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INFLAMMATION & SKIN AGING

Inflammation affects the skin in a myriad of ways, but is particularly damaging when combined with the effects of aging. However, there are many ways to remedy the causes of inflammation and to minimize its effects.

In this post, we will discuss how to recognize inflammation and why it is especially connected with the aging process. We also offer methods to reduce not only the appearance of inflammation, but the actual inflammatory process itself.

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IDENTIFYING INFLAMMATION

Inflammation is usually considered to be part of a skin disease, such as rosacea or acne, and it certainly is. However, ongoing inflammation affects every decline in skin health and is an important driver of skin aging. If inflammatory processes could be decreased – and they can! – then aging would be slowed, skin health would improve and beauty would increase.

Not only is inflammation present when it appears as redness, warmth, discomfort and swelling but it is also present, whether it is visible or not, during aging. Furthermore, stress from any cause is quite inflammatory. Inflammation accelerates aging, so much so that a new word was coined by scientists and doctors to describe this close connection – “inflammaging”. Inflammation and aging are so associated with one another that they can be spoken of as a single word.

INFLAMMATION AND AGE

Older persons have more inflammatory markers in their blood stream compared to younger persons. This is known to be true because these levels have been measured in large numbers of people. For those of the same age, persons with healthier skin and a healthier body have lower levels of inflammation compared to those with less healthy skin or bodies.

Even in groups of people of the same age and with the same medical problem – such as diabetes, for example – diabetics who have their condition under good control have fewer circulating inflammatory molecules than diabetics whose disease is under poor control. These levels also predict how rapidly health will decline unless interventions are taken.

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CONTROLLING INFLAMMATION

There are many ways for an individual to decrease their personal level of inflammation. One solution is to take oral supplements, such as curcumin, which have been shown to decrease inflammation in the body. Another option is to adopt practices like meditation, yoga, mindfulness training and exercise, which decrease the body’s molecules that communicate stress and encourage inflammation in the skin and other tissues.

Many lifestyle modifiers working through epigenetics also positively impact the inflammatory process; some of these include diet, exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction, social connection, spirituality and a positive outlook on life.

SKIN CARE AND INFLAMMATION

Topical skincare products are an accessible and effective way of reducing skin’s inflammation and improving skin aging, especially when they are of excellent quality. Many ingredients in skincare products reduce “inflammaging”. Some of these include ADVANCE+ Vitamin C, olive leaf extract/oleuropein, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, antioxidants and Centella asiatica. Additionally, using sunscreen lessens inflammation and decreases the risk of skin aging and skin cancer.

TREATING INFLAMMATION WITH iS CLINICAL SKINCARE

 All botanicals in iS CLINICAL products have antioxidant ability and double as anti-inflammatories. An iS CLINICAL product that is a hero in reducing inflammation is PRO-HEAL SERUM ADVANCE+. Other skin care products in the iS CLINICAL line with excellent anti-inflammatory activity include SUPER SERUM ADVANCE+EXTREME PROTECT SPF30ECLIPSE SPF50+GENEXC SERUM, WHITE LIGHTENING COMPLEX and REPARATIVE MOISTURE EMULSION.

Every individual has much more control over their own inflammatory processes than they may realize. With the correct knowledge and habits, it is easy to make positive impacts on ones skin aging, skin health and beauty every day.

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10 Tips to Prevent Signs of Aging in Your 30’s

Taking care of your skin now is critical to having healthy and youthful looking skin in the future. If you are in your 20’s or even your 30’s, it’s time to start a labor (or regimen) of love with your skin. To prevent signs of aging takes work unless you’re one of the rare women with extraordinary family genetics! Not only will you see immediate benefits, you’ll see that your hard work pays off in your 40’s and 50’s.

