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GLO MINERALS

Body toxicity is the leading cause of premature aging. Reducing your body’s toxicity of course means eating cleaner, drinking less alcohol, reducing stress, and making healthier lifestyle choices in general. But sometimes these healthy lifestyle choices aren’t totally obvious. Were you aware that a major source of your toxicity is absorbed directly through your skin? The epidermis is the largest organ in the human body, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The toxicity absorbed through the skin comes from the water you bathe in, from the air pollution you live in, and perhaps worst of all, from the products that you apply directly to your skin. More often than not, there are chemical ingredients in your everyday skin care products that can build up and eventually harm you.

Makeup is something that most women of a certain age can’t live without, but the very makeup many women are using may be responsible for the signs of aging they are trying to cover up. Finding a mineral makeup line that is as effective as it is safe is not easy. I am here to tell you that the glo minerals makeup line is the most incredible makeup I have ever seen, and that’s not just in comparison to other mineral makeup lines. The glo minerals make-up line uses premium-grade ingredients that are non-toxic and safe to use on a daily basis. All the products are formulated with only the most superior pharmaceutical grade vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, Green Tea Extract, Titanium Oxide, and Zinc Oxide.

What makes glo-minerals so great?

  • The high quality ingredients
  • Suitable for even the most sensitive skin types and conditions.
  • No perfumes or talc
  • Paraben and gluten free formulas
  • Non-comedogenic

 

  • The antioxidant blend
  • Vitamins A, C, E, and Green Tea Extract
  • Protects and helps maintain skin health by shielding further damage.

 

  • The sun protection
  • Broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection in every foundation.
  • Minerals Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide

 

  • The exceptional spectrum of mineral pigments
  • Timeless color classics and fashionable hues.

 

  • The ultra-fine minerals
  • Every ingredient and mineral is triple milled for even long lasting coverage

 

  • The anti-inflammatory ingredients
  • Improves skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.

 

  • Cruelty free
  • No products are tested on animals.

 

At NewDermaMed we carry several products from the glo minerals makeup line. My favourite everyday product would have to be luxe – the liquid foundation made with diamond technology. This product is truly spectacular as it provides full coverage leaving your skin dewy and glowing. For those with an oily complexion, the pressed powder foundations are equally able to get you that youthful beautiful complexion. Come in to NewDermaMed today for a free colour match consultation with one of our beauty experts.

CHEMICAL PEELS

I took care of my skin for as long as I can remember. I wore sunscreen. Used high quality products. Ate pretty decently and drank pretty sparingly. But even with all this care-taking, I still have fine lines across my forehead, a few brown spots on my cheeks, and what looks like the very early stages of under eye crepiness. Throughout my beauty journey I have tried Botox, Intense Pulse Light Therapy, Laser Genesis, and chemical peels and I have found that medical grade chemical peels are a treatment that everyone and anyone can benefit from at any age. After 3 to 10 days of peeling post chemical peel, your skin is noticeably brighter, fresher, tighter and more evenly toned.

Chemical peels help:

  • Improve skin texture
  • Improve skin tone
  • Increase cell turnover
  • Improve skin hydration
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Deliver a glowy complexion
  • Increase skin smoothness
  • Produce collagen
  • Clear acne
  • Improve minor scarring

What is a Chemical Peel?

A chemical peel is a customized chemical facial peel designed to remove unhealthy skin cells, promote cell turnover and increase collagen growth. A chemical peel damages the skin in a controlled manner so that when the skin heals it appears improved. Before receiving a chemical peel it is of the utmost importance to go to a medical expert who understands the needs of your skin. Your medical professional will customize a specific chemical cocktail for your skin type, condition and problem.

Chemical peels are both a science and an art and must be precisely applied by a professional. Never order a chemical peel off the internet. I repeat, never order a chemical peel of the internet!! Doing a DIY chemical peel is a dangerous road to go down; you may end up looking like two-face from Batman. It is no joke.

Chemical peels range in strength from superficial to medium to deep. Knowing the strength of the peel is extremely important because your lifestyle can be impacted after the treatment, and you will want to have planned accordingly.

