Indulging in fistfuls of colourful candy can make you feel like a kid, but there is nothing youthful about sugar’s effect on your skin. Eating sugary foods causes a cascade of damaging reactions that can make your skin age faster.
Sugar Makes Us Happy
The euphoric grin and that satisfied moan that slips out when we eat sweet food is a clear sign that sugar makes us feel good. Sugar stimulates the release of happy hormones in the brain. Foods with high amounts of simple sugar in them elicit a fast release of these happy hormones. Such foods include candy, sugary coffee drinks, muffins, condiments, white bread, crackers and some breakfast cereals. The ‘sugar high’ we experience from these foods makes us feel happy, but it also damages our skin.
Sugar AGEs the Skin
High sugar levels in the skin cause a process called glycation. You can think of glycation as the process of tying knots with the scaffolding (collagen and elastin) of the skin. Sugar in the skin causes the amino acids in collagen and elastin to cross-link. By linking to each other, elastin and collagen loose their ability to stretch and recoil. Scientists thought they were witty when they called these knots advanced glycation end products (AGEs) since the knots cause the skin to look less youthful. To avoid this ‘AGE-ing’ of your skin don’t eat sugary treats.
Your Weakest Moment
Afternoon cravings are more common than not. In fact, according to researchers most people are likely to give into a sugary craving like cookies, sugary coffee-drinks and muffins around 4:12 P.M. Dr. Shulman, national best-selling author of nutrition-related books, says don’t give in! Instead, reach for “fiber, fat and protein to help fill you up and end a craving…good options include frozen berries or mango, a hard-boiled egg, walnuts or almonds.”
Squash Your Craving
Succumbing to sugary cravings does not only age your skin, it will “result in extra weight gain around the belly region, fatigue and an intense craving for more!” says Shulman. You can also squash your cravings with healthy options like a glass of water or herbal tea, some fruit or vegetables, a handful of almonds, or inulin. Haven’t heard of inulin before? Inulin is a fiber that can make you feel satiated and promotes digestive health. There are even chews that contain inulin, designed for moments (like 4:12pm) when cravings arise.
Can Food Really Make a Difference?
When researchers studied the diet of people from Australia, China, Greece, Japan and Sweden, they found eating vegetables, legumes, fish and olive oil were associated with younger-looking skin. It makes sense that diets rich in whole foods like vegetables, fish and legumes would be helpful to the skin as they are low in sugar.
Cutting Out Sugar
Did you known the average American consumes 2 pounds of sugar per week? Sugar is hiding in many everyday foods and drinks. We know that cutting sugar completely out of your day isn’t realistic. By focusing on whole, fresh foods you can cut down on your sugar intake and feed your skin beautiful.
Surprisingly Sugary Foods In Your Day:
2 tbsp of peanut butter = ½ tsp of sugar
1 tbsp of mayonnaise = ¼ tsp sugar
½ cup of pasta sauce = 2.5 tsp of sugar
1 granola bar = 2 ½ tsp of sugar
1 tbsp of ketchup = 1 tsp of sugar
1 small iced coffee = up to 8 tsp of sugar
What causes large pores?
Large pores are caused by a variety of factors, and if you know what they are, it can be easier to decide what treatment options will be helpful to you. Dermatologists have studied several factors that causes large pores, and there are three main causes: oily skin, age and sex
Our bodies produce sebum, an oily substance we secrete to keep the skin from drying out. People who have naturally oily skin tend to have larger pores. This happens because when oil and dirt collect in your skin, your skin swells and your pores look larger than they normally would. Another contributing factor is age. As you get older your skin loses its elasticity, which can cause your pores to look bigger. Sun damage also affects the appearance of pores. It makes your skin thicken, causing skin cells to collect around the edges of your pores, which stretch them out. The third main factor is sex (no we don’t mean the bump-and-grind kind). Males tend to have larger pores than females. Women might experience enlarged pores more often during hormonal changes, however, particularly during menstruation.
So what can you do to minimize the appearance of large pores?
To reduce the appearance of large pores, start by keeping them clean. Use a gentle cleanser twice a day, but don’t scrub too much because you don’t want your skin dried out. Using an exfoliating cleanser once a week will also help, because it breaks down dead skin cells that clog pores and can give your skin a smoother appearance.
