damage, as well.
Why is this important? This is the first time an anti-glycation compound has been tested to reduce actual AGE content in human skin and make it appear measurably younger… 8–10 years younger, to be exact. This new glycation-busting formula is in the top-secret product SanMedica revealed at its Scientific Summit this past weekend, and will be sold under the trade name GlyTerra-gL. GlyTerra-gL and its unique Theraglycan-3 compound have been proven to decrease the age-related effects of sugar damage, reduce the look of fine lines, deep wrinkles and crow’s feet, improve the appearance of age spots, loose, droopy, flaccid skin.
For more information about the 9th World Congress of Cosmetic Dermatology: LINK
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Chemical peel vs. microdermabrasion: Which skin resurfacing technique is best for you?
The term resurfacing is used to describe a wide range of skin treatments from superficial chemical peels and microdermabrasion, to ablative laser resurfacing. These procedures can resurface damaged outer layers of the skin to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, age spots, freckles, blotchiness, mild scarring, some forms of acne lesions, precancerous lesions, and red veins.
Peels vary according to their active ingredients, strength, length of time on the skin, and the pH. They are all similar in that they involve applying a chemical solution to remove damaged outer layers of skin so that newer layers can replace them. A peel treatment consists of the application of a chemical exfoliating solution to the skin.
Depending on the severity of the skin damage, the solutions are applied in varying concentrations to alter the superficial, medium, or deep layers of the skin. Superficial peels, often referred to as lunchtime peels, are the most commonly used because they require minimal downtime. The deeper a peel penetrates, the more visible results you can achieve, but the longer the recovery may be. Most peels can be performed on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs. Your doctor may use a combination of chemicals for your procedure to tailor the treatment specifically to your skin type and condition.
Common chemical peels
- Glycolic Acid
- Beta Hydroxy Acid
- Jessner’s Peel
- Trichloracetic Acid (TCA)
Chemical peel techniques
You must be free of active skin infections, including acne and any type of cold sore, including herpes simplex. You must also not have taken Accutane® for a period of 12 months before a treatment, depending on your doctor’s specifications. You will be asked to limit your sun exposure before the peel. A peel treatment begins with cleansing the skin and removing all traces of grease with rubbing alcohol or acetone. The face is then rinsed with water and dried with a small fan. The doctor or nurse applies the peeling agent so that all areas of the skin to be treated are covered evenly. The peeling solution is left in place for a few minutes and then thoroughly neutralized or removed with water.
- Superficial Peels
These peels use mild chemical solutions like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to lightly peel the skin with almost no recovery involved. They are typically done in a series to maintain results over time. Your face may seem slightly pink followed by temporary flaking, dryness, and scaling until your skin adjusts to the treatments. Superficial peels are usually combined with an at-home skin care regimen for best results. The solution will typically be adjusted for each treatment session based on your skin’s response.
- Medium Peels
Jessner’s Solution, Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA), or other solutions are used to correct pigment problems, superficial blemishes, moderate sun damage, fine lines, and acne scars. TCA peels are performed in a doctor’s office or medspa. You may feel a warm or burning sensation, which is followed by some mild stinging. Flaking, redness, and healing will take a few days to a week to resolve.
- Deep Peels
Phenol and croton oil peels are usually one-time procedures. They can produce more dramatic, long-term results on wrinkles, brown age spots, mild scarring, and pre-cancerous growths. Because phenol peels can cause permanently lighten skin, they are not recommended for darker skin tones and require that sunscreen be used at all times afterward. Phenol peels are performed in a doctor’s office or surgical center. A full-face, deep chemical peel requires twilight anesthesia.
Microdermabrasion is considered a peel alternative. It entails blasting the face with sterile micro-particles to rub off the very top skin layer, then vacuuming out the particles and the dead skin. Through a wand-like hand piece, tiny aluminum oxide or salt crystals are delivered at high velocity onto the skin’s surface and immediately vacuumed away with the same instrument, taking the top-most layer of dead skin cells with it. The technique exfoliates and gently resurfaces the skin, promoting the formation of new, smoother skin. It is usually performed on the face and neck but can be performed on any part of the body, including the hands, chest, arms, and legs.
Microdermabrasion can improve rough skin texture, some types of mild scarring, uneven pigmentation, and superficial brown spots. It is also good for acne lesions, blackheads, some stretch marks, and fine wrinkles. Microdermabrasion can be safely used for all skin types. The results are similar to a light chemical peel with no need for anesthesia and no downtime. Tiny crystals are sprayed on the skin and suctioned back up into the machine. The pressure can be varied to control the amount of penetration or pass over an area several times to remove the most damaged skin. Each treatment can take about 30-45 minutes. A typical regimen consists of a series of four to eight treatments done at intervals of two to four weeks. Your skin will have a pink glow and feel as smooth as glass after the treatment. Microdermabrasion can be combined with other resurfacing procedures, such as peeling solutions and infusion of cosmeceuticals.
Costs: Treatments vary in cost according to the area treated, the individual physician, and the geographic location. Generally, superficial peels or midcrodermabrasion can range from $150 to $350, whereas TCA peels can cost from $500 to $2,000. Typically peels performed in a medical setting are more potent than treatments done in a salon or spa, where only superficial peels are usually offered.
Recovery: Light peels and microdermabrasion treatments require little or no downtime. After the procedure, the skin may be coated with a mild ointment or cooling gel. With all peels it is important to avoid sun exposure for several months to protect the newly formed layers of skin.
Risks and side effects: Possible complications from deeper peel treatments may include infection, scarring, temporary or permanent color change in the skin, and uneven pigment changes. Darker skin types are at a higher risk for hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration.
When you’re ready to discuss skin resurfacing treatments with your dermatologist, bring this list of questions with you.
Questions to ask your physician, about skin resurfacing treatment:
- Is this the most effective treatment for my skin type and condition?
- Is my skin type appropriate for this type of treatment?
- What are the possible side effects?
- How long lasting are the results?
- How many treatments will I need?
- How often should I have a treatment?
- What will happen if I stop having treatments?
- What is the recovery process?
- When can I wear makeup?
- When can I start using my normal skin care regimen again?
- Is there anything I should be using on my skin before the treatment?
- Are intravenous sedation or local anesthesia necessary?
- Is this treatment best done during the winter or when I will not be outdoors?
- Who will be administering my treatment and what are his/her qualifications
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