The Benefits of Resveratrol

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With our Champagne and Pearls party around the corner, it only seems fitting to talk about the good and bad effects alcohol has on the body. Resveratrol is a natural phenol that can be found in wine and champagne. It is known that having a glass of red wine a night can reap a plethora of health benefits. While champagne and white wine both contain resveratrol, red wine contains the highest levels of antioxidants. Three of the antioxidants the red wine contains are flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin. If you’re looking for a wine with high levels of antioxidants, try a Pinot Noir. 

Our KD Triple Shot Serum is formulated with resveratrol and green tea polyphenols that help protect the skin from free radicals. Antioxidants like resveratrol help increase collagen production and improve the skin’s elasticity. Additionally, caffeine increases the affects of its antioxidant properties. One bottle of the KD Triple Shot Serum is the equivalent to 500 cups of coffee! According to Bustle.com, Champagne makes for a great toner! Yes, you heard right. Not only does champagne "detoxify the skin with antioxidants” but “contains tartaric acid, which helps balance out discoloration”.

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While a glass of wine doesn’t hurt, alcohol isn’t always the best for our health. If you’ve ever noticed that your skin seems dull after a night of drinking, alcohol is most likely the culprit. Alcohol is guilty of eliminating much of the good fluids in our body, in addition to taking away nutrients like Vitamin A and C, as well as Zinc. The consumption of alcohol may often lead to increased inflammation in the skin which is caused by a histamine reaction. For those with a pre-disposition to rosacea, alcohol could potentially trigger a flare up. Read our July blog post about Rosacea and ways to prevent flare ups! If you’ve ever broken out after a night of drinking, it could be caused by the dilation of pores which is caused by excessive alcohol consumption. This can in turn, lead to blackheads and whiteheads. 

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While red wine is the healthiest choice when it comes to drinking, sticking to clear liquors is also a better choice. Dark liquors tend to contain a greater level of additives than clear liquors do. Beer also contains an increased amount of additives as well as higher levels of sugar and salt. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing isn’t always best! If you do intend on consuming alcohol, it is always recommend to drink lots of water before and after a night of drinking. Coconut water, watermelon, and cantaloupe are also great sources of hydration. Using a serum with hyaluronic acid is key to keeping skin hydrated and plump. Try our KD Hyaluronic Line Filler to revive lackluster skin! This serum contains 1000x its weight in water and promotes intense hydration without making your skin oily! 

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Dr. Kay's Tips for Combatting Hormonal Skin

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.

As we age, facing hormones increasingly becomes a reality. Our skin is the largest organ on the body; have you ever considered that hormones could be affecting your skin? The thyroid gland produces two hormones that have an influence on everything from menstrual cycle and metabolism to skin dryness and brain development. Environmental toxins such as BPA can be disruptive to the thyroid’s functionality. Making healthy dietary choices and implementing a proper skincare regimen can greatly improve the health of your skin. If you are looking to combat dull and tired skin, try a hydrating serum like the KD Hyaluronic Line filler.

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While male hormones eventually stabilize, it’s more of an uphill battle for the female body. Women tend to experience hormonal acne during pregnancy and between the ages of 20 and 40. As menopause approaches, our hormones begin to act up again. As we age, our estrogen begins to diminish and it’s anti-inflammatory properties go with it. Unchecked estrogen levels can tamper with your libido and lead to irritability, migraines, depression, extreme PMS, and a host of other reproductive disorders. 

Oil is created by our sebaceous glands which are often times influenced by the body’s sex hormones. A cleanser with glycolic acid helps to break down sebum and reveal brighter skin by triggering the skin’s renewal process. Try our KD Glycolic Acid Cleanser! While hormonal breakouts may be inevitable, good skincare can help alleviate them in some capacity. If you haven’t read our blog post “How to Fix Your Skin”, click the link to learn about targeting specific problem areas.

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Some may begin to notice the onset of conditions like rosacea in addition to dehydrated skin. Treatments like oxygen facials and using our KD Triple Shot Serum can help alleviate some of these symptoms. In addition to skincare, what we nourish our body with has a huge impact on our overall health.  Making smart choices or switching to the Keto Diet (click here to read more) could make the world of a difference! Healthy fats like avocado, dark chocolate, and salmon are beneficial in combatting conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Removing dairy or limiting consumption has the potential to curb sebum production. Replace processed junk foods with choices like kale, spinach, grapefruit, and brown rice and notice an all around shift. 

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When you’re stressed, the brain sends cortisol — a stress hormone — into your bloodstream. Chronic stress can often times worsen the effects of hormonal acne, eczema, and rosacea. Exercise, meditation, and yoga are all ways to relax and take a moment for yourself. Apps like Calm or taking classes at studios like CorePower could be the stress reliever you need. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! Be sure to join us with CorePower Yoga on Thursday September 27th at the Langham Hotel for a free all-levels yoga class on the Horseshoe Garden. Attendance is complimentary! 

Be sure to listen to our podcast, Beauty Bytes, with Candace Burch from Your Hormone Balance! Listen for free on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and TuneIn. Candace will be joining me in my office for a lunch & learn on October 23rd, so mark your calendars!

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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 

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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. I love this Zimasilk Silk Pillowcase! 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!

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Introduction to Ketogenic Diet

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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?

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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! 

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