What’s Your Daily Routine? By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

What’s Your Daily Routine?

What’s that, you don’t have a skincare routine?  Well, let me help you with that.  Our skin works 24/7 to protect our face and body from weather, UVA/UVB rays, injuries, disease, and aging. So taking a small amount of time twice a day to tend to your skin is very beneficial.  If you have any question of where to begin or in what steps products should be applied, the following should help you.  As always if you’d like to sample products or discuss your skin concerns, please schedule a complimentary skincare consult.

CLEANSE

Properly cleaning your skin is an essential step in taking care of your skin.  This step will remove impurities from makeup and daily environment. Try NIA24 Gentle Cleansing Cream.

TONE

Applying a low-grade solution to absorb excess oil or to speed up the ph balance level of the skin. Which, in turn, will cause products to absorb faster.  However, your skin will balance out on its own.

SERUMS

Serums help target specific concerns, (dull complexion, breakouts, pigmentation issues) and nourish the skin, promoting healing and fighting the signs of aging.  Here are some staples to try: NIA24 Rapid D Tone Correcting Serum, NIA24 Rapid Exfoliating Serum, NIA24 Intensive Moisture Double Serum, NIA24 Intensive Retinol Repair, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic or SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF.

EYE CREAM

The orbital skin is more thin and delicate than the rest of the skin on the face.  It’s essential to use a cream that is specific for the eye area. Most will target puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles.  Try NIA24 Eye Repair Complex.

MOISTURIZER

It is essential to choose a moisturizer that isn’t too heavy for your skin type.  You want one that will offer optimal moisture for dryness. Here are two favorites: NIA24 Skin Strengthening Complex and NIA24 Intensive Recovery Complex.

SPF

The best care for the skin both on your face and body is preventive care.  As I’ve told you before the sun is the #1 ager of the skin. ALWAYS wear sunscreen and don’t forget to reapply.  Try NIA24 Sun Damage Mineral Sunscreen.

 

Happy product picking! Just start with two or three products that fit your lifestyle.  It is that simple!

 

To healthy skin,

Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

Dr. Couri’s Favorite Antioxidants By Dr. Michele Couri, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

If I could recommend my favorite supplements and skincare products, I would have to say that those rich in antioxidants are my pick.   Every day, our bodies, especially our skin, which is our largest organ and our main line of defense from environmental toxins, are exposed to the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Antioxidants can counter free radical activity.  Some of the most powerful antioxidants include Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and resveratrol.

 

Vitamin E: d-alpha tocopherol. A fat-soluble vitamin present in nuts, seeds, vegetables and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, and apricots. Vitamin E has been shown to help strengthen the immune system and can reduce the incidence of menopause related hot flashes. Remember that Vitamin E is a natural blood thinner, so if you are currently taking a blood thinner, consult your physician before starting Vitamin E.  I recommend 800 mg of mixed tocopherols daily.

Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid is a water-soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries.  Vitamin C is critical for collagen production, as well as for the production of new cells and tissue.  We lose collagen as we age, so supplementing with Vitamin C can be an important part of our anti-aging regimen.  I recommend 2,500 mg of Vitamin C daily.

Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. Because beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body there is no set requirement, but I recommend 15,000 IU of beta-carotene daily.  Beta-carotene will be present in your high-potency multivitamin.

 

Taking a good quality, high-potency multivitamin as well as supplementing with the above mentioned antioxidants should be a part of your daily wellness routine.  However, supplements should never replace eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants.  There is absolutely no substitute for what nature intended us to get from our food, especially a diet rich in colorful vegetables and fruits.

 

The importance of antioxidants applies to the health of our skin as well as our entire body.  I will share with you my favorite antioxidants for the skin, products that I consider “must haves”.  I will never go without these products as they have made an incredible difference in the health of my skin.

 

One of my absolute favorite skin care products is Vitamin C serum.  A high-potency Vitamin C serum or cream should be the first product you apply to freshly cleansed skin in the morning so that it can be absorbed immediately. Use just enough to cover the skin, as too much Vitamin C on the skin can be irritating, especially for sensitive skin. I recommend waiting five minutes to allow the Vitamin C to be absorbed by your skin before you apply any other facial product.  Once absorbed by the skin, Vitamin C offers advanced environmental protection from free radicals and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and brightens the skin’s complexion.  The Vitamin C serum that I use and highly recommend is C E Ferulic from Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).

Another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Retinol Cream.  Retinol is a weaker version of retinoic acid, a high potency Vitamin A cream.  Retinol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade the appearance of age spots and blemishes.  It is able to help slough off old skin cells and stimulates new cell formation.   I encourage the use of Retinol nightly as part of your skin care routine.  If you have trouble with Retinol irritating your skin, try using it 2-3 times weekly instead of every night and work up to using it nightly.  Since Retinol can cause photosensitivity to the skin, do not use Retinol if you are currently undergoing laser procedures like laser hair removal.  Also, make sure to use a good quality sunscreen every single day. My favorite sunscreen is Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention UVA/UVB.  Two of my favorite Retinol products are Skinceuticals Retinol and Nia24 Intensive Retinol Repair (all available at the Couri Center).

