My Bedtime Routine Essentials

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

My nighttime rituals are my time for me to unwind from my stressful days in the office. I love taking a few minutes alone to relax and apply my beauty products! Some days are very extensive - including a bath, face mask, scrub, and more. But most nights are just the highlights of my favorite basic things to prepare my self for a night of beauty sleep. 

Step 1 - Remove my makeup and wash my face 

It scares me how many girls tell me that they sleep without taking their makeup on! This is such a terrible way to clog your pores and can lead to breakouts. Make sure to use a makeup wipe every night before bed if you wear makeup throughout the day. 

A great face wash is essential to remove the dirt and grime that your face accumulates during the day. I always use my Glycolic Wash to help chemically exfoliate my skin and stimulate new cell growth. I also love pairing my face wash with a device to help drive it into my skin! I love the Zoe by QYKSonic - it has stiff silicone nubbins instead of brush bristles. I prefer this because the silicone doesn't collect bacteria the way that brushes do! The Zoe also helps stimulate circulation while I wash my face, which helps me feel clean and fresh. 

Step 2 - Getting my glow

Acids are the perfect way to get that beautiful, glowy skin! Like I mentioned before, I love Glycolic acid in my face wash. I also love Hyaluronic Acid (Like my Hyaluronic Line Filler) to help achieve pump, dewey skin and Vitamin C (like my Brighten & Tighten Vitamin C Serum) to reduce dark spots and glow!

Step 3 - Successfully achieving beauty sleep 

pexels-photo-1234934.jpg

Here's a hack - using a silk pillowcase will change your life. It's great for your skin and your hair, and it feels amazing. Another hack is you should try to avoid sleeping on your face as much as possible. The human head is heavy, so that means if you sleep on your face, you're putting pounds of pressure onto your delicate facial skin. This causes premature wrinkles and speeds up aging!

Keep up with me on Instagram! @beautybydrkay

Introduction to Ketogenic Diet

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

What is the ketogenic diet?

In the early 1900s, the ketogenic became a popular treatment for children with epilepsy because it was natural and effective.  In recent years, it has become the new “fad diet”! The ketogenic diet consists of eating more fat and fewer carbohydrates.  The goal is for your body to go into a state of ketosis, which means your body will use stored body fat instead of glucose (processed carbohydrates) as your source of energy. There is research to show that this helps the body lose overall body fat!

What is the science behind the ketogenic diet? 

There has been a lot of research in recent years about the ketogenic diet! I highly recommend that anyone interested in this diet does some reading before starting, so they can understand the true science behind it. I’ll simplify it here: Because you’re eating very few carbohydrates, your body has to burn energy by burning ketones (aka your stored fat) instead of burning the carbohydrates as it usually would. 

What are the benefits?

The ketogenic diet has a variety of benefits for your body and overall well being.  Some benefits include  overall fat burn, less acne, and a decrease in blood sugar levels. There are psychological benefits as well -  like improved mental focus and concentration, more energy, and feeling more full for longer periods of time! 

  • Fat burning machine - Insulin is the fat storing hormone in your body. While on the Keto diet, your insulin levels drop dramatically making your body a fat burning machine
  • Lower blood sugar levels - Keto lowers your blood sugar levels, so taking up this diet will help to manage and prevent diabetes
  • Improved mental focus and concentration - Keto helps with mental focus and better mental performance overall. Ketones are like fuel for your brain. Lowering the amount of carbs you consume in your diet prevents your body from having big spikes of energy in blood sugar
  • Feeling more energized - Fats are the most effective molecule to burn as fuel, so we feel more energized during the day
  • Feel more full and satisfied - Things with fat are delicious and leave us feeling satiated for longer periods of time. 


What can you eat?

pexels-photo-1143754.jpg

The food you should be eating on the ketogenic diet are lean proteins and vegetables.  While on the ketogenic diet, you can’t eat any refined carbs or eat more than 15 grams of carbs, but you can have carbs from vegetables, nuts, and dairy.  

Foods to you have to avoid on the ketogenic diet are refined carbohydrates, such as wheat, bread, rice, honey, agave, pasta, cereal, potatoes, beans, legumes, or fruit. 

