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Wrinkle Free Skin

“Consider glycolic acid the MVP of this regimen. In a cleanser or moisturizer it will help remove dead skin and speed cell turnover, so skin looks less wrinkled over time…During the day, a vitamin C serum can increase the production of skin-firming collagen, and then a moisturizing sunscreen to protect from cell-damaging free radicals caused by the sun. At night: a retinol lotion – spiked with hydrating hyaluronic acid and firming peptides – to (gently!) stimulate collagen.” (p.104)

In the morning try Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum or Kinerase Advanced Lotion.

At night try Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel or Nia 24 Intensive Retinol Repair.

Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, InStyle Magazine, January 2014, p. 99-104.


Summer Skin Care with Dr. Gervaise Gerstner MD on the Wendy Williams Show

Discussing Summer Skin Care and Melanoma Awareness with talk show host Wendy Williams. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner is a board-certified dermatologist with a passion for combining the inherent art of her practice with the latest technologies available to help people achieve the results they want. She treats men and women of all ages and enjoys the process of guiding patients from addressing their initial concerns to helping them maintain a lifelong commitment to optimal skin health. For more information about Gervaise Gerstner Dermatology, please visit http://www.gerstnermd.com

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Strategies to control heartburn

  • Eat smaller meals at regularly spaced intervals.
  • Eat a lighter meal in the evening.
  • Take fluids between, instead of with, meals. This can decrease the likelihood of acid reflux.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight. Even a few pounds can make a difference.
  • Stay upright after meals.
  • Stop smoking, as nicotine weakens the esophageal sphincter and increases acid production.
  • Wait three hours after you eat before you lie down.
  • Keep a food diary to keep track of foods and symptoms.
  • Keep in mind that food choices, portion size, and eating habits are equally important for symptom relief.

Source: Guide to Better Digestion by Leslie Bonci (2003)

House Call: 7 Steps To Reverse Acid Reflux by Dr. Mark Hyman

You don’t need to live with this condition and there are solutions other than taking acid-blocking drugs to treat your symptoms.  Watch this edition of House Call with Dr. Hyman to learn what things may be causing your acid reflux and how you can fix it at the source.

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Pore Minimizers

“While long-term pore refinement may now be accepted as a part of our anti-aging regimen, that doesn’t discredit old-school, quick-fix solutions: Simple, gentle exfoliation can make a big difference. If you picture a pore being shaped like an ice cream cone, you can see that if you shaved some layers off the top, the diameter would get smaller…You’re never going to change the root shape at the very bottom, but you can affect the way it looks at the top…try products containing vitamin C, as well as retinol creams. Retinol exfoliates, but it also helps the skin function at its optimum level. This means it sheds normally, reducing the trapped skin and oils that can lead to acne.” (p.87)

Long, A. (2014). Go Ahead, Lean In. Elle, 29(5), 78-89.

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Best Sources of Vitamin D

  • Fatty fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon contain high levels of vitamin D.
  • Fish liver oil is considered the best and the most reliable source of Vitamin D.
  • There are traces of vitamin D in beef liver, egg yolks and cheese.
  • Most of the milk supply in the U.S. consists of 100 I.U. of vitamin D per cup.
  • Vitamin D2 is derived from plant sources. Vitamin D3 is derived from animal sources.

Diagnosis of Vitamin D deficiency is simple. A lab test called 25(OH)D can be performed.

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Clear Complexion

“First, grab a cleanser with salicylic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells trapped in pores. Follow with a lotion with bacteria-zapping benzoyl peroxide and a high SPF to ward off drying UV rays…At night, go for a one-two punch with a product that has benzoyl peroxide and retinol (a vitamin A derivative) to unclog pores and up cell turnover, which will help fade dark spots. Finally, try a moisturizer containing soy, another hardworking brightener.” (p.100)

Source: 30 Days to Amazing Skin, January 2014, InStyle Magazine, p. 99-104.

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Remedy for Sun-Damaged Hands

Lemon Sugar Licorice Sun Spot Scrub

1/2 lemon

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 drops of licorice root extract

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix all of the ingredients. Gently scrub the back of your hands for approximately 10 minutes and rinse. Repeat twice a week.

Additional Tips: For dry, red skin use a daily hand cream that has a SPF 30. For loose or wrinkled skin, use a night cream on your hands that contains glycerin.

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