Natural Ways to Have Younger Looking Skin. Spring Is The Perfect Time To Rejuvenate Your Skin

When you know how to treat your skin well, it shows! By learning to nourish your skin’s cells, you can help it stay firmer and smoother, with younger looking texture and tone.

Natural treatments are now available to help you feel and look your best without painful procedures.

By getting to know more about the skin, and new natural ways to care for it, you can restore your own healthiest, youngest-looking skin, and look and feel your best.

A Closer Look at Collagen and Elastin

If you’ve checked into skin care, you’ve heard about collagen and elastin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. It grows as fibers that inter-connect to support all the other tissues and organs in our body — especially the skin.

Collagen and elastin are major skin components. Only about one-third of the protein in our muscles, internal organs and connective tissues consists of collagen. But, collagen makes up about 75-80% of our skin, says the Cleveland Clinic.

Elastin makes the skin elastic — just as the name suggests. It occurs in the skin along with collagen fibers. It is necessary to help the skin and other organs expand, stretch, flex, and return to their resting shape.

Think about how your cheeks get round as you smile, and then lay evenly on your cheekbones at rest. Or think about how your lungs and sides expand and relax as you breathe. Elastin, working with collagen, makes this possible.

Understanding Skin’s Layers

You don’t see them, so you may not know your skin is made up of three layers.

The skin’s outer layer is the epidermis, the innermost layer is the hypodermis, and the middle is the dermis.

The most collagen and elastin are contained in the deepest layers, the dermis and hypodermis. The dermis layer actually makes collagen and elastin. The hypodermis contains fat cells and collagen cells to support the two upper layers of skin.

When collagen and elastin break down, we see wrinkles, lines, cellulite, and sagging skin. To reduce wrinkles effectively, it helps to think about all the layers when considering treatments.

Why Skin Sags and Wrinkles

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Our skin creases, wrinkles, and gets more lax because starting about age 30 we lose collagen at a rate of about 1% a year.  As we age our bodies also decrease production of collagen when women reach menopause; there is a 30% reduction in collagen production in first 1-5 years of menopause. So, it is vital to take good care of the collagen and elastin you have now.

What can you do to take care of the collagen and elastin in your skin, to help it stay strong, flexible and even? Can you make more of these proteins when they break down? Skin care science has some positive news.

Yes, You Can Make Your Own Collagen!

Did you know it’s possible to stimulate your body to increase production of collagen and ok even decades after the body’s prime years?

Thanks to medical science, we now have treatments that stimulate the body to increase production of collagen and elastin naturally. Your skin can generate some of the proteins that have broken down, without painful, costly surgery. You just need to know how to get started making the right repairs – and how to keep enjoying the results.

It turns out the best handy-person to repair your skin is the body itself.

Begin by Stopping the Damage that Ages Your Skin

Wear Sunscreen

First, you need to limit the damage to your collagen and elastin. UVA and UVB rays generate free radicals that damage your skin — they are like little solar hammers that strike at collagen and elastin fibers. Using sunscreen is the best thing you can do to prevent degradation of collagen/premature aging.

  • Choose a sunscreen of SPF 50 or greater
  • Use broad spectrum UVA UVB SPF 50 (to block 98% of harmful rays)

Nourish the Skin

Use skincare products that provide antioxidants to deal with infrared and visible light. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, suppress collagen digesting enzymes, and help protect against damage from air pollution.

Antioxidants include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • COQ-10
  • Resveratrol
  • Green tea polyphenols

I recommend this great sunblock which gives you much-needed protection from damaging rays, and adds antioxidants as it moisturizes.

Check out: Age Defense Antioxidant Sunscreen, Moisturizing Formula

Clean, Moisturize, and Keep Nourishing

As we age, the skin makes less moisture. Dirt and pollutants clog pores and increase the risk of acne and scarring.

Moisture helps skin cells remain hydrated and plump. Quality skin care (including sunblock) can help prevent premature aging and help repair and renew skin. Vitamin C, Retinol and Ceramides are a few clinically proven ingredients that support skin health. that break down collagen and elastin. Antioxidants reduce free radical’s power. Check out our personally developed line of medical grade skincare products.

Eat, Sleep and Exercise Well

Minimize processed foods, white sugar, and drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins can help neutralize free radicals that damage the skin.

Drinking more water helps your skin cells stay hydrated and plump. Good muscle tone from exercise supports firmer skin tone. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep is essential to every beauty routine.

Next, Stimulate Collagen and Elastin Repair

Next, you need to wake up the body’s ability to make collagen and elastin. Fortunately, with treatments based on the latest science, you can stimulate collagen and elastin to grow in your skin naturally and safely.

These three medical aesthetic treatments deliver safe, fast results without surgery:

Micro Needling or Collagen Induction with SkinPen

One of the best treatments for acne scars and stretch marks, as well as wrinkles and lines is called micro-needling or collagen induction. This treatment uses a special device to make micro channels in the top two layers of the skin — the epidermis and the dermis.

The micro-injuries stimulate a number of healing responses. The outer layer of the skin begins to renew itself at a much faster rate. Unevenly pigmented areas therefore begin to look more even and youthful as new cells replace dark spots and age spots.

Your practitioner can focus on special areas such as acne scars and stretch marks, breaking up scar tissue. The body responds by forming fresh collagen and elastin, a process called skin remodeling.

