What do you know about Collagen?

bite strawberryWhat is Collagen and why is it important? Collagen is the foundation of connective tissue that supports skin structure; making it essential for younger looking skin. After age 35 collagen production naturally begins to slow down. Naturally occurring enzymes which cause collagen break-down begin to win the race. A decrease in collagen causes skin to thin, lose fullness and form wrinkles. Sun damage, pollution, free radicals and smoke also contribute to the disintegration of collagen.

Good news: In addition to good skin care products, medical lasers, Vitamin A and fillers, you can boost collagen production through your dietary intake. Using a combination of these actions is important for younger looking skin.

Some foods that can help you to boost and maintain your collagen production include:

  • Fish – creates stronger cells. Sources such as tuna and salmon are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids. Having healthy cells supports the structure of your skin.
  • Red vegetables – help with skin protection. Plants such as red peppers, beets and tomatoes, contain the antioxidant Lycopene which acts as a natural sunblock protecting your skin.
  • Dark green vegetables and citrus fruits – are rich in vitamin C which revs up collagen production. Topical products containing vitamin C have anti-oxidizing properties which stabilize harmful enzymes that break down collagen. Vitamin C protects against free radicals which weaken collagen. So eat that spinach and be sure to apply a good, stabilized, Vitamin C product purchased from your local spa.
  • Orange vegetables – restore and regenerate. Carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A which restore and regenerate damaged collagen.
  • Berries – contain compounds that destroy free radicals. Blueberries and raspberries are a great food source that can help to eliminate free radicals and simultaneously increase collagen levels.
  • Protein – sources such as egg whites are high in both lysine and proline thereby aiding collagen production.
  • Oysters – are naturally rich in zinc which is an essential element of the collagen building process and they’re full of vitamins and minerals including iron and B12.

A healthy and varied diet containing these nutritious and delicious foods will not only help you feel better but look better too!

If you’re looking to boost your skin’s collage with services, we recommend Micro-Needling Skin Rejuvenation, Intense Pulsed Light Treatment, the Ultrasonic Facial and/or the Pixel Perfect Erbium Laser, all available through our Beach Plum Spa and Med-Spa. Call to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly-trained Nurses or Medical Aestheticians to determine which service is best suited to you. Along with these services, we recommend using Biopelle Retriderm and a high quality Vitamin C serum, both available in our Spas and online.

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Know it all about Retinol

face creamRetinol is considered to be the gold standard in topical anti-aging products for its proven ability to stimulate the reproduction of collagen.

The many different types and strengths of Retinol can be confusing. Chemically speaking, all retinoids are related to Vitamin A. It can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, assist in diminishing pore size, address hyper-pigmentation and acne and generally speed up cell turnover. Some types of retinol you may have heard of include a variety of topical forms that come in prescription and cosmetic strengths. All of these products are great when used correctly, but reactions and results can vary depending on your skin type.

As an anti-aging treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, Retinol is a wonder drug. If this is your intended use, you should apply only a “pea” sized amount over your face every night or every other night, depending on the strength of the product. It’s also a good idea to treat those often overlooked areas like your neck and décoletté. Using the product at night works best, due to the sun sensitivity that can result from accelerated cell turnover. Be sure to wear a sunscreen during the day to protect your sensitive skin.

You’ll never regret using Retinol for its anti-aging abilities. The best advice we can offer:  if you are starting a Retinol regimen, talk with your esthetician or medical professional about the right strength and usage schedule for your skin. Used incorrectly, it can damage the outer layer of your skin. We recommend using a medical cosmeceutical formulation of Retinol which will contain emollients that prevent over-drying your skin. For best results, start with a low percentage product and slowly build up. Medical strengths cannot be sold in department or drug stores. To get the best results consult your medical spa or dermatologist’s office.

We love Biopelle’s Retriderm Serum available in 3 strengths and available in our Beach Plum Spas! Stop in to one of our locations or call to get yours today!

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Please pass the honey…but why?

We found this article interesting and helpful and wanted to share it with you!

As seen in www.NewBeauty.com

Cleopatra was said to bathe in it, the Ancient Greeks valued it as currency and the Chinese have regarded it as a disease-buster since the 14th century. Today, honey is showing up in a slew of skin-care products and spa treatments. “Honey has been used for thousands of years as an all-natural skin-care treatment—and for good reason: It has a ton of health-benefiting nutrients,” says formulator Petra Stone of honey-based BeeAlive Spa Essentials line. “Plus, it’s suitable for pretty much any skin type.”

Made of about 80 percent sugar, the remaining percent of honey consists of minerals and trace elements such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, amino acids, vitamins and water. So what are the advantages of incorporating honey into your beauty routine?

Honey is a natural humectant that draws moisture from the air, which is why “adding it to creams and serums helps the skin stay hydrated,” explains Stone.

Just like the flowers it originally came from, when used both topically and internally, honey contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals.

According to Stone, honey is especially helpful at calming irritation, thanks in part to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. “It’s incredibly nourishing and very gentle.”

Come in and try our Beach Plum Honey Butter Wrap and Massage or our Honey Butter Wrap Pedicure…truly luxurious experiences to sweeten any day!

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Super Foods for Super Hair…it’s Hip to be Hair!

