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The Red Carpet Skin Workout by Celebrity Facialist Thuyen Nguyen – W Magazine

Photographer: Craig McDeanStylist: Alex White

In Asia, we believe that when it comes to skin care, you must challenge the skin and muscles in order to train them, strengthen them and keep them remaining toned. Westerners do this with their body muscles but often ignore the face.

Thuyen Nguyen, A-list celebrity facialist (Cindy Crawford, Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman are clients) has a point. You may be able to recall the last set of strenuous leg lifts you did earlier this week, but when did you last dedicate some time to toning up your jawline with some facial exercises? Many reputable aestheticians have begun incorporating skin massages and facial exercises into their clients treatments, especially in the last few years. Nguyen takes those skin principles and ups the ante a few notches by also implementing the time-honored Eastern traditions of face cupping, with lymphatic drainage as well as his unique set of Vietnamese facial exercises (an estimated 12,000 strokes per skin session) to keep his bevy of clientele pleased. In town for the Oscars (he is performing facials at Dr. Kevin Brenners office in Beverly Hills this weekend exclusively), he spoke with W about the ins and outs of holistic skin care and the importance of an overall routine that promotes good muscle tone.

Facial massages have been on the up; people are noticing the practice maintains skin elasticity and firmness. When did you personally realize the connection?

Early in my career when I was in the medical field, I volunteered massage therapy for paralyzed patients in hospitals. Because of their condition, they required massage therapy on a regular basis to prevent the damage of muscle atrophy and skin deterioration. Within a couple of weeks, I quickly noticed improvements of muscle tone, skin health and elasticity. Thats when I realized massage is also anti-aging.

There are so many avenues of wellness that your background of Eastern medicine can take you. What exactly inspired you to be an aesthetician?

My background helped me realize the disconnect, and ask, why do we use exercise to maintain health, vitality and youthfulness for our bodies, but not for the muscles and skin of the neck and face? So, I started studying more intensely Eastern holistic care and also the cosmetic benefits of massage therapy, then I pioneered it into my signature Skin fitness within skin care approach. Thus healthy, instant results led me to a client list primarily built on word-of-mouth.

How did you get your big break professionally?

My first public platform came when I was scouted to be the creative director of the Greenwich Hotels spa back in 2006, where I debuted my unique body and facial services. My skin-care line Thuyen Skin Care also launched for the first time there, beyond my private practice. Thats when I was first tagged as the well-kept secret of the Greenwich Hotel. From that project, I decided to venture independently to open my own locations in the Hamptons and Tribeca.

You are known for your signature InstaLiftFacial Sculpting Facial. What makes it so impactful?

Like anything in wellness or holistic medicine, our skin requires a combination of multiple parts to deliver a synergistic host of benefits.So, within the InstantLift Sculpting Facial massage session, the face and the necks skin and muscles go through an intense process of lymphatic drainage, detoxing of all three dermal layers, relaxing of muscle fascia tension, rapid cellular regeneration and metabolism, pore decongestion, and improved elasticity of the skin matrix. All this occurs simultaneously while my millipede fingers thoroughly work in multiple layers of myprofessional-grade line of organic elixirs and serums. Manually, my fingers run unusually fast and have been clocked at an average of over 12,000 strokes per session. Thats how I got the nickname The Maestro from beauty editors.

How does aVietnamese Sculpting Massage differ? Is this theFaceXercisethat you perform on your clients?

FaceXercise is my skin fitness philosophy and features my signature InstantLift Sculpting Facial, which originated from my Vietnamese roots. The significant difference with the Vietnamese approach to professional skin care is that a rigorous facial massage is the main featurewhich is more holistically beneficial and cosmetically enhancing than the slower-paced, lighter-pressure facial massages typical of Western facials that rely more on pampering and product application.

At what point during the facial is the lymphaticdrainage incorporatedinto the massage?

The first part of the 60-minute InstantLift Facial process is a thorough drainage of the lymphatic system which is basically our garbage disposer carrying an excess fluid made up of white blood cells, bacteria and cellular waste. This is such an important functioning system of our body and skin that is parallel to our circulatory system. However, it relies on exercise and daily muscle movements to maintain our health and immunity.

How does cupping benefit the complexion? I am curious, doesnt one risk any acnecoming to the surfaceafterfacecupping since cupping is known to remove toxins?

Like back cupping in acupuncture, facial cupping is a preventative modality that is over 3000 years old, with proven benefits. The difference is when I do facial cupping, I have an application method that does not yield post-treatment cupping marks.Remember, detoxing is definitely a secondary benefit to utilizing it to manually exercise and tighten the pores with the various cup sizes while alternating with sculpting massage. Its rare that acne occurs since the alternating repetitions of lymphatic drainage and massage helps alleviate inflammation.One has a better chance of inflaming acne through invasive pore extractions or low-quality skin products, or even volatile foods. In fact, Ive done this facial on clients a few hours before the red carpet, and its calmed down inflamed cystic acne spots. Facial cupping, if done correctly, also prevents breakouts and recurring blackheads with regular facial maintenance.

How long do the resultsof your facial usually last?

With first-time clients, a facial session yields a more fresh, brighter and healthy glowing complexion fora couple of weeks.Like any exercise, the health and cosmetic benefits will build on top of the previous facial workout.Most of my devoted clients have been with me for years and view this as a necessary part of their fitness and healthy lifestyle so they tend to reflect clear, age-defying complexions at any age and find themselves relying on less makeup to cover flaws.

Does this help pigmentation in any way?

Absolutely.Hyperpigmentation is sometimes rooted in our immune system, which is why discoloration appears more as we age or even when someone is pregnant.Since the massage therapy raises our endorphins and boosts our immune system, this facial helps keep hyperpigmentation at bay and even enhances our skins natural ability to protect itself from harsher environmental factors.

Are you a fan of lasers and peels?

I am pretty organic and holistically inclined in my approach. But I also believe in moderation when it comes to cosmetic lasers or non-invasive peels.Building the skin from the internal to external is my best advice.

