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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.

For additional education, follow Dr. Charlene DeHaven on Instagram @CharleneDeHavenMD

Vi Peel Experience the Beauty of Peeling

 

For All Skin Types! …..The VI Peel is a relatively new treatment that employs a combination of TCA, Salicylic, Retin-a, Phenol, and Vitamin C for the achievement of optimal results for all skin types and color. It is a treatment designed for anti-aging and to clear acne skin conditions in both adults and teens and improve the skin’s tone and texture by reducing age spots, freckles, and uneven hyperpigmentation, including melasma. Chemical peel treatments remove the outer, “dead” layers of the skin or epidermis. This allows the epidermis to become more permeable to nutrients. In addition, peels help reduce fine lines, smooth the skin, reduce the appearance of scars, and give a softer, suppler appearance to skin.

The Vi Peel has been safely used to manage acne in patients as young as 13 years of age and is effective for use on darker skin tones that have not historically responded well to other chemical peel procedures. With new innovations such as the ViPeel,for the first time African-American and darker skin types such as some Asian and Latin skins can all benefit from the anti-aging and restorative skin care that was not previously available.

The Vi Peel tackles skin problems at the cellular level rather than just burning skin off. We now understand what a chemical peel in general does, but the question is what makes a Vi Peel any different? The Vi Peel has many acids and vitamins work together to erase fine lines and wrinkles, minimize enlarged pores, and build collagen and elastin to tighten the skin. It is extremely effective in practically eliminating hyper pigmentation including melasma, the most difficult pigmentation issue to address. The Vi Peel also provides excellent results for acne and acne scarring.

The application process can take up to 30 minutes and involves the chemical solution being topically applied to the skin. The peel is then left on the skin for six hours and washed off by the patient at home, or you may sleep with it on overnight. Some patients experience light stinging during application, which subsides quickly.

The VI Peel is virtually painless and requires no skin preparation and little downtime. The Vi Peel also works well in conjunction with lasers and injectable as well to achieve an overall improvement if desired!

Call us today for your Complimentary Consultation at 540-371-7118

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13 Ways to Help Prevent Signs of Aging in Your 40’s

Everyone stresses about retaining that youthful look as we begin to age. If
you are looking to reduce the signs of aging as you enter your 40s, there are
many ways to take years off of your face and body that don’t require drastic medical procedures and can help protect you from further aging. Try the following 12 tips to reduce your personal signs of aging.

