Dr. Perricone addresses the signs of aging in a three tiered approach with an anti-inflammatory diet, nutritional supplements, and topical anti-oxidants. All elements are designed to work synergistically promoting optimum health for your skin, body and mind.
An anti-inflammatory diet consists of high-quality protein, like that found in poultry, fish, shellfish and tofu, low-glycemic carbohydrates such as colorful fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains like beans, lentils, legumes and old-fashioned oatmeal. Additionally, healthy fats especially those found in salmon, halibut, herring, nuts, seeds, and olive oil are essential to the diet. It’s also crucial to keep the body hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day and beverages that are high in antioxidants such as green tea.
Nutritional supplements provide a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals that are essential to help your skin look its best and should be a staple in every woman’s anti-aging regimen. Dr. Perricone carries his own range of supplements that enhance the benefits of his topical products for maximum results.
The last weapon in Perricone’s anti-aging arsenal is topical treatments. Perricone has a barrage of products that address every concern. Some of his most touted products include: Perricone MD Deep Wrinkle Serum , whic smoothes and relaxes deep lines and wrinkles for a botox like effect with a unique peptide complex. Elasticity is increased and the skin’s texture is more smooth and supple. Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy, which improves skin firmness and elasticity, reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and neck skin creases. The skin is toned, tightened, and hydrated. Perricone MD Cold Plasma is a revolutionary anti-aging product the addresses the 10 visible signs of aging all in one product: firmness, elasticity, clarity, radiance, smoothness, texture, redness, blotchiness, fine lines and wrinkles, and dryness. The skin is lifted and firm with DMAE, which stimulates nerve function, causing muscles under the skin to contract and tighten, preventing sagging skin.
Looking for a fresh start to a new year? Visit Dr. Perricone’s site for a 28 Day step by step diet and exercise plan for a younger looking, healthier you in 2011!
Visit our Facebook page and tell us about your favorite Perricone product. We’d love to hear your thoughts!
SkinMedica Tr-Retinol Complex ES is the latest advancement in SkinMedica’s laboratories. This radical product contains the highest concentration of non-prescription retinoid available to treat the signs of aging.
Combining three forms of Vitamin A and a patent pending Microsponge delivery system, fine lines and wrinkles are greatly reduced with minimal or no irritation to the skin. Results from a clinical study show Tr-Retinol Complex ES and Tretinoin .025% are equally effective.
SkinMedica Tr-Retinol Complex ES diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulates cell regeneration, and evens out skin tone and texture. The appearance of age spots are reduced and elasticity and firmness are significantly improved.
Look no further, this is the retinol you’ve been searching for!
Have you entered our latest giveaway? You could win skincare treasures from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare! Enter now!
If you are already a fan of Clarisonic then you may have heard the buzz surrounding the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System. The new Clarisonic Opal is designed for the delicate skin around the eye area and is the perfect compliment to the Clarisonic Skin Brush.
Here are some of the benefits reported in clinical studies:
• Visibly improves fine lines, under–eye puffiness and dark circles
• Immediately hydrates, leaving eye area feeling refreshed and energized
• Eye area looks younger and smoother
• Brighter appearance of eye area
• Skin is firmer with a noticeable improvement in elasticity
• Benefits improve with continued use
Diamonds are also a powerful tool for exfoliation due to their well-known strength. They swiftly and effectively remove dead skin cells to visibly improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Diamond particles are a key component in the BORBA HD Illuminating Plasma Crystals.
In April of 2010 I had the pleasure of trying the StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream. If you have read any of my other product reviews you may already know my skin tends to be a bit more on the dry side. Finding a moisturizer can be difficult for me. Friends and coworkers asked why I would be using this product since I didn’t have any fine lines, wrinkles or sagging skin?
My answer to them was that I had heard so many positive reviews on this product and, if it truly worked I wanted the benefits of the lifting, tightening, toning and moisturizing of my skin now before these problems arise!
So often I have customers call in to consultation on how to keep their skin young looking, firm and healthy. My first answer is sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! My second recommendation would be StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream.
I applied the product twice a day, once in the morning after cleansing and toning my skin, and once in the evening after cleansing and toning my skin. I stayed true to this regimen for four weeks and after that have been applying it mornings and evenings 3 times a week as directed to maintain results.
Since using the Instant Facial Sculpting Cream my skin has been healthy and hydrated. I’ve noticed firmness to my facial area and I see no evidence of fine lines or deep wrinkles that would suggest my age. I recently ran into a friend (38) who graduated from high school a year before I did. I was amazed at how much he had aged and how much the StriVectin had stopped time in its tracks for me. While I don’t claim to have perfect skin, at 37 years old I still have people guess I’m in my late 20’s to early 30’s!
I can’t speak highly about StriVectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream and HIGHLY recommend it for anyone wanting to turn back the hands of time or stop time in its tracks!
So it’s nothing new that money may be tight for everyone these days, even for the avid spa goers. There are priorities like kids, appointments, friends and family to attend to. Relaxing a little usually falls to the bottom of our to-do list. Here are some great products and tips for an at home facial, that will guarantee refreshing results.
