The Best Antioxidants For Your Skin - Part 2

Continuing to highlight the best antioxidants for your face, it’s important to reiterate their benefits, and why antioxidants should be a daily part of your routine.

Your skin is your largest breathing organ, and taking care of it is vital. Antioxidants protect against free radicals, which damage the skin, increase stress, and expedite the aging process. Four out of five of our wrinkles come from environmental damage, and antioxidants can radically reduce those effects.


Let’s take a look at additional antioxidants to consider in your skin care routine.

VITAMIN E

Known as the skin vitamin, Vitamin E is a nutrient that is known for strengthening the skin’s immunity and maintaining its health. Vitamin E helps the body eliminate free radicals, nourish and protect the skin, and heal burns, scars, and wounds.

While Vitamin E may seem like an individual antioxidant, that is not quite true. Vitamin E encompasses several fat soluble vitamins known as Tocopherols, and is found naturally in many carrier oils such as Apricot Kernel, Flaxseed, Canola, Palm, Poppyseed, Olive and Soy.

In addition to being an antioxidant, Vitamin E is also a known anti-inflammatory. Some studies show this antioxidant in helping relieve itching, redness, and irritation in skin conditions, as well as stabilizing Vitamin C, which lends to additional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support.

RESVERATROL

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, and is also sourced in peanuts, pomegranates and berries. Resveratrol helps brighten, smooth, and soothe the skin by protecting it from UVB damage that causes hyperpigmentation, photodamage, and collagen degradation. Its potency neutralizes free radical damage and promotes healthy collagen production. Additionally, resveratrol helps diminish wrinkles and increase firmness similarly to how the regeneration process works that allows vines to live for such a long time.


In this study, resveratrol worked as an excellent sunscreen when applied topically to the skin of mice, who were exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

GREEN TEA

Green tea is a superstar ingredient with known Eastern origin that has been making its rightful way into the world of skincare. It fights DNA repair through its powerful antioxidant, EGCG, which combats the signs of aging. Green tea is an anti-inflammatory that reduces redness and irritation, and is also an anti-bacterial agent that helps to unclog pores and treat acne.

This antioxidant also treats dark circles and puffy eyes as it contains caffeine and tannins, which help to shrink blood vessels and promote healthy circulation. Lastly, Green Tea contains Vitamin E and B2, which are essential for healthy skin maintenance.


Ready to chat about boosting your skin care routine? Call 720.236.7541, or email Heather@RadiantSkinRN.com!

The Best Antioxidants For Your Skin - Part One

As we have previously mentioned, antioxidants help protect the skin from free radicals – unstable and highly reactive molecules that cause damage to the cells by stealing electrons from other sources. Free radicals come from both external and internal sources. In the body, they exist in normal essential metabolic functions, and externally from the ozone, pollution, industrial chemicals used in food and in cleaning, and in X-rays, to name a few. This damage can affect DNA, protein, the matrix, and the outer barrier of our skin. Four out of five of our wrinkles come from environmental damage, so it is imperative that we have the protection of antioxidants in our skincare to help fight the aging process. You are never too young to start introducing antioxidants into your skincare routine.

So what are the best antioxidants for our skin? There are several to take into consideration.

VITAMIN C

Also known as ascorbic acid, this potent antioxidant is a favorite in the skin care/dermatological industry. Not only does vitamin C help to lighten dark spots and even and brighten skin tone, it fights free radicals by binding them and removing them from the skin. Vitamin C is known to stimulate collagen production (think reducing fine lines!), protects against UV damage, and helps to thicken the dermis layer.

VITAMIN A

This antioxidant encourages healthy skin cell turnover, and can often be found in topical creams such as retinal, retinol, and retinoic acid, all in a variety of strengths. Vitamin A targets and stimulates fibroblasts, which are cells responsible for developing the tissue that keeps skin healthy and firm (youthful!). Vitamin A helps strengthen and protect the barrier of the skin, keeping it healthy and strong for fighting against pollutants and irritants, as well as bacteria and infections.

