One natural effect of aging is the laxity of the skin. This causes fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, and other unwanted signs of aging. That said, there are certain lifestyle choices we make that can positively and negatively impact the appearance of our skin. Things like eating a poor, inflammatory diet, smoking, and excessive exposure to the sun can have detrimental effects on your skin’s appearance.
Conversely, wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen every day, using a daily moisturizer that contains peptides and lipids, and being careful to eat a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet can all have positive impacts on your skin’s appearance.
One ingredient that we are well aware of that has incredible topical uses for soothing inflamed and burned skin is aloe vera. Applied to a sunburn, or other cut or scrape can speed healing, reduce redness and swelling, and overall calm irritation. But what you may not have known is that aloe vera can be consumed, as well. Aloe vera has been showing up as health-promoting juice shots, and even as aloe vera smoothies.
Drinking aloe vera juice has been linked to improvements and prevention of such diseases and conditions as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and osteoporosis. According to some sources, aloe vera juice is recommended for skin tightening, skin brightening, acne, and dry skin. It is also said to increase collagen production which can improve the texture of your skin.
For more information on treatments for your skin issues, or to learn about the services provided at Jolie Vie Aesthetics, please browse our website: https://goo.gl/gyG1mg
We are in the midst of summer, and with only a month left before school begins and our schedules get back to normal, many of us want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. But being aware and proactive about time spent in the sun can prevent damage to your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Sunburns can be quite painful and can cause long-lasting skin problems, including cancer. UV rays from the sun actually damage the DNA of your skin cells. If you’ve ever had a sunburn that led to peeling skin, you’ve done that kind of damage.
An important fact to remember is that all skin tones can burn. Darker skin does contain more protective melanin, but there is still a point at which even the darkest skin tones will burn. The best protection is to use a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen when you’ll be going outdoors and to avoid time in direct sunlight at peak hours of the day, typically between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. You’ll want to reapply your sunscreen every two hours if spending lots of time outdoors. And if you’re sweating a lot or going in the water, you’ll need to reapply more often.
Many retailers also make clothing that contains sun-protectant, too. This is a good alternative or additional sun protection for children and adults alike.
If you are suffering from any unwanted skin conditions, Dr. Lance Hamilton at Jolie Vie Aesthetics in Bentonville, Arkansas may be able to help. Contact our office to learn more about our skin treatments and to schedule a consultation: https://goo.gl/gyG1mg
We were browsing MarieClaire.com today and this article clearly caught our eye! Science—Yes, Science—Finds That McDonald’s Fries Can Cure Your Hair Loss. Of course we’re not sure if this is actually true, but we may be willing to eat a few fries to find out!
It’s 2018, and news is rarely happy anymore. But today, we bring you possibly the best news to ever exist, which is that scientists—real, live scientists with degrees from fancy places—have determined that McDonald’s French fries could cure your every sadness and ailment. Oh, and also hair loss.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Yokohama National University in Japan, McDonald’s fries could be the next big treatment in premature balding. Though we’d love to say that it’s a byproduct of the potatoes themselves, the magic actually comes from the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone-based agent that’s added to the cooking oil to keep it from frothing.
In the study, released in Biomaterialsjournal, researchers transplanted silicone chips laced with thousands of hair follicle germs (HFGs, which simulate real hair follicles) into the backs of mice (erg, yeah—nobody said science was friendly) and found that it stimulated follicle rejuvenation in which hair could potentially grow. So no, it didn’t topically regrow hair, but it did show potential in regrowing shut-down hair follicles, which is still major.
So before you ask to dunk your hair into a vat of oil, please be aware that this study, although promising, has only been tested on animals, which, as a reminder, are not humans. Still, the medical community is pretty lit right now, because these findings could mean major things for regenerative hair therapy, like male pattern baldness.
The Vampire Facial is one of the most popular treatments at Jolie Vie Aesthetics here in Arkansas! Our patients love it! We were so excited to come across this article about skincare tips from the inventor of the Vampire Facial, Dr. Barbara Sturm.
If you haven’t heard of Dr. Barbara Sturm, you’ve probably seen her signature skin treatment: the Vampire Facial.
It looks exactly how it sounds—it’s a facial using your own blood—and it went viral after Kim Kardashian famously shared an Instagram photo in 2013.
Since then, the German-born aesthetics doctor has also garnered a cult following for her bespoke MC1 Cream, a.k.a. the “Blood Cream.”
For US$1,400, she draws your blood, separates out the plasma, and then infuses it into a customized shea-butter-based moisturizer.
The only catch? It’s almost impossible to get, unless you can afford a trip to Düsseldorf, or you’re a celebrity. (Sturm counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Cher, Sienna Miller, Angela Bassett and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as clients.)
