Monday, November 16, 2009

A New Kinder Facelift

I recently had the pleasure of having an interesting new skin treatment called Microcurrent Facelift facial, by my good friend Jeff, who is also an esthetician. With all the media hype that has been featured on this procedure, I have been curious to how it works and the results that would be obtained. I have to say that the actual feeling of electrical pulses coursing through the skin was a little weird at first, but I became accustomed to it after a few minutes. (This was definitely a NEW experience for me.)
Microcurrent technology works by delivering impulses of mild electrical currents deep into the skin’s surface. This triggers the healing response because the skin cells sense that the tissues have been injured and the body begins to produce more and more cells in order to heal this ‘injury.’ This then boosts collagen production deep within the skin’s surface and encourages the skin cells to heal and repair themselves naturally as they reproduce to heal the injured site.
Dramatic results are not instant, but the skin will appear tighter and firmer after just one facial session. I am told that most people experience the best results about three weeks after the session when the body goes through its natural detoxification and cell turnover process.

If you are curious about this treatment call or email Jeff Davis:


Monday, November 2, 2009

Why so dry and sensitive

While there are many triggers to skin sensitization, one of the biggest consequences of dry skin is an increase in sensitivity. Dry skin is a precursor to sensitized skin because when skin is dry, it’s depleted of its natural protective lipid barrier. This lowers skin’s defenses against environmental assaults that can cause a sensitized reaction in skin, such as itching , redness, and sometimes even breakouts.
The top extrinsic causes of dry skin
Extrinsic refers to external factors that impact skin health, such as our environment and lifestyle. Here are some of the major extrinsic causes of dry skin.
Weather / Environmental elements

Cold winds and low temperatures can dry out skin, depriving it of balanced levels of oils, and contributing to premature aging. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from skin. Forced air heating also dries out skin: warm, dry air acts like a sponge, soaking up moisture from everything it touches.

The trend of low-fat or fat-free diets can deprive our bodies of skin-friendly Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) critical to all parts of a healthy functioning body. They help protect against water loss within cells and throughout skin, helping to prevent dryness, keeping skin supple and hydrated. An EFA deficiency can result in chronic itching, dryness, scaling, and thinning. Smoking can have a drying effect on skin: it drains skin and body of vitamins A and C and constricts blood vessels (which equates to less blood flow) – meaning smoking is somewhat like suffocating skin from the inside. Excess intake of alcoholic beverages and certain medications (such as nasal decongestants) can also contribute to dry skin.

Remember that hydrating your body both inside and out is key during the cooler months. Be sure to drink lots of water and use a humidifier if your heater is depleting your home of all moisture. You might also find that changing to a heavier moisturizer will help with surface dehydration as well.