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BRUISES: HOW TO PREVENT AND TREAT THEM

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Posted by 01.18.17

In the world of non-surgical and surgical beauty procedures, bruises are pretty common. Wikipedia defines a bruise as a a type of hematoma of tissue in which capillaries and sometimes venues are damaged by trauma, allowing blood to seep, hemorrhage, or extravasate into the surrounding interstitial tissues. Basically, a bruise gives the skin a temporary blue, black or purple color which then changes to a greenish tint and finally yellow as the body absorbs and then gets rid of this collection of blood cells in the tissues.

I had questions and turned to San Jose, CA-based, board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kamakshi Zeidler, who was more than happy to share her expertise:

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WHY YOU SHOULD EXFOLIATE WITH ENZYMES

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Posted by 01.12.17

When it comes to exfoliation, chemical (i.e. hydroxy acids) and physical (scrubs, cleansing brushes, etc.) methods get most of the attention. But there’s a third option—enzyme-based exfoliation—that has a slew of advantages over its skin-smoothing siblings. According to dermatologist Dr. Jessie Cheung of Willowbrook, Illinois, “Enzymes work by accelerating the chemical reactions necessary to renew the skin. Often derived from papaya, pumpkin or pineapples, they target the keratin protein in the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin.”

Found in just about every type of product, ranging from cleansers and moisturizers to masks and peels, it’s easy to add an e

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INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: RESVERATROL

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Posted by 12.13.16

An extremely potent antioxidant derived from grapes, blueberries and even cocoa, resveratrol was catapulted into the spotlight in 2006 when a National Institutes of Health study found that it improved the health of overweight aged mice. Further research concluded that resveratrol can extend the lifespan of fish, flies and worms, and this unique quality immediately caught the attention of skincare scientists who have since started incorporating it into creams and serums in the hopes that it has an anti-aging effect on the skin as well.

While it’s important to remember that these findings were based on ingesting resveratrol (and organisms other than people), dermatologist Dr. Bradley Bloo

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LIP OILS: THE ANSWER TO DRY, DEHYDRATED LIPS

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Posted by 12.07.16

Baby, it’s cold outside, and you know what that means. A higher probability of dry chapped lips. When the outdoor temperature drops and becomes more arid, and the indoor heat is turned to high, the air dries out and grabs moisture from wherever it can, your lips included! Since your lips are only covered by a very thin layer of skin, have virtually no oil glands and have a high rate of water loss, you need to take extra care of them, especially during the dryer months of the year. Lip oils are a great way to do just that.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love my lip balms, but sometimes you need to call in the big guns. And lip oils are all the ammunition you’ll desire. They’re incredibly mois

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