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Why is January Important to Skin Care?

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Why is January Important to Skin Care?

The month of January is the beginning of the New Year where everyone makes new resolutions, which include skin care resolutions. Your New Year can be a start of great expectations with either wins or broken promises, it all depends on you and your resolutions.

You should remember that it takes commitment and time because beauty isn’t something that happens overnight. For instance, you shouldn’t constantly switch products, because results are never instantaneous. You might need to wait six weeks or more to notice any changes in your skin, so resolve to give new products time to work before moving on (The only exception is if you try something and it gives you an allergic or cosmetic reaction).

Here are 5 tips that show why “January Important to Skin Care”. These tips will help and improve your skin care giving great results, such as smooth, glowing and young-looking skin.

  1. Design and commit to a skin care regiment that gets you the results you want. Like we said, it doesn’t happen overnight. Read our blog post, “Making a smart New Year’s Resolution” to help you with the design that will, in turn, help with commitment.
  2. Keep it Simple S….The term “KISS” applies to a great skin care regiment because a simple design will help you understand your skin’s basic biology. A simple design could include the following:
    • Keep it clean with a gentle cleanser
    • Pump up your skin hydration with a serum
    • Protect your skin with a moisturizer for your skin type.
    • Use an SPF to avoid overexposure to sunlight and prevent premature skin aging or worse, skin cancer.
  3. Connect with yourself. Don’t panic when you find unexpected spots or lines on your skin. Instead of focusing on symptoms, look for the root of the problem.
  4. Keep it pure. Your lifestyle can majorly affect your skin. Avoid ingredients that disrupt your hormone receptors, such as phthalates, parabens and triclosan, as well as known carcinogens like propylene, glycol and fragrances.
  5. Get help from our doctor or aesthetician that may help you with guidance in developing a customized routine catered to your personal beliefs, budget and preferences that will solve your most annoying beauty peeves. Whether it is chronic acne or wrinkles, getting to the matter now and acting on it will make your life easier.

Resolutions can be hard to commit to, but your body is a priority. Your skin is a reflection of your body, so let’s make 2018 the year you commit to taking care of your skin!

Making a SMART New Year’s Resolution

Are you making a resolution for 2018? Did you know that one-third of resolutions don’t make it past the end of January, according to time management firm Franklin Covey, the company that also make those nice day planners.

A lot of these failed resolutions are the result of not picking the right one where they may be wrong because:

  • It’s a resolution created by someone else (ie. Society)
  • It’s a resolution that is too vague and becomes too big to handle
  • It’s a resolution with no realistic plan

Instead, your resolution should be SMART. It’s an acronym from the journal Management Review, which stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. It may work for management, but it can also work in setting your resolutions, too.

Let’s use the resolution, “I want to lose a lot of weight this year” compared to “I want to lose five pounds by the end of February.”

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Specific. Your resolution should be crystal clear and absolute. Making a solid goal is really important than to vaguely say, “I want to lose a lot of weight this year.” This resolution isn’t specific on how much weight you are going to lose. For example, a better resolution would be “I want to lose five pounds by the end of February.” This resolution is more effective because you have set a weight that is specific and achievable.

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Measurable. A weight loss or fitness goal may seem obvious for this one, but it can be used if you’re trying to cut back on a habit, such as smoking. For instance, if you want to quit, then you can track your progress by keeping a log, such as a journal or a note on your phone. Tracking your progress can help your goal with positive reinforcement, which will give you that happy feeling to keep going.

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Achievable. This doesn’t mean you can’t have big results, but it is better to make them into smaller and achievable goals. In our example, you can “lose five pounds by the end of February” and repeat it after you reach it. Thus, you could lose 30 pounds by the end of the year (5 lbs/2 months). This smaller goal sounds more achievable than to say “I want to lose 30 pounds in the year”, which sounds more daunting and could create more anxiety leading up to failure.

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Relevant. You should always make sure that you’re making a goal for the right reasons. You don’t want to lose weight just because everybody else is doing it; instead, evaluate your needs. Does losing weight benefit your health? Perhaps go to your doctor and ask if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is in the healthy range. For other resolutions, if you do it out of the sense of self-hate or remorse or a strong passion in that moment, it doesn’t usually last long. But, if you build up a process where you’re thinking harder about what’s good for you, you’re changing the structure of your life, you’re bringing people into your life who will reinforce that resolution, and then you have a better chance of achieving your resolution.

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Time-bound. This is like achievable, where your timeline should be realistic. This means you’re giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. In our example of losing “five pounds by the end of February”, this timeline is realistic because if you were to cut 500 calories from your typical diet, then you should be able to lose 1 pound per week, which would give you ample time with this allotted deadline of February.

