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


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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Natural Ways to Firm Legs and Abdomen This Spring

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Do you want a flatter belly without surgery? Wonder how to get smoother thighs without painful liposuction or laser therapy?

If you don’t want to give up wearing shorts or your favorite beachwear, but are frustrated by the problem of belly fat and cellulite, here are some natural and cosmetic treatments that can help.

Eat Well; Drink More Water

How can drinking water and eating right help tone skin and manage cellulite? It helps to understand what causes skin to loosen and dimple.

“Cellulite is caused by fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle,” explains the Mayo Clinic. “As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.”

Inflammation and poor muscle tone can worsen the dimpling effect of fat under the skin. As the body works to rid itself of toxins and waste, fluids such as lymph accumulate under the skin.

Drinking water and eating healthy foods (to reduce toxins) helps your body reduce inflammation, burn fat, and nourish and hydrate your skin.

How Exercise Helps

Regular Exercise can be very beneficial to reducing the cellulite and firming skin. Without exercise, the body is less able to rid itself of excess fluids and wastes that build up and cause inflammation. Improving circulation and muscle tone helps the body flush this buildup.

Muscles that are firm and toned also do a better job of burning fat than weak, out of shape muscles. Smaller fat deposits help skin appear less baggy and be less dimpled.

Radiofrequency Therapy with the Venus Legacy System

Sometimes exercise and diet don’t do enough to reduce stubborn cellulite or loose skin. That’s when radiofrequency can be a very effective procedure without requiring painful surgery.

Radiofrequency therapy — with the Venus Legacy system — uses medically approved energy waves to firm the skin and reduce layers of fat and cellulite underneath.

The energy generates a gentle, safe amount of heat, which stimulates the body’s natural healing response. The healing response helps produce collagen in the skin, and break down fat deposits below.

Collagen is present throughout the skin and connective tissues and supports them. It allows skin to stretch in all directions and return to its original shape.

Skin sags because of a breakdown in collagen. But our bodies regularly make the most collagen only through about age 25. Afterward, the rate of production slows, and does not keep up with the wear and tear of sun exposure and the effects of free-radical damage and aging on collagen.

How It Works

Radiofrequency stimulation triggers the body to produce more collagen.

That is how the Venus Legacy system works. The procedure uses a safe applicator to gently warm the skin and cellulite layers. Not only does it stimulate the body to make new collagen. It also reduces the amount of fat underneath by causing fat cells to break down and shrink. The body removes the excess fat naturally as waste.

Radiofrequency has been used medically for years to promote deep-tissue healing. And because it is also so effective in firming and restoring younger looking contours, it has become a leading non-surgical cosmetic procedure. Venus Legacy is the radiofrequency system I use, with very satisfying results.

With Venus Legacy, I have seen patients lose inches from their waist, thighs and buttocks when they follow a recommended series of treatments. Venus Legacy provides more effective skin firming, cellulite reduction and body contouring than any known cream, or deep-tissue massage system. It is the most effective rejuvenating procedure to firm skin on the abdomen (and anywhere else) and reduce cellulite without surgery.

An additional benefit – it feels great! The gentle warmth of the treatments allow patients to relax and de-stress during the procedure. Results are visible immediately. There is no downtime and no pain, and patients return to their regular activities feeling — and looking — rested and rejuvenated.

Have Realistic Expectations

Changes in skin appearance and texture can be managed, but preventing all signs of change may not be realistic.

To some extent, looser skin and cellulite come with aging. Certain changes may run in the family. For example, if your mother’s hips and thighs became dimpled with cellulite as she grew older, your skin show similar changes as you approach middle age. It may not be realistic to expect to get rid of it completely, but you can take action to minimize its appearance.

When you take care of yourself, you can stay trim and feel great. You do not have to give up wearing shorts or your favorite beachwear, or feel embarrassed about the changes to your body over time. Now you know some simple healthy habits and procedures to help you enjoy a firmer looking abdomen and smoother thighs — and feel happier with the results.

For your Venus Legacy Consultation in Ridgewood, NJ, contact us online or call us at 201-485-7930

For Smoother Skin, Non-Surgical Fat Reduction it’s Venus Legacy

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Have you started to notice a few wrinkles? Is your skin starting to lose its youthful appearance? Do you watch what you eat and exercise but still can’t reduce stubborn areas of cellulite or fat? Does your abdomen need a Mommy Makeover? Not interested in surgery or other painful invasive procedures? Then, The Venus Legacy just might be your Best Option to help you look and feel your best!

What Is The Venus Legacy and How Can It Help You!

Venus Legacy is the newest non-surgical and painless aesthetic treatment to regenerate your face, neck, and body. The Venus Legacy has four primary functions:


Skin tightening,

Wrinkle reduction,

Cellulite reduction (non-surgical cellulite reduction)

Circumferential reduction (non-surgical fat reduction)

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The procedure is non invasive, completely painless, with no downtime. For your face and neck, it is the ultimate “antiaging facial” reducing wrinkles, firming and tightening lax skin on your face, jaw line and neck. For your body it will tighten lax skin which occurs as we age and because of sun damage. No amount of exercise will reverse this process.

Non-Surgical Fat Reduction, Non-Surgical Cellulite Reduction

The Venus legacy not only tightens your skin, you will see a reduction in circumference, and cellulite with a more contoured silhouette. It is ideal for combating stubborn areas of fat and cellulite, while diminishing the appearance of stretch marks. The procedure is completely painless, described by patients as feeling like a warm stone massage.

How to Get Natural, Safe Skin Tightening

The device works by using a combination of radiofrequency and multipolar magnetic pulse that uniformly distributes a deep heat penetration to the underlying layers of skin. This process triggers the skin to increase the production of collagen and elastic fibers. This process reduces wrinkles, tightens and firms lax skin on your face, neck and body.

There are four hand pieces two for the face and two for the body to address your specific needs. All four-hand pieces have a thermal sensor, which allows for precise control of temperature and improved results. The lift FX hand piece for the face and neck and the sculpt FX for the body also have varipulse technology for improved contouring results. The Lift FX is great for reducing fat under the chin and tightening and lifting the neck and jaw line. The sculpt FX allows for amazing body contouring results, cellulite reduction and circumferential reduction.

Cellulite Reduction, Wrinkle Reduction, Fat Reduction–All In One

You can expect to see tighter skin, softening of wrinkles, plumper fuller more youthful appearance, reduced cellulite, reduced circumference and a more contoured silhouette. You will see some results immediately but you will need to do a series of treatments to see the full results. It is recommended that you do six treatments for the face and neck and 8 treatments for the body. You will continue to see improvement for up to three months after competition of your series. In order to maintain results a treatment is recommended ever three to four months.

The treatments are for anyone looking for great results, with out pain, downtime or the risk of complications from surgery or other invasive procedures.

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