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Is Wine Good or Bad For Your Skin?

Wine Not?

Will a glass a day keep the dermatologist away? We all know that answer is no. But it could help prevent some free radical damage on your skin, when taken in moderation. With this being the season to say “cheers,” and with the benefits of wine – from lowering the risk of heart disease to losing weight – getting so much press these days, we’re going to dispel the myths and look at the pros and cons of wine for your skin.

And if you’re thinking this is going to support your rose’ obsession, sorry! The most beneficial wine for skin is red wines. So, put down your chardonnay and pick up your cabernet to experience these skin benefits.

Skin Benefits of Drinking Wine

  • Preliminary research out of the University of Barcelona found that proanthocyanidins, antioxidants found in red grapes, may help prevent oxidative reactions in the skin. Oxidative reactions often stem from sun exposure and can result in damage to cells, which can lead to sunburns, wrinkles and even skin cancer.
  • Red wines, particularly organic red wines, are packed with antioxidants like flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin. They help fight free radical damage and aging by restoring collagen and elastin fibers, plumping up wrinkles and tightening sagging skin.
  • In addition to fighting free radicals, resveratrol boosts the effects of naturally occurring antioxidants, resulting in a calmer, less stressed complexion.
  • Resveratrol even keeps mitochondria (a cell’s energy powerhouse) functioning normally, which, in turn, helps to slow the aging process.
  • Red wine is rich in amino acids that improve skin renewal and fight sun damage. The antioxidnats in red wine create a protective barrier against sun damage to prevent skin cancer. (However, red wine should not be considered as a substitute for wearing sunscreen daily!)
  • Drinking red wine stimulates the development of new cells in the skin’s outer layers.
  • Drinking wine also improves skin hydration to make it look younger, supple and glowing.

Disadvantages for Skin of Drinking Wine

  • Alcohol is a hepatotoxin, meaning specifically that it damages the liver. The liver detoxifies your body. So, therefore, wine can be a toxin to the cells that are there to help detoxify your body.
  • All alcohol dehydrates the skin, resulting in more sallow and uneven skin tone and texture.

So, as with most things in life, moderation is the key. Before you drink a whole bottle of wine at your holiday party, remember that the recommended cap on alcoholic beverages is one a day for women and two a day for men. This will help keep skin benefiting from wine, and not suffering!

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus , Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/

Sources: StyleCraze, Birchbox, Huffington Post, Eating Well

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Forget Turkey Neck; It’s All About Tech Neck

There were bound to be some repercussions for being “plugged in” 24 hours a day.  We already know that constant electronic stimulation can lead to depression and trouble concentrating. But, as you’ve probably seen by now in your own practice, there are physical repercussions as well for people who are glued to their phone 24/7. One of them is “tech neck.”

What Is Tech Neck?
In case you haven’t heard of the official trending term, tech neck is the result of a person constantly bending their neck to look down at their phone or computer screen. That repetitive movement leads to sagging skin, drooping jowls, wrinkles above the collarbones, and an increase in lines and creases in the chin and neck area. Additionally, tech neck is associated with chronic headaches, shoulder and neck pain, and the early onset of arthritis.

How Serious is Tech Neck?
Think Tech Neck doesn’t apply to your patients (or to you)? Think again. Research has shown that the average person checks their phone about 85 times a day. And if you are between the ages of 18 and 39, that number can increase to as many as 150 times a day! Looking down at a screen can apply up to 50 pounds of pressure on bones and muscle that are only meant to handle 10 – 12 pounds.

How Can We Help Patients Prevent Tech Neck?

  • Treat the neck and check area in the same way as the face. Most people have a regular skincare routine for their face, but they often don’t for their neck and chest. Advise patients to expand their skincare practice to include their neck and chest. Or, even better, recommend a skincare routine that is specific to their neck and chest area.
  • Neck exercises. Have patients slowly stretching their neck forward and back, and side-to-side, 3 times a day for 10 times each. To improve blood flow in the neck, have patients place their index fingers on either side of their windpipe, moving them up and down their neck about 20 times. To improve the strength of their facial muscles, have them say the alphabet out loud in a slow and exaggerated voice 5 times.
  • Tell them to stop resting their chin on their hands. Ask patients if they rest their chin in their hands when they look at the computer? If so, advise them to stop. This leads to unnecessary stretching of the skin around the neck.
  • Use headphones when talking on the phone. If your patients use a manual handset, they probably find themselves resting their phone between their head and shoulder when they need to reach for something or use their hands. This also creates unnecessary stretching of the skin around the neck and chin area.
  • Advise them to incorporate yoga into your daily routine. Many yoga poses are helpful in reversing the damage of tech neck. Upward Facing Dog, Bird Dog and Cobra help to stretch overactive, tight muscles, correct spine alignment and improve posture.
  • Get the app. Yep, there is even an app for tech neck that helps remind people to hold their phone at an ideal angle for viewing, relieving pressure on their spine and cramping their neck.

