Rare Flower Jolts Skin’s Vitality

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When it comes to healthier skin, flower power isn’t such a ridiculous idea. Haberlea rhodopensis, a rare Resurrection Flower, might be the key to smoother, younger-looking skin.
Indigenous to the harsh, arid Rhodopes Mountain Range in Bulgaria, the flower has adapted to survive in extremely arid conditions and can survive periods of dryness in a suspended state for up to 31 months. Even after drying out completely, a few drops of moisture are enough for the plant to return to normal growth. It will resume its usual functions in a matter of hours and achieve full recovery in one to two days. For this reason, it is sometimes called a “Resurrection Flower.”
The plant’s unique ability to revitalize its own cells may allow it to create visibly healthier, younger-looking skin in humans. In young women, the skin replaces its cells every 28 days. Some studies show that by age 40, skin takes 40 days to replenish itself. This contributes to changes in the skin’s appearance that most women dislike, including a rougher texture, less elasticity, and more fine lines and wrinkles.
However, Haberlea rhodopensis may have both a protective and a vitality-stimulating effect on skin. One company, Kiehl’s, has added a high concentration of the Resurrection Flower to a new advanced anti-aging cream. Called “Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream,” its active complex has been shown to increase cell vitality and protect skin cells from future aging in-vitro. After using the cream, 91 percent of consumers said that their skin looked rejuvenated, while 93 percent reported that their skin felt denser and thicker. Most people felt they looked five years younger after using Rosa Arctica.
The high concentration of the Resurrection Flower in Rosa Arctica helps skin retain moisture for smoother, healthier skin while increasing cell vitality and triggering the skin’s natural ability to create elastin and collagen.
For more information, visit www.kiehls.com.

Skin Care Advice to Reverse Unsightly UV Damage

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Women know that they should protect their skin from sun damage. They slather on sunscreen or, at the very least, a facial moisturizer with SPF protection daily. But how many think about repairing the damage that is already done?
Most people associate UV rays with summers at the beach, but UV rays are ubiquitous. Any exposure to natural light, whether from playing beach volleyball, walking to a parked car, sitting near an office window or staging a snowball fight, can damage skin. For example, after a tan fades, people might notice dark spots, uneven skin tone, blotchiness or wrinkles. And that’s all just surface damage — UV rays penetrate deep into the skin, creating damage that won’t be visible for years.
“Under the surface there is invisible damage that can and will manifest into what is seen on the upper layer of the dermis,” says Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Since 1851 consulting dermatologist, and instructor in clinical dermatology at Columbia University in New York City.
Even if women are diligent about using sunscreen all year long, their skin will still suffer some photodamage. Luckily, women can repair, as well as prevent, damage. Some women resort to expensive procedures, like chemical peels and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments, which use lasers, to lessen visible skin damage.
But women can also repair visible and invisible UV damage at home. Kiehl’s Since 1851 (www.kiehls.com), a company that has specialized in skin care since 1851, has recently introduced its Photo-Age Corrector High-Potency Spot Treatment. The treatment targets the melanin that causes discoloration by decreasing melanin production and helping to prevent existing melanin from rising to the surface. This decreases the appearance of blotches and dark spots for brighter, more translucent skin. At the same time, antioxidants help prevent damage from free radicals.
When used with its supporting cleanser, toner and moisturizer, the High-Potency Spot Treatment provides immediate luminosity, reduces dark spots and evens skin tone in as little as four weeks while also inhibiting invisible damage from rising to the surface. The clinically proven treatment is appropriate for all skin types and ethnicities.
For more information, visit www.kiehls.com.

Sleeping Beauty — Skin Tips for Youthful Skin at Night

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In the morning, you might cleanse, tone and moisturize. But your nighttime skin care routine requires more than just a quick swipe with a washcloth. In fact, your skin needs additional TLC before bedtime.

During the day, environmental factors are battling against our skin and breaking down the structural components which keep our skin tight and firm. Elastin, which is one of these components, is primarily composed of cross-linked fibers to form a durable, resilient web. In facial skin, this elastin web helps to keep skin flexible but tight, providing a bounce-back reaction to its normal shape as it stretches to accommodate normal activities like talking.