  1. Daily SPF: Never leave the house without first putting on a daily
    sunscreen. In your 40s, you’re probably already noticing the accumulated sun damage if you haven’t already been protecting your skin. It’s never too late to prevent further damage and aging related to sun exposure. Try an ELTA 46 tinted moisturizer or sunscreen with at least 30 SPF of UVA/UVB coverage to prevent any more exposure.
  2. Daily cleansing routine: By the time you’re in your 40s, you already
    know how important it is to have a regular daily facial cleansing routine. Remember that your skin will most likely loose moisture as you age and what worked in your 20s probably isn’t right for you anymore. We can provide medical grade cleansers that can cleanse your skin with ingredients such as white willow bark, sugar cane extracts and other botanical cleansers- by GlowMD and iS Clinical.
  3. Retinol: A great way to prevent further aging in your 40s and turn back the years on your skin is using a Retinol. Put it on after washing and drying your skin, but before any moisturizer or other makeup you use.Retinols are very effective in lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol is effective on many other types of facial blemishes, and also in reducing the slight sagging on your neck and décolletage.
  4. ProHeal Serum – Vitamin C! Superior Antioxidant Protection. Builds collagen, calms and sooths. Also helps treat grade 3 and 4 acne.
  5. Hydra-Cool Serum – Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5, Mushroom Extract, improves texture, anti-actinic, the hollywood glow secret!
  6. Moisturizer iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion helps prevent DNA damage with Extremozymes. Great for hydrating your skin with Hyaluronic Acid and other moisture binders and growth factors.
  7. Water: At any age, water is essential to the health of our bodies.
    Drinking enough water can help keep our bodies running efficiently in our 40s and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Adequate water intake can also give you back some of that youthful glow by keeping your skin naturally moisturized.
  8. Exercise: Exercise is important at every age, but especially in your
    30’s and 40’s. We can tone our bodies and strengthen our bones to help reduce the effects of aging. As we age into our 30s and 40s, our body begins to loose precious calcium stored in our bones that can be restored through weight-bearing exercises. Exercise also releases positive endorphins that can help our minds feel young too.
  9. Keep your weight in check: It’s easy to add pounds slowly to our weight over the years, and even easier as our metabolism declines through our 30s and 40s. Extra weight on your body can add years to your appearance and overwork your body’s organs. Losing those extra pounds can make you look years younger than you actually are and keep your body systems running effectively, especially the heart. For stubborn areas, we offer CoolSculpting – permanent fat reduction. Non surgical – no to little downtime! Free Consultations!!
  10. Nutrition: Nutrition can help reduce the signs of aging in many ways.
    Healthy nutrition means healthy skin.The antioxidants in vitamins and from our diet also help us to fight free radicals that cause cancer and the oxidation of our bodies. Antioxidants aid in the natural regeneration process of our skin and on every other bodily organ.
  11. De-stress: Learn to take some time for yourself and let go of stress. A
    stressful life can add years to your face. De-stressing can be as simple as taking a quiet bath, getting a pedicure, or as elaborate as taking a cruise to somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit.
  12. Facial and Peels: Treat yourself to a facial to exfoliate and hydrate your skin. A great option is our Fire and Ice. It will draw dirt and oil out of your skin, and reduce pore size. It can make your skin appear younger by giving it a healthy, clean, and moisturized glow.
  13. Makeup: A great way to look younger in your 40s is to keep your makeup application light and natural. When applying makeup, never pull down or be too rough with your skin: gravity doesn’t need any help! A tinted moisturized with SPF 30 is great for a woman in her 40s as it protects your skin from the sun and environmental toxins. We offer jane iredale, the skincare mineral makeup. We offer makeup application for $25. This fee can go toward any purchases that you may make.

Preventing signs of aging doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time.
Many of these tips are easy and will take years of your face and body. Remember that each of our bodies is different and the way in which we age is only 50% genetic. The other 50% we can control if we choose to properly take care of ourselves and the 40s is a great time to start. Stay healthy!
 

NEW!–GENEXC SERUM- CLINICALLY PROVEN TO REPAIR DNA!

GENEXC SERUM is a revolutionary formula featuring our proprietary combination of Extremozymes® which are clinically proven to protect and repair fragile DNA, as they stimulate the genes associated with aging, hydration, antioxidant protection, and skin barrier function. The most powerful antioxidant we have ever tested, GENEXC SERUM contains 20% of our exclusive time-released Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid); which is formulated with a powerful combination of botanically sourced enzymes, antioxidants, and fruit acids sourced from both land and sea. These cutting-edge ingredients work synergistically to provide the most scientifically-advanced, clinically proven benefits; improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evening the complexion, resulting in a more youthful, glowing appearance.

. BENEFITS

  • Age-defying
  • Safely brightens
  • Superior antioxidant protection
  • Helps improve overall health and integrity of the skin
  • Helps improve skin tone and elasticity
  • Supports cellular regeneration and metabolism
  • Paraben-free

Key Ingredients

Extremozymes®

A proprietary combination of enzymes that are clinically proven to help protect skin from environmental aggressors.

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Hydrolyzed Eruca Sativa Leaf

Helps to promote vibrant, healthy skin

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Kakadu Plum Extract

Australian super fruit that yields 100 times the Vitamin C found in an orange. Potent antioxidant that helps boost and brighten skin luminosity while diminishing the appearance of flushing and uneven skin tone.

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L-Ascorbic Acid

A scientifically-advanced, stabilized form of vitamin C, which helps to protect against the visual effects of photo-damage while providing calming properties

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Mixed Fruit Acid Extracts

Enhance exfoliation, smooth skin and decrease the appearance of fine lines while enabling improved absorption of other ingredients

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Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)

A uniquely designed, antioxidant-rich natural enzyme that helps protect against the visual effects of photo-damage while supporting healthy skin.

