25
Dec

Happy Holidays

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30
Jun

How and Why We Age

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29
Jun

Skin Care Tips by Age – 20s 30s 40s 50s and 60s

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As we age our skin care needs tend to change as well. Here are some tips by your age group. Want a customized plan? Come to HLC Med in Cambridge MA, Peabody MA or Stratham NH for a complimentary Skin Wellness Plan or just start with a Facial.

20s – Unless you smoke or drink heavily, there should be no signs of aging at this point. the key to skin care in your twenties is prevention. You should be focusing on removing impurities, preventing sun damage and retaining moisture.

  • Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen (don’t forget your neck, chest and hands)
  • Exfoliate dead skin regularly
  • Regular facials are recommended

30s – Our 30s is when we start losing collagen and fine lines start to appear. This is the time to start mild non invasive treatments such as peels and microdermabrasion as well as collagen and moisture boosting treatments and home care.

  • Regular exfoliation as well as AHAs, Vitamin C
  • Hydrating treatments such as Hyaluronic Serums

40s Our 40s are when crows feet and other unwanted lines start to appear. Hydration is extremely important.

  • Regular Peels, Microdermabrasion and Dermasound Ultrasonic Treatments are recommended
  • Hydrating and Line minimizing treatments should be considered.

50s In our 50s it is important to have a full on skin regimen to tighten and firm. RF Skin Tightening, Sono Skin Tightening and Firming as well as No Needle Filler treatments are recommended.

  • Boosting Collagen and Hydration should be top priorities (don’t forget your neck, chest, eye area and hands)
  • Start using a hydrating mask

60s This is an important time to continue the treatments started in your 50s as well as perhaps adding body treatments to firm skin all over. At home skin care should contain an exfoliant, AHA, Serum, day and night cream.

28
Jun

Smooth Summer Legs

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Aside from getting laser hair removal, there are plenty of ways to have smooth fabulous legs this summer!

Start with an HLC Med Cranberry Seed Face and Body Glow Exfoliant or equivalent product, to polish your skin to perfection. This preps your legs for a spray tan or a real tan so that the color is even and flawless. Before bed apply the HLC Med Firming Body Cream on any Cellulite prone areas or areas of lax skin.

Use a moisturizing body wash and drink plenty of water, hydration is key for fabulous skin.

Finally eat plenty of fruits and vegetables which have the vitamins and nutrients to regenerate your skin.

 

8
May

Health Benefits of Tea

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The health benefits of tea are widely known.

6
May

Spring into Your Skin Care

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As most of the nation is thawing out from a deep freeze it is important to also defrost your skin care routine. Aside from a visit to your local Medspa for some much needed TLC it is important to switch up your products to make sure the dry dead skin from the winter time comes off and leaves you with a glowing complexion. This is also the time to start thinking about your beach body and planning any body contouring and cellulite treatments to make sure you are ready when the warm weather finally comes.

Exfoliate! As if we have not said it enough… Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin

What it does: Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers.
When: Perform in the mornings prior to toner, moisturizer, SPF and make-up application. Tip: Make-up will last longer on an exfoliated skin!
Don’t forget: After you exfoliate, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF (as recommended by the FDA).
 Keep skin hydrated
How: Up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques, perfect for use one to two times a week. Boosters are a great fit, working best when layered underneath a moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity. Tip: Refresh with a revitalizing toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, on the plane!
 Make hydration a priority
Why: Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells!
What you can do: Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!
Recommended:  Filtered or spring water without any additives.
 
When in doubt, apply and reapply!!!
Why:  It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently.   Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should.
How much: A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.
How often: Re-apply every two hours. Tip: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.
Bonus: Today’s sophisticated formulas and technology let you select sun protection that works with your skin condition. That means you can choose oil-free, matte formulas, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for sensitized, reactive skin.
 Soothe parched skin
What: You forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell.
What’s next: Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Soothing botanical and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.
How: Apply cooling balms generously over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow.
Prevent: One blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma. Remember to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once a month to detect early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Look for a new growth or any skin change.
Repair and treat sun damage
What causes skin damage: UV light causes photo-aging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in contact with skin a cascade of damage results (including the stripping of barrier lipids) causing inflammation, production of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes.
What to do: A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.
Out With the Old in With the New – Buy a New Sunscreen
Throw away last year’s unused sunscreen for a new bottle. Sunscreens aren’t meant to last forever, and seeing most people don’t use as much as they should, I bet you have a bottle or two stored away. Be safe and pick up a new one. And don’t forget the most important sunscreen advice: Use It. You should be using a shot glass full for your body, and a full teaspoon just on your face. Reapply every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun.

