Everyone knows that few people stick with New Year’s resolutions. So don’t make any! According to Forbes Magazine, studies have shown that four out of five people break their resolutions. And a third of resolutions don’t make it past the first month. Why? Because most people tend to set unrealistic goals they want to accomplish in a short period of time, and they become overwhelmed.
So what should you do instead? Make a plan for the entire year that incorporates smaller daily, weekly and monthly activities that will lead to accomplishing your goals. As you know, one of your top priorities is your health, and taking care of your skin, the largest organ in your body, should be near the top of your personal healthcare list. And Reflections Laser & Wellness is here to help.
Healthier Skin for the Long Haul
Your skincare strategies should be unique to you… not what your friends are doing, not what the TV commercials are telling you. At Reflections, we offer a free one-hour Complimentary Signature Consultation. That consultation will give you the specific plan to help you achieve goals for the health and beauty of your skin. During your consultation, we will take you through a step-by-step process:
Conduct a thorough intake and review of your health and skin issues
Analyze your skin head to toe
Create a roadmap with an ongoing plan for treatment
The roadmap will include a daily regimen of self-care plus any regular treatments that will enhance your own efforts. If you are already using a number of products at home, it will be easy to make any needed modifications based on our analysis. Or, if you only use one or two products, we won’t overwhelm you with major additions or changes. We want you to be able to stick with your self-care for the long term.
Your daily self-care will have the greatest impact on the health of your skin; however, the regular Reflections’ treatments we recommend will be especially effective if you have specific skin issues and goals. For example, most women, and even men, are interested in slowing down the aging process. If you have rosacea, acne, dehydration or pigmentation challenges due to sun damage or hormones, we will prescribe a particular plan that fits your needs.
So let’s get started on a plan you can embrace all year and for years to come. To schedule your Complimentary Signature Consultation, call us today at 561-221-1462.
In South Florida, you have to be careful with your skin year round. Even in the winter months, the tropical sun and humidity can take their toll. This year, forecasters are predicting a mild, rainy winter, influenced by an El Niño weather pattern. So that means it’s more important than ever to protect and treat your skin with kid gloves… and effective products.
Most people love to bask in the sun, especially at the beach. But the risks are high for sunburn, sun poisoning (which can result in scarring), premature aging, wrinkles and the biggie: skin cancer, including melanoma, which can be life threatening. So first let’s talk about how to protect yourself. The best thing to do is stay out of the sun, but that’s probably not a reality here in Paradise.
There are a number of ways to protect yourself when exposed to the sun’s rays. What you wear for example. A hat that shades your face, sunglasses (which also protect your eyes) and protective clothing are all easy solutions. When it comes to skin products, choose sunscreen to apply daily that has an SPF (sun protective factor) of 30, and higher if you’re on the beach, tennis court or golf course. Same goes for lip balm. Here at Reflections, our line of Glymed products includes a number of effective products, including tinted sunscreen, which also covers up skin imperfections. Glymed Ultra Hydration lip balm is an excellent product. Glymed’s Tizzo 3 is a mineral broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 40 and contains titanium and zinc oxide, all great for protection.
If you do get sunburned, treat your skin with Aloe Vera or Glymed Plus Hydrogel, both of which should be kept in the refrigerator so they cool you down too. For more severe damage or areas of concern, seek medical attention.
Humidity creates high risk factors just like the sun, and especially if combined with higher temperatures. It can lead to sweat and oil production, which can clog pores and result in acne breakouts. It also promotes the growth of bacteria and mold, resulting in skin irritation and redness. Combined with high heat, the moisture can cause heat rashes and blistering.
If you experience oiliness as a result of humidity, we recommend the Glymed Plus 2% salicylic astringent, or you can purchase witch hazel over the counter. For heat rash, try Glymed’s GMP Comfort Cream with 2% hydrocortisone. Often, heat rash will disappear in 3-4 days untreated. For blistering, try this home remedy: ½ apple cider vinegar and ½ water chilled applied with cold compresses. If pain, swelling, swollen lymph nodes, fever or chills occur, be sure to talk with your doctor.
So, if you think Paradise is bliss…. well, you’re right as long as you take care of yourself and your skin.
The single most common condition seen by dermatologists is acne. However, the acne care you receive from an esthetician might be a more effective option. And certainly an esthetician’s approach will compliment that of the physician.