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Description


GENEXC SERUM is a revolutionary formula featuring our proprietary combination of Extremozymes which are clinically proven to help protect and revitalize the foundation of healthy skin.

Benefits


Provides superior antioxidant protection while helping to improve overall health and integrity of the skin.

Suggested Use


Apply 3-5 drops to palm of hand. Using fingertips, dab and smooth evenly over cheeks, forehead, and neck.
 
Visit our glowMD Laser MedSpa for a personalized patient experience.

Our dermatologist, providers and aesthetic team carefully select our products for their efficacy and high value. These include our private label glowMD medical grade skincare line, iS CLINICAL®, Jane Iredale Cosmetics, and the most advanced at-home skincare innovations. We also carry an array of sun protection including sunscreens highly rated by the American Academy of Dermatology.  Sunscreen is the number “1” anti-aging products that should be used daily!

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Our staff is pleased to recommend individualized skin care selections. We are Fredericksburgs premier source of  ageless beauty, skin rejuvenation and body contouring. Stop by to visit, email or call for a Complimentary Consultation with our specialists to see how we can enhance your life at 540-371-9098.

 

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ViPeel in Fredericksburg, VA

ViPeel for New Skin in 7 Days! Virtually painless, Affordable, Remarkable Results!  Treats all skin types!  GlowMD Laser MedSpa now offering this VI Peel™ to leave your skin smoother, brighter and more youthful.

What is a VI Peel™?

A VI Peel™ is a unique blend of ingredients that produces powerful results that treats sun damage and other signs of aging and melasma to leave the skin smooth and soft. The primary advantages of a VI Peel™ is its ability to do its job without the discomfort some other chemical peels have and corrects the skin at the cellular level rather than the outer layer of skin. VI Peel™ combines TCA, Retin-A, salicylic acid and Vitamin C, making it safe for all skin types. It can also be used on the hands and chest to remove sun spots.

There are three types of VI Peel™ solutions:

  • VI Peel™ Purify

    – This formula treats acne and the side effects that come with it including scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  • VI Peel™ Precision
    – This is a stronger formula of the VIPeel™ – 25 percent stronger

  • VI Peel™ Precision Plus
    – This treats melasma and pigmentation with a precision booster and extra pads.  ​

Benefits of a VI Peel™

A VI Peel™ is very effective at removing the signs of aging, including sun spots, age spots and fine lines and wrinkles. It is often chosen for a chemical peel because it offers the following benefits:
  • Safe to use on the hands, neck, and chest
  • No discomfort
  • Results are visible in days
  • No skin preparation
  • Very little downtime

Is a VI Peel™ Right for Me?

The VI Peel™ is right for you if you have visible age or sun spots, melasma or other signs of aging and want to smooth your skin beyond using fillers and injectables. Additionally, a VI Peel™ is ideal if you want a peel that results in less downtime and side effects.

VI Peel™ Recovery

Immediately following the VI Peel™, the skin has a brown or reddish tone to it that lasts for the first couple of days. Most patients look slightly tan so they are able to continue working. The peeling begins at about the three-day post peel mark and is done by the end of day four. Within about a week, the process is complete and the skin looks smooth and revitalized. Normal routines continue as there is little to no problems with the appearance; however, we recommend no vigorous exercise or activities for the first few days. Most patients require only one treatment to achieve smoother skin although it is suggested that maintenance peels be performed about every three to four months.

How Much Does a VI Peel™ Cost in Fredericksburg, VA ?

The cost of VI Peel™ varies depending on where the peel is performed and how many treatments are required. During a consultation, we can discuss the cost with you following an
evaluation of your skin. We offer excellent financing through CareCredit® to make more procedures available to more patients.

What Do I Do Next?

If you are interested in finding out if VI Peel™ is an option to achieve younger, smoother skin, we recommend you schedule a consultation. At this appointment, we will evaluate your skin to determine if VI Peel™ or another peel is the right option for you. We will also spend time answering questions and addressing any of your concerns.

Contact Us today to schedule a consultation at 540-371-9098.