ANTI-AGING

This is a relatively recent term, developed to describe a form of medicine that is focused on keeping a person’s physiology functioning at a youthful level. Other terms that are used synonymously with anti-aging are “wellness” and “longevity” medicine.

Bottom line: As we age, the vast majority of our physiological functions progressively lose their efficiency. Our metabolism drops, our energy levels drop, our hormone levels drop, the quality of our sleep drops, our ability to clear toxins drops, etc. etc. etc.

Anti-aging / longevity medicine is focused on keeping our physiological functions at a youthful level. The goal is vitality and longevity. We use the phrase: “To add years to your life and life to your years”™

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WHAT IS GLUTATHIONE?

Glutathione is a simple protein made of three amino acids, glutamine, cysteine and glycine.  It is the body’s most important antioxidant, and plays a major role in the health of every tissue and organ in the human body… Including you skin!

Glutathione helps your mitochondria produce ATPInside every cell in the body there is energy generating apparatus called mitochondria.  Mitochondria convert the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat into chemical energy called ATP.  Everything a cell does, from its own maintenance to making important substances that other cells need (like insulin for example) is dependent on ATP.

 

They look like small flats of hanging skin and are more common than you imagine.

Although not dangerous or painful, skin tags are a source of discomfort. That is why so many people are eager to get rid of them as soon as they develop. Before learning how to remove skin tags safely and painlessly, here are just a few of the questions about skin tags and what they are all about that we are going to answer in this post:

 

What are Skin Tags?

 

Repost of an article originally written in 2006

Thick Skin - Bree WalkerIt’s been said that a working journalist must have thick skin but I never thought this expression had literal meaning. Now that I am officially middle age, I am eager for a dermatological thickening of my skin, even, as my heart grows softer with age. Unfortunately, as time marches on, my Scandinavian skin is destined for its ancestral tissue-paper fragility. My inner debate continues whether I should go under the knife and risk that stretched Saran wrap look that so many Scandinavian women suffer after surgical face and neck lifts, or do I opt for a more long-term approach that includes diligent at-home skin care and a willingness to explore new non-surgical technologies?

 

It has been said before that “Wrinkles are a roadmap of your life.”

Well… I’m not sure I want to live my past every time I look in the mirror. I prefer to live in the present with healthy, beautiful and happy skin!

One of the most famous fashion designers of all time was the first to bring to light the topic of wrinkles and aging. Coco Chanel stated that “nature gives you the face you have at twenty.

 

Microneedling : All natural skin tightening and collagen generation 

Ever hear the adage: “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger”?

Well… being pricked with a needle definitely won’t kill you, but it’s also not likely to produce a benefit either, like making your skin stronger.  Right?  How about being pricked many times, over and over again? Imagine being pricked 10 times… how about 100 times… no wait there’s more… how about 5,000 times.  To make it even more interesting, how about 5,000 needle pricks all on your face!?

 

Wondering where all that collagen went? As we age, our skin’s ability to produce collagen diminishes. And depending on our lifestyle proclivities, from too much sunning to unhealthy habits like smoking or poor diet, collagen breakdown can leave us weathered, wrinkled and sagging.

There are many different treatments available that claim to boost your collagen and reverse the signs of aging. But which of these collagen treatments actually work? Read below to discover what works and what doesn’t.

 

Now that you have read the article What is Collagen? The Basic Biology, you know that healthy collagen is key to youthful and healthy looking skin.  In fact, even for people who are un-educated about collagen, society is filled with advertisements about supplements, vitamins and products that improve skin by “boosting” your collagen. Do collagen supplements work?

Bottom line:  If you are interested in skin tightening, or a variety of other collagen boosting treatments such as; a non-surgical facelift, skin rejuvenation, laser face lift, neck lift, etc, you must understand that collagen plays a major factor in all of these treatments.

 

Is there a connection between diet and wrinkled skin? Are there anti-aging foods?

Ever heard the saying: “Don’t ask a question if you are not prepared to hear the answer”?

The other side of that coin is: “Don’t illicit a question if you don’t have the answer”.

For the past 20 years, many of our patients have asked about their diets, “is there such a thing as anti-aging foods?”. What should they eat or avoid eating to keep from getting wrinkles, acne or Rosacea.  Believing that diet is critically important for the state of one’s health and wellness I have always wanted to enlighten our patients with clear and unambiguous answers.  However, whereas many serious studies have been conducted regarding diet and a variety of serious health issues, such as heart disease and numerous other conditions, there is only one notable study concerning diet and skin wrinkling: the Monash study conducted at the University of Melbourne Australia.

 

DMAE Benefits… Skin Tightening Cream?

For all those who are looking for a “quick fix” for skin tightening, DMAE benefits loose skin and sounds like a dream come true. It is marketed under the clever moniker “facelift in a jar”, which conjures up images of a 50 plus year old woman (or man) looking in the mirror, opening a jar of cream that she slathers on her face and viola!… a 35 years old face is looking back at her from the mirror.

 

Every so often the airwaves fill with news about a new miracle substance that can cause skin tightening and make your skin young again, as if you magically had a neck lift or non-surgical face lift.  

Some of these are synthetic but most are compounds discovered from some sort of natural source, like a rare melon that is grown only in France or an even rarer orchid found only in a mysterious jungle somewhere.  Of course the more rare the plant, the more expensive the product, which only increases the hype about it.  Most of these substances are animated by the marketing hype about them, which points to the unfortunate fact that few if any of them actually undergo serious scientific research and clinical testing.  Most are like a flash in the pan, and as the media hype-wave passes, the substance recedes from memory in perfect timing with the arrival of the next new miracle substance promising miracle skin rejuvenation. 

On the other hand, a few of these substances actually do work, and some have been around long enough that scientific studies have validated some of the claims made in the media.  One such substance is Alpha Lipoic Acid. Alpha Lipoic Acid benefits not only you skin but has many other important roles.