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Preventive Skin Care: What You Need To Know To Delay Skin Aging

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

While skin aging is a natural process that none of us can avoid completely, it can be delayed with good preventive skin care, keeping visible signs of aging at bay for a long time. The key to delaying signs of skin aging -- lines, wrinkles, pigmentation problems and skin laxity -- is in understanding their underlying causes and taking measures to address them with appropriate skin care products and techniques. Here is what you need to know to delay skin aging.

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Vitamin C and Collagen: A Relationship That Really Works For Your Skin

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

If you have spent time reading about skin health, you likely already know the importance of healthy, abundant collagen for skin care. What you may not know is that vitamin C and collagen have a unique relationship that is essential for the health of your skin – as well as most every other part of your body. So just what does vitamin C have to do with collagen?

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How Oxidative Stress Causes Skin Aging and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Lines, wrinkles, pigmentation along with loss of skin tone and elasticity are changes that occur as skin ages. Oxidative stress is a major factor in these changes – a fact that you have likely seen in any number of skin care articles or advertisements for skin care products. So what, exactly is oxidative stress, how does it cause skin aging, and most importantly, what steps can you take to protect your skin and minimize its effects?

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Reduce Your Weight And Boost Your Skin Health

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

If you are carrying around a few extra pounds, you are sure to be aware that losing that extra weight can have a long list of general health benefits, lowering your risk of many chronic diseases and health problems. However, what you may not know is that weight loss can also boost your skin health. Here we'll look into weight and stretching skin, how skin health can be affected by it, and how weight loss can help.

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Weight Loss, Diet And Your Skin Health Are Interconnected

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

If you are planning to lose weight, you should know that how you go about it can have consequences on the health and appearance of your skin. How so? Most of us have heard skin referred to as the body's largest organ, and it really is, plus it is a rather complex one.

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What Skin Problems Can Be Improved With Photofacials?

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Photofacial treatment is one of today's most advanced options for improving a number of very common skin conditions that occur with skin aging and sun damage. It is also one of today's most popular cosmetic procedures, a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that offers substantial improvements in the appearance of the skin with little discomfort and no down time.

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Tretinoin Treatment: The Gold Standard For Anti Aging Skin Care

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

A derivative of vitamin A -- or retinoid -- tretinoin is widely considered the gold standard in terms of topical anti-aging skin care. Developed originally as a treatment for acne, this powerful, prescription-strength retinoid has proven to be a very effective agent in addressing some of the underlying causes of skin aging and sun damage, resulting in smoother, brighter and more youthful looking skin in users. Retinol and retinyl palmitate are retinoids in over-the-counter products. The actual strength of these products is often not revealed on the labels. Not familiar with tretinoin? Chances are you've heard of it under one of the many prescriptions brand names this retinoid is sold under, including Retin-A, and Renova. So just what can it do for your skin?

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Adult Acne: Are You Still Using Teen-Aged Solutions?

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

If you are in your 30s or beyond and are still having acne trouble, you should know that dealing with adult acne effectively is a bit different than banishing teen-age breakouts. While adult acne may look much the same as teen acne and is certainly just as annoying, the skin that it insists on persistently plaguing with outbreaks is different. Like the rest of you, it has grown up, and that means that it has outgrown teen-aged acne solutions and needs treatments that are better suited to adult skin.

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Effective, Non-Surgical Fixes For Sagging Skin

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Has your skin begun to look a bit loose and saggy in certain areas, perhaps at the jaw line or on your neck, just under the chin? It happens to all of us sooner or later, as time, gravity and sun damage take their toll on the skin. However, while previous generations had two choices – live with sagging skin or have a surgical face lift – we have more choices today, ranging from effective topical treatments to laser treatments. While none will give the same night-and-day results as surgery, they can significantly improve skin laxity.

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Fractional Skin Resurfacing: Rejuvenating Skin From The Inside Out

Posted by Dr. Ruth Shields on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Fractional skin resurfacing is an innovative skin care technology that is used for a number of cosmetic purposes, including the improvement of facial wrinkles, poor skin texture and skin laxity, as well as the reduction of scars and stretch marks. It aids in improving these conditions through non-surgical, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures that offer those improvements with minimal discomfort and down time. Sound too good to be true? Please read on and we'll explain just why it isn't.

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