Featured in TV shows and popular magazines as one the favorite treatments celebrities are using now days to treat just about everything… from a hangover to lines and wrinkles, no wonder  this form of therapy has exploded in popularity.

But, does it work? What makes it effective?

Believers assure that it can do wonders from boosting your energy to increasing libido and how about regaining a fabulous skin glow!!

Can it sound any better?

The “a la carte” menu is pretty extensive, there are drips to boost the immune system, fight jet lag, increase energy and sexual performance, hangover recovery, weight loss,  de-stressing , detoxifying,  rejuvenation and many more.

Based on the fact that only approximately 50 percent of the nutrients we ingest regularly are actually absorbed by the tissues, IV therapy delivers the nutrients directly into the bloodstream. Therefore, by avoiding the digestive process, the integrity of the vitamins and nutrients are kept more active providing instant results.  Infusions are created by adding vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to a solution containing salt just like the blood which facilitates the absorption taking aprox. 30 to 45 min to absorb.

Price varies ranging from $95 to $250 depending on the drip. Many Company’s offer a membership program with great discounts for regular clients, some of them even offer mobile in home services.

SO, WHAT’S IN THE SKIN REJUVENATING DRIPS?

Most of the magical concoctions promising to help the skin contain as the main ingredients:

Vitamin C, Biotin, CoQ10 and the amino acid Glutathione.

Vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen, a crucial building block in the prevention and protection of the skin’s fundamental structures affected by the aging process. Humans lack the ability to produce vitamin C, thus regular consumption is necessary to maintain healthy skin cells and it is quite beneficial to help improve dull, fatigued and saggy skin.

Glutathione on the other hand is known as one of the most powerful antioxidants which not only helps to fight free radicals but also reduces the over activity  of the enzyme tyrosinase, directly involved in the production of melanin (skin color) causing a brightening effect.

Because of the almost instant “pick me up” effect, these cocktails have become favorite of many models and actresses to restore and regain a bright,  luminous complexion.

PROS

It is a quick relatively non-invasive procedure with no down time and most people experience fast results.

Prices vary but the treatments are reasonably affordable.

A variety of different treatments are available to address individual needs.

CONS

Although the “Myers” cocktail (popular infusion created by Dr. John Myers ) has been used for over 30 years, there are not definite scientific studies concluding on the long-term effects of the therapy.

Continuous treatments might be necessary to achieve and maintain results.

There are risks of allergic reactions or infection if no adequate ingredients and/or sanitation procedures are followed.

MY POINT OF VIEW

To me good nutrition is always the base of our health… “We are what we eat” a HEALTHY DIET and LIFESTYLE along with an effective SKIN CARE REGIMEN can certainly help you feel great and look amazing.

However, who doesn’t stray sometimes to indulge into a no so healthy diet or gets overloaded by stress which weakens the immune system or needs a little extra energy boost after a long flight…

So what do think about this popular trend? Would you do it?

Thank you for being here!!

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Paramedical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

Instant gratification is a common expression now days… and why not, after all, technology shows us that things can be reached in no time.

The problem emerges when we become so used to that fast rhythm that we expect all things to happen at the speed of light.

Great changes can certainly be achieved in your skin relatively quickly when the correct skin care is  used but in the skin’s own world, things have a specific time.

We all have heard many times that exfoliation is good for the skin because it removes dead skin cells and encourages new cells to come to the surface giving your skin a more youthful glow.

Well… yes, that is true… in part.

The skin does benefit from regular exfoliation especially when it is dry and flaky, or excessively oily causing congestion manifested in black and/or whiteheads. The normal exfoliating period for the skin naturally occurs approximately every 28 days. However; as we grow in age or for other health reasons the cycle extends and becomes longer. When this happens dead skin cells cling on to the skin for a longer period of time giving the skin a dull, lifeless appearance.

But before we get into more exfoliation details, one very important thing we need to consider is that the skin has a protective barrier made out of crucial components such as: cholesterol, free fatty acids and ceramides. These elements create a lipidic shield that isolate the skin protecting it from harmful chemicals, bacteria, enviromental factors and to maintain healthy levels of moisture and hydration and every time we exfoliate the skin we disrupt temporarily the skin’s protective barrier. The more aggressive the exfoliation the longer it takes for the lipidic barrier to repair itself.

There are many types of exfoliants; chemical in the form of acids, enzymes which break down protein,  one of the main components of dead skin cells (keratin) and physical better known as scrubs.

Like I said before, exfoliation can be beneficial for the skin when it is done the right way. How often to exfoliate is determined by the skin type and condition as well as the method being used. Sensitive skin for instance, could be negatively affected by over- exfoliation because it already presents a weak lipidic barrier, hence it gets irritated more easily.

Over-exfoliating the skin can cause many problems, including:

-Skin Sensitivities

-Inflammation

-Breakouts

-Over production of sebum (Skin natural oils)

-Dehydration

-Excessive Dryness

and many more…

One more tip: If  you receive professional treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing etc.. make sure to follow the advice of the professional for your post-care which is essential to obtain optimum results. It is very important to treat the skin gently and to avoid harsh ingredients while the lipidic barrier is being restored.

Removing dead skin cells can certainly give you a radiant glow but maintaining a healthy skin protective barrier is crucial to the overall functioning of the skin.

Over-exfoliation causes irritation and inflammation and that leads to oxidation which promotes AGING.