A superficial peel is perfect for individuals with dry skin, very fine lines, skin dullness, acne spots and slight hyperpigmentation. They are known as the lunchtime peel because it gently eliminates dead skin cells and speeds up the regeneration of the top layer of skin providing instant results with little to no downtime (minus a few days of dry tight skin).

The ingredients most commonly used are:

  • Hydroxyl acids such as glycolic, lactic, citric, malic and tartaric acid
  • Beta hydroxyl acids such as salicylic acid for a bit stronger of an exfoliation.

Medium depth peels penetrate a little deeper into the dermis where deeper blemishes and sun spots lie. This peel is effective at stimulating collagen, tightening the skin, and eliminating sun damage; however, it does require some downtime for recovery (7 to 10 days to be exact).

The most common acid for a medium depth peel are:

  • TCA (trichloroacetic acid)
  • TCA mixed with Glycolic acid.
  • The usual concentrations of these acids are 25%-35% but a medical professional may go higher depending on your skin type and condition.

Deep peels are clearly the most extreme of the bunch, used to treat deep wrinkles and severe sun damage. These peels are made from carbolic acid. Though these peels may be effective, they are also risky. They require sedation and can cause scarring and other complications. I definitely would not recommend this to anyone. If you are at this point in your beauty journey, you are better off spending money on a fractional laser skin resurfacing treatment, which is far more precise and exceedingly more effective.

As we age our body’s skin cell turn over slows down leaving us with wrinkles, discoloration and dullness.  Chemical Peels increase the cell turnover, helping your body regenerate new healthy skin cells. For the best results, your medical professional will recommend a schedule of chemical peels – usually once every 3-4 weeks depending on the type of facial peel. It should be noted that you must follow a specific skin care regime before and after a peel. This means staying out of the sun, wearing 45 SPF sunscreen and not using chemical creams and face washes. Dealing with chemicals can be tricky and products that have exfoliating chemicals in them can make your skin extra sensitive to the treatment. Listen to your medical expert and follow their instructions strictly.

JUVEDERM VYCROSS TECHNOLOGY

 

Allergan dermal fillers have become increasingly popular over the past 10 years to help rejuvenate and revitalize aged, saggy, hollowed and tired skin. Those who have tried Allergan’s older generations of dermal filler have come back with 1 major complaint. They found the products to have short lived effects losing fullness quickly. With this complaint in mind, Allergan began their research to improve their Juvederm product line and increase customer satisfaction.

At the 11th Congress of Anti-Aging & Aesthetic Medicine in Monaco, Allergan presented their revolutionary development in Juvederm dermal fillers. Their new Juvederm product line made up of three products was developed with Vycross technology using a combination of low and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid with an interconnected matrix stronger than any dermal fillers before it. This special hyaluronic acid takes much longer for the body to break down, meaning longer lasting results.

The Vycross technology Juvederm dermal fillers are: Voluma, Volift, and Volbella. Each hyaluronic acid product was designed with special characteristics for specific areas of the face.

RESTORE VOLUME with Juvederm Voluma

Lost volume can be even more aging than lines and wrinkles. A youthful face is characterized by smooth contours, full cheeks, and a straight jawline. Juvederm Voluma was designed to restore these youthful features by adding volume to the face such as in the cheeks and chin. This product has the strongest lifting effect and has been proven to last up to 2 years.

REDUCE SMILE LINES with Juvederm Volift

Deep skin depressions in the lines that run vertically from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth begin to form as a result of skin losing volume and elasticity. These lines not only age you, but also change our expressions, making us appear sad. Juvederm Volift was designed for filling, smoothing and rejuvenating deep lines like the nasolabial folds. Juvederm Volift will instantly rejuvenate your appearance in a single treatment and its effects can last up to one year.