Is It Too Late For Tech Neck?
If your clients are already experiencing the signs of tech neck, professional aesthetic treatments and a technologically advanced at-home skincare routine can help! Stemology Skincare provides highly efficacious anti-aging formulas utilizing the latest advancements in stem cell technology. Stemology is the first and only brand to bring together both plant and stem cell technologies, along with a stem cell communicator. This “best of” approach, maximizes Stemology’s singular ability to help prevent and improve the number one cause of skin aging – the declining production of epidermal collagen and elastin cells. With Stemology, anyone can experience healthy, glowing, younger-looking skin.

One more thing about Tech Neck – If you do nothing, it will get worse. So take action today, put down your phone and spend some time outside. You’ll thank us later!

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/

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Layering Serum Products

Are More Products Really More Effective?

An Interview with Dr. Hal Simeroth, Founder and Chief Technical Officer for Stemology Skincare

As we know, not all products are created equal. Some products can be used in combination while others can give users a bad reaction when combined. With skincare products becoming increasingly more effective and potent, I often get asked about layering serum products. Is it safe? Is it more effective? Is there such thing as putting on “too much” product? So, today I want to discuss some of the most common questions and concerns when it comes to layering serum products.

Q:           Why layer serums? What’s the advantage of using 2 or more serums versus one? 

A:            Serums often only target one specific skin concern, and people often choose a serum because they usually have a higher concentration of a needed active to address one of those specific concerns (retinol for wrinkles, for example). Some may be focused on delivering antioxidants, others on delivering retinoids, others on skin discoloration such as brown spots or sunspots, and others simply feature a special active that is popular. If you want to cover all of the bases, and enlist a more focused approach to targeting specific skin concerns, you may very well need to layer on more than just one. A few serums have actives that address multiple skin aging issues. But even so, layering can offer a more targeted approach to addressing skin concerns.

Q:           Is there a limit to how many serums you should use at one time?

A:            No, there is not. However, with that being said, the best practice would be to use a multi-purpose serum and then one to two additional serums to further address and target a particular skin concern. However, it’s important to advise clients not to apply too much of any one serum. People often apply too much thinking it will be better, which is not usually the case. A thin layer pressed into skin is best and will get the same result, without all the extra layers and the time needed to let serums dry-down or set in between applications.

Q:           Are there any products that should not be used together?

A:            Be careful about using products that have topical retinoids. There is a limit to the amount that can used before irritation begins, and that can vary based on the sensitivity of your skin. Clients might not be aware that they can be using multiple products where each contain retinoids and, even though individually they are fine, the summation can be irritating. So, always ask your clients what products they are using at home and take the opportunity to educate them on retinoids and potential skin irritation.

Q:           What should I advise clients to look for if they want to combine treatment products?

Treatment products, such as serums, contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients you can find in nonprescription products. It is really the combination of active ingredients that defines the serum – with the main six categories being antioxidants, peptides, retinol, growth factors, alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, and unique botanicals. A well-designed serum, which addresses a particular issue, will select multiple actives that are proven to help with the issue, and not just rely on a single active (e.g. such as Ferulic acid, or Vitamin C).  Be sure the serums clients are using together do not perform the same function or they will end up with duplication and wasted money. Also, if the client has a tendency for oily skin and/or breakouts, be sure that combining products do not deliver too much oil to the skin, which can cause further break outs.

Q:           What’s the best way to apply treatment products when layering?

A:            Once the skin has been cleansed and toned, apply serums beginning with the singularly focused serum, and then adding on a multi-purpose serum. Press each serum into the skin well before adding the additional layer. You do not have to wait for the layer to feel completely dry, just be sure that there is no product left on the skin surface and that it has penetrated well into the stratum corneum. The carrier ingredients of the next serum layer will assist the previous layer in good active delivery. Special area serums (such as eye serum) should be applied prior to face serums. After all serum layers are applied, and sufficiently dry, then apply the daytime or nighttime moisturizer to complete the regimen

Q:           Should the serums layered be changed seasonally? If so, what combination works best for cooler fall/winter temperatures? 

