With the right diet and products, you can fight free radicals to keep your skin young and firm

 

 

You might not be able to see it, but your skin is under constant attack by free radicals.

Left alone, those free radicals bounce around, causing damage to collagen and encouraging hyperpigmentation. Stop them, though, and you can help your skin stay smooth and even.

What exactly are free radicals?

Free radicals are minute reactive oxygen molecules that cause damage to the skin. In fact, they damage your skin cells, collagen production, and even your DNA.

We produce some free radicals internally as cells turnover, but the rest comes from external influences like pollution and UV rays.

Over time, the effects of free radicals show up in your skin as sagging, roughness, and wrinkles.

Can you fight free radicals?

The good news is that you can fight back against free radicals.

Antioxidants, especially, are vital in your fight against surface skin damage. Antioxidants help neutralize the molecules and in turn prevent them from causing signs of aging.

Your body produces a small number of antioxidants, but you need to try and consume or apply more on a regular basis.

Here are our top tips for fighting back.

  1. Eat an antioxidant rich diet

Antioxidants work to clean up free radicals naturally. You can include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet every day, including:

  • Green tea
  • Grapes and berries
  • Fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids like carrots and squash
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts and broccoli
  • Fermented foods like kombucha and miso

 

  1. Apply your antioxidants

Many skin care products now contain a healthy dose of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Using these products daily can help your skin fight back against free radicals.

Neocutis’ Oxidative Stress is an antioxidant-rich serum, packed with vitamin C to promote regeneration of antioxidants while helping to neutralize free radicals.

  1. Start and end each day with antioxidants

Dermatologists used to recommend only using antioxidants in the morning since you don’t expose your skin as much at night. However, research shows that inflammation from daytime UV damage can continue up to several hours after exposure, which means you need antioxidants in the evening, too.

At night, make use of products that contain coenzyme Q10 and resveratrol. Resveratrol switches on the mechanism your body uses to produce its own antioxidants, preparing your skin for the next day’s fight.

  1. Vitamin C is your friend

Vitamin C is well-known for immunity boosting benefits, but it can also protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays. You’ll easily get your vitamin C boost from a number of foods, but a number of studies show minimal impact to your skin from consuming more vitamin C. So, the best way to protect your skin is through vitamin C-enriched lotions and creams.

The Obagi-C Rx System contains key ingredients like vitamin C and hydroquinone to help reduce hyperpigmentation and keep your skin looking young, smooth and firm.

  1. Avoid toxins and pollutants

Besides improving your diet and skincare regime, you can also reduce free radical damage by avoiding environmental pollutants in water and reducing chemical exposure in both cosmetic and household products.

You can also:

  • Take steps to reduce stress
  • Avoid overusing antibiotics and medications
  • Get regular exercise
  • Try to normalize your cholesterols and blood sugar levels to prevent blood pressure changes, heart problems, and diabetes.

You can fight back

Your body produces free radicals as byproducts of everyday cellular reactions, like breathing, as well as exposure to pollutants, radiation, stress, a poor diet, and other toxins.

Luckily, antioxidants can help slow down the adverse effects of free radicals and protect you from disease and signs of early aging. Antioxidant sources like leafy greens and vitamin-enriched skincare products are the way to go.

Make sure you’re getting the right antioxidants in the right form to successfully fight free radical damage!

Need help fighting off free radicals? Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today for expert advice and the right treatments especially for your skin.

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Ignore the myths and take good care of your skin

Thanks to the combination of old wives’ tales and the online world of self-diagnoses, there is an abundance of conflicting skin care advice.

Often, it’s not at all accurate.

In fact, some of the so-called advice could be doing your skin more harm than anything.

Below, we debunk 7 of the most common skin myths we regularly come across and offer helpful tips on what to do instead to keep your skin smooth, glowing, and gorgeous.

Myth 1: You should exfoliate your skin at least 2 – 3 times a week

It’s never a good idea to over-exfoliate your skin. The small granules in scrubs are too large to penetrate into your pores. So, they scratch the surface, literally. That makes for thinner skin over time.

Instead, opt for a diligent cleansing routine to remove dead skin cells, surface debris, and makeup for younger, glowing skin.

Lather your cleanser onto a natural sea sponge and massage onto damp skin using circular motions. Remember to rinse well and pat your face dry.

Neocutis stocks a delightfully nourishing and gentle exfoliating range of cleansers.

Myth 2: You don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy, rainy or winter

Even if plummeting temperatures keep you wrapped up and indoors, you still need to protect your skin. When it comes to UVB and UVA, there’s no place to hide and no amount of rain, clouds or cold temperatures will protect you. Even sitting indoors by an open window or under fluorescent lighting is enough to do damage to your skin.