Lets discuss your workwithclients that will be walking down the red carpet on Sunday. While every person's skin is unique, whats the rule of thumb for facials before a big event? Do you recommend that your clients get a facial the day before, or the day of,a special event?

Keep in mind that most of my clients are devoted regulars so I have clients coming weekly, every other week to once a month minimum. However, with clients that have special events, public appearances or important photoshoots, they reserve me on the day directly before hair and makeup. Thats actually how my name got passed around the red carpet scene during awards season. Makeup artists like Angela Levin, (who Jennifer Aniston introduced me to eight years ago,) Hung Vanngo (we both work with Katy Perry, Cindy Crawford and Uma Thurman, who originally introduced us) witnessed my work on various clients's skin and generously referred me to others.My skin work helps make their work easier by ridding clients of puffiness and bringing out their sculpted cheekbones with an overall well-rested look.

In your professional opinion, what would be an ideal product to apply before makeup to keep the skin glowing in anticipation of foundation and the layers of makeup that go on?

I would say my Thuyen Skin Care Multivitamin Nourishing Serum massaged into freshly cleansed skin. It quickly revives with organic skin nutrients. Then, follow with theWrinkle & Frown Line Cream.Its a non-greasy skin barrier and a supple skin palette to apply makeup over while still protecting the skin during hours of hot lights and cameras.

Do youhave any particular advice for clients in terms of what to do to their skin or what to avoidthe evening beforeared carpet event, or any special event?

Often red carpet clients arrange to see me one or two days before the important event, then the day-of, since they come in town for more than one appearance and the first is usually to reset their complexion from the stresses and bloating of flying, or a hectic schedule of filming. I do encourage them to stock up on green organic juices and anti-inflammatory foods.But even if they dont have the time or discipline in social settings, I have miraculously delivered to many in a panicI can help them look like they slept for a week.

What skin productscan you not live without?

Honestly, I keep my skin regime simple. I get a body massage regularly and massage my face and neck rigorously daily for a minute while showering. Of course, I use my own results-proven line, but am adamant that without the internal workout, one cannot truly reach their skin goals with just topical.However, with this marathon of L.A. awards, my Hydrating & Tightening Travel Whip has been my secret, TSA-friendly travel companion on those flights.

Any skin supplements you think really help skin glow?

Im an avid organic green juicer, so for me its all about raw, live vitamins and minerals gained from fresh vegetables and fruits paired with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a whole lemon to alkaline.That daily dose gives me so much energy to last me throughout the day and helps keep the liver cleansed, which in turns shows in a clearer, brighter complexion. Also, I love and swear by the Skin, Hair & Nail Repair Supplement from Pure Essentials. I especially recommend it to my clients, since they are always on the go.

What advice can you give our readers specifically in terms of prepping their skin at home for a night out?

Beyond a healthier meal program with daily green juicea few days beforeevent, I encourage my clients to get their facial passive exercise game on at least the night before any special event.Any minute or more of a daily self-facial massage you can give yourself is a must addition to your skin regimen, between your professional facial massage sessions. I guarantee you that its a fantastic booster when you need a quick recharge to look your best.Everyone has some sense of massage, so I guide clients to not try to be me and focus less on choreographing the massage, but rather rub vigorously the skin of their neck and face in all directions while finishing with upward strokes.The skin is a reactive organ, so the more you manually knead it, the more blood will surface to your dermal layers to deliver nutrients from your foods while removing toxins through your lymphatic system.And lastly, skin care is half psychology. Always view yourself kindly with positive thoughtsthose good vibes with proper rest will help you glow inside and out.

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Aspen Princess: J Lo’s 50 looks a little different than Aspen 50 and we like it like that – Aspen Times

Youre turning 50 this year, too, right? I asked my friend Denise when I ran into her at the ARC the other day. She was herding her two boys around to their various after-school activities and looking slightly overwhelmed.

Ive known Denise since I first moved here in 2002 and weve been on the same trajectory ever since. We both ditched our professional career trajectories to become snowboard instructors; we were both riddled by disastrous relationships throughout our 30s; we met our husbands around the same time, got married around the same time, and had kids in our forties. We both left our hard-partying, bad-judgment days behind us and managed to forge a happy life that balances family, career and still leaves a little room for resort-living fun.

She nodded. Yep, Im turning 50. Now I just need a crotch-less bodysuit like J Lo.

Theres no doubt that 50 has been redefined thanks to J Lo and the unforgettable Super Bowl halftime show that quickly eclipsed images of Kobe Bryant and instead clogged your social media feed with golden curves, lots of glitter and a mane of honey-colored hair. Some were offended by its sexually provocative tone (A little too many crotch shots for this Mimi, my mother-in-law commented), and some were inspired by it. Some loved the message of diversity and the political overtones celebrating diversity, immigrants and the Latino culture that has become an integral part of America.

Many women complained that J Lo had simply had made them feel bad about themselves, especially at an age when youre supposed to be let off the hook for trying to reach an ideal look. The best-selling Chick Lit author Jennifer Weiner, (who is my age and from the same small town in Connecticut as me) wrote an op-ed in The New York Times with the headline, I Feel Personally Judged by J Los Body and bemoaned the fact that this incredible performance by this talented performer had left her feeling bad about herself.

I recently interviewed a 46-year-old entrepreneur who told me, I am anti-anti-aging. She explained she has decided to embrace the natural aging process and as such will not interfere with cosmetic medicine or even go so far as coloring her graying hair.

Good for her.

I would pour battery acid over my head if I thought it was going to make me look younger. In fact, I do slather my face every night with everything from salicylic acid and retinol to pumpkin enzymes to fight the signs of aging. Ill inject anything into my face as long as it makes me look younger and has less than a 1% chance of permanently maiming or killing me. I will die with blonde hair, thank you very much. I havent seen a glimpse of my real hair color since I discovered the peroxide treatment Sun In in 1983 and have no reason to go back now.

I dont need J Lo to make me hard on myself. Ive been doing that for more than half my life already.

