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Be Stunning As You Age

LED light therapy facial treatments can help slow down your skin’s aging process without irritation or inflammation.  (The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you areprone to skin cancer.)   So to have healthier and younger looking skin, you need to book an appointment with me for a light therapy facial to help repair and rejuvenate your face from the inside out.    

What is it and how does it work?  Well simply — LED is pulsed light that stimulates and regenerates skin cells to promote healing using specific light frequencies.  The spectrum is  between infrared and ultraviolet.  The light is converted to an electrical wave.  Since we are electro energy, the cells absorb the light (same with sunlight).  This light is converted to electro energy which creates more energy for cell division for rebuilding.  So you achieve skin rejuvenation fro within.   

And what happens to the skin when using light therapy —   Softens lines and wrinkles  — Increases firmness and moisture — Helps collagen production — Better blood circulation — Minimizes pores — Promotes faster healing — Reduces broken capillaries — Reduces pigmentation — Reduces redness and acne  and more.It’s great for anti-aging and acne.  At the same time the light helps to relax you, so it is stress relieving along with all the healing properties.     

And how long has it been around?   The Greeks back in 1500 B.C. first recorded the healing properties of light to restore health.   Of course the technology wasn’t there yet until 1903 A.D.  Dr. Niels Finsen, Danish physician, demonstrated the beneficial effects of various wavelengths to treat TB.  Now it is used in dermatology, neurology, physiotherapy, and more. Years of research have shown that light therapy has a powerful therapeutic benefit to living tissue.    Again in the 1960’s more was found out and NASA began using it and that’s how it came to be in Esthetics.  

Even after one treatment you can tell a change in your face.  For the best results to younger looking skin,  full facial treatment using LED and then 1 or 2 treatments a week using just LED for 6 weeks or more, depending on the skin.    

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Facials Improve Skin Health

Facials A Powerful Part Of Total Skin Care

Facials are a group of skin treatments intended to improve the cosmetic appearance of the skin. Facials also improve the health of the skin. In general, facials are thought to alter the texture, tone, coloring, or firmness of the skin in a way that many people consider attractive. A facial involves a variety of skin treatments, including steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels, and massage.

Facials usually involve the application of various mixtures to the skin, involving materials such as clay, seaweed, oils, and creams that all are applied to the skin to achieve different purposes. Some masks promote deep-cleansing, by penetrating the pores. Others can help heal acne scars or hyper-pigmentation, while others are for brightening your skin tone and complexion. Some masks dry or solidify on the face, almost like plaster. Other mixtures remain wet. A facial treatment can help revitalize, heal, and refresh your skin.

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Facials can focus on improving one aspect of the skin’s appearance, or they can offer a general benefit. A facial may focus on removing blemishes, eliminating discoloration, firming the skin, or unclogging pores. Facials are generally categorized as:

  • European facial
  • LED light therapy facial
  • Mini-facial

Throughout history, people have sought to change the appearance of their face to fit the values of the time. In ancient Egypt, they used scented oils and ointments to clean and soften their skin. Oils and creams also were used for protection against the hot sun and dry winds. Cleopatra used black mud as a mask. She used sea salts to exfoliate and she finished with an application of essential oils. So, facials have withstood the test of time.

We are pleased to say that herbal products and natural medicines are more integrated into the mainstream than ever. More facial compounds now include natural and organic substances.

Warm steam may be applied to the face prior to the application of the facial mask. A variety of materials are then applied to your face, either by hand or with a brush or towel. The mixture is applied to the front of the face while avoiding your lips, ears, nostrils, and head hairline. The lips, ears, and nostrils are avoided because the facial mixture may irritate mucous membranes.

Mixtures contain a variety of ingredients, from mud to caviar. As a whole, the mixture is generally intended to improve the appearance of the skin, remove dead skin cells and open the skin pores. The attendant then leaves the facial mask on for a period of time, usually 15-30 minutes. Depending on the mask ingredients and duration of the application, the facial mask may dry or it may stay moist. Several different layers of mixture may be applied. Though the sensation of having a thick substance spread on the skin may be an unusual one, patrons should never feel any discomfort or pain.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.


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Detox Your Skin For A Brighter Complexion

Detoxing Slows Aging Process

You can improve the health of your skin with a simple weekend detox and a better diet. There are some quick and easy methods like massages and facials that flush out waste and toxins. Follow our step-by-step routine and wake up Monday morning with a fresh, radiant complexion.

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Clear the clutter. Simply straightening up the junk on your coffee table or doing a load of laundry will prepare you for the inner cleansing to come.

Stock the fridge. During your weekend detox, you want to fill your body with healthy foods such as fresh fruits (cranberries, apples, and grapes) and vegetables (broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes)—their antioxidants help repair, and prevent, damage to your skin—and lean protein (chicken, turkey, and tofu).

