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SKIN-SAVING VITAMIN C

September 27, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

clmd power cIt possesses a variety of skin-perfecting functions—think lightening discoloration, creating new, healthy collagen (for plumper-looking skin) and warding off free-radical damage, which is why vitamin C has made its mark as a mainstay skin care ingredient. Ranging in strength from light to potent, this active ingredient is a key component in the anti-aging puzzle. But not all vitamin C products are created equal. Those that contain too high of a concentration can potentially irritate the skin—on the flip side, if the formula is weak and unstable, no benefits will be rendered.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and collagen stimulator. It controls oily skin, hydrates and shields against UV rays that sunscreen can’t. All types of vitamin C act similarly, the question is which are the most stable and can best penetrate the skin. For vitamin C to be effective it can’t oxidize. Unstable vitamin C may promote free-radical formation, causing damage.

Not sure what to look for in vitamin C products?

L-Ascorbic Acid: A more natural derivative

L-ascorbic acid is one form of vitamin C in skin care. This is the version found in our diets.

The downside to it: it’s not very stable. Companies don’t start with vitamin C derived from fruits but rather from synthesized production in a manufacturing plant.

Regardless of the source—be it extracted from an orange, plant or other natural element—all extracts of vitamin C need to be “processed” to some degree to make them applicable and usable in skin care. L-ascorbic acid is the closest to a natural form of vitamin C found in skin-care products today. 

Vitamin C Esters: Synthetic derivatives

Some skin-care brands choose to use synthetic vitamin C ingredients because they may be more readily available, less expensive or more sustainable in the formula. Synthetic forms of vitamin C tend to break down at a slower rate. 

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8 Surprising Ways You’re Showing Your Age

April 8, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Celebrity Love, Cosmetic Procedures

Certain areas of the face are prone to fat loss—others are not. The cheeks and eyes frequently fall victim to the effects of volume loss first; the lips, eyes and temples eventually catch up.

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Around the Upper + Lower Eye Sockets
The majority of fat in the face is in the cheeks, and as these pockets deflate, a depression forms from the inner corner of the eyes straight downward (called a tear trough or hollow). The appearance of hollows is related to loss of fat and bone expansion. Since the same amount of tissue is occupying a larger volume, the result is that the eyes look hollow. Sometimes, the fat protrudes, creating a bag.  Adding a hyaluronic acid filler or fat restores volume, making the eyes the focus of the face.

Around the Brows  
A loss of fat and fullness in the brows coupled with lines and wrinkles between the brows and on the forehead can create a saggy brow and hooding on the upper lids. Fillers and fat are the most common ways to fix the problem. Just a little bit of volume (using a filler like Restylane) helps, and it is even more dramatic when combined with a neuromodulator (Dysport, Botox or Xeomin) for an overall rejuvenating effect. The combination of fillers (injectables or fat micro-grafts) plus a neuromodulator produces a better result than either one alone.

At the Temples 
You wouldn’t think of the temples as an area of concern but they are. As fat diminishes from the temples, they become sunken and appear narrow. Hollow temples can call unwanted attention to the cheeks. Filler such as Restylane, Perlane and Radiesse, used to gently, soften the area for a more youthful look. Fat micrografts are a good alternative and give a more permanent result.

In the Cheeks
The cheek area is one of the first parts of the face where a loss of volume is noticeable. As the fat in the cheeks begins to descend, it creates nasolabial folds (smile lines) around the mouth and a flattened look in the cheeks, making you look “tired”. To correct the folds and the cheeks, the natural volume needs to be restored, using either injectable fillers or fat micro-grafts, for a refreshed, natural look.

In the Lips 
The lips are made of collagen, oil and tissue—not fat—but they too experience the effects of volume loss as they start to thin out. While fillers or fat can help to reinstate plumpness in the lips, the surrounding lines need to be softened with either laser resurfacing or a combination of Botox, Dysport or Xeomin and fillers (I prefer Restylane and Belotero). 