The go-to response for doctors is a prescription. With acne, the dermatologist might prescribe antibiotics, retinoid, Benzoyl Peroxide or Accutane. But often, these medicines are only Band-Aids for bigger underlying problems. My mentor, Christine Heathman, CEO of GlyMed Plus says, “We do not have acne because of a lack of antibiotics in our system.” Don’t get me wrong, some dermatologists do offer non-prescription options, but probably not to the extent you’ll get with your esthetician.
As an acne specialist who was called “pizza face” as a kid, this issue is personal to me. That’s why I’ve trained on acne care so extensively. But estheticians, in general, take a more holistic approach to any skin issues, including acne. We study the ingredients in skin care products that contribute to clogged pores, environmental factors that contribute to irritation and inflammation and lifestyle influences. We monitor treatment modalities that have the best success. At Reflections Laser & Wellness Center, we use the GlyMed Plus DermaSound machine that utilizes ultrasonic vibration and has been clinically proven to reduce the acne bacteria 98 percent. One size does not fit all. Everyone is different, and every treatment program is customized to the individual.
An esthetician considers many aspects of an acne patient’s life. Do you wash your face every morning and night? Are you facing stressful challenges? Are there fluctuations in the weather? Are you pre-menstrual? What about your diet?
A colleague of mine had a patient that came to her with terrible cystic acne on her chin and jawline. Her dermatologist had treated it repeatedly, but it kept coming back. My colleague asked her about dairy consumption, so the patient cut out dairy consumption for two weeks. And guess what, it cleared up. Sadly, the doctor told her that it’s a myth that diet can affect your skin.
So what about treatment from your esthetician? Facial treatments, for one, can clear up pores and remove dead skin. A facial often includes deep cleaning, exfoliation, facial steams, massage and more. In addition, extractions clean out non-inflamed pore blockers for smoother skin and prevention of infected pimples. And self-care advice is always in the plan including your daily skincare regiment, diet, stress reduction and other lifestyle choices.
If you need a dermatologist, especially in extreme cases, a good esthetician will refer you to one. But consider an esthetician before you go down the medical route.
Tired of shaving, waxing or tweezing? Maybe you have unwanted hair in a difficult-to-reach or large area. Laser hair removal, one of the most common cosmetic treatments in the U.S., might be an excellent solution for you.
The process involves beaming a highly concentrated laser light in a series of pulses at the base of your unwanted, dark and usually course, hair follicles. The light is absorbed by the melanin pigment in the follicle, which results in heat that denatures and changes the proteins responsible for hair growth. A small area can take minutes while a larger area may take an hour.
It takes several treatments to remove the hair. Other factors contribute to achieving permanent results including genetics and lifestyle. Everyone is different, and at Reflections, we will work carefully and diligently to determine what will be most effective for you.
Six weeks before treatment, you’ll want to avoid sun exposure as well as waxing, tweezing or electrolysis. Avoid the sun for six weeks after as well. The procedure may cause some discomfort, but it is not painful nor will it harm your skin. Remember, laser light seeks out dark areas for absorption, so sorry blondies. While you may have more fun, as the saying goes, laser hair removal will not work for you.
Because laser hair removal is a medical procedure, it’s important to choose a practitioner, such as our own Janet Robbins, who is highly trained and experienced. What’s more, her ultimate goal is your comfort and happiness with the results. In addition, Reflections Laser & Wellness Center was named one of the 2017 best laser hair removal companies in the West Palm Beach area by Expertise, a research and professionals resource company.
So get ready for smooth, marvelous and sexier skin. You’ll see the difference. You’ll love the difference.
First off-what are stem cells and why are they so important?
There is a lot of talk going around about stem cells and their role in the skin care industry, but what makes them so special?
Stem cells (naturally produced in the body) have the amazing ability to develop into many different types of cells and are used to protect the body from injury and disease, making it possible for skin to renew and heal.
The cells divide and either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a specific role, depending on what your body needs. For example, a stem cell in the basal layer of the epidermis regenerates the skin every day by becoming skin cells which travel up to the layers of the epidermis to form or make up our skin!
The body is truly amazing, right?
Now let’s discuss stem cells and their role in skin care. There is a miscommunication about products “containing” stem cells and the benefits they provide the skin. This can be confusing because it makes it sound like you are actually depositing embryonic (person or animal) stem cells into the skin – which is not yet possible.
Products are made with either a special peptide, enzyme or plant stem cell that, when applied to the skin, help to protect your own stem cells from damage or deterioration, while also stimulating your body to make more of your own stem cells. This protection and prevention help to keep skin young and active While slowing down the aging process. At Reflections Laser & Wellness Center, we use the GlyMed Plus Stem Cell Power Serum.