 

 

4
May

Mother’s Day Wellness Tips

 

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  1. Smile – A smile will make you look even more radiant than you are.
  2. Sleep in – Getting plenty of rest will make you look youthful and refreshed.
  3. Spend time outdoors. (Don’t forget the sunscreen)
  4. Pamper yourself – A facial, body glow treatment, or massage can do wonders.
  5. Take deep breaths or a yoga class to reduce stress.
  6. Add essential oils to your bath water to create a relaxing spa experience.
  7. Enjoy your special day!
26
Apr

About HLC Med in Cambridge MA

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What services does your location offer?

  •  European Spa Facials / Skin Care / Body Glow Exfoliation
  • Medspa Skin Care / Chemical Peels / Microdermabrasion / Dermasound
  • RF Skin Tightening / No Needle Fillers / Sono Skin Firming and Hydration
  • IPL Photofacials / Spectraclear Acne Treatments / Yag Spot Treatments
  • SF3 Body Shaping / Cellulite Treatments / Infrared Slimming Wraps / Stretch Mark Treatments / CaviLipo Body Contouring (Coming Soon)
  • Laser Hair Removal

Where are your social media pages?

Facebook  Twitter  Google +

Where are you located and what towns are nearby?

2400 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02140

(Free parking in back of building, we are near Davis Sq Red Line stop, Near Rt 2 )

We are near Somerville, Arlington, Boston, Medford, Malden, Lexington, Waltham, Belmont, Watertown

When are appointments available?

Tuesday through Thursday 10-7  Friday 10-5 Saturday 10-5.

What is the Anti-Aging and Drop a Decade program?

Please see the below brochure:

Brochure_Anti Aging

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26
Apr

About HLC Med in Peabody, MA

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What services does your location offer?

  •  European Spa Facials / Skin Care / Body Glow Exfoliation
  • Medspa Skin Care / Chemical Peels / Microdermabrasion / Dermasound
  • RF Skin Tightening / No Needle Fillers / Sono Skin Firming and Hydration
  • IPL Photofacials / Spectraclear Acne Treatments / Yag Spot Treatments
  • SF3 Body Shaping / Cellulite Treatments / Infrared Slimming Wraps / Stretch Mark Treatments / CaviLipo Body Contouring (Coming Soon)
  • Laser Hair Removal

Where are your social media pages?

Facebook  Twitter  Google +

Where are you located and what towns are nearby?

80 Prospect St in Peabody, MA 01960

We are near Danvers, Beverly, Middleton, Lynnfield, Wakefield, Salem, Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead, Topsfield, Saugus, Revere, Nahant, Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester by the Sea, Gloucester, Rowley, Reading.

When are appointments available?

Tuesday through Thursday 10-7  Friday 10-5 Saturday 10-4.

What is the Anti-Aging and Drop a Decade program?

Please see the below brochure:

Brochure_Anti Aging

26
Apr

About HLC Med Spa in Stratham NH

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What services does your location offer?

  •  European Spa Facials / Skin Care / Body Glow Exfoliation
  • Medspa Skin Care / Chemical Peels / Microdermabrasion / Dermasound
  • RF Skin Tightening / No Needle Fillers / Sono Skin Firming and Hydration
  • IPL Photofacials / Spectraclear Acne Treatments
  • Body Shaping / Cellulite Treatments / Infrared Slimming Wraps / Stretch Mark Treatments / CaviLipo Body Contouring (Coming Soon)
  • Laser Hair Removal

Where are your social media pages?

Facebook  Twitter  Google +

Where are you located and what towns are nearby?

81 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham NH 03885.

We are near Exeter,  Newfields, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, Rye, Portsmouth, Newington, Epping, Brentwood.

When are appointments available?

Tuesday through Thursday 10-7  Friday 10-5 Saturday 10-4.

What is the Anti-Aging and Drop a Decade program?

Please see the below brochure:

Brochure_Anti Aging

2
Mar

How to Make a Healthier Salad

Eating well is important to maintain a great complexion. This info-graphic explains how to make a healthier salad to get all the nutrients your skin needs.

 

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26
Feb

What is Your Skin Eating?

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There are many harmful chemicals that could be absorbing into your skin which is your body’s largest organ.

25
Feb

Skin Care Ingredients You Should Look For

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Most of us think that “natural” is code for better. Unfortunately just as there are good and bad synthetic ingredients, there are good and bad natural ones. To help you with your selection, top skin care experts share the natural ingredients that have been proven to be the most effective. These natural wonders can help battle breakouts, soothe irritation, treat uneven pigmentation, and even prevent sun damage, in some cases. Next time you go shopping, scan the labels for the following ingredients.

Beta Carotene

Red, orange, and yellow fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are packed with beta carotene, a nutrient with many benefits to your skin, says Ido Leffler, co-founder of the Yes To skin care line. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, an essential nutrient for healing wounds, protecting against sun damage, and encouraging cell turnover.

“Topical beta carotene has antioxidant benefits on the skin and research has reported that it improves discoloration due to melasma.”

Green Tea Extract

This healthy drink contains high levels of antioxidant chemicals (catechins such as epigallocatechin gallate and flavonoids, such as kaempferol and theaflavin) to help prevent and reverse UV damage to the skin, explains Neal Schultz, MD, a dermatologist in New York City . These same chemicals make green tea an excellent natural anti-inflammatory, and skin soothing ingredient in skin care.

Licorice

The anti-inflammatory properties of licorice extract make this one of the best natural ingredients to treat redness and rosacea. And the plant has also been shown to reduce uneven pigmentation by blocking the production of melanin. Dr. Wu suggests looking for licorice extract in eye treatments because one study found that a cream containing the ingredient helped lighten dark under eye circles.

Oats

Colloidal oatmeal is one of the few natural ingredients that the FDA has approved to treat skin irritation such as eczema, dry skin, poison ivy, poison oak, and insect bites, says Dr. Wu. “Oat lipids and proteins help replenish and maintain the skin barrier,” she explains, “and oats contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant chemicals.”

Look for colloidal oatmeal, which Dr. Wu explains has the greatest benefits and the most research behind it.

Soy

“Look for this ingredient if you’d like your skin to look brighter and more even-toned,” Dr. Wu says. “Topical soy has been shown to lighten discoloration due to melasma and sun damage by inhibiting skin’s over-production of melanin skin pigment.”

Soy-based products are a particularly good option for those looking for an alternative to prescription-strength ingredients like retinoids and hydroquinone, says dermatologist Michael Gold, MD

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline)
is a peptide shown to reduce wrinkles associated with facial expressions. When we feel happy, sad or wish to communicate a message through our facial expressions, the brain sends a message to release acetylcholine, a chemical that causes facial muscles to contract. Preventing the muscle contraction is essential in preventing new wrinkles or reducing the depth of existing wrinkles. While Botox® paralyzes the muscles so that they do not move, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 intercepts the message from the brain to the muscle, preventing its contraction.
Matrixyl 3000
contains the matrikines Pal-GHK and Pal-GQPR acting in synergy to repair the cutaneous damages of age. By activating the skin’s natural production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, Matrixyl 3000 works to reduce wrinkles, stretch marks and other signs of aging.Matrixyl 3000 works to mimic the appearance of this broken down collagen, causing your skin to react by producing more collagen, as well as elastin (responsible for the skin’s elasticity) & hyaluronic acid (which plumps up the skin and gives it that healthy, full look).

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid is one of the most powerful anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatories available. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is called “the universal antioxidant” because it is both fat- and water-soluble. This means that ALA is easily absorbed through the lipid layers of the skin and works equally well as a free-radical fighter in the cell plasma membrane and in the watery interiors of the cell.

Further, it is 400 times stronger than vitamins E and C combined (both of which are renowned for their antioxidant properties).

ALA has great benefit when applied in a topical lotion. When put in an eye lotion, it will greatly decrease under eye circles and puffiness.  ALA will also reduce swelling and puffiness in the face. Its anti-inflammatory effects reduce redness and blotchiness, resulting in an evening out of skin tone, often making foundation unnecessary. ALA will shrink pore size and impart a healthy radiance to the skin. ALA is excellent at decreasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles; its capacity to regulate production of nitric oxide, which controls blood flow to the skin, transforms the complexion from dull, pasty and pale to vibrant and glowing.

DMAE

For several decades, I have been extolling the virtues of DMAE as both a nutritional supplement and as a topical treatment to combat the signs of aging of the face and body.

DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is a nutritional substance that is a powerful anti-inflammatory and membrane stabilizer.  DMAE is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract and tighten under the skin. Therefore, it can help maintain muscle tone in the face and body as we age, helping to prevent both sagging and drooping of the muscles under skin. In fact, it is not wrinkles that are the greatest culprit in giving the face an aged appearance – it is the loss of anatomical position that results in the sagging and drooping of the underlying muscles.

When applied topically in the form of a lotion, the effects are almost immediately visible. The effects are also cumulative. Studies looking at weeks, months and even up to a year of use show that improvements and benefits continue to accrue.

Application of a DMAE-rich topical treatment results in almost instantaneous benefits. The skin looks firmer, lifted, less lined, and smoother. If a pea-sized drop of a DMAE-containing lotion is spread on one side of the face, gently rubbed into the nasolabial fold, around the eye, forehead, under the chin and on the neck, results can be seen in about 20 minutes. The side of the face and jaw line with the DMAE will appear more contoured, the eye will be open wider, the nasolabial fold lessened. The effect is dramatic. There will also be an immediate reduction in lines and wrinkles. DMAE is also outstanding in tightening up the dimpled skin on the back of the thighs and the upper arms.

Also, the appearance of both fine and deep lines is reduced, and best of all, there is a wonderful (and very visible) increase in overall radiance and evenness of skin tone and color.

Vitamin C

You may think of vitamin C as an essential defense against the common cold, but the nutrient also battles the common signs of aging skin — sagging and dullness. Vitamin C aids in collagen synthesis, which is essential for firmness and smoothness, Dr. Wu explains. Plus, it has antioxidant benefits to help fight free-radical damage and lightens dark spots. As if this little vitamin didn’t already work hard enough, C can also regulate sebum production to prevent acne and decrease inflammation.

Not only should you eat plenty of citrus fruits to ensure your skin benefits from vitamin C, look for it in serums.

Vitamin C Ester

Many skincare products contain antioxidants, however, sometimes they can be irritants such as vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid.  What few people know is that there are two forms of vitamin C – water-soluble and fat-soluble – with distinctly different properties.

Water-soluble vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
This is the form of vitamin C found in standard vitamin supplements. Although I recommend taking this form of vitamin C as a nutritional supplement, ascorbic acid has some serious drawbacks when used as topical ingredient. It cannot protect cell membranes, nor can the skin maintain adequate levels when we experience oxidative stress, either from internal sources such as poor diet and stress, or from external sources such as sunlight.

Ascorbic acid can also create a powerful free radical known as a hydroxylradical, via a Fenton reaction with iron in the body. It is also irritating to skin and unstable when used in topical formulations.

Fat-soluble vitamin C ester 
Unlike the ascorbic acid form, fat-soluble vitamin C ester realizes this essential nutrient’s full potential as an anti-aging agent. It displays greater antioxidant activity in our cells than ascorbic acid does, and performs this vital work at lower doses. In fact, compared with ascorbic acid, vitamin C ester delivers 8 times higher levels of vitamin C activity.

And because vitamin C ester can reside in our cells’ fatty membranes, it continuously regenerates the vitamin E depleted by that fat-soluble antioxidant’s ongoing fight against free radicals.

Vitamin C ester also possesses superior ability to stimulate growth of the cells (fibroblasts) that help produce collagen and elastin, the strands of tissue that give the skin its strength and flexibility.

Last but not least, vitamin C ester is also more stable in topical solutions, maintaining its efficacy while it delivers its incomparable benefits. And it does not produce the negative Fenton reaction that occurs when products containing water-soluble ascorbic acid are applied to skin.

Neuropeptides

Incorporating neuropeptides dramatically improves the appearance of skin’s resilience, tone and texture, while decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It combats the appearance of crepiness by re-energizing and hydrating the skin, while increasing firmness. It is safe for damaged, mature or fragile skin.

It is important to differentiate between neuropeptides and the more commonly marketed pentapeptides.

The neuropeptide topical formulas I have developed contain multiple peptides delivered in a special base that allows the molecules to penetrate the skin, where they can activate receptor sites and achieve maximum benefits. To achieve this level of quality and activity, these neuropeptides must be synthesized in a laboratory in small batches with a resultant cost of the peptides of up to $30,000 per kilo. These neuropeptides should not be confused with simple peptide preparations that work by a totally different and simplistic mechanism.

Pentapeptides, for example, are not the sophisticated neuropeptides which have to be synthesized on an individual basis. These pentapeptides cost dollars per pound and simply cannot deliver the level of efficacy found in the neuropeptide formulas.

Reversing the effects of aging means taking all the misinformation you’ve been fed by marketers, diet schemers, and so-called health gurus and throwing it out the window. With these simple, practical tips, you’ll not only look younger – you’ll feel younger, too.

Anti-Aging Skincare

We all know it’s important to wash your face, but too much washing and using the wrong skincare products can actually lead to dryness and premature wrinkles. Add the three following skincare tips to your routine to turn back the clock.

Home Peels

For a more youthful complexion, be sure to complement your nightly AHA wash with a weekly AHA at-home skin peel. Doing so will remove dead skin cells, making your skin brighter and tighter. Look for at-home peels containing glycolic acid, for best results.

Mega Moisturizers

Every morning and after your nightly AHA cleansing, be sure to apply a skin moisturizer containing ceramides. Ceramides are a type of fat that helps your skin keep moisture in and irritants out. Simply apply a dime-sized amount, and spread over your entire face, morning and night, for maximum moisture.

Anti-Aging Nutrition

It takes more than skin care to look 7 years younger – what you put inside your body is just as important. Add the following four foods to your weekly shopping list to keep your skin youthful for years to come.  

Yellow Peppers for Wrinkles

Peppers aren’t just tasty in stir-fries and salads, they’re also great for your skin. Yellow peppers are rich in vitamin C, which helps stop harmful free radicals from damaging your skin.

Eggs for Sagging Skin

Studies show that the lean proteins contained in eggs help provide building blocks for collagen – the protein-rich connective tissue that plumps your skin to prevent sagging.

Whole-grain Barley for Damaged Skin

Whole-grain barley is a good source of selenium, a mineral that helps protect your skin against injury from the sun’s damaging UV rays.

Wash With AHAs

Every night – and only at night – wash your face using an alpha-hydroxy (AHA) based cleanser. Most non-AHA cleansers don’t do a good enough job getting rid of all the dirt that’s built up on your skin throughout the day, with soap and water just cleaning the top layer of dirt. AHAs are gentle acids derived from fruits that actually help dissolve dirt and clumps of dead cells, clearing them away and allowing young skin cells beneath them to grow faster.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel has been a staple home remedy for centuries, says Renée Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician. She explains that witch hazel is an excellent ingredient in toners and moisturizers to control oil while also offering hydration and reducing redness.

“Witch hazel can be used on sores, bruises, and swelling,” says Dr. Schultz. That’s why you’ll often see the ingredient in aftershaves, he says. Rouleau offers this note of caution: “The witch hazel astringent found in drugstores usually contains alcohol and is not recommended as it will strip your skin of moisture.”

Willow Herb

Willow herb, a wildflower, is a unique antimicrobial, anti-irritant, and a natural antiseptic that has long been used to sooth common skin irritations including rosacea and eczema.

One of the little flower’s benefits includes the ability to kill p. Acnes bacteria, the nasty microbes that cause acne, which makes the natural ingredient a great option for treating breakouts, says Paula Begoun.

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Sources: http://www.doctoroz.com/   http://www.everydayhealth.com/

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