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Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that smoking, not wearing sunscreen and going to bed with your makeup on hardly produces the coveted look of Instagram’s “glass skin.” Aside from these three ‘skin sins’ there are many others that are not so obvious. We turned to Denver Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Manish Shah who is a big believer in pre-juvenation and a holistic approach to youth.
“Many people think caring for your skin is skin-deep,” quips Dr. Shah. “It is not.“ Inconsistent or inadequate nutrition that has your body mass and weight moving in a yo-yo motion up and down the scale can contribute to ruined elasticity and reduced collagen in the skin. This is part of the reason why specialists will recommend a two-pound maximum weight loss goal per week because your skin needs time to adapt to the loss of mass. Dr. Shah explains that the skin needs to be nourished from the inside as well and many of the trend diets like keto and paleo focus on one group of food and though it can help keep a caloric deficit, it can also create a deficit of the necessary vitamins and minerals you need to keep your skin looking healthy.
Drinking Too Much Coffee
“Excessive amounts of caffeine can increase the levels of insulin and cortisol in the system,” explains Dr. Shah. Insulin increases inflammation and cortisol is known as the stress hormone. This combination could mix up your sleeping habits and contribute to continued stress which can lead to sleep deprivation. “Sleep deprivation prevents that regenerative rest our skin and mind need to stay healthy.”
Neglecting the Skin Around Your Eyes
"The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and has very few oil glands," says Dr. Shah. Pamper your eyes and stave off signs of aging by choosing a daily eye cream that includes peptides. Dr. Shah explains, “They work to stimulate collagen production and prevent fine lines. Be sure to check the label.” Other notable ingredients that reduce puffiness, lines, wrinkles, and under eye circles are caffeine and nicotinic acid (a form of the B vitamin niacin).
Expecting Instant Results from Beauty Treatments
Most of us are guilty of trying a face cream or anti-aging treatment once or twice and then giving up on it before it has had a chance to work. A majority of anti-aging treatments take up to a month to begin showing positive effects. Dr. Shah explains, “This is due to the cycle of your skin, which undergoes a period of cellular structure renewal over a span of 30 days. In our instant gratification mode, we often toss a product before giving it time to work.”
Taking Medications With Side-Effects on the Skin
Certain medications like corticosteroids for asthma and arthritis cause the skin to thin and weakens blood vessels. Medicine to treat seizures can cause heightened sensitivity to sun damage in the skin which is a common perpetrator in premature aging. Blood pressure medications that block calcium channels have been studied in relation to their inhibition of collagen production by obstructing the absorption of vitamin C by the cells. Vitamin C is an important part of collagen production. “If these medications are being prescribed to you by your physician then the benefits outweigh their effect on collagen production. There is no need to stress over this, as long as you take care of your skin in other ways you should be fine,” explains Dr. Shah.
Consuming Excessive Amounts of Salt
“By all measures, an excess of salt in your diet is detrimental to your kidneys, your cardiovascular health and, yes, your skin,” says Dr. Shah. Salt absorbs moisture and it can aid in making your skin look dry and less vibrant. Reducing your sodium intake and sticking to a moisturizing routine should help your skin stay healthy and smooth.
Every time you move that beautiful face, your skin wrinkles a little bit. Most of the time your face bounces back and those little wrinkles disappear once new skin cells grow.
While you may think that soap is your skin’s best friend, this is actually not the case. The reason for this is that your skin has an acid mantle which is a natural protective barrier of the skin. When you wash with soap – which is generally alkaline – it can remove this protective layer of oils and dry out the skin, eventually leading to wrinkles. Dr. Shah says that “While it is not advisable to stop washing entirely, try swapping the soap for a PH-neutral and chemical-free cleanser, and bear in mind that there is such a thing as over-cleansing your skin.”
Tugging on Your Skin While Applying or Removing Makeup
To minimize the damage to the skin around your eyes, follow these quick tips from Dr. Shah:
Use your ring finger to pat on products around your eyes, including serums, oils, moisturizers, and concealers. Your ring finger is the least likely to pull or tug at your skin.
Apply eyeliner and eyeshadow by gently closing your eyelids, rather than by pulling them taut. If you’re struggling to apply without pulling, consider investing in products that are made to apply smoothly, like cream or gel formulas.
Have patience when removing makeup from the eye area. Use cotton or another soft product, coated well with your favorite makeup removing solution. Hold the cotton over your closed eye without wiping, allowing the product to break down the makeup. After a minute or so, wipe gently to remove the makeup.
Picking Your Skin
You're not a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. You should not be picking at your pimples, ingrown hairs, or anywhere else on your face. It's one of the biggest assaults against your skin and can have permanent effects. "The more people press and manipulate blemishes, the more inflammation they create underneath," explains Dr. Shah. "The result is scars, pockmarks, and discoloration that can become permanent.”
Licking Your Lips Constantly
There's a myth out there that claims people can get addicted to lip balm. "These people just have dry skin and miss the feeling of the balm when it's gone," says Dr. Shah. Lip licking can become a bad habit. But when you moisten your lips that way, you actually wind up making things worse. The water in your saliva evaporates, leaving lips dry and cracked. "Saliva can contain bacteria and irritants, so you can end up with a rash around the lips as well," says Dr. Shah. Try a lip balm such as Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Original Beeswax with Vitamin E & Peppermint Oil.
About Dr. Manish Shah:
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who has undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery. www.drmanishshah.com
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dementia describes the different brain disorders which trigger loss of brain function.
With one in six people over the age of 80 having a diagnosis of dementia and around 850,000 people living with this illness, a number which is set to rise to over a million by 2025, what can you do to prepare for the future?
