Posts Tagged ‘antioxidants’

Summer Skin Tips

Warm temperatures and longer days keep your mood light but acne flares can become an issue in the summertime.

Higher temperatures can increase facial oil production which can lead to clogged pores; contributing to black heads and breakouts.   Sweating also contributes to inflammation which can worsen acne.

A few simple changes to your skin regimen can help control summer skin problems.

1)      Gentle yet diligent–Wash your face with a non-drying foaming or lotion cleanser twice a day.  Avoid harsh soaps and toners which can dry out the superficial skin layers and stimulate more oil production.  You may want to let your cleanser set on your skin for a minute or two prior to rinsing.

2)      Unplug—a quality clay mask a few times a week is great for absorbing oil and clearing pores.

3)      Go lightly or skip—a lighter moisturizer or hydrating gel is usually enough to keep your skin happy.  Many skip moisturizers altogether in the summer.  Drinking plenty of water will help  keep your skin plump and soft.

4)      Protect—Use a gentle facial sunscreen daily.  Choose a product with an SPF of at least 30.  Try a tinted mineral sunscreen.  Mineral sunscreens are great because they reflect UV radiation rather than absorbing the rays and causing heat damage to the skin.

5)      Seek guidance—Come see us at Rejuvenate Rx for a little help if your acne continues to bother.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

–Dr. Gwyn

Time for Being TrueTM

BeingTrueRejuvenate Rx and Being TrueTM Cosmetics combine resources to celebrate who we are and all we aspire to be. Like Shakespeare professed, “To thine own self be true.” Well Spokane, here is a great option for you to look and feel your beautiful self. Anti-aging makeup artistry is here at your fingertips.
Our new makeup line arrives next week and it will be a delicate balance to keep on the shelves. Being TrueTM is a professional line that is focused on dermatological health with antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage, correct existing age spots; and SPF to prevent further sun damage. Yes, all that goodness plus art! The many color choices and formulations are highly desirable for any consumer or pro. Through the technology and a diverse color palette, we can further promote self-confidence and the notion of being exactly you.
Our makeup artist is here Monday through Saturday to consult with you on how to achieve any look or feel you desire. Through the art of blending, color theory, balance, proportion, value and simple design, Being TrueTM has never been so productive and enlightening.
We offer complimentary color-matching. Stop by when you are ready to explore Being TrueTM.

Happenings at Rejuvenate Rx

Since we, “the new kids in town” opened in June of 2012 we have been growing and garnering recognition as the “place to go” for corrective skincare, injectables and esthetic services in Spokane and the surrounding areas.

We’ve added some services including eyelash extensions and spider vein treatments.  Plus, you’ve been telling your friends about Dr. Gwyn’s skills at BotoxTM, JuvedermTM; and removing age spots and other sun damage with her special treatments.

Now we are entering into another phase of our evolution:  A new location!  We couldn’t be more excited about joining the premiere businesses at the Wandemere Village West (picture Starbucks, Mel’s, Sweet Frostings…) We expect to transition to the new space in mid-May.  We will be expanding our available days, hours and staff once we are in our new home.

We are grateful for your friendship and support–and definitely enjoying this ride. Come join in the fun!

 

Loving care for your lash extensions

 

Full, lush eyelashes can be yours in one appointment at Rejuvenate Rx.  Eyelash extensions are individual lashes attached to your own lashes using a special bonding agent.  Once affixed, your extensions will grow along with your natural lash growth cycle.  We put together some tips to make your lash extensions a success.

When setting your appointment: Expect to spend a little over 2 hours for a full set of lashes.  Fill appointments are typically 1 hour in length.

Before your appointment:  Remove your makeup if possible.  If not, we will remove your makeup for you at the time of your appointment.   The lash adhesive works better on lashes that are completely free of any residues or oils.

After your appointment:

1)      After each application, whether a full set or a “fill,” avoid getting your lashes wet for 48 hours.

2)      Avoid saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools and hot tubs for 48 hours.

3)      Avoid “drenching” work outs for 48 hours.

4)      Use eye make-up and removers that are oil-free

5)      Avoid waterproof make-up, especially waterproof mascara.