Also try dulse (dried seaweed). It can treat dark circles under the eyes. Dark and puffy circles can be the result of your body retaining too much water, or a sign that your kidneys are not functioning optimally. Your kidneys help balance fluids throughout your body, but when you consume too much salt this can cause water retention. Dulse is loaded with vitamin B and helps to balance electrolytes to keep your fluids and body in check.

Cabbage can help get rid of crow’s feet, which are a sign that you may have high cortisol levels. High cortisol can cause the skin to break down faster and wrinkles to appear. The adrenal gland is responsible for making cortisol. By incorporating anti-inflammatory and vitamin A-, C- and E-rich food like cabbage into your diet, you can help to lower cortisol levels, diminish crow’s feet, and prevent lines from forming in the first place. Try to choose purple cabbage because it has 6 to 8 times more vitamin C than green. Watercress is a beauty food that can tackle patchy and uneven skin tone, which is often a sign of poor circulation or not enough blood, oxygen and nutrients getting to the skin. Poor circulation is a big concern and can cause a number of health issues from hair loss to darkening of the skin.

Watercress has the ability to cleanse and oxygenate tissues for better blood flow and glowing skin. It has a high amount of iron, which helps your red blood cells carry more oxygen to the body and the skin. Additionally, it is rich in calcium and iodine, which can help prevent a dull complexion.

Beets can help brighten dull eyes and flush your lymphatic system. Flushing out your lymphatic system can help bring youthfulness back by clearing cloudiness and whitening the whites of your eyes. Beets are high in iron and contain the antioxidant betacyanin, which supports liver and lymphatic health. Beets are a beauty food because they are a natural colon cleanser that can remove toxins and congestion from the body, including in the capillaries traveling to the eye. They can also increase oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent.

Cilantro is a beauty food that helps to remove heavy metals from your system that enlarge fat cells. These toxins can increase the appearance of cellulite on your body.

Oat groats, not to be confused with oatmeal, are whole grains that are the most natural and unprocessed form of oats. They are high in fiber, which is key in a long-term anti-cellulite program.

Citrus fruit provides a boost of vitamin C, which can help to repair skin collagen and prevent cellulite from being so visible. The best time to eat citrus fruit in order to get the best results is in the morning on an empty stomach.

Walnut meat makes your skin more supple and beautiful, while lubricating your joints and strengthening your cell membranes against oxidative damage. Walnuts themselves are filled with healthy omega-3s, which can help to strengthen your skin and make it more resilient. Walnut meat can also tackle issues like age spots, sagging skin and thinning hair that can significantly add years to your appearance.

Sunflower seed butter is another beauty fat that helps to eliminate the free radicals that cause cellular damage, which can lead to age spots. Sunflower seeds are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which can help to eliminate preexisting age spots and also prevent them from forming. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and all refined and processed foods, including sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy and gluten.

Purge your products. To give your skin time to rebalance, put away everything except your cleanser, day lotion, and night cream.


Drink warm tea. Look for blends that include nettle, ginger, or burdock, dandelion, or sarsaparilla root—herbs and flowers known to calm inflammation and improve liver and kidney function. These teas help eliminate puffiness around the eyes and decongest your skin. says Tierney P. Salter, a medical herbalist.


Give yourself a massage. Purge toxins by manually moving lymph through the lymphatic system. Concentrate on massaging the neck, armpits, stomach, groin, and behind the knees (where there are many lymph nodes).


Fake a facial at home. Pour hot water into a small bowl and add a few drops of a citrus essential oil. Soak a hand towel in the water, then wring out and drape over your face. Lie down for ten minutes and let the steam open your pores, prepping your skin for the detoxifying mask that follows. Look for masks made with clay, which absorbs excess oil and pulls toxins and impurities out, while adding in necessary minerals.


Scrub your body. Stimulate your senses with sloughing in the shower. Exfoliate with a product that contains coffee to remove dead, dulling skin cells, boost circulation, and pump toxins from the body.

Sweat it out. Light exercise—a brisk walk, jumping rope, yoga—helps eliminate toxins from your body. “The deep breathing of yoga stimulates the lymphatic system. It also brings cleansing oxygen into the body with each inhale, and expels waste on each exhale.

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Apply a mask. At the end of your detox, spread a few tablespoons of raw honey over your face. Next, apply cucumber slices on top of the honey then lie down. Cover your face with a warm, damp washcloth to allow the honey, to seal in moisture. Honey’s anti–inflammatory properties also help reduce irritation and redness. Cucumbers, which act as diuretics, will further flush out excess fluid and relieve remaining puffiness.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Toxic Skin Care Ingredients

Ingredients Dangerous To Skin, Health

Labels on cosmetics and skin care products are a tough code to crack. The industry is so shockingly unregulated that it’s usually impossible to trust the claims that manufacturers place on their products. A word such as natural can be used by anyone for anything. Even organic is misleading. Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s “made with organic” if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.

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The whole industry has a “innocent-till-proven-guilty” approach to skin care products and their ingredients. Unless a chemical used in beauty products is proven to cause harm to human health, it is classified as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe.” This classification is upheld by the U.S. FDA and hardly has the best interests of consumers at heart.

