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VelaShape III for Cellulite Reduction
No matter how dedicated you are about staying fit, cellulite can still be a problem. You can work out on a daily basis and eat all of the right things, yet the battle against dimpled skin can bring you down. The last thing you want is that cottage cheese appearance marring your thighs or your buttocks. If your efforts have failed to tighten and smooth that skin where cellulite is getting in the way, consider VelaShape III for a non-surgical solution.
Understanding VelaShape III
This is a technology that can do wonders to combat cellulite. It goes to work by applying radiofrequency energy and laser to the lower layers of your skin. At the same time, you will experience a cooling sensation on the surface. As the energy is applied to your trouble spots where cellulite is bothering you, the cells are heated in a gentle, carefully controlled treatment. This heating effect results in the production of more collagen. Collagen is what makes your skin firm and is naturally produced by your body. Sometimes, you just need a little help to produce more collagen in targeted areas. VelaShape III gives your body a nudge.
Choose a Gentle, Non-Surgical Solution
Cellulite can be really frustrating, especially when you work hard to maintain your body. You want to make it go away, but you aren’t ready for complex solutions that involve surgery. VelaShape III could be exactly what you are looking for when you need an effective treatment alternative. You’ll consider this procedure to be a treat as you relax during a warm, circular massage. Take a half hour to an hour out of your day for yourself during each treatment. Expect to come in for several sessions to see more effective results.
What Can VelaShape III Do for You?
No matter how many salads you eat and how many times you hit the gym, that pesky cellulite could keep hanging on. VelaShape III has been designed for people like you. You’re not overweight, but you can’t make all of your cellulite go away. Complete a series of these treatments to see a difference. VelaShape III can tighten the skin in the treatment area, making it look firmer. As the skin tightens, it will contract. At the same time, collagen will also make your skin look smoother until you’re not bothered by cellulite anymore.
Learn More About VelaShape III
If you are tired of looking at that cellulite, make an appointment at The Advantage Health & Beauty in Dallas, TX to talk about VelaShape III. You can say goodbye to cellulite with an enjoyable option that can give you a break from your busy day. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have and make sure you know what to expect during your treatments. When your hard work hasn’t been enough to sculpt your body and smooth your skin, VelaShape III can do wonders. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
10 HEALTHY GREEN TEA RECIPES
Want to know what all the fuss about green tea is? Apart from being a refreshing, soothing beverage – served hot or cold – it's an easy metabolism-booster, packed with antioxidants that help burn fat.
Green tea and weight loss
Research shows that green tea can lower blood sugar levels and reduce the absorption of fat from the intestine. So, if you're looking to shed a few pounds, you may want to consider adding a cup or two of green tea to your daily diet.
Healthy green tea for a healthy heart
Most teas contain vitamins and antioxidants, but green tea goes one step beyond. Not only does it aid with weight loss, it's also helps fight various cancers and heart disease. The antioxidant in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), helps to speed up the recovery of heart cells and minimizes cell death after a heart attack.
How to make healthy green tea
There are many different flavours of green tea you can enjoy. So long as those green tea leaves are present, you're going to get all those great health benefits that come with it. If you're steeping green tea leaves in hot water, be sure to throw in your favourite herbs, such as ginger, mint or chamomile. For refreshing iced green tea, just let the fresh tea cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then refrigerate for about two hours.
Healthy green tea recipes:
1. Citrus Mint Iced TeaToss some mint leaves, orange slices and green tea bags into a boiling teapot for a delicious homemade tea. Serve over ice and garnish the glasses with orange or lime slices.
2. Green Ginger Mint TeaGreen tea with spearmint is a popular Moroccan digestive. Green tea lives, such as gunpowder leaves, are rolled into small balls that unfurl in hot water to release a slightly bitter, smoky infusion. This refreshing brew is also good iced. Sweeten with honey, if desired.
3. Mango Calendula Ceylon TeaWhen sweetened with mango and ginger, delicate teas like green gunpowder make for refreshing afternoon drinks or light, fruity iced teas. Add sugar after steeping if you wish to accentuate the fruity flavour.
4. Mint TeaChinese green tea is often served before meals, and always after. Spearmint has the best flavour; other infusions, such as cinnamon, saffron and lemon verbena, can also be added for fragrance.
5. Chamomile Mint TeaFor this blend, it's especially nice if you use jasmine tea, which is made from green and black tea leaves, because of its flowers. Chamomile and lavender heighten the floral bouquet and create a pretty pattern when they unfurl in a glass cup or pot.
6. Rose Petal TeaChoose the aroma you prefer for this blend: black tea leaves offer a floral aroma and citrusy flavour; green tea leaves are more like perfume and tobacco.
7. Peach White Iced TeaWhite tea is a mild tea that comes from the same plant as green tea but is picked when the buds are still covered in fine silver hair and not fully opened – it blends perfectly with fresh or thawed peaches.
8. Puffed Wild Rice Green TeaThis blend is adapted from a Japanese green tea that contains toasted puffed rice. We use puffed wild rice and add cranberry-like rose hips for a fruit-and-nut variation. After bringing fresh water to a boil, remove it from the heat and let it stand for two minutes before pouring over leaves; the right temperature is essential for bringing out the best flavour.
9. Raspberry Iced TeaBright and colourful, this tea is intriguingly tart and fruity. Serve with lime slices or raspberry ice cubes.
10. Honeydew Mint Iced TeaSubtle flavours of mint and melon mingle on the tongue with this iced green tea. Serve with fresh mint or mint ice cubes.
6 common cellulite myths busted
There is much mystery surrounding the c-word, but whatever you hear and read about cellulite, one thing's for sure – there is NOTHING wrong with having it.
The many 'miracle' cures out there claiming to help reduce the appearance of fat deposits that show as dimples on your thighs, butt or arms, is overwhelming to say the least. So to separate the fact from the fiction we asked Felice Kosakavich, Chief Clinical Dietitian for Cassena Care, to myth-bust and these six truths are reassuring - and refreshing - to read:
1. CARDIO EXERCISE CAN REVERSE CELLULITE: MYTH.
"One study by researchers at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts, found that adults who did three 30-minute aerobic workouts each week for eight weeks lost four pounds, but gained no muscle—and only slightly improved body composition. Cellulite requires a multi-faceted approach to make real progress."
2. THAT NEW MIRACLE CREAM CAN CURE STUBBORN CELLULITE: MYTH.
"Sadly, expensive creams aren't likely to make much of a difference in the battle against cellulite. Despite what you might read on their labels, no topical creams have been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite."
3. ONLY THE UNLUCKY FEW GET CELLULITE: MYTH.
"The facts are that between 80% to 98% of women have some form of cellulite on their bodies. The cellulite is caused by fibrous bands that run perpendicular along a woman's body, thus causing the dimpling. "
4. CELLULITE IS CAUSED BY TOXINS IN THE BODY: MYTH.
"Cellulite is caused by underlying fat deposits that push through layers of collagen fibers or connective tissue under the skin."
5. CELLULITE ONLY OCCURS ON PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF SHAPE: MYTH.
"Cellulite can appear on all body types, since there are various reasons that the connective tissues can be weakened, including: hormones, lack of exercise/muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation in the body."
6. LIPOSUCTION WILL GET RID OF CELLULITE FOREVER: MYTH.
"Most cosmetic procedures often make fat distribution more un-even, causing cellulite to be more visible resulting in an even worse appearance after the treatments."
