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10 Tips for Great Skin!


The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is holding their annual meeting in Miami this weekend to discuss all things skin, so what better time to look at what we can all do to have great skin.

Skin care is a lifelong journey to try to maintain suppleness and an even tone. Following a good cleansing and moisturizing regimen is important. but sometimes you need a little extra help, especially as we age. Here are a few pointers to help keep your skin looking its very best, no matter what the calendar says.

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  1. Botox or Dysport - These two wrinkle fighters both work by using controlled, diluted injections of the toxin botulinum. This toxin blocks the neural pathways to keep your muscles from contracting. When injected into the forehead, they help change a furrowed brow to a smooth one.
  2. Facial fillers - such as Juvederm and Restylane also reduce your wrinkle count by plumping them back out. Some fillers use hyaluronic acid, while others use collagen and some last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about which of the many options available are right for you and your skin type.
  3. Broccoli - As strange as it sounds, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, an extract derived from broccoli sprouts protects against UV radiation. The extract is applied to the skin and, unlike sunscreen which absorbs the rays thereby preventing them from entering the skin, the extract actually boosts the production of protective enzymes in the skin which last for days rather than hours.
  4. Light Treatment - Fractional resurfacing procedures like the Fraxel or Affirm tighten the skin and stimulate collagen growth, greatly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, as well as evening skin tone. These are low-pain and low-downtime procedures with long lasting results.
  5. Omega 5 Fatty Acid - Made from pomegranate oils, this essential fatty acid is full of antioxidants. It increases skin's hydration and firmness, keeping you looking younger and more vibrant.
  6. Stem Cells - physicians have used fat grafting procedures, which remove fat from one area where it's unwanted and place it where it is wanted, often in the hands and face. Now, physicians are taking the fat removed and concentrating the stem cells there. These concentrated stem cells are then mixed in with the fat prior to injection so that the fat is not re-absorbed.
  7. Tattoo Removal - New advances in laser technology have made tattoo removal a much easier, and less painful process. Different lasers work better on different colors of ink, and there are many options now to help ensure your tattoo is properly removed. There is now tattoo ink made to be responsive to tattoo removal lasers, so you can now have semi-permanent ink done.
  8. Ultrasonic Treatments - Machines such as Ulthera use ultrasound to stimulate skin rejuvenation at a deeper level, without using lasers. The ultrasound waves travel through the skin to the desired depth and stimulate the body's own natural healing process, tightening the skin above.
  9. Acne Treatment - The occasional zit is not unusual, but there are some who suffer from debilitating and embarrassing acne. New laser treatments like the Isolaz acne laser treat and remove blemishes with no pain.
  10. BioIdentical Hormone Replacement - Hormones play a key role in our well being and as we age, certain hormone levels tend to drop. Replacing these lost hormones helps to improve skin texture and tone.