ENHANCE AND REJUVENATE YOUR LIPS with Juvederm Volbella

Full lips with a defined border are a youthful feature that you may have had in your youth or wish to have. Collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid are what make lips look full and as we age these naturally substances decrease. Juvederm Volbella was designed for restoring volume and augmenting the lips. The hyaluronic acid in this product is softer and more malleable than conventional dermal fillers meaning it can be evenly applied and result in a more beautiful natural fullness in the lips. This product is the only dermal filler proven to last up to 12 months in the lips in a single treatment.

The Vycross technology dermal fillers do not only address the issues of short-term effectiveness of the previous generations, but also present many other improvements. They can be more easily targeted and injected, which benefits patients comfort. They are proven to provide smoother, more natural results, which increases patient satisfaction. The hyaluronic acid in the product absorbs less water than the dermal fillers before it, resulting in less swelling and more hydration. Overall the Vycross technology is unlike any dermal filler we have seen before and is no doubt, the best dermal filler on the market today.

CLEAVAGE WRINKLES

At this point in life, most of us understand the concept of sun damage and sun protection. Exposure to sun without proper protection will break down collagen cells in the skin and result in a loss of skin firmness and elasticity – this goes hand in hand with wrinkles, sun spots and dullness. Even one weekend at the cottage with a forgotten sunscreen application can lead to sun damage that will forever be etched into your skins chemistry. Every exposed body part needs to be accounted for when using sunscreen because aging is not solely a facial phenomenon. Just like the skin on the hands, the skin just below the neck is often forgotten. Sun damage to the skin in this area will not only result in sun spots and dullness, but also cleavage wrinkles.

Cleavage wrinkles are deep vertical creases caused by push up bras and sleeping on one’s side. For well-endowed woman, cleavage wrinkles may be unavoidable, but early onset cleavage wrinkles can be offset with preventative care like sunscreen. But as I said, once the sun damage is done, the skins chemistry changes losing its elasticity and ability to produce collagen – and there is not much a woman can do on her own to fix it. At NewDermaMed we offer advanced corrective cleavage wrinkle therapies like lasers, dermal fillers and medical grade skin care that are proven to work.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a revolutionary laser therapy that we recommend for woman with deeper cleavage wrinkles. The Fractional Laser Resurfacing will even out skin texture and tone, increase skin volume and firmness, and significantly improve the appearance of deep cleavage wrinkles in a single treatment. It works by selectively removing damaged skin cells with a specialized laser beam that leaves healthy skin cells untouched. This focused therapy promotes rapid recovery and dramatic results.

The Laser Peel is a great choice for woman with fine chest wrinkles and skin dullness. The laser peel will improve the appearance of superficial skin imperfections, replacing dullness and fine lines with glowing youthful skin. It works by removing the top superficial layer of skin with a precise laser for a full field treatment. The precision of this laser shortens healing time and stimulates collagen production.

Laser Genesis is recommended for women experiencing fine cleavage lines, skin redness, large pores, and uneven skin texture. This powerful non-invasive laser treatment stimulates collagen production through heating of the upper dermis well below the skin’s surface. This restorative therapy will bring back your chests youthful balance without any pain or recovery.

Redensity I is a novel dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, amino acids, antioxidant and minerals present in the skin. It is used to treat aging skin linked to sun exposure and restore skin’s ability to reflect light. This treatment is great for any well-endowed woman experiencing cleavage wrinkles or looking to prevent wrinkles in the future. In three sessions at three week intervals the treated area will appear smoother and glowing.

iS CLINICAL Youth Serum and Firming Complex are scientifically advanced products that can be used to dramatically and immediately smooth and tighten chest wrinkles. Both products are botanically based formulas that work synergistically to restore the skin’s structures and encourage long term chest wrinkle reduction.

There is nothing like cleavage wrinkles to reveal a woman’s age. Protect your skin with sunscreen and call us for corrective cleavage wrinkle therapy.

THE TOP TEN ANTIOXIDANTS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET

A major part of maintaining our body’s health is through eating well. For most people this means getting the correct vitamins and nutrients. But one cannot forget about the importance of antioxidants. Eating enough antioxidants in your diet can actually reduce the chances of cancer, lower high blood pressure, slow the aging process and improve heart health.