5 Amazing Reasons Why Raw UNFILTERED Honey Is Best!
You probably already have some honey in one of your kitchen cabinets. The next time you pull it out to use it, check to see if it’s raw unfiltered honey. We can already tell you that if you paid less than $5 for it, it’s not. Yeah, unfiltered honey is more expensive but it’s worth every cent.
What makes it different from “regular” honey? A lot of the cheaper stuff is sold after it’s been heated and filtered. The problem with that is it keeps you from getting a lot of the nutrients that you would from unfiltered honey (around 80, to be exact). When honey is in its purest form, it’s the most potent. That makes it the most effective and the best way to receive the following benefits.
1. It's packed with nutrients.
Let’s begin with all of the nutrients that unfiltered honey has. You can recite the beginning of the alphabet as you recite the vitamins that are in it: A, B, C, D and E. Unfiltered honey also has magnesium, calcium, iron, copper and potassium. Not to mention plenty of antioxidants and amino acids too. A particular antioxidant in unfiltered honey is pinocembrin. It’s proven to increase brain performance over time.
2. It promotes healthy skin.
Thanks to all of the antioxidants in unfiltered honey, it can make your skin look flawless and feel super soft to the touch. A tablespoon each day will help to detoxify your system. You can also apply a dab of honey directly onto your pimples (it helps to pull the bacteria out) or to a minor cut or burn in order to speed up the healing process. Honey is a fabulous moisturizing mask if you want to gently-yet-effectively exfoliate your skin too.
3. It soothes your cough.
If you’re prone to allergies and coughing is a symptom that comes along with them, don’t get the over-the-counter stuff without trying some LOCAL raw unfiltered honey. The local stuff has some of the same allergens in it as the atmosphere you’re living in. The benefit is it helps you to better adapt. Look at it as a natural antibiotic. If you have a cold, unfiltered honey has antibacterial properties that will soothe your sore throat and help to ease your coughing (especially at night).
4. It treats lots of ailments.
Something else that the antioxidants in unfiltered honey do is help your body to feel better. If you’re constipated, add some apple cider vinegar to it for almost instant relief. Its antibacterial properties can aid in curing asthma attacks and bronchitis. And, since honey is considered to be an alkaline food, it’s also able to combat many diseases.
5. It's a sleep agent.
Do you have a hard time sleeping at night? If so, unfiltered honey may be all that you need. A teaspoon about any hour before you go to bed could give you the bed rest you’ve had in a really long time! There’s a natural sugar that’s stored in your liver called glycogen. With the help of honey, your liver can function better and (get this) give you the energy you need to sleep throughout the night. Sweet dreams (literally!).
VelaShape 3 is a new non-invasive treatment that uses a combination of technologies to contour your body and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Vacuum technology manipulates your skin while infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency energies gently heat fat cells and surrounding tissue.
After 3-6 treatments, patients typically notice a reduction in both circumference and in the appearance of cellulite in the treated areas. The surface of the skin will feel smoother and firmer, too. Some patients see results after their first visit, and in its clinical trials, VelaShape 3 led to a reduction of one full dress size after a series of treatments.
Before and After 3 treatments with Velashape 3
In the video below Dr. MacGregor and one of her patients who won Velashapes national “Little Vela Dress” contest speak about the treatment:
Velashape III Q&A
Q: What causes cellulite?
There is no definite explanation for why cellulite occurs. While it may be the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, there may be other causes, including genetics or hormonal changes.
Q: What sort of results can I expect?
In clinical trials, the body contouring power of VelaShape led to a reduction of one whole dress size after treatment.
Q: How quickly will I notice a change after VelaShape?
You will begin to notice gradual improvement of the treated area right away as your skin’s surface starts to feel smoother and firmer. Over time you will also notice a smaller circumference throughout the treated area as well as a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, and best results will be seen at about 10 weeks.
Q: How long do the results last? Are follow-up treatments needed?
Following your treatment regimen, it is recommended that you periodically receive maintenance VelaShape treatments. Like all techniques, invasive or non-invasive, results will last longer if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regimen.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
Typically it takes 3-6 treatments to achieve the best results. It is often possible to substitute one longer treatment session for up to three shorter sessions. Your physician will determine the best treatment plan for you.
Q: Is VelaShape safe?
The VelaShape treatment is safe and effective for all skin types and colors. There are no reported short-term or long-term side effects.
Q: Are VelaShape treatments painful?
Most patients find VelaShape comfortable and describe the treatment as feeling like a warm deep-tissue massage. The treatment parameters are easily adjusted to ensure a comfortable treatment experience. It is normal to experience a warm sensation for a few hours after your treatment. Some patients report a pinkish appearance at the treatment area that may last a few hours post treatment, and skin may appear pink for several hours.
Q: How does the Velashape III Work?
Velashape III uses a combination of technologies to contour your body and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Vacuum technology manipulates your skin while infrared light and bi-polar radio frequency energies gently heat fat cells and surrounding tissue.
Q: How is the VelaShape III improved compared to older versions?
The latest VelaShape device uses higher energies very safely. As a result, treatments are shorter and you can see results faster. Some patients now report visible results after their first visit.
10 TRICKS FOR DRINKING THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF WATER EVERY DAY
When you feel thirsty, you’re already in the early stages of dehydration.
Come 3 p.m. every day, I usually realize the only liquid I’ve consumed that day has been a coffee and a few sips of water at lunch. I rarely truly feel thirsty, and, frankly, I don’t love drinking water.
The problem is that by the time that 3 p.m. thirst hits, it means I’m already in the early stages of dehydration. Even a drop in just two percent of our body’s water content can lead to short-term headaches, dry skin, lethargy, and digestive problems. Dehydration can take an even bigger toll on your body with long-term effects such as high blood pressure, kidney problems, joint pain, and weight gain. So it’s important to drink the recommended daily amount of water, even when you aren’t thirsty.
Because I’m trying to be as healthy as possible, I’ve had to find a few tricks to help me drink the Institute of Medicine’s recommended 91 ounces of water every day without really having to think about it . . . much.
01. DRINK FIRST THING IN THE DAY
Like brushing my teeth, drinking a glass of water is now one of my top priorities for a productive morning. After a long night’s sleep, we wake up dehydrated. Drinking water before I check my phone ensures that I’m starting my day hydrated, as water gives our bodies a metabolism boost. Keep a full carafe at your bedside and soon enough, drinking a glass of water will become another mindless, sleepy morning task.
02. CREATE A WATER SCHEDULE
Being aware of how much water I drink and when I drink it has helped me keep track of my fluid intake every day. To help reach 91 ounces a day, I grab a bottle with ounce markers on it and develop hourly goals. I decide that I’ll drink, say, 20 ounces by 10 a.m., 40 ounces by noon, 65 ounces by 3 p.m., etc. These hourly goals will push you to finish that bottle.
03. FIND A BOTTLE YOUR LIPS WILL LOVE
I hate drinking water from a plastic cup because of the ways it makes the water taste and feel in my mouth. I realized that I drink more when it’s out of something I like. I’ll also drink more if it’s a bigger bottle (aka less trips to the faucet). So I always drink from glass bottles or cups, such as a classic mason jar. If you hate drinking water, try investing in a bottle or glass you really like. Try bkr if you like glass but are afraid of breaking it; its silicone sleeves come in a plethora of pretty colors, and they’ll replace the glass bottle for free if it breaks. If you prefer your water cold, a Hydroflask steel bottle keeps liquids chilled for up to twenty-four hours.
