AVYA SKINCARE

AVYA SKINCARE

We are now offering the Avya Skincare line at TOC Medical Spa.  This line is close to us as one of the creators of the line, Dr. Tanuj Nakra, is one of our physicians.

Avya, “first rays of sun”, in Sanskrit, is a skin care line combining beneficial botanical extracts with medical grade active ingredients.  The line is specifically formulated to help manage pigment and melanin production.  It is appropriate and can be efficacious for all skin tones/types.

Avya contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatories from Peony, Turmeric and Neem.  The Curcumin in the Turmeric is colorless and odorless. (rather than the dark yellow we associate with this extract)

The Avya Skincare line has 5 products: a cleanser, day moisture, night moisture, eye cream, and serum.  The line utilizes Qusome™ technology, which allows the active ingredients to slowly release over time once it has been applied to the skin.

Gentle Cleanser (non foaming)

  • cleanses without stripping skin of natural oils
  • contains Peony essential oil which has a lovely fragrance
  • contains salicylic acid to minimize skin congestion

Day Moisture SPF 20

  • contains chemical free sun protection (zinc) for broad spectrum protection
  • snow mushroom extract for hydration
  • niacinamide (B3) to help brighten and clarify skin
  • Peptides for collagen stimulation and support
  • anti inflammatories from botanical extracts
  • Peony, Turmeric, Neem

Night Moisture (with Vit A)

  • Retinyl Palmitate (Vit A), increasing cellular turnover and collagen support
  • decreases inflammation utilizing botanical extracts
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Peony, Turmeric, Neem
  • Niacinamide
  • Beta Carotene

Anti-Aging Power Serum (with Vitamin C)

  • Antioxidants
  • anti-inflammatory properties from botanical extracts
  • Antibacterial and antimicrobial effects from Neem
  • Turmeric/Curcumin which  is a potent anti inflammatory and stimulates bodies own antioxidant enzymes
  • Vitamin C in Qusome technology, protecting the fragile antioxidant molecule until application
  • Retinyl
  • Peony, Turmeric, Neem
  • Peptides

Eye Bright Cream- with caffeine

  • minimizes under eye puffiness
  • minimizes under eye dark circles
  • Cassava matrix technology which works like “shrink wrap” for the under eye
  • Retinyl
  • Peony, Turmeric, Neem
  • hydration
  • recognized by Allure® Magazine as a favorite new product May 2018!

This line is efficacious while being cosmetically elegant.  The products have a pleasant smell and lovely texure.  This line does not test on animals, is Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested, and does not contain a lot of the ingredients consumers tend to want to avoid.  (for example, parabens)

 

NOT JUST YOUR FACE

We make a considerable effort to protect and care for the skin on our faces but can neglect the skin on our neck, décolleté and hands.  As we officially enter in to these summer months, I wanted to remind everyone to also pay attention to other commonly exposed areas.

Sun screen and antioxidants are the best defense.  Avoiding the high sun hours between 10-2 or even 10-4 is helpful. (although tough to accomplish if you love the outdoors!)

But what if there already is damage?  What can be done?

Pretty much anything that can be done to the face can also be done off face.

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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is very effective at removing sun spots (hyperpigmentation).  The hands and chest are commonly treated with this modality.  The pigment will return if the area is not protected from the sun though, so invest in a sunscreen with zinc!  Additionally, consider protective clothing if your will be out during hours of the day when the sun is intense.

For those fellas out there (or even women with very thin hair) make sure to protect your scalp as well.  Since I am adding to the list, let me also include ears!  This is not only about hyperpigmentation, skin cancer commonly occurs in all of these areas!

Enjoy these warm summer days!  Safely!

 

DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH REDNESS?

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Redness, or flushing, is a common skin complaint.  The two skin tone issues that I hear the most complaints about are hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and redness.

Redness is the result of superficial blood vessels dilating.  It can be a minor problem that remits and exacerbates, or it can become more and more of an issue over time.  Over time the small vessels can dilate and appear larger and more numerous.  The cheeks, nasal area and chin are common sites of this redness, although it can occur anywhere.

Culprits that contribute to redness include sun exposure, temperature extremes (cold and hot), consumption of alcohol and/or spicy foods.  Of course, there is a genetic component to facial flushing as well.

What to do to prevent or improve it?  For starters, use a good sunscreen, preferably with zinc (7-10%). Adding a quality sunscreen to your routine every day will protect your skin, and the blood vessels in it, from UVA/UVB rays   A topical antioxidant, along with the sunscreen will give you further UVA/UVB protection as well as strengthen the capillary walls.  Find a  product with niacinamide, as this has been proven to help.  Other ingredients that may help include licorice, chamomile and feverfew.

