What the Neck!

Beauty By Dr. Kay - Neck

The neck is an easy area to ignore in our beauty routine, but it deserves the same attention that we give our faces for staying beautiful!  It’s important to extend your skin care regimen to your neck, especially sunscreen! As we get older, the muscles of the neck start to weaken and the skin loses elasticity. Here are the best options to get your neck looking and feeling great this year!

1. THERMIsmooth treatment. I am very excited to start offering THERMIsmooth treatments in my office! This device uses radiofrequency energy to heat up underlying tissues to promote collagen growth. The application of heat penetrates several layers of the skin causing collagen to contract and tighten the skin. This is an effective, non-invasive procedure that feels like a hot-stone massage!

2. Neck Cream. Neck cream is an excellent first step to kick start your neck regimen. I love using my KD Lift It Up Neck Cream! It contains a biomimetic ceramide complex to nourish skin and improve elasticity, firming peptides to firm skin and reduce the signs of aging, and niacinamide to support healthy collagen production and brightens skin. It also contains Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture which helps lift and tighten skin to address the appearance of sagging.

3. Botox for muscle bands.  Botox is an excellent option to treat the appearance of platysmal bands. These neck muscles contract when we grimace and make certain facial expressions. As we age, the platysmal bands begin to droop and stretch out. Botox can be used to smooth these bands by preventing the muscles from contracting.

4. Fillers for horizontal lines. Horizontal neck lines often become more defined as we age. We are also adding to the appearance of these horizontal creases by constantly looking down at our phones. Filler is a great option to reduce the appearance of these stubborn lines!

5. Lymphatic Massage after Kybella. Kybella is an amazing product to eliminate stubborn submental fat. Kybella is a fat melting enzyme called Deoxycholic acid. Following this treatment, however, there can be quite a bit of of swelling. Lymphatic massage is a great way to help resolve this swell by moving extra fluid away from the area! Using both hands, start by gently placing both hands beneath the midline of your chin. Next, carry your hands laterally and down toward your collar bones in an upside down “J” motion.

Keep your neck young and radiant this year, beauties!



Dr. Kay's Favorite Things to Sparkle in 2019

Dr. Kay's Favorite Things 2019

Time Cube

The time cube is one of the simplest and most effective things I’ve ever purchased! I love using this when I do DMs or E-mails to be sure I’m not glued to my phone for long periods of time. Setting strict time limits with the Time Cube helps me spend more time with my family and less time on my phone! 

Ice Roller

We love to use these ice rollers in the office before and after treatment. These help to de-puff and calm the skin. Ice rollers are perfect to use first thing in the morning for puffy, tired eyes!


Devotion by Laura Mercier

Celebrity makeup artist, Bryan Mendez turned me onto this highlighter and I seriously can’t get enough! Laura Mercier really nailed it with Devotion. When dusted along the cheek bones, this adds a subtle pop! 


Rapid X Car Charger

As a boss girl on the go, I always have to stay connected. I carry around multiple devices with me at all times and it’s important that I stay charged. This car charger has enough USB ports for my phone, portable podcast recorder, and my kids! 

GG Crackers

The girls in the office absolutely love these GG crackers! These help to control your appetite and maintain your weight in a healthy and natural way. Sometimes its easy to forget to eat and GG crackers are the biggest help on those busy days in the office. 

AirPods

I love my AirPods! They are so sleek and work perfectly with my Apple Devices. I use them when I’m on the go, working out, and traveling and their ultra comfortable design sometimes makes me forget that I’m even wearing them! 

Becoming by Michelle Obama 

Becoming by Michelle Obama was one of the best selling books of 2018 and I absolutely adore this memoir. Michelle Obama takes you back to the beginning, getting personal and discussing her background and life in the White House as the first African American First Lady. This is the perfect read for any girl boss looking to get inspired!

Crazy About Celery

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Celery juice has gained popularity on Instagram with many claims of improved skin, digestion, and other health problems. Celery has been used in traditional medicines for thousands of years to treat intestinal maladies and hypertension. More recently, celery juicing has gained a large following from a self-proclaimed “medical medium” who supports celery juice consumption as a wellness panacea. It is important to approach nutrition fads with a degree of skepticism, especially those for “cure-alls.” While some of the claims are not explicitly supported by research, celery is a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and other beneficial phytochemicals. Celery contains phenolic compounds that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit processes that can cause damage to cells. Other phytochemicals called flavonoids and apigeninin have been shown to have anti-spasmolytic activity. This may explain why people experience beneficial gastrointestinal effects. Celery also contains compounds called pthalides which relax artery walls to help lower blood pressure and increase blood flow.

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Certain studies have also linked celery consumption to decreased serum “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides. This benefit is likely due to celery’s influence on bile production, our body’s emulsifier which helps us metabolize fat. Whole celery is also a great source of insoluble and soluble fiber, the latter of which has been linked to improved blood cholesterol levels. Finally, celery has compounds with anti-inflammatory activity. Inflammation plays a role in several health conditions such as psoriasis and arthritis. Celery’s anti-inflammatory effect is potentially due to the presence of apiuman which decreases production of inflammatory cytokines. Like celery, many fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Eating vegetables is important part of a balanced diet and juicing can be an easy way to consume more vegetables. Juicing also helps “pre-digest” vegetables which makes certain nutrients more bioavailable, however in the process you lose valuable fiber. There is no scientific evidence supporting the benefits of juicing or other cleanses to “detoxify” the liver. The liver is our primary detoxification organ and processes the fat we consume in our diet. People most likely feel benefits from cleanses due to the fact that they are eliminating highly processed foods rich in fat, sugar, and salt. More research is required to continue elucidating benefits of celery juice, but drinking celery juice can be a great way increase your vegetable and water consumption. Stay well in 2019, beauties!



Now Trending: Collagen

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Collagen powder has been a hot trend in 2018. Many people taking collagen supplements swear by it for improving the look and feel of their skin and reducing joint pain. Collagen is the primary structural protein for skin, tendons, and ligaments. It plays an important role in maintaining the strength and elasticity of skin. Collagen is largely composed of the three amino acids glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. The chemical structure of these amino acids allow collagen to form its strong helix structure.  In our bodies, collagen gets broken down and rebuilt on a regular basis. The rebuilding process, however, slows down as we age. Collagen synthesis is supported by Vitamin C--check out my blog post, Power of Nutrition, for more information on that! Whether or not taking collagen supplements can lead to connective tissue benefits is still under debate. Like with any ingested protein, collagen is broken down into its amino acid building blocks before it is absorbed by the body. To be the full collagen protein again, the body must rebuild it and do so in the desired areas of the body to have the intended effect.  A moderately active person requires about one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight daily. Any ingested protein is used toward this requirement. The amino acids from a collagen supplement could, then, be used as a building block for other proteins. Another concern about collagen supplements is quality and safety. Supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration so it is important to purchase supplements from reputable companies. The collagen needs to be well preserved and undenatured, furthering the necessity to find a company that produces quality products. There are five different kinds of collagen in the body. Supplements should contain type I and type II, the main types in skin and cartilage. More research is required, but there have been some promising studies supporting the supplement’s joint and skin health claims. Using topical products containing retinol and vitamin C can support collagen synthesis in the skin. Try my KD Vitamin C Serum and KD Diamond Line Refine! I also recommend obtaining collagen naturally in our diets. Bone broth is a great source of collagen. It can be made easily by boiling the bones of chicken or turkey. I love making soup after Thanksgiving using the bones from the turkey and veggies!

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