MEET THE NEW PLAYERS IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

Summer is almost here, and despite your best efforts at the gym, you’ve still got that belly. You’ve given up carbs, and taken to sit ups, bicycle crunches and Russian twists galore so it may be time to bring in the bigger guns. These include: Coolsculpting This fat-freezing technology uses controlled cooling to eliminate resistant fat such as that in your belly. Several treatments are usually needed for maximum effects. Results appear gradually. BTL’s Emsculpt  This is the new kid on the belly-busting block, and it’s generating a lot of buzz. Emsculpt uses HIFEM or focused…

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WHAT CAUSES ACNE?

Why am I breaking out? This is a common question that skin care specialists get asked all of the time. There is no one answer to this question, but understanding how acne develops can shed some light on its causes and importantly, its prevention and treatment. According to Newport Beach dermatologist Stefani Kappel, “Acne occurs when a pore becomes clogged. This starts with an accumulation of dead skin cells. Instead of shedding these cells, an overproduction of sebum oil in the body makes it easier for the dead skin cells to cluster in the pore, where…

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The Eight Best Nutrients to Protect Yourself Against UV Damage

The Eight Best Nutrients to Protect Yourself Against UV Damage It’s not just what you put on your skin that protects against damage from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays — what you put in your body counts too. There are many nutrients that can help prevent UV damage from the sun, but none take the place of judicious use of a broad spectrum sunscreen such as ZO® Skin Health’s Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50. That said, these eight nutrients can, and do, play a role in a comprehensive skin protection program. Heliocare Heliocare supplements contain Polypodium leucotomos…

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THE WORLDWIDE ROSACEA EPIDEMIC

The numbers are in… and they are staggering! The global prevalence of rosacea is estimated to be 415 million, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen reviewed 32 population-based studies that included information on the incidence of rosacea around the world, comprising 26.5 million patients. The general population estimates from the individual studies ranged from 0.09 percent to 22.41 percent, and when the studies were pooled together, the proportion was 5.46 percent. Based on an estimated global population of 7.6 billion, 5.46 percent equals 414,960,000 rosacea patients worldwide. And this may just…

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT CROW’S FEET

Crow’s feet are fine lines that form around the eyes. They were given this name because they look a lot like … crows’ feet. They are also called laugh lines and are largely caused by sun exposure, although smoking also plays a role, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). There are two main types of crow’s feet: Dynamic lines are the result of underlying muscle movement. (Think frowning, smiling and squinting.) Static lines are always there and are caused by a long history of squinting, frowning and sun damage. The real question, however,…

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FOUR STEPS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN IN SHAPE WHILE TRAVELING

Planning to travel this summer? Vacations are often filled with overindulgence in food, sun and fun – and light in exercise and healthy choices. And that’s kind of the point, but it’s easy to keep your skin in shape with Dr. Zein Obagi’s travel and TSA-friendly portable skin care regimen. “Don’t stop taking care of your skin just because you are going off the grid for a vacation,” says Frank Barone, MD, a plastic surgeon in Toledo, Ohio. “Keep up with your skin care regimen, so when you come back you will look as rested as…

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AHAS VERSUS BHAS: WHICH ONE IS YOUR SKIN’S BFF?

Deciding between an AHA or a BHA in the skincare aisle is not as easy as ABC. Alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids are found in many skin care products, from cleansers to daily peel pads. We all need to exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead dull skin cells and make room for new ones, and both of these are effective exfoliants. But there are differences between how these two key skin care ingredients really work. Knowing the difference between the two and choosing the right one for your skincare needs can really help…

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FOREVER YOUNG: WHY STARTING AN ANTI-AGING PROGRAM EARLY MAKES SENSE

Tick Tock..Is it time for an anti-aging program yet? We all want to get old of course, but none of us want to look the part – and with a solid anti-aging strategy, we don’t have to. The key is to start your anti aging program early and never let up. Anti-aging skincare should start as early as your 20s (if not well before), and it starts with just saying no to tanning. “Exposure to the sun’s UV light does more than increase our risk of skin cancer,” explains Beverly Hills Dermatologist Sameer Bashey, MD. “It…

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BEAUTIFUL HANDS

Your face looks great but what about your hands? Hands can take a real beating from your daily activities. Sun exposure, chemical exposure from washing dishes and cleaning, extended exposure to water and dry, cold air. Maintaining soft, young and supple hands requires a constant adherence to a diligent regimen, wearing gloves in cold, frigid, dry weather, and applying sunscreen 365 days of the year. To prevent the natural wear and tear on your hands, you need to give them some TLC. You can keep your hands looking healthy and youthful by treating them well and…

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All ABOUT VITAMIN C

Vitamin C aids the natural process of cell renewal.  It helps the body’s collagen production, the protein that supports our skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and blood vessels. But did you know that Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so it blocks some of the DNA damage caused by free radicals? Vitamin C was isolated in 1928 by scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi and its chemical structure was explained by Norman Haworth in 1933. [1] What does Vitamin actually do for your skin? The better question would be: what doesn’t it do! Vitamin C has achieved a cult status among…

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