Fall into great skiin

Fall may signal the return of plaid and Pumpkin Spice Lattes (no comment), but it also signals something you may have overlooked: a skincare regimen change-up. Because while finding that perfect cozy sweater to tuck into is easy enough, knowing exactly what’s happening to your skin as it transitions is a bit trickier. And it (unfortunately) shows. Here’s what you need to know about cold weather and skin health:

Zaps Moisture

Quench your skin’s thirst for more moisture by adding some essential hydration-packed products to your routine.

Causes Sallow Complexion

Bring back skin’s luster with monthly maintenance.

Depletes Internal Hydration

Eat and drink your way to a healthier, more hydrated complexion.

A gentle cleanser that hydrates while gently cleansing away dirt, debris, oil, and makeup is essential to keeping skin soft and supple.
We love: Revision Skincare’s Gentle Cleansing Lotion

A vitamin-rich, hydrating serum is ideal to help seal in moisture without blocking pores while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

We love:  Revision Skincare’s Hydrating Serum

A moisturizer packed with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants is key in maintaining moisture levels

and reduce redness and inflammation while helping to calm and combat drynes.

We love: Glowbiotics MD’s Calm After the Storm

Cold temps constrict blood vessels and thus can hinder circulation, causing your complexion to look sallow. To ensure a healthy, radiant glow,  we highly suggest monthly maintenance with the Oxygen Facial. It helps to stimulate circulation along with a bevy of many other benefits.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day will keep your skin moisturized and help eliminate toxins effectively. Have an extra glass of water for every glass of alcohol/cup of coffee you take to prevent possible dehydration. Ingesting foods rich inOmega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants such as polyphenols, Vitamins A, C and E can help reverse summer damage, prepare it for the challenges it will face during fall and winter and boost the skin’s immune system while preserving its quality and restoring its natural glow.

Interested in learning more about the best products for your skin? Contact us 262-657-5446 and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

The Low Down on Acne Down Low

No pimple is created equal— Nor are the ways you conquer them. Here we give us the scoop on how to get rid of those pesky breakouts without wreaking havoc on your skin.

When a blemish appears, your body has incredible repair responses (unless an immune deficiency disorder is playing a role) that immediately recognize when an infection is present and then kick your white blood cells into high gear to heal it. The only real problem arises when you either think you’re helping or just plain “can’t take it,” and interfere with these natural healing processes, which ultimately makes things worse.

When you get a red, painful blemish, ONE of two things will happen: The infection inside the blemish will work its way up to the surface of the skin, resulting in a whitehead. This type of blemish is called a pustule. Sometimes the infection will NOT come up to the surface. It will stay deep within the skin until the body eventually re-absorbs it. I’m just going to hang out down here for a bit. This type of blemish is called a cyst.

Treating Pustular Blemishes
DO NOT TOUCH. It’s best to not act the minute you feel it coming on—instead wait a day or two for the infection to appear on the surface. Waiting will allow you to effectively control the blemish without damaging the skin. Once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your fingers wrapped in tissue, and then apply a spot-drying treatment, we recommend mybody’s myHELPER, which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any lingering infection. If you apply a drying treatment before the whitehead is on the surface, it will simply dry out the surface of the skin, keeping the infection trapped underneath for longer. This will cause the infection to stretch to the surrounding skin tissue, which sets off a response that creates discoloration and leaves behind a dark acne scar that will linger for weeks or even months (reminding you well after it is healed what an atrocity it was).

What You Can Do About the Cystic Ones
Mostly occurring on the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts will NEVER emerge onto the skin’s surface with a pustular whitehead. No matter what method you employ, cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. WE MEAN ABSOLUTELY NO PICKING. EVER. Your best bet is to treat the cyst with gentle skincare, no physical exfoliation, and deep penetrating ingredients that will help treat infection and soothe the irritated layers of skin. We recommend a daily routine of myody skincare’s Take Control cleanser, Calm After the Storm serum, and Safety Blanket moisturizer and a spot treatment or weekly mask ritual of mybody’s Let Me Clarify to address the bevy of skin concerns with cystic acne. If the cysts worsen, seek medical attention from a dermatologist.

Also take note that using a daily regimen that helps keep skin hydrated, balanced, and protected is a great way to keep acne at bay. Hormones, stress, weather, diet, and genes all play an important role in skin types and conditions, so be aware of changes and have the appropriate treatments on hand.

