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Ezine 136 March 2014

Skin Care Tip:

How sugar affects your skin!

You may have heard the old saying that chocolate is hazardous to your skin. Though chocolate itself is not essentially bad for your skin, there is some fact in that phrase due to the high sugar content of chocolate. Sugar may advance the aging of your skin, making your face appear more wrinkled and less youthful. It's important to note that sugar is not the only one at fault. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains also turn to glucose when digested, though there is less damage from these foods. They are in fact necessary for our health. Sugar molecules in your system attach to fats and proteins in a process called glycation. This process leads to advanced glycation end products, commonly called AGEs which causes protein fibers to become stiff and malformed. The proteins in the skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that promote a youthful complexion. Sugar basically attacks the healthy, supple collagen in your skin that keeps your skin wrinkle free! One of the main ways sugar ruins your skin is it causes inflammation. Sugar is highly acidic. While other acidic foods can cause inflammation, sugar is one of the worst. Inflammation is at the source of aging in all organ systems including the skin. One of the reasons inflammation occurs is from a rapid rise in blood sugar. This effect causes biological changes in the cell that result in accelerated aging. So to sum up, sugar is bad for your skin.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Yoga Exercises for your eyes

Yoga has been popular in this decade and its purpose is aimed towards improving specific body functions. About 35% of the population suffers from eye disorders such as hypermetropia and myopia. These conditions can usually be overcome by using strong lenses and glasses which correct the refractive errors of the eye. However, individuals need to understand that glasses cannot cure bad eyesight. Truthfully, strong glasses can sometimes worsen eye problems. Many eye disorders are related to the malfunctioning of the ocular muscles caused by chronic emotional and mental tensions. Yoga techniques help to ease various disorders related to defects in the eye muscles. Practicing yoga exercises for your eyes frequently for a few months can go a long way in aiding the normal functioning of our eyes.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Chicago Fat Injections

It is a well-known fact that as we age, the face loses volume of the muscle, fat and bone. The face will also show signs of sun exposure, facial muscle movement and gravity. The underlying tissues that keep your skin plumped and youthful begin to break down as you age resulting in crow’s feet around the eyes, smile lines or facial creases. Fat injections or fat transfers refer to the process of taking fat from one part of the body to another. The fat will generally come from the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. Fat is then injected into an area that requires plumping. Since fat transfer uses your own fat cells, there is no risk of the body rejecting the tissue. This method can also reshape facial features. This method may provide definition to the cheeks and chins as well as correcting minor facial deformities. Fat injections to small areas may be performed in the office under local anesthesia. For larger volumes of fat injection, a different method of anesthesia is involved during the procedure and will need to be scheduled at a surgical facility.

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Make sure you chose a board certified plastic surgeon. A call to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS at 1-888-4-PLASTIC (ie. 1-888-475-2784) can tell you which doctors are legitimate plastic surgeons with outstanding qualifications. You can also visit the ASPS web site at The ASPS is the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. When considering a cosmetic surgeon, you should also make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). A call to ASAPS (1-888-272-7711) or visiting the ASAPS website ( can help you verify your plastic surgeons membership.

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