 

Lastly, another one of my favorite antioxidants for the skin is Resveratrol.  Topical Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in red grapes, has been shown to protect us against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation and free radicals. Topical Resveratrol can also enhance skin’s radiance and elasticity.  The Resveratrol serum that I use every night before moisturizing is Resveratrol BE by Skinceuticals (now available at the Couri Center).

 

If you have any questions about which supplements are right for you, please come in and talk with our Registered Dietitian Leslie Rusch-Bayer.  If you need help personalizing your skin care regimen, come in and talk with our Licensed Esthetician Leslie Gilstrap.  We are here to help you in any way we can.

 

To Your Health,

Dr. Couri

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye Summer Sun Damage With NIA24® By  Leslie A. Gilstrap, LE

As summer comes to an end, many of us look in the mirror and see the results of too much sun. This can include fine lines, uneven skin tone and sun spots.  If this is a concern for you, NIA24®has just what you need.

The first step includes exfoliating and prepping the skin for repair.  Our Rapid Exfoliating Serum is a leave on resurfacing treatment that loosens dead skin cells (allowing them to shed away) for brighter, smoother skin.  Antioxidants and botanical extracts such as Prickly Pear, Red Algae, Rose Bud and Willow Bark Extract help the exfoliation process as well as controlling oil.

Key Benefits:

  • Loosens dead skin cells for better exfoliation
  • Targets rough, dry patches that clog pores (and cause acne of not properly exfoliated)
  • Gentle enough for daily use when initially incorporated into skin care regimen
  • Can be used twice a day

The second step includes repairing damaged skin.  Our Rapid Depigmentation Serum is a concentrated, light textured product that lightens dark spots, brightens and evens skin tone.  Vitamin C, Willow Bark extract and Sugar Beet are the main antioxidants and botanical extracts that will help reduce pigment production, improve tone and texture and hydrate the skin.

Key Benefits:

  • Helps lighten dark spots caused by sun damage, age and prolonged overall discoloration of the skin
  • Be patient-results will be seen in 12 weeks
  • Can be used twice a day

As with all NIA24®products, these serums contain Pro-Niacin which strengthens the moisture barrier of the skin, increases cell turnover, and improves tone, texture and discoloration. Once you’ve put the work into your skin don’t forget to apply NIA24®SPF 30 Sunscreen everyday, which will keep the sun damage at bay.  If you have any further questions or would like to set up a NIA24®skin regimen come see me for a Free Consultationat the Couri Center Aesthetic Studio.

 

To healthy skin, Leslie A. Gilstrap

What is an IPL Photofacial? By Leslie A. Gilstrap, Licensed Esthetician

If you keep your ears open in any medical office the term Photofacial may come up. But what is a Photofacial? A Photofacial is an anti-aging treatment that uses Intense Pulse Light (IPL) to penetrate and treat pigmented skin. Photofacials are non-ablative, so no skin is removed during the treatment. IPL technology targets discoloration, sun damage and broken capillaries, revealing clearer skin. Patients like it because there is very little discomfort or downtime. Multiple treatments (3-6) are usually required to achieve the best results and are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.

What results can I expect from IPL?

  • Decreases appearance of sunspots and pigmentation
  • Repairs small blood vessels that have surfaced due to sun damage or maturity
  • Stimulates collagen and improves skin tone
  • Minimizes wrinkles and signs of aging
  • Reduces enlarged pores
  • Diffuses skin redness and Rosacea

The treatment itself does not take very long depending on the area being treated (15-60 minutes). Keep in mind it’s not limited to the face just because it’s called a facial. Other popular areas are hands, arms, chest and shoulders. Common side effects are redness, swelling, dryness and crusting of deeply pigmented spots. This all will subside rather quickly through your skin’s healing process. We can discuss complete expectations during your initial consultation, which is always complimentary.

Patients should have realistic expectations of results, as some damage can lay very deep in the skin. Most discoloration will fade however not all of it will be gone. And of course the key to keeping any skin treatment looking fresh is SUNSCREEN. I like NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF 30 100% mineral sunscreen, $49 available here at the Couri Center (I’m happy to provide a sample too). Without proper protection and limited sun exposure, the treated areas could reappear.

If you’re interested in finding out how your skin can benefit from our IPL Photofacial, please schedule your complimentary consultation with me. I look forward to discussing the right treatment options for you.

To healthy skin,

 

Leslie A. Gilstrap

 

May & June Sales 2018