Stem Cell Power Serum contains plant cell culture from the Utteiler Spatalauner Apple that resets aging skin at the cellular level. It also contains powerful amino peptide to help stimulate new cell growth and reprogram aging skin fibroblasts to increase collagen production, which lifts and firms the skin. Not only does this powerful serum offer plant stem cells, but it also contains natural tyrosinase inhibitors to even the overall skin tone, and strong peptides to inhibit and relax muscle contractions to smooth fine lines and wrinkles in the skin.
The Stem Cell Power Serum is a must-have for those who are serious about prevention and helping to slow the aging process. A perfect accompaniment to Botox injections.
Check out this blog from GlyMed Plus, our exclusive product supplier. GlyMed Plus is an innovator in skin care, and we are proud to represent its products.
We have had a few questions about one of the newest innovative ingredients GlyMed Plus has started using, Fulvic Acid, and we wanted to answer some of the key questions here. This amazing ingredient will soon take the skincare world by storm. GlyMed Plus leads the industry with its use of Fulvic Acid in our skin care products.
What is Fulvic Acid and where does it come from?
Fulvic Acid is a humic substance meaning that it is a major component of organic matter. Fulvic Acid is released as organic matter decomposes. This new ingredient is considered one of the most chemically active compounds in soil because it contains a variety of beneficial nutrients. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergic.
Fulvic Acid is neither an AHA nor a BHA it is an electrolyte. Electrolytes are what allows our bodies to function properly. They help us to generate energy, think about when you drink a sports drink after you work out you feel better right? Electrolytes do the same thing for our skin; they enhance the availability of nutrients to make them more readily absorbable. This property restores each individual cell to a normal chemical balance. Electrolytes also allow our skin cells to function at a higher level just like sports drinks allow our bodies to function at a higher level and repair damage that has taken place.
Fulvic Acid acts as a delivery system, meaning it has the ability to make nutrients bioavailable to the skin allowing for deep penetration. This ingredient can literally transform minerals into molecules that are much more easily absorbed into the skin. Therefore, your cells are able to take in a higher amount of nutrients.
The best part about this amazing ingredient is that everyone benefits from using it. It is incredibly reparative at the cellular level so those who suffer from any type of compromised skin and the inflammatory issue will especially benefit from the use of products with the ingredient Fulvic Acid.
What benefits will come to my clients when using products formulated with Fulvic Acid?
Skin concerns like dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic keratosis, pruritus, actinic keratosis, acne, and aging skin all have one thing in common and that is inflammation. When inflammation can be controlled then a lot of these uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating skin disorders can be controlled. It is believed that this innovative ingredient is so effective in treating the skin because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Fulvic Acid’s anti-bacterial effect is attributed to its capability to balance the pH levels in our body. When we have too much acid in the body, our immune system cannot function the way that it needs to. Our pH level should be just above neutral, at this level our immune system can locate and destroy bacterial overgrowth, which has been linked to acne breakouts.
The topical application of Fulvic Acid reduces the production and impact of pro-inflammatory substances. Fulvic Acid is an extremely powerful antioxidant so it is very beneficial in preventing oxidation and inflammation, which are both main culprits of aging skin. As a powerful antioxidant, it will behave as an electron donor or acceptor depending upon the need for balance in skin cells. When the skin gets inflamed and damages the skin it alters collagen and elastin production causing the skin to age. The use of Fulvic Acid is essential to improve skin health and vitality. This is particularly important when treating aging skin. This ingredient helps to protect the cells.
Does it increase cell turnover rate?
No, it does not. This ingredient increases the function and performance of the cells but it does not have anything to do with cell turnover rare. Have no worries, it does not behave like an acid but it will enhance the abilities of an acid to work better within the skin.
Are there risks?
There are no known risks of using this ingredient. Our bodies actually need Fulvic Acid to function properly. Electrolytes, such as Fulvic Acid, are essential to the health of both the body and the skin. It is a natural organic substance that has so many benefits and really no known side effects.
Is Fulvic Acid a common allergen?
No, it is not, because it is an electrolyte the body will naturally accept it as something that is needed for health and proper function.
How is Fulvic Acid related to enzyme production?
Enzymes are a crucial part of cell metabolism, there has to be an enzyme reaction in order for a full metabolic activity to take place. It helps to stimulate enzymatic reactions in cells, helping to produce maximum stimulation of enzyme development. It is also said to have a coenzyme effect resulting in increased levels of enzyme and cell stimulation.
