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Strategies for “Heart” Health

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Nutrition | Comments Off on Strategies for “Heart” Health

Strategies for “Heart” Health

Since this is February and the month for Valentine’s Day, I thought it appropriate to talk about “Heart Health” Yes, according to the American Heart Association, saturated and trans fats are still targets, and the average American needs to cut saturated fat intake in half. Trans fat, found in many processed snack and convenience foods, poses the greatest heart risk. They are dropping, but still warrants checking nutrition labels to avoid the trans fats. What is the best way to replace saturated fat? Concentrate on polyunsaturated fat (found in nuts, seeds and canola oil). Replace cheese in a salad with almonds or walnuts and switch one meal a week from red meat to fish. Monounsaturated fat (found in olives, olive oil, avocado, and peanuts) another good replacement for saturated fats. Example: replace sour cream with sliced or mashed avocado. Total nutritional quality matters most and the effects on heart health seem most closely tied to the total nutritional quality of the diet, rather than a focus on individual nutrients, such as total fat or carbohydrate intake. To state it simply, eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke, get regular physical activity throughout the week. And you’ll feel better,...

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Bioavailability in skincare products…

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on Bioavailability in skincare products…

Bioavailability in skincare products…

What is it and & what does it mean? It is the ability for active ingredients to perform the functions (at the site intended) in the skin for its greatest effect. There are three factors that contribute to active ingredient bioavailability. These are easily remembered by the three D’s: Dose – How much active ingredient is in the product? Delivery – How does the active ingredient get to its intended cellular target? Depth – Is the active ingredient getting to the proper depth in the skin, to make a difference. There is often interference, mostly by a film left on the upper most layers of the skin and this can hinder the action of the product. This residue can interfere with the bioavailability of the active ingredients. In other words, product residue has the potential to directly affect the performance of active skin care ingredients. This residue can be from cleansers, makeup and even sunscreens. It is important to check for occlusive ingredients in any of these so that you can be confidant that the active ingredients of the treatment products that you use, will be able to get to their destination and achieve their...

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Vitamin A Propionate

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Anti-Aging Skincare | Comments Off on Vitamin A Propionate

Vitamin A Propionate

Vitamin A Propionate works to remodel the skin on a cellular level. It penetrates the epidermis and is converted into Vitamin A Acid, the skin’s natural vitamin. ProVitalize Level I (Vitamin A), I is the first step to healthy skin; accelerating the natural process of cellular proliferation, generating new cell growth to improve and maintain skin tone, texture and firmness. Level I is the first step to healthier glowing skin. ProVitalize Level II (Vitamin A), an advanced level to accelerate the process of cellular proliferation. ProVitalize Level III (Vitamin A), the most advanced step to healthier skin. The Fall through Winter months are the best time to be using Vitamin A and needs to be applied at night. You will find your skin to have a wonderful new texture, tone and firmness with regular use. Special 15% off Good through January 31, 2015 ProVitalize Level l Reg. $45 ProVitalize Level ll Reg. $50 ProVitalize Level lll Reg. $54 For further information or to order, call me at...

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Twist of Lemon Can Trim Salt

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Nutrition | Comments Off on Twist of Lemon Can Trim Salt

Twist of Lemon Can Trim Salt

For someone like me, who needs to trim the sodium from their diet, are you aware of the secrets of the lemon? They offer so many ingredients to your kitchen, such as bold arrays of aromas and flavors—-sour, fresh, and zesty. With each squeeze of the lemon or pinch of the zest, you can brighten any savory dish, soup, pasta, salads, baked goods and desserts. It is all done with zero fat and not one grain of sodium (salt), yet the completed dish has so much flavor. Using lemons instead of salt to flavor your dishes can decrease sodium intake of up to 75%. Let’s face it, we all consume way much more sodium than we should and this can lead to poor health in many ways. Did you know that one lemon can yield 2-3 tablespoons of juice and 1 lemon can also yield about 1 tablespoon of zest? Here in California, lemons are very plentiful at this time of year. So, for the next month, lets see how many different recipes we can make, using lemons. Please share yours with this newsletter. Stay...

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Toners and Their Functions

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on Toners and Their Functions

Toners and Their Functions

Why should you use a toner? What will it do for you? First of all…toners perform 4 vey essential functions: 1) Cleansing – Eliminates leftover makeup, cleanser residue, dirt and dead skin cells. 2) Re-balances pH levels that protect your skin from the environment. 3) Hydrates the skin. 4) Assists in the penetration of treatments and moisturizers which means complete absorption of products. Isn’t it time that you re-think using toners in your daily skincare regime?

