Need a Solution for Melasma? 4 Tips to help!

 

Melasma is a skin condition I have been asked a lot about lately. Usually problematic in the face, melasma is an overproduction of pigment making the skin appear darker in certain areas. It is a skin condition that is typically related to hormones and can be worsened by sun light, skin inflammation/acne or certain types of medication.

Some of the women I talk to have seen an increase or experience melasma for the first time after having kids. One way to avoid it from getting worse is to avoid excessive sun exposure. I know personally after having kids I am in the sun much more than before. Between pool days, going to the park and other outside activities it is hard to avoid. Here are some helpful hints to help tackle melasma.

1. Limit Sun Exposure – If you have to be in the sun, make sure to cover your face. I try and wear a hat as much as possible when I am out with the kids. Even the best sun protection has its limitations so try and cover up. This is the first and most important tip because if you start to treat the skin without covering up it will not help and could even make it worse. I think getting out in the sun is healthy and Vitamin D is crucial for our health but at least limit your face if working on this problem.

2. Look at Medications- Some of the birth control out there among other prescription medication can lead to an increase in pigmentation, so ask your doctor.

3. Topical Treatment Options– I am not a fan of harsh lightening creams, partially because they are not exactly great for the skin but also because if you aggravate the cells in the skin responsible for melanin production while using those products, the problem will come back even worse.

Regular exfoliation and brightening/lightening serums do a great job of managing pigmentation in the skin. I love Brilliance from Sircuit Cosmecuticals for its brightening agents. They ship free over 50 dollars as well. If you want to add a Vitamin C/A regimen, check out Sircuits website, they have amazing products that target pigmentation and use high quality and effective ingredients. Read more here on these products: Repair Post ‘Summer Skin’

4. Laser – If skin care treatments are in your budget I would recommend going to a medical spa or dermatologists office for a consultation. Some of the lasers out there do wonders, make sure you are going to a reputable place where the technician is experienced. Remember to be vigilant about covering up during these treatments. The summer months are not ideal for these types of treatments, although in Southern California I think Summer is the only season we have left.

I hope this helps navigate how to best work on decreasing melasma and pigmentation while brightening your skin in a safe way. Please comment below if you have a product or treatment that has worked for you or if you have any questions!

Prevention-Cold and Flu Season

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The dreaded cold and flu season is here. I have been sick quite a few times this year and have been researching ways in which I can keep my immune system strong. Once I’m sick it really shows; my skin gets dry, flaky and has a dull look to it. The last time I was feeling a scratchy throat I took a few actions and actually did not get sick! Here are 5  ways in which I protected myself:

1. Cut out sugar.

There is a lot of evidence that sugar can depress the immune system so I cut it out when feeling sick. A great substitute is Stevia to use for a sweetener.

2. Probiotics…go to town.

Find a great quality probiotic and you can take it in higher doses which is totally safe. I love Inner Eco which is a coconut water based Probiotic. Great for everybody when sick and to prevent getting sick, keep in your fridge! You can find it at most health food stores-berry flavor is my favorite!

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3. Vitamin C/Vitamin D

I’ve read that increasing not only Vitamin C but Vitamin D is crucial when feeling sick. I take the Super D Omega-3 by Carlsen. This is a Cod Liver Oil in liquid form, I know this sounds completely disgusting but it has a lemon flavor and is not bad at all.  I even sneak it into my sons apple sauce and he loves it. A great side effect for the skin with fish oils are the essential fatty acids which are amazing for fine lines, dry skin and even eczema.

4. Essential Oils

One of my favorite essential oil blends is the On Guard by doTerra. This oil can eliminate airborne viruses and pathogens, I diffuse it into the air constantly. It has a nice holiday flavor as well so it is perfect for this time of year. When I felt my sore throat coming on I gargled 1-3 drops of On Guard mixed with water and then swallowed it. My sore throat was gone! This blend is 10% off for the month of November: On Guard

5. Chicken Soup-From Scratch.

I love the study I read a few years back on how chicken soup was shown to help as a cold remedy. Although results were mixed, you can’t deny the comforting effects achieved from a warm bowl of homemade soup, not to mention the yummy aroma that comes with it. Luckily my mom came over and made some for me, I froze the broth and am hording it like liquid gold. If you are not so lucky to have a mom who can do this for you, find a store bought soup or pick up from a restaurant.

I wish all of you a happy and HEALTHY Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leur Lab Integrated Aesthetics

I am always getting asked what skin care facility I trust and recommend and now I am excited to tell everyone about Leur Lab Integrated Aesthetics! This medical spa has the most advanced and varied selection of laser and designer treatments I have seen. Some of the cutting edge therapies Leur Lab offers include Regenerative Cell Therapy through fat transfers and the Vampire Face Lift which can achieve amazing results without having surgery. The combination therapies offered ensure the best results because it is a customized treatment for each client. I also love the post laser treatment selection which helps speed up recovery time.

Another unique aspect of Leur Lab is their L-Fix Membership program, an amazing  way of personalizing and maintaining your aesthetic needs on a monthly basis. Read more about the program here.

I have added some images below, after all this place is stunning. The waiting room includes Wi-Fi, a wet bar and other luxuries that make it extra special. The skin care lines they have chosen are some of my all time favs as well. If you are looking for help with such skin conditions as acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation just to name a few, this spot is for you. Leur Lab is all about results, terrific service and gorgeous surroundings. Check out Leur Lab’s website or call to set up a consultation (949) 200 8222

JOURNÉE Bio-restorative Day Cream

I recently tried JOURNÉE by Neocutis, a super potent day cream with an SPF of 30 +. This product is loaded with powerful age fighting ingredients such as Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, Hyaluronic Acid and PSP (a blend of Human growth factors and other age fighting proteins).