04. DILUTE YOUR OTHER FLUIDS
At the gym, I love to drink sports drinks, so I like to cut them in half (half water, half Gatorade) to trick myself into drinking more water. You don’t have to work out to apply this same trick to your life. If you like to drink sports drinks, juice, or tea throughout the day, double your hydration by diluting other beverages with water. It may take some time getting used to the change in taste, but I’ve found that now when I don’t dilute my sports drinks, they taste way too sweet.
05. ADD SOME ALL-NATURAL FLAVOR
I often add some natural flavoring to water because I don’t love it plain. When I say natural, I don’t mean store-bought “natural” flavoring. I’m talking about real fruit. I love to add a mix of blackberries, sliced lemons, and raspberries to a big pitcher of water that I keep in the fridge for when I’m craving a bit of flavor, but you can add any fruit you like. Try lemon, orange, and lime for a citrus flavor. If you don’t feel like cutting up fruit, add a few drops of lemon essential oil. You’ll get the same effect without all the work. Or make infused water on the go with an infuser water bottle.
06. DRINK YOUR MEALS
Replacing some meals in smoothie or juice form has helped me drink my water along with eating a healthy meal. Two birds, one stone!
07. HAVE A GLASS AT EVERY MEAL
You may be a fanatic coffee or soda drinker, and that’s OK. You don’t have to change that to drink more water. Instead, always have a water along with your other drink of choice. When I go out to eat, I always ask for a water. Then I finish at least one glass by the time I leave. Plus, it’s free!
08. SNACK ON WATER
Forgive me for going on an “eat your fruits and veggies” spiel, but my motives are different than your usual. Yes, these foods give you many nutrients and vitamins, but they also contain lots of water. Eating water-rich foods such as cucumbers (96.7 percent water), watermelon (91.5 percent water), and strawberries (91 percent water) has helped me get some of my daily intake while having an afternoon snack.
09. TAKE IT WITH YOU
It always happened: I’d be walking along and see a water fountain but didn’t have a bottle to fill. I’d be stranded without a way to refuel except for a few measly sips from the fountain—hardly enough to hydrate properly. Have a water bottle with you at all times, even if it’s just a small one. Keep it at your desk, in your car, or in your purse, so you can fill up no matter where you are.
10. THE NEW NIGHTCAP
While getting a full seven to nine hours of sleep is great for your body, it’s a long stretch to go without any H2O. Hello, dehydration. One of the last things I do before plugging in my phone to charge and getting in bed is to sip water, which helps my body prepare for the next day.
Sneaking just a few of these tips into your daily regimen will increase your metabolism, help you feel energized, and provide you with the important nutrients your body needs. So hydrate your way to better health, and sip to it!
Skin anatomy and the implications for skin rejuvenation
Your skin protects your internal organs, nerves, muscles and blood vessels from damage. The epidermis, the thin outermost layer of skin, protects you from the harmful effects of sunlight, bacteria and environmental toxins. The epidermis is also responsible for the look and health of your skin.
The outermost layer of the epidermis — the stratum corneum — is relatively waterproof and prevents most bacteria, viruses and other foreign substances from entering the body. The stratum corneum helps maintain the skin’s homeostasis, the relatively constant conditions in the internal environment, while continuously interacting with and adjusting to changes originating within or outside the system. Damaging the stratum corneum interferes with the skin’s equilibrium.
Some skin care products and skin rejuvenation procedures remove or temporarily damage the stratum corneum. Exfoliation removes the epidermis to get rid of dead skin cells, resulting in a healthy glow. Exfoliating too often, however, can cause skin problems. Removing too much of the skin’s protective barrier may cause inflammation, dryness and sun sensitivity. Over-exfoliating damages the stratum corneum, may cause over- or under-production of sebum and may accelerate the aging process. If you remove the stratum corneum, cosmeceuticals may cause inflammation instead of improving your skin’s appearance. If you see signs of inflammation, such as excessively red, tight or dry skin, you need to decrease the frequency (or strength) of your exfoliation routine.
Microdermabrasion involves spraying tiny crystals onto the skin to gently remove the skin’s outer layer. Microdermabrasion is an exfoliation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter. Your skin will be photo-sensitive after microdermabrasion, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoid sun exposure for a few days after the procedure.
Chemical peels cause controlled erosion of the epidermis. Chemical peels lead to exfoliation and removal of superficial lesions, followed by regeneration of new epidermal and dermal tissues.
Laser resurfacing removes the epidermis and shallow dermis, stimulating the healing process. This results in an overall tightening of the skin. However, laser resurfacing results in greater inflammation than micro-needling and, therefore, may lead to dyspigmentation in patients with darker skin types.
Cosmetic micro-needling leaves the epidermis mostly intact and doesn’t significantly damage the stratum corneum. Therefore, your skin retains its natural barrier against pathogens, UV radiation and damaging free radicals. The SkinPen micro-needling device uses short needles to create micro-channels through the epidermis. The epidermal cells are simply “pushed aside,” and the body’s reaction only seeks to “reseal” the channels and increase epidermal cell turnover temporarily. This leads to a rejuvenation of the outer layer without unwanted effects such as infections, pigmentation issues or scarring. Cosmetic micro-needling with SkinPen can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the signs of aging skin.
Cellulite: The Nemesis of Smooth Skin
Celulite is professionally defined as a persistent layer of subcutaneous fat that causes unsightly dimples to form on the skin. This uneven skin texture is more prevalent in the female population and can be commonly seen around the hip or thigh areas. The term "Cellulite" originated from the French language and only became widely used in the 1960s.
Statistics show that 9 out of 10 women over the age of 30 will develop some form of cellulite. The development of cellulite has prevented many women from enjoying their time on the beach and even limited their choice of fashion significantly. With many women experiencing dimpled skin, it inevitably leads to the birth of certain myths and rumors.
First and foremost, cellulite is not fat. Instead, it is the result of fat being divided into small pockets within the skin. Therefore, losing weight will not directly aid in eliminating cellulite. On the other hand, excessive sun exposure does not cause cellulite to form, but they possess the ability to make them more noticeable.
Causes of Cellulite
The fragile nature of individual skin foundation means that a variety of factors can lead to the onset of cellulite. Moreover, women are at the short end of the stick as they are more susceptible to it as compared to men. Scientists have also discovered that if any woman's family history is plagued by cellulite, there is a heightened risk that she will experience it too. Other factors that are cellulite causes include:
• Hormonal Factors
As mentioned above, women are more susceptible to cellulite due to their hormonal structure. Their body is created in such a way that fats and cellulite can be easily produced. Some of the elements involved in this process are insulin, estrogen, thyroid hormones and noradrenaline.
• Inadequate Lifestyle
A lack of regular exercise, smoking, and high-stress environments are perfect conditions for cellulite to present itself. For women who spend long hours during the day either standing or sitting, their lack of movement attracts cellulite as well.
• Unhealthy Diet/Dehydration
Naturally, a dietary plan leaning towards the unhealthy category promotes cellulite development. People who consume excessive fat, carbohydrates or salt are known to have more cellulite. The same applies to those who consume insufficient fiber content. In addition, a lack of water intake also prevents the body from effectively discharging impurities, leading to more fats stored under the skin.