Products I frequently recommend include:

  • SkinCeuticals® Metacell Renewal B3 (niacinamide)
  • Alastin Skin Nectar™
  • Sunscreen, such as Elta MD® SPF 46 (has 5% niacinamide!)
  • Antioxidants such as SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic® or Phloretin CF®
  • ALL of these products are available at TOC Medical Spa

anti-redness-products

Obviously avoiding triggers such as hot/cold temperature fluctuations, spicy foods and alcohol can help.

If the vessels are broken, or noticeably enlarged, you need to remove them.   Lasers are your best option.  Pulse dyed lasers, such as the V-Beam, are meant for this specific purpose.  Yag and IPL devices are also helpful.  Your skin care provider can help you choose your most appropriate treatment plan.

There is a condition called Rosacea that can make your skin red and angry appearing and seeking the expert care of a dermatologist is recommended.  Rosacea can be treated with a combination of topical and oral medications.

SKIN FOOD

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Our skin is a direct reflection of what we are feeding eat.  Want a glowing complexion?  Have an important event, such as a reunion, that you are gearing up for?  Consider making some alterations in your diet to help your skin look its best.

Incorporating the following foods, while minimizing sugars, simple carbohydrates and processed foods, will help your skin by nourishing it from the inside and decreasing inflammation.

The Rule of 5- Try to have at least 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables.  Vary the colors as much as you can.  Veggies that have been shown to be helpful include tomatoes, varied colored bell peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, kale, spinach, avocadoes and carrots.  Fruits that have been shown to be helpful include berries, pomegranates, citrus fruits and red grapes.  These fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and healthy fats (avocado).  (these were just a few ideas, there are loads more!)

Adding nuts as a snack can also be beneficial.  Walnuts and Brazil Nuts are particularly beneficial due to their omega-3 fatty acids and, in the case of Brazil Nuts, selenium content.  (one Brazil nut has over 100% of the daily recommended Selenium!)  Almonds are also a great addition.  A small serving of nuts can be surprisingly satisfying.

Drinking plenty of fluid each day is also important.  Water, water with fruit or cucumber and green tea are great fluids to keep handy to maintain hydration.  The green tea is a touted antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  (two servings a day seems to be ideal, more than that may be too much caffeine)

Here is one I love…. Chocolate!  Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa is actually a healthy snack in small quantities (that’s the hard part) as it contains flavonoids.  So, if you have a sweet tooth allow yourself this option knowing it could actually give you a glow!

The diet would ideally contain two servings of fish (for example, salmon) per week.  Healthy fats and lean proteins are recommended.  One exception is incorporating several eggs per week.  The egg yolks are high in saturated fat (approximately 5 grams) but are a great source of Biotin which is beneficial to the skin and hair.

So, if you are up for a little modifying of your diet the above recommendations may leave you with clearer skin with a nice glow in addition to giving all of your other vital organs a diet rich in healthy fats, sufficient protein, omega 3&6 and antioxidants.

Good luck!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

NYE

This is the time of year when we tend to consider new beginnings and come up with resolutions for the upcoming year.   If you’re feeling like you look tired and could use a pick-me-up, consider revisiting your skin care routine, and consider aesthetic treatments to compliment your appearance.

Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  • Make sure you are using a sunscreen with zinc or titanium EVERY DAY.  (Love Elta MD® SPF 40 Daily for normal/dry skin and Elta MD® SPF 36 Clear for normal/dry skin: both contain 9% zinc)
  • Incorporate an antioxidant on a daily basis as there is unequivocal  evidence that our skin benefits from this. (SkinCeuticals® CE Ferulic® is great for normal/dry skin, while SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF® is a good choice for normal/oily skin)
  • Add a Retinol or Retinoid to your routine because, again, there is unequivocal  evidence that it benefits our skin. (love Neocutis® Nouvelle+ which also contains a skin brightening complex)
  • If you are really noticing the effects of aging on your skin add a growth factor and use if for a full 3 months before you decide if you love it or hate it.  I recommend Neocutis Bioserum® or SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum®.
  • Drink plenty of water or uncaffeinated beverages every day as our skin thrives with hydration.  (try for an 8 oz serving every hour or every other hour)
  • Consider renewing your skin and thinning the stratum corneum (the non-living layer of cells on the surface)  which will brighten your complexion and fade hyperpigmentation.  (a series of peels such as the VI Peel®)

Most of us (at least based on my informal survey of those I know) have resolutions regarding our weight and diet  (year after year after year).  Be encouraged that eating well and incorporating the “good fats” and omegas in to our diet also has skin benefits.  Food is medicine, and our skin usually gives away whether we are feeding it with a healthy diet as opposed to a lot of junk food which increases inflammation and can ultimately break down collagen and elastin.

I hope 2016 is everything you want it to be and that you are successful with your resolutions!  Cheers!  Celebrate safely!

As always, the mentioned products are available at TOC Medical Spa 🙂