As skin ages, the natural cross-linking of elastin fibers is reduced. At night, while you sleep, the skin works to repair and restore its structural components, and actually “opens up” to allow creams and serums to absorb more readily. You can get the most bang for your buck, then, by applying products with powerful anti-aging ingredients before bed.

“It’s important to establish a nighttime skincare regimen to restore skin’s defenses and replenish essential moisture,” explains nutritionist Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD. She adds that the skin can lose moisture during sleep, making hydrating ingredients especially important.

To help skin restore itself at night, women should adopt a nighttime skin care routine that includes an exfoliating cleanser, a serum and a moisturizing cream created for evening use. Sass

recommends applying a nighttime serum containing beneficial and robust ingredients such as DDF Restoring Night Serum (www.ddfskincare.com). This nighttime serum contains an exclusive turmeric complex that strengthens the moisture barrier and drenches the skin with essential hydration to allow the natural cross linking of elastin, helping to repair the look of deep wrinkles for visible results in just two weeks. Women who used DDF Restoring Night Serum saw noticeable improvements. After four weeks of use, the skin’s surface structure doubled in strength, significantly minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

“The secret to radiant, firm and more youthful-looking skin is a skincare diet rich in robust ingredients,” says Sass.

For more information, visit www.ddfskincare.com.

Nighttime Skin Care Tips for Younger-Looking Skin

In the morning, you might cleanse, tone and moisturize. But your nighttime skin care routine requires more than just a quick swipe with a washcloth. In fact, your skin needs additional TLC before bedtime.

During the day, environmental factors break down the structural components that keep your skin tight and firm. One of these components, elastin, is composed of cross-linked fibers that form a durable, resilient web. This elastin web helps keep facial skin flexible but tight. For example, elastin allows the skin to bounce back to its normal shape after it stretches to accommodate normal activities, like talking.

Sleeping Beauty — Skin Tips for Youthful Skin at Night

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In the morning, you might cleanse, tone and moisturize. But your nighttime skin care routine requires more than just a quick swipe with a …

Body Wraps Encourage Inch Loss And Better Health

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If you’re struggling to pull on pants despite your morning jog, you might want to consider your body’s toxin load. Poor eating habits, smoking, drinking alcohol and caffeine, and consuming sugar and salt all load the body with toxins, where they are attracted to tissue and dehydrated fat cells.

Not ready to give up cappuccinos and cupcakes forever? Don’t worry — you don’t need to seal yourself in a cave and fast for 12 months to enjoy better health and look svelte. Body wraps have been used for centuries to draw impurities from the body, stimulate circulation and smooth the skin.

It’s important to remember that not all wraps are created equal. Mud, clay and seaweed wraps can actually smother pores, causing dehydration and water loss. A mineral wrap, however, will help draw toxins away from fat cells and rid the body of impurities.

And while going to a spa for a body wrap can set you back $80 to $300 per wrap, home body wrap kits provide the benefits of a body wrap without sending you into debt. At-home body wraps can help you lose inches and tighten skin at a fraction of the price of spa treatments.

For example, Slimmer Silhouette Body Wraps (www.slimmersilhouette.com) come in a kit containing 12 full body wraps or 24 partial wraps, coming to an average price of $21 per full body wrap. Slimmer Silhouette Body Wraps contain a proprietary special mineral formula that helps extract impurities and rehydrates cells.

The number of inches lost depends on the person — the greater the amount of soft, fatty tissue, the more dramatic the loss. Some users report loss up to three to four full dress sizes over the course of 12 wraps! The body wraps also tighten skin, helping increase muscle definition. Once your optimal goals are reached, maintenance wraps can be used once a month to help sustain your loss.

Using body wraps in addition to a diet and exercise plan can help you stay motivated — you’ll see faster results, helping to keep you encouraged and dedicated to better health.

For more information, visit www.slimmersilhouette.com.

D-Licious and D-Lightful Vitamin D

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – For years we’ve heard about the dangers of sun exposure — premature lines and wrinkles, brown splotches and the biggest scare of all, skin cancer. We slather on the sunscreen, wear hats and don UV-protective clothing. Meanwhile, our teeth and bones pay the price — staying out of the sun means we don’t activate production of our sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, which is critical to strong bones and pearly whites.