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  1. Use a daily sunscreen that contains a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30, preferably higher. We have many to choose from that helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to acne, rosacea and discoloration. These mineral-based face sunscreens are lightweight and silky. Elta MD, iS Clinical, GlowMD to mention a few.
  2. Avoid the sun! As stated in tip number one, you should always use products that contain protection against the sun, but even more must be remembered. Even just a few minutes of time in the sun can cause changes to the skin after so many years. Too much sun can cause wrinkles, freckles, age spots and even blotchy skin. Try to avoid the sun from the hours of 10:00 am- 4:00 pm.
  3. Don’t smoke! There are many reasons not to smoke but in reference to your skin, cigarette smoking can cause wrinkles to appear sooner than in non-smokers. After many years of smoking, some people show an almost yellow hue to their skin. Even if you’ve smoked for years, stopping smoking can still benefit the body and skin.
  4. Be sure and drink lots of water which help the kidneys do their job and expel toxins from the body. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day hydrates skin, and it helps cells to carry essential nutrients where they are needed.
  5. Use wrinkle creams or moisturizer for the eye area where skin is more sensitive and thinner. One of our favorites by far is iS Clinical Youth Eye which contains powerful peptides, key growth factors, & potent antioxidants. A must have!
  6. Exercising on a regular basis helps skin to look healthier and more radiant. Exercise helps increase blood circulation which is good for your skin.
  7. Add antioxidants to your diet. Free radicals can cause damage to your skin, but antioxidants protect you from the damage of the free radicals.  Foods that are high in antioxidants include fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and cereal. Green tea and some juices (such as cranberry) are loaded with antioxidants.
  8. Consider Injections. If you prefer a quick fix and have the budget to do so, consider getting Botox injections or fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm to fill in wrinkles. Instant gratification!
  9. Depending on your level of damage, you may even want to consider an IPL – Intense Pulse Light treatment to rid dark spots.  Chemical peels such as the Jessner peel do wonders for skin tone and the reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  10. Finally, take care of your skin DAILY. It’s hard to be consistent all the time, but regular cleansing, moisturizing and the other steps mentioned above pay off. While you’re young start your regimen and it will pay off when you get to your 40’s, 50’s and even your 60’s.

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Large Pores?? How To Help Shrink Them!

We all want satiny smooth skin, unfortunately big pores often stand in the way of having that. Here is Glow MD’s Tips on minimizing the appearance of large pores.

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There are a number of factors that will cause large pores, but of the many, there are three main culprits. As we age we will naturally lose the elasticity in the surrounding skin that supports the pores, causing pores to appear bigger than they actually are. Secondly, men are more likely to have larger pores compared to women from their genetic makeup and increased oil production. And last but not least, our body uses a substance called Sebum, which naturally hydrates our skin to prevent from drying. This substance however is very oily and individuals who produce more than average will find that oily skin causes larger pores no matter what your age or gender.

The good news is you can make your large pores appear smaller and here’s some quick how-to’s:

  1. Cleanse:

One of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce large pores is implementing a daily routine of constantly keeping them clean. Use a mild cleanser twice a day and exfoliate so that your skin doesn’t become overly dry.  You can consider a cleanser that contains a lactic or salicylic acid to declog the pores.

  1. Exfoliate:

Removing dead skin cells from the upper skin layer to brighten skin texture and get rid of heaped up cells surrounding and in the pores.  Removing the dull layer of dead skin cells on top of your living skin layer gives you brighter, smoother, more radiant looking skin with a velvety soft texture.  You may want to think about invest in a dermasweep, medical facials, or peels to clean down into your pores. Oil and clogged pore debris can then be lifted out of the pores.  Empty pores look cleaner and smaller because the black appearance oxidized pore debris make pores look more obvious.

  1. Treat: 

The use of topical treatments such as retinoids, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid or benzoyl peroxides will not only reduce the size of the pores but will also aid in the destruction of bacteria that cause acne and treat sun damage.

If you still feel like your pores look big with the suggestions mentioned above, you may need a little extra help. There are many dermatological advances in skincare which has led to the development of a number of effective treatments for large pores. If you have large pores, you may benefit from the following treatments:

  1. Chemical Peels:

Our team at GlowMD will work with you to transform your complexion into beautiful, healthy-looking skin. Our chemical peels use varying types of prescription-strength acids including salicylic, lactic, retinol, and trichloroacetic acid to remove your outer layers of dead skin – revealing the fresher, healthier, softer skin underneath.

  1. Non Ablative Skin Resurfacing Services such as Microneedling or Fractora Radio Frequency

Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing works beautifully to create micro-zones of collagen boosting to reveal fresher, smooth skin.  It can minimize the appearance of pores as well as acne scars.  Downtime is minimal with some mild redness and flaking.  Typically a series of even 2 to 3 treatments is enough for long-lasting results.

  1. IPL Photofacial:

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are also fantastic for refining the texture and appearance of pores.  Skin feels incredible after even a single treatment.  IPL causes tightening of the pores, gives the skin an overall glow, and addresses any unwanted brown spots.

    7. Wear Sunscreen

Too much sun can make your skin less supple, making your pores look bigger. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. Also, wear a broad-brimmed hat and avoid being out in the sun

Call us for your free consultation to see how we can help you with your skincare needs! 540-371-9098