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5 Beauty Tips for Fabulous Fall Skin

Show Your Skin Some Love
As we move out of summer, you might notice changes in your skin. That’s because the most people have combination skin, which tends to get oily in the summer and dry out in the winter. To keep your skin feeling fresh and smooth, you’ll want to lighten up on any harsh astringents and start incorporating more moisturizers into your skincare routine this autumn.
As important as cleansing is, some cleansers have ingredients that dry out the skin too much, which can end up causing your skin to overcompensate by producing excess acne-causing oil. Avoid products with high concentrations of alcohol and vinegar, and use less drying ingredients like rose water, diluted tea tree oil, and alcohol-free witch hazel instead. You might also want to consult a dermatologist for skin rejuvenating products that can both cleanse and moisturize.
Stay Smooth Without the Stress
Now that the weather’s cooling down and the layers are coming back on, there’s less pressure to keep your legs smooth and hair-free. For many people, it’s a big relief. Shaving, waxing, and plucking can be irritating and time-consuming, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Get a Sunless Glow
Though too much sun can hurt your skin, a little bit of sunshine will go a long way. As the weather gets colder, it can be difficult for your skin to get enough sunlight to produce its own Vitamin D. This little bit of sunlight kick-starts Vitamin D production, which contributes to healthy skin cell growth and helps fight the free radicals that can cause premature aging.
This fall, keep your skin feeling and looking its best by taking Vitamin D supplements and eating foods that are rich in Vitamin D, like fish and seafood, soy and almond milk, and fortified juices.

Start Setting Body Goals
The active autumn rush is the perfect time to start working on achieving your body goals. Get excited about fitness! Find a new workout buddy, set a new exercise plan, and make time to treat yourself every now and then.
Don’t be discouraged if you’re still struggling with the same stubborn spots as before the summer—after all, there are always going to be some challenging bulges and bunches that no amount of diet and exercise can take care of.

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By | 2018-10-17T17:01:59+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Your Essential Anti-Aging Toolkit

The best path to anti-aging success is to be well-prepared for the challenges modern life throws at our skin. From stress to lack of sleep to environmental pollutants and more, there are plenty of reasons for those brown spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Stock up on these anti-aging essentials for the best line of defense for younger, healthier-looking skin.

Moisturizer is a Must

When it comes to fending off fine lines, wrinkles, a dull complexion, and even adult acne, the one anti-aging multi-use tool no one can afford to skip over is a quality moisturizer. The right moisturizer is not one-size-fits-all; everyone’s skin is different, and finding the soulmate moisturizer for your skin depends on skin type, age, ethnicity, exposure to different environmental factors, other products used, and more. Depending on the skin’s needs, the best moisturizer may be as simple as argan oil, or as advanced as a moisturizing serum enriched with stem cell therapy technology. Contact a dermatologist to discover the right fit for your skin.

Sunscreen—Always

For those who don’t think there are any consequences to skipping out on sunscreen, it may be difficult to see the effects now—but over time, the cumulative damage of overlooking SPF will become apparent. Sun spots, wrinkling, loose skin, and enlarged pores are just some of the common signs of sun damage that appear more obvious over time. To protect skin, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen of minimum SPF 30. When outside—even in the winter—reapply sunscreen every two hours or anytime the skin gets wet. And be sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including the hands, which are often the first area to show premature signs of aging.

Cleansers with Antioxidants

Cleansing at the end of the day is essential—you’ve likely heard it time and time again, and for good reason. However, leaving the tough work of cleansing to makeup removal wipes alone can wreak havoc on your skin’s health. That’s because makeup removers rarely stand a chance against damaging free radicals, which can wage an all-out assault on otherwise healthy collagen, elastin, and DNA.

To maintain younger, healthier-looking skin for longer, follow up makeup removal with a thorough wash of the face, neck, and decollete using a cleanser that contains anti-inflammatory and moisturizing ingredients to neutralize and remove free radicals while gently cleansing and maintaining skin’s natural pH balance. Bonus: The massaging motions while cleansing get blood circulation flowing in the skin, meaning more oxygen to support skin health as well as collagen and elastin production.

