Skin Can Pay Price in Paradise

Skin Can Pay Price in Paradise

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.

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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

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.

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Lose Inches, Gain Energy with Nutrient Body Sculpt

by Sherra Sewell, Reflections Client

You can lose inches in just one hour! No joke. I lost 5 2/8” during a 60-minute Nutrient Body Sculpt treatment at Reflections Laser & Wellness Center. And I felt refreshed and revitalized. It’s like I had super foods by way of my skin. As a woman in her mid 50s who wants to feel and look healthier – and younger, of course – I was amazed and excited to discover what seems like a magic bullet. But it’s the real deal.

Nutrient Body Sculpt is a revolutionary treatment containing essential ingredients that fortify and hydrate the body. Based on scientific research and clinical trials run by Dr. Kedar Prasad, one of the world’s leading experts in antioxidant science, this is the only sculpting product available today that contains micronutrients and minerals. The body sculpting method uses latex-free bandages that are stretched across targeted area of the body. The bandages are soaked with an exclusive, high-grade solution that maximizes hydration of the skin.

Jo, the tech who gave me the treatment, was very personable and knowledgeable. First she took measurements of my thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, chest, arms and chin. (Yes, even my chin size was reduced.) Then, she skillfully applied the wraps. While wearing the wraps, I stood on a vibrating machine designed to help the nutrients absorb and drain into the body as well as burn a few calories. After she removed the wraps, she took the measurements again. Sure enough, a total of 5 2/8” came off my body in various places.

Of course, Nutrient Body Sculpt will work best long-term if you adhere to a healthy lifestyle and have repeat treatments. Other women have reported that they’ve lost all of their cellulite and kept it off. In fact, Emmy award-winning actress Loretta Swit and a number of celebrities endorse this product. Jo also told me she had a client who said it helped her with her Fibromyalgia.

The benefits are truly incredible for the time and effort you invest. This solution is designed to tighten and tone; improve body contour; lift thighs, buttocks and breasts minimizes fine lines; improve mental clarity; relieve stress and relax the body. Don’t we all want these results?

Take my word for it. Book your Nutrient Body Sculpt session today. Call Reflections Laser & Wellness Center at 561-221-1462.

Say Yes to Me Time!

Me time

3 Ways to a Happier You

By Janet Robbins

Why is it that we women must constantly be reminded to take better care of ourselves… to make time for “me time?” Quite frankly, because we don’t.

I see more than 200 adult female clients each year, and every single one of them has similar challenges. They feel overwhelmed. They have ailments and injuries due to pushing themselves too hard. Their children are driving them crazy. Their spouses or partners take them for granted. And the list goes on. Even though they are investing time… and money… to tend to their skin care on some level, they are not investing what it really takes to be lower stress, find balance and be really happy.

For some reason, women seem to be more comfortable as caregivers than as care-receivers. There’s an ongoing debate among researchers and scholars as to whether traits of empathy, sympathy and compassion are gender-driven biologically, learned or even non-existent. But does the reason really matter? It doesn’t if you have a heart attack (the leading cause of death among adult women) or get cancer (the second leading cause) or something else because of self-neglect. What does matter is changing your behavior. Here are three suggestions for doing just that.

  1. Schedule me time. Every week, you schedule picking up your kids from school, cooking dinner, picking up the dry cleaning, going to work and so much more. You do it consistently and with  discipline. Why not schedule time for yourself just like you do everything else? Use a day planner, and schedule a minimum of five hours a week for just you. Spread the time out over your week. Also, you know that nagging to-do list that you try to knock out? Mark those tasks down on your day planner too, and spread them out throughout the week. You don’t have to do everything in one day.

  1. Choose what you love. Do you love tennis? Do you love to walk on the beach? How about reading or taking a bubble bath with candles? Getting a massage? A facial is always a good idea because it makes you feel good and is good for you. Pick at least three things you love to do and schedule them regularly during your me time.
  1. Eliminate the guilt. Communicate with your family and friends about your me time. Let them know your plans in advance so that they know what to expect. Your family wants you to be happy, even if you can’t always tell. And if you’re happier, you will be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister or friend. The happier you are, the better quality time you will have with loved ones. And your joy will rub off on them.

 

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Why Choose Your Esthetician for Acne Treatment?

Acne

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.

