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Dermaplaning- A Gentle ExfoliationDermaplaning removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple and vibrant.Dermaplaning is a non-traumatic exfoliation method of skin rejuvenation. This technique refinishes the skin through a controlled scraping by removing dead skin cells and stimulating collagen and elastin to rejuvenate the skin. Dermaplaning also gives the added benefit of removing fine velous (peach fuzz) hair on the surface of the skin. Vellus hair, or peach fuzz, can trap excess dirt and oil as well as cast a shadow on the skin causing it to appear dull. By removing the excess hair, the skin instantly appears brighter and is much smoother in texture. (more…)

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NeoCutis is an advanced line of professional skincare products which incorporates PSP® (Processed Skin Cell Proteins), an optimal blend of proteins including Human Growth Factors, Cytokines and Interleukins for beautiful, youthful skin. PSP® was discovered in Switzerland through medical research in scarless wound healing and burn treatment. It is now offered in a line of skincare products to repair damaged skin and reverse the signs of aging for renewed, radiant skin.

NeoCutis offers a variety of skincare products including cleansers, moisturizers, eye creams and anti-aging serums. All products are free of artificial fragrances and color additives. While their products are formulated for regular use, many are ideal for use before and after non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures to help prime the skin or repair it afterward. NeoCutis products are available through healthcare professionals.

The Bio-Restorative Skin Cream is NeoCutis’ original skin cream formulated with PSP® to promote recovery and rejuvenate the skin. It can address fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and tone, and diminished skin elasticity. The Journee Bio-Restorative Day Cream with PSP® and SPF 30+ is a complete anti-aging day cream which protects and hydrates the skin and improves aging conditions. NeoCutis also offer the Bio-Gel Bio-Restorative Hydrogel with PSP® and hyaluronic acid to improve skin tone and texture and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

NeoCutis offers two skin cleansers: the Neo-Cleanse Gentle Skin Cleanser and the Neo-Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser. NeoCutis also offers a variety of anti-aging treatments to minimize lines and wrinkles, improve texture and tone, plump and hydrate the skin, and protect against environmental concerns, including the Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream with PSP®, Hyalis Refining Serum, PREVedem Antioxidant Serum, Bio-Serum Bio-Restorative Serum with PSP®, Perle Skin Brightening Cream with Melaplex, Peche Redness Control With Rosaplex™, and Lumiere Riche Bio-restorative Eye balm with PSP®.

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Laser skin resurfacing and little to no risk of laser scars. Skin laser treatments are available through dermatologists, skin health centers, medical spas or cosmetic surgery facilities.

Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

Also known as “laser peeling,” this is the oldest type of skin laser therapy. Doctors use ablative lasers to vaporize the top layer of skin, tightening the face and correcting lines, wrinkles, scars,

entire skin surface, doctors use a CO2 laser or the Fraxel, a laser created specifically for this therapy, to burn millions of microscopic columns into the skin. These tiny dots only make up about 20 percent of the skin surface and are surrounded by the 80 percent of skin left unaffected by the laser. The undamaged skin cells help the treated areas recover more quickly, creating immediate skin tightening and promoting production of new collagen within the skin. Your appearance will continue to improve during the months following treatment.

Recovery from a fractional (Fraxel) laser treatment is rapid and simple, taking only a few days and requiring relatively little care and attention. Dermatologists usually recommend three to five treatments for best results, spaced a week or more apart. Fractional (Fraxel) laser resurfacing can be used to treat the face, neck, chest, abdomen, and arms. Expect to pay about $1,500 for a facial treatment and about $1,000 for a neck treatment.

Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

These lasers impact cells in the lower layers of the skin, but leave the skin surface intact. The goal is to promote collagen production and the growth of new skin cells in the dermis (the lower layer of the skin), which can improve skin tone and help treat lighter scars and wrinkles. However, non-ablative lasers cannot remove spots caused by sun damage because they don’t affect the skin’s surface layers.

The two types of non-ablative lasers, the SmoothBeam laser and the CoolTouch laser, use infrared light to penetrate deep inside the skin, while a cooling liquid is sprayed on the surface skin to soothe and reduce damage. Treatments last about a half-hour, and doctors recommend between four to six treatments for best results. Because the target is beneath the surface, changes are more slow and subtle, and it can take months for patients to notice a difference. Facial treatments cost between $400 and $600.

Alternatives to Skin Lasers

Other rejuvenating procedures have been developed to affect and improve the skin surface:

Radiofrequency treatments. Commonly known as Thermage or ThermaCool, this form of skin treatment does not use a skin laser. Instead, radio waves penetrate the surface skin and heat the deeper layers of skin cells. This causes the skin cells and collagen to contract, tightening the skin. Radiofrequency is best at tightening sagging skin on parts of the body including the cheeks, jowls, brows, hands, feet, and abdomen. It cannot be used to treat fine lines or sun damage, and results are less predictable than they are with laser treatments. A full-face treatment typically costs $5,000, while it’s usually $3,000 for the lower face or $2,000 for the upper face only. Treatment takes an hour or two. Patients normally need only one

treatment.

