Monthly Archives: December 2013

Feeling dry and flaky?

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic technique that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. It is a non-invasive procedure and may be performed in-spa by one of etant’s very skilled professional estheticians.

After microdermabrasion, skin will be much more sensitive to sun exposure. It is best to keep out of the sun and wear sunscreen at all times after the procedure.  Microdermabrasion recovery time may be as little as one to two days.

Microdermabrasion may be performed to decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars. Removing the dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care products by up to 50% and make-up will go on much more smoothly.

If you haven’t tried it yet you should think about booking an appointment today. With summer on the horizon it is a great time to try micrdermabrasion and give that glowing complexion a head start for summer!

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Some winter skin care tips…..

For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).

As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out.  It doesn’t matter if you heat your home using oil, wood, or electricity. The skin gets dry.

1.  Get LOTS of moisture:  You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer.  But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine.  Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labeled as “night creams” are oil-based.)

2.  Don’t forget the sunscreen!  No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun — combined with snow glare — can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.

3.  Give your hands a hand;  The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. That means it’s harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. This can lead to itchiness and cracking. Wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.

4.  Avoid wet gloves and socks;  Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.

5.  TURN ON that humidifier! Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.

6.  Grease up those feet;  Yes, those minty foot lotions are lovely in the hot summer months, but during the winter, your feet need stronger stuff. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine instead. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.

7.  No to the super hot baths; Sure, soaking in a burning-hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold. But the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.  A lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda, can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy.

8.  Seek a specialist.  If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That’s why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.

Time to GREEN up your diet……..

It’s time to turn over a new leaf. Check out some lighter fresh greens at your farmers market today. Try different varieties to get optimal benefits, whether in your smoothie or your daily salad.

Radicchio. Sharpens your brain, antioxidant properties also due to the color (anthocyanins) and may help to improve memory. Toss in a salad with white beans, parsley, pecorino romano cheese, lemon juice and olive oil.

Watercress. Helps prevent breast cancer according to the British Journal of Medicine. Combine with quinoa, almonds, avocado, and lemon juice.

Arugula. Strengthens your bones. This peppery favorite packs more calcium (125 mg per cup) than most other leafy greens. Top with roasted beets, lentils, and goat cheese.

Romaine. It protects your heart. Just one cup of this tried and true salad ingredient contains the entire daily requirement of vitamin A which works with vitamin C to prevent high cholesterol. Go Greek by tossing with red onion, kalamata olives, cucumber and tomato. Stuff into a toasted whole wheat pita pocket.

Spinach. Just like Popeye eat it RAW! Spinach reduces inflammation and according to a Tufts study researchers have shown that the vitamin k helps reduce the inflammation associated with osteoporosis and heart disease. Mix with strawberries, radishes, avocado, and balsamic.

GO GREEN and enjoy the fruits (sort of ) of the earth!

Make sure you take care of YOU this season!

Some tips to nourish you Mind, Body and Soul………

Mind. Seeing the glass half full benefits more than just your outlook. Various studies suggest that optimism can protect against everything from breast cancer to the risk of stroke! It can also put money where your mouth is. Research shows that economies rebound faster when people are optimistic.

Body. According the Mayo clinic the adequate amount of daily water intake for the average sized woman is one half gallon plus one cup. Did you exercise today? add another 2 cups to that amount. Athletes calculate 2/3 oz of water per pound per day. Go Olympians!

Soul. We in the United States take our clean tap water for granted. Across the globe more than 4,000 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities. Donate at charitywater.org and 100% of your donation goes to bringing water to more than 6,100 hospitals, schools, and communities in the developing world.

Hopefully you find yourself adequately hydrated and wearing a smile on your face today!