• Clothing Choices
This last point is relatively unknown to the general public. Clothing with tight elastic bands that stretch across the thighs and hips can restrict normal blood flow and lead to cellulite formation.
Human nature dictates that for every problem in existence, there must be a viable solution. The same applies for cellulite treatment, but each treatment method comes with a caveat; the degree of effectiveness varies across individuals.
• Cellulite Creams
The objective of these creams is to dissolve fat and help to promote smooth skin texture. However, these products do contain aminophylline which can be harmful to some people.
• Massage or Spa Treatments
For a more natural solution, massage therapy or spa treatments are said to have a beneficial effect in treating cellulite. This is the result of excessive fluid drained during each session, allowing the skin to regain a smooth texture. Nonetheless, the effects of these treatments are not permanent and cellulite will appear again in the near future.
• Healthier Dietary Plans
Health advocates will readily jump on this suggestion. A healthier diet focused on providing the body with vital nutrients and minerals will help to prevent cellulite from developing in the future. For those who are experiencing cellulite currently, a detoxifying diet made up of vegetables and fruits can help the body purge impurities and aid in restoring the skin's former glow.
Last but not least, adopting a regular exercise routine is the best method to counteract physical inactivity. An equal mix of cardiovascular exercises and strength-training workouts can help to increase blood circulation and tighten muscles, both of which eliminate cellulite.
With 90% of the female population suffering from cellulite at various stages of their lives, it highlights the need to create general awareness towards this symptom. Although it does not possess any potential health risks, cellulite tends to make unsightly appearances in obvious places. This restricts the choice of apparel and is also detrimental towards self-esteem. Nonetheless, viable treatments are available to these women. For health enthusiasts, they might prefer to adopt better healthy diets or engage in regular exercises to prevent cellulite from developing. For others who are impatient towards cellulite, they may choose to use creams that are specially formulated to eliminate its existence and restore the skin's smooth texture.
7 Things You Didn’t Know Are Causing Back Acne
Acne breakouts on the body can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but having body acne is actually very common and can easily be treated. Many people who experience breakouts on their face may experience it on their body. The skin on the back and chest are often prone to breaking out due to stress, hormonal changes and overproduction of sebum (oil), bacteria, fungus and yeast. The pores and hair follicles on the body are larger than the face and can easily become clogged with oil, dirt and bacteria, which leads to acne issues on the body.
Fortunately, body acne can be easily prevented, especially if you know what’s causing it. Below are the top seven things you didn’t know may be causing body acne—plus what you can do to reverse the damage.
1. Your Laundry Detergent
As in your skin care products, fragrances and artificial dyes in your laundry detergent can clog and irritate hair follicles on your body, so if you can, choose fragrance-free and clear detergents for your clothes.
2. Your Workout Clothes
Tight, non-breathable fabrics can trap heat and sweat against your skin, which makes the perfect environment for body acne to flourish. Instead, opt for loose-fitting clothing made of breathable material, like cotton. It will also help to take a quick shower or at least change your clothes immediately after sweating.
3. Your Bath Towels and Bed Sheets
Bedsheets and bath towels collect dead skin cells, dust mites and acne-causing bacteria, so change them often.
4. Your Perfume
Fragrance is a known irritant and may easily cause breakouts even if you don’t have sensitive skin. So just to be on the safe side, don’t spray it on areas where you usually get acne—or, if you can help it, just avoid perfumes all together.
5. Your Hair Products
Aside from your body moisturizers and oils, your hair products also come in direct contact with your skin, so choose your hair care and styling products wisely. For starters, avoid products with sulfates as this may clog and irritate your pores.
6. Your Fingers
We know how frustrating it is to deal with body acne, but picking or scratching the skin with your bacteria-laden fingers will just make it worse. This can cause the bacteria, yeast or fungus to spread, prolonging your acne breakout.
7. Your Diet
While the jury is still out on whether certain foods can trigger acne breakouts, we still recommend keeping your diet in check. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid eating foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates.
Consider an Alpha Hydroxy Acid Treatment
It’s one thing to prevent body acne, but how do you treat an existing breakout? A perfect way to help minimize breakouts on the body is by using a body wash and lotion with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), like glycolic acid and azelaic acid, which are proven to slough off pore-clogging dead skin cells and kill acne-causing bacteria. AHAs also decrease oil production and prevent future breakouts on the back, chest and shoulders without overdrying or irritating sensitive skin.
Pamper Your Mom With VI Derm
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The 5 Skincare Mistakes Anti-Aging Experts Never Make
These are the commandments of aging gracefully.
Navigating skincare as you age can be a tricky business. There’s so much information out there that it can be confusing to figure out what really matters most when it comes to anti-aging.
To make things clearer, we reached out to several dermatologists to get to the bottom of what really counts when you’re trying to beat both Father Time and Mother Nature.
1. You’re applying sunscreen incorrectly.
Yes, we’ve all heard that sunscreen is the single most important step we can take in the fight against wrinkles and lines. It’s believed that around 80 percent of the visible signs of aging come from sun exposure. But it’s important not to forget to reapply and apply it on all the right spots, dermatologist Joel Cohen stresses.
“Many ladies that come to see a dermatologist for either aesthetic or medical purposes are insufficiently protecting their skin,” Cohen told The Huffington Post.
Simply wearing sunscreen or a foundation that contains sun protection isn’t enough. You need to make sure the sunscreen contains the right ingredients and make sure you’re reapplying about every two hours you’re in the sun. And make sure you look for one with broad spectrum sun protection.
But here’s the really critical part. Your face isn’t the only part to show signs of aging.
“Ladies should NOT forget sunscreen on their hands, ears, chest and lips. Many ladies try to be so careful to protect their face and forget about these other areas,” Cohen said.
2. You’re not sleeping enough.
“Many women after menopause have trouble sleeping through the night,” dermatologist Patricia Farris told The Huffington Post. With hot flashes and night sweats, it’s no surprise that getting comfortable can be difficult.
If you’ve resigned yourself to sleepless nights, Farris says it’s crucial to act fast.
“It’s important to discuss this with your physician since lack of sleep makes skin dull, puffy and exacerbates dark circles,” Farris said. Some studies have actually shown that lack of sleep can speed up the aging process.
Your doctor can help offer treatment options along with lifestyle changes like cutting out stimulants, and avoiding trigger foods.
3. You’re ignoring certain signs.
Dealing with a changing body along with the stresses of daily life can be a lot to cope with, but it’s best to tackle aging head on. Dermatologist Lisa Chipps says it’s good to act as soon as you see the first signs of aging.
“Don’t wait until it’s too late,” Chipps told The Huffington Post. “When you start to notice something about your skin bothers you a little bit, that’s the best time to treat it! It’s much easier to nip it in the bud than to try to undo years of procrastinating.”
4. You’re using too much Botox.
Botox is an injectable drug that’s used to temporarily smooth out wrinkles for anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It’s popular in Hollywood and many stars have openly admitted to using it, but many also say they aren’t fans of the frozen face look.
Either is Dr. Farris. “Our muscles thin or atrophy with aging, meaning it takes far less Botox to relax them,” she said. “As we age we need some of our muscles to keep us looking younger. A good example of this is the frontalis muscle in the forehead that keeps our eyebrows elevated. So I tell patients that less is more with Botox as we age and proper placement is essential.”
5. You’re shelling out the big bucks for a miracle cream.
We’ve all heard the old adage, “you get what you pay for,” but dermatologists say this doesn’t always mean the more expensive or “organic” products are going to perform better.
