By Cathi DeThomas, CME

I think by now we all know that eating a diet rich in antioxidants (remember the “rainbow” – lots of color on your plate!) is great for your body in terms of long term health and disease prevention, as well as helping your skin remain more youthful and healthy. Putting those same antioxidants ON your skin is another beneficial way to keep that youthful glow.

 

What are some of the more effective antioxidants?

VITAMIN C:  Everyone knows this one – Vitamin C provides UVA/UVB protection, decreases pigmentation, reduces redness and increases collagen production.  As one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, it stops free-radical damage that occurs with sun-exposure, improving the appearance of the skin by reversing that damage.  It is best used both externally and internally.

VITAMIN A/RETINOIDS:  Most of us are familiar with the name “Retin-A”.  This is a trade name for the topical form of Vitamin A, an acid know as Tretinoin.  It was approved in 1971 initially to treat mild to moderate acne by speeding cell turnover and normalizing oil production.  In addition, it also promotes collagen/elastin formation, evens out pigment by suppressing melanocytes and creates younger, smoother-looking skin.  It is used externally in cream or gel formation and is one of our recommended “must have” antioxidants.

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID:  This is an acid that work in both aqueous and lipid environments, and is small enough to actually penetrate cell membrane.  This is very important, because Alpha Lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant, and can reduce the free radical damage that causes premature aging.  It actually helps to recycle Vitamins C and E, preventing them from becoming free radicals in the skin.

COENZYME Q10:  Yet another powerful free radical scavenger, CoQ10  can reverse the damage caused by sun exposure, smoke, pollution and other environmental insults.  It also affects collagen and elastin production, and was found, in one German study, to reduce wrinkle depth of crow’s feet by 27% after 6 weeks of topical use. (Mitchell & Sengelmann – “The Botox Miracle”).  This antioxidant can be used both topically and orally.

These are some of the top and most commonly used antioxidants presently found in many skin care products.  Here at Laser Skin Solutions, you can take advantage of free consultation with our skin care specialists, who can recommend which of these formulations will be best for your and your skin care needs.

For more healthy and youthful looking skin, remember your antioxidants – both inside and out!

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For years, we have been told to wear sunscreen, including earlier posts in this blog. Hearing this advice again, and the fact that I recently graduated from business school, reminds me of a column I originally read in 1997 in the Chicago Tribune. In her introduction, columnist Mary Schmich describes it as a commencement address she would give, if she were ever asked to give one. The title is, “Wear Sunscreen.” Throughout the column, Mary offers nuggets of wisdom including:

– Wear Sunscreen.
– Floss.
– Respect your elders.
– Remember the compliments you receive. Forget the insults.
– Stretch.
– Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth.
– Do one thing every day that scares you.
– Trust me on the sunscreen.

I have read the full commencement address dozens of times. And each time I read it, I find simple reminders for creating a life of true fulfillment and contentment.

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For years, we have been told to wear sunscreen, including earlier posts in this blog. Hearing this advice again, and the fact that I recently graduated from business school, reminds me of a column I originally read in 1997 in the Chicago Tribune. In her introduction, columnist Mary Schmich describes it as a commencement address she would give, if she were ever asked to give one. The title is, “Wear Sunscreen.” Throughout the column, Mary offers nuggets of wisdom including:

– Wear Sunscreen.
– Floss.
– Respect your elders.
– Remember the compliments you receive. Forget the insults.
– Stretch.
– Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth.
– Do one thing every day that scares you.
– Trust me on the sunscreen.

I have read the full commencement address dozens of times. And each time I read it, I find simple reminders for creating a life of true fulfillment and contentment.

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With the holidays behind us and a fresh new year ahead, it’s time to make a few decisions about how to improve the quality of our lives. Even people who don’t believe in resolutions have a hard time not wanting to better themselves in 2016. Here are the top resolutions for 2016, and how you can get moving in the right direction from day one.  Beautiful Girl Face

Have a healthier lifestyle

Many people separate living healthier from losing weight. A healthier lifestyle includes cutting back on alcohol, quitting smoking, drinking less caffeine, and all of those other lifestyle choices that can slow you down. While incorporating a better diet into your life can certainly help you lose weight, your motives for wanting a healthier lifestyle may be bigger than dropping few pounds for your vacation in June, such as preventing cancer or diabetes. The key to having a healthier lifestyle is practicing self-discipline, staying motivated, and having a way to check in and reward yourself for a job well done.

Lose weight

Losing weight is at the top of the list when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. Laser Skin & Wellness has multiple opportunities for you to lose weight and keep it off this year. Some clients choose to have a detox in January while others want to speak to an expert and have a program designed specifically for them. Whatever your weight loss goals are this year, don’t’ hesitate to contact Laser Skin & Wellness to help you get started (and keep you accountable).

Live in the moment

This resolution people are making in 2016 has to do with living life to the fullest and putting down devices that can distract us from our every day. People are spending more time with their faces in smartphones and tablets, and less time with the actual people they are surrounded by. This is the year that people will take notice and become more mindful of their surroundings. Does this mean you won’t see as many people walking and texting or less phone action at restaurants? Only time will tell! Start by taking small steps such as turning your phone on silent for dinner. Then, gradually use it less and less.

Be more involved with loved ones

Life gets busy, and we tend to ignore the people that matter the most to us in life. Over the holidays we see everyone again and wonder, why do we wait all year to spend time together? When you want to be more involved with friends and family, the best way to do it is to schedule the time and don’t cancel! Put that meeting with your mother, sister, or old roommate in ink and follow through.

Laser Skin & Wellness wants to know what your New Year’s Resolution is this year. Our team is ready to help you achieve your weight loss and lifestyle goals through healthy and smart applications. So grab a loved one, turn your phone on silent, and make an appointment by calling 561-641-9490 or visiting our locations in Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens so that you can get started today.

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