Gorgeous Hair

  • Hair grows everywhere on the human body except the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, eyelids and lips
  • Hair grows more quickly in summer than winter
  • Hair grows more slowly at night than during the day
  • Believe it or not, your hair is HUNGRY! That’s right, it’s hungry for food to help it shine and grow. Spruce up your locks with super foods to promote super hair! Adding these super foods to your diet will help hair growth, texture, shine and overall hair health.

SALMON – this is definitely a top pick! Salmon packs the most punch when it comes to your terrific tresses. It is full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and vitamin B-12. This means salmon will add shine, prevent dry scalp and improve hair growth! Additionally, eating a diet rich in protein promotes melanin production that helps maintain vibrant color. Salmon – a true miracle food for your hair.

EGGS – rich in biotin (a B vitamin) that is essential for scalp health and hair growth. Eggs are also rich in iron that carries oxygen to the hair follicles. Eggs are easy to add to your diet…. enjoy them for breakfast, on a salad or in a quiche or frittata.

NUTS – a small package with a big punch! Nuts, particularly walnuts, pecans, cashews and almonds contain zinc that helps to minimize hair loss. Walnuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha-linolenic acid that helps boost shine and fullness. Vitamin E, one of the most important vitamins for scalp and root health, promotes maximum growth. Almonds and pine nuts are especially rich in vitamin E.

DAIRY – aside from the great vitamins D and B-5 in dairy products, the high calcium content is great for hair growth. All that calcium plays a major role in hair growth. Low-fat dairy products like cheese, yogurt and 2% or skim milk contain casein and whey, both high in protein, which prevents dry scalp.

VITAMIN C-RICH FRUIT – eating fruits rich in vitamin C help keep your hair strong. Vitamin C helps support healthy collagen production, so foods rich in this nutrient help keep your hair in good condition and prevents breakage. Reach for strawberries, oranges and grapefruits as particularly good sources of vitamin C.

SWEET POTATOES/CARROTS/PUMPKIN SEEDS – beta-carotene, an antioxidant-rich vitamin, is converted to vitamin A when consumed. Vitamin A is essential for cell growth, including the cells in your hair! A diet deficient in vitamin A often leads to dull, dry skin, which then flakes off in the form of dandruff on your scalp. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your salad, crunch on carrots as a snack and swap out your regular baked potato for a more flavorful sweet potato instead…it’s an easy addition to any diet!

DARK GREEN VEGGIES – spinach, kale, Swiss chard and broccoli are all major sources of vitamins A and C and we’ve already told you how important those two vitamins are to healthy hair, never mind the rest of the health benefits they provide! Vitamins A and C also help produce sebum, an oily substance in your hair follicles that acts as a natural hair conditioner.

BEANS – “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart”, so the rhyme goes, but they’re good for your hair too! Legumes, like lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas, provide lots of protein as well as iron, zinc and biotin. Protein helps strengthen the hard strands and promotes hair growth while biotin has been shown to prevent brittle hair. Add beans to your salad, soup or casseroles for added nutrients!

While digesting these nutrients via whole foods is the best way to add them to your diet, it’s not always easy to eat all the right foods for your hair. If you aren’t able to consume them in your food, you can always get them from oral supplements. We offer a full range of high-quality vitamin supplements at our Beach Plum Spa from Nature’s Sunshine. Check our selection here.

Our Moroccanoil Treatment and Nourishing Mask are excellent hair treatments to boost shine, improve texture and rehydrate hair. Our Global Keratin Treatment is formulated with a special blend of proteins and peptides to leave your hair smooth, shiny and healthy. We offer a full menu of hair services at our Cape Codder Beach Plum Spa location.

Call us or set up an appointment online with one of our talented hair stylists. They would be happy to assist with the perfect cut, color selection or specialty hair treatments!

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Let’s Face it….Facials are Important

DWI facial_enewsDid you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? It actually has a surface area of over 21 square feet and accounts for 6-10% of your body weight. Just like caring for your inner organs, it is important to take good care of your skin if you want to be healthy. Regular facials and quarterly facial peels, along with a nutritious diet, are key to maintaining your skin’s glow and youthful appearance.

The skin on your face is subjected to the elements far more than any other part of your body. From wind, sun and pollution to make-up and scrubbing, your face really takes a beating! Pores get clogged and regular at-home cleansing just doesn’t cut through all that dirt and oil. A professional facial, especially a facial peel, goes deeper into your pores. After age 30, collagen in your skin begins to decrease, thus causing wrinkles. Facial peels stimulate that collagen and therefore diminish wrinkles. Facials can be customized to suit your skin type, and your esthetician can recommend which peel will work best for you.

In addition, regular facials are key in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles. When the skin is well exfoliated, the top layer of dead skin comes off and the face simply glows. Removing all that dead skin helps boost the immune system of the skin and improves circulation which helps refine pores and lessen wrinkles. Also, without all those dead cells, the skin is more accepting of anti-aging treatments.

So while facials may feel like a luxury, they are actually a fundamental building block to overall good-health. Facials are small steps to combat the negative effects of aging. By taking these small steps, you will be less likely to have to take the larger, more expensive steps later on to regain your youthful appearance.

Call us or set up an appointment online with one of our skin care specialists. They would be happy to assist in creating a plan to help you achieve optimal results specifically for your skin.

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