The best thing we consumers can do is read ingredient lists carefully in order to avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful, even though they continue to be widely used. Here is a list of the top 20 toxins to avoid, according to Gillian Deacon’s 2011 book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them.

Coal Tar: A known carcinogen banned in the EU, but still used in North America. Used in dry skin treatments, anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos, also listed as a colour plus number, i.e. FD&C Red No. 6.

DEA/TEA/MEA: Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps.

Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane: Never listed because it’s a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make other chemicals less harsh. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found 1,4-dioxane in 57 percent of baby washes in the U.S. Avoid any ingredients containing the letters “eth.”

Formaldehyde: Probable carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, shampoos. Banned in the EU.

Fragrance/Parfum: A catchall for hidden chemicals, such as phthalates. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.

Hydroquinone: Used for lightening skin. Banned in the UK, rated most toxic on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, and linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

Lead: Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient.

Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara and some eyedrops.

Mineral oil: By-product of petroleum that’s used in baby oil, moisturizers, styling gels. It creates a film that impairs the skin’s ability to release toxins.

Oxybenzone: Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.

Parabens: Used as preservatives, found in many products. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity.

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD): Used in hair products and dyes, but toxic to skin and immune system.

Phthalates: Plasticizers banned in the EU and California in children’s toys, but present in many fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions. Linked to endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer.

Placental extract: Used in some skin and hair products, but linked to endocrine disruption.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG): Penetration enhancer used in many products, it’s often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.

Silicone-derived emollients: Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumour growth and skin irritation.

Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body and irritates skin.

Talc: Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Toluene: Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance.

Triclosan: Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. Avoid the brand Microban.

Skin Care News via http://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/20-toxic-ingredients-avoid-when-buying-body-care-products-and-cosmetics.html

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Toxic Skin Care Products

Health, Beauty More Than Skin Deep

Some companies put ingredients in skin care products that can cause cancer or that are associated with developmental problems. Many cosmetics ingredients penetrate the skin. People ingest ingredients used on lips and hands, while we inhale sprays and powders. When risky and unstudied chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high for you and your family.

When you know what’s in the skin care and beauty products that you use, you can protect yourself, while reforming the marketplace. You’ll find product and ingredient safety ratings, health information about cosmetics ingredients and smart shopping tips that you can trust.

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Protect Your Children From Harmful Skin Care Products

Pound for pound, kids are exposed to more contaminants in air, water, food, and personal care products than adults. Immature organ systems are often less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Subtle damage to developing bodies may lead to disease later in life.


Parents can make healthy choices by using fewer personal care products for their children, ignoring ad hype and following these guidelines.

Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye make-up, body wash and lotions. Knowing which ones are healthy and which ones aren’t is very important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.

To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.

Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, and always checking the ingredients for toxins.

We offer a full line of natural skin care products at Skin Care Plus. We offer a free consultation over the telephone and we can ship your personal order anywhere in the world.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skin Care and Beauty Trends

Product Ingredients Driving Consumer Preferences

More and more people are concerned about the impacts of skin care products and their ingredients on their health and the environment. Destructive practices and fraudulent claims are tougher to conceal in the age of social media. That single force could be the most dynamic issue in the skin care industry in the foreseeable future.

As we have explained in our blog before, many skin care products can harm you. In fact, many contain petroleum products and other harmful chemicals. Many skin care products contain ingredients that are known carcinogens, while others dehydrate your skin and cause other forms of damage to your overall health. Some creams and lotions contain collagen from livestock, which the food industry consider a specified-risk material for mad cow disease. Other skin care products include petroleum-based ingredients.

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Regulations in the skin care products industry are weak and oversight is even weaker in most countries. Your best bet is to do your research. Learn the issues that concern you and shop wisely, while informing your friends and family of the hazards. The risks are real.

Other skin care trends? According to their beauty blog, Marla Malcolm Beck, founder of M-61 Laboratories, thinks that personal technology will change the skin care industry drastically.

“They will eventually develop an app that’s kind of like a FitBit for your skin,” she says. “It will tell you everything that you need to know about your skin that day: the water levels, collagen levels, and on and on. Because, your skin is different from day to day.”

Then, things will get really interesting. “The app will be hooked up to a 3-D printer that’s equipped with different skin-care ingredient cartridges,” Beck says. “It will be able to cocktail products for you and then print them, so every day you have exactly what you need for your face.”

Dermatologist Craig Kraffert, MD, of Amarté Skin Care, says the days of heavy sunscreen may soon be behind us. And, who wouldn’t want their SPF to glide on as smoothly as moisturizer?

“The FDA is under huge pressure to look at and make a decision on new ingredients,” he says. “Once they do, it will give us a ton more options. It may be that [it will be] easier to make more elegant sunscreen products — meaning people won’t mind using them, and they may work better.”