Still, I understand shes a performer, she won the genetic lottery, and can hire a glam squad to provide the endless treatments available to combat aging. If I could afford a $1,000 laser facial once a month, I would do it, too. If you have the money, you can look amazing whether you have genetics on your side or not. Theres literally nothing cosmetic medicine cant fix just look at Khloe Kardashian.

J Lo isnt the first one to maintain a youthful, flawless appearance longer than seems fair. Jane Fonda, Cher and Christie Brinkley have been doing it for decades. Hell, Katherine Hepburn was around long before Botox was invented, but she managed to stay young by swimming in the ice-cold Atlantic ocean in front of her house in Fenwick, Connecticut, every single day, even in winter.

Aspen, like Hollywood, is a land of beautiful people who can afford this stuff. We also have the luxury of an active lifestyle and an outdoor paradise that makes it easy to stay healthy and take good care of ourselves. Weve already set the bar pretty high we dont need J Lo for that.

I have to admit, when I look in the mirror on the eve of my fifth decade and what is invariably past the midway point of my life, I see signs of aging I dont like. I ponder how far Im willing to go and for how long Im willing to fight a battle I cant win. Maybe that woman I interviewed who is anti-anti-aging already won. Or maybe shes still too young to make that claim.

Maybe I am hard on myself when my body isnt as toned as I would like, despite the hours I put in working out or the foods I dont allow myself to eat. Maybe I do wish I could afford those laser treatments or even a little nip-and-tuck (though after my recent eye surgery I did realize that cosmetic surgery is where I have to draw the line of how far Im willing to go and the risks Im willing to take).

Then I realized what makes me feel young isnt what I see in the mirror. Its standing on top of Highland Bowl or ripping through the playful terrain in Hanging Valley Glades at Snowmass. Its standing on my hands in yoga and still being able to still do splits and backbends. Its hurtling myself into the ball pit in the Game Room at The Collective at Snowmass Base Village after skiing the tree trails with my young son. Its stealing a romantic kiss with my husband of almost a decade on the gondola, when we have to turn our heads to an awkward angle to touch lips with our goggles on.

Those are the moments when I think to myself, Pretty good for 50.

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Decompression therapy, anti-aging, more giving chiropractors strategic edge – Chiropractic Economics

These four specialized services can help put your practice in the lead, with anti-aging and decompression therapy riding a popularity wave

Whether youre incorporating decompression therapy into your practice or taking your skills on the road to corporate settings, you can explore a variety of specialized services that enhance patient health and wellness and ultimately increase cash flow. Here, we talk with four experts who teach and support chiropractors in specialized therapies that are proving popular with patients across the country and around the world.

Most chiropractors know about decompression tables and the companies that market and sell them. Jeff VanderWal, president of HillDT Solutions and his partner Tim Burkhart, DC, have expanded their involvement with this technology beyond the chiropractors point of purchase.

HillDT Solutions sells decompression tables and also provides comprehensive training, certification, and ongoing clinical support to its chiropractor clients for decompression therapy.

There are a lot of products out there that are more traction-based, and VanderWals company was created as the result of a void he perceived to be in the market: Years ago, my partner (Burkhart) bought a decompression table that came with nothing more than a DVD, and it took him months to figure out how to use it and get consistent results.

VanderWals company focuses on selling and providing clinical training and support for its own brand of decompression tables for decompression therapy. Sales agents can explain the basic functionality, but if you have a complex case, who do you go to for answers? We developed a master team of chiropractors who have experience developing best practices. And these best practices are incorporated into his companys training and certification program.

VanderWal says that chiropractors are well-suited to provide decompression therapy services with this technology. Changing health insurance models are resulting in more surgeons losing patients to less-invasive or lower-cost therapies, he explains, and chiropractors could be benefiting from this increased business.

As a chiropractor, you are an expert on the spine, he says. Decompression is an extension of what you already know and will allow you to provide therapy to patients who may not respond to traditional chiropractic care.

VanderWal says he understands chiropractors initial hesitance to enter the area of decompression therapy, adding that this hesitation goes beyond the cost of investing in the technology.

Chiropractors have a natural compassion for their patients, and with decompression, they may be concerned about uncertainty of outcome, he says. Its hard for them to ask a patient for $3,000, and when they do, they think, Boy, thisd better work. Part of it is also credibility, and we strive to transfer credibility to our chiropractor clients. The ongoing mentoring we provide helps in this regard tremendously.

Marketing decompression therapy varies from practice to practice, VanderWal says. It depends on where you are in terms of years in the profession and patient base.

If youre a new physician trying to generate new patients, you will probably take a more aggressive role in marketing this technology, he explains. For the chiropractor in practice 20 years, youll find you have a lot of good candidates for this therapy right under your nose. Maybe some patients have hit a plateau and have not progressed. This therapy can help chiropractors achieve better outcomes for their patients.

Any chiropractors interested in pursuing an investment in decompression therapy technology should remember that the therapy is an add-on and not meant to replace traditional chiropractic services.

This is a complementary therapy that you can add to your practice and do remarkable things for your patients, including relief in complex disc cases, he says. Physicians who put their heart into it will succeed. The capital investment takes care of itselfthat is the last thing to worry about.

Nelson Thibodeaux, founder of Texas Biostetic Instruments, says hes found an excellent way for chiropractors to augment their regular practice with natural anti-aging therapies that can achieve increased satisfaction and wellness in patients, all while enhancing cash flow.

For more than 10 years, Thibodeauxs company has been providing training, equipment, and support to chiropractors in the noninvasive arts of microcurrent and LED fat-loss therapies. All-cash services open up a lot of additional opportunities for DCs, he says. We have specialized in primarily Class 1 devices that are readily available to use, and these treatments have even been endorsed by some chiropractic boards.

According to Thibodeaux, natural microcurrent therapies that serve as both a pain management device as well as a tool for firming, toning, and rejuvenation have greatly advanced as a result of the Department of Defenses underwritten research in regenerative medicine for wounded soldiers. Some devices can even incorporate a product whose active ingredient mimics tropoelastin (a precursor to the generation of elastin in the body) into microcurrent therapy to effect immediate improvement in skin elasticity.

