Sunday, June 16, 2013

?? Edible SPF ??

As I always preach....WEAR SUNSCREEN! However, it turns out your diet can also protect your skin!

Strawberries.......a cupful a day may offer a good, healthy dose of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants.

Chocolate......... everybody loves chocolate and strawberries! 3.5 oz of dark chocolate is high in antioxidants called flavanols.

Tomatoes......... rich in the antioxidant lycopene. For the highest dose, choose cooked tomatoes, like in tomato paste. One study showed that people who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste every day for 12 weeks, suffered significantly less sunburn than the placebo group.

Fish..................In another study, people took four grams of omega-3 (which is about one and a half portions of salmon) everyday for 3 months. The other group took placebo. Then they were all exposed to low level UV radiation. The omega-3 group had doubled their immune protection against the UV rays.

Leafy greens..... I love my spinach!! Leafy greens are a rich source of beta carotene. If you quick-cook the greens and toss them in olive oil, the cooking and olive oil will both help you absorb the beta carotene quicker.

Still, the best protection from the sun, is to stay out of the sun. If you are going to be in the sun, please wear sunscreen, a cap and glasses. Reapply your sunscreen every 1 1/2 to 2 hours. And you might as well pack some strawberries and dark chocolate in the cooler to snack on. And grill a few salmon and tomatoes to eat with your spinach salad......

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Obagi Medical

Real Results Right Before Your Eyes

 For an eye product that visibly improves the appearance of skin around the eyes, I recommend the ELASTIderm® Eye Cream. I use it twice a day, every day. Clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, ELASTIderm Eye Cream helps you achieve firmer, more resilient-looking skin around the eye area. In fact, results from a clinical study demonstrated that the ELASTIderm Eye Cream increased elasticity by 46% after just 9 weeks of use.

Sunscreen for Anti-aging....not just cancer prevention.

     Anti-wrinkle creams are packed with antioxidants and cosmeceuticals to keep your skin looking young, but a new study suggests that you may be better off smoothing on sunscreen.  This is the first large study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, to demonstrate that sunscreen not only slows skin aging, but may also reverse it. Researchers compared photoaging in 900 men and women from Australia over a four year period between 1992 and 1996. Photoaging is associated with coarser and looser skin, increased wrinkling and dryness, an increase in visible small blood vessels and white and blackheads on the face.

     The adults, who were all under age 55, were randomly assigned to two groups.One group was told to apply an SPF 15+ sunscreen every day. They were instructed to apply it to their head, neck, arms and hands every morning, and to reapply after heavy sweating, swimming, or spending more than a few hours outdoors. A second group could use sunscreen at their discretion. The adults were also randomized to take either a beta-carotene supplement, which some believe protects against photoaging, or a placebo supplement. Their skin was assessed at the start and finish of the study.
   By the end of the study, 77 percent of the participants told to use sunscreen every day were applying sunscreen at least 3 to 4 days per week, compared to 33 percent of discretionary users. Compared with discretionary sunscreen users, those assigned to daily sunscreen use were 24 percent less likely to show increased aging. The skin-saving effect of sunscreen was observed in all daily-use participants, regardless of age. At the beginning of the study, 58 percent of participants had moderate photoaging, but by the end of the study, that number dropped to 49 percent, suggesting a decrease in photoaging in some of the participants. There was no difference in photoaging among those taking carotene supplement and those taking the placebo. However, the authors said that they could not rule out a small increase or decrease in skin aging as a result of carotene supplementation.

    Though it was widely believed that sunscreen could delay aging, there has been little evidence of this until now. Notably, an increase in photoaging is also significantly associated with an increased risk of actinic keratoses (thick patches of skin) and skin cancer. Regularly applying sunscreen can prevent cosmetic changes and  reduce the risk of skin cancer as well, the authors wrote.

To protect your face from aging, apply a daily moisturizer with an SPF 15 or greater.

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At Sei Bella we have the  Sonya Dakar Ultraluxe sunscreen with artificial snake venom that works doubly hard to prevent and reverse fine lines and wrinkles. I'll have samples if the new Obagi sunscreen in the next couple weeks as well!

Monday, June 3, 2013


Finally! We have Belotero! Our newest filler. It is made of hyaluronic acid much like Juvederm, but it has completely different uses. Beletero is not injected as deeply as Radiesse or Juvederm and it is for the lines around your mouth and nasolabial folds. If you've ever had Radiesse or Juvedem in your smile lines and the volume loss is corrected, but you still have the lines on the surface of your skin, Belotero can correct that. Belotero has unique properties that allow it to adapt within the skin. I had some done on Friday and love it! I only had one tiny bruise which I easily covered with concealer. As an introductory special, Belotero is $450 for the month of June 2013.......Starting July 1st, the price will be $500....Call us today and we will let you prepay and use it whenever you want.......

Before BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal FillerAfter BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler
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Lara's Before Photo Lara's After Photo
Individual Results May Vary