Tuesday, May 2, 2017

5 Ways to Take 5 Years Off Your Face Today!

5 Ways to Take 5 Years Off Your Face Today!

Hopefully you are doing a good job with following a healthy lifestyle - you are protecting your skin from sun damage, drinking lots of clean water, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and avoiding the aging effects of sugar and processed food.  But no matter how carefully you live your life, age happens. 

Here are 5 ways to dial back the clock and look more refreshed and youthful (but still natural!)   

1.  Epionce skin care products.  The choice of products you put on your skin is just as important as the supplements you choose to take.  Epionce products are non-comedogenic, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, and proven effective so you can confidently improve the appearance and condition of your skin.  Healthy skin is beautiful skin!

   2.  Botox.  Ok, lets be honest.  No one wants to      have a face that looks frozen in place.  But when  judiciously used, botox can erase fine lines from  your forehead,  and eliminate frown lines and  crows feet.  Botox works by relaxing the muscles  in these areas.  You still look like you.  Only  younger.

3.  Dermal fillers.  As you age, you lose volume in the tissues of your face, which results in saggy skin and can leave you looking tired.  Loss of volume around your mouth can cause the corners of your mouth to turn down, so you always look like you are frowning.  Not a good look. Fillers, such as Juvederm and Voluma,  can restore the natural shape of your face, and take years off your face within minutes, leaving you looking refreshed and rejuvenated, without the expense, risk or downtime of a facelift.  Your friends and family will notice that you look great, but won’t be able to tell what is different!  

  4.  SkinPen Unhappy about the texture or color of your skin?        Sun damage can leave dark spots and make your skin look old and   crepey.   This new technology involves micro-needles that make    tiny,  painless punctures into your skin to trigger a healing  response.  It can  erase sun damage and leave your skin with an  even texture and  glow.  It is not uncomfortable, and is much less  expensive than laser  therapy with similar results. 

5.  Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).   Platelets contain growth factors that can stimulate the stem cells in your skin to grow more collagen fibers, nerve endings, blood vessels and turn back the clock.  In this procedure, we draw your blood, then process it to separate out the growth factors (PRP) and inject them into your skin.  Our PRP Skin Rejuvenation Procedure (also known as a Vampire Facelift) uses filler to restore the shape of your face,  a SkinPen treatment to address the tone and texture of your skin, and the PRP literally rejuvenates new and younger tissue that glows with vitality! 

Want to know more about how you can look younger today?  Schedule a complimentary aesthetic consultation!


Top 5 Hormones Affecting the Health of Your Skin

There are many important factors to healthy skin:  a diet rich in fruits and vegetables of many colors, good hydration, regular exercise.  There are some important factors to avoid as well including sun damage, smoking, sugar and processed foods.  
But did you know that there are also many hormonal issues that can affect skin health?

Estrogen has many important actions on the skin:  It retains moisture, to prevent dry skin (and dry hair and dry eyes and vaginal dryness…).   It maintains collagen and elasticity to prevent wrinkling.  It also helps to maintain the thickness of the skin.  There are more estrogen receptors in the skin of the face than on other parts of the body, so declining estrogen levels cause more obvious changes on facial skin.  
Estrogen replacement has been shown to increase skin thickness and elasticity, improve collagen content in the skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Some women actually choose to apply their topical estrogen cream on their face to maximize skin benefits.  Even if estrogen is not applied to the skin, women often notice improvements in their skin, including that healthy glow, when their estrogen levels are restored.  
Testosterone can cause skin problems when it is too low OR too high! 
When testosterone levels are low in older men and women,  skin tends to become thinner, and wound healing is impaired.  Testosterone adds some oil to the skin, and this can be helpful in aging skin which tends to be dry.
On the other hand, excess testosterone or DHEA can cause excessively oily skin and acne breakouts, as well as excess hair growth.  

Progesterone has been found to help maintain skin thickness and elasticity, and helps to maintain scalp hair growth.  It also helps to reduce the negative effects of testosterone on the skin, so a lack of progesterone can exacerbate the effects of excess testosterone.
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) is often associated with skin dryness as a result of decreased sweating and reduced sebum production.  Many other factors may be seen with low thyroid:  pale skin color, dry bumps on the upper arms, puffiness around the eyes, scalp hair loss, loss of the outer third of the eyebrow,  dry and brittle hair.   
Cortisol is your main stress hormone.  Stress has been associated with skin problems such as acne breakouts.  Since cortisol regulates your immune system, stress can exacerbate rashes such as psoriasis and eczema, which are due to immune system problems.  There is actually a new area of study called psychodermatology looking at the links between skin health and emotional stressors. 

As you can see, there are many ways in which hormones affect your complexion.  If you want healthy, glowing skin then proper hormonal balance is important!
If you are having skin issues and feel that hormones may be part of the problem, please give us a call!  704-752-9346 or email us at questions@signaturewellness.org.  You can find more information at www.signaturewellness.org