Antioxidants work by fighting against ‘free-radicals’ produced by processed foods, alcohol, drugs, smoking, UV light, pollution and even stress. These harmful toxins are absolutely everywhere and totally unstoppable. Our body’s cells are constantly fighting against these free-radicals and when we lose the fight, our bodies will get sick, weak, and unhealthy. But the fight against these unstoppable villains is not hopeless. Antioxidants are your personal super heroes – fighting off the evil toxins and saving your cells. And unlike Batman, they are not difficult to find.

Antioxidants are everywhere. The following is a list of the 10 easiest to find antioxidants to include in your daily diet.

  1. Coffee – A cup of regular or even decaf coffee has loads of antioxidants, such as chlorogenic acid which fights the oxidation of bad cholesterol.
  2. Granny Smith Apples – A single apple contains approximately five thousand antioxidants. That’s a strong punch in the free-radicals face.
  3. Vitamin E – supplementing with Vitamin E is important for suppressing the oxidation of fat cells in your body.
  4. Blueberries – A single cup of blueberries contains ten thousand antioxidants making it one of the most powerful antioxidant foods on Earth. Take that free-radicals!!
  5. Kidney Beans – Half a cup of kidney beans has over 6000 antioxidants. That’s a healthy dose of kick ass in the fight against free radicals.
  6. Strawberries – Though they have less antioxidants than blueberries, their 6000 antioxidants per single cup are a pretty hefty dose.
  7. Vitamin C – One of the most essential vitamins found in citrus fruit, green peppers, cabbage, spinach and broccoli, vitamin C is bursting with antioxidants.
  8. Olive Oil – Uncooked olive oil is healthy, delicious and loaded with antioxidants that help fight cancer and heart disease.
  9. Red Wine – A glass of red wine is a great source of antioxidants. That 2nd glass of red wine may be a good idea after all.
  10. Watercress – Bursting with antioxidants like lutein and zexanthin, watercress will boost your eye health.

Our diet is an extremely powerful tool to fighting against disease and illness. Though there are many resources our bodies can use to fight against free-radicals, there is no source better than antioxidants. Eating more antioxidants will slow down the aging process, and improve the over-all health of your body. With a healthy body, anything is possible.

THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH – CONSIDER BANKING YOUR STEM CELLS

The World’s Health Organization’s statistics on health show that more and more people are living healthily into their eighties and nineties – some even into their 100’s. The oldest reported living woman, Hendrikje van Andel Schipper of the Netherlands, was 115 and in good physical and mental health when she passed away in 2006.  So what is it that makes individuals like Schipper so fortunate? Scientists have long researched this and there is compelling evidence that stem cells are the reason.

WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?

Stem cells are found in every part of the body and are the foundation from which other cells are generated. They are the only cells that are capable of generating new types of cells to meet the needs of our bodies. When our bodies go through trauma – from a sunburn to a broken arm – our stem cells work overtime to repair and regenerate the damaged cells and tissue. Stem cells are our bodies healing power. As we age, our stem cells age and their healing power is reduced. In fact, stem cells healing ability can be reduced by almost a million percent from the time we are born to the time we are 60.

STEM CELL RESEARCH

Stem cell therapy is in its infancy, but researchers believe that it is the future of medicine and the closest discovery to the fountain of youth they have ever come across.

Stem cell research has primarily focused on the treatment of degenerative diseases. Researchers have developed a system for extracting one’s own healthy stem cells in one’s youth (the younger, the better) and banking them for later use. Stem cells can be extracted from many places, including dental pulp, bone marrow, and fat. Despite the fact that stem cell therapy is somewhat new to the medical world, doctors realized their power long ago. For the past 30 years stem cells have been collected from baby’s umbilical cords right at birth. The cord blood is sent to a facility where it is separated from plasma and cryopreserved at sub-zero temperatures for possible future use.  The price of banking stem cells varies depending on the amount being banked. There is an upfront fee which can be over a thousand dollars and then a more affordable yearly storage fee of approximately $150. Having access to one’s own healthy stem cells in a time of emergency or disease could mean the difference between death and survival.

