What is it?
The “Cold Light” Technology is based on established research using Light Emitting Diodes to deliver specific wavelengths of Red, Blue, Green and Yellow Light energy to your skin.
How does it work?
This light energy passes through a layer of phytogel to stimulate, regenerate and hydrate your skin. According to NASA space program research (they developed the technology), the specified wavelengths found in the Cold Light stimulate cellular growth and metabolism, resulting in increased collagen production. The Cold Light is indicated for
the improvement of overall tone and texture of the skin, rosacea, acne, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and soft tissue (myofascial) pain management.
What benefits does it has?
- No pain, side effects, or downtime
- Safe and effective for all skin types
- Non-thermal, non-invasive, and non-ablative so there’s no injury to the skin surface
- Fast and convenient
- Treats large areas such as the entire face or chest at once
- No aftercare is needed
- Follow up is a home routine of skin care
- Skin care professionals report high customer satisfaction
Why is it so important to stay hydrated?
Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health in general and is also important to facilitate the breakdown and elimination of fat cells.
But why is it so important for Vanquish?
Our skin contains about 70% water. Fat contains only about 10% of water.
The more hydrated the skin tissue, the less resistance it has towards the RF energy being used to target those fat cells. Hydrated tissue enables the energy to travel more easily through the skin in order to reach and selectively heat those fat cells. This means both a more effective and more comfortable Vanquish treatment.
How much water should I drink each day?
You may have heard different recommendations for daily water intake. For most people that is about 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal.
If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated. Dark yellow or amber-colored urine is a sign of dehydration.
Could what you eat and drink dehydrate you?
There are a number of foods that can decrease your hydration levels. It is important to increase your fluid intake if your diet is high in any of the following: caffeine, alcohol, protein, and herbal supplements.
What if I workout?
When we sweat, we experience fluid loss. With any activity that causes perspiration it’s important to increase your water intake in order to rehydrate.
Tips for staying hydrated:Keep it handy: If you have easy access to water throughout the day you will be more likely to make it a habit.
Spice it up: If you don’t love the taste of plain water try adding a hint of fresh fruit or herbs to the mix. Rosemary-Watermelon, Strawberry-Kiwi, Pineapple-Mint, and Lemon-Cucumber are just a few delicious and nutritious combinations to try!
Swap your snacks: Carby snacks like granola bars, chips, & crackers all have a low water content. Instead, reach for fresh fruits and veggies or healthy smoothies that will all help to keep you hydrated. Celery & peanut butter or veggies with hummus are both great refreshing mid-day pick-me-ups.
Pile on the produce: Aim for half of your plate to be made up of fruits & vegetables; both for their higher water content as well as a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals & fiber.
If something has to go wrong at your wedding, let it be the best man’s toast—not a spotty complexion that will live on forever in photographs. Dermatologist David McDaniel has a few suggestions for staying picture-perfect in the home stretch.
Don’t experiment. A new cleanser, cream, or treatment can cause pimples, irritation, or an allergic reaction. Now is not the time to take chances.
Be smart at the spa. Unless you’ve had several facials with the same aesthetician and ingredients, don’t book one in the weeks before your wedding. The result could be redness, a rash, or flaking.
Know your history. If you’re prone to breakouts or cold sores, tell your dermatologist at least a month before the wedding. Stress can aggravate these conditions, and a doctor can prescribe medications to keep them from popping up.
Do a trial run. At least a month ahead of time, try on the fragrance you intend to wear at your wedding to make sure you don’t develop a rash or a headache.
Watch your mouth. The week before your wedding, limit your consumption of salt, alcohol, and spicy foods, all of which can irritate sensitive skin. As appealing as they are, salt and booze also cause water retention, which makes the eyes puffy, the body bloated, and the wedding dress uncomfortably snug.
There’s a lot of confusion about what SPF really means. So let’s just clear something up: It is not an indicator of how long you can stay out in the sun.
“Studies have shown that SPF’s efficacy stays steady for about an hour, and then begins to drop after an hour because UV rays break down many sunscreen ingredients,” says Jill Weinstein, a dermatologist and instructor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. It’s why you should reapply sunscreen every two hours or after you sweat or swim (whichever comes first).
Here’s what SPF really means: It’s the percentage of UVB rays—which are the sun’s burning rays—that the sunscreen blocks. It’s not indicative of the percentage of skin-aging UVA rays that the formula protects against, which is another reason to reapply often and choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection. To get really specific about what SPF means, the percent breakdown is this: SPF 15 protects against 93 percent of UVB rays; SPF 30 guards against 97 percent, and SPF 50 is about 98 percent. The difference sounds negligible, but not so much when you reverse it (because, duh, two percent of UVB rays get by SPF 50, while seven percent can get by SPF 15). And this next part is really key: Almost no one puts on enough SPF 30 (half a teaspoon for your face) to get the full SPF. “It’s impossible to get the SPF on the label without really caking it on,” says Darrell S. Rigel, a dermatologist in New York City. And since that’s not happening, go with SPF 50 or higher. We like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55, because it’s light and sheer for such a high SPF. “Be careful not to miss frequently overlooked spots, like between the eyebrows and around the nostrils and eyes,” says Vivian Bucay, a dermatologist in San Antonio.