Questions o concerns about your skin? Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation: 262-657-5446

 

Clean Slate: Anti-Aging Skincare

If you’re looking to get rid of wrinkles or age spots, improve irregular pigmentation, and have an overall brighter complexion with younger looking skin, out top picks can help you address your concerns, treat the current state of your skin, and prevent future damage form occurring.

Every major skin care brand has anti-aging products – some are pretty good and others are worthless. As a consumer, it’s hard to rate anti-aging skin care products because you need to know the anti-aging skin care research, the chemistry involved in making skin care products, and the quality of a company’s chemist and product ingredients. Even then, it doesn’t hurt to be able to enlist a lot of volunteers to try the products so that you can see the results. That’s what we do, and that’s why we only use the highest quality, medical skincare available. Our line of boutique skincare options are crafted through extensive scientific research and are only available for purchase through medical practices  – not department stores, drug stores, or salons and spas.

Don’t waste any time when it comes to starting an anti-aging skin care routine – you want to ‘stop the clock’ on skin aging as soon as possible! Time really is of the essence. Whether you are just looking for the best sunscreen to stop additional sun damage or you want a product that will soften wrinkles, reduce age spots, or load your skin with age-fighting antioxidants, you need to sort through the millions of products on the market. We have a list of what we recommend and why we recommend it.

A broad spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreen needs to be worn every day on exposed skin and should contain 5% or more zinc oxide for the best protection to fight UV damage.

A product that contains ingredients capable of stimulating new collagen synthesis (collagen renewal) inside your skin. The only three proven ingredient actives for collagen synthesis are retinoids, vitamin C, and glycolic acid. The “devil is in the details” however, and most products are not created with either enough of these ingredients or stable formulations of these ingredients. Antioxidant-rich products with green tea polyphenols and vitamin C. These two antioxidants have solid scientific evidence proving that they really work to help fight skin damage that leads to aging. Again, most products on the market contain a fairy dusting of these ingredients incorrectly formulated, meaning they will not deliver the promised results. You’ll see the transformation in the mirror once you add them to your complete anti-aging skin care routine.

Skin brighteners. These include physical exfoliating scrubs, brushes, or sponges, as well as ingredient actives that remodel and brighten your complexion, such as retinoids and AHA/BHAs like glycolic acid. We’re proud to have the best products that can get you the best results available today. Know you are using only proven anti-aging ingredients and concentrating your efforts on only what works, not on marketing fantasies. Build your anti-aging skin care routine from my compatible products, and we believe you can’t find a more effective anti-aging skin care routine anywhere. The products here represent the best quality anti-aging wrinkle creams, skin brighteners, sunscreens, antioxidant products, and all the products you need for skin rejuvenation. Build your complete anti-aging skin care routine with my proven products and see what a difference it makes!

We recommend a Complete Skin Care Routine including these steps and products:

Cleanse – Revision’s Brightening Facial Wash
Correct – Revision’s Vitamin C Lotion 30%, mybody’s A TEAM, and Revision’s Nectifirm
Hydrate – mybody’s myHERO Probiotic Replenishing Lotion
Protect – Revision’s Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

Some products can serve more than one step and are listed under every step they can address. Understand that the most important products in an anti-aging skin care routine are used in steps 2 and 4, which are the steps for Correct and Protect.

Cleansers and moisturizers should support the products you use in these steps. Pick your cleanser and moisturizer based on your skin type and how they make your skin feel. Pick your sunscreen for step 4 (protect) based on your skin type and product preference. Pick products for step 2 (correct) based on your goals, budget, and how your skin responds to the rejuvenating ingredients.

Our  goal is to help you ‘stop the clock’ on your skin’s aging, and these products and my unique regimen kits will help you do just that.

Want to know more? Looking for your complete and personal skincare regimen? Contact us at 262-657-5446 to schedule your complimentary skincare consultation!

Practice Safe Sun: The FYI on SPF

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Have you made the acquaintance of SPF for year-round protection?

Well, let us introduce you…..

What is SPF?

The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) displayed on sunscreen labels ranges anywhere from as low as 2 to as high as 100 and refers to the product’s ability to screen or block out the sun’s harmful rays.

Here’s how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer – about five hours. Consumers need to be aware that SPF protection does not increase proportionally with an increased SPF number. While an SPF of 2 will block 50% of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 blocks 93% and an SPF of 30 block 95%.