With the right system, a DC can provide visible face lifts, and offer clients toning and slimming in the abdomen, legs, and arms, Thibodeaux says. And radiant lipolysis treatments promote weight and fat loss in the abs, arms, legs, bust, and buttocks as part of an unattended treatment.

Thibodeaux says that chiropractors are in a unique position to augment their current practice with anti-aging services. Chiropractors typically have a majority population of female patients, he says. These patients are interested in their overall wellness and health.

Thibodeauxs company provides on-site microcurrent and other anti-aging treatments and also trains chiropractors in the use of its systems. In addition, the company offers a full range of products that, when used in combination with the equipment, provide synergistic reactions that result in anti-aging rejuvenation and extend the results of treatments.

With regard to establishing price points for patients, Thibodeaux says that typically an office can recoup its investment on a device after selling about a half-dozen treatment packages.

One of our approaches with chiropractors when it comes to marketing is that we train them to show results to their patients, he says. We tell them to take a patient in and explain to them that this is a natural procedure; it will take a little longer, but it is not a $20,000 plastic surgery. We will do one treatment on half of the face and take a photo, then finish the treatment. Afterwards, we show the patient the dramatic difference between the treated side and the untreated side.

According to Thibodeaux, the best advice he can give to chiropractors looking to succeed in the anti-aging and wellness field starts and ends with motivating your employees.

You have to instill excitement in your staff, he says, adding that team members will introduce patients to these offerings with enthusiasm. You also have to look at your entire patient base and use that as a baseline to start this part of your business. This is an opportunity to reach out to patients you havent seen in five years.

Bryan Muth, DC, has mastered an approach to providing chiropractic care that takes his skills out of the traditional private practice and brings them to corporations and their employees firsthand.

Muth leads corporate wellness at Standard Process, and serves as the medical services manager for Cultivate, an on-site, chiropractic-led wellness company. He has made a career out of providing nutritional, ergonomic, and chiropractic therapies to corporate employees, while also training and certifying chiropractors who are interested in pursuing this same specialization path.

Muth says he finds a great deal of satisfaction in providing his services via this on-site corporate model because the results significantly impact employee wellness and performance.

By helping businesses improve employee health factors and achieve productivity gains, you are a transformative force within a business, Muth says. It also stands to reason youre creating value and, as a result, new career opportunities, security, and practice expansion for yourself as a chiropractor.

According to Cultivate research, the on-site, chiropractic-centered wellness model results in statistically and clinically significant differences in employee health, including the reduction of long-term illnesses.

The correlation of healthier, happier employees being more productive and less likely to incur health-related costs flows naturally from report findings, says Jerry Curtin, Cultivates president and general manager.

Muth agrees. I started looking into nutrition and longevity and realized that making a career out of combining these factors with results-driven chiropractic therapies can really make a difference in patients lives, he says.

Cultivate offers a comprehensive certification program that equips chiropractors with the tools they need to influence employee nutrition, musculoskeletal health, and overall productivity. If youre looking to enter this branch of chiropractic services, youll need to acquire skills and knowledge in the areas of HIPAA regulations, nutrition, fitness, employee safety, and more.

Weve seen firsthand the impact that dedicated, trained chiropractors can have being on-site as part of an organizations overall wellness program, Curtin says. [Our program] is intended to help expand career options for chiropractors looking to take their practice to the next level while also helping to transform communities through wellness.

Muth says the benefits of on-site corporate wellness make practicing chiropractic all the more exciting. I really like the idea of helping people in a corporate setting and seeing more and more people accomplish things in their jobs faster and more accurately, he says. You really become a part of the company. Whats more, data has shown a significant decrease in healthcare costs for the corporations who invest in on-site wellness services for their employees, he says.

As far as advice to chiropractors who might be interested in this type of career, Muth says information is power. He recommends going online to learn more about how you can incorporate this specialty into your career. And the best thing is that chiropractors do not have to leave their own practice. They can integrate this specialty into their private practices, and that can help their practices grow in turn.

Anita Shannon, owner and founder of TheraCupping, focuses on bringing the power of high-end massage (particularly vacuum therapy) to chiropractors who are looking to implement natural tissue-generation techniques into their practices.

Since 2002, Shannons company has been training and providing ongoing support to chiropractors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, and other healthcare professionals whose main mission is to improve overall quality of life in their patients.

With regard to vacuum therapy, Treatments can be very short in duration, and the effects are quick and remarkable, she says. If a chiropractor is working with someone who has tight fascia, they can keep adjusting that person, but the fascia or shortened muscle tissue will pull the adjustment back out. Vacuum therapy can help to loosen the fascia and release soft tissue so the chiropractors adjustment can stay in place, she says.

We can achieve a significant increase in range of movement using vacuum therapy, Shannon adds. The techniques soften the tissue and prep it for adjustment techniques in a way that chiropractors have not seen before.

Her company also offers education for chiropractors looking to gain hands-on knowledge of vacuum therapy techniques. The company continually gathers research obtained from various patient case studies.

The machine that Shannon uses for conducting treatments is offered at a fairly low price point for chiropractors seeking to invest in a new service. Our focus is all about the techniques and applications, and the machine makes the work so easy, she says.

According to Shannon, one area in which vacuum therapy has provided significant benefits is a realm that chiropractors might not consider relevant to them. While vacuum therapies are often used for joint issues and replacements, injury recovery, and chronic-pain issues, we have found that mastectomy patients experience major improvements with vacuum therapy treatments, she says.

We have had great results with mastectomy recovery and prepping for reconstruction, Shannon explains. I see this as an excellent adjunct therapy for chiropractors. They work not only with their regular patients, but they add a large number of new patients with a vital need. These women would really benefit from adjustments after what they have been through, and no one is noticing that.

Almost every post-mastectomy patient weve worked with has shoulders and a head that have shifted forward, with adhesions and scar tissue impacting the position of the skeletal structure, Shannon says. Vacuum therapy, combined with traditional chiropractic techniques, can significantly ease these burdens whether a woman moves forward with reconstruction or not.