At The Corners of the Nose Down Toward the Mouth 
As the fat in the cheeks begins to fall, there is less support for the skin around the mouth, causing folds to develop in the area where the end of the nose and the lips meet.

On the Jawline
The jaw area loses definition with time and the natural contours become boxy and saggy. Volume loss in the jaw area usually comes along with a lack of structure in the cheeks. Injections of hyaluronic acids, Radiesse or fat can all help reshape and revolumize the area.

The Skin Smoother
Crystal free DiamondTip™  Microdermabrasion removes the topmost layer of skin, delivering optimum exfoliation for softer, smoother, supple and vibrant skin. This is accomplished by gently abrading the skin with a variety of stainless steel tips imbedded with laser cut diamond chips, while using suction to remove the dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production.

Similar to microdermabrasion, the SilkPeel™ Dermalinfusion™ System combines non–invasive exfoliation with deep delivery of patient–specific solutions directly to the skin without the use of crystal or other chemical exfoliants. These serums are infused deep into the skin where they are most effective, deeply delivering the vitamins, antioxidants, and other therapeutic ingredients that your skin needs most.



The 11 Most Nutrient Dense Foods In The World

March 14, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Health News

salmonSince you can only eat a limited amount of food in a single day it makes sense to spend your “calorie budget” wisely by eating the foods that carry the greatest amount and variety of nutrients such as these 11.

1. Salmon
Not all fish is created equal. Salmon, and other fatty types of fish, contain the greatest amount of Omega-3s, which are extremely important for the optimal function of your body. Although salmon is mainly prized for its beneficial composition of fatty acids, it also packs a massive amount of other nutrients, including large amounts of Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium and all the B-vitamins.

Studies show that the people who eat fatty fish regularly have a lower risk of heart disease, dementia, depression and a plethora of common diseases. Also, let’s not forget the fact that salmon tastes awesome and is fairly simple to prepare. It also tends to make you feel full with relatively few calories.

Bottom Line: Fatty fish like salmon is loaded with beneficial fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a good idea to eat fatty fish every week.

2. Kale
Of all the super healthy leafy greens, kale is the king. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and various bioactive compounds.

A 100 gram portion of kale contains:

  • 200% of the RDA for Vitamin C.
  • 300% of the RDA for Vitamin A (from beta-carotene).
  • 1000% of the RDA for Vitamin K1.
  • Large amounts of Vitamin B6, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.

Bottom Line: Kale is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables you can eat, with large amounts of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting compounds.

3. Seaweed
The sea has more than just fish… it also contains massive amounts of vegetation. In many cases, seaweed is even more nutritious than vegetables from the land. It is particularly high in minerals like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese, and loaded with various bioactive compounds, some of which are antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory activity.

But where seaweed really shines is in its high content of iodine, a mineral that is used to make thyroid hormones. If you don’t like the thought of eating seaweed, then you can also get it as a supplement. Dried kelp tablets are loaded with iodine. Many sushi dishes also include seaweed in them.

Bottom Line: The vegetables from the sea are highly nutritious, but very rarely consumed in Western parts of the world. They are particularly high in iodine, which is essential for optimal thyroid function.

4. Garlic
Garlic really is an amazing ingredient. Not only can it turn all sorts of bland dishes into delicious treats, it is also incredibly nutritious.

It is high in vitamins C, B1 and B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Selenium, and also loaded with another incredibly important nutrient called Allicin, which is the active ingredient in garlic, and had been shown to lower blood pressure and total and LDL cholesterol, while raising HDL… which should lead to a reduced risk of heart disease down the line.

It also has various cancer-fighting properties. Studies show that the people who eat a lot of garlic have a much lower risk of several common cancers, especially cancers of the colon and stomach.

Bottom Line: Garlic is both tasty and extremely healthy. It is highly nutritious and the bioactive compounds in it have known disease fighting properties.