The beauty experts at Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa suggest these three to minimize the appearance of large pores:
- SkinMedica Tri-retinol Complex – Gently releases retinol, which helps correct and repair sun damage. This product improves the skin’s appearance, improving its texture by minimizing the appearance of large pores. It can also firm up your complexion.
- Deep Pore Cleansing Facial – Once a month, visit one of Suddenly Slimmer’s skin care experts to do a deep pore cleaning for you. Their beauty experts will have the products and beauty gadgets to gently deep cleanse your skin to clear up skin congestion, blackhead, and provide professional advice on how to prevent from getting clogged up.
- Laser Skin resurfacing – if you want dramatic results for your large pore problem, a laser skin resurfacing treatment is for you. Suddenly Slimmer uses Pixel Laser, which not only successfully shrinks pores, but can also smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and clear sun-damaged skin.
Aside from Spanx, this is another must-have to “lift” you up!
Under eye bags. One of those tricky beauty conundrums that continue to stump cosmetic brands and consumers.
Caused by pads of fat that push forward as skin stretches and muscles relax under the eye, undereye bags can be attributed to genetics or aging. Sadly, beyond of surgery, there’s really nothing on the market that can actually make an obvious difference to shrink those puffy bags.
We just got in Neotensil from Living Proof (yes, from the makers of hair products touted by Jennifer Aniston). Neotensil features a new technology called “Strateris.” It forms a breathable, invisible film on your skin and acts as shapewear for your bags. The film has been engineered to “want” to shrink and become flat. So there’s a two-layering process — you apply the first layer, the Reshaping Base, to the skin and then apply the second Activating Layer. These two form a kind of grid on the skin’s surface that compresses and reshapes, forcing the sagging skin under the eyes, wrinkles, and bulges to lay flat.
And voila! Undereye bags begin to diminish in an hour, and will virtually be gone by the third hour mark! Pretty incredible, if you ask us. Overall, users say that the improvement stays for a good 24-hours, which makes the product perfect to use before a sweet date, a fabulous gala, a reunion with old friends you haven’t seen in ages, a wonderful wedding…or really, any occasion that you feel should look your best!
It is not permanent, mind you. There’s surgery or maybe even lasers for that. However, the science and technology behind Neotensil is considered groundbreaking and shows lots of potential in the anti-aging industry. It’s an instant fix, which many cumsuemrs are looking for without gong under the knife.
One thing to note, though…Neotensil does not correct dark circles (discoloration). It was meant to “lift” the heavy bags, not to change the coloration of your skin. Consumers who have tried it, however, are saying that the dark circles under their eyes are significantly diminished because the heavy bags causing that usually causes the shadows are diminished.
Also another thing to note, you can’t wear makeup over it. The brand has specifically created a powder to work with the product.
Hey, worth a try. Suddenly Slimmer Day and Med Spa can offers individual Neotensil treatments, and also offers the complete kit for clients to take home!
Want to learn more about Neotensil? If you happen to be in the Phoenix area, we are hosting an event to learn more about Neotensil on Aug. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. Check out details on our Facebook page.
How To Lose Belly Fat
Phoenix – 1. Exercise no more than 45 minutes a day to reduce excess cortisol, the hormone that stores belly fat. Dubbed the “stress hormone,” cortisol helps our bodies deal with stress and can have some positive effects in the short term. Long-term, however, elevated level of cortisol can have several detrimental effects, including increased abdominal fat.
When it comes to exercise, you want to get in 30 minutes a day, four or five days a week, but be careful about going longer.
“When you go over that 45-minute threshold, cortisol, which is a stress hormone in the body, elevates tremendously,” Damaceno explained. At the same time, testosterone levels drop.
“You’re doing the opposite of what you’re really trying to accomplish,” she said.
2. Drink two cups of green tea every day.
3. Eat good-quality lean protein. Go organic if you can.
4. Come in and have our physician order blood test to check all three estrogen levels — estriol, estradiol and estrone. “If you can adjust those three estrogens, you can make a big difference,” Damaceno said.
5. Consider taking a supplement with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Studies have shown that taking 6 games of CLA per day can decrease belly fat by up to 30 percent.
Bonus tip: Green coffee bean extract is proven to significantly lower belly fat. Dr. Oz featured the supplement on his show, citing “a staggering newly released study” that “triggered unprecedented excitement for a weight-loss study.” According to that study, participants lost an average of 17 pounds in 22 weeks by doing nothing more than taking this supplement.