 

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Five Reasons to Choose Nutrient Body Sculpt

If you’re like most people who want to look and feel good, you probably exercise regularly, follow a nutrition plan, take care of your teeth and maintain a skin regimen. But as we age, it becomes even more challenging to achieve the results you want, not to mention what happens during the holiday season. Nutrient Body Sculpt may be the answer.

When it comes to skin care, antioxidant serums are among the hottest products on the market. These serums are designed to fight free radicals that cause oxidation, dark spots, fine lines, reduced cell turnover, inflammation and other skin issues. Now, there is a similar solution that can impact your entire body the way antioxidant facial serum impacts the facial skin.

Nutrient Body Sculpt is a unique, revolutionary system developed by Dr. Kedar Presad, one of the world’s foremost experts in antioxidant science. This system is the perfect compliment to eating a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Here are five reasons to consider Nutrient Body Sculpt.

1) It’s non-invasive and pain free.

A Nutrient Body Sculpt is a topical treatment that lasts one hour. During the session, micronutrients are applied to the skin to be absorbed over time. The body is then wrapped in custom bandages (latex-free) that are stretched across targeted areas of the body.

2) It tightens and tones.

A Nutrient Body Sculpt is your secret weapon for slimming into confidence and giving your regular weight loss and toning programs a boost. You will probably see results after just one treatment, but because toxins and interstitial fluids eventually accumulate, we recommend regular sessions to achieve long-term benefits.

3) It’s an all-natural solution that softens the skin.

Each of your body sculpting sessions include a mineral-rich, easily absorbed application with Vitamins C, E, B3 and B5 as well as green tea and embolic fruit extracts to deliver a healthy, hydrating experience. Essential oils and sea salts may be used to help tone and soften the skin.

4) It helps you feel good.

A Nutrient Body Sculpt relaxes your body. However it also aids in metabolism, meaning you have more energy… on top of shedding inches.

5) It has other health benefits.

A Nutrient Body Sculpt builds enzymes, supports the immune system and enhances your overall well-being.

Reflections Laser & Wellness Center is the only licensed Nutrient Body Sculpt provider in the Palm Beach and Martin County area. Call us today at 561-221-1462 to schedule your first session today.

 

Live the Shave-Free Life with Laser Hair Removal

Hate having to shave my legs

Did you know that both women and men will spend 7716 hours shaving in their lifetime? Over a lifetime the cost of razors are certainly higher than the cost of laser hair removal treatments. And the cost of razors keeps rising. Oh, and don’t forget the cost of shaving cream. And if you didn’t have to shave, think about all that extra time you’ll have. Ladies, never again will you have to be worried about being beach ready! And who doesn’t want to end being embarrassed about unwanted hair?

Laser hair removal is a fast and affordable way to achieve permanent hair reduction. Lasers work by targeting the melanin in your hair follicle. A laser beam is placed on the hair follicle, a pulse is delivered and zap goes the hair. Actually what we are doing is cauterizing the blood vessel that brings nourishment and oxygen to the hair follicle. Lasers can only treat actively growing hair. There are three stages to hair growth: 1) actively growing, which means you can’t pull it out, 2) transitional, which means the hair is shedding and 3) the sleepy stage, when a hair follicle has not begun to sprout. This is the reason a series of treatments are necessary to achieve permanent reduction. A small area such as underarms, bikini, face or neckline can take only up to 15 minutes; whereas, a large area such as a back, legs, or arms may take up to an hour.

The best candidate for laser hair reduction is an individual with light skin and very dark hair. If you fit that description, you are the poster child for laser hair reduction. There are lasers on the market designed to treat darker skin too.

So get ready to live the shave-free life. It might also be the tweeze and wax-free life too.

Call Reflections today at 561-221-1462.

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Unwanted Hair? Try Laser Hair Removal!

Unwanted Hair

Unwanted Hair?

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.

 

 

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The Amazing Effect of Stem Cells on Skin

Stem Cell Serum

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.Stem Cell Power Serum

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.

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Why You Need to Know About Fulvic Acid

Fulvic Acid

Do you need Fulvic Acid?

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

What does Fulvic Acid do in a skin treatment?

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 info@glymedplus.com. Or call Janet Robbins, a master esthetician at Reflections Laser & Wellness Center 561-221-1462.