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5 Tips To Reduce Dark Circles and Puffiness Around Your Eyes

There is nothing more depressing than looking in the mirror only to find dark circles or puffy eyes staring back at you. It’s important to understand that the skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your entire body making it an extremely vulnerable area. Some factors that contribute to this frustrating problem include lack of sleep, poor nutrition, smoking, hereditary conditions and excessive drinking. Fortunately, by following these 5 recommendations your beauty faux pas will be fixed!

  1. Protect your eyes from the sun– UV rays are extremely harmful to the skin around your eyes. Applying SPF45 in addition to protective sunglasses will not only prevent dark circles but wrinkles and fine lines too.
  2. Eat a healthy diet- A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and protein are crucial for your skin. Foods with a high salt content cause your body to retain water a common cause of puffiness around the eyes. Carrots which are rich in vitamin A are an excellent choice for nourishing your eyes as are fruits rich in vitamin C which will improve the appearance of the skin around the eyes by thickening the eyelid dermis.
  3. Sleep at least 8 hours-Getting proper rest is crucial for the appearance of your eyes and will help them look much brighter and healthier in the morning.
  4. Treat your eyes with proper skin care-Applying cucumber slices to the eyes for about 15 minutes will help minimize puffiness. Another effective way to reduce swelling around the eyes is to soak tea bags in cold water and then apply to the eyes.
  5. Consider ThermiSmooth-Thermismooth face is an amazing non-surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the skin around the eyes to dramatically improve the appearance of the eyes. It is safe, painless and takes less than 30 minutes to treat the eyes. 2-3 sessions are typically required to achieve optimal results.

5 Habits To Say In Shape

Achieving health and optimal fitness may seem like a daunting challenge, however, by following these 5 simple habits you will be on your way to looking and feeling great by spring time!

1. Always drink 8-12 glasses of water daily-drinking water promotes an active metabolism and will help you burn more calories and more fat each day!

2. Sleep 8 hours each night-studies have indicated people who do not receive adequate sleep are 55% less likely to achieve a reduction in fat loss. Lack of sleep disrupts the body’s ability to regulate insulin and also causes fatigue which will inhibit your exercise regimen

3. Eat 5-6 small meals-By eating 5-6 small meals you will prevent overeating, speed up your metabolism and effectively regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day

4. Eat 30 grams of fiber each day-By eating fiber rich foods such as fruits and vegetables that move quickly through the digestive track reduces the risk for obesity, heart disease and diabetes

5. Incorporate 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 times each week-Cardiovascular exercise is critical for heart health and promotes stamina. Not to mention cardio will burn excess fat and even contribute to muscle gains

Think Twice About Tanning

With spring break in just a few weeks you may be considering hitting the tanning beds, however, you need to think twice before doing so! As many as 90% of all melanomas are caused by ultraviolet exposure with tanning beds fitting into the highest cancer risk category. Research shows that using a tanning bed before age 30 will increase your risk for skin cancer by 75%. Melanoma is a leading cause of death in young adults despite being highly preventable.

Despite these scary statistics more than 1 million people visit a tanning salon every day in the United States with over 3,000 emergency room visits each year due to indoor tanning bed exposure. For many tanning is actually addictive because the UV lights cause the release of endorphins which can ultimately lead to dependency.

Natural tanning is not much better because tanned skin is the result of damage to the skin cells. While we all like to be tan it is important to take everything into consideration. Sun damaged skin accelerates the aging process and will leave you wrinkled and crepey. Always make certain to apply a minimum of 30 SPF when you are outdoors. If you cannot live without a tan you may want to consider topical sunless tanning products.

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The Secret To Flawless Skin

Contrary to what you may have heard supple, luminous youthful skin is a delicate art. It can be daunting sifting through the thousands of skin care products on the market in an effort to find what works best for your individual needs. The truth is that while products are an integral component of any regimen; skin care starts from within!

Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene; a red pigment rich in antioxidants that will actually combat cellular damage from free radicals. Lycopene is a critical nutrient that nourishes the skin by helping it stay healthy and hydrated. Unlike other fruits and vegetables which are most potent in raw form cooking tomatoes actually increases the intake of lycopene. Walnuts are not only an excellent source of protein but they contain phenolic acid, tannins and flavonoids which are awesome for the skin. Walnuts also contain a unique form of vitamin E  called gamma tocopherol which is excellent for the skin and heart! Salmon is another key staple for optimal skin because it is among the best source of omega 3 fatty acids which keep the skin supple and vibrant.

Skin care is anything but one size fits all so its important to address concerns specific to you. If fine lines and wrinkles are your problem increasing your vitamin c intake with foods such as pineapple, mango and grapefruit is ideal for you. If acne is a concern then you definitely will want to drink plenty of green tea which will protect your pores from environmental irritants. If you suffer from redness and swelling dark leafy greens such as broccoli, kale and celery have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Last but not least it is crucial to exfoliate your skin at least once monthly or you may want to consider a professional peel to clean your pores and help the skin cell rejuvenation process!

Embrace Winter With These 5 Habits

Winter is the best time to work on our health and bodies. Spring will be here before we know it. These 5 winter habits will keep you looking and feeling amazing:

-Ice Skating-is not only fun it is an awesome way to improve your endurance while burning fat and improving your cardiovascular health. In addition ice skating will also help you build up the muscles in your legs which reduces cellulite. Ice skating also will help you to improve your balance!

-Walking-is a low impact safe winter activity which offers an excellent way to keep your mind and body healthy. Don’t underestimate its efficacy-on average you will burn about 415 calories each hour you walk.

-Yoga-thebenefits of yoga are extensive ranging from increased muscle strength and definition to improved respiration, energy, athletic performance and flexibility. Yoga, prevents the joints from deteriorating by stretching out the cartilage. Yoga is excellent for the body’s systems by supporting lymphatic drainage, blood flow as well as strengthening the bones and spine.

-Swimming– is an excellent activity to fight aging. A recent study indicated that regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their actual age with dramatically improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Swimming is amazing for improving cognitive function, muscle mass, cardiovascular performance and blood chemistry.

-Dancing-inaddition to being fun and social dancing will keep your mind and body healthy. Studies show dancing will help you stay flexible, lose weight, reduce stress, make friends and reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s dise

Celebrity’s Say Yes To Non-Invasive Procedures

Hollywood’s A-listers have enlisted in a new trend one that avoids going under the knife! Celebrities are turning to non-invasive cosmetic procedures to stay young and beautiful. Among these procedures are liquid facelifts, skin rejuvenation, laser fat reduction and skin tightening. The word Botox has become synonymous with a wrinkle-free face. It is so common in the celebrity world it is hard to find a single celebrity who isn’t having these treatments. However, most people don’t simply have Botox injections but introduce a filler to their regimen as well. Fillers such as Juvéderm, Restylene and Radiesse just to name a few last significantly longer than Botox and are used to soften, revolumize and enhance the face. Botox and fillers can be used to perform a liquid facelift providing dramatic results-many people even receive treatments for liquid rhinoplasty to  minimize and enhance the appearance of the nose.

Hollywood does not play games when it comes to beautiful luminous glowing skin and sometimes a basic facial just won’t cut it. Laser facials are increasingly popular and stimulate the body’s natural collagen production; enhancinng the appearance of the skin by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, treating acne and correcting hyper-pigmentations. Hollywood still hits the gym hard but laser fat removal is all the rave. Ask Kyle Richards who is a regular SculpSure patient. The procedure which takes just 25 minutes burns 24% of fat cells targeting stubborn areas such as the abdomen, flanks, arms and legs.