Restoring Retinol

For an added cure-all boost that treats fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots, dullness, and sagging skin, add a retinol serum (or a retinoid serum, if prescribed) to the anti-aging skincare mix. Retinol works to improve cell turnover, exfoliating dead skin cells and eliminating dullness while stimulating collagen and elastin production and blood circulation for smoother, younger-looking. The miracle ingredient can feel a little harsh on skin if the concentration level is too high, so it’s best to start off low and work up from there. Apply a retinol serum all over the face and neck after cleansing the skin at night, but only apply it to the eye area every three nights. Follow with a moisturizer that contains niacinamide to strengthen skin’s lipid barrier. Talk to a dermatologist to discover the best serum based on your skin’s unique needs.

Foods to Fight Redness

Redness caused by rosacea or acne can be troubling and lead to even more makeup applications to create the illusion of an even skin tone, which in turn might cause further redness. Pairing a trusted skincare routine with a diet high in omega-3s and low in sugar can help keep acne- and rosacea-related redness at bay. To get started, consider adding foods like salmon, avocados, and plenty of low-acid fruits and vegetables, like asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and melons, to your diet. Likewise, try eliminating citrus fruits that release histamine and sour vegetables like tomatoes, onions, or spinach, which can trigger inflammation and redness. If this doesn’t help, test out an elimination diet, cutting out common inflammation-causing foods like dairy products or those with a high glycemic index to see how the skin reacts and determine the culprit.

By | 2018-06-19T09:22:20+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Workout

When we put in the time at the gym, it’s only natural to want to see some results from our efforts. While slow and steady may be the best approach to reaching your fitness goals, give your patience a little support with these five tips to get even better results from each workout and reach the finish line a little faster.

 

  1. Cut Out Stretches

While it may be tradition to begin a gym workout with a few basic stretches, studies show that a dynamic warm-up is more effective in boosting the body’s capabilities during a workout. According to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, participants who incorporated squats or leg extensions at the beginning of their workouts ended up lifting more than 8% more weight during their workout, while improving lower body stability by 22%. For improved results in cardio workouts, consider beginning each gym session with squats, lunges, knee raises, or leg swings in place of bend-and-hold stretches. Likewise, a few active beginner yoga positionscould sub in for bland stretching routines to improve workout results. Mix it up to keep interest.

 

  1. Don’t Be a Cardio Addict

While treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes may seem like the most beginner-friendly equipment at the gym, sticking to cardiovascular exercises only may actually cause weight gain—or at the very least, it can halt weight loss. A study out of Harvard that was published in Obesityreported that 20 minutes of cardio exercise per day didn’t measure up to the results in abdominal fat loss seen by participants who swapped out cardio machines for weight lifting. This is because muscle tissue has a positive effect on metabolism. While weight lifting machines may help beginners get familiar with form, for best results, incorporate free weights or exercises that use body weight as resistance (i.e. push-ups or pull-ups) to tap into a wider range of muscles, improve hormonal responses to aid in recovery, and boost the body’s overall functionality.

 

  1. Create a Resting Routine

Muscles don’t grow stronger with each rep, but rather in the recovery period between workouts. Instead of focusing all efforts on getting the most out of the gym, refocus a little on rest. To help the body recover, consider a post-workout massage, which can decrease inflammation and improve mitochondria function, which basically means muscles are more open to recovery and strengthening. Likewise, a post-workout and nighttime snack containing casein, a protein, (think Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, or even protein powders)can aid in muscle recovery overnight. Finally, help hormones reset and get the body back in shape for the next workout with some quality shut-eye. Skipping beauty sleep can slow metabolismand may be the root of that fitness plateau, so aim to get seven to nine hours of rest each night.

 

  1. Keep It Simple

It might seem like vague advice, but simplifying day-to-day choices can actually promote happiness and improve the body’s ability to take action. According to a TED Talk by Dan Gilbert regarding the source of happiness, when choices are made simpler, we’re more likely to take action. Gilbert notes that fewer choices relieve pressure, while a broad range of choices overwhelm us and cause us to avoid choosing altogether. Start by simplifying daily routines, such as minimizing clothing choices, creating set meals, or sticking to the same coffee order, to improve overall happiness. Translate this to gym time by sticking to just a couple common props like kettlebells, resistance bands, or a skipping rope.