Some general ketogenic “rules” 
Less than 15g of carbs
Carbs should come from vegetables nuts and dairy
No refined carbs like wheat (bread, pasta, cereals), starch (potatoes, beans, legumes), or fruit. 
Avocado, star fruit, and berries consumed in moderation

Yes: 
MEATS : fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc.
LEAFY GREENs : spinach, kale
ABOVE GROUND VEGETABLES : broccoli, cauliflower
HIGH FAT DAIRY : hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter
NUTS & SEEDS : macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds
AVOCADO & BERRIES : raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries
SWEETENERS : stevia, erythritol, monk fruit
OTHER FATS : coconut oil, high fat salad dressing, saturated fats


No: 
GRAINS : wheat, corn, rice, cereal
SUGAR : honey, agave, maple syrup
FRUIT : apples, bañas, oranges
TUBERS : potato, yams, etc.
The ratio of your diet should be: 70% fats 25% protein and 5% carbs

Once again, I recommend that you do your research before starting this diet. However, if you’re finding yourself lacking energy during the day and constantly feeling hungry, this may be something you want to look into! The ketogenic has helped lots of people see real results, and you might be the next success story! 

Make sure you're following me on instagram! @beautybydrkay

BeautyByDrKay July Newsletter

Come get ready for the sun at my Summer Sexy Safari Party on Thursday, July 12 from 5 - 8 PM! It's the perfect time to refresh your face and boost your look to get you looking picture-perfect for all your vacation photos. Come with your best gal pals and join the lovely ladies of my office for a night of bubbly, bites, beauty, and a fun photobooth so you can take a picture with your favorite cuddly (or not-so-cuddly) creature! We will also have absolutely amazing super secret specials to get my gorgeous beauties excited for summertime. 

RSVP by emailing info@beautybydrkay.com or calling 626.316.7033

♥♥♥

Summer Sculpt Contour Special

Regularly-priced jawline filler: Normally $750, now $575

Revive Those Eyes Special

Regularly-priced under eye filler: Normally $675, now $550

Bright & Tight Skincare Special

 Buy 8% Brightening Pads, get a free Brightening Mask: $112 value, now $72

Get that Glow Special

Microneedling: Normally $650/treatment, now $500 per treatment with Nurse Kathy!  

More super secret specials will be revealed at the party!

♥♥♥


Learn about the Red, White, and Blue of Skin!

Red: Rosacea 

Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness in the face, most commonly affecting middle-aged women with fair skin. While it is incurable and often controlled by environmental factors, there are a few ways to treat the condition! Medications and oral antibiotics are good options if you see a physician for your rosacea. Topical treatments, like my Triple Shot Serum are also amazing! Triple Shot contains green tea, antioxidants, and resveratrol. These ingredients are extremely soothing, helping with both prevention and treatment of rosacea flare ups.

unnamed.jpg

White: Dry Skin

70% of women have dry or combination skin! Dry skin is a very common skin condition that can easily be treated by a hyaluronic acid treatment. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that naturally occurs within the skin to retain moisture and maintain collagen synthesis. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid molecules promote moisture penetration and retention by restoring water content to dry skin! Hyaluronic acid holds 1000x its weight in water and is water-based, allowing for intense hydration without making your skin oily! My Hyaluronic Line Filler is an amazing hyaluronic acid serum, fractionated into three different molecular weights to ensure successful penetration into the skin.


Blue: Under Eye Hollows

unnamed-2.png

Under eye hollows are so common, especially as we persist through allergy season. The blue veins underlying your under eye skin can age you and make you appear tired and unrested! A daily allergy pill can help with these blue veins, but the best treatment for this hollowed appearance is under eye filler! Under eye filler can restore volume underneath the eyes to combat the hollowing effect that accompanies age and many nights of insufficient sleep. You will instantly look brighter and more rested!


Brown Spots: Causes and Treatments 

Many people suffer from brown spots or some sort of hyper pigmentation, but very few people know that there are different types of brown spots. Keep reading to find out what causes yours!