The use of Fulvic Acid in skin care is essential to the skin and has unparalleled benefits for improving overall skin health. Fulvic Acid and its unique composition and capabilities bring cells to their highest level of performance, which is very important for the overall health of the skin. Fulvic Acid is the ingredient that everyone needs for optimum skin cell function.
. You can also send your questions about Fulvic Acid to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call Janet Robbins, a master esthetician at Reflections Laser & Wellness Center 561-221-1462.
Searching for Perfect Skin?? Just under your skin’s surface lies a spotless, lineless, flawless complexion—and doctors have found that a classic treatment is the fastest way there.
Satin slip dresses slinked down the spring runways. Celebrities are wearing chokers on the red carpet. And here’s one more ’90s revival for you: the chemical peel. After being eclipsed in the early 2000s by new skin-resurfacing lasers, these classic treatments (like, ancient-Egypt classic) are back on top in dermatologists’ offices. More people are getting them now than in 1997 (when peels were the number-one cosmetic procedure in the country), according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. “Turns out good old chemical peels can actually deliver certain skin benefits—like reversing melasma and breakouts—better than high-tech devices,” says Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. By casting off dull surface cells, they improve fine lines, acne, discoloration, and more. And they do it for all skin types and colors—usually for a fraction of the cost. “The minute I switch on a laser, things get expensive,” says Vivian Bucay, a San Antonio dermatologist. A superficial fractional-laser treatment can run up to $1,000 a session—and you’ll probably need several. A medium-depth chemical peel may cost a third of that and “gives more impressive results in a single treatment,” says Bucay.
As with most old-is-new-again ideas, today’s peels aren’t just total retreads. “When glycolic peels got really popular in the ’90s, they hut and left skin raw,” says Jeannette Graf, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. But acid formulas have been refined, and so have the industries’ approach to using them. “Our goal now isn’t so much to cause visible peeling as it is to infuse the skin with ingredients that diminish lines, build collagen, and improve tone,” says Jennifer Linder, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, and the chief scientific officer for the clinical line PCA Skin. Still not sold?
Here are five more reasons to book a peel—and help your skin make a radical comeback.
1.) Peels can make your skin—and skin-care products—work better. In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a chain reaction: “As that topmost layer is shed, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid—to act younger,” says David Bank, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University/Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. A thorough sloughing also offers one very immediate upshot: smoother skin that’s both more radiant and more receptive. “Your skin-care products perform better after a peel because there are no dead cells impeding their penetration,” says New York City dermatologist Neal Schultz, who averages at least 50 peels a week in his Park Avenue office.
2.) They’re low-risk, and you can go custom. There are chemical peels that are safe to use on every skin color without risk of hyperpigmentation (usually a worry with darker complexions). “We now know that using low percentages of multiple acids gives a better outcome with less irritation than a single acid at a higher strength,” Linder says. Doctors have plenty of premixed cocktails to choose from, like PCA Skin Sensi Peel, which mixes trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and lactic acid to rev up collagen synthesis deep down and dissolve the drab skin on top. But a lot of doctors also cook up their own recipes to address very specific concerns. For tenacious brown spots, Bucay adds a pinch of brightening vitamin C or a smidgen of bleaching hydroquinone to her acids of choice. And when treating those same spots on sensitive skin, she offsets the potent lighteners with soothing polyphenols.
3.) The right peel can end acne and soften the scars that come with it. Salicylic acid peels and Jessner’s peels (equal parts salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol, an antiseptic exfoliant) dive deep into skin to unclog pores while also skimming the surface to erode blackheads and fade post-pimple marks. Another advantage of salicylic acid: It lingers in the pores, where it continues to keep them clear over time. To improve pitted acne scars, Harold J. Brody, a clinical professor of dermatology at Emory University in Atlanta, targets individual divots with a high percentage of TCA before applying a weaker acid to the rest of the face to even things out. “I think this method beats most resurfacing lasers, plus there’s little to no downtime and it’s safe for all skin colors,” he says. Bucay prefers treating acne scars with peels to skirt this surprising laser pitfall: “There’s roughly a 30 percent chance of an acne eruption following Fraxel,” she says. “It’s really disheartening when someone gets a flare-up of the very thing that left her with scars in the first place.”