It’s Fall, so it’s Time to Switch Up Your Skincare Routine

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After a great summer, fall brings the cooler weather that can be refreshing to our bodies, but they can bring drier, thirstier skin. Also, coming off a sun and fun summer, you’ll most likely to have a little sun damage too. So, it’s that time to update your skincare routine for the fall season. Read the following tips and your skin will glow like an Indian Summer Sunrise.

Remove the Spots

If you spent some under the sunny skies this summer, then you’ll likely to have some evidence of your fun, in the form of sunspots. If you have darker spots, then we recommend Alyria Intense Radiance Serum. This is our fav that is a non-irritating skin brightener is designed to treat discolorations on all skin types. The powerful dose of vitamin C lightens hyperpigmentation and stimulates collagen production for a younger, smoother complexion, also improving firmness and uniform.

Say Bye-Bye to Summer Blemishes

Just like most of us, you’ve probably been sweating during the summer and your pores are most likely clogged. Don’t let those blemishes appear! We suggest getting a fresh Microdermabrasion treatment that will loosen the dirt, oil and dead skin around your pores.

Still look Sexy with a Stay Tan, Safely

You don’t have to throw in the towel and give up to the pale-cold winter just yet. If you want a gorgeous glow just like the one you had in the summer, then we suggest a sunless tanner!

Ready, Set, Hydrate!

If you use a setting spray after applying your makeup, why not try one that not only sets but hydrates? Glo’s Calming Flower Mists does exactly that. You can either mist on before moisturizer, mist on to set makeup & when traveling for hydration. Provides instant cooling relief with a unique blend of soothing essential oils. Free of fragrance and dyes, this formula is designed to calm and hydrate even the most sensitive skin.

Always Give lips love too!

When you moisturize your face before bed, don’t forget your lips. Smooth on a rich balm with a combo of natural oils and waxes nightly to fend off flakes and chapping.

Natural Summer Beauty

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Natural Summer Beauty

With the summer months upon us, our beauty needs begin to change.  It’s important that we choose a versatile beauty brigade that makes our daily routine simple and seamless, allowing us to look and feel our best so we can reap the benefits of fun in the sun, sandy beaches and time away with friends and family.

Switching to products that provide exactly what you need this summer is as easy as looking in your kitchen cabinet! There are plenty of simple but amazing products you can use to protect your looks this summer and make your routine an effortless task. Nature provides us with a bounty of products that can be just as good for us inside as they are out.  Read about the next few products that can be easily acquired and added to your summer beauty must-haves.

Botox for Men and the Benefits

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The secret is out – More men are getting Botox than ever before to rejuvenate their youthful appearance and stave off the signs of aging. According to a recently released study from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of men getting botulinum toxin injections (commonly known by their brand names as Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) totaled 453,281 in 2016 ― adding up to 9.9 percent of total procedures done on both men and women. In 2015, a study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons said that the number of men getting injections increased by 337 percent since 2000.

Botox is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that offers a long list of benefits from reducing frown lines to treating enlarged prostate glands. Here are 3 reasons why Botox has become so popular with men:

Study shows BBL stops the signs of aging

Can you imagine that in 9 years from now, that you could only look 2 years older.

A recent study has shown that patients who maintain a regular annual or biannual regimen of BBL treatment can both reduce and delay long-term signs of aging such as photodamage, telagiectases, fine lines and wrinkles, and skin laxity in a natural looking way.

The study is the longest blinded evaluation of visual skin quality and rejuvenative effects resulting from BBL treatment. It showed that the participants’ treated skin appeared to have aged a median of ~2 years, when the skin actually aged a median of 9 years.

Bitter, P, Pozner, J. (2013) Retrospective Evaluation of the Long-term Antiaging Effects of Broadband Light Therapy. Cosmetic Dermatology, February 2013, 34-40.

Click here to read the article.

ESSENTIAL MORNING ROUTINES

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Having a good morning routine is essential to having a great start to a day. The first thing we have to examine is what is essential, since most try to cram everything or don’t even do the bare minimum. The following are essential pieces.

TREAT YOUR EYE BAGS AND DARK CIRCLES

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A number of factors can contribute to bags and dark circles under your eyes. Lack of sleep is the first obvious cause, but beyond that, loss of volume in the eye contour area, broken capillaries and thinning of the skin, as well as poor diet can all contribute.

Dermal fillers can be used to restore volume under the eyes, thus eliminating the shadow causing the appearance of dark under eye bags. They also work by stimulating collagen production and restoring the skin’s texture to a rejuvenated state. An example of this would be the image below.

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Dark Circles Before

Dark Circles After

Certain skin care product ingredients can also be used to target under eye dark circles. Such ingredients are: Haloxyl™, Achromaxyl™, Retinol, and Titanium Dioxide.

What the ingredients do:

Haloxyl™ binds and helps body remove iron molecules which spilled out of broken capillaries and resulted in dark staining of the skin. This lightens the color of the dark circles. It also fortifies the vessels and tissues under the eyes making the vessels less susceptible to rupturing, preventing the formation of dark circles.