A:            Serums are usually designed to address or prevent various aging issues. One aging issue is sun exposure, which is normally much greater in the warmer seasons of the year. Adding an additional antioxidant serum or an environmental exposure product would be useful during this time of year. A good daywear sunscreen will also be full of antioxidants as well. Additionally, as summer comes to an end, often times we will experience an increase in sun induced hyperpigmentation in the way of brown spots, sunspots and uneven skin tone. This is the perfect time to add a brightening serum as a way to reduce the appearance of any brown spots that may have appeared on the skin’s surface as a result of increased sun exposure.

Stemology skincare offers Cell Revive Serum Complete, which addresses all 12 signs of facial aging – including fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity, uneven tone, large pores, free radical damage and more – in one serum.  Additionally, Stemology offers a wide range of serums targeted to specific skin concerns including Collagen Complete, Brightening Serum, Smoothing Serum and Eye Serum Complete.

 For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

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Sunglasses Prevent Grow's Feet

Can Wearing Sunglasses Help Prevent Crow’s Feet?

Causes And Solutions For Eye Area Wrinkles

Crow’s feet are the branching wrinkles on the outer corner of a person’s eye, which can abstractly resemble a bird’s footprint. Crow’s feet become more visible than other wrinkles because the skin around the eyes is much thinner. This thinner skin does not have the same structure as the thicker skin on your face and body that helps keep those areas firm. This thinner skin has less elasticity and is therefore more prone to sagging and wrinkling.

The Causes

The causes of crow’s feet around the eyes are the same as what causes wrinkles on other parts of the face. As we age, the skin’s ability to produce elastin and collagen slows. Elastin and collagen are vitally important in helping to keep skin smooth, supple and resilient to wrinkles. As collagen and elastin break down, skin loses its strength and elasticity, resulting in the development of noticeable deep creases, fine lines and wrinkles, including crow’s feet.

Additional factors can make crow’s feet worse, including:

  • Squinting: Any habitual facial expression can eventually cause a wrinkle in the areas of the face that are involved. With squinting, the eye area is the main expression area.
  • Smiling: Though smiling may seem like it is primarily concentrated around your mouth area, it actually can take up to 26 of the 43 muscles in the face to smile…and that includes muscles around your eyes.
  • Sun Damage: Sun damage is the #1 cause of aging, with some citing it as the cause of 90% of skin’s visible aging.
  • Sleeping: Habitually sleeping on your side can cause fine lines to appear where your face hits the pillow.
  • Free Radical Damage: Free radicals, found in the environment and in sun exposure, can cause changes to your skin at a cellular level that lead to aging.
  • Increased Salt Intake. If you have been eating a lot of salty food, it can cause skin to inflame, thin and become puffy, leading to an exaggerated appearance of fine lines including crow’s feet.

The Solutions

Sunglasses will help prevent squinting, which in turn will help prevent crow’s feet. They also block out UV rays and help prevent photo and free radical damage in the thinner, more sensitive skin around the eye area. However, the glasses you wear must have proper UV protection. Look for glasses that specifically have a UV filter in the lens, which should be denoted by a small sticker on the glasses. Wrap-around sunglass styles offer the best protection followed by glasses with large frames. The more area the glasses cover, the more skin you will protect.

Wearing sunscreen year round, with a particular concentration on the nose and around the eye area. Sun exposure has unequivocally been proven to cause wrinkles and advanced aging in skin. Find an advanced sunscreen that not only protects skin against the sun, but also helps repair skin and increase its health and strength. By wearing sunscreen everyday, you will not only reduce skin aging, but also the risk of skin cancer.

 Stay hydrated. Remind your clients to drink eight to 12 glasses of water a day to help flush toxins out of the body and rejuvenate your skin.

Use a good eye serum or cream. Look for one that is multi tasking, clinically proven and formulated with natural ingredients. We recommend Stemology’s Cell Revive Eye Serum Complete. In a 28 day clinical test, 87% of subjects reported a significant decrease in the appearance of crow’s feet.*

What else? While smiling can definitely cause smile lines around the eyes, we absolutely recommend it. Just put prevention into practice with the solutions listed above, and you and your clinets can continue to smile and light up the world without worrying about what it might be doing to contribute to crow’s feet.