When using Vitamin A topically, it is best to start off two times a week in the evenings, and add days once your skin has adjusted. During the day, adding a mineral-based sunscreen is imperative at protecting the new skin cells that vitamin A has helped bring to the surface.

VITAMIN B3

Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide, packs quite a punch when it comes to antioxidants and offers many benefits. Niacinamide offers immunity support as it helps to build keratin, which keeps skin firm and healthy, and helps to grow the skins lipid barrier, which helps to maintain moisture. Vitamin B3 is also known to regulate oil production, treat acne – especially inflammatory kinds — and diminish fine lines and wrinkles by treating sun damage. Vitamin B3 helps to minimize the appearance of pores, as well as treat redness, hyperpigmentation, and blotchiness.

Niacinamide can be used daily, both mornings and evenings, and can be easily layered with other serums, but always added before moisturizer.

As mentioned in the benefits of Vitamin A, it is always wise to add a mineral SPF to your daily routine to protect your skin to prevent further damage, and to protect new skin cells.


Call to schedule a skincare consultation at 720.236.7541 , and let’s discuss the best antioxidants to add to your routine!

6 Reasons Antioxidants Should Be In Your Skincare Routine

Antioxidants have been quite the buzzword in the beauty industry, but what exactly are antioxidants? Simply put, antioxidants fight against free radicals and help protect the skin from cellular damage. They are the skins defense mechanism.

Free radicals are everywhere and cause damage, which isn’t typically seen right away, but does considerable damage nonetheless. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells because they are missing electrons. The unstable molecules are constantly trying to bond to atoms or molecules that have these electrons to feel whole again, which causes oxidative stress, or chemical chain reactions inside the body. Oxidative stress is a term used to describe the imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals in the body, and antioxidants help to stabilize free radicals, keeping them from reacting with other molecules.

In skincare, antioxidants play a vital role, and here are the reasons they should be in your skincare routine…

1. Antioxidants aide in correcting signs of aging.

Antioxidants reduce inflammation caused by free radicals, which allows the skin to repair visible damage. Inflammation can be seen as blotchiness, saggy skin, fine lines, wrinkles and acne.

2. Antioxidants brighten and even skin tone.

Free radicals can cause changes in our skins natural melanin production, which in turn leads to dark spots and uneven skin tone. Antioxidants reduce photodamage, or abnormal skin pigmentation such as hyperpigmentation and melasma.

3. Antioxidants can help boost collagen production.

Not all antioxidants help boost collagen production, but antioxidants like vitamin C are known for both protecting the skin and creating more collagen in the body. It is important to note that the body cannot produce vitamin C on its own, so it is important to add it to your skincare routine. Many skincare lines have topical vitamin C options both alone and mixed in serums and moisturizers, but it is also important to add it to your diet through leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits.

4. Antioxidants may fight against certain forms of cancer.

Some antioxidants are anti-carcinogenic, such as vitamins A, C, and E. There have been studies done that suggest antioxidants may slow and/or prevent the development of cancer.

5. Antioxidants can firm skin.

Antioxidants help in reversing the signs of aging and improving skin health. Certain antioxidants like Coenzyme Q-10 are known for their skin firming abilities, and are great for use in products meant to lift and tone the skin.

6. Antioxidants can help improve scar appearance.

Scar tissue is more rigid than normal, healthy tissue. Certain antioxidants, such as those found in aloe, increase blood circulation to the scar area. This in turn makes the scar tissue visibly blend in with normal tissue, reducing its appearance. This study suggests that appropriate doses of vitamin E - not pure vitamin E - can also improve scar appearance by softening the tissue.

It’s no doubt that antioxidants play a vital role in the overall health of our skin. It is important to add products packed with a variety of antioxidants to your morning and evening routine to keep your skin in its best shape and appearance.

Have questions, or would like to explore products that best address your skincare concerns? Call Heather at 720.236.7541 to schedule a free consultation.

