The Power of Nutrition

Creams, serums, are sunscreen are all important for radiant skin, but what we put in our bodies can be as equally important. Studies have shown that diets rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E can greatly improve the appearance of skin. Overall diet composition and certain fatty acids also play a role in how the the skin looks, feels, and ages. Strawberries, dark chocolate, and kale are all foods that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit processes that may potentially damage skin cells. Implementing vitamin rich foods such as avocados or sweet potatoes into your diet are an excellent way to promote good skin health. Not only are avocados a good source of healthy fats, but they contain Vitamins C and E! Vitamin E may be found in items like olive oil, nuts, salmon, and spinach. Vitamin C is a crucial nutrient to our bodies because of the role that it plays in many of our bodily functions. Vitamin C has also been known to help slow the growth of cancer cells in some cases. You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits, broccoli, chili peppers, and bell peppers. Vitamin C also supports the production of collagen, which provides skin firmness and elasticity. Try my Brighten and Tighten Vitamin C Serum for a brighter and more youthful complexion! Vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, is another antioxidant that defends the skin from UV damage. Vitamin A can be found in orange-colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, mangos, and yams. Beta-carotene is especially important because it can also act as an “internal sunscreen” by absorbing UV rays. Another antioxidant that some tend to overlook is lycopene. This phytochemical — found most notably in cooked tomatoes — helps to protect skin from sunburns and aging. While large amounts of Vitamin C can be found in uncooked tomatoes, heat destroys this antioxidant. 

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Vitamin D intake also plays a role in skin health. Like lycopene, vitamin D can protect skin from UV damage and can be found in food with healthy fats like salmon and tuna. Incorporating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables can do wonders for your skin, but overall diet composition can also influence skin health. Remembering to drink plenty of water daily is crucial to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Certain studies have also shown that diets low in saturated fats, trans fats, and simple carbohydrates are associated with fewer signs of skin aging. Limiting fatty cuts of meats and processed foods, which are frequently high in sugar, can make your skin less wrinkle prone. 

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Finding Relief for TMJ Pain

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When people think of Botox, often times, preventative measure for aging and diminished wrinkles are the first things that come to mind. For anyone suffering from temporomandibular joint pain, also known as TMJ pain, Botox may be a great way to temporarily eliminate tension in the jaw. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans are affected by the disorder. Similar to the way Botox works in areas like the forehead and glabella lines, it blocks communication between the nerves and muscles that reside in the temporomandibular joints. Botox alleviates tension within the jaw preventing muscles from engaging in involuntary movement of the jaw. If you frequently wake up with migraine headaches it is possible that you are grinding your teeth throughout the night. Seeing a doctor that specializes in the anatomy of the face should be the first step you take if you think you may have TMJ pain. Botox has the ability to eradicate certain conditions like lockjaw which sometimes comes hand in hand with TMJ pain. 

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Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for Botox in the temporomandibular joints, you will receive the Botox injections temporalis, frontalis and masseter muscles. Those that are familiar with this treatment may  know it as Botox in the masseter. This procedure has become increasingly popular and is a great way alleviate the effects that TMJ may have on one’s jaw. In addition to pain relief, Botox adds a slimming effect to the face due to the weakening of these muscles. Any pain that is felt should be minimal and only the areas that have been injected will be infected by the Botox. Following your treatment you may feel slight tenderness in the muscle, but that is normal. Because Botox is considered an “off-label” treatment, it is crucial that you see a reputable doctor that has experience injecting these areas. To book an appointment in my private practice please call my office at 626-316-7033!

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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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The Science of Necking

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The long, slender neck is a symbol of youth, beauty, and elegance. When the aging process hits the neck and lower face, it creeps silently upon us, until suddenly, one day, we notice significant neck sagging, jowling and textural skin changes. Luckly, we have new advances in the treatment of the aging of the neck that can add a nice, step-wise approach to neck rejuvenation for patients of all ages. Get your neck looking beautiful this year.

Beginning in heir thirties, patients experience the slow breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers of the skin that is responsible for the gradual sagging and loss of tone in the neck. This leads to the gravitational fall of important suspensory ligaments that hold fat in its proper location. With collagen breakdown and gravity working against youth, it is just a matter of time before the first changes of jowling and flabbiness begin to appear in the lower face and neck. 

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When textural neck changes orrcur, it is bet to begin an anti-aging regimen that encourages the stimulation of collagen production with a non-irritating retin-A based product. These vitamin A dertivatives - including gentle retinol, stronger retinoic acid, and Retin-A itself, are the only proven cosmeceutical ingredients that have been studied and proven to stimulate collagen production and thus prevent and reverse fine lines, proven to stimulate collagen production and thus prevent and reverse fine lines, wrinkles, and textural changes of the skin. The potency of Retin-A, however, also makes it quite irritating to the sun-sensitive neck. Make sure to include SPF in your skin care regimen to protect your skin from sun damage. This is essential to protect from the harsh UV light that beats down on the neck and decollete, causing poikiloderma, sun damage, and a leathery appearance. 

Platysmal bands, which cause tenting of the neck skin, and neck folds can be treated with botox. This can help with wrinkled skin, and to prevent future wrinkles. Fillers such as Restylane can be injected into deeper lines to smoothen the texture and appearance of the skin. 

Submandibular fat, commonly known as the "double chin" can be treated non-surgically with KYBELLA®, an injectable treatment containing Deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA®destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal. Most patients receive 3-4 treatments - and then don't have to worry about that fat coming back!

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