Healthy & Beautiful Skin

Laurice's Advice

Why Does Our Skin Age?

Achieving beautiful, supple and young-looking skin takes work. It starts with using a good cleansing system along with the appropriate moisturizers’ and serums for your skin type. Making regular visits to the office is also important, but you ask, why does our skin age? Blame it on hormones.

Hormones are mostly to blame for changes to the skin as we age. Hormones are chemical messengers produced in organs such as the ovaries, adrenal glands, and thyroid glands, and all effect other tissues.

As menopause occurs, estrogen is reduced and while it affects thinning bones, it also creates significant changes in the skin. Women discover:

• their skin becomes drier with increased wrinkles

• their skin becomes more fragile, loses some of its elasticity, and is looser because the production of collagen is reduced

• older skin appears paler as the lack of estrogen reduces the number of blood vessels in the skin

• menopause also causes a reduction in the level of testosterone but not as significant a drop as in estrogen

Hormones and dry skin. Another hormone we have is thyroxin, produced by the thyroid gland, which influences skin appearance. Too much thyroxin shows a warm, smooth, sweaty, flushed skin. Under activity of thyroxin produces a dry, coarse thickening of skin with reduced ability to sweat.

Hormones affect acne. The oil glands of the skin are in part controlled by the level and activity of the hormone testosterone in the skin. Testosterone is required to produce acne. We can see this outcome in conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, which produce some elevation in testosterone, which in turn causes increased facial hair, irregular periods and acne. It has also been found that some birth control pills can block testosterone skin reactors to improve some consequences of increasing hormone levels.


The Truth About Branded (Retail) Skin Care Products

When I see new clients and they tell me they are using a branded skin care product sold retail or from a doctor, IBranded Skin Care Products often tell them to throw the products away. Why? Because they are garbage! Likely they are loaded with preservatives so they can have a five-year shelf life, contain chemicals that are bad for your skin’s health, and are not responsive to the needs of the skin. I also tell new clients that these products often use the cheapest ingredients (such as fat re-rendered and collected from fast food restaurants) so the manufacturer can sell the product at a markup to pay for the pretty packaging and the advertising. Many manufacturers will add perfume, which can irritate sensitive skin, to make the product more attractive.  Also, branded products are tailored for average skin, not necessarily dry, combination, sensitive, or oily skin.

Look at the list of ingredients on retail skin products and see the ingredients included in the product:

  • Ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol or SD alcohol: they can cause excessive dryness and irritation, leave the skin vulnerable to infection, and cause age spots.

  • Isopropyl mysitrate, mineral oil, petrolatum, Vaseline, paraffin wax are all derived from petroleum based products. These ingredients will clog the pores, causing pimples, blackheads, blemishes, and whiteheads (milia).

  • Fragrance, which is a common allergen

  • Artificial preservatives, common allergens, that may contribute to health problems.

  • Branded skin products for cleansing often contain triclosan, an antibacterial agent that’s bad for the environment. When combined with the chlorine present in publicly treated tap water, chloroform gas, expected to be a human carcinogen, forms.

If the branded skin care products are moisturizers, mineral oil or petrolatum is likely to be among the ingredients. These ingredients are not moisturizing. They just coat the top layer and do not penetrate to the lower layers and plump the skin. They are the same thing as petroleum jelly. It helps prevent diaper rash, but that is about it. Over time this stuff packs on layer after layer on your skin’s surface. The skin will not be able to slough off dead skin cells that it loses daily.  As a result the skin will become dehydrated, lined, saggy, dull, congested pores, and look like a saggy old prune.

Another fact about branded products I point out, is that the underlying damage to the skin’s cells does not show until you are older. When it begins to show it is much harder to repair.

For these reasons I never use the above-mentioned
 ingredients in my products. I only use natural and botanical ingredients and some that are even organic. Ingredients such as grape seed oil, coenzyme Q10, natural vitamin E, peptides, green tea and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients help the skin and make it healthier. 


Moisturizer is Good

Never think that it is too hot to apply your moisturizers. Your skin will perspire anyway. In very hot weather your skin needs the protection of a moisturizer more than ever. There is no need to use excessive amounts to add more protection. Just a light covering is all that is necessary.

Keep Looking Forever Young!

Keep your skiErase Wrinklesn  looking forever young by following the tips listed below. Remember that your skin is a mirror of your overall body health. Healthy skin is young looking skin!

  • Avoid over exposure to the sun. Sun damage leads to hyperpigmentation (brown spots) which can develop into serious skin disease. Excessive exposure can also exaggerate and thicken fine lines. Use an sun protection that block both UVA & UVB rays on all exposed skin, especially on your face.
  • Stay in shape. Exercise promotes capillary functioning which can decrease premature aging. It also increases oxygen to the tissues which keeps skin looking young.
  • Eat right. Keep vitamins such as C and E in your diet regimen.
  • Everything in moderation. Too much of anything is never a good idea. Stay away from excessive alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress. Not only can these factors lead to premature aging; they also decrease facial circulation making you look older.

Banish Acne with out Using Drugs

Another sign of Spring having arrived is the increase in Clients that I see with Acne problems. Unfortunately, most of these clients went first to a dermatologist’s office where they probably got a prescription for oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics and/or prescription retinoids to try. When this approach fails, the Derm will likely prescribe a new antibiotic … and then another. A cycle of isotretinoin (Acutane) is then recommended if the other treatments fail. Unfortunately, these presGet Rid of Acnecription drugs and topical products sometimes fail to clear the acne, and can even cause dangerous side effects.

 Oral antibiotics. An antibiotic for acne is, at best, a temporary solution, if it is a solution at all. Antibiotics do not address the root cause of acne. The  accumulation of dirt, oil, and packed in dead  skin cells in the pores. Overuse of antibiotics can make people more prone to dangerous infections and increase gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and colitis.

 Retinoids. While there are no reported “dangerous” side effects of topical retinoids, there are problems with using it for acne. The cream form of Retin-A includes isopropyl myristate, a highly comedogenic ingredient. Even if the patient is prescribed an appropriate retinoid, the retinoid often makes their skin so sensitive and irritated that they stop using it before it has a chance to become effective.

 Isotretinoin (Accutane). The FDA posted an alert in 2005 that said all patients taking Accutane should be closely watched for serious psychological symptoms including depression, suicidal tendencies, short temper, loss of social interaction, and psychosis. In 2009, Roche decided to pull Accutane off the U.S. market after juries had awarded millions of dollars in damages to former Accutane users over inflammatory bowel disease claims.

There is an alternative to drugs. Having successfully cleared the skin of hundreds of acne clients over the last thirty years, I can confidently state that there is no need for prescription drugs. It is as simple as using a skin care system that balances the ph of the skin, that doesn’t strip the skin, and renews the skin. I always start my acne clients with a basic system of a cleanser, scrub, toner, masque, and perhaps a water based moisturizer. In addition, some clients use serums and home glycolic to heal their skin. This along with frequent office visits usually gets most people acne under control in as little as a few weeks and significantly cleared in a few months. Quick fixes are only temporary.

If you know of someone that has an acne problem and is taking prescription drugs, do them a favor and get them off the drugs. Have them visit me (or call me if they do not live in the area). I can put them in a program that will improve their acne and give them healthier skin and a healthier body. For more info watch our testimonial video (