“There are a lot of expensive creams and serums out there, but make sure they have an active ingredient that can do something beneficial for your skin beyond just being a good moisturizer,” Cohen said.
Consumer Reports tested several anti-aging creams, from modestly-priced drugstore brands to high-end potions that cost several times as much and found price and efficacy actually have no correlation. Even the best face creams provided only modest results, which just goes to prove that prevention really is the best cure.
How Does The IPixel Work?
ipotropic compounds are substances that help stimulate the breakdown of lipids (fat) during metabolism and, in this way, reduce the accumulation of excess fat in the liver and other tissues. Injections of carefully calibrated doses of natural lipotopic nutrients can improve your ability to shed fat. The liver plays a major role in human metabolism including aiding in digestion, storage and distribution of nutrients and the detoxification of metabolic poisons and waste products. The liver also produces bile, a compound that emulsifies fat so that it can be broken down by digestive enzymes. The use of lipotropic injections containing important amino acids and vitmains can help enhance your weight loss efforts by increasing the function of the liver; thus breaking down the fat and can prevent additional accumulation. This weight loss tool works best when combined with a sensable diet program. Patients with a Sulfa (Sulfonamide) allergy should not take this injection.
By definition, a lipotropic substance decreases the deposit, or speeds up the removal of fat (lipo = fat, tropic = stimulate) within the liver. The key ingredients compounded to make these injections are:
Vitamin B6 + B12, Choline, Methione and Inositol. Available in 30ml vials!
The typical dose for Vitmain B12 with Lipotropic (MIC) injections is 2cc per injection, every 72 hours. These injections work best when injected in the muscle of the arm, hip or upper thigh. Instructions included in each order.
The Vitamin Injections containing Lipotropic (MIC) is widely used in physician offices as a weight loss tool to assist with increased energy and weight loss. This is not a weight loss miracial drug, but rather medication containing essential vitamins and amino acids that our bodies need daily for a healthy lifestyle. Always consult your physician prior to beginning any medication or weight loss program.
VI Aesthetics New Research Center Releases Results of First Patient Study
94% of Subjects Reported Their Skin Looked More Radiant after the VI Peel
VI Aesthetics the creator of the first painless chemical peel has conducted a two-phase survey of the experience and outcome of the VI Peel® with over 100 subjects. VI Aesthetics offers a full portfolio of powerful professional treatments for patients to experience in office. In addition to the VI Peels ®, VI Aesthetics offers a comprehensive skincare line (VI Derm®) to enhance and extend the results of the chemical peel and to optimize skin health. As skin matures it may transform for various reasons. Chemical peels are among the most effective dermatologic treatments to assist with collective skin deterioration from medical conditions, environmental aggressors, sun exposure, and other circumstances that accelerate the aging process. According to ASAPS annual survey chemical peels are the 4th most common noninvasive procedure done with over one million performed each year.
The purpose of the VI Study survey was to capture patient feedback of the benefits of a chemical peel process; during and after. Phase one of the survey captured what subjects thought they would experience versus what they actually experienced in regards to discomfort and time when receiving the VI Peel. VI Aesthetics found that 63% of women had not had a chemical peel in their lifetime, but found that 98% considered the procedure and application of the VI Peel to be non-painful, with 94% reporting that they had little to no discomfort. The VI Aesthetics survey also determined that 95% of women who receive the VI Peel® claimed that their skin looked refreshed and better than before the peel.
The second phase of the survey was intended to capture outcomes related to subject's concerns and their interpretation of how they feel their skin improved. The efficacy data was remarkably in favor for one to have a VI Peel®. As 93% claimed that they visually saw a difference in the texture and smoothness in their skin, while 94% stated that their skin looked radiant and more improved. Marya Khalil, CEO and President, states, “We are devoted to addressing acne and pigmentation, reversing the signs of aging, and repairing sun damage through our professional revolutionary skincare systems that promises results. We are ecstatic with the results of our first study. The data confirms that our subjects love their stunning transformations and that they feel the VI Peel was a very positive experience.”
Chemical peels are used to improve the appearance of pigment in the skin, acne scars, mild sun damage, and fine wrinkles in all skin types. Skin techniques to prevent signs of aging are most important to women, the VI Aesthetics survey found that 88% of women feel an improvement in the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eye area after receiving a VI Peel®. Acne treatment and healthy looking skin are some other skin concerns for women. The survey showed that 96% of women who used the VI Peel® noticed a change in size of the areas with pigment and acnes marks, with an overall 92% reduction in pimples after use of the peel. Those who are concerned with hyperpigmentation and received the VI Peel® demonstrated a 97% improvement to pigmented areas.
About VI Aesthetics
Founded in 2005, VI Aesthetics is a leader in changing people's lives worldwide by providing innovative & forward-thinking aesthetic products for practitioners and patients to invest in the long-term health of their skin. To learn more about VI Aesthetics please visit www.viaesthetics.com
10 Skin Mistakes You’re Making
There are a lot of areas of beauty where it’s okay to skimp. Your manicure, your haircuts and your makeup can all be put on the back burner when life gets busy, but your skin is not the place to neglect. After all, your skin has to last your entire life, and while your nail polish and highlights may change month to month, your skin’s got a lot to make it through.
While we all know we should be washing our face twice a day and using a cleanser that works for our skin type, there are some mistakes that practically everyone is guilty of making. To help you get your best skin possible, we’ve put together a list of the 10 skin mistakes you’re making — and how to fix them.
1. Not using a moisturizer with SPF every day: Summer, winter or any time of year, your facial moisturizer should have an SPF of at least 15 if not more. While makeup with sunscreen is a good thing, it won’t give you the kind of coverage you get with a lotion. Even if your only time outside consists of walking to your car or the subway, your skin is always at risk of catching some harmful UV rays and, ultimately, damage.
2. Not patting dry: Especially if you have sensitive skin, take care to pat your face dry rather than rub after you’ve cleansed. The tugging of a towel can cause irritation, plus years of tugging at your skin can make it lose elasticity. When you rub around your eyes, dark spots are more likely to form. Take extra care to pat, and be sure you’re using a different towel than the one you use to dry your hands.
3. Forgetting to wash your hands before washing your face: The number of women who forget to wash their hands before they wash their faces is incredible, but think about it: You’re putting the bacteria, dirt and oil from your fingers directly onto your skin, which could be a main reason you’ve got acne or red skin.
4. Using the same moisturizer year round: As the seasons change so does your skin, and switching to a heavier cream in the winter is just as important as using a lightweight moisturizer for the summer. Dry skin needs to be treated with a higher dose of hydration, and when you give your skin the kind of moisture it needs, it’ll make all the difference.
5. Keeping your makeup on at night: Taking off your makeup at night should come as naturally as brushing your teeth. Doing it during the week is one thing, but cleansing your face becomes even more important on a weekend after a night out with the girls, when you’re likely wearing even more makeup than during the week. If you’re feeling especially lazy, keep makeup remover at your nightstand for a quick removal.
6. Not going to the dermatologist: Even if you’ve got clear skin, you shouldn’t skimp on going to the dermatologist. A yearly check on your whole body for dark spots, moles and anything that seems out of the ordinary is key to early detection of skin conditions. The earlier you catch something, the greater the chances for a positive outcome.