At this time of transition, many people start taking steps to eat healthier, exercise regularly and overall work towards extending their healthy years. But there is more to this, as healthy aging should include thinking about how best to manage financial, medical and family matters that you may face in your later years.
Taking some time to consider the issues ahead and planning accordingly can make the future easier and more enjoyable for both you and your family. Here are some areas to consider when planning ahead:
Healthcare and home
It is likely that you may require more healthcare in old age, so make sure that you have the correct health insurance. However, in addition to your insurance plan, ensure that you have a second to aid with costs that your first plan may not be able to cover, and keep your health and life insurance policy documents safely stored but in an easily accessible place.
While it’s not pleasant to think about, preparing documents, such as a living will and others that state your end-of-life wishes, can save you and your family from unneeded stress, especially in times of crisis.
It might be difficult to consider the idea that there will come a point where you will be unable to care for yourself. Occasionally, friends and family may not be able to give the care you need. With this in mind, it might be wise to make decisions about potential living arrangements, like a nursing home or assisted facility, hospice care and other available options which would work best for you.
It is never too early to consider the financial matters of growing older. Although financial assistance for senior health care is available, it's best to begin planning well in advance. Start looking at your financial options early and consult with legal and financial professionals to ensure that you and your family are cared for in your old age.
A debilitating illness such as Alzheimer’s disease or stroke can rapidly put your finances at risk. Ensure preparations are made, and plans are developed with the event in mind that you may fall sick.
There are people who can assist you in making the necessary arrangements when you are ready to start planning. You can find family law solicitors in Bridgend who can advise you and your spouse or partner on legal issues and financial arrangements and draw up legal documents.
Saving for retirement is important to make sure you have enough money to enjoy life in your old age. Don’t forget to make sure that your hard-earned money is protected, and it’s accessible whenever you need it, and it is enough for you and your family to live comfortably.
By planning ahead and considering preparation well in advance, you can ease the challenges that may come with old age and ensure your retirement is as stress-free as possible.
There are gifts, and then there are well-thought out, meaningful, extra special gifts. One of these gifts would definitely be Peter Freed’s photo-essay book, PRIME: REFLECTIONS ON TIME AND BEAUTY, which features 130 stunning black and white portraits and essays that are a true celebration of women. 2016 is shaping up to be a huge year for women and PRIME marks the occasion perfectly.
Featured are a woman whose TED talk on authenticity was watched by over 20 million viewers; a breast cancer survivor who left her career to create bathing suits with integrated prostheses; a raw food expert who saw a need for healthy airport food and did something about it; a woman who dedicates her life to speech therapy for the facially disfigured; a supermodel who believes Every Mother Counts and fights for worldwide maternal health.
The women, ranging in age from 35 to 104—some celebrities, some not—were photographed without makeup and reproduced with no retouching or Photoshop alteration. Each photo is accompanied by a personal essay. "Women are born storytellers gathering information and insights the way a bee gathers pollen, totally immersed and coated in their experiences,” says Peter Freed. The book is a self-described labor of love for photographer Peter Freed, who for over 3 decades has been the “go to” portrait photographer for publications including The New York Times, Forbes, Esquire, Newsweek and Architectural Digest.
Here are just some of the excellent reviews and praise for the book, but I urge you to explore more on the book’s website :
USA TODAY — "Celebrity photog Peter Freed's in his 'Prime'"
Daily Mail — "Christy Turlington featured in extraordinary photographer's book of women in their prime."
Huffington Post — "The essays are filled with the challenges and opportunities life throws us and the choices made in response to those events."
Daily Voice — "These women's stories will make you laugh, bring you to tears, and give you hope."
With a foreword by the New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown and an introduction by the founder of Philosophy Beauty, Cristina Carlino, PRIME includes never before published essays by Dani Shapiro, Natalie Morales, Christy Turlington Burns, Beatrix Ost, Shiva Rose, Jenny Lawson, Sara Wynter, Alexandra Fuller, Tiffany Shlain, Barbara Lazear Ascher, Patricia Brett, April Gornik, Maddy Corman, Khrystyne Haje, Lee Woodruff, Susan Saint James, Twinka Theibaud, Katherine Center and many others.
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Elizabeth Grant The Socializer
What is this, you might wonder?
The Socializer from Elizabeth Grant contains one product to use before bed on a late night, and another to use in the morning to brighten you up after a, perhaps, late night?
Such an incredible concept!
The Socializer™ consists of 2 pens, each filled with extraordinary treatment creams that regenerate, revive, and hydrate the eye area.
The first night, after I recieved my Socializer I used the Late Nights, the evening treatment, and was very impressed! There is a tiny brush on the end of the applicator. You just press a button on the top of the tube, give it a few good clicks and the lotion comes out into the brush and you apply it under your eyes! No mess or drips. The formula is very light. It keeps the skin under my eyes nice and supple. This lotion does absorb, but still leaves a bit behind to keep your under eye area beautiful and smooth. Next morning I used the Bright Lights, the morning treatment and loved this as well. This is an illuminizing under eye treatment. It illuminates your under eye area, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed and nice looking, as if you got a good nights sleep the night before, which I truly need, as I have insomnia most nights.
Bright Lights, the morning treatment, uses Mica a mineral light diffuser to instantly brighten and the key to looking like it never happened. Late Nights, the evening treatment, blends peptides and Ulva Lactuta to repair, awaken, de-puff and rejuvenate.
I was sent The Socializer by Elizabeth Grant to review, and these are my own opinions.