4.) Nothing controls melasma better. There isn’t a permanent cure for the recurring sun-triggered dark patches brought on by hormonal surges (like those caused by pregnancy and the Pill), but chemical peels (paired with at-home bleaching creams, high-SPF sunscreen, and strict sun avoidance) offer the best fighting chance. Lasers may make lofty claims, yet “they’re essentially trying to treat a light- and heat-sensitive condition with light and heat,” says Cheryl Burgess, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Even when a laser does eviscerate splotches initially, pigment often reappears weeks later, making lasers seem like a major investment for a short-term reprieve.
5.) A peel will let you (maybe) toss your undereye concealer. We don’t even like opening our eyes in the pool, so we’ll be the first to admit that acid near our eyeballs sounds dicey. Chemical Peels work beautifully and safely on the hereditary dark circles created by piled-up pigment. A series of treatments may be needed, but some people see a profound improvement after just one.
by Sherra Sewell, guest writer and Reflections client
When I was in my 20s, 30s and even my 40s, I was told I looked 10 years younger than my age on a regular basis. Now that I’m 50 something (said begrudgingly, although better than the alternative), this hasn’t been the case. So obviously I’m looking my age but still yearn for those compliments.
For years, I’ve contemplated Botox (I hate needles, by the way) or a Facelift. And while I’ve been receiving ultrasonic facials at Reflections Laser & Wellness for about a year… and my skin feels softer and looks smoother, it just isn’t quite getting me the flattery that my vanity requires. And don’t get me wrong; I want healthier skin too.
Recently, Janet (Robbins, my esthetician and owner of Reflections) convinced me to try Microneedling (did I tell you I hate needles). So I did, and oh wow. We’re on the way to avoiding that dreaded facelift.
So what is Microneedling? Also called Collagen Induction Therapy, Microneedling involves using fine needles to create tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the top layer of the skin. Yes, I said “needles.” Sounds awful, right? But it’s not; it actually felt like an intense massage. And what Microneedling does is stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process, which automatically turns over cells and increases collagen and elastin growth… ultimately helping to reverse and prevent signs of aging.
But that’s not all. Microneedling can also eliminate acne scars, reverse sun damage, shrink your pores and make your skincare products absorb better so that they are more effective.
Several hours after the process, I felt some intense tingling in my face, and then it felt like sandpaper for a few days because it was releasing the old collagen. Immediately after the process, I was able to go back to my work and normal activities and was told to stay out of the sun for a couple of days.
Microneedling can also be combined with other minimally invasive procedures such as PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy and chemical peels to achieve a more dramatic effect. It’s not inexpensive to take good care of your skin… and look younger… but to me, the benefits far outweigh the alternatives, including facelifts. (Did I mention I hate scalpels more than needles?) Oh, and don’t forget to use your sunscreen.
SkinCare – Make Life-long Commitments Instead of New Year’s Resolutions
So have your New Year’s resolutions already gone out the window? Maybe instead of resolutions, you should dedicate yourself to long-term goals and plans that you can stick with. Let’s start with feeling good about how you look.
You can live a lifetime of healthier, better and younger looking skin as long as you devote yourself to an ongoing regimen. And it’s never too early to start an anti-aging program. So get going now with these four simple steps you can follow for the rest of your life. Because even though you’re older tomorrow, your skin doesn’t have to show it.
This is the first and most crucial step in your healthy skin care program because it prepares your skin for the other steps. Clean your skin in the morning and at night. A creamy cleanser is great for dry skin and removing makeup. A cleanser that lathers up is good for oilier skin. Look for products with glycolic acid, which exfoliates and balances out oils, salicylic acid, which dissolves oils (a major factor for acne) and benzoyl peroxide, which controls bacteria.
Never, ever go to bed without removing your makeup. It’s a proven fact that leaving it on will age your skin.
To treat your skin, look for products that contain active ingredients such as retinol or glycolic acid. These ingredients energize your skin cells, making them migrate to the surface, leaving your skin soft and supple, erasing fine lines and wrinkles.
Think of balancing products as vitamins for your skin. You may already be taking supplements, but did you know that the skin is the last organ of the body to receive any of the benefits? Your balancing products should include ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and, most importantly, peptides. Peptides are responsible for producing collagen and elastin. They also have the ability to lighten the skin.
Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Sunscreen! Ninety percent of what you see on aging skin is due to the sun. Protect those healthy cells that you’ve cleaned, treated and balanced with a daily dose of sunscreen. We recommend a minimum 30 SPF here in Florida.
At Reflections, we represent the Glymed Plus organic line of products, which, contain natural botanicals and, for 25 years, have achieved proven results featuring natural botanicals.