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The Benefits of Chemical Peels

12 Oct

Chemical peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:

  • Reduce fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
  • Treat wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging
  • Improve the appearance of mild scars
  • Treat certain types of acne
  • Reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
  • Improve the look and feel of skin

Areas of sun damage may improve after chemical peeling.

After a chemical peel, skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It should say “broad-spectrum” on the label, meaning it protects against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

Generally, fair-skinned and light-haired patients are better candidates for chemical peels. If you have darker skin, you may also have good results, depending upon the type of problem being treated. But you also may be more likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.

Skin sags, bulges, and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. They may need other kinds of cosmetic surgical procedures, such as laser resurfacing, a facelift, brow lift, eyelid lift, or soft tissue filler (collagen or fat). A dermatologic surgeon can help determine the most appropriate type of treatment for you.

Please feel free to talk about chemical peels with Ruth. She is trained in chemical peels and other types of skin care treatments and will help you determine the best course of action.

reprinted from: Webmd


Microdermabrasion – 5 Reasons To Explore This Procedure

25 Feb

When you’re young, your skin is in wonderful shape. You don’t have any lines or wrinkles and your complexion is blemish free and soft to the touch. As time moves on, you begin to notice the changes in your skin and realize it’s not as fresh and glowing as it once was. If this is the case, explore the benefits of microdermabrasion.


When women think of improving their looks, often times, surgery may come to mind. However, there are a number of methods that do not require you to go under the knife. If you have things like sun damage, fine lines or a ton of freckles, you may not feel that good about your appearance. So to help remedy this problem, you may want to consider microdermabrasion. This procedure helps improve your looks by using a special technique that sloughs off old, dull skin, and exposes new, younger-looking skin. Best of all, you don’t have to get cut or sliced, pulled or tucked. With this procedure, a better appearance is closer than you think.

Helps you look younger

No one really wants to accept they’re getting older. But no matter what, it happens to everyone. The good thing is that you can fight the signs of aging every step of the way. One technique that is really gaining popularity is microdermabrasion. With this procedure, old, damaged skin will be exfoliated with a crystal-like material and a special tool. As a result, your skin will feel softer and look younger than ever before. In addition, the technique allows you to be on your way in no time – as opposed to trying to recover from a face-lift or some other surgery.

Boosts self confidence

Feeling good about yourself is extremely important. And if you feel great on the inside, but your outside doesn’t reflect your feelings, then it’s time to do something about it. Microdermabrasion is a special process that allows you to get younger-looking skin which can help you feel less self conscious about how you appear to the world. That’s because this procedure gets rid of all the things that can make you look older and more tired. For instance, if you have really dull, discolored skin, this process can improve those problems. And if you have other issues such as age spots, this procedure can help with that as well.

Less need to wear makeup

When your skin is in good shape, you need makeup less and less. So deciding to get this procedure can really boost your appearance and improve your skin. Having issues like large pores, acne scars and other blemishes can really cause your skin to look unappealing. Yet, with this process, your skin will be smoother and more even. Although you may not be ready to ditch your makeup all together, you won’t be so self-conscious if you so happen to be without it one day.

Less expensive than surgery

Although some people really think they want surgery, when the costs come into the picture, they may begin to have second thoughts. The problem is that many feel they cannot improve their appearance without going under the knife. However, microdermabrasion will help you enhance your looks without expensive surgery.

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Anti-Aging Tips

6 Aug

How do you replace dying cells with stronger cells? By eating a nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, and keeping active.

Anti-Aging Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are natural anti-aging products. They are nutrient packed and provide most of the necessary nutrients required by your dull and dry skin to retain its radiance and firmness. They contain many of the essential vitamins and minerals that help maintain and repair the skin and cells.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks, instead of over-processed manufactured “fast foods”. Colorful fresh fruits and vegetables are some of your best sources of antioxidants.

Just as beta-carotene protects fruits and vegetables from sun damage, it can do the same for you. That’s why the National Institutes of Health recommends eating nine daily servings of brightly colored fruits and vegetables – peaches, strawberries, broccoli, etc.

If you are serious about keeping your youthful appearance, eliminate sweets and other processed carbohydrates and add more whole grains and carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables.

The amount one needs of nutritional supplements, like vitamins and minerals, differs very much according to a person’s health condition, work load and exposure to environmental stress. Antioxidants are one supplement that can help a great deal to help your body replace dying cells with healthy cells.

Avoid adding salt to improve flavor; instead, use herbs and spices. Numerous clinical studies have shown and are still discovering the wide-ranging health benefits of many herbs.