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PCA Oxygenating Mask

September 05, 2012
Watch as Elizabeth administers an Oxygenating Mask!
Category: Skin Care

RejuvaHealth Compression Stockings

September 03, 2012
We have been asked with increasing frequency about compression stockings and how they work. Compression stocking used to only be available to post surgical patients or those on bed rest to prevent blood clots in the legs due to inactivity. Now, compression is used by all ages and activitiy levels to decrease fatigue in the legs, swelling in the feet and a feeling of heaviness as the work day progresses. Everyone from nurses to firemen are using compression. Compression stockings are made out of stongly woven elastic that squeeze the leg muscles to more quickly return blood to the heart and reduce swelling and pooling in the venous system. Compression is measured in millimeters of mercury (… Read Full Post

UV Damage

August 31, 2012
UV damage is one of the  most common issues that the Skin Care Krew counsels patients about. By the time our patients come in complaining of brown spots, texture issues or rough scaly patches, the damage is done. The World Health Organization (WHO) has plenty of things to say about sun damage, and it is past time for all of us to listen.   First, there is no such thing as a healthy tan! The skin produces tan in order to shade itself, like a built in umbrella if you will. However, over time the umbrella breaks down and the skin beneath feels the effects of the UV light. Second- A sunburn is caused when a high dose of radiation on the form of UV light kills the top layer of skin… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

September Spotlight- PCA Skin Care

August 31, 2012
PCA Skin was established almost two decades ago by physicians and estheticians who believed that highly effective skin care products could also be gentle. in 1990, licensed esthetician Margret Ancirca partnered with physicians to create her products. PCA is committed to products that are free of dyes, fragrance, lanolin and mineral oil. PCA products are only available from physician's offices. In addition to home care products, PCA Skin also has an extensive line of in office chemical peel and enzyme masks to treat and gently improve almost any skin type! The Skin Care Krew had a chance to meet with Dr Linder, Chief Scientist for PCA Skin, in Las Vegas in 2012 at the Multi Disciplinary… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

BB Creams, here to stay or all hype?

August 25, 2012
All across the Internet, BB creams are being buzzed about. Every blog and review site has an article about this new product. So what is a BB cream?BB stands for either Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beauty Balm, depending on the manufacturing company. The purpose of these hybrid product is to multitask for the consumer. The main ingredients are typically a moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. BB creams have been around since the 1960's when dermatologist Dr Chrisitne Schrammek developed the first BB cream for her patients to use to hide redness and protect their skin after laser resurfacing. Since then, BB creams have been used extensively by consumers in Asia, most notably Korea… Read Full Post

How much is too much? Part One- lip augmentation

August 23, 2012
When you make the decision to have injectable fillers, presumably it is to address facial features that are inadequate or have changed over time. So how much filler is enough?  It depends.  Is the goal to reverse some of the signs of aging?  Or is the purpose to enhance a facial attribute such as lips or eyes?  Reversing the signs of aging tends toward larger volumes distributed over larger areas, while enhancement tends to focus the volume to a single feature. We often address a single feature when we should be looking at the overall picture and asking ourselves what is the best way to improve the result. The objective of filling a single facial attribute should be to enhance the… Read Full Post

Improving your skin through diet

August 19, 2012
I’m sure every one of us would LOVE to lose a few pounds...but did you know that by eating healthier and dieting, you can actually improve your skin as well? And it isn’t what you think..just as I do with my patients, I will reiterate again...chocolate and Mt. Dew do NOT causepimples! However, recently featured an article called “A Diet for Gorgeous Skin" informing readers what eat and what actually to avoid: 1. New research shows that potatoes, and white breads, pastas, and rice can trigger high insulin levels, causing unwanted breakouts! Instead, eat whole-grains, like whole grain breads and whole wheat pastas. What are the benefits for your health? Studies have shown a… Read Full Post
Category: Skin Care

How to read a cosmetic label

August 13, 2012
We all know how important it us to read the labels on the food we eat and fluids we drink, but what about our cosmetics?  1. Product Identity 2. Net Contents 3. Product Ingredients 4. Directions for use 5. Origin of product 6. Manufacturer information 7. *Not a FDA requirement, denotes how long the product is stable once opened 8. *Not a FDA requirement, denotes compliance with European recycling standards 9. Warnings For the Krew, it is very important that we read and understand what ingredients are in our products prior to recommending to our patients. Ingredients are listed in order of concentration, so the first ingredient is the one with the highest percentage in the product.… Read Full Post

La Roche Posay Redermic R review- Diane

August 13, 2012
Diane reviewing Redermic R by La Roche Posay

Time to clean house!

August 10, 2012
I am currently renovating some rooms in my house, and my next project is my bathroom. As a recovering product/makeup junkie, as I was cleaning out the many skin care, hair care, and cosmetic products I had accumulated over the past 4 years, I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed! I mean, what was good? What should I keep? What should I pitch? Some of the makeup I had was from my makeup artist days, and were well over 4 years old. Obviously I threw out anything with an expiration. But what about everything else? So I decided to do some research. I knew if I was having this problem, that many of my patients were as well. After looking into things, I came up with a general list of… Read Full Post