Plasma skin regeneration. This non-laser technique is similar to ablative skin laser resurfacing in that the outer layer of skin is removed. However, the doctor uses a stream of plasma — ionized nitrogen gas — to remove skin cells. This approach treats fine lines and wrinkles, improves skin tone, and diminishes spots caused by sun damage. Plasma skin regeneration may take one or more treatments, and recovery is usually three to four days. High-energy treatments cost between $4,000 and $6,000, while repeated low-energy treatments cost about $1,500 each.

The most effective skin procedure for you depends on exactly what type of rejuvenation you’re looking for, from overall freshening to removing birthmarks or age spots to softening wrinkles. A consultation with a skilled dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon will uncover the best choice for your complexion.

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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.

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WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?

Stem cells are super unique in that they have the ability to go through numerous cycles and cell divisions while maintaining the undifferentiated state. Primarily, stem cells are capable of self-renewal and can transform themselves into other cell types of the same tissue. Their crucial role is to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissue. Stem cells have a limited life expectation due to environmental and intrinsic stress factors. Because their life is endangered by internal and external stresses, stem cells have to be protected and supported to delay preliminary aging. In aged bodies, the number and activity of stem cells in reduced.

WHAT ARE APPLE STEM CELLS?

Until several years ago, the tart, unappealing breed of the Swiss-grown Uttwiler Spätlauber apples, did not seem to offer anything of value. That was until Swiss scientists discovered the unusual longevity of the stem cells that kept these apples alive months after other apples shriveled and fell off their trees. In the rural region of Switzerland, home of these magical apples, it was discovered that when the unpicked apples or tree bark was punctured, Swiss Apple trees have the ability to heal themselves and last longer than other varieties. What was the secret to these apples’ prolonged lives?

These scientists got to work to find out. What they revealed was that apple stem cells work just like human stem cells, they work to maintain and repair skin tissue. The main difference is that unlike apple stem cells, skin stem cells do not have a long lifespan, and once they begin depleting, the signs of aging start kicking in (in the forms of loose skin, wrinkles, the works). Time to harness these apple stem cells into anti aging skin care! Not so fast. As mentioned, Uttwiler Spätlauber apples are now very rare to the point that the extract can no longer be made in a traditional fashion. The great news is that scientists developed a plant cell culture technology, which involves breeding the apple stem cells in the laboratory.

APPLE STEM CELLS PROTECT HUMAN SKIN CELLS

Human stem cells on the skin’s epidermis are crucial to replenish the skin cells that are lost due to continual shedding. When epidermal stem cells are depleted, the number of lost or dying skin cells outpaces the production of new cells, threatening the skin’s health and appearance.

Like humans, plants also have stem cells. Enter the stem cells of the Uttwiler Spätlauber apple tree, whose fruit demonstrates an exceptionally long shelf-life. How can these promising stem cells help our skin?

Studies show that apple stem cells boosts production of human stem cells, protect the cell from stress, and decreases wrinkles. How does it work? The internal fluid of these plant cells contains components that help to protect and maintain human stem cells. Apple stem cells contain metabolites to ensure longevity as the tree is known for the fact that its fruit keep well over long periods of time.

When tested in vitro, the apple stem cell extract was applied to human stem cells from umbilical cords and was found to increase the number of the stem cells in culture. Furthermore, the addition of the ingredient to umbilical cord stem cells appeared to protect the cells from environmental stress such as UV light.

Apple stem cells do not have to be fed through the umbilical cord to benefit our skin! The extract derived from the plant cell culture technology is being harnessed as an active ingredient in anti aging skincare products. When delivered into the skin nanotechnology, the apple stem cells provide more dramatic results in decreasing lines, wrinkles, and environmental damage.

THE RESULTS

Currently referred to as ‘The Fountain of Youth’, intense research has proved that with just a concentration level of 0.1 % of the PhytoCellTec (apple stem cell extract) could proliferate a wealth of human stem cells by an astounding 80%! These wonder cells work super efficiently and are completely safe. Of the numerous benefits of apple stems cells, the most predominant include:

  • Increase in your skin stem cell vitality and longevity
  • Repairs damaged tissues and organs
  • Activates your own skin stem cell regeneration
  • Protects human stem cells against UV light-induced death
  • Combats chronological and genetic aging and deep wrinkles
  • Topical application reduces the depth of crow’s feet wrinkles after only two weeks
  • Targets premature aging and fine lines
  • Reverses environmental damage
  • 60-Day results guaranteed

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