In a bathroom somewhere, a woman is stroking her jawline, hoping to remind her skin where it used to sit. Another is trying to follow the directions—in French—of a new facial-massage technique. And in that special place where desperation meets magical thinking, another is actually considering a face bra. When women confront the force that holds the moon in the earth’s orbit, is it any wonder we fall for gimmicks and hype?
Skin sags when fat, collagen, and elastin break down. Still, “there is a lot we can control,” says Fredric Brandt, a dermatologist in New York City and Coral Gables, Florida. Here, experts reveal the latest findings on the ingredients, nutrients, and daily habits that will help your skin stay firm.
1. Put spring in your skin. “If I had to pick one thing to fix in my skin, I would choose elastin,” says Miami Beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann. “Elasticity is what makes youthful skin snap back when you press it.” The sobering reality, though, is that we stop making elastin around the time we hit puberty. Using a cream or serum containing retinoids each day will help restimulate production.
2. Make collagen. Without collagen, skin is destined to have the same texture as an old leather bag. Fortunately, there’s a way to make more: retinoids (again). They are the rare family of ingredients that dermatologists agree actually work. “We know that they stimulate collagen production and cellular regeneration,” says Brandt. The nonprescription form, called retinol, can start working in six months. Prescription retinoids are more powerful but also more irritating.
3. Look out for your eyes. They should be the windows to your soul—not to your birth certificate. Big sunglasses help. Baumann also says to apply a retinoid at night.
4. Take cover. Sure, you could hide out in a cave. But it’s a lot easier to simply apply sunscreen every morning, just as you know you should. The sun really is skin’s worst enemy: “Long-term exposure causes collagen to break down and elastin to degrade,” says Brandt. Choose broad-spectrum formulations with Helioplex or Mexoryl, which offer the longest-lasting protection, and be sure the SPF is at least 30.
5. Fight free radicals. Antioxidants are the superheroes of skin care. They protect skin from all the evil forces in the environment—also known as free radicals—plus block an enzyme called elastase that breaks down elastin. Choose products containing several different antioxidants—”they often work best in synergy,” says New York City dermatologist Howard Sobel, who recommends those with vitamins A and C and coenzyme Q10.
6. Make the most of moisturizer. Here’s one thing we bet you didn’t know about moisturizers: They protect skin against free-radical damage. “Dehydration leads to oxidative stress, which generates free radicals,” says Brandt. “Without moisture, your skin isn’t able to repair itself and suffers even more damage.” You just have to use the right product. Cholesterol, ceramides, essential fatty acids, and niacinamide are among the best ingredients—they improve skin’s protective moisture barrier.
7. Relax your neck. During a workout, it’s perfectly acceptable to sweat, pant, and even grunt—just don’t strain your neck. “I see women do this when they jog,” says Brandt. “They’re strengthening the muscles that eventually pull down their faces.”
8. Don’t smoke. Rather than nag you to quit, we are just going to present the facts: “Smoking destroys collagen and elastin,” says Brandt, “and it decreases levels of estrogen, which is necessary to keep skin firm.”
9. Eat skinny foods. It’s well known that food can make you thin or fat, alert or tired, happy or sad. Now add younger or older to that list. “New research tells us that low levels of vitamin C and zinc, among other skin-essential nutrients, may inhibit the skin’s ability to repair itself,” says New York City dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas. To keep skin happy, eat more fatty fish (such as salmon), dark green vegetables (broccoli), almonds, and walnuts. And drink lots of green tea.
10. Ignore your cravings. It’s not much fun to hear, but some experts believe that overindulging in sugar (and corn syrup, dextrose, and fruit-juice concentrate) can prematurely age skin—as early as our mid-30s. Sugar in the bloodstream forms harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (or, appropriately enough, AGEs). And AGEs weaken collagen and elastin.
Stave off ashiness this winter by learning exactly what’s sucking the moisture from your skin.
You’re cranking up the thermostat. Central heating makes the air superdry, and that zaps moisture from your skin, says Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City. You could give it up altogether and start watching TV in a parka, or you could just plug in a humidifier (choose a cool-mist version—that’s easiest to clean). It adds moisture back into the air and, ultimately, your skin.
You’re showering the wrong way. We love a long, steamy shower in the winter, too. But water strips essential oils from your skin, and hot water is the worst offender. “Stick with warm water, and keep it under ten minutes,” says Zeichner.
You’re scrubbing daily. Exfoliating dry skin makes it look more human, less snakelike in the short term. But scrubbing daily causes inflammation that makes dry skin even drier (and flakier, and itchier) over time. If you exfoliate just once a week—and prevent irritation by washing with a creamy, hydrating cleanser before you scrub—your skin will look smoother in the long run, says Zeichner.
You’re not making the most of your body lotion. The best ones have ingredients (like glycerin) that pull water into your skin. Keep your lotion in the shower so you remember to use it right after you towel off, when skin is still slightly damp, and it’ll work better. And don’t stop using it just because your skin is softer and smoother. “When you stop using moisturizers, your skin will revert back,” says Zeichner.
Your sweaters are sabotaging you. Maybe you can wear wool without feeling all itchy. Even so, when wool rubs against skin, it can still irritate and dry you out, says Zeichner. Wear a layer of cotton underneath, or switch to something softer, like cashmere. Can we get that in a prescription, please?
You’re skipping sunscreen. “Even in winter, UV rays can prevent skin from holding onto moisture,” says Zeichner, who recommends wearing a face cream with SPF 30 or higher every day.