The Benefits of Doing a Cleanse: Detox, Lose Weight and Get Healthier Looking Skin

Your body is in constant battle, whether you’re struggling to eliminate cellulite, working to lose unwanted pounds, fighting to achieve healthy skin or trying to force toxins out of your body. With the various ways to address these issues a juice cleanse or master cleanse can begin to solve all of these problems within in a matter of days. A juice cleanse and a master cleanse both involve drinking a mix of nutritional ingredients for a few days to help remove toxins from the body. Following this regimen should also result in weight loss and clearer skin. To differentiate the two, a juice cleanse requires you to drink a combination of fresh vegetable and fruit juices and a master cleanse entails solely drinking a concoction of fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water for several days. What’s remarkable about both of these cleanses is that they are basically fasts that can quickly began to detoxify the body by ridding it of contaminants that are ingested daily. The toxins that are in food, water and air become deposited in the fat cells and can come from  pesticides, chemicals from processed foods, antibiotics and hormones found in food, household cleaners, detergents, food additives, heavy metals, drugs, cigarette smoke and automotive exhaust. During this process the body begins to lose water, along with fat deposits associated with cellulite. With a master cleanse people can lose up to 20 pounds, but can quickly gain it back, if they don’t follow a healthy diet that includes a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. People tend to keep the weight off longer with a juice cleanse and have more energy With each of these cleanses you should notice that as the toxins are excreted from the body, skin conditions like premature aging, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis liver spots and rashes will start to alleviate. And skin should no longer be as dry or dull. You can decide which cleanse works best for you. Just keep in mind that the main objective is to detoxify the body. The weight loss and clearer skin is just a bonus! For more information on other ways to remove cellulite, excess weight and skin repair stop by Advanced Skin Fitness. We have procedures that are virtually pain free and quick. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277  

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Rehydrating Depleted Skin

If you notice that your skin is looking dull, tired, less elastic, oily and is prone to acne, your skin may be suffering from dehydration. Now, don’t get confused by the oily patches you see on your cheeks. This type of skin normally soaks up moisturizers and can look dry in spots. It’s why make-up looks uneven and your skin doesn’t feel as smooth and soft as it did before it was damaged by over-dryness. You’re not alone, dehydrated skin is a common problem and can be caused by cold weather, extreme heat, frequent hot baths, harsh soaps and detergents, sun exposure, dermatitis, psoriasis and lack of sufficient water consumption. Most people have experienced one or more of these conditions at one time or another, but when it results in over-dried skin, the good news is that something can be done about it.  Of course the best way to regain plump, bright and clear skin is to to hydrate it. Start by drinking a sufficient amount of water each day. Drinking water flushes toxins out of the body. The build up of toxins in the body can lead to an unlikely occurrence of acne breakouts. If you don’t have an adequate amount of water flowing through your system so that metabolic waste are expelled, toxins can release through the skin and result in flare ups of pimples, blackheads and clogged pores. When hydrating with water is not quite enough, there are other treatments that can assist with keeping the skin hydrated to restore smooth healthy skin. You can try hydrafacial, a safe, non-invasive, non surgical treatment that hydrates the skin. Hydrafacial is a treatment that delivers the beneficial properties of an elevated chemical peel in a series of specific steps for smooth healthy skin. The procedure also involves shedding the dead skin from the dermal surface. A technician will painlessly remove any excess oil that has accumulated in the pores and hydrates the skin with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid to hold in moisture and elasticity. Skinceuticals has a line of great hydrating products with hyaluronic acid that can be used with hydrafacial. Dry skin can affect anyone and can be tough to battle, so make sure you get 4-8 glasses of water a day, use topical solutions that hydrate the skin and consider getting treatments like hydrafacial that helps to hydrate the skin and eliminate dead skin cells. For more treatments and information on how to achieve healthy skin, come by Advanced Skin Fitness and we will be more than happy to introduce you to our many services that will help you get smooth radiant skin. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277

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The Fight Against Acne Continues as the FDA Approves OTC Differin Gel