5. Shellfish
Out of all the wonderfully nutritious organisms found in the sea, shellfish may be the most nutritious of all. Clams are among the best sources of vitamin B12 in existence, with a 100 grams of clams supplying over 16 times the RDA! It is also loaded with other nutrients, including Vitamin C, B-Vitamins, Potassium, Selenium and Iron.

Oysters are also incredibly nutritious… with a 100 grams supplying 6 times the RDA for Zinc, 2 times the RDA for Copper, along with large amounts of B12 and Vitamin D – along with a plethora of other nutrients.

Bottom Line: Shellfish are among the most nutritious organisms found in the sea. They are very high in important nutrients like Vitamin B12 and Zinc.

6. Potatoes
A single large potato contains lots of Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper and Manganese… with plenty of vitamin C and most of the B vitamins. Potatoes really are one of the world’s most perfect foods.

They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need and there have been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes for a long time. They are also one of the most fulfilling foods in existence. When researchers compared the “satiety value” of different foods, boiled potatoes scored higher than any other food they measured.

Bottom Line: Potatoes contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need. They are incredibly fulfilling and can contain large amounts of resistant starch.

7. Liver

Humans and pre-humans have been eating animals for millions of years. Compared to the organs, muscle meat is nutritionally poor. Out of all the organs, liver is by far the most nutritious.

The liver is a remarkable organ with hundreds of functions related to metabolism. One of its functions is to store important nutrients for the rest of the body.

A 100 gram portion of beef liver contains:

  • 1176% of the RDA for Vitamin B12.
  • Over 50% of the RDA for Vitamins B6, B5, Niacin and Folate.
  • 201% of the RDA for Vitamin B2.
  • 634% of the RDA for Vitamin A.
  • 714% of the RDA for Copper.
  • Over 30% of the RDA for Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium.
  • 29 grams of high quality animal protein.

Eating liver once per week is a good way to ensure that you get optimal amounts of these very important nutrients.

Bottom Line: Hunter-gatherers who eat meat usually prize organs like liver, because they are the most nutritious parts of the animal.

8. Sardines
Sardines are small, oily fish that are usually eaten whole. Given that the organs are usually the most nutritious parts of an animal, it is not surprising to see that whole sardines are incredibly nutritious. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient that the body needs and are pretty close to being perfect from a nutritional standpoint. Like other fatty fish, they’re also very high in heart-healthy Omega-3s.

Bottom Line: Small, oily fish like sardines are usually eaten whole, which includes the organs, bones, brains and other nutritious parts. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.

9. Blueberries
When it comes to the nutritional value of fruits, blueberries are in a league of their own.

Although they’re not as high in vitamins and minerals as vegetables (calorie for calorie), the antioxidant content is where they really shine. They are loaded with powerful antioxidant substances, including anthocyanins and various phytochemicals, some of which can cross the blood-brain barrier and exert protective effects on the brain.

Several studies have examined the health effects of blueberries in humans, such as improved memory in older adults. Another study found that obese men and women with metabolic syndrome had a lowered blood pressure and reduced markers of oxidized LDL cholesterol, when they added blueberries to their diet. Multiple studies suggest that blueberries can help fight cancer.

Bottom Line: Blueberries are very nutritious compared to most fruits and are loaded with powerful antioxidants, some of which can increase the antioxidant value of the blood and have protective effects on the brain.

10. Egg Yolks
Egg yolks have been unfairly demonized because of their cholesterol content. But the studies actually show that dietary cholesterol isn’t something you need to worry about, because cholesterol in the diet doesn’t raise the “bad” cholesterol in the blood.

What we’re left with is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Whole eggs are so nutritious that they’re often referred to as “nature’s multivitamin.” Egg yolks are loaded with vitamins, minerals and various powerful nutrients.

They’re high in Lutein and Zeaxanthine, antioxidants that can protect the eyes and reduce your risk of eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. Eggs are also loaded with choline, a brain nutrient that most people aren’t getting enough of.