The body’s natural response is immediate. Patients may see some redness, but results are often visible just after a treatment. While the treatment is not painful, some redness usually appears where the skin is treated. The body continues to require the use of specialized post procedure protocol skin care products that optimize collagen and elastin production to increase collagen and elastin for the 30 days following each micro needling.

A minimum of 3 treatments spaced a month apart is recommended for most patients. People with deeper acne scars or wrinkles will benefit for additional treatments. I provide collagen induction treatments with the SkinPen at the Optimal Wellness Center.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

This treatment helps firm and tone the skin painlessly with acupuncture needles. It also helps patients relax and enjoy a greater sense of well-being. Not only does it soothe the body as a whole, it improves appearance by:

  • Increasing blood flow to the skin
  • Stimulating skin cell regeneration
  • Relaxing muscles in the jaw, forehead and eyes

Cosmetic acupuncture can be especially effective for patients who want to firm skin and reduce frown and worry lines — and to ease the feelings that make them want to frown and worry. I am a well trained and experienced cosmetic acupuncture practitioner — find out more.

Therapeutic radio frequency energy with Venus Legacy For the Face , Neck and Body

For patients concerned about cellulite, stubborn fat deposits as well as lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin. Venus Legacy is often the treatment of choice.

Treatments stimulate collagen production using a combination of medically approved radiofrequency and magnetic pulses. An applicator directs gentle, safe heat energy through the layers of skin. Not only does it wake up the skin’s collagen and elastin production. It improves elasticity so that sagging skin becomes firmer and tighter, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It also breaks down stubborn fat deposits, which the body eliminates naturally.

Venus Legacy gives excellent immediate and long term results with tightening of the skin, and with improved body contours.

Medical Aesthetic Treatments for Skin: Comparison Chart

To quickly sum up, you have a choice of natural ways to improve your skin, depending on the type of change you want to see.

A number of treatments help your skin repair collagen and elastin, give you smoother, firmer skin and reduce wrinkles.

But depending on your preferences, some treatments will have other advantages you may want to explore:

Advantages of Aesthetic Medicine Treatments at the Optimal Wellness Center

Reduce wrinklesImprove skin tone & textureReduce scars & dark spotsTighten sagging skinReduce celluliteImprove Contours; body sculptingIncrease Well-beingReduce stretch marks

SkinPen

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Venus Legacy

Find out more about the best treatment for you. If you are in the Ridgewood, NJ area, contact Dr. Keller, for a consultation to learn more.

 

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Treating Fibromyalgia Naturally: Diet Does Matter

Pain is the most distinctive characteristic of fibromyalgia. How to stop the pain? This is the most pressing question I hear from those suffering from fibromyalgia in my practice in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey.

One of the biggest challenges in coping with fibromyalgia is dealing the many possible triggers of flare-ups. Unfortunately, many triggers are a common part of the lifestyle we have in this area. Pain flare-ups can happen because of

  • sudden exposure to heat
  • sudden exposure to cold
  • illness
  • stress
  • excessive physical activity
  • lack of sleep

So, to start, it helps to keep an open mind about what may be causing you to experience bouts of more severe pain. You may already have a sense that being tired or stressed makes your symptoms worse. But there may be other triggers that can take some more time and careful observation to recognize.

Your Diet Matters

Many doctors and patients are finding that what you eat plays a big role in controlling symptoms. You may already suspect that eating or drinking certain things makes you feel worse. Following what’s often called an anti-inflammatory diet, or wellness diet, can bring real relief.

Health-promoting foods

Foods in an anti-inflammatory diet include:

  • Whole foods: unprocessed, fruits, and vegetables, and grains and nuts
  • Lean proteins: white meat chicken, eggs, soy and yogurt
  • Foods with healthy fats: omega3 fatty acids, which are high in flaxseed oil, salmon, caviar and walnuts
  • Antioxidants: These are compounds that prevent damage from unstable molecules called free radicles.

Antioxidants are found in Vitamin A-rich vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach. They’re also found in high vitamin C foods such as oranges, watermelon, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes and blueberries. Vitamin E-rich foods also provide antioxidants, in such foods as wheat germ oil, peanuts, almonds and sunflower seeds.

These foods are just a few among many choices you have as you look for natural ways to reduce pain.

It’s also important to avoid foods that can make symptoms worse. You may already know that caffeine makes it harder to fall asleep – which fibromyalgia pain already makes quite difficult.

Many people with fibromyalgia have noticed sensitivities to particular foods or ingredients. While this varies from person to person, you may find you feel better when you avoid processed sugar, MSG, nitrates or artificial sweeteners

If you’re not sure, a food journal – written notes about what you eat and how you feel — can help you recognize food sensitivities you may not otherwise know you have.

An anti-inflammatory diet does seem to help people with fibromyalgia feel better – by a lot. This may seem surprising, given that inflammation isn’t a major characteristic of fibromyalgia. Even if the pain isn’t caused by tissue swelling or damage to muscles and joints, you may find that a well-chosen food plan helps lower your fibromyalgia pain significantly.

Here are a few recipes I share with my patients at the Optimal Wellness Center, to help you explore these health-promoting foods.

Diet is one tool among others to cope with fibromyalgia. We’ll also explore, in other articles, what else you can do to ease the pain of fibromyalgia naturally.

With so many possible triggers, it’s unlikely that a pill or medication can make it all simply go away. Your best defense may be to find a combination of approaches — including natural ones — to keep your flare-ups to a minimum.