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that teenagers and young adults suffer with. Acne affects over 50 million Americans and can be characterized as a breakout of pimples, blackheads, cysts, oily skin and whiteheads. Acne is an inflammation that occurs in the sebaceous glands when hair follicles become clogged with sebum oil and dead skin cells. Acne can appear on the face, chest, shoulders, back, upper arms and neck, so many people have turned to prescription medication to aggressively attack the acne and prevent further outbreaks. Fortunately, the FDA has approved over-the-counter Differin Gel to treat acne patients age 12 and older. Differin Gel 0.1% was first approved in 1996 as a prescription medication to treat acne and now it’s the first retinoid to be approved for over-the-counter use in acne treatment. Patients should apply a thin layer of the gel over the affected areas of the skin daily. It should only be used externally and should not be applied on damaged skin. If you’re pregnant, breast-feeding or planning a pregnancy, you should consult a doctor to see if it’s safe to use.   For some cases of severe acne, Differin Gel and topical solutions like antibiotics and astringents may not be strong enough to reduce inflammations caused by acne. But there are some more aggressive non-invasive approaches that can effectively prevent acne flare ups from reoccurring. Thanks to the advent of modern techniques acne problems can be corrected with procedures that go deep into the skin’s surface to help minimize the overproduction of sebum oil. These treatments also unclog the pores and generate new healthy skin. There are some procedures that also correct blemishes and scarring caused  by acne.   At Advanced Skin Fitness, we offer Clearlight Laser Treatment for clearing up acne. Clearlight Laser is a non-invasive procedure that uses high intensity blue light to improve acne inflammations of bumps and pimples.   We also offer Microdermabrasion as a treatment for acne. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that improves the texture of the skin by shedding the dead damaged outer layer of the skin and thoroughly clearing clogged pores to prevent acne breakouts.   Another procedure that we perform to treat acne inflammation is Microneedling with Radio Frequency Micro-needling with Radio Frequency is a technique that helps smooth out wrinkles, induce collagen and elastin reproduction and eliminate blemishes caused by acne scars. Patients should also consider our Hydrafacial treatment for acne. It’s a safe, non-invasive, non surgical treatment that delivers the beneficial properties of an elevated chemical peel in a series of specific steps for smooth healthy skin. The procedure also involves painlessly removing any exorbitance of oil that has accumulated in the pores and hydrating the skin with antioxidants. For more information on ways to treat acne and acne scars, stop by or call. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277  

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17 Tiny Tweaks Celebrities Use to Look a Decade Younger

How do some celebrities in their 50’s manage to look like they’re in their 30’s? If you think the answer is thousands of dollars spent on plastic surgery, insanely expensive creams, secret Hollywood diets, or elite personal trainers, think again. The real answer costs much less and simply involves making tiny tweaks to your daily life. Some of the most youthful looking women simply do the same things you already do, a little bit differently. Here are 17 things you can start doing today to easily shave at least a decade off your appearance too.   Look Instantly Slimmer by Standing Up Straight You might be surprised at what a big difference good posture can make in your appearance. When you slump forward your stomach pushes out creating a pot-belly look and you lose inches off your height, effectively scrunching down your overall mass. By standing up or sitting up straight you elongate the body and create a more pleasing overall shape. The more you remind yourself to straighten your posture the more naturally it will come to you. Soon you’ll find yourself noticing that your posture is excellent without even having to think about it. Stand in front of a full length mirror with your weight evenly positioned over both feet Squeeze your shoulder blades together and “tuck them into your back pockets”. You’ll notice your shoulders visually squaring off, and your chest coming forward. Lift your head up so that the weight of it is centered over your neck Admire how good you look Set a reminder on your phone that says “check posture” to go off every 30 minutes. When you see the reminder, whether you are standing, sitting, or walking, straighten your spine and lead with your chest. Subtract 6 months from your age.       Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening Years of bad habits can take a toll on the color of your teeth and whitening toothpaste can only get you so far. At home whitening kits can be difficult to apply evenly and may result in mottled colored teeth. To restore your bright pearly whites, it’s safest to go with a professional treatment. These don’t have to be expensive (at our office here it will run you $399) and usually takes under an hour. If you decide you would like to have your teeth professionally whitened, follow these steps: Look at your schedule for this week and find a day where you have an extra hour or two. Pick up your cell phone or house phone Call Advanced Skin Fitness at (214) 521-5277 Mention you would like to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening on the day you have chosen. If you decide to try your hand at it at home; follow these steps: Get in your car and drive to your nearest drug store Do a little shopping. Choose a teeth whitening kit that includes trays and only has 1 product. When you get home, read the instructions very carefully. Fill the tray with the provided gel, put it on your teeth and set a timer for the prescribed amount of time. Watch a show or read a book to pass the time. When the time is up remove the trays and rinse your teeth and mouth out with clean room temperature water. Don’t use cold water. Your teeth will be too sensitive. Admire your stunning bright smile! Subtract another 6 months from your age.     Get Healthy Full Brows by Filling Them in Correctly Years of tweezing and age can thin your brows but it’s very easy to get natural looking full eyebrows. Even if you’ve already got nice full eyebrows, filling them in with a little eyeshadow and light pencil will even them out and make them look healthier. Always go a shade or two lighter than your natural brow color if you’re a brunette, and the shade of the darkest hair on your head if you’re a blonde. You want this to look natural, not clownish. Gather your tools. You will need a cream or wax highlighter or your regular concealer, an angled brush, eyeshadow powder and a pencil in the correct colors. Standing under a well lit mirror outline the outside of your brows with highlighter or concealer and blend it in. This helps to define your shape and pop the hairs forward. Take your pencil and staying within the hair line begin at the bottom part of your brow nearest your nose. make light quick strokes on the bottom line only. Resist the urge to color in the middle part of your brow. Now take your angled brush and dip it into your shadow powder. Look for any holes, or thin spots in the brow and make quick passes pulling the color through the brow, up and outward mimicking the growth direction of your hair. Concentrate the color on the out sides of your brow and barely hit the center for a natural look. Subtract another 6 months from your age.   Add Instant Shine to Your Hair Why do we associate glossy hair with beauty? Women in their 20’s have naturally healthy youthful and glossy hair. Chemical dyes, heat treating and abuse, however, can leave locks dull and lifeless. Also as we get older, hair tends to lose much of its original shine. A shine enhancing hair serum or argan oil will infuse hair with luster and gloss, instantly brightening your face and making your hair look touchably beautiful. Start with clean dry hair Pump a quarter sized amount of serum or argan oil into your palm Rub your hands together, evenly distributing and warming the oil Begin near the ends of your hair and pat the serum on in short downward strokes Work your way up toward your roots going no higher than the tops of your ears. You want more of the serum concentrated near the ends of your hair where strands tend to be drier and more damaged and less serum higher […]