Here’s what I learned about her unique approach to skincare, plus her best tips for a healthy complexion:
How did the Vampire Facial come about?
I was an orthopedic surgeon, and I helped primarily in the treatment against osteoarthritis by using the body’s own proteins. So, using your cells to produce healing factors—mainly anti-inflammatory proteins—and we inject those into the joints.
And, I started at one point injecting hyaluronic acid into wrinkles, just for fun—
Injecting yourself, or other people?
Yeah, no, no, no. Other people!
And then I thought—because I’m a scientist, you know—I need to do something different than the mainstream, on a cellular level.
So I combined the proteins from the blood with the hyaluronic acid, and that’s what I injected.
This was like, 14 years ago that I invented the Vampire Facial.
Are the effects similar to a filler, like Restylane?
You can mix it with the hyaluronic acid filler, you can mix it without, you can mix it as a mesotherapy. You can do all kinds of things.
It uses the patient’s own blood to counteract inflammation and stimulate collagen growth.
How did that lead to creating your MC1 Cream?
I put it in a cream because I myself suffered from dry skin. Nothing would really help me. I tried every cream on the market, and nothing would work for my skin.
So I invented this cream with the blood, which all of a sudden fixed my skin.
So the MC1 Cream is custom-made with each person’s blood, correct?
Yes. That’s how I started with skincare.
After that, my patients were asking me “What is Dr. Sturm’s regimen?” and which skincare products they should use for this and that.
But I couldn’t recommend anything because I didn’t find anything on the market I liked.
So I decided to make some products in addition to the MC1 Cream.
What do you think is the problem with most skincare products?
I think in America, there are 15,000 more ingredients than in Europe that are allowed to be in use.
So they’re not safe.
The problem is we don’t know, we don’t know.
I’m a maniac when it comes to ingredients. I’m very clean, non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan, highly scientific.
What do you think is the worst ingredient, that people should avoid?
I don’t like fragrances, although I have a Body Cream with the tiniest bit [of natural fragrance].
But if you’re just walking to the office or something?
You don’t think it’s necessary?
No. If you use something like glycolic, then yeah, you need to wear sunscreen. But if you have healthy skin, no.
Do you think Botox is a good way to fight aging?
I like it. I do it for my patients, yeah.
Do you do it yourself?
Is it true that Botox can cause muscle atrophy over time?
Yeah, your muscles atrophy from the Botox, of course.
Could that cause more sagging possibly?
Yes, but you know, you’re also protected from wrinkles. So it could cause sagging, but it also protects from wrinkles, so what’s better?
So you’d just have to keep up with the injections, I guess.
What’s your opinion on lasers and light therapies?
Light therapy’s always been good. I’ve used it since I was a kid; my parents put me in front of red lights to get rid of sinusitis. So yes, I believe in it.
I don’t believe in lasers.
So harsh. It destroys your skin.
I think we’re all so used burning, peeling and fighting with our skin that it’s unusual to hear someone promoting “gentleness.”
And healing and telomerase-activating, which is super-scientific.
Keeping the cells alive and in really good shape, and taking out inflammation to protect from all skin conditions.
What results can people expect from your product line?
No irritations, more glow-iness, healthy skin, vital skin.
So it kind of does it all.
Do you plan to launch any more products?
Yes, the kids line is coming out. And the Glow Drops are coming in November. They’re a glaze, for a nice glow. And Anti-Pollution Drops.
What about makeup? Do you wear makeup?
No, and I wouldn’t be good in doing makeup, I don’t think.
For people who wear it, is it just as important to have clean ingredients?
Yes. You know, I also find with makeup on, it just attracts more bacteria and dirt gets stuck on it.
It’s just my feeling—I’m a maniac, I’m medical, I’m a medical maniac. I have to wash my hands all the time. I would never touch my face with my hands. My little daughter, who has like, dirty, filthy hands, she likes to touch my face, and I’m like, “Stop it!” I taught my older daughter, and she’s the same maniac now.
Can bacteria harm your skin, even if you don’t get acne?
Yes, because you transport bacteria onto your skin all the time.
Are there any other skincare brands or doctors doing work you admire?
I really don’t look right and left, I just believe what I believe in. I do what I think is right. I don’t have time to look around, honestly. I never was interested in what other people were doing. I like being different. I don’t like the mainstream.
And you know, I question everything. I would never have done skincare if I had thought, “Ah yeah, I’ll do the same as this [doctor] friend and this [doctor] friend.” It’s all the same. I just care too much.
My three things are anti-inflammation, telomerase-activating, and hydration. I think that is the key to good skin.
You look so natural, it obviously must be working!
I don’t sleep, you know, I’m travelling all the time. I don’t have plenty of time to maintain myself. It’s really hard.
But I’m German; I like the natural look. And when you have great skin, you don’t have to wear makeup!
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