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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Say goodbye to cellulite, wrinkles and stretch marks with a painless and non-invasive Venus Legacy procedure. Equipped with revolutionary technology, Venus Legacy offers non-surgical body contouring and skin tightening for your face, neck and body.

Difference-between-radio-frequency-cool-sculpting-LifeScapePremier-ScottsdaleHow it Works

Venus Legacy takes advantage of pulsed magnetic field technology for a quick and effective skin care treatment. A Venus Legacy specialist will administer pulses of therapeutic heat energy deep into the treatment area, stimulating your body’s natural healing response. This causes increased blood circulation, tighter skin, softening of wrinkles and reduced cellulite.

The procedure also includes real-time thermal feedback with a hands-free thermometer and an on-screen visual feedback graph. This provides constant tissue contact, resulting in a better overall outcome.

A Venus Legacy procedure is not only painless; many patients compare it to a soothing hot-stone massage! Treatments only take about 30-40 minutes and have the advantage of no downtime, allowing you to get on with the rest of your day.

The Results

From your face to your neck down to the rest of your body, Venus Legacy is scientifically proven to trigger amazing results!  Venus Legacy typically requires a minimum of six treatments for your face, eight treatments for your neck and 10 treatments for your body.

All things considered, Venus Legacy is your best bet for eliminating stubborn fat areas, cellulite, wrinkles and stretch marks. Chase your dreams this winter by making an appointment at Envy Skin Clinic for your Venus Legacy skin tightening treatment today!

VI Peel at Envy Skin Clinic

February 21, 2013

Vi Peels

Looking for a skin treatment that offers many benefits, check out the Vi Peel at Envy Skin Clinic…

Perfect for treating hyperpigmentation and melasma
reversing sun damage and signs of aging
improving skin tone and texture
clearing Acne & reducing Acne scars
stimulating collagen growth and elastin production, for younger looking skin
reducing the appearance of pores

Benefits
There are many benefits, including:
The VI Peel is safe for all skin types and ethnicities;
It is the only peel safe to use on the eye area, neck, chest and hands;
No skin preconditioning is necessary. See pre- and post-peel skin care, below;
It is virtually discomfort free. Clients typically experience a warm, tingly sensation that quickly subsides;
There is little or no downtime. The actually peeling process lasts 2 to 3 days, and is easily managed with the post-peel kit that is included with the peel;
You’ll see beautiful results in just one week.

Beautiful Results
Within One Week!

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Ingredients
The VI Peel consists of a synergistic blend of five acids that no other peel offers:
TCA – Trichloroacetic Acid for penetration, deep scar healing;
stimulates collagen growth;
Retin-A – acid derived from vitamin A to combat wrinkles;
Salicylic Acid – this beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is an exfoliant;
Phenol – has antiseptic and anesthetic properties;
aids in skin penetration;
Vitamin C – ascorbic acid has antioxidant and mild exfoliation properties

Contraindications
Those with allergies to any of the ingredients above and women who are pregnant or nursing should not undergo a VI Peel.

Pre-Peel Skin Care
For one week prior to receiving the VI Peel, the best results are achieved by having a consultation with a skin care professional to discuss the peel pre- and post-peel home care to acheive the best results from the VI Peel and to maintain those benefits.

Post-Peel Skin Care
The VI Peel has just given you the equivalent of multiple peels. So, for a week or two following the peel it’s best to avoid exfoliating products like glycolic acid and retinols. Avoid direct and prolonged exposure to the sun, and we recommend you use a sunscreen at all times.
Resist the temptation of pulling your peeling skin off – it’s important that you let it peel naturally. Manage your appearance instead with the included post-peel kit and an oil-free moisturizer. Do not use topical Hydrocortisone Creams, such as our Aloe-Cort cream, as they will stop the peeling process.

You deserve to be beautiful!

Contact Envy Skin Clinic at 952-983-4588 for our current promotions.

Drink Up!

February 8, 2013

How important is water to your body, inside and out?

Take a close look…

Human Body

A recent study from Stanford University reports groundbreaking findings that are as close as we’ve come to a true “Fountain of Youth” supported by peer reviewed science. With this exciting new work from the Dermatology Department at Stanford University, for the first time, we have scientific evidence that this BroadBand Light does more than just improve the appearance of lax skin and pigmentation on the skin; the presence of genetic modulation demonstrates skin repair to a healthier more youthful state.

Offered here at Skin Envy Skin Clinic, these Forever Young BBL™ treatments are on the forefront of safe, scientifically proven anti-aging treatments.

Get a (BBL)photoFacial and a Microdermabrasion for $200 during the month of February!