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Understanding the UV Index and What It Means For Your Skin

Checking the weather forecast is part of your daily routine and it’s one of the first things you do before stepping outside. With summer temperatures at record highs, you want to know what type of heat you’ll be facing during the day. You understand Fahrenheit, Celsius, precipitation, humidity and other weather related terms, but what about the UV index? It’s mentioned during the forecast, but many have no idea what it really means. Well, here it is. The UV index measures the intensity of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. So why is it so important to understand the UV index? By knowing how high the UV index is at certain points of the day, people can properly protect their skin from the damaging effects of the sun. We hear about great benefits that we get from the sun like vitamin D, but when the skin has too much exposure to the sun, the skin can burn and ultimately result in premature aging, DNA damage or skin cancer. The UV index is a linear scale, so when there are high values present, that means there is a greater risk of sunburn. These high values represent when the sun is at it most intense, which could be between 11:30am and 1:30pm, depending on the geographical location. Unfortunately, there are times when you have no choice but to bear the heat between these midday hours. Typically a few minutes during these times are not too dangerous, but once you exceed 20 minutes, there is a high probability that the skin will suffer some sort of skin damage. People with especially fair or light skin will burn a lot easier than people with dark skin. Dark skin can withstand more, but no matter how light or dark your skin is, you should take precautions and apply some topical protection. Choose a sunscreen with a high SPF. It helps to block UV rays. Just because dark skin doesn’t burn as fast as light skin, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need protection from the sun. It’s an assumption that people with darker skin don’t need to wear sunblock. On the contrary, people with dark skin also face risks of sun damage and skin cancer. The UV index may measure the intensity of the sun, but it’s up to you to avoid overexposure and protect your skin at all times. For those who have skin damage from overexposure to the sun, stop by for a skin rejuvenation treatment that repairs sun damage. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277

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4 Must-Have Pre-Wedding Beauty Treatments