Vacuum therapy works in reconstruction preparation by loosening the adhesions and scar tissue resulting from the mastectomy, Shannon explains. It aims to prepare and open the area to create space for the implant, and after the surgery it helps to soften the tissue and scars.

We look at vacuum therapy as a missing link in chiropractic, Shannon says. It can be huge addition to a chiropractors menu, generating unlimited new business.

Referral systems for outpatient clinics are really mounting, Shannon adds. This type of therapy could actually bring medical communities closer, as surgeons refer their patients to other healthcare facilities (such as chiropractic offices) that can provide such beneficial adjunct care.

The experts here suggest that by adding a skilled modality to your existing practice such as massage or decompression therapy, you can significantly broaden your patient base and, whats more, add cash-based services. This can be especially attractive as these kinds of additional services wont necessarily complicate your billing and collections picture. A new angle on your practice just might invigorate your enthusiasm, too.

Amy Stankiewicz is a freelance writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She has written for trade publications for more than 15 years. She can be contacted at

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The Secrets To Healthy Aging – Anti Aging News

News Health Online Magazine recently interviewed Dr. Joseph Maroon on his tips for healthy aging. In the article entitled, The Secrets to Healthy Aging, Dr. Maroon relates many examples that he has practiced himself over the last 40 years to reduce and counter unhealthy aging. The following is an excerpt of that interview:

Our health system is broken!

That is the opinion of noted neurosurgeon and anti-aging expert Dr. Joseph Maroon, a sports medicine expert who served as the team neurosurgeon for the National Football Leagues Pittsburgh Steelers for over 20 yrs. Dr. Maroon says that Americans spend billions on gastric bypass surgeries each year, but essentially pennies on how to teach people to eat better and have a healthier relationship with food to avoid obesity.

Dr. Maroon is the senior vice president for the American Academy of Anti-Aging and says the key to living a healthier and longer life is to avoid disease before it starts.

Even my closest friends are often surprised when they ask me my age, he says. Despite my youthful appearance, I can tell you that the birth date posted on my drivers license is correct. Although having a youthful appearance is not the only goal of adopting an anti-aging lifestyle, it is a great side benefit. Our skin, without makeup or other cosmetic enhances, provides a fairly accurate window into our overall health.

Dr. Maroon explains that one of the reasons the skin provides so much information is that the skin, like other organs of the body, is affected by inflammation.

Aging and inflammation go hand in hand, says Dr. Maroon.

Here are some ways you can reduce inflammation and promote healthy aging to remain younger on the inside and out:

Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively!

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New Book Release: The Resolution Zone by Dr. Barry Sears – PRNewswire

Pro-Resolution Nutrition is:

The science behind The Resolution Zone is complex, yet Dr. Sears explains it in simple to understand terms for the layperson as well as provides new insights to medical researchers. Furthermore, he puts forth a comprehensive dietary system that can be followed for a lifetime to optimize the body's natural ability to heal or what he refers to as the Resolution Response. If you want to understand how chronic disease actually develops and what you can do to control it, The Resolution Zone will be your guidebook to a longer and healthier life.

The Resolution Zone is now available for purchase on the Zone Diet website and on Amazon.

Praise for The Resolution Zone

"The Resolution Zone explains how unresolved inflammation is responsible for most of the chronic diseases we currently struggle with as well as aging itself. This book is highly recommended not only for all those seeking optimal health but also for all physicians desirous of learning why and how these dietary measures work." Joseph C. Maroon, MD., Professor and vice chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, and team neurosurgeon, Pittsburgh Steeler.

"In The Resolution Zone, we see the culmination of decades of his research and experience which begin with Dr. Sears' first book in 1995, The Zone. He convincingly shows us how our diet can be effectively used as our most effective drug." Julian E. Bailes, MD., Bennett Tarkington Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery NorthShore University HealthSystem, Co-Director, NorthShore Neurological Institute, and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

About Dr. Barry Sears

Dr. Barry Sears has dedicated the last 35 years of his research career to studying the links between diet, hormones, and health and is dedicated to restoring a state of health that can be controlled by reducing inflammation in your body. In his research, he studies dietary control of hormonal response and develops innovative approaches to help treat and reverse silent inflammation, the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and Type-2 diabetes. His research has led to his best-selling books Enter the Zone, Mastering the Zone, Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes, and had additionally penned The Soy Zone, Anti-Aging Zone, Omega Zone, Toxic Fat, A Week in the Zone, Zone Meals in Seconds, Top 100 Zone Foods, The Mediterranean Zone, and his latest release, The Resolution Zone.

Media Contact: Kristin Sears, 646-715-8622,

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I Studied 47 Medicine Cabinet Instagrams, and These Products Were in 90% of Them – Yahoo Lifestyle

There's something very voyeuristic aboutpeeking into someone's medicine cabinet, which is probably why it's become such an Instagram sensation. While I'd never openit upat a dinner party, if someone posts one on their feed for all the world to see, you can bet I'm zooming in. Being the medicine cabinet stalker that I am, I'm quite familiar with the products people fill them with, and some of the similarities are just impossible to miss.

You've probably noticed that, thanks to the popularity of Instagram,beauty products are far more aesthetically pleasing than they used to be. But the beauty of it is that what's inside is usually as effective as the bottle is chic. Thanks to my exhaustive research (I know, tough gig), I've rounded up the most popular medicine cabinet products on Instagram. Not only will they make your bathroom more photogenic, but they'll make you more photogenic. Shop the medicine cabinetworthy pics below.

Drunk Elephant's cult following is no joke, and nowhere is it more evident than among the medicine cabinets of Instagram. The ones that didn't feature any products from the brand were few and far between.

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream ($74)

Retinol is an essential part of a skincare routine, and few new ones have gotten as much buzz as this one.

Embryolisse Lait-Crme Concentr ($16)

This French beauty find is a must for parched skin (on both the face and body).

Glossier Solution ($24)

Instagram-friendly, wallet-friendly, and skin-friendly.

Ouai Wave Spray ($26)

Simple packaging, simple to use. This wave spray gives all hair types subtle texture and body. (Plus, it smells amazing.)