Apply a broad-spectrum SPF, like the excellent range from EltaMD, each and every day, regardless of your layers or indoor preferences.

Myth 3: Acne is always caused by not washing your face

This is one of the most popular myths we come across. Here are the facts: for acne to develop, you need a combination of sebum, bacteria, clogged pores, and inflammation.

Sure, not helping your face will make things worse, but it’s not the sole cause of acne.

To prevent acne, follow a regular regime of moisturizing, limiting sun exposure, and wearing too much pore-clogging makeup without thoroughly cleaning it off every day.

Myth 4: You should always use antibacterial soap to keep your skin clean

It’s normal for your skin to have bacteria on it. In fact, it’s close to impossible to keep skin totally free of bacteria for an amount of time. What’s more, experts suggest that using antibacterial soap could result in even more bacteria.

You don’t need to use an antibacterial soap every day. Thorough and consistent washing with regular soap can help prevent the spread of germs and infections.

Myth 5: Your skin type will never change

Your skin actually changes throughout your lifetime. That’s because it’s prone to a host of hormonal, environmental and seasonal changes.

It’s common for women to have a combination skin, such as dry and oily, and adult acne is often a common occurrence.

Keep your skin nourished with the right moisturizer and serum for your skin type. Seek professional advice as your skin changes to ensure you are using the right products at the right time in your life.

Myth 6: You should always use all your products from just one brand

This isn’t exactly a black and white area. If you want to buy your entire skincare routine from one brand, then yes, it’s easy enough to do and the products are usually designed to work together.

When you use one range, you know that you’re going to get just the right amount of SPF, anti-aging, and exfoliation benefits.

But what if your skin is going through a change? What if you buy an entire range only to find it doesn’t suit your skin?

It’s all about finding what works specifically for your skin. So, if you discover the perfect night cream from one brand and a soothing eye cream from another, it’s okay to cherry pick your selection.

Myth 7: Your skin is dry because you’re not drinking enough water

Dry skin is really a manifestation of inflammation that’s not visible to the naked eye.

One of the best ways to counter the causes of dry and flaky skin is internally with a healthy diet and antioxidant-rich supplements. Also, aim to keep baths and showers short and avoid hot water that dries out your skin. Again, avoid over-exfoliating and use gentle cleansers applied to a sea sponge to gently clean your skin.

As you can tell, the common thread is to keep skin protected from the sun and nourished with the right products for your particular skin type.

Ditch the myths and book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the perfect regime for your skin.

 

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EltaMD Lip Balm, Lip Cancer Awareness, Envy Skin ClinicAre your lips shielded from the sun? Although many people are aware of the risks of UV damage to the skin, 70% of beachgoers use no lip protection according to a recent study by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Furthermore, the actual SPF provided by lip block is nearly always lower than the number on the label because the balm isn’t applied thickly or frequently enough.

The current state of lip cancer in the United States is rife with good news and bad news. While the lip cancer survival and cure rate is high, this form of cancer (along with skin cancer as a whole) is increasing dramatically. Often overlooked, a lack of sun protection, regular tobacco and alcohol consumption are factors in the development of lip cancer.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which means Envy Skin Clinic is providing FREE tubes of EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 to our customers with the purchase of any sunscreen. This creamy, long-lasting moisturizing sunscreen soothes and protects dry, chapped and sun-exposed lips. The high-quality lip balm’s benefits include:

  • Water-Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • Moisturizing with Transparent Zinc Oxide
  • Fragrance-Free and Paraben-Free
  • Sensitivity-Free
  • Doesn’t Block Pores

EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 not only helps prevent sunburn, it can decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun. Liberally apply the lip balm 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. Make sure to reapply every two hours and immediately after towel drying. Lip cancer is a serious health risk and must be taken seriously. Stop by Envy Skin Clinic to take advantage of our May promotion and protect your lips!

1.  Avoid Smoking

Smoking causes early aging of the facial skin. Reasons for this include:

  • Changes in the elastic fibres of the skin.
  • Narrowing blood vessels (vasoconstriction), which reduces blood supply to the skin and can cause changes in skin elastic fibres and a loss of collagen.
  • Reducing Vitamin A levels and moisture of the skin.

2.  Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Be sure to avoid Soda, High Fructose Corn Syrup as well as refined carbs.

3.  MoisturizeObagi Facial Moisturizer, Envy Skin Clinic

Stay hydrated with Obagi Facial Moisturizer.

4.  Sunscreen

 Envy Skin Clinic, Elta MD 41 SunscreenEltaMD 41 is a favorite of ours at Envy Skin Clinic.

  • A good sunscreen is necessary for UV protection.
  • Sun exposure is the most common cause of skin aging. An SPF rating of 30 or more will protect you from the harmful effects of UV exposure.