The Top 10 Foods That Burn Belly Fat & The Top 10 Foods That Store Belly Fat
The most powerful way to lose belly fat for women is to eat foods that burn belly fat and increase metabolism. But just as important as the foods to eat are the foods to avoid.
How Do Foods Burn Belly Fat?
It’s so much easier to remember and motivate yourself to change your diet if you understand the reasons behind it I think.
Our metabolism is determined by the balance of our hormones, which are the master controllers of our mood, how our skin looks, cravings, sleep as well as all of the metabolic functions like how your body uses food as energy, where it will get the energy from, whether to store or burn calories and the list goes on and on… and on!
So the key to burning belly fat is to eat foods that balance the hormones that effect belly fat storage and belly fat burning.
Our amazing bodies evolved to store excess energy as fat for times when food wasn’t available. An incredible creation that kept our species alive BUT in this age of ‘Supersize’ fast food, that incredible creation is now the reason why we’re fat… our bodies are storing excess calories as fat for the times when food isn’t around, but we NEVER have those times!!!!
The main hormones that effect belly fat fall into the 2 categories:
Hormones that store belly fat
Hormones that burn belly fat
Hormones that store belly fat in women:
Estrogen (More specifically Estrone)
Hormones that burn belly fat in women:
The following lists of foods will decrease the production of the belly storing hormones and increase the belly burning hormones:
Top 10 Foods That STORE Belly Fat And DECREASE Metabolism:
It is as important to avoid foods and ingredients in foods that increase the bad hormones as it is to eat the foods that increase the good hormones.
Processed & Refined Foods
Artificial Colours, Flavours, Additives
Processed Soy Products
High GI Carbs
Saturated & Trans Fats
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Top 10 Foods That BURN Belly Fat And INCREASE Metabolism:
Cruciferous Vegetables – Broccoli, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage etc.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Beans – eg Red Kidney
Tuna & Salmon
Garlic and Onions
Pure Whey Protein
Just by following the foods to avoid and foods that burn belly fat list and managing your meals around that will dramatically improve your metabolism and you will burn belly fat without having to count calories and feel hungry.
PIXEL RF Laser Skin Resurfacing
Improvement of Acne Scars and Stretch Marks
Skin Tightening & Skin Rejuvenation
Treatment of Discoloration, Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Acne Scar Treatment
Pixel RF technology works to contour, tighten and rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful, healthier appearance. The non-invasive Pixel RF skin rejuvenation platform uses Micro Plasma Technology, which both ablates and heats the skin through controlled, focused delivery of energy. The thermal injury prompts the formation of new collagen which tightens the skin and creates a smoother, refreshed appearance.
Pixel RF can also be advantageous because it does not see color so it is safe for all skin types. The healing time for Pixel RF can be faster than other skin resurfacing treatments and the entire procedure can be performed in as little as 15 minutes. With Pixel RF’s high-energy output, it can often create optimal results in skin resurfacing with only one treatment, as opposed to multiple treatments typically required from other radiofrequency techniques.
Here’s what industry leaders have to say about the PixelRF:
“Another dimension in the fight against aging. PixelRF technology has given us another dimension in the fight against aging. Since fractionated resurfacing with RF technology does not harm the skin’s outer layer, the healing time is faster than traditional CO2 lasers. As we noticed during our study The Micro Plasma Technology? creates multiple, controlled microperforations within small zones of thermal injury, similar to the pattern created by many fractionated skin resurfacing lasers. During the procedure, just a small portion of the tissue is ablated. The remaining tissue supplies the healing that leads to the elimination of irregular epidermal pigmentation, tightening of dermal collagen and the smoothing that results from the stimulation of the skin’s deeper layers. The fact that patients are experiencing less discomfort and a shorter down-time has made this technology a hit in my practice.” Dr. Michael Gold, M.D. - Nashville, TN
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PIXEL RF LASER SKIN RESURFACING BEFORE AND AFTER GALLERY
Instead of relying on your Photoshop app, why not just get a permanent “touch-up” in real life?
IPL Photofacial is a common procedure that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to zap away skin blotches, age spots, sun damage, discolored scars and even rosacea. It is highly effective that the results are evident that the next time you take a selfie, you wouldn’t even have to bring up your Photoshop app. For real!