Versed Hydration Station Booster With HA ($20)

There's a Versed serum for every skin concern. And at this price, you might as well just buy them all.

Versed Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum ($20)

It gets the job done (for way less money than other brightening serums on the market).

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185)

Once you've tried this incredible potion, you'll never want to be without it.

Diptyque Paris en Fleur Candle ($74)

Empty Diptyque candle jars are the perfect size for a medicine cabinet and provide a very chic storage solution for brushes and other small products.

Supernal Cosmic Glow Oil ($108)

The new It face oil on the market has been popping up in medicine cabinet IGs (including my ownsee below).

Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream ($68)

If you love Tatcha as much as I do, you need to try this dreamy lavender cream. It's been my go-to this winter.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($34)

I don't need to tell you how important sun protection is, and this is how I and countless others choose to do it.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist ($16)

This hydrating face mist is a bathroom (and airplane carry-on) staple.

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Mask ($48)

It's no wonder Herbivore's chic, all-natural products havegarnered such a cult following. I saw as many of them as I did Drunk Elephant products (perhaps even more).

Glow Recipe Glass Skin Brightening Set ($57)

Every new Glow Recipe launch is met with high anticipation (and immediate medicine cabinet placement).

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask ($48)

If you travel a lot (or just want a boost of hydration and radiance), you need this popular mask.

Byredo Rose of No Man's Land Eau de Parfum ($180)

Byredo's line of unique, special fragrances in chic, minimal packaging is the go-to among the beauty (and fashion) crowd.

Dr. Barbara Strum Glow Drops ($145)

While Dr. Barbara Strum's linemight be a splurge, anyone who uses it will tell you how effective her products are.

Dr. Barbara Strum Darker Skin Tones Face Cream ($215)

This rich cream does wonders in the name of anti-aging.

Crme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream ($180)

Even though it's been around for ages,Crme de la Mer remains the holy-grail in luxury beauty and has plenty of devoted fans.

Sunday Riley Good Jeans All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (1.7 oz.) ($122)

If you want to look like you just got a facial, invest in this treatment. The exfoliating results are immediately visible.

Sunday Riley Travel Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream ($22)

The water-based-cream craze pretty much started with this light and dewy gel-cream hybrid.

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Combining art and science in a medical practice – Coast Mountain News

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My life has been simple run fast, turn left, Dr. Andrew Dargie said over coffee one day in late fall, offering up one last thought on his work in the Okanagan and the path he took to get here.

It was an endearing understatement from someone who is clearly more comfortable with taking on big tasks than boasting about how he completed them. As a former All-American sprinter who earned a full-ride scholarship at Stanford University, speed is certainly one of the defining points of Andrews life. He competed for Team Canada numerous times, turning left over and over again as he rounded a track with some of the fastest people on the planet.

Simple, however, is where the sports metaphor falls apart.

For all his athletic abilities, academics were a priority for Andrew, who, after Stanford, obtained his medical doctor designation from the University of Calgary. In a newspaper article about him from that time in his life, a third dimension of his personality became clear. He is a compassionate individual. During medical school he found time to take on a meaningful volunteer commitment with the schools aboriginal health program. For this work he was awarded the Canadian Student Athlete Community Service Award.

His next step was entering vascular surgery residency in Manitoba.

Ultimately, he said, I realized that I loved acute care medicine, but I didnt love the operating room. So I transferred residency programs and obtained my CCFP designation and moved to the Okanagan.

Since arriving, hes worked as an emergency room physician at Penticton Regional Hospital as well as South Okanagan General Hospital. At the latter location, he is the department head of Emergency Medicine.

While in the Okanagan, Andrew took on another passion and is bringing to it the same focus and dedication he has for everything else. This passion is medical aesthetics. In addition to his ER work, he now practises advanced medical aesthetics in both Kelowna and Vernon.

I decided I love performing procedures and found something to help balance working in emergency, he said. Its personally satisfying. Im able to offer procedures that are a blend of art and science and people are appreciative and happy.

Its an interesting time in a rapidly expanding industry. Not so long ago, cosmetic surgery was the clear-cut facial rejuvenation strategy.

This can be a definitive solution to reduce the signs of aging, albeit an invasive, sometimes painful experience typically reserved for the socially elite and requiring significant down time for recovery.

Now, more people are seeking anti-aging services that are less invasive, have less down time and are more affordable. Just a few facial rejuvenation techniques that Andrew offers are botox, dysport, fillers and platelet-rich plasma injections. The clinics he works at offer lasers, CoolSculpting, microdermabrasions and chemical peels, amongst numerous other procedures and skin-care treatments.

While minimally invasive rejuvenation procedures are in high demand, the relative newness of the industry has created some issues and it is not as closely regulated as it perhaps should be. This was made plain in recent months as a non-medical civilian in the Vancouver area passed herself off as a doctor and injected dermal fillers into countless unwitting clients at a spa. She used an altered photocopy of a College Certificate of Licensure to convince medical suppliers that she had a medical licence and was certified to practise in British Columbia. In any other field of medicine it would sound ludicrous, but that it happened at all lays bare the fact that checks and balances are lacking.

Thats something Andrew worries about. And this is why he founded Aesthetics Training Canada, which offers the botox course and the filler course.

Ensuring medical professionals are properly trained is of the utmost importance. There are people injecting without any formal training in facial anatomy or rejuvenation. I said, how can I change this and provide a safe and standardized way for medical professionals to expand their scope of practice to include medical aesthetics? That was the impetus for offering these new comprehensive courses.

There are also clear gaps in proper medical care.

We have patients come in who have been getting procedures elsewhere for years, and when I go to take them through the consent process, they say, Wait, there are risks with these procedures? I was told there were zero risks, Andrew said. This shocks me. Thats not proper medicine and it really bothers me. Some people think about patients in terms of syringes or units. Or some prioritize how fast they can get a patient in and out of the door. This type of practice doesnt warn patients that there are, in fact, risks to consider.

To start creating the change he wants to see in the industry, each of Andrews treatment rooms has anatomy cards so he can take patients through what hes doing, what the risks are and how they can be mitigated.