7. Drinking too much soda: We’re all guilty of drinking basically anything but water, but soda especially can be ruining your skin. In one serving of soda, there are on average 44 grams of sugar, which translates to 11 teaspoons of sugar, meaning the acidity of soda is extremely high. All of that sugar and acidity goes straight to your skin, causing irritation, acne and redness. Switch to water and cut out excess sugar intake in your diet for clearer skin.
8. Picking at acne: Also, touching your face in general. Picking at acne causes scars, inflamed tissue and a worse situation than the one you started with. When you touch your face, you’re doing the same damage as cleansing your face without washing your hands first. Every time you feel yourself going to touch your face, put your hands down and rest them somewhere else. Stop touching your face for three weeks straight, and you’ll start seeing big differences in your skin.
9. Waiting too long to use anti-aging products: It’s never too early to start using anti-aging products, the most important of which are sunscreen and moisturizer. If you’re in your twenties, now is a great time to start using creams with “wrinkle-free” and “anti-aging” in the names. Prevention is key.
10. Not taking care of your neck: Do you ever see older women with gorgeous, wrinkle-free faces, but then you look at their necks and can immediately tell how old they are? Neglecting your neck is common, but if you start cleansing and moisturizing south of your chin now, you’ll be glad you did in the years to come.
How the Climate Affects Your Skin
Extreme climates—cold and dry, hot and humid—can wreak havoc on your skin. Here’s how to protect your skin from the elements:
Cold, Dry Climates
Cold temperatures often accompany low humidity that dries your skin. Bitterly cold winds can also dehydrate skin. During the winter months, your skin may become rough, red, tight, cracked or peeling due to dryness. Some skin conditions such as eczema can flare up in dry weather. To combat dry skin and control eczema, avoid long, hot showers or baths, use a mild soap to soothe your skin and moisturize daily. Skinfuse PURIFY Cleansing Complex is a non-irritating foaming gel that gently cleanses your skin. Skinfuse RECLAIM Hydrating Support is a revolutionary bioactive moisturizer designed to strengthen and support dry, dehydrated or compromised skin while delivering hydration.
Hot, Humid Climates
In warmer climates, high temperatures and humidity lead to sweating. Perspiration can irritate skin and trigger breakouts, especially if you have oily skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after you sweat. A cleanser with salicylic acid can dry up excess oil but may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use products containing salicylic acid such as a salicylic acid cleanser once a day and only at night. If your skin is dry or sensitive, limit salicylic acid use to once a week to avoid irritation.
Heat can also cause other skin problems, including heat rash. Heat rash occurs when sweat ducts get blocked, trapping moisture under the skin and causing a rash (blisters or red lumps) to develop. Heat rash usually goes away without intervention after a few days. However, you should see a doctor if the rash gets worse or you notice signs of infection such as increased pain, swelling, redness or warmth around the affected area; pus draining from the lesions; a fever or chills; or swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpit or groin.
Daily sun protection is important regardless of where you live. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater every day, year-round, even when it’s cloudy or raining. Put sunscreen on first and then apply your makeup, even if it also contains sunscreen. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours if you’re swimming, sweating or spending a lot of time outdoors. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Traveling from one climate to another can shock your skin and trigger skin problems. Take steps to prepare your skin before traveling to a different climate. If you’re going skiing or to any cold weather destination, start moisturizing several days before your trip to hydrate skin cells. If you’re headed to the beach, cleanse and exfoliate your skin to keep your pores clear. In either case, be sure to pack your broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Contact your SkinPen provider to learn how the SkinPen micro-needling procedure and Skinfuse may help to improve your skin’s health and appearance in any climate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How is the VI Peel different from other peels?
A. Obsolete peels of the past, without exception, epitomize the “no pain, no gain” approach to skin care. Before VI Peel, the deeper the peel, the more painful, the more downtime, the better the results. VI Peel is the first Next Generation Aesthetic. It is painless, yet produces dramatic, visible results in just days with little downtime.
Q. How many treatments are required to show an improved look?
A. A single VI Peel will achieve significant repair and add a healthy glow to the skin. It is a true, restorative and painless repair of damaged skin including sun damage and acne. Best of all, it is a great "preventive maintenance" peel for younger skin that has no visible signs of damage.
Q. Will results be long lasting?
A. Like everything else in life, human skin needs maintenance. The VI Peel’s wonderful results will last as long as skin care is maintained, sun exposure is moderate and preventive aging with the VI Peel is performed three or four times per year. In between, skin care is maintained and optimized with an appropriate home care program designed for your skin.
Q. What’s the critical key to long lasting results?
A. We believe skin care should be “dentilized”, where we treat our skin with the same care that we treat our teeth. Regular visits to a medical professional coupled with daily maintenance allow us to enjoy what life has to offer, in moderation, without the fear of damaging our skin, the same way we may eat a little chocolate and drink coffee between visits to our dentist.
Q. What types of skin respond well to the VI Peel?
A. The many innovations that created the VI Peel combine to enable the entire continuum of skin types to enjoy the benefits of the peel. For the first time, Afro-American and darker skin types such as some Asian and Latin skins can experience anti-aging and restorative skin care that was previously unavailable.
Q. How much preconditioning of the skin is required?
A. The VI Peel requires no preconditioning of the skin associated with older generation peels that can take three to five months.
Q. Does it burn?
A. Not really. Patients will feel a slight stinging sensation for a few seconds which subsides completely almost immediately. The peel is applied topically, numbing of the skin takes place after the first pass. Some patients may feel more comfortable using a fan or cold air breeze.
Q. How badly will the patient peel?
A. The skin peeling associated with the VI Peel is a light, fluffy peel that will start on day three and generally be finished by the end of day four. The peeling is easily hidden by moisturizer. In some cases, the peel is virtually invisible.
Q. What will the patient look like right after the VI Peel and during the next few days?
A. The skin will look slightly tan to red immediately after the peel. On days one and two the skin will feel slightly tighter with no Visible signs of having a peel except for looking slightly tan, as if the patient just returned from a relaxing weekend at a resort. Any pigmented areas might appear slightly darker, which is a good sign. On about day three, the patient begins to peel. The first signs of peeling usually begin around the mouth area, continuing for a day or two. With the use of the VI Derm™ moisturizer, patients go about their usual daily routine. By day six or seven the patient is done peeling and the results are dramatic!
Q. What about normal activities after the VI Peel?
A. There are no restrictions. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the peel.
Q. What will the VI Peel do for the patient’s skin?
A. It uses the synergy of all available and known modes of action of various acids to produce a multitude of positive effects. It tackles skin problems at the cellular level rather than just burning skin off. Thanks to the concerted actions of its many acids and Vitamins, it will help erase fine lines and wrinkles, shrink enlarged pores and build collagen and elastin which tighten skin. It is extremely effective in practically eliminating hyper pigmentation including melasma, the most difficult pigmentation issue to address. The VI Peel also provides excellent results for patients with acne.
Q. How many peels are needed?
A. The peel may be repeated as often as every two weeks, if necessary, for damaged skin. Our recommendation for average skin would be once every three months to prevent damage and the underlying ageing of the skin. The physician will evaluate the patient’s damage, goals and expectations and make an appropriate recommendation for ongoing skin care. We preach the “dentilization” of skin care for optimum results.