The DIY facial consists of a few main components. You need just an hour of your day, a few products, and a calm mind. It is important to relax and have a little fun. You may want to get your kids involved by putting a mud or clay mask on them. Otherwise your spa getaway can be a solo project, or a fun time with your girlfriends.
Tea bags or cucumbers for the eyes. To use up the leftovers, you can make an iced tea or sip on some cucumber water while you relax.
Hand or body lotion and cuticle oil if you have it. (olive oil is a great alternative to soften hands and cuticles).
Essential oil of your choice. Any health food or specialty store should have a selection. Pick the scent that speaks to you and enjoy.
Applicators for products: A paint or nylon foundation brush will work great for your applying your mask.
Quiet place to lay down with relaxing music. This is simply a must!
Tip: You can store very hot towels inside of a large ziploc bag by rolling them up; this will keep them warm for a little while. For a longer lasting approach, try putting water on the bottom of your crock pot, enough to cover the bottom and fold up a few wet hot towels. Then put the lid on and presto… instant hot towel cabby! You can also put a few drops of essential oil into the pot for an aromatic experience.
While you’re masking you can give yourself a nice hand and arm massage. First apply your cuticle oil generously, and then follow with the body moisturizer of your choice. You also may have one of those spa foot tubs lying around from a few Christmas’ ago, now is the perfect time to dust it off and put it to use. You can place a few drops of essential oil in the water and enjoy a relaxing foot soak. For some bubbles add a teaspoon of bubble bath or shower gel to the water and enjoy. Hot towels will also come in handy for your foot bath.
After you cleanse remove with hot towel. Then apply a toner or water to your skin. You then will want to apply an exfoliator of your choice. For something quick, easy and non messy try an exfoliating peel pad. The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel/2 Steps is an amazing two step treatment with real results. For the lips you can use a little brown sugar and a few drops of water or olive oil (if you have some honey you can a little to the paste), this will give you a smooth finish for soft, healthy lips. After you have exfoliated and cleansed your skin and lips off with a towel you will want to apply a mask of your choice for 10-15 minutes.
After masking in pure bliss you will want to apply a treatment serum of your choice. You will need to go out into daylight and face the world after your relaxing facial so choose an antioxidant serum like Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. This will hydrate and protect your skin from free radical damage. Lastly, don’t forget the moisturizer preferably one that contains an SPF and an eye cream. Moisturizing your skin will seal in the benefits of the facial and also soften and hydrate your skin. An eye cream will do the same and will make your under eyes feel hydrated all day long. Try the Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial Eye Treatment. This is a weekly eye treatment just perfect for that spa facial experience. In every good facial your Esthetician will finish off with a lip balm or treatment, don’t forget this step just because you’re at home. The lips are important too!
We hope you take steps to put yourself first sometimes. You can try these simple tips and tricks for a luxurious facial all in the comfort of your own home.
Lately, everyone is on a quest to either retain their youth they have, or turn back the hands of time to look younger. For those of us with pocket books that are not so deep as to afford cosmetic surgery (if needed), an injectable medicine with little to no down time sounds attractive!
But what exactly is Botox and where does it come from? In a nutshell Botox Cosmetic by Allergan is a low dosage of botulinum toxin that temporarily relaxes or temporarily paralyzes facial muscles. It was approved by the FDA in 1989 for limited use for eyelid spasms and crossed eyes. By 2002 it had been approved for use on moderate or severe frown lines and lines between the brows. By temporarily paralyzing select facial muscles, it can decrease your facial muscle’s ability to contract. The result is less wrinkling of the skin from repeated muscle movement. The results are temporary and can last anywhere from 3 – 6 months depending on the number of follow up treatments. Botox can also be used to treat hyperhydrosis or extreme sweating.
If you decide Botox is for you please make sure you see a qualified, trained physician or dermatologist. Botox is available by prescription only from a doctor. Botox “parties” have become a popular event where a licensed physician will offer services at a discounted rate if someone gets a group of people together and hosts the event. The concern is that although the doctor may be licensed to administer injectables, the doctor that attends the “party” may not be trained in the specialty of facial muscles and the administering of a facial muscle relaxant.
If the thought of needles and injections doesn’t sit well with you, you may want to consider some alternatives. There are products on the market that can give you an instant lifting and firming of the skin that lasts for several hours and some products have accumulative results.
For instant results:
Alchimie Forever’s Alexandrite Firming Gel for Neck and Bust is ideal to rejuvenate the delicate neck and décolleté area. The gel lifts and firms the skin, helping to impart a more toned and youthful appearance to this often-forgotten part of the body. It can also be used on the facial area and jaw line. The gel absorbs quickly, is not oily or sticky, and helps to prevent shine and reduce pore size.
Kinerase Extreme Lift Face is the alternative to physician administered injectables. This one of a kind formula fills in mild to moderate wrinkles for immediate, undeniable, proven results. It also visibly smoothes and fills trouble spots like forehead furrows, frown lines and crow’s feet. There is no discomfort or loss of facial expression and results are reversible within a day.
