How Salt Affects Your Looks

Often times clients come to me complaining of breakouts and their skin looking puffy and swollen. The first thing I speak with them about is their lifestyle and food that they eat. Salt is a known ingredient that aggravates these conditions and I ask my clients to give up highly salted food for a week to see if there is an improvement in their skin. Salt can often times be hidden in such things as soy sauce or even canned vegetables or microwavable popcorn. So even if you don’t add salt at the table it is most likely in most of the foods you eat unless they are not processed. There are alternatives that can be used such as low salt soy sauce and herbs that are powders and salt free. Once you switch over and start to decrease these additives you really notice how salty many foods naturally are. Although it may not make much sense when you seem to be bloated and retaining water, but that is the time to drink more of it. Drinking water flushes out the system of toxins and salts. The body will feel hydrated and not want to retain the water for fear of being dehydrated. Many people take diuretics prescribed by their doctors. This does help in keeping the swelling down, especially when you have puffy eyes in the morning. There are over the counter diuretics you can take, but remember the water loss is only temporary. If you start consuming foods or beverages like that tasty Margarita with salt on the rim you’ll see the swelling and the pounds come back. Consuming Less Salt = Nicer Reflection The other positive result of consuming less salt is [...]

By | 2017-12-01T18:30:16+00:00 July 16th, 2014|Categories: Skin Care Advice, Wellness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

5 Holiday Stress Management Tips

Holiday Stress & Parties Add To Your Already Busy Schedule? This time of year is always thought to be joyous and full of event making memories. Whether invited to extended family’s house for dinner, office parties or just catching up with friends to socialize. There is the added stress of trying to maintain a healthy diet, stay on our exercise schedule and keep up with our basic beauty routine. Sometimes we look at our calendars and wonder how we are going to fit it all in. Here are some ideas I have found to help a busy person keep it all together during this Holiday Stress Season. Get enough sleep! It is almost impossible to accomplish all your goals if you can barely make it through the day. Sleep deprivation plays havoc with the skin and make all the things on your to do list seem larger than what they are. Try asking friends or family members for support. This could be as simple asking them to pick up that something extra you forgot at the market, while you offer to mail their package when you are at the post office. Two can accomplish twice as much as one, and more efficiently at times. Cut your workout time in half if need be. We tend to think if we don’t do the entire routine there is no need to do it at all. Not so, studies show that even 20 minutes of exercise a day can help relive stress and increase the metabolism. Be sure to remove makeup at night before sleeping. I have found in my practice that the clients who religiously cleanse their skin at night have fewer breakouts and a healthier [...]

By | 2017-12-01T18:30:17+00:00 December 17th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized, Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Skin Exfoliation Part 3: Choosing An Exfoliant

What's The Right Exfoliant For You When choosing an exfoliant it is important to assess the purpose of the treatment. As stated earlier, exfoliation is a wonderful treatment to deal with acne.  In addition, it is also a terrific treatment to deal with the aging process. When dealing with mild breakouts, commedones and oily skin, salicylic acid is always a great choice. It exfoliates from the outside in and results in a thinning of the Stratum Corneum - which in turn leads to stimulating cell renewal. This allows for easier extraction and removal of impurities in the skin. It is not as effective of a treatment for hyper pigmentation, and does not hydrate the skin like lactic acid. Lactic acid not only removes the dull surface skin, but also brightens the skin, helping to reverse the signs of damage from the environment. It is very receptive to active ingredients which are meant to fortify the skin’s moisture barrier function. It is used to also stimulate collagen synthesis, the replenishing of collagen in our bodies which repairs and replaces damaged collagen tissues. Studies have shown that the application of both Salicylic and Lactic Acid are more effective in stimulating cell turnover than the use of Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid has also proven to be slightly more irritating with a lesser result. Enzymes Enzymes have been used for years both naturally (Papaya) and in skin care preparations. These ingredients digest dead skin cells similar to having a “Pac Man” effect. Physical forms of exfoliation like “sea salt scrubs” and “nut shell scrubs”, in various forms, have been on the market for years.  They are applied to the skin by hand with a rotating motion to whisk away dead [...]