Q. My patient has a social event coming up, can she wear makeup after the VI Peel?
A. While the long term goal is to eliminate the need to use any makeup, it may be worn at any time after the peel solution has dried. Makeup should not be applied on the days that the skin is peeling, just moisturizer. Makeup can then be resumed at any time after the skin peels.
Q. What about the hands or chest?
A. Of course! The VI Peel is incredibly effective in removing sunspots from the hands and chest and eliminating the wrinkles associated with sun damage on the décolletage. Your skin care professional will customize the application for each patient.
Q. How long will the VI Peel take?
A. The facial cleansing and peel application typically take 30 to 45 minutes.
Q. What kind of final results will the patient see after a single VI Peel?
A. It takes about four days after the patient finishes peeling for the skin to return to its normal pH and to see the final effects. The skin will look luminous and glowing. The patient will feel refreshed with slightly tighter skin. Hyper-pigmentation will be improved or gone, depending on the amount of damage. Texture will be improved with an overall more youthful appearance. You will have a very happy patient.
Q. What should be used on the skin in conjunction with the VI Peel?
A. Our first line of defense is tretinoin with a prescription line of products that takes the patient through the necessary steps of maintaining new skin. Skin care products appropriate for your skin type and condition should be used on a daily basis to maintain new skin appeal.
Q. Does the VI Peel make the skin thinner?
A. No. By sloughing off the old skin, forcing the body to recreate new skin at a faster rate in a sequence faster than its own rate, the skin actually thickens, stimulating the underlying structure to make more collagen and elastin.
Q. Will the patient’s skin be more sensitive after the VI Peel?
A. The skin will only be more sensitive, if at all, during the peeling process itself. The patient may experience up to four days of sensitivity until pH of the skin is replenished.
Q. Will the VI Peel tighten neck skin?
A. The skin on the neck responds well. The VI Peel has proven to help improve texture and quality with gradual softening of the lines and some tightening effects.
Q. What other areas can the VI Peel be performed on?
A. Face, neck, hands and chest all respond well to a VI Peel.
Q. Can the patient go in the sun after the VI Peel?
A. Sun exposure should be limited and adequate protection with a good sunscreen should be used. As part of the post-peel skin care kit, sunscreen is provided along with a moisturizer. However, the VI Peel was created to be practical. The only days where exposure to the sun should be seriously avoided are days three and four, when the skin is peeling, to avoid uneven exposure. After that, the patient can enjoy moderate sun exposure, continuing regular “dentilized” skin care maintenance.
Q. What about exercise after the VI Peel?
A. Again, the VI Peel was created to be practical. We only ask that the solution be left on the skin for five hours prior to exercising, washing it off immediately before commencing exercise.
Q. Can cold sore sufferers have a VI Peel?
A. Of course. In some cases, medication may be recommended prior to the peel. If the patient breaks out with a sudden cold sore the day of the peel, often the VI Peel will eliminate the sore and medication may be applied immediately after the peel.
Q. Are teenage acne sufferers too young for the VI Peel and would it help their acne?
A. Dr. Kalil originally formulated the VI Peel for his 15 year old daughter who has acne. The peel is excellent for both adult and adolescent acne. We have effectively peeled acne patients as young as 12. The results are quick and very impressive. Combined with a daily skin regimen, almost all acne cases can be readily and safely managed. Talk about happy patients — acne sufferers will love this peel!
Q. Does the VI Peel help with precancerous cells?
A. Yes, the VI Peel, like many other peels, helps to remove precancerous cells. Of course, a patient with a history of skin cancer should always see their dermatologist or surgeon on a regular basis.
Skin Care Tips to Get the Glow
Are You in a Skin Care Rut?
Mix it up with these tips to get a fresher face.
Ever see an old photo of yourself and cringe at your dated-looking clothes or retro hairstyle? Check out these common mistakes to make sure your skin care routine is fresh, up to date, and suits your natural beauty.
The rut: 'I scrub and exfoliate daily but my skin isn't looking better.'
Be gentle with your face. Overdoing scrubs and exfoliating brushes can make your skin oiler, irritate it, and give you redness and even dark spots. That can make your pores look bigger.
Use scrub cleansers once daily and exfoliation brushes no more than three times a week.
The rut: 'I've been using the same skin care products for the last 20 years.'
As you get older, skin tends to get dryer. Aging also puts the brakes on making collagen, which leads to wrinkles and sagging skin. As you age, you may want to adjust your beauty routine by adding in moisturizing products and treatments that plump your skin.
Also consider switching up your skin care with the seasons. "I tend to adjust my own along with my patients' skin care regimen twice per year as we head into the summer and again as we head into the winter," says dermatologist Lisa Ginn, MD.
How to update your routine? When fall starts, swap in a heavier face moisturizer and exfoliate once a week. Lighten up as the weather heats up in spring and summer.
At least once a year, you should also revisit your skin care plan with a dermatologist if you have a condition like acne, rosacea, or eczema.
The rut: 'I'm constantly applying moisturizer to my face, but my skin is still dry.'
Are you exfoliating? That can help your skin absorb moisturizers better.
Look for moisturizers made with ingredients like hyaluronic acid. The result: A dewy glow that's neither oily or shiny.
The rut: 'My routine is no-frills. I can't remember the last time I used something more than cleanser and sunscreen.'
If you want to branch out, you might add an antioxidant product like vitamin C to your skin care plan. It can minimize damage from sun exposure and help prevent wrinkles. You'll still need your sunscreen, though.
Ready for a Change?
Don't overhaul everything at once. Dermatologists recommend limiting the changes you make to your skin care routine.
Instead of switching up everything at once, start by changing just one product. Give your skin 2-4 weeks to adjust before making another change. That should help you tell what effects each product has on your skin.
Who should consider microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is somewhat useful for people with dull or sallow skin, mild acne, acne discoloration, pick marks, and very superficial acne scars. Microdermabrasion may be a good treatment option for patients with superficial skin problems and busy lifestyles who are looking for minimal benefits with virtually no side effects or downtime. Individuals with deeper acne scars may expect a much longer series of treatments or likely benefit from physician-performed surgical dermabrasion, chemical peeling or laser resurfacing.
How does microdermabrasion work?
Traditionally, a crystal microdermabrasion system contains a pump, a connecting tube, a hand piece, and a vacuum. While the pump creates a high-pressure stream of inert crystals, such as aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, sodium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate, to abrade the skin, the vacuum removes the crystals and exfoliated skin cells. Alternatively, the inert crystals can be replaced by a roughened surface of the tip in the diamond microdermabrasion system.
Unlike the crystal microdermabrasion system, the diamond microdermabrasion machine does not produce particles from crystals that may be inhaled into a patient's nose or blown into the eyes. Hence, diamond microdermabrasion is safer for use on areas around the eyes and lips. Generally, the slower the movement of the hand piece against the skin and the more numbers of passes over the skin, the deeper the treatment.
What ages are appropriate for microdermabrasion?
While there are no specific age or sex restrictions, typically children over age 12 up to adults age 65 can get microdermabrasion. While there is no age maximum, mature skin over age 70 may have slightly higher risks of bruising and skin abrasions. Individuals younger than age 12 may sometimes also receive treatment under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
How often can I have microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion can be done as frequently as weekly or up to every eight weeks depending on your skin's tolerance and desired cosmetic effects. Many people choose to start with weekly treatments for three sessions, then change to a monthly maintenance regimen.
