Vi Peel

Time has its way with all of us and my skin was certainly starting to give way. The pores on my face seemed to be growing larger with every tick of the clock, not to mention the creping under my eyes and the sagging I saw in my cheeks and jaw line

I decided to have a VI Peel. This peel is beneficial for anyone who wants younger looking, healthier skin. It will improve the tone, texture and clarity of your skin; reduce the appearance of pore size, soften lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen and elastin production for firmer skin. Age spots and acne conditions can be eliminated with this peel also.

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Thursday morning, two weeks ago, Terri applied the VI Peel to my face, neck and chest. The anesthetic in the solution desensitized my skin and began working in about 15 seconds, making it the most comfortable peel I have ever had. The process took about fifteen minutes. I was red immediately after and felt as if I had a sunburn. The next day was basically the same with a little tightness. I went to a football game Friday night with no complications of any kind. Saturday my skin was tighter and was beginning to flake around my mouth. Sunday was my heaviest peeling and I saw more tightness in the areas that had not peeled. Keeping my hands off the new, soft, smooth skin was impossible, it felt so nice. By Monday evening, I had almost peeled completely with some residual flaking around my eyes and hairline. Tuesday morning I was able to wear makeup again. One week later the peeling was over and all was a memory except for my new pretty skin.

Pleased is an understatement. I am thrilled with the results of the VI Peel. The firmness under my eyes is the most dramatic difference that I see. The texture of my skin is much smoother, as the pores are smaller and shallower. My face feels taut, supple and velvety. Even my husband told me that my skin “looks softer and very smooth”. Now that, to me says it all!

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Skin Care Myths

As you sort through managing a proper skin care regimen and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you’re not always equipped with the correct information. Lucky for you, we’ve tackled a handful of common myths that you might encounter in your quest for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Say What?

Myth #1—Skin should feel tight after you wash. That means it’s clean!If your skin feels tight after cleansing then you have stripped the skin of all of its water, causing dead skin cells to build up on the surface.1 To combat this, avoid strong cleansers like bar soaps. Remember that what you cleanse with is the foundation and most important part of your skin care routine

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Myth #2—Consuming greasy foods and chocolate will make your skin breakout!

You may have heard this and even passed it along to your kids. While this myth might inspire you to eat healthier, there is no evidence that supports this claim. Food does not contribute to the prevention of, healing of, or the cause of acne break outs.2

Myth #3—Smoking is only bad for your lungs. It has nothing to do with your skin!

Wrong! Not only is smoking terrible for your lungs, it also makes you look older and may contribute to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outer layer of the skin, and depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are essential to skin health.1 The easiest way to avoid this is to quit smoking!

Myth #4—The more you use a product, the less effective it is.

Many people believe that your skin becomes resistant to a product over time, which is also false. Your skin is continually renewing itself—old, dead skin cells are constantly pushed to the surface as new, fresh cells are being created every day. In normal, healthy skin, cells are regenerated approximately every 30 to 40 days.3-5 So, eventually, the skin cells you’ve transformed to become healthy will naturally die and fall off. However, when you alter your regimen, you may affect the healthy cell renewal process.

Myth #5—You don’t need sunscreen. Your makeup already has it!

Just because you’re wearing makeup with SPF doesn’t mean you’re protected. Studies indicate that you would have to wear 14 to 15 times the amount of makeup a typical person would wear in order to achieve the SPF on the label.6 Therefore, it’s important to use a sunscreen in addition to your makeup, even on cloudy days.

References: 1. Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin. Mayo Clinic Web site.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-care/SN00003/.Updated December 6, 2011. Accessed August 8, 2012.

2. Food does not cause acne. AcneNet Web site.

http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/acne_and_diet.html. Accessed August 20, 2012.

3. Grove GL, Kligman AM. Age-associated changes in human epidermal cell renewal. J Gerontol. 1983;38(2):137-142.

4. Weinstein GD, McCullough JL, Ross P. Cell proliferation in normal epidermis. J Invest Dermatol. 1984;82(6):623-628.

5. Farage MA, Miller KW, Maibach HI, eds. Textbook of Aging Skin. Berlin, Germany: Springer; 2010:280-282.

6. 9 skin care myths. WebMD Website.

http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/9-skin-care-myths. Updated July 21, 2009. Accessed August 8, 2012

POSTED: 08.23.2012 04:11 CST

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New Items!

Our new Vitamin C Peel is a mild exfoliating and rejuvenating treatment suitable for all skin types. This unique complex of Vitamin C, Lactic and Salicylic Acids will desolve and exfoliate dead skin cells while supplying nourishing Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, to the underlying tissue. These active ingredients help rejuvenate the skin by removing dead cells, increasing the rate of cell renewal, and promoting the growth and renewal rate of new, healthy cells. The Vitamin C Peel is combined with a light Microdermabrasion for enhanced penetration and results.

BENEFITS:

NO DOWN TIME

EXFOLIATES and NOURISHES

ALLOWS DEEP ANTIOXIDENT PENETRATION

GREAT AS A PRE-TREATMENT FOR DEEPER, MORE AGGRESSIVE PEELS OR AS A MAINTENANCE TREATMENT AFTER SKIN RESURFACING

COST: $100

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Nibble on This: Pumpkin Flax Bread

Autumn has officially arrived and the changes in weather will usher in a few other welcomed changes: the transformation of leaves, additional layers of clothing to protect against chilly temperatures, and heartier meals that comfort and warm us from the inside out.

Nothing symbolizes the fall season quite like a pumpkin! Sure, they make for a festive centerpiece, but should you incorporate pumpkin into your daily diet this season, you will receive several nutritional benefits:

Pumpkins:

– Have high levels of carotenoids, which prevent premature aging
– Are loaded with Potassium and Zinc, which can help prevent hypertension and cardiovascular diseases
– Contain beta carotene, which has anti-inflammatory properties (think prevention of disease and cancer), and L-tryptophan, a chemical compound that triggers feelings of happiness and well-being (lowering risk of depression)
– Give you glowing skin: They are a rich source of Vitamins A, C, and E
– Are low in calories and high in fiber

Less wrinkles, averting cancer and diseases, radiant skin, and a happy disposition: Aren’t these all fitting goals for overall health and wellness?

Take advantage of these numerous health benefits by stirring pumpkin into your morning oatmeal or yogurt. You can even substitute pumpkin for (part or all of) the oil, all while adding a natural sweetness to your baked goods!

This pumpkin flax bread is low in fat and sugar, full of fiber, and draws its moistness from the protein-rich Greek yogurt. A pinch of cardamom–the “queen of spices”–adds exotic flavor and will fill the house with a rich aroma, sure to make you “fall” in love with this recipe!

Ingredients:

Dry ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup All Purpose flour

1/2 cup Truvia Baking Blend or honey 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/8 teaspoon cardamom

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Moist ingredients

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

1 (6 ounce) container plain non-fat Greek yogurt

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix moist ingredients together in a separate bowl, then pour into the dry mixture and stir until combined. Pour batter into two (8 x 4 x 2.5) loaf pans (sprayed lightly with cooking spray). Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

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