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September 10 –
To believe or not to believe

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DNA is the basic structure that controls all of the functions of every cell in our bodies. Thus, our DNA is the ultimate factor that determines when and how we age. Have you noticed how some people look young for their age? I have seen people in their 50s who look like they are 30 years old, and I am a professional at evaluating facial aging! Other 40-year-old people have gray hair, deep wrinkles, and sagging skin, while another person the same age has dark hair and smooth moist skin, with no wrinkles or laxity. The difference between these individuals is due to the difference in their DNA.

Your inherited DNA, plus your nutrition, lifestyle, and exposure to toxins, not only determines how you look and how your skin ages but also how the rest of your body ages.

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Dr Brooke Ruthledge Seckel, M.D.
Save Your Face
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August 10 –
To believe or not to believe

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Have you ever wondered why some middle-aged celebrities don’t look anything like the rest of us? Their posture, their trim, muscular figures, the way they move, all convey energy. And their lineless faces, thick hair, and strong voices belie their years. What do they know that most people do not? What do they do?

Well, they have access and money to pay for the best that anti-aging medicine has to offer. I ought to know because many of them come to me, arriving at my office in black limousines with tinted windows, surrounded by security guards and personal assistants. Many of them come to me to receive injections of human growth hormone (HGH). They find that it makes their voices stronger and younger, gives them a remarkable edge in the battle of muscle versus fat, restores energy, sharpens memory (great for learning the lines), lessens depression and anxiety, thickens hair, and tightens the face. Need I say more?

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Dr Adrienne Denese
Secrets For Ageless Skin
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June 10 –
To believe or not to believe

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Sprouts

Sprouts are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods – they are nutritional superfoods. Their nutritional value was discovered thousands of years ago by the Chinese. Sprouts are fresh, living foods that amazingly continue to grow slowly and increase in vitamin content after you have harvested them. They are not like the fruit and vegetables that you buy in the supermarket that start losing their vitamin content immediately they are picked. They are superfoods rich in vitamins, minerals proteins and enzymes and their nutrients are easy for the body to absorb.

Sprouted beans produce far less wind than whole beans and allergenic grains such as wheat and they do not induce an allergic reaction. Eating sprouted foods will help to keep your immune system strong, making you far less likely to become ill.

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Denise Whichello Brown
Teach Yourself – Detox
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May 10 –
To believe or not to believe

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For those who like to use a toner, I have two recommendations. First, look for one that doesn’t contain an irritating, drying type of alcohol. (Not all alcohol is drying, and some types are actually hydrating, so again, “listen to your skin”) Witch hazel is often used, and I don’t find that it’s irritating for most people. If you have sensitive skin, use a fragrance-free toner. It’s often the fixatives that are used with fragrance that cause reactions, so products with only essential oils for scent may be tolerated by those with sensitive skin. Second, as with cleansers, a toner is another opportunity to supply your skin with active ingredients to help maintain the barrier function of the skin. Continue reading →

April 10 –
To believe or not to believe

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The cheapest antiager around : a good moisturizer

Moisturizers are like aspirin: mini miracles that we take for granted. While they won’t have an effect on wrinkles per se, they do help protect skin from dryness, chapping and weathering, and keep it smooth, soft and healthy. And a good moisturizer will do more for you than drinking twenty glasses of water per day. Drinking water does not necessarily make skin moist.

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March 10 –
To believe or not to believe

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Don’t overfeed your skin

A lot of people don’t know that you can also overfeed your skin. Looking back on the women I’ve met up to now, those with skin problems generally do just that: overfeed their skin. Their skin is in a state of skin obesity, as it were. Bombarded with so many different products, a person’s skin often launches an ugly protest. Noting this, the person thinks something must be done, and applies rich creams, further impairing the skin’s natural ability to clean itself.

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February 10
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I’ve come across some websites that sell hyaluronic acid supplements that are taken orally. Will they improve my skin like injectable hyaluronic acid can?

Not likely. When taken internally, hyaluronic acid purportedly penetrates down to the deep inner layers of the skin where topical applications can’t reach. One problem with taking hyaluronic acid orally is that the molecules are too large for the body to properly absorb unless they’ve been re-engineered to make them smaller and more available to the body. In addition, taking a supplement internally doesn’t assure that it will get to the ‘right’ spots; the only way to do that is to inject or apply them directly to the areas in question.

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Dr. Alan M. Engler, M.D.
Restylane
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January 10
To believe or not to believe

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Recently, some anti-aging creams costing thousands of dollars have come on the market. I suggest you save the money you’ve earmarked for the super-expensive Goo of the Month and use it to pay for a consultation with a qualified cosmetic dermatologist instead. (Sometimes, I’m shocked to say, a small jar of the Goo of the Month will cost more than several months of consultations!) Continue reading →

December 09
To believe or not to believe

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I have had the opportunity to hear the conversations of many high-level executives in the cosmetics industry. They see their job as threefold :

  • to keep the cost of the expensive and effective key ingredients and the cost of production in general under strict control
  • to word the skin-care claims on the bottle carefully, to stay within legal boundaries
  • to promote the new release in many magazines, not just in the form of ads but also in actual, objective-sounding editorial articles about the merits of the new release

When skin-care executives decide it is time for a new cream, they go to a manufacturer and say something like, “I have a budget of eighty cents per jar for a cream. What new ingredient do you have with an interesting story that fits this budget?” It is common knowledge in the industry that this is exactly how most new projects get their start. Their concerns are about marketing and, above all, staying within the almighty budget.

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Dr. Adrienne Denese, M.D.
Secrets For Ageless Skin
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November 09
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Aggressive cleansing doesn’t benefit any skin type, including oily skin. This is because when the protective shield of the epidermis is disrupted, the skin becomes more vulnerable to environmental damage and inflammation and precious moisture escapes. I have found that when a person with oily skin uses an appropriate cleanser, there is no harm in cleansing three times a day.

And no one, regardless of skin type, should use a cleanser that leaves a greasy film on the skin. It may give the barrier function a little boost, but it also attracts impurities and clogs the pores, so the disadvantages outweigh the benefits.

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Howard Murad, M.D.
Wrinkle-Free Forever
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