There are all sorts of things we can do to optimize patient care, he said. If Im in emergency, whether its something as simple as cutting out a mole, or something more complicated like a cardioversion, we always take people through the risks and benefits, and it should be no different in medical aesthetics. Patients must consent and they must be educated that these are not completely harmless procedures and should be performed by experienced medical professionals only.

Adverse events can occur and these can be devastating, Andrew said. The results of shoddy, haphazardly conducted work can be disfiguring or worse even blinding and he wants to prevent this.

He also wants to bring back a more natural look.

People that come to see me get full transparency, and a natural look, he said.

The day before the interview, Andrew said he had turned away four patients who had come in seeking lip filler treatment.

Hed told them, I think your lips are already full enough and we want you to look natural.

They may go down the street and get that duck lip. But our patients arent getting that. Theyre going to get an honest and fair assessment and can expect a refreshed, natural look.

Interestingly, the four who were turned away were receptive to feedback and appreciated hearing his honest and clear communication.

Andrew has accomplished a lot in his life and is bound to take on more. What makes him different than others, however, is that he makes things look easy. He has a light and pleasant demeanour that puts people speaking to him at ease. If you didnt know better, it would be possible to believe that he did have a simple life, remarkable only by his ability to go fast and turn left.

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More Than Looks: Getting A Nose Job Takes Years Off A Womans Face Too, Study Finds – Study Finds

LOS ANGELES From face lifts to tummy tucks, there are plenty of options for people looking to take advantage of surgery in order to look better or appear younger. Now, a new study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles says that a rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a nose job, can help women appear up to three years younger.

While the subject of youthful appearance and beauty is often a subjective matter, researchers took a novel approach to come to their conclusions: machine learning facilitated by artificial intelligence. This advanced technology was used to analyze the before and after images of 100 female rhinoplasty patients of varying ages (16-72). All of the analyzed women had undergone a nose job for cosmetic reasons by the same UCLA surgeon who led this study, Dr. Robert Dorfman.

After at least 12 weeks post-op, the womens pictures were analyzed by computers. The AI then estimated each womans age by cropping their face from the image and then running it through a complex algorithm.

Rhinoplasty is widely recognized as a facial beautification procedure, but it isnt commonly known for its anti-aging effects, comments Dr. Dorfmana, a resident physician in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in a release.

A typical rhinoplasty entails structural changes to face bones and nose cartilage achieved via small incisions made by surgeons while the patient is under anesthesia. Of course, each procedure is specially implemented to the patients individual face, features, and desires for the surgerys outcome.


This is the first time that scientific evidence has emerged that a nose job can help a woman appear younger; most people opt for a rhinoplasty because they are unhappy with the general appearance of their nose, or due a to a facial injury.

This technology allows us to accurately estimate age in an objective way and has proven to recognize patterns and features of aging beyond what the human eye can perceive, Dr. Dorfman says.

The rejuvenating effects were most prominent among women over the age of 40, with the computer estimating that some older women appeared up to seven years younger following their surgery. That being said, only 25 women over the age of 40 were included in the study, so researchers stress that additional work must be done to confirm these findings.

The nose loses support as it ages and can take on a more prominent or droopy appearance, comments Dr. Jason Roostaeian, a senior author on the study. When we lose facial fat and volume in our cheeks, which are the canvas that our nose sits on, the nose becomes more prominent.

Dr. Roostaeian went on to say that tweaking the appearance of the nose can help ones entire face appear younger. This is something we have subjectively thought for many decades but now we have objective evidence through artificial intelligence to support this.

The study is published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

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Anti-Aging And Aesthetic Medicine: The Silent Rise Of This Multibillion Dollar Industry – Forbes

Aging is an inevitable phenomenon. Over the last 40 years, there has been an incredible focus on the aesthetics of aging, particularly with an emphasis on cosmetic anti-aging therapies. These efforts have faced their share of controversy, as scientists continue to debunk false advertising and anti-aging therapies that are not backed by evidence-based medicine. Nonetheless, regardless of the controversy, an entire industry and therapeutic cosmos has silently grown around the promise of aesthetic rejuvenation.

The anti-aging market is positioned to reach $271 billion by 2024. Studies report that anti-wrinkle products alone will reach $12.8 billion dollars in market share by 2027. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons also noted the growth in rates of cosmetic surgery procedures from the year 2000 to 2018: breast augmentation procedures increased by 48%, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures were up by 107%, and most notably, the use of Botox injections increased by an astounding 845%. According to this report, there has been an overall increase by 163% in the number of total cosmetic procedures from the year 2000 to 2018. Indeed, these startling figures not only indicate the immense value of this market, but also point to an industry that shows no signs of slowing down.

Plastic surgeon marking the skin for surgery.

Congruently, healthcare providers and practices have also benefited from this immense growth. An Allegran/BSM Medical Aesthetics Database study found that revenues have steadily increased for medical aesthetic and dermatology practices/clinics across the USA, due in large part to providers offering more varied aesthetic services and hiring staff dedicated solely to this business. Industry growth is likely also due to the fact that the practice of cosmetic medicine, which was once a domain reserved solely for dermatologists and plastic surgeons, is now being practiced by other specialists; in a 2014 survey, it was reported that upto 22% of family physicians are now providing some form of cosmetic and aesthetic medicine in their practices. Thus, this phenomenon is permeating all aspects of the modern healthcare practice.

However, as with any multibillion dollar industry that undergoes dramatic and exponential growth, the rapid rise of the anti-aging market has caused controversy. In 2008, a group of 51 scientists published a groundbreaking scientific report, raising concerns around the lack of scientific and evidence-based medicine behind some anti-aging treatments. More recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is similarly attempting to address concerns in this area, warning consumers about sham products and cosmetic myths. Fortunately, there is a growing scientific community that is focused on educating the public about evidence-based anti-aging strategies and techniques, so that consumers are well informed and aware of genuine, scientifically proven therapies.

Variety of skin and body care products.