Eggs also contain high quality protein and healthy fats. The yolk is where almost all the nutrients are found, so don’t throw it away! Also, eggs are inexpensive, taste great and are easy to prepare.

Bottom Line: Whole eggs are so nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.” The yolk is where almost all of the nutrients are found, just eating the whites is a bad idea.

11. Dark Chocolate (Cocoa) – Saving the Best for Last!
Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. But the biggest factor is its amazing range of antioxidants. One study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate scored higher than any other food they tested, including blueberries and acai berries.

Multiple studies show that dark chocolate has powerful health benefits… including improved blood flow, a lower blood pressure, reduced oxidized LDL and improved brain function.

One study found that people who consumed chocolate 5+ times per week had a 57% lower risk of heart disease. Given that heart disease is the most common cause of death in the world, this finding could have implications for millions of people.

Make sure to get dark chocolate with a 70% cocoa content, at least. The best ones contain 85% cocoa or higher. Eating a small square of quality dark chocolate every day may be one of the best ways to “supplement” your diet with additional antioxidants. Not to mention that it tastes great too!



HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR LASER RESULTS

February 28, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

 

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Once you have gone through a full course of treatment, it is important to protect your skin from the sun and keep it healthy to prolong your results. If not, you are just damaging your skin again.

1. Stay Out of the Sun: The best way to maintain your results is to stay out of the sun and wear a mineral based sunblock daily – rain or shine, and yes, even in winter. 

2. Take Care of Your Skin: Now that your skin is healthy, you want to keep it that way. Sunscreen, antioxidants and a moisturizer are essential. Antioxidants repair damage and protect skin to prevent future damage. Moisturizers keep skin hydrated. Let us help you select the best skincare for you.

3. Use a Retinol Regularly:  Retinoids (retinols and retin A) reinforce laser results by keeping the skin in repair mode, creating new collagen and exfoliating the surface.

4. Interval Treatments: Nothing lasts forever – not even the results of a laser. Re-treatments every now and then will help maintain the longevity of your results for healthier skin.  Depending on what you had done, we usually recommend a single treatment once or twice a year.



HYDRATE YOUR COMPLEXION

January 22, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News

HYDRATE SKINNo matter the season, dehydrated skin is an all-too-common skin complaint—one that can plague just about any skin type at any age. Luckily for those that suffer from extremely dry skin, the condition can be easily cured. Most of us reach for an array of moisturizing lotions, creams and serums to ameliorate dry skin. But, there are several easy-to-adopt lifestyle changes that can hydrate your complexion and keep it that way, like using a humidifier to reduce moisture loss caused by the environment. It’s also a good idea to moisturize immediately after you shower. This is when the skin has the most moisture so it is easier to lock it in rather than replace it. Look for products with hyaluronic acid and squalane, for the face, and petrolatum and silicone for the body. 

INTERNAL SUPPORT
Drinking plenty of water and avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine helps to prevent dehydration from within.

TACKLE IT TOPICALLY
Ingredients like antioxidants will not only repair dehydrated skin quicker, but will help prevent future dryness.

IN-OFFICE OPTIONS
Oxygen and deep hydrating facials can help alleviate the symptoms of dehydrated skin.



Switch to Nonalcoholic Red Wine to Reap the Benefits

September 20, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Health News

After a hectic day at work or just a busy day in general, sometimes it’s nice to unwind at home with a glass of our favorite red wine. While we’ve been sipping away guilt-free for years thanks to claims that it’s good for your waistline, health and anti-aging, a new study is about to change that.

Researchers at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona found that while alcoholic and nonalcoholic red wines contain equal amounts of antioxidants, the way your body absorbs them is different. It turns out that the alcohol blocks the antioxidants from providing any benefits, including protecting the heart.