You’re getting married! Congratulations! Let the prepping and planning begin. Planning your wedding can take months, sometimes even a year or more to prepare for the special event. Between booking your venue, finalizing your guest list, and cake-tasting it’s important to also make time to rejuvenate your skin and contour your body, so you look smooth, radiant and toned in your bridal gown.  We’ve taken the stress and guesswork out of the equation for you by compiling a list of 4 must-have pre-wedding beauty treatments to get before your big day, as well as when in the time line you should have these treatments scheduled.   1. Coolsculpting Wedding countdown: 1 year prior The Problem: Bulges of fat pockets, bra fat, love handles, saddle bags The Solution: Coolsculpting How it works. Coolsculpting uses freezing technology to sculpt and contour your chin and body. Pain: There is little discomfort Downtime: There is no downtime with the Coolsculpting treatment. Your skin may show a little redness, but you will be able to resume your normal activities. Where: Advanced Skin Fitness   2. Micro needling with RF AND PRP  Wedding countdown: 6 months prior The Problem: Wrinkles, collagen loss and acne scars The Solution: Microneedling with RF and PRP How it works. The treatment involves using tiny insulated needles with Radio Frequency to permeate the skin to a controlled depth. This boosts the skin’s ability to generate collagen and heal blemishes, especially from acne. Using Platelet Rich Plasma therapy involves injecting the skin with the patient’s own blood to stimulate the cells, so more collagen is built and smooths out the wrinkles. Pain: The procedure is painless. Numbing ointment can be applied to the treatment area for sensitive skin. Downtime: There is no downtime. Patients can normally return to their usual activities after the procedures. Where: Advanced Skin Fitness   3. Fillers and Dysport Wedding countdown: 2-3 months prior The Problem: Wrinkles, lines and crows feet The Solution: Fillers and Dysport How it works: For the fillers, Hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin to give it more volume. For Dysport, Botulin toxin Type A is injected into the muscles to temporarily paralyze them, so wrinkles cannot form. Pain: There is little discomfort, but numbing cream with a topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin before the injection. Downtime: There is no downtime, so patients should be able to resume their normal routine after the injection. Where: Advanced Skin Fitness   4. HydraFacial Wedding countdown: 3 months prior to a week before the wedding The Problem: Wrinkles, large pores, sagging, dark spots, depletion of collagen and hyperpigmentation. The Solution: Hydrafacial How it works. A serum is used to shed the deadened skin atop the dermal surface. A combination of glycolic and salicylic acid is used for the chemical peel effect and the excess oil is suctioned from the skin. To preserve the skin, Antiox serum is added, along with Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate the skin, Pain: The procedure is painless. Downtime: There is no downtime, but some patients may experience minor irritation post procedure. Where: Advanced Skin Fitness If you want to let us help you look your best on what will be one of the best days of your life, contact us today for one of these skin rejuvenation and tightening procedures. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 5PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277

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Benefits of Retinol

During the aging process, the skin begins to slow down in cell production. Cell production is essential for maintaining elasticity and collagen for youthful skin, so when it slows down, the skin begins to wrinkle, form fine lines, discolor and sag. There is also more damage that is caused by overexposure to the sun. To reverse these effects of aging and the sun, Retinol is used to exfoliate and assist with cell renewal and collagen production. Retinol will restructure the skin and stimulate the consistent regeneration of the cells. It does this by offering exfoliation benefits, by clearing away dead cells and allowing new skin cells the ability to grow. Retinol also acts as an antioxidant to block free-radicals from causing wrinkles, lines, dryness, crows feet and other skin damage caused by aging. Retinol, which is essentially a source of vitamin A, is not only used to prevent the skin from aging, it assists with clearing acne prone skin and skin with enlarged clogged pores. For skin that is subject to blackheads and pimples, Retinol exfoliates and cleans pores. It also prevents further acne, future breakouts, reduces large pores and helps keratosis sufferers from experiencing more outbreaks. Before buying Retinol, there are some things to consider like making sure the retinol comes in an airtight container to minimize vitamin A deterioration. With your first use of retinol, limit the application to every other day or combine a small amount of it with your daily moisturizer. By doing this you’ll prevent any redness or flaking that can accompany the use of Retinol. It’s a potent solution that your skin should get accustomed to. You should also use skincare products like cleansers and toners that are free of irritants. If you’re overly sensitive to retinol, you have the option of using a milder potency solution. With this treatment you can control the number of drops you add to your facial lotions, oils or serums. For added protection, apply sunscreen to ensure that the retinol is the most effective. Retinol is a great anti-aging treatment to use for your skincare regimen. It’s topical, easy, economical and pain free. For more effective anti-aging procedures give us a call. We’re in the business or offering amazing treatments for skin damage. We’re open 10AM to 6PM Tuesday – Friday and 10AM – 4PM on Saturdays for your convenience. Drop by and talk with us. Advanced Skin Fitness 2928 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 521-5277

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