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit http://www.medresultsnetwork.com/stemology-skincare/.

Sources: Yahoo! Beauty, Women’s Health

 *Results vary. Study results on file.

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Skincare With Proven Results, On and Off The Skin

Stemology’s Satisfied Clients

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus, CMO of Stemology Skincare

There are a million different skincare brands out there, with a million different claims about reducing wrinkles, eliminating acne or bringing back a youthful glow. But as we all know, the proof really lies in the results. And, with Stemology Skincare, you can be assured that you will see results – in your skin, your clients and your business. Here are a few of our satisfied clients talking about how choosing Stemology has been the best decision for them, and their business.

Doctors See Results

“The proof of a product is when it delivers results; and this one does! Hooray for the great technology behind this entirely modern skin care line!”

– Christine Petti, M.D., F.A.C.S., President and Founder of Spa Bella

Spa Owners Experience Business Growth

“The Stemology line has been a game changer for my business as it allows me a much-needed competitive advantage. Stemology is unlike any other skincare line because it delivers results on the skin like no other, especially when used in “stacked protocols.” The line is esthetically beautiful, the formulas are easy-to-use, and the technology is truly cutting edge.”

– Jeanie Bryant, Spa Director, Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel and Spa

Customers Achieve Youthful Skin

“I looked in the mirror the other day and had to take a double take. Just 4 short weeks ago my skin was looking drab and wrinkly. I was so close to making an appointment for Botox. Then I tried Stemology. After 4 weeks my face has this glow and smoothness I cannot believe. The wrinkles in my forehead are slowly fading. But the best part is that I look in the mirror and feel better about the way I look. It’s like seeing myself in the mirror from 10 years ago. Normally, women do not want you to know their fountain of youth secret. However, I want all of my family and friends to know about Stemology! – Jayej Tilley on Stemology’s Facebook page.

Beauty Press Falls in Love

Star Beauty Award Winner, 2014 Cell Revive Serum Complete “Why It Wins: Stem cell science is complicated stuff, but with this serum, it was easy to see the improvements in our skin’s tone and texture.” – Star Magazine, Star Beauty Awards 2014

Celebrities Won’t Leave Home Without It

“[Stemology] is a Hollywood beauty secret that is used on the set of Grey’s Anatomy and…Kelly Clarkson won’t leave home without it.”

– Mario Lopez, Extra TV

 

What are you waiting for? Contact MRN today to find out more about Stemology and lock in special pricing.

 

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Stemology is a new preferred partner of MedResults Network and Guest Blogger.  Members receive discounts and rebates on their unique stem cell-based product line.

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Types of Facial Aging

The 12 Types of Facial Aging

Breaking Down How and Where the Face Ages

Written By: Dr. Hal Simeroth, Chief Technical Officer, Stemology Skincare

Did you know that there are 12 types of facial aging?! Yes…we said twelve! Many skincare lines classify “anti-aging” as one, two or maybe three specific aging types. Maybe it’s wrinkles from your genetic makeup? Maybe it’s hyper-pigmentation from environmental exposure? Or maybe it’s dry skin due to hormonal changes? But the reality is that there is four times the amount of different types of facial aging! Don’t let other skincare brands lump your treatment regimen into one “anti-aging” category!

Stemology looks at the 12 different types of facial aging – and how we can make statistically significant improvements in each of those areas – when creating our products. Recently, we embarked on an ambitious independent clinical trial of our Cell Revive Serum Complete, testing it against the 12 types of facial aging that includes:

  1. Firmness
  2. Elasticity
  3. Hydration
  4. Softness
  5. Appearance of Facial Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  6. Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around the Eyes
  7. Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around the Mouth
  8. Depth of Wrinkles on Forehead
  9. Facial Deep Wrinkles, including glabellar wrinkles (between the brows)
  10. Hyperpigmentation
  11. Tone/Radiance/Skin Brightness
  12. Pore Size

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Test subjects using the Stemology Cell Revive Serum Complete saw statistically significant improvements in all 12 areas of facial aging over an 8 week period:

  • 62% saw an improvement in the glabellar wrinkles
  • 64% saw an improvement in deep wrinkles
  • 73% saw an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • 76% saw improved elasticity
  • 79% saw an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles
  • 79% saw an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles of the forehead
  • 79% saw an improvement in facial age/sun/dark spots
  • 79% experienced increased skin hydration
  • 82% saw an improvement in skin brightness
  • 82% saw an improvement in the appearance of pore size
  • 90% saw an improvement in skin firmness
  • 100% saw an improvement in skin softness