Celebrities realize surgery isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After all who wants to be cut open, subject to various risks and side effects and weeks of down time. Skin tightening is huge now with procedures such as the BTL Exilis Ultra which is used to lift and tighten the face including eyelids, neck, towels and jaw line. The procedure can also be used almost anywhere on the body. The results is tight youthful skin with absolutely zero down time and no delay. The procedure is painless and feels similar to a hot stone massage. Not to mention the procedure lasts a full year and then just requires annual touch ups!

Travel Back In Time

As we age our skin and faces tell a story of our years and travels; a story written in sun spots, lines, enlarged pores, wrinkles, skin deterioration and volume loss! If you are like most you would agree this is a story better left untold. Fortunately, thanks to scientific advancements by combining Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and C02 fractional laser treatments you can turn back the hands of time and look 5-10 years younger.

The initial phase of the procedure involves a relatively simple consultation and evaluation to map out all of the problem areas that need to be addressed. A treatment plan is then designed to correct these troublesome areas safely and effectively. Once the procedure begins a small vile of blood is drawn and then placed into a centrifuge. This process separates the red blood cells from the plasma which contains the platelets. The platelet rich serum is then drawn into a syringe and preserved for treatment.

The next phase is C02 fraxel skin resurfacing which will target the skin at various depths to address imperfections ranging from superficial to sub-ablative. The laser actually removes 20 percent of the skin’s surface activating a healing process to stimulate collagen production. The C02 laser actually emits tiny beams of light creating tiny holes in the skin. The plasma serum is then applied topically to the surface of the skin. The result is an almost immediate anti-inflammatory reaction that is soothing to the skin. This serum is rich in the body’s own stem cells making it the best option for regeneration.

The remaining plasma serum is then strategically injected into the face targeting areas requiring revolumization such as under the eyes, cheeks, betweens the brows, smile lines and chin. The results are astounding yielding complete rejuvenation with improvement to the cheeks, under eyes, and pores. The procedure is also effective at tightening loose sagging skin and wrinkles; results that typically require a surgical procedure such as a face or neck lift to attain.

Achieve A Glamorous Glow In Time For The Holidays

Holiday season is just a few weeks away but not to worry there is still plenty of time to kick your skin care regimen into high gear so you can have glowing radiant skin in time for the season’s social calendar. Regardless of age or skin type a great starting point in your pursuit of luminous skin is to begin with a facial. Don’t have just any facial treatment though; we recommend a medical grade oxygen facial which infuses the skin with a continuous flow of 95% pure oxygen leaving your face feeling fresh and revived. The purpose of an oxygen facial is to decongest the pores by removing toxins and impurities while evening the skin’s tone and texture. The result is brighter, tighter and smoother skin!

With thanksgiving just 2 days away it’s important not to pull any punches so you may want to consider amping up your vitamin regimen by adding some key supplements to enhance your skin. Grape seed, bilberry and green tea extracts are all rich in anti-oxidants and will protect you from sun damage and loss of elasticity keeping your skin tight and youthful. Chlorophyll is a potent leafy green-blue algae available in capsule and liquid form that supports lymphatic drainage-reducing puffiness while oxygenating the skin. Fish oil is also available in liquid and capsule form and has been proven to promote collagen production in addition to regulating the skin’s moisture production. Now is also a great time to increase your vitamin B intake to improve the function of the epidermis resulting in smoother, softer and healthier skin.

If fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, redness or scarring are a concern then you will definitely want to consider squeezing in a session or two of laser genesis. This procedure which is performed with a YAG laser is fast, painless and yields dramatic results by gently heating the dermis to stimulate collagen production. It is extremely popular among both men and women and is a surefire way to promote youthful looking skin. The best part about this laser treatment is that the results are immediate and there is no downtime at all.

Your final step in ensuring a brilliant complexion in time for this holidays is to keep up with your homework! It is crucial that you exfoliate at least once daily to effectively remove the dead skin cells from your pores. Always remember to apply moisturizer in the morning and a heavier cream at night time. Toners and serums are also excellent for targeting conditions specific to your skin. If you have any questions our team of physicians and aestheticians are always available to answer them for you.

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