Antioxidants are extremely important when it comes to skin care. They help repair sun damage, and reduce inflammation and the appearance of wrinkles. So if you’re drinking red wine for the beauty and benefits, it may be a good idea to switch to one without the alcohol.



Collagen Boosting Foods

June 18, 2012 / Category: Anti-Aging, Health News

What is collagen? Collagen, which is found in our skin, bones, cartilage, tendons and tissues, is a tough, almost rubbery protein that is created by cells known as fibroblasts. Packed together as bundles, the fibrous bands of collagen serve as the main support system of the dermis, the deepest layer of skin. Collagen also gives skin its strength, but it’s a combination of healthy and ample amounts of collagen and elastin that makes skin firm and flexible.

As we age, our natural collagen reserves begin to deplete, and the result is saggy skin and wrinkles.  COSMETIC LASER MD treats lax skin and wrinkles daily with the use of lasers for laxity wrinkles.  Several of our patients have also asked how they hold on to their collagen, and even boost their reserves.

Boost your body’s collagen with the following eight foods:

1. Water-rich vegetables like cucumber and celery have a high sulfur content, which is important in collagen production. Collagen can’t be produced if sulfur isn’t present.
2. Fish creates stronger cells. Fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty membrane that protects them. When the cells are healthy, they are able to support the structure of the skin.
3. Soy blocks aging. Whether sourced from soymilk, cheese or tofu, soy contains genistein (plant hormones that serve as antioxidants), which prompts collagen production and helps to block enzymes, like MMPs, that can age the skin.
4. Red vegetables are a natural form of SPF. Tomatoes, peppers and beets contain the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene protects the skin from damage while increasing collagen levels, acting as a natural sun block.
5. Dark green vegetables, rich in vitamin C, like spinach and kale, rev up collagen production. In topical products, vitamin C stabilizes messenger enzymes that break down collagen. It also prevents weak collagen by protecting against free radicals.
6. Berries ward off damage. Blackberries and raspberries scavenge free radicals while simultaneously increasing collagen levels.
7. White tea supports structure. According to research conducted by Kingston University and Neal’s Yard Remedies, white tea may protect the structural proteins of the skin, specifically collagen. It’s believed to prevent enzyme activity that breaks down collagen, contributing to lines and wrinkles.
8. Orange vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes, are rich in vitamin A, which restores and regenerates damaged collagen



AMP UP YOUR FALL SKINCARE ROUTINE

September 20, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Special Offers

 

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In addition to state-of-the-art fillers and laser therapies, we are committed to teaching our patients about excellent skincare.  The basic building blocks, for almost everyone, include: proper cleanser, Vitamin C and Retinol, antioxidant moisturizer and chemical-free sunscreen.
What then, are all of those “other” products on our shelves?  Our building blocks are really just the beginning!  In addition to the basics, we have some stellar, ingredient-driven products that can aid dramatically in your anti-aging regime.  These products are “Medical Grade” meaning that they contain much higher concentration and superior quality of active ingredients than anything you can purchase at CVC, Nordstrom and even Sephora.  Our product lines can be compared to Obagi and TNS, but through examining scientific studies and comparisons, we have found that ours are more effective, and usually at much better prices.
 

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GRAPE NEWS FOR SUN PROTECTION

August 2, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Health News

Need a reason to enjoy a glass of wine this summer? Good news! A glass of wine can offer several benefits to your health.While we’ve heard of its effects on the heart and brain, we haven’t heard too much about its benefits for the skin. Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a new study from The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council found that eating grapes and drinking wine might actually be able to protect the skin from sunburn and possibly skin cancer.

According to the research, a chemical found in grapes can protect skin from sunburn by protecting cells. Researchers discovered that the flavonoids found in grapes can stop the chemical reaction that kills cells and causes damage to the skin. As you know, such damage from the sun not only can cause skin cancer but also premature aging.

COSMETIC LASER MD toasts this excellent news! We hope you’re enjoying your summer (and wearing your chemical-free sunscreen!).



July 13, 2011 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs
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