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The Alpha Hydroxy Acid Phenomenon

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Product Knowledge | Comments Off on The Alpha Hydroxy Acid Phenomenon

The Alpha Hydroxy Acid Phenomenon

Q: What are alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs)? A: They are non-toxic substances which occur naturally in food. With refinement, they become non-prescription dermatological products with cosmetic benefits. AHAs have been proven to be effective in helping to keep the skin clear and healthy. The most common ones are Citric Acid (citrus fruits), Glycolic Acid (sugar cane), Lactic Acid (sour milk), Malic Acid (apples) and Tartaric Acid (grape wine). But the one that is the AHA of choice is Glycolic Acid which is set apart from all of the others due to its tiny molecular structure. It penetrates the skin and moves below the surface. It is most adaptable and beneficial for producing positive changes and results in the skin. It stimulates the production of collagen. Regular use of Glycolic Acid improves cell renewal, firmness, texture, fine lines and tone. Specific skin problems that have shown benefits from the use of Glycolic Acid are: Rough, dry and calloused skin Wrinkles and “Crows feet” Age spots & Hyperpigmentation (dark spots) Oily & Acne-Prone Skin Encrusted Nails When using Glycolic Acid, know 1) what you are using and 2) how to use it: Glycolic Acid works only when left on the skin. More is NOT better Must be of the highest grade Know the acid percentage and pH level and what you can tolerate Glycolic Acid is designed for simplicity and safety. Visual results vary from one individual to another. Give yourself the gift of patience and time for the ultimate pay-off: beautiful skin. This is the best time of year to be using Glycolic Acid on a regular basis. It will be your skin’s best friend. For more information how Glycolic Acid can benefit YOU, call me...

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Holiday Special

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Service, Special, Treatment | Comments Off on Holiday Special

Holiday Special

Happy Holidays So happy to finally see some rain. I understand it will be with us for most of this week. But that will not curtail any of the Holiday parties you must be attending at this time of year. If you’re not sure if your skin is in it’s top condition, don’t hesitate to call and we can go over your particular regime and make sure it is! Call, schedule your appointment, and Save today! Holiday Special Hydrating SilkPeel Reg. $125 $98 Enzyme Peel Reg. $110 $82 Glycolic Peel Reg. $100 $75 Hydrating Facial Reg. $75 $60 These prices good through December 12,...

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Spiced Cider Facial

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Service, Special, Treatment | Comments Off on Spiced Cider Facial

Spiced Cider Facial

I am offering this most loved fall facial. A beautiful medley of classic fall scents, including fresh apples, nutmeg and cinnamon are present in this popular aromatic facial. This facial delivers a comforting, warming effect on the skin which is perfect for those seasonal autumn months. You are sure to love this warm, autumn spiced facial and the beautiful glow that it gives the skin. Apple Orchard Enzyme – This gentle enzyme is meant to be a mild exfoliant as well as a great antioxidant/anti-aging facial. It will be warming to the skin, containing apple fruit extract and malic acid (a naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxy Acid). It is for all skin types, but may not be suited for rosacea or sensitive skin due to the warming effect. Autumn Spice Hydrating Mask – This hydrating mask has nutmeg to soothe inflammation, yet is also antibacterial. Cinnamon creates a warming sensation in the skin while mangosteen, honeysuckle, and passionflower provide anti-aging benefits for healthy, nourished skin. Suitable for all skin types. Reg. $110 Special $85 Good through October 31,...

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Retin-A Ingredient Can Clog Pores

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Acne | Comments Off on Retin-A Ingredient Can Clog Pores

Retin-A Ingredient Can Clog Pores

Keep this in mind the next time you think you want to use Retin-A for your Acne. Have you been prescribed Retin-A Cream to treat your acne? It contains isopropyl myristate, an ingredient that clogs pores and causes more problems for the acne-prone individual. Acne can be cleared without a prescription, and I can help!

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Food Fact: Vitamin C

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Nutrition | Comments Off on Food Fact: Vitamin C

Food Fact: Vitamin C

Vitamin C is found in many other foods than citrus. Some other foods where you can get more than 10% of your daily value of vitamin C are: asparagus, avocado, broccoli cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radishes, squash, and tomatoes. With a list like that, I see no reason why we can’t all get the amount of Vitamin C needed on a daily...

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