In addition to our obsession with UV protection, numerous studies point to the fact that the Dietary Reference Intakes (RDIs) for vitamin D set in the 1990s are no longer sufficient based on new research that shows vitamin D wears more than a “calcium absorption” hat. It turns out that vitamin D could be a strong defensive player against cancer, heart disease, immunity and neuromuscular disorders. Based on this, you can bet that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has set determining the optimal intake of vitamin D as a high priority.

Most Americans face a serious vitamin D deficiency, with women having the greatest risk of deficiency. Nearly half of us don’t meet our recommended daily intake for vitamin D, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Dietetic Association.

A lack of vitamin D in our diets has put us on a path toward some serious health problems. Studies show that a lack of vitamin D may put people at risk for diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Geography, age, skin color and the amount of SPF we apply plays a serious role in how much or how little vitamin D our bodies produce. Today, most vitamin D comes from the foods we eat. Fish is one of the few foods naturally rich in vitamin D. Tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel are especially excellent sources of vitamin D, but it’s unlikely that we’re eating enough to make up for our vitamin D deficit. Products such as milk and yogurt, certain baked goods and oil spreads usually pack extra vitamin D, too.

So, how much should be we be getting? Well, we won’t know for sure until the IOM sets new recommendations. You can visit your doctor and request a blood test for the active form of vitamin D, known as 25 hydroxy D3. The amount of vitamin D needed to maintain optimal levels in our blood has not yet been established, but initial studies suggest the range to be a concentration somewhere between 40 and 80 nanomoles/liter. This test can be taken at your annual check-up to see how effective your diet is in providing you with vitamin D.

In the meantime, eat the foods I’ve mentioned as being high in vitamin D. You can also supplement 200 IUs per day (if you’re under 50 years of age) or 400 IUs a day (if you’re over 50 years of age). Eating a LUNA bar is another great way to get vitamin D, as well as other vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium and folic acid, that women need. Your bones, teeth and taste buds will thank you!

Seasonal Changes Require New Approaches to Skin Care

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – While summer has its own issues, fall brings on a range of new skin-care challenges.

As humidity decreases, skin tends to get drier. And, as we move indoors and turn on the heat, this dryness only increases. Furthermore, not only does skin become drier, but our skin’s tolerance to acne regimens can also change with the seasons — the seasonal decline in UV rays may have an impact on the way our skin reacts to acne treatment. For those with acne, fall may see a spike in acne, particularly if a person has slacked off on their summer treatments.

Fall is a perfect time to re-evaluate your skin care routine. For most young adults, going back to school can mean added stress, and for many college freshmen, the numerous changes make it an ideal time to get a handle on skin and acne care. Skin care may require a change in cleansing and moisturizing as the transition through fall progresses. Developing and sticking to an effective skin-care regimen is of the utmost importance to healthy skin.

“Compliance is important year-round if you are using an acne treatment,” says Dr. Charles Hudson, dermatologist. “The No. 1 reason that acne treatments don’t work is because of lack of compliance. Even if your skin is improving, keep using your medication. And, if you have acne and haven’t started treatment, speak with a dermatologist.”

Add the challenges of inflammatory acne to those already present during the transition from summer to fall skin care, and we all welcome treatment options. The first new chemical entity for topical acne treatment to come along in 10 years, ACZONE (dapsone) Gel 5 % has proven useful in clinical studies, where patients saw notable reduction in inflammatory acne in as little as two weeks. As well, ACZONE was found to be well tolerated. Ask your dermatologist if Aczone is right for you.

For more information, visit www.aczone.com.

Aczone (dapsone) Gel 5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.

Important Safety Information:

Do not use ACZONE® Gel if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in ACZONE® Gel or if you are younger than 12 years of age.

Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.

Like all medicines, ACZONE® Gel can cause some side effects. The most common side effects of ACZONE® Gel are dryness, redness, oiliness, and peeling of the skin being treated.