How is this possible? Well, Stemology is the first and only brand with StemCore-3, the powerful technology that brings together human and plant stem cell technologies, along with a communicating agent to help drive ingredients deeper where they can do the most good. This results in helping prevent and improve the number one cause of skin aging: the declining production of epidermal, collagen and elastin cells, which results in skin that is dull, thin and wrinkled, lacking both firmness and elasticity. What’s even better is that Stemology products are intelligently organic, natural and do not contain chemical ingredients derived from petroleum, ethoxylates, formaldehyde donors, sulfates, parabens, GMO’s or artificial colors!

Have you tried Stemology yet?

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Stemology is a new preferred partner of MedResults Network and Guest Blogger.  Members receive discounts and rebates on their unique stem cell-based product line.

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Hero or Hype?

Exploring Stem Cell Technology in Skincare

There has been a lot of talk in the last few years about stem cells in skincare. So, is it just a lot of hype or is stem cell skincare the next hero in the search for ageless beauty? Let’s investigate.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are single cells that can replicate themselves and differentiate into many cell types. There are many different types and are found in humans, animals and plants.

Of the various types of human stem cells, perhaps the most well-known, and most controversial, are embryonic stem cells (sometimes called pluripotent stem cells). These are the very first cells at the early stage of the embryo that are able to selectively produce all of the different tissues of the human body. Using embryonic stem cells such as these for skincare is neither recommended nor necessary. After birth, the repairing stem cells of the body (often called Mesenchymal stem cells or MSC’s) continue the work on conducting the repair and rejuvenation of the various structural parts of body tissues (bone, ligaments, muscles, skin, nerve, eye, etc.). They continue this tissue specific work throughout our lives, but, because they differentiate over time into other types of cells, our number of MSC’s decreases as we age. A third type of stem cell, more differentiated and more tissue specific, are often referred to as progenitor cells. They are in the “center” between stem cells and fully differentiated cells.

Like human stem cells, plant stem cells have the ability to self-renew and replace specific plant cells in need of repair. For example, if you break off a plant stem, it grows back within a few weeks thanks to stem cells. That said, unlike human stem cells, the growth factors, cytokines and other proteins, which are the products of plant stem cells, do not have the ability to act in the same way in humans, as in plants. Plant stem cells communicate in a different biochemical “language” that human cells do not recognize. However, plant stem cells do contribute skin-improving nutrients that attribute to overall skin health

Ethical Concerns

One of the biggest concerns people have about stem cells skincare is the ethics involved. As the Chief Technical Officer of Stemology, I have a PhD in bio-ethics. So, ethics are critically important to me personally. There are no actual stem cells or DNA matter in any skincare product claiming stem cell technology. It is in fact the derivatives of the stem cells – the signaling proteins – that are in the formulations. However, how those derivatives are harvested can vary widely by skincare brand. Make sure to do your research when using stem cell skincare and find out where they are getting their stem cell derivatives. And note that Stemology skincare is the first and only skincare line to use both plant stem cells and adult human MSC stem cells, along with a stem cell communicator, to ethically increase the efficacy and effectiveness of our products.

Does It Work?

Yes! There are a number of research papers from doctors and scientists supporting the concept of MSC protein derivatives aiding in skin repair and rejuvenation. And a body of scientific knowledge is rapidly developing which shows the interaction of these growth factors, cytokines, helper proteins, etc in the repair and rejuvenation process for skin. In other parts of the world treatments are actually being done to repair damaged tissue using MSC’s. In fact, the very well respected Journal of Craniofacial Surgery stated “The application of topical growth factors (from MSC) stimulate the repair of facial photo-aging, resulting in new collagen synthesis, epidermal thickening and the clinical appearance of smoother skin with less visible wrinkles.”

Many are saying that stem cell science will completely change medical care, and the skincare industry, as we know it. It’s an exciting time as we are in the infancy stages which means we can look forward to many more advances to come to help as stay naturally younger looking.

To hear the complete presentation of Stem Cells In Skincare: Hero or Hype?, CLICK HERE.

Written By: Dr. Hal Simeroth

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Stemology is a new preferred partner of MedResults Network and Guest Blogger.  Members receive discounts and rebates on their unique stem cell-based product line.

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