So as we can see MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER…

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

 

The eye area is very delicate, not only because the skin is thinner than the rest of the face, but also it contains very little irrigation of sebum (oil). Mother nature made it that way because if we did, oil will end up in our eyes. The down side to that is that age takes its course there first…

Using an eye cream at an early age will keep that area well hydrated, preventing the early formation of lines and wrinkles.

There are many different formulations of eye creams.. ingredients such as arnica, vitamin K, vitamin C, Helichrysum, peptides, licorice,  etc… are just a few of the ingredients regularly used in eye creams to help treat dark circles, puffiness and lines and wrinkles.

One question that I get asked all the time is “how and when to apply the eye cream”?

For optimum results it is normally recommended to apply the eye cream twice a day, along with the rest of your skincare regimen.

The best direction to apply it is INWARDS with a continuous circular pattern and with soft tapping movements using your ring finger… that way you don’t cause any pulling on the skin and help to increase circulation and absorption of the product.

Put back the GLOW into your SKIN with this Super charged Balancing MASK is packed with powerful antioxidants and nutrients to nourish, hydrate and re-balance  the skin leaving it refreshed and healthy-looking!

Smells so YUMMY that you will want to eat it!!
1/4 Cup Plain yogurt
1/4 Cup Blueberries
1/2 banana
1 tbsp of Honey
2 Slices of cucumber
1 tbsp of oatmeal
Blend all ingredients until a paste consistency is reached and apply to face for 15 min. Gently massage the mask on the skin for 1 min. before removing. Rinse it off completely and follow with your moisturizer.
Note: It is always a good idea to stay away from any ingredients that you have had a history of allergic reactions.

 

I have been asked many times what product goes first when applying the skincare.
Each product is designed to comply with a different function and although some people prefer a very simple regimen this is the usual order for product application when a complete regimen is used.
Usually the norm is that products are applied based on their consistency, that is because molecular size does matter when the product is absorbed.
Smaller-molecule formulations absorb faster and penetrate deeper than thicker formulas with a larger size molecules. Hence the difference from most serums and creams.
My professional recommendation is to always read the ingredients and select the best ones according to your UNIQUE skin. A regimen that is good for somebody else might not be good for your skin.
Selecting the correct regimen for your individual needs is the key the a successful skin regimen and results…
Ready For your Skin Care Routine..

1-CLEANSER

2-TONER this is an optional step, today the cleansers are more PH balanced and toners are not as necessary to restore the PH of the skin. However they offer great nourishment and astringent qualities based on the skin type.

3- SERUM serums offer the highest amount of active ingredients to target diverse skin concerns they have a more fluid consistency and to penetrate deeply into the skin.

4- MOISTURIZER Creams and/or gels are made to moisturize and occlude hydration within the skin to prevent and treat dryness and dehydration

5- EYE CREAM The skin around the eyes is more delicate and much thinner that the rest of the face. Eye creams are made to target eye concerns such as dark circles, puffiness and lines & wrinkles.

6- SUNSCREEN This is the most important step of your skin routine every morning. Protecting the skin from the sun will prevent further aging of the skin.

 

 

Who doesn’t want brighter, glowing skin instantly!!! Bye-Bye Dull Skin..

Microdermabrasion is definitely one of those -must have- treatments when you want a quick, non-invasive way to change the way your skin looks and feels.  It is considered a mechanical superficial peel with many short and long-term benefits!! There are different types of microdermabrasion:

  • Crystal: Performed with a machine that has two tubes connected at the end by a head piece. One has a vacuum and the other delivers finely milled crystals. The vacuum pulls up the skin while aluminum oxide crystals or sodium bicarbonate cause a controlled abrasion to the skin, removing dead skin cells from the surface.
  • Diamond Tip: Utilizes micro-abrasion wands with diamond tips
  • Dermal-Infusion: It alternates diamond microdermabrasion with the infusion of specific serums determined according to the skin condition

By removing the old skin cells, new cells are exposed giving the skin a younger and brighter look.  Isn’t that Awesome!!! Another great plus is that  there is immediate stimulation to the formation of new collagen. Collagen is the magic word…  New collagen means Plump, Dewy, Healthy SKIN!! Microdermabrasion can help improve a variety of skin issues and conditions, including:

* Scars * Non-inflammatory Acne *Sun damage * Dark spots * Uneven skin tone * Dull skin* Lines & Wrinkles…

On its own microdermabrasion is a fabulous treatment, however; when combined with other modalities and active skin care ingredients, it is an incredible tool to achieve more dramatic and faster results.

It is not recommended for inflammatory conditions or hyper- sensitive skin.

IF YOU WANT NEW SKIN THE SAME DAY, CONSIDER THIS FANTASTIC TREATMENT OPTION!!!

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If you thought a facial was just a way to relax think again… Here are 6 good reasons why you should get a FACIAL REGULARLY!!

✔CLEANSES & DETOXIFIES the skin

✔INCREASES BLOOD FLOW oxygenating tissues at a cellular level

✔Helps you RELAX & fight stress

✔EXFOLIATE DEAD SKIN CELLS allowing better absorbtion and efficacy of your skin care products

✔Provides DEEP NOURISHMENT AND HYDRATION

✔IMPROVE skin concerns, OVERALL SKIN HEALTH & fights the signs of aging.[/column]