5.  Sweat

  • Sweating improves your skin’s elasticity and tone.
  • Exercise or a sauna is a good way to induce sweating.
  • Sweating is your body’s way of keeping your skin clean. Toxins build up in your pores every day that need to be released in order to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Sweating helps you do just that. This way, you’ll avoid getting any unwanted rashes, pimples or any other skin infections.

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.27.33 PMLooking to try a new skincare product in 2016? Treat yourself to the Obagi-C Rx System for soft, smooth and radiant skin. Featuring the benefits of prescription-strength 4% hydroquinone and Vitamin C, the Obagi-C Rx System reduces the visible signs of skin damage and helps keep your skin looking young and even-toned.

FDA-approved for all skin types, the Obagi-C Rx System’s ingredients can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and restore balance and clarity to your skin in just six weeks. The skincare product addresses a wide range of skin conditions. These include:

  • Minimal Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Mild to Moderate Uneven Skin Tone
  • Mild to Moderate Discoloration and Age Spots
  • Dry, Normal or Oily Skin

Perfectly safe to apply to your face, hydroquinone is still the gold standard treatment for facial pigmentation due to chronic sun damage. Better than any over-the-counter product for lightening dark spots, add the Obagi-C Rx System into your skincare regimen to rejuvenate your face. Be sure to supplement this treatment by using sunscreen on a daily basis–keep those pesky brown spots off your skin!

A valid prescription is required, so stop by Envy Skin Clinic to see if the Obagi-C Rx System is right for you!

ALPHAEON Beauty Eyelash SerumAre your eyelashes thinning? As we get older, our lashes may lose length and volume, growing brittle and sparse. Fortunately, there is a solution. A daily application of ALPHAEON Beauty Eyelash Serum will hydrate, condition and strengthen your lashes. With no discoloration or other side effects, this professional treatment will result in longer and fuller eyelashes within weeks!

Effective for adults of all ages and skin types, ALPHAEON Beauty Eyelash Serum is supplied with an applicator brush, which allows you to quickly and easily glide the product at the base of your upper eyelids. A recent eight-week case study offered compelling results:

  • 80% of women in the study saw an improvement in overall lash appearance.
  • 72% agreed that their lashes appeared less sparse.
  • 72% agreed their lashes appeared thicker, longer and more conditioned.

The lightweight lash serum is fortified with peptides to help stimulate hair growth. It is also infused with biotin to encourage growth and prevent lashes from becoming dry and losing volume. Pumpkin seed extract, which is rich in fatty acids and essential minerals, helps to nourish your skin, while sodium hyaluronate, a form of hyaluronic acid, helps to condition and moisturize.

Stop by Envy Skin Clinic today to try ALPHAEON Beauty Eyelash Serum. Long and luxurious lashes are in your future!

Tanning: Benefits & Risks

February 26, 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-159191410Warm weather is coming. With parkas and scarves soon making way for short-sleeves and bikinis, a healthy tan can help you feel confident and beautiful in your skin. While everyone wants a sun-kissed glow, too much tanning can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer. From tanning beds to natural sunshine, here are a few benefits and risks to help you achieve your base in a safe and healthy manner.

Tanning Beds

Featuring a higher UVA to UVB ratio than the sun, rays from the fluorescent lightbulbs in tanning beds penetrate deeper into the skin and produce a darker tan. While tanning beds offer a fast and relatively inexpensive bronze throughout the year, they are accompanied by many risks. According to the World Health Organization, artificial UV rays can lead to skin cancer, wrinkles and eye damage.

Natural Sunshine

Although sunbathing is much safer than a tanning bed, overexposure can lead to skin cancer and wrinkles. Use your best judgement and apply SPF protection to avoid getting burned. The biggest side-benefit of natural sunshine is vitamin D. Sunbathe without sunscreen for about 10 minutes each day to get your daily dose.

Tanning Lotions

Found in drugstores and department stores across the country, the quality of self-tanning lotion varies depending on the brand. While tanning lotion is safe for your skin according to the FDA, it can lead to an uneven tan or orange-looking skin. It can do the trick in a pinch, but tanning lotion is generally a low-cost, DIY option.

Spray Tanning

Spray tans are applied at a salon and feature the same ingredients as self-tanning lotion. Spray tanning is fast, easy and comes with no risk of streaking or an uneven glow. However, they are the most expensive and the chemicals in the spray can be harmful if they are inhaled or get in your eyes.

No matter which method you choose, excessive tanning is bad for your skin. Thinking about getting a MicroLaserPeel or a different skin rejuvenation treatment? Tell your clinician about any self-tanning products you use or the procedure will leave you badly burned!