SKIN-SAVING VITAMIN CSeptember 27, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
It 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.
8 Surprising Ways You’re Showing Your AgeApril 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.
Around the Upper + Lower Eye Sockets
Around the Brows
At the Temples
In the Cheeks
In the Lips
At The Corners of the Nose Down Toward the Mouth
On the Jawline
The Skin Smoother
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 WorldMarch 14, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Health News
Since 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.
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.
A 100 gram portion of kale contains:
Bottom Line: Kale is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables you can eat, with large amounts of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting compounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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!
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 RESULTSFebruary 28, 2014 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
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 COMPLEXIONJanuary 22, 2013 / Category: Anti-Aging, Beauty Breakthroughs, Cosmetic Procedures, Health News
No 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.
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Switch to Nonalcoholic Red Wine to Reap the BenefitsSeptember 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 FoodsJune 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.
AMP UP YOUR FALL SKINCARE ROUTINESeptember 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.
GRAPE NEWS FOR SUN PROTECTIONAugust 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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