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Ezine 44 July 2006

July Savings!

Save 10% in July! Simply type "fireworks" into the coupon filed during checkout to redeem your savings. Note: This coupon cannot be combined with any other coupon.

Skin Care Tip:

Sunblock Ingredients

Sunblocks are physicial blocks that have a higher SPF and are composed of both physical and chemical blocks. Physical Sunblock sits on the skin’s surface and cannot be absorbed by the skin, which gives it the ability to reflect the sun away from the skin, rather than absorbing the sun’s harmful rays. Chemical sunblocks can be absorbed by the skin, meaning that they protect the deeper layers of skin from the rays that can penetrate through the Physical blocks.

There are two main rays, UVA and UVB which can cause both sun damage and aging. Certain chemical and physical sunblocks can work together to protect both rays from causing damage to the skin. Chemical sunblocks can be both irritating and non-irritating, so it is best to read the labels before purchasing if you have had any kind of reaction in the past.

Physical sunblocks can protect from both UVA and UVB rays and include Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Zinc Oxide, an antimicrobial and healing product absorbs UVA rays. Zinc oxide helps prevent inflammation and irritation and is mostly used in cosmetics to boost the sun protection factor. Titanium Dioxide, is highly reflective and mostly used on UVB rays. Titanium Dioxide is also used in cosmetics because of its low irritation factor.

Chemical sunblocks are divided into categories based on UVA or UVB protection. Some can be irritating on the skin and can cause inflammation depending on each individual. Some UVA chemical sunblocks include, Oxybenzone, Benzophenone, Avobenzone, and Parasol 1789. Some UVB chemical sunblocks include, Cinnamates, which can be highly irritating, Salicylates, PABA (which is not used much anymore due to its known irritations), Padimate-O, and Octocrylene.

There are a variety of ingredients used in sunblocks, which can enhance the protection ability of each product. Knowing what is in each product will help you to achieve less sun damage and keep your skin healthy and young as long as possible.

The best physician-strength Sunblocks are neaclear and Obagi and seem to be the most popular, best tolerated and most effective. neaclear was started by a plastic surgeon and Obagi by a dermatologist. These physicians are skin specialists and know more about your skin.

Important Notes:

Due to the new policies of the following companies, we are not allowed to advertise our discounts for them online. For all our loyal customers, we are very proud to offer the opportunity to still receive great discounts. Simply type the following coupon code during checkout on any of the following product lines:

Obagi - "obagi" - 10% off

La Roche Posay - "larocheposay" - 10% off

SkinCeuticals - "skinceuticals" - 20% off

Revivogen - "revivogen" - 10% off

These offers DO NOT have an expiration date. These offers CANNOT be combined with any other coupons.

Anti–aging Tip:

Benefit of Touch (Oxytocin)

Touch is an amazing gesture that gives you a “feel good” feeling to stimulate endorphins. Touch is beneficial because it stimulates a hormone, called Oxytocin, which helps to relax and reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels. This is a positive hormone that is also released when a woman gives birth and also when she is breastfeeding. Oxytocin can reduce pain levels in people when exposed to positive touching from their loved one. This “special” hormone is released during massage as well as during a loving touch from your partner or your parents when you are a baby and even as a small child. Touch is one of the most important connections from infancy through childhood because without it, babies and children do not develop as quickly.

Oxytocin works by suppressing activity in the brain region, known as the Amygdala. The Amygdala region processes fear and communication to the rest of the brain. Oxytocin works by suppressing anxiety in the amygdala region, thus causing less stress and irritability. Touch can be healing and bring loving feelings regarding someone of the opposite sex. Oxytocin also works by stimulating increased production of estrogen and testosterone which are both associated with sexual responses. Some elderly people who have lost a loved one tend to buy pets because the touch associated with petting your dog or cat, can even stimulate this in people. Pets are great companions in more than one way.

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Short Scar Face Lift

A Short-Scar Facelift is a minimal-incision facelift that repositions the skin and soft tissue of the face affected by the aging process. Short-Scar Facelifts are multi-layered where internal soft tissue structures are adjusted separately from the skin that covers them. The scarring behind the ear and in the hairline behind the ear is eliminated with a short-scar face lift. This procedure is often performed with a mid-facelift to give a more natural appearance.

During this surgery, all areas of concern that show aging are repositioned. Skin from the fat and muscles below the surface are separated. Fat may be trimmed to help improve the contour. The muscles and SMAS membrane are tightened and the skin is repositioned and any excess skin is removed. Facial structure plays a major role in determining the outcome of the procedure. Your Plastic Surgeon will be able to determine if a Short-Scar Facelift is best for you.

To see before and after patient pictures, please click here.

During your consult with Dr. Speron, the patient will discuss their desired goals on an individual level. Then they will further discuss the course of treatment and potential complications at the appointment time. Please check out the wealth of information on our site by clicking here.

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.

To help you in making your decision, please click here to check out the 7 critical questions to ask any plastic surgeon before letting them touch you!

By far, the most important factor in the success of your procedure is the surgeon you choose. So please choose wisely...