There are new developments that suggest that stem cells are a powerful ingredient when added to beauty products. Although, the stem cells found in beauty products are taken from plants and fruits with a tendency to stay fresh for a long period of time. To yield the most potent and stable stem cell extracts from fruits and plants, scientists must use a precise extraction technology in a controlled environment with no contaminants. The application of these extracts to the skin are believed to trigger one’s own stem cell production and encourage other anti-aging processes. Although, using one’s own stem cells may sound like a better option, it is actually not an option at all. It isn’t possible to keep live stem cells alive in a cream or serum.

So what was Hendrikje van Andel Schipper’s secret to longevity? She was naturally blessed with stem cells that regenerate long passed the average. Her death was associated with stem cell exhaustion. Perhaps, had she banked stem cells in her youth, doctors could have kept her alive even longer.

 

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR MOTHER LATELY?

On May 10th, we (in North America) celebrate moms. Your mom, my mom, moms in general. Aren’t they just angels? They sacrificed their bodies for more than 9 months to give us a safe house to grow. They fed us when we could not feed ourselves. They loved us unconditionally through the angsty teenage years and beyond. No matter how young or old we get, we all have a special place in our heart for our mothers and on Mother’s Day we say thank you….for everything. But is thanks enough? I say no. Let’s do more this year.

My mother is a beautiful woman, but at the ripe young age of 60 she has taken to complaining about how tired, dull, and hyper-pigmented her skin has become. She looks in the mirror and sees someone that doesn’t represent how she feels. The problem with my mom is that she would not dare spend money on herself in a superficial way. As much as she would love to, spending money on herself before family is completely irrational in her mind. This Mother’s Day, take that decision out of her hands. Restore your mother’s youthful balance by purchasing a gift-card from NewDermaMed to use towards our revolutionary, FDA approved, non-invasive laser treatments. Our May promotions are going on, so the savings are outstanding!

Photo Rejuvenation

What it does: LimeLight Photo Rejuvenation treats a number of skin imperfections including:

  • Age spots/sun spots/brown spots
  • Redness or flushing
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Broken capillaries
  • Enlarged pores
  • Melasma

How it works: The LimeLight Photo Rejuvenation treatment uses IPL laser light to target excessive pigments and repair damaged skin. Light energy converts to heat, breaking up pigmented skin, while leaving the rest of your skin untouched. After treatment, the pigmented skin will appear darker and will eventually slough off after a week, leaving brighter more youthful skin behind. There is no downtime.

Promotion: 40% off until May 30th

Laser Genesis

What it does: Laser Genesis is scientifically proven to reduce the look of:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Excessive redness
  • Large pores
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Scars

How it works: Laser Genesis stimulates the collagen production process by gently heating the upper dermis well below your skin’s surface. Additional heat targets broken capillaries to reduce redness. After treatment, skin will begin to look more youthful, smoother and evenly toned. Laser Genesis can reduce invisible UV sun damage by up to 30% in a single treatment session.

Promotion: 40% off until May 30th

Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

What it does: Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is the perfect non-surgical choice for safely and dramatically repairing damaged skin while stimulating new collagen growth. It is the leading treatment for improving:

  • Aging skin
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Moderate to deep wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Acne scars
  • Scars
  • Skin laxity
  • Melasma
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven pigmentation

How it works: Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing works by selectively removing damaged skin tissue deep within the dermis with narrow diameter laser beams. The laser pulses in a pattern of tiny dots which produce collagen and repair skin cells. The benefit of this treatment is that only a fraction of tissue is treated at a time, so there is a quick recovery. Drastic results will be seen after a single treatment!

Promotion: 40% off until May 30th

 

 

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: THE BEST TREATMENTS FOR THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM

Alas, spring has sprung! The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the wedding season has taken off! This wedding season, brides and grooms alike are vowing to look their very best, as they should. It may just be the most important day of your life, but more so, the whole thing will be documented through high resolution photos and video. Have you ever looked through your parents wedding albums and wondered what in the world they were thinking? I have. My Caucasian mother wore a horrible taffeta dress with gigantic shoulder pads and caked on geisha makeup, while my father sported an offensively large mustache and flushed red skin. Looking through my parent’s album is always a fun adventure, but it sure made me think long and hard about how I want to look on my big day! Wedding albums are passed down from generation to generation, so I think it’s wise to make classic choices that will never go out of style. Though fashion trends are an unpredictable beast, one thing will always remain classically in-fashion and that is clear, even-toned, luminous skin.