Dr. Brandt Lineless Lines No More is a filler and volumizer. It is formulated to help to fill and plump smile lines and nasolabial folds from the inside out, visibly decreasing the depth of wrinkles and folds while smoothing skin’s texture and appearance. Lineless Lines No More promotes youthful-looking skin. Can also be used on an ongoing basis for accumulative results.
For cumulative results:
Strivectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream is an excellent product to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. It also accentuates your cheekbones and jaw line as it lifts, tightens and tones your skin… making your face look more sculpted, youthful and defined. You may need to use the product for at least 4 weeks before seeing results and you will need to continue to use it to maintain results. So far I’ve had excellent results!
Kinerase Restructure Firming Face Cream Cream goes beyond stimulating collagen production to target critical elastin protein coils, combining the clinically-proven anti-aging power of Kinetin with revolutionary elastin-strengthening technology. Skin is deeply moisturized, contours are lifted and toned, and expression wrinkles are visibly smoothed.
For those of you wanting the benefit of microdermabrasion without all the cost involved we have some excellent choices for you. But what exactly is the definition of this fancy word? Dermabrasion is the use of a physical exfoliant to remove or rub off the top layer of dead skin cells. The result is a fresh layer of newer skin cells revealing a more glowing, healthy skin, less fine lines and wrinkles, and fewer sun spots or hyperpigmentation.
Microdermabrasion is usually done at either a dermatologist’s office or estheticians salon or spa. The “micro” part comes with the use of micro aluminum oxide crystals that are blasted onto the skin with air pressure and immediately vacuumed off the skin. Microdermabrasion has little if any down time.
SkinStore has some wonderful at home tools that provide you the opportunity to get similar results to microdermabrasion without the office or spa appointments, or the associated cost.
If you prefer a tool instead of a product you can use this by itself:
The Personal Microderm Tool Kit
Removes the thin layer of dead skin cells so that rejuvenation creams and serums can sink deeper into the skin and work more effectively…Greatly enhances poor, dull skin texture by gently resurfacing the superficial skin layers…Polishes and reduces fine, crêpe lines on the cheeks generally caused by aging and sun damage…DVD and written directions included.
If you prefer a product instead of a tool you can use one of the following by themselves:
Lierac Paris Micro Abrasion Exfoliating Smoothing Cream This stimulating smoothing cream contains alumina crystals for deep-down exfoliation and urea for optimum comfort, giving an immediate radiance-boosting effect, refined skin texture and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion
Magnesium oxide crystals polish away dead skin cells leaving skin radiant. These diamond shaped crystals exfoliate evenly without scratching or irritating the skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improving the overall texture of the skin. Helps clear acne prone skin and improves scars. Ideal for the face, arms, hands and neck.
As with any skin resurfacing product, either chemical or physical, it is imperative to use an SPF of 20 or higher after having a resurfacing done. Not protecting your newly revealed skin cells can cause damage from UVA/UVB rays and cause your skin to rapidly age. SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 is a great choice.
Restore that youthful healthy glow to your skin and have everyone wondering how you did it!
Which do you prefer: “in office” microdermabrasion or “at home” microdermabrasion? Leave us a comment below!
Poof…wrinkles be gone! Don’t you wish it was that easy to make wrinkles vanish from your pretty face? We all know that with consistency and the use of the right products, over time an even complexion can be attained. What is sometimes overlooked however, is products that can give instant gratification to your long days.
Instant gratification products are products that will fill in, plump, and create an even appearance to the skin. Usually after application, they will start working in about 1-5 minutes and will provide results that last anywhere between 6-8 hours throughout the day. There are two main ingredients that are in instant gratification products as well as various others. First there is Argireline which acts to keep the muscles in your skin relaxed and smooth by blocking transmission from the muscle to the skin. Next you’d want to look for GABA in your products for instant results. GABA stands for gamma amino butyric acid and it is a breakthrough complex that releases the skin’s own muscle relaxers to calm and relax the skin. So if you want a smooth canvas before makeup application or a smooth clear complexion to display, look for instant gratification products. An added bonus is that with most of these types of products you’ll also receive long term benefits with continued use as well. Here is just a short list of some recommended instant gratification products:
The Kerstin Florian Serum C Plus Infusion is among the newest products featured by Kerstin Florian in their correcting line. The correcting line is formulated with more active ingredients to address the common signs of aging. The Serum C Plus Infusion uses a combination of Vitamin C and grapefruit peel extract to lightly exfoliate and brighten the skin also aiding in the production of collagen. This product contains Methylsilanol Hydroxyproline Aspartate which is an amino-acid that helps to improve the elasticity of the skin and tissue fibers by repairing the skin. The serum also has a type of silicone oil called dimethicone which prevents water loss by putting a barrier on your skin. This is a great product for sun damaged and aging skin, or anyone who wants hydration and antioxidant protection. The serum formulation is oil free so it would be beneficial for all skin types.
We definitely give the Serum C Plus Infusion an A+!