When the active ingredient of ACZONE® Gel (called dapsone) is taken orally as a pill, it has been related to the abnormal breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia). If you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, you may have a greater risk for lowering your hemoglobin level. However, using ACZONE® Gel on the skin is not expected to put enough dapsone in the blood to cause clinical symptoms of hemolytic anemia. You are advised to be alert for signs and symptoms suggestive of this type of anemia (sudden onset of: back pain, breathlessness, tiredness/weakness with daily activities, dark-brown urine, high fever, and yellow or pale skin). If you experience these signs and symptoms, stop use and call your doctor immediately.

Lasers Redefine Medicine At the Speed of Light

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In the past, lasers were fictional weapons created in comics to combat evil-doers. Today, fiction has become reality as medical specialists rely on advances in laser medicine to help provide patients of all ages with better and earlier detection of disease and improved treatments for common medical problems — combatting “evil” disease and medical problems worldwide.

“Chances are, you or someone you know has benefited from laser medicine or surgery,” said R. Rox Anderson, MD, president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). “Lasers have had a tremendous impact on how we detect and treat diseases, improve aging skin, and manage conditions that in the past were difficult to treat with traditional therapies or systemic medications. There are no signs that this technology has reached its peak; on the contrary, we expect new laser devices and applications will continue to be discovered in the years to come.”

When used in medicine, lasers work by delivering tiny pulses of light or energy in various wavelengths to target particular areas or particles in the body. Lasers and other energy sources offer patients tremendous benefits, including less-invasive procedures, reduced recovery times, elegant results, less bleeding and speedy healing. In fact, many laser procedures are now performed in a physician’s office using only topical or local anesthetic — eliminating the need for general anesthesia.

From corrective eye surgery, skin rejuvenation and dental disorders to throat surgery, treatment of acne and birthmarks, and early detection of numerous types of cancer, lasers and related technologies are improving the quality of medical and surgical care. Even persons of color, who previously were not good candidates for laser skin treatments, are now able to enjoy the advantages of most laser therapies and related technologies.

To help ensure a positive laser experience, the ASLMS suggests you consider the following tips:

1. Ask questions.

2. Find out who will be administering the treatment.

3. Discuss your medical history with your physician.

4. Ask whether this laser or other light source is right for your skin type.

5. Be realistic about expectations and results.

For more information and to find a laser doctor near you, please visit www.aslms.org.

Women: Look Like a Million Bucks for Under $15

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but women don’t have to spend big to look like a million bucks.

Most local drug stores carry products that yield high-end results without exceeding small budgets. Look for these beauty products, which will have heads turning your way, but cost $15 or less:

– Shiny, colorful locks. Salon dye jobs or highlights can cost over $100, so who wouldn’t want to extend the life of their colored locks? Use é.sen.cia by Samy Mandarin Citrus Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This cleansing and conditioning duo is 100 percent vegan, natural and organic. The shampoo gently cleanses with horsetail extracts to thicken fine hair, and wheat proteins to infuse added bounce. The conditioner strengthens and protects fine, fragile hair from damage and provides weightless volume — about $10.

– Luscious lips. Organic wear 100 percent Natural Origin Lip Veil is infused with vitamins and anti-oxidants to protect, moisturize and leave lips unbelievably soft. Once you try it, you’ll never go without — about $7.

– Smooth legs and trimming. According to the 2009 Schick Shave Study, 91 percent of women consider smooth, shaved legs as part of their year-round beauty routine, while 88 percent of women trim and maintain both their bikini line and bikini zone. The Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle acts as a razor and bikini trimmer in one, helping you trim and maintain your bikini line at home. The TrimStyle has four ultra-thin blades with moisturizing strips on one end and a waterproof, battery-operated bikini trimmer on the other — about $11.

– Glowing skin. Skip the spa in favor of your local drugstore’s shelf, and you’ll still enjoy facial-smooth skin. Biore Even Smoother Microderm Exfoliator uses ultrafine alumina crystals to remove dead cells and make your skin glow. Shea butter and white tea extract prevent irritation — about $14.

– Soft, beautiful feet. Skip the pedicure and use Airplus Aloe-Infused Socks to noticeably soften and smooth your feet — $6 or less.

– Skin moisturizing. Formulated for dry, sensitive skin, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is non-greasy and fragrance-free. Even better, it can save you from buying both facial moisturizer and body lotion. The cream can be used on the face, hands, elbows, feet and knees — about $7 for a 3-ounce tube.