The Beauty of Hydrafacial Treatment

Looking in the mirror, you may have noticed that your skin needs help. You see blackheads, whiteheads, rough and/or oily patches, and dullness. No amount of washing, serums, or physical exfoliation seem to alleviate the issues. This is usually a key sign that your skin could use extra attention.

That attention can be given by booking a Hydrafacial treatment. Many issues can be addressed depending on your skincare concerns. You may be asking, how is a Hydrafacial different from normal facials? This is a great question. A Hydrafacial initially focuses on extraction. According to hydrafacial.com , the facial is a 3 step process, takes 30 minutes, and will give you the best skin of your life! The company uses patented technology to deeply cleanse, extract, and hydrate the skin, with options of different serums to address specific skin care concerns. The process can be personalized!

It starts with cleansing and exfoliation. This is a very comfortable process, and the idea is to reveal a new layer of skin. Instead of dermabrasion, Hydradermabrasion is used, with a tool that is described as a gentle handheld suction tool. The suction is used to remove impurities from your pores, such as excessive dirt and oil, as opposed to blasting or aggressive squeezing. The suction also stimulates circulation, which helps create a beautiful glow to the skin’s surface.

During the Hydradermabrasion process, your choice of serums are infused into the skin at the same time the dirt and debris are sucked out. But again, it is a very comfortable process. The booster serums you can choose from are as follows:

• Growth Factor Boost: Growth factors are naturally occurring proteins, which maintain healthy skin structure and function. This boost is specifically designed to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

• Dermabuilder Boost: Key ingredients Acetyl octapeptide-3 and palmitoyl dipeptides-5 – skin conditioning peptides — address fine lines, skin tone, texture, and the overall evenness of the skin.

• Brightalive Boost: Hydrafacial’s Skin Brightening Complex is a unique blend of skin brighteners that are designed to block the production of pigmentation. The unique complex consists of Ogliopeptide-68, Nanopeptide-1, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, and N-Acetyl Glucosamine, and also contains glycerin. Glycerin restores hydration.

• Britenol Boost: This formula targets dark spots and areas with sun damage. It is clinically proven to create a more even complexion with the following ingredients: Alpha-Arbutin (derived from bearberry extract), and vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that also helps to lighten and brighten the skin.


With so many options, a Hydrafacial is literally for every skin type! Your skin will be plump and hydrated immediately after, and is perfect before special events as there is zero downtime. Dark spots and pigmentation will continue to diminish with regular treatments. Results are noticeable for up to a week, and treatment is recommended every 3-6 weeks to address ongoing issues and concerns.

Have more questions, or would like to book an appointment? Call 720.236.7541 and ask for Heather!

PRP for Anti-Aging

As mentioned in the previous blog discussing Micro-channeling, PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, has been used in many medical fields for its wound healing abilities. Athletes use it to heal injuries, while others have used PRP to treat arthritis. In the cosmetic industry, it has been used for those who want a natural but noticeable improvement in their skin tone and texture as PRP offers excellent skin rejuvenation with little to no downtime.

While used topically in the cosmetic industry, PRP can also be used for injections to fill wrinkles as a natural filler. Areas of treatment are similar to areas treated with hyaluronic acid fillers, which include the eye area, decollete, cheeks, smile lines, and nasolabial folds. The PRP stimulates collagen production in the dermis of the skin to plump and fill for a natural look. PRP is an excellent alternative to hyaluronic acid fillers as it helps to restore volume while rejuvenating the skin from the inside out.

How does it work? Your blood is drawn into a vial, which is then placed into a centrifuge. The vial is spun in the centrifuge to concentrate and isolate platelets. After the spinning the PRP has separated and can then be used for injections. The time for the entire appointment from start to finish can take about 60-90 minutes, and while you can resume normal activities, is recommended that you do not exercise until the next day.