 

  1. Consider Outside Help

While some may be able to achieve their weight loss goals with diet and fitness tips alone, some of us need a little helping hand and there’s no shame in accepting that. In fact, the sooner we’re able to stop obsessing over loose skin following weight loss or those couple of inches we just can’t shave from our trouble areas, the sooner we can move on to improving our strength, taking pride in our bodies, and viewing our gym time with gratitude rather than frustration. We all have our own fitness goals and we all get there in our own ways.

 

By | 2018-06-12T07:21:37+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to get your Body Ready for Summer…FAST !!

 

 

The simple statement to get your body summer-ready in no time is to simply change into some lighter clothing, toss on some SPF, and head to the beach! We all have summer-ready bodies we should be proud of, but sometimes, we’d like to do a little tweaking before we sport our bikinis and that’s OK, too! So here, we’ve gathered some quick tips to help get your body summer-ready, fast and in your own way.

Get the Perfect Tan in 12 Hours

Pale or pasty skin may warrant a tan before you raise that hemline or bare that midriff on the beach, but as all beauty buffs know, you really should avoid tanning beds or laying out in the sun. While you may discover a gorgeous glow after a few tanning sessions, the skin’s golden hue is actually a physical manifestation of its attempts to protect itself from further UV damage. For a quicker, safer option to flaunt beautifully bronzed skin, opt for a faux tan (many options boast gorgeous results in 12 hours or less).

To pull off the perfect dupe without risk of streaks or an orange hue, simply use the following steps:

  1. Choose a tanning cream that’s right for your skin tone. Undertones of red are best for those with pale skin that easily burns, while olive and darker skin tones will want to look for a green undertone.
  2. Exfoliate skin before applying the tanner to ensure a smooth finish and minimize build-up.
  3. Apply tanning creams and mousses with latex gloves and blend in areas where build-up may have occurred with a buffing mitt for smooth, flawless color.
  4. Use a roller or back brush to ensure tanner is applied correctly to the back if you don’t have a partner or roommate who can help you out with this part.
  1. If applying it to the face, apply vaseline to the eyebrows and hairline to prevent the product from building up in these areas or dying your hair. Consider mixing the tanning product with your usual moisturizer for a softer glow that’s safer on sensitive skin.
  2. Wear dark clothing after application and the looser the fit, the better to avoid any chance of rubbing and wear around the waist, legs, or anywhere else clothing may fit more snugly.
  3. Moisturize regularly to extend the life of your faux tan and reapply tanner when color fades or if you’d like to build your tan—just leave 24 hours between applications to avoid going too dark too fast!

Bust Bloating

Belly bloat is a completely common, normal occurrence and it may show more on some bodies than others—it’s even common among fitness Instagrammers. While it’s nothing to be ashamed of and sometimes even worth the “buddha belly” look to indulge in our favorite foods, there are some diet changes that can cut the appearance of bloating by beach day tomorrow, if that’s in your plans. Plain yogurt contains helpful probiotics that will keep hunger at bay while also improving digestion and minimizing bloating. High in potassium, bananas are a good morning snack for a belly-flattening boost, while cayenne and ginger contain ingredients that reduce bloating, gas, and inflammation. Finally, for a healthy snack that will help reduce water and salt retention in the body, slice up some honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and watermelon for an Instagram-worthy colorful fruit salad that’s sure to bust belly bloating behind the scenes!

 

Shed Those Last Five Pounds

Perhaps belly bloating isn’t the cause for that little bit of stubborn extra volume you’ve been looking to kick from your midriff or maybe the thighs have been your trouble area when it comes to your target training. While your efforts to exercise, diet, and tone are definitely not in vain—your body will thank you in the long run for being a little more health-conscious—there’s nothing wrong with taking a bit of a shortcut to meet your goals. For those interested body shaping treatments may perfectly complement gym days and healthy meals to reduce waist or thigh circumference. These treatments utilize advanced technology to deliver energy below the skin’s surface, where it targets and shrinks fat cells, smoothening those troublesome fat pockets for a slimmer, more defined silhouette. Body shaping treatments may also be used to target smaller, harder-to-hit areas like the upper arms and jawline.