Despite the wedding culture being very much bride-dominated, the pressure to look great on your wedding day is a wavering concern for both men and woman. Here are some of the most effective non-invasive pre-wedding treatments that get brides and grooms to-be, looking picture perfect for their day in the spotlight…and beyond.

LOOK FRESH AND SMOOTH

Botox Cosmetic is FDA approved for use by men and women to treat facial wrinkles and excessive sweating from the underarms, hands, feet and forehead. Botox treatment will leave your skin looking smoother, while providing an overall well rested appearance. Nobody wants to look tired on their big day! For excessive sweaters, Botox injections will leave you dry for the entire day and night. No more sweating through your tuxedo. A common injection site for men is the hairline, which prevents sweat from beading down the face. A common injection site for the bride is the underarm area, as excessive sweating can actually turn a white dress yellow in the underarm area. The Botox procedure works by harmlessly and temporarily freezing facial muscles, and sweat glands. Results will be seen 4 to 14 days after treatment and will last up to 4 months.

ADORN CLEAR LUMINOUS SKIN

Laser Genesis is the most versatile non-invasive laser technology to reduce the look of wrinkles, fine lines, excessive redness, and uneven skin texture for both men and woman. It works by stimulating the collagen production process. When it is combined with Photo Rejuvenation, the skin perfecting results are maximized. Photo Rejuvenation, also known as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) works by targeting dark pigmentation on the skin. If you suffer from sun spots, discoloration, or hyperpigmentation of any kind, this treatment will brighten your skin up in no time! Once you have finished the combined treatments, caking on makeup on your wedding day (or ever) won’t be necessary because there won’t be blotchiness and uneven skin tone to cover-up. And a groom with rosacea will no longer have to worry about their flushed red skin because after their treatments, the redness will be but a memory (with no photographic evidence). Results from both these treatments can be seen right away and will continue to get better and better. For maximum results, we recommend 3 sessions spread over 2 months before your big day.

AWAKEN YOUR YOUTHFUL EYES

Redensity II is a revolutionary dermal filler made especially for the under-eye tear trough area. It is the first nutrient rich dermal filler that actually promotes restructuring and cell regeneration. It is made of a hygrcopic gel that attracts very little water, is easily spreadable and unlike other fillers, results in minimal swelling after injection. The hollows, ridges and folds that form around your eyes as you age are a big concern for many brides and grooms because it can give you a tired look. No bride or groom wants to hear the phrase “you look tired” on their wedding day. Luckily Redensity II can instantly alleviate this tired look. Getting this treatment a few weeks before your big day will give you the assurance that the younger looking, bright eyed you will be attending your wedding with bells on! The results from the treatment can last up to 1 year.

 

WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen is one of the most important tools we have to preserve our youthful skin. Although your parent’s may have claimed ignorance in their youth and used oil and aluminum boards to achieve the best dark tans, the damaging effects of the sun and the creation of sun screen are concepts that have been around for a very long time. The history of sunscreen goes way back – all the way back to Ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egyptians were one of the most advanced civilizations when it came to beauty regimes. This early civilization saw beauty in luminous light skin over dark sun-tanned skin and would use plant products to help block the ultraviolet (UV) light and ward off sun damage. Scientists have discovered some of the ingredients in their sun block formulas after translating papyri and tomb walls, and it turns out that some of the ingredients are still used today. For example rice bran extracts, which contains gamma oryzanol, a UV-absorbing ingredient; Jasmine, which has been shown to heal DNA at the cellular level and mend skin damage; and Lupine extract which is used to lighten the skin.