6)      Wearing less make-up is better for your lash extensions.

7)      Resist urges to pull or tug on your lashes.  If your lashes are crisscrossing, use a lash wand to brush them straight from root to tip. We will provide you with a wand at your appointment.

8)      Keep your extensions beautiful and well-maintained by keeping your lash-fill appointments every 2-3 weeks.

Enjoy your beautiful lashes!  Give us a call at (509)290-6149 if you would like more information.

–Kim Jarrell, LE
Clinical Director at Rejuvenate RxLash Extensions before and after

Cute cheeks with VolumaTM at Rejuvenate Rx

Cute cheeks with VolumaTM at Rejuvenate Rx

Wrinkles and age spots aren’t the only problems as we age. There is another large part of the aging equation: Volume loss.  Volume loss in the cheeks causes our faces to flatten which causes the skin on our faces to migrate lower and look saggy.

Before Juvederm Voluma XC and 1 month post-treatment. A total of 3.5 ml was injected into the cheek area.

Enter VolumaTM from Allergan.  VolumaTM is the first and only FDA approved filler to add volume to the cheek area, mainly on the cheek bone.  VolumaTM gives you back lifted, youthful, cute cheeks for up to 2 years.   There is very little, if any recovery time and your results are instant.

We are happy to share with you more information over the phone or in complimentary office consultation.  Give us a call at (509)290-6149.

–Dr. Gwyn

Rejuvenate Rx’s Holiday Open House— we are so thankful for YOU!

You have become our friends and cheerleaders. We are so grateful for your respect and confidence in referring us to your friends and family… these are true gifts.

We are especially excited we’ll get a chance to hang out with you at our open house on Thursday, December 12th from 4-6 pm. AKA, “the gratitude party”. We want to treat you to special deals just for you, swag bags, chair massages, cool demos and groovy prize.  There will be some yummy snacks and champagne (which is always a plus.)

Let’s celebrate a year’s hard work and joy moments, and toast a new year of fabulous, healthy skin.

Can’t wait to see you there!

–Dr. Gwyn, Kim and Chris at Rejuvenate Rx

Ah autumn! (And Acne?)

Crisp air, warm fireplaces, beautiful foliage, acne breakouts……Yes, fall is the season of acne flares.  The cooler, drier weather pulls moisture from the surface of the skin.  Oils become a little more viscous and sluggish when moving up through the pores.  The result is more dead skin cells on the surface and more plugged pores below; not a good combination for those of us who are prone to acne.

I would like to share some tips for curbing the willingness of our skin to misbehave in the cooler weather.

#1—Don’t over-dry your skin.  I know the tendency is to use harsher, drying acne formulations when our skin is breaking out.  But don’t!  This only increases the amount of dry skin cells on the surface.  Your skin senses dehydration and produces even more oil which promotes bacterial activity.  Use low foaming or even lotion cleansers.

#2–Exfoliate but don’t traumatize your skin.  Use smooth, round exfoliating beads rather than sharp, ground seed pods (like apricot shells.)  Use salicylic-acid products to promote gentle cell by cell exfoliation without over-drying your skin.  Now would also be the time to get a professional facial that includes a mild chemical peel.

#3—Moisturize your skin.   Use a light moisturizing lotion for daytime and a heavier, more emollient moisturizer at night.  Apply the moisturizer after cleaning your face while the skin is still damp to seal in precious moisture.  I prefer to skip the moisturizers that have alpha-hydroxy acids in them; instead I prefer to use cleansers that have salicylic or alpha-hydroxy acids (that are then rinsed off.)

#4—Spot treat with formulations that contain salicylic acid rather than benzoyl peroxide.  Salicylic acid penetrates the spot without over-drying your skin the way BP can.

If you are still struggling with unresolved complexion issues please give us a call (509)290-6149 for other treatments, including prescription solutions.  Consultations are always complimentary.  At Rejuvenate Rx we love working with you to clear up acne and promote beautiful healthy skin.

Enjoy every season!