Causes

Age Spots/ Sun Spots: These types of brown spots are caused by prolonged sun exposure. Be sure to wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 50 to help minimize this! My Perfecting Sunshield is amazing. It has Vitamin C, green tea, and antioxidants to help prevent brown spots and prevent free radical damage from the sun!

Acne Spots: Acne can cause hyper pigmentation because acne is an injury to the skin. This is why it is very important not to pop or pick at your pimples as this may result in darker scarring. Use a good Retin-A serum, like my Diamond Line Refine. My serum will not only promote collagen turnover to help with this scarring, but it will also mature your oil glands to help prevent new acne.

Hormonal- Melasma & Chloasma: Many women who have recently started birth control or are pregnant can experience an increase in dark spots. Melanocytes are triggered during hormonal changes and are extra-sensitive to UV damage. This is another reason to be religious with your sunscreen!

Treatments

Microneedling: If you are looking for a deeper treatment, then consider microneedling! Microneedling causes micro-injuries to the surface of the skin, which triggers your body's healing response and produces collagen. Come by our office to for a microneedling treatment complemented by growth factors that boost skin cell growth and my Pure Hydration that topically fills in lines and penetrates deep into your skin to provide intense hydration.

Exfoliation: To regularly treat dark spots, make sure you are exfoliating your skin! An exfoliant with glycolic acid is crucial for lightening dark spots and brightening skin because glycolic acid renews skin by triggering skin cell turnover. My Glycolic Acid Cleanser not only has glycolic acid, but it also has Vitamins A,C, and E, as well as Green Tea extracts to prevent irritation.


Acne Free Skin All Summer!

Hydration: Lots of acne products can be drying, so this month we are focusing on bringing moisture and hydration back to the skin. An easy first step is drinking more water. Drinking water can not only prevent dry skin and flaking, but it also improves skin elasticity and flushes out skin toxins. The next step is using a good moisturizer that gives you moisture without making you oily. While you do want to re-hydrate your skin, you don't want to become too oily and break out again.

Glycolic Acid: To prevent future breakouts use a cleanser with glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is one of the smallest molecules in the alpha hydroxy acids family, which means it can penetrate the skin better than other molecules. It works topically by breaking down sebum on the surface of the skin and works on a deeper layer by triggering the skin's renewal process to bring you brighter, tighter skin. Glycolic acid also unclogs pores and prevents blackheads. Using a glycolic acid cleanser regularly is crucial to maintaining clear skin.


Check out what I'm sharing on Instagram! @beautybydrkay

The Science Behind Sleep

MY NAME IS DR. KAY AND I'M A PHYSICIAN AND FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON BASED IN LA. I LOVE HELPING PEOPLE LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST! CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM @BEAUTYBYDRKAY TO SEE SOME OF MY WORK.

Are you good in bed? By that I mean, do you get enough sleep each night? Most people don't, because they don't realize how important sleeping is to their health. It's almost like not sleeping has become a fad -- people brag about how tired they are, or how many all-nighters they pull each week. Get it together people!

The amount of sleep you get affects your health, behavior, and attitude. Sleeping is a time for the body to rest and recharge from the day. Any damaged cells can begin to recover and repair themselves. Your brain gets a break from the constant whirlwind of thought processes it has throughout the day. Why would you keep yourself from such a great experience? 

Here are a few tips on how you can achieve great sleep: 

1. Power down the electronics: 

The light from your phone can distract your brain from it's goal of falling asleep. Turn off your phone, computer, and TV at least 30 minutes before you go to bed so you can relax and go to bed!

2. Listen to whatever soothes you:

Some people like to sleep with complete silence. Others like to listen to white noise. Find what works for you, and go with it!

3. Prep your skin before bed: 

Make sure you have a great nightly skincare routine that you stick to every night. Cleanse, moisturize, and use retinol! Try my Diamond Line Refine to use nightly - it will tighten pores and help with fine lines and wrinkles!

Use these tips to sleep soundly! Sweet dreams!

Check out what I'm sharing on Instagram! @beautybydrkay