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Ezine 87 February 2010

Skin Care Tip:

Are You Forgetting The Most Important Part Of The Cleansing Process?

Exfoliation has been used since ancient times. Through different cultures Indians used spices to exfoliate their bodies while Polynesians used seashells. Exfoliation smoothes and softens the skin by sloughing off the uppermost dead layer of the skin. As you age, your cell renewal process slows down. Normal skin cells divide moving to the surface at various rates. Exfoliation keeps the cell regeneration process moving at a quicker pace giving you a more youthful glow. By removing the dead layers of the skin, products can also work more effectively by penetrating into the new cells versus the layer of dead skin cells. Ultimately, the skin functions better. Other benefits of exfoliation include:

  • Smoother and softer texture
  • Clears congestion
  • Hydrates
  • Detoxifies
  • Creates a moist healthy glow

Exfoliation is an important step in the cleansing process and should not be forgotten. You should include it after you cleanse two to three times a week. Abrasives (granular based products), enzymes (papain or papaya), or acids (Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy) are all forms of exfoliators. For a professional exfoliation, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are excellent treatments to remove the layer of dead skin cells and accelerate your skin’s renewal process. Consult with your esthetician on what are the right exfoliating product/ treatment options for your particular skin type.

Anti-Aging Tip:

Berry Bliss Buzz!

Blueberries have been routinely well publicized as one of the best anti-oxidants. Their blue color signals protection from free radicals scavengers as well as a great brain food. Their cousins, strawberries and blackberries, are also packed with the vibrant colors (polyphenols) that signal the same health benefits. A new berry on the scene is the AÇAI berry. Studies have shown this berry is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world! It is a high-energy berry of a special Amazon palm tree and tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. This berry is packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Check you local market for the AÇAI berry. Although it may not be available as a fresh fruit, often it is available in a juice form. Add this power house food to your 2010 diet!

Plastic Surgery Tip:

Winter Skin Rejuvenation - Chicago Fotofacials!

Aging, sun exposure, heredity and lifestyle factors including nutrition and smoking all may contribute to facial wrinkling. Do you see the signs of pigmented changes such as blotchiness, brown spots or broken capillaries? Laser skin rejuvenation also known as non-ablative laser resurfacing or foto facials can improve these skin conditions. Skin Rejuvenation is a skin treatment employing a laser that uses pulsed light optical energy. The newest machines such as Syneron also couple this with radio-frequency energy. These combined energies result in a more effective and safe treatment. There is also no down time associated with these types of skin rejuvenation treatments.

The Skin Rejuvenation procedure can be used anywhere but especially is especially common for the face, neck, chest, hands and arms. In addition to removing unwanted pigmentation or vascular lesions, it stimulates collagen which softens and diminishes fine lines. Collagen, located in the dermis, gives our face its structure and shape. As we age, we lose collagen, but this treatment stimulates fibroblasts in the dermis which give us some of this “collagen cushion” back.

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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. 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.

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...

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