Your beauty products are about to get smarter. “There’s going to be a big amount of influence from the pharma and nutritional worlds,” says Smitha Rao, VP of product development for StriVectin. “We know that when you apply antioxidants or…peptides intelligently, it turns on and turns off very specific genes.”

Formulas — not just ingredients — will get more effective. “Formulations will no longer just be ‘delivering’ the active ingredients to the skin,” says Rao. “They’ll work to improve the efficacy of the products.”

Ling Chan, founder of Ling Skin Care, agrees. “I see more exciting ingredients on the horizon that will be ‘smart’ and custom — ingredients that can deliver results according to our individual skin type and ailment.”

Organic skin care ingredients will soon be mixed with lab-created ingredients to create new hybrid products.

“In skin care, it will be about the marriage of ‘What is the best extract I can get out of botanical ingredients?’ and ‘How can I combine that with the best that science has to offer?’” says Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica. “Consumers are already very aware of what ingredients are good. We’ll be able to…design our own peptides and know what amino acids we can put together.”

And, Rao says: “We know what active ingredients are most important to your skin. We can use plant biotechnology to harness the best of what’s in a good thing, and make it better. It’s ‘science with a soul.'”

We’re already starting to see hybrids: makeup products that contain skin-care ingredients. But, they’re about to get huge. “We’ve moved on to the idea that every cosmetic…needs to have skin benefits,” says King. “We’re looking at skin care, 24/7 — not just through skin-care products.”

Yannis Alexandrides, MD, a plastic surgeon and founder of 111Skin, agrees. “We’re quickly seeing the line between cosmetics and treatment become blurred,” he says. “New-ingredient technologies that have been proven successful in medicine are beginning to be used in cosmetics.”

And, SPF is just the beginning. You’ll be able to use foundations, concealers, lipsticks, and more with powerful skin benefits, like anti-aging and acne control.

The stereotypical day spa may be a thing of the past. “The idea of a spa that is only about relaxation, chocolate facials, and rose petals in the bath is dead,” King says. “Women, and men, are becoming less and less interested in that.” American spas are about to become more “hardcore,” as she says, like their European counterparts. “If you go to a health spa in Europe, you’ll see no fluffy robes or slippers.”

This means serving up the goods, and nothing but the goods. “Women are now saying, ‘Give me the latest, greatest thing that is going to give me those visible results,’” King says. “The modern woman wants to…bring down her stress levels and take good care of her skin. These new-and-improved spas will do just that.”

Ling thinks so, too. “I see the skin-care industry becoming more niche,” she says. “Rather than the conventional, large day spas, spa owners will specialize in one or two treatments. It will be about catering to very specific needs.” We’ll take that over a chocolate facial any day.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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What Your Skin Needs

Skin Conditions Often Connected To Other Health Issues

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, our first line of defense against the outside world.It’s also a reflection of our overall health.

“Inflammation in other areas of the body can often be seen first on the skin,” says Jeffrey Bland, PhD, author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life.

Skin expresses inflammation that originates elsewhere, he notes, particularly in the microbiome and gut, where 70 percent of the immune system resides.

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“That same inflammation can also lead to diabetes, cardiac disease, arthritis, dementia, and other conditions,” he says. “These things are all interconnected.”

As much as they annoy us, the bumps, lumps, and rashes we experience can offer important clues — warning signals meant to alert us to deeper, more significant problems in one or more of our bodies’ major systems. We generally wish these symptoms would just disappear, because even if acne, psoriasis, warts, and skin tags serve some practical purpose in getting our attention, they also make us cringe.

In fact, medical experts acknowledge that the psychological pain associated with skin conditions can be worse than the physical discomfort. “We don’t want anyone looking at us,” says Andrea Nakayama, CNC, a functional nutritionist in Portland, Ore. On some level, she notes, we fear that when others observe the condition, it is “painful for them, too.”

As tempting as it may be to simply suppress the symptoms, the best way to resolve chronic skin problems for good is to work with a skilled health practitioner — one who can help you address underlying issues that may be doing -damage not just to your epidermis, but to your overall well-being.

Here’s a look at six common skin complaints and the systemic issues that may be triggering them, plus strategies for healing them from the inside out.


An itchy, uncomfortable, scaly, and sometimes blistering rash, often found on the face, hands, feet, behind ears, and in crooks of knees and elbows.

What might be causing it: Food sensitivities, microbial imbalances, or other gut-level irritations triggering an immune response.

Some 30 million Americans suffer from eczema, whose name comes from the Greek ekzein, meaning “to boil over.” In some cases, eczema can be triggered by an external irritant, such as an environmental toxin. But like psoriasis, eczema can also be driven by several other factors, including gut and immune issues, which may in turn be caused by food sensitivities or other lifestyle-related triggers.

In the case of food-based triggers, avoiding any offending foods for six to eight weeks — enough time for the skin to completely turn over and rejuvenate itself — can often eliminate eczema symptoms without medication.

Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD, has observed this in her own life, as well as in her practice at the UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Mass. When her son was a baby, he developed both terrible eczema and some asthma-like restrictions in his airway when he switched from breast milk to cow’s milk. Boham eliminated dairy from his diet. After six weeks, he was not only breathing easy, but his eczema was gone as well.

What’s the connection between food intolerances and skin? The lining of the small intestine has limited permeability, allowing nutrients to pass into the bloodstream while toxins and improperly digested food remain behind.

Over time, eating foods that we don’t tolerate increases the permeability and can cause toxins to “leak” into the bloodstream, a condition known as leaky gut syndrome. Then the body’s immune system goes on a rampage, not only attacking the toxins but our own cells. The result is a cascade of inflammation expressed in a variety of disorders, including eczema.

Dry Skin

Rough, flaky, or cracked skin that may itch, peel, or cause discomfort.

What might be causing it: Nutrient deficiencies, -hormonal imbalances, or circulatory disorders.

We tend to think of dry skin as a hydration problem, but slathering on moisturizing creams and increasing water intake isn’t always an effective solution.

Persistent dryness (called xerosis) can be triggered by low thyroid function, circulatory problems, and a variety of other environmental exposures and medical conditions, says Stone.

Diet is also a contributing factor, which is why good practitioners take careful histories, conduct physical exams, and when necessary, use labs to confirm suspected causes rather than simply treating dry-skin symptoms.

One cause of dry skin might be a deficit of healthy fats. Another might be a lack of B vitamins — which help the body process those healthy fats — perhaps due to genetic factors or to long-term use of antacids, which interfere with the body’s assimilation of vitamins and minerals.

For many such cases, Stone prescribes an increase in healthy dietary fats, along with more B vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, and E.

He also encourages patients to use plant-based emollients like coconut oil, which are easily absorbed and can help diminish surface dryness and inflammation. He advises they steer clear of conventional, chemically laden and fragranced topical products, noting that even healthy skin can react badly to their additives. (For more on the importance of clean, plant-based body-care products, see “Beauty Beware“.)


Itchy spots, reddish plaques, and thick flaky lesions, sometimes accompanied by pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints.

What might be causing it: An irritated gut, an overactive immune system, or metabolic syndrome.

Some 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Dealing with pain inside and out, psoriasis patients often bounce from one dermatologist to another in search of a cure. They accumulate drawers of topical creams and steroids, but often find limited relief because the treatments don’t address the underlying cause of their misery.

Psoriasis has been most commonly linked to an autoimmune response — but that response can be triggered by all sorts of things, including gut dysfunction, dysbiosis, and stress. Some newer research indicates that psoriasis may also be linked with metabolic syndrome.

“It’s not a simple mechanism that causes psoriasis,” says Valori Treloar, MD, an integrative dermatologist based in Wellesley, Mass., and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet. Psoriasis can be tricky to diagnose, too, because other conditions, like eczema and candida overgrowth, can produce similar-looking rashy and scaly patches.

For psoriasis sufferers who have the excess belly fat associated with metabolic syndrome, Treloar urges a suite of lifestyle changes. She advises them to stop smoking, cut back on alcohol, and stick to a nutrient-dense, low-glycemic diet with plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables.

The first step functional nutritionist Nakayama takes in treating psoriasis is irritant elimination. She calls this “clearing the muddy waters.” Clients typically start by removing three of the most inflammatory foods: gluten, dairy, and sugar. This often relieves irritation in the gut and allows it to resume normal function.

Nakayama and likeminded practitioners also support intestinal healing with aloe vera juice and L-glutamine, then restore gut flora with probiotic supplements and bacteria-rich foods like sauerkraut and coconut kefir. They encourage whole-food diets rich in essential fats, and often supplement with fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and D; omega-3 fatty acids from flax, hemp, and fish; and anti-inflammatory evening primrose oil.

Nakayama notes that sometimes individualized care requires more investigation and fine-tuning. “We’ll use many different approaches to sooth and heal that inflamed gut,” she says. “And by healing that inner skin, we often see results on the outer skin.”


The most common skin disorder, characterized by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts.

What might be causing it: An excess of inflammatory foods, a deficiency of highly nutritious ones, a messed-up gut, or hormonal imbalance.

Acne typically plagues teenagers, whose surges of testosterone and other androgens increase oil production in the skin. But Treloar says that the number of adults with acne has increased so much that some healthcare practitioners have started to view it as a chronic disease.

As with most chronic diseases, adult acne often appears linked to diet. It has been tied to hormonal disruptions, gut-level inflammation, and microbiome imbalances, and is an especially common symptom of food intolerances.

A number of epidemiological studies show an association between acne and milk consumption, for example. Although the mechanisms by which food sensitivities trigger acne are not widely agreed upon, many practitioners reference significant clinical evidence as proof of a connection.

“I have my patients do a trial of six to eight weeks of no dairy other than butter, which is mostly just fat,” Treloar says. In many cases, she says, “that alone is enough to clear their skin. They come back and their acne is essentially gone.”