Achromaxyl™ is a skin lightening botanical extract which prevents melanin production, reducing hyperpigmentation and brightening the skin under the eyes.

Retinol is vitamin A in its purest form and is essential to the maintenance of normal, healthy skin. It promotes cell turnover and stimulates renewal of the skin making it a little thicker and less transparent, so the so the vessels are not visible through skin surface. Additionally, it revitalizes photodamaged skin creating a uniform skin tone under the eyes.

Titanium dioxide is a micronized particle that contains white opaque pigments that immediately conceal the appearance of dark circles.

An example of a product combining these ingredients is Alyria’s Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream. In this product, the ingredients work together in a time release MicroDelivery™ system, which has been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles.

Beauty & Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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Dark chocolate has recently been discovered to have a number of health benefits. Although it is still high in fat, a small amount once in a while can provide you with beauty and health rewards while you indulge. The bad news is that only dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content can deliver these benefits. And remember, keep portion control in mind, 2 to 3 ounces a week is all you need to reap the health benefits.

1. Great for Your Heart

Everybody loves chocolate. Eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids due to their high cocoa content which is why improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots.

2. Combats Strest

Coca helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles.

3. Controls Blood Sugar levels

The flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

4. Good for you Skin

Antioxidants in chocolate help your skin protect itself from UV damage (fewer wrinkles), fight free radicals (less sun spots, skin cancer) and increase blood flow (glowing skin). So eating dark chocolate can protect you from many types of cancer and slow the signs of ageing.

5. Great for your Teeth

Dark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel.

6. Supplies Vitamins and Minerals

Dark chocolate contains a number of flavonoids and minerals that can support your health. Dark chocolate contains some of the following vitamins and minerals in high concentrations:

  • Potassium and Copper –prevents stroke and heart problems
  • Magnesium –helps prevent diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Iron- iron deficiency anemia

For more details, please refer to the review papers below:

J Am Diet Assoc. 2003 Feb;103(2):215-23.
Cocoa and chocolate flavonoids: implications for cardiovascular health.
Steinberg FM, Bearden MM, Keen CL.

Abstract
This paper offers a review of current scientific research regarding the potential cardiovascular health benefits of flavonoids found in cocoa and chocolate. Recent reports indicate that the main flavonoids found in cocoa, flavan-3-ols and their oligomeric derivatives, procyanidins, have a variety of beneficial actions, including antioxidant protection and modulation of vascular homeostasis. These findings are supported by similar research on other flavonoid-rich foods. Other constituents in cocoa and chocolate that may also influence cardiovascular health are briefly reviewed. The lipid content of chocolate is relatively high; however, one third of the lipid in cocoa butter is composed of the fat stearic acid, which exerts a neutral cholesterolemic response in humans. Cocoa and chocolate contribute to trace mineral intake, which is necessary for optimum functioning of all biologic systems and for vascular tone. Thus, multiple components in chocolate, particularly flavonoids, can contribute to the complex interplay of nutrition and health. Applications of this knowledge include recommendations by health professionals to encourage individuals to consume a wide range of phytochemical-rich foods, which can include dark chocolate in moderate amounts.


J Nutr. 2008 Apr;138(4):725-31.
Daily consumption of a dark chocolate containing flavanols and added sterol esters affects cardiovascular risk factors in a normotensive population with elevated cholesterol.
Allen RR, Carson L, Kwik-Uribe C, Evans EM, Erdman JW Jr.

Abstract
Previous studies with plant sterols (PS) and cocoa flavanols (CF) provide support for their dietary use in maintaining cardiovascular health. This double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study evaluated the efficacy of daily consumption of a cocoa flavanol-containing dark chocolate bar with added PS on serum lipids, blood pressure, and other circulating cardiovascular health markers in a population with elevated serum cholesterol. We recruited 49 adults (32 women, 17 men) with serum total cholesterol concentrations of 5.20-7.28 mmol/L and blood pressure of < or = 159/99 mm Hg. Following a 2-wk lead-in utilizing the AHA style diet, participants were randomized into 2 groups and instructed to consume 2 cocoa flavanol-containing dark chocolate bars per day with (1.1 g sterol esters per bar) or without PS. Each 419-kJ bar was nutrient-matched and contained approximately 180 mg CF. Participants consumed 1 bar 2 times per day for 4 wk then switched to the other bar for an additional 4 wk. Serum lipids and other cardiovascular markers were measured at baseline and after 4 and 8 wk. Blood pressure was measured every 2 wk. Regular consumption of the PS-containing chocolate bar resulted in reductions of 2.0 and 5.3% in serum total and LDL cholesterol (P < 0.05), respectively. Consumption of CF also reduced systolic blood pressure at 8 wk (-5.8 mm Hg; P < 0.05). Results indicate that regular consumption of chocolate bars containing PS and CF as part of a low-fat diet may support cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.