–Dr. Gwyn

Skin of Color – A tasty twist on sun protection

Interesting article on how foods can help protect our skin from sun damage—Dr. Gwyn

Skin of Color

Skin of Color – A tasty twist on sun protection

May 17, 2013

By: NAISSAN WESLEY, M.D., Skin & Allergy News Digital Network

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In an effort to improve sun protection and curb skin cancer, dermatologists are doing a better job of educating patients of all skin types about the consequences of UV damage. Sunscreen manufacturers also continue to develop more elegant formulations of both chemical and physical blockers that do not leave a whitish hue on darker skin.

But what about some other, lesser-known innovative ways we can protect ourselves without looking chalky?

Just in time for summer, here’s some food for thought.

Strawberries, as well as other darker-colored berries, are known to contain polyphenols that are antioxidants. Researchers in Italy and Spain tested a strawberry extract on cultured human fibroblasts to see whether there was a photoprotective effect. They added strawberry extract in different concentrations (0.05, 0.25, and 0.5 mg/mL) to all but the control group. They then exposed the samples to a dose of UV light “equivalent to 90 minutes of midday summer sun in the French Riviera,” said lead investigator Maurizio Battino. Strawberry extract, especially at a concentration of 0.5 mg/mL, provided UVA protection, and not only boosted cell survival and viability, but also minimized DNA damage, compared with the effects on control cells (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2012;60:2322-70). Perhaps there will be topical sunscreens that contain strawberry extract in the future.

Other foods high in antioxidants that have been considered to have potential sun-protective benefits include bell peppers (red, yellow, green) and yellow squash (high in carotenoids); tomatoes and watermelon (high in lycopene); dark berries such as blueberries, acai, blackberries, and cranberries (rich in anthocyanin); turmeric root (curcumin); pomegranate (ellagic acid); green and black tea (catechins); dark cocoa (flavenols); green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale (xanthophylls, oxygenated carotenoids); and fish such as mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, and sardines (omega-3 fatty acids).

Of course, just because certain foods have protective benefits does not mean we can advise patients to eat some fruits and veggies and then go lie in the sun sans sunscreen. These foods are not a replacement for the more common methods of sun protection, but they certainly contribute to overall health and, by extension, to healthy skin of all types.

This column, “Skin of Color,” appears regularly in Skin & Allergy News, a publication of Frontline Medical Communications. Dr. Wesley practices dermatology in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scan the QR code to read this column online at skinandallergynews.com.

It’s not the heat, it’s Infrared Radiation…..

Our skin can’t stand the heat — or too much of it on the skin’s surface.  All warm or hot objects are giving off infrared radiation.  This is not a bad thing.  Our skin uses antioxidants (such as vitamin C)  to protect itself from cellular damage caused by heating the skin.  Skin cells, collagen and elastin sustain damage when there exists an imbalance between the amount of infrared radiation absorbed by our skin and the amount of antioxidants that are present for protection and correction of damage.
Infrared radiation causes free radical formation in the layers of our skin.  Free radicals set off a cascade of events in our skin that leads to premature aging.  Our natural skin-defenders are equipped to handle a moderate amount of infrared radiation without upsetting the balance that leads to skin damage.  Unfortunately it is all too easy to overwhelm our skin’s supply of protective antioxidants. Heat from the sun is the major cause of excess infrared radiation on the skin’s surface.   It is already well-known that sunscreens are incapable of blocking infrared rays.  Recent research has proven that superficially applied infrared energy depletes antioxidants in the skin while increasing levels of substances that contribute to skin damage and aging.

Our body’s ability to deliver dietary antioxidants in the form of diet and nutritional supplements to the skin’s  surface is limited by nature.  The best known method of supplementing our skin’s ability to neutralize damage from infrared radiation is the application of topical antioxidants; especially Vitamin C, Vitamin E and some specific plant antioxidants that have been scientifically proven to penetrate and protect the skin.

Phloretin CFCE Ferulic and other SkinCeuticals antioxidant formulations protect your skin against damage from not only UV radiation but also infrared radiation.   This translates into younger looking skin and a lower risk for many skin cancers.  I have several antioxidant formulations available for sale at Rejuvenate Rx.  Call (509)290-6149  if you would like to know more.

~Dr. Gwyn