The Amazing Skin Benefits of Ginseng

Written by Steven Wang, M.D.
Ginseng is a popular herbal supplement widely used in Asia to treat various health ailments and for general well-being. It can improve energy levels and boost memory. Because of those health benefits, ginseng is found and marketed in a wide range of consumable healthcare products, including supplements, teas, candies, and energy drinks, in various concentrations and forms. TYPES OF GINSENG There are many species of…
Those who know me well know I am absolutely obsessed with raw nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and berries. In fact, I always keep pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and a variety of nuts in the house and pack them in my bag daily for easy work snacks. And, do not get me started on airport food – it is just the worst. I am…
Before you get booted from your family’s Thanksgiving dinner for rubbing a turkey leg all over your face, let us qualify that title a bit. Although the turkey is an incredible creature (being that it is a distant relative of the mighty tyrannosaurus rex and came shockingly close to being the national bird of the United States), the turkey itself is not necessarily a miracle…
Finding natural ways to boost one’s energy level is easy, yet commonly overlooked by most. Most people revert to coffee. I have seen the coffee drinker in the workforce crave coffee every single day, relying on it to provide an energy boost that lasts all day. I personally note that anything that seems like an addiction, most likely, is not healthy. What inspired me to…
Growing up, my mom would make this natural tea from the licorice root whenever we had a sore throat. She would grind up the licorice root into a coarse powder or just boil the whole root in a kettle full of hot water. To this day, I still have a fond memory of drinking the licorice tea. It tasted better than other teas we usually…
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural polysaccharide (and a biodegradable polymer actually!) that is found in the eyes, skin, connective tissues, and joints of the human body. It works as a lubricant to cushion our joints and helps repair our bodies after damage or an injury has occurred. Many studies have been performed regarding the ability of HA to heal fetal scarring. High amounts of…
There is nothing sexy about an oily face that has pores that are more clogged than a dirty nightclub toilet. When skin reaches this level of neglect, the shine that it emits is even likely to attract greedy magpies. But, fear not. Thre is a simple solution – it is time to invest in a face scrub. Skin is the body’s largest organ and takes…

The Link Between Your Heart and Your Skin

Written by a DermaCenter Medical Spa Aesthetician
Many people are not aware that having a healthy heart and normal blood pressure can aide in the fight against premature aging and other adult skin issues. Elevated blood pressure can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and under eye bags. These problems may occur for a few different reasons. High blood pressure causes lack of oxygen to vital organs – such as the…

Serenity by Salt

Written by Shannon Smyth
Kalahari opened here in the Poconos with much fanfare a few years ago. My husband used to be a delivery driver who often brought their heating and cooling equipment onto the grounds and would come home and tell me all about the massive indoor and outdoor waterpark with his eyes sparkling with child-like excitement and as big as saucers as he gave me detail by…
Inflamed Skin? Stress? Digestive Upset? Have a Cup of Chamomile by Samantha Lahonen, R.H.N. Chamomile is an herbal plant commonly taken internally as a tea. Did you know that chamomile has sedative, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects? CALMING POWER Chamomile is highly known for its sedative or calming effects. This is due to its apigenin content. Therefore, it is great to drink a cup or two…

The Real Deal About Stretch Marks

Written by Joyce Park, M.D.
I’ve developed a new interest in stretch marks (striae) lately, not because I’m having a baby, but several of my close friends are pregnant, I will eventually be pregnant in the next few years, and as doctors we want to be informed about how to prevent and treat stretch marks. We are all in our late 20’s and early 30’s, and the thought that our…
Research shows that there are three distinct types of aging: biological, extrinsic, and intrinsic. Biological aging is the result of changes that occur naturally within the body. These changes are the result of a gradual shift in the balance of certain hormones and messenger molecules excreted by other glands and organs within the body. Extrinsic aging consists of exposure to extreme weather conditions (cold, heat,…

Your Worst Enemy… Chronic Inflammation

Written by A Natural Difference
A growing consensus within the scientific community is that common disorders are all caused in part by chronic inflammation or even re-occurring inflammatory lifestyles. Inflammation is the body’s natural defense against foreign invaders or infection. Most of the time inflammation is a lifesaver that enables our body to defend itself against various diseases, caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites.
If you’re an avid skincare maker or consumer of small batch, artisan skincare products, I’m guessing that you’ve heard of ultraviolet glass bottles. This is a special type of glass that many natural formulators use to maintain the integrity of their products. Though it’s really violet in color, it appears black, and it’s become the preferred packaging for many of my students and colleagues. Ready for me…
When targeting wrinkles and the appearance of aging, peptide technology is a collagen-boosting solution. What are peptides? According to Vogue magazine, they are “the building blocks of protein” that encourage the formation of protein in skin, like collagen. When peptides do their job of activating the production of collagen, skin looks younger and stronger with visibly fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
We think of energy as being physical – the boundless energy of children, nervous energy, and so on – but energy is actually fuel; your physical self depends on the energy from your subtle energy body. Your vitality, or lack thereof, comes from feeding yourself energetically – what I call feeding your inner rainbow. Here's how it works:
Acne is one of the most common and difficult skin conditions that we treat as aestheticians. When you break out, those annoying blemishes are a combination of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria. Those with oily skin have excess oil on the surface, making it the perfect breeding ground for breakouts. Yet, surprisingly, even people with dry skin can get acne. So, what is the…

Skin Hydration

Written by Institut' DerMed
Strengthening your skin's ability to retain moisture is the key to youthful looking skin. Understanding your skin's natural moisture level is understanding that it can fluctuate depending on your skin type and the kind of environmental exposures your skin is exposed to. The lipid layer of your skin is designed to keep moisture in and keep irritants out. When it comes to your skin, how…
Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, is an essential concept to understand when considering skin dryness. Although often overlooked, TEWL is one of the main reasons why moisturizing the skin regularly and with the right products is a crucial step in keeping skin healthy and hydrated.

3 Ways Exercise Ages Skin

Written by Avery Graham Skin Care
You may not want to hear it and I hate to say it, but it's true... exercise can seriously age skin. Some of our most active patients, especially men, are the ones who request the most help for skin correction and repair. The key to combatting aging caused by exercise is to understand how different components of a workout affect your skin and what to…

Decollete Skin Care

Written by Colorado Aromatics
Do you take care of your Decollete? Do you know what it is? Decollete is a French term given to the upper chest, neck, cleavage and shoulder areas. It is one of the first places on a woman to show age and so should be cared for in a similar way as we care for our faces. If you spend much time outside, this area…
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