Treloar also encourages her patients with acne to increase their consumption of vegetables and cut way back on grains and fruit. This low-glycemic diet helps minimize rapid fluctuations in blood sugar and insulin, quells inflammation, and provides the building blocks required for healthier skin.

She recommends supplementing with fish-oil capsules and 30 mg of zinc daily. In some cases, she recommends topical creams and cleansers that contain vitamin B3.

In addition, Treloar works with patients on getting enough sleep and managing stress, both of which help reduce inflammation. She also recommends simple forms of meditation that help downshift anxiety (and thus inflammation).

Premature Aging

Wrinkles, sagging, dark spots, and loss of luminescence.

What it might mean: Lifestyle-related damage is outpacing your skin’s repair capacity.

The proteins and fats that give skin its youthful appearance (namely collagen and elastin) are highly sensitive to diet and lifestyle factors. Too many oxidizing free radicals (produced by a poor diet, stress, and smoking) can damage skin’s tissues, making skin look old before its time.

Sugar can do an especially nasty number on your skin, according to Nakayama, because it not only drives inflammation and free-radical activity, it also bombards the body’s cells with glycation, a process in which glucose latches onto your skin’s collagen and elastin supply.

This process leads to what are known as “advanced glycation end products” (with the appropriate acronym AGEs), which cause the proteins in skin to become discolored and weak.

“Glycation happens both inside and outside the body,” Nakayama says. “This is another way that a poor diet can inflame the entire immune system, with the repercussions in the skin as the most obvious sign.”

A certain amount of glycation is the unavoidable byproduct of eating and being alive, Nakayama notes, but a high-glycemic, low-nutrition diet amplifies the damage, causing skin to lose its radiance and suppleness far earlier than it otherwise would.

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Charcoal Facials For Skin Care Treatment

Editor’s Note: The experts at Skin Care Plus haven’t added charcoal facials to the services, yet, but it’s catching on like wildfire. What have you heard?

Extracts Toxins From The Skin

Activated charcoal is the latest ingredient to take the beauty industry by storm — giving other hipster favorites like clay and coconut oil a run for their money. And now the black residue is being used in everything from teeth-whitening solutions to a lemonade cleanse, and even as the key ingredient in an expensive new facial.

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“Charcoal is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help purify and deep-clean skin,” says Wendy Brooks, director of global product development at Origins, a beauty company. She says the company’s Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask is one of its best sellers. At Ling Skincare and Spa near Union Square in New York, the Charcoal Facial ($260), incorporates crushed black charcoal as a soft powder mask after extractions with claims that it helps draw out toxins. The 90-minute treatment features a 15-minute charcoal mask, a thick, pudding-like mixture that is applied to the face with a brush. And while dermatologists aren’t buying the hype, our face did feel pretty good post treatment.

Activated charcoal, created when oxygen is added to regular charcoal, is mostly used in the medical community to treat poison, GI tract infections and nausea. Regular charcoal, like the bricks you barbecue with, is used in everything from water filters to vacuum cleaners.

“How well does (charcoal) work on the skin? Truthfully, there isn’t solid clinical data one way or the other,” says dermatologist Dr. Craig Kraffert, who chalks up the popularity of the stuff to its weird factor. “Using a pitch-black product to purify the skin sounds both intriguing and cool … the uniqueness of the ingredient itself, especially its color, is likely the main driver behind the recent surge in popularity of activated charcoal facial cleansers and masks.”

Science aside, beauty bloggers are bonkers for the black goo, citing it as the new way to relieve and cleanse the body.

“I’ve been on this natural-living path,” says Shiva Rose, who blogs at the “holistic, healthy and authentic lifestyle” site The Local Rose, and keeps activated charcoal capsules with her whenever she travels. “I read that it can absorb different things for gastrointestinal issues, so I just started taking it with me.”

Rose says she thinks that, aside from healing her daughter’s spider and mosquito bites when mixed with a little baking soda, activated charcoal was excellent for skin treatments and even whitening her teeth.

“It makes your face dark,” says Rose, “but it draws out impurities from your pores.”

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/charcoal-purifying-properties-latest-health-fad-article-1.1889169

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Many Cosmetic Products Contain Gluten

Avoid Allergens In Skin Care Products

If you have celiac disease, your skin and entire body may respond strongly and negatively to gluten. Certain products, including non-food items, can contain hidden gluten. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed “gluten-free” labeling standards for food products, these standards do not apply to every item that could contain gluten, including cosmetics.

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Research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology demonstrated how difficult it is for consumers to find out whether their beauty products contain forms of gluten. Even though you’re not actually eating cosmetics, even a small amount of gluten in a lip balm could cause a problem — think of how often you bite or lick your lip.

Researchers have raised the question of whether gluten-containing lotions and moisturizers might trigger a response in the skin of a person with celiac disease. The investigation was prompted by case studies of two women who had contact irritation on their skin that went away when they stopped eating gluten in their diet and stopped using beauty products containing gluten.