Make SPF Your BFF

The Foundation of Healthy Skin

  • Dermatologists strongly recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 – SPF 30 year-round for all skin types.
  • The sun’s rays know no bounds – SPF is imperative every day of every season. If you’re shades and blinds are open, you’re exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Daytime activities of driving, running errands, walking the dog, etc… expose you to the sun. Even the cloudiest days aren’t enough to protect you from the sun. Apply SPF daily to every area that is exposed.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure so it can effectively protect you against the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Make sure to protect more than your face! Apply to your ears, neck, decollete, hands – any and every area that is exposed to the sun.
  • Always apply before your makeup and after your moisturizer.
  • Generally speaking, if you are in the sun for a prolonged (more than 20 minutes) amount of time, re-apply your SPF every hour to ensure maximum protection.
  • Waterproof? Not really…. SPF can only withstand so much perspiration, clhorine, fresh water and salt water, so reapply these types of sunscreens every hour as well.
  • Be sure to cover often-missed spots: lips, ears, around eyes, neck, scalp if hair is thinning, hands, and feet.
  • Choose a PABA free broad-spectrum (providing proportional protection against UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen.

The SPF Alphabet

UVA, UVB, and the ABCDEs

  • UVA (Aging Rays – those rays that penetrate deeper into the skin and are the culprits in premature aging and wrinkling of the skin) and UVB (Burning Rays – the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers.) are both equally harmful to the skin.
  • By damaging the skin’s cellular DNA, excessive UV radiation produces genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer.
  • Many experts believe that, especially for fair-skinned people, UV radiation also frequently plays a key role in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, which kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.
  • Tanning beds expose you to 100x more UVA rays than the sun.
  • Your risk of melanoma increases by 75% when you use tanning beds before the age of 35.
  • Last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer shifted indoor tanning devices to the highest cancer risk category: “carcinogenic to humans.” They were formerly classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
  • Tanning can be addictive. For some people, UV radiation can have a druglike effect; they feel dependent on it and can experience withdrawal symptoms.
  • Not only are tanning-bed users more vulnerable to melanoma, they’re also 2½ times more likely to be diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and 1½ times more susceptible to basal cell carcinoma.
  • Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma, and if you see one or more, make an appointment with a physician immediately.

A

Asymmetric:  If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match.

B

Border:  The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.

C

Color:  Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or some other color.

D

Diameter:  Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

 E

Evolving:  Any change – in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting – points to danger.

Radiant, healthy skin can be yours by employing these practices into your daily regimen. We think this is the beginning pf beautiful friendship.

Botox for Skin Rejuvenation?

It’s been all over the internet, magazines, and in the news. If you haven’t heard yet, Botox injections may do more than paralyze muscles to promote wrinkle reduction. New research suggests the paralysis-inducing treatments may also turn back the clock on skin as a whole, by increasing its natural ability to stretch and recoil.

Botox treatments seem to promote production of elastin and collagen, the dynamic duo of proteins that make younger skin tight, firm and flexible.

“We found if we treat people with Botox using standard techniques, we see an increase in elasticity, which is what you’d see in people with more youthful skin,” Dr. James Bonaparte, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada, stated. “We’re actually seeing evidence that we, for some reason, are getting more elastin and collagen in the skin,” Bonaparte said.

As people age, repeated facial expressions cause fine lines, deep lines, and wrinkles of the face. Additionally, the levels of elastin and collagen decline in the skin, causing it to sag. Sun exposure and lifestyle lead to excessive aging as well, as sun exposure accounts for 80% of skin’s aging.

Botox is made from the same bacterial toxin that causes botulism – onabotulinum toxin A – and is used to paralyze facial muscles to smooth the skin’s surface.

However, some experts have noted that areas of skin that have been treated with Botox appeared to regain some elasticity and pliability – an effect not fully explainable by merely paralyzing muscles.

To examine this more closely, Bonaparte and his colleagues gave 48 women, average age 55, their first-ever Botox injections, treating the skin between the eyebrows and around the eyes. The following four months, the team followed the women to see how the injections affected the skin’s elasticity.

Their findings show that Botox increased the elasticity of the women’s faces, causing changes in composition that make the skin more youthful in appearance. The researchers found this effect to be similar to the results of radiofrequency skin tightening, an aesthetic procedure that uses radio waves to heat skin tissue and stimulate collagen production.

The effects last roughly as long as round of Botox injections do – about three to four months.

“It’s temporary, but it’s not a byproduct of swelling, and it’s not a byproduct of muscle contraction. It’s something that’s intrinsic to the skin itself,” said Dr. Catherine Winslow, an Indianapolis plastic surgeon who wrote an editorial accompanying the new study.