Since PRP is derived from your own body, the chances of an allergic reaction are minimal, as are lumps and bumps that can happen with hyaluronic acid fillers. In general, hyaluronic acid fillers are considered very safe, but for those concerned about reactions, PRP is a perfect alternative. However, PRP and hyaluronic acid fillers can be injected in the same appointment to address facial aging as well as the quality of the skin.

Interested in PRP injections? Call to make a consultation appointment at 720.236.7541!

The Amazing Benefits of Micro-Channeling

When it comes to skin rejuvenation, many associate significant downtown with most procedures. Not so with micro-channeling. This procedure is becoming very popular based on excellent results, and the ability to return to normal activities quickly.

How it works:

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is different than micro-channeling. The procedure is a more aggressive treatment where tiny, sterile needles penetrate the skin more deeply to purposefully cause trauma. The trauma prompts the deeper layer of the skin, the derma, to rebuild collagen.

Collagen keeps our skin taut and youthful, but as we age, we lose collagen, which leads to wrinkles and the loss of firmness. Collagen makes up 30% of the protein in our body, 70% in our skin, and is a hard, insoluble, and fibrous protein

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While Microneedling causes trauma to stimulate collagen production, micro-channeling is a less aggressive approach for the treatment of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, age spots, and acne scars. Tiny needles create more controlled micro-injuries, which helps the production of collagen and elastin. The uniform micro-channels are surrounded by healthy tissue, which enhances the healing process, and the inflammatory response to the micro-channel initiates the new collagen production. When adding PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), healing is expedited, with additional benefits.

PRP has been used in many medical fields for its wound healing abilities. Benefits have been seen in patients with arthritis, those with tendonitis symptoms, plantar fasciitis, bulging disks, and even as a treatment for hair loss.  In micro-channeling, your blood is drawn, then placed in a centrifuge where the blood is spun to release various growth factors from platelets. After the micro-channeling procedure is complete, the PRP is applied topically to the treated area. 

In recent studies, PRP for facial rejuvenation showed positive aesthetic outcomes. All fourteen studies showed improvement in the volume, texture and tone of the facial skin, as well as a decrease in facial wrinkles.

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Most healing is internal, and any side effects will not be prolonged. Your skin should appear and feel refreshed within 24 hours, but tone and texture will continue to improve. For the best benefits, 3-4 micro-channeling sessions with PRP are recommended spaced out between 4-6 weeks. Continued on-going maintenance can be conducted with longer intervals in-between after the initial treatments.

While excellent for the face, consider micro-channeling for the hands, neck, decollete, and for other parts of the body with crepey skin, stretch marks, and scarring. 

With so many benefits, micro-channeling is an excellent alternative to highly invasive procedures. You will love your results!

Have you tried micro-channeling? Any questions? Send them my way!

The Skinny On Anti-Aging Skin Care

When it comes to the finding the most appropriate anti-aging skin care regimen, it all depends on your areas of concern. The best ingredients are listed below that tackle a multitude of concerns, and are excellent for a wide range of ages.

 Vitamin C

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For starters, the potent antioxidant properties in Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) make it a vital molecule for skin health. It helps protect the skin from UV light exposure caused by free radicals, and helps regulate the synthesis of the structural protein collagen. Collagen aids in supporting the epidermis and works hand in hand with elastin to support the skin. Vitamin C has been a staple in ancient beauty, used in Tibet during the Tang Dynasty, and is most beneficial when applied topically. Vitamin C helps to rejuvenate and maintain firm and youthful skin, lighten and brighten dark spots, and is recommended for daily topical use.

 Hyaluronic Acid

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Contrary to belief, not all acids are created equal. Hyaluronic acid is gentle and will not break down your skin all while turning back the clock. HA is a humectant, which means it draws moisture from its surroundings, and helps to plump the skin while giving it a smoother appearance. One gram of HA can hold up to six liters of water! This is especially beneficial for those who live in dry climates, and want to boost their moisturizers, as HA works best layered and/or in combination with other ingredients.