In beauty products, hydrolyzed gluten is used to make both emulsifiers and stabilizers. This is an area of research that requires further exploration, but people with celiac disease who want to live a gluten-free lifestyle should be aware of the ingredients in their cosmetics. The skin absorbs these ingredients quickly, so the risk is very real. When in doubt, contact the maker of your favorite brands and ask about their position on gluten-free products. Many companies have statements listed on their websites because gluten is a growing skin care issue among consumers.

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Skin Care For Aging Adults

Age Gracefully With Proper Skin Care

Americans spend billions of dollars each year on skin care products that promise to erase wrinkles, lighten age spots, and eliminate itching, flaking, or redness. But the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy and young looking is to stay out of the sun. Sunlight is a major cause of the skin changes we think of as aging – changes such as wrinkles, dryness, and age spots. Your skin does change with age. For example, you sweat less, leading to increased dryness. As your skin ages, it becomes thinner and loses fat, so it looks less plump and smooth. Underlying structures – veins and bones in particular – become more prominent. Your skin can take longer to heal when injured.

You can delay these changes by staying out of the sun. Although nothing can completely undo sun damage, the skin sometimes can repair itself. So, it’s never too late to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.

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How To Avoid Wrinkles

Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of these fibers causes the skin to lose its ability to snap back after stretching. As a result, wrinkles form. Gravity also is at work, pulling at the skin and causing it to sag, most noticeably on the face, neck, and upper arms.

Cigarette smoking also contributes to wrinkles. People who smoke tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of the same age, complexion, and history of sun exposure. The reason for this difference is not clear. It may be because smoking also plays a role in damaging elastin. Facial wrinkling increases with the amount of cigarettes and number of years a person has smoked.

Many products currently on the market claim to “revitalize aging skin.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over-the-counter “wrinkle” creams and lotions may soothe dry skin, but they do little or nothing to reverse wrinkles. At this time, the only products that have been studied for safety and effectiveness and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat signs of sun-damaged or aging skin are tretinoin cream and carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium (Er:YAG) lasers.

Tretinoin cream (Renova), a vitamin A derivative available by prescription only, is approved for reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, mottled darkened spots, and roughness in people whose skin doesn’t improve with regular skin care and use of sun protection. However, it doesn’t eliminate wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin, or restore skin to its healthier, younger structure. It hasn’t been studied in people 50 and older or in people with moderately or darkly pigmented skin.

The CO2 and Er:YAG lasers are approved to treat wrinkles. The doctor uses the laser to remove skin one layer at a time. Laser therapy is performed under anesthesia in an outpatient surgical setting.

The FDA currently is studying the safety of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are widely promoted to reduce wrinkles, spots, and other signs of aging, sun-damaged skin. Some studies suggest that they may work, but there is concern about adverse reactions and long-term effects of their use. Because people who use AHA products have greater sensitivity to the sun, the FDA advises consumers to protect themselves from sun exposure by using sunscreen, wearing a hat, or avoiding mid-day sun. If you are interested in treatment for wrinkles, you should discuss treatment options with a dermatologist.

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Dry Skin and Itching

Many older people suffer from dry skin, particularly on their lower legs, elbows, and forearms. The skin feels rough and scaly and often is accompanied by a distressing, intense itchiness. Low humidity – caused by overheating during the winter and air conditioning during the summer – contributes to dryness and itching. The loss of sweat and oil glands as you age also may worsen dry skin. Anything that further dries your skin – such as overuse of soaps, antiperspirants, perfumes, or hot baths – will make the problem worse. Dehydration, sun exposure, smoking, and stress also may cause dry skin.

Dry skin itches because it is irritated easily. If your skin is very dry and itchy, see a doctor. Dry skin and itching can affect your sleep, cause irritability, or be a symptom of a disease. For example, diabetes and kidney disease can cause itching. Some medicines make the itchiness worse.

The most common treatment for dry skin is the use of moisturizers to reduce water loss and soothe the skin. Moisturizers come in several forms – ointments, creams, and lotions.

Ointments are mixtures of water in oil, usually either lanolin or petrolatum.

Creams are preparations of oil in water, which is the main ingredient. Creams must be applied more often than ointments to be most effective.

Lotions contain powder crystals dissolved in water, again the main ingredient. Because of their high water content, they feel cool on the skin and don’t leave the skin feeling greasy. Although they are easy to apply and may be more pleasing than ointments and creams, lotions don’t have the same protective qualities. You may need to apply them frequently to relieve the signs and symptoms of dryness. Moisturizers should be used indefinitely to prevent recurrence of dry skin.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to current estimates, 40 to 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily.

UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. In addition, artificial sources of UV radiation – such as sunlamps and tanning booths – can cause skin cancer. People who live in areas of the U.S. that get high levels of UV radiation from the sun are more likely to get skin cancer. For example, skin cancer is more common in Texas and Florida than in Minnesota, where the sun is not as strong.