There isn’t a concrete understanding or reason why Botox has this effect on skin’s collagen and elastin. It is believed that the cells that produce elastin and collagen may contain a receptor that somehow responds positively to Botox. If this proves to be true, future drugs could be created to target that receptor with even better results than those produced by Botox.

“We may be able to develop some medications that don’t require injection, that you can apply topically and get the same skin rejuvenation effect as Botox,” Bonaparte said.

Additionally, Winslow believes that Botox might promote and antioxidant effect on the skin. Muscles of the face produce waste products as they are engaged and are believed by Winslow to damage the collagen and elastin. By paralyzing these muscles, she suspects Botox gives the skin a chance to heal itself from this damage, and ward off future damage from accumulating.

Dr. Scot Glasberg, a New York City plastic surgeon and president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, thinks that the answer may be even simpler: The paralysis caused by Botox gives the collagen and elastin fibers a chance to recover from repetitive facial motion.

The research team will move forward in their investigation, determining whether extended use of Botox can have long-term benefits for the face or not. Prior studies have shown consistent use of Botox may prolong the treatment’s efficacy, reducing the amount of doses over time and increasing the length of time between treatments.

Interested in Botox? Have questions? Desire a complimentary consultation? Contact us today at 262-657-5446 or click here to schedule your appointment.

You can find the original article here.

The Science of Great Skin

Skiin Anti-aging Lounge represents the furthest advancements in scientific skincare with a passion for guest satisfaction. Our combination of experience, education, intelligent results, and the highest quality equipment and products provide our guests with the confidence that they are receiving the absolute best services backed by the highest ethical standards.

Boutique is Better.

Proper skincare is paramount in producing healthy results. We offer only the highest caliber of science-based products that are proven to address any and all of your skin concerns in the best possible way. You won’t find mass-produced, mass-marketed mediocre skincare regimens here. Our anti-aging lounge is home to state of the art equipment and boutique skin care products that deliver intelligent results.

Revise and Revive: Revision Skincare

“For over 25 years, Revision Skincare has provided physicians with clinically proven, high-performing skincare products. Using only the purest, most efficacious ingredients, the Revision Skincare collection was formulated to provide targeted solutions for enhancing skin’s appearance and reducing signs of aging.” – Revision Skincare

Whether Harper’s Bazaar is touting the magic of Revision Skincare’s DEJ Eye Cream and Nectifirm or Newbeauty Magzine is giving Intellishade Broad-Spectrum SPF 45 the Beauty Choice Award, Revision’s reputation is building rapidly.

From Head to Toe: mybody skincare

“Where does great skin come from? (Hint: it comes from more than just a pretty bottle). A healthy lifestyle, good daily habits and awareness of what you put in and on your body all contribute to the health and appearance of your skin. At mybody, we have created the ultimate in skincare solutions so you can experience a deeper connection to your skin, health and wellness.”

“Through the innovative science of topical probiotics, key peptides, micronutrients and superior delivery systems, mybody mimics and supports how the skin repairs, defends and heals itself for profound results. Skin acts younger and healthier—and looks that way, too.” – mybody skincare

mybody was created with your body in mind. Their dedication to repairative probiotics that nourish every skin type and address every skin condition make for a skincare line that is use friendly and results driven. Superior ingredients and advanced technology prove to work synergistically with your body’s chemistry to deliver the outcome you so deserve.

Baden-Baden: The birthplace of beauty and Biodroga

“Biodroga employs top European experts in the fields of biochemistry, dermatology and bioengineering. They ensure that only ingredients of the highest quality are processed. Naturally, as with all other Biodroga products, our biological beauty systems are manufactured in strict observance of GMP (good manufacturing practices) and our facilities have ISO 9000 certifications. Our company guarantees that this strict standard is met in order to fulfill our commitment to unsurpassed product quality.” –  Biodroga Skincare

Biodroga Systems skin care solutions run the gamut – from acne care to advanced anti-aging treatments –  Biodroga is a worldwide leader in the science behind beautiful skin. Researched, developed and manufactured exclusively in their own laboratories in Baden-Baden, Germany, their dedication to excellence and integrity by far surpasses many other lines out there. With a history of over 50 years of innovation, Biodroga remains committed to the highest standards of product quality to ensure superior results.

Want to know more about our stellar skincare offerings? Want to get IN with skiin? Contact us today at 262-657-5446 and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

 

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