Ultimately, however, in order to responsibly grow this industry, certain parameters need to be maintained. As with any other medical procedure or pharmaceutical product, regulators and practitioners alike need to be increasingly wary of new or untested products that claim to have anti-aging effects without significant evidence-based backing. The same should be said about the practice of actually administering these products to patients. Anti-aging therapy should be considered a form of medical practice, and as with any form of medicine, it is imperative that governing bodies place strict standards of competency, training, and technical pre-requisites prior to allowing practitioners to administer these therapies on their own accord. These steps will certainly be necessary in the coming decades, as there is no doubt that public demand will continue to fuel this phenomenon. However, maintaining close oversight and a strict emphasis on evidenced-based medicine, is the only way to ensure the safe, sustainable, and patient-centered growth of this robust industry.

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What To Know About Sunspots On The Face – South Florida Reporter

Sunspots, which doctors may refer to as solar lentigines, are dark brown, flat, rounded spots that may appear on the face or other areas of sun-exposed skin. Sunspots are most likely to develop in the following areas:

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) radiation that stimulates the production of skin cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes produce a substance called melanin, which gives the skin its color.

When there is a disruption to melanin production, people may develop overpigmented (hyperpigmented) or underpigmented (hypopigmented) areas of skin. Sunspots are hyperpigmented skin blemishes.

Sunspots are not cancerous anddo not becomecancerous. However, some people may find these skin blemishes unsightly. They may, therefore, seek treatment to lessen the appearance of sunspots and improve their self-esteem.


Researchersnote that the enzyme tyrosinase is a key factor in the production of melanin. They suggest that the overactivity of tyrosinase may causehyperpigmentationor sunspots.

Overactivity of the tyrosinase enzyme can occur as a result of aging. Due to this, some people refer to sunspots as age spots.

According to theAmerican Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), some people may also have a genetic risk for developing sunspots.

Doctors can treat sunspots by slowing down or stopping the activity of the tyrosinase enzyme. They describe drugs that achieve this as having antityrosinase activity. The effects that they have can help lessen the appearance of sunspots.

Two types of treatment are available for sunspots on the face: topical creams and dermatologic techniques.

Topical creams are treatments that people apply to the skin. Several creams contain ingredients that target the tyrosinase enzyme and reduce the appearance of sunspots.


Hydroquinone is a popular medicinal treatment for sunspots. However, theFood and Drug Administration (FDA)have not approved hydroquinone for treating and preventing sunspots due to the drugs unknown safety profile.

Hydroquinone works as a skin-lightening treatment by blocking the effect of tyrosinase. People can purchase 2% hydroquinone creams over the counter. Higher strengths of hydroquinone require a doctors prescription.

People who use hydroquinone may experience the following side effects:

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using hydroquinone because substantial amounts of the medication absorb into the skin and enter the womans bloodstream. Here, it can affect a fetus or a breastfeeding baby.


Tretinoin is a derivative ofvitaminA. Topical tretinoin creams can reduce the effect of photoaging that occurs as a result of exposure to UVB radiation.


Tri-Luma is a topical cream containingthreeactive ingredients that can help reduce hyperpigmentation. These are:

Although doctors are unsure how this combination works to reduce sunspots,researcherssuggest that tretinoin increases the effectiveness of hydroquinone.

Fluocinolone acetonide is a corticosteroid that dermatologists sometimes prescribe to treat severe inflammatory skin disorders.

Dermatologic techniques typically involve removing layers of skin from the sunspot to lessen its appearance.

TheASDSrecommend the following treatments for sunspots:

As age spots are not dangerous, people may decide to lighten them using home remedies or natural products. Some natural products that may help treat age spots include those below.

A2017 laboratory studyinvestigated the anti-aging skin effects of six different plant species that people commonly use in African folk medicine. In this study,Haloxylon articulatum, locally known as Remeth, had the greatest effect on reducing tyrosinase activity.

Cleome arabica, locally known as Mnitna, was also able to block tyrosinase activity but not as effectively asH. articulatum. The researchers concluded that both products may be effective natural skin-lightening agents. However, further studies involving human participants are necessary to confirm these effects.

A2012 laboratory studyinvestigated the antityrosinase activity of ten different South African plant species.

Four differentAloespecies inhibited the production of tyrosinase in vitro. These wereAloe ferox,Aloe aculeata,Aloe pretoriensis, andAloe sessiliflora. Of these,A. feroxshowed the greatest inhibitory effects.

However, leaf extract ofHarpephyllum caffrumshowed the greatest antityrosinase activity overall. The researchers, therefore, concluded thatH. caffrumcould be useful as a treatment for sunspots. However, further studies are necessary to confirm its effects in humans.

Traditional Chinese medicine doctorssometimes recommend licorice extract to lighten the skin. The main component of licorice is a chemical called glabridin. According to a review from2009, glabridin has antityrosinase activity and can prevent UVB-induced hyperpigmentation.

Other components in licorice extract lighten the skin by dispersing melanin. People using licorice extracts may notice improvements in sunspots without experiencing significant side effects.

Researchers have studied the effects of soybeans on skin pigmentation. In an earlierstudy from 2001,researchers found that soy milk inhibits pathways in skin cells that cause hyperpigmentation. Further studies in humans are necessary to confirm these findings.

Treatment durations

The duration of treatment necessary to treat sunspots depends partly on the type of treatment. In general, though, it may take weeks to months for treatment to cause noticeable changes to the skin. For example, the skin-lightening effects of dermabrasion may take68 weeks.

Some treatments may also require multiple procedures. People who opt for chemical peels can repeat the procedure every612 monthsif necessary.

A person should talk to their doctor or dermatologist to get an approximate time frame for their treatment.

Sunspots are noncancerous skin blemishes that people can develop on the face and other sun-exposed areas of the body.

Although sunspots are harmless, some people may want to get rid of them or lessen their appearance for cosmetic reasons. Dermatologists may recommend topical creams or dermatologic procedures to lighten the skin.

Natural remedies may be effective in reducing the appearance of sunspots. However, further research is necessary to establish their effectiveness.

A dermatologist may give some indication of how long a persons treatment will take to produce noticeable results.

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