Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

Product Review: Lumity Life

I was introduced to Lumity Life while attending an aesthetic medical meeting.  I love trying new anti-aging products and was given a 3 month supply.  Lumity recommends that you try the product for 3 months to feel and see the benefits.

Sara Palmer Hussey, Phd is the creator of  Lumity.  “Lumity’s approach is unique in that we are the only supplement to counter all 9 causes of aging from within.”  Oxidative Damage, Cellular Debris, Glycation, Telomere Shortening, DNA Damage, Inflammation, Cellular Energy Decline, Insulin Resistance and Hormonal Decline.

According to Dr. Hussey, Lumity is the first supplement that addresses all 9 causes of aging.  Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, a practicing board-certified dermatologist, conducted an independent double-blind  clinical trial. The trial results indicated that while taking Lumity  for 90 days patients felt improvement in their overall wellness. There are many existing  articles and clinical data  on the vitamins, minerals and amino acids in the product. Lumity is manufactured in California.

My first thought upon seeing the product was that the packaging was pretty, the product contained many important vitamins/minerals and the concept intriguing. There are two bottles, one labeled for the morning and one for the evening.  The morning soft-gels are mocha-colored and contain a mix of Vitamins A, E, D and C, selenium, turmeric root extract, iodine, magnesium, zinc, flaxseed oil and Lumity Vita Complex for skin rejuvenation, anti-aging and increased energy. The vanilla-colored soft gels contain a mix of amino acids, flaxseed oil, and the Lumity Renew Complex, for better sleep and cell renewal.  Lumity’s Renew and Vita Complexes contain anti-inflammatory, anti-bacteria and cell regenerating properties plus anti-oxidants, and amino acids.

The morning formula helps to defend against environmental and lifestyle aggressors, support energy production and reduce inflammation.  The night formula promotes repair and recovery, replenishes vital antioxidants and nutrients and supports the clearing of cellular debris. It also helps stimulate the release of HGH.
I’m not very disciplined about taking vitamins so I was not sure that I could commit to taking 3 soft gels in the morning and 3 in the evening.  I’m also a big skeptic when it comes to “manufacturer claims”. As there is so much hype in this crowded anti-aging market. Many claims made by anti-aging products either lack the scientific data or are in a grey zone of efficacy. The FDA does not regulate supplements.

Since I was not taking any multi-vitamins at the time and feeling a little blah.. I decided  this was a perfect time to try Lumity.

To remind myself to take the capsules, I put the AM bottle near my morning coffee and the PM bottle next to my dog’s evening medicine. This worked and eventually became a habit.

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The Differences and Similarities Between Laser Treatments and IPL

If you are interested in exploring clinical treatments to reverse wrinkles, sags, and other skin problems, you have probably heard of both IPL and Laser treatments, but you might be thinking that they are the same thing. That isn’t the case at all. It’s important to understand the differences between the two before you decide whether either one is a treatment that you should try.

The Fundamental Similarities Between the Two

There are a few fundamental similarities between the two types of treatments. One is that they both produce a form of light during treatment. However, the term “laser” stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation,” which is not the same thing as IPL treatment. IPL uses a non-laser light source.

Another similarity between the two is that versions of the devices are made for at home use and other, stronger versions of them are produced for clinical use. That means that you have the option of using either one to treat yourself at home or going to a clinic to have a professional technician perform the treatment. But you have to understand that you won’t get quick or consistent results at home that are the same as those you would get in a clinic.

Another good example of how they are similar is in the types of conditions they can treat. Both are commonly used for laser hair removal, but they can also be used to treat a wide variety of other issues associated with aging, including wrinkles and sagging skin.

The Major Difference Between the Two

The major difference between the two types of treatments is that IPL is a mild treatment that is usually used on a larger area of skin at a time. On the other hand, most laser devices are precise machines that penetrate the skin with pinpoint accuracy for very specific results. Laser devices also produce a greater degree of results, in general, because they generate more heat than IPL machines. Granted, there are exceptions on both sides. For example, laser skin resurfacing is generally done on a large area of skin.

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My Beauty Picks for 2014

Anti-aging Being in the beauty industry affords me the opportunity to try many products. I travel and lecture at industry meetings and medical conferences which have exhibits halls featuring the best industry leaders in aesthetics.  I usually come home with more products than I can possibly use. Companies also send me products to evaluate, hoping I’ll blog about their greatness.  I look for products that have science to back them up.  I don’t believe in hype or products promising that you will look 10 years younger  in 6 weeks.  I also don’t buy mass market skincare products sold in department stores.  I am loyal to the products that keep my skin looking great.

My skincare routine is fairly simple: RX Tazorac PM, Exfoliate with a AHA cleanser, apply Vitamin C serum, eye cream and sunblock in the AM.  My challenging areas have always been my eye area, neck and décolleté .

In 2014, I had the privilege of interviewing derma diva on NipTuck Talk Jan Marini, founder of Jan Marini Skin Research. Jan shared some of her skincare secrets with me and  taught me about product chemistry during our interview and post-interview phone calls. You can listen to our interview on NipTuck Talk.

I stopped using Tazorac and adopted Jan Marini Skincare Management system, plus Jan Marini Clean Zyme Face Cleasner and mask.  I’m thrilled with the results. My skin is never irritated or peely anymore (except when I get a chemical peel or laser treatment).

Here is my 2014 list of favorite beauty products:

Makeup

Colorscience Mineral Corrector Palette: Great for covering up imperfections and bruising from fillers Botox, or surgery.

Benefit Real Eye Makeup Remover: I just discovered this great eye makeup remover!!

Jill Kirsch Color– Ultimate Make Up Kit: All in one make-up kit customized for your color palette.  I take this kit with me everywhere, even in my gym bag. Love it!

Skincare

Jan Marini Skincare Management System: My #1 life saving anti-aging skin care solution for 2014.  It’s an easy Anti-aging System with clinically proven results.

Jan Marini Retinol Plus MD: I switched from Tazorac to non RX retinol. No dryness or peeling.

The neck is a hard area to treat. I’ve tried a couple of neck skincare products and found them not to live up to their claims.  Marini Juveneck debuted in 2014.  A revolutionary anti-aging cream specifically formulated for the delicate neck area. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases, refine skin texture and increase hydration. I’ve used Juveneck for 3 months applying it 2x a day.  I’m very pleased with the results and can see a softening of my horizontal band lines. Juveneck is a keeper. Stay tuned for some before and after photos.

Eye Cream: After trying many eye creams  IS Clinical Youth Eye Complex from Innovative Skin Care is the winner.

Sun Block: EltaMD tinted. I don’t leave home without it.  I use it as a foundation, before applying any make-up.

Body:  My Body is the new kid on the block. I love their Firm and Tone Body Lotion and Skin Prep Body Polish.

Post-Treatment Products

Jan Marini Bio Shield is an amazing post laser product. There is nothing on the market that compares to Bio Shield. I used for a series of laser treatments.  It’s pricey at $130.00, however worth every dollar.

My Body has a  post- treatment kit, Calm-It Down and a  Professional Pro-Biotic treatment that can be applied pre-and post peel, featuring topical probiotics bioactives.

Staying beautiful in 2015..

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