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!

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.

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Anti-Aging from A to Z

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AHAs and antioxidants and retinols and retinoids – Oh My!! With all the terms we are bombarded with every day – from Oprah to Elle – the world of anti-aging gets bigger and more confusing with ever y minute that passes! Rather than stumble, hazed and confused, from beauty counter to beauty counter, here’s a complete guide to everything anti-aging in skincare—from A to Z.

AHAs: Alpha Hydroxy Acids found naturally in fruit and milk, they are used in chemical peels as natural exfoliators and are known to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections from fine lines, wrinkles, and sun spots.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid: An ingredient that can decrease the appearance of fine lines and support anti-oxidants like vitamin C to help eliminate free radicals. This gem comes in supplement form as well, helping to strengthen the skin from the inside out.

Antioxidants: Vitamins and minerals found naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, and chocolate that counteracts the effects of free radicals by blocking the damaging effects of the radicals and restoring free radicals to healthy, functioning cells.

Botox: A prescription injectable used to block communication between the nerves and muscles to paralyze the muscles in the face. This helps smooth skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Depending on how your body naturally metabolizes, the results can last up to 6 months (insert perma-grin here)!

Broken Capillaries: Tiny extensions of veins under the skin that get damaged via sun, alcohol, rigorous skincare, excessive, heat, etc… making them red and visible through the skin.

Collagen: A protein found naturally in the dermis; collagen acts as the support system for your skin, helping it bounce back to its natural, resilient form after funny facial expressions and environmental stressors. Over time, collagen gets weaker and is produced less allowing fine lines and wrinkles to form.

Crow’s Feet: The wrinkles that appear on the outside corners of the eyes, as a result of the natural aging process and common facial expressions, generally with three lines shaped like a crow’s foot.

Dermal Fillers: Usually given by injection, fillers add volume and fullness to the face to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and deviations and imperfections from physical damage to the skin. They can be used to plump up thin lips, soften wrinkles, and improve the look of scars.

Dermis: The second layer of skin, located beneath the epidermis, the dermis is the layer where wrinkles form.

Dysport: A prescription injectable that works like botox, paralyzing muscles and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Elastin: A protein located in the dermis, it works synergistically with collagen to support skin’s cellular structure and provide elasticity. Over time, environmental exposure decreases the amount of elastin in the skin.

Ferulic Acid: This powerful antioxidant kills free radicals and helps ward off sun damage, repairing the skin from past exposure. It can also increase the efficacy of other anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E.

Fraxel: A Laser treatment, performed by certified physicians, that can take between 15 and 45 minutes. It smoothes out skin’s texture, helping to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, surface scarring, pigmentation, and sun damage.

Free Radicals: Cells in the body that have been damaged by the process of oxidation. These cells are missing an electron and try to correct the problem by stealing their missing electron from healthy cells. Free radicals feed off of healthy cells, damaging DNA and causing premature aging.

Frown Lines: This refers to two kinds of wrinkles: the vertical lines that form between the eyebrows and the vertical lines that form across the forehead. And you get them from – you guessed it – frowning. So smile more and see us for Botox.

Glycation: The process by which excess sugar consumption breaks down collagen and elastin, causing skin damage and accelerated aging.

Glycolic Acid: An AHA and natural exfoliator found in sugar cane, it penetrates the pores to remove dead skin cells and debris while lightening discoloration for healthier and more youthful looking skin.

Hydroquinone: A lightening/whitening agent used to reduce hyperpigmentation and eliminate sun spots.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): A light therapy treatment performed in a medical-based setting; it stimulates collagen production and targets multiple signs of aging simultaneously, including but not limited to: spider veins, broken capillaries and dark spots.

Kojic Acid: An ingredient with similar effects as hydroquinone, lightening sun spots and reducing hyper pigmentation.

Laugh Lines: Are the best lines!! These wrinkles form around the side of the mouth from the nose to the chin; also known as parentheses.

Microdermabrasion: An exfoliating treatment, usually done on the face, neck and chest, it uses a specialized tool to buff away dead skin cells. This helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and smoothes out textured skin.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: An antioxidant that helps protect the skin from UV damage, and it keeps skin and hair hydrated and radiant. It can be found naturally in fish, flaxseed and walnuts and in supplement form.

Oxidation: The process of cells being exposed to oxygen. It is a natural process that may lead to cell death, in which case, dead cells are usually replaced by new and healthy ones. In some cases, oxidation will damage cells, turning them into free radicals.

Peptides: Small proteins shown to increase collagen production. Peptide technology is continually improving and improving its capacity to help smoothe out wrinkles and lines while increasing overall firmness and suppleness in the skin.

Plant Stem Cells: Don’t believe the hype.

Retinol: Derived from vitamin A, retinol is considered one of the most effective ingredients for reversing sun damage and other signs of aging because it speeds cellular turnover (or the production of new skin cells). Essentially, Retinol creates new, delicate skin. Because of this, it should only be used as part of a nighttime skincare regimen laid out for you by a professional. Retinol and sunshine do not mix, so please remember your SPF.

Salicylic Acid: an ingredient used to exfoliate skin and improve its texture, it can help minimize the appearance of fine lines while cleaning out pores.

Selenium: This mineral (found in whole grains, seafood, garlic and eggs) helps preserve skin elasticity and protect the skin for excessive UV damage. Eat up, buttercup.

SPF: The leading cause of premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles is exposure to the sun and it’s UVAging and UVBurning rays. Using sunscreen daily is the best way to prevent that damage. Make sure yours has a Sun Protection Factor of at least 15. If you’re in the sun for a prolonged time, reapply every 45-60 minutes to ensure you’re consistently protected.

Spider Veins: These look like capillaries and are usually red, purple and blue veins that appear under the skin, usually in the legs and face.

Sun Spots: Also called dark spots or age spots; these appear on the skin, in an array of colors and sizes, after prolonged sun exposure that leads to loss of elasticity, dehydration, and cellular damage.

Varicose Veins: Often painful, the large, swollen veins are visible through the skin in the legs.

Vitamin A: Used to make some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients, including retinol. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that can help reduce the appearance of circles under the eyes. For a list of foods that contain Vitamin A, click here.

Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant, this vitamin helps ward off free radicals and decrease environmental damage, including the damaging effects of the sun’s rays (but a replacement for SPF it is not). It can also boost the body’s natural ability to produce skin-firming collagen and decrease inflammation in the skin.

Vitamin E: Another vitamin with antioxidant properties, vitamin E is a natural non-comedogenic moisturizer that can repair dry, cracked skin, while helping protect it from UVB rays.

Xeomin: An injectable available by prescription. It works like Botox and Dysport by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles and paralyzing the muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.