For the most part, the IPL Photofacial works well on all skin types, but seems to do better on lighter skin types. There may be a risk of hyperpigmentation on darker skin types. But as our fabulous senior esthetician Dannielli suggests, “It is worth coming down to Suddenly Slimmer for a consult so our experts can properly determine if a Photofacial is right for your skin type.”
Of course, Suddenly Slimmer offers other options that can deliver the same great results that IPL Photofacial would for clients with darker skin tone.
The Photofacial session results in a more even skin complexion because it reverses sun damage…and boy, do we Phoenicians know all about that as we hit 110+ degrees. The treatment can also correct “telangiectisias,” which is redness of the skin due to broken capillaries. The best part, and an important part too, is that Photofacial can kill bacteria that causes acne. So if you’re still suffering from adult acne, or you have older teenagers who are battling the acne wars, this could be very helpful. Remember that.
Although IPL Photofacial really was not designed to prevent or repair wrinkles, the other benefits of receiving this treatment sometimes outweighs that. Also, there are other treatments for wrinkles that could very well work well in conjunction with Photofacial. That’s why it’s always important to consult with a certified esthetician, registered nurse or supervised medical assistants.
Now just for clarification, the Photofacial is not a laser treatment and should not be confused with laser treatments. Laser resurfacing actually removes layer of skin, while a Photofacial treatment creates what is referred to as “injury response” in the skin, that stimulates collagen and corrects the skin from the inside out. Photofacials use intense pulsed light, not laser. The good thing, it’s less expensive than laser resurfacing.
Pain? Not much, virtually none. Clients may feel a slight stinging sensation from the pulsing light. But typically, there is an optional cooling gel that can be applied to the treatment area to bring comfort. There’s zero recovery time, so it’s really no excuse to miss work…but we’ll leave that up to you. ; )
Are you ready to try it?! Seriously, with all the great skin benefits it can bring, plus the almost pain-free procedure and the reasonable price tag, you really should strongly consider it and be ready to ditch your Photoshop app. Your skin will always be photo-ready!
You’ve heard us sing praises for SkinMedica’s TNS (Tissue Nutrient Solution) Essential Serum, and we’re still singing praises! This is really the fountain of youth, made up of two effective skincare products combined into one bottle. Here’s the skinny on this product that everyone’s talking about.
First, the TNS recovery complex provides growth factors that help in the renewal of damaged skin. The science behind TNS Recovery Complex was originally used for wound-healing for people with severe burns. Perfected to become an everyday skin-care product, SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum delivers growth factors. On burn victims, growth factors for the skin are crucial in renewing burnt skin, letting new skin surface and replenish what was damaged. In this serum, TSN Essential Serum delivers growth factors to skin damaged by the sun and other toxic elements. It can practically be used on any skin in your body that you want to revitalize. We hear celebrities who frolicked a little too long under the sun back in the day, use it on their décolletage to prevent it from looking leathery as they age.
The second main component of TNS Essential Serum is the Antioxidant Peptide Serum (APS). It contains just that—antioxidants to protect the skin from the harsh elements of our environment (we’re talking pollution, sun, dirt and grime, and even the bad foods that we eat); and peptides, which are amino acids that help improve the thickness, elasticity and tone of your skin. It also has alpha-arbutin (what?), which is a skin brightener, and amino-butyric (huh?), which is a skin tightener so wrinkles and fine lines don’t look as severe. Finally, it also has hyaluronic filling spheres that plump and smooth the skin.
Yup, it’s like a facelift and skin rejuvenation in a bottle without the price (of a facelift and full rejuvenation treatment…suh-weet!). As we said, beuty industry giants name this product and sunscreen as two of the best anti-aging skincare products out there. Katie Couric (who is almost 60, btw) is a believer and so is Jennifer Aniston (who doesn’t even look 45!). This TNS Essential Serum won Allure magazine’s editor’s choice award for best beauty breakthrough and InStyle Magazine’s Best Beauty Buys.
Our clients who are religious about using TNS Essential Serum claim a wonderful difference to their skin tone and overall quality after just 30 days…and then the results got even better after 45 days of twice daily use. That’s what’s up!
Now you know, so what are you waiting for? Youthful skin is waiting for you…
Let’s talk spider veins for a minute.
The thought of it kinda makes you develop arachnophobia…and a hate for shorts.
Spider veins look like tiny roots growing just underneath the skin’s surface, spreading all over your legs and sometimes your face. They are much smaller than varicose veins and are typically red, blue, green or purple in color. They don’t hurt. But they are unsightly.