Retinol

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This cure-all, superstar ingredient is a vitamin-A derivative, which tackles fine lines, sun spots, wrinkles, dullness, and crepiness to name a few. While it can take some time for your skin to acclimate to this powerful ingredient, the best approach is start slowly, using it 2-3 times a week for two weeks, and then adding an additional night from there on. To get the fullest benefits, give your retinol product a few months to reap the full benefits. You’ll be glad you did!

Niacinamide

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Also known as nicotinic acid, and Vitamin B3, niacinamide is an excellent skin-restoring ingredient that helps to build proteins in the skin (think keratin), lock in moisture, and prevent environmental damage by rebuilding healthy skin cells. Other benefits include minimizing pore appearance, acne control, oil regulation, tackling fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation reduction.

CBD

A naturally occurring plant compound derived from the cannabis plant, also known as cannabidiol. While found in the marijuana plant, it is non-psychoactive and completely legal. In skin care, its benefits are amazing. CBD is a powerful antioxidant, which helps counteract signs of aging caused by free radicals, and is possibly more powerful than Vitamin C and E combined. CBD treats inflammatory skin conditions (think eczema and acne), supports the skins natural healing process, and evidence suggests cannabinoids help manage dry skin as it moisturizes without clogging pores.

Here are a list of my recommended anti-aging products by Color Up Therapeutics and SkinMedica :

1. Color Up Therapeutics 100mg Moisturizer UV Repair 2. Color Up Therapeutics Treatment Oil 3. Color Up Therapeutics Dark Circle Reduction and Firming Eye Cream 4. SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum 5. SkinMedica Vitamin C+E Complex

Want to add more fun to your skin care care routine? Check out these products by Grande Lash MD:

1. GrandeLash - MD Lash Enhancing Serum 2. GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper, Gloss 3. GrandeBROW Brow Enhancing Serum

Place an order for any of the above products by contacting me through this link, at 720.236.7541, through email — heather@RadiantSkinRN.com, or by swinging by my studio located at 1317 Washington Ave. Unit D. Golden, CO. 80401.

What products do you swear by? Leave a comment below!

 

Skin Anti-Aging Strategies

Let’s be honest. We are aging! Our skin shows the most obvious first signs, and there is much that goes into the complexities of skin health. This includes extrinsic (environmental damage, sun damage, and toxins), and intrinsic (cellular metabolism, and hormones) factors.

Skin health and beauty are considered the overall principle factors that represent health and well-being in humans, which makes for a very lucrative anti-aging industry. Thankfully we live in an innovative time where going under the knife is far from the only option.

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There are several anti-aging approaches:

Cosmetological care: Daily skin care, sun protection

Topical: Cell regulators and antioxidants

Invasive/Minimally Invasive Procedures: Chemical peels, IPL (Intense pulsed light), RF (radiofrequency), ablative and nonablative laser photo rejuvenation, injections and fillers

Systemic agents: Hormone replacement therapy, antioxidants

Avoiding extrinsic factors, making life style changes: smoking, pollution, sun exposure, stress, physical activity, control of health

As the above suggests, there are numerous options to approaching aging and skin health. Some are more immediate and require zero down-time, while others require more extensive healing and/or time to see noticeable results.

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The first, most important approach is a daily skin care routine. A daily routine is necessary in protecting against dehydration and environmental damage. In this article posted by Allure, we are reminded that our skin is our largest organ, and it must be taken care of as we would take care of the rest of our body with exercise. Topical antioxidants, which reduce inflammation, used in combination with sunscreens and retinoids help in preventing and even correcting wrinkle formation. I’ll dive more into this next week.

While aging is inevitable, the bottom line is that preventative approaches are at our fingertips. It is a personal journey, and definitely worth seeing a professional to gain the necessary knowledge and guidance that is best for your areas of concern. Most importantly, the journey should be fun and rewarding!

What are your favorite approaches? Great experiences, bad experiences? Let me know!