There are three common types of skin cancers. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common, accounting for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers in the United States. They are slow-growing cancers that seldom spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinomas also rarely spread, but they do so more often than basal cell carcinomas. The most dangerous of all cancers that occur in the skin is melanoma. Melanoma can spread to other organs, and when it does, it often is fatal.

Both basal and squamous cell cancers are found mainly on areas of the skin exposed to the sun – the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. However, skin cancer can occur anywhere. Changes in the skin are not sure signs of cancer; however, it’s important to see a doctor if any symptom lasts longer than 2 weeks. Don’t wait for the area to hurt – skin cancers seldom cause pain.

All skin cancers could be cured if they were discovered and brought to a doctor’s attention before they had a chance to spread. Therefore, you should check your skin regularly. The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, especially a new growth or a sore that doesn’t heal. Skin cancers don’t all look the same. For example, skin cancer can start as a small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxy lump. Or it can appear as a firm red lump. Sometimes, the lump bleeds or develops a crust. Skin cancer also can start as a flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly. For more, please read the Skin Cancer and Melanoma articles.

In treating skin cancer, the doctor’s main goal is to remove or destroy cancer completely, leaving as small scar as possible. To plan the best treatment for each person, the doctor considers the type of skin cancer, its location and size, and the person’s general health and medical history. Treatment for skin cancer usually involves some type of surgery. In some cases, radiation therapy or chemotherapy (anticancer drugs) or a combination of these treatments may be necessary.

Age Spots

Age spots, or “liver spots” as they’re often called, have nothing to do with the liver. Rather, these flat, brown spots are caused by years of sun exposure. They are bigger than freckles and appear in fair-skinned people on sun-exposed areas such as the face, hands, arms, back, and feet. The medical name for them is solar lentigo. They may be accompanied by wrinkling, dryness, thinning of the skin, and rough spots.

A number of treatments are available, including skin-lightening, or “fade” creams; cryotherapy (freezing); and laser therapy. Tretinoin cream is approved for reducing the appearance of darkened spots. A sunscreen or sun block should be used to prevent further damage.


Shingles is an outbreak of a rash or blisters on the skin that may cause severe pain. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an attack of chickenpox, the virus lies silent in the nerve tissue. Years later, the virus can reappear in the form of shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. It also is common in people with weakened immune systems due to HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment,transplant operations, and stress.

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, generally on one side of the body or face. A rash appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face. The rash develops into small, fluid-filled blisters, which begin to dry out and crust over within several days. When the rash is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to intense pain. Most people with shingles have only one bout with the disease in their lifetime. However, those with impaired immune systems – for example, people with AIDS or cancer – may suffer repeated episodes.

If you suspect you have shingles, see a doctor right away. The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be reduced significantly by immediate treatment with antiviral drugs. These drugs also may help prevent the painful aftereffects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases currently is testing a shingles vaccine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The vaccine they are testing is similar to the one used to immunize against chickenpox. After the shot, some people have had some discomfort around the area of the injection. In addition, a few people have had a low-grade fever. For more information about this study, call 1-800-411-1222.


Many older people notice an increased number of bruises, especially on their arms and legs. The skin becomes thinner with age and sun damage. Loss of fat and connective tissue weakens the support around blood vessels, making them more susceptible to injury. The skin bruises and tears more easily and takes longer to heal.

Sometimes bruising is caused by medications or illness. If bruising occurs in areas always covered by clothing, see a doctor.

Keep Your Skin Healthy

The best way to keep your skin healthy is to avoid sun exposure.

  • Stay out of the sun. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is when the sun’s UV rays are strongest. Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies. Harmful rays pass through clouds. UV radiation also can pass through water, so don’t assume you’re safe if you’re in the water and feeling cool.
  • Use sunscreen. Sunscreens are rated in strength according to a sun protection factor (SPF), which ranges from 2 to 30 or higher. A higher number means longer protection. Buy products with an SPF number of 15 or higher. Also look for products whose label says: broad spectrum (meaning they protect against both types of harmful sun rays – UVA and UVB) and water resistant (meaning they stay on your skin longer, even if you get wet or sweat a lot). Remember to reapply the lotion as needed. For more, please read the Sun Protection and Sunscreens article.
  • Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim shades your neck, ears, eyes, and head. Look for sunglasses with a label saying the glasses block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays. Wear loose, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long skirts when in the sun.
  • Avoid artificial tanning. Don’t use sunlamps and tanning beds, as well as tanning pills and tanning makeup. Tanning pills have a color additive that turns your skin orange after you take them. The FDA has approved this color additive for coloring foods but not for tanning the skin. The large amount of color additive in tanning pills may be harmful. Tanning make-up products are not suntan lotions and will not protect your skin from the sun.
  • Check your skin often. Look for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. If you find any changes that worry you, see a doctor. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that older, fair-skinned people have a yearly skin check by a doctor as part of a regular physical exam.

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=60686

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