Spider veins existence is often associated with circulatory problems. When veins in the legs weaken or experience too much pressure because of weight, pregnancy, some kind of injury or just standing for long periods of time on one’s feet, blood becomes trapped and enlarges the veins. Sometimes sun exposure, hormonal changes and genetics can also cause spider veins to appear.
To prevent it or get rid of them, you can always elevate your legs every free moment you get (and how often is that?), you can reduce weight, exercise more, wear sunscreen and wear the very stylish (not) compression stockings. However, if the veins keep growing and persist, there is always laser treatment.
Laser treatment is a simple, non-invasive procedure that applies laser heat to the affected area, damaging the vein and causing it to eventually die and disappear. Newer laser treatment equipment are so advanced that they have made the procedures comfortable for clients. A session can be completed in a matter of minutes and the downtime is pretty minimal.
In our efforts to help you achieve the body you’ll love, the Suddenly Slimmer experts are always ready to assist you with your questions about spider veins and discuss your options. Especially during the summer months, when it makes so much more sense to wear comfortable shorts, we want you to feel confident in them. Spider veins are unsightly but don’t sit there and fret about it because there is a solution.
Okay, so it’s officially monsoon season, and just because it’s starting to get humid doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep moisturizing your skin! Because you still should! The key is finding the right moisturizer for your face and body.
Just remember that we carry world-renowned medical skin care products such as Obagi and Skinmedica including moisturizers of various kinds, to suit your skin type. Obagi and Skinmedica are dedicated to offering the best pharmaceutical grade products, quality skin nutrition for daily home use and the most effective, safe, result oriented professional treatments available.
Why I Keep Using My Obagi Nu-Derm System
You’ve completed your first Obagi Nu-Derm System regimen. Congratulations! You stayed with it and, although it may have been difficult at times, it was well worth it. Your skin is glowing and more youthful-looking. But now what?
It’s a common question many patients ask their skin care physicians. If you still have remaining skin concerns, you have a number of options. Consider taking the Nu-Derm Continuum Skin Assessment Questionnaire if you haven’t already done so, to help optimize your skin transformation results and keep your skin looking its best.
Like so many, after she concluded with her first Nu-Derm System, Obagi Ambassador Corinne Brown also wondered what was next – so we sat down with her to talk about her Nu-Derm Continuum program. With years of loyal Nu-Derm use under her belt, we thought she was an ideal person to ask about choosing a Nu-Derm Continuum program.
Which system are you currently using and how long have you been using it?
After speaking with my skin care physician once I completed my first regimen with the Obagi Nu-Derm System, we decided the best plan of action for my skin care needs would be to stay on the full system.
I must admit however, at one point in my life I fell off the Obagi bandwagon. But it didn’t take long until I saw the drastic changes in my skin reoccur without it. The dark spots came back, I noticed more fine lines and I lost my rosy glow. I didn’t feel confident about the way I looked anymore. When I told my mother (another Obagi devotee) that my glow was gone, she said “Dah’lin, it is very simple. Use your Obagi.” I got back on Obagi Nu-Derm and sure enough, my skin has never looked better! I’ve been using Obagi Nu-Derm for years now and wouldn’t change a thing.
That’s great! Why did you and your skin care physician choose to continue with the full Obagi Nu-Derm System?
In my opinion, Obagi Nu-Derm is an amazing skin regimen that yields consistent results. I have tried many other skin care products and systems but have not found anything that delivers results like Obagi.
Why do you feel it’s important to continue with Obagi Nu-Derm?
Obagi Nu-Derm keeps signs of skin aging at bay and allows my skin to be the best it can be. It has truly helped me put my best face forward. Because of my active lifestyle and because I am in the sun as much as I am, excessive pigmentation is always a concern for me. My Obagi Nu-Derm System helps correct hyperpigmentation issues and other signs of sun damage while also giving me clear, glowing skin.
Whether you’re like Corinne and choose to stay with the full Obagi Nu-Derm System or opt for a slightly different, customized routine for your skin, Obagi has the tools to help you and your doctor develop a regimen tailored to you. Start by coming into Suddenly Slimmer Med Spa to take our Obagi Nu-Derm Continuum Skin Assessment Questionnaire . Based on your results, you will be prepared to have an effective conversation with your skin care physician about what will prolong your transformation and give you gorgeous glowing skin for years to come.
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