Much like brushing your teeth, microdermabrasion helps to gently remove skin debris. Since human skin typically regenerates at approximately 30-day intervals, skin improvement with microdermabrasion is temporary and needs to be repeated at average intervals of two to four weeks for continued improvement. Usually, multiple treatments (six to 12 sessions) are recommended to see a significant improvement.
What does the vacuum do in microdermabrasion?
The vacuum part of microdermabrasion has four basic roles:
- It gently pulls and lifts a small section of skin for micro abrasion.
- It can spray a stream of crystals across the targeted skin area.
- It focally stimulates blood circulation and creates mild swelling in the skin.
- It collects the used crystals and dead skin in a receptacle for easy disposal.
What should people expect before, during, and after microdermabrasion?
Generally, softer and smoother skin that feels fresher and more rejuvenated is the expected outcome after microdermabrasion. Before starting the microdermabrasion treatment, eye protection such as eye pads or goggles may be placed. Often the skin may be prepared and cleaned of makeup and oils. Yet, no tlocal anesthetic is required. The skin will be stretched to provide some tension in order to achieve the most effective abrasion and vacuum. The hand piece is moved over the skin with repeated single, smooth passes. Usually, two to four passes per area are sufficient.
Mild pinkness of the skin is the desired outcome and usually resolves within minutes to hours after microdermabrasion. In addition, mild exfoliation of skin may occur as well. Continuously apply moisturizer or ointment if exfoliation occurs. Patients may also experience mild sunburn-like sensation for a few days. Moreover, liberal application of sunscreen is recommended as photosensitivity may be increased after treatment.
Microdermabrasion may help stimulate the production of collagen, thereby helping skin rejuvenation. As age spots from photoaging and fine lines are diminished, the skin may become softer and smoother. The results are modest, however.
Does microdermabrasion help with acne scars?
Microdermabrasion may be very useful for people with active acne, mild acne discoloration, pick marks, and very superficial or raised acne scars. Dermatologists use microdermabrasion to help unclog pores and clear acne. Often used in combination with gentle glycolic peels and medical acne extractions, microderm can help speed up acne clearing.
Individuals with deeper acne scars might be candidates for surgical dermabrasion or laser resurfacing.
Can microdermabrasion help with melasma?
Yes, microderm can be helpful in treating melasma and other types of hyperpigmentation. Optimal melasma treatment might typically include biweekly or monthly microderm combined with glycolic acid peels, fading creams like hydroquinone 4%, and daily sunscreens. Multiple treatments in combination with sunscreen and sun avoidance and other creams help yield best results, although permanent improvement is not to be expected.
Can microdermabrasion help with keratosis pilaris?
Microdermabrasion can help temporarily improve the appearance of keratosis pilaris (especially on the upper arms). Optimally, the microdermabrasion is given biweekly or monthly and is combined with lactic-acid lotions like Lac-Hydrin lotion or AmLactin and weekly glycolic-acid peels. Don't expect great results in this condition.
Where can people get more information on microdermabrasion?
The treatment of microdermabrasion can be performed by a physician, a nurse, aesthetician, or other trained medical personnel. It is recommended for patients to consult a dermatologist or medical aesthetician before starting any resurfacing treatment. Careful evaluation on the patient's skin for changes in texture, severity of photoaging, depth of scarring, and the type of skin from a specialist will help patients select the proper resurfacing modality in order to address the skin problems effectively.
Deliver more precision while significantly reducing treatment time.
Faster Treatment. Better Precision.
The iPixel rests on 2 small wheels at the tip of the module which roll across the patient's skin. Unlike traditional lasers which use a stamping or scanning technique, the iPixel module allows you to treat the targeted area with high speed and elegant efficiency.
Laser pulses are triggered as the treatment tip is rolled across the skin, regardless of the speed at which the handpiece is moved. Both iPixelCO2 and iPixelER modules accurately and consistently deliver a single row of seven pixels (ablative microwounds) per millimeter moved. The user can easily see where they've been with the pixel patterns left by each pass of the ablative laser.
The fine spacing in-between the 7 pixels minimizes the treatment area by forming a reservoir of skin that remains undamaged by the laser, thereby improving results and reducing patient down time.
Other Clinical Benefits
The iPixel module offers enhanced clinical benefits for you and your patients.
- High energy output
- Enhanced treatment results
- Works on all skin types
- Safe for use all year round
Skin Pen: Your Questions Answered
Micro-needling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that helps minimize the signs of aging. The SkinPen micro-needling device causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to remodeling of the tissue.
Who’s a candidate for SkinPen?
Most people are candidates for SkinPen. SkinPen doesn’t cause changes in pigmentation that may be seen with other energy devices, so it can be used on all skin types and tones, including darker skin that’s more susceptible to hyperpigmentation.
SkinPen’s variable needle depth allows for ultimate versatility. Contact your SkinPen provider to discuss your specific needs.
How long does it take and will it hurt?
The SkinPen procedure typically takes 30 minutes to an hour. Based on your needs, your SkinPen provider may apply a topical anesthetic to the skin prior to micro-needling. The topical numbing agent makes the SkinPen procedure comfortable and relatively pain-free. Most people report feeling just the slight vibration of SkinPen during the procedure. Ask your doctor what they do to ensure patient comfort during micro-needling. In one study of micro-needling used to treat acne scars, the patients’ average pain rating was only 1.08 out of 10. For most people, that’s probably less painful than having your eyebrows waxed.
How many procedures are recommended?
The number of SkinPen procedures required will be determined by your skin care professional based upon your individual goals and the health of your skin. Your clinician will recommend a course of procedures (typically three to six) appropriate for your skin’s needs and request you return within four to six weeks for your next procedure to ensure optimal results. While multiple sessions are recommended to achieve optimal micro-needling results, you may see noticeable improvements just one week following the procedure. Your skin will gradually improve as your body’s healing process promotes collagen remodeling.
Most patients receive a series of three SkinPen procedures spaced about four weeks apart. Your provider will develop a procedure plan specific to you.
What are the side effects and downtime*?
The total healing time depends on each individual. Most patients have some slight swelling and redness/pinkness (like a mild to moderate sunburn) for two to four days following the micro-needling procedure. Some people may heal completely in 24 hours.
Your clinician may apply Skinfuse RESCUE Calming Complex immediately post-procedure to soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. RESCUE was formulated by Bellus Medical as part of the Skinfuse post-procedure protocol specifically to calm the skin following the SkinPen micro-needling procedure. Most people can return to their normal activities and conceal any side effects with makeup just one day after their SkinPen procedure.
*Individual results will vary.
Do I need to use a certain product line after the SkinPen procedure?
While the micro-channels are open in the 24 hours following your micro-needling procedure, it’s particularly important not to use skincare products that contain ingredients that will irritate your skin or hinder the skin rejuvenation process. You don’t want irritating ingredients to prolong inflammation of your skin following the SkinPen procedure.
For best results post-micro-needling, use the Skinfuse post-micro-needling protocol. Skinfuse was specifically formulated to provide the nutrients your skin needs to optimize the results of the SkinPen micro-needling procedure. In addition to nutrients received from a proper diet, Skinfuse products more directly give the skin what it needs to restore its natural balance after micro-needling. Skinfuse delivers those essential nutrients at the right time, without irritating your skin. Please consult your skincare professional regarding the best products to use after micro-needling.
Contact your SkinPen provider to learn more about how SkinPen and Skinfuse work together to optimize the skin rejuvenation process, giving you healthier, more beautiful skin.