The Discovery of the Cause of Sunburn

Scientists originally thought that sunburn was caused by heat damage until the 19th and 20th century. In 1801, German scientist, Johann Wilhelm Ritter discovered Ulraviolet (UV) rays after experimenting with the effects of light on paper strips dipped in chloride solution and exposed to sunlight. What lay below the visible blue light lead to his discovery of the ultraviolet spectrum, which he called “infraviolet”.

In 1820, Everard Home, an Englishman, hypothesized why darker skinned people in hot climates were better protected than white skinned people, even though black absorbed more heat. He experimented with sun exposure to his hands by covering one hand with a black cloth and leaving his other hand exposed. He concluded that the melanin in darker skin absorbed heat and protected skin.

In 1922, Karl Eilham Hausser and Wilhelm Vahle reported that sunburn could be avoided by protecting the skin from certain wavelengths of the ultraviolet spectrum. They introduced the first commercially available sunscreen to the United States made from PABA benzyl salicylate and benzyl cinnamate. Although sunscreen was available it was not widely marketed and therefore not widely used.

Modern Day Sunscreen

Coppertone was popularized in the mid 1940’s. People were confident that Coppertone would protect them from the harmful rays, which resulted in an influx of sunscreen users and sunbathers. The original ingredients helped prevent sunburn, but unfortunately did not protect from sun radiation. With more people spending more time sunbathing, more cases of skin cancer developed.

In 1962 Franz Geiter, an Austrian that had previously produced his own version of sunscreen called Glacier Cream in the 1930’s had re-emerged with a way of measuring a sunscreens protection level from the ultraviolet rays. The Sun Protection Factor otherwise known as SPF became a billion dollar business still used today.

What to Look For When Buying Sunscreen

Photo-aging is mostly caused by UV-A radiation, whereas skin cancer and sun burn is mostly caused by UV-B radiation. For the best sun protection look for broad spectrum sunscreens that block both UV-A and UV-B rays. At NewDermaMed we recommend using Elta MD sunscreens because they contain the highest concentration of micronized zinc oxide available. Zinc oxide is the only ingredient that uniformly blocks UVA and UVB rays. Although Elta MD is one of the most advanced sunscreens on the market, there is really no replacement for limiting total exposure to the sun and avoiding the mid-day hours of intense sunlight.

HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR PERFECT COMPLEXION

The body functions as a whole organism, so the health of our skin is actually a reflection of the health of our body and its internal organs. Our skin gives us important information of the things that we cannot see. When something is not right on the inside, it will show us on the outside through various skin disorders such as acne, dermatitis, discoloration, puffiness and premature aging. Skin disorders are among the first visible signs of an imbalanced diet and improper digestion. Luckily, by addressing these larger issues, you can repair damaged cells from the inside out, and develop the beautiful complexion you have never given yourself the chance to see.

The North American diet of fast, packaged and highly processed food, makes it one of the worst in the world. A common misconception in the North American diet is that in order to be healthy, one must count calories, and measure fat, carbohydrates and sugar intake. But even with all this extra counting and measuring, if the contents of the food you are eating is highly processed, you will never experience your full health and beauty potential. In order to feel and look your best, one must eat an optimal ‘clean’ diet made up of foods in their most natural state. A ‘clean’ diet requires absolutely no counting or measuring and will have your body thanking you.

Whole foods, such as vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, fish, and meat provide the body with clean fuel that is easy for the body to utilize and digest, whereas processed foods require our bodies to go through a grueling break down process; whatever our bodies cannot recognize or use (which can be a lot!) cannot be digested properly, and will cause negative reactions to our appearance and health.

Highly processed foods, and man-made ingredients such as sweeteners are the bane of your beautiful complexion. Removing these foods from your diet and replacing them with whole, non-processed foods will make drastic changes to your skin in as little as a week. Furthermore, when you eat clean, you will never feel hungry, sick or lethargic after a meal because when you eat the right things, your body will respond the way it is meant to – by properly and completely digesting, assimilating, breaking down, and eliminating. When you eat clean, you gain energy and feel great.

Check back to our blog next week for more information on a healthy skin diet.