Because of the ingredient combination this product is much more than just a sun protector. It applies smoothly onto the skin with a beautiful finish due to the reflective properties used to protect skin from the sun. There appears to be a slight tint but I learned the combination of ingredients causes the color and can still be used on any skin tone.

This is a higher price point than most of the products I review but you can justify the price tag if you consider this product is a serum, moisturizer and SPF in one! You can read more about Neocutis and the rest of the line here.

 

 

Chiro Care

 

I started having neck and back pain when I was working full time as a skin care therapist. I realized how working on my clients was causing me pain and decided to visit a chiropractor. What a difference it has made. Chiropractic therapy has been known to help issues such as back and joint pain to headaches and allergies. Seeing my chiropractor has especially helped my back pain due to picking up my son and everything else that comes with having a busy toddler!

If you are in Orange County I highly recommend Dr. Mike Tarjoman. He is the best Chiropractor I have seen, taking time for each patient to work out every issue. I leave with new advice on how to save my back not to mention live more pain free. There is also massage therapy and skin care treatments available, check out the website for first time patient specials!

Tarjoman Chiropractic
23412 Moulton Pkwy. Suite #130
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 829-8871

http://www.tarjomanchiropractic.com/

Circulation and the Skin

It was interesting for me to learn that having poor circulation can effect the skin in a negative way. It can trigger puffiness and even acne to appear in the face and body. I used to have poor circulation and some of my side effects included leg cramping and low body temperatures. I am the person walking around the plane a bunch of times during a long flight. (Wish I knew about compression socks when I was flying for business!)

Below I will highlight a few helpful ways to reduce poor circulation so we can keep our skin looking its best.

1. Exercise

Pretty obvious we need to keep the blood flowing and this is a great way to do it. Choose your favorite exercise or try something new to get you excited like taking a new class at the gym. I love to work out at home when I don’t have time to get to the gym or take a long walk- it’s all good.

2. Eat Some Garlic

Diet has been linked to circulation issues. Certain fruits and vegetables have been known to boost blood and improve circulation (like Garlic) while other processed foods have been known to thin the blood. Talk to your doc or see a nutritionist to learn more.

3. Go Natural

Alternative therapies are being utilized more and more to treat this problem. Treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy and reflexology have been reported to help. I’m in!

So I guess eating healthy, exercising and receiving relaxing body therapies are helpful…hmmmm I am noticing a theme here.

 

Check yourself-Skin Cancer Prevention

 

Have you been to a Dermatologist this year? Well, maybe its time you made an appointment. More than 90 percent of dermatologic surgeons have seen at least one patient in the past year with cancer that was overlooked or misdiagnosed by a non-dermatologist, finds a survey of by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

There is mixed feelings about the frequency of exams but after what I have read the safest bet is going with an annual screening. Especially if you are considered high risk spending time in the sun now and in the past.

Cancer.org has great information and facts regarding skin cancer and how to prevent it.

Sleep Much?

Well, if you’re a new mom like me, then the answer is most likely no. However, we are not the only ones lacking sleep. I hear it from so many of my friends and family too.

There are plenty of reasons to get good sleep, but not many realize these benefits also contribute to healthy skin. Ever heard the term beauty sleep? This is actually totally accurate; the body including the skin does its repairing at night during deep sleep or REM. At the REM stage, a hormone called the Human Growth Hormone is released which helps maintain and repair cellular tissue. Daily and long term damage is repaired, which is why we put potent regenerating ingredients in night creams.

Just from personal experience, when I do not sleep my wrinkles look a little bit more pronounced, my skin is puffier, and  I just look a little…old! A lack of sleep can also hinder proper metabolic functioning (having trouble losing weight?) and quite frankly can accelerate the aging process. Yikes!

So try and make an effort to call it a night at a decent hour and get your zzz’s. It can make a world of difference not only on your skin but with your entire well being. Now get to bed!

The Art of the Bath

In the spa industry one of the fundamental treatments is the bath. In fact SPA is centered around taking in the healing benefits of water. The history of bathing for medicinal purposes, social gathering and peace of mind has been around since the Greek and the Roman days. These days we take baths to cleanse but the benefits go far beyond rinsing the dirt off such as:

Soothing achy muscles
Clearing out congestion and relieving pressure from a cold
Relaxation
Detoxifying the body
Taking time for yourself

Of course you do not need to visit a spa to take in these tremendous benefits (although that would be lovely too). At home baths are wonderful -I love to add hydrating bath oils or bath salts, put on a facial mask and really benefit from some nice quiet time. Check out this past blog on at home facials, you can do this all in the bath:

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So Smooth!

Ladies, if you are sick of shaving every day it is time to consider Laser hair removal.  I am loving the results and am currently having the treatment on my bikini and underarm area. I have had the array of different machines in the past and the technology has come such a long way! I remember the first time I had a treatment, it took forever and hurt like hell!

My latest treatment was super quick and utterly painless-withOUT numbing! It had been a while for me since you can not get lasered while pregnant and I am looking forward to finishing this process now. Pacific Coast Cosmetic and Laser Center is where I go in Orange County, they have the latest and greatest equipment and my trust. Ask for Cami, she is amazing!

Pacific Coast Cosmetic &
Laser Medical Center, Inc.
James A. Heinrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.
26730 Crown Valley Parkway
Suite 250
Mission Viejo, CA. 92691
Phone: (949) 364-2440