Give Cellulite a Run for Its Money

It doesn’t pay to have cellulite as there really is no benefit to the bumps and dimples, usually along the buttocks or on the backs of thighs, but cellulite is super common. In fact, only 10% of women will seemingly miraculously avoid cellulite, so for the other 90% of us, we can accept it as beautifully natural or we can fight back. While many may be tempted to test the powers of topical creams and gels to smoothen out cellulite, the problem lies much deeper in the skin with the buildup of fat cells and the natural decline in the skin’s structure. Combined, fat cells bunch up and push through the lattice-like collagen structure of the skin, leading to those recognizable lumps and bumps. Cellulite-reducing creams may temporarily perk up skin and eventually improve skin’s collagen structure, but it won’t affect the accumulation of fat cells. For a faster fix, look to a series of radio frequency-based cellulite reduction treatments that deliver heat deep below the skin’s surface to melt fat cells while inducing the skin’s natural collagen production cycle in just six to eight weeks.

 

By | 2018-06-05T07:00:10+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Certification Matters

If you are like me, when you consult a medical professional, you would like that person to be at the top of his game; to be the best possible person to treat you and your family according to your needs and wishes. But, in this day and age, of medical services and surgical professionals from the newly available aesthetic treatments to the more serious treatments and surgeries how do you go about dependably verifying the credentials and reputation of the person you are about to let in to your life as an important advisor and confidant?

 

Not a lot of people know this, but, in every jurisdiction there is a governing board of medical specialties which oversees the competency, knowledge base, and skill set of its member physicians and surgeons. This is known as a board of medical specialties.

 

Doctors must voluntarily apply for, fulfill candidacy requirements, and pass the certifying examinations of their medical specialty in order to be deemed safe, and worthy of upholding the standard of care.

 

However, some questionable doctors forgo the certifying process and choose to practice medicine without having passed examinations and are thus noted as non-board certified. Most doctors and surgeons choose to undergo this rigourous certification process that validates their clinical position in the community. And others choose not to become board-certified, either because they do not meet the certifying standards, or simply because they choose not to put in the effort and The time required for the certification process in order to validate the clinical skills.

 

Thus, when researching a physician and surgeon, insisting on a Doctor Who is board certified is your best guarantee of dealing with a recognized and certified specialist in his field. How do you know if your doctor is board certified? The simplest way is to ask his staff when you call to make an appointment. You can simply ask which medical board has certified this doctor and in which jurisdiction. For example if consulting a plastic surgeon, he should be certified by ” The American Board of Plastic Surgery ” or by The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada”.

 

In recent years, there have been several reports of unfavorable and adverse events following procedures performed by physicians. Many of these surgeons have not gone through plastic surgery residency, and have not qualified to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Complications can happen with any type of surgery; however, confirming your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada serves as a warranty for the type of training your surgeon has received and the type of exams he/she needed to successfully pass, in order to receive that certification.

 

On average, plastic surgery training includes sixteen years of post-high school education, including specific training in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery under direct supervision. Board-certified plastic surgeons have not only met very demanding requirements in order to sit for their boards, but they have also successfully passed a written and a 2-day oral examination, being critically evaluated for their fund of knowledge, their ethical standing and their safe and effective approach to multiple reconstructive and cosmetic challenges.

 

The American Board of Plastic Surgery and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada aims to produce safe, ethical plastic surgeons with an extensive knowledge of the entire spectrum of plastic surgery, who are able to represent our specialty in the highest standards.

 

All patients seeking plastic surgery procedures should do their homework before choosing their surgeon. Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is a qualification not easily obtained, which demonstrates a high level of training and education, necessary for optimal results and patient satisfaction.

By | 2018-06-04T19:13:24+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments