It Starts Here…

It Starts Here: 

Use Sunscreen- The sun is responsible for 80% of premature skin aging and is a known cause of skin cancer. There are things we can do to remove the results of too much sun exposure, but the best treatments are preventive. USE SUNSCREEN. However, there are dangers to conventional sunscreens. There can be chemicals in the product that disrupt hormones, and have a toxic buildup in the body. Read the labels. Use Zinc and/or Titanium Doxide whenever possible. (more on sunscreen products in our next message)

To Get Great Results:

Seek treatment only from reputable, experienced, highly qualified doctors, or licensed estheticians, under supervision of a doctor. To get best results, do your homework.

What is IPL? 

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment where bright light is applied to the skin. IPL differs from lasers in that IPL emits a large spectrum of light, while lasers emit a single wavelength, but in practice they are quite similar. IPL can treat a variety of skin imperfections, and hair removal. There is no down time after treatment, but extra protection from the sun is necessary. IPL is an excellent choice for men and women with:

• Brown or age spots

• Hair removal

• Facial spider veins

• Rosacea

• Skin pigmentation

Liquid Miracles

Once reserved for filling in lines and plumping up wrinkles, injectables and fillers have a new role in the aesthetic arena, and are quickly becoming the go-to for everything from correcting nasal bumps to completely re-sculpting the face. Besides filling in wrinkles, these liquid miracles can:

• Relax scowl and frown lines

• Lift corners of the mouth

• Rejuvenate facial structure

• Shape the cheeks

• Remove squint lines

• Diminish under-eye bags/hollows

Learn About the Products:

Botulin Toxins- (denervating agents) These products (Botox, Dysport)reduce the muscle activity that gives animation to the face, which smooths out forehead wrinkles, crows feet, frown lines, and those “elevens” between the brows. Treatments last 3 to 6 months.

Restylane- is a clear liquid gel, a non-animal-based hyaluronic acid (a natural sugar compound) used for smoothing wrinkles, sculpting lips, and improving other facial features. The effects of Restylane treatments can last six months or more. Also aids the body in building its own collagen.

Radiesse- (collagen stimulator) Used for those who need more moderate amounts of volume restoration, to build up cheekbones, or around the mouth and the jowls. Works well to sculpt the face, feathered in at sides and up towards the ears, will cause a ‘lift’ at jaw line and cheekbones.

Results can last longer than Restylane.

Perlane-is a longer lasting version of Restylane that is intended for volume filling along with correcting deeper lines and folds. Perlane works well for the lips, especially for those in whom Restylane or Juvederm do not last long enough. Perlane is not intended for fine lines or thin wrinkles, and is expected to last between 6 months to a year.

Belotero- is a new hyaluronic acid filler which is very effective for fine lines and wrinkles. Belotero evenly integrates with your own dermal tissues and discreetly enhances facial contours. In clinical studies 66% of patients continued to show a visible improvement 9 months after a single treatment. Most clients opt for follow-up treatments after 6 to 12 months to maintain a fresh, youthful appearance

For appointments, call us at 270-0090

 

 

TOP 10 FOODS FOR HEALTHY HAIR

 

 

Better-looking hair can start at your next meal.

Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet. It can take longer to notice changes (both good or bad!) in your hair than in your skin. For example, just one week with a poor diet can yield acne flare-ups or dry, sallow skin within days, but with hair, it can take a few months for a nutritional deficiency or the effects of a crash diet to show up.

The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. Healthier follicles? Healthier hair. Healthier scalp? Healthier hair!

Of course, there’s more to your hair than what you eat. Smoking, hormonal imbalances, and not enough sleep can also affect how your hair looks and feels. No magic nutrient can make up for those concerns.

Still, you have a lot more leverage than you might think. If you eat a balanced, varied, protein-rich diet that focuses on the following 10 foods, you’ll be giving your hair the TLC it needs and deserves.

1. Salmon  Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acids, Drayer says. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Other options: If salmon doesn’t thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts (see below for more wonderful things about walnuts.)

2. Walnuts  These are the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Since your hair rarely gets much shielding from the sun, this is especially great. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous. Other options: Try using walnut oil in your salad dressing or stir-fry instead of canola or safflower.

3. Oysters  Oysters are rich in zinc, a lack of which can lead to hair loss (even in your eyelashes), as well as a dry, flaky scalp. Three ounces has a whopping 493% of your daily value. You can get some zinc through fortified cereals and whole grain breads, but oysters can boast a good level of protein too. Remember, hair is about 97% protein. Without enough protein, your body can’t replace the hairs that you naturally shed every day and what you do make can be dry, brittle, or weak. Other options: Get your fill of zinc with nuts, beef, and eggs.

4. Sweet Potatoes  Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. Basically, every cell of the body cannot function without enough A. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff. Other options: Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of beta carotene.

5. Eggs  A great source of protein, eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women. Other options: You can also boost your iron stores with animal sources, including chicken, fish, pork, and beef.

6. Spinach  The iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating. Other options: Try similarly nutrient-rich dark, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard.

7. Lentils  Tiny but mighty, these legumes are teeming with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin, making it a great staple for vegetarian, vegans, and meat eaters. Other options: Toss other beans such as edamame and kidney beans into your soup or salad.

8. Greek yogurt  Cruise the dairy aisle for low-fat options such as Greek yogurt, which is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid — an ingredient you’ll often see on hair care product labels), and vitamin D. Emerging research links vitamin D and hair follicle health, but exactly how that works isn’t clear.  Other options: Cottage cheese, low-fat cheese, and skim milk also fit the bill.

9. Blueberries  Exotic super fruits may come and go but when it comes to vitamin C, it’s hard to top this nutrient superhero. C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage. Other options: Kiwis, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries.

10. Poultry  This everyday entree is extraordinary when it comes to protein, as well as hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Because hair is nearly all protein, foods rich in protein are literally giving you the building blocks for hair.

 

Vitamins for Healthy Skin

Nutrition and great skin are very much related and some of the nutrients that play an important role in your complexion are vitamins. This is why many skin care products contain high amounts of vitamins. However, it’s still extremely important that you receive these vitamins through the foods you eat. Here are some of the essential vitamins for great skin and how to incorporate them into your diet:

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is necessary for skin maintenance and repair— a healthy amount will show a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and it will help prevent acne and dry skin. Most people receive enough Vitamin A from their diets and supplements aren’t necessary. Vitamin A can be found in eggs, milk, liver, and fortified cereals.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is probably the most well-known vitamin that is essential for healthy skin. This is because Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are caused by a number of factors such as smoking, pollution and sun exposure. Free radicals are one of the major causes of premature skin aging. Vitamin E helps fight the effects of sun damage on the skin, and it also helps keep skin smooth and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E can be found in foods like olives, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, wheat germ and leafy greens.

Vitamin C
Like Vitamin E, Vitamin C is also an effective antioxidant, and helps tissue repair itself. It stimulates the production of collagen in your skin. Collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin supple. Most fruits are good sources of Vitamin C so try to eat fresh, local fruit. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, brussels sprout and cucumber are also good sources of this vitamin.

Vitamin B Complex
B Vitamins should also be added to your diet if you wish to achieve healthy skin. Vitamin B1, for instance, boosts circulation in the body and gives your skin a certain glow. If you’re a woman taking birth control pills then you are at risk of Vitamin B1 deficiency. Egg yolks, nuts and raisins are great sources of Vitamin B1. Niacin of Vitamin B3 helps your skin receive plenty of oxygen, which prevents development of acne among other benefits. Niacin-rich foods include tomatoes, broccoli and carrots.
Vitamin K
Vitamin K helps to clot the blood, which can lessen bruising. It isn’t as useful internally, as the vitamins above, but when found in creams, it can be helpful in reducing under-eye circles and bruises caused by injections.

Foods for Beautiful Skin

 

A beautiful, radiant and glowing skin is the result of our diet and lifestyle. What we eat and how we think contributes to overall health, which is reflected in our skin. Here are a few food tips to improve our skin:
Eat your berries!

Eating more vitamin C-rich foods, such as strawberries, may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness. Vitamin C’s skin-smoothing effects may be due to its ability to mop up free radicals produced from ultraviolet rays and also its role in collagen synthesis. Collagen is fibrous protein that keeps skin firm and vitamin C is essential for collagen.

Cut out the sugar: The less sugar we eat, the better it is. Many natural sweeteners like honey and agave syrup are high in fructose and should also be avoided as should sugary fruits, fruit juice and dried fruit. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame should be strictly avoided. Not only are they nasty chemical substances, but they have also been connected to obesity and diabetes.
Eat more healthy fat: One of the crucial things our body and our skin needs for long-term health is fat. Studies have shown that eating more fat makes our skin more elastic and less wrinkly. The increase in fat consumption has to be done in conjunction with sugar and grain reduction. Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, avocado, coconut and macadamia nut oil are well-known to be good for us. Get your Omega-3s. The ratio between Omega 3s and Omega 6 is unbalanced in many foods and most supplements. Read labels – get brain food and healthy fats. Fat doesn’t make you fat ;-) sugar does.
Greatly reduce your grain and starch intake: Most people believe that a diet rich in grains is good for health; whole grains in particular are touted as especially healthy. But starches, the carbohydrates in grains, are simply long strings of sugar molecules and eating them will still make our skin and body age prematurely.
Eat lots of vegetables: Vegetables will also provide you with plenty of fiber and antioxidants. Make sure your diet is filled with a variety of locally grown vegetables and fruits. Start your day with a green drink or smoothie. Good fruit options are berries, as they are relatively low in sugar and high in antioxidants.
Don’t forget your daily protein: Protein provides important building blocks for our entire body. However, our body has little capacity to store protein. So, to supply our body and skin with all it needs, we have to provide it with sufficient amounts of protein on a daily basis.

Spice up your life: Herbs and spices including rosemary, garlic, curcumin and cinnamon are a great addition to any skin health and longevity eating plan. Not only do spices greatly add flavour and variety of our food, but they also contain bioactive substances with positive effects on general health, skin and life span.

The Straight Skinny about Sun Exposure


Fine lines are associated with the normal aging process but deep set wrinkles are not. The sun’s UV rays penetrate deeply into the dermis (the tissue that makes up approximately 90% of the skin’s thickness) and causes a breakdown of collagen fibers or cross-linking collagen. This process is the collapse of the skin’s “mattress” which leads to diminished support and structure, resulting in deep set wrinkles, ridges and creases in the skin.

The sun is responsible for 80% of premature skin aging and is a known cause of skin cancer. 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate smog, mist, light clouds and fog.

There are things we can do to remove the results of too much sun exposure, but the best treatments are preventive. USE SUNSCREEN. The higher the SPF of your sunscreen the better. Most dermatologists recommend using SPF 30 or higher. Try to avoid sun exposure between 10am and 4pm when the rays are strongest.

Look for sun protective lotions or creams with active ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone and ecamsule. For acne prone and oily skin, noncomedogenic zinc oxide sunscreen is recommended.

Antioxidants are one of the most powerful natural defenses against enzymatic destruction. Research shows that those who take low doses of antioxidant supplements are able to significantly reduce oxidation in their bodies, leaving the skin protected. A daily multivitamin that incorporates antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E along with selenium is extremely beneficial.

Treatment solutions for sun damaged skin include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL and light therapies, and laser skin resurfacing which are all collagen-stimulating and encourage cellular regeneration and turnover. To smooth lines and wrinkles, we use botulin toxins and fillers.

What is Revolumizing ? ? ?

 

Volume loss within the face is a significant result of aging. Along with sun damage,  It is a primary factor in sagging skin. While a skin resurfacing may smooth and tighten the skin, or a face life lift may stretch the skin tight, only re-volumizing the face will restore youthful contour.

Since most of us after a certain age, feel younger than we look, the first thing women in particular start thinking about is a surgical facelift. But cutting out skin doesn’t restore those plump cheek prominences and sometimes the pulled effect can be damaging to the skin, leaves scars and adds rather than subtracts age.

It is often better to fix the underlying cause of the wrinkle, not just treating the wrinkle itself. Even after we fill a wrinkle or fold, the face may not really look younger. Now advanced techniques(it is common to) restore more than just fill. For this a volumizing, a filler such as Radiesse, can be injected higher along the cheekbone at “vector points” that provide the greatest lift. The nasolabial folds and marionette lines can be dramatically improved by injections elsewhere in the face. After this, a much smaller amount of filler is all that is necessary to correct a much improved nasolabial fold. Seemingly small changes in shape, proportions, balance, and symmetry can have a surprisingly large effect on our perception of the aging face.

 

Welcome to Healthy Skin Forever…

Welcome to Healthy Skin Maui! We are new to Maui, but we bring more than 15 years experience in aesthetics services, and we are pros at achieving and maintaining a beautiful, nautral appearance – we’ve been around the block, but we don’t look it!

Our Medical Director, Dr. Alice Adee, comes to us from a thriving East Hawaii practice of 20+ years. Dr. Adee is a board certified family physician, who brings a more holistic program of skin care and rejuvenation to those of us who want to stop the signs of aging. Dr. Adee recommends the least invasive, least expensive ways to achieve great results.

The technology is fabulous. We can stay just the way we are now, without invasive, expensive, painful surgery. Not just keep our looks, but repair and erase years from our skin. With an individualized program of care and sun protection, our skin improves with age, retaining the fresh, fullness and glow of health and vitality!

Our shop is in Wailuku Town at Hale Malu Integrative Wellness Center. 233 S. Market Street, right across Iao School. Our hours are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Phone 270-0090 for more information.

There are lots of skin Docs here in Maui; all those ‘before and after’ ad pictures – this shows the possibilities with treatment, but really, the possibilities are so individual, one must have a consultation. Consult with the best – Dr. Alice Adee, who will advise a less invasive, minimal approach with the kind of results which lend a certain confidence about our appearance.

For the person who is already taking good care of themselves, these procedures, and follow up care, are just another of the many things we do; exercise, supplements, brain teasers, SPF, fresh food menus not delivered through the car window – it all goes together, works in a synergistic way to improve our LOOKS and our quality of life – so important!

 

Choose a program of healthy skin rejuvenation targeted to outsmart the signs of aging! Come see us… Call now